Kevin Jagernauth — The Playlist →
Juan Antonio Bayona, the man who put Naomi Watts through hell in “The Impossible,” has been tapped to direct “World War Z: Title To Be Determined.” But as you’ve probably already guessed, it’s still very early stages. In fact there are no writers on board—though Pitt has already said ideas have been percolating—but Bayona will apparently oversee that process as well. Undoubtedly, this will probably wait until there is a finished script that everyone likes before moving forward.
Hopefully he’ll be up to the task. World War Z was an unexpectedly good film. I say unexpected because it had such a trouble post production, director turmoil, and quite a bit of reshooting. But even so I was surprised at how good it was. I would be interested in seeing the sequel.
In yet another hilarious Honest Trailer video, the guys over at Screen Junkies on YouTube have done it again with their Honest Trailer for the first film in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit film trilogy, An Unexpected Journey. This is in anticipation of the second film in the trilogy, The Desolation of Smaug, which is set to release in theaters later this week. (I’ll personally be seeing a double-feature showing of both films on Thursday night!)
Both TJ and I have made our opinions on this film quite clear in various episodes of The MovieByte Podcast, but in case you haven’t listened (shame on you!) and need us to sum it up: it’s too darn long! Parts of it are great, and it’s a fairly decent adaptation of the book so far, but there is nothing to justify the nearly 3-hour runtime. The guys at Screen Junkies obviously agree, and they have a few other flaws to point out along the way. Enjoy!
Well, he’s coming back. And by “he,” of course, I mean GODZILLA!
In this new reboot starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass, Avengers: Age of Ultron), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Argo), Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene, Avengers: Age of Ultron), Ken Watanabe (Batman Begins, Inception), and David Strathairn (The Bourne Ultimatum, Lincoln), we’ll see a return of the classic movie monster to the big screen - his first since the 2004 Toho production Godzilla: Final Wars and his first in American cinemas since Roland Emmerich’s 1998 film Godzilla.
Having never seen a Godzilla film before, I must admit that I was skeptical, but this trailer makes it look pretty awesome. Here’s the official plot synopsis from Legendary Pictures, with the trailer posted below.
An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.
Dominic Patten - Deadline →
This news came this past weekend from Dominic Patten over at Deadline.com. Though Disney purchased Lucasfilm last year, giving them the rights to future Star Wars films, the company did not have the marketing or distribution rights to make more Indiana Jones films - that right still belonged to Paramount, who was in charge of the first four films in the franchise.
The new deal gives Disney marketing and distribution rights to future films as well as retaining Lucasfilm’s ownership rights — which basically means they’ve got the whole shebang now. Paramount, on the other hand, isn’t left in the cold: The studio will continue to have distribution rights to the first four films. While details of the deal are unknown, Paramount also will receive financial rewards on any future Indiana Jones films that are produced and released by Disney.
Good news or bad? I mean, you can say what you want, and I know most people disagree with me, but I really enjoyed Kingdom of the Crystal Skull; I was a sophomore in high school when it was released, and I had only recently been introduced to Indiana Jones, so seeing the character on the big screen for the first time was a real treat for me. It was just lots of fun! And as I said with Star Wars, I have full faith that Disney will do a great job with it… anything is better than leaving it to George Lucas!
Anyway, since Disney is currently making Star Wars Episode VII and has two other Star Wars-related films on the drawing board, there has been no official announcement of a fifth Indiana Jones movie, but Harrison Ford has expressed interest in returning to the character, so I think that another Indiana Jones film is still a possibility at this point… and I, for one, am looking forward to it!
Chad Hopkins - ChadLikesMovies →
I was born and grew up in the 1990s, which means that I was a child during the time period when Disney produced its most successful animated musicals, often referred to as the “Disney Renaissance” and featuring such renowned films as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast (my review), Aladdin, and The Lion King. While Disney has released a few more animated musicals over the years, the quality has generally not been up to the same standards as those set in the 1990s (though I’m certainly partial to their 2010 offering, Tangled - my review), but with Frozen they finally hark back to those animated films that I grew up with, making it quite an enjoyable experience.
Since TJ is not feeling well and wasn’t on the podcast last night, I thought I would go ahead and share my review of Disney’s Frozen with you all. Joe joined me last night to record Episode #72 of The MovieByte Podcast with me, which should be up sometime today, assuming TJ feels well enough to get it edited and ready to go.
I’m on break from school for a month or so, so you’ll hopefully be seeing my name on here outside of the podcast!
