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Munich — Leading visual effects companies Cinesite and Image Engine have merged, giving the two entities a combined staff of over 525 VFX and animation staff at their studios in London, Vancouver and Montreal.
Cinesite, which opened its doors in London in 1994, has contributed BAFTA and Academy Award nominated and winning visual effects to films including “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Iron Man 3,” the Harry Potter series of films, and “The Golden Compass.” It is working on productions including “Now You See Me: The Second Act,” “Ant-Man,” “Spectre,” “The Last Witch Hunter,” “Gods of Egypt,” “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” and “The Revenant.”
Founded in Vancouver in 1995, Image Engine has built a strong reputation for producing high-quality visual effects for film and high-end television. Nominated for an Academy Award for its work on Neill Blomkamp’s “District 9” in 2009, the studio has gone on to work on such high-profile productions as “Elysium, »
- Leo Barraclough
Another day, another name to throw onto the pile of potential young actors who might play Peter Parker in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If you weren.t paying attention over the weekend, the list of candidates still in the hunt for the role of Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War (and beyond) boiled down to three actors: Tom Holland; Charlie Plummer; and Matthew Lintz. Those names came from sources speaking with The Wrap. But now, Birth.Movies.Death adds another name that they have heard from their own sources: Charlie Rowe, of The Golden Compass and Never Let Me Go. Bmd cites this intel as coming from a Sony source, and they claim that the race is down to Tom Holland and Charlie Rowe. Here.s a montage of the young man.s work: Bmd saying that this information comes from a Sony source is relevant because another story breaking »
Christopher Lee, "best known for a variety of films from Dracula to The Wicker Man through to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, passed away on Sunday morning at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London," reports Benjamin Lee in the Guardian. The star of The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Horror of Dracula (1958), Captain Horatio Hornblower (1951), To the Devil a Daughter (1976), The Passage (1979), House of the Long Shadows (1983), Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990), The Golden Compass (2007), The Resident (2011), Hugo (2011) and four films with director/fan Tim Burton (Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Dark Shadows), was 93. » - David Hudson »
The world of entertainment has been paying tribute to Sir Christopher Lee, who has died at the age of 93.
The prolific British actor was best-known for his work with Hammer Horror as well as The Wicker Man and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and many stars and fans have paid tribute to the star on Twitter today (June 10).
It's terribly when you lose an old friend, and Christopher Lee was one of my oldest. We first met in 1948.
— Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore) June 11, 2015
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) June 11, 2015
The great, always criminally underrated Sir Christopher Lee has left us. A Titan of Cinema and a huge part of my youth. Farewell.
— Mark Gatiss (@Markgatiss) June 11, 2015
An extraordinary man and life lead, Sir Christopher Lee. You were an icon, »
We look back at M Night Shyamalan's much-vilified fantasy movie, and ask if anything could have saved it...
“The Last Airbender is an agonizing experience in every category I can think of and others still waiting to be invented.”
So began Roger Ebert's review of The Last Airbender. It sounds harsh, but Ebert's half-star verdict was fairly representative of the tidal wave of criticism that engulfed director M. Night Shyamalan's most expensive and, ultimately, most derided film yet.
But unlike other misfires from Shyamalan, this wasn't based on his own original idea. It was the first of a planned trilogy based on the beloved Nickelodeon series Avatar: The Last Airbender, which was hugely acclaimed for its visual sense, engrossing storytelling and lively, vibrant characters. What went wrong? It's almost harder to try and figure out what, if anything, went right.
Six teenagers, including three Brits, have screen-tested for the role of the new Spider-Man in the latest reboot for the wall-crawling superhero, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Hugo and Ender’s Game’s Asa Butterfield, 18, was previously cited by Deadline as a frontrunner. He was joined on Saturday by Tom Holland, 19, best known for playing Naomi Watts’ son in disaster drama The Impossible, and The Golden Compass actor Charlie Rowe, 19. The American contingent, all thought to be around 14, include newcomer Judah Lewis, who appears in the forthcoming remake of Point Break, Pixels’ Matthew Lintz and Boardwalk Empire’s Charlie Plummer.
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- Ben Child
He joined the literary agency AP Watt in London and became a director, representing the sale of books to film such as Philip Pullman’s “The Golden Compass,” Giles Foden’s “Last King of Scotland” and Benjamin Mee’s “We Bought a Zoo.”
The London-born Harris and his wife Melissa, an on-air television host, moved to Los Angeles in 2006, and he joined Rws Literary Agency that year and became a partner. He became a manager and joined Mosaic in 2009, then joined ICM Partners to head their media rights department, where he worked with Josie Freedman to package literary properties for film and television.
