I have good news and bad news. The good news first: Robert Zemeckis is making another move back towards live-action. The bad news: it might be with a remake of The Wizard of Oz, which Warner Bros. is attempting to assemble. And while this might not be a shot for shot remake a la Gus Van Sant and Psycho, the idea is awfully close, as the studio wants to use the script from the 1939 version. Read More »


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VOTD: The Solo Adventures

Finally, someone has released a worthy Star Wars prequel. But it comes in the form of a Star Wars fan film, an animated short film titled The Solo Adventures which was created for the Star Wars Fan Film Movie Challenge. The film, directed by Daniel Smith and Jeff Scheetz, won Best Animated Film at Celebration V. So what is the hort film about? Well… it follows Han Solo and Chewbacca and finally explains why Solo ditched Jabba’s precious cargo prior to Episode IV. Watch the short film (in 3D) embedded after the jump.
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There are so many bad Star Wars fan films that I often don’t make it through the first minute of these reader submitted or posted short films. The films are often made by first time filmmakers who have never tried to shoot and put together a short film, nevermind one full of costumes, computer generated special effects, action stunt-work and compositing. I’m not saying that Fed Wetherbee’s Star Wars: A Light in The Darkness is the best I’ve seen (it certainly isn’t) but it is better than most.

Sure, it has some bad acting and cheesy voice over, but at its core, it is a short film created with heart. They might not have had the money to build Hollywood-level sets, but the minimal cardboard-constructed sets were enough to set the mood and transport me to another world. The film isn’t just another excuse for another well choreographed lightsaber battle. It has a story which fits in with the canon of the Star Wars series, and tries to win you over. If it does, who knows? I’m not sure it will win everyone over, but it was enough to keep me tuned in for the entire 20 minute short film — which is saying a lot. I want to see what happens in Part 2, and hope they cut the dialogue screnes down a bit next time around. Watch the part one of the short film now embedded after the jump.
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VOTD: Tron Homage – Disc Battle


With the all-new, heavily CGI designs of Tron Legacy, I’m surprised we haven’t already seen quite a few fan-made videos set in the updated Tron world. Enter Tron Homage: Disc Battle, a brief but very pretty fan film made as an entry in a VFX competition. Read More »

Batman Fan Film “City of Scars”

A new Batman fan film is now online called “City of Scars“. The 30-minute short tells the story of Batman, who is “pushed past his psychological limits to the point of focusing only on revenge on all who stand in his way.”

When the Joker escapes from Arkham and murders the parents of a young boy, Batman recalls the pain of losing his own parents as a child. He is pushed past his limits to the point where his focus becomes revenge on all who stand in his way, including many of Gotham’s underworld. Finally, Batman is forced to look at the psychological profile of his own mind and except the consequences of his life to find resolve.

Written and directed by Aaron Schoenke, the short was filmed with High Definition cameras over 21 days with a budget of only $27,000. I’m not terribly impressed with this new short film, but I’m sure comic book fans will enjoy this independently produced Batman story, even if it never approaches the production value of Nolan or even Burton’s big screen adaptations. The film will be available for streaming on demand beginning today (June 18th) and continuing for one month on Daily Motion and embedded after the jump.

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Another Green Lantern Fan Made Movie Trailer


Earlier this year, we featured an awesome fan made Green Lantern movie trailer, which was sort of a mash-up, combining scenes and sequences from a bunch of different movies with composited special effects. /Film reader movieboy has sent us another fan made Green Lantern movie trailer, this time a teaser trailer. This one isn’t nearly as good, buts more of a traditional fan film — shot and edited independently. I thought it was good enough to pass along. Check it out after the jump.

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Let’s throw a wrench into this Lost Boys assembly line, shall we? Filming on the second sequel, Lost Boys: The Thirst, is set to begin in early November (in Capetown, South Africa, no less) with Corey Feldman reprising his role as the moody vampire slayer, Edgar Frog. If you managed to fall into a sewer over the last year, the Crack Fox no doubt introduced you to Lost Boys: The Tribe, the worst vampire film to feature “extreme” skateboard stunts and tribal tatts in history. Death by direct-to-DVD. But wait! Based on the plot of Lost Boys 3, which contains a sparkly nod to Twilight, the next installment sounds even worse…

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Right now, geeks are having difficulty formulating their conflicted emotions about pics of a 15-year-old Dakota Fanning on the set of The Runaways, the 2010 girl-punker biopic. At times like this, I think the guttural proclamation, “Um, that’s racist like a robot!” will suffice. But yeah, Just Jared via Chud has posted a bevy of publicity-stunt pics of Fanning, as jail-bait lead-singer Cherie Currie, tangling around with Kristen Stewart, as leather-clad guitarist Joan Jett. Like a bearded Michael Musto, writer Devin Faraci predicts the movie could spark a fashion revolution amongst teen girls. I could see that happening. Maybe. I mean, the cover of Nylon magazine and exposure in Urban Outfitters is prob a lock. And Warped Tour would definitely be up for a lame “interactive” meet and greet. A new, recommended pic of Stewart, in a Stooges tee no less, after the jump…

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