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New clip from Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings

21 November 2014 2:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its release next month, 20th Century Fox has dropped a new clip from Exodus: Gods and Kings, director Ridley Scott’s (Prometheus) biblical epic starring Christian Bale (American Hustle) as Moses and Joel Edgerton (Warrior) as Ramses. Check it out below after the official synopsis…

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 »

- Gary Collinson

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Destroy All Monsters: Trumbullvision

19 November 2014 7:00 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Earlier this month, as part of the Stanley Kubrick exhibit and retrospective at the Tiff Bell Lightbox, visual effects wizard Douglas Trumbull was in town to demo his proof-of-concept film for his next generation high-frame-rate presentation format, Magi. Sort of a digital, 3-D, Hfr replacement for Trumbull's venerated (but never adopted) Showscan 70mm 60Fps film process from the 1980s, Magi presents glisteningly real illusions of depth and clarity with no motion blur or 3-D jags. Starting with a short documentary explaining why the process works better than standard formats (or even the 48Fps or 60Fps formats in which Peter Jackson and James Cameron are now working on The Hobbit trilogy and the Avatar sequels, respectively), Trumbull went on to screen Ufotog, a ten-minute visual effects...

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‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Blu-ray Review

17 November 2014 5:15 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Kirk Acevedo, Nick Thurston, Terry Notary, Karin Konoval, Judy Greer | Written by Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver | Directed by Matt Reeves

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes  will be categorized as a summer blockbuster because of its release date, high budget, and extensive use of special effects. However, its story and character first mentality along with its stark wiliness to take chances makes it an almost anti-blockbusters. Now that is not to say it is void of thrilling action or inspired set-pieces. There is plenty of entertainment to be had. It is simply not driving the story and in many ways the least interesting aspect of the entire film. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes  may be a sequel to an already rebooted franchise. That does not mean it cannot be filled with innovative »

- Dan Clark

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Maleficent Blu-Ray Review

13 November 2014 6:17 PM, PST | | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Maleficent Blu-Ray Review

You may think you know the story of Sleeping Beauty, but Maleficent dares to opt for changing your mind about that. The story starts long before you imagined, with a young fairy who meets a young human thief. By way of impressive visuals, and surprisingly “normal” events, young Maleficent and Stefan become the best of friends. When Maleficent comes of age, she becomes the protector of her magical forest, which means when the King comes calling, and doesn’t fare well, she is the target of his rage. A now very ambitious Stefan sees an opportunity.

This naturally leads to a great betrayal, and Stefan becoming King. This gives us the opening to sell us the story that Maleficent isn’t just the evil witch who comes to curse Aurora, but is instead the largely justified, though perhaps overzealous, wronged fairy looking to exact revenge.

Though the »

- Marc Eastman

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AFI Fest: Weta Digital Celebrates 20 Years with New Technology

13 November 2014 4:30 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Anne Marie here at the AFI Fest with another special event. Weta Digital, the pioneering VFX company behind some of the biggest blockbusters, including the Marvel franchise, Avatar, and The Hobbit, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. In  “State of the Art: The Evolution of Weta Digital," Visual Effects Supervisor Dan Lemmon gave audiences a peek behind the digital curtain of Weta Digital’s latest film, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, to show how the company develops performance capture to assist and augment cinematography.

 Weta Digital is probably best known for its motion capture process (dubbed “performance capture” by James Cameron "because they also capture emotions"). Dan Lemmon explained that this evolved from Andy Serkis filming scenes as Gollum twice for The Lord of the Rings, into a sophisticated system called a “Capture Volume,” a cube of space surrounded by infrared cameras that record the actors’ movements. »

- Anne Marie

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'Terminator Genisys' Actor Jai Courtney In Talks To Play Main Anti-Hero Deadshot In 'Suicide Squad'

