Leterrier Agrees, ‘Clash’ 3-D Was That Horrible

- 05-28-13Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

CLASH OF THE TITANS

Remember that time the Clash of the Titans remake came out just a couple of months after Avatar convinced Hollywood that it became the highest grossest movie of all time because it was in 3-D? Well, the man behind Clash says the rushed post conversion 3-D in his film says it sucked.

I’ll let that sink in.

While talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Louis Leterrier, who’s doing press for his new film Now You See Me, discussed how he was “literally thrown under the bus,” and how the studio twisted his arm in its decision to convert the film to 3-D in post-production was made by the studio brass.  “At one point it was like, ‘Yeah, Louis chose the 3D.’ And I was like, ‘No, guys, I didn’t choose the 3D. I actually told you it’s not working. I couldn’t control it. I said don’t do it.’”

As for what happened after that…

It was famously rushed and famously horrible. It was absolutely horrible, the 3D. Nothing was working, it was just a gimmick to steal money from the audience. I’m a good boy and I rolled with the punches and everything, but it’s not my movie.

That was a bold statement for Leterrier to make… more than four years after Clash of the Titans came out. But at least we have official confirmation from someone in the know that, yeah, they made a boo-boo converting Clash to 3-D in post. C’est la vie.

Source: /Film

 

Because No One Demanded It – ‘X-Men: DOFP’ Filming in 3-D

- 05-07-13Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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I saw Iron Man 3 in 3-D and I have to say that I’d much rather have seen it in 2-D. It seems to be the rare movie that’s able to make the jump to that third screen dimension, but Hollywood will be damned rather than stop trying so here we go again, this time with X-Men: Days of Future Past.

X-Men director Bryan Singer had this to Tweet earlier today, “Shooting native 3D and Simul-cam. Looks like friggin mission control.”

He also Tweeted this picture.

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Huh, it does look like mission control. Hopefully, it’s all for not and the 3-D looks awesome. I won’t hold my breathe though.

Days of Future Past, based on the classic comic by Chris Claremont and John Bryne, and starring Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Fassbender, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, and Peter Dinklage is scheduled to be released on July 18, 2014.

More news as it develops.

Source: Coming Soon

Singer Talks Themes and Keeping Secrets for ‘Days of Future Past’

- 02-13-13Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Bryan Singer‘s new film Jack the Giant Killer comes out on March 1st, which is just a few weeks away. But come on! It’s his next film, X-Men: Days of Future Past, that we all really want to talk about. And yes, while out peddling Jack, Singer is indeed talking X-Men, at least in the broad strokes.

In an interview with Cinema Blend, Singer talked about some of the themes he’ll be playing with in the film, and why he is going to stay tight-lipped about some of the stuff you’ll be seeing in the upcoming superhero sequel. But first, a couple of technical notes: “I’ll probably use some of the motion-capture technology for certain things [in Days of Future Past],” he said adding, “And of course the 3D technology. I’ll be shooting native stereo on X-Men.”

Now for the real guts of the thing: Are we going to see Sentinels? Nimrod? Rachel Summers? Franklin Richards? References to other dead Marvel heroes in the apocalyptic future thus suggesting a more closely related Marvel Cinematic Universe across studio rights’ issues? (That last one may be overly hopeful.)

There’s things that we’re going to do in this movie that haven’t been done in X-Men films before. Stuff involving [time travel], and stuff involving certain technology, and certain science fiction aspects that haven’t been used before in an X-Men film. We’d like to keep some of that a surprise.

Damn you, Singer. You, and J.J. Abrams, and your “surprises.”

This movie will also deal with destiny, the choices we made, the people we were– how the people we were when we were young affects the world we have to live in in the future, and what if we could go back and change that.

Interesting. The original comic book story, which was told in Uncanny X-Men #141, follows a Kitty Pryde from a futuristic hellscape where mutants are hunted to near-extinction as she comes back in time to change the future Sarah Connor style. No one knows if this is indeed the exact direction Singer’s looking at, but Ellen Page has already been confirmed as one of the former X-actors returning to the franchise. She played Kitty Pryde in X-Men: The Last Stand. I say that assuming you repressed any memory of Last Stand.

More news as it develops.

‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Starts Production – Yay?

- 02-05-13Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Sure, you read that headline and said, “Come on! Who cares?” Don’t deny it, we know you did. We know you enjoyed The Amazing Spider-Man just a little bit more than you enjoyed The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II. Well regardless, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (or The Spectacular Spider-Man if you rather like that rumored title), is now before the cameras as of yesterday, the knowledge of which director Marc Webb shared via Twitter:

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But perhaps more interesting than the news the production has begun on Amazing 2, is the news that Webb will be shooting the film on actual film, and not in 3-D digital like he did on the first Amazing. The film will still be in 3-D, but it will be converted in post, which is the general direction of the medium now. Interesting that just three short years after everyone went 3-D crazy to pad their returns, they’re now looking for cheaper ways to do 3-D for less.

