Minus Ryan Reynolds and Reese Witherspoon, plus Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams - this is a casting decision of the new project of Tim Burton's "Big Eyes", which tells the life story of the artist Margaret Keane, who loved to paint lovely kids with great big eyes.
Margaret Keane, was born in Tennessee in 1927. Deeply respected the Bible since childhood, but her work has influenced not only religion, but also the relationship with her grandmother. In 1960 the artist was selling her works under the name of her second husband, Walter Keane. Having gone through a painful divorce (the husband was trying to win back the rights to her works), with the time Margaret joined the organization of Jehovah's Witnesses, which, she said, has changed her life for the better.
Keane was famous for his works with big-eyed kids. Reproductions of her works sold almost all U.S. gas stations and stores in the 1950s and 1960s.
Back in the spring of last year the movie were going to shot Scott Alexander and Larry Karatsevski. They are the authors of the script and familiar with Burton, he wrote the script for "Ed Wood." Tim was listed first exclusive producer of "Big Eye", but in the end he will settle in the director's chair. Scott and Larry will produce the picture.
"Big Eyes" are in the works for a total of 6 years. First, in drama about the artist has interested Kate Hudson, but last year the main role was aimed to Reese Witherspoon. On the role of Walter Keane confirmed Ryan Reynolds.
A half later, the concept has changed. Not only Tim Burton decided to shoot the film, but the main role was taken by other actors. Amy Adams will play Margaret and her husband - Christoph Waltz, twice received the "Oscar" for the supporting role in Quentin Tarantino. Analysts say that such a change of actors will benefit the project.
The company of brothers Weinstein TWC will finance and roll the tape. For Burton's "Big Eyes" will step away from the last big-budget project: the picture looks like a humble family drama. However, knowing Burton, one can assume that the director will find a way to add a dose of his personal tricks.
Filming "Big Eyes" will begin this summer.
Hollywood continues its expansion into the Asian market. Last November, the producers of the film of Michael Bay, "Untitled Transformers Sequel" began talks with Chinese companies on joint production of the picture. This week it was announced China agreement.
Studio Paramount signed a deal with two Chinese companies - with China Movie Channel, under the wing of the state organization of radio, film and television, and Jiaflix Enterprises. "Untitled Transformers Sequel" will be partly filmed in China and with the participation of Chinese actors. A number of post-production work will be conduct in China. So robots of Michael Bay this time will literally made in China, as well as games of Hasbro company, which owns the franchise.
The director notes that will be extremely happy to work with Chinese companies, but more will be happy producers: China in recent years has become one of the largest markets. In particular, the "Transformers 3" started there with exorbitant sum of 56 million dollars, having collected a total of 145.5 million dollars.
In China there hard quota on the number of Hollywood films at the box office. Earlier, it was allowed only 20 foreign films per year, but in February 2012, the state has increased this figure to 34 tapes.
The Chinese care about the fate of their own movies, the attendance of which due to the increased rental Hollywood projects is declined. In 2012, charges of Chinese films accounted for about 40% of the total. It is expected that in 2014, the figure will be 35%.
And it all began quite simply, stars like Kevin Spacey, Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale starred in Chinese films, providing them with international distribution, but now it is not enough. Producers want to grab an extra piece of the Chinese pie, even for this and we have to go shoot in a foreign country with unfamiliar customs.
Co-production with Asia is bearing fruit. For example, released this year, action comedy "Journey to the West", filmed by the newly formed company Village Roadshow Pictures Asia, has already earned at the Chinese box office of more than $ 200 million. During the first weekend, the picture attracted a record amount of 93.5 million dollars for China.
Village Roadshow Ltd. - an Australian company with a U.S. subsidiary of Village Roadshow Pictures - founded its Chinese branch in 2011.
Note that the films made by Chinese companies get a different status in the Chinese box office and have a chance to earn much more than their pure American counterparts.
More recently, it was reported that China will own version of "Iron Man 3", which will include additional material and storyline with actress Fan Bingbing.
"Untitled Transformers Sequel" will be released in China on June 27, 2014th.
After the first rolling weekend “G. I. Joe: Retaliation” has gathered $ 132 million worldwide, the studio Paramount, gleefully rubbing their hands and announced the launch of the third film franchise.
It is worth recalling that the movie was released in 2009 and earned 302 million worldwide box office with a budget of 175. The decision to continue the picture was taken as much summer of 2010, and the director's chair was going to take Stephen Sommers, who shot the first film.
