Tom Petty’s Legacy as a Music Video Innovator

We take a look at Tom Petty’s impact on the world of music videos.

Tom Petty, who died unexpectedly this week at the age of 66, wrote timeless songs even when he was a young man, and had a soul old enough to fit effortlessly into a supergroup with Roy Orbison, George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Jeff Lynne, despite being the youngest member of the group, by far. He made it all look easy, which might have had the paradoxical effect of downplaying his greatness. But even if you never took much notice of Petty during his life, it’s almost certain that at some point you’ve seen one of the brilliant music videos he made over the years, either alone or with long-time collaborators the Heartbreakers.

The videos range from clever to surreal, but never lack Petty’s effortless cool, singular taste, and imagination.

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Justice League Behind-the-Scenes Video Online!

Justice League Behind-the-Scenes Video Online!

Justice League behind-the-scenes video online!

A new Justice League behind-the-scenes promo video has surfaced online and can be watched below!

Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Billy Crudup as Henry Allen, Amber Heard as Mera, Kiersey Clemons as Iris West, with J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon, and Amy Adams as Lois Lane.

RELATED: Danny Elfman on Scoring the Justice League Music

Fueled by the hero’s restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Justice League sees Bruce Wayne enlist the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Directed by Zack Snyder (Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeMan of Steel), the screenplay is by Joss Whedon and Chris Terrio from a story by Snyder and Terrio. Whedon directed the additional photography for the sequel and is overseeing the completion of its post production following Snyder’s family tragedy. Justice League is produced by Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Jon Berg and Geoff Johns. The executive producers are Jim Rowe, Wesley Coller, Curt Kanemoto, Chris Terrio and Ben Affleck.

Justice League opens in theaters on November 17.

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Superhero Bits: Batman: Arkham Video Games May Be Over, Nicolas Cage Talks Superman & More

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How much did Spider-Man: Homecoming make in its opening weekend at the China box office? Which character did James Gunn say will not be making an appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3? Will there be anymore Batman: Arkham video games in the near future? Would Kevin Conroy ever voice a Marvel character? What very Nicolas Cage-y thing did Nicolas Cage say about his abandoned Superman movie with Tim Burton? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

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Director Josh Boone shared this image from the set of The New Mutants, featuring the comic book title logo.

Arrow executive producer Wendy Mericle talked about Samandra Watson, an FBI agent debuting in season six.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming pulled in $ 70.2 million in its opening weekend in China, which is quite the debut.

Margot Robbie believes she’ll be playing Harley Quinn again in 2018, but she doesn’t know for which movie.

Here’s a sneak peek of the Wonder Woman gag reel coming on the home video release of the DC Comics movie.

Director James Gunn says fans shouldn’t expect to see Vance Astro appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

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Netflix released a batch of new photos from Marvel’s The Punisher, as well as a poster, but still no release date yet.

Production on the Spider-Man spin-off Venom has been pushed nearly a month with a start date of October 23.

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CS Video: Interviews with the American Assassin Cast

Interviews with the American Assassin cast

Interviews with the American Assassin cast got a chance to talk to the American Assassin cast, and you can watch our interviews with Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan, and Shiva Negar in the player below! The film is based on the bestselling novel by Vince Flynn.

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Michael Cuesta (Kill The MessengerHomelandL.I.E.) from a screenplay by Stephen Schiff and Michael Finch and Edward Zwick & Marshall Herskovitz, the action-adventure also stars Taylor Kitsch.

American Assassin follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien), a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton). The pair is then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) to investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on both military and civilian targets. Together the three discover a pattern in the violence leading them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent (Shiva Negar) to stop a mysterious operative (Taylor Kitsch) intent on starting a World War.

Published by Atria Books and in mass market paperback by Pocket Books, both imprints of Simon & Schuster, “American Assassin” is one of fifteen novels set in the world of counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp. Every single one has been a New York Times best-seller, the three most recent entries have been number one New York Times best-sellers, and the series has sold nearly 20 million copies to date.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, Deepwater Horizon, Salt) and Nick Wechsler (The Road, Magic Mike) are producing the film. CBS Films and Lionsgate will release American Assassin in theaters on September 15, 2017.

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Classic Video Sounds Explained by Experts

Four video game sound designers dissect the sound effects of the world’s most recognizable video game sounds. This is a fascinating look at the limitations of early video games and they philosophy and psychology of how these sounds were used to reward the player. Part 1 covers games from 1972-1998: Part 2 covers games from […]

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Video: Aaron Sorkin Master Class

From the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.

Just about an hour’s worth of insights from the writer known for movies and TV series including A Few Good Men, The Social Network, ‘West Wing’, and ‘Sports Night’. His latest: Writing and directing the movie Molly’s Game.

HT to Trish Curtin for posting the link in the Zero Draft Thirty Facebook group.

