Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 is coming to theaters this November, and the propaganda public relations machinery is getting in its first swing.
In a new trailer posted on YouTube Wednesday and embedded below, you’ll get to see Donald Sutherland as President Snow, the creepy dictator-like leader of Panem, the totalitarian state that runs the teens-killing-teens Hunger Games as a way to control the means of production via fear and sweeping promises of security.
It’s a creepy trailer that looks like a propaganda film, with President Snow mouthing platitudes and a brainwashed Peeta Mellark, played by Josh Hutcherson, standing at Snow’s right hand, staring up into the sky (or ceiling).
Anyone who read my review of Jurassic Park Builder for iOS knows that I’m a fan of the Jurassic Park franchise — and like a lot of fans of the series I’m eagerly awaiting Jurassic World, the forthcoming movie sequel set to stomp into movie theatres June 12, 2015.
For those of us craving plot details like a t-rex craves human-sized snacks, director Colin Trevorrow recently shed some light in an interview for SlashFilm.
Disney has announced the screenwriter-director combo who will helm the new Star Wars standalone film. The writer will be Gary Whitta, a tech nerd turned screenwriter who has written the dialogue to some of the best adventure games on the Mac and iPad. As for the director? He’s behind the number one movie at the box office right now, Godzilla.
When Disney bought Marvel Studios, they gained a huge backlog of intellectual properties and stories to mine. The Avengers and the various supporting live-action superhero flicks like Ironman and Thor were just the beginning, as we can see from this new trailer (below) for upcoming animated adventure, Big Hero 6, based on the comic of the same name.
“Big Hero 6 [is] an action comedy adventure about brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada,” says the Disney press release, “who finds himself in the grips of a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the fast-paced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo. With the help of his closest companion – a robot named Baymax – Hiro joins forces with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters on a mission to save their city.”
The show that kickstarted the "TV shows are the new movies" craze can now be streamed in its entirety, letting you laugh, cry, and cringe as Tony Soprano struggles to balance his troubled home life while also running the New Jersey-based DiMeo crime family.
My DVD of Flight of the Conchords season 1 is beat to hell after keeping it on repeat every Sunday morning for two years. Bret and Jemaine's zany attempts to find love and becomes rock gods were the funniest thing on HBO before Eastbound and Down and Silicon Valley came along. It's a shame they only made two seasons.
I loved Breaking Bad but The Wire's expansive view of crime and corruption in Baltimore tops the transformation of Walter White as one of the best TV shows ever. The series dives into all the city's dark cracks, from drug dealing gangsters at Hamsterdam, stevedores trying to make ends meets, and the cunning bastards destroying the everyone's hopes and dreams from City Hall.
Other than its top notch TV series, HBO also has some great documentaries. Even though Katrina hit nearly a decade-ago, Spike Lee's When the Levees Broke is one of HBO's best, showcasing how New Orleans residents' lives were completely upended by the death, disease and devastation that followed the storm's wake.
Ian McShane's performance as Al Swearengen is one TV's all-time greatest western characters thanks to the grit and realism interwoven with historical truths, as the show's lead writer David Milch, uses the 1870's west to study how civilization gels together from chaos by rallying around a uniting symbol - gold.
It’s time to cancel your cable subscription. The best TV shows, movies, and documentaries have landed on Amazon Prime thanks to a deal with HBO that unleashes the networks’ exceptional collection of content to the Internet for the first time ever.
Starting today Amazon Prime users can catch up on entire seasons of HBO’s top shows by streaming them to your Mac, iPhone, or iPad at absolutely no extra cost. It’s an unprecedented treasure trove of greatness that required an HBO GO subscription to access until today when it was finally set free for the first time ever.
HBO has been reluctant to embrace a paid-streaming model that would cut its ties to lucrative cable subscriptions, but the move is a sign that a top-down approach could be on the way as HBO adds its GO app to Amazon Fire TV and other services.
The entire HBO lineup isn’t available quite yet, but the company says shows like Veep and The Newsroom will be added once they pass their third seasons, making them available for the low-cost of a $79 annual Amazon Prime subscription.
Here are five shows you should start binging on today.
There’s a scene in recent movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier in which Steve Rogers checks a list of things he’s missed since he took the cold plunge into the ice after his exploits in World War II.
In the U.S. version of the movie, the list looks like this:
Take all the butt-kicking action of the King of Iron Fist Tournament,
add Jon Foo, and what could go wrong? Well, just about any animated character is a better actor than Foo. And the draw for the game — with combat action in the round — is kind of a given, you know, in an actual film.
