Hollywood History

There are plenty of people out there who consider themselves movies buffs just because they watch tons of movies. However, to be a true cinephile, you must have an inherent desire to learn about the history of film, from its early beginnings in silent cinema through the creation of today’s contemporary studio system.

If you’re just now looking to learn more about the relatively short history of Tinseltown, then a new video runs through some of the finer points of the rise and fall of Hollywood, covering each era in a brief but informative way. It’s extremely basic, but it’s the perfect crash course for someone who is just starting to explore film history. Read More »

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Computer Animated Akira

Even those who aren’t all that familiar with manga or anime have heard about Akira. Either they’ve seen some of the iconic shots from the movie or they’ve heard about Warner Bros. Pictures trying desperately to turn it into a live-action movie. Now two Akira fans have given the beloved story by Katsuhiro Otomo a computer animated makeover by taking excerpts from the film and recreating them in 3D. The result is a movie that looks like the Wachowskis’ Speed Racer, albeit in a much less polished form.

Watch the computer animated Akira video after the jump. Read More »

Star Wars vs Star Trek Trailer

Even though having big screen battles is all the rage lately, from Batman vs Superman to Captain America vs Iron Man, this year has seen two of the biggest blockbuster battles. Plus, we still have Godzilla vs King Kong coming in a few years. However, even though there are plenty of franchise crossovers happening, it’s pretty much a 110% guarantee that we’ll never see Star Wars vs Star Trek in movie theaters. But we can imagine what it would be like thanks to this cleverly edited new fan trailer where the two popular sci-fi franchises collide in the most epic way possible.

Watch the Star Wars vs Star Trek trailer after the jump. Read More »

Dr Teeth and the Electric Mayhem live performance

The Muppets have been a staple of childhoods that span generations. However, much like cartoons, for adults and children alike, they only exist in the world of TV and movies. But every now and then, The Muppets appear in the open for the public to see outside of a screen, and it feels truly magical. That’s exactly what happened at a music and arts festival in San Francisco.

Fans of The Muppets know that there’s no band better than Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem. That’s the band which features Animal as the drummer along with frontman Dr. Teeth, Floyd Pepper, Janice, and Zoot. And as if they were any other chart-topping band in the world, Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem performed a live 25-minute set at San Francisco’s Outside Lands Music and Arts festival this past weekend, and you can watch the whole thing after the jump. Read More »

Olympic Athletes Favorite Sports Movies

As has become customary every four years, everyone is talking about the Olympics. While the conversation this year seems to mostly be about the conditions surrounding the games in Rio, Brazil this year, it’s still one of the most buzzed about topics right now, and even people who don’t care about the global sporting event end up pretending to just to be part of the conversation.

Now we have a reason to talk about the 2016 Olympics a bit (besides the new Rogue One trailer coming during the games later this week) as some of this year’s star athletes from Team USA have taken the time to share their favorite sports movies of all time. Did you favorite sports movies make the cut? Find out what the Team USA favorite sports movies the jump. Read More »

Stephen Colbert Lord of The Rings

It’s no secret that Stephen Colbert is a huge fan of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. The man even interviewed Smaug back when he still had The Colbert Report on Comedy Central as part of an entire week of guests centered around the release of one of the chapters of The Hobbit. And now even over at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, he’s still getting admirably geeky about Tolkien’s fantasy stories from Middle-Earth.

For those who don’t know, before an episode of a late night talk show is recorded, or any program with a live audience for that matter, there’s a warm-up so the crowd is ready to have a good time. Usually a stand-up comedian comes out to tell some jokes and talk to the audience just to get them ready for the show. Then the star of the show comes out for a bit to mingle with the crowd, usually taking questions from the audience. Stephen Colbert consistently gets nerdy questions about Lord of the Rings, and you can see his passionate responses after the jump. Read More »

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Movie Title Designs

Most of the time, movie titles come and go without much pomp and circumstance. After all, audiences already know what movie they’re sitting down to see, so why bother being flashy about it? Well, some of the best movie title designs immediately immerse you in the world in which you’re about to spend a couple hours, which is why some of the most iconic ones really stand out.

Movie title designer Dan Perri, who has worked on films such as Star Wars, Gangs of New York, The Exorcist and more, is profiled in the latest installment of Academy Originals ongoing series “Credited As.” The documentary short dives into the craft of movie title design, shining a light on the craft that you’ve probably never spent more than a minute thinking about in your head. Read More »

Oliver Stone PSA

It’s a bit baffling that we still have to ask people to have the common courtesy to turn off their cell phones and keep them put away in a movie theater. It’s extremely frustrating to hear a ringtone go off during a movie or see a bright screen pop up in the darkness. There are even people who think it’s appropriate to take a selfie with the flash on during a movie (something I’ve personally experienced). It’s just sad.

Thankfully, the discourteous behavior of rude people has resulted in at least some form of amusement when we get a PSA (usually from the Alamo Drafthouse) about keeping your cell phone off during a movie. But today, we get an Oliver Stone PSA from Open Road Films inspired by the forthcoming film Snowden where he not only asks you to turn your cell phone off, but also warns us that this little device will be the downfall of humanity. It’s exactly what you’d expect from Oliver Stone. Read More »

The Dark Knight Scott Pilgrim vs the World mash-up

Movie mash-ups are a dime a dozen on the web, and sometimes even though they can be good fun, they bring together two movies that fit together pretty easily. But did you ever think that a mash-up of Christopher Nolan‘s gritty, grounded Dark Knight Trilogy and Edgar Wright‘s fantastical, energetic Scott Pilgrim vs the World would make the perfect combo?

The YouTube channel Inventor Headquarters has taken footage from all three films in The Dark Knight Trilogy and spiced them up by editing them in the style of the trailer for Scott Pilgrim vs the World, complete with little animated fighting effects and onomatopoeias. This could be the most fun thing you watch today. Read More »