Listen to John Carpenter talk about the Halloween

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For all of you who are fans of the Halloween films, and not those God awful Rob Zombie films, you’re gonna love this!. This was a podcast the Rotten Tomatoes team did awhile back with director John Carpenter (Escape From New York, Halloween). In it, he talks about the making of this classic horror film starring Jamie Lee Curtis. Enjoy!

John Carpenter’s Halloween Audio Commentary As a special treat for Halloween, Team Tomato recorded an audio commentary for the 1978 John Carpenter classic Halloween. Matt Atchity, Grae Drake and Kerr Lordygan are joined by Ryan Turek from Shock Till You Drop for this special edition of the podcast. Download this podcast, listen to it while watching Halloween, and it’s almost like having Team Tomato in the comfort of your own home!

Remember to follow these simple rules this Halloween

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Remember kids, this Halloween isn’t about having fun, but about learning  all the things that make having an anal retentive parent a pure joy during the holidays.  This 1977 PSA does make a lot of good points, cause everyone remembers those sadistic plastic mask that would cut the shit out of you if you cracked it, which we always did.

It’s a crazy world, but when you know how to do it right it can be fun or strange as hell. Enjoy!

The majesty of this science fiction short is beyond comprehension

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This amazing piece of science fiction, surprisingly enough, has it’s roots in true science. In particular, the Rosetta Comet Mission.

On 6 August 2014, the Rosetta mission achieved a significant milestone by becoming the first mission to rendezvous with a comet. During the coming months, Rosetta will orbit the comet, deploy the Philae lander (in November 2014), and accompany the comet through perihelion (August 2015) until the nominal end of the mission. During its 10 year journey towards comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the spacecraft has passed by two asteroids: 2867 Steins (in 2008) and 21 Lutetia (in 2010). The spacecraft entered deep-space hibernation mode in June 2011, and ‘woke up’ on 20 January 2014.

In this fantastic tale, a young magician attempts to create worlds, but the mental components needed are lacking, that is until her teacher guides her. Together they harness her power and through beautiful imagery and outstanding visual effects a story unfolds, like no other. This is not to be missed!

Ambition is a collaboration between Platige Image and ESA. Directed by Tomek Bagiński and starring Aiden Gillen and Aisling Franciosi, Ambition was shot on location in Iceland, and screened on 24 October 2014 during the British Film Institute’s celebration of Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, at the Southbank, London.

More information.
Rosetta: the ambition to turn science fiction into science fact: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Spa…

CHECK OUT THE MAKING OF AMBITION HERE:

Could Deadmau5 still be considered for a Fantasia reboot

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So what happened? Well…those Ears, that’s what happened. According to THR, Deadmaus, unbeknownst to me, had been approached several times by Disney to create shit. Who knew??? Imagine a remixed Star Wars theme for the Disney XD show Star Wars:Rebels? Yep, he was approached. They also wanted to use his track “Ghost and Stuff” for a new Star Wars video game, but all that went pear shaped when the topic of the ears came up.

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Disney doesn’t want any Mickey Mouse fans to be confused about the source of Deadmau5’s goods and services, especially when the musician is attempting to register his mark for everything from toys and backpacks to mayonnaise and walking sticks.

Last month, Disney got aggressive with a 171-page filing at the Trademark Office, which caused Deadmau5 to put out a slightly-offbeat tweet how Disney thought its customers stupid (though, as we pointed out then, trademark registrations inherently assume some consumer gullibility.)

Turf-battling at the Trademark Office isn’t usually this exciting, but according to Deadmau5, the situation has become so heated that after Disney’s ABC division reached out to the artist last month to appear on Kimmel’s Halloween show, the “subject went pretty far up the chain,” whereupon the offer was rescinded with someone at Disney/ABC stating, “We have to stay away from [Deadmau5] until the matter is resolved.”

Disney hasn’t yet responded to a request for comment.

So okay, enough of that, let’s talk about Fantasia.

According to Deadmau5’s papers, Disney worked through a concert promotion company to approach him in October 2013 about “re-imagining” Fantasia for the film’s 75th anniversary, presumably next year. The musician includes as one of his exhibits (see below) a mock-up depicting Deadmau5 as the sorcerer’s apprentice instead of Mickey Mouse.

“The pitch involved deadmau5 creating and performing new original music at live Fantasia concerts at major venues around the world, including the Hollywood Bowl,” says Deadmau5’s answer. “The rationale given for selecting deadmau5 for this opportunity was that: ‘Deadmau5 is the most innovative musician of our time, and Disney the most successful entertainment brand to ever exist. Bringing these two visionaries together, with this particular franchise, provides an incredible opportunity that could touch millions of people around the world.’”

Deadmau5 sees Disney’s willingness to co-exist with him throughout the years as a point in his favor in the ongoing trademark battle, especially when the musician has been prominently lugging the “mau5head” nearly everywhere he goes. The goodwill between the parties, though, appears to have limits.

So that’s it. It seems to me that Disney is still open to the idea of working with him, but they’ve gotta get all their ducks in a row before they proceed. We all know how strong-willed Deadmau5 can be, but if this indeed works itself out don’t be surprised if this collaboration happens. It would be marketing gold and I don’t think either party is willing to look pass that much money.

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.

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