Isn't this just adorable? I love a good movie-themed marriage or prom proposal. One of our regular readers, Mike Eisenberg, a creative director at up-and-coming film company Tall Tale Productions, just proposed to his fiance Kailey, a lead producer at the same company. The way he proposed was by taking her to their local cinema and having them print up a special ticket on their own ticket stock that said "Will You Marry Me?" as the title and info instead of an actual movie title. Aww. He posted a few photos online and I asked his permission to repost them, as a bit of charming cinematic romance leading into this holiday weekend.
Though many Star Wars fans probably are aware, maybe there are some out there who don't know that this year marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Return of the Jedi, the conclusion of the original Star Wars trilogy. It seems fitting to celebrate the film when a continuation of the space saga is coming with Star Wars: Episode VII, directed by J.J. Abrams. And so Entertainment Weekly commissioned Fanboys director Kyle Newman to gather up some talking heads of fellow Star Wars fans like Kevin Smith, Chris Hardwick, Topher Grace and many more to talk about their feelings about the film on this anniversary.
Disney and Pixar Animation's summer sequel Monsters University isn't too far away, and following that cute little Mother's Day wish last weekend, the film is now getting some hype courtesy of the trendy online t-shirt company Threadless. They've teamed with Disney and Pixar to sell some custom shirts inspired by Monsters University and Monsters Inc. The cool thing about these shirts is the designs on sale were chosen from 487 submitted designs from artists around the world. Some truly amazing artwork is on these shirts, to the point that I would almost want some of these images up on my wall instead of my shirt. Look!
Are we living in the future or what? Last year there was a big discussion about the development, planning and installation of a massive RoboCop statue of the cinema hero that would be placed in Detroit, the city where the original film takes place. Somehow they got approval and development continued. I can't wait to see this thing installed. Until then, The Verge has found a Kickstarter for the completion of the statue and it features photos of the 10 foot tall prototype they've built (that will eventually be bronzed). This thing looks awesome already. And I can't believe it really exists. May I get two of these to adorn my front porch, please?
Things fall down. People look up. And when it rains, it pours. My initial reaction to receiving an email with the subject "Mondo Announces Latest Poster Series Featuring Films of P.T. Anderson" was "holy shit!" After taking a look at the artwork, curated by Aaron Horkey for five of Paul Thomas Anderson's feature films (except for The Master), I'm not as excited as I first was unfortunately. The best ones are for Magnolia, which many still call his best film, and Hard Eight. And honestly the There Will Be Blood art ain't that great at all. But that's Horkey's style, if you're into it. Check out all five of the brand new Mondo PTA prints.
"They'll always be your biggest fan." It's Mother's Day this weekend in the US, and of course Disney/Pixar is celebrating it with a fun promo video for their animated summer movie - Monsters University. The video features a few clips of the amusing monster mother character, Ms. Squibbles, who is Squishy's mom from the fraternity that Mike and Sully join. We've seen Disney make plenty of these kind of promos for all sorts of different holidays, but this is a fitting one from Pixar since Ms. Squibbles is an important part of the cast and story in Monsters University. Check it out below. To all the mom's out there - Happy Mother's Day!
Briefly: A month ago we covered a fun story tweeted by British director Edgar Wright about a tease that he "directed one shot in another summer movie. But which?" At first many thought it was Iron Man 3, but he quickly confirmed it wasn't. So, with the Simon Pegg connection obvious, the next guess was Star Trek Into Darkness. Edgar finally revealed early today via a photo on his twitter that it was indeed Star Trek. "There are 2120 shots in 'Star Trek Into Darkness'. I directed one of them," he wrote. The photo shows him behind a clapboard on what looks to be the Klingon set from the movie next to an IMAX camera. See below.
One of my most anticipated films playing at the Cannes Film Festival coming up this month is Nicolas Winding Refn's latest, Only God Forgives, once again starring Ryan Gosling. It already reminds me of 2011, where I caught the world premiere of Drive in Cannes (my review), also starring Gosling directed by Refn. This time the two head to Thailand for a bloody revenge film about a kickboxer and a gangster named Chang. With the festival only a week away, marketing material has started to arrive, and The Playlist found the full director's statement and some new photos in the press notes for the film. It's worth a read because Refn admits comparisons between Only God Forgives and his past films and discusses the original concept.
Raise your hand if you've wondered where Rick Moranis was sometime in the past 15 years. There should be a lot of hands up. The star of hit films like Ghostbusters and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids disappeared from the big screen in 1997, following the loss of his wife to liver cancer in 1991. Moranis realized that the life of an actor, always traveling, wasn't going to make raising his kids as a single father very easy, so he made the choice to be a responsible father first and essentially retired from acting altogether. However, it sounds like Moranis might be poised for a big return to the spotlight with a brand new album coming soon.
Ohh, I'm sure Art of the Title is going to flip over this. Today's Google Doodle (for May 8th, 2013) on the Google homepage marks the 93rd birthday of the beloved Oscar winning graphic artist/title designer Saul Bass. Bass passed away in 1996, but would've been 93 today. The Doodle features an 80-second video with the Google logo recreated as various famous Bass' title designs, covering classics like Man with the Golden Arm, Anatomy of a Murder, Spartacus, Vertigo and North by Northwest. It's a smartly crafted, beautifully executed tribute to one of the greatest designers in cinema. Just visit Google.com or watch the video below.
The more you think you see, the easier it'll be to fool you. Are you ready to participate in the Diamond Heist Challenge in promotion of Louis Leterrier's Now You See Me? We've got an exclusive card below. In this magical challenge, all thirteen diamond playing cards – from the Ace through the King – have been hidden in various places online, from various websites to social media platforms, even in the NY Times crossword puzzle from Friday, May 3 (your first hint!). The "hidden" playing card clues will unlock exclusive video through an app called Blippar (yea, I know, more promotion) but it's for a cool movie. We get to debut this new photo with Michael Caine seen below - which may contain the diamond clue you're looking for.
A secret film club?! That's our idea! For years, a good friend and I have thrown around the idea of hosting surprise screenings for fun. The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) & Filmmaker magazine partnered with the reRun Theater in Brooklyn (Google Maps) and are launching this idea in what they've dubbed the "Secret Film Club". I want in already. For five days at the reRun, they're hosting free screenings that will be a complete secret. "The films screening – which will not be revealed publicly – will be a mix of acclaimed festival favorites with forthcoming theatrical releases and underappreciated recent independent titles."
From Scarface to Return of the Jedi to WarGames. The summer of 1983 was a good one. Maybe not the best ever summer of movies, but a fun one for sure. Last year the Alamo Drafthouse hosted a series of events as part of the epic Summer of 1982. They're back again for "the sequel to the greatest summer of movies... ever" with the Summer of 1983, from thirty years ago. They've organized another summer-long series of screenings kicking off with Return of the Jedi's 30th anniversary May 25th, and more from Trading Places, Risky Business to National Lampoon's Vacation. This will be a great summer if you live by a Drafthouse.
All across the Internet there's plenty of lists chronicling the best films from every decade, genre, director, actor, etc. Basically, you can search for the best movies with cameos from Rip Taylor and you'll probably find a list somewhere (Wayne's World 2 would be at the top). But some people like to get creative, and that's what David Honnorat did with The Best Movies of All-Time Map, a subway map presentation of the best movies in the history of cinema, with the tracks representing various genres from sci-fi to comedy, and even more specific categories like dramas about tolerance or masterpieces about show business. It's huge!