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Movie Review – Last Breath (2019)

Last Breath, 2019.

Directed by Richard da Costa and Alex Parkinson.

Synopsis:

On a deep sea diving expedition in 2012, Chris Lemons was a member of the dozen strong crew who’d descend beneath the crashing waves of the North Sea to repair a seabed structure. However, on this particular night, years of meticulous training are tested when he becomes detached from his vessel, with five minutes of oxygen in his tank, and little chance of survival.

If you’re looking for a similarly sweaty palmed tale of human endurance after the Oscar winning Free Solo, then tilt your head down from the rock face, and look beneath the surface for Alex Parkinson and Richard de Costa’s nerve shredding deep sea documentary, because it makes The Abyss look like a dip in the shallow end.

Using a combination of archive footage from the ill-fated dive, talking head contributions from those at
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Could the Avatar sequels break the wrong kind of box office record?

Tom Jolliffe looks at Avatar 2 and a distinct lack of excitement to return to James Cameron’s world…

You remember that film with blue characters in it? No, not The SmurfsAvatar. In 2009 it was the groundbreaking, visually dazzling CGI world which James Cameron created, whilst simultaneously revolutionising 3D technology (and beginning a five year fascination with 3D films which is slowly beginning to lose its lustre in the last five years). Whilst the film had its share of detractors it had a few fans.

The film grossed $2.79 billion worldwide. You could say that is an absolutely huge, almost mind boggling amount, and you’d be right. However, what it also is, is a bar. Avatar, all told was also one of the most long gestating and expensive projects ever greenlit. This was James Cameron’s long awaited follow up to Titanic, which was previously the highest grossing film ever.
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Learn SFX Makeup From Legend Steve Johnson in Europe

Are you an aspiring special effects makeup artist? Have you ever wanted to create a living, breathing monster, character, or alien of your own design under the guidance of an industry legend? Well here’s your chance! Led by Steve Johnson (two-time Emmy Award winner and character designer for Ghostbusters, Fright Night, The Abyss, Species, Big […] The post Learn SFX Makeup From Legend Steve Johnson in Europe appeared first on Dread Central.
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James Cameron's The Abyss 4K Restoration Finally Coming to Blu-ray?

James Cameron's The Abyss 4K Restoration Finally Coming to Blu-ray?
Back in 1989, writer-director James Cameron was fresh off his flick Aliens, the hit sequel to Ridley Scott's original tale of space terror, Alien. Cameron was getting ready to bring The Terminator back to the screen in a big way with Terminator 2: Judgment Day but between those two epic projects, Cameron wrote, directed and produced a quieter sci-fi thrill-ish movie with the eternally underappreciated, The Abyss. And if you're as big a fan of Cameron's The Abyss as I am, then you'll be glad to hear that there is an all-new 4K restoration in the works.

I know, I know, we've heard this before. In fact, for years now, us fans have been wondering when the hell we were going to get a high-def version of the movie considering the classic has never been released on Blu-ray. Hell, you can't even stream The Abyss in hi-def. That said, back
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James Cameron's The Abyss Is Finally Coming to Blu-ray and Getting a 4K Overhaul

Believe it or not, James Cameron’s classic 1989 deep sea sci-fi film The Abyss has never been released on Blu-ray. Well, it looks like that’s finally going to change! Skip Kimball, who has worked in the editorial department on some of Cameron’s films including Avatar and Alita: Battle Angel, has revealed that the film is currently going through the remastering process and getting a 4K overhaul!

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This is happening on stage one this weekend! The Abyss, directed by @jamescameronofficial. . . . . . . #theabyss #4k #hdr #remaster #efilmstageone #efilmhollywood #blackmagicdesign #davinciresolve15 #theabyssbluray#colorgrading#jamescameron#bluray

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I love The Abyss, and I couldn’t be happier to see that one day in the near future I’m going to get to watch it in 4K glory. I really hope that when they are finished they do a theatrical rerelease!
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Is ‘The Abyss’ Blu-ray Finally Being Released, and in 4K?

