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Sci-Fi Movies Sunday: The Avengers, Kick-Ass 2, The Hobbit, The Amazing Spider-Man, Prometheus + more May 13, 2012

by Rosario T. Calabria , Filed under: Trek Franchise , trackback

Sci-Fi Movies is back with a look at the latest in
sci-fi and genre movies, including another record-breaking performance by The Avengers, confirmation on Kick-Ass 2, a disappointing update from Guillermo del Toro about At The Mountains of Madness. Plus much more, including a discussion surrounding the technology of The Hobbit and the latest from The Amazing Spider-Man and Prometheus along with new images and video previews.

 

GENRE MOVIE NEWS

After biggest domestic weekend of all-time, The Avengers worldwide gross passes $1B in second weekend + Sequel confirmed

Last weekend "Marvel’s The Avengers" opened to a record-breaking $207.4M domestically, crushing the prior 3-day opening weekend record held by last Summer’s "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" ($169.2M). Including its early foreign launch, "The Avengers" was at more than $800M heading into this weekend. Now the film has just broken another record with an estimated $103.2M this weekend for a new record-setting 2nd weekend performance (the previous record was $75.6M from "Avatar"). Other domestic records broken include fastest movie to $350M (10 days) / $300M (9 days) / $250M (6 days) / $200M (3 days) / $150M (2 days) / $100M (2 days). Additionally, overseas grosses have continued to stay strong and by the close of business on Sunday, "The Avengers" will have crossed $1B worldwide ($1.002B — $373.2M domestic / $628.9M foreign).

Unsurprisingly, Disney quickly announced that they were moving forward with a sequel. A date hasn’t been announced yet and it’s unknown whether Joss Whedon will return to direct, but the film likely won’t hit theaters until after 2014. Marvel Studios’ current slate includes "Iron Man 3" on May 3, 2013, "Thor 2" on November 15, 2013, "Captain America 2" on April 4, 2014 and an "Untitled Marvel Project" on May 16, 2014. Speculation is rampant over what film will occupy that May 2014 date, but it might be another Marvel project and not ‘Avengers 2′. On that front, studio head Kevin Feige touched on this topic in an interview with CHUD:

Feige: If we do an Avengers 2 it will be after [Iron Man 3, Thor 2, Captain America 2]. They have to grow, they have to change. What they’ve gone through in this movie will impact their state of mind and where they stand in their next movies. Then whatever they go through in those movies is going to affect where we meet them in the next Avengers film. But I think people will be surprised to see, as we go forward – particularly in Iron Man 3 – the notion of how singular the stories can become. Iron Man 3 is a very singular Tony Stark story. As is Thor 2. Cap, who is stuck in the modern day with no friends or family, there will be some revelations of who is still alive from his days in WWII, but SHIELD and Nick Fury are kind of his confidants right now. So of all these movies, Captain America 2 will be most closely associated with Avengers.

Check out the rest of CHUD’s interview with Feige here. In other ‘Avengers’ news, Mark Ruffallo (Bruce Banner / Hulk) told Collider that he is signed on to play the character for six Marvel movies. Also, despite denials from some others within the studio, Marvel marketing executive Paul Gitter is on record in a recent interview with Forbes that a Hulk movie will be released by 2015:

If Hulk’s successful turnaround continues, Gitter says Marvel "will spin him off to a stand-alone program next year," supported by a big budget franchise movie in 2015. The entertainment studio is also exploring ways to promote Hulk as a "corporate icon," similar to MetLife’s usage of Peanuts’ Snoopy, where The Hulk’s image conveys a message about channeling strength to overcome workplace challenges.

If you’ve seen the movie and are interesting in an discussion about the end-credits scene, check out this interview with Feige and Whedon at /Film. Finally, writer/director Joss Whedon took to Whedonesque to write a letter thanking fans for their support. Here’s an excerpt:

Well, it’s been quite a weekend. Someday, long from now, I will even have an emotional reaction to it, like a person would. I can’t wait! But before I become blinded by this “emotion” experience, there’s a few things I’d like to say. Well, type.

People have told me that this matters, that my life is about to change. I am sure that is true. And change is good — change is exciting. I think — not to jinx it — that I may finally be recognized at Comiccon. Imagine! Also, with my percentage of “the Avengers” gross, I can afford to buy… [gets call from agent. Weeps manfully. Resumes typing.] …a fine meal. But REALLY fine, with truffles and s#!+. And I can get a studio to finance my dream project, the reboot of “Air Bud” that we all feel is so long overdue. (He could play Jai Alai! Think of the emotional ramifications of JAI ALAI!!!!)

Click here to read the entire letter. And lastly, let’s close with this "The Avengers"-themed Maurice Sendak tribute in memory of the late writer/illustrator who passed last week [agarthanguide.deviantart.com via BuzzFeed].


Confirmed: Kick-Ass 2 is a go; Will be distributed by Universal and could
begin shooting as early as this September

Universal Pictures is moving forward with "Kick-Ass 2". The first film was distributed by Lionsgate, but Matthew Vaughn holds the rights since the first $30M movie was self-financed. Vaughn won’t be returning to direct due to other commitments including "X-Men: First Class", but he will be producing. Jeff Wadlow wrote the script and will be directing the project with the full support of Vaughn. Original castmembers Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass), Chloe Moretz (Hit-Girl) and Christohper Mintz-Plase (Red Mist) are all expected to return for the sequel. So long as the deal closes without incident, filming is expected to begin this September for a possible Summer 2013 release. The original "Kick-Ass" was released in 2010 and grossed $96.2M worldwide ($48.1M domestic / $48.1M).

Guillermo del Toro thinks his At The Mountains of Madness" project could be dead…because of Prometheus?

Enjoy "Prometheus" because Guillermo del Toro seems to believe the Ridley Scott project has probably killed his adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s "At the Mountains of Madness". Here’s what Del Toro wrote on his official message boards:

"Prometheus started filming a while ago—right at the time we were in preproduction on PACIFIC RIM…The title itself gave me pause—knowing that ALIEN was heavily influenced by Lovecraft and his novella. This time, decades later with the budget and place Ridley Scott occupied, I assumed the greek metaphor alluded at the creation aspects of the HPL book. I believe I am right and if so, as a fan, I am delighted to see a new RS science fiction film, but this will probably mark a long pause—if not the demise—of ATMOM."

In later postings, Del Toro added that "Prometheus" shares the "same premise" as ATMOM with "scenes that would be almost identical." He further clarified his stance, stating:

"Both movies seem to share identical set pieces and the exact same BIG REVELATION (twist) at the end. I won’t spoil it."

