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.
After the release of surprisingly empty second part of the "Transformers", which Michael Bay himself acknowledged the nightmare, we are all waiting with some fear of further development of the franchise. Will the director to consider the claim to the story, whether it will cope with such a hated them in the past stereoscopy, will star underwear ads worthy substitute fire Megan Fox? In the end, Michael managed to surprise us - to cross all the more horrific scenario mess with product placement and fertilize it all stunning visuals. And in the garden to grow heavy summer blockbuster. But, alas, not the main movie of the year.
And yet throughout the film give the impression that the script was composed after his team "engine", with the main motive was not to create a sane story lines, and the desire "not offend" the next project sponsor, whether a manufacturer of paper for the copier or luxury cars worth 200 thousand dollars. Well, somehow link the battles humanoid robots.
Perhaps the most coherent in terms of plot part of the picture is the entry that has been known before, sheds light on the nature of the space race of the USSR and the USA. The idea of this episode gave Michael Bay Steven Spielberg, and the result is called, on the face. Yes, even in the picture there are somewhat funny scenes especially for residents of the former Soviet Union, but here is just to relax and wait for the main action.
In the third "Transformers," the Autobots and Decepticons have finally defeated the people in the sense of the cast of the film. For none of the "live" pictures of characters, up to Chailly LaBeouf is no longer able to compete with them in the ability to concentrate on his audience's attention. Almost all the actors were just extras, which notifies the main characters that "Bon appetit." And even the supremely beautiful Frances McDormand and John Malkovich are only a small and pleasant addition to the visual Fieri on the screen. Well, perhaps, Ken Jeong, focusing his entire stock of comedy film.
So, summary. "Transformers 3: The Dark Side of the Moon" - a new standard for all directors of battle-the strongest argument in favor of further development of the stereoscopic cinema and the real attraction, which standing in long queues is more than compensated by a few seconds dizzying somersaults. There is no doubt that the box office will be sufficient to Paramount Studios. But the shortcomings of drama and the weakness of the script, alas, did not allow it to occupy an honored place of the main movie of the year. It is still vacant.
The performers of Professor Xavier and Magneto in the movie-comic "X-Men: First Class" can occur on the set of the new film by Danny Boyle, "Trance". The director suggested one of the roles to Michael Fassbender in May, and now wants to see in the project and James McAvoy.
Boyle is planning to shoot film in 3D before starting work on the production of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in London in 2012. After director will work on installing, so that the release of "Trance" is tentatively scheduled for 2013.
At the basis of the "Trance" is the eponymous television tape of a decade ago. The employee decides to steal a London auction priceless picture. Since hero is far from the underworld, he is drawn to these gangsters, so they helped him to translate the idea into reality. As often happens, all plans go awry hero. To dramatize a robbery, the bandits hit hard as the hero's head, causing it to partially lose his memory and can’t remember who put the picture. However, criminals do not believe him and hire a female hypnotist to help to remember everything.
Michael Fassbender might become head of the criminal group, which hires the hero to steal the picture. It seems that James McAvoy got an offer to play the role of the hero, having started the whole story, but lost his memory.
To date, the participation of both actors in the project is not official, but it is hoped that the duo will appear at the Boyle - Michael and James worked very smoothly in the "First Class".
Dinosaurs once again attracted the attention of Steven Spielberg. Recently, the director met with screenwriter of "Thor" Mark Protasiewicz and discussed the possibility of extending the franchise of "Jurassic Park."
Heroes go for 85 million years ago, when Earth still roamed the dinosaurs. Perhaps the director had already figured out how to revive interest in these creatures on the big screen, but Universal Studios said that the screenwriter for the project has not yet been chosen.
Mark Protasiewicz is familiar with Steven Spielberg since work on the remake of Korean hit "Oldboy." In 2008, the director had planned to put his version of the famous movie with Will Smith in the title role. However, the producers could not solve the problem with the rights to stage, which eventually led to stopping the project.
"Jurassic Park" on the novel by Michael Crichton, was released in 1993. Film with a budget of $ 63 million in worldwide box office collected 914 million and raised the special effects in movies to a new level. The sequel, released in 1997, earned 618 million. The third film Spielberg did not shoot, limiting producers' functions. Joe Johnston completed the trilogy with fees 368 million dollars.
With the advent of the format 3D, Spielberg got the idea to revive the dinosaurs with all the advances of modern technology.
Spielberg is now finalizing the first part of a planned trilogy of Tintin. Further, the director is going to make a film about Abraham Lincoln.
It remains to add that "Jurassic Park 4" existed in 2007, at least in the form of a script.
The Battle of Universal Studios and Relativity over attempts to move to the big screen the story of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' takes a new turn. Project scenario of Universal "Snow White and the huntsman" with Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron will overwrite Hossein Amini, author of "Drive" and "Wings of the Dove".
Last time Amini was listed in polishing the script to "47 Ronin" - a film with Keanu Reeves now shoots Carl Rinsh.
Confrontation between two relatively similar project has been going for several months. Recall that Tarsem Singh shoots for Relativity "Snow White 3D", where in the title role is occupied Lily Collins, the evil queen played by Julia Roberts, and handsome prince was listed to Army Humvee.
