What are they gonna drive? A truck? A car? Nah, the Ecto-1 of course! Director Paul Feig has revealed the first two photos of the
brand new vintage Ecto-1 from new Ghostbusters movie in the works. The original Ecto-1 was a 1959 Cadillac professional chassis, this seems to be a slightly newer model, but not by much. This certainly looks like the kind of hunk of junk Melissa McCarthy's character has had in her garage since she was a kid, and they've requisitioned it to 'bust some ghosts. Feig also posted a shot of the backside of the car, which shows the classic Ecto-1 license plate clearly. I like the look of this. At least it wasn't modernized.
"This year's most controversial video has arrived!" We've seen "The Simpsons" redo the opening sequence inspired by everyone from Hayao Miyazaki to Guillermo del Toro, but how about a semi-official mash-up of "The Simpsons" and a seminal anime? We present: Bartkira, a mash-up of "The Simpsons" and Akira, made back in the "early 90s" but only found recently. Thanks to a tip from The Verge, we took a look at this, our jaw dropped to the floor and we had to go tell everyone about it. The trailer is perfectly animated like the original Akira trailer (which we've also embedded below), but with all The Simpsons characters and it's amazing. "It is in no way officially associated with Fox Animation, Toho, or any other legal properties that own the rights to The Simpsons and Akira. We are a bunch of fans who did this for free and are profiting in no way off of this other than having a larf." There's an entire set of manga and art here to go with it. Enjoy!
Now what do we have here? A few new bits of robo concept art are floating around for Steven Spielberg's postponed (or delayed/shelved) project Robopocalypse. If you recall, we covered this movie intently for years on the site, as Spielberg was actually hard at work on pre-production and almost started filming. They even had a cast in place and were getting close, but it fell apart right at the last minute. "I found another way to tell the story," Spielberg said in early 2013. In the meantime, artist Patrick Janicke's work has appeared online detailing various robots and robotic interfaces. It's worth a look, though I'm honestly not sure how all this fits into the movie. I guess I just want Spielberg to make more sci-fi again. In time. For now we get this.
With Comic-Con 2015 coming up this week, it's not uncommon to find auspicious fans finishing up final touches on their costume to wear around the showfloor. There have always been Ghostbusters cosplayers at Comic-Con, but eager fans are already building the new proton pack from Paul Feig's new Ghostbusters movie - which is literally still in the middle of shooting right now. Last week Feig took to Twitter to debut a few photos, one showing the uniforms, the other showing a proton pack. Per the request of fans, he has posted more specific schematics (found via SlashFilm). It's impressive that Feig is so open with fans about these details, especially this early on in production. If you want to build your own proton pack, here you go.
Is it time to finally say "hasta la vista" to the Terminator? With the release of Terminator: Genisys, it might very well be. This summer, like most moviegoing summers, is the summer of sequels. Earlier this year we got Jurassic World, the fourth installment in the long-running Jurassic Park series. Sure, it is stomping through box office records right now, but did that series really necessitate three sequels? The quick answer is no. Similarly, the new installment in the Terminator series, dubbed Terminator: Genisys, opens this week (and already opened in select special screenings Tuesday night). It is the fifth installment in the series – a series where each film gets progressively more terrible than the last. With Genisys opening this week, let's look at why studios – and to a lesser extent audiences – still crave more Terminator movies, even while the science fiction franchise has devolved into a disappointing series of diminishing returns.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? The rules have been reset. It's time to start anew. Now playing in theaters is Terminator Genisys, the return of the Terminator series, this time directed by Alan Taylor (of Thor: The Dark World). Arnold Schwarzenegger is back, but the rest of the cast is new: Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons and Byung-hun Lee as the T-1000. In Genisys, John Connor sends Kyle Reese back in time to protect Sarah Connor, but when he arrives in 1984 nothing is as he expected. So how is it? Better than expected, or not? Is it worth it for Arnold again, or not even that? Once you've seen it yourself, leave a comment below with your thoughts on Terminator Genisys.
Heavy on hardware and low on CPU, Terminator Genisys blasts onto the screen marking the return of one of the action genre's kings, both in terms of star power and franchise. The fifth film in the series, there doesn't seem like much room to continue expanding on the inevitable war between man & machine. If that's your thinking, you've forgotten about the wonders a little time travel can do for a blockbuster franchise. You're also forgetting this is 2015, and the mantra of "bigger is always better" is in full swing. It's a shame that bigger usually means dumber, too. Terminator Genisys is both, briskly limping along the rails its idiotic script has laid down for it. Not even Arnold, welcome return as he is, can justify this film's presence.
