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Creating the robotic birthday treat for his young son, YouTuber RussellMunro collaborated with his wife to build the jaw-dropping party piece.
Nonchalantly summing up his work, Munro said in the video's description: "My boy asked for a Transformers cake for his 6th birthday. I decided to up the ante, my wife did the actual cake."
It turns out that the secret to the showstopper was Styrofoam, as Munro explained in the comments:
"Yes they can and did eat it, the mud cake and icing," he said. "Some of the red cab was Styrofoam to lighten the load a bit as mud cake is real dense and heavy."
You can see how the cake works without the cake - so to speak - below:
Take note, Paul "bread lion" Jagger from The Great British Bake Off »
Read More: Eisen Bernard's Criterion Cover Collages Redefine Art History Graphic artist Federico Babina has combined his love of cinema and architecture for an eye-poping new series of illustrations titled "Archidirector." Taking 27 of the most legendary filmmakers of all time -- from Tim Burton and George Lucas to Wes Anderson, David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick and Charlie Chaplin -- and depicting what a house might look like if they had been architects, the images are as inventive as they are meticulous in their representation of each director's style as manifested in the colors, shapes and designs of each house. Get a look at some of our favorite images from the collection below, and head over to Babina's website in order to see the entire selection of posters. »
- Zack Sharf
Given to Daily Dead as an exclusive, the Night People trailer shows us that even criminals can spin the creepiest of yarns. Also: details on the 10th anniversary screening of Neil Marshall's The Descent and a look at the short film Tailypo.
A pair of professional but badly mismatched criminals breaks into a vacant house to carry out an insurance scam. Awkwardly thrown together with an hour to kill, they reluctantly start telling each other tall tales. One concerns two friends who discover a mysterious device that may be of alien origin. The more they learn about it, the closer to the breaking point their friendship is pushed. The other is about an ambitious business woman who provides a dating agency for wealthy fetishists. She attempts »
- Tamika Jones
"The Simpsons" towers over all other animated series at the Emmys. In its 26 seasons (and counting), this Fox Sunday night staple has racked up 81 Emmy nominations in all, with 28 wins. Among these, "The Simpsons" has won Best Animated Program 10 times out of 25 nominations. However, its last win in this top race was back in 2007. -Break- This year "The Simpsons" producers have submitted the annual Halloween episode, "Treehouse of Horror Xxv." It kicks off with Bart Simpson sent to school in hell, then turns into a parody of "A Clockwork Orange" that devolves into a send-up of all the works of Stanley Kubrick and concludes with the Simpsons clan haunted by previous incarnations of themselves. -Break- Past editions of this Halloween special have reaped 13 nominations, including bids in this category in 1996 and 2013 as well as nine for Music Composition and two for Sound Mixing.  »
There was a lot of hoopla this year over “The Sound of Music,” but that isn’t the only musical celebrating its 50th anniversary.
The Beatles’ “Help!” opened on Aug. 25, 1965, and the general consensus at the time was that it was the second-best Beatles movie ever made.
When the quartet made their film debut in 1964 with “A Hard Day’s Night,” Beatlemania guaranteed box office, but artistic expectations were low. Whenever rock-pop acts had previously hit the bigscreen, they were often in quickie exploitation fare, such as “Don’t Knock the Rock” (featuring Bill Haley & the Comets and Little Richard) and “Twist Around the Clock” (Chubby Checker) or the dozen Elvis Presley movies (with Col. Tom Parker bragging that each film was completed in 15 days).
So “Hard Day’s Night” took everyone by surprise, even earning two Oscar nominations. That set the bar awfully high for “Help!” Critics and audiences »
- Tim Gray
The king of catalog is retiring.
Jeff Baker, who as Evp and Gm of theatrical catalog for the last 13 years oversaw the marketing for some of Warner Bros.’ biggest catalog releases, is stepping down at the end of August to take a new assignment as creative consultant to director Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment.
Baker played a key role in Warner’s decision to re-release many of its classic movies in elaborate gift sets, at a premium price. They included not just a wealth of digital extras, from outtakes to behind-the-scenes documentaries, but also tangible trinkets such as watches, commemorative photo books, posters, publicity stills and, in the case of the 75th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz,” a ruby slippers snow globe.
During Baker’s reign, other top releases include 70th and 75th anniversary editions of “Oz” and “Gone with the Wind”; several boxed sets of as many as »
- Thomas K. Arnold
Stanley Kubrick and Wes Anderson are without a doubt, two of the most beloved filmmakers. While it might not seem so obvious, both directors have much in common. For starters, they both use music to great effect in their works and they both have their own unique visual style. Nathan Hartman took Kubick’s 2001 a Space Odyssey and recut it to musical cues from Anderson’s films, injecting Anderson’s usual whimsy into Kubrick’s cold, dark sci-fi masterpiece. On his website, Hartman describes his reasoning for creating the project:
Kubrick and Anderson are known for their visuals. See a screenshot of either and its easy to recognize, but the key is their adamant and meticulous nature towards their camera framing. It is a defining characteristic of both directors and an area where each bleeds into the others preferences.
