Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum Are BFFs in New Featurette for 22 JUMP STREET

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It’s difficult to define “chemistry” between two actors.  We know it when we see it.  Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum had it in 21 Jump Street, and now it looks even stronger in the sequel.  A new featurette has been released where the actors explain that they’re good together on-screen because they’re friends in real life, but I think that’s selling their acting a little short.  There have been married couples who have co-starred in movies and failed at finding chemistry, so while an off-screen relationship may be good, you still have to perform when the cameras roll.  As you can see from this featurette, Hill and Tatum have no problem performing (although improvising isn’t easy for Jenko).

Hit the jump to check out the new 22 Jump Street featurette.  The film opens June 13th, and also stars Ice Cube, Nick Offerman, Amber Stevens, Peter Stormare, Rob Riggle, Dave Franco, Jillian Bell, and Craig Roberts.

New Clip and Featurette from MALEFICENT Featuring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning

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Disney has released a new clip and featurette from director Robert Stromberg’s fantasy adventure Maleficent.  The film tells the story of how the titular Sleeping Beauty villain turned antagonist, as Angelina Jolie plays a woman whose betrayal sets off a drive of revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides.  This new clip shows the “finger prick” scene with Elle Fanning’s Aurora, and while the film continues to look stylistically impressive, I’m curious to see if we’ll finally get a compelling fairy tale adventure film or if this one will join the ranks of snoozers like Alice in Wonderland and Snow White and the Huntsman.  As for the behind-the-scenes featurette, Stromberg and Jolie discuss balancing the light and dark aspects of the film.

Hit the jump to watch the Maleficent clip and featurette.  The film also stars Sharlto CopleySam RileyImelda StauntonJuno Temple, and Lesley Manville.  Maleficent opens in 2D and 3D on May 30th.

2 New GODZILLA Images Offer Clear Look at the Full Monster; New Featurette Focuses on Alexandre Desplat’s Score

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We’re just a day away from early screenings of Godzilla, but in case you can’t wait that long, Warner Bros. has released a pair of new Godzilla images that reveal the titular monster in full.  I liked the film a lot, and director Gareth Edwards does an excellent job of teasing out the Godzilla reveal through a slow build to the thrilling climactic finish.  It’s essentially a masterpiece of foreplay, and it’s a refreshing reprieve from the current trend of bludgeoning the audience’s eyeballs with CG-overload for two hours.  If you want to go in as cold as possible, I might suggest steering clear of these images until after you’ve seen the movie.  But if you really want to get a look at the full creature design, help yourself.  We’ve also included a new featurette that offers a behind-the-scenes look at composer Alexandre Desplat’s fantastic score.

Hit the jump to check out the Godzilla images and featurette, and be sure to read our interviews with Edwards and producer/Legendary CEO Thomas Tull.  The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, Juliette Binoche, and Bryan CranstonGodzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th.

First Look at GOTHAM Goes Behind the Scenes of the Title Town with Commentary from the Cast and Crew

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Everything that we’ve seen or heard about Fox’s upcoming series, Gotham – the trailers, interviews with Bruno Heller and Kevin Reilly, and images of the cast – has been very encouraging; the series’ newly released behind-the-scenes featurette is no different.  This three-minute video shows off plenty of footage from the show and includes a fair share of heroic and villainous screentime alike.  There’s also commentary from showrunner Heller, director Danny Cannon, and stars Ben McKenzieDonal Logue, and Jada Pinkett Smith.

While the main criticism the series has drawn so far is that it’s a world based on the Batman comics in which Batman does not yet exist.  Instead, I submit this as an alternate viewpoint: rather than watching a superhero fighting villains he’s expected to overcome, we’ll be watching a man struggling against a growing evil that is destined to defeat him.  That, if nothing else, will make for some unique and dramatic television.  Hit the jump to watch the new Gotham featurette.

New Featurette for EDGE OF TOMORROW Starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt

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A new featurette has been released for Edge of Tomorrow.  The film stars Tom Cruise as a military officer who is killed within minutes of a doomed combat mission to take down a hive-like alien race.  He wakes up and is forced to relive the day over and over again, but it allows him to become a better soldier, and perhaps change his fate thanks to the help of a fellow officer played by Emily Blunt.  In the featurette, Blunt explains that her character once had the same ability, and while she eventually lost it, it allowed her to become a much better soldier.  Now she’s going to train Cruise’s character, which involves killing him a lot.  This makes the exercise seem like a video game: every time you die, you get better.  Tom Cruise is Super Meat Boy.

Hit the jump to check out the Edge of Tomorrow featurette.  The film opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on June 6th, and also stars Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson, Noah Taylor, Kick Gurry, Dragomir Mrsic, Charlotte Riely, Jonas Armstrong, Franz Drameh, Masayoshi Haneda, and Tony Way.

