FEATURETTES

Another Behind-the-Scenes Look at 'Nope' Shot with IMAX Cameras

Nope IMAX Featurette

"It's a bigger adventure than I've ever tried to tell." Universal has debuted yet another intriguing behind-the-scenes featurette for Jordan Peele's movie Nope, following the other "Cinematic Event" featurette from a few weeks ago. This one focuses on the crew involved in pulling off this epic sci-fi spectacle, including a look at the IMAX (and 65mm) cameras they used to film this movie. As everyone knows from Christopher Nolan's movies, IMAX cameras a much bigger and much more cumbersome, and require entirely different rigs. Nope's cast features Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun, Barbie Ferreira, Michael Wincott, Donna Mills, and Terry Notary. The final trailer for Nope was also released a few weeks ago, but I know many are trying to steer clear of any spoilers or details about this before going in to watch. Peele has been working with DP Hoyte Van Hoytema, who has worked on Nolan movies before, and I can't wait to see what they've put together for this. I really enjoy seeing a featurette entirely focused on the camera team.

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 Posted on June 23 in Featurette, Sci-Fi, To Watch | Comments

New Behind-the-Scenes Featurette for Jordan Peele's Sci-Fi 'Nope'

Nope Featurette

"I tried to write a script that I didn't know how to pull off. And then assembled the team to help me pull it off." Universal has launched a new 2-minute behind-the-scenes featurette for Jordan Peele's movie Nope, which seems to be a sci-fi thriller involving an extraterrestrial appearance in a small town. That's still all we know about it. The full-length official trailer is out now, to go along with this making of preview. Along with the first trailer back in February, this footage is all so mysterious and interesting. Is it aliens or something else? Nope's cast features Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun, Barbie Ferreira, Michael Wincott, Donna Mills, and Terry Notary. This featurette provides a cinematic look at the production, without much dialogue or any explanations as to what we're seeing. Always nice to see so many full IMAX cameras in use on set! I'm still excited to find out where Peele is taking this story and what's really going on.

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 Posted on June 8 in Featurette, Sci-Fi, To Watch | 1 Comment

Exhilarating Fighter Jet Training Featurette for 'Top Gun: Maverick'

Top Gun: Maverick Trailer

"When they're up in the jet, they have to direct themselves." Who wants to fly with them!? Paramount has launched another must see "Most Intense Film Training Ever" featurette for Top Gun: Maverick, which is finally landing in theaters this July in the middle of the summer. Paramount is pulling out all the stops with their marketing - in addition to premiering at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, a third trailer a few weeks ago, and all the other buzz that began in 2019, they're hyping it up the best way they can - by showing us how much of this movie was made with real fighter jets and no CGI. They also released a similar featurette back in 2019 about how they filmed this, flying in real planes after 3 months of actual pilot training. Facing an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears. Tom Cruise plays Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, and Val Kilmer is also back; with a full cast including Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Greg Tarzan Davis, and Ed Harris. I'm glad they made the movie this way - it's going to be an exhilarating experience.

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 Posted on April 18 in Featurette, Hype, To Watch | 1 Comment

Behind-the-Scenes Featurette for Director Roger Michell's 'The Duke'

The Duke Featurette

"This is the ONLY time in its history that anyone has stolen anything from the National Gallery." What a story to tell! Sony Pictures Classics has released a brief behind-the-scenes featurette for the British crime comedy film The Duke, which originally premiered in 2020 at the Venice Film Festival that fall. In between that premiere and with all the pandemic delays, the film's director Roger Michell passed away (in late 2021) and this is now his final film. It's finally opening in the US this month, with a nationwide expansion in May. In 1961, Kempton Bunton, a 60 year old taxi driver, steals Goya's portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. This is the story of how, why, and who he was. It turns out he was just a bumbling British guy who didn't like being forced to pay for the BBC and wanted to come up with a scheme to make them change. Jim Broadbent stars as Kempton, with Helen Mirren, Matthew Goode, Charlotte Spencer, Fionn Whitehead, and John Heffernan. It is a delightful film, and this featurette captures that charm perfectly. I hope some folks will still go out and see this when it opens in theaters soon.

