Friday, July 31, 2009
The book begins with the Scientist's journal. If you have been following the 9Scientist on Facebook you would recognize the posters of the Chancellor with RESIST sprawled over the phrase "Victory Demands Sacrifice".
This section of the book follows the scientist's work on the B.R.A.I.N. project (Binary Reactive Artificially Intelligent Neurocircut). The journal entries are those that have been posted on Facebook but among them are pictures and drawings of the machines and newspaper clippings, among which are headlines that read "MACHINES TURN AGAINST US!" and "SCIENTIST ENEMY OF THE STATE Chancellor Denounces Machine Inventor". So far this book is very creative in how it presents the story of the scientist and his creations, and the art makes me even more excited to see the movie and view the world that Ackner has created.
Next is a section called 'The Film' and it is full of stills and some promotional pictures from the movie, some of which I've seen, but many others that are new. Accompanying the art are quotes about the movie from Director Shane Acker, Star Elijah Wood, Producer Timur Bekmambetov, and our favorite: Producer Tim Burton, along with quotes from the film. The pictures not only show the characters, but also the amazing setting that has been created.
"It's a world composed of everything that's been discarded. From that rubble, from those bits and pieces, these new life forms are emerging, and we're experiencing their struggle in this post-human landscape" --Shane Acker
"One of the things I responded to from Shane's short film was even though I'm a real lover of stop-motion animation, he had the same kind of textures that I love, that you get from real puppets and read dimensional characters that you can touch and feel in stop-motion, I felt the world that he was creating and the characters and just everything had that kind of texture."
"The Seamstress is the most disturbing, although that's high praise to all the others because they are all disturbing in their own way." --Tim Burton
The final section is 'The Making of the Film' and it begins with a description of each of the character, including the 9 main characters, the Fabrication Machine ("Visit 9themovie.com/AR on how to experience The Fabrication Machine in 3D" is also included in the book), the Seamstress, the Catbeast and the Winged Beast. There is also story board art and origional sketches by Shane Acker.
Finally at the end of the book is a DVD of the origional short by Shane Acker that the movie is based off of. Tim Burton says, "The short was among the most extraordinary 11 minutes of film I've ever seen. Shane's conception was and is a stunningly detailed and hauntingly beautiful universe that resonates not only visually but emotionally."
Overall this book is a visually joy and a must have for any fan of the movie.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Here are a few of the pieces that will be at MoMA:
Tim Burton, "Untitled (Trick or Treat)" (1980). Pen and ink, marker, and collage elements on board.
"Creature Series drawing" (1992). Acrylic on canvas.
"Untitled (Edward Scissorhands)" (1990). Pen and ink and pencil on paper.
"Untitled (Romeo and Juliet)" (1981–84). Pen and ink, marker, and colored pencil on paper.
"Blue Girl With Wine" (circa 1997). Oil on canvas.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
I get a chance to talk to Timur. He has a wonderful grin, balding head, a bit of a paunch and is wearing a linen vest. He is awesome. Our conversation goes like this:
Me: Timur. I'm such a fan. Congrats on the new film. So, before the panel, I have one quick, kinda embarrassing ques --
Timur: (with a smile as wide as the Urals) It is pronounced Bek-Mom-BET-off.
Read the entire thing here.
Monday, July 27, 2009
The Hunt Begins! This image is part of a larger image, with a code that activates a decoder on www.9experiment.com. There are 9 pieces to the puzzle that you have to locate to find the code. There will be one Grand Prize winner selected who will win a pair of the limited edition Pony shoes created exclusively for "9," and 8 runner ups that will receive promotional prize packs of movie-related merchandise. The winners will be randomly selected based on their entries to www.9experiment.com once they've solved the pierced-together images and visited the site.
So go on and find the rest of the pieces, happy hunting!
This is a message from 9Scientist's Facebook page:
After the Chancellor's men confiscated my research documents, he dealt a crippling blow to my continued research. I have tried to work as hard as possible to refine my findings in the Dark Sciences, but I am missing a specific document, and seem to have hit a roadblock.
It is now up to you, my friends, to find this design. I, of course, cannot get near the Chancellor's archives, as I am being watched too closely. But I can guide you.
