Here's something that could reinvigorate the movie theaters industry a little bit. Today, Paramount Pictures and the Alamo Drafthouse have announced a partnership in conjunction with the theatrical release of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, which is already in theaters. The two companies have joined forces to introduce the Anchorfan Pass, a special edition movie pass to see unlimited showings of the comedy sequel starring Will Ferrell. Going on sale today, the Anchorfan Pass costs $15 and will allow audiences to see the movie whenever they want to, as many times as they want to, beginning January 1st.
Last December, when the first film in The Hobbit trilogy was released, late night talk show satirist Stephen Colbert dedicated a whole week to Peter Jackson's new fantasy endeavor. In case you didn't know, Colbert is a massive J.R.R. Tolkien fan, even winning a trivia contest against Jackson, Fran Walsh and Phillipa Boyens when he visited the set in New Zealand with his family. Along with his excitement and hype for the film trilogy, it was discovered that Colbert had a small cameo in the trilogy, and it wasn't in the first film. Well, keen eyes finally caught Colbert in The Desolation of Smaug on the big screen. Look!
Parents do some pretty amazing things for their kids. Thanks to the Internet, now cinephiles get to show off the fun and weird things they do with their kids as they introduce them to the films that they loved growing up and still love to this day. One family decided to take that love to the next level with a project called Cardboard Box Office. The family explains on their blog, "The project began after finding that we had accumulated both a lot of cardboard boxes (due to moving to a new country) and a baby (due to giving birth). With our social lives drastically altered we decided to find a way to make some of those housebound weekends a little more fun. And the result is recreations of Jaws, Jurassic Park, Alien and more. Look!
After debuting an awesome poster for Die Hard as part of the Mondo Mystery Movie program, another modern holiday classic is getting the same treatment from the collectible arthouse. Adam Simpson has delivered an awesome poster for Home Alone, the Chris Columbus directed holiday comedy that made a star out of Macaulay Culkin, and turned Daniel Stern and Joe Pesci into some of the worst thieves of all-time. The poster went on sale yesterday, so you'll have to hit eBay if you're desperate, but it's so damn cool that we wanted to highlight it. It captures the spirit of the movie, and lays out all the cool traps. Look!
Need a list-minute holiday gift for a cinephile? Try these. The story goes that 3 projectionists from New York City decided to make their own Christmas gifts last year and came up with these - film cell votive candle holders featuring a real 35mm frame of film. "We took a film cell from an old movie and embedded it onto a candle votive. We use a real 35mm film cell that ran through a projector and showed on the silver screen. We wanted to find a new audience who would appreciate the value and novelty of owning a piece of old Hollywood." They're now being sold on Etsy for $12 each and you can even choose whichever film you want.
Tonight at midnight, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is unleashed on audiences, leaving just one more chapter in Peter Jackson's trilogy left for release next winter. If the epic trailers and the most recent production blogs don't have you on board with the sequel (even if you were underwhelmed by the first film), we recommend you stick around and see how the story unfolds. As we wait for the release tonight, check out this amazing, gigantic homemade LEGO recreation of the elvish land of Rivendell. Made with over 200,000 LEGO bricks, this creation won the People's Choice Award at BrickCon (a convention for LEGO builders). The details are incredible, with nods to both The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings within.
"Can one man make a difference?" No, no, not that Ben Affleck. Well yea, that Affleck, but—the filmmaker. Mondo revealed a new series they've commissioned to highlight the movies of Ben Affleck - the Director. In 2007, Affleck made his feature directing debut with Gone Baby Gone, a riveting kidnapping thriller that is still my personal favorite Affleck-directed movie. He followed that up with the Boston crime thriller The Town in 2010, then won Best Picture with the based-on-a-true-story 70s thriller Argo in 2012. Mondo made print for each one and they're stunning, honestly, The Town especially, the glow of the lights - perfect.
"And I shall call you Sting!" We're less than two weeks from the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which means Tolkien mania is kicking back in. While you can purchase prop replicas of the various weapons from shops like United Cutlery and Weta, swordsmith Tony Swatton of the YouTube series "Men At Arms" tackles making a full replica of Bilbo's sword Sting from scratch. While this isn't exactly showing us what it was like when the elves forged the dagger, it is a badass video showing us what it's like to make one of these for real nowadays. Yea, I'd like my own real-life Sting to fend off (Mirkwood) Spiders, too.
Continuing the hype for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, we already know that Will Ferrell is guest hosting SportsCenter on ESPN on Thursday, December 5th (same day the first trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 arrives) as Ron Burgundy. Now we have a tease of Burgundy's appearance on the program, complete with an interview with Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. But that's not all. For all you scotch lovers, Riviera Imports is releasing Ron Burgundy Blended Scotch Whisky (Great Odin's Raven Special Reserve) sometime this month. Check out the interview and details on the new scotch below.
After kicking off a retrospective look at the year of 2012 on the big screen, The Sleepy Skunk is back with The 2013 Movie Trailer Mash-Up, a chronicle of this past year in film. Masterfully edited with some bad ass music, all of the movies seamlessly blend into the other in action, style and more. And while the first half is fast-paced, complete with shots of Iron Man 3, Pacific Rim, The Great Gatsby and more, the second half slows things down with mesmerizing shots from Man of Steel and characters from The Book Thief, Blue is the Warmest Color, The Spectacular Now and others. It's a great look back at 2013.
He's here! Smaug the Dragon will be landing at LAX. Air New Zealand is hosting a press event at LAX on Monday where their brand new plane, called "Smaug" after the dragon from The Hobbit, will be shown off. This is all part a big promotion for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second movie in the trilogy hitting theaters in two weeks. The movie was filmed and made in New Zealand and the country usually goes nuts with promotion during the premiere. This is actually our first real, good look at Smaug in full, as he has yet to be revealed in footage/trailers. Yes, I would really like to fly on this airplane, besides I want to visit New Zealand anyway. Check out photos of the Hobbit-themed Boeing 777-300 below.
Don't worry, there's not a sequel to the movie Fight Club just yet, but author Chuck Palahniuk is working on a sequel to his book that inspired the film, except this time it's in the form of a graphic novel. We heard about this sequel over the summer, and now Pahalhniuk has unveiled some more details on the story while speaking to Hustler (which just seems appropriate, via JoBlo). As for the story, we already know it will pick up ten years after what seemed like the end for Tyler Durden. And while Palahniuk knows his original story was thematically about the failure of fathers, and the sequel will veer and evolve from that too.
Happy Black Friday! If this dark day can indeed be considered "happy" (if you make it out alive). Try not to drain you bank account this week, if possible. To add some additional strain on your wallet, Mondo has announced their Black Friday sale. As usual they have a treasure trove of beautiful artwork they're selling off on Friday, including some fantastic new prints for Zack Snyder's Watchmen, Ben Wheatley's Sightseers and David Cronenberg's classic horror The Fly. There are a few more leftover prints they have and they're also selling their newest Mondo Book Volume IV. Photos of the fresh artwork and info on the sale below.
The next few days aren't going to have much in the vein of movie news since people will be stuffing themselves with turkey and fighting each other on Black Friday. But we figured we'd give you a little piece of cinema history to gorge yourself on over the long weekend. Raiders of the Lost Ark hit theaters in 1981, and around that time, PBS put together an hour-long making-of documentary that takes an awesome look behind the scenes of the film that revived the action adventure. It's cool to see a young Steven Spielberg working for certain performances and a dry Harrison Ford vaguely lamenting some of the stunts. Watch!