La La Land Rehearsal

Even though La La Land has been sweeping up during awards season (with plenty more victories to come at the Academy Awards this coming weekend), there has been some backlash surrounding the modern romance with classical musical style. One of the lingering criticisms about the film has been the fact that despite turning in fantastic performances, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone don’t sing and dance like true musical professionals. Frankly, I think that’s intentional, but that doesn’t mean director Damien Chazelle took the musical elements of his film lightly by any means.

A new La La Land rehearsal video has surfaced that was shot on Damien Chazelle’s iPhone. The video in question shows the extensive rehearsal process that was employed in order to plan the opening Los Angeles freewayway song and dance number. The cast and crew took over a scaled down parking lot in order to plan all the blocking with cars and performers, and you can see how it compares with the final scene below. Read More »

Pixar changes movies for international audiences

Hollywood movies are screened all over the world, but since most movies that come out of the entertainment capital of the United States are in English, they have to be dubbed or subtitled in various languages. However, those aren’t the only changes that are made to movies when they screen around the world. Some dialogue has to be changed to be more culturally relevant, and some scenes need to be cut entirely due to certain cultural standards in other countries. But what about animated movies?

A new video illustrates how Pixar Animation makes changes to their movies in order to be more accessible to international audiences. Sometimes it’s as simple as changing the text of a title card, handwritten letter or street sign to be in a different language. But there are more significant changes too, like swapping out broccoli in Inside Out for bell peppers in Japan.

Find out how Pixar changes movies for international audiences after the jump. Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Japanese Poster

Will we see Aqualad make an appearance in Aquaman? Does a Spider-Man: Homecoming LEGO set hint at an action scene we can expect from the movie? Which superhero movie director does James Cameron cite as a young inspiration? Want to see the upgraded Batmobile from Justice League? Who is the cinematographer on Aquaman? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Kong Skull Island Clips

The onslaught of Kong: Skull Island marketing is underway as Warner Bros. and Legendary throw everything they can at audiences to convince them to see this latest iteration of the classic movie monster. This new King Kong comes with quite an epic promise of having him meet up with Godzilla sometime down the road (and a post-credits scene after Kong: Skull Island may hint at what’s to come in that regard), but the question is whether Kong stands strongly on his own.

A new batch of Kong Skull Island clips have surfaced online over the past few days, giving us more insight into the human characters who encounter Kong and the rest of the mythical monsters on Skull Island. In addition, we get to see some pretty incredible shots of Kong, showing us that the visuals in this movie will be quite stunning. And if that’s not enough, then an IMAX featurette should help pique your interest.

Watch the Kong Skull Island clips after the jump. Read More »

Logan trailer - Hugh Jackman

In just under two weeks, Logan will hit theaters, giving us what is supposed to be the last outing for Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. Thankfully, it sounds like this movie not only gives fans the Wolverine movie they’ve been waiting to see for years, but it also gives Hugh Jackman a powerful send off as the adamantium-clad mutant.

Our own David Chen already delivered a spoiler-free review of Logan, and he loved it. Of course, you might want to know what a variety of other critics though, so we rounded up some of the other reviews out there. For anyone excited for Logan, you’ll be happy to hear that the latest sequel from director James Mangold will not disappoint.

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Kurt Russel in Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Even though we’ve seen plenty of images and footage from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, we’ve still yet to see an official photo or shot of Kurt Russell as Star-Lord’s father, aka Ego the Living Planet. The only people who have gotten a look at Kurt Russell in the movie were the thousands who were in Hall H for the Marvel Studios presentation at San Diego Comic-Con last summer. Otherwise, all we’ve had are a couple of Funko figures to give us an idea of what he looks like.

Today, we get a slightly better look at Kurt Russell in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, although this new peek at the character also comes in the form of a toy. The difference this time is that it’s one of the more detailed Marvel Legends action figures, so it’s our best look at the character yet. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

Star Wars 40th Anniversary Black Series Figures

In case you didn’t realize it, this year will mark the 40th anniversary of Star Wars. Surely the excitement will be much higher towards the end of the year when Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters, but there’s a lot of time between then and now. Fans need something to hold them over, and some of the 40th anniversary memorabilia hitting shelves should to the trick.

One of the best Star Wars toy lines in recent memory is the roster of 6-inch Black Series action figures. They’re well articulated, impressively sculpted, and they just might be the best moderately prices action figures the franchise has ever seen. In honor of Star Wars 40th anniversary, Hasbro is paying homage to the original release of Kenner action figures with a new line of Black Series figures of characters from A New Hope. One special edition figure will even come with something that older, seasoned Star Wars fans will be very familiar with.

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VOTD: The Evolution of CGI Faces in Movies

CGI Faces in Movies

Visual effects in movies have advanced in a spectacular way in the relatively short history of cinema. What once was thought to be impossible to create in post-production has become a mainstay in blockbuster tentpoles. More recently, visual effects companies have become quite skilled in creating human faces entirely with computer generated imagery, and a new video essay shows us how this part of movie magic has evolved in a small window of time.

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Zootopia Parody Posters

Since Zootopia has been on home video for awhile, I hope you’ve taken the time to pause the movie during the scene where Duke Weaselton is selling bootleg copies of movies we all know and love, but with an animal twist that only Zootopia can offer. You’ll find titles like Wreck-It Rhino, Meowana and Pig Hero 6 in the pile of bootleg movies, showing us what the animal versions of those movies would be like in the thriving metropolis of anthropomorphic creatures.

Now Zootopia directors Rich Moore and Byron Howard, as well as screenwriter Jared Bush, have created parody posters for some of the Oscar nominees who will be vying for a golden man when the awards are passed on this Sunday, February 26. They include pun-tastic parodies of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, La La Land, Hell or High Water and more.

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Clerks 3 and Mallrats 2 Scripts

Just over a week ago, we learned from Kevin Smith that he was working on a sequel to Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back that would take aim at Hollywood’s nostalgia obsession by getting nostalgic himself with Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. While that was good news for his most loyal fans, it also came with some bad news about two other projects that took the director back into his own View Askewniverse.

Clerks 3 and Mallrats 2 have been in the works for awhile now, but a couple problems have held them back from being made as feature film. But since Kevin Smith loves his fans, he’s going to make sure that he gets them out to the public in some form. Find out more below. Read More »