Last Friday, a month after reports that a fantastic action game, "John Carter" brought to its creators 200,000,000th losses, president of Walt Disney Studios Rich Ross left the company where he worked for a total of more than 15 years. His last post in which he has held since October 2009.
In a farewell address to staff of the studio Ross said:
"I have always said that our success is created and developed by people with whom we work, and I think they are the best in the business. However, the best people should be in their places on the roles that they carry away, they need to do a job that uses the full range of their abilities. This is one of the management lessons I received in my career.
I believe in the outstanding team of Walt Disney Studios, and I believe in our strong list of projects in our ability to capture and promote the film better than anyone else. But I do not believe that the role of head of the studio is for me. For this reason I have decided to resign as chairman. "
In turn, the CEO of Disney, Bob Iger, who sent Ross to retire on Friday released an open letter, paid tribute to the now former president of the studio:
"More than ten years of creativity, business acumen and personal qualities Rich Ross possible to achieve results key business areas Disney, to succeed in the field of children's and family entertainment, as well as run the franchise, which represent great value for our company. His vision and leadership opened the door for Disney around the world, making our brand a part of everyday life for millions of people. "
Ross joined the company in 1996 and most of his career within the corporation devoted to developing and supervising the television areas of his activity, becoming in 2004 the head of the network of Disney Channels. That he is credited with launching such successful projects like "Hannah Montana" with Miley Cyrus and "Lizzie Maguire" with Hilary Duff, as well as franchise "High School Musical", Zac Efron glorified. Even as Head Studios, Rich Ross, which won in 2009, he achieved an agreement on co-production with China, which is now one of the fastest growing film markets in the world.
At the same time during the work of Ross in the studio of the company suffered heavy losses, losing considerable sums on the "Prince of Persia," "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" and, of course, "John Carter". Team Disney has lost faith in his boss.
"He could not overcome the transition period. He grabbed the trappings of work, but not its specificity. We all saw how stupid he admitted mistakes, focusing on such things as parties and celebrities that were not really matter. People who had to deal with our company in the movie business, complained that it is difficult to work with him "- quoted one of his sources edition of Deadline. Moreover, among the most ardent detractors were Ross Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter, creative director of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, John Lasseter, director Steven Spielberg and producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
In an interview to resource ComingSoon director George Miller said about the release of animated film "Happy Feet 2 in 3D" and a possible third part of the franchise, explains the reasons for the delay of filming "Mad Max 4: Road Rage" and why the project "Justice League: Mortal " has stalled.
"Theoretically, we will start working next year," - said Miller about the "Mad Max 4: Road Rage," in which a major role will play Tom Hardy. "We have already 150 vehicles."
Watching the draft fans had the opportunity to see some of these machines, when it began production process seemed inevitable. Unfortunately, fate had other plans.
"Everything was going smoothly," - says Miller. "We were ready to start shooting in the Australian desert, when the rain struck this unprecedented and turned what had previously been virtually flat barren wasteland into a flourishing garden. Vast salt plains in the heart of Australia, where usually are speed races, is now teeming with pelicans and fish ... We were left without desert ... "
Despite the hope that production process will begin in 2012, Miller stresses that can’t be anything with certainty until the camera will work.
"You know, John Lennon said:" Life - it's when all that you have scheduled, launches "- smiles Miller. Movies continue to be born in my head, and I never know which one I'll take first. We are going to Common work together to "Justice League". He had to play Green Lantern, but, despite the fact that the project is almost given a "green light", the plans were upset. But I have a really fell in love with a guy, so called him and said: "You can not play the Green Lantern, but what about penguin? "
Casting in "Justice League: Mortal" was completed when the project stalled. In addition to Common, have been invited DJ Kotrona (Superman), Adam Brody (Flash), Armie Hammer (Batman) and Megan Gale (Wonder Woman).
"This happened for several reasons, moreover, was the height of the writers' strike," - says Miller. "In general, draw a specific fault in what happened, or rather did not happen".
At the moment, however, Miller has no regrets about any of them unrealized projects, but rather looking forward to the continuation of animated film "Happy Feet".
"People really think," What happened? "With me" - laughs Miller. "But I really love the" Happy Feet "... I like to shoot these cartoons, I capture the process. They are incredibly hard to do, they require much time and effort."
At one time, completing work on the first part, Miller knew that he would certainly want to shoot a sequel. Will there be a third trip, with the same confidence he could not yet say.
