Check out Two Clips from Yann Demange’s Exhilarating ’71 Starring Jack O’Connell

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Two ’71 clips have gone online, and they both do a great job at highlighting director Yann Demange‘s ability to build tension and create thrilling action.  The film is set in Belfast in 1971 and centers on a young British soldier (Jack O’Connell) that’s been abandoned by his unit following a riot.  Trapped behind enemy lines, he’s unable to tell friend from foe, and we follow as he tries to find his way home while the locals battle for supremacy.  These clips showcase the lead-up to the riot and O’Connell’s character, Private Gary Hook, on the run from Irish nationalists.  From these two brief clips, you can tell that Demange is a serious talent, and big things could be ahead for him if this movie is even a modest hit.

Hit the jump for the ’71 clips, and click here for my review from TIFF.  The film opens in the U.K. on October 10th; no U.S. release date has been announced.

Watch: POPEYE Footage Offers First Look at CG Character in Action

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Sony Pictures Animation has unveiled some test footage from its upcoming Popeye CG movie, giving us our first look at the computer generated character in action.  Hotel Transylvania helmer Genndy Tartakovsky directs this feature film adaptation of the popular comics strip character, and while we still don’t necessarily know what the story will entail, this test footage gives us a strong idea of how the character moves in the 3D realm.  I’m happy to see that the character designs are quite stylized, refraining from becoming generic CG transfers of these classic characters.  While this isn’t footage from the actual film, it is very slapstick-heavy and shows Olive Oyl defying any and all laws of both physics and biology with her movements.  It’s too early to say how the actual film will stack up, but this first footage is certainly interesting.

Hit the jump to watch the Popeye CG movie footage, which is introduced by Tartakovsky himself who also shows off a bit of concept artwork.  Sony Animation will release the film in 3D sometimes in 2015.

Exclusive Clip from THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Goes Behind the Famous Hook Scene

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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is one of the most formative films from my childhood.  I of course didn’t get to see it until I was in my early teens, but the box was always taunting me from the shelf of my local Blockbuster, “I dare you to watch this.”  Once I watched, I wasn’t disappointed.  And the film still holds up wonderfully today.  When you break it down it’s actually far less gory than its title implies, but it’s shot in such a visceral manner that you think you’re seeing things you actually aren’t. Even if director Tobe Hooper never made another film (and he’s made several great ones since), his mark on cinema history would have been complete.

Dark Sky Films has done a truly stunning job on the 4K restoration of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre for its 40th Anniversary Release.  Their Blu-ray also has a bevy of bonus features, including a through making-of documentary.  The clip we’re sharing with you today comes from that doc and explores the famous meat-hook scene.  Hit the jump to check it out.

Exclusive GODZILLA Blu-ray Clip Highlights the Importance of Practical Effects and Location Shooting

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When you’re dealing with a big budget iteration of a property involving a ginormous monster, you’re gonna have to utilize a significant amount of visual effects.  However, as seen in a new exclusive clip from the bonus features found on the Godzilla Blu-ray, director Gareth Edwards made sure that even though his titular character would be created in a computer, the film would be grounded in reality.  This clip sees Edwards discussing the importance of shooting on location in Hawaii and how they used a lot of real-world locations in concert with the VFX to create the illusion of the monster’s destruction.  I think they did a bang-up job and I’m very much looking forward to seeing what other Godzilla goodness is in store for us in the sequel—after Edwards directs a little something called Star Wars first, that is.

Watch the Godzilla Blu-ray clip after the jump.  The film is currently available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Download.  Click here to buy it on Amazon.

Exclusive Clip from TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION’s Blu-ray/Digital Release Takes a Peek into the Mind, Method, and Madness of Michael Bay

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The closest most people get to understanding the singular vision and unique method of Michael Bay’s filmmaking is to simply watch his finished products.  Unfortunately, so much is lost in translation between the empty frame at the beginning of production and the overloaded insanity Bay packs into each and every scene by the movie’s end.  While I was lucky enough to see Bay’s process in action while on set of his recent blockbuster Transformers: Age of Extinction, now you can get a front-row seat thanks to our exclusive clip.  This behind-the-scenes video, which celebrates the film’s release on Blu-ray/Digital, reveals a glimpse of Bay visualizing an epic scene while translating his vision to his cast and crew.  Hit the jump to check it out, and for more on the upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction Blu-ray/Digital release.

