The Belko Experiment LEGO Trailer

Even though all the attention will be on Beauty and the Beast this weekend, those who may not be interested in a live-action adaptation of an animated musical might take solace in the wild violence of The Belko Experiment.

Written by James Gunn and directed by Wolf Creek helmer Greg McLean, the action thriller takes place at a not-for-profit company in Colombia where the employees find themselves suddenly faced with the task of killing each other, or else risk being killed themselves. We’ve seen a red band trailer in all its bloody glory, and now you can see it recreated with the magic of stop-motion animation, LEGO pieces and some red Play-doh.

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Beauty and the Beast Honest Trailer

With the live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast arriving in theaters this week, it should come as no surprise that Honest Trailers has taken aim at Disney’s modern animated classic on which it’s based. If you’ve ever thought the story of a woman who falls in love with the hairy cursed prince who forces her to stay in his castle was a bit of a perplexing romance, then you already know what to expect from the Beauty and the Beast Honest Trailer. But the good news is that they continue their streak of parodying songs, if that’s something you enjoy. Read More »

MIT Ironheart Short

In case you haven’t heard, the new Iron Man in the current run of Marvel Comics is a teenage black girl named Riri Williams. She’s taken on the mantle of the superhero since Tony Stark stepped down, and she goes by the name Ironheart.

Though we’ve wondered if Marvel Studios would ever take the same route with the character on the big screen once Robert Downey Jr. retires from the role of Iron Man, so far there has been no indication that we’ll see Ironheart get her own feature film in the near future. But some students at MIT (where the fictional character went to college) decided to give Riri Williams her due diligence in a cool short film that proves not all heroes wear capes.

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John Goodman Walk of Fame Ceremony - The Big Lebowski

This past weekend, audiences were treated to a performance by John Goodman in Kong: Skull Island, and the movie went on to take the top spot at the box office. That’s good news, but the Roseanne star’s weekend got off to a great start before the numbers were in when he was given a place in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Joining a long list of Hollywood’s finest, John Goodman now has a star on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the ceremony was made even more sweet because the man who was on hand to give him this glorious honor was none other than his The Big Lebowski co-star Jeff Bridges. But even better than just Jeff Bridges paying tribute to John Goodman is the fact that he did it in character as Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski.

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hbo opening reimagined

One of the many ’80s things I’m nostalgic for is the iconic HBO opening that would play before their feature presentations. For me in the ’80s, seeing movies meant one of three things: going to the multiplex, watching a movie on VHS from the local rental store, Video Paradise, or sitting down on Friday or Saturday night with my family to watch the big new movie on HBO. For me, that HBO Feature Presentation opening was like a magic gateway and I often revisit that iconic opening on YouTube, as silly as that sounds.

Now HBO has teamed with Imaginary Forces to re-create that iconic opening for a new generation. Check it out now below!

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Evolution of 2D Animation

Since motion picture cameras weren’t invented until 1890s, the art of animation predates live-action filmmaking by nearly 60 years. With such a head start on motion pictures, it’s incredible that it took until 1937 for animation to start getting the kind of attention it deserved in the form of Disney’s first feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. That’s especially shocking when you see the quality of animation that existed even before Disney made a big splash and launched their now iconic feature animation division.

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Making of Planet Earth II

When the BBC debuted the documentary series Planet Earth in 2006, it was a groundbreaking achievement in nature filmmaking the likes of which we hadn’t seen before. Part of the reason it was so stunning to watch was because high-definition televisions were just becoming more mainstream, and people were really starting to see what rich images new televisions were capable of delivering. But more importantly, the footage itself and how it was captured was totally mind-blowing.

Now here we are, 11 years later, and Planet Earth II has been airing on the BBC with hours of new footage that makes the original Planet Earth looks like an amateur student film. All right, the comparison isn’t quite that stark, but if you’ve been watching Planet Earth II, then you know that the filmmakers have pulled off some mind-blowing footage. Now a batch of extensive featurettes explains how they pulled it all off.

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Moana Honest Trailer

As the weather starts to warm up with spring just around the corner, you couldn’t ask for a better time for Disney’s most recent animated musical to be available on home video.

Moana takes us to the South Pacific to follow an independent, strong young girl who wants nothing more than to set sail on the ocean and voyage towards the unknown. It’s a movie that pokes fun at all of the usual tropes you find in Disney movies, though it also adheres to almost every single one of them. That doesn’t mean it’s not good, but it does make it a prime target for some lighthearted jabs by the folks at Honest Trailers.

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Beauty and the Beast Music Video

You’ve already heard the cover of the iconic theme song from Beauty and the Beast that has been updated with the voices of chart-topping singers Ariana Grande and John Legend. Now see the singers bring the song to life in a new music video featuring appearances by Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast. Plus, you just might some some of the transformed castle residents pop up too.

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Billy Crystal Screen Test for Toy Story

Whenever Pixar Animation has a strong desire for an actor to lend their voice to a certain character, they like to take dialogue from one of their performances and create animation to illustrate what the character would be like with their voice. This was especially true when Pixar was looking to make Toy Story their first feature film, and they had to show actors just what the movie was going to be like with their voice attached to it.

Even though Tom Hanks and Tim Allen ended up landing the roles of the cowboy doll Woody and the space ranger action figure Buzz Lightyear, Pixar had someone else in mind for the latter role, and it would have changed the character dynamic between the two characters severely. Believe it or not, Billy Crystal was the first choice to voice Buzz Lightyear, and Pixar wanted him for the role so badly that they animated Buzz Lightyear along with dialogue from When Harry Met Sally.

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