[{"id":10820,"title":"Abominable","content":"When teenage Yi (CHLOE BENNET, Marvel\u2019s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series) stumbles upon a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building, she and her friends, Jin (TENZING NORGAY TRAINOR, TV\u2019s Liv and Maddie), and his cousin, Peng (ALBERT TSAI, TV\u2019s Fresh Off the Boat), name him \u201cEverest\u201d and embark on an unforgettable quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on Earth.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nFor Abominable writer\/director Jill Culton, the road to DreamWorks Animation has been a long and winding one. After she graduated from CalArts, she cut her teeth as an animator and storyboard artist at Pixar, where she collaborated on Toy Story, Toy Story 2 and A Bug\u2019s Life before helping to craft the story for Monster\u2019s, Inc. As well, she spent several years at Sony Animation, where she directed their first animated-feature film, Open Season. Culton had met with DreamWorks over the years to discuss various projects, but it was not until she was swept away at an early screening of How to Train Your Dragon that everything clicked into place and she decided to join the studio.\r\n\r\nOriental DreamWorks, the company that later became Pearl Studio, and DreamWorks Animation pitched Culton the idea for a \u201cYeti movie,\u201d and she took the seed of that idea back to her home in a small town nestled in the woods of Marin County in Northern California. There, surrounded by majestic redwoods, she began to imagine an epic tale of a young woman who finds herself at an unimaginable crossroads.\r\n\r\nThe massive contrast in size between the Yeti, Everest, and Yi was inspired by a very specific memory from Culton\u2019s childhood. \u201cWhen I was five or six, my neighbors had this giant London Great Dane that had to be almost 200 pounds,\u201d she says. \u201cI was always scared but intrigued; he outweighed me by more than double. One day, my friend Nancy and I were running around the house, and he started chasing us. I jumped off the stairs to avoid him, and I fell. This giant dog pinned me to the ground and was breathing in my face, staring into me; I was terrified but amazed at the same time. Since then, I\u2019ve only had big dogs. They\u2019re just this huge, fascinating presence in my world.\u201d\r\n\r\nIn bringing Abominable to life, Culton would find kindred spirits in producer Suzanne Buirgy, DreamWorks Animation\u2019s longtime champion of the production, and Peilin Chou, chief creative officer of Pearl Studio and our story\u2019s Yi writ large. Making history as the first trio of female filmmakers to bring a big-studio animated feature to the big screen, the collaborators did and do not take that historic designation lightly.\r\n\r\nWhen it comes to character creation and design, Culton takes her craft with the utmost seriousness. This work ethic and passion goes back to her first feature, Toy Story, when she was in her early 20s. \u201cA bunch of us from CalArts moved up to Northern California,\u201d Culton says. \u201cThis was the first computer-animated film, and Pixar wanted 12 animators to start on the same day; I was one of those. We had to learn UNIX, and every day, we\u2019d come in and software would be either broken or enhanced. It was so hard every day, and none of us knew at the time that CG was the way that the world was going.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe filmmaker\u2019s passion for inventive storytelling extended to the creation of one of that studio\u2019s most beloved characters, Jessie, from Toy Story 2. All her hard work proved worth it, not just on a creative level, but a humanitarian one. \u201cI\u2019ll never forget that after the film came out, letters started coming to the studio and they were posted on the wall,\u201d she continues. \u201cThey were, \u2018My kid fought cancer because he thought he was Buzz Lightyear and could go to infinity and beyond.\u2019 I realized the power of movies then. We give our lives to these things, and I knew I didn\u2019t want to ever be on a movie that was just sheer entertainment. They have to mean something.\u201d\r\n\r\nProducer Suzanne Buirgy acknowledges that none of this would have been possible without proprietary DreamWorks animation technology: \u201cThe software we\u2019ve secured is incredible,\u201d Buirgy says. \u201cThis combination of Premo, which is an amazing animation software, and MoonRay, a near-real-time rendering one, created wondrous animation renders that look incredible. It\u2019s stunning that we are able to have representative lighting in them, which allowed us to look at scenes early on versus waiting for lighting later.