Earlier this week, we featured a little infographic counting down the biggest movie sets in the history of cinema. This look into the practical sets from decades past shows both how impressive and large some physical sets used to be, and also just how few giant film sets are built today, in favor of digital effects. But even the world of special effects wasn’t so technologically advanced. And much like extensive practical set building, the use of less-sophisticated but still impressive special effects is something that seems to be missing from today’s movies.
So if you need to escape the present day for awhile, check out this vintage one-hour NOVA special that takes a look at the magic of special effects in the 80s, focusing on films such as Return of the Jedi and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Watch the NOVA segment on special effects below! Read More »
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Just this past weekend we featured a new viral video from the folks at InGen Technologies, the company handling the dinosaur breeding for Jurassic World. Along with that came a new TV spot featuring some voiceover from John Hammond, using dialogue lifted straight from Jurassic Park. Now we have some more hype for next month’s anticipated dinosaur rampage, but this time with some product placement.
A new TV spot and behind the scenes featurette from Mercedes-Benz goes behind the scenes of the film with a special spotlight on the official new Jurassic World vehicles that the automotive company have prominently featured in the film. One of the vehicles was actually kept under wraps until it appeared on set during producton, which is kind of cool. In addition, we have a cool video chronicling an international photoshoot with director Colin Trevorrow, producer Steven Spielberg and star Chris Pratt. Watch the videos below! Read More »
We’re a couple weeks past the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron — far enough into the film’s life for reaction pieces, reactions to the reactions, and more detailed looks at the film’s place in the summer lineup, and culture as a whole.
But let’s look at the film from a different angle: the FX work that helped create everything from huge setpieces to simple environments. (Hint: Some of those environments are actually anything but simple.) We’ve got a set of three Age of Ultron FX reels below. Note that spoilers for Age of Ultron are within, as some of the info we’ll highlight features shots from the end of the film. Read More »
Here are new looks at The Force Awakens characters for Star Wars Day.
It may already be May the 4th where you are, which means it is either already Star Wars Day, or very shortly will be. While the fan holiday grew out of an obvious phrase (May the 4th be with you) it has a lot more potential this year with Star Wars: The Force Awakens opening in December. We saw the great Vanity Fair cover earlier today, featuring new characters Rey, Finn, and BB-8 along with Chewbacca and Han Solo, and it looks like the magazine will deliver even more very soon.
Now there’s a 45-second video which shows off the Adam Driver Force Awakens character, and gives us some info on the role played by Lupita Nyong’o. There are also new stormtrooper shots, another look at Rey, and some great shots of her speeder, alongside some behind-the-scenes footage of that cover shoot featuring Harrison Ford. Read More »
Let’s face it, the dinosaurs may not be the biggest factor in convincing people to head to the theater for Jurassic World. The biggest factor in selling the June 12 sequel is our memories of the first time. That is, the first time we sat down, whether it be at home or in a theater, to watch Steven Spielberg‘s Jurassic Park.
That nostalgic memory is the focus of a new Jurassic World featurette. Stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins talk about their first experiences with the film, as does director Colin Trevorrow. Spielberg himself even pops in to chat about it. There’s some new footage too, but it’s mostly stuff from the latest trailer.
Below, see the new Jurassic World featurette and read my memories of seeing Jurassic Park. Read More »
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The Fast and Furious franchise isn’t going anywhere. As Furious 7 continues its box office climb over $1 billion, the eighth film will hit theaters in 2017 and Universal Studios will soon open a ride based on the film.
That ride is called Fast and Furious: Supercharged and it opens June 25 at Universal Studios Hollywood. It’s an immersive experience that’s been integrated to the already famous and popular Universal Studio Tour Tram ride. Stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson and Luke Evans are all part of the ride. Below, you can see a brand new making of video for the ride, including those actors. Read More »
Last week was a weird one for Zack Snyder and his film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The film’s first trailer was briefly teased on Instagram, then released online in low-quality bootleg form, forcing Warner Bros. to officially release the trailer days in advance of its planned theatrical IMAX debut. (That’s still happening tonight.) But that’s all out there now, so we’ll just move forward. Now you can get a look at the primary Batman v Superman costumes thanks to a video featuring NBA star DeAndre Jordan checking out a Warner Bros. exhibit of the suits and new Batmobile.
UPDATE: B-Roll footage has now been put online with a much more detailed look at the costumes. Read More »
Walt Disney and his theme parks exist in the world of Brad Bird‘s Tomorrowland. That’s a secret the cast and crew kept for a long time but in the past few videos and trailers, it’s become abundantly clear. The question then becomes, how much of an influence was Walt on this movie, which is named after something he first created in the 1950? A few new featurettes give some tantalizing teases at these connections alongside glimpses of a few other things from the film.
Plus, a new novel serves as a prequel to Tomorrowland and offers even more context. Find out more about the Tomorrowland Walt Disney connections below. Read More »
Monday night, Lucasfilm announced that the first six Star Wars films are being made available digitally. To help entice fans to buy these films one more time, there are some new special features included with each film. They’re basically broken down into two categories: Discoveries From Inside and Star Wars: Conversations. The former takes fans on a trip behind the scenes of the making of the films and the latter talks with some of the most important people in the development on the franchise.
Hot off the news of the digital release, Lucasfilm has released two clips to show off the goods. The Discoveries from Inside clip settles the debate over the color of Han Solo’s Hoth jacket in The Empire Strikes Back, and the Conversations clip has Joe Johnston discussing his creation of the Millennium Falcon. Fascinating stuff. Watch the Star Wars digital special features clips below.
UPDATE: StarWars.com has uploaded five more clips as well. See those below.
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