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OUTLANDER UPDATE 5/28/09

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on May 28, 2009 by outlanderthemovie

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My oh my, it’s been a long time since I wrote anything about Outlander. Well I guess I was a little stung by the absolute dump that TWC perpetrated on the movie. I don’t know if I mentioned in any of the previous posts but to my knowledge, there were no posters for the movie available on opening weekend. Spectacular, no? Ah well. So anyway, it’s now out there on DVD, complete with commentary, deleted scenes, concept art and some very cool animatics. I hope everyone who has been following this gets a chance to rent it. (But even on this I have to bitch – what the fuck is with that cover they designed? You can’t even tell it’s a creature movie.) Hopefully it’ll do well out there – as you can perhaps see from the pic up top, as of this writing, it was the number 3 rental on itunes, and that without the slightest bit of promotion.

Well, after all is said and done, we have a movie we can be proud of. Is it the finest movie in the world? No. Does it have merit? I think so. Plenty of mistakes made all around, and for those of you wondering about certain budget issues, yes, we lost $10,000,000 not long before shooting and simply had to make do with what we had. It meant moving the production from New Zealand to Canada, and the FX from WETA to Spin. It meant limited extras and just 50 shooting days. It meant not being able to recover from some catastrophically bad 2nd unit days. It meant not being able to even shoot the opening sequence as written, which was a battle between the hero and the creature inside the falling space ship, not just an exterior shot of its crash. It meant Howard, the producer and myself paying for the underwater sequences because we ran out of money. It meant 2 or 3 takes, not ‘do it until it’s right’. It meant limited coverage so some scenes couldn’t be edited properlY.

And for those wondering about the running time, we were told we could not run a single frame over the contractual running time, which is where it stands now. I mean that literally. Not a single frame. As a result, we had to cut out some scenes dear to my heart . (No big; all scenes are dear to the writer’s heart). But it also meant we couldn’t edit certain things properly because we couldn’t spare the frames. And, if you’ll notice, the credits roll by extra fast. This is because we needed the time.

Funny business, no?

In the end, I have a good movie, some terrific memories of great people and a lawsuit that’s still going on

OUTLANDERRRRRRR!!!!!

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OUTLANDER THEATERS FOR JANUARY 30, 2009

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2009 by outlanderthemovie

After voting, (which hundreds have, thank you!) take a look at the following theaters where Outlander will be showing this weekend. Hopefully your request has been fulfilled. There are a few holdovers in the list. Feel free to post this anywhere. Sorry I couldn’t get it out sooner, but I just got this list this morning. So go, bring your friends, sneak in outside food, get raucous, yell at the screen. Have fun.

