Archive for the 'films' Category

03
Aug
07

Parts of ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’ shot in public

Paul Greengrass gets major props for what he went through to do some scenes in The Bourne Ultimatum. According to Rotten Tomatoes, an already-talked-about Waterloo chase scene was shot without shutting down the station for the film crew, which would have been logistically impossible.

Bourne

From the RT article:

“What you do is you design the sequence that is in many, many pieces so in fact you’re planning to shoot in many different parts of the station,” said Greengrass. “What you have to do is never be in the same place twice because what happens is that people get to know you’re there and a crowd starts to build up. It’s impossible to be like a true guerilla unit because it’s a huge, it’s a Bourne movie, but you’ve got to move from place to place and be unpredictable so people don’t know where you are and then move on fast.”

The sequence lasts several minutes and took many days to shoot, but Greengrass scheduled those days tactically. “You’ve got to schedule it so you’re not there for too long a period of time in any one time. So you might go for two or three days and then disappear and go off and do something else and then come back for two or three days a week or two later. If people get to know you’re going to be there, then the crowds are going to build up.”

That meant Matt Damon has to be ready whenever there was a brief window to shoot a corner of Waterloo. “It puts prodigious demands on the actors because they never know from one hour to the next which bit of the sequence [they’re shooting]. Even I didn’t know. You’ve just got to seize your moment. It makes for opportunity.”

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03
Aug
07

‘Cloverfield’ set pictures

Cloverfield set pic

A blogger at Campfire Media put up some pictures and a video clip from the set of J.J Abrams’ mysterious project Cloverfield:

“The secretive film Cloverfield, otherwise known as 01-18-08, or ‘Slusho,’ is shooting near our office today and have parked some military vehicles on the street. I knew it was the film since all the crew guys had badges labeled ‘Cheese’ which is the fake name for the film being used during it’s production. Since this film is a genius at marketing itself, I thought it worth posting some pics.”

[via YesButNoButYes]

02
Aug
07

‘Alvin and the Chipmunks’ trailer

I’m convinced that Jason Lee has sold his soul to some movie studio. First he signed on for Underdog, voicing the titular role, and now he’s playing Dave in an upcoming Alvin and the Chipmunks film. This trailer starts out promising, but loses its luster a minute in. I fully expect these bad-CGI/live-action cartoon adaptations to go the route of… well, previous bad-CGI/live-action cartoon adaptations. Garfield, anyone? Surely Kevin Smith must have a role for our boy Jason Lee. If you must, here’s the trailer:

[via Geeks of Doom (the Kings of Trailers lately)]

02
Aug
07

Comic-Con poster gallery

First Showing has a gallery of all the posters featured at Comic-Con. Here are a few of my favorite ones:

Sweeney Todd poster

Sweeney Todd (dir. Tim Burton) – It’s no secret to my friends that I’m a huge fan of both Tim Burton and Johnny Depp. I’ve loved pretty much everything they’ve done together (Charlie & the Chocolate Factory was somewhat sub-par), and this looks like it will probably crack the top three list of best Burton-Depp collaborations. This is one bad-ass poster.

Watchmen poster

Watchmen (dir. Zack Snyder) – This poster just screams, “We’re going to do the graphic novel justice.” Yeah, I know that’s a pretty lame thing to go around screaming, and your friends would probably laugh at you if you yelled that in public, but this poster can do whatever it wants.

Cloverfield poster

Cloverfield/1-18-08 (dir. Matt Reeves) – The marketing team for this film is working hard to create a sense of mystery around this film, and they’re succeeding. Not much is known about this upcoming monster flick from producer J.J. Abrams (“Lost”), but from the teaser trailer and this poster, it’s sure to be a great ride.

[via Film School Rejects]

02
Aug
07

Chat live with Roger Ebert tonight at 8pm EST

Tonight, Roger Ebert will be hosting a live chat on the new At The Movies archive site. Ebert will be hosting this to launch the new archive to the world. If I get a chance, I’ll definitely be joining in to try and get a chance to pick his mind, and you should too.

[via TV Squad]

01
Aug
07

Kevin Smith pwns heckler at Comic-Con

I told myself I wouldn’t use the word “pwn” when I started this, but there really is no other word that better describes Kevin Smith’s response to someone heckling him at Comic-Con. I won’t post his response, since it is NSFW, but go ahead and watch to see how Smith responds to, “Do you ever plan on making an original movie without rehashing your old characters that doesn’t suck?” And no, he doesn’t attack the run-on nature of the sentence, though there is something in there about the heckler’s mom. Now once again, Not Safe For Work.

[Via Forever Geek]

01
Aug
07

Siskel & Ebert, Ebert & Roeper free official archive

Roger Ebert just announced that, starting August 2, an archive of over 5,000 movie reviews and clips (including clips from movies) from the Siskel & Ebert and Ebert & Roeper will be available online in a searchable database for free. This is a fantastic move, especially if sites like Netflix or Blockbuster can link specific reviews to their movie. Hmm… do I want to rent “Diner”? Let’s see what Siskel and Ebert thought of it. I know come tomorrow I’ll be spending some quality time watching old reviews of movies I love and hate to see what they had to say about them.