With films like Avatar and The Adventures of Tintin in our past, we've seen some impressive comparisons between motion-capture performance video and the final product completed with visual effects. However, the work on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, hitting theaters later this summer, is one of the most impressive uses of this technology I've ever seen. No, I haven't seen the film, but this short video released by Fox highlighting the performances of Andy Serkis, Toby Kebbell and some of the other ape performers briefly but impressively shows you how much of the actors' actions and performances inform the final shot.
Whether or not you enjoyed the villain-crammed comic book action that unfolded in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 when it hit theaters a couple weeks ago, it's hard to deny that there are some pretty damn impressive visual effects in the film. Now a new featurette from ImageWorks breaks down how some of those effects were put together. This particualr featurette puts an emphasis on the movement of Spidey, as he swings through the city or fights one of the three villains in the film. It looks at the software that takes real physics into account and also tiny details like muscle flexing in the computer generated characters.
Following yesterday's featurette on the score composed by Alexandre Despat and a special countdown playing before IMAX screenings of Godzilla, in theaters this weekend, this time we have a featurette from the large format exhibitor showing off the massive size of the King of Monsters in this remake from director Gareth Edwards. In addition, we have a look at some of the unused alternate monster designs for the titular atomic lizard from the book Godzilla: The Art of Destruction, which you can buy now. Some of them are interesting, others are hokey. And there's more in the book, so check it out. Art and featurette below!
After seeing the initial red band teaser and the final red band theatrical trailer for 22 Jump Street, there's no denying that Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are one of the best on-screen duos we've seen in a long time. Now a new featurette shows the fun side to such a great bond on the big screen as Hill and Tatum are clearly real-life friends when the cameras are off. Ice Cube talks about their amazing chemistry, and Tatum references his friendship with Hill as being akin to Bad Boys, where it feels like Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are friends outside of the film too. This looks so damn funny, and it's just a month away. Watch!
Starting tomorrow evening, Gareth Edwards' new take on the classic movie monster Godzilla will rip into theaters (read our review here). The film wasn't shot on IMAX cameras, but the sound alone might be worth the extra money to see it on the giant screen (we've heard the 3D conversion is actually pretty damn good too). And if you've ever been to an IMAX film, you know there's a cool countdown before the movie starts, and this weekend it will be shaken up a bit by the King of Monsters. In addition, a new featurette has surfaced with Alexandre Desplat talking about how he created the masterful score. Watch both below!
If you haven't yet watched the UK trailer for the 2014 Sundance selected comedy Frank, you should probably rectify that immediately. Michael Fassbender stars in the film as the titular, mysterious band leader who wears a massive fake, cartoonish head and never takes it off. And Domhnall Gleeson plays the odd little band's latest member, who is keen on showing their strange musical direction to the world. The film arrives in theaters in August, and now there's an extensive 10-minute featurette with Fassbender talking about acting under the head and Gleeson talking about the intimidation that came from that. It's a great look behind the scenes at a charming and unique comedy that must be seen to be believed. Watch!
Following a small batch of new posters, a few featurettes for Disney's fantasy Maleficent have surfaced. They're all pretty brief, but one dives into the creatures of this magical kingdom, including the shape-shifting Diaval (Sam Riley). There's also some new footage of some of the other forest creatures who come to fight with Maleficent. In addition, there's a discussion with Angelina Jolie about the legacy of the villainess and also more of the drum-beating for people to understand that this Disney sorceress is just misunderstood with a complicated past. Can A Million Ways to Die in the West compete? We'll see. Watch!
After the second, full theatrical trailer showed off some gorgeous animation and great adventure, the first featurette for DreamWorks Animation's summer sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2 tells us where the story is heading. We return to the village of Berk five years after the events of the first film, and dragons have been seamlessly integrated into their viking lifestyle. Plus, we also see what Hiccup (Jar Baruchel) and Toothless have been journeying all over, expanding the map of the land surrounding them. This may not have been on my most anticipated films of 2013 list, but I'm so excited for this sequel. Watch below!
So far we've only seen one first look photo from The Water Diviner, a period drama that will mark the directorial debut of Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe. But we finally get our look at the first footage from the film in a 7-minute featurette, narrated by Crowe himself (who also stars in the film), as he discusses the project, cast and more. There's some truly magnificent footage here, shot by Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit cinematographer Andrew Lesnie, showing off a unique film that just might put Crowe in the same league with actors turned directors like Clint Eastwood, Ben Affleck, Sean Penn and more. Watch!
In a couple short weeks, we'll see how Columbia Pictures new plans for an expanded cinematic universe for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 kick off when the blockbuster sequel hits theaters. Of course, the film is already hitting all sorts of international markets, so be careful with spoilers online. In the meantime, check out a cool 10-minute interview special with Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx and director Marc Webb as they discuss the making of the film and their characters. It's strangely serious, almost like a documentary short film. Plus, there's a cool featurette on the sequel's score from composer Hans Zimmer.
We have less than a month before Gareth Edwards' new monstrous version of Godzilla begins stomping around the world again, and just from the most recent trailer alone, it's clear that this isn't your father's Godzilla. Of course, while the classic monster movie is considered a B-movie, a new featurette has the director talking about how the film was meant to be taken seriously, and certainly in the time it was produced, he's right. And its that inspiration that drew Edwards to remaking Godzilla and not making it campy. He takes sci-fi seriously and wanted this new take on the King of Monsters to have weight. Watch!
There's just over two weeks left until The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters, officially kicking off the blockbuster summer season. One of the films arriving in the same month doesn't take a cue from a comic book, but from classic animation. Maleficent tells the story of Sleeping Beauty from the point-of-view of the titular sorceress (Angelina Jolie) who places the infamous curse on the young princess (Elle Fanning), and a new featurette talks more about the revision of the well-known fairytale. Jolie offers some insight into the character, as well as Fanning's memory from her childhood spent absorbing the film. Watch!
Director Bryan Singer is currently in some hot water, but until that impacts the world of movie news, we don't want to comment or speculate on the issue at hand. In the meantime, X-Men: Days of Future Past is still on the way, and we've got five quick new featurettes taking various looks behind the scenes of the superhero sequel. Two of them focus on the film's stylish wardrobe choices and Magneto's helmet, while the other three are part of a cross-promotion between Norton anti-virus software, showing off some new footage and typical talking heads with Hugh Jackman and more. Just one month until the film arrives! Watch!
As of now, we've only seen one trailer for Marvel's cosmic assembly of heroes in Guardians of the Galaxy, but once the blockbuster summer kicks into full gear, we'll be bound to see a full theatrical trailer at some point. In the meantime, why not check out a brief new featurette that aired during last night's episode of Marvel's series "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," which has been shaken up quite a bit since Captain America: The Winter Soldier hit theaters. There's some brief bits of new footage, including Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel as Rocket Racoon and Groot, and it's a short but sweet look behind the scenes.