Just before I Am Legend was released, we heard about the the Batman Vs. Superman Easter egg in the Times Square scene. The writer Akiva Goldsmith placed several in-jokes throughout the movie, and we’ve all been waiting for someone with a keen eye to spot them. Obsessed With Film has a great screenshot of two more future-movie posters – The Green Lantern and (possibly) The Flash.
While I’m sure this isn’t a hint of what’s to come from Warner Bros., all the fanboys are thrilled by the prospect of a sneak preview at the superhero greatness to come in the next few years. Go check out the (somewhat blurry) screenshot on Obsessed With Film.
Another year over, and another top ten list. December was a great month for movies, with the release of I Am Legend, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and many other great flicks. Here’s what the MovieSnobs readers were reading the most last month:
The Prestige – Explained – Possibly our most popular post ever, Mike’s minute-by-minute explanation of the film The Prestige has inspired a lively debate in the comments. It heated up this month with several people challenging Mike’s explanation of the film. Come join the discussion (if you’ve seen the movie, of course – this post is beyond spoiler-heavy).
New Hitman Images – While Hitman wasn’t my favorite movie of the year (see my review), it was a decent enough action flick, and fanboys everywhere were drooling over new pictures of Timothy Olyphant as the video game character Agent 47.
Optimus Prime Phone Call – The release of Transformers on DVD had everyone looking for the awesome promotion Paramount had on the official site where you could craft a phone call to a friend from…Optimus Prime. Unfortunately, the promotion was only live on the site for a short period of time.
The Dark Knight Viral Marketing – Another of our most popular posts ever, this kicked off the start of the intense viral marketing campaign for the Summer ’08 Batman movie. December saw less of the viral games and puzzles and more of the official straightforward releases of posters, trailers, and the first six minutes of the film (which screened before IMAX showings of I Am Legend).
Movie Theme Songs – Up a spot from last month, the YouTube video of a piano player doing some classic movie theme songs is still getting tons of clicks.
Ryan Gosling – Underrated Actor of the Year – My love letter to the talent of Oscar-Nominee Ryan Gosling has been attracting fellow fans from all over the world. I have a feeling the adorable picture of him might have something to do with it…
40 Hottest Women Over 40 – Mike’s picture-filled post about the 40 hottest women over 40 features such beauties as Demi Moore, Emily Proctor, Halle Berry, and Maria Bello. Each one is accompanied by a blurb about why you know her, why she’s hot, and a picture to prove it.
I Am Legend Review – The glowing, five-star review of I Am Legend tells just why this movie is worth the overpriced ticket, and why Will Smith is, and will always be, awesome.
Batman Vs. Superman – Best Easter Egg Ever – The discovery of an Easter egg hidden in I Am Legend was exciting enough, but finding out that it was a movie poster for the fictitious Batman Vs. Superman movie? Comic fans swooned. Now that the film’s been out a while, there have been a few other movie poster Easter eggs, but none as interesting as this.
All right, ladies and germs! You read my assessments of what came out last weekend and you either flocked to the cinema in droves or chose to stay home and watch TV reruns! At any rate, how about we see just how these flicks did over the weekend?
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Another CGI remake of a classic, Borrring. This one stars Jason Lee as the guardian to three little singing creatures. I loved the cartoon, so I wasn’t really happy to hear that movie was made.
Will It Bomb? Nice and fluffy cartoon remake will bring some money. I vote that it will get into the #6 spot or lower. Did It Bomb? Wow! I was off way off base! This brought in $44.3 million, and entered at the #2 slot! Who would have thought?! Outcome: Strike! 0 out of 5
I Am Legend: Loose lips on the ending from star Will Smith may not have gone very well, but how about the plot? That of a lone survivor of some huge viral plague? Now you’re talking! This looks very well done and I expect mega bank! Will It Bomb? With a huge amount of glowing publicity, it’s going straight to the top! Did It Bomb? I called it! That’s right! It did make it to #1! Bringing $77.2 million, no less! Outcome: Score! 1 out 5.
The IESB has a great interview with the visual effects supervisor Jim Berney who has previously worked on The Polar Express, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and both Matrix sequels. In the interview, he discusses the challenges of creating an abandoned Times Square, the infected creatures, and the evacuation of New York City.
While the creatures were originally supposed to be shot practically, they decided to shoot them CG to get the proper effect they wanted. He says,
But even as those days came closer and closer to shooting, we didn’t know what we wanted the creatures to be but we knew it was a little bit more than what you can get out of make-up and costumes. We wanted to be able to see the underlying human structure. We wanted to see the muscle and the bone and the tendons and things like that. We wanted to see the light transmit through and the pulsing veins and things like that. So it was around the end of December, when we came to our Christmas hiatus, that we made the decision to go just completely CG.
Christine had the honor of attending the New York premiere of I Am Legend earlier this week, and scored a movie poster at the event. This I Am Legend poster can be yours, just by entering the contest below.
The poster is on 1/4? foamboard, and is approximately 27? wide, by 41? tall. Don’t ask how we’re going to ship this to you, but we’ll figure it out.
Want the poster? Drop your e-mail in the box below, and you’re entered Sorry, contest has ended! Check back for the winner soon!
We’ll select a random winner on Wednesday, December 19th, 2007. If you win, we’ll e-mail you asking where to ship your new poster. Good luck!
Fine print: Contest is open to residents of the United States, and Canada over the age of 18. We will not sell your e-mail address for all the money in the world. We will not spam you, you will only receive a confirmation e-mail that we received your entry.