movie development: It’s on: Entourage: The Movie is in the works. Nice one.
photo: adrian grenier.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 30.1.13~
In screenwriter-director news: An lapd fox pilot idea, a gifted kid’s pilot to direct and now officially signed on as the sci-fi film franchise reboot director in town–JJ Abrams week was just full on. In the architecture of Hollywood’s global market and movie audience reach, Abrams is a newly crowned king of sci-fi geeks escapist movie texts and the look of California’s sci-fi merch empires. A busy lad.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 26.1.13~
A new crop of indie filmmakers are being discovered. Read: The independent film breakout stars of 2012.
A groovy story.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aoteaora New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 4.1.13~
ObamaDrama – The Latest: So Hollywood movies (aka the Lincoln film) via Spielbergland are now being cited by Senators, when explaining a lead is needed to close the ‘fiscal cliff’ scenario in Washington DC.
Back in Spielbergland, it’s pretty lazy, low risk stuff. 2013 is another year of the sequel, prequel, remake, reboot.
The hood has been advised to keep things as familiar and stable as. That means, new talent finds it harder to get through a studio rigged gridlock. Good? Bad? Or the hegemony protectionism situation, again? The ingenuity of Hollywood must not stagnate – the city’s X factor. Then again a lot of good drama has moved to pay TV now, so perhaps the reboot path is a sound path for studios to take right now too?
[bonus: the fc gallup poll].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoablog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 29.12.12~
Good News for Hobbit filmmakers at the North American box office. CinemaBlend reports:
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, part one of Peter Jackson’s trilogized interpretation of Tolkien’s one book story, was expected to be a major financial success. Did it hold up?
After a successful midnight opening, An Unexpected Journey spent the rest of the weekend raking in the grand sum of $84 million. It did top I Am Legend‘s $77 million record for a December opening. It didn’t live up to the $100 million opener box office forecasters hoped it would make. (more…)
The Show that is regarded as the best gauge to an Oscars contenders show, has announced its nominees for the film industry. It is the Awards show where the quintessential golden globes photo is these days summed up by Christina Hendricks rocking the red carpet at the event. American humor, played out the next day – in USA’s 309 million people strong, media markets (US Census figures 2010), after the awards show happens. Whether she’s in a film or not, Christina usually rocks The Globes in the press, each year.
So, it is the time of year where actors families, publicists, agents work the press circuit big time. Crazy fun.
The Golden Globe Awards website’s list follows as a press release for the Awards show:
1. BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
a. ARGO Warner Bros. Pictures, GK Films, Smokehouse Pictures; Warner Bros. Pictures
b. DJANGO UNCHAINED The Weinstein Company, Columbia Pictures; The Weinstein Company/Sony Pictures Releasing
c. LIFE OF PI Fox 2000 Pictures; Twentieth Century Fox
d. LINCOLN DreamWorks Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox; Touchstone Pictures
e. ZERO DARK THIRTY Columbia Pictures and Annapurna Pictures; Sony Pictures Releasing (more…)
HOBBIT FINNS – THE UNEXPECTED JOURNEY SOUNDTRACK – NEILL FINN, LIAM FINN, ELROY FINN’S SONG FROM THE LONELY MOUNTAIN
Neill Finn, Liam Finn & Elroy Finn have combined family talents to add a track to Sir Peter Jackson‘s new Hobbit movie, Song of the Lonely Mountain. Melissa Stokes has the news story of the family’s epic work that cloaks movie scenes with mystical Kiwi music artistry.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 13.11.12~
Fili is a character from The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey movie series coming up. This poster is one of 17 unleashed into movieland via New Zealand’s Oscar acclaimed director, Sir Peter Jackson.
Source: Film Equals.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 7.11.12~
The Hollywood Reporter is very excited that Sir Peter Jackson‘s team have unleashed 17 new posters from the upcoming trilogy Hobbit franchise’s marketing department.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 6.11.12~
AN UNEXPECTED BRIEFING – SIR PETER JACKSON GETS HIS HOBBIT FREAK ON FOR AIR NEW ZEALAND’S FUNNY MARKETING CAMPAIGN
Hobbit TVCs: Air New Zealand’s new marketing campaign is funny. It involves Sir Peter Jackson getting his Hobbit freak on to flog the national airline. Creative funny. Too “precious” zany Pakeha-funny, comedy TV.
~Posted by horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 1.11.12~
Nikki Finke‘s Hollywood website reports on how Fox International has inked a deal to co-produce Chinese movies.
