Posted on Friday, March 8th, 2013 by Angie Han
LeVar Burton has some issues with J.J. Abrams‘ attitude toward the Star Trek franchise, and no, it doesn’t have anything to do with that Star Wars gig. Also after the jump:
- Producer Joe Roth talks a bit about Alice in Wonderland 2
- Transformers 4 will be darker and grittier, says Mark Wahlberg
- Benedict Cumberbatch‘s John Harrison is a “warrior” like Nero
- Steve Carell thinks it’s better that Anchorman 2 took so long
- Sofia Vergara literally has a killer bod in the Machete Kills poster
- Kermit gets a doppelganger or two in The Muppets… Again
- G.I. Joe: Retaliation unveils new character-centric featurettes
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Paul Thomas Anderson‘s The Master is a dense, intense film that gets better with every viewing. That’s even more obvious now that the Blu-ray has been released. Now, if you so choose, you can replay some of the intense scenes between Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams. You can pause to consider what’s being said. And, in an awesome set of extras, there’s a chance to watch 20 minutes of deleted scenes that give a certain amount of context to some of the film’s less clear narrative points.
Anderson screened this 20-minute reel back in November and we wrote all about it then. Now you can watch the footage online. Read More »
Posted on Friday, March 1st, 2013 by Angie Han
Though three different actors have played Bruce Banner on the big screen in the past decade, only one can really say he also played the Hulk. When Mark Ruffalo appeared as the iconic character in last summer’s The Avengers, he was the first actor to actually portray the Hulk half of the character in motion-capture. (His predecessors Edward Norton and Eric Bana let the CG artists take over that part.)
The decision paid off, as fans enthused that Ruffalo’s Hulk was the best they’d seen in recent memory. Now a new video shows just how Industrial Light & Magic pulled off the trick. Hit the jump to check it out.
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Fast cars, big muscles and scantily clothed women might be distinguishing aspects of the Fast and Furious movies, but they’re not what makes them good. What makes (some of) the five previous films good are the human relationships. At its heart, the Fast and Furious films are about family and in the first featurette for Fast and Furious 6, that’s prominently on display.
In the following video, co-stars Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez discuss the relationship between their characters, the reveal that Rodriguez’s character, Leddy, would be returning, and how that messes with Dom’s state of mind. It’s a very different look at the May 24th release from Justin Lin. Read More »
Terrence Malick has traditionally been one of the most reclusive American filmmakers. He does few interviews, and makes his films shrouded in as much secrecy as possible. But it’s very difficult to make a movie in a vacuum of late, and so we see occasional behind the scenes glimpses.
For To the Wonder, his most recent film, we’ve now got behind the scenes footage released through official channels ahead of the film’s opening. Here the actors, (Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams, and Javier Bardem) discuss how there was really no script, and that their characters were shaped by Malick describing them, and that there was essentially a syllabus that included novels and philosophy.
There’s a lot here about shooting on location and the way the director likes to use light. One thing is noticeably absent in this footage, however: Terrence Malick. If you’re hoping for interviews with the still-reclusive director, forget about it. Still, this long featurette is worth a look. Read More »
In The Avengers, the audience never questions where the action is taking place. That’s just New York City on screen, obviously. The fact that almost none of the film was actually shot in New York City is a testament to the quality of the effects work by Industrial Light and Magic.
ILM has just released a new video detailing how they were able to digitally recreate New York for Joss Whedon‘s mega-blockbuster. In it you’ll find out exactly how much of the film was shot in New York, see a lot of green screen work, all the tiny details that have to be added to each frame and even learn a few cool pieces of trivia. For either Avengers or filmmaking fans, it’s a must see. Read More »
I may not have been wild about Park Chan-Wook‘s English-language debut, Stoker, but there are definite pleasures within. Among them are the performances from the supporting cast. Jacki Weaver shows up for a bit, as does Dermot Mulroney. Neither has featured in a big way in the marketing so far, as each has a relatively small part to play in the film. But this featurette, which offers a behind the scenes look at the greater Stoker family, gives each some time in front of the camera. (Of course there’s plenty from the films star cast, too — Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, and Matthew Goode.) Read More »
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Posted on Friday, February 15th, 2013 by Angie Han
In a weird way, special effects are never less noticeable than when they’re done really well. The best artists are able to blend the real and the unreal so seamlessly that it’s all but impossible to tell where one ends and the other begins. So it’s cool to get a chance to see the painstaking labor that goes into enhancing these films, as we do in two new VFX reels for Looper and The Hobbit.
In a similar vein, we also have behind-the-scenes featurettes from Brave and Life of Pi, which not only explore the making-of processes but also offer commentary from directors Mark Andrews and Ang Lee (respectively). Watch all four videos after the jump.
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