‘Creating the Bricks’, A Fascinating Behind-the-Scenes Featurette About the CGI and Brickwork Behind ‘The LEGO Movie’

“Creating the Bricks” is a fascinating behind-the-scenes featurette about the CGI and brickwork that went into creating the unique look of The LEGO Movie. The video features interviews with directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord as well as other members of the crew who helped build the world of the movie.

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Watch the Official Trailer for ‘Good Kill’ starring Ethan Hawke

Director Andrew Niccol, who has given the world films like Lord of War and Gattaca in the past presents the trailer for his latest, Good Kill, which finds a unique twist on the action/war genre. Starring Ethan Hawke as a Las Vegas fighter pilot turned drone pilot who fights the Taliban via remote control for half of his day, then goes home to his wife and kids in the suburbs for the other half – the film results in a visually stunning exploration of how a man’s psychological, emotional and moral boundaries are challenged by the realities of 21st century warfare. Look for Good Kill to hit theaters sometime this year.

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Ride of the Week: Aston Martin Unveils DB10 for New James Bond Film

Legendary British car manufacturer Aston Martin lifts the veil on their latest build for the upcoming James Bond flick Spectre. Dubbed the DB10, the latest model was designed specifically for 007 and although technical details haven’t been released yet, the design illustrates a clean separation from the styling that has characterized Astons for the past few decades. Aston’s chief designer Marek Reichman and his team worked with EON Productions – the studio in charge of the Bond franchise – and created a new form with different design cues and applied them to a shape that looks similar to the current V8 Vantage, but with different lines.

Only 10 units of the DB10 will be produced although it’s safe to assume the DB10 will have an influence on the new generation of sports cars and luxury GTs from Gaydon. Look for the DB10 in action when Spectre hits theaters on October 23, 2015. Until then, enjoy the image above.

ENTOURAGE TEASER TRAILER

Word first hit the streets that HBO would be releasing an ‘Entourage’ movie back in 2012, and while we were excited to see what was in store, several setbacks had many fans thinking the project would never see the light of day. Well fans rejoice, because today brings us the first official teaser trailer for the big screen adaption of ‘Entourage.’

The whole crew is getting back together for one last adventure as Vince, E, Turtle, Drama and Ari make their big screen debut. The show ran for eight seasons on HBO from 2004 through 2011, and although the summer 2015 release is a bit later than we would have liked, we’ll definitely be checking this one out in the theaters. There are star appearances from the likes of Mark Wahlberg, Emily Ratajkowski, Calvin Harris, and even Ronda Rousey as Turtle attempts to go 30 seconds with her in the cage for the right to a date night (60 seconds for the whole enchilada). The film will be released in theaters on June 5th.

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Sony Stands Up to North Korea and Will Show ‘The Interview’ on Christmas Day

As you’re likely aware, Sony‘s servers were recently hacked revealing private information of employees and celebrities alike. Amidst the cyber attack, an ulterior motive was revealed, one that threaten theaters and moviegoers who opted to see the film The Interview starring James Franco and Seth Rogen. As a result Sony pulled the comedy from theaters. Since then rumors have swirled around that The Interview may go straight to DVD, stream via YouTube or go directly to the iTunes marketplace, however today, the production company has announced that it will premiere the movie in over 200, mostly independent, theaters around the States on Christmas Day. President Obama is publicly behind the turn of events, after calling Sony’s decision to cancel the film’s release a “mistake.” Said a White House spokesperson, “As the president made clear, we are a country that believes in free speech, and the right of artistic expression.” Seth Rogen also tweeted, “The people have spoken! Freedom has prevailed! Sony didn’t give up!” While James Franco added, “Victory! The people and the President have spoken!”

Watch the Official Trailer for ‘The Gunman’ starring Sean Penn

Sean Penn stars as the titular character in The Gunman, in which he plays an international spy who is betrayed by the organization he used to work for, and must clear his name in order to save himself. Based on Jean-Patrick Manchette’s novel The Prone Gunman, the film also stars English actor Idris Elba, and Javier Bardem doing what he does best, playing the leading villain in the film.

The action-packed blockbuster is set to release in theaters on March 20, 2015.

