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Archive for November 2012

Back To The Future Hoverboard Video Review: “Let Me Show You How The Actual Hovering Works”

Produced by Mattel as one of their premium Matty Collector lines, the Back to the Future 2 hoverboard showed up at Comic Con this summer in a work-in-progress version. It’s now all finished, and on Monday, pre-orders will be shipping.

Below is a pretty exhaustive video review of the finished board. Perhaps the key bit comes at 12 minutes and 20 seconds:

Let me show you how the actual hovering works… it’s kind of utilising those same type of little plastic pieces that are meant to hover over carpet. If you’ve got a nice carpeted floor you can lay the hoverboard down then give it a little push and it does kind of have this little floating type look across the carpet. Now it doesn’t go very far, as you can see it does kind of get to a stop… it’s not really hovering above the ground, it’s not floating, but since it’s got the motion sensored sounds in there, every time you push it, you’ve got the little whoosh…

And carpet is key. The reviewer tried his board on a hardwood floor and scuffed it upwith a single shove. To which I can only really say:

Hey PixelDan, you bozo, those boards don’t work on hardwood.

No. Not even if you’ve got power. Try butter, maybe. Olive oil. Or Tom Cruise’s socks from Risky Business.

If you’ve already spent your $130 on this thing, yours will ship on Monday. Those who order now will be waiting until later in December.


First Clips From Les Miserables Showcase Some Of The Really Famous Bits

Most of this was filmed on really rather wide lenses. The IMAX release could seem incredibly claustrophobic.

Also, do listen carefully to the singing. Hooper recorded the vocals live on set wherever possible, but I think you’ll start to get a sense that it wasn’t always so easy and a little bit of studio time was necessary.

Either that or these headphones and my ears are teaming up to play a trick on me.

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Les Miserables opens in the US on Christmas day and in the UK on January 11th. Can’t wait.


Django Unchained Officially Locked At 2hrs 45mins and 11secs

First we heard that Django Unchained was running to over three hours.

Then we heard that Quentin Tarantino was back in the editing room and trying new ideas.

And then we heard that he had locked the film, ready to present its final version to critics this weekend.

In the meantime, Tarantino said – during a roundtable chat with other directors for The Hollywood Reporter – that “I don’t want a 3-hour Django either” while simultaneously refuting any claim that the Weinsteins were putting pressure on him to get snipping. The film is going to come in under 3 hours because that’s the way he wants it to be.

Now, tonight, the word is out that the film has been officially locked at 2hrs 45mins and 11secs. We’ll be depending on the audience who caught the work in progress cut last month to tell us what is missing.

 


Dan Vs. Felicia Day

Like a boss, Ms. Day. Literally.

We were sent an image from tomorrow’s episode of Dan vs., the Hub toon about the put upon Dan, showing off his new boss. And we were told that she’s being played by Felicia Day. That image is at the head of the post.

But I found a clip from the episode too, and you know I prefer moving pictures to still ones, so here’s that.

Dan vs., which I have never seen but, hey, it has Felicia Day in it, for one… er… day only, will air at 4pm ET tomorrow.


Spot The In-Jokes – New Poster For Monsters University Takes Us Into The Dorms

This French poster for Monsters University has a few nice in-jokes and references to Monsters Inc. hidden away.

You can see Mike’s stuffed toy, Little Mikey, off to the left there. He’s next to a wastepaper basket, a mess of books and a radio – which fans of Monster Inc. will remember all conspired to cause Mike a little trouble the last time around.

One poster on the wall behind Sully echoes a shot in Monsters Inc. that in turn echoed a shot in The Right Stuff, which then makes sense of the caption for you.

Here are those two shots now.

There also appears to be a calendar on the wall showing Monsters University’s School of Scaring. It’s a very similar image to this one from the official university website.

The best little easter egg, though, is over on the right hand side of frame. See the digital alarm clock? It’s set to 1:13, like A113, the classroom at Cal Arts which has been reference in every Pixar film, numerous Disney films and many other movies besides.

