Da 5 Bloods is likely to be a key contender in the Oscar race when nominations are announced in March. But until then, Netflix is making sure the voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences get a proper look at the making of Spike Lee‘s new joint starring Delroy Lindo, Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Chadwick Boseman, and Jonathan Majors. The streaming service has released a nearly 30-minute featurette on the making of Da 5 Bloods, complete with the kind of insightful and energetic commentary you love to get from Spike Lee. Read More »
Even though it was geared towards kids in the mid-90s, Batman: The Animated Series is still considered to be one of the definitive adaptations of The Dark Knight. Created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm, the series made full use of Batman’s extensive rogues galley and wasn’t afraid to get a little dark and gritty on Saturday mornings. But how did this incredible animated series come together? You can find out in the documentary The Heart of Batman: The Story of Batman: The Animated Series, available for free on YouTube right now. Read More »
WandaVision premieres on Disney+ today with the first two episodes of the Marvel Studios series focusing on Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) in the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame. To drum up some more hype and interest for the series, in case the positive reactions weren’t enough, a new WandaVision featurette has arrived to take us behind the scenes of the series. It’s mostly pretty standard making-of stuff, but if you keep your eyes peeled, you just might catch some Wonder Man art lingering in the background. Read More »
Say what you will about the films of Robert Rodriguez, which have varied in quality pretty drastically since El Mariachi put him on the map in the early 1990s, but the guy obviously has a boundless passion for making movies. He also has a passion for pulling back the curtain to reveal the process of filmmaking, which results in the experience being demystified and younger generations being presented with practical knowledge they may not have been able to easily access otherwise.
Netflix recently released a new Robert Rodriguez superhero film called We Can Be Heroes that’s aimed squarely at children, and the streamer has since released a featurette with the director describing how the visual effects were accomplished. Behind the scenes featurettes are commonplace, but this one’s different – it isn’t explicitly stated in the video, but this one seems specifically designed so kids can learn some of the secrets about how filmmaking works.
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August Wilson‘s words are revered as poetry, his plays taught in classrooms. So it’s no wonder that director George C. Wolfe and producer Denzel Washington wanted to put special care in bringing Wilson’s stage play, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, to the screen. In a new featurette, Wolfe, Washington, and the rest of the cast of Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom delve into Wilson’s “crackling” dialogue and lyrical writing, and how they set about adapting it for the screen. Check out the video below.
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George Clooney hates cold. Probably because snow is cold, and wet, and gets everywhere. But he would sacrifice discomfort, even embrace it, for cinema. That’s the thrust of the latest The Midnight Sky featurette, which Netflix has released ahead of the Clooney-directed sci-fi epic’s release on the streaming service.
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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is on Netflix today, and the streamer is wasting no time hyping up the lead performances by Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman. In two Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom featurettes, Davis and Boseman are given the spotlight, with footage of the two of them behind-the-scenes shared alongside interviews with their co-stars praising them to high heaven. Watch the Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom featurettes below.
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Do ya like jazz? Well, you’re going to, if Pixar has anything to say about it. The upcoming Pixar animated film Soul is a love letter to the music genre, and that love letter will extend beyond the film itself. Disney and Pixar are releasing not one, but three albums related to Soul, one of which is a vinyl album inspired by the film from jazz musician Jon Batiste. And to get you excited about all that jazz, Pixar has released a “Music of Soul” featurette, which goes into the making of the incredible soundtrack of the film. Watch the Music of Soul featurette below.
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Lucasfilm is making one final push to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back with a series of videos looking back at the making of the Star Wars sequel that changed everything. Earlier this week, a batch of outtakes and unused footage from the film arrived online, and now a new featurette has the filmmakers from The Mandalorian and other upcoming Star Wars TV shows reminiscing about the legacy of the sequel, from favorite moments to the most influential scenes. Read More »
I am here to inform you there are more Avatar 2 set photos. At this point, I’m pretty sure you could compile a flipbook of all the behind-the-scenes pics and create your own movie if you were so inclined. As usual, the latest Avatar 2 set pics are odd curiosities, since so much of the movie is created in post-production. As a result, director James Cameron and company keep providing us with images of actors in motion capture suits walking around weird, mostly empty sets, and we have to use our imagination to picture a bunch of colorful CGI that will be added later.
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