1. Before my design was confiscated, I scrawled 4 green alchemical symbols on it. I hope that the government has not realized the significance of these symbols.
2. The design was taken, ripped up, and the pieces were scattered across 9 secret locations.
3. You must find the pieces, in your journeys, and realign the sequence of alchemical symbols.
4. Input the appropriate alchemical symbols into my decoder and you will be able to unlock the design for me to use in my research.
5. You have 1 week before another round of War Machines rolls off the assembly line.
(CONT. ON 9EXPERIMENT.COM)
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
And if you haven't seen it yet, here's a video of Johnny Depp at the Alice panel:
Posted 0 minutes ago by Rick Marshall in Video, comic-con 2009
G.M.: You mentioned during the Focus Features' panel on "9" that you felt you shared a certain sensibility with the film's director, Shane Acker. I can't imagine that's something you experience too often.
T.B.: I don't. Also, too it was different enough from mine, but I felt a connection to it. Having gone through this process myself trying to get films made and done and how much of a problem it is to have that happen, I thought I could help him with that, I thought I could help protect him from the forces of evil and let him focus on making his film.
Read the rest HERE.
This is what Aviv said:
We’re going to shoot ‘Pirates 4′ in April or May of next year,” Aviv told us during our interview. “We are going to release it hopefully in 2011 is the plan.
It’s important to get the story right and it’s important to me to scale it down, because we can’t get bigger. The movies have subsequently gotten bigger and bigger and very complicated and they were satisfying on so many levels obviously, but I want to kind of reboot the whole thing and bring it down to its core, its essence, just characters.
Friday, July 24, 2009
What inspired you about Lewis Carroll and Alice?
It's not just the books, it's the characters, songs. There's something about the imagery that he created that still plays in people's minds. Anything that has strong dream-like imagery that stays with you is important to gets into your subconscious and creative thinking. I hadn't seen any movie version that I really liked, so the intent was to take that imagery and turn it into a movie… Every character's weird, but I tried to give them each their own specific weirdness, so that they're all different. All those characters in his imagery sort of indicate some type of mental weirdness that everybody goes through, but the real attempt was to try to make Alice feel more like a story, as opposed to a series of events.
What drew you to this narrative?
It's a fairly universal concept, these kinds of stories, like Wizard of Oz or Alice in Wonderland. It's an internal journey. These characters represent things inside the human psyche. So that's what every child does – you try to work out your problems as you go along. Same as an adult. Some people get therapy, some people make movies.
Is this your first time at Comic-Con?
I came when I was a student. There were like fifty people and a bad slide show. So this is a whole amazing, different thing.
Read the rest HERE.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
It's ever so amazing, I've watched it 10 times already, isn't Johnny Depp just lovely? :D And we even get a glimpse of Helena! Oh, it's all too exciting!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
“The banks were the enemies and they were taking the knees out from under everyone,” explains Johnny. “And then there was John Dillinger.
“He’d spent 10 years in prison for some youthful, ignorant, drunken crime and he arrives on the scene in the ultimate existential arena and says: ‘I’m gonna stand up against you.’ I think for me what’s fascinating is the guy says: ‘I’m not going to take it. I don’t care who you are, I’m not going to take it.’”
Read the rest HERE.
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Tuesday, July 21, 2009
The Loyal Subjects of the Red Queen: www.facebook.com/RedQueenSubjects
The Loyal Subjects of the White Queen: www.facebook.com/WhiteQueenSubjects
The Disloyal Subjects of the Mad Hatter: www.facebook.com/MadHatterSubjects
(I personally went with the Hatter, who has almost 14,ooo followers while the Queens have less than 3,000.) The lucky winners will see the trailer before it's debut at comic-con. It will be on the site as soon as it hits the interwebz :)
Tim Burton says Dark Shadows filming will begin next year, as he told MTV Movie Blog:
“That’s something that [Depp and I] both love and are excited about,” the director told MTV News. “When I’m done with this I’ll definitely focus on that.”
Burton's comments jibe with what Depp said during the “Public Enemies” junket a few weeks ago. He told MTV's Josh Horowitz that he’ll be shooting “Shadows” and a fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean" film next year. There's also the fact that in March, an executive in Depp's production told us that the film "is very active" and "the studio will be making some announcements regarding it pretty soon. Very soon, probably.”
