Discuss: Are Remakes Like 'Let Me In' Any Less Genuine or Honest?

Let the Right One In / Let Me In

On the movie news front, it seems every week there's another remake, reboot or reimagining coming our way. Most of the time, myself and many of my colleagues are quick to complain at the mere prospect of a remake, but when the right directing and acting talent comes together, there just might be something special to be made. This is even more likely when remaking a highly acclaimed foreign film for American audiences. However, director Tomas Alfredson, who saw his film Let the Right One In quickly remade into Let Me In by Matt Reeves, doesn't seem to be a big fan of the remake, or any remakes. More below!

 Posted February 27 in Discuss, Editorial | Comments

Watch: New TV Spot for Pixar's 'Brave' the Best We've Seen for It Yet

Pixar's Brave TV Spot

"If you had the chance to change your fate, would you?" Wow. Disney ran a TV spot during the Oscars, now online via TheMovieBox, that's one of the best looks at this we've seen yet. It finally shows Brave in the way it should be shown and captures the wonder and magic of Pixar storytelling. In barely 30 seconds, using only one line and folk music, they capture characters and relationships, Scottish heritage and honor of their land, the crazy beauty of Merida's red hair, and a slight hint at where it's going with the bears and her fairytale fate, in one beautiful package. I love it, the best footage we've seen from Pixar's Brave yet. Bravo!

 Posted February 27 in Hype, Pixar, To Watch, TV Spots | Comments

Watch: Animated Short Oscar Winner 'The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore'

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

What does it take to win an Academy Award for Best Animated Short? Find out here, as one of the surprise wins last night was The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore in that very category. It features no dialogue, but does use a variety of animation techniques, including stop-motion, miniatures, 2D animation and CGI. From their site: Inspired in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, Morris Lessmore is a story of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favor. It's a great short (found via The Film Stage), definitely worth the time to watch.

 Posted February 27 in Awards, Cool Stuff, Indies, To Watch | Comments

Check These Out: Stunning Neon Sign Pink 'Drive' Logo Poster Set

Drive Neon Sign Logo

One of the best films of last year which sadly did not win any Oscars last night was Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive, which had one nomination but it didn't win (Hugo did). While many complained about the film's odd, lackluster marketing—some didn't even like the pink logo in the film—I thought it fit well considering it was Refn's artistic choice and I love absolutely every last frame of the movie. There have been handfuls of fan-made posters since, but this one takes the cake. RopeofSilicon has found a poster set for Drive designed by Belgian artist Rizon Parein that features a stunning 3D pink neon sign made as the logo in the film.

 Posted February 27 in Artwork, Cool Stuff, Feat, Posters | Comments

Another Dracula Origin Tale Coming from the Writer of 'Mirror Mirror'

Dracula

Writer Jason Keller is looking to capitalize on two trends that are hot in Hollywood right now: the fairy tale movie and the vampire film. Keller wrote Mirror Mirror, Tarsem's fantasy take on the Snow White mythology that hits theaters this March, and now Deadline reports that the scribe just sold an untitled pitch to Sony Pictures about the origins of Dracula. Not much is known about the story, other than it's intended to be a period film that kick-starts a franchise, but it joins a host of other vampire-related films in various stages of development. Read on for a rundown of all the other bloodsucking movies in the works.

 Posted February 27 in Development, Movie News | Comments

'Titanic' 3D Re-Release Getting a Special Fan Sneak Preview Event

Titanic

It's almost time for the 100th anniversary of the tragic sinking of the Titanic, and to pay tribute to those lives lost and the hundreds of stories that ended in the cold waters so many years ago, James Cameron is bringing back his Best Picture winning film Titanic to the big screen in 3D. Valentine's Day brought a special sneak preview event to lovebirds looking to go back to the R.M.S. Titanic, but now even more fans in Canada and the United States will get a chance to catch an early screening of the theatrical re-release, and there's even some special goodies in store if you can get a ticket, or win one in a very lucky hand of poker.

 Posted February 27 in 3D, Events, Movie News | Comments

'Moneyball' Duo Brad Pitt & Jonah Hill Back for Another 'True Story'

Jonah Hill and Brad Pitt

The Oscar nominees may not have taken anything home last night for their respectable turns in Moneyball, but Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill might get another shot at Academy Awards with a new project. Deadline has word that Pitt is going to produce True Story, a film that will have Hill starring along with James Franco. Normally, we'd see these two together in an Apatow comedy or something, but this project, which will be directed by Rupert Goold and based on a memoir from journalist Michael Finkel, is another fact-based drama that will yet again allow Hill to stretch his acting chops beyond just being a funnyman.

 Posted February 27 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Ridley Scott Finally Reveals Link Between 'Prometheus' and 'Alien'

Prometheus

Ever since the project was revealed, fans have been trying to figure out whether or not Prometheus is really some sort of prequel to Alien. Director Ridley Scott and several others have only commented on "the DNA" of the 1979 sci-fi horror film being within the 2012 release. However, speculation remains rampant that there's something bigger in the film and Scott and company are just good at keeping it under wraps. That could very well be the case, but perhaps in an effort to keep that secret under wraps, Scott spoke with a Hungarian news outlet (via ComingSoon) and revealed the real link between his two sci-fi films.

