Check Out THE BIRTH OF A NATION’s Living Poster

Ever since The Birth of a Nation took the Sundance Film Festival by storm earlier this year, I've been dying to see it. Nate Parker's passion project looks like a powerful true story well-told, and Fox Searchlight has just released two new posters for the movie before its debut later this year. One is a "living poster" with quotes from the film and some footage that eventually freezes into the same image as the more traditional poster. Watch that below, along with the first teaser trailer in case you missed that when it dropped a little while ago.

The Birth of a Nation hits theaters on October 7th, and in the meantime, you can read Joey's review from Sundance here.

Set against the antebellum South, The Birth of a Nation follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer), accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slave. As he witnesses countless atrocities — against himself and his fellow slaves — Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.

We’ve Launched a Podcast Network! Introducing

It's been years since I've listened to music in any sort of meaningful way. Sure, I'll catch the occasional song on the radio here and there, or put on a playlist while I clean my apartment, but podcasts have largely replaced music for me as my go-to source of aural entertainment when I have any down time. I fell in love with the medium in 2008, and two years later, my friend Tyler and I started our own podcast with The Not Just New Movies Podcast, a review show where we reviewed a seemingly random movie that wasn't playing in theaters at the time. That ran for two years and 100 episodes (plus an occasional bonus episode) before we put it to bed in August of 2012, but it wasn't long until we started a different show called The 5Cast, one that's lasted even longer and is still going strong. You've probably seen episodes of both pop up here at GeekTyrant over the years.

Working on those shows is a lot of fun, but we've never come anywhere close to the level of mega-hits like This American Life or Serial when it comes to number of listeners and downloads. That's not really the goal, per se — sure, it'd be nice — so all we're really trying to do is give the show a larger audience. We knew there were a lot of other podcasts out there that were experiencing something similar — hosts and producers were putting in the time and creating consistently enjoyable shows, but they weren't getting the audience we thought they deserved.

So earlier this year, we hatched the idea to launch a podcast network that would serve as a hub for listeners to be able to discover those kinds of like-minded and entertaining shows that we knew were floating around online. We called it PodTyrant (fitting, right?), tracked down a handful of shows that we liked, and asked them to come aboard. We've been slowly adding high-quality podcasts ever since, and now it's time to officially introduce you all to the new network.

As of right now, eleven podcasts are part of the network (you can find them all here). We're on a trial basis with most of them for a little while longer, just feeling each other out as we continue to cement our relationships with the hosts, but we've had an absolutely fantastic experience with all of them so far and we're confident they're going to stick around for the long haul. I'm very proud of what we've been able to do in such a short time; from inception to execution, it's been a fun ride so far, and we're just getting started. Thanks to Free Reyes for building the website, to Tyler for heading up PodTyrant's Twitter account (give us a follow, won't you?), and to all of the hosts and producers we've worked with who have been producing cool content. The podcasting medium isn't slowing down any time soon, and we're excited to take the site to the next level.

So add to your bookmarks and check out the podcasts we have over there. There's a new episode of at least one show being posted every weekday. We're also looking for more shows to join the team, so if you host or produce a show you think would be a good fit for the network, send us a submission. Maybe you'll become the newest member of the family.

TETRIS is Now Getting Its Own Movie Trilogy

Who signed off on such a stupid idea?! I get it, everyone is making video game movies. We have The Angry Birds Movie, Assassin's Creed, Ratchet & Clank, and so many more have come before it! So when I read at Collider that a TETRIS movie is being made, confirming plans we heard a couple of years ago...I'm sorry, I can't. Better yet, the film is budgeted for $80 million, which sounds like $79,800,000 too much in my honest opinion. Just when I thought the madness is at its peak, I learned there are plans for a TRILOGY. God help us.

The film is set to feature a Chinese ensemble cast and be filmed at various locations around the world in what is billed as a "sci-fi thriller." If the plot is literally "Tetris blocks are aliens that attack the world," they can go ahead and cease production as I've already imagined the entire film in my head. How many monuments and world wonders will we see deleted? Just tell me now — will one of them be Stonehenge?

Hey look, I found some leaked footage.

In the comments below, write something you could do with $80 million dollars that's better than this!

Watch: 11 More Ways All Movie Trailers Are The Same

If you watch movies at a multiplex like an AMC Theaters, you're subjected to around 15-20 minutes of commercials and trailers before your movie actually begins. Seeing all of those trailers play back to back, you're probably very familiar with the similarities they share. Not long ago, I sat in a theater and watched four or five trailers in a row that started with a helicopter shot of a major city.

Cracked is here with a quick video essay breaking down a lot of the ways movie trailers are the same, including musical choices, structural elements, and more.

For even more ways movie trailers are all the same, click here and here.

Via: /Film

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE’s Post-Credits Scene Revealed

SPOILERS! Obviously.

Just in case you were wondering, yes, there is a post-credits scene at the end of X-Men: Apocalypse. Apparently this scene was not shown with the press screening that took place a couple of weeks ago. The post-credits scene has been confirmed, and thanks to Bleeding Cool we now have a description of what that scene will entail and the new sinister threat it sets up.

