The Force Awakens Visual Effects

Even though there was a lot of buzz and excitement about the fact that director J.J. Abrams and the crew behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens were doing a lot of practical effects for the movie, there is still quite an impressive amount of CGI used in the movie. There’s been a pirated VFX reel making the rounds online, but you can get a good look at the breakdown of some sequences from the movie along with a lot of insight from some of the crew. Read More »

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American Crime Story teaser

One of the more promising shows coming up is American Crime Story: The People v O.J. Simpson. Produced by Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story), it’s written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (Ed Wood). There is plenty of talent both in front of and behind the camera for the FX show.

After the jump, watch an American Crime Story featurette.

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Making of The Revenant

It’s been a big month for The Revenant. Not only did the movie and its director, Alejandro G. Iñárritu take home awards at the Golden Globes last Sunday, but last week also brought 12 Oscar nominations for the film and its crew, celebrating almost every department who worked on the frontier epic. If you’ve been curious about how the movie was made and haven’t heard the endless stream of conversation about how difficult it was to make, a batch of nine new featurettes dive into the making of The Revenant. Read More »

Star Trek Beyond Set Video

In case you haven’t heard, this year marks the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. The original TV series premiered back in 1966, and that’s why Paramount Pictures wanted to make sure they got Star Trek Beyond in theaters this year as a way of paying tribute to Gene Roddenberry’s iconic sci-fi creation. So far we don’t know much about the third film in the rebooted franchise, but some new details have come to light.

A set visit to the Enterprise and brief interviews with some of the cast provide a little insight into where we find the crew of the ship, not to mention the state of the ship itself. Plus, get a look at some of the new weapons and an important addition to one character’s family. Read More »

Sanjay's Super Team

No one is better than Pixar at making grown-ups cry. They’re so good at it, in fact, that they don’t even necessarily need dialogue or a feature-length running time to bring on the sniffles. Sometimes, a few minutes of brightly colored animation is all it takes to get the eyes stinging with tears.

That was definitely the case for me with Sanjay’s Super Team, which premiered last fall in front of The Good Dinosaur. The seven-minute animation follows a boy whose Saturday morning cartoon-watching is interrupted when his father insists he join him in meditation. The boy is initially annoyed and bored, but some superpowered friends help him come to a better understanding of his father.

The premise is a simple one, but it sets up an intensely personal piece of work — it’s based on the real experiences of its director, Sanjay Patel — and it feels like one. In a new Sanjay’s Super Team featurette, Patel explains what the movie means to him, and shows us his father’s emotional reaction to the film. Watch it after the jump.  Read More »

Michael Bay

We’re a short week away from Michael Bay‘s Benghazi movie. The director, once again using his clout from the Transformers movies, tells a story about the dual 2012 attacks on American compounds in Libya. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, originally titled 13 Hours, should be a slight change of pace for Bay.

After the jump, watch a 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi featurette on Michael Bay’s work ethic.

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star wars skellig michael

As J.J. Abrams spent the better part of two years promising, the world of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a successful blend of practical sets, real-world locations, and computer generated environments. You can nitpick the movie until the Banthas come home, but the Star Wars universe hasn’t felt this convincing since 1983. And while certain areas have to be partially constructed inside of a computer, others are real places that are so old and so isolated that they might as well exist on another planet.

A new featurette exploring the Star Wars Skellig Michael locations has arrived online, giving us a very cool look at one of the most memorable places in all of The Force Awakens. And just in case you’ve somehow managed to not see the movie yet, we’ll leave it at there. The video, and spoilers, lurk after the jump.

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the x-files featurette

2015 was one hell of a year for revivals. Mad Max: Fury Road resurrected a long-dormant franchise with brain-melting style and grace. Creed worked against the odds to open a new and enthralling chapter in the Rocky saga. Star Wars: The Force Awakens gave fans a reason to believe in that long ago, far away galaxy once more. This year has set the bar awfully high for “new versions of things we already love.” Those movies are good enough that they transcend nostalgia – you don’t need warm, tingly childhood feelings to appreciate them.

So what about the upcoming revival of The X-Files? I’ve made my enthusiasm for the original show clear on several occasions, so I’m the exact target audience for this limited series. But will these six episodes preach to the choir and be just a tasty treat for the fans, or will it follow 2015’s lead and be something really special?

This new The X-Files featurette doesn’t answer that question, but it does take you behind the scenes and feature the show’s cast and crew talking up the new project. You can watch it below.

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The Revenant Featurette

We’re just a few short days away from Christmas Day, which means some audiences will be able to enter the brutal world of The Revenant, the latest film from Birdman director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. Oscar hopeful Leonadro DiCaprio stars in the story inspired by true events, playing American folklore legend Hugh Glass in a story of survival and revenge. The trailers for the film have already gotten my full attention, and now The Revenant featurette dive into the thematic elements of the story. Read More »