Today Pixar Animation is known for creating computer animated motion pictures that make us laugh and cry, from their first feature length film Toy Story to this past summer’s Finding Dory. But back in the early 1990s, Pixar’s advanced animation techniques were mostly seen as another way for other companies to use state-of-the-art technology to do boring business more effectively.
A marketing video and sample reel of Pixar’s work in 1990 surfaced online earlier this year, and it shows just how the company was marketing itself at the time. While the company had already won an Academy Award for their animated short Tin Toy and had been known for creating stunning digital effects in movies like The Abyss, this video is all about showing how Pixar can help companies in their presentations and advertising. Read More »
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Since Morgan is all about a synthetically created human evolving faster than imagined and turning on its creators, it only makes sense that 20th Century Fox wanted to bring some of the more advanced intelligent creations that humanity has brought into this world with technology.
We’ve already seen what happens with artificially intelligent robots watch the trailer for Morgan, but what happens when IBM’s advanced learning machine known as Watson (the one that dominated Jeopardy!) is tasked with helping create a movie trailer for the sci-fi thriller? See how Watson fared with its selection of clips that were assembled into a trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 by Angie Han
Like a lot of filmmakers, Spike Jonze started out directing music videos and commercials, and also like a lot of filmmakers, he still likes to return to short-form projects from time to time. Recently, he teamed up with French fashion house Kenzo to help promote their new fragrance, Kenzo World. But what they came up with isn’t your typical perfume ad, with sexy models lounging around and whispering seductive nonsense phrases. It starts out looking like it could be one, but then turns into something much weirder and cooler than that.
Basically, imagine Jonze’s own “Weapon of Choice” music video, but with the manic, expressive choreography of Sia’s “Chandelier.” Then drop The Nice Guys actress (and trained ballerina) Margaret Qualley into the middle of it all, and that’s the new Spike Jonze perfume ad right there. In other words, it’s something you definitely want to put in front of your eyeballs right this second. Click ahead to do just that. Read More »
Yesterday brought the sad news that comedy legend Gene Wilder had passed away. The star of films such as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein has inspired countless talents who we watch on the big screen and flickering box today. While many have remembered and honored Wilder in their own way since his passing was reported yesterday, comedian and late night host Conan O’Brien paid his respects by posting his interview with the legendary actor from NBC’s Late Night back in 2005.
At first glance, it’s just a regular late night interview with Gene Wilder promoting his autobiography that was published that year. But this is actually the final appearance the actor would make on any late night talk show, which makes it rather bittersweet. They have a fantastic eight-minute discussion ranging from Willy Wonka to Young Frankenstein and more. Watch it below Read More »
If you haven’t seen Kubo and the Two Strings yet, you’re missing our on another gorgeous, moving animated adventure from LAIKA, the studio who brought you Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls. The stop-motion geniuses have delivered some of their most beautiful work yet, and you’ll be amazed at some of sequences they pulled off.
Now you can see how they pull it off with an incredible time lapse video showing the animators moving the characters, creatures and set pieces frame by frame. If there are some parts of this movie that you didn’t believe were stop-motion animated (and there are some digital enhancements here and there), this will reassure you of all the hard work that goes into these films.
Watch the Kubo and the Two Strings time lapse video after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, August 29th, 2016 by Angie Han
At this point, even the most devoted comic book fan might be getting tired of DC and Marvel movies. This month’s Suicide Squad was the fifth such film this year, following X-Men: Apocalypse, Captain America: Civil War, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Deadpool, and we’ve still got Doctor Strange coming this fall. Fortunately, John Oliver is here to help.
In a web exclusive video for Last Week Tonight, Oliver empathizes with your exhaustion and suggests the solution might be… another superhero movie. Specifically, his own superhero movie, Johnny Strong, based on a character he created in fifth grade. I’m not sure this is actually the best way to combat superhero movie fatigue, but not gonna lie, I would watch the crap out of a superhero movie starring John Oliver. Watch the John Oliver superhero movie pitch below. Read More »
In the world of pop culture, there are some actors who are only ever best known for a single role they played in a movie or TV show. No matter how much other work they do, they’ll always be that character in the eyes of the audience. Ralph Macchio is The Karate Kid, Macaulay Culkin is Kevin McCallister, Jason Biggs is the guy who fucked a pie, Henry Winkler is The Fonz and Mark Hamill is Luke Skywalker (though he has become well known for voicing The Joker in animated form too).
The same can also be said of Tom Wilson, the man who is known for playing the bully Biff Tannen (and all of his ancestors and descendants) in the Back to the Future trilogy. Now the actor tries to confront the daunting prospect of having become pop art by creating some therapeutic art of his own. Not only is the art pretty cool, but it’s fascinating to see the actor deal with his kind of fame so bluntly and publicly. Check out the Tom Wilson I Am Pop Art video below. Read More »
Plenty of gamers and movie fans will agree that GoldenEye 007 for Nintendo 64 is the best video game based on a movie ever made. The first person shooter based on the James Bond movie of the same name fro 1995 is still played to this day by those who were smart enough to hold on to their system from the late 90s. But fans have been hoping to see the game get a high-definition re-release for a long time, and it almost happened.
In case you didn’t know, a high-definition redux of the original GoldenEye game was in the works a few years ago for Xbox Live Arcade on the Xbox 360, but it never came to fruition due to a licensing disagreement between Microsoft and Nintendo in 2008. What’s even more frustrating is that the game was just two months from completion, and the closest we’ll get to playing that game is watching some recently revealed gameplay footage that looks absolutely outstanding. Read More »
The reboot of Ghostbsuters arrived this summer and stirred up plenty of buzz, both good and bad. It doesn’t sound like the movie performed well enough at the box office to warrant a sequel to get made, despite Sony’s confidence immediately after the film opened, but we’ll see how things play out after it hits home video.
However, regardless of how you feel about the franchise reboot, I think that even some of those who didn’t like the movie would commend the Ghostbusters visual effects, especially in the spectre department. The new ghosts in the movie were creepy, colorful and really brought some visual style to the reboot. Now a Ghostbusters visual effects reel from the company Iloura shows how some practical tools combined with digital animation helped bring them to life in the movie. Read More »