"I don't see why there shouldn't be this kind of brain computer interface that may well have the effect of extending ourselves." Ready for more wacky horror as we continue further into October? Today's short won Best Special Effects at the Indie Horror Festival and also played at Fantasia, Sci-Fi London, Dallas and the LA Shorts Fest before premiering online in full. It's called Flesh Computer, from writer/director Ethan Shaftel (@eshaftel), and follows a man with a "cybernetic pet" that causes some problems in the apartment building he lives in. Some of the FX aren't that great (mainly the fly), but other shots look better. While there is certainly a Cronenberg feeling, this short also mixes in sci-fi, tech, gore, social horror and lots more.
"Action is a magic trick... And good editing and good sound are your friend." In theaters this weekend is Fury, the latest from writer/director David Ayer, following-up his Schwarzenegger flick Sabotage and the LAPD movie End of Watch before that. This time he brings us a movie set during World War II, following one American tank as it continues to work its way through Germany near the end of the war. I really loved the movie, it's brutal yet emotional and was everything I was hoping to see out of this kind of tank action movie. I met up with David Ayer in New York City earlier this week for a chat about making action movies. "Action takes time, and it takes articulation. And you've got to think of it like stop-motion photography."
"I don't feel like doing funny movies anymore, I don't feel funny." Paramount has debuted the first trailer for Chris Rock's new movie Top Five, starring, written and directed by Chris Rock, making a comeback after a few years of being out of the spotlight. The indie production premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last month and was quickly acquired by Paramount, and quickly turned around for release this December. This is only the first trailer but honestly it's a bit hard to follow, is this Rock playing himself or something else? Rosario Dawson is another lead star, along with a big cast including Kevin Hart, Adam Sandler, Romany Malco, J.B. Smoove and Whoopi Goldberg. The film earned great reviews out of TIFF. Enjoy
Following the success of The LEGO Movie earlier this year, it's no surprise that more people have become smitten by the building block toy all over again. And Warner Bros. Pictures is going to keep bringing the LEGO fun coming with a Ninjago spin-off coming in 2016, a LEGO Batman spin-off in 2017 and The LEGO Movie 2 arriving in 2018 (as we reported yesterday). But today, we're bringing you some classic movies getting the LEGO treatment. Teenage stop-motion animator and LEGO fan Morgan Spence has recreated scenes from films like has recreated scenes from films like Singin' in the Rain with LEGO pieces. Watch!
There's still some spoilers floating about online for Star Wars: Episode VII, and we're doing our best to steer clear from them, hoping to preserve some sense of mystery and surprise when the film arrived next winter. But that doesn't mean there isn't stuff to reveal, and the latest post from StarWars.com does just that by announcing that a certain veteran of the sci-fi saga will be returning as well. Warwick Davis has been a part of Star Wars since he played Wicket the Ewok in Return of the Jedi, and he even had a small cameo role in The Phantom Menace. And now he'll pop up in Star Wars: Episode VII next year too. Watch!
"If you take it, you can make it." More and more trailers for awards contenders will be arriving every week as winter gets closer, and this time we have the second theatrical trailer for Angelina Jolie's sophomore directorial effort Unbroken, based on the true story of Olympian and prisoner of war Louis Zamperini. Jack O'Connell takes the lead role of the super star athlete turned soldier as he finds himself facing seemingly insurmountable odds in a Japanese prison camp after his plane is shot down over the ocean. He's forced to endure mental, physical and emotional torture, but he's not going to give up easily. Watch below!
As we said when the fourth and final trailer for Christopher Nolan's space and time-spanning drama Interstellar arrived, we're already sold on the movie and don't want to see anymore footage from the film, especially since we just learned from EW that over an hour of it was shot on IMAX and we just want to see that on the big big screen. But for those of you who just can't get enough footage from the film, we've included three new TV spots from the United Kingdom to whet your appetite along with new photos featuring Matthew McConaughey, Michael Caine and Nolan himself on set. Just three more weeks.
"We were headed for the edge of sanity, like we were apparitions, phantoms..." Warner Bros has debuted the first teaser trailer for Ron Howard's new movie In the Heart of the Sea, adapting a book by Nathaniel Philbrick about the real-life story that inspired Moby Dick. Chris Hemsworth stars as Owen Chase, the veteran first mate of the Essex, a whaling ship that sets off with a crew to hunt down the gigantic demon of a whale haunting them. The cast includes Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw, Charlotte Riley, Tom Holland and many others. This first teaser is a rather poetic and beautiful look at the story, presenting us with a larger-than-life tale of ambition and adventure. As a first glance, this looks really good.
"You want in this family, you gotta pay the price." After starring in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, actor Ben Barnes hasn't had the best luck with his film choices. He's the lead in the continuously delayed The Seventh Son, and he seems stuck in a rut if forgettable fantasy or sparsely seen films. Maybe there's a chance that could change with By the Gun, a gritty crime thriller set in Boston that sees Barnes entering the world of the Italian mafia. Leighton Meester doesn't seem to be offering much here though, especially with one particularly terrible line delivery on display that we hope is fixed in the final cut. Watch?
"We need to make it personal for her. Let her see what The Capitol did to District 12." Lionsgate just opened ticket sales for this fall's release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I, and along with that comes a short new trailer showing off some new footage from the first chapter in the two-part finale. Through voiceover, we hear President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) and Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) talking about how they're not sure Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) can be the leader they need. But that seems to change when she's taken to visit her destroyed home in District 12. Watch it!
Though found footage feels like a craze that only started a few years ago with the success of Paranormal Activity, the first massive found footage hit actually arrived 10 years earlier, at a time when the internet hadn't yet been successfully used to market a film to a massive audience. That film is The Blair Witch Project, and in a new short from Academy Originals, the film's unprecedented and breakthrough success is documented, showing how an indie film that was made on a shoestring budget became one of the biggest surprise hits of the summer thanks to some clever marketing and a unique premise. Watch below!
Over the last few weeks we've written a few articles about Quentin Tarantino taking over managing the New Beverly Cinema, the repertory 35mm theater in Los Angeles. However, there's an interesting development on the other side today and it involves one of the theater's longtime employees speaking out about the new changes. It seems things have taken a turn for the worse, and after being told to keep quiet, Julia Marchese (@juliacmarchese) has written a blog about her experiences and being unfairly forced to quit. Marchese is also the filmmaker behind the documentary Out of Print about saving 35mm film made mostly at the New Beverly. But due to this break-up, she has released the doc in full online immediately for everyone's viewing.
There's a chance we just might get a break from the terrible films that Nicolas Cage has been making lately. Director Paul Schrader (writer of Raging Bull and Taxi Driver) is entering espionage thriller territory with Dying of the Light, and Cage isn't playing the kind of protagonist you'd expect. Complete with grayed hair, and a shaky, elderly demeanor, Cage plays an ailing veteran CIA agent who is hellbent on taking down a terrorist who has evaded him for years. This doesn't look half bad, but Shrader hasn't directed the best films throughout his career. At least it looks better than Cage's other recent work. Watch?
"When I first saw you, I could not believe my eyes." It's October which means it's the month of horror, with scary films premiering all over. This short, titled Liebe or Love in German, is a quick watch and a fun way to mix up all those scares with something that will make you laugh. The 3-minute short has played at film festivals all over, including at Fantasia and Toronto After Dark throughout the year, and is now online for viewing. As always, we feature shorts to show people how much great filmmaking there is out there even in short form and made on a shoestring budget. Have fun with this one - the perfect short for October. Enjoy!