It's Thursday, and now it's Thor's day. Following two TV spots this week, we now have a cool featurette from the Marvel sequel, Thor: The Dark World, complete with interviews with Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston. However, what's weird is that this featurette feels like it was made for people who didn't see Thor or The Avengers. Still there's some cool footage on display as the sequel gets closer. In addition, a couple international posters have surfaced highlighting the villain Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) and the popular supporting character Heimdall (Idris Elba), finally getting his due diligence. More below!
"Who am I? And why did I imprison you for 20 years?" Following the recent eerie viral teaser for Oldboy, advertising the creepy hotel that Josh Brolin finds himself imprisoned in for 20 years, we have a featurette on Spike Lee's remake of the 2003 Park Chan-wook film of the same name. There's tons of new footage and also some great talking heads with Brolin, Lee, writer Mark Protosevich, and supporting stars Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley and more. This looks like it's going to be one hell of an intense remake, and might put all the naysayers to rest once it hits theaters later this fall. Watch!
Earlier this week, we checked out a quick video highlighting an audition reel featuring Christian Bale's screen test for Batman Begins. The footage featured Bale donning a slightly less grizzly version of his Batman voice, complete with the suit worn by Val Kilmer in Batman Forever. At the time, the report which also indicated that the entire featurette, which comes on The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition (available now), also showed off an audition from Cillian Murphy. The actor didn't become Batman, and ended up playing Scarecrow. But now we get to see him as Batman. Watch below!
Don't forget that the classic film The Wizard of Oz is coming back to theaters, but this time it will be presented for the first time in IMAX 3D, just before the 75th Anniversary Blu-Ray hits shelves shortly thereafter. Now a cool featurette has surfaced showcasing all the hard work that went into restoring the film and converting it to 3D for the best possible presentation on the giant screen. From a brief display of how the crew outlines the imagery for 3D conversion to the use of the IMAX screen, this is a fantastic look into the restoration of a classic, and shows that this experience will truly be something to behold. Watch below!
We've already highlighted some cool featurettes showcasing the special effects of blockbusters like The Great Gatsby, Elysium and Iron Man 3. Now a new featurette shows us an awesome and detailed visual effects breakdown for Guillermo del Toro's epic, monstrous blockbuster Pacific Rim. More specifically, this focuses on the informative prologue that explains how the kaiju came to attack Earth, and how humanity built the Jaeger robots to fight them. There's no narration, but the images speak for themselves, showing all the different layers, elements and more that go into making these sequences look real. Watch!
Just a few days ago, our own Alex Billington took to the mountains for the Telluride Film Festival where he was able to check out Steve McQueen's new movie 12 Years a Slave starring Chiwetel Ejiofor as a free black man named Northup who was kidnapped and sold into slavery, leaving behind his family and kicking off 12 years of a grueling life without freedom. Reviews (including our own) have been ranting and raving about how amazing this film is, and now a new featurette goes behind the scenes of the drama with some new footage that hasn't been featured in the first powerful trailer. This is one you won't want to miss.
Next week, the eagerly anticipated sci-fi sequel Riddick is coming to theaters, nearly 10 years after The Chronicles of Riddick arrived in 2004. We've already seen a handful of exciting trailers, but now we get a sneak peek behind the scenes of the film with star Vin Diesel and director David Twohy. Along with new footage from the film, there's also explanation of the story and a little bit of background from the previous films. This film will be the second major release starring Diesel from Universal Pictures, and while it won't be quite as big a hit as Fast & Furious 6, there are certainly a lot of loyal fans waiting for this flick. Watch!
At the end of last weekend, the first teaser for Divergent, the adaptation of Veronica Roth's young adult novel, starring Shailene Woodley came online. While the film still has some convincing to do for audiences who haven't read the book, it seems like there's potential for some intriguing sci-fi here. Now the first featurette is online featuring interviews with Woodley and other cast members like Theo James, Jai Courtney, Kate Winslet, Ashley Judd and more as they gush about the story and the world in which it exists. There's some good info for anyone not familiar with the books, and a cool look behind the scenes.
Though the film might not live up to the provoking originality of District 9, director Neill Blomkamp still delivered some fun, sci-fi action just over a couple weeks ago with Elysium. It's definitely worth seeing on the big screen, even if it's a derivative story, because the action and special effects are damn impressive. Now you can see how impressive they really are in this new featurette which shows the combination of practical and visual effects, which include gray mo-cap suited stand-ins for the security robots, helicopters doubling as spaceships, and some real locations used for Elysium itself. It's a pretty cool featurette. Watch!
The Blu-Ray and DVD release of Iron Man 3 is coming on September 24th, and one of the bonus features on the disc will include the first featurette for Thor: The Dark World, the next chapter in Phase Two of Marvel's cinematic universe. Complete with interviews featuring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige and director Alan Taylor, we get a good tease of where this sequel will take the god of thunder. There's talk of going off-world for most of the movie and seeing the other Nine Realms. Portman teases that it's very "operatic" and the scale is truly epic. See below.
Though new cast member Jim Carrey may not be throwing his support behind the comic book sequel Kick-Ass 2, plenty of fans are still excited to see the film finally hit the big screen next week. Now a new red band featurette gives us a closer look at the heroes and villains facing off as Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and his Justice Forever ensemble colleagues team up to take on Red Mist turned villainous Mother Fucker (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). There's some glimpses of a couple action sequences, but not enough to spoil the whole movie, not to mention great new moments for Chloe Moretz as Hit Girl. Watch!
In theaters this week is Neill Blomkamp's Elysium, the second movie from the mind behind District 9. This time he introduces us to a new world, set in the year 2154, where the wealthy live in a space station and the rest of the world is managed mostly by droids - robotic police officers. Elysium has a handful of droids, and they're one of the best parts of the movie, especially seeing how seamlessly they're integrated into the world. Blomkamp once again enlisted the help of Weta in designing and crafting the droids to film with, and this latest featurette delves into that side of the production. There's lots of cool footage in this, if you want more.
We've already seen the most recent, extended and impressive trailer for Elysium, the new sci-fi film from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp. Some early reviews have praised the new film, and it's going to hit IMAX theaters on August 9th around the world. Now a new featurette dives into the world of Elysium, and the dichotomy of a third-world planet with the lush, extravagant space station built for the rich. Matt Damon and Jodie Foster also pop up in the featurette, diving into some brief character details and plot information. This could be another powerful sci-fi film that makes waves like District 9 did. Watch below!
It's time for our long-awaited first look! Alas it's only a set photo, an official one thankfully, but we're still waiting to see some real footage from this highly anticipated sci-fi film. Our friends at The Film Stage have come across the first photo, international poster and a very short behind-the-scenes featurette for Wally Pfister's Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp and Rebecca Hall. It's not a major reveal, but it is our first official bit of some marketing which hopefully means more is on the way soon. Maybe they'll surprise us with a trailer at Comic-Con? Only time will tell. Until then, this is our initial introduction so take a look.