\u201d\r\n\r\nCo-director Todd Wilderman was wowed by just how quickly the software allowed the team to understand what final sequences would look like. \u201cUsing Premo, head of character animation John Hill and his team moved so fast with the animation,\u201d Wilderman says. \u201cThere are a lot of long shots and complex acting in this film. Back in the day, you didn\u2019t have full fur when you were animating. You almost had something slick that looked like the Michelin Man. To experience Everest actually having full fur that made him look exactly the way he does in the movie\u2026when we were just blocking out animation and approving performance? It was a dream. It allowed us to see the scene for what it was, make decisions quickly and approve animation much faster\u2014and know it wasn\u2019t a leap of faith. What we were seeing was what was going to get rendered and lit. Suddenly, he is in full costume. Same with the kids; they had full-on hair and weren\u2019t just geometric shapes.\u201d\r\n\r\nIt was crucial to the production that the film accurately highlight Chinese landscapes and culture, from the glistening buildings of the big city to the countryside, with beauty, artistry and precision. That process was divided equally between DreamWorks Animation in America and Pearl Studio in China. Production designer Max Boas would work with the team at Pearl Studio on specific design elements\u2014like Yi\u2019s apartment and bedroom\u2014and together, the teams would go to painstaking lengths to make it as realistic as possible. Boas and his team in Glendale, California, sought out the input and feedback from the team at Pearl throughout the course of production. This unique East\/West creative collaboration between the two partner studios brought a vibrant China to life through animation as it has never been captured before on the big screen.","post_image":"https:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/09\/abobinable-150x150.jpg","big_image":"https:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/09\/abobinable-1024x576.jpg","post_excerpt":"DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio present Abominable, starring Chloe Bennet, Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Albert Tsai, Eddie Izzard, Sarah Paulson, Tsai Chin, Michelle Wong. Music for the film is by Rupert Gregson-Williams. The film is co-produced by Rebecca Huntley. ","post_date":"9th September 2019, 15:46:21","french_date":"9 septembre 2019, 15:46:21","post_date_gmt":"2019-09-09 19:46:21","comment_count":"0","author_name":"MoreMovieDetails","post_url":"https:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/abominable\/"},{"id":10813,"title":"Hustlers","content":"Inspired by true events, HUSTLERS is a comedy-drama that follows a crew of savvy strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients. At the start of 2007, Destiny (Constance Wu) is a young woman struggling to make ends meet, to provide for herself and her grandma. But it\u2019s not easy: the managers, DJs, and bartenders expect a cut\u2013 one way or another \u2013 leaving Destiny with a meager payday after a long night of stripping.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nJennifer Lopez, who portrays Ramona and serves as a producer on the film, says she was drawn to the fact that HUSTLERS is about \u201cgreed, power, and the American Dream and what a certain group of women, who work in a field where they are discounted, will do to achieve it. It\u2019s an amorality story about the slippery slope of the hustle. These women did not invent the game; they just tried to level the playing field. It\u2019s about right, wrong, and how far you\u2019ll go to hustle for your dreams.\u201d\r\n\r\nAccording to producer Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, the filmmakers sought an inclusive cast, which \u201clends itself authentically to the world, while also being a lot of fun.\u201d All the actors, like their on-screen counterparts, bonded instantly, and understood but didn\u2019t judge their characters. \u201cThey really inhabited them,\u201d Goldsmith-Thomas continues. \u201cThey understood who these women were and what it meant to be an exotic dancer. HUSTLERS is a celebration of sisterhood, and what a tight-knit family of women have to do for a fighting chance.