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Film News Roundup: Alexandra Shipp in Talks for ‘Shaft’ Sequel

Film News Roundup: Alexandra Shipp in Talks for ‘Shaft’ Sequel
In today’s film news roundup, Alexandra Shipp is in talks to join the “Shaft” sequel, the Palm Springs Film Festival honors Gary Oldman and Norm Newberry gets an Art Directors Guild award.

Casting

Alexandra Shipp is in negotiations to star in New Line’s “Shaft” sequel opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Jessie T. Usher as father and son.

Tim Story is directing from a script by Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow. Jackson is reprising the role he played in the 2000 “Shaft” reboot of the original 1971 blaxploitation film, starring Richard Roundtree.

Usher portrays an FBI agent and a cyber expert, and the partnership with his father is an uneasy collision of old school meets new school. Producers are John Davis and Barris. New Line will have North American rights and Netflix will have international rights.

Production is due to commence in December. Shipp’s credits include “Straight Outta Compton” and “X-Men: Apocalypse” and she stars in the
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Roger Avary Assembles International Cast for His Directorial Comeback ‘Lucky Day’ (Exclusive)

Roger Avary Assembles International Cast for His Directorial Comeback ‘Lucky Day’ (Exclusive)
Oscar-winning writer/filmmaker Roger Avary (“Pulp Fiction”) has enlisted a roster of international actors for “Lucky Day,” the pulp action movie which will mark his directorial comeback.

Besides Crispin Glover (“American Gods”), Nina Dobrev (“Flatliners”), Luke Bracey (“Point Break”) and Michael Madsen (“The Hateful Eight”) who have already been announced, “Lucky Day” will also star Clé Bennett (“Jigsaw”), Nadia Fares (“Marseille”), David Hewlett (“The Shape of Water”), Tomer Sisley (“Largo Winch”) and Josie Ho (“Dream Home”).

Lucky Day” is being produced by Samuel Hadida – with whom Avary collaborated on “Killing Zoe,” “Rules of Attractions” and “Silent Hill,” among other films — and Don Carmody. Hadida and Carmody produced together the “Resident Evil” and “Silent Hill” movies.

Penned by Avary, “Lucky Day” follows an ex-con on parole who sets off to reunite with his wife and daughter and gets hunted down by a psychopathic hitman looking to avenge his dead brother.

Avary told Variety “Lucky Day” is a “True Romance
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New York Film Academy Connects Student With Pros for Jobs in Vr

Virtual reality is everywhere. It’s been a constant buzzword of late at film trade shows, film festivals and markets. Yet, unlike the 3D surge of a few years ago, which took over much of filmmaking and still lingers in theaters, Vr has yet to make much headway in content production or consumption.

Film schools such as the for-profit New York Film Academy are hoping to change that. The Nyfa conducted an eight-week Vr workshop earlier this year and is gearing up for a second round,

set to begin Sept. 11. Classes offer hands-on training to create both live-action and interactive-animation Vr, providing students with a virtual reality portfolio that could clear their path to the market.

“A lot of people have been talking about [Vr], but only a handful of them knew how to do it,” says Nyfa Vr department co-chair Jonathan Whittaker.

Caitlin Burns, the program’s lead instructor, adds that while there’s tremendous interest in
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Andy Serkis interview: War For The Planet Of The Apes

Ryan Lambie Jul 12, 2017

We sit down with the great actor and performance capture pioneer Andy Serkis to talk about his work in War For The Planet Of The Apes...

The process of capturing a performance and applying it to a precisely-rendered digital simian has now been refined to such a degree that the effect is now seamless. The brilliance of Andy Serkis's lead turn in the three Planet Of The Apes films to date has been a series highlight; as a feat of technology and acting, Caesar, the leader of the apes, is an astonishing creation.

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In War For The Planet Of The Apes, Caesar takes centre stage, as his personal vendetta against a human military leader - the ruthless Colonel McCullough (Woody Harrelson) - takes him on a mythical journey across a post-apocalyptic landscape. As an older Caesar,
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Springtime in L.A.: SEEFest

Springtime in L.A.: SEEFest
Internationally Acclaimed The Constitution Opens South East European Film Festival April 27 at the Writers Guild in Beverly Hills

Largest-Ever Selection with 56 Films from and about South East Europe

The eight-day SEEfest 2017 runs April 27 — May 4, and includes 12 features, 8 documentaries, 1 special out-of-competition screening, and 36 shorts films (short features, short docs, and animation shorts). Festival audience comprises filmmakers and international art house aficionados, industry professionals and cultural dignitaries from Los Angeles and South East Europe. Screenings are held at the Writers Guild Theater and Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills, the Goethe-Institut in Miracle Mile area and West Hollywood Council Chambers @ Library campus.

