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Disney is hoping that Boyens will be able to help them launch a fantasy franchise with The Merlin Saga, which explores the early years of the Arthurian wizard and spans twelve volumes to date.
- Gary Collinson
After co-writing both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, screenwriter Philippa Boyens is returning to the fantasy realm, signing on to write the adapted screenplay for The Merlin Saga. The project, based on T.A. Barron's novel, was first set up at Warner Bros. but then moved to Disney, where it is currently housed. This project marks the first time Philippa Boyens has struck out on her own, having collaborated with Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh on all of her projects thus far, including both Middle Earth trilogies along with King Kong and The Lovely Bones.
The Merlin Saga is based on a series of novels by T.A. Barron, starting with The Lost Years of Merlin in 1996. It was followed by The Seven Songs (1997), The Raging Fires (1998), The Mirror of Fate (1999), A Wizard's Wings (2000), The Great Tree of Avalon (2004), Shadows on the Stars (2005), The Eternal Flame (2006), The »
Los Cabos — Jeff Unay’s “Greywater,” Kyzza Terrazas’ “We Are Tongue” and Rodrigo Cervantes’ “Landscapes” were among the big winners of 2015 Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund grants, all awarded the equivalent of $52,000 in post-production services by LaboDigital, a Latin American film service group.
An initiative of Los Cabos Festival, the Gfff also adjudicated $5,000 development awards to seven projects, including two at this year’s Cabos’ Discovery co-pro forum: Andrea Pallaoro’s “Beauty Salon” and Paulina del Paso’s “Skin Deep.”
In a further award, producer Nicolas Celis took home a $25,000 worth of services from Splendor Omnia-Mantarraya for “Soy Negro,” a war film that marks a change of direction for Iran-born Rafi Pitts that Celis co-produced with Thanassis Karathanos (“Clouds of Sils Maria,” “Ajami”).
Sourced from the Tribeca Film Institute Documentary Film Fund, in a project exchange relationship between Los Cabos and the Tfi, “Grey Water” is a profile of Mixed Martial »
- John Hopewell
Director Corin Hardy is in a pretty good place right now. His Irish monster movie, The Hallow, is hitting cinemas across the UK this week, and it’s also just been announced that his reboot of The Crow, which looked like it might be cancelled after the studio filed for bankruptcy a couple of months ago, is back on track again. No better time, then, to sit down for a long chat about films and fairytales…
I saw The Hallow a few months ago and loved it – it’s really scary, and it’s got brilliant monsters. Tell me a bit about how you came up with the mythology?
Well, my mission was to try and create a new or a fresh spin on a monster for a horror movie. »
We’ve seen quite a bit from Star Wars: The Force Awakens at this stage, and yet J.J. Abrams has managed to keep his mystery box tightly shut where a few characters and plot points are concerned. One such character is the mo-cap villain that’ll be played by Andy Serkis (Avengers: Age Of Ultron, The Lord Of The Rings, King Kong), Supreme Leader Snoke.
We heard his voice narrating the first teaser, and we also had an image of Serkis decked out in his mo-cap gear, but aside from that we’ve had no idea what this big bad would look like… until now.
Indie Revolver has provided this piece of concept art, which might just give us some idea of how Snoke will be depicted in the movie – though they do caution that this was a very early design, and he may look a lot different when »
- Mark Cassidy
With Hollywood so remake crazy in modern times, Cinelinx takes a look at what makes a good remake and what makes a bad one, by examining examples of cinematic revamps. In the first of several articles, Cinelinx looks at a good remake: Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
What makes for a good remake is that it must succeed in being old and new at the same time. A remake has to satisfy those who loved the original and have certain specific expectations; and it also has to be its own entity, putting a new spin on an old idea. A good remake can’t completely toss out the old (like the remake of House of Wax) and conversely, it can’t just be a scene-by-scene imitation (like the remakes of Psycho and the Omen, which were just photocopies of the originals) so it’s a hard balancing act, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
Chis Marker's Chat écoutant la musiqueThere are dog people and there are cat people, this we know, and there are even people who claim to be of both—though latent sympathies remain unspoken, like with a parent and which child is their favorite. With the Vienna Film Festival welcoming me with a tumbling collection of dog and cat short films spanning cinema's history—the Austrian Film Museum, an essential destination each year collaborating with the Viennale, is hosting a “a brief zoology of cinema” throughout the festivities—it is clear that filmmakers, too, have their preference. Silent cinema decidedly prefers the more easily trained and exhibited canine, with 1907’s surreal favorite Les chiens savants as a certain kind of cruel pinnacle. For the cats, Chris Marker, already the presiding figure over so much in 20th century art, I think we can easily claim is the cine-laureate. One need not know »
- Daniel Kasman
It was recently announced that the long hoped-for remake of the 1962 Kaiju classic King Kong v. Godzilla is in the works. But how could such a film work today, considering subsequent changes in the characters and the jaded skepticism of modern audiences? Let’s take a look and see how this clash of Kaijus could work today. Keep in mind this is all just guess work and speculation.