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 Posted on April 15 in Featurette, Indies, To Watch | Comments

Legacy Featurette for 'Jurassic World Dominion' Goes Back to the Start

Jurassic World Dominion Trailer

"Dominion is the culmination of the franchise. It concludes a story that Steven Spielberg started telling in 1993." Universal has released a new "Legacy" making of featurette for Jurassic World Dominion, set to hit theaters worldwide in June. There's also a new poster (below) to go along with some new shots, though it's mostly the same footage from the previous epic trailer. Dominion takes place four years after Isla Nublar was destroyed. Dinosaurs now live—and hunt—alongside humans all over the world. This fragile balance will reshape the future and will determine, once and for all, whether human beings will remain apex predators on a planet they now share with history's most fearsome creatures. This movie stars Mamoudou Athie, Scott Haze, Daniella Pineda, Omar Sy, Justice Smith, DeWanda Wise, Isabella Sermon, Dichen Lachman, Campbell Scott, and BD Wong. Plus the original JP cast: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum. The hints in this video make me wonder if they're going to wipe out all the dinos again, or let them stay as "wild animals". How else can they wrap up Spielberg's beginning without asking this question?

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 Posted on April 14 in Featurette, Hype, To Watch | 1 Comment

Sam Raimi Talks About Making 'Doctor Strange 2' in New Featurette

Doctor Strange Sam Raimi Featurette

"It's got a sort of darker tone to it… and with Sam Raimi at the helm, he's a master of that." Marvel has revealed a new 2-minute featurette for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness with the release coming up in just a few more weeks. This time we finally get a glimpse at director Sam Raimi working on set, as well as some clips of him talking about making this movie for Marvel Studios. "We wanted to give the fans what they wanted, just not exactly what they expected." Nice way to put it. I loveee Sam! He's the best, such a humble filmmaker. "The Multiverse is a concept about which we know frighteningly little." Benedict Cumberbatch returns as Doctor Strange, with Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Elizabeth Olsen, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Xochitl Gomez. We've already seen many other trailers for this movie, and the closer we get the more excited I am to see what Raimi has been cooking up. It has been 9 years (when he made Oz) since we saw him directing! There's definitely not enough of him in this featurette.

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 Posted on April 11 in Featurette, Marvel, To Watch | 1 Comment

Behind-the-Scenes of Sarah Lancashire as Julia Child in HBO's Series

Julia Series

"She just transforms." HBO has debuted a behind-the-scenes featurette for their new series Julia - which is already streaming on HBO Max right now. (We also posted the full trailer last month.) The series is about chef and TV personality Julia Child, as portrayed by Sarah Lancashire in the series. Child has one of the most iconic voices and she has an unmistakable look - you could pick her out in any crowd. This featurette dives into the process of making Lancashire look and feel like Child on screen, from the quirky voice to the physicality along with the attitude. The one big thing people mgiht notice - Lancahsire is left-handed, while Child was right-handed. This also stars David Hyde Pierce as Paul Cushing Child, Brittany Bradford, Bebe Neuwirth, Isabella Rossellini, Robert Joy, Erin Neufer, James Cromwell, Adriane Lenox, and Fran Kranz. From all this footage, this series looks like quite a charming and amusing look into her life, complimenting the documentary about Julia from last year. Worth a watch. As Child says, "Let 'er rip!"

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 Posted on April 5 in Featurette, To Watch, Trailer | 3 Comments

A Gorgeous Featurette About the Making of Apple's 'Pachinko' Series

Pachinko Trailer

"Every country has their own history - sometimes it's beautiful, but sometimes it's ugly." Indeed. Apple has revealed a featurette for the series Pachinko, based on the bestselling book of the same name. Streaming on Apple TV+ starting next week. Epic in scope and intimate in tone, the story begins with a forbidden love and crescendos into a sweeping saga journeying between Korea, Japan and America to tell an unforgettable story of war and peace, love and loss, triumph and reckoning. The series stars Soji Arai as Mozasu, Jin Ha as Solomon, Inji Jeong as Yangjin, Minha Kim as teenage Sunja, Lee Minho as Hansu, Kaho Minami as Etsuko, Steve Sanghyun Noh as Isak, Anna Sawai as Naomi, Junwoo Han as Yoseb, Jung Eun-chae as Young Kyunghee, Jimmi Simpson as Tom, Yu-na Jeon as young Sunja, and Academy Award-winning actress Yuh-Jung Youn as Sunja. I love this idea of clearly connecting themes across generations. This entire series looks utterly beautiful and heartbreaking and superb. "Never look back. Always forward."

