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DECEMBER 31, 2010
Not necessarily news, but your day could be spent in worse ways than watching the PLANET OF THE APES toy commercials from the ’70s. You must hear the third one where the voiceover talent does some acting. “What planet am I on? OH NO!”
DECEMBER 30, 2010
The WGA has made some MAJOR contenders of the awards season ineligible for WGA year-end awards due to the productions not strictly following WGA guidelines. The Hollywood Reporter does a nice breakdown of the losers and bigger losers in this omission scandal (for example, billion-dollar-grossing “Toy Story 3″ will likely be unaffected). Some of the names are sure-fire Oscar-nominee-bound: “The King’s Speech”, “Biutiful”, “Winter’s Bone”, “Blue Valentine” and more.
DECEMBER 29, 2010
One of the perks of Awards Season in Hollywood is that many of the best scripts of the year are available for download directly from the studios! They’re just trying to get the word out and promote their scripts, and we get to take advantage and read some of the best screenplays of the year. Here’s where to go and what you can get FOR FREE!:
The Weinstein Company: Scripts for “Blue Valentine”, “The King’s Speech” and more
Sony Pictures Classics: Scripts for “Animal Kingdom”, “Get Low”, “Another Year” and more
Universal Pictures: “Despicable Me”
…and keep your eyes peeled as more studios make scripts available for download.
DECEMBER 28, 2010
“The Empire Strikes Back”, “Malcolm X”, “Airplane!” and more make up 25 films inducted into the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress. Read the whole list here. Something I didn’t know is that the Library of Congress encourages YOU to vote for the films that will be inducted next year. Go here and vote for your favorite. If you can’t think of anything, vote for “No Country For Old Men”.
DECEMBER 27, 2010
Remember when Adrien Brody did those Diet Coke ads and everyone was up in arms because he had just won an Oscar? Perhaps it was beneath him? Well, it’s never been beyond Batman, Thor, Aquaman and more to blatantly shill for the Hostess company in their comics. The cheese-o-rific one-page Hostess ads have all been compiled at Tomheroes.com and are certainly worth a look for any pop culture fan.
DECEMBER 26, 2010
“Hugh Hefner Announces Engagement to 24-Year-Old Playmate Via Twitter”. So read the headlines Christmas day. It’s a man’s world.
The Hollywood Reporter has the news.
DECEMBER 25, 2010
Just in case your New Year’s resolution is to lie on the couch more than you did in 2010, they’ve announced the release date of the BACK TO THE FUTURE game. Get the details here.
DECEMBER 24, 2010
What we really want Santa to bring us this Christmas:
DECEMBER 23, 2010
The teaser for Kevin Smith’s horror film is up. No Silent Bob:
DECEMBER 22, 2010
If you wondered whether comedian Al Franken would make a good politician Al Franken, this clip shows you he has his finger on the pulse of an important consumer and communications issue. Now the question is, will anyone listen?
DECEMBER 21, 2010
It seems odd that $65 MILLION can buy all sorts of cool stuff to make a Spider-Man Broadway show, but it can’t seem to buy safety. ANOTHER actor was hurt during the show, falling some 8-10 feet during a stunt. It’s just amazing to think that no one was ever hurt during the run of “Spider-Man ROCKS!” at Universal Studios Hollywood. Then again, that show was neither entertaining or ambitious…
DECEMBER 20, 2010
There aren’t a whole lot of interviews with or articles about Albert Brooks. In a recent Esquire article, Brooks shared some classic bits of his unique mind, and you should take notice.
DECEMBER 19, 2010
Anytime Terrence Malick finishes a movie, it’s news. The trailer for “The Tree of Life”:
DECEMBER 18, 2010
Even Dengar’s making a list and checking it twice. Hello Dengar, Merry Christmas.
DECEMBER 17, 2010
If you haven’t been following the Thora Birch story, it’s a good one. She was rehearsing “Dracula” for an Off-Broadway run and was promptly fired because of her father. Her dad denies doing anything “threatening” to another actor, but stories still have the former porn-star, now manager Mr. Birch intervening on the action and rehearsal of the play. It’s a great read found at Artsbeat. You shouldn’t need a stage dad well into your twenties, but Ms. Birch seems saddles with one.
DECEMBER 16, 2010
This required a ton of patience and creativity. Not necessarily film NEWS, but certainly an impressive rundown of the films of 2010. 270 Films in 6 Minutes. FEAST:
DECEMBER 15, 2010
From Obligatory Studios in conjunction with Capitalize Quick Productions comes “Fast Five”, the FIFTH movie in the “The Fast and The Furious” franchise. Lucas Black is not in the cast, and there’s a guy who IS cast named “Ludacris”.
DECEMBER 14, 2010
Your trailer for “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”. Rob Marshall has picked up directing duties from Gore “if I don’t stop directing pirate movies, I’ll be the Chris Tucker of directors” Verbinski.
DECEMBER 13, 2010
You’ve probably played or at least seen Star Wars Monopoly. It may have gone too far with Star Wars-themed Mexican Bingo. Now available here. No sign of Bail Organa.
DECEMBER 12, 2010
Ladies and gents, your “Thor” trailer. The star of the movie has three lines in the trailer. I hope that isn’t hiding anything…
DECEMBER 11, 2010
Have you ever wondered where online you go to find that one “mash-up” your friend told you about? “The Shining” re-cut, that “Titanic” sequel. One site has compiled them all – TheTrailerMash.com.
DECEMBER 10, 2010
The real transformation would be to buck this franchise’s trend and transform what looks like a good trailer into a good film. We’ll see…
DECEMBER 9, 2010
Wanna impress David Lynch? He’s looking to be impressed. The avant-garde legend has ventured into music production, and he’s looking for YOU to make a music video of one of his songs. The winner gets 2K in pounds…or euros…or something. You’ll get to be cool, that’s for sure. Get the details here.
DECEMBER 8, 2010
Chalk one up for common sense! The ruthless, imbalanced, standard-wavering MPAA has finally granted an R rating to “Blue Valentine”, instead of the ridiculous, outdated, dead-as-Elvis NC-17. Well done, Harvey Weinstein and all the people who signed the petition crawling up the MPAA’s ass to get this done. MPAA, stop shitting on women!! (It was apparently a depiction of a female receiving oral sex that pushed the rating over the edge) Actually, shitting on a woman would definitely get you an NC-17, but not oral sex. Not in my America. Get the details at Entertainment Weekly.
DECEMBER 7, 2010
I don’t know if you’ve been following the “Mark Ruffalo is a terrorist” story, but it truly was one of those great “let’s all be scared” terrorist over-reaction stories. Ruffalo is calling the whole thing “fantastical”. Read more here.
DECEMBER 6, 2010
Someone has a lot of time. But the result is interesting. “Inception” in real time. All four dreams (within dreams) represented on one screen in real time:
DECEMBER 5, 2010
It’s official. Mel Gibson’s next film will be released. Next question, will people care? Find out this spring.
DECEMBER 4, 2010
The city with the fewest murders in the United States might have just fallen to second place as Disney’s manufactured city CELEBRATION is rocked with it’s first murder and first suicide in 14+ years, both falling in the SAME WEEK. No word if Edward Scissorhands or Joanna Eberhart were involved. Read more here.
DECEMBER 3, 2010
Don’t know how old this is, but it’s the first I’ve seen it. A map of the United States, with each state’s movie (as assigned by the mapmakers) credited:
DECEMBER 2, 2010
There’s an honest-to-god murder mystery going on in Hollywood, as famed publicist and press agent Ronni Chasen was gunned down in Beverly Hills two weeks ago. The story just got weirder as a man about to be questioned about the killing committed suicide as the police approached his door. THIS is a True Hollywood Story for which I will reserve the usual smart-ass comment. Read more in the NY Times.
DECEMBER 1, 2010
Injuries and action-stoppages abound, but performances of the Broadway musical “Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark” are going forward. This last weekend, the intermission came with one actor dangling above the audience. Read the details here.
NOVEMBER 30, 2010
We’ve posted TONS of stuff here about the 30th anniversary of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. Unfortunately, the film’s director, Irvin Kershner, has decided to celebrate by dying. Read more here.
NOVEMBER 29, 2010
Prepare for hilarity…or something. James Franco and Anne Hathaway are this year’s Oscar hosts, so set your TVs for adorable next February.
Get the details here.
NOVEMBER 28, 2010
NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! Better days…
“Mayor: Now Drebin, I don’t want any trouble like you had on the South Side last year, that’s my policy.
Frank: Well, when I see five weirdos, dressed in togas, stabbing a man in the middle of the park in full view of a hundred people, I shoot the bastards, that’s *my* policy!
Mayor: That was a Shakespeare-In-The-Park production of ‘Julius Caesar,’ you moron! You killed five actors! Good ones!”
NOVEMBER 27, 2010
Here’s a website singing the praises of PENN & TELLER GET KILLED. That alone should be bigger news than it is, but P&TGK has a great, great line in it: “Do what you want to the girl, leave me alone!”. I’d love to see what Penn & Teller would do today, now that they’ve become far, far, more anarchistic.
Read the article here.
NOVEMBER 26, 2010
Sign The Weinstein Company’s petition to turn “Blue Valentine”‘s NC-17 rating back into an R. The sexual situations in the film are not worthy of a nobody’s-gonna-see-it NC-17. The decision’s a joke, the rating’s a joke, and the MPAA continues to argue that they are, in fact, a joke. Sign the petition here.
NOVEMBER 25, 2010
The Weinstein Company’s “Blue Valentine” and “The King’s Speech” have been slapped with a ridiculous NC-17 and R rating, respectively. His response. He got a lawyer: “I think we can all agree that we are living with an outdated ratings system that gives torture porn, horror and ultraviolent films the same rating as films with so-called inappropriate language.” Read more here.
NOVEMBER 24, 2010
BEVERLY HILLS, CA
Another cool event is coming up at the Motion Picture Academy. Director Jerry Zucker is hosting a night where filmmakers like Wally Pfister and Alex McDowell examine where movies are going in terms of technology. Here are the particulars:
7PM, Thu., December 2
Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA
NOVEMBER 23, 2010
Let’s do a test, shall we? The kids go CRAZY for “Twilight”, but will they go NUTS for an in-person appearance by “Twilight: Eclipse”‘s DIRECTOR David Slade? I’m thinking no, but I might go to Dark Delicacies book store for the DVD signing to find out:
Dec. 4, 6PM
3512 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505
NOVEMBER 22, 2010
I’ve said it here before, but it bears repeating, THE ONION does funnier things daily than most do weekly. Now, they have a show on the TELEVISION. Read on here.
NOVEMBER 21, 2010
The Greatest Idea Ever Awards were announced as Spielberg casts Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln in “Lincoln”.
Read more here.
NOVEMBER 20, 2010
Is this the most amazing thing ever? No. Is it entertaining? Kinda. But there seems to have been too much work put into it to not repost. I’d feel guilty if I didn’t.
“250 Introductions of 185 People, Groups, & Things”:
NOVEMBER 19, 2010
Weird Alec Baldwin commercial #2:
NOVEMBER 18, 2010
These are apparently no joke. Alec Baldwin’s mother LOVES the upstate NY grocery chain Wegman’s. So he shot some commercials for them. I keep waiting for the joke, but it never comes. Here’s weird commercial #1:
NOVEMBER 17, 2010
Let’s waste no more time. Another BIG-TIME summer 2011 movie. The trailer can be seen here.
NOVEMBER 16, 2010
Green Lantern. You’ve heard of it. Watch the trailer here.
NOVEMBER 15, 2010
It’s time for the big summer 2011 movies to release their hot-shit trailers. Let’s get to it. First up, “Cars 2″. Watch it here.
NOVEMBER 14, 2010
A few weeks ago, we announced that Roland Emmerich was making an alien invasion movie. I know, let me repeat. This announcement came in 2010, not 1995. However….it’s over. Perhaps the budget of $5 million was $200 million less than what he’s used to, or the alien invasion thing is tired. Whatever the reason, Emmerich is on to his next film. Maybe something that’ll involve the end of the world.
Read more here.
NOVEMBER 13, 2010
DeNiro’s getting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards. You got a problem with that?
Read about it in The Hollywood Reporter.
NOVEMBER 12, 2010
It’s come to this. Now there are trailers for trailers, as evidenced in the first-pre-advanced-sneak-look at next summer’s GREEN LANTERN. I should say, this is an announcement of an upcoming, soon-to-be-screened first-pre-advanced-sneak-look at next summer’s GREEN LANTERN.
NOVEMBER 11, 2010
There’s a street-legal TRON light cycle for sale. Bid on it here, or make do with your crappy, American-made gas guzzler.
