Hear ‘Into the Woods’ Cast Sing in New Featurette

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Into the Woods, directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago) is a musical based on the stage work from Stephen Sondheim, but you wouldn’t have known that from the film’s first trailer. This featurette, however, gives us not only interviews with the cast and crew, discussing the creation of the film, but also a lot more footage. And singing! In this you can hear the cast sing for the first time. There are snippets of ‘I Wish,’ featuring Anna Kendrick, James Corden, Emily Blunt, and Meryl Streep, and you’ll hear Streep knocking out ‘Stay With Me’ as well. Read More »

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Smaug mo-cap

We’re pretty familiar with the sight of good actors jumping and rolling about in mo-cap suits while doing performance capture work for effects-based films. We’re especially familiar with that image when it comes to Peter Jackson‘s Middle-Earth movies. And yet there’s something special about seeing Benedict Cumberbatch, whose on-screen presence radiates control and composure, crawling on his belly and fire-breathing dialogue for the worm Smaug in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. A few short featurettes about the creation of the dragon, and the Smaug mo-cap work, have gone online. They’re probably more fun than at least half the other stuff you could be watching. Check out a few below. Read More »

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Two of the actresses in Star Wars Episode VII are in the news, as is Star Wars Rebels, George Lucas and more. Read about all this in this edition of Star Wars Bits.

  • Lupita Nyong’o posted an image of herself in the Star Wars Episode VII crew hat.
  • Actress Christina Chong has finished filming Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Watch two featurettes about Star Wars Rebels featuring new footage and making of information.
  • Alex Ross reveals a variant cover of the new Marvel Comics Star Wars #1.
  • George Lucas has some harsh words for the Hollywood studio system.
  • Star Wars Episode VII made Abu Dhabi a hot filming spot.
  • German TV is getting an all Star Wars TV station in December.

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VOTD: How Hollywood Sex Scenes Are Filmed

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Sex scenes can feel incredibly hot and intimate for those of us watching in the audience, but for the people actually shooting them it’s a different story. The latest behind-the-scenes clip from Joe Carnahan‘s Stretch really drives that point home, showing us what it’s really like for Patrick Wilson and Brooklyn Decker to pretend to screw one another for our enjoyment.

While we’ve seen plenty of clips showing us what action scenes look like before the effects wizards come in to erase the wires and draw in the explosions, this is a rare look at the making of a Hollywood sex scene. Hit the jump to check out the NSFW (for language, not nudity) footage.

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Days of Future Past VFX

As Bryan Singer‘s X-Men: Days of Future Past hits digital home distribution and will soon be on Blu-ray and DVD, we’re getting a barrage of behind the scenes featurettes exploring the creation of the film. Fox assumes we’ve all seen the movie, and is now attempting to attract audiences with teasing glimpses of the techniques used to create the film. Know what? It’s working. Here’s a Days of Future Past VFX breakdown from Digital Domain, showing how some of Mystique’s transformations were created, and providing great detail on the development of the baseball stadium used in one big sequence.

In addition we’ve got few other Days of Future Past bits, including a deleted scene with Mystique, and a couple character-specific featurettes focused on Sunspot and Bishop. Read More »

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X-Men: Days of Future Past featured old man Wolverine, Sentinel attacks, and a couple of giant battles featuring coordinated X-Men attacks — the sort of stuff we’ve been wanting from an X-Men film for a long time. And still, the best part of the movie was the one we all underestimated. Quicksilver, played by Evan Peters, looked pretty uninspired when we saw mere costume photos. But Peters nailed this version of the character, and his big action sequence is a standout not just in this film, but in the 2014 summer lineup.

Now, a behind the scenes video shows how some of the Quicksilver effects were achieved. More of it was done in-camera than people might realize, and so this is a treat to watch. (Germain mentioned this in Superhero Bits yesterday, but we figured that might not show it off to enough people.)  Read More »

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Our favorite movies are gifts that keep on giving. Presents to be opened time and time again, whether that means watching them at home, then on the big screen, or showing to friends, family, and your children. Then you may get a cool piece of merchandise, a collectible, learn an interesting piece of trivia you never knew. The amount of ways you can enjoy your favorite movies over the years is innumerable, and thats why they’re our favorites.

Ghostbusters is one of those movies for a lot of us. This year, we’ve been celebrating a lot. It’s the 30th anniversary of the Ivan Reitman classic and besides theatrical reissues, big art shows, new merchandise and talk of a sequel, we now have some cool new information on the chariot of the Ghostbusters: The Ecto-1. Stephen Dane, the man who designed the car, is part of a video where he discusses the origins of the car and reveals some alternate looks at it too. It’s a must watch, followed by a must read interview, chock full of new information about the Ghostbusters Ecto 1. Check it out. Read More »

Back to the Future opening shot

A truly great shot is one you’ll never notice. It tells a story with no apparent effort, putting the audience right in the space needed to get ideas across with no interference between lens and eye. Filmmakers can take obvious pride in their attention-getting compositions. But I’d wager the shots for which many directors, cinematographers and crews feel the most pride are the ones that audiences never realize are incredibly difficult. One great example is very intricate Back to the Future opening shot.

There’s a lot of great stuff in Back to the Future, but I wouldn’t be surprised if many people have never thought about how challening the opening shot might have been. The /Film readership is a savvy bunch, many of you filmmakers and/or deep enthusiasts of the art of film, so it may be no surprise that the BTTF opening is a beast of a shot. Regardless, there’s something to be learned from dissecting how it was done. In a new interview, the film’s special effects supervisor Kevin Pike explains just how they did that long Back to the Future opening shot. Read More »

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