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A slew of interesting new details have come to surface for the impending sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which has Johnny Depp signed to return as Captain Jack Sparrow for a fifth time.
The Daily Mail is reporting that Keith Richards will return as the pirate Captain Teague, who also happens to be Jack's biological father. The pair will team up to battle Captain Brand in a search for a mythical trident.
In this new story, Teague holds valuable information in the search of a mythical trident. »
You may not find a more agreeable aspect this cinematic year than that of Alfonso Cuaron's masterful use of 3D in “Gravity” alongside Dp Emmanuel Lubezki. Even going so far as to briefly reverse the opinion of staunchly anti-3D film critic Mark Kermode, the hit space drama is one of the few to further the format rather than cheapen it. Such acclaim affords a good measure of credibility to the discerning opinions coming from those behind the scenes, and stereo supervisor Chris Park has gone ahead and offered a few choice words on the current 3D film landscape. Parks, an accomplished VFX expert known previously for his work on “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End” and “Jack The Giant Slayer," recently labeled the majority of 3D usage in film “crap,” but said that—as in “Gravity”, where he was brought on a full year before production started »
- Charlie Schmidlin
When Disney made its huge purchase of Lucasfilm last year, it was revealed that Oscar-winning screenwriter Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3) had produced a treatment for a new Sequel Trilogy, and was busy hammering away at the screenplay for Star Wars: Episode VII. Since then, J.J. Abrams (Star Trek Into Darkness) has come on board as director, with the film gearing up to go into production this coming Spring for a 2015 release, and it's now been revealed via the official Star Wars website that Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Return of the Jedi) have assumed screenwriting duties. At this point, it's unclear whether they're polishing Arndt's script or taking the story in a different direction entirely.
"I am very excited about the story we have in place and thrilled to have Larry and J.J. working on the script, »
- Gary Collinson
I've heard rumblings that things weren't going very well with screenwriter Michael Arndt on Star Wars: Episode VII. It looks like those rumblings were right. Arndt is no longer writing the film. J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back) are now taking over the duties of developing the script. There's no reason given as to why he was let go from the project, but he must not have been cutting it. Maybe there were some creative differences. Remember, he was brought on before Abrams was involved, so maybe they just didn't mesh well. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy had this to say in a statement to StarWars.com,
"I am very excited about the story we have in place and thrilled to have Larry and J.J. working on the script. There are very few people who fundamentally understand the way a Star Wars story works like Larry, »
- Joey Paur
The film that wins Best Makeup and Hairstyling at the Oscars usually has the most elaborate prosthetic makeup, but at other times the Academy prefers the nominee with the most prestige. That may be how "The Iron Lady's" relatively subtle aging makeup beat out the complex creatures in the "Harry Potter" finale. It's probably also how the biopic "Frida" beat the sci-fi film "The Time Machine" in 2002, how "La Vie en Rose" took down "Norbit" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" in 2007, and how the period musical "Les Miserables" beat prosthetics-heavy "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and "Hitchcock" just last year. Even without layers of latex, a film can win if it has enough overall Academy support. That could be good news for films like "Rush," "12 Years a Slave," and "American Hustle," which may »
Mark Kermode's latest book Hatchet Job: Love Movies, Hate Critics brilliantly puts the shifting sands of contemporary film criticism under the microscope.
In an age when emerging digital platforms mean anybody can voice their opinion on film (and be heard), and newspapers scale back the number of critics in full-time employment, Kermode has adeptly moved with the times, utilising radio, TV, podcast, video blog and print (he recently stepped into the Observer shoes of the esteemed Philip French) to cement himself as Britain's foremost movie critic.
His third book Hatchet Job is a passionate look at his profession past and present, the emerging friction between paying public and critic and the "first but wrong" online culture that favours speed of reaction over quality of argument.
In the opening chapter, Kermode acknowledges that a critical pan, or "hatchet job", will often provoke a bigger reaction from his listenership. With that in mind, »
Nick Perry, Associated Press
Wellington, New Zealand (AP) - Making the movie trilogy "The Hobbit" has cost more than half a billion dollars so far, double the amount spent on the three movies in the "The Lord of the Rings" series.
That figure includes the major 266 days of filming with actors that was completed last year, although it doesn't include an additional two months or so of "pick-up" shoots done this year. There will likely also be additional post-production costs as the next two movies are completed.
Through March 31, production had cost 676 million New Zealand dollars, or $561 million at current exchange rates, according to financial documents filed Friday in New Zealand, where the movies are being made.
Distributor Warner Bros. and director Peter Jackson may consider it money well spent. To date, only the first movie in the latest trilogy has been released. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" took in »
- The Associated Press
In this extract from his forthcoming book, the Observer's new film critic, Mark Kermode, examines how the internet has changed the role of the professional reviewer. When everyone has an opinion, what value does the critic retain?
