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As we get closer and closer to the release date for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” it gets harder for Disney to keep a lid on every secret. While major plot points remain a mystery to all but he most die-hard of spoiler Internet spelunkers, smaller tidbits are turning up in the strangest places. Like when Adam Savage accidentally gave away a tiny detail during an io9 interview at Comic-Con. So Phil Tippett — who designed all the original creatures for the first three Star Wars films — is a friend of mine. He got brought back in to the new Star Wars film by J.J. to redo a specific sequence that people will remember from Star Wars that carries forward into these sequels. And I got to go watch him shoot it. For those of you who don’t know, Tippett is a bit of a legend in the visual effects world. »
- Donna Dickens
Stars: Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Christopher Lloyd, Jeff Goldblum, Ellen Barkin, Lewis Smith, Rosalind Cash, Robert Ito, Pepe Serna, Ronald Lacey, Matt Clark, Clancy Brown, William Traylor, Carl Lumbly, Vincent Schiavelli | Written by Earl Mac Rauch | Directed by W.D. Richter
Arrow Video know their cult movies, you just have to look at the ones they’ve released to see that. If you were to ask the question, how crazy can a cult movie be? I think you just have to look at their latest release for that. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension is probably one of the strangest (yet still good) Eighties movies you’ll ever see.
When Buckaroo Banzai (Peter Weller), the brilliant physicist-neurosurgeon-martial arts master-secret-rock star manages to use the Oscillation Overthruster to travel to the 8th dimension he draws the attention of the Red Lectroids (an alien race obviously.) Working with Banzai’s »
- Paul Metcalf
This week’s episode of our podcast We Are Movie Geeks The Show is up! Hear Wamg’s Jim Batts, Michelle McCue and Tom Stockman discuss the weekend box office, and next weekend’s releases. We’ll review Ant-man, Trainwreck, Southpaw, and Infinitely Polar Bear. We’ll also discuss at length the movies based on Marvel Comics properties – from Howard The Duck to Ant-man. We Are Movie Geeks The Show is a weekly podcast and we will soon be streaming at ONStl.com Online Radio.
Here’s this week’s show. Have a listen:
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- Movie Geeks
By now, audiences have been conditioned to stay seated at a Marvel movie until the very last seconds, just in case, and in this weekend's "Ant-Man," there are not one but two different extra scenes. And, yes, we'll be discussing spoilers here, so if you read past this point, please don't cry about it later. The first of the scenes is tremendously meta, a moment where Marvel is essentially making a promise to audiences. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) takes his estranged daughter Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lily) into his private workshop. Much of the tension between the two of them in the film has to do with her confusion about why Hank wants to bring someone else in to wear the Ant-Man suit. When Hank finally tells her the truth about how her mother Janet, aka The Wasp, died in action, it helps heal the hurt between them, but it's »
- Drew McWeeny
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this tremendous Thursday? Watch what a Star Wars movie may look like from a Jedi's perspective, Fantastic Four gets a Hanna-Barbera mashup and Ron Perlman endorses a fan's Hellboy 3 artwork. But wait, there's more! We also have a Marvel movie infographic and a humorous weatherman who keeps using Taylor Swift puns. But we kick it all off with a wrestling match between R2-D2 and C-3Po. So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Fantastic Four Gets Hanna-Barbera Trailer Mashup
Special effects have come a long way in a very short amount of time, and that becomes especially obvious after taking a look at the two videos below. The first is a supercut of the worst special effects of all-time, highlighting scenes from Deep Blue Sea (1999), The Mummy Returns (2001), King Kong (2005) and more. Funny thing is, I saw all three of those movies in theaters and it isn't until looking back at them in this video that I recognize how poor their effects are. Will there come a time where we do the same with today's filmsc The second video is yet another super cut, this one focused specifically on the ten worst practical effects of all-time. It contains a few honorable mentions in the form of the dam jump in The Fugitive (1993) and the bed scene in Howard the Duck (1986), among others, but here are the ten films that »
- Jordan Benesh
In the run-up to Back to the Future's 30th anniversary on July 3, Digital Spy presents a week of special features celebrating the time-travel classic.
Great Scott! Has it really been 30 years? Back to the Future celebrates a landmark anniversary this week, so to mark the occasion we take a look back at the film to find out what the cast were doing then and where they are now.
Michael J Fox
A huge teen idol thanks to his role in sitcom Family Ties, Fox initially wasn't able to play Marty McFly due to a scheduling conflict with his TV show. The part of Marty went to Eric Stoltz, he was fired five weeks into filming, then Fox jumped on board as a last-minute replacement. The schedule was gruelling (10am-6pm on Family Ties, »
Marvel Studios may be absent from next week’s Comic-Con, but the House of Ideas is still bringing plenty of exciting panels to San Diego, and the publisher has just released its full schedule, which you can see below…
Thursday, July 9th
Marvel’s Disney Kingdoms
10:00am – 11:00am
Join the creators of the popular Disney Kingdoms imprint by Marvel. Discover what makes this collaborative relationship so much fun with a look back at previous titles as well as a glance forward at the future.
