Summer is drawing to a close, and that means it’s time to get out of the water, both literally and figuratively, with this supercut of people exiting the water in movies.
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From big-budget extravaganzas to fall-down funny comedies to devastating documentaries, here are the summer movies we can't wait to see
Exclusive Clip: ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ Modeled After Classic Westerns Most big-budget action movies require the efforts of an army of effects specialists (as anyone who’s sat through the end-credits can tell you) — and that’s especially true on a Michael Bay movie. Hundreds of people are credited for the elaborate computer artistry in Transformers: Age of Extinction. In this behind-the-scenes video, seen here first on Yahoo Movies, we get to see how dominating Dinobots were made to come alive on the big screen. (Featured in the clip are, in order of appearance, screenwriter Ehren Kruger, visual-effects supervisor Scott Farrar, digital artist supervisor Michael Balog, and digital compositing supervisor Jeff Sutherland.) "It’s like classic Western shots," says Farrar of a sequence wherein Optimus Prime rides a galloping Grimlock, "only it’s a robot on a dinosaur." Unfinished work is on display here, offering a hint of the immense number of man- (and woman-) hours that went into making the monstrous summer blockbuster.
Chloë Grace Moretz knows her new film, If I Stay, draws easy comparisons to that other doomed teenage romance, The Fault in Our Stars. “Be my guest,” Jake Ryan says in the 1984 comedy, offering up his woozy, drunk girlfriend to the Geek.
Josh Brolin was online and “over caffeinated” Thursday morning as he answered fan questions on Reddit. Sure, it’s a day before Sin City: A Dame to Kill For comes out in theaters, but Brolin seemed more interested in talking about his first film — the 1985 fantasy-adventure The Goonies — as well as other highlights from his nearly three-decade long film career. The 46-year-old reveled in the randomness of his live commentary, covering topics ranging from Patricia Arquette’s underarms to Christian Bale’s uncanny resemblance to his actor, father James Brolin. He even weighed in on his famous stepmother Barbra Streisand, though we’re not quite sure what he meant by [sic] “hashtag: yentl,” referencing her critically acclaimed 1983 drama.
Click image to enlarge. If summer 2014 has an official breakout tree, then it has to be Guardians of the Galaxy's Groot. The New York Times called Groot Vin Diesel’s “finest role since The Iron Giant.” Groot is one of a dozen miracles in the film, gushed Grantland writer Wesley Morris, who added, “wood has never sounded more elastic.” And it’s not just the critics: Groot’s internet fame is only growing with tons of animated GIFs and adorable fan art.
In case you didn’t believe it when he said it last month, Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt just posted a pic on Facebook, further confirming he was homeless for a time. Before the 35-year-old actor was Star-Lord — heck, before he was even Andy Dwyer on Parks and Recreation — Pratt spent some time living in a van down by the… ocean. “That is the van I lived in!!!” Yes, after dropping out of college, Pratt went to the island and worked a string of odd jobs, even living in a beach tent at one point.
The world has been calling Arnold Schwarzenegger’s latest franchise installmentTerminator Genesis — until today. The action megastar revealed the sequel’s title art on Instagram , which includes the intentional misspelling: Genisys. (Note the strategically placed “i” and “y.”) "Hasta la vista, baby," Schwarzenegger wrote alongside an image of his silhouette seated in aTerminator Genisys chair.
This past weekend saw the opening of Guardians of the Galaxy, which has been touted as a very different kind of summer blockbuster. “In the eyes of fans, more really is better when it comes to these films,” he said.
James Franco’s appearance at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood last Friday was his latest achievement in unusual mash-ups (which includes spinning an art installation from a guest-stint on long-running soap opera General Hospital). The actor-director exhibited his special brand of movie star-meets-cultural experimentalist for the screening of his latest directorial effort, Child of God. Franco’s film, which he adapted from the 1973 Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name, deals in human horror (including a depiction of necrophilia).The story follows Lester Ballard — a feral loner cast out by society — as he is driven to violence and murder. Played by newcomer Scott Haze, the mumbling and socially defective Ballard is a woodsman living in ’60s rural Tennessee.
Vin Diesel is ready to work multilingual — at least when it comes to reciting his soon-to-be-infamous line from Guardians of the Galaxy: “I am Groot.” In the video above, the Fast & Furious star delivers his Guardians humanoid plant character line in five languages (six, including English). "First time I ever did a movie in multiple languages," Diesel told Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show on Tuesday.
By Scott Foundas If the wayward denizens of “Star Wars’” Mos Eisley Cantina rose up and demanded their own starring vehicle, it would probably look something like “Guardians of the Galaxy,” an alt-“Avengers” in which a ragtag band of misfits and mercenaries make the world a safer place almost by accident. An unusually prankish and playful Marvel Studios vehicle, director James Gunn’s presumptive franchise-starter is overlong, overstuffed and sometimes too eager to please, but the cheeky comic tone keeps things buoyant — as does Chris Pratt’s winning performance as the most blissfully spaced-out space crusader this side of Buckaroo Banzai. Introduced in the January 1969 issue of “Marvel Super-Heroes,” the Guardians have been spun off, recast and rebooted several times over the decades, though largely in keeping with creators Arnold Drake and Gene Colan’s vision of an intergalactic (and interspecies) Dirty Dozen traveling through time and space to protect the universe from various unfriendlies.