General, the history of producing of both "G.I. Joe" stands separate story. Just before the release of the first tape was talk about disagreements of Sommers and producers, and the test-shows of the action gathered the lowest scores in the history of Paramount. This allegedly led to the dismissal of Stephen Sommers and his removal from further work on the film. Subsequently, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura denied the rumors.
Still, the second film was given the green light. But Sommers refused to take a picture. The director has become Jon M. Chu ("Step Up 2: The Streets" and "Step Up 3D”). The main project star has become Dwayne Johnson, who agreed to star in the sequel to the summer of 2011. The other members of the team came soon: Adrianne Palicki, Ray Stevenson, Bruce Willis as the first soldier Joe and one D. J. Cothron, who was to replace Channing Tatum in the form of a young and handsome hero.
At the heart of the franchise is a series of games, produced by Hasbro.
According to the plot of the sequel Tatum died in the beginning. When the film was finished, the ill-fated test views showed that viewers are not enough Channing participation: for as long as the film was shot, the actor managed to gain additional popularity. And on May 24 the 2012, just a month before the start of ""G.I. Joe"" at world release, Paramount decided to postpone the release for 9 months and to shoot several scenes with Tatum, converting tape into 3D.
"G.I. Joe 2" cost the studio $ 130 million, that is cheaper than the original film. Analysts predict a project about 410 million in worldwide box office, that is a hundred more than the film's predecessor.
Not yet assigned the writers, not yet reported, who will be in the director's chair, and who will return from the original line-up, but you can say one thing: "G.I. Joe" will be shot in 3D.
Summer is around the corner, and that means that your favorite essential serials go on hiatus, and will give way to the cable. This year, the channels prepared a couple of surprises - Fox, for example, launched a summer animation lineup, and CBS is preparing Under the Dome, TV series based on the novel by Stephen King. A full schedule of summer season premieres and finales already had shot Fox, CBS and The CW, news from ABC and NBC are expected in the near future.
First on Fox will take a long break extended “Raising Hope”, then “Touch”, “Bones” and “The Following” - all these series will go even before May. Fox left for the summer “The Goodwin Games” with Becky Newton in the title role. In Saturday night Fox will launch a line of "adult animation", which will be released in the rotation such series as “Axe Cop”, “High School USA!” and “Golan the Insatiable.”
Thursday, March 28
09:00 Raising Hope, the final third of the season (two episodes)
Friday, April 26
09:00 Touch, the second season finale
Monday, April 29
08:00 Bones, the eighth season finale
09:00 The Following, the first season finale
Tuesday, May 7
09:00 New Girl, the second season finale
09:30 The Mindy Project, the first season finale
Thursday, May 9
09:00 Glee, four finale season
Sunday, May 12
08:30 Bob's Burgers, the third season finale
09:30 American Dad, the eighth season finale
Sunday, May 19
07:00 The Cleveland Show, finale of the fourth season (two episodes)
08:00 The Simpsons, ending the twenty-fourth of the season (two episodes)
09:00 Family Guy, the eleventh season finale (two episodes)
Monday, May 20
08:30 The Goodwin Games, Premier
Saturday, July 27
11:00 Animation Domination High-Def, premier
No surprises here, just one episode goes before May - “The Carrie Diaries”. All the others, starting with “Hart of Dixie” and ending “Cult”, complete their show in the traditional period.
Monday, April 8
08:00 The Carrie Diaries, final of the first season
Tuesday, May 7
08:00 Hart of Dixie, the second season finale
Monday, May 13
9:00 90210 series finale
Wednesday, May 15
08:00 Arrow, the first season finale
09:00 Supernatural, season eight finale
Thursday, May 16
08:00 The Vampire Diaries, season four finale
09:00 Beauty and the Beast, the first season finale
Friday, May 17
08:00 Nikita, the final third of the season
Friday, May 24
09:00 Cult, the first season finale
NBC ... and the rest of their schedule has not yet announced, but some dates are already known.
Friday, March 22
08:00 Last Man Stansing, the second season finale
08:30 Malibu Country, the first season finale
Wednesday, March 27
08:30 The Neighbors, the first season finale
Wednesday, April 3
09:30 For the Rest of Your Life, the series premiere
Monday, May 27
10:00 Mistresses, series premiere
From CBS surprises least. The first will take “The Good Wife” on April 28, “Criminal Minds” last May 22. Of the two-hour finals - “Elementary” and “Criminal Minds”. If there will be summer premiere, except “Under The Dome”, something about them yet unknown.
