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New York Film Academy Connects Student With Pros for Jobs in Vr

New York Film Academy Connects Student With Pros for Jobs in Vr
Virtual reality is everywhere. It’s been a constant buzzword of late at film trade shows, film festivals and markets. Yet, unlike the 3D surge of a few years ago, which took over much of filmmaking and still lingers in theaters, Vr has yet to make much headway in content production or consumption.

Film schools such as the for-profit New York Film Academy are hoping to change that. The Nyfa conducted an eight-week Vr workshop earlier this year and is gearing up for a second round,

set to begin Sept. 11. Classes offer hands-on training to create both live-action and interactive-animation Vr, providing students with a virtual reality portfolio that could clear their path to the market.

“A lot of people have been talking about [Vr], but only a handful of them knew how to do it,” says Nyfa Vr department co-chair Jonathan Whittaker.

Caitlin Burns, the program’s lead instructor, adds that while there’s tremendous interest in
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How the film industry blew it with 3D

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3D was supposed to be the next big thing for cinema. It accounts for just 20% of ticket sales. What went wrong?

In early 2010, James Cameron's Avatar became the USA's 24th most successful cinema release of all time, and it still holds that position today.

I'm measuring that success by the actual number of tickets sold, but perhaps you prefer the way the Hollywood hype machine processes these things. Their version of how this works, in which records can be broken over and over again for a continual stream of back-slaps and headlines, makes Avatar into The Biggest Film of All Time. Don't adjust for inflation but just sum up the numbers on the tickets, and it's true, Avatar is certainly the highest grossing film to ever see the inside of a cinema.

Either way, whether it's top of the pops or holding on strong at number
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‘Baskets’ Star Zach Galifianakis On How Louis C.K. Convinced Him to Do TV

‘Baskets’ Star Zach Galifianakis On How Louis C.K. Convinced Him to Do TV
Zach Galifianakis started his career as a cult comedian, until the blockbuster success of “The Hangover” franchise turned him into a mainstream star. Now he’s returning to his roots with the FX original series “Baskets,” an inventive serial comedy sure to be described as “quirky” and “offbeat” more times than anyone will care to count.

Galifianakis created the show with Jonathan Krisel (“Portlandia”) and Louis C.K., and stars as Chip Baskets, a Paris-trained clown who takes a job working at a rodeo in Bakersfield, California. The series co-stars Galifianakis’ longtime friend Martha Kelly, a stand-up comedian making her acting debut as Chip’s sweet-natured foil, and Louie Anderson as Christine Baskets, the mother of Chip and his more successful twin brother Dale. (Of that unconventional casting choice, Galifianakis says, “I wanted to cast Brenda Blethyn; she wasn’t available.”)

Variety spoke with Galifianakis at the recent Television Critics Assn.
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'Pirates' Writer Takes on 'Yucatan' for Robert Downey Jr.

'Pirates' Writer Takes on 'Yucatan' for Robert Downey Jr.
Four years after the Warner Bros. heist adventure Yucatan was first announced, the project is moving forward with screenwriter Terry Rossio (The Lone Ranger, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) coming aboard to re-write the script. Anthony Peckham was first set to write the script when Robert Downey Jr. attached himself to star in 2010.

The story is based on a massive 1,700-page movie treatment written by legendary actor Steve McQueen in the 1960s, which he was developing as a starring vehicle for himself. The treatment was discovered in two leather-bound trunks by the actor's son Chad McQueen in 2005, 25 years after his death in 1980. The original treatment followed a salvage expert (Robert Downey Jr.) and his search for lost Mayan treasure in the Yucatan peninsula. No details have been given for the updated story, but Terry Rossio and actor/producer Robert Downey Jr. are using the original premise as a
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60 Years of Godzilla: A History and Critique of the Greatest Monster Movie Series in Cinema

**Massive spoilers for every Godzilla movie, with the exception of the 2014 reboot, and Mothra follow**

August 6th and 9th, 1945 forever changed the course of history. When the first nuclear bombs were dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, World War II ended, but a new fear was born that dominated the thoughts of all men, women, and children for decades to come. The Cold War, atomic bomb testing, a cartoon turtle telling children to “duck and cover”, and this new technology that had the actual potential to literally end the world changed the perception of what was scary. Art reflects life, so cinema began to capitalize on these fears. Gone were the days of creepy castles, cobwebs, bats, vampires, werewolves, and the other iconic images that ruled genre cinema in film’s earliest decades. Science fiction was larger than ever and giant ants, giant octopi, terror from beyond the stars, and
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Ranked: Every Summer Movie Season Since 1980 - Part 1

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Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best.

