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J J Abram’s Super 8 – A description of the teaser trailer is out

Posted by LiveFor on May 6, 2010

It turns out that the Super 8 film, that has a teaser showing with Iron Man 2 in the States, is nothing to do with Cloverfield. However, the teaser has now been seen and /film had the following description.

The trailer lasts about one minute and a half.

It begins with the Green MPAA screen, followed by the Paramount Pictures logo. No Bad Robot at the header.

A train rushes by the screen. We notice that it has lots of cargo.

Text comes on the screen: “In 1979, The U.S. Air Force Closed A Section of AREA 51.”

We see the railroad crossing light blinking and ringing as the camera pans up we see some sort of light moving in the background. What is it? A UFO?

More Text: “All The Materials Were To Be Transported To A Secure Facility In Ohio.”

No, it appears to be the headlights of a yellow 1970’s truck, which skids in a 180 degree motion, and suddenly pulls onto the tracks.

Point of view of the truck heading into the light.

Black screen and white text: “From Producer Steve Spielberg”

We see the truck explode as it hits the train.

Then… the cargo train is heading towards the car explosion – BAM. It is wrecked, thrown from the tracks like a wild snake. The flaming metal body flipping towards the camera. Cars flying through the air. It is INTENSE.

Another black screen and the text: “And Director JJ Abrams”

The camera really slowly moves in on the wrecked pieces of the train, most of which is now just scrap metal. At least one car remains intact.

Black screen, white test: “Next Summer”

We see some sparks.

Black screen, white text: “It Arrives”

We pull up on one of the train cars with a US Airforce logo. The wheel on the door begins to spin out of control as we pull in closer. The wall of the door begins to bend like some huge force is punching it from the inside.

Cut to one second of a close up of an 8mm camera lens.

Cut to black. White text: “Super 8″

How does that grab you? Any ideas on where it could go from there?

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Jackie – Darren Aronofsky to direct Rachel Weisz

Posted by LiveFor on April 14, 2010

Jackie follows the days following President Kennedy’s assassination from the viewpoint of his wife. It shows the four days between JFK’s assassination and his burial, showing Jackie at both her most vulnerable and her most graceful.

News from the Hollywood Insider is that Academy-Award winning actress Rachel Weisz has the role of the late first lady. Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler), will direct and produce, along with his producing partner Scott Franklin and their Protozoa Pictures film company.

This had been rumoured to be a Steven Spielberg project but that is no longer the case.

It will be interesting to see how Aronofsky’s style translates to telling this tale. Weisz could be a good choice for the lead.

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Tintin – Spielberg talks about why he went motion-capture

Posted by LiveFor on February 22, 2010

There is a great interview with Steven Spielberg over at the LA Times about his work on the Tintin adaption – The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.

It stars stars Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot, King Kong) as Tintin, Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings, King Kong) as Captain Haddock, Daniel Craig (Casino Royale) as Red Rackham and Nick Frost and Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Paul) as the Thompson Twins. Peter Jackson is producing it with the animation done by Jackson’s Weta Workshop.

“It was based on my respect for the art of Hergé and wanting to get as close to that art as I could, Hergé wrote about fictional people in a real world, not in a fantasy universe,” Spielberg said. “It was the real universe he was working with, and he used National Geographic to research his adventure stories. It just seemed that live action would be too stylized for an audience to relate to. You’d have to have costumes that are a little outrageous when you see actors wearing them. The costumes seem to fit better when the medium chosen is a digital one.”

They are using the technology from James Cameron’s Avatar so it means that it should look spot on and Spielberg could also watch the action on the digital sets as the actors went through the motions.

“I just adored it,“ he says. “It made me more like a painter than ever before. I got a chance to do so many jobs that I don’t often do as a director. You get to paint with this device that puts you into a virtual world, and allows you to make your shots and block all the actors with a small hand-held device only three times as large as an Xbox game controller.”

