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We take a look at 11 directors who made the jump from animated to live action features, and how their attempts fared…
You hear quite a few live action directors, Guillermo del Toro, for starters, talking about a desire to make animated films. To control every aspect of the frame, and what goes in it.
Yet, the journey the other way around is increasingly common. It's hard not to see the appeal, too. For directing an animated film is a two year job at the very least, and three years more likely. Live action is generally a quicker way to get a film on the screen.
Also, given how CG dependent many movies are becoming, there's a general assumption that an animation director will have a better handle on computer effects.
However, great films from animation directors aren't that common. Here are eleven directors who took the chance, and how they got on. »
Here's a little video that takes us on a tour of the Utah set of Pixar's first live-action film John Carter of Mars. The set for the sci-fi adventure looks great, and fans of the novel should like what they see. It looks like they really captured the world of the book.
The film was directed by Andrew Stanton and it stars Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Daryl Sabara, Polly Walker, Bryan Cranston, Thomas Hayden Church, and Willem Dafoe.
Carter is an American Civil War veteran who goes to sleep in a cave after being chased by Apache Indians and wakes up on Mars, here called Barsoom. Formerly an Earthlike world, it became less hospitable to life due to its advanced age: as the oceans evaporated, and the atmosphere thinned, the planet devolved into partial barbarism with the inhabitants hardened and warlike, »
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Channel 4's answer to BBC3's Don't Tell the Bride. It's effectively Don't Tell Either of Them as a bunch of experts (planner, stylist, hairdresser etc) design themed weddings for 50 couples whose only input is a wish list, sent in advance of their big day. They arrive at the titular manor house, get kitted out and shoved down the aisle, all in 15 minutes of screen time. We're talking four satisfying, sugary hits in an hour. All the fireworks at once. That conveyor belt on The Generation Game, just with weddings on. Oh, we so do.
Kids In Care
At any given moment, there are approximately 60,000 children being raised by the British state and a total of 90,000 pass through the care system in an average year. This Panorama »
- Julia Raeside, Andrew Mueller, John Robinson, Will Hodgkinson, Phelim O'Neill
Thomas Haden Church (John Carter Of Mars, Easy A) has been wheelin' and dealin'. Variety reports that the former Sandman has landed two key roles over the last couple of days: one in William Friedkin's black comedy Killer Joe, and one in Cameron Crowe's adaptation of Benjamin Mee's bestselling memoir We Bought A Zoo. First up, Killer Joe - The William Friedkin (Bug, To Live And Die In L.A.) black comedy - which also stars Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsch - is an adaptation based on »
- George Merchan
It's been a bloody great year for Bryan Cranston. A great few years in fact. While his Malcolm In The Middle co-stars have been flailing, shall we say, Cranston has been starring in an original hit show to huge critical acclaim, not to mention the three consecutive Emmy Best Actor awards which he can add to his CV.
But this isn't the only thing making Cranston smile at the moment. According to Empire, he has just signed on the dotted line, along with Michael Cudlitz (Band of Brothers), to star in Suri Krishnamma's indie flick The Grief Tourist. Aptly titled after the grief tourism phenomenon that sees people travelling to sites related to death or suffering, Cranston will play the lead role of a man obsessed with the workings of serial killers. So intrigued is he, in fact, by the way their minds work that he inevitably ends up thinking the same way. »
To celebrate the release of the 1980 Flash Gordon movie on Blu-ray, Mark Pickavance takes a timely look back at that film and the classic 30s serial…
In my own mind, Alex Raymond's Flash Gordon was always the part of a slew of science fiction concepts, encompassing a Gulliver-like adventure where the ordinary man and intergalactic peculiar collide head-on. Technically, the 30s comic book appearance came after Buck Rogers, but I'd also say they both were heavily influenced by the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and specifically John Carter Of Mars.
But, as well syndicated as the Flash Gordon comic strip was, it was the three serial films starring Buster Crabbe as Flash, the first appearing in 1936, that really lit the rocket on this particular character. The amazing longevity of these serials meant that I saw them as a child in Saturday morning cinema screenings, and they regularly appeared on »
It looks like John Carter’s Mars fighting days won’t be ready for the big screen by next year. Instead, Walt Disney has scheduled the Andrew Stanton-directed sci-fi actioner for June 8, 2012. The film will be released in Disney Digital 3D. “John Carter of Mars”, based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs character, will star “Friday Night Lights’” Taylor Kitsch as the titular John Carter, a Civil War soldier who finds himself transported to the planet Mars, where he discovers a lush, wildly diverse planet whose main inhabitants are 12-foot tall green barbarians. Finding himself a prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium (played by “Wolverine’s” Lynn Collins), who is in desperate need of a savior for her planet. The film also co-stars Willem Dafoe, Mark Strong, Dominic West, and Ciarán Hinds. »
And June 8, 2012 release date for Andrew Stanton's 'John Carter of Mars', starring Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Daryl Sabara, Polly Walker, Bryan Cranston, Thomas Hayden Church and Willem Dafoe.
