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When can you see a new teaser for Guardians of the Galaxy? What stories do the cast of Amazing Spider-Man 2 want to see in Sinister Six? How is Alicia Keys‘ song in the new film? When does the Michael Keaton film Birdman open? Want to see a bunch of concept art and costumes from Sam Raimi‘s Spider-Man 3? What is the history between Captain America and The Winter Soldier? Will Jennifer Garner talk about Batman vs. Superman anymore? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Craig Drake Die Hard

Most of you probably didn’t notice, but I took the day off last Friday. Why? Because I was so excited by the artwork of Craig Drake.

Drake’s work should be recognizable to most. He’s got a very distinctive, technical approach that blurs the line between minimal and expressive, with a heavy dash of graphic ’80s style. He places iconic images on a simple, flat background, and makes them explode off the wall. He’s had posters at Mondo, Bottleneck, Ltd. Art and others, but this week marked his first solo show. And as is the case with any artist finally given their own exhibit, he wanted to do something amazing. He succeeded.

Drake’s show, which is on display the Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles, turns his trademark style up to eleven. Not only is he tackling a ton of popular pop culture properties (Star Wars, Die Hard, Aliens, Cowboy Bebop, Lord of the Rings, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Escape from New York and others), he’s doing so with a newly found depth and passion. Each piece is better and more detailed than the last. Plus, Drake took many of the pieces and blew them up double the size of a normal poster. These “Mega Metals” make the whole show feel like an interactive experience.

Below, we’ve got images of all the art in Craig Drake’s show, which is on display through April 27.  Read More »

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Set

On June 3rd 2013, I flew to New Orleans, LA to visit the set of Fox’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes follow-up Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. There, I learned a great deal about the Matt Reeves-directed sequel.  After the jump, read about my Dawn of the Planet of the Apes set visit and discover the secrets behind the next chapter in the Planet of the Apes series.

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Paul Bettany Vision

The trades reported it, Kevin Feige didn’t deny it and now Paul Bettany has admitted it. He’s playing Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The voice of J.A.R.V.I.S., a  longtime Marvel Cinematic Universe mainstay, recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote Transcendence. There, he copped to finally having to do more than one day of work on a Marvel movie, for the Joss Whedon project which is currently filming. Obviously he couldn’t give a lot of details, but hearing him talk about it is cool on its own. Check out the Paul Bettany Vision video and transcript below. Read More »

Harrison Ford AMA

It was a star-studded weekend on Reddit. Not only did director James Cameron do an AMA, legendary actor Harrison Ford did one, too. Both were promoting the environmental documentary Years of Living Dangerously. As things tend to do, each went awesomely off-topic. In Ford’s case, he admitted he still hopes a Blade Runner 2 get made but has yet to see a script. He talked about playing Han Solo and Indiana Jones as well as some of those characters’ more interesting quirks. His recent roles in Anchorman 2 and Expendables 3 were brought up and much more. Unfortunately, there was no mention of Star Wars Episode VII or Indiana Jones 5 but read all the highlights of the Harrison Ford AMA below. Read More »

james cameron ama

As popular as his movies are, James Cameron himself is slightly mysterious. Sure, he’ll get out to promote his work, or use his celebrity status to speak about important issues. Those occasions just don’t provide a great chance to meet the man himself.

Which is why when James Cameron took to Reddit to do an Ask Me Anything session, it was so incredibly fascinating. He talked about his family life, songs he sings in the shower, and his preference between dogs and cats. Below, however, you won’t find any of that. Below we’ve complied the best of Cameron’s film-related answers. There’s some really great stuff.

Cameron offers an update on the status of the Avatar sequels and Battle Angel, discusses whether or not Arnold Schwarzenegger will appear, comments on the possibility of True Lies 2, offers his thoughts on Prometheus, Titanic criticisms, Oculus Rift, Avatar Land, why all movies should be in 3D, if he’s excited for the new Terminator films, and explains why he loves Paul W.S. Anderson’s Resident Evil. One Redditor even got him to change a line of dialogue in an Avatar sequel. Read all about the James Cameron AMA  below. Read More »

 

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 try and grow a beard, get weirded out in a strange house, consider whether something was afoot when Kurt Cobain ”allegedly” shot himself, get all modern up in here, take in the freaks in the NYC, and get our twerk on.
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Draft Day review

The NFL is a notoriously cautious company. For years, it has not allowed official logos to be used by Hollywood; the NFL did not feel that a negative representation of football benefited the brand in any way. It makes sense, and also casts an odd light on Ivan Reitman‘s Draft Day, the first film ever officially licensed by the NFL. Obviously, the film does not shine a negative light on the league, something other football films definitely have done. There’s no mention of drug use or concussions. The lack of controversy actually works to the film’s advantage, creating a very broad entry point to a subject that might initially seem limiting. Draft Day doesn’t need controversy or on-field action to create drama. Read More »

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