Based on this Judge Dredd: Superfiend trailer, I’m totally in for this “unofficial” Judge Dredd animated web series. Dredd and The Grey producer Adi Shankar backed this web series as a “thank you” to fans who’ve supported the film Dredd. I hope those fans can look beyond their desires for a hardcore movie sequel to see that this series might have many of the aspects of the Judge Dredd comics that didn’t make their way into the last film.
In short, Superfiend looks weird and darkly funny. The satire of old 2000AD comics didn’t really squeeze into Dredd, and that film was also missing some of the really bizarre ideas lodged in Mega-City One. This seems to restore some of that spirit. And thanks to animation it can do some things that would play very differently in live-action. Check out the first “sentence” passed by Judge Death to get the idea. Read More »
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The latest victim, er, guest for Zach Galifianakis on his fictional talk show Between Two Ferns is Brad Pitt. You could cut the tension with a knife! Will Galifianakis botch his guest’s name? Will he ask awkward questions, and reveal too much about himself in the process? I think you know the answer to this question, but as with any good piece of storytelling, spoilers don’t matter. It’s not what happens, but how.
OK, it actually is about what happens, because a disruptor shows up to throw a little spice into the proceedings. We won’t spoil that part here, just watch below. Read More »
Surprise! There’s a biopic of singer and jazz trumpeter Chet Baker shooting in Canada right now, and it stars Ethan Hawke. The film is called Born to Be Blue, and is written and directed by Canadian filmmaker Robert Budreau, who has already created a short about the player, called The Deaths of Chet Baker with Stephen McHattie in the leading role. But what about this new feature? We’ve got the Chet Baker biopic info — as much as there is to be had — below. Read More »
Into the Woods, directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago) is a musical based on the stage work from Stephen Sondheim, but you wouldn’t have known that from the film’s first trailer. This featurette, however, gives us not only interviews with the cast and crew, discussing the creation of the film, but also a lot more footage. And singing! In this you can hear the cast sing for the first time. There are snippets of ‘I Wish,’ featuring Anna Kendrick, James Corden, Emily Blunt, and Meryl Streep, and you’ll hear Streep knocking out ‘Stay With Me’ as well. Read More »
There’s Marvel with the best official response I can remember for a big leak. This afternoon, the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer leaked, only hours after being announced for an official debut next week.
So Marvel did the only thing it could do, and dropped the official release. Below, you can see the Age of Ultron trailer in official quality, which is much better than that (admittedly good) bootleg.
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Maybe I’m guessing wrong, but it feels like Orson Welles has fallen away from his perch at the top of the list of the most fascinating American filmmakers. We’re a couple decades removed from the prominence of the people who kept him in the conversation; other filmmakers have dominated the conversation as dialogue about film has changed. We’ve seen Citizen Kane fall from first to second on Sight and Sound’s once-a-decade list of the 50 Greatest Films of All Time. (Kane held the #1 spot for fifty years.)
No matter how many other filmmakers do things that Welles did, however, none will ever do everything Welles did, and very few will do it in the way he managed. He wasn’t just there for many of Hollywood’s formative moments, he provided several of them. If you don’t know the history and films of Welles, there’s never a bad time to dive in.
Here’s the trailer for the Orson Welles documentary Magician, which recounts Welles’ life and achievements, featuring interviews with with Richard Linklater, Peter Bogdanovich, Frank Marshall, Anthony Perkins, Martin Scorsese, Sydney Pollack, Steven Spielberg. Read More »
We’ve all slept through in-flight safety videos dozens (if not hundreds) of times. But most don’t have Elijah Wood, Peter Jackson, and other Hobbit cast members. Few feature the scenery of Middle-Earth, and effects that would make a micro-budget film weep. In fact, only one other video does: the last in-flight safety video from Air New Zealand. Now the company has a new video, dubbed “The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made.” Watch this new Hobbit in-flight video below. Read More »
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The second Halo: Nightfall trailer — that being the Ridley Scott-produced digital series directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan – shows a bit more scope than what we saw in the first trailer. There’s a ship or two, a hint of the Covenant, and at least the backdrop of the vista of a Halo ring. Mike Colter (The Good Wife) stars as Jameson Locke, who is caught in a plot that is potentially both a political conspiracy and something like a bug hunt. Check out the trailer below. Read More »