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GOLD CRESCENT PICTURES REVIVES CINERAMA FOR Y2 FANTASY TENTPOLE

 

 

Gold Crescent Pictures, a division of TriCrescent Media, has announced their second-largest production for Y2 – the historical action/fantasy epic The Knight. The blockbuster picture, to be directed by Doug Liman, is set in medieval Europe and follows the quest of a heroic knight as he is sent on a secret mission to find and eliminate a powerful evil wizard. What makes the announcement of The Knight truly newsworthy, however, is the fact that the movie represents the resurrection of a long-dead large format film system in the vein of Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight bringing back Ultra Panavision.

 

The Knight will be filmed in the immersive, panoramic three-strip widescreen system Cinerama. Debuted publicly in 1952, Cinerama is the format that popularized widescreen cinema and stereophonic surround sound. The system involves simultaneously shooting three images from three lenses in a special camera rig, on three strips of six-perforation-high 35mm film. The wide-angle lenses are arranged to cover an immense 146 degree horizontal field of view. The three images are combined into a single ultra-widescreen image, originally by being shown from three separate projectors. Although 35mm film is used instead of 65mm, the combined image area of the three film strips is nearly twice that of 65mm film and about two-thirds that of full-size 15 perforation IMAX film.

 

The Knight will be the first feature-length production shot in Cinerama in 56 years, since the 1962 epic How the West Was Won. That film was one of only two fictional, narrative movies ever shot in the format, with the other being that same year's The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm. After How the West Was Won, the Cinerama brand stuck around for another decade or so merely as an exhibition format in which single-lens 65mm productions were projected onto the huge curved screens. Some iconic films shown theatrically in this pseudo-Cinerama include It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, The Greatest Story Ever Told, and 2001: A Space Odyssey. In each case no special consideration for the curvature and immersive nature of the Cinerama screen was given during production.

 

Technically, the process in which The Knight is being shot began its life as Cinemiracle, a competing process to the original Cinerama. It is basically identical save for one key improvement – the use of mirrors to align the optical centers of the three lenses, thus remedying the original system's issues with unintentional parallax that could cause double-imaging and alignment issues. Cinemiracle was previously used only to produce a single feature, the 1958 travelogue Windjammer: The Voyage of the Christian Radich.

 

Cinemiracle originally included not only the special mirrored camera setup but also its own three-strip exhibition format including mirrors for the projectors and a custom screen setup with a somewhat gentler curvature than the Cinerama screen, which was cheaper to install and also circumvented Cinerama's patents. Rather swiftly, however, Cinerama itself bought the Cinemiracle patents, and Windjammer was re-released in Cinerama. As such, Cinemiracle is now technically a Cinerama process, and the decision was made to use the more recognizable Cinerama name for marketing purposes.

 

All of the non-fictional Cinerama productions were shot and exhibited at 26 frames per second, as was Windjammer. However, both The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm and How the West Was Won were produced at the more conventional 24 frames per second. For reasons of compatibility, The Knight is following their lead. It is felt by the filmmakers that the sense of added realism from the extra 2 frames is negligible in any case.

 

Both Cinerama and Cinemiracle used seven-track stereophonic sound, with five front channels spanning the width of the screen and two surround channels with two switchable arrangements – both could be fed to one side wall of the auditorium each, or one could be fed to both side walls and one to the rear wall. The Knight will instead use modern digital sound formats, again for compatibility's sake, and will be available in 5.1, 7.1, Dolby Atmos, Auro 11.1, and DTS:X versions.

 

Probably the single biggest challenge associated with The Knight will be actually releasing it. Only three theatres in the world are currently equipped to show Cinerama films with their deeply-curved screens and required projection equipment – the iconic Pacific Cinerama Dome at Arclight Hollywood, the Seattle Cinerama in Washington, and the Pictureville cinema at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, England. These three theatres will, of course, be given the option to show the movie in true three-strip Cinerama. However, TriCrescent Media and Liman are dedicated to giving the best presentation possible to as many people as they can. As such, there will be multiple other options for showing the film.

