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Robert Zemeckis’s Yellow Submarine Remake Is No More

27 December 2012 8:55 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

After 2000's Castaway, Robert Zemeckis spent all of the aughts making creepy-eyed motion-capture films like Polar Express, A Christmas Carol, and Beowulf. So maybe we have this year's excellent Flight to thank/blame for Zemeckis's Yellow Submarine adaptation falling to pieces. Disney recently scrapped the film, and Zemeckis isn't thinking of resurrecting it. “That would have been a great one to bring the Beatles back to life. But it’s probably better not to be remade — you’re always behind the eight-ball when do you a remake," he says before going on about "the state of the industry" and how difficult it is to stay enthused about moviemaking. »

- Zach Dionne

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Yellow Submarine No Longer Moving Forward with Director Robert Zemeckis

27 December 2012 5:43 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Robert Zemeckis is officially giving up on his remake of the seminal animated classic Yellow Submarine, which served as a showcase for The Beatles back in 1968. Walt Disney Pictures announced the director was moving forward on the motion-capture adventure in 2009, with Cary Elwes, Peter Serafinowicz, Adam Campbell, and Dean Lennox Kelly cast as the Fab Four. Shooting was set to being in 2011, but that never happened.

Mars Needs Moms, which debuted in March of 2011, was a substantial flop for Disney, and it was because of this that the studio pulled the plug on Yellow Submarine. Robert Zemeckis, whose last three films had all been motion capture (The Polar Express, Beowulf, and Disney's a Christmas Carol), moved onto the live action drama Flight, his first in nearly a decade, instead.

He had planned to make Yellow Submarine at a different studio after Disney dropped the ball, but now he has given up on the movie completely, »

- MovieWeb

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Robert Zemeckis has abandoned plans to remake The Beatles' Yellow Submarine

27 December 2012 8:38 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Robert Zemeckis may be finally be coming to the end of his motion capture obsession. The director of Beowulf and The Polar Express has been trying to remake The Beatles' animated classic Yellow Submarine using the motion capture format. Back in 2011, with the massive failure of Mars Needs Moms, Zemeckis lost Disney support for the remake. But, Zemeckis never stopped trying to get the project off the ground. Until now. MovieHole reports that Zemeckis is no longer interested in making the »

- Alex Maidy

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Robert Zemeckis on Taking 'Flight' With Denzel Washington - and His Socks

13 December 2012 11:55 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

When director Robert Zemeckis read the script for "Flight," he knew he was ready to make another live-action movie. The filmmaker's previous three films -- "The Polar Express," "Beowulf" and "A Christmas Carol" -- were shot in the motion-capture technique, in which human actions are recorded, then used to digitally animate computer characters. "When this screenplay came along, I thought it shouldn't be done in performance capture, it shouldn't be done in 3D," Zemeckis told the audience Wednesday night at TheWrap's screening series in the Regent Theatre in Westwood. "I'm always led »

- Alexander C. Kaufman

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Director Robert Zemeckis says the only thing holding back a sequel to Roger Rabbit is a green light

30 November 2012 4:38 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Director Robert Zemeckis has made some genuine classics in his career so far, with the Back To The Future series, Forest Gump, and of course, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? which was his first forte into blending live action with animation.  Later he would take that genre into new realms with the motion capture animation he used in films like Beowulf and The Polar Express.  His first live-action feature, Flight, is currently in theaters and the director has been making the media »

- Paul Shirey

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Robert Zemeckis to receive Palm Springs directing award for 'Flight'

28 November 2012 1:46 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Robert Zemeckis has given us Marty McFly, Forrest Gump, Roger Rabbit, and Wilson the volleyball.

The addiction plagued airline pilot Captain Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) in his latest film, Flight,  is giving the director his best shot at awards recognition in a decade.

Zemeckis’ return to live action filmmaking has a stalwart contingent of supporters among Hollywood’s award season voters, and the film gets a nice boost from news that the Palm Springs International Film Festival will give him the Director of the Year award for Flight, where he’ll join the ranks of previous honorees and current awards »

- Lindsey Bahr

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Robert Zemeckis To Receive Director of the Year Award At 24th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival

28 November 2012 12:05 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Academy Award® winning director Robert Zemeckis with the Director of the Year Award for Flight. Presented by Cartier, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 5, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Helen Hunt and Naomi Watts. The Festival runs January 3-14.

