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 Posted:   May 16, 2014 - 1:18 PM   
 By:   fisch   (Member)

FRIDAY, MAY 16

BLADE RUNNER 2---Alcon Entertainment confirmed it has offered Harrison Ford the role of returning as Rick Deckard in the sequel,"We believe that Hampton Fancher and Michael Green have crafted with Ridley Scott an extraordinary sequel to one of the greatest films of all time. We would be honored, and we are hopeful, that Harrison will be part of our project." The sequel is set several decades after the original movie.





THE LORD OF THE RINGS---Viggo Mortensen commented on Peter Jackson and special effects, "Peter was always a geek in terms of technology but, once he had the means to do it, and the evolution of the technology really took off, he never looked back. In the first movie, yes, there's Rivendell, and Mordor, but there's sort of an organic quality to it, actors acting with each other, and real landscapes; it's grittier.
The second movie already started ballooning, for my taste, and then by the third one, there were a lot of special effects. It was grandiose, and all that, but whatever was subtle, in the first movie, gradually got lost in the second and third. Now with The Hobbit, one and two, it's like that to the power of 10.
...But then he did KING KONG. And then he did THE LOVELY BONES – and I thought that would be his smaller movie. But the problem is, he did it on a $90?million budget. That should have been a $15?million movie. The special effects thing, the genie, was out of the bottle, and it has him. And he's happy, I think."
He said about THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, "They were in a lot of trouble, and Peter had spent a lot. Officially, he could say that he was finished in December 2000 – he'd shot all three films in the trilogy – but really the second and third ones were a mess. It was very sloppy – it just wasn't done at all. It needed massive reshoots, which we did, year after year. But he would have never been given the extra money to do those if the first one hadn't been a huge success. The second and third ones would have been straight to video."





STAR WARS: EPISODE VII---Carrie Fisher, 57, posed for photos as she announced she has lost 40 pounds to reprise her role as Princess Leia in the sequel.





THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY, PART I---first photo released from the sequel shows Philip Seymour Hoffman and Julianne Moore.





MONSTERS: DARK CONTINENT---photo released of giant sand monsters attacking US soldiers from the sequel to MONSTERS that was directed by Gareth Edwards (GODZILLA).





THE INTERN'S HANDBOOK---Dave Franco (NOW YOU SEE ME, NEIGHBORS) stars in this Sony Pictures movie based on the novel about New York's top assassin. He kills his targets by joining their company as an intern with his latest job being an intern at a top Manhattan law firm in order to kill a heavily-guarded partner in the firm. However, this time he must compete with a beautiful FBI agent who wants to bring the law partner to justice.

WHO THE F#@K TOOK MY DAUGHTER---spoof of the TAKEN movies underway from the creators of MEET THE SPARTANS and VAMPIRES SUCK.

NAMOR: THE SUB-MARINER---Universal pictures and Legendary Pictures refused to comment on a rumor they're developing a movie based on the Marvel superhero with Zac Efron possibly starring. A rumors are that the movie is based on the MASS EFFECT video game or the Hot Wheels toy line.

EYE IN THE SKY---Colin Firth, Helen Mirren and Aaron Paul star in this movie about a female British intelligence officer who orders a drone pilot to destroy a Kenyan safe house which holds terrorists as a young girl is nearby.

THE ROYALS---E!'s first scripted series stars Elizabeth Hurley which involves a "fictional British royal family led by Queen Helena (Hurley), a liquor-swilling, table-dancing, fancy hat-wearing modern matriarch who will do anything to protect her family's reputation." Premiere is in 2015.

PAY THE GHOST---Nicolas Cage stars in this horror movie in which a New York couple search for their young son who was abducted on Halloween night and encounter a terrifying ghost.

GO DOWN TOGETHER---revisionist movie underway about Bonnie and Clyde starring Emilia Clarke and Nicholas Hoult.

THE MASTER CLEANSE---Chloe Sevigny and Angelica Huston star in this horror movie in which a heartbroken man attends a spiritual retreat which "releases more than everyday toxins and traumatic experiences."

 
 Posted:   May 16, 2014 - 1:42 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

THE LORD OF THE RINGS---Viggo Mortensen commented on Peter Jackson and special effects...

Interesting comments and probably all true. The Hollywood machine is so wasteful.

 
 
 Posted:   May 16, 2014 - 1:48 PM   
 By:   ScottDS   (Member)

THE INTERN'S HANDBOOK---Dave Franco (NOW YOU SEE ME, NEIGHBORS) stars in this Sony Pictures movie based on the novel about New York's top assassin. He kills his targets by joining their company as an intern with his latest job being an intern at a top Manhattan law firm in order to kill a heavily-guarded partner in the firm. However, this time he must compete with a beautiful FBI agent who wants to bring the law partner to justice.

