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Watch: Take a Closer Look at the Science & Sound of 'Interstellar'

Interstellar

Though everyone will talking about The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I after this weekend, there's still some life left in the discussion surrounding Interstellar. Whether it's about the quality of the film (especially when it comes to the sound mix) or an astrophysicist like Neil deGrasse Tyson talking about the mysteries of the film's science, there's plenty to talk about. So how about we add some more fuel to the fire with Tyson talking about the science from the ending of the film (without spoiling the narrative side of things). And for an added bonus, there's also a SoundWorks Collection featurette looking at all the work that went into the various choices made in creating the sound effects and more, especially for IMAX. Watch!

 Posted 3 hours ago in Featurette, To Watch | Comments

Watch: How 'Birdman' Was Made to Look Like One Seamless Shot

Birdman

Right now, you can see Alejandro González Iñárritu's latest film Birdman in limited theaters, but starting this weekend, the Fox Searchlight film expands to even more screens, and you should absolutely go out of your way to see it. Michael Keaton stars as a former iconic superhero struggling to keep his sanity while still trying to revamp his career with a Broadway play. But besides the lead actor's performance in the film, what's great about Birdman is that it was filmed to look like it unfolded in one single shot take. So how did they do it? A new featurette goes behind the scenes of the mesmerizing piece of filmmaking. Watch!

 Posted November 5 in Featurette, To Watch | Comments

Final Featurettes and TV Spots for Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar'

Interstellar

It's officially Interstellar week as we wait for Christopher Nolan's anticipated sci-fi film to hit theaters (don't forget, it hits IMAX screens a couple days early), so we've got some more goods hyping up the film. Don't worry if you're avoiding seeing anymore footage like us, because you don't have to watch any of this stuff. The following five featurettes and two new TV spots are just for the people who can't refrain from seeing everything they can from the film before it arrives. All the featurettes are rounding up into a single five minute video, and the TV spots have been put together too. Isn't that convenient? Watch below now!

 Posted November 4 in Featurette, SciFi, To Watch, TV Spots | Comments

'Interstellar' Featurette Focuses on the Real Science Behind the Film

Interstellar

If you feel like you've seen enough footage from Interstellar, and you've already made your decision to see the film, we're right there with you. We're trying to avoid seeing too much of the film before Christopher Nolan's sci-fi flick hits theaters in a couple weeks. But if you want to learn a little more about the real science that inspired the film, Wired has just revealed a cool new featurette with physicist Kip Thorne (an executive producer on the project), who helped Nolan understand the real science behind wormholes, space travel and more. This stuff is pretty mindblowing, but it's also only a brief video. If you really want to dive into the science of Interstellar, we recommend checking out Wired's article on the matter. Watch below!

 Posted October 23 in Featurette, SciFi, To Watch | Comments

Featurette Finally Shows the Musical Side of Disney's 'Into the Woods'

Into the Woods

Following yesterday's laughable reveal of Johnny Depp as The Wolf in Disney's adaptation of the Broadway musical Into the Woods, a new featurette has popped up that finally shows the melody side of the film that wasn't present in the first teaser trailer. The featurette lays out the story a little clearer as an ensemble of characters are all wishing for something, and Meryl Streep's elderly witch tells them to go into the woods to have their dreams come true. But of course, it's not that simple. Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, James Corden and more belt out a tune and we get to see Tracey Ullman in the film too. Watch!

 Posted October 23 in Featurette, To Watch | Comments

'Hobbit' Featurettes Show Benedict Cumberbatch's Smaug Mo-Cap

Benedict Cumberbatch

Last fall, before The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hit theaters, some images surfaced of Benedict Cumberbatch doing motion-capture performance work to bring the dragon Smaug to life, complete with some wild-eyed facial expressions. Then earlier this year, a featurette showed off how Weta Digital helped turn that performance into what we see on the big screen. Now with the extended cut of The Desolation of Smaug arriving on Blu-Ray on November 4th, some new featurettes of Cumberbatch's awesome work have surfaced online, and it's absolutely fascinating to see the actor dig into this peculiar character. Watch now!

 Posted October 22 in Featurette, Hobbit, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Quick & Cool VFX Breakdown for 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

Guardians of the Galaxy

Hot on the heels of the announcement of an awesome special edition vinyl soundtrack for Guardians of the Galaxy from the cool folks at Mondo, there's even more cool stuff to check out from the Marvel hit of the year. Method Studios is one of several companies who worked on visual effects for the cosmic blockbuster, and short but very cool breakdown of their work has just surfaced online. As always, we wish it would explain a little more about the work, or went into even more detail with the layers, but that's just the cinephile and nerd in us coming out. It's always impressive to see what was created from scratch. Look now!