Confession: There was many a cheap thrill to be had with the epic
PlayStation game upon which this film was based. Hooked up to a halfway decent stereo, the haunted-house aspect with the tense music and fright factor got me. Every.
Single. Time. The movie? Less of a jolt and more one long, boring buzz.
The franchise holds the record for most film adaptations -- evidently
they’re still trying to get it right.
Even Angelina Jolie, whose eye-popping curves perfectly embody everyone’s favorite archaeologist/adventuress, couldn’t save this. And neither could Daniel Craig. The movie made a vast, glittering pile of cash, so they made another one that was panned even more harshly than the original.
Usually you don’t think of games as having great plots (like porn?) but
the later iterations of Prince of Persia actually did. Epic journeys, curses, trials to
overcome, etc. -- Joseph Campbell probably would have approved. Shame
about the movie. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as the prince and Ben Kingsley as
the baddie. It made a ton of money but also made your life pointlessly
shorter by 116 minutes.
I’ll have a super-size dose of whatever the guys who green-lighted an
entire movie based on the adventures of two Italian-American plumbers in
Brooklyn had. Sure, there are floods and romance and dinosaur bones and
villains to be fought. But the movie was a super bob-omb, even though the best costume
award it won means we’ll be seeing variations on the amiable Bob
Hoskins' Mario outfit for many Halloweens to come.
This is one of those straight-outta-Japan offerings that you either get
or don’t. I never got it. The game or the movie. The animated film about
a dystopian future besieged by aliens won plaudits for its amazing
animation, fruit of a team of 200 and four years of effort. But the movie tanked,
bringing Square Pictures down with it.
Director John Moore brought the story of cold-case detective Max Payne on a
mission to life in this “neo-noir action” flick. It’s only loosely based on
the game, and Mark Wahlberg fits the lead role about as well as a pair
of too-old Calvin boxers with crenelated elastic.
Angry Birds is coming to a big screen near you. Rovio Entertainment is taking the epic battle of birds-versus-pigs from your iPhone to the cinema, in 3-D, and launching it into the wide, wide world in July 2016.
We’re aflutter with anticipation: Can they actually make a movie based on a video game worth watching? It’s happened time and time again that our favorite living room brain-cell killer was transported to the land of plush seats and buttery popcorn only to disappoint.
Most video games turn into celluloid duds even though we stupidly paid to see them; Rotten Tomatoes gives Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within only a 44 percent approval rating. The rest go down from there.
In the gallery above, you’ll find a brutal rundown of the best of the worst video game-cum-movies that Rovio should watch — as a reminder of what not to do.
Pixar films are always generous with their Apple product placements. Maybe it's because they're so simple a toy can use them, which is exactly what happens in Toy Story 3 when Woody uses Bonnie's Mac to Google directions back to Andy's house.
You've Got Mail
Meg Ryan's PowerBook was such a crucial plot point in You've Got Mail that it was visible for nearly four minutes of the 119-minute-long romantic comedy. The other 115 minutes might have been filled with a repeating loop of the AOL chime for all we know.
Phil Dunphy’s love of the Apple has been a reoccuring theme on Modern Family, but the best episode of all was when Steve Jobs and Jesus conspired to have the launch of the iPad fall on his birthday.
A Mac saves the world from imminent alien annihilation in Independence Day. His holiness Steve Jobs couldn't have written a better plot to glorify his creation's powers than Jeff Goldblum’s brilliant intergalactic hackery, powered by a PowerBook 5300.
In the terrorist-soaked world of Jack Bauer’s 24, the war of Mac versus PC is almost literal. The Washington Post notes that all the good guys on the show use Macs and the baddies are stuck on PCs, but some of the heroes eventually adopted HPs later in the series.
Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy have had an iFest on NBC’s 30 Rock, with one episode's plot using Find My iPhone to locate Liz's lost device, while Alex Baldwin is always showing people pictures on his iPhone.
Friends With Benefits
I imagine Justin Timberlake's charms usually circumvent the necessity to swear an oath of unholy platonic sex with right hand on an iPad Bible app, but in Friends with Benefits, Mila Kunis swings him into it. But it was just a fake bible so it was totally cool to break the promise later.
The Big Bang Theory
The physics geeks of The Big Bang Theory have been spotted using MacBooks from time to time but the love affair started in the first season when roommates Leonard and Sheldon were playing a MMORPG with friends. Though all the computers are covered with stickers, it looks like the only Mac user at the time was university researcher Raj.
