feast short

Baymax may have some competition for the title of “Most Adorable Animated Disney Character Coming to Theaters on November 7.” You see, accompanying Big Hero 6 in theaters is the Disney Animation short Feast, starring a little Boston terrier with a big appetite. As you can see in the header image, he is really freaking cute.

We got a fun little peek at Winston in the first Feast images revealed weeks ago, but now the first Feast preview has arrived to show this hungry dog in action. Hit the jump to see the Feast trailer.

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The Man vs The Machine

Frank Marshall is known mostly for producing some of the most beloved films of all time, including Back to the Future, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Goonies, and The Bourne Identity. But from time to time he tries his hand at directing as well. Among other things, he’s helmed Arachnophobia, Congo, Eight Below, and the ESPN 30 for 30 installment Right to Play.

His latest directorial effort is a documentary short titled The Man vs. The Machine, chronicling the epic mid-’90s showdown between chess champion Garry Kasparov and IBM computer Deep Blue. Watch The Man vs The Machine trailer after the jump.

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Thriller 3d rerelease

Michael Jackson passed away in 2009, but you almost wouldn’t know it from his output since then. He’s released two posthumous albums and starred in a documentary. Now he’s headed back to the our screens again as his seminal 1983 music video “Thriller” prepares for a 3D rerelease.

In a new interview, director John Landis confirmed his plans to revive the video in 3D next year on Blu-ray or even in theaters. Should that go well, the Michael Jackson estate has even bigger plans for the property. Get details on the Thriller 3D rerelease after the jump.

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Edgar Wright Pharrell Williams

Good news: Edgar Wright‘s latest movie is here. Bad news: it’s only five minutes long.

Wright, the director of Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, just directed a music video for a Pharrell Williams song called ‘Gust of Wind.’ Daft Punk cameos – in a way – and it’s filled with lots of interesting and beautiful visuals. It’s the first music video Wright has directed since 2005. Watch Wright’s video for ‘Gust of Wind’ by Pharrell Williams below. Read More »

dredd dark judges

The line between “official” and “unofficial” gets weird with this announcement of an online Judge Dredd series, called Dark Judges, which seems to be meant as something between a sequel to the 2012 film and a “thank you” to passionate Dredd fans. Producer Adi Shankar helped make Dredd as a passion project. Now he is the one backing the online series. Many details about the series remain mysterious; what we know about the Dredd Dark Judges series is below. Read More »

Robert Downey Jr in The Avengers

Officially, Robert Downey Jr. is only contacted to play Iron Man one more time. He’s already completed next year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and then he’ll shoot The Avengers 3, whenever that ends up happening. However, the proposition of an Iron Man 4 is something the actor has been very coy about. He’s said things that hint he won’t return, then softened those statements considerably. With his latest film, The Judge, hitting theaters soon, Downey is once again under fire about his iconic role as Tony Stark and a new quote definitely makes it sound like he’ll return.

And even if he doesn’t, an excellent short film has made its way online that uses his likeness for a whole different kind of Iron Man transition. It’s really cool. Below, hear the new Iron Man 4 Robert Downey Jr quote and see him in a new short film. Read More »

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Twilight

Given that the five Twilight movies raked in a collective $3.5 billion (adjusted for inflation) over five years, it was only a matter of time before Lionsgate tried to bring the franchise back from the dead. What’s surprising is how they’re doing it.

The studio will team with Twilight author Stephenie Meyer to select five aspiring female filmmakers to direct a series of shorts based on characters from the Twilight universe. The mini-movies will debut on Facebook next year. Hit the jump for more about the Twilight shorts.

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Welcome to Colon, Magic Capital of the World
One of my interests outside of film has always been magic, an art which I think goes hand in hand with the mastery of storytelling and incorporation of visual effects in films. In the past years there have been several great magic documentaries: Make Believe (which is like Spellbound but about the teenage world magic championships, from the producers of King of Kong), The Magic Life (focused on the struggles of being a magician), and Magic Camp (which was about Tannen’s Magic Camp, the oldest and most prestigious training camp for young magicians).

I’m magnetically attracted to anything about magic or magicians. Today I discovered a 15-minute short film titled Welcome to Colon, Magic Capital of the World, which tells the story of Abbott’s Magic Get Together, an annual gathering of several hundred magicians from all over the world who convene for a week of shows and lectures. The gathering has been going on for the past 80 years, in the tiny town of Colon Michigan which proudly bills itself as “The Magic Capital of the World.” Watch the Welcome to Colon, Magic Capital of the World short film embedded after the jump. You might even see some familiar faces from those other previously mentioned magic documentaries.

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Where Are They Now short film
Steve Cuts has created Where Are They Now?, a six minute animated short film which shows the sad lives of our favorite cartoon characters who are “facing reality long after their heyday prime.” The short starts off showing what has become of Roger Rabbit and his wife Jessica, but it also features many other cartoon characters from the 1970’s, 1980’s and 1990’s, including characters from He-man, Donald Duck, The Smurfs, Super Mario, Thundercats, Carebears and many more. The short is funny but also very sad — I’ve always wished we would see a Who Framed Roger Rabbit sequel which would show us what became of all of our beloved childhood cartoon characters (but I never imagined it could have gotten this bad). Watch the Where Are They Now short film embedded after the jump.

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