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Test Footage from War Birds

8 December 2009 7:35 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

The official website has released test footage from Michael B. Chait’s first feature attempt in the form of the movie War Birds. From the footage (which I’ve embedded below) it looks like we can expect to see a Top Gun style movie based in an around the Us Airforce in the Second World War with Michael Bay style explosions recently seen on the Victoria Secrets ad!

The website gives us literally no other information on the movie but fortunately, or friend Alex over at FirstShowing.net knows a lot more than we do about the movie:

FirstShowing.net: The story follows an Air Force veteran-turned-reckless airshow re-enactment pilot who gets pulled into the world of illegal aerial combat. Shooting is scheduled for next summer in Michigan using real airplanes and aerial sequences. War Birds will be directed by first-time filmmaker Michael Chait. The script was originally written by Josh Staman and Bryan Binder, »

- David Sztypuljak

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'War Birds' Test Footage Visually Impressive

7 December 2009 9:55 PM, PST | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

On Monday we told you about a new action-adventure film entitled War Birds, from first time director Michael Chait. J. Todd Harris, who served as a producer on Bottle Shock, along with Tron Legacy screenwriter Richard Jefferies, are reportedly polishing the script, and, along with Chait, will also produce the film for Michigan-based Tmu Pictures.

Since then, three minutes of test footage for the film have been released on the official site. It's pretty rough footage, without any sort of story, but it's also real airplanes sans CG (so far). Even Michael Bay ought to be impressed with that. To check out the footage, click on the Video tab above.

War Birds follows an Air Force veteran-turned-reckless airshow re-enactment pilot as he gets pulled into the underground culture of illegal, real-life aerial combat. Feels like period-reenactment counter-culture Top Gun to us. If we're honest, we're not really quite sure what this story is all about, »

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'War Birds' to Blow the Lid Off of ... Underground Aerial Combat?

7 December 2009 3:32 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

I love reading a plot description for an upcoming project that just stops me dead in my tracks. Here I am scanning casually through my RSS feeds when I come across this bombshell of a plot for War Birds at The Hollywood Reporter:

"Birds follows an Air Force veteran-turned-reckless airshow re-enactment pilot as he gets pulled into the underground culture of illegal, real-life aerial combat. Shooting is scheduled for the summer in Michigan using all real airplanes and aerial sequences, including authentic P-51 Mustangs, P-38 Lightnings, F4U Corsairs and a B-17 Flying Fortress as well as modern military helicopters and jets."

Yes, you read that correctly. War Birds, which will be directed by a one Michael Chait, is like Top Gun meets The Fast and the Furious. Or Fighting meets Stealth. Or Step up to the Streets 2 meets Hell's Angels. I don't know, there are too many variables there »

- Peter Hall

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War Birds scheduled for lift-off next summer

7 December 2009 10:53 AM, PST | Corona's Coming Attractions | See recent Corona's Coming Attractions news »

It's like Fast and the Furious, except in the sky with airplanes.

War Birds is the title of this new movie project, a tale about the underground sport of pilots that take to the sky and engage in real-life combat. Say what? This is real? Who exactly is doing this sort of thing? Ah, it doesn't matter; it's a hook for a movie. Just one person needs to have done it for Hollywood to say that it's based on a true story.

Tmu Pictures is the outfit charged with making this one a go project. Directing will be Michael Chait. The script by Josh Staman and Bryan Binder is receiving a rewrite from J. Todd Harris (Bottle Shock) and Richard Jefferies (Tron: Legacy).

"I love big, exciting, action-adventure movies, especially when they are shot live, in camera," Chait told THR about his movie. "Growing up the son of an artist and a pilot, »

- Patrick Sauriol

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It's Time to Kick the Tires and Light the Fires with War Birds!

6 December 2009 11:17 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Never since Top Gun has a film captured the pure adrenaline rush and intensity of fighter jet air combat. Sure sequences in films like Pearl Harbor and Independence Day have been fantastic in themselves, but an entire film has never come close to director Tony Scott's energy rush in the sky. That might all change as THR reports Tmu Pictures is moving forward with a Michael Chait directed action-adventure film War Birds, the story of an Air Force veteran-turned-reckless airshow re-enactment pilot as he gets pulled into the underground culture of illegal, real-life aerial combat. It's like The Fast and the Furious but with jets! The script was written by Josh Staman and Bryan Binder but writers J. Todd Harris (Bottle Shock) and Richard Jefferies (Tron Legacy) will be polishing the script and also producing this. And while you might think that this will simply be a lot of »

- Ethan Anderton

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'War Birds' Sitting on the Runway

6 December 2009 9:40 PM, PST | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

Aircraft enthusiasts, take note: War Birds, a new action-adventure film featuring real aircraft and aerial stunts, is about to take flight. It will mark the debut feature of Michael Chait, who also wrote the story.

