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.
"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.
"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.
"Every piece of action should feel like it hurts when it would hurt in real life." Universal has revealed a few new behind-the-scenes featurettes for The 355, an espionage action thriller starring a set of international women as five spies who must work together to recover a top-secret weapon in order to save the world from danger (of course). Sounds exciting, doesn't it? You can also check out the full-length official trailer here. Jessica Chastain, Diane Kruger, Lupita Nyong'o, Penélope Cruz, and Fan Bingbing co-star as the five leading ladies. This one also co-stars Sebastian Stan, Edgar Ramírez, and Emilio Insolera. With cinematography by Tim Maurice-Jones (of Snatch, Revolver, The Woman in Black, Kick-Ass 2). This was originally set to open last year, but is now opening in the first week of January in select theaters. Dumping grounds for a movie like this, but also the kind of dumb action movie that is perfect to enjoy in January anyway. These two featurettes cover a few of the action scenes & fights in the movie. This all looks like fun.
"It's about what human relationships are… and how far someone will go for love." When the trailer for this film first debuted, I was surprised to discover another sci-fi film was dropping this year. Swan Song is about a dying man who decides to let a clone take over his life, but it's not an easy choice. The film (and this video) explores the implications that come with that choice. Apple TV has debuted this featurette for Swan Song to promote its release on the streaming service. Set in the near future, Cameron Turner is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Presented with an experimental solution to shield his wife and son from grief, he grapples with altering their fate in this sci-fi drama. The always wonderful Mahershala Ali stars as Cameron, with Naomie Harris as his wife Poppy, plus Glenn Close, Awkwafina, Adam Beach, Lee Shorten, Dax Rey, Nyasha Hatendi, and JayR Tinaco. I watched this one a few weeks ago and it's a seriously thought-provoking, delicate film about the extraordinarily challenging decisions we must make in the name of love.
"I'm not gonna forget you, just like you're not gonna forget me." MGM has revealed another 2-min behind-the-scenes featurette for Licorice Pizza, the latest Paul Thomas Anderson film that is already playing in limited theaters right now. The film is expanding to more theaters nationwide on Christmas Day, later this week, hence this last minute push to remind everyone it's out. Set in the 1970s in the San Fernando Valley in LA, the film is a romance between two high schoolers, one of them a famous child actor beginning to grow up… This stars Cooper Hoffman and Alana Haim as the two young leads, with an ensemble cast also featuring Bradley Cooper, Maya Rudolph, Ben Stiller, Skyler Gisondo, Benny Safdie, Tom Waits, Sean Penn, a few others. We all know PTA is a masterful director, but unfortunately this promo video features no actual behind-the-scenes footage, just boring EPK clips with some trailer footage. Shucks.
"Each new character is tied to a legacy character." Paramount has debuted a new making of featurette for the new 2022 Scream movie, arriving in theaters this January. The first trailer dropped a few months ago, and they're ramping up marketing with the release coming up soon. 25 years after the original series of murders in Woodsboro, a new killer emerges, and Sidney Prescott must return to uncover the truth. Though this seems to be a reboot, this film is also a direct sequel to 2011's Scream 4, and the first in the series not to be directed by Wes Craven, who passed away in 2015. The returning cast from the original includes David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Roger L. Jackson, and Marley Shelton. Newcomers in this movie include Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Jack Quaid, Mason Gooding, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Dylan Minnette, Mikey Madison, Sonia Ben Ammar, and Kyle Gallner. This advice is the best: don't trust anyone. This promo plays like another trailer, but it's effective in making me want to see it.
"A huge part of this story is… how good Willow looks for his age." The best way to wrap all of the exciting #DisneyPlusDay coverage is with this amazing video they debuted to promote the new Willow series now in development. I LOVE Willow! The original Willow adventure was a staple for me growing up, I watched it all the time with my brother we always enjoyed it. There's also this superb article by John DeVore recently about how Willow was the great adventure movie he grew up with instead of the Lord of the Rings movies. Of course, Disney is now working on a new reboot of Willow - instead of a remake or a new movie, they're making a series for Disney+. Of course, the title is just Willow all over again. Maybe it will be good? During the presentation, they released a video of the original Willow - actor Warwick Davis - visiting the set and chatting with some of the actors. It's the best thing you will see all week - this will make you smile & laugh.
