Saul Bass Google Doodle

Almost every day, Google changes their homepage in celebration of some occasion taking place on that day. The Google Doodles celebrate events such as holidays, anniversaries, and famous birthdays. The one for today, Wednesday May 8, is possibly the best ever.

May 8, 2013 would have been the 93rd birthday of Saul Bass, one of the most influential graphic designers in history. An Oscar-winning filmmaker in his own right, Bass is best known for designing iconic movie posters for the likes of Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, and John Struges as well as the credits sequences for films as varied as Psycho, West Side Story, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, and Goodfellas.

Below, check out the Google Doodle tribute to Bass and read about another Bass tribute happening today. Read More »

Fear Tech

Briefly: Pixar’s latest film, Monsters University, is still a few months from release, but each and every day the marketing gets increasingly awesome. Disney is really playing up the whole “college” aspect of the film with commercials for the University, rather than the movie, selling a tone and setting as opposed to the characters and franchise. The latest example of this is their little online April Fools prank showing Fear Tech, an obvious rival to MU, hacking the homepage for the school. That’s an image above, click here for the full Fear Tech takeover.

Keep an Eye on This New ‘Iron Man 3’ Promo Website

Briefly: A new “Stark Industries” website, no doubt meant to promote Iron Man 3, makes a big promise: Become Iron Man. The recently-launched site doesn’t have much to offer right now beyond a registration landing page, but presumably there will soon be some content to help fulfill the notion that someone other than Tony Stark might become Iron Man. There are going to be further explorations of that in Shane Black‘s May 3 release, no doubt, as well. Read More »

While we won’t know if the sci-fi film After Earth is a return to form for M. Night Shyamalan for a few months, we do know one thing. The world the filmmaker has created around the movie is incredibly rich and thoughtout. That much is obvious with the launch of the film’s official website.

The site contains three sections. The first is on the movie, and includes the trailers, photos, downloads and more. The second is called Nova Prime, which is the name of the planet Kirai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his father Cypher Raige (Will Smith) live on before crash landing on Earth. That section of the site tells more about Kirai’s training, weapons, enemies and more. Finally, there’s a section called Project Next Generation, which seems to tell the story of how humans left what is now considered the most dangerous place in the Universe: Earth. There it states:” 6 Arks, 1 Toxic Planet, .000625% chance of survival. If you want to be among the 750,000 men, women and children who will escape from Earth, apply now.”

Ominous and potentially, very cool. Check out the links and some photos below. Read More »

For most of us, Boba Fett was likely our first introduction to the world of bounty hunting. He was the kick-ass bad guy we loved to hate because he was always one step ahead of our heroes. That mythic nature of bounty hunting has faded in recent years, mostly due to reality TV, but Quentin Tarantino is on track to make it cool again. In his latest film Django Unchained, we’ll follow a freed slave (Jamie Foxx) trained to be a bounty hunter by Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz). Schultz is hot on the trail of his latest conquest and knows Django is the only person who can help him.

On the movie’s official website, they’ve just launched a new mini-game called Bounty Hunter 1800 that puts you in the shoes of Schultz, as you navigate your way around, looking for bounties and shooting them dead. We’re excited to debut it. Check it out below and don’t forget Django opens December 25. Read More »

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With a concept that blends the video game Journey and current NBC hit show Revolution, the Emmy Award winning Fourth Wall Studios today launches the first episode of Flare. It’s an interactive online series set in a post apocalyptic world where the sun is no more. Survivors are scarce, but every morning at 7:44 a.m. a mysterious light shoots into the sky, only to disappear soon after.

That’s the hook for the show and the first episode, The Hunt, follows two of the survivors at odds in the unforgiving world with that one beacon of hope. Burke, played by Jamie McShane (Thor, Sons of Anarchy) has lost everything and runs into the family of Dale, played by Mark Moses (Mad Men, Platoon). The result is a dark game of cat and mouse with everything on the line.

And that’s just the first episode. Fans will soon be able to contribute stories set in this universe that could, ultimately, effect what happens on the show itself. After the jump, check out the exclusive debut trailer for Flare and link to the first episode, which is now online. Read More »

Monsters University is now online. The University, not the movie. Disney has launched the official “.edu” website for the university at the center of their 2013 film, Monsters University, and it’s a rich, detailed and clever take on the college website complete with some Pixar charm. Read about upcoming events, admission policies, social activities and Greek Life, purchase merch in the school store, you name it it’s probably on there. Check out the highlights and get the link after the jump. Read More »

Hundreds of Free Movies Offered Legally as Torrents

Placing the words “Free Movies” and “Torrent” in the same sentence is enough to make any film producer nervous. Torrenting, the choice of film pirates everywhere, is seemingly growing by the day, even with legal crackdowns on tracker sites. While most of us agree it’s bad for the industry, some places have been embracing it as a way to expand their business. Torrenting has now become an intricate part of The Internet Library, which has begun offering hundreds of films (such as Plan 9 From Outer Space, above) as free torrents. Read more, and get some choice titles, after the jump. Read More »

With the theatrical film experience seemingly fading away with each passing day, it’s nice to know some companies still hold it sacred. Tugg is one of those companies. Launched this past February, Tugg is a website that does virtually all the work of booking a film screening, allowing anyone to set up theatrical screenings of major movies in their local cinema. Since its inception, however, I kind of forgot about the company and decided to check in. What’s going on with Tugg?

What I found was the site has been expanding exponentially. They’re legitimately distributing smaller films, have hundreds of incredible titles available and fans across the country are making use of the service. A quick glance through their library reveals several of my personal favorite films which I’ve never seen on the big screen: The Apartment, Office Space, Rocky, The Rules of the Game, Predator, The Sandlot and several others. After the jump, I’ll show you a bunch of other awesome movies you can Tugg and give you a bit of background on how it’s working. Read More »

“Can’t Find The Luxury You Deserve On Earth? Look No Further Than Elysium”

Sony’s viral marketing campaign for District 9 helmer Neill Blomkamp‘s second feature film Elysium might have been the most interesting thing I encountered on the show floor on preview night at Comic Con 2012. They had an border checkpoint booth with a human-shaped automated system to find out if you qualify for homes on Elysium — a pristine man made spaceship oasis for the super rich. The film takes place 150-or-so years in the future where the Earth is overpopulated and ruined, and the rich live on this luxury space station protected by intense anti-immigration laws. The booth at Comic Con contained a bunch of photos of what your home on Elysium could look like, and flyers full of sales information. The flyer points to a website,, which allows you to apply to become a citizen of Elysium. We took photos of the booth and materials, and have included all the images after the jump for you to explore.

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