The 12th annual South East European Film Festival (SEEfest) has selected Montreal’s Grand Prix of Americas and Santa Barbara’s Best International Feature Film Winner, “The Constitution” by Croatian director Rajko Grlić to open 2017 Festival with a gala event on Thursday, April 27, at 7:00 pm at the Writers Guild Theater theater in Beverly Hills.
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See The Movie, Play The Game, Win Big

  • SneakPeek
The question "why do people do the same things over and over again?" has captivated philosophers, anthropologists, economists and psychologists for centuries, while our favorite brands become endurable, resonating with popular characters and the allure of a new world to escape into:

Whether the genre is fantasy, sci-fi or comic book, there is now an online slot available, based on movies, in the form of a cash-winning game.

In the Resident Evil slot, a blood-curdling welcome awaits you when you first launch this from a games menu. A hair-raising theme continues to run throughout, with evil characters lurking in every corner. The movie itself is loosely based on a video game from Japanese games maker, Capcom. Zombie-slaying heroine, 'Alice', played by Milla Jovovich has captured our imagination for over a decade now.

'Lara Croft' also takes on many challenges while spinning the reels at an online casino. The
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Is It Time to Revive the Animated Live-Action Movie?

As the major studios tinker with photorealistic character designs, can Hollywood find the future of animation in its past?

This weekend, families with hit their local multiplex to relive the wonder of Beauty and the Beast in its new live-action format. And whether the film is a runaway hit or only a modest success, Disney shows no signs of plugging its pipeline of live-action remakes. According to this 2016 Time piece, Disney is currently working on no fewer than twelve (that’s one-two) remakes of their popular animated films, meaning twelve more movies featuring up-and-coming actresses, revamped musical numbers, and CGI creatures that take a deep, deep dive into the uncanny valley.

While this brand new surge of Disney movies are likely to each be a technical wonder, for my money, there’s something oddly pedestrian about converting the beautiful Disney animated character designs into a series of photorealistic CGI models. While
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The Top Historic Movies

The movie world has always been able to draw influence from the rich source of historic-based events, cultures and general happenings of time gone by.

Whether it’s dipping into gladiatorial Ancient Rome, recreating the prehistoric era or providing cinema-goers with some incredibly detailed war epics it’s a genre that always manages to bring out the best from cast and crew and more often than not these extremely ambitious productions are rewarded for their outstanding efforts with nominations and prizes galore come award season. Here are just a few of the very best.

Titanic (1997)

It sits just behind his 3D sci-fi epic ‘Avatar’ in the list of the highest grossing movies of all time and in 1997 director James Cameron took audiences aboard his impeccably detailed recreation of the maiden voyage of the Rms Titanic.

The movie was an incredible success and even though the romantic storyline between the two
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'Allied' Clip: How Robert Zemeckis Recreated the Sahara Desert

  • Movies.com
Robert Zemeckis is a master craftsman. For decades he's been pushing boundaries and innovating along the way. But unless they're animation heavy, like Who Framed Roger Rabbit? or Beowulf, Zemeckis doesn't always make the visual effects such a big selling point for his movies. They're often invisible and used to enhance the world around their actors. Sometimes it's small things, like blending actors with historical figures as in Forrest Gump and Contact. Sometimes it's big things, like recreating the Twin Towers in The Walk. Either way, you can always count on Zemeckis going the extra mile when it comes to visual effects. A great example of that is this behind-the-scenes clip from Allied, which is out now on DigitalHD. It spotlights a moment in the...

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Films that led to other films being cancelled

Ryan Lambie Feb 15, 2017

Had Tomorrowland been a hit, we might have had a Tron sequel. We look at movies whose fate had a knock-on effect on other films...

