The hype around Edgar Wright's next sci-fi comedy, The World's End, has been building with the most recent viral video and featurette on the third part of the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Now a new featurette focuses on the director himself, complete with interviews from the cast and crew of the film giving nothing but amazing praise for Wright's skills as a storyteller. At times, some of their remarks almost seemed tongue-in-cheek, maybe because the strange soundtrack feels ominous and a little heavy-handed for a featurette like this, but all the compliments are very genuine. Watch below!
"Gandalf... if what you say is true, the world is in grave danger." He's back! Peter Jackson has released the 11th production video blog for The Hobbit, this one focusing almost entirely on The Desolation of Smaug (the second movie) as well as the reshoots and current work happening down in New Zealand. In addition to yet another fantastic behind-the-scenes look, it starts with Peter unfortunately confirming that there will be nothing to show of The Hobbit at Comic-Con this year. The big reason? Everyone is working, even Jackson himself can't make it, and he couldn't get any actors either. He's apparently "so busy shooting" he can't even cut a sizzle reel. So no footage or anything, but we do get another exciting video to tide us over.
Following a hilarious and pun-filled teaser trailer for Sony Picutres Animation's sequel Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, and an amusing featurette with cast member Terry Crews, a closer look at the yummy follow-up is here. The sequel supposedly picks up 60 seconds after the end of the first film, and it's up to Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) and Sam Sparks (Anna Faris) to save the town of Chewandswallow Falls from the engulfing food paradise spawned from the FLDSMDFR. There's shrimpanzees, tacodiles, cheesespiders and a slapsticky family of pickles are just some of the "foodimals" highlighted in the featurette, and USA Today also has a slew of images with details on each of the creatures. Watch it now!
If you've seen The Great Gatsby, then you know that Baz Luhrmann filled his adaptation of the classic novel from F. Scott Fitzgerald with some truly stunning imagery that was glitzy, flashy and just beautiful. But just how much of that mesmerizing setting that we saw on the big screen was real, and how much was fake? Thankfully, Luhrmann has allowed visual effects supervisor Chris Godfrey to post this amazing breakdown of some of the shots, complete with before and after shots, and some of them will just blow your mind. This specific reel only highlights the work of an effects house called Animal Logic, but there were seven more companies who worked on the film to complete nearly 1500 visual effects shots. Watch below!
In just a couple of months, Edgar Wright will give fans what they've been waiting for since Shaun of the Dead was unleashed in 2004 and followed by Hot Fuzz in 2007. The end of the filmmaker's trilogy known as "Three Flavours Cornetto" is nearly upon us, and while that might not mean anything to casual moviegoers, it's an exciting prospect for those who have loved Simon Pegg and Nick Frost teaming up. For those who aren't aware, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and now The World's End are part of a unique trilogy, and now a new featurette breaks down the connection between the three genre skewering comedies.
There's been plenty of talk about Man of Steel lately, from the sequel and a potential follow-up of Justice League, to our examination of the death and destruction in Zack Snyder's superhero reboot. But rather than nitpicking and thinking about the future, this new featurette from SoundWorks Collection merely goes behind the scenes of the sound design and editing for the film that went into creating the audio behind all the action and chaos. In addition, there's a little tidbit that shows how the sound designers actually were able to fit in an easter egg that references the old 1950s Superman TV series that nobody probably noticed.
Independence Day is just around the corner for Americans, and the holiday weekend preceding or following it usually turns out to be one of the biggest of the summer. This season it will be the western adventure The Lone Ranger fighting for #1 with Universal and Illumination Entertainment's animated sequel Despicable Me 2. The little yellow minions are a hit with the little tykes, and families have really taken to Steve Carell's loveable super villain Gru and his adopted daughters. Now Carell takes the spotlight in a new featurette for the film where he breaks down the film's plot. We also catch a glimpse of Eduardo (voiced by Benjamin Bratt at the last minute), the new super-criminal causing problems for The Anti-Villain League.
After the first red band trailer and a Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz) centric international trailer for Kick-Ass 2, we're hoping there's a little more of a tease in store before the film arrives later this summer. But until then, MTV had an exclusive visit to the set of the comic book sequel, complete with quick interviews with Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Donald Faison and more. The set visit highlights the evil lair that superhero Red Mist, now the vengeful villain The Mother Fucker, has created for him and his legion of bad guys. But Kick-Ass and his team of heroes, including Jim Carrey, won't back down. Watch!
Following the first full trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second part of Peter Jackson's trilogy adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic book, a longer glimpse behind the scenes of the film has just been revealed. A six-minute featurette focuses on the beautiful shooting locations in New Zealand that are being used for Middle-Earth. This doesn't seem completely specific to the second film with a look at the making of Hobbiton and more, but it's still a great featurette for fans of the series. Plus, there's something amusing about seeing the actors in full dwarf make-up and wardrobe hopping out of a helicopter.
There's been plenty of action in the impressive trailers and epic TV spots for the summer blockbuster Pacific Rim, but now a new featurette takes the time to show off the giant robots that we've seen battling these huge monsters known as kaiju. The robots are called Jaegers, and this new featurette explains their inception and features director Guillermo del Toro talking at great length about how they were designed and just how important the science behind the robots turned out to be. Cast members like Charlie Hunnam and Idris Elba also detail the different Jaegers across the world with great new footage. Watch!
In martial arts there is no right or wrong, only the last man standing. Unless you like importing Blu-rays from China, the rest of us in America are still waiting to see Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmaster. It will hit theaters in August over here, but in the meantime (or if you have already seen it), there's a fantastic must watch making of featurette out thanks to BUF, the VFX group behind the atmospherics (mostly the snow) in the film. The martial arts epic is about the grand master Ip Man played by Tony Leung and also stars Ziyi Zhang. I still haven't seen it, so this featurette is another awesome tease. Total number of VFX shots: 512.
One of the most ridiculously fun, action-packed movies of the summer so far is Fast & Furious 6. It's fast-paced pure entertainment. And now we're going to dive into the making of one of the key action sequences, the spectacular airplane runaway finale which blew audiences away back when it was teased during the Super Bowl spot in January. Despite the fact that the runaway in the sequence would need to be impossibly long to actually happen, the sequence is quite the spectacle on the big screen. Wired has unveiled a cool featurette which shows how much of the sequence was practical effects, and how much was created digitally. Justin Lin loves his practical action, so you might be surprised how they pulled this off. Watch!
Though Guillermo del Toro's giant-sized, sci-fi action flick Pacific Rim doesn't hit theaters until July, there's plenty of hype going around, mostly because it seems like audiences still need to made aware of the film. There's exposition in the trailers to set up the reason we have giant robots fighting humongous monsters, and then the action speaks for itself. Now a new featurette dives inside the Jaeger robots controlled by two human pilots, and it's a pretty cool little video. Plus there's a cool new banner features Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi standing with their massive robot counterparts. Look!
Earlier this month some cool visual effects deconstructions from Iron Man 3 showed how intricate and artificial some of the scenes in the film were, even revealing effects where it appeared there weren't any (which is the idea). Now a cool new featurette focuses on the heads-up display that we see inside the Iron Man helmet. Most of the time, the cuts are so brief it's hard to soak in all the details that Tony Stark sees inside his helmet when communicating with Jarvis about his suit and systems. It just goes to show you how much time, manpower and detail goes into the visual effects that may be taken for granted. Watch below!