"I wanted people to see their own families inside this story." Universal Pictures has debuted a featurette for Steven Spielberg's The Fabelmans, which is now playing in select theaters and opening nationwide this week just in time for Thanskgiving. This video features the cast along with Spielberg talking about how emotional it was working on this project. I'd watch 30 minutes of this!! This is the most personal movie that Spielberg has ever made, reflecting on the experiences that made him the filmmaker we know and love, in a story based on his own childhood. Growing up in post-WWII era Arizona, a boy named Sammy discovers a shattering family secret and explores how the power of films can help him understand the truth. Spielberg's The Fabelmans stars Gabriel LaBelle as 16-year-old aspiring filmmaker Sammy Fabelman; Michelle Williams as his artistic mother, Mitzi; Paul Dano as his successful, scientific father, Burt; Seth Rogen as Bennie Loewy, Burt's best friend & honorary "uncle" to the Fabelman children, and Judd Hirsch as Mitzi's Uncle Boris. This is definitely one movie worth seeing in theaters this fall - Spielberg's most personal story.
"It shows a side of Hollywood beyond what you could've imagined." Paramount has debuted a wild & crazy new featurette for Damien Chazelle's Babylon, arriving in theaters in December during the holidays. Get ready for some hedonism on an epic scale! Set in Hollywood during the transition from silent films to talkies in the 1920s, Babylon traces the rise and fall of multiple characters during an era of unbridled decadence and depravity in early Hollywood. This one definitely ain't for kids, it's ALL OUT with the debauchery. The extraordinary cast features Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Diego Calva, Jean Smart, Jovan Adepo, Li Jun Li, P.J. Byrne, Lukas Haas, Olivia Hamilton, Tobey Maguire, Max Minghella, Rory Scovel, Katherine Waterston, Flea, Jeff Garlin, Eric Roberts, Ethan Suplee, and Samara Weaving. This featurette focuses on the cast discussing their experiences making this and the old Hollywood story within. Will it be any good? I don't know, maybe. Does it look crazy? Absolutely. Does it look entertaining? For sure.
"This is probably going to be played every year for the rest of our lives." Ahaha yeah that might happen. Marvel has revealed a fun new featurette for the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, arriving for streaming on Disney+ during Thanksgiving. This looks like tons of fun! This video is even better than the trailer, starting with a "The Night Before Christmas" twist about director James Gunn making this Holiday Special. Actors Chris Pratt, Pom Klementieff, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, Bradley Cooper (as Rocket's voice), and Vin Diesel (as Groot's voice) reprise their roles as the Guardians, with Kevin Bacon also starring as a "gift" for Starlord. It was filmed this year during the end of production on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, using many of the same sets from that movie - which is due out next year. Marvel's Kevin Feige is also in this featurette talking about how James Gunn pitched the idea and wrote the script in three days. I just hope it's a good script! It all looks like it's one giant party – with Kevin Bacon.
"Without significant change, more than half of the word's marine species may face extinction…" Save the oceans! 20th Century Studios has revealed a conservation featurette for the highly anticipated sci-fi sequel Avatar: The Way of Water, opening in theaters worldwide this December. This one is called "Keep Our Oceans Amazing" and it connects with a new website launched at the same time. Since most of the movie is set underwater and deals with taking care of all animals (on Pandora), the studio is doing a promotion where they will donate money to The Nature Conservancy non-profit group. All you have to do is visit the website, design a new fish (or ocean creature) and it will become a part of the virtual "Pandora Ocean". Apparently there are actual in-person locations you can visit and do this (as seen in this video) or you can do it online. The Way of Water ensemble cast features Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Kate Winslet, Sigourney Weaver, Bailey Bass, Trinity Jo-Li Bliss, Jack Champion, Michelle Yeoh, Jemaine Clement, Stephen Lang, Cliff Curtis, Edie Falco, CCH Pounder, Joel David Moore. I'm glad they are making an effort here, and I'm happy to support the fight against climate change and to save our oceans.
"The idea that a hero can come from everywhere, and anywhere, is beautiful – and I think that's why it's stood the test of time." Disney has revealed a making of featurette for the Willow series, a continuation of the story from the beloved 1988 fantasy movie of the same name. We already posted two other trailers for this previously, this one covers the "World of Willow" as a behind-the-scenes look. In this series, an unlikely group of heroes sets off on a dangerous quest to places far beyond their home, where they must face their inner demons and come together to save their world. The main ensemble features Erin Kellyman, Ellie Bamber, Tony Revolori, Ruby Cruz, Amer Chadha-Patel, Dempsey Bryk, and Joanne Whalley, in addition to Warwick Davis returning as the most incredible small hero Willow. This is a nice video that tries to use this marketing talk to get people excited for this, and not worried that it won't be any good. I'm hopeful because of all the people involved and Warwick's enthusiasm for returning to this character. Enjoy.
"His heart is really pure. And we should protect him at all costs." Actress Letitia Wright says of director Ryan Coogler. Marvel Studios has debuted a behind-the-scenes featurette for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the highly anticipated superhero landing in theaters on November 11th - later this week. Part of a final marketing push. This video focuses entirely on the tender magic of director Ryan Coogler, and how everyone loves working with him and his big heart. I've interviewed him before and can confirm - all of what they say is true. In this sequel, the nation of Wakanda is pitted against intervening world powers as they mourn the loss of their king T'Challa. The ensemble cast in Wakanda Forever includes Letitia Wright as Shuri, Lupita Nyong'o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Florence Kasumba as Ayo, Winston Duke as M'Baku, Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams, Michaela Coel as Aneka, Tenoch Huerta as Namor of Atlantis, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, & Angela Bassett returning as Ramonda. I wish there was more on set footage in this video, but I am glad we get to hear from Coogler by the end. Check it out below.
