Here's Jonny! Oh so much fun. We've featured plenty of YouTube video versions of movies turned into 8-bit video games, but how about one you can actually play? Game maker/critic Pippin Barr has created a tiny browser game called Let's Play: The Shining, which is kind of like an 8-bit version of Kubrick's The Shining. He takes you through various scenes of the movie and you get to play through most of it (the maze, the hotel, riding the tricycle) complete with retro sound effects. It's pretty rad. It's just an experiment and fan-made game creation, but it is unique and worth a quick play, especially if you're a big fan of the movie. ›››
Continue reading Redrum! You Must Play This 'Let's Play: The Shining' Browser Game
"Do yourself a favor and pretend to care!" As usual, the Alamo Drafthouse often whips up new PSA videos about theater etiquette (no talking, no texting!) when the stars roll into town to promote a new release. This time it's Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller, but most of all, it's badass Australian actor Hugh Keays-Byrne, who plays Immortan Joe, telling you to "shut your face" and have a lovely day at the movies. Keays-Byrne is the same actor who played bad guy "Toecutter" in the original 1979 Mad Max, also directed by George Miller, and he's kind of amazing in this clip below. I'm glad he seems to be having so much fun promoting this. Nothing like combining old & new Mad Max, plus theater etiquette reminders, in one video. ›››
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Gather round for your first look at a new film starring Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams. Out of Cannes, THR has posted the first three photos from Manchester-by-the Sea, the latest feature written & directed by Kenneth Lonergan about a man who returns to his small Massachusetts hometown to deal with both his estranged wife and the consequences of his brother's death. Casey Affleck plays the lead, while Michelle Williams plays his estranged wife, and the cast includes Kyle Chandler (seen in one of the photos). This is a very early tease as they're still shooting and looking to drum up sales buzz. We'll keep an eye out for it. ›››
Continue reading First Look: Kenneth Lonergan's New Film 'Manchester-by-the Sea'
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "What a lovely day!" Finally, after years and years of waiting, it's here. George Miller's long-awaited new entry into the Mad Max franchise titled Mad Max: Fury Road. This dusty new post-apocalyptic chase movie introduces a new Max, played by Tom Hardy, as well as another hero - Furiosa, played by Charlize Theron. These two unlikely partners lead a band of rebels on a chase across a desert run by deadly scavengers, driving vehicles like you've never seen. The cast also includes Nicholas Hoult, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Zoë Kravitz and Hugh Keays-Byrne as Immortan Joe. Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road. ›››
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Now this is good news. THR is reporting that the sequel to Goon, the awesome cult hockey movie starring Seann William Scott, will be directed by actor Jay Baruchel, making his directorial debut with this film. Baruchel is a major proponent behind the entire film, as he's co-writing the screenplay with Jesse Chabot, and also starring again as Seann William Scott's character's friend Pat. Of course they've got Seann William Scott back as violent hockey player Doug "The Thug" Glatt and they're already gearing up to start filming in June in Toronto. I've got a good feeling about this, it all sounds quite promising, especially with Baruchel. It was also revealed the title of this follow-up is Goon: Last of the Enforcers. Bring on the hockey fights. ›››
Continue reading Actor Jay Baruchel Will Direct 'Goon' Sequel 'Last of the Enforcers'
This sounds like it's going to be so much fun. The first photo from the new Michel Gondry film has hit the web. Gondry moves quickly and quietly when working in France, we didn't even know this was shot yet. Microbe et Gasoil, as it's titled (or Microbe and Gasoil), is already filmed and stars Ange Dargent and Théophile Baquet as the two boys, along with Audrey Tautou. This first photo won't make sense until you hear the plot, then you'll have a big smile on your face when you realize. "As the summer holidays approach, the two friends don't want to spend two months in the company of their families, so they build their own 'car' out of a motor mower and some planks of wood, and set off on an adventure on the roads of France." ›››
Continue reading First Look: Michel Gondry's Road Movie About 'Microbe & Gasoil'
