Next week, the beginning of blockbuster summer officially kicks off with Iron Man 3, and then it's a non-stop gauntlet of action, mayhem, chaos, explosions, chases, monsters and Minions until the end of August. This is actually a pretty hefty summer with movies like Star Trek Into Darkness, Fast & Furious 6, Pacific Rim, World War Z, Man of Steel, White House Down, After Earth and many more seeing release. It's hard to keep track and see trailers for all the films, but thankfully, the folks at Movies.com have created the ultimate blockbuster trailer for many of the big summer 2013 releases. Watch!
On Tuesday evening, The Academy hosted a 21st anniversary reunion screening of Wayne's World, the "Saturday Night Live"-inspired comedy movie from 1992, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Paramount provided a new print of the movie, and before the film there was a panel discussion that featured cast members Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, and Rob Lowe along with director Penelope Spheeris and producer Lorne Michaels. Hawk Koch, the current president of the Academy and also the film's executive producer, moderated the panel, and we've recapped some of the best bits from the reunion event. Party on!
Man of Steel - in theaters in 51 days. The hype is through the roof for this latest return of Superman. I was emailed this afternoon by a creative company called Will & Tale out of LA, linking to a YouTube debut of their short Superman Man of Steel opening sequence. It's essentially a "fan-made", at least made as a proof of concept and not something that will be in the movie, credits sequence for the new Zack Snyder take starring Henry Cavill and it's fantastic. He explains that it shows "the life of Clark Kent told through the voices of the world". It was a passion project the team has worked on for the past three months, creating all of the footage in it from scratch. Even the score was composed exclusively for this project. You need to see!
Ever wanted to know even more about time travel? Despite the vast numbers of great science fiction cinema, there are only around 30 movies that directly involve time travel in the plot. Many have been individually analyzed and scrutinized, but designer "Mr. Dalliard" decided to take on the task of organizing all of them together. So he made the "Time travel in movies" flowchart (found via FastCoDesign) which details the different functionality, worlds and time processes used in each film that differentiates them. It's actually an intelligent breakdown of time travel films and the ideas in them, like the Novikov self-consistency principle.
"This is Jack Harper. I'm good to go." In theaters now is Joseph Kosinski's Oblivion, a sci-fi adventure set on a futuristic Earth, starring Tom Cruise, built on a stunning world created by Kosinski and his team. One group helpful in envisioning the future world this takes place in is Munk & Co, run by Bradley Munkowitz, a motion graphics designer who worked with Kosinski on the graphics in the movie. A couple of readers have tweeted us links to this Vimeo posted by Munkowitz showing the behind-the-scenes, or rather full complete versions, of his motion graphics as integrated into the sets and used in the movie. It's mesmerizing to watch.
This finalizes it once and for all - Lionsgate is now a major movie studio and they want to show that off. After acquiring Summit Entertainment last year, Lionsgate established its foothold in Hollywood as the seventh major studio and looks to remain successful with a diverse but stellar slate of films in the works. At their CinemaCon 2013 presentation to wrap up the industry convention (where we saw the Ender's Game trailer, too) they unveiled their brand new animated opening logo that will accompany all of their upcoming releases and it's now available for viewing via YouTube below. I dig it, it feels as if they can rival Universal.
Though we don't really care about the results of the MTV Movie Awards which took place last night, there's usually something cool to take away from the actual ceremony. In addition to the new General Zod TV spot for Man of Steel and the impressive first teaser trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, most of the cast of Pitch Perfect reunited for a live musical mash-up. Rebel Wilson led the charge (since she was host of the show and Anna Kendrick couldn't be there) and was joined by the likes of Skylar Astin, Ben Platt, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow and more of the Treblemakers and Barden Bellas. Watch below!
The subtle, simplistic beauty of life, humanity, this universe and everything in it perfectly captured in one shot. That's the feeling some of these "back to the camera" shots evoke. I admittedly have a soft spot for them. I instantly fell in love with that shot from Ang Lee's Life of Pi of Pi underwater watching the ship sink (which is in this video) and many others have taken my breath away. We're not typically fans of "supercut" montages like this, but I couldn't help it. This one took me away. Something about the music and beauty of these shots, cut together perfectly, reminds me why I love movies - for the way they make me feel about life.
Earth is a memory worth fighting for. It's almost time. In theaters everywhere next weekend is Joseph Kosinski's Oblivion, starring Tom Cruise, his sci-fi follow-up to Tron Legacy. One of the most exciting parts about it is M83's soundtrack, which was released in full earlier this week. To compliment some of the posters and other art for the movie (like this IMAX poster), Mondo commissioned designed Kilian Eng to create art for their vinyl release of the soundtrack and it's beautiful. Modern Vinyl has posted Eng's art with details on the sale of the set in a few weeks. This is almost worth buying for the art alone. Check these out.
By now it's become a bit of a cliche to take an established property and just make it dark and gritty. But as someone who grew up with the now laughable action of the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, this is just too cool. On the year of the 20th anniversary of the series which has had many iterations in the United States, a friend pointed out to me that some passionate fans have been working on a very gritty fan film with some impressive promotional work so far. Right now there's just a trailer with no sign of the Power Rangers in sight, but it does set up a familiar villain. There's also a cool poster, and that's what really caught my eye.
Sadly, unless you're planing on doing some traveling later this month, this is mostly for the residents of Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. AFI has announced the line-up for their annual event AFI's Night at the Movies, featuring a special film screening on April 24th at the Arclight Hollywood on West Sunset Blvd. and an introduction from one of the film's stars. This year, the line-up is out of control featuring big names like Harrison Ford presenting Blade Runner: The Final Cut, Kevin Spacey presenting The Usual Suspects, Peter Fonda presenting Easy Rider and many more. See the full screening list below!
"What you feel when you see a movie like this is more than appreciation – it's gratitude." This quote, from the late Roger Ebert's review, received much applause when read aloud at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills on Thursday, during a 25th anniversary celebration of Robert Zemeckis' classic film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. A newly restored digital print was screened, then Wreck-It Ralph director Rich Moore moderated a panel featuring many of the cast and crew who worked on the movie: actors, associate producers, animation supervisors, screenwriters, and—of course—Robert Zemeckis himself.
"Breathe in the light and say goodbye." Well, this is the moment some of you have been waiting for. Back Lot Records has released a streaming version of M83's new soundtrack for Oblivion, including all 17 tracks (on the regular release) available to listen to in full right now. We originally featured the first "StarWaves" track, and felt it was worthwhile to mention this full release. Though I don't know how to feel about these early streaming releases, because at this point I'd rather wait to hear the rest of the score in the movie first, then listen to the rest of the soundtrack. But that's just me. If you're anxious to start listening to these songs right away without the visuals, this is your opportunity. From what I've listened to, everything sounds amazing.
Happy April Fools Day from Pixar! This is awesome. We already featured one fantastically brilliant April Fools joke-turned-promo today (this Pineapple Express 2 teaser) but here's another one that earns a top spot. Pixar's Monsters University viral website, designed to be a fully operational university website, has been defaced today by the rival school "Fear Tech". Similar to the way the Joker suddenly defaced all The Dark Knight viral websites back in 2008, the site has spray paint all over and the color theme was changed to orange. It's a hilarious April Fools rivalry joke that works brilliantly in the context of this MU viral site.