Beloved cinematographer Andrew Lesnie has died suddenly from a suspected heart attack at age 59.
Just as much as Peter Jackson, Lesnie was the man responsible for the look of "the Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" films, having worked as director of photography on all six movies in the two trilogies.
Leslie served as Dp on over forty films and series including "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," 2005's "King Kong," "I Am Legend," "The Lovely Bones," both "Babe" films, "The Last Airbender," "The Delinquents," "Spider & Rode," "Two if by Sea," "Doing Time for Patsy Cline," "Bran Nue Dae".
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- Garth Franklin
0:00-5:00 – Hello; follow-up information on Eric’s wrist
5:00-17:20 – “The Age of Adaline” review
17:20-23:25 – “The Water Diviner” review (Bayer only)
23:25-28:50 – “The Clouds of Sils Maria” review (Bayer only)
28:50-45:10 – Qotw (best directorial debuts by actors)
45:10-49:05 – Next week’s Qotw will involve the Summer Box Office Challenge
49:05-57:50 – A round of Character Casserole (an airplane, Axel Foley, and the I Am Legend guy)
57:50-1:03:50 – Some nice things people wrote on Facebook about their history with the show
1:03:50-1:05:15 – Recap and goodbye
Qotw: What should the stakes be for our annual Summer Box Office Challenge bet?
The Age of Adaline B- 6/10
The Water Diviner n/a 4/10
The Clouds of Sils Maria n/a 8/10
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- Jeff Bayer
Very cool news! More comic book movies from Hot publisher Valiant! I personally collect & read both Bloodshot & Ninjak which I highly recommend you do! The full press release below!
.Valiant Entertainment and Sony Pictures today announced a deal to bring two of Valiant’s award-winning comic book superhero franchises—Bloodshot and Harbinger—to the big screen over the course of five feature films that will culminate in the shared universe crossover film, Harbinger Wars.
Bloodshot, arriving in theaters in 2017, will kick off the five-picture plan leading to Harbinger Wars and will be directed by David Leitch & Chad Stahelski (John Wick) from a script by Jeff Wadlow (Kick Ass 2) and Eric Heisserer (Story of Your Life). Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe from Original Film (The Fast and the Furious franchise) and Dinesh Shamdasani from Valiant Entertainment will produce the film. Matthew Vaughn and Jason Kothari will serve as executive producers. »
- El Mayimbe
Last month, it was revealed that Paramount Pictures was moving forward with a plan that would expand the "Transformers" franchise into not only sequels, but also spin-offs. Now, during an earnings call, Hasbro spoke about the plan, revealing when the next sequel will be released. "You may have read something about some writers being hired," said Brian Goldner, CEO of Hasbro. "We have in fact brought in [Akiva Goldsman] to lead a group of writers to really create a strategic plan around 'Transformers.' We think there's any number of stories to be told. It's a brand that's been around for 30 years with amazing canon and mythology. We would expect the sequel to the 'Transformers' movie to happen in 2017." Goldsman (I Am Legend) will lead the team of writers, along with Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura. Goldman won't actually write any of the scripts, but it's been reported »
Last month it was revealed that Paramount Pictures is setting up a 'writers room' to be headed by acclaimed screenplay writer and producer Akiva Goldsman, which will develop a new Transformers multi-part sequel and spinoffs alongside franchise director Michael Bay. While it hasn't been confirmed, its expected that Michael Bay will return to direct Transformers 5. It was initially believed that the movie would be in theaters by 2016, but that seems to be changing. Brian Goldner, President and CEO of Hasbro, announced today that they are targeting a 2017 release date for the next sequel.
Speaking from the first Hasbro quarter earnings call for 2015, Goldner reiterated that Paramount is in fact in the process of setting up a writer's room. The company has a strategic plan to take the franchise into the future. And this will include touching on some of the pre-existing mythology that has never been brought to the big screen. »
Hasbro held their first quarter 2015 earnings call today where they spoke a bit more about the news revealed last month - that Paramount was bringing together a brains trust to develop both multi-part sequels and spin-off films based in the "Transformers" universe. TFW2005 has the key quote from Brian Goldner, President and CEO of Hasbro:
"Our plan right now with the studio and filmmakers, you may have read something about some writers being hired. We have in fact brought in [Akiva Goldsman] to lead a group of writers to really create a strategic plan around Transformers – we think there's any number of stories to be told. It's a brand that's been around for 30 years with amazing canon and mythology. We would expect the sequel to the Transformers movie to happen in 2017."
