Heat Diner Scene - Robert De Niro

One of the most iconic scenes in Heat is where Robert De Niro and Al Pacino calmly sit down for a man-to-man chat in an effort to understand each other a little better, both affirming that neither is going to stop what they’re doing, and they’re not going to let each other get in their way. Bringing these two together for a confrontation for the first time was a big deal, and there were even rumors that Pacino and De Niro never shot the scene together, opting to do each part independently of each other.

During a panel we attended after an Academy screening of a 4K remaster of Heat (which should be coming to Blu-ray sometime later this year or early next year), moderator Christopher Nolan confirmed that evidence of the actors working together in the same place at the same time lies in a picture that you can see at the real location the scene was shot in, Kate Matalini’s diner in Beverly Hills. However, it was revealed that Pacino and De Niro never rehearsed the scene before shooting it. Find out more about how the Heat diner scene was put together after the jump. Read More »

Smithsonian Museum Klingon Tours

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum took the original Starship Enterprise from the classic 1960s television series, restored it, and put it on display for all to see. Now they’ve gone one step further in ensuring that all the most hardcore Trekkies can enjoy their museum in a new way.

Mark Okrand is the man who developed the Vulcan and Klingon languages for the Star Trek universe, and the museum commissioned him to create an hour-long Klingon audio tour of some of their most popular exhibits. Get the details on the Smithsonian museum Klingon audio tours below. Read More »

Al Pacino's Heat Character

This year doesn’t mark a special anniversary for Michael Mann‘s action-thriller Heat as it’s been 21 years since the movie starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro hit theaters. But last night, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held a special screening of the film, remastered in 4K, ironically reminding us how criminal it is that the film didn’t receive a single Oscar nomination. But that’s a conversation for another day.

Following the screening, a panel moderated by none other than Christopher Nolan (who was greatly influenced by Heat while shooting The Dark Knight) featured director Michael Mann and leading men Al Pacino and Robert De Niro looking back on the film they made over two decades ago. And while much of the panel included details that longtime fans of the film have probably already heard about, an interesting detail about Al Pacino’s Heat character was finally confirmed by the actor himself. Read More »

Eli Roth halloween horror nights

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Hostel director Eli Roth lends his talents to Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights.
  • Visitors to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will get a Zootopia exclusive.
  • Disneyland is getting a villain and ghost-themed Halloween parade.
  • The dance troupe Jabbawockeez returns to Halloween Horror Nights.
  • California Adventure’s Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is getting a temporary seasonal re-do.
  • Legendary Imagineer Tony Baxter shares an early design for a Mary Poppins ride.
  • A look at new decorations popping up for Halloween Horror Nights.
  • Early footage of the under-construction Star Trek: Operation Enterprise.
  • Check out the full map for Universal Studios Florida’s Halloween Horror Nights.
  • Go behind-the-scenes of the latest Frozen stage show.
  • And more!

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Young Frankenstein In Theaters

Last weekend, many movie theaters paid tribute to the late Gene Wilder by bringing both Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Blazing Saddles back to the big screen. However, it’s a testament to how big of an icon Gene Wilder is that we’ll now be getting another weekend where movie theaters honor the comedy legend.

Young Frankenstein will be returning to theaters for one night only in October, and this presentation is a little more special than most nostalgic screenings like this because director Mel Brooks will be providing an introduction live from the 20th Century Fox backlot. Get the details on when and where you can catch Young Frankenstein in theaters again after the jump. Read More »

Batman v Superman Retro Trailer

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice may be old news, but fans are still having fun playing with the iconic face-off between the two biggest superheroes in the DC Comics universe. Since some believe Zack Snyder didn’t give us exactly the versions of Batman and Superman that fans have loved for decades, maybe a version of the movie starring a couple of the earlier big screen incarnations of The Dark Knight and The Big Blue Boy Scout may be more acceptable.

A new Batman v Superman retro trailer imagines what it might have been like if Michael Keaton‘s Batman and Christopher Reeve‘s Superman went head-to-head. It’s a fun little edit that makes me wish that these two versions of the heroes would have had some kind of crossover a couple decades ago. Watch it below! Read More »

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Blazing Saddles in theaters

Earlier this week we found out the sad news that comedy legend Gene Wilder had passed away at 83 years old due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Fellow actors, comedians, filmmakers and fans have been paying tribute to Gene Wilder all over the web, and now movie theaters are offering the chance to celebrate the man’s life by enjoying two of his most iconic roles on the big screen again.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Blazing Saddles will both return to select AMC Theatres locations for this weekend only. Since neither of these titles are readily available on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime for free, this might be your best way to experience the classic films and enjoy them with fellow comedy lovers and Gene Wilder fans.

Get the full list of locations where you can see Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Blazing Saddles in theaters after the jump. Read More »

Snowden Advanced Screening - Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Fall is just around the corner, which means awards season isn’t too far away either. The first film out of the gate that could be a major contender at the Academy Awards next year is Snowden. The biopic from director Oliver Stone tells the story of the former CIA employee Edward Snowen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who became a whistleblower when he leaked classified information about the NSA to the media that revealed the agency was spying on unknowing citizens of the United States. Now you can see it early thanks to a special Fathom Events engagement that includes a live Q&A with Oliver Stone and Edward Snowden himself.

Find out about the Snowden advanced screening after the jump. Read More »

Rogue Binks

For many fans, the appeal of Rogue One is that it looks more somber than your typical Star Wars adventure. Gone are the idealistic young heroes and noble Jedi; here are a bunch of veterans and troublemakers who’ve seen some shit. The tone feels more akin to a gritty war drama than a fanciful space opera, and even the famously uncoordinated Stormtroopers look like a real threat this time out.

But while Rogue One looks intense, it doesn’t exactly strike terror into the hearts of fans. No, if Rogue One really wanted to send a chill down our spines, it’d call in the franchise’s most notorious hero. Rogue Binks unveils a version of Rogue One starring everyone’s favorite Gungan general, with special appearances by Chewbacca Mom, Holiday Special Leia, Ewok warriors, and George Lucas. Now that is some truly harrowing stuff. Watch the Rogue Binks trailer below.  Read More »

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harry potter video game ride

Major companies filing patents isn’t always news, because many major companies file patents just because they can. This is especially true in the theme park industry, where potential ride and show technology is patented so it can be utilized in a potential future attraction. You know – just in case. After this is a competitive business. Disney was supposedly planning to utilize Kuka arm technology to build a ride based on The Incredibles, only to watch Universal snatch the exclusive rights to this tech for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, the headliner attraction at their The Wizarding World of Harry Potter lands in Universal Studios Florida, Universal Studios Hollywood, and Universal Studios Japan.

So don’t look at Universal’s newest patent as solid confirmation for what we might see in a future Harry Potter ride – look at it as a suggestion of what Universal may be considering for a future attraction. And this patent centers around a “video game ride” that will allow riders to to interact with and change their experience.

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