Category Archives: Hollywood

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!

Some of the best cosplayers at the Phoenix Comic Con 2014

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The results are in and yes, the Phoenix Comic Con is a force to be reckoned with. This year featured booths by Dark Horse Comics, Boom Studios, Archaia Entertainment and many many more. In addition to that, there are a ton of panels and signings, from some heavy hitters in Hollywood and the comic book world, alike. I, unfortunately, won’t be doing the whole weekend, but I did manage to checkout a few of the booths and take some pictures of some really “well-dressed” and “totally committed” cosplayers this year.

By the way, the uber-popular anime, Attack on Titan, is clearly a hit this year. Everywhere I turned ,there was another member of the illustrious “Survey Corps”, the army responsible for protecting humans from these enormous monsters. Anyway, you’ll see a few of them in this album, along with images of Star Wars people, Resident Evil so on and so forth. I hope you enjoy them and if you get a chance please go the the Phoenix Comic Con, this year is going to be epic!

 

When David Lynch turned down the chance to direct Return of the Jedi

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I’m a Star Wars fan and I didn’t even know this. I found this on one of my favorite sites Dangerous Minds, it tells a tale of when David Lynch was approached by George Lucas to direct Return of the Jedi. Sounds crazy right? Well it kind of makes sense seeing as how Lynch was already in preproduction for DUNE. He was Hollywood hot shit! Anyway, below is an excerpt from an interview Lynch gave to MTV back in the 80’s, along with a fan trailer of one of the biggest “what if’s” in fan boy history.

MTV: Is it true you almost directed “Return of the Jedi”? How close did you come?

Lynch: Not close at all. I had a meeting with George [Lucas]. I like George. It was his thing. I said, “You should direct this. It’s your thing! It’s not my thing.”

MTV: Did he flat-out offer it to you at the time?

Lynch: Yeah!

MTV: But you immediately declined.

Lynch: I called him the next day.

The AKIRA Project finally drops an amazing full length trailer

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A while back we told you about a small “labor of love” called The Akira Project ,that was trying to generate money, through Indie Go Go, to create an Akira fan trailer, well guess what?… it got funded, and not only that, we got the full trailer for you right here. It’s astonishingly true to the manga/anime. I’m guessing their hopes is that either Hollywood picks this entire project up or that someone involved in this projects gets to helm a blockbusting movie. My guess is that, if and when the film, does arrive, it won’t look like this. Shame, because there is clearly a love for the beloved Katsuhiro Otomo story, being displayed here. For more info in this project check out the links below after the jump.

The Akira Project was directed by  Nguyen-Anh Nguyen and stars Osric Chau as Kaneda Shotaro,
Xavier Yuvens as Tetsuo Shima,  Simon Li as Yamagata and Judy Wong
as Kei.

Music:
1. Score: Icarus (Deus Ex Main Theme) – Michael McCann (iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/ica…)
2. End Credits: Kaneda’s Theme Remix – Le Matos : (http://lematos.bandcamp.com)

The Akira Project Website

The Akira Project on Facebook

The Akira Project on Twitter

 

The Akira Project is a crowd-sourced, non-profit project meant to create a live action fan trailer of AKIRA, the renowned manga-turned-anime film from the late 1980′s; a stunning example of both mediums as art forms. While Hollywood has been working on a live-action Akira movie for a few years now, we, as fans, wanted to take a shot at making our own adaptation. A chance to stick as close to the source material as possible. A chance to do Akira Justice.

We launched an Indiegogo campaign in July 2012 as part of a crowd sourcing effort to make this project come to life. Many people contributed not just financially but offered their time and talent to help the production that was shot in Montreal, Quebec from November 2-5th 2012. What started out as a simple idea between two guys having a beer (Hey! It’d be cool to see Kaneda ride his bike around Neo-Tokyo!), became a global endeavour, filled with adventures and hurdles, involving more than 40 artists in 12 different countries.

After a year and a half in post-production, we are proud to present the project to Akira fans the world over. We hope to have done justice to the timeless work of Katsuhiro Otomo and look forward to, someday, seeing the full scope of the Akira story translated to the big screen as a live-action.

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Old pictures surface of Stanley Kubricks reclusive daughter on her twitter feed

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All I have to say is…WOW! I had no idea of all the drama surrounding the daughter of legendary director Stanley Kubrick,  Vivian Kubrick, and now that I know, it makes these images, she recently posted on her Twitter feed, even more haunting. Vivian Kubrick and her father were like peas and carrots during the hay days of her fathers career. She brought to the screen “The Making of the Shining” and even provided the soundtrack for the 1986 film “Full Metal Jacket”, then in 1999 she joined the Church of Scientology and that’s when things got, as you’d expect, a little weird. Just after she joined, Stanley asked Vivian to score the Tom Cruise/Nicole Kidman film Eyes Wide Shut, which she turned down.