"Forrest Gump on a tractor." Those five words are probably my favourite film review ever. More importantly, they constitute the most damaging hatchet job I ever encountered, managing to do something I had often argued was impossible – to kill a movie stone dead. I didn't read them in a newspaper or on a blog, I didn't hear them on the radio or television; rather, they were whispered in my ear by a trusted friend and colleague, David Cox, as the house lights went down on a screening of David Lynch's The Straight Story.
I'd been really looking forward to that movie. I've been a huge Lynch fan ever since being blindsided by »
- Mark Kermode
Los Angeles — A gigantic new Disney studio planned for oak-studded ranchland north of Los Angeles has won the approval of Los Angeles County – a milestone in the effort to build the half-million square feet of new production space in a state hard hit by runaway production.
County supervisors signed off on Tuesday on the Golden Oak Ranch project in the Santa Clarita Valley, although it still needs state and federal approval, the Los Angeles Times reported ( ). http://lat.ms/147bZM0
Disney/ABC Studios has spent the past four years attempting to build a high-tech production center in the area that Walt Disney selected decades ago to be the backdrop for his movies and television shows.
Rural and a short drive from major studios, the site has been depicted as a jungle, the Old West and other locations in productions such as "Old Yeller," "Beverly Hills 90210" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. »
When Marvel unveiled its surprise announcement at the end of its lengthy panel at San Diego Comic-Con last weekend, it felt like something of an anticlimax, and not just because Tom Hiddleston had just been on stage moments earlier in fully Loki regalia (wouldn't have been more exciting if he had come out dressed as his character from "War Horse?") Joss Whedon, the balding, brilliant whiz behind the $1 billion-grossing "Avengers," trotted out on stage in what appeared to be hand-me-down sneakers, to announce the title of the "Avengers" sequel, due in theaters in 2015. The movie would be called "The Avengers: Age of Ultron."
For those who were not born with a lifetime subscription to Starlog Magazine, the puzzlement sent in almost immediately. Who (or what) is Ultron? Why is this a whole "Age?" How long is this movie supposed to be? For those of us who own a »
- Drew Taylor
After giving us our first look at Aaron Eckhart's (The Dark Knight) eponymous monster last week [see here], Lionsgate has released three new Comic-Con posters for Stuart Beattie's (Tomorrow, When the War Begin) forthcoming graphic novel adaptation I, Frankenstein via MTV, /Film and ComicBookResources, and you can check them out right here...
"Set in a dystopic present where vigilant gargoyles and ferocious demons rage in a battle for ultimate power, Victor Frankenstein's creation Adam (Aaron Eckhart) finds himself caught in the middle as both sides race to discover the secret to his immortality."
I, Frankenstein is written by Kevin Grevioux (Underworld), who also features in the cast alongside Bill Nighy (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End), Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck), Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings), Jai Courtney (A Good Day to Die Hard) and Aden Young (Killer Elite). The film is due for release on January 14th, »
- Flickering Myth
We're deep in the heart of summer movie season and already studios have pumped out a pair of high-profile superhero epics, a Star Trek sequel and, this week, a huge-scale monsters vs robots sock-'em-up in the form of Pacific Rim.
Did you know that Sam Raimi, the man who made his name on the cheap and nimble Evil Dead films, has directed three of the most expensive movies ever (more than James Cameron)? Or that big spenders Disney have a very surprising animated entry from recent years in the chart?
Digital Spy takes a look back at the 20 most expensive movies ever made.
Please note: All figures are adjusted for inflation.
> 'Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End' review
> James Cameron »
Feature Simon Brew 11 Jun 2013 - 07:17
Are directors being enough time to tighten their movies in post-production? Tight deadlines could lead to long films, Simon writes...
This summer, perhaps more than most, summer blockbusters are being rapidly pre-judged. World War Z was supposed to be a disaster for instance, but having now sat through it, I found myself pleasantly surprised. Likewise, even though the reviews for it have been largely negative, Ryan found things to like in After Earth.
