If you happen to find yourself flying down to New Zealand any time soon, you’ll probably be greeted by a rather large and rather creepy display as you enter Wellington Airport. The acclaimed visual effects house WETA, who did all the work on the Lord of the Rings film, have set up this gigantic installation, showing Gollum diving underwater to catch some fish. All of the LOTR films were of shot in New Zealand, and has become a huge source of tourist revenue for the country.
Here’s the behind the scenes video of the entire thing being erected.
The Haunting in Connecticut director Peter Cornwell will be directing the Stephen King adapted story Mercy with Frances O’Connor (The Hunt) in the lead. If you King-heads are a bit befuddled by that title, that’s because the original tale was called Gramma, and appeared as a short story in King’s “The Skeleton Key” collection. Matt Greenberg – who also adapted King’s 1408 - will be providing the script which deals with young mother (O’Connor) whose two sons discover that their grandmother, Mercy, is actually a witch.
Dominic “Merry” Monaghan has been cast to star in Molly Moon, an adaptation of Georgia Byng’s children fantasy books about an orphan girl who discovers a magical book of hypnotism. Christopher Rowley (Bonneville) will be directing Raffey Cassidy, who played the young Snow White in Snow White and the Huntsman, playing the titular young Molly. Monaghan will play the role of the villain, a dastardly bank robber who will stop at nothing to get his hands on the magical book.
The Hobbit will be taking over Empire magazine with the December issue of the popular movie magazine sporting five different 3D lenticularcharacter covers for readers to choose from. You’ll have your pick of Bilbo (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Ian McKellen), Gollum (Andy Serkis), Galadriel (Cate Blanchett) and Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage). You can check them all out over here, but here’s my favourite:
While Jonah Hill had a couple of great movies in 2012, The Sitter was definitely not one of them. Probably kept out of the Razzies purely through the existence of Adam Sandler, it was an unfunny, convoluted mess. So it’s much to my dismay to find out that the guys who wrote that movie, Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka, were not in fact being tortured in Guantanamo Bay, but are instead going to be making their co-directorial debut with another “comedy” King of the Castle. What’s even more unexpected is that Clive Owen will be starring in it, as a philanderer who get blackmailed by a kid.
Now I like Owen, but he’s never been a comical actor, especially not with material that sounds as uninspiring as this and well, THESE ARE THE GUYS WHO MADE THE SITTER!. Can you tell that I don’t have much for this?
Viewers who check out acclaimed animator Genddy Tartakovsky’s feature film debut Hotel Transylvania this weekend, may just get an unexpected surprise. Sony has revealed that Goodnight Mr. Foot, a new 2D traditionally animated short from the Russian animator featuring the mythical Bigfoot as he too tries to check into Dracula’s hotel, will be playing ahead of the 3D CGI animated film. Tartovsky commented on the short:
After we finished ‘Hotel Transylvania’, I got an itch to animate! Taking inspiration from my favorite directors Bob Clampett, Tex Avery, and Chuck Jones I animated a short cartoon in the traditional 2D style. It was difficult and exhilarating all at once and I hope people will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it.”
At this point, we can’t confirm whether local screenings will be playing the short as well.
It looks like Tropic Thunder star Brandon T. Jackson (Booty sweat!) has landed the role of Aaron Foley, son of Eddie Murphy’s motormouth detective Axel Foley, in CBS’ TV adaptation of Beverley Hills Cop. Murphy will only be reprising his role as an occasional guest star in the series, which will focus on Aaron bringing down the bad guys in Beverley Hills while trying to escape the shadow of his famous father, who’s now Chief of Police in Detroit.
There’s a new simplistic but rather stylish poster out for Andrew Dominik’s Killing Them Softly. The crime film,based on George V. Higgins’ crime novel “Cogan’s Trade” follows Brad Pitt’s Cogan, a mob enforcer who investigates the robbery of a mob run high stakes poker game.
Somebody is building a full scale, fully kitted out Millennium Falcon. I’ll just let that sentence speak for itself.
And if there was anything that could bring me down from the high of realizing that the Millenium Falcon might really exist, it’s this bit of dire news. Variety‘s Justin Kroll is tweeting that Ryan Gosling has pulled out of his Drive and Only God Forgives collaborator Nicolas Winding-Refn’s remake of classic 70′s sci-fi movie Logan’s Run.
@krolljvar: “Rough news for those LOGAN’S RUN fans, I can confirm Ryan Gosling is no longer attached to the project”
This was one remake I was actually looking forward to based on how well the pair seem to work together. We’ll have to see who the director now gets to replace Gosling in the lead. No official word has been given for why Gosling has left, but a quick look at his schedule on IMDB shows you that he may just be a bit overbooked at the moment, especially with his own directorial debut also coming up.
Pro-tip: Never mess with Amazonians, they’re hardcore. As proof I offer this report that while filming his cannibalism movie Green Inferno in an isolated village in the Amazon, director Eli Roth made the discovery that the 200 local extras being employed for the movie, had never seen a movie themselves. So Roth had a projector setup and then proceeded to screen Cannibal Holocaust for them. Yes, that Cannibal Holocaust. The Amazonian’s response to a movie so gruesome that it was banned in several countries and got the director arrested on charges of manslaughter? They thought it was funny.
Probably just reminded them of last year’s Christmas Day family lunch.
We have a new clip for the Donnie Yen/Takeshi Kaneshiro kung fu actioner Dragon. This clip sees Kaneshiro’s investigator visualizing what transpired in a scuffle between Yen’s supposedly timid papermaker and two trained killers, which mysteriously ended with the two killers dead on the floor. And it also features one of the coolest punches you’ll see in a long time.
Rachel Getting Married director Jonathan Demme has been keeping busy since that acclaimed 2008 film with various documentaries, concert movies and TV series episodes, but now he will be returning to the movie business proper with the indie dramedy Old Fires. The film follows “a world-renowned architect who comes out of a coma in need of both physical and mental rehabilitation. With the help of his snarky female physical therapist, he tries to repair his damaged relationship with his children and win back his wife’s love.”
After reports that they were circling the project, Deadline is reporting that Paramount have committed to the Tom Cruise sci-fi project Our Name is Adam. Along with news of the studio’s backing, the report also gives us our first hints at what the story will be about, as it claims that the T.S. Nowlin penned script will see Cruise as an astronaut who travels back in time to work with his younger self.
What they’re working on, or even how the time travel is possible, is still a mystery at this point.
We end off today with this rather amazing sci-fi raching short film, Shogun Tango, by commercial director and visual effects creator Christopher Desantis. The film evokes an immediate sense of classic superfast futuristic racing game “Wipeout 2097″ and my only complaint is that there’s only 2 minutes and 40 seconds of it.