The Fixer Four Players Evan Daugherty

Evan Daugherty is a rising star in Hollywood. He wrote Snow White and the Huntsman, Divergent, and the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Now he’s taking an obvious love of ’80s and ’90s pop culture behind the camera. He wrote and directed a four-part short film series called The Four Players, which is a gritty new take on Nintendo’s sacred property Super Mario Bros.

The first two films, The Fixer, which follows Mario, and The Addict, which follows Luigi, are now online. The Star (with Princess Peach) and The Soldier (with Toad) will be online Friday. They’re pretty fun, check them out below. Read More »

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Right now, this moment, from where you are sitting, you can watch a new movie by Wes Anderson starring Jason Schwartzman. It’s called Castello Cavalcanti and stars the Rushmore actor as a famous race car driver who crashes in 1955 Italy. All the trademark Anderson charm is here. Tracking shots, beautiful production design, lyrical music, and that specific, quirky humor. Made with the help of Prada, it’s fantastic and you can see it below.

You can also watch Anderson’s appearance in a touching tribute to another of his actors, Kumar Pallana, who passed away earlier this year. Read More »

Space Jam

ESPN’s 30 for 30 has chronicled many of the biggest events in sports history, but that just makes it weirder that they’ve so far neglected to examine one of the most iconic moments of the ’90s: the epic game between the Monstars and the Tune Squad, as famously depicted in the 1996 film Space Jam. Sure, Sugar Ray Leonard and Nancy Kerrigan are pretty interesting people, but are either of them a 12-foot monster capable of breathing fire? Didn’t think so.

Fortunately, the documentary series has finally gotten around to righting that wrong. In a new short called 30 for 30: The Space Jam Game, commentators, historians, and even one of the players recall that fateful match. Check it out after the jump.

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Virgin America Safety Video

As someone who flies several times a year, I’ve long since stopped paying attention to those pre-flight safety videos. There are only so many different ways the FAA can explain how to buckle a seatbelt or find the nearest exit, and those subjects weren’t even interesting the first time around.

But leave it to Step Up 2 director Jon M. Chu and Virgin America to get jaded travelers to sit up and take notice. Not only did I watch this entire video, I watched it voluntarily — at home, on a computer, when I had no reason to be watching a pre-flight safety video at all. It turns out that a little song and dance go a long way when it comes to jazzing up some really boring instructions. Check it out after the jump.

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Super Smash Wars

Two names that instantly gain my interest are “Nintendo” and “Star Wars.” Mix the two together and you have something potentially exciting.

Director James Farr has just created a web short called Super Smash Wars: A Link To The Hope, which he touts as a “Star Wars / Nintendo-verse Mashup.” It blends music, characters and tropes from popular Nintendo games like The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros., and adapts them to the classic story of Star Wars. If it’s possible, the results are more awesome than you’re imagining right now. Check it out below. Read More »

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(Note: Spoilers for Gravity follow.)

Alfonso Cuarón‘s Gravity doesn’t really need extra frills to make it better, but a companion short film directed by Cuarón’s son and co-writer Jonás Cuarón could enhance the experience all the same. “Aningaaq” revisits a key scene from the feature in which Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) happens to make contact with someone on Earth — only from the perspective of the Inuit fisherman (played by Orto Ignatiussen) on the other side.

The short didn’t play in front of U.S. screenings of Gravity, unfortunately, but it could get some added attention as the Oscar race heats up for both it and Gravity. In a recent interview, the Cuaróns took the time to explain “Aningaaq,” and how it came about. Hit the jump to see what they had to say.

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Here’s a new sci-fi short that features some solid world-building. Lunar, by Tyson Wade Johnson, jumps off from modern concerns about an intrusive surveillance state and reliance on drones to create a future America in which a faceless police force holds civilians under its thumb. It’s a place where walking down the street with your face covered is illegal; even wearing a hood is enough to have the robo-cops on your ass.

All that is just setup for a story about a man convicted for basically nothing, after which he’s sent to a lunar prison that turns out to be not quite what the public thinks it is. So add the privatization of prisons and some Judge Dredd-style paranoia to the mix of influences.

Check out the 7-minute short below. Read More »

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Last week, Ben Kingsley got the attention of Marvel fans everywhere when he revealed he’d filmed a “secret project” for the studio. Kingsley had seemingly finished his role as the Mandarin in Iron Man 3, but this new information brought up a plethora of possibilities regarding the character. Studio President Kevin Feige wouldn’t comment on the quote, but basically acknowledged Kingsley had filmed something.

Well now, the Marvel masters at Latino-Review claim to have information on the “secret project.” First of all, it’s a One-Shot. That’s the non-spoiler. For more spoiler-filled information that’ll make your head spin, read below. Read More »

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