“When Captain Haddock runs across the volume, the cameras capture all the information of his physical and emotional moves,” the director said. “So as Andy Serkis runs across the stage, there’s Captain Haddock on the monitor, in full anime, running along the streets of Belgium. Not only are the actors represented in real time, they enter into a three-dimensional world.”

Fingers crossed that they get it spot on as I have fond memories of reading the Tintin books when I was a kid. The film is due out in 2011.

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The Random – Patrick Stewart in Mad Max 4, Zac Efron as Spider-Man, Spock as Gershwin, Bourne with no Damon, Kathryn Bigelow wins best Director at DGA Awards, Being Human gets a third series

Posted by LiveFor on February 1, 2010

– Patrick Stewart has mentioned he is working with director George Miller on a film and it isn’t Happy Feet 2. Still very much a rumour via AICN, but it would be very cool to see Stewart in the post-apocalyptic world of Mad Max. I’m hoping he plays a bad guy.

– An even bigger rumour (an probably totally made up as it comes from the UK magazine OK) is that Zac Efron could be the new Peter Parker in Spider-Man 4. The article says that Tobey Maguire has picked Zac and that his High School Musical co-star Vanessa Hudgens could be Mary Jane. Zac is closer in age to the Peter Parker back at high school tale they want to tell. Do you think it could be true? Go and vote on who you want to be the new Spidey.

– Zachary Quinto (Star Trek, Heroes) could be down to play George Gershwin and Spielberg may be directing.

– After basically wrapping up the Bourne franchise in Bourne Ultimatum it looks as if the studio want to continue the franchise, but so far they have no tale to tell. Empire have word from Matt Damon that the next Bourne could be a prequel and feature a different actor playing the younger version of Bourne. “There’ll probably be a prequel of some kind with another actor and another director before we do another one,” he said, “just because I think we’re probably another five years away from doing it – we’ve got to get a script…”

The Hurt Locker’s Kathryn Bigelow is the first woman to win the Directors Guild of America award for Outstanding Directorial Effort In Feature Film this weekend, calling it “the most incredible moment of my life.” Does this mean she’ll win the Oscar or will James Cameron get it for Avatar?

– The excellent Being Human (the show about a Vampire, Werewolf and Ghost living together) is currently showing its second series. Word from the BBC is that a third series has already been given the go ahead and the main cast are still in place. Fantastic news. Go watch the new series now.

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Hugh Jackman has Real Steel in robot boxing film

Posted by LiveFor on October 1, 2009

hugh-jackmanCalm down ladies and lovers of Musical Theatre. Hugh Jackman, who just opened on Broadway in A Steady Rain with Daniel Craig, is in talks to star onscreen in the Shawn Levy-directed Real Steel for DreamWorks according to Variety.

The film is about a fighter who has to reinvent himself when human boxing becomes obsolete, replaced by 2000 pound human-like robots. Jackman is negotiating to play the ex-fighter, who becomes a Robot Boxing promoter, but whose chances of success are hampered by his access to sub-standard robot parts. That is until he discovers a discarded robot that always seems to win. The ex-fighter has also discovered he’s the father of a 13-year old son, and they bond as the robot brawls its way toward the top.

The premise is based on a short story by Richard Matheson. It’s a reunion between Matheson and Spielberg. Matheson wrote Spielberg’s directing debut, “Duel,” and he was story editor on Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories.”

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Disney gets rid of Cook and may have lost Jack Sparrow

Posted by LiveFor on September 20, 2009

hb5_04Disney lost or ludicrously got rid of Dick Cook who was head of Walt Disney Studios for 38 years.  Word has it that Disney CEO Robert Iger made the decision. The photos above shows Iger on the left presenting Cook with the AJC Human Relations Award back in 2007 (courtesy of MovieWeb).

THR reports that Cook left, and that report has become the Disney party line. “To wrap up my Disney experience in a neatly bundled statement is close to impossible,” Cook said in a statement. “But what I will say is, during my time at the studio, we have achieved many industry and company milestones.”

