Visitors of Comic-Con have liked fragments of "The Hobbit" even without 3D, and the infamous demonstration of the speed at 48 frames per second. Since Peter Jackson decided before the fans come out to the suffering and provide 12 minutes of the long-awaited first part of future Novels. However, there is a chance that the "Hobbit" could become a trilogy.
The decision of Jackson is clear: all the memorable demonstration of the trailer, "The Hobbit" at the convention CinemaCon, where the video in 3D, and 48 fps was honored with a very cool reception. Of course, the fans - more than a loyal audience, but it should be used sparingly, and to whom, if not the director of "Lord of the Rings", know this.
Peter Jackson took the stage, holding the phone at arm's length. Shot the set especially for those who did not get to Comic-Con. Jackson introduced the co-writer Philippe Boyens and his wife Fran Walsh. Then the lights went out and started cuttings form the film.
The longest stage was in the beginning of the movie. Gandalf, Bilbo and the dwarves are at Bag End and argue about how to get back the treasure from the dragon Smaug. A lot of funny moments, and most of all laughter caused Bilbo reluctant to go along with the dwarves on a journey. This was followed by shots of Rivendell, Saruman (Christopher Lee), replaced by Gandalf galloping on a horse with a sword at the ready - he is clearly running somewhere. Galadriel and Gandalf talking about how Saruman will fight against evil. The trolls, giants, goblins, Legolas. Bilbo and Gollum ask each other riddles, there Smigol (a split personality in the performance of Andy Serkis is always great!) and is torn between a desire to play and eat Bilbo alive. Bilbo finds the ring and follows it to Gandalf. "I found something in the goblin tunnels," - he says the magician, but when he asks what it is, the hobbit hiding the ring in his pocket, saying: "Courage." Gandalf approves: "Good. We will need it".
Jackson called to the scene the actors. Andy Cerkis, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage and Sir Ian McKellen came out from behind the scenes by the roar of the crowd, and when the surprise came Elijah Wood, the hall joy knew no bounds. More about the "Hobbit" became known to some curious facts.
Composer Howard Shore for the next six to eight weeks start recording music with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Jackson has not removed his cameo appearance, but once back in New Zealand will do it.
Philippa Boyens explained the presence of Galadriel in the movie: "It was the most powerful in the creation of Middle-earth in the days of "The Hobbit", so we decided to include it in the film."
Tauriel played by Evangeline Lilly, was invented specifically for the film to enhance a woman's presence.
Freeman joked that he did not complain about hairy legs of hobbits, since around was full of colleagues in the makeup of the Dwarfs.
Does Jackson want to make a film on the "Silmarillion"? "I am unlikely to live more than a hundred years!" - Joked the director, but then seriously added that the rights to the book are in Tolkien's relatives who are not enthusiastic about the film adaptations of his authorship.
Peter Jackson also said that rumors about the transformation of "The Hobbit" in the trilogy, though premature, but not unfounded.
"We have the right to use the 125 pages of additional notes of Tolkien in which he expanded the world of "The Hobbit". We talked with Fran with the studio about what we could not shoot. It may be possible to persuade them to a few weeks next year. But what form will these surveys, it is too early to say. In this story there are other parties that we would like to tell you. "
"The Hobbit: an unexpected journey," will be released in cinemas in December 20, 2012.
Writer and producer Alex Kurtzman advertises his directorial debut, "People like us" and at the same time responding to questions about future projects. In particular, Kurtzman is going to restart the movie about undead hunter Van Helsing, and hints on what will look like the picture.
Recall that in May this year, Alex Kurtzman and his counterpart Roberto Orci signed an exclusive two-year contract with the studio Universal. The company duo K / O Paper Products will be accepted for remakes of well-known studio projects, including the films "Van Helsing" and "The Mummy", which took off Stephen Sommers.
Recall that "Van Helsing" cost the studio $ 160 million. Despite Hugh Jackman in the role of a hunter for vampires and werewolves, the picture got a lot of negative criticism. Fees of the movie exceeded 300 million, but the number of negative reviews sank "Van Helsing", so to start a new franchise back in 2004, did not work.
The new version some time ago was interested in Guillermo del Toro, director of "Hellboy" even tried on Tom Cruise for the lead role. However, who will reboot as a director, to date is not yet known.
