Hypnotic. Mesmerizing. Exhilarating. Electrifying. Transfixing. Yes. All of the above (and much more). Harmony Korine's controversial love-it-hate-it film Spring Breakers is playing in theaters nationwide. To mark the occasion, A24 has released another poster. We've been featuring a lot of great posters for this wacky, wonderful film starring James Franco as "Alien", a rapper who takes four little chickies under his wing during spring break in Florida. But this one has to be the best poster they've released yet, capturing the intimate sunset moment from the film where they all sing Britney Spear's "Everytime" together. Perfection.
"Life moves pretty fast... if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." Ah yes, mess with the internet, and they'll mess with you in return. Earlier this week, James Mangold was the first to tweet a "tweaser" for his movie The Wolverine, a 6-second preview (see it here) made in the Vine app. Hollywood marketers are head-over-heels right now for Vine, an app Twitter bought that allows anyone to make 6-second videos on endless loops. In response to the rather goofy promotion, Glass Eye Inc. (via The Verge) got in touch with UK trailer maker TOKYO and challenged them to cut together other old trailers into 6-second Vines. However, "early indications are that cutting tweasers is like crack for trailer-makers."
Schwing! While rumors of a Wayne's World 3 were grossly exaggerated last fall, Mike Myers and Dana Carvey will be having a totally amazing, excellent Wayne's World reunion with director Penelope Spheeris and "Saturday Night Live" mastermind and the film's producer, Lorne Michaels, for a panel discussion from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. THR reports Academy president, Hawk Koch, who just happens to be an executive producer of the film, will introduce the event which taking place on Tuesday, April 23rd at the Samuel Golden Theater in Beverly Hills. And the good news is you can go!
Tony Stark is headed into space! Maybe? Get a good look at one of the new sets of armor from Marvel's Iron Man 3, being directed by Shane Black. Ever since the latest trailer where Stark's armory comes flying in as reinforcements, we've known there would be a shitload of Iron Man suits featured in this. He has gone well beyond just the Mark IV armor and well into the 50s/60s. Rumors are there are almost 50 different unique suits of armor in Iron Man 3, and to start teasing a few of them, Marvel has been revealing images in a "Hall of Armor" Facebook gallery. This week they revealed the Sub-Orbital "Gemini" armor - seen below.
We've previously highlighted the occasional spectacle that is a film's credit sequence by calling attention to The Art of the Title Sequence, dedicated to stylish opening and ending credits sequences that bookend the films we all now and love. In addition, we've taken a dive into one of the more iconic credits sequence artists, Saul Bass, and his legacy of work on films from Alfred Hitchcock and more. Now another interesting video called The Film Before the Film, which is the result of a research project from Berlin Technical Art University students Nora Thoes and Damian Pérez, dives into the history of opening credits. Watch below!
Look - up in the sky! It's a bird, it's a plane, no it's - the Starfleet Logo? What the heck? To be honest, I'm actually a fan of these kind of exciting local promo events, though this one isn't the greatest. Paramount Pictures UK decided to pull a little publicity stunt during "Earth Hour" this past weekend in London. For the hour that the lights were off, including the Tower Bridge, they created a gigantic 300' tall hovering Starfleet logo from Star Trek Into Darkness, to promote the movie. A video has been released online of the event, showing how it all went down, and it's cool to see recorded. If only I could've been there to see it in person.
"I think sometimes its good that you get your ass out of the house." Okay, so this place is amazing. If you love old VHS rental stores, you have to watch this. Media site Nowness (via Movies.com) has debuted an exclusive video featuring French filmmaker Michel Gondry giving a tour and talking about his favorite video rental store found in Paris, France - the Vidéo Club de La Butte (see on Google maps). He picks out and discusses different filmmakers like Wim Wenders, Jim Jarmusch, and Méliès while explaing how they inspired his work. Such a unique video rental store, I hope this place stays open forever. Check this out!
Within the world of film, there are so many elements created from scratch from wardrobes to weapons, vehicles to companies, and much, much more. Well, a new art show is highlighting those very creations as they have asked various artists to craft real advertisements for these faux products. The Product Placement group art show at Gallery1988 in Los Angeles runs from March 9, 2013 to March 30, 2013. The show features posters and advertisements for fictional products from television or film. There's pieces inspired by Aliens, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Mad Max and Star Wars. Look below!
It's happening. It's really, really happening. Though we've known for a few months that filmmaker-turned-media-empire Kevin Smith would be wrapping up his filmmaking career making Clerks III, it all has to actually come together before we sit down in a theater to see it. The first step, of course, is writing the script. On the 20th anniversary of the day filming started on Clerks, Smith wrote that "with no plan or provocation, I jumped out of bed at 4:20 this morning and started writing Clerks III." He posted this screenshot (found via SlashFilm) to his Facebook and Instagram accounts, showing that work truly is underway on the sequel.
The invention of the steadicam has helped make cinema all the more engaging and visually striking. Garrett Brown introduced the tool back int he 70s and it has been perfected and tinkered with ever since, allowing for some truly amazing work behind the camera. In addition, the use of steadicam over tracking shots and other such technniques has allowed for some amazing and lengthy sequences to hit the big screen. From the unbelievable, crowded scene at Dunkirk in Atonement to long and moving dialogue takes in Before Sunset, and other such films like Pulp Fiction, GoodFellas, The Birdcage, Boogie Nights and much more, the steadicam gets its due diligence in this supercut The Art of the Steadicam. Watch!.
This is why I love social media. One of the best examples of a great use of social media for hype, reference, story-building, and just general cinematic awesomeness. Thanks to a tip from our good friends at SlashFilm, we found out that over this past weekend, The Wolverine director James Mangold posted a series of 10 photos on his twitter feed to highlight, as he describes, "images from films that inspired / influenced The Wolverine." His photos are actually a fantastic set of 10 great films, and it's cool to see them listed together for a sense of the tone and style he's going for. As he states: "Name the movies. Even better, go see them."
Because music fans are back to loving vinyl for their enjoyment of music, every now and then, a special release of various albums gets the record treatment. Once such soundtrack is the celebrated and loved collection of music used in the Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive. In addition to getting a cool vinyl reissue, Mondo artist Tyler Stout designed the artwork for the LP which will be sold through an exhibit at Mondo's gallery in Austin on March 15th and on March 22nd through their website. In addition, a full poster with this artwork will be sold at the gallery, and might be made available online at some point. Poster below!
Do I need to say anything more than: new Clint Mansell score now available? I hope not. A few weeks ago, we featured the streaming release of Shane Carruth's atmospheric score for his new film Upstream Color. Similarly, the score for Park Chan-wook's Stoker, composed by Clint Mansell (of Pi, The Fountain, Black Swan), is now available for streaming or purchase. The film will finally begin playing in limited theaters this week, which is why the album is perfectly timed for release now. It's one of those beautiful scores that just builds as it goes on getting deeper, more exciting. Worth listening to even if you're not interested in the film.
Let's be honest, that James Bond tribute celebrating 50 years of Agent 007 was really lame. Aside from not having any of the actors who've played the spy over the years, the montage was pretty lame, not giving much screen time to Roger Moore or Timothy Dalton. Word on the street is everyone except for Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan wanted to take part, and the producers decided it had to be everything or nothing (just like the James Bond documentary you can watch right now). But one of our favorite editors, Kees van Dijkhuizen (who delivered his final film retrospective in 2012) has paid his respects. Watch!