The director of "Snow White and the huntsman" is a newcomer Rupert Sanders, which specializes in video games. Actor's name was the most different from Johnny Depp to Viggo Mortensen, but as a result of the hunter who will save Snow White from death in a forest, will be Chris Hemsworth. The role of the Prince in this project will play Sam Claflin, who played the priest in "Pirates of the Caribbean 4".
Looked particularly ugly history on the transfer of the movie release dates. Studios move their projects so that they face nose to nose in the middle of the summer of 2012, but relativity eventually made a sudden movement and brought the picture of Tarsem in March 16, 2012. Thus, the studio has less than a year before the premiere. Shooting will begin in Montreal. The director has almost no margin for error: release schedule for next year is already fully packed.
Universal will have more time left, so the decision to invite Hossein Amini rework the existing scenario looks at least reasonable - the studio does not want to rush right off the bat and overtake competitors. Instead, Universal takes time out to refine the material that may provide better results at the output.
Los Angeles Museum of Art (LACMA) is hosting an exhibition of works by Tim Burton, and journalists interested in the director how he was going to shoot his new movie "Dark Shadows". It turns out that Burton has no plans to return to the 3D fashion and thinks that viewers should have a choice.
"I do not plan to shoot in 3D, - says the director. - I enjoyed working on "Alice" in 3D, "Frankenweenie" will also be in this format. People are divided into those who think all movies should be in 3D, and those who hate 3D. I think the audience should have a choice. Nobody can force viewers to watch movies in 3D".
Filming of "Dark shadows" began a week ago. This film version of the eponymous television series of 60s, who was very fond of Johnny Depp, and now he carries the dream of youth - playing vampire Barnabas Collins. In fact, "Dark shadows" have been a soap opera, but with the evil spirit. Burton confirmed that his film adaptation, is likely to be in a playful tone, but he has not yet decided on the general mood of the painting.
Besides Depp in the film are involved Eva Green, Helena Bonham Carter, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloe Morets, Jonny Lee Miller and Jackie Earle Haley.
In 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins along with their son Barnabas went from England to America to start a new life. But even over the ocean does not help avoid a mysterious family curse. Held for 20 years. Barnabas (Johnny Depp) becomes wealthy and powerful playboy. However, the game senses the charming Angelica (Eva Green) turns into a deadly mistake: the girl with a broken heart is a witch, Barnabas doomed to a terrible fate. She turns him into a vampire and buried alive. After a couple of centuries Barnabas released back to his destroyed Collinwood mansion, whose occupants hide their dark secrets.
The film release is expected to be in May 11, 2012.
In the autumn of last year, George Lucas said that re-released in theaters whole saga "Star Wars" in 3D. Movies will go in chronological order. The "Phantom Menace" will be shown in the U.S. since February 10. Meanwhile, the director explained that 3D would be different from the others converted pictures.
"We have long talked about the release of "Star Wars" in 3D format, - says Lucas. - 15 years ago we moved to 3D fragment of one of the film and showed it to the association of theater owners. With me then were Jim Cameron and Bob Zemeckis. Then I tried to explain the cinemas that they need to put digital projectors. Jim wanted to make "Avatar", and Bob has developed his film about the train. We were all ready to work with 3D, but we needed the theater, where we can show such movies, so we have been working hard".
Cinema began installing digital projectors in 2005. One of the first experimental releases in 3D animation studio was Disney "Chicken Little". It was shown in 3D format, but not earned success at the box office.
By mid-2006, 400 cinemas in the U.S. set a figure. Today in the world, there are over 36,000 rooms with digital projectors.
"When I first saw the test piece, I realized that convert a movie in 3D can be easy - continues the director. - However, it must be translated into this format the whole entire movie, and here we are faced with some difficulties. The fact that this is an incredibly creative process, and I needed to find for this work rather creative people. So we spent a lot of time teaching professionals, who could step conversion. They were willing to 3-4 years ago. My company Industrial Light & Magic had to do the supervising of the project to transform "Star Wars" in 3D. There are well aware what are the problems encountered during conversion. The fact is that people, who are engaged in, often have no idea looks like a movie set, where are the actors - and this is one of the main problems. And our people were on set and everyone knows. "
Lucas insists that his team is able to transform the film in 3D, as if it was originally filmed in this format. As we know, the pictures transferred to the stereo, suffer many problems. A lot of criticism expressed towards the "Clash of the Titans" and "Last Airbender".
"There are two types of 3D, - says the director. - One of them drags you into the screen and the other a more traditional style. I call it the effect of 3D - this is when the screen in the hall as if popping up all sorts of things. I do not really believe in poking objects into face the viewer. In my view, 3D view should be greater than watching a movie in its original format. And in general it is a transition from black and white film to color: watch it more interesting, much more pleasant experience. And just that you will get from the new "Star Wars"".
