Willem Dafoe Grand Budapest

Any good director will tell you they make a movie three times. The script, the shooting and the editing. But there’s a fourth time too, and that’s the projection. When filmmakers finish a film, most simply let it go out into the world, allowing legions of projectionists with varying levels of experience to dictate how an audience sees their movie.

However, some filmmakers take control of that process too and the latest example is Wes Anderson. Anderson had Fox Searchlight include a specific set of projection instructions with each and every print/DCP of his wonderful new film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and you can see the image below. Read More »

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Edgar Wright‘s The World End opened in August 2013. Rewind two years before that to the time when the film was early in development, and he and co-writer Simon Pegg basically had the whole thing figured out. Pegg took to Twitter to post an awesome close-up of his and Wright’s rough, very early outline from August 2011. That’s a small version above, the close-up is below. Read More »

Magic Mike

Two years ago, if someone said a sequel to Magic Mike would be in the works, they’d have been laughed at. Before the film’s release, most thought Steven Soderbergh‘s tale of male stripping in Florida was nothing but Striptease with dudes, nothing but ninety minutes of Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey dancing with their shirts off.

Then the film was released and it was seen to be an entertaining, provocative look at the American working class. Yes, there was stripping, and lots of shirtless men, but the script, performances and direction made it much more than that. Magic Mike was a surprise hit, grossing almost $115 million in the U.S. Producer/star Channing Tatum said he’d eventually make a sequel.

The film also helped catapult Tatum to superstar status so he’s been pretty busy as of late. White House Down, Side Effects, Jupiter Ascending, Foxcatcher and 22 Jump Street are just some of the film’s he’s shot since. But now, almost two years since the release, Tatum has sat down to write Magic Mike 2. And he announced it in the most peculiar of ways. Read More »

Tomorrowland

Even before we knew the official title, speculation ran rampant about how Brad Bird‘s latest film tied into Disney history. When the title was revealed to be Tomorrowland, some additional clues came to light. More was then revealed at the D23 Expo and again when shooting began. Now, the co-writer and director has harnessed his inner teenage girl and posted a selfie on Twitter. That selfie, however, just happens to be in front of an old school Disney ad, raising even more questions. Check it out below. Read More »

POTD: J.J. Abrams Poses With R2D2

George Lucas and JJ Abrams

Now he’s just messing with fans. People are waiting to hear something — anything — substantial about Star Wars Episode VII, but the December 2015 release date may be all we get for a while. That doesn’t mean that J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan, Kathleen Kennedy and many others aren’t hard at work on the film. They’re just not telling anyone about it.

But they are willing to show us that they’re working on it. The Bad Robot Twitter account posted a photo of Abrams and others in a workshop — we don’t know if it’s a Lucasfilm office, or Bad Robot’s own (update: it’s Bad Robot) — posing with one of the most iconic Star Wars characters.  Read More »

Dwayne Johnson

A few months back when Fast and Furious 6 was kicking ass at the box office and a seventh film was fast-tracked, producers talked about the schedule of Dwayne Johnson being a bit of an issue. The action star had committed to filming Hercules: The Thracian Wars with Brett Ratner, which has a July 25, 2014 release date, and was expected to return for James Wan’s Fast and Furious 7, which is scheduled for July 11, 2014.

So what’s the answer? A lack of sleep for Johnson. The actor just tweeted an image of himself in both Hercules and Fast and Furious 7, marking the end of one shoot and beginning of the second.  Read More »

Pacific Rim Lego 3

On the list of recent properties you never thought you’d see recreated in Lego, Pacific Rim has to be on the list. Sure it has its devoted followers but the whole essence of the movie is scale and age. The kaiju are organic, dark and reptilian while the jaegers are beat up, rounded-off and well-articulated. None of those are characteristics Lego produces well. But, one talented fan has recreated a Kaiju attack in Lego and, as you can see above, it’s awesome. See more images below. Read More »

Breaking Bad BTS

Like Anthony Hopkins said, the level of quality maintained over five seasons of Breaking Bad was “awesome.” This is on every level: acting, writing, directing, cinematography, production design, costumes, effects. However, over the course of five seasons, the actors, writers and directors got most of the accolades. Those people, such as Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and Vince Gilligan, would be the first to tell you it’s impossible to have such a great show without talented people in every position. One such position has just come to light, as it were.

Breaking Bad camera operator Andy Voegeli took to Twitter recently to share a bunch of behind the scenes photos from various seasons of the show, and it’s a treasure trove of “awesome.” That’s just one image above. We’ve got a dozen more below. Read More »

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