The day of hotly anticipated premiere of your movie has finally came. You're sitting on the best places in the comfortable room, equipped with the latest technology. You are surrounded by your supporters, who are in the same excited about what is happening on the screen, just like you. Ghastly light of mobile phones does not violate the pristine darkness of the hall, and the smell of burnt popcorn does not violate your sense of smell. And most importantly, your ear detects the slightest nuances of a film soundtrack.
Certainly, a lot of the situations, presented above seem no more real than the alien invasion. This is not the case.
The other day the film company Universal has introduced a new service Prima Cinema, which was the latest attempt to Hollywood majors to adapt to rapidly changing market of cinema distribution and home entertainment. For the first time, film lovers will get a chance to see new movies at home on the day of the premiere on the big screen. Naturally, such a pleasure is not cheap: a one-time payment of 35,000 dollars for equipment to receive and decode the signal and another $ 500 for a digital copy of the film, which is provided for a single viewing for 24 hours.
The first reaction of any viewer, who used to go to the movies for $ 8-10, will naturally be a mockery. Nearly one hundred percent of the time this viewer will show the imagination or in the form of assumptions about the inevitable failure of the initiative, or as a pejorative characteristics - "show-off" or practical tips on "HD-ripping the first day." All of this will be to some extent resemble the reaction of a person standing on the sidelines in a cloud of dust from the sports car sped past the cost of a quarter million dollars. That is quite obvious envy.
However, it is this scheme, in the future, has the potential to transform itself from a regular customer to privileges wealthy citizens.
Judge for yourself. Even in its current form service can hardly be attributed to the elite. 35 thousand dollars - the cost of "SUV" in not the most luxurious configuration. Thus, unlike the vehicle equipment will not require any additional investments. As for the session for $ 500, then gathered at his home two dozen relatives and friends, the subscriber will bring almost the price of one "ticket" to the standard. At the same time avoiding all the charms of the public view, as described in the introduction.
Undoubtedly, the scheme to the participation of only one of Hollywood majors, not too attractive. But if there is sufficient interest on the part of users, and it is already locked, and connect it to the other big players. So, come into force natural regulator - the competition, which will eventually reduce the cost and technical devices and pay for a copy of the film.
Of course, services like this in the future will remain in a different price category than the usual trip to the cinema. After all, any services that generate additional facilities should cost more.
Became known the plot of Wes Anderson's movie "The Grand Budapest Hotel". The picture tells about the legendary popular European hotel concierge and follows his life between the two world wars, as well as his friendship with a young co-worker, who becomes his protege. The plot involves the theft of priceless paintings of the Renaissance, the struggle for the great legacy and turmoil, which befell Europe during the first half of the XX century.
Ryan Gosling shared the news that Terrence Malick installs not one, not two, but even five films. One of them - "Voyage of time", a documentary film about the creation of the universe. The other four, apparently, something to do with the previously announced two. Did maestro decide not to cut actors and collect all of them to shot more movies? That's what Ryan said: "I acted in that about music. Fassbender, Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Val Kilmer, Patti Smith, Robert Plant - each day was unique. "
Danny Boyle believes that 3D - this is just a temporary fad. "I do not shoot in this format, and I hate to watch movies in 3D, because I wear glasses for life, - says the director of "Trance". - So movies in 3D I have to watch, put on two pairs of glasses. Generally 3D - a tool. Now coming innovations in the field of sound, take, for example, Dolby Atmos. I honestly do not know whether 3D will survive 10 years. In my opinion, it's temporary notion". However, such an attitude to the format does not prevent the director to confess his love to some stereoscopic. "The fact that Ang Lee did in "Life of Pi"- it's amazing," - says Boyle.
Recently, Gerard Butler has informed about his new project. A native of Scotland, wants to tell the story of Robert the Bruce, one of the greatest kings of this country. "We are currently developing a screenplay about the life of Robert the Bruce, the Scottish warrior and king. You saw him at the end of "Braveheart" with Mel Gibson. It was he who took charge of the army after Wallace - shared Butler. - We have a great script, which tells the story of his growing up. He is studying to be a politician, and then puts it slightly, but it helps him to understand who he really is, where his ideals, and against whom he must fight. This is a great and epic story, we want to make it quite dark. " Butler plans to play Scottish king himself.
After a successful project to raise money for the film version of the series "Veronica Mars," there was talk of a similar collection of investments in other similar projects. For example, the creator of the TV series "Pushing Daisies” Bryan Fuller said that would be considered a model of the "Kick" to make a film on the TV series. But he will need a large sum than three million collected on "Veronica Mars": "We need to build a world, from the restaurant with cakes, finishing make-up for a zombie. The pilot episode was worth $ 6 million. Each subsequent costing 3 million. For a full-length film will need 10-15 million, and ask them is harder. "
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.
