Read Very Specific Projection Instructions for 'Grand Budapest Hotel'

The Grand Budapest Hotel

This weekend, The Grand Budapest Hotel expands into some more theaters after a record-breaking limited release on just four screens last weekend. And with that wider release, someone at Reddit (via Collider) has gotten ahold of the very specific projection instructions that Wes Anderson had Fox Searchlight send to all the theaters playing the film. The main reason for this is to avoid confusion because of the three different aspect ratios (1.33, 1.85, and 2.35:1) used throughout the film to keep the timelines clear. So it's smart to include this information so viewers don't get a screening with the image cut off. Look!

 Posted March 14 in Cool Stuff, Movie News | Comments

Watch: How to Make the Delicious Pastry from 'Grand Budapest Hotel'

The Grand Budapest Hotel

There's plenty of things from movies that unfortunately we can't really have. The hoverboard from Back to the Future Part II, the lightsaber from the Star Wars saga, or any of the spaceships, weapons and devices from countless sci-fi films just aren't a reality (yet). However, if you want to have a certain delicious pastry from Wes Anderson's latest film The Grand Budapest Hotel, you just need to follow the instructions in this fun little video. The treat in question is a Courtesan au Chocolat, a favorite of Ralph Fiennes character in the film, and this video from Anderson himself shows how you can make them yourself. Watch!

 Posted March 13 in Cool Stuff, To Watch | Comments

Buy This: Mondo Selling Oscar Winning 'Gravity' Soundtrack on Vinyl

Gravity Soundtrack Vinyl

Whether or not you're a big fan of the Oscar winning score to Gravity by composer Steven Price, you can't deny that this vinyl is pretty damn cool. Mondo, known for their amazing posters, also does pressings of soundtrack vinyls, and we've featured a few in the past (Oblivion, Halloween). They've just announced that they're releasing Price's Gravity score on a 2XLP pressed on 180 gram vinyl. Ohhh boy this is going to sound amazing, but it could be just as good to pop in the Blu-ray with DTS. Anyway, artwork for the release has debuted on a new website announced via twitter. Check it out in full below with info on how to buy this.

 Posted March 12 in Cool Stuff, Feat, SciFi | Comments

Watch: Animatic Pitch for Awesome Sci-Fi Mech Project 'Chrononaut'

Chrononaut Pitch Video

You are your own worst enemy. We often feature short films and other unique indie/do-it-yourself projects that are often the very beginning of a successful filmmaker's career. The latest project worth featuring is a sci-fi movie called Chrononaut, which is a feature project about a father and his daughter, involving time travel and giant robot mech suits and all kinds of crazy stuff. This video is short animatic (meaning none of the footage is actually animated) pitch to show any interested parties how cool this will look. I love the voiceover, there are a few cool shots, overall it's a strong pitch for a project I hope we one day do get to see.

 Posted March 10 in Cool Stuff, SciFi, To Watch | Comments

See More Fantastic Art for Disney Movies from Mondo's Latest Show

Disney Mondo Show

The Jungle is Jumpin'! Earlier in the week we posted a batch of artwork from Mondo's spectacular Disney show currently open at their gallery during the ongoing SXSW Film Festival down in Austin, TX. Thanks to art lovers at SlashFilm we now have a look at even more art that debuted at the show, which had a huge line to get in, and if you're a Disney fan, or had a childhood (that means everyone) you have to see these. The show is called Nothing's Impossible - info. There's some art for Pixar's Ratatouille and Finding Nemo, as well as classics like Disney's The Jungle Book, Little Mermaid, The Black Cauldron, and Snow White, plus The Skeleton Dance. Many of these pieces exceed expectations, so take a quick look below.

 Posted March 7 in Animation, Artwork, Cool Stuff | Comments

Take a Look Inside Darren Aronofsky's Stunning NYC Noah Art Show

Noah Art Show NYC

"The Noah story belongs to all of us - every religion, every culture, every citizen of planet Earth. Now it is your turn: the story is yours to envision." At a gallery in SoHo on a cold March night in New York, Darren Aronofsky debuted a grand collection of art created by his friends and colleagues inspired by the Book of Genesis and the Story of Noah. This event celebrated the opening of the "Noah Art Show", organized in promotion for Aronofsky's latest movie, Noah, in theaters at the end of this month. The show is officially titled "Fountains of the Deep: Visions of Noah and the Flood" and we've previewed it already, but with the opening tonight we were invited to take a look inside this spectacular gallery of stunning, one-of-a-kind art.

 Posted March 6 in Artwork, Cool Stuff, Feat, Photos | Comments

NYC's Museum of the Moving Image Hosting a 'Hotels on Film' Series

Hotels on Film

They come in all shapes and sizes, all over the world, hidden in cities and on mountains, next to rivers and airports. Hotels have been in movies forever, not only as a place to stay when needed, but occasionally as a character itself that influences and alters the story. In honor of the upcoming release of Grand Budapest Hotel, the latest film from Wes Anderson, the Museum of the Moving Image (aka MoMI) in Queens, New York is hosting a "Hotels on Film" screening series this weekend. My first thought when I heard about this series - I have to find out what they're showing! Which films? And have I seen all of them already? Read on.

