Best Stories of the Week

It’s that time of the week again. We’re certainly looking forward to a nice holiday weekend, and if you were too busy to stay on top of all the news this week, we’ve got a round-up of all the stories you need to catch up on.

Below you’ll find a round-up of trailers for summer movies like Pixels, sequels like The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, and the likely awards contender Steve Jobs. We also have updates on Star Trek 3, a controversial point of view on geek culture from Simon Pegg, more Mad Max: Fury Road goodies and some Tomorrowland exploration as well. So without further adieu, let’s check out the best stories of the week. Read More »

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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.

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Confessions of a location scout: why the beloved New York seen in movies doesn’t exist any more

What Can Cannes 30 Years Ago Tell Us Now?

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Funko’s Mystery Minis for Pixar’s Inside Out Reveal Insanely Marketable New Characters 

Why Netflix Isn’t Interested In Making Reality Shows

Joe Lynch (Everly) Talks George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road

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This Adorable ChibiChappie Is The Cutest Little Robot Around

WITH EXISTENZ, CRONENBERG CREATED THE ONLY VIDEOGAME MOVIE WE’LL EVER NEED

15 Movie Car Chases That You’ve Probably Forgotten About

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Pixels trailer

By now, you probably know if you’re going to see Pixels or not. Directed by Chris Columbus, the film stars Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad, Kevin James and Michelle Monaghan as former video game champions who are asked to save the world when real life video game characters invade Earth. Think Independence Day starring the cast of The King of Kong.

If you still aren’t sure and are hoping for some new nugget to get excited about in this second Pixels trailer, it’s probably not going to do it. There is some new footage in here, including a bit with Kevin James killing a Smurf, as well as some background on the characters, but for the most part its the same few set pieces as the last trailer. The optimist in me is hoping Sony is simply holding back lots of other moments for the theater, but that tends not to be the case with the films of James and Sandler. Watch the new Pixels trailer below. Read More »

Pixels movie - Chris Columbus interview

While in Las Vegas for CinemaCon 2015 last week, I got the opportunity to sit down with Chris Columbus, a screenwriter and director who had a dramatic effect on the cinema of my childhood, and yours. Lets do a list: Gremlins, Goonies, Young Sherlock Holmes, Adventures in Babysitting, Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire, Stepmom, and the first installments of the Harry Potter franchise. His latest film Pixels seems to be a return to the roots of his earlier days, and I’m personally excited to see it.

In my interview with Chris Columbus (who turns out to be a daily /Film reader) I ask him if he will ever return to writing original screenplays again like he did with Gremlins and Goonies. He explains how he got involved with Pixels, initially having not seen the viral short film which inspired the movie. He talks a bit about how the licensed video game characters became involved with the project and also talks about Pac Man creator Toru Iwatani‘s appearance in the film, not as himself (as seen in the trailer) but in a cameo role.

We learn whether or not there was any pressure to differentiate the movie from Ghostbusters, and Columbus talks about a return to the Amblin era of films, whether he’d ever direct one of John Hughes‘ unproduced screenplays, and he even gives us an update on the Gremlins reboot. Hit the jump to read my full Chris Columbus interview from CinemaCon 2015 in Las Vegas.

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Sony CinemaCon 2015 Video Blog Reaction

Sony CinemaCon

I’m in Las Vegas for the CinemaCon convention (formerly ShoWest), which is the largest gathering of movie theatre exhibitors each year. The convention is packed with talks about subjects such as how to maximize profits, and features a show floor filled with the newest and best concessions equipment. More notably, most of the major movie studios hold presentations of upcoming film line-ups for the next year and beyond. Companies even show some of their films early to get some excitement from those booking the screens.

Wednesday afternoon we saw a presentation from Sony Pictures showcasing some of their big upcoming films including Perfect Guy, Concussion, 5th Wave, X-Mas, Spectre, Goosebumps, Pixels, Aloha, Ricky and The Flash, The Walk and Money Monster and more. After the presentation I recorded a spoiler free Sony CinemaCon reaction video reaction with Steve from Collider, which you can watch that now embedded after the jump.

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Most Anticipated Movies of Summer 2015

April isn’t even 48 hours old but at the movie theater, summer has already begun. With tonight’s opening of Furious 7, the trend of major blockbusters opening well before the first weekend in May continues. Fast Five, The Hunger Games and Captain America: The Winter Soldier are a few recent examples; next year, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will open over a month before the traditional first weekend of summer. Let’s face it. It might be Spring outside, but it’s Summer at the movies.

With that in mind, the /Film crew decided to rank our most anticipated films of the season. Everyone on staff (Peter, Russ, Angie, David, Devindra, Angie, Chris, and myself) ranked their 20 most anticipated movies of summer 2015, those rankings were given point values, and then an overall list was created.

Below, read /Film’s most anticipated movies of Summer 2015. Read More »

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Pixels short film

Now that everyone is excited about the Pixels movie following the debut of the first Pixels teaser trailer, I thought it would be fun to revisit the Pixels short film which started it all. The following two-minute Pixels short film was released in April 2010 and went viral. Sony acquired the rights to turn the short film into a movie, and we will finally be seeing that movie soon. After the jump you can read Russ Fischer’s original April 8th 2010 report on the Pixels short film, followed by an embed of the short.

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Pixels trailer

When old school video game icons attack the world, who ya gonna call? Adam Sandler, Josh Gad, Kevin James and Peter Dinklage of course. Those four, along with Michelle Monaghan, lead Pixels, the latest film from director Chris Columbus. It opens July 24 but you can watch the first Pixels trailer now. Read More »

Pixels movie preview

Columbia Pictures has released a ten second teaser trailer for the upcoming Chris Columbus video game sci-fi comedy Pixels. The plot of the movie is about a group of video game experts who are recruited by the military to fight 1980s-era video game characters attacking our planet. Its been pitched as Ghostbusters, but with classic 80’s video game creatures instead of ghosts. And yes, we’ve actually heard a bunch of good buzz for this film. Before the Pixels trailer is released online later this week, watch this short ten second Pixels movie preview, teasing the invasion of 8-Bit video game characters. Watch it now after the jump and leave your thoughts in the comments below

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