Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we’re wondering what Mondo is up to, what the spawn of Pierce Bronson is up to, what the guy who choreographed Black Swan is up to, and then wonder aloud at who David Stratton is, and we get genuinely excited about a Victorian period piece.  Read More »

Power Rangers Justice League Crossover

Who are the smartest superheroes from Marvel Comics? Who should play the Hal Jordan version of Green Lantern in the DCEU? Want to see an awesome action figure of Vulture from Spider-Man: Homecoming? Was there almost a sex scene in James Cameron‘s abandoned film adaptation of Spider-Man? Did you know Tom Holland actually enrolled in American high school to help prepare for Spider-Man: Homecoming? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Earlier this morning, 20th Century Fox released the first trailer for Matt ReevesWar for the Planet of the Apes. Let’s take a look at the trailer frame by frame and hopefully add some insight from our visit to the set. Hit the jump for the War for the Planet of the Apes trailer breakdown.

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audio commentary reccomendations

For the past year, editor in chief Peter Sciretta has been asking me to write about my favorite audio commentaries. If I ever recommend one to him, he asks about the list. Compiling a list of only a few must-hear audio commentaries sounded like too much of a challenge. There’s far too many I haven’t heard yet, so writing some “best commentary list” didn’t feel right. I have a lengthy list of commentary tracks I intend on listening to, and the plan is to write about a few of them — at least the good ones — around the start of every month.

These first five recommendations feature insights from Martin Scorsese, Robert ZemeckisJ.J. AbramsTom Ford, Penelope Spheeris, and many others.  Below, check out our movie commentary recommendations.

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war for the planet of the apes

By now, you’ve already seen the first trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes, the next chapter in the prequel saga. But yesterday at a footage presentation in New York, we were treated to a little bit more than that. We got to check out a few lengthy clips from the film, albeit in unfinished form. One was the very first scene of the film, which establishes the ongoing conflict between humans and apes and introduces the human character played by Gabriel Chavarria. And the other introduces a new ape character, played by Steve Zahn. Click through for our detailed War for the Planet of the Apes footage recap.  Read More »

Spider-Man Homecoming Trailer Breakdown

The first two trailers for Spider-Man: Homecoming arrived late last night and they’re wonderful, somehow managing to make another Spider-Man movie look appealing so soon after The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Then again, the debut of Tom Holland’s new webslinger in Captain America: Civil War was a perfect palate cleanser, depicting a version of the character audiences actually wanted to see while finally integrating him into Marvel Studios’ increasingly large universe.

And where there’s a new trailer, there’s a new trailer breakdown, where we go through the footage frame-by-frame and attempt to discern exactly what’s going on here. Most of this Spider-Man Homecoming trailer breakdown follows the domestic trailer, but we’ll also borrow a few snippets from the international trailer.

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war for the planet of the apes

While on the set of War for the Planet of the Apes, we chatted with Andy Serkis and Terry Notary, who play the performance capture Ape lead characters Caesar and Rocket. We learn about the set-up of this third Apes film, how the Apes have evolved through the series leading to this new confrontation, the struggle to get the Academy to recognize motion capture performances, the introduction of Steve Zahn as a Chimpanzee, the difference in the approach of acting for live-action vs. performance capture, and much more. Hit the jump to read our Terry Notary and Andy Serkis War For The Planet of the Apes interview.

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war for the planet of the apes

While on the set of War for the Planet of the Apes, we had an extensive sit-down interview with Planet of the Apes series producer Dylan Clark. Clark is the mastermind behind the last three Ape films and has a lot of information and insight to share about the franchise and the upcoming film. Hit the jump to read our Dylan Clark War for the Planet of the Apes interview.

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On January 13th, 2016, I traveled to Vancouver, British Columbia Canada to visit the set of Matt ReevesWar for the Planet of the Apes. After the jump you’ll be able to read a round-up of everything I learned while on the War for the Planet of the Apes set visit. Elsewhere on this site you can read interviews with some of the producers and stars of the film.

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Case in point, Globe Telecom, Inc., the top mobile brand in the Philippines, has released a Rogue One commercial that is one of the most touching things you’ll see today. Maybe it’s just because it’s the holidays, or maybe it’s because 2016 was awful, but this commercial will pull tears right out of your eyes. Read More »