July 31, 2011

Red Tails - Theatrical Trailer

1944. As the war in Europe continues to take its toll on Allied forces, the Pentagon brass has no recourse but to consider unorthodox options – including the untried and untested African-American pilots of the experimental Tuskegee training program. Just as the young Tuskegee men are on the brink of being shut down and shipped back home, they are given the ultimate chance to show their courage. Against all the odds, with something to prove and everything to lose, these intrepid young airmen take to the skies to fight for their country – and the fate of the free world.

"Red Tails" is the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American pilots to fly in a combat squadron during World War II. Directed by Anthony Hemingway. Produced by George Lucas. Written by George Lucas and John Ridley. Starring Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Bryan Cranston.

NH Film Industry Location Spotlight

As part of a new program to showcase unique filming locations around the state, the New Hampshire Film & Television Office held its first quarterly Location Spotlight event at the Team O'Neil Rally School and Car Control Center in Dalton on Friday, July 29, 2011.
Thanks to Matt Newton from the NH Film & Television Office, and to Team O'Neil Rally School for putting together this unique, and exciting opportunity. About ten of us met at the Dalton, NH location and after get-to-know-ya intros and Dunkin' Donuts coffee we sat down to hear Ty Ledger of Kettlebottom Productions.

Ty gave us an overview of his work on several outdoor TV projects and extreme sports shoots. He also gave a us a look at the gear they use including the GoPro compact HD camera system. After Ty's talk we headed out to drive the rally cars!
We were led out to the skid pad and into our cabin classroom. After a brief safety talk, lesson overview, helmet fitting and waiver signing, we piled into the Ford Fiesta Rally Cars (with an instructor) and we were off!

Our instructors gave us lessons in left-foot braking and accident avoidance, each lesson ending with us getting behind the wheel for a practical application! While our driving skills were tested owner Tim O'Neil was giving driving tours of his facility and property. Tim has over 500 acres of land including mountains, streams and snowmobile trails, miles & miles of dirts roads, as well as the Ford Fiestas and off-road vehicles available for training and driving.
Bottom line? Everyone had a great time, the rally school experience is worth paying for, Tim is a gracious host who is willing to do whatever he can to accommodate the film and TV industry. If I come across a project that could use the Team O'Neil school you bet I'll do what I can to get 'em. Besides, I need an excuse to go back and drive!

Here's a short video of our day...

July 28, 2011

Harrison Ford vs Chewbacca (JKL)

Harrison Ford stops by Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where the ABC late night host reunites Han Solo with his old Millennium Falcon co-pilot Chewbacca. The episode is guest directed by Jon Favreau.

(via EW.com)

July 27, 2011

Battleship (2012) Trailer & Poster

It's a shame that this movie is probably gonna tank at the boxoffice because I like Peter Berg as a director (The Rundown, The Empire), I like Liam Neeson, and I'm a fan of the US Navy. Unfortunately -- neither inspiring or particularly exciting -- the trailer (and poster) does little to instill any confidence in this latest toy-turned-movie adventure. Quite frankly this does not look like $200 million worth of alien invasion.

I'll credit them with making it easy to figure out how they plan to bring the Battleship seek-and-destroy game play to life. But I think they should clue us in to what the aliens look like (or more about their motivation?) and if you call your movie Battleship, you might want to actually show a battleship. Just sayin'.

Of course from what Berg has said in interviews there will be a battleship. In fact I think we'll see the resurrection of the decommissioned USS Missouri a-la "The Final Countdown." And for me, the son of a Mighty Mo vet, seeing those 16" guns tearing ET a new one is gonna be awesome!

But that's probably the only awesome we get, so I'll just wait for the DVD release.