WHO THE F#@K TOOK MY DAUGHTER---spoof of the TAKEN movies underway from the creators of MEET THE SPARTANS and VAMPIRES SUCK.



I would like to combine these movies and have NY's top assassin knock off those two idiots who keep making those horrible movies.


PAY THE GHOST---Nicolas Cage stars in this horror movie in which a New York couple search for their young son who was abducted on Halloween night and encounter a terrifying ghost.


Only Nic Cage... smile

 
 Posted:   May 16, 2014 - 3:36 PM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

I love Blade Runner but of all the movies ever made, its the one that calls out for never having a sequel. Unfortunately, the Ridley Scott of today likes everything pat and explained and pretty much ABC and 123. I imagine this will be the same kind of lackluster outing he's made after 1996; Prometheus being awe-inspiring in its pure horrendousness.

And I pretty much agree with Viggo Mortenson on LOTR, though I think my problem is more that Jackson continued to take bigger and bigger liberties with the source material (the over-emphasis on Legolas's fighting and flip-jumping onto horses was both tedious and infuriating). And these Hobbit movies, though the first one had fleeting moments of old magic, are outright terrible. Desolation Of Smaug was as entertaining filling out tax forms.

 
 
 Posted:   May 16, 2014 - 5:46 PM   
 By:   tarasis   (Member)

THE LORD OF THE RINGS---Viggo Mortensen commented on Peter Jackson and special effects...

Interesting comments and probably all true. The Hollywood machine is so wasteful.


For me they are surprising comments, it's the first time I've heard someone from the inner(ish) circle speak ill of the movies, but overall I agree. Just because you can spend millions of dollars on whizz bang effects doesn't mean you should. People use the phrase "less is more" for a reason, though not often in Hollywood Blockbuster land.

 
 
 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 4:55 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

I love Blade Runner but of all the movies ever made, its the one that calls out for never having a sequel.

Speaking of which, it's remarkable to think that Who Framed Roger Rabbit was a massive hit and they never went ahead with a sequel.

 
 
 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 12:21 PM   
 By:   groovemeister   (Member)

I never understood the praise of those LOTR movies.

Although eye-candy, there was not one moment of suspense or excitement.

Oh wait, yes there was.

1 Black rider chasing 4 hobbits in a forest, no special effects, not 100000000 million orcs !
Less is more is indeed something Peter Jackson has to learn.

 
 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 12:54 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I never understood the praise of those LOTR movies.

Although eye-candy, there was not one moment of suspense or excitement.

Oh wait, yes there was.

1 Black rider chasing 4 hobbits in a forest, no special effects, not 100000000 million orcs !
Less is more is indeed something Peter Jackson has to learn.


Yeah I agree on the less is more. I generally enjoyed the films. But I would have edited them down by 30 or 40 minutes each. They just drag on endlessly at times.

 
 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 1:50 PM   
 By:   Socks   (Member)

I think the amount of CGI in LotR reflected the need for it, with a little Peter Jackson extra on top. While Aragorn's scenes in Helm's Deep and Minas Tirith/Mordor were CGI, he still had quite a bit of live acting. I think most people are just saying that while RotK closed all the paths, Fellowship introduced us to them, had a much tighter story, and was a smaller scale affair in terms of digital requirements, so it worked well.

I cannot stand the new Hobbit films. Total ridiculousness.

BR2.....well, if Ridley Scott can channel the same energy he had for Kingdom of Heaven, I'll be happy. But overall, it was beautiful on its own, so I'm sad it's getting a sequel.

 
 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 3:07 PM   
 By:   drop_forge   (Member)

I never understood the praise of those LOTR movies.

Although eye-candy, there was not one moment of suspense or excitement.

Oh wait, yes there was.

1 Black rider chasing 4 hobbits in a forest, no special effects, not 100000000 million orcs !
Less is more is indeed something Peter Jackson has to learn.


That's funny, I recall plenty plenty in The Two Towers. Maybe you saw the microbudgeted SyFy version, The Two Water Tanks.

 
 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 5:12 PM   
 By:   Olivier   (Member)

THE LORD OF THE RINGS---Viggo Mortensen commented on Peter Jackson and special effects...

Jackson did overdo it with King Kong; there is some great stuff character-, effects- and action-Wise, but also some silly padding with over-the-top stuff-- over the top even for such a fantasy movie; sometimes it's really the multi-million-dollar equivalent of a child playing with his action figures and imagining all sorts of outlandish things; fine for a child, not so for a movie of that kind.

