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Trevor Hogg chats with visual effects producer Allen Maris, production visual effects supervisor John Dykstra; visual effects supervisors Ken McGaugh, Guillaume Rocheron and Darren Poe, previs supervisor Eric Carney and designer Christian Pearce about the monstrous task of bringing a Toho Studios icon back to the big screen….
“I received a call from Kim LoCascio, Legendary’s VFX Executive, saying they had a cool project that was starting to gear up and asked if I’d like to meet for it,” recalls VFX Producer Allen Maris (Prometheus) as to how he became involved with reviving a Toho Studios iconic diakaiju (giant monster) called Gojira which is better known outside of Japan as Godzilla. “I met with her and Ty Warren and then they set up a Skype interview with Gareth [Edwards]. I started the week after that.” A major conventional presentation served as a starting point. “Coming into this one, they »
- Trevor Hogg
"In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes," it's claimed Andy Warhol once said. Some stars shine much brighter than others, though, and in the case of Hollywood we often see actors hit big early before disappearing without trace.
Brandon Routh, who delivered a sensitive and assured turn as the Man of Steel in 2006's Superman Returns, is one such example. Routh never quite got the breaks he deserved after landing that life-changing role, so it's nice to see him back in the superhero game with an upcoming role as Atom in Arrow.
Digital Spy takes a look back at a handful of stars who couldn't escape their one big role.
Plucked from relative obscurity to lead Bryan Singer's lavish Superman sequel, Routh impressively channelled Christopher Reeve on his big screen debut but found leading man roles difficult to come by in the aftermath.
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‘Tis the season for red, white and blue patriotism, which finds perfect cinematic expression in the pro-American military thriller Lone Survivor, which recently debuted on Blu-ray. Based on The New York Times bestselling book “Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of Seal Team 10,” Lone Survivor doesn’t stop to ask any big questions about what we’re doing in the Middle East, let alone offer any Kubrick-ian treatise on the nature of war. Instead, it simply dramatizes with harrowing effectiveness the true story of four heroic Navy SEALs who fought against the Taliban to the bitter end out of unmitigated love of country and their fellow American soldiers. Hit the jump for my complete Lone Survivor Blu-ray review. Academy Award nominee Mark Wahlberg (2006 Best Supporting Actor, The Departed) stars in the film as real-life hero and “Lone Survivor” author Marcus Luttrell, a Seal sniper who, »
- Harrison Pierce
A Georgia county court has charged director Randall Miller and two producers of the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass following the February on-set death of 27-year-old Sarah Elizabeth Jones. “An indictment has been returned in Wayne Superior Court charging Randall Miller, Jody Savin and Jay Sedrish with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass,” announced Jackie L. Johnson, Brunswick Judicial Circuit district attorney, in a statement. “Involuntary manslaughter carries a potential sentence of 10 years in prison under Georgia law. Criminal trespass is a misdemeanor and carries a potential sentence of 12 months.”
Jones, a camera assistant, was »
- Jeff Labrecque
A list of the thirty most expensive films ever made, adjusted for inflation in comparison to the consumer price index, has been compiled by Business Insider. What made the list isn't a shock, though the ordering is sometimes unexpected.
Both the first two "Pirates of the Caribbean" sequels and Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" sequels made the top fifteen which encompasses all films that cost more than $250 million to produce (not to market or release) in today's dollars. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" didn't make the list thanks largely due to the studio splitting it into two films and thus cutting its individual film costs considerably.
