A Clockwork Orange 40th Anniversary Clip Revisits ‘Ultraviolence’

The meticulously framed images in this clip from A Clockwork Orange still radiate menace, four decades after the release of Stanley Kubrick’s black-humored study of “ultraviolence.”

Alpha thug Alex (played by Malcolm McDowell) and his derby-hatted droogs pulverize victims in balletic fight scenes choreographed to a Beethoven soundtrack, while the dialog — drawn from novelist Anthony Burgess’ source material — cuts to the bone. Describing Alex, one ruling-class twit tells another, “He’s enterprising, aggressive, young, bold, vicious … He’ll do.”

Ranked by the American Film Institute as the fourth best sci-fi movie ever made, Kubrick’s picture is getting the deluxe treatment from Warner Home Video, which will release A Clockwork Orange 40th Anniversary Edition on May 31.

The two-disc Blu-ray package ($35 retail) includes a new interview with McDowell in which the actor describes the famously demanding Kubrick. Also included: a 40-page booklet about the production and feature-length documentaries Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures and O Lucky Malcolm!

Top Gun Turns 25: Pop Culture’s Best Flyby Riffs

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Unless you remembered to mark your F-14 Tomcat calendar, it could've easily slipped your mind that this spring marks the 25th anniversary of the best acting-is-easier-in-a-cockpit movie of all time: Top Gun.

To take everyone's breath away all over again, AMC Theatres across the country are holding special screenings of the fighter-pilot film, which made a generation want to imitate envelope-pushing jet jockeys Maverick and Iceman, this Saturday and Monday. But really, it's been hard to miss the gearhead favorite: In the past quarter century, it's been name-checked and referenced more than the Bible.

To mark this momentous occasion and hold over true fans until Jerry Bruckheimer decides to rake in a butt-load of cash with a sequel, here are some of the best Top Gun cultural references of the last 25 years. Grab your aviators and enjoy.

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The official trailer for the Top Gun 25th anniversary re-release.

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Decepticons Ravage Chicago in New Transformers: Dark of the Moon Trailer


            

Chicago shoulders its way into a starring role during the new Transformers: Dark of the Moon clip, which demonstrates what happens when rage-filled alien robots trample a perfectly innocent Midwestern city.

The trailer quickly advances the story beyond earlier spots that focused on a secret moon landing. Here, the accent is on earthbound insanity as director Michael Bay unspools spectacular footage of crumbling skyscrapers. Unemployed ex-hero Sam Witwicky (played once again by Shia LaBeouf) tries to halt the mayhem, but he looks to be overmatched by the Decepticons created by Industrial Light & Magic.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon, with new series newcomers Rosie Alice Huntington-Whiteley and John Malkovich, opens in 3-D on July 1.

FlavourCollider Visualizes Your Brain’s Reaction to Cocktails

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A synesthetic drinking installation aims to broaden minds after just one sip of a cocktail, as the experience of taste is translated into individual artworks through the brain.

Marcos Lutyens is a multimedia artist interested in the neurological condition of synesthesia, which causes subjects to experience mixed sensory reactions to situations that would normally just stimulate one sense — for example, being able to smell or hear color. He’s working alongside Absolut Vodka to bring cocktail drinkers a visual representation of how their brains are enjoying their drinks as part of next month’s FutureEverything festival in Manchester, England.

It may sound like a bit of a party trick, but there’s a lot of hard science and mathematical theory behind the FlavourCollider installation. Roy Williams’ Xmorphia, a mathematical system that generates forms that mimic the building blocks of life, forms the basis for the algorithm that translates the drinkers’ brainwaves into art.

Explaining his role in the work to Wired.co.uk, Lutyens says, “I’m more like a kind of orchestra conductor. It’s very multidisciplinary, as we’re mixing brain waves with taste with visuals, and bringing them together is where my work sits. What I do like about the visuals is that they emerge mostly out of these algorithms, these equations which allow signals from our brain to create self-generative art.”

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See More Asgardian Action in Japanese Thor Trailer

A new Japanese trailer for Thor shows off even more of the superheroes, villains and unearthly battlegrounds of the upcoming movie from Marvel Studios.

Thor, rated PG-13 and screening in 3-D, opens May 7.

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Glimpse Battle of Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Trailer

We all knew this would come one day. The final Harry Potter film is almost here. However, if this new trailer is any indication, while the end of the beloved franchise is disappointing, the film itself won’t be.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 looks breathtaking. From Harry’s choke-up-worthy “I never wanted any of you to die for me” to the chill-inducing glimpses of the Battle of Hogwarts, it’s enough to suck in even non-Potter fans.

The film, the eighth movie to be adapted from J.K. Rowling’s magical book series and the fourth directed by David Yates, marks the end of a decade of Potter films. It’s a big deal. Even if the film is the best thing since Citizen Kane, it’ll still be a tragic event for the die-hard fans who have followed the franchise from beginning to end.

