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We’ll soon be seeing a lot more of Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe when the Mad Titan takes centre stage for Avengers: Infinity War, but in the meantime we’ve had to make do with his post-credits scenes in The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, as well as a brief appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy.
While we await his next appearance (Thor: Ragnarok?), the folks at Luma Pictures have posted a featurette which delves into the VFX work that went into bringing Thanos to life for Guardians of the Galaxy, and you can check it out here (via ComicBook)…
“Loic Zimmermann our concept designer took the most prevalent features of Josh Brolin that we thought would stand out the most and put them into who the character is underneath,” Luma Pictures VFX supervisor Vincent Cirelli tells FX Guide. “He began blending those elements. We’ve taken Josh’s eyes, »
- Gary Collinson
While the world of blockbuster filmmaking is decidedly overrun with CG, the art of special effects is not dead. Mad Max: Fury Road and AMC’s The Walking Dead prove that the artform lives on, though maybe not as strongly as it once did. Indeed, there once was a time before Avatar and performance-capture technology when Hollywood relied on a different kind of artist to bring magic to the big screen: the makeup artist. One of the most well-known and renowned makeup artists of our time is one Rick Baker, who pioneered the field with his work on An American Werewolf in London and continues to work wonders to this day on films like Men in Black 3 and Maleficent. And now you can own a piece of movie history crafted by Baker himself. An auction will be held live at the Universal Sheraton on May 29th with over 400 lots of materials created by Baker. »
- Adam Chitwood
2012: the year the movie universe sparked, Universal struggled, and young adult adaptations really took off...
The big blockbusters of summer 2011 were the ones that followed fairly straightforward rules. The majority of them were sequels in linear movie franchises - Harry Potter, Transformers, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Fast & Furious - and it felt for the most part like a template was being followed.
Sure, there were surprises. Bridesmaids broke through and proved to be a massive R-rated hit. X-Men: First Class, meanwhile, came through unscathed - and in fine shape - from its reboot, whilst Jj Abrams took us temporarily back to the 1980s with Super 8. But other than that, the pattern was set: the big, pre-ordained films took the lion's share of the cash, and regular sequels were the order of the day.
The signs of change were there in 2011, of course. Thor was a bigger hit than most were expecting, »
Arc Entertainment has acquired all U.S. rights to the family drama “Freedom,” which stars Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. as a slave, it was announced Tuesday by the company’s head of acquisitions, Scott Moesta. Peter Cousens directed from a script by Timothy A. Chey, and the film co-stars William Sadler (“The Shawshank Redemption”), Sharon Leal (“Guiding Light”), David Rasche (“Men in Black 3”), Terrence Mann (“Critters”) and Michael Goodwin (“Stuck in Love”). Arc Entertainment will be releasing the film on VOD, digital and in theaters on June 5. “Freedom” tells the true story of two men separated by 100 years »
- Jeff Sneider
The month of May features a ton of great genre titles coming to VOD and digital platforms, including the highly anticipated zombie drama Maggie, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin. The Orchard is releasing the Kiwi horror comedy mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows later this month and we also have both Oren Peli’s Area 51 and the sure-to-be-insane The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) from Tom Six to look forward to as well. The indie spookfest Evangeline is also getting a VOD release from Uncork’d Entertainment and look for the latest from Dark Sky Films, Let Us Prey, which arrives the last week of May.
Private Number (Arc Entertainment) - 5/1
A series of sinister phone calls haunt an ex-alcoholic writer as he struggles to finish a novel. Efforts to trace the calls result in dead ends, leaving the author with no choice but to solve the mystery himself. »
- Heather Wixson
Sony Pictures are officially developing two new movies based around their 21 Jump Street series, it has been revealed. The Wrap report that Broad City writers Lucia Aniello and Paul Downs will write the previously reported female Jump Street, while producer Neal Moritz and directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller will oversee it while the developing a seperate movie which will cross over into the Men In Black universe.
The plot of the second movie will see Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum jump into the land of the Men In Black, battling hidden aliens, while sending-up the crazy world in which we live where cross-over movies are becoming more common place.
- Paul Heath
Hugh Jackman has played Logan aka Wolverine in seven different films. It’s an impressive number that will shortly increase with a third solo Wolverine film and possibly X-Men:Apocalypse, although at the time of writing he has yet to be officially cast. A few other names are snapping at the heels of Jackman, notably the cast of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If you include the forthcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, Chris Evans has played Captain America four times (five if you include his appearance as Loki using magic to look like the first Avenger in Thor: The Dark World), Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth have portrayed Black Widow and Thor respectively four times each whilst the King of the McU, Robert Downey Jr. has made an impressive six appearances as Iron Man/Tony Stark (including his post-credit appearance in The Incredible Hulk).
