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Ah, Super Bowl Sunday, the one day of the year when movie studios shell out more advertising money than some indie films spend on entire productions. This year is no different, with 30-second ad spots going for right around $4 million a pop. So far, Disney, Paramount and Sony have shelled out money for their spots during the broadcast itself, while Lionsgate bought a 30 second slot during the pregame show, which was valued around $850,000. The trailers claiming these pricey spots are obviously for tentpole films that could potentially be the biggest box offices successes of the year. Of course, last year is when Disney debuted the trailer for The Lone Ranger, so. Films don.t get much bigger than Michael Bay.s Transformers franchise, and it.s no surprise Paramount will reveal the first footage from Transformers: Age of Extinction during the game. We.ll probably just see Optimus Prime getting »
There are many films this year that I admire, and a few that hold a special place in my heart. One of those is a film produced by Brad Pitt and the Plan B team and I am praying that when Academy Award nominations are announced on Jan. 16, this one will
I’m talking, of course, about “World War Z.”
Did you think I meant “12 Years a Slave”? I loved that one as well. But the Steve McQueen film has already been at the center of most awards conversations. However “Wwz” was absent from the awards buzz until the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences unveiled its VFX short list on Dec. 5, where the film is cited along with nine others.
Why has “World War Z” been mentioned so rarely? To me, it’s a perfect film: suspenseful, witty, emotional and substantial. The Internet folks have debated endlessly »
- Tim Gray
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we have our first look at Johnny Depp (The Lone Ranger), Morgan Freeman (Now You See Me), Cillian Murphy (Inception) and Rebecca Hall (Iron Man 3) in the upcoming sci-fi Transcendence, which just so happens to be the directorial debut of regular Christopher Nolan cinematographer Wally Pfister....
And here's the official synopsis, via Bleeding Cool...
Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him.
However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed—to be a participant in his own transcendence. For »
- Gary Collinson
One of Johnny Depp’s earliest major movie roles was as the titular character of Edward Scissorhands: a wild-haired, pale-faced loner with a frightening physical deformity. Since then, Depp has walked the long catwalk of crazy appearances in movies – from his many variations on the theme of pale-and-dark-haired in Tim Burton’s films to the dreadlocked scoundrel Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
Depp was most recently seen in this summer’s catastrophic dud The Lone Ranger, in which he wore a rather bizarre headdress with a crow mounted on top. His various get-ups are always at least mildly entertaining, but Depp’s upcoming role in The Dark Knight cinematographer Wally Pfister’s directorial debut, ...
- H. Shaw-Williams
Exclusive: Tonight, the 27th American Cinematheque Award honors Hollywood’s longest-running and most commercially successful producer in Jerry Bruckheimer. Over the past 40 years, Bruckheimer has been the most consistent generator of films that filled theaters, moved popcorn and displayed more onscreen explosions than anyone else. First with late partner Don Simpson and then as a solo act, Bruckheimer’s films have earned estimated worldwide revenues of $16 billion in ticket sales, video and recording revenues, and he once had 10 TV series on networks in a single season, a record that still stands. Bruckheimer has something to prove as he moves from Disney to Paramount in the wake of the disappointing returns on The Lone Ranger. Bruckheimer doesn’t relish looking back as he starts a new chapter in a storied career that will include more installments of franchises Pirates Of The Caribbean, National Treasure, Bad Boys, Beverly Hills Cop and Top Gun. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Warner Bros. has released the first two photos from Transcendence. Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy and Rebecca Hall are featured in this introduction to Wally Pfister's directorial debut, which follows a scientist (Johnny Depp) who tries to upload his brain into a supercomputer. Take a look at these images, then read on to see what Wally Pfister has to say about his sci-fi thriller.
Before transitioning to the director's chair, Wally Pfister was best known as Christopher Nolan's director of photography on Memento, Insomnia, The Dark Knight trilogy, The Prestige and Inception. His directorial debut follows Johnny Depp's character, who is studying "the singularity," the point when artificial intelligence will surpass human intelligence. The scientist gets literally uploaded into the mainframe, becoming a ghost in the machine after he is attacked by anti-technology activists. Here's what the director had to say about the story.
"It's a »
filmography 2013 As the year comes to a close, the internet will be clogged with think pieces, best-of lists—here's our own—and, of course, supercuts. Every year a few enterprising and very meticulous souls go through the trouble of piecing together footage from dozens and dozens of films released in a given year to create a sort-of video scrapbook. And one of the best is the Filmography series, which had its latest edition arrive online yesterday. Just over seven minutes long, the supercut runs the gamut of indie fare like “Short Term 12” and “Upstream Color,” to tentpoles like “The Lone Ranger” and “Pacific Rim” and everything in between like the Bollywood superhero sequel “Krrish 3.” It’s a clever, and sometimes oddly moving, piece of work and as always, it’s fun to try to see how many of the films you actually remember or know. And if you need to check your answers, »
- Cain Rodriguez
Germany’s modern cinematic version of Tarzan includes evil corporations and sci-fi elements, as brought to life through wooden motion-capture performances and 3D; yet, director David Yates’ more traditional live-action rendition of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ ape-man (and his world) is the project that has struggled to get off the ground, curiously enough.
