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When it was released in the summer of 1975, Steven Spielberg’s killer shark masterpiece “Jaws” became an instant hit that kick-started the blockbuster era of American mainstream cinema. The movement was solidified with the release of “Star Wars” two years later, but “Jaws” was the spark that ignited the big budget spectacle era, which we’re still in the middle of forty years later, for better (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) or worse (The “Transformers” franchise). In order to celebrate the film’s 40th anniversary, editor and Vimeo user Robert Jones put together an exciting and visceral video tribute to Amity Island, Brody, Quint, Hooper, and Bruce the Shark, that also works as a fast-paced and engaging 3-minute trailer that focuses mostly on the thrills and the action. Relying heavily on John Williams’ haunting and perfectly escalating score, Jones manages to construct a high-tension narrative that fits the hyperbolic sensibilities of modern blockbuster trailers. »
- Oktay Ege Kozak
By now you've probably heard that Shia Labeouf, in his spare time, likes to battle-rap. You've also probably heard that Shia has a bit of a history of plagiarism. Now that his Transformers-referencing freestyle has gone viral, rap group the Anomolies are calling him out for jacking their lyrics without credit. In a post on Instagram, one of the group's members says, "You can’t rip songs from my Anomolies crew, recite them in a freestyle as your own, get credit for it, then not expect to be called out by actual MCs!" She says that one line in particular ("I reckon you want more of that rare commodity / The quality is what it’s got to be / And my philosophy is much farther than what your eyes can see") comes straight from the group's 1999 song "Perfectionist." She's right, he copies it almost verbatim. However, in Shia's defense, there's »
- Dee Lockett
Either Tyrese Gibson really likes to fuel rumors and speculation, or we just might have our John Stewart. After recent reports that he might be up for the role of John Stewart in Justice League as well as the rebooted Green Lantern film, Gibson has taken to Instagram and the press to hint that he might already be cast. In an interview with Et, Tyrese had some interesting things to say about recent rumors that he and Chris Pine might be teaming up in the upcoming Green Lantern film. "I took the oath. I had a meeting at Warner Bros. and certain things were said and talked about," he said. Gibson continues, "You know, listen, there are certain things I can't speak on. But I will say that, however way this works out, it's definitely the fans' fault. I was at home minding my own business and fans start creating »
- Charles Dean
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the off-beat, nerdy news for you in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this magnificent Monday? Avengers: Age of Ultron gets a terrific Tin Man parody, Shia Labeouf rips on the Transformers in a freestyle rap and a Star Wars fan creates an epic space Western trailer. So, sit back, relax, and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Avengers: Age of Ultron Oz Parody
When fans first saw the villainous Ultron in Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron, the nefarious android makes a reference to Disney's Pinocchio, with his "no strings on me" line. YouTube user Darren Wallace has created a video that goes in a different direction, portraying Ultron as the Tin Man from Warner Bros.' classic The Wizard of Oz in the parody Avengers of Oz: Age of Tin Man. »
Shia Labeouf's rapping skills were put to the test when he freestyled in front of a small crowd.
A video of the actor's performance - shot by a bystander named Corey James - surfaced online on Sunday (June 28).
Labeouf tripped over his words here and there, but seemed to generally impress the crowd with his abilities.
During the rap, he described himself as "the best in the West", and also took a swipe at the Transformers franchise.
When someone mentioned Autobot scout Bumblebee, he rapped: "Nah, none of that. Transformers is the dummy rap and I'm so past that. I want some new s**t."