/Film have a good analysis of the whole thing and point out that Nikki Finke shows a different side, saying that Cook was fired – “Iger has no reason to be happy with the label…Choices have been made that not only are unspectacular, but even poor. Not only have the movies lost money, which can happen to anybody, but they’ve also diminished the live action brand.”

Disney’s recent film releases have been a mixed bag, critically and financially. In a May conference call with analysts, Tom Staggs, Disney’s CFO, remarked, “Some of our key theatrical releases, including Bedtime Stories, Race to Witch Mountain, and Confessions of a Shopaholic performed below our expectations and well short of last year’s slate, further dampening results.”

However, Cook has had a big impact on Disney over the yeas. DreamWorks signed with Disney was because of Steven Spielberg’s relationship with Cook. “Steven worships Dick,” an insider told Nikki Finke, and now that he is no longer part of the company, Spielberg is “devastated.”

This all happened over the weekend and it may have a knock on effect for a number of projects including Pirates of the Caribbean 4.

The reason why his departure may effect it is because he was one of the main reasons Johnny Depp played Captain Jack Sparrow.

Speaking to the Los Angeles Times Depp said of Cook, “He’s instantly trustworthy. And you generally don’t meet people at the studios you trust. When things went a little sideways on the first ‘Pirates’ movie and others at the studio were less than enthusiastic about my interpretation of the character, Dick was there from the first moment. He trusted me.” Cook also called Depp before the news was announced of his departure as he wanted to tell Depp himself.

Since the news Depp said that his involvement in the fourth Pirates film is not rock solid as it once was. “There’s a fissure, a crack in my enthusiasm at the moment.”

That’s the crazy World of the studios for you. Big decisions have knock on effects to many things and who knows where this will stop. I think Iger may have been a bit hasty in getting rid of Cook. I don’t think his nice guy effect had been looked at properly. That is the thing about Disney, they do okay for a while and then decisions in the boardroom slowly knock everything back a step.


I am stepping down from my role as chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, effective immediately.

I have loved every minute of my 38 years that I have worked at Disney…from the beginning as a ride operator on Disneyland’s steam train and monorail to my position as chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. To wrap up my Disney experience in a neatly bundled statement is close to impossible. But what I will say is, during my time at the Studio, we have achieved many industry and Company milestones. Our talent roster is simply the best in the business. I believe our slate of upcoming motion pictures is the best in our history. But most of all, I love the people, my colleagues, my teammates, who are the most talented, dedicated and loyal folks in the world. I know that I leave the Studio in their exceptional hands.

I have been contemplating this for some time now and feel it’s the right time for me to move on to new adventures…and in the words of one of my baseball heroes, Yogi Berra, “If you come to a fork in the road, take it.”


“Throughout his distinguished 38-year Disney career, Dick Cook’s outstanding creative instincts and incomparable showmanship have truly enriched this company and significantly impacted Disney’s great legacy,” said Disney CEO Bob Iger. “We thank Dick for his tremendous passion for Disney, and his many accomplishments and contributions to The Walt Disney Studios, including a very promising upcoming film slate. On behalf of everyone at Disney, we wish him the best with all the future has to offer.”

Could Depp’s words have an effect on Cook’s return to Disney? Was he pushed or did he leave of his own free will?

What are your thoughts on the while situation?

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Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1951 – Trailer for Charlton Heston as Indy

Posted by LiveFor on September 16, 2009

raiders---50From the people that brought you the Ghostbusters of 1954 comes this excellent fan made trailer for our favourite archeologist.

What if Raiders of the Lost Ark was a 50s film serial? Who would be best suited for the role of Indiana Jones? How would his villains translate to this era? What would the film’s musical score sound like?

Thankfully, since George Lucas and Steven Spielberg created Raiders as a homage to classic serials, these questions are easily answered. Both directors have acknowledged that specific films influenced key sequences across all four Indiana Jones films. I tried my best piece these films together and create a loose narrative. I hope you enjoy this homage to “Raiders” and the many great films that inspired it.

