Recently we've featured brief ventures into the past with the history of the film industry, the history of movie trailers and even the history of computer generated characters. Now another brief lesson about the motion picture industry has made its way online, but this one focuses on sound. Anyone who has taken a film class will know that sound didn't always accompany films, and it wasn't until The Jazz Singer introduced a soundtrack into the theatrical experience that we began to see the kind of films with recorded music, sound effects and dialogue the way we know them today. But we'll let FilmmakerIQ explain the rest. ›››
Continue reading Watch: The History of Sound at the Movies in 30 Minute Lesson
What is your favorite film? It's a common question discussed amongst cinephiles the world over, and one artist has taken it even further. German artist Jan-Hendrik Pelz has debuted a gallery at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland this week titled "Favorites", featuring over 30 oil paintings of one frame of a film. Here's the concept - Pelz asked his favorite artists/filmmakers to name their favorite movie "together with a random number of maximum 5 digits as a time stamp. Stopping the movies later at the corresponding times created unpredictable freeze frames, which in the next step Pelz transferred into oil paintings." This mesmerizing gallery is the result of a year of work producing these paintings - see the various frames below. ›››
The hits just keep on coming in 2014. After Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away earlier this year, another great actor has died after a battle with depression, drugs and alcohol. THR reports that legendary comedian and Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams was found dead at his home this morning at 63 years old. Even more tragic is that the Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia. Like many great comedians of his time, Williams had a battle with alcoholism and drug addition and had checked himself back into rehab as recently as last month. This is truly a heartbreaking loss for everyone. ›››
Continue reading Oscar Winner & Comedian Robin Williams Found Dead at Age 63
Back in 2010, there was a glimmer of hope that Zoolander 2 could still be made. At the time, Anchorman 2 was struggling to be made due to the desire for lower budgets from Paramount Pictures, but fans ended up getting their sequel last year. But <em>Zoolander 2 wasn't so lucky to get off the ground. That may have been because Ben Stiller was busy with The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, but now it seems like the project might be gaining steam again. Vulture spoke with Justin Theroux, co-write of Tropic Thunder, who was named as writer and director of Zoolander 2 back in 2010, and he had some promising news on the film. ›››
Continue reading 'Zoolander 2' May Still Walk the Runway with Ben Stiller at the Helm
Back in 2011, before Guardians of the Galaxy was a box office hit, it was just a hope for Marvel Studios to turn into another hit comic book movie franchise. And at the time, another lesser known title was also being kicked around for a possible big screen adaptation: The Inhumans. This would basically be Marvel's answer to Fox's tight hold on to the X-Men franchise as it follows a race of early human beings who were turned into a race of superhuman warrior-servants by the Kree, the alien race from Guardians of the Galaxy from which the villain Ronan the Accuser hails. They too become an ensemble of heroes like The Avengers. Now the film might actually be on the way, and Vin Diesel may be involved in his second Marvel project. ›››
Continue reading Vin Diesel Hinting at Future Role in Marvel's 'The Inhumans' Movie?
