There's no doubt that one of the most iconic vehicles in the history of cinema is the Ecto-1, the tricked out classic ambulance turned paranormal investigation hub featured in the supernatural comedy classic Ghostbusters. It was recently immortalized in LEGO form for the film's 30th anniversary, and you can get plenty of other versions in various sizes from Amazon, eBay and all over the place. But just how did the design and idea for this vehicle come about? Thenkfully, Beyond the Marquee recently had an extensive chat with the vehicle's designer Stephen Dane, and he explains the origins of the car and how it came together.
If you're a big fan of Pixar Animation, then you likely stumbled upon The Pixar Theory last year, an ingenious idea fleshed out by Jon Negroni and was spread around like crazy thanks to sites like BuzzFeed. The theory figured out a way to tie all the narratives of each and every Pixar Animation story into the same universe from Toy Story to Brave and everything in between. While this undoubtedly wasn't the intention of the filmmakers, the fact that someone took the time to figure out a way to connect these films, and it all eerily makes perfect sense, is pretty cool. Previously, this theory was only explained in a lengthy, text timeline. But for the lazier folks out there, a video is now available explaining everything visually. Watch!
Tomorrow, the charming and delicious indie comedy Chef arrives on Blu-Ray and DVD, and as one of my favorite films of the year at the midpoint of 2014, I wholeheartedly recommend you check it out (but not on an empty stomach). And for those of you who already saw the film and know about the tasty dishes made in the film, especially the Cuban sandwiches that Jon Favreau's character takes on the road with his son and John Leguizamo, there's hope that you might be able to literally get a taste of what they serve in the film. If Favreau has his way, he would love to open a Chef-themed restaurant over in Los Angeles. More below!
Though there have been more than a handful of college classes using Harry Potter as inspiration for university education, the wizarding franchise is on hiatus until the spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them arrives in 2016. Right now Marvel Studios is all the rage, and their movies are crushing the box office, so it only makes sense that the comic book film franchise would be a source of inspiration for a new college course. ScreenCrush has learned of a new class at the University of Baltimore called "Media Genres: Media Marvels" that "will scrutinize the intricately plotted world of Marvel films." More below!
Just after two new posters for Christopher Nolan's space travel drama Interstellar debuted, one more gorgeous one is here, this one with a bit more hope and inspiration in the tagline "Go further." And now, if you just can't wait to see Matthew McConaughey trek across space in November, you can do some space exploration of your own. Along with the new poster, Paramount Pictures unveiled a new game app that allows you to create your own solar system and also travel through other player-created systems in the ship Endurance from the movie. There's even real science applications with how you use gravity and fuel. Look!
Continuing the celebration of the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters, after the re-release of the film in theaters over Labor Day weekend (you can probably still catch it in some theaters), we get a really sweet way to honor the paranormal comedy classic. We've seen limited edition vinyl, a LEGO version of the Ecto-1 and even a traveling art show from Galley 1988 to celebrate the film. Now it's the folks at Krispy Kreme getting in on the fun with official Ghostbusters donuts. The donut makers made the announcement today in conjunction with the recent Blu-Ray release of Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II in one set. Look below!
The first ever MondoCon is right around the corner on September 20th & 21st, and the line-up of artists and goodies that will be there is incredible. Now even more awesome stuff from Mondo has been unveiled. The collectible arthouse (which is now venturing into collectible toys) has also dabbled in special edition releases of film scores on vinyl like Jurassic Park, Gravity, Oblivion & Halloween. Now they've announced three additions to their vinyl selections with the score for Shaun of the Dead available for the first time ever in any format, the lost original score for 2001: A Space Odyssey, and the score for Looper. Look!
Just over three years ago, Nike made the dreams of Back to the Future fans come true by announcing limited edition Nike MAGs, inspired by the futuristic shoes worn by Marty McFly in Back to the Future Part II. However, they were exorbitantly expensive since they were very rare and part of a charity auction to benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation. But the good news is that while we wait for Nike's power laces to become a reality in 2015, you can get ahold of a much cheaper set of official licensed shoes inspired by the time traveling sequel. They're not Nike shoes, but they're likely the best option for us common folk. Look!
This weekend, Marvel's out of this world adventure Guardians of the Galaxy became an even bigger success as it became the first film this year to cross the $300 million mark in both the domestic and foreign box office charts. That's not an easy feat, and not even Captain America: The Winter Soldier or The LEGO Movie reached that milestone. And as a sort of celebration, we thought it would be cool to highlight an awesome fanmade video paying tribute to the Marvel film. For those who don't know, the video game Destiny was released this week (from the creators of Halo) and it's a pretty big deal. And someone already took the time to recreate one of Chris Pratt's opening scenes as Star-Lord within the video game. Watch!
We just recently featured some adorable childrens book inspired artwork that pays tribute to films like Pulp Fiction and Guardians of the Galaxy with artistic cues from the classic Golden Books. Now both those films get the kiddie artwork treatment again, this time from a Los Angeles artist called 100% Soft. The style is very unique, with almost baby-like characters, and this time he's used his trademark style in a new exhibition called Lil MacGuffins, using the plot device term to drive pieces that show characters and the item they're after in the film in question. They're adorable and awesome at the same time. See some below!
It's a rite of passage for any star of entertainment to get a spot on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The sidewalks of Tinseltown are covered with the stars, along with the imprints of their hands and feet. Just yesterday, American comedy icon Mel Brooks (writer and director of Spaceballs, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein and more) was given that very honor, and the master of laughter wasn't going to let this opportunity for what will be a more permanent joke just slip away. The comedy legend, who is actually fairly active on Twitter despite his oage, posted a picture of his imprint after he was done. Notice anything weird?
Toke and Tusk! This might be one of the craziest, coolest, wildest movie promotions I've ever seen. Over the weekend, Kevin Smith's wacky new cult horror comedy Tusk premiered at the Toronto Film Festival (read my review) and is hitting theaters in just a few weeks. As explained by Kevin Smith: "This movie was born in a blaze, and will be released in a blaze," referring to the inception of the film during the recording of one of his SModcast episodes (during which he is usually stoned). A24 Films, releasing the film, has partnered with pot shop Buds & Roses to release two special strains of herb: Mr. Tusk and White Walrus. I can't believe this is an official promotion, but believe it or not, it totally is real and it's awesome. I love it. Can I get a sample?
Before audiences saw Who Framed Roger Rabbit? in 1988, Walt Disney Productions had tried to make the film several years earlier after initially getting the rights to Gary K. Wolf's novel on which the film is based. In fact, animation director Darrell Van Citters actually shot some test footage, but not with Bob Hoskins as Eddie Valiant and Charles Fleischer as the voice of Roger Rabbit. Instead, it was Pee-Wee Herman star Paul Reubens (though he wasn't known as that character yet) voicing the titular rabbit with Peter Renaday and Mike Gabriel as the human detective. Now that footage has surfaced. Watch below!
For those who live in the Los Angeles are or have visited the home of Hollywood, we hope you've been lucky enough to pay a visit to the New Beverly Cinema. The niche revival house has a documentary looking at the unique theater's efforts to keep celluloid alive, showing prints of old movies all the time, traditionally in the form of double features. The programming for the theater has been in the hands of Michael Torgan, son of the theater's founder Sherman Torgan, but now LA Weekly has confirmed that filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, who actually owns the theater, is now taking over as full-time programmer. That's awesome!