Thus, it's perhaps little surprise that Gore Verbinski's upcoming The Lone Ranger, starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, is being lined up as the next target. I'm cautiously optimistic about it. The fact that Verbinski has apparently invested heavily in physical, practical sequences over CG is surely to be commended, and if he can capture what worked about his first Pirates Of The Caribbean movie, whilst avoiding the pitfalls of his next two, »
Another day, another Equalizer casting story. There was a time when the movie adaptation of the hoary '80s TV series seemed stuck forever in development hell, but with the arrival of Antoine Fuqua as director it's now steaming ahead, and the latest actor to join Denzel Washington, Chloe Moretz and Melissa Leo is David Meunier.Meunier's film credits to date pretty much only add up to bit-parts in the likes of The Incredible Hulk and Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End. But he's a much more familiar face on television, with credits on Jericho, CSI, Castle, Bones, The Mentalist, Nikita, Revolution and, most prominently, Justified, where he has the recurring role of reprobate Johnny (cousin of Walton Goggins' Boyd Crowder).Moving some distance from his current good-ol'-boy comfort zone, The Equalizer will see him playing a Russian pimp called Slavi. It's not too much of a stretch »
Fast & Furious 6 roared into theaters this weekend, and if the estimates hold true, the film has secured itself a high spot on the list of successful Memorial Day openers. It hasn't quite topped Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End or Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, but it's in that ballpark, with reports putting the action film's 4-day estimate at about $120 million. Meanwhile, The Hangover Part III managed to edge out Star Trek Into Darkness and Epic in their respective Memorial Day Weekend box office hauls. USA Today posted the latest numbers, citing Hollywood.com's estimates, which currently put Fast & Furious 6 at $120 million, far ahead of The Hangover 3's $51.2 million. Star Trek Into Darkness added $47 million to its overall take, which is up to $155.8 million. Meanwhile, Blue Sky's Epic earned itself $42.6 million for its opening weekend. Coming in fifth is Iron Man 3, which added on »
Hollywood is heading for a record-breaking Memorial Day Weekend, led by Universal's "Fast & Furious 6," which took in a massive $38.2 million on Friday (May 24). The "Fast & Furious 6" totals, which include late Thursday/Friday midnight shows) made a joke out of what was expected to be a relatively competitive weekend. Instead, per figures courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo, "Fast & Furious 6" basically equally the totals for the next four films combined. While "Fast & Furious 6" won't catch "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," which holds the four-day Memorial Day Weekend record with $139.8 million, it »
- Daniel Fienberg
Trevor Hogg chats with visual effects supervisors Christopher Townsend, Erik Nash, Bryan Grill, Alessandro Cioffi, Guy Williams, Matt Dessero, Venti Hristova and Vincent Cirelli; animation supervisor Simone Kraus, previsualization supervisor Todd Constantine and postvisualization supervisor Gerardo Ramirez about their work on Iron Man 3. Beware there are spoilers....
“Marvel is a fun and passionate group to work with,” states Christopher Townsend who went from being the visual effects supervisor responsible for Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) to Iron Man 3 (2013). “Their type of films allow for visual effects to be played in a varied playground. It’s great.” The native of Britain jokes, “I keep on coming back for more punishment!” A change behind the camera took place in the third instalment of the franchise which launched the Marvel Universe into the realm of cinematic blockbusters. “Marvel is always keen of eyeing and working with not fans or run of »
The newly restored print of Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Cleopatra will have its world premiere as an official selection of Cannes Classics at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival on May 21. The next day it will open for a limited theatrical engagement in more than 200 theaters around the world, followed by a Blu-ray release on May 28. Today a trailer has been released showing off the new restoration. Back in 2011 I caught a screening of Cleopatra in its original 70mm format at Seattle's Cinerama and for all its flaws, it's a film I actually enjoy, perhaps just as much for what's on screen as for the story behind its making. As I wrote in October of 2011: The production, which cost a reported $44 million to produce (about $325.7 million today), is still considered the most expensive movie in history based on inflation (though, depending on what calculator you use, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End »
- Brad Brevet
We didn't think so.
Apparently the three are very fond of one another, as revealed at the HBO premiere of David Mamet's movie "Phil Spector" this week. According to the New York Post, Pacino (who plays the titular role in "Spector") met up with Richards for the first time and the two icons had a friendly exchange.
"We have a mutual friend," Richards was overheard telling Pacino. "Johnny Depp!" Pacino replied, "I love Johnny!"
And somewhere in the world, an angel got a high five.
Pacino and Depp were co-stars in the 1997 movie "Donnie Brasco" and Richards wrote and performed the song "Only Found Out Yesterday" on Depp's blockbuster hit "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" in 2007.
Also, Depp's next talked-about project, the thriller "Black Mass," will »
- Liat Kornowski
Films set in Shanghai, Chinese scientists saving the day, Beijing portrayed as the promised land … Us film-makers are flattering their way into the world's fastest-growing movie market
Last week North Korea threatened America with a nuclear strike. This week sees the UK release of Red Dawn, which features a North Korean invasion of the Us. An impressive instance of Hollywood's far-sightedness? Not quite.
Red Dawn is the reboot of a cold war thriller that's much cherished in some quarters. Back in 1984, when the original appeared, the aggressor could only have been the Soviet Union. With the new film comes a new commie bogeyman – but it was not supposed to be North Korea. These days, it's not so much Kim Jong-un's eccentric dictatorship that makes Americans tremble, it's their newfound rival for superpower status, China.
So, MGM's re-imaginers decided to reallocate Russia's role to the Chinese People's Republic. Fancifully enough, they »
- David Cox
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