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Peter Jackson on the End of His Middle Earth Odyssey

16 December 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Dec. 17 debut of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” marks both an end and a beginning for Peter Jackson.

It represents the culmination of his 16-year, six-film J.R.R. Tolkien marathon — an outsized success in duration, execution, visual-effects wizardry and overall popularity. No director in history has maintained tighter control over the creative direction of a global film franchise, which so far has amassed close to $5 billion in ticket sales alone.

But after bringing his Middle-earth spectacles to the masses, the world’s most famous Kiwi is ready to downsize and return to his low-budget roots: The 53-year-old director-producer-screenwriter is working on adapting several true stories about his native country, with his longtime partner Fran Walsh, that he says will be similar in tone and scope to his 1994 murder tale, “Heavenly Creatures.”

“We really feel a bigger urge now to not continue with another Hollywood blockbuster for a while, »

- Brent Lang and Tim Gray

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Watch Ridley Scott, Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton talk Exodus: Gods and Kings

16 December 2014 9:42 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

20th Century Fox have sent across a video of Ridley Scott, Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton talking about their latest swords and sandals epic Exodus: Gods and Kings.

See Also – Christian Bale defends the all-white casting of Exodus: Gods and Kings

Check out the video below:

From acclaimed director Ridley Scott comes the epic adventure Exodus: Gods And Kings, the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.

Exodus: Gods and Kings is out now in the States and on Boxing Day in the UK. Featuring in the cast that also »

- Luke Owen

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'Gone With the Wind' Facts: 25 Things You Never Knew About the Most Popular Movie Ever Made

16 December 2014 4:30 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Seventy-five years after the premiere of "Gone With the Wind" (on December 15, 1939), it seems that nothing -- not the passage of time, not the movie's controversial racial politics, not the film's daunting length, and not even the release of certain James Cameron global blockbusters -- can diminish the romantic Civil War drama's stature as the most popular movie of all time.

The film is certainly a formidable artistic achievement, a cornerstone of movie history, and a highlight of a year so full of landmark films that 1939 has often been called the greatest year in the history of Hollywood filmmaking. Each viewing of the four-hour epic seems to reveal new details. Still, even longtime "Gwtw" fans may not know the behind-the-scenes story of the film, one as lengthy and tumultuous as the on-screen romance between Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) and Rhett Butler (Clark Gable). Producer David O. Selznick spent fortunes, hired »

- Gary Susman

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Into The Storm Blu-ray Review

16 December 2014 3:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Steven Quale

Starring: Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Max Deacon, Nathan Kress, Alycia Debnam Carey, Matt Walsh, Arlen Escarpeta

Certificate: 12

Running Time: 89 minutes

Extras: Into the Storm: Tornado Files, Titus: The Ultimate Chasing Vehicle, Fake Storms: Real Conditions

Never since the cult classic Twister have the movie studios really dared to throw their money into the turbulent world of tornado thrillers…without sharks. Into The Storm doesn’t mess around with the genre and although struggles to develop interesting dialogue, it does tie down a basic narrative for specific purposes. Basically, it’s time for the small American town of Silverton to be ravaged by tornadoes for what will become the biggest storm in history, which comprises of a mammoth 300-mph monster in the grand finale but, I promise you, that’s not a spoiler unless you haven’t seen a trailer.

Beyond the lack of exciting discussion between characters, »

- Dan Bullock

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Den Of Geek Book Club: In Glorious Technicolour!

14 December 2014 4:16 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Francine Stock's exploration of the way film has entered our lives is Aliya's non-fiction choice for this month's Book Club...

There are lots of different ways to talk about films. There’s film as an art form, in which people try to objectively discuss how the director makes a statement by manipulating sounds and images. There’s film as a historical document – why was it made at that time? What does it say about what was happening in society? And there’s film on a totally subjective level, where you just like what you like; whether it’s important artistically or historically or in any other way is not the point.

