WATCH : Trailer For Nas Documentary “Time Is Illmatic” Celebrating The Album’s 20th Drops

One of the most seminal albums ever made in hip-hop is reaching a milestone and to celebrate, among other things, a documentary is being made to mark the 20th anniversary of Nas‘, Illmatic.

Time Is Illmatic covers the the legacy of that record and is this year’s Tribeca Film Festival‘s opening-night movie. Premiering Wednesday, April 16 at New York City’s Beacon Theater it is one of the hottest tickets of the festival.

We now have a trailer for the doc which you can check out below:

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6-Minute ‘Behind The Scenes’ Featurette Is The Perfect Primer For “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

We are quite literally days away from the opening weekend of Captain America: The Winter SoldierWe have posted a ton about it and if you aren’t fully into it yet, then check out this 6 minute Behind The Scenes Featurette for the film.

If you want to go into the film without any spoilers, then I have no idea why you would want to see it. However for those of you who need that extra little bit. It is a great watch. There is that spoiler about the Winter Soldier for those who haven’t read the comics. But again, don’t watch it if you want to go in clean.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens April 4th.

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Ladies And Gentleman…The Honest Trailer For ‘Frozen’

I have been super late on jumping on the Frozen bandwagon. My bad.  I finally saw it over the weekend and yes, it is a great film that definitely reminds me of the old Disney classics that I grew up with.

I am not as much of a fan as some of you, however I did enjoy it. And it makes me very much encouraged to see what Disney comes up with next as they seem to have their Pixar on…finally.

The good folks at Screen Junkies have done their thing and created the Honest Trailer for it. It is a bit of a stretch to find anything wrong with the movie…at first. However, these folks have talent and man, their trailer is bang on.

Like all the way bang on.

I love everything about it and so shall you.

Check it out below.

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'Captain America : The Winter Soldier' Featurette Gives Us A Bit About The Winter Soldier

Marvel has released a featurette for its upcoming Captain America : The Winter Soldier. This one features the backstory on the villain in the story, The Winter Soldier.

If you are not familiar with the comic side of things, then do not watch this. The surprise is fantastic and I really wish I could be go back and not know as the reveal is one of the most brilliant stories in comic book history.

If you do know who he is, then you are a comics reader and this featurette is just for you. It’s a neat way to introduce the character from a film perspective. The movie looks great and I for one am very much looking forward to it.

Check out the featurette below.

Captain America : The Winter Soldier opens April 4th.

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It’s Hard Out It’s Hard Out Here For A Canadian Zombie - Trailer For #CanFilmFest Is Best Thing You Will See Today

 

It is very well documented that I really hate most marketing for Canadian film and television. It’s lazy and basically relies on a very Oliver Twist way of looking at supporting our industry (I am looking at you Canadian Screen Awards).

When you have TIFF giving up on Canadian programming, you know it’s pretty much a lost cause.

Well, it seem that the Canadian Film Festival is in it. And for the long haul. I am still not sold on the programming, however it being in the genesis of its history, I am willing to give it some time.

I will say this promo they did for this year’s iteration is super impressive. I am talking the advertising agency side of me is super impressed. It starts off slowly and then really nails it.

The one issue I have always had with marketing for Canadian product was that the focus was always on the being Canadian side of things and not the fact that the product is amazing. The tag line they have chosen perfectly encompasses what we all should be saying.

Nicely done all.

As far as I am concerned, this video is the perfect example of how it’s done. Choosing Zombies is brilliant because the godfather of zombie movies, George A Romero is a Torontonian. The whole being too nice thing. All of it. Love it.

If they were smart, Antoine Zombé  would be a recurring character.

Just watch the thing. You’ll see what I mean.

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Sesame Street Wins The Internet Again With Its Parody Of ‘Homeland’

I don’t really have to say much with this one. It’s Sesame Street. It’s Homeland. It’s Sesame Street doing a Homeland parody called…wait for it : “Homelamb

And it’s so effin.. good.

Enjoy.

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Finally A Trailer For Sony’s “Captain Phillips” Starring Tom Hanks That Makes Me Really Want To See It

I have been very much on the fence with Tom Hanks‘ next film Captain Philips directed by Paul Greengrass. I am a huge fan of Hanks however everything that I have seen from the movie so far has been underwhelming. Word from early screenings have been very positive, however with everything I have seen, I just wasn’t buying it.

With the latest trailer that just dropped, that has changed.

I honestly feel that if Sony had dropped this trailer first instead of the weird non-actiony one that we saw earlier this year, a lot more people would have been interested. The way the story is framed this time around is more compelling, we finally get to see the Tom Hanks we are looking for and quite frankly, and what could have been a pretty boring film looks to be quite the opposite.

I am in and will definitely check this out when it opens October 11th. You in?  

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Oh Look! The Official Plot Synopsis For Marvel’s ‘Avengers : Age Of Ultron’?

It’s Avengers day here at Xavierpop as we just dropped the HD version of the Comic-con trailer for Joss Whedon’s upcoming and highly anticipated sequel Avengers : Age of UltronNext up, we have some juicy goodyness about what it could be about.

Over at IMDB, the page for the movie seems to have been updated with a synopsis. Now keep in mind, it is IMDB so it could be a load of crap, however with everything we have been hearing, this could very well be the story of the movie that is slated to be release in 2015.

As the US Government creates a force known as Ultron, The Avengers are told they are not needed any longer. But when Ultron turns against Humanity, it’s time for The Avengers to assemble yet again for their most dangerous challenge ever.