 

Firstly, TriCrescent will be working with interested theatres in order to aid them in installing temporary Cinerama screens. TriCrescent has contracted with a manufacturer and will subsidize part of the cost for the creation, installation, and eventual removal of the panoramic screens. Only very large auditoriums will be able to accommodate these screens, however – while they will be custom-built for each theatre, the minimum dimensions specified by the studio are 50' wide by 19' 4" tall, with curve depth of about 18' 6". This makes it impractical for the seating arrangements and layouts of many modern movie theatres.

 

Still, if the auditorium is able to accommodate the Cinerama screen, it will not need to install the original three-projector Cinerama system – which would be practically impossible without completely redesigning the venue. A special 4K DCP of the film will be prepared with a "rectified" image designed to compensate for single-lens projection onto the arced screen, producing an un-distorted picture when properly set up. TriCrescent will send representatives to each participating theatre to aid in the proper setup and testing of the screen, projector, and Cinerama rectified DCP.

 

For theatres which cannot or will not install a Cinerama screen – which, the studio acknowledges, will be the vast majority of exhibitors – 2K and 4K DCPs will be prepared in the "Smilebox" format for projection onto flat or gently-curved screens. Invented in 2001 for home video use, Smilebox involves a simulated projection of the image onto a 3D model of the curved screen and rendering the output as a video file with curved “black bars” on the top and bottom of the picture, contained within an academy flat (1.85:1) frame. This simulated curve effect minimizes the distortion that would otherwise occur when projecting the panoramic image onto a flat screen.

 

Though plans are not yet fully finalized, TriCrescent Media is seriously considering the idea of releasing The Knight one or two weeks early exclusively in theatres that have installed Cinerama screens for the occasion. This would be followed by a wide general release in which the studio would aggressively campaign to get the movie on as many premium large format screens as possible. These deals would apparently be made with the theatre chains for exhibition in their own formats, such as Cinemark XD or Regal RPX, and at the moment, no IMAX or Dolby Cinema release is planned. Also being considered is the possibility of the creation of a limited number of Smilebox-formatted 70mm film prints for specialty houses.

 

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Edgar Wright, the new Genius.

While his film "The Curse of Monkey Island" is very well received during the screenings tests and press projections. Genius wants to make sure that the British director will direct the next two Monkey Island films. Edgar Wright first wanted to make sure that he could work on a personal project first. Done deal: Wright will direct Rockmance, a romantic action film that will be set to the rhythm of a playlist that only Wright has the secret. The film is expected for Christmas Year 2 and is starring Lily Colins and Jack O. Connell. Regarding Monkey Island, Edgar Wright has agreed to direct the next two movies, which should be released in a few years. He will get a nice paycheck ($18m for each film) and decided to get involved in the writing of these two sequels, which was not the case for The Curse of Monkey Island. He joins Rhett Reese and Ted Elliott who worked on the first film. Concerning the story of this second movie, it is rumored that the production would like to hire Angelina Jolie in a role in connection with Eleine's character (interpreted by Alicia Vikander). Shooting of the film is not yet on the schedule, and will probably not start until Rockmance's release, which suggests that a release before the summer of Year 4 is unlikely.

 

 

John Goodman isn't use to green screens!

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While he was invited to James Corden's Talk Show to talk about his first year activities. John Goodman also talked about the filming of Beyond Good & Evil directed Patty Jackins "an incredible directress". He spoked quickly about the film in evasive terms "I think the film will really be big! The whole family will love it...". This kind of universe.. That's great!" But the main point is that he tells us that his experience is new to him, because to interpret his character (Pey' j, a hybrid pig man), John Goodman must wear a combination of Motion-Capture. "It's really weird you have no idea... At first I played very badly, it was horrible! We had to shoot dozens of takes! But now I'm good at my part, so it's so cool! I'm really having fun watching this pig version of mine... My wife says it's not too different from me ahah ! My character is funny, and Alicia (who will play the movie's hero) is really a fantastic woman. Everybody's gonna talk about her all next summer, trust me!"

