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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Movie Review: WORLD WAR Z - 8.6 Stars... But With A Caveat!

Definitely epic in scale, WORLD WAR Z is a big budget zombie film - finally. However, there's many issues with the movie, not the least of which is the 3D. I had a headache within 30 seconds of the movie starting and at the end, I had a headache that lasted about two hours. It wasn't a splitting headache, but it was enough to give me pause in recommending the 3D. I think the movie really does need 3D to give you added immersion into this apocalyptic vision and help with suspension of disbelief but it was not up to my satisfaction. More on that later.

By now many of you know that what we saw on the screen was not how it was originally meant to be seen. It was rewritten and reshot.

I can tell where Damon Lindelof probably started his rewrite. Just about the time where one of Brad Pitt's collaborators says "India's a black hole" but in the trailer he says: "Russia's a black hole". I just don't get how a zombie can tell a person has a deadly infliction coursing in their body through a sealed door, or just by running around someone. A keen sense of smell? It's a joke. Obviously, it set sequels up very well, but it's a cop out. I would've rather Pitt's family fall into peril and have them come back and rescue them. The use of the Israeli female soldier is very interesting and I enjoyed that part. But they didn't even keep her around to the end to give that awkward yet thankful moment when Pitt's wife is told about her and how she helped him through danger.

The 3D was done by Cinesite and Prime Focus. The second the movie began I could tell that the dialed up 3D was just past the comfortable level. You certainly could tell they spent money on 3D and they wanted to show it. However, this is no Legend 3D or Stereo D conversion. They didn't know (or care that much) where to rest the eyes and you only dial in the 3D depth to that measure when the audience is fully engaged in a action-packed scene, in the midst of a terrifying shot (in my opinion anyway) or in some establishing shots. Something was off, and it literally hurt. The overall appearance of the 3D seems well done, but it's constantly dialed up with hardly any breaks (that I observed anyway). Therefore a headache. Not everyone will get one or you may not even know why you have one, but it's the 3D.

If you're going to spend money on a tentpole 3D movie with this kind of budget, go with the top-tier 3D conversions (like Legend 3D or Stereo D). Moreover, shoot with native 3D using a services company that knows what they're doing like 3ality Technica or Cameron Pace. Why on earth would you roll the dice with a potentially shoddy conversion with anyone else?

I'm just not motivated by this movie or screening it again - unlike MAN OF STEEL. In fact, I would rather see WORLD WAR Z told from the point of view of the father protecting his family and keep them out of harms way and having the zombies and the government interfering with them along the way, all the while he's just trying to protect his family. The movie feels like a cop out. They're going to change the original book anyway, why not make it personal. I'm actually getting tired of the save the world tentpole movie. Especially if it fails in the attempt. I want more personal connection, more emotion, more visceral involvement. Less huge scope.

I wrote that previous paragraph last night before reading this. However, I would have preferred to see the original ending! Oh well, can't have it all. Besides, this is a tentpole zombie movie so at a molecular level I am very happy. I just wish it was everything I was hoping for. Perhaps the sequel, properly scribed and properly shot in 3D will be the ticket.

WORLD WAR Z is now playing.

Thanks to Empire Theaters for the screening! If it wasn't for your outstanding theatrical experience baseline, I wouldn't know when to complain about the creative side. Appreciated!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

HOBBIT UPDATE: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY Extended Edition Details!!


Tim here. For those of you who will be viewing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey again before seeing The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in December, you can actually watch an Extended Edition that ties into the second film more this November.

The details come from Empire, who broke the story today as part of a tie-in with their newest issue coming out on June 27, 2013, which has The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on the cover. Peter Jackson told Empire: "You are going to get some serious Dwarvish disrespect of the elves at Rivendell,"

Check out the video interview he had with Empire attached below. Further, Jackson talks about this being his favorite deleted scene from the first film.

When Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens spoke to Empire they said (emphasis mine):
"You are going to get more of Hobbiton," says producer / co-writer [Philippa] Boyens. "We always wanted to wend our way through Hobbiton, but in the end Bilbo has to run out of the door."

"You are going to get more Goblin Town, and the Great Goblin singing his song," adds Fran Walsh, Jackson's other half and fellow screenwriter. "It is a great song, but it was just another delay in terms of moving the story along."

"We are putting things in the extended cut that are going to play straight into the second film," explains Jackson, "like this character Girion, who is defending [the city of] Dale using black arrows against Smaug. And the black arrows play a part in an ongoing story, for they are the one thing that can pierce the dragon's hide."

