“Moist is what we do.”
Blue Sky Animation Studios is a solid anomaly in the animation world. Like the number five pitcher in your rotation, they never seek to surprise or keep anyone on their toes, they just want to deliver something that goes right down the middle of the plate. They rely more on stunt casting & crowded, busy composition than they do on creative voice casting or innovative storytelling (the hallmarks of the better animation studios in the industry).
Therefore, it’s hard to be too critical of their latest animated feature, Epic, as it has no real ambition beyond getting kids to sit down and shut up for ninety odd minutes. Don’t get me wrong: there’s lots of things to nitpick and pull apart in this film, but because it took no real risks, it’s virtually impossible for me to look down my nose at the film.
Maybe I’m just getting soft, but judged solely on its ambitions, Epic achieves more or less exactly what it set out to achieve.
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New Poster For “World War Z”
Paramount Pictures has released a new poster for Brad Pitt’s upcoming adaptation of the novel World War Z.
The poster features its lead star Pitt, overlooking a city being overrun by zombie pandemic and with helicopters flying above it.
World War Z stars Brad Pitt, James Badge Dale, Mireille Enos, Matthew Fox, David Morse and David Andrews, with a release date set for June 21st.
Latest Banner For “Pacific Rim”
Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures have dropped a new banner for Guillermo Del Toro’s upcoming summer flick, Pacific Rim.
The banner features the American Jaeger, Gyspy Danger, with a giant knife protruding from its left arm in the midst of combat against one of the various Kaijus.
Pacific Rim stars Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Idris Elba, Charlie Day & Ron Perlman.
Karate Kid Vs Mortal Kombat !
Weekend Remix: Finish Him Daniel-san!
Song: Karate Kid Vs. Mortal Kombat
By: DJ Fade
Based On: Techno Syndrome from Mortal Kombat and sound clips from The Karate Kid
Original Composers: The Immortals
So what if Johnny had literally tried to put Daniel in a body bag? It’s what I’ve been wondering while listening to this week’s remix.
The Karate Kid and Mortal Kombat are two completely different properties, where the only loose link is martial arts. However, thanks to DJ Fade, the two synch up for quite an interesting mash-up.
Fade plays around with The Immortals’ techno classic, manipulating the beat like a DJ whose trying to push the crowd beyond party mode. Sprinkle in some familiar sound bytes and it’s almost as if The Karate Kid actually took place in Outworld.
Although to be a fair, I doubt a swan kick is going to do much against a ninja that freezes everything.
If you’d like to hear more from DJ Fade, click here.
Until next weekend…GO Party!
Trailer For “Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox”
The trailer for the latest DC Comics animated film, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, has been released by IGN.
Based loosely on the 2011 Flashpoint storyline by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert, the trailer hints towards a larger presence for the Reverse-Flash, meaning fans of the original comic series can probably expect to see a few surprises when the film debuts.
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox is set for a July 30 release, and will be available on Blu-ray, DVD, On Demand, and other digital download formats.
LEGO Goes “Star Wars” For Largest Model
Earlier in Times Square, LEGO unveiled this 1:1 scale model of an X-Wing from Star Wars. The model is not only large enough for someone to sit in, but it is also LEGO’s biggest model.
The model was built using 5,335,200 bricks. Just like an actual X-Wing, the model is 11-feet tall and 43-feet long with a 44-foot wingspan. It took 32 builders a total of four months to complete.
You can also view some of the video of the engines actually sounding and glowing.
[I Heart Chaos & Gizmodo]
Even Spidey Needs A Break Sometimes
Looks like Spider-Man wanted to work on his jump shot.
Kidding aside, apparently while taking a break from filming The Amazing Spider-Man 2, star, Andrew Garfield shot some hoops with some children in Manhattan’s Chinatown. Those that uploaded the video claim it really was Garfield, and that co-star and real-life girlfriend Emma Stone was there as well.
Huh, his dribbling isn’t too bad.
“The World’s End” Gets Two New Posters
The conclusion to Wright and Pegg’s Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy has gotten two new posters — a new U.S. and U.K. one.
A comedy in the same likes as Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, this film tackles alien invasions and sees a group of friends returning to their hometown to finish their epic pub crawl that they had failed to complete 20 year ago. Unwittingly, they find themselves being humanity’s last hope.
The World’s End stars Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Rosamund Pike, Paddy Considine and Eddie Marsan. It hits theatres in the U.K. on July 19th and opens up in the U.S. on August 23rd.
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New Character Posters For “The Wolverine”
20th Century Fox has dropped two new character banners for the upcoming Wolverine sequel.
Similar in fashion to the character posters for Wolverine and Silver Samurai, these two banners feature the femme fatales: Yukio and Viper, played by Rila Fukushima and Svetlana Khodchenkova, respectively.
The Wolverine also stars Hugh Jackman, Famke Janssen, Will Yun Lee, Brian Tee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tao Okamoto and Hal Yamanouchi with a release date set for July 26th.
‘Fate of Your Planet’: Latest Trailer For “Man of Steel”
The newest Man of Steel trailer has been released by Warner Bros., and it sheds light on the motivation of Michael Shannon’s General Zod and provides a ton of more action footage.
Opening in a creepy, viral-like fashion, the trailer focuses on why General Zod has traveled to Earth and what will happen if he doesn’t get what he’s after. And what he’s after is Superman, and the fate of mankind rests the hero’s shoulder.
June 14 can’t get here fast enough.
Justin Lin & Cast Talk James Wan, Future of “Fast & Furious” Franchise
In an interview with Digital Spy, director Justin Lin — along with stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Jordana Brewster — talked up the future of the franchise.
Lin confirms that an end credit scene at the end of of Fast 6 sets up the villain and story for the franchise’s 7th film, which is set to kick off a new trilogy of films.
Diesel, for his part, revealed two locations for the next film, hinting at a return to Tokyo and a trip to the Middle-East when production begins this September.
Brewster and Walker spend most of their time talking about director James Wan, who will be taking over the franchise following Lin’s depature, but will still have input on the series.
Disney and LucasFilm Animation are now moving forward with the next Star Wars animated series following their decision to nix Star Wars The Clone Wars.
Hit the break for full details.
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