"Even though he's the head a tribe, he's a hell of a lot more than that." Marvel Studios + Disney have just released a featurette video for Ryan Coogler's upcoming Black Panther movie, which hits theaters next month. This video focuses on Black Panther's comic book origins, featuring appearances by Kevin Feige and Stan Lee talking about the character, along with a few behind-the-scenes shots. Directed by Ryan Coogler (of Fruitvale Station, Creed), the story follows King T'Challa, once again played by Chadwick Boseman, who goes back to his African nation of Wakanda after the events of Civil War. The ensemble cast includes Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis as Klaw, Florence Kasumba, John Kani, Winston Duke, and Sterling K. Brown. This is probably the first big movie of 2018 that I am actually very excited to see.
"We're always attracted to a story that's aspirational." 20th Century Fox has debuted a series of behind-the-scenes featurettes for The Greatest Showman, the exciting new musical hitting theaters this holiday season. It tells the story of showman P.T. Barnum, the original creator of the vaudeville show known as the circus. Hugh Jackman stars as P.T. Barnum, with original songs from the Oscar-winning lyricists of La La Land, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul. The huge ensemble cast also includes Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, Paul Sparks, and Zendaya. These featurette videos include a look at the original planning and production, filming, and the process of actually creating and delivering a big screen musical. Even if you're not that excited for The Greatest Showman, it's still cool to get a look at how they made this.
"Do you remember the first time you saw a dinosaur?" Universal has unveiled a behind-the-scenes video to build up hype for the trailer release this week of the sequel Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. This continues the story and follows characters introduced in Jurassic World, the current reboot of the Jurassic Park sci-fi dinosaur park series. The plot involves the group going back to Isla Nublar to try and save some dinos before a volcano eruption takes out the entire island. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return again, with a cast including Jeff Goldblum, BD Wong, Toby Jones, Ted Levine, James Cromwell, Geraldine Chaplin, and Rafe Spall. This promo borrows from Star Wars' marketing playbook by giving us an exciting behind-the-scenes look at the new movie, along with a glimpse at some footage. Trailer soon.
"This is the hardest physical thing I've done yet." Time for a Star Wars training montage! Disney released another behind-the-scenes featurette for Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi, this one all about the physical training and fight choreography with the actors. It starts out focusing on Daisy Ridley as Rey, but then continues to show footage of Gwendoline Christie, John Boyega, Kelly Marie Tran, and finally Adam Driver as Kylo Ren. At this point, Disney is just giving us more teases and glimpses to keep the hype going until it hits theaters in two weeks. I've already got my tickets, I'm already ready to go, hoping nothing I've seen so far spoils the in-theater experience. It is exciting to see how much work they put into this movie, all the effort into making it look perfect. And I wish I was friends with this Liang Yang guy. He seems cool.
"I'm putting together a team, people with special abilities…" We're now a few days away from the highly anticipated, first ever live-action Justice League movie opening in theaters everywhere. Are you ready? Is the world ready? We'll find out after this weekend. In anticipation of the opening, fellow movie lover Anton Volkov put together a tribute video, looking back at the four other DC movies from the DCEU that have been building up and leading to this Justice League moment - including Man of Steel and Wonder Woman. There aren't as many movies as Marvel's lead-up, but there's still a good amount and finally the team will come together to save the world/universe. This is a cool video to get you in the mood for and caught up with the current DC movies, in hopes you will just have a good time at the cinema this weekend. Fire it up below.
"It's like a real journey of discovery." There's only 52 days left until Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in theaters, which means the marketing machine is starting to rev its engines. Lucasfilm has released another new behind-the-scenes featurette (there was one from Comic-Con as well) this time focusing on director Rian Johnson and his work on this next Star Wars movie. There isn't a lot of new footage revealed, but it is delightful to watch Johnson geek out on set, and to hear everyone talk about how charming he is. There's appearances by Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Gwendoline Christie, Oscar Isaac, and a few others. It's exciting to see how much Disney is pushing the director, not just the stars and the film, because Rian is really one of the best guys out there. Dive in and get ready for this movie.