(Via. Raw Story)

“Stanley asked Vivian to compose the score, but at the last moment she said she wouldn’t,” Kubrick’s widow Christiane told the Guardian in 2009. “They had a huge fight. He was very unhappy. He wrote her a 40-page letter trying to win her back. He begged her endlessly to come home from California. I’m glad he didn’t live to see what happened.”

(Via. Dangerous Minds)

Vivian allegedly turned-up at her father’s funeral with a Scientology handler. Vivian’s distance from her family became more apparent after she apparently failed to attend her sister Anya’s funeral in 2009. The sisters had once been inseparable.

There’s a picture we posted below of Vivian and her sister in New York. The image is a haunting reminder of how things fall apart. The whole thing is kinda sad and I won’t be like some and start judging people cause no one, but Vivian, knows why it all went down the way it did. All we can do is just pray that her and her family will one day find peace.

 

Sony buys another Max Brooks property in the WWI epic The Harlem Hellfighters

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Things are looking up for writer and son of comedian/director Mel Brooks. Max Brooks, creator of World War Z, has Sony Pictures snatching up another one of his stories “The Harlem Hellfighter’s” which hits bookshelves on April 1, 2014. The movie has even found it’s producers Caleeb Pinkett and James Lassiter under their Overbrook Production company.  The story is the amazing recount of the 369th infantry division a.k.a The Harlem Hellfighters, an all African American unit who fought during WWI.

In 1919, the 369th infantry regiment marched triumphantly home from World War 1. They had spent more time in combat than any other American unit, never losing a foot of ground to the enemy, or a man to capture, and winning countless decorations. Though they returned as heroes, this African American unit faced tremendous discrimination, even from their own government. The Harlem Hellfighters, as the Germans called them, fought courageously on—and off—the battlefield to make Europe, and America, safe for democracy. 

In THE HARLEM HELLFIGHTERS, bestselling author Max Brooks and acclaimed illustrator Caanan White bring this history to life. From the enlistment lines in Harlem to the training camp at Spartanburg, South Carolina, to the trenches in France, they tell the heroic story of the 369th in an action packed and powerful tale of honor and heart.

(via. The Hollywood Reporter)

Brooks, the son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft, wrote the book World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, which was adapted for Paramount’s Brad Pitt-starring film that grossed $202 million domestically and $540 million worldwide. A sequel is currently in development.

 

 

Listen to new M83 song “I Need You” off the DIVERGENT soundtrack

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In keeping with M83’s quest to become the theme music to every new science fiction film there is, they’ve written another one for the new dysotopic tween flick Divergent starring Shailene Woodley (The Descendents), Kate Winslet (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and directed by Neal Burger (Limitless). Now I’m about to be that guy, cause this isn’t, in my opinion, the best M83 song I’ve ever heard, but it’s definitely a departure, which I guess they are allowed to do from time to time.

(Via. Stereogum)

Various songs on the Divergent soundtrack album pair up Kendrick Lamar with Tame Impala, or A$AP Rocky with Gesaffelstein.

The Divergent soundtrack is out 3/11. Divergent hits theaters on March 21, 2014

How did Hollywood’s strongest female actors wind up in a film that promotes misogyny

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It’s all funny until someone looses their dignity. What can I say? I watched the new red band trailer for Seth Macfarlane’s western comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West and I laughed, but not a moment after the trailer ended, I felt an enormous sense of guilt for having let, what I saw, get by me without so much as a blink. Throughout the trailer there is some very sexist and degrading shit happening and here’s the kicker… it was coming out the mouths of, who I thought, were some of the most powerful females in Hollywood like Charlize Theron and Sarah Silverman. There’s even a scene in the trailer, where I actually felt uncomfortable for Charlize Theron. How does this happen? How do you get so many amazing actors Liam Neeson, Neal Patrick Harris, Sarah Silverman, Amanda Seyfried and Charlize Theron together and have them all agree that in no way shape or form, will this film help empower women, in fact it’ll strip them down to what, we as a society, have grown to expect from Hollywood when it comes to their idea of what women are. I asked my wife about this and she said “Darling, the misogyny was the first thing I picked up on the moment you pressed play”. Right away, I wanted to go hide. Here I am, a vegan and devout animal rights activist, laughing at this shit. Then I got to thinking about all the comedies of late… This is the End, Ted, every Kevin Hart routine and thought to myself “this shit is crazy”. This is as critical a problem as any civil rights issue that has ever existed and yet it goes on. Say what you want, but misogyny is more prevalent than racism in Hollywood and it’s seemingly gaining steam.

