We simply cannot get enough of the “Django Unchained” trailer. Yes, we know that it’s just a trailer, but from the looks of it, Quentin Tarantino has made another film of mind-meltingly awesome genre mash-ups, the kind we know and love him for.
Since we know that you probably feel the same way about the “Django Unchained” trailer, I sat down with MTV News’ Josh Horowitz to break down the trailer in a brand new commentary video.
What secrets has Tarantino hidden is his trailer? What can we expect from Christoph Waltz? Why is Leonardo DiCaprio being such a creep? All your questions are answered in the trailer commentary above!
What did you think of the “Django Unchained” trailer? Let us know in the comments below and on Twitter!
Mike Posner is a busy man. That’s what you’re left with after this clip from the upcoming rock-doc, “No Room for Rockstars.”
The documentary, which is premiering at the independent film festival Slamdance, brings viewers an in-depth look behind the scenes of the Vans Warped Tour and the many musicians playing on it.
The crew on “No Room for Rockstars” shot over 300 hours of footage in order to portray exactly what it’s like as a touring musicians these days and to get a sense of what the alternative music scene is like today in general.
For Posner’s portion of the documentary, the singer opens up about what his home life is like and what touring means for him. The Warped gave him the unique opportunity to play 30 minute shows and then run off to the next gig. The clip gives a real sense of the on-your-toes lifestyle that the Warped Tour performers live while they’re moving around the country.
The documentary attempts to look at the Warped Tour from all angles, not just from the point of view of the many performing acts. The film also follows the stage managers who live for the tour, as well as, the young musicians who play out of vans in the parking lot, hoping that someone will hear them and give them their big break.
“No Room for Rockstars” will be out this spring.
What did you think of the clip from “No Room for Rockstars”? Let us know in the comments below and on Twitter!
The “Battleship” trailer has invaded theaters and computer screens, and MTV News has a few things to say about it.
By now you’ve probably seen the trailer in all its Taylor Kitsch-y, Brooklyn Decker-filled glory, but what you haven’t seen is the souped-up version featuring expert commentary from MTV Movie Blog head honcho Josh Wigler and MTV News Deputy Managing Editor Eric Ditzian.
Click on the video above to let the hilarity ensue, and then click past the jump to read even more thoughts on the trailer.
Clearly, no topic is off-limits, from Decker being in a role that’s very “new” for her to taking Alexander Skarsgård in any capacity that we can to comparing the awesome bubble visual effect to “The Simpsons Movie.” The guys thought the trailer could use at bit more Rihanna, and we’re going to have to agree, but at least there’s a whole lot of awesome action to look forward to.
Ditzian is a bit concerned about the relationship between Decker and Kitsch taking over the movie and detracting from the aliens versus Navy core of the flick, but only time will tell if that is warranted. Still, the trailer has plenty of cool battle sequences with enough homages to the “Battleship” board game to keep us happy. The bottom line? The movie might be “Blue Crush” meets “Armageddon,” but we’re still looking forward to it.
What are your thoughts on the “Battleship” trailer? Tell us in the comments section below or on Twitter!
It feels like only yesterday that a mysterious viral video of a horrific train crash containing a presumably even more horrific creature first found its way online. But now, the menace is here. “Super 8” has arrived, and it is awesome. You may have already seen it if you paid attention to yesterday’s advanced screenings. If you haven’t seen it, perhaps our review of the flick will convince you. Regardless, it’s here, ready and waiting for you to embrace it.
In “Super 8,” director J.J. Abrams goes back to his earliest days as a filmmaker, reminding us what it’s like to shoot your very own homemade movie. And it got us thinking — we’re pretty sure that plenty of you guys would want to share your homemade movies, too!
To celebrate the arrival of “Super 8,” we’re asking YOU to make your very own homemade movie! Head over to Your MTV and upload a one-minute homage to “Super 8.” Whether it’s a recreation of the trailer, a scene from the movie, something using the “Super 8″ iPhone app or another idea entirely is completely up to you, so long as you’re specifically paying tribute to “Super 8.” And hey, if we like what we see, we’ll post our very favorite “Super 8″ homage right here on MTV next week!
