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Floating Chicago - A collection of mirrored skyline timelapses from Craig Shimala on Vimeo.

Videographer Craig Shimala says on his Vimeo page that he had a bunch of timelapse bits and pieces of the Chicago skyline sitting around and decided to put them to good use.

What we get from his efforts is this trance-inducing clip of clouds and water and time flying past out city - in mirror form:

Through the past couple years I've shot a decent amount of time-lapses of the Chicago skyline. I figured why not take all of those and throw the same mirror filter that was warmly welcomed by a lot of people on this.

Shimala has a bunch of other interesting Chicago scenes documented, so check out his work.

Thanks Chicagoist for sharing.

Harry Potter and Voldemort are just about ready to get it on one last time - no, not in a Dumblerdore conspiracy theory way - with the final installment of J.K. Rowling's wizarding series due in theaters this summer.

But through the magic of the Internet, we can see the latest trailer now, avoiding the deluge of ads we're forced to sit through for a decent trailer at the theater these days.

And no, this clip is not in 3D, much to Roger Ebert's joy. Though the decidedly dark final chapter is, which should provide an affect akin to a disappearing cloak for all those shadowy scenes of gloomy teenagehood.

I fantasized about this back in Chicago ...

So begins Kanye West's so-called full-length film for "Runaway" posted to YouTube.

And like his recently controversial proposed album cover for the upcoming album "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," this is a NSFW effort. And yes, there is a half-naked bird woman in the film, but the issues are more with some naughty words than anything else. So earphones should insulate you from repercussions (clean version here).

And as with most of his work, Kanye just might have an instant classic.

Explosions, fast cars, the aforementioned bird woman (fallen angel/Phoenix) and discussing every thing from Devil worship to Illuminati conspiracies to booty calls with ballet in the background, sheep and even some fowl cannibalism, there really is something for the whole family here.

Now, at 34-plus minutes, this won't be getting massive play on MTV. Of course, unless Kanye turned into a "Guido Juicehead" macking at Miami Beach, his best chances of cracking that channel's primetime lineup revolve around awards show hijacking anyway.

But the real question may be whether the world is ready for the rock opera - hip hopera? - again? If anybody can pull it off, Kanye can.

But you can judge for yourself. Settle in at your desk, keep an eye out for the boss and put your company broadband to good use for a half hour.

Video: Eric Stoltz as the original Marty McFly

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Great Scott! For five weeks of shooting in 1985, Eric Stoltz played Marty McFly in the blockbuster hit "Back to the Future" and for the first time, video has emerged of Stoltz in the role.

Director Robert Zemeckis replaced Stoltz with Michael J. Fox after watching the footage and deciding Stoltz' performance wasn't funny enough. Fox went on to give one of the signature performances of his career in one of the biggest movies of the decade. Although Stoltz was initially cast in the role, Fox was the first choice to play McFly, but he was committed to the show "Family Ties" and producer Gary Goldberg refused to give him time off to make the film. Funnily enough, it was the second time Goldberg nearly cost Fox a career-making role. When casting the part of Alex P. Keaton, Goldberg's first choice was Matthew Broderick. After Broderick turned the role down, the producer initially didn't want Fox to play the part, but later changed his mind.

If this doesn't cause Luke to turn back on his targeting computer, what will?

Master Yoda is joining the gang from a galaxy far, far away (turn-by-turn directions there available) to voice direction for the TomTom GPS system.

Yes, this is shilling, but it's shilling at its Star Wars best. If all ads were this awesome, we'd need nothing but ads to pass the time.

In fact, the only way this doesn't make me want a TomTom more is that it doesn't include an R2 droid upon purchase.

Now the debate begins - who does the behind-the-scenes spots better? Yoda, or Darth Vader:

Again, why quibble? Just set up a cable channel and run them all 24 hours a day.

Watch that video, filled with kids 7- to 10-years old, re-enacting one of the foulest, most violent and most iconic gangster movies ever made. Think about that as you watch the original, thoroughly NSFW final scene from "Scarface" as Al Pacino dies spectacularly in a cocaine-fueled firefight:

The kids' re-enactment of Tony Montana's death scene is the rage of the Internet this week, a legitimate viral video promising the last bits of a school play gone horribly wrong. Cue the outrage, parental anger and rolling heads of the drama club sponsor who allowed this to happen, right?

