Right now Marvel is the king of crossovers with all of their standalone characters popping up in each other's movies and leading up to The Avengers films every few years. But there's another cool crossover happening this fall, though you won't catch it on the big screen. Instead, IDW Publishing has a comic book mash-up of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ghostbusters. That's right, the heroes in a half-shell and New York's best paranormal investigators will meet just like The Jetsons and The Flintstones. The story will be a four-issue arc, and if you're wondering exactly how these two universes come together, just keep reading.
We've featured some cool shorts from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that have gone behind the scenes of the special effects behind Jurassic Park and also showed comedian Patton Oswalt unleashed on their film archives so he could choose a movie to watch at the New Beverly in Los Angeles. The latest Academy Original is a little more informative though, and it's a must-see for anyone who is aspiring to write motion pictures, or anyone who has a great interest in filmmaking in general. Milk and J. Edgar screenwriter Dustin Lance Black explains his process of writing a screenplay, and it's fascinating. Watch!
There's been plenty of instances where sci-fi on film has informed technology in real life. Even though we may not be getting hoverboards in 2015, Back to the Future Part II still has inspired Nike to unveil power laces sometime next year. Now it's Iron Man that has inspired the United States military to build a tactical suit that is inspired by the work of Tony Stark and the high-tech suit that makes him a superhero. The Wall Street Journal (via The Verge) just unveiled a report about government plans for a project called TALOS, a suit that will be weaponized and bulletproof, not to mention increasing strength and perception. Read on!
Any cinephile has plenty of cool movie memorabilia lying around their residence, but some choose to remember their love of film by collecting the ticket stubs of every single movie they've seen in theaters. Personally, I keep my movie tickets in a keepsake treasure chest, and have over 10 years worth of tickets. But now you can show of your love of films and your collection of tickets in a cool way. Reddit user Sunflower_Fortunado received an awesome gift from his mother for his new apartment in the form of three pillows with fabric created using the images of three movie tickets that he personally chose for the project.
This Independence Day weekend, Roger Ebert returns to the movies in the documentary Life Itself, based on the legendary film critic's memoir of the same name. Hoop Dreams director Steve James has painted a wonderful and honest portrait of the man known for putting his thumb up and down towards thousands of movies throughout his decorated career. So we figure there's no better time to look into the past when Ebert first took to TV with his would-be adversary and friend Gene Siskel, all the way back in 1975. Their first show was a mouthful, "Opening Soon at a Theater Near You," and it's full of 70s glory (and jumpy video like it's a bad VCR) with just a hint of the chemistry that makes these two a dynamic duo.
One of the many wonderful elements of Richard Linklater's Boyhood is the selection of music carefully added to many scenes. The songs enhance the experience by adding an instant, quick reminder of the time - usually by playing a song that was released the year the film is set in at the time. There are no title cards, so this is rather helpful. It starts with Coldplay's "Yellow" from 2001/2002, and continues to cover about 12 years of time, ending around Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" (a song which was heard in the Sundance cut but didn't make the final cut, of course). Thanks to our Boyhood-loving friends at The Film Stage, they've put together a Spotify playlist featuring 42 songs used in the film, for your free listening pleasure. See below.
"Do you find me sadistic?" Who can refuse an 8-bit version of Kill Bill? The latest creation from CineFix, masterminds behind many previous 8-bit cinema recreations, have debuted their latest video presenting Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill: Volumes 1 & 2, the complete cut (first released in 2003/2004), as an 8-bit NES-style video game. The game navigates through various fights and encounters across both movies, and shows The Bride kicking ass with her 8-bit sword. From the moment this starts, the thought that comes to mind is always the same - I really wish I could actually be playing this game on my NES. It looks fun. Enjoy!
When almost the entire cast of Star Wars: Episode VII was announced this past spring, a photo from the table read accompanied the announcement, showing director J.J. Abrams sitting with returning cast members Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels and Peter Mayhew, not to mention the new stars including John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Daisy Ridley, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson and Adam Driver. Now the photo has been given a fun makeover with LEGO pieces, and there have been some modifications, such as some of the returning cast members being represented by the LEGO version of their Star Wars character and Andy Serkis holding a tiny Ring of Power. Look below!
Though George Lucas may no longer have a significant voice in the world of producing new Star Wars films with Lucasfilm being run by Kathleen Kennedy and now firmly situated at Disney, that doesn't mean he's just kicking around Skywalker Ranch with nothing to do. In fact, Lucas has been busy putting together plans to create a museum that will house his collection of art and movie memorabilia, and The Chicago Tribune reports he has finally chosen The Windy City, where he lives half-time with his Chicagoan wife, to found The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, beating out potential plots in Los Angeles in San Francisco.
Plenty of genre films have been getting commemorative art produced from Ghostbusters to Fight Club, and even The Shining has its own clothing line now. But Acme Archives thought it was time that The House of Mouse got a little love too. The collectible arthouse has just revealed some new Disney prints that will be on sale starting June 20th, and they'll print as many copies as are ordered. However, much like a Disney fairytale, all of this magical artwork goes away just 10 days later at the stroke of midnight on June 30th. There's some great pieces, included an incredible design for The Little Mermaid by Mark Englert below.
"Isn't he supposed to be the good guy?" The perfect video to make you smile and remind you why going to the movies is such an unforgettable experience. While this was actually first put together last summer, it just ended up online last week, and it's worth watching (again) even if you have already seen it before. Covering everything from The Majestic to Grease to Annie Hall to Cinema Paradiso to Inglourious Basterds to The Blob to Midnight Cowboy to Bonnie & Clyde to True Romance, this "Cinema Within Cinema" video is a super-cut collection of the scenes that take place in movie theaters (or cinemas) in movies. Sit back, relax...
This is awesome! One of my favorite apps/car services, called Uber, has launched a new promotion this month that involves getting a ride in the Optimus Prime truck, to wherever you want. Maybe to smash that bully's house or at least leave some gnarly tire marks on his driveway, and then back home. Pick up some food along the way, fight some Decepticons, hitch another ride on Grimlock the Dinobot. Sounds like a plan. The truck will be in Dallas, Phoenix and Los Angeles on specific days (today, June 16th, it's in Dallas) for a very limited time. The blog even includes a disclaimer about how hard it will be to catch Optimus, but it's worth a shot. As far as we can tell, that semi-truck seen above is the one that will actually pick you up.
It's hard to believe, but next year will mark the 20th anniversary of the childrens' book adaptation Jumanji. And while the film starring Robin Williams, Bonnie Hunt, David Alan Grier and a young Kirsten Dunst isn't exactly a modern classic, it certainly holds a nostalgic place in the hearts of many children of the 90s. Though many of the special effects in the film are laughable now, mostly the terribly crafted computer animated monkeys, they were state-of-the-art at the time, and helped make this jungle adventure fun for the whole family. And now you can commemorate your love of the movie, or the book, by purchasing an incredible handcrafted replica of the board game. It's truly a remarkable piece of woodwork.
Though Fox Searchlight has already release The Grand Budapest Hotel in theaters, the film is poised to hit Blu-Ray & DVD next week on June 17th. Normally these occasions aren't worth writing about, but in order to celebrate the release of the Wes Anderson comedy, the studio commissioned a huge LEGO version of the title hotel. Ryan Ziegelbauer and a team of eight builders put the model together, and as the featurette below indicates, they spent 575 hours building and designing the replica. It's composed of more than 50,000 certified LEGO bricks from collectors and wholesalers from Lithuania, Poland, Latvia, Germany, Italy and 14 different states in the U.S. Now we just wish they would sell this in stores. Watch!