Rest assured that when The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hits Blu-ray on April 8, there will be hours of behind the scenes footage to illustrate in exhaustive detail the process of creating the film. But of all the possible views on the process of building The Desolation of Smaug, the one we’re perhaps most keen to learn about is the process of bringing its titular dragon to life.
A new featurette shows a bit of that process, including just a bit of footage of Benedict Cumberbatch in a mo-cap suit doing some all-in physical performance for Smaug. Oh, and in case you need some size reference for Smaug, one of his creators explains that he’s twice the size of a jumbo jet. Check out the video after the break. Read More »
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Guardians of the Galaxy is well on its way to theaters, Avengers: Age of Ultron is now filming, and Ant-Man is almost fully cast. Next on the Marvel checklist is potential Phase Three film Doctor Strange. Now Kevin Feige‘s company has reportedly begun to take meetings with directors as they consider choices to helm the film. Read the list below. Read More »
When Disney released Frozen at Thanksgiving last year, it was met with generally good reviews and solid buzz. But no one could have been prepared for what happened next. The snowball of excitement and box office just kept rolling and now, coming up on its fourth (?!?!) month in release, it’s still in the top ten. Quietly, Frozen became 2013′s highest grossing animated film. It was nominated for multiple Oscars, and was instantly accepted into pop culture. With the Blu-ray set for release March 18, there’s no guessing how many times your kids (and, let’s face it, probably you) will be singing “Let It Go.”
To help promote the Blu-ray, Disney has begun to release deleted scenes from the hugely popular film, and you can watch not one, but two below. Read More »
The fourth season of Game of Thrones hits HBO on April 6 and will continue telling the story of George R.R. Martin‘s third book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, A Storm of Swords. To promote this momentous occasion, Martin himself is presenting a full Song of Ice and Fire art show at the Ltd. Art Gallery in Seattle, Washington. It’s called Winter Is Coming, will open March 1 and remain on display through the 23rd.
The gallery is slowly releasing teases of the show and today we’ve got the exclusive debut of probably the most highly anticipated print in the show, Mark Englert‘s “Fist of the First Men.” It’s glow in the dark and will first be on sale at the gallery. Below, check out the full image, it’s glow in the dark elements and some detail shots. Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 17th, 2014 by Angie Han
Given all the awful stuff that’s happened in the first three seasons of Game of Thrones, it shouldn’t be a surprise that some Westerosi are thirsty for revenge. Indeed, just about every character in the latest promo seems to be seeking vengeance for one wrong or another, from little Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) to Queen Cersei (Lena Headey) to newcomer Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal).
Unfortunately, as Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) so rightly observes, “if you want justice, you’ve come to the wrong place.” Somehow, we suspect things are going to get so much worse for our favorite characters before they get better. Watch the latest Season 4 trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, February 13th, 2014 by Angie Han
Winter’s Tale doesn’t lack for sincerity. It’s genuinely invested in the idea of eternal love, and the notion that everything happens for a reason, and the possibility that miracles are happening around us every day, and it tries its very hardest to sell us on these pleasant beliefs. What Winter’s Tale lacks is sense.
Akiva Goldsman‘s directorial debut is thought-provoking in that it raises lots and lots of questions, but they aren’t of the deep, meaningful, existential variety. Rather, they range from the amusingly trivial (why is Satan wearing a Jimi Hendrix t-shirt in 1915 Manhattan?) to the thoroughly confounding. (Seriously, what is the point of this supposedly epic battle between good and evil?) By the time it was all over, the magical flying horse-slash-guardian angel felt like the most comprehensible thing I’d seen in the past two hours.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 by Angie Han
Could John Travolta join the Bond villain ranks? He hopes so. Also after the jump:
- Matt Bomer is working on new looks for Magic Mike 2
- Gary Oldman dishes lots of details about his Apes role
- Iron Sky: The Coming Race gets a writer and a logo
- Hong Kong’s Monkey King is getting a sequel, of course
- How to Train Your Dragon 2 gets a cute Korean poster
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You can’t blame fans for being excited about the idea of a film adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower. The novel series is King’s biggest and weirdest project by a wide margin, for one. And while the team of Ron Howard, Akiva Goldsman and Brian Grazer may not seem like the best choice to adapt the books (Howard’s more-adult-than-usual Rush notwithstanding) there’s no denying the audacity of their plan, which included at one point multiple films bridged by a couple TV mini-series.
But scoring financial backing for the plan hasn’t been easy, with multiple movie studios passing on the chance to make The Dark Tower, and possible indie financing taking a long time to come together. So is the tower being built, or not? Yes, says Goldsman, but slowly, and with no (publicly revealed) start date in sight. Read More »