How do you measure a year? Don’t worry, I’m not about to break out into song. But my answer does involve at least three of the hottest songs of the year. It also includes a dancing zebra, a man skydiving from space, some gamers and probably close to 1,000,000 calories. In just one day, YouTube.com’s year in review video has garnered more than 17,000,000 views (a number that will most likely be obsolete by the time this post even goes live). But the video isn’t just a compilation video or highlight reel.
Take a peek below at the cast of YouTube celebrities brought together for this remix rewind of all of their top viewed trending videos. With over billion of views between the stars of the video (over 980,000,000 for PSY’s “Gangam Style” alone), some of these people who may not have ever graced a movie screen have become more recognizable than some television or big screen actors.
Some of these people featured have found themselves on TV because of their YouTube fame including iJustine who appeared in the Call of Duty: Black Ops II “Surprise” trailer.
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Way back in June of 2011, a high quality fan film called Mortal Kombat: Rebirth made its way to the internet. Many speculated at first that it was a viral campaign to help with the relaunched Mortal Kombat game franchise but everyone found out it was just a group of people with tons of love for Mortal Kombat. The film would end up getting picked up by Machinima.com and get turned into its own webseries called Mortal Kombat: Legacy and feature characters like Sonya, Jax, Kitana, Mileen and the robots, Cyrax and Sektor.
Yesterday, Warner Bros. Digital announced that Mortal Kombat Legacy would be getting a second season set to premiere its first clip on February 17th, 2013 at the Streamy Awards. On top of that, they have announced that the role of Johnny Cage will be taken on by Casper Van Dien. Casper is most famous for the role of Johnny Rico in the Starship Trooper’s franchise and looks very similar to Johnny Cage already.
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Funny or Die is known for bringing together some crazy casts for often hilarious internet videos. To capitalize on the current Olympic fever they have released one of their better videos yet.
Starring Sir Patrick Stewart, The Olympic Scalper follows a London ticket scalper as he looks to break scalping history at the games. The video also stars Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams, Olympian Ryan Lochte and the incomparable Simon Pegg.
The sketch is generally pretty damned hilarious, but the exchange between Pegg and Stewart had me in stitches. It is great to see these guys take the piss out of one of their mutual golden geese.
These little projects are exactly why new media on the internet is the way of the future. The internet is the wild west of filmmaking, anything goes and the fast gun stands above the rules we have grown accustomed to. I mean seriously, the fact that something like this exists for no other reason than to make you giggle for 3 minutes is pretty much proof positive that the world is a pretty splendid place.
Check out the video over at Funny or Die and stay tuned in to The Flickcast should any more slices of awesome come across our radar.
Y: The Last Man is one of the great comic book stories of the early 21st century. It details the adventures of Yorick Brown, the last man in a world where all of the males in every species were wiped out all in one terrifying moment.
What made Brian K. Vaughan’s masterwork so good was his characters. The women in this post-man world were complex, well-rounded and often expertly crafted. Everyone had a motivation and they all felt natural for this hyper-real situation they found themselves.
The story has been floating around Hollywood for quite some time, but can never seem to find the proper traction to move forward. So leave it to the internet to fill a void while the studios twiddle their thumbs.
Y: The Last Man Rising is a fan made film that sets up, loosely, the world of Y. It acts almost as a pilot, setting up several aspects of the larger story as opposed to telling a single Y tale. The production is rather impressive for a fan project, and most of the cast seems to channel their characters extremely well.
Check out the full fan film after the jump.
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One of the biggest presentations this year at Comic-Con was The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey panel in Hall H. Peter Jackson and company showed off twelve minutes of new footage and a brand new production vlog.
While it is highly unlikely we will ever see the footage in its comic-con form, we have been graced with the production vlog. In fact it has even been enhanced to give us a peek at Peter Jackson’s experience at the convention itself.
Typically these vlogs do a wonderful job of making you feel apart of the larger whole that is The Hobbit production, but the additional Comic-Con aspects actually allow fans everywhere to feel, at least in a small way, like they partook in The Hobbit Comic-Con experience.
Aside from all the con goodness on the front end, the main vlog itself is also one of the better yet released. It detailed the final days of shooting, and gave us our first look at some key elements.
You can check out the full new vlog after the jump, and I am sure no one needs reminding that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theaters this December 14th.
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Yahoo! has released the first ten episodes of Tom Hanks’ new animated, sci-fi series, Electric City. Created by Hanks, the series is accompanied by digital, social, mobile, and gaming media opportunities meant to help immerse and engage viewers. What does that mean exactly? Well, it means games on the site and apps available for mobile devices tie into the series, a 3D map of Electric City is provided, behind-the-scenes videos are available, and much more.
The plot is as follows:
The world as we know it has ended and out of the rubble, the Electric City stands as a symbol of peace and security. Yet under the veneer of order lies a world full of secrets and violence. Secret police, back-alley dealings, daring chases, and murder all find a home in the “Electric City.” Through the lens of a functioning, yet dystopian metropolis, “Electric City” touches upon relevant global issues and themes including energy consumption, freedom of information, crime and punishment and more.
Lending their voices to this dystopian world are Hanks, Jeanne Tripplehorn , Holland Taylor , Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Antoon, and more. The first ten episodes, premiered on July 17, with the remaining episodes being released on July 18 and July 19. Experience Electric City for yourself at the official website.
The Last of Us is one of the most anticipated games set to release in the next 12 months. From the creators of the Uncharted series, this new IP promises an epic story centered around a post-apocalyptic world, told in a cinematic and engrossing way.
Some crafty fans out there have marshalled that anticipation and turned it into a piece of internet gold. Using the still shockingly endless sandbox that is Little Big Planet 2, YouTuber theclassicevil has crafted a recreation of the most recent The Last of Us trailer.
As a self professed Sony fanboy, this Sony on Sony IP love fest really does things for me. However, the creativity, and general hilarity, of this video has some heavy cross over appeal. Using Little Big Planet 2 in such a creative way illustrates a key point Sony proponents like to make.
The Playstation 3 era is being defined by its boundary pushing approach to tent pole IPs. Little Big Planet and Mod Nation Racers both emphasis creativity and community in their multiplayer experience. Something that has never really existed on a console before. And on the other end of the spectrum is the games by Naughty Dog, the developer of The Last of Us, that showcase immersive entertainment experiences that give you all the best parts of playing a game, watching a movie and reading a novel all in one package.
Check out the trailer recreation after the jump.
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OK, the likelihood of this story actually fermenting into an actual film is pretty slim, but it is still fun to dream. In The Army Now is Pauly Shore’s third best film, behind Son-in-Law and Biodome, which is kind of like saying it is a one-hit wonder’s third best song. But I think there is merit in the idea.
Recently during Andy Dick’s internet talk show Pauly and Andy were waxing poetic about heading back to the Army in a sequel to their mid-90s comedy:
Pauly Shore loved the idea. “We just need a script and someone to back the project and I’m in.”… Billionaire and FilmOn.TV CEO Alki David jumped in, “I’ll back it if both of you star in it.” Right there streaming live, film history was made. Andy Dick says a treatment is already written and they will be writing the script as soon as possible.
So yeah, not an imminent green-light, but some fun potential none-the-less. A lot of places online will tell you how horrible this idea is, but here on The Flickcast we want to share a more positive perspective. Andy Dick and Pauly Shore were popular and fun back in the day, and recently both have fallen on harder times. A return to that era might do them some good, and if they can drag Lori Petty and David Allen Greer out of obscurity too, then we all win right?