"Growing up in New York is a strange and wonderful thing. It's a gift." Focus Features has debuted a new 7-minute long featurette for Armageddon Time as part of their "Reel Destinations" series visiting filming locations around the world. James Gray's latest film, Armageddon Time, is already playing in select theaters now, with expansions nationwide throughout November. The film is a sort of semi-autobiographical look at Gray's time growing up in NYC in the 80s. This video follows film writer Alicia Malone around NYC as she visits a number of filming locations - including Central Park and Flushing Meadows (where they launch the rocket), Queens and Manhattan, as well as various streets and houses. It stars Banks Repeta as Paul, plus Jaylin Webb, Ryan Sell, Anthony Hopkins, Anne Hathaway, & Jeremy Strong. If you live in NYC or have been there many times before, you probably know most of these places anyway. But it's still nice to see them being highlighted and connected directly to scenes in the film while it's playing in theaters. Enjoy.
"We recorded The Rings of Power around the world - orchestra in London, choirs in Vienna, and various studios all around Los Angeles." Even though the first season has already ended, we're all still buzzing from how good The Rings of Power series is so far. To celebrate this first season, a new featurette has debuted focusing on composer Bear McCreary, who created the epic, emotional music for the Prime Video series following in the footsteps of the legendary Howard Shore (who made all the LOTR/Hobbit scores before this). McCreary doesn't have any Academy Award nominations yet, but you'll know his work as a composer for Europa Report, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Happy Death Day 1 & 2, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Freaky, and many other films / shows / games previously. This video comes from io9, and shows McCreary talking about his process, and how he started with a piano and then came up with new sounds to use in the score. There is also an extensive interview on Vulture with him. As a huge fan of the Howard Shore scores, I was nervous about what he would come up with but relieved that it feels part of the same world. Listen in below.
"The Addams Family is very symbolic of how I feel about families… I think all families are strange." Ha! Netflix has revealed a behind-the-scenes featurette for Wednesday, their live-action spin-off directed by the one-and-only Tim Burton. This video focuses entirely on Burton and his imaginative, macabre mind, specifically his vision for this series and his connection to the Addams Family. The latest trailer dropped a few weeks ago. Nice to hear from so many people in this, with extra footage, better than the average making of featurette. Wednesday is a coming-of-age supernatural mystery comedy series focusing on Wednesday and her first years as a student at Nevermore Academy, where she attempts to master her psychic powers, stop a killing spree, and solve the supernatural mystery regarding her own family — all while navigating her new life. Jenna Ortega stars as Wednesday Addams, with a cast featuring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Luis Guzmán, Fred Armisen, Riki Lindhome, Jamie McShane, Percy Hynes White, Gwendoline Christie, and Christina Ricci. I want to see more of Burton's drawings! Show them! Check this out below.
"I really wanted this movie to land in a way that had the expressiveness and material nature of a hand-made piece of animation." As part of their Tudum special event, Netflix revealed a new behind-the-scenes featurette for Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio. We already posted the first trailer for this stunning stop-motion animated film during the summer, with the release still set for December on Netflix. GdT reinvents Carlo Collodi's classic tale of the wooden marionette who is magically brought to life in order to mend the heart of a grieving woodcarver named Geppetto. This musical story follows the mischievous & disobedient adventures of Pinocchio in his pursuit of a place in the world. Directed by del Toro & Mark Gustafson, the film features an all-star voice cast lead by Ewan McGregor as Cricket, David Bradley as Geppetto, and Gregory Mann as Pinocchio. This featurette shows us some of the process of animating and creating the characters, including various size models that Guillermo seems giddy to show off. I'm totally with him on how stop-motion has this magical feel to it that no other VFX can replicate! Something very special about it.
"You came here to kill me, so do it!!" We're almost at the end of it all, it's just around the corner. Universal will be debuting the slasher horror grand finale Halloween Ends in October in just a few more weeks. The first trailer launched back in July, and a new promo featurette has been unveiled this week to begin the final marketing push. Is anyone still excited to watch this… or not? They shot this one back-to-back with last year's Halloween Kills (which had mixed reviews), and it's being released exactly one year later. The saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode comes to a spine-chilling climax in this final installment of the franchise - set four years after the events of Halloween Kills (read our review of that one). Even after the entire town went after him in the last movie, he remains an unstoppable and unkillable evil force. Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode, joined by Andi Matichak, Will Patton, Rohan Campbell, & Kyle Richards, plus both Nick Castle and James Jude Courtney credited as playing "The Shape". There's not much to this featurette, which focuses on Jamie Lee Curtis & her legacy with these films. I just hope this one is good.
"The nature of George is – he loves being original, and he has a passion to get every image perfect." MGM is preparing to release the new George Miller movie Three Thousand Years of Longing in theaters this weekend. So the marketing campaign is launching into its final few debuts and that includes this new 2-minute featurette with a few interviews with George Miller and the two lead actors. A lonely scholar, on a trip to Istanbul, discovers a Djinn who offers her three wishes in exchange for his freedom. What she wants is love, but can and should he grant it to her? Along their journey together they explore time and passion and the incredible powers of love. Tilda Swinton co-stars with Idris Elba, with a massive ensemble cast including Aamito Lagum, Burcu Gölgedar, Matteo Bocelli, Kaan Guldur, and Alyla Browne. I'm a big fan of this film and I hope it finds the right audience. MOre than anything, I just enjoy hearing George Miller talk about it and since he's currently filming the next Mad Max movie down in Australia, this might be one of the only interviews we'll get from him for the release of 3000 Years. I hope he talks more about it.