Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Featurette

One of the most refreshing things about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, even when compared to the first film from 2014, is the vibrant, bright color palette that spans across the entire film. This is such a colorful movie with beautiful practical and digital sets, and some of the best visual effects in a Marvel Studios project. Director James Gunn‘s visual style really shines in his cosmic corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and he has the RED Weapon camera to thank for that.

After the jump, watch a Guardians of the Galaxy 2 featurette that explains how the special RED camera helped James Gunn capture the gorgeous large formatfootage you’ll see on the big screen. Read More »

Spider-Man Homecoming Clip

The MTV Movie & TV Awards draws in the ideal audience for big summer blockbusters, so it should come as no surprise that Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios decided to roll out a new sneak preview for Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Not too long ago, a new trailer for the webslinger’s first solo adventure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe revealed that Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is having some trouble holding back his desire to be a superhero worthy of being on The Avengers, and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) has to step in not only to help Spidey in some dire circumstances, but to teach him a thing or two about what it means to be a hero.

In this new Spider-Man Homecoming clip, we get to see Spider-Man trying to sneak back into his room, hitting a major snag in trying to keep his identity secret.

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Wonder Woman clip

Diana just met Steve Trevor, but she’s already taking bullets for him. Or rather, deflecting bullets for him. Because one of Wonder Woman’s many special gifts are her iconic bullet-proof bracelets.

In a new clip from Wonder Woman (debuted by Chris Pine on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon), we get a full, uninterrupted peek at the alley fight scene in which Gal Gadot‘s Wonder Woman saves Steve from a bullet and quickly incapacitates the goons attacking them.

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La La Land Opening Sequence

La La Land is now available on home video for you to watch over and over again if you like being lifted up with “Another Day of Sun” and then having your heart torn out by the final, romantic but tragic musical sequence. But today, we’re going to stick with the brighter side of La La Land with an extensive breakdown of the lively, bright, upbeat opening musical number that takes place on a real Los Angeles highway.

Choreographer Mandy Moore (no, not the star of Tangled) participated in a detailed, close look at the “Another Day of Sun” musical sequence, talking about what went on behind the scenes, providing insight from what director Damien Chazelle was trying to achieve, and even telling where there are some hidden cuts. Watch the La La Land opening sequence breakdown after the jump. Read More »

the gong show reboot

We’re soon going to see more of Mike Myers. His last appearance in a live-action film (without counting documentaries) was Inglorious Bastards, in which he played a British general under heavy prosthetics. Now, he’s playing a British comedian under prosthetics in ABC’s reboot of The Gong Show, once hosted by the recently departed Chuck Barris (who was played by Sam Rockwell in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind). Myers’ character, British performer Tommy Winston Maitland, is the new, somewhat unsettling face of the amateur talent contest.

Below, watch The Gong Show reboot producer Will Arnett introduce the 70-year-old comic.

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baby driver tv spot

Car chases, crooks, a rocking soundtrack, and Jon Hamm and Kevin Spacey in villainous roles – those are some fine ingredients for a summer movie. Based on the reviews out of SXSW, including our own Jacob Hall’s take, Edgar Wright‘s latest film is as appealing as it sounds. A new Baby Driver TV spot features Spacey, playing Baby’s crime boss, reminding his crew (and audiences) that everybody loves a good heist story.

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‘American Gods’ Clip: Meet Mr. Mr. Nancy

Mr. Nancy American Gods

It seems like most of us who watched American Gods this past Sunday are already finding ourselves engrossed in the ambitious Starz series. With the Neil Gaiman adaptation, co-creators Bryan Fuller and Michael Green took their time introducing Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), and Bilquis (Yetide Badaki) in a character-driven and atmospheric pilot. They got fantastic introductions – giving us a clear sense of who they are, not so much what they want.

On the next episode of American Gods, the brewing war between the old gods and the new may get more attention, but there’s still a few key new players to introduce, such as Mr. Nancy/Anansi, played by Orlando Jones. Below, you can watch his introduction in a new American Gods clip.

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Rogue One vs. The Force Awakens

When I got out of the premiere for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, one of the first questions I got was: how does the first Star Wars standalone film compare to JJ AbramsStar Wars: The Force Awakens? And for me the answer was simple, while both movies are good, The Force Awakens is better because it offers better-written characters and a story in which I became more emotionally invested in.

One of my favorite YouTube channels, Lessons From the Screenplay, has just published a video essay taking on this exact topic and I want to share it with you since it says everything I have felt about the differences between these two stories.
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The Mummy featurette

We can usually rely on Tom Cruise to save our world in the movies. But in The Mummy, he helps to bring about its destruction by discovering one pissed off mummy, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella) to be exact. Once again, the world will call upon Tom Cruise to save us all in Alex Kurtzman‘s film (even if it’s his fault this time), which is the first entry in the potential Universal Monster Universe.

Below, watch The Mummy featurette, which contains a decent amount of new footage from the adventure movie.

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Saturday Night Live VFX Featurette

When it comes to examining a show like Saturday Night Live, it’s easy to only pay attention to the comedy and performances. After all, people watch the staple late night sketch series for laughs. But because the show is live where anything can happen, that makes the technical achievements behind the scenes even more impressive.

We’ve already talked about countless times how impressive it is that SNL even comes together at all when the entire episode is put together in a single week. But many still don’t realize just how much of a miracle it is, especially when it comes to the quick turnaround of things like building sets, or even more impressive, creating visual effects.

Watch the Saturday Night Live VFX featurette after the jump. Read More »