Star Wars Episode 7 x-wing

To promote the final week of the Star Wars: Force for Change campaign, director J.J. Abrams has released a video unveiling the Star Wars Episode 7 X-Wing. See the video now embedded after the jump to check out the Star Wars: Episode VII X-Wing design.
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Darren Aronofsky's Noah behind the scenes

Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah hits home video on July 29th 2014 (preorder it here) and Paramount has released a bunch of video clips from the making of documentary on the blu-ray release. I really liked the film, and its always great to see real clips of Darren Aronofsky directing a film. These clips go to show just how much cast and crew it takes to bring this tale to the big screen. One of the clips shows the elaborate rig which creates the rain at the beginning of the flood sequence. Watch the Noah behind the scenes video clips after the jump.
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If you’re like me, you’ve had the DVD for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Magnolia for over a decade. The film was released 1999 and the DVD arrived a year later. And while it was kind of bare bones in terms of extras, one extra was simply stunning. It’s called That Moment, and is a 72 minute diary/documentary by Mark Rance about the making of the film.

On its own, that’s not really a huge deal. Making of documentaries on DVDs are a dime a dozen. But for a filmmaker like Paul Thomas Anderson, it’s a massive deal. This, and the director commentaries on the Boogie Nights DVD, are a film fan’s best resource into the brain of the shy filmmaker.

So why are we talking about this in 2014? While That Moment has obviously been available for almost 15 years on DVD, it wasn’t readily available online. That’s now changed. Below, watch the entire Magnolia documentary That Moment. Read More »

Walking Dead Season 5

The fourth season of The Walking Dead ended with one of the biggest cliffhangers yet. [Don't worry, no spoilers here]. It made fans want to know what’s next for Rick, Daryl and the crew even more than usual and now you can get a glimpse. AMC has released a few little Walking Dead Season 5 preview videos, documenting the cast and crew’s first day back filming on the hit show as well as one asking everyone their favorite kills on the show. Check out the Walking Dead Season 5 videos below. Read More »

Boyhood

Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood is one of my favorite movies of the year so far. The film tells the story of a young boy’s childhood from age 5 to age 18. You’ve probably also heard that the movie was filmed over the course of 12 years using the same actors. But it is an independent film which I understand is a hard sell for some of you. Easier to get your friends together to see a bunch of big transforming robots and explosions… The movie begins to rollout in major cities on July 11th, so I have listed 107 reasons why you need to Boyhood when it comes to your town.

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Strain featurette

There’s a new Guillermo del Toro project hitting soon, and a lot of people don’t seem to know much about it. We’re talking about The Strain, the FX series adaptation of the vampire novels co-authored by del Toro and Chuck Hogan. The show’s pilot was directed by Guillermo del Toro, and the overall aesthetic very much bears his signature.

The show follows events that begin with the landing of a plane at a New York airport. Nearly everyone on the plane seems to be dead, and the circumstances of the situation that led to the mass slaughter are difficult to pin down. But soon there are pale figures running around NYC, and a couple CDC-based scientists (Corey Stoll of House of Cards and Midnight in Paris and Mía Maestro of Breaking Dawn) are stuck trying to uncover source of the new plague while containing the breadth of its infection.

Below, watch a featurette focusing on the world-building done for the show. Read More »

Jurassic World Chris Pratt

We’re still a year out from the release of Jurassic World, but the team behind the film knows there is a good deal of interest in the film already. And so the producers and PR team have been dropping little bits of info here and there. We had a great interview with director Colin Trevorrow, and then the first batch of images went online. Now the latest look at the movie is a short Jurassic World behind the scenes glimpse, via the Today Show.

Trevorrow and stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, along with Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins, have hit the Today Show to talk about the movie. In two video clips we see some behind the scenes crowd shots, and Trevorrow has a good line about working with Steven Spielberg. Read More »

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In a couple weeks we’ll see what director Matt Reeves and the huge effects team at WETA pulled off in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but in the meantime Fox is showing off some more of their work in short form. The studio has already released one little video that gave us some side-by-side glimpses at the original actors on set and the final rendered apes. This new featurette is more about the scope of the effects as a whole. There is some info about performance capture here — specifically in how many small cameras were used in large locations, to capture all the actors’ movements. But there’s a lot more about other aspects of the film. Watch this new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes effects reel below.

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