Industrial Light & Magic’s veteran VFX supervisor, John Knoll, has been upped to chief creative officer, assuming a new creative role as the Disney-owned VFX powerhouse ramps up production on the rebooted Star Wars franchise with J.J. Abrams.
We go deeper into “pilot to pilot connection” in a new “Drift Space” featurette from Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim (July 12).
May 22, 2013
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There’s a new threat from General Zod in Man of Steel’s final “Fate of Your Planet” trailer.
The latest action-packed trailer for The Lone Ranger (July 3), featuring the mother of all train sequences, still happily looks like Rango meets Pirates of the Caribbean (with echoes of The Wild Wild West and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid).
May 20, 2013
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A new Man of Steel (June 14) featurette explores Zack Snyder’s new post-9/11 vision of Superman.
Goodbye Clone Wars, hello Star Wars Rebels. Disney unveiled plans to produce a new Lucasfilm animated TV series, Star Wars Rebels, which will premiere as a one-hour special fall 2014 on the Disney Channel followed by airing as a series on Disney XD.
The Great Escape, Richard III, Badlands, Sansho the Bailiff, and the original Fast and Furious are the latest home entertainment releases I’ve enjoyed.
Like Skyfall, Star Trek Into Darkness is a hybrid of the old and the new in completing its rite of passage reboot. Except that J.J. Abrams has the advantage of time travel, which he introduced in the first movie, for creating a parallel universe that allows him to break the rules of the beloved sci-fi franchise for the 21st century while still honoring its iconic spirit.
Tech and storytelling converged during a fascinating series of discussions at the Academy on May 15 about Zero Dark Thirty, Argo, and Star Trek Into Darkness, hosted by screenwriter John August.
Epic is not only Blue Sky’s best movie but also director Chris Wedge’s most personal, too: a swashbuckling, samurai action/adventure that takes place in a lush, microscopic forest world. It beautifully translates N.C. Wyeth for Alice in Wonderland meets The Adventures of Robin Hood. Throw in Seven Samurai and Gladiator for good measure with just a sprinkling of Avatar for seasoning. It’s familiar and new; naturalistic and fantastical. And it’s about looking beneath the surface and discovering hidden truths about … →