IMAX and Warner Bros Team Up for 20-Film Deal
IMAX Corporation and Warner Bros. Pictures, a unit of Time Warner Inc., announced today that they have completed an agreement to release up to 20 Warner Bros. films in IMAX’s format over the course of the next three and a half years from 2010 through 2013.
This agreement will bring more 2D and 3D movies to the IMAX format. The two companies have already been working together on many projects so it came as no surprise to hear the news but why make it a formal announcement?
Other exciting news from the announcement included mention of several movies along with their tentative release dates. Some of the movies we already knew of and others moved from the realm of rumor into real projects. Please keep in mind some of the dates are just hopeful ones and not set in stone. Take for instance the Hobbit, they are still in script work and at the time of writing this they probably don't even have a finalized budget yet. Though with out any hiccups they could have the movie out by the date listed.
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (3D) November 19, 2010
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II (3D) July 15, 2011
- Hobbit: Part 1 December 2012
- Hobbit: Part II December 2013
- Batman 3
Since Batman 3 is in the early stages of development please do several things for everyone's sake.
- More detective elements like in the last Batman movie.
- Study the Levitt Paridigm, please! We can handle several plots going on in a movie but give us one main plot per movie. Don't try to cram two movies into one! This one should be about Harvey Dent who should have been introduced and set up in the last one but now what?
Don't reboot Superman again I liked the last one which says a lot since I usually don't like Superman. Maybe for fun make Solomon Grundy the villain for this one.
What would you want to see in the next Batman and Superman film?
Theater or Renter: Arpil 2010
Theater or Renter: April includes five SF movies Clash of the Titans, Date Night, Kick-Ass, The Losers, A Nightmare on Elm Street. Will we watch? Will we rent? or do we even care? Rules of the Game: Watch the trailers. Rate the Trailer. Then share with us your comments: does the movie, it’s trailer and buzz make you want to watch it in the theater, rent it, or not interested at all, and why?
Clash of the Titans:
Release Date: April 1
Listed as: epic fantasy
Studio: Legendary Pictures
Director: Louis Leterrier
Produced by: Basil Iwanyk, Kevin De La Noy, Richard D. Zanuck
Written by: Lawrence Kasdan, Travis Beacham, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
Stars: Sam Worthington, Mads Mikkelson, Alexa Davalos, Danny Huston, Gemma Arterton, Pete Postelthwaite, Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson
The Plot / Story: Based on the 1981 film Clash of the Titans . Born of a god but raised as a man, Perseus is helpless to save his family from Hades. With nothing left to lose, Perseus volunteers to lead a dangerous mission to defeat the Kraken and then get revenge on Hades. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
Theater: Liam Neeson as Zeus and Ralph Fiennes as Hades will be awesome. I loved the original Clash of the Titans and have hopes that this one will be an epic like the first. They even have a budget to make the effects look great but the trailers haven’t supported the hope.
Release Date: APRIL 9th
Listed as: Comedy
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Shawn Levy
Produced by: Shawn Levy, Tom McNulty
Written by: Josh Klausner
Stars: Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Mark Wahlberg, James Franco, Mark Ruffalo, Mila Kunis, Kristen Wiig, Common, Ray Liotta, Taraji P. Henson, Leighton Meester
The Plot / Story: Claire and Phil Foster (Tina Fey and Steve Carell) are a suburban couple slogging through their daily lives and marriage. Even their "date nights" of dinner and a movie have become routine. To reignite the marital spark, they visit a trendy Manhattan bistro, where a case of mistaken identity hurtles them through the city at breakneck speeds, into non-stop adventure. Remembering what made them so special together, Phil and Claire take on a couple of corrupt cops, a top-level mobster—and a crazed cabbie—as their date becomes a night they'll never forget. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
Between Theater Renter: Date night will be a theater if I have time to catch it in the theater otherwise it is a renter. The idea of Liz Lemon and Michael Scott together makes me laugh so much even if I realize these characters are probably not quite the same. Tina Fey and Steve Carell crack me up so I expect this to be a fun and funny movie. I'm also curious to see if Date Night is more like Adventures in Babysitting then the typical comedies we find in the theaters today.