Sunday, April 28
09:00 The Good Wife, season four finale
Sunday, May 5
10:00 The Mentalist, the fifth season finale
Friday, May 10
09:00 Vegas, the first season finale
10:00 Blue Bloods, the third season finale
Monday, May 13
08:00 How I Met Your Mother, the eighth season finale
09:00 2 Broke Girls, the second season finale
Tuesday, May 14
08:00 NCIS, tenth season finale
09:00 NCIS: LA, the fourth season finale
10:00 Golden Boy, the first season finale
Wednesday, May 15
10:00 CSI, thirteenth season finale
Thursday, May 16
08:00 The Big Bang Theory, the sixth season finale
09:00 Elementary, the first season finale (two episodes)
Monday, May 20
08:30 Rules of Engagement, the seventh season finale
09:30 Mike and Molly, the third season finale
10:00 Hawaii Five-0, the third season finale
Wednesday, May 22
09:00 Criminal Minds, the eighth season finale (two episodes)
Monday, June 24
10:00 Under the Dome, the series premiere
Monday, March 18
10:00 Deception, the first season finale
Thursday, April 11
9:30 1600 Penn, the first season finale
Tuesday, April 23
09:00 Go On, the first season finale
09:30 The New Normal, the first season finale
Thursday, May 16
09:00 The Office, the series finale (watch episode)
Fantastic band, appearing in the Oscar-winning project of Ben Affleck "Argo" will see the light. It will be called the "Lord of Light”, like the novel by Roger Zelazny, a famous script writer, who saved the lives of several Americans in the late 1970s.
Recall that, according to recently declassified CIA documents, in 1979, science fiction script called "Argo" was allegedly put into production. About this project wrote only Hollywood publication Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. However, the picture has not seen the light, as it has become a cover for the CIA special operations agent Tony Mendez to extract six U.S. diplomats who have appeared in the Canadian ambassador's house during the seizure of the Embassy by Iranian students in Tehran.
The situation in reality was somewhat different from those shown in the film of Affleck. If you take only the Hollywood component, then it was out the producer, which in the "Argo" brilliantly played by Alan Arkin. In fact, a fake movie run with two make-up artists, one of whom was John Chambers (in the film portrayed by John Goodman).
"Lord of Light" by Roger Zelazny, which became the basis of Barry Ira Heller scenario, was written in 1967. In the story after the death of the Earth the crew of the ship "Star of India" founded a colony on a planet in another star system. Having won almost all the original inhabitants of the planet, the crew is building a city on one of the poles of the planet. During the colonization of the planet people achieve technological power and immortality, and declare themselves gods. The colonists are divided into two parts: the gods who live in the heavenly city, and on the technical benefits, and ordinary people, strongly pushed around deities and living in the medieval cities on the planet. Develops celestial hierarchy in the image of the Hindu pantheon of deities.
Geller’s scenario was a part of an ambitious project "Science Fiction Land”, which was conceived as the first amusement park with elements of sci-fi. Geller enlisted the support of a number of science fiction, including Ray Bradbury, and the legendary artist Jack Kirby, who thought the visual solution. That was the art-concept of "Science fiction land."
After Chambers showed Mendez scenario of Geller, CIA decided that the name "Lord of Light" is not appropriate, and changed it to "Argo". Make-up artist joined to the project his colleague Robert Sidell, who worked on "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial".
After painting of Affleck received the "Oscar" for Best Picture in 2012, the studio Warner has decided to buy Heller’s script and run it in production. Presumably work on the existing scenario is still the same Chris Terry, who wrote the "Argo".
Note that, in contrast to the false "Argo", the new film will be called "Lord of Light" and will become more similar to Zelazny novel rather than a parody of the "Star Wars", as it was presented in the film of Affleck. Negotiations are underway with the Kirby family about the possibility of the use of his drawings in the new incarnation of the "Lord of Light."
Producer Jon Landau said that filming sequel to "Avatar" by James Cameron will be held not only on land, but under water. Motion capture technology has not yet been used in the water, so Cameron will be a pioneer in this field again.
"We have kept a team of experts on digital technology of "Avatar" to see how to shoot underwater with motion capture, - says Landau. - We have turned the simulation of water, but it is impossible to simulate the behavior of the actors. So we will do motion capture in the pool. "
In essence, the process is still the same: the camera will record the signals from reflective markers on the actors' costumes. That's just before that no one did.
At the same time Jon Landau denied rumors that Cameron went down into the Mariana Trench for material for the sequel of "Avatar." "He is a researcher! Of course, he was shooting a lot, but it is not connected with "Avatar".
