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Monday Morning Mixer: Let's remember Capacitance Electronic Discs (What?)

Posted July 14, 2014, 1:07 PM

Your usual host John is off today. He's selling a house and preparing to move. You know, minor stuff. That allows you and I to have some personal time over morning afternoon coffee. How you doin'?

I've been thinking lately about video formats. We've gone through quite a few over the years: VHS, Beta, UMD, HD-DVD. Those are just the most prominent of obsolete video mediums. There are a number of others that Hollywood has tried and abandoned over the years. My pal Tommy over at the Top Hat Sasquatch blog reminded me of RCA SelectaVision video discs. No, not LaserDiscs. These were the precursor to LaserDiscs that used a stylus to read the 12" platter rather than a laser. Basically, they were record players that played video on a connected TV.

They were also called Capacitance Electronic Discs, or CEDs, but...

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What if 'Star Wars' had stingers...

Posted July 10, 2014, 5:07 PM

I wish I could take credit for this idea, but I can't. I'm completely stealing the idea from the Star Wars Minute podcast, but it's too good not to discuss further.

For those that don't know the Star Wars Minute podcast is a podcast where they dissect the Star Wars films minute by minute. Each episode centers around one minute from the films and the concept is so simple that it's brilliant.

Well, occasionally there are some minutes that aren't so spectacular. Those minutes in the credits for example are rather boring and yet they still find plenty to talk about. In the discussion on the 124th minute of The Empire Strikes Back, they hit upon something that is pure genius.

What would be the post-credits stinger of The Empire Strikes Back if it was filmed today?

It seems that most of Hollywood's big...

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Will Angelina Jolie sniff an Oscar nom for directing 'Unbroken'?

Posted July 10, 2014, 3:07 PM

Last year, hubby Brad Pitt took home an Oscar when the film he produced 12 Years a Slave won top honors for Best Picture, but this year might belong to Angelina Jolie. It's no secret that Unbroken is positioned as Oscar bait with its Christmas day release date, but with today's trailer the gauntlet has been thrown down.

The focus here is on the heroic efforts of Louis Zamperini, whose life story is at the center of this incredible journey. As I mentioned back when Universal optioned the book, Zamperini's story would make for one epic film, but there was some trepidation when it was announced that Jolie would be making her directing debut on the project.

There's always a bit of fear associated with the unknown, but I think this trailer goes a long way to putting those fears to rest...

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'Hunger Games' ramps up 'Mockingjay' marketing

Posted July 9, 2014, 5:07 PM

If there's one thing about the upcoming final film, er films, in The Hunger Games series that I've been looking forward to it's how they were going to incorporate some of the more guerrilla efforts that District 13 used to usurp President Snow. Well, it seems that today we got a glimpse into the answer.

If splitting the last book into two films wasn't enough, it seems that they created content that will be used solely for the marketing of the film. No big deal, right? I mean big films do that all of the time, but there's something different with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

A couple of weeks ago, they dropped a seemingly harmless address from President Snow aimed at rallying the districts of Panem around the Capitol. The innocuous piece was interesting in that it gave us the...

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Don't believe the hype, Kevin Smith did not write a fake 'Superman' script

Posted July 8, 2014, 4:07 PM

Kevin Smith has given himself the self-appointed moniker "Silent Bob" in his films, but the man behind the myth is anything but quiet. When Kevin Smith speaks, people listen like he's EF Hutton (for you youngsters, I've included a video below so that you can get this pop culture reference).

So, it's no surprise that when rumors started circulating that he had written a disinformation campaign script for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the man himself would address them in short order.

In fact, in true Kevin Smith fashion, he did more than that. He teased and coaxed us all that a statement would be forthcoming today.

RIDDLE ME THIS! What's the only day of the week you can always count on? Come back then and I'll tell you a story about a very dark night...— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) July 7, 2014

Riddle...

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'Gone Girl' trailer knocks it out of the park

Posted July 7, 2014, 4:07 PM

Gone Girl is a divisive, unsettling book. So it's no surprise that the film looks to be just as unnerving as the book. When my wife watched the first trailer for the film, she was not impressed.

Personally, I enjoyed the dichotomy of the upbeat song playing over the absolute depravity that is this film's story, but it wasn't for everyone. My wife, for instance, wanted to see more of the dialog and how they were going to feature Amy's diary.

I told her to have faith. It's directed by David Fincher I said.

She remained skeptical, but I was already circling October 3 on my calendar.

Thankfully, the latest trailer which hit today eased her fears and we are both now counting down the days to October 3. There are 88 days until Gone Girl hits theaters by the way.

I don't know...

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Monday Morning Mixer: Transformers still top dino

Posted July 7, 2014, 12:07 PM

So, it looks like Michael Bay is going to get the last laugh yet again. I'll give it to him, he sure knows how to make big action Summer blockbusters that people will pay good money to see.

Well, most people.

There were three new films to contend with the man of robotic beasts, but there really wasn't a true competitor among them. And really, why would there be? I mean this was the weekend of American excess and patriotism and what better way to celebrate our forefathers than by watching larger than life transforming robots do battle with other huge robots?

Isn't that the very definition of the American Way?

Well, it is for Michael Bay and thankfully he's got plenty of followers to make sure that he continues to make films for a long, long time.

But enough of the niceties. How about...

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