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That Time The Beatles Wanted to Make a Lord of the Rings Movie

Back in the 1960’s when the Beatles were still at the top they apparently wanted to make their own version of The Lord of the Rings. My mind just kind of short-circuited for a moment trying to think of what that would be like. Does anyone remember fantasy movies from the 60’s? That’s when we had movies like Jason and the Argonauts, the Godzilla and King Kong spinoffs, and other such movies that dealt in the kind of effects that we now see as rudimentary and low-tech. Granted they were good for the time but the Beatles were a rock

That Time The Beatles Wanted to Make a Lord of the Rings Movie
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New ‘Ready Player One’ Trailer Explains The Oasis with More Characters and ‘Pure Imagination’

The latest trailer for Steve Spielberg‘s highly anticipated film Ready Player One, has just been released by Warner Bros. In this new trailer, Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) explains what the Oasis is. Watch the “Come with Me” trailer below and don’t blink because you just might miss characters not seen in previous trailers of the film.

Yes, those were Spartan soldiers from the video game franchise Halo, and what looks to be King Kong and possibly the T-Rex from Jurassic Park? If you notice any other characters, please let us know in the comment box below.

From filmmaker Steven Spielberg comes the science fiction action adventure “Ready Player One,” based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name, which has become a worldwide phenomenon.

The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the Oasis,
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New Ready Player One Trailer Opens Up a World of Pure Imagination

New Ready Player One Trailer Opens Up a World of Pure Imagination
The new trailer for Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One starts with the Crystal Key, which is the last of the three keys in Halliday's Anorak Invitation, going into the lock and turning. For those who have read Ernest Cline's book, you know that a whole bunch of action is about to take place. And the trailer does a good job of teasing all of the action in the movie while packing in more Easter Eggs than you can possibly imagine. There's a reference to Mario Kart and a brief glimpse of Rexy from Jurassic Park in a chase to name a few.

Ready Player One is a divisive book for people that have read it. You either love all of the references to the 80s and 90s or you come to loathe the overabundance of all of the nostalgia mixed with some questionable dialogue. However, there are plenty
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Andy Serkis Thinks the Oscars Is Getting Closer to Finally Nominating Motion-Capture Acting

Andy Serkis Thinks the Oscars Is Getting Closer to Finally Nominating Motion-Capture Acting
Andy Serkis has never been nominated for an acting Oscar, which many people will tell you is downright criminal. The actor has pioneered the art of motion-capture performances with acclaimed work in “The Lord of the Rings,” “King Kong,” and the “Planet of the Apes” franchise, and yet the Academy has remained incredibly resistant to nominating his performances. The issue of motion-capture Oscar snubs has been debated for years, but Serkis says progress is being made.

“Oh yeah, definitely,” Serkis told ScreenCrush when asked if the Academy will ever start nominating motion-capture acting. “I mean, the Academy is openly, they’ve written emails to the acting branch saying we have to now acknowledge performance in the broadest sense. So performance-capture, voice talent acting. And they’re asking the question: What is the epitome or the essence of a great performance? It doesn’t just have to mean seeing an actor’s face on screen.
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Best Visual Effects Oscar predictions: A vote for ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ would honor the whole trilogy

Best Visual Effects Oscar predictions: A vote for ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ would honor the whole trilogy
War for the Planet of the Apes” is nominated at the Oscars for Best Visual Effects, following nominations in the same category for 2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and 2014’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” Neither “Rise” nor “Dawn” won Visual Effects in their respective years, despite showcasing some of the most realistic effects in film today. “War” is Oscar voters’ final shot at rewarding the film franchise’s groundbreaking visual effects, but much like in previous years, it could be an uphill battle.

War” is the latest nomination in the “Planet of the Apes” film series for VFX supervisors Joe Letteri, Daniel Barrett and Dan Lemmon, earning nominations for the first two films as well, with Joel Whist earning his first nom alongside them. Letteri is the director of the innovative VFX company Weta Digital, which has won six Oscars, for all three “Lord of the Rings” films,
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Marvel Studios celebrates 10 year anniversary with class photo and video

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been a groundbreaking achievement for the superhero genre and film in general, launching multiple successful series in one huge collaborative franchise. Its been so successful that other film studios have sought to copy Marvel’s method, whether its Warner Bros. and DC, Paramount’s Transformers universe, the Godzilla/King Kong universe or Universal’s (albeit failed) Dark Universe monster series.

