One of the authors of the family comedy "Night at the Museum" Ben Garant adapts to the Disney studio manga Tuxedo Gin, where one of the main characters is a talking penguin. For brevity, the project was called simply "Tux".
Buying process of the rights to the English version of the manga took the American publisher VIZ Media almost two years. With what was responsible for such difficulties, the website Deadline is silent. On the part of Disney are producing the film, Sean Bailey and Rich Ross. Both have been known to not take up the stories with talking animals. Among the projects producer of "Tron: The Legacy", "Earth's core" and "Black hole".
However, in the case of the "Tux" is not so simple. The protagonist, a senior Jinja Kusanagi, is preparing to become a professional boxer, but once on the way to rendezvous with a girl Minako gets in a car accident and learns from an angel that lived his life more selfish. He can reincarnate, but reserves his karma was only enough to become a small animal. Remembering about the love of Minako to the penguins in his new life Jinja is also becoming a penguin.
He hatches from eggs in the aquarium zoo, but know that can not swim. Only by sheer luck Jinja gets to the hands of Minako. And now he will not only protect the girl from adversity and other fans, but also work on improving his karma, latter he will help the penguins at the zoo.
Manga printed in Japan from 1997 to 2000 and has fifteen parts. What turns it into Ben Garant - is unknown, but we can already assume that the action will be postponed at least in America.
It seems we can expect a new explosion of love in Hollywood for the penguins: they brought a lovely comedy "Mr. Popper's Penguins" in worldwide box office $ 135 million, recouped its budget of 55 million.
The first half of 2011 is behind us, and it's time to take its preliminary results. The first is to recognize the truth of the creator of "Iron Man" Jon Favreau, who last year predicted a "bloodbath" keeping in mind above all a fight of the potential blockbusters of the summer season. But even he could hardly have guessed that it would be a battle of billionaires.
First, a little history. The first full-fledged multi-millionaire of our time (without any amendments there to inflation) was "Titanic", a stereoscopic version of which we can see in April 2012. While $ 1.8 billion, which earned the film by James Cameron, seemed somewhat incredible and unique.
Next time, a billionth mark was subjected to the third part of "The Lord of the Rings" in six years, and then the time intervals between successive births of billionaires have rapidly lowered. In 2006, more than a billion dollars collected movie"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" in 2008, crossed the psychologically important milestone "The Dark Knight." The truth here is to make one important reservation. Christopher Nolan's film managed to join the club of billionaires only from the second attempt: the picture was re-released during the voting for nominees for the "Oscar".
In 2009, Cameron has excelled himself with the release of "Avatar." His $ 2.7 billion for many more years will be a guiding light for all the Hollywood producers of blockbusters. Quite possibly, only he can improve and this record.
In a year, billionaires has already begun to arrive in pairs - "Alice in Wonderland" and "Toy Story 3: The Great Escape", and the latter was the only animation project to climb this line.
A second candidate for membership in the club of billionaires was "Transformers 3: The Dark Side of the Moon." After rather pointless second series there were some doubts about the ability of Michael Bay to shoot dignified end of the trilogy, but to the credit of the director he was able to get the job done on most errors. And although at the time of writing this note billion milestone picture has not yet been overcome, but it's only a matter of days. Finally, no one doubts that the "Harry Potter", each time stopping just one step short of a billion, will make this step after the last episode.
So 2011 has already obtained a record number of billionaires. Will have some film to join this list? Most likely not. Although the end of 2011 will come rolling in several "dark horses" like "Adventures of Tintin" and "Puss in Boots." Well, of course, do not forget sequels and blockbusters have already taken place- "Sherlock Holmes 2," "Mission: Impossible 4" and, naturally, the next "Twilight." Each of these projects can present many surprises, such as, did "Fast and the Furious 5," earned more than 600 million.
But the conclusion of the above we can do right now. Beginning in 2009, members of the elite club of billionaires grew only stereoscopic films. Given the number of potential 3D-blockbusters that come out in 2012, we can predict that the population will rapidly expand.
Peter Jackson, Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ridley Scott, James Cameron has made their choice, and when these titans say their word, the future of cinema is evident.
The decision to close the company ImageMovers, owned by Robert Zemeckis, Disney Studio took in March of last year. A year later, Disney fulfilled its promise, and the director was on the street. But this week ImageMovers has been picked up with the studio Universal.
Terms of Universal and Zemeckis deal differs from the collaboration with Disney. The contract for two years provides a so-called first look - on all the projects of director. In addition, Universal is not going to spend money to build the pavilion like the one that was previously available to the director and used to work on the films using the technology of motion capture.
According to the contract with Universal, Robert Zemeckis will have to develop not only animated, but artistic feature films. This means that some "Polar Express" director did not get off. There are no units for the project work will not be built.