Over the last couple of years a number of extensive, impressive behind-the-scenes photos from almost all of Stanley Kubrick's films have surfaced online, ending up in complete galleries (see this one for 2001) showing the entirety of production. While we've all poured over these photos, a brand new set of shots are appearing online thanks to tweets from Kubrick's own daughter, Vivian Kubrick. Tweeting with the name @ViKu1111, she's been posting a series of B&W editing room shots, which she says came about because her father gave her a Nikkormat camera for a Christmas present in 1974 and she went photo crazy. Take a look. ›››
Continue reading Peek into Stanley Kubrick's Editing Room with His Daughter's Photos
Back in July at Comic-Con, we were given early access to the Legendary Pictures booth where we tried out a cool new Oculus Rift experience inspired by Pacific Rim, followed by an exclusive tour of the Crimson Peak Gothic Gallery led by director Guillermo del Toro himself. Due to the intimate nature of the tour, it was hard to capture any quality video of the tour, but Legendary has now made a video available so you can see what we saw, complete with commentary from del Toro himself. And while the experience isn't quite as cool without wearing the Oculus, the Pacific Rim portion is featured too. Watch! ›››
Continue reading Watch: Guillermo del Toro Tours 'Crimson Peak' Comic-Con Gallery
"I blame you for thinking you knew what was best for me when it was you who was best for me." Since the first trailer for the Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Best of Me only gave a tease of the time-spanning romance, the full trailer is here to give the whole movie away. From the young love of Liana Liberato and Luke Bracey (who looks far too old to be in high school) to the rekindled romance 20 years later between their older selves played by James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan. There's kissing in the rain, intense conversations about love lost, and all the Nicholas Sparks hits. It basically shows the whole movie. ›››
Coming out of left field today is the tease of a sci-fi project that we haven't heard anything about. Automata comes from Spanish filmmaker Gabe Ibáñez, and wrangles Antonio Banderas back into one of his rare sci-fi roles after playing with Spy Kids and The Skin I Live In, two very different films in the genre. This time he's diving into the future, about 50 years to be exact, and he's playing an insurance agent responsible for looking into cases regarding defective androids. Now two posters have popped up showing off a bald Banderas along with some of the robots in the film. It has a Mad Max meets District 9 vibe. Look! ›››
Continue reading Check Out Bald Antonio Banderas & Robots on 'Automata' Posters
We've been following the activity Star Wars: Force for Change fundraiser that was created in coordination with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) because not only is it a great cause, but director J.J. Abrams has been teasing some tidbits from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII along the way. The first video came from a desert market and showed some cool aliens, the next one showed off an X-Wing, and another had Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart fighting. Now the fundraiser has ended, and to thank everyone for the nearly $5 million raised for UNICEF, Abrams gave a note to a droid. Or did he? ›››
Continue reading Luke's Hand Teased to End 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Charity Drive?
After debuting at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, director David Cronenberg's latest film Maps to the Stars is headed to theaters in the United Kingdom this fall, and that means we get a new official trailer from across the pond while we wait to see when the film might end up hitting the big screen in the United States. The film shows the lives of several people in Hollywood as only a director like Cronenberg can deliver, complete with a diverse cast that includes John Cusack, Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska and more. There seems to be some great performances, but of course it's bizarre. Watch! ›››
Continue reading David Cronenberg Finds Hollywood in 'Maps to the Stars' UK Trailer
Following a first look at James Franco's forthcoming film The Sound and the Fury, a period drama that also stars Seth Rogen and Danny McBride and is premiering at the Venice Film Festival, we have a look at one of the actor's forthcoming starring roles currently in production. After going gay with a pivotal role in Milk previously, this time director Gus Van Sant is producing Michael, a drama which will see Franco playing Michael Glatze, a San Francisco gay activist who somehow evolved himself into an ex-gay Christian fundamentalist, as chronicled in the New York Times article "My Ex-Gay Friend" by Benoit Denizet-Lewis back in 2011. Now we have a first look photo from the set showing Franco at work, filming a scene. Look! ›››
Continue reading First Look: James Franco Goes Christian in Gus Van Sant's 'Michael'
Last night, the adolescent drivel known as the Teen Choice Awards pandered the most coveted audience in entertainment, and that meant the studios were pushing some of the forthcoming films to the young crowd on the flickering box. Disney decided to push their family comedy Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day with a new TV spot showing off some more ridiculous footage from the film. Unlike the book on which the film is based, it's not just Alexander having a bad day, but his whole family. This looks to be full of slapstick comedy, complete with Steve Carell fighting a kangaroo. Watch? ›››