In development for more than a decade, "At the Mountains of Madness" was scheduled to begin production last year before Universal pulled the plug due to what it felt was too high a budget — $150M — for its R-rating. It’s hard to imagine that it’s been 4 years since Del Toro’s last directorial film — 2008′s "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" — but he was tied up in the lengthy process of getting "The Hobbit" off the ground which he ultimately left to pursue other projects. Del Toro’s next project is next summer’s creature feature "Pacific Rim" which is scheduled for July 12, 2013.

Peter Jackson defends decision to shoot The Hobbit in 48fps


About 10 minutes of Peter Jackson’s "The Hobbit" were screened at Cinemacon last month to mixed reaction, with most of the negative reaction relating to Peter Jackson’s decision to shoot the two-part 3D prequel to "The Lord of the Rings" at the higher 48 frames per second — versus the standard 24fps — which provides a very different aesthetic look. Peter Jackson has now responded to that criticsm, insisting "people haven’t experienced it yet in the way it should be experienced" [via THR]:

“A lot of the critical response I was reading was people saying it’s different. Well, yes, it certainly is…But I think, ultimately, it is different in a positive way, especially for 3D, especially for epic films and films that are trying to immerse the viewer in the experience of a story.”

The main draw to shooting in 48fps is to achieve a more lifelike and smoother picture. Jackson is confident that will be the ultimate result of the films, especially once it goes through the post-production process:

“It does take you a while to get used to,” he said. “Ten minutes is sort of marginal, it probably needed a little bit more. Another thing that I think is a factor is it’s different to look at a bunch of clips and some were fast-cutting, montage-style clips. This is different experience than watching a character and story unfold.”

And there’s probably some truth to that given that Jackson has decided that he won’t be releasing a 48 fps trailer for the movie: "I personally wouldn’t advocate a 48-frame trailer because the 48 frames is something you should experience with the entire film. A 2 1/2 minute trailer isn’t enough time to adjust to the immersive quality". Jackson also noted that shooting in 5K resolution is producing a much more crisp image. Most movies today are shot and projected at 2K, but the industry is moving towards 4K. Check out the rest of the conversation at THR and another interview with Jackson about the same topic at EW.

James Cameron expects Avatar to take up majority of the rest of his career, including a possible Avatar 4

We’ve already heard about "Avatar 2" and "Avatar 3", but writer/director James Cameron, in an interview with The New York Times, revealed that he expects the majority of the remainder of his career to be focused on "Avatar"-related projects, including "maybe" a fourth film:

"…I’m not interested in developing anything. I’m in the “Avatar” business. Period. That’s it. I’m making "Avatar 2," "Avatar 3," maybe "Avatar 4," and I’m not going to produce other people’s movies for them. I’m not interested in taking scripts. And that all sounds I suppose a little bit restricted, but the point is I think within the "Avatar" landscape I can say everything I need to say that I think needs to be said, in terms of the state of the world and what I think we need to be doing about it. And doing it in an entertaining way. And anything I can’t say in that area, I want to say through documentaries, which I’m continuing."

Cameron says development on "Avatar 2" and "Avatar 3" is currently in the phase of just getting all the technlogy and visual effects setup and ready to go. He’s also busy writing and he says the design stage will follow next. Check out the rest of the interview here.

First Look at The Lizard in The Amazing Spider-Man + New trailer



Sony Pictures has released two new photos of The Lizard from "The Amazing Spider-Man" (featured above). Director Marc Webb spoke with ComingSoon.net about bringing the character to life:

"There’s a lot that goes into it. I mean, when we shot those sequences, we actually shot a human. There was a combination of things. A guy, Big John, who was this guy who was literally a big guy named John, who did a lot of the interactive stuff…Then the performance capture was done with Rhys [Ifans] and, for that, we would shoot Rhys in a similar environment and get his facial composure. We’re still working on it. I actually just came from SPI [Sony Pictures Imageworks] where we’re trying to incorporate his performance into the Lizard itself…In the comics there are different incarnations of the Lizard. There’s the MacFarlane one, which has the snout, but I was interested more in finding something that could relate human emotions. I wanted to keep Rhys’s performance in that creature…So Rhys’s performance is giving that nuance, getting the eyebrow tics and the looks. Creating an armature that can actually speak and lips that make sounds. It’s a very detailed and, frankly, tedious process. I really wanted to capture emotion. I wanted him to have a face, have a feeling and that’s the way I chose to do that. Then there are the physical components of it. I wanted to make him very powerful. I wanted to make him stronger than Spider-Man. That was a really important part."

Be sure to check out the rest of ComingSoon.net’s lengthy and thorough interview with Webb here. Sony also released a new trailer for the film which you can check out below. "The Amazing Spider-Man" is scheduled to hit conventional, 3D and IMAX 3D theaters on July 3, 2012.

The Lizard concept art [more at Comic Book Movie]



TV spot 1 [YouTube]

Speaking of Spider-man, a sequel is already in development, and Star Trek scribes Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman have signed on to produce a new draft (see TrekMovie.com article).

Ghostbusters 3 Dead Again?

Dan Aykroyd recently confirmed that Bill Murray will not take part in "Ghostbusters 3", leaving the future of the project uncertain: "The studio, the director Ivan Reitman and Harold Ramis feel there must be a way to do it, but Bill Murray will not do the movie. He doesn’t want to be involved." Aykroyd remains confident, however, that the final product, should it get made, will not exploit the franchise: "The script has to be perfect. I’m the cheerleader, but I’m only one voice in the matter. It’s a surety that Bill Murray will not do the movie, however there is still interest from the studio." [The Telegraph]

Lindelof talks Prometheus details + more previes

TrekMovie’s recent PrometheusWatch covered most of the latest for the upcoming Ridley Scott sci-fi film (now less than four week’s away), but EW now has the entire Damon Lindelof interview from their recent cover issue online here. The interview features a detailed discussion of Lindelof’s decision to re-write the first draft of the project to create what became "Prometheus", a story that runs parallel to the original "Alien":

I wrote maybe a four or five paragraph email saying here are all the things I love about [the script], I think there are some incredible set pieces here, I love the fundamental idea behind the movie, I feel like it’s a cool think piece. BUT I think it’s relying a bit too heavily on the Alien stuff that we’ve seen now five or six times in different movies. Chest-bursting and face-hugging and xenomorphs and I just feel that your idea is so strong and the characters can be made so strong that we don’t need any of that stuff. We can present iterations of that stuff in different ways.

That isn’t to say that this isn’t a movie that should be set in that universe, but I look at it more like a story that is running parallel to the original Alien, so that if there was a sequel to this movie, it would not be Alien, it would be Prometheus 2. And then Prometheus 2 is parallel to Aliens. And here’s how we could do that. And so I sent off that email and I got into my bed. I didn’t sleep at all. And at 10 a.m. the next morning, my agent called me and said, ‘Whatever it is you did, they liked it. Can you go in and meet now?’"

