Andy Serkis

Disney’s The Jungle Book was a roaring success by any metric. It broke new ground for CG animation, wowed critics with its updated interpretation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic, and has racked up $828 million in global box office grosses to date. All of which means Warner Bros.’ upcoming Jungle Book, directed by Andy Serkis, has quite a lot to measure up to. But the director doesn’t seem too concerned about the competition, explaining that his will be a “darker” take for a “slightly older audience.”  Read More »

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It’s not often that I get invited down to Industrial Light & Magic in San Francisco, CA, but when the invite is thrown my way it’s usually to see something cool. Earlier this month I traveled up north to see how filmmaker Duncan Jones used ILM to create the orcs in his big screen adaptation Warcraft, based on the popular Blizzard video game series.

I’ll be completely honest with you: the marketing for this movie had done little to convince me that it was a film I wanted to see. I’m not a video gamer and have never played World of Warcraft, and to be completely honest, I’m not a big fantasy (orcs, wizards, dungeons and dragons) type of guy. But I’m a big fan of Duncan Jones and that alone had me continuously searching for reasons.

So I hopped on a plane and visited the visual effects house that George Lucas built, hoping I would be wowed. The filmmakers behind the movie pulled the curtain back to show us how the magic was created, and that in itself was not only very interesting but very impressive. So hit the jump and learn why ILM considers the Warcraft facial capture advancements to be groundbreaking.

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It’s a tradition at this point – episode four of each season of Game of Thrones is where something big happens, where various threads come together to reform the bloody tapestry that is this show’s increasingly complex narrative. And while “Book of the Stranger” ended with a bang, almost every scene what preceded it was near-perfect. As this show barrels toward its climax, the biggest dominos have begun to fall. The game has been changed.

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Warcraft Trailer Recreated

The jury is still out as to whether or not Moon director Duncan Jones will deliver a worthy adaptation of the popular video game Warcraft. While the visual effects look stunning, the movie looks like it could be a little too deep of a fantasy for the niche video game audience familiar with the title. But then again, Game of Thrones is one of the most popular shows on TV, so maybe people are ready for this.

For any of you video game fans who aren’t convinced to see the movie, maybe you’d rather see the Warcraft trailer recreated in the familiar video game world you love. One fan has created an extremely impressive shot-for-shot remake of the full Warcraft movie trailer by using the World of Warcraft video game. Read More »

The BFG Trailer

After premiering at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival this weekend, one more trailer for Steven Spielberg‘s fantasy film The BFG has arrived. Based on Roald Dahl‘s classic children’s novel of the same name, the film follows a young girl (newcomer Ruby Barnhill) who finds herself in the world of giants after befriending one of the 24-foot inhabitants, played by Bridge of Spies star Mark Rylance.

In the latest The BFG trailer, we get to see much more of the giant world and impressive visual effects. Just from a technical standpoint, this already looks better than the recent giant adventure Jack the Giant Slayer, though it’s clearly a much more family friendly, whimsical tale. See for yourself in the new trailer after the jump. Read More »

Stephen Colbert Tolkien Trivia Challenge

If you ever watched The Colbert Report, then you know that Stephen Colbert is a huge fan of the work of author J.R.R. Tolkien. Colbert knows every single bit of trivia about Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion and more to the point that he can recite excerpts from the books. However, the Tolkien trivia master has finally been stumped…by Ryan Gosling‘s mother.

Ryan Gosling stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night, along with Russell Crowe, to promote The Nice Guys hitting theaters next week. The actor brought with him a trivia question from his mother, and Colbert was not able to give the right answer. Hit the jump to see the Stephen Colbert Tolkien trivia challenge from Gosling’s mother. Read More »

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Warcraft has already screened for select groups of critics (including a member of the /Film crew), but you haven’t heard anything because everyone is under a strict embargo. If you want to know more, feel free to pester the writer of your choice. They won’t be able to say anything, but who knows? Maybe you’ll annoy a detail or two out them.

In the meantime, the rest of us schmoes who haven’t seen the movie have to entertain ourselves with a new gallery of images showing off the film’s cast, which is roughly half live action actors and half motion capture orcs. Oh, and there’s Ben Foster looking pretty damn cool as a wizard, which is a sentence I never thought I’d ever write. It’s not Emily Blunt riding a polar bear, but it will do.

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Johnny Depp Mad Hatter Disneyland

Looking to get some promotional mileage for Alice Through the Looking Glass, hitting theaters in a couple of weeks, Disney staged a pretty cool stunt at Disneyland in Anaheim, California involving Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter.

Around the park there are plenty of advertisements for the forthcoming sequel, but one particular screen that was circulating through character posters was given a little modification. Johnny Depp was put into full wardrobe and make-up as The Mad Hatter and surprised fans by being livestreamed to the attendees of Disneyland as a living movie poster that could interact with the fans in real time. Watch the Johnny Depp Mad Hatter Disneyland stunt after the jump. Read More »

Pan Alice in Wonderland

Brave director Brenda Chapman is doubling down on fairy tales. She’s set to make her live-action directing debut with Come Away, a fantasy drama that’s simultaneously a Peter Pan prequel and an Alice in Wonderland prequel. If you’re wondering what on earth that could possibly mean, follow us down the rabbit hole (i.e., below the jump).  Read More »