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Shock dissects the first and best adaptation of Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend, The Last Man On Earth. Dr. Robert Morgan is not a well man. A mysterious airborne, plague-bearing dust storm has smothered the world, killing every man, woman and child and reviving them as sluggish, dull witted and eternally ravenous vampires. And yet,…
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- Chris Alexander
There's an awful lot to like in 2007's big hit blockbuster, I Am Legend. For the first two thirds of Francis Lawrence's film, before the special effects kick in, the movie works really very well, not least because of Will Smith at the heart of it. For much of the film, it's just him on the screen. When the CG arrives, though, the film suffers a lot.
On the Awards Chatter podcast, he said that "I’m obsessed with trying to put small character dramas into the middle of blockbuster packages. The most successful I’ve ever been with that concept »
When people talk about the success of the Hunger Games films, director Francis Lawrence rarely gets enough credit. He's the helmer of the last three movies of the series — Catching Fire and Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2 — and in each of them, just as with such past projects as Constantine, I Am Legend, and NBC's little-watched Kings, Lawrence exhibits a level of craft and attention to detail that fans of big-budget studio pictures don't often see. Now that his time with the Hunger Games franchise has drawn to a close, Vulture talked to Lawrence about six of the bigger creative challenges he faced while filming those three movies — everything from nailing the tone of crucial scenes to visualizing complex stuntwork.The Fog Attack (Catching Fire)"The fog sequence was especially tricky because it was filmed with IMAX cameras. So even though that whole section of the arena was IMAX »
- Simon Abrams
Paramount and Hasbro are moving forward on selecting screenwriters for their “Transformers” and “G.I. Joe” franchises along with launching a Micronauts movie.
The studio and the toymaker have selected Akiva Goldsman to supervise a writers room for the G.I. Joe franchise, which has spawned 2009’s “G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra” and 2009’s “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.” The first film grossed $678 million and the second took in $375 million.
Goldsman will also supervise a writers room and generate ideas based on the Hasbro property Micronauts, a series of interchangeable space toys that originated in Japan during the 1970s.
He will also supervise the fifth “Transformers” installment. Paramount is negotiating with writers room participants Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (“Iron Man”) along with Ken Nolan (“Black Hawk Down”) to write the script.
- Dave McNary
David Heyman, the producer of the “Harry Potter” movies, has been named recipient of the 2016 David O. Selznick Achievement Award by the Producers Guild of America. The award will be given to Heyman on Saturday, Jan. 23, at the PGA’s 2016 awards ceremony in Los Angeles. In addition to his eight-film “Harry Potter” series, Heyman’s films include “Gravity,” “Paddington,” “I Am Legend” and “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.” He is currently at work on “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” a film starring Eddie Redmayne, written by J.K. Rowling and set in the Harry Potter universe that Rowling. »
- Steve Pond
What started as a game culminates in deadly serious terms with a full-scale overthrow of the system itself in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” which counters the meager helpings offered by most teen-driven entertainment with one of the heartiest character arcs ever afforded a young female protagonist. After being forced to hunt other innocent children for sport, Katniss Everdeen rallies her fellow rebels to rise up against the Capitol, and that’s not even the most revolutionary thing about this fourth and final installment in Suzanne Collins’ dystopian adventure series, which continues to implicate its own fan base in the bloodlust even as it kills off many of their favorite characters. Though domestic B.O. dipped some 20% for the previous feature, this ultra-dark, deliberately paced climax should recover somewhat even as it ventures down bleaker channels still, paying off the gamble of having stayed true to its source.
- Peter Debruge
Have you ever wondered what famous landmarks might look like after a zombie apocalypse? "The Walking Dead" showed a version of undead Atlanta, and may give a glimpse of Washington, D.C. "Fear the Walking Dead" is still covering Los Angeles, "28 Days Later" showed London, "World War Z" took a cool look at Jerusalem, and "Dawn of the Dead" just went to the mall.
Pop culture loves the Za, especially when it demolishes anywhere teens might hang out. So the designers at DesignCrowd used their imaginations to show what major cities and landmarks might look like in a walker-infected world. Graphically destroyed cities include Paris, London, New York, and Sydney, plus the poor Taj Mahal in India.
