Saul Bass is probably cinema's most influential and iconic graphic designer, responsible for some of the great title sequences in movie history. To celebrate the release of a new Bass biography, Art of the Title founder Ian Albinson put together a cool short video (h/t The Dish) that brings together some of the man's best work, including "Psycho," "Casino," "Spartacus" and others. You deserve some awesome for your Monday evening.
- Tim Grierson | The Projector – Mon, Nov 21, 2011 6:00 PM EST
Warner Bros. PicturesThere aren't many movies gunning for awards consideration that haven't been screened yet, but the most prominent is "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," the Stephen Daldry-directed drama that stars Tom Hanks and is based on the Jonathan Safran Foer novel. There's no concern that the movie will miss its December 25 release date, but today we learned that it won't be ready to screen in time for two major awards groups to see it: the National Board of Review and the New York Film Critics Circle. That shouldn't impact its Oscar chances, but you never know.Read More »from ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’ Is Cutting It Incredibly Close for Critics’ Groups
- Tim Grierson | The Projector – Mon, Nov 21, 2011 5:00 PM EST
Last week, we wrote about our love for the original "Titanic" trailer, a post that was inspired by the release of a spiffy new trailer for the "Titanic" 3D re-release. Today Disney unveiled their trailer for "Beauty and the Beast 3D," so it made us curious to hunt down the film's old trailer from its initial 1991 release. You can see it above -- it's nothing like the way they're selling the movie now.Read More »from We Love the Original ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Trailer
- Tim Grierson | The Projector – Mon, Nov 21, 2011 4:00 PM EST
A long time ago, I interned for a company that very much wanted to make a TV Christmas movie. This meant that we were sent dozens of Christmas-themed scripts, most of them involving some sort of wacky riff on the Santa Claus mythology. ("Santa's now a crime-fighter!" "Santa's now a baby!" "Santa's now a woman!") I had to read a lot of these, and most of them were so bad that I quickly came to hate any story involving the jolly fat guy with the white beard.
I bring all this up to say that while most reviews have been pretty positive for "Arthur Christmas," I had a hard time really loving it. I hope my old job hasn't affected me that much, but for me this new movie from the animation studio that brought us "Wallace and Gromit" feels awfully familiar. I guess I'm just a grinch.Read More »from REVIEW: ‘Arthur Christmas.’ How the Nerd Saved Christmas.
- Tim Grierson | The Projector – Mon, Nov 21, 2011 3:00 PM EST
"Drive" seemed like the biggest thing in the movie world when it came out in September. Now it's late November, and the Ryan Gosling thriller feels like such old news. Enter L.A. writer and comedian Alex Blagg, who wrote and stars in "Drive-Thru," a terrific parody of the film's style-and-more-style aesthetic. In this version, The Driver does all your drive-thru dirty work for you. We seriously want some Arby's now. Also: The Hamburglar cameo is genius.
- Tim Grierson | The Projector – Mon, Nov 21, 2011 1:30 PM EST
Warner Independent1995's "Before Sunrise" was such a special, delicate movie -- a love story about two strangers hanging out, talking, and falling in love in the span of just a few hours -- that it was easy to be nervous when director Richard Linklater and stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy announced they were going to do a sequel. So it was even more of a happy surprise that 2004's "Before Sunset" was even better: sadder, wiser, even more romantic. We always wondered if the filmmakers would reunite to do another one at some point, and it looks like those talks are getting underway. We're nervous about that, but we're also kind of excited.Read More »from The ‘Before Sunrise’/'Before Sunset’ Team Are Getting Back Together
- Tim Grierson | The Projector – Mon, Nov 21, 2011 12:00 PM EST
Random HousePeople can't seem to decide if they love or hate (or love to hate) Diablo Cody. Her first produced screenplay, "Juno," was a massive hit and earned her an Oscar -- but soon came the backlash, with folks complaining she was really just a one-trick-pony only able to write pseudo-hip one-liners filled with pop-culture references and made-up slang. Her next script was for the horror-comedy "Jennifer's Body," which did pretty poorly. (In retrospect, it was sorta perfect that the film starred Megan Fox, perhaps the one young woman in Hollywood equally as divisive as Cody.) But now Cody may be back: She wrote "Young Adult," which is getting great buzz and is directed by "Juno" filmmaker Jason Reitman. So what does she want to do next? Maybe try to get her long-gestating big-screen version of "Sweet Valley High" finally off the ground.Read More »from Diablo Cody Really Wants to Bring You a ‘Sweet Valley High’ Movie
- Tim Grierson | The Projector – Mon, Nov 21, 2011 11:00 AM EST
DisneyOne of the big takeaways from "Being Elmo," the fun documentary about Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash, is that the "Sesame Street" crew had initially tried a different puppeteer and voice for the adorable and/or annoying character. It hadn't worked at all: Elmo sounded like a gravel-voiced cousin of Oscar the Grouch. After everyone had given up on Elmo, Clash (literally) got his hand on him and turned him into the sweet-natured, baby-talking Muppet that became a lucrative brand name. Making effortlessly vibrant Muppets isn't as easy as it looks.
The same with Walter, the brand new Muppet who's the star of "The Muppets." The New York Times has a great piece that goes into detail about how the producers finally figured out the right tone for a character who's in just about every scene of a film that's supposed to relaunch the Muppet franchise. That's a lot of pressure, but in the end, it turns out that channeling Michael Cera was all they needed.Read More »from ‘The Muppets’ Want You to Picture Michael Cera When You Meet the New Muppet Walter
- Tim Grierson | The Projector – Mon, Nov 21, 2011 9:30 AM EST
Summit EntertainmentTop Five (Full list)Read More »from The Grosses: ‘Breaking Dawn Part 1′ Does So Well They’ll Go Ahead and Release a Sequel
1. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1" $139,500,000 ($139,500,000)
2. "Happy Feet Two" $22,025,000 ($22,025,000)
3. "Immortals" $12,252,000 ($52,980,000)
4. "Jack and Jill" $12,000,000 ($41,028,000)
5. "Puss in Boots" $10,725,000 ($122,313,000)
- Tim Grierson | The Projector – Mon, Nov 21, 2011 9:00 AM EST
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• A year ago, Dwayne Johnson's career needed serious help. We're happy to say that isn't the case anymore: "Fast Five" was a huge hit, and he's gonna be in the "G.I. Joe" sequel and "Journey 2." So, yes, life is good for The Rock. Well, life just got a little more gooder for him: He'll be the star of the live-action "Monster Hunter's Survival Guide" adaptation. It'll be based on a series of books that serve as "a comprehensive guide to hunt monsters, the undead and unnatural beasts, and survive the confrontations." TEAM BRING IT! [Deadline]Read More »from Casting About: The Rock Will Kill Every Monster in His Path