The Empire Strikes Back without music

It’s hard to imagine what Star Wars would be like without the incredible music of composer John Williams. The themes created by the master of movie music are just as iconic as the movie itself, and more recognizable than 95% of the scores we hear for movies. But how does Williams prepare to write music for films?

Some vintage footage from 1980 shows Williams sitting down with producer George Lucas, director Irvin Kershner and producer Gary Kurtz to watch a cut of The Empire Strikes Back without music in order to figure out what he wants to do with the score for these scenes. In the clip, you actually get to see footage from the Star Wars sequel with a temporary soundtrack, and it’s absolutely fascinating. Read More »


Please Recommend /Film on Facebook


After the jump:

  • Outlander‘s Tobias Menzies signs up for Underworld 5
  • Dave Franco is also moving back in for Neighbors 2
  • Jack Reacher 2 is gearing up for a fall shoot
  • Jurassic World returns to IMAX 3D for one week only
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 reveals first images; John Stamos joins the cast
  • Mrs. Doubtfire 2 definitely won’t happen without Robin Williams
  • LeBron James is hoping for a Space Jam 2
  • Sinister 2 drops a new clip and a featurette
  • Lionsgate’s latest Hunger Games ad is accidentally NSFW
  • Simon Pegg talks about feeling “pressure” as the writer of Star Trek Beyond
  • Chris Pine and Idris Elba bicker (for charity) on the set of Star Trek Beyond

Read More »

mutant fight club

So much of what we’ve seen from X-Men: Apocalypse has come from Instagram, it almost feels like Fox should be paying them for ad space. Today, Bryan Singer‘s Instagram account reveals the superhero sequel is shooting in 3D, while Olivia Munn shows off her Psylocke moves and weaponry. More on the X-Men Apocalypse shoot and Psylocke’s skills after the jump. Read More »

Lea Seydoux in Spectre

We got to know the women of Spectre a little bit last month, when the production dropped a bunch of new stills and details about the characters played by Monica BellucciLéa Seydoux, and more. Now a video featurette reveals even more about the ladies Bond will be tangling with in his next adventure. Watch the Spectre Bond women fetaurette after the jump.  Read More »

Game of Thrones dragon visual effects

Just last month, not long after the fifth season of Game of Thrones came to an end, we featured a look at some of the impressive and sometimes invisible visual effects of HBO’s hit fantasy series. And before that, there was a special emphasis places on the visual effects of the exciting episode “Hardhome.” But we’ve yet to dive into the visual effects of the dragons.

That changes today with a new featurette that looks at how the dragons were created in the episode “The Dance of Dragons.” Keep in mind though that this is the second to last episode of the fifth season, so if you’re not caught up, then you will want to wait to watch this featurette to avoid spoilers. But if you’re all good, then watch the Game of Thrones dragons visual effects featurette below! Read More »

Mission Impossible 5 Simon Pegg character profile

Okay, so you’ve been hearing how great the latest Mission: Impossible film is. The film tested higher than Ghost Protocol in test screenings and even the film critics are loving it. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation is currently scoring a whopping 97% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, which is incredible for a big budget blockbuster film. This is one of those film franchises that keeps getting better and better.

One of the things I loved about the latest installments is how much more action and screen time we see from Simon Pegg‘s character Benji Dunn. So when Paramount Pictures asked me to debut a Mission Impossible 5 Simon Pegg character profile, I said yes. The video focuses on Simon Pegg’s involvement in the latest installment, showing some behind the scenes footage of Pegg on set. Watch the Mission Impossible 5 Simon Pegg character profile now embedded after the jump.

Read More »

Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Everest featurette

This fall brings the terrifying elements of the highest mountain on the planet to the big screen in the mountain climbing drama Everest starring Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Jake Gyllenhaal and more.

While it would be easy to shoot an entire film like this on a sound stage and use visual effects to complete the scenery, director Baltasar Kormakur (2 Guns, Contraband) wanted the cast to experience the elements firsthand by shooting on location in Nepal on the foothills of Everest, as well as the Italian Alps. Now an Everest featurette shows what that was like for the stars of the film, and you can watch it below. Read More »

the Flash VFX breakdown

Given its home on The CW, who expected The Flash to become the most satisfying, and in some ways the weirdest superhero show on television? And yet here we are, one season into the show with fans eagerly awaiting the second. (The Flash season 2 debuts on October 6.)

One way to ease the wait between seasons for any show is enjoy new tidbits like a costume update. Another is to dive into breakdowns of the creation of the prior season. And so here’s a The Flash VFX breakdown that shows how some of the show’s effects, both obvious and subtle, were layered in. The real attraction here, I expect, is the footage of Gorilla Grodd, all drawn from episode 21, ‘Grodd Lives.’ Read More »

Star Trek Beyond charity video

The last video promoting the fund-raising collaboration between charitable organization Omaze and the producers and cast of Star Trek Beyond featured a walkthrough of the Enterprise set and some sweet dance moves from new Trek villain actor Idris Elba.

The new charity video is short on dancing (you’ll just see Elba in b-roll footage from the last video) but it does have quite a lot of entertaining patter from writer and co-star Simon Pegg and actor Anton Yelchin. Oh, and there’s a little art department visit with a few props and one alien head.

Check out the new Star Trek Beyond charity video below. Read More »