Check out the entire interview at EW. "Prometheus" is scheduled to hit conventional, 3D and IMAX 3D theaters on June 8, 2012.

New promotional stills [more at 20th Century Fox | Facebook]



International poster [IMPAwards]


Previously on TrekMovie.com: Orci And Kurtzmanto to reboot Van Helsing & Mummy

If you missed it, TrekMovie had an update on some more genre projects for Bob and Alex

Star Trek writer/producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are adding yet more franchises to their plates. Today it was announced the pair have signed a new deal with Universal Pictures, with reboots of Van Helsing (with Tom Cruise as star) and The Mummy at the top of their to do lists for the studio.Click here to read the rest of this TrekMovie.com article

 

PREVIEW Videos & Images

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Featurette: "" [Trailer Addict]

Brave

Featurette: "Kilt" [YouTube]

The Dark Knight Rises

Feature trailer [Trailer Addict]

Dredd

Lena Headey as Madeline "Ma-Ma" Madrigal [Hero Complex | LA Times]


Frankenweenie

Promotional stills [more at /Film]



G.I. Joe Retaliation

Final domestic poster [ComingSoon.net]


International posters [IMPAwards, (2)]



Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson [USA Today]


Man of Steel

Official logo [Warner Brothers]


Men in Black 3

International poster [StarkIndustries via ComingSoon.net]


TV spot [YouTube]

Possession

Poster [IMPAwards]


Riddick

New photo of Vin Diesel [Facebook]


Snow White and the Huntsman

Poster [via ComingSoon.net]


Character posters [via ComingSoon.net]




Clip: Into the Dark Forest [Yahoo! Movies]

Watch another clip here

TV spot featuring theme song from "Florence + The Machine" [YouTube]

Under the Skin

First official image of Scarlett Johansson [The Playlist]


MOVIE BITES

CASTING BITES


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Comments

1. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - May 13, 2012

WOW!. The Avenger’s is such an incredable movie. Well acted and well scripted and well directed. This Movie should win a lot of award’s.

2. dmduncan - May 13, 2012

Great news about Avengers. I hope it beats the hell out of Avatar.

3. The Original Animated Next Generation Deep Space Voyager Enterprise I-XI - May 13, 2012

I just looked up Joel Kinnaman on Google. He hardly looks like a Robocop to me.

4. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - May 13, 2012

Thank you so much Rosiaro for such a great article.
I can’t wait to see Thor and Captian America and Iron man 3. I wonder if we will see a Nick Fury Movie.
Can’t wait to see prometheus. Look’s Bad A$$.
Looking forward to seeing Battleship.
The Dark Night Rises should be great as well.

5. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - May 13, 2012

omg Rosario your back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT

6. dmduncan - May 13, 2012

Joss Whedon:

“And I can get a studio to finance my dream project, the reboot of “Air Bud” that we all feel is so long overdue.”

Man I hope he’s serious about the reboot. Of Firefly/Serenity.

7. Red Dead Ryan - May 13, 2012

Cool! Some great news today! “The Avengers” was a great movie, and its mind-boggling how short it took to reach $1 billion. Will shortly become the highest-grossing superhero movie ever. Not sure it will beat “Avatar” though.

“Prometheus” is a must see for me. Not sure we need any more “Daredevil” or “Fantastic Four” movies.

I still anticipate “The Hobbit”. Peter Jackson will have the framerate issues resolved, I’m sure.

8. dmduncan - May 13, 2012

The framerate issue IS resolved. It just isn’t going to look the same as a movie shot in 24fps and some people don’t like the super crisp look of it. It’s like water splashing in a softdrink commercial where it was filmed in high speed under a synchronized strobe light and every frame of the film is super sharp instead of having a degree of blur.

The advantage is you can keep up with higher speed action more clearly. But it also doesn’t look the same.

9. Basement Blogger - May 13, 2012

Rosario is in the house! Speaking of breaking records, it was one of Rosario’s stories that we broke the TrekMovie post record. Link. 2, 412 posts and counting.

http://trekmovie.com/2010/12/17/sci-fi-movies-friday-iron-man-3-the-avengers-gravity-tron-legacy-paul-potc-4-spider-man-musical-more/

10. MJ - May 13, 2012

What moron in Hollywood green lighted Kick Ass 2?

11. Andy Patterson - May 13, 2012

Yay! One of my favorite features back. I’m very pleased about Avengers. Makes that kid in me who took solace in a comic book, and was a proud Marvelite (man, Stan Lee was a genius psychologist), very happy to be around to see it.

I’m not going to say I’m looking forward to a Fantastic Four reboot. Nor am I going to say I hope it’s good. Every time I do, I seem to be disappointed. (Conan comes to mind) But,I hope it’s good. Seems the best studio to do such a thing just made the Avengers. The Incredibles, after all was the best FF movie.

12. Andy Patterson - May 13, 2012

I mean Pixar/Disney. You knew what I meant.

13. Ahmed - May 13, 2012

I wish if Neill Marshall will get around to make a sequel to Dog Soldiers.

14. VulcanFilmCritic - May 13, 2012

“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”? I saw the trailer in the movies a couple of weeks ago and laughed my ass off. No wonder America’s children are so stupid! I can’t wait to read about what the little dolts write about our president on their history papers this year.

15. Vultan - May 13, 2012

#14

Hopefully Spielberg can undo the damage. His Lincoln movie comes out in December, I think. And with Daniel Day-Lewis no less.

Can’t wait for “George Washington: Mummy’s Boy.”
Then “Teddy Roosevelt: Werewolf Surfer.”

16. LizardGirl - May 13, 2012

Can’t wait to see:
The Dark Knight Rises
Men in Black 3
Spider-Man
G.I.Joe Retaliation

Future movies I’m excited about:
Avengers 2
Iron Man 3
Chronicles of Riddick 2 Sequel
X Men: First Class 2
Rise of the Planet of the Apes 2
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
RED 2

Curious about:
Oblivion (I think Tom Cruise was great in the Minority Report. I like seeing him in science fiction movies)
Little Pet Shop of Horrors (saw the 1986 version)
1952 (???)

Don’t care to see or fail to understand why they’re making:
Fantastic Four (would be kind of weird seeing Chris Evans NOT in Fantastic Four while playing a completely different Marvel character in a different movie sequel that may/may not run concurrently, also the two movies were enough, did NOT like the Silver Surfer)
Maleficent (Wha? This seems like a very usless idea.)
Wolverine (Will he be in X-Men: First Class 2 hopefully? If so then why…?)
Daredevil (one was enough)
Percy Jackson and the Sea Monsters (the actors were too old for this franchise from the get-go. With 5 books, they could’ve made 5 movies. The characters start off around 13 years old, the actors–late teens and 20s. Does that make any sense?)

