Today, moviegoers across the country will have the opportunity to see a 20-year-old movie on the big screen — and with an extra dimension to boot. Jurassic Park 3D is the latest case of a two-dimensional movie getting the three-dimensional (or “stereo”) treatment, following in the footsteps of several Disney titles and last year’s 3D re-release of Titanic. Since this is a new process, one that’s not yet been painstakingly demystified by DVD extras and behind-the-scenes reports, it seems, frankly, to be some sort of witchcraft; how do they take a movie that was finished two decades ago and transform it into a 3D experience? Luckily, we were able to get William Sherak to break it down for us. … Read More
A filmmaker’s job is akin to that of a magician. Many films are just cleverly crafted fantasies devised to make us forget the miserable and mundane for two hours and transport us to a far away place. Movies are an illusion that audiences can’t get enough of. So what happens when the veil is lifted, and we get to take a peek behind the curtain? We found out earlier this week when we spotted this video on io9 centering on fantasy cult film Labyrinth. In the 1986 movie, David Bowie’s Goblin King can twirl a trio of crystal balls like no other, but the English musician can’t take full credit for his magic skills. His talent double did all the behind-the-scenes work.
Thanks to a group of invisible performers who posses the skills and expertise in the fields of fine art, dance, and more, Hollywood stars get to look like believable pros on the big screen. See how some of films’ most famous had a little help from their talent doubles,… Read More
Aficionados of pop-culture conspiracy theories will be familiar with the Reddit-driven idea that Leonardo DiCaprio didn’t have to die to save Kate Winslett in Titanic. Using a tape outline to approximate the size of the raft that carried Winslett’s Rose to safety, an industrious redditor found that two human beings could easily fit in the space. But, since we all must answer to the Internet in 2012, an IGN interviewer recently asked Titanic director James Cameron to respond to the theory, and he’s just not having it. “It’s not a question of room, it’s a question of buoyancy,” says Cameron, reminding us that the raft flips over when Jack initially attempts to join Rose on it. So, that’s settled. If you’re still not satisfied, though, the filmmaker also mentions that he’s planning to help Mythbusters debunk the rumor in a future episode. Watch the interview after the jump, and skip to 4:20 if you’re only interested in the raft theory. … Read More
The screen test is one of the first chances an actor has to make a strong impression on camera. We’ve explored classic Hollywood screen tests before, and after seeing several new videos pop up online — Kate Winslet’s Titanic and Audrey Tautou’s international smash Amélie amongst them — we wanted to explore the origins of our favorite films that broke box office records and stretched the limits of epic moviemaking experiences. We feature Winslet’s video and a variety of other screen tests for blockbuster movies past the break. It’s a chance to see popular stars, who always appear so glamorously surefooted, build the framework for the movies that made them famous in a smaller, bare-bones setting. Click through for a peek at the casts of Star Wars, The Karate Kid, and other blockbuster greats as they flaunt their stuff in these early test footage tapes. … Read More
YouTube is a huge and diverse place, but over the years, certain types of video content have proved more popular and widespread than others. There’s the cat videos, the dudes-playing-bass-guitar videos, the teenage vloggers — and then there are the hair and makeup tutorials, which may just be the best things to ever come out YouTube that don’t feature adorable animals. In fact, for the pop culture-obsessed among us who’ve always wanted to look like our favorite characters without having to spend money on wigs, hair tutorials are a must. We’ve rounded up the coolest hairstyles we could find, and surprise! Most of them are pretty easy to do, provided you have a lot of hair and a lot of time. … Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we learned a few real-life love lessons from favorite fictional men. We got teary at this story about dogs on the Titanic. We went zero gravity with creative collective NAM. We enjoyed this TED talk with Rookie founder and editor-in-chief Tavi Gevinson about teens “figuring it… Read More
Forget forking over your hard-earned cash to see James Cameron’s incredibly divisive, newly-retooled masterpiece in 3D; BuzzFeed tipped us off to a rare set of photos snapped by Father Francis Browne that reveals what daily life aboard the famed luxury ship was really like. From an amusing glimpse of the Titanic’s “gym” to a shot of a little boy playing a game on deck, these images serve as a reminder of the real people behind a 100-year-old historical event that actually happened and has nothing to do with Leo and Kate; click through to check them out. … Read More
1. Known for his confrontational interview style, Mike Wallace, one of the original correspondents and hosts of 60 Minutes, died over the weekend at age of 93. “Wallace took to heart the old reporter’s pledge to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable,” explained former colleague Morley Safer. “He characterized himself as ‘nosy and insistent.’… Read More
Backlash is a funny thing. It’s always been present in popular culture, but it feels as though it’s become particularly prominent over the past few years, an unavoidable step in any celebrated film, band, book, or television show’s penetration into the cultural landscape: first comes critical acclaim, then financial success, then ubiquity, and then the inevitable backlash from those who object (or who have turned, perhaps because of said popularity and/or ubiquity). Sometimes, the pendulum swings back and the backlash fades — but often, the negative connotation is what sticks, and that’s what becomes the lasting perception.
This week’s 3D rerelease of Titanic got us thinking about backlash, and how often we find ourselves defending movies that were, at least in the beginning, critical and popular hits, but have since fallen out of public favor. Thus, we’ve collected ten movies that the worm turned on — but that we’re standing by, damnit, and we’ll tell you why. Check them out after the jump, and add your own in the comments. … Read More