People love “verses” films. Whether it’s Alien vs. Predator or Jason vs. Freddy or the upcoming Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, fans love to see two famous characters thrust together in one film to fight for supremacy. When you talk about Kaiju “verses” films, the ultimate monster battle of all time came in 1962 when the reigning king of giant beasts took on the original creature king. Toho Pictures’ hottest property, the mighty Godzilla, locked up with the ape that »
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Top Ten Scream Queens: Barbara Steele, who both emitted screams and made others do same, is in a category of her own. Top Ten Scream Queens Halloween is over until next year, but the equally bewitching Day of the Dead is just around the corner. So, dead or alive, here's my revised and expanded list of cinema's Top Ten Scream Queens. This highly personal compilation is based on how memorable – as opposed to how loud or how frequent – were the screams. That's the key reason you won't find listed below actresses featured in gory slasher films. After all, the screams – and just about everything else in such movies – are as meaningless as their plots. You also won't find any screaming guys (i.e., Scream Kings) on the list below even though I've got absolutely nothing against guys who scream in horror, whether in movies or in life. There are »
- Andre Soares
It’s Halloween, the time of year for watching horror films with the lights out. You may be trying to decide which films you should watch for your Halloween scare-fest. There are many good films, depending on your taste. As a Halloween gift to you, Cinelinx lists 25 of the best horror films to watch, for your Halloween enjoyment. All these films are of excellent quality and convey the requisite eeriness and suspenseful mood to keep you in the creepy Halloween mood.
First…here’s a couple of Honorable Mentions:
Silence of the Lambs (1991) Hugely successful suspense thriller film that isn’t technically a horror movie but it’s close. This classy chiller became one of the few movies ever to capture the 'Big Five' awards at the Oscars. (Best picture; Best director for Jonathan Demme; Best actor for Anthony Hopkins; Best Actress for Jodie Foster; and best screenplay by Ted Tally. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
Special Mention: The Most Dangerous Game
Written by James Creelman
Genre: Survival Horror
The first of many official and unofficial screen versions of Richard Connell’s short story of the same name, The Most Dangerous Game was made in 1932, in the era known as “Pre-Code Hollywood,” a time when filmmakers were able to get away with sexual innuendo, illegal drug use, adultery, abortion, intense violence, homosexuality, and much more. It was during this time that a film like The Most Dangerous Game was allowed to be made and shown to the general public without fear of censorship. The film was put together by producer Willis O’Brien while in pre-production on King Kong, and features several of the same cast and crew members, as well as props and sets from Kong. Despite these obvious cost-cutting measures, Dangerous Game never feels like a second-rate production, »
- Ricky Fernandes
If you're one of the 12 people who haven't seen it, the film follows food-loving rat Remy as he secretly teams up with a hapless kitchen boy in Paris to create beautiful dishes. But that alchemy of ingredients takes place place off-screen too: between the visuals and Michael Giacchino's Grammy-winning and Oscar-nominated score.
As life-long fans of his work, from Jurassic World and Mission: Impossible to Inside Out and J.J. Abrams' Star Trek reboot, we dropped him a note to quiz him on how he composes, why he names his tracks with such bad puns - and, »
Kong Skull Island movie set to film in Queensland, Australia.
The King Kong Skull Island movie is set to join the likes of Thor: Ragnarok, Alien: Paradise Lost and the next Pirates Of The Caribbean movie by shooting in Australia. The filming will take place at Village Roadshow Studios at Oxenford, near the Gold Coast, and on location throughout south-east Queensland, according to ABC.net.au.
“Kong will spend more than $15 million in Queensland by leveraging our world-class facilities and enlisting cast and crews in all aspects of physical production,” said Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.
“The production will create 60 local jobs in addition to the Queenslanders who have already been enlisted, with the production manager and art director already confirmed as Queenslanders.”