"I do not want to give out a lot, because we are at a very early stage - said Kurtzman in an interview with Crave Online. - But it seems to me that Van Helsing, played by Anthony Hopkins in "Dracula" - a sort of parody version of the hero, Van Helsing, Hugh Jackman - also a very different character. These movies have changed a lot lately. More than anything in this genre and the history of superheroes has influenced "The Dark Knight." Now they are as close to reality. That I would like to reflect the new "Van Helsing", without sacrificing the elements of fantasy. In "Star Trek" we have tried to stick to realism. "Van Helsing" - quite different than "Batman," but we will move in that direction. "
Whether Kurtzman and Orci will be able to repeat the success of "The Dark Knight" with the hunter on an imaginary evil, we shall see later.
Manager of movie project Marvel Kevin Feig uttered in an interview with Empire, that the continuation of "Thor," the audience waiting for some surprises. For example, you will see a new main villain, and the plot focuses around the "other side of Asgard."
It is a sequel film by Kenneth Bran is now preparing for the next production of projects Marvel. Filming the third "Iron Man" has already started, well, all "Thor" will come in August.
Both films will be released in 2013, filling schedule of Marvel, which is now calculated on the two paintings a year. The exception was "The Avengers", which in 2012 will remain the only project of the company. As confessed Feig, he did not expect a triumph: "I was just hoping that we will beat the results of the second "Iron Man". It was the biggest launch for all films of Marvel. Something about 80-90 million. But when they started coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday night the numbers, they just grew and grew, and in such amounts, in which I would in a million years have believed. "
The new "Thor," the audience will expect some differences from the first film, though not in all: "We are going to look at the other side of Asgard, in the sequel, it will not be as shiny and golden. The events of "Avengers" will affect the Thor, of course. His relationship with Loki will continue to evolve, and the important role will play Natalie. Thor returns with Jane Foster, "- said in an interview Feig.
In title scene of "Avengers" of Marvel has appeared a villain Thanos, but as it turned out, his new line of "Thor," the creators will not develop, "No, this is the future. But there will be a new main villain. The main antagonist is a new and ambitious. "
However, whether this negative character in relation to the rumors about the involvement of the Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen in the project, so long remained unclear.
The director of the second "Thor" will be Alan Taylor. The initial phase will start filming in London.
Finnish director Timo Vuorensola, whose feature debut "Iron Sky" will appear on screens this summer, will shoot a graphic novel adaptation of "I Killed Adolf Hitler". Norwegian artist named Jason got him a prestigious award in the world of comic book Eisner. In addition, the Finns are going to remove the prequel and sequel to "Iron Sky".
All comic book heroes of Jason - humanoid animals without names (except for the title character). In a world where unfolds the action of graphic novel, "I killed Adolf Hitler", the work of the killer is pretty boring and monotonous task. The main character has his own problems: unmet and boring girl victims (from too loud neighbor to the arrogant boss). But one day the hero gets a very entertaining work. He needs to go back in time to a time machine (which charges 50 years!) and kill Hitler. Of course, everything goes wrong, but the number of unexpected plot twists turns this situation, it would seem a simple story into a fascinating and hilarious effect.
Vuorensola says his Hitler will be made on the basis of Gollum in "Lord of the Rings."
"Just we will make the only step even further, creating him as realistic as possible" - joked director. Udo Kier, who played in "Iron Sky" is already in talks about a role in the new movie of Timo.
Filming will begin in 2013. Prior to that, the Finns will be busy developing a sequel and prequel to “Iron Sky”. Tero Kaukomaa, producer of the film about Nazis on the Moon, confirmed the seriousness of intent during the Cannes Film Festival.
"We are very keenly discussing these projects, and we have ambitious plans," - says Tero.
Recall that the "Iron Sky" was produced with partial funding of Internet fans of the project. The same scheme will be put in the foundation work on a prequel and sequel. It is hoped that this time the Finns will accelerate, as the "Iron Sky" was in almost 7 years.
The story of how the Nazis were on the dark side of the moon will be a mini-TV series of three episodes. The story started in "Iron Sky" will be continued in a feature film.
But this did not stop the Finns. In a conversation in February this year Vuorensola said that he wanted to withdraw a fantastic series, and in May at the Cannes film market, it became known that his wish will come true. Action project called Deus X will be developed in 2245 during a large-scale war for the planet, which is considered a paradise.
