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!
"What is this? A pirate gun?" A couple trailers for A Good Day to Die Hard promise a fun action flick with some entertaining father-son banter between Bruce Willis and Jai Courtney as they battle bad guys in Russia. Now the junior McClane gets the spotlight in a new featurette that has been revealed as part of a cross promotion between Dodge Ram trucks and the action sequel. Thankfully, the featurette doesn't even play like a commercial for the trucks, and you wouldn't even know it was from Dodge if it wasn't for the source page. Anyway, there's some cool new footage and talk with Jai Courtney about the big role. Watch it!
Despite the delay from September to January, we still have high hopes that the crime drama Gangster Squad will be a solid entry in the drama. It looks to have a very retro feel to the crime era and maybe even films of the 40s and 50s, albeit with a contemporary edge. Though it would have been nice to see the film shake a stick at this awards season, this is already a very competitive year, so maybe the January release works out a little better for Ruben Fleischer's first action drama starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Sean Penn and more. Now a featurette looks at the project and calls it a gangster film for a new generation.
After last week's final poster for Judd Apatow's promising comedy This is 40 (described as a sort-of sequel to Knocked Up), a new red band featurette with the director and his two lead co-stars Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann has arrived. In addition to the interviews with Apatow, Rudd and Mann, there's also a lot of new footage that makes this featurette more like an extended trailer. John Lithgow shows up in a quick scene, and for those who liked Megan Fox from the first trailer, there's a bit more of her hotness on display here. This is definitely one of our most anticipated comedies coming this winter. Watch the featurette!
"The most important thing is the relationship with the tiger." One of the most impressive elements of Ang Lee's Life of Pi is the tiger, named Richard Parker (you'll have to find out why in the movie), who was mostly a CGI creation. They used a few real tigers on set, but most of the time the tiger seen in the movie is completely CGI, and like the Apes in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, it's hard to tell which ones are or aren't real. He always looks that good, especially in 3D. A couple of new featurettes for Life of Pi, starring Suraj Sharma as Pi, have debuted online, including one on the tiger. The other one includes directors Ang Lee and James Cameron(!) talking about using 3D to bring this amazing story of hope to life. Check these out!
"Boys, I want you to go to war, or die trying." We're just over a week away from seeing America taken over by a dangerous threat in the remake of Red Dawn starring Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Josh Huthcerson, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, Connor Cruise (son of Tom Cruise) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. It should be a fun Thanksgiving feast of action and explosions, and if you need anymore convincing, there's a new patriotic trailer with a spirited rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. In addition, there's also a quick featurette focusing on the Lady Wolverines of our ragtag revolutionary team. Watch!
After seeing the fantastic first trailer for Hitchcock, a chronicle of the trials and tribulations between iconic filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) and his wife Alma (Helen Mirren) during the making of his classic horror film Psycho. The two had a loving but tense relationship as husband and wife, but also as collaborators. Alma always had a strong influence on Hitch's films and he trusted her implicitly. But on the romance side, she was always troubled by his affinity for the blondes in his films. This featurette looks at the unique relationship through the eyes of director Sacha Gervasi, Hopkins and Mirren. Watch!
Disney has done a great job marketing their video game centric animated adventure Wreck-It Ralph. Along with the awesome trailers, the trilogy of faux commercials for the fictional games Fix-It Felix Jr., Sugar Rush Speedway and Hero's Duty were all fantastic. Now John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch and Jack McBrayer talk about their characters from those games in a new featurette. In addition, there's also some great new footage that we've yet to see in any of the official trailers. I have a feeling this is going to be a really big hit for Disney, and we hope it doesn't disappoint when it hits theaters next Friday.
"What if the villain of one story is actually the hero of another story, played by the same actor." I guess I have to run this new "featurette" for Cloud Atlas, even though I really don't like it that much. Yes, this features another one of my quotes from my review that makes me feel a little uneasy, but it starts off the whole thing, before plenty of other quotes, too. This featurette includes footage of directors Tom Tykwer and Lana & Andy Wachowski and Tom Hanks talking, but barely any real behind-the-scenes footage, mostly the same from the trailer. Which may make it a safe watch before the movie, in theaters next week.
Audiences seem to be uncertain what to think about Ang Lee's adaptation of Life of Pi. While two pretty stellar trailers have surfaced, the visual style and fantastic nature of the story just don't seem to be met with a lot of excitement. Hopefully some good word of mouth will change that when the film gets close to release, but in the meantime, here's a new featurette featuring the Brokeback Mountain director talking about the challenge of this story that many people thought was unfilmmable. There's a few bits of new footage and a cool look behind the scenes of this special effects heavy adventure, including the gorgeously animated tiger.
Despite the debates between audiences who took the time to see Prometheus this summer, one thing everyone can agree on is that the film looked absolutely gorgeous and Ridley Scott still knows how to shoot a pretty film, even if the script isn't all that great. Part of that credit goes to director David Fincher and his film The Social Network. Why? Well, Scott recently revealed that while watching a nighttime sequence that moves from outside on the Harvard campus into a party, he was amazed at how great the film looked with only natural light sources, and that's when he decided he wanted to shoot on the amazing RED camera. He explains his decision to use the cameras and talks about how it helped him technically. Watch!
In the age of computer animation, practical special effects are hard to come by. Using computer generated imagery is just cheaper and easier to manipulate when it comes to major motion pictures. But when impressive special effects come around nowadays, that makes it all the more impressive. It's been nearly a year since Shawn Levy's gritty futuristic underdog boxing flick Real Steel hit theaters, but the film should not be forgotten. Not only did it show a new side to Levy as a filmmaker, but it delivered a kind of family film that's hard to come by nowadays, complete with a bit of Steven Spielberg's energy thrown in. Now a cool featurette has surfaced looking at the real robots used in making the film. It's definitely worth a look.
We've already seen Liam Neeson back in action as protective father and husband Bryan Mills, who just happens to have some special CIA skills to help him track down those who try to harm his family in Taken 2. The sequel throws a curveball for audiences as Mills finds himself taken along with his wife (Famke Janssen) and elsewhere his daughter (Maggie Grace) is on the run as well. Now a quick new featurette has Neeson talking about his special skills that make him a nightmare for bearded terrorists, and the inherent fear and motivation that everyone has to take revenge on the people who would hurt their family.
When Steven Spielberg recently talked about how amazing Raiders of the Lost Ark looked in 70mm on the IMAX screen, it made me giddy with anticipation in seeing one of my favorite films in a stunning format that would make it feel brand new. That's exactly what Pixar is hoping for with their 3D re-release of Finding Nemo on September 14th. In a new featurette, Pixar mastermind John Lasseter and co-directors Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich talk about their realization that the underwater elements which added depth and character to the undersea setting actually helped make a truly immersive 3D film.