 

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RED CRESCENT SLATES MYSTERIOUS HORROR TENTPOLE FOR Y2

 

Red Crescent Pictures, the horror/thriller arm of TriCrescent Media, cryptically announced today the October 19th, Y2 release of Under, a new horror film from French director Christophe Gans. The official press release states that the film will follow a woman in an unnamed city during a terrible storm and power outage. A deranged killer breaks into her apartment and chases her out into the empty streets, eventually pursuing her down into the subway tunnels where a harrowing struggle for survival ensues. No cast has been announced, but the press release insists the film will be one of TriCrescent's most important Y2 releases. Industry sources peg the budget at "well over" $30 million, which seems excessive for a stalk-and-slash pic.

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HOURGLASS's Y2 LINEUP FULLY ANNOUNCED - PART 1:

 

After a debut year of beloved, ambitious, and exciting titles, Hourglass Pictures is thrilled to offer another year of exciting and cutting-edge titles sure to appeal to all kinds of moviegoers.

 

In February, expect the release of Train 38, directed by James Wan. Following an environmental conference in Paris, a presenter (Kate Winslet) boards an underground train from Paris to London. As the train stops underground, mysterious events begin to occur, sparking distrust and fear among the trains' passengers, all leading to the discovery of a truly horrifying secret. Train 38 also stars Idris Elba, Tom Hardy, Audrey Tatou, Gemma Chan, and Ciaran Hinds.

 

The next month marks the release of Michelle MacLaren's Cyber. In this "period" piece, an aspiring senator (Michael B. Jordan) whose career is sabotaged by a bigoted governor (Bryan Cranston) is recruited by a band of hackers, led by an eccentric and volatile genius (Jonah Hill) and his girlfriend (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). Fusing elements of poltical drama, thriller, and comedy, Cyber promises to be a truly unforgettable ride.

 

Summer will bring The Simulation, directed by Alex Garland. Imagine a truly perfect world, one where we never felt any strife, where we could feel true freedom and have everything we ever want and need at our fingertips. At what cost would this world come? The Simulation stars Joseph Gordon Levitt, Lupita Nyong'o, Ewan McGregor, and Liam Neeson. 

 

A month later, expect the release of Countdown, directed by Kathryn Bigelow. Inspired by the pulpy adult-driven thrillers of the 70s, Countdown follows the plot of an NYC Detective (Denzel Washington) and an esteemed doctor (Angelina Jolie) who must work together to find - and shut down - a bomb that could destroy the city's biggest hospital. Bigelow said that it will be different from her collaborations with Mark Boal, but will definitely explore various social and political issues. 

 

Now for something far lighter: The Lonely Island meets Renaissance England in Jorma Taccone's The Scoundrels. Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer play William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, and Ben Jonson respectively, three of the era's best playwrights, not to mention best buddies. Deciding to pool their talents for one "mega-play", their friendship is tested and egos butt heads, and Europe will never be the same.

 

PART 2 COMES LATER TODAY.

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HOURGLASS's Y2 LINEUP FULLY ANNOUNCED - PART 2

 

Later in the year, expect another exciting slew of groundbreaking and riveting titles.

 

Cassia and the Valkyries is a punk rock stop motion romantic horror musical set in 1970s New York. Yes, you read that right. Emily Blunt stars as Cassia, a 453-year old vampire forming a punk rock band with a witch (Zoe Kravitz) and a werewolf (Kyle Mooney), searching for new ways to explore the culture of her world. When her ex (Diego Luna), who turned her into a vampire, resurfaces under the watch of a capable monster hunter (Matthew McConaughey), the lives of Cassia and her supernatural friends are put at risk. What will she risk to ensure her safety? Chris Butler directs this wickedly fun tale, also starring Charlie Day, Jessica Lange, and Keanu Reeves.

