Thursday, May 31, 2012

Featurette: The Secret Speakeasy at Pixar

Andrew Gordon tells the story of how he found a secret room behind an air conditioning vent at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, California. Gordon began decorated the room, and it became the Love Lounge, a secret speakeasy. Gordon later moved the offices and created the Lucky 7 Lounge, a similar room that has been outfitted with a sliding bookshelf door that can be opened via a button hidden under a bust of Shakespeare. This featurette was part of Studio Stories, a series of shorts included in the Toy Story DVD extras.

Interview: John Lasseter on the Future of Animation

John Lasseter (Director, Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios) on the future of animation at The Academy's Development of the Digital Animator at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater on May 21, 2012. You can watch all ten segments here: on Oscar’s You Tube channel.

Video: Just the Spells

This supercut features seventeen minutes of nothing but the spells from all the Harry Potter movies.

Video: Jurassic Park Set Footage

Here's an almost eight minutes of behind the scenes footage from the set of Jurassic Park. Most of the footage is taken outside of the Jurassic Park Visitor’s Center and the first moments when the characters arrive on the island.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Awards: Steven Moffat's BAFTA Special Award

Here’s a video from tonight’s BAFTA ceremony, featuring Matt Smith and Benedict Cumberbatch making nice little references to their respective Moffat shows, to some recent media hullabaloo, and to Moffat’s personal life. Then Moffat himself takes the stage and delivers his acceptance speech.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Featurette: Blade Runner Convention Reel

This Blade Runner Convention Reel features interviews with Ridley Scott, Syd Mead and Douglas Trumbull about making Blade Runner universe. This 16 mm featurette, made by M. K. Productions in 1982, is specifically designed to circulate through the country's various horror, fantasy and science fiction conventions.


Video: Just the Joker

The guys over at The Cussing Channel have compiled a video of all of Heath Ledger's scenes in The Dark Knight Rising.  His scenes are undoubtedly the highlights of the movie, but when you watch it all back to back, it's funny just how overboard Ledger went with his character.  I remember reading claims that Ledger had attempted to sabotage his role. (Source) I didn't really credit the idea until I saw this supercut. 
"Our tribute to one of our favorite movies, and one of the best performances ever put to film: Heath Ledger as The Joker in The Dark Knight. Ledger is already the best thing about the movie, so we stripped away everything else to give you just the Joker's lines for more than 10 straight minutes. (4:37 might be in the running for the best part of this supercut, but there are many great sequences).

Rules: Just The Joker, just the on-camera dialogue. Now, there are many shots in this film over the Joker's shoulder, with the focus on the character he's talking to... those lines didn't make it... only the clips where the Joker is the focus of the shot (otherwise this becomes a 30-minute affair)."

Interview: Idris Elba Explains 'Prometheus'

Directed by Ridley Scott, and co-starring Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron and Idris Elba, Prometheus is a prequel to the classic 1979 horror film Alien, but the ads aren’t really clear on how the two films are connected. In this interview, The Wall Street Journal sat down with Elba to find out more about the film, his role as a starship captain, and all those secret “Alien” connections.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Trailer: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

20th Century Fox released a new trailer for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter that includes new scenes. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter hits theaters June 22.

Trailer: Dark Knight Rises

The new 30-second Dark Knight Rises TV Spot features new dialogue from Michael Caine and teases the movie's tense finale.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

TV Preview: Game Of Thrones: Battle Of Blackwater Trailer

HBO has released a trailer for the pivotal next episode of Game Of Thrones, “Blackwater”, that also acts as a recap of the events leading to the battle. The episode is written by George RR Martin himself, and airs here in the UK on Sky Atlantic on Monday 28 May at 9pm.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Trailer: Skyfall

Sony has released the first official teaser trailer for Skyfall — the twenty-third installment in the James Bond film series.

It's light on details, but here's what we know. Bond's loyalty to M tested as "secrets from her past" come to light, and Javier Bardem plays an antagonist who is "more than a villain."

Skyfall lands in theaters November 9th.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Marketing: Subway Station Marketing Stunt

If you've seen the poster for Prometheus, you'll agree that it's not something the faint of heart would want to be confronted with in the course of a train ride through an underground tunnel. As part of a marketing campaign for Scott's prequel to Alien, a massive bust was installed in a Parisian subway station that's been deserted for over seventy years.

Via: Nerd Approved

Friday, May 18, 2012

Clip: Community Goes 8-Bit

In this clip from the episode “Digital Estate Planning,” the Greendale Seven play a video game as only they can.

Source: IGN

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Trailer: Amazing Spider-Man

I'm loving this new storyline, but that costume is a major downgrade from the Tobey Maguire version. It looks cartoonish. That's not going to stop me from buying a ticket, though.

