Summer ’78 is a short film that played at Disney’s Star Wars Weekends 2015. The filmmaker says the short film is “about the power of imagination.” At its core, the Summer 78 short film is about a young boy growing up in the late 1970s, playing with his favorite Star Wars toys, creating short 8mm movies with elaborate recreations in his backyard. Hit the jump to watch the Summer 78 short film now.
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This morning I came across a well-edited video essay titled Star Wars – The Force of Abrams by Dan Fox (aka Hello Film Guy). The video is essentially an examination of filmmaker JJ Abrams‘ visual storytelling skills, theorizing how his methods might affect Star Wars: The Force Awakens. How will the JJ Abrams visual style affect the next installment of the Star Wars series? Find out after the jump.
Note: The video essay focuses only on visual style and doesn’t delve into the reoccurring plot devices or story beats of Abrams work. So you can feel free to watch this if you’re trying to avoid spoilers or speculation about the plot of The Force Awakens. That said, the video does use clips from the two released trailers.
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As we prepare to travel to San Diego for another year at Comic Con, I wanted to take a look back at the best moments in Comic Con history. What are the coolest and most eventful things to happen over the last decade while sitting in Hall H? What makes a great Comic Con moment? Lets take a look back at the best comic-con moments of all time.
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I talk with Jeff Jensen about how he went from a television writer at Entertainment Weekly to collaborating with Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird on the story for Tomorrowland. I must admit, I planned to go in and talk to Jensen about how the 1952 box was fabricated and how the script influenced the box and how the box influenced the script, but I found myself kind of blindsided with Jensen’s reaction. Jeff continued to pretend that the 1952 box wasn’t a creation of the team behind the film, which threw most of my prepared questions out the window. We still discuss how the box was used to sell executives and early Disney fans on the ideas behind the backstory of the movie.
I talk to Jeff about the early development of the film which saw two dueling ideas, one being a more Harry Potter approach and another more inspired by Close Encounters of the Third Kind. We also talk about the amazing Plus Ultra backstory which didn’t fully make it into the film but can be discovered through the tie-in prequel novel Before Tomorrowland he also wrote. Read all this and more in my Jeff Jensen Tomorrowland interview, after the jump.
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Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness.
Header Photo: Ewok Celebration t-shirt
A 70-year-old woman reviews Mad Max: Fury Road
Why The Latest MAD MAX “Fan Theory” Is a Crock of Shit
The Simpsons 25th Anniversary by Kidrobot
Why Was ‘Pitch Perfect 2‘ Such a Shocking Box Office Smash?
The Art Of Murdering Kevin Bacon: An Oral History Of How ‘Friday The 13th’ Became A Horror Classic
Alamo Drafthouse’s Rolling Roadshow Returns
‘Doc’ Jensen’s brave new world: His journey to Tomorrowland
The real story behind the iconic Coke ad in ‘Mad Men‘ finale
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Whether you’re a human, animal, alien, cartoon, hobbit, robot or something else, one thing links almost every single character in pop culture: food. We all need something to keep us going, give us energy and maybe be the object of a joke. Some of these pop culture food items can even be as popular as the characters themselves, like the Wonka chocolate Bar, pink Simpsons donut or Pac Man cherries. Fictional Food is everywhere, and it is also the name and subject of Joshua Budich‘s solo exhibit opening Friday May 22 at Gallery 1988 West in Los Angeles, CA.
It’ll consist of 36 small screenprints of fictional food from stories such as Lost, The Simpsons, The Legend of Zelda, and Toy Story, as well as six larger pieces. Below, check out just a hint of the show as well as an exclusive Star Wars piece you’ll only find previewed here on /Film. Read More »
They say opposites attract, and in art, the idea of mixing “cute” and “violent” helps prove the saying. 100% Soft, a California based artist, has a very distinct, very “cute” style where all the characters are small, sweet and cherubic. He’s had many pieces in lots of different shows but this week, he’s having his first solo show and the work is absolutely incredible.
The show is called Mass Hysteria and it’s a collection of art featuring massive gatherings and action scenes from your favorite movies, TV and music. It opens at 7 p.m. February 6 at Gallery 1988 East in Los Angeles.
Some examples of this “Mass Hysteria” is the end of The Avengers, the Crazy 88 in Kill Bill, the hallway in Oldboy, the finale of Raiders of the Lost Ark and many other mass gatherings in pop culture, all viewed through that cute little filter. The results are just beautiful and gory and awesome. In a phrase: mind-blowing. Check out a small sample of the 30 + images in the Mass Hysteria art show below. Read More »
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Ten years after Lost‘s debut and four years after its finale, Carlton Cuse is convinced we have to go back. The executive producer has said that the show’s return to television is “inevitable.”
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The only thing better than buying entertainment memorabilia, is if the proceeds go to a good cause. The 2014 Cancer Gets LOST Charity Auction is going on now and features a bevy of unique screen used props as well as cool collectibles from a massive selection of TV shows and movies. Plus, all proceeds (on some items) go to The American Cancer Society.
Obviously, most of the stuff in the Cancer Gets Lost Charity Auction is for Lost. But there are also items pertaining to Alcatraz, Alias, American Horror Story, Animaniacs, Arrow, Bates Motel, Breaking Bad, Community, Dexter, Dr. Who, Felicity, The Following, Fringe, Game of Thrones, Ghostbusters, Heroes, The Hunger Games, Intelligence, The Leftovers, Once Upon a Time, Orange is the New Black, Orphan Black, Pretty Little Liars, Revolution, Scandal, The Simpsons, Star Trek, The Strain, Super 8, Survivor, The Voice, The Walking Dead and Young & Hungry.
Yeah it’s a lot of awesome stuff. Click this link to see all of the items. The Lost stuff ends on Page 7. Read More »