Thursday, December 17, 2015

New Chrome Browser Extension Blocks Star Wars: The Force Awakens Spoilers



For those wishing to avoid the inevitable spoilers while browsing the internet your solution is here.  The spoilers started a long long time ago but you can avoid further spoilers by using Force Block: The Star Wars spoiler blocker.  Help you it will.  Avoid movie spoilers you can.  It's quite sensitive. It may block sites selling or advertising Star Wars toys.   It can easily be overridden with one simple click.   Ignore its warning at your own peril.  Protect you it can.

Update:  It will block this site too.

Watch The First Trailer For Fantastic Beasts


Harry Potter is back?

Monday, December 14, 2015

First Trailer For Star Trek Beyond


Justin Lin takes the director reins from J. J. Abrams who's been busy with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  It looks like action packed fun.  But will is be a good, original, Star Trek story or another remake like Star Trek Into Darkness was, a not so great remake of Wrath Of Khaaaaan!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Max Landis Talks With Mike and Jay About The Modern Challenges Of Screenwriting



Screenwriter and director Max Landis, the writer of Chronicle, American Ultra, and Victor Frankenstein, talks with Red Letter Media.  Mike Stoklasa and Jay Bauman ask about his widely criticized Tweets regarding the poor box office performance of American Ultra and other interesting topics.  They never mention his haircut which deserves 1.5 stars.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Star Wars In 3 Minutes


 For anyone who's unfamiliar with Star Wars this video may answer some questions like what is the force, who is Darth Vader, etc.

Watch only if you haven't seen all of the Star Wars films and don't really want to before watching the latest episode, VII, The Force Awakens.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Serenity and Firefly Were Great Here's Some Reasons Why


Joss Whedon honed his creative skills on Firefly and Serenity.  They lead to his later work with Marvel on The Avengers.

The original Firefly series is currently available with Amazon Prime.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Friday, November 13, 2015

Hateful Eight Brings Back 70mm Film Projection



Quentin Tarantino's latest film was shot entirely in 70mm.  There have been some recent films that have had a few limited scenes shot in 70mm.  Technically it's shot in 65mm and released to theaters on 70mm prints.  The Hateful Eight will be released in 100 theaters in North America, 96 in the United States and 4 in Canada.  It's a rare opportunity to see a feature film shot and projected in this high quality large format.

This may be the last hurrah for 70mm film.  It's likely that it's only a matter of time for before 35mm becomes history as well.  Of the roughly 40,000 screen in the United States 97% of use digital projection.


More 65mm camera information @ Panavision.com

Check out more details @ NYTimes.com





New Trailer For Moonwalkers


Moonwalkers is the new film about Stanley Kubrick NOT faking the moon landing.
It looks like some crazy fun!


Check out the documentary Room 237 for more on Stanley Kubrick.

The Writers Guild's List Of The 7 Funniest Movie Scripts


This is a list that lives up to its goal.  Everyone should see each of these classic comedies.

New Divergent Series Trailer: Allegiant


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Mad Max Director George Miller Interview



Quentin Kenihan's audio interview with director George Miller.

There are a lot of interesting stories about his film making adventures and some vague Mad Max sequel news.  Please have a listen.




Friday, November 6, 2015

More New Star Wars The Force Awakens Footage

Update: New footage in US TV spot too...





Japanese Star Wars trailer reveals more images from the highly anticipated film!


Thursday, November 5, 2015

Mike And Rich Make Predictions About Star Wars: The Force Awakens



Mike Stoklasa best know for his Mr. Plinkett reviews of Star Wars Episode I, II, and III sat down with his friend Rich Evens to speculate about key plot points for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  Red Letter Media has become well known for reviews of Star Wars and Star Trek films as well as general movie reviews and sort films. Admittedly it's pure guess work but there are potential spoilers so be aware if you trying to avoid all plot points ahead of the official December 18 release date.

You must watch Mr. Plinkett's epic Phantom Menace review.


Mr. Plinkett











Cinefex Magazine To Begin Publishing Bi-Monthly


Cinefex Issue #1 cover


Cinefex Issue #2 cover






After 35 years, starting with the February 2016 issue, Cinefex will start publishing 6 times a year instead of their traditional 4 issues per year.  This is exciting news for readers and subscribers who look forward to each issue.