 Posted March 5 in Cool Stuff, Discuss, Events, Feat | Comments

Watch: Christopher Lloyd Gives Tony Hawk the First Real Hoverboard

HUVr Tech

It's almost 2015, which means science needs to move fast if we're going to get hoverboards by the time Back to the Future Part II said we were going to have them. However, a comedy called HUVr Tech claims to have discovered the key to anti-gravity. And while that would normally be something so important in the world of science that all news outlets would be reporting it around the world, the first we're hearing of this advancement comes from a commercial promoting the first real hoverboard, and Christopher Lloyd was on hand to present Tony Hawk with one of the first. We can't believe we're seeing this in our lifetime.

 Posted March 4 in Cool Stuff, To Watch | Comments

This is Cool: Hack the Computer System That Controls Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park Nedry

"You think that kind of automation is easy? Or cheap? You know anybody who can network 8 connection machines and debug 2 million lines of code for what I bid for this job? Because if he can I'd like to see him try." Challenge accepted. A programmer has put together a working replica of the operating system seen in Spielberg's sci-fi classic Jurassic Park, originally from 1993. The OS is basically an HTML/javascript mod of the old IRIX operating system complete with command line that, if you put in the right set of cues, will go into Nedry's crazy lock down mode. "You didn't say the magic word!" This is very cool and fun to mess with.

 Posted March 3 in Cool Stuff, SciFi | Comments

Here's the Wonderful Storytellers Ad by Google That Makes Us Smile

Google Storytellers Ad

"That's what's so special about stories - they're not predictable." During the Oscars show on ABC, Google aired a commercial they call "We're All Storytellers", a wonderful 60-second spot build mainly around a part of the speech Pixar filmmaker Andrew Stanton (who won Oscars for Wall-E and Finding Nemo) gave in a TED Talk in 2012. I will fully admit that the TV spot made me tear up, just because it's so beautifully put together, and I don't care that it's a bit cheesy or a bit prophetic, I love it, and I admire what it's saying. Google knows how to make stellar ads built around stories, and here they show they know the dynamics of great storytelling. A perfect ad for the Oscars, and worth a highlight of its own. See the full Google ad below.

 Posted March 2 in Cool Stuff, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Sweded Remake of 'Hook' Sword Fight Featuring the Real Rufio


We've seen plenty of cool sweded versions of trailers for big budget blockbusters like Iron Man 3, Pacific Rim and The Avengers, but now CineFix has decided to swede a scene from a beloved 90s film. Hook is a staple in the childhood of many kids born in the late 80s and early 90s, and you'll often find that a group of twentysomethings will have no problem yelling "Rufio!" when prompted. And now Rufio is back, literally, because this sweded version of the big fight scene in the third act of Hook features Dante Basco reprising his role, and it looks like he had fun. Someone should help them do the whole movie like this. Watch below!

 Posted February 27 in Cool Stuff, Humor, To Watch | Comments

Check This Out: Icon Infographic of 85 Best Picture Oscar Winners

Oscar Best Picture Icons

It's the annual cinephile challenge - trying to impress your friends by recalling all 85 of the Best Picture Oscar winners of past right as we get close to this year's Academy Awards. Can you do it? To help you on your quest, a new infographic has surfaced for 2014 profiling all 85 of the previous Best Picture winners as circular icons. It presents a particularly sleek look at each of the winners, making us think a bit differently about some of them. Perhaps some are the best way to identify the film. Whatever the case, it's a good way to get us in the Oscar mood as we near the big ceremony this weekend. There's even a look at 2013's noms.

 Posted February 26 in Awards, Cool Stuff | Comments

View the First Few Pieces of Artwork for Aronofsky's 'Noah' Exhibition

Aronofsky's Noah Exhibition

Time to get a look at the first two pieces of art that are part of the upcoming exhibition in honor of Darren Aronofsky's new movie Noah, starring Russell Crowe. Earlier last week we posted news that Aronofsky is organizing an art show in honor of Noah in New York City called "Fountains of the Deep: Visions of Noah and the Flood." The exhibition will include work from 50 internationally-recognized artists, from celebrated contemporary artists to comic book legends and many others. Darren has posted the first two pieces, one by Carmen Arvizu, the other by James Jean, as our early teases and they're worth checking out.

 Posted February 23 in Artwork, Cool Stuff, Feat, Hype | Comments

Topher Grace Showed a New 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' Cut

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Some readers might remember back in March of 2012, our own Alex Billington was lucky enough to attend a fun little event hosted by Topher Grace where he screened something called Star Wars: The Editor Strikes Back. Grace was anxious to learn the tricks of being an editor, and as some fun practice, edited together all three of the Star Wars prequels into one, short 85-minute movie, focusing mostly on Anakin's path to the Dark Side. Now he's done it again with a film from George Lucas' good pal and collaborator Steven Spielberg, sci-fi classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind. And there's a trailer to watch!

 Posted February 21 in Cool Stuff, Movie News | Comments



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