On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production
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There Should Be A(nother) Sequel: 'National Treasure'

There Should Be A(nother) Sequel: 'National Treasure'
Confession: I think Nicolas Cage is a great actor. And not just because of Oscar-quality performances like those in Adaptation and Leaving Las Vegas. No, the movie that introduced me to Cage’s gifts was National Treasure. And while Cage did return to the big screen for a sequel, the series deserves to become an even bigger franchise.

The National Treasure movies were made in the wake of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, an immensely popular, thrilling, if not particularly well-written novel about conspiracy theories and mini-art history lessons. National Treasure is the American Da Vinci Code—and
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Letters: Us, Bruckheimer's BBQ, making ofs and mystery TV

Our non-interactive, non-cutting edge letters page is back! Here's the latest selection...

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So: our first attempts at a letters page didn't go too badly. We're carrying on, then. You're stuck with it. And here is the latest selection.

Again, with apologies to the many letters we've not been able to feature - we will try and keep these to the length of a magazine letters page - here's what you've been writing in to us about.

Find out how to join in the, er, fun yourself down at the bottom...

Den Of Geek & Den Of Geek

I have a query which may not be quite exciting enough for the Letters Page but an answer by email would be appreciated.

Essentially, I was wondering what the differences were between Den Of Geek Us and the normal Den Of Geek website. Are the same articles run on both sites? I presume
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The Nut Job

The Nut Job

Directed by: Peter Lepeniotis

Cast: Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Katherine Heigl, Liam Neeson

Running Time: 1 hr 26 mins

Rating: PG

Release Date: January 17, 2014

Plot: Rogue squirrel Surly (Arnett) discovers a nut shop that is also the front for an underground bank robbery.

Who’S It For? With its key demographics having already seen Frozen, the film may provide decent satiation for its crowd, but without any rich spectacle, only its animal-talking zaniness to carry it through an ironically turgid running time.

Overall

Looking back on the moment, it was probably intended by the Nut Job filmmakers that my Saturday morning screening of The Nut Job began with the image presented inescapably out of focus, in need of a restart that would repeat the film’s first five minutes. Even through squinted eyes, forever damaged by not being able to experience 3D even with the glasses on due to the film’s presentation itself,
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Jerry Bruckheimer Finalizes Producing Deal with Paramount

Jerry Bruckheimer Finalizes Producing Deal with Paramount
Jerry Bruckheimer is going back to Paramount Pictures after the two side reached a three-year, first-look agreement for theatrical films that will begin in April 2014.

The 70-year-old veteran producer has been looking to secure a new home for his movie releases since October, when Disney opted not to renew his deal beyond this year.

Jerry Bruckheimer is one of the most creative and prolific producers in motion picture history,” said Paramount Pictures Chairman and CEO Brad Grey. “His signature style has attracted huge global audiences and we are thrilled to have him back in the Paramount family.”

“It is great to be back at Paramount,” Bruckheimer said. “I look forward to working with Brad Grey and his entire team.”

