Hook remake

As someone who grew up in the Nineties, it’s kind of hard to get my mind around Nineties nostalgia. It honestly feels like it was yesterday, even though we’re 15 plus years removed. That said, I still enjoy it and Cinefix has just created a prime example to stab me straight in the heart – a homemade Hook remake.

They got Dante Basco to reprise his role as Rufio in a short, “homemade” (basically sweded) scene from Steven Spielberg‘s Hook. It’s surreal and funny to see this exciting, emotional scene played out in a Los Angeles driveway. With Basco there to utter his classic lines, however, it’s very worth your time. Plus there’s a behind the scenes video and a side by side with Spielberg’s version. Check them out below. Read More »

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Life of Pi

There’s something ironic about the fact that the better visual effects are, the more difficult it can be to notice them at all. At the top level, talented VFX artists create imagery so seamlessly lifelike that the average moviegoer isn’t even aware that the fantastical creatures and majestic landscapes they’re watching were painstakingly crafted on a computer, not captured in reality.

What’s really unfortunate, though, is that these workers aren’t just overlooked by the audience but also by the industry they work for. About a year ago, the issue reached a boiling point when effects house Rhythm & Hues picked up the Best Visual Effects Oscar for Life of Pi, two weeks after it had filed for bankruptcy.

The new documentary short Life After Pi takes a good hard look at the broken system that sank Rhythm & Hues, even as the film they’d made possible went on to make five times its production budget at the global box office. Life After Pi is now available online, and you can watch it in its entirety after the jump.

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Meet the Vertical Cinema Movement

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Vertical vs. horizontal is a huge debate in the online community. Due to YouTube aspect ratios, most people believe all videos should be shot with your phone on its side, creating the familiar horizontal image like you’d see in a movie theater. If you shoot the footage vertically and then upload to the web, there are huge black spaces on either side, making the footage look amateurish and small.

But there’s a movement embracing the vertical format, and nowhere is it seen better than Rotterdam in the Netherlands. There, a group of filmmakers have started the Vertical Cinema project – a traveling film festival featuring movies specifically shot with a vertical orientation.

Below, read more and see additional images and trailers for some of the films screened in the festival. Read More »

Iron Man 3 Mandarin header

On first watch, this latest clip from Drew Pearce‘s Marvel One Shot: All Hail The King, is just a funny gimmick. It shows how Trevor Slattery (Ben Kingsley) is completely adored in prison. But the real stuff is all in the details. First of all, this is Seagate Prison, which is the prison in which Luke Cage is confined, and from which he eventually breaks out. Second of all, another prisoner has a mysterious tattoo that ties into another Iron Man storyline. Does this one minute clip of the short, which will be out in its entirety next Tuesday on the Thor: The Dark World Blu-ray, set up something huge? Check it out below. Read More »

TRIXIE, MR. POTATO HEAD, REX, MR. PRICKLEPANTS, BUZZ LIGHTYEAR, COMBAT CARL

As of now, it’s unclear whether Toy Story 4 is happening at all. And even if it is, the release is year away at least. But don’t worry — that shouldn’t stop us from logging some quality time with Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the toy box gang in the near future.

ABC has announced a new Toy Story TV special called Toy Story That Time Forgot, which will be Christmas-themed. Much of the original voice cast is expected to return. Get plot details and more after the jump.

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mandarin

This first clip for the next Marvel one-shot, All Hail the King, positions the tone of the short as a midpoint between the comedic underpinnings of Iron Man 3 and the political thriller aspirations of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. (Makes sense, as Iron Man 3 co-writer Drew Pearce wrote and directed the short.)

In this footage a writer, played by Scoot McNairy, gives us an overview of the situation that is about to transpire: he’s interviewing the Mandarin from prison, and trying to make some sense out of who the man is. The title card and general feel have the characteristics of a late ’60s to mid ’70s thriller, but there’s that wink of comedy underneath.

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Disney Wars Han Rider and Baloo the Wookie (header)

No, the header image isn’t from an impending Star Wars-Disney crossover — it’s just a fun bit of fan art. You can see the full image, plus the artist’s takes on Darth Vader and Princess Leia, after the jump. Also:

  • Clone Wars‘ Darth Maul will get a proper sendoff — in comics.
  • Are these the “top 10 Star Wars moments of 2013″?
  • Watch a short film by a pre-Star Wars George Lucas.
  • Peter Mayhew has a bunch of awesome old set photos.
  • See baddies in action in a new Star Wars Rebels still.

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Iron Man 3 Mandarin header

Love him or hate him, Ben Kingsley‘s Mandarin was certainly one of the most surprising villains we’ve had in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far. Now, the latest Marvel One-Shot, “All Hail the King,” revisits the character to find out exactly what happened to him after the events of Iron Man 3.

Iron Man 3 scribe Drew Pearce wrote and directed the new film, which features the return of Kingsley along with new characters played by Scoot McNairy (Argo) and Crystal the monkey (of Hangover fame). The first images and details have just been revealed, and you can dig in after the jump. Be warned that major spoilers for Iron Man 3 follow.

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