Others on this list like "Tangled" and "Superman Returns" further down essentially had to swallow large development costs of previous incarnations of the projects that never got off the ground. Here's the top fifteen:
"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" - $341.8 million
- Garth Franklin
Canadian-born Taylor Kitsch has worked as an actor for over eight years and is known for his role as Tim Riggins on the NBC television show "Friday Night Lights," as well as many others in films such as "Battleship," "John Carter" and HBO's "The Normal Heart." Recently, however, he has mixed things up and taken on his first directorial project. His new short film, entitled "Pieces," tells the story of Kyle (played by Kitsch), whose failure to pay a crushing gambling debt puts his life in danger and his best friend, Evan (Josh Pence), in an awkward position, having to navigate through a seedy underworld he knows nothing about in order to save him. Indiewire caught up with Kitsch on the eve of the film's world premiere at the 2014 Palm Springs International ShortFest & Film Market to discuss the project and directing as a whole. What pushed you to direct?Well, »
- Oliver MacMahon
Update: Thanks to a reader I've added Speed 2 to the list, if you find more that should be added let me know and we'll see if we can make this a little more accurate. In today's Hollywood, movies don't seem to exist first and foremost as pieces of entertainment or as even great stories to be told. Yes, you could argue that as far back as the studio system has existed it's been a "business first" attitude, but a focus on budgets, box office and salaries seems to be at an all-time high. If you disagree, fair enough, but as a willing participant in such coverage I'm also somewhat ashamed to admit I think the heavy focus negatively effects the kind of movies we get. So, what am I going to doc I'm going to give it even more coverage. Business Insider has posted a list of the 30 most expense »
- Brad Brevet
In the space of two and a half weeks, spanning from the end of May to the beginning of June, both Taylor Kitsch and Andrew Stanton went on record as saying they were upset that the next two John Carter films weren't happening. While it's sad that these films never came to pass, it's even sadder that Walt Disney Pictures lost out on $200 million on the underperforming blockbuster hopeful of 2012. For a movie that is actually pretty damned good, and also such a lynchpin of science fiction as we know it, to sink faster than the Titanic on fast forward is a real shame. Had this film succeeded, we'd probably be looking at a different cinematic landscape right now: one where Jules Verne and H.G. Wells are freely adapted without shame or fear of internet backlash. And yet, I'm here today to tell you that it is time to »
Kevin Costner is back on the big screen this week in action-thriller 3 Days to Kill. It's not a classic Costner film by any stretch (he's essentially playing Liam Neeson in Taken), but the film is arriving right in the middle of a career revival for the actor who headlined big hits two decades ago. With Man of Steel, Draft Day, Jack Ryan and 3 Days all under his belt over the last 12 months, we're experiencing something of a Costnaissance (to swipe a term coined for Matthew McConaughey).
As a screen star Costner was never blessed with dynamic range or the ability to transform himself like a Daniel Day-Lewis can, but what he can deliver is a performance of earnestness and honesty that connects with an audience. He is frequently the glue that holds a film together, a movie star with the everyman appeal of someone like James Stewart. If anything, Costner »
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 22, 2014
Price: DVD $19.97, Blu-ray $24.99
When writer Larry Kramer hosted a gathering of gay men at his home in 1981 to discuss the “gay cancer” that was plaguing their community, he effectively launched a series of events that would change the face of the Gay Rights Movement and American activism. In 1985, he immortalized the events in the groundbreaking drama The Normal Heart, which was later revived on Broadway in 2011, garnering five Tony Award nominations. Three decades after its Off Broadway debut, The Normal Heart arrives as an HBO film starring Mark Ruffalo (The Kids Are All Right) and Julia Roberts (Eat Pray Love).
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- NATHANIEL R
I have a curious habit, maybe you have it too, if you are a real movie geek, film fan, cinema addict, what have you.
A certain number of movies that I have seen and loved with all my heart were losers at the box office or were mercilessly slammed by critics, usually both. This doesn’t happen all the time, mind you. I know a bad movie when I see one. But several times I have seen a movie on opening day and loved it so much I was sure it would be a big hit and be loved by critics and film goers, nope, not all the time.