Beyond just the visual aspect, both Anderson and Kubrick also define »
A while back, when we released the 400th episode of the Sound On Sight podcast, a few close friends and longtime listeners requested we compile a list of our favorite shows we recorded over the years. Now that the podcast has officially come to an end, I decided to finally set aside some time in my schedule and give them what they want. Initially, I set out to pick ten, but after 500 recordings and 8 long years, it was simply too hard to choose so few, so I opted for 20 instead. In selecting these episodes, I tried to show the wide range of genres we covered over the years, including Spaghetti Westerns, Italian Horror, Southern Gothic, underground cult, family friendly, foreign language and even Hollywood classics. We’ve been blessed with several guest hosts and interviews with many filmmakers including genre legends George A. Romero and John Landis, to name a few. »
Dismaland Castle and Big Little Mermaid suffering from split-personality disorder. Dismaland: Banksy and more than 50 other artists create bemusement theme park Who gives a damn about the cheap thrills to be offered by the Star Wars-themed expansion of Disneyland when you can relish the thought-provoking wonders of Dismaland? The artist Banksy, whose 2010 documentary feature Exit Through the Gift Shop was nominated for an Academy Award, has come up with his latest revolutionary artwork: a theme park for the bemusement of the whole family! Or perhaps not quite the whole family. Banksy calls his 2.5-acre art show a “family theme park unsuitable for small children.” Another Dismaland plus. Its construction shrouded in secrecy, Dismaland opened today, Aug. 20, '15, on the sea front at Weston-super-Mare, in Somerset, southwest England. While the theme park was being built, locals believed that the work going on at the derelict Tropicana “lido” – shut down in »
- Andre Soares
The first honourees for the 2015 British Academy Britannia Awards presented by American Airlines on October 30 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel have been announced.
Streep will receive the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film, Mendes the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing presented by The Great Britain Campaign and Corden the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year presented by Burberry.
Television and event production company Done + Dusted will produce this year’s ceremony.
“Once again, we are delighted to kick off the 2015 Awards calendar with a show that celebrates the enduring collaboration between the British and American media industries,” said BAFTA La chairman Kieran Breen.
“This partnership has consistently produced artistry at an outstanding level. The honourees we announce today exemplify that tradition and their presence will undoubtedly supercharge what is looking to be one of the most exciting shows we have ever mounted.”
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Meryl Streep, “Spectre” director Sam Mendes and late-night import James Corden rank among the first round of honorees for the 2105 Britannia Awards presented by BAFTA Los Angeles. At the annual awards ceremony, Streep will claim the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film. Mendes, the director of dramas like “Revolutionary Road” and the last two films in the beloved James Bond franchise, will take the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing. Corden, a British performer who has translated well in America with CBS’ “The Late Late Show,” will receive the Artist of the Year prize, sponsored by Burberry. »
- Matt Donnelly
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles will salute Meryl Streep, Sam Mendes and James Corden with Britannia Awards at its Oct. 30 ceremony at the Beverly Hilton. Additional honorees will be announced soon.
Streep is the recipient of this year’s Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film, which the org said “is presented to a unique individual, upon whose work is stamped the indelible mark of authorship and commitment, and who has lifted the craft to new heights.” Prior recipients include Robert Downey Jr., George Clooney, Warren Beatty, Jeff Bridges, Tom Cruise, Daniel Day Lewis, Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, George Lucas, Sean Penn, Steven Spielberg and Denzel Washington.
