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Blade Runner 2049, Are You Ready?

Set 30 years after Deckard’s final mission retiring skin jobs Blade Runner 2049 introduces a new Blade Runner, Ryan Gosling is LAPD Officer K. Harbouring a secret, he is sent on a journey to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford returns) and save what is left of his world.

The moody atmosphere and dystopian high tech world seem to have been kept intact for 2049 which may be down to Ridley Scott putting his executive producer hat on for the film. It could also simply be director Denis Villeneuve’s style, his previous films include Prisoners, Sicario and Arrival. Either way it is an essential ingredient for the follow up to Blade Runner.

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If Chewbacca Was Voiced By Peter Griffin.

Fans of Star Wars and Family Guy have been given a special glimpse into a world where their two favourite things are mixed to produce hilarity of the mash-up kind. Produced by the movie obsessed fans over at MoviePlot the short video imagines a slightly different Star Wars, a universe where Chewbacca is far funnier than originally intended.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the answer to the question ‘What If Chewbacca was Voiced by Peter Griffin?’ An answer that is accompanied by much laughter. Sit back relax and be sure to have your chuckle pants on.

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George Lucas a Thug Life.

The creator of the Star Wars universe George Lucas may be an idol to many but underneath that fury exterior is a thug, of the funniest kind of course. A very brief glimpse of the thug life in action was captured during the Force Awakens world premiere, on the red carpet of all places. After a quick chat with reporters Lucas is approached by Jurassic World producer Frank Marshall who insists on reminding Lucas that Jurassic is Number One! Pertaining to the fact that his movie is (at the time) holder of the opening weekend record. A comment that just happens to set Lucas up for the ultimate thug life response.

With the Star Wars universe expanded by 2 hours and 16 minutes and with the opening weekend box office record reset to $528 million we must now face the fact that our next George Lucas thug moment may be a while away sadly. So for now sit back relax and hit the play button to see the hard man of sci-fi in action.

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Sexy Star Wars the Lost Auditions – Sara Jean Underwood.

With the the final cut out of editing and release of the new Star Wars movie fast approaching (December 17 here in Oz) it is time to consider what might have been.

Take the case of model, actress and gamer babe Sara Jean Underwood who was so keen to be a part of the latest film that she tried out for every possible role in the upcoming awakening of the force. Unfortunately none of her audition attempts were successful.

From the obvious to the unexpected Sara presented all of the potential characters. Some are catchy, some funny and others down right sexy, so how was she overlooked? Presented for your viewing pleasure is the audition tape made with a wink and a smile.

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Top Down Shooter, Stunning…

CorridorDigital have once more ventured into the field to make eye catching video, this time round they may even blow your mind. Top Down Shooter is the latest result of Corridors time behind the camera, a short clip that will generate a double take just to be sure it’s not a video game.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the real life video game that combines cinematic know how with digital post production to amazing effect. Check out the making of video as well if you’re curious. Sit back relax and let the top down action begin.

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The Matrix Rebooted in 8 bit Cinema Glory…

CineFix have ripped out the Commodore 64 and Spectrum ZX1 once again to reboot a cinema classic as if it were an 8 bit game. Turning their attention to the first Matrix film the ticklers of many memories at CineFix have reduced the original film down to the 3 minutes that matter. As with their other works CineFix challengers its viewers to guess which game engine was used to produce the reboot.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is a double dose of nostalgia with 8 bit (and a little 16 bit) graphics and gameplay used to retell a classic cinema tale from the not too distant past, 1999 if you can believe it. Sit back, relax and prepare for a flashback of the 8 bit variety.

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The Fastest Fingers in the West, Dueling Banjos with Glen Campbell and Carl Jackson…

Popularized by the film Deliverance Dueling Banjos is one of those tracks that marks a point in time for many people. Originally released in 1973 the film quickly became famous for a number of memorable scenes, dueling banjos being one, squealing like a pig being another. If you haven’t sat down done Deliverance your cinematic life isn’t really complete.

The original “Dueling Banjos” was an instrumental composition by Arthur “Guitar Boogie” Smith. Written in 1955 by Smith as a banjo instrumental he called “Feudin’ Banjos” that contained riffs from “Yankee Doodle”. Smith recorded it playing a four-string plectrum banjo and accompanied by five-string bluegrass banjo player Don Reno. The version by Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandell went to #2 for four weeks on the Hot 100 in 1973 and topped the adult contemporary chart for two weeks the same year. The song was actually used in Deliverance without Smiths permission which led to a lawsuit in 1973.

Presented for your viewing pleasure are the original, the film and a live versions of dueling banjos. The live and film versions played by the original maestros of musical mayhem, Glen Campbell and Carl Jackson. Three versions of one of the greatest guitar and banjo tunes ever committed to tape, as was the tradition at the time. Sit back, relax and let that neck red up till it itches.

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Aug(de)Mented Reality, a quick glimpse into the mind of McSanchez…

Hombre McSanchez provides a glimpse into his stop frame world with his latest video Aug(de)Mented Reality. Putting his low tech augmented reality technology to work, technology that McSanchez finetuned over many years of development, he is able to add a captivating little twist to everyday scenes.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the funniest animation to use only plastic and pens to bring funny characters to life. Sit back, relax and enjoy your journey into a world very similar to our own, a world with only a few intriguing differences.

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The 8 Bit Cinema Returns with Forrest Gump…

CineFix have returned once more with another lowering of the resolution on a classic film. This time round Forrest Gump has received the 8 bit treatment. It turns out that the Gump converts very well to 8 bit, funny.

Presented for viewing pleasure is the latest film to receive the 8 bit treatment, condensed down to 2.37 of low resolution 8 bit glory. Join the 8 bit Tom Hanks as he lives the incredible life of Forrest Gump, the man with an 8 bit personality. Sit back, relax and squint if you need to lower the resolution more.

