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.
"Where to begin?" TWC has debuted a new featurette for the upcoming adaptation of Lois Lowry's The Giver, being directed by Phillip Noyce. This beloved, Newbery Medal-winning novel is finally being adapted into a movie this year, with Jeff Bridges producing and playing The Giver, and up-and-comer Brenton Thwaites as Jonas. We already seen the first trailer, but one of the complaints was that it was all footage in color. In this featurette, the author herself, Lois Lowry, and the filmmakers address the issue head on by asking "what if?" in a cinematic context and answering: yes, there will be a few scenes in black & white. Including one shown in this featurette - which is a very key scene from the story that fans should recognize.
Following six short featurettes that had director Bryan Singer touring some of the sets of X-Men: Days of Future Past, another look behind the scenes at the film has arrived with some new footage from the sequel itself. There's some cool new shots of Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender), both showing some cool action and plenty of tension between the two, plus more of James McAvoy as Charles Xavier. Plus there's some great quotes from Singer talking about getting the X-Men: First Class cast together with the original X-Men cast for a reunion of old and new mutants. Watch below!
Following that awesome theatrical trailer, and a condensed version of it in the first TV spot, we have another look at X-Men: Days of Future Past, complete with more footage, in six new featurettes. Most of the videos focus on some of the different sets like Cerebro, Charles Xavier's mansion and the monastery we've seen in the trailers. And there's also director Bryan Singer guiding us around the X-Men franchise mash-up with an insanely talented cast. This is definitely one of my most anticipated films of the year, and May can't get here soon enough as I get more and more pumped to see the flick. Watch the featurettes now!
How would you like to be seduced by Scarlett Johansson? Well, some unknowing men were put into that very position as part of the guerilla production tactics used in the sci-fi thriller Under the Skin. The film follows Johansson as an alien taking a human form who seduces men off the streets, lures them back to her home base, and then drowns them in a preservation fluid until their epidermis can be stripped and collected. And for part of the film, director Jonathan Glazer actually used hidden cameras and real people who were seduced by Johansson in wardrobe. More is explained in a featurette for the film below. Watch!
Today the action sequel The Raid 2: Berandal hits theaters in New York and Los Angeles, but the film will be expanding over the coming weeks (find out when it hits near you right here). And if you're lucky enough to have seen the film already, or don't mind seeing a short clip of one of the fight sequences in the sequel, we have something cool for you to check out. Director Gareth Evans decided to sit down for The New York Times new regular segment "Anatomy of a Scene" where he talks about the though process and work that went into a specific sequence. In this case, it's a night club fight with Yayan Ruhian. Watch it!
Last year some viral marketing began for Wally Pfister's technological thriller Transcendence, introducing the anti-technology terrorist group known as R.I.F.T. (Revolutionary Independence From Technology). Now the group led by Kate Mara gets a couple more viral videos, keying us into the campaign trying to stop Johnny Depp's innovative work on artificial intelligence and human interaction with computers. In addition, there's a new featurette that shows more footage from the film, including the standard talking heads with cast members like Morgan Freeman and Rebecca Hall offering insight.
Last month we heard about the attempts by Paramount to deliver a cut of Noah to please religious groups and audiences outside of the cut that director Darren Aronofsky put together. But since their attempts proved to fare no better than the cut from the filmmaker himself, they let Aronofsky continue with what he was doing without interference. But the film is still getting some criticism for not being accurate to the Biblical source material, so in one final effort to reassure the naysayers, there's an extended featurette utilizing scenes from the film, behind the scenes footage and talking heads with screenwriter Ari Handel, the film's Biblical advisor John Snowden, and producer Phil Cooke, who made the video. Watch below!
After a new poster showed Johnny Depp loading as if it were accessed by dial-up internet, we have the first featurette for Wally Pifster's technologically centric sci-fi flick Transcendence. We get plenty of new footage in this highlight of the spring release, including an introduction to the primary computer system called PINN (Physically Independent Neural Network). We can't be sure, but it sounds like Sigourney Weaver. Otherwise, it's a traditional featurette with Pfister and Depp talking about the film's story along with the producers and other cast members, not to mention some real-world application. Watch!
"There's no tricks in the photography of Blue Valentine... the artifice of the movie-making isn't getting in the way of the experience, it's allowing for it." This is an excellent and informative filmmaking video that is a must-watch for any filmmaker. One name that many are already familiar with in the movie world online is Kees van Dijkhuizen, a young editor who was crafted some of the best cinematic montages and year-end recaps we've ever featured. His latest work is a video called Insight: Derek Cianfrance, looking at how Cianfrance constructs scenes in his films Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines. Kees uses commentary voiceover and sleek editing to make everything fascinating to listen to and learn from. Enjoy!