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Marvel Gave Robert Downey Jr. the 'A' from Stark Tower in 'Avengers'

The Avengers

Many lead stars of the big screen have taken mementos from the sets of various films they've worked on. It's a nice token to remember that specific time in your life. Sometimes they steal them, other times they pay for them, but sometimes the production company just decides to give them to the stars. However, we're betting that no one has a movie memento as cool as what Robert Downey Jr. received from the set of The Avengers, courtesy of Marvel. You might remember a certain "A" from the sign on the side of Stark Tower, mostly because it was the only letter leftover after the action in Manhattan. Well, Downey now owns that.

 Posted October 20 in Cool Stuff, Hype, Marvel | Comments

Mondo Unveils 'Gremlins' & 'Fargo' Knit Sweaters in Time for Winter

Mondo

Now that fall is upon us, it's starting to get a little chilly out (at least if you live somewhere with all four seasons), and that means it's time for warmer clothes. Thankfully, if you're a cinephile who just always has to represent what you love with what you wear, then the folks at Mondo have you covered. After unveiling their 237 Collection inspired by The Shining, the collectible arthouse has now released two knit sweaters that will be perfect for fans of the cult classic holiday film Gremlins from director Joe Dante and producer Steven Spielberg and Joel & Ethan Coen's Fargo (though it's more of a tribute to the TV series). Look now!

 Posted October 17 in Cool Stuff, Feat | Comments

Coolest Movie Swag Ever? Fox Searchlight's 'Birdman' Action Figure

Birdman Action Figure Swag

Birdman 4?! I honestly try not to use hyperbole in headlines (anymore), but this time I just couldn't help it. It's Birdman! And this little piece of movie swag is actually quite awesome. It's unquestionably one-of-a-kind and I'm so glad to see Fox Searchlight make something so special for the release of this film. I am one of the lucky few who has received an action figure maquette of Birdman, from the new film by Alejandro González Iñárritu titled Birdman, now playing in select theaters. Michael Keaton plays Birdman, and the film is about how his ego is manifested in the form of this superhero character who follows him around. I love the film and this swag is a great way to get press, and fans, more excited for its opening. Photos below.

 Posted October 17 in Cool Stuff, Feat, Hype, Photos | Comments

See Some Fantastic Art from Hero Complex Gallery's 'Imagined Worlds'

Imagined Worlds - E.T.

"I'll believe in you all my life, everyday." Take a look at these beauties, wow. Pop art group Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles is about to host a show called Imagined Worlds and it will feature art inspired by various Spielberg and Carpenter and Cameron and Jackson and Nolan worlds/movies. After taking a look at the set of preview of images via SlashFilm, I just couldn't help but share these, there's so many that are wonderful and will fill you with nostalgic joy as soon as you see them. And that's what I love about great pop art like this, how much it's a creation out of passion, something that connects with many of us. Anyway, onto the art - I dig the True Lies one, that Joker art is die to for, and that War of the World is perfect, too.

 Posted October 16 in Artwork, Cool Stuff, Movie News, Posters | Comments

See Famous Scenes from 'Titanic' & More Get the LEGO Treatment

LEGO Titanic

Following the success of The LEGO Movie earlier this year, it's no surprise that more people have become smitten by the building block toy all over again. And Warner Bros. Pictures is going to keep bringing the LEGO fun coming with a Ninjago spin-off coming in 2016, a LEGO Batman spin-off in 2017 and The LEGO Movie 2 arriving in 2018 (as we reported yesterday). But today, we're bringing you some classic movies getting the LEGO treatment. Teenage stop-motion animator and LEGO fan Morgan Spence has recreated scenes from films like has recreated scenes from films like Singin' in the Rain with LEGO pieces. Watch!

 Posted October 16 in Cool Stuff, To Watch | Comments

'Guardians of the Galaxy' Dancing Groot Coming in Time for Christmas

Guardians of the Galaxy

Ever since Guardians of the Galaxy hit theaters, fans have been demanding that there be some kind of toy made available for purchase that allows them to bring the adorable dancing, baby, potted Groot home with them. Funko was the first to respond with a Pop! Vinyl version of the growing tree hero, and while it's a cute little guy, it still doesn't dance. But thankfully, Mashable has learned that Marvel has teamed up with KIDdesigns to have a real dancing Groot toy on shelves this December, just in time for Christmas. Groot will dance and wiggle to the tune of Jackson 5's song "I Want You Back." See the dancing Groot in action below!

 Posted October 13 in Cool Stuff, Marvel | Comments

Collectible 'Ghostbusters' Stay Puft Vinyl Smells Like Marshmallows

Ghostbusters - Stay Puft

"I couldn't help it. It just popped in there." There's already been a collectible glow-in-the-dark vinyl record released commemorating the 30th anniversary of the classic comedy Ghostbusters for the film's 30th anniversary, but we're not done with the vinyl fun yet. The official Ghostbusters online store (via The Verge) is currently selling The Stay Puft Super Deluxe Edition Vinyl, a limited edition collectible package crafted in the same vein as the marshmallow villain Gozer calls upon to destroy New York City. The vinyl includes the hit single “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr. and the “Ghostbusters” rap by Run-DMC from Ghostbusters II, supposedly a fan-favorite. But there's other goodies in the package as well. Look below!

 Posted October 13 in Cool Stuff | Comments

Take a Tour of Endurance in the 'Interstellar' Oculus Rift Experience

Interstellar Oculus Rift

With the launch of Interstellar in just one month, Paramount has kicked off their final marketing push for Christopher Nolan's epic sci-fi adventure. One of their key promotions includes an Interstellar Oculus Rift Experience, using the popular virtual reality headsets to provide an immersive experience. What does it show? I stopped by the promotion at the AMC Lincoln Square in New York City to check it out. Viewers are given a three-to-four minute tour of the spaceship Endurance, featured prominently already in trailers, which shifts into Zero G before jumping into the wormhole. As a fun, immersive promotion it's very cool - and really does provide a totally unique experience. It tricks your mind when the artificial gravity drops out.

 Posted October 6 in Cool Stuff, Hype, SciFi | Comments

Mondo Announces a Special 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Vinyl Release

Guardians of the Galaxy

For those of you itching to see Guardians of the Galaxy again, and aren't too keen on spending the money to hit the movie theater again, Marvel just announced the film will hit Blu-Ray and DVD on December 9th (and Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on November 18th). But there's more goodies coming for fans of the ragtag team of cosmic heroes as Mondo has announced a special edition vinyl release of the soundtrack, featuring all of the classic pop rock hits from Awesome Mix Vol. 1, and a couple from Awesome Mix Vol. 2 too. And it comes with awesome artwork from Tyler Stout. Look!

 Posted October 3 in Cool Stuff, Marvel | Comments

Watch: Learn About the Origin & Design of Ecto-1 from 'Ghostbusters'

Ecto-1

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.

 Posted September 29 in Cool Stuff, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Ingenious Interconnected Pixar Theory Explained in Video

The Pixar Theory

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!

 Posted September 29 in Animation, Cool Stuff, Pixar, To Watch | Comments

Jon Favreau Wants to Open 'Chef' Themed Restaurant in Los Angeles

Chef

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!

 Posted September 29 in Cool Stuff, Hype | Comments

University of Baltimore Has a Class Focusing on the Movies of Marvel

The Avengers: Age of Ultron

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!

 Posted September 24 in Cool Stuff, Marvel | Comments

'Interstellar' Gets New Poster + Solar System Creation & Travel Game

Interstellar

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!

 Posted September 18 in Cool Stuff, Hype, Posters, SciFi | Comments

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