You've probably heard of chaos theory and a thing called the butterfly effect - a concept where the flapping of an insect's wings in a London borough causes a shed to collapse somewhere in the Australian outback. In other words, seemingly incidental events can have a knock-on effect on everything else - like that old board game, Mousetrap, where a ball falling into a bath caused a boot to kick a bucket, which eventually led to the cruel detainment of several rodents.

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The concept applies even in the high-stakes, high-energy world of filmmaking, where the success of one type of movie can prompt rival studios to greenlight their own,
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Film Review: Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard in ‘Allied’

Film Review: Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard in ‘Allied’
Robert Zemeckis has a vastly diverse slate of motion pictures to his credit, but it’s not unfair to associate him with a certain technological fixation on stunt-gizmo cinema. In nearly 40 years of directing, he has implanted cartoons in the real world (“Who Framed Roger Rabbit”), inserted actors into newsreels (“Forrest Gump”), become the rubbery bard of motion capture (“The Polar Express,” “Beowulf,” “A Christmas Carol”), and used death-defying effects to place audiences on a wire strung between the towers of the World Trade Center (“The Walk”). Once in a while, though, Zemeckis makes a film that reminds you what a terrific director he can be when he works the old-fashioned way, staging unadorned human drama without the safety net of cutting-edge visual flimflam.

Allied,” starring Brad Pitt as a Canadian intelligence officer and Marion Cotillard as a French Resistance fighter who team up for a mission during World War II (and,
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Chinese Cartoon ‘Where’s the Dragon?’ Set for U.S. Release Via Crimson Forest

Crimson Forest Films and Hannover House are to give a North American release to Chinese 3D animated film “Where’s the Dragon?” The release is planned for Jan. 27, 2017, in time for next year’s Chinese New Year.

The release follows a rights deal with Hong Kong-based sales agency Distribution Workshop. Production was through the DeTao Group and Treasure Tree Studios.

Written and directed by VFX veteran Sing Choong Foo (“Spider-Man,” “Beowulf”), the film follows the journey of a young girl who must join forces with the animals of the Chinese zodiac to find a dragon who has gone missing.

“The animation quality is comparable with the best of the major studios, and we are confident that American audiences will respond strongly to this film,” said Eric Parkinson, CEO of Hannover House.

The original film, which counted Zhang Ziyi and Wang Leehom among the voice cast, was released in China in November year.
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Robert Zemeckis to take the Ark to television

  • JoBlo
It's good to have Robert Zemeckis back directing films with real people instead of the soulless husks of nightmare fuel that was the cast of Beowulf and Polar Express. His next project, however, is not a film (though he does have Allied with Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard coming out later this year). No, like other great filmmakers before him (such as Scorsese with Boardwalk Empire and... Read More...
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Exclusive interview with actor Vladimir Kulich

david j. moore chats with actor Vladimir Kulich about The 13th Warrior, Ironclad, The Equalizer and his new projects Grave Walkers and Savage Dog

Perhaps best known for playing Buliwyf in The 13th Warrior, the big budget epic sword and sorcery-type film from director John McTiernan and writer Michael Crichton from 1999, actor Vladimir Kulich towers above his co-stars in most of the projects he’s been in. Imbued with a distinct look and voice, Kulich also co-starred in films such as Decoy with Peter Weller, Red Scorpion 2 with Matt McColm, Crackerjack with Thomas Ian Griffith, and Firestorm with Howie Long. Over the years he’s specialized in playing Nordic heroes or stalwart warriors in projects like Ironclad and the TV series Vikings, but he’s also versatile, appearing in key roles in Smokin’ Aces and The Equalizer with Denzel Washington. His latest projects are the independent horror film Grave Walkers
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Lucasfilm's Doug Chiang speaks to If about a life in VFX, from T2 to Star Wars

  • IF.com.au
Doug Chiang.

Doug Chiang began his career as a stop motion animator on the TV series Pee Wee.s Playhouse. After attending UCLA film school, he became a commercial director for Rhythm and Hues..After joining Ilm, he served as visual effects art director on films such as Terminator 2, Ghost, The Doors, The Mask, Forrest Gump, and Death Becomes Her..From 1995 through 2002, Chiang served as head of the Lucasfilm art department for the Star Wars prequels, after which he worked as a production designer on Robert Zemeckis' motion-capture features The Polar Express, Beowulf and A Christmas Carol..From 2006 to 2011, Chiang served as executive vice president of The Walt Disney Company.s ImageMovers Digital, a digital film studio founded by Zemeckis..In 2013, Chiang returned to Lucasfilm to work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He currently serves as Lucasfilm's vice president and executive creative director.