NOVEMBER 10, 2010
Gene Shalit is retiring. This is news because I had no idea he was still appearing on “The Today Show”. When news sites like E! use this picture of Shalit for RECENT news, that doesn’t help re-inforce the idea that he’s still out there gettin’ it done:
NOVEMBER 9, 2010
The proposed “Robocop” remake was another victim of the MGM bankruptcy. Maybe we were all spared, however. This scholarly re-appraisal of the original makes it look like a successful picture of timing and perhaps shouldn’t be updated to modern day. Well done, popmatters.com.
-SLG & PP
NOVEMBER 8, 2010
Someone has a lot of time on their hands. I’m referring to the webmasters of Cinemorgue.com. They have databases of every actor’s death scenes in the movies. Find your favorite actor and they’ll have info on all their cinematic fatalities!
NOVEMBER 7, 2010
Start talking to me about “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World”, and I’ll start talking about how it’s one of the best films of the year. I love the movie. And so does Guillermo del Toro, an unusual choice for a Q&A moderator with the cast of “Scott Pilgrim”, but the results are fun. Watch the interview here. “Scott Pilgrim” comes out on DVD next week!
NOVEMBER 6, 2010
Any time there’s a chance to catch a glimpse of a legend, we like to point it out to you. So, don’t miss a book signing by the great Oscar-winner Ernest Borgnine. He’ll be signing his new autobiography “Ernie” at Dark Delicacies in Burbank, CA on Nov. 13th.
Dark Delicacies Info:
4213 West Burbank Boulevard
Burbank, CA 91505-2124
NOVEMBER 5, 2010
“I give great phone.”
NOVEMBER 4, 2010
The Beatles starring in “The Lord of the Rings”? It was once pitched, and one of a few of The Greatest Movies Never Made. Catch the Mental Floss article here.
NOVEMBER 3, 2010
LOS ANGELES, CA
AFI Fest 2010 opens tomorrow and runs through the 11th. Best of all, it’s FREE! No, best of ALL, DAVID LYNCH is this year’s guest Artistic Director! Get the schedule and other info here.
NOVEMBER 2, 2010
People are PASSING OUT in the theaters during an amputation scene in Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours”, starring James Franco. I, for one, love it. Not since fights broke out at “Do the Right Thing” screenings twenty years ago has a film been this effective!
Read more in The L.A. Times.
NOVEMBER 1, 2010
Kevin Smith’s next film will be a horror film. The poster makes the project look like there’s little room for dick jokes. Read about Smith’s long journey to get this movie made here.
OCTOBER 31, 2010
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
As ever, pop culture was mightily represented at the West Hollywood Halloween Carnival. My favorite:
OCTOBER 30, 2010
‘Tis the season to dress up your dog in goofy costumes like this:
Click here to see more STAR WARS-themed dog costumes.
OCTOBER 29, 2010
I love it. Roland Emmerich making an alien invasion movie is BREAKING NEWS!
OCTOBER 28, 2010
The first look at next summer’s big superhero movie, CAPTAIN AMERICA, is gracing the cover of Entertainment Weekly, giving vampires a week off:
OCTOBER 27, 2010
AVATAR sequels are on the way. Cameron, as ever, will take his time building them and you can go back to Pandora in 2014 & 2015. Read about it in The L.A. Times.
OCTOBER 26, 2010
The powers-that-be keep threatening to release THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK “Making Of” book. So, there is yet another “sneak peek” at the photos and content, this time courtesy of Vanity Fair. The pics are great, read on here.
OCTOBER 25, 2010
One of my favorite DC Universe characters is Green Lantern. As much as I like Batman’s close relationship to the actual world, the scope of a Green Lantern story to encompass the whole GALAXY is pretty cool. This report from the set makes the film sound like it happily takes on the wide canvas of a Hal Jordan epic.
Read the set report at BadAssDigest.com.
OCTOBER 24, 2010
Real Time with Bill Maher is one of my favorite shows on TV, but why should a current events/comedy round-table talk show get a mention on themovieguys.net? Good news! Rob Reiner said something controversial on the show, and HE’S a movie director, so BAM! That’s my excuse to bring you this awesome clip about The Tea Party
OCTOBER 23, 2010
Any time Uwe Boll does anything, it’s news, because the guy is f-n’ NUTS. How nuts? Now we can all find out with a new documentary about the most hated filmmaker out there. Read about the doc here.
OCTOBER 22, 2010
SONY officially stops production.
OCTOBER 21, 2010
I always get excited when Spielberg announces a new directing project, and we did that here when it was announce that Big Steve was going to direct the film version of the popular play “War Horse”. BUT. THIS looks like something to get more excited about. Spielberg will be directing the adaptation of “Robopocalypse”, a book in which robots rise up and KILL ALL HUMANS. I love the dark side of Steven Spielberg. I hope we see it here.
Read more here.
OCTOBER 20, 2010
You’ve heard of the Kevin Bacon game. That’s not a question. But have you researched how many degrees from Kevin Bacon YOU are? You can do that here, and thanks to a program that scours imdb.com, you can find out how far away ANYONE is from Kevin Bacon. Also, did you know that Sean Connery is the center of the film-link universe, not Bacon? There may be a lot you don’t know. Better visit the website now…
OCTOBER 19, 2010
Overheard on “Regis & Kelly” last week, concerning actor James Earl Jones:
“If you see James Earl Jones on the street, he’ll record your outgoing voicemail message for you if you write a $100 check to his favorite charity right there on the spot.’”
I WILL do this.
OCTOBER 18, 2010
Best or worst thing ever? Bill Murray shows up at SPIKE TV’s Scream Awards dressed like Peter Venkman. Awesome to see, but I’m still afraid of “Ghostbusters 3″…
OCTOBER 17, 2010
It seems legal and much-publicized problems are behind the production of “The Hobbit” and casting is under way. Read about it here.
OCTOBER 16, 2010
R.I.P. Barbara Billingsley. Known mainly as June Cleaver, but here’s her finest moment:
OCTOBER 15, 2010
The Scream Awards on SPIKE TV air Oct. 19th. One of the big events will be the 25th anniversary reunion of the “Back to the Future” creative team. This promo for the Scream Awards is a lot of fun:
OCTOBER 14, 2010
Wordle.net will create a word cloud comprised of the most prevalent words on your home page. Exciting? Amazing? No. But brief. Here’s the one for themovieguys.net:
OCTOBER 13, 2010
If you didn’t get to Comic-Con, TRON NIGHT is your chance to see advance footage of TRON: LEGACY two months early. It’s already sold out in L.A., but for other cities around the world, free tickets are available here.
OCTOBER 12, 2010
I think it’s fairly well-known pop-culture history that Michael J. Fox replaced Eric Stoltz in “Back to the Future” about five weeks into shooting. With the 25th anniversary of the legendary sci-fi comedy upon us, clips like this one at the Hollywood Reporter show Stoltz at work before he was given the boot. And if you’re in the right city, “Back to the Future” will be back in theaters Oct. 23rd and 25th.
OCTOBER 11, 2010
Ever have that argument about what Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” means? There’s a website hosting a rather involved explanation. See it here and shut your friends up!
OCTOBER 10, 2010
Solomon Burke died today. He wrote the song “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love”, memorably featured in “The Blues Brothers”. True to his song’s form, he fathered 21 children and 90 grandchildren. R.I.P.
Read about Burke in this BBC article.
OCTOBER 9, 2010
Warner Bros. seems all apologetic that they won’t have the 3D conversion of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1″ ready by the November 19th release date. It’s a win/win, WB. The date doesn’t change and it won’t be in 3D. Save the conversion money and give it to Chris Nolan for his next Batman movie!
Read the press release here.
OCTOBER 8, 2010
Next trailer, “The Way Back”, the long, triumphant return of Peter Weir!!! And it’s an escape-from-the-Gulag movie! That’s just awesome.
Watch the trailer here.
OCTOBER 7, 2010
Trailers, trailers, trailers! First up, Julie Taymor’s “The Tempest”. Looks badass, looks nothing like “The Tempest”
OCTOBER 6, 2010
John McTiernan to serve one year
Oh sure, New York Times – “DIE HARD Director” goes to jail, because nobody would weep for the internment of the director of Medicine Man.
OCTOBER 5, 2010
Happy 20th anniversary to a massive waste of time, the NC-17 rating. Read TIME Magazine’s article on the rating that makes you change your movie and get another rating.
OCTOBER 4, 2010
Zack Snyder is onboard to direct yet another SUPERMAN reboot. But the Snyder/Christopher Nolan creative team has me very, very intrigued. And they’re bringing back General Zod! It worked to bring back The Joker, so I’m in all systems ROOT for the return of the franchise. Heat Vision has the scoop.
OCTOBER 3, 2010
Stephen “A-TEAM producer” Cannell is dead. That makes on hell of a week and a half in celebrity deaths:
Eddie “Carrie’s dad” Fisher
Gloria “Old Lady from TITANIC” Stuart
Greg “Always get you confused with Nick DiPaolo” Giraldo
Joe “Forget it Jake, it’s Chinatown” Mantell
Tony “Jamie Lee’s Dad” Curtis
Andy “I greenlit HEAVEN’S GATE” Albeck
Arthur “Directed both BONNIE AND CLYDE and PENN AND TELLER GET KILLED” Penn
OCTOBER 2, 2010
LOS ANGELES, CAMore cool activities at the Motion Picture Academy: “Monsters in the Movies” is coming up Oct. 21. A night with special effects supervisors and clips of everything from “King Kong (1933)” to…um…”King Kong (2005)”
Here’s the skinny:
When: Thursday, October 21, at 7:30 p.m.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
OCTOBER 1, 2010
“What are you afraid of? No-one’s asking you to have a baby!”
SEPTEMBER 30, 2010
If this is news to you, you must be living in a shoe. But George Lucas is re-releasing the “Star Wars” saga (now considered widely as a six-film franchise) next year…..in 3D. (sigh) The Hollywood Reporter has the first dates of release.
SEPTEMBER 29, 2010
The great ride STAR TOURS is getting the re-vamp treatment at Disneyland and DisneyWorld. The Imagineers have leaked some first-look images and concepts on their website. As much as I don’t get excited at the idea of the ride now aligning itself with the prequels, I am excited to see STAR TOURS get a technology upgrade. Read about it here.
SEPTEMBER 28, 2010
“Titanic was called the Ship of Dreams, and it was. It really was.”
SEPTEMBER 28, 2010
It’s been called the best way you can spend one minute of your day today. The Coen Brothers’ “True Grit” trailer. So true.
SEPTBMER 27, 2010
This is a very odd little video about a Galactic Empire presence here on Earth, but they’ve taken the found-footage route. It’s not horribly exciting, but it looks cool. I think they describe it as giving new meaning to the term “Fleet Week” in San Francisco:
SEPTEMBER 26, 2010
The thing about most deleted scenes is that there’s a reason they were deleted. If you’re not horribly entertained by the alternate opening to “Iron Man 2″, then thank god they didn’t use it! As far as DVD extras go, you’re better off listening to commentary than watching deleted scenes:
SEPTEMBER 25, 2010
Continuing “Celebrate the month of Bill Murray’s Birthday”, Funnyordie has posted some of the best photos of Bill caught on the street, posing with fans, including this one! How great would it be to be these guys?:
SEPTEMBER 24, 2010
Who knew the wildly mediocre “Be Kind Rewind” could be influential, but it seems folks across the country are creating their own “re-makes” of classic films like “Armaggedon” and “Jurassic Park”. The terms is that a film has been ‘sweded’. With bad acting and cheap sets, at least you know what you’re getting into when you watch the videos here.
SEPTEMBER 23, 2010
Jon Stewart’s not much of an actor. His film career is, what, “Big Daddy”? And not much else. He comes from the trying-to-keep-a-straight-face acting school of Jerry Seinfeld. BUT, as host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show”, he’s become one of the biggest comedians on the planet. Now, what he and Stephen Colbert are doing with “Dueling rallies” in D.C. next month is truly brilliant. If you don’t know about it, go to THE HUFFINGTON POST and get caught up. Again, it’s not really movie news, but you gotta give it up to Stewart and Colbert.
SEPTEMBER 22, 2010
BEVERLY HILLS, CA
When I first came to Los Angeles, I went to a taping of “The Tonight Show” just to catch a glimpse of Clint Eastwood. If you’ve never taken that leap to listen to a legend, this might be a good chance: Blake Edwards is doing a Q&A at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, followed by a screening of his wonderfully un-PC 1981 satire “S.O.B.”. The details:
Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
SEPTEMBER 21, 2010
Steve Martin is on Twitter! You can read Steve Martin writing daily, and it’s cheaper than a new novel. Go back three days or so and start reading about Steve’s new screenplay. Hilarious. Follow him here.
SEPTEMBER 20, 2010
Is there a season of the year when lists AREN’T being made? End-of-year, all-time, summer’s-best, etc., there’s always something being ranked in the world of movies. Now, Roger Ebert has made the 100 Greatest Movie Moments list. Enjoy.
