Guillermo del Toro Tells Robert Rodriguez How to Make a Monster

The Director's Chair

For those of you who may not know, aside from being a self-sustaining filmmaker, director Robert Rodriguez also has his own TV network now called El Rey Network. It launched earlier this year and has fun stuff like a series adaptation of From Dusk Til Dawn, but it also has more compelling programming for those interested in the filmmaking side of things. One such show is "The Director's Chair," an hour-long series that features Rodriguez conducting in-depth interviews with various filmmakers. His most recent victim was Guillermo del Toro, and the two had quite an extensive chat, but one of the more fascinating bits involved del Toro's process as he designs his incredible movie monsters for the big screen. Watch now!

 Posted 5 hours ago in Cool Stuff, To Watch | Comments

Comic-Con 2014: Samsung 'Mockingjay' Experience + Teaser Debut

The Hunger Games Comic-Con

To promote the upcoming (epic) two-part finale of The Hunger Games series, Mockingjay Part 1 & 2, at Comic-Con 2014, Lionsgate has built a massive Hunger Games "Samsung Experience". The interactive event is designed for fans to customize their own swag, delve into the universe more, see some new footage and promo material for Mockingjay, ending with a special teaser trailer debut exclusive to Comic-Con (it will be online Monday). It's a big promotion partnered with Samsung (we covered details here) meaning fans get to watch the teaser trailer on a Samsung tablet, which is amusing, but to us it's all about the movie.

 Posted July 25 in ComicCon, Cool Stuff, Hype, SciFi | Comments

Awesome 'Dark Knight' LEGO Tumbler Hits Shelves in September

LEGO Tumbler

We just featured a cool collection of custom Back to the Future LEGO Ideas sets that the creator hopes will be turned into real sets for LEGO enthusiasts to add to their collection. But now we're going to focus on a set that customers will be able to buy much sooner. The Tumbler from Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy will be getting the LEGO treatment by way of the brand's Ultimate Collector line. With 1,869 pieces, this is awesome for any Batman fan, or for anyone who just likes awesome LEGO sets. Plus, it comes with LEGO versions of Christian Bale as Batman and Heath Ledger's version of The Joker. Look now!

 Posted July 21 in Cool Stuff | Comments

Check Out the Entire Tracklist for 'The Black Album' from 'Boyhood'


Right now you can check out Boyhood in limited theaters, and it's slowly expanding to more around the country in the coming months. But for those who have already seen the Richard Linklater directed coming-of-age masterpiece, we have a very cool musical treat. In the film, Ethan Hawke gives his son (Ellar Coltrane) a gift he's called "The Black Album," which is a collection of what his character deems the greatest tracks from all of the solo albums by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr outside of their work as The Beatles. After the film premiered at Sundance, many wondered what was on the tracklist, and Buzzfeed has gotten the whole thing, hand-picked by Hawke and Linklater. Read on!

 Posted July 21 in Cool Stuff, Hype | Comments

Mondo Venturing into Collectible Toys Now with 'Iron Giant' & More

Iron Giant

Most cinephiles are familiar with the collectible arthouse Mondo and the amazing pieces they sell in very limited supply to only the most rabid fans. Every now and then they have some other goodies too like t-shirts or an entire clothing and accessory line dedicated to The Shining, but now they're getting into the market of action figures, statues and toys. USA Today reports Mondo will kick off this new venture at Comic-Con with a first wave of toys that includes a 16-inch figure of The Iron Giant, a vinyl figure for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and an action figure of iconic director Alfred Hitchcock. More below!

 Posted July 21 in Cool Stuff | Comments

Vote for Awesome 'Back to the Future' Hill Valley LEGO Sets Now

Back to the Future LEGO

All right, you might have that cool LEGO set of the DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future sitting on your shelf. But don't little LEGO Marty McFly and Doc Brown look lonely? Wouldn't it be way better if they had a whole LEGO playset built around them? Well, that's what a couple LEGO Ideas community members thought, and they're trying to get their custom LEGO sets commemorating Marty's California hometown turned into real sets from the LEGO Group. The first is a simple clocktower from 1955, but then there's a slew of awesome sets for the 2015 Hill Valley that make for one epic playset. Look now!

 Posted July 17 in Cool Stuff | Comments

Japan Gets Awesome 22-Foot Tall Statue for Their 'Godzilla' Release

Godzilla Japanese Statue

"If there's a way to defeat Godzilla, we need to know." He lives. Found in the middle of Tokyo, Japan is an awesome 6.6 meter (~21.7 feet) "replica" of the King of Monsters from Gareth Edwards' Godzilla, where the film just hits theaters there (quite late) on July 25th this summer. The rather impressive sculpture features nearly life-like details, including a tail coming out of the ground and extending a bit behind, plus check this out: "the 'Midtown Meets Godzilla' project is in collaboration with the Japan release of the Hollywood film version of 'Godzilla', the Godzilla built on the lawns of Tokyo Midtown will host a light show everynight complete with mist, audio and fire rays." Get out of here, I need to see this! This is so cool.

