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It's almost 2015, which means science needs to move fast if we're going to get hoverboards by the time Back to the Future Part II said we were going to have them. However, a comedy called HUVr Tech claims to have discovered the key to anti-gravity. And while that would normally be something so important in the world of science that all news outlets would be reporting it around the world, the first we're hearing of this advancement comes from a commercial promoting the first real hoverboard, and Christopher Lloyd was on hand to present Tony Hawk with one of the first. We can't believe we're seeing this in our lifetime.
While the UK will get to see the Peruvian teddy bear Paddington on the big screen this spring, the loveable children's book character won't arrive in theaters in the United States until just before Christmas this year. And now The Weinstein Company has seen fit to tease the release of the film with just a brief glimpse at the bear who heads to London in order to find a new home. Colin Firth voices the title bear, but we don't get to hear him in this teaser, and we barely get to see Paddington himself. But alas, it's a teaser. Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters also star. Watch it!
There's always some kind of amazing piece of artwork coming from Mondo, but this week is something special. On Friday, March 7th, the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas will be opening their official Disney exhibition featuring tons of artwork honoring a variety of films from The House of Mouse's rich history. There's pieces honoring the more recent work of Pixar like The Incredibles, the 2D animated classics like Sleeping Beauty, and even the more obscure films like The Cat from Outer Space. A big chunk of pieces have been revealed, but there's more coming later this week leading up to the gallery opening. Look!
It's been a great few months for Frozen since the film hit theaters last fall. The film has gone on to pass $1 billion at the worldwide box office. And if that wasn't enough, the film also took home Best Animated Feature at the Oscars last weekend. And while everyone loves the film, there's been just as much praise for one of the best elements within the animated feature: the music. The catchy and spectacular "Let It Go" won Best Original Song at the Oscars as well, and now Idina Menzel (or Adele Dazeem according to John Travolta) has taken the time to sing it with Jimmy Fallon, The Roots and classroom instruments. Watch!
While we normally don't care about the personal lives of celebrities, it's different when something in the gossip arena effects the production of an anticipated film. In this case, E! News has learned that Scarlett Johansson is pregnant, and many are already wondering that what means for her recurring role as Black Widow in the Marvel cinematic universe, mainly for The Avengers: Age of Ultron already in production. Thankfully, the film won't be delayed and Johansson's role won't be reduced, but the production schedule will shift to fasttrack any scenes involving the actress so she can be finished before her due date gets closer.
This past weekend, The 86th Academy Awards said their farewell to Philip Seymour Hoffman by giving him the final In Memoriam card and holding on it for several seconds longer than the rest of the obituary reel. It's been over a month since the Oscar-winning actor passed away, and many of us still can't believe he's gone. Fellow Doubt star Amy Adams recently tearfully honored him on "Inside the Actors Studio," and now one final video tribute to the late actor has arrived. Clocking in at just over 20 minutes, this one includes everything, and it's still pretty damn tough to watch knowing that he really is gone. Watch below.
All right, how about just one more post about the Oscars last night? We already posted the video highlights from the ceremony for the 86th Academy Awards, not to mention the bittersweet In Memoriam tribute saying goodbye to all the great talents we lost last year. Now we have some cool artwork that viewers saw last night as the nominees for the awards were announced. The best pieces were crafted for all nine of the Best Picture nominees, where a minimalist style was meshed with the style of the marketing materials for each film. The result is some beautiful nominee title cards that should be framed on a wall. Look below!
Back in January, we learned that King Kong and Stalingrad star Thomas Kretschmann had signed on for a villain role in The Avengers: Age of Ultron as Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, Nazi officer who becomes one of the heads of HYDRA, the terrorist group from Captain America: The First Avenger. Now it sounds like Kretschmann will be sticking around the Marvel universe for more than one film as an interview with THR has the actor revealing "I have a multi-picture deal which means I will not only appear in [Age of Ultron], but they’re planning with me for a longer period of time.” Sounds like set up for Captain America 3.
Back in February, we finally got our first glimpse of Transformers: Age of Extinction with an action-packed Super Bowl spot. Now we have a short preview of a new full-length trailer, for Michael Bay's final turn directing for the toy-based franchise, arriving sometime tomorrow. There are some brief new snippets in this quick preview, but it seems like the bulk of the new stuff will be saved for the actual full length trailer. We're pretty anxious to see what the story is for this sequel with Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor and Nicola Peltz in the lead roles, mostly because we want to know what the deal is with the Dinobots.
After making plenty of rounds on the film festival circuit, the revenge thriller Blue Ruin is finally coming to theaters and VOD this spring. Macon Blair stars in the film from cinematographer turned director Jeremy Saulnier (who also wrote the script). This quiet, grounded thriller follows a disheveled man, living out of his car on the beach, who finally gets the news he's been waiting for. The man responsible for killing his parents is out of prison, and he's going to deliver his own brand of justice. It's a basic, familiar story, but it unfolds magnificently and is brought to life perfectly by Macon Blair. Now we have a short new UK trailer for you to watch below. This is seriously one of the best thrillers I have ever seen, so seek it out.
After a bidding war between Universal, Warner Bros., and Sony Pictures, it's the latter studio that has come out on top to pick up a spec script called Winter's Knight. Following in the footsteps of recent revisionist fairytales like Snow White and the Huntsman or developing historical adventures around figures like Isaac Newton and Leonardo da Vinci, the film would tell the origin of Saint Nicholas and Christmas, by way of a Viking-esque tale written by newcomers Ben Lustig & Jake Thornton. The deal at Sony also included Kon-Tiki helmers Joachim Ronning & Espen Sandberg, who will also do Pirates of the Caribbean 5.
Unless you've been living under a rock, you probably know that the 86th Academy Awards were last night, and 12 Years a Slave took home Best Picture while Alfonso Cuaron took home Best Director for his work on Gravity (which won plenty of other awards). You can check out the full winner's list right here, and also the video highlights and acceptance speeches right here. But the one part of the show we really want to separate from the pack is the traditional "In Memoriam" tribute honoring all those prominent names from the industry who are no longer with us. We've lost some truly great icons this year. Watch the tribute below.
For the past nine years, Jimmy Kimmel has hosted an Oscar special following the Academy Awards featuring some of the biggest names from the ceremony that finished just minutes beforehand. Previously, Kimmel and his writers rounded up big names to craft a faux movie trailer with every genre packed in (and there was even a sequel). But this year, the comedian has rounded up Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Kevin Spacey, Gary Oldman and more to turn some of the web's most famous viral videos into major movies. We don't want to spoil all the surprises, so just watch!
Awards season is over and 12 Years a Slave and Gravity went home with the biggest accolades from the 86th Academy Awards (check out the full list of winners right here). But if you didn't catch the live broadcast of the ceremony hosted by Ellen DeGeneres last night, we've got some of the highlights that you should take the time to watch, including acceptance speeches from winners like Lupita Nyong'o winning Best Supporting Actress in the aforementioned Steve McQueen directed drama, and a great speech from Matthew McConaughey who won Best Actor and again delivered the signature phrase we all love. Watch!