The world was rocked this weekend when actor Paul Walker died in a car crash at the age of 40. As someone who has followed his career since the very beginning, and has seen every Fast and Furious movie opening night, the news hit me much harder than I expected. Walker was such a fun person to watch. His presence and energy always burst through the screen and to see him blossom with growing franchise was continually rewarding. He was just at the beginning of a career that could have went anywhere.
That said, I couldn’t make it 50 seconds into a video Universal Pictures created as a tribute to Walker without the tears starting. It’s a beautiful, emotional piece of work. Check it out below. Read More »
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Two big video retrospectives landed this week, celebrating the films and trailers of 2013. The first is a mashup of every trailer released so far this year That’s a big task, and there have to be trailers that didn’t make the cut, but there’s a shot culled from every major trailer here. The other is from Film.com writer David Ehrlich, who did a great job cutting together his own Top 25 list. Read More »
Between Dodge commercials, Ben and Jerry’s containers, and dog magazine covers, people might think Ron Burgundy has appeared everywhere to promote the upcoming film Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Now, in Ron’s epic quest to appear everywhere, San Diego’s classiest news anchor (played by Will Ferrell) unexpectedly appeared on a North Dakota news station Saturday. He did a full thirty minute broadcast, in character, and you can watch it in full after the jump. Read More »
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 »
You don’t have to be a superhero fan to have been touched by the saga of Batkid. The San Francisco Make-A-Wish Foundation organized an incredible day-long adventure for 5-year-old Miles Scott earlier this month, allowing him to travel across the city and fight crime as the Caped Crusader. Besides global news coverage, Batman actors such as Ben Affleck and Christian Bale talked about the event and even President Obama got into the act. Everyone loves Batkid.
The saga recently continued on Good Morning America where Miles appeared, in full Bat-gear, to defeat his greatest villain yet: the Joker. Check it out below. Read More »
Weeks back, Kanye West publicly blasted Jimmy Kimmel when the late night host reenacted one of West’s interviews with children. If that made the rapper/producer mad, he might explode once he sees Seth Rogen and James Franco‘s latest stunt.
The pair, who are currently shooting The Interview, took a break from filming to do a shot by shot remake of West’s video Bound 2, which has become a punchline for its low-production values and Kim Kardashian‘s “nudity.” Where This Is The End played with the balances between reality and parody, this video smashes it over the head with a sledgehammer. Hilarious isn’t the word. Read More »
Improv Anywhere has been taking to the streets of New York City to recreate famous movies in public places. Over the past weeks we’ve featured their attempts to recreate Back to the Future in a Manhattan plaza and Jurassic Park in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. This week they posted a video chronicling the reaction to an 11-year-old actor dressed as Harry Potter searching for Platform 9 3/4 in New York’s Pennsylvania Station. Watch the video now embedded after the jump.
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The announcement Blockbuster Video was closing all its physical locations marked the end of an era. Anyone who ever rented a movie at a video store took a moment to think back on how radically and quickly things have changed. It was a significant media moment.
Predictably, Saturday Night Live had a different twist. They took the real life event and gave it a funny spin by following a few disillusioned, lost Blockbuster employees on a post-closure quest, featuring a cameo by Lady Gaga. It’s a cute, sweet tribute to the chain. Read More »