The producer says the use of the latest technologies in the work on "Avatar 2" and "Avatar 3", but what about the high frame rate (HFR)? Cameron has repeatedly referred to the opportunity to work with this standard, first tested on Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: Unexpected Journey". "HFR better for the viewer - says Landau. - But no one should dictate directors, at what frame rate to make a film - 24, 48 or 60 frames per second. "
Landau was weighed a lot of compliments to the work of Jackson, but notes the difference between movies. ""The Hobbit"- another movie with a different history and a different tone, and Peter has chosen the right creative solution for that he must be respected."
While we are talking only about the format 3D. And then the producer is sure to continue to shoot "Avatar" in stereo.
Among other innovations, the continuation of "Avatar" will get a new sound system, developed by Cameron and Landau's Lightstorm Entertainment studio in Manhattan Beach. However, the producer recalls that attention is not to focus on the special effects, and the story, "The audience comes to the cinema not for a new technology, and for the emotional component of history."
After a long hiatus, Revolution finally returned to NBC on March 25 with the second half of the season. Executive producer Eric Kripke and actress Elizabeth Mitchell in an interview promised a better future of the show.
"When you're off-air for four months, you can only hold your breath and hope that the fans will return - said Kripke during a teleconference. - The break has given to producers and writers the time to understand what works in this show, and what does not and how to make it better. It allowed us to make TV series better and this is my main priority. The series will be better because of the hiatus".
Although the last time “Revolution” came four months ago, the premiere of the second half of the season under the title «The Stand» starts right where the last episode ended. Miles (Billy Burke) and Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) finally found Danny (Graham Rogers), and took him and Rachel (Mitchell) from the hands of Monroe (David Lyons). But Monroe used an amp, which gave him Rachel and began a full-scale attack against the refugees.
"The first part of the season and the search for Danny was the prologue and much more exciting story - says Kripke, adding - I like the first half, but the second one is better, no doubt."
Kripke and Mitchell promised us five things to expect from the return of “Revolution”:
- Key issues, including the cause of blackout, will be answered.
"This is my style - says Kripke. - Ask questions, ask more questions and to answer them. In the second half of the season viewers can expect this. I prefer the aggressive, exciting pace of the narrative. In the thirteenth episode, Rachel fully tells the whole story about why there was a blackout. Every time I watch this scene, I think, “Wow, we just take and tell it like it is. " The lack of scenes in which the main secrets are laid in three minutes, is contrary to instinct of director".
- We'll learn more about the history of Miles and Rachel.
"One of my favorite scenes - a future scene with Miles in the moonlight on the water, there are beautiful dialogues and shooting. It was simple and sweet - just the kind of scenes that I like to play and watch, "- says Mitchell.
"You could say that this scene hints at a deeper and more complex story between Rachel and Miles - says Kripke. Basically, the scene is based on looks, but a lot is passed in a little conversation. "
"Well, we'll find out about their relationship - adds Mitchell. -They are deeper and richer than I thought. There is a theory that people are together due to common pain. I think that in the hearts of Rachel and Miles are experiencing the same thing. "
- Mysterious science of Grace (Mary Howell) returns to the key role.
"At the end of the 7th and 8th episode we discovered that Randall (Colm Fiore) brought her to a mysterious place - said Kripke. - On the 11th episode we'll tell you what is this place, why Randall led her of what he called her to and so on. This place is very important to the plot, it became the center of the universe, figuratively speaking. All characters drawn there because of the importance of the place and importance of Grace herself."
- Charlie and Nate (JD Pardo) relationships
"Nate's waiting for radical changes in the relationship with his father (Giancarlo Esposito) and the police - says Kripke. - Charlie "sitting in the front seat" in these dramatic turns. Between them will be attraction. And then we demolish because the main question here is, whether they are together or not, and whether they will pass the obstacles that have to? "
- Let Rachel is no longer a prisoner of Monroe, but her problems are just beginning.
"Events in the first episode ... - Mitchell said warily. - Bet my character can certainly be even higher, but I do not see how. Its primary objective - the protection of the family. Amazingly, it did not break. "
"In the last moments of the 11 episodes you will find a crazy twist - says Kripke of the crucial scene with Rachel. - Everything is so exquisite and so beautiful that I can not believe this is happening. Will be tears and knives. The scene is just gorgeous. "
Reporting on his retirement from the cinema, Steven Soderbergh did not specify that he will stay on TV. Completed the picture "Behind the candelabra" for HBO channel, director will take up the classic novel by John Barth "The Sot-Weed Factor" and make a TV series.
Bart's book, written in 1960, is the debut work of a writer in the genre of post-modernism.
