My film Twelve Tales Told consists only of recent Hollywood logos, so creating a 3D version was mostly easy. The first thing was to buy Blu-rays to get the 3D material, although spending almost $300 on so-called ‘collectors editions’ of films like The Hobbit does feel quite strange. Torrents are available in 3D but they compress the left and the right pictures into one, resulting in a loss of quality. 3D Blu-rays are a great source for the 3D-found-footage-filmmaker, they contain two HD streams: one for each eye!The only logo that proved to be difficult to loot in 3D was the one for Miramax. Although the company already made a stereoscopic film using the current logo, it was in the cut off aspect ratio of 1:1.85 and I needed the full Cinemascope version, of course. I was waiting desperately for the second part of Sin City to be released, but »
- Johann Lurf
The following article has been adapted from a lengthier essay on the film written in 2011.Cinema is always in a state of change. Consequences of this constant flux become more obvious in retrospect, as movements come and go and film form evolves. One of the clearest indications of cinema’s major shifts lies in its technological advancements. Today’s changes are anything but subtle—we can notice them as they occur before us. Regardless of where one stands on the topic of cinema’s health as an art form, it can be agreed that it is going through some of its most monumental changes. Indeed it is even technically switching mediums, as the digital revolution is rendering celluloid obsolete. In Martin Scorsese’s Hugo (2011), new technology is revealed to be not a danger but a challenge, and an opportunity to explore new potential in filmmaking. The essentials of film form »
- Adam Cook
AMC's upcoming comic book TV series Preacher has added two more cast members, Jamie Anne Allman and Derek Wilson, as brand new characters who didn't appear in the original comic books. Jamie Anne Allman is playing Betsy Schenck, a timid wife who appears to be in an abusive relationship with her husband, Donny (Derek Wilson). Although, when Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) checks in on her, she tells a different story.
Derek Wilson's Donny Schenck is a Civil War reenactor and abusive husband who gets into several altercations with Custer, but still makes it to church every Sunday. Both actors will have recurring roles in the AMC series, but it isn't known how many episodes they have signed on for. Preacher is based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's 1990s comic book series, which follows Jesse Custer, a small-town Texas preacher, who ends up merging with a heavenly entity »
Showtime's gleefully deranged gothic horror series Penny Dreadful returns tonight, and you should be watching it. Of all the horror series on TV these days -- The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, Bates Motel -- Penny Dreadful shines because of its obvious reverence for the genre. Where so many shows play in the trappings of horror without ever evoking fear, Penny Dreadful has moments that are genuinely scary. Creator John Logan (Hugo, Skyfall) lavishes in the macabre and grotesque opulence of the Victorian Era, transporting viewers into a cinematic Grand Guignol. If that didn't sell you, here are seven reasons Penny Dreadful is must-watch TV. Each Episode Is Better Than the Last [caption id="attachment_416754" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Showtime[/caption] I'll say upfront that it was a struggle for me to get into Penny Dreadful. The first season is a slow build - a major character isn't even introduced until the final moments of episode 2 but, »
- Haleigh Foutch
We heard earlier this week that Asa Butterfield is the frontrunner to play Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Kevin Feige looks to find a young actor who can take Peter Parker back to high school (and who won't be well into their 30s by the time the character is supposed to be only college age). According to Badass Digest's Devin Faraci, he's heard that as of last week, there were two names in the mix to play the iconic superhero next year. Butterfield and Tom Holland. There's a chance of course that neither actor will be cast or - based on that most recent report - Butterfield has already nabbed it, but these are two very interesting choices for the next Spider-Man. Butterfield is best known for movies like Ender's Game and Hugo, while Holland starred in The Impossible and will soon be seen in In the Heart »
A few days ago, it seemed the hunt for Marvel's Spider-Man was zeroing in on Asa Butterfield ("Hugo," "Ender's Game"), who was declared the frontrunner for the job. But of course, casting rumors tend to be in flux, and one more contender is apparently still in the game. Tom Holland ("The Impossible," "In The Heart Of The Sea") has joined Butterfield in the final two being considered for the job, according to Devin Faraci of Badass Digest. The 18-year-old actor is certainly in the right age bracket for the studio, who apparently want to go very young in casting the role of Peter Parker, who will be armed with quips, and spend a lot of time in high school if early chatter is anything to go by. Read More: It's Official, Spider-Man Will Enter The Marvel Cinematic Universe This should all be finalized at some point soon since Spidey is »
- Kevin Jagernauth
BAMcinématek’s 3D in the 21st century series features James Cameron's Avatar, Jean-Luc Godard's Goodbye to Language, Paul W.S. Anderson's Resident Evil: Retribution, Martin Scorsese's Hugo, Wim Wenders's Pina, Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams, works by Ken Jacobs, Jodie Mack and more. More writing on more goings on: Bruce Labruce and Carolee Schneemann in New York, Federico Fellini’s 8½ and Orson Welles's Chimes at Midnight in London, Hou Hsiao-hsien's Flowers of Shanghai in Los Angeles and more. » - David Hudson »
After a short list leaked the other week, it now appears Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures have narrowed down their list of contenders to play the new Spider-Man to just two eighteen-year-old guys - Asa Butterfield and Tom Holland.
