The cast and crew of Star Trek Into Darkness is currently in London for the film’s international press junket and director J.J. Abrams took advantage of the opportunity to get closer to his favorite TV show. Speaking to Empire Magazine a few months back, Abrams gushed about his favorite show on TV, Downton Abbey:
I’m a huge – almost to an embarrassing degree – fan of Downton Abbey. I find myself pathetically addicted to that series….I just want to guest-direct an episode of Downton Abbey. I would, seriously….I don’t think they would have me. But I would be honored. I just want to visit the set maybe. It would be my dream in life. I’m not kidding you!
Well apparently, Abrams has just made his dreams come true. Check out the image below. Read More »
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If you liked Patton Oswalt‘s one-take pitch for Star Wars: Episode VII as presented in a Parks and Recreation outtake, then you’re probably going to love this. Entertainment Weekly had Jef Castro create a poster for Oswalt’s take, in the style of Drew Struzan’s Star Wars work, based on the cover for the first issue of Marvel’s The Infinity Gauntlet.
The one-sheet features all the elements the comedian threw into his pitch, from Star Wars characters to Marvel mainstays to — and it’s still difficult to accept this — Perseus from Clash of the Titans. There’s even a stab at a robo-spider Chewbacca, although the concept isn’t front and center, sadly. But the kicker is the tagline: “The Female Part’s a Little Underwritten.”
Check out the poster below. Read More »
Friday morning, Kevin Smith got out of bed and started writing Clerks III. We know this because he posted the cover page on Facebook and Twitter. The Facebook post is particularaly enlightening because Smith reveals today is the 20th anniversary of the first day of shooting on Clerks. He also vows that Clerks III will be “the best film I’ve ever made.” Read more and see the cover page below. Read More »
Director Marc Webb took to Twitter Monday night to post the following tweet:
“Day 1″ obviously refers to filming on what still being called The Amazing Spider-Man 2, starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Shailene Woodley, Dane DeHaan, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field and Martin Sheen. It’s scheduled for release May 2, 2014.
What’s also of note in this tweet is Webb’s revelation that the sequel will be shot on 35mm film. The original was shot digitally. Check out a bigger version of the image after the jump. Read More »
“The ring is mine.” Frodo Baggins’ chilling line in the heart of Mount Doom at the end of The Return of the King is one the most shocking moments in Peter Jackson‘s trilogy. After three movies and over nine hours to get to this exact spot, Frodo (Elijah Wood) decides he doesn’t want to destroy The One Ring. He wants to keep it.
So what would have happened had Frodo kept the ring? Well, odds are Sauron would have just killed him and taken it for himself, turning all of Middle Earth into a world of darkness. But had Frodo decided earlier to break off from Sam and the Fellowship and keep the ring himself, he too would devolved into a terrible creature, much like the hobbit named Smeagol did oh so long ago. Before Smeagol became Gollum.
All this is leading to a photo that’s recently come online showing a make-up test Elijah Wood did while filming the original Lord of the Rings trilogy. It’s a test for a scene that showed what would have happened to Frodo had he kept The One Ring. Check it out below. Read More »
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 »
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 »
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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 »