This year marks the 10th anniversary since the McU began back in 2008 with its very first film, Iron Man, starring Robert Downey Jr. as the billionaire playboy Tony Stark and his heroic alter-ego Iron Man. Aside from being the anniversary, this year also marks the culmination of the McU’s first ten year’s with this summer’s release of Avengers: Infinity War, paying off several years of build up as the Avengers finally face the Mad Titan Thanos in his race to gain the Infinity Stones.
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Among the Classic Monster Movie Landscsape, King Kong Remains an unflappable hero

There's a wealth of "King Kong" related films available on streaming services these days. I only mention this because, in general, they are awesome. A lover of classic Monster Movies that my father had recorded off of TV station broadcasts (black and white and gray and worn to the nub), I came of age on these types of films while waiting in the summer afternoons of my adolescence for my mother to prepare my lunch. The more modern takes on these films, while imperfect, can certainly prove to be undeniably interesting. Particularly, I am referring to 2017's "Kong: Skull Island" and "King Kong" from 2005.   If there is a contrast to be found between the poignant and otherwise wordless death of The Mighty Kong...

[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...]
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Andy Serkis to Receive Motion Picture Showman of the Year Award From Publicists

Andy Serkis to Receive Motion Picture Showman of the Year Award From Publicists
Andy Serkis will receive the motion picture showman of the year award at the 55th Annual International Cinematographers Guild’s Publicists Awards for his “unique contribution to the art of movies.”

The ceremony will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 2. Serkis most recently starred in two 2017 blockbusters, playing Caesar in “War for the Planet of the Apes” and Snoke in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

“Andy Serkis, with his unparalleled flexibility and understanding of movement, has made motion capture his own. We are delighted that he will be flying in from England to be with us,” Icg national president Steven Poster said.

Serkis first made a name for himself by portraying Gollum in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, directed by Peter Jackson. He reunited with Jackson to play the title role in the 2005 version of “King Kong.” He stars in Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther” as Ulysses Klaue.

Serkis made his
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Sam Raimi Will Direct The Kingkiller Chronicle Movie

Lionsgate is moving forward with their highly-anticipated adaptation of The Kingkiller Chronicle, with director Sam Raimi entering negotiations to take the helm. Lindsey Beer, who was part of the Transformers writers room and the Godzilla and King Kong writers room, has written the screenplay adaptation, which is based on The Name of the Wind, the first book in Patrick Rothfuss' novel series. Lionsgate hasn't issued a release date at this time, or announced when production may begin, but this adaptation is on the right track.

This adaptation is just one part of a sprawling franchise that will include movies, a TV series and possible stage productions. Lionsgate announced in 2016 that multi-award winning actor, composer, rapper and writer Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and star of the smash Broadway musical Hamilton, is partnering with The Kingkiller Chronicle author Pat Rothfuss to serve as creative producer and musical mastermind of feature film
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Do You Hear It? A History of Soundtracks in The Movies

Music and storytelling are perfect bedfellows. Storytelling appeals to our sense of adventure, while music appeals to our emotions.

Way before the movies, music, and storytelling had forged into a marriage of symbiosis – opera, ballet, theatre; they all used music to help drive the narrative. Throughout the history of narrative storytelling, music has been the protagonist, the antagonist and the elephant in the room. Through leitmotif; variations in pulse; and appropriate tonality, tempo, and texture; music manipulates the audience’s emotional response through the spectrum from fear to despair, and from desperation to triumph.

A great soundtrack should be there, and not there. If you notice the music, it’s usually for a good reason.

From humble beginnings

The advent of the moving image brought grand possibilities for a more intimate, visual method of storytelling, monopolizing upon the wider possibilities of location, the speed of the edit and the intimacy of the eyes.
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Rom and M.A.S.K. Movies Probably Won't Happen

Way back in 2015, Paramount announced plans for Rom: Spaceknight and M.A.S.K. movies which would be part of a Hasbro cinematic universe that would also include the G.I. Joe movies, plus Micronauts and Visionaries. The studio put together a writers room, which included top scribes such as Michael Chabon, Brian K. Vaughan, Akiva Goldsman, Joe Robert Cole, Nicole Perlman and the writing team of John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. There has been little to no movement on any of those projects since the writers room convened, and while promoting their new movie Game Night, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein revealed that Rom and M.A.S.K. likely aren't happening. Here's what Jonathan Goldstein had to say below.