- Garth Franklin
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NBA star DeAndre Jordan recently toured the Batman exhibit and was treated to an up-close look at not only the new Batmobile that Ben Affleck will be driving in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice next year, but the costumes that DC’s holy Trinity will be donning.
Thankfully, he took the tour with a camera crew and has now posted a video of what he saw. Check it out below:
Several new things stick out here. As far as the costumes go, Wonder Woman’s suit has more color than we initially thought, while Batman’s is even more detailed than comic book fans expected. Not only does the Bat’s utility belt have dark yellow accents, but his gloves have steel-plated knuckles, which should help (slightly) when he engages in fisticuffs with the Man of Steel.
- James Garcia
In honour of The Times’ film critic Kevin Maher’s list of iconic movie rebels, we take a look at what it truly takes to make a tough guy in cinema.
What constitutes a tough guy, as in ‘man’, on film is usually a traditional interpretation of masculinity. There is always room for the sensitive hero in a sweater and slacks, but for those who watch movies as ingrained wish fulfilment, the sexy and sweaty man’s man needs suitable attire to reflect his personality. But it is not just about the garments themselves. A jacket is a jacket, but a leather jacket is a symbol. A wax jacket on the other hand is enlightened – the reformist hero.
Waxed cotton is fantastic stuff. Essentially it is a treated fabric, albeit one that needs regular re-covering to ensure longevity. The result is a lightweight, versatile material that, although not especially warm, »
- Lord Christopher Laverty
Like the Loch Ness Monster, a movie adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower is something we've heard great tales about but have never seen. That could be changing soon though, as Deadline reports Sony and Mrc have partnered to co-finance and distribute a film series based on the novels, with Mrc developing a complementary TV series to run alongside the films. Back in 2012, Akiva Goldsman (I Am Legend) was preparing a new draft of the first installment in the proposed series for Warner Bros., and had things worked out, a complementary TV series would have been set up at HBO. However, Warners, like Universal before it, passed on the project, though it seems to have found new life at rival studio Sony. This latest draft of the first film's script is co-written by Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) and is based on Goldsman's earlier draft. »
- Jordan Benesh
Lawrence took over directing duties on Lionsgate’s “Hunger Games” franchise (including the upcoming “Mockingjay — Part 2″) after Gary Ross exited following the first film, and Jacobson has produced all four films through her Color Force producing banner.
- Dave McNary
Wolverine: Hugh Jackman has hinted before that he's ready to say goodbye to playing the X-Men character Wolverine, and now he's given his clearest signal yet. In a social media post, he featured a photo with the caption, 'Wolverine...One Last Time. Hj," apparently referring to the third stand-alone Wolverine movie, set for release on March 3, 2017. [Instagram] Transformers: Rejoice: more Transformers movies are on their way! Akiva Goldsman, a veteran writer and producer (I Am Legend, Insurgent), is in talks to organize a so-called "writer's room" that would come up with ideas for a multi-part sequel series, as well as possible spinoff films for the franchise, giving Transformers its own movie universe. Goldsman would be working with...
- Peter Martin
With Transformers: Age Of Extinction being the highest grossing film on the planet in 2014, it's unsurprising that Paramount is already pressing ahead with plans for Transformers 5. It's unclear yet whether Michael Bay will return to direct that one, given that he's currently working on drama 13 Hours (although he slotted Pain & Gain in between the last two Transformers movies). But whether he does or doesn't, you can expect lots more Transformers in the years ahead.
That's because - yes! - plans are afoot for a Transformers movie universe, with a series of spin-off films being planned.
Deadline reports Goldsman would not be writing but assembling and overseeing a “writers room” to hatch an idea for how to tackle a two-part sequel in the film’s franchise in addition to potential spinoffs. Goldsman would likely join Bay, di Bonaventura and Steven Spielberg as a producer.
It’s unknown whether Bay will return to directing duties for any new installments. He is currently in pre-production on his Benghazi thriller “13 Hours.”
The franchise is a huge priority for the studio with the most recent film, “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” crossing the $1 billion worldwide box officer marker last year, making it the third film in the franchise to pass that milestone.