Continue reading Steve Carell Fights a Kangaroo in 'No Good, Very Bad Day' TV Spot
Normally when we see Seth Rogen, James Franco and Danny McBride get together, it's for outrageous comedies like Pineapple Express or the makeshift sequel from the apocalyptic hit This is The End. However, at the Venice Film Festival, we'll see the trio in a whole new light as they all have roles in Franco's adaptation of William Falkner's classic novel The Sound and the Fury. Franco is directing and starring in the film about the tragic crumbling of the Compson family decades ago. It's so odd seeing Rogen and McBride in period wardrobe like this, and we're very curious to see how they do in this kind of film. Look! ›››
Continue reading First Look: Rogen & McBride in James Franco's 'Sound and the Fury'
"I called the army base that David's from. They said he doesn't exist." Following last week's intense trailer for the indie action thriller The Guest from director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett (You're Next), a trailer from across the pond has surfaced, giving us a different look at British "Downton Abbey" star Dan Stevens as a creepily charming visitor. This looks flashy, fun, and has the same retro vibe as Wingard and Barrett's work on the spectacular horror thriller You're Next. Don't be surprised if you see Dan Stevens start getting into some bigger action roles if this film turns out to be a sleeper indie hit. Watch below now! ›››
Continue reading Watch: Dan Stevens is Just a Family Friend in 'The Guest' UK Trailer
Congratulations, everybody. So many people turned out to see the latest iteration of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that the film made a bigger splash at the box office than was anticipated. The film from director Jonathan Liebesman and Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol writers Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec will take the #1 spot this weekend with about $65 million in the United States. And that means Paramount Pictures has decided to fast track a sequel to the film with a release date already set for June 3rd, 2016, right in the heart of summer this time. And yes, Michael Bay will be back as a producer. ›››
Continue reading Paramount Dates 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2' for June 2016
"It was easier to pitch with the LSD, that's the way I was dealing with the fear of failure." Today's trailer is for another fascinating baseball documentary that premiered at Sundance this year (we also recommend The Battered Bastards of Baseball). This one is titled No No: A Dockumentary about pitcher Dock Ellis, the man famous for pitching a no-hitter game in 1970 while on LSD. "It was an ugly no-hitter," he admits in the trailer, but still a "no-no". While Dock passed away in 2008, filmmaker Jeff Radice was able to interview him extensively and it's amusing and enlightening to hear his story, filled with anecdotes, archival footage and stories from other players. Looks like another great baseball doc and I'm looking forward to seeing this. ›››
Continue reading Indie Trailer Sunday: 'No No: A Dockumentary' on Pitcher Dock Ellis
Before director Tom McCarthy decided to take on The Cobbler with Adam Sandler stepping into one of his rare turns of real acting, he was hoping to make the Catholic Church sex scandal film Spotlight, the story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe journalists who exposed the Catholic Church's decades-long cover-up of child molestation in Massachusetts. But DreamWorks pulled out of the film, leaving him with no other option but to pay attention to the indie The Cobbler instead. Now Spotlight is at Participant Media, and The Wrap reports Mark Ruffalo and Michael Keaton are joining. But they're not the only ones. ›››
Continue reading Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton & More Find Tom McCarthy's 'Spotlight'
We've featured plenty of visual effects breakdown videos for the likes of films such as Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World from Marvel Studios, Weta's work on The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the extensive work on Pacific Rim, and even less noticeable special effects work on The Wolf of Wall Street. And if you've loved seeing how they make the donuts behind the scenes, then you're going to have much more than a peek behind the curtain. There's a huge playlist on YouTube discovered by Larry Wright of Refocused Media (via The Film Stage) of over 150 visual effects breakdowns enjoy. Watch! ›››
Continue reading Check Out Over 150 Visual Effects Breakdowns for 'Godzilla' & More
We've seen movies like Kill Bill and Blade Runner turned into 8-bit video games, but YouTube user and San Francisco State University student Phillip Raupach has decided to do something different inspired by old school video games. Instead of taking The Matrix Reloaded and turning it into an 8-bit video game, he merely took footage from the film, a fight scene with Neo and thugs in the house of the Merovingian, and replaced all of the music and sounds with those you would find in these early video games. The result is funny and impressive, as his work won him Best Sound Design at SFSU's BECAfest last year. Watch below! ›››
Continue reading Watch: 'Matrix Reloaded' Fight is Improved with 8-Bit Sound Effects