I liked how The Hunger Games movie turned out, but it’s still interesting to see how it might have been if another director had done it. This video pitch from Kevin Tancharoen is pretty much a mashup of different movies, but it looks awesome!
I so wished Zac Efron had been casted as Peeta; I think he fits way better as my image of Peeta than Josh Hutcherson.
“If I had remained invisible, the truth would remain hidden.”
So speaks one of the characters from Cloud Atlas. It’s also a line that Lana Wachowski quotes in her speech at the Human Rights Campaign Gala where she accepted their Visibility Award. In July she and her brother appeared in an intro video to the 5 minute trailer for Cloud Atlas, making it their first public appearance since The Matrix and making it Lana’s first public appearance as Lana. In her HRC speech Lana tells about her choice of “coming out” to the public and about the fine lines between visibility and invisibility. It’s a beautiful, inspiring and moving speech:
You’ve all heard the news, right? Disney bought Lucasfilm yesterday for $4 billion… and they’re bringing out Star Wars Episode 7 in 2015, with plans to release more Star Wars movie every other year: so Star Wars Episode 8 in 2017 and Star Wars Episode 9 in 2019 (wow, that feels so far away still).
George Lucas sat down with Kathleen Kennedy, the new president of Lucasfilm, and talked about the future of Star Wars:
I’m surprised by the news (as everybody is), but I’m excited by this move! I think Marvel and Pixar have done quite well under the Disney brand, so I’m curious to see what they’ll end up doing. Plus George Lucas won’t be as involved as he was as the previous 3 Star Wars movies, which is only a good thing in my eyes.
What do you think of Disney buying Lucasfilm? Good move?
Assassin’s Creed III is coming out tomorrow! I loved the previous 4 games and I can’t wait to get my hands on it and play it. This is a completely fanmade video, but it looks pretty good. The acting is not super (and WTF at the end credits!), but the choreography of the fights is pretty cool and not what you’d expect from something fanmade:
Last night I finally managed to watch the midseason final of Doctor Who (after trying to avoid spoilers for more than 24 hours, quite tricky). If you haven’t seen it yet, why the hell not yet?!? Also: you’d better not scroll beyond the video… spoilers, sweetie!
The episode featured the Ponds for the very last time and they made a cool behind-the-scenes featurette about the final days of shooting:
So what did you guys all think of the Ponds final episode? I really enjoyed watching it and thought it was a nice, sweet and sad goodbye. Later on though after it sank in a bit better I realized I’m quite disappointed in how messy the plot feels. Why exactly couldn’t the Doctor go back and find them? I understand that he couldn’t find them and bring them back to their own time, but that didn’t stop him from visiting them, right? And River clearly was able to visit them, cause that’s how Amy got to write the final page. It just all feels a bit flimsy to me.
Also I’m pretty sure that for the past episodes we’ve been following the Pond’s timeline, not the Doctor’s (just pay attention to the clothes the Ponds are wearing in Pond Life and each episode). I kind of expected that to finally reveal itself this episode. Plus we’re no closer to finding out who exactly the new companion is and how she relates to Oswin Oswald. Or what the flickering lights mean. Or what the references to Christmas are.
I always like coming across sci-fi short movies; this one about a mercenary stuck on a desert planet is pretty cool (sidenote: I almost wrote “dessert planet” there… now that would be an interesting movie).
It turns out though that this short movie is based on an “upcoming” feature film called Arrowhead, which is currently being crowd-funded on Pozible. The creators made this short for only $600 to show the world they want to create; they need $40,000 to create the actual movie. They’ve only got $8,658 at the time I’m writing this, so if you like it, head on over and help them out!