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!
There's an "extended preview" featurette going around the web for Pixar's Monsters University, the prequel coming up this summer. It has been shown before (at conventions like D23 last year) but since it's now online, it's worth seeing. The video features director Dan Scanlon introducing the story, concept, updates and other details for Monsters University, bringing back the beloved characters Mike and Sulley for an adventure set at Monsters University. The way he describes it, it's pretty much exactly like an Animal House knock off, but within the Monsters universe, which should be incredibly fun. I can't wait to see this!
"You're gonna shoot your own father?" We've known for awhile that John McClane (Bruce Willis) was going to team up with his son Jack (Jai Courtney) in A Good Day to Die Hard, but some specific plot details have been under the radar. But now a new featurette, full of new footage, gives us a better idea of what Jack is doing in Russia, and how McClane gets caught up in it all. There's also some great behind the scenes footage of the sets, some practical action sequences and stunts and more. Honestly, I still think this looks like fun, but my one worry is the running time which is only 97 minutes, making it the shortest of the franchise. Hopefully that just means it's a polished action film, and not just nonsense. Watch the featurette!
No, it's not a desperate new sitcom on CBS, but rather just the best way to summarize the new promo materials for the March fantasy adventure Oz: The Great and Powerful from director Sam Raimi. Recently we highlighted the mystery that Disney is playing up as to whether Mila Kunis or Rachel Weisz is becoming the Wicked Witch of the West (if you've figured it out, don't spoil it for everyone else), and now some character posters featuring the two potential villains have showed up along with James Franco and Michelle Williams. Plus, there's a childish new featurette with the witches and their monkey friend. Look!
Gather 'round if you've always wanted to work in production in Hollywood, this is a video for you. Avid, the makers of some of the best editing software around, have released a webinar video titled "Secrets from Inside Bad Robot", detailing the all-under-one-roof organization that allows filmmaker J.J. Abrams the ability to swiftly move from one area to another in post-production. As pointed out, TrekMovie (via AICN) has a breakdown of some Star Trek Into Darkness shots seen in this, but beyond that it's just cool to see the inner-workings of Bad Robot on camera. They've opened up quite a bit, allowing bloggers inside for a tour, though this video is mostly producer Ben Rosenblatt talking about what goes down behind closed doors.
With the end of the year looming, The Avengers has been making it onto some lists of the Best Films of 2012 (Ben included it in his year-end countdown just yesterday). And while the hype surrounding the film has died down significantly since it's been on Blu-Ray and DVD for months, Iron Man 3 will keep The Avengers love flying high when Phase Two of Marvel's cinematic universe kicks off next summer. Now Industrial Light and Magic has released a cool featurette looking at the development of that one amazing single shot sequence in the final battle in Manhattan. You know the one we're talking about. Watch it!
"A movie where my head would explode if I was 12..." One of the many stellar sci-fi trailers finally unveiled this past week was for Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim, a futuristic giant robots vs giant monsters action extravaganza. But what exactly is it about and what exactly did we see in the trailer? Well, thankfully MTV caught up with director Guillermo del Toro after the debut for this commentary-filled breakdown of the first trailer. They cover a lot, including how much we'll see of various pieces, what a lot of the early scenes in the trailer are showing us, and much more. It's actually an excellent intro to this original sci-fi blockbuster.
Now that it's awards season, we're seeing which films have the legs to keep the buzz going until the Oscar nominations are announced on January 10th next year. Films like Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty, Les Miserables and Argo are the frontrunners for Best Picture, but The Impossible has a chance at some awards as well. Two of those chances come from the powerful performances by Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts who are highlighted in a new featurette for the disaster drama. However, one of the other characters, so to speak, comes from the stunning special effects, but those have already been snubbed from the Oscar shortlist for visual effects. The Impossible is in limited release right now, so go see it if you can.
Get ready to break out in song this Christmas when Universal releases Tom Hooper's adaptation of Les Misérables the musical, starring Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean. With awards season in full swing, and lots of Oscar buzz coming every which way for Les Mis, Universal is keeping things on high heat releasing four full-length featurettes on different aspects of the movie. These actually delve into the various design areas: hair & make-up, costumes, production design plus one for the new song "Suddenly", they're all quite fascinating. There's plenty to explore in the design work, and this film will be getting awards for it.
One of my favorite films of the year that is officially starting to show up on a number of Top 10 lists for 2012 is Benh Zeitlin's Beasts of the Southern Wild. Fox Searchlight, who picked up the film at Sundance, is now starting their big Awards Season Oscar push for Beasts (it deserves plenty of recognition) which is also now out on DVD. One the many reasons I love the film is it has an incredible score, made by director Benh Zeitlin and Dan Romer. The two created one of the most original and memorable scores (and films!) of the year. Thanks to Awards Daily for finding this featurette, made by The Creators Project, that explores creating the score and Dan Romer's "scientific ability" to match sound to what Zeitlin showed him onscreen.
The release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is just over a week away, and audiences just can't wait. Yesterday, our own Alex Billington gave us some insight into the film and the future of the new HFR technology with the film shot at a higher frame rate of 48 frames per second, double the standard 24 frames per second that has been in place for decades. Either way, this fantasy will be something to behold in theaters no matter what format you decide to see, and a new featuerette from overseas (via Movies.com) proves just that. It's a 13-minute look behind the scenes with cast interviews and lots of footage. Watch it!