One of the most iconic scenes in Heat is where Robert De Niro and Al Pacino calmly sit down for a man-to-man chat in an effort to understand each other a little better, both affirming that neither is going to stop what they’re doing, and they’re not going to let each other get in their way. Bringing these two together for a confrontation for the first time was a big deal, and there were even rumors that Pacino and De Niro never shot the scene together, opting to do each part independently of each other.
During a panel we attended after an Academy screening of a 4K remaster of Heat (which should be coming to Blu-ray sometime later this year or early next year), moderator Christopher Nolan confirmed that evidence of the actors working together in the same place at the same time lies in a picture that you can see at the real location the scene was shot in, Kate Matalini’s diner in Beverly Hills. However, it was revealed that Pacino and De Niro never rehearsed the scene before shooting it. Find out more about how the Heat diner scene was put together after the jump. Read More »
In honor of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum took the original Starship Enterprise from the classic 1960s television series, restored it, and put it on display for all to see. Now they’ve gone one step further in ensuring that all the most hardcore Trekkies can enjoy their museum in a new way.
Mark Okrand is the man who developed the Vulcan and Klingon languages for the Star Trek universe, and the museum commissioned him to create an hour-long Klingon audio tour of some of their most popular exhibits. Get the details on the Smithsonian museum Klingon audio tours below. Read More »
This year doesn’t mark a special anniversary for Michael Mann‘s action-thriller Heat as it’s been 21 years since the movie starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro hit theaters. But last night, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held a special screening of the film, remastered in 4K, ironically reminding us how criminal it is that the film didn’t receive a single Oscar nomination. But that’s a conversation for another day.
Following the screening, a panel moderated by none other than Christopher Nolan (who was greatly influenced by Heat while shooting The Dark Knight) featured director Michael Mann and leading men Al Pacino and Robert De Niro looking back on the film they made over two decades ago. And while much of the panel included details that longtime fans of the film have probably already heard about, an interesting detail about Al Pacino’s Heat character was finally confirmed by the actor himself. Read More »
Last weekend, many movie theaters paid tribute to the late Gene Wilder by bringing both Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Blazing Saddles back to the big screen. However, it’s a testament to how big of an icon Gene Wilder is that we’ll now be getting another weekend where movie theaters honor the comedy legend.
Young Frankenstein will be returning to theaters for one night only in October, and this presentation is a little more special than most nostalgic screenings like this because director Mel Brooks will be providing an introduction live from the 20th Century Fox backlot. Get the details on when and where you can catch Young Frankenstein in theaters again after the jump. Read More »
Earlier this week we found out the sad news that comedy legend Gene Wilder had passed away at 83 years old due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Fellow actors, comedians, filmmakers and fans have been paying tribute to Gene Wilder all over the web, and now movie theaters are offering the chance to celebrate the man’s life by enjoying two of his most iconic roles on the big screen again.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Blazing Saddles will both return to select AMC Theatres locations for this weekend only. Since neither of these titles are readily available on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime for free, this might be your best way to experience the classic films and enjoy them with fellow comedy lovers and Gene Wilder fans.
Get the full list of locations where you can see Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Blazing Saddles in theaters after the jump. Read More »
Fall is just around the corner, which means awards season isn’t too far away either. The first film out of the gate that could be a major contender at the Academy Awards next year is Snowden. The biopic from director Oliver Stone tells the story of the former CIA employee Edward Snowen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who became a whistleblower when he leaked classified information about the NSA to the media that revealed the agency was spying on unknowing citizens of the United States. Now you can see it early thanks to a special Fathom Events engagement that includes a live Q&A with Oliver Stone and Edward Snowden himself.
Find out about the Snowden advanced screening after the jump. Read More »
One of the many reasons I can’t wait for Star Wars Land to open in Disneyland is that it will finally give me a chance to step inside an intergalactic cantina filled with all sorts of fun and strange aliens. I can’t imagine what Disney will do with that dining experience, especially with the elaborate animatronic alien creatures that are sure to inhabit the space. But I won’t have to wait until the end of the decade to get a taste of what this might be like as a Star Wars-inspired Cantina is coming to a secret location in Hollywood California this month. Learn more information about the Scum and Villainy Cantina, after the jump.
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For a long time now, Tim Burton has been the popular kid. Yes, he’s famous for his lonely characters, but as a filmmaker, Burton is hardly an outsider, considering his studio films are often hits with audiences. His name means something to moviegoers, thanks to movies like Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Ed Wood, Batman, Big Fish, and Sleepy Hollow. Next month, the Alamo Drafthouse plans on celebrating these films.
Below, learn more about Alamo Drafthouse Septemburton.
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Not only does this year mark the 35th anniversary of Escape form New York, but it also marks the 30th anniversary of one of John Carpenter‘s other beloved films starring Kurt Russell. Yes, it’s been 30 years since Big Trouble in Little China hit theaters, and if you happen to be in Brooklyn, New York today, August 4, then you can celebrate with a special anniversary screening and a very special print of the iconic poster by beloved artist Drew Struzan.
Get the details on the Big Trouble in Little China 35th anniversary print after the jump. Read More »
It’s no secret that Guillermo del Toro‘s Bleak House, his personal home (or “man cave” as he calls it) is a treasure trove of movie props, artifacts, art and collectibles inspired by all the fantasy, horror and sci-fi stories that he loves. We’ve seen pieces of it in video tours over the years. There’s even a book called Guillermo del Toro Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions that takes a look at some of the art that has inspired del Toro’s work over the years, including some of his gorgeous drawings.
Now Guillermo del Toro is bringing his collection of paintings, drawings, maquettes, artifacts, film concept art and more to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) for an exhibition called Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters. The gallery featuring a bunch of del Toro’s goodies opens today provides some insight into del Toro’s creative process, but for those who can’t attend, the filmmaker has posted a ton of photos from the exhibition online for everyone to see.
Check out the gallery of photos from the Guillermo del Toro LACMA exhibition after the jump. Read More »