.For 35 years, Robert Zemeckis has been creating some of the most iconic and indelible images in cinema, garnering international acclaim as a filmmaker of extraordinary vision,. said Film Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. .In his latest work, Flight, Zemeckis continues to tell fascinating stories by combining strong characters with groundbreaking visual effects, which includes one of the most memorable plane crashes in cinematic history, while following the compelling emotional journey of Denzel Washington.s character of an emotionally damaged man dealing with addiction. »

- Michelle McCue

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Anthony Hopkins on Hitchcock, That Other Hitchcock Movie, and Oscar Buzz

26 November 2012 8:25 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Anthony Hopkins plays the master of suspense in Hitchcock, in which the director reinvents both himself and horror films with Psycho, forever making the genre more respectable for A-listers. In the film, Hitch asks, "What if someone really good made a horror picture?" — and it's a question that might well have been applied to several of the movies Hopkins himself has made over the years, given his penchant for genre fare, from The Silence of the Lambs and Bram Stoker's Dracula to Beowulf and Thor. (He's currently having "a great time" on Thor: The Dark World, by the way.) Here, he chats with Vulture about being scared by Psycho for the first time, why he thinks the rival Hitchcock film on HBO was unnecessary, and Oscar buzz.Do you remember the first time you saw Psycho?When it first came out in Manchester on a wet September evening and I »

- Jennifer Vineyard

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ICM Continues to Expand Its Lit Department

16 November 2012 1:55 PM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

ICM Partners continues rebuilding its lit department, with Melissa Aouate the latest to join, Backstage has confirmed. Aouate, formerly the director of development who worked with Robert Zemeckis and Steve Starkey at ImageMovers, will serve as a television literary agent. She's set to start after Thanksgiving. The move is actually a return for Aouate, who started her career at the agency as an assistant in the motion picture literary department. At ImageMovers, Aouate worked on features including "Flight" and was an executive on projects such as "The Demonologist, "The Charles Fort Prophecies," and "How to Survive A Garden Gnome Attack." Aouate has also been involved with Showtime's "The Borgias" and developed a number of television projects currently being pitched by ImageMovers under a Fox TV Studios deal. During her time at the company, she also worked with its animation arm, ImageMovers Digital, where her responsibilities attached her to "Monster House, »

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ICM Continues to Expand Its Lit Department

16 November 2012 1:55 PM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

ICM Partners continues rebuilding its lit department, with Melissa Aouate the latest to join, Backstage has confirmed. Aouate, formerly the director of development who worked with Robert Zemeckis and Steve Starkey at ImageMovers, will serve as a television literary agent. She's set to start after Thanksgiving. The move is actually a return for Aouate, who started her career at the agency as an assistant in the motion picture literary department. At ImageMovers, Aouate worked on features including "Flight" and was an executive on projects such as "The Demonologist, "The Charles Fort Prophecies," and "How to Survive A Garden Gnome Attack." Aouate has also been involved with Showtime's "The Borgias" and developed a number of television projects currently being pitched by ImageMovers under a Fox TV Studios deal. During her time at the company, she also worked with its animation arm, ImageMovers Digital, where her responsibilities attached her to "Monster House, »

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The Sound of 'Flight' and the Making of the Crash Sequence

7 November 2012 11:30 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I really need to get to work on my Oscar predictions in the technical categories and I'm sure in the process of doing so I'll have to figure out just where exactly Robert Zemeckis' Flight will land. While I wasn't a huge fan of the film overall, I won't deny the opening 30 minutes or so are excellent and the moments in the plane with Denzel Washington in the pilot's seat are some of the most harrowing minutes in a film this year. Today the SoundWorks Collection has released a new video taking a look at the sound team on the film including Randy Thom (Supervising Sound Editor & Sound Designer) and Dennis Leonard (Supervising Sound Editor & Sound Designer) and I've also got a visual effects breakdown of the crash sequence featuring Visual Effects Supervisor, Kevin Baillie from Atomic Fiction. Thom and Leonard have worked with Zemeckis in the past including »

- Brad Brevet

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Doctor Who Matt Smith to face Cybermen in Neil Gaiman episode

7 November 2012 10:56 AM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Doctor Who is to battle the Cybermen in a second episode written by Neil Gaiman.