1. AMC Barrett Commons 24 Theatres Kennesaw, GA

2. CARMKE Wynnsong 16 Knoxville, TN

3. CARMKE Carmike 12 Dothan, AL

4. IND-US Madison Square 12 Huntsville, AL

5. IND-US Madison Theatre 7 Albany, NY

6. INDTB Carousel Greensboro, NC

7. AMC Woodfield 20 Schaumburg, IL

8. CINMRK Valley View 24 Valley View, OH

9. COOPOH Atlas Diamond Centre Cinemas 12 Mentor, OH

10. FLORIN Tower City 11 Cleveland, OH

11. AMC Grapevine 30 Theatres Grapevine, TX

12. AMC Huebner Oaks 24 San Antonio, TX

13. AMC Mesquite 30 Theatres Mesquite, TX

14. CINMRK Legacy 24 Plano, TX

15. AMC Star Southfield 20 Southfield, MI

16. MUVICO Hialeah 14 Hialeah, FL

17. MUVICO Paradise 24 Davie, FL

18. MUVICO Centro Ybor 20 Tampa, FL

19. MUVICO Baywalk 20 St. Petersburg, FL

20. BRENDN Brenden Palms 14 + Imax Las Vegas, NV

21. CINMRK Century 18 Sam’s Town Las Vegas, NV

22. GALAXY Neonopolis 11 Las Vegas, NV

23. GALAXY Galaxy Cannery Casino 16 North Las Vegas, NV

24. CARMKE Carmike 14 Mobile, AL

25. CARMKE Carmike 10 Pensacola, FL

26. WALLCE Stadium 18 Mobile, AL

27. AMC Mission Valley 20 San Diego, CA

28. BRENDN Brenden Modesto 18 Modesto, CA

29 BRENDN Brenden Pittsburg 16 Pittsburg, CA

30. CINMRK Century 16 Theatre – Laguna Elk Grove, CA

31. CINMRK San Francisco Centre 9 San Francisco, CA

32. THBKGS 3rd Street Cinema 6 Santa Rosa, CA

33. MUVICO Egyptian 24 Hanover, MD

Some Outlander Reviews

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2009 by outlanderthemovie

Before the reviews, our POLL – tell TWC you want Outlander in more theaters!

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I’m going to try to keep tabs on some of the nice reviews and feature them here, with quotes and links.

Ray Bennett/The Hollywood Reporter

major league special effects, larger-than-life characters and inventive monsters.”

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Annalee Newitz/io9

Tonight go to see the movie that is so badass, so unapologetically fun, that the characters actually fight a battle with swords forged from the hull of a spaceship.”

io9

io9

Tasha Robinson/The Onion

Surprise number one: It’s smarter than it looks. Surprise number two: That doesn’t entirely ruin it as an action film.”

The Onion

The Onion

Mack Guffin/Movies For Guys

It’s a B-movie with A-movie production values, and it’s fun.”

Movies For Guys

Movies For Guys

Capone/Ain’t It Cool News

“It certainly surprised the hell out of me how much
of it worked.”

Aint It Cool News

Aint It Cool News

William Goss/Cinematical

“Vikings vs. aliens… Outlander is probably the best possible version of whatever movie you’ve already made in your head from reading those first three words.”

Cinematical

Cinematical

Curt Holman/Creative Loafing

“Remember in Talladega Nights when Will Ferrell said that Highlander won the Oscar for “Best Movie Ever Made”? Outlander could steal that title. There can be only one.”

Creative Loafing

Creative Loafing

Guy Haley/Death Ray

“This year’s Pitch Black.”

Death Ray

Death Ray

Brian Orndorf/On Screen, Oh My News

“Outlander” is a fluid genre exercise that satisfies cravings for action and Norse mythology in one fell swoop.”

Oh My News

Oh My News

Alan Jones/Frightfest

“Unashamedly crowd-pleasing is Howard McCain’s epic science-fiction/fantasy OUTLANDER, the final film seen in Cannes. Jim Caviezel is an intergalactic astronaut who crashes his spaceship in 700 A.D. Norway and unleashes a giant alien creature on the local Viking population. Big, glossy and hugely enjoyable, it commingles fun adventure cliches with wildly unhistoric abandon, all acted with solid conviction by Caviezel, John Hurt, Perlman and Sophia Myles. There’s gore aplenty, the thrills are nonstop and the neon-etched CGI monster is pretty damn good too.”

Cary Darling/DFW.Com

“an unexpectedly enjoyable science-fiction adventure”

DFW.Com

DFW.Com

Roger Moore/Hometown Annapolis

“The action is first-rate.”

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HomeTownAnnapolis.Com

Jonathan Kiefer/News Review.Com

http://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/Content?oid=897571

“it made me feel like I’m 10 again.”

News Review.Com

News Review.Com

OUTLANDER – MOVIE THEATERS. FINALLY.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2009 by outlanderthemovie
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Howdy folks. The list of theaters finally came in. Guess they had to find the ones that hadn’t been taken by Mall Cop. I’m hoping there’s something reasonably close to all of you who have asked. (That is, within a 17-hour drive) Myself, I’m off to San Diego to see it. There will be another wave of cities/theaters coming in the near future.

Also, a shout-out to Sonny Bunch of the Washington Times and Charlie Anders of io9.com. Good chatting with you both this afternoon. Hope we didn’t talk your ears off. (But you gotta know you ask a writer a question, he’s going to answer at length.

And a big HI!! to the Houston contingent, Juliann, Sophie and Robert!!

Finally, before the list, here’s the print ad with a fine quote from Guy Haley.

