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VFX house Atomic Fiction has opened a new office in Montreal, a sister studio to the company’s home in Oakland, Calif.
The 15,000 square foot downtown facility is already home to more than 40 artists and support staff, overseen by senior producer Julie Cardinal. Atomic Fiction hopes to ramp up to 120-140 employees in Montreal over the next two years, including 100 artists.
In a written statement, Atomic Fiction co-founder and VFX supervisor Kevin said the company does not view Montreal as a satellite office. “It’s a flagship studio, and we’re building a culture that allows artists to thrive, develop their careers and create amazing work,” Baille said.
See Also: Cinesite VFX to Open Montreal Branch
The facility is already at work on Robert Zemeckis’s upcoming film, “The Walk.” Co-written, co-produced and directed by Zemeckis, “The Walk” details the story of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit, who in 1974 walked »
- Kevin Noonan and David S. Cohen
Rian Johnson, the writer-director of Looper and the forthcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII, talked with Terry Gilliam on the eve of the U.S. theatrical release of Gilliam’s new movie, The Zero Theorem. It's a podcast worth sharing.
In the first part of a two-part conversation for the Talkhouse Film podcast, Johnson and Gilliam discuss topics ranging from modern movie-watching and the perils of social media to Star Wars: Episode VIII, which Johnson is to write and direct.
Here is part one:
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There's rarely more fun when filmmakers of a similar ilk interview each other. That was the cast this week when "Looper" director Rian Johnson star down with filmmaker Terry Gilliam on the latter's TalkHouse Podcast to talk about Johnson's next gig - "Star Wars: Episode VIII". He says things are still in the earliest stages right now:
"I'm just starting into it, but so far it's the most fun I've ever had writing. It's just joyous. The first movies I was making in my head were part of this world, so part of it is a direct connection - it's almost like an automatic jacking-in into childhood in a weird way.
I'm figuring it out as I go. I'm dancing on top of the avalanche a little bit. But it's a challenge of remembering what inspires you about the original films, but I think you can probably go to the »
- Garth Franklin
Zach Braff cemented himself as a filmmaker to watch with his debut feature Garden State in 2004, but it's taken him a decade to make follow-up Wish I Was Here. So why the long wait? After initially searching for funding and full creative control within the studio system, the former Scrubs star turned to Kickstarter after feeling resistance from the industry who'd lavished praise on his first film.
Digital Spy caught up with Braff on the eve of Wish I Was Here's UK release to discuss his eagerly-awaited movie comeback...
After 10 years away from the director's chair, did he miss it?
"I really did. I directed episodes of Scrubs and I directed a pilot and some smaller things but I was really, really excited to direct another film. I just feel most at home directing a film, I just feel like I was made to do it. I'd wanted to »
As we speak, writing, directing and producing duo Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Superbad, This is the End) are hard at work on an adaptation of Garth Ennis’ 1990s graphic novel Preacher for AMC. Over the weekend, the two got into a discussion about the project over Twitter, and caught the attention of up-and-coming directors Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) and Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper).
Aint It Cool News’ Eric Vespe began the conversation by suggesting that Goldberg and Rogen cast Kurt Russell as the Saint of Killers on the show. Jones then jumped in, apparently a bit out of the loop since he’s been busy directing a little video game movie called Warcraft for Legendary pictures, and asked about the project. Check out their conversation below (courtesy of /Film):
@ManMadeMoon @EricVespe @evandgoldberg TV show for AMC. Wanna direct some episodes? (I should note that we haven't finished »
- James Garcia
Over the weekend, Ain’t It Cool News‘ Eric Vespe tweeted Seth Rogen with the casting suggestion of Kurt Russell for the Saint Of Killer's role in Rogen and Evan Goldberg's small screen adaptation of the controversial DC Vertigo classic, Preacher. This led to Warcraft director Duncan Jones joining the conversation, and although a lot of the exchanges are clearly banter, it does sound like Jones is genuinely interested in getting involved: @ManMadeMoon @EricVespe @evandgoldberg TV show for AMC. Wanna direct some episodes? (I should note that we haven't finished a pilot script) — Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) September 12, 2014 @Sethrogen @EricVespe @evandgoldberg But in all seriousness... I'd eat my own arm off to do it. — Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) September 12, 2014 Then, after a fan suggested Rian Johnson (Looper) also try his hand at directing an ep or two, this happened: @EricVespe I've got 2 hands. @ThatJoeMeyers @Sethrogen @ManMadeMoon @evandgoldberg — Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) September »
Director: Zach Braff
Running Time: 106 minutes
Synopsis: Aidan Bloom is a 35-year-old man who finds himself at major crossroads, which forces him to examine his life, his career, and his family.
