I was worried after the first trailer that The Lego Movie might turn out to be just a toy commercial. This new trailer makes me think it might be a smart, funny toy commercial.
Good News Everyone! The Wrap has learned that notorious homophobe and mysoginyst Orson Scott Card signed a deal for the movie rights to Ender’s Game a decade ago and it doesn’t include any backend, meaning even if the movie makes a billion dollars Card won’t see a dime more from it.
This actually eases my mind a bit as I didn’t really want to contribute to his bank account by seeing or recommending the movie.
He does, however, still make money off the novel itself which has had a surge lately and even topped the New York Time Best Seller List for paperback fiction recently. So here’s an idea: let’s all stop buying his books.
Go to the library! Borrow a copy! Buy it used! Just don’t buy it new, or from an ebook store, or even the Marvel graphic novel adaptation because the man is an ass and doesn’t deserve your money.
And just in case you’re not sure you agree? Check out this article from Salon.com: Orson Scott Card’s Long History of Homophobia or even just this statement he gave to Entertainment Weekly where he basically said “now that gay rights activists are winning the argument please be tolerant of my intolerance” should be enough to make your skin crawl.
More than a little ironic that the guy who wrote a great story that is effectively about empathy seems to have very little of it himself.
Imagine if you will that you’ve just woken up. You’re freezing and you don’t know where you are and you’re surrounded by bodies. Worse yet, you have no memory of who you are or why you’re there. Pretty much you’ve just imagined the opening to Open Grave, or at least the opening to the trailer. Let’s watch!
IMAX posters are usually pretty cool but this IMAX poster for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is just gorgeous.
Robert Redford is a hell of an actor. His career spans decades and he’s appeared in some of the most memorable film roles in history. If you wanted to make a movie about a man alone at sea in a sinking boat you could certainly do worse than to cast him. So that’s what JC Chandor did in All Is Lost. Good thing too because it turns out that All Is Lost is probably going to go down as one of those most memorable roles I mentioned.
Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio have made some great films together and it looks like they may have made another. Here’s the second trailer for The Wolf of Wall Street.
I’ve always found it pretty fascinating to get a glimpse inside the head of a writer and here Buzzfeed provides insights from 18 writers on the task of writing a movie.
All aspiring writers have experienced the conception of a story, that little atom of an idea that explodes into a vision of a journey in a big bang “aha!” that rattles the brain. But the difference between the daydreamers and actual filmmakers starts right after that revelatory moment, when the disparate strands of an idea either begin to take shape — and, at some point, migrate over to Final Draft — or just fade away.
BuzzFeed spoke with some of the industry’s top writers and directors to learn how they develop a tiny germ of an idea into award-winning screenplay. They discussed everything from how they get started, to how to sit down and write, and how to balance dialogue and structure.
And they talked to:
That’s a pretty impressive list and there is some great stuff in the article which you can read here.
In “You’ve got to be kidding me” news, Olympus Has Fallen is getting a sequel. You remember, the shittier of the two “Die Hard in the White House” movies that came out this year.
Zac Efron, Miles Teller, and Michael B. Jordan as best bros living and dating in the big city. Sure, I’m on board with that idea. Here’s a red band trailer!
The original Endless Love came out in 1981 and features a lot of sex by young beautiful people, some inappropriate overtones, arson, and prison sentences. And now there is a remake. Yay?
If you’re a nerd then you know that before it was called Return of the Jedi George Lucas originally titled episode VI Revenge of the Jedi. Eventually he decided that revenge wasn’t really cool for the Jedi and retitled it, but not before a whole bunch of marketing material went out. Including, apparently, a trailer.
There’s a trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past! Let’s watch!
When I first heard about The Counselor I was intrigued. Ridley Scott directing and a screenplay by Cormac McCarthy? Sounds good to me! Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, and Penelope Cruz starring? Sounds great!
Then there was a trailer and I became ever more excited for what sounded, and now looked, like a great movie.
Turns out I was wrong. The Counselor is a bit of a mess.
Here comes another trailer for the 47 Ronin. I still don’t know what to make of it.
You’re probably aware that I really love going to the movies. It seems self evident just based on how much I go to the movies, really. One of the great pleasures of movie going for me is those times when I get to sit down and watch one of the great actors of our time work their magic. This is the experience you will have with Captain Phillips.