A few days ago came the rumor that Butterfield is the frontrunner to play the new Peter Parker, but today's report at Badass Digest adds Holland's name back into contention. Nat Wolff, who was previously pegged as a potential front runner, appears to be out of contention.
Peter Parker is expected to »
- Garth Franklin
According to various rumors the Hugo and Ender’s Game star, Asa Butterfield, could be the next actor to play Spider-Man and the first one to don the red and blue suit as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Latino Review reports that Asa Butterfield is Marvel and Sony’s frontrunner to play the wall crawler. We […]
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I saw Avengers: Age of Ultron last night and while I'm not necessarily the most comic book savvy individual, it seems director Joss Whedon wasn't lying when he said there weren't too many Easter Eggs in the movie. At least there weren't any that I really noticed, though these films still can't really get by telling just one story without alluding to a darker, more sinister plan afoot in future films and such will be the cast in Captain America: Civil War, wherein a brand new, non-Andrew Garfield Spider-Man will have a cameo appearance and Marvel is looking to fill those shoes soon as the actor taking over the role is expected on set in June. Last we heard, Nat Wolff (Paper Towns, The Fault in Our Stars), Asa Butterfield (Hugo, Ender's Game), Tom Holland ("Wolf Hall," The Impossible), Timothee Chalamet (Interstellar) and Liam James (The Way, Way Back, »
- Brad Brevet
There was a rumour earlier this week that the shortlist for Marvel and Sony’s new Peter Parker/Spider-Man included Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars), Timothee Chalamet (Interstellar), Liam James (2012) and Asa Butterfield (Hugo). Well, according to new rumours, young Asa Butterfield has already nabbed the role.
Famed rumour starters and speculation artists Latino-Review are reporting that Butterfield is not just the front runner for the part but has indeed been cast as Spider-Man. The site claims that Marvel “liked him since day one”.
Spider-Man is set to debut in next year’s Captain America: Civil War, which starts production in June. So regardless of who does have the role, we should know officially very soon. The Web Crawler will then get his own solo movie in 2017, which is looking to be helmed by Drew Goddard.
See Also: Spider-Man reboot rumoured to be titled Spider-Man: The New Avenger »
- Luke Owen
"Ender's Game" and "Hugo" star Asa Butterfield has reportedly emerged as the favorite to play the new version of Peter Parker in the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe films starting with a small appearance in "Captain America: Civil War".
Today, Latino Review posted the report of Butterfield moving into the prime position, with their source saying: "Marvel had liked him since day one" and that he may have already bagged the role.
Butterfield's reps replied with only "no comment" in regard to the report. »
- Garth Franklin
It could just be a matter of time before Marvel and Sony officially announce our new Spider-Man, because the latest report reckons Asa Butterfield (Ender's Game, Hugo) is not only the frontrunner, but might possibly have the role in the bag already. Latino Review's sources believe the 18-year-old actor is the favourite, with one of them pretty sure he's already been cast, claiming “Marvel had liked him since day one.” When the shortlist was revealed, it was also confirmed that the plan is to introduce the character in Captain America: Civil War, which means they'll have to have the role cast pretty soon (the actor will be needed on set in June apparently) so Butterfield may very well be our new Wall Crawler! Keep an eye on Cbm for updates. Drew Goddard is still frontrunner to helm the solo Spidey flick, which is set to hit theaters July 28, 2017. »
As the old saying goes, where there's smoke, there's fire. The past little while has seen buzz swirling about Marvel's take on Spider-Man, with the character slated to appear in the imminently filming "Captain America: Civil War," followed by the standalone movie which might be called "Spider-Man: The New Avenger." Now, if the chatter is anything to go by, the studio may have found the actor to be their new webslinger. Read More: The Best & The Worst Of 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' According to Latino Review, "Hugo" and "Ender's Game" star Asa Butterfield has the frontrunner position against a field of contenders that includes Nat Wolff ("Paper Towns," "The Fault In Our Stars"), Tom Holland ("Wolf Hall," "In The Heart Of The Sea"), Timothee Chalamet ("Interstellar," "The Adderall Diaries") and Liam James ("The »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Just a few days ago, we learned that Marvel had emerged with a five-strong shortlist for which actors it was looking at for the highly coveted role of Spider-Man, but now the good folks at Latino Review are convinced they’ve figured out which one of those young stars is currently in the lead to swing into the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Asa Butterfield.
