Why wait for DVD? The “bonus features” on many older DVD releases (and laserdiscs, for the ’90s folks) pale in comparison to some of the effects breakdowns and other filmmaking explanations that are available in video form all over the internet. The entire internet is now a cache of info about the creation of films, even as they’re in theaters.
So here are a few choice bits of info. One is an effects overview for Robert Zemeckis‘ new film, Flight, in which a drunk pilot played by Denzel Washington narrowly pilots a plane away from certain doom. The featurette goes into some of the general effects used for the film, before detailing that crash sequence. You might be surprised at how much practical photography was used to create the views of the inside of the plane during that sequence.
Then there’s a piece on Dredd, and just as parts of Flight required extensive digital alteration or augmentation to present the view the filmmakers wanted, Dredd digitally altered the landscape of Johannesburg and Capetown, South Africa to generate the film’s sprawling Mega-City One. FInally, get some details on how a real Aston Martin was preserved for Skyfall, even as the filmmakers had a real product to damage. Read More »
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Has the filming date of Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. been confirmed? How does Zachary Levi look on the set of Thor: The Dark World? Want to see more photos from the set of The Wolverine? Does Michael Shannon say the line — you know the one — in Man of Steel? Is Guillermo Del Toro actually interested in Heaven Sent? Where can you watch one of the major documentaries from The Amazing Spider-Man Blu-ray? What foreign country will be featured in Iron Man 3? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
Posted on Sunday, September 30th, 2012 by David Chen
Dave, Devindra, and Adam invite you to check out the under-appreciated Dredd, lament the lost career of Ed Wood, sing the praises of Shawn Ryan’s Last Resort, and opine that Headhunters got the “foreign movie” pass. Tasha Robinson from AV Club joins us for this episode.
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Posted on Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 by Angie Han
The Robocop reboot has had its share of skeptics since the moment it was announced, and last month’s scathing review of the script from Drew McWeeny (of HitFix, and formerly of AICN) only seemed to confirm doubters’ worst fears about the project. Now another film writer has weighed in, however, and while his response falls short of glowing, it is significantly more optimistic.
Latino Review‘s Da7e has posted a video recounting the plot details for José Padilha‘s remake as spelled out in the draft he read, as well as a writeup on his reactions. Hit the jump to watch the video and read his comments.
Also after the jump: Robocop adds Gary Oldman‘s manager in an on-camera role, DreamWorks sets out to remake the ’80s comedy All of Me, and Dredd uploads some behind-the-scenes footage.
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The Master opens in limited release on Friday, but one of the most anticipated aspects of the film — Jonny Greenwood‘s score — can now be enjoyed in full. While I can’t say that everyone should obsessively listen to this score before seeing the film, as the music plays a very special part in the development of the film’s progression, just as you’d expect.
But if you just have to sample the full score now, the music service Spotify is able to accommodate you. In addition, the entire score for Dredd, composed by Paul Leonard-Morgan (Limitless) can be heard for free. Read More »
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Earlier this summer, Lionsgate exhibited extreme confident in Pete Travis‘ comic book film Dredd 3D when they screened it for fans at San Diego Comic-Con. The gamble paid off. Buzz was solid for the film, which is an incredibly tight, focused, hard R-rated, violent throwback to the simple, bad ass action movies of the Eighties. Watch our review here.
Karl Urban plays Dredd, a no-nonsense Judge in a futuristic city called Mega City One. He and other Judges serve as judge, jury and executioner when dealing with the criminal element. Dredd is asked to help break in a new recruit (Olivia Thirlby) and the pair get stuck in a massive apartment complex run by a drug czar named Ma-Ma (Lena Headey). She decides to shut the entire building down and tell everyone to bring her the two Judges dead or alive. And that’s where the fun begins.
Yes, Dredd 3D sounds like the plot of The Raid: Redemption and Karl Urban is well aware of that fact. We spoke to the star while at Comic-Con and he discussed the similarities between the two films, acting without ever showing your face, the seemingly simple scope of the film and the mind games he was then playing with fans when being asked about Star Trek 2. Read our interview after the jump then see Dredd 3D on September 21.
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I haven’t been to every film festival in the world, but I can’t imagine many being more fun than Fantastic Fest. For one week in Austin, TX the coolest genre films in the world screen along with some of the sickest, most inventive parties all for a passionate, excited audience. The 2012 edition takes place September 20-27 and while we knew Frankenweenie was going to open the fest, now we have the “first wave” of films.
Some of the obvious standouts are: Lionsgate’s awesome action film Dredd 3D; the amazing documentary Room 237 (playing along with The Shining, which is perfect); and Quentin Dupieux’s latest, hilarious film, Wrong. After the jump, read about all the films in the first wave, which also include movies about a sniper attacking a building, a woman resurrecting her dead husband, and killer sushi monsters. Read More »
Posted on Friday, July 27th, 2012 by Angie Han
Today’s action-packed Sequel Bits includes updates on Independence Day 2, The Expendables 2, Fast and the Furious 6, and more. After the jump:
- Dean Devlin says they’ve “cracked” Independence Day 2
- Skunks invade the New England set of Grown Ups 2
- Karl Urban would be happy to play Dredd in a sequel
- Fast Six adds model Clara Paget as a gun-toting sidekick
- A new featurette goes behind the scenes of Expendables 2
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How much did The Dark Knight Rises make at midnight last night? Where can you purchase Gotham Rogues merchandise? What are the 16 creepiest scenes in comic book history? Curious to see a brand new trailer for the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One Avengers Assembled Box Set? How about almost twenty images from Dredd? Where can you see a bunch of behind the scenes photos from the Adam West Batman show? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits.
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