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April 30, 2009

Ohh Wolverine Why???

So what the heck, FOX SUX, you have marketed the shit out of this movie, you are said to distribute multiple secret endings on different prints and theaters, so you will be showing different versions to boost geekple ticket sales, Rotten Tomatoes currently meters you at %35 (22% Top Critics) and metacritic at a mere 42, so the reviews are bad bub! Yet, with this film you will probably take in $80 million even after the big 'workprint leak' with well over 1 million + downloads, what a mess. I don't like it, I don't like you, are our shots in the final cut? who knows, who cares, We'll never get credit for it anyhow.

Kindest of Regards,

Ohh yeah so, X-Men Origins: Wolverine hits theaters tomorrow... good luck with that.

"I have been powerfully impressed by film versions of Batman, Spider-Man, Superman, Iron Man and the Iron Giant. I wouldn't even walk across the street to meet Wolverine."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times.

Posted by dschnee at 9:43 PM

April 16, 2009

Principal Photography has begun on 'New Moon'


Los Angeles, CA April 15, 2009 — Principal photography has begun on Summit Entertainment's THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON, it was announced today by Erik Feig, Summit's President of Production. Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner reprise their roles as Bella Swan, Edward Cullen and Jacob Black. Academy Award-nominee Chris Weitz (THE GOLDEN COMPASS, ABOUT A BOY) is the director. NEW MOON is filming on locations in Vancouver, BC and Tuscany, Italy.

Also rejoining the movie are Ashley Greene as Alice, Peter Facinelli as Carlisle, Elizabeth Reaser as Esme, Kellan Lutz as Emmett, Nikki Reed as Rosalie, Jackson Rathbone as Jasper, Edi Gathegi as Laurent, Rachelle Lafevre as Victoria and Billy Burke as Charlie Swan.

New cast members include the legendary Volturi, a venerable coven of vampires who weigh and impose the laws of the vampire world, as well as two new members of the Quileute Indian Nation. The Volturi include Charlie Bewley as Demetri, Jamie Campbell Bower as Caius, Daniel Cudmore as Felix, Christopher Heyerdahl as Marcus, all Volturi enforcers. Dakota Fanning plays Jane, a high ranking and powerful Volturi member and Cameron Bright is Alec, her brother. Noot Seer plays Volturi member Heidi. Michael Sheen plays Aro, the Volturi leader. Graham Greene appears as Harry Clearwater, Quileute tribal leader and old friend of Bella's father Charlie. Tinsel Korey is Emily, the fiancé of Sam Uley.

In NEW MOON, Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) is devastated by the abrupt departure of her vampire love Edward (Robert Pattinson) but her spirit is rekindled by her growing friendship with the irresistible Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner). Suddenly she finds herself drawn into the world of the werewolves, ancestral enemies of the vampires, and she finds her loyalties tested.

Jamie Campbell Bower was last seen in Tim Burton's "Sweeney Todd" and is the lead singer of the band The Darling Buds. Daniel Cudmore played Colossus in the "X-Men" films, "X2" and "X-Men: The Last Stand." Dakota Fanning was last seen in Summit Entertainment's sci-fi thriller "Push" and provided the lead voice in the animated feature "Coraline." Graham Greene earned an Academy Award nomination for his work in "Dances With Wolves," and has appeared in such films as "The Green Mile," "Die Hard: With A Vengeance" and "Transamerica." Chrisopher Heyerdahl has appeared in such films as "The Chronicles of Riddick," "Catwoman" and "Blade: Trinity." Tinsel Korey has worked on numerous films and television shows, from "Into The West" to "The Lookout," opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt. She is also a singer/songwriter. Vancouver-born Noot Seer began modeling at age 13 and has lived in New York, Barbados, Guyana and New Zealand. She was a champion horseback rider prior to her modeling career. She made her film debut in the comedy "Head Over Heels," starring Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Monica Potter. Michael Sheen last starred opposite Frank Langella in Ron Howard's film "Frost/Nixon," and played Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair to Helen Mirren's Queen Elizabeth in "The Queen." The award-winning actor was recently seen in "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans."

Posted by dschnee at 10:47 AM

April 15, 2009

Drag Me To Hell UK Quad + International Trailer

In Cinemas May 29th, 2009
This trailer is awesome.

Posted by dschnee at 8:54 PM

April 9, 2009

Wolverine Workprint Downloaded Over 1 Million Times!

"Fox's leaked copy of Wolverine has been downloaded over one million times in the past week, according to BitTorrent news blog TorrentFreak."

Yeah it has... I say god damn. Have you seen it? What did you think? If you have seen it, will you go see it in the theaters?

"It has the early cut of "Wolverine," without special effects or final music, ranked at no. 1 on its download chart. PirateBay, the world's top directory for downloads from the BitTorrent peer-to-peer protocol, has "Wolverine" ranked at no. 6. It's the only film on any of the charts that hasn't yet been released.

Fox has certainly been diligent about trying to minimize the damage. It is issuing takedown notices to any websites it finds linking to a BitTorrent download, though as TorrentFreak notes, "new ones are already uploaded before the requests are processed." And of course Fox News columnist Roger Friedman apparently lost his job for reviewing the pirated version of the film (meaning he also downloaded it... uh oh).

In a sense, though, all that may be victory enough for Fox. The fact that links to the movie aren't exactly stable and nobody in the mainstream media dare touches a pirated copy means the leak should be limited to those who are already active in the piracy community.