Release Date: APRIL 16th
Listed as: comic book movie
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Produced by: Matthew Vaughn, Brad Pitt, Kris Thykier, Adam Bohling, Tarquin Pack, David Reid
Written by: Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn, Mark Millar
Stars: Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloe moretz, Mark Strong, Nicolas Cage
The Plot / Story: based on the comic book Kick-Ass by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. a typical teenage boy, wonders why no one has ever decided to become a real-life superhero like the heroes in the comic books. Despite the fact that he has zero superpowers, he looks to reincarnate himself as a crime-fighting superhero named Kick-Ass. His decision inspires a subculture of copy cats, put his life in danger, and unite him with a similarly minded father-daughter duo. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
Theater: the trailers look really funny. The premise of a regular person stepping up for what is right and inspiring others to take his lead is also a plus.
Release Date: APRIL 23rd
Listed as: action based on comic
Studio: Warner Bros.
Director: Sylvain White
Produced by: Joel Silver, Akiva Goldsman, Kerry Foster
Written by: Peter Berg, James Vanderbilt
Stars: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Óscar Jaenada, Jason Patric
The Plot / Story: An adaptation of Vertigo and DC Comics' comic book series The Losers. Five members of an elite United States Special Forces team are sent into the Bolivian jungle. The team find themselves the target of a betrayal instigated from inside by a powerful enemy known only as Max. Believed to be dead, the group makes plans to even the score when they're joined by the mysterious Aisha, a beautiful operative with her own agenda. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
Between Theater Renter: I lovingly think of this movie as the B-Team copy of the A-Team m0vie. The story and even characters are similar. That said The Loosers trailer did make me laugh more which hurts a little to say as a fan of the A-Team. I don't have big expectations for the film but from the trailer it looks fun so if I'm not able to catch it in the theater I will put it on the rent list.
A Nightmare on Elm Street:
Release Date: APRIL 30th
Listed as: Slasher, Horror, Reboot
Studio: New Line Cinema
Director: Samuel Bayer
Produced by: Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller
Written by: Wesley Strick, Eric Heisserer
Stars: Jackie Earle Haley, Kyle Gallner, Rooney Mara, Katie Cassidy, Thomas Dekker, Kellan Lutz
The Plot / Story: A reboot of the 1980’s movie Nightmare on Elm Street. A group of parents hunt down and murder a local stalker. The children of the suburban parents are being haunted in their dreams by a horribly disfigured killer known as Freddy Krueger. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
Theater: I'm a big fan of Nightmare on Elm Street and in it's case a reboot makes more sense because Freddy was finally defeated in six. I am concerned about my reactions to a non Robert Englund Freddy but the trailers look really good.
The Wisdom Behind the Rental Delay
By now most are familiar with the deal struck between Warner Bros. and Netflix to put a 28 day delay on new releases. We have a great community discussion ongoing at Project: Shadow that has looked at the deal, the hopes and it’s real effect.
Warner Bros. is making Netflix renters wait 28 days to get new releases through Netflix.
Warner Bros. hopes this delay will give them a chance to sell more DVD's to consumers, believing they will not be able to wait to see the studio's latest release.
Netflix got more movies and TV shows for their streaming program.
It shocks me that Warner Bros. failed to be aware of consumer habits. The average consumer does not track a movie's DVD release date nor do they really care about it with the exception for a few really big titles. If they are going to buy it's because they saw it on a shelf or was reminded in some other manner. Renters have the same habit.
A delay won’t make people buy movies
If someone is so excited to watch a movie they will do so in the theater. That is why there is so much pressure and hype around theater releases. A delay in renting only serves to anger the fans at best. John The Rogue Demon Hunter put it best with “Didnt I already decide to avoid the film in the theatre? If I just have to see your movie, I would go to the multiplex.”
By the time of the DVD release the pressure to see the movie immediately is spent. The only value in getting it right away is if the movie was of such quality to have a lot of rewatchability.
John The Rogue Demon Hunter asks “Why would anyone purchase a movie designed for a big opening weekend? The consumer buys a movie because they want to rewatch the film.” This won’t be impacted by a delay in renting because in the cases of new releases with rewatchability most will just go out and buy it skipping the renting process. Take the Harry Potter movies for example.
Because of this behavior a delay will not increase DVD sales couple that with consumers renting habits and most would not even notice the delay.
Netflix will get more streaming content. This is a big win for me as a subscriber. I love their streaming program and watch many videos and shows through it.
What does Warner get out of it?
