"They are fearless in their performances." After listening to that State of Cinema speech (which I still love) from Steven Soderbergh, I'm even more intrigued to finally see Behind the Candelabra, his newest film debuting on HBO after premiering at Cannes this month. We've featured teasers and trailers for the film, but now we have a fantastic 12-minute long behind-the-scenes featurette that's must watch for anyone who enjoys the filmmaking process. Not only does it spend plenty of time with Sodebergh, Matt Damon and Michael Douglas, but also Debbie Reynolds, who knew Liberace, and writer Richard LaGravenese. They show a lot of footage in this video, but I'm impressed with the focus on the making of side of things.
Action! Take a look at our first look at any footage from Joon-ho Bong's Snowpiercer, the post-apocalyptic sci-fi set entirely on a train in a new ice age. We've been featuring the first posters and images leading up to the release of this project after years of prep work for it, now we finally get to see what it looks like. This featurette, first found by The Film Stage, is entirely in different languages but still shows some of the action and early scenes from the movie. It looks as energetic and exciting as I was hoping, and even moreso. Chris Evans and Kang-ho Song get the most screentime, plus a bit of John Hurt and Tilda Swinton. Enjoy!
It's pretty damn impressive that the marketing for World War Z has gotten away with not calling the primary threat in the summer blockbuster "zombies." In fact, I'm willing to bet the filmmakers trained everyone to avoid the word so audiences don't roll their eyes at yet another installment in the horror subgenre. But as we've seen, these infected people chasing Brad Pitt are anything but normal zombies. They're likely not even dead (though fans of the book would know better), and this new international featurette seems to indicate that it's more of an act of nature wiping Earth clean of humanity. Watch below!
Summer kicks off next week with Iron Man 3, and then it's a long time of blockbusters all the way through August. In fact, May is basically sequel month with Star Trek Into Darkness arriving on May 17th, and then the following week we get a double dose with The Hangover Part III along with the out of control action flick Fast & Furious 6. Now some new footage of the latter sequel starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson is here thanks to a new cast-driven featurette showing focusing on the plot and mayhem caused by villain Luke Evans and his "resurrected" recruit Michelle Rodriguez. Watch below!
We officially have less than a month before Phase Two of Marvel's cinematic universe kicks off with Iron Man 3. The most recent trailer is pretty damn impressive, and shows off a whole slew of new armor designs that Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) has to use against a whole army of Extremis soldiers. Now it's time for some behind the scenes material with a new featurette that has the cast of the sequel talking about their characters. Ben Kingsley, Rebecca Hall, Guy Pearce, Don Cheadle and Jon Favreau all talk about what their characters are doing this time. Be aware of some minor spoilers with Gwyneth Paltrow though.
Why live when you can rule. Are they missing a question mark there? CBS Films has unveiled a brand new teaser poster for indie coming-of-age comedy sensation The Kings of Summer, which first premiered at Sundance this year under the title Toy's House. This poster re-uses the photo from the Sundance poster, but gives it a new look and tagline. I've really started to warm up to the new title. In addition, a fun making of video called "Why Filming In Ohio Was The Best Thing Ever For [This] Sundance Darling" was released by BuzzFeed. This is one of those indie gems we support because we love it and hope it breaks out this summer.
In case you didn't know, Terry Crews is replacing Mr. T as the voice of Officer Earl Devereaux in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. The first trailer gave us a taste of the sequel with returning voice cast members Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Benjamin Bratt, Andy Samberg and Neil Patrick Harris, along with a whole slew of food animals that have overrun the town of Swallow Falls. Now Sony Pictures Animation has released a cool featurette giving a brief recap of the first film, and also having Crews guide us through some of the finer points of the sequel, including the infamous Sasquash. And no, that's not a typo.
The last featurette for the sci-fi release Oblivion showed us some pretty spectacular footage, and the most recent TV spots highlighted the destruction of the moon. Now IMAX has released a cool featurette that focuses on the film hitting the big, big screen, and while it wasn't shot on IMAX film stock, director Joseph Kosinski explains that while he shot for widescreen, he made sure to safely keep in mind the fuller frame so that it would play bigger on IMAX screens. You can see some examples of the difference in the featurette, and there are some stunning landscapes and cool shots that will look great in that giant theater. Watch it!
Calm down, calm down. This is just the featurette from the Marvel Phase One box set released this week, but it contains additional footage from all of their upcoming movies, as well as more of the concept art we also posted this week. The video, running just under 5 minutes, features early looks at Marvel's Phase Two movies including Ant-Man, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy. Since production is either just starting or currently happening, there's not much finished footage yet, but this is a very exciting video for Marvel fans to fire up and enjoy.
With just over a month until the release of Oblivion, it's time to let audiences what this film is all about if the trailers didn't do their job well enough. A new featurette has surfaced complete with tons of great new footage from the sci-fi film from Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski. The filmmaker talks about the plot and setting along with Tom Cruise, and honestly, I'm getting really excited to see how this turns out. It has flares of Moon and tons of post-apocalyptic sci-fi films from years past. My only gripe is that Cruise's character is named Jack Harper, which seems a little too much after playing Jack Reacher last year. Watch!
How about that for some alliteration? After the kick-ass Super Bowl spot and extended trailer for Fast & Furious 6 arrived, even naysayers of the franchise like myself had to applaud the audacity and wild action of the sequel. In what has become an Avengers assembly of car thieves from the previous films, the fast-paced sequel promises some outrageous moments. Now a new featurette slows things down and vaguely talks about the return of Michelle Rodriguez as Letty. Franchise star Vin Diesel says this is like her origin story (though not a prequel), but the coolest thing is how Rodriguez found out about her resurrection.
"We go where instincts take us." Time for a look at the inner workings of Terrence Malick. Our friends at The Film Stage have somehow stumbled across a 3-part series of video featurettes called "The Making of To the Wonder". It's beautiful, behind-the-scenes featurettes about the making of the new Malick film out this spring, To the Wonder, starring Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams and Javier Bardem. The film is a sweeping Midwest love story, and this covers everything from casting to their lack of a script (yep!). It also features producers Sarah Green and Nicolas Gonda, all the actors, but not Terry, unfortunately. Still, this is a remarkably rare glimpse onto Malick's sets, and a fascinating must watch video.
"The movie that became a movement." In the last week leading up to the Oscars, The Weinstein Company has released an incredibly lengthy, intimate featurette for David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook. The film is nominated for 8 Oscars, including Best Picture, and has been rocking at the box office in recent weeks. I'm personally not the biggest fan of the film, but I thought this impressive making-of featurette was worth mentioning anyway. Fellow noms Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper star in the film, with Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver, all of whom appear in this along with other guests like Dr. Oz. Enjoy!
Last fall, a great "60 Minutes" conversation with director Steven Spielberg highlighted his work on the historical biopic Lincoln, which is nominated for several Academy Awards. Now another profile featuring the director puts a more heavy focus on the film about our 16th president, complete with interviews featuring star Daniel Day-Lewis and historian and author Doris Kearns Goodwin, the writer behind Team of Rivals, one of the source materials used for the Best Picture nominated drama. It's a fascinating segment, and will make you want to see Lincoln immediately if you haven't seen it already. Watch below!