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With the launch of Interstellar in just one month, Paramount has kicked off their final marketing push for Christopher Nolan's epic sci-fi adventure. One of their key promotions includes an Interstellar Oculus Rift Experience, using the popular virtual reality headsets to provide an immersive experience. What does it show? I stopped by the promotion at the AMC Lincoln Square in New York City to check it out. Viewers are given a three-to-four minute tour of the spaceship Endurance, featured prominently already in trailers, which shifts into Zero G before jumping into the wormhole. As a fun, immersive promotion it's very cool - and really does provide a totally unique experience. It tricks your mind when the artificial gravity drops out.
"I have... I have never used a sword in my life." We're getting closer and closer to the grand finale of The Hobbit, with Peter Jackson's third and final movie The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies due out in theaters in just a few more months (starting December 17th). We've seen one full trailer so far, waiting for another one to hit soon (likely attached to Interstellar), and one teaser poster with Bilbo before. But now Warner Bros is releasing a series of character posters for The Battle of Five Armies and they've started with Bilbo - who is brandishing Sting like he definitely has handled a sword and knows how to kick some orc (and spider) ass with it. With a huge ensemble cast we expect to see many more posters soon. Check this one out.
Over this past weekend, filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson showed up in New York City for the premiere of his latest film Inherent Vice at the 52nd New York Film Festival. In addition to participating in a rather lackluster press conference afterwards, PTA also participated in a discussion event the next day where he spoke for over an hour about all kinds of different subjects. One topic that kept coming up was the film vs. digital battle, as PTA is one of the few still advocating and using film, and Inherent Vice was one of the only films at this year's NYFF showing (once) in 35mm. "That should just be how it is, nothing should go away" he explained, advocating that we should embrace digital AND 35mm, and not phase one out for the other.
Just a few days after we learned the failure of Tusk somehow resulted in writer/director Kevin Smith getting full financing for his sequel Clerks III, the filmmaker has an idea for revamping another, much more iconic film franchise. In case you don't know, in addition to be one of the most die hard fans of Star Wars, Smith is also a huge fan of Steven Spielberg's classic Jaws. Right now he's working on an homage of sorts with a horror film called Moose Jaws, described as being similar to the shark tale but with a moose, and while speaking to Wall Street Journal about the film talks turned to revamping the Jaws franchise.
There's not much to offer this fall in the vein of films that will be in the spirit of Halloween, at least when it comes to major releases on the big screen, but there are some great indie horror flicks coming to limited theaters and VOD this season. One of those treats is ABCs of Death 2, the second horror anthology with gruesome and scary stories to go with each letter of the alphabet. We've already seen a twisted red band trailer for the flick, and now we have an exclusive first look at one of the segments, V is for Vacation, from director Jerome Sable. We'll also have an interview and a special guest blog soon. See photo below!
There's already a lot of hype for the forthcoming action thriller John Wick starring Keanu Reeves, but everyone would be smart to remember that all the rave reviews came out of Fantastic Fest, where genre films are king. Having said that, the action-packed, gun-toting trailer absolutely makes it look like a blast. And now, if you're one of those movie goers who needs to see the film on the biggest screen possible, THR reports John Wick will be digitally remastered for an IMAX release on the same day the film hits regular screens on October 24th. The Summit Entertainment film wasn't filmed on IMAX, so do whatever want.
Yesterday, there was a story going around that Universal's forthcoming vampire origin story Dracula Untold had some reshoots done in order to tie it into the studios forthcoming reboot of their classic monsters universe that will include The Mummy, Frankenstein, The Wolfman and more. However, it seemed shaky since the ties to the Universal Monsters universe being put together by Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan were said to be good enough to link the film to the world of these monsters, but small enough that if the film bombed, it wouldn't hurt the future potential of the series that will actually be rebooted by The Mummy. But it turns out the ties to the Universal Monsters universe are there. Read on!
