8 items from 2014
Michael Andreen has been named Svp Production at Fox International Prods. and will assume his new role on August 1, Sanford Panitch, Fip’s president said today. Fip has a strong local-language business and Andreen’s hire likely indicates a ramping up in that area. It’s also a homecoming for Andreen at Fox. He previously served in various creative production capacities, working on titles including Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World and The Day After Tomorrow. He has also held senior positions at Walt Disney Studios, where he developed strategy and pursued operational implementation of the company’s international initiative to extend […] »
The Weinstein Company has entered into exclusive negotiations to acquire The Water Diviner, the directorial debut of actor Russell Crowe. The actor/filmmaker presented 12 minutes worth of footage to potential distributors at the Cannes Film Festival earlier today, with Deadline reporting that most distributors were impressed with what he has done.
TWC has reportedly offered $4 million to acquire the distribution rights, which includes a commitment to a wide release. Russell Crowe previously worked with The Weinstein Company on the 2003 nautical adventure Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World.
The actor/director stars as Connor, an Australian farmer who journeys to Turkey in 1919, to find the bodies of his three sons who died in battle during World War I. The supporting cast includes Jai Courtney, Olga Kurylenko, Isabel Lucas, Ryan Corr, Cem Yilmaz and Damon Herriman.
You can also clickHere to watch the six-minute featurette for The Water Diviner that was released last month. »
Bad titles aren’t a big deal. You can have a bad title and still be a great movie. Just look at Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. Or The Shawshank Redemption, which appears on as many lists of the worst titles of all time as lists of the greatest movies of all time. Typically, though, a bad title is assigned to a bad movie. It’s not really a coincidence, either, as a bad title is a good sign of a bad production overall. It’s a first impression of a total failure on all creative levels. So, when we see a title like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, there’s good reason to think there’s trouble brewing with that movie. It’s not just worthy of snark and parody (although I am proud of my “Dawn of Buford T. Justice” gag). Titles of franchise installments have been getting out of »
- Christopher Campbell
J.A.R.V.I.S. is getting a reboot in the next Avengers film, being upgraded from computer servant to android superhero. Paul Bettany talked to Jimmy Kimmel about his new role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the Vision.
Paul Bettany is a talented actor, having been in Oscar-nominated films like A Beautiful Mind and Master and Commander: the Far Side of the World. He’s never been an A-Lister, but his role in the upcoming sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron could help raise his profile. In previous Marvel films, he’s provided the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S., Tony Stark’s helpful computer AI. In the sequel, he’ll be playing the Vision, an android super hero who has been a member of the Avengers in the comics since 1968. The character was a revised version of earlier hero created by the legendary Jack Kirby in 1940, also called the Vision. »
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After voicing a key character in four Marvel Studios movies to date, Paul Bettany is finally going to be appearing in one of them as well. The British star of Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Priest, Legion and the upcoming Transcendence plays the artificially intelligent companion known as J.A.R.V.I.S. to Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in all three Iron Man films and The Avengers, but in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, he’s playing two characters.
Bettany was spotted two months ago leaving one of Marvel’s production offices where it was reported he underwent makeup and costume tests for the role of Vision – another Avengers character from the comics. It was a surprise bit of casting and something fans didn’t see coming after all of the new character buzz had been focused on newcomers Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet »
- Rob Keyes
Movies for me generally fall into one of two categories: 1) movies I watch and 2) Biblical movies. "The Ten Commandments"? I'm sorry, but isn't that like four hours long? "The Passion of the Christ"? Oh yes, let me please subject myself to horrifying acts of torture porn for two whole hours."The Prince of Egypt"? I stopped watching Disney animated musicals right around the age of nine, when my heart died. So no, I probably won't be breaking the mold by checking out "Noah," Darren Aronofsky's big-budget take on the Biblical flood that looks a little too much like a remake of ""Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" for my liking. But hey, you know who else hasn't seen the movie? The catty Stepford Wives on Fox News who are now criticizing it for not being accurate enough. And who better than Jon Stewart to point this out, »
- Chris Eggertsen
It’s common knowledge that while the Oscar often tout rewarding the best in film, that the notion of what’s best is entirely subjective, depending on the voter. So when trying to make informed Oscar decisions, one has to look past subjective thoughts and search for the trends. One of the major trends that has been appearing has been the success of films with heavy visual effects or 3D in the cinematography category. With Emmanuel Lubezki all but on stage to accept the Oscar in cinematography, it was worth taking a look at the category’s evolution.
There have always been epic films or movies that have had some visual effects that have competed in, and won cinematography Oscars. Yet after Titanic won 11 Oscars, including Cinematography, there seems to have been a wave of films that have relied on visual effects to tell their tale succeeding in this category. »
- Terence Johnson
By Søren Hough
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3D. Motion capture. High frame rate.
We live in an age where technological perfection is not only possible, but expected. Computer generated sound and visual effects are better than ever before. As a result, modern cinema is bound only by the imaginations of filmmakers. This year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences saw fit to reward one film with an astounding seven nominations for such technological achievements: Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity. The movie is now in the race for Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects.
Historically only four films other than Gravity have scored these nominations. Starting with Titanic in 1997, the other movies to earn this honor were Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2002), Hugo (2011) and Life of Pi (2012). Even Peter Jackson’s Oscar-sweeping The Return of the King »
- Søren Hough
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