Exclusive THE GUEST Clip: Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett Discuss Making the Film with Nicolas Winding Refn

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If you’ve seen Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett’s work in films like A Horrible Way to Die, You’re Next and V/H/S, their latest, The Guest, will come as quite the surprise because it’s strikingly different in so many respects.  It stars Dan Stevens as David, a guy who shows up at the Peterson family’s door, claiming to be a good friend of their son who died in action.  However, soon after welcoming him into their home, there are some mysterious deaths in town and Anna Peterson (Maika Monroe) suspects they might be connected to David.

The Guest does have a fair amount of bloodshed and loads of suspense, but this one’s much more of an action thriller than a horror movie and that was the focus of some of the conversation at The Guest’s Q&A at Sundance NEXT FEST.  Wingard and Barrett sat down to field some questions from moderator Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) and the audience, and we’ve got an exclusive look at highlights from the discussion.  Hit the jump to watch The Guest clip and hear what Wingard and Barrett had to say about making the switch to more action-heavy material, choosing music for the film and why they had to redo their big car crash. The Guest invades theaters this Wednesday.

First DRACULA UNTOLD Clip: Luke Evans Insists the World Needs a Monster

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With Dracula Untold just a little less than a month away from its big debut, Universal has unleashed the very first clip from the film.  I’m not sure I’m buying the whole “men do not fear swords, they fear monsters” argument, but apparently Caligula (Charles Dance) does because ultimately he does turn Vlad (Luke Evans) into a vampire so that he can keep the peace in Transylvania and stop Mehmet (Dominic Cooper) from taking 1,000 boys for his army, including Vlad’s own son.

Hit the jump to check out the very first Dracula Untold clip.  The movie also stars Sarah Gadon, Art Parkinson and Noah Huntley, and is due to hit theaters on October 10th.

THE BOXTROLLS Clip and New Featurette Covering the Creation of the Boxtroll Language

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The folks at Laika have already done such an incredible job making the Boxtrolls feel like real, living, breathing creatures that it’s easy to forget that there’s actually human beings in a sound booth voicing them.  Now, thanks to the brand new The Boxtrolls featurette, “Trolls Rights Off the Tongue,” you get to meet the men responsible for configuring the Boxtrolls’ language, Dee Baker and Steve Blum.

On top of that, we’ve also got a new clip from the film featuring Winnie (voiced by Elle Fanning) trying to teach Eggs (Isaac Hempstead Wright) to dress like a proper boy with a little help from the Boxtrolls.  Hit the jump to check out The Boxtrolls clip as well as that featurette.  The movie also features the voices of Ben KingsleyToni ColletteNick FrostSimon PeggRichard AyoadeTracy Morgan and Jared Harris, and is due to hit theaters on September 26th.

Chris Pine Needs Wilford Brimley’s Mustache in Nutty STRETCH Gag Reel

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Director Joe Carnahan’s action-comedy Stretch was one of my most anticipated films of this spring, so I was quite disappointed when Universal decided to abandon the film’s theatrical release plan at the last minute.  Thankfully, the movie is finally set to be released VOD next month, and Carnahan has been doing a fantastic job of handling the film’s marketing duties by himself.  The story revolves around a down-on-his-luck chauffeur (Patrick Wilson) who attempts to relieve his debt by driving around a mysterious, eccentric billionaire (Chris Pine).  We’ve already seen some images and clips that show off the batshit insanity that we can expect from the movie itself, and today Carnahan released a Stretch gag reel that proves Chris Pine is an untapped well of comedic gold.  The guy is funny, and his character looks to be positively off-the-rails.  Give me this movie now, please.

Hit the jump to watch the Stretch gag reel.  The film also stars Ed Helms, Jessica Alba, Brooklyn Decker, Norman Reedus, James Badge Dale, Ray Liotta, Shaun Toub, and David Hasselhoff.

