"Can one man make a difference?" No, no, not that Ben Affleck. Well yea, that Affleck, but—the filmmaker. Mondo revealed a new series they've commissioned to highlight the movies of Ben Affleck - the Director. In 2007, Affleck made his feature directing debut with Gone Baby Gone, a riveting kidnapping thriller that is still my personal favorite Affleck-directed movie. He followed that up with the Boston crime thriller The Town in 2010, then won Best Picture with the based-on-a-true-story 70s thriller Argo in 2012. Mondo made print for each one and they're stunning, honestly, The Town especially, the glow of the lights - perfect.
"And I shall call you Sting!" We're less than two weeks from the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which means Tolkien mania is kicking back in. While you can purchase prop replicas of the various weapons from shops like United Cutlery and Weta, swordsmith Tony Swatton of the YouTube series "Men At Arms" tackles making a full replica of Bilbo's sword Sting from scratch. While this isn't exactly showing us what it was like when the elves forged the dagger, it is a badass video showing us what it's like to make one of these for real nowadays. Yea, I'd like my own real-life Sting to fend off (Mirkwood) Spiders, too.
Continuing the hype for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, we already know that Will Ferrell is guest hosting SportsCenter on ESPN on Thursday, December 5th (same day the first trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 arrives) as Ron Burgundy. Now we have a tease of Burgundy's appearance on the program, complete with an interview with Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. But that's not all. For all you scotch lovers, Riviera Imports is releasing Ron Burgundy Blended Scotch Whisky (Great Odin's Raven Special Reserve) sometime this month. Check out the interview and details on the new scotch below.
After kicking off a retrospective look at the year of 2012 on the big screen, The Sleepy Skunk is back with The 2013 Movie Trailer Mash-Up, a chronicle of this past year in film. Masterfully edited with some bad ass music, all of the movies seamlessly blend into the other in action, style and more. And while the first half is fast-paced, complete with shots of Iron Man 3, Pacific Rim, The Great Gatsby and more, the second half slows things down with mesmerizing shots from Man of Steel and characters from The Book Thief, Blue is the Warmest Color, The Spectacular Now and others. It's a great look back at 2013.
He's here! Smaug the Dragon will be landing at LAX. Air New Zealand is hosting a press event at LAX on Monday where their brand new plane, called "Smaug" after the dragon from The Hobbit, will be shown off. This is all part a big promotion for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second movie in the trilogy hitting theaters in two weeks. The movie was filmed and made in New Zealand and the country usually goes nuts with promotion during the premiere. This is actually our first real, good look at Smaug in full, as he has yet to be revealed in footage/trailers. Yes, I would really like to fly on this airplane, besides I want to visit New Zealand anyway. Check out photos of the Hobbit-themed Boeing 777-300 below.
Don't worry, there's not a sequel to the movie Fight Club just yet, but author Chuck Palahniuk is working on a sequel to his book that inspired the film, except this time it's in the form of a graphic novel. We heard about this sequel over the summer, and now Pahalhniuk has unveiled some more details on the story while speaking to Hustler (which just seems appropriate, via JoBlo). As for the story, we already know it will pick up ten years after what seemed like the end for Tyler Durden. And while Palahniuk knows his original story was thematically about the failure of fathers, and the sequel will veer and evolve from that too.
Happy Black Friday! If this dark day can indeed be considered "happy" (if you make it out alive). Try not to drain you bank account this week, if possible. To add some additional strain on your wallet, Mondo has announced their Black Friday sale. As usual they have a treasure trove of beautiful artwork they're selling off on Friday, including some fantastic new prints for Zack Snyder's Watchmen, Ben Wheatley's Sightseers and David Cronenberg's classic horror The Fly. There are a few more leftover prints they have and they're also selling their newest Mondo Book Volume IV. Photos of the fresh artwork and info on the sale below.
The next few days aren't going to have much in the vein of movie news since people will be stuffing themselves with turkey and fighting each other on Black Friday. But we figured we'd give you a little piece of cinema history to gorge yourself on over the long weekend. Raiders of the Lost Ark hit theaters in 1981, and around that time, PBS put together an hour-long making-of documentary that takes an awesome look behind the scenes of the film that revived the action adventure. It's cool to see a young Steven Spielberg working for certain performances and a dry Harrison Ford vaguely lamenting some of the stunts. Watch!
For those who don't know, President Barack Obama paid a visit to DreamWorks Animation studios yesterday, delivering a speech to 2,000 employees and visitors about the entertainment industry being "one of the bright spots of our economy." Without a political statement from this writer, it's a publicity ass-kissing tour that all presidents make to various companies throughout their term. But still, the tour did result in some cool footage of the president checking out DWA's motion-capture stage, showcasing some footage from How to Train Your Dragon 2 with director Dean DuBois present. In addition, the president also ran into Steve Martin and Jim Parsons working on the upcoming animated film Home.
No, that's not Freddy Krueger in photo (nor is it a burned version of Burgermeister Meisterburger from "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town"), but there's a charming, cool story about how a star from the original A Nightmare on Elm Street came to have a role in Star Trek Into Darkness. If you go to the IMDb profile of Heather Langenkamp, the lead from the classic Wes Craven horror film, you'll see that she has a credit as a character named Moto in the J.J. Abrams directed sequel. But if you don't remember who the hell that character is (pictured above), you're not alone. That's why StarTrek.com (via Movies.com) looked into it and came out with a touching tale of how Langenkamp in the alien creation came to be. Read on!
In this day and age of e-mail, text messaging and Snapchatting, it's amazing that the United States Postal Service is still in business (though they struggle more every year). But at the end of the day, unless we get a teleporter, people still have packages to send, and I guess greeting cards are still nice. So the USPS still likes to dabble in cool collector's edition stamps, and this time they're bringing The Boy Who Lived to your mailbox. Beginning on November 19th, there will be a new 20-stamp set commemorating the world of Harry Potter, specifically utilizing images from Warner Bros. multi-billion dollar film franchise. Read on!
Over the past few weeks, Star Wars fans have been treated to little snippets of rarely seen footage from Return of the Jedi. A laserdisc release of the film featured 30 minutes of raw footage which included outtakes, different angles, and even some unseen, unused dialogue. Now Charlie Owen (via The Playlist) has finally posted the entire piece of footage that is uncut, with off-camera audio and multiple angles of Scene 50 between Luke Skywalker and Yoda on Dagobah. The quality isn't that great, but you still get the idea of what's going on here. And there's an intriguing bit of dialogue that could have changed the film entirely.
The new film, Inside Llewyn Davis, from Joel & Ethan Coen arrives next month, and while the direction from the siblings and their incredible cast featuring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, Adam Driver and more will certainly make it a stellar experience, the film's soundtrack is like a character unto itself. Iconic musician T Bone Burnett has worked with the Coen Brothers for years, including producing the incredble soundtrack for O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and now his entire soundtrack for the film is available to stream right now. Listen below!
Last year, Guy Ritchie directed a commercial for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 featuring Robert Downey Jr. with video game players taking the places of soldiers in a massive battlefield. This time, the same concept is applied for the forthcoming release of Call of Duty: Ghosts, but The Wolverine director James Mangold is behind the camera, following a group of four friends as they make their way through various settings rife with gunfire and explosions. Then Megan Fox pops up because this Call of Duty game is the first to offer players a chance to be a female soldier in mutliplayer mode (took them long enough). Watch!