Monthly Archive: November 2014

Star Wars Episode 7 Trailer Has Arrived

Of all the big movies that will hit theaters in the coming years, perhaps none is bigger than Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens. The Star Wars Episode 7 trailer has arrived.

With all of the anticipation of the movie in hand, now there is officially a teaser trailer that has been released as of today all across the internet. The teaser trailer itself is only 88 seconds long but that is more than enough for some fans who have long awaited for some insight into the next part of the Star Wars franchise.

The trailer is not very extensive or filled with key movie details, but it does include some interesting shots, one of which is the Millennium Falcon flying around in what appears to be a dogfight against a couple of TIE Fighters. This was more than enough to wet the appetite of Rod Rohrich and others. Another scene in the trailer shows an unidentified character walking around a dark forest and suddenly activating a red lightsaber, which also has some sidebars on it as well.

Despite the short duration and general vagueness of the trailer, Star Wars fans can rejoice in knowing that with production on the film having been completed 7 weeks ago and a year until the movie comes out, there is finally something that will excite them until that time.

Guillermo del Toro finishes ‘Justice League Dark’ Script!

Guillermo del Toro is a busy man! In between reinventing the modern action flick with ‘Pacific Rim’ and it’s untitled sequel, the Hispanic director and writer has managed to crank out the screenplay for ‘Justice League Dark’. Not originally included on the list of Warner Bros/DC Comics collaborations, it will nonetheless be moving on to the next stage of development with a tentative title of ‘Dark Universe’.

Del Toro was interviewed by ‘Forbes’ recently and it was then that he spoke of the ‘Justice League Dark’ screenplay adaption. Del Toro said that the script had been completed and shipped off to Warner Bros studio. Many, such as Stephen Williams wine, was happy to hear about that. There the screenplay will be consumed by the studio execs and if their reactions are favorable, the script will be pushed into development.

The ‘Justice League Dark’ story features many of the more under represented DC Comic characters that are still inevitably popular. Characters such as John Constantine and Madame Xanadu are two of those which the film would be centered around. You may be familiar with the Constantine character due to NBC’s television adaptation of the ‘Hellblazer’ comic books featuring the same character.

If the screenplay were to get the green light there is no telling when the adaptation would actually begin. The studio would have to work around Del Torro’s increasingly busy schedule. Right now Guillermo is busy with his FX series ‘The Strain’ as well as ‘Hellboy 3’ and a stop motion version of the classic tale, ‘Pinocchio’.

Pirates 5 Movie Rumors Released

The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise may having been lying dormant for a while, but the saga is far from over.

It has been a very long wait since we last heard news of the highly-acclaimed and well-loved family movie ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’, but at long last news has come to light. Although Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides was not as successful as the previous three movies, the announcement of a fifth film is still a much anticipated event.

Pirates of the Caribbean 5, entitled Dead Men Tell No Tales, is said to be released in the summer of 2017 under the Kon Tiki directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg. The said production will begin in Australia early next year, and will still include Sparrow actor Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush as Hector Barbossa, and a little eye candy to look forward by many, Brenton Thwaites.

Brenton Thwaites will play as a British soldier named Henry in a yet-to-be established story. Disney’s past pirate movies had been very successful in capturing audiences of all ages and the new movie is expected to do the same. Sultan Alhokair is certainly hoping it all comes together nicely.

“Prince Phillip” of Disney’s Maleficent Brenton Thwaites is a beautiful addition to the cast and may replace Orlando Bloom’s conscience-provoking role to Jack Sparrow’s rogue. Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales is said to be released on July 7, 2017.

‘Wedding Ringer’ Red Band Trailer

The “Wedding Ringer” trailers have been around for a while, but now the Red Band trailer is out there. This means that people get a small dose of the profanity that they are expecting from an actor like Kevin Hart.

