Jaws Book Cover - Jaws Movie Compared to the Book

Jaws is one of the most well known movies of all time, right down to the iconic theme music composed by John Williams. However, there are likely plenty among general audiences out there who don’t know that the 1975 thriller directed by Steven Spielberg was based on a book by Peter Benchley. The book is also called Jaws, but there are quite a few differences between the book and what ended up on the big screen.

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Earlier this week, we posted a video essay that attempted to explain why none of the Marvel Studios movies don’t seem to have an iconic bold, memorable score or theme song. It was the kind of video that everyone appeared to respond to because it expressed a critique we all saw or felt and it introduced a problem that many of us weren’t aware of (that being, how temp music infiltrates a final cut of a movie).

Tony Zhou does a fantastic job with his Every Frame A Painting video series┬ábut at the end of the day its just one man’s view on the world of cinema. And the great thing about the internet is that it provides a forum for others to respond. A new video essay explains why temp music is not to blame for Marvel’s score problems and suggests that the rise of digital scoring technology may be responsible for a larger epidemic in Hollywood soundtracks.

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How 9/11 Changed Lilo and Stitch

Just a few days ago we passed the 15th anniversary of the devastating terrorist attacks that hit the United States on September 11th, 2001. It’s a day that many won’t soon forget. However, what’s strange is that this year brings high schools the first group of freshman who weren’t even alive when the events of that day transpired, leaving them to learn about how that day changed our country forever from contemporary history.

Undoubtedly the lives lost and the aftermath of the attacks was what dominated news headlines and kept cable news busy for months. But the entertainment world also felt the impact of these attacks as the had to figure out how to approach the action sequences of particular movies without sparking trauma among audiences still recovering from the events of that day. We know that movies like Spider-Man and Men in Black II changed key scenes and plot elements after 9/11, and it turns out Lilo & Stitch had to do the same thing.

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Captain America Civil War Honest Trailer

This week brought Captain America: Civil War to Blu-ray and DVD, which means Marvel’s hit summer blockbuster is ready to get the Honest Trailer treatment.

While the idea of having The Avengers be their own villains seems like a big deal, let’s not forget that these superheroes have fought each other plenty of times before. And as the mockery of Marvel’s latest action extravaganza points out, that’s what happens when most of your villains kinda suck.

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Ryan Potter Robin Audition

You might not know Ryan Potter by name, but if you saw Disney’s Big Hero 6, you’ve certainly heard his voice. Though he played the young teenage hero, also named Hiro, in the animated adaptation of a Marvel Comics title, the actor just turned 20 years old today, and he’s setting his sights on the world of live-action superheroes now.

Before the weekend, you might have seen in a recent edition of Superhero Bits that Ryan Potter had started an online campaign to play Batman’s trusty sidekick Robin. Now he’s taken things one step further by creating a little audition reel directed towards Ben Affleck, showing that he can handle some serious action as The Boy Wonder. Honestly, it’s a pretty impressive little pitch. Watch Ryan Potter’s Robin audition video after the jump. Read More »

Mad Max Fury Road Without Visual Effects

There is no doubt that Mad Max: Fury Road was not only one of the best blockbusters of last year, but one of the best films of 2015 in general. George Miller crafted a sequel that was simple yet riveting, seamlessly combining digital and practical effects to create some of the best action the big screen has ever seen. And what’s truly impressive is that even without the visual effects to enhance the film, the footage from production is still absolutely epic.

A new video has surfaced online featuring a slew of raw footage from pre-production and behind the scenes shows that the action from Mad Max: Fury Road still rivals most blockbusters even when it’s not finished. In the footage after the jump, there are no digital enhancements or computer generated effects used at all. Watch the footage from Mad Max Fury Road without visual effects and try not to get too pumped. Read More »

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Woody Meets Dory

If you’re a big fan of Pixar Animation, there’s a good chance that you’ve heard of The Pixar Theory. Originally created by Jon Negroni, The Pixar Theory proposes that every single movie from the animation studio actually takes place within the same universe by finding little threads to connect each and every movie to each other somehow. But despite the fact that Pixar movies contain easter eggs referencing some of the other Pixar movies, it’s just a theory in the end.

But what if characters from the Pixar movies could actually run into each other? Tom Hanks was recently a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which just so happens to be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, the voice of the titular forgetful fish in Finding Dory. And while they were talking about working on Pixar movies, Hanks decided to have the audience close their eyes while he and Ellen improvised a quick scene where Woody from Toy Story meets Dory, and the result is as funny and adorable as you’d expect.

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Star Trek 50 Trailer

In case you didn’t realize it, yesterday marked the exact 50th anniversary of the debut of Star Trek: The Original Series. The sci-fi show from Gene Roddenberry debuted with an episode called “The Man Trap” and received mixed reviews. Despite a lukewarm reaction from critics, a passionate fanbase kept the show alive for three seasons, totaling 79 episodes, until NBC decided they had to axed the series.

Thankfully, that wasn’t the end of Star Trek as the crew of the USS Enterprise would return in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, launching a whole new series of adventures on the big screen, featuring the same characters fans loved from the original series. Since then there have been plenty of sequels, a franchise reboot, several different TV shows, an animated series, countless comic books, merchandise and more. Star Trek now spans 50 years, and a celebratory retrospective video celebrates the milestone after the jump. Read More »

Taran Killam - SNL Hard Knocks Parody

Not too long ago, we got the surprising and disappointing news that Taran Killam would be leaving Saturday Night Live along with fellow cast member Jay Pharoah and featured played Jon Rudnitsky. The latter wasn’t a surprising removal after the comedian failed to make an impact in his first season, but the departure of Killam and Pharoah will likely be felt by fans when the show returns for its 42nd season at the beginning of October.

As we get closer to the start of the new season, it’s time for the former cast members to clean our their office and bid farewell to the place they’ve worked long hours for several years. And since Killam didn’t get a grand send-off on the air, he decided to say goodbye in a different way. In what is basically one final Saturday Night Live sketch, Killam has given himself a mini-episode of the HBO sports documentary program Hard Knocks, following his final days at 30 Rockefeller Center. Watch the Taran Killam Hard Knocks parody below. Read More »