Peter Berg (Hancock) produces and directs Battleship, an epic action-adventure that unfolds across the seas, in the skies and over land as our planet fights for survival against a superior force. Based on Hasbro's classic naval combat game, Battleship stars Taylor Kitsch as Lt. Alex Hopper, a Naval officer assigned to the USS John Paul Jones; Brooklyn Decker as Sam Shane, a physical therapist and Hopper's fiancee; Alexander Skarsgard as Hopper's older brother, Stone, Commanding Officer of the USS Sampson; Rihanna as Petty Officer Raikes, Hopper's crewmate and a weapons specialist on the USS John Paul Jones; and international superstar Liam Neeson as Hopper and Stone's superior (and Sam's father), Admiral Shane.

July 26, 2011

"Up" house for sale

Utah homebuilder gets carried away with Pixar's 'Up,' builds replica of house in film.

The Salt Lake Home Builders Association 65th Annual Salt Lake Parade of Homes™


Captain America: The Muppet Avenger

On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world's biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets' former stomping grounds. To stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate.
More MUPPETS here.

July 25, 2011

LOST: Deleted Scene

Learn LOST secrets in this special clip -- from the first season finale -- straight from Comic-Con 2011!

Knights of Badassdom SDCC trailer

Well they won't win any Oscars with this entry but it does look funny, and who doesn't love Peter Dinklage?

IndieVest Pictures' feature film KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM, in theaters Spring 2012. Starring Ryan Kwanten, Steve Zahn, Peter Dinklage, Summer Glau, Margarita Levieva, Jimmi Simpson and Danny Pudi.

In this comedic fantasy adventure, Joe (Ryan Kwanten) is a heavy metal rocker who's just gone through a painful breakup with his girlfriend, Beth (Margarita Levieva). His concerned roommates (Steve Zahn, Peter Dinklage) kidnap him to their LARP (Live Action Role Playing) gathering, where he enters a realm of fantasy escapism in which pretend knights, elves, and barbarians clash with foam weaponry on a mock battlefield. When Joe's "sorcerer" roommate (Zahn) inadvertently summons a deadly succubus that takes Beth's seductive form, bloody reality crashes down upon their fantasy world. Once LARPers start to turn up dead, the make-believe wizards and warriors must join forces with other adventurers (Summer Glau, Danny Pudi) to become the real life heroes they have been pretending to be and conquer the unleashed evil.

Haywire - Trailer

To be honest when I first read about this movie I wasn't that impressed or interested. BUT... Now that I've seen the trailer I think it has a lot of promise. Great cast, great director, loads of action, and when Carano kicks that stunt guy, it looks like she REALLY kicks him.

This dynamic action-thriller directed by Oscar® winner Steven Soderbergh (Traffic) boasts a talented cast that includes Channing Tatum (GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra), Ewan McGregor (The Ghost Writer), Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class), Antonio Banderas (The Legend of Zoro), Bill Paxton ("Big Love"), Michael Douglas (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps), Michael Angarano (Almost Famous); and introduces mixed martial arts (MMA) superstar Gina Carano as Mallory Kane, in a demanding lead role that has her performing her own high-adrenaline stunts.

Mallory Kane is a highly trained operative who works for a government security contractor in the dirtiest, most dangerous corners of the world. After successfully freeing a Chinese journalist held hostage, she is double crossed and left for dead by someone close to her in her own agency. Suddenly the target of skilled assassins who know her every move, Mallory must find the truth in order to stay alive.

Using her black-ops military training, she devises an ingenious--and dangerous--trap. But when things go haywire, Mallory realizes she'll be killed in the blink of an eye unless she finds a way to turn the tables on her ruthless adversary.

Doctor Who Fall 2011 - Trailer

Here's an exclusive trailer of the remaining six episodes of the current series coming ***August 27th*** to BBC America.

His time is running out.

This is where it begins.

The mysterious child trapped in the spacesuit. The pregnancy of Amy Pond. The revelation of who River Song is and where she comes from. Some secrets have been revealed while others remain unlocked.

What will happen to Melody Pond?

What is Madame Korvarian's plan?

And does the Doctor really die?
Doctor Who Official

Cowboys & Aliens - Interactive Trailer

July 22, 2011

Avengers Assembled (in 2012), Pt. 2

Black Widow and Hawkeye SDCC 2011 exclusive posters.

