If there’s one thing the stop-motion animation process is known for, it’s being painstakingly slow. Not only are the films put together one frame at a time with intense care and precision, there is an incredible amount of work that needs to go into development and construction long before the first shutter snap is even heard.
The stop-motion animation house Laika is well on its way to becoming one of the strongest, most consistent studios in in the movie industry. Founded by Travis Knight, the son of Nike founder and chairman Phil Knight, the company has only made two features thus far - Coraline and ParaNorman - but both earned incredible critical praise and even Academy Award nominations. The future is bright for Laika, particularly because their next film, The Boxtrolls.
Last fall, I was invited by Marvel Studios and Disney to take a flight out to London, England with a small group of other journalists to visit the set of Guardians of the Galaxy. Touring through the various departments and interviewing members of the cast and crew, I learned a number of fascinating things about the upcoming blockbuster that I’m delighted to share with you now.
Joss Whedon and James Gunn don’t actually have any joint creative credits on their respective filmographies, but they have been friends for a very long time. In fact, the Angel character Charles Gunn, played by J. August Richards, was actually named after the Super writer/director.
Casting an actor to play a character’s dad in a movie or television show can be tricky waters to navigate. On the one hand there’s the importance of matching certain genetic features, making sure that actor has some similar features and is age appropriate. Perhaps more important, however, is having a higher understanding of personality and making sure that there are some familiar patterns and mannerisms that can be matched and show link between parent and offspring.
Since Serkis has been at the forefront of this digital revolution, helping tech wizards perfect the craft of capturing mo-cap performances, I started by asking him to single out something that they were able to do in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes that just wasn’t possible in 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
As such, Ayer is also fighting against certain perceptions of war films. He's sidestepped this issue by avoiding the framing of World War II in a historical context, as Fury takes place primarily on a single day.
Meeting as part of a press day held in Los Angeles, director Ben Falcone and I had a great conversation talking about the ridiculous and funny journey behind the making of Tammy, his directorial debut. Read on to find out what he had to say!
I had the chance to sit down with the film's producer Todd Black. Excited about his gritty spin-off of the 1980s crime series, Black offered plenty of details on the production as well why Refn was dropped as a contender for its director's chair.
In advance of How To Train Your Dragon 2’s release date, 20th Century Fox invited a group of film reporters to DreamWorks Animation Studios where we not only had the chance to sit down for an extended chat with director Dean DuBlois, but also tour around the facility. We learned multiple fascinating things about the new movie throughout the day, so read on to learn all about it!
Channing Tatum And Jonah Hill Talk Thrift Shop Clothes, Gambit Plans And Looking Old On Spring Break
As far as re-igniting that flame of chemistry, it wasn't very hard to re-learn the basic dance steps.
Much more than just his Marvel Studios character, Gregg is quickly establishing himself behind the camera as well. It was just a couple months after the release of Iron Man in 2008 that he made his directorial debut with Choke, a hard-R rated, Sam Rockwell-starring adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s novel of the same name. Six years later, Gregg has now not only directed his second feature, Trust Me, but also has served as the projects lead character.
Seth MacFarlane’s new comedy A Million Ways To Die In The West doesn’t really feature much of a conclusion for the characters played by Neil Patrick Harris and Amanda Seyfried. After they have served their purpose in the story, they leave and are never seen from again. This wasn’t always the case with the film, however, as it’s been revealed that the Western comedy has an ending that wasn’t shown in theaters.
A big part of Seth MacFarlane’s comedic style relies on big pop culture references, and it’s because of this that A Million Ways To Die In The West an interesting challenge for him. Because the movie is set in 1882, references to any television show or movie was strictly off limits, as they plainly wouldn’t make any sense. It was certainly an obstruction that the MacFarlane had to deal with, but it also failed to stop him completely.
Disney's Maleficent offers a live-action re-imagining of the story of Sleeping Beauty, giving a new perspective on the tale's big bad fairy. Angelina Jolie plays Maleficent in the flesh and in a way we'd never seen this horned villainess before: with wings. And we've got an inside line on how director Robert Stromberg made them look like an enviable weapon.
Thanks to the appearances of Sam Jones, Ryan Reynolds and Ted Danson in Ted, not to mention the hundreds of celebrity voices who have done guest spots on Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show, we fully expected that Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways To Die In The West would feature some interesting cameos, and we were not disappointed.
Paired with MacFarlane while talking with reporters at a Million Ways To Die In The West press conference in Los Angeles earlier this month, actress Charlize Theron revealed that she never really has any inclination to film in New Mexico again due to weather conditions that made her fear for her life during the comedy’s shoot.
There has been a LOT of chatter about the addition to Quicksilver (Evan Peters) to the X-Men universe… particularly because those who keep up on their X-Men family tree know that Magneto (Michael Fassbender) is Quicksilver’s father.
There are so many nods to fantastic moments in the X-Men universe in X-Men: Days of Future Past, and I mentioned my favorite to Hugh Jackman, which got him talking about the number of Easter Eggs in the film.
Chris Pratt Predicts Guardians Of The Galaxy Will Be Better Than Star Wars And Other Things We Learned On Set
I’ve said it time and time again, but it truly bears repeating: James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy remains one of my most anticipated films for the rest of the year. A big part of that excitement is the fact that the movie stars Chris Pratt, a young, extremely talented and charismatic actor who will be donning a red duster and awesome silver mask to play the film’s lead, Peter Quill a.k.a. Star Lord.
As part of the Los Angeles leg of the Million Dollar Arm press tour, I recently had the chance to sit down with Jon Hamm on-camera and talk about his role in the based-on-a-true story baseball drama.
Now, we offer five other fascinating revelations learned from Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Ken Watanabe about the monster, the movie, and working with director Gareth Edwards.
“There’s a joke where – I’m still not sure if I ever said it out loud or if I was just thinking it. But during the montage where we’re getting back at Seth and Rose, and we cut their bush into the shape of a guy bending over, I wanted to say the line..."
Marc Webb’s decision to go with Gwen over Mary Jane Watson in his rebooted Spidey story, The Amazing Spider-Man, led to rampant speculation that we, one day might be able to see Gwen’s saga played out on the big screen. Of course, that hope also led to all sorts of problems.
Because of the amount of charitable work Andrew Garfield and the cast have been doing on this promotional tour, I wanted to ask him about the efforts they were making to bring Spider-Man to the youngest fans. His answer was very touching, and gives us a great look at the man behind the Spider-Man mask.