Remembering the Blair Witch Project and it’s effect on Hollywood

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I still remember it like it was yesterday. Me and my film school buddies were all in line at the Enzian Theater in Orlando Fla, to catch The Blairwitch Project! The air was thick with anticipation, not only for the mystery surrounding this movie, but because the movie was created by Florida film students from UCF.

This short documentary, presented by Academy Originals, chronicles that time in 1999 when two ambitious directors Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick, set out to create something the world had never seen before. Little did they know the style and formula for The Blairwitch Project would become the standard for science fiction and horror films for the next twenty years and then some.

 

Trailer for Tomorrowland starring George Clooney PROMISES EVERYTHING

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I used to love visiting Tommorowland at Disney World, especially when it still had all it’s original rides, but now? Meh…having caught up with it’s tech, it went the way of The Jetson’s instead of sticking to Walt’s original dream, which he brought to fruition in 1982 with EPCOT. I still believe I am not alone when I say “the original Tomorrowland was and always will be cooler” and it appears that I’m not alone in this sentiment. Director Brad Bird (Mission Impossible:Ghost Protocol, Ratatouille and The Incredibles) is about to send us on a potentially cool journey to that beloved world, okay maybe not the way it looked exactly back in the 1970’s, but close? I don’t know! The trailer doesn’t give away much….it just looks cool! Cooler than anything I had expected! Okay?! Check it out!

Tomorrowland is directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) who co-wrote the script with Damon Lindelof (Star Trek Into Darkness, Prometheus). Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen (Britt Robertson) bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor (George Clooney) jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as “Tomorrowland.” Walt Disney Pictures releases the film on May 22nd, 2015.

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It’s official The Heat director and writer are doing Ghostbusters 3

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So is it safe to say Bill Murray could be the voice of God in Hollywood? Remember a few months ago he tweeted that he would like to see an all female Ghostbusters movie? He even named off Melissa McCarthy, Kristin Wiig and Emma Stone as the girls he’d like to see star in it. Now, I won’t give all the credit to Bill, I’m sure there were a few birdies flying about his head that day, seeding the field with what was going to happen anyway. Often times, folks leak shit to see if the idea would be a hit amongst the fans. Case and point, the supposed leaked Deadpool movie test footage. That footage and the response to it, got it greenlit. It’s a hell of a lot easier and cheaper than hiring a company to see if the idea scores big points in certain cities, plus everybody loves Bill Murray!

Long story short, the people have spoken and it worked! The HEAT director Paul Feig and writer Katie Dippold are gearing up to take on the 80’s classic and if Bill has his way…WINK…it will be an all female cast. Look, I’m realistic, Ghostbuster’s wasn’t screenplay gold although we’d like to think so, “we” being those late thirties early forties something crew, mostly guys, but I recently re-watched the film and damn,… it was bad. This will at least be way more funny than the first by default. I enjoyed The Heat so I’m sure this will rock! Time to give those proton packs to the ladies!

At this time I’d like to nominate Fred Armisen as Louis Tully and I’d also be happy with Sandra Bullock somewhere in there too possibly the lead.

For the full story click the jump! HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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Heads explode in the trailer for Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films

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The eighties wasn’t all about John Hughes and Steven Spielberg films. They were also about films,if you remember correctly, you loved as a kid, but kind of shutter when you rewatch it today. Films like Bloodsport, Breaking 2,  He-Man, Ninja 3, Terror Night and Hell Hole. These schlock classics were distributed by Cannon Films and the men behind the company were Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus and they were the Weinstein’ s of the time. If you had a semi decent script with a C listed, up and coming, non English speaking actor, for the lead…they made it happen. They were men with money, ambition, but no creativity, but I’ll be damned if they didn’t create a few careers in the 80’s. This trailer documents who they are and how the 80’s indie scene was owned by them. This looks awesome!!

“A documentary about Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus – two movie-obsessed cousins whose passion for cinema changed the way movies were made and marketed – and the tale of how this passion ultimately led to the demise of the company they built together. Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films is not just a hilarious tale of scattergun movie making, but of two cousins whose passion for cinema changed the way movies were made and marketed, and how ultimately this passion would come between them and the company they built together. This is a one-of-a-kind story about two-of-a-kind men who (for better or worse) changed film forever.” The documentary is directed by Mark Hartley (Not Quite Hollywood) and premiered at TIFF & Fantastic Fest. Stay tuned for release details.

Video for “Never Catch Me” by Flying Lotus featuring Kendrick Lamar is easily the best video of the year

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So far the buzz surrounding Kendrick Lamar’s latest release “i” is pretty good, but let’s talk about Flying Lotus for a minute. Steven Ellison a.k.a Flying Lotus, has been on the hip hop/experimental neo-soul plain, for quite sometime. He’s worked with everyone from the experimental rock band Battles  to Erykah Badu and now he can add Kendrick Lamar to this impressive list. The Cali-born producer is not a household name “yet”, but I think that’s precisely where he wants it. The soundscapes he creates lends itself to freestyle jazz, weaving abstract ideas that aren’t likely to get radio play, but luckily for us and him, he’s managed to make quite a name for himself.

This latest song Never Catch Me, is one of the first release off his new album “You’re Dead” due out Oct 7. The song and this video, directed by Hiro Murai, who incidentally worked on another one of Flying Lotus’s video “Until The Quiet Comes” , is a testament to their partnership and how, when artist respect each other, they tend to open portals. These two are music’s DeNiro and Scorsese. The marriage between music and film, are seamless and nowhere is that more apparent than in this video, They have arrived! Behold!

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The song will appear on Flying Lotus’ album You’re Dead! (due Oct. 7) featuring Snoop Dogg, Thundercat, and Kendrick.

