Now you might be saying to yourself, how could someone screw up the classic Speed Racer theme song? The answer comes in a 3-minute music video of the newly revamped version of the Go Speed Racer Go theme song as performed by Ali Dee and the Deekompressors. I swear, this new music video makes me want to vomit. The Playlist calls it ” 3-minute of painful ear damage” and Paul Scheer points focus to the song’s “awesome” lyrics such as “I tear up every party I’m at”. Ughhh. Check out the video below.


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Page 2 for April 24th 2008

X-Files XzibitHere is a round up of stories that just didn’t make the /Film front page, or what we like to call…. Page 2!

Collider has the first photos of Xzibit from X-Files: I Want to Believe.

Film School Rejects has obtained footage of the Ninja from Ask a Ninja talking about Fanboys.

Shock has a couple borring photos of Megan Fox on the set of Jennifer’s Body.

Actress Lindsay Lohan’s 14-year-old kid sister, Ali, has been cast in a film based on R.L. Stine’s pre-teen book series “Mostly Ghostly.” [THR]

Last week at a Back to the Future screening in Florida, writer/producer Bob Gale announced that Universal was working on a Blu-ray release of the classic 80’s film: “I dont’ know when it’s coming out yet, but I was involved in the mastering of this tape, so I can tell you that it looks absolutely beautiful!” [bttf]

Speed Racer in Times SquareKungFuRodeo has a photo of the Speed Racer advertisement in Times Square.

You can now listen to Fergie’s Sex and the City theme, but why would you want to. [badandugly]

Fox 2000 has hired Brian McGreevy and Lee Shipman to write a re-imagining of Brian De Palma’s 1978 supernatural thriller The Fury. [scifi]

Adriana Barraza
(Babel) has been cast in Sam Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell. [Bloody-disgusting]

Juno generated an estimated $8.4 million in its first week of release on DVD. [THR]

Christina Ricci feels that the marketing campaign for Black Snake Moan exploited woman. No duh! [starpulse]

Yoko Ono has filed suit against the filmmakers of “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed,” for the unauthorized use of John Lennon’s classic 1971 song, “Imagine.” [theplaylist]

Speed Racer: 34 Production Photos

Speed Racer

Warner Bros has released a final batch of Speed Racer production photos. We’ve included all 34 photos below. As always, click on the images to enlarge.
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Page 2 for April 22nd 2008

Indiana Jones 4 Billboard

Here is a round up of stories that just didn’t make the /Film front page, or what we like to call…. Page 2!

The Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull billboards in Los Angeles are out of control. [Rejects]

Louis Leterrier is downplaying The Incredible Hulk dispute with actor/screenwriter Edward Norton and Marvel: “It’s so unsettling, because it’s not true.” [Sci-Fi]

Joe Carnahan will be shooting a big portion of Killing Pablo in Colombia, “which is really the only place you should make that film.”

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Empire Magazine has new photos from Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Joel Silver says the Wachowski Brothers have ideas for Speed Racer and Ninja Assassin sequels. Let’s wait for the first films to be released and or filmed before we start talking about sequels, please. [Collider]

Enter to win the One Missed Call sweepstakes.

Baghead PosterCinematical has the poster for The Duplass Brother’s Sundance hit Baghead.

LatinoReview has a script review of Chris Bertolini’s Battle: Los Angeles which was recently picked up by Columbia and is set to shoot sometime this year: “Uninspired, predictable, logic-defying ending.”

Virginia Madsen has signed on to co-star in the Amelia Earhart biopic Amelia for Fox Searchlight. Snor. [Variety]

Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy) has replaced Thomas Kretschmann as the voice of Johann Kraus in Hellboy II: The Golden Army. [CS]

The Pixar Story will be released on DVD in June. [pixarblog]

The Strangers Movie PosterSTYD has the poster for The Strangers, Rogue Pictures’ home invasion film starring Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman.

Marvel Comics announced that it will publish a comic-book series based on Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game book series. [scifi]

Michael Moore
has announced his support for Barack Obama, which is expected considering he slammed Clinton in SiCKO?

Production has started in Connecticut this week on an untitled contemporary comedy directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty) from an original screenplay by Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida. [CS]

New Speed Racer Featurette

Speed Racer

And the Speed Racer pre-release marketing won’t stop. Warner Bros has released another 4-minute long featurette that includes a ton of new footage intercut with cast and crew interviews. I’d say more, but I’ve already said enough in the 4-Minute movie trailer post from earlier today. Check it out below.

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Watch the new featurette in High Definition on Speed Racer hits theaters on May 9th.

Speed Racer 4 Minute Extended Movie Trailer

Speed Racer

If you’re not sold on Speed Racer after seeing this 4-minute extended movie trailer from Yahoo Movies, than I think there is no hope. I’ll admit it, I was a total naysayer, but the last few trailer have totally convinced me on this film’s potential. And this 4-minute extended movie trailer features even more crazy action. I almost wish I hadn’t seen some of this stuff on the internet, because it will probably make for an incredible experience on the big screen. Watch the clip below, and share your thoughts in the comments.

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The Wachowski Brothers’ Speed Racer hits theaters on May 9th 2008.

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Speed Racer International Movie Trailer #3

Speed Racer

Warner Bros has released a third International Speed Racer movie trailer which shows even more new footage, and even more of the two Asian characters Taejo and Mr. Musha,  which makes me believe this might have been intended for Asian markers. Also the new trailer completely removes any mention of Speed’s family. I’ll admit, the first couple trailers didn’t impress me. Actually they turned me off. But my excitement was sparked by the second domestic movie trailer, and has been growing since. Could Speed Racer actually be cool?

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Check out the new trailer in High Definition on Speed Racer hits theaters on May 9th 2008.

Discuss: What do you think of the new Speed Racer movie trailer? Did TheWachowski Brothers actually pull off making another cool movie?

New Speed Racer Video Clip

Speed Racer

Einsurance has a new behind the scenes Speed Racer featurette that features a ton of new footage from the upcoming big screen adaptation. I’m really starting to get excited about some of these insane racing sequences. Let’s just hope they polish up the CGI before than. And am I the only one really getting bothered by the fact that The Wachowski Brothers refuse to interviews even in the in house Warner Bros featurettes? I’m kinda getting sick of hearing the stars and producers explain to me what The Wachoski Brothers were thinking when they’re alive. Why can’t they just explain it themselves? End Mini-Rant. Watch the new featurette after the jump.

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Our amigos at First Showing directed us to these new lysergic images from the Wachowski BrothersSpeed Racer. The still above makes me want to sink into an altered state and get a $50 car wash with a $5 Sweet Pear air freshener. That’s a first. These images will appear in an upcoming cover story of EW, complete with fresh explanations of the film’s divisive green screen special effects included below. Every time we scoff at this movie, it pulls Slashfilm back in (and vice versa)!

“If these photos are looking a bit more two-dimensional than usual, that’s by design. The Wachowskis “wanted to incorporate some of the limitations of ’60s cell animation in the movie,” says Leo. Explains fellow effects supervisor Kim Libreri: “The backgrounds are mostly from photographic elements that have been shot from locations around the world [and then] intensely processed to be super-colorful and super-contrasty.”

“Do you remember the 1980s video game Outrun,” asks Libreri, “with the palm trees flying past? A lot of the movie looks like that. But instead of using painted elements that they used the early days [of anime]. there are actually photographic elements flying past the road.”




More images and “car-fu” effects descriptions after the hop…

Discuss: Not sure about you, but I think Kim Libreri’s Out Run reference is quite ace. Is there another film that did the “candy store aesthetic” better than what you’ve gleamed from Speed Racer?

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