Phew! Finally, I don't have to write "another day, another remake" because this definitely ain't happening anytime soon. In an interview with UK newspaper The Telegraph, director Robert Zemeckis revealed his rather frank thoughts on remaking his beloved sci-fi movie Back to the Future. "Oh, God no… That can't happen until both Bob and I are dead," Zemeckis said, referring to his co-writer Bob Gale. With Hollywood turning to franchises and old brands more and more these days, it's a legitimate topic for discussion, and I'm glad someone asked him about this. Zemeckis is currently finishing The Walk (which looks great), and has previously written off the possibility of BTTF 4. So long as he stays true to his word, it will all be okay.
It's not "who you gonna call?" this time, now it's "what you gunna wear?!" Director Paul Feig has debuted the first photo via Twitter of the Ghostbusters uniforms (but no proton packs?) for the new Ghostbusters movie, starring an all-female team of 'busters. Shooting is now underway. You can see the various nametags on the uniforms for each of the actresses starring in this: Melissa McCarthy as Abby Bergman, Kristen Wiig as Erin Gabler, Kate McKinnon as Jillian Holtzmann, and Leslie Jones as Patty Tolan. These new outfits certainly have an old, gritty vibe to them, and they still are jumpsuits, so that's good news at least. Beyond that, I'm waiting to see any actual footage though I've got a strangely good feeling about this movie.
Always more science fiction! French director Claire Denis is a talented filmmaker that we hope more and more people are always introduced to, and with this news about her next project, she might get even more attention. Screen Daily is reporting that Claire Denis is set to direct her first English-language feature, after 11 other feature films. It doesn't have a title yet (of course!), but it's apparently a sci-fi story set in space, beyond our own solar system in a "future that seems like the present." Denis is also writing the script with acclaimed British novelist Zadie Smith and her husband, writer Nick Laird. Bring on more sci-fi. Read on.
Welcome to Jurassic World. Colin Trevorrow's new entry in the Jurassic Park series has broken numerous global box office records, and is still playing strong in theaters around the world. One of the better parts of the film is the score from composer Michael Giacchino, who does his best to hold his own and deliver an exciting soundtrack for the dinosaur movie. There's no point in comparing John Williams work because he really is in a league of his own, but I'm just as impressed by the score Giacchino came up with for Jurassic World. Austin based art house Mondo is releasing a special limited vinyl pressing of Giacchino's Jurassic World score with art by Stan & Vince. Even if you don't really need the vinyl, the artwork is worth viewing.
"We always knew they were coming back." Today we celebrate our independence! 20th Century Fox hosted a major event on the set of the new Independence Day movie filming in Albuquerque, New Mexico at this very moment. Not only did they invite half of the film press down to the event, complete with fireworks and a screening of the original movie, but they live-streamed a Q&A with the cast. One of the big announcements was the title and logo (seen above) - it's officially called Independence Day Resurgence, which is a very lengthy title. Resurgence simply means that there is going to be an angry retaliation from the aliens, they're definitely coming back and they're going to be pissed off. So what do we have to defend ourselves this time?
Unite. Unite to take down the Capitol. Unite to show your support for Katniss. Lionsgate has launched a very ambitious global marketing campaign titled "#Unite" that is based on the three-finger salute from The Hunger Games. The grand finale, Mockingjay - Part 2, is only a few months away at this point and the studio is making sure to go all out with this conclusion. Years ago when the first Hunger Games movie was coming out, I suggested to a marketing exec the idea of focusing on the iconic salute (used in a few powerful scenes so far) as a way to rally fans behind Katniss in real life. It's awesome to finally see them taking on this idea and turning it into a global hype machine, and it's definitely going to work. This is going to be very big.
"There was a lot of unrequited dino love out there." A few years ago, a little film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival called Safety Not Guaranteed. It earned praise from critics and introduced a filmmaker, Colin Trevorrow, who later landed the gig of a lifetime - directing a brand new Jurassic Park movie, to restart the series again after it died with JP3 in 2001. Colin Trevorrow is the director of Jurassic World, a continuation of Michael Crichton's vision of a dinosaur theme park that Steven Spielberg made us all believe in back in 1993. It's already breaking box office records. A week before it hit theaters, I was lucky enough to spend 15 minutes chatting with Colin (on the phone) talking about creative control, Spielberg, the attention he's getting nowadays, and how he pulled off a movie like this as only his second feature as a filmmaker.