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John Carpenter will soon be going on a worldwide tour with his band, playing some of his most memorable compositions from movies such as ‘Escape from New York’ and ‘The Fog’, as well as entirely new pieces. Sacred Bones Records released this video of a studio session of a new rendition of the ‘Escape from New York’ theme, which sounds pretty damn great. A link to tickets for the tour can be found below:
Sacred Bones is also releasing Halloween b/w Escape from New York AND Assault on Precinct 13 b/w The Fog on 12″ vinyl, as well as all four pieces on iTunes. Note that these are currently pre-orders.
Anovos is a company that deals in high-quality, licensed props from popular science-fiction properties, such as Battlestar Galactica and Star Wars. This time, they’re offering a movie-accurate Proton Pack Kit from the original Ghostbusters movies. The kit is constructed of fiberglass, metal, polyurethane, PVC, and ABS plastic, and comes complete with vinyl decal set and working toggle switches and buttons. It doesn’t come with the glues, paint, and tools necessary to construct it, nor the frame and straps, the later of which is to be sold separately.
Also, they’ll be offering an optional light and sound electronics package with movie sound effects at a later date.
While Episode 6 proves that Stormtroopers are incapable of hitting an Ewok at any range, I still felt the above target, sent in as a tip from admin over at Soldier Systems Daily, was worth a post. However, it would be remiss of me not to try and figure out where it came from, since that info wasn’t provided. Luckily, a quick Google image search revealed that this, and other targets, are likely the work of Deviant Art user ‘theCrow65′, who didn’t just stop at Ewoks, but has an entire line of Stormtrooper targets, including Han, Leia, Tusken Raiders, and my personal favorite:
You can check out the rest of theCrow65’s work at thecrow65.deviantart.com/art/stormtrooper-target-V-110383878.
In my opinion, Deadpool is probably the very best comic-to-movie transition yet released, and there has been some really good ones both before and currently with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s a very hard ‘R’, but if that doesn’t bother you, it’s virtually a must-see.
Batfleck is kicking all kinds of ass in this trailer. I’m actually finally excited to see BvS when it comes out later this year.
Of the two Marvel property movie trailers that aired during last night’s Super Bowl, which one was better?
SHOT Show coverage will continue as expected, but since the new Suicide Squad trailer had to come out this week, I’m throwing it up before the show starts today. Honestly, this trailer makes the movie looks like solid fun.
As you might guess by the name, 10 Cloverfield Lane is the second movie in the Cloverfield franchise. With few details available, and the trailer not revealing much besides an underground bunker and a pissed-off, controlling, and possibly cabin feverish John Goodman (and two others), the question is:
Is this a direct sequel to Cloverfield, complete with giant monster(s), or a spiritual sequel with a similar premise?
We’ll have to wait until March 11th to find out.
It’s a trailer, so it’s meant to entice. Regardless, it looks like Fox is giving the Merc with a Mouth a much more comics-accurate portrayal than in Wolverine: Origins. Hopefully, when Deadpool comes out in February, it won’t suck.
Yeah, I kinda felt the same way. However, according to Simon Pegg, who co-wrote the film, the trailer isn’t really a good indicator of the tone of the film. I can buy that.
Die Klapperschlange or ‘The Rattlesnake’ is the alternative title for the German release of the 1981 John Carpenter classic ‘Escape from New York’, one of my favorite films of all time. I didn’t decide to post this poster for the trivia, but to bring attention to that rather unique rifle that Snake doesn’t get to use in the film proper (his primary arm in the film, for what it’s worth, is a suppressed MAC 10 outfitted with a rifle scope). It’s a bit difficult to determine exactly what model the rifle is, although if I had to guess it looks like some kind of AR variant with a unique pistol grip and a removed hand guard.
If anybody had more of a clue what it could be feel free to let me know in the comments section.
Predictably, they’re making a sequel to that Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot/remake/whatever. At least the original April from the 80s movies is going to be in it.
The newest Batman v Superman trailer does a decent job of hyping up the movie, however it also spoils some crucial plot points, as most modern trailers do. In that regard, this fan trailer does a much better job of keeping the tone of the original Trailer 2 without the spoilers, so if you haven’t already watched the original, stick with this one.
At the very appropriately named PredatorHelmetsDirect.com, you can purchase one of many motorcycle helmets stylized after the helmets utilized by the Yautja/Hish-qu-Ten species, better known as the Predators.
Spider-Man’s going to be in this one.
I’ve shown a few kill count supercut videos featuring action stars such as Van Damme and Schwarzenegger, but they have nothing on Luke Skywalker, the Jedi with a kill count of over 369,000, and yes, that does include the Death Star. Anyone want to take a guess on how many more victims he’ll rack up in Episode VII?
The prop M203 used in the movie Scarface by Tony Montana is now available for auction. The launcher is a custom job, individually hand crafted by the studio prop department with an extra-large trigger guard and wider ribbing on the barrel than an actual M203. After Scarface, the prop M203 was used in several other productions, with Predator being a notable example.
The launcher is connected to a non-firing replica Colt AR15, identical to the live firing gun used in most of the gunfire sequences. Originally, an M16A1 was used, however Scarface cinematographer John Alonzo determined “that the AR15’s firing sequence could be timed to synchronize with the Arriflex cameras, which would result in elongating the duration of muzzle flashes seen on film.” Cool stuff.
The prop launcher/rifle combo is currently at $13,000, with a starting bid of $10,000, and an estimated ending bid of $20,000 – $30,000. A bit too rich for my blood, but an iconic bit of cinema history regardless.
Ever wondered if you or someone else you know were a replicant? Well, the British Film Institute, in honor of re-screenings of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner The Final Cut have produced their own version of the Voight-Kampff test used by the Blade Runners in the film to identify potential replicants.
In case you were wondering, there’s an almost 40% chance I’m a replicant.
Wow, it’s a real trailer! Y’know, one that builds anticipation without spoiling the whole plot?