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July 31, 2008

SAW V

Filed under: Uncategorized — nazalea @ 12:48 pm
Directed by David Hackl
Produced by Mark Burg
Oren Koules
Written by Patrick Melton
Marcus Dunstan
Starring Tobin Bell
Julie Benz
Costas Mandylor
Scott Patterson
Betsy Russell
Cinematography David Armstrong[1]
Editing by Kevin Greutert
Distributed by Lionsgate
Release date(s) Flag of the United States October 24, 2008
Flag of the United Kingdom November 1, 2008,
Flag of France November 12, 2008
Country United States
Language English
Preceded by Saw IV
Followed by Saw VI

Saw V is the upcoming fifth installment in the Saw film series. The film is set to be released on October 24, 2008, following the tradition of the Saw films, being released every year on the Friday before Halloween. Unlike the previous three installments, Saw V will not be directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, but instead by David Hackl, who was the production designer of Saw II, Saw III and Saw IV.

Production

 

Development

Saw V is being written by Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, and the film went into production after Christmas 2007. Filming began on March 17, 2008 in Toronto, and principal photography concluded on April 28, 2008. Saw V finished filming by May 2, 2008 and had started post-production. Recently, there have been three photos released of David Hackl at the set of Saw V. The first trailer was released at Comic-con 08 as of a short clip and the trailer will be shown before The X-Files: I Want to Believe.

 

Plot details

The plot details have not yet been revealed, although in an interview with IGN, Patrick Melton revealed that Saw V will explain what happened to Corbett, the daughter of Lynn Denlon and Jeff Reinhart, following the conclusion of Saw III that left her in danger. An interview with Tobin Bell revealed that the origins of Billy the puppet and his red tricycle would be further explained after having the story’s roots planted in Saw IV. Also, in an interview on June 13, 2007, Tobin Bell teased that he would not be surprised if the character of Cecil made a reappearance, and that the pieces of flesh taken from the victims in the form of a jigsaw puzzle might be explained.

According to director David Hackl, one trap can potentially kill the actor meant to be placed in it, and so paramedics will be standing by while filming; Hackl joked that the trap would truly test the actor, just like Jigsaw tests his victims. Later in an interview discussing this trap in Saw V, David Hackl revealed that Scott Patterson’s character, Agent Strahm, would be placed in the trap and Hackl called the trap ‘the most dangerous’ and ‘elegant in its simplicity’.

There will be a total of seven traps in this film.

In the Saw IV DVD commentary, Darren Lynn Bousman stated that the glass box trap, which was originally planned to be used in Saw IV, will be further explored in Saw V. The glass trap was only shown, not used, in the final cut of Saw IV.

Lionsgate recently released a brief plot synopsis for Saw V that “Hoffman is seemingly the last person alive to carry on the Jigsaw legacy. But when his secret is threatened, Hoffman must go on the hunt to eliminate all loose ends.”

According to the producer, a theme of the film will be teamwork and it will thematically be like the original Saw.

In an interview with IGN, Julie Benz said that the character of Brit is a real-estate developer and that the character is corporate like a thorough-bred race-horse. She also revealed that this is the first film about which she ever had a nightmare.

 

Teaser trailer

In the teaser, Special Agent Strahm is seen with a glass box, only on his head with two tubes running into the box. As the Christian hymn Be Thou My Vision plays, the text in the trailer reads “His message is righteous, his love is everlasting, his gift is life”. After these texts, Jigsaw says “Hello” and Strahm struggles to get the glass box off. The teaser’s final texts reads, “This Halloween… Belongs To… Saw V. October 24th, 2008.”

 

Saw VI

Costas Mandylor has signed up for the next installment in the horror franchise along with main character, Jigsaw, portrayed by Tobin Bell.

Saw VI will be directed by Kevin Greutert, the editor on all the Saw films to date.

 

Cast

Actor Role
Tobin Bell John Kramer / Jigsaw
Julie Benz Brit
Costas Mandylor Hoffman
Scott Patterson Agent Peter Strahm
Betsy Russell Jill Tuck
Mark Rolston Erickson
Carlo Rota Charles
Greg Bryk Mallick
Laura Gordon Ashley
Samantha Lemole  
Sheila Shah  
Meagan Good Luba
Shawnee Smith Amanda Young

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June 14, 2008

Journey To The Center of The Earth

Filed under: Uncategorized — nazalea @ 3:05 am

Also Known As:

Journey 3-D
Journey 3D
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Production Status: In Production/Awaiting Release
 
Logline: Contemporary update of the classic Jules Verne novel.
 
Genres: Action/Adventure and Drama
 
Release Date: July 11th, 2008 (wide)
 
MPAA Rating: PG for intense adventure action and some scary moments.
 
Distributors:

New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Production Co.:

Walden Media

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Studios:

New Line Cinema

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Financiers:

Co-Financier: Walden Media

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Filming Locations:

Montreal, Quebec Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Produced in: United States
Plot Summary: An exciting adventure based on the classic Jules Verne novel “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” “Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D” stars Brendan Fraser (“Crash,” “The Mummy”) as a science professor whose untraditional hypotheses have made him the laughing stock of the academic community. But on an expedition in Iceland, he and his nephew stumble upon a major discovery that launches them on a thrilling journey deep beneath the Earth’s surface, where they travel through never-before-seen worlds and encounter a variety of unusual creatures. “Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D” is directed by Academy Award-winning visual effects veteran Eric Brevig (“Total Recall,” “Pearl Harbor”) from a screenplay by Michael Weiss and Jennifer Flackett & Mark Levin. The film is a co-venture between New Line Cinema and Walden Media. “Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D” is scheduled for a July 11, 2008 release.
A science professor’s untraditional hypotheses have made him the laughing stock of the academic community. But on an expedition in Iceland, he and his nephew stumble upon a major discovery that launches them on a thrilling journey deep beneath the Earth’s surface, where they travel through never-before-seen worlds and encounter a variety of unusual creatures.

A science professor whose radical theories have completely tarnished his reputation. While backpacking across Iceland with his nephew Sean, the two explorers find a cave that leads them deep down into the bowels of the planet. And so they go on a quest to find out what has happened to the scientist’s missing brother, a scientist, his nephew and their mountain guide discovers a fantastic and dangerous lost world in the center of the earth. There they discover a bizarre landscape filled with terrifying creatures. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

        

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May 18, 2008

Gang tikus ke Central World

Filed under: Uncategorized — nazalea @ 2:25 am

Hari Sabtu, 17 Mei 2008.

Rencana awalnya sih, buat persiapan lomba iptek buat hari senin. Bikin kapal katamaran. Abis les mike, shinta ama grace dateng buat maen ke rumah. Emang sih, persiapannya rencana di Grand Diamond lantai 8. Abis mike tuh, kbetulan pas jamnya makan siang. Jadilah kita pada makan drumah.

Abis makan, sholat, nyantai, ngobrol, plus nge’duh’ing… mau beli drawing pad ukuran 15×22 inchi buat lomba lukis. Tuh buku mau kita beli di B2S. B2S Central World tepatnya. Udah siap2 bawa duit dan segala perlengkapan. Namanya Bangkok ya, siang2 pasti panas. Jadi maleslah kita. Untuk ke CW, mesti jalan di trotoar jalan yg padet dan panasnya na’udzubillah. Tanya bunda, ternyata ada ‘gang2 tikus’ yang lebih dket dan teduh kalo mau ke CW. Diterangi sedemikian rupa, dan ti8nggal berharap ga nyasar aja..

Kita tuh cuma bertiga, sama grace ma shinta. Cewek semua. Kelas 1 smp. Duh, harapannya bukan cuma nggak nyasar. Tapi juga selamat sampe tujuan. Ok deh, jalannya nggak gitu susah dtemuin. Tapi, duh deg deg-an bgt lewat sana. Udah jalan cpet-cpet. Soalnya, nggak mustahil kalo ada kasus penculikan gitu. Di depan mata udah ada jembatan yg dicari, tapi, lebih deket lagi, ada sekumpulan bapak-bapak nyeremin yg lagi judi.. ngerokok, minum, duh duh duh. Takut bgt niiieh. Nggak bisa cuek kayak nggak liat. Mata lurus kedepan. Nggak liat kanan kiri.

Jembatan yang nyebrangin sungai ternyata lumayan nanjak. Apalagi sambil ngos-ngosan dalam rangka kabur dari kumpulan orang tadi. Sampe situ, kirain sih, udah selamat. tapi…

Di seberang jembatan yang barusan dilewatin, ada banyak anjing berkeliaran dengan bebas dan gede-gede pula badannya. Guk guk guk. Duh, merapatlah kita. Firasat( piling) buruk nih. Apa ya?? Ok, knapa sekarang gw ada di depan? Belokan pasar-pasar basah, kita nggak tau apa yg ada setelah belokan ini. Huuuuf. Mengikuti contoh Rasulullah SAW, kalo jalan menunduk, sesekali gw nunduk laaah. belokan, gw nunduk. Ups, ada anjing gede, lagi tdur pulas. huh, terlewati, tapi.. Kayaknya grace nggak liat ada anjing disitu. Bner kan.. Udah gw teriak, ‘Awas!’ tapi, apa mau dikata, grace pun nginjek ujung kaki anjing tadi.. Spontan, anjingnya bangun sambil teriak’ ngiiiik’ aduh, grace nyengkrem lengan gw sekeras2nya pake kuku pula.. Sakit grace…. Anjingnya bangun dan kita pada lari nggak pake liat2 apa yg didepan. Orang, turuk aja dan tinggal bilang, ‘excuse me’, atau ‘ excusez moi’ atau ‘ kor thot’. Itu permisi dalam 3 bahasa, Inggris, Prancis, Thai. Lari ngos-ngosan. tapi.. alhamdulillah ktemu juga jalan terakhir ke CW.

