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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

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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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“I was a brat back when I made Pootie Tang. I was dealing with people every day whose pressures I didn’t understand, and I wasn’t very nice about how I said no to them. I put myself in a position I didn’t have to be in. A lot of what makes this kind of stuff work is empathy. If you’re taking money from somebody, they have a right to look after it. It’s all just trying to be clear about the arrangement. That’s why when I set up ‘Louie,’ I just said, ‘This is what I’m comfortable doing, and if you don’t want to do it, I don’t blame you. But in exchange, I’ll take very little money.’ I was only getting $200,000 per show from them, which is insane, and it goes up just by tiny increments every year. The other part of the arrangement with FX is that if this stops working for them, they should just tell me and we’ll stop doing it. Contractually, FX has a right to demand that the scripts be filtered through them before I shoot them, just like any other show. But from the beginning, they haven’t read anything, and they like the show. If I start turning in shit, then they’re going to start asking to see scripts, and that’s perfectly fair.”
~ Louis C. K.

BOMB: Do you give a lot of direction?

ASSAYAS: I give zero indications. Nothing. To me, it’s all physical. It is all about getting the right actors. They understand the part. They’re not idiots. They’re going to sit down, and they’re going to work. They don’t need my explanations. The problem is that actors listen to directors. They respect them. So, when you say something, it becomes gospel. In a certain way, this limits their imagination. I’d rather say nothing. Then, when we shoot, I fix whatever I don’t like. I channel it as softly as I can in a direction where, maybe, there’s something to gain. But, usually, if you are working with the right people, their instinct will be correct. They will bring something of their own to the character, and to the situation. Ultimately, there will be some kind of human truth to what they are doing.
~ Olivier Assayas on directing

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