War for the Planet of the Apes Visual Effects Featurette

War for the Planet of the Apes doesn’t hit theaters until the middle of next month, but this past week brought the first batch of screenings for critics, as well as a batch of global screenings for fans who were quick enough to get free passes to the advanced showing of the blockbuster sequel. The movie has some glowing early buzz, and one of the most impressive aspects of the film are the visual effects by Weta Workshop.

A new War for the Planet of the Apes visual effects featurette shows off the absolutely breathtaking work done by the New Zealand company who gives Industrial Light and Magic a run for their money. It shows off behind the scenes footage of Andy Serkis and some of the other ape actors as they appear on set in performance capture gear and puts it alongside the fully rendered, complete sequences from the movie. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

Pitch Perfect 3 Featurette

Production has officially wrapped on the musically charged sequel Pitch Perfect 3, and we know that because a new wrap reel featurette has just arrived to give us our first look at the return of the Bellas after their big world championship win in Pitch Perfect 2.

New director Trish Sie takes us behind the scenes of the sequel where she reveals that the Bellas are going on a global tour, and we get a sneak peek at some of the musical numbers, as well as a surprising action sequence that happens at some point. Watch the Pitch Perfect 3 featurette below for our first glimpse at the sequel. Read More »

Game of Thrones season 7 photos and sfx

Game of Thrones may be premiering in the hot months of summer this year, but after years of solemn looks and ominous warnings, winter is finally here. Some new photos from the upcoming season have arrived and we get to see new looks at our favorite kings, queens, schemers, and sidekicks as they prepare for The Great War against the Night’s King and the White Walkers.

Plus, there’s a new special effects featurette that taught me that far more of the show is captured practically than I’d previously thought. Check it all out below.
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Baby Driver Music Featurette

Not long ago, we saw the full soundtrack list for Edgar Wright‘s latest film, the music-driven thriller Baby Driver. Since the music has been built up as an integral part of the movie (which has been described as a car chase musical), it provided insight into what we could expect from the movie. Thanks to a new featurette, we have an even better understanding of just how important music is to driving the film forward (no pun in tended), as Ansel Elgort‘s titular character needs beats thumping in his ears in order to get by in the world.

For anyone who has been curious to see how music is expertly used in Baby Driver, this is the video you’ve been waiting for. You’ll see what we’re talking about in the Baby Driver music featurette below. Read More »

Disney XD Spider-Man Homecoming Featurette

The release of Spider-Man: Homecoming is under a month away, and in order to keep the hype train moving along, Marvel Studios has released an extensive featurette going behind the scenes of the movie.

This 22-minute featurette from Disney XD, titled A Fan’s Guide to Spider-Man: Homecoming, has interviews with star Tom Holland, as well as his co-stars Robert Downey Jr., Zendaya and Michael Keaton, not to mention director Jon Watts, as well as Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige, who calls Spidey the greatest superhero of all time. This is the most footage we’ve seen from the movie so far, as well as the most revealing look behind the scenes.

Watch the Disney XD Spider-Man Homecoming featurette below! Read More »

Game of Thrones featurette

In many ways, HBO’s Game of Thrones and Spike’s upcoming take on Stephen King’s The Mist couldn’t be more different. One is a mega-popular fantasy series that’s about to enter its home stretch of episodes, while the other is a nascent adaptation that’s just preparing to take its first steps. But hey, here’s at least one way they’re similar: they both recently released behind-the-scenes featurettes promoting their new seasons. Check them out below.
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Logan VFX Breakdown

Since Hugh Jackman doesn’t actually have claws that extend from and retract back into his hand, usually the creation of Wolverine’s signature adamantium claws in the X-Men franchise comes from the prop department. However, for the instances when Wolverine has to jam his claws into somebody, visual effects must be employed to make it look like the mutant has actually stabbed someone rather than just playing pretend.

In the case of Logan, the visual effects process of creating Wolverine’s claws delivering damage to bad guys was more complicated because the movie’s R-rating allowed for much more gruesome, bloody kills from his signature weapons. For those curious how they pulled it off, a Logan VFX breakdown from the visual effects company Rising Sun Pictures reveals the details layers that went into creating Wolverine’s claws and a few more seamless details.

Watch the Logan VFX breakdown video after the jump. Read More »

Avengers Infinity War Set Video

Marvel Studios has churned out some great superhero movies, but one of the best things they’ve created is a short from Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi that revealed what the God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth) was up to while the rest of The Avengers were involved in a Civil War with Captain America. The short introduced us to a goofier version of Thor as well as his roommate Daryl (who had trouble getting rent from the Asgardian in a follow-up short).

Now that same sense of humor returns, this time with Chris Hemsworth playing himself on the set of Avengers: Infinity War. The actor stumbles upon directors Anthony & Joe Russo using action figures to stage an action sequence featuring a bunch of The Avengers and even one of the members of the Guardians of the Galaxy. However, he’s not too pleased when he sees that Thor isn’t involved in the action, and he creates his own scene instead.

Watch the Avengers Infinity War set video from Chris Hemsworth after the jump. Read More »

The Mummy featurette

Next weekend, we’ll get a sense of how audiences feel about Universal’s Dark UniverseAlex Kurtzman‘s The Mummy gets the monster party started, but whether the world wants a world of gods and monsters, we’ll see soon enough. The movie is on track to make $40 million its opening weekend in the states, but with the power of Tom Cruise, it should perform even better overseas. If one thing seems for sure, it’s that Kurtzman’s film doesn’t lack scope, as a new behind-the-scenes featurette suggests.

Below, check out The Mummy featurette.

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Baby Driver Stunt Driving

Nowadays it’s become easy for blockbusters to use visual effects to pull off insane stunts. It’s part of the reason some action movies have become surprisingly mundane. There’s just something that lacks excitement about a stunt you know wasn’t actually done by anything other than a computer. Even the Fast and Furious movies have taken to having more visual effects heavy action sequences when they used to rely on real stunt driving. But thankfully, this summer brings a cure for the common blockbuster.

Baby Driver is the latest film from writer/director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs the World), and a new featurette reveals that the action flick about a getaway driver trying to get away from his chosen profession is chock full of real stunt driving, with real cars, on real locations, with real people. For real.

Watch the Baby Driver stunt driving featurette after the jump. Read More »