"It's heaven!" Alejandro G. Iñárritu and Darren Aronofsky both present (for US release) the latest film from Swedish filmmaker Roy Andersson, titled A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence. This not only wins the award for best film title of the year, but it's also one of the most original and visionary creations I've seen, unlike any other cinematic work out there. The film premiered at Venice & TIFF last year (where I saw it) and earned mostly positive reviews, so fans of Andersson have nothing to be worried about. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence is a movie about "being a human being", exploring abstract ideas and concepts connected to existence. It's an absurdly masterful head trip worth experiencing. ›››
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What a lovely day, indeed. It's been 30 years since we ventured out into the Wasteland with "Mad" Max Rockatansky, 34 if you're not counting the time he went Beyond Thunderdome. Who could blame you? With 30 years worth of hope and nearly 20 years of promise from series creator George Miller, a new adventure in Mad Max's dusty, brutal world had better deliver the goods. That adventure is now here for our sensory feasting. Mad Max: Fury Road delivers on your every, post-apocalyptic wish and with an endless supply of visual insanity. What more could you possibly hope for in Miller's vision for the world after the fall? ›››
Continue reading Review: George Miller's 'Mad Max: Fury Road' is the New Metal
Don't worry, the dinosaurs won't eat you. This new park is totally safe! Trust us, we're InGen. Come see the deadly dinosaurs, you'll be fine. Ha. Universal has debuted a fantastic new video on YouTube that plays as a viral video from InGen Technologies, the company responsible for creating the Jurassic Park and all the dinosaurs within in. In the video, you'll see actor BD Wong as Dr. Henry Wu explaining the technology and processes behind their operation. It's almost like a job video, come work for us! Look what we do! Though of course we all know that it's going to get crazy in Jurassic World and something is going to go wrong. "That's what being today, tomorrow is." This reminds me a bit of the Weyland TED Talk, which is one of my faves. ›››
Continue reading Watch: InGen Explains Why 'Jurassic World' is a Totally Safe Place
"We're here to rob the bank… Don't be a hero!" Lionsgate has debuted an official US trailer for American Heist, an action-thriller-drama from Armenian filmmaker Sarik Andreasyan starring Adrien Brody and Hayden Christensen as brothers with troubled pasts who get dragged into another bank robbery. It's yet another bank robbers need to leave their past but get caught up in one more job kind of movie, complete with the face mask heist and everything. Jordana Brewster, Tory Kittles and Akon also star in the film. It honestly doesn't look that great, yet another bland version of this same old story, but you never know. ›››
Continue reading Adrien Brody & Hayden Christensen in Full 'American Heist' Trailer
I love this guy's art so much I'm proud to say I have one of his pieces on my wall. There's a new show from artist "Raid71" opening at the fantastic Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, NY this weekend. The show is called "Illuminate" and focuses on his unique style with vivid colors. His pieces are inspired heavily by Blade Runner, but he also has work from Tron, Taxi Driver, Midnight Cowboy, Dark City, Akira, Mean Streets, The Fisher King and more. He does some excellent work, and it really stands out on a wall, it's the kind that you want to buy and hang everywhere. Luckily we've got an early look at some art from the show. ›››
Continue reading See the Art from Raid71's 'Illuminate' Solo Show at Bottleneck NYC
When Mondo Ruled the Pop Art World! The next show opening at Mondo Gallery in Austin will be dedicated completely to Jurassic Park, just the first film, the 1993 Steven Spielberg Rated PG-13 dinosaur island masterpiece. Mondo has announced the new show called "When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth", inspired by the banner in the lobby in the original film (see above), featuring tons of artists submitting all kinds of work inspired by Jurassic Park. The first piece can be seen below, by Francesco Francavilla, and of course it features the infamous Tyrannosaurus Rex. I can't wait to see all of the art, but we'll have to wait until June. ›››
Continue reading Mondo Opening 'When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth' Gallery This June
Briefly: As Caesar said, war has begun. We all knew it was coming, but now it's official. Collider is reporting the next Planet of the Apes movie will be titled War of the Planet of the Apes, so from here on out that's how we'll be referring to it. This is the third movie in the new series started by Rupert Wyatt with Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which continued the Caesar storyline into Dawn of the Planet of the Apes directed by Matt Reeves, now it's War of the Planet of the Apes due in 2017, also directed by Matt Reeves. He says: "As this story continues, we know that war is not avoided by the end of Dawn. That is going to take us into the world of what he is grappling with. Where [Caesar] is going to be thrust into circumstances that he never, ever wanted to deal with, and was hoping he could avoid. And now he is right in the middle of it."
