"It's a very interesting time now, and boy you don't know what's going to happen." Marvel Studios has released a very exciting, nostalgic look back at their 10-year legacy in a new 5 minute featurette. If you're a Marvel fan or superhero fan or movie lover, you'll definitely want to watch these featurettes. Included below is also a "Behind the Frame" featurette from IMAX. Both of these are promoting the massively epic, "it's all come to this" movie Avengers: Infinity War, opening in theaters in less than two weeks. And we really don't know what's coming - it's going to be huge. They just keep hyping it up even more and more. I like how much behind the scenes footage there is in these videos, featuring a look back at Jon Favrau's Iron Man, and going through all of the movies, including Kevin Feige talking along with Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Hemsworth and Scarlett Johansson and Chadwick Boseman. See both Marvel videos below.
"I admired Spots… I would love to have a dog like Spots." Fox Searchlight has released a fun new promo featurette for Wes Anderson's stop-motion animated movie Isle of Dogs, which hits theaters at the end of this month. Every movie records interviews with the cast while on set, to use for promotional purposes later. For this movie, they recorded these interviews with the cast, and then animated their interviews as the dogs they're playing. It's adorable. Anderson explains to Vulture: that after recording spontaneously, "we spent the next several months figuring out how to make those into the cast interviews." Isle of Dogs features the voice of Edward Norton as Rex, along with a huge ensemble: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Bryan Cranston, Liev Schreiber, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, F. Murray Abraham, and Bob Balaban. I really, really love this film, mostly because it's all about why dogs are the best. Enjoy.
"Most pilots wouldn't attempt this… It takes a lot of skill and a lot of practice." Paramount has revealed a new behind-the-scenes featurette for Mission: Impossible - Fallout, once again directed by Christopher McQuarrie. This video dives into the real stunts in the movie, focusing specifically on the helicopter stunt filmed in Norway. This is the same big action scene teased in the first photo from the film, though now that we have a full trailer there's obviously a whole bunch of thrilling action to see. As usual, Tom Cruise did all of his own stunts for this new Mission: Impossible. And it seems that he had to quickly learn how to fly a helicopter solo, which was rigged with cameras for this sequence. It's crazy. And awesome. All the internal camera shots are incredible, it's going to be amazing to see on the big screen. I'm even more hyped for this.
The latest stop-motion animated movie made by Aardman Animations is now playing in cinemas in the UK, and opens in theaters in the US in just a few weeks (starting February 16th). Early Man is their latest creation, directed by Nick Park (watch the final trailers). For a glimpse behind-the-scenes, Tested's Adam Savage got to visit Aardman in Bristol, England and take a look at their process of creating clay models and animating them to make a movie. The video he released focuses specifically on the modeling clay they use, and how they make it so the colors are perfect every single time. "Just what kind of sculpting material is used in making the stop-motion animation characters at Aardman?" Find out in the inside look video below.
"Something comes through the fence." "Through the fence?" Paramount has released a featurette for Alex Garland's sci-fi adaptation Annihilation, hitting theaters next month. I'm super excited to see this, even though this seems like a repetitive way to sell this movie. We've already seen plenty of the same footage from this in the other trailers before. Annihilation stars Natalie Portman as a biologist who travels with a group into a special place known as "Area X" where the laws of nature don't apply. This featurette is named after the "Shimmer", which is the colorful, glimmery wall that they go through to enter "Area X." This also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, and Oscar Isaac. Bring it on, can't wait to finally see what this is all about. Garland is one of the best sci-fi filmmakers today.
"I'm going to do everything I can to deliver the best Venom that I possibly can muster." Sony has released the "live-from-the-set" video shown at Brazil's Comic-Con for the Venom movie, to begin building buzz for this upcoming Spidey spin-off set to hit theaters in October. Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, 30 Minutes or Less, Gangster Squad) is directing, though not much is known about the plot yet, except that it takes place mostly in San Francisco. Tom Hardy stars as Eddie Brock, with a cast including Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Woody Harrelson, and Jenny Slate. Fleischer drew inspiration from two comic runs: Lethal Protector, in which Venom moves to San Francisco and tackles five new offspring of the Venom Symbiote; and Planet of the Symbiotes, where Earth is invaded by an army of symbiotes. This video doesn't show much at all, but it is a cool introduction. There's also a fairly boring first look shot of Hardy as Brock to see below.