"Those are probably not likely to see the light of day, unless they're moving on separate from us. It's a funny thing. We spent three weeks in
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SAG Life Achievement Honoree Morgan Freeman Proves Life Can Begin at 50

SAG Life Achievement Honoree Morgan Freeman Proves Life Can Begin at 50
When Morgan Freeman receives the Screen Actors Guild’s Life Achievement Award on Jan. 21, the honor will feel triumphantly inevitable. At 80 years old, his impressive resume includes 84 films, two Golden Globes, and an Oscar. But there’s a difference between Freeman and past winners, including Elizabeth Taylor and Gene Kelly. Freeman didn’t get his Hollywood break until he was 50. He’s earned his statue in half the time.

Freeman was born to act. The first night he walked onstage, the then-third grader felt so at ease, he claims he could have fallen asleep. “I was a show-off,” he admitted. His mother, Mayme, joked she was going to take him to Hollywood, but with four kids and no money, he just kicked back and forth between relatives in Mississippi and Chicago. At 13, Freeman won his first acting award when his performance as a World War II soldier took top place in a statewide school drama competition. He spent
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10 Years of Cloverfield: 8 Undercover Facts You Might Have Missed

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10 Years of Cloverfield: 8 Undercover Facts You Might Have Missed10 Years of Cloverfield: 8 Undercover Facts You Might Have MissedKurt Anthony1/18/2018 9:30:00 Am

It seems some thing has found us…

Crawling its way into theatres on January 18, 2008, today marks the tenth anniversary of Cloverfield!

Directed by Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes) and co-produced by J. J. Abrams (Star Trek) and Bryan Burk (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Cloverfield follows a group of six New Yorkers as their city is attacked by a gigantic, building-sized monster.

Starring Lizzy Caplan (Mean Girls), Jessica Lucas (Evil Dead), Michael Stahl-David ("Narcos"), and then-newcomer T.J. Miller (Deadpool), the unique sci-fi thriller is presented as “found footage” from a personal camcorder and offers a modernized take on the beloved creature feature genre. Filmed on an estimated budget of $25M, Cloverfield has since earned its place in the monster movie food chain,
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New Netflix Releases You Can’t Afford To Miss

Don’t Miss These Netflix Releases in 2018

It’s hard to remember what life was like before on-demand home entertainment. A time before streaming giant, Netflix, dominated our TV screens with their ever-expanding catalogue of movies, series, stand-up comedy and documentaries. As we make headway into the New Year, Netflix subscribers can look forward to a host of new titles that are scheduled to be added to its already impressive library in 2018. We’ll see some of our favourite shows return for another season, as well as some hotly anticipated Netflix original content that is slated to be released this year.

An Action-packed Start to the Year

January starts off with an action-packed bang, with a slew of popular blockbusters that are scheduled to be added to the Netflix catalogue. If you’re on the hunt for pure escapism and thrilling action-adventure, be sure not to miss Kong: Skull Island
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A Look At the Enduring Popularity of Godzilla

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This week, the first-ever full-length animated Godzilla movie debuts on Netflix. Originally released last year in Japan, Godzilla: Monster Planet is the 32nd Godzilla movie to come out in the past 64 years. Cinelinx takes a look at the big, radioactive reptile, focusing on the many ups-and-downs of the King of Monsters.

What is it about this giant monster that’s kept him so popular for so long? This character, created by Toho Studios over six decades ago, has often been a subject of ridicule—especially some of the later Showa entries of the 1970s—and few people will freely admit to loving Godzilla films. The image of guys wrestling in rubber monster suits and destroying miniature models of Tokyo is what most folks think of when Godzilla is mentioned. And even diehard fans like myself can wince in embarrassment at moments like the Godzilla dropkick from Godzilla vs. Megalon, or
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Mark Hamill Hails ‘Star Wars’ Composer John Williams: ‘He Elevates Every Scene’

Mark Hamill Hails ‘Star Wars’ Composer John Williams: ‘He Elevates Every Scene’
“Aside from George Lucas, nobody deserves more credit for the success of `Star Wars’ than John Williams,” says Mark Hamill.

