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Today’s Sequel Bits includes a bunch of casting notices, plus some people talking about theoretical projects that don’t actually exist yet. After the jump: TMNT2 casts Brittany Ishibashi as Karai Barbershop 3 adds a Pitch Perfect actor Duncan Jones would be up for Warcraft 2 Aunt Becky will return for Fuller House Chuck Palahniuk talks Fight […]
- Angie Han
It's crazy to think that someone is making the online RPG computer game Warcraft into a live-action movie, but Duncan Jones, Legendary and Universal are doing it. As you can imagine, a movie with orcs, mages, elves and all other manner of fantastical creatures running around requires masters of the visual effects craft. That's where Warcraft takes a nod from Hulk in the Avengers movies, with the help of Ilm. Industrial Light and Magic, a visual effects company that worked on making the Hulk the giant green rage monster that he is on screen, came aboard to engineer the look of the orcs. If you think these barbarian beasts look anything like Bruce Banner's alter ego, you'd be right. In an interview with Wired, Jones said that Jeff White, who worked on the creation of Hulk for The Avengers, was on set to supervise the motions of the actors. As »
It's been a long road but the post-production work on Duncan Jones' Warcraft is approaching the homestretch. When Warcraft was announced several years ago we knew that it would require a vast amount of complicated VFX work in order to turn it into something worthy of the Warcraft name. Duncan Jones sat down with Wired and opened up about the time-consuming visual effects... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
It's been a long road but the post-production work on Duncan Jones' Warcraft is approaching the homestretch. When Warcraft was announced several years ago we knew that it would require a vast amount of complicated VFX work in order to turn it into something worthy of the Warcraft name. Duncan Jones sat down with Wired and opened up about the time-consuming visual effects process involved in bringing the characters of Azeroth to life. Despite the large amount of VFX, Jones »
- Kevin Fraser
In this week's new episode of The Recap, we're breaking down the biggest stories of the week including new announcements for Blade Runner 2, Duncan Jones' Warcraft movie, Lego Dimensions, and more. Come inside to check it out!
News happens every day. Some are massive, jaw dropping scoops, while others may fly under the radar. The Recap is here to highlight the best/most interesting news scoops from the week, that you may have missed or forgot about in the deluge of other news stories.
To read more about the stories covered in this week's Recap, you can check out the original articles:
Blade Runner 2 is Going to Look Very Pretty
First Official Image from the Warcraft Movie
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials First Official Trailer
Game of Thrones: Sons of Winter Launch Date and Trailer
Lego Dimensions Reveals Back to the Future and DC Characters
You can catch The Recap every Friday, »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Meet Hanzo, the stealthy sharpshooter that is one of the playable characters within Blizzard’s upcoming, Team Fortress-esque hero shooter, Overwatch.
To date, the gaming giant has revealed the archer alongside McCree, Zarya, and Zenyatta, though it is Hanzo that takes the spotlight in a new and extensive gameplay clip for the new IP. As you’d imagine, the clip showcases the character’s special abilities, which include the power to run along walls and loose arrows from afar.
Running at a buttery smooth 60 frames-per-second, the footage is lifted from Overwatch‘s ongoing pre-alpha testing, with Blizzard planning to drag the title into open beta in time for August. Fans eager to give the shooter a run for its money prior to release can toss their name into the hat via the company’s official webpage.
As the first new franchise in close to 17 years, some would say that Blizzard »
- Michael Briers
2012: the year the movie universe sparked, Universal struggled, and young adult adaptations really took off...
The big blockbusters of summer 2011 were the ones that followed fairly straightforward rules. The majority of them were sequels in linear movie franchises - Harry Potter, Transformers, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Fast & Furious - and it felt for the most part like a template was being followed.
Sure, there were surprises. Bridesmaids broke through and proved to be a massive R-rated hit. X-Men: First Class, meanwhile, came through unscathed - and in fine shape - from its reboot, whilst Jj Abrams took us temporarily back to the 1980s with Super 8. But other than that, the pattern was set: the big, pre-ordained films took the lion's share of the cash, and regular sequels were the order of the day.
