Everyone has an opinion in today’s Star Wars Bits. After the jump:

  • Zachary Quinto and Roberto Orci are happy for J.J. Abrams,
  • Read the official statement from Disney announcing the spinoffs,
  • Author Timothy Zahn has thoughts on young Han Solo casting,
  • Check out an epic, action-packed fan-made trailer for Episode VII,
  • And legendary makeup artist Stuart Freeborn has died at the age of 98.

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Earlier this week, the news broke that Hasbro is (still) developing movies based on Monopoly, Action Man and Hungry Hungry Hippos. The first two made lots of (or at least some) sense. The latter? Not so much. How do you make a movie about a bunch of hippos that are just constantly eating? You do it pretty much like you do a movie about pegs on a board. Amp up the action to the max and let the eye-rolling begin.

Film School Rejects has created a hilarious fake trailer for Hungry Hungry Hippos the movie and, you’d have to expect, the movie isn’t going to be much different. Check it out below. Read More »

If the sheer amount of The Amazing Spider-Man teasers, trailers, spots, and clips released so far have you wondering if you’ve already seen the whole damn film… well, you might not be that far off. A Vimeo user going by Sleepyskunk has cut together the footage we’ve already seen into a 25-minute version of the movie that covers the basics of the entire narrative. Watch it after the jump (but be warned that, duh, spoilers follow).

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The success of a trailer can be measured in a million different ways — through total views, through audience tracking, through informal polls, through detailed analyses — but of the newest, and most enjoyable, methods may be to see how many parodies spring up around it. After all, in the digital age, can a movie really say it’s made a mark on pop culture until it’s spawned at least a couple of sweded versions or oddball mash-ups?

By that standard, the marketing for Prometheus and The Dark Knight Rises are doing very well indeed. Two new videos have sprung up recent days, one a painstakingly recreated Prometheus trailer done all with paper and flashlights, the other a goofy take on the Dark Knight Rises paper done with hot dogs. Watch both after the jump.

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Over a decade since its release, Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream remains a visceral and disturbing piece of modern cinema. The filmmaker’s gnawing portrayal of drug addiction coupled with a hyper stylized aesthetic can make even the most tough-stomached person squirm in their seat.

You’d think seeing the same images with puppets would soften the blow, but Brendan James Boyd‘s 60 -econd film for the 2012 Vancouver Fake Film Fest proves likewise. Hearing puppets say “tail to tail” in place of another famous line, watching a fuzzy arm get chopped off or puppet electroshock therapy is almost more disturbing when it’s non-humans. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

VOTD: ‘The Batman Complex’

Probably all of us have entertained fantasies at some point about becoming one of our favorite superheroes, whether as children playing with action figures or adults watching the latest comic book blockbuster. Generally, it’s just harmless fun — but take that drive to the extreme and things can get really weird, as seen in today’s Video of the Day. The Batman Complex is a (sadly) fake film trailer about about a paranoid schizophrenic who comes to believe that he is actually Batman. Or something. Watch it after the jump.

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VOTD: ‘Footloose’ Remade By 54 Filmmakers

Craig Brewer’s remake of the classic 1984 Kevin Bacon film Footloose, starring Kenny Wormald and Julianne Hough, is scheduled for release in October of this year. When it was first announced, though, a group of filmmakers got so upset that Hollywood was needlessly remaking another great movie they decided to beat them to the punch. 54 filmmakers broke up the original film into segments and, last summer, assembled all those pieces into one brand new movie. Our Footloose Remake has been playing independent movie houses across the country for several months now but, just this past weekend, the whole movie made it online. Read more about the film, and watch it in its entirety, after the jump. Read More »


I know genre-switched trailers have sort of been done to death, but every once in a while a good one comes along that makes me laugh. Today, it’s a trailer for Ferris Bueller’s Day Off — done up to look like an indie film. Watch it after the jump.

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