There has been some pretty unique and clever marketing for Spike Lee's remake of Oldboy, including an advertisement for Hotel Oldboy, some escorts making the rounds at Comic-Con and a Tumblr looking at what happened over the 20 years that Josh Brolin's character Joe Doucett is held captive. Now a new red band online spot highlights the Oldboy workout as Doucett takes it upon himself to get in shape, in hopes of being released and seeking revenge against the people who put him there. In addition, a new featurette focuses on Brolin's transformation in the film. Oldboy arrives in just a few weeks, and we can't wait to see it.
It's been an overload of stuff from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug over the past couple days. While we figured the hype had died down for awhile following the release of an extended three-minute trailer yesterday, director Peter Jackson has returned with a new production blog. It's been a few months since the last update, as the last production diary let us know that the film wouldn't be appearing at Comic-Con this year, but this new video makes it worth the wait. The 12th production blog highlights all the pick-up scenes that the cast and crew had to shoot this summer. As always, the best bits come from seeing the actors in full make-up but out of character on the set, and what an incredible set it seems to be. Watch!
Right now you can see Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa in theaters, and while it doesn't have the same fast-pace and super outlandish pranks from the real Jackass franchise, it's still an entertaining comedy. The narrative is an interesting addition to the candid camera style pranks, but it definitely slows down the film. Of course, it doesn't make their achievement any less impressive, and you might find yourself wondering just how they did it. Thankfully, there's a cool behind-the-scenes featurette that shows how they set up marks to sell a given prank to the real people, and also Johnny Knoxville's awareness when stuff goes awry.
Following the debut of footage at Comic-Con from the Kickstarted film adaptation of the canceled detective series Veronica Mars, another new featurette has popped up online from the film's official Vimeo channel. This one features loads of talking heads with the cast and crew including star Kristen Bell as they dive into one of the elements that drove fans crazy in the series: The Love Triangle between Veronica, Stosh "Piz" Piznarski (Chris Lowell) and Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring). We get a much better idea of where Veronica is at ten years after the season finale and some of the conflicts that may arise in her return. Watch!
Following the dramatic first trailer for the harrowing real-life story Lone Survivor, based on SEAL Team 10 member Marcus Luttrell's book of the same name, a featurette for the Universal Pictures release has been unveiled, diving into the details of the true story. Complete with new footage from the film and talking heads from director Peter Berg talking about how stars Mark Wahlberg, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster and Taylor Kistch had to capture the warrior's spirit that these real soldiers had. Luttrell also appears in the featurette, talking about the mission gone wrong and consulting on the film to make it more realistic.
We're just under a couple weeks out before Gavin Hood's adaptation of the classic sci-fi novel Ender's Game starring Asa Butterfield hits the big screen, and leading up to the release, we have a cool featurette that goes behind the scenes of the extensive visual effects which bring the film to life. Complete with talking heads from Hood, several of the producers, and even star Harrison Ford, the featurette gives us an idea of the work that went into building this world. As indicated in the video, the visual effects artists on Ender's Game spent 3,000 hours over three years before production on the film had even began. Watch below!
Right now you can see Randy Moore's bold and daring Escape from Tomorrow, an indie shot in Disney World without permission. Many people have been wondering just how the film came to be, and an extended featurette has made its way online with Moore talking about the inception of the idea, some of the difficulties he and his extremely small crew had completing the film, and much more. Again, it's a miracle this film was even made at all with all the references to Disney properties (with the studio choosing not to sue producers) and the guerilla shooting style, but that's what has people buzzing about the film. Watch it!
"After all this time, now you come to visit me, brother. Why?" We've seen plenty of TV spots from Thor: The Dark World, the next Marvel sequel in Phase Three of the comic book film studio's cinematic universe, not to mention a bunch of posters and an epic full length trailer. Now a new featurette has surfaced from overseas, and this one focuses on Loki (Tom Hiddleston) as Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is forced to recruit his mischievous brother to help with a dark new enemy. It paints a perfect picture of the complex villain Marvel has utilized over a couple films, and this sequel pushes that element to the max.
"Everything that you learn helps you appreciate what a rare and fantastic collaboration that is..." The latest, greatest must see SoundWorks Collection featurette is for Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity, now playing in theaters. This time, they discuss the meticulous and masterful sound in the realistic space disaster movie, covering topics including Dolby Atmos and recording on-set. While I wish I could see an entire documentary about the process, they briefly mention how most of the sound came in as "transducer recordings", based on vibrations. All of this connects back to the visceral cinematic experience that Cuarón was aiming for. Enjoy!
"She's not who they think she is... she has to be eliminated." Lionsgate has debuted a new featurette for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire titled "IMAX Behind the Frame", focusing briefly on the IMAX cameras used to shoot some of the scenes in the movie. You didn't forget that this will have scenes actually shot on IMAX, did you? (Because I did.) There are a few bits of new footage that we didn't see in the second trailer, some short conversations with stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, and director Francis Lawrence, and a few behind-the-scenes shots to cap it all off. The more we get to see for this sequel, the more excited I am, everything about it looks bigger, better and more entertaining. Looking forward to this.
It's Thursday, and now it's Thor's day. Following two TV spots this week, we now have a cool featurette from the Marvel sequel, Thor: The Dark World, complete with interviews with Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston. However, what's weird is that this featurette feels like it was made for people who didn't see Thor or The Avengers. Still there's some cool footage on display as the sequel gets closer. In addition, a couple international posters have surfaced highlighting the villain Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) and the popular supporting character Heimdall (Idris Elba), finally getting his due diligence. More below!
"Who am I? And why did I imprison you for 20 years?" Following the recent eerie viral teaser for Oldboy, advertising the creepy hotel that Josh Brolin finds himself imprisoned in for 20 years, we have a featurette on Spike Lee's remake of the 2003 Park Chan-wook film of the same name. There's tons of new footage and also some great talking heads with Brolin, Lee, writer Mark Protosevich, and supporting stars Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley and more. This looks like it's going to be one hell of an intense remake, and might put all the naysayers to rest once it hits theaters later this fall. Watch!
Earlier this week, we checked out a quick video highlighting an audition reel featuring Christian Bale's screen test for Batman Begins. The footage featured Bale donning a slightly less grizzly version of his Batman voice, complete with the suit worn by Val Kilmer in Batman Forever. At the time, the report which also indicated that the entire featurette, which comes on The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition (available now), also showed off an audition from Cillian Murphy. The actor didn't become Batman, and ended up playing Scarecrow. But now we get to see him as Batman. Watch below!
Don't forget that the classic film The Wizard of Oz is coming back to theaters, but this time it will be presented for the first time in IMAX 3D, just before the 75th Anniversary Blu-Ray hits shelves shortly thereafter. Now a cool featurette has surfaced showcasing all the hard work that went into restoring the film and converting it to 3D for the best possible presentation on the giant screen. From a brief display of how the crew outlines the imagery for 3D conversion to the use of the IMAX screen, this is a fantastic look into the restoration of a classic, and shows that this experience will truly be something to behold. Watch below!