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Teaser for Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie is astonishingly good

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With a little blend of Alice in Wonderland and a smidgen of Avatar, you’ve got the eye candy for 2014. Maleficent directed by Robert Stromberg, is Disneys  promising look into the real story behind the beloved Sleeping Beauty novel, but unlike the novel, this one tells the story from the villains point of view. This trailer looks good, so one would hope that the hype surrounding it’s release is warranted…we’ll just have to wait and see.

“A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal — an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom — and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well.”

The film also stars Angelina Jolie, Elle FanningSharlto CopleySam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Miranda Richardson, Juno Temple, and Lesley ManvilleMaleficent opens in theaters on May 30, 2014.

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Vice interviews the creators of Escape From Tomorrow

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I still haven’t seen this film yet, but it’s on my list. Having grown up in Orlando Florida, I’m always tickled shitty when cheeky directors have it in their minds to create a film that exploits the exploiters. If I had stayed in Orlando another day, instead of moving to New York, I might’ve had to do exactly what director Randy Moore did. Even if this film turns out to be a reheated piece…I applaud the effort and imagination, of this fearless cast and crew.

That being said, Vice Magazine just uploaded a video on youtube, that delves deep into how they pulled it off and all under the watchful eye of Da Mouse!

(Via. Firstshowing.net)

Escape from Tomorrow is written and directed by Randy Moore. The film, secretly shot at Disney World, is described as a postmodern, surreal voyage into the bowels of “family” entertainment as a middle-aged father loses his sanity during a close encounter with two teenage girls on holiday, all while trying to keep a straight face with his family after losing his job on the first day of vacation. Roy Abramsohn, Elena Schuber, Katelynn Rodriguez, Annet Mahendru, Danielle Safady and Alison Lees-Taylor star in the film which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and arrived in limited theaters starting on October 11th

VICE on Youtube


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The film that was illegally shot at Disney “Escape From Tomorrow” gets a trailer

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Central Florida, my hometown, has a reputation for putting out films that get people at festivals, like Sundance, talking. The last one, I believe, that spread like a wildfire was the 1999 Eduardo Sánchez, Daniel Myrick directed film The Blairwitch Project. Now, almost 14 years later, we got another director/Full Sail graduate, named Randy Moore, whose gone and done the unthinkable. For anyone who lives in mouse town, you know you don’t cross the rodent, but that’s precisely what he did when Randy Moore shot almost an entire film at Disney World and Disney Land without the mouse getting wind of any of it.

Escape from Tomorrow, is an amazing exercise in guerrilla film making, and even won the eye of Roger Ebert and was shown at Roger Ebert’s 15th annual film festival in Champaign, Illinois (Randy Moore’s home state), just before he past away. I compare the buzz, the film received, to the buzz The Blairwitch received awhile back. It seems everyone loves to watch naughtiness on film and what better way to be naughty, than at the place where dreams come true.

This was a very clandestine operation to shoot apparently. They even went as far as to edit the film in S. Korea, to keep the white gloves of oppression of their beloved material. Too far? I think not, my only question is why haven’t they been put in mouse jail yet?

Synopsis:

Escape From Tomorrow is described as a postmodern, surreal voyage into the bowels of “family” entertainment as a middle-aged father loses his sanity during a close encounter with two teenage girls on holiday, all while trying to keep a straight face with his family after losing his job on the first day of vacation.

To my knowledge, Disney knows all about the film and has even placed the flick in their online supplement to Disney A to Z: The Official Encyclopedia according to Wiki. My guess is that they are going to wait to see how well the film does before pulling a Song of the South on the entire thing. My advice to Randy is to hide this mutha, cause if this flops, he can expect to see Goofy, Donald and the entire cast of The Mickey Mouse Club, ready to smash his ass.

The film stars Roy Abramsohn, Elena Schuber, Katelynn Rodriguez, Annet Mahendru, Danielle Safady and Alison Lees-Taylor and arrives on demand and in limited theaters on October 11.

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Jurassic World is coming in 2015

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I guess I should report on this since, everyone else is. I lost the fire for this franchise years ago, in fact everything after Spielberg’s Jurassic Park is a fucking blur to me. But on June 12, 2015 Universal “says” they are releasing the fourth installment…has it really been three films already? Fourth installment to the Jurassic Park Quadfecta (that’s not related to any Michael Crichton novel whatsoever) and it’ll be called Jurassic World.

Can you taste the sarcasm? Mmmmmmmmmm!

According to Collider.com the films release date comes after Disney pushed back the release of the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film “Dead Man Tell No Tales” ( a title that  should’ve been used for the first damn film…duh). Btw, the two are not related at all, but the date is important considering the slew of films being released that year.

via Collider.net

The film currently has that release date all to itself, though Assassin’s Creed and Pixar’s Inside Out are scheduled for release the following weekend.

Director Colin Trevorrow is credited with penning the screenplay alongside Derek Connolly, which appears to suggest that his rewrites to Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver’s draft were significant.

2015 is going to be quite a fucking year for films if these proposed releases do indeed take place. Also slated that year (supposedly) are Avatar 2, Star Wars Episode VII, Man of Steel sequel [Superman-Batman], Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Adventures of Tintin 2, Independence Day sequel,Terminator sequel, Ant-Man, Warcraft and Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 2 !

Yeah…I know right?

