Matt Damon isn’t letting his archnemesis, Jimmy Kimmel, off the hook for the shocking Oscars climax, or “Envelopegate,” as it came to be known.
Spam. Dead parrots. Lumberjacks. Nudge-nudges. Silly walks. The inside stories of all of Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin’s greatest hits are covered in Monty Python’s Flying Circus: Hidden Treasures. ...
Last Friday marked the digital release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and after spending the weekend re-watching the movie and poring over the bonus materials, we’ve spotted several hidden details that we somehow missed in our exhaustive catalog of Easter eggs from the film’s theatrical release. Granted, many of the tidbits were blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moments that can only be appreciated via Zapruder-esque breakdowns of Rogue One. Without futher ado, here are a half-dozen things we learned from the new digital release (the DVD and Blu-ray versions will be out next Tuesday, April 4).
Excerpt from featurette included with home video release of K-2SO, the lovable rewired droid voiced by Alan Tudyk, plus exclusive character concept art
Thor: Ragnarok , the threequel in the ongoing saga of the Asgardian Avenger, finds our hammer-less hero (again played by Chris Hemsworth) trapped by a cosmic being and forced to fight his not-so-jolly green friend, the Hulk (with Mark Ruffalo back as Bruce Banner). Meanwhile, across the galaxy, Thor’s homeland is facing destruction. Along with returning characters like Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, Anthony Hopkins’s Odin, and even Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange, the film introduces Cate Blanchett as the death-goddess Hela and Tessa Thompson as Thor’s formidable ally Valkyrie. ...
James Gunn came into Yahoo Studios Thursday for a Facebook Live discussion about The Belko Experiment — the bloody new workplace thriller he wrote and produced — but conversation inevitably turned to that other little property he masterminds, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. The big news surrounding the MCU’s outer-space odyssey today revolved around Gunn seemingly confirming a threequel ahead of May’s release of Vol. 2. In simplest terms, his comments should not be viewed as an announcement that there will in fact be a Vol. 3….
Luke Evans are Josh Gad have received major props for their acting and singing chops as Gaston and LeFou, respectively, in Disney’s new live-action version of Beauty and the Beast. Naturally, we wondered if the two stage-and-screen stars were looking to expand the adventures of Gaston and LeFou in a spin-off extending beyond the realm of the Beast’s kingdom.
Many qualities bind the eclectic films of Danny Boyle: highly stylized aesthetics, great soundtracks, the introduction of future stars (Ewan McGregor, Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Dev Patel), and, perhaps above all, constant pulses of energy. Boyle had a heap of U.K. theater productions and TV movies to his credit when he attained international acclaim with the 1994 black comedy-thriller Shallow Grave. While the Hitchcockian murder tale (which Boyle admitted was “stolen from the Coen brothers'” breakout Blood Simple) put him on the map, it was the 1996 adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel Trainspotting — about a group of heroin addicts living the high life in Edinburgh — that truly established the director’s style.
Not every press junket features an eight-time Oscar winner doing interviews alongside his piano. But there was Alan Menken, the legendary composer behind Disney hits like The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Pocahontas tickling the ivories at a Beverly Hills hotel while promoting the new live-action reboot of Beauty and the Beast. (The 1991 animated original is, of course, another classic he scored.)
Danny Boyle didn’t exactly subscribe to the Romero school of zombies before helming the 2002 horror hit 28 Days Later. “I was on the fence about zombies, to be honest,” he told Yahoo Movies while promoting his new film, T2: Trainspotting. The 28 Days Later flesh eaters not only were fast, but punishingly strong, too — something that, per Boyle, had a surprising inspiration.
Forgotten island. Lost civilization. Giant gorilla. Prehistoric monsters. Reckless adventurers. All the seminal ingredients have been stirred together to form Kong: Skull Island, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ reboot of the classic ape story that has captured the imagination of moviegoers for more than 80 years.
Wolverine continues to flex his considerable muscles at the box office, with Hugh Jackman’s X-Men swan song Logan already closing in on $300 million in global ticket sales in less than a week. As Marvel fans undoubtedly know, the film is very loosely based on Old Man Logan, an eight-issue 2008 miniseries by writer Mark Millar and artist Steven McNiven. The film distills the Old Man Logan story to its essence: Logan, long retired from crimefighting in a dystopian future bereft of fellow superheroes, embarks on a hazardous road trip with an old friend — a journey of self-discovery in which tragedy spurs a renewed sense of purpose.