It was previously reported that Marvel’s shortlist included Butterfield, Nat Woolf, Tom Holland, Timothee Chalamet and Liam James, and out of those names, Butterfield is certainly one of the more high-profile. He broke out with the lead role in Martin Scorsese’s Hugo and has since led sci-fi adaptation Ender’s Game.
The scoop site has a solid track record, and though neither Marvel nor Butterfield’s reps are saying anything, one unnamed industry source said that the part is his, adding, “Marvel had liked him since day one. »
- Isaac Feldberg
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
Back in March it was reported by Latino-Review that Marvel and Sony’s new Spider-Man reboot would be going by the title of The Spectacular Spider-Man, but now we have another possible title, with former Lr writer El Mayimbe claiming on Instagram that the working title for the film is Spider-Man: The New Avenger.
Of course, the film can’t be using both titles, and Latino-Review and El Mayimbe have been throwing out countless wild guesses, speculation and downright laughable “scoops” these past few months (Aunt May movie, anyone?), so don’t be too surprised if this one fails to pan out too. Chances are, they’ll be back with a third rumoured title soon anyway.
The new Spider-Man film is set for release in July 2017, with Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) thought to be in line to direct. According to reports, Timothee Chamalet (Interstellar), Nat Wolff (Paper Towns »
- Gary Collinson
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Captain Marvel, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Daredevil, The Fantastic Four, X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Deadpool, Wolverine 3, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Lego Batman, The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?, Bloodshot, Harbinger and more…
Marvel kicked off the 2015 superhero season this past week as Avengers: Age of Ultron began rolling out in international markets, opening with $9.5 million on Wednesday and pushing its total by close of play on Thursday to $44.8 million, having claimed the top spot in each country where it’s showing. Here in the UK, the film outperformed both Iron Man 3 and The Avengers by 54% and 40% respectively with its opening on Thursday, and is expected to pull in anywhere between »
- Gary Collinson
Marvel and Sony are looking for a teenage Peter Parker for their shared Spider-Man reboot, and according to a leaked short list, the new Spidey will likely be one of these five guys (from left to right): Asa Butterfield, who was Hugo in Hugo and Ender in Ender's Game. Tom Holland, who currently plays Thomas Cromwell's son on Wolf Hall. Liam James, who starred in The Way, Way Back. Timothée Chalamet, who was Dana Brody's obnoxious boyfriend on Homeland. Nat Wolff, who was the sidekick in The Fault in Our Stars and will soon star in Paper Towns. All of them are appropriately young, nerdy, and vaguely recognizable. May the best web-slinger win! (And if he doesn't, may the role be filled by a surprise last-minute addition, as happened with Captain America and Guardians of the Galaxy.) »
- Nate Jones
There's a good case to be made for this being the silliest Bond of them all, but Moonraker's still a lot of fun...
Well, we’ve come a long, long way since From Russia With Love. Moonraker: a film that redefined the possibilities of the Bond franchise if only by sheer scale of stupidity. The space bits are relatively by-the-numbers (other than being in space). However, the script was probably written in crayon. Chases happen without explanation, people randomly bump into each other, the utterly implausible is presented as mundane. Purists think of Istanbul and weep. But treat the whole thing as a comedy – perhaps a gentle spoof – and you’ll actually enjoy yourself. A plot-hole drinking game will get everyone plastered.
The Villain: Weirdly good. The master of the dry putdown – “James Bond. You defy my attempts to devise an amusing death for you” – Hugo Drax almost steals the film. »
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