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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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Yellow Submarine – The Dread Pirate Roberts, Shakespeare, Darth Maul and a bloke from Date Movie cast in Zemeckis’ Beatles remake

Posted by LiveFor on January 12, 2010

Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride, Saw), Dean Lennox Kelly (FAQ about Time Travel, Shakespeare in Dr Who, Being Human), Peter Serafinowicz (Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, Couples Retreat, the voice of Darth Maul) and Adam Campbell (Date Movie, Epic Movie) are in negotiations to portray the members of the band in Yellow Submarine, which Robert Zemeckis is remaking for Disney.

The original 1968 animated movie was based on the music by the Beatles and featured a storyline wherein a soldier called Old Fred meets up with the Beatles and travels in a yellow submersible to Pepperland. Among the group’s encounters are the music-hating Blue Meanies.

As with his recently released “A Christmas Carol,” Zemeckis is making the movie using 3D performance-capture technology. Hopefully he will have a chat with James Cameron about the technique so they can get even further away from the dead eyes of The Polar Express.

The Beatles tribute band the Fab Four will be motion-captured as the ensemble for the musical performance sequences though — since actual Beatles music will be utilized (licensed from Sony/ATV and EMI-Capitol Records) — they won’t actually be performing the 16 songs used in the movie.

Kelly, a British actor who is currently on the BBC’s “Robin Hood” series, is portraying John Lennon.

Serafinowicz will voice Paul McCartney. He also does a great impression of Alan Alda.

Elwes, who worked with Zemeckis on “A Christmas Carol” and is in the upcoming “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn,” will play George Harrison.

Campbell will be Ringo Starr.

I’m still not sure whether we really need to see a remake of the Yellow Submarine. The original was definitely a product of its time. Still some good people involved in the cast. Especially Peter Serafinowicz.

Source: Heat Vision

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Pegg, Frost and Wright together again

Posted by LiveFor on November 13, 2009

comedy_of_the_decade-550x309However, it is only for a Total Film Comedy of the Decade shoot presumably for Shaun of the Dead. Still we have Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim film to look forward to along with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in Greg Mottola’s Paul and Spielberg’s Tintin.

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Holy Imaginary White Rabbit – Spielberg to direct a remake of Harvey

Posted by LiveFor on August 2, 2009

harveyI never saw this one coming. Steven Spielberg was last busy at work shooting the 3D motion capture animated version of Tintin with Peter Jackson.

Now, according to /film, Spielberg’s next film will be an adaption of Mary Chase’s play Harvey for 20th Century Fox and Dreamworks.

If the name sounds familiar that is because it was originally made into the classic film starring James Stewart as the friendly drunk who’s best friend is a six foot three and one half inch tall rabbit who may or may not be imaginary.

It is a classic film and one of the ones I remember watching a good few times as I was growing up (along with It’s A Wonderful Life, The Thief of Baghdad, The Italian Job and many more).

Spielberg released the following statement in a press release:

“I am very happy to be working again with my friend Tom Rothman who shepherded us through ‘Minority Report,’ and with Elizabeth and Carla, who I’m looking forward to collaborating with,” said Spielberg. “DreamWorks has experienced a creative and profitable relationship with Twentieth Century Fox in the past, and I look forward to renewing that time together.”

Jonathan Tropper (The Book of Joe, Everything Changes, How to Talk to a Widower) has written the new adaptation. No actors have been officially cast, but pre-production will begin immediately, with Speilberg, Dreamworks, and Fox hoping to begin shooting very early 2010.

As I said at the beginning I never saw this one coming and I do find the news surprising. Don’t get me wrong I love the original film, but I just never saw it being remade.

The question is who could they cast to take the role best played by James Stewart? Tom Hanks seems the likeliest but I think it maybe someone you wouldn’t expect.

How do you feel about the news and who should star in the remake?

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The Random – Tintin, Star Trek, Hung, Sex & The City 2, A Couple of Dicks, Gulliver’s Travels, Creature from the Black Lagoon

Posted by LiveFor on May 31, 2009

– Paramount Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment today announced their release plans for the long awaited 3-D motion capture feature film The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn directed by Steven Spielberg, produced by Spielberg, Peter Jackson, and Kathleen Kennedy. The highly anticipated film will be released by Paramount in the U.S. on December 23, 2011. The film will launch internationally in late October and early November, 2011 with Sony Pictures Releasing International handling Continental Europe, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and India, and Paramount distributing the film in Asia, Australia, UK and all other English speaking territories.

– James Clyne, one of the concept artists on the recent film release of Star Trek, has put up some sketches of his work for the film on his official site.

– Hung, HBO’s new series starring Thomas Jane as a divorced dad with a huge penis who decides to get into porn, kicks off its ten-episode first season run on June 28th at 10pm ET/PT.

