13 items from 2016
Ahead of its UK release next week, Sony has debuted a new clip from the upcoming Goosebumps movie entitled ‘I Just Killed That Bear’. Take a look below after the official synopsis…
See Also: Read our review of Goosebumps here
Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. »
- Amie Cranswick
Read More: Spielberg, Tarantino, Nolan and More are Supporting Kodak's Super 8 Filmmaking Initiative As promised, the Kodak Super 8 Filmmaking Challenge came to a close last night as 15 semi-finalists had their movies screened at the 2016 Slamdance Film Festival. Kodak launched the international filmmaking competition to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Super 8 film, and called on filmmakers to submit short films shot on Super 8, ranging between 15 seconds and five minutes. According to Kodak, over 530 films from around the world were submitted, ranging from short narratives to music videos, classic surf and skate footage, documentaries, home movies and more. From the original entries, 15 semi-finalists were chosen through online audience voting and juried selection, after which those 15 projects were put through a global online audience vote to determine the final first, second and third place audience winners. "Kodak is resolute in our efforts to ensure »
- Zack Sharf
Most indie auteurs comfortably orbit the red hot sun that is big budget, tent pole-driven Hollywood, more than happy to exchange their artistic vision and the eternal quest for financing for a shot at a superhero franchise or monster movie with a built-in global audience and fat payday, should the chance ever come their way.
Kelly Reichardt, who will receive Variety’s 2016 Indie Impact Award at Sundance, is not that kind of filmmaker. Since making her acclaimed 1994 debut “River of Grass,” she’s followed her own singular orbit as a true outlier of indie cinema, and over the course of nearly quarter of a century and nine films has amassed a small but potent body of work – including “Old Joy,” “Wendy and Lucy,” “Meek’s Cutoff” and “Night Moves” – that has cemented her reputation as one of the most distinctive voices in movies today, thanks to her hands-on approach (she »
- Iain Blair
We all got an unexpected surprise this week with the launch of a new trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane from Bad Robot, and people have instantly supposed this is a big follow up to 2008’s wonderful Cloverfield but… is it really?
J.J. Abrams Bad Robot are synonymous with secrets and anyone who knows J.J. will be very aware of his Mystery Box love so have we all been cleverly played already? The rumours say this isn’t a sequel at all and is, in fact, just a smart marketing move with the use of the word Cloverfield. But I’ll be honest here, I don’t think I care either way and the fact there’s so much secrecy makes me even more intrigued and eager to avoid spoilers before it opens. We’re living in a time of film where you can almost watch everything before it comes out »
- Dan Bullock
J.J. Abrams loves his secrets. Be it for "Super 8," "Star Trek Into Darkness," or "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," he's a filmmaker that loves the medium in the purest way possible. Well it turns out that the director/producer's production company has kept a film quite secret, and that film has now been revealed as "10 Cloverfield Lane" (It was previously being referred to as "Valencia").
Check out the trailer for the film below!
So the obvious question that comes to mind is... is this a "Cloverfield" sequel? It seems possible that it takes place in a post-alien invasion world, and that whoever John Goodman's character is is really just trying to protect these "prisoners" from the outside world created by the "Cloverfield" monsters, but it's hard to tell. For starters, the film isn't done in the found footage format that characterized the first one. While it's possible they »
- Joseph Medina
J.J. Abrams is at the forefront of the two biggest sci-fi franchises of all time. But which one does he love best? The director, producer and writer behind some of the biggest movies of all time was recently interviewed for THR's Awards Chatter Podcast. And he was asked where his loyalties lie when it comes to either Star Wars or Star Trek. And it's probably not tough to guess his answer.
It's no secret that J.J. Abrams has never really been a Trekkie. But that didn't stop him from directing the first two movies as Paramount set out to reboot the Star Trek franchise. And even though he's handed off the directorial reigns to someone else for Star Trek Beyond, he's still attached as a producer. Instead of taking the helm on the third chapter in his Star Trek saga, he decided to direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens instead. »
It was a big week for some of the most acclaimed auteurs in the business, starting with Quebecois visionary Xavier Dolan, who posted a passionate open letter to Twitter after he found out Netflix UK altered the ratio changes that are so crucial when viewing his 2014 drama "Mommy." Netflix UK quickly fixed the change, citing how they never intentionally changed the aspect ratio and that the alternation was simply a technical mistake. Dolan followed up by apologizing for reacting with such anger, though he was certainly right to want the film to be restored to its original edit. Elsewhere, Darren Aronofsky made headlines by confirming his plans to move to television, making him the latest high profile filmmaker to make the transition to the small screen, while heavyweights like Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino and Christopher Nolan all joined forced to support a new Kodak Super 8 initiative. Get all of »
- Zack Sharf
"The neighbors are dropping by for dinner" and they're hungry for humans in Tempe Digital's three-disc Blu-ray release of 1990's The Dead Next Door.
