Apparently, Paramount Pictures thinks that putting its action movies on really, really big screens is a good idea because the studio will bring four of its key movies of 2011 to IMAX. Take that, standard screens!
Anyway, the four films are J.J. Abrams' Super 8 on June 10, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol starring Tom Cruise and directed by Brad Bird on December 16, Transformers: Dark of the Moon from Michael Bay on July 1, and Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn on December 28. The latter two were filmed in 3D and will be remastered for IMAX 3D, while M:I 4 was filmed in Chris Nolan-fashion, using those big-ass IMAX cameras to capture larger than life action sequences.
The studio big-wigs had some quotes in the press release. Honestly, they don't really say much other than the fact that they are excited. But, in the effort of transparent journalism (or something like that), here's what they had to say.
Rob Moore, Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures:
"Consumer demand for The IMAX Experience(R) has never been higher. Coupled with the rising popularity of the IMAX brand, the growing number of IMAX screens and the increased interest from our top filmmakers to have their movies offered in this format, IMAX is and continues to be a key part of our release strategy."
IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond:
"Paramount Pictures consistently delivers top-quality, highly entertaining films that audiences love to see in IMAX, and with these new titles, we believe our 2011 lineup is on its way to becoming the most robust slate we've ever had. Our growing worldwide network will enable even more movie fans to experience their favorite films in the best possible way."
Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment:
"When you combine the incredible storytelling talents of J.J. Abrams, Michael Bay, Brad Bird, and Steven Spielberg with technologies that transport the audience into the story, you create an awe-inspiring experience that takes movie-goers to places they only dream of -- and that is what the core and spirit of our partnership with Paramount Pictures is all about. We are very excited to share these amazing event films with IMAX exhibitors and movie-goers and look forward to working with these brilliant filmmakers as they showcase their talents in our format."
Bad news, guys. Natalie Portman will not be the hottest Lois Lane or Catwoman ever.
After being rumored for roles in both Zach Snyder's Superman reboot and Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, the actress is officially being totally lame: she will not appear in either film. In fact, according to Entertainment Weekly she doesn't know anything about anything.
"What is that?" The potential Oscar-nominee asked, laughing, in reference to Superman. "No, I haven't heard anything."
Okay, so no Superman. What about Batman?
"Oh, I don't know anything about that," she said.
Now before you're completely heartbroken by this news, there is a slight chance that the media-suave Portman could just be fucking around. Don't hold me to that, because I write it more out of hope than fact. Still, it's hard to swallow this news because she could fit these roles so well. With her performance in the acclaimed Black Swan she proved that she's light on her feet and can go as deep into the darkness as any male protagonist; two musts for anyone working on a Chris Nolan Bat-film. On the other hand, she's also shown a penchant for comedy and all things leading lady in past productions and her upcoming features No Strings Attached and Your Highness.
I'm not one for puns, but I think that Ms. Portman could do both Catwoman (if that is indeed the role she was rumored for) and Lois Lane justice. Then again, I'm certain that she fits perfectly nearly any role ever created for an actess.
Source: Coming Soon (via EW)
The actor, who played Harvey Dent/Two Face in the acclaimed The Dark Knight was running along a deserted stretch of beach in Malibu, California on a recent stormy day when he encountered Nolan and decided to ask him if his dastardly character would be making a return to the Batman franchise.
Eckhart explains, "There was nobody on the beach and there was one figure that was coming closer and closer and it looked like he was dressed in a suit and as I got closer... I stopped and said, 'Chris, what are you doing here?' It was Chris Nolan.
"I said, 'What are you doing?' and he said, 'I'm working on the new script'. I said, 'That's interesting because a lot of people are asking me if I'm in the next script,' and he looked at me and he said, 'No,' so I ran the other way... I didn't feel like arguing with him."
Early this morning, the Golden Globe nominations were announced, and the crew behind The King's Speech came out on top with seven nominations. The Social Network and The Fighter were right behind with six nominations each. Burlesque was nominated for comedy or musical as well as two noms for best original song, and in terms of television, Glee came off on top with five nominations. Below is a full list of the new hopefuls in both movies and t.v.
