Theater owners congregate in Las Vegas for a convention CinemaCon, ambiguously estimated 10 minutes of the film Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit", submitted after the opening words of the director. Despite the increased clarity, filmed and shown at 48 frames per second, and many are unhappy.
The presentation touched on various Warner studio projects, including "Dark Shadows" by Tim Burton, "The Great Gatsby" Baz Luhrmann and "The Dark Knight: The Legend Continues" by Christopher Nolan.
Timur Bekmambetov received an award as best foreign film director working in Hollywood. The award was presented by Tim Burton, the producer of the upcoming movie Timur "President Lincoln: Vampire Hunter."
"Timur Bekmambetov - one of the few directors who can make the Russian film understandable and attractive to the world" - said the managing director of CinemaCon Mitch Neuhauser.
Coming on the scene, Tim Burton joked that he could not imagine who of directors may be better to make a film about an American president, rather than Russian. Accepting the award, Bekmambetov said a few words about a new project: "This is a very unusual film. Not a sequel nor prequel. It's a different story about the great man who changed the world in the nineteenth century. "
But back to Peter Jackson. For years, filmmakers have made films at 24 frames per second, but when James Cameron said that the continuation of "Avatar" will shoot at 48 frames per second, the film industry has a serious cause for reflection. The first initiative supported by Cameron Jackson, began to work on the "Hobbit" at double speed.
Since the director is in New Zealand, he wrote an appeal to the visitors of CinemaCon, which read: "The new rate gives the illusion of real life, the movements are smoothed out and lost strobe effect." Indeed, 10 minutes, is shown after Jackson appeared. The first frame in which the camera flies over the rock, struck viewers clarity - even documentaries about nature, can not be removed with such quality.
However, when it came to the emergence of actors in costumes, the effect is somewhat blurry. Every movement of the characters were so clear that many of the audience began to complain of a lack of cinematic seen. "It looks like a TV movie - said one of the projectionist blog LA Times. - Too reliable, too clearly. In contrast, something is wrong - or dark or too bright. "
One of Los Angeles reacted to what he saw Booker with great enthusiasm, but said: "The question is whether audiences are ready to watch such realistic films. I expected a small difference, but it was great! Will this affect the narrative? I do not know. But judging by the ten minutes I will not. "
The realism of "The Hobbit" recalled one owner of a small chain of movie theaters effects blu-ray: «When I first saw the movie on blu-ray, we noticed that the heat is gone perception. The whole movie seemed to me material about the shooting, shot at a normal video camera. " Among other comparisons, and called soap operas, which are captured on video.
Jackson has another eight months before release, and it is likely to respond to words such as visitors CinemaCon. But now a new technology begins to cause skepticism, both in time and promoted by James Cameron 3D.
Finally, the jury of the main contest of the 65th Cannes Film Festival is formed. It has long been known that the head of it will be Italian director Nanni Moretti, well, he will work with the British actor, actress, German, French actress, a British director, a French designer, American director, actress and Palestinian Haitian director.
Ewan McGregor, who found himself in the composition of the jury, superfluous needs no introduction. In the contest of this prestigious festival attended only one film with the actor - "Trainspotting," Danny Boyle. In 2001, McGregor came to the Côte d'Azur with a picture of "Moulin Rouge" which opened the next festival. Now the actor acted in the TV series based on the novel by Jonathan Franzen "Amendments."
Hiam Abbass Palestinian actress played in the drama "Women's Spring", which participated in last year's Cannes competition program. Abbass was shot in 1987 and some time working in America. Among her western films - "The Limits of Control" Jim Jarmusch's, "Visitor" Thomas McCarthy and "Peace" by Julian Schnabel.
Andrea Arnold - director of the UK drama "Aquarium" and the recent interpretation of Emily Brontë's novel "Wuthering Heights", which participated in the competition of Venice Film Festival last year. Her debut feature film "Red Road" won the Jury Prize at Cannes, with the same pleasant fate befell the "Aquarium".
