The Shallows Visual Effects Breakdown

While blockbusters tend to throw visual effects in your face, the best use of the advanced technology we have to create computer generated imagery is used to enhance what was shot on set. The hardest thing to do is use extensive visual effects that fill in for reality, but when it comes to recreating an isolated ocean cove and a deadly shark patrolling the waters, two visual effects houses did an incredible job.

The Shallows follows Blake Lively as she ends up stranded on small set of rocks 200 yards from the nearest shore. Keeping her from swimming back to safety is one ferocious shark, and you might be surprised to see just how impressive the visual effects are that created the shark from scratch, as well as most of the ocean environment surrounding the terror.

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Why Matthew McConaughey Chose The Dark Tower

We all know that often times the actors we see in movies weren’t the only ones who were in consideration for the parts in question. In an alternate universe there are movies where Will Smith is Neo in The Matrix and David Bowie is Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. And we almost got to see Matthew McConaughey in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but he chose another project instead.

This year we’ll see Matthew McConaughey in the villainous role of the Man in Black in the adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, and it was this role that he opted to take instead of one in Guardians of the Galaxy 2. But the question is why? Thankfully, the actor has explained his reasoning behind the decision.

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Ghostbusters Reboot Crossover

If you’ve already moved on from the Ghostbusters reboot from this past summer, that’s totally fine. If you didn’t like the movie, I don’t blame you. Paul Feig‘s attempt at a new Ghostbusters didn’t live up to what I was hoping to see from the movie. Honestly, I didn’t think it was downright terrible, but I thought it lost itself in the shuffle of trying to be a tentpole blockbuster when it should have stayed more true to the first half of the movie.

Beyond that, I actually liked the new team made up of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, and it’s a shame that we’ll never get to see them alongside the original Ghostbusters team of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson. However, that doesn’t mean that the two universes, as separate as they are, can’t be tied to each other. In fact, I think that the new Ghostbusters universe can easily and feasibly be tied to the original movie without upsetting anything about the mythology.

Find out how a Ghostbusters reboot connection to the original movie is still very much possible after the jump. Read More »

Ghostbusters Crossover Comic

It’s probably a safe bet that we’ll never see the return of Peter Venkman, Egon Spengler, Ray Stantz and Winston Zeddemore on the big screen as the original Ghostbusters. Not only have we lost one of the original cast members (RIP Harold Ramis), but the reboot has established itself as existing in an entirely different universe, despite the many similarities and borrowed elements between the reboot and the original, making a crossover essentially impossible. But that doesn’t mean we can get a Ghostbusters crossover elsewhere.

Comics publisher IDW has announced some of the forthcoming 2017 titles, and one of them is a Ghostbusters crossover that will see the original 1984 team meeting Erin Gilbert, Abby Yates, Jillian Holtzmann and Patty Tolan, the conductors of the metaphysical examination from the 2016 movie. Find out more about the Ghostbusters crossover comic below. Read More »

Emojimovie: Express Yourself

Sometime last year, Sony announced plans to make The Emoji Movie, which is exactly what it sounds like — an entire feature film about the bubbly little faces that live in your phone. It was described in rough terms as “Wreck-It Ralph meets Inside Out,” which, despite the fact that we really like both of those movies, didn’t do much to make us feel better about The Emoji Movie. But hey, we’ve been wrong before. Sometimes terrible-on-paper ideas yield incredible movies. Maybe, just maybe, The Emoji Movie is one of those times.

… Or, you know, maybe not. It seems like a bad sign that the first Emoji Movie trailer does not seem all that excited about The Emoji Movie. I guess the marketing team thought they were being ironic, but really all I see is a reflection of my own lack of interest in this film. Watch the first The Emoji Movie trailer below.  Read More »

Passengers Reviews

Just a few days before Christmas, the sci-fi adventure romance Passengers will hit screens, putting Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence at the center of a story that feels like Titanic in space. While we’ll have to wait a little longer to see this one, some members of the press have already seen the movie ahead of time, and the first Passengers reviews have started to hit the web.

While both Pratt and Lawrence get acclaim for their performances, the consensus seems to be that their talents are wasted on a movie that never quite reaches its full potential, seemingly because director Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) doesn’t really know how to keep Jon Spaihts‘ script (which made the Black List years ago) as interesting as it should be on screen.

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Spider-Man Homecoming Suit Upgrade

This past weekend brought Comic-Con Experience 2016 to Brazil, and with it came the debut of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer (which arrived online shortly thereafter for our viewing pleasure). But another Marvel Studios trailer was shown that we haven’t seen yet, and likely won’t see until next week when it debuts with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Spider-Man: Homecoming had the first trailer debut at CCXP 2016, and some details have been hitting the web since then. We don’t want to spoil anything for those who just want to wait to see it for themselves, but there is one detail worth mentioning regarding a Spidey suit upgrade that longtime webslinger fans will be happy to see Tom Holland wearing on the big screen.

Find out about the Spider-Man Homecoming suit upgrade after the jump, but beware that this detail is from the closing moments of the trailer, so don’t read if you don’t want to ruin the surprise. Read More »

Ghost Corps Logo - Future Ghostbusters Movies

When the reboot of Ghostbusters arrived this year, Sony Pictures was banking on the movie being successful enough to warrant a whole new franchise. They were confident that a sequel would happen, but the box office numbers indicated that might not be in the cards anymore. We know director Paul Feig is still hoping he gets to take a crack at a sequel, but there’s been no word on whether or not a sequel will actually happen. However, that doesn’t mean we won’t be getting more Ghostbusters movies in some form or another in the future.

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tom holland as spider-man in civil war

How much can we expect to see Tom Holland in his Spider-Man suit? The actor has revealed that he is signed on to play Peter Parker (aka Spiderman) for six Marvel movies. But which films? Hit the jump to learn about Tom Holland’s Spiderman contract.

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Ghostbusters Gates of Hell Concept Art

At one time, there was a concept for a third Ghostbusters movie that would have taken the paranormal exterminators to an alternate version of Manhattan called Mahelltan, a dark twisted version of the New York borough. However, the Ghostbusters almost had another hellish encounter in the original movie from 1984.

There was once an idea for the ending of Ghostbusters to take Venkman, Ray, Egon and Winston to the gates of hell. Now fans can check out some of the concept art for this sequence that didn’t make the final cut of the movie, and was never actually even filmed. Read More »