A long time ago, in a cinema far, far away, this short film played before Empire Strikes Back, and now it has been rediscovered. No seriously, that's the story behind this. Back in 1980, George Lucas commissioned his art director, Roger J. Christian, to make a short film that would show before his Star Wars sequel The Empire Strikes Back. That short was called Black Angel, sort of a classic fantasy about a lone warrior fighting a dark force. It only played in a few hundred UK cinemas, but it was hugely influential anyway. And even though all the prints were thought to be lost, Christian has restored and released the full 25-minute short Black Angel online - seen below. It's actually pretty good, and has some very iconic shots in it. Enjoy.
There are very, very few times we would ever even consider posting anything from "Extra", but this is one of those times. "Extra" host Mario Lopez traveled up to Vancouver to visit the set of the Deadpool movie, which is currently filming, and sat down for a one-on-one chat with star Ryan Reynolds. Yes, this sounds cheesy, but because it's Deadpool and he breaks the fourth wall and messes around with everyone, there's some fun elements to this otherwise bland "Extra" segment. It's also cool to see Ryan so excited to be talking about finally making an R-rated Deadpool movie. I'm glad they're embracing the character in all his glory.
"If I didn't have movies, life would be pretty boring." Magnolia has debuted the official trailer (+ poster) for the documentary The Wolfpack, a Sundance sensation and winner of the Grand Jury Prize earlier this year. The filmmaker, Crystal Moselle, follows six brothers from New York City who are huge movie buffs, recreating scenes in their apartment, but are also kind of kooky because their parents lock them up in their apartment. Yea, you have to see this story to understand, and they make for very interesting subjects that are easy to root for as fellow movie lovers. They make all the props themselves, from things found in their apartment. Unfortunately the filmmaking is a bit weak, but it's a fun story to see otherwise. Check this out.
This is a must watch trailer for one of my favorite films, a drama called Eden, made by filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve (of Father of My Children, Goodbye First Love) about a French house music DJ named Paul Vallée. The film has played at film festivals all over the world, from Toronto to New York to London to Rome to AFI, and is now hitting theaters this June. This trailer is a must watch because it's a beautiful way to sell this film, with quotes and the right music (Daft Punk!), everything is perfect. I wrote a really glowing review of Eden from TIFF last year, and I'm happy to support it and happy to see it get a release here in the US. It's a long film, not for everyone, but it has some very deep layers to it briefly hinted at in the new trailer. Enjoy!
"There are parts of the house that are unsafe." Universal and Legendary have debuted a new, full-length theatrical trailer for Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak, his new haunted house horror-thriller featuring quite a tremendous cast lead by Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Charlie Hunnam and Tom Hiddleston. This movie is so beautiful, the sets look gorgeous, the ghosts look creepy, it all looks perfectly mood and unsettling and amazing at once. Exactly what I would hope for from del Toro, and the more we see from this, the better it looks. The first trailer was just a tease, now we explore his new haunted mansion.
"How much trouble can one poet be?" Ah, you're about to find out of course. Strand Releasing has debuted a wonderful official US trailer for their upcoming release of Andy Goddard's Set Fire to the Stars, a black & white drama set in the 1950s starring Elijah Wood as an aspiring poet who ends up on a week-long retreat to save his hell raising hero, Dylan Thomas, played by actor/co-writer Celyn Jones. These two look like so much fun playing against each other, and I am excited to see their dynamic play out across the entire film. This first premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival last summer, playing at a few other fests here and there, waiting for its release in the US until now. Might be worth the wait? "It's about feelings, sir…" Check it out.
"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.
Every Generation Needs a Voice. Universal has debuted the first full trailer for Jem and the Holograms, a big live-action spectacle based on the super cheesy 80's animated TV show of the same name (if you've never heard of it before, give it a look, it's 80s-tastic). The plot is simple: music executive, Jerrica Benton, lives a secret, adventurous life as a glamorous rock star named Jem. Newcomer Aubrey Peeples plays Jerrica, along with Stefanie Scott, Aurora Perrineau, Hayley Kiyoko as her three sisters. This trailer is cut mainly for the Pitch Perfect crowd, as that's what this trailer is attached to, but it looks like it might have some potential. Not sure if this is your thing? Take 2 minutes to find out, just don't forget to have fun.
