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Feature James Clayton 17 May 2013 - 05:48
As the summer movie season brings speculation about flops and bombs, James argues that, for viewers, there's no such thing as failure...
We're now well into blockbuster season, and the rest of the summer lies before us bright with big screen promise. The tentpole features are stacked like tenpins on the shiny stage, and you're eyeing them up from afar and you're wearing jaunty shoes. Which ones will fall and which ones will remain standing proudly once the turn's been rolled and the tallies have been totalled up?
The bowling metaphor is ill-fitting and awful (even more ill-fitting and awful than the shoes) so I apologise for chuckin' it up. Nevertheless, if you view it from a certain angle (probably the gutter) the summer movie season does look like a game. It's a kitschy game that's subject to quirks of fate and chance, and it's all about the numbers. »
Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired U.S. rights to "Whitewash," starring Thomas Haden Church. Writer-director Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais won the Best New Narrative Director prize at this year's Tribeca Film Festival for his movie about a snowplow operator in Canada who must deal with the aftermath of a terrible accident. "Now I just can't wait for Americans to discover Thomas Haden Church's performance," Hoss-Desmarais said in the announcement. This will be Church's first film since last year's "John Carter," and the first film in which you can see his face since 2011's "We Bought a Zoo" (Church provided the voice and motion capture imagery for the alien Tal Hajus in "John Carter," as I'm sure everyone remembers). "Whitewash" was produced by Luc Dery and Kim McCraw of micro_scope, a company know for well-reviewed indies like "Incendies" in 2010 and "Monsieur Lazhar" in 2011. No release date has been set, but Oscilloscope is »
- Ben Travers
It happens every year. We spent months on this site covering a movie that looks good, smells good, and has the potential to be the next big classic, only to see it belly flop when its placed in front of a paying audience. Sometimes the movie is bad, as was the case with Green Lantern. Sometimes, the marketing doesn't work in favor of a small masterpiece, like Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World. And sometimes, a movie just gets buried by the bigger movies around it in a crowded marketplace. Then, on that very odd occasion, there's the rare misfortune of having Taylor Kitsch as your leading man.
Last year we watched movies like Rock of Ages, Total Recall, Dark Shadows, Battleship and John Carter whiff it at the plate. 2013 won't be any different. Except that we're entering into May with a completely Kitsch free line-up.
We already know that Iron Man 3 »
The Brad Pitt zombie vehicle World War Z, based on the 2006 novel by Max Brooks, is in full promotional mode now with posters, and trailers, and everything. I know, right? But there’s a curious element that Plan B Entertainment and Paramount have chosen to leave out of all footage and posters – the fact that it is clearly about zombies. Whether it’s the John Carter situation all over again, whereby the studio didn’t want to call the film by its rightful title John Carter of Mars due to some bizarre pre-conceived notion that sci-fi movies don’t sell, or not, is something that Brad Pitt and the director Marc Forster will have to wrestle with.
Are they banking on the audience not realising that Z is in fact a letter, not a number? And that in terms of post-apocalyptic fiction, Z is usually a good indication that zombies will be included, »
- Rob Batchelor
After making a name for himself in the indie world, Jon Favreau made an even bigger name as a blockbuster director with Iron Man and Iron Man 2. But after his last movie, Cowboys & Aliens, debuted to tepid reviews, Favreau took a break from helming giant productions. (It helps that Warner Bros. put Jersey Boys into turnaround and Magic Kingdom is developing slowly at Disney.) To cleanse the palate, he directed the pilot for Revolution and a late-season episode of The Office while taking on supporting roles in the likes of John Carter, Identity Thief, and (hey) Iron Man 3. According to Variety, Favreau is eying a independent production for his next feature. Favreau is in talks with financiers to write, direct, and star in Chef. Details are scarce, but Favreau would play an emotional chef who runs a Los Angeles restaurant in the indie comedy. It would be nice »
- Brendan Bettinger
In 20 years time, we’re probably not going to remember 84% of the film stars polluting Hollywood at the moment, let’s be honest. The Adam Sandlers and the Robert Downey Juniors are safe, they have a backing with many established films under their belts.
But there are numerous stars out there who are simply place holders, with nothing special marking them out. If you think about it, there are so many people out there with a pretty face or a good body, but only a small handful will be remembered. Most of them will die off in a couple of years.