"It sounds funny, but if you put a gun to my head and say," You must shoot the "Happy Feet 3", I reply, "Shoot!" I do not have the faintest idea of what may be the third part. Stories, like, get into you ... You're just letting them creep into your head through your ears, as if they were earthworms, and from there they then do not drive. If this happens, and we get the energy boost, we'll take the third part. In another way, will not work: the idea must be present. I really like the second movie was better than the first.”
Studio Paramount, whose contract to release the films of DreamWorks Animation production ends in 2012, proposed to continue the cooperation for another year. DWA Head Jeffrey Katzenberg has refused. Paramount said about organization of their animation studio.
The relationship between the studios has relentlessly gone to its logical conclusion. The last straw was a sequel fees of "Kung Fu Panda" - a picture that brings together in worldwide box office of over 600 million dollars, but, obviously, DreamWorks hoped for more.
Paramount offered to extend the contract until 2013 and produce an animated film unit DreamWorks, getting paid for it 8 percent of the fees. DWA wants to pay for the release of their paintings less than, well, Paramount, ideally, would like to receive the same release anymore. There is a divergence of interests.
The proposal to continue the cooperation received from Paramount some time ago, but Jeffrey Katzenberg, head of the DWA, according to insiders, was adamant. Although, frankly, obvious alternative for Paramount to release DreamWorks Animation films on the horizon is not visible.
Meanwhile, in early July, Paramount announced about the creation of its own studio producing animation. The first swallow the studio to work with animation, became film "Rango," Gore Verbinski. Western with a budget of 135 million at the box office proved to be unimportant, having collected more than $ 240 million, but received praise of the most reputable American critics.
Paramount hasn’t doubts in success of their own enterprise.
Gore Verbinski is famous in directing films of various genres, but at this time he has directed his first feature-length animated western "Rango", continuing collaboration with Johnny Depp, which has voiced the main character - a chameleon Rango. Here is an interview with the director.
- One gets the impression that your film was conceived not as a children's cartoon. Did you thing from the very beginning that the main character will be a lizard?
I was planning to shoot the children's cartoon and now I pleased to see, that children and their parents enjoy it in cinemas around the world. Children are constantly overlooked, and yet they always catch the essence. So I do not know the answer to your question.
- On the premiere the whole hall was packed with children, but it seemed that adults were laughing the loudest.
Probably. I do not think that working on the film, you can deliberately choose a future audience for which you shoot it. We must shoot for ourselves and hope that others will enjoy it too.
- Most people from the "Rango" team have worked with you on "Pirates", including your permanent editor Craig Wood. Before them has been set a goal – to shoot an animated film, but for many of them it is a new task.
I think if those people with whom you work, are very talented, you can get from them even more if you weed them out of their usual environment. We have a team of associates, and we together wake up at 3 am in a cold sweat with the thought of how can we realize our plans. And this thought brings us together and makes us stronger. We really wanted to invent a new chip in the field of animation. Too many people create wonderful cartoons, we just did not want to repeat their path, and therefore decided not to refer to the "Rango" as to the cartoon. We’ve imagined that we work with ordinary actors, I have a camera on my shoulder, and I shoot the lizard growth of 5 feet, which speaks with a turtle.
- So summarizing, you were shooting in order to get a live sound track, and did motion capture, is not it?
Yes, but the sound - a very important detail. We filmed with multiple cameras and use this stuff from time to time, for example, told the animators: "Look what Johnny does with his face here and here." There were very useful moments, but basically, we got the pleasure of the work that is considered normal traditional animation, rather than motion capture.
- Your idea worked because, watching "Rango", you forget that this is a cartoon about talking animals.
Thank you. We tried to create characters with character, such as rabbit Dock - city tippler; all the characters are designed in the best traditions of the genre.
- You signed a contract to shoot the film "Lone Ranger" with Depp in the title role, despite the fact that you both had just finished work on westerns. Do you plan to shoot anything else in between these two movies?
Yes, I would like. We're still working on the script for "Ranger" and tried to stick to the schedule. I spent three and a half years staring at a computer monitor, and now I dream to be on that side of it and shoot something, such as "Synoptic".
1). This year on Halloween in the United States will be re-released the famous puppet animation that is based on the work of Tim Burton's “The Nightmare Before Christmas". As the resource Hero Complex, animated masterpiece will be showcased in a 4D format with the 21th to 31th October, the company owned by Walt Disney theater of El Capitan.
4D format implies that the demonstration of the movie will be accompanied by special effects in the hall, such as wind, fog and so on.
2). Film studio Warner Bros. decided to publish the original version of the short cartoons from the group "censored eleven", wide release which was limited to the United States since 1968 because of their racist content.
