"Baldwin's legacy is very important, very rich." Annapurna Pictures has released this extended, 5-minute making of featurette for If Beale Street Could Talk, the latest exquisite film made by the very talented Barry Jenkins (of Moonlight and Medicine for Melancholy). This video is called the "Baldwin" featurette and focuses on Jenkins discussing James Baldwin's 1974 book and turning it into this feature film. If Beale Street Could Talk is about a woman in Harlem desperately trying to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime while she is carrying their first child. Kiki Layne stars as Tish, along with Stephan James as her fiancé "Fonny", and the full ensemble cast includes Teyonah Parris, Regina King, Colman Domingo, Brian Tyree Henry, Dave Franco, Ed Skrein, Michael Beach, Finn Wittrock, Aunjanue Ellis, Diego Luna, Pedro Pascal, and Emily Rios. This is hands down one of the best films of the year, a must watch.
"Once they put all these things together behind James' vision - blows my mind, still." Are you ready to dive in? Warner Bros has unveiled a new behind-the-scenes featurette for James Wan's Aquaman movie, giving us an extended look at the making of this massive superhero epic. There's only one month left until this hits theaters. The character of Aquaman, also known as Arthur Curry, first appeared in Zack Snyder's Justice League movie, and this solo feature takes place after the events of that movie. Jason Momoa stars as the DC superhero Aquaman, with a huge ensemble cast including Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Randall Park, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Willem Dafoe, Graham McTavish, Temuera Morrison, Ludi Lin, Michael Beach, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta. I'm kinda excited to see this, even if it does look glossy in the trailers, at least they shot a little practical action. This is a cool featurette.
"I have some questions for you, Dumbledore…" Warner Bros has debuted a behind-the-scenes featurette for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, taking us "Back to Hogwarts" to remind us how this series is connected to Harry Potter. The latest extended trailer premiered at Comic-Con and actually had some exciting footage in it. This sequel is once again directed by David Yates, the next chapter in the newest J.K. Rowling spin-off series. Eddie Redmayne returns as magizoologist Newt Scamander, and the movie's cast includes Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Carmen Ejogo, Zoe Kravitz, Ezra Miller, Alison Sudol, Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald, Jessica Williams, Claudia Kim, and Callum Turner, plus Jude Law as a young Dumbledore. There's not much to this featurette, but it's at least something new to enjoy as we wait for another final trailer before this movie hits theaters in November. Take a look below.
"It's about something bigger than just her revenge." Have an intriguing look inside a "world we have never seen." Universal has released a new behind-the-scenes featurette for the sci-fi adaptation Mortal Engines, based on a popular book series. This adaptation has been in the works for years, in development by Peter Jackson and the LOTR/Hobbit team including Weta. This featurette video includes interviews with Peter Jackson and director Christian Rivers, as well as some of the main cast, including the young woman who plays Hester. The fantastically eccentric ensemble cast includes Hugo Weaving, Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, Jihae, Ronan Raftery, Leila George, Patrick Malahide, and Stephen Lang. I very much enjoy featurettes that include plenty of actual behind-the-scenes footage, and this one has tons packed in it. I'm honestly looking forward to this movie, but I know it's a hard sell for most people. Maybe this will help?
"It has this kind of gothic element…" Universal has launched another final "Look Inside" featurette for J.A. Bayona's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which hits theaters next month (yep, we're already getting deep into the summer movie season!). We already posted the epic final trailer as well as a behind-the-scenes featurette from last year with the first trailer, but now we get another final look to keep you excited. This doesn't really have any new footage, only a few interview clips and that's it. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return as co-stars, along with "Ian Malcolm" himself, Jeff Goldblum, also starring BD Wong, Toby Jones, Ted Levine, James Cromwell, Geraldine Chaplin, and Rafe Spall. I'm honestly really looking forward to seeing this, it looks like a fun time at the movies with killer dinosaurs going wild. Enjoy.
"We're meeting Han right before he becomes the Han that we know." Disney + Lucasfilm have revealed a fun new "making of" featurette for the Solo: A Star Wars Story movie, directed by Ron Howard. Is it not super exciting that we get to see a new Star Wars movie in less than a month?! This featurette for Solo gives us a quick look at how Han becomes Han Solo, which is essentially what this movie's story is all about. The video features interviews with director Ron Howard, screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, and the principal cast. And I still think Lando might steal the show. Alden Ehrenreich stars as Han Solo, and the film's full cast includes Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Paul Bettany, Thandie Newton, Warwick Davis, Clint Howard, and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. Here we go, bring it on Lucasfilm.