First Clips from Joe Carnahan’s STRETCH Feature Patrick Wilson, Chris Pine, Scotch, Norman Reedus, Blood, a String of Pearls, and Ed Helms

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We got our first glimpse at images from Joe Carnahan’s newest film Stretch just about a week ago, but the movie’s social media campaign has been going bonkers since then.  There have been plenty of alt-posters, behind-the-scenes images revealing cameos and guest stars, and lots of general blanket insanity.  Now, the first clips from the film are making their way online, and boy are they delightfully strange.  They’re short, but efficient in their weirdness and humor, plus you get your first look at star Patrick Wilson and co-stars Chris Pine, Norman Reedus, and Ed Helms.  It’s a great introduction to what’s sure to be a balls-to-the-wall crazy film.

Hit the jump to check out the first clips, along with a bonus image from Stretch, and click here to watch an insane Chris Pine in the nutty gag reel.

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Blooper Reel Featuring Cast Dance Party

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The sooner Star Trek 3 happens, the better.  Why?  Because we need another one of these blooper reels.  Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch and co. get pretty serious in the film, but on the set of Star Trek Into Darkness there’s jokes, line flubs and even some pretty impressive dance moves.

The blooper reel is actually part of Star Trek: The Compendium, a four-disc Blu-ray box set that comes with the original two-disc Star Trek Blu-ray, the two-disc Star Trek Into Darkness Blu-ray special edition and loads of extras (click here to order it on Amazon).  Hit the jump to check out that Star Trek Into Darkness blooper reel as well as a full list of bonus features for Star Trek: The Compendium.

NEIGHBORS Deleted Scene Spells Trouble for Zac Efron’s Original Frat House

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Universal Pictures has released the alternate opening scene of Neighbors online.  I loved director Nicholas Stoller’s (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Five-Year Engagement) new film when I saw it in theaters, but couldn’t help but think there were a ton of party images in the trailer that were absent from the film.  Now I know which scene many of them came from, this deleted opening scene that introduces us to the frat members and the house they burned down (necessitating their move to a new neighborhood).  This is actually only the first half of the deleted scene (which I’ve seen via iTunes extras), so it doesn’t get into the explosive stuff yet.  But it’s still hilarious.  I actually think the whole movie is pretty great except for a few moments in the third act when they try to include unnecessary characters in the action.

Hit the jump to check out the Neighbors deleted scene, which is one of the many special featurs on the upcoming Blu-ray. The film stars Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jake Johnson, Ike Barinholtz, and Lisa KudrowNeighbors hits Blu-ray on September 23rd.

THE LAST FIVE YEARS Clip: Anna Kendrick Sings Her Heart Out

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RADiUS has already snatched up the North American rights to Richard LaGravenese’s The Last Five Years and scheduled it to go head-to-head with Fifty Shades Grey on Valentine’s Day 2015, so the promotional effort is underway and now we’ve got the very first clip from the film.

The Last Five Years is based on the off-Broadway show and stars Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan as Cathy Hyatt and Jamie Wellerstein.  The narrative covers their entire five-year relationship, but while Jamie’s portion starts when they first meet, Cathy’s goes in reverse, kicking off with the end of their marriage and moving backwards.  Hit the jump to check out The Last Five Years clip.

THE FORGER Clip: John Travolta and Tye Sheridan Share a Deep Father/Son Moment

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We have an exclusive The Forger clip to premiere.  John Travolta plays a father who buys his way out of prison to spend time with his ailing son played by (Tye Sheridan).  Christopher Plummer co-stars as the grandfather, who teams with his son to “carry out one last big job for the syndicate who financed his early release.”

The crime drama directed by Philip Martin premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend.  Hit the jump to watch the Forger clip, which shows Travolta’s character revealing the debt to his son.

Four Clips From THE EQUALIZER Show Denzel Washington Taking Care of Business

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Antoine Fuqua’s new film The Equalizer will have its world premiere on Sunday, September 7th at the Toronto International Film Festival and we have four brand clips from the movie to share with you.  The film is based on the 80s TV show and stars Denzel Washington as Robert McCall, an ex-CIA agent who comes out of retirement to save a young woman (Chloe Moretz) from the Russian mob.

Hit the jump to check out The Equalizer movie clips.  If you’re not familiar with the film you can check out some trailers, TV spots, clips and posters to get primed for the material.  Sony releases the film in theaters (regular and IMAX) on September 26th.

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