"I first saw Star Wars when I was fifteen,
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Lucasfilm VP Doug Chiang on a life in VFX, from T2 to The Force Awakens

  • IF.com.au
Doug Chiang.

Doug Chiang began his career as a stop motion animator on the TV series Pee Wee.s Playhouse. After attending UCLA film school, he became a commercial director for Rhythm and Hues..After joining Ilm, he served as visual effects art director on films such as Terminator 2, Ghost, The Doors, The Mask, Forrest Gump, and Death Becomes Her..From 1995 through 2002, Chiang served as head of the Lucasfilm art department for the Star Wars prequels, after which he worked as a production designer on Robert Zemeckis' motion-capture features The Polar Express, Beowulf and A Christmas Carol..From 2006 to 2011, Chiang served as executive vice president of The Walt Disney Company.s ImageMovers Digital, a digital film studio founded by Zemeckis..In 2013, Chiang returned to Lucasfilm to work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He currently serves as Lucasfilm's vice president and executive creative director.

"I first saw Star Wars when I was fifteen,
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Beowulf: Return To The Shieldlands episode 12 review

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Beowulf: Return To The Shieldlands' final episode reinvigorates the series, but is it too late for hope of a second run?

This review contains spoilers.

In its final episode, Beowulf: Return To The Shieldlands finally starts to deliver on the promise of its concept. This isn’t a perfect episode, but it’s far more effective than most of the preceding eleven, as the plot finally starts to kick into gear and the action is driven by understandable character choices.

First and most importantly, this episode finally made a solid connection with the poem by which the series is supposedly inspired, beyond re-using a name or two.

When it turns out the ‘mud-born’ Elvina has been caring for is Grendel and she is his mother, the revelation forces anyone with any knowledge of the poem to re-evaluate the whole series, and especially Elvina’s relationships, in the light of this revelation.
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Full throttle with Beowulf’s Ed Speleers

Acting has been a rocky road for Ed Speleers. But now he’s back on track with a starring role in Beowulf

To see a fashion shoot with Ed Speleers, go to the Guardian’s fashion pages

At 17, the actor Ed Speleers was in the express lane to superstardom. With a handful of school plays to his name, and no professional experience, he was selected to play the lead in Eragon, a Hollywood adaptation of Christopher Paolini’s bestselling fantasy novel. The budget was upwards of $100m, and the cast included Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich and Rachel Weisz. What could go wrong?

Plenty, as it turned out. Although a modest box-office success, Eragon was poorly reviewed and proposed sequels never materialised. Speleers took to the life of a young movie-star, running around, going to too many parties and failing to focus on his auditions. The work quickly dried up.

After Eragon,
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Angelina Jolie Could Play A Famous Movie Monster For Universal

For all the heroes Angelina Jolie has portrayed over the years, she has developed just as strong of a knack for creating iconic monsters. From Grendel’s mother in Beowulf to Maleficent, the actress’ beauty and gravitas have always endowed her with the ability to dominate a scene in a frightening way. Now, if rumors are to be believed, she may soon bring that skill to an iconic Universal monster: the Bride of Frankenstein. THR reports that Universal is currently eyeing Jolie to portray the venerable cinematic monster for producer Brian Grazer. The report indicates that the studio’s decision to back her recent passion project, By the Sea, was so that she will now return the favor by lending her household name to a likely more profitable project. It remains entirely plausible that Universal will use this leverage to get Jolie involved in ...
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The best of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

There aren’t many power couples in Hollywood anymore, but Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are certainly one of them. They haven’t worked on the same project together since Mr. and Mrs. Smith, but tomorrow they co-star in By the Sea, which Jolie also wrote and directed. I wrote briefly about this one last week, and honestly the film itself isn’t anything special, but it is an excuse to talk about some of their work, so in that regard, I’m glad it’s coming out. Both have Academy Awards to their credit and both are among the biggest A-listers we have, so there should be plenty to discuss… In case you’re not aware what By the Sea is, here’s a short refresher. The film is a 1970’s set look at a married couple unraveling/trying to save their union while vacationing in a small seaside town after an untold tragedy.
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