I don't know how many of you hit the stores on Black Friday for the crazy deals and even crazier lines (personally, I can't get past the parking lot mayhem), but for movie lovers, even in this crap economy, this Friday may be the day you want to show up at Best Buy at 5 a.m. and get that Blu-ray player for $150 or whatever they're going for. It was just announced today that Japan's Panasonic Corporation has submitted a proposal to the Blu-ray Disc Association (the body that oversees the format's standardization, etc.) to create a "Blu-ray Disc standard to store three-dimensional imagery formed of left-/right-eye two-channel full-High Definition images (1920x1080 pixels)." And what does that mean for you? 3-D on Blu-ray, baby!
Having learned the hard way on Halloween nights as a child, snarfing candy hand over fist, I've long been a big believer in the old adage that you can have too much of a good thing. One person that doesn't seem to feel that way is James Cameron, who has spent the last ten years working on bringing his next project, Avatar, to the big screen. And in a plane just off the big screen. And now in a plane just off the even bigger screen. Lost yet? What I'm referring to is today's announcement that not only will Avatar be released in 3D, but it will also be released in IMAX 3D.
OMG, you guys -- Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience is coming out this weekend, and we are soooo psyched. ...Just kidding, we aren't psyched. In fact we're trying to ignore it, because we hate their music and we hate their haircuts and we hate the fact that they seem to be the most popular band in America today. Not since Hanson mmmbopped their way into our spleens have we hated a band this much, and before you say that the Jonas Brothers are much better than Hanson, let us point out that that's like saying that Miley Cyrus is a better actress than Amanda Bynes. Since their popularity shows no sign of waning any time soon, we decided to brainstorm some ideas for Jonas Brothers 3D movies we'd actually like to see. Hopefully, the producers will take our suggestions to heart when extending the franchise.
In many ways, Cleopatra was a woman ahead of her time. Through political machinations, she sought to secure her place in history, and if she could have seen into the future, she would have seen that her fame lived on, even if her empire did not. She would have also seen that she'll be getting the high-tech treatment as Steven Soderbergh plots to bring her story to the big screen. According to Variety, the director is planning to tell the story of Egypt's final pharaoah as a rock musical -- and it will be in 3-D. If she'd known this would some day be her fate, Cleo may have opted for a life of obscurity. [I think we're eight years beyond that. Have you seen Cleopatra 2525? - Zach]
I've just seen the future, thanks to James Cameron. He talks with The Hollywood Reporter about the future of 3-D movies, and specifically about his highly anticipated Avatar. In the process, he's given me a flash of insight about the future of humanity. Just as different species of human once co-existed on the planet, so it will be again. There will be a species that can see in 3-D and one that can't.
After Rob Zombie's Halloween 2 was defeated in its opening weekend by The Final Destination in 3-D, the producers of the Halloween franchise revealed that the just-announced Halloween 3 will actually be Halloween 3-D. While unsurprising, given the resurgence in 3-D's popularity, this particular 3-D-ification is a sly homage to the early 1980s, when it seemed like the third installment of a horror franchise -- Jaws 3-D, Amityville 3-D, Friday the 13th Part III -- was legally required to be watched through cardboard glasses. (The original Halloween 3, ironically, passed on the gimmick.) And that got us thinking -- what if all third installments of movies had to be released in 3-D? Some would be awesome, and some just plain ridiculous. Here's some quick takes.
Who ever thought we'd see the day that acclaimed auteur Martin Scorsese would direct a 3-D film? Granted, it's for his adaptation of the children's book The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which apparently has a robot in it, but still! It makes us wonder how cinema would have evolved differently if only he'd embraced this technology earlier. We took a look back at his resume and picked out some appropriate movies to 3-D-ify when he inevitably gets around to converting his back catalog.
Time to test out the powerful magic skills I supposedly inherited from my West Indian and Native American ancestors. I summon, from the afterlife, Andre De Toth and John Ford! Rise, my fellow half-blind brothers, and help me stop Jeffrey Katzenberg's evil plan! Go forth and destroy the prediction that will ruin my opportunity to see movies! According to the Los Angeles Times, Katzenberg said in an interview that "I think in a reasonable period of time, all movies are going to be made in 3-D. When the audience experiences this... and the filmmakers understand how much greater an experience they can offer their audience and they can have as a filmmaking tool, I think 2-D films are going to be a thing of the past." "Oh, no!" screams this writer, sounding eerily like Saturday Night Live's Mr. Bill.
It's really hard for me to think of any way in which the first Iron Man movie could have been any cooler, which means that the second one is going to have to raise the bar a little. Luckily, director Jon Favreau is planning on strapping the bar to a jetpack. According to an interview with Collider, not only is Favreau hoping to emulate Dark Knight and shoot parts of Iron Man 2 in IMAX, but he's giving serious consideration to shooting some of it in 3D, as well. So let me get this straight: Iron Man will be really big and three-dimensional? Well, slap my ass and call me the Living Laser.