TOP 5: 48fps Editorial, JUSTICE LEAGUE Rumors, WARM BODIES Set Visit, Jay-Z to Score THE GREAT GATSBY, Your Favorite Movies of 2012

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Welcome to 2013, folks. If you’re reading this it means that you survived the Mayan Apocalypse, the first Dick Clark-less New Year’s Rockin’ Eve celebration in like four decades, likely some sort of mandatory holiday time with your extended family, and incessant political jabber about some sort of “fiscal cliff”, all in a matter of about two weeks. Congratulations on a job well done. In spite of all these accomplishments, though, odds are you still haven’t spent any part of 2013 hanging out with Arnold Schwarzenegger and his tank. So, to this point, our Dave Trumbore still wins 2013.

All tank envy aside, let’s keep our heads up and focus on the first Top 5 installment of the new year. This week’s recap includes Brendan’s editorial plea for giving 48fps the old college try, Justice League rumors, Matt’s Warm Bodies set visit and ensuing zombie transformation, news of Jay-Z being brought on to score Baz Luhrmann‘s The Great Gatsby, and the results of our first ever readers poll that asked for your top movies of 2012. Brief recaps and links to all of the above are dying for your attention after the jump.

Why 48 Frames Per Second Is the Future of Filmmaking (Probably, If We Let It)

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If you are at Collider, you probably watch a lot of movies.  Based on our demographics, most of you have seen The Hobbit.  A significant portion of you will see The Hobbit in 48 frames per second.  Virtually all of you who do will think the higher frame rate looks strange, at least at first.  And yet, Hobbit director Peter Jackson proclaims 48fps is the future of filmmaking.  Critics are far from convinced, calling the new look “a gaudy high-definition tourist attraction” and “washed out and flat, yet unforgiving in its hyper-realism.”

Jackson’s push for 48fps (also known as High Frame Rate or HFR) has sparked a surprisingly heated debate over what seems like a relatively simple technological innovation.  Although my first viewing of The Hobbit was a peculiar experience, I am a believer in 48fps.  So after the jump, I examine the arguments for and against 48fps, the neuroscience behind the negative response, and what it will take for HFR to find widespread acceptance.

Weta Digital’s Sr. Visual Effects Supervisor Joe Letteri Talks IRON MAN 3, MAN OF STEEL, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, the AVATAR Sequels, and More

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At yesterday’s New York City press day for The Hobbit, I was able to sit down with Weta Digital’s Sr. Visual Effects Supervisor Joe Letteri for an extended video interview.  While Weta is currently hard at work on the next two Hobbit films, they’re also working on a few other high profile projects.  Towards the end of our interview, I got a few updates on Weta’s work for Man of Steel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Wolverine, Iron Man 3, and the Avatar sequels.  As you might imagine, the updates on the projects are focused on the visual effects, but if you’re a movie nerd like me, it’s always cool to hear how they’re working to make the effects look even better and what scenes Weta is working on.  Hit the jump to watch.

James Cameron Hopes to Shoot AVATAR 2 and 3 Next Year; Says THE HOBBIT Will “Pave the Way” for Sequels to Be 48fps

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James Cameron is a very rich man, and as the director of the two highest grossing films of all time, he has the clout to move forward on his next project whenever the hell he wants.  We already know that he’s next set to direct Avatar 2 and 3 back-to-back, but he’s been a little busy diving to the ocean’s deepest point and mentoring the use of 3D cameras.  It now appears that he’s ready to get going in earnest, as he recently provided a hoped-for timetable of when the scripts will be finished and when shooting might begin.  Hit the jump for more.

Two New Featurettes for Ang Lee’s LIFE OF PI Focus on the 3D and Creating a CG Tiger

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Two new featurettes for director Ang Lee’s ambitious adaptation of Life of Pi have been released.  Lee has stated many times that this is the hardest film he’s ever had to make, and it’s obvious that’s not an understatement when you realize that the premise involves a young boy and a tiger lost at sea for the majority of the film.  The featurettes released today focus on the meticulousness that went into creating the CG tiger Richard Parker, and choosing to shoot the film in 3D.  The latter featurette includes 3D guru James Cameron talking about Lee’s use of 3D in the pic and how it enhances the story, naturally.

