"Avatar" director James Cameron is known for raising the special-effects bar with every project, and 1989's underwater adventure "The Abyss" only further cemented his reputation as a filmmaker with an eye for, well... eye candy. However, while "Avatar" set a new standard for computer-generated effects, "The Abyss" was created at a time when effects were a much more practical (read: non-CGI) affair.
Our pals over at io9 just posted a clip from "Back Into The Abyss," a new, two-disc DVD that explores the work of veteran FX artist Steve Johnson on the celebrated film, which he took on when he was, as he puts it, a "23-year-old-moron." It's a great piece of video that illustrates how much hard work, attention to detail, and amazing levels of creativity go into designing physical FX for actors to interact with (the closeup of the alien's lungs inflating around the 1:32 mark is especially cool).
Check out the clip over at io9, and you can pre-order "Back Into The Abyss" over at Eon Entertainment.
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Bestselling author Brad Meltzer loves a good conspiracy.
Whether exploring the nation's unsolved mysteries in his History Channel show "Brad Meltzer's Decoded," or crafting the political thrillers at the heart of celebrated novels like "The Tenth Justice" or "The Book Of Fate," the award-winning writer has a nose for sniffing out the stories lurking just behind the historical facts. His latest conspiracy tale, "The Inner Circle," hits shelves this week, telling of a young archivist who accidentally discovers a 200-year-old dictionary that once belonged to George Washington and becomes entangled in a dangerous mystery.
With that in mind, we asked Meltzer to tell us about his favorite conspiracy stories from the big screen — and he was happy to oblige with a list of seven films he counts as his favorite conspiracy movies. Why seven? Apparently, it's a mystery. Read More...
Almost a year ago today, I spoke to actor Thomas Jane about his directorial debut, "Dark Country" — a noir-fueled thriller with a scary, Hitchcock-style twist that was filmed entirely in digital 3-D. Starring Jane, Lauren German ("Hostel: Part II"), and Ron Perlman ("Hellboy"), "Dark Country" will receive not just one but two 3-D screenings attended by its director and lead actor at Long Beach Comic Con this Halloween weekend.
The veteran actor is currently enjoying the success of his HBO television series "Hung" (set to premiere its third season in 2011), but he took time out to chat with me about this weekend's "Dark Country" screenings, and remind the world that the film is not only his passion project, but also the very first fully digital, live-action 3-D movie. Read More...
FROM SPLASH PAGE: Ever since their first collaboration on 1985's "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure," director Tim Burton and composer Danny Elfman have established themselves as one of Hollywood's most perfect pairings. This holiday season, Warner Bros. Records will commemorate their prolific partnership with the release of "The Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box," a massive collection of the duo's 13 scores together, featuring more than 19 hours of music, an exclusive DVD, and a long list of rare audio, video and collectible material.
Later this week Splash Page will feature a rare interview with Elfman discussing his work on projects like 1990's "Batman," but Warner Bros. Records has also provided MTV News with an exclusive clip of Elfman and Burton reflecting on "The Nightmare Before Christmas," one of the many projects featured in the 25th Anniversary Music Box. In the clip, the award-winning composer explains why he identified so well with the film's skeletal hero.
"['Nightmare'] probably reminded me more of your days in clubs and the certain type of music you were doing," Burton told Elfman. "To me, that always seemed like the clearest thing to you in a way — something that was just inside of you for a long time." Read more about Burton and Elfman's "Nightmare Before Christmas" conversations on Splash Page!
While there's certainly an element of science fiction to "Never Let Me Go," the new film by director Mark Romanek ("One Hour Photo") adapted from Kazuo Ishiguro's award-winning novel, it's clear from the start that this isn't a film about alternate futures — it's a film about living in the present.
Starring Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, and Keira Knightley, "Never Let Me Go" follows three close friends who grow up knowing the grim fates that await each of them, and their efforts to live, learn, and love in the too-short timelines they're given. When Garfield dropped by Movies Blog HQ, MTV News asked him about the sci-fi backdrop of the story, and whether it played a role in the way he approached his character, Tommy, a boy whose big heart is occasionally overshadowed by his fits of rage.
"Not really," Garfield told MTV News. "I think the sci-fi element is definitely a small backdrop. It's kind of a device for the story to fall out as it does." Read More...
Comic-Con is barely underway in San Diego and we already have some big news from the show floor!
While chatting up "World War Z" author Max Brooks at the booth for comic publisher Avatar Press, the writer confirmed to MTV News that the adaption of his novel about the zombie apocalypse is not only moving forward, but Brad Pitt is now officially attached to star in the film. Additionally, Brooks revealed that Paramount has optioned the movie rights to two more of his projects: "The Zombie Survival Guide" and "The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks" graphic novel.
Pitt's production company Plan B Entertainment first secured the rights to "World War Z" back in 2007 after a bidding war with Leonardo DiCaprio's company, Appian Way. The actor has long been rumored as a potential lead for the film, but Brooks received the call confirming Pitt's attachment (and the other "Survival Guide" deals) while signing copies of the books at the Avatar booth tonight (Wednesday, July 21) during Preview Night at Comic-Con. Read More...
FROM SPLASH PAGE: While everything is still far from official and awaiting studio confirmation, a new report indicates that actor Chris Evans has accepted the role of soldier-turned-superhero Steve Rogers in the upcoming Marvel Studios film "The First Avenger: Captain America."
[UPDATE: Variety is now indicating that the deal is official, though Marvel Studios and Evans' reps have not confirmed.]
According to The Hollywood Reporter, negotiations have moved quickly since the offer was first made to Evans last week. Neither Marvel Studios nor the actor's representatives have confirmed the report at press time.
If Evans indeed becomes the face of Captain America, it will be the fourth live-action movie based on a comic book series in which he's starred. He previously appeared as Johnny Storm in both "Fantastic Four" movies, and has prominent roles in both "The Losers" (based on the DC/Vertigo series) and "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" (based on the Oni Press series) later this year.
Continue reading Chris Evans Accepts 'Captain America' Lead? [UPDATED]
FROM SPLASH PAGE: If "Incredible Hulk" star Edward Norton had his way, not only would his former director Louis Leterrier direct Marvel's upcoming superhero team-up "The Avengers," but he'd get a similar level of creative control as Christopher Nolan did for "The Dark Knight."
"I loved Louis Leterrier," Norton told MTV News during the South by Southwest Film Festival. "I thought he was just the greatest guy. I wish they'd given him more free reign than they did."
Continue reading Edward Norton Says 'Avengers' Director Should Get 'Dark Knight'-Level Creative Control
FROM SPLASH PAGE: Back in January, we brought you the news that "Kick-Ass" will open this year's South By Southwest Film Festival, offering attendees the chance to screen the film well ahead of its April 16 release. Well, there's more to the story, folks.
While your friendly neighborhood Splash Page editor won't be making the trip to Austin this year, MTV Movies editor Joshua Horowitz is — and along with providing comprehensive coverage of the festival all week, he'll host the official "Kick-Ass" panel on Saturday, featuring the cast and creators of the film! Director Matthew Vaughn will be joined by "Kick-Ass" comic creators Mark Millar and John Romita Jr., as well as stars Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Chloe Moretz. So expect to see lots of "Kick-Ass" coverage throughout the show!
But that's not all — we also have your first look at three new "Kick-Ass" posters that will debut at the festival.
Continue reading EXCLUSIVE: New 'Kick-Ass' Poster And SXSW Panel Announcement!