Based on the first of Edgar Rice Burroughs' "Barsoom Series," the film chronicles the journey of Civil-War veteran John Carter (Kitsch), who finds himself battling a new and mysterious war amidst a host of strange Martian inhabitants, including Tars Tarkas (Dafoe) and Dejah Thoris (Collins). »
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Walt Disney Pictures has announced the release dates for its upcoming films, the Tim Burton directed Frankenweenie and the Andrew Stanton directed John Carter of Mars starring Taylor Kitsch (The Bang Bang Club), Mark Strong (Green Lantern), Willem Dafoe (Miral), Lynn Collins (Drift) and Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad).
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- Jason Moore
Walt Disney Pictures has scheduled in release dates for two of its big blockbusters for 2012. Tim Burton's Frankenweenie, based on the director's 1984 short film about a pet dog brought back from the dead by his owner, will debut in cinemaa on March 9, 2012. The project, which sees Burton reuniting with his Charlie And The Chocolate Factory writer John August, will be a 3D stop-motion animation in the vein of A Nightmare Before Christmas. Later that summer, Disney is to release its sci-fi fantasy John Carter Of Mars. Based on Edgar Rice Burroughs's pulp character, (more) »
- By Simon Reynolds
Two big Disney films for 2012, including the next stop-motion project from Tim Burton, get firm release dates…
A pair of new release date announcements have arrived from Disney, and they're for two films that are both very firmly on our radar.
First up, there's Frankenweenie, Tim Burton's latest full-length stop-motion project, which he's currently in the midst of putting together. It's based, in case you've not had the pleasure of seeing it, on one of his acclaimed early short films, and we've got until March 9th 2012 to wait until we can see it.
Given that physical production began just a month or two ago, that's a reasonably compact amount of time he's got to turn the finished project round, even appreciating that stop motion animation can be one of the quickest forms.
Next up is John Carter Of Mars, which was shooting earlier this year in the UK, with »
Disney has staked its claim in the first two filmgoing seasons of 2012, with 3D tentpoles now set to anchor spring and summer. When Tim Burton first revealed he would adapt his 1984 live-action short Frankenweenie — in which a man resurrects his dog from the dead — into a 3D stop-motion animation feature film, the director had a 2011 release in mind. However, Disney has officially slated Frankenweenie for release on March 9, 2012.
Fellow 3D flick John Carter of Mars will hit theaters just three months later on June 8, 2012. Pixar’s own Andrew Stanton (Wall·E) is the writer/director behind this adaptation of the first book in Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Barsoom Series,” set on “the wounded planet of Mars, a world inhabited by warrior tribes and exotic desert beings.” Talor Kitsch, Willem Dafoe, Bryan Cranston, and Lynn Collins star. »
- Brendan Bettinger
A soupcon of news this morning from the Walt Disney Company: they've announced dates for two of their most interesting 2012 releases, John Carter of Mars and Tim Burton's stop-motion Frankenweenie.First up, the re-animated dog comedy that is Frankenweenie will hit screens on March 9, 2012. It's based on the 1984 short film that helped Burton start his career and land his first feature directing gig, and tells the story of a boy who resurrects his beloved pet to rather disastrous consequences. John August wrote the script for the 3D movie, and while the voice cast hasn't been announced yet we'd be amazed if most of Burton's regulars aren't in there somewhere.Then on June 8, 2012, we'll get to see John Carter of Mars, which is all kinds of exciting. Starring Taylor Kitsch (pictured), Lynn Collins, Dominic West, Mark Strong, Willem Dafoe, Thomas Hayden Church, Ciaran Hinds, Polly Walker, Samantha Morton and James Purefoy, »
Briefly: It's release date time. Disney has announced release dates for John Carter of Mars and the stop-motion animated update / expansion of Tim Burton's Frankenweenie. Andrew Stanton's John Carter of Mars, the Pixar director's first foray into live action features, and an adaptation of the pulp adventure novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, will release on June 8 2012. That one stars Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Daryl Sabara, Polly Walker, Bryan Cranston, Thomas Hayden Church and Willem Dafoe. And the stop-motion, black and white and 3D Frankenweenie will release on March 9, 2012. That has Tim Burton, who originally created the short film of the same name that is being expanded into a feature, listed as producer, but not director. Hmm. Last time we heard about the project, Don Hahn was saying that Burton was set to direct. I'd keep that in »
- Russ Fischer
Walt Disney Pictures has officially announced the release dates for two of its most anticipated movies for 2012. Both of which I am very much looking forward to seeing.
