Batman v Superman Visual Effects

Whether or not you had problems with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it’s hard to deny the visual spectacle that was on screen. If there’s one thing that Zack Snyder knows how to do, it’s shoot a very beautiful movie with some frames lifted straight from the pages of comics. Perhaps even more impressive is that a lot of these beautiful shots are created almost entirely with visual effects.

A series of Batman v Superman visual effects shots have made their way online, showing how nearly a dozen shots looked before and after any digital effects were added. You might be surprised to see that in some scenes, armored Batman was added in post-production opposite a real Superman, and sometimes the Man of Steel’s cape was entirely digital as well See the photos below! Read More »

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pixar new short

Finding Dory opens in theaters this summer, and we all know what that means: a new Pixar short film is on the way. The company’s latest short, Piper, follows a baby sandpiper that must conquer its fear of the water in order to eat. Alan Barillaro directed Piper, which he was inspired to make after witnessing thousands of birds flying away from waves, only to then return to the ocean to eat.

Below, Barillaro discusses his experience of making the Pixar short Piper.

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Trollhunters

Dreamworks Animation has just released the first image from Guillermo del Toro’s Trollhunters, a Netflix original series coming later this year. Hit the jump to see the Trollhunters photo and learn more.

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doctor strange photo

I won’t even try to hide my excitement for Marvel Studios’ upcoming Doctor Strange, which looks to take the Marvel Cinematic Universe down a refreshingly, uh, strange left turn. Dr. Stephen Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme, Marvel’s master of mysticism, is one of my all-time favorite comic book characters and that fact that he’s getting a movie makes me giddy. Stupidly giddy.

The character’s cinematic look was initially unveiled on the cover of Entertainment Weekly, but we got a fresh look a few days ago when the film’s production moved to New York City and star Benedict Cumberbatch stopped by a comic book store in full costume. Now a new, official Doctor Strange photo has arrived, offering us another look what a retired surgeon turned master magician looks like.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Deleted Scene

As we all know, the end of Guardians of the Galaxy is a little bittersweet. Rocket Raccoon’s big, walking tree companion known as Groot (Vin Diesel) sacrifices himself to save his furry little friend and their new pals Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista). Thankfully, since this is a comic book movie, he’s not really dead, and we see him on his way back to his big tree self as a little potted plant (who loves to dance).

Audiences were a little surprised by his sacrifice, however, James Gunn recently called attention to a Guardians of the Galaxy deleted scene that didn’t make it to the Blu-Ray or DVD release, because it would have required finished visual effects. But as a gift, the director received a finished frame from the scene that would have given Groot a symbolic last supper, complete with the visual to go with it. See the shot from the deleted scene below. Read More »

FINDING DORY

Finding Nemo took us to a whole new world under the surface, populated with “vegetarian” sharks and hippie sea turtles and other exotic sea creatures. This summer’s Finding Dory promises to reunite us with some of those same fish while introducing us to still more colorful characters. Those include a cantankerous octopus named Hank (Ed O’Neill), a sweet whale shark named Destiny (Kaitlin Olson), and a beluga whale named Bailey (Ty Burrell).

But that’s not all. Also lurking in the cast are Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton as Dory’s parents, Bob Peterson as an eagle ray, and Idris Elba and Dominic West as a pair of Guy Ritchie-inspired sea lions — which, yes, makes Finding Dory the Wire reunion you never knew you wanted. Hit the jump for a batch of photos featuring the latest new Finding Dory characters.  Read More »

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The new Ghostbusters movie has damn big shoes to fill. Ivan Reitman’s 1984 is a stone-cold classic that millions of Gen Xers and Millennials around the world have grown up with, and Ghostbusters II is remembered with great affection even if it’s not quite up to par. It’s hard to imagine anyone else quite replacing the original foursome, which may be why director Paul Feig isn’t really trying. There’s no “new Venkman,” or new Ray or Winston or Egon for that matter.

Instead, Feig’s serving up a whole new team. And if the trailers, posters, and images are any indication, this new gang is more than capable of keeping New York safe from supernatural forces. The latest Ghostbusters image shows the new Ghostbusters team lighting up their newly redesigned proton packs, and looking pretty damn cool doing it. Check it out below.  Read More »

Star Trek Beyond

We’re only a few days into spring, but summer blockbuster season will be here before you know it. So let’s take a few minutes to look ahead at some of this year’s most highly anticipated offerings. We’ve got new photos today from X-Men: Apocalypse, WarcraftJason BourneGhostbustersIndependence Day: Resurgence, Suicide Squad, Star Trek Beyond, and The Neon Demon. Check ’em all out below. Read More »

voltron first look

Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: the first trailer for Netflix‘s new series Voltron: Legendary Defender, has been added after the jump.

 

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