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CinemaCon 2012: Dim reaction to high-def look of Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit'

Based on the deflated reaction to 10 minutes of footage shown today from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Peter Jackson’s state-of-the-art high-definition epic may or may not forever change the way we view movies, but it will definitely revolutionize the way we talk about that strange, hard-to-describe fluorescent look HD video can sometimes have.

There are two ways to look at the clips featured at the annual gathering of theater owners: As storytelling, the first half of Jackson’s two-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit is perfectly in sync with the tone and quality of his groundbreaking The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

But as a platform for new cinematic technology, the clips received an underwhelming reaction at best. Read on for more details after the jump.


'The Cabin in the Woods': How Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard's 'insane frolic' became the year's most buzzed-about fright flick

“I still smell the blood in my sleep,” says Drew Goddard. The filmmaker is talking about the psychic aftershocks of shooting his debut movie, The Cabin in the Woods, a horror comedy he co-wrote with Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator and Avengers director Joss Whedon. That Goddard’s subconscious is still haunted is testament to the volume of fake red stuff in his movie, which is released tomorrow and stars Chris Hemsworth, Bradley Whitford, and Richard Jenkins. Why? Because Goddard shot Cabin in Vancouver way back in 2009, only to see its release delayed by more than two years due to the bankruptcy of the film’s original studio, MGM. That’s long enough for Hemsworth to have played the role of Thor twice, the second time in Whedon’s Avengers, which arrives in cinemas just three weeks after Cabin. “We shot the film and had an amazing time,” says the Australian actor. “Then it disappeared for three years.”


'Titanic 3D' leaves port with $4.4 million on Wednesday, so was the 3-D conversion worth it?


The 3-D redux of James Cameron’s 1997 epic Titanic opened to an estimated $4.4 million on Wednesday, or $4.7 million if you include its Tuesday-night preview showings. That’s a solid but not spectacular start to Titanic 3D‘s voyage, which is likely on pace for a weekend gross of about $20 million (and a five-day tally of around $30 million).

Keep in mind that these are early projections, but let’s assume for a moment that Titanic 3D does collect $30 million during its first five days, and therefore finishes its theatrical run with at least $70 million. In that scenario, was the 3-D re-release worth it? Was Cameron justified in spending $18 million and 60 weeks to convert the film into three dimensions? In this case, the answer would be yes. But that doesn’t mean it will be “yes” for every blockbuster itching to find an excuse to return to the silver screen. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Titanic 3D' cruises to $425,000 from preview and midnight showings

Titanic has officially left port for the second time, as the 3-D re-release of James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster brought in an estimated $425,000 from preview and midnight showings on Tuesday, according to Paramount.

By comparison, February’s 3-D re-release of Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace earned $1.1 million from midnight screenings. It’s not really a fair comparison since Titanic 3D‘s Tuesday-evening preview screenings ran on approximately 300 screens (Phantom Menace previewed on 1,300). Furthermore, considering that even die-hard Titanic fans might not want to stay up past 3:00 am on a Tuesday night, the film’s midnight screenings were never expected to play a big role.

Titanic 3D officially opens today at 2,674 theaters — exactly the same number of locations it originally debuted at in 1997. Check back tomorrow for an update on its box office performance, plus our predictions for the weekend.

Read more:
‘Titanic’ star Kathy Bates looks back — VIDEO
‘Titanic’ shocker: ‘My Heart Will Go On’ makes Kate Winslet ‘feel like throwing up’ — VIDEO
‘James Cameron’s Titanic’ movie companion: Never-before-seen images — SEE PHOTOS

'Katy Perry: Part of Me' trailer: Baby, she's a 3-D! -- VIDEO

Katy Perry is taking the whole firework metaphor to the extreme as her new concert movie, Katy Perry: Part of Me hits theaters July 4 weekend. In the first trailer for the much-anticipated 3-D concert documentary, we see Perry (and the various shades of her technicolor hair) backstage, on stage, and through all of her hits on the path to superstardom over the past few years, including her divorce from comedian Russell Brand. She tells a crowd in the clip below, “Thank you so much for believing in my weirdness.” Fair enough, Katy. Check out the trailer below: READ FULL STORY

'Titanic' star Kathy Bates looks back: 'A lot of people thought that it was gonna be a disaster movie of another kind' -- VIDEO

When EW reviewed James Cameron’s Titanic in 1997, Owen Gleiberman gave it an A. “It’s the first disaster movie that can truly be called a work of art,” he wrote. But Kathy Bates, who costarred with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as good ol’ gal Molly Brown, is quick to remind us that after a year of industry insiders wondering whether Hollywood’s biggest gamble (which Cameron referred to as “a $190 million chick flick” in EW’s 1997 cover story detailing the film’s long, arduous journey to the screen), not everyone was anticipating a rave.

