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May 31

'John Wick 4' could recycle deleted scenes from 'Parabellum'

Keanu Reeves (left) and Halle Berry in John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (image courtesy Lionsgate)
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by Will Richards

John Wick 4 director Chad Stahelski has hinted that the new film may feature deleted scenes initially set for the franchise's third film, Parabellum.

The fourth film in the series is set to be released in 2022, a year later than planned, having been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Stahelski discussed what may happen in the upcoming fourth film, in particular regarding a number of deleted scenes that he chose to not to include in the franchise's third installment, Parabellum.

"There's a couple things," he said. "We had a couple of overlapping thematics, and I stripped it down to the bare essentials. And there were two action sequences that we had really kind of conceived, but we just didn't have room for them.

"So, we pulled them from the movie. And I'd like to think that 90 per cent of what I pulled, there's a place in John Wick 4 that I can definitely reinsert them."

Continue Reading at: NME

May 30

Ryan Gosling's 'Wolfman' Gears Up at Universal as Director Decision Nears

by Justin Kroll

Months after Universal successfully relaunched its monster universe with Elisabeth Moss's "The Invisible Man," the studio is pushing ahead for "Wolfman" - which is being developed as a starring vehicle for Ryan Gosling - to be the next movie based on its catalog of iconic creatures.

Sources tell Variety that executives at Universal have been meeting with directors over the past month and could be making a decision soon on who will take the reins behind the camera. While there is no frontrunner at the time, Cory Finley, who recently received rave reviews for directing HBO's drama "Bad Education" with Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney, is said to be in the mix for the job.

Universal and CAA had no comment.

It's unknown what the new take on "Wolfman" will look like, though it is believed to be set in present times and in the vein of Jake Gyllenhaal's thriller "Nightcrawler," with an obvious supernatural twist.

Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo, who wrote for Netflix's "Orange is the New Black," penned the script, which is based on an original pitch by Gosling.

Continue Reading at: Variety

May 29

Tribeca, Toronto Festival Heads Discuss Going Digital Amid Pandemic Impact

by Etan Vlessing

With the Cannes and Tribeca film festivals canceled or postponed by the novel coronavirus pandemic, and Venice and Toronto set to embrace digital technologies to revive their September editions, global film festival directors on Thursday talked about the future of physical cinema showcases in a post-COVID-19 world.

The consensus was that while in-person film festivals that grew up around red carpets and big cinema screens will eventually return in strength, they will also need to embrace digital technologies to keep pace with online alternatives. And that includes about 21 festivals, led by Cannes, Toronto, Berlin, Venice and Locarno, having come together in the past month to launch the inaugural We Are One: A Global Film Festival.

The 10-day digital-only event kicks off Friday on YouTube and was spearheaded by Tribeca Enterprises and the Google platform. "You can watch a film online and watch it in the theater and have two very distinct experiences. It's up to audiences now to have more choices," Tribeca Enterprises and Tribeca Film Festival's co-founder and CEO Jane Rosenthal told a panel Thursday during a session that was webcast.

Rosenthal added that the idea to hatch the We Are One festival during a devastating public health crisis had the same long-term recovery goal as the Tribeca film festival, launched by herself and Robert De Niro in 2002 to bring film audiences back to lower Manhattan after the Sept. 11, 2001, World Trade Center attacks.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

May 27

Christopher Nolan Crashed a Real 747 Airplane for a 'Tenet' Action Scene

Image of the plane crash from "Tenet" trailer (image courtesy Warner Bros.)
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by Ethan Anderton

While the world waits to see if Christopher Nolan's new film Tenet will actually make it to theaters in July, part of the usual marketing blitz is still happening thanks to magazines who need to publish the stories they planned out months in advance. In this case, not only are we getting a handful of new Tenet photos, but we're learning that director Christopher Nolan actually crashed a real 747 airplane for a key action sequence in the movie. But not from the sky. It's not quite that dramatic.

Total Film magazine (via their online sister publication Games Radar) got a chance to speak with Christopher Nolan about Tenet, who revealed that the plane crash sequence teased at the end of the most recent trailer was done practically with a real 747 airplane. Nolan explained that using a real plane was surprisingly more efficient than doing it with visual effects and miniatures:

"I planned to do it using miniatures and set-piece builds and a combination of visual effects and all the rest. We started to run the numbers... It became apparent that it would actually be more efficient to buy a real plane of the real size, and perform this sequence for real in camera, rather than build miniatures or go the CG route. It's a strange thing to talk about – a kind of impulse buying, I suppose. But we kind of did, and it worked very well, with Scott Fisher, our special-effects supervisor, and Nathan Crowley, the production designer, figuring out how to pull off this big sequence in camera. It was a very exciting thing to be a part of."

Check out the trailer and see the plane in the last few seconds:

Continue Reading at: /Film

May 26

Chris Evans almost turned down the role of Captain America and quit acting after suffering from 'mini panic attacks'

Chris Evans, pictured, almost turned down his Captain America role (image courtesy Getty)
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by Glenn Garner

Chris Evans has become a household name over the past decade during his run as Captain America.

But the action star almost didn't play the all-American superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

He recently revealed that he nearly quit acting due to severe anxiety, which was exacerbated by the magnitude of the iconic blockbuster franchise.

The 38-year-old said on The Hollywood Reporter's podcast Awards Chatter that it began around the time Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer premiered in 2007.

It didn't help that he was passed over for roles in Gone Baby Gone, Milk, Elizabethtown and Fracture.

He also referenced his 2007 Danny Boyle film Sunshine going unnoticed, as he joked: 'Nobody sees my good movies.'

Evans then recalled filming Puncture in 2010: 'It was the first time I started having mini panic attacks on set.