As the resource Moviefone, cartoons from the series "Looney Tunes" characters and beat the culture of the black U.S. population, will be available for download in the library of Warner Bros. in 2011. Company representatives emphasize that the audience will see not edited to suit the modern version of political correctness.
Since 1968, all eleven of their cartoons in this group had not demonstrated by U.S. television. The first public display of eight of them took place in spring 2010 in the so-called Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.
Thus, the film studio Warner Bros. decided to test the demand for animated classics created in the 30's and 40's, when political correctness was not yet known.
What is more important? Donate your love for the welfare of wolves, or try to persuade leaders to abandon traditions and simply coexist peacefully and to live or your life next to one you love?
From the one side this cartoon is easy adventure, but on the other hand, it is a drama, when for territory and food appear wars.
Teams of animators from the United States and India did their best in presenting the audience wolf lives in the cartoon "Alpha and Omega".
At first glance, it's very entertaining and funny, but at the same time full of dangers. Especially spectacular looks 3D effect - cute wolves muzzles protrude from the screen into the cinema hall, causing an irresistible desire to reach out and pet them.
About the plot: Omega - wolf, distant from the leaders. He wants to get acquainted with the most popular she-wolf - Alpha. And now fate throws him a good chance - reserve employees send them to Idaho. Both wolves have to unite in order to return to their homeland.
Children will be delighted, because each of the characters represented here is an incredibly charming and attractive, regardless of his behavior and assigned role. There are a lot of mad birds, crazy squirrel, as well as wise gander with his faithful assistant duck. In a moment of crisis in our world, wolves are vegetarians promoting healthy lifestyles without killing.
Natural landscapes are replaced one after another in the spirit of "road-movie", i.e. road adventure where the heroes have to go from point A to point B. Paragraphs B - this is the place where they were born. This home return will make them even closer to each other, from a small attachment will grow a great feeling.
This cartoon is dedicated to the memory of Dennis Hopper, who died of cancer in May 29, 2010. He was voiced by one of the wolves leaders.
Dedication at the end of the film looked very touching, reminding the audience about enormous labor of remarkable man and an excellent actor!
Producer of such animation cartoons as "Ice Age" and "Robots" Chris Wedge is ready to go into feature films. But this process seems to long and may go faster in relation to the adaptation of Kirsten Beykis novel "Lives of the Monster Dogs", which is a post-modern "Frankenstein."
Heroes of "dog-monsters" - a group of genetically altered dogs, which have created in the 19th century by Prussian mad scientists, hiding in the Canadian village. Animals can walk on their hind legs, have an incredible mind and talking through the built-in throat dynamics. In our time, experiment victims rebelled against their creators, dressing up in old costumes and go to New York, where behave like true aristocrats. The novel is written on behalf of New York student who becomes the chronicler of the luxurious dogs life, eventually acquiring a tragic tinge.
Chris Wedge has read Beykis book back in 1998, when it had just been published. The novel is so like the director, that he was personally involved in buying the rights to its film adaptation. Script writing entrusted to Adam Klein, who just finished work on the translation of cinema novel by Golfer Yona from the cycle "Artemis Fowl".
The movie will be filmed in the Fox studio. We should expect a lot of special effects. Wedge has for some time planed the transition from animation to feature films - last year he was assigned to the film version of the game Spore, and then going to film "Hugo Cabret" on which Martin Scorsese is currently working.
Wedge founded Blue Sky studio and launched into the world "Ice Age" franchise, which brought together more than 1.9 billion dollars in box office.
Namor (Submariner) - one of the most powerful superheroes. The son of polar explorer Leonard McKenzie and Fen Atlantis Princess. Endowed with enormous physical strength, ability to fly and live underwater. The most controversial character of the Marvel Universe. Once he almost burned down New York, as it seemed that the residents of this city are going to attack his country. Was stopped by Human Torch, changed his mind and joined the forces of good. He became a friend and partner of Captain America, participated along with NMI in numerous battles with supervillains. Later he returned to Atlantis and took the throne unoccupied for many years.
Electro (Dillon Maxwell) - supervillain, has the ability to absorb electrical energy, destroy his enemies with lightning bolts, as well as create the electromagnetic fields. He received his abilities accidentally during repair power lines. Realizing his potential, he has become one of the most dangerous criminals in New York. Once Electro nearly killed a Spider-Man, but the latter was eventually able to overcome his opponent, creating a short circuit. Character Electro appears in the game Ultimate Spider-Man.
