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For those who don't know, it's Superman's 75th anniversary, and to commemorate The Big Blue Boy Scout, Warner Bros. Animation teamed up with Man of Steel director Zack Snyder for a cool little animated short that quickly and cleverly covers the expansive pop culture history of Superman. With help from "Superman: The Animated Series" creator Bruce Timm, this short starts with the hero's debut in Action Comics #1 and moves through things like "Super Friends," the big screen adventure in Richard Donner's 1978 film Superman, the popular series "Smallville" and, of course, this year's Man of Steel.
We've been waiting for them to start selling this! For those that loved Neill Blomkamp's second feature, Elysium, the design house Weta has started selling swag from the movie on their website. Weta did some design work on the various vehicles, weapons and droids seen in the sci-fi movie and has the rights to sell some replica products. For District 9, they sold full-size replicas of the weapons, and it looks like they're doing the same with Elysium. A full-size Chemrail replica has been listed for pre-order on the Weta Shop website, along with the Art Of book and shirt printed to look like Max's exoskeleton suit. More details below.
The release of Marvel's Thor: The Dark World is just around the corner with an October 30th launch on IMAX screens looming, but the comic book studio is getting the pieces of their Phase Three title Ant-Man together. Director Edgar Wright teased that he was getting to work on the film with a behind the scenes picture from shooting the sample reel that played at Comic-Con a couple years ago, and now we have two frontrunners listed to play the lesser known superhero. Variety has word that Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd are currently the top contenders, but another actor emerging isn't entirely out of the question.
"Dedicated to gathering the greatest films from around the world and publishing them in editions of the highest technical quality." For cinephiles, it's amusing to watch two very talented filmmakers geeking out while raiding the DVD/BR closets of the Criterion Collection. Inbetween the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals, directors Alfonso Cuarón (of Gravity) & Pawel Pawlikowski (of Ida) stopped by the Criterion offices in New York City and
stole made off with a bunch of DVDs from their archives. A short video has hit the web showing the two discussing classics and picking out favorites, and now we can watch them geek out.
This weekend marks an annual tradition on TV with "The Simpsons" Halloween special dubbed "Treehouse of Horror," and this time a horror master from the film world got involved in the ghoulishly good time. Guillermo del Toro helped put together an epic opening sequence for the special episode which is full of homages to horror classics from the likes of Alfred Hitchcock and Universal's classic movie monsters to del Toro's own horror creations in films like Pan's Labyrinth and even some Pacific Rim kaiju fighting Jaegers if you look close. And they're all mixed with the characters from "The Simpsons."
"Pure cinema is its own language." It's time to experience Gravity. After years of waiting, years of anticipation, it's finally arriving in theaters. The man behind this exhilarating experience is none other than Alfonso Cuarón, the talented Mexican filmmaker behind A Little Princess, Y Tu Mamá También, Prisoner of Azkaban and Children of Men. I have been a big fan of Cuarón for many years and have been waiting to meet him and interview him and I finally got the opportunity of a lifetime. Not only is he an incredibly nice, very humble filmmaker, but he spoke openly about many different topics, from sci-fi to cinema to spectacle.
My first year living in New York City, and now my first year at the New York Film Festival. Starting today, the 51st New York Film Festival (or just NYFF as it's better known) kicks off, continuing the fall festival season following Telluride, Toronto and Fantastic Fest. Luckily, living in New York, I don't have to travel far to attend this festival. Over the last year I've been hearing nothing but great things about this fest from many of my New York friends/colleagues. Being my first year attending, I have no idea what to expect. What I do know is that the Film Society of Lincoln Center is one of the greatest places for cinema in this country.
"I don't want to survive... I want to live." Portraying the true story of Solomon Northup in Steve McQueen's newest film 12 Years a Slave, actor Chiwetel Ejiofor delivers an extraordinarily powerful, nuanced, emotional, and brutal yet heartfelt performance, one of the finest seen on screen this year. Chiwetel is yet another British actor with a unique name that many cinephiles have come to love, thanks to a diverse career with highlights including Dirty Pretty Things, Serenity, Kinky Boots, Children of Men, American Gangster, Redbelt and 2012 recently. I first met Chiwetel back in 2008 for an interview about Redbelt, and was lucky to catch up with him again in 2013 for a chat about playing Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave. Read on.
Though Christopher Nolan's masterful superhero trilogy came to an end last summer with The Dark Knight Rises, the film series is getting a new release in the form of The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition, hitting shelves tomorrow. There are some great new special features in the collection that haven't been release before, and one has just been unveiled online. Christian Bale has been regarded as the best Batman of all-time, but before that, the actor had to audition to get the role. Footage of his audition, along with help from Amy Adams in the role that would go to Katie Holmes, has now surfaced.
"Oh my God! It's Mad Dog!" He's back! Any big fans of Tony Jaa, or anyone else looking for some respite from the Emmys and all the TV shows this weekend should fire up this short film. The parody short is called Ong Bark: The Beginning starring and made by martial arts superstar Tony Jaa featuring the same "Mad Dog" from the original Ong Bak movie. This is pretty much as amateur/low budget as anyone can get making a short, with cheap sound effects and slow motion galore, but it does have some cool fights plus a badass dog (named Fantom von der Goldenen Bernsteinsonne) and, of course, a chicken. Have fun with this.
Earlier this month, we learned that Summit Entertainment was beginning development on a sequel to Now You See Me. While we're hoping for a title like Now You Don't as opposed to the Now You See Me Too, the one thing we know for certain about the sequel is that director Louis Leterrier will be back to direct. ComingSoon has the story that Lionsgate and Summit will bring Leterrier back for the sequel after speaking with the director today. In fact, he revealed that a scene was shot that set up a sequel, but they decided not to jinx the first film and it ended up on the cutting room floor. But you will still get to see it.
Every movie fan knows this image. That iconic shot of Elliott on his bike and E.T. covered with a blanket in his front basket flying across a giant, light blue moon. It was originally used on the poster for E.T. in 1982. The magical, instantly memorable imagery went on to represent Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment brand being referenced directly in the logo. Well, Swiss photographer Philipp Schmidli recently decided to (re)create the iconic E.T. giant moon jump shot in real-life, and took to the hills of Switzerland to get the perfect shot (via Gizmodo). He finally pulled it off and posted the photo for all to see. Find it directly below.
This is one of the best weekends for movies all year. There's a handful of
great excellent movies hitting theaters, even more outstanding indie films expanding in their releases, and plenty of options. This is the weekend to catch something at your local cinema. To go out and see a movie and revel in the brilliance of this fine art form that many of us are so passionate about. This is one of those weekends many of us have been patiently waiting for, with the latest Edgar Wright movie and one of the best horror movies in years finally hitting theaters. It's one of those weekends where there's really no excuse (not even homework!) not to go see a movie. So, support indie filmmakers, support your local cinema, catch a film or two in theaters.
It's one of the last weekend's of the summer movie season, but it might just be one of the best weekends. A handful of stand-out indies and great films are releasing in theaters this weekend (or are expanding wide) and that means this is one of the best weekend's to catch a film, or two, or three... or four. If you're a truly hardcore cinephile and decide to catch four films this weekend, the four indies playing in theaters now, the director of one of them - David Lowery of Ain't Them Bodies Saints - will send you a fun care package including a prop from the film, a signed sketch, a mask and anything else they can toss in. This is awesome.