Movies

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The constant presence of smartphones have helped us see the world in a different way. Many of us are guilty of spending too much time with our heads turned downward looking at our phone, but the device can also inspire us. History professor Francois Dourlen uses his iPhone to insert scenes from movies into real life settings; it’s creative and the effect is amusing. Dourlen explains:

Like many people, I always imagine weird things when I walk in the street, when I work or when I’m home. But I never found a good way to tell what goes through my head.

One day, wanting to make a joke with friends, I replaced a statue of Napoleon in Cherbourg with a picture of my little pony in my phone and took a picture. I had so much fun that I put it on facebook, people immediately liked.

He’s made memorable images with scenes from Lord of the Rings, Thor, Edward Scissorhands, and more. They’re all fantastic.

See more of Dourlen’s photos after the break.

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Jason Reitman is staging a one-night-only live-read of The Empire Strikes Back as part of an ongoing monthly series which has included The Princess Bride, Ghostbusters, American Beauty and more.

Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul will be taking on the role of nascent Jedi Luke Skywalker, while (one of my fave actors ever) J.K Simmons (Spider-Man‘s J. Jonah Jameson) will play Darth Vader.

Currently, Reitman also has his cast for Yoda (Kevin Pollak), Lando Calrissian (Dennis Haysbert), and C-3PO (Stephen Merchant). No word yet on casting for Han Solo and Leia.

The show is being held tonight, December 18th, at the Ace Hotel Theater in LA. Tickets, as you might expect, have already sold out.

(via EW)

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The Hobbit was one slim book that’s been stretched way out into three films. Now we’ve got an Honest Trailer for Desolation of Smaug that tells it like it really is, from a vault that looks like it belongs to Scrooge McDuck to a bunch of Dwarves that are captured by everyone and everything.

See the video after the break.

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That’s A Huge Titan

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The latest poster for the live-action version of Attack on Titan shows that the titans are going to be a lot bigger than their manga versions. The colossal titan in the manga and television anime were roughly 200-feet tall, but this one looks to be even more, well…colossal. The poster was revealed at an Attack on Titan exhibit in Tokyo. Translated by Anime News Network, it reads:

The world is cruel.

Creator Hajime Isayama
x Director Shinji Higuchi
x Special Effects Director Katsuro Onoue

Attack on Summer 2015.

This movie is looking really good. Is it summertime yet?

(Anime News Network via io9)

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Many of the sounds from the Star Wars films are as recognizable as the characters, locations, and ships. One of those sounds is the one the Millennium Falcon made when it failed to jump to hyperspace. In this video interview with sound engineer Ben Burtt from way back in 1980, he plays all the disparate sounds that came together to make that one familiar sound effect. The dentist’s office, the bathroom, and a 1928 biplane all combine with five other sounds to get the finished product.

See and hear it all come together in the video after the break.

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The role of Batman will be played by Ben Affleck in the upcoming Batman vs Superman movie. His predecessor, Christian Bale, admitted that he’s a little jealous of Affleck taking over the part.

Naturally, that begs the question—what does Michael Keaton think? He settled it all in an interview with Short List. When they asked if he was jealous of Affleck he answered:

No. Do you know why? Because I’m Batman. I’m very secure in that.

Everyone else, take off your capes and go home. The Batman has spoken.

(via io9)

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In case you missed it over the weekend, Saturday Night Live did a mashup of The Office with everyone from Middle-Earth and it’s simply brilliant. It’s a spin on the UK version of course, and the impressions are spot on, especially with Martin Freeman returning to The Office as Bilbo. Hey, they had to do something once all the epic battles were over, why not work in an office selling paper?

See the video after the break.

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Beds

Movie theater seats certainly don’t compare to lying in bed and watching a movie at home in terms of comfort. With that in mind, IKEA replaced all the seats in this theater in Khimki, Russia with beds complete with pillows, sheets, and snuggly comforters. It wasn’t just for the video shoot either. The theater will be keeping the beds through December 14th.

I really, really hope they’re washing the sheets.

See the video after the break.

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Roberto Orci is no longer directing Star Trek 3. You probably aren’t all that broken up about it. However, he explained a little about his departure over on TrekMovie saying that he will remain “very involved” and is excited about the movie.  He also refuted that he was let go over issues he had over a Vulcan time travel plotline saying that, “No time travel was ever considered, fyi.”

As for his replacement, Jonathan Frakes has said that’s he’s absolutely up for the job. He told KOMO News:

I’m all over it. I’m all over it […] I would love that job… I say, unabashedly, I’d be great at it and would love to do it. I’m trying to keep the lid on how excited I am about the possibility, knowing it’s such a long shot. But there’s nothing I would like better.

Apparently, he’s even spoken with Abrams and his agent has spoken to Paramount about getting him on the film. What do you think about Commander Ryker taking the job? Would you prefer that a director like Edgar Wright (who is rumored to be in the running) take the helm?

If you’re down with Riker,  you can get in on the #BringInRiker campaign that’s currently going strong on Twitter.

(io9 and Blastr via The Mary Sue)

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Penguins are cute. Judge Dredd is a badass. Combine the two and you have the cutest badass in the world. This is an 11.5 cm statue created by Blind Mouse Toys that has turned Judge Dredd into a penguin. He was designed by Daniel Balmforth and Steve Scholz, and painted by sculptor Joe Amaro to look perfectly adorable. He may be the law but he’s going to be hard not to hug.

See more pictures after the break.

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