It looks like the New York designer went for an approach similar to "I Am Legend" (which is not a zombie movie, but still). And you have to imagine they were aiming for "Help" in London, »
- Gina Carbone
Now, this is exciting. BBC One has teamed up with New Line and former Doctor Who producers, Julie Gardner and Jane Tranter, to make an initial eight-part series adaptation of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy.
Variety reports that the new series will be produced in Wales, and marks the first commission from Gardner and Tranter's production company, Bad Wolf, as well as New Line's first foray into UK television.
Pullman's trilogy, comprising The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass, takes place in a universe of 'daemons', polar-bear warriors, witches, magical instruments, and theological philosophy. It's previously been adapted for film, radio and theatre, but this will be the first TV version of the world of its singular hero, Lyra Belacqua. »
Exclusive: After Gary Graham turned in a bang-up reboot of I Am Legend, Warner Bros has hired the scribe to adapt Railhead, the Philip Reeve novel that has Doug Liman attached to direct and produce with his Hypnotic partner Dave Bartis, and Denise Dinovi and Allison Greenspan. The novel is set in a futuristic world where trains run through space via portals and a petty thief hired to steal an object sets off on an adventure that could shake the galaxy to its core. Warner… »
Born in St. Louis on May 27, 1911, iconic actor Vincent Price retained a special fondness for his place of origin, and that love was reciprocated with Vincentennial, a celebration of his 100th birthday in his hometown back in May of 2011 (for summary of all the Vincentennial activities go Here). One of the guests of honor at Vincentennial was Vincent Price’s daughter Victoria Price. Because of their close relationship and her access to his unpublished memoirs and letters, Victoria Price was able to provide a remarkably vivid account of her father’s public and private life in her essential book, Vincent Price, a Daughter’s Biography, originally published in 1999. .In 2011, her biography of her father was out of print. but now it’s been re-issued and Victoria will be in St. Louis this weekend (October 9th – 10th) for three special events. In addition to the biography, she will also be signing »
- Tom Stockman
David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss the controversial alternate ending of I Am Legend, what fall TV is worth checking out, and the intricacies of dog acting in White God. Check out David’s first film at theprimaryinstinct.com. Be sure to read about Spielberg’s movies ranked, and Trevor Noah’s political straitjacket. You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(At)gmail(Dot)com, or […]
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- David Chen
Films offer some of the best explorations of isolation and loneliness, argues James...
"In space no one can hear you scream." . The tagline for Alien, and the sad truth for anyone who's crying out for company in the wider cosmos beyond our stratosphere.
The following is a true story - many winters ago I decided that it'd be a good idea to leave behind my loved ones and wider society and go into solitary exile. I made an agreement with a stranger online and said I would spend the whole of that December looking after her two cats while she was away in Australia.
I then headed off to a cottage in the Welsh Valleys to fulfil this responsibility and, aside from those two indifferent kitties, I had no company at all. In my mind I'd envisioned this as a perfect retreat from a Christmas season I couldn't be mithered »
Neverwhere creates a split vision of London, made up of “London Above” and “London Below”, and follows a protagonist who must unravel the secrets of this bizarre world when he encounters an injured girl on the street.
Lawrence and Stoff will also work together on another drama series, based on Charles Belfoure’s 2015 mystery novel House of Thieves.
- Tom Beasley
With “The Hunger Games” movie franchise coming to a close this fall, director Francis Lawrence is lining up new projects. This one may be worth getting excited about. Lawrence will direct the pilot for a new TV take on Neil Gaiman’s “Neverwhere,” Deadline reported today. “Neverwhere” was a six-episode urban fantasy TV series on BBC that aired in 1996. During the show’s run, Gaiman released a novel version of the story, which is about a man who finds his ordinary life changed forever on the day he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. After that encounter, he’s propelled into the hidden world of “London Below” — a dark subculture flourishing in abandoned subway stations and sewer tunnels — as he ceases to exist in London Above. Lawrence (who directed three of the four “Hunger Games” films) seems like a good fit: He proved with »
- Emily Rome
After an intense few months of brainstorming in the coveted Transformers Writers Room, the gang led by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman has finally decided on two projects that will move forward at Paramount. The first is Transformers 5, which will be written by Akiva Goldsman himself, the man behind such classics as I Am Legend and A Beautiful Mind. The second is an animated spinoff that revolves around the robots' home world of Cybertron, tentatively titled Transformers One. Ant-Man writers Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari will be in charge of penning this origin story.
