Today would have been the 93rd birthday of the incredible artist Saul Bass. Bass designed some of cinema’s most beloved posters and opening titles, and you know his work even if you may not have known his name. He also won an Oscar in 1969 for his documentary short, “Why Man Creates”. And as we saw by the poster for Django Unchained, his style continues to be emulated.
In honor of Bass’ birthday, today’s Google Doodle mimics some of Bass’ most famous opening titles including Spartacus, Anatomy of a Murder, Psycho, and North by Northwest. Hit the jump to check out the sequence, and if you like Bass’ work, you should pick up Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design.
The first trailer for Steven Spielberg’s highly anticipated drama Lincoln is set to debut next week, but it won’t be just any old trailer premiere. The first look at the film will be presented during a live Google+ Hangout Q&A with Spielberg and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, just like Abraham Lincoln would’ve wanted. Said Hangout will be broadcast live in Times Square. Everyone’s eager to see Daniel Day-Lewis in action as President Lincoln, so I doubt people can be too upset with the format. We here at Collider actually participated in a couple of Google+ Hangout interviews previously that worked quite well, so the format could provide some fruitful conversation with Spielberg and Gordon-Levitt (who plays Abraham’s son Robert Todd Lincoln).
Hit the jump to read the full press release regarding the trailer premiere. The insane cast also includes Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, James Spader, John Hawkes, Michael Stuhlbarg, David Strathairn, Walton Goggins, David Oyelowo, Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill, Jackie Earle Haley, Lee Pace, and Jared Harris. Lincoln opens on November 16th.
April Fools’ Day falls on a Sunday this year, so luckily we won’t have to put up with a slew of midly funny to unfunny fake news stories. However, Google has gotten in on the game early with a surprisingly swell April Fool’s gag. They’re launching an 8-bit version of Google Maps made specifically for the super high tech Nintendo Entertainment System. This version of Google Maps will be available via a specially designed NES cartridge that connects to the internet by way of a dial-up connection. If you ever played Dragon Warrior on the NES, you might have a flashback.
This gag is incredibly intricate, as you’re now able to convert Google Maps on your computer to an 8-bit version that’s chock full of awesome Easter eggs like the Loch Ness monster, a dragon, Area 51, and much, much more. Hit the jump to watch the video launch for this “new” Google Maps feature, and to check out a list of where to find all the cool Easter eggs.
Michael London’s Groundswell Productions and producer John Morris have acquired the screen rights to Ken Auletta’s book Googled: The End of the World as We Know It. The book is about Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page and the rise of the company that is the de facto owner of finding things. Speaking to Deadline, London said the story is
“about these two young guys who created a company that changed the world, and how the world in turn changed them. The heart of the movie is their wonderful edict, ‘Don’t be evil.’ At a certain point in the evolution of a company so big and powerful, there are a million challenges to that mandate. Can you stay true to principles like that as you become as rich and powerful as that company has become? The intention is to be sympathetic to Sergey and Larry, and hopefully the film will be as interesting as the company they created.”
Hit the jump for how it sounds like this movie will differ from David Fincher’s upcoming Facebook movie The Social Network, and how Google’s recent actions undoes the idea for an uplifting “Don’t be evil” story.