Disney announced today that filming is officially underway in Vancouver on director Brad Bird’s (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) new film Tomorrowland. Bird co-wrote the screenplay for the secretive film with Damon Lindelof, based on an idea by Bird, Lindelof, and Jeff Jensen, and the official synopsis is as follows:
Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as “Tomorrowland.”
George Clooney stars as the inventor and Britt Robertson (Under the Dome) is the teenager, while Hugh Laurie plays the film’s antagonist. Bird has assembled an impressive filmmaking team to bring the project to life, including Oscar-winning Life of Pi and Oblivion cinematographer Claudio Miranda. Hit the jump to read the full press release. Tomorrowland opens in theaters on December 12, 2014.
Producer/director Joseph Kosinski’s visionary sci-fi epic, Oblivion, was inspired by his graphic novel written in 2005 which became the pitch for the film. Set in the year 2077, the story centers on Jack Harper (Tom Cruise), a security repairman stationed on an evacuated, post-apocalyptic Earth who is part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying alien threat. When Jack rescues a beautiful stranger (Olga Kurylenko) from a downed space craft, her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he thought he knew. Opening this Friday, the film also stars Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough and Melissa Leo.
At the recent press day at Universal Studios, Kosinski discussed how the finished film compared to what he had originally envisioned, why he likes movies that ask big questions but don’t necessarily answer all of them, the challenges of creating a sci-fi world that’s never been seen before, getting M83’s Anthony Gonzalez to compose the cool score, what the actors brought to their roles, how his background in mechanical engineering and industrial design influenced the film’s groundbreaking visual design, collaborating with DP Claudio Miranda on the high definition front projection, and why he chose not to do 3D. Hit the jump for the interview.
Is an Argo Best Picture win now inevitable? The 2013 British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA Awards) were handed out this evening, and director Ben Affleck’s thriller continued its domination of awards season by landing the Best Film and Best Director prizes. The BAFTAs have always been an important bellwether for predicting Oscar, but they may be even more in tune with the Academy this year as a rule change allowed the entire BAFTA voting body to vote on every award (like the Oscars), instead of writers only voting for screenplay, actors only voting for acting, etc.
Les Miserables won the most BAFTAs of the night, taking home four trophies including Best Supporting Actress for Anne Hathaway (duh) and Best Production Design (over Anna Karenina? Really?). The winners actually lined up pretty closely with my current Oscar predictions, though most were surprised to see David O. Russell take home the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar over Lincoln and Argo. Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence were also overtaken in Best Actress by Emmanuel Riva for Amour, who has emerged as a strong possibility in a tough category. Hit the jump for the full list of winners.
In anticipation of the announcement of the nominations for the 85th Academy Awards tomorrow morning, the American Society of Cinematographers has announced its list of nominees for outstanding achievement in cinematography. Roger Deakins was singled out for his gorgeous work on this year’s Skyfall, as was Claudio Miranda for the breathtaking Life of Pi. The list of nominees is rounded out by Seamus McGarvey for Anna Karenina, Danny Cohen for Les Miserables, and Janusz Kaminski for Lincoln.
Deakins has been nominated by the ASC for a total of 11 times now, winning for The Shawshank Redemption and The Man Who Wasn’t There. Shockingly, he has never won an Academy Award despite being nominated for fantastic work like The Assassination of Jesse James, No Country for Old Men, and True Grit, but this could very well be his year. Hit the jump to read the full press release, and click here to read my predictions for tomorrow’s Oscar nominations. The ASC Awards will be held on February 10th.
Director Kathryn Bigelow’s drama Zero Dark Thirty continues its dominant critics awards path, as it has picked up two more Best Picture wins from the New York Film Critics Online and Boston Society of Film Critics groups, adding to its previous wins from the New York Film Critics Circle and National Board of Review. Bigelow also won Best Director from both organizations, while Daniel Day-Lewis took home Best Actor for Lincoln. Emmanuelle Riva won Best Actress from New York and Boston, while she shared the award in a tie with Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook in the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.
Los Angeles broke from the mold a bit by naming director Michael Haneke‘s devastating French-language film Amour the Best Film of the year. They also awarded Paul Thomas Anderson Best Director for The Master and Beasts of the Southern Wild’s Dwight Henry the Best Supporting Actor honor in a couple of pleasant surprises. Hit the jump for the full list of winners from all three critics groups.
If you’re looking forward to Tron Legacy, today is a great day. That’s because Disney is finally letting me post some of the on set interviews I did in Vancouver last June when Tron was in the middle of production. While movie studios usually make you wait until a film is very close to release before they’ll let you post on set interviews, Disney has set it up so every few months I’ll be posting new Tron Legacy stuff. It’s a unique plan that’s awesome for everyone.
As you might imagine, getting to ask Jeff Bridges questions on the set of a Tron movie was a real thrill and something I’ll never forget. I grew up loving the original Tron and when Disney announced they were making a sequel, I pretty much freaked out. Thankfully, now that the embargo has lifted, I can tell you everything I saw on set made me believe the sequel to Tron is going to be amazing and a film everyone will be talking about this December.
While Bridges was quite guarded with his answers, if you’re a fan of Tron, this is a must read interview as it’s JEFF BRIDGES TALKING ABOUT TRON LEGACY FOR 15 MINUTES! As always, you can either read the transcript or listen to the audio after the jump: