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  1. Alright ladies & fellas , we are looking for the best Film Director of ''IS'' :cool: , Please feel free to share ur thoughts with us ! Who is ur favourite Director? Don't forget to use ur vote! I'm stuck between Steven Spielberg and Stanly Kubrick , but my vote goes tooooooooo '' Steven Spielberg '' Regards.
  2. Dark Souls 2 director Yui Tanimura believes the Dark Souls universe is a good fit for virtual reality content, he told IGN in an interview via translator. “This isn't something that we are looking into detail yet, or at least right now, but I agree that the world of Dark Souls 2 is something that has a very visceral element to it,†says Tanimura, in response to if Dark Souls virtual reality was something that developer From Software was experimenting with. “It’s mostly sort of on the realistic side, so I think that experience with the headset is something that would go well with Dark Souls as content,†Tanimura adds, agreeing when we mused that taking part in Souls combat using a VR headset in conjunction with motion controllers would be an outrageous experience. While a remastered edition of Dark Souls 2 is heading to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 next year, he reveals that the new-generation hardware opens up new areas to explore with creating new enemies for future Souls titles. “Going forward in terms of future games in the series, there are definitely more possibilities in terms of new enemies that take advantage of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One… ,†he adds. “I’m sure its not a secret there are all kinds of possibilities for the future, especially with this new hardware and much expertise going forward. There are some planning documents that we have internally that would blow your head off.†Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin is coming to Xbox One, PS4, PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 on April 7, 2015. The compilation includes Dark Souls 2, its three DLC packs, a higher count of enemies, different enemy placement, and an increased number of players allowed in multiplayer. Stayed tuned to IGN for more details on the Scholar of the First Sin. IGN Logo
  3. Casey Hudson posts image of Oculus Rift headset with the caption: "It begins." When Mass Effect director Casey Hudson announced his departure from BioWare in August, he said he was preparing to "take on a new set of challenges" for his next endeavor. Now, he's hinted that what's next on his plate could involve the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. Hudson posted an image on Twitter of an Oculus Rift headset with the caption: "It begins." He also mentioned @Oculus in the tweet, which featured the hashtag #VR. It certainly sounds like whatever Hudson is doing next will involve VR, but he hasn't announced any official plans and or tweeted again since the initial tease. There are a number of possibilities regarding what Hudson's tweet might mean, the first of which is that he is working on a game/app/experience using Oculus Rift. It's also possible that he's joined Oculus VR itself, though the Facebook-owned company tends to herald high-profile new hires with official announcements, and none have been made so far about Hudson. We'll continue to monitor the story as it develops. What are you hoping Hudson's vague tweet is in reference to? Let us know in the comments. Add Rep and Leave a feedback Reputation is the green button in the down right corner on my post
  4. "Rather than any actual feedback from players, it's more accepting the realities of modern life," Junichi Masuda says. Part of the reason why Pokemon games are becoming more inviting is because they must compete against a raft of other products, many of which are given away for free on smartphones. That's according to veteran Pokemon developer Junichi Masuda, co-founder of Pokemon series developer Game Freak, and a person who has been involved with the popular brand since its inception. We recently caught up with Masuda to talk about the Pokemon series, and we asked him for his thoughts regarding why recent games have made things easier for players. "Rather than any actual feedback from players, it's more accepting the realities of modern life," he said. "Kids these days or even people who grew up playing Pokemon--everyone is a lot more busy. There are a lot more things competing for a person's time than there were back then. For example, there are so many free games you can play on your phone now, there's so many entertainment options, so making it a little easier to play is the reason for that." "Back when I was younger, someone would buy us a game and that was the only game we had, so we had to play it," he added. "I don't think that's really the case for many people these days." Our interview also touched on the upcoming Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire remakes for 3DS. Asked why Game Freak went down that route instead of creating, say, a "Pokemon Z" to follow 2013's X/Y, Masuda said the developer is always looking to surprise players. "For example, if after Black and White we came out with a grey, people would have been expecting that," he said. "Same thing with X/Y and having a Z straight afterwards. So we're always just trying to surprise people." "One of the main appeals of Pokemon over the years is the concept that even through all these games, you can have people 20 years apart but they can still talk about Pokemon" -- Masuda Another driving factor in working on the remakes is that it's what fans want, Masuda said. "There's been a lot of demand from people to remake Ruby/Sapphire on social media, for example," he said. "Right now really felt like a good time to do it, and instead of doing a direct sequel to X/Y we're tying it together in some unique ways." Finally, we asked Masuda if Game Freak might ever consider rebooting the entire Pokemon series, bringing it to life in a new way that potentially strays from popular convention. Masuda suggested that this is unlikely, as he said one of the hallmarks of the series is that it's relatable to a wide range of players and ages. "One of the main appeals of Pokemon over the years is the concept that even through all these games, you can have people 20 years apart but they can still talk about Pokemon," he said. "There's always the gyms, the elite four champions, a lot of the pokemon are featured throughout all the different generations. A lot of that shared experience, even if you're 20 years apart, is something that's really appealing about Pokemon. So right now, I think keeping that element of the series, and seeing all of these new Pokemon from X/Y treated equally with the previous generations, I think that's really exciting. And we really want to focus on that for the moment at least." "But if I leave Game Freak I can't speak to the future," he added. Pokemon Alpha Sapphire/Omega Ruby will be released exclusively for 3DS on November 21. For much more on the remakes, check out GameSpot's just-published preview [LINK to Randy's piece]. Add Rep and Leave a feedback Reputation is the green button in the down right corner on my post
  5. It’s been no secret to those following DC Comics movie adaptation closely thatSuicide Squad appeared to be a likely candidate for one of the studio’s upcoming (but unannounced) releases. The film was reportedly planned to enter developmentbefore Batman V Superman stole the studio’s momentum, but new reports claim that the film isn’t just moving forward, but Warner Bros. already has their eye on a director: David Ayer, the mind behind the Brad Pitt-led WWII tank film, Fury. The report comes from Variety, who claim sources have stated that Suicide Squad is most definitely one of the mystery projects with an announced release datebefore 2020. In addition, the studio views Ayer as the right man for the job, although no details are available on what stage the deal is in, if it has indeed been offered. While not particularly shocking, this report is encouraging news for a number of reasons. We’ve already laid out the evidence that WB and DC have been moving toward a Suicide Squad film for some time – and the animated Batman: Assault on Arkham was essentially a test run for the team – but Ayer brings more than just experience dealing with an “outnumbered team behind enemy lines.†For those unfamiliar with the “Suicide Squad†comic history (or the version recently seen on The CW’s Arrow), suffice to say a film adaptation would need to be fairly – for lack of a better word – ‘gritty’ to stay true to the source material. Following a team of former villains pressed into military service, the group of murderers, hired killers and all-around oddballs are forced to tackle missions almost guaranteed to cost them their lives. With the likes of Joker’s ‘girlfriend’ Harley Quinn, hired assassin Deadshot and the humanoid King Shark, the film has (understandably) seemed risky. When news of the film being put on hold broke, we speculated that Marvel’sGuardians of the Galaxy (a film centered on strange, non-traditional anti-heroes) could prove the property’s potential. Whether or not that’s the case, the added word that DC and WB were looking to release a number of smaller-budget comic book films alongside their Justice League blockbusters made the Squad a no-brainer. Given Ayer’s work directing crime films like Harsh Times, Street Kings and End of Watch, there’s no doubt he possesses the ‘edginess’ fans would hope for. But it’s his writing work that may get comic book fans excited: besides Fury, Ayer penned the scripts for Training Day, U-571 and more. There’s no word on whether Ayer would be re-writing Justin Marks’ (Top Gun 2, The Jungle Book) script, but it’s hard to imagine Ayer wouldn’t make some changes. Ayer’s talent for writing (and directing) ensemble casts that tend to operate outside the limits of traditional law enforcement likely brought him to WB’s attention – but the $80 million budget for Fury may not be the best indication of what to expect from a Suicide Squad movie. In fact, Fury seems the exception to Ayer’s usual style of filming straightforward, grounded action – something comic book movie fans might see as a welcome change of pace. Whatever version of the team is most likely to be adapted, one thing is clear: aSuicide Squad movie potentially penned by the mind behind Training Day, and directed with an eye for pull-no-punches, grounded action; that’s something few fans had expected. Until official word arrives, though, anything is possible. What do you think of this news? Is a writer/director like Ayer the kind of talent you would like to see handle the Suicide Squad, or did you have a different style in mind? We’ll keep you updated on the truth to this report as more information arrives. Fury opens in theaters on October 17th, 2014, for those curious to see what may lie in store for a Suicide Squad adaptation.
  6. A golden age of comic book movies may be dominating Hollywood right now, but over the past few years there have also been signs of an effort to turn around the thus-far lackluster genre of video game-turned film adaptations. Major developer and publisher Ubisoft has set up its own film studio, Ubisoft Motion Pictures, and has multiple adaptations of major franchises in development; there have also recently been rumor-mongering that Activision-Blizzard is interested in following suit. One company that already straddles the border between video games and movies is Sony, and an adaptation of classic PlayStation 2-era game Shadow of the Colossushas been in development at Sony Pictures for years. Highly praised for its outstanding art direction and simple but effective story, Shadow of the Colossus is about a young man called Wander who appeals to a mysterious and powerful entity to restore the life of a girl called Mono. The entity demands that Wander first slay sixteen colossi – enormous, ancient beings that dwell in different corners of a forbidden land – and the game is based around these sixteen battles. Chronicle director Josh Trank has been attached to Shadow of the Colossus since 2012, but things have been extremely quiet on the news front lately. This isn’t exactly surprising, since Trank only recently finished filming the Fantastic Fourreboot and will soon be moving on to one of Disney’s planned Star Wars spinoff movies. Whether Trank has lost interest in Shadow of the Colossus or whether his full schedule is simple making it impossible to commit to it is unclear, but THRreports that Sony has now moved on – and has tapped Andres Muschietti (Mama) to direct the adaptation. Hanna screenwriter Seth Lochhead, who joined the project last summer, is still attached and is now writing the screenplay with Muschietti supervising. Another mainstay throughout the film’s development thus far is producer Kevin Misher, who is backing the film under his Misher Films banner. Misher’s previous credits includeIt’s Kind of a Funny Story and The Scorpion King, while Muschietti is coming off his feature directorial debut with Mama (after first directing a short film of the same name). As with any video game adaptation, there are going to be challenges when it comes to turning Shadow of the Colossus into a film. The game’s narrative is very simple with minimal dialogue, and the simplicity of the story is arguably what helped to make the game such a powerful experience. It wouldn’t be surprising if the film adaptation ends up having a hefty dose of extra plot added in. With the right writer and director a Shadow of the Colossus movie could definitely make for great cinema, but are Lochhead and Muschietti the creative team needed to make it work? Moreover, when will Shadow of the Colossus manage to drag itself out of development hell and onto the big screen? Only time will tell for certain… We’ll keep you updated on Shadow of the Colossus as development continues.
  7. Despite some issues with storytelling, Antoine Fuqua’s one-man-army film, Olympus Has Fallen, is a solidly entertaining action movie. The movie follows an ex-secret service operative fighting terrorists in the White House (not to be confused with Roland Emmerich’s White House Down about a wannabe secret service agent fighting terrorists in the White House). While both blockbusters performed well at the box office, Fuqua’s R-rated action film grossed more domestically and cost significantly less to create; thus, Olympus Has Fallen is the one that earned a sequel, titled London Has Fallen. However, Fuqua will not be returning to direct the followup, which was originally intended to begin production May 2014. Millennium Films has instead tapped a newcomer to helm London Has Fallen. THR reported Fredrik Bond (Charlie Countryman) is in negotiations with Millennium to direct London Has Fallen. The film is now aiming to begin production in October 2014 in order to meet the film’s October 2015 release date. Stars of Olympus Has Fallen, Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, and Morgan Freeman, will reprise their roles for the sequel. Christian Gudegast (A Man Apart) wrote the most recent draft of the script. The sequel story follows secret service agent Mike Banning (Butler), U.S. President Benjamin Asher (Eckhart), and speaker of the House of Representatives Allan Trumbull (Freeman) who attend the funeral of the British prime minister in London, where a plot to kill the world’s leaders is revealed. Banning and Asher must work with an MI-6 agent in order to save the world’s most powerful leaders. London Has Fallen seems to be a standard followup to a conventional lone gunman film — a movie trope seen again and again in the action genre that has, arguably, been executed much better than what Fuqua accomplished in Olympus Has Fallen. With so many films following the same basic premise, it’s hard to create a new movie that stands out among the rest (although a drastic differentiation isn’t necessarily needed to do well at the box office). Perhaps Bond will be able to bring a unique eye to London Has Fallen and create enough interesting visual sequences so as to separate the film from others within the genre. Although reviews of Charlie Countrymen were mixed — and skewed more toward unfavorable — Bond’s feature-length directorial debut was at least visually interesting. Whether Bond will be able to translate the skills he demonstrated in his independent film (or improve upon them) in the blockbuster action sequel, London Has Fallen, remains to be seen and it not be worth speculating; although negotiations have begun between Millennium and Bond, the director has not yet signed on for the movie. London Has Fallen is scheduled to premiere October 2nd, 2015.
  8. Into the Woods, Stephen Sondheim’s longstanding 1986 musical fairy tale rumpus, kicks off with an innocent series of wishes; Cinderella wants to attend the King’s Festival, Jack wants his cow to produce milk, and the Baker and his wife want to have a child. But all of their better intentions and innermost hopes wind up being utterly dashed over the course of the show’s two act structure, thanks to liberal helpings of murder, infidelity, petty squabbling, more murder, and general displays of adult irresponsibility. So when Disney took it upon themselves to transplant Sondheim’s work from stage to screen, speculation as to whether the Mouse House would stick closely to the source material began in earnest. How dark are they willing to go? Don’t let the massive cast of fairy tale alumni (or the nondescript teaser from a couple weeks back) fool you;Into the Woods knocks off its characters frequently and often in unpleasant ways, and casual innuendo bleeds into many of the songs. It’s not exactly kids’ stuff, so any concerns about the film adaptation sanitizing its details don’t feel totally unfounded. But Rob Marshall, erstwhile director of films like Chicago and Nine, is on the offensive, defending the integrity of his treatment for Into the Woods. Speaking recently with EW, Marshall made a point of discussing his efforts to remain true to Sondheim’s own while also reminding readers that Sondheim himself (along with librettist James Lapine, who wrote the book for the musical) participated in the screenwriting process. For those still skeptical over Disney’s involvement here, well, you’re not alone – Marshall appears to share if not your apprehension, then at least your surprise. Read the full quote from Marshall below: It’s ironic that happened at all, because Steve’s been part of every single step of this movie. And the truth is, we’ve been incredibly faithful to the original. I’m actually really impressed Disney’s doing this film, because it’s very brave. I don’t feel we’ve watered it down in any way, shape, or form. We’ve just made it a film. But I never thought in terms of ‘the Disney’ of it all, ever. None of us did. He’s not wrong – despite the presence of Cinderella, Jack, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, et al, Into the Woods doesn’t look like an easy fit into Disney’s brand at first blush, so there’s something inherently gutsy about them tackling it as a movie. Just do a Google search for ditties like “Hello, Little Girl†or “I Know Things Nowâ€; the lyrics’ subtext might fly right over the heads of your average child, but it’s hard not to imagine studio executives feeling a bit squeamish at the notion of keeping content that loaded intact in the film. The musical is categorically for grown-ups. It makes sense that the film should be, too. Of course, the stories that Into the Woods riffs on are actually chalk full of grisly goings on, and parents have been spoon feeding them to children for centuries and change. Admittedly, Disney has taken these yarns and defanged them for the cinema, too, but if Marshall, Sondheim, and Lapine have really put their best foot forward to make Into the Woods as much like its Broadway forebear as possible, then maybe their collaborative take on the fairy tale mash up stands a real chance of maintaining its edge. Into the Woods arrives in theaters on December 25th, 2014.
  9. Outspoken movie director Lexi Alexander says that movie leaks, such as the recent one involving The Expendables 3, can happen as a result of directors and producers abusing their assistants. In a move further likely to irritate her Hollywood overlords, Alexander suggests that a high-security leaking mechanism could help to cut down on abuse. It’s pretty obvious that Lexi Alexander isn’t scared of rocking the boat. In an unprecedented move last month, the movie director was pictured holding up a sign calling for the release of Peter Sunde, an individual not exactly the movie industry’s most-loved man. But Alexander is no ordinary person or director. Instead of towing the usual line by decrying piracy as a scourge, the 39-year-old recently noted that several studies have found that piracy has actually benefited movie profits. For a movie worker this is a controversial stance to take, but rather than back off, Alexander only seems motivated to continue her abrasive approach. In new comments Alexander takes aim at Hollywood, this time referencing the recent leak of The Expendables 3. She doesn’t condone the leak, but instead looks at possible reasons why it ended up online. “The piracy issue makes me want to tear my hair out at times. I do not understand how so many of my filmmaker colleagues have bought into this MPAA propaganda. Recently these think tanks and organizations have popped up which are not officially associated with the MPAA, but definitely on their payroll,†Alexander begins. “But okay, you want to be mad at the kid in Sweden or Australia for uploading your movie? Go for it. Oh wait, in cases like Expendables 3 it’s actually someone here in Hollywood leaking it,†she notes. The idea that The Expendables 3 leaked directly from Hollywood is not new. Pristine copies like these simply aren’t available on the streets unless an insider has had a hand in it somehow, whether that interaction was intentional or otherwise. In some instances the motivation to leak, Alexander suggests, could be borne out of a desire to get even. Assistants to the higher-ups are often treated badly, so more consideration should be given to what they might do in return, the director notes. “It’s kind of like going to a restaurant and thinking twice about insulting the waiter or busboy because you’re afraid of what they’ll put in the food before they bring it back,†Alexander explains. “Imagine those famously abusive directors, producers or stars (#notall….) having to tone down the abuse, otherwise LOUD EVENT MOVIE # 5 will show up on The Pirate Bay with a little note that says: ‘Don’t bother seeing this in the theater. Everybody above the line was a monster to us’.†The thought that leaks might happen as a type of personal revenge is in itself the stuff of a Hollywood plot. However, just as it’s unlikely that a story about a movie leak would ever make the silver screen, Hollywood insiders involved in them also tend to escape criticism. In fact, history shows us that the *actual* leakers, whether that’s an assistant with a grudge or otherwise, are rarely – if ever – paraded around in public as criminals. That honor is usually reserved for the first uploaders and/or their ‘pirate’ allies. Still, Alexander feels it would be wise to keep those close to home in a good frame of mind. “Maybe the MPAA should drop some of their $$ on PSAs about the danger of abusing assistants: ‘If you kick me everyday, your film will land on Pirate Bay’,†she warns. Finally, in a move likely to further annoy the Hollywood brass, Alexander presents a “hypothetical†mechanism through which abused assistants could beat the bullies. “I’m not suggesting anything, but hypothetically, if there were an anonymous address people could send not-yet-released movie DVDs to, so someone else could upload them without a chance of it being backtracked to the source, then a whole bunch of abused and mistreated assistants wouldn’t be defenseless anymore,†she concludes. Due to the hugely controversial nature of her comments its difficult to judge how serious Alexander is with her suggestions. But, whatever the case, it’s safe to say that she’s one of a kind and likely to continue rocking the boat in future.
  10. In the days leading up to the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con, Sony/Columbia announced that their Amazing Spider-Man franchise spinoff Sinister Six will see a 2016 release, pushing The Amazing Spider-Man 3 back to 2018. This all came on the heels of mooted Venom director Alex Kurtzman’s vague answers on the state of that film and TASM3. Kurtzman was clear on his main priority, however: developing the possible shared-universe reboot of Universal Studios’ classic line-up of movie monsters, starting with The Mummy. Now, The Wrap reports that Alex Kurtzman will be directing the film, with the intention of getting the supernatural horror flick in theaters by Spring 2016. This updated version of the classic chiller starring Boris Karloff (Frankenstein) – previously re-envisioned in the late 1990s as a Brendan Fraser-led adventure blockbuster – will evidently be set in the present day, aiming for “a four-quadrant, family-friendly action-adventure tentpole†tone. Before Kurtzman and his longtime creative partner Roberto Orci (Transformers, Star Trek) parted ways (for the most part), they worked on the script with Prometheus and Doctor Strange screenwriter Jon Spaihts. Kurtzman and Fast and the Furious franchise writer/producer Chris Morgan are now the “creative godfathers†behind Universal’s new generation of monster movies, having apparently nailed down an approach which will now move the project forward. Previously, The Mummy had already lost two directors in the form of Andy Muschetti (Mama) who left over “creative differences,†and Len Wiseman (Underworld), who stepped away due to a scheduling conflict. Muschetti reportedly wanted to take the film in a far darker direction than the studio preferred, and it sounds like Kurtzman and Morgan have found the type of crowd-pleasing groove they have brought to several other hit franchises. The main question now: what about Sony’s Venom spinoff? Kurtzman is supposedly still attached to direct, but the consensus these days seems to confirm that Sony and Columbia’s enthusiasm for a Shared Spider-Man Universe is indeed (as The Wrap‘s report puts it) “losing momentum.†Kurtzman has yet to officially bow out of directing Venom, but with this 2016 release date for The Mummy - and only the vague idea that Venom will shoot after Sinister Six – Kurtzman may decide to step away from the flailing Spidey-verse and focus on his new, old monsters. Stay tuned for updates as they surface. The Mummy will be released on April 22, 2016.
  11. A few days ago a Dutch movie director asked people to upload a copy of one of his older films onto The Pirate Bay. The filmmaker had become fed up with the fact that copyright issues made his work completely unavailable through legal channels. To his surprise, pirates were quick to deliver. Dutch movie director Martin Koolhoven sent out an unusual request on Twitter a few days ago. While many filmmakers fear The Pirate Bay, Koolhoven asked his followers to upload a copy of his 1999 film “Suzy Q†to the site. “Can someone just upload Suzy Q to The Pirate Bay?â€Koolhoven asked. The director doesn’t own all copyrights to the movie himself, but grew frustrated by the fact that his film is not available through legal channels. The TV-film, which also features the film debut of Game of Thrones actress Carice Van Houten, was paid for with public money but after the music rights expired nobody was able to see it anymore. The main problem is with the film’s music, which includes tracks from popular artists such as The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix. This prevented the film from being released in movie theaters and on DVD, and the TV-network also chose not to extend the licenses for the TV rights. Since the music was no longer licensed it couldn’t be shown anymore, not even on the websites of the public broadcasters. “To me, it felt like the movie had died,†Koolhoven tells TorrentFreak. Hoping to bring it back to life, Koolhoven tweeted his upload request, and it didn’t take long before the pirates delivered. Within a few hours the first copy of the film was uploaded, and several more were added in the days that followed. “I had no idea the media would pick it up the way they did. That generated more media attention. At first I hesitated because I didn’t want to become the poster boy for the download-movement. All I wanted was for people to be able to see my film,†Koolhoven says. Unfortunately the first upload of the movie that appeared on The Pirate Bay was in very bad quality. So the director decided to go all the way and upload a better version to YouTube himself. “I figured it would probably be thrown off after a few days, due to the music rights issue, but at least people could see a half decent version instead of watching the horrible copy that was available on The Pirate Bay,†Koolhoven tells us. Interestingly, YouTube didn’t remove the film but asked the director whether he had the right to use the songs. Since this is not the case the money made through the advertisements on YouTube will go to the proper rightsholders. “We’re a few days later now and the movie is still on YouTube. And people have started to put higher quality torrents of Suzy Q on Pirate Bay. Even 720p can be found, I’ve heard,†Koolhoven notes. While the director is not the exclusive rightsholder, he does see himself as the moral owner of the title. Also, he isn’t shying away from encouraging others to download and share the film. In essence, he believes that all movies should be available online, as long as it’s commercially viable. It shouldn’t hurt movie theater attendance either, as that remains the main source of income for most films and the best viewing experience. “I know not everybody cares about that, but I do. The cinema is the best place to see movies. If you haven’t seen ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’ on the big screen, you just haven’t seen it,†Koolhoven says. In the case of Suzy Q, however, people are free to grab a pirated copy. “Everyone can go to The Pirate Bay and grab a copy. People are actually not supposed to, but they have my permission to download Susy Q,†Koolhoven said in an interview with Geenstijl. “If other people download the movie and help with seeding then the download time will be even more reasonable,†Koolhoven adds.
  12. Movie director Lexi Alexander wants to "occupy Hollywood" by bridging the gap between pirates and filmmakers. Sporting a banner to free Pirate Bay founder Peter Sunde, Alexander says that the criminalization of file-sharing is "pathetic", while calling out the losses claimed by the MPAA as "bullshit". It’s not every day that you see a Hollywood director holding up a “Free Peter Sunde†sign, but Lexi Alexander is on a mission. With her support for the Pirate Bay founder who’s currently locked up in a Swedish prison, Alexander hopes to reach out to the “other side†with whom she shares a common goal. Alexander is not a fan of the anti-piracy crusade the MPAA and other groups are waging against file-sharers. The massive losses that are claimed due to piracy are “bullshit†according to her. In fact, she believes that piracy may do more good than harm. “I get a little upset when I hear how hard my industry jumps into action, sparing neither time, manpower or resources, as soon as someone even hints at potential loss to the crown estate,†Alexander notes. “Piracy has NOT been proven to hurt box-office numbers, on the contrary, several studies say it may have boosted the bottom line,†she adds. In recent years the movie industry has poured hundreds of millions of dollars into expensive anti-piracy measures, nearly all of which are counterproductive according to Alexander. For example, as a German living in Hollywood she can’t watch German news online due to geographical restrictions and the same is true for U.S. shows when she’s visiting Germany. But thanks to the pirates, Hollywood director can easily bypass these restrictions. “But guess what, for every IP block, DRM and who-knows-what security feature Hollywood spends thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours on, some piracy kid will undo it for free and within a couple of minutes.†“And this is my favorite part: I am 100% certain that the hacking of entertainment industry’s security features provides better entertainment for these kids than the entertainment we’re trying to prevent them from stealing. Let that sink in for a second, then try not to bust up laughing.†In a recent interview with Daily Record, Alexander describes criminalization of file sharing as “pathetic.†It is mostly an issue that keeps Hollywood’s “Fat Cats†busy, but not so much independent filmmakers. “The people who complain most about piracy in Hollywood are Fat Cats who did little to deserve their wealth or position. I doubt you’ll find many people on the anti-piracy train amongst film crews or indie filmmakers, unless they’re being paid a retainer,†she says. Contrary to what the MPAA and others may lead the public to believe, Alexander says that piracy is rather common among filmmakers. She herself admits to downloading films when there are no legal options available. “I download stuff myself, so do many of my colleagues here in Hollywood. Usually we do it only when we can’t find something on mainstream streaming services,†Alexander says. The movie director uses pirate sites to grab movies that are relevant for an upcoming meeting for example, something which has saved her on a few occasions. “I cannot tell you how often my ass was saved by some torrent site in those situations. And I assume that 99% of my Hollywood filmmaker colleagues or their poor assistants have found themselves on a piracy site for just that reason (if they deny it, they’re lying. The end.)†Despite her own piracy habits, Alexander doesn’t endorse the existing piracy status quo. In a blog post on her own site she notes that many of the people running pirate sites are just as motivated by greed as the people in Hollywood. The movie director considered reaching out to Kim Dotcom but concluded that his luxurious lifestyle makes him just like the Hollywood elite. The Pirate Bay team was second on the list, but this was scrapped after learning about historical connections with right-winger Carl Lundström. The movie director is nonetheless reaching out to all pirates with good intentions who put art and talent before the dollar signs. An “Occupy Hollywood movement,†as she describes it, and calling for Peter Sunde’s release, is her way to reach out to those who support this cause.
  13. Now You See Me was a surprise hit for Lionsgate, banking a hefty $350 million during the summer of 2013 and launching a potential franchise out of what could have been just a castoff standalone con game. Now that the movie has whet an audience’s appetite for more magic tricks, Lionsgate is moving ahead with Now You See Me 2, and they think they found the perfect director. Jon M. Chu, who has helmed three Step Up movies and a G.I. Joe sequel, is in talks to take over the reigns of Now You See Me 2, according to Variety. The sequel plans a fall shoot, and we have been hearing that there are international locations planned for the production. Earlier this year, we spoke with Dave Franco about his involvement in the sequel, and he told us: I’ve heard a pitch of the story. It’s actually going to be really exciting. I was slightly weary, just because you never know when it comes to a sequel. But I think the first one opened up enough avenues. There are many directions left to explore. There are many places that it can go, and they really – they held true to the spirit of the first one, but it’s going to be enough of a departure that it doesn’t just feel like a complete copy of the first one." The original Now You See Me starred Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco as rival magicians and illusionists who pulled off a series of escalating capers as The Four Horsemen. Mark Ruffalo was the law enforcement agent working to take them down. A last-minute twist turned everything we thought we knew about the group on its ear, setting up several potential avenues for Now You See Me 2. No clue yet as to why the original Now You See Me director, Louis Leterrier, isn’t returning to helm the sequel. Last August, he was in the conversation to continue telling the story of The Four Horsemen. IMDB has him attached to Grimsby, a 2015 comedy with Sacha Baron Cohen, Rebel Wilson and Mark Strong. Maybe the production schedule on that kept him off Now You See Me 2? As for Jon M. Chu, he’s hard at work on the live-action Jem and the Holograms movie, which has been stacking its cast and preparing to film. If he lands the Now You See Me 2 gig, I’m assuming he’d move to it right after Jem. And seeing how he helmed the over-the-top action of G.I. Joe: Retaliation, he strikes me as an interesting and exciting choice to continue the magic in the Now You See Me storyline.
  14. ‘Batman vs. Superman’ Director Zack Snyder Teases New Batmobile Is the first full look coming on Tuesday? The first look at the newest version of the Batmobile arrived on Monday. Well, some of it, at least. “Batman vs. Superman†director Zack Snyder tweeted a picture of Ben Affleck's ride (above) covered in a tarp, with the exception of its rear wheels. “Could be time to pull the tarp,†Snyder wrote. “Tomorrow?†See photos: ‘Gotham': The Faces of Fox's Batman Prequel “Batman vs. Superman,†which will serve as a set up for a “Justice League†movie, hits theaters on May 6, 2016. Henry Cavill will return to play the Man of Steel, while Gal Gadot (“Fast and Furious 6â€) will play Wonder Woman, Jesse Eisenberg will play bad guy Lex Luthor, and Jeremy Irons will play Batman's butler Alfred.