The 11th Doctor, played by Matt Smith, and his new companion, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman, are to tackle the metallic menaces in a 2013 story, the BBC has confirmed.

The iconic baddies will feature in Episode 13, penned by Gaiman and directed by Stephen Woolfenden.

Also starring in the story are Warwick Davis (Life's Too Short, Harry Potter), Tamzin Outhwaite (EastEnders, Hotel Babylon, Paradox) and Jason Watkins (Being Human, Lark Rise to Candleford) as a band of misfits on a mysterious planet.

Doctor Who lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffatt said: "Cybermen were always the monsters that scared me the most! Not just because they were an awesome military force, but because sometimes they could be sleek and silver and right behind you without you even knowing."

He added: "And with one of the all-time classic monsters returning, »

- David Bentley

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Roger Avary to write and direct Castle Wolfenstein

2 November 2012 9:49 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Academy Award-winning screenwriter Roger Avary (Pulp Fiction, Silent Hill) is to write and direct an adaptation of the World War II video game series Castle Wolfenstein. According to Deadline, the project is envisioned as "in the vein of Captain America and Inglourious Basterds [and is] about a young U.S. Army Captain and a British Special Agent on a top-secret mission to Castle Wolfenstein where Hitler will be for the unveiling of a new secret weapon. After reaching the castle, the heroes are confronted with Himmler’s SS Paranormal Division and must fight not only for their survival but for a mission that could alter the course of the war."

The Wolfenstein series launched way back in 1981 with the original action-adventure shooter Castle Wolfenstein, and was followed by a sequel, Beyond Castle Wolfenstein, in 1984. The series was rebooted by id Software (the company behind Doom and Quake) as a first person shooter in 1992 with Wolfenstein 3D, »

- flickeringmyth

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'Hunger Games: Mockingjay' Director Revealed, Avary Heads to 'Castle Wolfenstein' and West Readies 'Heat' Remake

2 November 2012 8:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

1.) Lionsgate has confirmed that Francis Lawrence (Constantine, I Am Legend) will direct The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 and Part 2. Lawrence is currently filming the second chapter in the Hunger Games saga, Catching Fire, due out November 2013. The finale's two parts will be released in November 2014 and 2015, respectively. 2.) Simon West (Con Air, The Expendables 2) will direct Heat, which is actually Not a remake of the 1995 Michael Mann modern classic, but the far less renowned 1986 Burt Reynolds vehicle. Jason Statham will star in the Reynolds role as a bodyguard with a gambling problem, forced to take on the mob after his friend is brutally beaten. Corey Yuen, who directed Statham in The Transporter is also attached as the fight choreographer with screenwriter William Goldman (Marathon Man, All the President's Men) providing a modern update to his own original novel. Deadline 3.) Announced yesterday by Panorama Media and Samuel Hadida, Roger Avary »

- Kevin Blumeyer

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John Cusack to Star in Action Thriller Airspace

2 November 2012 7:01 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

We recently learned that John Cusack was cast as the lead in the big screen adaptation of Stephen King's Cell. The actor is also in negotiations to join an aerial action-thriller called Airspace, which is set to be directed by Roger Avary, writer of films such as Pulp Fiction, Silent Hill, Beowulf and The Rules of Attraction

The film is described as Duel in the sky, the "story follows a work-absorbed charter pilot (Cusack) flying home to his family who must escape a sudden attack by a heavily armed MiG fighter jet after finding a mysterious briefcase in his plane." That sounds like it could be kind of cool. I loved Steven Spielberg's Duel, I'm a fan of Cusack, and I love aviation, so this sounds like a movie I'd enjoy.

