Batman Superman

That sound you just heard was Pandora’s Box opening. Yes, the flood gates have officially opened — and opened wide — on fan reactions and mashups for Zack Snyder‘s July 17, 2015 film Batman vs. Superman. All we officially know about the film is the cast from Man of Steel, including Henry Cavill and Amy Adams, will be back, and Ben Affleck will join them as Batman. Bryan Cranston has been rumored to be playing Lex Luthor. No matter what you read, however, that is nothing more than a rumor at this point.

Still, it’s a fun rumor and it adds a third dimension to a viral movie trailer that’s making the rounds. YouTube user Soylent Brak 1 took footage from Man of Steel, Elysium, Breaking Bad and more, and put it together into a pretty convincing early look at what Batman vs. Superman could be.  Read More »

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Star Wars-Atlanta Braves spring training (3)

Jedi may be more comfortable swinging lightsabers than baseball bats, but Mickey-as-Obi-Wan seems to hold his own just fine against the Atlanta Braves in spring training. Check out the photographic evidence after the jump. Also:

  • Harrison Ford is pretty sure he’ll be in Episode VII
  • Rumor has it a Palpatine follower is Episode VII‘s villain
  • Here’s what Brad Bird would change about Episode VI
  • Was the destruction of the Death Star an inside job?
  • Dwayne Johnson would “absolutely” do Star Wars
  • Vote for the best character in StarWars.com‘s bracket
  • Disney World’s Star Wars Weekends unveils a new poster
  • Could Disney World get a new Star Wars-themed “land”?
  • See new screencaps from Star Wars: First Assault
  • Clone Wars director Dave Filoni is working with Disney Channel

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Want to see an impressive fan trailer for a Wonder Woman movie? Is someone developing a real life Spider-Man spider sense? How can you see The Amazing Spider-Man 2 filming this week? What do the latest batch of Iron Man 3 toys reveal? What happens when you blend the world of Marvel Comics and Tron? Where is Captain America: The Winter Soldier shooting and what do the locations reveal? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Everyone has an opinion in today’s Star Wars Bits. After the jump:

  • Zachary Quinto and Roberto Orci are happy for J.J. Abrams,
  • Read the official statement from Disney announcing the spinoffs,
  • Author Timothy Zahn has thoughts on young Han Solo casting,
  • Check out an epic, action-packed fan-made trailer for Episode VII,
  • And legendary makeup artist Stuart Freeborn has died at the age of 98.

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Real toys influenced the creation of Pixar’s debut feature, Toy Story, which led to a marketing bonanza of additional toys based on the characters in the movie. Now a couple of young guys have used those toys to create a live-action stop-motion remake of Toy Story, and the result is pretty endearing.

The Live Action Toy Story Project is the latest example of fans recreating their favorite movie property, but the unique nature of this one sets it apart slightly. For one, the fact that the main characters are all inanimate objects means that this remake can use the audio for the original film. That inks this recreation more closely to the original than most fan remakes. And the stop-motion and puppetry used to create most of the film is clearly the work of people new to the craft, but pretty charming because of the basic tricks used to make the scenes work.

Watch the full-length Toy Story remake below. Read More »

Mechs Run Amok in ‘Robotech’ Fan Trailer

Guillermo del Toro is doing giant robots in Pacific Rim, Michael Bay did them in Transformers, and an updated version of Voltron has been in and out of development for years. But Robotech, which was the mid-’80s US combination and localization of several Japanese TV series, has yet to inspire a live-action film. Plans were afoot at Warner Bros. for a live-action movie, but the last time we heard anything about that was several years back.

Enter director Cesar A. Turturro and writer Jorge Luis Sucksdorf, who are working on the Robotech Valkyrie Project, a fan effort to create an unlicensed Robotech feature in Argentina. The group recently released a new trailer, which is below. Read More »

Here’s a trailer for a book spawned by a fan film spawned by the greatest adventure film ever made. The adventure film is Steven Spielberg‘s Raiders of the Lost Ark and the fan film is Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala‘s Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation, the most famous fan film ever made, a shot by shot, low budget remake of Indiana Jones’ first adventure. Now, author Alan Eisenstock has written a detailed book on the making of the fan film called Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made and a trailer has been released teasing the book, which is out November 13. Check it out below. Read More »

Do you want to see Star Wars, Star Trek, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Lord of the Rings and more, all in the same film? In Hollywood, it’s impossible. But in fan films, such a mix is not only possible, but encouraged, and the same can be said about a documentary about fans films.

Directed by John E. Hudgens, Backyard Blockbusters follows the phenomenon of the fan film: normal people spending their hard earned money to make films set in the worlds they love. These are films fueled by passion, which rarely see a profit, and can be viewed by millions and millions of like-minded people who appreciate the fandom of the filmmakers. Unfortunately, sometimes Hollywood doesn’t always see it that way and fights back against them.

Hudgens recently completed his documentary and is currently applying to festivals. One of which, a documentary film festival held at Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, is being programmed based on YouTube views of various trailers. So, after the jump, you can check out a cool trailer for what looks like a great movie, and in doing so vote on getting it seen. Read More »

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