26 February 2015

Scene One / Take Two: Re-Starting REELNATION

In 2005 (22.12.05 to be exact :p) I started a blog with the intention to specifically feature local/Singapore films and projects. I was knee-deep in the local media/film industry and as well it was a passion that burned heavy and bright in my heart of hearts!

News reportage was sparse (unlike these days where social media has provided a platform to promote) … but the local scene was picking up, and I remained hopeful … it was to be a casual blogging affair and I generally stopped actively blogging circa 2008, and it has since laid dormant (save for a couple of posts in 2013), until now, as I attempt to restart thy shenanigans, ironically AFTER I had left the media industry too LOL

And while I continue forth with my PopcornX movie-blog, REELNATION will still focus on the local/Singapore scene and cinema. In between news (which I cross my chubby fingers folks would submit as well), I'll be taking a delve back into the years of my tenure in the industry - the first post featuring archival scans of polaroids for the film "Perth" - for memories and archiving sakes, of course :)

Thank you for reading (and submitting)
Andy Heng.

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Coraline Box No.23/50 (2009) #throwbackthursday

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The Story So Far: "A grand total of 50 one-of-a-kind Coraline Boxes were given out to chosen / targeted bloggers around the world, as part of the promotional campaign for the 3D animated movie CORALINE directed by Henry Selick (released 2009), based on a Neil Gaiman novella, and animated by LAIKA. The boxes were found to contain actual props used in the making of the stop-motion animated feature film, and each box's contents, size and even the box themselves were different from each other. Each box also contained passwords / codes on the key-tag which had unlocked different featurettes about the movie on the Coraline website." (Blogged)

One of the proudest milestone in my 10-years of blogging, was being gifted with a Coraline Box in 2008 from Laika (it was actually to have been sent in earlier but I missed the email asking for my mailing address!!!). Mine was numbered 23/50 (More Images Here on TOYSREVIL) and it held pieces of the animated pieces used for the stop-motion film by Laika! Not long after writer Neil Gaiman came to Singapore (for a Writer's Festival) and I managed to queue up to have him sign it! (Please ignore the sweat-patches, fhanks :p) ... And I was always remember a friend asking me "How much I paid for it on EBay" ~ hahaha ~ all good, I am just happy for my forgotten moment of achievement and having a geekfanboy's dream come true hahaha

(More About "Coraline" on TOYSREVIL)


25 February 2015

Poster for Avengers: Age of Ultron

You KNOW it's a Hollywood movie when the actors have removed their masks or helmets for a group shot, like for a faux magazine cover, yeh? I am trying to like this, I really am ... but maybe I should reconcile that this was made for the "general masses", and not for my "fanboy geeka$$" ~ LOL

IMHO, the Stark and Rogers removed mask/helmet would work so much better with the "Civil War" angle ... Looks like Thor's trying to knock some sense into Cap tho ... MUAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAAHA

UPDATED: Did up this "talking" poster for the fun of it :p

Terminator Genisys: Hot Toys To Make 1/6, HT Contest & Teaser Poster

HOT TOYS PRESS: "Hot Toys is very excited to officially announce today, 1/6th scale collectibles based on the upcoming movie Terminator Genisys are coming this Summer. With the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger to the Terminator series, we are thrilled to look forward to this action packed film!" (Feb 17)

In tandem with the announcement (and Hot Toys FB reaching 300K "Likes"), there is currently a "special giveaway campaign" where folks stand a chance to win a Hot Toys' TERMINATOR SERIES COLLECTIBLE FIGURE (Quantity: 3). All you need to do is to take a short video of yourself doing a "I'll be back" scene while also featuring a Hot Toys element (such as having a Hot Toys figure in view, doing stop motion with a Hot Toys figure etc.), upload the video onto your social media of choice (Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Vimeo etc), and post the video link to this post's comment section. Contest launched Feb 19m, with the participation deadline being March 4th.

(Chillax, these are just screengrabs from the SuperBowl TV Spot)

Make You Own LEGO Oscar

Seen at the recent 87th Academy Awards were the Oscar trophy made from LEGO! SlashFilm shares a "how-to" video, and you can download the instructions and bricks needed here. Ironically, "The Lego Movie" did not win the Best Animated feature award … in fact, the movie was not even nominated this year.

"The team behind The Lego Movie approached me. They wanted to do something extra special for the Academy Award performance of best song nominee ‘Everything is Awesome.’ They had seen my earlier version of a Lego Oscar statue, and I was happy to take on the challenge.