Hit the jump to take a look at the featurettes.  Life of Pi opens in 3D on November 21st.

James Cameron to Direct Thriller THE INFORMATIONIST After AVATAR Sequels

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Though James Cameron’s been busy searching the seas lately, he’ll soon be turning his attention (we think) to the long-promised Avatar sequels.  He will be directing Avatar 2 and 3 back-to-back, but it appears that he’s already selected his post-Avatar project.  It was announced today that Lightstorm Entertainment has acquired the rights to Taylor Stevens’ 2011 novel The Informationist for Cameron to direct and produce, with Lightstorm partner Jon Landau also producing.

The story centers on an information specialist who is hired by a Texas oil billionaire to find his daughter who vanished in Africa four years ago.  The specialist finds herself “back in the lands of her childhood,” where she must come face-to-face with the past that she’s tried to forget.  Landau describes the character as “a mix between Lisbeth Salander and Jason Bourne.”  Hit the jump for more.

TOP 5: RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION, First Trailer for LINCOLN, James Cameron Talks AVATAR Sequels/Prequel and His Take on JURASSIC PARK, FINDING NEMO 3D, TIFF 2012

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In the spirit of TIFF 2012 winding down this weekend, I’m interested in hearing what some of our readers most anticipated pics coming out of the festival are. For me, I was already psyched for films such as Looper, Cloud Atlas, and The Master, but early buzz has also peaked my interest in The Place Beyond the Pines, End of Watch, Spring Breakers, Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp, Dredd 3D, and At Any Price among others. What about you? Where there films that showed up on your radar while following the festival? What about a film you were looking forward to that you were disappointed didn’t fare quite as well as you had hoped (for me, this was Passion)? Let us know in the comments and be sure to check out this week’s fifth spot for a link that can help you get caught up on all of our TIFF 2012 coverage.

In addition to that fifth spot, also on the docket for this week’s Top 5 is a slew of video interviews for Paul W. S. Anderson‘s Resident Evil: Retribution, the first full trailer for Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln, James Cameron talking the future of Avatar and what his take on Jurassic Park would have been like, and Steve’s video interviews with some of the major names behind Finding Nemo 3D. Brief recaps and links to each lie after the jump.

James Cameron’s JURASSIC PARK Would Have Been “Nastier, Much Nastier”

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Sometimes it’s fun to take an alternate route through history and swap directors or actors for now famous films.  Take, for instance, James Cameron, the visionary director of the top two highest grossing films of all time.  Once upon a time, Cameron wanted to film Jurassic Park, but someone named Steven Spielberg beat him to the adaptation rights.  The Jaws director bested Cameron by a mere few hours.  So how would Cameron’s adaptation of the Michael Crichton novel differed?  Hit the jump to find out!

James Cameron Says He’s Trying to Avoid “THE MATRIX RELOADED Problem” on AVATAR Sequels

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Though there’s still no firm start date for the promised Avatar sequels, we’ve recently been privy to a few updates on the multiple follow-ups to the highest grossing film of all time.  Last weekend we learned that the planned Avatar 4 would be a prequel to the first film and would be filmed separately from Avatar 2 and 3, and now Cameron has spoken a bit about the writing process for 2 and 3 as well as the technical challenges that he and his team face.

The plan is to shoot both films simultaneously, and when talking about how he’s approaching the dual sequels Cameron mentioned a couple of other follow-ups that were filmed back-to-back as an example of what not to do.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

BATTLE ANGEL to Follow AVATAR Sequels by 2017 Says Jon Landau

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There’s been a lot of talk out of the Avatar camp lately: producer Jon Landau talking about the progress of Avatar 2 and Avatar 3, plus James Cameron revealing Avatar 4 would be a prequel.  But what happens after those films are wrapped up within the next few years?  As we posted previously, it appears that Landau and Cameron’s next film in the line-up is still expected to be Battle Angel, an adaptation of Yukito Kishiro’s manga, Battle Angel Alita.  The story follows a scientist who discovers an android in a junkyard.  He brings her back to life, patches her up and raises her as a daughter.  Then, the two cavort on bounty hunting adventures.  Cameron’s passion for the project is well-documented, but fans will likely have to wait until 2017 at the earliest to see Battle Angel on screen.  Hit the jump to see what Landau had to say about the project. 