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.
Elegy "Yi dai zong shi" of Wong Kar-Wai opened the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival. The picture was a real long-term project of director - it took 6 years to design and three years to shoot. But the wait was worth it. Director and the main stars of the picture Zhang Ziyi and Tony Leung Chu Wai presented to journalists their new creation.
The last film of Wong Kar-Wai was released at the big screen in 2007, when "My Blueberry Nights" opened the Cannes Film Festival. On the French Riviera director appeared much more frequently than in the German capital. Among the projects of Kar Wai, were "Happy Together" (the prize for Best Director), "Mood for Love", "2046" and above English-language debut.
"Great Masters" (Yi dai zong shi) are considered the biographical film about Ip Man, the legendary practitioner of martial arts, a representative of the style of wine-chun, a teacher of Bruce Lee. But from the very first frame it's clear that before us is not familiar to all tape from the category of "born-learned-married." Tony Leung Chu Wai, the mascot of Kar-Wai, in a white hat and a long black coat in the pouring rain easily deal with crowds of "experts of Kung Fu."
The action begins in 1936, when Ip Man was already 40 years old. Before this age he did not work and did not need anything ("My parents were so rich and famous, that in the district Foshan was named a street after them"). He married the beautiful aristocrat, lover of music, often went to the "Golden Pavilion", the brothel for the rich ones of this world. But the place with golden walls was also a gathering place for the masters of Kung Fu. Foshan was the center of the southern Chinese martial arts during the Republic of China.
When, in 1936, Japan won the north-eastern provinces of China, the great master Baosen Ghosn, head of the martial arts world in the north, arrived in Foshan. In the "Golden Pavilion" should be held a ceremony in honor of the departure from the post of Gon. Old master fights with young fighters, the best of which is the Ip Man. Daughter of Gon ( Zhang Ziyi) also arrives in Foshan. She's the one who knows the deadly technique of 64 hands. This style will experience Ip Man, but the fight with the girl turns into an elegant and sensual dance. In the end, all the movies of Kar-Wai are about love.
This is only a two-hour tie of the movie, which in the first version of the assembly lasted four hours, but in China it was shown for 2 hours 13 minutes. To cut the ribbon for the international distribution Kar-Wai has decided recently.
The history of Ip Man interested Wong Kar-Wai in 1996. Kar-Wai decided that will tell a story of martial arts of 1911-1949 period, which was a difficult time for China. Director has plunged into research questions and talked with many of the masters of Kung Fu. "You know what surprised me? They are extremely simple and humble people. " This discovery helped the director to build the line and atmosphere of the film. The main thing in "Great masters" - not the biography of Ip Man, although, of course, it is a great place, and a sense of calm and concentration that is required for understanding of martial arts.
It is known that the shooting of the "Great Masters" interrupted for a long time due to financial problems, and because of serious injury of Tony Leung Chu Wai.
Director so enthusiastically talked about the project, that no one was left in doubt: Kar-wai was able to realize his dream. And what was the biggest challenge during the process? "I do not practice kung-fu" - said director.
A week ago it was reported that producer Joel Silver will reboot movie of John Carpenter "Escape from New York", now we have some news of the casting. According to insiders, for the role of Snake Plissken are tried two steep Britons.
The role, first played by Kurt Russell in two films, tried Gerard Butler. However, since then has passed a lot of time. A remake of "Escape" with Butler was conceived in the studio New Line in the summer of 2007. Then, in the director's chair was planning to settle Len Wiseman.
In 2011, New Line, having tried different options, rejected setting a new version of the film, and two years later the option to shoot reboot acquired Joel Silver. The Company of producer Silver Pictures will work on a painting in collaboration with the French conglomerate Studio Canal.
Restart should provide start of a new trilogy, with the first film will tell the story of the origin of Snake Plissken. But who will play the one-eyed hero?
As reported by insiders, the main contenders for the role of Jason Plissken are Jason Statham and Tom Hardy. Studio Canal is determined to sign the actor for the role of the snake before the summer. Then the project can be safely sold at the Cannes Film Market.
Statham has long been stuck in quite the same type of action movies, but soon comes the crime drama "Calibri", where the actor will be working not only with his fists, but also to show his dramatic talents. Jason appears in the action movie "Fast and Furious 6". The plans of the star of "The Transporter" is a remake of the film "Anger" in 1986, where he played the role previously held Burt Reynolds.