"There are also issues with [king of the elves] Thranduil (Lee Pace)," Jackson adds. "We get some of the reason why he and the dwarves had a falling out – to do with these white gems…"
Sounds like some exciting additions. I'm all for more An Unexpected Journey goodness, especially anything that expands the back story for the later films.

The Extended Editions arrive in November, and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hits IMAX 3D and RealD 3D theaters December 13th.

PACIFIC RIM - New Trailer "At The Edge"


Tim here, and here's the latest trailer for Guillermo Del Toro's PACIFIC RIM, and it looks insane! Seriously, this might be the best trailer yet. It's jam packed with insane action clips. Man this will look so insane in IMAX 3D! I won't hold off much longer, but just in case BEWARE OF VISUAL SPOILERS!

Below is a preview video:

July 12th can't come soon enough! Be sure to check out www.pacificrimmovie.com for more.

Monday, June 24, 2013

THE HOBBIT: Preview And Explore Middle-earth With Interactive Map On Chrome!



A Journey Through Middle-earth

Tim here. There is a cool Chrome Experiment coming to the web this fall for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. It's an interactive map! Designed by Google… that's right: Google! The best mapping company on the planet (sorry Apple) is bringing Tolkien fans a Middle-earth map experience unlike anything experienced before.

Part of Google's Chrome Experiment this interactive map will be best experienced in the web browser Chrome. The experiment uses WebGL and the Web Audio API on Chrome for Android to bring Middle-earth to life in the browser with 3D Trolls, interactive musical experiences, and more. Obviously these experiments are ploys to boost the popularity of Google's browser and mobile platform, but some of the past experiments have been proven to work on other browsers. Generally, however, they work best on the Chrome browser.

Below is a preview video of what we can expect to experience:
Keep an eye out for the entire experience coming later this year. Visit thehobbit.com/middle-earth for the experience when it hits the web. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hits IMAX 3D and RealD 3D theaters December 13th.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

YES! Marvel Confirms Robert Downey Jr Returning As IRON MAN!!


Everyone collectively breathe a sigh of relief. I certainly have. The man who started it all, Robert Downey Jr., has officially resigned with Marvel to play Tony Stark / Iron Man in THE AVENGERS 2 and 3. Disney more than likely had a huge say in resigning the actor.

As Marvel themselves underscored: "Downey, Jr.’s last two Marvel films, 2012’s MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS and this year’s IRON MAN 3, rank as two of the top five grossing films of all time, collectively earning over $2.7 billion worldwide to date." Think about that. It's a no-brainer to resign him.

Yet there are no plans for IRON MAN 4.

It must have been a very difficult decision for Marvel to carry on with him because clearly his quote has escalated with each successive hit (Marvel likes to lock up their actors for multi-picture deals at lower rates) and the fact that he has adamantly supported his fellow actors in their quest to raise their quotes as well. But in the end, they know that the Marvel universe would take a huge hit if he were to not appear again from the box office right down to Joss Whedon's desire to have him back.

Speaking of Whedon, he will be starting production of THE AVENGERS 2 in March 2014 with the release scheduled for May 1, 2015.

Marvel also has standalone movies planned for a couple of their other Avengers, namely THOR: THE DARK WORLD (November) and CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER (April, 2014).

So raise a glass to Robert Downey Jr. for kick starting the whole Marvel comic book universe with his very solid acting and persona. He is Iron Man.

Source: Marvel

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

DC Comics Mock Marvel In MAN OF STEEL! Here Is My Movie Review: 9.5 Stars!! One Minor Spoiler...

That's right, DC comics mocked Marvel in MAN OF STEEL and I believe it was intentional! :-) Of course everyone who watches the movie will see the scene I am talking about. But will it dawn on you that may have recently seen this same scene in THE AVENGERS? I'm talking about when one of General Zod's accomplices jumps on the canopy of a jet smashing and ripping it open. Remember the scene in the avengers when the Hulk jumps on a jet's canopy and does the exact same thing? So Marvel fans, are you take this sitting down? Zack Snyder's inclusion of the scene was not necessary and I believe was put in to show that the natives of Krypton have just as much godlike strength as Marvel's strongest character, but in Superman's case, that's just one of his abilities. Or is it not all that important to you? Let me know in the comments. In my view, DC has slapped Marvel with a fairly sizable gauntlet.

