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As Birdman prepares to take its Oscars victory lap in theaters, Fox Searchlight has released a note-perfect take on 1990s toy commercials to promote the (presumably?) nonexistent action figure tie-in.
It’s a terrific sendup that may be a bit too sly, as there’s no mention of this weekend’s theatrical re-release of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s surreal comedy-drama, or even the Blu-ray/DVD. But, hey, it’s a lot of fun, and it’ll certainly keep people talking …
The coolest thing you’re likely to see today isn’t the snowstorm hitting the eastern United States or clips from last night’s SNL 40 special, but rather “Retrowave,” a 1980s-inspired animated short film by Florian Renner.
While our headline name-checks Tron and Back to the Future, the ’80s influences seem to go well beyond those; I feel as if I should be watching it while wearing a pink Sonny Crockett sports coat and sitting beneath a Patrick Nagal painting …
Unwilling to wait for Spider-Man to appear on screen alongside Earth’s Mightiest Mortals, ScreenCrush and mashup editor Sleepy Skunk have integrated the wall-crawler into the epic Battle of New York from 2012’s The Avengers. It’s impressively seamless, from the back and forth between Black Widow and Spidey to the bus rescue to the Chrysler Building sequence.
Of course, the next time we see Spider-Man on the big screen, he (alas) won’t be played by Andrew Garfield …
For a film whose plot relies so heavily on time travel and Quicksilver’s super-speed, the 2014 blockbuster X-Men: Days of Future Past may not have exploited either element to its full (or wholly logical) potential, as the folks at How It Should Have Ended note in their latest video.
And while Superman enthusiastically endorses moving really fast and reversing time — “Sounds groovy! I’m going to have to try that some day!” — a coffee-swilling Batman is all too happy to point out the inherent flaws in the mutants’ approach.
South Dakota may have Mount Rushmore, but now Sapporo, Japan has Mount Darth Vader. A 50-foot tall Star Wars snow sculpture was created in the city’s Odori Park to celebrate the 66th annual Sapporo Snow Festival.
The massive structure features Vader, a trio of Storm Troopers, TIE Fighters, and the ominous Death Star. According to a Google-translated story from Yahoo! Japan, the sculpture is approximately 50 feet high, 74 feet wide, and 65 feet deep. and took 2,000 people to complete. According to the festival’s website, “Snow Star Wars” was approved by Lucasfilm, making it the first snow sculpture to be formally endorsed by George Lucas’ production company. Check out pictures above and below, via CinemaCafe.
The Sapporo Snow Festival runs through Feb. 11 and attracts nearly 2 million people to the city.
Each week in the podcast Scriptnotes, screenwriters John August and Craig Mazin get together to talk about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. For this week’s episode, August, Mazin and sex columnist Dan Savage set their sights on the portrayal of sex – or, rather, the lack thereof – in the industry and Marvel’s sexless superheroes.
When asked what he’d like to see movies and TV do more to portray sex in a positive but realistic way, the following exchange occurred:
Using footage from The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Iron Man 3 and the trailers for Ant-Man and Avengers: Age of Ultron, among other sources (some of which I don’t recognize), he’s crafted a pretty solid narrative that pits Tony Stark against Steve Rogers, with Black Widow, Falcon, Bucky Barnes, War Machine and even Scott Lang left to choose sides.
It’s pretty compelling, and the closest thing we’re likely to come to any actual Civil War footage for at least six months or so.
In recent months we’ve seen Batman vs. Darth Vader, and even DC vs. Marvel. But that was only for starters, as Alex Luthor — who brought us the latter — has now unveiled a fan trailer for … Star Wars vs. DC and Marvel.