Okay, in reality the delay has more to do with Warner Bros. studio heads being concerned about the sizable budget proposed for Yates’ jungle adventure, more than anything to do with the creative side of business. Disney’s hefty investment on The Lone Ranger failed to pay off this year, which (if nothing else) goes to show: when it ...
- Sandy Schaefer
This story first appeared in the Dec. 20 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Jerry Bruckheimer has a tradition: On the opening night of one of his movies, he heads to Mr Chow for dinner. He also invites the cast and crew and, because Bruckheimer is a man who makes blockbusters, it's always a sprawling affair. Photos: Jerry Bruckheimer's Biggest Box Office Movies for Disney "Jerry makes a speech," recalls Gore Verbinski, who directed the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films for Bruckheimer as well as this summer's The Lone Ranger. "He usually says things like, 'We've done
- Borys Kit
When Jerry Bruckheimer becomes the 27th recipient of the American Cinematheque Award on Dec. 12, he follows such filmmakers as Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, and Al Pacino. But, fittingly, Bruckheimer is the first producer so honored. For while the self-effacing and low-key vet is not one of those producers given to shamelessly tooting his own horn or screaming to underscore his power, for over three decades now he’s racked up hit after hit — earning more than $125 billion worldwide — to emerge as one of the most successful producers Hollywood has ever seen. And he’s just signed a three-year, first-look agreement for theatrical films with Paramount Pictures.
And thanks to such movie and TV franchises as the “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “National Treasure,” “Beverly Hills Cop,” “The Amazing Race” and “CSI,” Bruckheimer has also achieved what few other producers ever have — a brand-name awareness with the general public. While highbrow critics »
- Iain Blair
Have you all recovered from the SAG nominations? While there will be some more analysis regarding ensembles tomorrow, it’s time to turn our gaze on the Golden Globes, who are set to announce their nominees tomorrow morning. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is well-known for its boozy awards show, star loving nominations, and desire to predict the Oscars. This year’s race is no exception in any of those regards, but due to the campaigns of the studios, we could be in for one of the most anticipated Musical/Comedy races in some time.
American Hustle, Before Midnight, August: Osage County, Nebraska, The Wolf of Wall Street, Inside Llewyn Davis, Her, This is The End, Enough Said, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Way, Way Back, Don Jon, Frances Ha, The Spectacular Now, Black Nativity, About Time, Frozen, Best Man Holiday, The World’s End, The Heat, »
- Terence Johnson
Indiewire will provide updates of our predictions for the 86th Academy Award nominations through January 16th, 2014, when the nominations are announced. Here's our take on the best makeup & hairstyling race. "Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug" could be a very strong contender here (as its predecessor and two of three "Lord of the Rings" films were), though don't count the likes of "Oz: The Great and Powerful," "Rush," "Lee Daniels' The Butler" and "Star Trek Into Darkness" (and a dark horse in "American Hustle," if only for those amazing hairdos). Best makeup & hairstyling predictions below. Check out all predictions in all the categories here. Lock: 1. The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug Strong Possibilities: 2. Rush 3. Oz: The Great and Powerful 4. Lee Daniels' The Butler 5. 12 Years a Slave 6. American Hustle Long Shots: 7. Star Trek Into Darkness 8. Bad Grandpa 9. The Great Gatsby 10. The Lone Ranger Check out all predictions in all the categories here. »
- Peter Knegt
Johnny Depp isn’t letting this summer’s disappointing box office performance of The Lone Ranger get him down. No, Tonto is getting right back on the horse – and the actor’s newest project sounds kind of amazing. Depp will next star in Wally Pfister’s Transcendence – a heady sci-fi flick that sounds cool based on the just-released synopsis. Don’t take my word for it, though – read the full breakdown for yourself. “Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also...
- Mike Bracken
Looks like Disney is getting to end 2013 on their own terms, a privilege rarely granted to your average person, but certainly less rare for multinational mass media conglomerates. It’s been a year where having the last word might be more important for the company than most, as the House of Mouse has taken a fair bit of battering in the last twelve months. Lucky for them, that house is home to cleanup extraordinaire Mary Poppins, and her roundabout return vehicle, Saving Mr. Banks, seems perfectly designed to ensure Disney goes into 2014 with as spotless a reputation as possible.