At this time, Akiva Goldsman has a concrete blueprint he will use to complete the Transformers 5 screenplay. The sequel will start shooting in June, with Mark Wahlberg set to star and Michael Bay returning to direct his fifth film in the franchise. The sequel will likely hit theaters summer 2017.
There is no set release date for Transformers One. »
What do you do after you've had giant robots riding other giant dinosaur robots into battle? Space. Are you ready for more robots in disguise? Ready or not, here they come – and in full force, too. Earlier this year, Paramount Pictures created a writers room to tackle the issue of how to best move forward with their profoundly lucrative, but critically reviled “Transformers” franchise. It seems they have cracked the code with Akiva Goldsman (“I Am Legend”,” A Beautiful Mind”) set to pen “Transformers 5;” which will see Michael Bay return to the directing chair and Mark Wahlberg reprise his role as scrappy inventor Cade Yaeger from “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” which earned over $1 billion at the box office. It remains to be seen if Wahlberg’s “Age of Extinction” co-stars Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor will join in this next adventure. Meanwhile, fans will be seeing the oft-discussed Transformers in space movie after all, »
- Roth Cornet
With the recent trend of female-led dystopian films based on Young Adult novels doing so well at the box office –like The Hunger Games and Divergent – it was only a matter of time before the boys jumped onto the bandwagon.
The Maze Runner's Dylan O’Brien (“Teen Wolf”) and Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Love Actually, “Game of Thrones”) join JLaw and Shailene in the aforementioned teenaged heroes' second attempt to bring down a corrupt system – The Scorch Trials.
Overriding the system isn’t just a game for the under-25 set, however. Dystopian films have embraced the idea of rebellion for decades, churning out classics like The Matrix and The Terminator. In recent years, movies like Looper, V for Vendetta, I Am Legend, and Snowpiercer have won over audiences and critics alike.
Check out the below supercut of all our favourite dystopian movies – (Can you name them all?) – and make sure to »
- Sasha James
Since its setting is a wasteland ruin of our own civilization, it’s a good thing that most of the characters in Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials – a more entertaining than usual Ya lit adaptation – are either a teenager, or suffering from memory loss. Otherwise, anyone who could remember Maze Runner’s world pre-catastrophe would spend most of The Scorch Trials saying things like, “Cool, we’re in the hangar bay from Pacific Rim!,” and “Don’t alert those I Am Legend zombies!,” or “Holy crap, we’re in an exact recreation of the best scene from The Lost World…but there’s also a zombie!”
The most believable nightmare future that The Scorch Trials lets you envision is one of a dystopian society where humanity has exhausted the precious resource known as “inspiration.” Scavenging an idealess world for scrap left over from other properties, the second adaptation in James Dashner »
- Sam Woolf
A genre constantly overlooked at awards ceremonies, sci-fi cinema is full of stunning performances - like these...
Should we care whether the Academy likes science fiction or not? Does it matter that the genre and its best performances are regularly overlooked by most mainstream awards bodies? Probably not. But consider this: cinema is by now a long-established artform. Movies chart all aspects of the human condition: birth, death, happiness, sadness, ennui, fear, elation, empathy.
The best sci-fi movies arguably achieve the same thing. Where else is the sense of mystery and triumphant discovery felt more keenly than in, say, Solaris? What other genre could explore the nature of addiction with the same humour and pathos as A Scanner Darkly? Could the themes of ageing and disease in The Fly be transposed to a realistic drama and still be as thrilling, bizarre and tragic?
It’s still the case that science »
U.K. director-screenwriter Richard Curtis, digital sensation Porta dos Fundos and multi-platform production pioneers Los Bragas are teaming in Brazil on a new approach to global change, as part of one of the most ambitious communication campaign in history.
On Sept. 25, 193 world leaders will commit to 17 United Nations Global Goals. These aim to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change for everyone by 2030.
But if the U.N. wants to change the world, strategies for implementing that change are changing too. And Brazil, where the strategy is both glocal and digital, is a very good case in point.
The goals, if met, ensure the health, safety and future of the planet for everyone on it. And their best chance of being met is if everyone on the planet is aware of them. So, in an out-of-the box move, Curtis has founded Project Everyone whose “simple but mighty ambition, »
- John Hopewell
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