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Marvel Studios had a super-sized budget for its film about a tiny superhero, but Cinefix’s Homemade Movies cut more than a few corners for its low-cost, shot-for-shot remake of the Ant-Man trailer.
The result, which employs lots of cardboard, action figures and construction paper, is actually pretty impressive, with Ant-Man and Yellowjacket costumes that wouldn’t look out of place at a comic convention. (Seriously, Yellowjacket’s helmet is downright cool.) The jury’s still out on the soundtrack, however …
In a promotional tie-in that nobody expected (or likely wanted), the producers of the live-action adaptation of Attack on Titan have partnered with Esthétique TBC for “Attack on Beauty,” a campaign that targets not flesh-eating giants but rather unwanted body hair.
According to Crunchyroll, Women’s body hair TBC, Men’s TBC and female lower region Epiler brands will each have transit and web ads through Sept. 4, all featuring Survey Corps members confronting enormous people in apparent need of a trim. That’s better than the alternative, I suppose …
Considering the staggering amount of animosity directed toward Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four before production had even begun, it’s surprising it’s taken this long for someone to mash up Fox’s big-budget reboot and Roger Corman’s infamous unreleased 1994 film. But better late than never, Vulture has arrived with a remix that uses audio from the teaser trailer with footage from that corny, low-budget gem.
The result, in Vulture’s words, is “a delightful, low-rent ’90s video interpretation of Marvel Comics’ first family.” You can judge for yourself below.
A Jedi Master or Sith Lord might use the Force to levitate themselves, but this weekend, they’ll just need a little hot air.
The 33rd annual New Jersey Festival of Ballooning is under way, and this year’s special balloon designs include a pair of Star Wars-themed entries, with Yoda and Darth Vader vying for bragging rights as the show’s most popular.
Good things come in small packages, or so they say, and YouTuber Toscano Bricks has taken it upon himself to prove that’s true by recreating the trailer for Marvel Studio’s “Ant-Man” film entirely in LEGO (via ComicBook.com).
At 2 minutes and 18 seconds in length, the video is a shot-by-shot remake, replacing popular actors like Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly and Corey Stoll with their LEGO lookalikes. With aid from computer graphics, the video makes good on the promise that heroes don’t get any bigger than this.
I never really considered it before, but the desert planet of Tatooine really is a perfect match for the sandy, post-apocalyptic reality inhabited by the denizens of George Miller’s “Mad Max” epic. Thankfully, YouTube user Krishna Shenoi realized exactly that, and put their considerable skills to work, creating exactly the sort of story we’re unlikely to ever see on the big screen.
The mash-up merges footage from the currently-in-theaters “Fury Road” with bits and pieces from across the “Star Wars” films. The result is something you never knew you wanted — and yet once you’ve watched it, you’ll find yourself wondering how we could live in a world where it’s not a reality.
Hot Toys is known for its high-end, 1:6 scale figures of characters from Marvel, DC Comics and other genre properties like Star Wars and Terminator — detailed and, at frequently a couple hundred books a pop, spendy.
The Hong Kong-based collectible company is set to take its Star Wars output to a new level this weekend at Ani-Com and Games Hong Kong with a 1:6 scale Millennium Falcon on display (for exhibit, not for sale) at the show. If you’re wondering what one-sixth of the Millennium Falcon equals, according to Hot Toys on Facebook it’s 18 feet long by 12 feet wide, making it larger than some studio apartments and capable of taking out a 1:6 scale Death Star.
If you happen to be in Hong Kong this weekend and in the mood to gawk at giant Star Wars replicas — Hot Toys promises more unique Star Wars items on display — ACGHK, the territory’s largest pop culture event, runs through July 24-July 28, and the Falcon can be seen at Hot Toys’ booth (E15-16).
Who hasn’t wanted to experience the life of a Jedi at least once in their life? The adrenaline of facing down an AT-AT walker, the unbelievable power of throwing Storm Troopers aside with the wave of a hand, the feel of a lightsaber’s hilt in your hand — it’s every fanboy’s dream.
Well, one talented Star Wars aficionado has taken it upon himself to offer you as close to a real-world Jedi experience as you can get while sitting at your computer. YouTuber BillyWarp1 strapped on a GoPro and took to the desert to wave around a metal pole. After using his computer graphics expertise to add in some Storm Troopers, a TIE Fighter, and even some Rebel air support, he created a viral video that’s essentially a first-person perspective of being a real-life Jedi knight.
Watch the short clip below:
Marvel movies sure have come a long, long way. We’re currently on the brink of a third incarnation of Spider-Man on the big screen. If things had played out a little differently, however, it could have been the fourth.
Back in the early 1990s, Carolco Pictures came incredibly close to producing a Spider-Man film that was written, directed, and produced by none other than James Cameron. In the end, financial and legal troubles, among other Hollywood hooha, kept the film from seeing the light of day. Fans have known about this obscure piece of comic film trivia for decades, but new slice of nostalgia recently surfaced via Imgur brings us back to a period of “What If…,” courtesy of Stan Lee himself.
