Jupiter Ascending is the newest film from the Wachowskis, the sibling team responsible for the Matrix trilogy, a $150 million science-fiction/action epic starring Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum. Its July release date was staked out over a year in advance, with the publicity machine clicking right along on that timeline: first trailer last Christmas, second trailer at the beginning of the summer, posters in the multiplexes, magazines on the newsstands, etc. And so it came as a bit of a shock when, last night — after most of the sites covering the film had closed up shop for the day — distributor Warner Brothers quietly announced that they’re pushing the film off its July 18 release date to a new spot clear in February of 2015. And movie fans issued a collective Uh-oh. … Read More
Depending on who you’re asking, Reggie Watts’ shot-for shot video cover of “Never Gonna Give You Up” is amazingly accurate (and hilarious). Thanks to NPR, we got a look at 100 behind-the-scenes photos of 100 classic films. This Neatorama piece gives us the inside story behind a legendary tale… Read More
Ellen Ripley. River Tam. Replicant Rachel. Kara Thrace. If you’ve spent hours obsessing over these incredible female characters from science fiction’s greatest films and TV series, then you’re definitely not alone. In fact, Las Vegas-based illustrator Jska Priebe has devoted an entire series to these beloved pop culture icons, re-envisioning them as religious icons in bold, mixed media works. Click through to check out her clever visual odes to the leading ladies of sci-fi, which we spotted over on The Mary Sue, and let us know in the comments who you think is the most worship-worthy! … Read More
Iconic British production studio Hammer Films rose to fame for their gothic horror films in the 1970s that featured titans of terror like Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing as vamps and slayers duking it out.
After Hammer’s first two movies in their Karnstein Trilogy — loosely based on J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s early vampire novella, Carmilla — Hammer set their sites on real-life twin Playboy Playmates Mary and Madeleine Collinson for part three. Twins of Evil arrives on Blu-ray today, and tells the story of sisters — one naughty, the other nice — that become seduced by a vampiric Count and grow a few fangs of their own.
Hammer’s raven-haired double threat weren’t the first on film to frighten audiences. Visit several other creepy movie twins after the jump. … Read More
Thanks to the eagle-eyed editors over at Poster Collective, we’ve been turned on to the work of Tim Anderson, a concept designer for Electronic Arts in Salt Lake City. In particular, we’re excited by his series of illustrated movie posters for science fiction films that have been reimagined as pulp novels, a personal side project that he hoped would push him “into thinking more graphically.” Click through to check out the trio of prints that Anderson has completed so far (which are available for purchase here), and stay tuned for more work in the fantastic series. We’re curious: What film would you like to see him tackle next? … Read More
There’s nothing we love more than inspired cameos and iconic design so when we spied Kanye West sitting on the wonderfully whimsical but insanely priced Proust Geometrica in a music video about one of our favorite native Brooklynites, we couldn’t help but wonder what other notable chairs have popped up in music videos, movies, and maybe even on album art.
From the world’s most popular chair in Mike Mills’ indie hit Beginners to the folded felt masterpiece in Rihanna’s sadomasochistic music video to the aluminum standby that played a crucial supporting role in one of the most famous dance sequences in pop-culture history, click through to check out our survey of iconic chair sightings. Then, tell us about your favorite chair cameo in the comments! … Read More
Tomorrow, Jim, Michelle, Stifler, and friends are heading back to high school. The American Pie crew — who we were first introduced to back in 1999 — will be getting the class together again for American Reunion. In order to prepare ourselves for the flashback, we’ve put together a brief pop culture primer that reviews some of the biggest trends and happenings that year. Prince partied like it was 1999 in 1982, but we’re bringing it back in 2012. So, let’s get way too ponderous about The Matrix, dust off that copy of Harry Potter, and panic about Y2K all over again. Head past the break for a look at 1999, and leave your favorite memories in the comments below. … Read More
The weekend’s big movie, as you well know, was The Hunger Games, while DVD and Blu-ray players have been firing up Fincher’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo since its release last week. The two films have a lot in common: powerful female protagonists, adaptations of bestsellers, probable franchise kick-offs. As such, they were also each objects of carefully considered casting. It’s become part of the pre-production process, the bandying about of potential name actors for high-profile roles; Fincher reportedly talked to Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley, Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman, Kristen Stewart, and Scarlett Johansson before settling on Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander, while Hunger Games director Gary Ross’ alternate Katnisses included Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Emma Roberts, Chloe Moretz, and Saoirse Ronan.
Contemplating proxy casting choices is a fun parlor game for movie fans (perhaps second only to considering movies that never came to pass at all). After the jump, we’ll take a look at a dozen iconic movie roles, and the actors who almost, almost filled them. … Read More