17. Pensive's Wetness - May 13, 2012

Well in the meantime Mr. Cameron, let someone else make BAA while you’re busy dry humping Avatar, sheesh… you know… Delagation of duties?

18. Ahmed - May 13, 2012

Whatever happened to the film adaption of Asimov’s Foundation and Caves of Steel ?

19. LizardGirl - May 13, 2012

Oh, let’s not forget Snow White. That would be in my “don’t care to see or fail to understand why they’re making” category. The graphics look spiffy but Kristen Stewart can’t act and the fact that she says nothing in the trailer but happens to be the main character speaks volumes to me.

There is Chris Hemsworth (handsome), and Charlize Theron (beautiful and talented…this should be HER movie! I’d watch it with just her and Chris). Sorry but I’ll pass.

20. BeatleJWOL - May 13, 2012

No. BAD Dan Akroyd. Bad! *whacks with newspaper* Remember what happened when you did Blues Brothers 2000?

@14: you ARE aware that the film’s not intended to be a “this is how it really happened” film, yes? Think of it as a story similar to Pride And Prejudice And Zombies; I’m pretty sure today’s kids are well aware that Jane Austen never wrote about zombies…

21. Jim Nightshade - May 13, 2012

great job rosario—luv yer news its priority is scifi fantasy projects, my main interests–i would have hoped there would be a tron legacy sequl announced by now sigh—reminder tron uprising cartoon on disney xd channel premieres june 7—bruce boxleitner, other major avtors provide voices too–2nd trailerreleased a couple weeks ago…cant wait—

22. sean - May 13, 2012

Eh, I think Del Toro is just using Prometheus as an excuse. The guy always overfills his plate with a billion projects that he rarely ever gets around to.

23. Harcourt F. Mudd - May 13, 2012

@#20 – Jane Austen never wrote about zombies? Are you sure about that?

24. Capt. of the U.S.S. Anduril - May 14, 2012

Ugh…James Cameron is out of his mind.

Keep on raking it in Avengers! I might go see it one more time, just to add a little more.

25. Mantastic - May 14, 2012

Will Smith is driving the “IT” from South Park in MIB3. That’s hilarious.

26. MJ - May 14, 2012

“Well in the meantime Mr. Cameron, let someone else make BAA while you’re busy dry humping Avatar, sheesh… you know… Delagation of duties?”

Who really gives a rats ass about Battle Angel? Real Steel….been there, done that.

27. Randomosity - May 14, 2012

Avengers was awesome, saw the it at the midnight screening and then again on opening night. I regret nothing.

As for The Hobbit, how can anyone be opposed to a higher frame rate??
Did people really watch the clips from it and say, “I’m excited for the movie but dammit the quality of the film is just too high. How am I supposed to enjoy this in 3D unless it’s played at a choppy, headache inducing frame rate?”

Seriously.
WTF?

28. La Reyne d'Epee - May 14, 2012

27. Seriously, the mind boggles. How can anyone not want better quality? Just don’t understand the reaction at all.

29. V - May 14, 2012

What about a Loki movie?? 8-)

30. Greenberg - May 14, 2012

#10,
You’re on a site dedicated to JJ Abrams and you need to ask that?

31. VulcanFilmCritic - May 14, 2012

@15 Vultan. Daniel Day Lewis!!! I’m in heaven.

@ 20 BeatleJWOL. Yes, I’m certainly aware of how it really happened, but the level of stupidity in America’s students never ceases to amaze me. Most students cannot located the United States on a map, and that includes many college students.
Brain and brain! What is brain? We have smart phones. What we need brain for?

32. crazydaystrom - May 14, 2012

Great to have Sci-Fi Movies back! Thanks Rosario!

33. DiscoSpock - May 14, 2012

20. BeatleJWOL – May 13, 2012
@14: you ARE aware that the film’s not intended to be a “this is how it really happened” film, yes? Think of it as a story similar to Pride And Prejudice And Zombies; I’m pretty sure today’s kids are well aware that Jane Austen never wrote about zombies…
———–
I think you’re wrong. I teach college, and over a third of my freshman students don’t know who America fought in the American Revolution. In fact, I’ve had dozens of students who thought the Declaration of Independence was a letter we wrote to the King of France to keep him from invading our American colonies in England.

No joke. I’m deadly serious about this.
A lot of my students think we’ve already found alien life because they’ve seen so many movies about it. Again, I’m not joking.

VulcanFilmCritic is right: The Abe Lincoln/vampire crap will just add to their uninformed views of the world. (sigh)

Idiocracy Now!
Don’t overestimate the intelligence of the modern American kid. Most of them aren’t learning the basics of reading, writing, or arithmetic, much less a solid foundation in history or science.

34. Legend of Link - May 14, 2012

I missed these movie updates. When was the last one posted? At least a year or so ago.

35. Sebastian S. - May 14, 2012

As much as I loved Ray Bradbury’s “From The Dust Returned” (I have an autographed copy), I can’t see it as a movie; it’s too lyrical, too poetic. Turning it into a movie will be difficult, if not impossible…. a challenge to be sure.

Pretty sure the “untitled” Marvel project will be a Mark Ruffalo fronted “Hulk” movie; he pretty much stole every scene he was in with “The Avengers.”

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes 2″ has me very excited; that was a very clever reboot. Fixed a lot of the issues I had with the original’s timeline and story (nuclear war that kills most humans but leaves apes OK, for one; I like the genetically engineered virus theory much better).

36. DiscoSpock - May 14, 2012

35 ““Rise of the Planet of the Apes 2″ has me very excited; that was a very clever reboot. Fixed a lot of the issues I had with the original’s timeline and story (nuclear war that kills most humans but leaves apes OK, for one; I like the genetically engineered virus theory much better).”

The original’s nuclear-war story made plenty of sense. Most apes don’t live in human cities, so why would a nuclear war kill them off? They’d be affected by the possible nuclear winter, fallout, and weather changes, but unless the apes were in or very near cities, they’d likely survive the war. It’s not like anyone is aiming nukes at the jungles, ya know.

37. Daoud - May 14, 2012

@33. Yeah, there was talk of doing a mainstream remake of Idiocracy that could get a PG-13 rating… but then everyone involved realized they’d just be filming an average American day! ;)
.
@36 A gen-eng virus makes perfect sense. Nuclear war that could wipe out humanity, as shown conclusively by Sagan in the 70′s… would wipe out about everything living on Earth. Sagan real. Apes movie not.

38. Mr. Anonymous - May 14, 2012

I wonder what’s happened to that Godzilla movie from Warner Bros.

