We often publish best of lists on this site, but this one is different — this one is more special to me. Ever since I was a little child, I’ve always been fascinated with magic and illusions. After seeing David Copperfield‘s television specials as a kid I was gifted a magic set produced by Fisher Price (which was awesome by the way) and became obsessed with the art form. While I wouldn’t consider myself a serious magician, I do perform a few magic tricks every once in a while for family and friends.
And what initially pulled me into film geekdom is not what you might expect: the old movie magic specials that used to play on television. Those TV shows would show how Hollywood created illusions using, for the most part, practical effects, make-up and miniatures. Not that I didn’t watch movies like every other child, but it was the art of making the impossible possible that is responsible for sucking me deep into the world of cinema.
So come with me as I count down my favorite movies involving magicians in the best magic movies of all time.
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The summer of 2013 has come and gone. We’ve reached that moment where movies we were so excited for only six months ago can begin to collect dust on our DVD shelves. If you know what’s good for you though, don’t let that happen. The filmmakers behind some of the summer’s biggest hits have gone to great care to infuse each release with plenty of behind the scenes extras to help enrich your enjoyment of each film. Extras like the three videos you’ll find below.
Below you can watch brand new visual effects breakdowns from J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness, Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim and Louis Leterrier’s Now You See Me. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 by Angie Han
For illegal downloaders, the biggest film of 2013 wasn’t a 2013 film at all, but a big-budget fantasy epic from late 2012. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey topped the list of the most pirated movies of the past twelve months, beating out the likes of Django Unchained, Fast & Furious 6, and Iron Man 3.
The massively budgeted, insanely popular Hobbit is a far less surprising “winner” than last year’s champion, the found-footage party comedy Project X. However, that doesn’t mean there weren’t a few unusual results among the top 10 — like Gangster Squad, the little-seen, little-talked-about crime drama from January. Hit the jump to check out the list.
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Posted on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 by David Chen
Dave, Devindra, and Laremy (author of Film Critic) discuss one of Woody Allen’s best films, and one of Louis Leterrier’s most underwhelming.
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Posted on Friday, August 9th, 2013 by Angie Han
In many respects, Now You See Me doesn’t fit into the usual franchise-starter template. It’s not based on a comic book, or a young adult series, or anything else, for that matter. It cost a (relatively) moderate amount to make, and it was never envisioned as a big summer tentpole for the studio.
But it has made a crap ton of money at the box office, and you know what that means. Lionsgate has put a sequel to the magician heist movie in development, with production expected to get underway next year. Hit the jump for more details.
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Few things are better than well-done magic, but celebrities doing magic is pretty good. Not celebrity magicians, mind you, but actual celebrities learning and performing magic. For the upcoming thriller Now You See Me, stars like Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Mark Ruffalo and Mélanie Laurent all had to learn a bit of magic for their roles. So now, to help promote the May 31 heist film, a few of them have released videos performing these very tricks. Read More »
The upcoming film Now You See Me focuses on a character quartet nicknamed The Four Horsemen. Played by Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco, they’re magicians who perform elaborate heists, giving the proceeds to the audience. This naturally gets the attention of the authorities and the story moves forward.
As the number “four” is so prevalent in the film, Summit has released the first four minutes of Now You See Me online. In the clip, you’ll meet each of the main characters and get a sense of their individual skills in the world of magic. It’s very cool, check it out below. Read More »
The month of May may be filled with superheroes, furious action, spaceships and hangovers, but one film aims to fool all the rest. That’s the star-studded heist film Now You See Me, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco ,Mark Ruffalo, Mélanie Laurent, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman.
Directed by Louis Leterrier, the May 31 release follows a group of magicians who perform incredible heists. An inventive piece of viral marketing tied to the film has just kicked off called the Diamond Heist Challenge. The task is simple. Scour the Internet looking for the thirteen diamonds in a deck of cards, each unlocking a very special and exclusive clip from the movie.
And guess what? You’ve already got one as /Film is proud to debut a brand new image from the film that so happens to be the Five of Diamonds part of the challenge. Check it out below. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, April 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
Trailers! Who has time to watch them all? There are something like forty wide releases due out this summer alone. If you assume each trailer runs about two minutes, that’s about an hour and half of your life you’ll never get back. That’s time you could’ve spent actually watching one of these movies.
If you only watch one trailer this spring, then, you’ll want to make it this one. This three-minute supercut teases most of the season’s biggest releases, from Iron Man 3 to The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. It’s surprisingly coherent, which may suggest that these titles aren’t as different as the filmmakers would like us to think. Or maybe it just proves that with the right music and some skillful editing, you can totally change the meaning of any scene. In any case, watch it after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, April 15th, 2013 by Angie Han
As with movies, the art of magic relies on seamless illusion. Since we know we’re not really seeing the things we think we’re seeing — George Clooney, for instance, isn’t really a casino-robbing mastermind, and David Copperfield didn’t really make an airplane just vanish into thin air — it’s up to the artists to put on such a dazzling show that we can suspend our disbelief, and ooh and ahh just the same.
But on two nights last April, /Film and several other outlets were invited to the set of Louis Leterrier‘s Now You See Me to find out just how the magic movie sausage gets made. For one thing, it helps to have what Leterrier calls “great ingredients,” like an “amazing” script by Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt (with rewrites by Ed Solomon) and an eminently talented cast. Hit the jump to keep reading, but be warned that spoilers follow.
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