You can find out more details and subscribe at Cinefex.com.


Deadpool Director Tim Miller Interview

Deadpool Director Tim Miller was recently interviewed for Chaos Group's CG Garage Podcast.  It's very interesting if you want like to learn more about Blur Studio and about other projects and shorts that he and Blur Studio has worked on.  Listen to the podcast at ChaosGroup.com

Here is Blur Studio's latest demo reel.



Deadpool Trailer



Blur does some amazing work!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Limited Run Of Pepsi Perfect Sold Out, Again




The limited run of Pepsi Perfect collector bottles, as seen in Back To The Future 2, have sold out in just a few minutes.  Sadly this is the last chance to purchase one of the collector bottles at a somewhat reasonable price of  $20.15,  plus $7.29 for shipping and handling.  Unless you're willing to pay further inflated prices on Ebay, currently listed for a Buy It Now price of $350, you'll just have to enjoy this picture above, or a video below.






Wednesday, October 14, 2015

James Gunn Talk About Guardians Of The Galaxy: Volume 2 - Video





Live Q&A
Posted by James Gunn on Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Friday, October 9, 2015

The Man In The High Castle Season 1, New Trailer


The first episode is available now and the full season will be available on November 20, 2015.

Watch the first episode at Amazon now.




Yikes!


The Britons are "takin' our jobs!"

Watch the first episode at Amazon now.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Monty Python Is 46 years Old Today - Yeah!









Monty Python is the inspiration for a great many people including the inventor of the Python scripting language.


Deleted animation from Holy Grail with discussion by animator and director Terry Gilliam.

Pepsi Perfect - The Future Is Now?


I wish it was real.




Sunday, October 4, 2015

Fear: The Walking Dead Season Ends With A Bang

Fear:  The Walking Dead got off to a wobbly start but it ended with a great setup for the next season.  There are no spoilers here, only an interesting note about where the ending was shot.  It's a site in San Pedro near Long Beach California they call Sunken City Landslide.  It was a development of bungalows with fantastic views but built near a precarious cliff edge that suffered a few landslides and erosion from oceanfront waves that forced the abandonment of the location.

  


The ending of Fear: The Walking Dead was filmed at an actual location.


The Sunken City Landslide as seen when the development was officially closed in 1929.


The police attempt to keep the public out of the potentially dangerous area but as evidenced by the graffiti not everyone has stayed away over the past 8 decades.





Friday, September 18, 2015

Sunday, September 13, 2015

The First Tiny Clip From Director Jon Favreau's Live Action Jungle Book



It's starring Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Bill Murray and many others as the voices of key animal characters.  It's coming to theaters April 15, 2016. 



It's been over 20 years since the last attempt to make a live action Jungle Book film.


   


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Monty Python And The Holy Grail Is 40 Years Old!


It's hard to beleive that is has been over 40 years since Monty Python And The Holy Grail was released, January 1, 1975!   It's still great after all these years and fun for audiences young and old.
You must own this Blu-Ray! It's less than $20 here: Amazon

More coming including filmmaker's commentary review...


Friday, September 4, 2015

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children Teaser


Not sure what's going on here but  Tim Burton is an interesting director. 
 Hopefully we will get a real trailer soon.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Hobbit 3, Extended Edition Is Rated R


The Battle Of Five Armies Extended Edition is rated R.


The extended editions of the other Hobbit films have been better than the theatrical releases so it's likely that The Battle Of Five Armies Extended Edition will be worth checking out.

                                                                          Please buy here   

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Pixar In A Box? I'll Have Some Please!



Do you want to learn about computer animation?  Well you're in luck.  Here is your chance to learn from the best in the business.  Pixar and Khan Academy have teamed up to provide a series of free video courses that cover a wide variety topics related to 3D animation production.
The current topics include:

Environment modeling
Character modeling
Animation
Crowds
Sets & Staging
Rendering

It focuses on the technical aspects of the various processes and it's very informative for anyone interested in the complexities of advanced computer animation.

