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Check Out Synopses for 2018 Universal Films ‘Jurassic World 2’, ‘The Purge 4’, and More

20 October 2017 9:19 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

While 2017 still has a number of new anticipated releases to look forward to, 2018 is just around the corner. Universal Pictures is getting a head start on the new year by unveiling the full synopses and cast lists for most of their 2018 slate, which includes the highly anticipated sequel Jurassic World: Fallen KingdomRyan Gosling-led next film from La La Land director Damien Chazelle First Man, the Peter Jackson-produced fantasy adaptation Mortal Engines, a new Purge movie, a brand new film from Robert Zemeckis, and much more. The slate also includes the Amblin-produced Eli Roth … »

- Adam Chitwood

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Crowdfund This: Frank & Zed, Puppet Horror For The Masses

20 October 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Jesse Blanchard's puppet horror film Frank & Zed, as far as anyone knows, will be the first feature length full classic puppet style film in nearly thirty years. That is, puppets and only puppets dominate the landscape in the film he has been working on for the past four years.    1 - Is this really the first puppet film in 30 years?: As far as we know, this is the first feature-length film (60+ mins) to be made using classic glove-style puppetry since Peter Jackson's Meet the Feebles. The few puppet feature films that have been made have either had human actors (i.e. The Muppets) or were made with marionettes (Team America) or other forms of puppetry. (Source, wikipedia) Frank & Zed Faq  ...

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Interview: Tony Jopia talks ‘Cute Little Buggers’

20 October 2017 6:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

With the upcoming worldwide release of the modern creature feature comedy Cute Little Buggers I was lucky enough to spend some time with the film’s director Tony Jopia to talk about his influences, bringing the bunnies to life and having fun on set.

How did first get in to filmmaking?

When I was 9 years old I was asked what I wanted to do at school. I remember seeing Airport 1975 (1974) and then not long after another film called the The Poseidon Adventure (1972). They both kind of set a firm seed in my mind that making moves is what I wanted to do. My father used to wake me up at midnight to watch all the creature feature movies that used to appear late at night. I had school the next day yet he would still wake me up at midnight and say, “Come and watch this”. It was the »

- Philip Rogers

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Kate Winslet Says She Purposely Didn't Thank Harvey Weinstein in Oscars Acceptance Speech

15 October 2017 11:30 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Kate Winslet says she intentionally did not thank Harvey Weinstein during her Oscars acceptance speech.

When Winslet took home the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2009, for her performance in The Reader, she did not mention Weinstein, whose company financed and distributed the drama.

Speaking with the Los Angeles Times, Winslet said the omission was "absolutely deliberate."

"I remember being told, 'Make sure you thank Harvey if you win.' And I remember turning around and saying, 'No I won't. No I won't,'" she recalled. "And it was nothing to do with not being grateful. If people aren't well-behaved, why would I thank him?"

Watch: Everything You Need to Know About the Harvey Weinstein Scandal -- From the Accusations to the Fallout

When the sexual assault and harassment scandal surrounding the powerful producer broke two weeks ago, Winslet was one of the first celebrities to condemn his alleged actions in a statement to Variety, praising the dozens »

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Andy Serkis Almost Said No to Gollum in Lord of the Rings

13 October 2017 9:33 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Andy Serkis has become a true force in Hollywood. Not only is he a fine actor, having appeared in movies like The Prestige and Avengers: Age of Ultron, but he is a pioneer in performance capture technology, which has changed Hollywood in recent years. Much of that started with his work on Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy that begins with Fellowship of the Ring, in which he portrayed Gollum. However, it turns out that he almost turned down the role.