Now Zemeckis producing a picture of "How to survive the onslaught of garden gnomes" for Sony Pictures Animation, but the fate befall his remake of "Yellow Submarine" is not yet known.
Moving of ImageMovers to Universal - a strange move for a studio that has a problem with the box office hits. Everyone remembers the attachment to the format of Zemeckis and 3D animation using motion capture. These projects do not bring profit to the creators. Especially loud fell cartoon "The Mystery of the Red Planet" filmed over 150 million and has earned a worldwide box 38.9 million dollars. After leaving Disney with Zemeckis, virtually every Hollywood studio asked director to shoot feature films. One of the projects can be a movie "Flight" with Denzel Washington, but with the revival of ImageMovers things can change.
Given that the classical image of Snow White is still connected with the Walt Disney film, the long reluctance of studios to take on the game version of the story of the girl, the evil queen and the Seven Dwarfs caused at least puzzling. Now Disney shook off the dust from the project about Snow White and the Seven Shaolin monks, renamed it and changed the concept.
The project, formerly known as "Snow White and the Seven", was known from 2002. Some time ago to it was assigned director of the thriller "I - a legend" Francis Lawrence. But since then much water has flowed, Lawrence took "Water for Elephants," a story about a girl and seven Shaolin monks seem to have forgotten.
Now, when studios Universal and Relativity raced off their version of "Snow White", Disney came to its senses. The script for "Snow White and the Seven", which put a number of famous writers' hands up to the writer Michael Chabona, got down from the shelf and handed over to the young visionary Michael Gracie.
Gracie was an animator in the company Animal Logic, which worked on the cartoon "Happy Feet", and then teamed up with colleague Pete Commins, special effects specialist, founded the company Partizan Lab, and went to shoot commercials. One of them, you know very well:
The film, with which Michael Gracie debuts in cinema, will be called "The Order of the Seven". From the stories about Snow White will be only a girl and the number of her defenders. The action will be transferred to China of the 19th century, however, seven characters will be recruited from around the world.
A team of soldiers belonging to an ancient order, meets fugitive from England, pursued by an ancient evil. Warriors no longer follow the rules of their order, so that the meeting with the evil will become for them a kind of redemption. By the way, each character will have his own unique fighting style. Michael is a wonderful dancer and choreographer, so he will put the stage of fighting.
In the near future Gracie will start working on storyboards and design of the film. Shooting will begin next year.
Studio Paramount, whose contract to release the films of DreamWorks Animation production ends in 2012, proposed to continue the cooperation for another year. DWA Head Jeffrey Katzenberg has refused. Paramount said about organization of their animation studio.
The relationship between the studios has relentlessly gone to its logical conclusion. The last straw was a sequel fees of "Kung Fu Panda" - a picture that brings together in worldwide box office of over 600 million dollars, but, obviously, DreamWorks hoped for more.
Paramount offered to extend the contract until 2013 and produce an animated film unit DreamWorks, getting paid for it 8 percent of the fees. DWA wants to pay for the release of their paintings less than, well, Paramount, ideally, would like to receive the same release anymore. There is a divergence of interests.
The proposal to continue the cooperation received from Paramount some time ago, but Jeffrey Katzenberg, head of the DWA, according to insiders, was adamant. Although, frankly, obvious alternative for Paramount to release DreamWorks Animation films on the horizon is not visible.
Meanwhile, in early July, Paramount announced about the creation of its own studio producing animation. The first swallow the studio to work with animation, became film "Rango," Gore Verbinski. Western with a budget of 135 million at the box office proved to be unimportant, having collected more than $ 240 million, but received praise of the most reputable American critics.
Paramount hasn’t doubts in success of their own enterprise.
"Tales from the Crypt" will receive a new life of the famous series on HBO.
"Tales from the Crypt" was based on a series of similar cartoons. Anthology of horror spent 7 years on the air for 15 years has been existed. Now preparing the revival of "Tales" and among those who will help restart the series - the original producer Gilbert Adler.
In addition to Adler's new on the "Tales from the Crypt" will work one of the creators of the series "Eureka" Andrew Cosby. Each series of the "Tales from the Crypt" will last 40 minutes (or hour, according to U.S. advertising). At the heart of the show will be all the same comics publishing by the house EC Comics, unreleased in the fifties of last century. The new series will not overlap with the classics from HBO.
"We take the characters from the comics and put them in a modern context", - says Cosby.
He, along with Adler began discussing the possibility of reviving "Tales from the Crypt" on television, and as a result they were able to get the right to project, as well as the creator of the series consent to the daughter of William M. Gaines. Cult TV series was released in 1989 and lasted until 1996. At the result it has been released 93 series. Among the authors of the project - Robert Zemeckis, Richard Donner, Walter Hill, David Geffen and Joel Silver.