\u201d\r\n\r\nConstance Wu was especially intrigued with the relationship between her character, Destiny, and Jennifer Lopez\u2019s Ramona, and likens it to a pairing in one of her favorite novels. \u201cWhat Ramona is for Destiny reminds me of this quote from Patricia Highsmith\u2019s The Talented Mr. Ripley: \u2018The thing with Dickie... it's like the sun shines on you, and it's glorious. And then he forgets you and it's very, very cold...When you have his attention, you feel like you're the only person in the world, that's why everybody loves him so much.\u2019 Destiny's dream come true is for Ramona to love her.\u201d Wu did extensive research for the role, the most important of which, she notes, was \u201cbecoming close with different women in the profession and getting to know them as people.\u201d\r\n\r\nLike Wu, Lopez got to know several dancers and visited strip clubs, where she observed their routines. \u201cI then met with them backstage and listened to what it was like to have a career as a dancer,\u201d Lopez recalls. \u201cI soaked up the atmosphere and wanted to learn how to do things authentically, including pole dancing. I think it would surprise people \u2013 although it shouldn\u2019t \u2013 that most of these women are just trying to get by. Their struggles are 100 percent relatable. They want to take care of themselves and their families, and we wanted to make sure we brought that all to life.\u201d\r\n\r\nTrace Lysette portrays the dancer, Tracey. Lysette, who became one of the first trans actors to appear on a prime-time television series in a speaking role, with her work on Transparent, actually made a living at a strip club. \u201cI danced at [the popular New York strip club] Scores for over eight years,\u201d she explains. \u201cI remember when the money was flowing \u2013 and when it stopped coming after the 2008 financial crisis.\u201d\r\n\r\nThere were many challenges awaiting the actors who portray the exotic dancers, but certainly learning their way around a strip club pole was at the top of the list. \u201cMy muscles have never been so sore as when I trained on that pole,\u201d Wu succinctly describes her experiences while training to learn the precise and specific moves. Even Lopez, a longtime skilled dancer who works out every day, says it was one of the most difficult things she\u2019s ever done. \u201cI trained for almost six months in preparation for this film,\u201d she relates. \u201cI had a portable strip pole in every city I visited, so I never missed a session. I was using a group of muscles I hadn\u2019t ever tested before, so I walked away with fresh bruises after every session. My shoulders and back are still recovering!\u201d\r\n\r\nWu, Lopez and all the actors required to learn pole dancing, credit pole choreographer Johanna Sapakie with making it all possible for them. \u201cJohanna is really talented,\u201d says Lopez, \u201cand we couldn\u2019t have done it without her expert guidance.\u201d A former Cirque de Soleil performer and acrobatic dancer, Sapakie says it was important that each actor be able to feel what it\u2019s like to be dancing on a pole. \u201cIt\u2019s their environment, and part of their characters\u2019 development,\u201d she says.\r\n\r\nResearch was a key tool in shaping Muskey\u2019s designs. \u201cI looked at the social media accounts of some strippers, and was so impressed,\u201d veteran production designer Jane Musky (Maid in Manhattan) recalls. \u201cThere were images of their knees bleeding; their work is very demanding and strenuous, but they make it look so beautiful.\u201d While realism was the watchword, \u201cWe did make some changes,\u201d Muskey says. \u201cUsually, a club\u2019s dressing rooms lockers store all the dancers\u2019 belongings. But we wanted to see them prepare to go on stage, with all their makeup, garments, and grooming tools filling up the frame.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe scenes set in the gentlemen\u2019s club were captured at an actual New York strip club, Show Palace, which Muskey and her team made their own. \u201cIt was important that we create a look, so we transformed that venue,\u201d she explains. \u201cWe made it more visually dynamic, with reflections, color, and neon \u2013 giving it a little more life.\u201d The club\u2019s owner was so pleased with the changes, that he retained them after filming had wrapped at the site.