And will it keep them out of theaters? Not if a highly unscientific survey is to be believed. TorrentFreak has received 6048 responses to its poll asking "Will the ['Wolverine'] leak hurt the movie's success?" of which only 392 people replied, "Yes, I will download it and won't it in the theater / on DVD."

Sure, there's no reason people have to be honest in an online poll. But there's no reason not to be honest either. If anything, the piracy community is famous for wanting to thumb its nose at Hollywood as much as possible. So if only 6% of them say the leak has hurt "Wolverine's" business prospects, Fox might just be OK." (Variety.com)

Posted by dschnee at 4:03 PM

More Wolverine TV Spots

Seems like there still using some of our work, especially the Scott Summers laser shots, I have a good feeling those are going to be in the movie... sadly no one at Tippett will get any credit for it though.

In Spot #8 "Sit up and take off those glasses!" then two of my finaled laser shots, "That's cool." yeah, that's pretty cool.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine - TV Spot #8

X-Men Origins: Wolverine - TV Spot #9

X-Men Origins: Wolverine - TV Spot #10

Posted by dschnee at 1:11 PM

April 7, 2009

Bedtime Stories DVD Released!

Ohhh Bugsy why...

Bonus Features:

"In "It's Bugsy" we meet the three guinea pigs used to film the part of Bugsy, the guinea pig with googly eyes. He's really one of the stars of the film, so it was fun to see behind-the-scenes footage of the actors with the guinea pigs. (Having had a guinea pig in the past, I was impressed that the sounds made by the animated version and the real version all sounded very realistic.)" -Fitz (blogcritics.org)

Live a little... grab your copy of Bedtime Stories (2 Disc DVD + Disneyfile) | Bedtime Stories (Plus Standard DVD + Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]

Posted by dschnee at 2:54 AM

April 1, 2009

Wolverine Leaked!?!

Karma, It's everywhere your going to be.

Today an unwatermarked, time code free workprint of X-Men Origins: Wolverine leaked on the internet. Within hours thousands of people had a version of the upcoming Fox release, and once a file like this is in the wild it can never be fully brought back in.

How the hell did this happen? (Karma?)

I got in touch with a friend of mine who works in a post-production facility here in Los Angeles and he seemed to think my question was funny. "I'm surprised this doesn't happen more often," he said.

While studios bend over backwards to police film critics at press screenings (I've become used to security guards with night vision lenses staring at me while I'm watching a movie), the post-production process is apparently porous. Burned DVDs are swapped around with aplomb in this world; in fact I was told that the Wolverine DVD was switching hands for the last couple of weeks. It's hard to nail down where in the post-production process the Wolverine leak originated; it could have been someone working in digital FX, someone working on the titles, or even someone working on the trailer. Hell, it could be somebody working on the DVD release, for that matter.


See Also:

Statement from 20th Century Fox regarding the online leak of X-Men Origins: Wolverine
"Last night, a stolen, incomplete and early version of X-Men Origins: Wolverine was posted illegally on websites. It was without many effects and had missing scenes and temporary sound and music. We immediately contacted the appropriate legal authorities and had it removed. We forensically mark our content so we can identify sources that make it available or download it. The source of the initial leak and any subsequent postings will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law - the courts have handed down significant criminal sentences for such acts and the last person who committed such a crime is still in jail. The FBI and the MPAA also are actively investigating this crime. We are encouraged by the support of fansites condemning piracy and this illegal posting and pointing out that such theft undermines the enormous efforts of the filmmakers and actors, and above all, hurts the fans of the film."

See Also, Also:
FBI called in over Wolverine leak
FBI investigating film leak of X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Radically Recut 'Wolverine' to Be Released

(continued from chud.com)

My source told me stories of people blithely taking home DVDs of major upcoming studio blockbusters - some with watermarks, some without - so that they wouldn't have to work overtime at the office. And it's not just the honchos who have this access. My source told me about interns bringing DVDs home to watch with their friends. Even he seemed incredulous about the lackadaisical security at most of these post-production houses.

I've experienced some of this stuff first hand. I had someone from a post house meet me at a coffee shop and show me the Cloverfield trailer on a laptop. I've had files emailed to me that are clearly watermarked with post house names. I know a filmmaker who had his film pirated in the post-production stage, and who managed to nail the guy who was handing out DVDs to his friends. And I've come across some of these DVDs myself, although I never knew that they were so rampant.

Post isn't the only source of major leaks; these days getting a script to an unmade movie isn't even a badge of insider honor. They seem to be available to anyone who wants them. Someone told me that the security on the script for Cabin in the Woods was so tight no one would get it. Just to prove him wrong I got it three days later. I don't say that to boast but to explain how lax security is on the script end; once something hits an agency, PDFs of it may as well be deposited in the mailboxes of the biggest movie site writers. But while that's a problem - the mass leak of the script to Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds being one example - it's not half as damaging as the leak of an actual movie. Very few people will read a script. Many more will watch a DIVX file.

I have a feeling that the Wolverine leak is the tip of the iceberg. My source tells me that he suspects the person who leaked it may have been motivated by a grudge against the house where they work - perhaps someone who has been laid off or had his hours reduced (although to be fair he did also say that it's just as likely that this leak came from a dumb intern who simply made a copy for a friend. My friend has no actual knowledge of the particulars of this specific leak). The ease with which a DVD can be ripped and disseminated makes it child's play, and the ubiquity of laptops make it simpler and simpler for someone to rip a movie without even taking the disc off premises. Studios can keep being worried about someone sneaking a Flip camcorder into a press screening, but the real problem is right in their own system. So far they've been amazingly lucky, but how long can that luck hold out?


Posted by dschnee at 10:03 PM