While blockbusters tend to throw visual effects in your face, the best use of the advanced technology we have to create computer generated imagery is used to enhance what was shot on set. The hardest thing to do is use extensive visual effects that fill in for reality, but when it comes to recreating an isolated ocean cove and a deadly shark patrolling the waters, two visual effects houses did an incredible job.
The Shallows follows Blake Lively as she ends up stranded on small set of rocks 200 yards from the nearest shore. Keeping her from swimming back to safety is one ferocious shark, and you might be surprised to see just how impressive the visual effects are that created the shark from scratch, as well as most of the ocean environment surrounding the terror.
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In this edition of Sequel Bits:
- Director Ron Howard explains why they adapted Inferno instead of Dan Brown‘s The Lost Symbol.
- An update on the Deadpool 2 script.
- The track titles for the Star Trek Beyond score are now available.
- Blake Lively comments on a Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 3.
- And more.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 by Angie Han
Sony has released one last trailer for Blake Lively‘s summer shark movie The Shallows, and it may just be the best one yet. Instead of B-movie gore or schmaltzy backstory, it offers a stern lecture about self-reliance, all set to gorgeous, sun-dappled scenes of Nancy (Lively) preparing to get into the water. “Yes sir, it’s hard work to become self reliant,” a voice says firmly. But, he continues, “If you’re not self-reliant, you’l never do any more than just get by.”
It’s a weird choice that pays off, setting an intriguingly off-kilter tone for everything we see onscreen. Hopefully Nancy can hear the same narration we can, because she’s going to need all the self-reliance she can muster to survive the imminent shark attack. Watch the latest The Shallows trailer after the jump. Read More »
Earlier today, we shared a few clips from Woody Allen‘s upcoming picture, Café Society. Although it’s sometimes difficult to know what to expect from Allen these days, Café Society looks more enjoyable and intriguing than, say, Magic in the Moonlight and You Will Meet a Tall Darker Stranger. Some of the writer and director’s most recent comedies haven’t struck a chord with audiences and fans, but perhaps his latest film will.
Below, watch the new Café Society trailer.
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Posted on Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 by Angie Han
When it comes to underwater adventures this June, you’ve got two choices. You can cuddle up to the friendly fish of Pixar’s Finding Dory, and go home thinking about how enchanting the world under the sea is… or you can scare the crap out of yourself with The Shallows. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, the latter stars Blake Lively as a surfer who finds herself stranded off the coast of a secluded cove when a great white shark decides she’d make for a tasty snack. Watch The Shallows trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Like clockwork, another Woody Allen movie has peeked its head over the horizon. It’s an annual tradition at this point: the legendary filmmaker always arrives with another movie and each of them feels like another bold shout of “I’m not dead yet!” at the dark, gaping and empty void that encircled his comedy and drama for the past fifty or so years. After all, you have to go back to 1981 to find a year that didn’t feature the release of a new Allen film. A year without a new Woody Allen movie is the year Woody Allen kicks the bucket.
The trailer for Café Society, his latest movie, has arrived and, well, it looks like another late-period Woody Allen movie. By now, you probably know whether or not this is your thing.
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Rumors had been swirling for awhile that Woody Allen‘s next film, titled Cafe Society, would open the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Today an official announcement confirmed those rumors, making this the third time Allen has opened the French film festival. Hollywood Ending and Midnight in Paris had the honor in 2002 and 2011 respectively.
Cafe Society, starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg, will premiere at the festival on May 11th, and along with this news, we finally have an official logline. In traditional Woody Allen fashion, it doesn’t tell us a whole lot about what we can expect from the romance, but some details were recently revealed by cinemtographer Vittorio Storaro. In addition, a new photo from the movie was revealed that you can see below.
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Posted on Friday, March 18th, 2016 by Angie Han
You’d think the combined horrors of The Finest Hours and In the Heart of the Sea should be enough to discourage anyone from setting out on any body of water larger than a swimming pool, ever, but based on the box office receipts for both movies not a whole lot of people actually saw them. So just in case you’re still thinking a trip out to sea might be a nice way to spend an afternoon, here comes Jaume Collet-Serra‘s The Shallows to disabuse you of that notion.
Blake Lively plays a surfer who heads out to catch some waves on a quiet beach. Few people are around, but there is a shark hanging out nearby, and it’s decided Blake Lively is what it wants to have for lunch. After the creature attacks her, she’s left stranded 200 yards from shore. Watch The Shallows trailer after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, February 19th, 2016 by Angie Han
For the past forty years, Woody Allen has reliably churned out one film per year. And for the past seven years, Sony Picture Classics has been faithfully by his side to put them out. But even Woody Allen needs a change of pace from time to time. So his next movie is going not to Sony, but to Amazon Studios, which also commissioned his first-ever TV series last year.
Come to think of it, Allen is basically living the plot of one of his own movies. Allen, of course, is the neurotic, intellectual older man who finds himself in a rut, and Amazon Studios is the lively, perky, much younger woman whom he doesn’t quite understand, but nevertheless proves to be just the person to help break him out of that funk. Read More »
Woody Allen has announced the cast of his next film, which is yet to be officially titled. Hit the jump to see the Woody Allen 2016 film cast reveal.
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