It's official - after scooping the early release news yesterday, a press release today confirms that Christopher Nolan's Interstellar will be released two days early. Screenings will begin on Tuesday, November 4th starting at 8PM all over the world (info on tickets here), mostly in 70mm IMAX locations. The press release reveals that many locations, including 35mm film and digital IMAX, will be screening starting November 5th before the full opening on Friday, November 7th. To compliment the announcement, the official site is now updated and includes a guide for the formats that Interstellar is available in. Most movie fans know the differences anyway, but it's a helpful guide for anyone still confused by the choice of format. Read on!
"Mankind's next step will be our greatest." Well, this is interesting. We haven't heard or seen any official announcements yet, however theaters in Los Angeles are selling tickets for 8PM shows of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar starting on Tuesday night, November 4th. Up until today, Interstellar has been officially scheduled to open everywhere on November 7th, and we expected them to run late night/midnight shows the evening before. However, these listings are a full three days early, occurring Tuesday night (for midnight) with the full opening likely on November 5th. So far these listings are only for IMAX theaters, which means this could be an IMAX event to fuel (a few days early) the launch of this cinematic experience.
"There are no two words in the English language more harmful than good job." It's very refreshing, and admittedly exciting, to watch a young filmmaker's career take off over the course of a year. At the Sundance Film Festival in January 2014, the very first film I screened was Whiplash from writer/director Damien Chazelle. It blew me away. Now, almost 10 months later, the film is still playing strong at the New York Film Festival where I caught it for a second time. Over the last year it has also played at Cannes, Toronto, Deauville, Helsinki, Busan, and plenty of other films festivals/events/premieres all over the world earning rave reviews wherever it shows up. It deserves that praise because it truly is an outstanding, inspiring film.
"You were a movie star, remember?" Are you ready for the return of the Birdman? Not much longer now. Fox Searchlight has debuted the first full TV spot (via ComingSoon) for Alejandro G. Iñárritu's Birdman, starring Michael Keaton as actor Riggan Thomson, who once played Birdman the comic book superhero in a series of movies. To put it simply – this is the movie of the fall season, the one everyone will be talking about, the one everyone will be seeing, it's one of the best of the year hands down. Even Edgar Wright raved about it: "A dazzling tightrope walk of cinema". There is one great joke ruined in this TV spot already, but the screech and the rest of it is awesome. Can't wait to go back for another round of Birdman. Take a look!
Tomorrow, the charming and delicious indie comedy Chef arrives on Blu-Ray and DVD, and as one of my favorite films of the year at the midpoint of 2014, I wholeheartedly recommend you check it out (but not on an empty stomach). And for those of you who already saw the film and know about the tasty dishes made in the film, especially the Cuban sandwiches that Jon Favreau's character takes on the road with his son and John Leguizamo, there's hope that you might be able to literally get a taste of what they serve in the film. If Favreau has his way, he would love to open a Chef-themed restaurant over in Los Angeles. More below!
This past weekend, The Skeleton Twins hit limited theaters, the indie comedy sensation starring "Saturday Night Live" veterans Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig. The film is a big specialty box office hit, and this was one of my favorite films from the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. If this movie is playing anywhere near you, go see it immediately. In the meantime, check out what happened with a local new reporter mistook The Skeleton Twins for a different movie that Wiig starred in. Thankfully, Hader and Wiig were good sports about the mistake (as was the reporter) and the rest of us win due to laughter. Watch!
If you saw the end credits that followed 22 Jump Street this past summer, then you were treated to a slew of hilarious artwork for more sequels in the buddy cop comedy series starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. We'll get to see if any of those ideas become reality now that 23 Jump Street is in the works with writer Rodney Rothman returning to write the third film in the franchise. We hope it's the last one, otherwise the meta humor may run its course, but just in case this series goes forever, it's good to know that Phil Lord & Chris Miller have ideas about all the crazy places this franchise can go in the future. Look now!