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.

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Steve Jobs Teaser Trailer

So far, all we’ve seen are photos with Michael Fassbender playing the titular Apple co-founder in Danny Boyle‘s forthcoming biopic Steve Jobs. But today that changes as a brief teaser trailer has just surfaced showing off the X-Men: Days of Future Past and Shame star as the late technology innovator, complete with glasses and black turtleneck. The teaser has a vibe similar to the first trailer for The Social Network. That’s interesting, since David Fincher almost directed this film, and it still has a script from Aaron Sorkin.

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The Divergent Series: Insurgent

 

The dystopian YA trend is still going strong in 2015, with The Divergent Series: Insurgent the first one out of the gate. Shailene Woodley once again plays Tris, a special snowflake with more than one personality trait. That makes her a threat to the corrupt system, run by Jeanine (Kate Winslet).

Joining her once more are Theo James as handsome love interest Four, Miles Teller as mean kid Peter, and Ansel Elgort as Tris’ skeptical brother. Octavia Spencer and Naomi Watts join the cast. Watch The Divergent Series Insurgent final trailer after the jump.

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‘Insurgent’ Trailer: Shailene Woodley Fights Back

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This new Insurgent trailer — possibly the last before the film opens at the end of March — has a lot of new footage, and condenses the sales pitch for the film down to one minute. (My favorite edits!) We see some of the strife that consumes Tris (Shailene Woodley) and a bunch of big effects shots that dress up the proceedings. We also get shots of a lot of the rest of the cast, including Tris’ beau Theo James, and Miles Teller, Kate Winslet, and Octavia Spencer. Read More »

The Divergent Series: Insurgent

Forget Deflategate — Tris (Shailene Woodley) has real problems in the new Insurgent Super Bowl trailer. Like the fact that Erudite leader Jeanine (Kate Winslet) really wants her dead. And the fact that dystopian Chicago is full of very big windows into which one might crash, and very tall buildings off of which one might fall.

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steve jobs movie cast

And now, an update on the Aaron Sorkin/Danny Boyle Steve Jobs film that doesn’t come from a leaked e-mail. After Jessica Chastain and Natalie Portman passed on a role, it seems Oscar winner Kate Winslet is the latest actress up for the female lead in the film. She’d star opposite Michael Fassbender as Jobs, Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak and Jeff Daniels as John Sculley. Read more about the Steve Jobs movie cast below. Read More »

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When Alan Rickman isn’t busy threatening John McClane or glowering at Harry Potter, he finds time to direct a film now and again. His first directorial effort, The Winter Guest, was released in 1997. Now, 17 years later, he’s come out with the trailer for his second, the 17th century romance A Little Chaos.

Rickman’s Sense and Sensibility co-star Kate Winslet plays Sabine, a landscape designer recruited to build one of the gardens at Versailles. Matthias Schoenarts plays the landscape artist with whom she forges a close connection. Rickman himself appears as King Louis XIV. Watch the A Little Chaos trailer after the jump.

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The Divergent Series Insurgent

Oftentimes sequels are just more of the same, but at least we know for sure The Divergent Series: Insurgent will differ from its predecessor in one key way. Lionsgate/Summit announced today the dystopian action sequel will open in 3D. To celebrate that news, the studio is releasing eight “interactive 3D character posters” throughout the day.

After the jump, get the details on The Divergent Series: Insurgent 3D release, and check out The Divergent Series: Insurgent character posters.

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Divergent review

Fair or not, it’s impossible not to measure Divergent against The Hunger Games. This is true for obvious reasons, in that they’re both dystopian YA adaptations featuring strong heroines, or that Divergent is actively and openly gunning to be the next Hunger Games. Unfortunately, it’s also true because Divergent, as directed by Neil Burger, never makes enough of a mark to rise above that easy comparison.

It’s not that Divergent is terrible. The movie serves up a couple of nice moments and some very appealing performances. But where the Hunger Games offered a rich, colorful universe, Divergent offers us a half-competed sketch. Where The Hunger Games felt bracingly different from its own predecessors, Twilight and Harry Potter, Divergent feels like well-meaning knock-off of all three.

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