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The viral marketing for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I has been pretty damn great. In addition to the traditional trailers and posters, the viral spots featuring President Snow and the rebels of District 13 interrupting them have been a great way to immerse fans into the world of Panem. Now they're going the extra mile as Lionsgate and Google have partnered to create District Voices, a five episode series that will pop up on YouTube throughout the week, intended to act as programming that citizens of Panem might see on Capitol TV. The first video went live today, and there will be a new one everyday this week.
One of the highlights of Fantastic Fest 2014 was Drafthouse Films' own anthology horror sequel ABCs of Death 2. The Golden Briefcase hosts Tim and Jeremy had a chance to sit down with two of the filmmakers in the anthology (of the letter 'V') to discuss their segment further during Fantastic Fest. It's a bit late, but here's the interview. Director Jerome Sable + writer/producer Nicholas Musurca are the minds behind 'V is for Vacation' (see our first look). The guys talk about the thought process behind the approach to their short and talk about some of the takeaways from viewing the first film that helped guide their segment.
Last night, the long-running animated series "The Simpsons" debuted their latest annual Treehouse of Horror episode in the spirit of the Halloween season. These are always the most fun episodes of the year, especially for a show that many have fallen away from over the years, and last night was no exception. Even if you're not a fan of the show, if you're a horror fan, you'll have a hard time resisting this episode as one of the segments features a trippy, awesome tribute to the late, great Stanley Kubrick. And the good news is that you have the next week to check out this entire episode online for free (and legally too). Watch below!
We're only a few weeks away from the release of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, which will be opening four days early in film only (35mm/70mm projection). The announcement caused quite a stir in the cinema community, as the response from some movie theater chains was not unexpected. Many of them got upset, many of them were pissed off that they weren't a part of this deal, the big reason being that they just gave up their 35mm projectors to transform to digital and now they're missing out on some of the best money of the year. So they blame the studios, and the filmmakers, but never themselves. In response to all of this, Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League (who owns a handful of theaters himself) wrote a passionate letter/response and published it on Deadline. It's brilliant, it gets everything right, and at the end of it all, it's inspiring too.
Back in August, we put together a list of all the DC Comics and Marvel movies heading to the big screen over the next six years. Marvel had staked out dates through 2019 while Warner Bros. had locked down two dates each year through 2020. Well, following the recent onslaught of news regarding which DC Comics properties will hit the big screen each year, a handy little infographic rounding up all the comic book movies that we'll see hitting the big screen has surfaced, beginning with Disney's adaptation of Big Hero 6 early next month. When you see the comic calendar laid out like this, it all seems rather daunting. Look below!
Meet Moana! Well, sort of, as she's off on another adventure and doesn't really have time to meet those of us landlocked in our homes and offices. Disney has debuted the first lovely eye-catching photo from their upcoming animated movie Moana, originally scheduled for 2018, now set for release in "late 2016" around the end of the year (this same time two years from now). The film is the latest from Ron Clements & John Musker, the two directors behind Disney classics like Aladdin, Little Mermaid and The Princess and The Frog. Likely inspired by Polynesian explorers, this film follows a "sea voyaging enthusiast" named Moana.
We already know that Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, the sketch comedy duo better known as Key & Peele, are teaming with Judd Apatow for a comedy feature film, producing the reboot of Police Academy, and they're also developing a feature film for their substitute teacher character Mr. Garvey. But now they have another project in the works at New Line as Deadline reports the two are shifting their focus to a comedy called Keanu. Sadly, the film doesn't focus on Keanu Reeves, but instead follows friends who pose as drug dealers to infiltrate the criminal underworld in order to retrieve the title character, a stolen cat.
The peculiar documentary A Brony Tale showed that there's plenty of surprising fans of the Hasbro toyline and animated series My Little Pony, but beyond that, the brand is still something that plenty of young kids adore too. That's what Hasbro Studios has just announced that they're bringing a My Little Pony feature film to theaters in 2017. The project hails from Allspark Pictures, who is launching their feature film venture with the adaptation of Jem and the Holograms hitting theaters in October of 2015. Hasbro will produce and finance the film in-house with the script by Ice Age: Continental Drift scribe Joe Ballarini.
For every release of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films, there has been an original credits song. The song created for Fellowship of the Ring was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, and one of the songs from Return of the King ended up winning the trophy. However, so far Peter Jackson's trilogy adaptation of The Hobbit hasn't seen any of the original songs nominated. But maybe there's still a chance as Awards Circuit has pointed out some info on Warner Bros. Pictures' For Your Consideration site for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies that reveals who is behind the latest song. More below!
Right now Marvel Studios is in production on what could be their first shaky release with the Phase Three title Ant-Man. The film was once slated to be directed by Edgar Wright, but some creative disagreements behind the scenes saw him depart the project just weeks before shooting, forcing Marvel to hire Peyton Reed (Yes Man) as a replacement. But before Reed came on board, Anchorman and Step Brothers director Adam McKay was courted for the director's chair, and while he didn't end up taking the job, he was hired to rewrite the script. And now he's opened up about what changes he made to the Marvel script. More below!
While Tom Hardy was recently listed as being up for a role in the forthcoming DC Comics adaptation Suicide Squad, the first film that will follow Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, he's got another comic book project chasing him too. The Wrap reports that The Dark Knight Rises and Inception star is also being courted for the titular villain role in X-Men: Apocalpyse. Funnily enough, Hardy was also shortlisted to once be up for the role of Doctor Strange along with Benedict Cumberbatch, the latter of which is still in the running for that role as Marvel continues to find someone to take the lead role in their Phase Three film.
Now that fall is upon us, it's starting to get a little chilly out (at least if you live somewhere with all four seasons), and that means it's time for warmer clothes. Thankfully, if you're a cinephile who just always has to represent what you love with what you wear, then the folks at Mondo have you covered. After unveiling their 237 Collection inspired by The Shining, the collectible arthouse has now released two knit sweaters that will be perfect for fans of the cult classic holiday film Gremlins from director Joe Dante and producer Steven Spielberg and Joel & Ethan Coen's Fargo (though it's more of a tribute to the TV series). Look now!