New DRACULA UNTOLD Featurette Highlights Sarah Gadon’s Mirena

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Dracula Untold is all about Vlad’s (Luke Evans) choice to become a vampire so that he can defend his people against Mehmet’s (Dominic Cooper) threat, but one of the main reasons he makes that decision at all is due to his undying love for his wife, Mirena (Sarah Gadon).

Clearly Dracula Untold will be loaded with fangs, bats and epic battles, but it’s also a movie rooted in romance and family.  Hit the jump to find out more about Mirena’s effect on Vlad in a brand new Dracula Untold featurette and if you’d like even more information on the character, click here to check out my interview with Gadon from our set visit.  Dracula Untold hits theaters in 2D and IMAX on October 17th and also stars Charles Dance, Noah Huntley and Art Parkinson.

Exclusive Look at THE GUEST and the Transformation of DOWNTON ABBEY’s Dan Stevens

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The Guest opened in limited release last week and, after performing well, is platforming out into more theaters this weekend.  The new film from director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett (You’re Next, V/H/S/2, A Horrible Way to Die) is a lot of fun (as evidenced by this insanely cool trailer) and a big part of that is the swagger and southern charm that former Downton Abbey standout Dan Stevens brings to his role.  He’s an absolute badass here.  You can get a glimpse of that in this exclusive clip of him talking about his approach to the part.

Hit the jump to check out our exclusive clip for The Guest (and be sure to read Matt’s review along with my interview with Wingard and Barrett).  The film also stars Maika MonroeLeland OrserSheila KelleyBrendan Meyer, and Lance Reddick.  The Guest is now playing and expands to additional cities this Friday, September 27th.

Exclusive Featurette for Documentary MAGICAL UNIVERSE Featuring Doll Artist Al Carbee

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Almost all films take a very long time to make, but over a decade?  That’s quite the commitment and that’s exactly what Jeremy Workman jumped into with his latest documentary, Magical Universe.  The film covers his ten-year relationship with Al Carbee, an 88-year-old artist who spends all of his time tucked away in his Maine abode creating his art, most of which features dolls.

Magic Universal has screened at over a dozen festivals and received numerous awards including the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Woodstock Film Festival.  Now the film is inching its way towards an October 31st VOD debut and limited theatrical run, and we’ve got the opportunity to share an exclusive featurette in honor of the release.  It’s also worth noting that Workman is a skilled editor and is responsible for a number of very successful trailers and film promos, so it should come as no surprise that this new Magic Universe featurette plays especially well.  Hit the jump to check it out.

Reese Witherspoon’s THE GOOD LIE Gets a Featurette on the True Story Behind the Film

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Warner Bros. has released a new featurette for The Good Lie that focusses on the real-life Sudanese backdrop that inspired the film.  Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar) directed the picture, which stars Reese Witherspoon (who is already generating Oscar buzz with one of her other films this year, Wild).  If you’ve seen the trailer for the movie you know that its overall aim is one of uplift, and it looks well done for one of these types of stories.

Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel JalNyakuoth Weil, and Corey Stoll star in the October 3 release.  Brian GrazerRon Howard, and Molly Smith (The Blind Side) are producing.  Check out The Good Lie featurette after the jump.

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.

GOTHAM Featurette Offers More Details on Jada Pinkett Smith’s Fish Mooney

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Fox’s Gotham has loads of very familiar faces including James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) and Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor), but we’ve also got a brand new character in the mix, Jada Pinkett Smith’s Fish Mooney, a ferocious up-and-comer in the criminal underworld out to take over for Carmine Falcone (John Doman).

Fox just released a brand new promo for the show offering up additional details on who Fish Mooney is and what she’s after.  Hit the jump to check out the Gotham featurette.  The show is set to kick off on Monday, September 22nd and also stars Donal LogueBarbara Kean, Camren BicondovaSean PertweeCory Michael Smith and Zabryna Guevara.

EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Featurette; Ridley Scott Promises to Deliver a True Epic

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20th Century Fox has released a new Exodus: Gods and Kings featurette that highlights the epic scale of the production.  Director Ridley Scott notes:

“I felt there was a beauty to the massive scale of [the material]… You’re working with at least 700 crew plus the 4,000 extras.  And of course the armies will be expanded exponentially: 4,000 will be tiled and grown into 20,000.”

Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton star as Moses and Ramses.  Ben KingsleyAaron PaulJohn Turturro, and Sigourney Weaver.  Exodus: Gods and Kings opens December 5, 2014.  Watch the Exodus: Gods and Kings featurette after the break.

FURY Featurette Takes You Inside Brad Pitt’s Tank to Meet the Crew

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Sony has released a new Fury featurette that focusses in on writer/director David Ayer‘s (End of Watch) World War II tank film.  The original story is set in 1945 as the Nazi regime is in collapse, and revolves around the five-man crew of an American tank called “Fury”.  Brad Pitt plays U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Wardaddy, as he leads his unit in the fight against a desperate German army.   I really liked the trailer for this film, and this featurette does a nice job of familiarizing a potential audience with the ensemble of characters.

Hit the jump to watch the Fury featurette.  The film also stars Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal, and Jason Isaacs.  Fury opens in theaters on October 17th.

THE EQUALIZER Trailer with Denzel Washington and Chloe Moretz; Plus New Poster and Featurettes

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Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer is due to make its world premiere on Sunday, September 7th at the Toronto International Film Festival so Sony Pictures has been busy dishing out promo material to pave the way to the event.  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.