Setelah perjalanan penuh ngos-ngosan itu, sengaja dilama-lamain di dalem CW. Ngadem sekalian pelepas capek. Keluar CW dan mau balik lagi ke GD, lewat jalan biasa aja deh. Tapi, pas keluar CW, ktemu lagi ma anjing yg tadi kakinya diinjek grace. Duh, dia ngukutin apa ya??

O Lord !!!

The Dark Night

Filed under: Uncategorized — nazalea @ 1:36 am

International poster
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Produced by Christopher Nolan
Charles Roven
Emma Thomas
Written by Screenplay:
Christopher Nolan
Jonathan Nolan
Story:
David S. Goyer
Christopher Nolan
Characters:
Bob Kane
Bill Finger
Jerry Robinson
Starring Christian Bale
Michael Caine
Heath Ledger
Gary Oldman
Aaron Eckhart
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Morgan Freeman
Music by Hans Zimmer
James Newton Howard
Cinematography Wally Pfister
Editing by Lee Smith
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) Australia:
July 17, 2008
North America:
July 18, 2008
United Kingdom:
July 25, 2008
Country United States
Language English
Budget US$180 million[1]
Preceded by Batman Begins

The Dark Knight is an upcoming 2008 American superhero film based on the fictional DC Comics character Batman. The film is a sequel to 2005’s Batman Begins, which rebooted the Batman film series after an eight-year hiatus. Christopher Nolan returns as the director, and Christian Bale reprises the lead role. Batman’s primary conflicts in the film come from his fight against the Joker (Heath Ledger) and his strained friendship with district attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart).

Nolan took inspiration from the Joker’s first two appearances in the comics, and like the first film, Batman: The Long Halloween was a major influence on the story. The Dark Knight was filmed primarily in Chicago (as was Batman Begins), as well as several other locations in and outside the United States. The director used an IMAX camera to film four major action sequences, including the Joker’s first appearance in the film. The Batsuit was redesigned, with a cowl allowing Bale to move his head. A recreation of the Batcycle, known as the Batpod, will be introduced.

Warner Bros. created an aggressive viral marketing campaign for The Dark Knight, developing several dozen websites revealing details of the film, such as screenshots, as a reward for collaboration among Batman fans. This led to some press attention concerning how its campaign might be altered by Ledger’s death on January 22, 2008, since the Joker had been a chief promotional focus.[2] Other marketing ventures include a new toy line as well as an animated direct-to-DVD anthology titled Batman: Gotham Knight that is set between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. The film will be released on July 17, 2008 in Australia,[3] on July 18, 2008 in North America,[4] and on July 25, 2008 in the United Kingdom.[5]

Premise

Set within a year after the events of Batman Begins, [6] Batman, Lieutenant James Gordon, and new district attorney Harvey Dent successfully begin to round up the criminals that plague Gotham City until a mysterious criminal mastermind known only as the Joker appears in Gotham, creating a new wave of chaos. Batman’s struggle against the Joker becomes deeply personal, forcing him to “confront everything he believes” and improve his technology to stop him.[7] A love triangle develops between Bruce Wayne, Dent and Rachel Dawes

Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the city streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as The Joker. Written by Peteagassi

Right after taking out Ra’s Al Ghul’s plan and the mysterious disappearance of Dr. Jonathan Crane AKA Scarecrow, Batman continues his seemingly-endless effort to bring justice to Gotham’s crime and corrupt with the help of Lt. James Gordon and new appointed District Attorney Harvey Dent. But this time, The Dark Knight faces a rising psychopathic criminal called The Joker, who’s eerie grin makes him more dangerous than what he has yet to unleash. It becomes an agenda to both enemies that only one of them remains and are willing to break every part of what they believe in to stop the other. Written by Anonymous

 

Cast and characters

Christian Bale reprises the role of Bruce Wayne / Batman, a billionaire who has dedicated himself to protecting Gotham City from the criminal underworld as the “Dark Knight”. Bale was confident in his choice to return in the role because of the positive response to his performance in Batman Begins.[9] He trained in the Keysi Fighting Method,[10] and performed many of his own stunts.[9] He did not gain as much muscle this time, because of the storyline in which Batman builds a new suit that allows him to move with more agility.[8] The actor described Batman’s dilemma as whether “[his crusade is] something that has an end? Can he quit and have an ordinary life? The kind of manic intensity someone has to have to maintain the passion and the anger that they felt as a child, takes an effort after awhile, to keep doing that. At some point, you have to exorcise your demons.”[11] He added, “Now you have not just a young man in pain attempting to find some kind of an answer, you have somebody who actually has power, who is burdened by that power, and is having to recognize the difference between attaining that power and holding on to it.”[1] Bale felt that because Batman’s personality was strongly established in the first film, it was unlikely that the character would be overshadowed by the villains: “I have no problem with competing with someone else. And that’s going to make a better movie.”[12]

Heath Ledger portrays the Joker, whom the actor described as a “psychopathic, mass murdering, schizophrenic clown with zero empathy”.[13] Director Christopher Nolan had wanted to work with Ledger on a number of projects in the past, but had been unable to do so.[14] When Ledger saw Batman Begins, he realized a way to make the character work in that film’s tone,[15] and Nolan agreed with his anarchic interpretation.[14] To prepare for the role, Ledger lived alone in a hotel room for a month, formulating the character’s posture, voice and psychology.[16][12] While he initially found it difficult, Ledger was eventually able to generate a voice that did not sound like Jack Nicholson’s take on the character in Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman film.[17] He started a diary, in which he wrote the Joker’s thoughts and feelings to guide himself during his performance.[13] He was also given Batman: The Killing Joke and Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth to read, which he “really tried to read […] and put it down”.[15] Ledger also cited inspirations such as A Clockwork Orange and Sid Vicious“ and that they were “a very early starting point for Christian [Bale] and I. But we kind of flew far away from that pretty quickly and into another world altogether.”[18][19] “There’s a bit of everything in him. There’s nothing that consistent,” Ledger said, adding that “There are a few more surprises to him.”[18]

Bringing the Joker back to the big screen invited a wave of speculation over his depiction. Before Ledger was confirmed in July 2006,[20] Paul Bettany,[21] Lachy Hulme,[22] Adrien Brody,[23] Steve Carell,[24] and Robin Williams[25] publicly expressed interest in the role. Jack Nicholson jokingly expressed anger at not being invited to reprise the part: “You can’t believe the reasons things do or don’t happen. Not asking me how to do the sequel is that kind of thing,” he said. “Maybe it’s not a mistake. Maybe it was the right thing, but to be candid, I’m furious.”[26] After the trailer was released, director Guillermo del Toro and comic book writer Jeph Loeb lavished praise upon Ledger, while Batman: The Animated Series co-creator Paul Dini said, “He seems more street than any other version of the Joker […] His attitude is mordant and sardonic as opposed to manic […] No goofy gags or puns for him. This Joker doesn’t split sides: he splits skulls.”[27] Mark Hamill, who voiced the part on The Animated Series, said “The balls-out debauched psycho approach seems like a great way of reinventing everyone’s favorite scary (and scar-y) clown.”[28] Ledger died on January 22, 2008 after filming ended. “It was tremendously emotional, right when he passed, having to go back in and look at him every day,” Nolan recalled. “But the truth is, I feel very lucky to have something productive to do, to have a performance that he was very, very proud of, and that he had entrusted to me to finish.”[19]

Aaron Eckhart plays district attorney Harvey Dent / Two-Face,[29] for whom battling the Joker takes a dark toll, and becomes a disfigured vigilante who uses extreme methods.[30] Producer Charles Roven described Dent as initially the “white knight of the city”.[31] Whereas Two-Face turns into an evil villain in the comics, Nolan chose to portray him as a twisted vigilante to emphasize his role as Batman’s counterpart. “[He] is still true to himself. He’s a crime fighter, he’s not killing good people. He’s not a bad guy, not purely,” Eckhart noted. The actor, who has played corrupt men in films such as The Black Dahlia, Thank You For Smoking and In the Company of Men, admitted “I’m interested in good guys gone wrong.”[30] Christopher Nolan and David Goyer had originally considered using Dent in Batman Begins, but replaced him with the new character Rachel Dawes when they realized they “couldn’t do him justice”.[32] Before Eckhart was cast in February 2007, Liev Schreiber,[33] Josh Lucas,[34] and Ryan Phillippe[35] had expressed interest in the role.[36]

Maggie Gyllenhaal plays assistant D.A. Rachel Dawes, a childhood friend of Bruce Wayne, and one of the few people who know that he is Batman. Gyllenhaal acknowledged her character as a damsel in distress to an extent, adding that Nolan had sought ways to empower her character. She said, “Rachel’s really clear about what’s important to her and unwilling to compromise her morals, which made a nice change” from the many conflicted characters she has portrayed.[37] Before Gyllenhaal’s casting, actress Katie Holmes (who had portrayed Rachel Dawes in Batman Begins) was reported in August 2005 by producer Charles Roven to be signed for The Dark Knight.[38] However, in January 2007, Holmes turned down the offer to reprise her role as Rachel Dawes due to scheduling conflicts,[39] and the role was recast two months later.[40]

Additional characters include:

  • Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth: Bruce Wayne’s trusted butler and father figure who tends to Wayne Manor.
  • Gary Oldman as Lieutenant James Gordon: One of the few uncorrupt members of the Gotham City Police Department.
  • Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox: The recently-promoted CEO of Wayne Enterprises who supplies Bruce Wayne with the gear necessary to carry out Batman’s mission.
  • Eric Roberts as Sal Maroni: The gangster who now leads Carmine Falcone’s mob family.[41] Bob Hoskins and James Gandolfini were reported to have also auditioned for the part.[42]
  • Michael Jai White as Gambol: A gang leader at war with Maroni.[41] David Banner also auditioned for the role.[43]
  • Nestor Carbonell as Mayor Anthony Garcia.[44][45]
  • Cillian Murphy as Dr. Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow: The former director of Arkham Asylum, who poisoned the Gotham water supply with fear hallucinogen in Batman Begins.[46]
  • William Fichtner as Gotham National Bank Manager: A bank manager working for the mafia, confronted by the Joker in the film’s opening.[47] Fichtner’s casting was a nod to Heat.[14] Musician Dwight Yoakam was approached for the role, or to play a corrupt cop, but he chose to focus on his album Dwight Sings Buck.[48]
  • Winston Ellis as Gator: A villain who serves as Gambol’s bodyguard along with actor Chucky Venice.[49] He is confronted by the Joker in the first full length trailer.
  • Monique Curnen as Detective Ramirez: A member of the GCPD.[8]

Anthony Michael Hall has been cast as a reporter.[14] Keith Szarabajka has been cast as a detective named “Stephens” (according to his website), and Beatrice Rosen and Joshua Harto also have minor roles.[50] Edison Chen cameos as a villain.[51] Batman fan and United States Senator Patrick Leahy, who previously was an extra in the 1997 Batman & Robin and also was a guest voice actor on Batman: The Animated Series, will have a cameo in The Dark Knight, in a scene with Batman and the Joker.[52] Singaporean actor Ng Chin Han also reportedly has a “major and highly-confidential” role in the film.[53] Melinda McGraw and Nathan Gamble, also appear as Gordon’s wife and son

Development

Before the release of Batman Begins, screenwriter David S. Goyer wrote a treatment for two sequels, which introduced the Joker and Harvey Dent. Originally, it was intended that the Joker would scar Dent during his trial in the third film, turning him into Two-Face:[55] Nolan explained, “I think in terms of making […] the most complete film it can be.”[14] As with the first film, Goyer cited Batman: The Long Halloween as the preeminent influence on the storyline.[32] Nolan was initially unsure of whether he would return, but felt that he did want to reinterpret the Joker on screen.[12] After much research, his brother and co-writer Jonathan Nolan suggested the character’s first two appearances be their influence.[14] Jerry Robinson, one of the Joker’s co-creators, was consulted on the character’s portrayal.[56] Nolan decided to avoid having to tell an in-depth origin story for the character, portraying his rise to power instead.[14] He explained, “To me, the Joker is an absolute. There are no shades of gray to him […] He bursts in just as he did in the comics.”[47]

“As we looked through the comics, there was this fascinating idea that Batman’s presence in Gotham actually attracts criminals to Gotham, [it] attracts lunacy. When you’re dealing with questionable notions like people taking the law into their own hands, you have to really ask, where does that lead? That’s what makes the character so dark, because he expresses a vengeful desire.”
—Nolan on the theme of escalation[1]

On July 31, 2006, Warner Bros. Pictures officially announced the initiation of production for the sequel, titled The Dark Knight.[20] This makes it the first live-action Batman film without the word “Batman” in its title, which Bale noted as signaling that “this take on Batman of mine and Chris’ is very different from any of the others.”[57] Nolan described the sequel’s theme as escalation, continuing how Batman Begins ended, with “things having to get worse before they get better”.[58] The director indicated that the film will continue the themes of Batman Begins, including justice vs. revenge and Bruce Wayne’s issues with his father,[59] but it would also show more of Batman as a detective, an element which they did not have time to convey in Batman Begins.[8] He described Bruce Wayne and Harvey Dent’s friendship and rivalry to be the “backbone” of the film.[47] Heat was an inspiration in telling a story about the numerous denizens of Gotham City

Filming

Director Christopher Nolan (far left) and actor Heath Ledger (in make-up) filming a scene in The Dark Knight with an IMAX camera

Director Christopher Nolan (far left) and actor Heath Ledger (in make-up) filming a scene in The Dark Knight with an IMAX camera

In October 2006, film location manager Robin Higgs visited Liverpool to scout locations, mainly along the city’s waterfront, for filming The Dark Knight. Other scouted locations included Yorkshire, Glasgow, and parts of London.[60] Producer Charles Roven stated in August 2006 that principal photography would begin in March 2007,[61] but filming was pushed back to April.[62] For its IMAX release, Nolan had four major action sequences, including the Joker’s introduction, shot in the format. Nolan wished he could have shot the entire film in IMAX, as he felt “if you could take an IMAX camera to Mount Everest or outer space, you could use it in a feature movie.”[63] Shooting in the format was something Nolan had wanted to do for fifteen years, and he also used it for “quiet scenes which pictorially we thought would be interesting.”[47]

Warner Bros. chose to film in Chicago for thirteen weeks, because Nolan had a “truly remarkable experience” filming part of Batman Begins there.[64][65] There, the film was given the false title Rory’s First Kiss to lower the visibility of production, but the local media eventually uncovered the ruse.[66] Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times commented on the absurdity of the technique, “Is there a Bat-fan in the world that doesn’t know Rory’s First Kiss is actually The Dark Knight, which has been filming in Chicago for weeks?” later adding, “When you identify the studio, director and stars, even the most casual movie fan is an imdb.com click away from determining the movie’s real title.”[67] Production of The Dark Knight in Chicago will generate $45 million in the city’s economy and create thousands of jobs.[68] For the film’s prologue involving the Joker, the crew shot in Chicago from April 18 to April 24, 2007.[69][70] They returned to shoot from June 9, 2007 to early September.[68]

According to actor Michael Caine, the film would also shoot in London, Los Angeles, and Baltimore.[71] While planning a stunt with the Batmobile in a special effects facility near Chertsey, England in September 2007, a technician was killed when his car crashed. None of the actors were on set.[72] The following month in London at the defunct Battersea Power Station, a rigged 200-foot fireball was filmed, reportedly for an opening sequence for The Dark Knight, prompting calls from local residents who feared a terrorist attack on the station.[73]

Filming took place in Hong Kong from November 6 to November 11, 2007, at the Central-Mid-Levels escalators, Queen’s Road, The Center, and International Finance Centre.[74][75][76] The city’s walled city of Kowloon influenced the Narrows in Batman Begins.[77] The shoot hired helicopters and C-130 aircraft.[74] Officials expressed concern over possible noise pollution and traffic.[75] In response, letters sent to the city’s residents promised that the sound level would approximate noise decibels made by buses.[74] Environmentalists also criticized the filmmakers’ request to tenants of the waterfront skyscrapers to keep their lights on all night for beautiful cinematography, describing it as a waste of energy.[75]

Design

The Joker's scruffy and grungy make-up reflects his "edgy" character.

The Joker’s scruffy and grungy make-up reflects his “edgy” character.

Costume designer Lindy Hemming described the Joker’s look as reflecting his personality — that “he doesn’t care about himself at all”; she avoided designing him as a vagrant but still made him appear to be “scruffier, grungier”, so that “when you see him move, he’s slightly twitchier or edgy.”[12][16] Nolan noted, “We gave a Francis Bacon spin to [his face]. This corruption, this decay in the texture of the look itself. It’s grubby. You can almost imagine what he smells like.”[78] In creating the “anarchical” look of the Joker, Hemming drew inspiration from such countercultural pop culture artists as Pete Doherty, Iggy Pop, and Johnny Rotten.[8][79] During the course of the film, the Joker never removes his make-up, and his scarring becomes exaggerated, worsening like an infection.[12] Ledger described his “clown” mask, made up of three pieces of stamped silicone, as a “new technology”, much quicker to apply than regular prosthetics, and he felt that he was barely wearing any make-up at all.[17] It took only an hour for the make-up artists to apply to Ledger’s face.[12]

Designers improved on the design of the Batsuit from Batman Begins, adding wide elastic banding to help bind the costume to Bale, and suggest more sophisticated technology. It was constructed from 200 individual pieces of rubber, fiberglass, metallic mesh, and nylon. The new cowl was modeled after a motorcycle helmet and separated from the neck piece, allowing Bale to turn his head left and right and nod up and down.[80] The cowl is equipped to show white lenses over the eyes when the character turns on his Bat-sonar detection.[81] The gauntlets have retractable razors which are able to be fired.[80] The gloves also possess hydraulics for Batman to crush objects. The original suit will also be worn during part of the film. Though the new costume is eight pounds heavier, Bale found it more comfortable and less hot to wear.[8]

The film introduces the Batpod, which is a recreation of the Batcycle. Crowley, who designed the Tumbler for Batman Begins, designed six models (built by Chris Corbould) for use in the film’s production, because of necessary crash scenes and possible accidents.[82] Crowley built a prototype in Nolan’s garage, before six months of safety tests were conducted.[8] The Batpod is steered by shoulder instead of hand, and the rider’s arms are protected by sleeve-like shields. The bike has 508 millimeter (20-inch) front and rear tires, and is made to appear as if it is armed with grappling hooks, cannons, and machine guns. The engines are located in the hubs of the wheels, which are set 3 1/2 feet (1067 mm) apart on either side of the tank. The rider lies belly down on the tank, which can move up and down in order to dodge any incoming gunfire that Batman may encounter. Stuntman Jean-Pierre Goy doubled for Christian Bale during the riding sequences in The Dark Knight.[82]

For Two-Face’s make-up, Eckhart warned, “When you look at [him], you should get sick to your stomach. Being the guy under all that, well, that was a lot of fun for me. It’s like you would feel if you met someone whose face had pretty much been ripped off or burned off with acid […] There are fans on the Internet who have done artist’s versions of what they think it will look like, and I can tell you this: They’re thinking small; Chris is going way farther than people think.”[30]

The depiction of Gotham City is less gritty than in Batman Begins. “I’ve tried to unclutter the Gotham we created on the last film,” said production designer Nathan Crowley. “Gotham is in chaos. We keep blowing up stuff. So we can keep our images clean.”[1]

 

[edit] Music

In an October 2006 interview, composer Hans Zimmer confirmed he and James Newton Howard would return to score The Dark Knight, teaming up as they did on Batman Begins.[83] Zimmer said the main Batman theme was purposely introduced at the end of Batman Begins, and will be fleshed out in the sequel as the character develops.[84]

Zimmer and Howard have composed a two-note leitmotif for the Joker. Zimmer said in February 2008 that he was finding this unsatisfactory to represent the character’s mindset. He and Howard have spent hours together on a piano, composing the film’s score. Zimmer said, “There wasn’t a single bit we didn’t influence each other on. By the end, it became fairly unclear who came up with what, which was nice.”

