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The Thing is showing in an LA Graveyard

Posted by LiveFor on May 6, 2010

Oh how I wish I was in California or a secret millionaire so I could head on over

Cinespia is showing a series of films at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The Wizard of Oz is first on 15th May, but the big news is that John Carpenter’s The Thing is showing on 22nd May.

Also cool is that on 29th May they’re showing Alfred Hitchcock’s North By Northwest.

may 22nd
the thing

directed by john carpenter (1982 109 mins)

gates 7:00 pm movie 8:30 pm
no reservation necessary
$10 donation tickets available at gate
parking available inside
as a courtesy to other moviegoers: NO TALL CHAIRS!!

starring kurt russell

dj turquoise wisdom spins before and after the screening

Check out the official site and if you should go to it send me some photos and a mini-review of the evening.

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The Thing – Prequel will explain what we saw in the original

Posted by LiveFor on April 27, 2010

The prequel to John Carpenter’s The Thing is underway and like many of you I am excited yet nervous about the whole thing. We’ve all seen many favourite films have prequels or sequels that are nowhere near as good or ignore what made the original great in the first place.

The new film takes place at the Norwegian Camp that we see briefly in the original when Kurt Russell visits it to see why some mad Norwegians were trying to kill a dog. While there they come across an axe in the door, a man with his throat and wrists cut, a big block of ice where the Thing originally came from and lots of death and wanton destruction. Quite a lot to cover in the prequel.

io9 spoke to screenwriter Eric Heisserer about how close they are sticking to the original and, fellow Thing fans, it sounds very promising. Very promising indeed.

You’re actually in the Norwegian camp, before all that stuff happens. You get to see how it happens — that’s the reverse engineering there. The way we approached it was by autopsy, where the director, producers and I pored over Carpenter’s film. We must have screened it two or three dozen times. And we’d freeze frames and have lengthy discussions about what evidence is there, that would lead to so much blood. It was a forensic discussion of Carpenter’s films. That’s probably where the whole “fire axe in the door” probably came from. Because we said, we have to justify that, we have to have a moment in our movie where you see that happen.

If we do this right — I just spoke on the phone today with [Producer] Eric Newman on the phone today, he’s on set up in Toronto [and] he said things are going well. But if we can pull this off, this movie will work perfectly [as] the first half of a double feature. So that the last shot of this film will be two Norwegians and a chopper chasing after a dog. And you can plug in Carpenter’s film and they will both feel and look as they have been made around the same time.

there are things that definitely called attention, [such as] dealing with the body in the chair. What we didn’t notice before was that it looked like both his throat and his wrists were slit. And there are a lot of papers scattered on the floor that Copper picks up. And the stuff that we looked at closely were the holes in the walls and on the ceiling, in various parts of the base. And this is how anal retentive we were, we wanted to justify what happened to cause all those holes, pieces and incidental damage. You just know some set guy that day [during the original filming] was like, “well it burned down, let’s put a hole here.” [Laughs].

But the one thing we’re not going to pull off well, because we realized it was just unrealistic and just one of those goofs, I guess, from Carpenter’s films, is when they get into that giant block of ice that’s been carved out. The way it’s been carved where it looks like they just dug into it like a chicken pot pie — it’s impossible to get something out of the ice like that. There are so many better ways to do it. So we deviated just a little bit from there, we tried to cover our tracks a little and justified it and showed that it can still work. But yes there are a couple of things where because we were logic cops all the way through this movie there are a handful of, “Wait a minute — how come… that doesn’t work at all?!”

How do you like them apples? He does seem to have a great love of the original and great they are looking at it so closely.

The other big problem is the creature effects. The original had superb practical effects that have yet to be beaten in my opinion. I am worried that the prequel will stick to CGI. However, it does look like they are staying faithful to what has gone before to show what has gone before.

When I came on board — like a writer has any authority to do so — but I went in like I did and I stomped my feet and banged my fist on the table and I said. I’m not going to write this if it’s going to be a CGI-fest. This has to be practical, this has to be an old school creature, as real as possible. Whatever CGI stuff it’s going to have, has to be as good as or better than that, we can’t get away with computer generated FX in this type of film.

Colour me excited but it sounds very cool.