This “pre-make” is a mash-up of old trailers and clips found all over Youtube. It is not endorsed or connected to Paramount Pictures or Lucasfilm. It was made as a purely technical exercise and for laughs. Here is the recipe:
The 10 Commandments, Prince Valiant, Naked Jungle, Secret of the Incas, Jungle Queen, Zulu, Look to Lockheed for Leadership, Casablanca, The City of Brass, Mr. Moto takes a Vacation, Star in My Crown, A Pain in the Pullman, On Dangerous Ground, Patton, King Solomons Mines, Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Greatest Show on Earth, David and Bathsheba, The Screaming Skull, When You Know, Mysterious Mr. Moto, Lawrence of Arabia, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, and Superman at Bay.

Below is a frame by frame comparison with the original.

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UPDATED: Robert Downey Jr to be best mates with a white rabbit in Harvey remake

Posted by LiveFor on September 15, 2009

robert-downey-jr_lTucked away in an article in Variety about Spielberg’s Abraham Lincoln film is this interesting piece.

Spielberg is presently focusing on his “re-imagining” of “Harvey,” with Robert Downey Jr. possibly playing the man who sees rabbits.

It was back in August that I mentioned news of this remake, but this is the first piece of news I have seen regarding who could possibly be stepping into the shoes of James Stewart.

I hope this is true. As much as I don’t want to see this classic remade someone like Downey Jr would certainly be interesting to watch in the role and would be so much better than Tom Hanks.

What are your thoughts on the possibilty of Robert Downey Jr being friends with Harvey?

UPDATE: It looks as if Spielberg has now left the project due to creative disputes with Robert Downey Jr so, for the moment, the remake is dead.

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Harrison Ford ready to don the hat for Indiana Jones 5

Posted by LiveFor on September 14, 2009

indyHarrison Ford, 67 is ready for another adventure as Indiana Jones only a year after one of history’s most successful film franchises was revived – and that the next chapter is already well on its way. The question is do we want to see another chapter after the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (check out the LFF review)

“The story for the new Indiana Jones is in the process of taking form,” Ford told France’s Le Figaro. “Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and myself are agreed on what the fifth adventure will concern, and George is actively at work. If the script is good, I’ll be very happy to put the costume on again.”

According to Tout Le Cine, Ford told the assembled press at Deauville that he, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg have agreed on the item Indy will be after for the next adventure.

Then Karen Allen mentioned, at the recent Dragon Con, that a new Indy film would be out in 2012.

Well dear reader what are your thoughts on another Indiana Jones film?

Do you want to see it? Should Shia be allowed near another one? What should be in and what shouldn’t be seen anywhere near it? Will Indy have developed cancer from being so close to a nuclear explosion?

Source: /Film

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Spielberg to do another Michael Crichton adaption

Posted by LiveFor on August 27, 2009

piratelatAccording to USA Today, Steven Spielberg is currently putting together a film based on the novel Pirate Latitudes from the late author, Michael Crichton.

They worked together when Spielberg adapted Crichton’s ever popular Jurassic Park novel. The new book comes out November 24.

David Koepp, who who wrote the screenplay for Crichton’s Jurassic Park and the sequel The Lost World, is going to be handling screenwriting duties here. Spielberg will produce and might even direct this project.

The story is being described as “a daring plan to infiltrate Port Royal, one of the world’s richest and most notorious cities, and raid a Spanish galleon filled with treasure.”

“Michael wrote a real page-turner that already seems suited for the big screen,” Spielberg spoke of Pirate Latitudes. “Michael and I have had almost two decades of solid collaborations. Whenever I made a film from a Michael Crichton book or screenplay, I knew I was in good hands. Michael felt the same, and we like to think he still does.”

DreamWorks will wait and see how Koepp’s screenplay shapes up before putting together a schedule.

How do you feel about Spielberg making a pirate movie?

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