FEATURETTES

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

Meet New Dragons in Latest 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' Featurette

How to Train Your Dragon 2

The first featurette for the DreamWorks Animation sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2 showed us that five years has passed since the events of the first film, and dragons are fully integrated into the island of Berk. Now a new featurette shows off some of the new dragons we'll be encountering in the sequel that finds Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) encountering a new threat along with a new ally, his estranged mother (Cate Blanchett). And she brings with her knowledge of new dragons, including her own four-winged companion Cloudjumper. There's plenty of other new dragons to be discovered as well, so watch the featurette below!

 Posted June 4 in Animation, Featurette, To Watch | Comments

Behind the Scenes Featurette for Cannes Opener 'Grace of Monaco'

Grace of Monaco

After debuting at the Cannes Film Festival last month, the delayed, once-hopeful awards contender Grace of Monaco will likely hit theaters sometime later this year. But if the reviews out of France are true, it likely won't be in the Oscar race. The film was once slated for a March release before being held for Cannes, and now we get a better look at the film starring Nicole Kidman and Tim Roth by way of a nearly 10-minute featurette that comes from Cannes. Kidman and Roth discuss the story and the real-life characters of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III, and we see plenty of footage from the film as well. Watch!

 Posted June 3 in Cannes 14, Featurette, To Watch | Comments

Tom Cruise Explores the 'Edge of Tomorrow' in 13-Minute Featurette

Edge of Tomorrow

With just under two weeks until Tom Cruise gets back in action with the sci-fi blockbuster Edge of Tomorrow, it looks like Warner Bros. is sending up a bit of a hail mary for those who haven't entire picked up on the story from the previous trailers. The easiest way to describe the film is Groundhog Day or Source Code with an alien invasion. But a new 13-minute featurette led by Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt dives even deeper into the characters, the aliens, the plot, the action and just might show too much from the film and the co-stars kicking some ass and dying over and over. But the buzz has been good, so we're on board.

 Posted May 27 in Featurette, SciFi, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Gareth Edwards Breaks Down Skydiving Scene in 'Godzilla'

Godzilla

Right now you should be checking out Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures' new take on Godzilla from director Gareth Edwards. There's already a sequel in development after dominating the box office and exceeding expectations in its first weekend, so it's definitely worth checking out on the big screen. But for those who have seen the film, then you might want to check out the latest Anatomy of a Scene feature from The New York Times which features Edwards talking about the impressive "Halo Jump" sequence (from the first trailer) where Aaron-Taylor Johnson and a military team dive into a ravaged San Francisco. Watch!

 Posted May 21 in Featurette, To Watch | Comments

Whoa: 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' MoCap Comparison Video

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

With films like Avatar and The Adventures of Tintin in our past, we've seen some impressive comparisons between motion-capture performance video and the final product completed with visual effects. However, the work on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, hitting theaters later this summer, is one of the most impressive uses of this technology I've ever seen. No, I haven't seen the film, but this short video released by Fox highlighting the performances of Andy Serkis, Toby Kebbell and some of the other ape performers briefly but impressively shows you how much of the actors' actions and performances inform the final shot.

 Posted May 20 in Featurette, To Watch | Comments

Watch: A Breakdown of the Visual Effects in 'Amazing Spider-Man 2'

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Whether or not you enjoyed the villain-crammed comic book action that unfolded in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 when it hit theaters a couple weeks ago, it's hard to deny that there are some pretty damn impressive visual effects in the film. Now a new featurette from ImageWorks breaks down how some of those effects were put together. This particualr featurette puts an emphasis on the movement of Spidey, as he swings through the city or fights one of the three villains in the film. It looks at the software that takes real physics into account and also tiny details like muscle flexing in the computer generated characters.

 Posted May 19 in Featurette, To Watch | Comments

'Godzilla' is Massive in IMAX Featurette + Unused Monster Designs

Godzilla

Following yesterday's featurette on the score composed by Alexandre Despat and a special countdown playing before IMAX screenings of Godzilla, in theaters this weekend, this time we have a featurette from the large format exhibitor showing off the massive size of the King of Monsters in this remake from director Gareth Edwards. In addition, we have a look at some of the unused alternate monster designs for the titular atomic lizard from the book Godzilla: The Art of Destruction, which you can buy now. Some of them are interesting, others are hokey. And there's more in the book, so check it out. Art and featurette below!

 Posted May 15 in Artwork, Featurette, Hype, To Watch | Comments

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum Are Best Friends in '22 Jump Street'

22 Jump Street

After seeing the initial red band teaser and the final red band theatrical trailer for 22 Jump Street, there's no denying that Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are one of the best on-screen duos we've seen in a long time. Now a new featurette shows the fun side to such a great bond on the big screen as Hill and Tatum are clearly real-life friends when the cameras are off. Ice Cube talks about their amazing chemistry, and Tatum references his friendship with Hill as being akin to Bad Boys, where it feels like Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are friends outside of the film too. This looks so damn funny, and it's just a month away. Watch!

 Posted May 15 in Featurette, To Watch | Comments

Watch: 'Godzilla' IMAX Screening Countdown and Score Featurette

Godzilla

Starting tomorrow evening, Gareth Edwards' new take on the classic movie monster Godzilla will rip into theaters (read our review here). The film wasn't shot on IMAX cameras, but the sound alone might be worth the extra money to see it on the giant screen (we've heard the 3D conversion is actually pretty damn good too). And if you've ever been to an IMAX film, you know there's a cool countdown before the movie starts, and this weekend it will be shaken up a bit by the King of Monsters. In addition, a new featurette has surfaced with Alexandre Desplat talking about how he created the masterful score. Watch both below!

 Posted May 14 in Featurette, Hype, To Watch | Comments

Michael Fassbender Gives Himself to the Head in 'Frank' Featurette

Frank

If you haven't yet watched the UK trailer for the 2014 Sundance selected comedy Frank, you should probably rectify that immediately. Michael Fassbender stars in the film as the titular, mysterious band leader who wears a massive fake, cartoonish head and never takes it off. And Domhnall Gleeson plays the odd little band's latest member, who is keen on showing their strange musical direction to the world. The film arrives in theaters in August, and now there's an extensive 10-minute featurette with Fassbender talking about acting under the head and Gleeson talking about the intimidation that came from that. It's a great look behind the scenes at a charming and unique comedy that must be seen to be believed. Watch!

 Posted May 8 in Featurette, Indies, Sundance 14, To Watch | Comments

Watch: New Featurettes Explore the Legacy & Creatures of 'Maleficent'

Maleficent

Following a small batch of new posters, a few featurettes for Disney's fantasy Maleficent have surfaced. They're all pretty brief, but one dives into the creatures of this magical kingdom, including the shape-shifting Diaval (Sam Riley). There's also some new footage of some of the other forest creatures who come to fight with Maleficent. In addition, there's a discussion with Angelina Jolie about the legacy of the villainess and also more of the drum-beating for people to understand that this Disney sorceress is just misunderstood with a complicated past. Can A Million Ways to Die in the West compete? We'll see. Watch!

 Posted May 7 in Featurette, To Watch | Comments

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