Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind visual effects

One of the best films of the new century is undoubtedly Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It’s an innovative, beautiful, mesmerizing, heartbreaking and simultaneously uplifting romance. The Charlie Kaufman scripted, Michel Gondry directed film is one of my five favorites of all time, and I’ve explored and read about every facet of the film.

But there might be some of you out there who haven’t dug as deep. That’s why I wanted to post this featurette that dives into the unique and quaint visual effects of the film. Michel Gondry is known for using some interesting practical production methods, but this featurette looks at the seamless digital visual effects that helped complete the film. There are some effects here that you probably didn’t even notice.

Watch the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind visual effects featurette after the jump. Read More »

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Cooties trailer

In the horror comedy Cooties, Elijah Wood and Rainn Wilson play teachers at a school where the kids become infected with cooties… well, they’re infected with a food-borne virus that has devastating effects on anyone who hasn’t gone through puberty. Mayhem naturally ensues. Imagine some cross between the Community paintball episode and Village of the Damned, and you might be on the right track. Check out the energetic Cooties trailer below.
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Get the latest updates on several sequels that are definitely happening, one that definitely is not, and one more that could really go either way. After the jump:

  • Bond 24 gets a polish from Edge of Tomorrow writer
  • Seriously, Michael Bay is not directing Transformers 5
  • Elijah Wood will not be in the next (and last) Hobbit movie
  • Don’t hold your breath for a Titanic sequel, says James Cameron
  • Guillermo del Toro says Pacific Rim 2 will have a script by spring
  • Bob Odenkirk describes Better Call Saul as “a total drama”
  • Noomi Rapace drops some hints about Prometheus 2
  • Could there be more Hunger Games movies after Mockingjay?

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Hobbit in-flight video

We’ve all slept through in-flight safety videos dozens (if not hundreds) of times. But most don’t have Elijah Wood, Peter Jackson, and other Hobbit cast members. Few feature the scenery of Middle-Earth, and effects that would make a micro-budget film weep. In fact, only one other video does: the last in-flight safety video from Air New Zealand. Now the company has a new video, dubbed “The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made.” Watch this new Hobbit in-flight video below. Read More »

Set Fire to the Stars trailer

“How much trouble can one poet be?” Quite a lot, perhaps. In Set Fire to the Stars, Elijah Wood plays John M. Brinnin, an American poet and critic who has the task of coordinating the first trip to the US undertaken by poet Dylan Thomas. Played by Celyn Jones, Thomas turns out to be, as his reputation suggests, larger than life, and a difficult personality to manage. Brinnin is tested as he tries to keep Thomas on track. See the Set Fire to the Stars trailer below. Read More »

curse the darkness director

I really like what SpectreVision is doing. The label created by Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah, and Josh C. Waller is backing and promoting a set of strange movies from the US and around the world. Their films so far include A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (review), Cooties (review), L.F.O. (review), Toad Road (trailer), and Open Windows (trailer). SpectreVision has been working on a picture that Elijah Wood has described as an “anthropological zombie film.” Now that film, Curse the Darkness, is set with financing and a director, to shoot this fall.

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With the movie Open Windows, Timecrimes writer/director Nacho Vigalondo goes deep into experimenting with form as Elijah Wood continues his very entertaining run of genre films. The film features Wood as the super-fan of an actress played by Sasha Grey. The guy gets a window into the life of his favorite person, only to find that a crazy person is toying with both of them. Nearly the whole film is seen through computer screens, which sounds like it could be a slog. But this new Open Windows trailer is cut at a rapid clip. It shows how Vigalondo is  playing with the very concept of telling a story in such a limited manner.  Read More »

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Elijah Wood is ready to head back into the fantasy realm. The Lord of the Rings star has just signed on for The Last Witch Hunter, from The Craziers director Breck Eisner.

He’s the latest addition to an eclectic and intriguing cast that also includes Vin Diesel, Michael Caine, and Rose Leslie. Hit the jump for more details.

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Nacho Vigalondo‘s first film, Timecrimes, had some wild stuff, and dressed up one character in a simple but unforgettable outfit. His new movie, Open Windows, premieres next week at SXSW, with Elijah Wood and Sacha Grey in the lead roles. Wood plays a super-fan of Grey’s actress character, and is given the voyeur’s dream: a total and disembodied visual window into her life. And then it gets weird.

How weird? Check out the getup sported by someone — seemingly Wood — in the film’s official poster. It’s not the sort of thing someone just out for a casual evening’s activity. Read More »