Theater owners congregate in Las Vegas for a convention CinemaCon, ambiguously estimated 10 minutes of the film Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit", submitted after the opening words of the director. Despite the increased clarity, filmed and shown at 48 frames per second, and many are unhappy.
The presentation touched on various Warner studio projects, including "Dark Shadows" by Tim Burton, "The Great Gatsby" Baz Luhrmann and "The Dark Knight: The Legend Continues" by Christopher Nolan.
Timur Bekmambetov received an award as best foreign film director working in Hollywood. The award was presented by Tim Burton, the producer of the upcoming movie Timur "President Lincoln: Vampire Hunter."
"Timur Bekmambetov - one of the few directors who can make the Russian film understandable and attractive to the world" - said the managing director of CinemaCon Mitch Neuhauser.
Coming on the scene, Tim Burton joked that he could not imagine who of directors may be better to make a film about an American president, rather than Russian. Accepting the award, Bekmambetov said a few words about a new project: "This is a very unusual film. Not a sequel nor prequel. It's a different story about the great man who changed the world in the nineteenth century. "
But back to Peter Jackson. For years, filmmakers have made films at 24 frames per second, but when James Cameron said that the continuation of "Avatar" will shoot at 48 frames per second, the film industry has a serious cause for reflection. The first initiative supported by Cameron Jackson, began to work on the "Hobbit" at double speed.
Since the director is in New Zealand, he wrote an appeal to the visitors of CinemaCon, which read: "The new rate gives the illusion of real life, the movements are smoothed out and lost strobe effect." Indeed, 10 minutes, is shown after Jackson appeared. The first frame in which the camera flies over the rock, struck viewers clarity - even documentaries about nature, can not be removed with such quality.
However, when it came to the emergence of actors in costumes, the effect is somewhat blurry. Every movement of the characters were so clear that many of the audience began to complain of a lack of cinematic seen. "It looks like a TV movie - said one of the projectionist blog LA Times. - Too reliable, too clearly. In contrast, something is wrong - or dark or too bright. "
One of Los Angeles reacted to what he saw Booker with great enthusiasm, but said: "The question is whether audiences are ready to watch such realistic films. I expected a small difference, but it was great! Will this affect the narrative? I do not know. But judging by the ten minutes I will not. "
The realism of "The Hobbit" recalled one owner of a small chain of movie theaters effects blu-ray: «When I first saw the movie on blu-ray, we noticed that the heat is gone perception. The whole movie seemed to me material about the shooting, shot at a normal video camera. " Among other comparisons, and called soap operas, which are captured on video.
Jackson has another eight months before release, and it is likely to respond to words such as visitors CinemaCon. But now a new technology begins to cause skepticism, both in time and promoted by James Cameron 3D.
Studio has acquired a scenario application Andy Berg titled "Huck". It is based on the heroes of adventure novels by Mark Twain, but in light of the Hollywood fashion trends of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn will be shown on the other side.
The plot of the history of Berg kept a secret, but it is known that "Huck" - conversion of adventure in the spirit of Twain's characters, "Snow White and the Hunter," and Sawyer and Finn - have grown up people. It also has a place in the script mysticism.
In "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," published in 1876, the action develops in a small town in the American South before the Civil War. Tom Sawyer - energetic, witty and enterprising boy of twelve. In the first novel he has time to witness the murder and expose the murderer, engaged to a girl, a classmate, to run away from home and live on a desert island, to attend his own funeral, get lost in a cave and get out safely, and to find a precious treasure.
Sawyer became the hero of three novels of Mark Twain, and also appears in the pages of the book "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." In it Finn, along with runaway slave Jim on a raft fused to the Mississippi River. Some time later they are joined by the Duke and the King of rogues, who eventually sell Jim to slavery. Huck joined Tom Sawyer organized the release of the prisoner.
Tom and Huck have repeatedly been the heroes of the film adaptations. The first appeared in 1907, followed by screening in 1917, but both were silent. The first sound picture of Twain published in 1930, has collected 11 million dollars and was highly regarded by critics until the film came out in 1938, which was shot in color and under the guidance of producer David O. Selznick, and that is a long hedge of the filmmakers attempt to film "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer ".