The 53-year-old actor is now trying his hand at directing, with his feature debut Breathe hitting theaters very soon and is already positioned as an Oscar hopeful. While promoting the movie, Andy Serkis spoke with The Guardian and, while talking about his experience on Lord of the Rings, he revealed that he initially wasn't interested in the role. That is, until he realized the full potential in what Peter Jackson was doing. »

- MovieWeb

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Settlers of Catan Movie Is on the Fast-Track at Sony

12 October 2017 10:54 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Hollywood can't seem to make video game movie adaptations work. So why not try a board game instead? That seems to be Sony's way of thinking, as they are currently in talks for the rights to make a movie based on The Settlers of Catan. The project is said to be on the fast track and, assuming a first movie goes well, the studio has hopes of turning Settlers of Catan into a franchise.

Variety was the first to break the news that Sony is working on this Settlers of Catan movie. Producer Gail Katz first acquired the rights for the game in 2015 and now she is working with Sony to bring the board game to the big screen. Her previous producing credits include Pawn Sacrifice, Air Force One and The Perfect Storm. Dan Lin (It) is also on board to produce, alongside Jonathan Erlich. Here's what Katz had to »

- MovieWeb

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Blade Runner 2049 to Bond 25: yes, Mr Villeneuve, we expect you to direct

10 October 2017 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Like Christopher Nolan, Sam Mendes and Peter Jackson, Villeneuve is a rare example of a visionary film-maker with franchise nous. Can he get the 007 gig?

Sam Mendes may have done more than just reload 007’s Walther Ppk with box-office bullets when he took on Skyfall five years ago. For decades, Bond production company Eon vacillated between recruiting indie directors with a handful of arthouse hits on their hands (Quantum of Solace’s Marc Forster; Die Another Day’s Lee Tamahori) and tried and tested industry stalwarts (Casino Royale and GoldenEye’s Martin Campbell; The World Is Not Enough’s Michael Apted). But in the wake of Mendes’ success in taking Bond past the $1bn mark for the first time, then almost repeating the feat with 2015’s Spectre, an entirely new calibre of film-maker is being mentioned to take charge of 2019’s 25th official 007 movie.

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- Ben Child

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Kate Winslet, James Cameron to Reunite for 'Avatar' Sequels

4 October 2017 12:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Soon after making her feature debut in Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures, Kate Winslet earned an Academy Award nomination for Sense and Sensibility. She quickly earned another Oscar nomination for her starring performance in Titanic, directed by James Cameron, a box office phenomenon that elevated her to a high level of popularity worldwide. Since then, she has become recognized as one of the premiere screen actresses working today, picking up five more Academy Award nominations, one of which (The Reader) resulted in her winning the award. For his part, Cameron has been busy as a producer while directing several documentaries, as well as a modest little movie titled Avatar, which became a box office phenomenon of its own. Recently Cameron started production on the first...

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Kate Winslet, James Cameron to Reunite for 'Avatar' Sequels

4 October 2017 9:33 AM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

Soon after making her feature debut in Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures, Kate Winslet earned an Academy Award nomination for Sense and Sensibility. She quickly earned another Oscar nomination for her starring performance in Titanic, directed by James Cameron, a box office phenomenon that elevated her to a high level of popularity worldwide. Since then, she has become recognized as one of the premiere screen actresses working today, picking up five more Academy Award nominations,...

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Red Dwarf Xii episode 1 review: Cured

4 October 2017 6:21 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mark Harrison Oct 12, 2017

Here's our spoiler-filled review of the Red Dwarf series 12 opener, Cured...

This review contains spoilers.

See related  Who are The Gifted? The Gifted: spoiler-free review The Gifted episode 1: every X-Men and Marvel Easter Egg

12.1 Cured

“Thank you, deep space!”

In recent years, it's never stopped being remarkable that we're still getting new episodes of Red Dwarf. The show's second lease on life got off to a bit of a shaky start with 2009's Back To Earth, but the back-to-basics approach of subsequent series has got the boys from the Dwarf (waggle your hands appropriately) back on track.

