Doctor Strange Clips

Last night, a bunch of members of the press saw Doctor Strange, and while the reviews are still under embargo, a bunch of initial reactions hit Twitter last night praising the visual spectacle, the incredible action, and Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange. It doesn’t sound like it blows any of our favorites from the Marvel cinematic universe out of the water, but it should be a great franchise starter for another Marvel hero.

If all of the early reactions have you hungry to see the movie, we have a couple Doctor Strange clips that should hold you over. One of them features more Rachel McAdams than we’ve seen in the entirety of the trailers, displaying the somewhat complicated relationship history that her character has with Strange. Meanwhile, the other clip has a frustrated Strange listening to what he regards as spiritual nonsense from Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One. Read More »

rey closeup lightsaber battle force awakens reshoots

Now that Star Wars: the Force Awakens is getting released on 3D Blu-ray, director JJ Abrams is being more open about the making of the film. Here we get two new clips from The Force Awakens audio commentary, both of which seem to suggest that reshooting Star Wars scenes might result in a better film (you hear that Rogue One cynics?).

In one of the clips, the writer/director reveals the two shots in the Rey/Kylo Ren lightsaber battle that were added after the fact — one of which was a suggestion of filmmaker Ava Duvernay (Selma) and the other is one of my favorite shots in the film. The second audio commentary clip features Abrams talking about how Rey and Finn’s relationship was dramatically changed after Harrison Ford’s on-set injury allowed him to go back and do Force Awakens reshoots.

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transformers 5 video

Now that we’re five chapters deep into the Transformers series, it’s safe to say that just about everyone on the planet has an opinion on these movies. And while I’ve never been the biggest fan of what Michael Bay has done with these characters, I have to admire his audaciousness as a filmmaker. There are many, many things you can say about Bay’s filmography, but anyone who calls him lazy or derivative hasn’t been paying attention. Like him or not, he’s really one of a kind and his movies are made with a voice that is all his own.

And that’s why I’ve been digging the behind-the-scenes videos that have been trickling out of Transformers: The Last Knight, showcasing Bay in his element: commanding large armies of artists and technicians as part of a grand plan to orchestrate cinematic mayhem. The latest trio of videos are more of the same in the best possible way.

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a cure for wellness promos

Director Gore Verbinski is coming off the biggest bomb of his career. Verbinski last directed The Lone Ranger, a movie which might’ve lost Disney $150 million. The western was greeted with a mostly negative response from audiences and critics, although it has some fans, especially when it comes to the film’s intricate, often dazzling third act set piece. For his follow-up to the Disney flop, The Ring director returns with A Cure for Wellness. Verbinski’s upcoming film stars Dane DeHaan (Life), Jason Isaacs (Green Zone), and Mia Goth (Nymphomaniac).

Below, check out some A Cure for Wellness promos.

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Don Roy King video profile

Even people who aren’t die hard Saturday Night Live fans like myself know who Lorne Michaels is. When you’re the man responsible for creating one of the biggest, groundbreaking television shows of all time, and you continue to run the show for nearly four decades (there were some years he wasn’t in charge), even casual fans are bound to learn your name. But for the past 10 years, there’s been another man responsible for bringing SNL to your screen.

Don Roy King has been the director of Saturday Night Live for 10 years now (not quite as long as Kenan Thompson’s time on the show which began in 2003). He calls the shots for a 90-minute sketch comedy show that is broadcast live across the nation on network television after being put together in a single week. There is no other job like it, and it’s a miracle the show even gets off the ground each week. But with the work of Don Roy King, more often than not it goes smoother than it ever should, and a new video profile dives into his career and work on the fast-paced show. Read More »

Doctor Strange music and Christine Palmer

I’ve become a bit of a broken record over the past year or so as I’ve bemoaned the lack of recognizable musical scores for our modern superhero movies. I miss the days when the likes of John Williams and Danny Elfman could create instantly memorable melodies that not only provided an excellent backdrop to all kinds of heroic derring-do, but also intrinsically felt like the characters they were representing. Of the more recent comic book movies, I’d argue that only the first Captain America and Man of Steel have scores that actually stand out.

Could Doctor Strange change that? The first piece of music from the film’s soundtrack has been released, so let’s take a look…or rather, a listen.

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Twin Peaks season 3 featurette

I won’t be convinced that Twin Peaks season 3 actually exists until the closing credits roll on the first episode sometime next year. Until that happens, the return of one of television’s most beloved and most frustrating shows is purely theoretical. Not even this new featurette, which features members of the original cast and a few newcomers discussing what it’s like to return to that bizarre small town, has me certain about this.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens Deleted Scene - Chewbacca

It didn’t take long for Disney and Lucasfilm to double dip on the home video release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This fall brings a 3D collector’s edition Blu-ray release that not only allows you to see the movie in 3D, but will also have commentary on the film from director J.J. Abrams, some new featurettes, and even deleted scenes. The content of one of those deleted scenes has just been revealed, and you’ll see that it would have given Chewbacca fans something to cheer about.

Watch the Star Wars The Force Awakens deleted scene after the jump. Read More »

finding dory deleted scene: the tank gang

When we first talked with Finding Nemo director Andrew Stanton about his sequel Finding Dory, he told us that about an abandoned series of sequences which involved Marlin and Nemo trying to find Dory. Now with the home video release of the movie on the horizon, this lost sequence is finally seeing the light of day. Hit the jump to watch the Finding Dory deleted scene which reveals how Nemo’s tank gang escaped.

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Disney’s Moana is inspired by many things, like the rich mythology of ancient Oceania and the irresistible charisma of Dwayne Johnson. The first Moana clip leans on both, as Maui (Johnson) meets Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) for the first time and teaches her how to make a proper introduction. Turns out the guy is very particular about his titles. Watch the first Moana clip below.

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