Trailer: Prometheus

The sole purpose of the latest clip from Prometheus seems to be to show off the movie’s titular spaceship.  It looks great and all, but I have my fingers crossed in the hope that this movie isn't just an hour and a half of special effects.

TV Trailer: Revolution

Here’s the trailer for the upcoming NBC series, Revolution. At first blush, it looks like a mainstream thriller. Then it sort of looks like science fiction. By the end of the trailer, it smells suspiciously like Lost-style fantasy. It'll be interesting to see how it unfolds in the episodes they manage to air before it gets canceled. ( Because we all know what a crappy record NBC has when it comes to genre series.)

Also, has anyone noticed how many female characters are coming out of the woodwork with a talent for shooting arrows recently?

Our entire way of life depends on electricity. So what would happen if it just stopped working? Well, one day, like a switch turned off, the world is suddenly thrust back into the dark ages. Planes fall from the sky, hospitals shut down, and communication is impossible. And without any modern technology, who can tell us why? Now, 15 years later, life is back to what it once was long before the industrial revolution: families living in quiet cul-de-sacs, and when the sun goes down lanterns and candles are lit. Life is slower and sweeter. Or is it? On the fringes of small farming communities, danger lurks. And a young woman's life is dramatically changed when a local militia arrives and kills her father, who mysteriously – and unbeknownst to her – had something to do with the blackout. This brutal encounter sets her and two unlikely companions off on a daring coming-of-age journey to find answers about the past in the hopes of reclaiming the future.

Video: The Ghostbusters Tour of New York

Patrick Willems and Matt Torpey of Bleeding Cool take us on a Ghostbusters tour of New York, where they visit every single location in the film, reenacting some of the scenes along the way.

Via: Nerd Bastards

Friday, May 11, 2012

Humor: Taxi Driver as a Disney Movie

Bryan Boyce imagines what 1976 Martin Scorsese film Taxi Driver would be like if it were made by Disney.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Video: Three Point Landing Action Movie Supercut

"Three Point Landing Action Movie Supercut" edited by Duncan Robson

Friday, May 4, 2012

Interview: Wil Wheaton

At the recent Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo, the core cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation held a panel during which Battlestar Galactica’s Aaron Douglas posed an interesting question to Wil Wheaton. This prompted the youngest member of the cast (now 39 years old) to take a moment and get something off his chest.

Wil’s character Wesley Crusher on Next Generation was not unanimously received and Wil’s decision to leave the show was apparently his own. It’s not like he has been out of work since leaving Star Trek, however in geek circles, he has earned his own recognition – even playing himself on The Big Bang Theory.

But to hear him come to terms with his position on the stage, and finally be able to admit to the cast he worked with the longest that he always felt like an outsider – and then be affirmed by them – had to be a big relief for him.

This was very touching to see. Considering the show has been off the air for 18 years, and the last feature film with this cast was a decade ago, it is a testament to the fans who still have a soft spot for the franchise.

Fan Film: StarWars The Old Republic

"StarWars The Old Republic" directed by Michael Schaak

This is an astonishingly good Star Wars fan film. Remember the original cinematic intro "Hope", well some incredibly talented fans created the entire thing, shot for shot, but in real life. It completely blows my mind that a fan could put something like this together in his spare time when the technology to create the relatively primitive effects in the original Star Wars trilogy have only been around for thirty-five years or so. It make you wonder what sort of things our grandkids will be cobbling together thirty years down the road.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Humor: No, Use ALL the TROPES!

A screenwriter pretty much uses every overdone trope from every science fiction-y TV show or movie ever. He notes that he is available to star in any upcoming science fiction blockbusters.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Trailer: The Dark Knight Rises

"The Dark Knight Rises" in theaters July 20.

Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' "The Dark Knight Rises" is the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. Leading an all-star international cast, Oscar(R) winner Christian Bale ("The Fighter") again plays the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Anne Hathaway, as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy, as Bane; Oscar(R) winner Marion Cotillard ("La Vie en Rose"), as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as John Blake. Returning to the main cast, Oscar(R) winner Michael Caine ("The Cider House Rules") plays Alfred; Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon; and Oscar(R) winner Morgan Freeman ("Million Dollar Baby") reprises the role of Lucius Fox.

Game Trailer: Reset

This is for a game called Reset, and it's just about the prettiest video game trailer I've ever seen.

Of course, as Dead Island showed, a good trailer does not an awesome game make. From what I gather, Reset is a first-person puzzler, where you have a time travel mechanic that allows you to play co-op with yourself. I like the idea, plus it will attract players of Portal 2 co-op who aren’t on speaking terms with their fellow players anymore.

Trailer: Prometheus

An international trailer for Prometheus went live over the weekend, giving some more hints about Charlize Theron’s character, a look at a Rubik’s Cube projector, and a glimpse of a proto-facehugger.