 Posted July 16 in Cool Stuff, Photos, SciFi | Comments

'Ghostbusters' & 'Ninja Turtles' Are Crossing Comic Books

TMNT / Ghostbusters

Right now Marvel is the king of crossovers with all of their standalone characters popping up in each other's movies and leading up to The Avengers films every few years. But there's another cool crossover happening this fall, though you won't catch it on the big screen. Instead, IDW Publishing has a comic book mash-up of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ghostbusters. That's right, the heroes in a half-shell and New York's best paranormal investigators will meet just like The Jetsons and The Flintstones. The story will be a four-issue arc, and if you're wondering exactly how these two universes come together, just keep reading.

 Posted July 16 in Cool Stuff, Hype | Comments

'Milk' Writer Dustin Lance Black Explains How to Write a Screenplay

Dustin Lance Black

We've featured some cool shorts from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that have gone behind the scenes of the special effects behind Jurassic Park and also showed comedian Patton Oswalt unleashed on their film archives so he could choose a movie to watch at the New Beverly in Los Angeles. The latest Academy Original is a little more informative though, and it's a must-see for anyone who is aspiring to write motion pictures, or anyone who has a great interest in filmmaking in general. Milk and J. Edgar screenwriter Dustin Lance Black explains his process of writing a screenplay, and it's fascinating. Watch!

 Posted July 15 in Cool Stuff, To Watch | Comments

Hollywood Helping US Army Create 'Iron Man' Inspired Tactical Suit

Iron Patriot

There's been plenty of instances where sci-fi on film has informed technology in real life. Even though we may not be getting hoverboards in 2015, Back to the Future Part II still has inspired Nike to unveil power laces sometime next year. Now it's Iron Man that has inspired the United States military to build a tactical suit that is inspired by the work of Tony Stark and the high-tech suit that makes him a superhero. The Wall Street Journal (via The Verge) just unveiled a report about government plans for a project called TALOS, a suit that will be weaponized and bulletproof, not to mention increasing strength and perception. Read on!

 Posted July 9 in Cool Stuff, Marvel | Comments

Turn Old Movie Ticket Stubs into Awesome Pillows for Any Cinephile

Movie Ticket Pillows

Any cinephile has plenty of cool movie memorabilia lying around their residence, but some choose to remember their love of film by collecting the ticket stubs of every single movie they've seen in theaters. Personally, I keep my movie tickets in a keepsake treasure chest, and have over 10 years worth of tickets. But now you can show of your love of films and your collection of tickets in a cool way. Reddit user Sunflower_Fortunado received an awesome gift from his mother for his new apartment in the form of three pillows with fabric created using the images of three movie tickets that he personally chose for the project.

 Posted July 7 in Cool Stuff | Comments

Watch: Go Back in Time with Siskel & Ebert's TV Debut from 1975

Siskel & Ebert

This Independence Day weekend, Roger Ebert returns to the movies in the documentary Life Itself, based on the legendary film critic's memoir of the same name. Hoop Dreams director Steve James has painted a wonderful and honest portrait of the man known for putting his thumb up and down towards thousands of movies throughout his decorated career. So we figure there's no better time to look into the past when Ebert first took to TV with his would-be adversary and friend Gene Siskel, all the way back in 1975. Their first show was a mouthful, "Opening Soon at a Theater Near You," and it's full of 70s glory (and jumpy video like it's a bad VCR) with just a hint of the chemistry that makes these two a dynamic duo.

 Posted July 2 in Cool Stuff, Feat, To Watch | Comments

Listen to a Massive Playlist of All the Songs from Linklater's 'Boyhood'


One of the many wonderful elements of Richard Linklater's Boyhood is the selection of music carefully added to many scenes. The songs enhance the experience by adding an instant, quick reminder of the time - usually by playing a song that was released the year the film is set in at the time. There are no title cards, so this is rather helpful. It starts with Coldplay's "Yellow" from 2001/2002, and continues to cover about 12 years of time, ending around Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" (a song which was heard in the Sundance cut but didn't make the final cut, of course). Thanks to our Boyhood-loving friends at The Film Stage, they've put together a Spotify playlist featuring 42 songs used in the film, for your free listening pleasure. See below.

 Posted June 27 in Cool Stuff, Hype, Indies | Comments

Watch: Tarantino's 'Kill Bill: Vol. 1 & 2' Made into 8-Bit Cinema Video

Kill Bill 8-Bit Cinema

"Do you find me sadistic?" Who can refuse an 8-bit version of Kill Bill? The latest creation from CineFix, masterminds behind many previous 8-bit cinema recreations, have debuted their latest video presenting Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill: Volumes 1 & 2, the complete cut (first released in 2003/2004), as an 8-bit NES-style video game. The game navigates through various fights and encounters across both movies, and shows The Bride kicking ass with her 8-bit sword. From the moment this starts, the thought that comes to mind is always the same - I really wish I could actually be playing this game on my NES. It looks fun. Enjoy!

 Posted June 26 in Cool Stuff, Humor, To Watch | Comments



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