Outlander Print Ad

Outlander Print Ad

OUTLANDER OPENING – JANUARY 23, 2009

CHICAGO AREA – 5 RUNS

Chicago
600 North Michigan Ave. 9
AMC

Addison
Addison Cinemas & IMAX
MARCUS

South Barrington
South Barrington 30
AMC

Warrenville
Cantera 30
AMC

Woodridge
Loews Woodridge 18
AMC

PHILADELPHIA AREA – 3 RUNS

Cherry Hill
Cherry Hill 24
AMC

Pleasantville
Towne Stadium 16
TRISTA

Hamilton
Hamilton 24
AMC

SAN FRANCISCO-OAK-SAN JOSE AREA – 10 RUNS

San Francisco
San Francisco Centre 9
CINMRK

Daly City
Century 20 Daly City
CINMRK

Union City
Century 25 – Union City
CINMRK

San Leandro
Century 16 Bayfair Mall
CINMRK

Richmond
Hilltop 16
CINMRK

Fremont
Cinedome 8 Theatre – Frem
CINMRK

Santa Clara
AMC Mercado 20
AMC

San Jose
Century Capitol 16
CINMRK

San Jose
Century 25
CINMRK

Santa Rosa
3rd Street Cinema 6
THBKGS Confirmed

BOSTON AREA – 2 RUNS

Danvers
Liberty Tree Mall 20
AMC

Methuen
Methuen 20 @ The Loop
AMC

DALLAS/FT. WORTH AREA – 11 RUNS

Mesquite
Mesquite 30 Theatres
AMC

Plano
Legacy 24
CINMRK

Irving
Irving Mall 14
AMC

Irving
Hollywood MacArthur Market
WALLCE

Lancaster
Movies 14 – Lancaster
CINMRK

Grand Prairie
Movies 16 – Grand Prairie
CINMRK

Dallas
Cinemark 17 Webb Chapel
CINMRK

Dallas
Grand 24 Theatres
AMC

Burleson
Premiere Cinema 14
CSCO

Grapevine
Grapevine 30 Theatres
AMC

Hickory Creek
Hickory Creek 16
RAVE

DETROIT AREA – 5 RUNS

Sterling Heights
Forum 30 – Sterling Hts
AMC

Auburn Hills
Star Great Lake Crossing 25
AMC

Dearborn
LCE Star Fairlane Theatre
AMC

Canton
Emagine 18
ARCNGL

Dearborn
Ford Wyoming Drive In 1 – 5
MJR

ATLANTA AREA – 7 RUNS

Atlanta
Magic Johnson Theatre
AMC

Kennesaw
Barrett Commons 24 Theatre
AMC

Woodstock
Cherokee Stadium 16 Cine
CFB-GA

Lawrenceville
Colonial 18 Theatres
AMC

Decatur
Galaxy South Dekalb Funple
PHNIXA

Morrow
Southlake Pavilion 24 Theatre
AMC

Snellville
Carmike 12
CARMKE

HOUSTON AREA – 7 RUNS
Tomball
Silverado 19 IMAX
SANTIK

Houston
Gulf Pointe 30 Theatres
AMC

Houston
Studio 30 Theatres – Housto
AMC

Houston
Tinseltown 290
CINMRK

Houston
Yorktown 15
RAVE

Katy
Cinemark 19
CINMRK

Jacinto City
Tinseltown 17
CINMRK

SEATTLE-TACOMA AREA – 3 RUNS:

