Jordan Vogt-Roberts is one of the most exciting new filmmakers. We loved his Amblin-esque indie coming of age film The Kings Of Summer, which was a breakout film at Sundance a couple years back. Jordan is currently developing a big screen adaptation of the video game Metal Gear Solid as well as Legendary Pictures’ King Kong prequel/sequel/reboot Skull Island.

Like many of the rest of us, Jordan spent this holiday weekend thinking about Star Wars and geeking out over the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. He took to Twitter to share a story about his love of Star Wars. I try to explain to people why the year or two experience leading up to The Phantom Menace was still worth it despite the film not living up to expectations. Jordan shares the magic and power of the fan community, explaining it much better than I could. Read the Jordan Vogt-Roberts Star Wars story in full after the jump.

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

It’s not often that Muggles get bragging rights over wizards, but today is one of those rare days. Universal Orlando has just announced that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is now serving hot butterbeer, in addition to their regular offerings of cold and frozen butterbeer.

In contrast, the wizarding world as chronicled in J.K. Rowling‘s original books only offered butterbeer in two forms, cold and hot. Take that, wizards. Hit the jump for details on exactly where to get hot butterbeer.  Read More »

Diner Live Read Header

Usually when I go to a Live Read, I know the movie like the back of my hand. Ghostbusters, Pulp Fiction, The Usual Suspects, American Beauty, these are all movies I’ve seen dozens of times and know backwards and forwards. However, the November reading was a film I’d never seen until this week: Barry Levinson‘s Diner. It totally deserves to be mentioned among those films, but it somehow fell through the cracks in my years as a film fan. It’s as timeless, funny and poignant as any movie I’ve ever seen.

Watching the film, I began to worry about the Live Read. Sure this was a movie with dynamic characters based on a razor sharp script, but Levinson’s film also created such a perfect atmosphere. The movie was 1959 Baltimore, from the weather to the locations, outfits and the music. Oh, the music. Diner is a jukebox full of awesome tunes and the Live Reads don’t play music during the read. Was it going to work out?

Presenter and director Jason Reitman had an answer for that. To make the script move at a clip worthy of its amazing original cast, and to make the audience forget there was no music or settings to enhance it, he’d need actors who are incredibly familiar with each other. Actors with an ability to deliver filthy dialogue very fast, have perfect chemistry, talk a ton of crap and dish about football. How about the cast of FXX’s The League?

Yes, almost the entire cast of The League read Barry Levinson’s Diner at latest Jason Reitman Live Read, presented Film Independent at LACMA. Below, read what the cast brought to the script and what the script revealed about itself.  Read More »

Back to the Future

Outdoor movie screenings are so much fun. They’re not usually the ideal place to first see a movie, of course, but as a communal experience, where everyone knows the movie, it’s the best. Secret Cinema, however, is so much more than an outdoor screening series. It’s an outdoor screening coupled with a live performance and theme park experience where you not only watch the movie, you can live it.

Don’t know what we mean? A new video showing this past summer’s Back to the Future Secret Cinema event puts it into perspective. The organization not only rebuilt the town of Hill Valley; they have actors walking around, a beautiful big screening, and people performing the movie, under the movie, while you watch the movie. Check out a video of the greatest Back to the Future screening of all time below. Read More »

Breaking Bad Frozen parody

November 2014 really seems a bit late to be parodying the biggest pop culture hits of 2013. We’ve already seen enough Frozen mash-ups to last us a lifetime, to say nothing of Breaking Bad parodies. But hey, great art takes time, and “Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab?” is worth the wait.

As the title suggests, the Breaking Bad Frozen parody reimagines “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” through a Breaking Bad lens. Anna’s wistful musical appeal to Elsa becomes a dangerous plea from Walt to Jesse. Watch “Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab?” after the jump. (Warning: Major Breaking Bad spoilers ahoy.) (Another warning: If you proceed, you will have the tune stuck in your head for the next 24 hours.) Read More »

Toy Story hotel

As we wiped tears from our eyes at the end of Toy Story 3, we thought that was the end. The last time we’d see Buzz, Woody and the rest of the gang. However, the adventures continued in a few fantastic short films, at a ton of cool theme park rides and now, we know we’ll eventually see Toy Story 4 as well. We’ll always have a friend in Pixar’s first creation.

Beyond Toy Story 4, Disney has some thing else really special planned for the the franchise. They’re doing a full Toy Story hotel and you can see a concept image below. Read More »

MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS

Three of The Avengers are Disneyland regulars. Captain America and Thor not only appear in the theme park, they (along with Iron Man) have their own sections inside the Innoventions building at Tomorrowland in Anaheim, CA. However, two of their friends are now coming to the park: Black Widow and Hawkeye. Disney has cast two actors who look remarkably like Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner but have a much smaller salary. Check out what Black Widow and Hawkeye look like at Disneyland. Read More »

Star Wars Celebration poster

Star Wars fans have two dates circled on their 2015 calendar. Of course, there’s December 18, when Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters. Then there’s April 16, when Star Wars Celebration comes to Anaheim, CA.

Celebration is basically Comic-Con but only for Star Wars stuff, with plenty of vendors, panels and opportunities for fans to talk to and engage with the people who make Star Wars, Star Wars. This year, everyone assumes there will be some huge revelations and presentations about The Force Awakens. That remains unconfirmed, but Lucasfilm wants to remind fans the event is coming and released a super cool poster to do so. Check out the Star Wars Celebration poster and read more about the event below. Read More »

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