Reactions to TITANIC 3D, TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, SHERLOCK, and More at Empire Big Screen 2011

     August 12, 2011


Empire Big Screen is a bit like Comic-Con in that studios come by the show off footage from their new movies and the filmmakers come to talk up those films.  The festival is run by the good folks at the world’s best movie mag, Empire Magazine, so I approve.  Since we don’t have anyone at the event, we’ll be running quotes from other sites who are attending.  The first piece of news comes from Empire who spoke with Sherlock creator/writer Mark Gatiss.  Gatiss says they’re only about a week and a half away from wrapping production and that this season will be “The Woman, The Hound and The Fall” trilogy.  To be more specific, this year’s episodes will adapt the Sherlock Holmes stories “A Scandal in Bohemia”, “The Hound Of The Baskervilles”, and “The Final Problem”.  The second season of BBC’s Sherlock will premiere in early 2012.

Hit the jump for reactions to footage from Titanic 3D, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and more.

titanic-movie-poster-01Next up, The Playlist attended the Fox presentation, but the studio held back on showing anything from their major upcoming films We Bought a Zoo, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and Prometheus.  Instead, they provided the first look at James Cameron’s 3D post-converted Titanic.  Oliver Lyttelton said what he saw of the film “is easily the most convincing case of post-conversion this writer has seen,” and, “on a technical level alone, it’s undeniably impressive, the remastering making the film look like it hasn’t aged a day (Billy Zane’s hairpiece and line readings, not so much…*) Unsurprisingly, considering 3D prophet Cameron has supervised the conversion personally, the dimensionalization is equally strong.”  However, Lyttelton added, “While it bodes well for the future of the conversion process, it doesn’t really change the redundancy of the whole exercise: the film feels no more immersive in 3D than it did in 2D a decade and a half ago.”  Speaking of 2D, the film will also get a re-release.  The 3D and 2D re-releases of Titanic are due out April 6, 2012.

Also in 3D news, Bleeding Cool posted a quick story confirming with Matt Bristowe, Head of Production at stereo house Prime Focus, that the 3D conversion process is finished for Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.  If you honestly think that 3D can make the movie better then I’m sure you already know that the re-release is due out February 10, 2012.

The Playlist also got a look at some scenes from Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy during Universal’s presentation.  Here are some choice quotes:

“It’s clear that watching their interplay and politicking will be one of the great pleasures of the film. Hurt rants and raves, clearly losing control, Firth observes, amused, and Oldman, nearly unrecognizable as George Smiley, is a picture of calm.”

“The detailed eye for period that director Tomas Alfredson showed in Let The Right One In has clearly returned; it’s a beautifully designed, firmly lived-in world, and even minor characters—the receptionist who clearly has a crush on Guillam [Benedict Cumberbatch]—are beautifully played. Perhaps even more exciting is how old-fashioned the thrills are: Straughan described it as “old school,” and it certainly is, but it’s also deeply suspenseful while remaining restrained, aided by what sounds like a very promising score from regular Almodovar collaborator Alberto Iglesias.”

“The Istanbul scenes were beautifully shot and characterful, while the final moment, a Rear Window-inspired moment where Tarr [Tom Hardy] watches his target, Boris, beat his wife, was particularly strong.”

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy will debut at the Venice Film Festival.  It opens in the UK on September 16th and in the US on November 18th.

Universal also showed footage from Contraband (“could be a decent-enough programmer, landing somewhere between The Town and season 2 of The Wire“), The Raven (“seems closer to Seven and could be good gothic fun, with John Cusack surprisingly convincing as Edgar Allan Poe”), and Immortals (“It’s cartoonishly gory in a way reminiscent of video game God of War, immaculately framed, and deathly dull. And from the new trailer we were shown, the performances look awful; lifeless and airless”).  Judging by their reactions, it sounds like The Playlist was saw the footage from The Raven and Immortals that was shown at Comic-Con.

Empire Big Screen continues throughout the weekend so expect more news to comve out of the event.

*Zing, Billy Zane.  Zing.


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  • Mr. Me

    Yikes, Matt. Enough with the endless Star Wars bashing. I understand that you don’t like what’s become of the franchise, but you don’t need to be a perpetual douche about it.

  • tinc21

    Cannot wait for Sherlock and TTSS!!! November 2011 and “early 2012″ cannot come too soon!

  • Brian B.

    Was I the only one that enjoyed that enjoyed the entire Star Wars saga–both the prequel and the original trilogy? I mean, the Prequel Trilogy was admittedly weaker than the Original Trilogy, but its better than a lot of films, particularly the mindless blockbusters that populate the summer season nowadays. I rather watch Revenge of the Sith than Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen anyday. Episode I (The Phantom Menace) was hollow but enganing & entertaining nonetheless–even though I agree Jar Jar Binks is one of the biggest nuisances in the history of films. Episode II (Attack of the Clones) was a near return to form for the franchise, and Episode III (Revenge of the Sith) was arguably the best Star Wars film since Episode V, IMO. And as for the Original Trilogy, its perfect. Episode IV (A New Hope) and V (Empire Strikes Back) were masterpieces, while Episode VI (Return of the Jedi) was amazing but not to the extent of its predecessors. I truly don’t undestand the over-abundance of criticism to Lucas’ Star Wars Prequel Trilogy. He did a fantastic job with his saga; he doesn’t owe anything to any of us, anyways.

    • Tommy M

      Yes, you would probably be just about the only one who would defend it on the internet.

      Any 19 year old his second week in their Film 101 class could tear apart 1-3′s story structure, character developement, and continuity issues. That same 19 year old could write a dissertation 7 years later on 4-6 about how those same topics were done so well that they could be considered a standard for film makers.

      So yes…… your the only one who would be insane enough to defend 1-3. However!

      There is nothing wrong with saying you enjoyed it. Just dont try to defend them as well done movies, much less compared to 4-6 which is considered by many to be some of cinemas finest hours.

  • mark tornits

    “Billy Zane’s hairpiece….”

    funny that he said that- one of the worst parts of avatar was sam worthington’s terrible wig that he used in the second part of the film where his hair was long, it is just terrible!

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