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The Thing – Prequel gets another actor

Posted by LiveFor on April 19, 2010

Jonathan Lloyd Walker (Shooter, Red, Land of the Dead) will star in The Thing prequel, as Colin according to STYD.

The character breakdown describes him as “[COLIN] Around 40 years old, quirky and a bit cynical, he sews some seeds of doubt and suspicion among his new colleagues, Kate and Adam, and he plays poker with Jonas to blow off steam.”

He’ll star alongside Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton as a radio operator. Walker’s credits include Shooter and the upcoming Red.

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The Thing – First photo from the prequel

Posted by LiveFor on April 8, 2010

Finally, a first look at the prequel to John Carpenter’s The Thing. Sure it is just a picture of the Norwegian Camp which we see in the original but it is all burnt up.

Looks good and similar looking snow cat to the original. All depends upon the look of the creature now.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton star in the prequel which shows the events that occurred at the Norwegian station seen destroyed in John Carpenter’s The Thing.

Matthijs van Heijningen is directing and Amalgamated Designs is doing the efects which will be a mix of CGI and practical FX.

What do you think?

Source: /Film

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UPDATED: The Thing – Prequel starts shooting this Friday…in Norwegian!

Posted by LiveFor on March 16, 2010

Being a big fan of John Carpenter’s The Thing, I am wary but optimistic about the forthcoming prequel directed by Matthijs Van Heijningen Jr.

Looks like it is heading out way sooner than I thought as it starts shooting this Friday according to the LA Times.

The prequel shows us what happened at the Norwegian camp – the survivors of which we see at the beginning of Carpenter’s film.

“That’s the story we tell in this film,”
says Marc Abraham, who is producing the movie with his Strike Entertainment partner Eric Newman. “We go back to that original Norwegian camp and try to figure out what happened. It’s like a crime scene, with an ax in the door, and the audience gets to be the detective, trying to piece together what horrible things have occurred.”

With a budget of $38 Million the biggest names are Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton. The cast is populated with actors from Australia, England, Canada and Norway. In fact, a majority of the Norwegian scientists in the film are played by Norwegian actors, who will play their scenes in Norwegian, with English subtitles.

In my opinion this can only be a good thing to make the film more authentic as in the original they Norwegians only speak Norwegian.

Once filming is done it will have lots of effects to do on the film so will be out some point next year, but sounds like they’ve got the right idea.

“One of our all-time favorite films is Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien,’ “ says Abraham. “It’s elegant, really scary and has characters that you care about. In a way, it’s our model for this project, which gives us an opportunity to try to do something cool.”

“I’d be the first to say no one should ever try to do ‘Jaws’ again and I certainly wouldn’t want to see anyone remake ‘The Exorcist,’ “
says Newman. “And we really felt the same way about ‘The Thing.’ It’s a great film. But once we realized there was a new story to tell, with the same characters and the same world, but from a very different point of view, we took it as a challenge. It’s the story about the guys who are just ghosts in Carpenter’s movie — they’re already dead. But having Universal give us a chance to tell their story was irresistible.”

There you have it. Sounds like it could possibly be okay to look forward to the prequel. How do you feel after hearing what they have to say about it?

UPDATE: Here is more of the cast – Dennis Storhøi (The 13th Warrior), Trond Espen Seim (The Frost), Jørgen Langhelle (Svik), Stig Henrik Hoff, Jan Gunnar Røise, Kristofer Hivju (Manhunt) and Jo Adrian Haavind

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Sweet Aunt Petunia! The Thing is a New Avenger

Posted by LiveFor on March 5, 2010

The next member of Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen’s New Avengers and it is The Fantastic Four’s ever lovin’ blue eyed Thing. Bit of a surprise to see Ben Grimm on the Avengers, but he’ll be good alongside Jewel, Luke Cage, Spider-Man and Wolverine.

I am assuming he’ll still be adventuring with the FF.

Source: CBR

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John Carpenter’s The Thing in 6 comic panels

Posted by LiveFor on March 1, 2010

Click on the image for a bigger version.

Source: Bleeding Cool

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The Thing – Who will do the creature effects for the prequel to John Carpenter’s classic?

Posted by LiveFor on February 26, 2010

Just a small update, but one which could give us a feel to how the The Thing prequel will be on the big screen.

