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Fox has released an impressive behind-the-scenes featurette for the upcoming Assassin's Creed movie, which opens in theaters in December. Dubbed the "Leap of Faith", the video focuses on stuntman Damien Walters' free fall jump - which was filmed on camera. Jumping from a height of 125 feet, it's one of the highest stuntman free falls in almost 35 years. Walters is the stunt double for Michael Fassbender in the film, playing Aguilar, a Master Assassin sent back in time to unlock the secrets of his ancestry. You've seen the leap they filmed in the trailer - jumping off of the top of one of the buildings in ancient Florence. And in this featurette you can see them setting up and actually pulling off the stunt, and it's kind of awesome. I like that they're sharing this now, before release, not just as a Special Feature on the DVD next year. Take a look.
"Look all around you and see… Deep in the forest, there dragons will be." Oh my goodness, this looks soo wonderful. Disney has unveiled a new TV spot for David Lowery's live-action take on Pete's Dragon, and it's an extended 60-second spot. Oakes Fegley plays Pete and we actually get to hear him singing in this trailer and it's so magical it will make you smile instantly. There's also a few new shots of Elliot the dragon, but this is really just an exciting little glimpse of the movie. The full cast includes Bryce Dallas Howard, Karl Urban, Robert Redford, Wes Bentley, Oona Laurence, Craig Hall and Isiah Whitlock Jr. It seems Disney is very confident with the movie that Lowery made, and is happy to start showing more and more of it leading up to the release later this summer. I'm pretty damn excited to see it myself, if I may say.
"When you're shooting Stormtroopers in paradise, you have the best job in the world, you know? You can't really deny it at that point.” Entertainment Weekly has posted a first look gallery of photos from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, to compliment the teaser trailer for the upcoming Star Wars spin-off. There are some good new shots of a bunch of the characters, played by actors Felicity Jones, Forest Whitaker, Donnie Yen, Diego Luna, and Ben Mendelsohn. Plus there's a good look at one of the new droids. And we finally get to meet Riz Ahmed's character - the Rebel squad's lead pilot, Bodhi Rook. "He he tends to be a little tense, a little volatile, but everybody in the group really relies on his technical skills," Kathleen Kennedy says. There's also some great shots of Stormtroopers, including the new black commando troopers.
WB continues to introduce audiences to the cinematic world of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them with featurettes focusing on new characters in the Harry Potter universe. Eddie Redmayne stars as Newt Scamander, a magizoologist who winds up letting loose a suitcase full of magical creatures in New York City in the 20s. It looks like they're still finishing the FX, so most of the footage involves characters interacting. There's some brand new shots we haven't seen before, and plenty of discussion from author J.K. Rowling, who was much more involved in the making of this than she was Harry Potter. The full cast includes Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Colin Farrell and others. They're doing a good job building up interest in this, as I'm getting more and more curious with each new video they release.
Big news today! Warner Bros has already started the marketing for Zack Snyder's Justice League, which is already filming in London to make its release in November of 2017. Photographer Clay Enos revealed a photo from the set of the new Batmobile (seen below in full) and a small handful of movie bloggers were invited to visit the set last week. In an unprecedented move, the studio has allowed the bloggers to reveal everything they saw and post many of the quotes from their on-set interviews. Nothing major has been uncovered except that they all seem convinced that Justice League might actually be pretty good, despite the mixed reaction to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice this March. Until we see more, check out the shot.
"Remember your heroes!" 20th Century Fox has released a fun "viral" video for the sequel Independence Day: Resurgence, which arrives in theaters in another week. Those who remember the original ID4 may remember that Las Vegas was destroyed by the aliens at one point, and the video riffs on that. It's a tourist video inviting people to come visit what is now known as the "Ruins of Las Vegas", still with gambling and weddings and shooting (futuristic) guns and everything else. "On July 4th, 1996, aliens attacked our planet, destroying our cities. The Las Vegas Ruins Tourism Board welcomes you to come to Vegas and experience a vacation like no other." Not bad, not bad. While the CGI is a bit cheesy, this is a cool promo video. Check it.
"The world is at war. We need the perfect weapon." Universal has released at least three new action-packed TV spots to promote the upcoming late summer release of Jason Bourne, bringing back Matt Damon as Bourne and Paul Greengrass as director. All the footage we've seen for this so far looks pretty damn good, and these latest spots tease even more of the plot. The full cast includes Alicia Vikander, Julia Stiles, Tommy Lee Jones, Vincent Cassel and Riz Ahmed. One of the TV spots seen below drops a big hint about the "Iron Hand Program", which Nicky describes as "even worse than before". It seems Vincent Cassel is a part of that program, but we don't know much else about it yet. I'm really looking forward to seeing this.
