Making of Planet Earth II

When the BBC debuted the documentary series Planet Earth in 2006, it was a groundbreaking achievement in nature filmmaking the likes of which we hadn’t seen before. Part of the reason it was so stunning to watch was because high-definition televisions were just becoming more mainstream, and people were really starting to see what rich images new televisions were capable of delivering. But more importantly, the footage itself and how it was captured was totally mind-blowing.

Now here we are, 11 years later, and Planet Earth II has been airing on the BBC with hours of new footage that makes the original Planet Earth looks like an amateur student film. All right, the comparison isn’t quite that stark, but if you’ve been watching Planet Earth II, then you know that the filmmakers have pulled off some mind-blowing footage. Now a batch of extensive featurettes explains how they pulled it all off.

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life clip

Jake GyllenhaalRyan Reynolds, and Rebecca Ferguson discover the first proof of life on Mars. What could possibly go wrong? A whole lot based on the trailers for Daniel Espinosa‘s (Easy Money) space thriller, Life, which hopefully has more to offer than a blend of Alien and Gravity.

Below, watch an extended Life clip.

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Logan trailer - Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman has just released a clip of him recording ADR for one of Logan‘s climactic action scenes, and watching the actor recreate the sounds of a melee fight scene is unlike anything I’ve seen before. You really should watch the Logan ADR clip embedded below.

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Fargo season 3 teaser

We don’t need to see much footage to convince us to check out season three of Fargo. At the end of the day, all we really need are Fargo commercials with air conditioners running and an inflatable Santa Claus deflating to get us excited about the return of Noah Hawley‘s series, which takes the basic premise of the Coen brothers’ classic film and sprints with it. These short, atmospheric commercials tell us what we need to know: the show is back on April 19, 2017.

The latest ad gives us a first look at Ewan McGregorMary Elizabeth Winstead, and Carrie Coon, all newcomers to this anthology series. The three of them are dressed appropriately, having the sort of distinct presence characters tend to have on Fargo. However, it’s McGregor’s look that will turn the most heads.

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Power Rangers clip

This month begins with the end of an existing franchise (Logan) and closes out with a reboot of an older one. After many years absent from the big screen, the Power Rangers have been rebooted and given a $100 million-plus facelift. If you want to see how the Mighty Morphi’ Power Rangers have been updated for 2017, check out the Power Rangers clip below.

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Billy Crystal Screen Test for Toy Story

Whenever Pixar Animation has a strong desire for an actor to lend their voice to a certain character, they like to take dialogue from one of their performances and create animation to illustrate what the character would be like with their voice. This was especially true when Pixar was looking to make Toy Story their first feature film, and they had to show actors just what the movie was going to be like with their voice attached to it.

Even though Tom Hanks and Tim Allen ended up landing the roles of the cowboy doll Woody and the space ranger action figure Buzz Lightyear, Pixar had someone else in mind for the latter role, and it would have changed the character dynamic between the two characters severely. Believe it or not, Billy Crystal was the first choice to voice Buzz Lightyear, and Pixar wanted him for the role so badly that they animated Buzz Lightyear along with dialogue from When Harry Met Sally.

Watch the Toy Story screen test with Billy Crystal after the jump. Read More »

Batman v Superman Visual Effects Reel

We’ve already seen plenty of in-depth looks at the visual effects of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but one more couldn’t hurt. This time, a new VFX reel comes to us from MPC. Unlike the previous reels we’ve seen, most of the work completed by the post-production company dealt with the titular battle between The Dark Knight and the Man of Steel. This includes digital doubles, fully computer generated environments and more. Their work also included part of the fight between Wonder Woman and Doomsday.

Watch the Batman v Superman visual effects reel from MPC after the jump. Read More »

Ghost in the Shell TV Spots

There are some really big movies hitting theaters this month. Logan is in theaters now, Kong: Skull Island arrives next week (and it’s fantastic), Beauty and the Beast arrives on March 17 (and it’s also pretty good), Power Rangers follows on March 24, and then we come to Paramount’s contribution to a surprisingly packed blockbuster month: Ghost in the Shell.

Based on the acclaimed manga of the same name, Ghost in the Shell takes Scarlett Johansson into the future as a new cyber-enhanced soldier who is part of a team tasked with taking down dangerous criminals. However, slowly the secret behind her creation starts to be revealed, and it has far more sinister origins.

Watch a batch of new Ghost in the Shell TV spots to see more from the film. Read More »

Fargo season 3 teaser

Fargo returns to FX in about a month and a half on April 19th. Last week we got a 15-second teaser that was pure Fargo — ominous but hilarious — showing a big inflatable Santa Claus deflate as a violent brawl occurs off-screen. The latest tease for season three reminds us of the irresistible winters in Minnesota.

Below, watch the Fargo season 3 trailer.

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