A behind-the-scenes video from the new superhero movie shows how the helicarriers were designed.
Prepare to step behind the scenes of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and delve in to the film's astounding visual effects, thanks to company Industrial Light & Magic and Wired magazine. ILM was tasked with updating the helicarriers in the superhero sequel. The helicarriers? You know, those gigantic airborne ocean liners with the neat propellers seen in The Avengers? Well, Winter Soldier has three of these babies, which took some serious effort to create.
'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' - It's Not All About The Dashing Chris Evans, You Know.
FXguide's Mike Seymour spoke to the visual effects company to find out what new details were added to the S.H.I.E.L.D. aircrafts, and how the effects team created a digital modeling environment for the epic helicarrier crash scene seen in the new Marvel blockbuster. As in most CGI-heavy movies, the special effects are best when you barely notice them, which involves hundreds of effects geniuses working tirelessly behind the scenes to make that explosion look as real as possible.
This is the Marvel movie that divides the fans from the casual filmgoers, as the movies become more like a TV series in which the world is saved from disaster every week. While it's shot and acted to an unusually high standard, the script treats the characters like pawns to throw at each other rather than real human beings. So while it's hugely entertaining, there isn't a hint of actual tension or suspense.
Now settling into life in the 21st century, super-powered soldier Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and his cohort Natasha (Scarlett Johansson) are horrified when the mysterious, seemingly indestructible Winter Soldier launches an attack on Shield Director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) on the streets of Washington DC. Suspected of being on the wrong side, Steve and Natasha set out to find out what's up, drafting in angry veteran Sam (Anthony Mackie) and his whizzy flying-wings accessory. Meanwhile, Shield boss Pierce (Robert Redford) is carrying on with launching a wildly heavy-handed security system for America.
Marvel show-runner Kevin Feige works hard to make these movies fit loosely into the overarching mythology while standing on their own. But this is the ninth time these superheroes have had to save the world since 2008's Iron Man, and it's getting a bit tired. This chapter introduces a perviously unseen darkness in the evil agency Hydra, but the real innovation here is the use of gritty Bourne-style direction for the lucid action sequences.
Continue reading: Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review
Steve Rogers has awoken after a deep sleep lasting 70 years following his fight with Nazi adversary the Red Skull during World War II. Things are a lot different now, however, which is more than enough for him to contend with, but when he is forcibly enlisted in the superhero group S.H.I.E.L.D. by the morally questionable Nick Fury, he soon finds himself in immediate danger once again. Unable to trust most of the people around him, he finds comfort in his S.H.I.E.L.D. cohorts, namely Natasha Romanoff AKA Black Widow and Sam Wilson AKA Falcon. Together, the group set out to tackle the world's latest threat, but when one member of S.H.I.E.L.D. is targeted and attacked in mysterious circumstances, they start to wonder if they are getting the whole picture. With assassins on Rogers' tail incessantly, he starts to uncover the planet's real menace in the form of the legendary Winter Soldier.
Several films due to be premiered at the Sundance Film Festival are generating a hefty amount of conversation
The Sundance Film Festival is the place to be for young, aspiring filmmakers hoping to crack into the hotly-contested business of the movies. By the end of the film festival, which this year runs from 16-26 January, there are always a selection of film titles that are revived for the following awards season, and this year people are so eager for the celluloid showcase that a number of early contenders for festival glory have been marked before their debut release.
The dark God's Pocket stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Eddie Marsan
In thirty years the film has discovered some of the most promising filmmakers out there and continues to deliver, from Roland Joffé’s The Killing Fields in the festival's opening year (1985) to last year's most notable success; Fruitvale Station, the debut feature length from Ryan Coogler. With another 120 films to get through this year it seems more than likely that at least one of the releases will be leaving Park City, Utah, with more than a few skiing lessons and a commemorative t-shirt.
The latest outing from the Coen Brothers took home the top awards on Saturday (4 Jan.) night, but how good are it's Oscar chances?
