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If you have followed the world of micro cinema, than you are likely familiar with Microcinema Scene, a blog from years ago that focused on the filmmakers who tirelessly work to create movies with a lack and funds but a creativity and enthusiasm that a lot of Hollywood productions lack.  The website has changed face over the years, turning from the blog into the community based Common Film, and now is known simply as Film Rogue. Along with their recent changes, the website has a new focus, to redefine Self-Distribution for micro (and no) budget features and short films.

The model of distribution takes your movie away from the current studio system, where they take 90% of your movie’s profits, and puts it back into your hands. Film Rogue is offering a non-exclusive deal where you send in a DVD of your  feature or short, and they take it and format it as a downloadable digital file (both a DVD quality version and a mobile version). They set up a product page for your film and advertise it on their website, along with their new releases, titles with the best reviews, and the most sales.  People can buy it directly off the product page. You set your price and take home 80% of all the sales (Film Rogue’s 20% cut is to help cover site operating costs and bandwidth).

The website’s suggested pricing includes:

  • Feature Films: $2.99 – $4.99 for DVD versions, $1.99 – $3.99 for mobile versions.
  • Short Films: $0.99 – $2.49 for DVD versions, $0.75 – $1.49 for mobile versions.
  • Very Short Films: $0.50 – $0.99 for any version.

Will you make a ton of money? I doubt it. But you might make a few bucks while getting your movie out there. And you’ll fully control the destiny of your film. For more information, check out the press release on Film Rogue’s website, located here.

Posted on February 14th, 2011 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (1)
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Welcome to an all new edition of The Pit! Things have been a bit slow on the site lately, but will be gaining steam over the new few weeks. So, what is interesting this week in the world of entertainment?

  • Have you checked out the trailer for the Jodie Foster directed flick The Beaver, which stars Foster and Mel Gibson, in his first role since… losing his mind. The movie’s description sounds pretty engaging, “…story about a man on a journey to re-discover his family and re-start his life. Plagued by his own demons, Walter Black was once a successful toy executive and family man who now suffers from depression. No matter what he tries, Walter can’t seem to get himself back on track…until a beaver hand puppet enters his life.” Check out the trailer over here. Sadly for Foster, the movie keeps getting pushed back. It was originally going to come out in mid March, before getting pushed to April, and now May.
  • Has Die Hard 5 found its director? Deadline is reporting that big time commercial director Noam Murro, who also helmed the 2008 flick Smart People with Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Ellen Page, will be directing a script from Skip Woods. I’m not familiar with Murro’s commercial work (apparently his Halo stuff is pretty amazing), but having Woods write the script doesn’t give me much confidence in the sequel. Woods is credited with the terrible screenplays for X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The A-Team, and Hitman.  I do want to see John McClane return. And what do we have to do to get Reginald VelJohnson back in the mix?
  • Ridley Scott’s upcoming sci-fi epic Prometheus has added Charlize Theron to a cast that already includes Noomi Rapace and the new Megneto Michael Fassbender. So, this movie was supposed to be the Alien prequel… is it still tied to Alien, or is it now something else?
  • This Monday on Jeopardy past champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter face off against the super IBM computer known as Watson. Will they be able to stop the destruction of the future as seen by way to smart robots in the Terminator? I’m putting my money on the computer.
  • Visitor Poll: What kind of television deal do you have? Do you have an Optimized Cable Company or use satellite? Sound off in the comments. Depending on how you are connected, you’ll have to know where to get accessories like a VGA cable or USB cables. Thanks!
Posted on February 12th, 2011 by ThePit | Comments Off on The Pit: The Beaver, Die Hard 5, Jeopardy & More!
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I held my tongue this past week when EW announced that Michael Rosenbaum would not be returning to the role of Lex Luthor for the Smallville finale. I thought, “would he really do that to the fans?”. The fans that made him into a household name and a role that will have him remembered far into the future? I’m really thankful that I didn’t write anything on the EW article, because just an hour ago it was revealed that Rosenbaum will indeed be returning for Smallville‘s two hour finale!

Deadline reported the news and got a comment from Superman’s archnemesis, “I’m simply doing it for all of the fans out there who made Smallville the great success it is… I appreciate all of their passion, their relentlessness and even their threats. Ha ha. I can’t wait to hug the old crew back in Vancouver one last time and see all of my old friends once again….. Oh, and for Lex to become the badass he’s destined to be.”

Michael Rosenbaum, thank you very much for listening to the fans (myself included). I can’t wait to see Smallville end the way it should, with Superman and Lex Luthor.

Posted on February 12th, 2011 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (1)
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Oh, what I wouldn’t give to go on location to a nice tropical place or anywhere that is beautiful and warm (and a little less smog filled than Los Angeles).

I just got off a shoot in Martha’s Vineyard – now I know what you’re thinking; “What an awesome place! Even the President stays there on vacation!” Yes, he does, but in the summer. We shot for two grueling weeks in the winter. We faced off with two blizzards, monsoon rain storms, flooding, roads made of pure ice, and every horrible weather condition that you can face in the middle of nowhere on an island in the winter.