\r\n\r\nCostume designer Mitchell Travers also got a kick out of designing for some of the notables from the world of music, who play supporting roles. \u201cI really loved working in a different light with globally recognized figures, like Cardi B and Lizzo,\u201d he offers. \u201cI would think about details like what goes in their purses, how big are the purses, and do they take the subway or travel by taxi?\u201d\r\n\r\n\u00a0","post_image":"https:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/08\/hustlers-150x150.jpg","big_image":"https:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/08\/hustlers-1024x576.jpg","post_excerpt":"HUSTLERS brings together a compelling mix of humor, spectacle, social commentary, and a group of disparate women who team up and look for ways to even the odds that are stacked against them.","post_date":"29th August 2019, 14:39:33","french_date":"29 ao\u00fbt 2019, 14:39:33","post_date_gmt":"2019-08-29 18:39:33","comment_count":"0","author_name":"MoreMovieDetails","post_url":"https:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/hustlers\/"},{"id":10805,"title":"Angel Has Fallen","content":"Gerard Butler reveals a whole new side to one of his signature roles--Secret Service agent Mike Banning--in this explosive, rip-roaring thriller in which the fate of the nation rests on the very man accused of attempting to assassinate the President of the United States.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nKnowing he wanted both more grit and more emotional depth, Butler searched for a director who could thread that needle. He found what he was searching for in Ric Roman Waugh, a former stunt performer seen in a long roster of 80s action classics, who came to the fore as a director with his taut, tense trilogy of prison thrillers: Felon, Snitch and Shot-Caller, Waugh had also directed That Which I Love Destroys Me, a documentary about Iraq war veterans dealing with traumatic stress disorders and the psychic wounds of war, which sealed the deal.\r\n\r\nThe first time Butler met with Waugh, the ideas started flowing freely and that process did not stop until the final print was locked.\r\n\r\nWaugh jumped right away at the idea of exploring Mike Banning not just in jeopardy but in a chaotic state of mind. He knew from making That Which I Love Destroys Me that a man like Banning would, like so many real-life warriors in the military and law enforcement worlds, have to pay the piper for the mental, physical and spiritual toll of his work.\r\n\r\nEarly on, Waugh met with a man who is in many ways the real-life version of Mike Banning: the film\u2019s security advisor, Mickey Nelson, a 28-year veteran of the Secret Service who served under four presidents, most recently President Obama. Nelson confirmed that Secret Service agents wrestle the intoxicating effects of adrenaline. \u201cMickey talked openly about the rush you get from protecting the most important person in the country\u2014and he also talked about getting to a point where you crave that intense vigilance all the time,\u201d says Waugh. \u201cThat\u2019s exactly what Mike is thinking about as he faces a desk job. It brings up this huge question for him: do I keep trying to be the person I was in my youth or do I find a way to embrace who I\u2019ve become? It\u2019s something a lot of people go through in all walks of life.\u201d\r\n\r\nHe was Speaker of the House in Olympus Has Fallen and Vice President in London Has Fallen, but now, Morgan Freeman\u2019s President Trumbull has taken on the mantle\u2014and all the hazards\u2014of being Commander-in-Chief. Nearly assassinated and told his most trusted Secret Service agent is the prime suspect in the deadly attack, Trumbull faces a dilemma that could endanger not only his cherished friendship with Mike Banning but the future of the world.\r\n\r\nFor Freeman, it was fun to climb the ladder to the presidency. \u201cIn this one, I\u2019m elevated again. I\u2019m the president, but that means I am now directly in harm\u2019s way,\u201d he muses. Freeman looked forward to finally having one-on-one scenes with Butler. \u201cThis is actually the first time Gerry and I have really worked together like this,\u201d Freeman notes. \u201cIn the other films, I\u2019ve been in a safe bunker somewhere, or in DC while he was in London. Finally, we were able to work mano a mano, which was a true pleasure for me.