It's still so amazing that a couple of studios are actually making stop-motion animation feature films every year. The creative skill, patience and artistic vision that goes into creating a full-length stop-motion movie is so impressive, and it's always interesting to get a glimpse at that process. Paramount has released a new behind-the-scenes featurette for the indie drama Anomalisa, the new Charlie Kaufman film co-directed by Duke Johnson, which is a stop-motion film that has been earning rave reviews at film festivals. "Anomalisa is 118,089 Frames of Film. Each Animator had a goal of 2 seconds (48 frames) of animation per day. See how it all came together…" I wish they showed more here, but they're probably saving it for the DVD release.
"Here's what makes 70mm so glorious!" Still confused by the "roadshow" version of The Hateful Eight? The Weinstein Company has released a featurette explaining the story behind why Quentin Tarantino wanted to shoot this film in 65mm ultra-panavision and how they're planning to release it in 70mm in certain theaters around the country. The video features Tarantino plus Samuel L. Jackson, cinematographer Robert Richardson, and many others. They explain that this roadshow is basically a big, special occasion that features an overture, and an intermission, and a playbill and everything. This is awesome and I'm glad they finally released this video for The Hateful Eight, the 11th feature shot in ultra-panavision. Do not miss.
"I think he has a great quality of being able to be outraged by something without losing his sense of humor about it." Paramount has unveiled a short new featurette for The Big Short, the out-of-nowhere banking comedy that features a helluva cast. Adam McKay (of Anchorman 1 & 2, Step Brothers) directs Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Karen Gillan, Marisa Tomei, Melissa Leo, Rafe Spall and Brad Pitt in this comedy about a group of bankers that try to plan their way around the recession in 2008. The first trailer hit a few months ago and it looks promising, like there might be something to it. This new featurette mostly focuses on director Adam McKay and his vision for this movie, and his passion for comedy. Give it a watch.
"It's an honor to be part of the process." Warner Bros has unveiled a fascinating featurette on the making of Creed, the new film from director Ryan Coogler starring Michael B. Jordan as Adonis, Apollo Creed's son. We've already featured a few trailers already and have seen plenty of footage, and it looks great, but this is an interesting behind-the-scenes look at what went into the filmmaking process, the many decisions, their inspirations. Sylvester Stallone is involving in this quite a bit, as the video finally connects directly back to Rocky and even he admits it's a continuation of the legacy of those movies with a new generation. I dig all the footage of Ryan Coogler, he's such a talented director. Can't wait! Welcome to the fall movie season.
"To understand this story, you have to understand where it happened - in the mine!" Today marks the fifth anniversary of the rescue of the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped 200 stories below ground for 69 days following the disastrous collapse of a copper-mine in Copiapó, Chile. As we all know already, Warner Bros is releasing their big screen version of this story called The 33 in theaters next month. We've already featured two different trailers previously, but this featurette is meant to remind everyone of how invested the world was in waiting and hoping for the survival of these trapped miners. Antonio Banderas stars and talks in this video. The cast includes Rodrigo Santoro, Cote de Pablo, Naomi Scott, Juan Pablo Raba & many others.
"I had to find something that was a personal connection to me…" Film4 has debuted a new featurette for Justin Kurzel's Macbeth, the latest take on a Shakespeare play, this time starring Michael Fassbender as Macbeth and Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth. The featurette is not so much a behind-the-scenes look as it is a discussion with the cast and filmmaker behind the film, and the decisions made regarding the characters and how they'd play them in this film. It also spends plenty of time with director Justin Kurzel, who is currently in production on Assassin's Creed with Fassbender, discussion various ideas behind how they wanted to set up and pull this off. I'm still very much looking forward to seeing this Shakespeare movie.
"Once there was a young prince whose father, the king of the East, sent him down into Egypt to find a pearl…" Malick! While we wait for the upcoming theatrical release of (one of) Terrence Malick's new films, Knight of Cups, a mesmerizing new behind-the-scenes featurette has debuted. With some glimpses of the actual filming, as well as scenes and clips of interviews, this featurette reminds us all why we should still be paying attention to Malick. Christian Bale stars with Natalie Portman, Teresa Palmer, Wes Bentley and Isabel Lucas. I saw the film at the Berlin Film Festival this year, and after watching this, it really hit me in the gut how much I loved this film and can't wait to see it again. Dive deep into Malick's mind below.