 

Blood and Fur: City of Scars brings the cast of the surprise-Y1 hit to sunny Los Angeles. As Amy and Gavin are getting married, they stumble upon their furry friends again. They are in town under a director (Adrien Brody) wanting to make a film about furry culture. Realizing that the film was a set up, and that a survivor of the Seattle Carnage (Tommy Wiseau) seeks revenge. Will Amy and her friends want to relive that fateful night? Eli Craig returns to direct.

 

A newly announced film, surely to be an inspiring and heartwarrming tale, is Niki Caro's Gobi. Inspired by an incredible true story, the film follows a marathon runner (Hugh Jackman) who finds that a small dog, Gobi, wants to join him during a marathon run in China. The film follows his experience running the marathon and his struggle to bring him home. A wonderful tale on the power of compassion, kindness, and embracing the unexpected, Gobi promises to be a wonderful story for all ages.

 

Too wholesome for you? You'll love Yorgos Lanthimos' next bleak dramedy, The Parvelli Reunion. As two sons (Colin Farrell and Zach Galifinankis) reunite with their respective lovers (Rose Byrne, Sharlto Copley) and children (Lilliy Aspell, Neel Sethi) to join their mother (Helen Mirren) in mourning their late father. As Byrne discovers a slew of hidden - and horrifying - secrets within her new family, it sparks the beginning of the most torturous family reunion in history. 

 

Taika Waititi is thrilled to bring his unique wit and charm to the world of musicals, and his steampunk musical adventure - complete with songs from Bret MacKenzie, gives him full freedom. City in the Sky, a new musical adventure, follows two rival inventors (Patina Miller and Chris Pine) who must set aside their differences to stop a ruthless politician (Jemaine Clement) from taking over their home. Drawing from as much as classic movie musicals as it does from the style of Roald Dahl and Terry Gilliam, the film promises a unique, witty, and enjoyable experience for the Holiday Season. It has also been said that this may be shooting for a PG rating.

 

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MICHAEL BAY RETURNS TO BIG-BUDGET SPECTACLE WITH 'ULTRAMAN'

 

Michael Bay, the world's foremost authority on the biggest and dumbest in entertainment, is making a return to blockbuster "Bayhem" after a previous year spent on two mid-budget features atypical of his output. The controversial director will helm Gold Crescent Pictures' Ultraman, an adaptation of the long-running Japanese sci-fi/action show. Co-created by Eiji Tsubaraya, the special effects genius behind Godzilla, the show has its origins in the 1966 series Ultra Q. The original program followed a team of scientists investigating supernatural phenomena and giant monsters. After a 28 episode run in the first half of the year, the show was retooled as Ultraman with the addition of a central protagonist whose life essence was merged with that of a gigantic alien warrior, giving him the ability to temporarily transform into said "Ultraman" in order to battle the show's huge, monstrous villains. The show has endured - in several different incarnations - ever since, despite multiple hiatuses (with the longest being from 1982 to 1995). The franchise has also spawned no fewer than 27 movies in its native Japan, though they are low-budget affairs with short runtimes and production values similar to the TV show (several are in fact made up of television footage re-edited into movie format). There was also an animated film produced for US audiences in 1987, intended as a pilot for a cartoon series which never emerged. Bay's film will mark the first "major motion picture" adaptation.

 

Outside of the animated film, which itself is quite obscure, Ultraman as a brand has had little exposure in the USA. Only five seasons of the show have been aired on American television, some of which were not broadcast until decades after their original runs in Japan. The last season to be broadcast on US network television was the heavily-edited English dub of Ultraman Tiga, which aired on FOX in 2002, despite originally being shown in Japan in 1996. The American version was met with poor ratings and only 25 of the 52 original episodes were broadcast in English.