Using footage from assorted movies, video games and even that aforementioned Batman vs. Darth Vader installment of “Super Power Beat Down,” the trailer is perhaps not as polished as Luthor’s DC vs. Marvel, but he does a good job of building tension using the sound of Darth Vader’s respirator (even if the cut to the Millennium Falcon from The Force Awakens teaser is a little too jarring). And it’s tough not to smile when Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord makes his entrance …
With The Interview proving to be a Christmas miracle for Sony Pictures, artist and movie fan Kevin Maguire has an idea of what roles stars Seth Rogen and James Franco could tackle next: Blue Beetle and Booster Gold. On Twitter, the co-creator of Justice League International pegged the actors to play the comedic duo he’s best known for drawing, saying, “They already have the deepest bromance in movies today.”
But that’s not all.
Many fans will likely already be familiar with YouTube user Alex Luthor — he put together the epic Marvel Vs. DC movie trailer that cleverly spliced together footage from a number of sources to make it look like the two Cinematic Universes were doing battle. His latest effort is a fan-made trailer for the upcoming Inhumans film that knits together footage of Vin Diesel, Eva Green and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, respectively.
Alex Luthor (not that Alex Luthor) created a stir online last week with his epic trailer for the DC vs. Marvel movie that we’ll likely never see. For his follow-up, he teamed with video editor kashchei2003 for a fan trailer that’s not as epic or as polished, but certainly interesting nonetheless: Superman vs. Doomsday.
Inspired by the 1992 DC Comics storyline “The Death of Superman,” the trailer naturally borrows heavily from Man of Steel, with the Doomsday sequences appearing to be largely altered footage from 2008’s The Incredible Hulk (taken from kashchei2003’s own Superman: Doomsday fan film).
Remember earlier this month when the narrator of the Honest Trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy conceded, “We’re really reaching here”? Well, there’s no such admission this time, as the Screen Junkies crew takes on the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — aka “April O’Neil: The Movie.”
There’s a lot of low-hanging fruit, naturally, from the “four ‘roided-out, nightmare versions of Shrek” to the overly complex revised origins to the expected Michael Bay filmmaking tics. However, as the disembodied voice of a child interrupts to remind the narrator (and us), “You know this is a kids’ movie, right? It’s not like the Turtles were better in your day.”
Although we already ran the epic fan trailer the DC vs. Marvel movie that will never happen, I couldn’t pass up these two fan-created teasers for Suicide Squad that might not be too far away from director David Ayer’s vision.
In both, Will Smith, Tom Hardy and Jai Courtney, who are among the actual cast, take center stage, with footage and voiceover of Viola Davis making us hope an unconfirmed report of her involvement as Amanda Waller is true. Because Viola Davis makes everything that much better.
I’m pretty sure that a Suicide Squad with the look and tone of either of these videos would make a lot of fans pretty happy. The Warner Bros. film arrives Aug. 5, 2016.
Considering that DC/Marvel crossovers appear to be a thing of the past even in comic books, it seems unlikely we’ll see Thor face Superman on the big screen in our lifetimes. Undeterred by any corporate differences, a certain Alex Luthor (no relation, presumably) has assembled an epic trailer that gives us a taste of what such a live-action crossover might look like. And it’s pretty glorious.
Using footage from sources ranging from The Avengers and Iron Man to The Flash and the rejected Wonder Woman pilot — you’ll even see Injustice: Gods Among Us — Luthor crafts a teaser that pits Batman against Iron Man, Hawkeye against Green Arrow, Black Widow against Black Canary, Loki against The Joker … the list goes on.
We come to expect some inter-franchise face-offs in fan films, whether it’s Batman vs. the Terminator or Batman vs. Wolverine. However, it’s unlikely anyone saw this coming: Dexter Morgan vs. the Dark Knight.
Directed by Mike Donis, “Batman vs. Dexter: Crossing Over” brings the vigilante serial killer to Gotham City to abduct Oswald Cobblepot in an effort to draw out the Caped Crusader, simply to find out whether he actually exists. It’s a solid enough premise that actually comes off pretty well, despite, as Topless Robot notes, the decidedly low production values (Batman’s costume is particularly rough, and we’re left to wonder why one of The Penguin’s henchmen is wearing a Court of Owls mask).
The roughly seven-minute short is labeled “Episode 1″ and ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, which certainly suggests we’ll be seeing more of “Crossing Over.”