But other than that smack in the face of Marvel fans, I really loved the movie. Christopher Nolan and  David S. Goyer did an amazing job of putting together an origin story for what is arguably the greatest comic book hero of all time. Not an easy task to be sure. Was it perfect? No. But it was exactly what Warner Bros. and DC comics needed: A relevant, timely well-written, well executed movie for Superman fans.

Let's talk about what's near and dear to my heart, 3D. For those of you who don't know Zack Snyder Warner Bros. and DC comics selected Legend 3D for the conversion and let me tell you it was a great decision. If there was any doubt before there isn't now: Of the top-tier 3-D conversion houses there are only two that are now in Tier A in my opinion: Stereo D and Legend 3D. And from what we've seen lately, Legend 3D is the best in the world. This time last year I would've told you Stereo D was on the top with that magnificent project, THE AVENGERS. But subsequent conversion work from them in the past 12 months have not been stellar (IRON MAN 3 for example). Which brings me to Legend 3D. They turned a lot of heads with the 3D conversion of TOP GUN and now with MAN OF STEEL. They are wielding their amazing talents with greater and greater prowess.

Everything about the movie was just about perfectly converted – I can only see one trouble spot and I had to try hard to find that. There was one shot, looking through windowpane with the weathervane in the background and the reflection on the window was not quite believable as the camera moved. So was I happy with the 3-D? Absolutely almost flawless. I still would've loved to see MAN OF STEEL in native 3-D, don't get me wrong (and that's why its 3D didn't score as high as say THE GREAT GATSBY), but believe me when I say this, the 3D is amazing, especially action scenes with those jaw-dropping visual effects.


I thought the casting was bang on. I've never been a fan of Amy Adams, but I must admit she's a great actress. I just don't see her as a leading lady, but more of a character actor. Sort of like a Bruce Greenwood. But Henry Cavell is Superman. There is no doubt and for the record, I like him better than Christopher Reeve. There is a vulnerability that Cavell has that Reeve lacked. He is perfectly cast, which was oh so important for DC comics to get right. Michael Shannon was spectacular and I can go on listing everyone that was cast in the movie regurgitating superlatives over and over again, but I think you get the drift.


Now let's talk story. Here's where some mistakes were made, not huge glaring mistakes, but of note. The overwhelming thing that bothered me most was that Snyder had the opportunity to truly delve into the human aspects of the movie: The pain. The emotion. The character building. He didn't go far enough!! It was superficial and begged for more. I don't have to spell out all these moments in the movie, you'll see it too. He doesn't have the camera linger long enough... didn't have the characters go deep enough... didn't allow their human emotions to come to life the way they should have.

But human aspects aside, it was very well written and certainly provides the foundation for strong Superman franchise for the studios. If DC comics can nail couple more key characters (THE FLASH PLEASE!!) and add them to Superman and Batman in JUSTICE LEAGUE, then we can finally have what most comic book fans have been hoping for since the beginning: Marvel versus DC battling it out for superhero supremacy at the cinema. Christopher Nolan's impact on this movie was definitely detected by me. Some of the darker scenes in the origins had his touch, the flashes of memory, using time as a storytelling tool and the pounding and inspiring score of Hans Zimmer.

But this is Zack Snyder's baby and I am truly impressed. Yes, he had a huge budget, but he has proven himself to be an innovative filmmaker and was certainly worth the gamble. Now Warner Bros. has a true franchise on their hands with a strong base to build from.

I've seen MAN OF STEEL twice now. Once in IMAX 3-D and once an Empire theaters soundstage screen [Empire extra]. I must admit I liked it better the second time around. The first time seemed a little bit disjointed, but the second viewing, helped solidify the experience.

If you haven't seen the movie yet, definitely go and see it on the largest screen possible and in 3-D. This is one of those movies you have to see in the theater and in three dimensions. Just do it. And if you're a Marvel fan you just going to have to grin and bear it when the jet hopping scene happens. I know I did!

Man of steel is now playing.

Special thanks to Empire theaters for my screening.
As usual, the lighting, sound, and service were impeccable.



Monday, June 17, 2013

WORLD WAR Z - Brad Pitt And Family Flee! Extended Clip...

Hey that rhymes. Anyway, here's a longer take on Brad Pitt's family escape from the city via chopper that we've seen bits and pieces of in trailers.

I've been waiting for a big budget zombie movie and I hope that WORLD WAR Z delivers! It certainly has everything I'm looking for thus far, including running zombies. I hope it all allows for some degree of suspension of disbelief.

Here's the movie's storyline:
The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (played by Brad Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop a pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself.

WORLD WAR Z opens on June 21.




