moana interview

Over the Summer, I got the great opportunity to talk with filmmakers Ron Clements and John Musker about their upcoming Walt Disney Animation Studios film Moana. Ron & Jon are animation legends, having worked on many great Disney animated movies over the years, including The Great Mouse Detective, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, Treasure Planet and The Princess and the Frog.

Over the course of our discussion, Ron and Jon talk about how the project developed with Maui originally set to be the main character of the story, how Thor Ragnarok director Taika Waititi brought to the script, developing the musical elements, Lin-Manuel Miranda writing songs for The Rock to sing, how Mad Max: Fury Road helped inspired an action sequence featuring the Kakamora in the film. Hit the jump to read the full Moana interview.
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Thor in Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Yesterday was the last day of production on Thor: Ragnarok, and now begins over a year of post-production on the Marvel sequel directed by Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople). A surprise video from the set of the movie down in Australia offered a glimpse of some interesting tidbits, as well as confirmation of a Planet Hulk character being involved. The set video didn’t show Chris Hemsworth in his full Thor garb, but the actor has followed up with a post on Instagram that reveals a costume that is much more simple than his previous wardrobe.

Check out the Thor Ragnarok set photo after the jump. Read More »

Planet Hulk Character in Thor Ragnarok

Last night if you happened to be on Facebook at the right time, there was a surprise live broadcast from behind the scenes of Thor: Ragnarok down in Brisbane, Australia. In fact, it was the final day of production, and Taika Waititi wanted to show fans around the little outdoor studio location they were shooting on that day with franchise star Chris Hemsworth present and new co-star Tessa Thompson (with Valkyrie war paint on her face) on hand as well.

While not much was revealed about Thor: Ragnarok, there were some interesting little details to be noted about the set, which looks like some kind of space junkyard that wouldn’t feel out of place in Guardians of the Galaxy, and some of the extras spotted. But in a very quick moment, Waititi revealed that we’ll see a certain Planet Hulk character in Thor Ragnarok. Read More »

Star Wars The Force Awakens kylo ren 6

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Learn how Kylo Ren’s make was digitally recreated for a scene in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Check out two new variant covers for the first issue of Doctor Aphra’s comic book series.
  • New details on what to expect from Star Wars Battlefront.
  • What it’s like to pitch a Star Wars video game to EA.
  • A new preview reminds you to buy your Star Wars Celebration tickets.
  • How to play Sabacc (which could win you a Millennium Falcon).

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Thor Ragnarok tone

It wasn’t the splashiest surprise at this year’s Marvel Comic-Con panel, but the new Thor: Ragnarok logo definitely got some fans talking. As our own Ethan Anderton put it at the time, it looked “very similar to the old logo for the Masters of the Universe cartoon and toy line.” It certainly stood in sharp contrast to the more traditional-looking logos of Thor movies past.

Well, it turns out the retro vibe is very much intentional. In a Reddit AMA, director Taika Waititi described Thor: Ragnarok as “’70s/’80s sci-fi fantasy,” and teased that it might just be “the most ‘out there’ of all the Marvel movies.” In addition, he admitted he tries to ignore the other Thor films, swore up and down that he knows nothing about the rest of Marvel’s future plans, and promised Mark Ruffalo‘s Bruce Banner would steal the show.  Read More »

Is Korg In ‘Thor: Ragnarok’?

Korg in Thor Ragnarok

Even though Spider-Man: Homecoming has completed production, Marvel Studios still has Thor: Ragnarok shooting down in Australia. We’ve been getting teases of what to expect in the third solo outing for the Thor franchise, from the appearance of Hulk’s gladiator armor at Comic-Con (where some concept art and behind the scenes footage was also screened) to hints of a cameo from Doctor Strange. Now one more tease has arrived from the set.

Director Taika Waititi has taken to Instagram with a photo featuring a strange color keyboard and a pedal on top of it which says has the brand name Korg on it. Normally, this wouldn’t be anything worth noting, but Korg just so happens also to be a character we (may have) seen before in the Marvel cinematic universe. Find out more below. Read More »

What We Do In The Shadows TV Series

Over a year ago, there were rumblings of not only a What We Do In The Shadows sequel, but also a TV series spin-off. Since then, we’ve learned that the feature film sequel will be called We’re Wolves, following Rhys Darby, Stuart Rutherford and the rest of the werewolves we see in the first movie. Just recently we heard the sequel is probably at least a couple years away, but we haven’t gotten on update on the spin-off series. At the time, co-director, co-writer and co-star Jemaine Clement thought gettng the series off the ground would be a long shot, but today we have good news on the What We Do In The Shadows TV series front. Read More »

Sam Neill in Thor Ragnarok

The cast of Thor: Ragnarok is already off-the-charts outstanding. Not only are Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston returning as Thor and Loki respectively, but Sir Anthony Hopkins is back as Odin (as we’ve never seen him before), Mark Ruffalo has a sizeable role as Hulk, Tessa Thompson joins the franchise as Valkyrie, and Karl Urban has the role of Skurge. In addition, Cate Blanchett is playing Marvel’s first female villain Hela and Jeff Goldblum is playing the Marvel Comics character known as The Grandmaster. There might even be a cameo from Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange. But there’s more.

Now we have word that Thor: Ragnarok will feature a little Jurassic Park reunion as Sam Neill has just revealed that he recently spent a couple days shooting on the Marvel sequel down in Australia. Find out more about Sam Neill in Thor Ragnarok after the jump. Read More »

First 10 Minutes of Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Not only was What We Do In The Shadows one of my favorite films of 2015, it shocked us all by coming in at #2 on the list of the best movies of the year put together by all of us here at /Film. Right now the film’s director, Taika Waititi, is busy in Australia behind the camera for Thor: Ragnarok, the third film in the Marvel Studios franchise. But before he went into superhero territory, Waititi went back to New Zealand for an indie adventure comedy that debuted at Sundance this year and is now readily available for you to watch.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople arrives on Blu-ray and DVD next week, but you can actually buy it on Digital HD right now if you were so inclined. And honestly, it could be the best decision you make this month, or even next month. The film takes the character dynamic of Up and tosses it into the brush of New Zealand with adorable hilarity that only Taika Waititi can deliver. If you need any more convincing, you can watch the first 10 minutes of Hunt for the Wilderpeople after the jump. Read More »

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Thor's Roommate Darryl in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

One of the highlights of the Marvel Studios panel at San Diego Comic-Con this past summer was a special mockumentary from Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi that revealed what the God of Thunder was up to during the events of Captain America: Civil War, which included living with some dude named Daryl in a small apartment in Australia. The comedic short film was released online recently, and you’ll also find it among the special features of the home video release of Civil War as well.

Now it seems there’s a chance we might see Thor’s roommate Darryl (played by Daley Pearson) appear again in the Marvel cinematic universe, and Taika Waititi teases that the short may be hinting at something bigger on the horizon. Find out what he had to say below. Read More »