House of Cards
What does the most conniving, vengeful man in Washington, D.C., use to run his quest for political domination? Apple, of course. And it's not just Francis Underwood. Reporter Kloe Barnes is also spotted throughout House of Cards getting scoops from her iPhone, even as death comes barreling through the subway.
Sex and the City
Carrie Bradshaw introduced millions of women to the coolness of Macs, thanks to the trusty PowerBook G3 she used to write her weekly column. It was due to the popularity of Sex and the City that el Jobso may have eventually relented on having the logo flipped around so it'd look right-side up when you see someone using it.
Before every hipster college student was toting a MacBook into the lecture hall, Reese Witherspoon's fashion-obsessed character in Legally Blonde absolutely had to have Jony Ive's unapologetically sherbet iBook in class to match her threads. Apple has ditched the colorful plastic, but MacBooks have only gotten more popular on campus.
Back To The Future
In the opening minutes of 1989’s Back to the Future II, Marty McFly lands in 2015, where hover-cars loom, Jaws 19 in 3D plays in movie theaters and folks sport layered outfits that only a daltonic could love. In an antiques store, Michael J. Fox does a double take over a “vintage” Mac sitting next to other '80s relics like a Dustbuster and a bottle of Perrier.
Men In Black 2
To retrieve vital info from that could save Earth from an intergalactic disaster, Men in Black II’s Will Smith decides to use an illegal deneuralizer. Of course getting his hands on one requires making a deal with Jeebs, whose rickety setup is cobbled together with a food mixer, a house fan and some stolen A/V gear -- all controlled with an iMac G3.
After her cellphone gets stolen by an eagle in The Proposal, Sandra Bullock's character picks up a replacement at the town general store and then goes to the only Internet cafe around to find all of her 37 urgent messages using an iMac G3 connected to civilization via a coin-operated modem.
Zack and Miri Make a Porno
Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks look to solve their cash-flow problems in Zack and Miri Make a Porno by making adult films on their clamshell MacBook. The movie also had a part for Justin Long — “Get a Mac” Apple adman — as a gay porno star, leaving at least one person to suggest the actor is an Apple endorsement, too.
In The Office, Dunder Mifflin's computer of choice was Apple for years during the early seasons before HP eventually bought up some promotional rights. Wanting to be the world's coolest boss, Michael Scott bought a video iPod for the White Elephant gift exchange in the Christmas episode, while MacBooks lingered around the conference room and other desks later in the series.
The blissful stupidity of Derek Zoolander and Hansel still gets us stoked for Orange Mocha Frappuccinos and gas station fuel-pump fights, but the male model duo took tech problems to all new heights in Zoolander as they struggled to open the iMac G3 carrying the files to stop Mugatu.
The new host of The Late Show is taking his Apple obsession with him. Stephen Colbert's been spotted pimping Apple products across the country, from toting iPads at the Grammys to posting selfies with the great Dave Letterman himself.
Hollywood loves Apple almost as much as it loves itself.
The passionate affair burned for decades before Samsung came snapping celebrity selfies with Ellen at the Oscars and dishing out enough paid endorsements to finance the next Star Wars trilogy.
Apple plans to fight back with its own buzz marketer in New York to keep its products in the hands of the elite and glamorous. But Cupertino has never had a problem getting its products on the big screen and into the coolest TV shows — even though Apple swears it doesn’t pay a dime for product placements. Here are 18 of the most iconic Apple cameos to hit the screen.
I keep a movie to-watch list, a plain text list somewhere in my Dropbox. And as you may have guessed, I never read it. What I probably need is an app like Moviedo, a to-do list for movies that runs on your iPhone.
I’m all for getting my stuff into iTunes more efficiently, aren’t you? Jordan Merrick is, too, and he’s come up with a brilliant way to do just that. He’s also got a great site full of clever tips there as well. Really, go check it out.
The default way, says Merrick, for media to get to iTunes is like this: drag and drop a folder full of music or a video you’ve converted from DVD to iTunes. iTunes takes said media, copies it, and places it into its own special folder structure.
What happens in this case is that you’re left holding two copies of that album or video — one in your iTunes folder and one wherever you pulled it from. That’s kind of silly, if you ask me, especially if you back up regularly. No one needs two copies of anything on their hard drive.
Luckily, there’s a cool folder in your iTunes folder that lets you add stuff directly to iTunes. Sadly, it’s pretty buried, but Merrick will show you a better way.