With Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ set for home release on April 8th, THR has unveiled this behind-the-scenes video detailing Weta Digital’s Oscar-nominated work to create Smaug and meld it with the performance of Benedict Cumberbatch. “Our challenge with Smaug was making him every bit as engaging and believable as his live-action counterparts,” explains David Clayton of Smaug’s Oscar-nominated VFX team from Weta Digital.
David Clayton tells the outlet that to get started, Benedict Cumberbatch came to Wellington, New Zealand’s Weta in early 2012. “Using our motion-capture stage, we recorded his performances, which focused on the conversation with Bilbo sequence. Having Benedict in a mocap suit was lots of fun — for us, and hopefully for him, too — and seemed to help get him immersed and home in on the character.”
The Wrap are reporting that Jack O’Connell is in final negotiations for the younger lead in Universal Pictures’ prized spy movie ‘Section 6.’ The studio acquired Aaron Berg’s script in a bidding war back in October. It was Berg’s first sale, and sources pegged the deal at $1.2 million. According to the outlet, Universal beat Sony Pictures for the project because the studio included progress-to-production language in its offer to separate itself from the rest of the herd.
The historical spy thriller follows the World War I-era formation of British intelligence agency MI6 and its first director, Sir George Mansfield Cummings, who served as the inspiration for M in the “James Bond” series. Not only does Universal think ‘Section 6′ has the potential to launch a hit franchise, but the studio believes in rising star Jack O’Connell, whose performance as Louis Zamperini in Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’ is expected to garner awards buzz. Last fall, several top filmmakers expressed interest in ‘Section 6′ though no directors are currently involved with the project, as the studio will commence its search soon.
Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Bingbing Fan Feature In Hi-Res ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ Pics
Lestoilesheroiques.fr has let out the hatch a collection of images from ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past.’ Acting as a sequel to both ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ and ‘X-Men: First Class,’ ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ includes cast members from both: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page, and Daniel Cudmore return from ‘X-Men: The Last Stand,’ while James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and Lucas Till return from ‘X-Men: First Class.’
Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Booboo Stewart, Fan Bingbing, Adan Canto, Evan Peters and Josh Helman round out the film’s principal cast. Co-written, produced and directed by Bryan Singer, ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ is based on the 1981 Uncanny X-Men storyline “Days of Future Past” by Chris Claremont and John Byrne. The film is scheduled to hit both 2D and 3D theaters on May 23rd.
After grossing a bucket load of money and receiving acclaim from fans and critics alike, Warner Bros. Pictures has today announced a May 26th, 2017 release date for a sequel to ‘The LEGO Movie.’ No plot details have been revealed, yet it was previously reported that Jared Stern and Michelle Morgan will provide the screenplay.
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller wrote and directed the first movie, which Village Roadshow co-produced and co-financed. Jared Stern’s involvement is born out of the creative consortium of writers and directors Warner Bros. Pictures created to foster new animated projects. ‘The Lego Movie’ was greenlit before the formation of this consortium, but it is the studio’s first animated release since it decided to put it together.
Fox Searchlight Pictures has debuted this latest behind-the-scenes promo video for Wes Anderson’s ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel.’ The stellar cast for the film includes Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Harvey Keitel, Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Saoirse Ronan, Tom Wilkinson, Mathieu Amalric, F Murray Abraham, Bob Balaban and Tony Revolori.
‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ tells of a legendary concierge (Ralph Fiennes) at a famous European hotel between the wars and his friendship with a young employee (Tony Revolori) who becomes his trusted protégé. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, the battle for an enormous family fortune and the slow and then sudden upheavals that transformed Europe during the first half of the 20th century. The film which opens on March 7th.
Things get personal in the latest preview for Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier.’ Directing the film is the team of Anthony and Joe Russo (Welcome to Collinwood) from a screenplay written by the ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ returns Chris Evans as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America, along with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. In addition, film icon Robert Redford has joined the all-star cast as Agent Alexander Pierce, a senior leader within the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization. ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ is set for release on April 4th in the US and March 28th in the UK.