Soderbergh: study Raiders of the Lost Ark as a silent black & white film

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Director Steven Soderbergh removed the dialogue and color from Raiders of the Lost Ark to fully showcase Spielberg's mastery of visual staging.

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Trailer: Big Eyes, Tim Burton's film about the Keane art scandal

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Here's the first trailer for "Big Eyes," Tim Burton's forthcoming film about the strange 1950s story of talented artist Margaret Keane (Amy Adams) whose sociopath husband Walter Keane (Christopher Waltz) took all credit for his wife's incredibly popular and influential paintings.

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World's finest soundtrack reissue labels merge (and 2001's lost score!)

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My two favorite soundtrack reissue labels, Death Waltz Records and Mondo, have united, and the vinyl gods are pleased.

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Rubbery, crawling robot can traverse snow, fire

Harvard's Michael Tolley created the 65cm long, soft, pneumatic robot whose operating parameters allow it to run over -9'C terrain or walk through naked flames (for 20 seconds, at least).

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Movie scenes recut from stock footage

Iconic movies and movie scenes recreated using stock footage. My favorite is The Shining, at 22 seconds in. (Thanks, Gil Kaufman!)

Richard "Jaws" Kiel, RIP

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Richard Kiel who played the steel-toothed Jaws in the James Bond films The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979) has died; he was 74 and 7-foot-2.

Star Wars sans music

Watch this Auralnauts video to see the importance of John Williams' bombastic score to Star Wars. (Thanks, Gil Kaufman!)

Short film: THANKS

Tom Patterson's short film "Thanks" sets a deep hook, then yanks it loose with a sharp tug. Beautiful and moving and only 12:37 (and they made it in less than 24h!). (Thanks, Tom!)

The Immortal Augustus Gladstone movie: now free

Augustus Gladstone, a feature film presented by Boing Boing, is now available to watch for free on Vimeo and Youtube. Enjoy!

From Robyn Miller, the co-creator of Myst, comes a story of alienation and love in the digital age. Meet Augustus Gladstone, a "156 year old vampire" who seeks celebrity and craves connection via social networks. But the line between fantasy and reality is blurred when a documentary film crew prods too deeply into Augustus' private life, sparking an irreversible chain of events.

The rise and fall of Vampira, dark goddess of horror

Dig Me, Vampira was like nothing that had yet appeared in television’s brief existence. Premiering on April 30, 1954, it became an instant hit in the Los Angeles area. Then things exploded. By W. Scott Poole.

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Hello Kitty Avengers


The amazing Hello Kitty Avengers meme started back in (at least) May, but has only picked up steam since then, growing to encompass many other Supers. (via Wil Wheaton)

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How Stargate inspired a cult following

The science fiction classic is 20 years old. Lisa Granshaw reports on the franchise’s growth and fanbase, and the buzz–and mixed feelings–surrounding its forthcoming big-screen reboot.

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Martin Scorsese making a movie about The Ramones

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One of numerous projects underway to celebrate The Ramones' 40th anniversary next year is a film involving Martin Scorsese! (Billboard)

Which Hellraiser movies are worth watching?

Having watched all nine Hellraiser movies (yes, nine) in an epic feat of procrastination, JWZ provides a helpful summary of which ones have held up, and which ones were never very good in the first place (top pick: Hellseeker, which I'd never heard of)

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Tripping on Hollywood: We Buy Your Kids' psychotronic movie posters

Australian psychedelic designers We Buy Your Kids turn their third eye to science fiction and cult movie posters for a mind-bending new gallery show.

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