A cult living dead flick, J.R. Bookwalter's The Dead Next Door Blu-ray features a 2K restoration from the movie's original Super 8 film elements and comes locked and loaded with an impressive number of special features. For more information, we have the press release with full details, as well as a look at the cover art and trailer:
Press Release: January 7, 2016 – Akron, Ohio: Tempe Digital today announced the immediate availability of a 3-Disc Ultimate Edition of the 1990 landmark independent shocker “The Dead Next Door,” the boutique cult label’s first HD release. Featuring Blu-ray, DVD, and soundtrack CD discs, the release follows a successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to help fund the extensive restoration work, along a handful of limited theatrical screenings last fall.
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- Derek Anderson
J.J. Abrams had a big "thank you" dinner Thursday, no doubt heaping gratitude on Steven Spielberg ... the dude who got him the 'Star Wars' gig. The most famous directors in the world dined at Craig's in WeHo, where J.J. no doubt profusely thanked the "Jurassic Park" director for singing J.J.'s praised to 'Star Wars' producer Kathleen Kennedy, saying he was a must hire. The last time they worked »
- TMZ Staff
Tarantino and Spielberg love the format, and have raised the profile of the new design – but the relaunch of analogue technology is more than a marketing ploy
Those were the days: when to make a movie, all you had to do was buy a camera and some film, shoot footage with no idea of what you were getting (changing the reel every few minutes), send the film off to a developer, laboriously edit it together by hand, buy a projector, then enjoy the results in the comfort of your own home. Why did Super 8 ever fall out of favour, you wonder?
But for media nostalgics, purists and masochists, the good news is that Super 8 is back from the brink of extinction. This week, at Las Vegas’s industry showcase Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Kodak unveiled a smart, new, prototype Super 8 camera – its first in 30 years. It says »
- Steve Rose
It revolutionised home movies in the 60 and 70s and was used by directors in their teens including Jj Abrams and Christopher Nolan. Kodak’s new design hopes to capitalise on renewed interest in analogue tech
It was the low-tech, easy-to-use film format beloved of budding auteurs and cinema-obsessed visual artists, but Super 8 died a death in 1982, when Kodak stopped making the camera units after the rise of video. Now, however, Kodak has announced it will issue a new version of the Super 8 camera, half a century after it was first launched in 1965.
Super 8 – so called because of the redesigned camera and film stock, which allowed a larger image to be derived from film that was a similar size to the standard 8mm gauge – helped revolutionise home movies in the 1960s and 70s by operating with an easily-loaded film cartridge, and adding capability to record sound on the same film strip. »
- Andrew Pulver
Kodak has unveiled a prototype of a new Super 8 camera as part of the company’s efforts to revive the 50-year old film format.
On display at CES in Las Vegas this week, the camera (pictured) “combines the classic features of a Super 8 with digital functionality,” Kodak said.
The camera unveiling is the first stage of Kodak’s ‘Super 8 Revival Initiative’ which Eastman Kodak chief executive Jeff Clarke described as “an ecosystem for film” that will include the launch of more cameras, film development services and post production tools.
The original Kodak Super 8 camera was introduced in 1965.
Kodak worked with designer »
Read More: Kodak Super 8 Filmmaking Challenge Announces Jury and Opens Voting The 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is beginning to rev up in Las Vegas, and excitement is already brewing as Kodak has announced plans for a new Super 8 film camera to go along with their recent plans for an initiative to revive interest in the format. Celebrating its 50th birthday, Super 8 was the starting point for many young, aspiring filmmakers who have now grown to be in the elite class of mainstream and independent directors. "For me, 8mm was the beginning of everything," said Steven Spielberg in an official statement supporting the initiative. “When I think of 8mm, I think of the movies." Kodak has also enlisted the help of other acclaimed directors such as Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, J.J. Abrams, Steve McQueen, Jeff Nichols and Alex Ross Perry. As McQueen noted, "At the time, it was all about expense, »
- Mike Lown
13 items from 2016
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