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Ridley Scott seems like one of those guys who is going to be directing movies right up until the moment he finally keels over mid-take at the ripe old age of 107. He just seems unstoppable. He hasn't even released his latest film, "Exodus: Gods and Kings," and he's already shooting his next one, "The Martian," based on the popular book by Andy Weir. It does not appear, however, that he will actually be directing the "Blade Runner" sequel that they've been discussing for the last few years. In an interview with "Variety" this week, Scott announced that he will not be helming the film, but that they are very close to getting another filmmaker onboard. Scott's been supervising the development of the script for a while now, working with Hampton Fancher, one of the writers of the original "Blade Runner." “We talked at length about what it could be, and »
- Drew McWeeny
Catching up with Joseph Trapanese is like getting a summary experience for a hustling composer. In the past year, he's scored, worked in sound design and arranged for a diverse array of films, including franchises like "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay" and the "Divergent" series; remakes like "Annie"; a sequel like "The Raid 2"; and original scripts like "Nightcrawler." He's dipped into TV like for "Wonder Woman," and nabbed further video game gigs like he did for racing title "The Crew." On top of all that, he's still active in the pop music sphere, having just completed work with repeat customer Kelly Clarkson and collaborating with acts like M83 for live performances. I sat down with Trapanese back in January, after "Raid 2" punched Sundance in the face, and even after only 10 months, it was time we caught up. This week, during our chat, Trapanese exclusively revealed that he's on tap as »
- Katie Hasty
When Hanna director Joe Wright first stated that his upcoming fairytale adventure Pan “isn’t exactly the Neverland story you know,” he certainly wasn’t fooling around. As an origin tale orbiting around Peter Pan — the famous wartime orphan — the filmmaker’s approach undoubtedly takes a few creative liberties from J.M. Barrie’s original play.
For one, Pan won’t pit our titular hero against the renown Captain Hook; rather, the overarching big bad will be played by Hugh Jackman’s balding, tyrannical pirate Blackbeard. And so, this makes way for Tron: Legacy star Garrett Hedlund to embody a more friendly rendition of Hook, working aboard Blackbeard’s ship as a member of the ragtag crew.
And all of these innate tweaks and changes can be glimpsed in the film’s first trailer, which Warner Bros. debuted just this morning following up on yesterday’s character posters.
That said, the »
- Michael Briers
Sometimes, getting that mortgage payment over to the bank at the end of the month can be difficult. Or maybe it's that vacation you want to take that you just quite can't afford. Or perhaps the transmission on your fourth car is giving you trouble. Either way, Gillian Anderson and Ben Kingsley must have a good reason (maybe one of the above?) for signing up for something called "Robot Overlords," because, Wtf. The film is co-written and directed by Jon Wright, who was behind the decently buzzed 2012 genre flick "Grabbers," and… we're not sure what happened here. From the dodgy CGI, the "Tron: Legacy"-aping score, the vaguely Tom Cruise looking lead teen actor, and a seemingly incomprehensible story, this looks like a mess. A watchable mess? Who knows, but here's the official synopsis to make things a bit clearer: Earth has been conquered by robots from a distant galaxy »
- Kevin Jagernauth
In the world of concept design and world building, David Levy is kind of a big deal having worked on everything from Tron: Legacy to Prometheus but since 2011, the artist has also been working on a little side project: a live action short film titled Plug.
It's been all quiet on the project for a number of years until recently when the full 16 minute short appeared online and as was obvious from our previous coverage, it certainly delivers on the promise of post apocalyptic cyberpunk action.
Natalie Floyd stars as Leila, the last human on the planet, inadvertently left behind when humanity left Earth on mass. Raised by the robots left behind [Continued ...] »
I've got an incredibly awesome sci-fi short film called "Plug" that you've got to take the time to watch. The movie was directed by David Levy, and it follows a spunky girl named Leila who embarks on an adventure to find other life forms in the world that she lives in. Her survival is put in jeopardy when she does.
Levy is a designer and concept artist who has worked on films such as Tron: Legacy, Prometheus, Ender's Game, Tomorrowland, and Avatar 2. You can definitely see he brought his A-game talents to this short film, and as you'll see it turned out spectacular.
