Filmmakers, animators, and cast members reunited to reminisce about the making of the film — and disclose some fascinating facts about a project they once nicknamed Bambi in the Jungle. Here are the highlights.
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).
While much of America tunes in to Fox on Sunday night for the Super Bowl, movie fans will also be keeping their eyes peeled for the latest and greatest movie trailers making a splash during the commercial breaks. He was missing in the first teaser, but Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow finally makes an appearance at the tail end of this Super Bowl spot for the fifth movie in the Pirates franchise.
As 'Bad Santa 2' manages to re-capture much of what worked for Billy Bob Thornton and Co. 13 years ago, we salute other films in the select circle of follow-ups that don't tarnish the laughs inspired the first time around
Leonard Cohen, who died Wednesday at the age of 82, may be gone in body, but his spirit and songs are forever preserved onscreen in a myriad of movies. In fact, cinema has long been one of the primary ways that that the singer/songwriter’s music has been introduced and reintroduced to successive generations from ’90s teens wearing out their Pump Up the Volume VHS tape to 21st century kids playing Shrek on repeat. Here’s a brief sampling of some of the most famous Cohen-scored movie moments.
J.J. Abrams wants you to know he hates doing commentary tracks. And with that, he kicks off his commentary track for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The director’s moment-by-moment, detailed analysis is, despite his protestations, perhaps the biggest selling point of the four-disc Force Awakens 3D collector’s edition that’s hitting stores on Nov. 15. The set is a marked improvement over the version released last spring, including all the previously released features with several new bells and whistles. ...
You don’t have to speak fluent sorcerer to enjoy Doctor Strange, but it helps. The latest Marvel would-be blockbuster (opening on Friday) pulls a surfeit of magical words out of its proverbial hat, from Cloaks of Levitation to Sanctums Sanctorum. To help all those amateur magicians out there, we’ve assembled this Strange Glossary to provide a comic-book primer for all the weird characters, objects, and places that pop up in Doctor Strange. Where we’re going, you won’t need magic wands.
Editor’s note: The original version of this story ran on Oct. 26, 2015 to coincide with the release of the book Ghostbusters: The Ultimate Visual History. By the time it became an instant classic upon its release in 1984, Ghostbusters had morphed through radically different iterations, featuring bonkers plot points and unrecognizable creatures.
Hollywood is getting ready to hit the French Riviera for Wednesday’s opening of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. While some big-name productions are getting lavish, out-of-competition premieres at the Grand Théåtre Lumière — including Woody Allen’s Café Society, Jodie Foster’s Money Monster, Steven Spielberg’s The BFG, and Shane Black’s The Nice Guys — the real focus is on the competitive lineup, a proven early stomping ground for future Oscar contenders in the fall. (Just for reference, last year’s festival saw the premiere of eventual awards-season favorites Carol, Amy, and Son of Saul. ...
Oscar front-runner The Revenant dramatizes the incredible, real-life tale of early-American fur trader Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his relentless will to survive after being left for dead following a brutal bear attack during the winter of 1823. Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and based on the 2002 nonfiction book by Michael Punke, the harrowing story has proven to be a huge hit at the box office as well as a serious awards-season contender, earning 12 Oscar nominations, the most of the year. Whether or not The Revenant wins big at the Oscars on Feb. 28, it’s sure to inspire future movies about unbelievable outdoorsmen and women.
As Steven Avery’s case re-enters the Wisconsin judicial system courtesy of a newly filed appeal, the subject of Netflix’s blockbuster true crime docuseries, Making a Murderer can take heart in knowing that his supporters are finding creative ways to show their spirit. To donate directly to the cause, you can visit their online legal fund, which also includes an evidence library and complete transcripts for the trial of Avery’s nephew and accused accomplice, Brendan Dassey.
The 73rd Golden Globe Awards are happening now! Here is a complete list of winners, updated continuously throughout the show:
Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer have their first big public splash. Jonah Hill bombs as a bear. Stallone gets a standing ovation. And America Ferrera and Eva Longoria know you think they all look alike.