 Posted February 27 in Hype, Movie News | Comments

Must Watch: Everyone in Jimmy Kimmel's 'Movie: The Movie' Trailer

Movie: The Movie

Last night's 84th Annual Academy Awards were quite the star-studded event with a who's who of Hollywood's finest talent in attendance. However, following the show "Jimmy Kimmel Live" had plenty of names who weren't even at the Oscar ceremony last night. That's because four months ago, host Jimmy Kimmel set out to make one of the biggest movies, with one of the biggest casts and a combination of every genre. The result is Movie: The Movie, and now we have a trailer with the likes of Tom Hanks, Kate Beckinsale, George Clooney, Jason Bateman, Martin Scorsese, and many more! Watch it below!

 Posted February 27 in Humor, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

See A Video Tribute to Those Snubbed by the 2012 Academy Awards

Adventures of Tintin

Now that all the winners of the 84th Annual Academy Awards have been revealed, with Hugo and The Artist both coming away with a decent handful of Oscars, there will likely be some dwelling on who really deserved the golden statue, but didn't receive one other than the chocolate replicas from Wolfgang Puck. However, a recent video made by JoBlo has decided to focus on all the movies and talents who weren't even honored with a nomination with Snubbed 2012 - An Oscar Tribute. Made in the same style as the In Memoriam tribute video of those lost each year in cinema, this film remembers the non-nominees. Watch!

 Posted February 26 in Awards, Feat, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Highlights from the 84th Annual Academy Awards Last Night!

Emma Stone & Ben Stiller Oscars 2012

Another year, another long ceremony of honoring cinema with Oscar gold. Thankfully, the ceremony barely ran overtime for the 84th Annual Academy Awards, however, host Billy Crystal wasn't exactly putting his best foot forward with some pretty lame jokes, a hokey song and dance number and a generally boring ceremony. It's not clear who is to blame in this case, as Crystal is certainly a very talented comedian, but the ceremony left something to be desired. However, there were still some choice highlights from the show, especially from the presenters themselves, and some truly great acceptance speeches. Recap them below!

 Posted February 26 in Awards, Feat, To Watch | Comments

2012 Academy Awards Winners - 'The Artist' & 'Hugo' Each Win Five

2012 Academy Awards

The 84th Academy Awards are upon us and it's time to watch the show and announce the winners of the most prestigious award in Hollywood. The Oscar ceremony is being broadcast live from the Kodak Theatre where everyone's favorite host Billy Crystal returns, for his ninth time. The nominations this year resulted in a total of nine Best Picture nominees, ranging from Tree of Life to Hugo to Moneyball to The Artist, and although we may think we know who will win, it should be an interesting night. The complete list below will be updated with winners marked as they're announced live on the show tonight - refresh for any updates.

PICTURE:
The Artist
Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist
DIRECTOR:
Michel Hazanavicius
Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist
ACTOR:
Jean Dujardin
Jean Dujardin -
The Artist
ACTRESS:
Academy Awards
Meryl Streep -
The Iron Lady

Read on for the complete list of nominees and winners. Be sure to let us know what you think of the results!

This will be updated throughout the night to reflect the winners as revealed. Additionally, I might be adding a small bit of editorial commentary beneath each category. Winners are highlighted in BOLD below.

 Posted February 26 in Awards, Discuss, Feat, Movie News | Comments

New Trailer for Marvel's 'The Avengers' is Arriving Online This Week

Marvel's The Avengers

Briefly: For those of you anxious for superheroes more than Oscars, we've got exciting news for this coming week. Marvel has confirmed, in a quick Facebook post (via SuperHeroHype) that the new trailer for Joss Whedon's The Avengers will be arriving online later this week. The post states "only 3 days left until the premiere" of the trailer on Apple, which would mean Wednesday, February 29th (Leap Day), most likely after the Entertainment Tonight TV debut on Tuesday evening. This will likely be the final Avengers trailer as well, considering there's only 68 days until this superhero ensemble with Iron Man, Thor, Cap, Hulk, Hawkeye and Widow, hits theaters, but I'm excited to see what they've been waiting to show us until now.

 Posted February 26 in Hype, Movie News | Comments

Indie Trailer Sunday: Oscar Nominated Time Travel Short 'Time Freak'

Time Freak Trailer

"You built a time machine... you've been traveling around yesterday?" The perfect trailer to feature today, on Oscar Sunday, is for one of the five Oscar nominated shorts that could win tonight. The film is called Time Freak, and is indeed an Oscar nominated short about a guy who invents a time machine. The film's story gets even better, as director Andrew Bowler and his wife, producer Gigi Causey, made a fantastic video of their reaction the morning of the nominations, and Hero Complex wrote about it. The trailer is below, but you can already buy the entire film on iTunes. Anything with time travel I'm always in, but this looks great!

 Posted February 26 in Hype, SciFi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

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