It’s a pretty bold statement from the actor who plays Luke Skywalker in five of the eight “Star Wars” movies, including a leading role in “The Last Jedi,” now the biggest-grossing movie of 2017. But then, perhaps more than most actors, Hamill appreciates the role of music in movies.

Hamill’s interest was sparked as a child, first taking note of Carl Stalling’s name as composer on old Warner Bros. cartoons, then Bernard Herrmann’s on the fantasy films of special-effects wizard Ray Harryhausen. “I saw ‘Jason and the Argonauts’ on a double bill with ‘7th Voyage of Sinbad,'” Hamill tells Variety. “I could hum the main-title themes from the time I saw them.

Once he realized that Herrmann was the same composer who had terrified moviegoers with his music for “Psycho,” he was even
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Disney's Merlin Saga Targets Director Ridley Scott

According to reports, Disney is in negotiation with Ridley Scott to helm The Merlin Saga along with his production company, Scott Free. It is believed that the Merlin Saga will be Scott's next project, but nothing has been officially confirmed by Disney or Ridley Scott. All the Money in the World as well as Alien: Covenant were both directed by Scott in 2017 and All the Money in the World is seeing quite a bit of acclaim, even after removing Kevin Spacey from the project and replacing him with Christopher Plummer at the absolute last minute.

Variety reports that Ridley Scott and Disney are in negotiations for the director to helm the Merlin Saga, which Academy Award winning screenwriter Philippa Boyens wrote the script for, based off of T.A. Barron's books. Boyens is best known for working with Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh on all six Middle-earth films as well
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Adam Wingard’s Godzilla vs King Kong Will Shoot in Georgia

“Let them fight.” Michael Dougherty’s Godzilla sequel just wrapped filming in Georgia this past year and it looks like Adam Wingard’s Godzilla vs King Kong will be staying in Georgia as well. The news comes to us from Omega Underground who reports that Godzilla vs Kong is expected to shoot a bulk of the stage […]

The post Adam Wingard’s Godzilla vs King Kong Will Shoot in Georgia appeared first on Dread Central.
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Bullet Head Starring Adrien Brody and John Malkovich Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD January 9th

The hyper-stylized edge-of-your-seat crime thriller, Bullet Head, arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital) and DVD January 9 from Lionsgate. This film is currently available on Digital and On Demand. Oscar® winner Adrien Brody (Best Actor, The Pianist, 2002), Golden Globe® nominee Antonio Banderas (Best Actor: “And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself,” 2004, TV Movie; The Mask of Zorro, 1998, and Evita, 1996, Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical), and Oscar® nominee John Malkovich (Best Supporting Actor, In the Line of Fire, 1993; Places in the Heart, 1984) star as three career criminals in jeopardy after pulling off the heist of a lifetime. Written and directed by award-winning visionary Paul Solet (Grace), the Bullet Head Blu-ray and DVD include never-before-seen special features and will be available for the suggested retail price of $21.99 and $19.98, respectively.

Oscar winner Adrien Brody, Antonio Banderas, and John Malkovich deliver the action in this riveting crime story filled with pulse-pounding twists and turns. After a heist gone tragically wrong,
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Mortal Engines: trailer for new Peter Jackson-produced film

Simon Brew Dec 19, 2017

Based on the book from Philip Reeve, here's the first trailer for the hugely ambitious Mortal Engines...

Overseen by Peter Jackson, Mortal Engines is an ambitious sci-fi adventure film, that’s heading into cinemas at the end of 2018.

Starring Hugo Weaving, Hera Hilmer and Robert Sheehan, the movie is being directed by Christian Rivers, and the first trailer and synopsis has just been released. We figured we’d bring them to you. Not least because this looks great.

Here, then, is the trailer…

And here’s the synopsis…

Thousands of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, humankind has adapted and a new way of living has evolved. Gigantic moving cities now roam the Earth, ruthlessly preying upon smaller traction towns. Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan)—who hails from a Lower Tier of the great traction city of London—finds himself fighting for his own survival
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