Until Tupac Shakur appeared last weekend at Coachella, it would have been hard to think of a hologram as anything but crazy nerdy. Remember "X-Men" villain Genesis, whose mutant power was the ability to project other people's memories in the form of holograms? I didn't think so. One need not go for such a deep cut: we've got Princess "You're My Only Hope" Leia, shimmering "Harry Potter" characters inside Universal Studios' Wizarding World, and too many holodeck-focused "Star Trek" episodes to count.
But now, for better or for worse (and until Biggie Smalls or "Star Trek 2" deliver a more kickass rendering of a 3-D image), Tupac's computer-generated doppelganger reigns as the coolest hologram in pop culture. That's why Hologram Tupac is Splash Page's Hero of the Week.
Though news of Holo-pac's Coachella resurrection leaked days before he appeared at the music festival, no one actually thought it was going to be so damn awesome. And without a doubt, there were legions of stoned concertgoers who thought they'd taken some bad acid when the MC materialized on stage saying, "What up, Coachella?" a full 15 years after he was gunned down in Las Vegas. Whether you knew it was coming or not, the stunt was nothing short of miraculous. It looked just real enough to be, well, real. The swagger was there. The voice was there. Tupac was there.
As a kind "Talk Nerdy" viewer suggested last week, the "two nerds on the sides of the set" should quit whining about "The Avengers" before the film has hit theaters. He's not wrong. But as one of the nerds in question, I don't think I'm going to follow that advice.
Like my "Nerdy" colleague Brain Phares, I'm approaching "Avengers" with caution, especially after the latest trailer left me underwhelmed. I'm very excited, but I'm also worried. That's not how I feel about "The Dark Knight Rises," a movie that I only get more jazzed about with each new bit of promo material. In fact, I'm going to call it now: "TDKR" is going to own "Avengers" this summer. Here are five reasons why.
Incepting the Audience
Christopher Nolan made an entire movie in reverse chronological order, and it kicked ass. He's made two "Batman" movies, and they slayed my nerdy soul. He made a movie set in four different dream worlds, and it was one of the best movies of the new millennium. Honestly, how the eff Christopher Nolan plans on topping himself, I have no idea. I'm pumped to find out.
FROM MTV MOVIES: For a while, Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee was claiming his upcoming cameo in "The Amazing Spider-Man" would be his funniest big-screen turn yet in a series of appearances stretching back to his blink-and-you'll-miss-it role as a hot-dog vendor on the beach in 2000's "X-Men." But Spidey now has some serious competition, as Lee maintains his "Avengers" cameo gave him the opportunity to pop off "probably the funniest line that I've had to say yet."
The superhero he gets to deliver it to is Chris Evans' Captain America, a nerdy triumph that had the actor pumping his fist in mock victory over his fellow Avengers and saying, "It's great!"
Like Lee, Evans wouldn't reveal the details of the cameo — and, honestly, what would be the fun of knowing beforehand when and how the comic creator will appear? — but he did gush about working with Lee.
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If "Thor" director Kenneth Branagh has a hidden superpower, it's getting his actors to fall in love with him.
In an exclusive clip from the upcoming Blu-ray/DVD release of the summer blockbuster, Chris Hemsworth and his costars fall all over one another to fete the guy for his vision, his commitment and his relentless commitment to turn what could have been a "Masters of the Universe"-style cheesefest into a Shakespeare-infused superhero epic.
Christian Bale's incarnation of Batman had hardly been confined to the gritty streets of Gotham City in "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight." His Caped Crusader perched high atop skyscrapers, spun aerial pirouettes through the night sky with a pair of retractable wings, and plucked a corrupt businessman into the air thanks to some nifty black-ops technology and a white cargo plane.
But never before has Bale's hero had his very own aircraft, a super-slick Batwing perhaps to park in the Batcave next to his Batpod, which resides within his Batmobile. That's about to change, as photos from the Pittsburgh set of "The Dark Knight Rises" make clear. Director Christopher Nolan has given the craft an entirely new spin, updating what was once an undeniably hokey comic-book creation into the latest, greatest way for Batman to shoot through the air and bust bad-guy butt. Here's a look at the aircraft's evolution.
