Ikran dragon Avatar

We’ve officially reached a new level of geekdom. It used to be, when you were a fan of a movie something, you just saw it a few times in theaters. Then maybe you bought some merchandise. Hung a poster on your wall. Then you started going to conventions. Dressing up. Maybe you took it up a notch with a tattoo or naming your child after a character. That was pretty much as crazy as things could get.

Last week though, Chinese scientists took things to another level. They found fossils to a new dinosaur species and named it after a creature in James Cameron‘s Avatar. Below read more about, and see photos of, the Avatar dinosaur. Read More »

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Michael Bay make you fat

Michael Bay‘s movies are the cinematic equivalent of junk food, and now science suggests they may be leading us to eat more actual junk food. In a recent study, researchers found that people ate twice as much while watching Bay’s The Island as they did while viewing its polar opposite, the PBS talk show Charlie Rose. Find out why that might be after the jump.

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Super Mario Bros Movie

The 1993 Super Mario Bros movie is infamous for many reasons. Mostly, we know it because the film is based on a hugely popular video game property, and the resulting movie is so, so bad. It’s also significant because the film was such a miserable experience for everyone involved — most of all the people at Nintendo — that we’ve since been denied films based on some of Nintendo’s other fantastic properties.

So, what exactly went wrong? I found out recently by reading the book Console Wars by Blake J. Harris. The book, which tells the story of the war between Sega and Nintendo in the 1990s, has a chapter dedicated to the film and it’s absolutely fascinating. Names like Dustin Hoffman and Tom Hanks are mentioned. Dozens of screenwriters are discussed. Terrible on-set feuds led to abysmal behavior. It’s all there.

After reading the chapter I thought you, the /Film reader, would find it just as fascinating as I did. So I contacted the publisher HarperCollins and got permission to reprint the chapter on the Super Mario Bros movie just for you. Read it below.

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harrison-ford-kimmel

UPDATE: More sources have confirmed this is not a rumor, as it was initially framed. Changes have been made below to reflect that.

UPDATE 2: Ford’s publicist confirmed to BBC News that Ford didn’t just break his ankle. He broke his left leg. 

Word of Harrison Ford‘s ankle injury on the set of Star Wars Episode VII spread very quickly last week. Reactions ranged from blind panic to mellow dismissal as initial reports made it sound like the injury was no big deal. Now, it turns out, that might not be the case.

Multiple sources, including several gossip websites and some UK newspapers, are reporting Ford not only has a badly broken ankle, but a broken left leg, which could sideline him from filming the highly anticipated sequel for up to eight weeks. Read More »

Spider-Man X-men

UPDATE: The coda will be in U.S. theaters as well. The story has been updated to incorporate this change.

UPDATE 2: Variety has details of the behind the scenes deal that made this happen. It is the very opposite of a far-reaching plan for a super-hero crossover. Read that info below.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is distributed by Sony. X-Men: Days of Future Past is distributed by 20th Century Fox. Under normal circumstances, that means the two films would never cross over or help each other in any way. With Amazing Spider-Man 2 opening in the UK today, however, things are a bit different. Spidey reportedly features no post-credits tease, but apparently the credits conclude with an unrelated action scene from the rival studio’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. It’ll do the same when it opens in the U.S. May 2. Read More »

Hook remake

As someone who grew up in the Nineties, it’s kind of hard to get my mind around Nineties nostalgia. It honestly feels like it was yesterday, even though we’re 15 plus years removed. That said, I still enjoy it and Cinefix has just created a prime example to stab me straight in the heart – a homemade Hook remake.

They got Dante Basco to reprise his role as Rufio in a short, “homemade” (basically sweded) scene from Steven Spielberg‘s Hook. It’s surreal and funny to see this exciting, emotional scene played out in a Los Angeles driveway. With Basco there to utter his classic lines, however, it’s very worth your time. Plus there’s a behind the scenes video and a side by side with Spielberg’s version. Check them out below. Read More »

Breaking Bad Los Pollos

Breaking Bad was such a popular show, odds are some of the millions of viewers didn’t get it. Certainly, every week some viewers followed the adventures of Walter White seeing not a scary descent into evil, but a rise to financial independence. Yes, Vince Gilligan’s story showcased a middle-class man who used his own knowledge to become a multi-millionaire. However, he got there by killing people and lying to the ones he loved.

So if you thought, “I’m sure some idiot out there will watch this and try the same thing,” you are right. An Illinois man was arrested this week for cooking meth and, at the time, he was wearing a “Los Pollos Hermanos” t-shirt. That’s the chicken store so central to the plot of Breaking Bad. Read More »

Meet the Vertical Cinema Movement

Vertical Cinema 1

Vertical vs. horizontal is a huge debate in the online community. Due to YouTube aspect ratios, most people believe all videos should be shot with your phone on its side, creating the familiar horizontal image like you’d see in a movie theater. If you shoot the footage vertically and then upload to the web, there are huge black spaces on either side, making the footage look amateurish and small.

But there’s a movement embracing the vertical format, and nowhere is it seen better than Rotterdam in the Netherlands. There, a group of filmmakers have started the Vertical Cinema project – a traveling film festival featuring movies specifically shot with a vertical orientation.

Below, read more and see additional images and trailers for some of the films screened in the festival. Read More »

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