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10 Ridiculous Holiday Horror Films

Christmastime is a cinephile’s dream. Not only will they have a smorgasboard of memorabilia, Criterion Collection blu-rays and old props from the set of a Jim Jarmusch movie that went for surprisingly little money at auction under their tree come the morning of December 25th, that’ll be the icing on the cake of a whole month of superlative festive films. From It’s A Wonderful Life to Die Hard to A Muppets Christmas Carol (which features both the definitive Scrooge in Michael Caine and the definitive Charles Dickens in Gonzo), the schedules and cinemas are stuffed with classic Christmas films.

Some people’s movie tastes skew a little darker, though. A little bloodier. A little lighter on the festive cheer, a little heavier on the buckets of gore and B-movie production values. Horror film makers don’t miss a trick, though, and having already mined Halloween, Valentine’s Day and Prom Night for all they’re worth – Easter’s still up for grabs guys – they’ve long since moved onto crafting their bloodiest, nastiest fare for the Yuletide season as well.

The best horror (and let’s be honest, some of the worst as well) takes something familiar and safe, and turns it on its head so it’s suddenly frightening and nightmarish. You can disassociate yourself from a serial killer in the Victorian era who’s also a ghost, but a scary dude wearing a mask breaking into a suburban home on an oh-so-familiar holiday night? Now that’s hitting close to home.

And what hits closer to home than monsters, murderers ghosts and ghoulies stalking people around their tinsel festooned homes on Christmas Eve? With the help of professional wrestlers, evil children and Joan Collins, here are ten absolutely ridiculous holiday horror films. Because of course they are.

10. Santa’s Slay

Christmas is a time ripe for reinvention as a horrifying, blood-splattered time for mass murder, but also…it’s not, is it? It’s Christmas. The mostly squeaky clean, incorruptible holiday in the calendar. Even miserabilist indie band Eels did a song called Everything’s Gonna Be Cool This Christmas. Christmas can never really be totally terrible. Which is probably why most horror films set during the season never quite work, instead coming across even more cheesy and try hard than your usual slasher flick.

Do you know what else helps in making your horror film come across cheesy and try hard? When it involves Father Christmas as the murderous villain. Not just a maniac dressed as Jolly Old Saint Nick (something which will be coming up in good time), but Santa Claus himself, leaping down chimneys and slaughtering entire families, before escaping on a sleigh driven by his “hell-deer”.

Yes, these are all things that happen. And most of his victims appear to be getting the chop because they’re Jewish which…is a little troubling. Still, several famous Jewish actors – including James Caan and Fran Drescher – pop up to get knocked off almost as quickly. Oh, and Santa in this case is played by former professional wrestler Bill Goldberg, because of course he is.

9. Dead End

Getting impaled on a menorah by a murderous Santa Claus played be an ex-member of World Championship Wrestling who may or may not be the antichrist isn’t the sort of thing many audiences can sympathise with. Those long, trying journeys cross-country to spend time with family members over Christmas – and all the ensuing annoyance, drama and insanity that ensues – is the stuff of wry observational comedy, though, a thing that everyone has to just knuckle down and do every December. That’s the starting point of Dead End, an effective little cult horror from 2003.

At least, it starts off in that sort of grounded situation. Frank Harrington (Ray Wise of Twin Peaks) is the one driving his nuclear family through the dark, icy roads of midwestern America for Christmas dinner at his mother-in-law’s, when a series of unfortunate events lead to them picking up an insane hitch-hiker, holing up with her in a cabin in the woods, before all sorts of supernatural satanic shenanigans start up.

It’s not exactly high cinema, and there’s more than a few scenes where the low budget’s clearly straining beneath the pressure of what’s being asked of it, but Wise especially manages to sell a pretty zany premise that’s almost like a twisty-turny early Twilight Zone episode. Albeit with more evil babies, masturbation and violent car crashes.

8. Tales From The Crypt

Whilst not necessarily a Christmas film all the way through, this Amicus anthology film from the early seventies – each of its five separate segments based on stories from the EC Comics series of the same name, which also inspired a TV show – does kick off with a tale of festive horror that’s a) clearly Christmassy in its premise, and b) is so ridiculous that to leave it off of this list would be remiss. The fact that it stars plummy Dynasty actress/her off the Snickers advert Joan Collins only goes further to prove that.

Each story in the film is introduced by the Crypt Keeper, an iconic EC character who explains to a group of confused strangers how they came to die and wind end up in the catacombs with him. Their deaths range from another violent car crash coupled with hallucinations, a hounded old man coming back from the dead for revenge, and a cruel new director of a home for the blind being savaged by a ravenous guide dog.

