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There's so much cool stuff happening at SXSW 2014, it's hard to know where to begin. That being said, if you're one of the lucky ones who are attending the event, here's something you Don't want to miss!
From the Press Release
For a limited time only during SXSW 2014, Robert Rodriguez is proud to launch a museum featuring his own specially curated collection of art which includes the work of celebrated American artist Frank Frazetta.
Considered to be the most influential fantasy artist in history, Frazetta contributed iconic artwork to classic works of fiction for Conan the Barbarian, Tarzan, and John Carter of Mars among others. The gallery will be open to the public daily from Saturday, March 8th, to Sunday, March 16th, from 12 Noon-8 Pm. The museum is located at 920 Congress Ave. in Austin, TX. The gallery will have a $20 entrance fee benefiting the Frazetta Estate's preservation of the art »
- Uncle Creepy
Exclusive: CAA has signed actor Taylor Kitsch. Here’s the guy who – after playing one of the great recent TV characters in fullback Tim Riggins on Friday Night Lights and then a small but showy role as Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine – seemed like he was going to be the next big leading man. That was before he suffered a hellacious summer when the two big movies he starred in, John Carter and Battleship, both flopped. But Kitsch has put himself back on the track with a good showing in the Oliver Stone-directed Savages and most recently playing the Medal of Honor-winning Long Island-bred Navy Seal Michael Murphy in the Peter Berg-directed Lone Survivor. Kitsch was last repped by Wme but has been agent-less this year until now. He continues to be managed by Untitled Entertainment, and he next stars in the ensemble of HBO’s adaptation »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Wamg is giving away 5 DVDs of the new action thriller Wicked Blood.
The film stars Abigail Breslin (August: Osage County, Little Miss Sunshine, Haunter) Alexa Vega (Spy Kids, Machete Kills) Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings, GoldenEye, Age of Heroes) James Purefoy (“The Following,” John Carter, Ironclad) and Lew Temple (“The Walking Dead”, Lawless, Unstoppable).
Backed by an all-star cast, Academy Award® nominee Abigail Breslin is Hannah – a teenage girl desperate to free her family from the corrupt Southern underworld of violence, guns, meth and biker gangs that surrounds them. A chess-wiz, Hannah lives with her older sister, Amber (Alexa Vega), and her drug-addicted Uncle Donny (Lew Temple) and they all live in fear of “Uncle Frank” (Sean Bean) Stinson, who runs the powerful crime organization in a ruthless manner.
But when »
- Movie Geeks
The Google Oscar commercial was one of the highlights of Sunday’s Academy Awards broadcast. The one-minute clip featured young filmmakers learning about movies and storytelling, accompanied by audio from Oscar-winning director of Wall-e, Finding Nemo and John Carter Andrew Stanton speaking at the Ted conference. It’s a beautiful, inspiring piece of work. Check it out below. Here’s the Google […]
The post Google Oscar Commercial: “We’re All Storytellers” Featuring Pixar’s Andrew Stanton appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
"That's what's so special about stories - they're not predictable." During the Oscars show on ABC, Google aired a commercial they call "We're All Storytellers", a wonderful 60-second spot build mainly around a part of the speech Pixar filmmaker Andrew Stanton (who won Oscars for Wall-e and Finding Nemo) gave in a Ted Talk in 2012. I will fully admit that the TV spot made me tear up, just because it's so beautifully put together, and I don't care that it's a bit cheesy or a bit prophetic, I love it, and I admire what it's saying. Google knows how to make stellar ads built around stories, and here they show they know the dynamics of great storytelling. A perfect ad for the Oscars, and worth a highlight of its own. See the full Google ad below. "We all love stories. We're born for them," says filmmaker Andrew Stanton (of Finding Nemo, »
- Alex Billington
The word “flop” can mean a number of things in the movie industry, for a failure can of course be critical, commercial, or in the worst cases, both. Commentators love to discuss movies that have flopped, though it’s worth distinguishing between movies that simply underwhelmed at the box office (and possibly with critics) and movies that were flat-out, horrendous train-wrecks.
These 12 films all have one common fibre: they are presumed by most audiences to be colossal, money-losing flops, when in reality, that just isn’t the case, even if a profit of $50 million might ultimately seem like chump change to some studio executives.