Hunt or Be Hunted. Aw, the poor bear! Did anyone know that a movie called Into the Grizzly Maze was being made with a cast like this? This new trailer put out by Vertical Ent. for Into the Grizzly Maze looks no better than your standard B-movie that barely makes a DVD release, however check out this cast: Billy Bob Thornton, James Marsden, Piper Perabo, Scott Glenn, Adam Beach & Thomas Jane. Essentially it's a horror thriller action B-movie about a "killer" grizzly bear that preys on loggers and the fine folk who come to investigate. There isn't a single shot in this it that looks good, none of it looks good, but here it is.
"In fact, they don't know what love is." One of the many truly cinematic presentations showing up at the Cannes Film Festival starting this week in France is the 6.5-hour feature from Portguese filmmaker Miguel Gomes. Titled As mil e uma noites, which they're translating to Arabian Nights in English, the film runs an exhaustive 381 minutes split across different parts, "The Restless One", "The Desolate One", and "The Enchanted One", connecting events in modern day Portugal with the ancient tales told by Arabic queen Scheherazade. I'm not really sure what to make of this, it kind of seems like it might be too crazy for anyone to sit through. Even this trailer is hard to sit through, and it's only 3 minutes! So have at it below if you dare.
"There's no need to tell lies at our age." Ain't that the truth. Kino Lorber has debuted an official US trailer for the upcoming summer release of Quebecois filmmaker Stéphane Lafleur's indie comedy Tu dors Nicole, starring Julianne Côté & Marc-André Grondin. Presented in black & white, the film is a quirky comedy that has a Wes Anderson meets the Dardennes Brothers vibe to it, centering on the lead character Nicole played by Julianne Côté. Her carefree lifestyle encounters problems when her older brother shows up with his band. One review says it has "an air of wondrous restlessness in its minor ambitions". Worth a view.
"Something lives in our woods… And it's looking for food, and it found us." Put away the children, and hide under the floorboards. Image Entertainment has debuted a full trailer for the film Dark Was the Night, a small-town horror thriller about a sheriff who struggles to handle a "new breed of raw terror" found in their woods. Kevin Durand stars along with Lukas Haas and Steve Agee in this very dark, very indie thriller that has an intriguing slow burn werewolf, or monster movie, vibe to it. I'm always glad to see Kevin Durand in more and more challenging roles, especially a lead role, but I'm not sure there is much substance to this one beyond the monsters-within theme. It might be worth a look, give it a shot especially if you like horror.
Way before I started this website I was a huge fan of this online TV series called Pure Pwnage, one of the original series from back when about geeky video gamers who "pwn n00bs" all day. The show has amassed a global following and now years later they're about to premiere a feature-length film called Pure Pwnage: Teh Movie. A teaser trailer has debuted and if you love video games, geeks being uber-geeky, or anything to do with pwning n00bs then fire this up and get a look at what they've been working on. Jeremy (played by Jarett Cale) reunites with his friend FPS_Doug (Joel Gardiner) to become a professional gamer. This is a very niche show that not everyone will be into, but I've always admired the geeky passion these guys have.
"To keep going, we've got to be a part of something bigger than ourselves." The Orchard has debuted a trailer for The Yes Men Are Revolting, an autobiographical documentary about the "Yes Men", Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, two "hilarious activists" that tell their own story in this film. As they explain, they have been pulling off corporate pranks for years and now are trying to find new inspiration fighting climate change. Yeah it looks a bit cheesy, but I'm much more interested in the angle of seeing them pull off their hoaxes than anything. If you enjoy activism or stories about passionate people, give this a look.