Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Alan Taylor and Daniel Minahan are rumoured to be under consideration to take over the helm of the "Thor" sequel at Marvel Studios
Patty Jenkins was previously attached as the director of Thor's second hammer until last Tuesday when she suddenly left due to "creative differences".
Taylor and Minahan are both regular directors of various HBO show episodes with both having worked on "Game of Thrones" and can bring an understanding of the mystical elements to the fanbase.
Marvel is also locking down a new writer. Don Payne has already turned in a draft with the likes of John Collee ("Master and Commander"), Robert Rodat ("Saving Private Ryan") and Roger Avary ("Pulp Fiction") all rumoured to have a sping and inking their pens on "Thor 2," due for release in November 2013.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
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Wednesday, October 26, 2011
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011
MTV News recently had an interview with Hugh Jackman while he has been touring the press junkets for the Detroit made "Real Steel" - So far we are hinted that there is potential for an adult oriented full throttle R-Rated "Wolverine" film; for fans of darker adult themed superhero worlds, this is very good news as the characters would not have to be treated in a nickelodeon-like fashion.
Jackman says, "There's such great temptation to make an R-rated Wolverine. I've always felt that. I know a lot of fans would like that. I totally get it. If there was ever a superhero that was going to be R-rated, it's Wolverine. However, in the last ten years, I've also met many, many 12, 13, dare I say 10, 14, 15 year-olds who, for them, Wolverine is not just cool, you see it in their eyes. He's everything to them. So my thing is, which James Mangold and I talked about, is let's not put it off the table. There's even a talk of us doing two versions, as in finding a way for us to do both while you shoot it, which could be really cool. But you need to have a really good reason to exclude those fans."
Monday, October 3, 2011
The biggest summer movie that Detroit lost out on - The Avengers has been filming south of us in Ohio instead - and photos are emerging. This is my most anticipated film of next summer. The very thought of Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man and Thor gracing the same screen at the same time gives me chills...
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
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Thursday, September 8, 2011
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Monday, August 15, 2011
RED CARPET FILM SCREENING UNVEILS AT TROY’S OWN STUDIO
By: Sam Logan Khaleghi
Photography By: Jerry Richart
At the top of their game, industry kudos was given to NextWave Media Studios this past weekend as they hosted their first official red carpet movie screening.
The film was “James and Jenna,” a sci-fi action caper about a group of robotic androids searching for their place in a futuristic world. The film was shot entirely in the southeastern Michigan area and was directed by Indiana resident Chris Martens.
Although government support for Hollywood productions have been the state pillar of the cinematic enterprise as of late, local smaller productions hold firm that filming in Michigan will continue.
“It was an exciting time to be filming in Michigan considering all the attention the area is getting from the film incentive program, but I think the state is a great place to make a movie whether or not the incentive stays. There is a diversity in scenery that is unmatchable anywhere else,” says Martens.
NextWave Media Studios is owned and operated by CEO Nancy Skinner; she is a democratic radio host who has appeared as a contributor to political shows on Fox News, MSNBC and CNN.
The company has existed as one of metro-Detroit’s premier studios offering production services, TV uplinks, webinars and webcasts.
The 88 seat auditorium that they run is also referred to by Skinner as “a digitorium.” It was not only filled by cast and crew members, but also lucky members of the metropolitan area who were first come first served and emailed for advance seats.
“We are glad to accommodate all independent filmmakers. To do that honor is our passion. The state of film in Michigan is dire and we want to draw attention to all the great talent that we have. Michigan is a hotbed of talented young people who need an outlet for their creative works,” says Skinner
The evening began sharply at 7pm with complimentary valet parking leading into the foyer; additionally supplemented by hors d’oeuvres that included shrimp and finger sandwiches alongside cheap plastic glasses rimming with expensive white wine. After a solid hour of chin wagging and wordlessly applauding the filmmakers with hugs and handshakes, the lights began to dim as people tip-toed, couching in their chairs. The film displayed to an audience that was articulately receptive with cheer to the visual effects laden production.