I can’t quite make sense of the posters – either Carl, Earl or Karl that is multi-eyed a terror, and Kill something Cla… something something.

But it’s certainly a nice design and brilliantly conveys the relationship between young Mike and young Sully in a single image.


Grace Randolph’s Between The Pages: A Little Mystique

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Think About The Ink presents:

Jennifer Lawrence and Rebecca Romijn have both played Mystique, and one or both will star in X-Men Days of Future Past 2014. Rebecca Romijn originated the role in X-Men, X2 and X-Men The Last Stand, but Jennifer Lawrence made the role her own in X-Men First Class. From the costume to the make-up, host Grace Randolph and guest Alan Kistler talk about the transformation of Mystique from the comics to the trailer to the movie. Is Mystique as popular a character as Wolverine? Who is the better Mystique – Rebecca Romijn or Jennifer Lawrence? Are you excited to see Mystique in X-Men Days of Future Past 2014? Before you see the trailer, enjoy this history of the character from Marvel comics to Marvel Studios movie…


Trailer: A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charles Swan III, Roman Coppola’s Long Awaited Second Film

Judging from this trailer, Roman Coppola seems to have remade Walter Mitty in the image of an American, 1970s Nathan Barley. A lot of commentary is bound to be sparked by the casting of Charlie Sheen in this role.

Here’s the first trailer.

There’s a little of 8 1/2 in there too, by the looks of things. You can see that trailer again in HD at Apple.

It’s a little odd that Coppola’s first feature, CQ, was made in 2001 but set in the 60s and this is made just over ten years later and set in the next decade. Well, a little odd or a little coincidence. I guess we’ll find out which within the next ten or eleven years.


The Walking Dead And Super 8 Child Stars Join The Cast Of Stephen King’s Mercy

The central cast for Stephen King short story adaptation Mercy has been rounded out a little more with the casting of the two child leads.

The film is based on Gramma, one of the stories in King’s 1985 collection Skeleton Crew, and will tell the story of  two young boys who go to live with their grandmother, as she is desperately ill and requires their mother as a full-time carer. Little do they realise that the family matriarch dabbles in black magic and made a dark deal some years ago which is ready to resurface.

Frances O’Connor is set the play the mother, and THR have reported that the two boys will be played by Chandler Riggs, who plays Carl Grimes on AMC’s The Walking Dead, and Super 8 star Joel Courtney.

The only main role yet to cast now is the grandmother. That’s the casting choice I’m most interested in; everyone loves a good villain.

The script for Mercy was penned by 1408 screenwriter Matt Greenberg, and the film will be directed by Peter Cornwell.


JJ Abrams Sets Newbie Director Julius Onah On God Particle

Linda Ge writes for Bleeding Cool.

Talk about hitting the jackpot. Variety say that newbie director Julius Onah, who has thus far only helmed one indie, feature length movie, The Girl Is In Trouble, and several shorts, has been handed the keys to JJ Abrams’ top secret sci-fi project, God Particle.

The film will be developed through Paramount’s microbudget genre arm, InSurge Pictures, and be budgeted for between $5-$10 million. Many up and coming directors were after the job, but it was the 29-year-old Nigerian born Onah who won the gig.

Abrams is producing the tale of an American space station crew who are left stranded and abandoned when “a problem with a Hadron accelerator causes Earth to vanish entirely.” Oren Uziel wrote the script.

The budget may seem small, especially for a JJ Abrams sci-fi flick, but in 2008 Abrams gave relatively unknown TV director Matt Reeves his big break directing Cloverfield, which only cost $25 million and went on to make almost $200 million. And Onah won’t need to budget for city-destroying monsters in his movie. We don’t think.


SHANE DAVIS: From EARTH ONE to Legendary’s SHADOW WALK

Artist Shane Davis moves from SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE to illustrating Legegdary's OGN SHADOW WALK. He tells us about the new project.