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Hollywood loves repeating itself. This week alone we're getting new trailers for brand new Star Wars and Jurassic Park movies, like it's the 90s all over again. But there is a new trend that is becoming increasingly frustrating - the two-part split finale of film-to-book series like Twilight, Harry Potter and now Hunger Games. With the first half of Mockingjay, the finale of The Hunger Games, now playing in theaters (my full review) the unsettling feeling of "why?!" has grown in me. This film once again proves that the quality of the work diminishes in exchange for a desire to make more money on a franchise that's temporarily popular. When will this fad end? Because it needs to stop. Don't Hollywood executives already own enough yachts?
Up until this week, many of the most secretive projects in development at Hollywood have been kept very private, with few details and even less imagery. A few Star Wars tidbits have leaked out, but in regards to Jurassic World, a number of major details were finally revealed in the footage in the first official trailer. It's hardly a teaser trailer, even though it is labeled as that, but it does show quite a few shots of dinosaurs, the full theme park, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and raptors. So what do we know? It's not a story about dinos on the loose, it's actually about genetically-modified hybrid dinosaurs that end up on the loose.
"Our new home." Now that Christopher Nolan's sci-fi spectacular Interstellar (Sound Off here) has been in theaters for over two weeks (which means we hope you've all seen it by now!), some great artwork and explanations are hitting the web. Last week we featured an excellent infographic timeline that nicely laid out the timeline as it intertwined with the plot of the film, following the crew of the Endurance as the embark on a mission to explore another galaxy. This new one, made by digital artist Sivakumar found on deviantArt, includes charming little sketches of the characters and the events that take place, really giving this a fresh, fun feel why making some sense of the plot. I really like this one, take a look. Oh and of course - spoilers!
What is it, exactly, that influences us to choose the movies we choose to see? As moviegoers, do you go to the cinema with a specific movie in mind? Or do you go with the intention of finding something good? How do you know what's playing? How do you know what will be good? These are a few of the ambitious questions this research-based infographic tries to answer. Titled "Behind the Box Office", it was made by Google using mostly Google / Millward Brown Digital data through various studies designed to determine the path a moviegoer takes. It's not as surprising as I thought, because most of the data is makes sense - moviegoers go to YouTube to watch trailers, go to theaters to choose a movie, and care more about actors than anyone.
Here's to all the crazy ones. AMC Theatres and Paramount have announced a special ticket for Interstellar called the "unlimited ticket". Yes, it's exactly as it sounds, giving viewers the chance to get an unlimited viewing ticket for Christopher Nolan's epic sci-fi spectacular Interstellar (Sound Off here) at participating AMC theatres. That's the other catch - you have to be an AMC Stubs member, but there is good news if you already are one. "All AMC Stubs members who have already purchased a ticket to the movie can upgrade for $14.99." As odd as it sounds, the full price varies per location and theater if you need an entire unlimited ticket, ranging from $19.99 to $34.99. It might be worth it if you really, truly do love Interstellar that much.
"Do not go gentle into that good night; Old age should burn and rave at close of day." So what does it all mean? Cooper, Amelia, TARS, Murph – what was Christopher Nolan trying to tell us? With Nolan's new sci-fi Interstellar now playing in theaters (here's our Sound Off) I decided to hop on a podcast with my friend Mike Eisenberg of Tall Tale Productions (known as @Eisentower30 on Twitter), a fellow Nolan nerd (his dog is even named Nolan!), to discuss the movie in-depth. We wanted to talk about all the spoilers, theories, Nolan's big ideas, the science fiction of it and compared notes on what we experienced. So here's a podcast-length recording of our Skype discussion on Interstellar, and don't forget this has spoilers! Enjoy.
Oh no! Say it ain't so! Beloved filmmaker/animator Hayao Miyazaki made a rare trip to the United States this past weekend to receive his honorary Oscar during the Governors Awards. While Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki's films have been nominated for Oscars in the past, including winning one for Spirited Away in 2003, this Oscar comes after Miyazaki announced his retirement so it seems The Academy wanted to honor the man and his cinematic legacy one last time. There were also a few reports earlier this year about Studio Ghibli "shutting down" feature films for good, though details were rather sketchy and it was clarified they were re-working the business rather than closing the doors forever. Now we have real quotes from Miyazaki.