France's Emmanuelle Devos first appeared in the film, presented in competition at the Cannes festival. In 1996 it was a tape Arno Depleshena "As I discussed ... (My sex life). " For his role in the drama by Jacques Audiard, "Read my lips" Devo won the French Academy Award "Cesar." Another "Cesar" of the actress was in 2010 - for supporting actress in the film Xavier Dzhianolli "In the beginning". In early April, in France there was a new film starring Emmanuelle Devos - Drama "The Son of the other."
Diane Kruger was born in Germany but became famous in the world thanks to a Hollywood production. She played a beautiful woman in Greece, due to which the war broke out along the walls of Troy, and helped look for Nicolas Cage "National Treasure", played in the "Obsession" with Josh Hartnett, appeared as a film star in "Inglourious Basterds" by Quentin Tarantino. In February, Kruger became the star of the Berlin Film Festival, which opened the costume drama "Farewell, My Queen," where Diane played the queen Marie Antoinette. Recently, the actress finished shooting in the film of Andrew Niccol "Guest" on the bestseller by Stephenie Meyer.
Eccentric fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier is not a stranger to the world of cinema. He developed the costumes for Peter Greenaway's film "The Cook, Thief His Wife & Her Lover," for painting Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet, "City of Lost Children," but the audience certainly remember his futuristic fantasy costumes for Luc Besson's "The Fifth Element." Gaultier has worked with Pedro Almodovar on his dramas, "Bad Education" and "Skin, in which I live" - the two tapes were shown at Cannes.
Haitian director Raoul Peck - a true citizen of the world. He grew up in the Congo, France, Germany and America. His filmography includes both documentaries and television projects. Feature film "Man on the beach," participated in the competition in Cannes in 1993, and in 2000, Peck returned to the Croisette with a biographical drama "Lumumba", which participated in the "Fortnight of directors." Raoul Peck has worked as Minister of Culture of Haiti, and from 2010, the French state film school is headed by La Femis.
American director Alexander Payne made his film debut with satirical drama "Citizen Ruth" in 1996. It followed the black comedy "Upstart" with Reese Witherspoon, who played there one of the best roles in her filmography. The tape won the Writers Guild of America awards and critics in New York, and was nominated for "Oscar" for best adapted screenplay. The third film of Payne "About Schmidt" was shown at the Cannes festival in 2002. The picture "Sideways" won the prize for best adapted script, well, the last "Oscar" Payne received recently for the drama "Descendants", all in the same category "Best Adapted Screenplay."
Chairman of the jury is Italian director Nanni Moretti. He and his colleagues will see 22 films in the competition program.
Cannes Film Festival begins its work on May 16 and runs until May 27.
Young Arthur Kipps London lawyer (Daniel Radcliffe), after his wife died in childbirth falls into depression, which is detrimental to his career. His last chance - a trip to the estate of IL March somewhere in East Anglia. The estate is located in the swamps, on a piece of land, which becomes an island in the tide - a perfect trap, which promptly gets Kipps. Local residents, including attorney Jerome (Tim MakMullan), Kipps trying to send back to London, local moneybags Daly (Kyaran Hinds), by contrast, helps a visitor. Meanwhile, in the house are found ghosts and in the town - dying children, and Kipps tries to understand the dark secrets of IL March.
Of course, the main advantage and disadvantage of "Women in Black" is that it is a film with Daniel Radcliffe. "The boy who survived," became a young man who tries to prove that on the role of Harry Potter his career is not over. In this sense, a trip to Il Marsh - and his chance, though, of course, not the last. Radcliffe switches all over the viewer's attention, but it is worth to his credit, kept a stiff upper lip - by the middle of the picture you forget about Harry Potter and watch Arthur Kipps.
