Possibly the best recent take on Homer Simpson is in The Simpsons couch gag, by Triplets of Belleville director Sylvain Chomet. Homer is the sort of guy who would probably turn up his nose at “snooty” French stuff, only to discover that escargots can be pretty delicious. So it’s pretty neat to see the French animation director, who also did The Illusionist, taking charge of latest couch gag for The Simpsons.
Chomet pushes the TV family into slightly new territory, but the underlying jokes are all pretty familiar: Homer is fat, Bart is impish, and Lisa likes animals. But it’s a pretty weird take on all that, and very much worth watching. Read More »
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The first Mad Men Season 7 teaser is here. Like most teasers, it doesn’t reveal much. What it does remind us is April is going to be a fantastic month of TV with this Emmy-winning show coming back along with Game of Thrones and others.
Don Draper is seen slowly getting off a TWA plane and putting on a fedora. That’s it, but it’s awesome anyway. Check out the Mad Men Season 7 teaser below and also read about a new addition to the final season’s ad campaign. Read More »
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is still about a month away, but you can watch a full scene from it right now.
Marvel has released a 4 minute clip from the beginning of the movie which shows Captain America (Chris Evans) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) storming a hijacked cargo ship. You’ll also see Brock Rumlow (Frank Grillo) and Georges Batroc (Georges St. Pierre). It’s about 3 minutes of sequential footage ending with a minute-long montage and it’s all awesome. Check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, March 6th, 2014 by Angie Han
The title of Darren Aronofsky‘s latest is Noah, but we all know the classic Biblical hero wouldn’t be anywhere without his equally famous ark. So the latest Noah featurette focuses on the massive wooden structure that carried him through the apocalyptic flood and into legend.
Hit the jump to learn how Aronofsky’s version of Noah’s ark came together, why it doesn’t look like a boat, and what exactly a cubit is.
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John Ridley just had a great weekend as he won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for his work on 12 Years a Slave. Even if there is still-simmering resentment between him and the film’s director Steve McQueen, taking home that Oscar, and the film’s own Best Picture win, have to have him feeling pretty good.
Ridley has his own directorial debut coming to theaters this year. All Is By My Side chronicles an early year in the career of Jimi Hendrix, picking up where the guitarist was “discovered” in a club by Linda Keith. The film follows Hendrix as he goes to London and assembles his first major band, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and prepares to play the Monterey Pop Festival.
We haven’t seen a trailer, but below you can see a clip of one scene, in which we see Andre Benjamin as Jimi Hendrix, in a dramatic moment with Linda Keith (Imogen Poots) during a conversation before he heads to Monterey. Read More »
Is the hoverboard now real? Well, no.
A company called HUVr claims to have made one, however. Its website says “Our team consists of materials science, electricity & magnetism experts who’ve solved an important part of one of science’s mysteries: the key to antigravity.” And, let’s face it, when someone comes up with the key to antigravity the first thing they’ll do with it will probably not be to create a working version of the hoverboard from Back to the Future II.
So what is this company really doing? Spending a lot of cash, for one, as they’ve put together an expensive “commercial” that claims to be for a working hoverboard. They recruited Christopher Lloyd, Tony Hawk, and others to pitch it. Watch below.
Update: Looks like this was probably the product of Funny or Die. A cached version of one crew member’s resume lists a November 2013 shoot for a FoD piece featuring this concept and talent.
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Idina Menzel‘s Oscar performance of Let It Go was overshadowed by John Travolta’s “Adele Dazeem” mishap, but she hass quickly refocused attention on the song. The star of Frozen appeared on The Tonight Show to perform the popular ‘Let it Go’ with Jimmy Fallon. Better yet, they did it as one of Fallon’s signature bits. He occasionally adapts songs with his house band, The Roots, playing children’s instruments such as xylophones, triangles, tiny keyboards and more. That’s what happened last night. Check it out below. Read More »
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Do not watch this Philip Seymour Hoffman video tribute if you’re not prepared to go into a spiral of your own emotional responses to his powerful performances, and to his death. That said, definitely watch the video below when you’re ready to take in a snapshot of his on-screen persona.
The actor’s entire career is represented here, from a 1991 Law & Order episode to the pair of 2012 films The Master and A Late Quartet. At over 20 minutes, this video takes time to explore Hoffman’s range, even using the occasional interview with the actor to underline the effectiveness of his work. For me, the centerpiece is the “it’s not fair!” explosion from Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, but the power of Hoffman’s work is that more than half the scenes here could be seen as a defining moment in his career. Read More »