If you didn’t already have enough reasons to subscribe to Netflix (Daredevil, Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Longmire, Pinky Blinders, I could go on and on) now this little gem, A Very Murray Christmas is here to sign you up. That’s right, Bill Murray is hanging out with all his celebrity friends, George Clooney, Miley Cyrus, Amy Poehler, and Paul Shaffer and the band Phoenix on Christmas Eve when suddenly the snow starts falling. Will the rest of Bill Murray’s celebrity friends be able to make it to Bill’s Christmas Special? (more…)
Bird Bird can do wrong. The Iron Giant is a masterpiece, The Incredibles is perhaps the best comic book movie ever made, Ratatouille is endlessly charming, and his first live-action movie, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, is the best of the series and the one that best captures the aesthetic of the original TV show. So when Bird shirked directorial responsibilities on Star Wars: The Force Awakens and dared to make something original, a giant mystery box called Tomorrowland, it was a bold choice, a daring choice. But a batting streak like Bird’s was bound to run dry sometime, and while Tomorrowland isn’t a mess on par with, say, Chappie, it does show tremendous strain in its execution. (more…)
Batman & Robin was nearly 20 years ago now. Yeah. In that time George Clooney has become an accomplished writer, director, producer and an Academy Award-winning actor. He’s worked with a variety of collaborators like Steven Soderbergh, the Coen Brothers, Alexander Payne, and Alfonso Cuaron, hardly the sort of hackery that became associated with B&R director Joel Schumacher back in the summer of ’97. You might say that Batman & Robin was Clooney’s original sin, and he’s paying the price for it these last two decades. So in the interest of continued penance, Clooney was once again called to apologize while doing a round of promotion for his new movie Tomorrowland. (more…)
It’s one of the most mysterious projects to be coming out in 2015, and it will be in theaters smack dab in the middle of one of the busiest “Summer of Sequels” in the increasingly long, sad Hollywood history of franchise dependence. Originality is hard to come by in Tinseltown these days, and certainly recent evidence (Jupiter Ascending and Chappie) seems to indicate that people would rather trust the devil they know when it comes to high-profile sci-fi/fantasy films, but can Tomorrowland buck that trend? Disney is hoping so, even though they’re set to make it rain in 2015 with The Avengers and Star Wars alone, and the studio’s looking to convince fans further that Brad Bird’s latest film is definitely worth checking out when it’s released next month. (more…)
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Here’s a moviegoing experience almost all of us have had: A friend comes up to you and says “Oh wow, dude, you’ve got to see [insert title here]. It’s more than just a movie. It’s an experience. I couldn’t believe how much it made me feel. Seriously, don’t miss this movie. It’s so amazing.” Then you go see the movie, and even if you come away liking it, you feel like your friend oversold it. It wasn’t an experience at all. It was just a really entertaining movie. There’s nothing wrong with that, but the point is that actual experiences at the movies are few and far between these days. We’ve been jaded by years of CGI and Michael Bay bombast, so we’re always inherently skeptical of those movies that are supposed to make us forget we’re watching a movie and leave us to actually feel what’s going on. It’s OK to be skeptical. Really it is. But I”m here to tell you, this time we really have been given a true cinematic experience. Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity is, quite simply, one of the most stunning cinematic achievements you will ever see, and it achieves this by not just dazzling you visually, but by giving you an incredibly intimate look at a simple fight for survival in one of the most hostile environments imaginable: space.
If you haven’t watched the trailer for Alfonso Cuaron‘s latest film project, Gravity, and you’re still on the fence about shelling out the cash to buy a theater ticket, then you might want to listen to someone who truly knows what the hell he’s talking about when it comes to movies: James Cameron. OK, now about half of you are thinking,
“Really, what the hell does he know?”
Well, the man’s last two films each broke the mold, reaching that movie mountain top to become the highest grossing film of all time during their respective release runs. So when the man talks about making movies, you’ll want to listen, but Cameron is not just using new technologies to create incredible films, he’s helping create new technologies to create incredible films.
Recently Cameron talked about helping Cuaron with some difficult filming issues on Gravity and what he thought about the movie after getting a chance to see it in its entirety.
I was stunned, absolutely floored, I think it’s the best space photography ever done, I think it’s the best space film ever done, and it’s the movie I’ve been hungry to see for an awful long time.
What is interesting is that Cameron goes on to explain that it was not the cutting edge filming technology and camera work that blew him away, it was:
What is interesting is the human dimension, Alfonso and Sandra working together to create an absolutely seamless portrayal of a woman fighting for her life in zero gravity.
Now, I was already sold on seeing this in the theater on the big screen, the biggest screen I can find, when I saw the first full trailer. Now, after reading what Cameron has to say, Gravity might just be that break through movie of the year that will put another Oscar on Bullock’s mantle. Check out the trailer below and tell me if you think Cameron is on target.
Without Star Wars Episode VII and a Comic Con retread of the Marvel slate, the fan excitement level at D23 was dependent on what was revealed about Brad Bird‘s next film Tomorrowland. Director Bird and writer/lightening rod Damon Lindelof literally had a mystery box at D23 where they give hints of what the film might be about. But if you’re more a fan of the direct approach, Disney put out a press release today featuring a compelling, though brief, plot description.
Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as “Tomorrowland.”
Drew McWeeney from Hitfix got into a bit of hot water because he published a detailed plot description that, as it turns out, was rather accurate. It looks likely that Britt Robertson is playing the “bright, optimistic teen,” and George Clooney is the “former boy genius.”
The press release also included detailed information about the producing team, the cast, and the production crew:
Principal photography has begun on Disney’s mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring two-time Academy Award winner George Clooney (“Michael Clayton,” “Syriana”), Hugh Laurie (“Monsters vs. Aliens,” “Arthur Christmas”), Britt Robertson (“Under The Dome”), Raffey Cassidy (“Dark Shadows,” “Snow White and the Huntsman”) and Thomas Robinson (“The Switch”). The film is directed, produced and co-written by two-time Oscar winner Brad Bird (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “The Incredibles”). Damon Lindelof (“Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Prometheus”) and Jeffrey Chernov (“Star Trek,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”) are also producers. The screenplay is written by Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof from a story by Lindelof & Jeff Jensen and Brad Bird.
Jeff Jensen and John Walker (“The Incredibles”) will executive produce with Bernard Bellew (“Les Misérables,” “28 Weeks Later”) and Tom Peitzman, VFX producer (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “Alice in Wonderland”) serving as co-producers.
Bird has gathered a great team behind the lens with Oscar winning director of photography Claudio Miranda (“Life of Pi,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”), production designer Scott Chambliss (“Star Trek,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Cowboys & Aliens”), Oscar nominated costume designer Jeffrey Kurland (“Inception,” “Ocean’s Eleven”) and Academy Award-winning editor Walter Murch (“The English Patient,” “Cold Mountain”).
Tomorrowland will be in theaters on December 12, 2014. Excited about the project? Disinterested? Sound off in the comments section below.