"The Woman in Black" - a picture in which the plot is secondary, but the entourage is primary. The plot of the thriller, say so, is plain, but the film is shot beautifully, rich in fine detail, provided with excellent music, Marco Beltrami ("Scream," "Resident Evil" and so on), and pretty scary. Yes, the techniques, which enjoys full swing producer, have become classics, but the operator Tim Maurice-Jones (who shot classics Guy Ritchie) plays them with great skill. Rightfully deserve applause and artists who have made a picture juicy, dark and truly unforgettable - it wants to stare, it attracts your attention, because the next "Boo!" is particularly impressive.
Another plus, in my opinion - "child" rating. In the film, there is almost no blood or terrible monsters, it is aesthetic, it even can be called intelligent. All evidence of good taste makers.
"The Woman in Black" - a classic example of stories about ghosts, horror, and combining certain theatricality, it is in the tradition of gothic novels. Even if the main role is not starred Daniel Radcliffe, "Woman in Black" could be recommended, including, and not lovers of the genre.
Studio has acquired a scenario application Andy Berg titled "Huck". It is based on the heroes of adventure novels by Mark Twain, but in light of the Hollywood fashion trends of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn will be shown on the other side.
The plot of the history of Berg kept a secret, but it is known that "Huck" - conversion of adventure in the spirit of Twain's characters, "Snow White and the Hunter," and Sawyer and Finn - have grown up people. It also has a place in the script mysticism.
In "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," published in 1876, the action develops in a small town in the American South before the Civil War. Tom Sawyer - energetic, witty and enterprising boy of twelve. In the first novel he has time to witness the murder and expose the murderer, engaged to a girl, a classmate, to run away from home and live on a desert island, to attend his own funeral, get lost in a cave and get out safely, and to find a precious treasure.
Sawyer became the hero of three novels of Mark Twain, and also appears in the pages of the book "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." In it Finn, along with runaway slave Jim on a raft fused to the Mississippi River. Some time later they are joined by the Duke and the King of rogues, who eventually sell Jim to slavery. Huck joined Tom Sawyer organized the release of the prisoner.
Tom and Huck have repeatedly been the heroes of the film adaptations. The first appeared in 1907, followed by screening in 1917, but both were silent. The first sound picture of Twain published in 1930, has collected 11 million dollars and was highly regarded by critics until the film came out in 1938, which was shot in color and under the guidance of producer David O. Selznick, and that is a long hedge of the filmmakers attempt to film "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer ".
Note that the classic version of Twain's books Hollywood didn’t forget. Next year will be released film "Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn," where Tom played by Joel Courtney from the movie "Super 8", and Huck and Becky Thatcher - Jake T. Austin and Catherine McNamara of the melodrama "Old New Year".
Indian filmmaker Tarsus Singh gave his adaptation of the infamous tale, trying to maintain a balance between comedy and drama. In the picture there are funny moments of dark elements of the plot, giving a very fresh look at history, we all know very well.
An evil queen wants to love the beautiful Prince, expelling Snow White from the palace. But the girl is not from timid. Her allies are funny gnomes and robbers, but a goal - revenge and restore justice.
Julia Roberts in the role of the Evil Queen, which is almost the best actress in Hollywood and is simply delicious. So much so that even though it is essentially a secondary character in the film, she is still possible to chain almost all of the viewer's attention. She can be as fun, with an innocent smile, and cruel and ruthless. Even in scenes with humor the audience does not leave the impression that the Queen is very dangerous. If you do not believe that Julia Roberts is able to portray the villain, then you'll be pleasantly surprised and impressed by her acting.
The role of Snow White, whose "hair, is black as night" and "skin as white as snow" went to Lily Collins - a young actress with a relatively small track record (she played in "Shepherd" and "Pursuit"), but despite this, she played her character very convincingly, and thanks to some new plot moves almost helped us to show Snow White on the other side. In her attempt to take revenge on the queen, she learned to fence and climb trees better than any actor who played Tarzan.
Generally, some may not like that adaptation is very different from the original source. As such, the fact that the gnomes here are not just hard workers, and a gang of thieves, who were engaged in pious deeds are not, or what the Queen wanted to poison Snow White was not because of her alien beauty. But these innovations and make watching the movie even more interesting. Indeed, sometimes very boring to know in advance that eventually will happen in the next scene.