"The Sot-Weed Factor" - a satirical epic of the colonization of Maryland, the effect of which is developed in the late XVII century. The novel is based on the life of poet Ebenezer Cooke, who wrote the poem "The Sot-Weed Factor." Bart Cooke - a poet and a virgin, an innocent young man who moved from London to Maryland, where inherits his father's farm of tobacco. He is trying to write an epic poem, but gradually sinking into a satire.
Soderbergh promised to leave the cinema and start painting and writing books. But soon the director has staged two musicals in the theater (one based on the movie "Super Mike", the other - the rock musical "Cleopatra"). To these have been added and more long-standing project of director, the film adaptation of "The Sot-Weed Factor."
About the desire to make a film, based on the novel of Bart, Soderbergh told long ago. In 2010, the director said that the movie does not work, most likely, "The Sot-Weed Factor" will be a mini TV series. And so it happened. The project is spread over 12 episodes, but what channel will be taken to assist the director, is not known.
"I think I figured out a way to shoot it cheap - said Stephen in an interview. - I don’t want to shoot a 12-hour comedy for $ 85 million, the effect of which develops in the XVII century. And I started to think about how to change it. "
Rather, Soderbergh has found a way to take action in our time - the only way, which greatly reduce the cost of production.
Now DreamWorks has its own "Ice Age"! However, without ice and mammoths, but with a family of colorful cavemen and beautiful flora and fauna. The story about this family has pleasantly surprised: it is dynamic, fun, energetic, cheerful, and so on in the same vein, in a word, is not boring.
Thanks to Chris Sanders the cartoon "Croods" is incredibly fun to watch. It is fascinating! So much so that the number of wild punches just stop paying attention. Authors were able to present all of this, so that even in adults there is no hint of irritation.
However, all children and adults will be busy contemplating the beautiful: "Croods" even by the standards of Hollywood titans is very colorful cartoon. Prehistoric jungle beasts with the absurd, forbidding rocks and parched deserts, majestic mountains, vast fields and at the snack heroes visit, we can say, the roof of the world. And most importantly - all the bright colors do not climb into the eyes from the screen, yelling excitedly about what they are colorful and almost fragrant. Beautiful just enough so that it is admire and create the desire to close tired eyes.
When the number of bright colors and shades on the screen starts to go off-scale, the characters get into a bit of gorges, caves or labyrinth. They, too, are fine, but they have a different charm, dark and cold. And so - throughout the film skips on a mad family of incredible locations, as if everything was not in ancient times on Earth, and not so long ago on a very, very distant planet. Which has a great future.
The authors do not forget about the humor! Some moments, mostly in one way or another, affect the militant and conservative (and creative) father of the family, are able to really laugh not only and not as many children as their adult companions. Not behind them and beasts, sometimes carnivorous, sometimes - not very much, but always original. Not to mention the hairy-clawed local satellite - a sort of a small and delicate, and most importantly - funny animal, another sign of a successful Hollywood cartoon.
Unbridled joy that seeks to please the greatest number of people. Celebration of life in the neolithic period, which all are invited. All in all, a wonderful way to spend time - even if you have no children to watch this cartoon.
Global film market is becoming increasingly important to Hollywood studios, so you can not be surprised at the appearance of special versions of movies, rewired for display in a particular country. For example, China will show a very different "Iron Man 3", rather than in the United States or Europe.
The third part of the franchise follows the adventures of billionaire superhero Tony Stark rolled in China by DMG Entertainment, not Disney, as all over the world. Chinese rental laws for foreign films have been recently eased, but Hollywood is trying to stake out a place for a blockbuster in China cinemas by all means.
Marvel and DMG could not declare the "Iron Man 3" co-production, but instead added some plot elements for Chinese products. In both versions of Shane Black movie, it will be made in China in December last year with the lead actor Wang Xueqi. However, in contrast to the U.S. and international versions, the Chinese audience will see the extra frames and popular actress Fan Binbin, recently approved by the picture of Bryan Singer "X-Men: Days of future past."
Earlier in China prevailed strict quotas on the percentage of foreign films at the box office (up to 20 films a year.) The film passes a strict censorship, and Hollywood studios receive 13% of the fees - it is two times less than the average.
Thus, the Chinese version of "Iron Man 3" will serve as a collection rarity, which will hunt for film fans around the world. However, this is not the first time that Hollywood movie is changed for release in China. Suffice it to recall a version of "Looper", which were added some captured frames in Shanghai, as well as the upcoming "Transformers 4", which will be partly shot in China.
For the sake of friendly relations with the country whose market rent is one of the leading world producers of "Elusive" has completely changed the partially exposed film. In a remake of the film "Red Sunset" first aggressor was listed as China, but it was replaced by the North Korea.