Invitations to become members of the American Academy and get the opportunity to vote for nominees for the "Oscar" sent 176 representatives of various professions related to cinema. Among the recipients are Terrence Malick, Octavia Spencer, Andy Serkis, the star of the French "Artist", Wong Kar-Wai and Stephen King.
American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is often criticized for overly homogeneous composition. Academy itself did not publish a list of members. A recent investigation into the publication Los Angeles Times revealed that the majority of the members of this august institution - the white men over 60 years.
Many were shocked by the news that only 14% of academics are under the age of 50 years, and only 2% - are black. It also claims to the Academy concluded that many of its members, receiving a lifetime status for decades are not engaged in a movie, and the voices of housewives and retired people are taken into account along with the voice of Steven Spielberg.
This year, the Film Academy is trying to catch up and diversify its membership. Invitation has gotten the owner of "Oscar" for "Help" Octavia Spencer and her co-star Jessica Chastain, the star of the upcoming "Django unchained" Kerry Washington, Kristen Wiig and trio Annie and Melissa McCarthy Mumolo from the team “Bachelorette party in Vegas” and others.
Among the selected entry for the Academy this year, you can also find modern classics - Dardenne brothers, Terrence Malick, Wong Kar-wai, a recent owner of "Oscar" for "Divorce Nader and Simin," Asghar Farhadi, as well as key trio of "Artist" - director Michel Hazanavichusa and actors Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bezho. Demian Bishir, Diego Luna, Michelle Yeoh also received an offer to join the ranks of cinema academics.
Hard to believe, but the chief expert on the latest technologies acting Andy Serkis, producer of films by Woody Allen Letty Aronson, a longtime partner of George Clooney, writer, producer and actor Grant Heslov, and is one of the authors of our time Stephen King were not previously a member of the honorary title Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and also received an invitation to this year participation.
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.
Blue skin husky named Lobo, a hero of comics from publisher DC, once again reminded of himself. Talks about setting of the film about this character go back to 2009, and the project was interested in Guy Ritchie. Recently it was reported that Dwayne Johnson could get a major role in the movie, which will put the director Brad Peyton, who worked with Johnson on the film "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island."
Lobo was one of the most popular characters in DC's publishing of the nineties. He first appeared as a villain in the pages of comic books in 1983. Then he was not in great demand, but after a few years his career thrived. In the nineties Lobo became the anti-hero and was considered a parody of Wolverine and the Punisher. Mercenary alien remained among the heroes of DC to 1999.
It was assumed that in the Guy Ritchie film, which was conceived in the autumn of 2009, Lobo was coming to Earth in search of the four escapees. Invulnerable biker helps a teenage girl. However, there is an option that this story line can safely be forgotten, as recently has been changes another screenwriter.
Brad Peyton is not only undertake the formulation of the film, but also to remake the script. For this work he undertook in the spring of 2012. It seems that the director should be thanked for bringing to draft Johnson. This week, the actor wrote on Twitter: "Conversations that I will play Lobo, - the truth. Joel Silver and Brad Peyton are now working on the project. It will be great. "
Release date of the project has not been disclosed, but Lobo will be released on the screen not earlier then 2015.
Dwayne Johnson will appear in the next year at least at five movies. First released thriller "Squealer", then low-budget project of Michael Bay “Pain and Gain”, transferred to the 2013th "Cobra 2","Fast and Furious 6" and the thriller "Empire State".
The channel CBS and 20th Century Fox TV has started talks about a single season sitcom "How I Met Your Mother." In the autumn of this year will start the eighth season, which was supposed to be the last, but it seems to be followed by another sequel.
According to Variety, the decision to order another season has come to the leadership of the channel after the unexpectedly high ratings of the seventh season. The total number of visitors reached 8.3 million - such figure the show producers were observed during the third and the best season in terms of audience, have occurred from 2008 to 2009.
The creators of the show and its executive producers Carter Baize and Craig Thomas signed contracts only for 2012-2013, as well as the five stars of the project, including Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smolders, Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan.
It should be mentioned that the negotiations on the ninth season, while only preliminary, but fans of the series can rejoice that such an option is considered, as it had on was not even mentioned.
Given that Baze and Thomas already know how Ted met the mother of two teenagers, with a kind of boring sitting on the couch in the beginning of each episode, we can assume that the authors did not extend the amount of story for another season. In addition, the writers have not yet started to compose the eighth event of the season.