Thursday, June 13, 2013

Must Watch: First Trailer For 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE


At long last we have the first trailer for 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE brought to you by producer
Zach Snyder (300, MAN OF STEEL) and director Noam Murro.

The return of Xerxes! Man this looks impressive. I love the look of this breed of movie! I hope the story matches - it'll be hard to surpass the original movie in that regard.

Here's the storyline for the movie:
Based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel Xerxes, and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster “300,” this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield—on the sea—as Greek general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war. “300: Rise of an Empire” pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes, and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.


300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE opens on March 7, 2014.



Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Award Winning 3D Short Film FOXED! Being Released June 28 At TIFF


Short film, stop-motion and 3D aficionados pay heed: The award winning 3D short film FOXED! is being released on June 28th at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Bell Lightbox. It will be opening in front of Storm Surfers 3D - another great project to check out if you are in town for the festival!

Director James Stewart is a good friend of mine and his is exceptionally proud about this project.

Here is the storyline for the short:
Emily has been Foxed! in this 3D stop-motion tale of fighting for what you believe in. Filmed in stunning 3D, director James Stewart crafts a humorous tale about growing up in an environment of parental control and how children are often mis-portrayed in the eyes of their parents.

In this tale of fighting for what she believes in, Emily is up against the sinister forces of foxes. FOXED! has been enthusiastically received at international film festivals in Stuttgart, San Francisco, Annecy, and Sarasota, FOXED! is a darkly humorous tale about growing up in an environment of parental control in which children are often misrepresented in the eyes of their parents.

Beware of what hides behind the mirror. The menacing 3D, stop-motion world of FOXED reveals young Emily toiling in the mines beneath her house, imprisoned by foxes who have duped her entire town into believing children can be replaced. Emily has to grow up quickly if she is to escape and outwit the foxes at their own game. But her daring attempt to get away is met by a stunning encounter above the ground that leaves her lost and confused.

You can check out more details about the TIFF screenings here.

Further, you can also see FOXED! at one of these fine venues in the near future as well:

New Media Film Festival, Opening Night, June 11, Los Angeles, CA
http://newmediafilmfestival.com

Annecy + Screening, Annecy, France June 14th
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Annecy-/116891325091116

San Antonio Film Festival June 17 – 23, San Antonio ,Texas
https://safilm.com

Anima Mundi International Festival of Animation of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug 14 - 18th
http://www.animamundi.com.br/en/festival/

Montreal World Film Festival Aug 22nd
http://www.ffm-montreal.org/en_index.html



Here's the trailer for the FOXED!:





Like the short on Facebook.

Check out the first "Making Of" featurettes for the short right here.

About James Stewart and Geneva Film Co.
FOXED! is co-directed and produced by digital 3D filmmaking pioneer James Stewart whose credits include the 3D work for Werner Herzog’s acclaimed Cave of Forgotten Dreams. As the head of Toronto-based Geneva Film Co., Stewart is one of the world’s most active directors and foremost experts in 3D filmmaking. His short film FOXED! – which recently won the Best Animated Film Award at the Yorkton Film Festival - is currently being developed into a full-length feature film.

James Stewart is an award-winning director and the founder of the Geneva Film Co. in Toronto, Canada. Through his production company, Stewart has produced over 30 projects in digital 3D, including cinema commercials, concerts, stop-motion and CG animation. He is a director, storyteller, artist, digital innovator and multi-platform visual designer whose work ranges from mobile to giant screen, from motion graphics to stereoscopic 3D installations.

Recent projects include the stop-motion film FOXED!, the experimental short BÉATRICE CORON’S DAILY BATTLES in collaboration with NYC based French artist Béatrice Coron, Werner Herzog’s CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS, ONTARIO 4D for the Vancouver Olympics, and live 3D concert films of the Montreux Jazz Festival and Kylie Minogue. In 2012, he produced the world’s first gesture-controlled 3D cinema game for the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S3.

A sought-after director, artist, and expert on 3D, Stewart is a six-time speaker at The Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity and has spoken at TED.

Geneva Film Co. can be found on the web at www.genevafilmco.com

Twitter: @jamesstewart3D

Jon M Chu Will Helm G.I. JOE 3!


I happen to be a fan of Jon M. Chu's work so I'm so glad he has be attached to follow up his great directorial effort with G.I. JOE: RETALIATION ($350m worldwide box office). He has an amazing eye for action and blending meaning with said action. Great choice.