Bruckheimer has a handful of films in development at Paramount, including sequels to “Beverly Hills Cop” and “Top Gun,” the latter of which Skydance is also attached to finance and produce.
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Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Part Ways After Almost Two Decades

Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Part Ways After Almost Two Decades
Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer have opted not to renew their first-look deal, which will expire next year. The Disney-Bruckheimer relationship goes back to the 1990s, and marks one of the most successful Hollywood partnerships of the last two decades. It might have continued, thanks to such deluxe franchises as "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "National Treasure," but this train wreck was inevitable following Bruckheimer's recent pricey flops, from "Prince of Persia," "G-Force," and "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" to "The Lone Ranger," which could yield as much as a $190 million write-off for the studio. Where once the studio relied on Bruckheimer as their go-to tentpole producer, now after such big buys as Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm, they just don't need him anymore. He has enjoyed a very rich deal all these years; he's expensive.  Bruckheimer will still produce one-offs for Disney, although the sequel to "Pirates of the Caribbean" has been...
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Disney, Bruckheimer To Split In 2014

After several decades together, The Walt Disney Co and producer Jerry Bruckheimer are parting ways.

In an official statement from Disney, the studio has announced that it and Bruckheimer have decided not to renew their current deal which gives Disney first-look rights to the producer's films.

The pair will continue working together on various projects, including a fifth installment in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise due for release in 2016.

The statement suggests another "National Treasure" film might eventually be in the works, while Bruckheimer himself is: "looking to produce more mature films outside the scope of the Disney brand."

The deal, which began in the 1990s, has yielded over two dozen films including major hits like "Crimson Tide," "Dangerous Minds," "The Rock," "Con Air," "Gone in 60 Seconds," "Remember the Titans," "Armageddon," "Enemy of the State," "Pearl Harbor," "National Treasure," "Deja Vu," "G-Force" and the four "Pirates of the Caribbean" films.
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End of an Era: Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Part Ways

End of an Era: Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Part Ways
The Walt Disney Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer have decided not to renew their first-look deal when it expires next year, ending a relationship that’s been one of Hollywood’s more successful partnerships since the 1990s.

The studio said it will continue to focus on its branded franchise films from the Disney, Pixar, Marvel and now Lucasfilm banners, while Bruckheimer is looking to produce a slate of “more mature” pics outside the scope of the Disney brand. Translation: there just wasn’t room for Bruckheimer in the Mouse House anymore.

Disney’s move to make films that are franchise friendly for not only the multiplex but also TV, theme parks and Disney’s consumer products division wound up giving Bruckheimer few options for more adult fare that he’s been developing for years. Those projects include an adaptation of Lorenzo Carcaterra’s 1997 novel “Apaches,” about renegade cops in New York
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Disney, Jerry Bruckheimer Ready to Discuss Producer’s Future

Disney, Jerry Bruckheimer Ready to Discuss Producer’s Future
Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney will soon discuss whether to continue a relationship that’s been in place since the 1990s or part ways.

The prolific producer will begin meeting with Disney studio chief Alan Horn next month over a new deal to replace a current first look pact that expires in spring 2014, Variety has learned.

Bruckheimer has several films in development at Disney, including a fifth “Pirates of the Caribbean,” that was recently pulled from the summer 2015 release schedule in order to improve the script, and a third “National Treasure,” among other projects. Bruckheimer also has a close relationship with Johnny Depp, with the two launching the “Pirates” franchise together, which has gone on to earn more than $5.4 billion worldwide for Disney.

Overall, Bruckheimer’s films have earned more than $3.4 billion for Disney domestically alone.

But Disney is a different studio these days from when it turned to Bruckheimer to
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Final Wave of Fantastic Fest Programming

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Final Wave of Fantastic Fest Programming
 

With only weeks left before Fantastic Fest gets underway in Austin, the final wave of films has been announced. Check out the goodies below, and visit FantasticFest.com for the complete schedule and to get your tickets.

All The Boys Love Mandy Lane (USA, 2006)

Special Screening

Director - Jonathon Levine, 98 min

All the boys love Mandy Lane and all the girls want to be her. There's at least one person, though, that wants Mandy and her friends dead.

Chanthaly (Lao People's Democratic Republic, 2013)

North American Premiere

Director - Mattie Do, 98 min

A sickly young woman experiences visions of her dead mother. Is the apparition simply a side effect of her daily medication, or her mother actually reaching out to her from beyond the grave?

Confession Of Murder (Korea, 2012)

U.S. Premiere

Director - Jeong Byeong-Gil, 119 min

After the statute of limitations expires on a series of high profile murders, a
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Final Round & Closing Night Film Programming Announced For Fantastic Fest 2013!