Collins, meanwhile, is front and centre with the film’s fist story. … And All Through the House sees her as a frustrated housewife who murders her husband on Christmas Eve, all ready to hide his body when she hears a radio announcement stating that a homicidal maniac is on the loose. Who is dressed as Santa Claus. It is sort of incredible in the gaudy vein of seventies British horror.

7. Black Christmas

Not only the original Christmas horror film but the original slasher film full stop, Black Christmas provided the rough blueprint that would be perfected with John Carpenter’s Halloween not long after and then spawn a whole subgenre that would go on to dominate horror films for decades after (at least until found footage became a thing and ghosts came back into style again). Obviously it also got remade in the early noughties, as is the fate of all slasher films, but you can’t hold that against it.

Especially because the remake is so naff, and because the original is so good. Well, good by standards of horror films, which demand to be held by a different standard that basically any other film. The Citizen Kane of horror still isn’t going to be as good as Citizen Kane. Black Christmas doesn’t even try for such cinematic heights, and why should it? It’s a horror film based on the “THE CALL IS COMING FROM INSIDE THE HOUSE” urban legend and having a murderer strangle people with fairy lights.

Black Christmas is very humble in its ambitions, hoping to bring to life the pulpy horror of those urban legends and generally trying to bring the festive tradition of the holidays down into the gutter with a slasher who menaces a sorority house first with gross phone calls, and then with actual murdering. Sometimes with a unicorn ornament. Yeah, it is pretty ridiculous a lot of the time. In the remake somebody dies from an icicle falling through their eye, though. The killer doesn’t even do anything.

6. The Children

Is there a more terrifying sight, come Christmas morning, than a horde of children descending on the presents that have slowly amassed around the tree and totally gutting them, tearing them to pieces and leaving behind nothing more than a pile of wrapping paper viscera? Seriously, it’s like that one bit from the end of Day Of The Dead when the zombies tear that guy literally limb from limb. Only with more bows. It’s that innate childhood capacity for energetic violence that informs The Children.

Creepy kids are a dime a dozen in horror films, but usually they’re just lank-haired ghosts from Japanese horror or the Midwich Cuckoos types. Very rarely are kids seen as actually physically violent menaces who could do you serious harm, and thus necessitate you being violent towards them. That’s a particular societal taboo broken by this underrated (and admittedly, at times, downright silly) British horror from a few years ago.

A few families meet up in a remote countryside home for the holidays, with their respective toddlers in tow. The kids start acting strange, being ill and stuff, before it becomes clear that something evil has taken root in their brains, and the kids start to (again) literally tear their families apart. Sometimes genuinely chilling, sometimes a little girl examining some gore in a plastic Wendy house.

5. Christmas Evil

Also known as You Better Watch Out and Terror In Toyland, the title it’s best known by really gets to the crux of what Christmas Evil is all about. A decidedly B-movie slasher from the eighties, it’s nonetheless amassed a cult following – midnight movie maestro John Waters is a particularly evangelical fan, quoted as saying it is the “greatest Christmas movie ever made.” Maybe wouldn’t go that far but boy, there sure is some fun to be had with Christmas Evil.

Possibly the first in the sub-subgenre of slasher films set at Christmas starring Santa as the villain, the movie opens with a young boy named Harry catching his mum and dad at it, whilst the latter is dressed up as Santa. Heartbroken, he rushes up to the attic and cuts his hand with glass form a shattered snow globe. Childhood trauma, for sure, but probably the sort that could easily be solved with a birds and the bees talk or a bit of therapy.

Unfortunately Harry isn’t lucky enough to receive either, instead harbouring those psychological scars through to adulthood, where a particularly crummy day at work has him enacting bad will upon all men that cross his path. Whilst dressed as Father Christmas. Worth it just to see the incredible, inexplicable ending that’s accompanied by a reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

4. Jack Frost

One of Michael Keaton’s few cinematic missteps was Jack Frost, a 1998 film where he plays a deadbeat dad who dies in a car crash but gets a second chance to raise his young son when he gets resurrected as an animated snowman. It’s really quite disturbing, possibly even more so than the other Jack Frost, a straight-up horror film from the year before about a serial killer who gets transformed into a snowman. Actually, it’s sort of a close call as to which is the true horror film.

