Movie City Indie Archive for September, 2008

[PR] Transformers 2 gets iMichael IMAX treatment

IFOX-transformers-35.jpgMICHAEL BAY TO SHOOT SELECT SCENES OF TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN WITH IMAX® CAMERAS
LOS ANGELES, CA, September 30, 2008 – IMAX Corporation (NASDAQ: IMAX; TSX: IMX), DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures today announced that director Michael Bay will shoot key sequences of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen with IMAX® cameras. Bay will integrate the IMAX footage with state of the art CGI to create an unprecedented look and feel for the highly anticipated sequel to last year’s box office hit, Transformers. As previously announced, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen will be released to IMAX® theatres simultaneously with the movie’s wide release on June 26, 2009.
The movie sequences shot in traditional 35mm will be digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The IMAX DMR scenes will appear in the traditional “letterbox” shape, while scenes shot with IMAX’s cameras will expand vertically to fill the entire IMAX screen.
“The extraordinary level of detail and intensity captured by the IMAX camera creates many exciting possibilities for us with this film,” said Michael Bay, the film’s director. “IMAX’s all-encompassing format will take this story to a new level, and I am once again very excited to share The IMAX Experience with Transformers fans around the world.”

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[NSFW] Full Metal Debate



Was John McCain saying things under his breath during the first debate? This is how rumors get started.

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"50 eggs…"

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For Mr. Newman, via Hobotopia.

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Paul Newman for Ned Lamont (2004)



Ned Lamont talks about the lifelong progressive.

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Newman's own popcorn

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Paul Newman by Dennis Hopper, 1964

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Paul Newman, James Dean screen test

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Paul Newman in Slap Shot



Trailer. [Bonus below: Slap Shot en Québécois.]

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Postering Synecdoche, New York

Needs more airship.

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Sacha Baron Cohen crashes Milan catwalk

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Trailering W.: Based On A True Story's latest incarnation

[If you’re reading this from Indie’s front page, to view in proper ratio, click below on the time stamp link.]


As apt needle-drops go for placing a song to footage, this is splendid. On the nose a bit? Yup.

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Filmmaker Todd Sklar on working in Columbia, Missouri



Earlier this week, I traveled to Columbia, Missouri to present two Olivier Assayas films (Irma Vep; Late August, Early September) in the first installment of Ragtag Cinema’s Critic’s Series. It was the first time I met filmmaker Todd Sklar, although I had reviewed his self-distributed feature comedy debut, Box Elder, earlier this year. (It’s still out there, including a scheduled return engagement at Chicago’s Siskel.) Afterwards, we stepped out onto Hitt Street to talk about why Columbia’s good for him and for filmmaking. [The trailer for Box Elder is below; here’s a good making-of piece. Website.]

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Three Days Of The Condor: "We play games"

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“Let me try and be as direct as I possibly can with you on this. There was no relationship to repair. I didn’t intend for Harvey to buy and release The Immigrant – I thought it was a terrible idea. And I didn’t think he would want the film, and I didn’t think he would like the film. He bought the film without me knowing! He bought it from the equity people who raised the money for me in the States. And I told them it was a terrible idea, but I had no say over the matter. So they sold it to him without my say-so, and with me thinking it was a terrible idea. I was completely correct, but I couldn’t do anything about it. It was not my preference, it was not my choice, I did not want that to happen, I have no relationship with Harvey. So, it’s not like I repaired some relationship, then he screwed me again, and I’m an idiot for trusting him twice! Like I say, you try to distance yourself as much as possible from the immediate response to a movie. With The Immigrant I had final cut. So he knew he couldn’t make me change it. But he applied all the pressure he could, including shelving the film.”
James Gray

“I’m an unusual producer because I control the destiny of a lot of the films I’ve done. Most of them are in perfect states of restoration and preservation and distribution, and I aim to keep them in distribution. HanWay Films, which is my sales company, has a 500-film catalogue, which is looked after and tended like a garden. I’m still looking after my films in the catalogue and trying to get other people to look after their films, which we represent intellectually, to try to keep them alive. A film has to be run through a projector to be alive, unfortunately, and those electric shadows are few and far between now. It’s very hard to go and see films in a movie house. I was always involved with the sales and marketing of my films, right up from The Shout onwards. I’ve had good periods, but I also had a best period because the film business was in its best period then. You couldn’t make The Last Emperor today. You couldn’t make The Sheltering Sky today. You couldn’t make those films anymore as independent films. There are neither the resources nor the vision within the studios to go to them and say, “I want to make a film about China with no stars in it.”Then, twenty years ago, I thought, “OK, I’m going to sell my own films but I don’t want to make it my own sales company.” I wanted it to be for me but I wanted to make it open for every other producer, so they don’t feel that they make a film but I get the focus. So, it’s a company that is my business and I’m involved with running it in a certain way, but I’m not seen as a competitor with other people that use it. It’s used by lots of different producers apart from me. When I want to use it, however, it’s there for me and I suppose I’m planning to continue making all my films to be sold by HanWay. I don’t have to, but I do because it’s in my building and the marketing’s here, and I can do it like that. Often, it sounds like I’m being easy about things, but it’s much more difficult than it sounds. It’s just that I’ve been at it for a long time and there’s lots of fat and security around my business. I know how to make films, but it’s not easy—it’s become a very exacting life.”
~ Producer Jeremy Thomas