 Posted October 3 in Featurette, Marvel, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Featurette Shows Meticulous Work on Set of 'The Boxtrolls'

The Boxtrolls

"Everything you see has got to be designed and built by hand." This Friday, Laika's adorable stop-motion flick The Boxtrolls finally surfaces in theaters, and the work of all the meticulous and careful hands will brings joy to thousands. A new featurette has surfaced showing off just how big and gorgeous the sets are, and how detailed and well-crafted each and every character and set piece is in the film, no matter how big or small. Stop-motion animation is a long road of hard work, and this featurette shows just a small fraction of what it takes to get a film like The Boxtrolls made, and the best part is the movie is great too. Watch below!

 Posted September 25 in Animation, Featurette, To Watch | Comments

Watch: 'Tusk' Featurette on How Film Went from Podcast to Screen

Tusk

Starting this weekend, you can finally catch Kevin Smith's odd little indie Tusk, the story of a podcast personality who finds himself held captive and obligated to fulfill the strange desires of a man with a walrus obsession. And if you're curious as to just how a peculiar story like this found its way to the big screen, a featurette has come online explaining how one of Smith's real podcasts actually inspired him to make the movie. Alex caught the film at TIFF last month and called it "cult horror comedy done right, with silliness creeping around every corner." And don't forget about the medical marijuana tie-in to smoke it up. Watch!

 Posted September 18 in Featurette, Horror, To Watch | Comments

Get Inside the Historical Tiger Tank in David Ayer's 'Fury' Featurette

Fury

Following a different glimpse of the story in the latest UK trailer for David Ayer's World War II drama Fury, now we get a featurette that dives into the vehicles of war at the center of this story about a five-man crew of soldiers facing seemingly insurmountable odds and forces from Germany. As the featurette notes, Germans had a Tiger tank at their disposal, which were far superior to the U.S. Sherman tanks. Production was able to get the only Tiger tank in existence from a museum and use it to shoot Fury. It's basically the villain tank in this scenario, a rarity towards the end of the war, and certainly a force to be reckoned with.

 Posted September 16 in Featurette, Hype, To Watch | Comments

'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' VFX Breakdown of Facial Animation

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Though the Michael Bay produced adaptation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles mostly left something to be desired (some inexplicably liked it), little criticism could be thrown at the visual effects. The motion-capture performance of the turtles themselves actually looked crisp, realistic and very well done, even if the rest of the film didn't make any damn sense. Now a cool featurette from Wired (via io9) looks at how they were brought to life with motion-capture technology. More specifically, it focuses on how the facial movements of the actors on set were translated to the final computer generated turtles. You'll also find out how the best scene in the film wasn't in the script. We wish more of that creativity was in the film. Watch!

 Posted September 15 in Featurette, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Ridley Scott's 'Exodus: Gods & Kings' Epic Gets First Featurette

Exodus: Gods & Kings

After director Ridley Scott didn't really say anything to address the complaints of a whitewashed cast for the Egyptian epic Exodus: Gods & Kings, a new featurette has come along with the filmmaker explaining why he wanted to make the film. If the first trailer wasn't enough to show off the large scope and epic nature of the film, then this featurette will get the job done. But that's mostly because everyone says "epic" about a dozen times in this short preview of the forthcoming winter release. It should make for quite the box office battle since The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies hits theaters around the same time. Watch below!

 Posted September 4 in Featurette, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Featurette for David Ayer's 'Fury' Focuses on Five-Man Crew

Fury

If the theatrical trailer for David Ayer's World War II drama Fury, which has flares of Saving Private Ryan, didn't convince you to see the film, then maybe the first featurette will do the trick. The film follows Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena and Jon Bernthal as the crew of a tank called Fury on a mission where the odds are overwhelmingly not in their favor. This featurette dives into the position each member of the crew has inside the tank, giving us just a hint of what their character has to offer in the film. It also explains how Lerman comes to end up inside Fury for this mission. Watch below!

 Posted September 3 in Featurette, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Meet the Gladers in New Featurette for 'The Maze Runner'

The Maze Runner

The most recent trailer for the adaptation of the young adult action adventure novel The Maze Runner looked pretty damn impressive, and we're excited to see where this intriguing sci-fi tale ventures, especially after seeing concept art for the hopeful sequel at Comic-Con last month. Now a featurette has surfaced online introducing us to The Gladers, the group of boys (Dylan O'Brien, Will Poulter and more, eventually joined by Kaya Scodelario) who have been stuck in the area called The Glade, trying to figure out if they're any way out of the maze that connects to their grassy home. This is a great young cast who actually camped out in the big wooded set in New Orleans to build up camaraderie before shooting. Watch!

 Posted August 13 in Featurette, Hype, To Watch | Comments

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