Both are patently ridiculous, but the 1997 Jack Frost has probably the most ludicrous premise. The titular mass murderer is being driven to his execution when the truck he’s in crashes into a “genetics truck”, the material in which causes him to mutate and fuse together with the snow on the ground. Emerging as a killer snow man, he vows to get revenge on takes revenge on the sheriff who finally caught him.

In case the denouement is a little too obscure, Jack Frost hits it home by taking place in a fictional town called Snowmonton, which is the location for the eponymous killer’s spree. Worryingly a genetically mutated killer snowman isn’t the weirdest part of the film. Nope, that honour goes to the plot twist that the human soul exists as a chemical, and that the acid that transformed Jack was going to be used to contain DNA in case of a nuclear holocaust. Merry Christmas!

3. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

The pub bore’s favourite piece of trivia around Christmastime is to bring up something about the dark, mysterious history of the Santa Claus myth, or to inform you on how different incarnations of Father Christmas in foreign countries are just oh-so-different and wacky! All of those tedious conversations may have been worth it, however, if it meant that we got Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale in return.

A gloriously deranged and dark Finish film expanded from an earlier short, Rare Exports sees a group of local reindeer herders having their work disturbed by excavations on a nearby mountain. Turns out that the scientists behind the dig are messing with forces they couldn’t possibly understand, and those forces are the creatures that later inspired the stories of Santa Claus bringing presents to good children at Christmas.

Of course it turns out the truth was far more frightening than the legend, as the herders (and the young son of one of them) end up running for their lives from a supernatural being who punishes the naughty and then some. It’s violent, it’s silly, it’s occasionally quite scary, but mostly it’s a Finnish film about creepy, bloodthirsty Slender Man-esque Santas eating people during the festive period.

2. Silent Night, Deadly Night

No list of ridiculous holiday horror films would be complete without Silent Night, Deadly Night; certainly not the first slasher flick about a murderous Santa going on a rampage, but certainly the most iconic, and the one with the best title. And certainly the only one where a woman gets killed by being impaled on the antlers of a stuffed trophy deer. It’s more than a little bit of a rip on Christmas Evil but man, what a rip off Silent Night, Deadly Night is.

It even begins in much the same way as Christmas Evil, with a young boy who, after witnessing his parents’ brutal murder at the hands of a man clad in a Santa suit on Christmas, grows up in a Catholic orphanage and – who’d’ve guess it? – winds up becoming a serial killer himself. A totally OTT Halloween knock-off dressed in tinsel, Silent Night, Deadly Night nonetheless managed a fair more amount of controversy than Michael Myers ever got, with PTA groups campaigning for the film to be banned. They didn’t want Christmas spoiling for the children!

Won’t somebody please think of the children? Apparently not, since despite that and a particularly scathing review by Siskel and Ebert that involved them reading the full credits on air saying “shame, shame” after each one, it spawned five sequels. Five. The absolute nadir of which had to be the second, which doesn’t take place at Christmas and involves garbage day. Just watch the clip. It’s a gift. A festive gift.

1. Gremlins

How could it not be Gremlins, after all? It’s the greatest Christmas film ever made, bar none, not to mention a totally ridiculous horror film to boot. The mainstream debut of longtime B-movie director Joe Dante, with Chris Columbus and Steven Spielberg throwing their weight behind it, some try and argue that the story of a young boy being given the responsibility of a supernatural pet whose offspring run riot through a small, snow-covered town isn’t particularly Christmassy. Those people are fools.

For one thing, there’s all the circumstantial evidence. Gremlins is set at Christmas. Billy’s dad buys him Gizmo as a Christmas present, he just happens to open it early. Kate even has that horrific story about how her own dad died when he tried to climb down the chimney dressed as Santa Claus on Christmas Day, only to get stuck and expire in the several days it took for anyone to find him. Not child-appropriate, maybe, but definitely a Christmas film.

And really, has there been a more accurate depiction of the decadence, bad behaviour and slavish following of capitalism that we all indulge in over the holiday period than in the antics of the gremlins as they tear that backwater city apart? If nothing else, Billy’s mum using household items to kill a bunch of the creatures should be more than enough to warm the cockles of your heart. She’s like the housewife Ellen Ripley. And to all a good night!