Since the "Tales from the Crypt" appeared on the cable channel HBO, is an American censorship was never able to reach them with your scissors: under the rules of production of pay channels may contain scenes of violence, sex, show the blood and nudity.
In the original series has been starring a variety of actors: including Brad Pitt, Steve Buscemi, Daniel Craig, Dan Aykroyd, Hank Azaria, Christopher Reeve, John Lithgow, Martin Sheen, Bob Hoskins, Tim Roth and many others.
Interestingly, the film of Peter Jackson's "Scarecrow" was originally a segment of "Tales from the Crypt," which has been shooting by different director. However, when the script came to Robert Zemeckis, he decided that the material is worthy of a separate film.
"Tales" spawned three feature films: "Tales from the Crypt: Demon Night," "Tales from the Crypt: The bloody brothel" and "Ritual", the last film in the United States has not been rolled, and the TV series was binding only in 2006 when was published in the U.S. on DVD.
On the panel, devoted to "The Adventures of Tintin" Steven Spielberg has officially announced the launch of the "Jurassic Park 4". For director has joined also Peter Jackson and together they talked about working on the "Tintin" and answered questions from fans.
At 11 am, when in Los Angeles was still a Friday, the scene of the hall to overflowing potted H Exhibition Center of San Diego with a capacity of over 6,500 people came out. We could write something about the smiling elderly grandfather, but who needs the extra words? Spielberg won the convention Inkpot award for achievement in cinematography.
"Without you I would not be here today - said director, welcoming the audience, applause broke out. - All my life I was a kid. Thank you for staying in children. You will be such during all your life. It seems to me we ought to sit in the room with you. "
Then the conversation turned to "Tintin."
"How many of you read comic books about him?" - asked Spielberg. Only a few people in the room responded positively.
"Well, then it would be much easier!"
Director said that the first learned about Tintin in 1981, read a review of French criticism, comparing it to "Indiana Jones" from Belgian comic Erzhe. Spielberg has found his work, and instantly fell in love. In a sense, a young journalist Tintin really looked like Indiana Jones, he also managed constantly to get into the exciting and dangerous adventures.
Film rights to the comic Spielberg bought back in 1983, but for some reason he decided to make a movie about Tintin just now, and even by the technique of motion capture?
"I had to decide to shoot a feature film with the computer or take a dog in fully animated picture," - explained the master.
Yet the main reason for a "Tintin" was chosen as the animation, it was Spielberg's desire to repeat the exact pattern of Erzhe.
"I do not want the audience to say, "Yeah, not bad, but it does not look like Erzhe." I wanted the characters were a hair's breadth, as in the comics. " "But we tried to add most realistic textures to bring the movie to the game"- added Jackson.
This means that the skin pores are heroes, freckles, scars - details of the most realistic, but the characters are similar to the pattern of Erzhe.
Work on the "Tintin" Spielberg compared with shooting on 8-millimeter camera, because he was always in the hands of the controller, like a gamepad on Playstation. In this case the director saw the reality of the actors on the screen and moving computer characters. Spielberg likened the process of shooting with the drawing, since the director is able to monitor personally many aspects, such as: lighting, play, costumes and more. Continuing the story of the impact on the film, Spielberg said he was inspired by many adventure films, as well as silent films with Buster Keaton.
The philosophy of producing on Spielberg: "I hire a director and am going away."
The most pleasant memories of producing the project with Steven stayed to work on the trilogy "Back to the Future." Does Peter Jackson will return to the horror? Someday in the future he would return.
It turned out that the information on "Jurassic Park 4", which took place in the news in mid-June - the truth. Spielberg said: "We have a story, which I am very pleased to inform you. Hopefully, we'll shoot the fourth film in the next two to three years. "
The last question was from a guy in a shirt that says "If possible, I'd like to meet with Steven Spielberg, shake his hand and say "Thank you very much". Seeing the sign, the director invited the boy to climb on stage and took a picture of his shirt. The scene was photographed by Peter Jackson. The guy is still Spielberg asked: Will he continue to shoot on film? The director responded that "Tintin" had to take off a digit, and then of course he will return to the film.
"The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn 3D" will be released in cinemas in November 3.
One of the main events for films and comic books fans this year will be more attractive event. Steven Spielberg himself will appear before the convention visitors in the morning on July 22. The director will present his new film "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn" and answer questions from the audience.
The very first Comic-Con was held in 1970. Initially, the event was intended to present new comics, as well as for television and film projects in fantasy and science fiction. Over time, Comic-Con has expanded its scope and variety of genres - from horror to anime.
Over time, major studios have realized the attractiveness of the convent and began to bring back not only producers, but also its future stars of the blockbuster. Visitors see the Comic-Con exclusive content - for example, in 2009, James Cameron showed 20 minutes of his "Avatar" in San Diego.
