Monthly Archives: December 2014

Awesome: Regis Philbin in Letterman’s Top Ten Lists

Posted by Matthew on December 20, 2014
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David Letterman

Letterman is stepping down from Late Night soon and when he does it’ll be the end of an era. Over his long and storied career in late night his most enduing bit has been the Top Ten list, and the celebrity that comes up most often in the Top Ten list is Regis Philbin.

I don’t know why but it’s hilarious. So here’s a compilation of some small percentage of all the times Regis was the punchline.

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Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Trailer + Poster: Time For Another Dip

Posted by Matthew on December 19, 2014
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Hot Tub Time Machine 2

Hot Tub Time Machine was a funny movie. I really hope that Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is too. This trailer is amusing, but the original was only funny because of how vulgar it was, and a green band trailer can’t be vulgar soooooooo…… lets watch.

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Awesome: Sound Designer Ben Burtt Breaks Down The Millennium Falcon Breakdown Sound

Posted by Matthew on December 19, 2014
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Star Wars Falcon Cockpit

Here’s sound designer Ben Burtt taking us through designing the sound of the Millennium Falcon’s hyperdrive malfunctioning. Incredible.

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‘Knight of Cups’ Trailer: Christian Bale Lost And Trying To Find Himself. I Think.

Posted by Matthew on December 19, 2014
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Christian Bale / Knight of Cups

Terrence Malik is back in a big way lately, and this time he’s taking Christian Bale with him. He does interesting, visually spectacular work and this looks like it’s definitely going to be that. Let’s watch!

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Awesome Photo: Chris Pratt Hanging Out With A Raptor

Posted by Matthew on December 18, 2014
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Jurassic World

And in a continuing feel good theme director Colin Trevorrow tweeted a photo of Chris Pratt hanging out with a Raptor from Jurassic World.

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Another a Awesome ‘Agent Carter’ Poster

Posted by Matthew on December 18, 2014
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Agent Carter

The premiere of Agent Carter is fast approaching so the marketing is starting to pick up, which means we have another awesome poster to show you!

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Not Awesome: Steve Carell’s North Korea Movie ‘Pyongyang’ Cancelled

Posted by Matthew on December 18, 2014
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Steve Carell

In a continuing bullshit theme The Wrap is reporting that the planned Gore Verbinski directed Steve Carell starring North Korea set film ‘Pyongyang’ has been shelved in the wake of the Sony hack, and the hacks at Sony cancelling the release of The Interview.

The film was set to begin filming in March and concerned a year in the life of a westerner as he lives in the North Korean capital. It was meant to be a “paranoid thriller” but I guess we’re so afraid of North Korea now that that’s not allowed, and the setting of this film couldn’t even have been changed.

What the fuck.

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Sony Cancels Release of ‘The Interview’ Following Threats From North Korean Terrorists

Posted by Matthew on December 18, 2014
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The Interview

In a move that can only be described as total bullshit Sony has cancelled the release of the forthcoming Seth Rogen and James Franco starring film The Interview.

We haven’t been posting much lately so here’s a quick recap.

A few weeks ago Sony Pictures was hacked. Hackers shut down the studios website and started disseminating information around the web regarding the studios plans for future franchises, financial information including executive salaries and such, employee social security numbers, and all kinds of stuff. The group responsible claimed this was all due to the forthcoming release of The Interview. North Korea has denied any involvement in this despite being pretty much the only ones who would care about a movie about an attempted assassination of their dear leader but now we know that they were in fact “centrally involved”.

A few days ago the hackers upped the ante, threatening actual terror attacks at theatres showing the film. Or at least they say they are the same hackers, it isn’t clear that they are. What is clear is that there’s no credible threat here. Here’s an expert speaking to ABC News:

“Somebody is playing mind games with [SONY],” said Richard Clarke, cyber security expert and former White House counter-terrorism advisor. “I think North Korea has little or no capability to do any physical attacks, commando activity, or terrorism in the U.S. By saying it’s coming, however, they hope to keep people from the theaters and, thereby, hurt Sony’s revenue.”