Note that the classic version of Twain's books Hollywood didn’t forget. Next year will be released film "Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn," where Tom played by Joel Courtney from the movie "Super 8", and Huck and Becky Thatcher - Jake T. Austin and Catherine McNamara of the melodrama "Old New Year".
Indian filmmaker Tarsus Singh gave his adaptation of the infamous tale, trying to maintain a balance between comedy and drama. In the picture there are funny moments of dark elements of the plot, giving a very fresh look at history, we all know very well.
An evil queen wants to love the beautiful Prince, expelling Snow White from the palace. But the girl is not from timid. Her allies are funny gnomes and robbers, but a goal - revenge and restore justice.
Julia Roberts in the role of the Evil Queen, which is almost the best actress in Hollywood and is simply delicious. So much so that even though it is essentially a secondary character in the film, she is still possible to chain almost all of the viewer's attention. She can be as fun, with an innocent smile, and cruel and ruthless. Even in scenes with humor the audience does not leave the impression that the Queen is very dangerous. If you do not believe that Julia Roberts is able to portray the villain, then you'll be pleasantly surprised and impressed by her acting.
The role of Snow White, whose "hair, is black as night" and "skin as white as snow" went to Lily Collins - a young actress with a relatively small track record (she played in "Shepherd" and "Pursuit"), but despite this, she played her character very convincingly, and thanks to some new plot moves almost helped us to show Snow White on the other side. In her attempt to take revenge on the queen, she learned to fence and climb trees better than any actor who played Tarzan.
Generally, some may not like that adaptation is very different from the original source. As such, the fact that the gnomes here are not just hard workers, and a gang of thieves, who were engaged in pious deeds are not, or what the Queen wanted to poison Snow White was not because of her alien beauty. But these innovations and make watching the movie even more interesting. Indeed, sometimes very boring to know in advance that eventually will happen in the next scene.
In the visualization of scenes Tarsus Singh always had good result, it is enough to recall his psychological thriller "The Cage". Surreal colors incredibly beautiful costumes and the atmosphere is present here, but all in moderation. The director does not let himself get carried away, as Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland," which was a great picture, but still more "picture of Tim Burton's" rather than adaptation of Lewis Carroll tale. Here you can feel the original Grimm's fairy tales with just the free interpretation of the director on some of the events. In particular, peculiar, and some Indian films.
Outcome. A remarkable example of comedy, fantasy and drama. All elements of the film run very smoothly, help you get from watching a real pleasure. He just hit a key positive. The picture does not claim the title of a masterpiece, but only leaves a good impression.
Culminating ceremony of the 84th "Oscar" in general, has not brought any significant surprises. Some sort of surprise caused except that the distribution of a number of awards in technical categories. And this terry stability, absence of live energy - is the main problem and the main Message Boards around the world.
All the winners in the major categories are worthy of their golden statuettes. Well, how can the success of the protest to call Meryl Streep, claimed the "Oscar" for the 17th! time? Does anyone turns to challenge to dispute the victory of Octavia Spencer, created on the screen such colorful image? If anyone dares to question the acting skills of Christopher Plummer, who for 60 years of his career, won Academy Awards for the first time? In the end, hardly anyone would be against the triumph of Jean Dujardin, perhaps, is not endowed with the talent level, Gary Oldman, but very bright flashed in black and white design.
Actually, this very project, which was quite a bold experiment with form in a very straightforward content, of course, worthy of the highest ratings, as well as its creator, Michel Hazanavichus. In short, all five "Oscars" of "Artist" is well deserved.
Much the same can be said about awards of "Hugo", maybe only a small degree of doubt when it comes to the category "Best Special Effects" and "Best Sound". But in the end, the film academy had every right to dispose of their Gold statuettes that way, and no really weighty argument against it is impossible to find.
In a situation where the list of winners was so boring predictable, and the complete absence among participants of the battle for top honors this blockbuster has not caused increased interest in the ceremony, the only hope for its recovery was associated with the return of almost legendary Billy Crystal. After all, his name is associated with the best, in terms of ratings, during the ceremonies of "Oscar".
But alas. His enchanting solo numbers, and full of subtle humor monologues, apparently, in the past. Either the Crystal older and has lost his former ease, whether the writers wrote their texts based on Eddie Murphy and did not alter them for a new leader, but the show did not happen. That is, like there were impromptu and good jokes, but the overall impression was reduced to an unworthy talent of Crystal definition of "nothing."