Dax Shepard was in his happy place on the set of CHIPS. The actor-writer-director was three days away from wrapping the $25 million action-comedy, and he sat in his trailer recalling the many times he’d gotten to blow stuff up over the course of the film’s 45-day shoot. With each anecdote, Shepard grew more and more excited, sounding like he’s liable to break into a Michael Bay impression at any moment.
For a movie anchored by one of the most popular X-Men ever, Logan — Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine swan song — is hijacked by the littlest mutant of ’em all: Laura, aka X-23. Played by newcomer Dafne Keen, the pint-sized dynamo has been a fan favorite during her relatively short tenure in the comics, but Laura is an unknown quantity to mainstream moviegoers. With Logan opening in theaters this weekend, we thought we’d offer a brief introduction to the character of X-23 and how she might fit into the X-Men cinematic universe going forward.
A rare sequel that equaled — or exceeded — its predecessor, Aliens marked its 30th anniversary last July with a cast reunion at San Diego Comic-Con. Yahoo Movies spent time with the full crew before they took the stage; during our discussion we had to ask how director James Cameron came up with those indelible lines uttered by Bill Paxton’s unhinged space marine Hudson. ...
In the wake of the unprecedented Best Picture announcement snafu, the real winner has been robbed of the headline it deserved: “Moonlight” made history last night. The night’s biggest prize went to Barry Jenkins’s drama about three phases in the life of a gay African-American male — played as an adult by Trevante Rhodes, as a teenager by Ashton Sanders, and a boy by Alex Hibbert. Here are just a few of the ways “Moonlight” broke the mold.
How many Oscars will La La Land win? Will we see a split between Best Picture and Best Director? Who will win in some tight lead-actor categories?
In 2003, years before terms like “fake news” and “alternative facts” circulated through the media, documentary director Michael Moore used his Academy Awards acceptance speech to accuse then-President George W. Bush of being a “fictitious president” and waging a “fictitious war” in Iraq. “We are against this war, Mr. Bush. Shame on you,” said the director, as cheers and boos echoed through the Kodak Theatre (now the Dolby Theatre) in Los Angeles.
Remember that Golden Globes TV spot with Emma Watson singing “Belle”? Well, you ain’t heard nothing yet. Disney on Monday released a longer version of the opening number from the live- action Beauty and the Beast, featuring even more crooning from Watson’s book-loving heroine as she endures the scorn of her fellow villagers. (Watch above.)
Chuck Wendig’s forthcoming novel Star Wars: Aftermath — Empire’s End, which is considered canon by Lucasfilm, has a chapter dedicated to perhaps the most reviled character in that galaxy far, far away. The scene is set in Naboo and focuses on a young refugee boy named Mapo, a damaged kid in desperate need of a friend. Yes, Jar Jar Binks has literally become a sad clown.
Since it opened, director Mel Gibson has insisted that his Oscar-nominated Hacksaw Ridge is a “love film, not a war film.” The movie’s battle scenes are such a key ingredient and so relentlessly intense, though, that we’ll respectfully disagree. It’s in plain sight in the film’s much tamer first act, in which future WWII war hero Desmond Doss vies for the affection of the nurse Dorothy (Teresa Palmer). In the scene, Desmond just wants some sugar from his sweetheart, but it ain’t happening.
How far did Moana go from the initial drawing-board version? With the Oscar-contending animated hit heading home (the Digital HD version arrives Tuesday while the Blu-ray/DVD hits shelves on March 7), Yahoo Movies has an exclusive deleted scene (watch it above) that shows how the title heroine evolved as a character. As they set up the clip, directors Ron Clements (the one with the beard) and John Musker reveal where it originally had fit in the film.
At Comic-Con last July, we learned that, while Iron Man and Captain America were punching each other over a superhero registration act in Captain America: Civil War, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor was taking it easy Down Under, hanging out with his new roommate Darryl. In the minute-and-a-half clip (above), which is included on the new home video release of Doctor Strange, Hemsworth shows off the excellent comic chops he displayed in last summer Ghostbusters, as his hero comes up with a lame scheme to make some money by selling some of his Asgardian stuff.
Normally it wouldn’t be a big deal to hear someone admit they can’t swim. To hear it come from Hayden Szeto, though, is surprising, considering some of the most memorable moments in his breakout film, The Edge of Seventeen, take place in a swimming pool. “They had SCUBA divers underneath to push me up,” Szeto told Yahoo Movies during a speed round of 15 get-to-know-you questions we call, well… 15 Questions.