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Kung Fu Panda

Filed under: Uncategorized — nazalea @ 1:26 am

Kung Fu Panda teaser poster
Directed by Mark Osborne
John Stevenson
Produced by Melissa Cobb
Written by Jonathan Aibel
Glenn Berger
Starring Jack Black
Jackie Chan
Dustin Hoffman
Angelina Jolie
Lucy Liu
Seth Rogen
David Cross
Music by Hans Zimmer
John Powell
Cinematography Yong Duk Jhun
Distributed by DreamWorks Animation
Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) June 6, 2008
Language English

Story

Po (Jack Black) is a panda who is an apprentice noodle-maker and kung fu fanatic, but whose defining characteristic appears to be that he is the laziest animal in ancient China. Evil warrior Tai Lung (Ian McShane) has escaped from prison, and all hopes have been pinned on a prophecy naming Po as the “Chosen One” to save the day. He has a kung fu master, Sifu (Dustin Hoffman) who “has trained five of the greatest warriors that the world has ever known”, to help him.

Notably, all the original disciples of the main masters are animal stances or styles commonly used in the art of kung fu – Tigress (Tiger), Monkey, Viper, Crane and Mantis. Shen Lung Kung Fu uses those animals as a base for the whole system.

It’s the story about a lazy, irreverent slacker panda, named Po, who is the biggest fan of Kung Fu around…which doesn’t exactly come in handy while working every day in his family’s noodle shop. Unexpectedly chosen to fulfill an ancient prophecy, Po’s dreams become reality when he joins the world of Kung Fu and studies alongside his idols, the legendary Furious Five — Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey — under the leadership of their guru, Master Shifu. But before they know it, the vengeful and treacherous snow leopard Tai Lung is headed their way, and it’s up to Po to defend everyone from the oncoming threat. Can he turn his dreams of becoming a Kung Fu master into reality? Po puts his heart – and his girth – into the task, and the unlikely hero ultimately finds that his greatest weaknesses turn out to be his greatest strengths. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

A CG-animated comedy about a lazy, irreverent slacker panda, Po, who must somehow become a Kung Fu Master in order to save the Valley of Peace from a villainous snow leopard, Tai Lung. Set in the legendary world of ancient China, this is the story of Po, our unlikely hero, who enters the rigid world of Kung Fu and turning it upside down. Po ultimately becomes a Kung Fu hero by learning that if he believes in himself, he can do anything Written by GiorgioC

Cast

  • Jack Black as Po – Giant Panda
  • Casey Hut as Kata
  • Jackie Chan as Master Monkey – Monkey
  • Dustin Hoffman as Shifu – Red Panda
  • Angelina Jolie as Master Tigress – South China Tiger
  • Lucy Liu as Master Viper – Viper
  • Nadine Vi as Master Ferto – Fer-De-Lance
  • Ian McShane as Tai Lung – Snow Leopard
  • David Cross as Master Crane – Japanese Crane
  • Seth Rogen as Master Mantis – Praying Mantis
  • Michael Clarke Duncan as Commander Vachir – Javan Rhinoceros
  • James Hong as Mr. Ping – Goose
  • Dan Fogler as Zeng – Palace Goose
  • Randall Duk Kim as Oogway – Tortoise
  • 2 additional voices were provided by winners of a Nickelodeon competition

Crew

Crew Position/Opening titles  
Music by Hans Zimmer and John Powell
Production designer Raymond Zibach
Director of photography Yong Duk Jhun
Co-produced by Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger
Produced by Melissa Cobb
Directed by Mark Osborne and John Stevenson
Visual Effects Supervisor Markus Manninen

Rating

This film has been rated PG by the MPAA for sequences of martial arts action.

Soundtrack

As with most DreamWorks animated films, composer Hans Zimmer was hired to score the film. Zimmer is said to be visiting China at some point in order to absorb the culture and get to know the Chinese National Symphony, all as part of his preparation to write music for Kung Fu Panda.

Though Zimmer was originally announced as the main composer of the film. during a test screening Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation SKG, announced that composer John Powell will also be contributing to the score. This marked the first collaboration in eight years by that time between these two composers, who worked together on Dreamworks’ The Road to El Dorado and the action thriller Chill Factor. This was publicly confirmed by DreamWorks Animation on March 21, 2008.

A soundtrack album will be released by DreamWorks Records on June 3, 2008.

Video game

A video game adaptation of the film was developed and published by Activision.[

Technical specifications

This will be the first DreamWorks Animation CGI film to be made in 2.35:1 widescreen format.

  • Sound: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS
  • Color: Deluxe Color
  • Prints: Technicolor
  • Mix: THX Certified
  • Kodak Motion Picture Film
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May 15, 2008

My Friends and I

Filed under: Uncategorized — nazalea @ 12:10 am

Actually, this post is just about my memory in my old school. When I loved to read manga, read novel, watch movie with my classmates. And know, I’m not there. I’m not with my friends….

And, I just don’t want to forget them and memories them, as long as I can…

I have old special classmates. I love book. They love it, too. What kind of movie that I like, they would like it as I like it. What kind of book I love, they would love it, too. Fiction, fantasy fiction, science fiction, and other movies and stories, anime, manga, comics, are special in my class.

If there was a new book. One person bought it, and one class would read it. Nice isn’t it? There’s new movie, bought the dvd, then, we were watching the movie in classroom. After school, or in very short break times. We laughed, we cried, we breathless, together, at the same time. We felt that we were in one spirit. With same feeling. We were crying in Bridge to Terabithia, we were laughing in School of Rock, we were breathless in Harry Potter movies, and other movies. I miss that times.

We love music, too. Same kinds of music. We sang together with keyboard, guitar, piano, and violin sometimes. Ya, we just took it easy, relax. ‘Till I would leave them, on the last day I had been there, we watch our movies again. And, we took our guitar and sang on the street. Do you think we are crazy? Yeah, we felt it sometimes, but, we LOVE it!! To be crazy is not too bad (’till we don’t be really crazy).

Friends, would you promise to me that you would never forget it?? ‘Cause, I can’t forget it!! Please..

May 14, 2008

My Tears on The Movie…

Filed under: Uncategorized — nazalea @ 12:55 pm

It’s my experience with my friend about great movie.. Bridge to Terabithia. It’s a movie based on Katherine Patterson’s book. If you are interested, write a comment please, and I’ll give you the summary about this great great great movie.

After school, my friend promised to me that she would go to my house. Special for watching Bridge To Terabithia. Because she has the book. She was very interesed about the movie and I have the dvd. She loved the book very much. And, I found it in a dvd shop, I read the summary, and interested, then, i bought it.       

It was in my house. We were ready to watch with very relaxing pose and so much snacks. The movie began, our trip to their world also began. It’s a very very very nice movie!!!!! Oh God! I love it so much. ‘Till the snacks is got empty, it was really really good! Nice! Made me brethless! Hahaha.

And at the end, when Leslie Burke was died, oh noooooooooooo! My and her tears dropped one by one. We used tissue, and the tissue box got empty in a very short time. My friend’s tie was getting wet and wet. Oh no! ‘Till she came home, our tears couldn’t stop. Really!

And after the movie over, I still couldn’t forget about it! I’m shaking!!!

The next day, my friend didn’t use her tie. Because, HER TIE STILL WET WITH HER TEARS YESTERDAY! Oh Godness!!

Thx.

May 6, 2008

Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of The Crystal Skull

Filed under: Uncategorized — nazalea @ 11:40 am

Theatrical poster
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Produced by Frank Marshall
Denis L. Stewart
George Lucas
Kathleen Kennedy
Written by Screenplay:
David Koepp
Story:
George Lucas
Jeff Nathanson
Starring Harrison Ford
Shia LaBeouf
Cate Blanchett
Karen Allen
Ray Winstone
John Hurt
Jim Broadbent
Music by John Williams
Cinematography Janusz Kamiński
Editing by Michael Kahn
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) May 22, 2008
Running time 123 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget US$185 million
Preceded by Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is a 2008 adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, from a story co-written by executive producer George Lucas. Set in 1957, this fourth film in the Indiana Jones film series pits an older and wiser Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) against agents of the Soviet Union—led by Spalko (Cate Blanchett)—for a crystal skull. Indy is aided by his former lover Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen), the greaser Mutt (Shia LaBeouf) and fellow archaeologist Mac (Ray Winstone). John Hurt and Jim Broadbent also play fellow academics.

The film was in development hell since the 1989 release of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, because Spielberg and Ford initially disagreed over Lucas’s choice of the skull as the plot device. Screenwriters Jeb Stuart, Jeffrey Boam, M. Night Shyamalan, Frank Darabont and Jeff Nathanson wrote drafts, before David Koepp’s script satisfied all three men. Shooting finally commenced on June 18, 2007, and took place in New Mexico; New Haven, Connecticut; Hawaii; Fresno, California; and soundstages in Los Angeles. In order to keep aesthetic continuity with the previous films, the crew relied on traditional stuntwork instead of computer-generated stunt doubles, and cinematographer Janusz Kamiński studied Douglas Slocombe’s style from the previous films.

Marketing relies heavily on the public’s nostalgia for the series, with products taking inspiration from all four films. Anticipation for the film has been heightened by secrecy, which resulted in a legal dispute over an extra violating his non-disclosure agreement, and another man was arrested for stealing a computer containing various documents related to the production. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is scheduled for a worldwide release on May 22, 2008.

