Oscar-winning Australian cinematographer Andrew Lesnie, beloved for his work on the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Hobbit films as well as I Am Legend, Babe, the 2005 King Kong, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, passed away yesterday at 59 of an apparent heart attack.Read More
But... but what about a Hiddleston Ben-Hur?
At Comic Con this year Legendary announced plans to give King Kong's place of origin its own movie, and now the Max Borenstein-penned project has some promising talent attached to it: Kings of Summer director Jordan Vogt-Roberts and Tom Hiddleston himself.Read More
Tl;dr: she's perfect, and maybe we all are, too.
PBS Digital Studios made this incredible animated video as part of their Blank on Blank series, to illustrate the Goddess' meditations on physical appearance, communication, and why she continues to act.Read More
Things We Saw TodayShortly after Blizzard took the plunge and began offering exclusive in-game pets to World of Warcraft players for real money they started offering them to benefit charity. The Cinder Kitten above goes for $10, and all of those dollars will go to the Red Cross' Sandy efforts. (Wow Insider) Read More
so long and thanks for all the fish
The Grey's of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the Alien xenomorph, E.T.. Carlo Rambaldi, Oscar-winning special-effects master, created them all. He passed away this Friday in his home in Italy.Read More
Not all that glitters is goldWe were just talking about this. And by this, I mean the modern movie trend of milking every blockbuster for two sequels regardless of whether or not the first installment in fact contained a complete story. (Some of you interpreted this as us saying that Peter Jackson invented the entire concept of the trilogy, when what we actually said, pretty clearly, was that his success with The Lord of the Rings caused Hollywood to realize that a trilogy was a package that audiences seemed to respond to, and therefore it begot a trend of booking single movies as trilogy beginnings before they even arrived in theaters, regardless of whether they were a story originally conceived as being told in three large parts.) But I digress. Last weekend we brought you the rumor that Peter Jackson was in talks with his studio about the mountains of extra footage he'd like to shoot for The Hobbit. The question then was whether it would be making itself into the second film, or DVD extras, or what. Now, according to some pretty reliable sources, Jackson and Co. are in talks with producers and New Line to see if the money can be shuffled around and the deals made to stretch The Hobbit to three movies. Read More
Fresh on the heels of Alice in Wonderland's box office success, rumors are flying about not one, but two feature film remakes of The Wizard of Oz. Now, there's more than one way to retell a story, and there are a few ways to redo Wizard that would probably work. The odds of Hollywood actually finding those particular ways is unlikely.
More and more often these days, I find myself shouting at movie trailers and announcements: "WHY would you remake that?" Clash of the Titans? The Karate Kid? My Fair Lady?
I'd like to take some time and explain when a remake generally isn't a good idea, and when it generally is, and whether or not this means that The Wizard of Oz is something we should revisit.Read More