When a dystopian world cheerily televises the slaughter of youths for sport, you can expect a whole lot of death. Now that the Hunger Games series is reaching its conclusion with Mockingjay — Part 2, Yahoo Movies has compiled a list of the most momentous casualties across all four movies. Spoilers follow! (Photos: Lionsgate Entertainment
The scariest kids on the big screen aren’t just limited to the horror genre. From the supernatural to the unintentionally eerie, take a look back at the creepiest kids in movies. Let’s just say that no one would feel safe babysitting these youngsters. Note: Teens such as Regan (Linda Blair) from ‘The Exorcist’ have been deemed too mature for this list.
Comic book fans no longer have to plan a trip to their local comic shop to follow the exploits of their favorite heroes: all they have to do is switch on the TV. On Oct. 26, Supergirl joins the ever-swelling ranks of live action comic book adaptations, a genre that was once looked down upon, but has since grown to superheroic proportions. So how does the Girl of Steel stack up against her competition? Also Episode No. 1 is the television equivalent of Issue No. 1, which, as comic book fans know, is almost always the most valuable edition in any collection. Some ground rules before we get started: The pilot had to be followed by an ongoing episodic series.
You’ve no doubt heard the news: the inquisitive men of Mythbusters, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, are ready to retire after 10-plus years following one last season. What we here at Yahoo Movies will miss most is how the duo challenged some of the most classic tropes in cinema. They’ve examined everything from Star Wars tech to Jaws plausibility to Indiana Jones derring-do. Here are a half-dozen of our favorite Mythbusters movie moments: 1.
Update: Last year, on December 9, Yahoo Movies predicted that in 2015, everyone would make lists about what ‘Back to the Future: Part II’ got right and wrong about 2015. Back in October, a company called Arx Pax launched a Kickstarter to finance development of a new magnetic technology that, among other things, would make possible a semi-functioning version of the hover-boards featured in Back to the Future Part II. Though their invention will only work on certain surfaces, it’s a promising development, especially for fans of the sci-fi time-travel flick who have been patiently waiting for director Robert Zemeckis’ version of the future to arrive. Back to the Future Part II sends Marty McFly from 1985 to 2015, where everything is automated and super-convenient.
Big happenings in the Gilmore Girls universe this week: Oct. 5 marked the 15th anniversary of the show’s debut on The WB network, and Gilmore fans have a new destination for watching (by which, of course, we mean re-watching) episodes: the UP network, which now airs GG on weekdays. 1. Gilmore Girls was the original show title, though it was briefly changed to The Gilmore Way before finally being locked in as Gilmore Girls. The inspiration for the Gilmore name: the Gilmore Bank at the Farmer’s Market in Los Angeles, which merged with (and changed its name to) Grandpoint Bank in 2013. 2. Hollywood agent-turned-producer Gavin Polone worked with creator Amy Sherman-Palladino to develop Gilmore Girls, and he has said part of the inspiration for the show’s focus on the mother-daughter relationship between Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory (Alexis Bledel) was the 1999 movie Drop Dead Gorgeous, which he produced, and the relationship between characters played by Ellen Barkin and Kirsten Dunst.
Tom Hanks in his upcoming drama ‘Bridge of Spies’ (Photo: Jaap Buitendijk/DreamWorks) When not filming Oscar-bait movies, Tom Hanks likes to spend his spare time roaming Reddit’s Internet bulletins. At least that was the case on Tuesday when Hanks commented on about a dozen threads. The general discussion topics, posed to all users on the site, ranged from the recent discovery of water on Mars to his biggest fear. The way we know Hanks was really giving the answers?
Unless you’ve recently been in China, you probably haven’t heard of the epic — and epically amusing — historical action-adventure Dragon Blade, starring Jackie Chan, John Cusack, and Adrien Brody as warriors battling over Asia’s ancient Silk Road. Deftly choreographed (thanks to Chan’s action direction), Blade is a stylized blend of combat, song (yes, all of the aforementioned leads sing!), and a saccharine bromance. Steeped in swords, blood, tears, and dance-happy warrior battles, Blade was a box office triumph, earning more than $116 million in China earlier this year.
In the new book We Don’t Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy, we finally found out why Eric Stoltz got fired from the Marty McFly role during production. Michael J. Fox was hired and the result was cinematic magic. As chronicled by author Caseen Gaines, Back to the Future could have gone in a different direction: Marty might have been played by Charlie Sheen.