Peter Jackson, Jon Favreau, Terry Gilliam, Tim Burton, Kevin Smith - this is not the most complete list of filmmakers who submitted their work to visitors of the convent. However, the studio has recently begun to doubt the advisability of inviting the major stars in the Comic-Con. It is believed that this audience and goes to the movies. But the appearance of Steven Spielberg's this year once again underlines the importance of the convention.
Steven Spielberg did not come here even for the submission of a new "Indiana Jones" - directed by limited entry welcome video.
As for its "Tintin", the recent emergence of the network trailer of the project once again reminded of many cartoons of Robert Zemeckis made using motion capture technology. "Tintin" was filmed in a similar way, which may stained the reputation of the French adaptation of the comic book: the audience doesn’t like Zemeckis movies.
The director will participate in a roundtable on the "Tintin", and at the same time will receive Inkpot award for his work in the movies.
About Pixar Animation Studios abilities from year to year please their fans with wonderful projects we can make legends, yet with such fecundity always give the highest quality of work is not given to everyone. Even when it comes to the sequel to an already much-vaunted animated film, the creators managed to exceed the original in all respects. But unfortunately, not this time.
In order to increase the popularity of alternative energy sources in Europe, it has been organized the World Grand Prix, in which all participants must be tucked in biofuels, thus abandoning the traditional gasoline. Our old friends Lightning McQueen and his faithful friend Maitre, of course, will take part in this competition. True, none of them guess that in the end, because of this trip to Europe, they will be involved in a sinister spy plot. Now old friends have not only to confront a gang of "buckets on wheels", but also test the strength of their friendship...
By its plot, "Cars 2" is very different from the original, making a strong bias towards the spyware detective, gradually moving away from the usual racing competition. Of course, the race is still plays an important role for history, but certainly not major. They are only coming out for the background to the foreground spy line, which, in turn, has been very dynamic and swirling. There is even traditional espionage genre with "unexpected ending," which perhaps someone may seem predictable, but certainly not the kids, for which has been oriented this cartoon.
From the new characters, in principle, I can’t notice someone special, except that the driver of Formula 1 and the main competitor of McQueen on the track - Francesco Bernoulli. This is probably the most charismatic character in the cartoon, as spies Holly and Finn assistants of Maitre are a little bit fresh and not very entertaining.
About the visuals, there is also nothing to say something special, because everything here is perfectly expectable. Very colorful water (in the 3D-glasses looks awesome), mobile facial expressions of characters, bright explosions of adrenaline and action-packed scenes under the appropriate soundtrack combine to form on the screen stunner. It is not to find fault.
In short, the "Cars 2" is fine for fun. The main thing is not to expect from it the testimony, and the depth of previous creations of Pixar, because from this position cartoon looks not so advantageous. It is funny and cheerful, but not deep in all senses.
Write reviews for movies like "Hop" or "Alvin and the Chipmunks" - is not the most interesting deal, because, looking at one of them you can say with certainty that you had seen everything: a very naive and grotesque scenes, over and over again repeated stamps, virtually the same style of jokes and stuff like that. "Hop" differs from the aforementioned movies except the main character (after all this rabbit, but not squirrel or a chipmunk), but because the creators of this film come across the same mistake as their predecessors.
Unemployed guy Fred, after lengthy disputes with the family regarding his future, accidentally knocked in his car an Easter Bunny, who, besides, still knows how to talk. It later transpires that this rabbit is not eager to engage in his Easter duty, and dreams of becoming a drummer. Meanwhile, at the home of the rabbit is preparing a massive riot ... chickens.
I would not want to turn into a picky snob, critiquing cartoon, designed for children, but, alas, in a different way to assess its just not possible. All of us have become accustomed to the predictability and the beyond pathos in such projects, but usually, the creators somehow attempt to mask blatant secondary nature of their work. Here, all the forces and means of the film crew spent solely on the appearance of animated animals, quite forgetting in this case about anything like the original jokes and unusual situations.
In fact, the main and probably the only advantage of the "Hop" are a terrific study looks of computer animals: their facial expressions, animation movements look simply gorgeous. Chickens are so completely nice characters in the movie, because as already one of their appearance on the screen comes alive and for a short time it becomes funny.
At this point, the problem is probably still in the absence of distinct characters, rather than in themselves actors. The star TV series "The Big Bang Theory", Kaley Cuoco was totally out of place, not by applying one-tenth of her acting charisma. James Marsden tried to be even slightly funny, but all attempts went in vain. Still, there would be much better come full transition to animation in the style of "Rio".
All the above listed is, of course, the opinion of the viewer experienced, appreciating in the movies, especially any kind of flavor that distinguishes it from others. So, if you really did not expect from this film and you have kids, then perhaps it can be seen.