Simon Kinberg is not only the man currently in control of the 20th Century Fox Marvel Universe, he’s got a foot firmly planted in the Star Wars universe too. Kinberg is a producer on Star Wars Episode VII , writing one of the spin-off films and a executive producer on Star Wars Rebels, the Disney XD cartoon he calls “the first point of entry for a new generation of Star Wars fans” and “hopefully a point of return for existing Star Wars fans.”
Watch him talk about creating the show, including the above villain the Inquisitor, in a new video. Read More »
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“Please take off your shoes at the front door.” Was this a Japanese restaurant or a film screening? A sign with that request was on the door at the Crest Theater in Los Angeles Saturday night as Mondo host their eleventh Mystery Movie. The reason for shoe removal would become obvious seconds later as patrons entered the theater to see “glass” all over the floor. Yup, we were about to watch a 35mm print of John McTiernan‘s classic 1988 action film Die Hard and the glass on the floor was just one of the many surprises the Mondo team had in store, in addition to the poster.
Below, read more more and watch a video from the event. Plus, Mondo announces their latest gallery show, the first solo show of Laurent Durieux, featuring posters for The Birds, Forbidden Planet and Back to the Future. Read More »
We see a lot of year-end movie mashups, but for a couple years running some of the best have been from LA-based editor Gen Ip, who we talked to back in 2010.
For Filmography 2013, she’s put together a seven-minute edit of scenes from 2013 films, organized around a core group of themes. Plenty of other people have done similar projects, but this one is a bit more gentle than some. It still relies on a lot of trailer moments, but there’s an almost narrative thematic sense here, together with a spot-on rhythmic sense that incorporates dialogue in a catchy manner that does more of the heavy emotional lifting than the music does.
Check out the video below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 by David Chen
What is the place of the video store in modern society?
For decades, video stores were our sole way of accessing thousands of movies, from the newest releases to foreign classics. If you were lucky, you lived near a video store with a great selection and knowledgeable clerks. Driving to the video store, wandering through the aisles, evaluating the box art, and reading plot descriptions became its own experience, perhaps even a communal one. But Blockbuster and Hollywood Video drove the mom-and-pop stores out of business, only to see its own business upended by the internet and by the convenience of supermarket kiosks. Now the few brick-and-mortar shops that have outlasted the big chains are fighting to stay alive.
Seattle is famous for its incredible film scene. Aside from the superlative Seattle International Film Festival, one amazing film resource we have here is Scarecrow Video, which is probably the largest independent video store on the planet. With over 117,000 video titles, Scarecrow is revered and admired, counting filmmakers like Bernardo Bertolucci and Quentin Tarantino as previous visitors. This past weekend, I took a peak inside Scarecrow Video to see how they’re adapting to the changing economic environment. I filmed my tour there using a Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera. Check out Scarecrow’s awe-inspiring video selection after the jump.
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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 »
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 »
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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 »