James Cameron Reveals AVATAR 4 Will Be a Prequel

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Jon Landau, a longtime collaborator with James Cameron, recently spoke about the progress of Avatar 2 and Avatar 3, but now we have an idea of what the fourth film will be.  From Cameron himself comes word that Avatar 4 will likely be a prequel that explores the colonization process of Pandora before the events of Avatar While the creative team is still working on the scripts for the two sequels, Cameron admits he has not yet put pen to paper for the prequel, but seems to have the kernel of an idea in mind.  Hit the jump to hear what he had to say.

Watch James Cameron and David Fincher Talk Filmmaking in SIDE BY SIDE Outtakes

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More clips from Keanu Reeves’ film vs. digital documentary Side by Side have landed online, and though I’m incredibly excited for narrative features like Django Unchained and Les Miserables later this year, I’m becoming increasingly convinced that Side by Side will be the most fascinating film I see in 2012.  We recently shared clips of people like Martin Scorsese and The Wachowskis discussing the moviemaking process, and today we’ve got two bona fide titans: James Cameron and David Fincher.  Cameron raves about how much more active the brain is while watching 3D films as opposed to 2D, while Fincher discusses the crux of his job as a director.  They’re both incredibly interesting clips, and if this is the stuff that ended up on the cutting room floor, I can only imagine how in-depth the full film will be.

Hit the jump to watch the clips.  Side by Side hits theaters is currently playing in limited release and is now available on VOD on iTunes.

Director Marc Webb Talks THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, the Comics He Studied, Adapting Spider-Man for a Modern Context, and More

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Last month, Sony Pictures invited us to attend the press junket The Amazing Spider-Man.  The reboot takes a grittier, more realistic approach to Peter Parker’s journey to becoming your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, and sees the wall-crawler struggling to come to grips with the mysterious disappearance of his parents.  For more on the film, click here for all of our previous coverage.

During my interview with director Marc Webb, we spoke about which comic books he studied, how Peter Parker stands apart from other superheroes, talking with James Cameron about the 3D, remaking Spider-Man in a modern context, and more.  Hit the jump to check out the interview, and click on the corresponding links for my interviews with stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, and Martin Sheen.

Trailer for James Cameron and Andrew Adamson’s CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: WORLDS AWAY 3D

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The trailer for Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D has gone online.  Producer James Cameron and writer/director Andrew Adamson (Shrek) have adapted the popular show into a 3D motion picture that’s about…something.  Cirque du Soleil shows aren’t really about story as much as they’re about seeing people who are comprised only of double-joints.  I was skeptical about a screen adaptation of Cirque du Soleil since it would be tough to recapture the excitement and energy of their live shows, but their performance at this year’s Oscar ceremony was one of the program’s few highlights, so now I’m curious to see what Worlds Away has to offer.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D opens December 21st.

Sigourney Weaver Says James Cameron Will Shoot Three AVATAR Sequels at the Same Time

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Though 20th Century Fox ensured that James Cameron’s next film after Avatar would be a sequel to the highest grossing film of all time, the director has been taking his sweet time getting the project going.  Cameron’s been busy diving to the ocean’s deepest point and documenting it in the film Deepest Challenge, but it appears he’s finally getting ready to return to Pandora.  We previously heard that the director would probably be filming Avatar 2 and 3 at the same time, and latest word from the filmmaker was that he was “in the Avatar business period,” meaning he’s only interested in making Avatar films from here on out.  At the same time, Cameron first dropped word about a possible Avatar 4, and now star Sigourney Weaver claims that the director will film all three Avatar sequels at once.  Hit the jump for more.

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