Premise

Producer Frank Marshall has confirmed that the film is set in 1957, making it nineteen years since Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, thus acknowledging the real-life passing of years between films. Indiana Jones is having a quiet life teaching before being thrust back into his old adventuring. He battles agents of the Soviet Union for the crystal skull. “The theory is they are shaped by higher powers or alien powers or came from another world, or an ancient Mayan civilization had the powers,” Marshall explained. Indy’s journey takes him across New Mexico, Connecticut, Mexico City, and the jungles of Peru, as well as the warehouse from the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark.[2] There will be mild humor regarding Indiana’s age.[3]

Some plot details have since been released on the official website of the film and in a new trailer also to be found on the site. The film opens with an action sequence pitting Jones and his new sidekick Mac (Ray Winstone) against Soviet Agents in the Southwestern desert. They escape and return to Marshall College where Indy encounters young renegade Mutt Williams (Shia LaBeouf) who needs Dr. Jones’s help in finding the mysterious Crystal Skull of Akator. Legend supposes the skull was stolen from a mysterious City of Gold guarded by the living dead in the Amazon. Whoever returns it to the city’s temple will become master of the Skull’s powers. Together they travel to Peru where they find themselves battling the Soviets under nefarious Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett) again, who wants the power of the skull as an advantage in the Cold War.[4]

 

Cast

Harrison Ford plays Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones Jr. To prepare for the role, the 64-year-old Ford spent three hours a day at a gym, and relied on a high-protein diet of fish and vegetables.[5] Ford had kept fit during the series’ hiatus anyway, as he hoped for another film.[6] He performed many of his own stunts because stunt technology had become safer since 1989, and he also felt it improved his performance.[7] He argued, “The appeal of Indiana Jones isn’t his youth but his imagination, his resourcefulness. His physicality is a big part of it, especially the way he gets out of tight situations. But it’s not all hitting people and falling from high places. My ambition in action is to have the audience look straight in the face of character and not at the back of a capable stuntman’s head. I hope to continue that no matter how old I get.”[8]

Ford felt his reprisal would also help American culture be less “paranoid” about aging (he refused to dye his hair for the role), because of the film’s family appeal: “This is a movie which is geared not to [the young] segment of the demographic, an age-defined segment […] We’ve got a great shot at breaking the movie demographic constraints.”[7] He told Koepp to add more references to his age in the script.[9] Spielberg said Ford was not too old to play Indiana: “When a guy gets to be that age and he still packs the same punch, and he still runs just as fast and climbs just as high, he’s gonna be breathing a little heavier at the end of the set piece. And I felt, ‘Let’s have some fun with that. Let’s not hide that.'”[10] Spielberg recalled the line in Raiders, “It’s not the years, it’s the mileage”,[10] and felt he could not tell the difference between Ford during the shoots for Last Crusade and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.[11]

Shia LaBeouf plays a motorcycle-riding greaser and Indiana’s sidekick, Mutt Williams.[12] Frank Marshall said Mutt brings humor to the story because of his youthful arrogance, causing banter with the older and wiser Jones.[13] Koepp credited the character’s creation to Jeff Nathanson and Lucas.[9] LaBeouf was Spielberg’s first and only choice for the role.[14] Excited at the prospect of being in an Indiana Jones film, LaBeouf signed on without reading the script and did not know what character he would play.[15] He worked out and gained fifteen pounds of muscle for the role,[16] and also repeatedly watched the other films to get into character.[17] LaBeouf also watched Blackboard Jungle and The Wild One to get into his character’s mindset, copying mannerisms and words from characters in those films, such as the use of a switchblade as a weapon.[18] Lucas also consulted on the greaser look, joking that LaBeouf was “sent to the American Graffiti school of greaserland”.[10] LaBeouf pulled his hip’s rotator cuff when filming his duel with Spalko, which was his first injury in his career. The injury got worse throughout filming until it pulled his groin.[19] Though it is rumored Mutt is Indiana’s son,[20] Spielberg laughed off the idea: “I wouldn’t say it’s a father-son story. The new Indy movie is about a great quest, an amazing quest — and that’s all I’m gonna say.”[21]

Cate Blanchett plays the villainous Soviet agent Irina Spalko.[12] Frank Marshall said Spalko continued the tradition of Indiana having a love-hate relationship “with every woman he ever comes in contact with”.[3] Blanchett had wanted to play a villain for a “couple of years”, and enjoyed being part of the Indiana Jones legacy as she loved the previous films.[22] Spielberg praised Blanchett as a “master of disguise”, and considers her his favorite Indiana Jones villain for coming up with much of Spalko’s characteristics.[10] Spalko’s bob cut was her idea, with the character’s stern looks and behaviour recalling Rosa Klebb in From Russia with Love.[23] Blanchett learned to fence for the character, but during filming, Spielberg decided to give Spalko “karate chop” skills.[24] LaBeouf recalled Blanchett was elusive on set, and Ford was surprised when he met her on set outside of costume. He noted, “There’s no aspect of her behavior that was not[sic] consistent with this bizarre person she’s playing.”[7] Screenwriter David Koepp created the character.[9]

Karen Allen reprises the role of Marion Ravenwood, who appeared in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Allen was not aware her character was in the script until Spielberg called her in January 2007, saying, “It’s been announced! We’re gonna make Indiana Jones 4! And guess what? You’re in it!”[25] Ford found Allen “one of the easiest people to work with I’ve ever known. She’s a completely self-sufficient woman, and that’s part of the character she plays. A lot of her charm and the charm of the character is there. And again, it’s not an age-dependent thing. It has to do with her spirit and her nature.”[7] Allen found Ford easier to work with on this film, in contrast to the first film, where she slowly befriended the private actor.[26]

Ray Winstone plays George “Mac” McHale,[27] both a friend of and competitor with Jones. The character acts as a spin on Sallah and Rene Belloq — Jones’ friend and nemesis, respectively, in Raiders of the Lost Ark.[28] According to Winstone, Mac worked with Indiana during World War II, and remains a source of suspicion because the Russians have spies in the British government.[23] Spielberg felt Winstone was “one of the most brilliant actors around” when he saw Sexy Beast.[24] Winstone tore his hamstring during filming. “I keep getting these action parts as I’m getting older,” he remarked.[29]

John Hurt plays Harold Oxley,[30] a colleague of Jones who disappeared in 1937 while searching for the skulls.[24] Frank Darabont had suggested Hurt when he was writing the screenplay.[31] The character is inspired by Ben Gunn from Treasure Island.[24] Hurt wanted to read the script before signing on, unlike other cast members who came on “because Steven — you know, ‘God’ — was doing it. And I said, ‘Well, I need to have a little bit of previous knowledge even if God is doing it.’ So they sent a courier over with the script from Los Angeles, gave it to me at three o’clock in the afternoon in London, collected it again at eight o’clock in the evening, and he returned the next day to Los Angeles.” Hurt only appears in the film’s second half.[32]

Jim Broadbent plays Dean Charles Stanforth, an academic colleague and friend of Jones at Yale University. Broadbent’s character stands in for Marcus Brody, as actor Denholm Elliott died in 1992.[24] As a tribute to Elliott, the filmmakers put a portrait of the character in the film on the Marshall College set.[33]

Igor Jijikine plays the Russian Colonel Dovchenko. His character stands in for the heavily-built henchmen Pat Roach played in the previous films (Roach died in 2004).[24]

Alan Dale has an unnamed role.[34] Andrew Divoff and Pavel Lychnikoff play Russian soldiers.[13] Spielberg cast Russian-speaking actors as Russian soldiers so their accents would be authentic.[11] Dimitri Diatchenko plays Spalko’s right hand man who battles Indiana at Marshall College. Diatchenko bulked up to 250 pounds to look menacing, and his role was originally minor with ten days of filming. When shooting the fight, Ford accidentally hit his chin, and Spielberg liked Diatchenko’s humorous looking reaction, so he expanded his role to three months of filming.[35]

Sean Connery turned down a cameo appearance as Henry Jones, Sr. as he found retirement too enjoyable.[36] Lucas stated that in hindsight it was good that Connery did not briefly appear, as it would disappoint the audience when his character would not come along for the film’s adventure.[37] Ford joked, “I’m old enough to play my own father in this one.”[7]

 

Production

 

[edit] Development

Indiana Jones and the Saucer Men from Mars script by Jeb Stuart, dated February 20, 1995:The original script’s prologue is set in Borneo in 1949, with Indiana proposing to Dr. Elaine McGregor after defeating pirates. She abandons him at the altar, because the government requests her aid in decoding an alien cylinder (covered in Egyptian, Mayan and Sanskrit symbols) in New Mexico. Indiana pursues her, and battles Russians agents and aliens for the cylinder.

