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.

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Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer - Saturday Night Live Sean Spicer Sketch Outtakes

Before the most recent episode of Saturday Night Live aired this past weekend, we knew that Melissa McCarthy would bring back her hilarious take on Sean Spicer, despite the fact that the White House press secretary wasn’t around much the preceding week. That’s because McCarthy was spotted in full wardrobe as “Spicey” cruising around the streets of New York City afternoon on a motorized podium.

Now that the sketch has come and gone (it was actually the best of the night in our recap of the episode), Saturday Night Live has provided us with a behind the scenes look at this particular segment of the sketch that was done partially live last Saturday night, and partially pre-recorded on Friday. The video comes with a bunch of alternate takes and outtakes of Melissa McCarthy weaving through traffic and yelling at drivers as only Spicey could.

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the mummy featurette

In the early days of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the various films and characters were connected by the mysterious organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D., which was run by the enigmatic super-spy Nick Fury. And while this agency has grown less central to the films as time has gone on, we’re starting to see the MCU effect in other movies that want to build “shared universes.” Just look to Kong: Skull Island, which connects to 2014’s Godzilla through a secretive organization called Monarch.

And wouldn’t you know it? The Mummy, the first entry in a proposed “monsters universe” for Universal Studios, features another top secret organization. It’s called Prodigium and it’s run by Russell Crowe‘s Dr. Henry Jekyll and you just know that we’ll being seeing a lot of more of them, should these movies take off.

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Alien Covenant Spacesuit

The set of Alien: Covenant was explored by Adam Savage as part of a sponsored series of videos from the folks at Tested, and today brings another glimpse behind the scenes of the sequel to the prequel that was Prometheus.

This time, the former Mythbusters co-host checks out one of the new Weyland-Yutani space suits that our intrepid cosmic explorers will strap on in the movie. In strapping on the gear for this suit, it’s impressive to see what a sleek and well-constructed piece of wardrobe this suit is. You know it’s good when even someone like Adam Savage, who has built stuff like this for a living, is floored by how flawless the design is.

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Maze Runner: The Death Cure Featurette

Last spring, production on Maze Runner: The Death Cure was halted and then postponed indefinitely after lead actor Dylan O’Brien suffered a concussion with a facial fracture and lacerations after a stunt went wrong. Last we heard, production was supposed to resume early this year in order to meet the February 2018 release date recently set by 20th Century Fox, but we’ve had no word of the film shooting again.

For those fans eagerly awaiting the next chapter in the Maze Runner franchise, it sounds like everything is all right because Fox provided a first look at the sequel during the MTV Movie Awards this past weekend. Dylan O’Brien and some of the other cast members show us around the WCKD compound where we get to see a lot of hallways and laboratories.

Check out the Maze Runner: The Death Cure featurette below. Read More »

Baby Driver Featurette

It’s been four years since we’ve gotten a new movie from director Edgar Wright, and that’s just too long. Thankfully, TriStar Pictures will whet the appetites of those who loved movies such as Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs the World, because Wright’s latest film is getting a prime summer release after getting rave reviews at the SXSW Film Festival back in March.

Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars) takes the lead in Baby Driver as a young, orphaned kid whose hearing is left impaired from the car accident that killed his parents. The only way for him to effectively get through any situation is to have his trusty iPod playing music to give his life a soundtrack for him to move along with. It’s also what makes him the best getaway drive in town. A new Baby Driver featurette tells us everything we need to know about the character, and even gives us some insight into his makeshift father figure, a crime boss played by Kevin Spacey. Read More »

Alien Covenant Trailer Breakdown 59

When I visited the set of Alien: Covenant last year, I couldn’t help but be bowled over by the sheer scale of the production. It’s one thing to hear about a movie that costs far north of $100 million to produce, but it’s another thing to actually see what that cash is paying for. In the case of the sixth movie in the science fiction/horror franchise that director Ridley Scott kicked off back in 1979, much of that cash seems to have been spent on elaborate, detailed, and utterly enormous sets. The reviews have been all over the place, but one thing is certain: Alien: Covenant is a huge movie.

While there is a great deal of CGI in the finished film, the scale of the production and the practical effects are on full display in a new video, which offers a look at sheer number of elements that need to come together to make a movie of this size happen.

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The Mummy featurette

Remember Tom Cruise, one of the stars of Cocktail? I guess he’s some kind of hotshot action star now, and apparently – get this – he does a lot of his own stunts. How about that?

I kid, I kid. If you’ve paid even the slightest amount of attention to mainstream American filmmaking over the past decade, you’ve likely seen tons of stories about Cruise hanging from the wing of an airplane as it took off or being strapped to the outside of the world’s tallest building. To the delight of audiences everywhere, he’s reclaimed his reputation from that couch-jumping incident and rebranded himself as the guy who does big stunts for real. That tradition continues with his next action flick, The Mummy, which comes out next month. We’ve already seen him do some zero gravity moves in an airplane, but now there’s a whole new featurette dedicated to Cruise’s stunt prowess. Check out The Mummy featurette below.
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Rick and Morty Voice Recording

Fans are anxiously awaiting the return of Rick and Morty after the surprise third season premiere debuted on April Fools Day earlier this year. We still don’t have a confirmed release date for the rest of the season of the Adult Swim series, but the late night Cartoon Network programming block has provided another tease of what’s to come with a special look behind the scenes.

Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland is responsible for voicing both of the title characters in the animated series. And since the former character is an alcoholic, sometimes co-creator Dan Harmon suggests Roiland get a little bit liquored up before he does some of the voice recording. In the case of the upcoming fourth episode of the third season, apparently it’s integral to whatever is happening, and Adult Swim has shown off what it’s like to work with a drunk Justin Roiland.

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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Featurette

One of the most refreshing things about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, even when compared to the first film from 2014, is the vibrant, bright color palette that spans across the entire film. This is such a colorful movie with beautiful practical and digital sets, and some of the best visual effects in a Marvel Studios project. Director James Gunn‘s visual style really shines in his cosmic corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and he has the RED Weapon camera to thank for that.

After the jump, watch a Guardians of the Galaxy 2 featurette that explains how the special RED camera helped James Gunn capture the gorgeous large formatfootage you’ll see on the big screen. Read More »