Guardians of the Galaxy featurette

Guardians of the Galaxy doesn’t really look like anything that’s come before it in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That’s a good thing for those of us eager to see Marvel branch out, but a potential WTF for those who take comfort in Marvel’s reliability and consistency.

So a new Guardians of the Galaxy featurette tries to encourage those in the latter camp to join the former. Producer Kevin Feige and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper promise the film will “blow you away with how unique it is,” while still reassuring viewers that it’s part of the same old MCU. Watch it after the jump.

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Thor Dark World Official

Fans so regularly look at the Marvel Cinematic Universe as one huge entity, it’s easy to forget the effort that goes into each individual film. Yes, the narratives tie together and characters jump between films, but the #1 rule at Marvel Studios is make each movie good on its own. They’re not always successful to the same degree, but it’s hard to deny how each new installment raises the bar both in terms of scope.

Last year’s Thor: The Dark World is a prime example. In pure dollars and cents, it wasn’t quite the juggernaut of Iron Man 3 or Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but director Alan Taylor definitely swung for the fences in terms of what the characters go through and the size of the action. Now, a new visual effects video details the final, Portal-inspired mega battle. Check it out below. Read More »

jean claude van damme predator

You may know that Jean-Claude Van Damme originally had a faceless but significant part in John McTiernan‘s Predator. Specifically, he was going to be the guy in the Predator suit, back before the alien design we all know and love was totally finalized. In fact, Van Damme spent a couple days running around doing tests in a lobster-like costume and feeling pretty pissed-off about the fact that his martial arts skills were going to waste. The costume didn’t work, and eventually it was scrapped for a different design, worn by the much larger actor Kevin Peter Hall.

Stan Winston’s son recently had effects guy Steve Johnson (Ghostbusters, Species, Blade 2) as a guest on the inaugural episode of The Monster Show. Therein, Johnson told the story of the original Predator design and Van Damme’s involvement. It isn’t the most kind retelling of the story, but elapsed decades erase the need to maintain decorum. The story is so weird you’ll probably think it is a joke. You must watch the video below. 

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Bryan Singer X-Men Days Future past

Six new X-Men Days of Future Past videos prove that old Pringles slogan: “Once you pop, you can’t stop.” What does the highly anticipated Marvel mutant sequel have to do with the potato chip? Nothing really, but Pringles has teamed up with Fox to promote Bryan Singer‘s film with six behind the scenes videos covering three tours of various sets, a video on the massive cast, a clip talking about the plot, and one on Singer returning to the franchise he kicked off in 2000. Once you watch one, I dare you to stop. They’re packed with new interviews, lots of new behind the scenes footage and even new footage we haven’t seen in trailers. Check out all the videos below. Read More »

fargo featurette

April is shaping up to be a damn great month for TV lovers. Not only are Game of Thrones, Veep, and Mad Men all set to return over the next few weeks, there are also a bunch of promising new shows coming up on the horizon. One of the most intriguing of the bunch is FX’s Fargo.

A brand-new Fargo featurette offers a great behind-the-scenes look at the series, from the talented cast (Bob Odenkirk, Colin Hanks, and Oliver Platt also star) to the icy sets, to the wry tone. Meanwhile, three more promos give up some enticing footage. Watch it all after the jump.

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Birth of the Lightsaber

Even if you’ve hit a saturation point with Star Wars, there’s a lot to be said for anything that documents the creation of the original trilogy. Those first three films developed and refined filmmaking techniques that continue to be influential. The lightsaber, for example, seems obvious at ubiquitous now, but it was a concept that hadn’t been seen on screen in the way Star Wars realized it back in 1977. Below, watch The Birth of the Lightsaber, the official featurette tracking the development of the fictional weapon. Read More »

Transcendence viral videos

Wally Pfister‘s debut directorial effort, Transcendence, opens in less than a month — on April 17 we’ll see what Christopher Nolan’s cinematographer has come up with for his heady sci-fi feature. But in the meantime, two Transcendence viral videos and a featurette give us a few more things to think about. Read More »

Lord of the Rings Lost Footage

Lost footage from Ralph Bakshi‘s animated film, The Lord of the Rings, finally expands on a scene fans know all too well from Peter Jackson’s trilogy.

Bakshi’s film, released in 1978, tells the story of two J.R.R. Tolkien books, The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers. In the live-action versions by Jackson, those films are linked by Gandalf’s battle with the massive Balrog in the Mines of Moria. Bakshi’s film has a version of that battle, but it’s very sparse and, frankly, pretty cheesy.

Now, after 36 years on the cutting room floor, Bakshi’s full early vision of the epic showdown has come to light via lost animation cells  Check out some Lord of the Rings lost footage below. Read More »

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