(via Marvel.com)

Avengers Assembled (in 2012)

Captain America and Iron Man SDCC 2011 exclusive posters.

(via Marvel.com)

The Hobbit's Thirteen Dwarves

(L-r) Jed Brophy as Nori, DEAN O’GORMAN as Fili, Mark Hadlow as Dori, JAMES NESBITT as Bofur, PETER HAMBLETON as Gloin, GRAHAM McTAVISH as Dwalin, RICHARD ARMITAGE as Thorin Oakenshield (center), KEN STOTT as Balin, JOHN CALLEN as Oin, STEPHEN HUNTER as Bombur, WILLIAM KIRCHER as Bifur, Adam Brown as Ori and AIDAN TURNER as Kili in New Line Cinema’s and MGM’s fantasy adventure THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY, a Warner Bros. Pictures release. (Photo by James Fisher)
Click on image to enlarge.
(via TheOneRing.net)

Star Wars: Deleted Scenes

Attendees at the Star Wars Fan Movie Awards got a sneak peek at some of the deleted scenes included on the upcoming Blu-ray Disc release of all six films in the Star Wars franchise.

This marks the 10th annual Star Wars Fan Movie Awards, for which Lucas picks the winner of the top prize. They were held Thursday night during Comic-Con in San Diego.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

July 21, 2011

Say, my artwork is getting around...

I was checking the stats on the blog dashboard, seeing how folks are finding the blog, who is looking at the blog, etc., and I followed a link back to here:

Lo and behold two of my vintage aviation inspired posters made one of her posts! How cool (and fun) is that? So here's the link, you can go check it out... Vintage Aviation Poster Collection

July 19, 2011

Behind the Scenes at Aulani

We'll be putting this on the to-do list.


Captain America: The Artistic Avenger

Eric Tan created these "Captain America: The First Avenger" propaganda posters being released by Mondo.

More great posters, these from Olly Moss, also available from Mondo.

AND... Here are Tyler Stout’s "Captain America: The First Avenger" Mondo Posters.

Click on the images to enlarge.

July 18, 2011

The Dark Knight Rises - Teaser Trailer

Every Hero Has A Journey

Every Journey Has An End

Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ “The Dark Knight Rises” is the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Leading an all-star international cast, Oscar® winner Christian Bale (“The Fighter”) again plays the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Anne Hathaway, as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy, as Bane; Oscar® winner Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”), as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as John Blake. Returning to the main cast, Oscar® winner Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”) plays Alfred; Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon; and Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”) reprises the role of Lucius Fox.

The screenplay is written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer. The film is produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven, who previously teamed on “Batman Begins” and the record-breaking blockbuster “The Dark Knight.” The executive producers are Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull, with Jordan Goldberg serving as co-producer. The film is based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Batman was created by Bob Kane.
The Dark Knight Rises

Harry Potter vs Star Wars (redux)

To see the full size version click HERE.
Inspired by this inforgraphic on Blastr, I re-tooled it to meet my own needs. Yes, not only is this inspired by someone elses work, it is a blatant ripoff. I make no claims to the originality of the idea, just the inspiration.

July 15, 2011

The Great Mouse Defective

So Maddy pulled 'The Great Mouse Detective' off the shelf yesterday and said she wanted to watch it. Okay I thought, we hadn't watched it yet, she was interested (it's got cute mice right?) and I vaguely remember it was supposed to be good (had not seen it in, like, forever) so we popped it in and settled back... Well, what the H*** was that!?!?

This supposed Disney Classic is by far the WORST Disney animated feature I have ever seen!

Right from the get-go this movie is dark, violent and frightening. Then there are all the technical problems the most glaring of which is the sub-par animation that looked about as good as say, Disney's Gummi Bears or maybe Duck Tales. On second thought it wasn't even that good. The original songs are weak, uninspiring and in one instance damn near sexually explicit! The poor voice casting and the lack-luster script weren't helping either... Why is Uncle Scrooge disguised as a mouse? At times even I had trouble following the plot or actually caring about the characters and their plight.