Aw hey lil guys! Ready for more of them? Universal has debuted a third trailer for Illumination's Minions spin-off, which still looks surprisingly better than we expected. As we've already seen before, the adventure in this spin-off from Despicable Me focusing on the little yellow minions introduces us to Stuart, Kevin and Bob. This new trailer also introduces us to the main part of the story, and the main villain - Scarlett Overkill, voiced by Sandra Bullock, and her husband Herb Overkill, voiced by Jon Hamm. There's more of the story, more footage of their history, and of course Scarlett Overkill. It looks like lots of fun. Enjoy! ›››
Wowza. I don't know how the MPAA let them get away with this, but awesome, let me say that. I'm guessing the lack of any cigarette/joint makes all the difference. Two new posters and a first look photo have debuted for American Ultra, the new film from a script by Max Landis (of Chronicle, The Death and Return of Superman) directed by Nima Nourizadeh. Actor Jesse Eisenberg plays a stoner named Mike who, along with Kristen Stewart as his girlfriend, it turns out is a sleeper agent, and the government is trying to eliminate him. They definitely both look like stoners, with Eisenberg donning a wig, and Stewart dying her hair for the part, the only thing that really is missing is a joint. Take a look at all the new images below. ›››
Another day, another remake. This time it's The Blob, which has been remade once (or twice) before. The original The Blob is a horror classic from 1958, and it was remade in 1988 into a just-as-good-if-not-better sci-fi thriller. Now they're working on yet another remake at Goldcrest Films with Simon West (Con-Air, The General's Daughter, The Mechanic, Expendables 2) attached to direct. If they want to keep everything nice and neat, this next one should debut in 2018 then it'll be 30 years between each remake. The latest news is that Samuel L. Jackson has been officially cast in the new film, playing a biochemistry professor. ›››
Continue reading Samuel L. Jackson Joins Latest Remake of Classic Horror 'The Blob'
Brilliant! A fine example of when Hollywood marketing actually turns out okay. Universal has partnered with shaving cream manufacturer Barbasol for a special edition shaving cream can to promote the release of Jurassic World. Why? Well, we all know why! One of the most iconic and unforgettable scenes in the original Jurassic Park involves Dennis being given a special Barbasol can that contains storage racks for dinosaur embryos. Fans have replicated the prop and created working versions they've sold on Ebay, but now Barbasol is making Jurassic World cans themselves and they've gone all out. To celebrate, they've launched an entire marketing campaign complete with photos and a video. A Secret Has Been Left Behind… ›››
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"It's moments like this you know you need someone you can count on." Warner Bros has debuted the first trailer for The Intern, a comedy about a young CEO who takes on an old intern. Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro star, with Hathaway playing the CEO and De Niro playing the intern at her company. In addition: Adam DeVine, Rene Russo, Anders Holm and Andrew Rannells pop up here and there, too. As cheesy as this sounds, I actually think it looks pretty good, it's charming. It's not overly snarky about the "old dude doesn't get young modern world" stuff, and it has some sentimentality to it that seems to work well. I saw even more footage at CinemaCon, and I might say don't completely ignore this one. Give it a shot. ›››
Continue reading Anne Hathaway is Robert De Niro's Boss in First 'The Intern' Trailer
Love and Hate Need No Translation. Drafthouse Films has debuted a trailer for their upcoming release of Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy's The Tribe - an award-winning, highly-acclaimed, powerful film from Ukraine that is presented entirely in sign language without any subtitles. Wondering what that's like? Or want to get a feel for the very edgy, very dark topics the film covers? Then give this trailer a look, and hopefully you'll take a chance on seeing this film. One of the critic quotes included the trailer comes from friend of the site Raffi Asdourian of The Film Stage, who wrote in his review that "the scope and ambition of the narrative propels it to something more grandiose" and that it's a "groundbreaking, one-of-a-kind experience". Indeed. ›››
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A long time ago, in a cinema far, far away, this short film played before Empire Strikes Back, and now it has been rediscovered. No seriously, that's the story behind this. Back in 1980, George Lucas commissioned his art director, Roger J. Christian, to make a short film that would show before his Star Wars sequel The Empire Strikes Back. That short was called Black Angel, sort of a classic fantasy about a lone warrior fighting a dark force. It only played in a few hundred UK cinemas, but it was hugely influential anyway. And even though all the prints were thought to be lost, Christian has restored and released the full 25-minute short Black Angel online - seen below. It's actually pretty good, and has some very iconic shots in it. Enjoy. ›››