So what are you waiting for, a train wreck? Get cracking, aspiring moviemakers — get your “Super 8″ homage videos online at Your MTV by Monday (June 13) for a chance to be featured here on Movies Blog!
Yeah, it’s pretty rough stuff. Accidents happen. People get hurt. Like Johnny Knoxville in this exclusive clip from the upcoming “Jackass 3.5: The Unrated Movie,” hitting Blu-ray and DVD this Tuesday (June 14). There’s over 30 minutes of brand new footage on the home video release, including this little scene where Johnny gets in a bit over his head. Check it out for yourself.
Tell us what you think in the comments section and on Twitter!
I know not all the film fans of the world are as nerdy about film scores as I am, but hopefully you’ll trust me when I say that the score for J.J. Abrams’ mystery-thriller “Super 8” is everything you would want backing a fantastical, Spielbergian, must-see summer movie.
If you don’t want to take my word for it, allow me to introduce Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino, who took us through the nuts and bolts of how he came up with such a wonderfully unique and tintinnabular creation.
“A lot of it comes out of my childhood,” Giacchino said of how he began crafting the film’s score. “I grew up making super 8 films, that’s all I did growing up, my whole life was devoted to making movies.”
“Aside from all the craziness in the film, that was my life with the kids in my neighborhood, so to me it was this huge nostalgic trip back to my past,” he added. “This film feels, in some weird way, like one of those movies I grew up with and yet it’s not one of them. It’s still its own thing.”
Getting into the specifics of the score he composed, particularly the high-pitched, transcendent tinkling sound that reverberates throughout, Giacchino explained which instruments make up the distinct effect.
“[There is] a celesta, which is kind of a bell piano, a very short piano with bells,” Giacchino revealed. “You play it like you would a piano, but with bells. A Hammond organ was a big part of the score as well, which is interesting because you normally only hear those in church or in blues songs,” he added. “We used it with the [103-piece] orchestra, which was really fun. There was guitar actually, but done in a very ethereal way, you would never know it was a guitar.”
For my fellow score nerds, what did you think of Giacchino’s score? Tell us in the comments or on Twitter!
“What you see is what you keep.” — This incredibly lame slogan was actually trademarked by the appropriately named Joker Technologies for use in the marketing of its Active-I spy glasses.
But when you use these stealthy shades, with their built-in video camera and microphone that capture everything you see and hear, you can see why you won’t necessarily be keeping anything recorded on them.
On the surface, they look like an ordinary pair of sunglasses. But look closely and you’ll see a minuscule 640 x 480 VGA camera and microphone embedded in the front of the frames.
Master controls run down the right arm, but because those controls are out of sight when you are wearing the glasses, finding the right one can be hit-or-miss. The glasses also have a separate monocular viewer which attaches to the left arm and swivels to the front so you can view videos and snapshots without a computer. What a great idea — if you have 20/20 vision or wear contacts. For those who wear eyeglasses, the Active-I’s design does not easily accommodate them. And, of course, it’s not particular pleasant to watch videos through shaded lenses, either. Fortunately, you also get a set of interchangeable clear lenses.
Playback on the monocular viewer is reduced to QVGA 320 x 240 resolution out of necessity, which is essentially like looking at a moving thumbnail image. And if you want to preview the audio, you’ll have to plug your headphones (not included) into the frames.
The rig comes with cables so you can view the AVI files on computer or a TV. It’s a much more comfortable experience, but it’s also where the true quality of your recordings becomes evident.
The Active-I glasses capture every tiny head movement as you walk, resulting in some jerky images. It’s not handheld video, it’s head-held video, which is even worse. The audio is filled with whooshy wind noises even when it’s not breezy out — the movement of air generated as you walk is enough to crunchify the soundtrack. The audio-input volume is preset and can’t be adjusted. And if you want to shoot a long video, the internal 2-GB memory chip can save up to 55 minutes of footage — but your opus is inexplicably divided in two separate 25-to-30-minute chunks.