39. windelkin - May 14, 2012

It’s so good to have Trekmovie back at Warp 1, rather than limping along on thrusters like it was last winter. And I totally hope and pray Joss Whedon doesn’t settle for anything less than Return of Firefly now that he has power like never before.

40. DiscoSpock - May 14, 2012

37 – Sagan would be the first to say that nothing was “shown conclusively by Sagan in the 70′s” about nuclear war. It all depends on the way it goes down, with all-out-every-weapon-nuke-the-surface-of-Earth war being only the most extreme possibility. Some scenarios almost certainly wipe out 99% of life, while many other scenarios have less chance of causing nuclear winter, which itself is only a prediction, nothing conclusive.

When dinosaurs were wiped out, plenty of other life survived. There are many parallels being an asteroid strike of that magnitude and a global nuclear war and its aftermath, so we have past evidence to suggest that some life could still survive through even an ELE like a nuclear war, etc.

So, yes, it’s plausible that apes could survive a human nuclear war, especially since the point of the original movie is that apes evolved rather rapidly after humanity’s downfall, possibly because of the nuclear war’s effects. That outcome–humans gone but other, remote animals less affected–is well within the possibilities predicted by Sagan in the 70s and by countless other scientists since.

Be careful not to overstate the findings of science, especially when name-dropping Carl Sagan. Predictions cannot be conclusive until they come to pass.

41. Brett Campbell - May 14, 2012

Hope they can come up with a better title than “Rise of the Planet of the Apes 2″ because that one is ho-hum crap.

42. Natty - May 14, 2012

I couldnt stop laughing when I saw the “bike” in MiB 3 that is similar to Mr. Garrison’s IT bike.

I’m still laughing hard!

43. Thorny - May 14, 2012

37… Did they ever come out and say it was nuclear war in the original Planet of the Apes? I know Taylor kept saying “they did it, they actually did it” implying nuclear war, but there really wasn’t much evidence of that. There were those weird red-tinged magnetic storms, but nuclear war doesn’t explain them. After a few thousand years our world would disintegrate to that seen in the “Apes” franchise regardless of nuclear war. See “Life without People” on Discovery or History Channel.

44. Thorny - May 14, 2012

Oh, and Boule’s book says nothing about nuclear war. The apes rose because people domesticated them, made them smarter, and then they the apes grew resentful and took over.

45. "Check the Circuit!" - May 14, 2012

Sci-Fi Movies is back! Sweet! I’ve always looked forward to these “we browse the web so you don’t have to” articles. All the latest genre news in one, neat package.

Bravo Rosario!

46. CmdrR - May 14, 2012

Thanks for this feature. I’ve gotta work through it, carefully.

Quick thought: In all seriousness, Avatar 4??? Avatar 1 was pretty thin on plot. Not sure I need another 10 hours of viewing from Pandora. Can we get characters that are… urm 3D?

47. "Check the Circuit!" - May 14, 2012

Re: Nuclear War in POTA…

The closest “canon” reference was in the Lawgiver/John Huston narration at the beginning of Battle for the Planet of the Apes.

It went something like…..”In the aftermath of his victory (Caesar’s overthrow of the city/state at the conclusion of Conquest), the surface of the world was ravaged by the vilest war in human history. The great cities split asunder and were flattened. Out of one such city, our savior (Caesar)led a remnant of those that survived in search of greener pastures.”

One of the few concerns I had about Rise was the accidental release of the virus. I felt the nuclear war angle was much more of a cautionary tale because the act was deliberate…not an accident It added to the dark underbelly of the series. Knowing that we had ourselves to blame. Not to mention that is fueled Zaius’ fanatical approach to dealing with humans.

48. Bob Tompkins - May 14, 2012

Marvel and Disney are doing everything right with the Marvel Universe. DC has made the mistake of isolating all of their characters in seperate worlds; IE Batman, Superman, Green Lantern don’t seem to know anything about each other.
A Justice League movie was in the works and quickly dropped before The Avengers was even a gleam in Disney’s eye.
Way to drop the ball, DC.

49. Vultan - May 14, 2012

#47

I think genetic engineering and manipulation of diseases can still serve as a dark underbelly to this new Apes series. Those issues are real. Maybe not as horrific or, dare I say, photogenic and spectacular as nuclear war, but the dangers of playing God are the same—a few “educated” men with fingers on nuclear buttons here to “protect” us… replaced by a few “educated” men with fingers on microscopes here to “help” us.

A nice twist, I thought. Plus, a possible side effect of the virus could cause the human survivors to become mute—another callback to the original. Hello, Nova.

50. Steve - May 14, 2012

Great to have these columns back. But a little “white space” would help in reading. A blank line between each bullet in the “bites” sections would help a lot…

51. Sebastian S. - May 14, 2012

# 36

“The original’s nuclear-war story made plenty of sense. Most apes don’t live in human cities, so why would a nuclear war kill them off? They’d be affected by the possible nuclear winter, fallout, and weather changes, but unless the apes were in or very near cities, they’d likely survive the war. It’s not like anyone is aiming nukes at the jungles, ya know.”
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The global nuclear fallout from a full nuclear exchange would abolish most larger primates anywhere in the world; aimed or not. Nuclear winter would devastate the entire food chain; even decreased light levels for plants would be fatal to vegetarian species (apes are herbivores). And apes in Africa would be near many military bases and other potential targets.

I think that “Rise’s” scenario of a virus that boosts intelligence in apes but mutates into a fatal virus in humans would more rapidly achieve the human/ape schism of “Planet of the Apes” somewhat faster than a blanket nuclear war scenario would (nuclear war wouldn’t also explain the apes increased height and their generally more human posture; not to mention their ability to speak in only 2,000 years). I’m a huge original “Planet of the Apes” fan, but I’m not against new filmmakers seeking to make more logical improvements to the story if they can (and IMO, they did). I am a fan of both wings of the POTA franchise, and I’d love to see this possible new movie series unfold as well….

52. Sebastian S. - May 14, 2012

#47 Check the Circuit

“One of the few concerns I had about Rise was the accidental release of the virus. I felt the nuclear war angle was much more of a cautionary tale because the act was deliberate…not an accident It added to the dark underbelly of the series. Knowing that we had ourselves to blame. Not to mention that is fueled Zaius’ fanatical approach to dealing with humans.”
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But “Rise” was also a cautionary tale; a cautionary tale about the dangers of unchecked greed and personal gain clouding honest science. Rushing the results because of research for personal or financial gain (in Dr Rodman’s case, his father’s illness and his boss’ greed were both motivations for him to break the rules a bit). “Rise” is still a cautionary tale; but with a different aim than nuclear war. This time the target was the danger in rushing science for profit margins without the proper system of checks and balances; not to mention our often callous treatment of our fellow creatures…

And since this is a new reboot, there may not be a Dr Zaius or any of the original characters 2,000 years hence.

