How Warner Bros. used The Hobbit to strongarm New Zealand's acting union

Following the smash success of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, New Zealand's actors' union pushed for similar compensation and benefits as American actors. This detailed autopsy of how their demands were met with fierce studio lobbying that ended with politicians changing New Zealand's law in favor of the studios. Read the rest

Watch this lovely tribute to Isao Takahata's groundbreaking animation career

Animation visionary Isao Takahata of Studio Ghibli fame died on April 5, and Smithsonian magazine published a great written overview that complements the video essay above. Read the rest

R. Lee Ermey, 1944–2018

R. Lee Ermey, the retired U.S. Marine whose portrayal of shrieking, sadistic Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket became the gold standard for movie drill instructors, is dead at 74. Read the rest

Watch great film moments juxtaposed with the original screenplay

In filmmaking, they say you make three films: the film you write, the film you shoot, and the film you screen. YouTuber Script to Screen takes bits of iconic films to show how the as-produced scene differs from the original screenplay. Read the rest

New trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story.... I have a bad feeling about this.

I grew up watching Star Wars. I was bought Star Wars toys for Christmas. I had Star Wars sheets on my bed. At some point, those sheets were made into a quilt that I proudly took along with me to university. Read the rest

Animation of the earth from above, made from thousands of satellite images

Páraic McGloughlin's Arena is "brief look at the eart from above" mesmerizes us with the shapes we made upon it, culled from satellite imagery then ordered frame-by-frame to give the uncanny appearance of a single plot of land rapidly changing. Read the rest

Nice analysis of cars in films

This commentary titled Never Just A Car is a nice montage of iconic cars in films, making it fun to guess the film as each car whizzes by. Read the rest

Trailer for "Internet's Own Boy," the Aaron Swartz documentary

I'm in Toronto for the Hot Docs screening of The Internet's Own Boy, a documentary about the life, persecution and death of Aaron Swartz, in which I appear. Read the rest

Trailer for new 'Godzilla' movie looks pretty cool

A new trailer for the new Godzilla movie, out May 16, just hit the internets. Looks promising, and will be offered in IMAX 3D for pants-crapping thrills. Read the rest

'Star Wars: Episode VII' cast announced

From the official Star Wars website today, a long-awaited announcement: the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. Read the rest

The Silence of the Lambs, behind-the-scenes

Behind-the-scenes photos from Jonathan Demme's "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991). Several others below and still more over at Dangerous Minds. Read the rest

Forrest Gump directed by Wes Anderson

Here are the opening credits to Forrest Gump, directed by Wes Anderson. (video by Louis Paquet) Read the rest

"If I Only Had A Brain," the original version

As part of Saturday's Record Store Day releases, The Wizard of Oz Soundtrack has once again become available on vinyl! The "75th Anniversary" edition is pressed on emerald green vinyl and includes a digital download of the original version of "If I Only Had A Brain" which you can hear above. Read the rest

Scattered: Short film adapted from Ken MacLeod story

Joshua sez, "This atmospheric film is the first ever screen-adaptation of the work of award-winning sci-fi author Ken MacLeod. Scattered examines society's relationship with its past through a son's relationship with his father, and challenges our established ideas of destruction and terrorism through a crime that is as surprising as it is all-consuming. Read the rest

Kickstarting a film adaptation of "Dark Side of Disney" - guide to getting high, drunk & laid while on Disney vacation

Ricky sez, "Director Philip B. Swift has announced a feature-length documentary film called 'The Dark Side of Disney' based on Leonard Kinsey's travel guide of the same name, to feature topics like finding and buying dirt cheap park tickets and time shares, drinking around Epcot, having sex in the parks, obtaining and using drugs while on an Orlando vacation. Read the rest

Technophobia goes off the Depp end in Transcendence [Movie Review]

In the official poster, a sinister AI remnant of genius Dr. Will Caster evinces inhuman mastery of Filter Pixelate Mosaic

In the near future posited by the film Transcendence, which opens today, residents of Berkeley, California are living in a kind of police state. Read the rest

‘X-Men’ director Bryan Singer accused of raping teen boy in 1999; case mentions sex offender Marc Collins-Rector of DEN

Bryan Singer, the director of the forthcoming film “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is accused in a lawsuit filed today in Hawaii federal court of drugging and raping a teenage boy in 1999. Read the rest

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