Smaug mo-cap

We’re pretty familiar with the sight of good actors jumping and rolling about in mo-cap suits while doing performance capture work for effects-based films. We’re especially familiar with that image when it comes to Peter Jackson‘s Middle-Earth movies. And yet there’s something special about seeing Benedict Cumberbatch, whose on-screen presence radiates control and composure, crawling on his belly and fire-breathing dialogue for the worm Smaug in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. A few short featurettes about the creation of the dragon, and the Smaug mo-cap work, have gone online. They’re probably more fun than at least half the other stuff you could be watching. Check out a few below. Read More »

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Two of the actresses in Star Wars Episode VII are in the news, as is Star Wars Rebels, George Lucas and more. Read about all this in this edition of Star Wars Bits.

  • Lupita Nyong’o posted an image of herself in the Star Wars Episode VII crew hat.
  • Actress Christina Chong has finished filming Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Watch two featurettes about Star Wars Rebels featuring new footage and making of information.
  • Alex Ross reveals a variant cover of the new Marvel Comics Star Wars #1.
  • George Lucas has some harsh words for the Hollywood studio system.
  • Star Wars Episode VII made Abu Dhabi a hot filming spot.
  • German TV is getting an all Star Wars TV station in December.

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The Simpsons Clockwork Orange 1

Sunday on Twitter, former Simpsons consultant Brad Bird said “In The Simpsons universe, Christmas comes at Halloween; all stops are pulled, budgets are increased, no holds are barred.” He was referring to the show’s annual Treehouse of Horror event, which celebrated its 25th anniversary on Sunday. The highlight of the show’s three segments (all of which were pretty fantastic) was A Clockwork Yellow. The story reimagined Moe, Homer, Lenny and Carl as Alex and his droogs from Stanley Kubrick‘s A Clockwork Orange. It borrowed dialogue, settings, shots, and music; in the story things get weird, and eventually just nosedive down a Kubrickian rabbit hole. It’s a much-watch for fans of The Simpsons and Kubrick alike. Read More »

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice responses

There’s only one thing bigger than the news about Superman, Batman and the rest of the DC movies coming from Warner Bros. over the next few years. That would be the size of the set currently being built in the deserts of New Mexico.

A New Mexico news station caught some fantastic footage of a massive set being built for Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. What could it be? Check out the Batman v Superman set footage below and decide for yourself. Read More »

Interstellar Nolan cockpit

We’re inching closer and closer to seeing Interstellar. Christopher Nolan‘s latest film, about a space journey undertaken to save the Earth, hits theaters with film-projection capabilities on November 5 and all the others November 7. I think most of us have gotten to the point where we’ve gone dark on the movie, preferring to experience the whole thing in the theater. And with a Christopher Nolan movie, that’s pretty easy. There really isn’t a lot of information or images out there.

However, some new stuff from both columns A and B have hit the net today. On the information side, we’ve learned that the near-three-hour film has more than an hour of IMAX footage. That’s a jump up from Nolan’s last film, The Dark Knight Rises. On the image side, eight new images have been released thanks to an Entertainment Weekly cover story. Read more about the Interstellar IMAX footage and check out the new images and commercials below.  Read More »

Wolverine Storm romance

So much of Wolverine’s storyline in the X-Men movies has revolved around his tortured love for Jean Grey. But a new X-Men: Days of Future Past deleted scene reveals he was supposed to finally move on in the last film. With longtime colleague Storm, of all people.

Hit the jump to watch the X-Men: Days of Future Past Wolverine Storm romance scene. Read More »

Edgar Wright Pharrell Williams

Good news: Edgar Wright‘s latest movie is here. Bad news: it’s only five minutes long.

Wright, the director of Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, just directed a music video for a Pharrell Williams song called ‘Gust of Wind.’ Daft Punk cameos – in a way – and it’s filled with lots of interesting and beautiful visuals. It’s the first music video Wright has directed since 2005. Watch Wright’s video for ‘Gust of Wind’ by Pharrell Williams below. Read More »

VOTD: How Hollywood Sex Scenes Are Filmed

Hollywood sex scene

Sex scenes can feel incredibly hot and intimate for those of us watching in the audience, but for the people actually shooting them it’s a different story. The latest behind-the-scenes clip from Joe Carnahan‘s Stretch really drives that point home, showing us what it’s really like for Patrick Wilson and Brooklyn Decker to pretend to screw one another for our enjoyment.

While we’ve seen plenty of clips showing us what action scenes look like before the effects wizards come in to erase the wires and draw in the explosions, this is a rare look at the making of a Hollywood sex scene. Hit the jump to check out the NSFW (for language, not nudity) footage.

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