In the visualization of scenes Tarsus Singh always had good result, it is enough to recall his psychological thriller "The Cage". Surreal colors incredibly beautiful costumes and the atmosphere is present here, but all in moderation. The director does not let himself get carried away, as Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland," which was a great picture, but still more "picture of Tim Burton's" rather than adaptation of Lewis Carroll tale. Here you can feel the original Grimm's fairy tales with just the free interpretation of the director on some of the events. In particular, peculiar, and some Indian films.
Outcome. A remarkable example of comedy, fantasy and drama. All elements of the film run very smoothly, help you get from watching a real pleasure. He just hit a key positive. The picture does not claim the title of a masterpiece, but only leaves a good impression.
Culminating ceremony of the 84th "Oscar" in general, has not brought any significant surprises. Some sort of surprise caused except that the distribution of a number of awards in technical categories. And this terry stability, absence of live energy - is the main problem and the main Message Boards around the world.
All the winners in the major categories are worthy of their golden statuettes. Well, how can the success of the protest to call Meryl Streep, claimed the "Oscar" for the 17th! time? Does anyone turns to challenge to dispute the victory of Octavia Spencer, created on the screen such colorful image? If anyone dares to question the acting skills of Christopher Plummer, who for 60 years of his career, won Academy Awards for the first time? In the end, hardly anyone would be against the triumph of Jean Dujardin, perhaps, is not endowed with the talent level, Gary Oldman, but very bright flashed in black and white design.
Actually, this very project, which was quite a bold experiment with form in a very straightforward content, of course, worthy of the highest ratings, as well as its creator, Michel Hazanavichus. In short, all five "Oscars" of "Artist" is well deserved.
Much the same can be said about awards of "Hugo", maybe only a small degree of doubt when it comes to the category "Best Special Effects" and "Best Sound". But in the end, the film academy had every right to dispose of their Gold statuettes that way, and no really weighty argument against it is impossible to find.
In a situation where the list of winners was so boring predictable, and the complete absence among participants of the battle for top honors this blockbuster has not caused increased interest in the ceremony, the only hope for its recovery was associated with the return of almost legendary Billy Crystal. After all, his name is associated with the best, in terms of ratings, during the ceremonies of "Oscar".
But alas. His enchanting solo numbers, and full of subtle humor monologues, apparently, in the past. Either the Crystal older and has lost his former ease, whether the writers wrote their texts based on Eddie Murphy and did not alter them for a new leader, but the show did not happen. That is, like there were impromptu and good jokes, but the overall impression was reduced to an unworthy talent of Crystal definition of "nothing."
Of course, record the number of ceremonies performed on the stage looked much better than last year's youth and organically, and that it could lead to name just a joke. But still ... "No way". And even the famous circus troupe, which presented, as stated, the biggest number only emphasized his dullness of what is happening on the stage of cinema Kodak.
Experts have yet to calculate the rankings, analyze and explain the numbers of individual failures. But it is absolutely clear that we need serious reform of the Academy Awards. It's time to dilute the old man with the young blood that will more clearly understand the ossified brains to a new audience expectations and demands of modern times. Indeed, according to statistics, the vast majority of cinema academics - are men from 50 to 60 years and older. And in this age group tend to greatly mistaken about the value of their life experiences to similar events.
Before the screen is sitting a long time since the generation that sees the world through fiber-optic networks, legacy of Steve Jobs and extremely compressed space of Twitter. Just do not call Chris Rock, James Franco and others like them. Try to return Hugh Jackman, for example. And turn to the list of nominees the next "Fast and the Furious."
Exorbitantly high budgets of studio projects sometimes cause freeze the picture, but sometimes there are happy-endings. For example, last December, Warner pulled up work on a film by David Dobkin, "Arthur and Lancelot," because of financial difficulties. But this week the project came to life again, and the role of Lancelot can play Colin Farrell.