“There was a long shoot, and a lot of people thought that it was gonna be a disaster movie of another kind, that it was never gonna make any money,” she tells EW. “And I remember we had a band from Switzerland who specialized in playing music from that period, which was odd because they were never allowed to actually play. So they were always standing there in the Palm Court pretending to play. And we got a very funny Christmas card that year, because the shoot kept going on and on. Of course, they had to bring another studio onboard to get everybody paid. I can’t remember his name now. It was such a funny card: It was a picture of himself, there was a bowl of soup under his nose, and in it, the Titanic was sinking, and he said ‘Merry Christmas.’ I think we all sort of lost faith at times, and thought, Oh, here we go. This is just gonna be the biggest bomb, but Jim was right…”  READ FULL STORY

You'd better watch out for DreamWorks Animation's 'Rise of the Guardians' -- NEW PICS & TRAILER

Have you ever believed in something so strongly that you made it real?

William Joyce definitely has.

The artist and storyteller, who wrote the books Dinosaur Bob and George Shrinks and did character design for the movies Toy Story and Robots, wanted his daughter, Mary Katherine, and son, Jack, to have no shadow of doubt that Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy were real. So he began planting evidence — like a bad cop, or maybe the world’s best dad.

Those efforts have led to a series of books and an upcoming 3-D film from DreamWorks Animation, Rise of the Guardians, in which tough-as-nails versions of childhood icons join forces to combat a Boogeyman named Pitch.

With a new trailer showing off the Nov. 21 movie, Joyce takes a deep dive with EW on the story behind his backstories.


'Piranha 3DD' trailer fulfills promises on all, uh, fronts -- NSFW RED BAND TRAILER


Say what you like about the folks behind forthcoming horror sequel Piranha 3DD but at least they’re not trying to disguise their objectification of the female form as some arty fashion shoot or armless statue (that’s right, Venus de Milo, we’re talking about you). Warning: Not surprisingly, the trailer is definitely NSFW.


'The Cat in the Hat' gets the 'Lorax' treatment


EW has confirmed that Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment are working on a 3-D animated production of Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat. Spurred by the recent box-office domination of The Lorax, the reboot will hope to succeed where Mike Myers’ 2003 live-action iteration of the 1957 classic failed. As initially reported by Deadline, Rob Lieber (who’s adapted Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day for Fox) has signed on the write the script, and Audrey Geisel, the widow of Dr. Seuss (né Theodore Geisel), will serve as executive producer. No release date is projected at this point.

As previously reported, Illumination is also working with Johnny Deep on a Seuss biopic.

Read more:
EW Review: Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat
Box office report: ‘The Lorax’ stands firm with $39.1M, while ‘John Carter’ fumbles with $30.6M
EW Review: Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
Johnny Depp to possibly play Dr. Seuss in a live-action movie: The best pairing since ‘Fox in Socks’?

'Rise of the Guardians' reveals warrior versions of Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, and Boogeyman

DreamWorks Animation previewed the first footage from its upcoming adventure saga Rise of the Guardians on Wednesday with the most detailed look so far at the movie’s take on some beloved childhood myths.

Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, the Sandman …

Anyone who grew up hearing stories of these figures can conjure an image of them, but the animated feature debuting Nov. 21 this year fuses those kindly characters with a warrior mythology. They don’t just bring candy, presents, and dreams; they are relentless protectors of innocence and imagination locked in an ongoing war against fear itself.

The movie is based on the new series of books from writer and artist William Joyce (a recent Oscar-winner for The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.)

“If you haven’t met Bill, he’s somebody who really, really loves and celebrates the holidays full out, all the time, not just the biggies,” says Bill Damaschke, DreamWorks Animation’s Chief Creative Officer “He’s someone who has an Arbor Day party at his house.” READ FULL STORY

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