J. Todd Harris, one of the producers of the 2008 wine documentary Bottle Shock, and Tron Legacy screenwriter Richard Jefferies will polish up the script, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Along with Chait, they will produce the film for Michigan-based Tmu Pictures.

War Birds will revolve around an airman-turned-airshow re-enactment pilot pulled into the underground world of illegal, dangerous real-life aerial combat. Along with modern military helicopters and jets, the air sequences will be shot using authentic P-51 Mustangs, P-38 Lightnings, F4U Corsairs and a B-17 Flying Fortress. Shooting is scheduled to begin next summer in Michigan, with Titanic cinematographer Russell Carpenter serving as visual consultant.

Chait, whose resume boasts a number of short films, »

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'War Birds' will fly with Tmu Pictures

6 December 2009 7:18 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Tmu Pictures will make "Warbirds" which director Michael Chait wrote the story for and will produce. Screenplay is penned by Josh Staman and Bryan Binder ("Bottle Shock") and will be polished by J. Todd Harris and Richard Jeffries ("Tron Legacy") who also produce. The story tells of an Air Force veteran-turned-reckless airshow re-enactment pilot who gets pulled into the underground culture of illegal, real-life aerial combat. According to The Hollywood Reporter, filming is set for summer in Michigan using all real airplanes and aerial sequences. These include authentic P-38 Lightnings, F4U Corsairs, P-51 Mustangs and a B-17 Flying Fortress among other modern military helicopters and jets. »

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Michael Chait Flying With 'War Birds'

6 December 2009 6:54 AM, PST | AMC - Script to Screen | See recent AMC - Script to Screen news »

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Michael Chait will produce and direct the action-adventure film "War Birds" for Tmu Pictures.

Screenplay was written by Josh Staman and Bryan Binder. J. Todd Harris ("Bottle Shock") and screenwriter Richard Jefferies ("Tron Legacy").

"Birds" follows an Air Force veteran-turned-reckless airshow re-enactment pilot as he gets pulled into the underground culture of illegal, real-life aerial combat.

Shooting is scheduled for the summer in Michigan using all real airplanes and aerial sequences, including authentic P-51 Mustangs, P-38 Lightnings, F4U Corsairs and a B-17 Flying Fortress as well as modern military helicopters and jets.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter 

Photo: Boeing 

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- Kellvin Chavez

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'War Birds' film flying at Tmu Pictures

6 December 2009 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Tmu Pictures is moving forward with the action-adventure film "War Birds."

Michael Chait wrote the original story and will produce and direct the screenplay written by Josh Staman and Bryan Binder. J. Todd Harris ("Bottle Shock") and screenwriter Richard Jefferies ("Tron Legacy"), who will polish the script, are producing.

Sean Miller and Kyle Heller of Chait's Michigan-based Tmu Pictures also are producing. Marc Marcum will serve as co-producer.

"Birds" follows an Air Force veteran-turned-reckless airshow re-enactment pilot as he gets pulled into the underground culture of illegal, real-life aerial combat. Shooting is scheduled for the summer in Michigan using all real airplanes and aerial sequences, including authentic P-51 Mustangs, P-38 Lightnings, F4U Corsairs and a B-17 Flying Fortress as well as modern military helicopters and jets.

"Titanic" cinematographer Russell Carpenter will serve as a visual consultant.

"I love big, exciting, action-adventure movies, especially when they are shot live, in camera, »

- By Jay A. Fernandez

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Movie Wine Buff Pullman Has No Sense Of Smell

16 November 2009 12:01 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor Bill Pullman was an odd choice to play a wine expert in 2008 sleeper hit Bottle Shock - because a theatre accident cost him his sense of smell.

The Independence Day star admits he doesn't have a nose for good wine - because he can't tell whether a vintage is good or not by sniff alone.

He tells BlogTalkRadio.com's Let's Do Lunch!, "When Bottle Shock came along I thought I was terrible for the movie but I really like the agriculture, how you grow grapes, and the soils and the rain and what are the moisture requirements; I got interested in those.

"I lost my sense of smell while I was doing an improvisational version of an Ibsen play in college and we were climbing all over each other making scenery with each other's bodies, which you did in those days, and I fell backwards and I was in a coma for two and a half days.

