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Saturday, June 19, 2010

The best Batman fan film so far may be City of Scars

What's the appeal to amateur filmmakers to invest their manpower and money to make Batman fan films? Remember Batman: Dead End, the short film that Sandy Collora made back in 2003? Or what about John Fiorella's Grayson, the Robin wish-it-could-have-been trailer? If you thought that you had seen the best of what could be done with Batman on a microbudget, this brand new short may make you reevaluate your opinion. It doesn't even have the word "Batman" in its title.

Welcome to City of Scars.

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The Fellowship of the Vuvuzela

Switch on the news and you'll swiftly see that World Cup fever has overtaken the world. Now try watching any given World Cup match with the sound on. That annoying buzzing sound you hear are hundreds upon hundreds of vuvuzelas, long plastic horns that fans are blowing non-stop in the benches. The vuvuzela din has attracted considerable attention from some spectators wishing that it would go away, that it's annoying and distracting from enjoying the match. Others think that by blowing a vuvuzela you're only showing your enthusiam for the sport.

So if the World Cup were held in Middle-Earth and not South Africa, what would Gandalf the Grey do?

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Friday, June 11, 2010

The original Karate Kid returns to dirty up his image

I feel old. There's a remake of The Karate Kid in theaters today and the memory of watching the original '84 Karate Kid is still there in my mind. For those of us that look around at all these remakes from our teen years (or even 20s) and wonder whether we got old or if Hollywood is recycling story concepts quicker than empty plastic bottles in the Ed Begley household, we've got to be wondering just what the stars from the original movies feel about this or what they're doing.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Mortal Kombat concept video raises questions and shows fatalities

Mortal Kombat fans are wondering what the reasons are for a slick looking short film that reboots the movie spinoff franchise as a hard-edge actioner. The short has Hollywood level stars, fight choreography, editing and direction. The big question is: was this Mortal Kombat video done as a test for an R-rated movie reboot or is it the next step in the video game's evolution?

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Friday, June 4, 2010

Adidas in the Star Wars Cantina

Sports manufacturer adidas is promoting its involvement with the 2010 FIFA World Cup by transporting David Beckham, Snoop Dogg, Daft Punk, Jay Baruchel, Ian Brown, Noel Gallagher and a few others to a seedy cantina in another galaxy far, far away. It's a different take on the Star Wars cantina with much of the same alien characters enjoying a brew while watching some soccer on the telly. Wait, so the Star Wars cantina is now a sports bar?

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Les Grossman returns to produce the MTV Movie Awards

Did you catch Tropic Thunder? Remember that caricature of a bloated, power-obsessed Hollywood movie producer named Les Grossman that Tom Cruise played in the movie? Well, Les is back baby and he's producing the 2010 MTV Movie Awards!

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Play The Human Centipede: The Video Game

There hasn't been much coverage of The Human Centipede here on Coming Attractions. After watching the segments (no pun intended) and discovering about the...premise...of the movie, I needed some time to get to a better mental place.

And then I learn about this.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Kevin Costner's clean water solution gets used for oil spill clean-up

On first blush the image of the star of Waterworld suggesting that he has a way to help clean up America's biggest environmental disaster seems like a joke. However, the device that Kevin Costner touts as a way to help combat the disaster that's happening along the United States' southern coastline truly appears to be capable of making a difference.

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Twilight bunnies do New Moon in 30 seconds

I've been a fan of Jennifer Shiman's 30 Second Movie Re-enactments by Bunnies shorts since the very beginning when she parodied Jaws. Since then Shiman's talent has been noticed by Starz and she's been making new videos under the cable channel's banner. Good for her I say because her talent deserves wider recognition and she should be getting a decent paycheck for what joy she brings to the world.

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Jimmy Kimmel spoofs Lost ending

If you missed last night's special showing of Jimmy Kimmel Live that aired immediately following the final two episodes of Lost, check out the three spoof endings for the show that the Kimmel crew devised. I'm leaning toward the first ending being my favorite but that's because the guy playing Sayid, Naveen Andrews, has been such a bad-ass on the show that he just HAS to keep in character even when it's played for comedy.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

What if The Empire Strikes Back were released in 1950?

It may come as a shock but next week marks the thirtieth anniversary since the release of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Since then we've seen advances in special effects, particularly with computer generated effects, that, if Empire were made today, would change the way it looks and feels.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

It's Batman XXX - and no, it's not the 30th Batman movie made

A year ago I told you about a porn parody of the classic 1960s Star Trek TV show This Ain't Star Trek XXX. Now it looks like the floodgates for more porn  for fanboys have been opened as Vivid Entertainment, one of the biggest makers of adult entertainment, has announced an imprint called Vivid Superhero. Do you need me to paint you a picture of what kind of movies and TV shows they're parodying?

How about a trailer instead?

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Get out of there

They're just four words, but they mean so much for so many movies.

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

When Star Wars nerds make a baby, this happens

This is what happens when creative Star Wars fans get together and decide to breed.

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Someone couldn't wait for the Rendezvous With Rama movie

Nearly a decade ago I did a script review of Rendezvous With Rama, a heady sci-fi movie based on the classic Arthur C. Clarke novel. In the book Clarke told the story of a mammoth cylindrical spaceship that flew by Earth a century from now. A team of astronauts were sent to land on the vessel, find a way in and make contact with the aliens inside it, if there were any.

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