Posted on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 by Angie Han
It’s been a wild few years for Dan Harmon, the controversial creator of NBC’s Community. There was his notorious feud with Chevy Chase, his very public firing from his own show, and his eventual re-hiring by the same show. The first Harmontown trailer tags along on the cross-country comedy tour he took in the interim, offering a tiny taste of what this beloved but troubled artist was going through during that time.
Neil Berkeley (Beauty Is Embarrassing) directed, and several of Harmon’s showbiz friends including Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Sarah Silverman, and Jack Black make appearances. Watch the video after the jump.
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After some big budget missteps, M. Night Shyamalan is dialing things back for his next movie. The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable director is currently filming a small film called Sundowning, which reportedly only has a cast and crew of 10. Read More »
Eli Roth‘s latest film, The Green Inferno, is still awaiting release but the director behind the Hostel series has already lined up his next thing. It’s called Knock Knock, and the story follows two young girls who seduce a married man and then make his life a living hell. Roth will direct and co-write the screenplay with Nicolas Lopez and Guillermo Amoedo, who collaborated with him on Aftershock.
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As we get closer to the March release of Wes Anderson‘s acclaimed new film The Grand Budapest Hotel, distributor Fox Searchlight isn’t wasting an opportunity to let us know more about the movie. The latest rounds of promotion include a poster from artist Peter Strain, and a new featurette that features a great rhythmic opening before proceeding to explain the opening volleys of the story. See both below. Read More »
There’s not a letter or decimal point missing in that headline. Makeup artist Robin Mathews, who is nominated for an Oscar for her work on Dallas Buyer’s Club, achieved the film’s impressive look on a budget of only $250 — that’s two hundred and fifty bucks for the whole thing, not just one scene or character. The other side of that budget is something more difficult to quantify; it’s a balance of time and effort, of experimentation and nights and weekends spent playing with technique rather than resting.
Mathews gives some details about the work below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 17th, 2014 by Angie Han
Tom Hardy stayed mostly under the radar in 2013, but that was only because he was so busy shooting. He’s back in a big way this year with three releases, the first of which, Locke, hit Sundance last month and is now headed for a spring release.
Written and directed by Steven Knight, the taut thriller follows a dude taking phone calls in his car. Which doesn’t sound all that exciting, I know, but reviews from the festival circuit say otherwise. Hit the jump to watch the trailer.
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February 2013 was a bittersweet month for the visual effects house Rhythm & Hues. Due to the increased cost of effects-based work in Hollywood and the competitive nature of the business, they were forced to declare bankruptcy, fire hundreds of people and close up shop. Two weeks later, the company was given the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for their work in Ang Lee’s Life of Pi. The closing spawned tons of protests around Hollywood. How could the best visual effects house not be making any money?
That question has become a fundamental issue within Hollywood, and Rhythm & Hues employees used the unique and upsetting occasion to make a short documentary called Life After Pi. The trailer is out now and the full length short will be released online February 25. Eventually, it’ll be used in a feature length documentary called Hollywood Ending which explores “why the movie capital of the world is forcing filmmakers to leave.” Read More »
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Last summer Ben Wheatley‘s film A Field in England started to see release, with a simultaneous drop in theaters, on disc, and on cable and VOD in the UK. It went on to play festivals and finally opened in the US last week. Along with the film’s UK release last year was a “digital masterclass” on the making of the movie — a thirty-minute behind the scenes doc that is really terrifically detailed. This isn’t fluffy filler, but rather a nuts and bolts look at making an indie movie with relatively few resources. It’s fantastic stuff, but loaded with spoilers (naturally) about the film.
So now is a great time to point it out to you once more, as the film is in release pretty much everywhere at this point. Below you’ll find a good deal of behind the scenes footage, and links to even more. Read More »