Mendes will receive the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing presented by The Great Britain Campaign. The award is named for the great British director. Mendes had a notable theatre career before »
- Tim Gray
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA Los Angeles) has chosen the first honorees for the 2015 British Academy Britannia Awards presented by American Airlines. The Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film goes to Meryl Streep, while Bond auteur Sam Mendes will receive the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing. New TV funnyman James Corden will receive the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year. Done + Dusted will produce this year’s ceremony which will be held at the Beverly Hilton on October 30, at the start of the awards season; the BAFTA Britannia Awards always draws a fair share of Oscar contenders happy to press the flesh. The awards recognize outstanding British and American talent with a strong career connection to the British industry. More honorees are still to come. Other key awards events include the BAFTA Tea Party in Los Angeles »
- Anne Thompson
In today's roundup: Jonathan Rosenbaum's interviews with Mark Rappaport and Béla Tarr and his review of Peter Watkins's La Commune (Paris, 1871); two new books on Stanley Kubrick, one on The Shining, the other on 2001: A Space Odyssey; reviews of Criterion's new release of François Truffaut's Day for Night; "Straight Outta Compton’s revisionist history"; interviews with Jerry Schatzberg, Lily Tomlin, Joe Dante and John Magary; a tribute to Mike Leigh; Christopher Nolan's admiration for Stephen Quay and Timothy Quay; a listener's guide to Kenneth Anger’s Scorpio Rising—and more. » - David Hudson »
The movie that freaked the f*ck out of everyone at Sundance earlier this year? Hands down, “The Witch,” a freaky possession horror set in the 1600s along the backdrop of the Salem witch trials in New England. Directed by first-time feature-length filmmaker Robert Eggers, the movie features an amazing breakthrough performance by Anya Taylor Joy, who plays the teenaged protagonist daughter of the film, and also includes Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Ellie Grainger and Lucas Dawson. Our review out of Sundance described the film as an “exquisite holy terror” and compared the filmmaking and tone to Ingmar Bergman, Andrei Tarkvosky, David Lynch and Stanley Kubrick. Damn! Here’s the official synopsis: Read More: The Biggest Breakout Stars, Filmmakers & Newcomers Of The 2015 Sundance Film Festival New England, 1630: William and Katherine lead a devout Christian life, homesteading on the edge of an impassible wilderness, with five children. When their newborn. »
- Edward Davis
L'Etrange just released their 2015 festival line-up and there are a ton of great looking films to add to our must watch list. The first that jumped out at me is Moonwalkers starring Ron Perlman as a CIA agent and Rupert Grin as a rock manager who join forces to help famed filmmakers Stanley Kubrick fake the moon landing.
This kind of "what of" scenario can yield some pretty fun movies and this European funded film looks like a ton of it.
July 1969, Tom Kidman, a CIA agent, is sent to London to find Stanley Kubrick and convince him to shoot a fake moon landing in case the Apollo mission fails.
He doesn’t find Kubrick. He finds Jonny instead, the loser manage [Continued ...] »
(My God, it's full of fold-outs...!) Last year, the German publishing house Taschen released an astonishing holy grail for fans of Stanley Kubrick's seminal science fiction film 2001: A Space Odyssey: a boxset which included four book volumes, enclosed in a black metal box reminiscent of the film's monolith. Included were an alternate version of Arthur C. Clarke's novel, a screenplay copy with annotations by Stanley Kubrick, a huge making-of book by Piers Bizony, and a smaller art book with stills from the film itself. In total it was listed as having 1384 pages, was limited to 1000 pieces, and cost a whopping 750 Euro (over 900 Us dollars at the time). I'm known as a compulsive buyer, but this was far above any pricing...
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Some films are an enigma. Some movies will not give up their secrets no matter how many times they are viewed. Parts of the puzzle are missing, all the pieces are not present so we can make an accurate determination as to what we are witnessing. And quite frankly I like that, done properly I love it. When you watch as many movies as I have the linear progression from point A to B and then to C and then the final credits can be a bit mundane after a while. I like movies that do not tell us everything, again, done properly I love them. Movies of this type expect you to stretch, to get outside your safety zone, you are expected to think about what you are seeing and feeling, there is some mystery just out of camera range.
Among the more enigmatic and puzzling movies I have »
- Sam Moffitt
A few good-to-great movies have been adapted from Stephen King's novels: Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" (sorry, Stephen), Brian De Palma's "Carrie," Rob Reiner's "Misery," and Frank Darabont's "The Shawshank Redemption" and "The Mist," to name a few examples. And then there have been some...not so great ones. My advice? A) Leave the good adaptations alone; B) Give the bad ones the stellar remakes they deserve. As remakes of "It," "Pet Sematary" and "The Stand" -- all of which weren't exactly top-shelf the first time around -- ramp up for new cinematic versions, here are six other King adaptations I'd like to see the powers-that-be take another swing at. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Blowing vintage Rolls-Royce cars up, showing the glitz and the glamour mixed with the blood grime, photographer Tyler Shields definitely has his own style. One of the most infamous photographers of his time, Shields has shot everything from the stars of today and tomorrow to controversial photos of thought-provoking images such as an African-American man hanging a Kkk member. Tyler has a very visual eye, and it shows in his work as a photographer, so when it was announced that Shields would be making his directorial debut with the survivalist horror film, Final Girl, it seemed like a very natural next step in his evolution as a visual artist. The film, which makes its theatrical and VOD debut today, is a visual treat, a horror film that is full of excellent performances and an ability to make every single shot look like the beautiful photography that Shields is know for. »
- Jerry Smith
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