Watch the Official Trailer for ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ starring Tom Hardy & Charlize Theron

Set in the in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life, Mad Max: Fury Road is the latest post apocalyptic film in George Miller‘s Road Warrior/Mad Max franchise. Starring Tom Hardy as Max Rockatansky – a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos – he is joined by Imperator Furiosa (played by Charlize Theron) who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland. Of particular note is Miller’s choice to use real stunts and locations as opposed to merely employing green screen technology and C.G.I. Mad Max: Fury Road opens May 15 in 2D and 3D.

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First Trailer Released for ‘Terminator Genisys’, The Fifth Film in the Ongoing Series Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in Paramount Pictures‘ newly released teaser trailer for Terminator Genisys, the fifth film in the ongoing Terminator series that is being directed by Alan Taylor. This time John Conner (Jason Clarke) has to fix things in both the future and the past to save himself and his mother Sarah Conner (Emilia Clarke). The film will also star Jai Courtney, Matt Smith, J. K. Simmons, and many others. Terminator Genisys is currently scheduled to be released in theaters on July 1, 2015.

The year is 2029. John Connor, leader of the resistance continues the war against the machines. At the Los Angeles offensive, John’s fears of the unknown future begin to emerge when TECOM spies reveal a new plot by SkyNet that will attack him from both fronts; past and future, and will ultimately change warfare forever.

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The 10 New Netflix Movies And TV Shows To Watch In December

With the weather getting colder and some people already seeing too much snow, December is the perfect month for binge-watching movies and television shows on Netflix. While the streaming service has removed some movies as part of its monthly purge — goodbye, “Dirty Dancing” — the new movies added in December will make up for any loss.

“American Beauty” (Dec. 1)

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1999 was a pretty great year for movies. “Fight Club,” “The Matrix,” “The Green Mile,” “Toy Story 2” and “Magnolia” are just a few movies that were released alongside “American Beauty.” Winning Oscars for best picture, best actor, best director and best writing, “American Beauty” is a dark satire about a man who has a midlife crisis and falls in love with his daughter’s best friend.

“Almost Famous” (Dec. 1)

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“Almost Famous” is based loosely on Cameron Crowe’s teen years when he wrote for Rolling Stone. You don’t need to be a fan of rock music or the 1970s to enjoy the story of a young kid who grows up and falls in love while covering a band on tour.

“Oculus” (Dec. 3)

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A bit underrated but “Oculus” is a solid horror film. Starring Karen Gillan as Kaylie Russell, “Oculus” works well by developing atmosphere and creating tension in each scene. If you’re tired of relentless jump scares, this may be the horror movie for you.

“American Horror Story: Coven” (Dec. 6)

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“American Horror Story” can either be amazing, a mess or somewhere in between. “American Horror Story: Asylum” managed that balance but “Coven” is a bit more uneven. The first few episodes are promising but the central mystery becomes a bit predictable toward the end of season. On the plus side, Stevie Nicks is a guest star in two episodes.

“Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Super-Sized Version)” (Dec. 6)

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Fans waited nine years for a sequel to the unexpected hit “Anchorman” and now it’s coming to Netflix as the Super-Sized Version. “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Super-Sized Version)” includes more jokes and profanity, pushing the movie’s rating from PG-13 to R.

“The Wolf of Wall Street” (Dec. 11)

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Martin Scorsese is a legend, and it looks like there is zero chance of him slowing down anytime soon. Each scene of “The Wolf of Wall Street” is vibrant and features great performances by Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie and Matthew McConaughey.

“Nick Offerman: American Ham” (Dec. 12)

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Who doesn’t love Ron Swanson from “Parks & Recreation”? “American Ham” captures Nick Offerman’s stand-up performance and includes singing and woodworking tips.

“Broadchurch” (Dec. 12)

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Fox recently adapted “Broadchurch” as “Gracepoint,” both of which star David Tennant. Tennant stars as a detective investigating the murder of a boy in a small town. “Broadchurch” had a controversial ending that was changed in “Gracepoint.”

“Marco Polo” (Dec. 12)

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Netflix has a lot riding on its big-budget original series tracking the early years of Marco Polo and Mongolian emperor Kublai Khan. “Marco Polo” cost a reported $90 million to make — only HBO’s “Game of Thrones” bests that budget — and Netflix hopes the gamble pays off as it enters international markets, the New York Times reported. Expect huge battles, political backstabbing and sex.

“The Honourable Woman” (Dec. 18)

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You may have missed “The Honourable Woman,” a political spy thriller starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, when it first aired over the summer on SundanceTV, but the critically acclaimed series will be available on Netflix in December.