Fistful of Dollars outtakes

The Cannes Film Festival will close this year with a presentation of a restoration of Sergio Leone’s 1964 film A Fistful of Dollars. (Released in the US in early 1967.)  The movie, an uncredited remake of Yojimbo, turned Clint Eastwood into a movie star and made the spaghetti western the hottest genre going. Quentin Tarantino will present the film at Cannes, but even if you can’t attend that show we’ve got a good treat, in the form of some newly discovered and restored A Fistful of Dollars outtakes.

The Cineteca di Bologna and Unidis Jolly Film (the original producers and distributors of the movie) were behind the restoration. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation also helped out. As part of the process of restoration, some outtakes from the film were discovered and restored. Cineteca has now put them online. Watch below. Read More »

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Frank featurette Michael Fassbender

One of my favorite films so far in 2014 is Frank, the movie in which Michael Fassbender plays a musician who spends every minute of every day wearing a giant fake head. That’s a pretty good way to get some attention for the film, but Frank is a very funny and genuinely wonderful movie about the process of creativity, and the fact that some of us are simply no good when it comes to making music and art.

Still, it’s a weird concept to get your, um, head around to some extent, so how about a clip featuring Fassbender’s title character in conversation with the musician (Domhnall Gleeson, of About Time and soon of Star Wars Episode VII) who desperately wants to be his musical equal? That will get across the tone of the film pretty well. If you still have questions (and you will) there’s also a great ten-minute featurette that gives a lot of background without giving too much away. Read More »

two Godzilla clips

Want to see more of Godzilla? New clips and a big collection of behind the scenes shots will give you more of a look at the revitalized lizard. You can see Gareth Edwards directing Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, among others, in eleven minutes of behind the scenes B-roll. In addition, two of the film’s better scenes have been excerpted as clips. Check out the two Godzilla clips and other footage below. Read More »

Escape From Tomorrow

One of the craziest movie stories of 2013 was Escape From Tomorrow. The film quietly premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and, overnight, became the talk of the industry. People were amazed that this psychological thriller about a man on vacation with his family at Disneyland covertly shot at the theme park without permission from the company. Most believed Disney would never let it see the light of day. But as buzz continued to build, and the film was picked up for distribution, Disney seemed to think not addressing the film would be the best course of action.

So they let it go. Now Escape from Tomorrow is coming to Blu-ray April 29. We’re excited to exclusively debut a clip from the film’s making-of documentary, discussing the complicated legal issues surrounding the release of the film.  Read More »

Only God Forgives VFX breakdown

Nicolas Winding Refn doesn’t shy away from the excessively visual aspect of filmmaking, even when doing a low-budget effort like Only God Forgives. The hallucinogenic family crime thriller opened last year, but it’s a gift that keeps on giving to those who appreciate a touch of the weird. While we wait to hear what Refn will do next, check out this great Only God Forgives VFX breakdown to see how effects were used not only to create violent illusions, but to clean up difficult locations and make long dolly shots possible. Read More »

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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