‘Neuromancer’ Goes Into Pre-Production
The William Gibson novel, to be directed by Vincenzo Natali, who did Splice.
One Simple Thing Theater Owners Are Doing to Ruin Your Watching Experience | Film School Rejects
Now Boston.com has a truly disheartening story about theater managers not even bothering to switch out lenses between 3D and 2D films. The result? That 2D movie you saved money on by refusing the 3D up-charge is 50% darker than it should be. Read the entire article for the full take (and definitely listen to that Reject Radio episode for more illumination), but this seems indicative of a larger problem going on in movie theaters Ė a lack of incentive to make anything enjoyable.
Audiences are coming for the movie, and theaters are delivering little else in the way of enticement. Itís no wonder that ticket sales are dropping. With the transition from reels to digital projectors, gone is the knowledge that came with understanding how the projection process really works. It took serious understanding to be behind the glass, but now it requires pushing a few buttons and reading an Archie comic.
Thatís why, when traditional reels are used, the result is usually a broken frame (or reels put together in the wrong order, which actually happened to Neil, Luke Mullen and I when we saw Gamer). Itís also apparently part of the reason why some arenít interested in simply replacing a lens.
Either that or its sheer laziness. Or, and I hate to even speculate this, a sly con from theaters who want to punish 2D movie-goers for not buying 3D. (But why would they when ticket sales matter so little to their bottom line?)
Surprisingly Badass Teaser for Michael Jai White’s Never Back Down 2 | BeyondHollywood.com
Michael Jai White is awesome.The teaser trailer for “Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown” has finally arrived, and I must say, it’s pretty badass. Not only do you get to see White doing his thing, the feature also stars UFC Fighter Todd Duffee, MMA Fighter Scott Epstein, and UFC Champion Lyoto Machida. Wow!
Ahoy Matey: Fox Eyes Pirate Limited Series From Ridley And Tony Scott – Deadline.com
Has potential.Based on historical events, Pyrates is described as a gritty portrayal of the men and women who pulled off the largest heist on pirate history -- the capture of the Spanish silver fleet in 1628 -- sparking the golden age of piracy, a time when there was greater honor amongst thieves than those who hunted them. Ensemble is exploring an international co-production model for the project and is scouting potential locations for the production, including the Caribbean and Australia. Endemol will handle international distribution for Pyrates through the first-look deal with Ensemble the company signed last fall.
CANNES: Submarine Scores ‘Being Elmo’ – Deadline.com
Pretty sure we had a small thread about this pre-purge. I heard a story about it on NPR that made it sound wonderful. Hope it gets some kind of decent distribution deal. If anybody hears about theatrical dates, please share!Being Elmo, the Sundance prize-winning documentary about the creator of the Sesame Street puppet and his behind-the-scenes beginnings on the iconic PBS children's show, has landed multiple deals at the Cannes market, where it is being sold by Submarine Entertainment. The Constance Marks film, which will be released theatrically this year by Submarine to qualify for Oscar consideration, has been sold to New Video for DVD and digital rights (via its Docurama Films label) and ITVS & Independent Lens for the first TV window.
Leonard Kastle, Composer and Filmmaker, Dies at 82
I just watched that movie (The Honeymoon Killers) for the first time. Liked it.
Apparently, Scorsese was originally hired to direct it.At the request of Mr. Steibel, who died in 2002, Mr. Kastle sifted through the trial records at the Bronx County Courthouse. Then, after studying scripts by Fellini, Pasolini and Truffaut, he wrote a screenplay.
Both men envisioned the film as a cinematic rebuttal to “Bonnie and Clyde.” “I was revolted by that movie,” Mr. Kastle said in an interview for the 2003 Criterion Collection reissue of his film on DVD. “I didn’t want to show beautiful shots of beautiful people.”
Secrets Behind Hollywood’s Greatest Movie Posters
He’s designed posters for films from “Casablanca” to all the Clint Eastwood pictures. Now, THR celebrates Bill Gold’s new book covering his six decades as one of the top movie advertising art designers in history.