With CinemaCon officially wrapped up there seems to be a few dangling threads. Late last week, twitter was abuzz with the possibility that there might be a few reveals trickling out of Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel sequel; most notably the big reveal on Ben Affleck‘s Batsuit in celebration of DC’s launch of Batman’s 75th anniversary celebration. Those fires were kicked up a notch when Warner CEO Kevin Tsujihara told the New York Times that announcements (note the plural) on a unified DC cinematic universe were imminent.
Well, the weekend has come and gone, and so far we haven’t see any sign of those announcements (save for those Green Lantern rumblings.) But, that might not be entirely true. The folks over at SpoilerShoot.com have posted a handful of pictures late last night from what was reported to be the abandoned launch for DC’s foray into the joined comic book universe market. (more…)
It’s only been a bee in our bonnet for, like, ever, but apparently, someone working on the new film version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has seen the light.
News out of CinemaCon in Las Vegas this week seems to indicate that the powers that be at the studio Paramount, or Michael Bay, or director Jonathan Liebesman have learned their lesson. Paramount debuted a new logo for the movie formally known as Ninja Turtles, and it read, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”
Hallelujah. The lack of “Teenage” and “Mutant” in the title reinforced both the rumor, and the information culled from the allegedly leaked script of the project, that the Turtles were going to be alien in the flick, and not teenage mutant Earth turtles who learned the martial arts skills from a mutant rat. There’s been a lot of discussion about how awesome/terrible this was going to be depending on the point of view of who is being talked to, but the scale definitely tipped on the side of terrible.
So is this a surprising development? Well, a cast member of the new film said last week that fans shouldn’t believe everything they’ve read on internet, but has that turned out to be the case here? Or maybe the producers heard the screaming and yelling, and decided to clear the table.
What do you think, Bastards? Excited about the film now, or are you still dubious?
You might have heard the footage from The Hobbit that screened at Cinemacon wasn’t met with the resounding praise one would have expected. In fact, quite a few people in attendence were down right unimpressed with the new frame rate saying it made the movie look cheap! Peter Sciretta of /Film said the 48 FPS made it look like “a made for television BBC movie,” and adding, “It looked uncompromisingly real — so much so that it looked fake.” Wha-?!? This doesn’t sound like the future of movies both James Cameron and Peter Jackson were promising.
Jackson met with quite a bit of criticism for his Hobbit footage, and not one to back down, he’s been responding to the backlash to several different media outlets.
To The Hollywood Reporter Jackson admitted the new frame rate, “does take you a while to get used to.” Adding,
Ten minutes is sort of marginal, it probably needed a little bit more. Another thing that I think is a factor is it’s different to look at a bunch of clips and some were fast-cutting, montage-style clips. This is different experience than watching a character and story unfold
With Entertainment Weekly he mentioned people seemed to enjoy a scene between Bilbo and Gollum,
That was the same 48 frames the rest of the reel was. I just wonder if it they were getting into the dialogue, the characters and the story. That’s what happens in the movie. You settle into it. It’s literally a new experience, but you know, that doesn’t last the entire experience of the film — not by any stretch, [just] 10 minutes or so.
Jackson did admit he won’t be releasing the new trailer at the higher frame rate, instead going with the ‘ole reliable 24 FPS. Was this influenced by the recent criticism? Maybe, but here’s his reasoning,
I personally wouldn’t advocate a 48-frame trailer because the 48 frames is something you should experience with the entire film. A 2 1/2 minute trailer isn’t enough time to adjust to the immersive quality. There can only ever be a real reaction, a truthful reaction, when people actually have a chance to see a complete narrative on a particular film.
But what if even after seeing the entire movie, audiences still don’t like the faster frame rate?
I can’t say anything. Just like I can’t say anything to someone who doesn’t like fish. You can’t explain why fish tastes great and why they should enjoy it.
I’m getting a little worried about the 48 FPS. Having watched movies on TVs that sport the 120 hz or faster frame refresh rate, I know what Peter Sciretta means by it looks so real it appears fake. I’m hoping that this is a matter of adjusting and after a few minutes I’ll be so immersed in the world of Middle Earth I won’t give a flying fuck how fast the frames are zooming through the projector.
Thankfully, even if it turns out we do hate 48 FPS, the studios are making sure The Hobbit will also be releasing in 24 FPS.
What are your thoughts on this evolution of movie technology? And what kind of effect will it have, if any, on The Hobbit‘s success?
Recently at CinemaCon footage from Marvel’s Thor was shown to fans and has confirmed Hawkeye, as played by Jeremy Renner will be appearing in the film. And it’s more than a simple walk-on cameo. He actually has lines! Cinema Blend is reporting,
…the scene features Hawkeye using his famous bow and arrow and he has multiple lines, so while we’re talking about something a little more than a momentary cameo, there’s no way to know if his involvement will go any further than that one scene.
Take this is as completely legit information folks, unlike those Justice League and Batman reboot rumors also floating around today. Renner will also be playing the archer in 2012’s release of The Avengers but we’ll get a look at him before then in Thor, opening May 6th.
I wonder how long it will take this CinemaCon footage to leak to the webz? And is Renner wearing any purple? Why isn’t anyone discussing this important matter?!
source: Cinema Blend via Geeky Tyrant