It is still unclear what the film will shoot this year Paul Thomas Anderson: adaptation of the novel by Thomas Pynchon "Congenital" or drama "Master" with Philip Seymour Hoffman as the leader of a religious cult. But it is known that the director is testing 65-millimeter camera, to which Stanley Kubrick filmed his "Space Odyssey".
Anderson has always been an adherent of the film and was not going to move to digital, unlike several of his colleagues. There are rumors that the director was inspired by the work of the operator Wally Pfister, who has appeared in this format with "The Dark Knight" and "Inception".
Those who saw "The Dark Knight" in IMAX, remember how in some scenes the screen as it expanded, and the image took on an extra dimension. Nolan and Pfister have not used special IMAX cameras, which are quite cumbersome. Instead, it was triggered 65-millimeter film, which allows to show the film in IMAX with no loss in quality.
Kubrick also shot his films on 65mm, but in contrast to Nolan, he adhered to 2.35:1 format to maximize the detail frame. The camera, which had borrowed Paul Thomas Anderson, took part in the filming of "Space Odyssey". This is not the first time that modern cinema appeal to the old technique. For example, Sofia Coppola has been filming "Somewhere" with the help of lenses borrowed from his father, who used them while working on "Rumble Fish."
We also know that Anderson for the first time will not cooperate with his constant operator Robert Elsvit. Tandem is working from mid-nineties, and for "There will be blood" Elsvit won an Oscar. Who will be behind the camera in Stanley Kubrick's next project, Paul Thomas Anderson is not yet known.
Since the time of release of the latest film by Bernardo Bertolucci has passed 8 years old. Since then, the actors from "Dreamers" have become stars, but the director himself has disappeared from sight for a long time. Recently the director has shown himself and told the publication "Telegraph" about his plans. In May at the Cannes Film Festival, he will receive "Honorable palm" and in September in Rome he will begin to shoot a new picture in 3D.
Already during the filming of "Dreamers" Bertolucci has faced with sharp pain in back. The pain was sometimes so strong that the director was unable to work while standing. "The last couple of years, I’ve thought that I would never shoot again - said master. - But recently, the pain mysteriously disappeared, and I began to prepare a new film. Going to start shooting in September. "
Bernardo Bertolucci's new tape will be called "You and Me", and it is based on the novel by Niccolo Ammaniti. The main character, fourteen-teen, said his parents, that he was going to ski, but instead hides in the basement. His twenty-five years old sister reveals his secret.
"This is a small movie - says Bertolucci. – There are only two characters there and the action mostly takes place in one room. For me, this is not new: "The Dreamers" has also been filmed mostly in a closed space, like "Last Tango in Paris". "You and Me" will be shot in one place (room) it would be easier for me".
The most interesting thing that director will join his colleagues Martin Scorsese, Wim Wenders and Werner Herzog, and will shoot a film in 3D. "I’ve watched "Avatar" and I really liked it. Magnificent achievement. And the "Pina" was wonderful. We see the world with two eyes, and this fact is the basis of 3D. I love that camera can simulate this".
"I started thinking, how would look like such masterpiece as "Persona" by Bergman in 3D. I’ve interested - and began presenting "You and Me" in 3D. Since everything happens in the basement, the three-dimensional image will provide additional magic. I want the viewer to feel himself in the frame".
Despite his impressive filmography, Bernardo Bertolucci has never received the top award at the Cannes Film Festival. This year, Cannes is corrected and gives the director "Honorary palm". Bertolucci will receive a prize from the hands of the jury chairman, Robert De Niro in the opening day, May 10.
Steven Spielberg gave an interview to LA Times, in which he tells about his film "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn".
Steven Spielberg says that the only reason that he filmed the "Tintin", was the desire to test in practice the most advanced image processing technology "performance-capture", which has used James Cameron in his "Avatar."
"I admire with the works of Erzhe and I want as close as possible to convey the mood of his comic books" - Spielberg speaks about the author of Tintin - Belgian illustrator, who created a series of popular graphic novels (circulation 200million copies) about a young journalist Tintin and his faithful friend fox terrier Snowy.
In the main role will be filmed Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis - plays his friend Captain Haddock, and Daniel Craig - villain pirate. Producer of the picture will be Peter Jackson, in animation is engaged his company Weta.
Like Cameron, Spielberg filmed the actors on the special stage, applying the technology "performance-capture". On the actors were the costumes of Lycra-covered reflective markers, and their every movement tracked more than 100 cameras. Digital image of the actor movements became so encompassing that the director, in this case, Spielberg can go back and change the motion of the "camera" and its direction after the actor had already left the stage.
Director of such films as "Alien," "Jurassic Park," "Schindler's List" has liked such a new work experience.
"I am delighted with the new technology. They make me better artist than I was before. I had a chance to do things that, being a director, I rarely did. You operate technologies that bring you into the virtual world and allow you to shoot and manage the actors with a small portable device, which is only about three times greater than the joystick on the game Xbox".
"When Captain Haddock runs for the special stage, the cameras capture all his movements and emotions. That is, it's Andy Serkis runs around the stage, but I saw a Captain Haddock on a monitor in a full animation, rushing through the streets of Belgium. The actors not only act in real time, they are still in three-dimensional image".