Happy Lepus Night

Its that time of year when I shut down while I stuff myself with chocolate eggs. Enjoy the rest of the weekend but remember

Beware the Easter Bunny!

And on a slightly related note, this spoof book cover is comedy gold.

Contains swearing. Awesome swearing

Armando Iannuccis In The Loop is a hotly anticipated (by me, at least) satire in which the US President and UK Prime Minister fancy a war.

The film is due to hit UK screens on April 17th and, to get you in the mood, the good folks at Empire have four exclusive clips / deleted scenes / webisodes (the borders are a bit porous) online, here (via Twitch).

And if that wasnt enough, two of the characters have have short but very entertaining Twitter accounts. Go take a look at Malcolm Tucker and his Chief Press Officer Jamie MacDonald.

The No Right Turn Postcard Collection

With the world premiere of independent feature film No Right Turn (review, trailer) fast approaching, the folks at Last Exit Productions have released a set of three promotional postcards.

Theyre gorgeous.

Pixar vs Dreamworks

This cartoon (which I found at Zombie Room) nicely sums up the difference between Pixar and Dreamworks.

Click on the picture for the full size version.

Three days until the start of Script Frenzy

Back in February I mentioned the Script Frenzy writing event. The challenge is to write a 100 page script in 30 days, starting on 1st April.

The 5 Basic Rules of Script Frenzy

1) To be crowned an official Script Frenzy winner, you must write a script (or multiple scripts) of at least 100 total pages and verify this tally on ScriptFrenzy.org.

2) You may write individually or with a partner. Writing teams will have a 100-page total goal for their co-written script or scripts.

3) Script writing may begin no earlier than 12:00:01 AM on April 1 and must cease no later than 11:59:59 PM on April 30, local time.

4) You may write screenplays, stage plays, TV shows, short films, comic book and graphic novel scripts, adaptations of novels, or any other type of script your heart desires.

5) You must, at some point, have ridiculous amounts of fun.

At the time it struck me as an interesting idea, and one which might be worth having a go at and, over the past month or so, Ive been giving it some thought. And now, with only three days to go, I have finally come up with an outline and, although Im woefully unprepared, I am going to give this a go.

Revolver to release Star Wreck

Back in 2005 there was quite a buzz around Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning, a feature length parody of Star Trek. The film was notable for several reasons, not least the fact that it was released for free – and is still available for download from the Star Wreck Site.

Its also a frighteningly accurate and very funny parody of the Star Trek universe. The film is also packed with often spectacular special effects which are way beyond anything you would normally expect from a micro-budget film such as this, as well as a huge collection of laugh out loud one-liners.

All in all, the film is a lot of fun and the good news is that Revolver Entertainment has picked it up for distribution in the UK and US. The release of the Imperial Edition DVD has been timed to coincide with the J.J. Abrams film in May.

I already have the (subtitled) Finnish DVD and I know what I will be watching on May 4th.

The people behind Star Wreck are the same ones that are currently working on Iron Sky, another slice of satirical SF, this time about Nazis on the moon.

David Cronenberg to receive Legion dhonneur

If there was ever any doubt about the artistic potential of genre cinema, you just have to look at the career of David Cronenberg, a director who has spent the last 30 years finding new and often unsettling ways to explore the mutability of humanity. From his earlier, more visceral films to his more recent work similar themes and obsessions are explored and reworked in a manner that is both thought-provoking and intelligent.

Its appropriate, therefore, that the French will be presenting (via) the director with the Legion dhonneur, the countrys highest distinction.

The award is meant to recognize Cronenbergs accomplishments and the services he rendered to French culture and to enhance the cultural relationship between France and Canada. Cronenbergs films have played well in France, where he has won numerous awards that include the 1996 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize for Crash.

The ceremony will take place on 1st April in Toronto with Francois Delattre, Frances ambassador to Canada, standing in for Nicolas Sarkozy.

Legendary Vampirella artist, Jose Gonzalez has died

Legendary Vampirella artist Jose Pepe Gonzalez has died after falling into a coma. He was 70 years old.

The Spanish comic book artist embarked on his career at the age of 17 working on the Rosas Blancas and Brigitte titles for Editorial Toray. He joined the agency Selecciones Illustrada in 1960 and drew romance comics for Fleetway as well as pin-ups for the international market.

In 1971, Warren Publishing, the publisher of Vampirella started using artists from Selecciones Illustrada and, according to The Warren Companion, when Jim Warren saw Gonzalez art: I knew we had it! We survived 12 issues but there it was. This is what I wanted for the first issue but couldnt put together.

Gonzalez received immediate acclaim for his work on Vampirella and drew the character continuously from issue 12 to 34, winning two Warren awards along the way. Between 1971 and 1983, Gonzalez drew 58 stories for Warren Publishing, putting him in the top 10 most prolific artists at the company. He drew 53 total strips of Vampirella, making him that titles most prolific artist.

According to a statement from Harris Comics, the current owners of Vampirella:

Gonzalez created horror classics that have stood the test of time as some of the finest examples of the comics medium. His work was thrilling, sensuous and beautiful. He brought the character to life, elevated her to an icon and, most deservedly, won over a legion of fans who have never forgotten him. To this day, many would say his was the definitive rendition of the character.

No-one drew Vampirella like Gonzalez.

Stunning steampunk animation online: The Mysterious Explorations of Jasper Morello

Anthony Lucas award winning 2005 short film, The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello is a Gothic horror mystery set in a world of iron dirigibles and steam powered computers. Jasper Morello is a disgraced aerial navigator who flees his Plague-ridden home on a desperate voyage to redeem himself.

The film uses a unique style of silhouette animation, developed by Lucas, and the entire 26 minute short is now available online for your viewing pleasure

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Condition: Human – SF web series due to début in April looks stunning

Condition: Human is a zero-budget web series comprised of six 15 minute episodes due to début on April 1st. The trailer looks utterly stunning and really does demonstrate the extent to which a talented director can find ways of achieving his vision with the most basic of equipment.

In the near future, man has begun to address the economic and environmental issues plaguing the early 21st century. Rapid technological advancements have changed life dramatically, especially the creation of advanced humanoid robots who have begun to play an integral part in everyday life. Takumi Kenji, the reclusive CEO of Kenji electronics, and father of all things A.I. has announced the first ever companion bots, a model of humanoid whos interactive capabilities are remarkably natural. As robots continue to evolve their place amongst us must evolve as well, and as it does society carries the responsibility of answering the moral questions that come.

And if youre an aspiring filmmaker, or just interested, head over to Binary Crumbs where director Trenton Lepp is posting a series of tutorials discussing how the various effects were achieved.

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