Say what you will about Michael Bay, but he is a filmmaker who knows how to maximize the bang for the buck. He is often critisized for using too much product placement, which gives him millions of dollars more to play with than he would have otherwise had access to. In a film like The Island it is annoying and distracting, and in a film like Transformers: Dark of the Moon, its much less noticable (although David Chen was bothered more by the Cisco product placement).
Filmmakers often use stock footage to save money from traveling to capture an exterior of a city, house or location. Its a very common occurance which you likely never notice. Bay has used stock footage in most of films, sometimes borrowing shots from his earlier movies (here is an example from Transformers, a shot of an aircraft carrier that was borrowed from Pearl Harbor). My friend Alex from FirstShowing just pointed me to a clip on YouTube which shows that Bay recycled shots from an action sequence from The Island in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. I’m not sure how often this kind of thing happens, but my guess is that it happens probably more than you would think. Watch the clip after the jump.
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Most of the time deleted scenes are deleted for a reason. Sometimes they provide information that is already given in another scene. Other times they disrupt the flow of a movie. Then there are scenes that remain almost the same, but are just trimmed on the edges like fat on a steak. New deleted scenes from Super 8 and Sucker Punch have found their way online and both fall into a few of those categories. The Super 8 clip is largely a scene that’s in the final cut of the film, it’s just happens to feature some of the fat that was nipped and tucked away. As for Sucker Punch, the scene is an entire excised musical number called “Love is the Drug.” Check them both out after the jump. Read More »
JJ Abrams is obsessed with mystery, and often hides a lot of easter eggs in his films and tv shows. In the past we’ve chronicled easter eggs in the Pixar movies Toy Story 3, WALL-E, and Up, as well as some other films. So it should come as no surprise that his latest movie, Super 8, is also packed with fun hidden bits.
For example: Did you know that Leonard Nimoy appars in the movie? How about that another one of JJ’s Star Trek stars plays “the monster”? Did you spot the references to Lost, Alias and The Twilight Zone? After the jump I’ve compiled 16 hidden easter eggs which can be found in the movie.
Be warned: for those of you who havent seen the film yet, the following article may contain spoilers.
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Hint: It wasn’t Kenneth Branagh. Thor is still playing in theaters across the world and, if you’re reading this site, chances are you saw it and stayed until after the credits to see what Easter egg Marvel had in store for us. I won’t spoil what happens here, we’ll do that after the jump, but according to one of the actors in the scene, it was not directed by Thor director Kenneth Branagh, but rather by The Avengers director Joss Whedon. After the jump, read how we found out about this but beware of Thor and Avenger spoilers in the context. Read More »
We’ve all done it. We’re watching a movie and an image flashes by in an instant. Did we really just see that? So we patiently wait, remote in hand, until the precise second. You click the pause button like the whole remote just suddenly lit on fire and there it is….most likely one of these moments. A subscription based British movie site called LOVEFiLM (basically a European version of Netflix) took votes from their 1.6 million subscribers and came up with the top ten scenes in movies that people pause. And, though Kevin Williamson wrote about it in Scream, Tom Cruise’s penis in All the Right Moves did not make the list. Read More »
After we got our first glimpse of footage of J.J. Abrams’ June 10th release Super 8 during the Super Bowl, would-be movie detectives began to find hidden clues embedded in the commercial. They then discovered there were multiple versions of the commercial floating around with very slight changes that added context to some of the cryptic images. Now, all of the images have – most likely – been discovered and one of them has the date “03/11/11″ on the side. Does that mean that’s the date the trailer will be released? Check out the photos and decide for yourself after the jump. Read More »
It seems the Super 8 Super Bowl commercial that actually played during the game was slightly different from the one that showed up online. Both are identical until the very end when a whole different set of images flash across the lens of the Super 8 camera. We did a post highlighting a bunch of images from the online version and now the awesome site MovieViral.com has gone ahead and culled a bunch of images from not only the TV version but, possibly, another version all together. Check out some of the images they’ve discovered from the J.J. Abrams film after the jump. Read More »
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On the 25th anniversary of the Back to the Future story, it’s fitting that we finally have visual evidence time travel will eventually be possible. Not really of course, but there’s a video going around, mostly thanks to Roger Ebert, of footage from the DVD extras of Charlie Chaplin’s 1928 film The Circus, which appears to show a woman walking and talking on a cell phone. Is this person, walking around Hollywood in 1928, a time traveler? Hit the jump for the video and wild discussion. Read More »