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Akira Project, the Awesome Live Action Trailer…

While Hollywood gets its act together with the official live action reboot of the amazing anime film Akira, a team of fans of have produced an awesome live action trailer. They are leaving the full feature film to Hollywood however.

The Akira Project Team raised funds, closed streets and spent hundreds of hours in post production in order to produce this impressive fan interpretation of a cult classic.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is brief glimpse into what is possible, a glimpse that may make you wonder why it hasn’t been done before. Akira Project the fan made trailer for a live action version of Akira. Sit back, relax and let the live action take you back.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Versus Barely Political, the Hilarious Voice Over Trailer…

Barely Political have let Frank the Wolf loose in the studio once more, this time to do the voice over for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles latest trailer, and the results are hilarious. Fans of the world’s favourite heroes in a half shell are waiting in anticipation for the August 8 release of the new film, Franks voice over is sure to test if they are taking that wait far too seriously.

Having said that here at Highpants we think the movie looks good, hell we all thought the effects even looked pretty good on the first viewing.

Presented for your viewing pleasure are both trailers for the new TMNT movie, Frank the Wolf providing his comic commentary for the new flick as well as the unaltered trailer. Both presented for your consideration. Sit back, relax and let the action begin.

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The Worst Kung Fu Movie Auditions in History, Hilarious…

Auditions for Kung Fu movies are generally tightly controlled and heavily vetted; this is a dangerous business after all. In amongst those that never made it is a special group so devoid of talent yet so full of self belief that you have to stand back and let the comedy ensue.

Never before has so much enthusiasm been so heavily outweighed by a complete lack of talent. A demonstration of the explosive effects of mixing perception and reality in the wrong proportions.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is The Worst Kung Fu Movie Auditions in History, the most hilarious collection of the Kung Fu fails by people who thought they could be the next Chuck Norris. Sit back, relax and remember to bend like a reed, while laughing your ass off.

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Liam Neeson WILL Make You Wet Yourself, Hilarious Fan Requests…

In the build up to the release of Non-Stop, Liam Neeson’s new action flick, the marketing machine is spinning up to speed. Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel’s late night show Neeson recently fulfilled one fans request, can he threaten the **** out of me.

A strange request maybe but in life you should be careful what you ask for, never ask for something that you’ll find uncomfortable. Not wanting to disappoint his fans Neeson put on his serious face and got straight to business, scary business.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the latest promo for Non-Stop via Jimmy Kimmel, you may even laugh non-stop, or leave a continual trail of pee behind you. Sit back, relax and remember to buckle your seatbelt, it could be a rough landing.

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Key and Peele, Non-Stop the Funniest Movie Promo this Year…

American comedy duo Key and Peele have stepped up their comedy antics to produce the absolute funniest movie promo of the year. The promo for Liam Neeson’s new block buster action film Non-Stop take us on a high energy comedy roller-coaster.

The marketing brains at Universal Pictures have had a stroke of genius, or simply a stroke, when developing the marketing strategy for the new action flick. The end result is pure comedy gold.

Presented for your viewing pleasure are the two funniest comedians on TV joined by the coolest action hero of the moment, combining their skills to entertain into the most ROFL filled promo video. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.

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Zombeavers, B-Movie Zombie Beaver Madness…

From the producers of Cabin Fever, The Ring and American Pie comes a movie so outrageously scary that it may convince you to never venture into the woods.

Zombeavers will not only scary your pants off but it also demonstrates that the living dead as a condition is not restricted to recently deceased humans, in fact zombie beavers may be far more dangerous. Have you seen the teeth on them, and they love wood especially cabin wood.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the trailer for the latest must see B-movie classic. Sit back, relax and make sure to stay out of the water.

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DreamWorks Ghost in the Shell Live Action Hollywood Blockbuster gets a Director…

Legendary sci-fi animation Ghost in the Shell is set to receive the Hollywood treatment with a live action film in the works. Masamune Shirow’s classic manga cyberpunk classic Ghost in the Shell has been recast into almost every digital animated format, full length movie, TV series, Telemovie and even music video. Soon hopefully we will be able to add Hollywood blockbuster.

The Deadline is reporting this week that DreamWorks have signed on a Rupert Sanders to direct the feature film. The wheels are once again in motion, now all they need are actors to take care of the live action aspect of the film.

Also presented for your viewing pleasure are a number of the best G.I.T.S music videos to get you in the cybernetic mood. Set back relax and have complete faith in your minds firewall…

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Ghost in the Shell Returns, Arise Young Cyberpunk Master…

Ghost in the Shell, an all time Highpants favorite is making a glorious return with Ghost in the Shell: Arise, cyberpunk anime at its best.

The first in the new four part series this long play episode Border 1: Ghost Pain, each episode is called a border, sees the Major make her return. Exploring the not too distant future, a high tech future that sees man and machine merge.

Marking a new chapter in the Ghost series Production I.G have attempted to refresh the series with slightly changed character renditions, new voice actors and a new run time of 50 minutes for each episodes.

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Darth Vader, the new Disney character…

A little over a week ago now a single piece of news shocked the tech world to its core. LucasFilm had been acquired by Disney, George it seems had passed the Star Wars torch on to a new generation of cinematic wizards.

Disney announced the news on October 30. Disney CEO and George Lucas finalised the deal, signing on the dotted line and requiring one very large cheque, Disney paid $4.05 Billion USD. Instantly the legions of Star Wars fans set electrons flying as the internet groaned under millions of concerned questions.

Lucas at the press event tried his best to allay the fears of the many, “For the past 35 years [35 it has been young Luke], one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next. It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime.”

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