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 »

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Meet the Vertical Cinema Movement

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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 »

Shia LaBeouf Nymphomaniac

Warning, if you are easily creeped out, this video will not be easy to watch. The team at ScreenJunkies went against rules of Shia LaBeouf‘s elaborate Los Angeles art installation #IAMSORRY and snuck in a camera. They took off his bag and, well, it’s just weird. Check out the video below. Read More »

Dolphin

The Internet is like an endless search for buried treasure. You can always find something new and exciting. Case in point, a five year old story that didn’t get a lot of play but is simply awesome. It also has loose ties to movies and Disney, two things we kind of like here.

In the late Nineties, Disney Imagineering helped create an animatronic dolphin that could actually swim and interact underwater. It appeared at Disney properties on only two occasions, just for a few days, before the company decided it was not a practical design for daily theme park use.

The dolphin was designed with the help of a company called Edge Innovations, which made the animatronic animals for films like Deep Blue Sea, Flipper, Anaconda, Free Willy 3, Cast Away, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, as well as the frickin’ sharks with frickin’ laser beams in Austin Powers in Goldmember.

Where is this dolphin now? We don’t really know. But you can read more about his story, and watch a video of this amazing creation, below. Read More »

Jay-Z And Kanye West "Watch The Throne" Tour In Kansas City

Back in January, a weird news story broke saying rapper/producer Kanye West was taking meetings to be the creative director on a movie adaptation of the sci-fi sitcom cartoon The Jetsons. At the time, the news came from West’s personal Twitter account, but was quickly deleted. That was the last we heard of it.

Soon after, though, Van Robichaux and Evan Susser were hired to work on a screenplay, suggesting the movie had some life. As for West, six months have passed and he’s out promoting his new album, Yeezus. Is it still working on The Jetsons? One profile casually mentions he most certainly is. Read More »

Is the U.S. Senate secretly working for Team Affleck? Certainly not, but they couldn’t have helped Argo more if they’d tried. Heading into prestige pic season, Kathryn Bigelow‘s Zero Dark Thirty looked like a strong contender for several top prizes. Then came the controversies over the film’s inaccuracies and its portrayal of torture, culminating in a formal investigation by the U.S. Senate into the Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal‘s relationship with the CIA.

All that hoopla may have crippled the film’s awards chances, and indeed it walked away from Sunday’s Oscars with just one lone Oscar for sound editing. Naturally, the Senate has now dropped its probe into the matter without revealing any of its findings. Hit the jump for more details.

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Oscar loves a good historical drama, and this year’s crop of Best Picture nominees has plenty that fit that mold, whether realistically (Zero Dark Thirty) or metaphorically (Beasts of the Southern Wild). But few of the films can actually boast of having made history.

In depicting the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery, Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln has helped to ratify the legislation in Mississippi. And yes, I do mean Lincoln the film and not Lincoln the sixteenth president. Read more after the jump.

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Normally, when a presidential administration blatantly ignores the will of the people, it’s cause for public outrage. In this particular case, though, we think we’ll let it slide.

Despite the fervent pleas of thousands of citizens, the White House has opted not to go ahead with the building of a Death Star after all. That’s the bad news. The good news is that they let the nation’s geeks down in friendliest way possible. The official response to last month’s petition starts with a tongue-in-cheek title — “This Isn’t the Petition Response You’re Looking For” — and only gets better from there. Hit the jump to read more.

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Jonathan Trappe has a simple goal: fly across the Atlantic. Something that happens dozens of times per day by multiple airlines might not seem like a big deal, but Trappe wants to do it alone and in a boat lifted only by balloons. He’s a professional Cluster Balloonist, similar to Carl Fredricksen in Pixar’s Up. Recently, just for fun, Trappe duplicated Carl’s feat by taking a small house up in the air tethered only by balloons. That might sound impressive, but his previous trips across the English Channel and the Alps are slightly better.

After the jump, read more about his feats, see videos and photos of his Up inspired trip. Read More »