53. Sebastian S. - May 14, 2012

# 49

Well said, Vultan. And yes, that would be an interesting side effect if the virus leaves some survivors (as it most likely would). I’m curious to see more of the world that was just beginning at the end of “Rise…”

54. Vultan - May 14, 2012

#53

Me too! Rupert Wyatt did a fine job with “Rise.”
And, of course, Andy Serkis as Caesar.

55. dmduncan - May 14, 2012

27. Randomosity – May 14, 2012
28. La Reyne d’Epee – May 14, 2012

Did either of you two see The Hobbit clip at the 48fps framerate?

56. Sebastian S. - May 14, 2012

# 27

Chances are they showed it at the wrong frame rate and it had a harsh, unnatural look; I’ve seen that before. If shown correctly, higher frame rates tend to look dazzling. But if it isn’t displayed with the proper equipment, 48 fps (or any higher than 24/30 rate) tends to look awful.

My guess is that for wide-release they’ll probably have downconverted copies (from 48 to 24pfs) and have the 48 fps in selected theatres only (like I-Max presentations). My guess is the theatres showing it in 48p will be upgraded a bit, and with 3D? It’ll look like reality…. no kidding.

57. AJ - May 14, 2012

Hobbit:

I’m looking forward to the 48 fps film because I trust Peter Jackson after LOTR to provide a great experience.

If you read video reviews, ‘high quality’ monitors and digital media masters are often reviewed as being able to provide a ‘film-like’ presentation. If it is ‘film-like’ it means that the blacks are right, video enhancement hasn’t distorted the image, etc. 48 fps sounds like it is not ‘film-like’ because of none of those reasons, but for the fact that it’s providing wads more detail (someone compared to watching 1970′s British sitcoms).

I’m really looking forward to the film, and I hope that the new detail makes my brain explode. I hope also it is well-translatable to the Blu-Ray format.

58. Bryan - May 14, 2012

I want to see Prometheus so bad, I have recurring dreams where I am in the theater watching it.

59. Jack - May 14, 2012

“Lionsgate has partnered with WWE Studios for a reboot of the 1993 horror film “Leprechaun”"

Finally.

Wait, what?

60. "Check the Circuit! - May 14, 2012

@49 and 52

Fair points, gents. Things growing in labs for “protection” and profit are pretty scary too. But there was something for me that was especially tragic around the notion of the great super powers of the planet staring each other down over a nuclear firing switch and someone actually pushing the button. Which led to a response. Which led to the end of the world as we know.

“You maniacs! You blew it up!”

Far more chilling (to me) than a bug accidentally getting loose.

61. dmduncan - May 14, 2012

The 24 fps standard was randomly established, based on the work of Eadweard Muybridge who set 24 cameras in a row with a tripwire attached to the shutter of each camera so that as a horse ran in a straight line it would activate each camera in sequence. This created Muybridge’s historic galloping horse “movie,” and 24 fps has been the standard ever since.

The noted film “look” has many different aspects, but with regard to frame rate, it has to do with image blur. The faster your subject is moving relative to a camera shooting at 24fps, the more blurry each frame of the resulting film will be.

We’ve all seen this, particularly where fast camera movement occurs, and you have the experience of being unable to focus on the action. The reason is because you CAN’T. The image itself is unclear.

When you double the amount of frames you are photographing AND projecting it at the same speed, i.e., both shooting AND projecting at 48 fps, then you obviously have twice the amount of visual information you can capture at 24 fps.

James Cameron is shooting the Avatar sequel at 60 fps which I believe is — if I recall correctly — the minimum speed Edison thought the eye-brain combination required to eliminate strain.

At some frame rate past that you simply can’t notice a difference in image quality. You could, for instance, shoot at 120 fps and project at 120 fps, but reports have it that there is no discernable difference at that rate than for 60 fps, so there does appear to be an upper limit beyond which higher frame rates are unproductive to use.

There is, however, an example most people are familiar with from TV which I mentioned before, that will (if they pay attention to commercials and know what to look for) acquaint them with something like what to expect when they go to see The Hobbit. It’s not precisely the same, but it’s similar in effect. Slow motion shots in commercials where maybe a piece of fruit splashes into water and every droplet is crystal clear. You get that look by using a strobe light synchronized with your motion picture camera shutter so that each frame is exposed like a super sharp photograph.

If you’ve seen commercials like that and noticed there was something different about the image quality, that’s how they do it. Here’s an example:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZzI_M7-43Y

62. tony - May 14, 2012

avengers is great seen it twice great work by all

63. Platitude - May 14, 2012

The Avengers was amazing. I’m even more excited for future marvel films now. Sad that any new regarding John Carter, which I loved, always relates to it’s poor earnings though. Wish it could have done well enough for sequels!

64. CaptainDonovin - May 14, 2012

Saw The Avengers before work today, third time for me. I just had to go & make sure I didn’t miss anything the first two times. Still didn’t stick atou d for the scene @ the end of the credits, didn’t want to be the only person loitering in the theater.

65. Astronut - May 14, 2012

I am shocked how no one here is even talking about PROMETHEUS. Opens June 8?

And you guys call yourselves fans of original science fiction??

Weird.

66. Captain Karl - May 14, 2012

One of the main advantages of shooting at frame rates higher than the 24fps standard is light absorption through the human eye. Today’s 3D movies are incredibly dark and especially when a film is converted to 3D it loses some of that light. Think of it this way, you have a dark scene projected onto a screen that absorbs some of that light, which reflects off and then has to pass through 3D glasses, robbing it of even more light before it hits your eye. With the higher frame rate (which most of today’s theater projectors can handle) you will also need a slightly different shape to a movie screen, partially curved inward to allow more light to bounce around and reflect back towards your eye. There was a nice piece on this over at AICN’s weekly nerdist blog…I believe ep. 4. where they were talking about boosting the industry standard first to 40fps then 60fps and possibly as high as 120fps. Not only will it be an immersive experience, it will be much more lighter where it isn’t muddled or blurred and thus a crisper, more life-like image.

67. Sebastian S. - May 14, 2012

# 65.

I’ve already babbled on about how much I’m dying to see “Prometheus” on the Prometheus trailer thread…. now I’m just quietly biding my time until June.
;-)

Seriously, I am looking as forward to the return of Sir Ridley Scott to Sci Fi (after a 30 year hiatus) as I am to the new ST movie. Maybe even a bit more so….

