Laika 10th Anniversary

Stop-motion animation is perhaps the most difficult in the entire animation field. Animators have to move their characters and sets by a single frame at a time to film 24 frames in a second. And if you’ve seen movies from Laika such as Coraline and ParaNorman, then you know that they don’t hold back when it comes to intricate and meticulously crafted production pieces.

Now a new video reel from Laika celebrates 10 years of stop-motion magnificence, running through clips and behind the scenes footage from their films Coraline, ParaNorman and most recently The Boxtrolls. Plus, there’s some new footage from their forthcoming adventure Kubo and the Two Strings. Watch! Read More »

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The Force Awakens Score

While those lucky enough to attend the world premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens will see the film tonight (including our own Peter Sciretta), the rest of us will have to patiently wait three more days until the movie begins playing the evening of December 17th, before playing everywhere, all day, on thousands of screens on December 18th. And if you’re impatiently waiting the arrival of the movie, but don’t want to see anymore footage, then we have good news.

Last night’s episode of 60 Minutes featured a look behind the scenes of The Force Awakens with J.J. Abrams. But what makes this peek behind the curtain even better is it features the first new music we’ve heard from The Force Awakens score by John Williams. And no, it’s not the familiar theme that begins with the title, it’s the music that plays right after the opening scroll is finished. Read More »

Hannibal finale

The Hannibal finale is incredibly satisfying. NBC’s surreal, dark show never scored huge in the ratings, but it’s a miracle a story this ambitious lasted three seasons, and thankfully it ended on a high note, with Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) finally getting some much needed alone time.

After the jump, the cast and crew explain the Hannibal finale.

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The Force Awakens Legacy Featurette

We’ve gotten just about all the footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens that we can handle, and with just about 12 days left until the film is unleashed in theaters everywhere, I’d be fine if there wasn’t another minute from the film posted. After all, we’ve already seen a total of six minutes from the film, and that barely shows anything beyond the first half.

The good news is that we have something to hold you over for the next dozen days, and you don’t even have to see any new footage that hasn’t been seen in the previous trailers. The Force Awakens Legacy featurette goes behind the scenes of the production with footage of scenes being shot and talking heads from all the right people. Watch! Read More »

Harry Potter Audition

It’s been 14 years since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone hit theaters in November of 2001, and since then the young stars of the franchise have grown up in front of our eyes, blossoming into fine young actors (though some are doing more than others). And if you’re looking for a trip down memory lane this weekend, you might want to check out this Harry Potter audition video, showing young Daniel Radcliffe being as cute as ever as he plays opposite director Chris Columbus. Read More »

Creed Long Shot

I don’t know a single person who doesn’t love Creed. Director Ryan Coogler‘s (Fruitvale Station) sequel is already a beloved success, which might lead to more sequels and possibly awards nominations (and another big project for the director). One of the film’s most talked about scenes features Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) in his first professional boxing match, depicted in one seamless long take, and now the director himself explains how they pulled it off.

Watch Ryan Coogler break down the Creed long shot after the jump.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Audition

Marvel’s adaptation of Guardians of the Galaxy was a surprise hit, mostly because most mainstream audiences had no idea who this cosmic ragtag team of space criminals was. But it paid off in a big way, and it has become one of the favorites in Marvel Studios’ arsenal of comic book movies. And now you can see how two of its stars came to land their parts.

A new video showing off Chris Pratt and Dave Bautista auditioning for Star-Lord and Drax the Destroyer has surfaced, and it’s really cool to see an early version of a scene that ended up in the movie, albeit with some key changes. Watch the Guardians of the Galaxy audition video below! Read More »

Sisters Trailer

Most of the big studio releases have run like hell from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and with good reason: even the most conservative estimates have the film not just breaking, but shattering box office records. But through it all, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler‘s Sisters has stood firm. “We said we’d only do the movie if it opened against Star Wars,” Poehler joked last year. “We’re not scared. It’s what gets us up in the morning: We are going to f—ing crush Star Wars.”

Of course, the truth is that Sisters doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of beating Star Wars at the box office. So now Fey and Poehler’s film is adopting the “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” strategy. Instead of trying to convince audiences to pick Sisters over Star Wars, they’re helpfully reminding audiences that “#YouCanSeeThemBoth.” And that they’re really not so different. Sisters even has a making-of featurette, just like Star Wars, that trumpets the film’s rich history, practical effects, and legendary cast and crew, including director “J.J…ason Moore.” Watch the Sisters featurette after the jump.  Read More »

krampus featurette

It’s been over eight long years since Mike Dougherty has directed a feature film. The screenwriter, who worked on Superman Returns and X-Men 2, made a wonderful debut picture with Trick ‘r Treat. Now Dougherty’s newest film, Krampus, shares quite a bit in common with his darkly funny Halloween horror movie.

After the jump, watch a Krampus featurette.

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