We’ve shared trailers, TV spots, clips and posters before, but now we’ve got a brand new The Equalizer trailer and poster to throw into the mix as well as two featurettes for the film, one detailing what Washington’s character is all about and another focusing on his specific set of skills.  Hit the jump to check them all out.

Watch: 20-Minute GOTHAM Featurette Delves Deep into the Upcoming Origin Story Series

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The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be held this coming Monday, which means the 2014-15 TV season is fast approaching.  One of the new shows that many are curious about is Fox’s Gotham.  The series is essentially a Batman origin story without Batman, as it follows a young James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) as he works to clean up the city of Gotham.  The show will introduce a gallery of classic Batman villains from The Penguin to The Riddler to Poison Ivy, and we even get a very young Catwoman.  I’m curious to see how this show can sustain itself if it’s mostly made up of teases and hints and in-jokes (again, Batman will not materialize), and a new 20-minute Gotham featurette offers a behind-the-scenes look at how showrunner Bruno Heller and the cast see this story unfolding.  The constant “wink-wink” nature could get old fast, so hopefully the focus can remain on Gordon without relying too much on references to the more familiar aspects of Batman lore that we’ll never see.

Hit the jump to watch the new Gotham featurette.  The show also stars David MazouzDonal LogueBarbara Kean, Jada Pinkett SmithRobin Lord TaylorCamren BicondovaSean PertweeCory Michael Smith, and Zabryna Guevara.  Gotham premieres this fall on Fox.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Blu-ray Featurette Breaks Down Electro’s Makeup

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With The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Blu-ray and DVD set to be released tomorrow, Sony has released a new featurette from the disc.  This featurette goes into how makeup artist Howard Berger crafted the look for Electro.  As with any good makeup featurette, there’s time-lapse photography, although this featurettes doesn’t tell you how many hours Jamie Foxx had to spend in the chair as he blue himself.

Hit the jump to check out The Amazing Spider-Man 2 makeup featurette.  Click here to pre-order The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on Blu-ray or DVD.

THE MAZE RUNNER Featurette Introduces The Gladers

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Admittedly I was hoping this thing was “Meet the Gladers” as in meet the characters of the film, but it’s still nice to see how well the ensemble cast gets along.  Rather than introduce us to Thomas, Gally, Teresa, Minho and Newt, we get to hear about Dylan O’Brien, Will Poulter, Kaya Scodelario, Ki Hong Lee and Thomas Brodie-Sangter’s experience making The Maze Runner, which apparently was a particularly enjoyable shoot.

The film marks Wes Ball’s feature directorial debut and he seems like he was pretty happy on set too, so hopefully the fun of making it winds up translating into a high quality film.  Check out the good times on set for yourself in The Maze Runner featurette after the jump.  The film is set to hit theaters on September 19th and also stars Blake Cooper, Aml Ameen and Patricia Clarkson.

THE NOVEMBER MAN Featurette Goes Inside Pierce Brosnan and Luke Bracey’s Cat and Mouse Game

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Coming on the heels of two trailers (one of them serious, the other more fun) Relativity Media has released a behind-the-scenes featurette for The November Man, director Roger Donaldson’s (The Bank Job) new action thriller.  The film stars Pierce Brosnan as an ex-CIA operative who is brought back in on a personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in a deadly game involving high-level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect.

It’s definitely a standard feeling featurette, but it actually pulls off the trick of making me want to see the movie more.  It’s nice to see the stunts in process and to get a sense of the history between Pierce Brosnan and Luke Bracey’s characters.  Olga Kurylenko and Eliza Taylor also star. Hit the jump for the new The November Man featurette. The film opens in theaters on August 27th.

WHAT IF: Watch 6 Clips and a Behind-the-Scenes Featurette for the Terrific Rom-Com Starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan

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CBS Films has released six What If clips along with a behind-the-scenes featurette.  The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as a medical school dropout who strikes up a friendly relationship with a young animator (Zoe Kazan), but they start to wonder if the chemistry between them outweighs her relationship with her longtime boyfriend (Rafe Spall).  I really enjoyed the film when I saw it at TIFF last year (back when it had the better title “The F Word“), and I look forward to seeing it again when it opens later this month.

Hit the jump to check out the What If clips and featurette.  The film also stars Adam Driver, Mackenzie Davis, Megan Park, and Oona Chaplin.  What If opens in limited release on August 8th and expands nationwide on August 22nd.

New STAR WARS REBELS Featurette Takes a Look at the Inquisitor and Voice Actor Jason Isaacs

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Last week, we got a Star Wars Rebels featurette focusing on the Imperial Security Bureau’s Agent Kallus (David Oyelowo) aka the “Rebel Hunter”.  This week, we have a featurette for another baddie, the Inquisitor.  Despite the chalk-white face, red tattoos, and yellow eyes, the showrunners make clear that the Inquisitor is not a Sith even though he also has a red lightsaber.  The showrunners also make clear that the Inquisitor has a personality distinct from the saga’s other major baddies, Darth Maul and Darth Vader.  But most importantly, this featurette reveals that the character is voiced by Jason Isaacs, and that alone tells you the character is evil.  I’m sure Isaacs is a lovely human being, but his voice is the sweet sound of vengeful wrath.

Hit the jump to check out the Star Wars Rebels featurette.  The show also features the voices of Freddie Prinze Jr., Vanessa Marshall, Taylor Gray, and Steven Jay Blum.  Star Wars Rebels premieres this fall with a one-hour telecast on Disney Channel, followed by the full series on Disney XD.

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