It’s rare to come across a book that attempts to address film on all three of those levels at the same time, but In Glorious Technicolor! gives it a good shot. It’s described in the introduction as, »

- louisamellor

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Blu-Ray Review

12 December 2014 2:07 AM, PST | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-Ray Review

Guardians of the Galaxy hit theaters with surprising force, based on the fact that it is a comic-book film based on characters virtually no one knows, and the Blu-Ray is here to repeat the frenzy. Part space opera, part comic adventure, the film is an unusual hybrid of elements, made all the more interesting by way of characters who aren’t going to be explained, and are themselves rather fantastic.

Catch our podcast review of Guardians of the Galaxy here.

The film introduces us, in rather spectacular fashion, to Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), who fancies himself Star Lord, galactic superthief, or something. Having been abducted from Earth as a child, though again, this is a film with little interest in backstory, Peter was raised by the criminals who captured him, and he now finds himself outfitted with some really snazzy tech.

This time, rummaging through a forgotten world, »

- Marc Eastman

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"Fantastic Four" - Do The Right 'Thing'

11 December 2014 5:02 PM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

According to motion capture choreographer Terry Notary ("Warcraft"), previously the 'movement coach' for actor Jamie Bell aka 'The Thing' on director Josh Trank's "Fantastic Four" reboot, 'Ben Grimm' is basically "...a kid trapped in a rock..."

"There’s very, very little expression in the face," said Notary, whose credits also include "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes" and "Avatar". "Everything has to live through the soul and the eyes. Everything. The subtleties of the physicality when standing there...you’re a rock. You’re made of rock, so you can’t be super subtle but you can be if you sense that emotion coming out through the soul and the eyes.

"We had (Jamie) just holding this neutral expression and just pouring the soul out of his eyes while walking through this space, while obviously being grounded with weight and mass and gravitas that's so important and does take a lot of work. »

- Michael Stevens

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Christian Bale defends the all-white casting of Exodus: Gods and Kings, telling critics to “get a life”

9 December 2014 7:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings, out in cinemas in the Us this Friday, has come under fire from some critical voices due to the casting of the movie, where Egyptians are being portrayed by an all-white cast.

In the past Scott has openly defended the decision saying, “I can’t mount a film of this budget, where I have to rely on tax rebates in Spain, and say that my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such. I’m just not going to get it financed.”

See Also – Protests at the Exodus: Gods and Kings world premiere over Ridley Scott’s all-white cast

Now, at the New York Premiere of the movie, Christian Bale has also defended the movie, telling critics to “get a life”.

“No doubt it would have been a melting pot between Europe and the Middle East and North Africa,” Bale said when asked what »

- Luke Owen

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Horner Not An "Amazing Spider-Man 2" Fan

8 December 2014 7:58 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

One change between the first and second of "The Amazing Spider-Man" films is composer James Horner. The "Avatar" and "Titanic" composer came onboard the franchise with the first Andrew Garfield-led film outing but wisely opted out of the sequel which seems to have become one of the most hated comic book films since "Batman and Robin".

In a new interview for a fan site Jh Film Music, Horner himself didn't hold back on his feelings about the franchise. He also explained how he came onboard the first one, mostly due to the film's director Marc Webb, and what happened behind the scenes on the first (Spoilers Ahead for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2"):

"He [Webb] was very inexperienced and he and I had a very good relationship and the producers had their own opinion. And they didn't want his input. And then Sony had their own, they just wanted action. »

- Garth Franklin

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Watch: The Pressure Is On In Clip From Norwegian Thriller 'Pioneer'

5 December 2014 12:13 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There's not much going into wide release in theaters this weekend, so you might want to consider staying in and ordering up the Norwegian thriller "Pioneer." It has a score by French electronic duo Air, it comes from director Erik Skjoldbjærg who helmed the original "Insomnia" before Christopher Nolan remade it, and it stars Aksel Hennie ("Headhunters"), Stephen Lang (“Avatar”), Wes Bentley (“American Beauty,” "The Hunger Games") and Stephanie Sigman ("Miss Bala"). Not too bad right? Well, here's an exclusive clip. Inspired by a true story, the film is set in the midst of the Norwegian oil boom of the 1970s and centers on Petter, an expert diver and pipefitter who works in the furthest depths of the ocean. But when a tragic accident strikes, Petter decides to get to the truth beyond the official story, and doing so puts him in the path of some very powerful »