It’s not that I’m bitter though. Sure, I’d like to look like Channing Tatum, or earn thousands of pennies for starring in a massive franchise like Twilight. It’s the truth. So many film stars in the movies nowadays are just your flavour of the month. »
- James Brown
Kosinski's Mind-boggling Sci-Fier to Boast Cruise's Biggest Domestic Box-Office Debut Weekend Since 2006?: Tom Cruise is no longer the superstar he used to be -- well, in case you believe the United States and Canada represent the whole world. (More information on Cruise's international b.o. allure further down.) Since J.J. Abrams' thriller Mission: Impossible III back in '06, only one Cruise movie in wide release has opened with more than $25 million at the North American box office: Brad Bird's fourquel Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, which brought in $29.55 million on its second weekend (and first in wide release) on Christmas weekend 2011. This weekend (April 19-21), Cruise returns to American and Canadian screens with Joseph Kosinski's "original" sci-fier Oblivion; initial (Friday) results have surpassed studio predictions and, for that matter, the predictions of most pundits. (Pictured above: Cruise in the box-office hit sci-fier Oblivion.) As per estimates »
- Zac Gille
A wealth of blockbuster trailers have been released this week, with the first look at Hunger Games: Catching Fire finally satisfying fans' anticipation for the sequel, and Star Trek Into Darkness debuting the final trailer before the sci-fi epic explodes onto the big screen. We've also got Henry Cavill suited and booted in the Man of Steel trailer, showing off the dramatic tone change in the Superman franchise.
Digital Spy takes a look at the best trailers from the last seven days...
'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' trailer: Anticipated trailer revealed at MTV Movie Awards
A first trailer for the next instalment in The Hunger Games shows off the victory tour with undertones of an uprising within the districts. It shows a sinister President Snow (Donald Sutherland) declare that Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence, fresh from her Oscar victory) 'has to be eliminated'. There seems to be little sign of the film's second half, »
Edgar Rice Burroughs may have been a master storyteller who pretty much fathered our modern-day genres of fantasy and sci-fi, but he's sure as heck having a rough time in Tinseltown at the moment. Tarzan, his best-known character ahead of John Carter, was swinging towards the big screen at a rate of knots with Alexander Skarsgård attached and David Yates behind the camera. Not any more. Deadline reports that the production has been mothballed, at least for the time being, with concerns over budget and rumoured difficulties persuading Jamie Foxx to sign up as third lead alongside Skarsgård and Jessica Chastain.Fans of the loin-clothed vine-botherer have no long-term cause for despair, though. Deadline reports that Warner Bros. is still looking at 2014 as a possible start date and Yates remains on board. The production was never officially greenlit so Tarzan remained filed under 'franchise-in-waiting'. And with Adam Cozad and Footloose »
Producers were reportedly unable to reduce the film's high budget to a level with which Warner Bros were comfortable, although insiders claim that the plan is to try mounting the project again next year.
Alexander Skarsgard was attached to play the lead role, while Jessica Chastain was recently reported to be in talks for the female lead Jane.
Samuel L Jackson was also tentatively attached to play an ex-mercenary who assists Tarzan in his mission to save the Congo from a vengeful warlord.
Burroughs's John Carter was adapted by Disney for the big screen last year, and was a commercial flop that is estimated to have cost the company $200 million. »
In a typically astute essay written for the March edition of GQ, Mark Harris muses on the qualities that make and sustain a movie star in the current Hollywood climate, and hit upon the contrasting fates of Channing Tatum and Taylor Kitsch last year to prove his point. Both actors began 2012 on the brink of stardom, with multiple mainstream releases ahead of them poised to do the job. But only Tatum made good on the promise, with a series of well-chosen leads in overperforming mid-size projects, while Kitsch's vehicles ("Battleship," "John Carter," "Savages") were all high-profile clunkers that did little »
- Guy Lodge
Except for "The Croods," there's not a ton for families to see together in theaters right now. Parents with teens may want to check out the new Jackie Robinson biopic "42" or "Jurassic Park 3D," but those with younger kids at home are better off keeping their family movie night at home until "Epic" comes out next month. This week we've put together a list of two page-to-screen adaptations and one big-budget action franchise. These selections should please everyone, from preschoolers to teens -– not to mention parents who won't have to pretend to like a movie with these picks. Rated G Pick - "The Tale of Despereaux" (2008, 94 minutes) Netflix Amazon Instant iTunes Kids Will Love: Talking animals! A trapped princess! This is an epic adventure following a plucky mouse Despereaux (Matthew Broderick) in the kingdom of Dor, where mice have been banished to live in Mouseland. After Despereaux talks to »
- Sandie Chen
Feature Ivan Radford 4 Apr 2013 - 06:47
In his latest Music in Film column, Ivan has a listen to some of the finest soundtracks to appear this year so far...
In fact, February/March is fast becoming my favourite time of year for unexpected film music treats. 2012 gave us Michael Giacchino’s epic sci-fi score to John Carter, Mark Mothersbaugh’s fun 21 Jump St, the charming Hunky Dory, and Jónsi’s (of Sigur Ros) lovely We Bought A Zoo. Here are some scores that you might not have noticed this year, which are all worth a listen.
This is the best story I've heard in a while!
