Zodiac — a visual effects sampler

The gritty, realistic Zodiac is easily one of my favorite films of the year so far, and I am stunned to see how much of it was CGI:

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Evan limps across the $100 million line.


I have mentioned a few times, here and elsewhere, that Evan Almighty was the only major sequel and — with the exception of Halloween, which opened on the Labour Day weekend — the only #1 movie last summer which failed to gross $100 million.

But that is now no longer true. This past Sunday, Evan Almighty crossed the century mark on the North American chart.

The film’s combined production and promotion budget was still at least double that, though. And studios typically get only about half the money that comes in at the box office; the rest stays with the movie theatres. And this film has done even less business overseas than it has in North America. So it’s still a flop.

Prince Caspian — the teaser poster


Cinematical posted the teaser poster for The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian earlier today. The film comes out in eight months.

Jim Broadbent on Harry Potter, Indiana Jones


Jim Broadbent, winner of the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his excellent work in Iris (2001; my review), talked to Dark Horizons recently about his work in a couple of upcoming franchise pics:

Question: You must have a comfortable life which is hard to give up unless something comes up you want to do.

Broadbent: Yeah I had basically three months in Lincolnshire in the summer and suddenly now I’m back on the rollercoaster again and I’ve got to finish off Indiana Jones next month and I’ve got a bit on Young Victoria and it’s all been sort of stacking up and then I’m doing Harry Potter.

Question: Who are you?

Broadbent: Who am I? He’s called Horace Slughorn. He’s a retired teacher of magic who’s drawn back out of retirement because he’s got some secrets they need in the battle against the Deatheaters and he’s quite star struck as a teacher and he’s drawn back into the fold because he likes to notch up celebrity students, and he’s drawn back by Harry.

Question: Is he a comic character?

Broadbent: He is quite a comic character, yes. . . .

Question: And who are you in Indiana Jones?

Broadbent: I’m Indiana’s academic colleague at Yale. I’m his friend and colleague – there’s a couple of my scenes to go.

As others have noted, it sounds like Broadbent will be playing the same sort of role in the next Indiana Jones film that the late Denholm Elliott played in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and The Last Crusade (1989). But will it be serious, a la Elliott’s role in Raiders, or buffoonish, a la Elliott’s role in Last Crusade?

So … Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Superman, The Chronicles of Narnia … how many other franchises has Broadbent been in?

Zoe Saldana is Uhura in Star Trek XI

Variety and the Hollywood Reporter both announced today that Zoe Saldana is in final negotiations to play Lt. Uhura in the upcoming Star Trek movie. Saldana is 29 years old, which is only four years younger than Nichelle Nichols was when she created the character for the original TV series way back in 1966.

Juno — the trailer’s up!

Yet another pregnancy movie! And this one is directed by Jason Reitman, who also directed Thank You for Smoking (2005)! And it stars Michael Cera of Superbad! And it’s been getting great buzz! I can hardly wait for December, which is when Juno comes out.

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