Best motion picture, drama
The King's Speech
The Social Network
Best motion picture, musical or comedy
Alice in Wonderland
The Kids Are All Right
Darren Aronofsky - Black Swan
David Fincher - Social Network
Tom Hooper - King's Speech
Christopher Nolan - Inception
David O. Russell - The Fighter
Best Actor in a motion picture
Jesse Eisenberg - Social Network
Colin Firth - The King's Speech
James Franco - 127 Hours
Ryan Gosling - Blue Valentine
Mark Wahlberg - The Fighter
Best supporting Actor in a motion picture
Christian Bale - The Fighter
Michael Douglas - Wall Street, Money Never Sleeps
Jeremy Renner - The Town
Jeffrey Rush - The King's Speech
Andrew Garfield - The Social Network
Best Actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy
Johnny Depp - Alice in Wonderland
Johnny Depp - The Tourist
Paul Giamatti- Barney's Version
Jake Gyllenhaal - Love and Other Drugs
Kevin Spacey - Casino Jack
Best Actor in a mini-series or TV movie
Idris Alba - Luther
Ian McShane - Pillars of the Earth
Al Pacino - You Don't Know Jack
Dennis Quaid - The Special Relationship
Edward Ramirez - Carlos
Best Supporting Actor in a series, mini-series, or TV movie
Scott Caan - Hawaii 5-0
Chris Colfer - Glee
Chris Noth - The Good Wife
Eric Stonestreet - Modern Family
David Strathern - Temple Grandin
Best Actress in a motion picture, drama
Halle Berry - Frankie and Alice
Nicole Kidman - Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence - Winter's Bone
Natalie Portman - Black Swan
Michelle Williams - Blue Valentine
Best supporting Actress in a motion picture
Amy Adams, The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter - The King's Speech
Mila Kunis - Black Swan
Melissa Leo - The Fighter
Jackie Weaver - Animal Kingdom
Best Actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy
Annette Bening - The Kids Are All Right
Anne Hathaway - Love and Other Drugs
Angelina Jolie The Tourist
Julianne Moore - The Kids Are All Right
Emma Stone - Easy A
Best Actor, TV series, comedy
Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock
Steve Carell - The Office
Thomas Jane - Hung
Matthew Morrison - Glee
Jim Parsons - The Big Bang Theory
Best Actor in a TV series, drama
Steve Buscemi - Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall - Dexter
John Hamm - Mad Men
Hugh Laurie - House
Best Actress in a TV series, comedy
Toni Collette - Unites States of Tara
Edie Falco - Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey - 30 Rock
Laura Linney - The Bic C
Lea Michele - Glee
Best Actress in a TV series, drama
Julianna Margulies - The Good Wife
Elizabeth Moss - Mad Men
Piper Perabo - Covert Affairs
Katey Sagal - Sons of Anarchy
Kyra Sedgwick - the Closer
Best Actress in a mini-series or TV movie
Hayley Atwell - Pillars of the Earth
Claire Danes - Temple Grandin
Judi Dench - Return to Cranford
Romola Garai - Emma
Jennifer Love Hewitt - The Client List
Best Supporting Actress in a series, mini-series or TV movie
Hope Davis - The Special Relationship
Jane Lynch - Glee
Kelly McDonald - Boardwalk Empire
Julia Stiles - Dexter
Sofia Vergara - Modern Family
Best TV movie or mini-series
Pillars of the Earth
You Don't Know Jack
Best original score – motion picture
Alexander Desplot - The King's Speech
Danny Elfman - Alice in Wonderland
A.R. Robin - 127 Hours
Trent Reznor - The Social Network
Hans Zimmer - Inception
Best screenplay – motion picture
Danny Boyle - 127 Hours
Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Hart - Kids are All Right
Christopher Nolan - Inception
David Seidler - Kings Speech
Aaron Sorkin - Social Network
Best TV Series, comedy
The Big Bang Theory
The Big C
Best foreign language film
Beautiful, Mexico - Spain
The Concert - France
The Edge - Russia
I Am Love - Italy
In a Better World - Denmark
Best animated feature film
How to Train Your Dragon
Toy Story 3
Best original song – motion picture
Bound to You - Burlesque
Coming Home - Country Strong
I See the Light - Tangled
There's a Place for Us - Chronicles of Narnia: The Dawn Treader
You Haven't Seen the Last of Me - Burlesque
Best TV series, drama
The Good Wife
The Walking Dead
Christopher Nolan, the brains behind the rebooted Batman franchise, is bringing the Man of Steel back to the big screen in a new installment following Bryan Singer's 2006 offering Superman Returns.
Nolan, who will act as a producer on the film, recently hired Watchmen moviemaker Zack Snyder to direct it, and Affleck has now revealed he was "tempted" by the job, but decided to leave the superhero movie to a director better acquainted with big budget blockbusters.
