Rian Johnson

The Guardian has a regular feature called “The Film That Changed My Life“, which featured film directors talking about the movie that inspired their art. The latest edition features Brick/The Brothers Bloom director Rian Johnson talking about Federico Fellini’s 8½:
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U.S. Copyright Group’s plans to sue people for downloading films via Bittorrent has not gone as smoothly as planned. Progress on some of its initial lawsuits has been stymied by Time Warner Cable, and other cable companies might also cause problems. But as of this writing, it is still planning on moving forward with a new round of lawsuits for people who illegally watched The Hurt Locker. These latter lawsuits are backed by Voltage Pictures, the company that financed the film.

Now, a recent e-mail by Voltage producer and president Nicolas Chartier reveals what he really thinks about the lawsuits. Specifically, if you disagree with Voltage’s tactics, you’re a moron, and he hopes your family and your kids end up in jail for stealing.

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Those of us who live in major cities may have been fortunate enough, at one point or another, to happen upon a movie in the process of being filmed. The near-universal reaction is understandable: most people will whip out a camera and try to take a picture or shoot a short video. If you’re lucky, you may get footage of an action scene or a major star.

You might think that it is perfectly legal to film an event taking place in a public place in broad daylight. But after an innocuous video of the Transformers 3 shoot was abruptly pulled from Youtube, it is clear that according to Paramount Pictures’ legal department, you are violating copyright.
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When authority figures unequivocally apologize for wrongs they have inflicted upon people, it can help accelerate the healing process. Maybe the same can be true for celebrities and their apologies too.

While at the Cannes film festival promoting Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Shia LaBeouf let loose about his thoughts on Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Guess what? He wasn’t a huge fan of the movie either. Hit the jump for some of his damning quotes.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic Roger Ebert has been extremely vocal of his dislike of 3D movies. This time he’s even venturing outside his home at the Chicago Sun-Times to write an op-ed piece for Newsweek titled “Why I Hate 3-D (And You Should Too)”.

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Is Constantin Film Taking Down Hitler Parodies?


Many of us have at one point enjoyed the seeing Hitler scream at some random object or wrath in a re-subtitled scene from Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Der Untergang (Downfall). Even the director has confirmed that he enjoys the meme, saying that “The point of the film was to kick these terrible people off the throne that made them demons, making them real and their actions into reality…I think it’s only fair if now it’s taken as part of our history, and used for whatever purposes people like.” With detailed specs of Apple’s next iPhone leaked yesterday, a host of self-styled comedians attempted to upload new versions of the parody onto Youtube, presumably to depict the furious verbal storm at Apple headquarters. However, Constantin Film, the German film production and distributor behind Downfall, has apparently had enough.
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Mike from Red Letter Media (AKA the guy who put together the epic, 70-minute review of The Phantom Menace) is back again with his even epic-er review of Attack of the Clones. This time, seven Youtube videos were insufficient to contain the hatred, so Mike spread out a 90-minute review over nine Youtube videos. See them all after the break, and let the hate flow through you.
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For months new, industry analysts have wondered about “Twitter Effect.” Does Twitter have the capacity to change people’s perceptions of films? Did it make Bruno fail at the box office? Did it alter the outcome of the Academy Awards?

Whether or not any of that is true, some recently-released research by HP (via Mashable) purports to demonstrate that Twitter is better at predicting box office than currently-accepted methods. Hit the jump for some more details
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I know we’re a bit late on reporting this, but after listening to Adam WarRock’s excellent Scott Pilgrim rap recap, I just had to share it with you all. The song recaps the first five volumes of Scott Pilgrim in five minutes with some awesomely geeky rhymes. It also recently got some love from director Edgar Wright and  Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley, so you know its nerd-approved.

WarRock has a habit creating geeky rhymes that don’t fall into the typical nerdcore category. I also recommend checking out his song about Ira Glass — it’s particularly endearing if you’re a This American Life nerd like me. He’s currently working on a studio album for Fall 2010. He also runs a comic book podcast with his War Rocket Ajax crew.

Take a listen to “I Gotta Believe”, the Scott Pilgrim recap, after the break. You can also listen to it at WarRock’s Tumblr site.

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This month, Roger Christian’s Battlefield Earth won the Razzie for “Worst Movie of the Decade,” an award that screenwriter J.D. Shapiro (Robin Hood: Men in Tights) accepted in person. Today in the New York Post, Shapiro offered a mea culpa, explaining how it is he got involved with the “suckiest movie ever” and what it’s been like for him to deal with that legacy.

The post begins with Shapiro apologizing for the movie and explaining, “No one sets out to make a train wreck. Actually, comparing it to a train wreck isn’t really fair to train wrecks, because people actually want to watch those.” Hit the jump for some more quotes from the letter, and how Shapiro’s penis ended up being the proximate cause of one of the worst cinematic abominations of all time.

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