"What were you doing - were you spying on me?" A fascinating new featurette has debuted for the film Pawn Sacrifice, starring Tobey Maguire as chess prodigy Bobby Fischer. The film is an extensive look at Fischer's time battling Russian rival Boris Spassky in the 70's (read my TIFF review). The featurette looks at Fischer's various problems and paranoia that made him so unique, and made him a bit crazy. There's a great collection of scenes from this intersperse with the explanations of what's going on in his mind. In addition to Maguire, Pawn Sacrifice stars Liev Schreiber, Lily Rabe, Michael Stuhlbarg & Peter Sarsgaard. If you're a chess fan, or Bobby Fischer aficionado, or any of this makes you curious, I recommend this film.
"She needed to be soulful, feisty and complicated." Eon Productions has released a new featurette for Sam Mendes' Spectre, due out in theaters in just a few more months. This one profiles the Bond Women of Spectre, specifically two of the women from this Bond movie - Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann, and Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra. They left out Moneypenny! But that's okay, she's still awesome. In this featurette, Sam Mendes profiles both characters and discusses their casting. Monica Bellucci looks very mysterious, but Léa Seydoux looks badass as she's apparently always on the run. Can't wait. In theaters fall.
"Benji! Open the door!" Paramount has debuted a new featurette focusing on the incredible airplane stunt that Tom Cruise did for Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. We've all seen the footage in the trailers, and seen the photos, but this shows you some of the actual raw footage of Cruise himself strapped to the frickin' airplane while it takes off. Yes, he did this for real. This is a very short featurette that only shows the stunt and the raw footage and that's it. I mean, I want to see this purely for this stunt, but I'm curious about the rest of the movie, too. Plus it's cool to see this raw footage now (without waiting for the DVD). Enjoy!
You won't be ready for this. During the Lucasfilm Comic-Con 2015 panel, J.J. Abrams debuted a beautiful behind-the-scenes featurette for Star Wars: The Force Awakens that features no new footage from the actual film, but tons of footage that will make your jaw drop. This is the video that will finally make you realize they got this right, everything about it seems like they're getting back to that amazing feeling of the original trilogy. All the practical creatures, all the sets, all the cast, all the nostalgia, all the new glimpses. This really looks wonderful, and this is the kind of video that just makes me feel relieved. I'm not worried. This is going to be awesome. Right about halfway through I couldn't help tearing up, hit me right in the gut.
"The greatest hits of arcade game characters in one movie - it's pretty insane." Sony has debuted a set of featurettes for Pixels, the video game invasion movie still due out this summer. The first one introduces us to the "arcade heroes" that we follow - Adam Sandler as Sam Brenner, Peter Dinklage as Eddie Plant, Josh Gad as Ludlow Lamonsoff, and Michelle Monaghan as Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten. Kevin James also co-stars. The other featurette focuses on Ashley Benson as Lady Lisa, another video game character come to life. She plays a badass villain of sorts, fighting Ludlow with swords most of the time. From Sony: "Watch the cast of Pixels describe what it was like working with their favorite 80s arcade characters." Enjoy!
"We're going to make this as real as we can make it." Whoa this looks crazy! Universal has debuted a short behind-the-scenes featurette for Baltasar Kormákur's Everest movie, about the 1996 disaster on Everest. The video profiles the on-location shooting in the Dolomites, to make the film feel and look as authentic as possible. It definitely works. Some of the behind-the-scenes shots from this are as amazing as the footage from the movie itself - see the first trailer. I've been anxiously awaiting this movie ever since first hearing about it, and the footage so far looks incredible and so intense. This video explains why - because Baltasar wanted to achieve "big, epic movie moments" for real. Watch this video below, then rewatch the first trailer.
"It's being very respectful of the first two films… then all of a sudden it just swerves… and now I'm going on a journey." This is pretty much the definitive "James Cameron tells you to go out and see the damn movie" video. I know it's probably nicely edited footage, but seriously, they got James Cameron to talk up Terminator: Genisys! So all you haters pay attention. Thanks to a tip from SlashFilm, a new featurette has launched on Yahoo that has James Cameron basically narrating tons of new footage from Alan Taylor's Terminator: Genisys. I've actually heard the movie is better than we're all expecting. Cameron says this is kind of the third movie in the series, forget Terminator 3 and that other one. Fire it up to hear what he says.