I watched in ever-growing horror and disbelief spending half the movie calming Maddy's fears and and the other half hoping she wouldn't ask why that mean cat ate that poor mouse or why that girl mouse is taking off her clothes (see video below)!

If this were a live action film today it would be rated at a minimum PG-13 and perhaps even R. Smoking, drinking, exotic dancers, gun play and other violence that I (as an adult) would enjoy (ie; Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes) are uncomfortably out of place in a G-rated Disney movie.

I have since removed the movie from Maddy's shelf and I pray she forgets about it until she's older. And to her credit, this morning she pulled out 'The Rescuers Down Under' for us to watch after school today. (Yes please, comment away!)

Not every film in Disney's collection is a true classic and the late 70' to early 90's is fraught with failures and forgettables. BUT while a lot of Disney's early animated features (and some of the 90's masterpieces) are full of evil, violence, action and even death, they were handled so much more skillfully, gracefully and artistically. Maddy adores 'Snow White' and 'Beauty and the Beast.' She had very little trouble handling 'Bambi' and she loves 'Tangled.' But none of them made her cower and cringe like 'The Great Mouse Detective.'

So to the House of Mouse I say this: Stick Basil of Baker Street back in the vault with Br'er Rabbit and forget that he's in there.

Would you want your three-year old daughter watching this scene?

Martin Scorcese's "Hugo" - Trailer

Hugo tells the story of an orphan boy living a secret life in the walls of a Paris train station. With the help of an eccentric girl, he searches for the answer to a mystery linking the father he recently lost, the ill-tempered toy shop owner living below him and a heart shaped lock, seemingly without a key. Based on Brian Selznick's award winning and imaginative New York Times bestseller, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, this magical tale is Academy Award(R)-winner Martin Scorsese's first film shot in 3D.

Directed by Martin Scorsese
Written by John Logan
Based on the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Starring: Asa Butterfield, Chloe Grace Moretz, Sacha Baron Cohen, Ben Kingsley, Jude Law, Ray Winstone, Christopher Lee, Helen McCrory, Richard Griffiths, Frances de la Tour, Emily Mortimer, Michael Stuhlbarg

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

July 14, 2011

Rediscovering [Walt] Disney: Vintage Advertising: "Song of the South"

Boxoffice Magazine 11/9/46 - Click on Image to Enlarge
Song of the South is an 1946 animated film based on the Uncle Remus stories written by Joel Chandler Harris, which were based on African-American folk tales.

The film have not been released on VHS in the U.S.A. and on DVD & Blu-Ray worldwide because of accusations of racism, but the film maintains a strong following with many Disney fans. It features the song Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, which won the Academy Award for Best Song and is still a popular favorite; James Baskett's performance as Uncle Remus won him a Honorary Academy Award in 1948. The film's animated segments inspired the popular Splash Mountain ride and the 8 main characters, Sally, Toby, Favers Brothers, Mrs Favers, Brer Rabbit, Brer Bear, and Brer Fox are still frequently seen at the Disney Parks. However, because many children today have not seen Song of the South due to the fact it has not been released on home video in the United States, visitors to Splash Mountain have often been perplexed as to what Disney characters are featured in the ride. (via The DisneyWiki)

Rediscovering [Walt] Disney: Vintage Advertising: "The Three Caballeros"

Boxoffice Magazine 1/27/45 - Click on Image to Enlarge

The Three Caballeros is the seventh full-length animated feature film in the Disney canon. It is a sequel to Saludos Amigos and like that film features Donald Duck and the Brazilian parrot Jose Carioca, as well as a new character, the Mexican Panchito Pistoles. Like its predecessor, the film was part of a good will effort for South America, however, it is considered to be less propagandist than Saludos Amigos . (via The DisneyWiki)

Arthur Christmas - Trailer

Set on Christmas night, the story of Arthur Christmas at last reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child's question: 'So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?' The answer: Santa's exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the heart of the film is a story with the ingredients of a Christmas classic – a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Arthur, with an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns.