Behold the far out illustrations of Thom Tenery

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Conceptual artist Thom Tenery is no noobie to the concept art game, he’s worked with such entertainment giants as Disney, Blizzard Entertainment and the Syfy Channel. His most notable work was the sky tower home and drones in the Kosinski/Cruise film OBLIVION (available on Blu-Ray now).

Checking out his resume, I also see that he’s worked on some exciting projects that I remember hearing about awhile back, but have either been scraped or placed on hold….The Yellow Submarine directed by Robert Zemeckis and Barbarella directed by Robert Rodriguez. Because I’ve been following the progress on these films…somewhat, it kind of breaks my heart to know we may never get to see these designs, simply because the property now belongs to Disney (The Yellow Submarine) and Universal (Barbarella).

If Thom’s art work on those films is anything like what I’m posting, I may have to put a team together to infiltrate both those studios and lift them…for the fans.

Tom Tenery’s Official Website

The Cinefamily presents Persistence of Vision

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If I were to mention the name Richard Williams , most of you wouldn’t know who I was talking about, but if I asked you have you seen Disney‘s Who Framed Roger Rabbit you’d all light up like a Christmas trees. Well, Richard Williams is the man behind all the animation in that film. Persistence of vision chronicles a period in Richards life when he was creating The Thief And The Cobbler (via The Cinefamily) (a radical new project started in the Sixties, but finally slated for completion only after Williams’ Oscar for 1988’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit) .

The film was met, as with all truly groundbreaking art, with red tape, revisions, revoicing  and slowly all semblance of what Richard had first created was completely gone. It’s a tragic true story of artist working in the corporate world and how integrity is no match for money.

Striving to make the crowning visionary masterpiece of his career, acclaimed animator Richard Williams spent nearly three decades of his life toiling away on The Thief And The Cobbler (a radical new project started in the Sixties, but finally slated for completion only after Williams’ Oscar for 1988’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit), only to have it torn from his hands at the very last minute. Re-cut, re-voiced and re-drawn, the final product is a shadow of what “could have been” — and Thief’s tumultuous offscreen saga is the stuff of legend amongst historians, animation fans and film lovers. Using incredible footage from Williams’ lost epic, rare archival footage and interviews with Thief crew members, director Kevin Schreck brings this legendary chapter of cinema history to the screen for the very first time. Called a “Herculean accomplishment” (indieWIRE) and a “fascinating slice of film history” (Variety), this is the gripping story of the greatest animated film never made. Stick around for special bonus material to be screened at the midnight hour!
Dir. Kevin Schreck, 2012, digital presentation, 83 min. – See more at: http://www.cinefamily.org/films/persistence-of-vision/#sthash.BI91SBFK.dpuf

 

Some highlights from the Phoenix Comic Con 2013

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The annual pop culture event of the southwest, The Phoenix Comic Con, just wrapped up over memorial day weekend and man was it filled with a shit ton of craziness. Let’s begin with my day one. The showroom floor was set up slightly different than last year, but the exhibitors were in the same hall. Artists, comic book vendors and fanboy/girl merchants abounded.

There was ,however, one booth that caught my eye the moment I walked in. It was the Anomaly booth. Anomaly is an augmented reality graphic novel about greedy corporations and our role as interstellar ambassadors, none of which are doing too well when the story starts. The intense art is only half the fun with this book. The book is equipped with augmented reality technology. You download an app and point your ipad or smart phone at the pages and voila, the Anomaly world pops out at you in 3D. We are currently working on the full review of this amazing novel…stay tuned!!

EARTH 2717: THE 3RD GOLDEN AGE BUILDING A BETTER TOMORROW TODAYThe planet we call home slowly dies beneath us.Most humans now live in teeming surface “Terrarium Cities”, off world colonies or orbiting space stations. All of earth’s resources have been depleted.All corporations, nations and technologies have merged into THE CONGLOMERATE whose Enforcer Battalions now conquer whole planets to feed Earthlings insatiable appetites.THE CONGLOMERATE which began with the spirit of the best mankind had to offer, saved humanity from itself by taking us to the stars has become the most ruthless profit machine to ever exist.

ANOMALY OFFICIAL WEBSITE

While there I also got a chance to checkout a few panel discussions with some amazing people like Nichelle Nichols (Uhura) from the original Star Trek series. Timothy Zahn author of Heir to the Empire and Dark Force Rising and J. Micheal Straczynski, screenwriter for Babylon 5 and the soon to be released, Wachowski television series, Sense 8. The discussions were surprisingly well organized and highly informative.  On the down side, some panels promised exclusive images from upcoming films that they weren’t able to deliver on, instead giving us footage from previous Blu-Ray releases that had special behind the scenes footage.  Most of which, the guest in attendance had already owned and had watched.

There were also a number of very talented artist and writers in attendance such as Mike Mignola (Hellboy), Eric Esquivel (The Blackest Terror), Radi Lewis (Tech Watch) and uber artist Geof Darrow (The Shaolin Cowboy) and they were all gracious enough to spend time talking to their fans and taking pictures, evidenced by some of the ones I took of them below.

The event went off without any hitches and we were able to make a few contacts and take pictures of some amazing cosplayers. The event seems to be gaining steam and having spoken to a few writers/artists, they seem to be all in agreement that a more toned down con that focuses more on the craft is in order and the PHX CC is among one of the best in that capacity. Can’t wait til next year!

COPLAYERS of the Phoenix Comic Con 2013

 

“Wreck-it Ralph” Successfully Smashes into Theaters

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