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As Angie said this morning, the mini-trend this year seems to be films featuring doubles or dopplegangers. She mentioned that while covering the trailer for Richard Ayoade’s The Double, which offers a blackly comic look at a man who finds a much more successful version of himself.

Enemy, from director Denis Villeneuve, is something a little more weird. The film is the second pairing of the director and his Prisoners star Jake Gyllenhaal, and it’s a cold, unnerving nightmare in which a mild, stagnating teacher comes face to face with his own double. Both men look the same, and sound exactly the same, but each has a slightly unique nature. The film is a low-key and beautifully shot hallucination that could be interpreted in a few different ways. I loved it, and would encourage anyone intrigued by the premise and tone to check it out.

Below, you can watch a making-of featurette that shows the old-school techniques used to allow Gyllenhaal to play both lead roles. There’s nothing important given away here; certainly the most striking and odd moments of the film remain hidden away. Read More »

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Sony has not skimped on the footage in their marketing campaign for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and today they’ve got still more to share. The studio has revealed three new featurettes about the superhero sequel, focusing on the story itself as well as the way the filmmakers put the story together. Watch ‘em all after the jump.

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The road to the end of Phase Two started last week when production began on Avengers: Age of Ultron. We previously reported the crew, without the major cast members, had traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa to film a sequence that would comprise the first 10 minutes of the film. Whether that meant we’d see Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch or Baron Von Strucker, we weren’t sure. However, a few fans put some footage from the set on Instagram, and it pretty definitively argues Avengers: Age of Ultron will start with Hulk rampaging through the city. Check out the clips below. Read More »

True Detective

Things are really heating up on HBO’s True Detective. The crime drama created by Nic Pizzolatto and directed by Cary Fukunaga has sparked all kinds of speculation, debate and praise from critics and fans alike. Last week the focal point of discussion was the epic tracking shot. This Sunday’s episode, The Secret Fate of All Life, finally broke the show’s past and present structure with elements of subtlety and surprise.

There are only three episodes left of the show — at least in this first season incarnation with stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. So now is as good a time as any to delve into the mythology and making of the series. Below, we’ve found two making of featurettes about this week’s episode, plus a free download to the book The King In Yellow by Robert W. Chambers, which is becoming a heavy influence on the show. Read More »

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Last summer Ben Wheatley‘s film A Field in England started to see release, with a simultaneous drop in theaters, on disc, and on cable and VOD in the UK. It went on to play festivals and finally opened in the US last week. Along with the film’s UK release last year was a “digital masterclass” on the making of the movie — a thirty-minute behind the scenes doc that is really terrifically detailed. This isn’t fluffy filler, but rather a nuts and bolts look at making an indie movie with relatively few resources. It’s fantastic stuff, but loaded with spoilers (naturally) about the film.

So now is a great time to point it out to you once more, as the film is in release pretty much everywhere at this point. Below you’ll find a good deal of behind the scenes footage, and links to even more. Read More »

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Zack Snyder’s massive hit 300 was released in 2006. Though its sequel didn’t start production at that time, it kind of feels like it did. Very early casting announcements and multiple title changes have made it seem like we’ve been hearing about 300: Rise of an Empire for years.

All that can now be put aside, because on March 7 Noam Murro‘s sequel starring Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Callan Mulvey, Hans Matheson, Lena Headey and Rodrigo Santoro is finally hitting the big screen. The film borrows many of the distinct visual techniques Snyder used almost a decade ago, but with updated technology and a broader scope.

You can learn more about that and more in a new behind the scenes video released by Warner Bros. Check it out below. Read More »

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Apple Computer can lay claim to having bankrolled one of the most famous Super Bowl spots in history. The ’1984′ ad that launched the original Macintosh is the sort of thing Adweek refers to with phrases like “as good as it gets.” This past weekend marked the 30th anniversary of the spot’s debut, so naturally Apple was expected to follow up with… something.

(Or, this weekend’s Super Bowl was close enough to the 30th anniversary, as ’1984′ actually premiered in at least one marked in December ’83, and went wide in January ’84 during the Super Bowl.)

But Apple did not buy Super Bowl air time, because who needs such a thing when you’re Apple? The company instead dropped a long spot online. ‘1.24.14’ captures images during a 36-hour span in geographic regions starting in Melbourne, Australia and moving west through more than a dozen other locations to Seattle, all the while showing the neat stuff people do with Apple products. The spot is directed by Jake Scott, son of Ridley (who directed ’1984′), and created by a team of fifteen crews placed around the globe and synced to Scott’s command center via data cables and FaceTime calls.

Below, watch a behind the scenes video that shows how you can create a great commercial with iPhones and an effective lack of a budget ceiling.

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‘The Lego Movie’ Behind the Scenes Featurette

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Consider this a primer for the interview with The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller that we’ll run later this afternoon. Their new film takes an unusual approach to building a world out of Lego — or it takes an unusual approach to making the movie. The film is actually built out of Lego, whether via stop-motion animation or using a CG process that actually replicated building the film’s characters and sets out of plastic bricks.

This featurette opens a small window on the creation of the film, discussing how some of the film was put together, a process which is illuminated in more detail in our interview. Read More »

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