Archive for February 20, 2011
The Box office is Unknown; Hailee Steinfeld is Forgotten; Sarah Jessica Parker talks Sex and the City 3; Darren Aronofsky floats his boat with Noah; Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy tackle werewolves with Sharp Teeth and Who are The History Keepers?
Liam Neeson looks set to top the box office over the weekend with his latest action-thriller. Unknown (read our review) sees the Irish star kicking butt in Europe (not unlike Taken), the Joel Silver produced film will collect around $26 million over the Presidents’ Day long weekend (or $21.8 million for the three days).
Elton John musical Gnomeo and Juliet should see $25 million over the long weekend ($19.4 million for three days), upping its gross to $56 million.
Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston’s Just Go with It grossed an impressive estimated $21 million for its second weekend (it’ll take about $18 million Friday ...
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The 2011 Toy Fair is in full swing this week in New York City and the top toy manufacturers in the world are on hand to show off their upcoming line of playthings. Toys can tell fans a lot about an upcoming movie – such as Iron Man’s Mark VI armor or Cobra Commander’s new face in G.I. Joe – and that trend continues with Hasbro’s new line of toys for this summer’s sure-fire blockbuster Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
Last fall a security guard told the world that a beefy-looking fire truck was the Cybertonian leader Sentinel Prime – a fact that was recently confirmed by director Michael Bay. There were plenty of pictures and video of the fire truck sitting around downtown Chicago during filming this ...
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Effective in atmosphere if somewhat lacking in other departments, Brad Anderson’s supernatural thriller posits what seems to be a post-Rapture world where most of the globe's population disappears in an instant. Those left struggle to avoid the darkness which seems to be sentient, breathes like an asthmatic canine, and manifests itself as sinister silhouettes that are out to get anyone who steps out of the safety of the light.
An obvious low-budget for Anderson here has resulted in an economically made film that posits more questions than answers and understands full well how the unknown is far more frightening than the explained. Certain touches, from the sun rising and setting quicker each day to the various theories about this event espoused by the characters, are smart additions which add to the feelings of dread throughout.
Yet there's an obvious lack of consistency here, the creeping darkness rarely follows any fixed rules aside from the needs of the screenplay. The action is mostly confined to a dive bar in Detroit where a TV reporter (Hayden Christensen), theater projectionist (John Leguizamo), a nurse (Thandie Newton) and a teen (Jacob Latimore) have hold up with the help of a rickety electric generator.
None of the cast is of much use, Christensen does his usual petulant child routine while the more reliable Newton and Leguizamo are reduced to hysterics in her case, and tedious fatalism in his which leaves him lying flat on his back on a pool table for much of the film. The characters themselves are barely developed, most just getting quick flashbacks to where they were during the event which renders the dialogue predictably on the nose at points.
While the idea of the darkness being a danger has been done before and better (eg. "Pitch Black," Doctor Who's "The Silence in the Library" episode), the moments here of panic and action are engaging even through some of the increasingly stupid moves made by the characters towards the end of the film. The central mystery at the heart of this thriller works as a high concept, though this particular set of characters trying to survive it aren't half as compelling.
Anderson's strong skill with exploiting locales makes good use of Detroit's rather decrepit cityscape, and his direction is enjoyably twisted at points (the initial scare in the opening sequence is quite creepy). The sound design is disquieting which is a major contributor to any atmospheric film, though the cinematography is let down by said budget restrictions. It's a stylish thriller that falls apart under any serious scrutiny, the lack of explanation equally frustrating and compelling at the same time.
One major concern the Thor movie has always had over its patriotic counterpart, Captain America, is that it’s a much tougher sell. Mainstream audiences aren’t familiar with the Mighty God of Thunder, at least not the Marvel Comics version of him.
People can relate to Steve Rogers, the scrawny kid who becomes a symbol of freedom and a beacon of hope against the evil Red Skull during World War II, but a long-blond haired viking god who can hammer-time otherworldly armies while speaking Shakespearian-esque dialogue? Not so much. So how are director Kenneth Branagh and Marvel Studios going to make their Asgardian Avenger more accessible (and bankable) to theater goers?
People know Captain America. He’s one of more recognizable characters out of Marvel’s library of 5000+. When Cap “died” in the comics a few years ago during the infamous Civil War ...
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Australian film maker Baz Luhrmann will shoot his proposed 3D version of "The Great Gatsby" for Warner Bros. Pictures at Fox Studios in Sydney later this year reports Nine MSN.
Pre-production kicks off in March ahead of a 17 week film shoot starting in August, followed by 30 weeks of post-production work. The production is expected to result in $120 million in investment income to the state of New South Wales and generate at least 400 jobs during principal photography. As many again will be generated in pre & post-production.
In a statement this morning, NSW Premier Kristina Keneally said "This comes at a good time for the film industry. Australia was thought to be losing international filmmaking due to the strong Aussie dollar - put simply, this is a big win. The Great Gatsby will be a boon for the NSW film industry, particularly given Baz Luhrmann's commitment to maximising use of local cast, crew and visual effects expertise."
Other parts of NSW will also be used during the filming and visual effects and post production work will also happen in the state. Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan will star in what's being billed as the first live action 3D movie shot in Australia.