Here are two pieces of news that would have raised an eyebrow on April Fools Day but, after some research, actually appear to be true.
First up, Carnival Cruise Line is hosting a cruise themed around the Saw movies. That’s not a misspelling or a mistake. Yes, the violent, brutal horror film series that invented the phrase “torture porn” is the theme of a cruise that’ll leave New York City in August, travel around Canada and along the way, have Saw themed parties, screenings, events, signings and much more.
Second, James Cameron is among a select group of investors who will be revealing next week what’s being described as “a new space venture with a mission to help ensure humanity’s prosperity.” The company will combine space exploration and natural resources to create an entire new industry. Of course he is.
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Back in 2006 we started to hear rumors that the book Raging Bull II, by Chris Anderson, Sharon McGehee and Jake LaMotta, would be adapted to film, in order to provide a “companion piece” to Martin Scorsese‘s original Raging Bull. And, in all likelihood, to attempt to cash in on the recognizable name.
Now that plan is going forward; director Martin Guigui has a script he co-wrote with Rustam Branaman, and is casting the film now to begin production in June. Read More »
Imagine being a competitor in a sport. You’re from the US, and after placing in the top rounds, you’re about to take your podium at the medal ceremony… when, instead of ‘The Star Spangled Banner,’ the event organizers cue up ‘America! Fuck Yeah!‘ from Team America: World Police.
A near-equivalent version of that happened at the culmination of a shooting competition in Kuwait this week, when gold medalist Maria Dmitrienko of Kazakhstan was greeted at the podium with the fake national anthem created by Sacha Baron Cohen for the film Borat. That’s the song with lyrics like: “Kazakhstan industry best in the world. / We invented toffee and trouser belt. / Kazakhstan’s prostitutes cleanest in the region. / Except of course Turkmenistan’s.”
See a video of the ceremony below. Read More »
A recent study by The Hollywood Reporter uncovered a bunch of interesting facts about the modern moviegoer. For example, did you know that 88% of people think Twitter and Facebook now count as a form of entertainment? Or how about the fact that 80% of Facebook users check the site while watching television? Also, they found that over half of people ages 18-34 think using social media in a movie theater enhances the experience and would patronize a theater that allowed them to do that.
Yup, it’s true. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Yesterday morning, when I looked at the latest trailer for Barry Sonnenfeld‘s Men in Black 3, I noticed something that seemed weird. A lot of other people noticed it too: a shot in which there appeared to be a green screen that featured no CG shot composited into the placeholder space. I looked at the shot a couple times, but wasn’t able to see it on a full-size screen, and at first it really seemed as if the editors assigned to cut together the trailer had used a very unfinished shot.
In truth, the shot is done; it merely looks unfinished, because the particular green color that is often chosen to use as a color to ‘key out’ is also a great color to use for the liquid (or perhaps gas) in which an alien could float. Check out a couple images below that debunk this very minor trailer mystery. Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 27th, 2012 by Angie Han
So much for that liberal, pro-environment, anti-industrialist agenda Fox News accused The Lorax of pushing. In a truly WTF bit of cross-promotion, the title character of Dr. Seuss‘ nature-friendly fable is shilling for the 2013 Mazda CX-5. That’s right: The feisty Lorax, who famously “speaks for the trees,” is promoting an SUV, and not even a hybrid at that. This makes even less sense than the time China Glaze encouraged us to identify with the dangerously frivolous Capitol folks by buying Hunger Games-themed nail polish. Watch the Lorax-themed Mazda commercial after the jump.
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“Your childhood memories will be raped” by this creepy, twisted, but incredibly funny new Funny or Die video. It’s a live-action version of the popular 1990s Nickeoldeon cartoon Rugrats starring Michael Angarano as Tommy, Alia Shawkat as Chuckie and Mae Whitman as the evil, manipulative big-girl Angelica. In true Funny or Die fashion, the red-band trailer digs deep and exploits the sadistic subtexts of the show which were only visible to an older audience. Check it out. Read More »
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Kanye West says a lot of stuff on Twitter — so much so, sometimes, that his account should be labeled with that old tag that adorned cheap novelties and pinball machines, “for amusement only.” Last night he went on a long tweet-spree, the contents of which are mostly out of our editorial jurisdiction.
There was one thing, however, that caught our eye: Kanye says he just had a conference call about becoming the creative director for “the Jetson movie.” Huh? Read More »