We live in a box office climate dominated by sequels, reboots, and remakes. A known property is a much safer bet for a studio than an original film, and even when one original idea somehow makes it through the pipeline and proves to be a massive success (eg. Inception), it’s singled out as an anomaly rather than incentive to generate more original properties. As such, the major studios are always on the hunt for ways to reboot or extend franchises, and if a new report is to be believed, one such property destined for a kickstart just might be a new trilogy of The Matrix films. Hit the jump to read on.
Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day is The Ultimate Matrix Collection on Blu-ray for $24.49 (which is 62% off). Like all Gold Box Deals, it’s only good for today. Remember, if you spend over $25 you get free shipping. For what’s included in the box set, hit the jump. I own this set and it’s loaded with awesome extras and special features.
If you’re one of those people who loved all of The Matrix movies (okay, or at least a couple of them), and especially Agent Smith, have we got some good news for you. Fans will be happy to hear that Australian actor Hugo Weaving has reprised his role of the mysterious agent.
Well, sort of.
Okay, so it’s not a new Matrix movie, but fans can still get to see Agent Smith again. Weaving is appearing in a new GE commercial for software and other medical equipment that is designed to make patient care better in hospitals. Hit the jump to check out the commercial.
There’s zero empirical evidence to back up the theory, but here at Limited Paper we tend to think that there aren’t a lot of hard-core collectors out there with big Valentine’s Day plans. Quite frankly, when the vast majority of your spending money is being pushed towards one fancifully-colored 24x36” sheet of paper after another, there isn’t much budget left for schmoozing the ladies (or the gents, if that’s your thing). Sure, you could’ve bought her that diamond-encrusted toaster she’s always wanted, but there’s something like 400 prints dropping this week: one has to prioritize.
But what if you have a significant other…and they’re also into poster collecting? Well, good news, buddy: Bottleneck Gallery’s Get a Room (opening in NYC this Friday) is filled with a ton of romantic, movie-themed posters your guy or gal will be jazzed to have hanging on their wall, and we’ve got preview pics for you (including new work from Craig Drake, Godmachine, and Cuyler Smith) after the jump.
Today only, Amazon is offering 22 movies you can download to own for $5 each in HD, and $4 each in SD. Per Amazon, “Purchased videos will be stored in Your Video Library where you can access them whenever you want; watch on your PC, Kindle Fire, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, or more than 300 HDTVs, Blu-ray players, and set-top devices.” Hit the jump for the list of films (which includes titles such as The Dark Knight, Casablanca, The Goonies, 300, The Town, The Departed, The Shawshank Redemption, and The Matrix) or click here for the full list on Amazon.
Every year, The National Film Preservation Board selects 25 films to be added to the National Film Registry. These movies will be housed in the Library of Congress, and will be carefully preserved as part of American history. This year, the Board’s selections included Dirty Harry, The Matrix, Two-Lane Blacktop, Slacker, The Spook Who Sat By the Door, A Christmas Story, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and A League of Their Own. Personally, I’m surprised The Big Lebowski and Die Hard still haven’t made it in, especially when a movie like A League of Their Own can make it in. I love A League of Their Own, but it hasn’t had anywhere near the cultural impact as Lebowski or Die Hard.
Hit the jump for the full list of films. If you want to know more about the National Film Registry, you should check out the documentary These Amazing Shadows. Click here to read my review.
Sure, the whole Google Maps 8-bit for NES thing might haven been an April Fool’s gag, but there’s something wonderfully timeless about the 8-bit era, when there was a limited color palette and characters moved around realms without bending their knees. Not only is it still quite fun to pop in a Nintendo cartridge (in my case, with a Game Genie still attached), but 8-bit gaming has evolved into an art form and artist Eric Palmer is embracing it, using the 8-bit style to put a new spin on some iconic films. Some examples are Jurassic Park, 300, Harry Potter, Office Space, Star Wars and The Matrix. Hit the jump to check them out.
While the deals on Amazon have been quiet the last few weeks, they have a few things on sale today that are worth checking out. Remember, if you spend over $25 you get free shipping. Here’s the highlights:
- The Ultimate Matrix Collection [Blu-ray] for $25.49 (which is 61% off)
- Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season Blu-ray $44.99 (44% off)
- Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season DVD $34.99 (42% off)
- DVDs under $5 including The Iron Giant, Shawshank Redemption, Harry Potter, Animal House, Blind Side, Lord of the Rings, Paranormal Activity, and many more
- Blu-rays under $10 including Braveheart, Serenity, Harry Potter, Master and Commander, The Incredible Hulk, 300, Good Will Hunting, The Departed, Heat, Watchmen, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Close Encounters, and many more
- Up to 65% off HBO Box Sets on DVD and Blu-ray
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Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day is The Ultimate Matrix Collection on Blu-ray for $26.99 (which is 58% off). Like all Gold Box Deals, it’s only good for today. Remember, if you spend over $25 you get free shipping. For what’s included in the box set, hit the jump. I own this set and it’s loaded with extras and special features.