For more video content from TIFF, go here.

Video: Aaron Sorkin Master Class was originally published in Go Into The Story on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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8 Essential Video Tutorials for the DIY Filmmaker

Whether you’re strapped for cash or just like to tinker with stuff, these tutorials will help you create some really cool filmmaking tools.

Filmmaker and YouTube personality knoptop has a motto that all of us can appreciate: “Go make something,” and his latest video is probably going to inspire you to do just that. From a “crappy” homemade boom pole to a shoulder rig turned audio gear holder, knoptop lists eight of his favorite DIY builds and gear hacks that will not only help you get the job done on set, but help you save some money as well. Check out his video below:

There’s a good variety of DIY builds and gear hacks on knoptop’s list. Some are new, some are old, some are super labor intensive, while others only require you to pull out a lens cloth and use it as a slider, but the thing they all have in common is that they’re all pretty damn good at fixing common problems filmmakers tend to have. Here are a few of my favorites from his list:

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Get a Sneak Peek at the Heathers Reboot in a New Teaser Video

Check out the new teaser video for the upcoming Heathers reboot on the Paramount Network

Check out the new teaser video for the upcoming Heathers reboot on the Paramount Network

Paramount Network’s upcoming Heathers reboot has a brand new teaser video. The show’s official Instagram page posted the video which gives us a look at the power of the click known as the Heathers (Melanie Field, Jasmine Matthews and Brendan Scannell) in their high school. It also features a certain classic line about a chainsaw that is about to make a comeback. You can watch the Instagram video below.

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The network has stated, “Based on the 1988 cult classic film of the same name, Heathers is an hour-long pitch-black comedy anthology set in the present day, as heroine Veronica Sawyer (Grace Victoria Cox, “Under the Dome”) deals with a very different but equally vicious group of ‘Heathers.’ Also starring are James Scully as JD, Melanie Field (Wicked National Tour) as Heather Chandler, Brendan Scannell (Funny or Die) as Heather Duke, and Jasmine Mathews as Heather McNamara. Original Heathers cast member Shannen Doherty will guest star as a pivotal, unnamed character as well.”

Heathers was released in 1988 and was written by Daniel Waters and directed by Michael Lehmann. The film starred Winona Rider, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk and Kim Walker. It also spawned a rock musical adaptation which opened Off-Broadway in 2014. The original film was a commercial failure, earning only $ 177,247 in its opening weekend. It became a cult classic over time, however, and fans still quote lines like, “What’s your damage, Heather?”

What do you think of the new video teaser for Heathers? What did you think of the original movie? We want to hear from you! Leave us your thoughts in the comments below or tweet them to us @ComingSoonnetHeathers will premiere in 2018.

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The Morning Watch: How ‘Top Gun’ Saved Home Video, ‘Dawn of the Dead’ Video Essay & More

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(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, a video essay explains how the release of Top Gun on VHS ended up saving the home video industry. Plus, another video essay takes a look at how Zack Snyder‘s remake of Dawn of the Dead has all of the trademarks we’ve come to expect from the filmmaker, and singer Natasha Bedingfield gives Strangers Things the cheesy theme song it deserves.

First up, Cracked takes a look at how the release of Top Gun on VHS ended up saving the home video industry at a time when video tapes cost upwards of $ 80. But when Top Gun was released, it sold for only $ 26.95, and it changed the entire home video industry for better and forever.

Next up, a video essay from Ryan Hollinger looks back at Zack Snyder’s remake of Dawn of the Dead and how it was an earlier indicator of the kind of movies we would get from the filmmaker. The AV Club acknowledges Snyder’s movies as “overwrought, try-hard pseudo-auteurism and as pointlessly violent, incomprehensible messes,” and the video essay looks at how Dawn of the Dead lives up to that reputation.

Following the new Game of Thrones theme song by Michael Bolton, the folks at Honest Trailers gave some other Emmy nominees their own cheesy theme songs as if the shows existed in the 1990s. This time, it’s Stranger Things getting a new theme song sung by none other than Natasha Bedingfield.

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Watch: When Video Games Are Better Than Movies

Sorry, film nerds: Naughty Dog, a video game company, is putting out the most exciting stories on the market.

You may recall that in our 2016 end-of-year trailer rankings, the #1 trailer we selected was not for a movie. It was—gasp!—for a video game. That video game is Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Pt. II, and to this day, it is still one of our most-anticipated upcoming releases.

This begs the question: What happens when video games reach the same level of technical acumen as films, while also delivering equivalent emotionally resonant experiences? Or, rather: What happens when playing a video game actually exceeds the cinematic experience?

There are a lot of great games out there, but there is one developer, in the opinion of both myself and Film Radar’s Daniel Netzel, that truly takes the cake. Of course, it’s Naughty Dog.

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