"It could have been a lot worse but people who have head traumas and whiplash can lose their sense of smell."

But he isn't complaining: "All my other senses are like Geiger counters of extreme sophistication." »

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Joss Whedon's Cabin in the Woods Pushed to 2011

12 October 2009 3:02 AM, PDT | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

The Cabin in the Woods, a twisted and unusual take on the usual formula, was written by Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Serenity's Joss Whedon and directed by Cloverfield screenwriter Drew Goddard. The movie was initially set for release on February 5, 2010, but ShockTillYouDrop reports that MGM Studios has decided to push the movie back to January 14, 2011.

The good news is MGM claims the response to the movie has been "phenomenal," and will take the next six months to convert the movie into 3-D. The bad news is that Whedon fans will have to wait another year for the highly anticipated horror flick. To make matters worse, Cabin actor Brian White (Fighting) told Moviehole the movie is terrific.

He's created a new take on the "Cabin in the Woods" formula and it's incredibly funny, it's gory, and it's smart. Any genre fan is going to really, really going to love this. »

- Ryan Gowland

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Surveillance (review)

18 August 2009 12:16 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Jennifer Lynch is, like her famouser filmmaker dad David, totally demented. In a good way. Her second feature -- a long time coming after 1993’s twisted Boxing Helena -- is slow-boil sinister, delivering the kind of simmering menace that few films can bother to take the time for these days, it seems. FBI agents Bill Pullman (Bottle Shock) and Julia Ormond (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) arrive in middle-of-nowhere Middle America to investigate a serial-killing spree, with three groups of witnesses to question: a couple of sociopathic cops (a terrifying and unrecognizable French Stewart, and Kent Harper, who cowrote the script with Lynch); a family on vacation, including a little girl (Ryan Simpkins) with a keenly observant eye; and a pair of romantic junkies (Pell James [Zodiac] and Mac Miller). Edging right up to a place where discomfort becomes denial -- as in, “I don’t want to be watching »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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'Star Trek' Star Chris Pine Seen Cuddling to Ex-Lover Beau Garrett

22 July 2009 11:59 PM, PDT | Celebrity Mania | See recent Celebrity Mania news »

28-year-old actor Chris Pine was snapped hanging out together with his ex-girlfriend Beau Garrett. Both of them were seen grabbing lunch at a Los Angeles eatery on Wednesday afternoon, July 22.

Finishing their lunch at the venue, the twosome, who broke up in March, was spotted hugging when they wanted to go separate ways. During the outing, the "Star Trek" star opted to wear a blue long-sleeved shirt matched with jeans and blue shoes. The 26-year-old actress, in the meantime, was photographed donning a short white dress.

Aside from his personal life, Chris Pine is famous for his role as Nicholas Devereaux on 2004 movie "Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement". Since then, he has starred on several other films, including "Just My Luck", "Blind Dating", and "Bottle Shock". He can next be seen on "Carriers", "Killing Pablo", and "Quantum Quest".

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134 New Names Invited to Join the Academy

1 July 2009 1:08 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Yesterday came the yearly announcement from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as it extended 134 invitations to several artists and executives "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures" read the press release. Of course all of them can decline, but I wouldn't necessarily expect that to happen as all who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2009 to the Academy's roster of voting members. "These filmmakers have, over the course of their careers, captured the imagination of audiences around the world," said Academy President Sid Ganis. "It's this kind of talent and creativity that make up the Academy, and I welcome each of them to our ranks." The list follows below and reading around the best analysis I saw of it came from Nathaniel Rogers at The Film Experience who, among other things, pointed out the addition of longtime Darren Aronofsky's »

- Brad Brevet

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Academy offers spots to Jackman, Franco

30 June 2009 9:05 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

On Tuesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences issued invitations to 134 members of the film community to join the group. There were a maximum of 166 open slots to fill this year, but the various branch committees endorsed fewer candidates than were proposed to them.

Hugh Jackman, who hosted the most recent Oscar show, has been invited to join. So have Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, James Franco and Michelle Williams. The list even includes a number of comic performers like Michael Cera, Seth Rogan and Paul Rudd.

Voting membership in the organization has held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003.

New members will be welcomed into the Academy at an invitation-only reception at the Academy's Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture Study in Beverly Hills in September.

"These filmmakers have, over the course of their careers, captured the imagination of audiences around the world," Academy president Sid Ganis. Said. "It's »

- By Gregg Kilday

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Indie biz struggles, but startups bloom

25 June 2009 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Oscilloscope Laboratories founder Adam Yauch was hosting a DVD-release party last month at his offices high above SoHo when he was asked to summarize his startup's business strategy.

