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Morning Pour: “Marcel the Shell” Sequel, “Space Jam” Lives On, “J. Edgar” Ingredients

Morning Pour: "Marcel the Shell" Sequel, "Space Jam" Lives On, "J. Edgar" Ingredients

Morning Pour is your daily stop for quick links, news commentary and trend-spotting. Here are your seven topics for Tuesday, November 15, 2011: 

1. “Marcel the Shell” Part 2

“Treats and snoozin’, snoozin’ and treats.” You fell in love with Marcel the Shell in his first, award-winning short, “Marcel the Shell With Shoes On.” Now check out another documentary-styled visit with the adorable little character in “Marcel the Shell With Shoes On, Two.” Still cute, still charming, and still free, unlike those upcoming follow-up animated shorts featuring characters from “Toy Story” and “Tangled” that you have to pay for a feature film to see. Once again written by Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp and directed by Fleisher-Camp. Via BuzzFeed:


2. Occupy Wall Street Documentary Discussion

A quick reminder that I’ll be moderating a discussion tonight following presentation of 40 minutes of footage shot for “99% – The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Documentary.” The event will be held at Union Docs in Brooklyn and will feature live and video chat appearances from many of the contributing filmmakers, including founders Audrey Ewell and Aaron Aites. If you can’t attend, send a question my way. But keep it relevant to the film itself, even if there’s a lot of other things people are likely to want to talk about with OWS this week.

3. “Dr. Who” Movie

There really is no excuse for me at this point for having never seen any episode of any incarnation of “Dr. Who.” I should get on this soon and be prepared by the time a big screen effort, to be made by “Harry Potter” director David Yates. Or, perhaps it’d be interesting to go in completely cold. Who should play him? How about an American, just to piss everyone off?


4. “Space Jam: Immortals”

I’m not sure if this video was intended to celebrate the 15th anniversary of “Space Jam,” but what better day to post this recut trailer for the 1996 Looney Tunes meet Michael Jordan movie than on its original release birthday? And it’s also relevant to a new film release, too, since it’s been fitted to the audio from the trailer for current box office champ “Immortals.” The mash-up comes via Topless Robot. And if you want to keep celebrating “Space Jam” after this, Mental_floss points out that its 15-year-old official website is still up and quite basic in retrospect.

5. “J.Edgar” – Ingredients for a Flop

Moviefone’s Christopher Rosen has determined the films Clint Eastwood seemingly combined for the concoction of “J. Edgar.” Some ingredients in the formula, which is presented in a handy pie graph as well as detailed list, include “Brokeback Mountain,” “The Aviator” and “Watchmen.” I think I’d want to see it more if there was a greater percentage of the following:

‘Mommie Dearest’ (4 percent): There are some high camp moments in ‘J. Edgar,’ perhaps none more absurd than when Hoover pleads with Tolson to watch his feet after the latter man smashes a glass in a fit of jealous rage. It isn’t “No wire hangers!” (what is?), but it’s certainly in the same realm.

6. Escape from Google Maps

A quick short that’s making the rounds today is “Escape the Map,” a Google Maps inspired thing for Mercedes-Benz from director Carl Erik Rinsch, who became a big deal through his earlier short, “The Gift,” and who is helming the upcoming Keanu Reeves movie “47 Ronin.” Given the Reeves connection, it’s even easier to get a “Matrix” vibe from this film. You don’t even need the connection. It’s like a first-person video game combining “The Matrix,” “Grand Theft Auto” and the Capital One ads with giant pushpins. There is an interactive game component to this promotion, but I haven’t tried it yet. I think I get enough of the idea here:

[via Movieline]

7. The Title Design of Saul Bass

Just watch and appreciate the great opening credit sequences designed by the legendary Saul Bass. Which is your favorite? I choose “Psycho.”



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