Trailers Before Trailers Green Band
If you’re the kind of person who seeks out movie trailers when they debut online instead of passively watching them when you happen to be at a theater, you’ve likely noticed a trend that’s become increasingly prevalent over the past year or two: three-to-five second mini-trailers, featuring snippets of what you’re about to see in the full trailer, are being tacked on to the beginning of full-length trailers on sites like YouTube and Facebook. Call these things what you like – trailers before trailers, pre-trailers, or the industry-preferred term “bumpers” – but they have been annoying me and many of my colleagues for a while now, and since absolutely nothing else of any importance is going on in our country at the moment, I figured this was worth exploring further.

I first noticed this trend about a year ago and quietly hoped the practice would stop, but since I’ve only seen it grow in popularity over the past few months, I decided to reach out to some key players at the studios and some of the world’s top trailer editing companies to learn more about these bumpers, find out why they came about in the first place, and see how they might evolve in the future.
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If you just can’t wait to see War for the Planet of the Apes this summer, we have good news.

20th Century Fox has just announced “Be the First to Witness The End” screening events for War for the Planet of the Apes for one night only on June 19 in 37 markets across the world. But you better act fast, because these free tickets are only available while supplies last. But even if you don’t get your hands on tickets, the first War for the Planet of the Apes clip has also been revealed, introducing the young new human character named Nova.

Find out more about the War for the Planet of the Apes screening below. Read More »

steven spielberg ranked bridge of spies

Sometimes director Steven Spielberg can toil away for years trying to find the perfect combination of elements to tell a story, and other times he’s able to fast-track the entire process from idea to finished product in less than a year. He’s doing the latter with a new film called The Papers (formerly known as The Post): he signed on in March and the movie comes out this December. It tells the true story of the controversial publication of classified documents known as the Pentagon Papers in the early 1970s.

Spielberg had already managed to snag Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep to star, but now he’s assembled a spectacular supporting cast to join his heavy hitters, including actors from Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Arrested DevelopmentFargo, and more. Ain’t no party like a Spielberg party. Read who else has come on board the filmmaker’s Pentagon Papers movie below.
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Logan VFX Breakdown

Since Hugh Jackman doesn’t actually have claws that extend from and retract back into his hand, usually the creation of Wolverine’s signature adamantium claws in the X-Men franchise comes from the prop department. However, for the instances when Wolverine has to jam his claws into somebody, visual effects must be employed to make it look like the mutant has actually stabbed someone rather than just playing pretend.

In the case of Logan, the visual effects process of creating Wolverine’s claws delivering damage to bad guys was more complicated because the movie’s R-rating allowed for much more gruesome, bloody kills from his signature weapons. For those curious how they pulled it off, a Logan VFX breakdown from the visual effects company Rising Sun Pictures reveals the details layers that went into creating Wolverine’s claws and a few more seamless details.

Watch the Logan VFX breakdown video after the jump. Read More »

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There’s a two-year gap between the events of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes. At the beginning of Matt Reeves‘ sequel, Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his followers have grown stronger from the virus. War also starts with a full-on war raging between apes and the humans, which a prequel novel, in addition to some comic books, will fill in a few blanks for. Below, learn more about the War for the Planet of the Apes prequel hitting shelves tomorrow.

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Murder on the Orient Express Trailer Song

Yesterday brought the teaser trailer for the star-studded adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic mystery Murder on the Orient Express. The trailer walked us through the title train, labeling each of the cast members as they appeared, including Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer, Josh Gad, Daisy Ridley, Penelope Cruz, Olivia Colman, Leslie Odom Jr, Willem Dafoe, Tom Bateman, Derek Jacobi. But it was the end of the trailer that was rather weird.

The Murder on the Orient Express trailer closed with the introduction of Hercule Poirot, the man who will be investigating the crime, played by a handsomely mustached Kenneth Branagh. The end of the trailer is meant to end with a bang as Poirot describes himself as the greatest detective in the world just before a pronounced musical cue hits. The only problem is that musical cue is the modern song “Believers” by Imagine Dragons, and the modern sound just doesn’t fit with the classical style of the trailer, instead screaming of desperation to look hip for all the youths out there.

Thankfully, someone decided to make the end of the trailer much better with some other musical cues. Watch the improvement on the Murder on the Orient Express trailer song below! Read More »

Charlie Heaton New Mutants

Update 2: Heat Vision reports that relative newcomer Blu Hunt has been cast as Danielle Moonstar, a Native American mutant who can create illusions based on the fears of those around her. This completes the casting of the core cast of New Mutants.

Update: Deadline reports that 13 Reasons Why star Henry Zaga has also joined New Mutants as the mutant hero Sunspot, who can manipulate solar energy. Our original article follows.

Charlie Heaton may not be the first name that comes to mind when you think about young actors from Netflix’s Stranger Things, but he’s on the verge of securing the highest-profile new movie role of any cast member since the first season aired.

Heaton is currently in talks to play Cannonball in The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone’s long-developing X-Men spinoff film New Mutants for 20th Century Fox.
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Logan Film Genre Video Essay

Easily one of the best movies of 2017 so far is the surprisingly emotional comic book movie Logan. As Hugh Jackman‘s final turn as Wolverine, we get a film unlike any comic book blockbuster that came before, and Logan is all the better for it. When looked at as the second bookend of the superhero genre, connected all the way back to the start of the superhero/comic book movie craze that truly began with X-Men back in 2000, Logan becomes the perfect metaphor for how film genres change over time.

Watch the Logan film genre video essay after the jump. Read More »

Avatar Joel David Moore

In case you were clamoring to know whether Joel David Moore is returning as his character Norm Spellman in the Avatar sequels, well, rest assured: he is.

That’s right, a character you totally remember is confirmed to be returning for the sequels to the highest grossing movie of all time, the movie for which you definitely remember all the characters’ names and didn’t have to look them up on the Avatar Wiki. Fan-favorite character Norm Spellman.

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Murder on the Orient Express Trailer

20th Century Fox has debuted the first trailer and poster for Kenneth Branagh’s new film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic whodunit mystery, Murder on the Orient Express. And while this train car is packed with a tremendously high-profile cast, the biggest star of them all may be the absurd mustache on Branagh’s face as he portrays one of the most famous detectives in all of literature, Hercule Poirot. Climb aboard and watch the new Murder on the Orient Express trailer below.
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