Last summer, the studio has paid two million dollars for the scenario of "Arthur and Lancelot," who wrote Dobkin. Details of the plot were not disclosed, but we know that this is a new look at the history of the Knights of the Round Table. According to insiders, the main and most interesting role in the project - Lancelot, but not the Arthur, as many believe. Perhaps, therefore, first of all confirmed actor for the role of Lancelot. His was to play a Swede Youel Kinnaman.
Arthur would play Keith Harrington of the television series "The Game of Thrones," but as an actor dropped out of the picture due to Dobkin shooting schedule. However, as others say insiders, one of the main problems was the lack of movie star names. So Warner canceled the shooting, which was planned to start in January of this year.
Now David Dobkin invited Colin Farrell to play Lancelot. I can not say that the Irish actor absolutely ensure the project fund. However, the comedy "Bores bosses" has earned with his participation in the worldwide box office of over 200 million dollars, but can not say that Farrell was the first violin of the film. As an action hero, we see Colin in the summer, when there will be a remake of the fantasy "Total Recall".
The role of the magician Merlin offered Gary Oldman, the actor refused. Rumor has it that Warner is going to turn again to the Oldman with the proposal.
Recall that because of "Arthur and Lancelot» Warner closed two projects on the Knights of the Round Table. One of them was going to shoot Bryan Singer, and another - Guy Ritchie.
At least five projects about Peter Pan have been circulated last spring in the film world, but it crystallized so far only one - a television production of "Neverland", filmed in the UK. Hollywood is in a hurry for the English colleagues - director of "Warrior" Gavin O'Connor will shoot a film with the same name but different content. Channing Tatum will serve as his producer.
"Neverland," O'Connor initially called "Pan". Book by JM Barrie has undergone a total revision of the writer, "Hunger Games" Billy Ray, and the boy who does not want to grow up, the brother was terrible Captain Hook. Studio Sony has acquired the script for the seven-figure sum.
New story of Peter Pan - part of the next trendy Hollywood epidemic on the revision of the classic fairy tales. The first sign was "Alice in Wonderland," get rich studio Disney, after which it was stated several films about the Snow White (two of them out this year), five projects of Peter Pan, two different "Sleeping Beauty" (one of them turned in "Malefisent" with Angelina Jolie). And that we are still silent about the four versions of Frankenstein, as they do not really fit the term "fairy tale".
Gavin O'Connor set for the Disney studio hockey melodrama "Miracle", shot by Edward Norton and Colin Farrell in the police drama "Pride and Glory," and last year released an unappreciated distributors and viewers a picture of "Warrior" with Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton.
Channing Tatum this year will be a frequent guest on the big screen. Now you can see him in the melodrama "The Vow", recently released thriller "Knockout", and in front of highly regarded by Western critics of the comedy "21 Jump Street", action "Cobra 2" and a picture of Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike" about the strippers. Tatum has two years of trying his hand at producing, and "Neverland" will be his next work in this field.
Sequel to the film by Chris Columbus “Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief" is just one casting decision will attract an army of fans Star series" Firefly "and" Castle. " Nathan Fillion is approved for the role of god Hermes in the film "Percy Jackson: The sea monsters."
The picture with Logan Lerman Columbus in the title role was the adaptation of Rick Riordan's first novel in a series about a boy - the heir to the Greek gods. At the first "Percy Jackson" spent 95 million dollars in worldwide box office collecting 226 million and barely worth the picture.
In "The Lightning Thief," a simple American boy learned that his father - the Greek god Poseidon. The young man held a series of tests, the results confirm his eminent origins. "Sea monsters" will speak about how Percy goes in search of his friend, the satyr Grover, trapped in a Cyclops Polyphemus. At stake is not only a satire, but the whole Camp Half-Blood: Someone has poisoned Thalia sacred tree, which means that the protection of the camp is about to fall, and nothing can keep the monsters from invading.
