If you didn't watch the 87th Academy Awards last night, you should at least watch the live performance of "Everything is Awesome" from The LEGO Movie. The musical duo Tegan & Sara and the comedic hip-hop trio The Lonely Island took to the stage with an energetic and colorful performance that even had Will Arnett as LEGO Batman and Questlove as Robin on the drums. And during that number, a whole bunch of dancers handed out LEGO Oscar statues to some of Hollywood's biggest names in the audience, such as Oprah Winfrey, Emma Stone, Steve Carell and more. And you may be able to get your own. Look!
If you're planning a vacation somewhere soon and you've always wanted to visit the filming locations of some of your favorite movies, then you'll want to check out the Ultimate Movie Location Map. The folks over at Musement.com have put together a pretty expansive global map that shows you where some of your favorite movies were shot on-location. For example, you can check out Nakatomi Tower in Los Angeles, check out Nolan's Wayne Manor in the United Kingdom at Nottingham's Wollaton Hall, or see where the helicopter crashed in The Matrix at BT Tower in Australia. There are over a thousand listings on the map.
Considering this year marks the 30th anniversary of the original Back to the Future, as well as being the year that Doc Brown and Marty McFly traveled to in the future for the sequel, we already know there's going to be plenty of celebration for the time travel franchise. Earlier this year we featured an incredible trio of prints honoring the trilogy, and now we have an awesome case for the iPhone that will turn the Apple mobile device into the DeLorean time machine. No, this isn't just a cheap flat case that puts an image of the DeLorean on the back of your phone, it's a small three-dimensional model of the time machine. Look!
In case you didn't know, RogerEbert.com editor Matt Zoller Seitz is responsible for a spectacular book called The Wes Anderson Collection that takes an in-depth look at the making of the writer and director's entire feature filmography. But since the book came out in October of 2013, it was missing Anderson's then-forthcoming film The Grand Budapest Hotel. But fans shouldn't fret, because Seitz is releasing a book focusing solely on the Best Picture nominated film. The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel will be available tomorrow, and we have a gorgeous animated trailer for the book.
If you're not a sports fan, there's a good chance you simply didn't care about Super Bowl XLIX last weekend. However, if you're a Marvel fan, you might care to know that Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) and Captain America (Chris Evans) were pitted against each other leading up to the game, because Evans is a die-hard New England Patriots fan and Pratt was devoted to the Seattle Seahawks. Well, before the game last Sunday, the two made a bet that whoever lost would have to visit a charity of the winner's choice dressed as their respective Marvel character. And since the Patriots won, Pratt suited up for a charity visit.
While it's normally sci-fi or fantasy blockbusters like The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug or Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy that get fans excited enough to create LEGO versions of the film's trailers, this time we the building brick is used for an anticipated movie of another kind. Fifty Shades of Grey is coming next weekend, and it's going to make some huge bank. So Antonio Toscano thought it was a good idea to give the erotic romance its own LEGO trailer as well. It's very well done, but also pretty funny, if only because watching two LEGO minifigures kiss, let alone tease the intense bondage scenes. Watch below!
Hey animation fans - this one's for you! If you've ever wanted to own an original work from the stop-motion animation studio Laika, this is your one chance. Heritage Auctions is hosting a special Laika auction where they'll be selling off a couple hundred items from the studio, including roughly: 40 maquettes, 40 puppet statues, 100+ concept art pieces, and over 40 of the actual sets used during filming. I was lucky enough to catch an early preview of the show, officially titled "The Art of Laika Studios", which includes pieces from three Oscar nominated movies: Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls from last year.
After calling your attention to the massive LEGO version of the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier from The Avengers, we have another cool building block set that will be coming your way eventually. The LEGO Ideas Review Board just met to take a look at the sets that received enough votes to be considered for production as an official LEGO set, and they've announced two new sets that we'll be able to buy. One of them is a "Doctor Who" set, which is cool, but since television isn't our primary focus, we're more excited about the LEGO set that will let us build our own WALL-E from the wonderful Pixar Animation film of the same name. Look!
Just last fall we featured an adorable collection of artwork from a Los Angeles artist called 100% Soft. The series had a unique childlike style focused on movie MacGuffins, and now the artist, real name Truck Torrance, is back with a new exhibition at Gallery 1988 with a show called Mass Hysteria. For this series, Torrance focuses on big crowd scenes, using his signature, sweet little illustrated characters to bring scenes from The Avengers, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Kill Bill, Oldboy and more to life in a whole new way. They're almost like super cute Where's Waldo pages, and you can get your hands on some. Look!
Ever since The LEGO Movie hit theaters last year, the building block toy has become even more popular than before. And with big blockbusters like Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Avengers: Age of Ultron on the way, you can expect to see some cool new sets for those movies hitting shelves this year. Normally we don't highlight all of that kind of merchandising stuff, but LEGO has just revealed an incredible new set from the Marvel superhero sequel. Coming in March is the LEGO version of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, and it comes with five new minifigures and tiny microfigures to fit in it. Look!
Just before Comic-Con last summer, we learned that the collectible arthouse Mondo was expanding their love and tributes to film and television by producing and selling collectible toys for fans to buy. One of the first toys announced as part of their new venture was a huge figure of The Iron Giant, the massive robot from Brad Bird's under-appreciated animated film from the late 90s. Well, the figure is finally available for pre-order starting tomorrow, and to help hype the sale, io9 was given a video of Brad Bird himself playing with the figure, giving his full endorsement, and maybe even getting a little emotional and nostalgic.
Awhile back, we featured a cool little project done by some cinephiles and video games fans where they used Grand Theft Auto V to recreate the motorcycle and semi-truck chase scene from Terminator 2: Judgment Day. That kind of idea is a no-brainer since the game is known for stealing cars and vehicular mayhem. But did you ever think that someone would take the time to recreate some scenes from Stanley Kubrick's wild 1971 classic A Clockwork Orange using the Rockstar Games production? Well, that's exactly what GTA Series Videos has done with the use of some editing and a PlayStation 4. Watch below!
There's been dozens of pieces of artwork done and featured online to commemorate the iconic time traveling classic Back to the Future. But it's been awhile since I've been so taken aback by a set of pieces like this. Artist Andy Fairhurst has a series called "Nerd's Eye View" where the imagery of a certain film is created from a bird's eye view from overheard the action. And when it comes to these prints for the entire Back to the Future trilogy, it's never worked better than this. Each print captures one of the pivotal moments where the DeLorean travels back in time, shown from where it's been to where it's going. Look!
After years and years of development, a new movie website has launched that will probably end up being one of your favorite sites (after FirstShowing, of course!). No, but seriously, it looks great and seems to work great so far, and will only get better with more time. The site is called The Projection List and boasts itself as containing "the entire cinematic release schedule", including "official & projected dates for all theatrical, home, and trailer releases." As proud as we are for offering a very simple release schedule here, this site ups the ante to include everything: all DVD, theatrical & VOD releases, with a very clean interface as well. It's sleek, I'm impressed, and as long as they keep it updated it'll be a great resource for cinephiles.