Super-Skrull (Ka `Hg) - the representative of an alien Skrull race and the enemy of the Fantastic Four. Able to take shape of any creature, owns hypnosis can take over the ability of other characters in the Marvel Universe, inter alia, to turn into a flame, as the Human Torch, or stretch his body, like Reed Richards. Repeatedly sought to seize land, by order of Emperor Skrull, but later, after Galactus destroyed his Ka'Hg world, his main aim was the protection of the surviving members of his race.
Sink (Carl Creel) - one of the most powerful earthly villains, possessing the capacity to absorb the properties of any matter with which it comes into contact, and who knows how to recover from any injuries, including after the complete removal of limbs. Its origin is unknown. A small gangster during the Great Depression. Once he noticed the Scandinavian god Loki and decided to use Creel to fight with his old enemy - Thor. Taking magic potion, prepared by Loki, Creel, and found his supernatural powers.
In one of the fights with Thor was able to absorb the destructive force of his hammer, which bestowed absorber almost limitless power. Repeatedly faced with the Hulk and the X-Men, was a member of the team "Masters of Evil."
And whom of superheroes or supervillains Marvel would like to see on the screen?
Gourmet zombie trash continues to walk confidently on the cinema, and lately even the demand exceeds supply. Specific film series "Resident Evil" is now well diluted with "La horde" (2009) and "The Crazies" (2010), not to mention films such as "Rec" (2007), "Quarantine" (2008) and so on. Now the rotten sinister ghouls penetrated into animation.
Cartoon "The Goon" is a comic book adaptation of the same name from the office Dark Horse Comics, not rarely publishes stories about all kinds of filthy undead. Brutal comic "Sin City", in which Quentin, Robert and Frank once filmed a great movie - their handiwork. Also, "Dark Horse" tells in pictures of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hellboy and Conan.
In the "Goon" there will be discussed the adventures of a strapping Noddle, consisting in the service of a prominent crime boss. The main duties are to clean up thugs territories from zombies and other supernatural guests.
Fresh teaser is full of humor and comics style pictures. In short, first impression strongly positive.
About the series.
So, "Futurama". Equally loved by many TV series, which began to agitate the minds of spectators back in 2001 when the first episode came to light. It was something amazing, like Fry, sneaked in the 3 millionth year will hilarious case, we just fell into this wonderful and sometimes crazy little world. Before our eyes appear something totally unpredictable which spectacle never previously seen, all these retro-futuristic devices, costumes, characters - that's really cool. Remember "The Simpsons" and their typical daily life of ordinary Americans, then it all quite differently this is such a thundering sarcastic mixture of all possible Star Tracks, sci-fi movies and anything with which to associate the future in all its manifestations. This series, which is a satire on our society with you, willingly and ridicules the many expressions of popular culture, sometimes in a veiled form, sometimes in the open.
Just above the yellow family of their TV series, based on the story here are the characters. It would seem, charismatic fat balding loser, truly enjoy life and character did not come up, but Groening jump through their same barriers, showing the world "Futurama" and the local heroes.
Phillip J. Fry. Regular guy from the twentieth century, quite frankly, not sparkling or intelligence, but all cover the cost disadvantages of magnificent character optimist, easy going through life. It is simple, sincere, and too naive. He does not care about the problem - because there is the TV, Slurm and a couple of good friends isn't it's a luck?
Bender. Personality itself is already quite well known and self-sufficient, literally - generator damn funny sayings and monologues if you drop deeper - perhaps the worst robot in the world, boozer, spender and a jeeter. This little ridiculous-looking robot was another surprise of the series, gave the world another cult personality - cynical robot egoist with a wonderful sense of humor, which merges with candid
Lila. Woman with warlike character and excellent physique - she seemed to had been born to be a pilot of the ship, managing such childish idiot, Fry, well, or Bender. Perhaps one of the most interesting characters as well - the common sense of the whole team, like Lisa, from the already mentioned many times little family, she tries to help and save, but rarely taken seriously, though ...
Professor Hubert. The collective image of all the stereotypes about scientists. Super Star, which does not prevent him lead a full life, sometimes creating new inventions. So would he be an ordinary character in this series is not normal, if not a couple of character, with which he is famous for. First, his catchphrase - "Good news", he says, even when the news worse. Secondly, the absurdity of conduct, sometimes Hubert issues such gems that can laugh at him for another ten minutes, for example, he likes to undress in not the right time, well, etc.
What? You have not watched this serial? Rapidly run to the monitor, because you cannot miss this animated series, riddled with humor, interesting plots and good characters - it's just silly.