Last week, Labeouf was hospitalised with minimal head and hand injuries after a stunt on the set of American Honey went wrong. »
Having stormed the New York Times bestsellers list and scooped an Edgar Award for best juvenile mystery, Kate Milford's Greenglass House is now, perhaps inevitably, heading for the screen. Paramount are in final negotiations to snap up the film rights in a six-figure deal, with Ian Bryce (Ninja Turtles, Transformers) set to produce and Joe Ballarini (The Babysitter's Guide To Monsters, My Little Pony) writing the screenplay.Milford's novel takes place during an unusually busy winter season at the titular ye olde smuggler's inn. Expecting a quiet few months, the innkeeper's son Milo finds himself assailed by unexpected guests, each of whom has a story connected to the house. Teaming up with Meddy, the cook's daughter, he turns detective to start unravelling all the mysteries. Thefts, clues, maps, treasure and hauntings are all in the mix.It's a standalone story, but Paramount reportedly has its eye on a franchise »
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
Love wins! Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, The Secret Service) and Image Comics are celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision by giving away the first issue of Jupiter’s Circle free as a digital download - and there's even a nice commemorative rainbow cover to boot. Jupiter's Circle tells the story of a gay superhero who must keep his sexuality a secret from his team-mates and the rest of the world. There are plans for a movie adaptation with Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura heading up a potential six-film franchise. Download the first issue Here. "Jupiter’s Circle is about a gay superhero in 1959, keeping his sexuality as secret as his alter-ego in an era where being a gay man would mean being ruined and expulsion from his very conservative super-team. It’s rated Teen-Plus and this issue comes with a special rainbow cover to commemorate the day gay »
How many Mark Wahlbergs are there? I ask because I like the guy who showed up in this week's "Ted 2." I like goofball Mark Wahlberg. I like belligerent Boston Mark Wahlberg. I like dancing silly Mark Wahlberg. I like dim bulb but well-meaning Mark Wahlberg. I do not, however, care for "I'm smarter than I look" Mark Wahlberg. I do not like humorless Mark Wahlberg. I do not particularly care for serious action mode Mark Wahlberg. And when I look at the ones I don't like side-by-side with the ones I like, I find it hard to reconcile that this is all one person. So again… I ask… how many Mark Wahlbergs are there? When Paul Thomas Anderson's "Boogie Nights" was released, it was a breakthrough for the young actor, part of a banner year in his nascent acting career. He had made a few films before that, including »
- Drew McWeeny
Transformers: Age of Extinction was supposed to right the wrongs of the blockbuster franchise, with Michael Bay promising something different. He claimed it would be a better movie. That didn't quite turn out as planned. While Transformers 4 has it's moments, it is the lowest earning movie in the series, and the lowest rated as well. People hated this latest installment, even though it was meant to be a reboot with all new characters, a new setting, and a smaller, more intimate band of Autobots. Heck, it even introduced the Dinobots. But that did little to shake fans out of their explosion-induced coma. These monstrous metal beasts came in too late in a movie that was already over stuffed with insanity. So, with Transformers 5, Paramount is going to try once again to make something that is awesome, amazing, and everything we'd want in a Transformers movie. They've even set »
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Exclusive: Paramount Pictures is in final negotiations to scoop up the New York Times bestselling novel Greenglass House by Kate Milford — a middle grade story that won the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery. The project, which was picked up for mid-six figure deal after a pre-emptive bid, is being eyed as a possible new franchise for the studio. Ian Bryce, who knows a bit about producing successful franchises (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Transformers: Age Of Extincti… »
Star Trek 3, which is being referred to as Star Trek Beyond in some circles, just started shooting this past week. But Paramount is already planning Star Trek 4. Both Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, who play Captain James T. Kirk and Spock, respectively, have nabbed big pay raises after renegotiating their contracts for the third movie, according to THR. And both are now confirmed to return in a fourth installment.
Star Trek 3 is currently shooting in Vancouver, with Paramount and Skydance Entertainment securing their new contracts with the stars at the very last minute. The raises have added an additional $10 to $15 million to the budget. The rushed negotiations are somewhat blamed on the upcoming sequel's slow development process. And the raises come courtesy of its cast's current rise to power in Hollywood. Especially Chris Pine, who is said to have scored $6 million for his deal, and Zoe Saldana, whose »
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.
Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.
Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »
- Tim Gray
Poor Shia Labeouf. The guy just can.t catch a break. The former Transformers star, and aspiring performance artist, has had an...interesting time of things of late. While making a bigger name for himself off the screen than on it in recent months, Labeouf is still making movies, but even there he.s not having an easy time of it. The actor was just discharged from the hospital after receiving stitches and staples after a stunt on the set of his current movie went terribly wrong. Labeouf is currently filming American Honey in North Dakota. According to The Guardian, he was performing a stunt that had him going through a plate glass window. Apparently Labeouf made a mistake in executing the stunt, which lead to a hospital visit that included 20 stitches and 13 staples between his head and right hand. He was expected back on the set today. American Honey »
Like their forerunners, the two latest Star Trek films, in their semi-rebooted, alternative universe, are replete with famous faces from outside the franchise, surprising cameos and multiple little touches that raise a smile.
With the third film in the rebooted series coming next year, the 50th anniversary of the debut of Star Trek on TV in 1966, let's take a look at a few of the geeky nods in Jj's Trek films.
1. Star Trek Nemesis left a lot of dangling threads, on purpose, as a story treatment for a direct sequel was already being worked on. Unfortunately due to some less than stellar decisions by executives, the release date of the film was repositioned and the decision was made to »
Shia Labeouf‘s day at work turned into a real headache for the actor on Tuesday, as the “Transformers” star was hospitalized with head and finger injuries as the result of a scene gone wrong on the North Dakota set of his upcoming film “American Honey,” a spokeswoman for the actor told TheWrap Wednesday. According to the spokeswoman, Labeouf suffered “minimal injuries.” “As protocol, production sought out medical attention and Shia received stitches on his hand and for a laceration on his head,” the publicist said. See video: Shia Labeouf Is Your Psycho Green-Screen Motivational Speaker: Wrap Trends Labeouf was injured while filming a. »
- Tim Kenneally
So, a couple of weeks ago Transformers star turned person-who-manages-to-confuse-the-entire-Internet Shia Labeouf took part in the most intense motivational speech of all time. It was part of a film school project for London's Central Saint Martins Fine Arts program called #Introductions, and his screaming "Just do it" speech was part of the spoken word series. It was loud, scary and it confounded most humans. In case you want to relive the video that gave you nightmares for weeks, here is the original "Shia Screaming 'Do It' at The Top of His Lungs," which is not the actual title but that's what we call it: Yeah, it's a lot to take in. But if you liked the message Shia »
Hard to believe it’s been 22 years since “Jurassic Park.” If that fact alone doesn’t make you feel old, now there’s “Jurassic World” to make those of us ancient enough to remember — and admire — the original feel like dinosaurs.
In theory, the movie is a sequel, but let’s admit it: “Jurassic World” is really a remake — a remake engineered the way Steven Spielberg probably figures he’d have to treat “Jurassic Park” if he were making it for the first time today, at a time when half that film’s problems could be solved by a little invention called the cell phone. (As for Spielberg’s “Jaws”? Fuggedaboudit. We’re living in the age of “Sharknado.” No one’s impressed by a shark anymore.)
For the sake of this column, I’m going to assume you’ve seen “Jurassic World.” Ten days in theaters, and the movie has already grossed nearly $1 billion. »
- Peter Debruge
Anghus Houvouras on the five worst film franchises…
Film franchises are easy targets for writers looking to grind an axe and bemoan the current state of big budget cinema. Like a pinata filled with gold bullion and airplane sized bottles of bourbon, everyone is just a little too eager to take a swing. It’s an easy topic to opine on because of the sheer volume of franchises being produced. They’re growing like weeds planted by studios who hope to create the next cash crop. There are so many terrible franchises in the history of Hollywood. I could spend an entire series of columns detailing cinematic tragedies like Twilight. I mean seriously…. did you sit through any of those Twilight movies? They could have been classified as cruel and unusual punishment under the Geneva Convention.
In an effort to maintain a constructive conversation on the topic, I’m going »
- Anghus Houvouras
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