Now, I don’t want anyone to get the wrong idea, I LOVE WHAT I DO. I think I’d just love it a little more if I were doing it in a nice warm (environment that doesn’t want to kill me) location. Maybe somewhere close by in California, like Del Mar. There are tons of possible locations in the city and in San Diego. And if you need to rent a Del Mar home for the crew and cast, the real estate isn’t that bad now a days for short term rentals.  Plus you’ll have dream weather. You can take a dip in the pool after a long day of shooting.

Now, I’d be down for some other locations also, how about Florida or Hawaii?  Florida you’ll have to face off with the random rain shower and it is a wet/sticky hot, unlike California’s dry heat. Hawaii is pretty perfect, Lost shot there. The new Pirates movie also shot on their islands. The big thing you’ll have to face with Hawaii is the long trip getting there and everything is a lot more expensive on the islands (don’t even get me started about the costs of gas – or milk!). The big thing is finding a place that is right for your script and is a nice area to be. A place that is friendly to your crew and will not having them running and hiding from the elements.

Posted on February 8th, 2011 by ThePit | Comments Off on Shoot on Location – It’s Good for You!
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Tonight I’ll be busy watching an all new episode of (the best show on TV) Chuck. But what else is going on in the idiot box?

Smallville has an end date and will go out with a bang in the form of a two hour series finale on Friday, May 13, 2011. It is still hard to believe that the young Superman series is ending, and with how awesome the 10th season has been, I keep hoping that they will announce a continuing series for Lois and Clark or in the very least a spinoff for Green Arrow or one of the many other DC Comics heroes introduced in the series.

FX’s popular comedy The League will be returning for a 13 episode 3rd season! The series is based around a group of friends that are all part of a fantasy football league. It stars Mark Duplass, Nick Kroll, Jonathan Lajoie, Paul Scheer, Katie Aselton, and Stephen Rannazzisi.

The latest episode of CSI featured a cameo by non other than William Petersen’s Gil Grissom. Check it out for yourself here. It was great to see him back on the show, but it couldn’t be a little longer?

The post-Superbowl episode of Glee was actually pretty good (especially when compared to most of the lack-luster second season of the hit Fox musical). You can see the “Thriller”/”Heads will Roll” meshup over on Hulu.

Posted on February 7th, 2011 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (1)
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It is no secret that I’m a huge Captain America fan. He is Marvel Comic’s Superman. Now, I haven’t always been a huge Captain fan, but I was damn impressed by him in Marvel’s (decently recent) “Civil War” storyline that divided the Marvel heroes pitting the Captain against Ironman. I’ve been very nervous about the new movie. I mean, they cast the Human Torch as Steve Rogers? And how could anyone forget the 70s Captain America flick? Well, we have a new poster that is pretty damn awesome…

And what is this? Thanks to the Superbowl, we have a new teaser of the upcoming superhero flick. Check it out here. Now, I don’t hate the trailer, but I could have used less of Steve Rogers pre-transformation and more actual Captain America footage. I love that we get to see a glimpse of the Red Skull and that the movie is staying pretty true to various comic incarnations.  July can not come soon enough. I hope the movie rocks.

Posted on February 7th, 2011 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (2)
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It looks like Warner Brothers and Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows remake is coming together very nicely.  First Burton cast his good luck charm Johnny Deep in the leading role of Barnabas Collins, followed this week by news of Eva Green possibly signing on to portray Angelique, the witch that curses Barnabas with the vampiric curse. Now we can add three more names into the mix…

Watchmen‘s Jackie Earle Haley is in talks to portray Willie Loomis, Australian actress Bella Heathcoate is up for Victoria Winters, and Burton’s gal pal and one of my favorite working actresses, Helena Bonham Carter is “in talks” for the role of Dr. Julia Hoffman (by in talks we can assume that she has been cast in the role from the beginning, no way should Burton do any films without Carter).

For those unfamiliar with the classic series, Willie Loomis is a violent drifter that releases Barnabas Collins from his coffin and sorta becomes his manservant.  Haley has the right creepiness to make this role even more memorable than it could be. Victoria Winters is the innocent “good next door” type that serves to bring the audience into the world of Dark Shadows. She is a governess with a mysterious past. In various incarnations of the series she has been portrayed by Alexandra Moltke, Betsy Durkin, Carolyn Groves, Joanna Going, and most recently in 2004 by Marley Shelton in a failed television pilot by the WB. Dr. Julia Hoffman is a human character that attempts to cure Barnabas of his vampirism among other things over the very long history of the series. It’ll nice for a change to see Carter in a role that is more normal. Right off that bat you’d think that Burton would cast him as an evil vampire or crazy witch.

The movie begins shooting in April, so we can expect to see a lot more casting news in the near future.

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