In one of Lee’s classic Stan’s Soapbox pieces from the Bullpen Bulletin section that ran in the back of ’90s comics, Spider-Man’s co-creator sings the joys of signing the deals to bring Cameron onto the film. “So you can take this to the bank, Believer,” writes The Man, “SPIDER-MAN is destined to be the biggest, boldest, baaaaadest block-bustin’ bombshell of a super hero action extravaganza ever to hit the screen!” Well, almost anyway. Read the whole thing above.
While multitudes of moviegoers will flock to theaters this weekend in order to take in Marvel Studios’ latest release, as best as I can tell, only those attending a showing at Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX will get the full “Ant-Man” experience.
Alamo is more than a movie theater; it’s a full-fledged restaurant, where patrons eat and drink while enjoying a night at the movies. For “Ant-Man,” Alamo has replaced its usual menus with special theme-sized copies, complete with a magnifying glass.
One of showbiz’s greatest and oddest current traditions is that whenever Paul Rudd appears on a Conan O’Brien-hosted talk show — dating back to the “Late Night” days on NBC — when throwing to a clip of whatever movie he’s ostensibly there to promote, he actually plays a scene (the same scene, every time) from 1988’s “Mac and Me,” an otherwise forgotten “E.T.” ripoff that featured heavy McDonald’s product placement.
But surely that streak would have to end with Rudd promoting “Ant-Man,” a big-budget superhero film that’s part of Disney’s massive Marvel Studios franchise, on last night’s “Conan,” right? Well, yes. And no. As seen in the clip, Rudd was able to keep tradition alive while also (kind of) giving “Ant-Man” its proper exposure.
Sure, these days, Marvel has the Midas touch when it comes to making movies, but it was a long road to get to this point. Now, thanks to the handy infographic below, released by shirts.com, we can relive every stage of Marvel’s movie history, from the days when they signed bad Hollywood deals that resulted in terrible big screen adaptations (I’m looking at you, “Howard the Duck”), to the current Marvel Studios era which has pleased longtime fans while creating millions of new ones.
From 1990’s “Captain America” featuring fake ears on the main hero’s mask, to 1994’s “Fantastic Four” which never even scored a release (though it can be easily found via bootlegs), to box office titans like “The Avengers” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” breaking records left and right, Marvel started from the absolute bottom (I’m looking at you again, “Howard the Duck”) and grew to epic proportions. So take a look, revel in the glory that is Marvel and connect the dots of every critical misstep and genius movie making decision they’ve made along the way.
A Stan Lee cameo has become a secondary source of intrigue in Marvel Comics-based films — when will he show up, what will he be doing and how will fit in with everything else going on? He’s able to dwell in the worlds of the in-house Marvel Studios movies, Sony’s Spider-Man films and 20th Century Fox’s Fantastic Four and X-Men franchises. There have even been fan theories about how he can show up in so many different places.
The UK-based MorphCostumes, who offer a wide variety of skintight superhero bodysuits, have put together an infographic documenting Stan Lee’s cameos in Marvel films, dating back to 1989’s made-for-TV “The Trial of Incredible Hulk” and finishing with “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” released this past May. This follows an earlier infographic from MorphCostumes, looking at the “Murderers of Marvel.”
Donuts are always great — whether they’re giant-sized or “Ant-Man”-sized. And while getting ahold of the former isn’t that big of a feat, there isn’t exactly a huge market for the miniature. However, worry not because Fandango.com has you covered.
In a very fun little write-up, the website gave readers instructions on how to make “super tiny Ant-Man donuts.”
“Even in tiny form, you can’t squash a love of donuts,” the article explains with a delightful tongue-in-cheek tone. “Now through the use of Pym Particles (or cereal) you can make your own miniature version of the glazed and sprinkled sweets. Tiny for your fingers but big on cuteness, these mini donuts are made to look just like their larger counterparts.”
Check out the site for instructions on how to make those tiny tasty treats and check out “Ant-Man” when it arrives in theaters July 17.
The Force is strong with watchmakers MB&F, who have designed an elaborately crafted music box in the shape of a TIE fighter that plays the theme songs from “Star Wars,” “Mission Impossible” and “James Bond” on its right speaker and “The Godfather,” “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence” and “The Persuaders” on its left.
According to Gizmodo, MB&F’s latest project will hit the market with only 99 handcrafted pieces, each of which carry a hefty price tag of $18,400+. The music box, called MusicMachine 3, features two speakers, both of which have over-sized rollers dotted with over 1,400 tiny pins placed by hand into an equal number of small drill holes. Of the 99 pieces available, 33 pieces will have a white finish; 33 pieces will have a black finish; and 33 pieces will have a chrome finish.
Hit the jump to check out a video of the MusicMachine 3 in action, as well as a few more photos.