One of the biggest movie-related questions coming into 2013 was the identity of Benedict Cumberbatch‘s character in Star Trek Into Darkness. Early on, multiple reports identified the character as Khan, the classic Trek villain best known from Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan. However, from top to bottom, director J.J. Abrams, screenwriters Damon Lindelof, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, as well as the actors themselves, denied this was the case. And, of course, we now know they were all lying in an attempt to preserve the theatrical experience. Cumberbatch was Khan.
Now that several months have passed, and there’s some perspective on how the whole ruse went down, Abrams has had a slight change of heart. He admits it “probably would have been smarter just to say upfront” that Khan was in the movie. Read, and watch, his thoughts below. Read More »
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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we get the UK version of Inside Llewyn Davis, literally raise the roof, get weird with Lana Del Rey, catch something worse than the herps with a one night fling, and be entranced by a blacksmith…blacksmithing.
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There’s been many a fan-made LEGO Wall-E, but none created by one of the people who worked on the film. Angus MacLane has been working for Pixar for years — he’s credited as animator on many of the company’s films, going back to Geri’s Game and A Bug’s Life. He directed recent short works such as Small Fry and the great Toy Story of Terror! special. And he’s a LEGO enthusiast, who has submitted his own Wall-E design for review through LEGO Cuusoo.
(For those unfamiliar with the LEGO Cuusoo process, designers can submit plans and models for potential LEGO sets, and those scoring 10,000 votes are reviewed quarterly by the company, with the potential for one to be picked to market as an actual product. That’s how the Back to the Future DeLorean came to be on shelves.)
Check out MacLane’s design below, with a link to his Cuusoo page to vote. Read More »
Which other Spider-Man villain is hinted at on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Tumblr? How did the Joker take over the Thanksgiving parade in 1989? How close to true are the Ant-Man casting rumors? What does the Rise of Electro logo look like? Where is Ant-Man filming? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
2015′s Jurassic World is the third sequel to Jurassic Park. That much we know. What we don’t exactly know is how it fits into that world. Will the same characters, events and consequences be at stake? Will it be a wholly new story? Are there dinosaurs? Well, we know the last one, and have a few good ideas about the other two, but director Colin Trevorrow felt generous on Twitter earlier this week and revealed a bit more about Jurassic World than we knew before.
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While millions of shoppers brave the cold and crowds looking for deals on Black Friday, others are stuck in front of a computer, rapidly searching for deals online. If that sounds like you, hopefully your refresh finger is quick, as Mondo has some very cool offerings going up on Friday.
There’s everyone’s favorite Spider-Man villain Venom by Randy Ortiz, a new take on Halloween by Jock, the underrated Sightseers by Olly Moss, the gruesome The Fly by Drew Millward, a gorgeous Lost Boys portrait by Jason Edmiston and even a new Watchmen poster (previously seen in Superhero Bits) by Kevin Tong. Yup, Friday is gonna be fun. Check out all the images below. Read More »
Did the ratings improve on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. this week? Is there DLC for Batman: Arkham Origins? Where did Jaimie Alexander show up dressed as Sif from Thor: The Dark World? Are there some updates on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 viral? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
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A current U.S. President on a motion capture stage. That’s not something you see every day. But it happened Tuesday when President Barack Obama visited DreamWorks Animation to talk to the company (which is headed by major Obama contributor and fundraiser Jeffrey Katzenberg). The President called the entertainment industry “one of the bright spots of our economy” and got a tour of the facility.
One of the stops was the motion capture stage where How to Train Your Dragon 2 director Dean DeBlois explained and demonstrated the technique for the President. And, as a bonus, there’s some new footage from the 2014 sequel. Check out the video below. Read More »