Briana Hartman (Brother's Keeper) wrote the screenplay based on a story by Michael B. Chait, and Avary »

- Joey Paur

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Flight

2 November 2012 7:00 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Flight

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Cast: Denzel Washington, Kelly Reilly, John Goodman, Don Cheadle, Melissa Leo

Running Time: 2 hrs 18 mins

Rating: R

Release Date: November 2, 2012

Plot: An airline pilot (Washington) who executes a life-saving crash landing has the story of his heroism scrutinized by his own personal flaws.

Who’S It For? If you love Denzel Washington, great original stories, or challenging mainstream dramas, don’t miss Flight.

Expectations: This is Zemeckis’ first live-action movie since 2000 – would Flight ring with the confidence of Cast Away, or turn out goofy like that odd motion-capture Beowulf movie he once did?

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Denzel Washington as Whip Whitaker: This, this ladies and gentlemen of the internet, this right here is the type of movie that Washington is built for. Despite what many of his previous roles may promote to his expansive (and guaranteed) audience, the sure-fire actor doesn’t need to pound his chest, »

- Nick Allen

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‘Castle Wolfenstein’ Movie to be Directed by ‘Pulp Fiction’ Co-Writer Roger Avary

2 November 2012 6:57 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds brought audiences a unique alternate universe vision of what World War II could have been. That film, of course, was one of Tarantino’s most celebrated and earned actor Christoph Waltz an Academy Award.

Now, Roger Avary – Tarantino’s co-writer on Pulp Fiction – is set to bring his own version of WWII to life with his latest project. However, unlike Basterds, Avary’s project is actually an adaptation of the video game, Castle of Wolfenstein.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Avary is set to both write and direct a film version of Castle Wolfenstein, the video game series that launched in 1981. Avary’s previous directorial efforts include The Rules of Attraction and Killing Zoe, and he is credited with scriptwork on numerous films, including Silent Hill and Beowulf.

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- Robert Yaniz Jr.

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November Preview: ‘Flight,’ ‘Skyfall,’ and ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2′

2 November 2012 6:30 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Monthly Movie Preview – November 2012

In a very crude generalization, the last three or four months of the calendar year is like the summer movie season for “smart” movies. Instead of being overloaded with expensive “tentpole” wannabe blockbusters, we instead are bombarded with wannabe Oscar-winners, some of them demanding gold statues for their promising casting alone. In that regard, the month of November has such releases as Life of Pi, Flight, Hitchcock, The Silver Linings Playbook, Lincoln, Anna Karenina, and more.

However, this is still the Hollywood we love, so there’s plenty of mainstream fare soon to be at our disposal. This month offers us the conclusion to a highly lucrative teen horror franchise (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2), a new James Bond movie (Skyfall), a remake of the ’80s masterpiece Red Dawn, and a Disney movie based on video game history (Wreck-It Ralph).

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‘Flight’ Review

2 November 2012 6:00 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

The most memorable movies made by Robert Zemeckis combine old-fashioned storytelling, technical sophistication, and either elements of social satire (Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit), existential musings (Contact, Cast Away) or a mixture of the two (Forrest Gump); however, the ‘technical’ stuff has overshadowed his recent work. In fact, looking back over Zemeckis’ filmography, one might be surprised to note that trend did not begin with his 3D motion-capture projects (The Polar Express, Beowulf and A Christmas Carol), but with What Lies Beneath – the director’s Hitchockian homage (ripoff?) released in 2000.

Zemeckis returns to pure live-action filmmaking with Flight, which also marks the first non-action/thriller to star two-time Oscar-winner Denzel Washington since he directed himself in the 2007 inspirational true-story drama The Great Debaters. As much excitement as there is among cinephiles to see both the ...

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- Sandy Schaefer

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Review: Flight

31 October 2012 7:59 PM, PDT | Filmonic.com | See recent Filmonic news »

It’s been twelve years since Robert Zemeckis made Cast Away, and the director has opted to spend the last decade avoiding live action and experimenting with motion capture technology in films like The Polar ExpressBeowulf, and A Christmas Carol along with producing the biggest flop in Disney history, the 3D disaster Mars Needs Moms. But with his newest film, Flight, Zemeckis [...] »

- Ben Pearson

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