Katsuhiro Otomo‘s 1988 anime Akira is a classic. So, of course, Hollywood wants to remake it. However, the story is so sprawling and pessimistic, no one has been able to settle on a budget that would be financially feasible. Even some of the biggest stars in the world couldn’t make a live action Akira happen in the Hollywood system. Especially not with the respect for the story fans would demand.
Enter The Akira Project, a “crowd-sourced, non-profit project” that used IndieGoGo to make a full length fan trailer. Now, this is not for a movie, though the filmmakers would love to do that in the future. But it shows what passionate fans can do. Make a beautiful, faithful and respectful remake of a classic anime. Check out the live action Akira trailer below. Read More »
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That sound you just heard was Pandora’s Box opening. Yes, the flood gates have officially opened — and opened wide — on fan reactions and mashups for Zack Snyder‘s July 17, 2015 film Batman vs. Superman. All we officially know about the film is the cast from Man of Steel, including Henry Cavill and Amy Adams, will be back, and Ben Affleck will join them as Batman. Bryan Cranston has been rumored to be playing Lex Luthor. No matter what you read, however, that is nothing more than a rumor at this point.
Still, it’s a fun rumor and it adds a third dimension to a viral movie trailer that’s making the rounds. YouTube user Soylent Brak 1 took footage from Man of Steel, Elysium, Breaking Bad and more, and put it together into a pretty convincing early look at what Batman vs. Superman could be. Read More »
You’ve probably already seen the first trailer for Peter Jackson‘s upcoming film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. It came out two months ago which, not coincidentally, is how long the Brotherhood Workshop has been working on a Lego version.
The amount of work that went into this recreation is almost unthinkable. The building, the customization, the stop motion. In fact, the trailer is so good I’m kind of upset we’ll see a live action version of the movie instead of a Lego one. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, April 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
Trailers! Who has time to watch them all? There are something like forty wide releases due out this summer alone. If you assume each trailer runs about two minutes, that’s about an hour and half of your life you’ll never get back. That’s time you could’ve spent actually watching one of these movies.
If you only watch one trailer this spring, then, you’ll want to make it this one. This three-minute supercut teases most of the season’s biggest releases, from Iron Man 3 to The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. It’s surprisingly coherent, which may suggest that these titles aren’t as different as the filmmakers would like us to think. Or maybe it just proves that with the right music and some skillful editing, you can totally change the meaning of any scene. In any case, watch it after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, March 7th, 2013 by Angie Han
We’ve been watching with interest as the Wachowskis move forward on their next film, Jupiter Ascending, but it’ll be some time yet before we find out how their efforts actually pan out. The project hasn’t begun shooting, and likely won’t hit theaters until 2014 or later. In the meantime, then, we can look back at the film that started it all — The Matrix.
While the sci-fi actioner wasn’t the Wachowskis’ first directorial effort, it was the one that made the siblings a household name. At over two hours long, though, it’s not the easiest film to revisit on a hectic weekday evening. Fortunately, this new speedrun by 1A4 Studio provides a handy refresher in just 60 seconds. Hit the jump to watch.
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Posted on Friday, February 8th, 2013 by Angie Han
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 »
Posted on Monday, June 25th, 2012 by Angie Han
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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Posted on Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 by Angie Han
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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