SEPTEMBER 19, 2010
The ongoing love-fest for the 30th anniversary of “The Empire Strikes Back” continues. In conjunction with an upcoming “Making Of” book, a trailer for the book is online. Eat it up:
SEPTEMBER 18, 2010
You know, we work hard on our monthly movie previews here at The Movie Guys. But sometimes this is all it takes to get thousands of hits on YouTube. Pretty funny:
SEPTEMBER 17, 2010
Re-live the 197—, I mean, re-live your youth. Let’s not talk specific dates, shall we? But nostalgia reigns at this site where you can peruse full sets of trading cards for movies. From “Alien” to “The Black Hole”. But no “The Empire Strikes Back”, somehow. I mean, even I have every “Empire” trading card…
SEPTEMBER 16, 2010
According to Hollywood & The Mayans, the world will end in 2012. They’re both wrong. The world will end Feb. 11, 2011, the day they release the Justin Bieber bio pic. Read about the end of the world.
SEPTEMBER 15, 2010
OK, this isn’t exactly “The Latest”, it’s from the 1960s, but it’s pretty damn cool and I wanted to share. How to make a puppet. From the Master, Jim Henson:
SEPTEMBER 14, 2010
Heeeeee’s baaaaaaaaaack! How cool is it that after nine long years, JOHN CARPENTER made another movie!
Read all about “The Ward” here.
SEPTEMBER 13, 2010
Bill Murray turns SIXTY this month!! The Guardian has put together sixty good facts about Bill to celebrate:
READ IT HERE
SEPTEMBER 12, 2010
Shout-out to a particularly good-looking documentary on the horizon. Look for “MARWENCOL” coming out later this year. Again, no need to spoil the content with my blabbing, watch the trailer.
SEPTEMBER 11, 2010
The world’s worst filmmaker is making another horrible film. It’s Uwe Boll’s “AUSCHWITZ”. Prepare to be disturbed.:
SEPTEMBER 10, 2010
This is one hell of a fan film! The voice-over work is great, the animation is fun and the score is effective. Stay till the very end for a quality gag. It’s easy to do ’cause the short up till then is pretty entertaining.
SEPTEMBER 9, 2010
Douglas Trumbull is a legend, bringing us special effects for “2001″, “Blade Runner” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”. His website and his passion is alive and well. This particular link to his videos page is where you can find trailers for some upcoming projects, including a technology he’s designing to photograph UFOs and a documentary about making “2001″.
SEPTEMBER 8, 2010
WARNING. I clicked on this link and was doomed to a minimum of thirty minutes playing it. It’s “THE ROOM” done up as a Nintendo-style video game. The music alone is hilarious, the gameplay, though a bit monotonous, is….well, shit, THE ROOM is monotonous, isn’t it? Play on here.
SEPTEMBER 7, 2010
A drive-in showing “The Last Exorcism” bursts into flames. Coincidence? We think not. Read on here.
SEPTEMBER 6, 2010
The wizardry of the Harry Potter universe is actually derived from real-life science, magic and medicine. There were potions, alchemists and all sorts of cool stuff attributed to inspiring Potter’s world. Read on at the website devoted to these theories.
SEPTEMBER 5, 2010
You know I’m a raging Pixar fan. It’s a shame we may never see what looks like a true original from them, “Newt”. Instead, they’re moving forward on a “Monsters, Inc.” sequel. However, there is some concept art out there that looks pretty cool. Get the whole skinny here.
SEPTEMBER 4, 2010
Perhaps film festivals aren’t generating the same audiences that they used to. A film fest in England has expanded admission to canines.
View the video here.
SEPTEMBER 3, 2010
What the hell is wrong with this woman?
SEPTEMBER 2, 2010
LOS ANGELES, CA
Kubrick! Kubrick! Kubrick! The GREAT Egyptian Theater and American Cinematheque are screening a shit-ton of Kubrick films in Hollywood and if you’ve never seen “Paths of Glory”, get your ass to the theater.
For the full screening list, go here.
SEPTEMBER 1, 2010
What if Snookie from “Jersey Shore” were also “Sookie” from “True Blood”? I’ll tell you what: comedy ensues:
JULY 31, 2010
I’ve said this in other venues, but it bears repeating here. THE ONION does funnier stuff DAILY than TV shows do in a week. This is one of my all-time favorites:
JULY 30, 2010
HOLY COMPILATIONS, BATMAN!!
JULY 29, 2010
One of the finest trailer mash-ups in a while: “Toy Story 3: Inception”. No comments necessary. Enjoy:
JULY 28, 2010
“Sir knight? I’ve just pissed in my pants… and nobody can do anything about it.” – DANCES WITH WOLVES
JULY 27, 2010
In the “how could we forget?” category, in our recent recap of movie anniversaries this year (“Back to the Future”, “Jaws”, etc.), we forgot it’s the 30th anniversary of “CADDYSHACK”! For a list of thirty things you may not know about the classic comedy, click here.
JULY 26, 2010
This Warner Bros. video about Comic-Con is pretty decent, but there is one great moment at the end that is indicative of what makes Comic-Con great. Ryan Reynolds recites the Green Lantern oath to a kid fan. Good stuff:
JULY 25, 2010
Tommy Wiseau was out and about at Comic-Con, and answered questions about “The Room” being converted to 3D. He talked about more in this article, but the idea of finally using 3D technology for what it was designed – horrible, talky relationship dramas with few sets – caught my eye.
JULY 24, 2010
Earlier this year, here in THE LATEST, we reported that the original MST3K gang was back doing their show, but now it’s live, sans robots and called Cinematic Titanic. Turns out the MST3K-ers NOT involved in Cinematic Titanic have put together RIFFTRAX, where they provide audio tracks to movies that you can listen to at home when you watch the original movie. The trick here is they’ve expanded to current films like “The Lord of the Rings” and “Avatar”, whereas Cinematic Titanic sticks to the classic, crap films they’ve always goofed on. I’m so glad there’s room in the world for both.
Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff and Mary Jo Pehl are involved in Cinematic Titanic, traveling to L.A. in Sept. and their whole schedule is here.
Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett are involved in RiffTrax. Read a Slant Magazine article here.
JULY 23, 2010
Mail Online is reporting that a man robbed a bank in New York dressed as Darth Vader. Best part of the article?
“Police in New York are now trying to trace the phantom menace”
The Sith Lord thief was described as “wearing the distinctive Darth Vader mask, a long black cloak and – slightly out of character – camouflage combat trousers.” Which means that soon he’ll be posing for photos in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater, or slightly worse, the recently-booted-from-Hollywood-Blvd. costume characters will be getting firearms in their on-going desperate need for attention…
JULY 22, 2010
The title of this Heat Vision article is “Two more join Martin Scorsese’s 3D family adventure ‘Hugo Cabret’ (exclusive)”. Emily Mortimer and Michael Stuhlbarg are the two actors in question.
But…does anyone else have a problem with the words “Martin Scorsese’s 3D family adventure”? That stings a little. In my soul.
Read the article here.
JULY 21, 2010
A pug sings the theme from the “Batman” TV show. This is stupid. Enjoy:
JULY 20, 2010
Did the deeper and deeper levels of dreamscapes confuse you in “Inception”? The good folks at Techland put together a graph that explains all the levels of subconscious visited in the film. SPOILERS ABOUND, but if you want to get more in sync with that crazy-deep movie, check it out:
Click HERE to see it full size.
JULY 19, 2010
If you allowed indulgence for going nuts over the first-look of GREEN LANTERN, please further indulge a bit of fawning over Kristen Bell. Is she good in movies? What’s her best performance? Who cares, she is CUTE:
Happy 30th, Kristen.
JULY 18, 2010
I think there’s just a couple o’ guys up there and this asshole is one of them! – “Silverado”
JULY 17, 2010
If you haven’t seen “Batman Vanishing”, do yourself a favor. We quote it all the time. A hilarious short that goofs on Batman’s disappearing act when he’s talking to Commissioner Gordon on the rooftop. Dig it:
JULY 16, 2010
Oh, hell YEAH!! GREEN LANTERN!! Martin Campbell directing (“Casino Royale”) and Ryan Reynolds looking spot-on. You’re talking about my favorite comic hero. Let’s get it on. Bring it, Comic-Con. No wise-ass comments here. Just soak it in. Green Lantern, fool. Hell yeah.
JULY 15, 2010
There’s been a follow-up to the Darth Vader Tom Tom ad. Shaping up into a pretty funny ad campaign, this is.
JULY 14, 2010
Marvel releases a new Thor photo, and a Shakespearean Actor/Director does some pre-emptive soul-selling!
Today on MTV’s Splash Page, Marvel Studios released this image of lead actors Chris Hemsworth (as Thor), Tom Hiddleston (as Thor’s mischievous half-brother, Loki), and Sir Anthony Hopkins (as the Asgardian All-Father, Odin) in costume together for the first time, which is all kinds of awesome:
What’s less awesome is…the remainder of the article, in which Marvel trots out Thor director (and walking embodiment of amazingocity) Kenneth Branagh AND next year’s Captain America: the First Avenger director Joe Johnston to expound the virtues of… (wait for it) …POST-PRODUCTION 2D-TO-3D CONVERSION…
(sigh) As always, hit the link above to read the article…oh, wait! I almost forgot to mention this tasty little tidbit they slipped in at the end:
David Tennant as Bruce Banner?!?! Wouldn’t that just set both of my little geek hearts all a-flutter… Absent from this rumor list is actor Mark Ruffalo, whose name has also come up today as a possibility for the role.
Stay tuned, True Believers!
JULY 14, 2010
The William Morris/Endeavor Talent Agency drops Mel Gibson…
…soon after America does.
JULY 13, 2010
A new trailer for David Fincher’s “The Social Network” is out. Check it out here, I don’t feel right posting it on Facebook…
JULY 12, 2010
EDWARD NORTON OFFICIALLY OUT OF THE AVENGERS: MARVEL STUDIOS’ ANNOUNCEMENT & THE NORTON CAMP’S RESPONSE
UPDATED!! 7:50 P.M. EDT
Norton himself has now weighed in on the recasting of The Hulk via his Facebook page.
This past Friday, Drew McWeeny (neé AICN’s “Hercules”) broke the story on his HitFlix blog that Marvel Studios was opting not to invite Edward Norton back to reprise his Incredible Hulk role as Bruce Banner in the upcoming Avengers film. This came as a bit of a shock, considering that Norton had mentioned his ongoing enthusiasm for returning to the role several times in recent interviews.
Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige (pictured above with Norton on the set of the 2008 Incredible Hulk film) gave a rather pointed statement regarding the casting change to HitFlix, explaining the company’s reasoning:
“We have made the decision to not bring Ed Norton back to portray the title role of Bruce Banner in The Avengers. Our decision is definitely not one based on monetary factors, but instead rooted in the need for an actor who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members. The Avengers demands players who thrive working as part of an ensemble, as evidenced by Robert [Downey Jr. as Iron Man], Chris [Helmsworth as Thor], Chris [Evans as Captain America], Sam [Jackson as Nick Fury], Scarlett [Johansson as Black Widow], and all of our talented casts. We are looking to announce a name actor who fulfills these requirements, and is passionate about the iconic role in the coming weeks.”
Ouch. Norton rep Brian Swardstrom wasted no time in responding with some details that might surprise you about exactly how close Norton seemed to joining the ensemble. Perhaps most interesting is this little tidbit:
“When I said that Edward was definitely open to this idea, Kevin was very excited and we agreed that Edward should meet with Joss Whedon to discuss the project. Edward and Joss had a very good meeting (confirmed by Feige to me) at which Edward said he was enthusiastic at the prospect of being a part of the ensemble cast.”
Gee, kids; that sounds like actual confirmation that Joss Whedon is indeed helming The Avengers, doesn’t it? Regardless, we can all expect Marvel to trot out the director and stars of the film during Comic-Con at the end of the month.
JULY 11, 2010
Someone wiseguy went and turned clips of “Arrested Development” into an action movie trailer, so naturally, we applaud it. But, I couldn’t help but laugh not just at the concept, but at all the great episodes of that brilliant show. Perhaps even more important than this goofy video is this link where you can buy the entire series on DVD:
-PP & SL
JULY 10, 2010
A DVD recommendation from our Movie Guy Justin to pass time on a slow new-release weekend:
There isn’t any way to write a review of this movie without giving important info away (even the trailer tells you too much). So, I will simply say, it is a cerebral, suspenseful, and intriguing indie that delivers again and again. What you need to know…it is a horror film that isn’t too full of gore; rather, it centers more on story, than startles.
If you liked “Ghost Ship”, then DON’T see this movie. If you liked “Memento” AND you like horror, then SEE this movie.