 

Still, Gold Crescent Pictures hopes Bay's reputation and the current superhero boom will sway American audiences who likely haven't heard of the character into seeing this movie in theatres. Few details about the plot are available, but it apparently will not be a direct adaptation of any one incarnation of the show. Release is tentatively planned for spring or summer of Y2.

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So just to be clear... all dates in this thread are tentative, yes? Or are we not bothering with the Advance Schedule thread in Y2? Seems more fair to me to agree on a set time for a thread to open when a lot of people/everybody will be on instead of all the really early stake-claiming and reshuffling that's going on already.

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33 minutes ago, Xillix said:

So just to be clear... all dates in this thread are tentative, yes? Or are we not bothering with the Advance Schedule thread in Y2? Seems more fair to me to agree on a set time for a thread to open when a lot of people/everybody will be on instead of all the really early stake-claiming and reshuffling that's going on already.

Yeah tentative

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@O$corpPictures

 

"Tyler James Williams and Aubrey Plaza join the West Point horror comedy, Academy!"

 

@O$corpPictures

 

"Vladimir delayed, Sitting Ducks to be released November, Year 2!"

 

@O$corpPictures

 

"Sitting Ducks voice cast: Aziz Ansari, Bruce Willis, Seth Meyers, Kevin Hart, Will Ferrell, Chelsea Peretti, and Louis C.K."

 

@O$corpPictures

 

"Studio and Darren Aronofsky in major creative dispute over the film Christian.

 

@O$corpPictures

 

"The Island and David have finished filming. Time for editing!"

 

@O$corpPictures

 

"Oscar bait film, My Life to Waste potentially eyeing December release date."

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Well in that case...

 

TENTATIVE TRICRESCENT MEDIA Y2 RELEASES

Night Light - Horror - Directed by Christian Alvart - January 26th, Y2

From a Black Sky - Sci-Fi/Horror - Directed by Steven Quale - February 23rd, Y2

The Knight - Fantasy/Adventure - Directed by Doug Liman - March 30th, Y2

Untitled Amityville Movie - Horror - Directed by Toby Wilkins - April 13th, Y2

American Dragon: Jake Long - Action/Family - Directed by Jon Turteltaub - April 20th, Y2

Prey - Sci-Fi/Thriller - Directed by Dan Trachtenberg - May 11th, Y2

Gamera - Sci-Fi/Action - Directed by Brad Peyton - June 1st, Y2

Ultraman - Sci-Fi/Action - Directed by Michael Bay - July 4th, Y2

Infection - Horror - Directed by Jason Zada - July 13th, Y2

War of the Gods - Fantasy/Action - Directed by J.J. Abrams - August 3rd, Y2

Race Rage - Action - Directed by Boaz Yakin - August 17th, Y2

Under - Horror - Directed by Christophe Gans - October 19th, Y2

Biker Mice from Mars - Directed by Marc Webb - December 7th, Y2

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7 minutes ago, Hiccup23 said:

@O$corpPictures

 

"Oscar bait film, My Life to Waste potentially eyeing December release date."

Your studio is describing their own movie as "Oscar bait?" :P 

 

Also @Alpha you realize I released a movie called The Devil's Hitman in Y1 yes? Is that the joke?

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50 minutes ago, Xillix said:

So just to be clear... all dates in this thread are tentative, yes? Or are we not bothering with the Advance Schedule thread in Y2? Seems more fair to me to agree on a set time for a thread to open when a lot of people/everybody will be on instead of all the really early stake-claiming and reshuffling that's going on already.

I always stake out the dates I want without thinking about the competition. Once the advance thread has opened and I see what opens around me I move stuff around to accommodate for that.

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44 minutes ago, Xillix said:

Your studio is describing their own movie as "Oscar bait?" :P 

 

Also @Alpha you realize I released a movie called The Devil's Hitman in Y1 yes? Is that the joke?

 

LOL, I already forgot about that Uwe Boll movie. Eh. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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