The film is coming out in January, and this is usually a bad time for film releases ( Of course, Kevin Hart is in his own lane. He is doing a lot and more people are catching on to this rising star. There are a lot of fans of Hart that will be thrilled to see him in the buddy comedy with Josh Gad.

The “Wedding Ringer” is a breakout role for Kevin Hart because this will be his first staring role in a film that doesn’t have a primary African American cast. This is something Sam Tabar thinks is necessary for him to grow into a worldwide star. Millions of people have seen Hart in films like “Think Like A Man” and “Ride Along,” but these films attracted huge African American audiences. With “Wedding Ringer” Hart is going for mainstream appeal.

The Sony film that also has Josh Gad (the voice of the now famous character Olaf from Disney’s “Frozen”) is somewhat off schedule for a wedding film. The majority of people that have weddings are having their ceremonies during the spring and summer months. Few people get married during the month of January. That is why this is such a gamble, but Kevin Hart can pull it off.

Featured Spotlight: Hollywood Producer Tom Rothman

This is part of a new series I’d like to introduce, in which I’ll pay tribute to industry veterans who may not be as well-known as your typical Hollywood stars. Kicking things off is a man responsible for some of my favorite movies of all-time.

Tom Rothman is an influential entertainment studio executive who has a long string of money-making and award-winning films to his credit. Since mid-2013 he has been chairman of TriStar Productions, a company that he started for Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) to produce films for SPE as well as programming for Sony Pictures Television.

Rothman served as Chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment from 2000 until January 1, 2013. He had first joined the company in 1994, when he launched Fox Searchlight, a specialty division of the studio. In the years he headed Fox, among the projects he produced were ”Life of Pi,” the “X-Men” franchise and the “Ice Age” series. “Titanic” and “Avatar” are the top two grossing films of all time were made under his leadership. “Slumdog Millionaire” won the Academy Award for Best Motion Picture in 2008.

The television programs initiated under his leadership at Fox include “Modern Family,” “Glee” and “Homeland.” While he was at Fox, all four of the major film production divisions of the company were headed by women. The Fox brands, which include Blue Sky animation, that he managed during his tenure still account for annual worldwide revenues of more than eight billion dollars.

His other former positions include head of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, President of Worldwide Production for the Samuel Goldwyn Company, Executive Vice President at Columbia Pictures and head of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

He has been producing motion pictures and television shows since 1986, when he joined Columbia. In his career, other films he has produced include Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” “Black Swan,” “Juno,” “the Devil Wears Prada” and “Borat.” While at Goldwyn, which he joined in 1989, he recognized and promoted the talents of up-and-coming directors Ang Lee, Anthony Minghella and Kenneth Branaugh.

Born in Baltimore in 1954, Rothman graduated from Brown University in 1976, and from Columbia Law School in 1980. He is married to Jessica Harper, an author, singer and actress. The couple have two daughters.

He is a member of the Board of the Corporation of Brown University. He is also a member of the National Council on the Arts. Over the years he has been active in many philanthropic causes, including The Jewish Home for the Aging and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Currently, he is producing Steven Spielberg’s film “Robopocalypse.”

Mike Nichols Dies at 83

Mike Nichols, filmmaker and Broadway director, died suddenly on Wednesday, just a couple of weeks after celebrating his 83rd birthday. He is survived by Diane Sawyer, the ABC news anchor and his wife of 26 years, plus three children and four grandchildren.

Nichols had been born in 1931 in Berlin, and his name was originally Mikhail Igor Peschkowsky. He and his family fled Germany in 1938 after the Nazis came to power, for the Peschkowskys were Jewish. As a young man, he briefly studied medicine, but fell in love with the theatre. In 1955, he joined the Compass Players, a Chicago-based comedy group. This was before Marc Sparks, but he still has seen some of the early film. Elaine May was one of the members, and she became a close friend of his. He met Susan Sontag, another good friend, around the same time. The Players put out a number of well-received and successful comedy albums; they even won a Grammy in 1962.