As for Tom Hardy, the actor is now occupied by a couple dozen projects. It is important to remember that in the filmography of the actor is already a very symbolic role, Hardy starred in a new version of "Mad Max", which embodies the on-screen character, made famous Mel Gibson. In essence, Tom has already has a franchise on the famous movie in his hands. Does he need another one?
NCIS is renewed for eleventh season
CBS confirmed that has signed a contract with Mark Harmon and NCIS is officially renewed for next season. "Despite the current trends on television, NCIS is a popular, and Mark Harmon is the most important part of the # 1 show on TV - the executive director of CBS Corp. Leslie Munves. - NCIS - the type of franchise, which dreams of any company: a quality story that attracts viewers and revenue on any platform. "
Details of the transaction of Harmon are really unknown. Reportedly, the contract was extended for two years, and the fee was increased to $ 500,000 per episode to $ 700,000.
Episode two weeks ago brought the second-largest audience with the repetition in the series history (22.86 million viewers), and with all the repetitions audience exceeded 25 million (25.36 million). At its tenth season, NCIS is still one of the biggest hits. In this season the show has become the most watched program on television, beating Saturday Night Live (NCIS collects an average 21.48 million viewers). Among viewers 25-54 5.9/15 drama shows, and in the 18-49 category stable 4.2/12.
Premiere: House of Cards
Netflix continues to delight us with the full seasons of its TV series. So yesterday in the network have appeared all 13 episodes of the first season House of Cards, producing and directing himself to David Fincher, and starring - film stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. Incidentally, the second season of the show is already booked, it will be shown in 2014.
Official description: House of Cards is based on the British miniseries of the same name. This is a political drama about the immoral, dark behind the scenes of modern Washington, where are running the show greed, sex, love, and corruption. Exploring the power, ambition, and the American way of life, the series revolves around Francis Underwood, Secretary of the majority in Congress. Underwood politician - virtuoso manipulator, charismatic and ruthless. He and his equally ambitious wife Claire will stop at nothing for the sake of success.
One film by Quentin Tarantino, seven fantastic pictures, despite the cries of the death of the genre, and fourteen adaptations of every persuasion, ten actions, twenty comedies and many other tapes are waiting for you in the coming 2013.
Note that among autumn premieres in the United States may be found the following projects: "Advisor" Ridley Scott's, "The Lower Depths" by James Gray with Joaquin Phoenix, Marion Cotillard, and Jeremy Renner, "Labor Day" Jason Reitman and Kate Winslet, "Nebraska" Alexander Payne, "From hell" with Christian Bale and Casey Affleck, "Twelve years of slavery" Steve McQueen, "The Wolf of Wall Street" by Martin Scorsese, "The Young and Prodigious Spivet" by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, "Serena" by Suzanne Bier.
Let's start with films that have already been in release.
One Quentin Tarantino
"Django unchained" has already earned a lot of compliments from critics. Analysts tipped nominated for "Oscar" of Leonardo DiCaprio, Spike Lee is offended and the public is filling box office.
"Oldboy" on the eponymous Korean thriller Pak Chan-wook shot by Spike Lee. Josh Brolin plays a man trying to understand why he spent so much time in prison. Originally the movie was planed to be shot by Steven Spielberg and starring Will Smith. Funny, that Tarantino has also asked Smith to participate in his project. In the end, everything has changed, and most long-awaited remake promises to be the last time on the screens this September.
Three films in fantasy genre
Hollywood debut by Sergei Bodrov, hooligan story of Hansel and Gretel, who grew up the second part of a trilogy about the adventures of Bilbo Baggins.
"The Seventh Son"
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"
Seven sci-fi movies
In this section: unfinished Alfonso Cuaron with Sandra Bullock finally see the light, Guillermo del Toro produces a giant robot, and bald Matt Damon tries to escape from the deadly disease.
"Star Trek: Nemesis"
These films are already known to many of us.
"War of the Worlds Z”
"Jack - the giants killer"
"Iron Man 3"
"The Lone Ranger"
"Oz the Great and Powerful"
"After our era"
"Wolverine: The Immortal"
"Thor: The dark world"
"Man of Steel"
Ten biographical and based on a true story movies
"Rengô kantai shirei chôkan: Yamamoto Isoroku"
"Hyde Park on Hudson"
Ten action movies
This list is hot: Bruce Willis gets into Moscow, Xerxes terrifies Greece, the White House is twice stormed, and Kenneth Branagh spoils a blood of the young CIA analyst Jack Ryan (also in Moscow.) And Arnie! Arnie is back!
