FEATURETTES

These Guys Are Nuts: 'The Expendables 3' Gets a Fun New Featurette

The Expendables 3

Following the colorful pop art posters featuring the whole cast of The Expendables 3, we get to see them in action and on the set of the action sequel. There's some cool new footage, including a great joke from Wesley Snipes, and also some brief talking heads from the likes of Harrison Ford, Sylvester Stallone and more. Some of these bits should actually be in the trailers, showing that the film is very self-aware, especially with jokes about how kicking down the door with guns blazing would be cool if it was 1995 (which is what you could say about this whole series). If this is the end for Expendables, hopefully it's a big blast.

 Posted July 23 in Featurette, To Watch | Comments

Watch: New Footage in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' IMAX Featurette

Guardians of the Galaxy

Though director James Gunn is pretty adamant that Guardians of the Galaxy won't team-up with The Incredible Hulk in any future films, that's no reason to not be excited for the cosmic team's debut on the big screen next month. In fact, the buzz from the footage screened for fans earlier this month and some advances screenings has been very positive, and to keep the hype going, Gunn talks about how great it will be to see this Marvel film on an IMAX screen. It's been crafted specifically for the giant screen with shifting aspect ratios, and the director previously promised a unique experience from the traditional theater. Watch!

 Posted July 21 in Featurette, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Philip Seymour Hofman in 'A Most Wanted Man' Featurette

A Most Wanted Man

Next week, one of just two more performances from the late Philip Seymour Hoffman arrives in theaters in Anton Corbijn's quiet, stirring spy thriller A Most Wanted Man. We've already seen the great trailer (I saw the film at Sundance and loved it), but now we get a look behind the scenes, where we get to enjoy what little unseen footage we have of Hoffman still alive and making great movies. TIME debuted the featurette, and in it we also learn that Corbijn wanted Hoffman, before he passed away, to have a role in his forthcoming film Life starring Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan, but we'll never see it happen now. At least we get to enjoy this fantastic performance from an actor who is missed more everyday. Watch below!

 Posted July 18 in Featurette, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Cool 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' 17-Minute Featurette

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Now when we say cool, we mostly mean if you're a kid. Because this is a 17-minute special from Nickelodeon that goes behind the scenes of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. So there's a lot of faux hype from Will Arnett and Megan Fox talking about making the film and showing some new footage. But what's really is cool is that they also talk to Alan Ritchson, Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard and Noel Fisher, who play Raphael, Leonardo, Donatello and Michelangelo (the voice of Leonardo is Johnny Knoxville though). There's plenty of cool stuff to see from the movie, though the video quality is a little low. Watch!

 Posted July 18 in Featurette, To Watch | Comments

'Lucy' Featurette with Scarlett Johansson on International Locations

Lucy

"Life was given to us a billion years ago. What have we done with it?" We're getting closer to the release of Luc Besson's seemingly fun action thriller Lucy, starring Scarlett Joahnsson as a woman who unlocks her minds full potential after a drug concealed in her body begins to change her into a lethal weapon with unfathomable abilities. Now a new featurette has popped up, focusing the film's shooting in Taipei, complete with some cool new footage of Johansson using her quickly expanding mind powers. This looks like it's going to be full of great action, and could be another great piece of sci-fi from Besson. Watch below!

 Posted July 10 in Featurette, To Watch | Comments

Spielberg & Oprah Talk 'Hundred-Foot Journey' in New Featurette

The Hundred-Foot Journey

When the first trailer for Lasse Hallstrom's adaptation of The Hundred-Foot Journey debuted, quite a big deal was made by the fact that the film is produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey. And now the two entertainment powerhouses discuss the charming story of a clash between two different cultures who eventually find a way to co-exist. Helen Mirren plays a stuck up restaurant proprietor who is not too pleased when an Indian establishment opens up across the street. It looks a little cheesy, but it seems to have a lot of heart, and if the story has the approval of Spielberg, then it must have something to it.

 Posted July 8 in Featurette, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Featurette for Richard Linklater's 12-Year Project 'Boyhood'

Boyhood

The release of Richard Linklater's 12-year passion project Boyhood is just under two weeks away, and audiences everywhere need to go out of their way to see the film that is not only a remarkable cinematic achievement, but also a beautiful coming-of-age tale. Now a new featurette on the original and unique film has surfaced, featuring Linklater talking about the inception of the project along with stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette. Much of the talk is about the unorthodox production, shooting a few scenes every year for 12 years, and how amazing it was to reunite as Ellar Coltrane aged before their eyes. Watch now!

