In footage from Jurassic World, we see Chris Pratt riding a motorcycle amongst a pack of velociraptors. But the raptors are just CG creations; while the image is cool, it’s not actually dangerous to create. In the movie Roar, there’s a sequence where a guy rides a motorcycle through a pack of lions and tigers, and it’s the real deal.
Roar is the film which featured producer Noel Marshall (The Exorcist), his wife Tippi Hedren (The Birds) and Hedren’s young daughter Melanie Griffith (Working Girl) amongst a giant pack of big cats. Make that untrained big cats. This film was crazy dangerous to make, and arguably just a dumb idea. Watching it leads to a strange feeling — you’re seeing something that by all rights should not exist. We’ve got an exclusive Roar clip that shows off that motorcycle scene, which gives you an idea of just how bizarre this movie gets.
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Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War Of The Underworld is one of a few recent films from prolific Japanese director Takashi Miike. It looks like the sort of thing that will go over well for those who’ve loved Sion Sono’s recent movies like Tokyo Tribe and Why Don’t You Play in Hell.
Like the latter film from Sono, this movie is a bizarre gangster tale with what seems to be a heavy dose of comedy, and even a vampire. Mayan Ruhian, who played Mad Dog in The Raid and a totally different character in The Raid 2, is even on board to add a little extra energy. The film premieres in the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight next month, but you can see a Yakuza Apocalypse trailer now. Read More »
The film Russ and Roger Go Beyond will chronicle the collaboration between film critic and novice screenwriter Roger Ebert and exploitation maestro Russ Meyer for the film Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. Will Ferrell is in talks to play Meyer, and now the film seems to have a director, as Michael Winterbottom is working out a deal to call the shots on Russ and Roger Go Beyond. Read More »
We recently heard that Valiant Entertainment scored millions to turn Valiant comic book series like Bloodshot, Harbinger and Archer & Armstrong into film franchises. Now Valiant has announced a five-picture deal with Sony Pictures, which will bring two series, Bloodshot and Harbinger, to theaters starting in 2017.
Eric Heisserer (The Thing, Story of Your Life) is working on scripts for both, and the Bloodshot movie director — sorry, directors — will be David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, who made John Wick. Read More »
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we spend time learning about Paul Newman’s obsession with racing, spend some time with corrupt cops, Kickstart some sci-fi, snatch some kids for funsies, and see if any of us can figure out what in the hell prêt-à-porter means beyond just being a really terrible movie from two decades ago.
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The most impressive thing at The Force Awakens panel at Star Wars Celebration today was clearly the film’s new teaser trailer. (Watch it here; see a photo breakdown here.) But the next best thing was a demo I don’t think anyone saw coming. The first Force Awakens teaser featured a shot of the rolling droid BB-8, which most everyone assumed to be a CG creation. Surprise! The BB-8 effects are actually practical, as we learned today when the droid rolled onto the Celebration stage. (Mark Hamill had said as much in December, but even then there was the assumption that some of the droid was CG.)
Making things better, that appearance on stage gave us a chance hear a lot more from the droid, and get a sense of the character’s personality. That’s something that both teasers have only hinted at. Check out the BB-8 effects below. Read More »
Other film series have taken the plunge into full-format IMAX shooting, and Captain America: Civil War will be Marvel’s first foray into using full IMAX sequences. The twist is that this one will go about it in a slightly different way. The sequel, which is about to get under way in Atlanta under the direction of Anthony and Joe Russo with returning cinematographer Trent Opaloch, will be the first to use a new IMAX camera, the digital 2D system co-developed by IMAX and Arri. Read More »
Marvel’s promotional efforts have almost entirely been oriented around the Avengers so far this year, but with Age of Ultron hitting screens soon, Marvel will be opening up the vault on Ant-Man. We’ve seen one trailer for the July release, and a handful of stills. Now we’ve got a shot of Corey Stoll‘s alter-ego, Yellowjacket, in full costume and action pose. Granted, you won’t recognize him as Stoll because of the helmeted costume. In fact, due to the way this scene was shot, it might be an entirely CG character seen here. Regardless, see Yellowjacket in Ant-Man, below. Read More »
Ethan Jones has created a series of compilation videos showing how various animated logo openings have changed and evolved over the years. Most recently Jones has released videos of the Walt Disney Pictures and DreamWorks logo openings.
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