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  1. I've said it before, I'll say it again: marketing needs to be completely overhauled in this game. How on earth did we slide back to cheesily narrated trailers? -

    1. Farmerboy

      Farmerboy

      Ah, it's the special foreign language films - for those who don't want to read subtitles

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    2. nazardo

      nazardo

      Flawed garbage, like test screenings. Average moviegoer doesn’t analyze a film after they exit, especially if they enjoyed it. People have been searching for ways to beat the stock market for years. There’s no free lunch in that. Same deal with movies. Con men loveth a sucker.

    3. aphid47

      aphid47

      Magic Mike performed poorly in test audiences, but killed it in the BO ... anyone who tells you they have a magical formula is selling snake oil.

    4. Mike

      Mike

      There are people telling me daily that algorithms will one day rule our lives. I can tell you for certain that THOSE people have never been in LOVE. And if they have, it's merely an anomalous affection quotient attributable to the overindulgence in substances inducing outlying, abnormal, and uncorroberatable eroginea factors...No?

  2. Any DSLR cinematographers out there who can recommend some good, affordable old SLR lenses which would be good for a Canon T3i? Models and personal recs would be greatly appreciated.

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    2. jtthieme

      jtthieme

      What's your budget? I use 1970's Nikon lenses and found some great deals on eBay (for 24mm, 50mm, and 135mm).

    3. dsjones

      dsjones

      Budget is around 800. I've got some wide angle, now I'm looking into telescopic/zoom lenses.

    4. jtthieme

      jtthieme

      I would definitely check out ebay or keh.com. You should be able to get yourself an 85mm f/1.8 and a 135mm f/2 and still have a little left over.

       

  3. Anyone else read the Mayor of Shark City? Deftly handled...I'm actually really impressed. Thoughts?

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    2. sbbn

      sbbn

      ...son. Lucas came up with Indiana Smith. Spielberg proposed changing the name to Jones.

    3. Reader George

      Reader George

      I'm halfway in and enjoying it. Don't know about the fantasy stuff but I could see a bunch of actors having fun with these roles. With Jaws so often on the cable channels it'd be fun to have something like this for a double feature.

       

    4. Sweeney Todd

      Sweeney Todd

      Actually the broken shark was the reason it wasn't seen till the end of the movie.

  4. Anyone else see Gangster Squad? I...What the hell happened?

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    2. ThaVillain

      ThaVillain

      The cartoon comment is spot on. I didn't like it at all.

    3. smullan

      smullan

      Hate the digital look for period films, and with that director, not surprised it came out so...vapid.

    4. dsjones

      dsjones

      It's based on such a badass book. How the hell did a studio sign off on THAT? jesus.

  5. Anyone here been a reader at a prodco or studio (recently or currently would be preferable)? I'd like to ask you a few questions about your experience.

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    2. aphid47

      aphid47

      Read for some grants, but probably not what you're looking for.

    3. ted

      ted

      I've done it -- shoot me a message if you want.

    4. Escapist

      Escapist

      I have. feel free contact me. worked at all sorts of places, from indies to studios

  6. As a massive Superman/Batman fan, I want to know who I have to fight to get to work on the team up movie in 2015. Seriously. I want in.

    1. npquinn

      npquinn

      I just heard the sound of all them Superman/Batman specs getting dusted off ;)

  7. As I dig myself deeper and deeper into this 15 page hole, I prayed for inspiration and god delivered in the form of deadline and Soderbergh: http://www.deadline.com/2013/04/steven-soderbergh-state-of-cinema-address/

    1. ThaVillain

      ThaVillain

      Awesome read. Thanks for sharing.

    2. Elliott79

      Elliott79

      Very good read.

    3. npquinn

      npquinn

      State of Cinema: Steven Soderbergh

  8. AVClub: "Seen on a traditional movie screen, Gravity looks like a near triumph, compromised just slightly by the tidiness of its dramatic trajectory. Stretch the film across a bigger canvas, however, and those flaws become tiny specks, dwarfed by the enormity of Cuarón’s aesthetic achievement."

    1. dsjones

      dsjones

      See it IMAX guys, it's mind blowing.

    2. Nic8767

      Nic8767

      Can't wait to see this!