Marvel Studios largely sat out San Diego Comic-Con last month, declining to deliver a major Hall H presentation as in years past. The speculation was the studio would hold back its superhero goods -- and the "Avengers" footage director Joss Whedon has been capturing since the spring -- until D23 Expo, Disney's behind-the-scenes exhibition of what the mouse house has in its creative pipeline.
On Tuesday (August 9), that speculation proved to be accurate, as Disney announced "The Avengers" would officially be assembling at D23 when it hits the Anaheim Convention Center from August 19-21. The studio's press release didn't contain much further information about what (and who) will be part of the "Avengers" presentation, other than the vague promise of "cast members from Marvel's 'The Avengers.' " But Whedon told us at SDCC that what made it into the teaser trailer during the "Captain America" end credits was shot in the first few weeks of production, so presumably the filmmaker now has a hefty editing bay worth of superhero footage.
After the jump, check out an excerpt from the press release with the lineup of what to expect at this year's D23.
FROM MTV MOVIES: Behold, the glory of Spidey Vision! Perhaps that was the reaction "Amazing Spider-Man" director Marc Webb and his team were hoping fans would have when they peeped the final 30 seconds of the Marvel flick's first trailer, a first-person romp that puts viewers in the web-slinger's sight line as he swings from buildings and scales brick walls. But not everyone was sold on the inherent grandeur of this visual effect.
Maybe it was just a tad too reminiscent of mid-'90s first-person shooter video games like "Doom," the complaint went. Maybe Spidey Vision was neither revolutionary nor simply cool enough to warrant such lengthy and climactic placement in the trailer.
The whole thing left us wondering: just how much will Spidey's P.O.V. be a part of the finished film when it hits theaters next July? Not much at all, apparently.
"[There] are also moments we really wanted to embrace this experiential process of 3-D," Webb told us about Spidey Vision while at San Diego Comic-Con. "The teaser is a hint at some of that."
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The City of New York may have loathed Will Smith's mammoth "Men in Black 3" trailer — casting the two-story, 53-foot-long, exhaust-belching ode to Hollywood overindulgence out of the SoHo set — but costar Alice Eve had a blast hanging out in it during production.
"He was amazing and a very charismatic man," she told us at San Diego Comic-Con, while promoting the upcoming thriller, "The Raven." "He does have a very big trailer. Most people go in and go, 'It's bigger than my house!' I didn't say that, but it is!"
Smith's "like seriously dude?" trailer, though, was the least of the production's worries. Shooting was halted last November and again in February. The reported culprit was the script — namely, problems with the '60s-era, time-travel portion of the threequel. That's exactly the portion in which Eve's character appears (she plays a young version of Emma Thompson's secret agent), and while the British actress didn't deny script problems, she maintained the script work concentrated not on big-picture plot issues but on smaller, scene-by-scene matters of dialogue and the like.
Robert Rodriguez knows how to work the San Diego Comic-Con hype machine. The filmmaker scheduled a panel for the first day of the Con, but wouldn't let slip what he would actually be presenting. The mystery persisted up until he took the stage, at which point Rodriguez proceeded to drop bomb after bomb.
"Sin City 2" is picking up speed and could begin production this year; two "Machete" sequels are in the works, the second of which will take place in space; and Rodriguez has partnered with the estate of Frank Frazetta both to create a museum for the legendary artist's work and to use that work as the basis for an entire new franchise of films -- starting with a loose remake of 1983's "Fire and Ice." Boom!
Just hours after the panel, Rodriguez invited us into the Hard Rock to give us an exclusive look at some of Frazetta's work and the Frazetta-inspired films he wants to make in the future. He showed us a painting titled "Conan the Barbarian," a 1966 work that established the iconic look of the sword-swinging hero. He dove into a depiction of "Death Dealer," a character around which he wants to make a future movie. And he revealed that "Silver Warriors" inspired the poster he put together for "Predators."
The schedule is saying this is only the second day of San Diego Comic-Con, but we don't see how that's possible. After a manic run of interviews and panels and exclusives on Thursday -- everything from "Beavis & Butt-Head" to "Breaking Dawn" chats, "Game of Thrones" presentations, "The Walking Dead" sneak-peeks and beyond -- our time at SDCC has gifted us with enough pop culture geekery to call it quits and head home.
Except today is Friday -- day #2 -- and there's no chance we're skipping out early with a day like today ahead of us. So pardon us while we guzzle some coffee and then ponder the day ahead.