Red Dwarf Xii comprises the second batch of six episodes, out of the twelve that were filmed in early 2016, and as such, you might expect that there isn't much difference in tone between XI and Xii. Remarkably, writer and director Doug Naylor has given us Cured, a high concept »

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Fellowship Of The Ring: nerdy facts about a classic film

4 October 2017 6:15 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Den Of Geek Oct 5, 2017

A trip to the Cannes Film Festival was the moment the Lord Of The Rings team realised their life was about to change...

As we charted in this article here, the earlier films of director Peter Jackson didn’t offer too many clues that he was the man to both bring J R R Tolkien’s The Lord Of The Rings trilogy to the big screen, and also that he’d made such a raging success of it. From his fun, shlocky early work though was a man learning his craft, one that he continued to hone with the underappreciated and hugely-fun comedy horror The Frighteners, and the rightly Oscar-nominated Heavenly Creatures.

Jackson, though, had his eyes on Tolkien’s trilogy from his early days, but realising Middle Earth on the big screen had long been seen as a formidable challenge. Ralph Bakshi’s 1978 animated movie »

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‘The Simpsons’: ’Game of Thrones’ to ‘Lord of the Rings,’ Every Fantasy Reference in the Packed Premiere

1 October 2017 5:30 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Even though “Game of Thrones” fans are in for a very long hiatus before its final season, “The Simpsons” filled the void by paying homage to HBO’s fantasy epic on Sunday night. The animated series’ Season 29 premiere is set in an alternate world called “The Serfsons,” in which fantasy references abound from popular TV shows, movies, novels, video games, and RPGs.

First, it’s important to make the distinction between any general Medieval or fantasy reference and an actual homage to actual properties like “Lord of the Rings” or “Game of Thrones.” Even though J.R.R. Tolkien is accepted as the father of modern fantasy (high fantasy specifically), he did not invent the genre, and therefore many hallmarks of the genre – such as flying fire-breathing dragons – seen in the episode are not credited to any particular source. »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘The Simpsons’: ’Game of Thrones’ to ‘Lord of the Rings,’ Every Fantasy Reference in the Packed Premiere

1 October 2017 5:30 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Even though “Game of Thrones” fans are in for a very long hiatus before its final season, “The Simpsons” filled the void by paying homage to HBO’s fantasy epic on Sunday night. The animated series’ Season 29 premiere is set in an alternate world called “The Serfsons,” in which fantasy references abound from popular TV shows, movies, novels, video games, and RPGs.

First, it’s important to make the distinction between any general Medieval or fantasy reference and an actual homage to actual properties like “Lord of the Rings” or “Game of Thrones.” Even though J.R.R. Tolkien is accepted as the father of modern fantasy (high fantasy specifically), he did not invent the genre, and therefore many hallmarks of the genre – such as flying fire-breathing dragons – seen in the episode are not credited to any particular source.

Read More:The 20 Best Animated TV Shows of the 21st Century, Ranked

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- Hanh Nguyen

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Avengers: Infinity War Puts Out Casting Call For Military Types

28 September 2017 11:49 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Even with the possibility of the first trailer for Avengers: Infinity War debuting tomorrow night being a reality, I think you may agree with me in saying that it doesn’t hurt to occupy the interim with other bits of news related to the monumental film that’s serving as the culmination of everything Marvel Studios have been building to since the release of 2008’s Iron Man.

Granted, principal photography for 2019’s as-yet-untitled follow-up may have already commenced, but that doesn’t mean everything regarding Infinity War itself is finished. After all, there’s a lot of time separating now from next spring, so it stands to reason that the second unit or other members of the crew will be filling in a few blanks. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise us if the approach the Russo Brothers are taking is somewhat nonlinear like other films that have shot back to back, »

- Eric Joseph

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The Four 'Avatar' Sequels Have Begun Production At Last

26 September 2017 4:30 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

James Cameron has been promising Avatar sequels since the first movie broke box office records, received rave reviews (84% on Roten Tomatoes) and earned accolades galore back in 2009. Eight years and many release date shifts later, the visionary writer/director has finally begun filming not just one but four follow-up features, all being shot in succession. The quartet of presumably cutting-edge 3D movies kicked off production in a Manhattan Beach studio yesterday, according to Deadline.  Four installments shooting simultaneously hasn't been done before. Peter Jackson did three with his Lord of the Rings trilogy and multiple franchises have tried two at once, but this is an unprecendented effort -- leave it to Cameron to be groundbreaking every which...