Just checkout these character posters for the film…

Are you kidding me??!!!

As always, I’m sure there is some form of redemption for our female character’s in this film? Without even going into to it, I’m sure Charlize will save Seth’s character, but not before being dragged through the mud for almost the entire film, with sexual slurs and innuendos. Judging by this trailer, she is the butt of every joke, but I get it, she’s supposed to be able to take it cause she’s Charlize? And what about Neal Patrick? An outspoken LBGT rights activists. Then there’s Sarah Silverman (Westward Ho?). The Sarah I know would’ve straight up decked anyone that ever called her that. So what happened? I can’t even begin to act like I know. Money, I guess? But do these folks need it? Then…what the hell!? What I do know is that these posters and trailer are full on, no holds-barred, exercises in male libido. Some of you may say “well aren’t they all?” and I would have to say NO! Checkout comedies like Bridesmaids starring Kristin Wiig or The Heat starring Sandra Bullock…oh wait…those were written by a Women!! Bridesmaids was written by Kristin Wiig and Anni Mumolo and The Heat by Katie Dippold. Then there are comedians like John Mulaney, Jim Gaffigan, Fred Armisen and David Cross, none of which have ever resorted to denigrating to get laughs. In hindsight, Seth’s M.O. has always been thus, but I expected to see a host of youthful up and comers in this film, wanting to break into Hollywood and would resort to being “put upon” to do it. Instead we got a slew of Hollywood heavy hitters, that are sending everyone the message that “this is okay or we wouldn’t be in it.”

Seth!!!! Your a genius of a comedic writer, but you don’t have to do this. Or is it that this is all you are capable of? I doubt it. Give it a shot Seth, you’d be surprised what doors you could open if you give it a bit of compassion…and although you think you’ve open all the doors there is to be opened, you’ve not arrived. Misogyny is not okay and never will be okay.

I’ve posted the red band trailer below. I realize I’m giving this film press by doing this, but you have to see it to understand.

A wonderful tribute to all the films that were snubbed by the 2014 Oscars

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It really doesn’t have legs until you see it laid out like this. Some of the films in this montage weren’t great, but what they lacked in one area, they more than made up for in others. I think while watching this film, my biggest disappointment was the snub of the amazing documentary BLACKFISH and Pacific Rim and the list goes on and on. I hope one day this will all get sorted out and somehow everything gets at least “recognized”. Enjoy!

Watch The Green Ruby Pumpkin and know what Halloween is!

It is because films like this that I love Halloween! Directed by CGI animators Miguel Ortega (Jack The Giant Killer, THOR) and Tran Ma (Alice In Wonderland, G.I. Joe) The Ruby Green Pumpkin is a delight in that way that years from now you’ll be asking yourself “remember that one Halloween story…yeah that one. Wasn’t it awesome!” The story is a cleverly woven limerick about a woman/witch who lives in this wondrous world and gives candy to all who come to her door, dressed mind you. She dispenses these goodies from her ruby green pumpkin year after year. The story goes on to show all sorts of folks coming to her door for goodies and dressed in their Halloween best. It’s all pretty cheery until the three boys arrive, now I won’t spoil it for you, but that’s where the Tim Burton light heartedness kinda wanes, but still stays beautiful. My hopes is that every kid in the world gets a chance to see films like this, cause they are just plain good and filled with that level of simple story telling that’s hard to find nowadays.

The Green Ruby Pumpkin is a magical and fun short film that captures the enchantment of Halloween. It was a passion project that was created by two Senior visual effects artists. Miguel Ortega and Tran Ma. This Entire project was shot in the living room. watch the making of HERE

Currently Miguel Ortega and Tran Ma are working on a Lovecraft-esque feature called The Ningyo.

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Description

A 1909 period film about cryptozoology. The search for mythological or unproven creatures. A Faustian tale about loosing oneself in the process of achieving our goals.

A Ponce De Leon type adventure involving deep sea diving and underwater caverns.

Dr. Marlowe, a paleontologist and professor, finds a piece of a map pointing to the place where the Ningyo, the mythical Japanese creature, could be found. The legend claims whomever consumes its flesh will attain remarkable longevity. He presents the project to his peers, who mock and dismiss him as a fraud. He decides to risk everything and go after the Ningyo on his own in hopes to bring to light what could be one of the greatest contributions to science. What he could not anticipate is that, in his search, he is confronted with a choice that puts the very foundations of his morality to the test.

For more information on The Ningyo checkout their facebook website for the latest.

You can see our other visual effects work MONSTER SCULPTER


The Making of The Green Ruby Pumpkin from miguel ortega on Vimeo.

The Green Ruby Pumpkin from miguel ortega on Vimeo.

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