A spin around the TV dial is almost guaranteed to turn up at least one appearance by Bill Hader. Whether it be his memorable stint on Saturday Night Live, smaller film roles in Judd Apatow comedies, leading roles in Greg Mottola comedies, adding voices to Edgar Wright movies, writing South Park episodes, or a commercial for his wonderful new drama The Skeleton Twins, Hader seems to be everywhere. And that’s a good thing. The guy is talented and funny, and a huge film fan.
In the book “Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations With Today’s Top Comedy Writers” by Mike Sacks, Hader contributed his own list of “200 Essential Movies Every Comedy Writer Should See.” It pretty safe to say, though, you don’t have to be a comedy writer to appreciate these gems. Some are obvious, some not, but it’s a fun list even just as a jumping off point for a debate.
Below, check out the list of Hader’s 200 Essential Comedies and even watch him talk about it. Read More »
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Albino Dragon has teamed up with illustrator Nat Iwata to create a deck of The Goonies playing cards. They somehow have secured the license from Warner Bros and are trying to bring the deck to life with the help of Bicycle and the United States Playing Card Company. After the jump, you can see some of the early (pending approval) card and box designs.
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Remember JJ Abrams‘ Mystery Box? I’m not talking about the metaphorical construct of the filmmaker’s movies and television shows, but the box that sits on a shelf in JJ’s office. Abrams famously told the story of the mystery box during his TED Talk (embedded after the jump if somehow you’ve never seen it). When Abrams was a kid, his grandfather would often bring him to a magic store in Manhattan and buy him tricks. One visit, Harry Kelvin bought little JJ a “mystery magic box” which was supposed to contain $50 of magic for only $15, a magical grab bag. JJ loved the idea of the mystery box and ended up never opening it. It has gone on to become a metaphor for what he loves about movies and the stories he tells.
Tannen’s Magic was the store to go to back in the day, but now Theory 11 is the new cool place to go to for magic and playing cards. So today Theory 11 and JJ Abrams have announced a collaboration on a mystery box of Bad Robot playing cards. Not only that, but a limited edition wooden mystery box with the same question mark logo that graces the box sitting on JJ’s office shelf. Find out more information on the cards and this incredible box, after the jump.
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I’ve become a big board gamer in recent years, but we don’t really cover board games on /Film aside from big screen adaptations like Battleship or the occasional mention in Page 2. Every once in a while we’ll cover a board game with a big movie or television license (like we did with Firefly: The Board Game) much in the same way we do with video game sequels of movies (Ripley’s Daughter is the Star of Survival Horror Game ‘Alien: Isolation’).
Two kickstarters came across my attention recently that I’d like to highlight – Cinelinx – A Card Game For People Who Love Movies and a a cinematic science fiction board game called Chaosmos. Hit the jump to find out more about both games.
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Skywalker Ranch, the Pixar Campus, Quentin Tarantino’s home theater, Stanley Kubrick’s estate: all places a film fan would kill to visit, but few ever get the chance to see. Another spot undoubtedly on that list is Bleak House. That’s what Guillermo del Toro calls the additional house he bought to devote to his collection of cool stuff, including props, posters, toys, any -and everything you’ve ever wanted to own in the realm of sci-fi, fantasy, horror and movie memorabilia.
Most people never get to see it, but on the Criterion Collection DVD for Cronos, del Toro actually did a guided tour of the space. It’s been online for about a year, but we were just turned onto it. And it’s as awesome as you’d imagine. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, September 19th, 2013 by Angie Han
The final season of Breaking Bad has become increasingly painful to watch, in the best way possible, but it seems we’ll have to bear the unbearable a bit longer than expected. Series co-executive producer Peter Gould has announced that the final two episodes of the meth drama will run long, amounting to about 30 additional minutes in total.
That’s a lot of extra time to spend clenching your fists and holding your breath. Fortunately, the Internet has come up with a perfect way to relieve some of that tension. The fan-made Breaking Bad video game allows you to travel back to the relatively lighthearted early days, when Walt was just a sick family man in his tighty-whities. Hit the jump for more on the extra-long episodes and the game.
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Prime 1 Studio has announced that they are releasing a statue of Megatron from the Michael Bay Transformers film series.
From the action-packed blockbuster, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Sideshow Collectibles and Prime 1 Studio are proud to present the Megatron: Transformers Statue. Leader of the Decepticons, Megatron will risk it all to achieve his goals, and holds no regard for the human race. At over two and a half tall, Megatron towers over your collection, wielding a fearsome fusion cannon and menacing claws. Megatron is crafted with impressive attention to detail and features LED light-up eyes.
The incredibly detailed collectible statue is for sale on Sideshow Collectibles for $1949.99. More photos after the jump.
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We all know how Hannibal Lecter likes to eat humans: with fava beans and a nice Chianti. But has anyone ever released an official Silence of the Lambs Chianti? One company has now, and Mondo is making posters to celebrate the occasion.
The Alamo Drafthouse, in fact, has created two wines themed around the multiple Oscar-winning Jonathan Demme film, The Silence of the Lambs. There’s Hannibal Lecter’s “The Cannibal Chianti” and Buffalo Bill’s “Suit Yourself Pinot Grigio,” both of which are now on sale. To drum up interest, Mondo recruited poster artist Caesar Moreno to make two posters for the film, each of which are incredibly specific and directed at true super-fans of the film. They go on sale Thursday, check them out below. Read More »