Over the years, actors who starred in the series, scored stellar weight. Neil Patrick Harris is leading big ceremonies, Josh Radnor is shooting a movie, Kobe Smolders became part of the universe Marvel, well, and Jason Segel is actively writing and removed. Do they agree on one more season of "How Met Your Mother" - is a big question.
It seems, first African-American superhero on the big screen will not Panther, as suggested earlier, and Falcon, who plays Anthony Mackie, known for his films "Changing realities", "Living Steel" and "President Lincoln: Vampire Hunter."
Falcon made his debut in the comics, "Captain America" in 1969. The creators of the character - Stan Lee and Gene Colan. Here's how Colan in 2008, recalled the story of the birth of the character:
"In the late 1960s, more frequent news about the Vietnam War and civil protests, and Stan had always wanted to be at the forefront and, therefore, reflect the events in the comics. One of the most important steps in this direction was made in "Captain America". I liked to draw very different people. I drew a huge variety of types of comics, loved to draw black people. The features of their faces always seemed to me very attractive, but also on their faces are clearly reflected the wisdom, strength and spirit. I remember how I proposed to come up with Stan African-American hero, and he immediately took my idea. I took a few magazines and on the basis of photographs of various African-Americans invented the Falcon. "
In real life, the Falcon name is Sam Wilson, he was born in Harlem and lived through many adventures with Captain America in the comics of the 1970s, working as his partner. Superpowers Falcon was taken from a special suit, by which Sam could fly. In addition, the hero was able to telepathically talk to the birds. In modern comics, Falcon is one of the key actors in the adventures of Cap and looks like this:
“In general, Sam Wilson has a dark past. It is known that his parents were respectable people and were killed, and he got on the trail of crime, eventually became a pimp and moved to Los Angeles. Performing regular job mafia in Rio de Janeiro, Wilson crashed on the island, where he has a new friend - the character Red Skull, hiding there with henchmen. Thanks Cosmic Cuba Sam gets new abilities. As time becomes a friend of Captain America”.
Details of the plot of "Winter Soldier" are kept secret, but in this subtitle it is clear that in the center of the plot will be Bucky Barnes, a friend of Steve Rogers. In the story of comics in 1945, Barnes hit a mine, but his body was found a Soviet general Karpov and moved to Moscow, where amnesiac assistant of Captain America Winter Soldier did, working for the Soviet Union.
"Captain America: Winter Soldier" will be released on April 4, 2014th.
13-year-old dream of Quentin Tarantino called "Django unchained" came true. The director introduced the film to the public in San Diego, taking with him Jamie Fox, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington, and Don Johnson.
"I always wanted to make a western, but the spaghetti western, - says Tarantino. - At first the idea was: a slave becomes a bounty hunter and chases the white. "
The historical accuracy of the director: "This was not necessary, because America before the Civil War itself was a very surreal. Unable to show it strangest and the worse than the reality. "
The fact that Tarantino film would be controversial, the leading man Jamie Foxx suspected from the beginning. However, knowledge did not deter him from working with all the wonderful people who surrounded himself with the director.
"When we started rehearsals, Quentin told me that he worries about my ability to understand the mentality of a slave, - says Fox. - He also thought that I could not reject my star status, and demanded that I totally scored on his ego and "started all over again." But it was easy: I grew up in Texas, and as a child I was often called a nigger. So it was easy to understand the character. "
Christoph Waltz has hinted that his character did not just save Django: "He needs it! But why - do not tell yourself you'll see! "
Dr. Schultz (now a dentist) - a great shooter, but he is not ready for the harsh realities of the South. Walz said that for him, as for Fox, Quentin partly recalled his own experience, since he grew up in Vienna. The director said that Schultz has a very interesting background, which was not included in the film.
Then the director introduced the eight-cutting of the film, which has a lot of new characters, but they are all from the first part of "Django".
Tarantino compared planters with large corporations. Walton Goggins plays Billy Crash, who trains the slaves for fighting. Samuel L. Jackson plays Steven, domestic servant, who controls the estate of ruthless Candy (Leonardo DiCaprio). "They are the two executive directors" - drew an analogy director. Maybe Stephen and slave, but he is a very unpleasant man. He can be called the father of Candy, because he brought up his master and is the only person who listens to the hero DiCaprio.
The film is still underway, there is still a week of filming. Tarantino said John Hill, recently won a role in the project, has already filmed all his scenes, but no, he did not take the place of the hero retired Sacha Baron Cohen. Hero of Hill appears in the company of Dad, and their scenes together Tarantino calls the most ridiculous of all, he managed to compose for his life. Director did not disclose details, but hinted that it is linked to the Ku Klux Klan.