Seattle
Meridian
REGAL

Woodinville
Woodinville 12
AMC

Renton
Renton Village 8
AMC

TAMPA-ST. PETE, SARASOTA AREA – 3 RUNS

Tampa
Veterans Expressway 24
AMC

Tampa
Centro Ybor 20
MUVICO

St. Petersburg
Baywalk 20
MUVICO

MIAMI-FT. LAUDERDALE – 6 RUNS

Aventura
Aventura Mall 24 Theatres
AMC

Hialeah
Cobb Hialeah 18 Theatre
BRAND

Hialeah
Hialeah 14
MUVICO

South Miami
Sunset Place 24 Theatres
AMC

Davie
Paradise 24
MUVICO

Ft. Lauderdale
Las Olas 15
ESP

SACRAMNTO-STKTN-MODESTO AREA – 1 RUN

Elk Grove
Century 16 Theatre – Laguna
CINMRK

ORLANDO-DAYTONA BCH-MELBRN AREA – 2 RUNS

Orlando
Universal Cineplex 20
AMC

Lake Buena Vista
Pleasure Island 24
AMC

BALTIMORE AREA – 1 RUN

Hanover
Egyptian 24
MUVICO

SAN DIEGO AREA – 3 RUNS

San Diego
Gaslamp All Stadium 15
READIN

San Diego
Palm Promenade 24
AMC

San Diego
Mission Valley 20
AMC

NASHVILLE AREA – 1 RUN

Franklin
Thoroughbred 20
CARMKE

KANSAS CITY AREA – 2 RUNS

Kansas City
Parkway 14
AMC

Shawnee
Westglen 18
DICKIN

SAN ANTONIO AREA 4 – RUNS

San Antonio
Huebner Oaks 24
AMC

San Antonio
Northwest 14 Theatres
SANTIK

San Antonio
Rialto Piccolo
SANTIK

San Antonio
Mayan Palace 14 – Santikos
SANTIK

MEMPHIS AREA – 5 RUNS

Memphis
Majestic Theatre 20
MALCO

Bartlett
Hollywood 20 Cinema
BRAND

Bartlett
Malco Stage Cinema 13
MALCO

Memphis
Palace 10 Cinema
BRAND

Atoka
Cine Planet 16
BRAND

Viking Funeral

Viking Funeral

OUTLANDER UPDATE – 1/19/09

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 17, 2009 by outlanderthemovie

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Well as we get nearer to the glorious premiere, I wanted to share with you a nice review from Guy Haley of DeathRay (thanks!). I also include a page of showtimes from Kuala Lumpur. (Kuala Lumpur! I may not be able to find showtimes yet in Boston or Philly, but for all those lucky folk in KL…)

And what the heck – how about a few more pics? May as well get them out there:

Scary Moorwen

Scary Moorwen

Ship Underwater

Ship Underwater

Moorwen and Priest

Moorwen and Priest

Moorwen on Fire

Moorwen on Fire

Outlander Update 1/13/09

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on January 14, 2009 by outlanderthemovie

Official US Outlander Poster

Official US Outlander Poster

Well, finally in from TWC is the official US Outlander poster. Thoughts?

In response to other questions, TWC tells me we will get specific theater info on Tuesday, four days before it opens. Thoughts?

No official trailer yet from TWC. Thoughts?

AD has posted that he will get out Canada info as soon as available, as will I.

If I didn’t mention this before (and yes, I’m too lazy to look back a page), the UK premiere is now April 24th. The very good folks at Momentum, the UK distributor, think that will ultimately be a better date for the film.

Also, nice posting from our friends at Film Rant: http://screenrant.com/outlander-exclusive-movie-pic-release-news-vic-4919/

Plus, here’s a nice piece of concept art you all might like.

Concept Art for Cave Set

Concept Art for Cave Set

And finally – a shoutout to Inga. I’d love you to see the movie but I don’t know when (or even if) it will get to NYC. That’s all up to TWC.

Oh hell, here’s another one, even prettier. It’s the Moorwen Planet, just as it’s getting nuked.

Moorwen Planet

Moorwen Planet

DEFAMER ON OUTLANDER! (… and a bit on the making of…)

Posted in Making Movies, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 27, 2008 by outlanderthemovie

As reported above, there is yet to be an official DVD release so there’s still room for the Weinstein Company to give Outlander a decent theatrical release.

A bit more on the tendency for TWC to dump product here, at Defamer.

http://tinyurl.com/6chau3

We’ve also gotten over 230,000 youtube hits on the various trailers, which doesn’t take into account other sites, such as our pals at solsector, which puts total hits very close to half a million.

http://outlander.solsector.net/

Below are models of the Viking village, Herot, as well as the inside of Shield Hall, complete with its supporting tree. Yes, those are shields in a semi-circle. That’s for the Shield Dance. Hopefully you’ll get a chance to see it. These were designed by Oscar-winner Dan Hennah.