"Even though he's the head a tribe, he's a hell of a lot more than that." Marvel Studios + Disney have just released a featurette video for Ryan Coogler's upcoming Black Panther movie, which hits theaters next month. This video focuses on Black Panther's comic book origins, featuring appearances by Kevin Feige and Stan Lee talking about the character, along with a few behind-the-scenes shots. Directed by Ryan Coogler (of Fruitvale Station, Creed), the story follows King T'Challa, once again played by Chadwick Boseman, who goes back to his African nation of Wakanda after the events of Civil War. The ensemble cast includes Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis as Klaw, Florence Kasumba, John Kani, Winston Duke, and Sterling K. Brown. This is probably the first big movie of 2018 that I am actually very excited to see.
"We're always attracted to a story that's aspirational." 20th Century Fox has debuted a series of behind-the-scenes featurettes for The Greatest Showman, the exciting new musical hitting theaters this holiday season. It tells the story of showman P.T. Barnum, the original creator of the vaudeville show known as the circus. Hugh Jackman stars as P.T. Barnum, with original songs from the Oscar-winning lyricists of La La Land, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul. The huge ensemble cast also includes Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, Paul Sparks, and Zendaya. These featurette videos include a look at the original planning and production, filming, and the process of actually creating and delivering a big screen musical. Even if you're not that excited for The Greatest Showman, it's still cool to get a look at how they made this.
"Do you remember the first time you saw a dinosaur?" Universal has unveiled a behind-the-scenes video to build up hype for the trailer release this week of the sequel Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. This continues the story and follows characters introduced in Jurassic World, the current reboot of the Jurassic Park sci-fi dinosaur park series. The plot involves the group going back to Isla Nublar to try and save some dinos before a volcano eruption takes out the entire island. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return again, with a cast including Jeff Goldblum, BD Wong, Toby Jones, Ted Levine, James Cromwell, Geraldine Chaplin, and Rafe Spall. This promo borrows from Star Wars' marketing playbook by giving us an exciting behind-the-scenes look at the new movie, along with a glimpse at some footage. Trailer soon.
"This is the hardest physical thing I've done yet." Time for a Star Wars training montage! Disney released another behind-the-scenes featurette for Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi, this one all about the physical training and fight choreography with the actors. It starts out focusing on Daisy Ridley as Rey, but then continues to show footage of Gwendoline Christie, John Boyega, Kelly Marie Tran, and finally Adam Driver as Kylo Ren. At this point, Disney is just giving us more teases and glimpses to keep the hype going until it hits theaters in two weeks. I've already got my tickets, I'm already ready to go, hoping nothing I've seen so far spoils the in-theater experience. It is exciting to see how much work they put into this movie, all the effort into making it look perfect. And I wish I was friends with this Liang Yang guy. He seems cool.
"I'm putting together a team, people with special abilities…" We're now a few days away from the highly anticipated, first ever live-action Justice League movie opening in theaters everywhere. Are you ready? Is the world ready? We'll find out after this weekend. In anticipation of the opening, fellow movie lover Anton Volkov put together a tribute video, looking back at the four other DC movies from the DCEU that have been building up and leading to this Justice League moment - including Man of Steel and Wonder Woman. There aren't as many movies as Marvel's lead-up, but there's still a good amount and finally the team will come together to save the world/universe. This is a cool video to get you in the mood for and caught up with the current DC movies, in hopes you will just have a good time at the cinema this weekend. Fire it up below.
"It's like a real journey of discovery." There's only 52 days left until Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in theaters, which means the marketing machine is starting to rev its engines. Lucasfilm has released another new behind-the-scenes featurette (there was one from Comic-Con as well) this time focusing on director Rian Johnson and his work on this next Star Wars movie. There isn't a lot of new footage revealed, but it is delightful to watch Johnson geek out on set, and to hear everyone talk about how charming he is. There's appearances by Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Gwendoline Christie, Oscar Isaac, and a few others. It's exciting to see how much Disney is pushing the director, not just the stars and the film, because Rian is really one of the best guys out there. Dive in and get ready for this movie.