Fantastic Four science

For every science-inspired film there’s at least one expert ready to grab headlines by talking about how that film’s science is all wrong. Sometimes the arguments are pedantic and tiring, but at best they’re interesting, and can be a good way to get some actual facts and theories out to a wide audience.

For example, there’s the fact that Antony, the winged ant used as a steed by Paul Rudd’s character in Ant-Man, is actually female. That fact comes from a great interview with a professor of biology who has a lot to say about ants, and the relationship of their on-screen depiction to real-world behavior.

Getting out in front of the whole “impossible science of Reed Richards” discussions, Fox has recruited Michio Kaku for a set of Fantastic Four science videos that discuss the actual science and theories behind some of the concepts seen in the film, and the comics that inspired it.  Read More »

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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 »

Gotham season 2 teaser trailer

Fox has released a new promo for Gotham Season 2 which ominously promises a “new era” filled with familiar and new villains. Some of the Batman villains teased in the Gotham season 2 promo is Tabitha Galavan aka Tigress (played by Jessica Lucas from Gracepoint) and her big brother Theo (played by James Frain from True Blood), Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), Edward Nygma aka The Riddler (Cory Michael Smith) and Jerome aka The Joker (Cameron Monaghan). Hit the jump to watch the new Gotham season 2 teaser trailer.

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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 »

Daredevil VFX breakdown

Daredevil can boast a number of Emmy nominations for 2015, including nods for Main Title Design, Sound Editing, and Visual Effects. To celebrate that last nomination, effects house Shade VFX has released a Daredevil VFX breakdown for the fight scene between Daredevil and the ninja Nobu. It’s a scene from midway through the season, so some spoilers follow if you’re not yet watched the show, but

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Fantastic Four TV spot

Superheroes always end up getting misunderstood, feared and taken to task by the government for the potential threat they pose to humanity. Superman has to go to court in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Avengers seem to be sidelined a bit in Captain America: Civil War, and now we know the Fantastic Four get locked away for a little bit.

A new TV spot for Josh Trank‘s comic book reboot has just surfaced online with some new footage from the film bringing Marvel’s first family back to the big screen. There’s a new shot of Dr. Doom, and a couple quick shots of the Fantastic Four displaying their new powers. Watch the new Fantastic Four TV spot after the jump! Read More »

Chuck Jones video essay

Animation director Chuck Jones is celebrated for his Oscar-winning achievements in the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons, where he brought to life Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, Marvin The Martian, Wile E. Coyote, the Road Runner, and many more. (To say nothing of his work on other animation, such as The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.)

We know Jones’ style, which ranges from frenetic to cooly observational, and we know that he is uncommonly adept at defining and exploring characters, with simple changes of facial expression doing the comedic work that other artists would need huge motions to achieve. Below, you’ll find a terrific video essay on Jones, focusing on how he made some of his tricks work, and what inspirations he drew from when animating his greatest achievements. Read More »

Star Trek Beyond set video

JJ Abrams teamed with Omaze for Force For a Change, a charity fundraiser which gave one lucky Star Wars fan a trip to the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And now Abrams’ production company Bad Robot is again teaming with Omaze to give one lucky Star Trek fan a walk-on role in Star Trek Beyond, as well as a trip to the set for a number of other winners. To promote the charity fundraiser, the cast of Star Trek Beyond recorded a video on the Enterprise set of the new film. Watch the video embedded after the jump.

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