Watch Godzilla Make A Convincing Argument For 3D Conversion

The biggest debate in 3D filmmaking is, and has always been, whether post conversion efforts are worth the time or if native 3D filmmaking is the only way to go. The argument for native 3D has been the more strongly supported argument for a while now, but a new featurette for Gareth Edwards’ upcoming Godzilla film has made probably the best argument for 3D post-conversion processing ever.

Cinema Procinal has the video on their official YouTube channel, which features several key figures from the film’s production. The film’s director is the most enthusiastic about the entire process, which is best summed up in one of his initial thoughts in the video.

“I think it’s better, because you have more control. When you convert it afterwards, you can push things back, pull them forwards, shape things more, and you can finesse it a lot more in post.”

Producer Thomas Tull had an even grander statement to make regarding the advancements of technology that have made this film possible, stating that:

“In the end, when you see the finished product, you’re gonna see Godzilla in detail and in movement that were not possible 15 or 20 years ago.”

Mr. Tull’s claim seems like an obvious dig at Roland Emmerich’s Godzilla, but is it as easy of a dig as we think? After all, Jurassic Park boasted computer graphics in 1993 that still hold up to this day. To accurately compare the Godzilla of the past to Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla, we’ll need to consult footage from the former for comparison to the latter. Here’s footage from one of the 1998 film’s chase scenes, presented as evidence.

Judging that footage by the cinematography alone, we see that we have a very limited view of the character. It’s almost as if the filmmakers were either hampered or uncomfortable with presenting the creature outside of a certain range of focus. From a special effects standpoint, the older Godzilla looks more like a modified tyrannosaur model than a more imaginative, or even traditional, take on the character. Godzilla ’14, on the other hand, looks truly monstrous in scale and in actual detail. It nods to the style of the original film, while doing its own thing with the character.

Finally, there’s a little bit of new footage included in this segment, including a hint towards the film’s ending. At least, that’s what it looks like at 01:43 into the video, as Aaron Taylor-Johnson looks exhausted and beaten up as a gigantic (possibly nuclear?) flash goes off in the background. We also get more of a glimpse at Muto, the “other” monster in the picture, as it stomps around and knocks over a fire truck. Cap everything off with some new establishing shots of Godzilla from the water, and a sampling of Alexandre Desplat’s score for the film, and you have a nice look at next weekend’s possible box office champ.

Godzilla opens in theaters next Thursday night.


Discuss The Amazing Spider-Man 2 With Spoilers And Rate It

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Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 finally opened in U.S. theaters on Thursday night after proving to be a draw overseas. The film pulled in an estimated $8.9 million on Thursday night, and is targeting a $95-100 million opening weekend tally.

But this thread is WIDE open to discussion. You checked out Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Some loved it! Some despised it. We’re giving you an open forum to discuss the movie with the freedom of spoilers!

If you haven’t seen Spidey’s sequel yet, run! This page is LOADED WITH SPOILERS. The rest of you can spend the weekend raving (or ranting) about our newest Spider-Man movie. And participate in our poll below, telling us how you thought The Amazing Spider-Man 2 turned out.

Amazing Spider-Man 2 Concept Art Reveals What Rhino Almost Looked Like

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The adaptation of any comic book character from the page to the silver screen is a long process, as filmmakers must try and find the best way to create something recognizable to comic book fans, but also at least somewhat realistic. Artists are put to work trying to figure out what will play, and while at the end of the day only one design will be chosen, it’s still interesting to see what might have been. Today we get that opportunity with two pieces of Rhino concept art from The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Much like The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in its entirety, the design you see up top- revealed by Screen Crush – actually looks a lot like the version that was design in the Ultimate Spider-Man comics. In addition to replacing the rhinoceros hide with metal, this design appears to be hulking, but also more human-like in shape (with the horn attached directly to the helmet). Checking out the Ultimate version from the comics below:

Ultimate Spider-Man Rhino

This can also be said of the second piece of concept art revealed, though the differences are quite clear. This one takes a lot of the “Rhino” element out of the design and actually looks more like something Tony Stark would make. I’m assuming that Aleksei’s face would be revealed underneath the “horn,” which looks more like a ribbed hammer than anything.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Concept Art Rhino

Ultimately, neither of these designs were used in the film and Marc Webb and hisAmazing Spider-Man 2 team went with something completely different for star Paul Giamatti that many fans have complained looks too Transformers-like:

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Rhino

It’s an interesting debate to have – did you like the version of Rhino that ended up in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, or would you have preferred to see one of these other two designs end up in the movie? Answer our poll below and tell us what you think in the comments below.

Are Frozen, Tangled And The Little Mermaid Actually Linked?

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Warning: the following contains spoilers for FrozenTangled and to a lesser degreeThe Little Mermaid.