Is ‘The Abyss’ Blu-ray Finally Being Released, and in 4K?
James Cameron‘s The Abyss has been a long sought after item for Blu-ray collectors. While the 1989 sci-fi action film was released on DVD, it has yet to find its way to Blu-ray. But that might be about to change. Skip Kimball, someone who has worked in the editorial department on Cameron-related films Avatar and Alita: Battle Angel, […]

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In Another Blow to Physical Media, Samsung Is Done Making Blu-ray Players

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In bad news for proponents of physical media, Samsung has announced that it is exiting the Blu-ray market. The company said it “will no longer introduce new Blu-ray or 4K Blu-ray player models in the Us market” in a statement shared with CNET. Its newest model was released in 2017, and plans to produce a new high-end 4K player this year were scrapped. The move follows a similar decision by Oppo, which announced its own exit from the market last April.

In addition to the fact that streaming movies and TV shows has become the norm over the last several years, Blu-ray hasn’t managed to fully replace DVD as the go-to form of physical media in the way that DVD did to VHS — even after besting the short-lived HD DVD in a format war 11 years ago. Any number of high-profile and/or well received movies have yet to be released on Blu-ray as a result,
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Takes Top Film Honor At Cinema Audio Society Awards

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20th Century Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody won the top film honor at the 55th annual Cas Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing. The Queen biopic is also up for the same honor at the Oscars a week from tomorrow. Last year, the society tapped Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk for the top film honor, and it went on to win the Oscar.

The winning Rhapsody team included production mixer – John Casali and re-recording mixers Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin and Niv Adiri, Cas. The sound team topped competition Saturday night from fellow Oscar nominees A Star Is Born, Black Panther and First Man along with A Quiet Place.

Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Mozart in the Jungle took the one-hour and half-hour TV honors in the ceremony at the Wilshire Grand Ballroom of the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. Other winners included CNN’s Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown and
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Veteran Sound Mixer Behind 'Abyss' Talks "Daunting" Collaboration With James Cameron

Veteran Sound Mixer Behind 'Abyss' Talks
He's captured performances of the Terminator, Davy Jones, Ego and Ant-Man, above and below water and in "outer space." Now, with more than 75 feature film credits, veteran production sound mixer Lee Orloff is set to receive the Cinema Audio Society's highest accolade, the Career Achievement Award. (Steven Spielberg will be honored with the Filmmaker Award.)

An Oscar winner for James Cameron's Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Orloff has received six other nominations. His credits also include Cameron's The Abyss, Michael Mann's Heat, the animated feature Rango and HBO's Westworld. And he worked on Marvel's Guardians of the ...
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James Cameron isn’t overly impressed by Aquaman’s unrealistic underwater scenes

Legendary director James Cameron says that he doesn’t think he could have directed James Wan’s Aquaman due to its unrealistic underwater sequences.

Although James Cameron is one of the most successful directors in movie history, having helmed such iconic pictures as Terminator, Titanic, and Avatar, he doesn’t think he would have been able to make DC’s Aquaman.

Why? Well, in a recent interview with Yahoo!, Cameron explained that the physics behind the movie would have been a problem with him: “I think it’s great fun. I think it’s a movie I never could have made. Truthfully, I never could have made that film because it requires this kind of total dream-like disconnect from any sort of physics or reality.

“It exists in kind of somewhere between a Greek mythical landscape and a fairy tale landscape and people just zoom around underwater because they propel themselves mentally,
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Idris Elba in Talks to Star in Supernatural Submersible Thriller Deeper

Idris Elba is in talks to star in the Max Landis-penned Deeper, about “a former astronaut who was hired to take a submersible to the deepest part of the ocean. Supernatural events transpire as the vehicle gets closer to its destination.”

Currently, Everest director Baltasar Kormakur is signed on to take the helm, and production is scheduled to begin this spring. Previously, Bradley Cooper, Gal Gadot, and director Kornel Mundruczo were expected to team up for the project, but Cooper’s schedule didn’t work out. It will be interesting to see who they bring on for the role Gadot had been in talks for.

Reading the description, I just keep wondering, Is this gonna be like Sphere? Or The Abyss? Or maybe more like Solaris? (Can you imagine a Max Landis take on Solaris?) Presumably it will actually be its own thing, and I hope it is great,
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Idris Elba Takes on Max Landis Scripted Thriller Deeper

Idris Elba Takes on Max Landis Scripted Thriller Deeper
Idris Elba has lined up his next gig in the form of Deeper, a sci-fi/thriller written by Max Landis. This movie has a history that dates back to 2016 and the project has had a tough time getting off the ground. Now, MGM, the studio behind the production, is trying to put together a new team in order to finally get some payoff from their already hefty investment. Getting Elba is a good place to start, but this project could face other issues in the modern Hollywood landscape.

According to a new report, Thor franchise star and the latest Sexiest Man Alive, Idris Elba is officially in talks to star in Deeper. The movie is described as being similar in tone to Gravity and The Martian. It centers on a disgraced astronaut who is on a deep-sea dive exploring a newly discovered trench only to find himself confronted by a sinister and dangerous force.
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Idris Elba To Star In Undersea Horror Film Deeper

Is there anything that can’t be improved by the addition of Idris Elba, People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2018? The McU is poorer now that Heimdall’s toast, and the actor’s still bandied about as a potential James Bond, Batman or any number of major roles. It seems everyone wants a piece of him, and understandably so.

Later this year he’ll turn up in Hobbs & Shaw, whose first trailer just landed, but it looks like his next project could be MGM’s Deeper, an undersea horror film that’s sounding an awful lot like James Cameron’s 1989 classic The Abyss.

Here’s the summary:

Deeper is a supernatural thriller that centers on a disgraced astronaut, to be played by Elba, who is on a deep-sea dive exploring a newly discovered trench but soon finds himself confronted by a sinister and dangerous force.”

Here's What Idris Elba
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CAS Awards: ‘Black Panther’, ‘A Star Is Born’ & ‘Mrs. Maisel’ Among Cinema Audio Society Nominees

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CAS Awards: ‘Black Panther’, ‘A Star Is Born’ & ‘Mrs. Maisel’ Among Cinema Audio Society Nominees
The Cinema Audio Society has announced the nominees for its 55th annual Cas Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for 2018. The awards in seven categories will be presented February 16 at the Wilshire Grand Ballroom of the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. See the full list of nominations below.

Facing off in the Motion Picture – Live Action category are A Quiet Place, A Star Is Born, Black Panther, Bohemian Rhapsody and First Man. In animated film, Incredibles 2 will be up against Isle of Dogs, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse and The Grinch.

On the television side, episodes of Better Call Saul, Ozark, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Westworld will battle it out in the hourlong series category. In half-hour series, the nominees are Ballers, Barry, Modern Family, Mozart in the Jungle and Silicon Valley.

The sound society’s highest honor, the Cas Career Achievement Award,
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Motion Poster for Hellboy Summons the Fire & Fury of The Abyss

Posters have always been a hugely important element of marketing any movie, but recent advances in technology have allowed promoters to really bring these 2-dimensional necessities to life. We recently shared a 3D image from the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary along with our own exclusive motion poster for the impending disaster flick […] The post Motion Poster for Hellboy Summons the Fire & Fury of The Abyss appeared first on Dread Central.
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James Wan Pitched Aquaman as a Horror Monster Movie

James Wan Pitched Aquaman as a Horror Monster Movie
Director James Wan is a hero of genre movies. Hell, it would be hard to argue Wan is anything less than the current king of horror. But even though Wan is perhaps best known for his horror movies such as Saw, Dead Silence, Insidious, Insidious: Chapter 2, The Conjuring, and The Conjuring 2, the man has also displayed a deft hand at the action genre as well with classics such as Death Sentence starring Kevin Bacon and the seventh entry in the The Fast and the Furious franchise, Furious 7. And all of that comes to a head this Christmas as Wan officially hits the mega-big time with his upcoming adaptation of DC's Aquaman.