STYD have the news that Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr. of Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc. are handling FX duties on The Thing.

The company has previously worked on the Aliens vs. Predator series, Alien 3, Alien: Resurrection, Evolution, The X-Files: Fight the Future, Tremors and Starship Troopers.

Not sure how I feel about that. The effects in those films were pretty good even though some of the films were not that good – also a mix of physical and computer effects in most of them. I hope they stick with the physical.

Bring back Rob Bottin I say.

This new film is directed by Matthijs van Heijningen and stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton (read more on the casting here).

Shooting begins soon in Toronto.

How do you feel about Amalgamated Dynamics doing the effects for The Thing?

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Cool Posters – The Thing, Predator, Terminator, Big Trouble in Little China in a 1950s foreign style

Posted by LiveFor on February 25, 2010

Remember the Scooby Doo and Thelma as Zombie Hunters pic? That was by a great artist called Travis Pitt who has now done these excellent foreign style posters for some of the best films ever, including my fave, The Thing.

Which poster is your favourite?

You can check out more over at Pitt’s Gallery.

Source: io9

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The Thing – Prequel gets Ramona J Flowers and Owen Lars.

Posted by LiveFor on February 8, 2010

Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton will star in “The Thing,” Universal’s prequel on the shape-shifting alien who terrorizes a group of people in a remote facility. Any news to do this film fills me with excitement and trepidation.

The 1982 John Carpenter-Kurt Russell is an all time classic and one of my favourite films. It is, of course, a remake of 1951’s “The Thing From Another World,” directed by Howard Hawks. All take inspiration from a 1938 short story, “Who Goes There?”.

Matthijs Van Heijningen is directing the latest movie, which was written by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica) and Eric Heisserer.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead has starred in Death Proof, Live Free or Die Hard, Sky High, Final Destination 3 and is soon to be Ramona Flowers in Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs The World.

Joel Egerton played Luke Skywalker’s adoptive uncle, Owen Lars, in the Star Wars prequels. He has also been in King Arthur, Kinky Boots, Smokin’ Aces, The Square and Animal Kingdom. He is also Australian so I’m assuming Sam Worthington wasn’t available.

I posted the details of the various characters a while back (beware of spoilers to the plot if you check them out)

Winstead will play a Ph.D. candidate who joins a Norwegian research team in Antarctica after it discovers an alien ship in the ice. When a trapped organism is freed and begins a series of attacks, she is forced to team with a blue-collar mercenary helicopter pilot (Edgerton) to stop the rampage. Details of the characters below.

[KATE LLOYD] In her late 20s to early 30s, pretty, bright-eyed, intelligent, she’s a graduate of Columbia and a Ph.D. candidate in paleontology (the study of prehistoric life). On the recommendation of her friend Adam Goodman, Kate is tapped for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity by Dr. Sander Halvorson to join his research team in Antarctica, where an extraordinary discovery has been made. Upon arrival, Kate soon finds herself at odds with Halvorson about how best to proceed with the discovery — an alien spaceship with a mysterious and sinister frozen THING found nearby — specifically whether to transfer the specimen undisturbed to a more appropriate facility for analysis, or, per Halvorson’s wishes, to drill into the specimen’s ice encasement for a definitive tissue sample.

[SAM CARTER] In his early 30s, rugged, handsome, blue-collar, he’s a helicopter pilot with a private charter service that transports personnel and supplies from McMurdo Station to remote research sites across Antarctica. Carter is a mercenary. He flies when he wants, where he wants, and he flies for one reason: money. But his resourcefulness, experience and get-it-done mentality make him indispensable. Arriving at Thule Station, he is the first to suspect something strange and dangerous is going on. Trapped there by faulty equipment, he becomes an unlikely ally of Kate’s — he reminds her (in temperament) of her father, now deceased, also a pilot.

There’s 10 years difference between the two so I don’t think they’ll be going for the father / daughter vibe in the film, which I think is a shame as it have made a great dynamic for the film.

Still not convinced this is going to be good, but part of me really wants it to be.

A March 15 start date in Toronto is planned. I just hope they get Kurt Russell to do a cameo by having his voice heard on a radio between the two camps and they better set it in the 80s like the original.

Source: THR

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