Marvel: Breaking into Comics the Marvel Way
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Are you a writer or artist? Ever dream of working for Marvel? Do you find yourself thinking, “I could do that…if I knew how!” Well, here’s your chance! Join Marvel Executive Editor Tom Brevoort and host of Marvel talent including Kris Anka (Uncanny X-Men) to find out »
- Gary Collinson
Over the past week or so, Marvel has gradually been unveiling its upcoming post-Secret Wars relaunch, releasing details of its ‘All New, All Different’ titles set to arrive this fall. Well, after a few leaks today, the publisher has now decided to release the covers for all of the upcoming titles, which you can see right here. And no, we still don’t know the identity of The Totally Awesome Hulk…
Here’s a full list of all the titles and creative teams…
Venom: Spaceknight #1
W: Robbie Thompson A: Ariel Olivetti
W: Al Ewing A: Kenneth Rocafort
Web Warriors #1
W: Mike Costa A: David Baldeon CA: Juian Totino Tedesco
Spider-Man 2099 #1
W: Peter David A: Will Sliney CA: Francesco Mattina
W: Dennis Hopeless A: Javier Rodriguez
W: Charles Soule A: Ron Garney
“The devil’s apprentice”
Howling Commandos of S. »
- Gary Collinson
We saw a pregnant Spider-Woman earlier on, and now thanks to Bleeding Cool a few more of Marvel's October covers have found their way online. Below you can see The Amazing Spider-Man's (Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncoli) new costume, which goes for a fairly traditional (well, glowing chest emblem aside) look, as well as the new Spider-Man 2099 (Peter David and Will Sliney) outfit which is definitely unlike anything we've seen before! There's also the covers for the first issues of Ms. Marvel, Deadpool, Web Warriors, and Hawkeye; as well as creative team reveals for several other titles. Howard The Duck #1 by Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones #1 – “Howard gets a new hat.” Drax #1 by Cm Punk and ? Covers by Ed McGuinness. “Best in the galaxy” Nova #1 by Sean Ryan and Cory Smith. “The family business”. The Mighty Thor #1 by Jason Aaron and Russell Dauternan “The flesh may be »
A lot of critics got a sneak peak of Ant-Man, they had a lot of things to say about it and some news about post credits scenes! Come inside to find out more!
Luckily, with July right around the corner, we aren't far from the theatrical release of Ant-Man! While many of us are saying our prayers, and taking our vitamins, that we'll get to see an early screening of Ant-Man, many critics received a very early screening of the movie, courtesy of Marvel Studios.
The good news is that most of the reviews were positive. Many critics labeled Ant-Man as a comedic Heist film with a nice amount of action. What's even better is that a few thought it was just as weird as Guardians of the Galaxy. You compare anything to Guardians and you have my undivided attention. As with any movie, though, there were some critics who didn't enjoy it so much, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Malliaros)
For the early part of last year, most fans saw Guardians of the Galaxy as a giant gamble for Marvel. It was a sprawling space epic with little known characters and a director mostly beloved for his cool, hip cult movies such as The Specials, Slither and Super. But Marvel and Disney knew they had a hit earlier on, announcing a sequel at last year's Comic-Con before the movie even opened, confirming a May 5, 2017 release date. Thing is, they had no idea just how big of a blockbuster hit Guardians of the Galaxy would prove to be, or how prophetic that news was. Guardians of the Galaxy turned Chris Pratt into one of the biggest stars in the galaxy. And it excelled at giving us a group of characters who all 'stole' the show. Now, more than possibly any other Marvel movie planned to hit over the next five years, »
Empire's publicly voted countdowns are always well worth checking out, and this month it's the "Greatest Movie Characters Of All Time"; which as you can see will feature some true icons of cinema - many of them superheroes or Cbm-related characters. Who do you think will come out on top? They've also debuted a cool new image from Josh Trank's Fantastic Four reboot but it's a bit on the small side! We'll update as soon as a higher quality pic becomes available. "Jar Jar Binks, Howard the Duck, Mickey Rooney in Breakfast In Tiffany’s… just three of the characters not appearing anywhere near our countdown of the finest and most legendary characters in celluloid’s recent history. This is because you, the Empire reader, voted for it, and you know know what’s what. Instead Han Solo, Sarah Connor, George Bailey, Rocky, Indy, Ron Burgundy, Walter Sobchak, Ferris »
Hadley Freeman's latest book has harnessed her love of 80s movies, and gone into detail about just why they work so well. Entitled Life Moves Pretty Fast, you won't be surprised to hear that Ferris Bueller's Day Off features in there. But then so does Dirty Dancing, Top Gun, Ghostbusters, Back To The Future and Eddie Murphy.