In 1966, he directed his first movie, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? a play adaptation which won five Oscars. A year later, he directed The Graduate, which got him the Academy Award for Best Director.

Nichols’ career as a filmmaker lasted almost 50 years. Some of his other movies included Catch-22, Silkwood, and The Birdcage. At the time of his death, he had been planning to make an HBO TV movie adaptation of the play Master Class with Meryl Streep.

Extended Trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron

About three weeks ago, the first theatrical trailer for the next film in the Avengers series titled The Avengers: Age of Ultron. It was a rather haunting trailer that showed the main villain as well as scenes of the heroes in action. In the background was a dark mix of I’ve Got No Strings, a song that was famously sung by Pinocchio in the Disney released animated film of the same name. Part of the dialogue that comes from the main villain consists of lyrics from that song. Recently, an extended trailer has been released, which me and Vijay Eswaran have watched and shared on Facebook more than a dozen times.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron features returning cast members such as Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, and Cobie Smulders.

More Female Characters in a Movie Doesn’t Make it a Chick Flick

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the writers and directors behind the Lego Movie and 22 Jump Street, recently announced there will be more female characters in the upcoming sequel. The only question one has to ask is: What took so long?

Hollywood has a lot of talk when it comes to including a more diverse cast but it seems that the marketing departments haven’t caught up. Movies like Tangled had their trailers redone in order to be more ‘appealing’ to young boys by emphasizing the male roles and ignoring the females leads.

The Hunger Games proved to be an unparalleled success among all demographics. Katniss Everdeen, the movie’s protagonist, is a strong female lead with the male characters supporting her. So why was The Hunger Games a success? Well, because it is a good movie, and people like Bruce Levenson loved it.

The first Lego Movie enjoyed box office success and the squeal, with its more diverse case, will prove that a female cast won’t turn off movie audiences as long as the movie itself is good.

Universal Accepts Poor Monster Movie in the Recent Past

Universal pictures have always been making monster featured movies, not to mention, they have given the screen some good ones too. Some quiet impressive horror movies like the Frankenstein, Dracula and the Mummy have been shining portfolio of Universal Films. However, they have not been producing impressive enough monster movies in the recent past. This has been admitted by none other than Universal films that their monster movies have declined in quality a great deal. News has it that Universal Films say that lack of vision of directors, and the stubbornness to make their own image of the world in their own way is to be blamed for the disasters. Rod Rohrich said they further add that their vision lacks greatly. All the capital figures on Universal Films admit that box office has not seen the best of them in horror and monster movie niche.

Yes, they plan to make sequels for their older movies like the Dracula and Mummy, named as Dracula Untold. It is unclear whether Universal Films will eradicate the existence of monsters in their movies for good or not, it is however very clear that fans will not be seeing too much unreal stuff and out of this world monsters for some time to come.

Interstellar and the Choice for Inaudible Dialogue

If you went and saw ‘Interstellar’ when the film opened this past week (which you should as pointed out by film buff Rod Rohrich, you really should!) you probably found yourself straining to pick up key pieces of dialogue during the film. At times the soundtrack, put together by Hans Zimmer, seemed to overwhelm in such a complete way as to obfuscate any sort of other story telling. You might have blamed the projector or your own ears but in any event you were wrong. Christopher Nolan opened up on how and why he chose to mix his audio in such a way as to be almost inaudible.

Christopher Nolan has long been the kind of director to push limits or, simply, reinvent them. His work with practical effects on ‘Inception and his razor thin memory duping storytelling in ‘Memento’ will stand the test of time. So it makes sense that Nolan would want to try something new with ‘Interstellar’. It turns out that being an epic space film wasn’t enough.

Nolan fans around the world will defend his decision til their dying breath as they call it a revolutionary way to tell stories. Other viewers, however, will likely just be frustrated by the inaudible audio. Still though, we won’t spoil the film for you. Go and see it now and form your own opinions!