"It's a very interesting time now, and boy you don't know what's going to happen." Marvel Studios has released a very exciting, nostalgic look back at their 10-year legacy in a new 5 minute featurette. If you're a Marvel fan or superhero fan or movie lover, you'll definitely want to watch these featurettes. Included below is also a "Behind the Frame" featurette from IMAX. Both of these are promoting the massively epic, "it's all come to this" movie Avengers: Infinity War, opening in theaters in less than two weeks. And we really don't know what's coming - it's going to be huge. They just keep hyping it up even more and more. I like how much behind the scenes footage there is in these videos, featuring a look back at Jon Favrau's Iron Man, and going through all of the movies, including Kevin Feige talking along with Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Hemsworth and Scarlett Johansson and Chadwick Boseman. See both Marvel videos below.
"I admired Spots… I would love to have a dog like Spots." Fox Searchlight has released a fun new promo featurette for Wes Anderson's stop-motion animated movie Isle of Dogs, which hits theaters at the end of this month. Every movie records interviews with the cast while on set, to use for promotional purposes later. For this movie, they recorded these interviews with the cast, and then animated their interviews as the dogs they're playing. It's adorable. Anderson explains to Vulture: that after recording spontaneously, "we spent the next several months figuring out how to make those into the cast interviews." Isle of Dogs features the voice of Edward Norton as Rex, along with a huge ensemble: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Bryan Cranston, Liev Schreiber, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, F. Murray Abraham, and Bob Balaban. I really, really love this film, mostly because it's all about why dogs are the best. Enjoy.
"Most pilots wouldn't attempt this… It takes a lot of skill and a lot of practice." Paramount has revealed a new behind-the-scenes featurette for Mission: Impossible - Fallout, once again directed by Christopher McQuarrie. This video dives into the real stunts in the movie, focusing specifically on the helicopter stunt filmed in Norway. This is the same big action scene teased in the first photo from the film, though now that we have a full trailer there's obviously a whole bunch of thrilling action to see. As usual, Tom Cruise did all of his own stunts for this new Mission: Impossible. And it seems that he had to quickly learn how to fly a helicopter solo, which was rigged with cameras for this sequence. It's crazy. And awesome. All the internal camera shots are incredible, it's going to be amazing to see on the big screen. I'm even more hyped for this.
The latest stop-motion animated movie made by Aardman Animations is now playing in cinemas in the UK, and opens in theaters in the US in just a few weeks (starting February 16th). Early Man is their latest creation, directed by Nick Park (watch the final trailers). For a glimpse behind-the-scenes, Tested's Adam Savage got to visit Aardman in Bristol, England and take a look at their process of creating clay models and animating them to make a movie. The video he released focuses specifically on the modeling clay they use, and how they make it so the colors are perfect every single time. "Just what kind of sculpting material is used in making the stop-motion animation characters at Aardman?" Find out in the inside look video below.
"Something comes through the fence." "Through the fence?" Paramount has released a featurette for Alex Garland's sci-fi adaptation Annihilation, hitting theaters next month. I'm super excited to see this, even though this seems like a repetitive way to sell this movie. We've already seen plenty of the same footage from this in the other trailers before. Annihilation stars Natalie Portman as a biologist who travels with a group into a special place known as "Area X" where the laws of nature don't apply. This featurette is named after the "Shimmer", which is the colorful, glimmery wall that they go through to enter "Area X." This also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, and Oscar Isaac. Bring it on, can't wait to finally see what this is all about. Garland is one of the best sci-fi filmmakers today.
"I'm going to do everything I can to deliver the best Venom that I possibly can muster." Sony has released the "live-from-the-set" video shown at Brazil's Comic-Con for the Venom movie, to begin building buzz for this upcoming Spidey spin-off set to hit theaters in October. Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, 30 Minutes or Less, Gangster Squad) is directing, though not much is known about the plot yet, except that it takes place mostly in San Francisco. Tom Hardy stars as Eddie Brock, with a cast including Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Woody Harrelson, and Jenny Slate. Fleischer drew inspiration from two comic runs: Lethal Protector, in which Venom moves to San Francisco and tackles five new offspring of the Venom Symbiote; and Planet of the Symbiotes, where Earth is invaded by an army of symbiotes. This video doesn't show much at all, but it is a cool introduction. There's also a fairly boring first look shot of Hardy as Brock to see below.