       

  9. BBC's Sherlock continues to amaze. Anyone else watching?

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    2. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      I agree, Foz. And that Best Man speech felt utterly interminable. That's what I mean about these episodes being too long. The character stuff is drawn out and the mystery is rushed. Did like the very ending and the use of "Oh What A Night".

    3. Foz90

      Foz90

      Tell you what I am loving on the BBC at the moment though... The Bridge. The first season was amazing and this one looks to be great too.

    4. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      I think the first season is on Netflix. I'll check it out.

  10. Breaking Bad's final two episodes are 75 minutes each. So I'm betting 5 extra minutes of story, 10 extra minutes of commercials? Hope AMC's making a pretty penny off those ad sales.

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    2. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      Anybody have a link for Homeland S3/E1? Or is that gone now?

    3. dsjones
    4. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      Sorry, trying to be low-key about it. I'm sure BB will be worth all the commercials. The DVD sets are the way to watch this series anyway, as we all know.

  11. Broadchurch adaptation on Fox...seriously? Just air the original.

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    2. sankofa

      sankofa

      agreed. I just rolled my eyes. I need the broadcast networks to back off the remakes and come up with original material. There are some exceptions (John Glenn's adaption of the british mini IDENTITY is an extremely solid pilot, and a miniseries I think that COULD be easily adapted over here) but leave it alone. I'm expecting to hear CBS or ABC to remake THE FALL shortly. smh

       

    3. dsjones

      dsjones

      Network doesn't do miniseries - that's the problem. They're adapting works that don't have longevity. How has no one sat at the table and gone "Hang on, wait a minute here - this can't be sustained because X, Y, and Z remakes tried it and all crashed and burned."

    4. sangun

      sangun

      HBO picking up Getting On was strange. I wonder who is going to go after The Moone Boy?

  12. Chris Nolan offered the next Bond film? really?

    1. twofingeredtypist

      twofingeredtypist

      He's a big fan and Inception's snowy assault was basically his OHMSS homage. Interested to see if there's substance to this...

       

       

    2. dsjones

      dsjones

      I hope he jumps at the offer - It'll mean very little free time between Interstellar and Bond...Daniel Craig in a Chris Nolan Bond film...dear god.

    3. dsjones

      dsjones

      I feel like if Nolan did sign on, he'd be given the time. His name ensures a certain degree of quality and they want their follow up to be a success. They saw how extra time helped skyfall, so rushing it doesn't make sense. Also, what's the word on this is it a two parter, or just tangential story threads that link them thematically?

  13. Clint Eastwood + American Sniper...I'm officially excited about this project again.

  14. Did anyone watch the Walking Dead finale? What a mess...While there was one major scene that I loved (think you might be able to guess which - it was the big one) the idea of "resolution" in the manner presented? Horrible. Just...horrible.

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    2. dsjones

      dsjones

      Wasn't even that. It was the violation of our cardinal sin: Give them a reason to tune in next season.

    3. sankofa

      sankofa

      TWD: the season finale was a reset of sorts...but, eh...Even though Andrea is still alive in the comics and fighting alongside Rick *AND* one of the strongest female characters in the comic series (next to Michonne and others), her death wasn't surprising at all since the writers were clearly running out ideas on what to do with her. In a lot of respects, Andrea was a character that the writers didn't really know what to do with and just gave her stupid things to do, etc. Even the mom...

    4. Reader George

      Reader George

      I had a hard time keeping interest in most of season 3. Jumped the shark.

       

  15. Elmore Leonard. What a guy.

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    2. Mike

      Mike

      He was a singularity.

    3. specwriter

      specwriter

      Maybe Justified will get more attention now, as it deserves.

    4. Elliott79

      Elliott79

      RIP. If ever there was a reason to rediscover his books...

  16. Finally saw Prisoners - totally called what they were going to change with re: the finale. Woot, Woot! Go see it if you haven't already!

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    2. nazardo

      nazardo

      It's a wonderful thing when a great script turns into great film. Terrific movie & performances.

    3. CastorTroy16

      CastorTroy16

      SPOILER -- walking out and I heard a woman say "i wish they showed him reunited with the daughter at the end." Oye. Yeah, then cut to Alex reunited with his mom. And a meadow. And a flower. And the American flag...