But for all his skills at directing action sequences, just how the hell did someone as horror-centric as James Wan snag the job of helming this family-friendly epic underwater super-hero adventure? Well, as it turns out,
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The ‘Avatar’ Sequels Sound Terrible, But You’d Be Insane to Bet Against James Cameron

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The ‘Avatar’ Sequels Sound Terrible, But You’d Be Insane to Bet Against James Cameron
Last week, it was reported (but not confirmed) that James Cameron has determined the titles of the four “Avatar” sequels he plans to release over the next 10 or 20 years, and, um, they’re pretty much what you might expect from a mad genius who intends to spend the rest of his time on Earth making epic sci-fi movies about giant blue cat people who have some kind of psychosexual connection with the trees on their imperiled alien planet.

In fact, the rumored titles are just insane enough to be real. It’s hard to believe that a studio would really allow the release of something called “Avatar: The Seed Bearer,” splashing Na’vi sperm across every movie theater marquee in the world, but there’s no doubt that Cameron has the balls to try it.

The A.V. Club proclaimed that “These Alleged ‘Avatar’ Sequel Titles Are Fucking Embarrassing,” while Vice suggested 50 snarky alternatives,
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The Abyss update takes players to new depths in No Man’s Sky

Hello Games and 505 Games have released The Abyss, a free new update for No Man’s Sky which kits players out with a brand new Exocraft, more base parts, the Marine Shelter and much more. You can check out the Abyss in the new trailer below…

The Abyss takes players to new depths in No Man’s Sky with a brand new story called ‘The Dreams of the Deep’. With these new missions players can discover the fate of a troubled crew stranded from a freighter crash by the rising tides and explore underwater ruins to find out what happened to the lost soul trapped deep beneath the waves.

A new Exocraft, the Nautilon, provides a great way to travel the depths and makes it easier to navigate, mine and take part in combat. This new submersible can be upgraded with installable Submarine Technology and can also be customised
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Film News Roundup: Gale Anne Hurd to Get Lifetime Achievement Award From Heartland Festival (Exclusive)

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Film News Roundup: Gale Anne Hurd to Get Lifetime Achievement Award From Heartland Festival (Exclusive)
In today’s film news roundup, Gale Anne Hurd will be honored with a lifetime achievement award, Nicole Kidman’s “Destroyer” gets an AFI Fest screening, and the holiday romance “Mr. 365” starts production.

Film Festivals

The Heartland International Film Festival has selected “The Terminator” and “The Walking Dead” producer Gale Anne Hurd for its lifetime achievement award.

Heartland Film Festival’s director of film programming Greg Sorvig, said, “Gale Anne Hurd has cemented her place in film history as a creator and guiding force behind some of the most iconic genre works in film and television history. You could start and end the list with ‘The Terminator,’ ‘Aliens,’ and ‘The Walking Dead,’ but the fact that there is so much more beyond those two unforgettable films and that groundbreaking television series, speaks to her lasting impact on our film culture.”

Hurd will receive the award at AMC Castleton Square in
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Screamfest 2018: Second Wave Announced, Producer Gale Anne Hurd to be Honored with Career Achievement Award

Screamfest Horror Film Festival announced three additional titles for this year's festival. They have added The Unthinkable, Welcome to Mercy and animated feature Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires to their lineup.    For old school fans the festival is honoring producer Gale Anne Hurd with the Career Achivement Award. Hurd produced three of James Cameron's greatest works The Terminator, Aliens and The Abyss, among other films. Before that she worked with cult icon Roger Corman.    Apart from honoring Hurd with the award the festival is also going to screen The Terminator and Aliens at the festival. Would be nice to see both of those films on the big screen again.    The press release follows......

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