"Listen - this is happening." Netflix has debuted an extended behind-the-scenes featurette for David Ayer's new film Bright, specifically focusing on the two main cops - Daryl Ward and Nick Jakoby, played by Will Smith and Joel Edgerton (respectively). Ward and Jakoby are very different cops who are put together as partners on the beat in Los Angeles. The film also stars Noomi Rapace, Kenneth Choi, Brad William Henke, Lucy Fry, Edgar Ramírez, Ike Barinholtz, Brandon Larracuente, and Dawn Olivieri. This video plays like an extended trailer half the time, and has some behind-the-scenes glimpses at the end as well. So, this film continues to impress me, I'm looking forward to seeing this when it arrives on Netflix.
"We wanted to bring the full experience to the audience, so I shot on film." 20th Century Fox has unveiled a featurette for Kenneth Branagh's Murder on the Orient Express, the murder mystery set on a luxurious European train. Branagh did indeed decide to shoot this on film, using 65mm for some scenes. This video is too short to dive into everything, but does have a few cool behind-the-scenes shots. Starring Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penélope Cruz, Daisy Ridley, Josh Gad, Willem Dafoe, Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Tom Bateman, Lucy Boynton, Olivia Colman, Miranda Raison, and Derek Jacobi. It's impressive to see they used a real train for a few shots, and I like the interior sets on a soundstage with screens down the side projecting what's out outside. This does seem like it's going to look stunning, at least.
"The way that I've approached this is to rebuild it in a new way." With a few months left to go, Marvel has released a new behind-the-scenes preview for Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok, the latest Thor movie continuing the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This featurette shows us some making-of footage in addition to some interviews and clips from the movie. We've already seen two previous trailers, and an international one teasing a cameo, which should be enough to get you ready for this. Chris Hemsworth is back as Thor, with a kick ass cast: Cate Blanchett as Hela, Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Karl Urban as Skurge, plus all of the others from Asgard including Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Idris Elba as Heimdall, and Jaimie Alexander. Totally adore Taika Waititi so much, the best. Have fun.
"I'm hoping it'll be a little shocking. But I'm hoping it will feel real and honest." Lucasfilm has dropped a brand new behind-the-scenes featurette for Star Wars: The Last Jedi at their D23 Expo presentation this weekend. Like the behind-the-scenes featurette for The Force Awakens, this includes a whole bunch of new footage and looks at various characters/aliens/scenes we haven't seen anything about yet. And oh my goodness does it look magnificent. I can't wait!! Daisy Ridley returns as Rey, with John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Gwendoline Christie, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o, Peter Mayhew, Andy Serkis, and Warwick Davis. Newcomers include Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern, and others. There's so many questions I have after watching this. But that's the point - it's an exhilarating tease that will keep our interests piqued while we wait until release. Fire this up below.
"The immersive quality of the image is second to none." IMAX has unveiled a new four-minute behind-the-scenes featurette for Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk, taking us "Behind the Frame" and giving us a look at the incredible work on this movie. The video features extensive interviews with director Christopher Nolan, producer Emma Thomas, and cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema discussing how important it was to film 70% of this in the full IMAX format. "It is the most beautiful way to watch a movie." This stars Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh, James D'Arcy, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, Jack Lowden, and Adam Long. This is an excellent featurette that has boat loads of behind-the-scenes footage and lots of good discussion about making this intense WWII film. Hitting theaters soon.
"Right from the beginning it was very clear the way I was going to fight… It was really intense." Focus has released a brand new behind-the-scenes featurette for Atomic Blonde, which hits theaters in a few more weeks. Charlize Theron stars as an undercover MI6 agent (and/or assassin) sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent. All of the trailers have promised some ass kicking action, and this featurette focuses on Theron's training process and her ability to deliver badass physical action and make it look real. The featurette includes interviews with Charlize Theron as well as director David Leitch, a stuntman who worked on co-directing John Wick (before he was uncredited) and is now directing Deadpool 2 next. I'm still excited to see this, let's hope it lives up to the hype and the action is as good as it seems here.