Even though special effects have never been better than they were today, there’s always room for improvement. For example, even though we’ve had stellar digital visual effects at our disposal awhile now, there have been plenty of disappointments on the big screen. In fact, one area where Hollywood sometimes had difficulties was in creating realistic movie explosions. But thankfully, science stepped up to help.
A new video from Theodore Kim, professor of Media Arts, Technology and Computer Science at the University of California, explains how Hollywood has been able to create realistic explosions in movies, and it’s all thanks to a fancy algorithm. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, September 24th, 2015 by Angie Han
Will Jason Momoa‘s Aquaman costume nod to the comics? How is Suicide Squad‘s Cara Delevingne showing her love for Superman? Who else is coming to Legends of Tomorrow? What can screenwriter Jason Fuchs say about Wonder Woman? How is Mondo celebrating Batman Day? Does Tom Hiddleston think fans want him back as Loki? What would a Batman ’66 version of Bane look like? How feminist is Agent Carter? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
This winter brings the promising spin-off Creed, which is also a spiritual sequel of sorts to the iconic Rocky franchise that Sylvester Stallone has kept going for decades. Michael B. Jordan plays the son of the late Apollo Creed, one of Rocky’s most formidable opponents, and he’s anxious to get in the ring and follow in his footsteps (though hopefully without dying).
A new TV spot has just popped up online showing Rocky training the young new boxer Adonis Creed, but then there’s a little tease of one particular point of drama in the movie. In this Creed TV spot, it appears Rocky isn’t exactly in the best shape and may spend a little time in the hospital. Would this spin-off be so bold as to kill him off and truly pass the torch to Michael B. Jordan? Read More »
Posted on Thursday, September 24th, 2015 by Angie Han
We really don’t have that long to wait until the return of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — less than a week, in fact, which is nothing compared to the four months we’ve already been waiting. But if you just can’t resist taking a peek at what’s in store, Marvel and ABC have a treat for you today.
The first four minutes of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 premiere, titled “Laws of Nature,” have just hit the web. Hit the jump to watch the Agents of SHIELD Season 3 opening scene. Read More »
We saw some new Bond action from Spectre via a weird Heineken ad just a few days ago, but here’s a new look at the action in the film without the distracting beer commercial. This new Spectre action scenes video shows off some of the work that went into building the big sequences for Bond’s new film. As is the pleasant trend of late, the focus here is on practical effects rather than on digital work. Have a look at the footage below. Read More »
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Lucasfilm and Disney have released a new way to explore one of the new environments in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, via a new 360-degree video standard available on Facebook.
A one-minute video puts viewers in the driver’s seat of Rey’s speeder bike, as the craft zips along the desert, and you can even hear BB-8 at the end of the ride. The video, which is more video game than cinema, allows the viewer to pan and tilt for a 360-degree view of a section of Jakku’s landscape, complete with the ruins from the Battle of Jakku dominated by that massive crashed Star Destroyer we saw in one teaser.
Check out the Force Awakens 360-degree video below. Read More »
There is a marked difference between the tough, squinting James Bond played by Daniel Craig and the urbane, quippy Bond incarnated by Roger Moore in seven films released between 1973 and 1985. The two get a little closer, however, in this long James Bond Heineken spot, which vaguely promotes the new film Spectre and definitely promotes the beer.
What you get in this 90-second spot is a boat-based chase scene built out of footage from Spectre with a bunch of ad-agency created footage of a woman whose waterskiing plans are derailed by Bond’s activities, turning her into a not-unwilling beer delivery service.
It’s goofy and cheesy. It’s also kind of fun thanks to the ingenuity of adding the commercial aspects to what I suppose are Spectre shots created for a very different purpose, and also because this is the closest we’re ever likely to see Daniel Craig getting to the winking, colorful Bond of years past. Read More »
The Game of Thrones effects are often incredibly good — so much so that the times where things are a bit under par (as we saw a few times in the last season) the deficiency truly stands out. One of the huge batch of Emmys awarded to the show this year was for visual effects, and that win is well-deserved. We’ve seen quite a few visual effects breakdowns for the show as a whole, and even a couple specifically aimed at the most recent fifth season.
That said, we’re always game to learn more about how the show’s effects are done, and so this five-minute reel showcasing the work that goes into bringing the dragons Drogon, Viserion and Rhaegal to life is really terrific. This reel is entirely focused on season five, and it has all the dragon fire and hidden musculature you could want. Read More »
There are plenty of times movies aren’t shot on location in the actual city in which they take place. Sometimes it’s just cheaper and easier to have one city pretend to be New York City, Los Angeles or Chicago rather than dealing with all the costs and logistics of actually filming there. And if the filmmakers have done a good job, then you won’t know the difference.
However, for those who live in the Canadian city of Vancouver, it’s not hard to tell when Hollywood has turned your hometown into some other location. And as you see in this video detailing some of the movies shot in Vancouver, sometimes it’s not even another North American location that Vancouver has been turned into on film. Read More »