Inside Llewyn Davis took home the top honour at the National Society of Film Critics Awards last night, winning the majority of votes from the panel made up of some of America's top film critics from the nation's best-known publishers. Having already found success at the Gotham Awards last month, the latest win for ...Llewyn Davis might further outline the credentials of the latest Coen Brothers film as a potential Oscar contender, having largely been overlooked by most commentators.
The film's star Oscar Isaac was also honoured with the Best Actor award
The film was crowned Best Picture ahead of American Hustle, which came second in the overall voting, and 12 Years a Slave, which placed third. Despite winning yet another award, the Coen Brother's 'a week in the life' tale of a musician traveling through the Greenwich folk scene in 60's New York is still largely considered an outsider for major awards success, however if these gongs keep on piling up for the Coens then the Academy may be persuaded to change their mind somewhat when the votes are cast.
Continue reading: 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Wins Big At US Critics Society Awards
After the award-winning Margin Call, writer-director J.C. Chandor shifts gears completely for this fiercely detailed one-man survival drama. And Robert Redford gives the performance of his life as a sailor stranded at sea in the middle of the Indian Ocean. It's a riveting adventure that's only weakened by a script that piles so much misery on its hero that we stop believing it could really happen like this.
It all starts when the sailboat Virginia Dean runs into a floating shipping container near the Sumatra Straits. Lone sailor (Redford) patiently repairs the hole and pumps out the water, but is unable to fix his radio or navigational equipment, so he uses the stars to guide him towards safety. But along the way, he runs into a fierce storm that leaves the boat even more damaged. And when things get worse, he's forced to abandon ship and move into his lifeboat. But instead of drifting to a rescue, his ordeal only gets more and more harrowing.
Chandor does a great job at keeping us as focussed as this unnamed sailor, letting us experience everything along with him. The up-close camera work and astonishing effects make everything viscerally involving (riding the boat as it rolls in the storm is breathtaking). Although there's a point where we start to wonder what God has against this poor man, because what he endures is a bit too extreme to be true. Thankfully, Redford gives a beautifully grounded performance as a man who refuses to panic, meticulously addressing each successive calamity. In a virtually wordless performance, his tenacity gets deep under our skin.
Continue reading: All Is Lost Review
The frontrunners and outsiders for the Golden Globes 2014
The Golden Globes won’t be handed out until January 12th, but with the nominees freshly announced, a set of odds have already been priced up by Paddy Power, meaning you can start speculating with a few to accumulating post haste. But what are you going to place your hard-earned cash on?
Chiwetel Ejiofor as Soloman Northrup in 12 Years a Slave
Kicking off with the big one, Best Drama, and it looks as though 12 Years a Slave will pick up the Grammy as a precursor to an awesome Oscars performance. The Steve McQueen directed, Chiwetel Ejiofor-starring slavery epic has stunned the critics, and odds of 4/11 make it the favourite.
Steve McQueen's slavery drama leads 'Dallas Buyers Club,' 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' and 'August: Osage County' in the Screen Actors Guild nominations.
12 Years a Slave hasn't even been released in most countries yet but has already been heaped with accolades with more awards bound to blossom from the scores of nominations Steve McQueen's movie has garnered. The Screen Actors Guild awards nominations are out and yet again the slavery drama starring Chiwetel Ejiofor has emerged on top with four major nominations.
Steve McQueen's '12 Years A Slave' Leads The SAG Nominations.
The critically lauded movie is up for best ensemble, best male actor (Chewitel Ejiofor), best supporting male actor (Michael Fassbender) and best supporting female actor (Lupita Nyong'o). 12 Years will come up against American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club, Lee Daniels' The Butler and August: Osage County in the coveted Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture category, according to the LA Times.
Continue reading: SAG Awards Noms & Snubs: '12 Years A Slave' Leads The Way [Trailer]
The actor was traveling to Johannesburg to attend the premiere of his new film 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'
Idris Elba has been admitted to a unspecified UK hospital after suffering an asthma attack whilst on his way to the premiere of new film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. The Brit-actor suffered the attack whilst on board the plane, but was able to be removed from the aircraft whilst it was still in the UK and taken to a near-by hospital to recover.