Sadly, the tiny bit of info from Lindelof didn’t tell me anything I hadn’t read elsewhere in print (that ALIEN and Prometheus are not directly related; they just share a universe); hence, my lack of commenting on it. It has NOTHING to do with my not being a fan of original sci fi (quite the opposite, in fact); sometimes having nothing to say about an anticipated event is not always a bad thing….

68. Sebastian S. - May 14, 2012

# 63.

Ditto my feelings exactly for John Carter of Mars!
That movie was sabotaged by a negative campaign by Disney for political reasons (against the director Andrew Stanton and Rich Ross, head of Disney movies, who was forced to resign upon it’s failure). The ads never once played up the fact that it was Pixar’s first live-action movie (IMO, such publicity couldn’t have hurt). And I also believe the last minute decision to take “Of Mars” out of the original was a lethal mistake; it gave no ‘sci fi hook’ to younger audiences unfamiliar with the Edgar Rice Burroughs “John Carter of Mars” books.

And the almost uniformly negative reviews could not have been more off-base; I saw it and absolutely loved it. I will admit that it did take a while getting started (admittedly, pacing was a bit of an issue at times; especially in the first half of the movie), but I liked the characters (they grow on you as the movie develops), the CGI work was stunning (the Tharks were completely photorealistic; Tars Tarkus was the ‘anit-Jar Jar’). And the epic sci-fi settings were both steampunk and serene (the airships in flight were jaw-droppingly beautiful). A beautiful achievement in production design.

And most surprisingly (to me), it was very faithful to the source novel, “John Carter and the Princess of Mars” which I first read in middle school many years ago. Why this film didn’t get more love will always remain a sad little mystery to me. I am looking forward to enjoying it on DVD when it comes out and I still have the mini-posters I got in the theatre lobby when I saw it….

;-)

69. Jeff O'Connor - May 14, 2012

#65

Everyone’s been talking about Prometheus quite a bit, just not so much in this thread. It’s going to do pretty well, I think. There’s a good deal of buzz for it lately.

Don’t get so uppity, will ya?

70. Captain Ransom - May 14, 2012

it’s about god damn time we had some sci fi movie news. and then what do we get? a bunch of reboots. little shop of horrors. leprechaun. like that stuff is gonna rock the box office.

but evil dead? what?? five college students? please no. sounds like some awful sorority row crap. bruce campbell defined that movie. without him you have nothing. do not even try. do not get out of bed. do not pass go and collect $200. we don’t want your disgraceful reboot.

71. Ahmed - May 14, 2012

I don’t mind reboots as long as they are done well, as it was the case with Star Trek (2009) or Batman Begins.

But I was always wondering why Hollywood rarely make use of the vast science fiction literature out there, from the classic like Asimov & Clarke to the present such as Peter F Hamilton, Joe Haldeman .. etc

I wish that someone will bring some of the classics like “Rendezvous with Rama” or “The Foundation” to the big screen.

72. MC1 Doug - May 14, 2012

“He’s adopted.”

73. MC1 Doug - May 14, 2012

*sigh*

Still no announcement from Steven Spielberg regarding his proposed remake of “When Worlds Collide.”

74. Ahmed - May 14, 2012

@72. MC1 Doug
“He’s adopted.”

lol, loved it, it was one of the funny lines in Avengers.

75. DonDonP1 - May 14, 2012

Cool! I wish I could see some new films this year, but the only one I will see is the Universal Picture adaption of the Boublil and Schönberg musical “Les Misérables,” based on the Victor Hugo novel. I am looking forward to that and next year’s Superman film reboot “Man of Steel.”

76. Harcourt F. Mudd - May 14, 2012

Jane Austen was the best thing about Godzilla.

77. ToMaHaKeR - May 15, 2012

Stick to 24 fps and 2D. This way, nothing can go wrong and everyone’s happy…

78. Sebastian S. - May 15, 2012

# 77.

I’m sure (just like 3D) there will be plenty of downconverted copies of The Hobbit made for wide release. The 48 fps 3D versions will probably be shown only in theatres that are equipped for it.

Personally, I’m curious to see a whole movie done in 48 fps. I’m not a huge Rings fan, but I love the casting of this new Hobbit movie (Jekyll’s James Nesbitt, and Sherlock’s Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch in one movie are enough to make me curious).

And the new technology has me intrigued. I’m seen clips of higher frame rate movies (shown on 240 hertz monitors) and sometimes they tend to make older movies/videos look like they’re stuck on fast forward or something (the motion seems unnatural, somehow). But a film shot native in that format? I’d like to see that. I’ll bet it looks great…

79. Bruce Banner - May 15, 2012

Shouldn’t his first priority be bringing back The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

80. Dom - May 15, 2012

Apparently most digital cinema projectors will only require a firmware update to make them 48fps compatible. The problem with the look of The Hobbit stems from its digital origins. I hear the final grading was incomplete though. If it was shot on something like Showscan (without all that 3D crap) it would likely look amazing. The crazy thing is, these days, with a format like IMAX running at 48 or 60fps, there’s no need for 3D, so another 10 per cent of the population gets to see it! I’d love to see The Hobbit at 48fps, but I suspect we’ll have a straight choice between 3D 48fps or 2D 24fps. :(

81. Whalien - May 15, 2012

#67 — I don’t understand all this Prometheus “is it a prequel? Is it not a prequel?” nonsense! The trailers clearly show the Space Jockeys and the same type of alien ship we saw as a derelict in ALIEN!!

This film is absolutely tied to Alien in some way. Whether it takes place during, before, or after the events we saw in Alien is irrelevant.

It clearly takes place in the same universe.

I think the whole debate about this is silly. We might as well be debating whether or not that’s the Earths moon we see in the sky every night! LOL!!!

82. dmduncan - May 15, 2012

80: “The problem with the look of The Hobbit stems from its digital origins. I hear the final grading was incomplete though.”

I don’t think so. Nobody is complaining about the image quality of other digital movies, and Jackson himself acknowledged that it takes some getting used to, and that 10 minutes wasn’t enough to make the adjustment, which I wouldn’t expect him to say unless he is also acknowledging that that’s how it will look in the theater as well.

Unless it’s a combination of shooting video at that frame rate which makes it look more like video.

It would be interesting to see a comparison of the same scene on film shot and projected at 48 fps and video shot and projected at 48 fps to see if increasing the frame rate emphasizes unpleasant characteristics in electronically captured imagery.

83. Shilliam Watner - May 15, 2012

Hey, if Joss Whedon wants to return to TV, give him Star Trek!

84. Shilliam Watner - May 15, 2012

68. Sebastian S. – I loved John Carter as well. It depresses me that all those fanboys who keep complaining about remakes and rehashes and sequels didn’t go out in full force to support an attempt at doing something new. And it was a GREAT attempt. I had a lot of fun at that film, and will eagerly purchase the DVD.