Sharon Baseman, marketing director of NextWave pointed out that there are hopes for future red carpet events at the location and further involvement filmmakers.
“I hope people know that we are here and have been here. Whether it is a corporate event for local company, private screening or grandiose movie premiere, we can do it,” says Basemen.
Filmmaker Chris Martens hopes that this advance screening will set off his film festival premiere and forthcoming showings across the country.
“Filming in the metropolitan Detroit area was a fantastic experience, since the film takes place in a futuristic Detroit. We shot in the city but also Troy, Bloomfield Hills, and now with the power of movies, we’ll be taking Michigan to the rest of the world,” says Martens.
Fore more information on the film and view a trailer visit www.jamesandjennamovie.com
Friday, August 12, 2011
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Sunday, June 26, 2011
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Monday, March 28, 2011
Although the Tulip Fair hasn't exposed yet ... the Tulips are indeed blooming in Holland alongside a commercial for a new energy drink called "Party Amor." The small bottled beverage diming with a tagline that shouts "it's worth a shot" boasts post-hangover relief. Spearheaded by Curtis and Cason Thorsby, who are two Central Michigan University BBA students who aimed at providing a low cost solution to a long night of drinking packed with B-Vitamins. This past week, a series of commercials starring Michelle Balser Peterson were produced by myself, Sam Logan K and directed by Keith Zielinski. The spots are aimed at satisfying investors as well as galvanize a new audience of prospective customers.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Most recently many film productions are heading to Louisiana, not only does the state have warm weather and coastline, it also boasts experienced film crews and and studio space alongside a 30% tax credit. Just as there is a Raleigh Studios in Detroit now, there has been one in Baton Rouge; Just like Detroit Louisiana offers a plethora of real estate at a good price with some down home southern home advantages.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Celebrating Michigan’s finest , the 2nd Annual Detroit Independent Film Festival (DIFF) presents its line-up for 2011. The second year festival includes over 80 films including World Premieres, panels, afterglow parties and more.
THE DIFF received well over 235 films from all over the world and the festival begins March 9th, and continues through Sunday, March 13th, 2011.
DIFF 2011 will kick off with two big events going on at the same time including an opening night reception both at the Ren Cen 4 and the Burton Theatre. Michigan Filmmaker’s Night will be the opening night event that will take place at the Ren Cen 4.
The Burton Theatre will also be having their own opening night reception and screening with the Michigan Premiere of “The Beast Pageant” which recently had its World Premiere at this year’s Slamdance Film Festival.
Thursday Night opens with two exceptional short film blocks at the Burton Theatre , including an experimental and short film program including the Michigan Premiere of the acclaimed short film “Soap” which is about a middle-age women who finds herself in a sticky situation when she discovers her lover dead from having slipped on a bar of soap.
Friday Night’s line-up includes three grand premieres. Including the World Premiere of Hollywood based director J.C. Calciano’s “eCupid”, about a young ad man who is desperate for a new life that he goes looking for it online where he comes up a mysterious app called “eCupid” that guarantees him to find true love.
Another Friday headliner is the World premiere of Michigan based indie filmmaker Michael McCallum’s (Fairview St., Handlebar) new film “Lucky” about a young man who moves from relationship to relationship trying to meet the right woman.
All in all if you want to read more or buy tickets....visit www.DetroitIFF.com
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
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Friday, January 21, 2011
I have already done a print story on independent filmmaker Dean Teaster but I thought this is the perfect platform to give him another boost as an entrepreneur as well as being an artist. Teaster's company, Mr. Sponge Waterproofing announces to a national wire service, the new “TRX Compressed Swell Plug”. Their service industry provides low cost injection processes that also use their own blend of polyurethane called SP-3 and now this, the TRX. It’s no wonder the roots of this company flash back to 1967 and are still here today. Something needs to be said for a Michigan artist who takes time to create and maintain new inventions beyond film and television projects.
Teaster's company provides a slam-dunk solution to crack repair with their wall-to-wall service or single water leak pinpoint injection. Look him up yourself at www.mrsponge.com and www.trxplug.com.