Following the endless love that keeps surfacing after comedian and actor Robin Williams was found dead on Monday, we featured a slew of stories, kind words and fond farewells to the Oscar-winning actor. But the overwhelming and emotional tributes are still pouring in, especially from comedians who worked with him countless times over the years. Late night hosts Jimmy Fallon and Conan O'Brien were both visibly shaken by this loss, and each of them shared their own tribute on their respective shows last night. Fallon does his trademark impression while Conan shares a story that will bring a year to your eye. Watch below!
The abundance of love, admiration and fond memories surrounding recently passed comedian and actor Robin Williams has brought an onslaught of emotions from laughter to tears. This was a man who loved comedy, but wasn't afraid to get dramatic. And while he brought joy to millions, director Garry Marshall accurately pinpointed his battle with depression and how he came to give in to the darkness, "He could make everybody happy but himself." But we don't come to bury Robin Williams, we come to celebrate him by calling attention to several of the touching tributes, words and recollections of how he impacted so many lives. And we've also included some of his finest moment from interviews to speeches and stand-up. Look!
"Bit of a moron actually." If the perpetually drunk antics of Captain Jack Sparrow just aren't doing it for you anymore, than maybe the bumbling, foolishness of art dealer and rogue Charlie Mortdecai will get the job done. Johnny Depp takes the title role in Mortdecai, the adventure comedy from Premium Rush director David Koepp. The first teaser trailer has just arrived and it basically introduces us to the main character from Kyril Bonfiglioli's anthology book series. Mortdecai seems to have a bit of a reputation, and it's not a very good one. Do audiences want another weird, trademark Depp character in action? Watch!
Recently we've featured brief ventures into the past with the history of the film industry, the history of movie trailers and even the history of computer generated characters. Now another brief lesson about the motion picture industry has made its way online, but this one focuses on sound. Anyone who has taken a film class will know that sound didn't always accompany films, and it wasn't until The Jazz Singer introduced a soundtrack into the theatrical experience that we began to see the kind of films with recorded music, sound effects and dialogue the way we know them today. But we'll let FilmmakerIQ explain the rest.
Back in July at Comic-Con, we were given early access to the Legendary Pictures booth where we tried out a cool new Oculus Rift experience inspired by Pacific Rim, followed by an exclusive tour of the Crimson Peak Gothic Gallery led by director Guillermo del Toro himself. Due to the intimate nature of the tour, it was hard to capture any quality video of the tour, but Legendary has now made a video available so you can see what we saw, complete with commentary from del Toro himself. And while the experience isn't quite as cool without wearing the Oculus, the Pacific Rim portion is featured too. Watch!
"I blame you for thinking you knew what was best for me when it was you who was best for me." Since the first trailer for the Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Best of Me only gave a tease of the time-spanning romance, the full trailer is here to give the whole movie away. From the young love of Liana Liberato and Luke Bracey (who looks far too old to be in high school) to the rekindled romance 20 years later between their older selves played by James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan. There's kissing in the rain, intense conversations about love lost, and all the Nicholas Sparks hits. It basically shows the whole movie.
After debuting at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, director David Cronenberg's latest film Maps to the Stars is headed to theaters in the United Kingdom this fall, and that means we get a new official trailer from across the pond while we wait to see when the film might end up hitting the big screen in the United States. The film shows the lives of several people in Hollywood as only a director like Cronenberg can deliver, complete with a diverse cast that includes John Cusack, Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska and more. There seems to be some great performances, but of course it's bizarre. Watch!
Last night, the adolescent drivel known as the Teen Choice Awards pandered the most coveted audience in entertainment, and that meant the studios were pushing some of the forthcoming films to the young crowd on the flickering box. Disney decided to push their family comedy Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day with a new TV spot showing off some more ridiculous footage from the film. Unlike the book on which the film is based, it's not just Alexander having a bad day, but his whole family. This looks to be full of slapstick comedy, complete with Steve Carell fighting a kangaroo. Watch?
"I called the army base that David's from. They said he doesn't exist." Following last week's intense trailer for the indie action thriller The Guest from director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett (You're Next), a trailer from across the pond has surfaced, giving us a different look at British "Downton Abbey" star Dan Stevens as a creepily charming visitor. This looks flashy, fun, and has the same retro vibe as Wingard and Barrett's work on the spectacular horror thriller You're Next. Don't be surprised if you see Dan Stevens start getting into some bigger action roles if this film turns out to be a sleeper indie hit. Watch below now!
"It was easier to pitch with the LSD, that's the way I was dealing with the fear of failure." Today's trailer is for another fascinating baseball documentary that premiered at Sundance this year (we also recommend The Battered Bastards of Baseball). This one is titled No No: A Dockumentary about pitcher Dock Ellis, the man famous for pitching a no-hitter game in 1970 while on LSD. "It was an ugly no-hitter," he admits in the trailer, but still a "no-no". While Dock passed away in 2008, filmmaker Jeff Radice was able to interview him extensively and it's amusing and enlightening to hear his story, filled with anecdotes, archival footage and stories from other players. Looks like another great baseball doc and I'm looking forward to seeing this.
We've featured plenty of visual effects breakdown videos for the likes of films such as Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World from Marvel Studios, Weta's work on The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the extensive work on Pacific Rim, and even less noticeable special effects work on The Wolf of Wall Street. And if you've loved seeing how they make the donuts behind the scenes, then you're going to have much more than a peek behind the curtain. There's a huge playlist on YouTube discovered by Larry Wright of Refocused Media (via The Film Stage) of over 150 visual effects breakdowns enjoy. Watch!
We've seen movies like Kill Bill and Blade Runner turned into 8-bit video games, but YouTube user and San Francisco State University student Phillip Raupach has decided to do something different inspired by old school video games. Instead of taking The Matrix Reloaded and turning it into an 8-bit video game, he merely took footage from the film, a fight scene with Neo and thugs in the house of the Merovingian, and replaced all of the music and sounds with those you would find in these early video games. The result is funny and impressive, as his work won him Best Sound Design at SFSU's BECAfest last year. Watch below!
This weekend, the latest iteration of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hits theaters, and unfortunately, as someone who was excited about this film, it turned out to be a pretty big disappointment. But that doesn't mean fans still can't enjoy the past glory of the heroes in a half shell. Kevin Eastman's comic book creations have a long history and big fanbase. So how did such a ludicrous concept end up being a worldwide sensation resulting in endless toys, comics, bedsheets, video games and more? You can find out with a brief video history of their creation and an informative tribute to their modern legacy. Watch below!
Continuing to broaden her horizons and skew away from young adult territory, Kristen Stewart stars in the prisoner of war drama Camp X-Ray. The story follows a newly enlisted female soldier who ends up taking shifts at the detainee camp at Guantanamo Bay. While making the rounds, she begins to strike up a meaningful relationship with one of the prisoners, played excellently by Payman Moaadi. Slowly she becomes skeptical of her role in the military and what they're doing at the titular camp. Unfortunately, I found the movie as a whole to be melodramatic and lacking any subtlety in its message when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, but perhaps audiences will feel differently this fall. Watch!