Sesame Street Wins The Internet Again With Its Parody Of ‘Homeland’
And it’s so effin.. good.
— Sesame Street (@sesamestreet) October 28, 2013
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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 Ultron. Next 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?
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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.
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:
- Most of the movies screening this year will be opening within a few months of the festival. Sure this is usually the case, however this year it’s a little bit ridiculous.
- It’s hasn’t been about the movies for a while and this year that has now officially cemented with the choice of the festival’s Opening Night Film – The Fifth Estate. It has now officially jumped the shark and is pretty much all about the glamour of the people IN the movies.
- They don’t care about online media. That’s why only a couple of the big international film sites send people up here as opposed to Telluride and NYFF. I applaud the couple that come up here because the festival does everything it can to make the process a difficult one.
- Good luck trying to buy single tickets. Not only is it more expensive now, the site sucks balls and has the worst user experience.
- 300+ movies and every must see list features the same 10 movies. We get it, lesbians are cool, you non-film press can sound just as pretentiously assholic as real film press and Benedict is in town with three movies.
- Brad Pitt is not coming.
- Studio PR folks don’t care about promoting their movies. All they do is whine about how they are going to survive the fest so how are we supposed to really figure out what to watch because god knows TIFF won’t promote anything unless a Jason Reitman is involved with it.
- It’s become a shit show of marketers all doing the same thing – giving away tickets and access to galas. Way to diminish just how important these things are
- James Franco IS coming.
- TIFF hasn’t been about the people for years. Look at the way purchasing tickets before the festival works.
- Oh Canada! – ever since TIFF cancelled last year’s Canadian program, it’s been tougher than ever for Canadians to have a voice at the Canadian festival.
- When the stars don’t even want to go their own parties, you know the festival is officially no longer about being fun.
- Clooney is not coming.
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 Skyfall, a 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?
We hope you like it and keep coming back.
Links mentioned in this video:
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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?’
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 Short, Inocente 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.
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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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Xavierpop Does Oscars - Check Out All 7 Of The Seth MacFarlane Oscar Promo Videos
Outside of the pomp and circumstance around the films and the awards, one of the most hyped aspects of this year’s festivities is around how the host Seth MacFarlane will do.
If folks thinks he is going to hold back, then we are in for a very interesting night.
Leading up to the Oscars, ABC has been promoting the ceremony with a bunch of TV spots featuring the Family Guy/American Dad/TED creator. They are actually pretty funny. My favourite is the Ask Your Kids one.
Check them all out below:
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Xavierpop Does Telluride - First Reactions to Ken Burns’ “Central Park Five”
And the beat goes on with the Telluride Film Festival. Basically we are all getting a preview to #TIFF12 and whether or not you should use one of your precious slots with a particular film. Next up we have Ken Burns' Central Park Five which had its premiere earlier.
Check out the buzz in the social sphere below. Quick note, if you are interested in this doc but its sold out already a TIFF, check out the very well-made West Memphis 3. You will thank me later.
Xavierpop Does Telluride – First Reactions To Greta Gerwig’s “Frances Ha” (Time To Juggle Your #TIFF12 List)
I have seen a few “film-critic's” TIFF12 lists saying that the Greta Gerwig starring Frances Ha and directed by Noah Baumbach is going to be a turkey. It just had its screening at the Telluride Film Festival and it seems that these critics are going to be eating crow (as they usually do anyways) because the response has been overwhelmingly positive about the film.
Check out a snapshot of the social conversations below:
Xavierpop Does Telluride - First Reactions To Argo As #TIFF12 Get Beatens To The Punch
I think I am really beginning to like Telluride. Not only is their movie line-up really stacked, I am rather enjoying this focus on good movies thing they have. Unlike the Toronto International Film Festival which has plenty of questionable choices, it seems that if it plays in Telluride, it will be a great watch.
The festival opened a few hours ago with a surprise announcement being Ben Affleck’s highly anticipated Argo and word is that it’s really, really good. Check it out the reaction on the social spaces below and stay tuned to Xavierpop as the Canadian Site to bring you the best and most in-depth coverage of the fest.