So what makes 80s movies so special? That seemed a logical place to start, as we caught up with Hadley for a chat...
Can I start by throwing a paraphrased movie quote at you? That line in The Truman Show about accepting the reality with which we're presented? At what point did you come to accept and realise that the movies of the 80s were so special to you? As you grew up with them, »
Last year, Marvel Studios surprised almost everyone when they unleashed a film that featured a whacky lineup of space heroes upon the world. Guardians of the Galaxy was a film that featured a wide array of weird characters, from Groot the talking tree, to Howard the Duck. With such a broad spectrum of oddball personalities to choose from, who else could end up joining the Guardians in the future? Well, there are plenty of options and for some f those, the groundwork has already been laid. On top of that, we can always speculate to our heart's content as to who might end up on the team in the future. So, just who are these potential new Guardians and what are they all about? First up we have to take note of those who most definitely will not be joining the team, due to rights issues or other catastrophes brought »
After the immense success of Marvel's space epic Guardians Of The Galaxy, which grossed a cool $774M, last year, its sequel quickly became one of the more hotly anticipated films of 2017 and of Marvel's Phase 3 in general. Director James Gunn only recently began working on the script, and has been fairly open about his process, teasing fans with vague hints about potential new cosmic characters, which may or may not include Nova and/or Adam Warlock. Considering his last film included a cameo by Howard the Duck, it's probably safe to say, Gunn is open to including any cosmic character he can get his hands on to make Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 even better than the original. However, based on a recent Facebook reply by Gunn, it looks like there may be a few characters he won't get a chance to play with anytime soon. Actually, to be perfectly blunt, »
How to be a Superhero
By Mark Edlitz
Bear Manor Media, 586 pages, $42.95/$29.95
Longtime readers of pop culture magazines have no doubt read interviews with actors who have donned capes, cowls, spandex, and prosthetics to portray heroes and villains drawn from comic books. I certainly was involved in my fair share of such interviews working at Starlog Press and its successors have continued, especially contemporary online outlets which are enjoying a bonanza of options.
Most of those interviews tend to be about the most immediate project with little insight or context about an actor’s association with a media property or being the latest in a long line to play the same role. And certainly, these interviews are sandwiched between news, features, and other topics. So, it’s a bit of a surprise that such a collection has not been attempted before.
Mark Edlitz, a hardworking writer with credits including The Huffington Post, »
- Robert Greenberger
The post-credits scene used to be a novelty, now it seems to be the norm. But surely that wasn't the point...
Back in the 1980s, for some reason I didn't do my then-usual trick of switching off a video as soon as the credits started, and hitting the rewind button. Instead, I kept Airplane! going. I'm glad I did, because right at the end, up popped the first post-credits scene I ever saw, a continuation of the gag that started right at the start of the movie.
It felt a bit special. I hadn't expected it, nobody had tipped me off, and no site whose name rhymed with 'Gen Of Deek' had broken it down. It was as the filmmakers intended: a flat out treat, »
Industrial Light & Magic, the San Francisco-based visual effects house that has changed the course of cinema history countless times over the years, is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2015. Wired Magazine has rounded up a who's who to discuss its impact and how the advances made there — first in a sweaty Van Nuys warehouse, and now in a swank Presidio complex — have morphed the film industry into what it is today. It's well worth your time. If, however, you're the "tl;dr" type, I couldn't help but jot down a few takeaways as I read. Here are seven. But seriously, take some time to read through it if you can. It's a tight but detailed look back, full of the kind of stories — from "Star Wars" to "Transformers" — that make "movie magic" a thing. George Lucas wants Marvel to make another "Howard the Duck" movie I've actually always loved Willard Huyck »
- Kristopher Tapley
It’s hard to imagine now, but can you remember a time when talking racoons and Asgardian gods didn’t rule the box office, a time when Robert Downey Jr. wasn’t a bankable star and Christopher Reeves was the only Superman worth thinking about?
Superhero movies have become the dominant force in Hollywood lately and the trend seems set to stay for the foreseeable future. At the time of writing, Marvel and DC alone have roughly thirty movies scheduled for release from now until 2020, and that number could easily hit the thousands by the time this list is published. Anyone ready for a Howard the Duck trilogy?
These days, it seems like the only jobs left available to Hollywood actors are superhero roles, so it makes sense that some have tackled numerous comic book characters in a bid to keep their servants clothed and fed. Join us as we »
- David Opie
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