JULY 9, 2010
OH, HELL YES!! New material from Tommy Wiseau! I mean, how long can you continue to sell out midnight screenings across the country of your seven-year-old first film? They say this is Tommy Wiseau as we’ve never seen him before, but it’s certainly Tommy Wiseau as we’ve always wanted to see him…
JULY 7, 2010
Have you ever wanted to make your own life-size Jabba the Hutt? No? Well here’s a site that shows how other guys have done it. You don’t care about them? They’ve taken great care to be realistic in all their “Star Wars” costumes. You’d beat the shit out of them if you saw them at Wizard-Con? Wait, you wanna correct yourself and state for the record that you’d never actually go to Wizard-Con?
Go work your shit out and get back to us. In the meantime, here’s the Jabba “How-to”:
STAR WARS CRAFTS
JULY 6, 2010
DOES MGM SPELL S.O.L. FOR 007?
There’s a very strong possibility that the same MGM financial woes that screwed us out of a Guillermo Del Toro Hobbit have indefinitely rescinded James Bond’s license to…well, do anything, really.
According to FirstShowing.net (via reports from AICN and the UK Daily Mirror), Bond 23 hasn’t been delayed, it’s been full-on canceled, which may also mean Daniel Craig’s tenure as Bond may be over as well.
Hit the link for details.
JULY 6, 2010
COMMANDER, TEAR THIS TOY BOX APART UNTIL YOU’VE FOUND THAT YAKFACE FIGURE…
This was just too cool not to post (courtesy of GeekTyrant):
JULY 6, 2010
IN A WORLD DESPERATE FOR REVOLUTION, ONE CHIMPANZEE WILL RISE…
Unfortunately, no. However, /Film has news about 20th-Century Fox’s Summer 2011 release of Rise of the Apes, a prequel to the Planet of the Apes storyline.
Now, before those of you who (like me) still struggle to get the skunk-stench of Tim Burton’s 2001 “reimagining” of POTA out of their nostrils automatically roll their eyes at this…
…some aspects of the production sound promising:
-The majority of the simian characters will supposedly be created digitally, which would be worrying, except they are being produced by WETA Digital, whose work is pretty much unparalleled in creating photo-realistic creatures and animals, so that’s potentially cool.
-The cast (as of today) includes:
The linked update adds to the coolness of the casting by bringing Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings‘ Gollum, the 2005 King Kong) back to WETA’s mo-cap studio, performing the chimpanzee, Caesar, whose origin is the focus of the film.
When I started writing this entry for “The Latest”, it quickly degenerated from a factual blurb to a bit of a rambly-rant-thingy about Planet of the Apes, the complete text of which I’ll post later on, over in the “Opinions/Articles” section, for anyone with an axe to grind over the way the legacy of original film series has been squandered in recent years. Otherwise, hit the link for /Film‘s story, and their other headlines about the film as well.
JULY 6, 2010
TRON: LEGACY – SET VISIT
The guys from Collider were given AMAZING on-set access to “Tron: Legacy” last year, the only proviso from Disney being that bits and pieces of the video they shot would be released gradually over time, leading up to the film’s release at the end of the year.
This is the first of those bits. Hit the link above to check it (and the rest of Collider’s coverage of the film) out!
JULY 6, 2010
The 100 Cheesiest Movie Quotes of All Time.
CHEER as they include “The Room” and “Battlefield Earth”. BOO as they include “Lethal Weapon” and “Goldfinger”. Either way, you’re emotionally invested:
JULY 5, 2010
We saw this contraption at Hollywood & Highland in L.A. It’s a game where a kid can stand in front of a Wii-type machine and move things around a sorcerer’s workshop in virtual reality. It seems to be touring malls and shopping & dining districts. Check your local paper so you know where to avoid…
JULY 4, 2010
As we celebrate the 234th anniversary of the U.S.A., let’s look at our most notable anniversaries since then. We’ve already chimed in here at THE LATEST with our thoughts on the 35th anniversary of “Jaws” and the 30th anniversary of “The Empire Strikes Back”. Let us also not forget that this year is the 25th anniversary of “Back to the Future”, the 20th anniversary of “Die Hard 2″ and the 10th anniversary of the one-year anniversary of “Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace”.
God bless America.
Oh, and it’s the one year pre-anniversary of “Captain America”, in theaters July, 2011.
- SL & PP
JULY 3, 2010
The Saturn Awards – given every year by The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, recognizing excellence in the genre fields of movie and television – are not something I normally pay attention to. But maybe I’d better start, since a blurb I read tells me these were their top winners from last year (presented at their awards ceremony last week):
Best Science Fiction Film:
Best Fantasy Film:
Best Horror Film:
DRAG ME TO HELL
Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film:
These just happen to be my four favorite films from 2009. Way to go, Saturn!!!
JULY 2, 2010
WANNA SEE THE SPIDER-MAN CASTING ANNOUNCEMENT?
AICN had somebody down in Mexico who was able to grab photos and an actual video from the live casting announcement of Andrew Garfield as the new Peter Parker.
Click the link above to watch! Share and Enjoy, True Believers!
JULY 1, 2010
ANDREW GARFIELD OFFICIALLY CAST AS SPIDER-MAN!
The guys over at Geek Tyrant reported at 9 P.M. EDT that Andrew Garfield (Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, this year’s The Social Network from David Fincher, and from the “I-knew-I-recognized-him!” Department, the two-part Doctor Who episode “Daleks in Manhattan”/”Evolution of the Daleks” from Series 3) has officially been cast as the web-slinger in Marc Webb’s reboot of the Spider-Man franchise, due out from Sony pictures on July 3rd, 2012.
Click the link above for the story, which includes Sony’s official press release!
JULY 1, 2010
“Grace, Ferris Bueller is behind this. There is no doubt in my mind, and now, he’s got Sloane Peterson involved in this thing.”
Los Angeles prosecutors say they have charged “Ferris Bueller” actor Jeffrey Jones (doing his best Ted Levine impersonation) with failing to update his sex offender registration information.
Read the brief write-up in THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.
JUNE 30, 2010
SCOTT PILGRIM DIRECTOR EDGAR WRIGHT MOVING FORWARD WITH MARVEL’S ANT-MAN FEATURE
I’ve been a Wright fanboy since I first saw his freakishly awesome series Spaced, co-written by and starring frequent Wright collaborators Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes (neé Stevenson, both pictured above with Wright), on BBC America some years back. Since then, Wright’s two features, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz have helped cement his status as “ONE OF US!! ONE OF US!!” in the movie-geek community; his upcoming adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s BRILLIANT series of Scott Pilgrim graphic novels is arguably the film I’m personally most excited to see this summer.
So, it’s a real kick that his next project following Pilgrim is the big-screen debut of Marvel’s Ant-Man, the screenplay with which he’s been tinkering for a few years. Despite early reports that Wright’s Ant-Man would be more of a send-up of the recent crop of superhero films, MTV’s Splash Page quoted Wright as saying “…it’s a genre film. It’s about the level of comedy that Iron Man has. The idea is to make a high-concept genre film where it’s within another genre.” Wright also expressed a clear desire to keep the film just as grounded in the real world as the other Marvel films.
Click the link above to read the full story!
JUNE 30, 2010
STEVE CARELL IS LEAVING “THE OFFICE”
After next season, apparently. Dare one hope that David Brent may take over as boss? They could seed his character early in the season to set it up. It’s not as if Ricky Gervais’ movie career is exactly going gangbusters. (And even if it were, Carell has proven that you don’t have to slow down your movie-making schedule just ‘cuz you’re on a successful TV show).
JUNE 29, 2010
I wanted to post the new “Harry Potter” trailer, but felt compelled to also post the trailer for the first “Harry Potter” film. Watch ‘em both and be impressed with how mature and impressive the franchise has become. Right down to the WB logo, great care has been taken to “adultify” the franchise, and I think it’s worked, as all the films, from first to last, have been rather majestic:
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS
HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE
JUNE 28, 2010
The lost “Superman” movie REVEALED! Details on the Christopher Reeve sequel (SUPERMAN V) that never was.
Read about it here.
JUNE 27, 2010
This is awesome. For anyone who loved their Star Wars Kenner toys, and their dog. This guy got both.
JUNE 26, 2010
It’s been thirty years since “Airplane!” hit theaters? Surely, you can’t be serious?
I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley…
JUNE 25, 2010
“The Social Network” teaser trailer is out. When I heard a movie was being made about the founder of Facebook, I wasn’t all that interested. But Fincher changed that…
JUNE 24, 2010
Man, the things stars demand nowadays in their riders. Steve Martin is touring the country with his bluegrass ensemble and you wouldn’t believe the stuff he’s DEMANDING! (hint: it’s funny)
Read it at his website: STEVEMARTIN.COM
JUNE 23, 2010
Outside of maybe Iron Man, I’m not sure what these people are trying to accomplish, but apparently it’s the season to shoot glowing shit out of your hands…
JUNE 22, 2010
“35 Years Later, the Secret of JAWS’ Success is Revealed!”
35 years ago today, “Jaws” was released and was miraculously able to draw enough audience members away from “The Land That Time Forgot” and “Mandingo” to become the largest grossing movie of all time. It would, of course, only hold the record for two years, when “Star Wars” was able to beat “Airport ’77″ in it’s theatrical release.
JUNE 21, 2010
The Green Hornet trailer is here! (yes!) It’s also going to be in 3D. (no!) But it’s got Michel Gondry directing! (yes!) But it’s been pushed to January (no!). As you can see, it’s conflicting…
JUNE 19, 2010
As if they need to lure patrons into the theater…
Nevertheless, here’s another fun “Toy Story 3″ featurette with Ken!:
JUNE 18, 2010
Perhaps the best movie poster I’ve seen in years! And the movie looks good, too. How can you not see it? Clooney makes the best choices of any mega-star out there.
JUNE 17, 2010
Seen on the news…
JUNE 16, 2010
Hmmmm, let’s see….sweet release of death or watch “The Smurfs” trailer…?
JUNE 14, 2010
Here’s a strange little movie game brought to you by the folks at M&Ms. To celebrate dark M&Ms, there’s a painting that contains clues to 50 “dark” films. Name the films as quickly and correctly as you can!
Find the game here.
JUNE 13, 2010
In a summer of sequels, how did this one fall through the cracks?
JUNE 12, 2010
It opens in one week. One week, people. Book your plane ticket.
Read the NY Times article about one journalist’s experience at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter here.
JUNE 11, 2010
Great concept, great sport, and funny as hell. “Wax On, Fuck Off” is hilarious. Enjoy:
JUNE 10, 2010
On June 4th, we posted here that James Cameron was on the gulf oil spill and that his underwater adventure experience (he’s logged over 2500 hrs. undersea) would be an asset to the clean up. But who knew Mr. WaterWorld himself, KEVIN COSTNER, would be the next potential hero! Apparently, after the Exxon Valdez disaster, Costner’s sunk around $20 MILLION of his own money into developing a machine that de-oils water.
Read about it here.
JUNE 9, 2010
Mike Nichols will receive this year’s AFI life achievement award. He’s one of the rare talents to receive an Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Grammy award. Expect a TV special about the award presentation sometime soon.
Read the LA Times article here.
JUNE 8, 2010
The costumed characters who populate Hollywood Blvd. have gotten the boot. The reason is aggressive panhandling and loitering. The potentially-classy Hollywood and Highland area was getting dangerously close to resembling Venice Beach. Since the sweep was enacted, there have been eight arrests. No word yet as to whether “shoot on sight” is enforced.
JUNE 7, 2010
Ouch. They’re still spoofing COMEDIES. Don’t you see how that doesn’t work…?
JUNE 6, 2010
This article from livescience.com explains Anakin Skywalker’s transformation into Darth Vader as a psychological breakdown, rather than a product of The Force. In the end, that’s a WAY more interesting theory than dopey midichlorians. Read it here.
JUNE 5, 2010
Scroll down this page to Feb. 19 and you’ll see a compilation of “Wilhelm Screams” through the years. This was a running inside joke about using the same recorded scream over and over again in different movies. There seems to be a newspaper prop making the rounds in movie after TV show, too. It’s been compiled here.
JUNE 4, 2010
Hey, one BILLION dollars at the box office means you can do anything, right? The Jacques Cousteau of underwater movies is now on the case of the BP oil leak:
Read about the government enlisting JAMES CAMERON’S help in the gulf here.
JUNE 3, 2010
Here’s an exclusive deleted scene from the movie “Babies”:
You know, if this scene WERE actually in the film, I probably would’ve seen it…
JUNE 2, 2010
You know Ken, the famous boyfriend of Barbie. But there’s an exclusive get-to-know-him video now posted from the great folks at Pixar. Enjoy:
JUNE 1, 2010
I expect next Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards to be the most get-it-wrong awards show of the year, as usual. But DAMN, these promo ads with Tom Cruise STILL BEING FUNNY are pretty entertaining. Watch one, and the others automatically play afterwards:
MAY 31, 2010
MAY 30, 2010
Man…I hate when studio BS screws movie fans…
Variety reported this afternoon that Gillermo Del Toro has dropped out of his directing gig on The Hobbit “due to the ongoing delays in getting the films greenlit.”
