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'Allied' Clip: How Robert Zemeckis Recreated the Sahara Desert

14 February 2017 6:30 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Robert Zemeckis is a master craftsman. For decades he's been pushing boundaries and innovating along the way. But unless they're animation heavy, like Who Framed Roger Rabbit? or Beowulf, Zemeckis doesn't always make the visual effects such a big selling point for his movies. They're often invisible and used to enhance the world around their actors. Sometimes it's small things, like blending actors with historical figures as in Forrest Gump and Contact. Sometimes it's big things, like recreating the Twin Towers in The Walk. Either way, you can always count on Zemeckis going the extra mile when it comes to visual effects. A great example of that is this behind-the-scenes clip from Allied, which is out now on DigitalHD. It spotlights a moment in the...

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14 February 2017 5:47 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Yep, yet another fleet of giant alien spaceships has Earth surrounded, but Denis Villeneuve’s movie is not your garden variety invasion fantasy. Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner have a limited time to figure out how to communcate with alien creatures whose intentions are a complete unknown. It’s a rare sci-fi thriller that succeeds on a personal and emotional level — while teaching us how to converse in coffee stain hieroglyphics.


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2016 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 118 min. / Street Date February 14, 2017 / 39.99

Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mark O’Brien, Tzi Ma.

Cinematography: Bradford Young

Film Editor: Joe Walker

Production Design: Patrice Vermette

Original Music: Jóhann Jóhannsson

Written by: Eric Heisserer based on The Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang

Produced by: Dan Levine, Shawn Levy, David Linde, Aaron Ryder

Directed by Denis Villeneuve

A few science fiction entertainments in the last twenty-odd years »

- Glenn Erickson

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The most profound discovery, or the end of everything? Find out in the Superbowl trailer for Life

6 February 2017 2:42 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Jon Lyus

Last night’s Superbowl gave us a wave of new TV spots and teaser trailers for this year’s biggest films. We saw the return of Baby Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Kurt Russell made an appearance concerning the Fate of the Furious (The Fast and the Furious 8’s confusing title), and in our favourite spot Stranger Things are happening in season two of Netflix’s smash hit 80s show. Another film which may not have had the same level of hype orbiting it is Life, a new sci-fi disaster film concerning a crucial discovery that initially seems to have huge implications for the human race. Of course things don’t turn out so well and everything goes wrong, a race for survival begins.

‘I’ve told you, I don’t want my windows cleaned.’

With shades of Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity this »

- Jon Lyus

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Nashville Recap: Can I Get an Amen?

2 February 2017 7:00 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Need to catch up? Check out the previous Nashville recap here.

The Nashville Personality Refinement Program continues its very welcome work in this week’s episode. The latest graduate: Luke “Watch Out, Cake!” Wheeler.

Rayna’s former fiancé shows up in connection with yet another major business opportunity for which Zach so conveniently has the cash and interest. And while, yes, buying Wheelin’ Dealin’ Records and absorbing its artists and catalogue might be a good idea for the fledgling Highway 65, is climbing deeper and deeper into the very deep pockets of a very weird man really a good idea?

Elsewhere in the hour, »

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You Probably Didn’t Notice This Shot in ‘Contact’ Was Done with Visual Effects

17 January 2017 6:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

This year the sci-fi drama Arrival has been receiving all sorts of praise. Thanks to the emotional core that ties character drama to grounded science fiction, the film from Denis Villeneuve has been compared to a similar film: Robert Zemeckis‘ adaptation of Carl Sagan’s novel Contact. Contact is a little more visceral and unbelievable than […]

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