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In Part 1 of our FilmAid broadcast, Rian Johnson discusses his work on Looper and Breaking Bad, drops some hints at his next project, weighs in on the digital vs. film “debate,” and explains why it’s fun to make dog fart sounds with his mouth.

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In a weird way, special effects are never less noticeable than when they’re done really well. The best artists are able to blend the real and the unreal so seamlessly that it’s all but impossible to tell where one ends and the other begins. So it’s cool to get a chance to see the painstaking labor that goes into enhancing these films, as we do in two new VFX reels for Looper and The Hobbit.

In a similar vein, we also have behind-the-scenes featurettes from Brave and Life of Pi, which not only explore the making-of processes but also offer commentary from directors Mark Andrews and Ang Lee (respectively). Watch all four videos after the jump.

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In 2012, nitpicking movies became the latest online craze. Everyone got wrapped up in it. Some may blame the movies, but I blame fans with video editing skills who make videos like the ones below.

Three of the year’s most discussed movies – Rian Johnson‘s Looper, Ridley Scott’s Prometheus and Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises – are the latest to get “Everything Wrong With In 3-4 Minute” videos from CinemaSins. And while the latter two are mostly warranted, the former is such a stretch, even the director spoke out about it. Check it out below. Read More »

With just days to go until Oscar nominations are announced, the Writers Guild of America has unveiled its list of nominees for their top screenplay awards. As expected, many of these are films that have picked up plenty of accolades already. It’ll surprise no one to see that Zero Dark ThirtyMoonrise Kingdom, and Lincoln are among the contenders. But they’ve made room for some more offbeat choices as well, including LooperPerks of Being a Wallflower, and The Master. (Jason Reitman should be pleased.) Hit the jump to see the list.

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Heading into 2012, two films many of us were looking forward to were the new movies from Rian Johnson and Judd Apatow: Looper and This is 40. Now that we’ve seen them, why not see a bit more? After all, whether or not you loved or loathed either film (read my review of each at these links) it’s difficult to dispute that everything Johnson or Apatow does is worth watching.

Two deleted scenes from This is 40 have been posted, including a really funny one with Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, and another with indie songwriter Mark Oliver Everett of Eels. Then there’s a tense scene from Looper featuring Emily Blunt, Garret Dillahunt and a hamper. Check them out below. Read More »

It’s practically tradition among geeks at this point to bemoan the lack of recognition for genre movie come Oscar season each year. Even within the screenplay categories, which often give recognition some of the year’s more offbeat offerings, sci-fi films rarely seem to make the cut. And Jason Reitman thinks that’s just not fair.

In a new essay, Reitman makes the case for giving writer-director Rian Johnson (his archnemesis) a Best Original Screenplay nod for Looper. Read it after the jump.

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2012: A Year in Movie Mistakes

At their core, all narrative features are lies. We can will ourselves to believe we’re watching superheroes save Manhattan, but we know deep down that what we’re really seeing is costumed actors zipping around on wires and jumping in front of green screens. And like all great, big whoppers, the more moving parts there are, the more difficult it gets to keep everything straight.

The folks at MovieMistakes.com delight in pointing out the tiny mistakes that slip through, whether it’s a costume that’s been sloppily rearranged between takes or an anachronistic prop that’s been dropped into a period piece. Just as they did in 2011, they’ve just released a list of their favorite goofs of the year, as well as a tally of the most error-prone films of the year. Read them both after the jump.

[UPDATE: One of the filmmakers mentioned, Rian Johnson, has since responded to Looper's inclusion at #8 on the list. Hit the jump to see his tweet.]

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One of our most anticipated films of 2012, and subsequently one of the most analyzed, had to be Rian Johnson’s Looper. The time-traveling sci-fi action film with heart was entertaining but left us with lots and lots of unanswered questions. The director himself not only acknowledged that, but embraced it, which suggests he’d enjoy the latest video from the How It Should Have Ended team. Here, they animate the end of Looper and present an alterative version of what actually happens in Johnson’s film. Spoilers for Looper follow. Read More »

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