So what’s there to like about the Active-I video glasses? Simply, they’re a clever way to capture sights and sounds on the sly while your subject remains none the wiser. In other words, a serviceable — if not particularly great — way to spy on neighbors, stalk your ex, or case the joint around the corner.
WIRED Hands-free filming on the down-low. Lightweight at 2.1 ounces. Interchangeable shaded and clear lenses for different lighting conditions. Preview your perversions with the monocular viewer. MicroSD card slot lets you expand beyond the 2 GB of on-board storage.
TIRED Jerky images are inevitable with the smallest head movement. Mic captures the movement of every air molecule. Audio volume isn’t adjustable. Can’t wear them on top of other eyeglasses.
MTV Movie Awards host Jason Sudeikis makes everything better, even going to the dentist. Yes, that sounds impossible — nothing makes going to the dentist better — but trust us, it’s true.
Just ask Leighton Meester, one of the Best Villain nominees at this year’s show. She had an unexpected encounter with Sudeikis at the dentist’s office the other day and she couldn’t stop laughing for hours! Though in retrospect, maybe that had something to do with the illicit use of laughing gas. Hmm… watch below and see for yourself.
The 2011 MTV Movie Awards are coming your way live on June 5 at 9 / 8PM central.
Like so many other big budget movie adventures of recent years, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” is sailing into theaters on the increasingly trendy wave of 3-D. But unlike the vast majority of these post-conversion blockbusters, “On Stranger Tides” sports a key difference: this one was shot from the ground up in 3-D.
“We shot it in 3-D,” director Rob Marshall told MTV News of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” filmmaking process. “It wasn’t converted. It wasn’t done on a soundstage against a green screen. It’s all very real.”
Yes, very real indeed — a real pain in the you know where, if Marshall’s recollection of shooting the film is any indication.
“It’s complicated with 3-D. It’s delicate,” he said. “We were kind of crazy doing it, because we were bringing all this equipment into very remote locations. We were in caves and jungles and waterfalls and beaches and ships with this equipment.”
But even though shooting the movie in 3-D required additional equipment and therefore additional physical and mental stress, Marshall argued that the results were well worth it — especially given the nature of Captain Jack Sparrow’s high seas adventures.
“Even though it’s more complicated and it’s more expensive, it felt right for this film, because you’re inside the movie, inside that adventure with the pirates and Jack Sparrow — immersed into that world,” Marshall said. “It’s a great world to be part of.”
Do you plan on seeing “Pirates” in 3-D, or are you not convinced by the craze? Tell us what you think in the comments section and on Twitter!
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon” was already poised to become one of the summer’s biggest releases in a sea filled with blockbusters, and to give it even more of an advantage, Michael Bay is bringing the mayhem your way a little bit early.
Paramount Pictures has confirmed that the third installment of the “Transformers” series will now debut on June 29 instead of its originally targeted July 1 release date. Just a few days early, sure, but we’ll take the robot-smashing action as soon as we can get it!
In addition to the news of the film’s new release date, Paramount has also unleashed a new clip from “Dark of the Moon.” Watch it in the video above and read all about it past the jump.
Josh Duhamel reprises his series-lasting military character Lennox in this scene, which seemingly takes place after the moon-based Decepticons have unleashed their deadly assault on the people of Earth. Lennox stands before a vast gathering of troops, warning them that if they want to claim vengeance against their would-be robot overlords, they’ll need to “wingsuit” into nearby Chicago — it’s the only way to get close enough to the enemy. Anticipating some pushback from the soldiers, Lennox is pleasantly surprised to see that his men are more than willing to get in on a little bit of payback.
Cool clip, but again… no Transformers to be found anywhere! Where’s Optimus? Where’s his big brother, Sentinel Prime? We want those guys! We want Shockwave! Really, any robot action will do!
Tell us what you think of the new release date and clip in the comments section and on Twitter!