The highly anticipated film The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug is the second in a trilogy of films directed by Peter Jackson adapting the enduringly popular novel “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien. The film continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on a quest to reclaim the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. Having survived the beginning go their unexpected journey, the Company continues East on their epic adventure, encountering treacherous denizens of Middle-earth and making new alliances as they forge on to the Lonely Mountain where the greatest danger of all awaits, the Dragon Smaug.
Adam Sandler / Jason Reitman Film Shooting in Austin: We have just gotten word that preproduction has started on Adam Sandler’s new film called Men, Women, and Children.
The flick is being directed by Jason Reitman (Up In The Air, Juno, Young Adult) and is set to start shooting in Austin in early December. Sandler is starring in the film, based on the novel by Chad Kultgen, and is being joined by Jennifer Garner, and Rosemary DeWitt.
The film will be nothing like Sandler’s usual silly, comedy-driven works. Instead Men, Women, and Children is a little more “adult-themed” focusing on the sexual pressures of teens and their parents and is expected to be shocking & salacious. Local casting for real high schoolers to fill the lead teen roles has already begun and will continue through early November.
The new romcom Don Jon is unlike any other comedy you’ll see this year. The multi-talented Joseph Gordon-Levitt not only stars in the movie but serves as its writer and director. The up-tempo comedy centers around Gordon-Levitt as Don Jon, a young man is addicted to pornography. He soon meets Barbara (played by Scarlett Johansson), a young woman who is addicted to romance movies, and their addictions and preconceived views create a big obstacle in their budding romance. Don Jon also features Julianne Moore and Tony Danza, and the movie was shot all around Los Angeles, with additional scenes in New Jersey and New York. The entire production was shot with film stock at the director’s request to give it a rich, film look.
As filmmakers prepare to visually tell their stories, they first travel to a variety of locations to study landscapes, infrastructure (which includes soundstages, production space and crewmembers) and travel-to-lodging logistics. While these are all key components for a successful production, the biggest factor is always the budget. A production’s financial concerns are the reason why film commissions and government agencies work very hard to expand the development and growth of any given territory.
Legendary Producer/Director Roger Corman is eyeing China as a locale for more indie filmmaking. He has already produced two feature films in China, and has access to several small, independent studios in its cities. “[These studios] were much less expensive than using a major Shanghai studio,” reports Corman, whose positive experience has prompted plans for a third film. Corman and Producer Julie Corman are also launching their new subscription-based “Corman’s Drive-In” channel on YouTube. “We’ll release cult classics and some modern titles and screen the best pictures from six decades,” says the filmmaker. These selections will be handpicked from their vault of more than 400 films. “Roger has always been on the cutting-edge,” says Julie Corman, “and now he’s paving the way for independent filmmakers by testing a new distribution platform.”