The script featured army ants, a rocket sled fight, Indiana surviving an atomic explosion by sealing himself in a fridge, and a climactic battle between the US military and flying saucers. Henry Jones, Sr., Short Round, Sallah, Marion and Willie cameo at Indiana and Elaine’s wedding(s). Indiana is also a former Colonel of the OSS.
[38]

During the late 1970s, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg made a deal with Paramount Pictures for five Indiana Jones films.[39] Following the theatrical release of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in 1989, Lucas let the series end as he felt he could not think of a good plot device to drive the next installment.[40] However, he declared that if he ever found a new plot device that all three men liked, he would consider a fourth film.[41]

The film’s long gestation coincided with Harrison Ford growing older, and this meant the filmmakers had to give a new approach and setting. Instead of tributing Republic Pictures’s 1930s serials, the film needed to be more like a 1950s B-movie.[20] Lucas’s favorite film of that era was Forbidden Planet.[42] In 1992, Jeb Stuart was writing the screenplay,[43] and Last Crusade writer Jeffrey Boam was set to pen another draft three years later.[44] However, Spielberg and Ford were not interested in the unsubtle depiction of alien invaders, and development halted when Lucas made the Star Wars prequels.[20] “No way am I being in a Steve Spielberg movie like that”, Ford told Lucas.[25]

Lucas also became interested in the crystal skulls while producing The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles,[20] and he attempted to feature it in an episode of the show’s canceled third season.[45] He found them as fascinating as the Ark of the Covenant.[20] Author Max McCoy later incorporated the crystal skull mythology into his four Indiana Jones novels,[46][47][48][49] and the Tokyo Disney theme park attraction Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull opened in 2001. Some of the folklore surrounding the skulls suggest they were created by aliens (a quartz skull found in 1906 in Mexico resembled one), or by those living in Atlantis or the Hollow Earth (both legendary civilizations were depicted in an Indiana Jones video game and a McCoy novel respectively).[50]

By 2000, Spielberg’s personal interest was ignited as his son asked when the next Indiana Jones film would be released.[51] The same year, Ford, Lucas, Spielberg, Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy met during the American Film Institute’s tribute to Ford, and decided they wanted to enjoy the experience of making an Indiana Jones film again: Spielberg also found returning to the series a respite from his many dark films during this period.[26] M. Night Shyamalan was hired to write for an intended 2002 shoot,[51] but he was overwhelmed writing a sequel to a film he loved like Raiders of the Lost Ark, and claimed it was difficult to get Ford, Spielberg, and Lucas to focus.[52] Shyamalan did not produce an actual script.[25] Afterwards, Stephen Gaghan and Tom Stoppard were approached to write a new screenplay.[51] With a title already planned,[53] Frank Darabont, who wrote several The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles episodes, was hired in May 2002 to write.[54]

Darabont’s screenplay was set in the 1950s, with surviving Nazis pursuing Jones.[21] Darabont came up with reintroducing Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen),[55] but he did not include Indy’s son, as rumored.[56] In December 2002, Spielberg said he planned to shoot two films before filming Indiana Jones 4 in 2004 for a 2005 release.[57] Although Spielberg loved the script,[21] Lucas rejected it in February 2004.[58] He and Spielberg acknowledged the 1950s setting could not ignore the Cold War, and the Russians were more plausible villains. Spielberg felt he could not satirize the Nazis after directing Schindler’s List,[10] while Ford felt “We plum wore the Nazis out.”[25] Lucas also heard that Joseph Stalin was interested in the crystal skulls.[9]

Jeff Nathanson was hired in October 2004 to write a new draft,[59] which was set around 1949.[60] Completed a year later, the script was handed over to David Koepp.[51] As 2006 began, Harrison Ford declared if the film was not made by 2008, then the filmmakers should drop the idea altogether.[61] Spielberg confirmed Indiana Jones 4 as his next film, calling it “the sweet dessert I give those who had to chow down on the bitter herbs that I’ve used in Munich“.[62] Koepp looked at all previous scripts, and kept what he felt were good ideas (such as Mutt, which he felt was an interesting role reversal from Last Crusade).[9] The crystal skull was already the plot device.[26] He tried not to make his work a “fan script”, in that he hoped to avoid any trivial references to the previous films.[63] He also aimed to make it less dark than Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom yet less comic than Last Crusade, aiming for the balance from the first film.[64] Frank Marshall disagreed, feeling the film’s banter made it tonally closer to Last Crusade.[13] Koepp advised with Raiders of the Lost Ark screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan on some of the film’s “love dialogue”.[9]

 

Filming

The production crew converts a storefront in downtown New Haven, Connecticut to be used in a scene set to take place in the 1950s.

The production crew converts a storefront in downtown New Haven, Connecticut to be used in a scene set to take place in the 1950s.

Unlike the previous Indiana Jones films, Spielberg only shot the film in the United States as he did not want to be away from his family.[42] Shooting began on June 18, 2007[17] at Deming, New Mexico.[65] An extensive chase scene set at Indiana Jones’ fictional Marshall College was filmed between June 28 and July 7 at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.[66][65] They moved to Hawaii, shooting twenty percent of the film for three weeks[67] on private property, keeping production secretive.[65] Scenes set in the jungles of Peru were shot in Hawaii: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is the biggest film shot there since Waterworld, and was estimated to generate $22 million to $45 million in the local economy.[68]

Half the film was scheduled to shoot on sound stages at Los Angeles.[67] The five studios used were the Downey, Sony, Warner Bros., Paramount and Universal lots.[32] Filming moved to Chandler Field in Fresno, California, substituting for Mexico City International Airport, on October 11, 2007.[69] After shooting aerial shots of Chandler Airport and a DC-3 on the morning of October 12, 2007, filming wrapped.[70][71] Although he originally found no need for re-shoots after viewing his first cut of the film,[21] Spielberg decided to add an establishing shot, which was filmed on February 29, 2008 at Pasadena, California.[72]

Spielberg and Janusz Kamiński, who has shot all of the director’s films since 1993’s Schindler’s List, rewatched the previous films to study Douglas Slocombe’s style. “I didn’t want Janusz to modernize and bring us into the 21st century,” Spielberg explained. “I still wanted the film to have a lighting style not dissimilar to the work Doug Slocombe had achieved, which meant that both Janusz and I had to swallow our pride. Janusz had to approximate another cinematographer’s look, and I had to approximate this younger director’s look that I thought I had moved away from after almost two decades.”[20] Spielberg also did not want to fast cut action scenes, relying on his script instead for a fast pace,[20] and had confirmed in 2002 that he would not shoot the film digitally, a format Lucas had adopted.[57] Lucas felt “it looks like it was shot three years after Last Crusade. The people, the look of it, everything. You’d never know there was 20 years between shooting.”[42]

 

Effects

While shooting War of the Worlds in late 2004, Spielberg met with stunt coordinator Vic Armstrong, who doubled for Ford in the previous films, to discuss three action sequences he had envisioned.[40] However, Armstrong was filming The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor during shooting of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, so Dan Bradley was hired instead.[73] Bradley and Spielberg used previsualization for all the action scenes, except the motorcycle chase at Marshall College, because that idea was conceived after the animators had left. Bradley drew traditional storyboards instead, and was given free rein to create dramatic moments, just as Raiders of the Lost Ark second unit director Michael D. Moore did when filming the truck chase.[23]

Producer Frank Marshall stated in 2003 that the film would not rely on CGI; it would instead use traditional special effects and stuntwork so as to be consistent with the previous films.[74] He reiterated this in 2006.[40] During filming, Steven Spielberg said CGI would primarily used for matte paintings, amounting to thirty percent of the film’s shots.[71] The movie only contains “a couple of hundred” effects shots.[13] Spielberg initially wanted brushstrokes to be visible on the matte paintings for consistency with the effects of the previous films, but decided against it.[25] CGI was also used to remove the visible safety wires on the actors when they did their stunts (such as when Indiana whips on to a lamp).[23] Timed explosives were used for a scene where Indiana drives a truck through a wall, which was dangerous because one explosive did not set off and landed in the chair beside Ford.[75]

Ben Burtt, the sound designer on the previous films and an editor and director on The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, left Lucasfilm in 2005.[76] But he returned to work on the new film because “I love the character and the series so much, I just had to be part of Crystal Skull.”[14]

 

Music

John Williams began composing the score in October 2007;[13] ten days of recording sessions wrapped on March 6, 2008 at Sony Pictures Studios.[77] The soundtrack features a continuum, an instrument often used for sound effects instead of music.[78] The Concord Music Group will release the soundtrack on May 20, 2008.[79]

 

Release

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2008, ahead of its worldwide May 22 release date. It will be the first Spielberg film since 1982’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial to premiere at Cannes.[80] The film will be released in approximately 4000 theaters in the United States, and will be dubbed into 25 languages for its worldwide release.[20] More than 12,000 release prints will be distributed, which is the largest in Paramount Pictures’ history.[81] Although Spielberg insisted his films only be watched traditionally at theaters, Paramount chose to release the film in digital cinemas as part of a scheme to convert 10,000 US cinemas to the format.[82]

The film will need to gross at least US$400 million to make a profit for Paramount. Unlike other film franchises, they are only the distributor of Indiana Jones, who is copyrighted by Lucasfilm, and their original deal entailed they would only earn 12.5 percent of the film’s revenue. As the $185 million budget was larger than expected (it was originally estimated at $125 million)[83] Lucas, Spielberg and Ford turned down large upfront salaries so Paramount can cover the film’s cost. Only after the film grosses $400 million will other participants in the picture earn a profit.[84]

 

Marketing

Howard Roffman, President of Lucas Licensing, has stated the film will have a large marketing campaign. He attributed the massive marketing push to the fact that “It’s been nineteen years since the last film, and we are sensing a huge pent-up demand for everything Indy.”[85] From October 2007 to April 2008, the reedited episodes of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles were released in three DVD box sets.[86] The Boston-based design studio Creative Pilot created the packaging style for the film’s merchandise, which merges Drew Struzan’s original illustrations “with a fresh new look, which showcases the whip, a map, and exotic hieroglyphic patterns”.[87] Hasbro, Lego, Sideshow Collectibles, Topps, Diamond Select, Hallmark Cards,[88] Burger King,[89] and Cartamundi will all sell products.[90]

Random House, Dark Horse Comics, Diamond Comic Distributors, Scholastic, and DK will publish books,[85] including James Rollins’ novelization of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,[91] a two-issue comic book adaptation written by John Jackson Miller and drawn by Luke Ross (Samurai: Heaven and Earth), children’s novelizations of all four films,[92] the Indiana Jones Adventures comic book series aimed at children,[93] and the official Indiana Jones Magazine.[94] A Lego video game based on the past films will be released,[95][96] while THQ will also release a mobile game based on the new film.[97] Stern Pinball will release a new Indiana Jones pinball machine, designed by John Borg, which will feature all four movies and many interactive toys.[98]