January saw the premiere of Escape from Tomorrow, a surrealist horror film shot guerrilla-style in Disneyland, leading to plenty of industry handwringing over whether Disney would take legal action. Even though its response was measured -wisely choosing to ignore the film, so as to avoid making a Matterhorn out of a »
- Sam Woolf
We continue our review into 2013, where myself and Tom take a look back at some of our favourite scenes. By the way, don’t forget to vote for Your favourite movie of the year in our poll. Click here to vote First up Tom’s picks! Django Unchained - “Now you can get the Marshall” Quentin Tarantino has a way with characters and dialogue that, given the right actor, he can deliver scenes that jump off the screen. That is true for this early scene from Django Unchained, which sees bounty hunter King Schultz (Christoph Waltz, earning his best supporting actor Oscar here) collect a bounty in his inimitable style, nonchalantly murdering a man in cold blood before talking his way out of it, collecting $200 in the process. The Lone Ranger – The Train Chase The movie may have divided audiences, but there is no denying that the final action sequence »
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
Following on from news we heard earlier this year, in which Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney parted ways following the release of The Lone Ranger, we heard over the weekend that Bruckheimer is closing a three-year first-look deal with Paramount.
Deadline reports that Bruckheimer will enjoy a lot more freedom with the deal, being able to take projects elsewhere if needs be, something he couldn’t do at The Mouse House. He also cites Paramount’s handling of the Brad Pitt-starrer World War Z as one of the things that impressed him about them, juggling the bad press amidst lengthy re-shoots and still coming out well over the top at the box office.
That is something that Disney wasn’t able to do with The Lone Ranger, announcing the need to write down as much as $190m. from losses on the film, which I still maintain has been one of »
- Kenji Lloyd
Last week, the Academy announced the longlist for their visual effects awards, from which five nominees will be picked. The list is made up of "Elysium," "The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug," "Iron Man 3," "The Lone Ranger," "Oblivion," "Pacific Rim," "Star Trek Into Darkness," "Thor" The Dark World" and "World War Z." Oh, and one more, which overshadows all of the others: "Gravity," which bar some immense shock is certain to take the prize. It's a solid front-runner in cinematography too bu does it have the rest of the technical awards—editing, sound design and sound mixing—sewn up in the same way? Let's look at Visual Effects first. Eyebrows were raised by some omissions from the longlist—while "47 Ronin," "Rush," "Oz The Great & Powerful" and "Ender's Game" were among those left off, the real surprise was "Man Of Steel," which many had figured as a potential nominee. For »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Hollywood mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who’s had a lucrative run with Disney for many years now, has moved on. According to Deadline, the Pirates of The Caribbean producer has signed a deal that would bring his Bruckeimer Films shingle to Paramount with a three-year first-look agreement. The man’s films have grossed over $16 billion over the years, and he’s known for loving “big” movies- ie. blockbusters, tentpoles, action/effects-heavy sagas. His last one, though, didn’t fair so well. The Lone Ranger was a commercial and critical failure for Disney, but it’s unlikely that’s the only reason their relationship ended.
Bruckheimer told Deadline, “I have a lot more freedom than at Disney.” He’s seemingly referring to the fact that Paramount will give him more leg room to set up projects elsewhere, where as his deal with Disney didn’t allow for that. He’s also said »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Apologies to the five or so of you who read this with any regularity, there was no column last week. Day job woes and Christmas combined to stomp my ass into a fug of inactivity in terms of watching and writing about it. Therefore you get a bumper edition this week with two weeks’ worth of content.
In other big news House of Cards returns to Netflix with season two in February and the Turbo super-fast snail animated series, based on that DreamWorks film that recently came out, debuts in December. Now TV also has you covered during Christmas week by adding a new big title pretty much every day between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, although apart from Elf on Now TV and a dedicated Christmas selection, there is a disturbing lack of Christmas themed films on the other services.
- Chris Holt
She's played a seductive killer, a damaged prostitute, and an anguished schizophrenic. Does Ruth Wilson never fancy doing something lighter? As she makes her directing debut, she talks to Andrew Dickson
"Um," says Ruth Wilson worriedly, her brow furrowing and her long limbs coiling in embarrassment around her chair. "I am a bit of a control freak. Well, not really. Not totally." She halts. "Ok, I am a bit." Blimey. All I've asked is whether she's ever performed drunk. She seems scandalised by the notion. "No, no," she says. "The idea of not being in control of your faculties, I don't think so. Too much responsibility. Too scared!"
Fear isn't a concept you associate with Wilson, who has made her reputation in some unflinching roles: a sensuous Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, a psychologically harrowing Karin in Ingmar Bergman's Through a Glass Darkly, Anna Christie in Eugene O'Neill's »
- Andrew Dickson
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