“It’s another challenge because it was such a weird soap opera,” Burton explained. “Part of the energy of it was the tone and weirdness of it. That’s our challenge, to try to capture that vibe.”
Which direction does Burton plan on going?
“It’s always a fine line,” he said. “That remains to be seen. That’s a question and a challenge we talk about a lot. I haven’t arrived at the answer. That’s definitely a main issue, the tone and the vibe of it because as we all know melodrama can cross over. It’s one of the more interesting things about it.”
Limited Edition 9 shoe by Pony in support of the movie.
Exclusive close-up look at the raw twine laces, which complement the rough burlap base, reminiscent of the materials the used to create the character '9' from the film.
You can build your army to try and score the first look, or stay posted with us and we'll give it to you as soon as we're allowed to see it. You can also keep a look out for Alice footage at Comic Con coming up this weekend (and also keep your eyes peeled for the "9" cast and crew.)
Also, we've all seen the pictures of the Mad Hatter, the Red, and the White Queen (along with Alice herself) from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland that is set to be released in 2010. I saw these posters, though, for the first time (the same pictures, they just look so spiffy with the Alice logo and the names on it.)
Monday, July 20, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Hermione has a secret love for Edward Cullen.
Site Owner Sierra as Bellatrix Lestrange
Site Owner Christy, as herself (a Potter Fan!)
EXCLUSIVE: Tim Burton Talks '9' And His Upcoming Comic-Con Adventure
Posted 16 minutes ago by Eric Ditzian in News
Tim Burton’s done comic book heroes, big budget futuristic adventures and sci-fi alien invasion stories, yet the director has never introduced one of his films into the hallowed halls of the geek-tastic carnival that bows down in worship to all those genres: Comic-Con. 2009, though, is going to be Burton’s year.
On Friday, July 24, Burton will pull on his producer’s cap and bring his post-apocalyptic animated escapade “9” to San Diego. And when he does, he’s hoping to get over a traumatic experience he had at the convention in the late ‘70s.
“I went when I was a student at CalArts,” he told MTV News. “I’ll never forget this, and it’s probably why I haven’t been back since, because it was so terrifying. They had a slideshow for the original ‘Superman,’ and in the middle of it some fan gets up and just very angrily goes, ‘Superman would not change into his costume on the ledge of a building! You are destroying the mythology of Superman!’ And he got up and walked out, followed by other people. That scared the s--t out of me! So I haven’t been back since then.”
In this respect -- and luckily for Burton -- “9,” unlike the Man of Steel, doesn’t have a diehard following stretching back to the 1930s. What “9” does have is serious pedigree: the short film on which it is based was nominated for a 2005 Academy Award.
Contemporary movie buffs count the film as one of the most anticipated of the Con. Joining Burton at the Friday panel will be stars Elijah Wood and Jennifer Connelly, director Shane Acker and producer Timur Bekmambetov (“Wanted”).
The movie tells the story of a group of small, Frankenstein-esque clockwork creations as they battle an army of machines that has destroyed the world. “I just love the texture and stop-motion feel to it,” said Burton, who connected with Acker after watching the short. “I know animation is broadening its horizons but this just felt different… I liked the world that [Acker] created and the texture. It felt like a different type of animated film. The visuals were helping to create the story. I just felt very in tune with the look and feel of it.”
“Our goal as producers—if you see someone you like, you don’t want to suppress them—the goal was to create an environment where he can do his thing,” Burton continued. “My attitude is always to give suggestions and if he uses them fine, if not, okay. We wanted this to be grounded and slightly realistic in the similar vein to stop-motion, let the film breathe. We wanted it to have mystery and let it breathe.”
So, in addition to the cast and crew from “9,” what can we expect at Burton's inaugural SDCC panel? The man himself wouldn’t reveal what footage he planned on showing. “Probably a sequence or two,” Burton teased.
And what happens if some indignant fan decides to confront the panel? “It’ll be interesting to see how it’s changed over the years,” said Burton.
"My dream role would be to play musical legend Carol Channing in a biopic of her life. I love her, I really do. She's amazing. With all the digital technology available these days, I could probably pull it off."
Just thought I'd let you all know of this, I guess Johnny misses his angora sweater that he wore in ed Wood ;)
Also notice how many biopics Johnny is wanted for! We'll keep you posted on all of Johnny's projects.