Here then is my own personal and highly eccentric top ten list, with some honorable mentions, of movies that lost out, yet I love them still, many of them desperately, hysterically, madly do I love these films, well anyway… let me tell you about it. »
- Sam Moffitt
The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. There will be a quiz later. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “How we made City of God” — The Guardian catches up with Alice Braga and assistant director Lamartine Ferreira to get an inside look at the creation of a devastating modern masterpiece. “This was only Meirelles’s second feature film, so City of God was a turning point for him, too. He knew what he wanted, but he was never too pushy. We couldn’t shoot at Cidade de Deus, the real City of God slum, though. It was too dangerous because it was in the middle of a drug war. Instead, we shot at Cidade Alta (Higher City), a similar-looking slum, using community members as security guards because they wouldn’t let us bring our own. I don’t remember feeling unsafe at any time. Sure, some »
- Scott Beggs
(Cbr) While Disney’s plans for a trilogy were derailed when 2012′s "John Carter" failed so miserably at the box office, yesterday the film’s director Andrew Stanton showed on Twitter some possible logos for the rest of the series. Noting they had “big plans,” Stanton teased what looks like a possible logo for the second film: Could have been cool. Had big plans… pic.twitter.com/xtL0KuLyAf — andrew stanton (@andrewstanton) June 7, 2014 "The Gods of Mars" was said to be “in development” before the first movie hit theaters, adapting the novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It still has a page on the Internet Movie Database listing it as such. A potential third film, "Warlord of Mars," would have adapted Burroughs’ third Barsoom book of the same name: …That would have led to even bigger plans. pic.twitter.com/GCXet6iZ3g — andrew stanton (@andrewstanton) June 7, 2014 “They would very largely »
- JK Parkin, Comic Book Resources
Any way you slice it, John Carter was a big fat flop. Which means our chances of ever getting a sequel are essentially zero. But there was a time when Disney was hoping the film would launch a full-fledged franchise. And now, thanks to director Andrew Stanton, we have some idea of where it might […]
- Angie Han
Unfortunately for Disney, John Carter was in no way a box office success. It had good actors and a lot of money was thrown at it, but it just didn’t hit the mark with audiences. Since that time Disney has acquired a classic sci-fi space franchise (Star Wars) that is guaranteed to make their money back for them. Thus John Carter has been left in the dust.
Director Andrew Stanton saw this whole situation going in a completely different direction. He was working on the sequels to film before the first movie had even hit the theaters.
Recently Stanton Tweeted a couple of logos revealing what he had in store for us. You can check those out below:
"Could have been cool. Had big plans…"
"...That would have led to even bigger plans."
I feel bad for the guy because the concept of John Carter was cool, and it »
- Billy Fisher
It's been just over two years now since Andrew Stanton's live action take on John Carter was released into cinemas. A hugely expensive project for Disney, the film nonetheless took $284m at the global box office, but was savaged by many. That said, the film still has a dedicated fanbase, many of us here amongst it.
However, the commercial performance of John Carter meant that plans for sequels were scuppered. Director Andrew Stanton has instead chosen to tackle Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory. But on his Twitter account, he's now teased the John Carter sequels that were planned, but are never now meant to be.
Firstly? There was to be this one...
Could have been cool. Had big plans... pic.twitter.com/xtL0KuLyAf
— andrew stanton (@andrewstanton) June 7, 2014
...That would have led to even bigger plans. »
Young women turned out in droves this weekend to see teen romance The Fault in our Stars, which easily took the top spot with $48 million. Meanwhile, Edge of Tomorrow was unable to convert strong reviews in to a successful debut.The Fault in our Stars opened noticeably higher than past romantic hits The Vow ($41.2 million) and Dear John ($30.5 million). Despite doing more business on Friday, though, Fault wound up lower than star Shailene Woodley's Divergent ($54 million) for the full weekend.With over 10 million copies in print, John Green's The Fault in our Stars is one of the most popular books in recent memory. Fans of the book were enamored with the movie's trailer, which appeared to accurately portray the story of two cancer-stricken teens falling in love. From there, distributor 20th Century Fox mobilized those fans with a targeted marketing strategy that focused heavily on social media outreach. »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Given the huge loss incurred by Disney with 2012′s John Carter, it’s absolutely no surprise that the studio opted against giving the green light to a second instalment of Andrew Stanton’s adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Barsoom series. Nevertheless, Taylor Kitsch recent offered up some thoughts on the script for the second movie, which he described as “f*cking awesome”, and now Stanton has taken to Twitter to release the title cards for two planned sequels in John Carter and the Gods of Mars and John Carter, Warlord of Mars….
Are you disappointed that Stanton and Kitsch didn’t get to continue their story, or is that a silly question?
- Gary Collinson
Andrew Stanton was an accomplished creative force behind two of Pixar’s most successful and critically acclaimed animated features, having directed Finding Nemo and Wall•E, when Disney tapped him to take on their long-in-development John Carter. It proved to be a difficult property for audiences to wrap their heads around, to say the least.
Based on the 1917 novel A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs – the legendary sci-fi/fantasy author who also created Tarzan - John Carter had seen a series of directors come and go over the years, but fans of the book series remained hopeful that Stanton’s proven storytelling vision and knack for the more fantastical side of the film’s elements might prove successful.
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- Anthony Vieira
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