I’m a huge fan of Zach Braff’s directorial debut Garden State (2004) and I found that I both related to and enjoyed on its own merit; in equal measure. Braff merged a curious mix of cleverness with reality and now in Wish I Was Here he does it again but with additional heart alongside a positive flirtation with nostalgia.
Wish I Was Here has been co-written with Zach’s brother Adam J. Braff, and while it primarily focuses around 35-year-old Aidan Bloom (Zach Braff), who’s found himself struggling at a crossroads in his life, it also dives deeply to discuss relationships with family »
- Dan Bullock
Ashutosh Gowariker’s Mohenjo Daro just keeps getting bigger in scale! Following the addition of Oscar-Award nominated and Emmy-Award winning Costume Designer April Ferry to the crew, Ashutosh has roped in one more Hollywood specialist. Award winning VFX Supervisor Karen Goulekas is on board to take over the VFX reigns for Mohenjo Daro.
Karen, who has won two BAFTA Awards for Best Visual Effects, first for The Fifth Element and once again for The Day After Tomorrow, has also worked on films such as Apollo 13, Godzilla, Spider-man, 10,000 BC and more recently The Green Lantern, Looper and Don Jon.
Says Karen, “Ashutosh is an amazing story-teller with a beautiful vision for Mohenjo Daro. And now our challenge, as his creative team, is to do whatever it takes to get that vision up on that big screen for audiences to share and enjoy.”
Ashutosh Gowariker, “I am super excited to have »
- Press Releases
Ashutosh Gowariker's Mohenjo Daro keeps getting bigger in scale, following the addition of Oscar-Award nominated and Emmy-Award winning Costume Designer April Ferry to the crew, Ashutosh has roped in one more Hollywood specialist. Award winning VFX Supervisor Karen Goulekas is on board to take over the VFX reigns for Mohenjo Daro. Karen, who has won two BAFTA Awards for Best Visual Effects, first for The Fifth Element and once again for The Day After Tomorrow, has also worked on films such as Apollo 13, Godzilla, Spider-man, 10,000 BC and more recently The Green Lantern, Looper and Don Jon. Says Karen, "Ashutosh is an amazing story-teller with a beautiful vision for Mohenjo Daro. And now our challenge, as his creative team, is to do whatever it takes to get that vision up on that big screen for audiences to share and enjoy." Ashutosh Gowariker, "I am super excited to have on board VFX Supervisor Karen Goulekas, »
Despite being a high profile actor, Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers) still has to fight for certain roles. During a recent interview, he confessed that he wrote an email to his "Brothers Bloom" director Rian Johnson (Looper) about a part in "Star Wars: Episode VIII." "I just reached out to Rian recently, by the way," Ruffalo told Collider. "My email to Rian after all these years was, 'Rian, congratulations on everything you've been doing. And by the way, if there's a part in 'Star Wars,' please, anything, please consider considering me to join you.' I love hanging out with Rian so [that] is interesting to me, but I would like a role." "Star Wars: Episode VIII" is tentatively set to hit theaters in 2017. »
Production has resumed on Star Wars: Episode VII, but after some big leaks hit the web before the project went on hiatus for a few weeks, it seems the lid is even tighter on mystery box of the sci-fi sequel from director J.J. Abrams. So since we don't have any new stuff about Episode VII (besides some aerial photos of the Millennium Falcon and X-Wing making the rounds), it's never too early to start talking about Episode VIII. We already know that Looper director Rian Johnson is writing and directing the next installment of the new Star Wars trilogy, and one of his former stars is already lobbying for a part. Read on! Mark Ruffalo worked with Rian Johnson on the spectacular film The Brothers Bloom, and he's such a huge Star Wars fan that he's already e-mailed the director about taking any role he can get his hands on in the film. »
- Ethan Anderton
With just three feature films under his belt (Brick, The Brothers Bloom and Looper), writer-director Rian Johnson landed the gig of a lifetime back in June, when he was tapped to write and direct both Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX. With J.J. Abrams currently directing Star Wars: Episode VII, slated for release on December 18, 2015, we likely won't hear anything about the second two sequels for quite some time, although one actor revealed recently that he personally emailed the director in hopes of getting a Star Wars role.
Three years before he became the Hulk in Marvel's The Avengers, Mark Ruffalo played a con man in Rian Johnson's second feature, The Brothers Bloom. The actor says that he contacted the director directly, asking for any Star Wars part he would be willing to hand out.
Here's what the actor had to say, when asked how badly »
The Opening Night slot at the Toronto International Film Festival carries certain weight. It guarantees that the eyes skimming a very crowded field fall squarely on you and your movie, at least for a few hours. Some movies rise to the occasion (like Rian Johnson.s Looper, for example). Others wilt in the spotlight (like last year.s The Fifth Estate). Judging by reactions, David Dobkin.s The Judge falls right in the middle. It generated both praise and mild scorn, but justified its presence with mega-wattage star power provided by the movie.s leads, Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall. The former showed off his social media skills by taking fans through his red-carpet prep, via Twitter. Good Morning Toronto - Day One. https://t.co/HBoHEb9iz3. Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) September 4, 2014 He dropped one photo before the red carpet outside of Toronto.s Roy Thomson Hall. Pre »
Robert Downey Jr. certainly upped the star power of the opening night of the Toronto International Film Festival Thursday with the world premiere of The Judge, the father-son relationship drama he stars in opposite Robert Duvall.
