F/X Maestro Winston Is Dead
Hollywood special-effects maestro Stan Winston–whose company was best known for creating creatures for the Terminator films, Jurassic Park and this year’s Iron Man–died June 15 after a long fight against cancer, the Associated Press reported. He was 62.
The Oscar-winning visual effects artist died at his home surrounded by family after a seven-year struggle with multiple myeloma, according to a representative from Stan Winston Studio, the AP reported.
Winston won visual effects Oscars for 1986′s Aliens, 1992′s Terminator 2: Judgment Day and 1993′s Jurassic Park.
Winston is survived by his wife, Karen; a son, daughter, brother and four grandchildren.
Veteran screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan has been hired to write Robotech, Warner Brothers’ feature-film adaptation of the anime classic, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Akiva Goldsman and Chuck Roven are boarding the project as producers, joining Tobey Maguire and Drew Crevello.
Robotech was a 1980s cartoon series from Harmony Gold USA and Tatsunoko Productions. It was re-edited and re-dialogued to combine three Japanese anime series to give the producers enough episodes to air as a daily syndicated series.
A sprawling SF epic, Robotech takes place at a time when Earth has developed giant robots from the technology on an alien spacecraft that crashed on a South Pacific isle. Mankind is forced to use the technology to fend off three successive waves of alien invasions. The first invasion centers on a battle with a race of giant warriors who seek to retrieve their flagship’s energy source, known as “protoculture,” and the planet’s hope for survival ends up in the hands of two young pilots.
Robotech extends Kasdan’s return to the fantasy genre that began last year, when he was tapped to pen the Clash of the Titans remake for Warner and Thunder Road. Kasdan wrote the screenplays for Return of the Jedi, The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark before writing The Big Chill and Grand Canyon.
J.K. Rowling has penned a brand new story featuring the characters in her fantasy best-selling Harry Potter book series. According to the Sunday Mirror, the story is being adapted into a mini-movie which will be shown at Universal Studio’s The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida. The report says that all of the regular cast, including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, are said to be involved. They will shoot the mini movie, and additional sequences and clips which will be included in the rides in Leavesden, Hertfordshire UK.
The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter is expected to open next year or early 2010 at Universal Studios Islands Of Adventure in Orlando. The 20-acre island will feature attractions, shops and restaurants set inside locations such as the Forbidden Forest, Hogsmeade Village and the iconic Hogwarts castle.
The Punisher: War Zone Trailer is now available. I like it! It looks like the third time will be a charm for this character in the cinema.
Hulk movie could mean big business for comic sellers.
Coming to a big screen near you-The Hulk. Comics aren’t just for kids these days-and comic book movies can mean some big bucks for comic book shops around Houston.
“We definitely see the parents bringing the kids in. A lot of times it’s the parents who pick up the comics and say ‘oh, yeah, I remember reading these when I was a kid,” Adrian Newman at Bedrock City Comic Company here in Houston. But whether or not the new Hulk movie generates a big bump in business depends on one key point according to Newman-whether what’s on screen matches what’s on the pages of the comic books.
“Hulk, I’ve not seen a whole lot on-They’ve been kind of tight-lipped about it more so than the last one. I think the last one kind of missed the mark to a large degree,” Newman said. “What I have seen so far looks like it’s going to be a lot more like the comic than the previous one.”
“It’s kind of hard when it’s off and people come in and want to pick up a comic and you say ‘well, if you like the movie, you may or may not like this because there’s not a lot of relation to it,” Newman said.
We’ll find out in the coming days just what movie goers think.
Louis Leterrier has come clean and told us that the scene between a suicidal Bruce Banner and Captain America will take place in the Arctic somewhere, but that it was cut from the movie. We here at CBM are theorizing that Bruce will find the frozen form of Cappy stuck in ice–just like in the comics.
As readers of Marvel Comics know well, Captain America is alive today only due to a freakish miracle. During World War II, he was involved in an accident involving an airplane. He plunged into icy waters where his body was frozen, only to be thawed out many decades later when the original Avengers find him floating in the ocean. Or at least, that’s the way Stan Lee and Jack Kirby presented it in the comics. (See comic screencaps to the left for the whole story)
Here is what Leterrier actually said:
“There’s a point when Bruce Banner gives up on his quest for the cure and decides to kill himself. So he travels far North and reaches the Arctic Circle. You might have seen bits of it in some of the promos. The result was a very dark and strong scene, which Marvel, me and everyone else considered to be too hard to young audiences to take, so we’ve cut it. Having that said, when Bruce arrives at his destination he meets up with Captain America! At some point this week, we will make it available on the internet – but I cannot tell you where or when – and the material will definitely be on the DVD.”