Levy sent us the short and explained that it's "a return to 1970's classics like Star Wars and Mad Max with a gritty universe, an Asimov vibe in the storyline and made from mostly live props and real life settings." Here's the synopsis that was released with »
- Joey Paur
Yesterday we saw two terrible promo images from Terminator: Genisys, adorning the cover of the upcoming issue of Entertainment Weekly. Today EW is back with some pictures to go with said cover story and there's a lot of standing around and mouth open screaming whilst gun-shooting and I doubt any of it is going to boost your confidence in the film after yesterday's unfortunately ugly first look. I finally broke down yesterday and read the "twist" and spoilery part of EW's piece, which went as follows: Twist No. 1c Sarah Connor isn't the innocent she was when Linda Hamilton first sported feathered hair and acid-washed jeans in the role. Nor is she Hamilton's steely zero body-fat warrior in 1991's T2. Rather, the mother of humanity's messiah was orphaned by a Terminator at age 9. Since then, she's been raised by (brace yourself) Schwarzenegger's Terminator--an older T-800 she calls "Pops"--who »
- Brad Brevet
"Journey to a time when humanity and mutants alike are trapped in a Tron: Legacy prison where only the plot of Terminator 2 can save them."
Screen Junkies has taken one of this summer's epic films, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and given it a hilarious "Honest Trailer" breakdown. One of the greatest things that they point out is how similar the plot of the film is to Terminator 2. That gave me one of those eye-opening "wow" moments. It's as clear as day, but for some reason I just didn't connect the two films together. Thanks for the clarity, Screen Junkies!
You've seen us tackle the X-Men Trilogy -- now it's time for us to take on the prequel-sequel that made the worst X-Men movie irrelevant and the worst Wolverine movie into a bad dream: X-Men: Days of Future Past. »
- Joey Paur
Cling. Clang. Crash. Welcome to the category of Best Sound Editing, which awards the creation and integration of artificial sounds into a movie's soundtrack. This distinguishes this category from Best Sound Mixing, which awards the mixing of the film's overall soundtrack. Due to the emphasis on creating artificial sounds, action films and war films tend to do particularly well here. The branch is also not afraid to give a film a standalone nomination (this decade, that has included "All is Lost," "Tron: Legacy," "Drive" and "Unstoppable"). In the not-too-distant past, animated films were also practically annual staples, which is unsurprising given the need to manifest everything you hear in such productions. The sound branch has its favorite contenders who regularly return. Names like Richard Hymns and Wylie Stateman immediately jump to mind. This is likely the case to a greater extent in Sound Editing than Sound Mixing. But every year also sees new nominees. »
- Gerard Kennedy
After directing big-budget sci-fi movies such as Tron: Legacy and Oblivion, director Joseph Kosinski is taking on a much smaller project, the adaptation The Trials of White Boy Rick for Universal Pictures.
The plot is based on the Atavist article of the same name written by journalist Evan Hughes, which chronicles the life of Rick Wershe, a teenager living in Detroit in the 1980s. He became a notable cocaine trafficker in the predominantly African-American East Side of Detroit, which earned him the nickname "White Boy Rick." While he was rising through the ranks of Detroit drug dealers, Rick was also working as an undercover informant for the FBI and DEA. The story was first published on The Atatvist website on September 29.
Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark are producing through their Bluegrass Films company, which is based at Universal. Evan Ratliff, who co-founded The Atavist with Jefferson Webb, is serving as an executive producer. »
Tron: Legacy and Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski is looking to take on a very different, non sci-fi project called The Trials of White Boy Rick. The movie is based on an article written by Evan Hughes, and it tells a true-crime story that centers on a teen named Rick Wershe who lived in Detroit in the 1980s. He ended up joining "the ranks of the drug kingpins on the predominantly black East Side to become a prolific cocaine trafficker, going by the name 'White Boy Rick.'"
I'd never heard of this story until today, but the report goes on to say that it uncovers the true identity of Wershe, who became one of the biggest drug dealers in the city while working undercover for the FBI and DEA.
