Kevin Smith and film criticism haven’t always had the most friendly relationship. A few years back he lashed out at critics due to the reaction to Cop Out. The battle continued when Red State was released, as the director refused to show it to critics. On the flip side, great reviews certainly assisted in making films like Clerks and Chasing Amy such long lasting hits.
Smith has now found a way to blend his two ideologies with an internet TV show called Spoilers, which premieres June 4 on Hulu. He calls it an “anti-movie review show” where the filmmaker will take a bunch of fans to see ten summer blockbusters on opening day, forgoing the early critic screenings he abhors so much, and then have an in-depth discussion about its merits. “We don’t review movies, we revere movies,” he says.
After the jump, read more about the show and watch a few teaser clips. Read More »
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We’re reached a point in the evolution of film criticism where a shift is occurring. Critics who’ve been in the game for decades and decades are slowly beginning to give way to a younger, more vocal audience, many of whom are online. The beautiful thing about that is, though they all share a love of cinema, everyone has their own opinions of how and why we got there. And the best way to show that is with a top ten list.
The online contingent prides themselves upon being the new guard and, to that end, our friends at Film School Rejects polled 37 online critics and four young filmmakers for their lists of the ten greatest films of all time. They then gave those lists a point value and came up with a top ten that’s simultaneously familiar and controversial as it certainly caters to a younger demographic. Check it out and leave your thoughts below. Read More »
In recent months, the best way to keep on top of what’s going down at LucasFilm has been their domain registrations. It was there we first learned of Star Wars: Identities, a new traveling museum exhibit, and now the company has registered domains for something called Star Wars 1313. What is Star Wars 1313? Well, we don’t know, but one site has a few good ideas and they include Boba Fett. “Boba Fett? Boba Fett? Where?” After the jump. Read More »
Earlier today, the world was introduced to David-8, the latest humanoid android from Weyland Industries. It’s a character played by Michael Fassbender in Ridley Scott‘s upcoming sci-fi film Prometheus and the video shows a technology where robots can mimic human emotions even though they have no feelings. He also says he can perform tasks humans might find questionable or unethical. A prelude to what’s to come on June 8?
After the jump, you can get an exclusive code to unlock one of David’s emotions. Read More »
While fans patiently wait for Edgar Wright to get back behind the camera after Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, the filmmaker has been busy getting into a new medium: comic books. But not paper and ink comic books, Wright has written an online motion comic that he and his co-creators are urging the fans to help them finish. It’s called The Random Adventures of Brandon Generator and it follows a writer whose lack of creativity has driven him to a very dark and lonely place. Then, one day, he passes out and wakes up with a bunch of ideas he doesn’t remember coming up with.
The first episode is now online and, after you watch it, the comic turns into an interactive flash game where you can give Brandon ideas and influence the next chapter of his story. Read more after the jump. Read More »
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Jeff Bridges trains an apprentice in the ways of dark magic to fight an evil witch played by Julianne Moore…and I’m sold. That’s the plot to Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ Seventh Son, directed by Sergei Bodrov (Mongol) and written by Matt Greenberg, Charles Leavitt and Steve Knight from the book The Spook’s Apprentice by Joseph Delaney. It just went into production aimed at a February 8, 2013 release date and Legendary revealed a new piece of concept art from the film on the occasion of the launch of their new website.
Check it out in all its glory, as well as read the official plot description of the film – which also stars Ben Barnes, Olivia Williams and Kit Harington – after the break. Read More »
You want Riddick photos, Star Trek 2 photos, Men in Black 3‘s website, Dazed and Confused 2 rumors, American Reunion images and news on who just saw the first screening of The Dark Knight Rises? It’s all here in Sequel Bits, which includes:
- The first look at Battlestar Galactica‘s Katee Sackhoff on the set of Riddick.
- Your first look at John Cho‘s Sulu in J.J. Abrams‘ Star Trek 2.
- A few new looks at Men in Black 3 on its official website.
- Richard Linklater and Matthew McConaughey talk about bringing back Wooderson for a Dazed and Confused sequel.
- New photos from the upcoming comedy American Reunion.
- Christopher Nolan just showed the first cut of The Dark Knight Rises to Warner Bros. executives.
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For some onlookers, John Carter‘s opening weekend box office take of $30 million in the US earmarked the film as a failure. No one can be 100% sure about the movie’s financial future until the upcoming second weekend returns but it would take a Moses-size miracle for the $250-$300 million film to become profitable in the United States. (To be fair, its $70 million international opening weekend gross is far more encouraging.)
If you saw the film, however, you might agree that, no matter how you feel about its first two hours, the finish is phenomenal and a great cliffhanger for a possible sequel. It has inspired fans to assemble like the armies of Barsoom to tell Disney that, yes, we want to see more John Carter, even if the numbers aren’t too promising. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Do you ever get frustrated that certain movies don’t make it to your local theater or that you can’t see old favorites on the big screen? There is a new service that might let you change that. It’s called Tugg and it’s a social network that allows users to request, promote and eventually screen a film they want (current, classic, mainstream or independent movies) shown in a local theater.
The site is currently in beta but they already have deals in place with Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, AMC Theatres, Bow Tie Cinemas, Cinemark Theatres, Goodrich Quality Cinemas, Rave Cinemas and Regal Cinemas to make sure the screenings actually happen in quality venues. Read much more after the jump. Read More »