Each statuette consisted of 500 bricks glued together — which kind of goes against the message of The Lego Movie, but we’ll let it slide. And Sawaya hopes everyone will be able to make their own someday."
-shared New York-based Lego artist Nathan Sawaya on cnet.com

(Lego Oscar pics via)

Avengers: Age Of Ultron 1/6th scale HULK from Hot Toys

HULK SMASH! HULK HAVE STRETCHY PANTS! ("Purple" stretchy pants would've been fun :p) And this Hulk has simulated chest hair too! And there are TWO Editions of this Avenger: Age of Ultron Hulk to be had: The Regular/Standard version featuring the gamma-ray irradiated green goliath with angry open mouth (seen above), and the DELUXE Collectible set which features two newly developed angry and screaming Hulk head sculpts! Also inclusive in this set is a sculpted interchangeable “Hulk smash” pose upper body.

Both versions come with rolling eyeballs tho … and whichever editions you choose, you KNOW you need a Hulkbuster to battle with, right? Hot Toys sure is bring the toy-heat! I'll get back to you folks about the SIZE of this figure when the info gets out … meanwhile more pics featured below and HERE on FB!

POWER/RANGERS - A Bootleg Film from Adi Shankar

WARNING: Contains R-rated language & violence!

Adi Shankar (Executive Producer for "Dredd", "Lone Survivor", "Walk Among The Tombstones") presents a Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers Bootleg Film directed by Joseph Kahn (2004's "Torque"), and starring James Van Der Beek and Katee Sackhoff, taking Power Ranges to an "adult" stage … *NICENESS*
"When I was a child I had two favorite TV shows the X-Men animated series and Power Rangers. I eventually came to the realization that high school kids weaponized to fight an intergalactic threat would turn those kids into some seriously disturbed adults." -mentioned Adi Shankar (Why This Bootleg Exists / Source: comingsoon.net)
"UPDATE: Kahn tweeted Tuesday afternoon, instructing fans to watch the film while they can. It proved to be prophetic as a legal battle is now brewing over POWER/RANGER, the filmmaker reports via Deadline. Kahn says he is being “harassed” by the man who owns the rights to the Power Rangers franchise, Haim Saban, who is also producing a new Rangers film with Lionsgate. As of this update, Kahn’s video was taken down from Vimeo, following alleged complaints from Saban, but remains live on You Tube, where it has received more than 3.5 million views." (Reported Yahoo!)

**Check out his previous fan-films / bootleg shorts, with the Judge Dredd-inspired SUPERFIEND, the Punisher-inspired Dirty Laundry and the Venom-inspired Venom: Truth in Journalism.

24 February 2015

"If you think people who make superhero movies are dumb"... James Gunn Reacts to Comicbook Movie Slight at the 87th Academy Awards

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In reaction to veiled commentary at the recent 87th Academy Awards ceremony slighting comicbook movies, the above quote is a snippet of what Guardians of the Galaxy-director James Gunn Facebooked:
“Whatever the case, the truth is, popular fare in any medium has always been snubbed by the self-appointed elite. I’ve already won more awards than I ever expected for Guardians. What bothers me slightly is that many people assume because you make big films that you put less love, care, and thought into them then people do who make independent films or who make what are considered more serious Hollywood films.

I’ve made B-movies, independent films, children’s movies, horror films, and gigantic spectacles. I find there are plenty of people everywhere making movies for a buck or to feed their own vanity. And then there are people who do what they do because they love story-telling, they love cinema, and they want to add back to the world some of the same magic they’ve taken from the works of others. In all honesty, I do no find a strikingly different percentage of those with integrity and those without working within any of these fields of film.

If you think people who make superhero movies are dumb, come out and say we’re dumb. But if you, as an independent filmmaker or a ‘serious’ filmmaker, think you put more love into your characters than the Russo Brothers do Captain America, or Joss Whedon does the Hulk, or I do a talking raccoon, you are simply mistaken.
(Read More Here)

Good Smile Co is making a Storm Trooper Nendoroid! And yes, a Darth Vader Nendo too :)

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Star Wars Storm Trooper Nendoroid from Good Smile Co seen on display at Wonder Festival 2015 (Winter) #WF2015W, and I am excited! Read more here #onTOYSREVIL … There's supposed to be a Darth Vader Nendo too, but my toy-desires are for the Trooper muahahahaha

Toys R Us Exclusive Heat Vision Predator ReAction Figure

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Predator x ReAction fans have a "new" figure to hunt down: A Toys R Us exclusive "Heat Vsion Predator"! No doubt USA-based stores, because I don't see any ReAction in local TRU stores tho … *man-sobs*

For folks unfamiliar with color treatment, the "heat vision" is what the alien Predator "sees" to identify humans / their prey in the jungle, as seen in the first movie, which ironically is now used on the Predator itself :)

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