You can find all of the instructional videos here:

 Pixar In A Box

More about Pixar @ Pixar


Wes Craven 1939 – 2015, Goodbye and R.I.P.


Filmmaker Wes Craven died today of brain cancer.  He's best know for A Nightmare On Elm Street and Scream.   He will be remembered best as the man who created one of the most memorable bad guys ever, Freddy Kruger.  He helped to reinvent the horror genre with films like Nightmare and Scream breathing new life into a tired genre more than a few times during his career.


He gave a lot of great actors their big break in movies including Johnny Depp and Peter Berg.  Not all of his films were well received but he deserve credit for being original and influential along with other contemporaries such and John Carpenter.


Here a list of just some of his work:

Scream 4 - 2011
My Soul to Take  - 2010
Paris, je t'aime (segment "Pere-Lachaise") - 2006
Red Eye - 2005
Cursed - 2005
Scream 3 - 2000
Music of the Heart 1999
Scream 2 - 1997
Scream - 1996
Vampire in Brooklyn - 1995
New Nightmare - 1994
The People Under the Stairs - 1991
Shocker - 1989
The Serpent and the Rainbow - 1988
The Twilight Zone (TV Series) (5 episodes) 1985-1986
A Nightmare on Elm Street  - 1984
The Hills Have Eyes Part II  - 1984
Invitation to Hell  - 1984
Swamp Thing  - 1982
Deadly Blessing - 1981
The Hills Have Eyes - 1977
The Fireworks Woman (as Abe Snake) - 1975
The Last House on the Left - 1972




His great work lives on.   Rest in peace Wes Craven.

More @ Hollywood Reporter

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Iron Giant Is Still Great


The Iron Giant is remains one of the best animated films ever made.
Please watch it if you haven't seen it and watch it again if you have.
It may be Brad Bird's greatest film.

There is a very limited re-release on September 30.

More @  SlashFilm



Why isn't The Iron Giant available on Blu-Ray?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Drew Struzan Is Out Of Retirement For Star Wars Episode VII Poster


Nice!

Drew has worked on many iconic Star Wars posters and has seen much of Episode VII's work in progress.  He apparently likes it very much and excited for fans to see it.

"... I’ve seen half of it and I can tell you and the fans this, Honest to god, it is far and away probably going to be the best Star Wars you’ve ever seen."

Details and the full interview with Drew Struzan @  Movie-Weekly.com

I highly recommend his art books to any movie fan.  There is a great selection here at Amazon.com! 

A documentary about Drew and his career currently available on Netflix.

 Drew: The Man Behind The Poster




Sunday, August 16, 2015

Disney's Star Wars Land Sounds Interesting



Sounds like fun!  It is a major understatement so say that a lot is riding on the success of the new series of films.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Hateful Eight Teaser Is Finally Here


Quentin Tarantino is bringing back the western in glorious Ultra Panavision anamorphic 70mm film!
Can't wait for The Hateful Eight. 




The Hateful Eight and The Thing go together.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tremors 5 Trailer


Tremors 5 trailer doesn't look too good.
It's skipping the SyFy channel and going directly to Blu-Ray/DVD.
It's time to reboot this whole series.

Update:
 Seen it and it's not too bad.  It's good for a few laughs and includes some cheesy old time horror movie fun.  Currently streaming on Netflix.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

George Coe 1929–2015


He was a very prolific actor who worked on many live action and animated television shows and movies.  Here are some examples:

The Stepford Wives
Kramer Vs. Kramer
Max Headroom
Blind Date
Archer

and many many more...

R.I.P. George Coe.  Archer will not be the same without you.



Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Take A Look At The Muppets TV Show


This will be at least the 3rd iteration of The Muppet Show.  I hope they can pull it off and make an awesome show that will stay on the air for a few seasons.  Thank you Disney for keeping The Muppets alive.

The Good Dinosaur - New Official Trailer


The lighting is amazing and the rendering is incredible.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

New Attack On Titan: Live Action Trailer


Nice try but it will be hard to beat the animated series.