Why, you may ask. Apparently, Webb himself was less than thrilled about the RED Epic 3-D cameras he used on Amazing 1, he considered them too bulky to do what he want to do. Perhaps, Webb was able to use over three-quarters of a billion dollars of clout to let him do what he wants to do on the sequel.

So is this good news or bad news for Amazing Spider-Man 2? Well, the look of the film, I don’t think, was the problem with the first Amazing Spider-Man, but more control by Webb has to be a good thing, right?

Right?

More news as it develops.

Source: Screen Rant

Sweet! ‘Revenge of the Sith’ Coming Out a Week Early*

- 11-21-12Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

*Denotes sarcasm.

Because you demanded it (probably not), 20th Century Fox is moving up the release of the 3-D version of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith by a week. The re-release will now hit your 3-D enhanced screens on October 4, 2013, just two weeks after the release of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. This, of course, follows on the successful 3-D release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace this past February 10, which made $102.7 million at the worldwide box office.

What does the competition look like now for the films? AOTC will open against Ron Howard’s latest film Rush starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl, and Disney’s 3-D re-release of The Little Mermaid. ROTS, meanwhile, will face heavy competition against the Vince Vaughn comedy The Delivery Man, the thriller Paranoia, and the comic book sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.

It will be interesting to see who will win the battle for nerd money between Sin City and Sith, and it will be interesting to see who gets more 3-D screens, Clones or Mermaid, but clearly Fox is trying to get the contentious prequels out of the way so that they can get to the undoubtedly more profitable 3-D re-release of the original trilogy.

Source: Coming Soon

‘Pacific Rim’ Being Converted Into – *Sigh* – 3-D

- 09-12-12Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

It was more or less inevitable. You can’t release a big, summer tentpole movie anymore without it being offered in both 3-D and 2-D, that is unless you’re name is Christopher Nolan. And Guillermo del Toro‘s name is definitely not “Christopher Nolan.”

Yes, it seems that Pacific Rim is going to be seen in 3-D too when it comes out next summer, quite nearly over the dead body of del Toro if his comments from this past July’s Comic Con are to be believed:

I didn’t want to make the movie 3D because when you have things that big, the thing that happens naturally is you’re looking at two buildings at 300 feet.  If you move, the buildings don’t go like this (moves his hands closer together), there’s no parallax.  They’re so big that you barely notice anything no matter how fast you’re moving, so to force the 3D effect on robots and monsters that are supposed to be that high, you’re making them miniaturized, you’re making them human-scale.  I knew that the 3D effect sounded like a great idea, but it was gonna be counter.

The studio, Warner Bros., apparently disagreed with del Toro’s artistic justifications for going 3-D-less, and found the extra couple of bucks per movie ticket too appealing to turn down. I know for my part I won’t see Pacific Rim in 3-D if I can help it. Since having one too many bad experiences with 3-D conversions, unless a movie was filmed in 3-D, I don’t see it in 3-D. Conversion still sucks. Just my personal opinion. Feel free to discuss below.

Pacific Rim  Charlie Hunnam, Idris ElbaRinko KikuchiCharlie Day, and Ron Perlman will be in theaters – 3-D and 2-D – on July 12th, 2013.

Source: Geek Tyrant

 

Movie Review – Abe Lincoln is Fun as Vampire Hunter

- 06-23-12Featured, Film, reviews Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

Reading some of the reviews of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, you get the sneaking suspicion that a lot of my fellow critics believed they were walking into some camp ground of historical meta-fiction where the 16th President of the United States would dispatch bloodsuckers with some Schwarzeneggerian one-liners. But that’s not the case, and this is where being of the nerdy persuasion has advantages over other critics.

I’m only about 100 pages into Seth Grahame-Smith’s original novel and can say easily that there isn’t an ounce of camp between the pages. It’s no sketch either, as it’s also been compared to a Saturday Night Live skit. The book is a surprisingly thoughtful, well-researched alterna-biography of Lincoln. As if there really was a vampire named Henry carrying around “Honest” Abe’s secret diaries all this time and showed them to Grahame-Smith.

As for the movie, it carries none of the book’s subtlety, but being from the director of Wanted, Timur Bekmambetov, I didn’t expect there to be much. Although clearly more horror flavoured than recent vampire films like Twilight or Priest, the potential for straight-up horror is replaced with absurdest, nearly over the top action sequences complete with CG blood spurts. I think we wanted something closer to Bram Stoker’s Dracula rather than something that feels cut from the cloth of Van Helsing.

