Dazed and Confused Linklater

The great thing about Dazed and Confused? I get older and it stays the same age.

Twenty-two years after Richard Linklater‘s ’70s slice of life film hit theaters, listening to it read by a group of actors still feels as poignant and relevant as ever. Maybe the music and references have changed a bit but a teenager’s insecurities, rebellious nature and mischievousness are and will continue to be universal. In Linklater’s script those ideas are delivered with an almost unfairly simple and eloquent precision.

At Thursday’s Live Read, presented by Film Independent at LACMA, Jason Reitman brought together a group of actors to read the script and, yes, the huge cast of characters made things a little confusing. In back-to-back scenes, an actor might have to jump from nerd to cool guy to stoner, giving the whole evening an unpredictable energy. It was even more unpredictable as they were reading an earlier version of the script that had some huge differences from the final film.

Below, we’ll break down those script changes, the cast, some of the crazy performances, and talk about how even in a form that’s unfamiliar to most of us, Dazed and Confused remains as good as ever. Read More »

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pop culture silhouettes

Los Angeles has a double-dose of great pop culture art debuting Friday night. Gallery 1988 has their postcard show (check it out here) and the Hero Complex Gallery has Cut It Out: The Silhouette Art of Jordan Monsell. Monsell uses scissors to create the outlines of pop culture icons from TV movies and more. Almost every piece in the show is an original work and there’s something for everyone.

Cut it Out opens from 7-10 p.m. March 20 with a bunch of cool giveaways and remains on display through March 29. Check out a small preview of the pop culture silhouettes below. Read More »

pop culture postcards

Movies transport us into another world. Sometimes that world is familiar, other times it’s not but in both cases, they’re often places you’d like to go to. And while we might not ever really be able to visit Hill Valley from Back to the Future, Cybertron from Transformers, or Walley World from National Lampoon’s Vacation, the new show at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles lets you take home a souvenir.

The show is called Postcard Correspondence and features over 100 artists creating actual pop culture postcards from their favorite locations in movies, TV, music and more. Some of the locations are real, some are fake, some are specific, some are general, but all are awesome, super affordable and actual postcards. You can send them, frame them, whatever you want.

Postcard Correspondence opens March 20 at Gallery 1988 West in Los Angeles, CA and you can see more of the work – including 10 exclusive reveals – below. Read More »

Star Wars Card Trader 2

Hot off the big ticket Star Wars news Thursday, we’ve got some Bits for you as well.

  • Bob Iger confirms Disneyland is expanding, but not with a third park.
  • J.J. Abrams‘ part in Star Wars Episode VIII is an afterthought.
  • Get some insights into the editing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Kathleen Kennedy and J.J. Abrams will have “Force Awakens special guests” Thursday at Star Wars Celebration.
  • Topps and Lucasfilm team up on Star Wars: Card Trader.
  • Who named Star Wars: Rogue One?

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secret cinema Empire Strikes Back Hoth

As if Star Wars fans weren’t having a good enough year, things just got better. We’re already getting a new movie, and all the awesomeness that goes along with that (trailers, toys, discussion, etc.). There’s a convention, a great new TV show, multiple comic book series’ and so much more. Now, almost like a cherry on top, an ultimate screening of the best Star Wars film ever has been announced.

Secret Cinema has announced that their next film is The Empire Strikes Back and screenings will take place from June 4 until August 2 in London, England. Why is this a big deal? Beacuse this isn’t just a screening. The Secret Cinema crew recreates the movie for you to experience, wrapped around actually watching the movie. Get more info about the Secret Cinema Empire Strikes Back screening below. Read More »

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UPDATE: This Contest Has Closed

Even if you aren’t heading to South by Southwest this week, you can bring a piece of it home. /Film is proud to be running a giveaway for a limited edition giclee print by legendary fantasy artist Frank Frazetta.

Director Robert Rodriguez, who is currently working on Fire and Ice, a film based on Frazetta’s work, is curating a Frank Frazetta Museum that’ll be open from March 14 to 21 in Austin, Texas. It features originals and prints of Frazetta’s work as well as the work of Drew Struzan, props from Rodriguez’s films, pieces from his personal art collection, and much much more.

Below, see a bunch of art from the Frank Frazetta Museum and find out how to enter the contest for a free limited edition Frazetta giclee print. Read More »

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back to the future documentary

Back in October of last year, the filmmakers of an upcoming Back to the Future documentary called Back in Time asked for the help of /Film readers. They had just landed a big interview with one of the film’s two co-stars, Christopher Lloyd and wanted a few questions. Things have changed significantly since then. For the better.

Since then, director Jason Aron not only talked to Lloyd, but has spoken to Robert Zemeckis, Michael J. Fox, Lea Thompson, Bob Gale, Alan Silvestri, superfans including Community creator Dan Harmon, The Goldbergs creator Adam Goldberg and more. The list goes on and on.

In short, Back in Time has become a much bigger movie which means, of course, more funding. The documentary is now back on Kickstarter and with it comes a brand new trailer featuring some of those interviews as well as footage of the real life Hoverboard, the Secret Cinema event and almost anything else Back to the Future you can think of. The campaign also brings news the documentary will be released in October 2015, the same time Marty arrived in 2015 in the film.

Watch the new Back in Time trailer below. Read More »

Innoventions closing

Tomorrowland, the futuristic section of Disneyland, is about to lose one of its largest attractions and that raises questions about what’s coming next. The interactive exhibit called Innoventions, one of the biggest spaces in the area, is closing March 31, according to a local newspaper. This is a sudden, yet expected closure that’s raising speculation about whether or not it is the first step to the inevitable Star Wars presence in the park. Another possibility for the Innoventions space is a tie-in to Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland, which opens some two months later. Or maybe it’s not a movie tie-in at all. Read more about Innoventions closing below. Read More »

Avengers age of ultron trailer mashup

Unless your name is Joss Whedon or Kevin Feige, odds are you haven’t seen Avengers: Age of Ultron yet. The film is less than two months away but that still feels like an eternity after the epic third trailer that came out last week.

Until the film opens, this new video is probably the closest thing you’ll get to seeing the whole movie. YouTuber JohnnyB2K edited together the three trailers released for the superhero sequel into, what he thinks, is the chronological order in the film. It clocks in at just over five minutes of footage and gives a pretty great idea of the size and scope of the movie. Also, it’ll make for a fun rewatch in two months to see how much he got right, wrong, and what beats are noticeably messing. Check out the massive Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer mashup below. Read More »