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    • Rooster Teeth and The Know Is Giving You An Exclusive Preview Tour of Mondo's Newest Art Gallery!

      2 months ago


      Hey, guys. Exciting news! Tomorrow we'll be giving the whole RT community an early glimpse of Mondo's newest art show. Before doors open for their new event I'll be hosting a Facebook Live tour of all the coolest pieces on display. Artist Jason Edmiston will be joining us and showing us his 100 pieces of original pop art that he's created for this show.

      The show is a sequel to his popular Eyes Without A Face series. He's painted hundreds of pop culture eyeballs and tomorrow you'll be able to see everything he's got in store before anyone else! People have been in line since Wednesday to get in!

      To celebrate the good folks at Mondo have given us the debut of one of his pieces... which should be of particular interest to the RT community. Check it out:


      Here are some of his other famous eyeballs that'll be at the show:





      There's even rumors that he's unveiling a 22 foot long painting. He did King Kong's eyes in his original 2015 show. Can you think of any other giant pop culture character who would demand a 1:1 eyeball painting? I got some theories...

      Anyway, make sure to stay tuned to Rooster Teeth or The Know's Facebook pages tomorrow around 5:30pm CST for a live tour of the gallery and brag to all your friends that you were the first people ever to see what's in store!

      -Eric Vespe

      @ericvespe on Twitter

    • Hoooooly Shit! Game of Thrones' David Benioff and DB Weiss Are Going To Make Star Wars Movies!

      2 months ago


      Gotta love these surprise Star Wars announcements! The Lucasfilm train is charging full steam ahead on these Star Wars movies. Not only are we getting the Skywalker Saga films (i.e. episodes 1-9). Not only are we getting Rian Johnson's completely separate new trilogy. We're also getting a new series of films to be written and produced by the minds behind Game of Thrones.


      That's right, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will write and produce a new series of Star Wars films that will not be tied to either Johnson's standalone trilogy or the Saga films. The only other detail in the press release is that work would be begin on these new Star Wars films once Benioff and Weiss wrap up the final season of Game of Thrones. 

      Star Wars has already been lifting GoT cast members (long live Phasma!) and we know that this team is really good at developing complex and most of the time really fucked up characters and can play nicely in a brilliant author's sandbox. 


      It might just be me, but I'm sensing a move away from the standalone film formula they've been trying with both Rogue One and Solo. It seems what's appealing to the creative minds at Lucasfilm is to explore completely unknown areas of the Star Wars Universe. 

      There have been rumors of the Obi-Wan spin-off movie, but nothing has been announced by Disney. The only things announced have been new series with no connections to anything that came before. 

      That, in my humble opinion, is great news. Transitioning the Game of Thrones team immediately into the Star Wars universe is also, in my humble opinion, great news. Maybe this means we'll finally be getting Michelle MacLaren directing a Star Wars movie!

      The sky's the limit on what these guys can do and that is exactly what is going to keep Star Wars fresh. Can't wait to see how this develops! 


    • More awesome Deadpool 2 marketing! The new poster will make you want to dance!

      2 months ago


      It's a little sad how excited I get for any piece of marketing for Deadpool 2. That team killed it so hard on the first movie and now it feels like they're taking it up a notch for the sequel. They've had some great reveals so far and now they've got a kickass new poster which takes inspiration from, what else, an early '80s dance drama. 


      That is indeed the Merc with a Mouth striking a Flashdance pose for Deadpool 2's teaser poster. Instead of being drenched in water good ol' Wade Wilson is being pelted by spent shells. Appropriate.

      I have no reason to doubt the awesomeness that awaits us in the high profile sequel and even if it turns out to be a huge flaming turd we'll always have this fantastic marketing campaign! Can't wait for more!


    • Happy Birthday Rip Torn and Kathy Najimy! You Should Watch...

      2 months ago


      It's been a few days, so I figured it's time to come out with another Happy Birthday... You Should Watch! We got a few interesting February 6th birthdays, but only two I'm going to focus on/recommend a movie for. Those two birthdays are Rip Torn and Kathy Najimy. I'd also like to tip the hat to fellow birthday celebrators Ronald Reagan and Francois Truffaut.