In 2012, he created his own company, the Story Foundation, with his wife and brother-in-law Jason Traub to bring ideas to the page and the screen, »
- Dave McNary
Trewlove is described as a "thorough, determined and forthright" officer, who becomes a valuable member of the force and attracts the admiration of Endeavour.
Creator Russell Lewis said of the character: "Bright, capable and brave, Wpc Shirley Trewlove is a very welcome addition to the ranks of Oxford's Finest. While very much a young woman of the 1960s, Trewlove also evokes a very particular kind of timeless British heroine.
"The sort of clear-eyed, resourceful young woman one wouldn't be surprised to find behind the wheel of the ambulance in Ice Cold in Alex or keeping Robert Donat company across the moors in The 39 Steps. In Dakota we have found our perfect Trewlove. »
With fantasy franchises having been so popular in recent years, why did Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series stop before it got going?
A much beloved trilogy of fantasy novels, Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials was much praised for its rich, imaginative fantasy world, nuanced and ambiguous characters and powerful anti-religious themes. Critically acclaimed, award-laden bestsellers with a young heroine in the form of Lyra Bellacqua, the trilogy seemed an obvious choice to follow Harry Potter and Lord Of The Rings and become a blockbuster movie series.
New Line bought the rights after bringing Lord Of The Rings to the screen, hoping for a similar success. The two stories are very different High Fantasies though, and The Golden Compass contains concepts less familiar to audiences than wizards, monsters and swordplay. His Dark Materials was also occasionally categorised in shops as a children’s book, unlike Lord Of The Rings. »
Think your accountant gets creative at tax time? Consider the accountants who keep the books for the Hollywood studios. By their reckoning, almost every movie ever made is a flop. Even top-grossing movies are purportedly in the red, thanks to studios charging themselves overhead and other accounting tricks that help keep the producers from having to cough up percentages to tax collectors or to net profit participants (that is, actors, writers, and directors who are contractually owed a percentage of net profits). Kids, when you sign those Hollywood studio contracts, ask for gross points, not net.
It's notoriously difficult to tell which bloated Hollywood disasters actually did lose money. First off, the studios collect only about half of the box office take (the rest goes to the theater owners). Second, production budget figures are notoriously unreliable and seldom include P&A (that is, prints and advertising, the cost of distributing and marketing a film, »
- Gary Susman
Toby Jones (Harry Potter, Captain America, The Hunger Games) is recognized for his role in Marvellous. The show received two other nominations including Single Drama and Supporting Actress for Gemma Jones.
- email@example.com (Monica Mendoza)
Nominated for Best UK Feature at the Raindance Film Festival, The Quiet Hour is a gritty post-apocalyptic thriller with a human story at its core. I love the sprinkling of sci-fi here and how the FX are integrated into the moody British landscape.
The Quiet Hour is a UK science-fiction thriller written and directed by French director Stephanie Joalland and produced by Sean McConville. It stars Dakota Blue Richards (The Golden Compass), Karl Davies and Jack McMullen.
In a remote part of rural, post-apocalyptic England, now occupied by unseen alien invaders, a feisty teenage girl sets out on a desperate attempt to fight back a group of bandits and defend her parents' farm, their remaining livestock, and the solar panels that are the key to keeping them s [Continued ...] »
A new trailer has been released for the post-apocalyptic thriller The Quiet Hour. This film, which was shot in the United Kingdom, involves an alien invasion and the few human survivors that remain. These survivors must defend themselves against bandits and from the aliens above. To show at the Kansas City Film Festival, this title stars: Dakota Blue Richards (The Golden Compass), Karl Davies and Jack McMullen. The film's latest trailer is hosted here. The film's story focuses on Sarah (Richards). She tries to defend her family farm, from marauders. She also must take care of her blind brother. Together, they face challenging odds as the sky lights up with extraterrestrial forces, bent on stealing the Earth's resources. Gritty, The Quiet Hour looks to satisfy most post-apocalyptic film fans. The film offers lots of conflict and tension, with several antagonists gracing the screen. Fans of the genre can find out »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
For every Harry Potter or Hunger Games series, there are those franchises that didn't quite set the world on fire...
Since Insurgent came out, I’ve been thinking about those less fortunate: the franchise wannabes. While Divergent may have succeeded financially, (a film that rode on the coat-tails of the even more lucrative The Hunger Games franchise) there are others who didn’t quite make it into the movie world’s big leagues. These are the franchise-starters that flopped, the films produced with the optimistic hope that they will bring in the readies and kick-start Hollywood’s latest franchise. Worse luck for them, really.
