2002 was the last time Mike Myers graced audiences with a new Austin Powers movie. Which means not only haven’t we seen the shagadellic super spy in over a decade, we haven’t seen his sworn enemy Dr. Evil, either.
Most would agree that it was Evil who really became the break out character of the series. His hairless cat, rebellious son and ludicrous demands were just some of the hilarious running jokes the character provided. Even so, no one who turned on their TV Saturday night would have expected to see him in anything but an Austin Powers rerun. But they caught him on NBC.
During the cold open of the Amy Adams-hosted Saturday Night Live, alum Myers, as the evil dictator, hijacked the skit. And what did the would-be power monger want? To talk about the Sony Hack, North Korea and The Interview, of course. Check out the Dr. Evil SNL video below. Read More »
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Video editor Nick Bosworth has released Final Cut 2014, an 8 and a half minute tribute to 330 movies which made up 2014. We covered Bosworth’s Final Cut 2013 this time last year and it got a great response. Watch Final Cut 2014 and revisit the cinematic year that was, embedded after the jump.
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Last year, we published a fantastic video by Fourgrounds Media Inc. called The Auteurs of Christmas which reimagined the magic of Christmas morning through the eyes of 10 famous filmmakers. They have returned with a sequel for 2014: The Auteurs of Christmas 2, which features Christmas morning as directed by 10 more filmmakers: Charlie Chaplin, Quentin Tarantino, Terrance Malick, Alfred Hitchcock, Christopher Nolan, Jean-Luc Godard, Morgan Spurlock, David Lynch, M Night Shyamalan, Michael Bay. Watch both videos embedded after the jump.
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Max Landis (Chronicle, and the upcoming American Ultra and Victor Frankenstein) has released a new short film called Jane LA. The 12-minute short film is a documentary/found footage-style story about a girl named Jane who claims to be creating a bomb as an art project. How much of her plan is a joke and how much of it is real? The short is compelling, funny and totally not what you expect. Watch the Max Landis Jane LA short film after the jump.
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This week’s Saturday Night Live host was Martin Freeman, star of The Hobbit trilogy, AMC’s Fargo television series and BBC’s Sherlock. One of the best sketches on Saturday night involved Freeman returning to The Office, the 2001 BBC television comedy series which spawned the NBC hit. But Freeman did not reprise his role as Tim Canterbury, instead playing his The Hobbit starring role as Bilbo Baggins in a sketch which imagines what The Office would have been like featuring the characters of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth saga. Watch the SNL Office Hobbit mash-up sketch embedded after the jump.
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Stephen Colbert is finishing up his long run on The Colbert Report, and the guy is going out with a bang. Colbert is a tolkien super-fan — his enthusiasm for Tolkien got him a role in The Hobbit, and has seen him grace the cover of Entertainment Weekly in costume as several Hobbit characters. One of his last interviews is among his biggest, as he got the dragon Smaug to show up for a chat. To the credit of everyone involved, from the WETA animation team to Smaug mo-cap and voice actor Benedict Cumberbatch, this goes all the way. A couple jokes edge toward serious territory, but they play right into Colbert’s long-standing conservative character. And Cumberbatch, er, Smaug, gets in a few choice lines at the expense of his Hobbit co-stars. Below, check out the video in which Colbert interviews Smaug.
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The organization SPECTRE — the all-caps acronym stands for (SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion) — has been a thorn in the side of James Bond ever since his first screen adventure in Dr. No. The group will return in the 24th Bond film, Spectre, which just started shooting in the past week, and which will be released in fall 2015. If you haven’t seen all of the original Bond films that featured the group, or if they’re hazy memories from your past, check out this history of Spectre compiled into one short video. It’s basically like a trailer for a SPECTRE film.
You’ll see Ernst Stavro Blofeld, played by a variety of actors, and sometimes just as disembodied hands petting a cat. You’ll see technology and violence and James Bond remaining cool under fire, in footage from a variety of movies. Read More »
Post-production is frequently a total mystery to fans. Once is film is finished, sometimes a studio will release concept art or set photos showing us pre-production. We see the actual production on the screen and in lots of behind the scenes featurettes. But once filming is done, you’d think the movie was magically willed into existence with special effects, music and sound, all perfectly timed to specially selected shots.
Of course, that’s not the case. Post-production frequently takes much longer than either of the other two thirds of production, and is really where the film is found. You just don’t see the process because it all takes place behind closed doors. So it’s a rare treat anytime we get a glimpse at the post-production process on any movie. It’s especially exciting when we get the see how a big name filmmaker does it.
Which leads us to this awesome new video called “Transformers 4: The Final Touches.” In it, we see Michael Bay himself working with his editing team on the finishing touches of Transformers: Age of Extinction all the way up through the film’s premiere. Check out the Michael Bay Transformers 4 editing video below. Read More »
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