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 Posted on March 18 in Featurette, Streaming, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

New Valentine's Day Trailer for the 'Dog' Movie with Channing Tatum

Dog Trailer

"Yeah… we don't exactly hug." MGM has debuted a cute 60-second trailer for Dog to celebrate Valentine's Day. This adorable comedy is opening in a few more weeks, hence the final marketing push. Disgraced Army Ranger Briggs and his Belgian Malinois companion Lulu race down the Pacific Coast in time to catch their best friend's and her handler's funeral. We posted the first full trailer a few months ago. Dog is actually the directorial debut of actor Channing Tatum, who co-directs this with his producing partner Reid Carolin, also making his directorial debut after producing Magic Mike and most of Tatum's movies. Tatum also stars in Dog - he's joined by Q'orianka Kilcher, Jane Adams, Kevin Nash, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Nicole LaLiberte, Aqueela Zoll, Cayden Boyd, and Skyler Joy. Plus Lulu the dog! This looks super adorable. There's also two new behind-the-scenes featurettes for Dog to enjoy included below. Who want to see this?

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 Posted on February 9 in Featurette, To Watch, Trailer | 3 Comments

Watch: Netflix's Making Of Doc for Campion's 'The Power of the Dog'

The Power of the Dog Making Of

How did they make that? Netflix has debuted a fascinating new behind-the-scenes documentary film for The Power of the Dog. The featurette is under 20 minutes and spends time on set and in post-production with filmmaker Jane Campion. The video is titled Behind The Scenes with Jane Campion and can be watched on Netflix for free along with the film. This is part of Netflix's push for The Power of the Dog during the Awards Season, with hopes it'll get more than a few Oscar nominations. It's pretty much a DVD Special Feature available on streaming. "A rare glimpse into the creative process of Academy Award winning writer, director and producer Jane Campion as she shares her memories of the making of The Power of the Dog." (More reading on the craft here.) Benedict Cumberbatch stars in the film with Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Thomasin McKenzie, Frances Conroy, Keith Carradine, Peter Carroll, and Adam Beach. This is one of the best films of the year and it's so carefully crafted. The cinematography by DP Ari Wegner is stunning, and we should be talking more about her work, too. Enjoy.

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 Posted on January 27 in Featurette, To Watch | 2 Comments

'New Year, New Crew' Featurette for 'Jackass Forever' Arriving February

Jackass Forever Trailer

"I'm afraid of doing this… but it's going to look awesome." Paramount has debuted a fun new featurette for Jackass Forever, the fourth & supposedly final movie in the series. Celebrate the joy of being together with your best friends and a perfectly executed shot to the dingdong, the original crew return for another round of hilarious, wildly absurd, and often dangerous displays of comedy with a little help from a whole new cast. After being set for last year, it's now delayed and will open in February this year. The film stars all the usual Jackass: Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Jason "Wee Man" Acuña, Preston Lacy, Ehren McGhehey, and Dave England; with newcomers: Sean "Poopies" McInerney, Jasper Dolphin, and Zach Holmes. Plus more guest stars like Spike Jonze, Shaquille O'Neal, Post Malone, and Tyler the Creator. For more Jackass Forever updates, fans can text 585-JACKASS (585-522-5277) or click here. This featurette takes advantage of the full year delay to bring some new hype to this crazy movie.

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 Posted on January 5 in Comedy, Featurette, To Watch | Comments

Breaking Down the Science in McKay's Disaster Satire 'Don't Look Up'

Don't Look Up Science

"There's a certain point where he realizes, wait a minute… something's not right…" Netflix has debuted a fun featurette for Adam McKay's sci-fi satire Don't Look Up, which is now streaming on Netflix to watch. The featurette centers around an astronomer named Amy Mainzer, who's a Professor of Planetary Science, who was the primary science advisor on the movie. She discusses a few scenes as well as the general concept behind the plot - a comet is discovered by astronomers, and it's going to hit Earth. So they then try to inform the public, and the government, that this is definitely going to happen. But no one seems to care. I'm not the biggest fan of the movie, but as a concept, it's frighteningly authentic with our inability to accept the truth of what's coming with climate change. The cast includes Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence, with Jonah Hill, Mark Rylance, Tyler Perry, Timothée Chalamet, Ron Perlman, Cate Blanchett and Meryl Streep. Both of these science featurettes are reminders that - oh yes, the sceince in this is defintiely real. And you know what, so is the rest of what happens. Even if the movie is not good, at least it's accurate.

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