Thanos visual effects

Update: This piece has been updated in an attempt to clarify the work done by Digital Domain and Weta Digital. You can find out more below, and our original article follows.

13 visual effects vendors collaborated to make 18 digital characters for Avengers: Infinity War, and Josh Brolin‘s villainous Thanos is the most important of them all. The entire movie hinges on that performance, and if you don’t buy him as a living, breathing character, Marvel would have had their own Steppenwolf problem to deal with. Thankfully, Thanos ended up being one of the best CGI villains in cinema history – thanks in large part to the hard-working team at VFX company Digital Domain.

To promote the superhero sequel’s home video release, /Film was invited to take a tour of the company’s L.A. facility and learn the steps they took to bring the Mad Titan to life. I brought a couple of cameras along and put together an in-depth video about how the Thanos visual effects were created and incorporated into the movie.

This goes far beyond those videos that simply show a scene with one VFX layer at a time added into the final version. This is detailed stuff, and I hope you check it out below. Read More »

Deadpool 2 blooper reel

After making a splash at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International with its extended “Super Duper $@%!#& Cut,” 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool 2 is coming to digital home video tomorrow. A superhero film with an impending home video release? You know what that means: bonus features are beginning to make their way online.

Today, we have a look at the Deadpool 2 blooper reel, which shows stars Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, and Zazie Beetz dropping F-bombs, screwing up their lines, and generally goofing off during the making of the superhero sequel. Check it out below. Read More »

Infinity War deleted scene

Considering what goes down between Thanos and Gamora in Avengers: Infinity War (I’ll be vague to protect the 1% of you who still haven’t seen the movie), you’d be forgiven if you wanted another scene of the two of them together to make that surprising event feel truly earned. But the theatrical cut of the movie is already 2 hours and 29 minutes, so it’s no surprise that plenty of scenes ended up on the cutting room floor.

With the film out now on Digital HD and about to hit 4K and Blu-ray, another Infinity War deleted scene has hit the internet, and this one attempts to flesh out the Thanos/Gamora relationship in a scene called “A Father’s Choice.”
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infinity war clips

The home video release of Avengers: Infinity War was just announced, but if you can’t wait that long, you’re in luck. Three Avengers: Infinity War clips have surfaced, featuring some of the most memorable moments of the epic MCU extravaganza. Watch the Infinity War clips below.

And if you haven’t seen the movie yet, there are also spoilers.

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Jody Hill interview

Jody Hill is trying to warm some hearts with his latest comedy, The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter. The co-creator of Vice Principals and director of Observe and Report hasn’t softened up his humor for his Netflix movie, but the lead characters in his father/son story are certainly far less destructive than his past protagonists. Hill’s first feature film since 2010’s Observe and Report stars Josh Brolin as a hunter and TV show host – and Danny McBride as his trusted and inappropriate cameraman – taking his son Jaden (Montana Jordan) hunting for the first time.

The story, which Hill co-wrote with McBride and John Carcieri (Eastbound & Down), has a surprisingly sweet side to it. The movie will likely feel both familiar and new for Hill’s fans. The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter has the director’s sense of humor, although it’s not quite as dark this time around. Hill says he wanted to do something different. The very polite filmmaker recently told us about the project’s history, watching old ’80s hunting videos, memories from making HBO’s Vice Principals, and more.

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Thanos subreddit

If you’re a member of the Thanos Did Nothing Wrong subreddit, your days may be numbered. In the tradition of the Mad Titan’s Infinity War plan, the Thanos subreddit is going to randomly ban half its users, all in the sake of balancing the (online) universe. I hope they remember you.

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day of the soldado spoiler review

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Sicario: Day of the Soldado.)

Did you remember to send a card to your parents for The Day of the Soldado? Did you take advantage of Amazon’s Day of the Soldado Cyber Monday Sale? I sure hope so, because Sicario: The Day of the Soldado has come and gone. And now we have to talk about it. For reasons beyond mortal comprehension, someone, somewhere, said, “What if we made a sequel to 2015’s Sicario, but got rid of all the good stuff?”

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Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter Trailer

Have you heard of this Josh Brolin guy? Barbra Streisand’s stepson? He’s in a lot of movies this year! Perhaps too many! And here’s another one: The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter. The latest entry in the Summer of Brolin™ is headed to Netflix in July. Watch The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter trailer below.

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Infinity War behind the scenes

Avengers: Infinity War is loaded with VFX – landscapes, costumes, and even entire characters like Thanos are conjured up via computer effects. If you’ve ever wanted to see what the raw footage, void of post-production effects, might look like, feel free to marvel at the Infinity War behind the scenes video below.

Spoilers ahead if you’re one of the only people who hasn’t seen this yet.

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Sicario filmmaker Denis Villeneuve didn’t return to helm the sequel Sicario: Day of the Soldado, but he still has plenty to say about the film. In fact, Villeneuve loves the sequel, and offered up a rave review for Stefano Sollima‘s upcoming film.

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