For the sake of simplicity, this list will zero in on Ya franchise-starters, films adapted from a young adult novel or with that audience in mind. There are plenty of more mature films that struggled such as Prince Of Persia: The Sands of Time, The A-Team »
On the surface of it, Disney's decision to frontload their updated live-action Cinderella with a brand new Frozen short looks like a bad move. A large part of Frozen's appeal with critics (if not with kids) was its subversive treatment of familiar storybook tropes like "true love's kiss", where Princess Elsa's relationship with her estranged sister became the central focus and romance was an afterthought. Surely attaching Frozen Fever could only emphasise how creaky and regressive the Cinderella story now looks.
But of course, Cinderella has endured for a reason. Director Kenneth Branagh has a steady handle on both the wonder and the humanity of the story, which was originally set to be adapted by Never Let Me Go's Mark Romanek. Though an intriguing prospect, Romanek's »
Pim Razenberg on the future of franchising…
Around the start of the new millennium a change occurred in Hollywood; a change that had been brewing for a while. The production of cinematic sequels to popular movies proved to warrant a strong outcome at the box office and studios were looking for ways to exploit their sequels in a more effective manner.
Without further warning, 2001’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring broke all box office conventions. Due to their immense success, the concept of “media franchises” dawned on the world, giving new meaning to the business term “franchise”. Hollywood’s adaptation of the term – their substitution for the then more common term “(film) series” – indicated a fusion between media and merchandise aimed for longevity. Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings proved that producing movies and sequels »
- Gary Collinson
While John Williams is confirmed to score the soundtrack for this December's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it seems the idea of also taking on a number of standalone films set outside the main saga was too much to ask. Instead, director Gareth Edwards has turned to a familiar collaborator for his upcoming Star Wars standalone movie. Alexandre Desplat is now confirmed to score Rogue One.
Alexandre Desplat revealed the news himself with Radio Classique's Culture Club. He just won the Oscar for scoring The Grand Budapest Hotel for Wes Anderson. This past summer, he also composed the music for Gareth Edwards's Godzilla. That film saw him incorporating Akira Ifukeube's iconic 1954 Godzilla theme, so it makes sense that he would come aboard to provide a soundtrack that will also demand some of the original John Williams music be used. Though, no further details about his plans have been unveiled at this time. »
At last, the question on everyone’s lips has been answered! At least, the Star Wars-related question. The one related to the Star Wars spin-off films. Which were strongly rumoured amidst the news that Disney had bought the rights to George Lucas’s space opera franchise of diminishing returns, and finally confirmed a while ago now.
Then the slow drip of news came through, with American Pie and The Golden Compass’s Chris Weitz in line to write one of the multiple spin-offs, and Godzilla director Gareth Edwards all set up to direct. That was all anyone knew, however, with the rumours as to their plots being everything from a Young Han Solo story to a bounty hunter team up.
- Tom Baker
As is tradition here at Box Office Mojo, we made domestic box office predictions for holiday 2014 releases ahead of the start of the season. Now that those movies are essentially at the end of their runs, it's time to grade that forecast.As usual, there were a healthy set of very accurate predictions (Big Hero 6, Into the Woods, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb), along with a handful that were laughably inaccurate (Exodus: Gods & Kings, Horrible Bosses 2).For each title, we will list the domestic forecast, the actual gross (in most cases an estimate) and the percentage difference [(Actual-Forecast)/Forecast]. Each prediction will be assigned a grade on the following arbitrary scale: A (less than 10% difference), B (10-19.9%), C (20-29.9%), D (30-39.9%) and F (over 40%).The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1Forecast: $385 millionActual: $337 million (est.)Difference: -13%Grade: BThe previous Hunger Games movies each earned over $408 million at »
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A product of the Disney princess machine. Its highest ambition is to move a new line of toys. Or to evoke despair in the fairy-tale-ization of girls’ lives. I’m “biast” (pro): I’ve enjoyed director Kenneth Branagh’s movies
I’m “biast” (con): I’m so done with princess crap
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
This is how it begins, the fairy-tale-ization of little girls’ lives. Make sure to get ’em while they’re young, and tell ’em: You don’t need any discernible personality or interest in the world to be successful as a lady. Just “be kind,” even to the point of being a doormat; for god’s sake, don’t make waves or complain, just endure whatever abuse the world throws at you even if you could easily walk away from it. As a reward, eventually, luck and magic will »
- MaryAnn Johanson
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