REPOST: SpongeBob Squarepants Goes Live-Action/3D in New Movie Trailer

SpongeBob Squarepants ventures out of the ocean and into the dry land in the latest sequel featuring Antonio Banderas, Clancy Brown, and Tom Kenny. More info on “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” in the article below.

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Nicktoons heroes battle live-action evil on dry land in long-awaited sequel

Want to feel old? It has been a full ten years since the originalSpongeBob Squarepants movie. Two generations (and counting) of fans have been clamoring for a sequel the whole time, and now Nickelodeon has debuted the first trailer for The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, in which the champions of Bikini Bottom will appear for the first time in 3D opposite live-action human actors.

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In the sequel (which also includes scenes rendered in the series traditional 2D animation), Antonio Banderas appears as an evil pirate seeking a powerful magic relic hidden in SpongeBob and friends’ undersea community of Bikini Bottom. When he succeeds in stealing it – placing both the ocean and surface worlds in peril – SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, Sandy, Plankton and Mr. Krabs must undertake the perilous journey to the human world to confront him (which is where the 3D kicks in); ultimately making use of the stolen magic themselves to become human-sized superheroes.


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While SpongeBob characters have ventured onto land before, in the series it was typically accomplished using intentionally-crude live-action puppets of realistic-looking sea creatures. In the first movie, SpongeBob and Patrick were depicted as remaining animated when on dry land, but only so long as they didn’t dry out. They also encountered a human ally in the form of Baywatch star David Hasselhoff.

Sponge Out of Water is currently targeting a February 2015 release date.

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REPOST: Roberto Orci Talks Venom & The Sinister Six Movies

Roberto Orci spills his thoughts on what’s ahead for The Amazing Spider-Man spin-offs in this article.

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The Spider-Man spin-offs are a team effort.

Intent on exploiting its Spider-Man resource to the fullest, Sony confirmed rumours by announcing last month that it was planning spin-off films for the symbiote villain Venom and the group of baddies known as The Sinister Six. It’s a big order, and a group of writers is involved with making it happen. One of those overseeing this new drive – Amazing Spider-Man 2 co-writer/producer Roberto Orci – has opened up to IGN about how they’ll get it all wrangled.

“That’s the discussion we’re having right now; how exactly do you do that, and how do you do it without betraying the audience and making them all mean?” he says. “Cabin In The Woods’ Drew Goddard is going to be writing that one, so it’s kind of his problem… I’m kidding. We’re all working on each other’s stuff. So we want to be true to it, but there are some antiheroes in this day and age. There have been examples of that even on TV – Vic Mackey on The Shield, one of the great antiheroes of all time. There are ways to milk that story. Audiences have seen everything. They’ve seen all the good guys who never do anything wrong. Is there a story in seeing the other side? That’s the challenge, and that’s the fun. I’m not sure how we’re going to do that yet.”

In terms of logistics, Orci, along with regular partner Alex Kurtzman and fellow writers Goddard, Jeff Pinkner and Ed Solomon, are using a method well known to most of them, who got their start in TV writing rooms under the likes of J.J. Abrams and Joss Whedon. “In television, you get a great team of writers together, a writing staff, and you’re working on five episodes at once. You’re prepping one, you’re shooting one, you’re writing one, you’re posting one, and you’re trying to make sure they’re consistent over 13 or 22 episodes. That’s how we learned how to do things. So it’s funny in the movie business, and you have different things being done by different teams and they’re not all communicating with each other.

“So when we talked about our interest in all this stuff, we said, ‘Well, the way would want to do it is kind of go to a TV model,’ and then the distinction between the quality of TV and film has gone away. They’re both equally viable, awesome storytelling formats. So the idea of, let’s get a core group of writers and producers and directors – and even though I might not be the one writing Venom, I’ll be in the meetings talking about how to make it interesting. We could be putting in Easter eggs and planning ahead in the previous movies, and then that guy over there is going to write that movie, and Ed Solomon’s gonna write another one with us. So having a committee, a board, of people who are creative, who are filmmaker, who just keep it all together, that’s kind of going back to the way we started.”

Of course, there is also the not-so-small matter of getting The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and 4 made too, and all the time hoping that the superhero movie bubble doesn’t burst in the meantime. But at least Orci and co. have a plan to make everything hang together. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be in our cinemas on April 18.