– The Sex and the City sequel is scheduled to begin a two-month shoot in New York City on August 19th, with two weeks filming in London – full details

– Ana de la Reguera (“Nacho Libre”) has joined the cast of Kevin Smith’s A Couple of Dicks as the third major lead. Reguera plays a Mexican beauty named Gabriela, who is rescued by two veteran LAPD detectives (Bruce Willis & Tracy Morgan) and might hold the key to millions in laundered drug money – full details

– “The IT Crowd” star Chris O’Dowd talks to Suicide Girls a little about his Gulliver’s Travels role.

– “We’re about halfway through. Most of my stuff is still left. I’ve done a couple of scenes” says Dolph Lundgren this week about his work on The Expendables – full details

– Breck Eisner has dropped out of directing Universal’s ‘Creature from the Black Lagoon‘ remake. As of right now the re-imagining is being penned and produced by Gary Ross, whose father wrote the original – full details

Source: Dark Horizons

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Simon Pegg talks about Tintin

Posted by LiveFor on May 10, 2009

· Simon talks about what he did on the film with Nick Frost

· He talks about the process of making the film

· Simon tells some good stories about working for Steven Spielberg

· Says his characters will be in the trilogy and he explains who his character is

· Simon explains how Spielberg and Peter Jackson worked together

· He tells a great story about Spielberg talking to them about Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind

· Says what he filmed was just for the first film and he hopes to be in New Zealand later this year for part 2

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Tintin News – Simon Pegg is off to LA to film and John Williams is scoring it

Posted by LiveFor on February 20, 2009

t5m.com have this interview with Simon Pegg. In it he mentions how he will be heading off to LA with Nick Frost to film or capture their motion and voices for Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn. He also goes onto mention that they’ll hopefully be getting back together with Edgar Wright near the end of this year to start work on the third part of the trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz).

More videos like this on www.t5m.com

Upcoming Film Scores have this news about John Williams.

Veteran composer John Williams is doing the score for The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, Steven Spielberg’s and Peter Jackson’s first film based on the classic Hergé comic books. The assignment has been confirmed by Williams’ agent, the Gorfaine-Schwartz Agency, and will have fans expecting another classic film theme from the composer of such orchestral hits as the Indiana Jones theme, Star Wars, Superman, Jurassic Park and Harry Potter.

All in all some good news for the Tintin film.

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Tintin News – Simon Pegg is off to LA to film and John Williams is scoring it

Posted by LiveFor on February 20, 2009

t5m.com have this interview with Simon Pegg. In it he mentions how he will be heading off to LA with Nick Frost to film or capture their motion and voices for Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn. He also goes onto mention that they’ll hopefully be getting back together with Edgar Wright near the end of this year to start work on the third part of the trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz).

More videos like this on www.t5m.com

Upcoming Film Scores have this news about John Williams.

Veteran composer John Williams is doing the score for The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, Steven Spielberg’s and Peter Jackson’s first film based on the classic Hergé comic books. The assignment has been confirmed by Williams’ agent, the Gorfaine-Schwartz Agency, and will have fans expecting another classic film theme from the composer of such orchestral hits as the Indiana Jones theme, Star Wars, Superman, Jurassic Park and Harry Potter.

All in all some good news for the Tintin film.

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Tintin news – Daniel Craig is the big bad and Jamie Bell is Tintin

Posted by LiveFor on January 27, 2009


Collider have some news on the Tintin movie.

It’s going to be called The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn.

Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot, King Kong) will be playing Tintin after Thomas Sangster dropped out.

Daniel Craig will be playing the nefarious “Red Rackham”. Craig previously worked with producer and director of the first Tintin film Steven Spielberg on Munich.

The film will co-star Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Gad Elmaleh, Toby Jones and Mackenzie Crook. All will be doing the motion capture dance.

Finally the script is being writtern by Edgar Wright (Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz), Steven Moffat (Dr Who, Press Gang) and Joe Cornish (Adam & Joe).

All in all good news for the Tintin film.

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Gollum is a Blockhead?

Posted by LiveFor on January 22, 2009

Cinemablend have a great interview with Andy Serkis (LOTR, King Kong, The Cottage). He chats about his work on The Hobbit and Tintin. However, he then mentions a little bit about what he will be doing next.

“I’m actually doing a film in April about the life of Ian Dury, who’s a proto-punk rocker in the 1970s. He’s an amazing character, a real poet. He sort of came up out of the British pub rock scene. He sort of pre-empted the Sex Pistols and the whole punk movement. And he was a polio sufferer, so he basically didn’t have much use of his left leg or his left arm. The chance of being any kind of rock star is like zero [back then]. He was one of the first disabled punk rockers ever. I’m really looking forward to that.”

Interesting stuff and as you can see from the photos (the one of Dury is from Tom Sheehan’s gallery) the physical similarity is there.

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