Josh Trank is best known for directing the sort-of-superhero film Chronicle — or that’s what he has been best known for. He’s also about to direct The Fantastic Four, and after that will make a Star Wars spin-off film. And so now is a good time to revisit his first short film, Stabbing at Leia’s. As the title implies, there’s a Star Wars connection here.
The short went online in 2007, years before Chronicle. I’ve heard that this film helped Trank land the Chronicle directing gig with Fox, and it’s easy to see why. There are a lot of similar ideas at play here in this short, shaky account of a party fight that features some unearthly technology. Think of the show Cops, but in the Star Wars universe. Watch the short below. Read More »
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Despite Philip Seymour Hoffman‘s tragic death earlier this year, the actor will continue to appear on screens for just a while, thanks to films completed before his passing. This short, however, is unexpected. Using a conversation with Simon Critchley recorded on December 22, 2012 at the Rubin Museum of Art, a team at PBS assembled a lovely animated short that captures the actor’s views on pleasure, happiness, and family as they relate to his own life. That this Philip Seymour Hoffman animated short would be terribly poignant is no surprise — that was Hoffman’s power, after all — but that it would arrive as a posthumous statement is particularly affecting. Read More »
Does this summer movie season feel a little light on the animation? That’s because Pixar pulled out of 2014 entirely, leaving us without a film from the award-winning animation house for the first time since 2005. But the work never stops at Pixar Animation Studios. Besides the six movies scheduled over the next four years, Pixar is constantly producing shorts. Their latest one is now available online. For free.
The new Pixar short is called The Radiator Springs 500 1/2 and follows the misadventures of the Cars crew in Radiator Springs. It’s the latest in the ongoing Tales From Radiator Springs series. Find out how to download it right now below. Read More »
Happy (upcoming) Star Wars Day to one and all! After the jump:
- Carrie Fisher‘s mom and Daisy Ridley‘s dad comment on casting
- EW’s Anthony Breznican reveals what he knows about the script
- Here’s another look at that 1313 game you’ll never get to play
- Star Wars Day brings some special discounts on games that do exist
- Watch a trailer for LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles
- D23 brings you a special Star Wars Day message from R2-D2
- Wonder what the folks at Lucasfilm are eating for Star Wars Day?
- Watch a sexy lightsaber battle in Joe Lynch‘s short Saber III
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Daisy Ridley, one of the new stars of Star Wars Episode VII, is the most unknown of the group. In fact, she’s almost a total mystery to most people, as she has precious few credits to her name. One of those credits, however, is a short thriller called Blue Season. Produced out of London as part of a short film competition, the five-minute film features only two actors. One is Daisy Ridley, and those curious about what JJ Abrams sees in the young woman may want to spend five minutes with the film. Read More »
Walt Disney Animation Studios have released a first look at their upcoming short film Feast. Here is the brief plot description for Disney’s Feast from the studio:
Feast is the story of one man’s love life as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share.
Sounds like a clever and heartwarming concept, which means there should be no surprise to learn that the short is directed by Patrick Osborne (who was head of animation for Paperman and an animator on Wreck-It Ralph, Tangled and Bolt). Hit the jump to find out more information about Disney’s Feast, find out when we will get to see it on the big screen, as well as see the first bit of concept art teasing Winston.
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Get A Horse, the 3D animated short seen by millions in front of Frozen, is now on Blu-ray. That means millions more will discover the “lost” Walt Disney animated short, that then becomes a full on, 3D marvel. The short is packed with characters, information, jokes and – surely – easter eggs. For example, in the world of Disney, hidden Mickeys are a big thing. But when the short stars Mickey, what do you do? A hidden Oswald, Disney’s first animated character, of course! Did you miss the Get A Horse Oswald Cameo? Below, check out the image.
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With Godzilla providing giant monsters for the big screen this year, the web series Enormous is prepped to deliver a smaller blast of giant monsterdom. Rather than being about giant monster attacks, Enormous shows us an Earth that has already been devastated by monster attacks, in which the few surviving humans are scrambling to remain alive and fight back against the beasts. This first Enormous teaser trailer shows some of that scramble, and just a hint of the monsters; check it out below. Read More »