Seems like NASA is going to infinity and beyond with their latest space suits. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration just revealed a new prototype space suit, called the Z-1, and it bears a striking resemblance to the one worn by everyone’s favorite Space Ranger, Buzz Lightyear from Pixar’s Toy Story series. Check out the image below. Read More »
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Why will you only be seeing the Star Trek Into Darkness prologue in front of digital IMAX screenings of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey? Because the film is so long, an extra nine minutes likely couldn’t fit on a platter. Peter Jackson‘s film is just under 3 hours, with credits, so it’s literally a mass of celluloid that pushes the boundaries of what IMAX projectors can physically show.
The Dark Knight Rises was a similar length; it ran 50 reels and weighed 600 pounds when fully assembled. However The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is also in 3D, which means it’s that double that, and an IMAX employee took a photo of the film arriving in the mail. All 98 reels of it. It’s staggering. Check it out below. Read More »
Here’s a good bit of trivia appropriate for Halloween: as some people may know, Stanley Kubrick did not create the photo seen at the very end of The Shining. Given the general attention to detail lavished by the director upon his projects, one would assume that the photo was crafted expressly for the film. But the photo was, for the most part, actually a picture from 1923, with Jack Nicholson‘s head added.
A page of a photo retouching book published in 1985 now reveals the original image, before Nicholson was comped in, and on the left side of the image above you can see the original, unknown man who became the stand-in for Nicholson’s afterlife image. Read More »
Before we’d even seen footage from Cloud Atlas, we knew that co-writers and co-directors Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, and Lana Wachowski had given their cast a challenge: each actor would play multiple characters in the six interconnected stories that make up the film. Not only that, but actors would be, in some cases, playing characters of different gender and/or race than the actor’s own.
The long debut trailer for the film showed a bit of that in action, as we could see glimpses of Hugh Grant as what appears to be a violent post-apocalyptic shaman, and star Tom Hanks in a few different guises. Now the official site for the film is online, and it gives us some very clear looks at what actors like Hugo Weaving are doing in the film. He’s seen above in relatively “normal” mode on the left, and as a rather ghastly (and somehow Eddie Izzard-like) woman on the right. Check out more after the break. Read More »
Well over a year ago, on March 21 2011, principal photography began on Peter Jackson‘s two-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien‘s novel The Hobbit. Today the production finished principal photography, and Peter Jackson has sent out a note and photo to commemorate the occasion. Read More »
The floodgates on next summer’s Marvel blockbuster, Iron Man 3, are set to open later this month when Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige takes the stage at San Diego Comic-Con to talk about the film. Before that happens, however, Marvel is opening the faucet ever so slightly by releasing a concept image that’s sure to get fans talking.
Directed and co-written by Shane Black, Iron Man 3 has long been rumored, but not yet confirmed, to center on Extremis, a tech based virus that turns regular people into super soldiers. In a new piece of concept art released by Marvel, we see what might be exactly that – Tony Stark (played by Robert Downey Jr.) in the middle of a slew of soldiers as his arm appears to be slowly turning into that all too familiar red and yellow armor. Or maybe not. Check it out below. Read More »
Billboard found on Sunset and La Brea in Hollywood. Not a graphic, but a 3D hole in a billboard with destruction extruding.
Vijay Pandurangan wondered how color choices in film advertising had changed over the years. He decided to create a chart that shows the evolution of colors in movie posters over the history of film (or since 1914). The data was compiled using 35,000 posters spanning a wide array of genres, and black and white colors were ignored. Here is his conclusion:
First off, it is true that movie posters are much more blue, and much less orange than they used to be. This page also talks about the blue/orange colours in movies. This does appears to be a steady trend since 1915. … earlier posters were all illustrated/ hand painted, with fewer colors and less variation in tone. Perhaps the fact that white and black have become more prevalent is due to the change from illustration to photography. Painted skin might also over-represent orange and under-represent other hues that happen in real life.
You can see more of his data on his blog.
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