The Andrew Stanton directed film John Carter of Mars will hit theaters on June 8th 2012. This film based on the first book of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Series. The story chronicles the journey of Civil-War veteran John Carter, who finds himself battling a new and mysterious war amidst a host of strange Martian inhabitants, including Tars Tarkas and Dejah Thoris. The film has a great cast of actors which includes Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Daryl Sabara, Polly Walker, Bryan Cranston, Thomas Hayden Church and Willem Dafoe.
John Carter of Mars and Frankenweenie set release dates Walt Disney Pictures has announced 2012 release dates for its upcoming films Frankenweenie and John Carter of Mars, according to eRc Box Office.
Tim Burton's Frankenweenie will receive a March 9, 2012 release and Andrew Stanton's John Carter of Mars, which will star Mark Strong, Willem Dafoe and Bryan Cranston, will debut in theaters on June 8, 2012.
We'll be sure to keep you posted with any further information on these highly-anticipated new films as soon as more information comes in.
John Carter of Mars comes to theaters June 8th, 2012 and stars Mark Strong, Willem Dafoe, Ciarán Hinds, Bryan Cranston, Dominic West, Polly Walker, Thomas Haden Church, Taylor Kitsch. The film is directed by Andrew Stanton. »
Walt Disney Pictures has announced release dates for two of its anticipated movies for 2012. The studio is targeting a March 9, 2012 release for the Tim Burton-produced Frankenweenie , written by John August. The film is based on Burton's 1984 short about a pet dog brought back to life by his loyal owner. While the original "Frankenweenie" was a live-action project, the new one will be made using stop-motion animation and be in 3D. On June 8, 2012, the studio will release the Andrew Stanton-directed John Carter of Mars , starring Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Daryl Sabara, Polly Walker, Bryan Cranston, Thomas Hayden Church and Willem Dafoe. Based on the first of Edgar Rice Burroughs' »
Total amount spent on UK feature films fell to £643 million (982 million) in the first six months of 2010. This compares with £726 million between January and June last year. The £643 million figure is still the second highest on record after 2009 though, driven mainly by Hollywood movies shooting over here. Big-budget movies using British studios included the latest Harry Potter and Pirates franchises, plus John Carter of Mars. Production volume fell by 15% overall in the first six months, with 51 movies shooting (60 in first-half 2009). And indigenous production has been badly hit, down 22%. Twenty nine home-grown productions have cranked up so far in 2010 compared with 37 in 2009. Total UK independent investment (including co-pros) has fallen by 21% to £80 million. Indie British films that have shot so far in 2010 include Burke & Hare, The Great Ghost Rescue and Bel Ami. The amount spent on home-grown UK films also fell by 18% last year to £169.2 million, according to the latest UK Film Council figures. »
- TIM ADLER
Science fiction writers of every generation had their own visions of the future, but what if their predictions became a reality? Rob dons his silver suit and delves into the archives to find out...
To me, living in 2010 seems like the future (well a bit anyway), and some of the things people dreamt of in years gone by have indeed come to pass. We have iPods which contain all our music, videos and data like the PADDs in Star Trek, have unlocked parts of the human genome, cloned livestock and created primitive artificial life. And while we don't have jet-packs, teleporters or the ability to travel to Mars, current technology hasn't don't too badly on the whole.
We love our technology, all sleek, thin and mobile, full of wafer-thin elements that can pass data at massive rates, wrapped up in shiny and lovingly-designed bits of kit. The ‘aesthetic of the »
While producer Neal H. Moritz and his Original Films continue developing Columbia Pictures reboot of the 1990 Martian movie "Total Recall" in anticipation of the 'red planet' sizzle that is sure to follow the release of Disney's upcoming live-action adaptation of author Edgar Rice Burroughs "John Carter Of Mars", Dynamite Entertainment reports it will publish a series of "Total Recall" comic books, based on the Carolco Pictures film.
Rights to publish "Total Recall" were obtained from StudioCanal S.A. under a licensing agreement negotiated by The Licensing Group Ltd.
"I am thrilled to announce that Dynamite has acquired the rights to 'Total Recall' from StudioCanal," said Dynamite president Nick Barrucci.
"We will give this property the same tender care that we have given to »
- Michael Stevens
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