Posted on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 by Angie Han
There’s something ironic about the fact that the better visual effects are, the more difficult it can be to notice them at all. At the top level, talented VFX artists create imagery so seamlessly lifelike that the average moviegoer isn’t even aware that the fantastical creatures and majestic landscapes they’re watching were painstakingly crafted on a computer, not captured in reality.
What’s really unfortunate, though, is that these workers aren’t just overlooked by the audience but also by the industry they work for. About a year ago, the issue reached a boiling point when effects house Rhythm & Hues picked up the Best Visual Effects Oscar for Life of Pi, two weeks after it had filed for bankruptcy.
The new documentary short Life After Pi takes a good hard look at the broken system that sank Rhythm & Hues, even as the film they’d made possible went on to make five times its production budget at the global box office. Life After Pi is now available online, and you can watch it in its entirety after the jump.
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HBO has released the first trailer for Doll & Em, a new comedy series about a British Hollywood star who hires her childhood friend to be her personal assistant while she is making a film in Los Angeles. The series was created by and stars The Newsroom‘s Emily Mortimer and The Mighty Boosh’s Dolly Wells. The show was originally commissioned for Sky Living, part of BritishSky Broadcasting, but acquired by HBO. The 6-episode half-hour series premieres on Wednesday, March 19th at 10:00pm. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump.
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Storytelling is all about setup and payoff, control and release. I won’t talk about the end of the first season of Hannibal, to protect those who haven’t seen it, but we can safely talk about the opening of season two. The new season begins this Friday, and the first significant scene in the first episode sets up the episodes that will follow, if not quite in the way you’d expect.
Watch a long clip from the scene below, which will also serve as an intro to the show for those who haven’t yet tuned in. Read More »
Rest assured that when The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hits Blu-ray on April 8, there will be hours of behind the scenes footage to illustrate in exhaustive detail the process of creating the film. But of all the possible views on the process of building The Desolation of Smaug, the one we’re perhaps most keen to learn about is the process of bringing its titular dragon to life.
A new featurette shows a bit of that process, including just a bit of footage of Benedict Cumberbatch in a mo-cap suit doing some all-in physical performance for Smaug. Oh, and in case you need some size reference for Smaug, one of his creators explains that he’s twice the size of a jumbo jet. Check out the video after the break. Read More »
Few things can brighten up a film fan’s day like behind the scenes footage. Film sets are some of the most isolated, protected working environments out there so to catch a glimpse of any set, let alone something that’s become a huge part of popular culture, really is a delight.
Below, we have some new footage from the set of the fourth season of Game of Thrones as well as from Wes Anderson‘s upcoming film, The Grand Budapest Hotel. Check it out. Read More »
HBC canceled Heroes in 2010, but if you read comic books, you know that superheroes are never dead. They always return somehow, usually as part of a event series which is marketed to make a few extra bucks. And this is no different.
NBC and Tim Kring have announced a new 13 episode miniseries called Heroes Reborn coming in 2015. Sound slike NBC is following Fox’s plan of limited event series. It might also help that the Marvel Cinematic Universe blew up since the show’s departure. Marvel fans have been mostly disappointed with Agents of SHIELD, and I’m sure NBC ‘s show hopes to be able to deliver superhero action that ABC has yet to.
They wouldn’t reveal many details, stating only that “we won’t rule out the possibility of some of the show’s original cast members popping back in.” NBC will also be launching a digital series (read: webseries) prior to the premiere that will “introduce the characters and new storylines.” Read the full press release after the jump, along with a short teaser trailer.
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There’s a conversation going on now about spoilers for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The identity of the second character in the film’s title is at the center of it — most comics fans know the history of the Winter Soldier, but general movie audiences don’t. Is his origin a spoiler, or simply something that Cap has to discover, while not being a big reveal for the audience?
There have also been (mostly debunked) concerns about spoilers for the film showing up via toys and a faked set of cue titles from the score.
Now a new TV spot has shown up, and one line in the middle of the thing has people calling “spoiler” once more. One simple argument says that anything chosen for official marketing can’t possibly be a spoiler — keep in mind how Marvel dealt with the Mandarin for Iron Man 3 — but there’s no question that the line in question is in this spot for a reason. Read More »
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As we get closer to the March release of Wes Anderson‘s acclaimed new film The Grand Budapest Hotel, distributor Fox Searchlight isn’t wasting an opportunity to let us know more about the movie. The latest rounds of promotion include a poster from artist Peter Strain, and a new featurette that features a great rhythmic opening before proceeding to explain the opening volleys of the story. See both below. Read More »