Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer #2

The second trailer to Avengers: Age of Ultron premiered during last night’s National Sportsball Championship Game, bringing together both comic book and sports geeks alike. It has a few bits of new footage, without giving away too much, which I appreciate. And the piano keys riffing on “Got No Strings On Me” gives it creepy vibe. It better be on the movie soundtrack, IMO.

I think this trailer is cool, but I liked the first one better. The overriding question I have from seeing this is: Why did the Black Widow stop straightening her hair like in “The Winter Soldier”? I loved ScarJo’s hair in that movie.

May 1st can’t get here soon enough.

As You Wish: Cary Elwes discusses “The Princess Bride”, William Goldman, and the secret to true love.

Fans of the fairy-tale film “The Princess Bride” won’t soon forget Cary Elwes and his character “Westley”, the farm-boy who won the heart of Robin Wright’s “Buttercup” with three words: “As you wish.”

But Elwes himself will admit that he wrote his bookAs You Wish: Inconceivable Tales From The Making Of The Princess Bride because he was afraid that his own memory would fail him eventually.

I’d As-You-Wish-Inconceivable-Tales-from-the-Making-of-The-Princess-Bride-HC-Bookalways wanted to write something, I didn’t know quite what.” Elwes explained as we spoke via telephone. “And it was the 25th anniversary that we had at Lincoln Center in 2012, we were all asked ‘what was the best memory’ for me.

“And I really couldn’t put it down to one moment or one scene, or anything. For me the whole experience was so joyful. And that’s why I wanted to write the book and share that joy with the fans before the memory started to fail.”

While he did keep a short video diary, which became an “extra” on “The Princess Bride” anniversary DVD release, he hadn’t kept notes during the film’s production.

“I didn’t keep a diary or a journal, which I wish I had now in hindsight,” Elwes admitted. “Luckily Norman Lear gave me all the call sheets for the film, and I went through them all and I started to remember exactly where I was each day.”

“And then my memory – thank god it had been 26-27 years – it all came flooding back.”

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Sarah Connor takes on Jason Voorhees in “SLASH UP”!

With Halloween just over a week away, it’s time to start sharing some treats with Geek To Me readers!

First up is a cleverly staged confrontation of movie characters brought to us by one of my fave YouTube Channels “WFTLOL.” These are the folks who brought us the wicked “Marvel Zombies VS Army of Darkness” fanfilm. The film has been taken down but if you have decent google-fu you’ll be able to find it.

This production is part of their new series titled “Slash Up” where they take characters from different movie franchises and pit them against each other. In the inaugural episode, they have “Terminator” series heroine Sarah Connor square off against “Friday the 13th” slasher Jason Voorhees. Fun concept, but does it deliver? You decide.

Click after the jump to see the “making of” video!

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DISNEY’S “TOMORROWLAND” TRAILER DEBUTS

Hey, they made the “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride into a movie, right? Now Disney is giving us the big-screen version of one of their theme parks!

That’s the cynical view, of course, one that you would dismiss once you saw the trailer:

They’ve got the combined talents of George Clooney and Brad Bird working on this one, folks!

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Disney & Big Hero 6 calling on young inventors for XPRIZE Challenge!

One of the most highly-anticipated films of the year is “Big Hero 6” from Disney. Based on a Marvel comic, the movie features young robotics inventor Hiro and his creation Baymax. This is a film that has been getting shuffled around a bit, but is now getting a proper promotional push and is even being celebrated with the XPRIZE Challenge.

The XPRIZE Challenge is a contest that is calling on inventors ages 8-17 to THINK BIG. As explained on the XPRIZE Challenge website: “Think of a big idea that uses science, technology, engineering or math, and use your creativity to help make the world a better place.” Youths are then encouraged to produce a short 1-3 minute video explaining the idea. Seems simple enough, except for that part about changing the world, right?

Of those who are up to the challenge, 6 winners will be chosen and be treated to some great prizes, among them a trip to walk the red carpet and see the premiere of Big Hero 6 in Hollywood; a tour of the Disney Animation Studio and Disney Imagineering; they’ll get to experience innovation at XPRIZE headquarters; receive special a special NASA space kit from littleBits; and get free registration for the next First LEGO League season!

There’s going to be a panel on Big Hero 6 at New York Comic Con this weekend, and the deadline to enter the contest is October 12th. So if you’re a young inventor or know of one, don’t delay and share your idea that can change the world today!

For more details and information on how to enter, visit the XPRIZE.ORG website!

Win tickets to an advance screening of “BiRDMAN” starring Michael Keaton [UPDATED]

Time for another one of my ridiculously easy contests! The folks at FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES & REGENCY ENTERPRISES are holding a special advanced screening of the movie “BiRDMAN” in Chicago! It will be taking place at the Landmark Century Theater on Monday, October 20th and I have LOTS OF TICKETS TO GIVE AWAY! Why would my Geek To Me readers want to see this film? Well, besides having a really impressive cast including Zach Galifianakis, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts, it stars Michael Keaton in a role that seems…familiar. Check out the description and then read how you can get a FREE PASS to the screening after the jump!

BIRDMAN one-sheet

FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES and REGENCY ENTERPRISES

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birdman

STARRING:

Michael Keaton | Zach Galifianakis | Edward Norton | Andrea Riseborough | Amy Ryan | Emma Stone | Naomi Watts

DIRECTED BY:

Alejandro G. Iñárritu

WRITTEN BY:

Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Nicolás Giacobone | Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. | Armando Bo

PRODUCED BY:

Alejandro G. Iñárritu | John Lesher | Arnon Milchan | James W. Skotchdopole

BIRDMAN or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) – famous for portraying an iconic superhero – as he struggles to mount a Broadway play.  In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.

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