"300: Rise of an Empire"
"The Last Stand"
"A Good Day to Die Hard"
"Olympus Has Fallen"
"Three Days to Kill"
"White House Down"
Humorous biography of the deceased member of the troupe "Monty Python" Graham Chapman's get on with the animated musical of Patrice Leconte, a prequel of Pixar classics and touching Spanish old men.
"A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman"
"Despicable Me 2"
"Le magasin des suicides"
"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2"
"Sin City 2"
"Grown Ups 2"
"Scary Movie 5"
"Fast and Furious 6"
"Snabba cash II"
Ten French films
Note the "Pen Days", which took animator Michel Gondry, and do not forget the two festival hits - "Rust and Bone" Jacques Odiara and "Something in the Air" by Olivier Assayas.
"Angélique, marquise des anges"
"Bye, bye, Blondie!"
"Another woman's life"
"De l'autre côté du périph"
"La belle & la bête"
"Love is a direct"
"L'écume des jours"
"Rust and Bone"
Ten crime dramas
"Group of 7"
"Blood and sweat"
"The Place Beyond the Pines"
"Hunters in the gangsters'
"Now You See Me"
"Dead Man Down"
"Street Arlette, 388”
The main soloist in the list - a remake of "Evil Dead", which Bruce Campbell has already watched, answering for quality. The rest choose to taste, but will suggest that the "Maniac" has a bloodthirsty Elijah Wood!
"The ABCs of Death"
"Texas Chainsaw 3D”
"The Lords of Salem"
"The Last Exorcism Part II"
Ten authors movies
Nicolas Winding Refn, Wong Kar-Wai, Neil Jordan, Terrence Malick, Peter Greenaway, Mike Figgis, Lars von Trier, Steven Soderbergh, Roman Coppola - great company for anyone who loves festival movies. And yet Jarmusch has Tom Hiddleston in the role of a vampire.
"God forgive me"
"The Great Masters"
"Outside the Law"
"Survive only lovers"
"Goltsius and Pelican Company"
"On the verge of doubt"
"A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III”
Ten movies for teens
Some of these pictures are eager to be the new "Twilight". But the new version of "Romeo and Juliet" is based in Verona and seems very nice!
"The first time"
"The Hunger Games"
"Friendship (and no sex)"
"As I now live"
"The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones"
"Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters"
"Romeo and Juliet"
Ten drama movies
"August: Osage County"
"The Railway Man"
"The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His”
"Take This Waltz"
"Den skaldede frisør"
"The car Jayne Mansfield"
"Into the White"
"Life of Pi" by Yann Martel's novel has already started in cinemas, so we have not included it here. But open and close the list two comic books (one with Jeff Bridges, the other - with Aaron Eckhart), and can be found in the middle of an unusual black and white Spanish "Snow White," "Lover Scorpion," based on the novel of brother of Javier Bardem (and Javier is in the title role), and the adaptation of the first novel by Stephen King.
"The Great Gatsby"
"Under the Skin"
"The heat of our bodies"
Freed from the burden of supervising work on the series "The Walking Dead", director Frank Darabont took up another TV project, but took the time to adjust the script for the film, "Godzilla", which will start shooting in March.
The company Legendary Pictures, financing the project, agreed that the script by Max Borenstein should be fixed. Recall that "Godzilla" already gave to the flattening. In October, the 2012 was engaged Drew Pearce, writer of "Iron Man 3". Initially, the project of the script should be written by David S. Goyer, who worked on the trilogy by Christopher Nolan on The Dark Knight, but at the last moment Goyer refused, and Borenstein has taken up the project.
But at this, mishap of Japanese monster in America do not end. As the website Deadline, Legendary fighting with producers representing distributors - studio Warner. Dan Lin and Roy Lee themselves have come to Legendary, to finance the company of a new version of "Godzilla", securing the rights of the Japanese studio Toho - the progenitor of famous movies about giant lizard. Legendary some time ago decided to refuse the services of Lin and Lee for unspecified reasons.
Now in reboot will be engaged remaining producers Thomas Tull and Jon Dzhashni and Brian Rogers, who was behind the deal with Toho. Insiders believe, Lin and Lee could refuse to lower their fees at the request of Legendary. Hollywood waited another trial.
The director of the new version of "Godzilla" is listed Gareth Edwards. Frank Darabont will have six months to correct the script and the project should be run in production, as already scheduled release date - May 16, 2014.
Edwards is now casting. According to the latest data, the main role offered to Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but he refused.
Thus, among the contenders for the lead role appear Scoot McNair of "Argo", "Caleb Landry Jones of comics "X-Men: First Class" and Superman himself - Henry Cavill. Gordon-Levitt and Cavill - choice of studio, and McNair and Jones - choice of the director. Who will win in the end, we learn in the near future.