 

[edit] Secrecy

Frank Marshall remarked, “In today’s information age, secrecy has been a real challenge. […] People actually said, ‘No, we’re going to respect Steven’s vision.” Fans on the internet have scrutinized numerous photos and the film’s Lego sets in hope of understanding plot details; Spielberg biographer Ian Freer wrote, “What Indy IV is actually about has been the great cultural guessing game of 2007/08. Yet, it has to be said, there is something refreshing about being ten weeks away from a giant blockbuster and knowing next to nothing about it.”[23] To distract investigative fans from the film’s title during filming,[99] five fake titles were registered with the Motion Picture Association of America; The City of Gods, The Destroyer of Worlds, The Fourth Corner of the Earth, The Lost City of Gold and The Quest for the Covenant.[83] Lucas and Spielberg had also wanted to keep Karen Allen’s return a secret until the film’s release, but decided to confirm it at the 2007 Comic-Con.[100]

An extra in the film, Tyler Nelson, violated his nondisclosure agreement in an interview with The Edmond Sun on September 17, 2007, which was then picked up by the mainstream media. Spielberg has yet to decide if he will cut Nelson’s scene.[101] At Nelson’s request, The Edmond Sun subsequently pulled the story from its website.[102] On October 2, 2007, a Superior Court order was filed finding that Nelson knowingly violated the agreement. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.[103] A number of production photos and sensitive documents pertaining to the film’s production budget were also stolen from Steven Spielberg’s production office. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department set up a sting operation after being alerted by a webmaster the thief might try to sell the photos. On October 4, 2007, the seller, 37-year old Roderick Eric Davis, was arrested. He pled guilty to two felony counts and will serve two years and four months in jail.

Photos

 
wikipedia and imdb

May 5, 2008

Speed Racer

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 wikipedia
Theatrical poster
Directed by Wachowski brothers
Produced by Joel Silver
Grant Hill
Wachowski brothers
Written by Wachowski brothers
Starring Emile Hirsch
John Goodman
Christina Ricci
Susan Sarandon
Matthew Fox
Music by Michael Giacchino
Cinematography David Tattersall
Editing by Roger Barton
Zach Staenberg
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date(s) Flag of Germany May 8, 2008
Flag of the United States May 9, 2008
Running time 135 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $120 million

Speed Racer is an upcoming 2008 film that is a live action film adaptation of the 1960s Japanese anime series Speed Racer. The film is written and directed by the Wachowski brothers who also serve as co-producers. The film had been in development since 1992, changing writers and directors until producer Joel Silver and the Wachowski brothers collaborated to begin production on Speed Racer as a family film so the directors could reach a wider audience. Actor Emile Hirsch was cast as Speed, the hero of the animated series, and Christina Ricci portrays Speed’s girlfriend, Trixie. Speed Racer was produced in Germany at Babelsberg Studios, where filming took place entirely against greenscreen. The Wachowski brothers also filmed in high-definition video for the first time, using a layering method to put both the foreground and the background of scenes in focus to have a real-life anime appearance. Marketers have prepared toys and video games to coincide with the film’s release. Speed Racer premiered on May 3, 2008 as the closing film at the Tribeca Film Festival,[1] and will go on general release on May 9, 2008.

Synopsis

Hirsch and Ricci at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere.

Hirsch and Ricci at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere.

Speed Racer (Emile Hirsch) is a young man with natural racing instincts whose goal is to win The Crucible, a cross-country car racing rally that took the life of his older brother, Rex Racer (Scott Porter). Speed is loyal to the family business, run by his parents Pops (John Goodman) and Mom (Susan Sarandon). Pops designed Speed’s car, the Mach 5. The owner of Royalton Industries (Roger Allam) makes Speed a lucrative offer, but Speed rejects the offer, angering the owner. Speed also uncovers a secret that top corporate interests, including Royalton, are fixing races and cheating to gain profit. With the offer to Speed denied, Royalton wants to ensure that Speed will not win races. Speed finds support from his parents and his girlfriend Trixie (Christina Ricci) and enters The Crucible in a partnership with his one-time rival, Racer X (Matthew Fox), seeking to rescue his family’s business and the racing sport itself.

The story begins with Speed Racer who is a young man with natural racing instincts whose goal is to win The Crucible, a cross-country car racing rally that took the life of his older brother, Rex Racer. Speed is loyal to the family business, run by his parents Pops and Mom. Pops designed Speed’s car, the Mach 5. The owner of Royalton Industries makes Speed a lucrative offer, Speed rejects the offer, angering the owner. Speed also uncovers a secret that top corporate interests, including Royalton, are fixing races and cheating to gain profit. With the offer to Speed denied, Royalton wants to ensure that Speed will not win races. Speed finds support from his parents and his girlfriend Trixie and enters The Crucible in a partnership with his one-time rival, Racer X, seeking to rescue his family’s business and the racing sport itself. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

Hurtling down the track, careening around, over and through the competition, Speed Racer is a natural behind the wheel. Born to race cars, Speed is aggressive, instinctive and, most of all, fearless. His only real competition is the memory of the brother he idolized-the legendary Rex Racer – whose death in a race has left behind a legacy that Speed is driven to fulfill. Speed is loyal to the family racing business, led by his father, Pops Racer, the designer of Speed’s thundering Mach 5. When Speed turns down a lucrative and tempting offer from Royalton Industries, he not only infuriates the company’s maniacal owner but uncovers a terrible secret-some of the biggest races are being fixed by a handful of ruthless moguls who manipulate the top drivers to boost profits. If Speed won’t drive for Royalton, Royalton will see to it that the Mach 5 never crosses another finish line. The only way for Speed to save his family’s business and the sport he loves is to beat Royalton at his own game. With the support of his family and his loyal girlfriend, Trixie, Speed teams with his one-time rival-the mysterious Racer X – to win the race that had taken his brother’s life: the death-defying, cross-country rally known as The Crucible. Written by Warner Bros. Pictures. ( imdb)

Cast

  • Emile Hirsch as Speed Racer. Actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shia LaBeouf were previously considered for the role.[3] To prepare for the role, Hirsch watched every Speed Racer episode and visited Lowe’s Motor Speedway, where he met with driver Jimmie Johnson.[4]
  • John Goodman as Pops Racer, Speed’s father.[5]
  • Susan Sarandon as Mom Racer, Speed’s mother.[5]
  • Christina Ricci as Trixie, Speed’s girlfriend. Ricci was chosen over Elisha Cuthbert and Kate Mara.[3]
  • Scott Porter as Rex Racer, Speed’s older brother.[6]
  • Matthew Fox as Racer X [5] Keanu Reeves turned down the role.[7]
  • Nayo Wallace as Minx, Racer X’s girlfriend.[8]
  • Hiroyuki Sanada as Mr. Musha, a businessman.[5]
  • Rain as Taejo Togokhan,[5] a rookie racer. Rain is a South Korean pop singer who is making his first appearance in a Hollywood film with Speed Racer.[9]
  • Yu Nan as the sister of Taejo Togokhan.[10]
  • Richard Roundtree as Ben Burns, a commentator who was formerly a racer.[11]
  • Benno Fürmann as Inspector Detector.[5]
  • Roger Allam as Royalton, the corrupt owner of Royalton Industries.[2]
  • Kick Gurry as Sparky, Speed’s mechanic.[5]
  • Paulie Litt as Spritle, Speed’s younger brother.[5]
  • A chimpanzee as Chim Chim, Spritle’s pet.[12] Two chimpanzees were used to portray Chim Chim: Kenzie and Willy.[13] In July 2007, PETA contacted Speed Racer producer Joel Silver about reports that the chimpanzee had been beaten and had also bitten one of the actors and encouraged production to switch to animatronics. A studio spokesperson confirmed that an actor had been bitten, but the actor was treated and the chimpanzee was given a rest. The studio denied to PETA that the chimpanzee had been mistreated, saying that the decision would remain to use live animals in production.[14]
  • Melvil Poupaud as a race commentator.[15]
  • Christian Oliver as Snake Oiler.[16]
  • Milka Duno as Gearbox.[17]

 

[edit] Project history

In September 1992, Warner Bros. Pictures announced that it held the option to create a live action film adaptation of Speed Racer, in development at Silver Pictures.[18] In October 1994, singer Henry Rollins was offered the role of Racer X in the film.[19] In June 1995, actor Johnny Depp was cast into the lead role for Speed Racer, with production slated to begin the coming October,[20] with filming to take place in California and Arizona.[21] The following August, Depp requested time off to the studio for personal business, delaying production.[22] However, due to a high budget,[23] the same August, director Julien Temple, who was attached to direct Speed Racer, left the project. Depp, without a director, also departed from the project. The studio considered director Gus Van Sant as a replacement for Temple,[24] though it would not grant writing privileges to Van Sant.[25] In December 1997, the studio briefly hired director Alfonso Cuarón for Speed Racer.[26] In the various incarnations of the project, screenwriters Marc Levin, Jennifer Flackett, J. J. Abrams, and Patrick Read Johnson had been hired to write scripts.[27]

In September 2000, Warner Bros. Pictures and producer Lauren Shuler Donner hired writer-director Hype Williams to take the helm of Speed Racer.[28] In October 2001, the studio hired screenwriters Christian Gudegast and Paul Scheuring for $1.2 million split between them to write a script for the film.[27] Eventually, without production going underway, the director and the writers left the project. In June 2004, actor Vince Vaughn spearheaded a revival of the project by presenting a take for the film that would develop the characters more strongly. Vaughn was cast as Racer X and was also attached to the project as an executive producer.[23] With production never becoming active, Vaughn was eventually detached from the project.[29]

 

[edit] Production

The Mach 5 (shown on display at the 2007 Comic-Con International), is designed to be driven, but was hung from a crane for the film's sequences and have its motoring effects computer-generated.