Did these films all underwhelm compared to expectations? Absolutely, but they’re far away from failures such as John Carter (which cost over $350 million to produce and market, and only made $284 million at the box office), or even worse, movies like Mars Needs Moms, »
- Jack Pooley
The homicide investigation into the death of Sarah Jones on the set of “Midnight Rider” is focusing on who decided to put the crew on the railroad bridge where the accident occurred and how the crew got access to the property, a source familiar with the investigation told Variety on Thursday.
The answer to the second question appears to be easier to answer. A spokesman for Rayonier, the paper company that owns the land surrounding the rail line at the site of the accident, confirmed to Variety that Rayonier had given permission for the film shoot to be on its property, but it cannot give permission for the crew to be on the tracks, which are owned by Csx. A gate in a fence on the property bears a sign saying access is controlled by Rayonier guards.
But did the Csx railroad give permission for the film crew to be on the tracks? »
- Ted Johnson
Marvel have received a lot of hype surrounding their upcoming new venture Guardians Of The Galaxy, thanks to a wonderfully comedic trailer. With Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age Of Ultron also on their way, it’s time to seriously consider what Phase 3 will have to offer. We know that Edgar Wright’s Ant-man will arrive in 2015, but Marvel have also announced dates for untitled films through to 2017. One rumoured film is Doctor Strange, the tale of a surgeon who loses the use of his hands, only to be given even more incredible powers.
4 directors have met or are scheduled to meet the folks at Marvel to discuss the potential project and they are a very varied bunch. First up is Brave’s Mark Andrews, which has been his only feature film to date. Obviously directors of animation have had mixed success with Brad Bird doing an excellent »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Marvel Studios is reportedly considering four filmmakers to take on the role of directing their "Doctor Strange" movie. These four have reportedly either met or are about to meet with Marvel execs for the gig. So who are they?
There's also acclaimed Danish filmmaker Nikolaj Arcel who directed the Oscar-nominated "A Royal Affair" and penned the screenplay for the original Swedish "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" adaptation.
The third is newcomer Dean Israelite, a short filmmaker who recently directed his first feature - the found footage time-travel movie "Welcome to Yesterday" due later this year.
Finally there's Mark Andrews, a co-writer and co-director of Pixar's "Brave" who also worked on the script for "John Carter" and wrote for TV series like "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" and "Samurai Jack".
- Garth Franklin
The details of the incident remain unclear at this time, but Variety cites local sources as reporting that three others were injured.
Another woman was reportedly airlifted to receive medical attention, while the two others were taken to a local hospital.
"Look, if I wanted to watch Spaceballs, I'd Watch Spaceballs!"
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These were just a few of the things overheard after the much anticipated trailer debut of director James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy last night. While fanboys and comic book aficionados 'get it', the general public is non-pulsed. In their eyes, this looks like a campy space movie. And if the second trailer doesn't step it up, it will surely be another flop for Disney on par with John Carter and The Lone Ranger. Right now, we can compare it to the now classic midnight movie staple Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World, which tanked hard but found solid support amongst true believers. While it's viewed as one of the great comic book adaptations of all-time, the general public just didn't get it. After hearing some of the responses last night from 'normal' folks who watched this trailer, »
Remember when the selling point of the “John Carter” movie was that the original novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs had inspired “Star Wars” and “Superman”? And then the movie came out and most people felt like they were sitting through a warmed-over rehash of “Star Wars” and “Superman”? When a work has inspired many copycats, it’s difficult to rediscover how groundbreaking the original once was. And that’s certainly one of the major problems with “In Secret,” a dispassionate adaptation of Émile Zola’s “Thérèse Raquin,” a novel that shocked audiences in 1867 with its tale of lust and murder, »
- Alonso Duralde
Pre-production has officially begun on the Alexander Skarsgård-led Tarzan movie from Warner Bros., set to be filmed in 3D, and coming with a swath of big names attached. Due to arrive July 1, 2016, Harry Potter vet David Yates will direct the live-action film, with a screenplay based on the writings of Tarzan creator and author Egar Rice Burroughs, whom also created the much beloved John Carter. Yates’ film will be joining Zack Snyder’s 2016 untitled Man of Steel sequel as yet another big, summer tentpole for Warner Bros. What a difference a new year makes, as April of 2013, the project was considered mothballed due to budgetary and casting issues, the most noteworthy of which was a rumored difficulty in getting Academy Award-winning actor Jamie Foxx onboard. It appears now that Foxx may be out of the equation all the same, as the current cast includes The Wolf of Wall Street star Margot Robbie as Jane, Django Unchained »
- Dustin Hucks
Fans of Parks and Recreation will already know the name Chris Pratt. Outside of Nick Offerman's Ron Swanson, Pratt's loveable and slightly dense Andy Dwyer is one of the most beloved elements of the hit show. Whether he is shining shoes, singing for Mouse Rat or being his alter-ego Bert Macklin, Chris Pratt never fails to raise a laugh. His comedic timing is perfect, he can do slapstick when needed and he is charismatic and good-looking enough to command the screen even when he is just in the background. As a supporting actor he's great, but now is the time to show that he can also be the leading man. 2014 is going to be Chris Pratt's year.
