Willem Dafoe talks with Leo Quinones about his experience bringing Tars Tarkas of Barsoom to life in Disney’s John Carter.
Andrew Stanton is an Oscar Winning director. He helmed the Pixar animated blockbusters, WALL*E & Finding Nemo. Here we are sitting in Arizona desert talking about John Carter.
Here’s the very latest episode of Velvet Red TV. In it, I travel to Scottsdale Arizona to talk with the cast of John Carter. Also, Kinga Philipps covers fashion, I also get t0 do a cool giveaway in Hollywood in front of Disney’s El Capitan Theater & it’s all anchored by my friend, Ellen K.
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Disney’s John Carter smashes its way into theaters Friday. Here’s Taylor Kitsch talking about how all consuming this project was. Also, Silent House creeps its way into theaters. Answer the Film Freak Trivia Question, Taylor Kitsch stars in what TV show? Send you answer to me, email@example.com & you might win a bad ass John Carter Hoodie!
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Producer Jerry Bruckheimer is changing history. It looks like Tonto is getting top billing! He tweeted today, “Tonto and The Lone Ranger Ride Again!” Gore Verbinksi directs. I will admit, Depp’s look in this pic only is far from what I imagined. I thought Depp was going to play it much more natural. Interesting choice with the headpiece too. Not just Native American feathers, but an entire bird! It’s also good to see Armie Hammer is loose clothes. No one wants to see a P90X cowboy.
I’m very excited to see The Lone Ranger May 21, 2013!
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Disney’s John Carter is a story written in 1912 by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It was his first novel originally titled, “A Princess of Mars.” I can’t say I’ve ever read Burroughs, but you & I have seen his strong influence at the movies. Have you ever watched a Science Fiction movie showcasing another planet, another world, aliens, Martian creatures, futuristic societies, incredible flying contraptions & the never-ending battle between good and evil? Then you’ve seen Burrough’s 100 year-old influence in action.
John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) is a war-weary American Civil War veteran who’s lost everything. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Mr. Carter finds himself on the surface of Barsoom, AKA Mars. It’s there where his life finds its meaning. His path crosses with Tar Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) the leader of the savage Tharks. Warrior Princess Dejah Thoris, (Lynn Collins) who enlists Carter to help save her people, the Heliumites and end the ongoing war with The Zondangans.
You can’t help but look around and marvel at this world. In movies, we’ve all seen life on other planets. This time, lifelong Burroughs fan, Director Andrew Stanton was the mastermind behind the look of John Carter. Much of the Mars scenery was shot in the deserts of Utah. The crew worked in excess of 120 degrees. That didn’t stop them from filming sweeping shots of the dessert landscape.
Thanks to Stanton’s Pixar animation background, (He directed WALL*E and Finding Nemo) he was able to animate thousand year old Martin ruins and weave them into the side of mountains. It’s a new and fresh approach to bring this world to life. Production designer Nathan Crowley was instrumental in creating the film’s look as well.
The production of John Carter called for the Tharks to be between 9-10 feet tall. This required Wilem Dafoe to master the skill of walking on 3-foot stilts. In top of that, he’s also have to endure Motion Capture equipment or a Mo Cap suit. Those were just the technical requirements.
In the acting, Dafoe relished the challenge of learning to speak Tharkian. USC’s Dr. Paul Frommer, who has a doctorate in linguistics, is the man who created the native Navi language for James Cameron’s “Avatar.” He was tasked with creating the Tharkian language. The main consistency in developing this new dialect was simply, Edgar Rice Burroughs. In his original writings, there were approximately 420 source Barsoom words and sounds. That was the foundation. The actors engaged in Tharkian language bootcamp which added a layer of authenticity.
When describing John Carter, you have to roll out a laundry list of genres. Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Love Story. It’s all there on the big screen. It’s a huge sweeping epic movie. I envy any 9-year old kid who’s about to take off into this new reality for the first time. Anyone older has seen a glimpse of this world already in “Star Wars,” “Alien,” “Star Trek,” and “Avatar.”
The key to fully enjoy a movie like this is to simple: Commit to suspending your disbelief. Go along for the journey. If you sit down in the theater to see John Carter wearing your cynical hat, it’ll just go nowhere. If your idea of an amazing movie is spending 2-hours watching George Clooney’s wife in coma, that’s your call. For me, John Carter is why we go to movies, to be taken away to a place we’ve never been, but always wanted to go.
I ventured to Scottsdale Arizona to interview the John Carter cast for www.VelvetRedTV.com. Those interviews will online very soon!
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Velvet Red TV ventures to the surface of Mars…..or maybe just Scottsdale Arizona to cover Disney’s upcoming Sci-Fi Fantasy, “John Carter.” Leo Quinones caught up with the cast, Taylor Kitsch, @LynnCollins7, Willem Dafoe & director Andrew Stanton. Here’s a behind-the-scenes peek! Keep checking back for these exclusive interviews only on www.VelvetRedTV.com
It’ll be “all hands on deck” as park guests take on the role of pirates and enter Festival Arena to “set sail” for high adventure with Captain Jack and many of the new Pirate stars in the unique, immersive 3D film experience, featuring a scene from the new movie. Look for “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – Sneak Peek” on weekend nights from March 25 to May 30, and seven nights a week from April 15 through May 1.
Check the Disneyland park Show Times Guide for nightly sailing times, and get ready for a rollicking good time filled with action, suspense and laughter.
It’s fun for the whole family – and it’s only at Disneyland park!
Are any of you scallywags out there excited to join Jack’s crew?
“Tron: Legacy” is no doubt the Sci-Fi Must See of the holiday season. My thing is, there are millions upon millions of moviegoers who’ve never seen the first “Tron.” I barely remember seeing it on VHS. Make no mistake, there’s a rabid cult following for the original “Tron.” No spoilers here. NewTron begs you to do one thing: Your Homework. That is to say, do yourself a favor & make sure you see the original before seeing the sequel. Yes, of course, nowadays filmmakers will make the sequel a ‘stand alone’ adventure, but the tone & themes are all right there for you to absorb & enhance your experience. I’ve seen the 23 minutes preview of “Tron: Legacy.” Joe Kosinski, making his feature film debut, gets it. “Tron” was so far ahead of it’s time, anyone taking a shot at the sequel must ensure visual pyrotechnics. Show me something. Give me that feeling of ‘WOW!’ The sleekness of the future looks daunting as if to say, if you’re not up to speed, you’re gonna get left by the wayside. The images, sound design all look fine. The most important thing here is story. The first story of Kevin Flynn(Jeff Bridges) is woven perfectly into the fabric of the sequel with son Sam Flynn(Garrett Hedlund). I’m looking forward to “Tron: Legacy,” after my homework, re-watching the first “Tron.”