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And Now They’re Making A Google Movie

Probably because there are not one, but two Apple movies coming out (jOBS and the yet-unnamed Aaron Sorkin Steve Jobs movie), it looks like Google decided to buy themselves a two-hour ad about how awesome and genius-dictator-free their company is. It’s starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson:

From YouTube, via Laughing Squid

‘Spring Breakers’ Trailer

Spring Breakers is about four girls on spring break in Florida who decide to turn to crime to keep the party going. A James Franco you’d hardly recognize helps them out. The movie was shot in and around the St. Petersburg area. Its wide release date is March 22nd.

From YouTube, via The Superficial

‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Is Very Accurate, Right Down To Maya

While the story of the raid in which bin Laden was killed is widely known in quite a lot of detail, the timeline leading up to it is not, since much of it is classified. That makes it hard to answer the question of how accurate Zero Dark Thirty is, since most of the movie focuses on the intelligence work leading up to the discovery of bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad. But the last part of the film, which shows the raid itself, is quite accurate, right down to including a dog in the raiding party. A lot is obviously left out, but what is shown matches up with accounts in the news.


So what about the bulk of the movie: the intelligence-gathering aspect? Few people know the answer to that for sure, but it looks like it’s also pretty accurate. The character of Maya is based on a real CIA analyst around the same age, who has the same give-’em-hell attitude, who worked on catching bin Laden for almost a decade, and who was the lone champion for exploiting his courier network. In fact, the Washington Post reported that “Maya’s” combative personality cost her a promotion from GS-13 to GS-14 — even though most CIA insiders agree that the attitude is not only needed to be successful at her kind of job, but also that it’s not exactly rare inside the agency. Still, she got a cash bonus for catching bin Laden, and the CIA’s highest medal, not involving combat. But, a few other agents also got other awards, so then this happened:

“She hit ‘reply all’ ” to an e-mail announcement of the awards, a second former CIA official said. The thrust of her message, the former official said, was: “You guys tried to obstruct me. You fought me. Only I deserve the award.” — from The Washington Post article

And that sounds exactly like Maya. (The agent’s real name is obviously something else.) The writer and director based the movie on first-hand accounts: they talked to a lot of people at the CIA, including the woman Maya is based on, so they probably got a decent reading of her. Given that they got to know her well enough to portray her personality accurately, it stands to reason that the rest of what she told them — the history of the mission — is also accurate.

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From Washington Post

The First Christmas Movie Ever Was Made In 1898

Maybe ‘film’ is a more appropriate description of it since, at only a minute in length, it’s not really long enough to be a movie. Anyway, it’s called Santa Claus, and it shows a nanny putting two kids to bed, then — in a bubble which seems really advanced for 1898 — it shows Santa going into the chimney. He delivers the presents, then disappears… which makes us wonder why he didn’t just enter like that.

According to IMDb, the movie was made in the UK, the kids are actually siblings, and the actor who played Santa is uncredited.

From YouTube, via Neatorama

All Of The 2012 Films

This video’s a little long — seven minutes — but it’s very well done. It’s an excellent mashup with clips from about 300 movies in 2012, from The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spiderman to Life of Pi, The Bourne Legacy, Hunger Games, Cloud Atlas, Snow White and the Huntsman, Robot and Frank, Men In Black III, The Avengers, Hitchcock, Prometheus, Battleship, Moonrise Kingdom and a ton of others (listed on the creator’s tumblog). All beautifully stitched together in a video definitely worth watching.

From Filmographile, via Neatorama

New ‘Star Trek Into The Darkness’ Movie Teaser Trailer

Rumor has it that the villain will be Khan, from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Which would be interesting, since this will also be the second movie — since the reboot. Star Trek Into The Darkness (that’s right: no Roman numeral or colon) will be released May 17th, 2013.

From YouTube, via Laughing Squid

‘Oz The Great And Powerful’ Trailer

The Wizard of Oz prequel comes out March 2013.

It stars James Franco as Oz, Mila Kunis as the Wicked Witch of the West, Rachel Weisz as the Wicked Witch of the East, and Michelle Williams as the Good Witch of the North. It’s directed by Sam Raimi, who made a lot of great movies, like the original Spiderman trilogy and The Evil Dead.

This new trailer is longer than the previous one from July, but contains much of the same footage.

From YouTube

Wes Anderson’s Star Wars

Wes Anderson has a very distinctive style, and made some quirky movies: Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Darjeeling Limited and most recently, Moonrise Kingdom. Now that there will be more Star Wars movies — that George Lucas won’t be directing — Conan shows us what they would be like if Wes Anderson were the director:

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From YouTube, via Neatorama

Shock And Oz


Via George Takei

The First Full Iron Man 3 Trailer Is Out

From YouTube