Every year, without fail, a new emerging actor comes out of the woodwork to star in a big budget »
Remember last year when through its Amazon overlords Lovefilm put several pilots online including the pretty good failed Zombieland pilot? Well, they are at it again with ten new pilots, none of which have committed to series yet but with which the lucky few will go to one of those full season exclusive type deals that Netflix do so well.
I don’t know about you but I kind of wish they would just commit to something right out the gate and take the risks, its paid off for Netflix so far and Amazon are attracting some major talent to their stable too.
The pilots include; Bosch a detective show based on a Michael Connelly book series and starring the great Titus Welliver, Kids shows Wishenproof, Hardboiled Eggheads, The JoB and Graff Show and Gortimer Gibbons Life on Normal Street. We also have comedy from The Rebels; a kind of »
- Chris Holt
"I would under the right circumstances. But if (Tatum) does it, good on him. He'll kill it. It's such a cool character. Whoever plays him will be a lucky guy."
Would he protest if Tatum were to supplant him?
"It is what it is. I'm not going to be like 'Oh my God, why don't I get to play him?' If it's meant to be, it's meant to be. And if not, I'll move on. If they cast (Tatum), I wish him nothing but the best. I hope he »
- Garth Franklin
A thrilling combination of drama, near-science-fiction, suspense, coming-of-age agita, and intellectual exploration of ideas. Pity it derails itself. I’m “biast” (pro): was intrigued by the trailer
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
It’s the last day of school before graduation, but philosophy teacher Mr. Zimit (James D’Arcy: Cloud Atlas) isn’t about to let his 20 seniors go without one more brain teaser. The students are superbright overachievers from around the world — they’re at an international school in Jakarta — so there’s only a hint of a grumble before they’re off into philosophical speculation. The scenario is this: Nuclear armageddon has arrived, and they have mere minutes to decide which of the 21 of them (the students plus Zimit) will hunker down in the convenient nearby radiation-proof bunker, which can sustain 10 people, and no more, for a »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Exclusive: Paradigm has signed Lynn Collins. Managed by Untitled Entertainment’s Jason Newman and Stephanie Simon, Collins starred in John Carter and also starred in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. She played Portia opposite Al Pacino in the feature adaptation of The Merchant Of Venice. Onstage, she also played Ophelia opposite Liev Schreiber in Hamlet, and played Juliet in Romeo And Juliet in the Ahmanson Theatre production. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Despite what is clearly a hardy seed of an idea, and plenty of people tending its development through the last few years, the new cinematic outing for John Wyndham’s The Day Of The Triffids hasn’t been able to take root on the big screen. All involved, including producers Don Murphy, Mark Gordon, Susan Montford and Sam Raimi, are hoping that Mike Newell could be the man to make it sprout anew.Triffids, for those who need the briefing, follows a devastating time for humanity when the growth of aggressive flora with poisonous, face-swiping stingers is followed a while later by a meteor shower that blinds a good proportion of the Earth’s population. Our sighted hero, Bill Masen, is in hospital after being attacked by one of the rampaging stalk-ers and must try to help fellow survivors make it through an England now dominated by the plants.Although, »
With the big game not far away, the expensive film-related TV spots we can expect to see during the broadcast of Super Bowl Xlviii have been outlined.
Disney is also committed to one advertisement, but is now said to be shopping for up to two more additional spots as other advertisers drop out. The price for each spot? $4.4 million.
If Marvel's 'Guardians' does get a spot, it will be high-profile as it will be the first official footage released from the project. It doesn't guarantee success though, Disney's costly spots for "John Carter" and "The Lone Ranger" didn't help either film at the domestic box-office. »
- Garth Franklin
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