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On the surface, it may have seemed as though Edge of Tomorrow, Doug Liman’s under-seen cerebral sci-fi from earlier this year, leaned heavily on CGI to bring its time travelling tale to life. However, in this recently-released clip the creative team reveal just how much work went into the film’s practical effects.
Here’s the five-minute video, courtesy of io9:
From the extensive battle sequences to the mechanised power suits, it turns out that a major chunk of Edge of Tomorrow was hand-crafted. Which is refreshing, given that a lot of similar genre pieces would so easily turn to CG effects in lieu of this more realistic approach — we’re looking at you, Oblivion.
Released back in May, Edge of Tomorrow orbits around Tom Cruise’s Major William Cage who repeatedly dies on the battlefield only to wake up at Heathrow airport earlier that morning — think Groundhog Day meets Source Code. »
- Michael Briers
We're about to head into Oscar movie season, and with eight months of movies behind us, it's time to take stock. Here are the best reviewed movies of the year so far, according to Vulture's movie critics David Edelstein and Bilge Ebiri. Big-Budget Extravagances Dawn of the Planet of the Apes “The latest Apes picture, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, is an excellent interspecies bromance between an ape and a man who’d like to live in peace but are surrounded by warmongering assholes.” Guardians of the Galaxy "Director James Gunn ... has a rare talent, one that George Lucas also had but few filmmakers working in this genre do: He can effortlessly cut between evocative worlds we’ve never seen before without losing sight of the action and the pace of his narrative."Edge of Tomorrow“The twisty, entertaining Tom Cruise vehicle Edge of Tomorrow is Groundhog Day »
- Vulture Editors
Going to the cinema these days can inspire a special sort of deja vu. We’re not talking about the constant churn of sequels or remakes, or attending a special screening of either Groundhog Day or that one scene of the cat from The Matrix (we’re not sure why any cinema would partake in the latter), by the way; we’re talking about the fact that every film seems to be exactly the same. You can take films as diverse as, say, Guardians Of The Galaxy, The Great Gatsby and Gravity, and still come away feeling like that was something familiar about each of them. They had something in common, besides taking place in space.
Unless you’re a screenwriting geek, then you probably haven’t been able to put your finger on what exactly those similarities are. What exactly do adventures of Peter Quill, Nick Carraway »
- Tom Baker
You know her best for her role as Beatress Johnson in American Mary, but Tristan Risk has been a very busy girl lately, and she's about to break big. She sat down with Dread Central to talk about her work, past and future.
Little Miss Risk is a compelling performer, a staunch horror fan and a charismatic interviewee. She talked about her beginnings, her affinity for her beloved character Beatress and the loads of work she's done since. Risk is as witty as she is alluring and we're sure you'll enjoy reading her interview as much as we enjoyed speaking with her.
We started at the very beginning and asked Risky how she got started in the acting business. "I've been a performer all my life," Risk said. "That's everything from doing stage shows, school plays, musicals, things at my grandpa's church. I didn't go to the church, but still performed in the recitals. »
- Scott Hallam
In St. Vincent, Murray stars as the titular Vincent, a sort of deadbeat, ‘rough around the edges’ man who lives next door to a single mother and her young son – played by Melissa McCarthy and newcomer Jaeden Lieberher. St. Vincent is the first feature from director Theodore Melfi.
Murray’s performance is already earning the famed comedic performer Oscar buzz. Murray has not been nominated for an Oscar since 2004, when he was considered a front-runner for his work in Lost in Translation. St. Vincent premiered to mixed reviews, but critics agree it’s Murray’s film.
“Who but Murray could have played Vincent, a drunken curmudgeon who somehow manages to seem all the more lovable with each poor life decision he makes?” wrote Variety critic Peter Debruge.
The Toronto International Film Festival turned its second day into a very welcome new holiday, "Bill MurrayDay," an honor the comedian received, naturally, with bemusement.
"I get to park wherever I want," said Murray, appearing for a Q&A following a screening of Ghostbusters.
Friday was officially dubbed Bill Murray Day by the festival, which screened a marathon of Murray classics (Stripes and Groundhog Day, along with Ghostbusters) ahead of the premiere of Murray's latest, the upcoming next-door neighbor comedy St. Vincent.
Fans turned out outfitted in costumes of beloved Murray characters, from his ocean explorer Steve Zissou to his Army cadet from Stripes. They were all topped by a baby dressed as the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man fromGhostbusters. Said Murray: "That is one good-looking baby."