So now that we know Bruce and Cap “meet up” in the frozen north, more than likely the cameo will basically be Bruce finding a block of ice with a body in it. When you think about it, it’s brilliant! Not only does it make sense that Bruce would try and off himself via hypothermia, where his anger/stress levels wouldn’t be thwarting his intent by changing him into the Hulk, but an ice-to-face meeting (instead of face-to-face) meeting with Captain America incased in ice won’t entail Marvel choosing the actual actor who will play him in the movie–since it is still in the planning stages and no actor has been chosen. Like I said, BRILLIANT!
Let’s face it: no superhero movie based on a Stan Lee Marvel comic book wouldn’t be a smash hit without a cameo appearance of “Stan the Man.” Whether it be the playboy Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) calls “Hef” in “Iron Man” or his super-charged turn in “The Incredible Hulk,” the appearance of Lee on-screen — no matter how big or small — is certain to inspire applause from the audience.
“I was very upset with (director) Louis Leterrier about it because I only say one syllable — the only thing I say is ‘Wow,’” Lee joked in an @ The Movies interview Tuesday. “I wanted to stretch the role, so when I first said the line, I said, ‘Wooowww,’ and Louis said, ‘No, Stan, a simple ‘wow’ will suffice.’”At 85, the POW! Entertainment chief is clearly having the time of his life. He’s served as executive producer of all (and cameo actor in nearly every one) Marvel-based movies produced since 2000 — and for the uninitiated, that includes such hits as “Iron Man,” the “X-Men” and “Spider-Man” trilogies, “Daredevil,” “Fantastic Four” and its sequel “Rise of the Silver Surfer,” and the 2003 version of “The Hulk.”
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An advance look at a marketing teaser poster for McG’s Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins was revealed at the New York Licensing Show. The tagline on the bottom reads “Becoming Self-Aware Memorial Day 2009”
MTV says that the first official teaser poster will hit theaters on July 18th, to coincide with Warner Bros’ release of The Dark Knight. Attached to the Batman sequel will be the film’s first teaser trailer. The film is only a month into production, so it’s likely that the teaser will contain little or no footage from the actual film. And hey, you were going to The Dark Knight anyways, now you have another reason to be excited. And who knows, we might even get a peak at Zack Snyder’s Watchmen too (that is, unless they decide to hold off until Comic-Con)
Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins hits theaters on May 22nd 2009.
At the world premiere for Universal Pictures’ The Incredible Hulk, ComingSoon.net/Superhero Hype! briefly talked to director Louis Leterrier about whether he would be on board to make a sequel.
“I’ll do another ‘Hulk’ movie any day of the week. I love it! I love the character, I love the TV show. I love that he’s an anti-hero,” Leterrier told us exclusively.
“It starts with a great story and great cast. If you like movies, you’ll like ‘Hulk,’” he added.
When asked how this movie is different from Ang Lee’s 2003 big screen version, he said, “It’s very different, [but] not because it has to be different because I love Ang’s movie. I think Ang’s movie is a superb movie and I felt comfortable taking on the task. At first it was really daunting and I was really afraid because Ang is an amazing director. I wanted to do the compliment of what Ang has done so it’s faster and more action.”
In addition to wanting to direct another “Hulk” film, Leterrier would be up for The Avengers as well.
“I’ll direct anything that Marvel puts out. I’m going to be camping out at the Marvel office to direct anything they want,” he said.
The Incredible Hulk opens in theaters on Friday, June 13.
Van Heijningen Helms Warner’s Dead
Warner Brothers has signed commercial director and visual artist Matthijs van Heijningen to make his feature-film directing debut on Army of the Dead, an action thriller that takes place in zombie-infested Las Vegas, Variety reported.
Warner will co-finance the movie with Village Roadshow Pictures. Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder will produce under their Cruel & Unusual Films production company.
The script by Joby Harold (writer and director of Awake) focuses on a father who tries to save his daughter from certain death in a zombie-ridden Sin City.