This Is How ‘Moon’ and ‘Mute’ Are Connected

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Yesterday, we were pleased to report Duncan Jones will finally start shooting Mute next week. The director was hoping to make the Berlin-set sci-fi movie his directorial debut, but he spent years struggling to get it financed. During those years, though, he met Sam Rockwell, who read Mute when Jones was aiming to make it his first movie. The director wanted the actor to play the villain, but Rockwell was interested in another role. They couldn’t agree on which part he was right for, but that meeting ultimately led to Moon, which will be referenced in Mute.

When the director tweeted yesterday that the two films are related, some people were left wondering how, but for the past few years, Jones has been discussing a Mute and Moon connection, and a part of it is the Sam Rockwell. Below, learn more about that cameo and the potential Moon-iverse.

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Jordan Buckner's "Visions of a Past, Present and Future"

The Los Angeles-based pop culture art gallery The Hero Complex Gallery has released a new 12 print set featuring artwork by Jordan Buckner. The 12 Print Sci-fi Landscape Set is titled “Visions of a Past, Present and Future,” featuring 36″ x 12″ landscape art that honors some of the best science fiction movies of all time, including: the original Star Wars trilogy, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Alien, Blade Runner, Moon, The Fly, Akira, Metropolis, La jet, and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Hit the jump to see all of the beautiful Jordan Buckner sci-fi prints in close-up.

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South by Southwest begins next week in Austin, Texas and besides incredible music and awesome films, the festival also has great art. Not only do they host a Flatstock, which is basically screenprint Comic Con, it’s in Mondo‘s hometown, so they get in on the festivities. They’ve commissioned a whole bunch of posters exclusively for SXSW screenings and today we’re got the first batch (with more coming next week). There’s one for the Simon Pegg and Nick Frost sci-fi comedy Paul, by Tom Whalen, and a pair based on the mind-bending work of Duncan JonesSource Code and Moon, by fan favorite Olly Moss. The latter two also qualify as the next entry in Mondo’s Director’s Series, which previously featured Guillermo del Toro. Check out all of the posters, read a quote from Jones and more about after the break. Read More »

Hip hop has appropriated a lot of stuff from movies over the years: score samples, sound effects, dialogue. It’s all fodder. (RZA and The Wu Tang Clan are the most obvious examples, thanks to RZA’s heavy reliance on martial arts films.)

Now Richard Rich and Max Tannone have created Selene, an EP that is heavily derived from Duncan Jones‘ film Moon and the wonderful score to the film by Clint Mansell. Check it out after the break. Read More »

Cool Stuff: Kevin Tong’s Moon Poster

Kevin Tong’s “redrawn” poster for Duncan JonesMoon will go on sale today (9/9/10) at a random time after 12 pm PST on Kevin Tong’s online store. The poster is screen printed with three colors, one of which is a metallic blue, on 24 x 36 inch white 100 lb cover stock paper. They are all signed and numbered and the edition is 100. The price is $45 each. Shipping costs on this specific poster will be $10 domestic, $15 international. Hit the jump to see more images of the poster.

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Duncan Jones became a name to watch thanks to his excellent directorial debut Moon. He’s been shooting his follow-up film, Source Code, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, and the film is now in the editing room. Now we’ve got an update on that film’s progress, as well as some thoughts about the success of Moon and the new movie version of Judge Dredd, which Jones decided not to direct. Read More »

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The Fine Brothers love to spoil everything, In past years, we’ve featured their popular videos 100 Movie Spoilers in 4 minutes and Spoiling Every Best Picture Winner in Oscar History. After seeing all of the big movies of 2009, the brothers are back once again.  Their latest video spoils 50 movies released last year (including all ten best picture nominees) in one take, in under 4 minutes. Watch the video now, after the jump.

And if it isn’t completely obvious already, please be warned that the following video contains spoilers.
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THE HURT LOCKER
There’s a compelling character moment toward the end of The Hurt Locker that takes place in a supermarket, which is startlingly effective in its contrast to prior events. Much of that, I suppose, is due to it being one of the few scenes in the film where somebody’s limbs aren’t as risk of being blown off their torso. This film isn’t attempting to offer any political insights into the Iraq War, or even realistically examine what it is that soldiers stationed out in Iraq go through every day (if that’s what you’re after, I recommend checking out The Wire-creator David Simon’s most recent televised opus, Generation Kill). This film, like District 9, is an action film. It’s less an intricately structured narrative than it is a series of loosely-fitted action set pieces, directed with such precise pacing and weight that the intensity of them literally left me with a migraine upon my initial viewing. Given the predictability of movies nowadays, I found this forgoing of traditional plotting to be a refreshing change of pace. People don’t see war-based action movies to be lectured; they see them because the subject matter lends itself to terrifyingly believable life-or-death scenarios. The Hurt Locker knows that this is the case, and embraces it. It is easily one of the most thrilling movie-going experiences I’ve ever had, and a definite highlight of ’09.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – An audio commentary by director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal, and a “Hurt Locker: Behind the Scenes” featurette.

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In the past couple months there has been a groundswell of support for Moon, Duncan Jones‘ great debut film, as an Oscar contender. Sam Rockwell’s bravura performance is the aspect frequently cited. But a real Oscar campaign has to go directly to voters, many of whom haven’t seen the full field of possible films. Hence, the Oscar screener. Yet the likelihood of Sony Classics putting a full Oscar push behind a niche film, no matter how good, always seemed low.

Over Christmas week a small storm of questions erupted when Duncan Jones asked via Twitter why Sony hadn’t been sending out screeners of his film. THR picked up the story, and it echoed around the movie corners of the internet. Pixar director Lee Unkrich was among the many who expressed disappointment with the lack of any award strategy. Now Sony says that it’s not a lack of love for the film or a budget issue, but fears of piracy that prevented screeners from going out. Read More »