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Check Out Over 150 Visual Effects Breakdowns for 'Godzilla' & More

Godzilla

We've featured plenty of visual effects breakdown videos for the likes of films such as Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World from Marvel Studios, Weta's work on The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the extensive work on Pacific Rim, and even less noticeable special effects work on The Wolf of Wall Street. And if you've loved seeing how they make the donuts behind the scenes, then you're going to have much more than a peek behind the curtain. There's a huge playlist on YouTube discovered by Larry Wright of Refocused Media (via The Film Stage) of over 150 visual effects breakdowns enjoy. Watch!

 Posted August 8 in Cool Stuff, To Watch | Comments

Check Out a Bunch of Old Unused Poster Designs for 'Jurassic Park'

Jurassic Park

The work of artist Drew Struzan, responsible for some of the most iconic movie posters, has been commemorated with a collection of his artwork in books, along with a feature length documentary. Another artist who is well renowned for this kind of work is John Alvin, having designed posters for the likes of E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Blade Runner, Batman, The Lion King and much more. But one of his better known works was the poster for Jurassic Park, featuring the iconic font and tyrannosaurs rex skeleton logo that we all know today. However, there were tons of designs that preceded it and never used.

 Posted August 7 in Cool Stuff, Posters | Comments

Look at These Saul Bass Posters for 'The Shining' Rejected by Kubrick

The Shining

If you're more than a casual fan of filmmaking, then you're probably familiar with the name Saul Bass for his work on opening credits sequences and posters for iconic films of the past from directors like Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick and more. Now we get a little insight into the creative process of figuring out how Saul Bass worked with filmmakers to craft just the right poster to get audiences interested in the film by way of some rejects designs for Kubrick's classic horror film The Shining. Some alternate designs have surfaced, complete with Kubrick's notes on what he didn't like about these pieces, and it's pretty fascinating.

 Posted August 7 in Cool Stuff, Posters | Comments

Watch: Short Video Essay on the 'Scary Summer' Movies of 1979

Our Scary Summer: 1979

"It showed a world drained of vitality and meaning." 1979 - the year of Ridley Scott's Alien, the original Star Trek: The Motion Picture, as well as the original The Muppet Movie, Escape from Alcatraz and of course James Bond's Moonraker. But aside from Alien, it was actually a great year for "scary" movies galore, from George Romero's Dawn of the Dead to the original The Amityville Horror with James Brolin, as well as David Cronenberg's creeper The Brood, John Frankenheimer's eco-horror Prophecy about a giant killer bear, Don Coscarelli's cult horror Phantasm, even Werner Herzog's Nosferatu the Vampyre was released in 1979. Nelson Carvajal presents a new video essay about all the dark horror that summer. Enjoy.

 Posted August 5 in Cool Stuff, To Watch | Comments

Watch: 'Harry Potter' Cut in the Style of 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World'

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Back in June, before Guardians of the Galaxy had stormed the box office with the best August opening on record, a YouTube user known as The Usual Suspect put together an incredible trailer edit of the Star Wars trilogy inspired by the Marvel cosmic adventure. It was an awesome way to present the classic trilogy with a fresh style. Now that editor has given the same treatment to the Harry Potter franchise by using footage from all the wizarding movies, but this time in the frame of the trailer for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. It makes us wonder what an energized, fast-paced Harry Potter would be like from Edgar Wright.

 Posted August 3 in Cool Stuff, To Watch | Comments

See 'Pulp Fiction,' 'Guardians of the Galaxy' & More as Golden Books

Storytime: A Little Gallery Show

If you're a cinephile who loves original artwork, you might already be familiar with the work of Joey Spiotto, known for his illustrated faux album covers paying tribute to movies like Wayne's World, Ghostbusters and more. But his latest work takes a cue from the classic children's book series known as the Little Golden Books and has been given a full exhibition called Storytime: A Little Gallery Show at Gallery 1988 East in Los Angeles. The show opens up on August 1st and features book covers honoring films like the timely Guardians of the Galaxy and other faves like Back to the Future and Pulp Fiction.

 Posted July 31 in Artwork, Cool Stuff | Comments

Read Tom Hiddleston's Thank You to Joss Whedon for 'The Avengers'

The Avengers

The main reason that most people know the name Tom Hiddleston is because of his turn as Loki, the mischievous brother who was introduced to moviegoers in Thor, and came to terrorize The Avengers in the unprecedented superhero assembly in 2012. The actor is well-aware of this fact, and has always been thankful and passionate when it comes to his role in the Marvel films. And if you really want to know just how thankful the British actor is for his role that director and writer Joss Whedon gave him, than you'll want to read the thank you letter he sent to the filmmaker after reading the first draft of The Avengers.