12 November 2014 6:19 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Update 11/13: Deadline reports Jai Courtney is in the mix for something, but it might be any one of the Warner Bros. DC Comics movies through 2020. Australian actor Jai Courtney is one of those actors that mainstream America probably couldn’t spot in a line-up, but Hollywood has a decided hard-on for the thespian. He was chosen to play Bruce Willis' son in “A Good Day to Die Hard,” had a key villain role in Tom Cruise’s “Jack Reacher” and had big supporting turns in “I, Frankenstein” (2014) and “Divergent.” While the verdict is still out on the 28-year-old actor, Tinseltown has doubled down on the Aussie and this year he was cast in the critical role of Kyle Reese in the “Terminator: Genisys” reboot. In short, Courtney is this year’s Sam Worthington, another Australian actor that Hollywood went ape for after his appearance in the billion-dollar-grossing “Avatar. »

- Edward Davis

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Final trailer for Exodus: Gods and Kings

11 November 2014 9:13 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Yesterday we brought you a new international poster for Exodus: Gods and Kings, and now we have the final trailer for the Ridley Scott-helmed biblical epic, which you can check 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.

Joining Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton in the cast of Exodus: Gods and Kings are Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), John Turturro (Transformers: Dark of the Moon), Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3), Sigourney Weaver (Avatar »

- Gary Collinson

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Watch The Exclusive Clip From James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D

10 November 2014 3:54 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Photo by Mark Thiessen

Millennium Entertainment is proud to announce that the documentary about determination, danger and the ocean’s greatest depths, Deepsea Challenge 3D will be available on DVD, Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack and Special Collectors Edition DVD on November 11, 2014.

Directed by John Bruno, Ray Quint and the late Andrew Wight, the stunning film follows Academy Award® winner James Cameron (The Terminator, Titanic, Avatar) on his successful voyage to the unknown territories at the depths of the ocean.

Wamg is debuting this exclusive behind-the-scenes clip featuring Cameron where he discusses the reservations and fears he had about venturing into unknown territory.

As a boy, filmmaker James Cameron dreamed of a journey to the deepest part of the ocean. This film is the dramatic fulfillment of that dream. It chronicles Cameron’s solo dive to the depths of the Mariana Trench—nearly seven miles beneath the ocean’s surface—piloting a submersible he designed himself. »

- Michelle McCue

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New poster for Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings

10 November 2014 3:16 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

20th Century Fox has released a new international poster for Ridley Scott’s biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, which gives us a new look at Christian Bale (The Dark Knight Trilogy, American Hustle) as Moses

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.

See Also: First TV spots for Exodus: Gods and Kings

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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Afm: Buyers Hear Mostow’s ‘Prayer’ With Sam Worthington

8 November 2014 12:53 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jonathan Mostow’s European-set action film “The Hunter’s Prayer,” starring Sam Worthington, has been heard by buyers in more than 20 territories.

The picture started shooting in Yorkshire, England, and Hungary this week with Worthington (“Avatar”) and Odeya Rush (“The Odd Life of Timothy Green”) in the lead roles, respectively, as an assassin and his intended target. But the assassin finds he can’t carry out the kill. The two then find out they are both being targeted for death and are hunted down across Europe. Other recent cast additions include Martin Compston, Amy Landecker and Veronica Echegui.

Handled by Sierra/Affinity, the picture has been sold to distributors in Asia (Star), Bulgaria (Tandem), the former Yugoslavia (Blitz), Germany (Square One), Greece/India/Middle East/Turkey (Italia), Hong Kong and Taiwan (Sound Space), Iceland (Myndform), Israel (United King), Indonesia (Pt Prima), Latin America (Sun Distribution), Malaysia and Vietnam (Roarlion), South »

- Patrick Frater

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Can Keanu Reeves save cinema?