\u201d\r\n\r\nCreating a sometimes comical, but always compelling, contrast with Butler\u2019s Mike Banning is the casting of Nick Nolte, known for his portraits of characters with tough hides but convoluted innards. Here, he brings a sense of frayed dignity to a man not quite sure if he\u2019s ready for redemption. Nolte came aboard because he loved the idea of putting such a damaged, complicated, razor-tongued character\u2014one who reflects a reality for some veterans\u2014in the middle of the hardcore action. \u201cI was interested in the challenge of this role,\u201d Nolte explains, \u201cand I was also drawn to working with Gerard. That turned out to be a bigger treat than I even imagined it would be because he really is at the top of his game right now.\u201d\r\n\r\nTo lock Mike Banning into a chaotic world of ceaseless jeopardy, Waugh turned to a crack behind-the-scenes team. The bottom line for all could be summed up in one word: groundedness, \u201cI like to capture how people really move in a fight or a chase, what it really sounds like and the visceral feel of it,\u201d explains Waugh. \u201cThe idea was to immerse people completely into Banning\u2019s POV of every moment.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe team included director of photography, Jules O\u2019Loughlin, production designer, Russell De Rozario, costume designer, Stephanie Collie, editor, Gabriel Fleming and composer, David Buckley, who created a score that swerves from propulsive to intimate.\r\n\r\nWith the shoot taking place largely in the UK and Bulgaria, De Rozario got creative for many of his sets. For example, he used bunkers at the former U.S. Air Force base at Upper Heyford in Oxfordshire to create Salient Security\u2019s training facility where Banning goes through a terrifying simulation in the opening moments of the film.","post_image":"https:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/08\/angel-has-fallen-v2-150x150.jpg","big_image":"https:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/08\/angel-has-fallen-v2-1024x576.jpg","post_excerpt":"Gerard Butler reveals a whole new side to one of his signature roles--Secret Service agent Mike Banning--in this explosive, rip-roaring thriller in which the fate of the nation rests on the very man accused of attempting to assassinate the President of the United States.","post_date":"19th August 2019, 13:36:59","french_date":"19 ao\u00fbt 2019, 13:36:59","post_date_gmt":"2019-08-19 17:36:59","comment_count":"0","author_name":"MoreMovieDetails","post_url":"https:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/angel-has-fallen\/"},{"id":10794,"title":"Where\u2019d You Go, Bernadette","content":"From acclaimed Director Richard Linklater, and based on the New York Times best-selling novel by Maria Semple, Where\u2019d You Go, Bernadette is a hopeful chase through the complicated world of the chic, genius, self-observer Bernadette Fox (Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett). An inspiring comedy about a loving Mom who becomes compelled to reconnect with her creative passion after years of sacrificing herself for her family. Bernadette\u2019s leap of faith takes her on an epic adventure that jump starts her life and leads to her triumphant rediscovery.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nMaria Semple\u2019s comedy adventure novel Where\u2019d You Go, Bernadette debuted in 2012 and soon after climbed to the top of the New York Times best-seller list, where it stayed for over a year. Touching, heartwarming, hilarious and heart-racing, the world of the prickly and uniquely captivating creature that is Bernadette Fox was ripe for a big screen adaptation when Annapurna Pictures and Color Force acquired it in 2013.\r\n\r\nA few years later, Richard Linklater and his team were brought on. The Oscar-nominated Director was immediately intrigued. \u201cIt\u2019s a really complex portrait of a middle-aged woman who is kind of a genius but who isn't practicing her art,\u201d he says. \u201cWhat that adds up to is kind of funny and a little scary. For anyone. It's also a wonderfully complex portrait of a long-term relationship. Parenting, co-parenting, the ups and downs of that.\u201d\r\n\r\nLinklater also felt a personal connection to the character of Bernadette. \u201cI think my mom is kind of a Bernadette,\u201d he says, laughing. \u201cShe would leave the family for days at a time. Brilliant, but erratic a little bit. I felt I knew the character.