hayao miyazaki documentary

Tuesday December 9 is a great day to be a fan of Studio Ghibli. It’s the day Mami Sunada‘s documentary, The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, hits all your big digital VOD platforms: iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Playstation, Xbox, and Vudu.

That means you can sit back and be a fly on the wall of one of the world’s most incredible and influential animation studios as Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata work to finish The Wind Rises and The Tale of The Princess Kaguya. That in itself is an amazing opportunity. What’s even more incredible is while Sunada’s cameras were rolling, Miyazaki made the decision to retire from filmmaking.

Below, we’ve got an exclusive clip from The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness. In it, you can watch Miyazaki actually work. He animates the final shot of The Wind Rises, which he decided to change at the last second and, to him, it tied everything together. It’s a bitter sweet, wonderful moment and – potentially – a piece of film history. Watch the exclusive Hayao Miyazaki documentary clip below, then read through our recent stroll through his entire feature career. Read More »

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Christopher Nolan Colbert Report Interview

This week filmmaker Christopher Nolan appeared on The Colbert Report. I wanted to spotlight this interview because Christopher Nolan usually doesn’t do fun talk shows like Colbert, and Stephen gets the almost-always-serious Nolan to swear and talk on a more down to earth level. I know that Nolan is very picky about which outlets he does interviews with (rumor has it he hates online blogs, which is why you almost never see him talk 1:1 with anything but print and television press) so for him to accept an interview with Stephen Colbert likely means he’s watched the show (he tells Colbert he’s also a big fan of his in the quick intro). My favorite moment comes when Colbert takes Nolan to task for making him think in a big blockbuster space epic, asking “Guardians of the Galaxy didn’t make me do that… why do you want to make me think? Why can’t you have shit just blow up?” Watch the full Christopher Nolan Colbert Report Interview embedded after the jump.

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Pitch Perfect 2 Barden Bellas

Not only is Beca back for Pitch Perfect 2, so is her signature plastic cup. Also after the jump:

  • Felicity Jones will join Tom Hanks in Inferno
  • Mel Brooks signs on for Hotel Transylvania 2
  • Stephen Hawking would like to be a Bond baddie
  • The Paranormal Activity franchise is going 3D
  • The Wanted 2 script is still being written
  • The Rocky spinoff Creed is looking for extras
  • Silent Night, Bloody Night 2 is in the works
  • Tom Cruise has a close call while shooting M:I 5

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Terminator Genisys footage

Thursday brings the first trailer for Alan Taylor‘s Terminator Genisys, a film many are hoping launches a whole new era in the Terminator franchise. Arnold Schwarzenegger is back as the iconic T-800 but all the rest of the characters – Sarah Connor, John Connor, Kyle Reese etc. – have been recast in a movie that, rumor has it, takes place in a parallel time line to the original film series.

In advance of that trailer, Paramount has releases a 15-second teaser for the trailer. Usually, these suck, but this one not only provides our first actual look at footage from the July a release, but also some incredibly tantalizing shots for any fan of the Terminator series. Check out the first Terminator Genisys footage below. Read More »

Better Call Saul clip

It’s not like Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) and Mike Ehrmentraut (Jonathan Banks) were BFFs when we knew them on Breaking Bad. But as it turns out, their Heisenberg-era relationship is downright cuddly compared to their earliest interactions.

AMC has revealed the first clip from its Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul, showing them locking horns in one of their first meetings. Who’d have thought these two would go on to have such a long, fruitful professional relationship? Hit the jump for the new Better Call Saul clip, plus another Better Call Saul teaser. Read More »

1001 Movies You Must See

We all know the movies that every movie fan should see. The best of the best, the cult classics, the Oscar winners, the blockbusters. But sometimes, it’s hard to actually go through and figure out what you’ve seen and what you haven’t. Even more so, it’s hard to appreciate that work as a whole, especially when you start getting into a long, long list of titles. Wouldn’t it be great to see all those great movies at once, in a video that’s like 10 minutes long? Well a new video shows the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You die in 10 minutes, which equates to a movie every .6 seconds. Check it out below. Read More »

big hero 6 end credits

When I interviewed Big Hero 6 directors Don Hall and Chris Williams, I mentioned to them their Marvel adaptation was missing an end credits scene like other Marvel movies. As I walked out the door, Williams stopped me and said, “See it again once the film is in theaters.” Which I did. And lo and behold, Disney Animation held back an awesome end credits scene just for paying audiences — most screenings right up until the release of the film did not have the tag.

The scene not only potentially sets up a sequel, it features a world class voice cameo. We won’t spoil it above the jump, but below, we will do so, and even show you some footage. Learn about the Big Hero 6 end credits scene below. Read More »

Try to ID This ‘Dumb & Dumber To’ Cameo [Video]

Dumb and Dumber To cameo

Bobby and Peter Farrelly return to 1994 this week with the release of Dumber & Dumber To. OK, technically the film takes place in the present day, and characters Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) have definitely aged as time has marched on. But the film finds a way to pick up with the characters more or less as they were when we last saw them. They’re joined by plenty of new characters, and there’s one difficult-to-guess cameo among them. Check out a clip of the Dumb and Dumber To cameo below, and see if you can guess the actor.

We’ll keep the spoiler info to after the break. (Having seen the film, I can tell you that the ID of the actor isn’t any real spoiler, and he’s so disguised that many people will never guess who it is. Some might not even figure there’s a secret to guess in the first place.) Read More »

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