And no amount of wizardry can fix that.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 comes to theaters July 15.

Science Scripts on Monster Squid, Marie Curie Get Funding Boost

It sounds like a Roger Corman B movie but in fact, El Diablo Rojo takes its science seriously. A fact-based chronicle about marine biologists in search of a giant squid in the Sea of Cortez, Rojo is one of six science-themed movies-in-progress that picked up a total of $140,000 in grant money Thursday at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Scientist Marie Curie is the subject of movie-in-progress A Noble Affair.
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The jury, which included Columbia University biologist Stuart Firestein and Barnard University astronomy professor Janna Levin, also handed out TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund prizes to biopics about Marie Curie (A Noble Affair) and double helix pioneer Rosalind Franklin (Photograph 51), which will likely star Rachel Weisz in the lead role.

Stevie Wonder and futurist/inventor Ray Kurzweil take center stage in Talking Book, while the search for a supposedly extinct duck drives the action in A Birder’s Guide to Everything.

Doron Weber, Sloan’s vice president of programming, said he hopes the awards encourage filmmakers to embrace real science as a source of inspiration for narrative features.

“If we jumped forward 50 or 100 years, nobody would believe that the foundation has to go around dangling money to entice people to take a whack at this [science] thing because, at some level, we’re saying, ‘Make films about life,” he told Wired.com in a phone interview. “Science and technology drives modern life to a very large extent, but people have to make an effort to understand it.”

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation earlier this year gave a prize to Sundance sci-fi breakout Another Earth, set for July release, and previously backed 2008’s Flash of Genius, which told the story of the man who got ripped off after inventing the windshield wiper.

Alt Text: Sneaky Smartphones Track Stupid Users

Some reporter or another discovered last week that consumer-device manufacturer Movabla’s immensely popular and seductively curved moPhone collects user-location data in an unencrypted text file titled “not_user_data_ignore_this.txt.”

bug_altextThe file contains a complete log of the user’s location, velocity and distance from the nearest Movabla Store. Users of the moPhone were outraged nearly to the point of not carrying the things every damn where. Congress demanded an explanation, and use of ALL-CAPS on Twitter rose 23 percent.

In response, Movabla CEO Paul Esthers released the following Q&A before descending back into his lair beneath Mount Shasta.

Q: Why is Movabla tracking my location?
A: Movabla is not tracking, never has tracked, and never will track your location. We are simply tracking your phone’s location. While in some cases there may be a correlation between your location and your moPhone’s location, it’s ridiculous to conflate the two. For all we know, you left your phone in a taxi, gave it to a stranger to borrow for a while, or threw it into the window of a Nevada brothel, waited two hours, then went in to fetch it.

Q: Why is Movabla tracking my phone’s location, then?
A: Because every moPhone is like a child to us. We want to keep in touch, know how it’s doing and see if there’s anything it needs, like maybe advertisements for antibiotics. We’re a bunch of softies over here, and we’d never want to lose touch with any of our 50 million offspring.

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Star Trek’s Original Brainiacs Induce You to Buy New Mondo Posters

Big-headed Talosians dominate Mike Saputo's The Menagerie poster.

Will three bulging-brained telepaths induce you to buy the latest limited-edition Star Trek posters from Mondo?

Yes. Yes, they will, you simple human.

The new posters, based on episodes from the sci-fi series’ first two seasons, go on sale sometime Thursday on the website of the Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art boutique.

The first poster, titled The Menagerie, is anchored by Mike Saputo’s depiction of Talosian mentalists and comes in an edition of 125. The second, Tomer Hanuka’s Mirror, Mirror (pictured below), beams you to an alternate Trek universe where Kirk, Spock and other Enterprise crew members meet their nasty doppelgängers. It will sell in an edition of 175.

Both posters go for $45 — follow @MondoNews on Twitter for sale time and expect a quick sellout.

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First Glorious Immortals Trailer Shows Us Our Next Superman

Every sword-and-sandals flick needs a great rallying cry. Immortals is no different.

“Fight for your future. Fight for your children. Fight for immortality!” Henry Cavill’s Theseus screams to his gathered troops in this new trailer for the film, which chronicles the Greek warrior’s battle against King Hyperion (played by Mickey Rourke).

It’s the first long look at the film from The Cell director Tarsem Singh, and it looks pretty good. The footage is gritty in the vein of 300 (that film’s producers also produced Immortals), but with the added flair necessary for a 3-D release.

The clip also gives an early glimpse at how Cavill looks as an action hero. He’s slated to play Clark Kent in Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot, Man of Steel, but Immortals will be moviegoers’ first chance to see him as an action star.

Cavill aside, Rourke looks to be his typical grizzled, gnarly self as King Hyperion, the man whose army is tearing its way through Greece, and Slumdog Millionaire’s Freida Pinto is doing her best “wise woman” as Phaedra.

Oh, and naturally the clip starts with a screeching, soaring eagle.

Immortals hits theaters Nov. 11.