From the variety story: Del Toro made the surprise announcement Sunday on The One Ring web site, adding that he will continue to co-write the screenplays based on J.R.R Tolkien’s “The Hobbit.”
“In light of ongoing delays in the setting of a start date for filming ‘The Hobbit,’ I am faced with the hardest decision of my life”, Del Toro said in a statement. “After nearly two years of living, breathing and designing a world as rich as Tolkien’s Middle Earth, I must, with great regret, take leave from helming these wonderful pictures.”
MGM has owned the rights to The Hobbit since 1969, and until their recent financial struggles (which also KO’d the next Bond film from getting started) had the financing deal worked out with New Line Cinema (the studio that produced and distributed The Lord of the Rings, in case you’ve been living in a sports town for the last decade and don’t know what a Hobbit is…).
This. BLOWS. Del Toro is the perfect guy to direct this (yes, I know it’s “these”, since the plan is to make two films: one to cover The Hobbit, the other to serve as linking narrative to The Fellowship of the Ring, but I’m not even banking on one getting made now, much less two…) if Peter Jackson’s not going to.
Note to New Line: if and when this finally comes around, you are ABSOLUTELY FORBIDDEN from allowing Michael Bay, Brett Ratner, or Joel Schumacher ANYWHERE NEAR IT, do I make myself clear?!
Sigh. Hit the link at the top of the post for Variety’s report, and click here to head over to TheOneRing.net and read the whole depressing story…
MAY 30, 2010
The Movie Guys attended some pretty cool screenings yesterday. The great New Beverly Cinema, premiere revival house in Los Angeles, showed the funniest movie of all time, and this is not debatable – “GHOSTBUSTERS”. So funny, holds up so well, and the print was in great shape! Earlier in the day we went to see “Shrek Forever After” at the Director’s Guild Theater, and Shrek himself made an appearance. Hollywood is THE place to see celebrities….
MAY 29, 2010
A first look at Pixar’s new short, with some smart talk from the makers about animation. Look for “Day & Night” playing before “Toy Story 3″.
Read the Animation World Network article here.
MAY 28, 2010
“Avenue Q” needs a rewrite…
MAY 28, 2010
Those of you reading this in small markets may not have had the film “The Human Centipede” play in your local theater. It’s the latest in completely mental horror. The plot: An evil doctor plans to surgically join his victims by sewing together their mouths and anuses, all in a row, so the food goes in at the front and comes out at the rear. They will move on their hands and knees like an insect, a centipede:
In celebration of this movie, a website has built a version of the old stand-up arcade game CENTIPEDE with this concept in mind. Enjoy.
MAY 27, 2010
Speak like yoda want to, hmm? Say them, use this yoda-speak generator to create sentences the way the great jedi master would. Yes, hmmm.
MAY 26, 2010
Earlier this year, Brittany Murphy died of pneumonia complicated by an iron deficiency, anemia and multiple drug intoxication. Now, her husband Simon Monjack has died. Heart attck? Grief? That has yet to be determined, but Brittany’s mom Sharon has had a lousy year…
Read the LA TImes article here.
MAY 25, 2010
Since “The Empire Strikes Back” was the high point of the six “Star Wars” films, and arguably one of the best films of the 1980s, I don’t believe there IS a cap we can put on 30th anniversary coverage. With that in mind, here’s a great fan video of an “Empire” trailer, re-imagined as a 1950s 3-D sci-fi flick. The research put in to old footage is awesome. Enjoy:
MAY 21, 2010
J.J. Abrams is just a bastard. A lucky, lucky bastard. The guy catches his first real break writing the screenplay for the Harrison Ford “I’m-gonna-take-my-shot-at-an-Oscar-by-playing-a-crippled-guy” movie Regarding Henry, so there’s an informal Star Wars connection. Alias let him play around with the spy genre for FIVE YEARS. Lost is…well, f@#$ing awesome, frankly, so it just sucks that he’s that cool, but I digress… Fringe is the first true spiritual successor to The X-Files that’s come along. Then there’s, oh, I dunno…STAR TREK, which his team found a way to MAKE COOL FOR NORMAL PEOPLE.
Those alone are a track record for Geek-Godhood, but nooooooooooooooo…he’s got MORE COOL STUFF coming up. We already got a taste of upcoming Bad Robot-y goodness with the trailer for the Abrams/Spielberg collaboration Super 8 about Area 51.
Today, The Hollywood Reporter broke the story that he’s developing a heist flick with Field of Dreams and Sneakers Writer/Director Phil Alden Robinson?!?!
Are you kidding?!?! Man, ALL the cool kids wanna hang out with this guy!! Click the link above to read about what a lucky, lucky bastard J.J. Abrams is. Jerk. (I kid, J.J. I kid because I love. Seriously. Call me.)
MAY 21, 2010
As if the folks at Pixar don’t already own a sizeable hunk of all the coolness in the universe, Story Artist Josh Cooley puts together a series of original pieces for an upcoming book called…wait for it…Lil’ Inappropriate Golden Book: Movies R Fun.
The book includes references ranging from The Godfather to The Professional (okay, maybe that’s not such a huge range…) to Terminator 2: Judgment Day (that one’s for you, Paul!).
Head on over to /Film for more info and images from the project. Too cool.
MAY 20, 2010
At the risk of beating this Empire Strikes Back anniversary thing to death, it’s a moral imperative that I, as not only a movie geek but one who teaches literature to teenagers, share this BRILLIANT article by Marc Bernardin over at io9. It’s like he took a snapshot of 7 year-old me’s reaction to it then, and made a time-lapse film of every thought I’ve had about it since. Wild. Awesome and wild.
MAY 20, 2010
As part of The Empire Strikes Back‘s 30th anniversary coverage, Rick Panna over at Crave Online posted this geektastic article about a recently-leaked, Leigh Brackett-written, pre-Lawrence Kasdan-doctored first draft of the Empire screenplay, when it was still simply titled “Star Wars Sequel”. Some really cool ideas in there that would have made for a WAY different film from the one we love. Hit the link above to check it out.
MAY 18, 2010
The first viral images from J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg’s upcoming Super 8 have hit the ‘net.
Given how freakin’ sweet the viral marketing was for Cloverfield (and, to be honest, how many additional layers it added to the story if you read through the content before seeing the film), I’m all kinds of jazzed to have it start up for Super 8. As far as I’m concerned, Abrams can do no wrong. His track record for innovative, character-driven drama (whether he was at the helm himself, or represented by another Bad Roboteer) pretty much speaks for itself.
Head over to movieviral.com for more coolness.
MAY 18, 2010
The 30th anniversary of my personal favorite movie of all time, The Empire Strikes Back, is Thursday, 5/20, and the official Star Wars site has been posting neat, rare goodies for a while now to celebrate.
Today’s update on SW.com actually comes from Maxim Magazine’s May issue (holy alliteration!); although not necessarily the type of photos you might expect Maxim to publish (guess we’ll have to wait for Jedi‘s anniversary in 2013 for those, nudge-nudge), there are a half-dozen cool behind-the-scenes pics from Empire to dig on.
Check them out HERE.
MAY 18, 2010
This is good news. Filmmakers getting to SUE for bad reviews would set a really bad precedent…
READ ON: Judge Dismisses Suit Over Variety Review
MAY 17, 2010
David Lynch’s new short film is really a 12-minute commercial for Dior starring the stunningly beautiful Marion Cotttilard. Naturally, it’s the weirdest commercial you’ll ever see…
MAY 16, 2010
Cannes 2010: Shia LaBeouf: We botched the last Indiana Jones
Too little, too late, Shia. But WELL SAID. It’s hard to believe over $700 million in ticket sales worldwide is a failure, but it WAS! INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL was a MASSIVE FAILURE. Next time, stop it when you’re in the middle of shooting it…
Read Labeouf’s Cannes interview in the LA Times Blog.
MAY 15, 2010
This is a letter from George Lucas to the creators of “Lost”. Not a joke.
“Congratulations on pulling off an amazing show. Don’t tell anyone … but when ‘Star Wars’ first came out, I didn’t know where it was going either. The trick is to pretend you’ve planned the whole thing out in advance. Throw in some father issues and references to other stories — let’s call them homages — and you’ve got a series.
In six seasons, you’ve managed to span both time and space, and I don’t think I’m alone in saying that I never saw what was around the corner. Now that it’s all coming to an end, it’s impressive to see how much was planned out in advance and how neatly you’ve wrapped up everything. You’ve created something really special. I’m sad that the series is ending, but I look forward to seeing what you two are going to do next.”
MAY 14, 2010
REJOICE! A new film from Jean-Pierre Jeunet! This guy is the WEIRDEST, and brilliant. Creator of “Amelie”, “City of Lost Children” and the underappreciated “A Very Long Engagement”. His newest is called “Micmacs”. Behold:
MAY 13, 2010
The MTV Movie Award nominations are out. So, if you want the definitive thoughts of a reality TV station on who should win movie awards, tune in June 6th…
Read the nominee list here.
MAY 12, 2010
Some very insightful (and pessimistic) thoughts on the state of the film industry from Truly Free Film:
MAY 11, 2010
Sooooo, anyone go to the movies this weekend?
Notice anything shown in the trailer for Iron Man 2 that wound up conspicuously absent from the finished film?
Wanna know what happened to those scenes (and some others)? Check out io9′s story HERE.
MAY 11, 2010
If having the words “Amblin Entertainment” and “Bad Robot” appear on the same title card for a movie about Area 51 doesn’t get your geek-gears spinning on principle alone, watch THIS.
J.J. Abrams writing & directing.
Steven Spielberg producing.
MAY 10, 2010
To use language familiar to the internet, UGH.
MAY 9, 2010
SPOILER ALERT! You can watch the fastest version of the original “Star Wars” trilogy, told entirely with Legos, but they do give away the ending….!:
MAY 8, 2010
Ever wonder what happened to good ‘ol Doc Emmett Brown? Well, he went batshit crazy. This video explains.
MAY 7, 2010
So, I’m sitting in the Dome in Hollywood, waiting for “Iron Man 2″ and RDJ and Favreau show up unannounced to intro the film. Just about shit myself! Snapped this fuzzy pic in the dark…!
MAY 7, 2010
“Star Wars” voices are now available for your TomTom device. This introductory video is awesome:
MAY 6, 2010
Announcing Spielberg’s next project! Big Steve is the man, and “The War Horse” is his next project. Based on a popular novel about a boy’s search through war trenches for his beloved colt, the novel has already been turned into a play. Here’s a still:
Read the whole story here.
MAY 5, 2010
So, this will only be the greatest movie of the year. Happy Cinco de Mayo, everybody!
I can’t wait till Eli Roth makes a full-length “Thanksgiving”…
MAY 4, 2010
While it’s unfortunate that Bryan Singer’s existing commitments prevented him from directing Fox’s soon-to-be-in-production X-Men: First Class, I think that they picked a Kick-Ass replacement for him: Matthew Vaughn.
Kinda funny co-inky-dink that Vaughn was the original choice to direct Marvel’s upcoming Thor adaptation (now in the way-capable hands of actor/director/Shakespeare-wrangler Kenneth Branagh), and both X-Men: First Class and Thor are due out in the same summer…
Check out Slashfilm’s coverage, which includes Marvel’s press release, HERE.
MAY 4, 2010
I think we can all get behind Ebert on this one.
MAY 4, 2010
“Pleeeeeeeeeease!!! Make Peeeeeace!!!!”
Nearly 30 years after the release of Jim Henson and Frank Oz’s co-directorial fantasy The Dark Crystal, the Henson Company issued a press release today with initial details about Power of the Dark Crystal, to be made in Australia by Omnilab Media, with the Henson Company executive-producing. The film is being designed for 3D from the ground up, and will be helmed by Daybreakers directors Peter Spierig and Michael Spierig.
Download the press release HERE.
MAY 4, 2010
After months of everybody already knowing about it, LOTR/The Matrix actor Hugo Weaving has finally been confirmed as playing the Red Skull in next year’s Captain America: the First Avenger, opposite Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers.
As awesome as the news is, I don’t know how threatening it’ll be when Weaving’s Red Skull calls out “Mister Rogerrrrrrrs…” to Cap…
Check out Marvel’s official press release on Weaving’s role HERE.
MAY 2, 2010
Can it be true? Can, as we Geeks have always somehow believed, Star Wars (the real one, anyway) truly be the answer to EVERYTHING?
After seeing this, I’m not sure why achieving stability in Afghanistan has always seemed so much more complicated on the news…
Read all about Jon Stewart’s elegant solution from The Daily Show HERE.
MAY 2, 2010
First glimpse of THOR:
MAY 1, 2010
OK, this is Hanson. But it’s cool.
APRIL 29, 2010
Your mission: Go to The Apple Store. Mess around with the iPad. Leave the store with all the iPads you touched with The Movie Guys homepage proudly displayed! Go now.