While the annual Canadian confab often draws major Hollywood talent looking for audience love, until recently the festival previously dedicated its opening night to Canadian films. That changed two years ago when Sony Pictures opened the Joseph Gordon-Levitt-starring Looper, followed in 2013 by the world premiere of the Wikileaks drama The Fifth Estate.
The increased star power seems to align with Toronto’s new »
- Nicole Sperling
Today brings another casting rumor for the upcoming Star Wars films, that's interesting in it ties into other rumors for the last two "numbered" films in the sequel trilogy. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, a hot commodity actor, has been rumored to appear as a central(ish) character in Star Wars: Episode VIII and IX, but the newest rumor hitting the webs right now is that he'll also have a cameo appearance in Episode VII. Come inside for all the details and our thoughts on it!
Pretty much all eyes are firmly placed on Star Wars: Episode VII right now, but that doesn't mean rumors about the next two numbered films haven't been popping up either. One of the early rumors has put Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a leading member in Episode VIII and IX. The rumor has been popping up here and there, even before Rian Johnson was brought on board to direct those films. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Next month sees the UK release of Wish I Was Here, former Scrubs star Zach Braff’s first directorial offering since 2004′s Garden State, and Koch Media Films has dropped a new UK poster for the Kickstarter-funded comedy drama, which we have for you here…
Wish I Was Here opens in the UK on September 19th, with Braff joined in the cast by Kate Hudson (The Killer Inside Me), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Josh Gad (Frozen), Joey King (The Dark Knight Rises), Ashley Greene (The Twilight Saga), Donald Faison (Scrubs), Pierce Gagnon (Looper), Michael Weston (The Last Kiss), the late James Avery (The Fresh Prince of Bel Air), and Mandy Patinkin (Homeland). Watch the trailer here.
- Gary Collinson
The film adaption of Dan Shaffer’s graphic novel, The Scribbler, began production back in 2012, and it’s been one that I’ve been anticipating for quite some time. Shaffer’s graphic novel is a fun one, and judging from the new trailer for the film (also penned by Shaffer), The Scribbler looks like a stylish and completely entertaining time, giving fans of sci-fi/genre films a gritty, dark future, full of colorful imagery and memorable characters. Now acquired by XLrator Media, the film is finally set to be let loose on viewers, when it hits theaters, VOD and iTunes on September 19th.
“The Scribbler follows Suki (Katie Cassidy), a young woman confronting her destructive mental illness using “The Siamese Burn,” an experimental machine designed to eliminate multiple personalities. The closer Suki comes to being “cured,” she’s haunted by a thought… what if the last unwanted identity turns out to be her? »
- Jerry Smith
Google just acquired visual effects compnay Zync, a cloud rendering company with credits such as “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “Looper” under its belt. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but the tech giant announced that Zync will be added to its Google Cloud Platform team. Also read: Google Music Subscription Service Set to Launch Zync's platform is known for allowing FX artists to work in the cloud, permitting them to render high-quality effects without expensive equipment. “Together Zync and Cloud Platform will offer studios the rendering performance and capacity they need, while helping them manage costs, »
- Gina Hall
To celebrate the release of Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For, which stars Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Eva Green and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and is in cinemas now, we have an exciting competition for you. We are offering three lucky winners the chance to win a Sin City 2 bundle including Sin City on DVD, playing cards, an Eva Green poster and an A Dame to Kill For graphic novel.
Nine years after the box-office smash Sin City, the stories of the notorious city dwellers resume in the hugely anticipated sequel Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For. Boasting an all-star cast led by Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises), Eva Green (Dark Shadows), Juno Temple (Killer Joe), Jessica Alba (Sin City, Fantastic Four), Bruce Willis (Looper) and Josh Brolin (Old Boy), this next installment promises to take audiences on a visceral ride into the »
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is easily one of the busiest and most talented young actors working in Hollywood, and he's been branching out in other aspects of the business. On top of acting, he's currently running his HitRECord web project, he made his directorial debut with Don Jon, and he was an executive producer on Looper. He's now looking at developing the long awaited big-screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Sandman, which he is looking to star in and direct.
"It's a lot of the same people who worked on the Nolan Batman movies. It's really exciting. There's not a script yet, we're still kind of working it out because it's such a complicated adaptation because Sandman wasn't written as novels. Sin City was written as a novel. »
- Joey Paur
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