7 November 2014 7:00 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Most big-budget action movies these days are just cartoons directed by bad animators. Somewhere between The Matrix and The Bourne Identity, the whole genre lost its brawl. You've seen one superhero defend his city from an airship armada, you've seen every superhero defend his city from an airship armada. Then there's John Wick. Simple story, not-so-simple thrills. The story: Someone kills an assassin's dog, and the assassin (Keanu Reeves) wants vengeance. The thrills: The movie constructs action scenes with patience and delicacy, filming in steady shots that track the careful choreography of Reeves' punch-shoot rampages. John Wick was directed by a stuntman, »

- Darren Franich

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The Nostalgia Files: ‘The Hard Way’ (1991)

6 November 2014 5:49 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Hard Way

Written by Daniel Pyne and Lem Dobbs

Directed by John Badham

USA, 1991

Thanks to the popularity of Lethan Weapon, the action comedy genre thrived in the 1980s and 1990s. The genre combines fast paced thrills and violence with witty one-liners and often ridiculous comedic scenarios. For some reason, the 80s were a veritable breeding ground for many of these types of films and the trend continued well into the 90s. For instance, 1991 saw the release of a movie that pretty much turned the genre on its head. That film is the buddy cop adventure The Hard Way and it is not only a smart action thrill ride with buckets of fresh humor but also a smart commentary on real life police work and method acting.

Directed by John Badham (WarGames, Saturday Night Fever, Short Circuit), The Hard Way pretty much has it all. It focuses on two »

- Randall Unger

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Vitality Visual Effects Launches in L.A. and Vancouver (Exclusive)

6 November 2014 12:35 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Visual effects gurus behind “Noah” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” are teaming up to launch a new company, Vitality Visual Effects.

The venture will be overseen by Guy Botham, who previously ran business operations for the visual effects firm Hydraulx, and Andrew Fowler, former vice president of visual effects and production at the Walt Disney Company.

Fowler also worked as visual FX producer on “Noah,” “300” and the “Tomb Raider” films, while Botham was a visual effects producer on “Into the Storm” and “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.”

The duo has tapped Loeng Wong-Savun to be Vitality’s lead artist. Loeng’s credits include “Skyfall,” “Avatar” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”

Vitality will concentrate on beauty work, face replacement and 2D enhancements. In layman’s terms, it’s digital cosmetic surgery and body shaping that allows actors to appear blemish free, younger, older, fitter and even »

- Brent Lang

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Why Godard’s ‘Goodbye to Language’ Demands a Wider 3D Release

4 November 2014 12:46 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jean-Luc Godard has never been one to shy away from a paradox. He might well appreciate the irony that his form-busting use of 3D in “Goodbye to Language” — the very element that has made this by far his most passionately embraced work in years — is precisely what could keep the film from reaching the wider audience it deserves. There are two equally stubborn realities at work here: (1) Relatively few arthouse exhibitors are equipped to screen movies in the stereoscopic format, and (2) “Goodbye to Language,” an intoxicating swirl of deep-focus imagery and eye-popping, mind-bending visual layers, would lose much of its potency if stripped of that format. This is a movie that demands to be seen in 3D or not at all.

Similar things were said, of course, about the likes of “Avatar” and “Gravity,” two mega-budget 3D extravaganzas that deserve mention in the same breath as “Goodbye to Language” as meaningful counterpoint if nothing else. »

- Justin Chang

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20 Weird Ways Classic Special Effects Were Made

4 November 2014 8:30 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Warner Bros.

In modern cinema, the limits to what can be achieved on screen are limited only by the director’s imagination (or, more accurately, their budget). The constraints of special effects have all but been removed as computer technology has advanced to the point where practical effects, prosthetics and traditional compositing techniques have all but been made redundant. That’s why James Cameron made Avatar a couple of years ago and not, say, in the eighties. It simply wouldn’t be possible.

What CGI doesn’t account for is the decades of incredible visual effects that have appeared in films before it really got to a point that it didn’t look like a crappy video game cut scene. There’s plenty of examples of bad, dated special effects out there, but just as many that have held up even today – often using much more ingenious, or else downright insane, »

- Tom Baker

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10 Most Expensive Movie Trilogies Ever Made

4 November 2014 6:19 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

New Line Cinema

The phrase ‘shared cinematic universe’ is thrown around so often by the studios these days that its easy to forget that until recently, ‘the first in a planned trilogy’ was usually the default quote when referring to a recently-announced blockbuster. With hundreds of millions of dollars involved in creating a summer blockbuster, the studio executives will always have one eye on the franchise potential of their productions. Not everything has to be turned into a trilogy or a franchise, that just seems to be the way the movie business is heading.