- Edward Davis

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Watch: Everything & Nothing Changes in 'Terminator: Genisys' Trailer

4 December 2014 10:50 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"If we die tonight, mankind dies with us." The first trailer for the franchise reboot Terminator: Genisys has arrived, and while the reboot says the rules have changed and a younger version of the badass Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) says everything has changed, not much has really changed at all. She says the timeline that future John Connor (Jason Clarke) sent Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) to no longer exists, and that's because an older Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) has been raising Sarah, and dispatched with the younger Terminator from 1984. And yet we still get the "Come with me if you want to live" and "I'll be back" lines. Oh, and there's a new T-1000 (Byung-hun Lee). Yeah, it's a clusterfuck and a half. Enjoy! Here's the first trailer for Alan Taylor's Terminator: Genisys direct from Paramount Pictures: Terminator: Genisys is directed by Alan Taylor ("Game of Thrones, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Interview: A Sit Down With Weta Visual Effects Supervisor, Dan Lemmon

4 December 2014 6:48 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

I had the remarkable pleasure of interviewing Dan Lemmon, who is a visual effects supervisor for the world renowned special effects company—Weta Workshop--out of New Zealand. You might have heard of that company? Mr. Lemmon has been working on special effects since The Fifth Element (1995) and has worked with effects teams to put together some of the most awe inspiring scenes in film for nearly 20 years. Everything from Titanic to Avatar—both of them the top two highest grossing films of all time. To the recent reboots of the Planet of the Apes films, from ‘Rise’ to ‘Dawn’. He supervised the visual effects team that brought Superman back to life in Man of Steel and has even worked on films such as Peter Jackson's reboot of King Kong; he's also supervised visual effects for films such as I, Robot, and even a horror entry with 30 Days of Night. »

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T-1000 Back in Teaser for Tomorrow's 'Terminator: Genisys' Trailer

3 December 2014 9:27 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Following yesterday's motion poster for Terminator: Genisys, a teaser for tomorrow's first trailer for the franchise reboot has arrived. Now we normally hate teasers for trailers, but since this one shows some surprising stuff, we figured it was worth tossing up for discussion before the full trailer arrives tomorrow. Right off the bat, you'll see the return of the liquid metal T-1000 (we presume Robert Patrick came back for this?), and a much better shot of Arnold Schwarzenegger as the aged T-800 model Terminator. And finally, for the first time, we get a glimpse at the time machine that sends them back to the past. None of the new cast members like Jason Clarke pop up yet though, so it's purely a nostalgia trip for now. Watch! Here's the teaser for tomorrow's Terminator: Genisys trailer from Paramount Pictures: Terminator: Genisys is directed by Alan Taylor ("Game of Thrones," Thor: The Dark World »

- Ethan Anderton

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New Motion Poster Unveiled for Terminator: Genisys Ahead of First Trailer’s Debut

2 December 2014 10:55 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

“I’ll be back.” Arnold Schwarzenegger’s cyborg warrior will make good on that promise next summer when Paramount unleashes Terminator: Genisys to theaters. New takes on familiar characters like Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese will be featured in the film, with Arnold once again playing a durable T-800. Ahead of the movie’s trailer debut this Thursday, a new face-dissolving motion poster has been released.

Released on TerminatorMovie.com, the motion poster (see below) features a Terminator endoskeleton’s head dissolving into what could be the sands of time. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for the release of the first Terminator: Genisys trailer on Thursday. In the meantime, we have the official plot details of the new Terminator film from the cover story that appeared in an earlier issue of EW:

Sarah Connor isn’t the innocent she was when Linda Hamilton first sported feathered hair and acid-washed jeans in the role. »

- Derek Anderson

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'Terminator: Genisys' Motion Poster Hits Before Trailer on Thursday