- Justin Kroll
Well this is an interesting turn of events. Despite the fact that they’ve almost all been critically panned, the Transformers movies make money. They make a lot of money. Transformers: Age of Extinction alone grossed nearly $1.1 billion, so whether people want them or not, there will be more Transformers movies. The question, then, has been what form will the continuation of the franchise take? After Transformers: Dark of the Moon, director Michael Bay famously planned to hand the franchise off to a new filmmaker who could semi-reboot the series. He subsequently changed his mind and came back to helm Age of Extinction himself, resulting in pretty much the same movie we’ve been watching for four films in a row now, only with more Mark Wahlberg and less Shia Labeouf. Bay previously said he'd be handing Transformers 5 off to another filmmaker, and he subsequently opted to move forward »
- Adam Chitwood
The hourlong crime series, which began production this January, will star Emma Ishta (“Manhattan Love Story”), Kyle Harris (“The Carrie Diaries”), Allison Scagliotti (Syfy’s “Warehouse 13″), Salli Richardson-Whitfield (Syfy’s “Eureka,” “I Am Legend”) and Ritesh Rajan (“The Last Airbender”).
The original drama follows a young woman (Ishta) who is recruited into a secret government agency to be “stitched” into the minds of the recently deceased, using their memories to investigate murders and help solve mysteries before they go to the grave.
Fehr will play Leslie Turner, the enigmatic head of the covert stitchers program. His character will be introduced in the middle of the season.
Watch the first trailer for “Stitchers”:
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Mythology Entertainment has inked a first-look deal with 20th Century Fox Television and Fox 21 Television Studios.
Under the pact with 20th and Fox 21, the production company will develop and produce broadcast, cable and digital scripted series wit the studios.
“We are thrilled to have a home at Fox for Mythology’s television business, which we look forward to building under Julia Gunn’s leadership along with our new partners at 20th and Fox 21,” Fischer and Vanderbilt said .
Of the inhouse expansion, the duo said: “We are also excited to welcome the incomparable Tracey Nyberg »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Just yesterday, we brought you the first set photo from Guy Ritchie’s medieval epic Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur, which found star Charlie Hunnam posing opposite the director on the first day of production. Now, Warner Bros. has unsheathed a synopsis for the pic, which will serve to launch a franchise of six blockbuster films, all to be spun out of Arthurian lore.
According to the studio, which does not mention the official title of the film despite it being previously referred to as Knights of the Roundtable, Ritchie’s take will unfurl thusly:
The bold new story introduces a streetwise young Arthur who runs the back alleys of Londonium with his gang, unaware of the life he was born for until he grasps hold of the sword Excalibur—and with it, his future. Instantly challenged by the power of Excalibur, Arthur is forced to make some hard choices. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Acclaimed filmmaker Guy Ritchie brings his dynamic style to an original King Arthur epic, a sweeping fantasy action adventure starring Charlie Hunnam (FX’s “Sons of Anarchy”), for Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures.
Principal photography has begun at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, UK.
Ritchie posted this first shot from the film on his Instagram account.
The bold new story introduces a streetwise young Arthur who runs the back alleys of Londonium with his gang, unaware of the life he was born for until he grasps hold of the sword Excalibur—and with it, his future. Instantly challenged by the power of Excalibur, Arthur is forced to make some hard choices. Throwing in with the Resistance and a mysterious young woman named Guinevere, he must learn to master the sword, face down his demons and unite the people to defeat the tyrant Vortigern, who stole »
- Michelle McCue
Warner Bros. has announced that Guy Ritchies upcoming new take on the King Arthur mythos has started filming today, and along with the announcement they've revealed the film's cast and details on the plot. Come inside to see how different this version will be.
I love the tale of King Arthur. It's a great fantasy story with a rich history and potential. As such, I've been looking forward to seeing how Guy Ritchie would handle the tale, and what he would be changing. Today, cameras have started rolling on the film, and we're able to get a little more information on plot:
The bold new story introduces a streetwise young Arthur who runs the back alleys of Londonium with his gang, unaware of the life he was born for until he grasps hold of the sword Excalibur—and with it, his future. Instantly challenged by the power of Excalibur, Arthur »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
As a movie critic I believe I am obligated by law to review Focus through the lens of what it means for Will Smith’s career: if we have finally reached the end of the dark ages after almost eight years of films that were both critical and financial mixed bags. I might even tell you that we are back at the peak of the mountain we haven’t seen since I Am Legend and that we have our unquestioned biggest movie star in the world returned to us from the exile of After Earth and Men In Black 3. This isn’t that triumphant return; Will Smith is good but not extraordinary in a movie that will never be a blockbuster nor is it a critical darling. Focus is a perfectly serviceable crime movie that feels confined by a lack of ambition and, perhaps, a lack of budget.
It’s hard to classify Focus, »
- Arthur Tebbel
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