Chappie special effects

Even though this year’s sci-fi flick Chappie may not have been anywhere near as poignant or impressive as director Neill Blomkamp‘s previous effort District 9, you can’t deny that the film has some unbelievable special effects.

Bringing the titular artificially intelligent robot to life is quite a feat, and it was done with a combination of visual effects and a live-action reference performance by Sharlto Copley. With Chappie arriving on Blu-Ray and DVD on June 16th, a short new featurette has popped up with some cool before-and-after shots of Copley acting on set in a body suit and battery pack placed side-by-side with the finished visual effects shot from the movie.

Check out the Chappie special effects wizardly after the jump! Read More »

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ghostbusters set photos

The new Ghostbusters is officially filming in Boston today on its way towards a July 22, 2016 release date. We’ve heard a bunch about the plot of the movie, the characters, and even some of the supporting cast. Now the series’ primary mouthpiece, Dan Aykroyd, has dropped a cryptic tease. We know that this movie, directed by Paul Feig, is a total reboot from the original series, but apparently there will be a link between films old and new. Read Aykroyd’s quote below and see the first Ghostbusters set photos. Read More »

Ghostbusters story

Don’t worry, Ghostbusters, even in the re-imagined version being directed by Paul Feig, still takes place in Manhattan. But the film begins its Boston shoot this week, with night shoots featuring the city’s financial district doubling for New York. The Boston streets will play home to a big battle between ‘busters and ghosts, which also means we’ll probably see some set photos of the new characters in action very soon.

Before any sneaky snaps hit the web, however, a report out of Boston has a few new details on Feig’s movie. Get the new Ghostbusters story details below. Don’t worry about learning everything, however — what we know now is all setup info that will likely be revealed in trailers, at the very least. Read More »

Hotel Transylvania 2 trailer

Family issues get more complicated in Hotel Transylvania 2 when the half-vampire grandson of the Adam Sandler-voiced version of Dracula doesn’t seem to be developing his monster side, and when Drac’s daughter gets a real taste of the human world while visiting human in-laws.

But the real attraction here is probably Mel Brooks, who voices the very old and seriously old-school father of Sandler’s vampire. That’s likely to provide even more generational conflict, and with Brooks providing the voice work, we’re ready to see (or hear) it in action. Get a taste of Brooks’ work in the Hotel Transylvania 2 trailer, below. Read More »

Emma Stone Passed on New ‘Ghostbusters’

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Fan casting for Paul Feig‘s female Ghostbusters reboot almost always included Emma Stone. Fans wanted her in the film, and Stone has proved time and time again that she has not only dramatic chops, but a spot on comic sensibility, too. Seeing her busting ghosts seemed like a no-brainer. Then, when the four main leads were announced, Stone wasn’t there. It didn’t really matter, because Feig had knocked casting out of the park with Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.

Now, in a new interview, Stone reveals she was offered a role in the film but passed. Read the Emma Stone Ghostbusters quote below. Read More »

Passengers greenlit

If you’ve got Chris Pratt lined up to star in a movie, the first thing you’d want to do after Pratt’s most recent film scored the biggest opening weekend in cinema history is greenlight that project to lock him in as the star. And if the other possible star is also among the small group of actors who are arguably movie stars in any old sense, all the better.

Therefore, Sony has just greenlit Passengers, the very-long-in-development sci-fi drama that lined up Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence to star a few months ago. Read More »

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It’s been over two years since the last Bond adventure, and we still have a few more months to wait until the next one. So in the meantime, here’s a little peek behind the scenes of Spectre‘s opening sequence, set at a Day of the Dead festival in Mexico.

Director Sam Mendes and other break down the huge (but painstakingly detailed and impressively efficient) process of staging a massive celebration in Mexico City. Watch the Spectre Day of the Dead featurette after the jump.  Read More »

Get Smurfy First Look

Sony Pictures previously revived The Smurfs in two live-action/computer animated hybrid adventures. But now the studio is having its Sony Pictures Animation division take a crack at the little blue creatures in a fully computer animated feature film that will harken back to creator Peyo Culliford’s original animation style.

Since today is supposedly Global Smurfs Day, there’s no better time for Sony to unveil a first look at the film, which is called Get Smurfy. In addition, the studio has also unveiled three of the principal cast members: Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson and Mandy Patinkin. But to find out who they’re playing, you’ll have to check out the Get Smurfy first look after the jump. Read More »

Sony Sets ‘The Equalizer’ Sequel for 2017

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Sony was so confident in The Equalizer, it got the ball rolling on a sequel months before the first one hit theaters. And now it looks like the studio’s franchise dreams are coming true. The studio has set a 2017 release date for The Equalizer 2, with Denzel Washington set to return as vigilante Robert McCall. Hit the jump for all the details on the Equalizer sequel release.  Read More »