Of course, record the number of ceremonies performed on the stage looked much better than last year's youth and organically, and that it could lead to name just a joke. But still ... "No way". And even the famous circus troupe, which presented, as stated, the biggest number only emphasized his dullness of what is happening on the stage of cinema Kodak.
Experts have yet to calculate the rankings, analyze and explain the numbers of individual failures. But it is absolutely clear that we need serious reform of the Academy Awards. It's time to dilute the old man with the young blood that will more clearly understand the ossified brains to a new audience expectations and demands of modern times. Indeed, according to statistics, the vast majority of cinema academics - are men from 50 to 60 years and older. And in this age group tend to greatly mistaken about the value of their life experiences to similar events.
Before the screen is sitting a long time since the generation that sees the world through fiber-optic networks, legacy of Steve Jobs and extremely compressed space of Twitter. Just do not call Chris Rock, James Franco and others like them. Try to return Hugh Jackman, for example. And turn to the list of nominees the next "Fast and the Furious."
Exorbitantly high budgets of studio projects sometimes cause freeze the picture, but sometimes there are happy-endings. For example, last December, Warner pulled up work on a film by David Dobkin, "Arthur and Lancelot," because of financial difficulties. But this week the project came to life again, and the role of Lancelot can play Colin Farrell.
Last summer, the studio has paid two million dollars for the scenario of "Arthur and Lancelot," who wrote Dobkin. Details of the plot were not disclosed, but we know that this is a new look at the history of the Knights of the Round Table. According to insiders, the main and most interesting role in the project - Lancelot, but not the Arthur, as many believe. Perhaps, therefore, first of all confirmed actor for the role of Lancelot. His was to play a Swede Youel Kinnaman.
Arthur would play Keith Harrington of the television series "The Game of Thrones," but as an actor dropped out of the picture due to Dobkin shooting schedule. However, as others say insiders, one of the main problems was the lack of movie star names. So Warner canceled the shooting, which was planned to start in January of this year.
Now David Dobkin invited Colin Farrell to play Lancelot. I can not say that the Irish actor absolutely ensure the project fund. However, the comedy "Bores bosses" has earned with his participation in the worldwide box office of over 200 million dollars, but can not say that Farrell was the first violin of the film. As an action hero, we see Colin in the summer, when there will be a remake of the fantasy "Total Recall".
The role of the magician Merlin offered Gary Oldman, the actor refused. Rumor has it that Warner is going to turn again to the Oldman with the proposal.
Recall that because of "Arthur and Lancelot» Warner closed two projects on the Knights of the Round Table. One of them was going to shoot Bryan Singer, and another - Guy Ritchie.
At least five projects about Peter Pan have been circulated last spring in the film world, but it crystallized so far only one - a television production of "Neverland", filmed in the UK. Hollywood is in a hurry for the English colleagues - director of "Warrior" Gavin O'Connor will shoot a film with the same name but different content. Channing Tatum will serve as his producer.
"Neverland," O'Connor initially called "Pan". Book by JM Barrie has undergone a total revision of the writer, "Hunger Games" Billy Ray, and the boy who does not want to grow up, the brother was terrible Captain Hook. Studio Sony has acquired the script for the seven-figure sum.
New story of Peter Pan - part of the next trendy Hollywood epidemic on the revision of the classic fairy tales. The first sign was "Alice in Wonderland," get rich studio Disney, after which it was stated several films about the Snow White (two of them out this year), five projects of Peter Pan, two different "Sleeping Beauty" (one of them turned in "Malefisent" with Angelina Jolie). And that we are still silent about the four versions of Frankenstein, as they do not really fit the term "fairy tale".
Gavin O'Connor set for the Disney studio hockey melodrama "Miracle", shot by Edward Norton and Colin Farrell in the police drama "Pride and Glory," and last year released an unappreciated distributors and viewers a picture of "Warrior" with Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton.
Channing Tatum this year will be a frequent guest on the big screen. Now you can see him in the melodrama "The Vow", recently released thriller "Knockout", and in front of highly regarded by Western critics of the comedy "21 Jump Street", action "Cobra 2" and a picture of Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike" about the strippers. Tatum has two years of trying his hand at producing, and "Neverland" will be his next work in this field.