"We see a besuited man walking through the remains of the Weapon X clean-up programme, removing the blood, bodies and bullets. And a suited man retrieving vials of Wolverine’s blood labelled Weapon X. And placing them into his briefcase which contains other vials of differing colours. Slamming shut, it is labelled ESSEX CORP."

For those of you not familiar with Essex Corp. the man walking through the remains of Weapon X is Nathaniel Essex a.k.a. Mr Sinister. He is the world's greatest geneticist, who is capable of cloning, creating, enhancing, and controlling mutant abilities. In the comics, he was genetically mutated by Apocalypse.

I believe his involvement could lead to the creation of X-23 in the X-Men cinematic universe. Bryan Singer has pitched her to Fox as a possible replacement for Hugh Jackman's Logan after Wolverine 3. I'm curious to see how this all comes together.

You can read our review for X-Men: Apocalypse here. This movie is set to be released on May 27th.

Video: Cinemassacre Details Why He Will Not Watch The New GHOSTBUSTERS

Cinemassacre has seen many films in theaters, good and bad. He announced today in a detailed video that he will not be watching the new Ghostbusters, even to make fun of it. If you're looking for a specific reason, he has a laundry list of them. The high profile Youtuber (2 Million Subscribers) essentially says he is a huge fan of the original film and will not see a movie that he does not truly see as a "remake." He says the film cannot be a remake as it draws no bridges between the original film other than cameos in which the former actors don't play themselves.

Personally, I'm not a huge fan of Ghostbusters in general, but I can see his perspective when it comes to the remake. When I saw the second Total Recall I thought it could've been a great film...had it not been called Total Recall. The film was so far removed that it would've been better to have never connected the two at all. I don't think the new Ghostbusters is THAT far removed from the source, but it's certainly not what a lot of fans wanted apparently.

Like I said, I was never huge into Ghostbusters to begin with, so I wasn't planning on seeing it either way. Are you skipping like Cinemassacre, or will you watch?

Beautiful Trailer for Studio Ghibli’s THE RED TURTLE


If you are a fan of the films of Studio Ghibli, you’ve got to check out this trailer for their most recent project, The Red Turtle. As you would expect from the legendary Japanese animation studio, the animation is absolutely beautiful, and the film itself looks amazing.

The story centers around a sailor who ends up being stranded on a deserted tropical island. As he desperately tries to escape and to survive he encounters a strange turtle that leads to some more incredible, life-changing events. 

The film was directed by Michaël Dudok de Wit, who was nominated for an Academy Award in 2000 for an animated short film he made called Father and Daughter. Apparently, The Red Turtle has very little dialogue, and the story is told mostly through visuals. 

The movie is set to be released in Japan in September of this year, but as of right now there is no U.S. distribution. Hopefully, Disney picks it up to distribute it domestically. They usually pick up these incredible Studio Ghibli films. I can’t wait to watch this one.

THE SIMPSONS Did a Live Segment on Sunday and It Was Awesome and Awful at the Same Time

In case you don't keep up with the current run of The Simpsons, the animation team had another "first" on Sunday's episode. Using limited animation and lip synching software, Homer Simpson took live calls in the first live animated segment on television. It happened during the show's final three minutes, and it was as awesome as it was awful.

It was awful in the sense the animation is a bit choppy, and you're listening to a very unpolished Dan Castellaneta answering questions on the fly. With live questions, there's no real time to appropriately "Homerize" his voice as much as he would during an episode, and while he still sounds like Homer, it sounds like Homer without any emotion behind his voice.

Even with all that, it was an incredibly awesome idea, and the jokes they peppered in there were pretty entertaining! See the segment below.

Kevin Smith Wants to Write a SE7EN-Inspired ARROW Story Arc with the Villain Onomatopoeia

Kevin Smith did a great job with his episode of The Flash. Everyone had such a great time working with him on the show that they want him to come back and direct another one next season. Now that he’s got his foot in the door at The CW, maybe the producers will bring him on to help develop an episode of Arrow

It seems like he would be perfect to take on that series given the fact that at one time in his career he was writing Green Arrow comic books. During an interview with Variety, Smith said he's not interested in directing an episode, but he would love to write a couple involving a story arc with the villain Onomatopoeia. He said:

"I would, though, like to write on Arrow. I would love to jump in for a one or two episode arc just to bring that Onomatopoeia character to life."

For those of you who don’t know, Onomatopoeia is a serial killer who targets superheroes that don’t have powers. A fan of Arrow recently mentioned Smith’s interest to do this to Steven Amell, and the actor responded enthusiastically with:

“This is a fucking awesome idea.”

Smith was then alerted to Amell’s reaction, and Smith replied saying he wants make his story very Seven-ish. Here’s the tweet he sent out.

I bet if Smith jumped on board Arrow, he could make the series great again. What do you think of his idea for an Arrow story arc?