Wood can only heal the mythical Golden Fleece, hidden on the island of Polyphemus. To reach it, you need to swim across the sea monsters and fight with its inhabitants - the Scylla and Charybdis, sirens and fruity treacherous sorceress Circe.
Shoot a sequel is going German Thor Freudenthal, for some time laboring fervently in the field of family films in Hollywood. Among his works are "Hotel for Dogs" and "Diary of a weakling."
Nathan Fillion, who is an icon of geeks in the West, thanks to TV series "Firefly" and friendship with director Joss Weedon was in the sequel to the role of god Hermes. Recall that in Greek mythology, Hermes was the god of trade, profit, wisdom, dexterity, imposture, fraud, theft and eloquence. Messenger of the gods and conductor of souls of the dead into the underworld of Hades, Hermes is usually depicted young boys, but in the movie Freudenthal will be like Nathan Fillion.
In the universe of Percy Jackson Hermes is the father of the protagonist antagonist played by Jake Abel.
Director of "Titans Wrath" Jonathan Liebesman in an interview with resource Hero Complex spoke about the project.
Why did you decide to do this project?
"I'm a big fan of epic films, created the world where you can escape to enjoy the spectacle and experience the fear of the gods and monsters. Proposal to create a world in "Titans Wrath" was just what we needed. I just finished "Alien invasion: The Battle in Los Angeles" and I liked the scale of the story and thrilling adventure that studio Warner bros. wanted to present to the fans of the franchise in terms of clever special effects with creatures and epic adventure point of view of the protagonist. Ultimately, we would take the whole spectacle and awe, which is full of Greek mythology, and give it a more down to earth, one might say, the human factor. Greeks created brilliant images of typical characters, which we could introduce our story to create a richer world. "
Can you tell us a little about those monsters, which we will see? Which one is your favorite? What - the worst?
"We are fortunate that the material for "Titans Wrath” was originally a very rich and epic. We have allowed ourselves the luxury of finding the most incredible aspects of Greek mythology, terrible monsters, which we are woven into the narrative of traditional myths. I am - a big fan of Makhai, an evil warrior demon consisting of two fallen souls from the underworld, which were put together and forced to fight as a single entity for immortality. We came up a few tricks, playing with their unusual appearance. "
You have on-site solid star. As you work with Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy, Sam Worthington?
"This is a great success - to work with the actors of this caliber. They all put their lives in the images of their characters, and monitor their performance on the court - similar to a lesson on the film industry. Our entire cast was infinitely generous in their game, and we were completely open in matters of discussion and collaboration. When you're faced with so much talent, they are actors, you really trust their instincts and unconditionally accept their ideas. For me, "Schindler's List" - a very important film, and the fact that Liam and Ralph took part in some our scene - simply amazing.”
What do you have borrowed from the first movie and what decided not to take?
"We are grateful to the creators of "Clash of the Titans" for the construction of the narrative, the world and the characters who inhabit it, were created, and we were allowed to take them all and continue the story. We would like to add realism to what happens to the characters. It was very important to us. Sam put all his efforts to achieve this goal. We have reviewed a large number of Westerns, and some of the films of Akira Kurosawa, to adventures of Perseus looked real. When Perseus beat the monsters, he can not feel pain. He was not a superhero. He - the guy with all his might trying to stay alive himself and save his family. It is - completely normal life situation against the backdrop of a magical world, and I think that it will give her confidence in the realism of the events in our history. "
Do you think that the work in the "Titans Wrath" has added experience to your piggy bank as a director?
"I think every film that you shoot, gives you a new understanding of many aspects of filmmaking. I was given the chance to work with Aaron Eckhart and Michelle Rodriguez in" Battle of Los Angeles, "and they taught me a lot with regard to excellent acting. And the experience of working on the creation of the alien in the same project was useful to me when we came up with the monsters for "Wrath ...". I do not think we ever stop learning - main secret is to find a project to become obsessed with them, to surround a like-minded people and create a peace with them, about which you dream. "