The story is “Back in May, News Corp. announced a strategic investment in China’s Bona Film Group which gave it a 19.9% stake in the distributor. That deal did not include a production component, but today, Bona and News Corp.’s Fox International Productions have announced a multi-picture co-producing pact for Chinese language films. (more…)
“Within five years, China could easily be as big a gross-revenue market for film as North America, and there are very specific economic incentives for having both Chinese content and Chinese co-production.
“For Avatar, we can certainly use Chinese actors as performancecapture actors (in animated film sequences like Avatar sequels) because any accent issues will hide within the Na’vi accent.”
–James Cameron eyes up casting Chinese actors to grow his brand of films into China’s new frontier.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 20.9.12~
Some Entertainment news links:
‘Playbook’ Wins in Toronto–The Daily Beast
Book News: The Mystery of Mercy Close–Claire Rorke
Hockey Lockouts – NHL Locks Out Players: Bad News For NBC–FinkeHollywooodInk
DreamWorks signs output deal for U.K., Benelux –Industry Variety
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.9.12~
At Toronto, Justin Chang has already published his film review for Variety Online of the Spain-US co-production movie, The Impossible. It is the movie getting emotive, early buzz from critics.
The most harrowing disaster movie in an age, The Impossible marries a tremendous feat of physical filmmaking to an emotional true story of family survival.
The film cannily fuses spectacle and uplift in a distinctly Spielbergian style, as talented Spanish helmer J. A. Bayona captures the devastation wrought by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami with a raw, sickening intensity, demonstrating a surefooted but rather less elemental touch in the calculated-to-resonate aftermath.
Wrenchingly acted, deftly manipulated and terrifyingly well made, this not-for-the-squeamish Summit release stands to be a significant year-end draw. The title refers to the extraordinary circumstances by which the Belon family, vacationing in Thailand in December 2004, managed to weather the deadliest catastrophe in the country’s history.
Sergio G. Sanchez‘s screenplay (with a story credited to surviving wife and mother Maria Belon) dramatizes the events with a lean, pared-down simplicity. Not a frame is wasted, as British-born businessman Henry Bennett (Ewan McGregor) and his doctor wife, Maria (Naomi Watts), arrive at a Thai beach resort with their three boys on Christmas Eve, arguing, laughing and playing like any loving family right when disaster strikes.
To find out how the Belons survive the 98-foot high tidal wave sweep, read on.
The film opens in North American movie theaters Dec 21, just in time for holiday season movie viewing.
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The Impossible is a Summit Entertainment release, presented with Mediaset Espana, of an Apaches Entertainment and Telecinco Cinema production, in association with La Trini, Canal Plus, Icaa, Ivac and Generalitat Valenciana. Produced by Belen Atienza, Alvaro Augustin, Enrique Lopez-Lavigne, Ghislan Barrois. Executive producers, Sandra Hermida, Javier Ugarte.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 11.9.12~
On crazy creative days, I have visions of people worldwide watching 3D action movies having world premieres live online from New Zealand. In my even crazier creative Maori dreams, I see Iwi (Maori tribes) making a mix of action movies with global actors cast in such films. The stories are mythological, introducing a spanking new cast of superheroes to the world, yet the heroes are very meaningful to the children of the world’s bright and sustainable future.
We’re allowed to keep on keeping on dreaming. NZ is in dreamtime. Majorly. We have nothing to lose. All to gain. We are dreaming big.
A mega-cable would really help that future no end.
Here’s one: ”New Pacific cable link plan unveiled: “An Auckland-based company appears to be planning another internet link out of New Zealand, just a month after Pacific Fibre abandoned its cable project. (more…)
On a birthday in the USA, my neighbors pooled together to get me a Robin Thicke concert ticket. They said, “he’s second generation Hollywood. He’s sexy. Robin really represents the best of L.A and the U.S. He doesn’t see color. You’d swear he is a black man.”
Always feeling like acclimation into the US was never done, I gratefully said, “Okay,” took the ticket and decided to check Robin in concert. I also got a strong recommend to go to Korean BBQ (LA does good ones) before the concert, however I flagged that idea.
At the concert, there were many white celebrity actor stars. This was in the days before Robin was a big star like he is now. He was medium and rising then. At the time Robin was the warm up act to Dream Girls Oscar winning artist, Jennifer Hudson, Robin wasn’t seen as billable to carrry a concert on his own. Jennifer’s family hadn’t had the brutal family murder saga at that point. When she sung, the roof was raised. You felt goose bump tingles at the back of your spine. He was cupid-curio combined, yet real and a local boy of the hood.
