Dumb and Dumber To

Have you heard? Google is a great search engine. You should try it. Lord knows Eric Schmidt wishes he had in this deleted scene from Dumb and Dumber To.

In a cameo as himself, the Google executive chairman makes the mistake of trying to get into the KEN conference (the movie’s version of the TED conference) without a ticket. The resulting verbal beatdown from the ticket-taker makes Schmidt look quite the fool. At least he can take comfort in knowing he’s still not as dumb as the two morons in line behind him. Watch the Eric Schmidt Dumb and Dumber To deleted scene after the jump.  Read More »

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Birdman

Among other things, Birdman stood out last year for the way it was shot. Nearly the entire film looks like it was captured in a single take. It wasn’t — you can spot the seams if you’re paying attention — but it’s still a remarkable feat that required a stunning level of coordination.

To show you just how much work went into maintaining this illusion, a new Birdman featurette dives behind the scenes with director Alejandro González Iñárritu, cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, and stars Michael Keaton and Amy Ryan. Watch it after the jump. Read More »

Bill Hader SNL Audition

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably heard about the special Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary special that aired this past Sunday night. It was a three and a half hour trip down memory lane, featuring a true dream-team of comedy’s elite.

Among the many highlights came early in the show when a 5-minute video montage was shown of cast members’ first auditions. Not fake auditions, like we’ve seen in the past. The actual, real auditions for stars like Will Ferrell, Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Jimmy Fallon as well as classic cast members like Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Gilda Radner and John Belushi. Here, you can see them in the auditions that would change their lives forever. It’s pretty special.

As a bonus though, there are also auditions from people who didn’t make the cut. They’re people you’ve definitely heard of who auditioned, but didn’t make the show.

Below, check out the Saturday Night Live auditions video as well a few of the other highlights from the special including Celebrity Jeopardy, Wayne’s World and more. Read More »

How to Train Your Dragon 2 Making Of

Competition for the Best Animated Film Oscar this year is stiff. The big news early on was the exclusion of The Lego Movie, but the films that were nominated are certainly worthy. In fact, there all so worthy, there isn’t a clear cut favorite between the five nominees. Disney’s Big Hero 6 is the slight favorite based on recognition and box office alone but the other films are close behind.

Which brings us to the reason you’re reading: How to Train Your Dragon 2. The DreamWorks Animated film has a real shot at doing what the first film didn’t, and that’s win the Oscar. To do so means campaigning and one new way they’ve done that is release an awesome one hour documentary on the making of the film. Watch the How to Train Your Dragon 2 making of video below.  Read More »

Jessica Williams

The moment Jon Stewart announced his departure from Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, fans began speculating about who might replace him. One of the most popular fantasy-cast picks has been Jessica Williams, who’s been knocking it out of the park as the program’s “Senior Beyoncé Correspondent,” among many other things, since 2012.

Well, if the time-traveling bros of Hot Tub Time Machine 2 are to be believed, all of those wishlists are right. In an eerily prescient clip from the comedy sequel, the gang arrives in 2025 to discover that Williams has taken over Stewart’s old desk. Watch the Daily Show Jessica Williams clip from Hot Tub Time Machine 2 after the jump. Read More »

Watch the Making of Disney’s Short Film ‘Feast’

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Disney’s short film Feast was one of the pleasant surprises of 2014. Originally appearing in theaters before Big Hero 6, the short followed a Boston terrier named Winston through whom we see a couple stages in his owner’s life, specifically at meal time. The film’s art style is unique, with CD animation given an extra bit of zing through a slightly exaggerated lighting model. The chief achievement in Feast, however, is Winston himself. The dog moves and behaves in a way that is exaggerated just enough beyond reality to be a perfect animated character.

A short Feast making of video shows some of the development of Winston’s character, and bits of the creation of the overall animation for the short. We’d like to see even more than this — we’d be happy to go through reams of designs that led to Winston’s creation — but this video is a good intro to the process. Read More »

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first Spectre footage

The first Spectre footage is now online — that is, the first behind the scenes video from the film itself, instead of just posed photos of the actors on location. It only teases Daniel Craig, who is returning as James Bond, instead focusing mostly on the behind the scenes crew. There is a brand new photo of 007 though, which is teased above.

Sam Mendes directs the follow-up to Skyfall, which opens in November. Watch the Spectre footage and see the first image below. Read More »

Fox’s ‘Gotham’ Teases the Joker’s Arrival

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Fox’s Gotham has already introduced us a slew of future Batman villains, including the Penguin, the Riddler, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Harvey Dent, and the Scarecrow. Now they’re getting ready to bring in the biggest Batman villain of all.

The new promo for next week’s episode, titled “The Blind Fortune Teller,” hints at the arrival of the Joker. Or at least what seems to be the arrival of the Joker — they may yet have a few more tricks up their sleeve. Take a look at the Gotham Joker tease after the jump.  Read More »

HAPPYish trailer

Here’s a teaser for the new Showtime comedy HAPPYish, which premieres in April. The show stars Steve Coogan as Thom Payne, a mid-40s guy who has to deal with a young new boss who throws around business buzzwords with alarming freedom. But the arrival of that guy in Payne’s life is just the catalyst for other questions, primary among which is whether or not Payne can ever actually be happy.

Also appearing in the half-hour show are Kathryn Hahn and Bradley Whitford, and guest stars including Ellen Barkin (who shows up in this HAPPYish trailer), Carrie Preston, Molly Price and Andre Royo. Read More »

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