Let's Go to the Movies with Patton Oswalt

Plenty of comedians reference pop culture, but few are better at actually talking about pop culture than Patton Oswalt. Whether he’s taking George Lucas to task or imagining a Star Wars / Marvel mega-crossover, his affection for all things geeky comes through loud and clear.

Now, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is taking advantage of his film knowledge with a new web series called Let’s Go to the Movies with Patton Oswalt. In the first episode, he’s given the opportunity to screen any movie from the Academy Film Archive. He chooses to watch the 1961 noir Blast of Silence with his friend, comedian Karen Kilgariff. Afterward, they head to the thematically appropriate Shaky Alibi cafe to discuss it.

Watch their delightful conversation after the jump.

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Marvel and ABC keep adding more players to its primary show. In Agents of SHIELD Patton Oswalt will be the the latest to take a guest turn on for an episode. He’ll play Agent Eric Koenig, a character who originally appeared in comics pages as part of Fury’s first World War II team of Howling Commandos. Read More »

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What a year 2013 has been for movie news. Fox, DC, and Marvel all dropped huge announcements about their respective comic book franchises, Lucasfilm passed the Star Wars mantle to J.J. Abrams, and Jurassic Park 4 finally picked up steam after years of false starts — all as the YA adaptations, Biblical epics, and live-action fairy tales continued to pile up.

But if you’re curious about the biggest things to come out of 2013, our list of the 15 most popular posts ought to help. As it happens, they also shed some light on you, our readers. Click the jump to see what the top posts of the year were, and what they may or may not tell us about all of you.

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Up until now, odds are Robbie Pickering‘s film Kitchen Sink hasn’t been on your radar. That’s about to change. The genre mashup written by Oren Uziel (who Sony also hired to write Men in Black 4 and 22 Jump Street 2) placed on The Black List, and was almost the directorial debut of Jonah Hill before Pickering (Natural Selection) came on board to direct. The movie is about to start filming with a cast that includes Nicholas Braun, Mackenzie Davis, Joan Cusack, Vanessa Hudgens and Denis Leary. Plus, three more names have just joined the cast. They are comedic everyman Ian Roberts, pop culture genius Patton Oswalt and Breaking Bad‘s Bob Odenkirk.

Oh, right, Kitchen Sink is a film about a world where vampires, humans and zombies all live together and must band together to stop an alien invasion. Read More »

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If Patton Oswalt wasn’t already a Duke of the internet, he would have earned the position with the Parks and Recreation outtake in which Oswalt went on an eight-minute rant/filibuster that outlined a plot for the next Star Wars movie, complete with most of the Marvel Universe and the characters from the two recent Clash of the Titans films.

The rant has been seen in video form and via a “movie poster,” and now Nerdist has published an animated version. This isn’t the first attempt to animate the rant, but it is the best so far. Read More »

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Get ready to revisit the prequels, Angry Birds-style. Also after the jump:

  • Knights of the Old Republic gets a birthday sale
  • Star Wars will take over Disney’s Club Penguin
  • The Star Tours rides are getting an update in 2015
  • George Lucas says Star Trek made Star Wars possible
  • President Obama gives George Lucas a hug and an award
  • Does anyone in Star Wars actually know how to read?
  • Billy Dee Williams leads a Star Wars cantina singalong

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Fans have loved Patton Oswalt’s awesome ad-libbed Star Wars: Episode VII pitch. The Parks & Recreation outtake involved a cross-over event involving Disney’s Marvel superhero and galactic universe, inspiring fans to create the one-sheet poster above. I even talked to Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige and Iron Man 3 director Shane Black about the filibuster. Today Isaac Moores has posted a version of the filibuster which he provided illustration and animation for. Watch it now embedded after the jump.

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A couple weeks ago I got the opportunity to sit down with Marvel head Kevin Feige and Iron Man 3 writer/director Shane Black.

We’ve run some of the answers over the last week as stand-alone posts, but you can read the whole interview transcript after the jump, including collecting Back to the Future memorabilia, Iron Man at Disneyland, transforming a superhero movie into a detective story, Patton Oswalt’s Star Wars/Marvel crossover rant, if it was weird for Black to direct Jon Favreau in an Iron Man movie, how Iron Man 3 sets-up future Marvel films, Tony Stark’s unexpected team-up with a child, how Marvel deals with leaks, misinformation and the rumors of the age of the internet.
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