4 New MILLION DOLLAR ARM Clips and a Featurette from the Disney Sports Film Starring Jon Hamm, Lake Bell, Alan Arkin, and Bill Paxton

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Disney’s latest true-life sports drama Million Dollar Arm is set to open in theaters on May 16th.  Starring Jon Hamm as down-on-his-luck sports agent JB, the story follows his bold and unconventional strategy to groom a pair of Indian cricket players as Major League Baseball pitchers.  We’ve got four new clips from the film to share with you today, along with a behind-the-scenes featurette in which Hamm reveals just why he’s so enthusiastic about the film.

Also starring Suraj Sharma, Madhur Mittal, Aasif Mandvi, Lake Bell, Alan Arkin, Bill PaxtonSuraj Sharma, Madhur Mittal and Bar Paly,  Craig Gillespie’s Million Dollar Arm opens May 16th.  Hit the jump to watch the clips and featurette.

10-Minute Featurette and New Clip from FRANK Starring Michael Fassbender and Domhnall Gleeson

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A new Frank featurette has gone online along with a new clip.  The film stars Domhnall Gleeson as an aspiring musician who joins an eccentric band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank, played by Michael Fassbender.  The story is loosely based on Frank Sidebottom with Fassbender sporting an odd, large mask.  The featurette is really fascinating as Gleeson, Fassbender, writer Jon Ronson, (whose time with Sidebottom was the inspiration for the story), and director Lenny Abrahamson talk about the various aspects of the film without giving away any of the plot.  I really liked the movie when I saw it at Sundance, and even though it’s strange, it’s also funny and moving, and I hope it finds an audience.

Hit the jump to check out the featurette and the clip.  The film also stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and Scoot McNairyFrank opens in the U.K. on May 9th and in the U.S. on August 22nd.

New Featurette and IMAX Poster for MALEFICENT Starring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, and Sharlto Copley

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Disney has released a new Maleficent featurette along with the IMAX poster.  The film tells the story of Sleeping Beauty from the perspective of the titular villain (Angelina Jolie), and how a betrayal sets off a drive for revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides.  This featurette features interviews with Jolie, Elle Fanning (who plays the Princess Aurora), screenwriter Linda Woolverton (The Lion King), and director Robert Stromberg (the two-time Oscar winning art director of Avatar and Alice in Wonderland).  Although this featurette contains new footage, I’m starting to become a little bewildered at how little we’ve seen from this movie.  I’m not complaining—I’m usually in favor of less marketing, more surprises—but it’s less than a month away, and although Disney has another family film this month (Million Dollar Arm), this is a big, fantasy spectacle.  Thankfully, what we’ve seen so far looks pretty good.

Hit the jump to check out the featurette and IMAX poster.  The film also stars Sharlto CopleySam RileyImelda StauntonJuno Temple, and Lesley Manville.  Maleficent opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 30th.

See How Berk Has Changed in New HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 Featurette

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DreamWorks Animation has released a new behind-the-scenes How to Train Your Dragon 2 featurette.  The sequel takes place five years after the events of the first film, and in this featurette writer/director Dean Deblois discusses how the How to Train Your Dragon world has changed since then.  The biggest difference is that now all of the inhabitants of Berk have a dragon; as Jay Baruchel points out, if you don’t have a dragon, you are in the minority.  Moreover, Baruchel’s Hiccup and Toothless are now working to fill out their Viking map by exploring more territories.  The follow-up continues to look great, and with no new Pixar movie this year, HTTYD2 has this summer all to itself (save for the very young skewing Planes: Fire and Rescue), so it should clean up quite nicely.

Hit the jump to watch the How to Train Your Dragon 2 featurette.  The film also features the voices of  Cate Blanchett, Gerard ButlerKit HaringtonCraig FergusonAmerica FerreraJonah HillChristopher Mintz-PlasseT.J. MillerDjimon Hounsou, and Kristen WiigHow to Train Your Dragon 2 opens in 3D on June 13th.

New GODZILLA Featurette Wants You to Tremble at the Iconic Roar

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The trailers and TV spots for Godzilla can afford to avoid looking directly at the titular monster because he can be identified by the sound of his roar.  It’s a sound that has remained with the monster through his many iterations and pictures, and it will be with him in the upcoming sequel/reboot.  In a new featurette, director Gareth Edwards, sound designer Erik Aadhal, and producer Thomas Tull talk about the iconic roar, and it’s a little funny to see everyone laboring over gigantic soundboards when it was originally created in 1954 in a far more lo-fi manner (according to Wikipedia, composer Akira Ifukube “produced the sound by rubbing a resin coated glove along the string of a contrabass and then slowing down the playback).  Perhaps it would have been better for the remake to just get Bryan Cranston to do the roar.  His impersonation isn’t too far off.