- Paul Heath
In honor of Halloween, I once again have a special essay-article up, and this time I can name the contributor. Randall William Cook rates special celebrity status around DVD Savant despite being a friend from way, way back. I hope he's writing a book about his career, because his Hollywood experiences range far afield, from UCLA film school, to acting and directing film and TV, to doing special make-ups, animation direction, front-rank stop motion direction, and second unit direction on big features. Heavily into digital work since the 1990s, Randy supervised character animation and sequence direction for the three Lord of the Rings movies, netting him an amazing three Oscars, three years straight. And he's still the same guy from college -- a new Harryhausen or Welles disc comes out, and he wants to know all about it. Oh, and Cook is a fine writer as well -- as I think this thoughtful piece shows. »
- Glenn Erickson
I'll trade you two RKOs for two Warners', an even swap! This quartet of movie-magic wonderments offer a full course on old-school film effects wizardry at its best. Willis O'Brien passes the baton to disciple Ray Harryhausen, who dazzles us with his own effects magic for the first '50s giant monster epic. And the best monster thriller of the decade is offered at its original widescreen aspect ratio. It's all special enough to merit a mid-week review. Special Effects Collection Blu-ray The Son of Kong, Mighty Joe Young, The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, Them! Warner Home Video 1933-1954 / B&W / 1:37 Academy - 1:85 widescreen / 335 min. / Street Date October 27, 2015 / 54.96 or 19.98 separately Starring Robert Armstrong, Helen Mack,, Frank Reicher, Victor Wong; Robert Armstrong, Terry Moore, Ben Johnson, Frank McHugh; Paul Christian, Paula Raymond, Cecil Kellaway, Kenneth Tobey, Donald Woods, Lee Van Cleef; James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon, James Arness, Onslow Stevens, »
- Glenn Erickson
Kong: Skull Island Movie Images Released. When Peter Jackson remade King Kong back in the early 2000s, audiences were divided, but it made a fortune. Ever since, Cloverfield (2007) was a big hit, we rebooted Godzilla (2014) and Jurassic World (2015) became the highest-grossing movie of all time. The cherry on top of this recent trend was the announcement that Godzilla vs. King Kong […] »
- Marco Margaritoff
Highlights Of Issue #33 Include:
Steven Jay Rubin presents part 1 of the remarkable story about the making of The Bridge at Remagen and gets insights from stars Robert Vaughn, George Segal & Bradford Dillman . Exclusive interview with Sir Roger Moore, who looks back on his days as James Bond. Brian Hannan celebrates Fellini's La Dolce Vita. Howard Hughes examines Hannie Caulder with Raquel Welch as a kick-ass lady gunslinger and also revisits the underrated gem A Twist of Sand Ray Morton provides the second and final installment about the making of the 1976 version of King Kong. Raymond Benson's Top Ten Films of 1952 Brian Davidson delves into the short, tragic career of actress Carol White. Thomas Hauerslev celebrates the 50th anniversary of Todd-ao. Plus Gareth Owen's Pinewood Past column, the latest soundtrack, film book and DVD reviews and much more!
USA/ Canada : Cinema Retro Issue #33 USA/ Canada : Cinema »
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Gogglebox for horror nerds? New BBC 3 series The Fear, starting tonight, showcases horror shorts by amateur filmmakers...
I like the idea behind new BBC Three show The Fear. A bunch of short horror films made by amateurs are shown to an audience, who then rate them based on how scary they are. The scariest three are then shown to a qualified judge who will choose a winner. I like horror films and I like the idea of amateur horror filmmakers getting their short movies shown on television. Right in time for Halloween, too.
Based on the preview, the show is a bit like Gogglebox for horror nerds. We meet the audience and see how they react and listen to them waffling on in the way that people do when there’s a camera pointed at them (not during the films, of course). The good stuff, though, is the shorts themselves, »
Everyone has been so excited about the Godzilla Vs Kong announcement made last week that some fans have forgotten a full-blown King Kong movie is about to start production. And it features Samuel L. Jackson! Kong: Skull Island, which is set in the 70s and takes a group of adventurers to the home of the giant ape, is set to start shooting next week in Hawaii. Reel Tours Hawaii has the first set photos, which find the young cast gathering outside of a helicopter. And even Sam Jackson has a special treat for eager audiences awaiting the return of Kong to the big screen.
It's been ten years since everyone's favorite great ape last appeared on the big screen in 2005's King Kong, directed by Peter Jackson. He is now set to return in an all-new adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, best known for his coming-of-age summer dramedy The Kings of Summer. »
"Kong: Skull Island" features a human expedition venturing to the mysterious island of prehistoric creatures where the King of the Apes resides. Speaking at the premiere of "Crimson Peak" this week, 'Kong' leading man Tom Hiddleston tells Variety that the film will feature one crucial change from both the original classic and Peter Jackson's 2005 remake:
It's not set in the '30s. There's no movie director with a map. There's no out-of-work actress down on her luck. All of that stuff is respected, we're just trying to do something new with the myth because Kong is an icon of movies. I think he's someone people want to see again."
Hiddleston however did not confirm if the »
- Garth Franklin
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