Disney's latest fairytale Frozen hits the big screen today, just in time for families to get together for Thanksgiving and head out to the movies. There's been plenty of praise for the non-Pixar film, and it might even be better than Disney's recent triumphs Wreck-It Ralph and Tangled. Whether the story lands for audiences or not, one thing can't be denied: the snowy animated landscapes of the film are some of the most beautiful we've ever seen. They're realistic, stunning and just perfect, mostly because of how the snow is animated. Now we have a featurette that dives into the making of these animated effects by the use of what is called a material point method for snow simulation. This one is for the hardcore nerds out there. Watch !
We got a glimpse of some of the explosive mayhem (or Bayhem) on the set of Transformers: Age of Extinction in a first look photo from earlier this year, but now an even better look behind the scenes has popped up. The airheads over at Entertainment Tonight were given access to the set in "Hong Kong" where they filmed some segments during production of a scene with plenty of action. Of course, since the Autobots and Decepticons will be added in post-production, we don't know what's going on besides explosions, vehicle destruction and chaos. Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor were there too. Watch!
After seeing the sci-fi sensation Gravity, the film's special effects are so seamless and realistic, you're not sure where practical filmmaking ends and the world of visual effects and computer generated imagery begins. If you saw the film in 3D, the film is that much more captivating, and knowing that every single shot of the film is a visual effects shots makes the 3D elements of the film all the more impressive and taxing on the filmmakers. Now a featurette (that's really more of a technical sales pitch) shows how the 3D conversion process and visual effects can work together easily by way of View-D. It's very sophisticated, but cool to see.
Some fans of The Hobbit might remember that last year, this writer went out to Denny's corporate headquarters to check out a special cross-promotion event between Denny's and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. We highlighted the Middle-Earth themed menu after tasting each of the items that reference Peter Jackson's fantasy blockbuster. This year, the restaurant is doing the same thing for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and they've just unveiled an exclusive featurette that looks at the house of Beorn (Mikael Persbrandt), where our heroes have to hide out momentarily after being chased. There's some behind the scenes footage and more in this cool featurette worth checking out. Watch below!
There has been some pretty unique and clever marketing for Spike Lee's remake of Oldboy, including an advertisement for Hotel Oldboy, some escorts making the rounds at Comic-Con and a Tumblr looking at what happened over the 20 years that Josh Brolin's character Joe Doucett is held captive. Now a new red band online spot highlights the Oldboy workout as Doucett takes it upon himself to get in shape, in hopes of being released and seeking revenge against the people who put him there. In addition, a new featurette focuses on Brolin's transformation in the film. Oldboy arrives in just a few weeks, and we can't wait to see it.
It's been an overload of stuff from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug over the past couple days. While we figured the hype had died down for awhile following the release of an extended three-minute trailer yesterday, director Peter Jackson has returned with a new production blog. It's been a few months since the last update, as the last production diary let us know that the film wouldn't be appearing at Comic-Con this year, but this new video makes it worth the wait. The 12th production blog highlights all the pick-up scenes that the cast and crew had to shoot this summer. As always, the best bits come from seeing the actors in full make-up but out of character on the set, and what an incredible set it seems to be. Watch!
Right now you can see Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa in theaters, and while it doesn't have the same fast-pace and super outlandish pranks from the real Jackass franchise, it's still an entertaining comedy. The narrative is an interesting addition to the candid camera style pranks, but it definitely slows down the film. Of course, it doesn't make their achievement any less impressive, and you might find yourself wondering just how they did it. Thankfully, there's a cool behind-the-scenes featurette that shows how they set up marks to sell a given prank to the real people, and also Johnny Knoxville's awareness when stuff goes awry.
Following the debut of footage at Comic-Con from the Kickstarted film adaptation of the canceled detective series Veronica Mars, another new featurette has popped up online from the film's official Vimeo channel. This one features loads of talking heads with the cast and crew including star Kristen Bell as they dive into one of the elements that drove fans crazy in the series: The Love Triangle between Veronica, Stosh "Piz" Piznarski (Chris Lowell) and Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring). We get a much better idea of where Veronica is at ten years after the season finale and some of the conflicts that may arise in her return. Watch!
Following the dramatic first trailer for the harrowing real-life story Lone Survivor, based on SEAL Team 10 member Marcus Luttrell's book of the same name, a featurette for the Universal Pictures release has been unveiled, diving into the details of the true story. Complete with new footage from the film and talking heads from director Peter Berg talking about how stars Mark Wahlberg, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster and Taylor Kistch had to capture the warrior's spirit that these real soldiers had. Luttrell also appears in the featurette, talking about the mission gone wrong and consulting on the film to make it more realistic.
We're just under a couple weeks out before Gavin Hood's adaptation of the classic sci-fi novel Ender's Game starring Asa Butterfield hits the big screen, and leading up to the release, we have a cool featurette that goes behind the scenes of the extensive visual effects which bring the film to life. Complete with talking heads from Hood, several of the producers, and even star Harrison Ford, the featurette gives us an idea of the work that went into building this world. As indicated in the video, the visual effects artists on Ender's Game spent 3,000 hours over three years before production on the film had even began. Watch below!
Right now you can see Randy Moore's bold and daring Escape from Tomorrow, an indie shot in Disney World without permission. Many people have been wondering just how the film came to be, and an extended featurette has made its way online with Moore talking about the inception of the idea, some of the difficulties he and his extremely small crew had completing the film, and much more. Again, it's a miracle this film was even made at all with all the references to Disney properties (with the studio choosing not to sue producers) and the guerilla shooting style, but that's what has people buzzing about the film. Watch it!
"After all this time, now you come to visit me, brother. Why?" We've seen plenty of TV spots from Thor: The Dark World, the next Marvel sequel in Phase Three of the comic book film studio's cinematic universe, not to mention a bunch of posters and an epic full length trailer. Now a new featurette has surfaced from overseas, and this one focuses on Loki (Tom Hiddleston) as Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is forced to recruit his mischievous brother to help with a dark new enemy. It paints a perfect picture of the complex villain Marvel has utilized over a couple films, and this sequel pushes that element to the max.
"Everything that you learn helps you appreciate what a rare and fantastic collaboration that is..." The latest, greatest must see SoundWorks Collection featurette is for Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity, now playing in theaters. This time, they discuss the meticulous and masterful sound in the realistic space disaster movie, covering topics including Dolby Atmos and recording on-set. While I wish I could see an entire documentary about the process, they briefly mention how most of the sound came in as "transducer recordings", based on vibrations. All of this connects back to the visceral cinematic experience that Cuarón was aiming for. Enjoy!
"She's not who they think she is... she has to be eliminated." Lionsgate has debuted a new featurette for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire titled "IMAX Behind the Frame", focusing briefly on the IMAX cameras used to shoot some of the scenes in the movie. You didn't forget that this will have scenes actually shot on IMAX, did you? (Because I did.) There are a few bits of new footage that we didn't see in the second trailer, some short conversations with stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, and director Francis Lawrence, and a few behind-the-scenes shots to cap it all off. The more we get to see for this sequel, the more excited I am, everything about it looks bigger, better and more entertaining. Looking forward to this.