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REPOST: ‘Thor: The Dark World,’ movie review

‘Thor: The Dark World’ is no doubt one of the most talked-about movies these days. In fact, most film critics agree that the sequel to the 2011 Marvel movie is more entertaining than its predecessor, and it’s all thanks to the superpower charm of Tom Hiddleston. Joe Neumaier of New York Daily News writes the following review.

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What weird sorcery is this? “Thor: The Dark World” may not be thunder from the movie gods, but it is — shock! — an entertaining journey into mystery, action and fun.

That wasn’t a preordained outcome. Thor’s 2011 Marvel Comics film adaptation — a crucial set-up for “The Avengers” — was a dull deal, with giant robots attacking empty southwestern towns and a brawny Norse mythology-derived alien superbeing. As directed by Kenneth Branagh, it tried too hard to bridge worlds.

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Not so with the sequel. Director Alan Taylor, a TV vet (“Six Feet Under,” “The Sopranos,” and, most crucially, “Game of Thrones”), has given “The Dark World” both a light touch and a streamlined feel. It cruises where the earlier film lumbered. There’s also a jolt in here of “Lord of the Rings.” It has its faults, but this is solidly in the upper sphere of superhero sequels.

Two years after Thor (Chris Hemsworth) helped the Avengers quash his evil adopted brother Loki’s (Tom Hiddleston) plan to rule Earth, the blond God of Thunder is a good son to Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and misses pretty Earth girl Jane (Natalie Portman).

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But a “dark elf” named Malekith (unrecognizable Christopher Eccleston) is after a funky mist called the Aether. This, we’re told, can be used to return the universe (aka the Nine Realms) to darkness. Jane happens to find the Aether in a chasm on Earth and absorbs it.

To extract it and protect the Nine Realms, Thor brings Jane to his disco-lit world of Asgard. But once Malekith gets the Aether and brings it to his home, Svartalfheim (gesundheit!), Thor’s only hope is to free Loki from his Asgardian prison and set off together on a tenuous partnership to defeat Malekith.

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That’s a lot of gobbledygook, and reads like the fine print on a game of Dungeons & Dragons. Yet “The Dark World“ keeps its feet on the ground. Hemsworth has evolved into the Marvel version of Errol Flynn — he balances swashbuckling with sly humor — and Portman has grown into an appealingly feisty heroine. Her cute, snarky sidekick Darcy (Kat Dennings) is a welcome return, as is Stellan Skarsgard as their now-brain-fried scientist mentor.

As it goes with superhero flicks, the true believers are the ones who’ll groove on it the most. In fact, anyone who considers a giant hammer (called Mjolnir, as if you didn’t know) as cool as a lightsaber or the Batmobile likely has more invested in the story than the average moviegoer.Let’s face it, the real villain here is essentially a gloomy meteorological phenomenon.

The secret weapon is Hiddleston. The best thing the film’s army of five screenwriters did is set the odd couple of Thor and Loki on a sort-of celestial road trip. Loki is puckish, malevolent, peevish, magnetic and, with his Rooney Mara-like pale skin and dark hair, the polar opposite of Hemsworth. Hiddleston’s villainous asides steal the show, and he brightens “The Dark World” when it needs it most.

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What press junkets can do for a film

The Woman In Black Press Junket

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An important part of film marketing strategy, a press junket is a campaign used to get as much exposure for a movie as possible. Before a movie is released, journalists and film critics from around the world are flown into a preselected location to interview cast members and others involved in the film. Usually, a publicist is present to make sure that the interviews maintain a positive tone and are relevant enough to boost ticket sales. The interviews will be published across many media outlets worldwide, helping to create buzz for the motion picture.


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Press junkets are an exhausting task, but the value they bring to the film brand overrides this negative factor. It’s said that a large portion of a film’s budget is partitioned for this global marketing strategy.

Casting aside their marketing value, press junkets also provide the opportunity for media personalities and the audience to see what their favorite actors are like when the camera’s not rolling. In other words, press junkets offer an exclusive look to the kind of drama that appears outside a film set. The awkward moment between former couple Danny Boyle and Rosario Dawson on the junket for the film Trance is an example and so is the difficult situation which a Fusion reporter found himself in while interviewing Jesse Eisenberg of Now You See Me. An Asian reporter’s interview with Anne Hathaway for Les Miserables turned a bit miserable as the scribe was presented with cold statements like “That’s a very personal question,” in response to his query on whether or not Anne has experienced a kind of poverty to play the role of Fantine. Unfortunately the question is one of the many cultural bombs which the reporter shouldn’t have stepped on.


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