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We don't just dream of a future beyond Earth. We build it. Finally! I've used that word quite a bit recently, but it certainly applies here. At the San Diego Comic-Con in July last year, Sony Pictures initially launched a viral website called Armadyne for Neill Blomkamp's second sci-fi movie Elysium, but that was before the release was delayed until August. With the extra five months, WonderCon (in Anaheim this past weekend) became the new launching point. Now the Armadyne site has been updated completely fresh with new look and new features, as well as links to a Welcome to the Elysium site with big event sneak previews next week.
Happy April Fools Day from Pixar! This is awesome. We already featured one fantastically brilliant April Fools joke-turned-promo today (this Pineapple Express 2 teaser) but here's another one that earns a top spot. Pixar's Monsters University viral website, designed to be a fully operational university website, has been defaced today by the rival school "Fear Tech". Similar to the way the Joker suddenly defaced all The Dark Knight viral websites back in 2008, the site has spray paint all over and the color theme was changed to orange. It's a hilarious April Fools rivalry joke that works brilliantly in the context of this MU viral site.
"Here is your mission: pass your knowledge on to the next, as it was passed on to you." A new era of sci-fi is upon us. In just a few years we'll be watching another trilogy of Star Wars movies, picking up where the original trilogy left off 30 years ago. Star Trek has already been revived on the big screen, coincidentally by the same director set to bring us the next Star Wars - J.J. Abrams. Ever since James Cameron's Avatar raised the bar with another box office record in late 2009-early 2010, science fiction movies have been back with a vengeance. Aside from Star Wars and Star Trek returning, things are getting more exciting every day, with filmmakers like Chris Nolan, Alfonso Cuarón, Ridley Scott and Edgar Wright venturing into sci-fi.
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.
Now this is awesome! While Robert Redford keeps busy with Sundance or making low key dramas that he usually has a hand in writing and directing, it sounds like he's taking the time for a big blockbuster. Deadline has word that Redford is currently in talks to take a role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. And what's even more exciting is that he's playing a senior leader of S.H.I.E.L.D., so unless his character meets an unlikely demise, there's a chance that he could pop up in other Marvel films down the road. The question is, just how influential will this character be when it comes to this present day adventure.
While it might not be a secret to some cinephiles, director Steven Soderbergh has served as editor his own films like Magic Mike and Haywire under the pseudonym Mary Ann Bernard (his mother's maiden name). But more frequently, Soderbergh has worked as a cinematographer on nearly all of his films under the guise of Peter Andrews (using his father's first and middle names). But why the pseudonym? In a cool video essay from Nelson Carvajal, the director is quoted saying, "My policy is to have my name on a movie only once. Having your name once increases the impact of that credit because I think every time you put your name up there, you’re actually diluting it.” And there's plenty more in the rest of the video.
"Ice cream scoopers by day. Danger seekers by night." Gather round, any up-and-comers! There's a new contest, and new content, from Robert Rodriguez in a very interactive, very unique filmmaking idea. He's made a new short film, called Two Scoops starring the Avellan Sisters, but needs the help of every creative person out there--from actors to designers to whoever--to help him make an entire movie. Up first, he needs actors to submit a performance, and much more. I'm not sure how he's doing all of this and still shooting Sin City 2 at the same time, but I guess that's why it's awesome to have your own studio down in Austin, TX.
"The universe, so full of mysteries..." Of course I would fall in love with a movie that starts with that line. There's an indie sci-fi romance film playing in theaters right now called Upside Down, but no one knows about it, it's not doing that well. It received a couple of dismal reviews from critics, but I went to see it this weekend because I love sci-fi and was very curious based on the concept. Then I went to see it again today. Yea, it's that good. Okay well, maybe not that amazing, but it's something extraordinarily different, visually spectacular. This is an early proclamation, but I think it's 2013's Gattaca (which will mean more in a few years looking back). I don't get all the hate for it and I had to confirm my feelings and see it a second time.
Bursting onto the mainstream acting landscape in Across the Universe, actor Jim Sturgess has since succeeded in balancing blockbusters with smaller independent movies. His latest film, Upside Down, is a science fiction romance that fits both of those categories, wrapping a love story in a ton of often-impressive visual effects. I had the opportunity to speak with Mr. Sturgess recently about his experience working on the movie, his take on the cold reception and poor box office of Cloud Atlas (which was my favorite movie of last year), working with visionary directors, and much more. Watch the interview and let us know your thoughts.
This week, audiences will see if Jim Carrey is in rare form as a rival illusionist in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, and they've gotten a promising glimpse at his surprising turn in Kick-Ass 2 as Colonel Stars and Stripes thanks to the first red band trailer. While this could be a turnaround for what has been a dull period in Carrey's long career, it's been awhile since he's been at the caliber that his glory days held in the 90s. Therefore, it's time to take a look back and pick the actor's five best roles. But rather than just living in the past, there are also several directors that Carrey needs to collaborate with to keep his career fresh.
Though he was once thought to be lined up to take on Star Wars: Episode VII, instead Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Trevorrow is taking on another blockbuster sequel. Just a couple of weeks before Jurassic Park 3D hits theaters, Universal Pictures has announced Trevorrow has been hired to direct Jurassic Park 4, the sequel being produced by Steven Spielberg with a script from Rise of the Planet of the Apes writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. We'd been wondering when a director would be announced since the film needed to start shooting soon in order to meet the June 13th, 2014 release date already set.
News broke not too long ago from Bloody Disgusting that Screen Gems was planning a September 12th, 2014 release for Resident Evil 6, another sequel in the video game film franchise. However, at the time there weren't any details as to whether or not Paul W.S. Anderson would be returning to direct yet again. Now we have confirmed that Anderson will indeed be back to direct the sixth installment of the franchise, which doesn't yet have a catchy subtitle. In addition, Milla Jovovich will certainly be back, and for those who saw Resident Evil: Retribution, the conclusion of the film basically made that a no brainer. Read on!
The best of the best - that you didn't see. It's back again and we're a bit late, but all of these are still worth watching anyway. Back by popular demand is our sixth annual list of the 19 Best Movies That You Didn't See in 2012 (you can find our past lists here: 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007). Featured below is a hand-picked selection of the best independent and/or mainstream films that were either quietly dumped, ignored by audiences, or just not marketed well enough. So to give them some extra time in the spotlight, and to support some of the best filmmakers out there, we've put together a 2012 recap. Read on for the list!
Despite hearing good things about it, I never found time to see Horrible Bosses back in 2011. I finally caught up with it a few weeks ago, and was pleased to discover a solid comedy with a strong cast and an original premise: a rare trifecta in Hollywood's current state of making movies from board games. Since that film was released, writing partners John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein have become one of the most buzzed-about up and coming comedy duos in the industry. I recently had an opportunity to sit down with them in Los Angeles to discuss their writing process, their upcoming directorial debut and plenty more.