To anybody complaining about the “unoriginality” in Hollywood – we have only ourselves to blame. Where were you when Serenity, John Carter and many other new works needed your help?

If you were in the theater seats, bravo. If not, you are part of the very same problem you decry.

85. Sebastian S. - May 15, 2012

# 84

Too true… and very well said. ;-)

And Whalien (post # 81)

What I said was, both take place in the same universe, but their stories are not (at least according to Ridley Scott) directly related. He calls it a sideways parallel tangent of the ALIEN universe (focusing much more on the space jockeys’ story, not just the xenomorphs). So, I wouldn’t call it ‘nonsense’; I got that information from Ridley Scott’s interviews in print and online. If the info is wrong, and Prometheus is simply an overly elaborate ALIEN prequel? I (for one) would be very disappointed…..

As for this comment:

“I think the whole debate about this is silly. We might as well be debating whether or not that’s the Earths moon we see in the sky every night!”
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Well, I look up at the moon and see only one facing side.
From Earth, we don’t see what’s on the far side at all. THAT’S what I look forward to with Prometheus….

;-)

86. Dom - May 15, 2012

82. dmduncan

Sorry, in my hamfisted way, that’s what I was trying to say… I’ve seen 70fps film and it’s… wow! Utterly amazing… ‘Immersive’ as the popular buzzword goes. More than that, even in 2D, it gives the impression of 3D.

That’s partly why I despise the current 3D fad: it’s exclusive (10 per cent of the audience can’t see it, many more hate it) and the cost of those people not seeing the films is passed on to the ones who agree to wear the stupid glasses. Several 3D films I wanted to see recently haven’t been shown in 2D near me recently either (hello Hugo and Underworld!)

Higher framerate film is gorgeous and should have been the direction Hollywood took a few years ago, but for the intervention of that aging loudmouth who once made good films like The Terminator.

I think, whether people know it or not, they love the texture of the filmic image, including the grain structure, rather than the oft-suggested motion blur. With IMAX and Showscan, you still get that. With a Red Epic’s digital files, you get what you expect: HD video on a bigger TV screen!

87. Dom - May 15, 2012

84. Shilliam Watner

I’m a fan of Whedon’s, but Serenity was an over-budgeted TV movie put on the big screen and not a patch on the better episodes of Firefly. It didn’t deserve to make megabucks and the few popular awards it won were the result of organised, targetted block voting by fanboys via the Internet.

Serenity was a letdown, I’m sad to say, but I still enjoyed it for what it was. John Carter wasn’t shown in 2D near me (I have mild double vision, which I am barely aware of, but it makes 3D impossible to watch!) so I’ll wait for the Blu-ray!

88. dmduncan - May 15, 2012

@86: When Star Trek 09 hit the big screen recently for a limited engagement, I went to see it in IMAX (again) and I sat there looking deeply into the image and could barely detect any grain at all. And the color was SO beautiful.

I just love film and the analog image. And analog is how the human eye/brain see things. We are not digital creatures. But as human beings become more like robots, they demand the vision of robots. Eventually the art gives way totally to the industry of profit behind movie making, and everyone eventually paints with the same cold palette of digital colors.

This they call “better.”

89. Shilliam Watner - May 15, 2012

87. Dom – I respectfully disagree about Serenity, but I don’t want to argue about it, because that wasn’t my point. If more people had gone to see it (it wasn’t a bad movie even if it resembled TV to some) and made it profitable enough, more movies would have been made and that in turn might have inspired Hollywood to take a few more chances on other properties.

As long as we keep going to sequels and remakes, they’ll keep making sequels and remakes. We voted and Hollywood listened. Luckily for us, some of these sequels and remakes are good movies, but until we start attending theaters when new stuff comes out, Hollywood won’t give a damn about making anything original and new.

90. Battle-scarred Sciatica - May 15, 2012

@71 Ahmed

I think Morgan Freeman was planning to do Rendezvous with Rama…not sure what happened there.

perhaps he’s forgot, or got too busy

i would love to see RWR on the big screen. Or even Greg Bear’s Eon or Iain M. Banks Culture Novels.

Theres plenty of BIIIIIIIIIIIIIG Sci-fi out there to be taken to the BIIIIIIIIIIIIIIG screen.

Come on Hollywood!

:)

91. Ahmed - May 15, 2012

@90. Battle-scarred Sciatica – May 15, 2012

“@71 Ahmed
I think Morgan Freeman was planning to do Rendezvous with Rama…not sure what happened there.”

Yeah, I heard that Morgan Freeman and David Fincher were planning to do that, but so far nothing is happening.

“i would love to see RWR on the big screen. Or even Greg Bear’s Eon or Iain M. Banks Culture Novels.”

It would be awesome if someone managed to bring these novels to the big screen or even as TV miniseries as it was the case with Dune.

92. Battle-scarred Sciatica - May 15, 2012

@91

Amen, Ahmed!

Somebody…..”make it so!”

:)

93. Dom - May 16, 2012

89. Shilliam Watner

I agree about the lack of originality in Hollywood these days. I’d like to see more original screenplays, not adaptations of books and TV shows. There’s a market out there for good films if only Hollywood could take the risk once in a while!

94. Jim Nightshade - May 16, 2012

frame rate is complicated these days cuz of the many formats…digital projectors etc….when i saw avengers at one of the chain imax theatres in imax 3d they made it clear during previews that the previews were NOT enhanced by imax and did not represent imax—anyone know they enhance? in good ole days imax was mostly just 70mm on an 80 foo screen with huge surround sound mega wattage etc…
now the real pioneer of all this is douglas trumball of 2001,clise encounters, tmp etc…his showscan process was invented back in the 70s-80s but hardly got to be used—i believe showscan is 60fps—on 70mm—trumball way ahead of his time—he moved away from movies to amusement park rides…when the luxor hotel casino opened in vegas he designed much of the attactions on 2nd floor–there was still one showscan attraction motion simulator there last time i checked–its pretty good n lets u see showscan…also the back to the future ride at universal almost entirely done by trumball—so cameron seems to act like hes created this higher framerate movies…cant wait to see a higher framerate movie like hobbit…

95. TrekkerChick - May 16, 2012

@91

My 0.02…

Tales of Known Space would make a good mini-series.

96. Ahmed - May 17, 2012

@95. TrekkerChick

Agreed, a miniseries would be a good idea.

97. Fantomex - May 21, 2012

@MJ: It was a great movie and concept, and it’s getting a sequel (the comic book also has a sequel, called Kick-Ass 2 that’s just as good as the original comic book and movie.

The only problem I have with this movie is that Chloe Moretz is too old for the role of Hit-Girl when it will start filming, but other than that, I’m looking forward to it.

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