If an extremely fresh Rotten Tomatoes score and adorable photos of young girls feeling empowered by Wonder Woman‘s success on the big screen hasn’t convinced you to high-tail to a movie theater, then yeah, you’re probably waiting for Jared Leto’s review.
Don’t worry, the actor, who is probably unfazed by that weird smell no one can quite place, has seen Wonder Woman and has a rave review. «I saw the film. I loved it. I thought it was incredible,» Leto told Entertainment Tonight. «They did such a good job.»
«Success doesn’t change you, fame does.» Showtime has debuted the first official trailer for a documentary titled Whitney: Can I Be Me, telling the full story of singer/actress Whitney Houston’s extraordinary life and tragic death. The doc premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year, and will be released by Showtime later this summer. Houston is the only artist to chart seven consecutive #1 Billboard Hot 100 songs, and she released seven studio albums and two soundtrack albums over the course of her singing career. She was found dead in her bathtub inside of her guest room at a hotel in Los Angeles in 2012. This trailer is a good sell, ending with the claim that she died of a broken heart. This looks like it’s worth a watch. ›››
«Sometimes it was 8 cans in a day. It was way, way too much.» Stop drinking soda! It’s very bad for your health. How many of you are addiction to pop/soda? In America, it’s a very common thing, as we all grow up drinking it and enjoy it so much that we can’t help but enjoy soda all the time. This animated short film, titled Coke Habit, tells the story of one man named Mike explaining how his addiction to soda became a major problem when he was in high school. This is indeed a very important health PSA, but it’s also a very creative and unique short film with some impressive animation. I love the color palette, and I love how it all flows. It’s short, sweet (no pun intended) and good work I want to share as filmmaking that impressed me. ›››
The new service comes as part of an infrastructure effort to expand «the density and geographic footprint of our presence» in preparation of the launch of the «affordable» Model 3 later this year, according to the letter. To give customers even more places to have their cars serviced, Tesla says it will also expand the existing network of third-party certified body shops. Read more…
«We have nothing to lose but our turf!» Magnolia Pictures («from the company that brought you I Am Not Your Negro«) has debuted a teaser trailer for a new racism documentary titled Whose Streets?, examining the Ferguson uprising from the inside. The film originally premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this January to mostly rave reviews. Using footage from actual citizens in St. Louis, Missouri, and Ferguson, the film takes an «unflinching look» at the uprising, the protests, and the beginning of the Black Lives Matter movement. This seems very powerful, and very important for the times. And it also seems like it can be the kind of doc that will still be referenced 50 years from now. I also really love seeing docs that are made with footage from real people, who lived through this historic experience. Looking forward to seeing this myself. ›››
After a long, confusing, fake news-filled 2016 election in which Donald Trump became President of the United States, Barack Obama was one of the many people to take shots at Facebook’s role in spreading fake news.
But according to a new New York Times Magazine article published online on Tuesday, Obama didn’t just complain about fake news, he also spoke directly to Mark Zuckerberg it.
In the article, titled «Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug,» writer Farhad Manjoo investigated Facebook’s efforts to adapt to and fix the problem of fake news on social media. While interviewing Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg for the story, Manjoo asked if he had spoken to Obama about the former president’s complaints. And according to the New York Times Magazine, «Zuckerberg paused for several seconds, nearly to the point of awkwardness, before answering that he had.» Read more…
«The most mysterious man in Gotham City wasn’t in a mask and cape.» Hulu has released an official trailer for a documentary titled Batman & Bill, which will premiere exclusively on Hulu starting early May. The documentary «unmasks» one of the greatest secrets in the comic industry — that Batman wasn’t created by Bob Kane alone, it was primarily Bill Finger who created the iconic superhero. This seems like a fascinating doc with plenty to offer for comic book fans, including inside stories and excellent art from the early days of Batman. It’s cool to see a doc like this that actually looks worth watching on Hulu. They’ve been collecting some of their own original docs recently, including a James Bond one called Becoming Bond. Take a look. ›››
Everyone thinks Bob Kane is the sole creator of Batman. What the new documentary Batman and Bill presupposes is, maybe he’s not.
Even though Bob Kane is frequently and historically associated with the creation of Batman, the more educated comic book fans now know that many of the signature elements of Batman’s long comic book history were created by another man named Bill Finger. But why is his name not nearly as synonymous with the creation of The Dark Knight? A new documentary explores why Finger was omitted from Batman’s history and only just recently started getting the credit that he’s due.
Watch the Batman and Bill trailer below.
As the trailer explains, though Bob Kane had the initial idea to create a superhero who was quite the opposite of DC Comics’ Big Blue Boy Scout known as Superman, all of the signature traits of Batman’s comic book adventures came from Bill Finger. Not only did Finger create Batman’s trademark design and draw his stories, he was responsible for creating some key pieces of The Caped Crusader’s mythology. Robin, The Joker, The Penguin, The Riddler, Scarecrow, Commissioner Gordon, Gotham City and much more were all added into Batman’s universe by Bill Finger.
Thankfully, since 2015, Bill Finger has started receiving prominent credit for his pivotal contributions to the creation of Batman, even appearing in the credits for Gotham and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and presumably anything associated with Batman from here on out.
But how does a man who is so integral to the creation of one of the most revered superheroes of all time get shoved to the side and almost forgotten by comic book history? That’s the story that Batman and Bill is setting out to tell, inspired by author Marc Tyler Nobleman‘s endeavor to make sure Bill Finger got credit for his work, which he chronicled in the book Bill The Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman.
In addition to Nobleman, plenty of comic book historians, artists, Batman experts (like comic writer and filmmaker Kevin Smith) and more appear in the documentary to talk about this tragic tale of ignorance in the creation of Batman that went on for far too long.
Everyone thinks that Bob Kane created Batman, but that’s not the whole truth. One author makes it his crusade to seek justice for Bill Finger, a struggling writer who was the key figure in creating the iconic superhero, from concept to costume to the very character we all know and love. Bruce Wayne may be Batman’s secret identity, but his creator was always a true mystery.
Batman and Bill will be available to watch on Hulu on May 6.
The best video editor is the one you have—and we all have smartphone apps.
Making films on a smartphone is no longer entirely considered to be a humongous joke that only dummy filmmaker-wannabes like to tell. Plenty of filmmakers today use footage shot on smartphones in their films, even some, like Sean Baker, shoot the entire thing on one. But what about the other side of production? What about editing? Can you cut together a decent video using an app? In this video, Darious Britt shows us that, yes, you can. See how easy and effective it can be to edit your videos on a smartphone.
The apps Britt uses in the video are PowerDirector, VideoShow and WeVideo. Of the three, PowerDirector is more highly regarded; some even call it Android’s answer to iMovie. For iPhone users, you’ve got a lot of different options, including, of course, iMovie, as well as LumaFusion, which is pretty impressive because of its multi-track capabilities. (Though it’s a bit on the expensive side at $ 20.)