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More Deets on ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ Push Back

- 05-24-12Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

Remember that surprise news yesterday that G.I. Joe: Retaliation was being pushed back nearly a year for a 3-D conversion with just over one month to go before it was supposed to be released at the end of June? I thought you might. Well, today’s late breaking addendum to the story suggests that studio execs had more in mind than dollar signs when they went forward with the last minute move.

According to Retaliation star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson there maybe more than meets the eye (Sorry, wrong franchise…) to this decision.

So it looks like they’re going to be adding new scenes, shot in 3-D, to the finished film. In addition, there’s rumors that the Powers That Be are trying to persuade Joseph Gordon-Levitt to come back as Cobra Commander. What exactly that might entail given the fact that the film features a more “traditional” looking CC is unknown.

In other news, the post on Comic Book Movie re-visited some interested comments made by Retaliation director Joh M. Chu when he was interviewed at South by Southwest earlier this year by The Hollywood Reporter

THR: How was it decided not to shoot the film in 3D?

Jon M. Chu: There was a point where we were talking about it when I first came. It seemed like a natural thing, but I told them, “I know 3D. This is what we need. If we’re going to do 3D, we’re going to do it right.” It had a certain price tag to it, and I was like, if you guys are down I’m down, but I do need more time to do it right. And they were about to do it but they cut it just a little bit short, and [I said,] “if you guys are going to cut it short there is no point. Let’s make a movie — let’s go for it and we’ll go all out. And we shot on film, super-35, and I thought this may be one of the last times I get to shoot on film, and it was actually kind of freeing. I mean, I love 3D and I think there is a lot you can do with it, but there is something to be said about just not waiting for anything. You’re just going. We shot so much film. I mean I think we shot 1.2 million feet of film.

Anyway, this still feels like a dumb move considering the literal 11th hour timing. Take another look at the trailer below and tell me that you’re not, at least, a little intrigued to see this one.

More news as it develops.

Source: Comic Book Movie

‘G.I. Joe:Retaliation’ Moved to March 2013 For 3-D Adjustments

- 05-23-12Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

In a move that’s so 2010, Paramount has announced that they’re pushing back the release date of the sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation because they want to give it a 3-D conversion to – Take it away unnamed studio exec in Deadline  – “We’re going to do a conscientious 3D  job because we’ve seen how it can better box office internationally.”

That’s right. Because if there’s one thing that Battleship has apparently taught us it’s that international audiences will chow down on any Hollywood hogwash so long as its in three dimensions. Which may or may not be true given how Battleship reaped over $200 million internationally and made only a paltry $25 million its opening weekend in North America.

The real question though is aside from that lucrative international 3-D money, what’s the upside for Paramount taking Retaliation out of rotation a little over a month before it was supposed to be released? Especially considering that nerds everywhere were cautiously optimistic about this Joe after the inescapable crappiness of Rise of Cobra a mere three years ago?

Well, The Hunger Games proved that March moviegoers are hungry for blockbuster material, and I guess this way, Retaliation gets out of the path of The Amazing Spider-Man, which may (in Paramount’s opinion) be part of a comic book movie blockbuster resurgence in the wake of The Avengers. (Not that I’m saying Spider-Man will make a mint, but it’s possible studio execs are thinking that way.)

Anyway, what do you guys think of this news of 3-D G.I. Joe?

Source: /Film

Over an Hour of IMAX in ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Says Nolan

- 04-23-12Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

So apparently, no one thought you could shoot a mainstream Hollywood feature film with an IMAX camera. That’s one of the interesting bits to come out of a  Wall Street Journal article about the increasing use of the prestige format in mainstream Hollywood filmmaking.

Well, Christopher Nolan wasn’t going to take that lying down. So not only does The Dark Knight Rises have more IMAX shot film than The Dark Knight (20 minutes more to be precise), and not only does it have more IMAX footage than any Hollywood flick has ever contained, but it’s the only movie being released this summer to be filmed in genuine IMAX. But back to the Journal article, where Nolan talks about combating the then popular notion that it was be too difficult to shoot using the bulky IMAX cameras.

“There was a huge irony that we were told it would be too difficult to shoot a Hollywood movie on IMAX when we had this gigantic camera department, grips, electric, hundreds of people working for us. These were cameras that had been to the top of Mount Everest, to the bottom of the ocean and into outer space, but people thought we couldn’t make a feature film. It was absurd.”

I guess Nolan – with some recent help from Brad Bird – is proving the naysayers wrong, but the format is still along way from being as widespread as 3-D as this Cinema Blend article seems to suggest.

Source: Cinema Blend