Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper grabbed a record-breaking $5.3 million Thursday night, setting the record for the biggest Thursday evening gross for an R-rated drama.
The film’s expanding nationwide following is in part due to its recent Academy Award nominations. American Sniper’s current momentum has built off the coattails of 6 potential Oscars, including best actor (Bradley Cooper) and best picture.
The $60 million war movie is based on the real-life story of Navy Seal chris Kyle. If the box office numbers continue in fashion for Warner [read more →]
Jun 13, 2014 at 3:44 am in Entertainment Industry News by Scott Prestin · Comments Off
The good folks at Zacuto manufacture a wide range of filmmaking accessories. If you work with a DSLR, do yourself a favor and get to know their Z-Finder. (Z-Finder Pro pictured above)
When shooting video on a DSLR camera, you’re normally forced to use the LCD screen to frame and focus. Add some camera movement and/or glare and those jobs get way harder than they need to be.
Oculus is a supernatural thriller with style and ambition, but which ultimately covers no new ground. Whatever is here, we feel as though we have seen it before.
The villain of this story is not a person but an antique mirror with a strange history. It seems that past owners of the mirror have met with grisly fates. Notwithstanding this, the mirror winds up at an auction where it is sold at a significant price. The auctioneer points out that there [read more →]
Feb 26, 2014 at 3:53 am in Uncategorized by Scott Prestin · Comments Off
Actor/director/writer Harold Ramis passed away on February 24th at age 69. Hollywood friends and family mourned. The shockwaves from his death have also found their way into the production offices of “Ghostbusters III”
The Sony sequel remains on track, but the project will need to be altered as Ramis was scheduled to make a cameo appearance along with fellow-original Ghostbusters Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd.
The sequel’s director, Ivan Reitman, is schedule to meet with studio honchos to discuss how to work [read more →]
Sundance 2014… a sunny and crowded Park City Utah. Film-fans and production-pros proudly donning event lanyards like they were Mardi Gras beads. A charming snow-covered ski-town where corporate-sponsorship and independent-artistry collide every January.
See Klip Collective’s 3D mapping projection on the facade of the famed Egyptian Theatre (above). The fest was founded in 1978 to attract more bellbottom-clad filmmakers to Utah. In the last 30+ years it has evolved into the premier American film festival, attracting 45,000+ attendees this season.
My cohorts [read more →]
A few weeks ago Shia LaBeouf publicly apologized for completely ripping off Daniel Clowe’s graphic novel, “Justin M. Damiano”, in his Canne’s-debuting short film “Howard Cantour.com”.
Shia’s lengthly mea culpa on Twitter, which claimed his grossly plagiaristic film was a product of his “naiveté as an amateur filmmaker”, was received by many as a half-hearted and lame excuse for his thieving and grotesque violation of copyright law.
Instead of accepting his culpability and leaving well-enough alone, Mr. LaBeouf has since [read more →]
Priestly recently delivered “Cas & Dylan”, a dramatic comedy about a dying Doctor who plans to “check out” on his own terms. The terminal physician’s scheme takes an unexpected detour when he winds up on the lam with an unique 22-year-old girl. The film stars Richard Dreyfuss and Tatiana Maslany, and has just won the [read more →]
Jackman has yet to confirm or deny officially the existence of a green-lit, 3rd Wolverine solo-act, but by all reports its looking good. In a recent interview on the subject with EW, Jackman leaked “I was on the phone with Jim Mangold last night, there are some really cool ideas that I’m dying to tell you, but that [read more →]
Set in a fictitious town near the U.S./Mexico border, “Bordertown” follows the day-to-day lives of neighbors Bud Buckwald, a Border Patrol agent, and Ernesto Gonzales, a proud Mexican immigrant. Bud and Ernesto’s families are sure to mesh in a deliciously offensive roasting of Mexican and Southern stereotypes.
Macfarlane will executive produce with Mark Hentemann, who also produces on “Family Guy”. Alex Carter (Family Guy) [read more →]
A casting call (See Below) for a Disney Film is being circulated around the UK. And while the title of the film is not listed, many suspect this is a search by Disney and J.J. Abrams for new faces to play “lead characters” in “Star Wars: Episode 7″.
This first installment in a planned trilogy is set to begin filmming in early 2014 at London’s Pinewood Studios, and is slated for a 2015 release.
If you are a good-looking young man [read more →]