Swiss Army Man featurette

Daniel Radcliffe has shown that he’s not afraid to get nude for the sake of art, with his performance in a stage production of Equus back in the late 2000s. However, when it comes to the big screen, he’s not one to flaunt his body around. But in Swiss Army Man, his bare ass proves to be a valuable asset (pun not intended) as the flatulence of his character’s corpse helps Paul Dano survive in the woods. And in addition to his gas serving a purpose, Daniel Radcliffe’s penis turns out to be immensely helpful as well.

A new Swiss Army Man featurette takes a look at some of the practical effects used in the indie hitting more theaters this weekend, and there’s a special focus on Radcliffe’s animatronic penis. This was actually teased in the featurette released earlier this week about the creation of the dummy body used in the movie. Find out all about the magical appendage after the jump. Read More »

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Swiss Army Man Featurette

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Microbe and Gasoline clip

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Ange Dargent and Théophile Baquet play Daniel and Théo, or as they are better known, Microbe and Gasoline. They’re teenagers in a Parisian suburb who feel like total outcasts until they find each other and become fast friends. Soon enough, the boys hatch a plan to run away from home in a ramshackle car constructed out of junk to look like a tiny cottage. Audrey Tautou also stars, as Microbe’s mother. If you dig Gondry’s sweet, offbeat style, this looks like one worth checking out. Check out a new Microbe and Gasoline clip below.  Read More »

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A new Fantastic Beasts featurette shines a light on Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, located on the highest peak of Mount Greylock in Massachusetts. The video uses some stylish animation to tell a very brief story of how the school was founded, which includes a young Irish girl named Isolt Sayre and her aunt Gormlaith Gaunt. (That last name might ring a bell for Harry Potter fans.) Watch the video after the jump.  Read More »

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A Zootopia deleted scene has made its way online in the form of some animated storyboards with temporary voice over, and in it you’ll learn about how the predators of the animal city were treated even more differently than their former prey. In addition, you’ll see how depressing it was to explain this story detail as it plays out in a sequence where Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) and Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) find themselves sneaking around something called a “taming party.”

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Oh sure, the wands and the spells and the CG creatures are still there. But when Porpetina (Katherine Waterston) asks Newt (Eddie Redmayne), “Do you know anything about the wizarding community in America?” she could be talking to us. And the answer would be “No, but we can’t wait to learn.” Feast your eyes on tons of new footage in the latest Fantastic Beasts featurette below.  Read More »