This sounds like it will make for an interesting film, and I'm glad that Kosinski is taking it on as a project. »
- Joey Paur
Filmmaker Joseph Kosinski is looking to step out of the sci-fi realm. The visually-gifted director behind Tron: Legacy and Oblivion has become attached to direct the true crime story The Trials of White Boy Rick for Universal Pictures, per THR. Based on a story by Evan Hughes published in The Atavist last month, the film will tell the true tale of Rick Wershe, a teen living in Detroit in the 1980s who rose to prominence on the predominantly black East Side as a prolific cocaine trafficker by the name of “White Boy Rick.” Hughes uncovered the truth of Ricky, which was that he was working as an undercover informant for the FBI and DEA while becoming one of the biggest drug dealers in Detroit. More after the jump. The Trials of White Boy Rick marks a departure for Kosinski, who dabbled in heavy sci-fi for his first two features. 2013’s »
- Adam Chitwood
Writer/director Robert Orci's prepping "Star Trek 3" feature, will shoot principal photography in Vancouver, British Columbia and Seoul, South Korea, starting Spring 2015 for a summer 2016 release, with Oscar winning Dp Claudio Miranda ("Tron: Legacy") behind the camera:
- Michael Stevens
It's been a week of talking about Gone Girl read my review and I feel the coming week won't be any different now that so many have seen it as it's a film with several talking points well beyond its plot. That was just one of the three movies I saw this week in theaters along with St. Vincent and Annabelle read my review. At home I only watched bits and pieces of Tron: Legacy, which, in bits and pieces, isn't too bad, but that movie still plays like a massive missed opportunity. It's always too bad when you get to the end of a movie and the ideas for the sequel are far more interesting than anything you just watched. Next week I have a screening of Dracula Untold and Fury to check out and on Saturday I just might go see The Book of Life, which would be »
- Brad Brevet
The site indicates that the majority of the film will be shot in Vancouver, Canada while some of it will be filmed in Seoul, South Korea. Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon has confirmed on his personal Facebook page that he had met with "Star Trek 3" producer Jeffrey Chernov and filming will take place in Seoul in the first half of next year.
- Garth Franklin
Star Trek 3 director Roberto Orci may not have any experience behind the camera, but he’s found someone to help him out that will more than make up for his shortcomings. According to TrekMovie, Orci has enlisted Academy Award winner Claudio Miranda to be his cinematographer.
Miranda’s work includes such visually stunning films as Life of Pi (for which he won his Oscar), Oblivion, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Tron: Legacy. He also recently shot Brad Bird’s new film Tomorrowland. So, even if Orci completely fumbles and ruins Star Trek, at least it will look amazing.
In all seriousness though, this is a big win for Orci and a very smart move. The fact that Star Trek 3 is his directorial debut puts him at a bit of a disadvantage, as he has to not only take the reigns from the much more experienced J.J. Abrams, »
- James Garcia
Now that we're done, at least for a while, with the whole William Shatner cameo saga, we have some actual facts to report regarding Star Trek 3. First of all, while the upcoming sequel will mostly be shot in Vancouver, British Columbia, some of it will in fact be lensed in Seoul, South Korea. And it looks like Oscar winning cinematographer Claudio Miranda (Life of Pi, Tron: Legacy) will be joining writer/director Roberto Orci behind the camera. This marks the first time a Star Trek movie has ever been shot digitally. Hit the jump for more on Star Trek 3. The film is expected to shoot early next year for a release in the summer of 2016. According to TrekMovie Miranda will replace prior Trek lenser Daniel Mindel, who is currently shooting Star Wars: Episode VII with director J.J. Abrams: Unlike Star Trek Into Darkness, which retained most of »
- Evan Dickson
Disney Studios is off to explore a new enchanted territory with In the Land of Imagined Things. The studio has picked up the spec, written by Joe Henderson, that has Charlie Bean, a storyboard artist making his feature directorial debut with Lego movie Ninjago, attached to direct. Read more Two More 'Lego' Movies Get Release Dates Plot details are being left to the imagination for the time being, but the plan is to make the feature a live-action/CG hybrid. Justin Springer, whose credits include Tron: Legacy for Disney as well as Oblivion, is producing. Louie Provost is overseeing for
- Borys Kit
A very simplistic Dystopia for Dummies — with a bit of Terrence Malick for Dummies thrown in — and inoffensive enough until it devolves into all kinds of stupid. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m a big fan of science fiction
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
It would be easy to let The Giver slide if its only problem were that it bears too close a resemblance to some of the other examples of young adult science fiction that have gotten recent transfers to the big screen. Such as (and most uncomfortably) Divergent, with which it shares a setting of a seeming utopia that shoehorns its happily conformist citizens into narrow roles until one oddball comes along who chaffs at the system. After all, the Lois Lowry novel this is based on was published almost 20 years before Divergent, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Destiny, the newest video game from Halo creators Bungie, is set to hit store shelves tomorrow. To get you in the mood for all the futuristic cooperative shooting you’re going to be doing in the days ahead, we’ve got this totally awesome live-action trailer for the game. Helmed by Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski, the new two-minute clip follows one of the game’s three-soldier units as they blast across the galaxy dealing with alien forces on a multitude of planets. Stylish to the extreme, and backed with a rocking Led Zepplin soundtrack, the clip has already convinced gamers and nongamers alike that a Destiny movie could be something pretty special. We’re all in, as long as Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage promises to come along and do...
- Mike Bracken
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