Long Walk to Freedom has been given mixed reviews
Elba, who stars alongside fellow Brit Naomie Harris (who plays his wife Winnie Mandela) in the film, was forced to miss a press conference due to take place upon his arrival earlier today (2 Nov.), however producers have said that they remain confident that the star will be able to fly out and attend the premiere of the film on Sunday, 3 November, according to Sky News.
Following events during World War II and his confrontation with Nazi adversary the Red Skull, Steve Rogers awoke 70 years later to find that the world had changed almost beyond recognition. He is now reluctantly a part of superhero law enforcers S.H.I.E.L.D., led by Nick Fury who more than once makes Steve question the ethics of the group and epitomises the blurred line between good guys and bad guys. There are people he can trust though, namely Natasha Romanoff AKA Black Widow; a fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. spy who embarks alongside him on a mission to tackle the latest global threat. However, when a member of S.H.I.E.L.D. is attacked, they find themselves in mysterious circumstances and start to wonder if someone's keeping something from them. As Rogers fights off a myriad of assassins, the real threat starts to surface in the form of the Winter Soldier.
'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' is the sequel to 2011's 'Captain America: The First Avenger'. Based on the Marvel comics by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, it has been directed by Primetime Emmy-winning brothers Anthony Russo, Joe Russo ('You, Me and Dupree', 'Community') with a screenplay by collaborative writing duo Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely ('Thor: The Dark World', 'The Chronicles of Narnia', 'Pain & Gain'). It is set to hit the UK on March 28th 2014.
Chris Evans is back as the all-American hero, and the first official trailer for his return was released this week
Captain America: The Winter Soldier had its first official trailer go viral this week (24 Oct.) and whilst it gives us a reasonable look at what we can expect from the the return of Chris Evans as the first Avenger, there may have been certain elements that you could have missed in the action-packed preview.
The Winter Soldier trailer leaves plenty of questions
We get to see plenty of Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Samuel L Jackson returning as Nick Fury. In all it looks as though the film has a strong S.H.I.E.L.D. presence, but this doesn't give us a great indication of what the film might offer. As for the potential bad guys, it looks as though Robert Redford might have a few sinister ideas up his sleeve and the masked badass we see here and there might be his accomplice, but what does it all mean?
Solid start for the Oscar-tipped movie.
Get ready to be underwhelmed: when we say 12 Years A Slave’s box office was solid on opening, we’re talking about a limited release. $960,000 from 19 theaters over the weekend is pretty good going, though.
Chiwetel Ejiofor stars in 12 Years a Slave as Solomon Northup.
Steve McQueen’s powerful slave drama, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Sarah Paulson, Alfre Woodward, and Brad Pitt – an all-star ensemble indeed – has been a hit with the critics, and its relative success on a limited release suggests the film has the fiscal legs to see it through a competitive season.
Robert Redford has a real chance at the Oscars with 'All Is Lost'
Cinemagoers are spoilt for choice this weekend as awards season begins to come into focus and the major studios release their best hopes for the Globes and Oscars in 2014. Captain Phillips and Gravity are still around though an interesting new offering takes elements of both - namely, isolation and the ocean.
Robert Redford in 'All Is Lost
Robert Redford stars in All Is Lost, a tense adventure movie about a man who must fight for survival after being lost at sea. It's written and directed by J.C Chandor - the man behind the exceptional and severely underrated banking crisis movie Margin Call - and features Redford as the sole cast member. There's also next to no dialogue and the shooting script was only 31 pages long. It's testament to Redford then that the reviews have focused on the veteran's ability to keep the audience gripped.
Continue reading: All Is Lost: How Robert Redford Became The Frontrunner For The Oscars
'Insidious' star Patrick Wilson and his wife Dagmara Dominczyk arrive at the New York Film Festival premiere of one-man movie 'All Is Lost'. The star, Robert Redford, is seen talking to an interviewer on the red carpet with his wife Sibylle Szaggars standing next to him. The star has talked a lot about this unique film which contains almost no dialogue, and told UK Screens, 'I believe in the value of silence. When you take it into a dramatic form, it brings an intensity.'