The world was shocked when news broke of Chris Pratt’s purported french braiding skills , but the question lingered: Could this hair-styling prowess possibly be real? Well, confirmation has arrived at last. Entertainment Tonight offered one of their cheery interns up to Pratt during a recent interview to prove, once and for all, that theGuardians of the Galaxy star can indeed french braid. And lo and behold, Pratt delivered, smiting the skeptics.
The actress — who nearly quit the business after a bad experience on a “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie — reveals what it’s like to go where no woman (of color, no less) has gone before as she headlines two franchises and a potential third: “My balls are pretty big.” By Benjamin Svetkey This article first appeared in the August 1 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Zoe Saldana, the 36-year-old star of Avatar and Star Trek, whose films have reeled in more than $5 billion total box office, is poised for the ultimate Hollywood hat trick with the Aug. 1 opening of Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel’s latest big-budget (reportedly $170 million) effort at transforming a bunch of C-list comic book characters into an Iron Man-sized phenom. Joining Saldana’s green-skinned assassin Gamora are Chris Pratt's stranded Earthling Peter Quill, a tattooed bruiser named Drax (Dave Bautista), a walking tree (voiced by Vin Diesel) and a raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) with a predilection for firearms.
Susan Sarandon plays a grandmother in the new comedy Tammy, but she’s also about to become one in real-life. At last night’s Tammy premiere in Hollywood, Sarandon, 67, brought along her pregnant daughter, 29-year-old actress Eva Amurri Martino and Eva’s husband Kyle Martino, to celebrate the new Melissa McCarthy comedy which opens on Wednesday. For her part, Sarandon looked as sultry as ever in a body-hugging crimson gown.
In Tammy (out July 2), Melissa McCarthy crashes her jet ski, gets thrown from a car during a drunken joy ride, and stands much too close to an automobile engulfed in flames. She plays the movie’s title character who embarks on a road trip with her boozy grandmother (Susan Sarandon) after her life falls apart. I took a really bad fall learning to ride the jet ski. I don’t remember leaving the jet ski, I don’t remember being mid air, I don’t remember flipping it.
When it comes to movies, the only thing that has increased more than the number of CGI explosions per film is the price of a movie ticket. In 2013, the average ticket price was $8.13, a 35 percent increase from ten years prior, and a 49 percent increase from 1993’s price. We contacted the service MoviePass, which offers unlimited movie tickets for a monthly fee and surveys prices all across the U.S., and asked them where you can find the cheapest ticket around. The Blanchester Showplace Cinemas in Blanchester, Ohio, a tiny three-screen theater where you can buy a ticket for a first-run film for four dollars. “I didn’t think we were the lowest!” said Blanchester Cinemas owner Casey Schrichten when we called to tell her of her accomplishment.
Godzilla crashed through the $400 million mark at the global box office this weekend thanks to a massive debut in China. The monster reboot earned $36 million on 9,000 screens, a record opening haul for Warner Bros., though just short of two other recent tentpoles, the $39.35 million Chinese debut ofX-Men: Days of Future... Read more »
How to Train Your Dragon 2 opened in theaters yesterday, and if you're a parent, then you're probably still reflexively covering your children's eyes. What makes this death even more disturbing is that the fire-starter in question is Toothless, the cute, cuddly dragon who's been beloved by kids since the first Dragon film was released in 2011. Maybe we shouldn't have been surprised: After all, Dragon director Dean DeBlois has told interviewers he prepared for the film in part by studying the elaborate narratives of the Star Wars films, particularly The Empire Strikes Back.
In Edge of Tomorrow Tom Cruise tumbles into a hellish point in the time-space continuum where his character – Cage – must battle a race of superfast, goo-oozing aliens over and over again. As it did with Bill Murray’s character, reconciling himself with life in an infinite loop takes Cruise’s Cage through the stages of mourning — from disbelief to frustration to despair and eventually acceptance. Cage is forced to relive a brutal beach battle highly reminiscent of D-Day’s battle for Omaha Beach, and director Steven Spielberg’s portrayal of that battle specifically.
The Fault in Our Stars fans got a bumper crop of excitement this week. Not only did their misery end with the release ofTFIOS, but those hungry for even more YA tear-jerking, found another little gift waiting for them. The new prologue trailer forIf I Stay — the upcoming film starring Chloë Grace Moretz based on the novel by Gayle Forman — launched online this week in full weepy glory. If I Stay follows teen cello prodigy Mia (Moretz) as her life hangs in the balance in the aftermath of a gruesome car accident.