The Leviathan Influenced Solo

(Welcome to The Movies That Made Star Wars, a series where we explore the films and television properties that inspired or in this case help us better understand George Lucas’s iconic universe. In this edition: The Leviathan)

Ruairí Robinson isn’t a filmmaker that’s a household name, but maybe he should be. He’s an Academy Award nominated Irish filmmaker known for his science fiction shorts. He was nominated in 2002 in the Best Short Film, Animated category with the film Fifty Percent Grey, but ended up losing out to Ralph Eggleston’s comedy short For the Birds. At one point, he was signed on to direct the live-action version of Akira, but that fell through. Most recently, he put together a short film called The Leviathan(2015)that was a proof of concept for a feature film he wanted to make.

It went viral and found itself inspiring the Star Wars universe in unexpected ways. Read More »

NewTV

Would you pay money to watch original series with episodes running 10 minutes each, sometimes less? Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman sure hope so, as they’re about to launch NewTV. The streaming-video project will feature short-form entertainment for $5 or $8 dollars a month, depending on whether or not you want to put up with ads. And now, NewTV has tapped director Sam Raimi to develop on of their series – 50 States of Fear.

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Star Trek Short Treks Trailer

While fans are waiting for Star Trek Discovery to return to CBS All Access (which won’t be until January in 2019), they’ll be treated to some new content in the form of Star Trek: Short Treks. This series of short films set in the Star Trek Discovery universe will begin rolling out on October 4 and release one each month through January next year. A trailer for the first short, titled “Runaway,” has just been released, and you’ll see what kind of stories they’ll tell.

Watch the Star Trek Short Treks trailer below. Read More »

Thriller 3D Teaser

At the end of last month, we found out that a 3D version of Michael Jackson‘s iconic music video Thriller would be coming to theaters around the United States and Canada for the first time ever, thanks to the folks at IMAX. Now we have a teaser for the big screen debut of the music video that changed MTV forever. Read More »

michael giacchino short film

Michael Giacchino has made a name for himself as one of Hollywood’s hardest working film composers, and maybe he can add hardest-working director to his resume. The Oscar-winning composer of Up will finally make his directorial debut with a short film that will be playing at this month’s Fantastic Fest in Austin.

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Incredibles 2

Incredibles 2 is one of the biggest hits of the year. The Pixar sequel has raked in over $602.8 million domestically, making it the highest grossing PG movie of all time, and it also landed another $564 million overseas. So it’s going to be a big deal when the movie comes home on digital, Blu-ray and DVD, especially because it will include a new animated short that fans have wanted ever since seeing the movie.

When Incredibles 2 comes home at the end of October and early November, it will include an animated short called Auntie Edna that will let us know what happened when the superhero fashion designer took care of the superpowered baby Jack-Jack for a little bit. Read More »

Long Way Back Home

Writer/director Jeff Nichols has spent his career making movies about families, from 2007’s feud-driven drama Shotgun Stories all the way up to 2016’s powerful biopic Loving. Now he’s back with a new short film called Long Way Back Home, a mystery that stars frequent collaborator Michael Shannon (The Shape of Water), who has appeared in every one of Nichols’ films so far.

If that reunion somehow isn’t enough to convince you to watch this, maybe the presence of actors like Scoot McNairy (Argo) and Garrett Hedlund (Mudbound) playing Shannon’s morally questionable brothers will help. Read More »

Cloverfield fan film - Megan

Paramount and Bad Robot’s Cloverfield franchise took a dive in quality with this year’s The Cloverfield Paradox, but the franchise isn’t dead yet. We still don’t know with certainty whether this year’s WWII sci-fi thriller Overlord takes place in the Cloverfield universe, and producer J.J. Abrams has promised that a “proper” sequel is on the way.

In the meantime, though, a group of Hollywood filmmakers – VFX artists, cinematographers, writers, producers, and actors – have banded together to make a Cloverfield fan film set in that universe that focuses on a character that was referenced in the 10 Cloverfield Lane ARG campaign: Megan Stambler, the daughter of John Goodman’s character. Check out the short film, entitled Megan, below.
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cycles

Walt Disney Animation is well known for its work in both traditional and CG animation, and now the company is breaking new ground (at least for them). The animation studio will premiere its first virtual reality short film, Cycles, next month at the SIGGRAPH 2018, a conference dedicated to VR, augmented reality, and mixed reality.

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Yesterday morning, director Allan Ungar (Gridlocked) unveiled an Uncharted fan film that gave fans something they’ve been wanting to see for ten years: a live-action Uncharted story that starred actor Nathan Fillion as treasure hunter and video game protagonist Nathan Drake. I spoke with both Fillion and Ungar on the phone about filming their adaptation, Fillion’s history with the franchise, if a sequel is in the works, and more. Read our full Nathan Fillion Uncharted interview below. Read More »