    4. CastorTroy16

      CastorTroy16

      The ending was perfecto. Perfect spot to cut.

  17. GOTHAM: A Batman show without the Batman. Intriguing idea, but they've got so much going against them right now it seems silly to even attempt.

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    2. sbbn

      sbbn

      Also, I think Gotham could theoretically work. Batman wasn't awesome because it was Batman; Batman was awesome because of the villains. It's an interesting idea to place the villains, who really only have an equal in Batman in a scenario where there is no Batman. Give them the upper-hand by a long stretch.

    3. Escapist

      Escapist

      i'm not giving him a pass, i'm saying he did BUFFY and ANGEL. and yes, FIREFLY and DOLL HOUSE, neither of which I watched all of. still... I have more faith than not.

    4. dsjones

      dsjones

      The only star wars prequels that are canon are the ones i've outlined in my mind. I'll say this: the villains are interesting, but a response to Batman's presence. He's the light that draws the insects out at night. This series would probably just focus on the deterioration of Gordon's faith and principles while seeing the blatant corruption going on around the city...which could really just be any cop show. I want a reason for this to be set in the Batman universe, even i...

  18. Hannibal Lecter did this to me.

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    2. axalon

      axalon

      Interestingly enough, I remember reading the pilot and feeling underwhelmed.

       

      There was a scene in the pilot script where Hannibal approaches a teenage girl smoking a cigarette. We then cut to him pounding lung tissue in his kitchen, he samples the meat then says "pre-smoked".

       

      Hannibal with one-liners? I was afraid the series was going to be kind of a joke with lines like that but I'm glad to see they cut things like that from the show as it's definitely...

    3. axalon

      axalon

      ...one of the best things on TV.

    4. dsjones

      dsjones

      ...I don't remember that scene in the script I read. But then again it was a while ago. That said, Hannibal has an insane amount of cannibalism puns. It's like he wants to get caught... (cue feral fight scene).

  19. Hannibal Season 2 might be the greatest piece of television I have ever seen. That finale, while slow at times, builds to the most emotionally devastating set piece to air on television.

    1. Writer

      Writer

      Was fantastic! Can't remember the last time I was that into an episode of TV.

    2. dsjones

      dsjones

      Made Game of Thrones look like a bed time story.

    3. sankofa

      sankofa

      it was great! And that post credits reveal...WTF?!?!?!?! Hannibal HAS to be the best show on broadcast tv and most definitely up there with the top cable shows on now.

  20. Having just sat through Elysium, I hereby proclaim the shaky camera genre dead to me.

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    2. Pompalompa

      Pompalompa

      o is that who they were?! so confused... I needed like three more flashbacks

       

    3. dsjones

      dsjones

      Axalon: it was the kinda heavy handed story I wrote in Screenwriting 101 in college. It was cringeworthy to see on screen. Two editors and they weren't able to figure out that it was cancer to the story? Just start with them as children, get all that out of the way at the start, then jump to how it all went wrong - then one really quick flashback montage (of everything we've seen right as "destiny" is achieved). He was struggling with this story and getting all the pieces and...

    4. axalon

      axalon

      Jones, I'm constantly amazed that these extremely expensive movies can't seem to figure out the little things like what you mentioned. I mean nobody said *anything* to Blomkamp?

  21. Hm, where can I get that Legendary Pictures Sweatshirt, Mr. Cavill?

  22. Homeland: you are officially dead to me. I don't even care about knowing if I was right anymore, I'm not watching another season of this.

  23. House of Cards...now THAT is television.

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    2. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      I knew about the British rooftop scene, but they fooled me by doing it in the first episode. In any case, it had a very visceral shock effect. Loved the speech to the mirror at the end too, after 'ignoring' us the whole episode. I'm not going to binge, I'm going to savor.

    3. dsjones

      dsjones

      Had mixed feelings about the subway scene (too State of Play) but it left my roommate and I in shock once we realized it wasn't some sort of dream sequence. Very well done to play it straight. Overall, season 2 is a fucking masterpiece.

    4. DonKasparoza

      DonKasparoza

      Claire Underwood is so hot.

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