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Brent Lang and Lucas Shaw - TheWrap.com →
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” arrives in theaters next week with a marketing blitz reserved for billion-dollar franchises, but a key aspect of the fantasy sequel is sneaking through unnoticed.
Director Peter Jackson shot the film at 48 frames per second, double the standard speed, in an attempt to make its 3D crisper and more realistic. The first “Hobbit” film was shown at the higher frame rate — one of a half dozen different formats viewers could watch it in – and Jackson hailed it as the future of film.
Huh. I wonder why it’s being kept so quiet? Maybe it’s because some filmmakers are letting too much of the focus be on the technology and not on the story and the filmmaking. Besides we’ve been through al this before. I personally think that 24FPS is the best look for a film. Many, many critics and general movie goers agree with me.
“The issue with the last one was the focus in a lot of the press was on the format and not the movie,” Warner Bros. domestic distribution chief Dan Fellman told TheWrap. “This time we downplay the formats and are playing up the movie.”
Cain Rodriguez - The Playlist →
Although the Christopher McQuarrie-directed “Jack Reacher” opened to a muted response stateside last Christmas—its opening haul was $15 million with the final domestic tally just over $80 million—international audiences were more kind, with the Lee Child adaptation making $138 million abroad. Naturally, Paramount is looking to get back into business with the anti-hero.
Deadline reports plans are being made to do a “Jack Reacher 2.” Instead of tackling any of the other seventeen novels, Paramount and Skydance Productions are looking at Child’s latest installment, this fall’s “Never Go Back,” to use as the basis for the 2012 film’s sequel. The novel sees Reacher return to the Virginia headquarters of his old Army unit where he gets arrested for an old crime he doesn’t remember committing and finds out that he may have fathered a child.
Okay, whatever. I mean Jack Reacher was a decent film, but it wasn’t earth shattering or anything. Maybe they can work on that a bit in this next film.
Kevin Jagernauth — The Playlist →
And while just over a month ago, Cornish emerged as Paramount’s top choice to direct “Star Trek 3,”[sic] it looks like he won’t be going into the final frontier.
Among Variety’s recent news that J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay were joining the tentpole to write alongside franchise mainstay Roberto Orci (though, no sign of Alex Kurtzman) was the little nugget that Cornish is “is no longer involved” with the movie. No reason is given for why the talks may have broken down between the studio and filmmaker, and everything is pressing ahead to try and meet a 2016 release date.
A lot of people sure loved this possible choice based on his direction of Attack The Block. Even though he is not attached to direct the next Star Trek film, I do intend to see Attack the Block as soon as possible so I can see what all the fuss is about.
Also, pet peve: every time someone refers to the upcoming Star Trek film as Star Trek 3, when in fact it is the 13th Star Trek film in the franchise, a very cute puppy is killed. No, seriously, I mean it! Stop it! To refer to the upcoming film as Star Trek 3 is simply not correct at best, and willful stupidity at worse.
December 9, 2013 – The American Film Institute (AFI) today announced the official selections of AFI AWARDS 2013 – 10 outstanding films and 10 outstanding television programs deemed culturally and artistically representative of the year’s most significant achievements in the art of the moving image.
An almanac documenting works of excellence that mark a moment in time, AFI AWARDS is also the only national honor for the community’s creative ensembles as a whole, acknowledging the collaborative nature of the art form. Honorees are selected based on works which best advance the art of the moving image, enhance the rich cultural heritage of America’s art form, inspire audiences and artists alike, and/or make a mark on American society.
AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR
12 YEARS A SLAVE
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
SAVING MR. BANKS
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
AFI TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR
GAME OF THRONES
THE GOOD WIFE
HOUSE OF CARDS
MASTERS OF SEX
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
Some good films here. Some I haven’t seen yet. I’d like to recitify that before the end of the year so I can make my own top ten list and have it be well informed. But obviously Gravity, and Captain Phillips are top contendors for my list.
Guys I’m very sorry. You might have taken notice that I mentioned I was sick. Actually, I cannot remember the last time I was this sick. So I’m blaming my mistake on my delirium. This is actually Frozen’s 3rd week and it’s made $190 Million to date. So my analysis of The Box Office and Frozen in this article yesterday was way off.
I was planning to see Frozen and talk about it with Chad on The MovieByte Podcast tonight, but I am running a high temperature and don’t have a voice. I have no idea if/when I’ll get to see Frozen. Very sorry about my mistake.
As far as the podcast, Joe is going to be subbing for me with Chad. They’re going to record tonight and get me the audio. Hopefully I’ll be able to get up off mu “death bed” to put it together and post it. Your patience with me is much appreciated.