Disney’s Frozen has been a gargantuan hit that has been killing it at the box office, on the Billboard charts, at the Oscars and as an endless source of web-based entertainment. So it shouldn’t surprise you to learn that one obsessed Frozen fan has concocted an intense theory about how three of Disney’s princess tales (Frozen,Tangled and The Little Mermaid) all exist in the same narrative world. But I warn you, this is going to get dark.

Okay, so you probably know that Tangled and Frozen are linked. First off, Rapunzel and the sister princesses of Arendelle share a pretty similar animation style. But more importantly, Rapunzel and her beau Flynn Rider popped by Elsa’s kingdom for her coronation. Maybe you thought this was just a fun little Easter Egg? Well, not according to Tumblr user ercmreh (via E Online). She’s spurred discussion of a theory wherein Rapunzel’s happy ending was the cause of Anna and Elsa’s greatest tragedy: the loss of their parents.

In case you missed it, here’s Tangled‘s happy couple’s cameo in Frozen during “For the First Time in Forever.”

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Remember how during the song “Do You Want to Build A Snowman?” there’s an interlude where Anna and Elsa’s mother and father set off on a ship for a “two week” voyage, only to be drowned when a massive storm overtook their ship? Ercmreh theorizes that the king and queen of Arendelle were in fact headed to Rapunzel’s coronation, which was the final scene of Tangled. Sadly, they died en route.

But wait–you might say–we have no way of knowing where they were headed! Well, consider the timelines of the movie’s actual releases and how this is reflected in the plot of Frozen. After the death of the king and queen of Arendelle, Frozen jumps ahead three years to Elsa’s coronation. Three years is the amount of time that passed between the release of Tangled (November 24th, 2010) and the debut of Frozen(November 27th, 2013)! Clue or coincidence? That’s for you to decide. But also think on this: if a neighboring kingdom’s rulers died on their way to your coronation, you’d make it a point to return the favor by attending the coronation of their orphaned eldest, wouldn’t you?

But how do we know Arendelle and Tangled‘s kingdom of Corona are near each other? Well for one, Rapunzel’s appearance in Frozen suggests they are trade partners. But beyond that, Disney fanatics have estimated that the architectural and costume designs from Tangled would align with that of Germany or Poland’s coastal regions roundabouts the 16 to 18th centuries. Frozen‘s Arendelle is said to be inspired by the Norwegian town of Arendal. So, these real-world inspired fictional kingdoms could be just across the North Sea from each other.

Now the sea itself is how Ariel and The Little Mermaid tie-in. If we assume that the animated movie based on the Hans Christian Andersen tale is set off the coast of his homeland of Denmark, then it could just mean that the very shipwreck Ariel scavenges for human treasures is the sunken ship of Elsa and Anna’s parents!

Consult E’s helpful map:

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The Flintstones Getting A New Animated Movie

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Just yesterday we learned that Warner Bros. has put two untitled animated projects on their release schedule for 2017 and 2018 respectively, and now we have a fairly good idea what one of those mystery movies is going to be. News has broken that the studio is now developing a brand new feature based on the classic cartoon series The Flintstones.

In their report about the development, Variety says that writer/producer Chris Henchy – who is best known for his work alongside Will Ferrell and Adam McKay as part of Gary Sanchez Productions – has been tapped to write the script, while his producing partners will be doing just that. The Flintstones movie will presumably follow the same basic formula as the original Hanna-Barbera cartoon and focus on the life of Fred Flintstone, the blue coller bronto crane operator at the prehistoric Slate Rock and Gravel Company, and his family and friends.

Of course, this isn’t the first time that the Flintstones have made their way to the big screen – albeit last time it was done in live-action. The 994 director Brian Levant helmed an adaptation of the long-running, award winning series that starred John Goodman, Elizabeth Perkins, Rick Moranis, Rosie O’Donnell, Kyle MacLachlan, Halle Berry and Elizabeth Taylor. Remember?

The Flintstones Movie

Despite getting terrible reviews, the film was a huge hit, grossing $341 million worldwide on a $46 million budget. This turned out to be rather unfortunate, given that it eventually led to the creation of The Flintstones In Viva Rock Vegas, a film that got reviews equally as bad as its predecessor and wound up being a huge box office flop, making just $59 million worldwide on an $83 million budget. We can only pray that things go better this time around.

Given the aforementioned 2017 and 2018 release dates, it will probably be a long, long time before we actually get to see anything from the Flintstones movie, but it’s not hard to see why Warner Bros. is so excited about making more animated films. Even withCaptain America: The Winter Soldier having been out for more than a month now, Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s The LEGO Movie remains the highest grossing film of 2014 domestically, having made more than $250 million Stateside (not to mention the extra $204 million it has made internationally). There is a lot of money to be made with good animated films that attract both young and adult audiences, so we’ll just have to wait and see if The Flintstones can be that.