      I must admit one of my cinephile shames is I'm pretty undereducated on the French New Wave so I wouldn't feel confident recommending a Truffaut film against his entire filmography. I mean, I can say The 400 Blows is pretty great, but that'd just be me recommending the big one of his I've seen, so let's avoid that.

      And as far as Ronald Reagan is concerned, he's been in some good movies (like The Killers and Dark Victory), but the only movie of his you can really bring up is Bedtime for Bonzo since it'll never stop being funny that the guy that starred alongside a chimp in a silly kids movie was a two-term President of the United States.

      So, happy birthday to everybody, but let's look at two movies starring these two special people!

      Rip Torn


      Defending Your Life (1991) – I love this movie. It's one of those silly, high concept romantic comedies that just works for me. It's about a lovable fuck up (Albert Brooks) who dies and then moves on to purgatory where a trial is held to determine whether or not he deserves to move on to heaven or is sent back to be reincarnated and have another go at being an overall good person.

      It's not a sure thing. He was a flawed man. Not bad, not evil, but a little bit of an asshole. The problem is while he's in purgatory he falls in love with Meryl Streep and she's pretty much guaranteed to get into heaven, so if he isn't deemed worthy then he'll never see the love of his (after)life again.

      Rip Torn plays Brooks' lawyer and he pretty much steals the show. It was a big moment for him as an actor because it opened up a whole new world for him. You see he was always known as the very serious, gruff, mean type and this movie showed the world just how great he was at comedy. Turns out that tough exterior was a perfect for delivering dry comedy.

      He followed this film up with his perhaps career-defining work on HBO's The Larry Sanders Show, again tapping into that hard-ass who also happens to be hilarious persona and that was the trend setter for the rest of his career, which saw him mostly in comedic parts. Men in Black, Dodgeball, Freddy Got Fingered, Down Periscope, etc.

      It all started with this role in this very, very good movie, which is available to rent on all major streaming services.

      Kathy Najimy


      Hocus Pocus (1993) – Hocus Pocus has had a bit of a nostalgia-driven resurgence in recent years. I was 12 when it came out and remember it fondly myself, but it's interesting to see just how much people seem to love it because when it was released I don't remember it having much of a social impact. I don't remember kids talking about it at school or super hyped up on it.

      I was drawn to it for a couple reasons. First at that age I watched literally every movie that came out. I was old enough to ride my bike to the mall (miles away) by myself, through traffic... it was a different time! So I'd just go every weekend and see whatever was playing at the four screen mall theater. If it was the same movies as last week I'd watch my favorite a second time.

      Naturally I was always drawn to anything genre, too, so you better believe I saw this one a couple times. It's also of note that one of the stars of this film was the kid who starred in one of my favorite shows at the time: Eerie, Indiana.

      Anyway, I saw this a lot as a kid and haven't revisited it since, but it's come back in a big way thanks in large part to Disney embracing it at their theme parks every Halloween. They have big special event nights where they bring out people dressed as the Sanderson Sisters and they do a big musical review, which in turn inspires a whole new generation to seek out this movie.

      Kathy Najimy gets to be more at the forefront here than she was in the Sister Act films (another childhood favorite of mine) and plays goofy very well. I like how she bounces off Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker. That chemistry alongside the film's bizarre tone is one of the reasons this flick is enjoying a second life. Available for rent on all major streaming platforms.

      Anyway, that's it for this edition of HBYSW. Let me know what you think of these films, especially if you haven't seen them before and decide to give either a watch. See ya' on the next one!

      -Eric Vespe

      @ericvespe on Twitter

    • Here's My The Cloverfield Paradox Review!

      2 months ago



      It's almost impossible to separate the circumstances around The Cloverfield Paradox's release from a review of the movie itself, for good or ill. We didn't even know the title of this movie 24 hours ago and now just about everybody has seen it.

      That's groundbreaking and something only Netflix can get away with. I don't think even Hulu or Amazon has the clout (and deep enough pockets) to pull something like that.

      The critics are savaging the movie and they're not entirely wrong. On a script level The Cloverfield Paradox is a mess. The science is sloppy and inconsistent. The film is filled with eye-rolling conveniences and “just because we need it there” plot points, but it's not the worst thing you've seen. Hell, it's probably not the worst thing you've seen this year.