[Celeb News -Parsee Kids Parenting Club of the USA: Robin Thicke & Julian are Grocery Guys, Bristol Farms, West Hollywood]
Surreal. Robin was an anomoly. You’d swear he was black when he performed. He made everyone feel like Stevie Wonder or Ray Charles because if you were blind, you wouldn’t have known what ‘color’ Robin was. So he was Wonder Charles all in one too maybe. He was humble, super sexy, musically gifted, soulful, definitely a sexy symbol, yet his gospel music section let you know where his passion for music first came from. Although the Latino, white and black single thirty-something girls danced in the front of the stage as if the American Messiah of cool had dethroned Tom Jones of Wales standard as a sexy singer doing the art of sex symbol music-cool.
When Robin performed, celebrities canoodled in their seats all around me, fully capturing the romance that Robin brought as an artist who reinforced their Hollywood ideals. They were lost in love. (more…)
MARVEL: THE AVENGERS EARNS $1.5 BILLION GLOBAL BOX OFFICE, JOINING JAMES CAMERON’S FILMS IN TOP 3 FILMS OF ALL TIME
Nikki Finke‘s Hollywood Industry website (the best!) reports:
“19 weeks Marvel’s The Avengershit the global box office. It has since earned $1.5billion. It is now the 3rd highest grossing film of all time, settling in behind James Cameron‘s two blockbuster films Titanic (no.2) and Avatar (no.1).”
The film’s earnings are viewed as impressive given the fact that Disney bought Marvel comics three years ago for $4b.
What does this show us? People actually do want to invest in long term franchised installment ideas. Books (comics) have already proven themselves and bring an audience with them. Their longevity and popularity easily translates into box office success. Low risk investments for good R.O.I revenue. People still have a need to see superheroes in all of that get up. Clearly that’s what this shows too.
More people should perhaps get writing. :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 3.9.12~
Sky news reports, Sir Peter Jackson has more work ahead on his busy plate. Hobbit fans are set to get a bit more excitied with the Jackson’s latest movie announcement.
The third instalment in Sir Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy is set to be released in mid-2014. The movie is given a tentative release date of July 18th, 2014. The third film, titled The Hobbit: There and Back Again, will be released just seven months after the second instalment, which has been re-titled The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the Los Angeles Times reports.
December is when The first film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, will hit movie theaters to keep families and avid fans of Middle Earth trilogy films happy during the festive season. (more…)
Breaking Music/ Film news: Ron Howard to direct fim of Jay-Z‘s Budweiser Made in America Music Festival.
Brian Grazer is set to produce the film.
[Photo - Hollywood Reporter].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 29.8.12~
Universal’s The Bourne Legacy is off to a strong start at the domestic box office, where it is on track to gross between $15 million and $18 million on Friday for a weekend debut in the $45 million range.
Bourne Legacy is a key test for Universal, which is looking to reinvigorate its marquee franchise with Jeremy Renner in the lead role as Aaron Cross. Renner is also rumored to be signed to Mission: Impossible 5 too.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 11.8.12~
“Sports Psychology” is the fifth most read topic on the website over the last three days. A new trend. Must be Olympics time.
What can I write about those two buzz words today?
When I touched down in California, it was daunting for a farm raised, rural Kiwi kid. A city of 20 million people in a concrete jungle was what you saw outside of the aeroplane window of Los Angeles and its outlying districts when hitting LAX.
Perhaps in order to cope and adjust, one of the first things I did was buy a fridge magnet that had Arnold Schwarzennegar‘s suede on it, at Universal City. The magnet said: “My Governor can beat the crap out of your Governor.” Well, he sure did that to the California economy! (more…)
The no.1 most voted Hollywood actor today is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Currently filming in the Chris Morgan penned script, The Fast & The Furous 6, The Rock is also slated to star in Anthony and Joe Russo‘s movie Ciudad and in the Chuck Russell remake of Arabian Knights with Australia’s Liam Hemsworth and Wales’ Anthony Hopkins.
The Rock is also the 3rd most influential box office earning actor in Hollywood, according to Forbes magazine 2012. He is a good example of sports-Hollywood cross over as a star construct.
Read more at Industry website IMDB.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 31.7.12~