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We’ve seen many different versions of time travel in movies, but how many of those time travel scenarios are actually scientifically feasible? ScreenJunkies have enlisted University of Southern California physicist Dr. Clifford Johnson and NASA scientist Christina Heinlein to talk about films like Groundhog Day, Back to the Future, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Planet of the Apes, television shows like Quantum Leap, recent movies like X-Men: Days of the Future Past and Edge of Tomorrow. Watch the not-so-serious discussion in the Movie Time Travel Debunked By Scientists video embedded sometime in the past after the jump.

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grand budapest hotel lego

A cryptic tease hit the movie press corp on Thursday: an image featuring a single pink Lego brick, and the name of Wes Anderson’s latest masterpiece, The Grand Budapest Hotel. Many – myself included – began wildly speculating about a collaboration between the indie filmmaker and massive toymaker on a consumer set. Alas, that’s not the case.

Instead, to help promote the June 17 Blu-ray release of the film, Fox Searchlight hired Lego builder Ryan Ziegelbauer and his team to create a huge version of the hotel to put on display. The result took 575 hours, is made of more than 50,000 bricks, weights 150 pounds, stands 7 feet tall and stretches 6.5 feet wide. It’ll be on display at The Grove in Los Angeles June 14 and 15 and we’ll have some more details photos over the weekend.

For now, check out a video of the impressive build of The Grand Budapest Hotel Lego. Read More »

Michael Bay IMAX 3D Digital Camera

Not only will Michael Bay‘s Transformers: Age of Extinction reintroduce the world to Optimus Prime and his pals, it’s the first film ever shot with a brand new camera. Bay used the IMAX 3D Digital Camera, a compact, fully-integrated dual 65mm 4K digital large-format 3D tool that allowed the director to capture massive IMAX images in native 3D.

Below, watch a featurette on the camera and read some more facts about this revolutionary piece of technology. Read More »

History Cops

What do animators do when they have extra time and materials on hand? That’s a trick question; animators really don’t have any extra time. But if there were a few surplus minutes on hand, they might make something like History Cops.

The Lego Movie hits blu-ray next week, but one of the special features is online now. History Cops is a parody of grindhouse trailers featuring Lego versions of Michelangelo and Abraham Lincoln. They fight crime, they bust heads, and they dish out quips like “I release you from the shackles of freedom!” It’s lovely, watch below. Read More »

BIlly Dee Mark Hamill

Lots of cool stuff in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Lots of Episode VII, of course, but also some cool Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher quotes, new merchandise and even a George Lucas cameo. Below, read about the following.

  • Paparazzi spotted an interesting trio of Star Wars Episode VII principals on the street.
  • George Lucas doesn’t seem worried about the leaked set photos.
  • Check out the first Star Wars Hot Wheels toy.
  • Watch a full, 45 minute interview with Mark Hamill at Star Wars Weekends at Disney World.
  • Billy Dee Williams confirms he has contributed to Star Wars Rebels.
  • Watch a new video about the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum.
  • Potential details of multiple Star Wars Episode VII sets are revealed.
  • See John Boyega in the Star Wars makeup chair.

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Terminator 2 Chase

James Cameron’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day is one of those movies we’ve all seen a million times. When it’s on television, its familiarity is like a warm blanket we can snuggle up in and can enjoy from any point. We even do other things while watching, without getting lost, because we know it so well.

In fact, we know it so well it’s probably lost some of its power. When we first saw the T-1000 emerge from flaming wreckage, or a Mack Truck fly off an overpass, they were eye-popping moments. Now, they’re very familiar. Unless, of course, they’re presented in new ways.

Maybe that means 3D, maybe that means seeing the film on the big screen the first time, or maybe it means the painstaking work of a YouTube team to recreate a scene from the film, nearly shot by shot, using Grand Theft Auto 5. Check out a Terminator 2 GTA chase below. Read More »

Ricky Nierva TED Talk

Pixar Art Director/Production Designer Ricky Nierva recently gave a TED Talk at TED x Athens in Athens, Greece. Titled “Don’t Be Afraid Of The Blank Sheets”, Nierva’s talk is about writers block and the artist’s struggle with the creative process and a behind the scenes peek into the design behind the magic created at Pixar.

Nierva was a story artist on Toy Story 2, has character design and storyboarding credits on Monsters Inc, was an art director on Finding Nemo and served as a production designer on Up and Monsters University. Ricky explains the creative process behind the designs for Up‘s Carl Fredricksen and Russell and how the film’s story helped create the design of the story’s central characters. You will probably be amazed at how all the little details reflect the film’s storyline and how they are almost inseparable.

You can watch the Ricky Nierva TED Talk now embedded after the jump.

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Star Wars Alphabet

The internet has allowed fans to distribute a wealth of videos dissecting their favorite films that otherwise wouldn’t exist. Sometimes the OCD of obsessive fandom results in something so insane that you just need to see it just to know someone spent the time to create it. YouTube user suckerpinch decided to take Star Wars Episode VI: A New Hope and reedit the movie sorted by alphabetically by word. Why? We’re not sure. But the resulting 43 minute video is mesmerizing. Watch the Star Wars Alphabet video embedded after the jump alongside some fun facts discovered by suckerpinch in the process. For example, did you know the word “lightsaber” appears in the film only once but the word “the” appears 368 times?

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