 Posted July 1 in Featurette, To Watch | Comments

Watch: SoundWorks Featurette on 'How to Train Your Dragon 2'

How to Train Your Dragon 2

DreamWorks Animation finally released How to Train Your Dragon 2 in theaters last month, and the film is definitely on par with the original fantasy adventure. Now a new featurette dives into the sound design and editing of the animated film, which is always fascinating since all of the sounds in the film have to be manufactured behind the scenes. SoundWorks Collection always has the coolest, in-depth look at this element of production, complete with insight from talents who bring the sounds to life, like Skywalker Sound re-recording mixer and sound designer Randy Thom and director Dean DeBlois. Watch below!

 Posted July 1 in Animation, Featurette, To Watch | Comments

'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Featurette Highlights Incredible VFX

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

We've already seen an awesome side-by-side comparison video showing footage from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes before and after visual effects have been applied to bring the apes to life. Now a new featurette explains more about how those effects were done, with Weta Digital responsible for more state-of-the-art technology allowing motion-capture performances to happen at a set on-location. Some of the talents behind these mind-blowing effects talk about the process, albeit briefly, as we see footage of performers like Andy Serkis and Toby Kebbell and their fully rendered ape alter egos. We can't wait to see this. Watch!

 Posted June 24 in Featurette, To Watch | Comments

'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Video Recalls Simian Flu Epidemic

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The most recent TV spot for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes looked back at the past events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes to set the stage for the summer sequel. Now a new video explains some of the events that have happened between the first film in 2011, and where the human race finds itself 10 years later. Government activity has been suspended, a large sect of the population has been wiped out by the simian flu (shown in the end credits of the first prequel), and the world is in chaotic, apocalyptic times. This video shows a series of newsreel footage and reports about the dark times leading to the dawn of the apes. Watch!

 Posted June 13 in Featurette, SciFi, To Watch | Comments

Meet IMAX's New 3D Digital Camera Used on 'TF4' in New Featurette

IMAX 3D Digital Camera Featurette

Time to take a look at IMAX's shiny new toy. Today, IMAX has announced and unveiled first official photos and a video featurette for their new IMAX 3D Digital Camera, a new camera system designed to capture 3D footage at IMAX-resolution. The camera was already used on Michael Bay's TF4, or Transformers: Age of Extinction, and gets some extra time in the featurette focused on that; it was also used on the Island of Lemurs: Madagascar and Hubble 3D docs. It's kind of small, looks versatile, and shoots at 4K in 3D. "IMAX’s fully integrated dual 65mm 4K digital large-format 3D camera delivers stunning image quality and is smaller, lighter and easier to use than other 3D digital camera systems on the market." Check this out.

 Posted June 13 in 3D, Featurette, To Watch | Comments

Fox Searchlight Created a LEGO Version of 'Grand Budapest Hotel'

The Grand Budapest

Though Fox Searchlight has already release The Grand Budapest Hotel in theaters, the film is poised to hit Blu-Ray & DVD next week on June 17th. Normally these occasions aren't worth writing about, but in order to celebrate the release of the Wes Anderson comedy, the studio commissioned a huge LEGO version of the title hotel. Ryan Ziegelbauer and a team of eight builders put the model together, and as the featurette below indicates, they spent 575 hours building and designing the replica. It's composed of more than 50,000 certified LEGO bricks from collectors and wholesalers from Lithuania, Poland, Latvia, Germany, Italy and 14 different states in the U.S. Now we just wish they would sell this in stores. Watch!

 Posted June 13 in Cool Stuff, Featurette, Hype, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Focus on Score in 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' Featurette

How to Train Your Dragon 2

This weekend, in addition to the raucous comedy of 22 Jump Street, families will have some entertainment with another sequel, How to Train Your Dragon 2. Early buzz on the film has been pretty great, and the last featurette for the animated film showed off some of the new dragons encountered by Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless. Now a new featurette focuses solely on the score, composed by John Powell (Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon) with the help of Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi. Powell comments on his task, "I believe it’s my job to be slightly behind your emotion as a viewer, never in front of it.” Watch!

 Posted June 11 in Animation, Featurette, To Watch | Comments

Watch: First Footage from 'Fury' Features Fatigued, Filthy Fighters

Fury

How's that for some alliteration? For some reason, Wargaming.net is the first to debut footage from David Ayer's tank drama Fury after showing off a cool featuette at E3 this week. There's tons of great footage both from the film and behind the scenes, showing off the fatigued five-man crew of the titular tank as they carry on a mission behind enemy lines. Brad Pitt gets back in World War II mode, though this looks a little less exaggerated and stylized than Inglorious Basterds. But he's still got a great cast including Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena and Jon Bernthal at his side. This looks pretty great. Watch!

 Posted June 10 in Featurette, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

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