While there is a decent chance you’ll one day be able to file this under “Internet movie rumors that never amounted to anything,” we’d be remiss not to at least pass this along. A report has filed in from a “Q & A” at the London International School of Performing Arts which claims that star Keanu Reeves spoke at moderate length about returning to The Matrix for two more sequels. Per the account, Reeves claims to have had lunch with The Wachowski Brothers over Christmas during which they briefed him on a two-film treatment they had finished for the Matrix franchise.
Obviously, keep in mind that the purported eye-witness account of the “Q & A” is, as of yet, unconfirmed. Nevertheless, if you’d like to here more about what Reeves purportedly had to say about reprising his role as Neo, hit the jump. [Update: It looks as if the lead in the write-up has been proven true as sources from both the Reeves camp and the London International School of Performing Arts claim the "Q & A" never even happened.]
As you know by now, I regularly record video blogs with Peter from Slashfilm. This past weekend, we found ourselves at the New Orleans airport hours before our flight home, and decided it would be a perfect time to record a video blog.
However, we didn’t have a topic in mind, so we reached out to our twitter followers and asked for some ideas. After just a few submissions, Peter and I realized we would love to talk about a variety of these submitted topics, and changed the idea to a reader q & a. We told everyone that we’d answer every question submitted, however we were only able to cram 25 or 30 questions in before we had to board the plane. We even answered questions about Prop 8 and eating competitions. That’s enough, right?
Sadly, that video blog will never ever be seen by the public as Peter recorded it on his new iPhone 4 and somehow it failed to record the audio. As you might expect, it was very frustrating. But we moved on. So during our layover in Denver we decided to rerecord the Q&A using some of the same questions and we also mixed in a few new ones. Hit the jump to check it out and please leave your questions for potential future video blog Q&A’s in the comment section.
Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day is The Ultimate Matrix Collection [Blu-ray] for $49.99 – which is 62% off the regular price of $129.95. While many have issues with the second and third movie, the box set is loaded with something like 35 hours of extras and the companion piece The Matrix Revisited and The Animatrix – which features some very cool animation. If you’re interested, remember Amazon’s deal only lasts for the day.
What if Will Smith had agreed to play Neo in the Wachowski Brothers Matrix movie? Or if Johnny Depp had been Ferris Bueller in John Hughes classic Ferris Beuller’s Day Off? What about Madonna in The Fabulous Baker Boys instead of Michelle Pfeiffer, or Eddie Murphy as Eddie Valiant in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
When movies are being put together, often the first actor the studio or director offers the part to doesn’t want to star in the movie. Sometimes it’s a good thing, but often we’re left wondering what would the film have been like if that person had agreed to be in it.
While we might not have any video evidence, you can see some re-imagined movie posters for these films after the jump. Included are The Matrix, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Footloose, JFK, Lord of the Rings, and a few others.
Agent Smith in The Matrix. Elrond in Lord of the Rings. V in V for Vendetta. And the voice of Megatron in the Transformers movies.
To say I’m a huge fan of Hugo Weaving would be a gigantic understatement. Since I first saw The Matrix and heard him say “Mr. Anderson”, I’ve thought Hugo Weaving needs to be in more movies. Thankfully, directors like Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings) and Joe Johnston (The Wolfman) noticed his work and since The Matrix, Weaving has made both small indies and big budget blockbusters.
And speaking of big budget blockbusters, with Universal’s The Wolfman in theaters this weekend, I was able to speak with this great actor as a reporter for our partners at Omelete. Weaving plays a Scotland Yard inspector investigating the murders.
While you never know how an interview will turn out, I’m extremely happy to say this was a great one. Not only did we talk about Wolfman, he gave me some very interesting info on why The Hobbit should be a lot different than Lord of the Rings. If you’re a fan of this great actor, it’s an interview not to be missed:
The up and coming rereleases of “Toy Story” 1 and 2 in the 3-D format have the industry abuzz in regards to the potential of hitting up popular library titles of the different studios to also give the 3-D treatment. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lightstorm Entertainment is claiming that a 3-D release of the world’s most successful box-office film “Titanic” is itself less than a year away. With that in mind, the eventual consideration of your favorite mega-action blockbusters to get revisited seems more of a forecast now than just wishful thinking. Click the jump to daydream about Rivendell, the Death Star, and/or Keanu Reeves in the third dimension.