 Posted July 30 in Cool Stuff, Marvel | Comments

Tarantino, Nolan, Apatow, Abrams Join Together to Save 35mm Film

35mm Film

Hooray for filmmakers! On the same day as Christopher Nolan's birthday, news hits that Kodak has struck a deal with Hollywood movie studios to keep 35mm film alive. For now. The Wall Street Journal is reporting a big story that actually names some names saying that film production at Kodak is being saved thanks to a few filmmaker "lobbyists" who pushed the studios to make this deal. Officially numbers will be announced soon, but Kodak has partnered with the studios to "buy a set quantity of film for the next several years" even though they may not use it all, which will help keep one of their main factories open and running. Read on.

 Posted July 30 in Cool Stuff, Discuss, Movie News | Comments

Look at Roman Epic Storyboards By an 11-Year Old Martin Scorsese

The Eternal City

Today we all know Martin Scorsese as the director of acclaimed films like Hugo, The Wolf of Wall Street, GoodFellas, Taxi Driver, Mean Streets and the Best Picture winning The Departed. But at a young age, Scorsese had a taste for Roman epics, and he actually drew some incredible storyboards to illustrate what his film would look like. These drawings popped up in David Thompson's incredible book Scorsese on Scorsese, but now they've been posted in great quality online. These are super impressive for an 11-year old kid, and what's even more awesome is that at this young age, Scorsese already knew who he wanted to star.

 Posted July 30 in Cool Stuff, Photos | Comments

Watch: Harry Potter Gets 'Boyhood' Treatment in 'Potterhood' Trailer

Harry Potter

If you haven't gone our of your way to see Richard Linklater's stunning achievement that is Boyhood, make sure you see when and where it will be playing near you right here. But for those of you who have both seen the trailer for the coming-of-age masterpiece and are massive Harry Potter fans, you'll like this clever trailer that was put together to commemorate the wizarding franchise. Potterhood is exactly what you think it would be, framing the story of The Boy Who Lived as if it were the 12-year project Linklater made. The sound editing needs some serious work to make this more effective, but it's very touching to see the aging of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint framed in this cinematic fashion. Watch!

 Posted July 30 in Cool Stuff, To Watch | Comments

Guillermo del Toro Tells Robert Rodriguez How to Make a Monster

The Director's Chair

For those of you who may not know, aside from being a self-sustaining filmmaker, director Robert Rodriguez also has his own TV network now called El Rey Network. It launched earlier this year and has fun stuff like a series adaptation of From Dusk Til Dawn, but it also has more compelling programming for those interested in the filmmaking side of things. One such show is "The Director's Chair," an hour-long series that features Rodriguez conducting in-depth interviews with various filmmakers. His most recent victim was Guillermo del Toro, and the two had quite an extensive chat, but one of the more fascinating bits involved del Toro's process as he designs his incredible movie monsters for the big screen. Watch now!

 Posted July 29 in Cool Stuff, To Watch | Comments

Comic-Con 2014: Samsung 'Mockingjay' Experience + Teaser Debut

The Hunger Games Comic-Con

To promote the upcoming (epic) two-part finale of The Hunger Games series, Mockingjay Part 1 & 2, at Comic-Con 2014, Lionsgate has built a massive Hunger Games "Samsung Experience". The interactive event is designed for fans to customize their own swag, delve into the universe more, see some new footage and promo material for Mockingjay, ending with a special teaser trailer debut exclusive to Comic-Con (it will be online Monday). It's a big promotion partnered with Samsung (we covered details here) meaning fans get to watch the teaser trailer on a Samsung tablet, which is amusing, but to us it's all about the movie.

 Posted July 25 in Comic-Con 14, Cool Stuff, Hype, SciFi | Comments

Awesome 'Dark Knight' LEGO Tumbler Hits Shelves in September

LEGO Tumbler

We just featured a cool collection of custom Back to the Future LEGO Ideas sets that the creator hopes will be turned into real sets for LEGO enthusiasts to add to their collection. But now we're going to focus on a set that customers will be able to buy much sooner. The Tumbler from Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy will be getting the LEGO treatment by way of the brand's Ultimate Collector line. With 1,869 pieces, this is awesome for any Batman fan, or for anyone who just likes awesome LEGO sets. Plus, it comes with LEGO versions of Christian Bale as Batman and Heath Ledger's version of The Joker. Look now!

 Posted July 21 in Cool Stuff | Comments

Check Out the Entire Tracklist for 'The Black Album' from 'Boyhood'

Boyhood

Right now you can check out Boyhood in limited theaters, and it's slowly expanding to more around the country in the coming months. But for those who have already seen the Richard Linklater directed coming-of-age masterpiece, we have a very cool musical treat. In the film, Ethan Hawke gives his son (Ellar Coltrane) a gift he's called "The Black Album," which is a collection of what his character deems the greatest tracks from all of the solo albums by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr outside of their work as The Beatles. After the film premiered at Sundance, many wondered what was on the tracklist, and Buzzfeed has gotten the whole thing, hand-picked by Hawke and Linklater. Read on!

 Posted July 21 in Cool Stuff, Hype | Comments

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