"The Flare - be on the lookout. If you see the signs, report to us immediately." Fox has debuted a fun, short little promo video for Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. This animated promo shows what happens when you catch the "Flare Virus", which is the fictional virus that infects people and turns them into weird
zombie undead like creature things. If you've seen the most recent trailer, you've seen what people become after being infected, and it is kind of a bit like a hyper-zombie. I just like to see this stuff made and released to the public, as it's a fun and smart way to build the world the film takes place in. In theaters next month.
Meet the crew of the ARES mission to Mars! From astronaut Mark Watney, played by Matt Damon, to commander Melissa Lewis, played by Jessica Chastain, to pilot Rick Martinez, played by Michael Peña, to flight surgeon Christopher Beck, played by Sebastian Stan. There are a few more, but they don't make it into this video. In promotion for Ridley Scott's The Martian movie, which looks fantastic (see the first trailer), Fox has launched another viral video teaser. The description explains: "NASA offers a declassified look at the psychological testing involved in preparing the ARES 3 crew for their journey to Mars." It's a fun little viral video, and likely another tease for another trailer coming soon. Excited for this movie. See below.
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.
"We'll revisit a story from a few years ago in the case of former Vistacorp employee and cyber-criminal Scott Lang." The countdown is on to the release of Marvel's Ant-Man, just a few weeks away. Right away the corner, however, is Comic-Con 2015 and while Marvel isn't hosting a Hall H panel, they may still make a mark. A new viral video has debuted teasing a news program, featuring Leslie Bibb as Christine Everhart from Iron Man, talking about Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, played by Paul Rudd. It's a nice MCU mash-up that also connects the most recent Avengers: Age of Ultron events with the bigger universe. The tweet that linked to the video says there's more coming next Tuesday, July 7th, just before Comic-Con. So stay tuned.
Here's Jonny! Oh so much fun. We've featured plenty of YouTube video versions of movies turned into 8-bit video games, but how about one you can actually play? Game maker/critic Pippin Barr has created a tiny browser game called Let's Play: The Shining, which is kind of like an 8-bit version of Kubrick's The Shining. He takes you through various scenes of the movie and you get to play through most of it (the maze, the hotel, riding the tricycle) complete with retro sound effects. It's pretty rad. It's just an experiment and fan-made game creation, but it is unique and worth a quick play, especially if you're a big fan of the movie.
Don't worry, the dinosaurs won't eat you. This new park is totally safe! Trust us, we're InGen. Come see the deadly dinosaurs, you'll be fine. Ha. Universal has debuted a fantastic new video on YouTube that plays as a viral video from InGen Technologies, the company responsible for creating the Jurassic Park and all the dinosaurs within in. In the video, you'll see actor BD Wong as Dr. Henry Wu explaining the technology and processes behind their operation. It's almost like a job video, come work for us! Look what we do! Though of course we all know that it's going to get crazy in Jurassic World and something is going to go wrong. "That's what being today, tomorrow is." This reminds me a bit of the Weyland TED Talk, which is one of my faves.
"If you have any needs in the sci-fi category…" This is crazy cool! Disney has launched a pop up shop on Amazon.com promote Tomorrowland, and they're selling lots of cool sci-fi toys and goodies. To promote the store they made a fun little viral video for the Blast from the Past Super Store, and it stars Keegan-Michael Key as one of the clerks, talking about all the cool stuff they have. There's a shot of the Iron Giant Mondo figure (nice reference to Brad Bird), and a few other gems. At the end the video flashes a URL which links to an Amazon store where you can buy Tomorrowland swag and lots of other stuff. Does it also exist as an actual store in Hollywood, too? Follow @BlastFromPast for more updates. And see the video just below.
The first glimpse at this summer's 8-bit invasion in Pixels just debuted, and it's a pretty cool trailer. But aside from the cool visuals and video game characters, there was also another little hint at something else we haven't yet seen in any of the footage. In the film, there will be an arcade game called DojoQuest featuring a heroine named Lady Lisa fighting dragons, ninjas and whatnot. Within the trailer there was a quick frame with a link to the game's website where you can watch the trailer for the game which can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store and Google Play. And it seems Lady Lisa comes to life. Look!
We have a delivery. Arriving at the offices of a number of prominent movie bloggers all over the country are LG cell phones with a personalized introduction and instructions to wait for more information tomorrow (Wednesday, March 4th). Mysterious… We also received a phone here. No other info was included, aside from a memo from "Phoenix Biogenic", the same name on the box the phone came in. The note talks about feeling immortal and the chance to get a new body, which connects with the plot in the new Tarsem psychological sci-fi film Self/less. From here, we have to wait until we all get an update tomorrow morning. But in the meantime, this is our first viral look at the new Self/less movie. They definitely have my attention.
When we showed you some images teasing the genetically modified hybrid dinosaur called Indominus Rex, we mentioned that the website for Jurassic World is chock full of cool stuff. There's live park feeds, an interactive map of the entire island, and tons more that makes the park feel real. And now a viral video from the site has revealed something else: the role Vincent D'Onofrio is playing in the film. The video introduces us to the security side of Masrani Global, the company who bought InGen and made Jurassic World a reality, and the head of security is Vic Hoskins (D'Onofrio looking like Jon Favreau). Watch below!
3… 2… 1… And launch! We're excited to announce a brand new promotional website for Christopher Nolan's sci-fi spectacular Interstellar, which has been playing in theaters for one month. The site allows fans to explore the entirety of the spacecraft Endurance, including the Ranger shuttles which they use for landing. Built on WebGL, using the same 3D model from the Oculus Rift experience, you can explore an interactive interior of the Endurance. The ship was used by the exploration team, lead by Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, to travel to Saturn and ender the wormhole to visit another galaxy. While we've all seen inside the ship in the movie, this is the first place (aside from the game) to go this in-depth with Endurance.
"Are you paying attention?" Time to put your mind to use. One of my favorite films of the year is hitting theaters later this week – The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing who helps break the Enigma code during WWII. The Weinstein Company recently released yet another one-minute trailer/spot for the film (seen below), and hidden in it is an IP URL which links to a viral cryptography/code breaking website. It's actually a Google-made cryptography website with, likely, something cool at the end if you can get all the way in. Anyone want to give this a try? "You are in control of what is about to happen."
Following the ominous teaser poster from last month, Universal Pictures has launched a viral site to tease Jurassic World. The website is for a company called Masrani Global, a corporation built on telecommunications which has since expanded to oil, all the profits of which helped founder Sanjay Masrani purchase International Genetic Technologies (InGen) in 1997 after Dr. John Hammond passed away. The site also gives us an introduction to Jurassic World, the operational theme park which has bee up and running since June 2005. And the best part is that there's some new images from the park, including our first look at B.D. Wong reprising his role from Jurassic Park, and Irrfan Khan as Masrani's son. Look!
The viral marketing for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I has been pretty damn great. In addition to the traditional trailers and posters, the viral spots featuring President Snow and the rebels of District 13 interrupting them have been a great way to immerse fans into the world of Panem. Now they're going the extra mile as Lionsgate and Google have partnered to create District Voices, a five episode series that will pop up on YouTube throughout the week, intended to act as programming that citizens of Panem might see on Capitol TV. The first video went live today, and there will be a new one everyday this week.