What We Do in the Shadows opening

Written and directed by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement, What We Do in the Shadows is a funny mock documentary that exposes the nighttime world of New Zealand’s vampire underworld. Though in fact, the scene is more like a dysfunctional flat than an “underworld,” even though the flatmates are all, technically, monsters. As monsters go, some of them seem pretty OK. Now, just a few weeks before the film opens in the UK, we’ve got the first six minute of the comedy for your enjoyment. Watch the What We Do in the Shadows opening below.

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Hobbit in-flight video

We’ve all slept through in-flight safety videos dozens (if not hundreds) of times. But most don’t have Elijah Wood, Peter Jackson, and other Hobbit cast members. Few feature the scenery of Middle-Earth, and effects that would make a micro-budget film weep. In fact, only one other video does: the last in-flight safety video from Air New Zealand. Now the company has a new video, dubbed “The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made.” Watch this new Hobbit in-flight video below. Read More »

What We Do in the Shadows trailer

Jemaine Clement and his Eagle Vs. Shark and occasional Flight of the Conchords director Taika Waititi have teamed to produce one of the year’s funniest films: What We Do in the Shadows. The comedy follows a group of vampires who live together in a New Zealand flat — it’s more or less like the collision of different vampire legends and concepts in a Real World-like context. Oh, and with conflict with a pack of werewolves to spice things up. Watch the first What We Do in the Shadows trailer below.

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Just as we’re enjoying the last of 2012′s cinematic offerings, the latest edition of the Black List has hit the web. The annual survey highlights the hottest unproduced screenplays of the year, as based on the votes of hundreds of executives.

The term “unproduced” is used rather vaguely here. Some of these scripts (like Ivan Reitman‘s Draft Day and Wally Pfister‘s Transcendence) already have a director or star attached, while others are still floating around in search of the right studio or producer. The subjects and honorees range greatly as well. Nazi hunters, Hillary Clinton, the NFL, and time-traveling teens are among the subjects of this year’s winners, and the screenwriters run the gamut from industry newcomers to seasoned pros.

Hit the jump to read the full list.

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Last night during 30 Rock and American Idol Warner Bros. premiered a new TV spot for Green Lantern, but the spot was really more of a recut trailer. At 1:30, it is essentially a shortened version of the WonderCon footage that was shown off not long ago. But there are a few new bits sprinkled here and there in this edit. and it is good to see that Green Lantern looks like a properly cosmic, more than a little bit weird movie to rival the two Marvel films hitting this summer. Read More »

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Green Lantern will begin filming on Monday (March 15th) in New Orleans (according to CBM they “will be shooting a bar scene at the Old Point Bar, 545 Patterson Drive, New Orleans during the day”).  And as production begins to gear up, we have some last minute casting news from Heat VisionTaika Waititi and Temuera Morrison have officially joined the cast.

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/Film Quoted on Eagle vs. Shark DVD

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/Film reader Daniel C passes along word that /Film is quoted on the Australian release of Taika Waititi’s Eagle vs. Shark, which was one of my favorite films of 2007. Unfortunately Miramax Films didn’t know how to market the film, and the movie went virtually unseen by mainstream audiences. It was also passed by indie audiences because it came at the end of the tidal wave of way-too-quirky indie films, that were released in the years following Napoleon Dynamite. And yes, I was probably laying it on a little thick by declaring it the “best indie romantic comedy of all time”, but to be honest, few true indie romantic comedies exist, and this is my favorite.

Eagle vs. Shark DVD Cover

Eagle Vs. SharkOn Monday June 4th we got the chance to sit down with Eagle vs. Shark writer/director Taika Waititi. We LOVED his film when we saw it at Sundance, and had a full list of questions about Waititi’s hilarious movie.



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