The signs of change were there in 2011, of course. Thor was a bigger hit than most were expecting, »
Following on from the release of the first official images of Orgrim Doomhammer earlier this week, Legendary Pictures has now released a new synopsis for the upcoming fantasy epic Warcraft, although in all honesty it’s really just an extended cast and crew list. Still, check it out below…
Legendary’s Warcraft is a 3D epic adventure of world-colliding conflict based upon Blizzard Entertainment’s globally-renowned universe. Directed by Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) and written by Charles Leavitt and Duncan Jones, the film is a Legendary Pictures, Blizzard Entertainment and Atlas Entertainment production. The producers are Charles Roven, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Alex Gartner and Stuart Fenegan. Jillian Share, Brent O’Connor, Michael Morhaime and Paul Sams serve as executive producers. Rob Pardo, Chris Metzen, Nick Carpenter and Rebecca Steel Roven co-produce. Warcraft will be released by Universal Pictures
- Gary Collinson
The famous Leeroy Jenkins battlecry nearly made it into the Warcraft movie.
Script writer Gary Whitta told Twitter followers that his first draft contained a character that rushed into battle early.
Leeroy Jenkins was actually in my original draft of the Warcraft movie. And yes, he ran into battle too early. pic.twitter.com/G8bO4KmU6j
— Gary Whitta (@garywhitta) May 12, 2015
Unable to contain himself in battle, Private Jenkins breaks ranks and rushes forward with his famous battlecry.
Unfortunately, however, it didn't end well for Private Jenkins, who was cut down by an orc.
The script has been rewritten multiple times, so we'll have to wait to see if Jenkins makes the final cut.
The famous meme celebrated its tenth anniversary last week.
It all started with a video of a raid gone horribly wrong - a foolish player cutting short his guild's meticulous battle plans by rushing into »
Jones went on Twitter to share with fans the first photos of Orgrim from his upcoming film.
Hey mate! :). Looking handsome as ever! @RobertKazinsky pic.twitter.com/1IQ7CvrQOE
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) May 18, 2015
The producers are Charles Roven, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Alex Gartner and Stuart Fenegan. Jillian Share, Brent O’Connor, Michael Morhaime and Paul Sams serve as executive producers. Rob Pardo, Chris Metzen, Nick Carpenter and Rebecca Steel Roven co-produce. »
- Michelle McCue
After seeing Moon (review) we knew Duncan Jones was destined for great things, but the young director pretty much skyrocketed up a tentpole. His next film is Warcraft, which is based on the hit online video game World of Warcraft, and it's been a top secret affair.
As the story goes, Jones impressed producers when he told them he would tell both sides of the conflict. He got the gig and has been quiet ever since. Until today.
The first image from the film has hit the webs and it's of Orgrim the Orc who will be played by UK actor Robert Kazinsky. You can see them below.
Warcraft: Our first look at Orgim in the big-screen adaptation of videogame Warcraft reveals an intricately-created charater. The orc is played by Robert Kazinsky, and the look of the character, designed by Industrial Light and Magic, is a mixture of the actor and concept art by Blizzard Entertainment, the company behind the game World of Warcraft. Directed by Duncan Jones, the movie is heading to theaters on June 10, 2016. [Wired] Deepwater Horizon: Mark Wahlberg stars in Deepwater Horizon as a member of an oil rig crew that suffered a catastrophe, leading to an environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. The first official photo shows Wahlberg looking the part; Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Dylan O'Brien, Gina Rodriguez, and Kate Hudson also star...
- Peter Martin
Looking For Group #2
Written by Ryan Sohmer
Art by Lar DeSouza
Colors by Ed Ryzowski
Layout by Aurelie Martin
Published by Dynamite
Anyone who has ever played a massively multiplayer online role playing game has had to suffer through the agony of posting “Lfg” in chat, then waiting an eternity to get picked up by a group, only to discover that the group in question is a hastily thrown together Pug (pick-up group) that has little chance of finding the dungeon let alone clearing it. This is what the creative team of Ryan Sohmer and Lar DeSouza had in mind when creating the laugh-out-loud comedic tales told in their Looking For Group series. Lfg #2 follows such a hastily thrown together group of adventurers on their continuing quest to find the legendary city of Kethenecia.
