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It’s been a bumpy ride for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. The film is a sequel to a movie very few people liked; when first announced there wasn’t a lot of enthusiasm for the project. Then Crank and Gamer directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor came on board. Their hyper-kinetic, seat of the pants directorial style seemed so perfect for Ghost Rider that expectations elevated a bit. A Comic Con appearance featuring a lot of wild clips from the movie along with some great behind the scenes footage generated a legitimate sense of enthusiasm for the movie.

Then Spirit of Vengeance premiered at Harry Knowles’ 24-hour film marathon / birthday party this year, and things deflated really fast.

Just for the sake of fun, let’s turn back to the days of all that Comic Con excitement. If you weren’t in Hall H when Sony showed off the behind the scenes footage from Spirit of Vengeance, you can now check it out below. No matter how the final film actually plays, this is a great making-of clip. It might be a lot more fun to watch than the film. Read More »

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The recent BNAT screening of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, from Crank directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, turned out to be a giant miscalculation. The audience that you’d assume was most likely to be receptive to the Ghost Rider sequel ended up hating it, and now Columbia has wave of bad buzz to overcome.

The first step in the effort to sell the movie is this new trailer, which expands upon the crazy, fiery teaser trailer that appeared a while back. Trouble is, this shows off a lot of the story and reveals that the whole movie isn’t just Nic Cage pissing fire as Ghost Rider. I don’t know about you, but all I really want out of this movie is more things on fire. (Or more things being pissed on, or fire-pissed on, etc.)

Indeed, this trailer suggests that we’ve already seen a lot of the action in the movie, by recycling all the big, crazy action beats from the teaser trailer. Take a look below. Read More »

It’s always disconcerting to douse people’s enthusiasm for an upcoming film, so I’ll just point you to this post with some brief thoughts having seen Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and move along. Instead let’s go back to better times, when Neveldine/Taylor’s comic book sequel was still buzzing on the back of its bat-shit crazy trailer and excellent Comic Con panel. At the time, Sony asked fans to design a poster for the movie, which already had some very cool marketing materials, and the six finalists have finally been chosen. After the jump, see all six posters, find out how to vote on your favorite and see the one the studio is actually using. Read More »

Where can you be the among the first audiences ever to see The Cabin in the Woods, The Grey, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, the first trailers for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and G.I. Joe Retaliation as well as huge upcoming titles like The Adventures of Tintin, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol all in one sitting, all for one ticket price, with the best film audience imaginable? Butt-Numb-A-Thon, of course.

For movie fans, Butt-Numb-A-Thon is the biggest and most rewarding test of film going stamina out there today. Now in its thirteenth year, this annual film festival celebrating the birthday of Ain’t It Cool News founder Harry Knowles is 24 straight hours of new and vintage films played to a hand-picked audience of fans who had to jump through all sorts of hoops to attend. Homework assignments, applications, embarrassing photos. Butt-Numb-A-Thon is not only a marathon of film watching, it’s a decathlon of film passion.

This year’s Butt-Numb-A-Thon, dubbed Butt-Numb-A-Thon Thirteen Wolf, featured an almost staggering amount of new movies, some incredible vintage films and surprises galore. Both Peter and I were lucky enough to have our applications accepted and you can read a full recap and more after the jump. Read More »

From everything we’ve seen of Neveldine/Taylor‘s Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, it’s obviously going to be extremely different. Different from the first film, different from other superhero movies and different from the previous films of its crazy directing duo. Sony has gone “different” with the marketing, too, shying away from traditional character one sheets in favor of a few bad ass graphic representations of Johnny Blaze’s alter-ego, Ghost Rider. You might not see these at a theater, but you can see them here. Check them out after the jump. Read More »

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