Is Revenge of the Sith the greatest work of our generation? One art critic thinks so. Also after the jump:

  • Disney chief Alan Horn promises to reveal Episode VII director “soon”
  • Special effects artist Rick Baker hopes to return for more Star Wars
  • Episode VII fan art speculates on what we’ll see in the new trilogy

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Were you jealous of everyone at Comic-Con that got to see Edgar Wright‘s surprise test footage from Ant-Man? We understand. Marvel does plan on releasing the finished footage online at some point but it hasn’t happened just yet. So if text-based descriptions of the footage haven’t done it justice, and slightly animated reenactments are also deficient, now a fan has done their best to recreate the awesomeness in storyboards.

While I can’t be sure that’s it’s a frame by frame reinactment, it looks pretty close, and is the best you’re going to get until Marvel releases Wright’s actual test footage. Check out the video below. Read More »

VOTD: ‘Evil Dead’ Tribute Animation

Be it movies, music, painting or something else, the best art inspires action in the people who view it. Sometimes that inspiration can lead you to change your life, or maybe simply inspires more art. Daniel Kanemoto is a huge Evil Dead fan and when he saw Olly Moss2010 Mondo poster for Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead, he was so inspired by the image he decided to do a little animation showing his love of the franchise. The result is now online: a 90 second ride through the three films with a Moss finale. Check it out below. Read More »

Can you still get a ticket to The Avengers marathon at AMC Theaters? Where and when can you ask Joss Whedon anything you want him to? Is there a way for you to try and be an extra in Iron Man 3? Want to watch the season premieres of Avengers: Earth’s Mightest Heroes and Ultimate Spider-Man online, for free, right now? And what do Watchmen and The Shawshank Redemption or Bill Murray and Green Lantern have to do with each other? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

The upcoming found-footage superhero film Chronicle is a bit of a mystery. Peter recently saw some footage that he enjoyed, but found some problems with. The team behind it, including screenwriter Max Landis and director Josh Trank, is promising but unproven. Then there’s the plot, which centers on three high schoolers (Michael B. Jordan, Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell) who discover they have the superpower of telekinesis. Sounds great, but why the found footage angle? Overall, we just aren’t sure what we’re in for when the film opens February 3.

One really excellent thing being done with Chronicle’s marketing is a Tumblr page showing off officially licensed art inspired by the movie. One of the artists asked to participate, Fernando Reza, even made a yearbook for the fictional high school in the film and, much like the movie, it starts normal but doesn’t end up that way.  Check out the yearbook art and more after the jump. Read More »

It’s always disconcerting to douse people’s enthusiasm for an upcoming film, so I’ll just point you to this post with some brief thoughts having seen Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and move along. Instead let’s go back to better times, when Neveldine/Taylor’s comic book sequel was still buzzing on the back of its bat-shit crazy trailer and excellent Comic Con panel. At the time, Sony asked fans to design a poster for the movie, which already had some very cool marketing materials, and the six finalists have finally been chosen. After the jump, see all six posters, find out how to vote on your favorite and see the one the studio is actually using. Read More »

Fake Criterion covers have become a pretty popular form of fan art as of late. Design-inclined cinephiles have fake-Criterioned everything from Orson Welles’ Macbeth to a French version of Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle to Kickpuncher (which is itself a fake movie), and it’s no wonder why. Criterion DVDs often get the kind of cool, artsy covers you would never find on ‘normal’ DVDs, which usually opt for something more tame and immediately recognizable.

The latest property to get the fake-Criterion treatment is the Harry Potter film series, which concludes this weekend with the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Cooper Union graduate Patrick Sullivan created this stunning collection for his student portfolio, and it saddens me to know they’ll never actually be used. Flip through his cover collection after the jump.

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Disclaimer: Outside of the fact that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 comes out this weekend, this video has nothing to do with movies. It’s a parody song about a book based on a song from a Broadway musical written by guys who do a TV show. So even though this isn’t technically “film” related, a Harry Potter parody song based on the song Hello from The Book of Mormon, co-written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone who do South Park, probably is worth a mention. Especially when it’s this good. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

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