"What we do is find what we really like, buy it and then think, 'Is there a way to market this?' " says the man best known as McA of the Beastie Boys. Then, with a small smile at once sheepish and proud, he adds, "I guess that's the opposite of what you're supposed to do."

Yauch's boldness is increasingly common among a segment of the otherwise-depressed indie-distributor world, where unlikely players with unorthodox attitudes suddenly are filling the landscape.

Execs from gay-oriented media company Here! are getting into the foreign-film business. National Geographic, best known for eat-your-vegetables nature documentaries, is snatching up Sundance dramas for theatrical release, as it did with Cherien Dabis' immigrant-themed crowd-pleaser "Amreeka." A few weeks ago, »

- By Steven Zeitchik

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Schwartz takes HighRoad with 'Norma'

20 May 2009 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

HighRoad Entertainment has optioned Ross Schwartz's original screenplay "Looking for Norma Desmond."

The script takes inspiration from the Hollywood classic "Sunset Boulevard" in telling the complicated love story of a struggling writer and the aging former starlet whose comeback he engineers. In "Sunset," Gloria Swanson played fading star Desmond, whose career arc parallels that of Schwartz's lead character, Betty Moran.

"Old Hollywood had an elegance, heart and style that we are in danger of losing," said Schwartz, whose father, Sherwood, created "The Brady Bunch" and "Gilligan's Island." "I tried to recapture a little of that world in the script."

HighRoad's David Salzberg and Christian Tureaud are producing.

Schwartz co-wrote the wine-tasting comedy "Bottle Shock," which played Sundance last year.

HighRoad has produced the features "The Perfect Game" and "Running the Sahara" and the documentary "For Right or Wrong." The company also is developing the black auto-racing biopic "Silent Thunder" and "Angel of Oxnard, »

- By Jay A. Fernandez

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"I Love You Phillip Morris" picked up by new distributor for Valentine's Day 2010 release

12 May 2009 10:47 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

 

Well, this is mixed news. In the pro column, gay fugitive comedy I Love You Phillip Morris, which wowed audiences at Sundance (for its sheer guts and central performances by Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor as jailbound lovers) but had considerable difficulty securing distribution, has been picked up and will eventually see the light of the projector bulb early next year.

In the con column, it's a distributor who doesn't exactly have a lot of firepower, so the hurdles between one of the highest-profile gay flicks in the pipeline and your hometown cinema are considerable.

The film is the first acquisition made by new distributor Consolidated Pictures Group, which launched at Sundance 2009. The folks behind the group had success self-distributing the wine country indie Bottle Shock last year, so let's hope their first official release is a successful one. »

- brian

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Star Trek

8 May 2009 1:12 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Star Trek

Directed by: J.J. Abrams

Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Eric Bana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Greenwood, Leonard Nimoy

Running Time: 2 hrs. 5 mins.

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: May 8, 2009

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Plot: This is the voyage of the starship USS Enterprise, with a twist. A hell-bent Romulan (Bana) shifts time and is out to destroy Spock (Quinto, Nimoy). A black hole twists the past, but Kirk (Pine) and the rest of the starfleet soldiers are brought together on the Enterprise to defend Vulcan and Earth from a massive, destructive ship.

Who’s It For? Sci-Fi fans who never gave Star Trek a chance, fans of the classic series willing to see new actors in the iconic roles, and those who just love blockbusters … yeah, »

- Jeff Bayer

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'Star Trek' Actor Chris Pine Steps Into Shatner's Shoes -- And His Dad's

4 May 2009 1:36 AM, PDT | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

Not only is he the latest Captain Kirk, he's also his family's latest Hollywood star.

By Larry Carroll

Chris Pine in "Star Trek"

Photo: Paramount Pictures

Beverly Hills, California — On Thursday, 28-year-old actor Chris Pine walked the black carpet at the Hollywood premiere of "Star Trek." Surrounded by stars from his film and the original "Trek" series, he went over to a gray-haired veteran actor and gave the man a hug. In the eyes of this talented, pop-culturally aware actor, life as Captain Kirk had finally elevated him to the same iconic status.

"I come from a long line of actors — my grandmother was an actress, my father's an actor, my mother was an actress — so I've been around it for a long time," explained the son of "CHiPs" actor Robert Pine, who was all smiles as he hugged his son on the "Trek" carpet. "I never thought about it »

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