"I think the director's thoughts, feelings, colors, and smells exist in every scene." There's a new "Director's Vision" featurette out for their sci-fi thriller series Dr. Brain, which is already playing now on Apple TV+. It spends time with acclaimed Korean filmmaker Kim Jee-woon (best known for his films A Tale of Two Sisters, A Bittersweet Life, The Good the Bad the Weird, I Saw the Devil, The Age of Shadows) discussing working on this. Dr. Brain is an emotional journey following a brain scientist who's obsessive about figuring out new technologies to access the consciousness and memories of the brain. His life goes sideways when his family falls victim to a mysterious accident, and he uses his skills to access memories from his wife's brain to piece together the mystery of what actually happened to his family and why. The series stars Lee Sun-kyun, Lee You-young, Park Hee-soon, Seo Ji-hye, & Lee Jae-won. I'm already a big fan of Kim Jee-woon and excited to hear him talk about filmmaking, along with some on-set footage from this. Take a look.
"It's not the typical place, it's not the typical shots, it's not the typical cast." Marvel Studios has debuted a brief new "making of" featurette for their fall movie Eternals, directed by Oscar-winner Chloe Zhao. We already featured the full trailer for Eternals just a few months ago, but with tickets on sale starting today, they're ramping up the marketing. This movie introduces us to a set of celestial superheroes - the saga of the "Eternals", a race of immortal beings who once lived on Earth and shaped its history and civilizations. They reunite again to protect humanity from their evil counterparts, the Deviants (Loki, anyone?). Eternals stars Angelina Jolie as Thena, Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, Gemma Chan as Sersi, plus Kit Harington and Barry Keoghan. This does look pretty dang good, I must say. Read an interview with Chloe Zhao on Fandango and book your tickets for opening week.
"The whole town banding together behind Jamie… we are going to get him first!" Universal will be opening Halloween Kills in a few weeks - just in time for Halloween. We recently featured the final official trailer for David Gordon Green's horror sequel bringing back the Strode family to confront their nemesis, Michael Myers. Somehow Michael managed to survive Laurie's trap at the end of the last movie, and makes it out alive. Once they learn he is still not dead, the Strode women join a group of other survivors of Michael's first rampage who decide to take matters into their own hands - forming a vigilante mob that sets out to hunt Michael down, once and for all. Jamie Lee Curtis returns, with Anthony Michael Hall, Judy Greer, Kyle Richards, Robert Longstreet, Andi Matichak, and Nick Castle as "The Shape". This featurette focuses on the town of Haddonfield where Myers is from, and a number of the characters returning from the original 1978 Carpenter film to be back in this one. Another reminder to check this out when it opens soon.
"He's back in the saddle again." Warner Bros has debuted a featurette for the film Cry Macho, focusing on how Clint Eastwood shifted from being an actor to a director. It's titled "A Director's Vision" and explores his history and his first films as a director, along with his latest work all leading to Cry Macho, one of his most personal films to date. Eastwood stars as a one-time rodeo star and washed-up horse breeder. After he loses his family, he sinks into depression. In 1978, he takes a job from an ex-boss to bring the man's young son home from Mexico and away from his alcoholic mother, but it's a more challenging job than expected. It also co-stars newcomer Eduardo Minett as Rafa, with Dwight Yoakam, Natalia Traven, Fernanda Urrejola, and Horacio Garcia Rojas. The voiceover in this featurette is a bit grating, but other than that it's an engaging look back at Eastwood's career. Featuring interviews with lots of other iconic filmmakers like Spielberg and Scorsese and Lucas. Honestly, I'd probably watch another hour of this kind of look back.