Well, not so fast. You can keep the fires of your outrage stoked, but know that this is a hoax. OK, maybe not a full-on, man landed on the moon type hoax. But it's no school play. Turns out it's just a glorious act of self promotion on the behalf of director Marc Klasfeld. He's been behind the lens of videos by Jay-Z, Avril Lavigne and even was a driving force behind Lady Gaga's "Pokerface" video via his Rock Hard films production company.

So, of course, his next step in the creative ladder was to make a sensational bit of child exploitation under the cover of the deep well of creativity the Internet opens to filmmakers, right?

Ahh, the classic Hollywood tale.

"It's a rare place where you can be creative and express yourself freely and it's a very democratic process," Klasfeld told the L.A. Times. "It was a lot of fun."

This is not Klasfeld's first brush with the elusive viral video pursuit, but his Hammer Pants flashmob effort was considerably less, umm, what's the word ... douchey.

To take the over-the-top film even further past the top, Klasfeld doesn't see why setting young kids up to play the title roles in a drug-induced murder scene is all the big a fudging deal. After all, he's a sensitive parent who tries to keep his child from the horrific commercials he sees on TV:

"Everyday when I wake up with my daughter and I turn on the television for her and we're constantly guarding her against all these unnecessary sexual [messages] bombarding her ... so for us to see the reaction against this, well, that was a little shocking."

Klasfeld goes on in this interview to explain to CNN's Headline News Network why this is all just art and since all the kids and parents were OK with the process, he doesn't see what the big fudging stink being created is all about:

No word on what his next project will be, but you can almost hear some Mark Wahlberg dialogue from "The Departed" or maybe the final revenge scene when Clint Eastwood deals with Gene Hackman in "The Unforgiven" performed by a pre-kindergarten class being spooled up in his head. Or maybe those aren't sensational enough to grab the public eye again for this boundary-pusher.


You remember the choice ride. The 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California that died a spectacular death after the best day ever.

It was the joyride vehicle of choice for Ferris Beuller, Cameron and that poor little lamb, Sloane, that Cameron's dad loved more than life itself. It provided a ride from the leafy green 'burbs for a great day in Chicago. It provided a high RPM afternoon for two goony parking attendants.

And it could be yours for just $67,000?

Well, the replica made for the movie can be had for that low price, anyway, according to the auction house Bonhams, in a public sale April 19th at an RAF museum in England, of all places.

Turns out the car used in the movie was a replica made just for filming because of the prohibitive price of using one of the exceedingly rare actual models. But then, there's only one of these, so which is more collectible?

So now you could fashion yourself into a real-life Abe Frohman, Sausage King of Chicago. Just $67,000 for the ride and another $1.8 million or so for the house and you'll be kicking nice red sports cars into the woods in no time. You know, when you plan your next hooky day from school.

We expect you to learn all these lyrics and perform this tonight at the pub, bub.

Hollywood paid tribute to John Hughes, who died in August of 2009, during the 82nd Academy Awards ceremony Sunday night. But Hollywood, it seems, is not done with the writer/director.

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that an unproduced screenplay, "Grisbys Go Broke," has been making the rounds, with Paramount, which has a long history with Hughes dating back to "Ferris Beuller's Day Off," picking at the script. The goal would be a comedy about a wealthy Chicago family that goes broke and is forced to move to the boonies to cope. Joe Roth ("Alice in Wonderland") is mentioned in a producing role.

Paramount, for its part, declines interest in bringing the script to screen.

Why wouldn't a studio be clamoring to get a Hughes film in production when his name is hot in the headlines again? While the reclusive man who made Shermer, Ill., famous was out of the spotlight for years, he continued to write and even had some work make it to film. The last of those efforts, sadly, was "Drillbit Taylor." The bomb was rewritten in part by Seth Rogen, but Hughes' name was attached under the alias Edmond Dantes.

Who should star in the 'Gilligan's Island' movie?

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When the series finally wraps up later this spring, fans of "Lost" can gravitate back to the original TV desert-island fantasy: "Gilligan's Island."

Because they're finally making a movie out of it. Can you believe it's taken this long?

Variety reports today that a "Gilligan's Island" movie is under way now at Warner Bros.

Plans are for a contempo take on the well-known premise and characters, with the studio and the Schwartzes' blessing Copeland's initial idea for the screenplay. ...

