Duke of Burgundy clip

Berberian Sound Studio director Peter Strickland returns with The Duke of Burgundy, but this film offers a fairly different sort of experience. There’s still a hazy, less-than-real aesthetic and sense of place, but this movie has a more focused and recognizable story at its core. The short synopsis of this movie is very simple: “Peter Strickland’s dark melodrama follows the intense relationship between two women.”

In truth, The Duke of Burgundy is a good bit more complex than that, especially as relates to the specific dynamics of the relationship. To keep things close to the vest, I’ll just say that their relationship is atypical, but the beauty of the film is that it does not treat the couple’s interactions as unusual. Their problems are the same problems any couple has; they just happen to be articulated through more eccentric means.

I really love this film and can’t wait for more people to have a chance to see it. Below, get a first taste via a Duke of Burgundy clip. Read More »

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American Horror Story Freak Show footage

Come one, come all to preview the latest twisted season of FX’s American Horror Story. Today’s goodies include our first look at actual American Horror Story Freak Show footage in the form of a new trailer, as well as the entire nightmarish opening credits sequence.

Jessica Lange leads the new storyline as Elsa Mars, the ringleader of a collection of human oddities. Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, and Evan Peters are just a few of the familiar faces in her menagerie. Hit the jump to take a peek.

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Days of Future Past VFX

As Bryan Singer‘s X-Men: Days of Future Past hits digital home distribution and will soon be on Blu-ray and DVD, we’re getting a barrage of behind the scenes featurettes exploring the creation of the film. Fox assumes we’ve all seen the movie, and is now attempting to attract audiences with teasing glimpses of the techniques used to create the film. Know what? It’s working. Here’s a Days of Future Past VFX breakdown from Digital Domain, showing how some of Mystique’s transformations were created, and providing great detail on the development of the baseball stadium used in one big sequence.

In addition we’ve got few other Days of Future Past bits, including a deleted scene with Mystique, and a couple character-specific featurettes focused on Sunspot and Bishop. Read More »

Gotham season trailer

We’re into the second week of Gotham, so audiences are starting to get a good idea of what Bruno Heller and his cast and crew have planned for Batman’s home town. (Hint: it seems to be an uneasy combination of camp and very serious drama, and we’ll give it another couple weeks to see how that balance settles.) A new Gotham season trailer now teases what’s to come for the rest of the year. Here you’ll see the murderer Victor Zsasz, along with hints of a few other characters.  Read More »

Interstellar TV spots

In addition to being one of the most highly-anticipated movies of late 2014, Interstellar is also one of the most mysterious. The Christopher Nolan-directed sci-fi adventure hasn’t played any festivals or otherwise allowed for any early reviews, and even the marketing campaign has been careful not to give away too much.

And naturally, all of that secrecy just makes us more curious about the movie. For now, we’ll take what we can get. Today, that means four new TV spots which reveal a bit more Interstellar footage and clarify some of the plot details. Watch the Interstellar TV spots after the jump.

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Don Hertzfeldt Simpsons

In the past couple years the producers of The Simpsons have allowed a few different filmmakers and artists to go wild in revamping the show’s opening “couch gag.” Banksy envisioned a mine in which slave labor animates the show and grinds up kittens to stuff Bart Simpsons dolls; Guillermo del Toro scripted kaiju battles and cameos from Alfred Hitchcock, Stephen King, and a legion of other horror characters from his own films and others. This week, Oscar-nominated animator Don Hertzfeldt got his shot, and the Don Hertzfeldt Simpsons couch gag has got to be the most bonkers animation that will run on mainstream TV this year. Read More »

Denzel Washington

We present to you some sequel-related odds and ends to take you into the weekend. After the jump:

  • Liam Neeson and John Slattery will also be in Ted 2
  • Check out the first Dumb and Dumber To TV spot
  • Watch the new extended Alien: Isolation TV spot
  • Lindsay Lohan has an idea for a Mean Girls sequel
  • George Takei is not “lobbying” for a Star Trek 3 role
  • Ryan Hansen talks about his Veronica Mars spinoff
  • Peter Cullen wants Michael Bay for Transformers 5
  • Denzel Washington isn’t confirmed for Equalizer 2
  • Jeremy Renner is excited for M:I5 and more Bourne

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Quicksilver Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past featured old man Wolverine, Sentinel attacks, and a couple of giant battles featuring coordinated X-Men attacks — the sort of stuff we’ve been wanting from an X-Men film for a long time. And still, the best part of the movie was the one we all underestimated. Quicksilver, played by Evan Peters, looked pretty uninspired when we saw mere costume photos. But Peters nailed this version of the character, and his big action sequence is a standout not just in this film, but in the 2014 summer lineup.

Now, a behind the scenes video shows how some of the Quicksilver effects were achieved. More of it was done in-camera than people might realize, and so this is a treat to watch. (Germain mentioned this in Superhero Bits yesterday, but we figured that might not show it off to enough people.)  Read More »

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