This week we'll see the first film focusing on the mythological Greek hero Hercules with Kellan Lutz taking the lead in The Legend of Hercules (formerly known as Hercules: The Legend Begins). With a January release date and Die Hard 2 director Renny Harlin, there isn't much hope for this film that feels like a cheap 300 knock-off, but maybe the Summit Entertainment film has some surprises in store. For anyone who might not be convinced, one final trailer has popped up as a last ditch effort to get audiences into theaters Friday, and if you're interested enough to look behind the scenes, there's a featurette too. Watch!
Right now you can catch the outlandish and wild fifth collaboration of director Martin Scorsese and actor Leonardo DiCaprio. Previously, the two filmmaking giants worked on Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed and Shutter Island. This time, it was DiCaprio that brought The Wolf of Wall Street to Scorsese, and in a couple new featurettes, the director explains that if DiCaprio usually likes something, so does he. In addition, other cast members like Jonah Hill, Jon Favreau and more talk about how the two collaborate on set, along with DiCaprio's take on the crazy but real character who is Jordan Belfort. Watch!
Now is the perfect time to catch some great flicks on the big screen. Awards contenders like The Wolf of Wall Street just hit theaters, and Joel and Ethan Coen's folk music sensation Inside Llewyn Davis is hitting more theaters as well. And while the film is chock full of great acting and the quality of cinema we've come to expect from the Coen Brothers, the biggest triumph is the music, which is a star of the film by itself. Produced by T-Bone Burnett, the soundtrack is a glorious dive into folk music, and now we have a SoundWorks Collection featurette diving into the sound and music in the film, and how it came to life.
If you haven't seen Alfonso Cuarón's magnificent sci-fi achievement that is Gravity, find out where it's playing in theater near you, drop everything, and see it immediately. The film is a gorgeous piece of cinema, and the real marvel besides the spectacular imagery on screen is how it was made. Cuarón is very secretive about how much of the wizardry behind the scenes was pulled off, but this new featurette pulls back the curtain a bit, and shows how the film was so meticulously put together. We get a glimpse at the shooting rig created that put George Clooney and Sandra Bullock inside a pull-away cube of video screens while the camera zooms around them. It's just a mind-blowing glimpse at the making of this great film. Watch below!
The blockbuster sequel Thor: The Dark World has already been in theaters for over a month, and now fans are looking forward to Captain America: The Winter Soldier arriving next April. But in the meantime, why not take a look at how the visual effects came together? This little sizzle reel from Blur Studio shows how various pieces of filmmaking came together from computer generated visual effects to blue screen set shooting and even the use of a camera rig that shoots on an empty special effects stage within a virtual environment for big action scenes. It's an eye-opening and impressive look at how these VFX work.
In addition to the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug everywhere this Friday, the charming Walt Disney based film Saving Mr. Banks gets a limited release before expanding to theaters everywhere next Friday. Tom Hanks plays the creator of the legendary theme park, film studio and empire of magical characters and worlds as he tries to secure the rights to turn P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) novel Mary Poppins for a feature film adaptation. Now we have two new featurettes for the film focusing on the music and also the iconic, Oscar-nominated actor who is Tom Hanks and how he became Walt Disney. Watch now!
Disney's latest fairytale Frozen hits the big screen today, just in time for families to get together for Thanksgiving and head out to the movies. There's been plenty of praise for the non-Pixar film, and it might even be better than Disney's recent triumphs Wreck-It Ralph and Tangled. Whether the story lands for audiences or not, one thing can't be denied: the snowy animated landscapes of the film are some of the most beautiful we've ever seen. They're realistic, stunning and just perfect, mostly because of how the snow is animated. Now we have a featurette that dives into the making of these animated effects by the use of what is called a material point method for snow simulation. This one is for the hardcore nerds out there. Watch !
We got a glimpse of some of the explosive mayhem (or Bayhem) on the set of Transformers: Age of Extinction in a first look photo from earlier this year, but now an even better look behind the scenes has popped up. The airheads over at Entertainment Tonight were given access to the set in "Hong Kong" where they filmed some segments during production of a scene with plenty of action. Of course, since the Autobots and Decepticons will be added in post-production, we don't know what's going on besides explosions, vehicle destruction and chaos. Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor were there too. Watch!
After seeing the sci-fi sensation Gravity, the film's special effects are so seamless and realistic, you're not sure where practical filmmaking ends and the world of visual effects and computer generated imagery begins. If you saw the film in 3D, the film is that much more captivating, and knowing that every single shot of the film is a visual effects shots makes the 3D elements of the film all the more impressive and taxing on the filmmakers. Now a featurette (that's really more of a technical sales pitch) shows how the 3D conversion process and visual effects can work together easily by way of View-D. It's very sophisticated, but cool to see.
Some fans of The Hobbit might remember that last year, this writer went out to Denny's corporate headquarters to check out a special cross-promotion event between Denny's and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. We highlighted the Middle-Earth themed menu after tasting each of the items that reference Peter Jackson's fantasy blockbuster. This year, the restaurant is doing the same thing for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and they've just unveiled an exclusive featurette that looks at the house of Beorn (Mikael Persbrandt), where our heroes have to hide out momentarily after being chased. There's some behind the scenes footage and more in this cool featurette worth checking out. Watch below!
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!