"The characters are so good," Roven added. "We think it's going to be a great story to transport these cultural icons to the modern day."

Whatever happened to the original TV cast, anyway?

The castaways, after all, are still on the island. The series ended in 1967 after not being renewed for a fourth season.

So, Shiny Objectors, now the question is up to you: Who should be cast in the movie?

The roles, remember:

  • Gilligan ("Lil' Buddy")

  • Captain Jonas Grumby ("Skipper")

  • Thurston Howell III

  • Eunice "Lovey" Wentworth Howell

  • Ginger Grant

  • Roy Hinkley ("The Professor")

  • Mary Ann Summers


There's about to be an indecipherable mess in Chicago that has nothing to do with Scott Lee Cohen's aborted run at Lt. Governor.

Michael Bay is coming to town.

Specifically he's bringing his grindhouse robots, the "Transformers," to tear apart our fair town.

Bay tells his official site that major action sequences will be shot in Chicago and Moscow this time around for "Transformers: 3." So expect a marked increase in explosions and distinct lack of plot development shortly.

Ahh, who are we kidding? When does Megan Fox get to town, odd thumbs and all?

The threequel is due to hit theaters July 1, 2011.

'Foul-ups, Bleeps and Blunders' ... from 1936

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They made gag reels in the '30s?!

Warner Bros. apparently assembled one each year, complete with fart-noise transitions. And there's some adult language here, which is somehow surprising. But it's sure fun to watch Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart and more flub their lines and remind us they're human, after all ...

WARNING: If you've never watched cable TV, there may be some offensive language - or beats - in this video.

Mel Gibson was chatting with WGN entertainment reporter Dean Richards the other day when he decided that "Edge of Darkness" was an abt description for the probing questioner he was made to endure.

So, after a bunch of "dudes" and a quick gulp of Starbucks, the actor known for flowing locks, epic productions and a whole raft of crazy in recent years snapped off an errant "asshole" on a hot mic. Hardly the first time it's happened to a reporter, but seldom do you get a dance mix from cursing a scribe.

But this is the YouTube age and nothing goes by for more than a day or two without being remixed. The Internet, as always, making our lives richer.

Or you can watch the original here and make your own version of the mix.

Eddie Vedder does a solid, covering the 20-year-old "Hard Sun" for Sean Penn's "Into the Wild" and he resurrects interest in a little-heard song by Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Peterson.

"I hope he liked [my version]," Vedder told Canada's Metro paper this year.

Apparently not. Peterson is suing the Pearl Jam frontman and Chicago native for copyright infringement. Not for stealing the song - Vedder and Penn clearly have credited Peterso for covering his obscure song. No, Peterson is apparently pissed that Vedder changed a few words and ruined the artistic intent of what has become the obscure musician's only hit from his only album.

So much for Canadian's being friendly. Or grateful, for that matter.

The New York Post reports that in the suit, filed in a Manhattan federal-court, Peterson alleges that "Vedder altered certain key lyrics of 'Hard Sun' . . . eroding the integrity of the composition." He also skewers Universal Music for licensing his tune without his approval for the 2007 movie. He doesn't specify damages, but demands all profits from the "acts of infringement."

Vedder's lawyer, Gregory Clarick, said: "We don't see any basis for a copyright infringement claim."

Here's the original, so you can judge the deed for yourself:

It was only a matter of time til Hollywood got around to remaking the 1981 stop-motion classic, "Clash of the Titans." Starring a pre-Botox Harry Hamlin and fueled by maybe the last of the cheesy Ray Harryhausen-inspired creatures, this film adaption of the myth of Perseus and his quest to battle both Medusa and the Kraken monster to save the Princess Andromeda even seemed a bit dated in 1981 - remember, "Star Wars" and CGI-driven special effects were new to the game, but a step beyond the wave of the future at that point.

So now we get what appears to be a mashup of "300" and the inside of Guillermo del Toro's head. Which is not a bad thing. But to call this a remake does both movies a disservice. The original was from the vein of Saturday morning serials shown in theaters that no longer exist. While the 2010 version is made for a movie audience that demands more realism, if that's what you can call it, with every epic on the screen today.

Anyway, we only have the trailers to compare for the moment, so enjoy those titanic efforts until the expected March release date.

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