Robert Redford and his wife Sibylle Szaggars posed on the red carpet at the premiere of his new ocean adventure movie 'All Is Lost' during the New York Film Festival. Redford is the sole actor in the flick about a lone sailor whose boat gets wrecked beyond repair leaving him stranded on a life raft in the middle of a storm.
Robert Redford is creating Oscar buzz for his role as a lone sailor in J.C Chandor's 'All Is Lost'
'All is Lost' is a film that depicts a journey of one man fighting for survival while battling his own conscience.
What began as a peaceful sail at sea quickly unravels into a fight for survival, as a man is left alone in the heart of the ocean. Robert Redford is the only cast member and has very little dialect but can this be his triumphant return to the Oscars that has eluded him for nearly all his career?
Robert Redford in 'All Is Lost'
Actor sees the festival as a great reflection of change in the film industry
Robert Redford has been London to launch the UK version of his curated Sundance Film Festival, and the veteran actor was in bullish mood as he got proceedings underway with an impassioned speech about how the Sundance Festival was a great aggregator of the continual change that was going on in the film industry.
"Because music and film have become more and more integrated over the last few years and Sundance is floating with change we believe change is inevitable and so we treat it as a positive thing and float with it," he told Cover Media. "I know some people are maybe afraid of change they react against it but we see it as positive one of the changes that has taken place outside of technology and film coming more and more together is music and film. Rather than just be a background effect to a film like the old days it's become more integrated to the point that sometimes music is the film. We have a music lab and documentary lab and also a film lab."
Redford was also concerned about the US treatment of films and the arts in general, commenting "When you have a country [the U.S.] with an extremely conservative body that sees money spent on movies and the arts as trivial, it's bad. Someone needs to step up and argue about the economic benefits. The arts can bring billions to the table and there is an economic benefit." Sundance London runs from April 25th to April 28th.
Continue reading: Robert Redford In Bullish Mood At Sundance London Launch
The night included tributes to Streisand from various actors and raised money for the Lincoln Center.
Barbra Streisand’s iconic career in showbiz has been honored with the Lincoln Center’s Chaplin Award. Among the attendees of the ceremony were former president Bill Clinton, Liza Minnelli and singer Tony Bennett. The night raised $2 million dollars in total for the Center to support independent cinema. Streisand, who turns 71 today, is one of few performers to hold what 30 Rock referred to as the “E.G.O.T.” – a collection of the four major US awards – Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.
Accepting the award, Streisand told the audience: "Ever since I can remember, people have been calling me bossy and opinionated. Maybe that's because I am. Three cheers for bossy women."
Streisand has been an icon of women in show business ever since her first role in the 1968 classic “Funny Girl”. She won an Oscar for the role. In a special video tribute, the organizers of the event showed clips from the film, as well as some of Streisand’s other films The Way We Were, What's Up, Doc? and the Meet the Parents sequel, Meet the Fockers. The tribute also included messages from some of Streisand’s colleagues, including Robert Redford, who said about the actress that she had been she was "a pain," but he had discovered that Streisand was "totally engaging to act with, beautiful, thorough and skilled".
The trailer for 'The Company You Keep' suggest Robert Redford has returned to form as a director.
Robert Redford appears to be back on track. Some five years after his disappointing drama 'Lions For Lambs', the Oscar winning director has returned to similar territory with 'The Company You Keep,' a slick looking drama starring an all-star cast. And when we say all-star cast, we really do mean it.
Redford stars and directs in the story of Jim Grant, a public interest lawyer and single father living in New York. Shia LaBeouf plays a scruffy intrepid journalist who exposes Grant as a man wanted for a murder he allegedly committed in his days as an anti-war radical. When another member of the Weather Underground - played by Susan Sarandon - is arrested, LaBeouf's Ben Shepard smells an opportunity to make a name for himself with a national story. The superb Stanley Tucci plays his prickly finger-pointing editor (is it us, or was he born to play a prickly finger-pointing editor?) while the excellent Anna Kendrick plays a vulnerable FBI agent. Elsewhere, there's a gruff looking Nick Nolte, the old-hand Richard Jenkins and legendary western actor Sam Elliott. Oh, and there's Brendan Gleeson. And Terrence Howard. And Julie Christie.
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