APRIL 28, 2010
Walter Murch talks about cinema. You have sixteen minutes for Walter Murch.
APRIL 26, 2010
Happy Birthday, Big Guy! Is it possible you’re doing your best work at EIGHTY??!!!
APRIL 25, 2010
Recently recommended indie film “Drawing With Chalk” plays at the Newport Beach Film Festival this Tuesday, April 27. Congrats to them an if you’re in the neighborhood, it’s worth the pop-in!
APRIL 22, 2010
Wanna know how actors deal with on-set performance now that there’s SO much digital enhancement to the acting? Actors from “Avatar” and “Benjamin Button” will be at the Academy tonight (Including Andy Serkis)! They’ll be talking with FX people, and $5 will get you in to see the panel. Should be cool.
APRIL 21, 2010
This is either the greatest news ever, or a total disaster waiting to happen. PLEASE BE GREAT!
APRIL 20, 2010
SOMEBODY DO SOMETHING! MGM is running out of money, putting the James Bond franchise in jeopardy. Rich pricks reading this, please GIVE to the lion. Thanx.
APRIL 18, 2010
Nothing to post today. Still mourning the loss of Renee Walker…
APRIL 17, 2010
Because NO ONE ELSE IN THE HISTORY OF MAN HAS THIS KIND OF TIME EXCEPT FOR BRAD BOURLAND, Brad Bourland brings you the TOP 10,000 movies of all time.
APRIL 16, 2010
Thank the heavens this “Make Your Own Avatar” kiosk is touring the country, or people might never hear of this little film. Odd that it’s released on DVD on Earth Day so we can all celebrate Earth invading a foreign world and killing everyone on it!
APRIL 15, 2010
YES! I LOVED MST3K! And the original creators are back with a live show, doing the same nutty shit that got them famous in the first place. There are DVDs and downloads from their site, as well as a tour – CHECK IT OUT!
APRIL 14, 2010
APRIL 13, 2010
Damn, I wanted to participate in this. But I’ll definitely see it!
STAR WARS UNCUT
APRIL 11, 2010
APRIL 10, 2010
Meinhardt Raabe, Munchkin Coroner of Oz, dead at 94.
As coroner, I must aver
I thoroughly examined him
And he’s not only merely dead
He’s really, most sincerely dead!
APRIL 9, 2010
What’s hip in Hollywood? CASTLES! As these shots from “Clash of the Titans”, “Alice in Wonderland” and “Prince of Persia” can attest…
APRIL 7, 2010
Beavis, this may be the greatest video I’ve ever seen…
APRIL 6, 2010
How great is “The A-Team” gonna be?!!
APRIL 5, 2010
George Lucas and Seth Green are combining ‘forces’ to create a STAR WARS comedy series.
Stop it, George. Honestly, please just stop.
Read the details.
APRIL 4, 2010
PBS is going to air the documentary “Food, Inc.” on April 21st. So, if you haven’t seen it yet, a free screening on TV gives you no more excuses!
Read the article
APRIL 3, 2010
APRIL 1, 2010
Disney animation, though seeming destitute just a few years ago, has become quite the meeting place for brilliant minds.
MARCH 31, 2010
There are two weird things about Spike Jonze’s new film.
- It’s not in theaters
- It’s sponsored by Absolut Vodka
But it certainly retains the surreal and dreamy feel of a full-on Jonze feature. It’s a 30 minute love story about robots called “I’m Here”. And it’s here:
MARCH 30, 2010
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WARREN!
…and our Movie Guy Steven says to take another look at “Ishtar”!
MARCH 29, 2010
The Movie Guys LOVE meeting brilliant celebrity filmmakers. But this weekend, we met Tommy Wiseau instead!
MARCH 28, 2010
It’s official, and probably not too far off-base. “Battlefield Earth” is the worst movie of the decade (according to the Razzie Awards). The writer, who adapted L. Ron Hubbard’s god-awful book, took it in stride and OWNED it. He gets major points for that.
Read about his in-person acceptance speech here.
MARCH 27, 2010
MARCH 26, 2010
IFC has compiled a list of the 50 Greatest Comedy sketches of all time. Half the fun, of course, is arguing over whether they’re right in their assessment of the Top 50. I mean, if you don’t include ANY SCTV, there’s something wrong (“Half Wits”, anyone?). But the site IFC put together does include videos of the some of the best stuff EVER, like Monty Python’s “Argument Clinic” and SNL’s “Word Association”. Don’t miss them if you’ve never seen ‘em. Here’s the link:
IFC’s 50 Greatest Comedy Sketches
And because it’s not at IFC, you gotta see “Half Wits”:
MARCH 25, 2010
The Movie Guys are going to see “The Room” this Saturday. Are you?
The Room website
MARCH 24, 2010
MARCH 23, 2010
I could’ve sworn that was Jennifer Lopez on the right and Alex O’Loughlin on the left…
MARCH 22, 2010
Your new Captain America…
MARCH 21, 2010
Hey, it’s your main Movie Guy Paul Preston here. Today is my birthday, so I’m posting what I want. Today, it’s the theatrical trailer for my favorite movie of all time. Dig it:
MARCH 20, 2010
Oscar-winning short film “Logorama” is online now (assuming it can live online now that the criteria for Academy Award consideration has been met and then some). This movie is insane, you don’t want to miss Ronald McDonald firing an uzi. Enjoy:
MARCH 19, 2010
The week after female-directed “The Hurt Locker” wins the Oscar for Best Picture, “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel” becomes the highest-grossing female-directed movie in history. There’s such balance in the world…
MARCH 18, 2010
MARCH 17, 2010
Please be true! These guys are the corporate-douchebags of the movie industry. Don’t let the door hit you in the we-censor-and-edit-movies ass:
Blockbuster considers bankruptcy protection
MARCH 16, 2010
Note to Joshua Newton, we’re comedians, not critics. At least as far as you’re concerned…:
‘Iron Cross’ Director’s Lawsuit Over Negative Variety Review Highlights Changing Status of Movie Critics
MARCH 15, 2010
MARCH 14, 2010
MARCH 12, 2010
ARCLIGHT CINEMAS, SHERMAN OAKS, CA
There’s gold in them walls! Arclight Sherman Oaks’ giant wall of movie posters is showcasing this year’s nominees, along with a crap ton ‘o’ Oscar winners from years past. From the old school to the classic to the new classics and everything in between.
MARCH 11, 2010
Tonight, Movie Guys Paul & Cooter went to Cinespace in Hollywood for a screening of honorary Movie Guy Kevin Farley’s feature-length directorial debut, “Hollywood & Wine” (co-directed by Matt Berman). Pretty impressive cast of comics – Chris Kattan, David Spade, Chris Parnell, Kevin and his brothere John Farley, Horatio Sanz, and Norm MacDonald, pulling off the best, weirdest performance as Sid, a porno director who is just ODD. Sort of a mix between John Huston and Garrison Keillor, if everything either of them ever said ended in a perversion! Also, Nicky Whelan was very good, adding the realistic anchor to this boat-load of freaks. She’s the heart of the film. “Hollywood & Wine” should be available to the public soon.
MARCH 10, 2010
MARCH 10, 2010
If you want to know the real story behind the wacky “Best Documentary Short” speech from last Sunday’s Oscars, Click Here.
MARCH 9, 2010
I’m gonna bypass any pithy comment here and just say that the idea of a sequel instead of a remake is the way to go. TRON: LEGACY. New trailer. Enjoy:
MARCH 9, 2010
As if Sandra Bullock wasn’t cool enough winning an Oscar. She also won the Razzie Award the previous day for the horrible “All About Steve”. But she showed up in person to accept the award (rare for a star her caliber, considering the dubious honor), and she charmed the pants off of the whole crowd. See the video:
MARCH 8, 2010
The real winners on Oscar night? All of us. ‘Cause there’s a new “Iron Man 2″ trailer…
Watch it HERE.
MARCH 7, 2010
They’re all winners.
The contents of the Academy Awards’ swag bag: Click here.
I don’t know how they fit them in a bag, but highlights include: A private safari trip in South Africa worth $45,000 for up to eight adults and eight kids, a $14,500 Monte Carlo trip, and a private-island vacation at a Turks & Caicos sporting club!
MARCH 6, 2010
On the eve of Oscar night, “Avatar” stands to win a bunch. Check out Cameron talking at a TED event. In fact, when you’re done, go into the archives and watch the TED lecture with J.J. Abrams. If you’re the kind of guy who gets hooked on things smarter than you, TED’s for you.
MARCH 5, 2010
Turner Classic Movies is launching its first classic film festival. Get the details here.
Your chance to see great films on the big screen like “Casablanca”, “The King of Comedy” and “Saboteur”. Plus some living legends in person like Louise Ranier and Mel Brooks!
MARCH 4, 2010
Behold! The first time The Movie Guys have linked to Oprah.com.
Roger Ebert is the greatest film critic I’ve had the pleasure to watch and read for well over twenty years. The SIZE of his body of work is staggering. You can keep Kael, Reed and Schickel. Ebert brought intelligence and wit to his reviews and managed to make them palatable for all audiences. Despite a thyroid cancer that took his lower jaw and voice, his writing today is as immense and potent as ever.
It’s good to see Roger take advantage of an amazing technology that scoured over his TV reviews from the last twenty years, pulled words and uses them to formulate audible sentences for him via Stephen Hawking. Except, because of the exhaustive research, the computerized voice SOUNDS like Ebert!
It’s pretty cool. Watch Roger’s new voice at work at the link below.
MARCH 3, 2010
Speaking of movie posters, no less than Martin Scorsese has chimed in on them, listing his favorite of all time and pontificating on the importance of movie posters in capturing the “DNA of an era”. Mahty LOVES movies, and this is a great article, from Esquire:
MARCH 2, 2010
BEVERLY HILLS, CA
As always, the Motion Picture Academy in Beverly Hills has a great lobby movie poster display going on. Now it’s the Best Picture nominees of 1936-43, each year they had ten nominees as they had this year. Runs through April 18th in the Grand Lobby Gallery, 8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90211.
FEBRUARY 19, 2010
If you don’t know much about “The Wilhelm Scream”, it’s a scream recorded in an ADR session for a Gary Cooper movie in the ’50s. It’s since been put into many movies as a long-running in-joke. Ben Burtt was a big proponent of keeping it going on modern movies, sticking the Wilhelm Scream in “Star Wars” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark”. I recently came across a great compilation of the scream in movies and it’s a trip:
FEBRUARY 18, 2010
LOS ANGELES, CA
Quentin Tarantino is stepping in to ensure that the New Beverly Cinema stays OPEN! This is great news for movie fans! The New Beverly has been around for years and is a noted theater for classics. Never showing any first-runs, they revel in great double-features, ranging from foreign films to grindhouse movies to frat-house comedies, always attracting a rabid crowd and often attracting the filmmakers to show up for Q&As. Tarantino has programmed the movies at the New Beverly before and is so in love with the place, he bought it before the owners had to give over to the place becoming a Super Cuts! Well done, QT. -PP
Read on at The Hollywood Reporter.
FEBRUARY 14, 2010
ARCLIGHT CINEMAS, SHERMAN OAKS, CA
Knew this would happen sooner or later, Arclight has done it’s latest movie poster display up to represent a specific studio. In this case, all the great movies from Warner Brothers. Good stuff, check it out, it’s a colorful way to check out movie history.
FEBRUARY 10, 2010
MTV has taken “Music Television” off of their logo.
Positive spin: They really don’t show music videos anymore, or focus on music in any way. So this is a good thing.
Negative spin: They really don’t show music videos anymore, now it’s just a bunch of asshole reality shows. So this is a bad thing.
FEBRUARY 9, 2010
“Avatar” will finally be pulled out of some IMAX theaters next month, making way for “Alice in Wonderland”. Opening March 5th. The Super Bowl trailer:
FEBRUARY 8, 2010
Next up, “The Wolfman”, FINALLY arriving in theaters this Friday, 2/12/10:
FEBRUARY 7, 2010
Your Super Bowl movie trailers, gettin’ you juiced up for summer. First, “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time”, due in theaters 5/28/10:
FEBRUARY 6, 2010
Congrats to Jennifer Cody, who won the Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production, “The Princess and the Frog”. If you haven’t read our interview with her, please check it out here.
FEBRUARY 4, 2010
Who knows how we should handle the exploration of space? JAMES CAMERON, that’s who!!! He’s the king of the f-ing world!
FEBRUARY 2, 2010
Am I the only one who thinks “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” is a TERRIBLE title? Nevertheless, the trailer looks exciting with Oliver Stone back in familiar territory.
JANUARY 29, 2010
This is the actress from the #1 worldwide box office movie champ of all time. Sign ‘o’ the times.
Congrats to “Avatar” – $1.85 billion and rising…
JANUARY 28, 2010
JANUARY 27, 2010
Go towards the light. Zelda Rubenstein dead at 78.
