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If you've seen The Amazing Spider-Man 2 by now, then you know about the picturesque scene where Peter Parker proclaims his love for Gwen Stacy on the side of a suspension bridge in New York City before sharing a romantic kiss. That's not a spoiler, so don't worry there, and now we have a look behind the scenes at how this very scene was captured. But what you might not know is that Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone had a little bit of a problem getting the kiss right while shooting the scene. Plus, the co-stars get some help from someone who just happened to be on set that day to help make the scene work. Watch it!
This weekend officially marks the beginning of blockbuster summer with the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Sadly, the movie is supremely disappointing, calling back to some of the elements that make Batman Forever a silly trainwreck (but more on that from our own Jeremy Kirk in his review later). If it wasn't for Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, the movie would be nearly unwatchable. Thankfully, Garfield is charming all by himself, and as an end to a week of shows featuring the cast of The Amazing Spider-Man sequel, Jimmy Fallon sat down with the franchise star on "The Tonight Show", who was willing to show off his new guitar skills and belt out an acoustic version of the classic Spidey theme. Watch below!
One of the films that just didn't fit into my schedule at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival was the vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows. Now if you have vampire fatigue like I do, the premise alone might have you rolling your eyes, but the indie comedy features Jemaine Clement ("Flight of the Conchords") as part of a group of vampire friends who share an apartment in New Zealand. Do we have your attention now? If not, the trailer has arrived, and it makes me so mad that I missed out on seeing this film before everyone else. It looks hilarious, and makes me wish this was an ongoing series. Watch the trailer!
"It's Voldemort - he's hacking him!" Thank you, the internet and people of this world, for bringing us such awesome and crazy creations. This one is a mash-up of Harry Potter and, well, Akira, to create a badass cyber punk 80's anime. It's made by YouTube channel Nacho Punch and borrows heavily from Akira, but is similar to their other recent anime video parodying Star Wars. I happen to think this one is a bit better, and is not only funny in all the right spots, but has some nice animation for a YouTube comedy sketch. It's only just a quick trailer (if only it was the entire movie or even a short segment!) but damn is it fun. Enjoy!
"They are going to bring everything into focus." The perfect short to start your week, take a look at Foureyes, written and directed by Conor Byrne. This hilarious and charming independent comedy short stars young actor Jake Ryan, seen in Inside Llewyn Davis and Moonrise Kingdom, as Bobby Bowersox - a 10-year-old boy who learns it's time for him to get glasses. The story turns into a zany, sexual coming-of-age from there and it's quite fun, with a cast that gives excellent performances in just 12 minutes. This might not be totally safe for work, but oh well, it's harmless fun and worth watching. This is how to make a great short.
In case you didn't know, The Wolf of Wall Street is now available on Blu-Ray and DVD, so if three hours in a movie theater was just too much to enjoy this Martin Scorsese directed masterpiece (my favorite film of 2013), now you can enjoy in the comfort of your home. Previously, we highlighted a great trailer mash-up that turned It's a Wonderful Life into The Wolf of Bedford Falls. Now another fantastic business-based drama gets the same treatment with footage of David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross being edited together in the same style as the initial teaser trailer for The Wolf of Wall Street. It's awesome. Watch now!
Though director Jason Reitman has been hosting special events at LACMA with live-readings of various scripts like Groundhog Day and Boogie Nights, but with different actors in the roles, awhile back, we became privy to a different live read that happened at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles. NBA all-star Blake Griffin sat down with Paul Scheer, Seth Green, Ralph Garman, Danielle Fishel and Nick Kroll and more for a live script-reading of the 1996 live-action, animated hybrid Space Jam. The result is something truly hilarious and unique, and we hope more of these will happen later. Watch it!
Yesterday, we featured the opening to the MTV Movie Awards, not because we care about who the golden popcorn goes to, but because it showcased host Conan O'Brien fitting no less than 50 celebrity cameos into the beginning of the show. Now that the show is over, Conan is back to his normal hosting duties on his own late night talk show on TBS. But he had some time to reminisce about his weekend hosting gig, and even took the time to reveal some of his preparation behind the scenes, mostly his hair styling inspired by the remarkable comb-over donned by Christian Bale in last year's Best Picture nominee American Hustle.
No one really cares about the MTV Movie Awards, at least not as real awards, but the event still gathers a who's who of big name celebrities trying to appeal to the younger demographics. Thankfully, the even is usually pretty fun, and this year it was helped by Conan O'Brien as host. And instead of opening the show by making reference to a bunch of big summer movies and whatnot, he decided to set a record for most celebrity cameos in the opening of the awards show. They're all pretty random and range from comedy stars like Ed Helms and Danny McBride to recent Oscar winners like Lupita Nyong'o and more. Watch it!
"One of these days I'm going to come back, and I'm going to save you... if you're lucky." The first trailer has arrived for an indie comedy called Don Peyote, written & directed by Michael Canzoniero & Dan Fogler, which is some kind of crazy, wacky, drug-trip dramedy starring Fogler as Warren Allman, an "unemployed stoner who finally finds a purpose in life" after a run in with a homeless man that gives him some kind of power, it looks like. The supporting cast is promising: Anne Hathaway, Jay Baruchel, Josh Duhamel, Topher Grace and Wallace Shawn. Doesn't look too bad, but I'm still unsure about Fogler in a lead role.
"It's the same case, do the same thing!" If you still need convincing that 22 Jump Street is worth seeing, Sony/Columbia has released a fourth trailer - another red band trailer that is a 2-and-1/2-minute push for this insane summer action comedy sequel, starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum (also in Jupiter Ascending). While we've seen plenty in the first three trailers already, the footage in this one includes lots of the story as well, hinting at their comeback, the plot involving college and spring breaker. So, it's a Spring Breakers riff, plus 21 Jump Street comedy all in one? I hope it's as funny as these trailers promise. Enjoy.
Anytime we get to feature a segment from The Daily Show on the site, I'm always very happy to stop and write about it. On the April 8th episode of the show, Stewart did a segment responding to recent Fox News coverage on how "awful" Darren Aronofsky's Noah movie is because it's unfaithful. Now, everyone has their own opinion (Sound Off), however Fox News has no idea what they are talking about, clearly being caught without having even seen the film. Jon Stewart responds ever-so-brilliantly and tears them down in return in the segment. Our friend/colleague Kevin McCarthy also appears briefly, out of context, like all the clips.
Following the reveal of a cool IMAX exclusive Fanfix poster for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, it's time to get another look at the webslinging superhero with a little bit of a lower budget. CineFix has sweded a short version of the trailer for the comic book sequel. The fact that this isn't a full trailer just goes to show you how much bigger the action is that has been shown off so far. The way some of the brief action sequences in this sweded trailer have been done is pretty impressive, and I imagine it would take quite awhile to sweded the whole trailer. Still, it's an amusing little bit of fun to hype up the May release. Watch!
If the R-rated cut of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues with 95% new jokes wasn't good enough when it hit theaters last month, then maybe some news announced by Adam McKay and Will Ferrell will pique your interest. The director and star of the comedy sequel announced Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues: No Joke Cut, and they have the full support of producer Judd Apatow saying, "Comedies often fail to get the consideration they deserve because laughter masks the serious storytelling going on beneath the surface. This new cut illustrates that Anchorman 2 can hold its weight against any drama.” It comes as no coincidence the news arrives as the film hits Blu-Ray and DVD on this appropriate day for humor. Watch!