No one in the film even comes close to Helena Bonham Carter as the evil Bellatrix Lestrange. Granted it’s a great, sinister part, and she usually succeeds in this type of role, but Bonham Carter manages to increase the creep-factor by 10. And with Voldemort not even making an appearance in the film, Bellatrix is the embodiment of evil throughout.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I am very pleased with what I saw last night at the midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. The film itself was very enjoyable, full of humor and action, and was worth the wait (although I'm still bitter about it's release being put off, but I've seen it now so it's alright). Our wonderful Helena did a fantastic job as Bellatrix Lestrange, you can see how much thought she put into her character and her improvising, showing how great of an actress she really is. If you haven't seen the movie yet, do so. I will say though that the ending was pretty weak (which has been said in almost all of the reviews of the movie) and I was sad that there wasn't a funeral scene (note my attempt to not ruin anything, though I assume everyone knows what I'm talking about).
Don't forget, if you dressed up to the premiere send your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can post them on the site, we'd love to see them!
Be sure to pop on over to http://www.wired.com/ for "3 Half-Blood Prince Bits Fans Will Love (and 3 They Might Not)".
(Special thanks to rocketXL.com!)
#6 (voiced by Crispin Glover) is beset by visions in Shane Acker's epic
adventure fantasy 9, which Focus Features releases nationwide on 9/09/09.
Photo Credit: Focus Features
#9 (at left, voiced by Elijah Wood) uncovers a posthumous message from the
Scientist (at right, voiced by Alan Oppenheimer) in Shane Acker's epic
adventure fantasy 9, which Focus Features releases nationwide on 9/09/09.
Photo Credit: Focus Features
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Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
1. THE PLAN
Under orders from Voldemort himself, Slytherin snob Draco Malfoy must carry out a sinister plot. His mother, Narcissa (Helen McCrory, far right), is terrified. Here, with her twisted sister Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter) as witness, she has Severus Snape (Alan Rickman) make an unbreakable vow to help.
2. THE PROFESSOR
Meet Horace Slughorn, a bit vain, a lover of good food and good company, who reluctantly returns to his old job as Hogwarts’ potions master. He’s played by Jim Broadbent (the college dean in “Indiana Jones IV,” Bridget Jones’ dad, an Oscar-winner for “Iris”). Broadbent isn’t as portly as his character, so the costume designer had to pad him.
3. THE PLAY
Unlike the most recent “Potter,” “Half-Blood Prince” is filled with Quidditch, that souped-up soccer on a broomstick. But flying equipment used in earlier films had to change. “The broomstick rigs we had in the past were all designed for little kids, and now we’re dealing with big, strapping lads and lasses,” says effects supervisor John Richardson. “Everything had to be redeveloped.”
4. THE PREDATORS
Fenrir Greyback, a notorious werewolf (played by Dave Legend, left), terrorizes the countryside for Voldemort. His specialty? Children. Also, beware of Inferi — corpses re- animated by dark magic. Zombies!
5. THE PAST
In magical flashbacks, 11-year-old Tom Riddle is played by Hero Fiennes Tiffin — nephew of Ralph Fiennes, who plays the grown-up Riddle, Lord Voldemort. Though his character is gloomy and chilling, Hero is “absolutely the sweetest kid you’d ever want to meet,” says director David Yates. Frank Dillane plays 16-year-old Riddle — so charming, so menacing.
6. THE PASSION
Romance, jealousy, unrequited love: The teen love triangles get so tangled, we’ve diagrammed them for you.
| Sharon Hoffman, email@example.com, with help from Warner Bros.
Have fun at the Midnight Premiere tomorrow night, don't forget to take pictures of your costumes to send to us (send them to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can post them on the blog!)
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Dean Martin's daughter, Deana, says the Johnny Depp is her first choice for a movie about the late singer. She says that the movie is in the beginning stages, and it will be directed by Joe Mantegna and written by the actress, Bonnie Hunt. We'll keep you posted if Johnny Depp becomes involved officially.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Are you anticipation Half-Blood Prince as much as I am? Check out http://www.telegraph.co.uk
for a list of 50 facts about the movie! Some that would go nicely on this site include:
– Helena Bonham Carter, who plays Bellatrix Lestrange, appeared in Sweeney Todd with Alan Rickman (Snape) and Timothy Spall (Wormtail).