JANUARY 26, 2010
It’s AUSTRALIA DAY! One good way to celebrate is to watch “The Castle”, a tough-to-find-on-DVD, low budget Australian comedy that is so laid-back, the humor may fly by you, but it’s definitely a way-homer!
JANUARY 25, 2010
The worst line reading ever. EVER. In one of the worst movies ever. EVER.
JANUARY 24, 2010
NUART THEATRE, SANTA MONICA, CA
I went to a midnight screening of “Black Dynamite” on Saturday night. This is one of the funniest movies in a LONG time. If it plays near you, GO SEE IT. Midnight screenings should help this movie get the cult status it deserves after being unjustly dumped into theaters in the dead of October without enough fanfare. Star/writer Michael Jai White and co-star/writer Byron Minns were at the screening and I got to tell them as much. Very cool cats, man. Can you dig it?
Read our full review here.
JANUARY 23, 2010
MADAME TUSSAUD’S WAX MUSEUM
This was the most life-like of all the wax figures. Entertaining or CREEPY? You decide.
JANUARY 22, 2010
This is my favorite frame in the “Edge of Darkness” trailer. It’s about time Martin Campbell got some credit!:
Martin Campbell directed “Casino Royale”, “The Mask of Zorro” and “Goldeneye”. “Green Lantern” is in good hands.
JANUARY 21, 2010
Get your copy of scripts from some of the biggest movies of 2009. Here are the links, each page you’re taken to has an option to download the screenplay. Download, read, enjoy:
A Single Man
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Where the Wild Things Are
The Blind Side
The Hurt Locker
Public Enemies, Funny People, It’s Complicated
The last four movies are Universal releases, whatever film you click on, you’re taken to a page with a screenplay link to all three scripts.
JANUARY 20, 2010
Didn’t think “Avatar” was long enough? Enjoy TWENTY-TWO MINUTES of behind-the-scenes footage. The making of “Avatar”:
JANUARY 14, 2010
ARCLIGHT CINEMAS, SHERMAN OAKS, CA
Arclight Sherman Oaks has changed up its lobby to one of the coolest movie poster displays in some time. The theme is black and white. There are splashes of color here and there, but mostly these posters are black and white and the resulting mish-mash of directors, genres and styles if very cool (lot’s of Eastwood, think of the “Heartbreak Ridge” and “True Crime” posters). Check it out!
JANUARY 8, 2010
The greatest title, the greatest trailer. The most-watched trailer of 2009. “Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus”
JANUARY 5, 2010
Sam Mendes is in talks to helm the next James Bond movie. Burnham….Lester Burnham. I bet this one will have more smoking than any Bond film before it.
DECEMBER 27, 2009
“Grinchmas” runs at Universal Studios Hollywood thru Dec. 31st. The Suessian tree is pretty impressive…
DECEMBER 21, 2009
Really, Burbank 16? A FIVE DOLLAR charge for IMAX? I known this whole 3-D IMAX thing is your attempt to keep people going to the movies when they could rent or download, but $17 isn’t helping your cause…
DECEMBER 19, 2009
The line at the CityWalk Hollywood IMAX theater, at the SOLD OUT 9:45 AM screening of “Avatar”. Honestly, who does anything before noon…?
DECEMBER 17, 2009
DECEMBER 15, 2009
The trailer is out for Ridley Scott’s “Robin Hood”. It looks both familiar and totally bad-ass:
DECEMBER 10, 2009
A new “Iron Man 2″ poster gives us a sweet look at Whiplash! This movie will crush all comers this summer. Bring it!:
DECEMBER 9, 2009
A first glimpse of “Tron: Legacy”. I was skeptical about this, but then I saw Jeff Bridges in the trailer. If he’s on board, I’m on board.
DECEMBER 8, 2009
ARCLIGHT CINEMAS, SHERMAN OAKS, CA
Arclight Sherman Oaks has changed up its lobby for the holidays! It’s a strange hybrid of holiday films, animated movies and some random filler like “9″ and “Small Soldiers”. As ever, it’s super-impressive and I can end up staring at it as long as I stare at the movie I go there to see!
DECEMBER 4, 2009
I don’t know, these two things look the same, no?
DECEMBER 1, 2009
This is a great idea! Universal has announced the creation of a disc that has Blu-Ray on one side and standard def DVD on the other. It makes Blu-Ray discs worth buying NOW. You know you’re going to get a Blu-Ray player, start buying the hybrid discs now, and enjoy the movie in both formats when you’re caught up!
NOVEMBER 26, 2009
How can this not be the greatest movie of 2010? Stallone, Statham, Lundgren, Rourke, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Randy Couture, Danny Trejo with cameos by Willis and Schwarzenegger. The plot is old school:
“A team of mercenaries head to South America on a mission to overthrow a dictator.”
Throw in what looks like a high body count and I’m there.
NOVEMBER 25, 2009
Ladies and gentlemen, your movie swag of the day…
NOVEMBER 22, 2009
This is a great, rare opportunity! Your chance to be informed come Oscar-time. All the animated shorts that have been short-listed for an Academy Award nomination have websites!
Sometimes they have the short posted online for you to see! It’s all organized by this site: Cartoon Brew.
Click. Watch. Repeat.
NOVEMBER 16, 2009
LOS ANGELES, CA
The Governor’s Awards were given out last weekend, and the celebration of winners John Calley, Roger Corman, Lauren Bacall & Gordon Willis brought out a ton of Hollywood big-timers. It wasn’t televised, but the Academy posted video here.
NOVEMBER 15, 2009
I don’t know exactly what this is, but damn straight I RSVPd right away!
NOVEMBER 14, 2009
THE ACTOR’S GANG, CULVER CITY, CA
Have you ever seen “The Wizard Of Oz” and self-accompanied it by playing Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” to see how eerie it was that Floyd’s masterpiece aligned perfectly as a soundtrack to the legendary 1939 film?
Don’t work so hard.
As part of The Actor’s Gang’s WTF?? Festival, catch a screening of both works of art meshed together into a giant freakshow as only the Gang could bring it to you. They throw in popcorn, a magician, but you’re required to bring your own STIMULATION. Take that as you will….
November 15, 2009
$20 (’cause MONEY is the root of all evil toooday)
Check out all of the WTF?? Festival here.
NOVEMBER 6, 2009
THE WEST HOLLYWOOD HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL, 2009
As ever, amongst the hardcore gay outfits that brighten up Santa Monica Blvd. on Halloween night, there were a lot of movies represented in the hundreds of thousands of costumes in attendance. Above, three of the Movie Guys team hit the street to Catch a Predator.
My three favorite:
These folks were representing “Up”. Sure they didn’t exactly look like the young Explorer and old man, but the Doug doll with the house tied with balloons looked great everywhere it went.
There were no shortage of Ghostbusters, but I always like the ones who seem to have taken time with their proton packs. The blow-up ones don’t cut it. This guy took some time.
Willy Wonka. First of all, I’m not a fan of the new, Tim Burton version of Willy Wonka. It was a little too weird and I don’t care about Wonka’s personal life. Gene Wilder is the man, he is Wonka and always will be. This guy had the right outfit and the right attitude. Plus, his friend was dressed like a bottle of Duff beer from “The Simpsons”, and he was the one to “go through” to determine whether or not I could take Wonka’s picture. “Don’t tag him on Facebook!”, said the bottle of Duff Beer.
OCTOBER 31, 2009
Oy, vey. The world is ending, millions of people are tragically dying horrible, painful deaths. No one gets out alive as a prophecy unfolds, causing the termination of mankind.
…accompanied by the latest from American Idol Adam Lambert!
OCTOBER 29, 2009
Actually, it’s Steve Martin, then Meryl Streep, then Alec Baldwin…
OCTOBER 27, 2009
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD
The Movie Guys made it to Halloween Horror Nights last weekend. In Orlando, Halloween Horror Nights is the granddaddy of terror-themed parks. But in SoCal, it’s Knott’s Halloween Haunt. HHN has been on the rise in the last few years, and you can imagine we get excited because it’s all movie-themed! Here’s what we saw:
The center of the park was decked out like a town overrun by hell! There were flames shooting in the air, a crazy preacher spouting the word and perhaps our favorite attraction in the entire park, scantily-clad chicks dripping in blood and dancing in cages.
The biggest flaw of HHN is its success! SO many people populated the park, that it made for MASSIVE lines, ninety minutes at times to wait to go into a horror maze. There’s less to do here than at other parks (all the rides are not open), and less of a chance to see it all.
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show: A Tribute” was a high-energy revue of the great Richard O’Brien songs, mixed with film footage. The performers were all excellent, but sometimes over-sang the songs (again, they were too good!). The show seemed so at home it was hard to believe they normally do a Terminator 2 show in that space.
This was the first year the dancing completely overshadowed the laughs in the “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure” show. A nerd character steals pop culture figures from movies, TV, etc., but the nerd’s just annoying, not so much funny. The cast were killer dancers, but I wanted more death and comedy, less night club.
The horror mazes were themed on “Saw”, “Halloween”, “Child’s Play” and “My Bloody Valentine”. The tram was also themed to “Saw”, it let us off to walk through the “Psycho” and “War of the Worlds” sets. A video setting up the horror that awaits you played on the tram and was quite well done. Very creepy and makes me wish the tram host didn’t interrupt it with dopey jokes.
Get in early to avoid the crowds! (it might be too late…)
OCTOBER 26, 2009
ARCLIGHT CINEMAS, SHERMAN OAKS, CA
Arclight Sherman Oaks has changed up its lobby again, and this time they’re honoring horror movies of all kinds. Some B-movies, some current, some blockbusters. The result is a very cool display that’ll get you staring and maybe make you late for the film you came to see!
OCTOBER 25, 2009
ARCLIGHT CINEMAS, SHERMAN OAKS, CA
Remember when movie posters had a ton of writing on them? As if you had time to hang out and READ on your way to a movie? Couldn’t you just get the book of “Christine” if this much reading was really involved? Also note, at the bottom, “Christine” was a Christmas release. Nothing says ‘Happy Holidays’ like a killer car…
OCTOBER 21, 2009
GALAXY OF COMICS, VAN NUYS, CA
This week, Z-BLADE XX hit the comic book scene. Hip, funny, edgy and fun, Z-Blade is a superhero who apparently has acquired powers from an alien source, and issue #1 involves the setup of what seems will be a long rivalry with THE INSOMNIAC. The Insomniac is cool ’cause he doesn’t sleep, he just sits around and thinks of horrible atrocities and ways to destroy the city. My kind of villain. I went to an in-person appearance at Galaxy of Comics in Van Nuys, CA that involved character creators Guy Lemay, Marc Joseph and Reed Greenfield, and writer Steve J. Palmer. Z-Blade XX HIMSELF was even there to greet new fans:
The comic is action-packed as Z-Blade XX (The Xs refer to the 20th incarnation of Z-Blade’s superhero outfit) throws Z-shaped blades at bank robbers, he busts up robots with hand-to-hand combat, and dismantles a van with an electronic pulse emanating from his hand, an effect I tried here with no effect…
Congrats to the whole creative team on the launch of a new superhero. You may ask, how does this relate to a website about movies? LL Cool J, you’re not aligned with any particular superhero franchise right now, correct? Just sayin’.
OCTOBER 10, 2009
According to today’s Variety, movie theaters have finally come up with a way to foil people bringing camcorders into movie theatres.
In other news, camcorders were invented in 1982.
According to the report, theaters in 2010 will finally take a bold step to eliminating camcorder piracy by emitting an infrared signal from behind the movie screen, blotting out any images recorded by camcorders.
In other news, the technology for emitting infrared beams were invented in 1955.
OCTOBER 12, 2009
PAVILION’S, NEWPORT BEACH, CA
Your main Movie Guy Paul went out to Pavilion’s in Newport Beach last weekend for the chance to meet Dan Aykroyd! Dan has started a label of wines, including a chardonnay and a cabernet sauvignon. He also has a vodka served in a crysal skull (finally, good use of a crystal skull)
Follow Dan Aykroyd Wines on Twitter to find out where he’ll be doing a bottle signing next!
OCTOBER 7, 2009
KNOTT’S BERRY FARM, BUENA PARK, CA
This year’s Knott’s Scary Farm Halloween Haunt in Buena Park, CA is great. The Hanging is a trip, as ever, with every pop culture icon of the day getting KILLED, complete with funny one-liners and good stuntwork. That’s what puts the Hanging atop the seasonal show list. Bill & Ted’s at Halloween Horror Nights at Universal too easily de-evolves into a dance party. I’d much rather see the celebs get hacked to bits! Jury’s out on how good the new “Rocky Horror” show is at HHN.
But since we’re The Movie Guys, we were looking for movie tie-ins. Where past years have had horror mazes dedicated to the latest films (“The Grudge” and even “Beowulf”), this year, not so much. The upcoming “The Stepfather” has a horribly lame ‘scare zone’, which is a small room with two scares and dialogue from the film while the preview plays to the cue line. IT SUCKS. Skip it. And really, is whoever plays the Stepfather going to be better than Terry O’Quinn? HELL NO.