Many had wondered about the extent of Murray's participation in his own day. But he, clad in red pants and a blue plaid shirt, »
- Cineplex Entertainment
The Toronto film fest dubbed Friday "Bill Murray" day and capped off the celebration, which included screenings of "Groundhog Day" and "Ghostbusters," with the world premiere of the charming comedy drama "St. Vincent." The Weinstein Company has a real winner with this debut feature from writer/director Theodore Melfi. -Break- Oscars predictions: 'Birdman' flies to second place in Best Picture race The premiere had been delayed by a sudden thunderstorm but Murray still whooped it up on the red carpet, ignoring the torrential downpour to pose with fans. The waterworks continued inside the Princess of Wales theater as the 2,000 plus crowd shed bucket loads of tears over this feel-good film about Vincent de Van Nuys, a crusty curmudgeon (Murray) whose heart is softened by Oliver, a 10-year-old (newcomer Jaeden Lieberher) who moves in next door with his newly single mother Maggie (Melis »
It’s not clear if it was the pumping 80s music at the Weinstein Co. after-party or simply the glow from the rousing reception to his latest movie St. Vincent, but Bill Murray capped off his eponymous day with an epic dance party that saw him getting down with the likes of Kristen Wiig, Linda Cardellini and his co-stars Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd and the young Jaeden Lieberher late Friday night in Toronto. The impromptu performance served as an excellent capper to the first annual Bill Murray day where the 39th annual Toronto Film Festival screened Stripes, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day for loyal fans. »
- Nicole Sperling
While many consider Groundhog Day to be an annual celebration to the hilarious and distinguished career of Bill Murray, the Toronto International Film Festival officially declared September 5th as "Bill Murray Day," and the fest and its attendees paid tribute to the comedian with a retrospective of his work (including screenings of Ghostbusters and Stripes), a Q&A session, and the world premiere of Murray's latest film St. Vincent with Melissa McCarthy.
A sudden burst of heavy rain attempted to mar "Bill Murray Day" in the Canadian city as hundreds of fans became soaked, »
Thunder and lightning and a sudden rainstorm couldn’t dampen the spirits of moviegoers as the Toronto Film Festival provided a change of pace Friday night with the world premiere of The Weinstein Company’s October release, St. Vincent. Starring Bill Murray in the best performance of his career and 11-year-old newcomer Jaeden Lieberher in the best kid role of the year, this pure family film (although rated PG-13) is about a young child of divorce who finds a companion in the off-kilter Vietnam vet who lives next door. It’s the rare movie comedy that proves the spirit of Frank Capra lives on. In an era when the entire world seems in chaos, this is a movie that makes you feel good about yourself when you leave the theater. When was the last time that happened?
If ever a movie deserved the phrase, St. Vincent is a film that »
- Pete Hammond
A recent Forbes list named Sandra Bullock as the highest-paid actress in Hollywood, but when it comes to shaping the films coming out of the industry pipeline, you have to look behind the camera for the biggest movers and shakers.
Digital Spy takes a look at 9 of Hollywood's most influential women below...
When George Lucas handed over the keys to his Lucasfilm kingdom he turned to Kathleen Kennedy, who began her Hollywood career as Steven Spielberg's secretary and swiftly rose through the ranks to produce hits such as Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park and The Sixth Sense.
Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm signaled an aggressive intent to relaunch Star Wars for a new generation – following on from Episode VII, we'll get to see big-screen sequels and spinoffs, an animated TV show, fresh Star Wars comics, novels and video games in a huge cross-media tapestry weaving together George Lucas's universe. »
Instead of a crown, Bill Murray wore a hunting cap, but the actor and comedian received a royal welcome at a question and answer session Friday as part of the Toronto Film Festival’s “Bill Murray Day” celebration.
Fans flocked into the Tiff Bell Lightbox, spilling out into the aisles, to watch as the actor riffed, reminisced and philosophized alongside “Ghostbusters” director Ivan Reitman and “Scrooged” screenwriter Mitch Glazer, ostensibly the evening’s moderator, but with Murray there’s no riding herd.
They came wearing proton packs, ghostbusters outfits and t-shirts bearing Murray catchphrases from films such as “Groundhog Day” and “Caddyshack.” There was even a baby outfitted in a Stay Puft Marshmallow Man costume — “That’s a good looking baby,” Murray deadpanned.
He entered, at his insistence, singing along to Prince’s “Raspberry Beret.”