Interestingly, one of the characters in "Django" is the ancestor of another hero of the film Tarantino. Quentin did not say who it was, but joked that Jango and Brumgilda are the progenitors of the detective Shaft.
Of course, some of the fans asked Tarantino, what will be his next project. And, of course, the director has no idea what will undertake after the "Django unchained".
A new picture of Quentin Tarantino will be shown in January 17, 2013th.
6,500 people who came into the room H Fairgrounds in San Diego to the presentation of the painting "Pacific Rim", were not disappointed: Guillermo del Toro, opened the curtain on his new film, and featured material led the audience in raptures.
Legendary studio head Thomas Tull said, how screenwriter Travis Beacham came to him with the idea of a film about giant robots fighting with giant monsters.
"The idea is excellent, I said, but you need to bring it to mind. And then we stole one man", - said Tull.
At this point the stage to the applause went Guillermo del Toro. The director has been taken as a rock star, so long had been standing ovation.
"Now I wrought upon my word, - said Guillermo. - I bought a pair of pants sizes too big, so it's all right!"
"This film for me as a great gift for Christmas. It has appeared in my life as a time when it was especially necessary", - said the director, alluding to cut down on the draft Universal adaptation of Lovecraft's "At the Mountains of Madness".
In an interview, Del Toro says, "Termination of work on a "mountains" has put me into the deepest despair. We are already flying over Alaska, searching for places to shoot, when I called and asked to come to the studio to talk about.
Universal is not going to spend 150 million on a movie rated R. I do not regret that I did not give. See, there's "Prometheus" with the same rating, with the same budget and without major stars. And I had Tom Cruise in the lead role and Jim Cameron as producer. I do not want to say that they were right and I'm right. I have never been able to work in their field, because it gave a green light for projects such as "At the Mountains of Madness" and many others. I understand. But, still sad. Hundreds of drawings, sketches, storyboards, animatics - all going nowhere. In the ILM special effects made tents tests and proved that anything is possible! For the director this turn of events is always very offensive, because you already have in mind a movie that you want to show the audience. "
Shooting of "Pacific Rim" have ended in a couple of weeks ago, but for the Comic-Con has been specially mounted video. Appeared on the stage stars of the film Charlie Hannem, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Ron Perlman, Guillermo and then explained that for every giant robot control requires two persons, one on each side. "All the shit with the James-James Bond camera in the glasses, cut down his technique! This footage no one else sees!" Guillermo has promised that before the end of the year of the project comes from radio silence, and no other material on it is avaliable. The light is turned off, has begun commercial.
In the "Pacific Rim" there will be nine kaizen and six robots. "We have sketched some 40 variants of monsters and made them a contest "American Idol". We chose the best".
Del Toro began to tell, what do monsters in his film, in that the head of Legendary added: "Believe me, our bank account may well tell you how much he made them get up there!"
Director of "Hellboy" was never shy in expressions. He rode on the popular motion capture technology:"I have no fucking "mo-caps" in the movie! The robots have to move like robots! The same applies to the monster. " Despite the abundance of graphics in the film, much has been done the old fashioned way, with the help of mechanics and props.
The result of the Guillermo del Toro can only be evaluated in July 11, 2013.
Sequel to "The First Avenger" was subtitled "Winter Soldier", the second "Thor" will be called "Dark World", and in August of 2014 we expect, "Guardians of the Galaxy." The head of Marvel Studios, Kevin Faig told about upcoming projects, presented by Robert Downey Jr. and "Iron Man 3" and Edgar Wright showed test material on "Ant-Man."
Saturday Marvel panel in the hall H Fairgrounds in San Diego was reserved for "Iron Man 3", but the studio would not have been it, if it did not show additional material for the fans. Kevin Faig said that to date in developing the following projects are studio: "Iron Man 3" (released in the United States - May 3, 2013th), "Thor: The Dark World" (November 8, 2013th), "Captain America: Winter Soldier "(April 4, 2014-go) and "The Guardians of the Galaxy"(August 1, 2014th).
Fans of comic book about Captain America immediately realized that the sequel will focus on the role of friend Steve Rogers, Bucky Barnes, whose first film, played Sebastian Stan. In the second, "Thor" is the new villain, but as long as the studio does not specify who will be playing, Dane Mads Mikkelsen, who was named to this role, has refused. Another change in the "Thor": Fandral, a robust fellow of Scandinavian friend, will play Zachary Levi.
