Max Landis Jane LA short film

Max Landis (Chronicle, and the upcoming American Ultra and Victor Frankenstein) has released a new short film called Jane LA. The 12-minute short film is a documentary/found footage-style story about a girl named Jane who claims to be creating a bomb as an art project. How much of her plan is a joke and how much of it is real? The short is compelling, funny and totally not what you expect. Watch the Max Landis Jane LA short film after the jump.

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SNL Office Hobbit mash-up
This week’s Saturday Night Live host was Martin Freeman, star of The Hobbit trilogy, AMC’s Fargo television series and BBC’s Sherlock. One of the best sketches on Saturday night involved Freeman returning to The Office, the 2001 BBC television comedy series which spawned the NBC hit. But Freeman did not reprise his role as Tim Canterbury, instead playing his The Hobbit starring role as Bilbo Baggins in a sketch which imagines what The Office would have been like featuring the characters of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth saga. Watch the SNL Office Hobbit mash-up sketch embedded after the jump.
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VOTD: Stephen Colbert Interviews Smaug

Colbert interviews Smaug

Stephen Colbert is finishing up his long run on The Colbert Report, and the guy is going out with a bang. Colbert is a tolkien super-fan — his enthusiasm for Tolkien got him a role in The Hobbit, and has seen him grace the cover of Entertainment Weekly in costume as several Hobbit characters. One of his last interviews is among his biggest, as he got the dragon Smaug to show up for a chat. To the credit of everyone involved, from the WETA animation team to Smaug mo-cap and voice actor Benedict Cumberbatch, this goes all the way. A couple jokes edge toward serious territory, but they play right into Colbert’s long-standing conservative character. And Cumberbatch, er, Smaug, gets in a few choice lines at the expense of his Hobbit co-stars. Below, check out the video in which Colbert interviews Smaug.

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History of Spectre

The organization SPECTRE — the all-caps acronym stands for (SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion) — has been a thorn in the side of James Bond ever since his first screen adventure in Dr. No. The group will return in the 24th Bond film, Spectre, which just started shooting in the past week, and which will be released in fall 2015. If you haven’t seen all of the original Bond films that featured the group, or if they’re hazy memories from your past, check out this history of Spectre compiled into one short video. It’s basically like a trailer for a SPECTRE film.

You’ll see Ernst Stavro Blofeld, played by a variety of actors, and sometimes just as disembodied hands petting a cat. You’ll see technology and violence and James Bond remaining cool under fire, in footage from a variety of movies. Read More »

Transformers 4 editing

Post-production is frequently a total mystery to fans. Once is film is finished, sometimes a studio will release concept art or set photos showing us pre-production. We see the actual production on the screen and in lots of behind the scenes featurettes. But once filming is done, you’d think the movie was magically willed into existence with special effects, music and sound, all perfectly timed to specially selected shots.

Of course, that’s not the case. Post-production frequently takes much longer than either of the other two thirds of production, and is really where the film is found. You just don’t see the process because it all takes place behind closed doors. So it’s a rare treat anytime we get a glimpse at the post-production process on any movie. It’s especially exciting when we get the see how a big name filmmaker does it.

Which leads us to this awesome new video called “Transformers 4: The Final Touches.” In it, we see Michael Bay himself working with his editing team on the finishing touches of Transformers: Age of Extinction all the way up through the film’s premiere. Check out the Michael Bay Transformers 4 editing video below. Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy honest trailer

Guardians of the Galaxy arrives on Blu-ray today. There are multiple editions, awesome special features, and so much more to discover. But these days, one of the highlights of the home video release is that Screen Junkies can finally do an Honest Trailer. It’s gotten to the point where directors actually think about these when they make the films (as per Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Anthony and Joe Russo). So how did James Gunn do? Is Guardians of the Galaxy Honest Trailer-proof? Find out by watching it below. Read More »

Star Wars The Force Awakens SNL Parody

The first Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer has been the subject of intense scrutiny over the past week, inspiring all manner of detailed analysis, debate, parody and homage. It was only a matter of time before Saturday Night Live offered their own unique take on the Star Wars The Force Awakens trailer. Last night they did just that, with the help of guest host James Franco.

Check out the Star Wars The Force Awakens SNL parody after the jump. Read More »

The Simpsons Frozen parody

The always meta and funny mobile game The Simpsons: Tapped Out recently teased that at least 50% of The Simpsons‘ audience tunes out after seeing the couch gag. I don’t think that’s actually true most of the time, but it might be this week as the biggest animated TV show of all time parodies the biggest animated film of all time: Frozen. The holiday episode will air on Sunday December 7 and is called I Won’t Be Home For Christmas. You can wait to see it then, or watch The Simpsons Frozen parody below. Read More »

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