– Jamie Campbell Bower, who appeared in Sweeney Todd, had hoped to get cast for Half-Blood Prince but instead appears in the Deathly Hallows as the young Gellert Grindelwald.
– Rickman, Spall and Bonham Carter are all set to appear in Tim Burton's forthcoming Alice in Wonderland.
– Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort) both provided voices in Wallace & Gromit in the The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Bonham Carter voiced Lady Campanula Tottington and Fiennes Victor Quartermaine.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Harry Potter star Helena Bonham Carter insists she and gothic director Tim Burton are just another couple
Jul 6 2009 Siobhan Synnot
WHEN first came to fame in a string of period dramas, she was hailed as film's ultimate English rose - and no one hated the title more than Helena Bonham Carter.
Yet for a decade, she won legions of fans as Britain's corset queen, twirling her parasol in A Room With a View and Howard's End. But the actress is now best known for her gothic characters, such as Bellatrix in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
"It's always puzzled me," she said. "I look very much like my mother's side, which is heavily Jewish. There's Austrian, Czech and Russian blood, so I couldn't look less English.
"And now I'm 42, so God knows that English rose has definitely wilted."
Yet Helena admits that when partner Tim Burton confessed he had never seen her early movies, she made him sit through her old period pictures.
When the director finally emerged from the movie marathon, she said: "He said, 'I can't believe it. I must be in love.'"
Despite their shared taste in big hair-styles, Helena and Tim couldn't seem more different. Helena is the great-great-granddaughter of former British Prime Minister Herbert H. Asquith, while Tim is from Burbank, a suburb of Los Angeles.
However, despite many predicting it wouldn't last, the couple have found an eccentric contentment together.
They currently sleep in his house, have breakfast at hers, and conduct their lives in their own spaces.
"It's fine, you can see each other when you want to,'' she explained."I'm surprised when people find it weird.''Read the rest HERE.
(The Leaky Cauldron summed up the same interview, only including the bits about Harry Potter, you can read that HERE.)
"Interrupted: Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley's first kiss is brought to an abrupt halt by an unexpected visitor"
Check out the rest HERE.
Also watch this interview with Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe from TVAUSCAST.com:
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
“Well, certainly the book. The book has a basis for everything. There are little mysteries, little clues in the book that I found fascinating, that were keys to at least my understanding of the Mad Hatter, like him saying, ‘I’m investigating things that begin with the letter M.’ That was huge for me, because when you do a little digging, you realize you’re talking about a hatter, a man who made hats, and you go back and look at some of the history. ‘Hatters’ — there’s the term that this guy or that guy is ‘mad as a hatter.’ There was reason for that, and the reason for that was mercury poisoning. They got mercury poisoning because there was mercury in the glue. So they start to go a little sideways. (laughs) So I found out what the ‘M’ was and why they went nuts. So that became a huge thing.”
He also had this to say about their adaption of the TV series, Dark Shadows:
“I loved the show when I was a kid. I was obsessed with Barnabas Collins, and I have like photographs of me holding Barnabas Collins posters when I was five or six or something. (laughs) I’m very excited to do it.”
He also says that the movie "is happening". :D
Friday, July 3, 2009
Johnny Depp Surprises Sick Children At London Hospital
July 3, 2009 12:25 p.m. EST
London, England (CNS) - Johnny Depp dropped in to surprise sick children at the Great Ormond Street Hospital on Wednesday in London.
Much to everyone's surprise and delight, Depp dressed up as his "Pirates of the Caribbean" character Captain Jack Sparrow.
Depp visited several wards in the hospital and posed for pictures with the children and staff. It is the same hospital where Depp's 10-year-old daughter, Lily-Rose, was treated for kidney failure in 2007.
Depp has been in London promoting his latest film "Public Enemies."
It isn't the first time Depp has gone out of his way for the hospital. He previously gave the hospital a hefty donation of $1.5 million as a way to thank them for taking such good care of Lily-Rose during her stay.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Johnny Depp talked to latinoreview about Public Enemies, Alice, Pirates 4, and more. Read the article HERE.