      Are critics upset about it wholly because it's a sci-fi/horror flick that doesn't have a rock solid script or is there something deeper there? It's interesting to note that this kind of surprise drop takes the film critic out of the equation, at least when it comes to first blush impressions. That might rub some the wrong way on its surface and just maybe that resentment sneaks its way into some of the more vitriolic hot takes that have come out over the 16 or so hours.

      Now, I don't buy into movie critic conspiracy theories, mostly because I've been in that world since I was 16 and have seen very little evidence of just about every accusation (from studio bribes to opinions being influenced in major ways by access), so I won't say this is true for everybody who didn't like this obviously super flawed movie, but it is an interesting question as we face a rapidly evolving feature film distribution landscape.

      Personal taste always comes into play as well. For instance, I have a great big ol' soft spot for sci-fi horror and may be more lenient toward the genre than some critics. I also put a lot of weight in high production value and can forgive some plot issues if there are characters I like in the mix.

      Not everybody wants that out of their cinematic adventures. I get that, which is why a good review, whether positive or negative, is at its best when it communicates context. You know my context so when I say I actually liked The Cloverfield Paradox you should have a handle on why.


      Yes, they once again shoe-horned a Cloverfield tie-in to another completely unrelated script and yes, it shows. It feels like this movie should have had an A and B story. The A story being the sci-fi horror film following Gugu Mbatha-Raw's Hamilton in space as her scientific experiment on board a space shuttle goes wrong and the B story being her husband Michael's story on Earth as the accident above triggers the events of the first Cloverfield movie.

      Either you do that or you keep it a Twilight Zone twist like they did with 10 Cloverfield Lane. You can't have it both ways. They spend just enough time with Roger Davies on Earth to distract from the space story, but not enough to actually have a story reason to divide the narrative like that.

      I like the idea of Davies on a parallel story to the first Cloverfield film while his wife is dealing with some very heady ideas about their relationship in what's going on in space, but it's only that: an idea. If it had been fully integrated then the movie would have been significantly better, but as it is it's just there.

      Or you double down on the formula 10 Cloverfield Lane established and have the big twist be that the energy test that goes wrong in space creates the events of the first movie and have that revealed at the end. As much as the final shot of the movie gets shit on by many of my colleagues I think it could have been a great reveal. It may be a bit typical of these darker sci-fi/horror films (Life had a similar dark ending), but if you're going to stick to a formula do one that has a good pay off.

      The reason I can't hate this movie is because I just like the characters too much. The performances from Mbatha-Raw, Inglourious Basterds' Daniel Bruhl, David Oyelowo and Chris O'Dowd are all notable. I like their chemistry, I like their characters, so I actually gave a shit about what was going on in the space ship.


      Even when the plot falls into the generic sci-fi/horror movie formula I still liked the characters enough to not let that kill the movie for me. There is one beautiful stretch where things start getting reeaaaaaallllly weird and if that had been the turning point of the movie and they'd fully committed to some of those big, trippy, bizarre ideas the movie would have been much better for it. Sadly it never does, but again I was invested enough by this point to see it through to the end.

      I can't argue the many, many plot conveniences and stuff that made little sense save for that it was needed to push the story along and that could be a movie killer for you. It was indeed for many of my colleagues, but I guess my expectations were more in line for what the movie actually wanted to give me so I was able to leave satisfied.

      Also the price was right. I didn't pay $15 for a ticket and was able to watch it by firing up my Xbox and clicking on the Netflix app, so I find it hard to get all worked up like the movie personally insulted me.

      This isn't the death of the Cloverfield franchise... it might be a warning that people might want to see a movie that, you know, starts out as a Cloverfield movie and isn't retrofitted late in the game to be one, but it's not the end of the line. It's not an affront to the sterling legacy of cheesy sci-fi/horror movies. It's a well-shot, sometimes interesting and risky, goofy character piece about what happens when you fool with mother nature. 


      The plot is pretty much a copy of about a dozen Star Trek episodes, but with a little taste of the nastiness of something more akin to Event Horizon or the '80s schlockfest Galaxy of Terror. Both of those examples are way more successful at hitting that mark, but I guess at the end of the day I give The Cloverfield Paradox point for even aiming to be that kind of movie.

      What do you folks think? Am I being too easy on this one? Or is everybody else being too tough?