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Avatar Sequels Will Cost More Than $1 Billion to Make

26 September 2017 9:18 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The day has finally come when you can quit wondering whether or not you'll actually see Avatar 2 happen. James Cameron, after years of false starts and promises, has finally started filming his Avatar sequels. All four of them, which are going to shoot consecutively and be released over the course of the next eight years. So how much is this grand production going to cost? More than $1 billion.

As reported by Deadline, James Cameron is making history with this production by becoming the first director to ever shoot four blockbuster-budget movies consecutively. Peter Jackson famously shot all three Lord of the Rings movies at the same time, with extensive reshoots in between, but these Avatar sequels are even larger in scope. And as such, they come with a very hefty price tag attached. Deadline couldn't provide an exact figure, and there probably isn't one to be had, but they »

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‘Avatar’ Starts Production Today On Four Consecutive Sequels At Over $1 Billion Budget

25 September 2017 4:58 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

It has been long in the planning, but James Cameron officially began production today in Manhattan Beach on the four Avatar sequels he is shooting in succession. No one is saying when Cameron will complete the unprecedented feat of shooting a quartet of blockbuster-budget 3D films in sequence. It is not only unprecedented in number — Peter Jackson shot three of The Lord of the Rings installments together — it also will be the most expensive shoot of its kind, at an… »

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‘Breathe’ Trailer: Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy Star in a True Story From Director Andy Serkis

19 September 2017 9:30 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Andy Serkis is best known for his work in front of the camera, imbuing visual effects-driven characters like Gollum and Caesar with weight and inner life using performance capture technology. But he has some experience behind the camera as well, having directed the second unit of all three of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit films. Now the actor is making his official directorial debut […]

The post ‘Breathe’ Trailer: Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy Star in a True Story From Director Andy Serkis appeared first on /Film. »

- Ben Pearson

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Looking back at the early films of Peter Jackson

13 September 2017 5:11 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mark Allison Sep 29, 2017

He conquered the world with The Lord Of The Rings trilogy. But what about the first few films from Peter Jackson?

At the 2004 Academy Awards, The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King swept the board with 11 statuettes, equalling the records previously set by Ben-Hur and Titanic. When collecting the award for Best Picture, director Peter Jackson made a passing reference to the two films with which he had started his career in the late 1980s - Bad Taste and Meet The Feebles - commenting that they had been “wisely overlooked by the Academy at the time”.

Despite Jackson’s dismissal of his own early work, these films represent more than a curious historical footnote; they are the first steps from one of the most important blockbuster film-makers of the last two decades. When viewed from the lofty gaze of hindsight, they are not only »

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Visual Effects Society: The Top 70 VFX Films of All Time Include ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Blade Runner,’ and ‘Citizen Kane’

12 September 2017 2:32 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In honor of its 20th anniversary, the Visual Effects Society polled its membership to list the 70 most influential VFX films of all time. James Cameron led the pack with six entries (“The Abyss,” “Aliens,” “Avatar,” “Terminator,” “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” and “Titanic”); Steven Spielberg followed close behind with five (“Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “E.T. the Extraterrestrial,” “Jaws,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” and “Jurassic Park”); and Peter Jackson had four Oscar winners (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and “King Kong”).

“The Ves 70 represents films that have had a significant, lasting impact on the practice and appreciation of visual effects as an integral element of cinematic expression and storytelling,” said Ves board chair Mike Chambers. “We see this as an important opportunity for our members, leading visual effects practitioners worldwide, to pay homage to our heritage and help shape the future of the global visual effects community. In »

- Bill Desowitz

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