The Mach 5 (shown on display at the 2007 Comic-Con International), is designed to be driven, but was hung from a crane for the film’s sequences and have its motoring effects computer-generated.

In October 2006, directors Larry and Andy Wachowski were brought on board by the studio to write and direct Speed Racer. Producer Joel Silver, who had collaborated with the Wachowski brothers for V for Vendetta and The Matrix Trilogy, explained that the brothers were hoping to reach a broader audience with a film that would not be rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America. Visual effects designer John Gaeta, who won an Academy Award for Visual Effects for the Wachowski brothers’ The Matrix, was brought in to help conceive making Speed Racer into a live-action adaptation. Production was set to begin in summer 2007 in European locations for a summer 2008 release.[30] In November 2006, the release date for Speed Racer was set for May 23, 2008.[31] Producer Joel Silver described Speed Racer as a family film in line with the Wachowski brothers’ goal to reach a wider audience.[32]

In February 2007, the Wachowski brothers selected Babelsberg Studios in Germany to film Speed Racer.[33] In the following March, Warner Bros. moved the release date of Speed Racer two weeks earlier to May 9, 2008.[34] The studio received a grant of $12.3 million from Germany’s new Federal Film Fund, the largest yet from the organization, for production of Speed Racer in the Berlin-Brandenburg region.[35] The amount was later increased to $13 million.[36] Filming commenced on June 5, 2007 in Berlin,[32] and was shot entirely against greenscreen,[37] lasting 60 days.[13] The Wachowski brothers filmed in high-definition video for the first time.[38] With the camera, the Wachowskis used a layering approach that would put both the foreground and the background in focus to give it the appearance of real-life anime.[39] The film will have a “retro future” look, according to Silver. The Mach 5, the vehicle driven by the protagonist Speed, was an actual vehicle.[12] Filming completed by August 25, 2007.[40] The Wachowskis purchased the rights to the sound effects and theme song of the television series for use in the film.[39]

 

[edit] Marketing

Further information: Speed Racer (2008 video game)

The film will be backed by multiple promotional partners with over $80 million in marketing support. The partners include General Mills, McDonald’s, Target, Topps, Esurance, Mattel, and LEGO. The film also received support from companies outside of America in an attempt to attract international audiences. With early support before the film’s release, the studio provided 3d computer models of the Speed Racer vehicle Mach 5 to the companies so they could accurately render the vehicle in their merchandise. Warner Bros. is aiming to garner enough attention for Speed Racer so it would spawn sequels.[41]

Mattel will produce toys based on the film through several divisions. Hot Wheels will produce die-cast vehicles, race sets and track sets. Tyco will produce remote-controlled Mach 5s and racing sets. Radica Games will produce video games in which players can use a car wheel. The products will become available in March 2008.[42] Also, The LEGO Company will be producing 4 LEGO sets based on the movie.[43] As part of the General Mills promotional tie-in, during the 2008 Crown Royal Presents the Dan Lowry 400, part of the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, the famous #43 Dodge Charger of Petty Enterprises was transformed into a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series version of the Mach 5, driven by Bobby Labonte.

Warner Bros. will also self-publish a video game based on Speed Racer to be released on the Nintendo DS, Wii and PlayStation 2.[44] The game will be released on the Nintendo DS and Wii in May with the film’s theatrical release and on the PS2 in the fall to accompany the film’s DVD and Blu-ray release. Due to a short development schedule, the studio chose not to develop games for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.[45]

 

[edit] Reception

Todd McCarthy of Variety called the film “pure cotton candy [but] too sweet and pretty for young people to resist”. He said that the target audience of families and children should be amused, but that others might think the film “a cinematic pile-up”, citing its implausibility and the lack of identifiable peril in the driving sequences. McCarthy noted that no expense had been spared on the effects, saying that viewers with an interest in CGI innovations would be “in a corner of heaven”, but that the frame sometimes resembled “nothing so much as a kindergartner’s art class collage”. He had praise for the cinematography and the “playful and busy” musical score. He also said that even if not much was asked of them “other than to look alert and driven”, the cast was “very good for this sort of thing”, and Roger Allam made “a delicious love-to-hate-him villain”.


 

WALL.E

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Directed by Andrew Stanton
Produced by Jim Morris
John Lasseter
Lindsey Collins
Written by Andrew Stanton
Starring Ben Burtt
(sound designer)
Sigourney Weaver
Jeff Garlin
Fred Willard
John Ratzenberger
Kathy Najimy
Music by Thomas Newman
Peter Gabriel (song)
Editing by Stephen Schaffer
Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures
Release date(s) June 27, 2008 (USA)
July 18, 2008 (UK)
September 18, 2008 (AUS)
Country Flag of the United States United States
Language English
Budget US$120 million[1]

WALL-E (promoted with a stylized hyphen as WALL•E) is a computer animated science fiction film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The film, which follows the romance between two robots in the future, will be released on June 27, 2008. The film is being directed by Andrew Stanton, whose previous film, Finding Nemo, won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Jim Morris, who previously worked for Lucasfilm, will be the producer. Most of the characters are not voiced by actors, but by sound design by Ben Burtt which resembles voices. Thomas Newman, who composed Finding Nemo, will reunite with Stanton to compose the film’s score.

Premise

According to John Lasseter in a presentation to Disney corporate investors:

WALL-E is the story of the last little robot on Earth. He is a robot and his programming was to help clean up. You see, it’s set way in the future. Through consumerism, rampant, unchecked consumerism, the Earth was covered with trash. And to clean up, everyone had to leave Earth and set in place millions of these little robots that went around to clean up the trash and make Earth habitable again.

Well, the cleanup program failed with the exception of this one little robot and he’s left on Earth doing his duty all alone. But it’s not a story about science fiction. It’s a love story, because, you see, WALL·E falls in love with EVE, a robot from a probe that comes down to check on Earth, and she’s left there to check on and see how things are going and he absolutely falls in love with her.

WALL-E is an acronym for Waste Allocation Load Lifter – Earth-Class.

What if mankind had to leave Earth, and somebody forgot to turn the last robot off? After hundreds of lonely years of doing what he was built for, WALL*E (short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class) discovers a new purpose in life (besides collecting knick-knacks) when he meets a sleek search robot named EVE. EVE comes to realize that WALL*E has inadvertently stumbled upon the key to the planet’s future, and races back to space to report her findings to the humans (who have been eagerly awaiting word that it is safe to return home). Meanwhile, WALL*E chases EVE across the galaxy and sets an adventure into motion. Joining WALL*E on his journey across the universe is a cast of characters including a pet cockroach and a heroic team of malfunctioning misfit robots.

Production

Andrew Stanton conceived WALL-E before Toy Story was made: the idea was, “What if mankind evacuated Earth and forgot to turn off the last remaining robot?” Pete Docter developed the film for two months in 1995, after Stanton explained the story to him, but he decided to make Monsters, Inc. (2001) instead, as he was unsure of telling a love story. The idea continued to preoccupy Stanton, because of his love of space opera and personifying inanimate objects. In his vision of the future, “WALL-E is the only one still truly living. And what is the ultimate purpose of living? To love. And WALL-E falls head over heels with a robot named EVE. Now, WALL-E’s feelings aren’t reciprocated because, well, she has no feelings. She’s a robot, cold and clinical. WALL-E is the one who has evolved over time and garnered feelings. So in the end, it’s gonna be WALL-E’s pursuit to win EVE’s heart, and his unique appreciation of life to become mankind’s last hope to rediscover its roots. In short, it’s going to take a robot’s love to help make the world go round.”

After directing Finding Nemo, Stanton felt they “had really achieved the physics of believing you were really under water, so I said ‘Hey, let’s do that with air.’ Let’s fix our lenses, let’s get the depth of field looking exactly how anamorphic lenses work and do all these tricks that make us have the same kind of dimensionality that we got on Nemo with an object out in the air and on the ground.'” Producer Jim Morris added that the film was animated so that it would feel “as if there really was a cameraman”. Dennis Muren was hired to advise Pixar on replicating science fiction films from the 1960s and 1970s, including elements such as 70 mm frames, barrel distortion and lens flare. Scale models were made for Muren, which he used to teach Pixar.

The design of the robots came about by Stanton telling his designers, “See it as an appliance first, and then read character into it.” In creating the title character, the animators were inspired by a pair of binoculars and Luxo Jr., the lamp featured in the Pixar logo. Stanton was playing with a pair of binoculars, which looked happy or sad depending on whether they were upside down or not. Stanton felt “you don’t need a mouth, you don’t need a nose, you get a whole personality just from [the eyes]”, which meant the audience would feel “he is [not] just a human in a robot shell”. WALL-E’s body came from the logic of having his body curl up like a turtle and tank treads that would allow him to overcome any terrain. The director also acknowledged he may have been subconsciously influenced by the film Short Circuit (which he has only seen once).[10]

Stanton pitched the story to Ben Burtt who signed on to do the sound design. There is little traditional dialogue in the film; Stanton joked, “I’m basically making R2-D2: The Movie“, in reference to Burtt’s work on Star Wars. To create dialogue, Burtt took various mechanical sounds, and combined them to resemble dialogue. For a character named AUTO, Burtt used old Maritime military sounds to express the character’s emotions. Jeff Garlin is voicing a Captain, who is the only animated character who speaks. Fred Willard will have a live action role as the CEO of Buy n Large. John Ratzenberger, who has voiced characters in every Pixar film, cameos as a character called John, while Sigourney Weaver and Kathy Najimy have roles. Weaver voices an onboard computer: her casting was a nod to the Alien films. Executive producer John Lasseter said about the film’s lack of dialogue that “the art of animation is about what the character does, not what it says. It all depends on how you tell the story, whether it has a lot of dialogue or not.”

(wikipedia.org and imdb.com)

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