“It just came about sort of naturally,” Lotus told Rolling Stone of collaborating with K-Dot a.k.a Kendrick Lamar. “He came through the crib and recorded it and it was great. The funny part is, though, that he wanted to keep that shit for his album. When I first sent him the track, he was trying to convince me to give it to him. Like, ‘Nah, man, I need that!’”

Official Flying Lotus Website

Trailer for Inherent Vice starring Joaquin Phoenix and Josh Brolin arrives and it’s funny

katherine-waterston-joaquin-phoenix-inherent-viceHere’s the funny thing. Technically, the last comedy P.T. Anderson directed was the Adam Sandler film Punch Drunk Love, but lets be honest, all his films are funny, they just ride that line of dark humor that calls into question why you laughed at something so fucked up. Although, I don’t think this film is intended to be a comedy, this trailer sure does appear to have that going for it. In fact, this trailer looks more like a Coen Brother film than a P.T. Anderson, but I don’t mind that.

This fall is gearing up for some major hitters and it wouldn’t be complete without a P.T. Anderson film. This one stars Joaquin Phoenix as Doc Sportello a private eye whose ex girlfriend suddenly shows up with a story about a plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer whom she just happens to be in love with. It’s the tail end of the psychedelic sixties in L.A., and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” except that this one usually leads to trouble.

The film stars Oscar nominees Joaquin Phoenix (“The Master,” “Walk the Line”), Josh Brolin (“True Grit,” “No Country For Old Men”) and Owen Wilson (“The Royal Tennenbaums,” “Midnight in Paris”); Katherine Waterston (“Michael Clayton,” “Boardwalk Empire”); Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon (“Walk the Line”) and Benicio Del Toro (“Traffic”); Martin Short (“Frankenweenie”); Jena Malone (“The Hunger Games” series); and musician Joanna Newsom.

Oscar nominee Paul Thomas Anderson (“There Will Be Blood,” “The Master”) directed “Inherent Vice” from a screenplay he wrote based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon. Anderson also produced the film, together with Oscar-nominated producers JoAnne Sellar and Daniel Lupi (“There Will Be Blood”). Scott Rudin and Adam Somner served as executive producers.

INHERENT VICE, in theaters December 2014.

Behold Bad Lip Reading: The Walking Dead Part Deux and it’s Glorious

9tmhfH-more-walking-and-talking-dead-8MpRMan, the crew over at Bad Lip Reading has done it again. This bit of genius features clips from last season that’ll have you ROLLIN!!! Horror has never been this funny before! Enjoy and Good Night!!

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Trailer for Tim Burtons Big Eyes starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz is pure Oscar bait

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The last time I saw a trailer this good, by Tim Burton, was his 2003 film, Big Fish starring Ewan McGregor…wait a tick…Big Fish…Big Eyes.

That film, incidentally, gained the most Golden Globe nominations that year without a single win, but that certainly wasn’t for the lack of trying and now, it would seem, Tim has shed himself of that “Depp” weight, for the time being, to give his directorial prowess that much needed enema. Look, I love quirky Tim Burton films, just like anyone else, but let’s be honest, they’ve become long winded and trite. Films, like this new one, is like the biggest cock tease EVER. From the first frame of this trailer it almost takes one’s breath away, cause it’s not typical Tim, but then it is. So, perhaps he sat in his castle and looked around his home and began thinking about what really inspired him to do films in the first place and voila! You see Tim, it’s not that hard, please tell me you were under contractual obligation to put out your last few films and please tell us that obligation is over!

A bit of a rant, now about Big Eyes.

The story stars Amy Adams as artist Margaret Keane and her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband (Waltz), who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s.

Just when I thought this Oscar season was going to be a dud here comes this amazing trailer. This is going to be an awesome year.

Big Eyes is directed by the one-and-only filmmaker Tim Burton, director of films including Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Mars Attacks, Big Fish, Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd, Alice in Wonderland, Dark Shadows, and Frankenweenie. The script is written by Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski (both of Ed Wood, Man on the Moon, Screwed, Agent Cody Banks, 1408). The Weinstein Company has Burton’s Big Eyes set for release on December 25th, 2014 later this year.

Wanna know what a Star Wars airport looks like?

SW AirportComputer animator Frank Wunderlich uploaded this several months ago with tags that this was “potentially” leaked footage from the set of Star Wars VII, but for those of us who saw this, we all know that wasn’t the case. But for what it’s worth, it is exquisitely done. The footage was shot in Germany by Frank Wunderlich as he arrived home. It features all sorts of cool imperial transports that he rendered and roto’d onto this footage from an airport in Frankfurt Germany.

Looks like the Story of Star Wars plays on Earth too in the next Episode. I took these pictures on my Flight back from the States to Germany at the Frankfurt Airport. Seems like the biggest german airport plays a key role as an imperial starport in the new episode — there have just been imperial forces at the scene.
Maybe the Rebelboys hide in Berlin… :-D

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Director Takashi Miike goes all Jigsaw on us in his latest trailer As the Gods Will

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My introduction to Takashi Miike’s film’s was the ultra-brutal horror film The Audition. I would later go on to enjoy other films of his like Ichi The Killer and 13 Assassins (classics btw). His latest, As the Gods Will (based on a hugely popular manga) visually, seems like something I have seen before, but I’ll hold out and see if it is. It is just a trailer and, as these things go, may not be showing much, but right now I’ll say what I’ve heard another movie blog say about this trailer in that it looks like a blend of Saw and Battle Royal. Then I read the synopsis and they might been right.

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The basic premise is that a group of high school students find themselves in a situation where they have to play traditional Japanese games and those that lose die horrible deaths. As the Gods Will opens in Japan November 15.


 

 

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