G.I. Joe 3 will be a better movie because of Chu. Further we know that the franchise will continue with 3D and look to expand upon it! Think of those actions scenes shot with 3D in mind from the get-go.

More info when I get it! Snake Eyes rules. That is all.

Source: Deadline

New Trailer For THE WOLVERINE - Showcasing Viper!


We've got the new trailer for THE WOLVERINE and it features quite a few new scenes and Viper as well!

The movie is moving more and more into my ballpark with each release of their trailers and marketing materials. Love their posters. Truly looking forward to this 3D conversion now and hoping that they have done it right.

Here is the storyline for the movie:
Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine, the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.


THE WOLVERINE opens on July 26 in 3D.


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

MUST SEE: First Trailer For THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG !!

Tim here and finally the first trailer for THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG is out! And it was awesome. There are some visual spoilers for those who may want to save some treats until the big screening in theaters. However, it generally shows how the story continues from AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY. 

First, you see Smaug at the end of the trailer. That's right. You see the great lizard in the trailer. His face, not just a small bit of him. Now we only see his face and neck, but that's still a huge deal. We also get to see some of Thranduil's Elven kingdom, Orlando Bloom's return as Legalos, Bard the Bowemen (Luke Evans), and Tauriel in action. Thranduil (Lee Pace) speaks, and probably has the most lines in the trailer, but we also get some lines from Legalos, Tauriel, and Bard.  

There's a bunch of action shots, including the elves fighting the orcs of Azog, the dwarves travelling by barrell, and a little bit of spiders. Gandalf (Ian McKellan) and Radagast (Sylvester McCoy) explore Dol Godur, and share some ominous lines before being attacked.  

Enough explaining what you see and hear, without further ado, the trailer is below:


On December 13th THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG hits IMAX 3D and RealD 3D screens.

Saturday, June 08, 2013

MUST SEE: First Poster For THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG And Trailer Rumors!!

CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE!
UPDATE #2: Jim Here - Here's the REAL DEAL! Direct from Peter Jackson's Facebook page! Enjoy!!

UPDATE: POSTER IS FAKE! Sorry but it has been pointed out that this poster is a fake. It appears that it was photoshopped from a previous poster for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. We apologize. You can see the original poster this image came from in the comments section. But hopefully the rumors that we posted below about the trailer turn out to be true.
Tim here and 3ality Technica released on their Facebook Page the first poster for THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG. It's a low-res copy sadly, for which I apologize. The higher resolution versions I could find online were only up-scaled versions and had a watermark on it that made it tough to look at.

As you can see it's a pretty simple character poster that shows Bilbo (Martin Freeman) holding Sting. Behind him are some trees, what looks like a bit of rock face, and over his shoulder on the left side of the poster is the slightest peak of a building of some type. Could this be Beorn's house? Or perhaps could it be a building from the Elven kingdom of Thranduil? Time will tell.

Also rumors have been circulating that the very first trailer for the movie will be in front of MAN OF STEEL on June 14th and could possibily hit YouTube on June 12th. The rumors have come out of two articles (here and here) from theonering.net, and it seems likely that it could happen. Both articles state that the trailer will be 2-minutes and 1-second.

Come June 12th we'll see if the trailer hits YouTube. Look out for it. December 13th is when THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG hits IMAX 3D and RealD 3D screens.


Thursday, June 06, 2013

Last Trailer For MAN OF STEEL - Hints At 3D Results!

Check out what will surely be the last trailer before the launch of MAN OF STEEL. We see some new clips here and there and it is all resoundingly held together with the magic of Hans Zimmer.

I see some amazing opportunity here for some great stereoscopic 3D depth shots, some very, very inventive - especially on Krypton. Watch and I think you'll see them too. One shot reminded me of AVATAR when Neyteri and Jake were up a tree and she introduces him to the Ikran flying beasts. She lifts off on hers and drops straight down. The camera work and the angles reminds me of a shot here in this trailer - try and find it! :-) Gives me great hope for a technically proficient movie that was intricately planned for 3D, conversion or not. Here's hoping they deliver!

Here's the movie's storyline:
In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El (Cavill) is a young twenty-something journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond anyone’s imagination. Transported to Earth years ago from Krypton, an advanced alien planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question – Why am I here? Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha (Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Costner), Clark soon discovers that having super abilities means making very difficult decisions. But when the world needs stability the most, it comes under attack. Will his abilities be used to maintain peace or ultimately used to divide and conquer? Clark must become the hero known as “Superman,” not only to shine as the world’s last beacon of hope but to protect the ones he loves.

