Tomorrow is Halloween, and then we're moving on to Thanksgiving in November. But before the spooky holiday expires, we wanted to highlight some of our favorite movie-themed costumes from 2013. Last year when we did this, Hurricane Sandy had taken its toll on the East Coast, and it was a slow news day, but we figured this should become a new tradition since there are so many creative people out there with amazing costumes. We tried to include less common costumes and original ideas (there are always tons of Jack Skellington and Sally costumes), but a couple were irresistibly adorable despite being very common. Look!
Earlier this month, "The Simpsons" revealed an amazing and ghastly opening title sequence that was created with the help of Guillermo del Toro, featuring tons of references to horror films, television series and books. Now the staple animated show has mixed up their usual opening titles again, this time using J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth as the setting of a long journey for Homer, Marge, Bart, Maggie and Lisa to make it to their signature couch gag. There's plenty of funny references to The Hobbit (including a jab Peter Jackson's serializing of the book) including Moe as Gollum, Mr. Burns as Smaug, and more. Watch!
For those who don't know, Film Independent at LACMA in California holds live script readings of popular films from the past hosted by director Jason Reitman. (Juno, Thank You for Smoking, Young Adult) However, this script readings don't round up the original cast of the film, but rather features completely different, and usually unlikely, actors bringing the roles to life. One such reading utilized Christopher McQuarrie's brilliant script for The Usual Suspects with a stellar cast, however, in a recent Twitter Q&A to hype today's release of the X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer, director Bryan Singer was asked who he would cast in the film if it were made today. And his answers are pretty damn intriguing.
Unless you're a marching band enthusiast, you might not know that the Ohio State Marching Band is known as the "Best Damn Band in the Land," and one of the few all-brass and percussion bands in the country. Now we get a sense as to why that's the case with the video of their halftime show during the Ohio State-Penn State football game this past weekend. The band decided to pay tribute to Hollywood blockbusters like Superman, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter and more with some truly incredible and mesmerizing formations that come to life across the entire football field. Seriously, this is impressive as hell.
Mondo does more than just posters. In addition to making cool art and shirts, Mondo Tees also makes and sells vinyl LP soundtracks for cult classic movies with a great soundtrack. In the past they've made vinyl pressings for The Deadly Spawn, Poltergeist, this year's Maniac remake and most of Studio Ghibli's films. Up next is John Carpenter's Halloween, an already iconic soundtrack that gets the ultimate release with a package that includes two LPs with stunning art by Phantom City Creative. The soundtrack includes all 28 tracks from the original 1978 John Carpenter horror classic. If you're a big Carpenter fan, this is a must buy.
Besides being an action star, Arnold Schwarzenegger is just an incredibly cool and charismatic guy. This writer is proud to say he had the good fortune of meeting the international superstar on the set of The Last Stand a couple years ago, and he couldn't have been more nice. Now Schwarzenegger did something really for for his fans in the form of another AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit. However, since he's already done a regular AMA and even one specifically on fitness, this time he decided to do something different. As a cool way to promote his movie Escape Plan (in theaters now) he had fans post their favorite quotes from his movies, and he reenacted them and posted the video to YouTube for everyone to enjoy. It's just awesome!
"Stay out of Room 237." Gotta love these 8-bit videos. Classic cinema turned into 8-bit video games. If only these were real, and we could play the games. "CineFix presents The Shining retold via old-school 8-bit (and a little 16 bit) game tech. No quarters or controllers required!" In this latest round of updates from CineFix, we're featuring the 8-bit cinema videos for Stanley Kubrick's The Shining (which might be the best one in this batch), Pixar's Finding Nemo and a lackluster music video for Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity. If you're a movie geek and video game nerd all rolled into one, these videos were made just for you. Watch and enjoy.
We've been waiting for them to start selling this! For those that loved Neill Blomkamp's second feature, Elysium, the design house Weta has started selling swag from the movie on their website. Weta did some design work on the various vehicles, weapons and droids seen in the sci-fi movie and has the rights to sell some replica products. For District 9, they sold full-size replicas of the weapons, and it looks like they're doing the same with Elysium. A full-size Chemrail replica has been listed for pre-order on the Weta Shop website, along with the Art Of book and shirt printed to look like Max's exoskeleton suit. More details below.
After making his feature film debut with A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas, director Todd Strauss-Schulson has lined up several future projects including an adaptation of Rascal Raccoon, a horror comedy called Final Girls, and an action comedy Family Getaway. But as he waits to get those projects off the ground, the filmmaker has still been busy. Earlier this year he delivered the David Cronenberg-esque short Valibation (watch it here), and now he's working on a new feature called The Entertain_bot that uses some impressive camera techniques to shoot a dance sequence in a way audiences haven't seen before.
With technological advances happening faster than the businesses that use them can keep up, it takes quite an effort to upgrade and get with the times. In the case of IMAX theaters around the world, they have to be maintained and updated in order to keep the high quality theater experience running smoothly. For those who have ever wondered how a movie theater, especially a giant one like an IMAX theater. Well, one of the IMAX screens in Melbourne, Australia posted a behind-the-scenes featurette showing the hard work that goes into upgrading the theater. It's pretty nerdy and technical, but it's worth checking out. Watch below!
Following yesterday's reveal of the Guillermo del Toro created opening to "The Simpsons" Halloween special, the director has another treat for fans coming to book shelves. Fans have always wanted a peek inside del Toro's notebook containing writing and countless sketches from inside his mind that usually end up being brought to the big screen. Now Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities is on the way, and it's basically an annotated version of several of del Toro's notebooks, and it features additional notes and pictures to go along with material from the notebooks. And there's a sneak peek with a trailer below.
Earlier this week, we highlighted the newest book from J.W. Rinzler going behind the scenes of Return of the Jedi, and every Star Wars fan should make sure to pick it up. Now there's a cool book coming next week for a different kind of cinephile. Wes Anderson has his own quirky little world that he's brought to life on the big screen, and he has plenty of devoted fans out there who love each and every one of his films. Now Pulitzer Prize winning writer Matt Zoller Seitz has put together The Wes Anderson Collection, described as an "in-depth overview of Anderson’s filmography, guiding readers through his life and career."
This weekend marks an annual tradition on TV with "The Simpsons" Halloween special dubbed "Treehouse of Horror," and this time a horror master from the film world got involved in the ghoulishly good time. Guillermo del Toro helped put together an epic opening sequence for the special episode which is full of homages to horror classics from the likes of Alfred Hitchcock and Universal's classic movie monsters to del Toro's own horror creations in films like Pan's Labyrinth and even some Pacific Rim kaiju fighting Jaegers if you look close. And they're all mixed with the characters from "The Simpsons."
"It's the eye of the tiger, it's the thrill of the fight; Risin' up to the challenge of our rival..." We love you Rocky! The latest genius creation of New York-based prank collective Improv Everywhere is the first in a new series they're launching called Movies in Real Life. In this latest video, they recreate Rocky's epic run around Philly in real life, complete with a "mob of 100 kids between the ages of 8 and 15 running with Rocky up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art." Classic. I'm a very big fan of Improv Everywhere and this video is as much fun as their past work, harkening back to the amusing Ghostbusters and Star Wars stunts.