Matt Olsen, former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center and like Clarke an ABC News consultant, said the threat sounded more like “hooliganism” than anything really serious.

Sony then left the decision up to the theatre chains as to whether they want to show the film. Pretty much immediately most of them announced they would cancel, or at least delay, the release of the film. Disappointingly this included Canada’s Cineplex:

After losing most of the films screens Sony outright cancelled the release. Here’s their statement:

In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release. We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers.

Sony Pictures has been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business. Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale – all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like. We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public. We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.

The whole situation is bullshit. The theatre chains of North America and Sony Pictures have just told all the hackers and terrorists in the world that they’ll cave in the face of basically no real threat.

I have to wonder who is making the decisions here. Is it lawyers who are worried that if something didd happen the studios/theatre chains would be held responsible? Or do the hackers have something they’re holding over everyone’s head? Or did they really just not realize what kind of movie they were getting when they funded The Interview and now have an excuse not to release it? Or (most likely) are the theatres just afraid that people won’t come to see other films on that day if The Interview is playing?

No matter what it is the answer is not to cancel the release. The answer is the release the film, call the bluff. Don’t let bullies dictate what you do or don’t do. Don’t let the bad guys win because it will only embolden them for next time. In the meantime both the credibility of all five theatre chains and Sony Pictures have been damaged, along with the notion of free speech in Hollywood.

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Did You Buy A Wii U This Year? You May Have Free Digital Deluxe eShop Credit Waiting For You

Posted by Simon on December 15, 2014
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Just like I did.

Remember the promotion Nintendo ran at the beginning of the year, where (after buying a WiiU) any purchase from their eShop would earn you points? Well, if you have been happily buying the odd title for it, there’s a good chance you have some eShop credit waiting for you.

But you have to hurry a little.

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Awesome: Fake Ads in Movies, A Supercut

Posted by Matthew on December 13, 2014
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Al Pacino

Screen Junkies put together a supercut of ads for fake things in movies and it’s actually pretty hilarious.

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Awesome: Watch A Fantastic Breakdown of David Fincher’s Directorial Style and Voice

Posted by Matthew on December 12, 2014
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David Fincher / Seven

When you think of directors with a distinct style and voice David Fincher should be one of the first names that comes to mind. Here’s a fantastic breakdown of that from Every Frame A Painting.

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Awesome ‘Agent Carter’ Series Poster is Awesome

Posted by Matthew on December 11, 2014
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Agent Carter

Marvels next foray into television is an 8 episode mini series about Agent Peggy Carter, master spy, founding member of S.H.I.E.L.D., and generally awesome character.

The series is set in the 40s, post WW2 and post Captain America becoming a capsicle and will depict the early days of the spy organization.

And it has a totally awesome poster!

Agent Carter

Seriously, how awesome is that? I love the retro style.

Agent Carter debuts in January and will complete its full run before Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Returns in March. I, for one, am looking forward to it.

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Awesome: Watch The Original Trailer for The original Star Wars

Posted by Matthew on December 11, 2014
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Star Wars

The original trailer for the original Star Wars. Note the awesome beat up. dirty look the film has. Note also the complete lack of John Williams score. Weird.

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Mad Max: Fury Road Trailer: Officially My Most Anticipated Film of 2015 (With Screen Captures)

Posted by Matthew on December 10, 2014
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I was already looking forward to this movie but this new trailer has kicked that up a notch. It looks like George Miller might be certifiably insane. The imagery here is stunning and shocking and balls to the wall weird and I, for one, love it. Stop what you’re doing and watch this trailer now.

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Awesome: Mashup of the Best Trailers from 2014!

Posted by Matthew on December 10, 2014
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Lucy / Hands

The Sleepy Skunk presents the best movie trailers of 2014. note, not the best movies, the best trailers. That’s ol though because even terrible movies can have amazing trailers. Hit the jump for the nearly 7 minute video and a full list of the movies as they appear.

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