McAvoy leads the cast as Arthur, the good-natured but clumsy younger son of Santa. Arthur LOVES everything to do with Christmas; indeed, he is the only one in his family still captivated by the magic of the holiday. Laurie will play Arthur's older brother Steve, heir to the reins, a cool, incredibly capable guy who has given the North Pole high-tech efficiency, military-style precision. Broadbent plays Santa, who pictures himself as the guy in charge at the North Pole, but is now more of a figurehead as the operation has outgrown him. Nighy plays Santa's 136-year-old father, Grandsanta, a cranky old codger who hates the modern world, is always grumbling that Christmas 'was better when I was Santa' and has a tense relationship with Steve, who he calls 'A postman with a spaceship.' Jensen will play Bryony, a lowly elf from the Giftwrap Battalion, with an eager-to-please attitude and an obsession with wrapping and bows. Imelda Staunton rounds out the cast as Mrs. Santa, dedicated wife and mother to her husband and sons.

Read more: Arthur Christmas - Trailers, Videos, and Reviews ComingSoon.net Movie Database

Arthur Christmas
Aardman Animations

The Pirates: Band of Misfits - Trailer

Hugh Grant, starring in his first animated role, is the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain – a boundlessly enthusiastic, if somewhat less-than-successful, terror of the High Seas. With a rag-tag crew at his side (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen), and seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him, the Captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) to the much coveted Pirate Of The Year Award. It's a quest that takes our heroes from the shores of exotic Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. Along the way they battle a diabolical queen (Imelda Staunton) and team up with a haplessly smitten young scientist (David Tennant), but never lose sight of what a pirate loves best: adventure!
Aardman Animations

July 13, 2011

Happy Birthday Harrison Ford - 69 years young!

It's not the age, it's the mileage! ~ Indiana Jones
Harrison Ford (born July 13, 1942) is an American film actor and producer. He is famous for his performances as Han Solo in the original Star Wars trilogy and as the title character of the Indiana Jones film series. Ford is also known for his roles as Rick Deckard in Blade Runner, John Book in Witness and Jack Ryan in Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger. His four-decade career also includes roles in several other Hollywood blockbusters, including Presumed Innocent, The Fugitive, Air Force One, and What Lies Beneath. At one point, three of the top five box-office hits of all time included one of his roles. Five of his films have been inducted into the National Film Registry.

In 1997, Ford was ranked No.1 in Empire's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. As of July 2008, the United States domestic box office grosses of Ford's films total almost US$3.4 billion, with worldwide grosses surpassing $6 billion, making Ford the third highest grossing U.S. domestic box-office star. (via Wikipedia)

Who's scruffy-looking? ~ Han Solo
His father was Irish, his mother Russian-Jewish. He was a lackluster student at Maine Township High School East in Park Ridge Illinois (no athletic star, never above a C average). After dropping out of Ripon College in Wisconsin, where he did some acting and later summer stock, he signed a Hollywood contract with Columbia and later Universal. His roles in movies and TV ("Ironside" (1967), "The Virginian" (1962)) remained secondary and, discouraged, he turned to a career in professional carpentry. He came back big four years later, however, as Bob Falfa in American Graffiti (1973). Four years after that he hit colossal with the role of Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). Another four years and Ford was Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).

Four years later and he received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for his role as John Book in Witness (1985). All he managed four years after that was his third starring success as Indiana Jones; in fact, many of his earlier successful roles led to sequels as did his more recent portrayal of Jack Ryan in Patriot Games (1992). Another Golden Globe nomination came his way for the part of Dr. Richard Kimble in The Fugitive (1993). (via IMDb)

You may get real tired watching me, but I'm not going to quit. ~ Harrison Ford

Rediscovering [Walt] Disney: Vintage Advertising: "Victory Through Air Power"

Boxoffice Magazine 7/3/43 - Click on Image to Enlarge
Victory Through Air Power is a film that was produced during World War II based on a book of the same title by Alexander P. de Seversky that urged the US Government to put more resources into aviation for the war effort. It utilized both live-action and animation. (via DisneyWiki)