    • Here's Solo: A Star Wars Story's Full Trailer And Nifty Character Posters!

      2 months ago


      Yesterday we got a small TV spot for Solo: A Star Wars Story and this morning we got the first full trailer, which actually doesn't reuse much of that Super Bowl spot footage. I have some thoughts, but let's get to the trailer in case you haven't seen it yet:

      Here's what I like: All the western elements, particularly that Sergio Leone-ish holster shot. Any second of Donald Glover as Lando. Woody Harrelson looking like he's having a ton of fun as the mentor-ish character known as Beckett.

      My concern is that Han Solo will be the least interesting character in the Star Wars prequel spin-off movie called "Solo." 

      I wasn't particularly onboard with idea of these spin-offs being nothing but "Young Fill-In-The-Blank" films. To paraphrase Patton Oswalt, just because I like ice cream doesn't mean I need whole movies to tell me how it was made. At best a young Han or Yoda or Boba Fett movie will feel like fan fiction, at worst it'll completely demystify the characters we love. 

      But I am a Star Wars fan, born and bred. I'll see any Star Wars movie so even if I'm wary of the approach I'll always be hoping for the best. I like a lot of what I saw in the Solo trailer, but if I'm honest it has me the least curious of just about any Star Wars movie since the prequels.

      I will say the poster campaign is pretty on point, though. The character posters put out today are sweet. Check 'em out:





      Yeah, they do look a tad like toy packaging art instead of your typical character poster, but hey, I'll take it. Plus, I always like it when they try to weather and age the look of a Star Wars poster. One of my favorite original Star Wars posters did just that:


      What do you folks think?

    • Hey, Wanna Watch the new Cloverfield Movie Tonight?

      2 months ago


      Yep, in a surprise move Netflix did what all of the giant Hollywood movie studios could not: Announce and release a movie almost instantly.

      It made news that Netflix bought the Cloverfield tie-in from Paramount, but nobody knew what the streaming giant's plans were for the movie, which has been known off and on as "God Particle" and is now titled The Cloverfield Paradox. 

      Thanks to this Super Bowl trailer we know exactly when we can watch the movie... in, like, an hour or something.

      There's a thousand think pieces about how moves like this can and will change the movie industry, but right now let's just soak in how cool it is that we get our first look at a new franchise picture and can almost immediately watch it. That's pretty incredible.

    • Super Bowl Trailer - Mission: Impossible - Fallout!

      2 months ago


      As far as I'm concerned Tom Cruise can keep doing these Mission: Impossible movies until he's 90. As long as Christopher McQuarrie sticks around as director and Cruise keeps putting life and limb on the line with those crazy stunts, that is. 

      This franchise has become the US's answer to the James Bond series and I'm totally okay with that. 

      Dug this trailer and will be there day one. What about you? 

    • The Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom Super Bowl Spot Puts Horror At The Forefront!

      2 months ago


      Director JA Bayona cut his teeth with horror. He directed a great little Spanish language horror flick (produced by Guillermo del Toro) called The Orphanage way back when and since then he's gone legit. The Impossible was pretty solid (and introduced the world to the boy who would be Spider-Man) and now he's directing the Jurassic World sequel.

      You couldn't tell by the first trailer, but his horror origins are at the forefront of the new trailer, which debuted at the Super Bowl. Right now it seems like a mishmash of tones a bit (high adventure as Chris Pratt rescues dinosaurs on Isla Nublar and scary being hunted in a fancy house), but Spielberg was able to wield similar tonal shifts well in the original. If the majority of the movie is more scary than swashbuckling I'm all for it. We'll see soon enough!

    • Here's Your First Look at Solo: A Star Wars Story!

      2 months ago


      We all know that Solo: A Star Wars Story has had a troubled production. The only way to tell if that shows up in the final feature is to actually see the whole thing cut together. You won't be able to spot tonal inconsistencies or story bandaids until you're sitting in the theater.

      The Super Bowl teaser for Solo is pretty sharp, actually. I can feel a little bit of the lighthearted Lord and Miller touch in there with the Imperial recruitment officer, but the overall tone seems to be a bit more serious than most expected. At least that's what this tiny teaser is putting forward.

      The full trailer debuts tomorrow morning. In the meantime here's the 45 second Super Bowl Teaser to scrutinize! 

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