There were gifts too. One audience member gave Murray a drawing he said he’d »
- Brent Lang
Brent Lang announces good news for Bill Murray on what is being called "Bill Murray Day" in Toronto. With the world premiere of the new comedy "St. Vincent" on Friday, distributor The Weinstein Company has chosen to debut the film in New York and Los Angeles on October 10, two weeks before the entire country can watch it on October 24. The film also stars Melissa McCarthy and is about "a curmudgeon whose hard edges are softened ever so slightly by the son of a single woman." In addition to the premiere on Friday, the day also included screenings of past hits "Stripes," "Groundhog Day," and "Ghostbusters" plus a Q&A session with Murray. Variety -Break- Follow Gold Derby on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, iTunes and YouTube Etan Vlessing interviews "Wild' director Jean-Marc Vallee about working with Reese Witherspoon, current Oscar buzz, and "feeling like ...' »
In case you missed the announcement coming out of the Toronto International Film Festival, today is now officially Bill Murray Day, in celebration of which Tiff has been providing free screenings of Stripes, Ghostbusters, and Groundhog Day. So while you decorate your Bill Murray tree and prepare to sing your Bill Murray carols, you can watch the first clip of Murray’s latest performance in St. Vincent, the very film screening at Tiff today.
Murray plays the titular character, an irascible lover of booze and laziness who finds himself babysitting for the lady next door, played by Melissa McCarthy. As we might predict, Vincent winds up earning his charge’s respect while at the same time angering the boy’s mother by exposing him to strip clubs, racetracks, and dive bars. This being Murray, he’ll probably do it in such a charming manner that McCarthy will forgive him immediately, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
The Weinstein Co. will give audiences in New York and Los Angeles an earlier look at “St. Vincent” than originally planned.
The Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy comedy about a curmudgeon whose hard edges are softened ever so slightly by the son of a single mother will debut in the two cities on Oct. 10. That will be followed by a gradual roll out into 25 cities on Oct. 17, before it goes wide on Oct. 24 as originally planned.
“St. Vincent” has its world premiere Friday at the Toronto Film Festival as part of what the gathering’s backers have billed as “Bill Murray Day.” The festivities boast screenings of “Stripes,” “Groundhog Day” and “Ghostbusters,” as well as a question and answer session with the elusive star. »
- Brent Lang
Why can't every day be Bill Murray Day in Toronto?
Lucky Instagram user Felicia Guthrie snapped a photo of the actor while he was out biking close to the Td Centre plaza on Friday, according to Toronto Life.
But Murray didn't just charm Toronto residents out on the street. He also serenaded the audience at a "Ghostbusters" screening which took place at the Tiff Bell Lightbox.
- Yahoo Pop (@yahooPOP) September 5, 2014
Bill, seriously: it's not too late to file papers to run for mayor of Toronto. Just sayin'.
- Jesse Ferreras
Drumroll, please… Bill Murray Day has arrived! Today, the Toronto International Film Festival is paying tribute to the enigmatic movie star and honoring his achievements on the big screen. "[It's] a celebration of the charismatic, wise-cracking, comedic genius of living legend Bill Murray," the festival said when it announced its plans. As part of the celebration, Tiff will host free public screenings of three of the actor's classic films: Stripes, Groundhog Day and Ghostbusters. The festive day will conclude with the world premiere of the Emmy and Golden Globe winner's latest flick, St. Vincent. If you can't make it to Toronto for the event, don't worry! You can »
To celebrate the premiere of Bill Murray’s latest film, “St. Vincent,” and to give the iconic comedian’s body of work the respect it deserves, the Toronto International Film Festival has designated today as Bill Murray Day, with free screenings of classics “Stripes," “Groundhog Day,” and “Ghostbusters.” But if you can’t attend the festivities, take a moment to celebrate by checking out this first clip from “St Vincent,” featuring Melissa McCarthy and which also screens at Tiff today. The clip delivers on the premise: a retired, cash-strapped, and alcohol-relishing Murray finds himself babysitting for the single mom next door, inevitably exposing her kid to a world of inappropriate vices (strip clubs, racetracks, dive bars), but winning his unlikely friendship and respect in the process. In it, we see Jaeden Lieberher mowing Murray’s lawn (which is more of a dirt patch) while Murray relaxes in a lounge chair. »
- Tess Hofmann
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- THR staff
Friday is Bill Murray Day at the Toronto International Film Festival, and one good way to celebrate is to watch the first clip from St. Vincent, Murray’s latest film. Murray plays Vincent, a ne’er-do-well who begins taking care of Oliver, the boy who just moved in next door. Here, Oliver mows what’s left of Vincent’s lawn when his mother, played by Melissa McCarthy, arrives. Vincent happens to be paying the kid hourly for the fruitless work of mowing dirt, therefore sharing his philosophy of how the world works: “You work, you get paid, you drink.”
- Esther Zuckerman
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