I dig it. There have been some great stories around this subject in the comics. It will be great to see how Whedon brings in to the big screen.

What say you? You liking the direction the movie is taking?

via – GeekTyrant

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Marvel Releases Full Teaser (plus more) For ‘Avengers : Age of Ultron’ In HD

There is a reason why I don’t post bootlegged, blurry-ass trailers anymore. Case in point is the recent Avengers : Age of Ultron Comic-con teaser that made its way through the interwebs last week. Of course I watched it and most that version seemed meh.

Now Marvel has released an official HQ version and I have to say that man this looks pretty fucking spectacular. Sure it’s just a teaser. Sure it doesn’t show us anything new at all.

So what?

The neat thing about this version is that it’s not just the teaser. There is a whole build up to it featuring some behind the scenes Whedon interviews and a nice little reminder of what happened during that Comic-con where all the Avengers were on the same stage for the first time. It all leads up to the teaser, which in its HD form is pretty fun to watch. Goosebumps fun.

Check it out below and tell me if the way the story is heading works for you in the comments below.

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13 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Bother With #TIFF13

Oh you didn’t think I was going to totally sit this one out did you?

Sure Xavierpop is not providing the most in-depth coverage of the Toronto Film Festival this year. It was a business decision based on a bunch of things. A lot of it has to do with the fact that as Editor-In-Chief of this magazine, I feel that TIFF has lost a lot of its relevance and is going through a huge identity crisis making covering it a pretty fruitless task.

As an attendee, it’s even tougher. I don’t know how you all do it. I have the utmost respect for the diehards who keep coming out year after year. That hustle is one of the last great things about the festival. And I hope you never stop as I live vicariously through you now.

The thing is this. This is the time of the year when I have a whole bunch of people ask me : “What should I see?”. Usually I have a few suggestions because I am grateful that people feel I am an expert in this subject matter and want to provide the best choices.

This year I got nothing.

The festival is not worth going to anymore and here is a nice list of reasons why:

So even after all that, if you still end up checking out the festival, hit me up on Twitter and let me know how it goes.

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VIDEO - ‘Everything Wrong With Skyfall In 4 Minutes Or Less’

I love the internet for videos just like these. The dudes at CinemaSins posted this latest video in their ‘Everything Wrong With..’ series a couple of months back and thanks to the power of Facebook, I am only getting around to see it now.

This time around it features Skyfalla movie I happen to really, really love.

Alas, after watching this brilliant takedown of it, I don’t think I will be able to look at it the same way. Who am I kidding? This video and the film it is based on are both awesome.

So without further ado, I present to you:  Everything Wrong With Skyfall In 4 Minutes.

 

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VIDEO - Extremely Proud To Launch The First Ever “Xavierpop Movie Minute” Previewing Marvel’s “Iron Man 3”

I am fiercely proud to announce a new feature here as we launch our weekly video series the Xavierpop Movie Minute. Our goal with this video is to give a quick preview of the films opening that weekend – should you watch it? should you skip it? We will let you know.

And we haven’t steered you wrong yet have we?

First up is a super-extended version that features the first big blockbuster of the summer – Marvel’s Iron Man 3.

We hope you like it and keep coming back.

 

Links mentioned in this video:

- Star Trek Into Darkness trailer - Epic Man Of Steel trailer - 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival Announces Lineup - Xavierpop’s full coverage of Marvel’s Iron Man 3

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Preview Trailer & 20+ Images For This Weekend’s “Doctor Who” Episode ‘Journey To The Centre Of The Tardis’

This season of Doctor Who is rolling merrily along. So far, except for that submarine one, we have had some great episodes. It is all leading up to the season finale where we apparently find out the answer to the question ‘Doctor Who?’

Can’t wait.

In the meantime, we have a preview and some images from this weeks episode titled Journey To The Centre Of The Tardis.

Check them all out below and see you this weekend.

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Best Documentary Short ‘Inocente’ makes history as first Kickstarter-funded film to win Oscar

Amongst the hubbub and craziness that is the Academy Awards, something very cool happened for nerds everywhere.

Fine Films’ Inocente made history during the ceremony as the first Kickstarter-funded film to win an Oscar. Taking the prize for Best Documentary ShortInocente is directed by Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine and follows the story of a “15-year-old homeless and undocumented girl living in California who refuses to give up on her dream of being an artist.”

What I really like about this is that while Kickstarter has been an excellent outlet for those with a dream, this Oscar win is the first real sign of legitimacy for the concept for crowdfunding.

Last month, Kickstarter announced that it helped raise over $100 million for film projects, with roughly 40 percent of those funds going to fund documentaries. As more and more people jump on board this methodology of getting money to bring products to market – in this case film, I would imagine that with this win, we will start to see bigger and bigger names dipping their toes into the idea and using Kickstarter to do so.

Congratulations to all.

Check out the video below that, pardon the pun, kickstarted it all. Watching it, I am very glad that this documentary was made and how it was made. Here’s hoping that Kickstarter, and us as supporters, can help more stories like this be told.

via – Verge

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Xavierpop Does The Oscars - Footage From EVERY Best Picture Oscar Winners All Cut Together For One Very Cool Video

To get you in the mood for the Best Picture Category tonight for the 2013 Academy Awards (which I have picked to go to Argo), check out this great video that cuts together video montage featuring footage from all 84 years of Best Picture winners to date.

It’s kind of fun to watch and see when the Academy got it so right and the times they got it so wrong.

Check it out the video below:

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