MAN OF STEEL opens June 14 in 3D!



Wednesday, June 05, 2013

HOBBIT UPDATE: Tauriel Image Released!!

Tim here with a new image from THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG of the newly created elf character Tauriel (an elf warrior played by Evangeline Lilly of Lost fame) has been revealed by EW. "She's slightly reckless and totally ruthless and doesn't hesitate to kill," says Lilly. For a larger view of the image click on the image to the left.

As most of you are aware this is a character not originally in any of the writings of JRR Tolkien, and was invented by director Peter Jackson and his co-writers (Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens) in order to expand the world of the elves of Mirkwood Forest… and to bring some more female roles to the predominately male cast of THE HOBBIT. "Tauriel is the head of the Elven Guard," Lilly explains. "She's a Sylvan Elf, which means she's of a much lower order than the elves we all became acquainted with in The Lord of the Rings. She doesn't hold the same kind of status that Arwen or Galadriel or Elrond or Legolas do — she's much more lowly. She sort of goes against the social order of the elves a little bit."

Lilly went on to further explain to EW, "She will definitely have a love story," Lilly says. "I can't give away too much about it. It's not a huge focus but it is there and it is important and it does drive Tauriel and her story and her actions." So what is this romance she speaks of and who is it with? EW pressed about whether the romance would involve Orlando Bloom's Legolas, but Lilly wouldn't give them a definitive answer. She did offer this: "Tauriel's relationship with Legolas is significant. They've known each other since they were children, and Legolas' dad, [Elven king] Thranduil, has a soft spot for Tauriel and sees something very special in her. So if you grow up side by side, and your dad has a very special spot in his heart for this young woman who's a fantastic warrior, I think it's hard not to notice her." She laughs [EW reports]. "That's probably as much as I can say."

Lilly continued to add her expectations for Tolkien purists to hate her and the introduction of the new character: "I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that there are going to be people who will totally hate Tauriel, think that she shouldn't be in the movie, that it's a betrayal of Tolkien, and no matter what I do it won't be right. There will be everything between that and people who adore her and think it's such a fun thing to have added to the film. I kind of got prepped for that being on Lost, because we had avid fans who were really extreme in their feelings about the show and its characters. But I think if anyone knows how to respect Tolkien, it's Peter, Fran and Phil. And Tauriel fits perfectly in that world."

Come December 13th we can all make up our minds on the addition of the character of Tauriel.

Sunday, June 02, 2013

MUST WATCH!! 13m Featurette For MAN OF STEEL - Answers Many Questions!! **PLUS 2 New TV Spots AND A Major DC Universe Spoiler!!

es! An amazing 13m behind the scenes AND new clips from MAN OF STEEL in this featurette and we have 2 new TV Spots! Moreover, it answers questions that have been haunting Superman fans since the first trailer was revealed. Questions like how is the origins story being tackled? Why are they making the choices they are making? Why are the underwear outside of Superman's suit gone?

And by the way, even if you don't watch the featurette (and I believe you should), I happen to love their answers!

The spoiler is further down, read it if you dare.

Here is the storyline for the movie:
In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El (Cavill) is a young twenty-something journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond anyone’s imagination. Transported to Earth years ago from Krypton, an advanced alien planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question – Why am I here? Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha (Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Costner), Clark soon discovers that having super abilities means making very difficult decisions. But when the world needs stability the most, it comes under attack. Will his abilities be used to maintain peace or ultimately used to divide and conquer? Clark must become the hero known as “Superman,” not only to shine as the world’s last beacon of hope but to protect the ones he loves.

And if you're interested in a major DC Comics universe spoiler that is in MAN OF STEEL, then highlight the white are below this line for the details. WARNING THIS IS A MAJOR SPOILER for the DC universe:

HIGHLIGHT BELOW FOR SPOILER:
Director Zach Snyder revealed on May 31 the following: "The Wayne Enterprises logo is on a satellite that Zod destroys." When asked about whether he'd like to team Superman up with Batman, his reply was: "I don’t know. Everything is interesting at this point. And don’t forget that Lex is out there, doing who knows what…"
END SPOILER








And an added bonus - if you are curious as to how Superman was able to shave (yes, this is a valid question for Superman fans (and a bit funny) - anything about him should be indestructible *on Earth anyway*!) click here to find out!

MAN OF STEEL flies into theaters on June 14. This is going to be a HUGE opening folks, plan for it!!

Spoiler via Collider

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