Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater launched on the original PlayStation in the fall of 1999, delivering a skateboarding video game that was easy to learn, fun to play, and captured the spirit and attitude of the extreme sport, from the t-shirts and cargo pants of the skaters to the indie punk rock soundtrack. Not only was it a video game hit that launched an entire franchise, but it breathed new life into skateboarding overall, turned millions of kids onto a sport that had been declared dead, and sparked an interest in other extreme sports.
Pretending I’m Superman: The Tony Hawk Video Game Story is a new documentary from director Ludvig Gür that attempts to chronicle the origin and legacy of Tony Hawk’s video game franchise. While the subject matter should be enough to captivate viewers, or at least satisfy fans interested in skateboarding and the video game series, the documentary lacks the spirit of the sport itself, runs low on energy, and seems short on interesting anecdotes and recollections about the making of these games and the excitement that surrounded skateboarding at the height of franchise’s popularity. Read More »
Back in the early 2000s, sports video games suddenly had a new best-selling title that shook up the annual arrival of the same football, baseball, basketball, soccer, and hockey games. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater became a huge when it launched in 1999, and it not only changed the video game scene for extreme sports, but it had a huge impact on the popularity of skateboarding overall. Now the legacy of the video game franchise will be explored in Pretending I’m Superman: The Tony Hawk Video Game Story, and the first trailer is now online. Read More »
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, watch as the cast of Jumanji: The Next Level gets together for a little Thanksgiving feast that doesn’t quite go as smoothly as you’d think. Plus, professional skateboarder Tony Hawk reviews skateboarding scenes in movies like Back to the Future and The Amazing Spider-Man, and possible awards contenders Brad Pitt and Adam Sandler interview each other for Variety’s “Actors on Actors” series. Read More »
A Space Jam sequel is currently in the works with LeBron James in the lead, but at one point, we almost had a very different follow-up. According to skateboard legend Tony Hawk, Warner Bros. approached him in the early 2000s to star in a film called Skate Jam, which would presumably feature the Looney Tunes characters riding skateboards and saying things like “Sick shred, bro! Now hit the halfpipe!” Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately?), the box office failure of Looney Tunes: Back in Action kept Skate Jam from ever getting off the ground.
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Is the hoverboard now real? Well, no.
A company called HUVr claims to have made one, however. Its website says “Our team consists of materials science, electricity & magnetism experts who’ve solved an important part of one of science’s mysteries: the key to antigravity.” And, let’s face it, when someone comes up with the key to antigravity the first thing they’ll do with it will probably not be to create a working version of the hoverboard from Back to the Future II.
So what is this company really doing? Spending a lot of cash, for one, as they’ve put together an expensive “commercial” that claims to be for a working hoverboard. They recruited Christopher Lloyd, Tony Hawk, and others to pitch it. Watch below.
Update: Looks like this was probably the product of Funny or Die. A cached version of one crew member’s resume lists a November 2013 shoot for a FoD piece featuring this concept and talent.
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Favreau gives Tony Hawk a Tour of Stan Winston Studios
The Pitch: While filming an episode of Iconoclasts, Jon Favreau gave skateboard legend Tony Hawk a tour of Stan Winston Studios.
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