Of course, if a trilogy comes to a logical conclusion then there is always a chance that it will be rebooted or given a long-delayed sequel; Indiana Jones, Die Hard and Rambo all got fourth movies after a long absence, the Bourne series continued without Matt Damon and even the 30 year-old Terminator franchise is undergoing its »

- Scott Campbell

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60 Years of Godzilla: A History and Critique of the Greatest Monster Movie Series in Cinema

4 November 2014 3:35 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

**Massive spoilers for every Godzilla movie, with the exception of the 2014 reboot, and Mothra follow**

August 6th and 9th, 1945 forever changed the course of history. When the first nuclear bombs were dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, World War II ended, but a new fear was born that dominated the thoughts of all men, women, and children for decades to come. The Cold War, atomic bomb testing, a cartoon turtle telling children to “duck and cover”, and this new technology that had the actual potential to literally end the world changed the perception of what was scary. Art reflects life, so cinema began to capitalize on these fears. Gone were the days of creepy castles, cobwebs, bats, vampires, werewolves, and the other iconic images that ruled genre cinema in film’s earliest decades. Science fiction was larger than ever and giant ants, giant octopi, terror from beyond the stars, and »

- Max Molinaro

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‘Interstellar’ Looks to Join a Short List of Space-Related Films to Garner Best Picture Oscar Noms

31 October 2014 12:31 PM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar is hoping to join Guardians of the Galaxy, another space-related film, at the top of the box office after it opens Nov. 5 and could garner a best picture Oscar nomination. In the trailer, Matthew McConaughey‘s character says, “We used to look up in the sky and wonder at our place in the stars; now we just look down and worry about our place in the dirt,” so one wonders how often the Academy looks skyward for best picture nominees and if voting members have set a precedent for space films to do well at the Oscars. Though many of the voting members came of age when President John F. Kennedy said we were going to put the first man on the moon, only six space-related films have been nominated for best picture: Gravity (2013), District 9 (2009), Avatar (2009), Apollo 13 (1995), The Right Stuff »

- Anjelica Oswald

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James Cameron dismisses virtual reality technology: 'It's a yawn'

31 October 2014 7:27 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

James Cameron has dismissed the potential of virtual reality technology, insisting that there is no place for it beyond games.

The Avatar filmmaker said that he is uninspired by the concept, despite the efforts of companies such as Oculus Vr to bring it to the mainstream.

"There seems to be a lot of excitement around something that, to me, is a yawn, frankly," Cameron told the Wall Street Journal.

"What will the level of interactivity with the user be other than just 'I can stand and look around'? If you want to move through a virtual reality it's called a video game, it's been around forever."

Facebook, which purchased Oculus Vr earlier this year, aims to encourage the adoption of the technology in fields beyond the gaming business.

The first film optimised for the firm's Oculus Rift headset, Banshee Chapter, is already available to download in part on the developer website for the device. »

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Watch Clips from Grace: The Possession

31 October 2014 6:38 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Jeff Chan’s Grace: The Possession was released earlier this week and we recently showed you an exclusive clip from the movie. If you’re looking to get a better idea of what to expect from this demonic possession movie, we have three new clips to watch.

“Just in time for Halloween, a producer of Sinister and executive producer of Insidious brings a chilling twist to the classic horror story when the terrifying Grace: The Possession debuts on DVD and Digital HD Oct. 28 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Alexia Fast (Jack Reacher) plays the title role of Grace, an 18-year-old Catholic girl who moves away to college, never having sipped alcohol, done drugs, or had sex. But something dark comes over her, and her purity is taken as she becomes possessed by demonic forces. The film offers audiences a unique first-person perspective of the possessed like never seen before. »

- Jonathan James

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