He tells Deadline.com, "The one benefit of having done all kinds of movies as an actor is, you learn the pros and cons of being tempted to do a really big movie because it costs a lot of money. With Superman, I think they're going to do a great version. Chris Nolan is brilliant and they've got a great director for it.
"I've love to do something like Blade Runner, but a lesson I've learned is to not look at movies based on budget, how much they'll spend on effects, or where they will shoot. Story is what's important. Also, there are a lot of guys ahead of me on the list to do epic effects movies."
Affleck previously donned the superhero's cape to play Superman actor George Reeves in 2006 film Hollywoodland.
The actor struggled to comprehend the complicated twists and turns of the sci-fi movie and spent hours talking with Nolan about his character Dominic Cobb, a thief who steals information from his unconscious victims while they dream.
DiCaprio tells the Hollywood Reporter: "I needed to know implicitly where we were. It got incredibly confusing at certain points in the beginning, but the more we talked, the more I understood."
Meanwhile Inception's producer Emma Thomas, filmmaker Nolan's wife, has praised DiCaprio for making the movie more accessible for fans, adding: "The work (Leo) did on his character with Chris made the movie less of a puzzle and more of a story of a character audiences could relate to."
The actor insists The Dark Knight Rises will be his final outing as the comic book superhero - unless director Christopher Nolan has other plans.
Bale says, "This will be, I believe, until Chris says different, the last time I’ll be playing Batman."
The public relations mogul was shot multiple times while driving her Mercedes-Benz car through Beverly Hills on her way home from the premiere of Cher and Christina Aguilera's new film Burlesque.
Her death has shocked the showbiz world, and many stars have been quick to pay tribute to Chasen, including her screenwriter/director brother Cohen.
He says, "She was my sister and best friend and we shared so many wonderful times together. Ronni was a loving and caring person who treated her clients like they were her own family."
Producers Lili and Richard Zanuck worked with Chasen on the Oscars campaign for Driving Miss Daisy - which went on to win the 1989 Best Picture honour - and were devastated to learn of her death.
A statement from Richard reads, "Lili and I are shattered by the unthinkably sad news about Ronni. She has been a loving and dear friend for so many years. To think of not being able to get her on the other line of the phone is unimaginable. She was the best publicist in the business in our opinion whose tireless and determined energy combined with her love of movies made her one of a very special breed."
Film composer Hans Zimmer, who was also a client of Chasen, adds, "I'm profoundly sad, devastated, mad, incredulous and lonely. She was radiant. She knew everybody in the room. She took Chris Nolan over to the next table and introduced him to George Lucas. I was watching her (and) standing there listening to them and I thought, 'There's my friend Ronni, introducing two great directors to each other. She's on top of her game.'"
Police have launched an investigation into Chasen's death.
The Dark Knight Rises is quickly becoming one of the most anticipated sequels of all-time, so it makes sense we're pooping our pants with excitement.
Anyway, we have more Batman news. Hooray! Deadline reports that Christopher Nolan will meet with six actresses for two female roles in the upcoming Dark Knight sequel -- one as the love interest of Bruce Wayne and the other as a villain (dun dun dun).
The six lucky ladies? Some of the biggest names in Hollywood: Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, Blake Lively, Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, and Keira Knightley.
So, wow! That's quite the list. Aside from Lively, I could see each one of these women working with Nolan. But, if I have to choose, I'd say the best bet would be Rachel Weisz as the love interest, and Natalie Portman as the villain. Think about it. Yeah, Weisz has quite a few not so good films on her resume, but she is an Oscar winner. If Wayne's love interest would be someone like Lively, I'm afraid it'd become a little too unrealistic and cartoonish, mainly because she's an awful actress. Plus, I've always imagined Bruce Wayne as a fan of brunettes.
And as far as the villain goes, no one fits better than Portman. First of all, she's a terrific actress. But more than that, remember how extremely badass she was in V For Vendetta? And that was on the heroic side. Now imagine if she channeled all that badassery into being Batman's arch-rival. Someone like -- Catwoman. Yeah, I know. Awesome idea, right? You're welcome, Nolan. You're welcome.
Oh yeah, and since we're talking about Batman, our opinion of the new movie's name is still the same: it's lame. Check out our much better suggestions right here.
Nolan is refusing to give up more information about the plot or characters involved in the blockbuster - but he has told the Los Angeles Times not to expect one Batman villain.
He says, "It won't be the Riddler."
The media has been speculating about who will play the famous villain for months after insiders claimed The Riddler would be Batman's foe in the film.