\u201d\r\n\r\nAdding to the vibrancy of Bernadette\u2019s world was Blanchett herself, who knew what she was signing up for when she took the title role. \u201cThe novel was absolutely thrilling, hilarious to read, but a bugger to adapt,\u201d she says, laughing. \u201cStructurally, it's really difficult to translate to the screen. But I think at the heart it's very much the same.\u201d\r\n\r\nBringing any book to the big screen is a process, but Where\u2019d You Go, Bernadette presented a unique set of challenges. An epistolary novel, the story unfolds over the course of a series of correspondences, through which Bee tracks down her mother\u2019s whereabouts. Linklater knew he had a puzzle on his hands. \u201cI think the obvious first question is: How the hell do you adapt a bunch of letters and emails as source material?\u201d he asks. \u201cThis was certainly one of the more challenging adaptations imaginable. You have to make some pretty big choices. The idea was to not be too intimidated by that, and really just grab those characters and the fundamental story.\u201d To take literal letters off a page and craft a cohesive visual interpretation, Linklater enlisted co-writers Holly Gent and Vince Palmo \u2014 he had directed their adaptation of Me and Orson Welles and worked with them on other screenplays.\r\n\r\nLinklater is known for his spot-on casting and talent discovery. Ben Affleck and Matthew McConaughey were relative unknowns when Dazed and Confused hit theaters, and Boyhood star Ellar Coltrane was not only inspired casting, he spent eleven years being filmed. So, when Annapurna\u2019s Megan Ellison gave Linklater a copy of Where\u2019d You Go, Bernadette to read, he was in a different situation. \u201cCate had read the book before we received it from Annapurna,\u201d says Sledge. \u201cEarly on she really wanted to play this character.\u201d And obviously it worked out. Says Semple, \u201cIt was so fantastic to hear that Cate Blanchett was bringing Bernadette to life. The thing that got me most excited was all the intelligence that I knew she would bring to the role. And that you could tell there was just something wicked about her in the best possible way.\u201d\r\n\r\nBlanchett went to Seattle to meet Semple before filming started to hear about how the best-selling author came up with\u00a0 Bernadette. \u201cI wanted to give her a present,\u201d says Semple, \u201cand I thought: What do you give to Cate Blanchett who you know has everything? So, I took the prescription out of my dark glasses, put plain dark lenses in them, and gave them to her. I said, \u2018Here's a little talisman, this is where it all started, these are literally my dark glasses that I've had for ten years and I want you to have them.\u2019\u201d It was a touching gesture, but Semple couldn\u2019t have anticipated the influence. The first time she showed up on set to see Blanchett in full Bernadette glory, the actress was wearing the glasses! \u201cI pictured her keeping them at best, throwing them away at worst,\u201d she says. \u201cBut she insisted that that's what she wear for the movie.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe look of the production was almost as important as the look of Bernadette: Seattle is one of the main characters in the novel, and for years, Sledge scouted locations there to film. When Seattle looked unlikely Sledge and the creative team looked to Vancouver as well. So it was a complete surprise to everyone that they found their Seattle in a suburb of Pittsburgh. \u201cThe search for Straight Gate spanned two and a half years, two countries, five cities\u2026\u201d says Production Designer Bruce Curtis, referring to the quirky wonder that is the former Straight Gate Home for Girls, where Bernadette, Bee, and Elgie live.","post_image":"https:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/08\/whered-you-go-bernadette-150x150.jpg","big_image":"https:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/08\/whered-you-go-bernadette.jpg","post_excerpt":"From acclaimed Director Richard Linklater, and based on the New York Times best-selling novel by Maria Semple, Where\u2019d You Go, Bernadette is a hopeful chase through the complicated world of the chic, genius, self-observer Bernadette Fox (Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett).","post_date":"11th August 2019, 12:21:13","french_date":"11 ao\u00fbt 2019, 12:21:13","post_date_gmt":"2019-08-11 16:21:13","comment_count":"0","author_name":"MoreMovieDetails","post_url":"https:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/whered-you-go-bernadette\/"}]