Regarding The Hobbit, I'm not sure; I like the movies, but they lack something the first three movies had; so does the music, I think.
In particular, while he was able to juggle all the different characters in TLotR, he didn't manage to make each dwarf memorable in the new movies-- at least, I can't tell who is who; monhts later, I could distinguish the characters from one another in TLotR (apart from remembering who exactly was Pippin and who Merrin), and not merely because there were different sizes, ages, and origins; I could not even tell you the names of the dozen dwarves.
frown
It's all the more regrettable as he has a lot of time in each film to make things easier, despite all the action; there should have been more interaction between all those characters (like between Legolas and Gimli for instance), to make each more identifiable.

 
 Posted:   May 20, 2014 - 3:52 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)


STAR WARS: EPISODE VII---Carrie Fisher, 57, posed for photos as she announced she has lost 40 pounds to reprise her role as Princess Leia in the sequel.






I wonder if the male "reprisers" will feel obligated to do same/similar.

Cheez.

 
 Posted:   May 20, 2014 - 3:57 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)


STAR WARS: EPISODE VII---Carrie Fisher, 57, posed for photos as she announced she has lost 40 pounds to reprise her role as Princess Leia in the sequel.






I wonder if the male "reprisers" will feel obligated to do same/similar.

Cheez.


Is she holding a snake? eek Anyway I'm sure Mark Hamill is. Ford is pretty skinny and already in shape.

 
 Posted:   May 23, 2014 - 12:00 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

LOTR: I've simply never been able to get into them, although I probably closed the door after the first and barely tried again. But to a certain degree I did the same with "Harry Potter," although I certainly enjoyed the first and as well as parts of the others.

 
 
 Posted:   May 23, 2014 - 12:06 PM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

I wonder if the male "reprisers" will feel obligated to do same/similar.

Extensive plastic surgery to make them younger would seem to be called for.

 
 Posted:   May 23, 2014 - 2:06 PM   
 By:   Warlok   (Member)

Hey folks. I enjoyed the Hobbit movies thus far, but for me the thing that Jackson erred on is Legolas`s incredibility (say it with thunderous triumph).

Why waste time? Just drop that elf off by Dol Guldur or wherever and wait a few hours. His superheroic combat skills are unbelievable. Entertaining, sure, but also unbelievable. A little too indulgent.

There was a very definite early point where I could not escape the definite conclusion that Legolas is a Terminator, and in no danger whatsoever. Ever.


Love the music.

 
 
 Posted:   May 23, 2014 - 8:46 PM   
 By:   Joe E.   (Member)

I might be alone on this board in really enjoying all of Jackson's Middle-Earth films so far. I do get that The Hobbit movies are considerably expanded from just the original book The Hobbit, but for those treating all six films together as adapting all four volumes together, as I am, they're really not - the three The Hobbit movies are expanded so much in part by adding material from The Lord of the Rings, and the rest - the stuff Jackson and company invented themselves - is for the most part a big improvement on what Tolkien gave us, IMHO. Not to knock The Hobbit, which has fully earned its classic status, but Tolkien kind of dismisses certain things in the original book after building up to them so much - making Smaug out to be a truly fearsome, formidable threat for so long before we ever meet him, and then just kind of pushing him aside and making most of his more spectacular actions happen "off-page," as it were, and only hearing about them later in characters' conversations, for example. And the addition of Tauriel really benefits the story, I think. I know everyone else here thinks these movies are already overblown, but I for one am really looking forward to a fuller depiction of the Battle of the Five Armies than we get in print.

And if anything, it's kind of the other way around with The Lord of the Rings books vs. movies - as grandiose and all as the movies undoubtedly are, they're still on the whole rather condensed from the immense mountain of narrative Tolkien gave us, and the things that are changed are mostly to the movies' benefit, I think. The whole scouring of the shire, while interesting, does seem rather anticlimactic, and it's probably for the best it was left out. I also think Tom Bombadil might have been just too much if left in the movies.

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It's kind of remarkable and unusual that the production company has confirmed making Harrison Ford an offer for Blade Runner 2 before he's said yes, isn't it?

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I wonder if the male "reprisers" will feel obligated to do same/similar.

Extensive plastic surgery to make them younger would seem to be called for.


Why? We already know the new movie is supposed to be about thirty years after the previous episode, and that's about how much the actors have aged, so...

 
 Posted:   May 28, 2014 - 10:40 AM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)


STAR WARS: EPISODE VII---Carrie Fisher, 57, posed for photos as she announced she has lost 40 pounds to reprise her role as Princess Leia in the sequel.






I wonder if the male "reprisers" will feel obligated to do same/similar.

Cheez.


Confirmed:

"...her Episode VII offer came with a major caveat: losing 35 pounds before filming began."

http://theweek.com/article/index/262204/speedreads-carrie-fisher-was-forced-to-lose-35-pounds-before-she-could-play-princess-leia-again

 
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