2 December 2014 9:37 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Our first impression of Terminator: Genisys wasn't anything to write home about, mainly because the promotional images from Entertainment Weekly were poorly staged and looked like a TV show premiering on the SyFy Channel. But perhaps the first trailer for the film will tickle our fancy when it arrives on Thursday. In the meantime, a motion poster has arrived to tease the movie, and it sends a clear message as to what this reboot will do to the franchise. It shows one of the classic T-800 cyborgs skulls, and then it disintegrates into a pile of sand. Or maybe it's being taken apart by nanobots? It's hard to say. Look below! Here's the motion poster for Alan Taylor's Terminator: Genisys from the film's official website: Terminator: Genisys is directed by Alan Taylor ("Game of Thrones," Thor: The Dark World) and written by Laeta Kalogridis (Avatar, Shutter Island) and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry). Emilia Clarke, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Universal Monster Universe Team Brings on 'Monsters 2' Writer

1 December 2014 1:56 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

British screenwriter Jay Basu (Monsters: Dark Continent) has joined the Universal Monster Universe team that is busy putting together this new, rebooted franchise. He joins Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, who are spearheading this massive initiative, and previously-confirmed writers such as Noah Hawley (Fargo TV series), Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners) and Ed Solomon (Men In Black). It isn't clear which project Jay Basu will be writing at this time.

After this shared monster universe was first announced in July, Universal Pictures later confirmed in October that this fall's Dracula Untold is part of this series. The first official project will be the Untitled Mummy Reboot, directed by Alex Kurtzman, which is already set for release on June 24, 2016. Another unspecified project within the franchise has been given an April 21, 2017 release. The only other confirmed title is a reboot of The Wolf Man, which Aaron Guzikowski is writing, with other possible titles including Dracula, »

- MovieWeb

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Final, final trailer for Exodus: Gods and Kings

1 December 2014 3:22 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Last month 20th Century Fox released the “final” trailer for Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings, but it seems the marketing department got its maths wrong, as we now have another trailer for the biblical epic, which we’re assuming is the “final, final” trailer for the film. Until the next one, at least. Check it out below…

From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) comes the epic adventure Exodus: Gods and Kings, the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.

Also featuring in the cast of Exodus: Gods and Kings »

- Gary Collinson

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer – Flickering Myth Reaction

29 November 2014 7:11 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Well, it was the trailer the world had been waiting for. And what a moment it was. At around 3pm on Friday 28th November, 2014 the Internet virtually crashed as thousands of Star Wars fans attempted to get onto the iTunes page only to discover that most of us didn’t have Quicktime installed. Of course, we posted it to our site with a Youtube embed link – and not just a cheap link to the iTunes page like some other “bigger sites” did. The cheeky gits.

A quick word to Kim Kardashian, that’s how you “break the Internet”.

So, you’ve watched the trailer – but what did our writing and editorial staff think?

Oliver Davis (Co-editor): I yelped at the lightsabre sword thing. I’m at work. I got funny looks.

Martin Deer: Whilst highly un-practical (I mean he’d slice his own hands off if he rotates it won’t he? »

- Luke Owen

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Star Wars Trailer and Avatar Sequels – Watch Fmtv’s Movie Newsgasm

28 November 2014 11:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

What’s that coming over the hill? It’s a trailer. It’s a trailer.

That’s right – Star Wars: The Force Awakens (or, Episode VII to its mates) has its first trailer. There’s also plot rumours of Godzilla director Gareth EdwardsStar Wars spin-off movie (bounty hunter heist, anyone?), the wonderful ‘oh-please-tell-me-you-didn’t-just-create-a-super-mutant-dinosaur’ antics of Jurassic World’s first trailer and James Cameron finally speaks on the Avatar sequels. Hear about all that and much, much more in this week’s Movie Newsgasm…

Fmtv will be back next week with our Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer video review and again on Friday for the Movie Newsgasm. Subscribe here to be notified first when they are live. You’re just a bit rubbish if you don’t.

See below for more information on the films discussed…

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

…is set for release »

- Oli Davis

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New clip and two featurettes for Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings

28 November 2014 9:34 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its release next month, 20th Century Fox has debuted a new clip from Ridley Scott’s biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, along with two featurettes entitled ‘Ridley’s Epic World’ and ‘Moses’ Journey'; check them out here…

See Also: Watch the final trailer for Exodus: Gods and Kings

From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) comes the epic adventure Exodus: Gods and Kings, the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.

Exodus: Gods and Kings is set for release on December 12th in the States and on Boxing Day in the UK. »

- Gary Collinson

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