11 items from 2012
Four minutes of bloopers from Joss Whedon’s The Avengers have been released online, along with an extended cut of the exchange between Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and a mind-controlled Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) – where Thor’s sibling decides to step out from his underground lair, so as to confront Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and his team of superheroes head-on.
The material will be included as part of the package for certain versions of The Avengers Blu-ray and DVD, including the 10-disc Collector’s Set that includes all six films that encompass ‘Phase 1′ of the Marvel Movie Universe (Iron Man 1 & 2, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, and, of course, The Avengers).
The Avengers gag reel hits all the expected notes, with cast members flubbing their lines, breaking character, and just goofing around on set. However, the most ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
While I have long been an avid consumer of our popular culture, there is one tent pole that I have avoided. At first, it was a pointed protest against what I thought was a silly televised karaoke contest. Later, after it proved to be a star-maker, I stayed away out of spite; what entertainment value would I, then a cultured college student working on being as pretentious as possible, get out of this live singing spectacle. These days, I avoid it out of apathy – outside of the day-to-day business of still being one of the biggest shows on TV, something I cover professionally, I haven't thought about "American Idol" as got-to entertainment in years.
That all changed this afternoon (July 23) when it was announced that Mariah Carey was on board – for real this time, officially – to take up one of the seats at the judges' table recently vacated by Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. »
- John Mitchell
Did you watch America’s Got Talent last night? Catch the extended preview of The Amazing Spider-Man? Can’t help you with Agt but we do have the Spidey clip for you.
Four minutes just seems to fly by when you’re having fun so this extended peek doesn’t feel too extended, especially since we’ve seen most of this footage before, but the new stuff shines like a beacon in the night. The scene with Spider-Man and the little boy on the bridge was awesome. I have never ever been on the edge of my seat during a trailer but that’s exactly where I was while this scene played out. Absolutely incredible. There are a few other bits of new footage but, for me, it all pales when compared to the bridge.
My second favorite scene, although already seen before, is Spidey’s confrontation with the car thief. »
- Marty Shaw
Lockout, the new thriller written by Luc Besson hits theaters April 13th, 2012, and we’ve got action packed the first four minutes and new TV spot for you. Guy Pearce (Memento) stars in the film as a man wrongly convicted of conspiracy and espionage, who is offered his freedom in exchange for a big task: break [...]
- Allan Ford
Last month, we brought you the new theatrical trailer and new poster from the feature-length science fiction comedy Iron Sky, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and played at SXSW last week. The film will be hitting some international theaters on April 4th, and even though it has North American distribution, there still isn’t a U.S. release date.
Until the film hits our theaters, you can watch the first four minutes of the film below!
Click here to view the embedded video.
Towards the end of World War II the staff of SS officer Hans Kammler made a significant breakthrough in anti-gravity. From a secret base built in the Antarctic, the first Nazi spaceships were launched in late ‘45 to found the military base Schwarze Sonne (Black Sun) on the dark side of the Moon. This base was to »
- Jason Moore
Blind Spot Pictures has released the first four minutes of Iron Sky, which is set for release in theaters April 4. Udo Kier, Christopher Kirby, Götz Otto, and Julia Dietze star in director Timo Vuorensola's sci-fi comedy, which centers on a group of Nazi's who return to Earth after spending the past 70 years on the moon. Take a look at the opening moments of Iron Sky.
Iron Sky comes to theaters April 4th, 2012 and stars Julia Dietze, Christopher Kirby, Götz Otto, Tilo Prückner, Peta Sergeant, Stephanie Paul, Udo Kier, Kym Jackson. The film is directed by Timo Vuorensola. »
Curse you, daylight savings time! I could have used that extra hour.
Boy, yesterday was full throttle at South by Southwest 2012 (SXSW). Between trying to sneak some writing in or, more accurately, stuffing my face with Austin's wealth of delicious foods, and attempting to catch every film possible, I have been trying to take in as much of the town as possible. There's true beauty here, and it's such an intensely good feeling to be in a city that not only cares about it's creative culture, but also nourishes it.
Yesterday didn't go quite as planned. I saw many of the documentaries I was after, but the time between each film is fleeting and with each theater being fairly spread out, sometimes you just have to chalk it up as a loss. This did lead me back to the Paramount Theater for one of the best surprises of SXSW, Safety Not Guaranteed. »
German actor and director Vadim Glowna has died at the age of 70.
Glowna passed away on Tuesday after a short illness, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
He tried his hand at odd jobs including a taxi driver and hotel bellboy before beginning his acting career, and he racked up a number of credits as a regular on TV and in film.
Glowna had supporting roles in No Place To Go in 2000 and 2006's Four Minutes, both of which were named Film of the Year at the German Film Awards, and he also appeared in the World War II drama Cross of Iron.
His directorial debut Desperado City was awarded the Golden Camera honour at France's Cannes Film Festival in 1981, while his second effort, Dies rigorose Leben, received an honourable mention at the 1983 Berlin Film Festival in Germany. »
Hong Kong, 1972
However many qualities may be admired about the martial arts classics from the late 60s and early 70s, their scale is not one that frequently produces feelings of awe from within the viewer. In the majority of such cases, while the films are wildly entertaining for their crazy storylines, memorable figures and detailed combat sequences, few of them have a truly epic feel about them. Chang Cheh attempted to rectify that situation in 1972 with his historical motion picture, The Water Margin.
Before the story commences, the viewer is treated to a scrolling text explaining that The Water Margin is, in truth, an important historical text in China. Written in the 14th century, it recounts the tales of various Chinese outlaws turned heroes and their battles against corruption and other evil entities in the 12th century. »
- Edgar Chaput
Another day, another trio of announcements from the Berlin International Film Festival (February 9 through 19). First off, this year's Berlinale Camera has been presented to Haro Senft, "one of the pioneers of New German Cinema as well as a tireless advocate of German children films... He was the initiator of Doc 59, a group based in Munich at the end of the 1950s; many of its members went on to sign the Oberhausen Manifesto in 1962." His 1961 documentary short Kahl was nominated for an Oscar and Bruno Ganz gave his first performance in a major role in Senft's first narrative feature, Der sanfte Lauf (1967).
"In 1971 he resigned from all his positions related to film policy and devoted himself unlike anyone else to developing a culture of children's films. With his films Ein Tag mit dem Wind (1978) and Jacob hinter der blauen Tür (1987) he set the standard for the genre." Because Senft can no longer travel, »
Why Watch? Because Guest Week is coming to a close and it’s time to bring out the big guns. As promised, it’s been a week of animated bliss — an overcompensation of sorts for all the live-action stuff programmed by this column’s rightful author. Not to jump the shark and go commercial all of the sudden, but a week of animated shorts isn’t complete without a little something from the brilliant minds at Pixar. In their library, the Emeryville Einsteins have plenty of great short films. Geri’s Game, For the Birds, Knick Knack and a number of others. But a personal favorite among those with a love for French style and theatrical characters is One Man Band, the story of two street performers, one little girl and a very important financial decision. It’s good for a long, sweet laugh. What will it cost? Four minutes and thirty four seconds of your fine »
- Neil Miller
11 items from 2012
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