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It’s out! Andy Serkis who fabulous played Gollum in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the rings trilogy will serve as Second Unit Director in the production of The Hobbit. Andy Serkis will also be reprising his role as Gollum in the current production by Peter Jackson.

“I think I understand Peter’s sensibility and we have a common history of understanding Middle Earth,” Serkis told The Hollywood Reporter. “A lot of the crew from The Lord of the Rings was returning to work on The Hobbit. There is really a sense of Peter wanting people around him who totally understand the material and the work ethic.”

Read more at thehobbitblog.com.

In this article Andrew Lesnie reveals The Hobbit 3D cinematography set up.  As we posted some days ago, the production of the Hobbit had started on on March 20 in Wellington’s Stone Street Studios and on location in New Zealand.

First, the short facts:

The Hobbit is:

  • being shot on 30 RED EPIC cameras;
  • using Zeiss Ultra Primes, Master Primes and Optimo zoom lenses;
  • shooting at 47.96 frames per second;
  • using 3ality Digital rigs.

Also Jim Jannard of RED has previously revealed that the production would use its new, smaller EPIC digital cameras, which can shoot at 5K resolution and up to 120 frames per second.

Read more at if.com.au.

News on Hangover 2

The most shocking thing about the recently released trailer for The Hangover Part II — beyond the fact that the MPAA allowed a monkey to pantomime fellatio in a green band trailer — was that it stuck so close to the original film’s set-up. Will the sequel to your favorite R-rated comedy from the last two years be a stale retread of worn out jokes, or was the trailer holding things back? Director Todd Phillips has an answer.

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Read more at movieline.com.

Zack-Snyder-cinegear-net-blogFaster than a speeding bullet or merely Batcycle-quick? That was the question we put to Superman: Man Of Steel’s director Zack Snyder when we collared him at Sucker Punch’s recent London junket. Credit to him, he resisted the urge to kick-off a superhero turf war, giving a diplomatic answer that involved kryptonite arrows and a slightly baffled look.The diplomacy was unsurprising considering the Dark Knight’s current custodian, Christopher Nolan, is working closely with Snyder and writer David Goyer to bring Supes back to the big screen. “Chris has been amazingly generous with me,” Snyder told us of his producer’s contributions to Superman: Man Of Steel’s storyline. “He’s making The Dark Knight Rises but he takes time if we’re knocking around ideas for the script. We’ll all sit around in a room, beat it around and try to figure it out…”

Read more at empireonline.com.

James Cameron says: 24p is outdated and he is ready to move beyond. His next features will be at a higher frame rate.

To demonstrate the difference a higher frame rate can make in the quality of picture, the filmmaker presented footage shot and projected in all three frame rates — 24, 48 and 60 — back to back. True to character, Cameron went to great lengths to create the presentation, saying that over the last five weeks he built a set, hired actors and rented costumes to create a handful of scenes set in medieval times that he could show the audience.

He used a number of cinematic techniques in the footage to illuminate what he called the gravity of the gap between, say, 24 and 48 frames. One scene set at a dinner table included a number of panning shots, so the crowd could see how a 24 fps shot caused the image to “strobe” — which is when an image looks blurry, almost as if it is appearing in slow motion, seeming out of sync.

While even the filmmaker admitted that he was only able to notice a slight difference between a 48 fps and 60 fps, the audience audibly reacted to the increase in quality between 24 fps and 48 fps. The footage shown at 48 fps was far clearer and also had a much more realistic tone to it. That might be an issue for some filmmakers, Cameron acknowledged.

Read more at latimes.com.

Star Wars on Blu Ray

Blu-Ray.com announced that the three box sets, Star Wars: The Complete Saga, Star Wars: Original Trilogy and Star Wars: Prequel Trilogy, that should originally be released on September 27, now will be released on September 16. Hooray!

Steve-O-busted-in-CanadaSteve-O would probably rather be stuck in a Porta-John rather than the joint. But that’s where the Jackass prankster found himself over the weekend. The professional goofball was taken into custody last night in Canada as he deplaned at Calgary International Airport. So what’s the problem? Customs officials determined there was an eight-year-old outstanding warrant out for his arrest (under his real name, Stephen Glover). Per TMZ, the warrant stems from a 2003 incident in which the 36-year-old, recently rehabbed stunt performer allegedly assaulting someone. Glover, who was in town for stand-up shows at the Laugh Shop, was briefly jailed and then brought before a judge, who released him.

Read it at E! Online.

Vote for Joseph Gordon-Levitt and make him win the 2011 MTV Movie Award for “Best Fight” for his fight vs. subconscious in INCEPTION. To get it back in mind:

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Amy Adams will play the role of Lois Lane in Zack Snyder’s Superman.

Official statement of Warner Bros.:

amy adams plays lois lane in zack snyders superman“Second only to Superman himself, the question of who will play Lois Lane is arguably what fans have been most curious about. So we are excited to announce the casting of Amy Adams, one of the most versatile and respected actresses in films today,” said Snyder. “Amy has the talent to capture all of the qualities we love about Lois: smart, tough, funny, warm, ambitious and, of course, beautiful.”



Warner Bros. will offer five more movies for streaming via Facebook. That includes Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Inception, Life as We Know It and Yogi Bear. This is how it works: US viewers pay for a 48 hours viewing window with facebook credits and enjoy the flick with full functionality.

More infos on Engadget.