The animated series is quite excellent.  Please buy it here: Attack On Titan



Friday, July 17, 2015

R.I.P. Blaine Gibson 1939 – 2015


Blaine Gibson was a talented and prolific artists and sculptor.  He will be missed but his great and memorable work lives on.



more @ LA Times
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Monday, June 29, 2015

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 - Title Is Official





The real title reveals nothing about the story.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Christopher Lee 1922 - 2015


Sad news to report that Christopher Lee has died at age 93.  The British actor is well known for his iconic role as Dracula in several films.  He starred in over 200 movies including one of his final roles as Saruman in The Hobbit films.

Rest in peace Christopher Lee.


Sunday, May 24, 2015

Director John Carpenter On David Letterman Regarding The Thing


The commentary from director Carpenter and actor Kurt Russel on the Blu-Ray is very interesting for fans of the film.John Carpenter's The Thing is an awesome movie worth owning currently less than $9 at Amazon.com

Mad Max: Fury Road On Set B-Roll



This is an interesting look behind the scenes during the filming of Mad Max: Fury Road.


Friday, May 15, 2015

Mad Max: Fury Road Review



After a long hiatus to work on the very different films,  Lorenzo's Oil, Babe, Happy Feet, and others, George Miller has returned to Mad Max.   It has been nearly 30 years since the last Mad Max film and director George Miller is back to his film making roots in his most ambitious film to date.  He has said that he wanted to make a 2 hour chase film and has finally succeeded with Mad Max: Fury Road.  This is The Road Warrior elevated by an order of magnitude adding more of everything we have come to expect and love from the post apocalyptic genre that Miller helped to define.


The enemy is Immortan Joe, a powerful cult leader, who imposes his will on the dregs of society using water to maintain complete control.  He leads a society that is literally sick.  He and a group of lieutenants and henchmen lead a relentless chase to get back his most valuable treasure, healthy, fertile females, Immortan Joe's wives.  The environment has become so inhospitable that the bulk of survivors suffer from assorted cancers and illnesses that keep them weak and not long for the world.   His most loyal followers are a band of sickly "war boys" that follow his every commend. Their commitment is total.  They look forward to dying in battle as they expect to end up in Valhalla all shiny and chrome-like.  Analogies to terrorism are subtle but they are there, portrayed in a new and creative way.  If there is a message in the madness it is that one should never follow blindly and redemption is possible.  The film is full of creative action and destruction.  It takes everything that has come before and elevates it to a new level of absurdity and insanity.  This movie is the most expensive, dangerous, and dirty Mad Max of them all.  The visual effects are used to good effect to extend the environment and keep actors safe in what would otherwise be a veritable meat grinder.  It includes some of the best action that has ever been captured on film.  It's memorable and will likely require repeat viewing to absorb all of the densely packed, fast paced action.

Tom Hardy portrays Max Rockatansky.  He's a strong warrior of the wasteland, a survivor, a man who never quits.  Tom Hardy is a fine actor but he doesn't have quite the charisma of the Mel Gibson.  The Max of Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior was Mel Gibson in his prime.  He could single-handedly carry a film with barely a word of dialog.   Tom Hardy is his own Max, a feral survivor who lives by instinct.  He is merciless and committed to survival at all costs.

George Miller deserves a great deal of credit for managing to do what is becoming increasingly rare, surprising audiences with originality.  Fury Road is a rare kind of film that some may dismiss as just another summer action film but it is something more.  It manages to elevate the genre and captures much of what is great about the original films.  Some things are nearly impossible to recapture, the serendipity of low budget guerrilla film making.  The small happy accidents that aren't planned but become a big part of what moves good films up a notch to great.  George Miller has expressed his desire for sequels to this film.  It is an excellent setup for future adventures in the wasteland.   Everything is so amped up that it's hard to envision how writer and director George Miller will manage to top himself.



Some may find the relentless chase exhausting and its efficient use of exposition confusing.  This is in keeping with the traditional nature of the genre.  Mad Max: Fury Road lands squarely between Avengers and the upcoming Star Wars sequel, filling the apocalypse gap.  It is sure to find a legion of fans, some from the original Mad Max and others for whom this is their first introduction to Max.

Rated R for extreme violence.

It is a solid 8 out of 10!


Monday, May 11, 2015