Hit the jump to check out the new Godzilla featurette.  The film opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th, and also stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken WatanabeSally HawkinsJuliette Binoche, and David Strathairn.  Also, unrelated to the roar, look at the background of the interview with Edwards.  I’m pretty sure that model is for a new kaiju we’ll be seeing in the movie.

Extended Featurette Provides First Look at Russell Crowe’s Directorial Debut, THE WATER DIVINER

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An extended, behind-the-scenes featurette for The Water Diviner has provided a first look at Russell Crowe‘s upcoming directorial debut.  The story centers on an Australian man (Crowe) who travels to Turkey to attempt to locate the bodies of his three sons, who were killed there during WWI.  The featurette is narrated by Crowe, and his passion for the material really comes through.  Even though this is only his first feature, it looks like he’s come up with something that has a grand scope but retains its focus on the intimate character drama.  This is definitely one I’m going to be keeping on my radar, and although it doesn’t currently have a release date, I hope we’ll get to see it soon.

Hit the jump to check out The Water Diviner featurette. The film also stars Olga Kurylenko, Yilmaz Erdogan, Cem Yilmaz, Jai Courtney, Steve Bastoni, Isabel Lucas, Ryan Corr, Dan Wyllie, Damon Herriman, Jacqueline McKenzie, Michael Dorman, Megan Gale, and Dylan Georgiades.

New GODZILLA Featurette Focuses on Director Gareth Edwards

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Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have released a new Godzilla featurette.  This featurette is a brief chat with director Gareth Edwards.  For those who don’t know, Edwards breakthrough feature was 2010′s Monsters, an indie film that looks far more expensive because of Edwards’ background as a visual effects artist and his ability to use effects shots wisely rather than simply throwing a bunch of CGI at the screen.  In this interview, Edwards explains that he’s going for a realistic take on Godzilla, which stays true to the original 1954 movie.  Even though there’s a giant monster roaming around, the original film is really about living in the aftermath and fear of the atomic bomb.  While I assume Godzilla won’t be a dour blockbuster, I’m glad Edwards respects the monster’s origins and wants to be true to the spirit of the classic picture.

Hit the jump to check out the featurette.  The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan CranstonElizabeth Olsen, Ken WatanabeSally HawkinsJuliette Binoche, and David StrathairnGodzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th.

First Featurette for Robert Stromberg’s MALEFICENT Starring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning

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Disney has released the first Maleficent featurette.  The film tells the story of Sleeping Beauty from the perspective of the titular villain (Angelina Jolie), and how a betrayal sets off a drive for revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides.  This featurette features interviews with Jolie, Elle Fanning (who plays the Princess Aurora), screenwriter Linda Woolverton (The Lion King), and director Robert Stromberg (the two-time Oscar winning art director of Avatar and Alice in Wonderland).  Their interviews help provide a few more details about the story, and the featurette also has some bits of new footage.

Hit the jump to check out the featurette.  The film also stars Sharlto CopleySam RileyImelda StauntonJuno Temple, and Lesley Manville.  Maleficent opens in 2D and 3D on May 30th.

New Trailer for ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK: Season 2; Cast Tries to Sum up New Season in 3 Words

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Netflix has released a new Orange Is the New Black season 2 trailer.  For those unfamiliar with the terrific series, it takes place inside a women’s prison, and although the “main character” is a socialite incarcerated for an old crime, the supporting cast is just as interesting (and in some cases, more so).  If you’ve seen season one, this trailer will get you even more pumped for what’s coming up.  Set aside some binge-watching time.  Additionally, there’s also a brief featurette where the cast tries to sum up their thoughts on the new season in only three words.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and featurette.  The show stars Taylor Schilling, Jason Biggs, Laura Prepon, Kate Mugrew, Danielle Brooks, Uzo Aduba, Natasha Lyonne, Taryn Manning, Laverne Cox, Michael Harney, Samira Wiley, Yael Stone, and Lorraine ToussaintOrange Is the New Black returns with all 13 episodes on June 6th.

Two New Featurettes for X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Starring Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence

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Following yesterday’s final trailer, two new X-Men: Days of Future Past featurettes have been released.  These featurettes go into the making of two specific scenes.  One featurette focuses on a last-minute addition to the movie where director Bryan Singer felt there needed to be a scene where Magneto (Michael Fassbender) retrieves his helmet, and the other featurette looks at the task of outfitting extras with custom-made 1973 outfits.  They’re both interesting featurettes because they show aspects of filmmaking that some people might not think about.

Hit the jump to check out the featurettes.  The film also stars Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Peter Dinklage, Jennifer LawrenceNicholas Hoult, Patrick StewartIan McKellenEvan PetersEllen PageShawn AshmoreHalle BerryLucas TillOmar SyAdan CantoDaniel Cudmore, and Bingbing Fan.  X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 2D and 3D.

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