The final wave of programming for Fantastic Fest 2013 is here, and it doesn’t disappoint. I mean, did you expect a film festival that closes with a new vision from Terry Gilliam, one of the greatest auteurs of cinema, to disappoint?! To make it even more enticing, Jodoworsky’S Dune, All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, Escape From Tomorrow, and the incredibly titled new film The Strange Color Of Your Body’S Tears from filmmaking duo Bruno Forzani & Hélène Cattet are part of the lineup. Check out our posts of the first & second wave of film programming, and read on below for the full final film schedule below!

All The Boys Love Mandy Lane (USA, 2006)

Special Screening

Director – Jonathon Levine, 98 min

All the boys love Mandy Lane and all the girls want to be her. There’s at least one person, though, that wants Mandy and her friends dead.

Chanthaly (Lao People’s Democratic Republic,
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Fantastic Fest Announces Closing Night Film and Final Wave of Programming

In 2 weeks, you will be seeing tons of content from one of the best genre film festivals in North America, Fantastic Fest. Held in Austin, TX, Fantastic Fest is a orgasmic wave of sci-fi, horror, crime and foreign film. We have been lucky enough to be attending since 2010 and this year, I plan on giving you the most coverage I can. There will be daily video recorded and published on the site in addition to interviews and reviews. Today, the final wave and closing night film was announced. Every year, Fantastic Fest tends to have side events/parties that tie into the Opening & Closing Night films and given the content, I can’t wait to see what they come up with. The closing night film is the North American Premiere of Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem.

Without further ado, here is the official press release with a full list of films that were added.
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Fantastic Fest Announces its Final Wave of Programming

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Fantastic Fest has sent out a press release announcing their closing night film and the final wave of programming that includes All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, We Are What We Are, Rigor Mortis, and more:

Austin, TX-Thursday, September 5, 2013- Fantastic Fest is excited to announce its final wave of film programming, including Terry Gilliam’s unique dystopian vision of the future, The Zero Theorem, as the closing night film on September 26th. The ninth edition of Fantastic Fest, will take place September 19 – 26 at Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline in Austin, Texas. See below for descriptions of twenty-five new World, North American & Us premiere films at this year’s festival.

All The Boys Love Mandy Lane (USA, 2006)

Special Screening

Director – Jonathon Levine, 98 min

All the boys love Mandy Lane and all the girls want to be her. There’s at least one person, though, that wants Mandy and her friends dead.

Chanthaly (Lao People’s Democratic Republic,
See full article at DailyDead »

What Makes Sam Rockwell 'Physically Ill'?

When I met Sam Rockwell, he struck me as simultaneously cordial and aloof. It's almost as if he was saying, "You're only going to get a fraction of who I really am, but I'm going to give that part to you with 100 percent conviction." Which seemed fair enough, considering (a) we were strangers and (b) promotional interviews are among the most awkward experiences in existence.

Then, for whatever reason, things changed. Rockwell moved closer to me on the couch and the look on his face changed from "When can I leave this hotel and enjoy my life like a normal person?" to "I am now engaged in this conversation." I've interviewed Rockwell once before, but this is the conversation I've always wanted to have with him -- an actor I consider one of the most interesting and hardest-working in the business today.

His new film is the Sundance favorite "The Way,
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The Croods

The Croods

Directed by: Kirk De Micco, Chris Sanders

Cast: (voices of) Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke, Cloris Leachman

Running Time: 1 hrs 38 mins

Rating: PG

Release Date: March 22, 2013

Plot: After their safe haven cave is destroyed, a prehistoric family (Stone, Cage, Keener, Duke, Leachman) ventures across new terrain to find a new home with a fellow human (Reynolds) as their guide.

Who’S It For? This is the first movie in a while that’s actually for families of various age groups. It’s not too dumb for adults, and it’s not too scary for younger family members.

Expectations: While I do try to be as neutral as possible on all films I get to see, I can’t say I was walking too fast to get to this screening. What kind of humor could an animated caveman comedy offer? How many jokes about
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