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first trailer declares “john dies at the end” an instant cult classic

It’s a combination that has piqued out interest from day one, one that offers the potential of something truly remarkable.Bubba Ho Tep and Phantasm director Don Coscarelli has spent the past year hard at work on a film adaptation of David Wong’s John Dies At The End, a brilliant and often hysterical cult hit scifi horror mashup… <read the story and see the trailer here> @ <http://twitchfilm.com/>

This is looking pretty cool.  I’m digging some of the horror element designs.  Cult Classic?  Don’t know about going that far, but I’d definitely check it out.  Next year we’re gonna have to hit up Fantastic Fest…  Awesome movies there, and a great excuse to get to Austin.  I’ll do a post about the festival itself one of these days.

listen to stephen king read a chapter from the sequel to the shining

At an awards ceremony at George Mason University last Friday, Stephen King regaled audiences with a chapter from Doctor Sleep, his upcoming novel about a grown-up Danny Torrance from The Shining…  <read the full story here>

I’m excited about this book.  I was never a big fan of Stephen King until a couple years ago when I read the Shining.  I was blown away about the economy of words, and the blatant description.  I plowed through the book in no time.  So I read a couple more of his books, and was thoroughly addicted.  It felt really cheezy, like I was selling out all my love for Dostoyevski and Hemmingway…  Then I read Steven King’s “On Writing”.  (if you haven’t read it, and are a writer of any kind, go out and buy it now!)  Man, that was it…  this guy is a genius up there with the all time greats.  His ideas are amazing, and his craft is impeccable.  I recon he doesn’t get the deserved respect because of the genre he writes in, but hey, what great things he’s done for the genre both in books and in movies!  redrum…

impossible pillars: another natural wonder of the world

 

Seeming to defy the laws of gravity, teetering, spindly mountains tower into the air in a surreal display reminiscent of the floating monoliths in the movie Avatar. This is China’s Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, and its particularly stunning natural beauty can’t be found anywhere else in the world… <see more pics and read the full story here> @ <http://webecoist.com/>

This location is incredible…  We’ll be finding a way to shoot some of Bridge of Birds there for sure!

Director Shawn Levy Talks ‘Real Steel 2,’ ‘Frankenstein,’ & Carlton Cuse

real steel theatrical trailer hugh jackman shawn levy evangeline lily

‘Real Steel’ director Shawn Levy provides a thorough breakdown of a potential storyline for ‘Real Steel 2,’ updates on ‘Frankenstein’ and ‘Fantastic Voyage’ as well as the mystery surrounding his next film with Hugh Jackman…  <read the full article here> @ <http://screenrant.com/>

I’m not the hugest fan of Levy, but he’s got some great stuff coming up.  This is a decent interview as well about his upcoming film “Real Steel” that I’m excited to see.  The cg looks great so far, and the concept is right in our wheelhouse.  Rocky with Robots.  Come on, easy sell right?  I recon it’s gonna be a fun film!  Hopefully the kinda film that kids see and will remember when they grow up…

Ohhhh, and how cool is it that Sugar Ray Leonard is the fight coordinator!  That brings back some memories.  Wide world of sports, Saturday afternoon, Howard Cosell…

could Manborg be the cyborg-vs.-demons movie we’ve all been waiting for?

Hell has taken over the Earth, led by the evil Count Draculon, and the human resistance is utterly crushed. Until one dying soldier gets transformed into the ultimate engine of vengeance… Manborg! Uh, what? <read about it here> @ <http://io9.com/>

Yeah, that is a movie from 2011…  I’m curiously drawn to it.  Might have something to do with a villain named Count Draculon.   Sorry, but I’m so there!

totally random poster of the week: rubber

“In the California desert, a tire comes to life and embarks on a killing spree as an audience watches the events unfold through binoculars. The tire kills by vibrating intensely and psycho-kinetically causing people’s heads to explode.”… <See more posters here> @ <http://www.movieposteraddict.com/>

That’s pretty cool that this came up randomly.  On the site the second painted poster is by classic concept artist Boris Vallejo.  His stuff is classic.  He did a Barbarella poster, the original Connan, even some star wars art.  And of course that wicked poster for Vacation.  Funny, I do wanna check out this film!  Can’t wait to see the filmmakers get personality into a tire.

aliens: mothers, monsters and marines

Aliens: Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver)

James Cameron’s 1986 filmAliens contains a fascinating exploration of the way Western culture has traditionally aligned feminine characteristics onto nature while masculine characteristics have been aligned with civilisation. However, far from the more clear cut representation of this dichotomy that Cameron would later explore inAvatar (2009), where feminine/nature equalled good and masculine/civilisation equalled bad, Aliens has a more complex exploration by presenting two extremes of femininity with masculinity caught in the crossfire in the middle… <read the full article here> @ <http://blog.cinemaautopsy.com/>

WOOOoooooo, love the alien(s)…  Both are classics, and we’re using them as benchmarks for Rangda.  Love the line of “Alien is the best haunted house movie ever.”  Completely sums it up.

could star wars happen today?

The original Star Wars was a miracle of seat-of-the-pants film-making that captured the world’s imagination and boosted science fiction to new popularity.

But could something like Star Wars even get made today? There’s plenty of reason to doubt it… <read the full article here> @ <http://io9.com/>

Not only could it… but VisPop is gonna be the ones to do it!

14 behind the scenes photos

 

Filmmaking pre CGI was quite a different endeavor—one that often required giant sets and miniatures and old-school rigged effects. Think you know Hollywood productions? Let’s see how many of these classics you can name in the comments below! <see all the images here> @ <http://www.mentalfloss.com/>

Love it, and even though we’re vfx guys it’s still all about getting whatever you can in camera.  This is a testimate to ingenuity.

the sword identity trailer

The Sword Identity is a new upcoming martial arts movie which is written by the person who brought us Wong Kar-wai’s forthcoming feature “The Grand Masters” Xu Haofeng.

The movie is Set during the Ming dynasty, which is always a great watch and is about Japanese pirates invading China, so one man stands up and fights against them using a weapon by the famous General Qi’s regiment…. <see other trailers and read about the film here>

Wicked!! Go the WuXia…  can’t wait to check it out.