"The Assassin's Creed universe is a cinematic experience - the action sequences are massive…" Fox has released the new featurette originally shown during E3 for the video game adaptation Assassin's Creed, starring Michael Fassbender as Aguilar. This has been in the works for a while and is being prepped for a Christmas release. While there are interviews with Fassbender and director Justin Kurzel, neither of them talk about overcoming the stigma of being a video game adaptation, which is still an issue especially after Warcraft. Instead, they focus on talking up how exciting the movie will be and how "massive" it all looks. Which is great, but I wish they would talk more about all of these challenges. That said, this still looks cool.
Get a load of this! The original Star Wars: A New Hope was released in theaters today, on May 25th, exactly 39 years ago. To celebrate the occasion, Lucasfilm launched a new episode on YouTube of "The Star Wars Show". If you're a huge Star Wars geek anxiously awaiting the next movies, this is worth watching because it starts out with Chewbacca (yes, the real one!) on the set of Star Wars: Episode VIII with an appearance by director Rian Johnson. Later in the video, they reveal the first art for the upcoming Star Wars Celebration Europe event - which is a kick ass piece of art featuring some characters from The Force Awakens and the upcoming Rogue One. Our friends at SlashFilm were able to score a high res version in order to provide fans with a closer look at some of the characters, including Death Troopers which we haven't really seen yet.
"Doesn't seem so tough!" Paramount has released a final trailer plus a new TV spot for the sequel Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Out of the Shadow, directed by Dave Green, with the Turtles returning and Megan Fox as April O'Neil. They really went all out, bringing in every fan-favorite TMNT character: Casey Jones, Shredder, Bebop & Rocksteady, and the iconic villain Kraang (spelled with two A's apparently). Brad Garrett voices Kraang, and after holding back in all of the previous trailers they're finally showing some footage of the squishy villain. Will Arnett also returns, with a cast including Stephen Amell as Casey Jones, Tyler Perry, plus Gary Anthony Williams & Stephen Farrelly as Bebop & Rocksteady. Enjoy.
"Dedicated to truth, justice and the bustling small business." The marketing for this movie just gets better and better. The final video from Warner Bros before it opens in theaters everywhere is an "animated short" for The Nice Guys. It's basically a mini recap of the movie and the trailers we've seen so far, so if you want to go in fresh maybe you should stay away. But then again, why not dive in and have fun. The Nice Guys is the new Shane Black action comedy starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, as well as Angourie Rice and Matt Bomer. It's getting great reviews and is worth seeing if you love laughing your ass off. This is only 1 minute long, and I wish they would've made a short with its own unique story, but it's fun anyway.
"Yes, we can pull these orcs off." Universal has released a new featurette profiling the work VFX studio ILM did on Duncan Jones' Warcraft movie, which is mostly CGI considering the Orcs are humans performing on set with motion capture rigs. ILM says their facial capture technology for this movie is groundbreaking, and pushes the boundaries of filmmaking beyond what we've seen with Avatar and the recent Planet of the Apes movies. A couple of movie websites recently visited ILM to see first hand what they're doing, but for everyone else, there's now a video featurette out that shows and discusses some of this technology. It's very impressive to see how much they're really challenging themselves with this movie, and I'm excited to see it. As I've been saying all along - seeing the final fully rendered version of this movie is going to look incredible.
"That's how I roll! That's how you roll!" Paramount has released the second trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Out of the Shadow, directed by Dave Green, bringing back all the Turtles and Megan Fox as April O'Neil from the other recent "live-action" TMNT movie. Will Arnett also returns, and the cast includes Stephen Amell as Casey Jones, Tyler Perry, Gary Anthony Williams & Stephen Farrelly as Bebop & Rocksteady, with Fred Armisen as Krang. This seems as goofy and absurd as the first one, and feels more like a cartoon turned live-action than anything else, but it looks fun. At least there's some action.
Briefly: Finally, we have an actual release date! Buried in the latest IMAX financial report (via The Film Stage) is mention of an actual release date for Terrence Malick's long-awaited IMAX movie Voyage of Time. We've been talking about this ever since The Tree of Life was released in 2011, as it was made around the same time and apparently some of the footage in the IMAX film was used in that film, too. IMAX will release "a documentary film, Voyage of Time," on October 7th, 2016. No other details were included, like a running time. Narrated by Brad Pitt & Cate Blanchett, the doc is an "examination of the birth and death of the known universe" - a voyage over millions of years, which was condensed into a sequence in Tree of Life.