'I really started to think, "I'm not sure if this [acting] is the right thing for me, I'm not sure if I'm feeling as healthy as I should be feeling."'

The added pressure of a nine-film deal, big payday and inevitable fame almost made him pass on the role of Steve Rogers (aka Captain America) in the MCU.

He turned down opportunity to test multiple times, even when the salary went up and contract was reduced to six films.

The Bostonian was then offered the part outright, over which he consulted with Robert Downey Jr, with whom he shared an agent.

He continued: 'It was the best decision I've ever made, and I really owe that to [Marvel chief] Kevin Feige for being persistent and helping me avoid making a giant mistake. To be honest, all the things that I was fearing never really came to fruition.'

Continue Reading at: Daily Mail

May 24

'Avatar' Sequels to Resume Production in New Zealand

Publicity still for 2009's "Avatar" (image courtesy 20th Century Fox / Everett Collection)
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by Daniel Kreps

While Hollywood productions are still shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, the producers of Avatar revealed that the sequel series would start up production again next week in New Zealand.

"Our #Avatar sets are ready - and we couldn’t be more excited to be headed back to New Zealand next week," producer Jon Landau wrote on Instagram Friday.

Avatar 2 would be the first major film to resume production since the shutdown began, Variety reports. That's partly due to New Zealand's widely praised response to the coronavirus pandemic, which included lockdowns, travel bans and aggressive testing and contact tracing. As a result, TV and film productions in the island nation were given the go-ahead to resume working.

As of now, despite the shutdown, Avatar 2 is still set for release on December 17th, 2021. Director James Cameron is reportedly filming the four sequels simultaneously, with the third, fourth and fifth movies scheduled for December 2023, December 2025 and December 2027.

Continue Reading at: Rolling Stone

May 23

Justice League: The Snyder Cut and 10 Movies That Did It First

By Don Kaye, David Crow

The pop culture shattering confirmation that the "Snyder Cut" of Justice League has been willed into existence by a small cadre of devoted DC fans turned geek media upside down this week. It also raises a number of interesting, if troublesome, questions. While the theatrical version of Justice League that exists now is hardly anyone's idea of a singular artistic vision–it was grafted together from footage separately directed by Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon – it still represents the best efforts of the filmmakers at the time. If that final product is not satisfactory to fans, do those fans get to dictate the creation of a new one? For instance, where is the "Gareth Edwards cut" of Rogue One or Josh Trank's original vision for Fantastic Four?

That is a debate that will continue to reverberate throughout social media and fandom. The truth is, there are alternate or different versions of well-known films that have indisputably improved on the original product in ways great and small. But most of these new editions are true "director's cuts" in the sense that the original filmmaker was involved in the alternate version, either in a supervisory or hands-on capacity. Still, in some instances, a scenario closer to that of Justice League – in which two competing visions of a film are potentially available–resulted in a fascinating side-by-side comparison.

It's generally rare when a filmmaker is given the financial and technical resources to complete the movie as they see fit, long after it has run its course at the box office or on home video. Justice League was not the critical, fan, or financial success anyone involved hoped for, but we'll finally see if Snyder's chance to complete his version of the movie can at least make up ground with the first two. In the meantime, we've compiled a list of films below that offer some kind of precedent for what Snyder and Warner Bros. Pictures are about to undertake.

Click the Continue Reading at link to go to the original article and see the list of re-edited "director cuts".

Continue Reading at: Den of Geek

May 22

'Back to the Future' Writer Asks Universal to Destroy Censored Version of Sequel

by Ryan Parker

Bob Gale is asking fans not to be too hard on Netflix for a censored version of Back to the Future: Part II which was streaming for a short while.

Fans of the series were irate when they discovered a tiny portion of the 1989 sequel was changed, poorly. It has since been replaced with the standard version. The alteration happened when Marty finds the Oh La La magazine within the sports almanac dustcover. The moment was cut short, the cover of the magazine edited out.

Gale, the screenwriter of the beloved trilogy, explained what happened and why it was not Netflix's fault.

"The blame is on Universal who somehow furnished Netflix an edited version of the movie," Gale said. "I learned about it some ten days ago from an eagle-eyed fan, and had the studio rectify the error. The version now running is the uncensored, unedited, original version."

He continued, "Apparently, this was a foreign version which neither director Robert Zemeckis nor I even knew existed, for some country that had a problem with the Oh La La magazine cover. I asked that the studio destroy this version. FYI, Netflix does not edit films - they only run the versions that are supplied to them. So they're blameless. You can direct your ire at Universal, but I think they will be a lot more careful in the future - and with 'the future.'"

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

May 22

Tenet Trailer Digs Deeper Into Christopher Nolan's Mysterious New Film

by Grant Hermanns

As we get nearer its planned July theatrical release date, fans are still jonesing for more details on Christopher Nolan's mysterious action thriller Tenet and now Warner Bros. has debuted a new trailer for the upcoming blockbuster. The Tenet trailer can be viewed in the player below!

Tenet will be an international espionage thriller filmed across seven countries. John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman) stars, with a supporting cast that includes Robert Pattinson (Good Time), Elizabeth Debicki (Widows), Dimple Kapadia (Fugly), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Michael Caine (The Dark Knight Rises) and Kenneth Branagh (Dunkirk).

The film is written by Nolan and will utilize a mixture of IMAX and 70mm film, which is something he's become famous for.

The director first made an impact in 2001 with his indie film Memento. His next film, Insomnia, was also a modest hit. but it wasn't until Batman Begins hit theaters in 2005 that Nolan became a box office force in his own right. The Prestige was Nolan's last movie to gross under $200 million worldwide. His other films include The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Interstellar, and Dunkirk.

Continue Reading at: Comingsoon.net

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