Funny Or Die Gives Sofia Coppola’s The Little Mermaid The Spot-On Spoof Treatment

Like her or hate her, writer/director Sofia Coppola definitely tends to make films with a very authorial, recognizable voice. Her movies tend to be slow, drawn out stories with characters feeling a certain level of malaise while being photographed with high levels of light. We’ve seen the director’s trademark style in movies like Lost In Translation,Somewhere and The Bling Ring, and we expect to see more of it in her upcoming adaptation of The Little Mermaid. The problem is that some comedians have already beat her to the punch. 

Posted on Funny or Die and starring AnnaSophia Robb and Evan Peters, this parody trailer for Sofia Coppola’s The Little Mermaid is a perfect aping of the filmmaker’s most noticeable trademarks , even down to the fact that the lead is a former child actor. The comedy of the video is best when it more captures the spirit of Coppola’s work, but there are also some very recognizable moments from the director’s past work. Notice something familiar about Ariel and Eric sitting together on pool loungers? 

Sophia Coppola Little Mermaid

That’s because it’s taken directly from the poster for Somewhere

Sophia Coppola Somewhere

And how about this whispering at the end? 

Sophia Coppola Little Mermaid

Taken straight from the ending of Lost in Translation

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(I was actually kind of hoping for a “Hail Hydra“) 

For those of you waiting for the real thing to arrive, Coppola only signed on to direct her own live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid in March, so the project is likely still very much in the early stages. Caroline Thompson, the writer of Edward Scissorhandsis handling the script based on the classic Hans Christian Anderson story, and while we’ve heard that the movie will be “darker” than previous adaptations, we don’t know much about it beyond that. Stay tuned for more details! 

‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Clip Explains How Professor X Walks Again




There’s a scene early in the original X-Men film (2000) where Logan (Hugh Jackman) meets Professor X (Patrick Stewart) for the first time, and jokingly asks, “What do they call you, ‘Wheels?’” 14 years later, Wolverine travels to the past to meet a younger professor (played by James McAvoy) and should be thinking the same thing – except something’s off – somehow, Xavier can walk just fine despite taking a bullet to the back in X-Men: First Class.





In the climactic battle at the conclusion of Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men prequel, Magneto deflects a bullet that strikes young Charles, and we later see him confined to a wheelchair. One of the world’s most powerful mutants could no longer walk. In the marketing for the followup, X-Men: Days of Future Past, we see the same Xavier, years later, in a chair but also on foot once again. For those parts of the movie, what happened?

Another new clip for X-Men: Days of Future Past released by Twentieth Century Fox in the final weeks leading up to the May 23rd release of their expensive superhero team-up showcases a conversation between Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr which reveals the answer – or at least confirms what some of the cast have hinted at in previous interviews. Xavier has some sort of medication which alters his DNA and seemingly repairs his spine. He can walk and run once again, but with medication effecting his DNA, he has lost the effects the X-Gene has on his body and mind, effectively making him more Homo sapien than Homo superior.

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The need for Xavier to walk has to do with the story of involving him in much of the plot, and the logistics of that and wheelchair accessibility gave the writing team room to flesh out his character journey – having him learn and choose what’s important for him, his people and the greater good. Eventually he must accept that his mutant gifts are more important than the use of his legs. Magneto does a good job of calling our Charles and naming a pile of First Class characters who may have not survived through the ’60s and into the early ’70s.

The explanation for how this Xavier walks however is odd given the plot of X-Men: The Last Stand searching for a “cure” to mutant abilities. It seems we have already found it in whatever McAvoy’s young Charles Xavier is on. Someone call Anna Paquin’s Rogue! We expect that the same serum (or whatever he’s taking) might be the same drug Beast is taking to return to his human form – another continuity-cracking plot point. Why make Beast blue and Xavier paralyzed, if they’re going to write around it in the sequel? The same can be said for older Wolverine having his adamantium claws returning in the future.

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The other question of continuity has to do with the older Professor X in the future who is miraculously alive despite being vaporized by Phoenix in X-Men: The Last Stand. That, according to Stewart, will be explained in the film. Clearly this all has to do with time-travel and alternate timelines, and how it’s used may answer all of our questions. It’s the plot device that drives the story of Days of Future Past and the one we hope makes sense of the franchise timeline(s) we’ve seen so far.

Here’s another X-Men: Days of Future Past clip of non-blue Beast meeting Logan if you’ve not seen it:





More: X-Men: Days of Future Past Character Guide


Bryan Singer directs X-Men: Days of Future Past with newcomers Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Boo Boo Stewart, Fan Bingbing, Evan Peters, Adan Canto, Josh Helman, Evan Jonigkeit along with returning stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Halle Berry, Lucas Till, and Daniel Cudmore.

X-Men: Days of Future Past arrives in U.S. theaters on May 23rd, 2014, followed by Fantastic Four on June 19th, 2015, X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27th, 2016, The Wolverine 3 (not the official title) on March 3rd, 2017, Fantastic Four 2 on July 14th, 2017, and an unspecified Marvel film on July 13th, 2018.