Disney and Pixar are moving forward to making a "Finding Nemo" sequel, this time it's going to be called "Finding Dory."
Just keep swimming, just keep swimming!
In a statement, DeGeneres said, .I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long time...I.m not mad it took this long. I know the people at Pixar were busy creating .Toy Story 16.. But the time they took was worth it. The script is fantastic. And it has everything I loved about the first one: It.s got a lot of heart, it.s really funny, and the best part is.it.s got a lot more Dory. »
Disney announced today the upcoming Finding Nemo sequel won't be Finding Nemo 2, in fact it will be titled Finding Dory as Ellen DeGeneres returns as the voice of the forgetful blue tang fish with a release date already set for November 25, 2015. That date, coincidentally, is also the date Fox has tentatively set for the Peanuts film based on Charles Schulz's Charlie Brown comic strip, but I have to assume that will now change. Original Finding Nemo director and director Wall-e, Andrew Stanton, will return to direct this film as his first since the John Carter debacle. Finding Dory takes place about a year after the first film, and features returning favorites Marlin, Nemo and the Tank Gang, among others. Set in part along the California coastline, the story also welcomes a host of new characters, including a few who will prove to be a very important part of Dory's life. »
- Brad Brevet
We heard that Oscar-winning animation filmmaker Andrew Stanton is directing a Finding Nemo sequel last year, not so long after his expensive live-action debut John Carter proved to be a disappointment at the box office. It didn’t take long for Ellen DeGeneres to enter negotiations to reprise her beloved voice role as the memory-impaired blue tang fish Dory from the first movie.
A few months later, Disney/Pixar introduced DeGeneres’ character to the current kiddie generation – who were either not alive or too young to remember the year 2003 - by giving Finding Nemo a 3D theatrical re-rerelease. That decision was rewarding on two levels, in terms of immediate profits And early marketing for the sequel, which has now been officially titled… Finding Dory.
Here is an excerpt from the press release, ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Taking a film's side character and making them the center of the sequel is a risky proposition, as Pixar well knows after the disappointing, Mater-centric Cars 2. But Dory the blue tang fish from Finding Nemo remains by far the film's most enduring character, and the studio seemingly has no choice than to put her front and center in the planned sequel. So today they've officially announced Finding Dory, a sequel to the studio's second-most profitable film (behind Toy Story 3) set for a November 25, 2015 release. Andrew Stanton, who directed Finding Nemo and the sterling Wall-e for Pixar before moving on to the disappointing John Carter, will be back to direct, with Albert Brooks returning to voice the ever-worried Marlin. The announcement promises appearance from Nemo and "The Tank Gang," but it's unclear if Weeds star Alexander Gould will return to voice an older Nemo, or if Allison Janney, Willem Dafoe, »
The long-awaited sequel to Pixar's 2003 smash hit "Finding Nemo" is finally ready to set sail. Ellen DeGeneres, who provides the voice for the charmingly forgetful fish Dory, will officially return for the sequel, which is now officially titled "Finding Dory." Director Andrew Stanton -- who helmed the original, as well as the pricey live-action flop "John Carter" -- noted that "Dory" takes place about a year after the first film, and will focus on Dory, while also including the return of Marlin, Nemo, the Tank Gang, and others. New characters will also populate the sequel, which takes place partially along the »
- Dave Lewis
Even though we have to wait over two more years to see this, Disney and Pixar have officially confirmed and announced details on the Finding Nemo sequel. It will be officially called Finding Dory, which certainly hints at the plot, and will be arriving in theaters on Wednesday, November 25th, 2015, Thanksgiving week. It was first revealed last summer that Andrew Stanton would be returning to Pixar after making John Carter to develop this new Finding Nemo sequel. Ellen DeGeneres is also confirmed to return as the voice of Dory, which is just perfect. "There is no Dory without Ellen," said Stanton. We couldn't agree more. The studio released an early logo for the film, which we've included below for reference. Lookin' good so far! Here's the rest of the press release from Disney with quotes and some minor plot details mentioned within: When Dory said "just keep swimming" in 2003's Oscar®-winning film "Finding Nemo, »
- Alex Billington
While it was officially announced last year, the sequel to Disney and Pixar's beloved "Finding Nemo" now has a name, a release date, and some extra plot details. In November, 2015, be prepared to buy your ticket to view the aquatic world of "Finding Dory." “I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long time,” said DeGeneres in a statement released by the studio. “I'm not mad it took this long. I know the people at Pixar were busy creating ‘Toy Story 16.' But the time they took was worth it. The script is fantastic. And it has everything I loved about the first one: It's got a lot of heart, it's really funny, and the best part is -- it's got a lot more Dory.” Original director Andrew Stanton, who in the years since "Finding Nemo" directed "Wall-e" and "John Carter," will be returning to helm "Finding Dory, »
- Drew Taylor
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