Wait - there's more! Over the weekend, real-life astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson fired out a barrage of tweets condoning/confirming much of the actual science seen in Christopher Nolan's sci-fi Interstellar. But he's back again with a selection of nine tweets he has dubbed the "Mysteries of #Interstellar", posing very interesting plot-related, world-building questions. With all of the plot hole articles floating around now that Interstellar is in theaters, I'm not sure if he's riffing on them by nitpicking with thought-provoking questions, or actually criticizing the movie and choices made in the script. Whether you agree with him or not, he does make some good points. And it's tough to argue against what he's saying. So what do you think?
With Christopher Nolan's sci-fi Interstellar now playing in theaters worldwide, the director finally gets to breathe a sigh of relief and take a break from all the production work. In the meantime, he's still out talking with press and recently spoke with Marlow Stern of The Daily Beast. Since it's still rare that we get to hear Christopher Nolan talk openly about interesting topics, there are some quotes from this interview that are worth highlighting, specifically where we talks about Star Wars and James Bond and his response to the criticism of his movies. I wish we could do back-and-forth discussions with Nolan for an entire month.
"Experience Einstein's Relativity of Time as no other feature film has shown." He speaks! Bring on the science. Famed astrophysicist and "Cosmos" host Neil deGrasse Tyson has finally started speaking up about Interstellar, firing off a barrage of tweets late on Sunday night after the sci-fi movie opened in theaters worldwide on Friday. He suddenly started tweeting "In #Interstellar" facts and figures, pointing out the science and noting at the end that this isn't his opinion on the film, so much as just some observations. But most of it is very positive, defending Christopher Nolan's space opera and it's very real science. Read on.
Need additional explanation? Look no further. But watch out - we have to slap a huge SPOILER ALERT on this post, as it's pretty much the "explain everything" breakdown that should be ignored until you've seen it. With Christopher Nolan's sci-fi Interstellar now playing in theaters, fans are already breaking down and analyzing the complex plot of his sci-fi space exploration adventure movie. For those that have seen it and are ready to delve into it further, this beautiful infographic from Turkish designer Dogan Can Gundogdu (@dcgundogdu) shows the paths of each astronaut and explains a lot of "what happens" in the big picture. Again, this is only for those who have seen the movie already! Final warning: there are big spoilers below.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Meet Baymax. Now in theaters is Disney Animation's latest feature Big Hero 6, based on a Marvel Comics series, about a robot named Baymax and prodigy Hiro Hamada who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes. The voice cast includes Ryan Potter, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr., Genesis Rodriguez and Alan Tudyk. How is this one? Disney Animations best movie yet, can it top Frozen? Or is it a let down? Is it as fun as it looks? Once you've seen it, post a comment with your own thoughts on Disney's Big Hero 6.
Which side do you fight for: the Horde or the Alliance? With BlizzCon down in Anaheim kicking off today, Blizzard has started the marketing machine for the upcoming Warcraft movie directed by Duncan Jones (of Moon, Source Code). There was an early preview of footage at Comic-Con in July, and we expect there to be a big tease at BlizzCon this weekend, but in the meantime a batch of new posters has debuted in the form of choosing your side. This is exactly the kind of marketing they need to launch, because the entire story really is Horde vs. Alliance, and they're going to be playing that up right from the start. The two posters connect to websites where you can sign-up for your allegiance and display their emblem everywhere online.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "We must confront the reality of interstellar travel." It's time for launch. Christopher Nolan's highly anticipated space exploration movie Interstellar has arrived in theaters, opening Tuesday night in 70mm IMAX & 70mm/35mm film cinemas, before going wide this weekend everywhere else. Matthew McConaughey stars as Cooper, who commands a mission through a wormhole near Saturn that takes them to another galaxy. The rest of the crew includes Anne Hathaway, Wes Bentley and David Gyasi, along with robots TARS and CASE. So how is it? Does it live up to very high expectations? Nolan's best yet? Once you've seen it, post a comment with your thoughts on Interstellar.