As previously reported, the studio is preparing to release in theaters entirely new team, a much more bizarre than the "Avengers". Faig introduced viewers to the concept art "Guardians of the Galaxy."
British humorist Edgar Wright reported that the superheroes in his approach, like Terrence Malick, but some publications have a suspicion that the "Ant-Man" will be the first full-fledged comedy of Marvel. Featured material was completed two weeks ago and did not apply to the upcoming film, this is only a test, which the director was engaged for several months, showing his vision of the film.
Ant-Man suit will create a prototype of the familiar amateur era of the "Silver Age" of comics with a touch of modern design. Wright said that the Ant-Man "will kick your ass inch by inch." On the cast it does not go as well as the start of filming. Edgar will begin in the autumn to shoot the last part of the trilogy "Cornett" with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. The film will be called "Edge of the World".
July 12 at the San Diego has been opened convention called Comic-Con - an analog of the Cannes Film Festival for all the geeks of the world. Therefore, in the next few days will be a lot of news about new projects. In particular, the director of "Dark City" Alex Proyas decided to stage a film on the illustrated novel, steampunk, "Joe Golem And The Drowning City” by Christopher Golden and creator of "Hellboy" Mike Minoly.
The film rights to books has purchased Studio Constantin Film. It is expected that Proyas, will not only remove a film on it, but also wrote the script. Especially, we note that the book - it's not a comic or graphic novel, namely the book, just with a lot of pictures of Minoly.
"Joe Golem And The Drowning City" was released in late March 2012. The action of the book begins in 1925 when an earthquake and flood lower Manhattan plunged 10 meters into the water. Residents began to call this part of New York city drowned. Many people do not want to leave their homes and formed a new life on the flooded streets turned into canals between the houses, submerged in water for three or four floors.
It took 50 years. Drowning city is a pitiful sight. Around the scavengers, water rats, the poor eke out their existence, barely make ends meet, and even the most proud and stubborn surrendered under the pressure of circumstances. Among them, 14-year-old Molly McHugh and her friend and employer, Felix Eagles. Once the Eagles was a famous exorcist magician, but now he is just an old medium, communicating with the spirits of the dead. When the regular session with the world beyond the grave is not according to plan, Felix kidnapped strange people in masks, and Molly is forced into hiding. The search will drive another girl with a mysterious stranger and his assistant, burly Joe Golem, whose original purpose - hunting for witches.
Alex Proyas for the last year was unsuccessful. The director spent a lot of time to prepare for adaptation of the poem by John Milton's "Paradise Lost". However, due to financial constraints, the picture was frozen: the number of special effects not correlated with a dedicated budget. Then Proyas signed on adaptation of the novel by Robert A. Heinlein's "Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag," but whether the project will be a priority for Alex, has not yet reported.
Filming will take place at home of director in Australia, the launch date is not yet known.
Adaptation of the novel of Joe Hill "Horn" has replaced the leading actor and found director. Instead of the previously declared Chailly LaBeouf in the film will star Daniel Radcliffe and producer of the picture is assigned Frenchman, Alexander Aja.
For the first time the project was announced in March last year. Novel has been adapted by writer Keith Bunin, who worked on the series "In Treatment."
The protagonist of the novel, a young man named Ig Perrish, wakes up early in the morning with a wild hangover and discovers that in his mind grew real horns. Besides the unpleasant fact is that in the presence of Perrish people begin to say what they really think, and all the dirty secrets are on the surface. Now Ig can find out who really killed his girlfriend because of the crime charged him, though without any proof.
Hill's book was published in many languages. Recall that the writer - the son of the famous Stephen King.
"After reading the novel of Joe Hill, I could not help but to dive into this evil world and look at the famous myth in a new way" - says Aja. Director is familiar to the audience for such films as "Bloody Harvest," "The Hills Have Eyes" and "Piranha 3D".
For Radcliffe, "Horn" will be the breakdown in the genre of mystical horror: an actor previously starred in the film "The Woman in Black." However, the role of Ig will require a complete transformation. If you read the book, it turns out that Daniel was not suited to the role of Perrish, unlike LaBeouf. But the decision of the star of "Harry Potter" to star in the project was ery suddenly, so that we can only hope that Radcliffe and Aja will be able to convey the tone of the novel.
Filming begins this fall.
Daniel Radcliffe recently finished filming the drama "Kill your darlings", where he played the poet Allen Ginsberg.