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Your mission, Agent 007, is to find and eliminate the leader of SPECTRE. Who is the leader? None other than Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the mastermind behind many of the world domination evil plans that James Bond has foiled over the years. Earlier today it was officially announced that the title of the upcoming 24th Bond movie will be Spectre, hinting at the return of Blofeld (likely being played by Christoph Waltz even though they're not announcing anything about his character other than the name "Oberhauser") and the evil organization. Bond fans have been patiently awaiting the return of SPECTRE and Blofeld in this newest iteration, and it sounds like they're going all out if the name of the entire movie is the same as organization.
It's official! The James Bond series continues on by re-introducing the evil organization known as SPECTRE in the next installment titled "Spectre". On Thursday morning at an event held at Pinewood Studios, Eon Productions officially announced the titled of Bond 24 as well as the starring cast of the 24th Bond movie, including Daniel Craig returning as James Bond, 007, along with Christoph Waltz as a villain named "Oberhauser". The title, simply Spectre, alludes to the return of legendary villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld, who has appeared in a number of classic Bond films as the white-cat-stroking bald villain. No confirmation of the name "Blofeld" yet, but all signs seem to indicate it will indeed be the long-awaited return of the character.
These are the documentaries everyone needs to see; you must see them, they are worth your time. These are not the only documentaries that matter, but of course, nor are they the only good documentaries this year, but if you're looking for a list of some documentaries to start watching - well, start here, with any of these. This week, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced (list via Deadline/Variety) the "shortlist" of documentaries that made the cut from 134 eligible submissions down to just 15. From Roger Ebert to Alejandro Jodorowsky, from Edward Snowden to Sebastião Salgado, the selection this year is fantastic, and I'm glad that all of my favorites made the cut. Many of these are already out on VOD + DVD.
Every new year brings us another Sundance Film Festival and with 50 days left until Sundance 2015 kicks off on January 22nd, Sundance has officially announced the first half of this year's complete line-up. Featured in five different competition categories are 66 individual films that will be showing at world's greatest, snowiest film festival in January. The remaining half of the line-up, which includes big premieres and midnight films, will be announced over the next few weeks. The 2015 line-up seems quite interesting yet nonetheless filled with the usual Sundance fare, including another Swanberg film and more in-competition.
3... 2... 1... And launch! We're excited to announce a brand new promotional website for Christopher Nolan's sci-fi spectacular Interstellar, which has been playing in theaters for one month. The site allows fans to explore the entirety of the spacecraft Endurance, including the Ranger shuttles which they use for landing. Built on WebGL, using the same 3D model from the Oculus Rift experience, you can explore an interactive interior of the Endurance. The ship was used by the exploration team, lead by Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, to travel to Saturn and ender the wormhole to visit another galaxy. While we've all seen inside the ship in the movie, this is the first place (aside from the game) to go this in-depth with Endurance.
"'Amazed' and 'excited' would be good words when you came across new work by Ralph [McQuarrie]." With Star Wars on everyone's mind, there's no better time than now to feature these five segments of a mini-documentary about concept artist Ralph McQuarrie. McQuarrie's work on the Star Wars series is iconic, representing much of the look and feel of the world that was later translated into celluloid by George Lucas and his crew. There's a feature-length doc about McQuarrie in the works already, but in the meantime Lucasfilm (via Gizmodo) has posted separate 7-minute segments, featuring interviews with Lucas' crew. As a solid recap of the man who imagined the sci-fi world we all love, this is quite engaging/fascinating to watch.
"Maybe it's a little early... Maybe the time is not quite yet... But those other worlds – promising untold opportunities – beckon." Whoa. Thanks to all the new sci-fi out there, from Interstellar to Star Wars, there's a renewed feeling of excitement about space exploration. Celebrating our potential for exploration in the future, this short film called Wanderers from Erik Wernquist is a spectacular, breathtaking look at where we might be in regards to visiting other places in our own solar system. All the imagery used in this is real - that's what makes it amazing. These are real locations in our solar system, and this is what we hope it's like in the future, because I already want to visit everywhere we see in this. Those cliffs divers! So cool!