The “Quarantine” maze is still in effect, long after the movie has evaporated from film goer’s memories. It’s a pretty creepy maze, with some good sound design and the people inhabiting it aren’t masked, so they’re actually a little scarier. There’s one room where a lady is just pacing and freaking out, the accompanying sound effects amp up her insanity. But “Quarantine”? Really? It’s old and DONE. Next year, here’s hoping they jump on another big movie tie-in. There will be a new “Resident Evil” film. I think that would be nice. I mean, EEEEEEVIL!!
OCTOBER 5, 2009
FUDDRUCKER’S, SHERMAN OAKS, CA
SEPTEMBER 29, 2009
AAMPAS, BEVERY HILLS, CA
SWEET event coming to the Motion Picture Academy. If you’re in LA, it seems like a don’t-miss!:
Visit the website here.
Mark Mangini, three-time Oscar® nominee for sound effects editing, will take the audience behind the scenes to learn how sound effects were created for “Poltergeist” (1982), a film that elevated horror sound from B-movie status to full-scale modern multi-channel presentation.
Thursday, October 29, at 7:30 p.m.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
SEPTEMBER 28, 2009
WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL, LOS ANGELES, CA
I don’t know how often they do this, but there’s a cool celebration of Disney movie music coming up at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in L.A. The skinny:
The Disney Symphonic Legacy Featuring John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
Experience the music from Disney’s classic films and legendary composers as never before, including the world premiere concert performance of Walt Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” featuring a full cast of singers and actors.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 8:00 PM
Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
SEPTEMBER 11, 2009
From the archives, on September 11th:
UNITED 93 (****) – Director Paul Greengrass’ “United 93” is a magnificent film, both in it’s artistic accomplishment, and it’s success in creating an emotional experience that should quell critics who believe the story’s telling is coming “too soon”. It takes a filmmaker of brazen courage and extraordinary skill to tell the story of the passengers, terrorists and air-traffic and military personnel that held us transfixed on September 11, 2001, given how socially relevant the events of that day still are in our daily lives. Greengrass has crafted a film that honors the real-life people of 9/11 without an ounce of exploitation. I am a huge fan of an earlier film of Greengrass’s called “Bloody Sunday”, which depicted the ciivil rights march massacre in Ireland that bolstered the IRA’s political presence. It was called “documentary-style” filmmaking by many critics, with a roving camera, presumably never weighed down by a tripod, wonderfully realistic acting, and a script with overlapping dialogue that never once rang false. All of these aspects are used to eerie effect in “United 93”, as the film never condescends to present you with pedestrian movie gimmicks to force a feeling on you. Greengrass is much smarter, as his cinema verite style percolates in the extreme ordinariness of the first few hours of that fateful day. Pilots arrive at the terminal, chatting unimportant banter, passengers check phone messages, the FAA operations manager trudges into his first day on the job. The inevitability of our knowledge of the fate of these people simmers underneath it all. Greengrass’ fly-on-the-wall style doesn’t announce “Great moment of the film coming!” or pander to labeling the passengers from Standard Disaster Film Catalogue #1. The material demanded more.
“United 93” achieves much more by immersing you in the chaos and confusion in the flight towers and military bases of the east coast, and strapping you in as a passenger of the doomed flight. Much has been made of the fact that the film boasts no stars. This is a great asset, as no baggage marred my ability to get to know the characters just as they got to know each other. In fact, many of the roles in the film are played by the people who experienced 9/11 firsthand, the boldest performance coming from Ben Sliney, who plays himself as the FAA operations manager, whose day slips into turmoil as he’s constantly fed misinformation about hijacked planes, and underserved by a military presence. Sliney also served as a consultant to the film to help Greengrass re-create the order of the day most accurately. And as I watched hundreds and hundreds of shocked and frantic FAA controllers and military personnel scramble to prevent further harm to the country and await chain of command orders from the highest levels of government, I once again hope George W. Bush really enjoyed “My Pet Goat”. Military response orders arrived from the Executive branch well after the fourth and final plane crashed in Pennsylvania. The filmmaking is so good, I almost expected a different outcome, I was so emotionally invested.
After viewing the film, I was visibly shaking. It prompted a 90 minute conversation with my friend Kevin about religion and politics and reawakened in me an immediacy to be involved in the world view. Normally, when I write a review, I just say whether I liked a movie or not, but with “United 93”, I am highly, highly recommending you SEE IT. This is easily the year’s best film and one of the best I’ve seen in a long time. It’s an important reminder of what happened that day, so when you see a “We Will Never Forget” sign, you can further understand. This film is a noble reminder that the greatest, most honest and most successful retaliation against terrorism since 9/11, happened immediately.
FAHRENHEIT 9/11 (****) – I saw this movie twice in the same week. A movie made with this much passion is hard to ignore, couple that with the fact that I agree with its point of view and I was hooked. “Fahrenheit 9/11” is certainly an acquired taste, but I’ve always been a fan of Michael Moore. Is there anybody he targets in his films who doesn’t deserve it? Give ‘em hell, Mike! Nobody is more deserving than our current batch of government yahoos. Just as “Bowling for Columbine” was a mix of the hilarious (a cartoon about our scared, white, founding fathers) and the poignant (the brilliant editing together of 9-11 calls and Columbine security cam footage), “9/11” gives us the hilarious (Ashcroft sings!) and the poignant (the hard-to-watch devastation of Lila Lipscomb). The Lipscomb segment is especially well made because Moore lets Lila read the entire letter from her son with out score or comment and the effect is very emotional. Throughout there are highly emotional moments, not the least of which is the Twin Towers attack shown with haunting music, reaction and aftermath shots and no shots of the plane actually hitting the building – a very dynamic way to represent that event. But there are literally hundreds of memorable images and moments in this movie, and I thought “Super Size Me” pissed me off! The facts Moore brings to light in this film are riveting, and Moore wisely (after much comment concerning his presence in “Columbine”) removes himself visibly from the camera for much of film, taking a voice-over role instead. Again, you cannot deny a movie made with this amount of zeal, rage and enthusiasm. It’s all up there on the screen, and it’s mesmerizing.
SEPTEMBER 7, 2009
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD, CA
Huge, balls of gaseous flame swirl through the sky, sending smoke and debris in various directions. The heat from the flame is overwhelming as the fire erupts, advancing on nearby people with a voracious appetite, all on Universal’s Backlot at the Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift attraction.
Too soon, Universal…
SEPTEMBER 4, 2009
HOLLYWOOD & HIGHLAND, HOLLYWOOD, CA
I discovered today that “The G-Force Experience” is still operating at Hollywood & Highland!
…..is this movie still in theaters?
SEPTEMBER 1, 2009
Speaking of Marvel, Stark Industries is hiring! The viral campaign for next summer’s “Iron Man 2″ is underway. You can apply for a job with Tony HERE.
Also, The Movie Guys Facebook discussion page is up and you can post your opinion on the Disney/Marvel merger.
AUGUST 31, 2009
Marvel Comics has been bought by the giant, all-absorbing beast known as The Walt Disney Company. What a crazy, mixed bag of a situation this is:
- It’s good to have Marvel rebound, as they’ve been on the verge of bankruptcy for many, many years. Being part of the Disney family will most likely keep them financially sound for the immediate future.
- Marvel has self-financed their own movies in the last few years (“Iron Man”, “The Incredible Hulk”), and the result is a pretty impressive string of superhero movies. I hope the merger with the Mouse won’t water-down the quality when the two companies move forward in developing future films around Marvel characters. The good news is that the purchase of Pixar by Disney hasn’t hindered the quality of the Pixar films (in fact, it assured that “Toy Story 3″ would be done by the originators of the film, not some non-Pixar Disney folk). I hope the caliber of film stays high for Marvel under the Disney umbrella.
- What of Marvel Island at Universal’s Islands of Adventure? Apparently, the contract between Marvel and GE (Universal) will stay intact indefinitely, but recently, the Marvel characters were pulled from Universal’s CA park, most likely due to monetary squabbling. Now, the direct competitor and biggest theme park entity on the planet will have license to move forward on bigger and better Marvel presences – rides, characters, merchandise – it’ll be interesting to see how the oneupsmanship will go from here. Hopefully the theme park goer comes out the winner!
Read details on the merger here.
AUGUST 26, 2009
AAMPAS, BEVERLY HILLS, CA
There’s a pretty cool display happening at the Motion Picture Academy in Beverly Hills. It focuses on the art of movie posters. It’s free and in the lobby of the Academy. Click here for detailed info, but here’s the skinny from us:
September 17 through December 13, 2009
The Academy’s Grand Lobby Gallery
Public viewing hours
Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: Noon to 6 p.m.
Admission is free!
AUGUST 23, 2009
SUNSET LAEMMLE 5 THEATERS, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
Have you seen the worst movie ever made? You should.
We make a point of trying to get your butt in the seats of the best movies in the world. In this case, we’ll make an exception. Much has been made about the “The Room”, so we’ll spare you the details (if you need them, go here. But here’s how you get there, and how to be prepared:
“The Room” is screening again at the Sunset Laemmle 5 in Hollywood. Midnight, Sat., August 29th (8000 Sunset Blvd. , Los Angeles, CA 90046). Three hours of free parking with validation, although many’s the time SO many people are trying to exit that they’ve just opened the gate! The phenomenon of this horribly bad movie has become overwhelming, so get tickets early and show up early (11PM). Go here for tickets (they’re $7):
Not in L.A.? The screenings have branched out:
August 28, 2009( Village East Cinema, 181-189 2nd Avenue, NEW YORK, NY 10003)
August 29, 2009 (Market Street Cinema), 1521 Merrill Drive, West Little Rock, AR 72201)
August 29, 2009 (Red Vic Movie House, 1727 Haight St., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94117)
August 29, 2009 (Music Box Theatre. 3733 N. Southport Ave., CHICAGO, IL 60613)
August 29, 2009 (CINEMA 21, 616 NW 21st Avenue, Portland, OR 97209 )
September 4 & 5, 2009 (Moxie Cinema, 431 South Jefferson, Suite 108 Springfield, MO 65806)
September 5, 2009 (Dundee Theater, 4952 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68132)
September 05, 09 ( The Prince Charles Cinema) 7 Leicester Place, LONDON UK
September 11& 12, 2009 ( MADCAP Theaters, 730 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85282)
September 12, 2009 (Coolidge Corner Theater, 290 Harvard St. Brookline, MA 02446)
September 18, 09 ( Mayfair Theatre ) 1074 Bank St., OTTOWA, CANADA
September 18, 2009 (Reactor), 1120 Sussex Lane, Libertyville, IL 60048
September 19, 2009 (Carousel Cinemas, 1305 Battleground Ave. Greensboro, NC 27408)
September 25, 09 ( The Royal CinemaThe Royal Cinema) 608 College St., TORONTO, CANADA
Be prepared for over a thousand people to be there. Director Tommy Wiseau now shows up like a rock star and stands on the theater’s balcony like The Lizard King when he arrives. But fear not! The experience inside the cinema is the same as it ever was. Bring plastic spoons. Seriously.
Are you ready to see a reflection of your life?
AUGUST 18, 2009
CITYWALK, UNIVERSAL CITY, CA
I’ve been hosting BIG Outdoor Movie Night at CityWalk all summer. So far, there have been screenings of “Kung Fu Panda”, “Grease”, “Transformers”, “Mamma Mia!” sing-along and more. Coming up, “Hannah Montana: The Movie” and “High School Musical 3″ (god help me) to finish out August.
AUGUST 17, 2009
AMOEBA RECORDS, HOLLYWOOD, CA
Head to Amoeba Records in Hollywood on Thursday, 8/20. $30 will get you the “Inglorious Basterds” soundtrack, a meet and greet with Quentin Tarantino, plus he’ll sign your stuff. Then head across the street to Arclight Hollywood, and Quentin introduces a midnight screening of the new film. It’s all Kool and The Gang.
AUGUST 15, 2009
FUDDRUCKER’S, SHERMAN OAKS, CA
A Fuddrucker’s at The Sherman Oaks Galleria has an “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” poster on its wall. Really? Isn’t this an establishment based on eating? And we have to look at that? After telling people I saw this, many folks across the country chimed in that they were surprised I had found an open Fuddrucker’s, that most of them have closed. Coincidence?
AUGUST 15, 2009
ARCLIGHT CINEMAS, SHERMAN OAKS, CA
Arclight Sherman Oaks has a HUGE display of backlit B-movie posters in its lobby. There’s free access to it, but if you get that close, for the love of god, see a movie. On display are “heard-of”s like “Big Bad Mama” and “Grand Theft Auto” and “whaaaaaaat?”s like “The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant” and “Trip With the Teacher”.