Lfg #2 finds Cale, the hunter, and his faithful companion, Sooba the panther, along with fellow adventurers Benny, »
- Merriell Moyer
Industrial Light & Magic, the San Francisco-based visual effects house that has changed the course of cinema history countless times over the years, is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2015. Wired Magazine has rounded up a who's who to discuss its impact and how the advances made there — first in a sweaty Van Nuys warehouse, and now in a swank Presidio complex — have morphed the film industry into what it is today. It's well worth your time. If, however, you're the "tl;dr" type, I couldn't help but jot down a few takeaways as I read. Here are seven. But seriously, take some time to read through it if you can. It's a tight but detailed look back, full of the kind of stories — from "Star Wars" to "Transformers" — that make "movie magic" a thing. George Lucas wants Marvel to make another "Howard the Duck" movie I've actually always loved Willard Huyck »
- Kristopher Tapley
Duncan Jones is an exciting prospect right now. Having delivered a taut and magnificently acted debut with Moon, and then followed up with the flawed but entertaining and thrilling Source Code, he's currently putting together his first big Hollywood blockbuster - Warcraft. I can't tell you a whole lot about the adaptation because I've never played the game (I can't afford to lose another 30 hours of my week to online shenanigans!!), but I can tell you I'm really looking forward to seeing what he does with this property. The scale of the world that the players inhabit is insanely huge and because if the scope of the universe he has to mine for stories, there really could be some magnificent tales to tell with this franchise. Fantasy movies have proven to be big business and it doesnt get much bigger in the world of fantasy than Warcraft. Here's our first »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Dave Higgins)
Sneak Peek new images of the 'orc' named 'Orgrim', from writer/director Duncan Jones' upcoming 3D fantasy feature "Warcraft", based on the Blizzard Entertainment "World Of Warcraft" video game series:
Jones co-wrote the screenplay with Charles Leavitt for producers Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Tessa Ross, Charles Roven, Alex Gartner, Stuart Fenegan and Chris Metzen. Cast includes Ben Foster, Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell and Rob Kazinsky as 'Orgrim' leader of the orcs.
"...'Warcraft' follows the origins of the of the initial encounters between humans and 'orcs', with an emphasis on the 'Alliance' and the 'Horde' sides of their conflict...
"...including characters 'Durotan' and 'Lothar', set in a variety of locations first established in the video game series..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Warcraft" ...
- Michael Stevens
The Duncan Jones directed Warcraft movie is a bit more than a year away at this point and Legendary and Universal are slowing starting the marketing push, beginning with this awesome picture of Orgrim Doomhammer (Robert Kazinsky), via Wired. Orcs have never looked this good on the big screen. From the moment Duncan Jones (Moon, […]
Read First Pic of Orgrim Doomhammer in Warcraft on Filmonic.
Director Duncan Jones (Source Code, Moon) has unveiled the first photos from the upcoming "Warcraft" movie, based on the popular "World of Warcraft" video game. The photos show Robert Kazinsky as Orgrim Doomhammer, the leader of an army of Orcs who clash with humans. The film co-stars Dominic Cooper, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Travis Fimmel, Toby Kebbell, and Clancy Brown. Check out the photos below. "Warcraft" is set to hit theaters on June 10th, 2016. Photos: (click to enlarge) »
Warcraft: Our first look at Orgim in the big-screen adaptation of video game Warcraft reveals an intricately created charater. The orc is played by Robert Kazinsky, and the look of the character, designed by Industrial Light and Magic, is a mixture of the actor and concept art by Blizzard Entertainment, the company behind the game World of Warcraft. Directed by Duncan Jones, the movie is heading to theaters on June 10, 2016. [Wired] Deepwater Horizon: Mark Wahlberg stars in...
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The world at large has been waiting a long time for a proper gander at Duncan Jones’s Warcraft movie. Despite a first look at Comic-Con last year, and logos and props on display, the characters have been tantalisingly out of reach. Until now, that is, with Wired magazine debuting images of orc warchief Orgrim Doomhammer played in the movie by Robert Kazinsky. Part of the reason Jones and his team have held back on footage is that the effects wizards at Industrial Light And Magic are still busy turning raw footage of performance-capture work, concept art and empty scene plates into shots of marauding armies and quieter character moments. As for Orgrim, he certainly has the right look, and manages to effectively blend some realism with the Warcraft games' slighly caricatured aesthetic. Jones explained why he picked Kazinsky to play the multi-faceted creature: “We were looking for someone who »
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