Warner gets a lot of anger and disgust from the delay. This whole thing was just politically stupid for Warner Bros. They upset a lot of people for no return.
"If they don't want me to see their movie, then I have to say to hell with them." - Eric
American films used to be art to me and waiting another 28 days to watch fast food movies doesn't really effect me anymore. by John The Rogue Demon Hunter
For me the delay is yet another sign from studios that they do not respect the consumer. I'm getting to the point where I can no longer support those who have such great disrespect for their consumers.
Warner Bros. you should not only love our money but show us the fans and consumers some respect too. If you continue on your path then we will have to cry out.
- We are not a thief.
- We are not their cattle.
- We will not support you.
- We will not buy your products.
Add your thoughts to the discussion: Warner Brothers and Netflix deal on Project: Shadow
M Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender Ang and Zuko
Some early pictures are out for M Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender live action movie based on the amazing animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender. Ang played by Noah Ringer is shown above while Prince Zuko played by Dev Patel is shown below.
I wish the arrow on Angs head was more visiable. The look of the arrow is something that could be easily adjusted in editing and in post production.
I also wonder why Zuko does not have his scar. It's possible that this photo is set in the time line before he receives the burn scar. It is also possible that the scar effect will be added digitally in editing though that theroy seems unlikely because of the costs and challange level it would add to the movie over doing it in makeup.
Early pictures are nice to have but they are not always representational of the final product. My mind goes to Dragonball Z movie where the earliy pictures looked bad but in the movie they looked great... and so I have hope.
Knowing that Dev Patel has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do gives me hope for watching live action Prince Zuko who's animated counterpart relied on his martial arts abilities in combat as much as his firebending.
Exploring: The Happening
Review of: The Happening Overall Rating: 1 F---
Unfortunately betrayal and hurt was the only thing that happened from The Happening. This movie was a terrible waste of time and money. Please spare your self, this film is not even worth renting or wasting time on when it eventually gets put on TV. It lacked an internal consistency, characters that we cared about, and a surprise twist. The only good thing this film provides is as an example of how a great premise can be made terrible through poor choices, poor writing and poor editing.
The Happening is about when a Philadelphia high school science teacher Elliot Moore (Mark Wahlberg) and other people begin encountering breakdowns in human behavior in major American cities that lead to chilling deaths that seem to be willing suicides committed by the victims. Appearing to be a disease of some sort, the victims undergo a series of steps: loss of speech, followed by disorientation, and the third step is “fatal.” Moore flees from the crisis into Pennsylvania farmlands with his estranged wife Alma (Zooey Deschanel), math teacher friend Julian (John Leguizamo), and his daughter Jess (Ashlyn Sanchez) (via Wikipedai).
- Zooey Deschanel did a good job acting in the film.
- The Idea / Premise behind the film was fascinating.
- M. Night Shyamalan did have some moments of supernatural horror in the film. I will give him credit for the brilliant terrifying scene where we just get to see the feet hear the sounds and then see the feet again.
- Although most of the surprises in the film were overly predictable and taken from the book of bad movie devices they at lease refrained from one *****Spoiler Alert***** they didn't kill the child *****End Spoiler Alert *****
Dislikes / Concerns
- Movie was overly predictable. We got to the point where we made the predictability of the movie into a game where we would call a countdown to a camera pan or a change from one person to another.
- The movie felt like it was written by committee. Far too many ideas seemed neutered. There were so many devices and people put in for no purpose at all and they even contradicted events that happened merely minutes earlier.
- There was far too much time spent on characters I just didn't care about.
- I didn't think nor have the expectation that the happening was a monster film so why was the wind treated as if it was a monster. Even the filming techniques were handled as if I we were watching a monster film turning the happening into a monster film that lacked a monster.
- The movie was far too long and slow moving. If we were to cut out all of the inconsistent, unnecessary and repetitive parts there would be about 30 minutes of true terror left. It would have made a nice short film... maybe.
- The not so dramatic cheating subplot: it was terrible, unsatisfactory, over dramatized and much better done on the Simpsons where at least Marge not only had brunch with another man but she also went bowling.
- That entire part would have made the movie better if it had been cut and we were just left with knowing they had a fight in the past without the reason why.
- This part of the movie made me not like the two main characters even more after learning why they were fighting this is very bad because the tension is lost when the viewer could care less if the lead characters die.
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