"Have you felt it?" With the entire world caught up in Star Wars mania thanks to the first teaser trailer for Episode VII - The Force Awakens arriving in theaters/online, some fantastic homages and tributes are already showing up all over the internet. A number of outstanding fan-made posters using imagery from the new teaser have already been completed, including some fantastic sketches of the new Sith lightsaber as well as actors John Boyega and Daisy Ridley who star in the film. As both a big Star Wars geek and fan-art aficionado, no question I had to share these, as each one is impressive and captures the exciting feel of the new teaser. I'm glad there's already art like this out there, I'm sure we'll see plenty more over the next year.
At 7AM Pacific time this morning, Disney/Lucasfilm unveiled the very highly anticipated first teaser trailer for the new Star Wars movie directed by J.J. Abrams. Die-hard geeks waking up too early after eating a massive Thanksgiving meal lead to a wonderful selection of hilarious, goofy, smile-inducing tweets on top of all the compliments and serious discussion about the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We've collected a few of our favorite tweets, including one amazing Photoshop (seen above) of the crazy new Sith lightsaber, for your amusement. So take a look, laugh, smile, and share your Star Wars jokes with us.
It's Star Wars mania today with the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens arriving. Now that we've all had a quick glimpse at 88 seconds of footage, what else is there to talk about? Well, we can't forget that The Force Awakens (directed by J.J. Abrams) will have at least one major action scene presented in full IMAX 1.43:1 ratio. It was revealed back in July that it was filming in IMAX (remember this?) and while it was confirmed a few months later that it would only be one action scene, the good news is that it will involve the Millennium Falcon. How do we know? Because Disney has sent out a full shot with the Falcon.
"A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..." It's here. It's time. It has been 31 years since we've seen Luke & Leia Skywalker, Han Solo, and Chewbacca in a movie, but they're back once again. Disney/Lucasfilm have unveiled the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, also know as Episode VII, the continuation of the Jedi story that concluded with the destruction of the Death Star at the end of Return of the Jedi. It starts with a shot of John Boyega and has a glimpse of the Millennium Falcon. From there? Well. This is what we've all been waiting for, our first glimpse after so many secrets. May the Force Be With You.
Hollywood loves repeating itself. This week alone we're getting new trailers for brand new Star Wars and Jurassic Park movies, like it's the 90s all over again. But there is a new trend that is becoming increasingly frustrating - the two-part split finale of film-to-book series like Twilight, Harry Potter and now Hunger Games. With the first half of Mockingjay, the finale of The Hunger Games, now playing in theaters (my full review) the unsettling feeling of "why?!" has grown in me. This film once again proves that the quality of the work diminishes in exchange for a desire to make more money on a franchise that's temporarily popular. When will this fad end? Because it needs to stop. Don't Hollywood executives already own enough yachts?
Up until this week, many of the most secretive projects in development at Hollywood have been kept very private, with few details and even less imagery. A few Star Wars tidbits have leaked out, but in regards to Jurassic World, a number of major details were finally revealed in the footage in the first official trailer. It's hardly a teaser trailer, even though it is labeled as that, but it does show quite a few shots of dinosaurs, the full theme park, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and raptors. So what do we know? It's not a story about dinos on the loose, it's actually about genetically-modified hybrid dinosaurs that end up on the loose.
We're excited to premiere a brand new sci-fi short film originating from Sweden called Double Trouble, a time travel comedy from directing duo (and friends of the site) Andreas Climent (@andreascliment) & André Hedetoft (@ahedetoft). This charming, goofy short film is about a shy young man who misses the opportunity to talk to the girl of his dreams. But when he finds a mysterious pocket watch that can turn back time, well, that's when things get interesting. It's an impressive film that doesn't rely on any dialogue, only actions and reactions, and it's cool to see just how far they go playing with the time travel concept/paradox. These two made that Logan short we ran previously, and are already working on a feature, they definitely have a bright filmmaking future ahead of them. Take a break from Star Wars and watch this amusing short.