Unfortunately for Hugh Jackman, as far as this article is concerned, »
- Brendan Bergmanski
For some reason, Hollywood fell in love with British actors again in the 1990s. Sparked by Alan Rickman's turn as Hans Gruber in Die Hard at the back end of the 1980s, many movie villains were either Brits, or in the case of Cliffhanger, John Lithgow taking on the mannerisms of a British antagonist.
Yet in particular, Hollywood went recruiting British comedy talent, with faces then mainly - but not exclusively - known for their small screen work getting roles of various sizes in Hollywood productions. Here are some who racked up the air miles - starting with the man who arguably became one of the most successful...
Hugh Laurie - 101 Dalmatians
Laurie is a man of many talents, who ultimately cracked America with »
Sonnenfeld returns after a three year hiatus following 2012’s Men in Black 3, while Garner and Amell join Kevin Spacey (House of Cards), Christopher Walken (Jersey Boys) and Malina Weissman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) in the film which “follows a workaholic executive who, following some kind of accident, finds himself trapped in the body of his family’s pet cat.”
Scripted by debutants Daniel Antoniazzi and Ben Shiffrin, the film is set to shoot this year with a 2016 release mooted.
- Scott J. Davis
Now playing in theaters is Get Hard, the directorial debut of Tropic Thunder and Men in Black 3 scribe Etan Cohen. The film stars Will Ferrell as a wealthy Bernie Madoff-type investment banker who enlists the man who washes his car (Kevin Hart) to help prepare him for a maximum-security prison sentence. The film also stars Alison Brie, Craig T. Nelson, Tip T.I. Harris, Ariana Neal, and Edwina Findley Dickerson. For more on the film, watch the green and red band trailers. A few days ago I landed an exclusive video interview with Tip T.I. Harris. He talked about working with Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell, if he got to see Kevin laugh a lot during takes, how much of his dialogue was scripted versus improvised, Marvel’s Ant-Man, and more. Here’s the interview followed by a list of what we talked about. [complextv contentid="puNXg3dDpe8LJBwBNmjaWtq_x6_Mp65j" sitename="collider" playerid="26aa5f02d93f4c05a4546f6d5ecb59b7" adsetid="67a3ff9d3a842ae818bb9de1badc5b0" width="600" height="360" keywords=""] T.I. Harris: How does he manage six kids? »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Opening this weekend is Get Hard, the directorial debut of Tropic Thunder and Men in Black 3 scribe Etan Cohen. The film stars Will Ferrell as a wealthy Bernie Madoff-type investment banker who enlists the man who washes his car (Kevin Hart) to help prepare him for a maximum-security prison sentence. The film also stars Alison Brie, Craig T. Nelson, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Ariana Neal, and Edwina Findley Dickerson. For more on the film, watch the green and red band trailers. A few days ago I landed an exclusive video interview with Alison Brie. She talked about working with Will Ferrell, Community season 6, if people ever realize she’s the voice of Unikitty in The Lego Movie, Sleeping with Other People, and more. Here’s the interview followed by a list of what we talked about. [complextv contentid="FkNWw3dDoaK8jL_JXNxDsO4s10Tgssgy" sitename="collider" playerid="26aa5f02d93f4c05a4546f6d5ecb59b7" adsetid="67a3ff9d3a842ae818bb9de1badc5b0" width="600" height="360" keywords=""] Alison Brie: What was it like working with Will Ferrell? How she’s »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
If there's one thing a movie starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart guarantees, it's mixed-to-negative critical reception and decent-to-stellar audience reaction. Both seem like strong possibilities this Friday with the release of the duo's new comedy Get Hard (2015), in which a wealthy tycoon (Ferrell) insists that his employee (Hart) show him the ins-and-outs of how to survive in prison after he himself is sentenced. Early screenings of Get Hard have brought claims of homophobia and racial stereotyping, yet the popularity of the movie's two stars should be enough to potentially carry the comedy to a healthy run at the box office.
