Things will go bump in the night when “The Conjuring” arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download on October 22 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. From acclaimed director James Wan, “The Conjuring” follows a pair of paranormal investigators who help a family haunted by a demonic force, only to find themselves trapped in their own horrifying nightmare. The movie grossed over $300 million worldwide and is expected to be a smash hit on disc too.
Hollywood green screen (chroma key compositing or chroma keying) special effects were introduced in the 1930’s as a “blue screen” or “travelling matte” special effect created by Larry Butler (who won an Academy Award for the blue screen special effects in The Thief of Bagdad). Rudimentary, crude, and time consuming, blue screen special effects were soon replaced by chroma key effects with the color green use most often as the “key” (digital cameras are more sensitive to green). In modern day movies, chroma key effects are used extensively with many movies requiring little more than a empty stage and green background to produce extravagant, detailed scenes that would be far too costly if shot any other way.
I loved the movie Gravity! The photography was beautiful and the 3D imagery phenomenal to experience. George Clooney was great (while he lasted) and Sandra bullock a pleasant wonder to watch (as always). Still, I couldn’t help but wonder how accurate the portrayal of the space environment really was. As it turns out, the physics were fairly accurate where it mattered and the few inaccuracies in Gravity are just as much fun as the movie itself.
Ender’s Game (2013), based on the popular novel by Orson Scott Card, began pre-production on November 18, 2011 with a scheduled release date of October 25, 2013 in the UK and November 1, 2013 in the United States. The movie was directed by Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins, Wolverine) and produced by Robert Chartoff (Rocky) and Orson Scott Card himself. Ender’s Game stars Harrison Ford as Colonel Hyrum Graff and Asa Butterfield (Hugo, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas) as Ender Wiggin.
At some point you gotta say, “enough is enough”. But not just yet! The third Carrie installment is looking like it could be the one that knocks it out of the park. Word is that this installment will be a much more faithful adoption of the original book by the master of horror, Stephen King. The Carrie reboot will tell the Stephen King tale of a bullied girl wreaking violent vengeance with her telekinetic powers. This reboot gets a newly gruesome and gritty appeal thanks to a cast that includes such heralded actresses as Chloe Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, and Judy Greer. The film was set for release on March 15, 2013,but, by early January 2013, had been moved to October 18, 2013 which will make it one heck of a scary Halloween flick.
Amazon announced yesterday that its film production arm, Amazon Studios, is producing six comedy series pilots that could become full-season productions if the pilots are well received by viewers. The comedy series were created by a mix of established writers such as Garry Trudeau (Doonesbury), Principato-Young (Reno 911), and David Javerbaum (The Daily Show), as well as newcomers making their way into the spotlight via Amazon Studios’ open-door development process.
Universal Pictures' movie Riddick, starring Van Diesel as the shining-eyed Richard B. Riddick, is scheduled to be released September 6, 2013. Riddick began filming in January 2012 in Montreal, Canada (after being shut down temporarily in 2011 due to lack of funding). Riddick has been the antihero of four previous films in the Riddick series, namely Pitch Black, The Chronicles of Riddick, the animated movie The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury.
Decay, a newly released movie filmed by Luke Thompson, a University of Manchester physics Ph.D. student and first-time filmmaker, was shot on location at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. It’s a low-budget “B-horror” film but the dark corridors at LHC give it a pretty eerie vibe and make it a pretty interesting watch. Set at the Large Hadron Collider, the film centers around zombies created from exposure to the newly-discovered Higgs boson. As they try desperately to escape from the underground maintenance tunnels, they are hunted by the remains of a maintenance team, who have become less than human.
Oblivion, starring Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, and Andrea Riseborough, is an original and groundbreaking cinematic event from the director of Tron: Legacy and the producer of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man's confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind.
We are Legion: the Story of the Hacktivists, takes you inside the complex counter-culture and history of the collective hacker group known as Anonymous. It is available now on iTunes and the We are Legion website for $9.99 using a credit card or your Amazon account. Don't expect to pay using PayPal though. In typical Anonymous style, the payment screen has the option presented with a bloody, red line drawn through it.
Arnold Schwarzenegger will be returning to the role of Conan the Barbarian in Universal Pictures upcoming The Legend of Conan flick. Schwarzenegger will be reunited with Universal under the ‘supervision’ of Fredrik Malmberg as a producer, while Chris Morgan will possibly write the script. According to producer Fredrik Malmberg, the story will pick up where 1992’s Conan the Barbarian left off.
Iron Man 3, produced by Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Pictures, began production in May 2012 and will be released to theaters on May 3, 2013. The movie was referred to as Caged Heat early in production in order to hide details on the filming. The movie was filmed in primarily in North Carolina. The plot is currently unknown but rumor has it Tony Stark/Iron Man will head to China to face his toughest opponent, Mandarin.
Mama, the upcoming 2013 horror drama directed by Andres Muschietti from a screenplay by Muschetti, Barbara Muschetti and Neil Cross, is scheduled to be released on 1/18/2013. The movie is based on a two-shot Spanish short of the same name and stars Jessica Chastain (Take Shelter) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game Of Thrones). The just-released trailer (see below) looks VERY creepy.
In the much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin. When they discover a Book of the Dead, they unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.