Should Get Hard succeed, it will be another victory for director and co-writer Etan Cohen, who has found success writing such hits as Tropic Thunder and Men In Black 3. Yet for a select few, his collaboration with Mike Judge on the hilarious and somewhat horrifying Idiocracy (2006) remains his best work. »
- Frank Calvillo
If you've been watching late night television over the past couple weeks, you've probably caught Will Ferrell hamming it up in order to promote the arrival of his new comedy Get Hard with Kevin Hart, which starts hitting theaters this evening. It's been a lot of fun, but nothing that we felt compelled to cover, that is until he decided to sing the iconic theme song to Star Trek with his angelic voice. Ferrell has been called the songbird of his generation and this clip from "The Late Late Show" with James Corden (fresh off his amazing viral stunt with Tom Hanks) proves it's absolutely true. Why does Kevin Hart tell him to stop? Here's Will Ferrell's majestic rendition of the Star Trek theme from "The Late Late Show" YouTube: You can watch the previous final red band trailer for Get Hard right here. Get Hard marks the feature »
- Ethan Anderton
Opening this weekend is Get Hard, the directorial debut of Tropic Thunder and Men in Black 3 scribe Etan Cohen. The film stars Will Ferrell as a Bernie Madoff-type wealthy investment banker who enlists the man who washes his car (Kevin Hart) to help prepare him for a maximum-security prison sentence. The film also stars Alison Brie, Craig T. Nelson, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Ariana Neal, and Edwina Findley Dickerson. For more on the film, watch the green and red band trailers. A few days ago I landed an exclusive video interview with Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell. They talked about how the project came together, when they realized they would be a funny combination and that they would be able to work well together, the importance of listening in a scene instead of just waiting to say your line, Zoolander 2, Ride Along 2, and more. Here’s the interview »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
The folks at Framestore have posted a behind-the-scenes video from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy showing the visual effects work that went into the creation of Rocket Raccoon. Check it out here…
Directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy stars Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (Riddick) as Drax the Destroyer, Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) as Rocket Raccoon, Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious 6) as Groot, Benicio Del Toro (Sin City) as The Collector, Lee Pace (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) as Ronan the Accuser, Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) as Nebula, Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) as Korath, John C. Reilly (Step Brothers) as Rhomman Dey, Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead) as Yondu, Glenn Close (Damages) as Nova Prime Rael and Josh Brolin (Men in Black 3) as Thanos.
- Gary Collinson
Just two weeks after the red band trailer debuted, Warner Bros. has released a slew of new photos for Get Hard, arriving in theaters March 27. The upcoming comedy brings comedy superstars Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart together for the first time, with the story of one man who will do whatever it takes to survive in prison. Etan Cohen, the screenwriter behind Idiocracy, Tropic Thunder, Men in Black 3 and the upcoming Scouts Vs. Zombies, makes his directorial debut with Get Hard.
When millionaire hedge fund manager James (Will Ferrell) is nailed for fraud and bound for a stretch in San Quentin, the judge gives him 30 days to get his affairs in order. Desperate, he turns to Darnell (Kevin Hart) to prep him for a life behind bars. But despite James' one-percenter assumptions, Darnell is a hard-working small business owner who has never received a parking ticket, let alone been to prison. »
With a boombox perched on his shoulder, Will Ferrell and his latest screen foil, Kevin Hart, brought a South by Southwest crowd to its feet for a hip-hop dance party ahead of the world premiere of their buddy comedy, Warner Bros.' Get Hard. Joined by the film's first-time director, Etan Cohen – the writer of films like Tropic Thunder and Men in Black 3 and a punch-up writer on other Ferrell projects – the two comedy superstars encouraged the crowd to get the word out. "If you don't like it, I want you to go out
- Seth Abramovitch
After premiering at the South by Southwest Film Festival, the comedy Get Hard starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart is coming to theaters in just under two weeks. And to help promote the film, the two co-stars got together on Funny or Die to talk about how great it was to finally work together. Why hadn't they teamed up before? Well, their agents keep putting them up for the same roles, and now we get to see what films like Anchorman and Elf would have been like with Kevin Hart and what Ride Along would have been like with Will Ferrell. It's pretty amusing, and hopefully their first collaboration will be too. Watch! Here's Kevin Hart & Will Ferrell's lost audition tapes from Funny or Die: You can still watch the most recent red band trailer for Get Hard right here. Get Hard marks the feature directorial debut of Etan Cohen »
- Ethan Anderton
As a movie critic I believe I am obligated by law to review Focus through the lens of what it means for Will Smith’s career: if we have finally reached the end of the dark ages after almost eight years of films that were both critical and financial mixed bags. I might even tell you that we are back at the peak of the mountain we haven’t seen since I Am Legend and that we have our unquestioned biggest movie star in the world returned to us from the exile of After Earth and Men In Black 3. This isn’t that triumphant return; Will Smith is good but not extraordinary in a movie that will never be a blockbuster nor is it a critical darling. Focus is a perfectly serviceable crime movie that feels confined by a lack of ambition and, perhaps, a lack of budget.
It’s hard to classify Focus, »
- Arthur Tebbel
Warner Bros just unveiled a restricted trailer for its upcoming "Get Hard" comedy, starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. Check it out below. Plot: The story follows a rich bank manager (Ferrell) who is wrongfully convicted and sentenced to time in a maximum security prison. To prepare himself for his incarceration, Ferrell's character hires the man who washes his car (Hart) to toughen him up in his final 30 days of freedom. The new movie is directed by Etan Cohen (writer of "Men in Black 3") and is set to hit theaters on March 27th. Trailer: »
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