Unfortunately, There’s No Butthole Cut of Cats

If you've been mighty confused as to why the hashtag “ReleaseTheButtholeCut” was trending on social media this week, you were not alone. The whole thing was a little dark and messy. Read More >>

Sonic the Hedgehog is a Heartfelt Adventure for Kids and Twitchy Nostalgia Junkies Alike

It may come as a shock to adults who read genre news sites to hear that a movie like Sonic The Hedgehog – a movie so heavily influenced by the '90s video game IP it’s based on that it almost hurts – is squarely aimed at kids who just want to see cute, fuzzy cartoon characters get nuts and bash the heck out of some no-good robots. On that front, Sonic delivers – but there’s more. Read More >>

The Mandalorian Has an Awesome Behind the Scenes Link to the Original Star Wars

One of the many reasons fans have embraced The Mandalorian is that it feels like the original Star Wars trilogy. Baby Yoda is another reason, sure, but executive producer Jon Favreau and his team took every precaution to make sure the look, feel, and sounds of the show fit right in with A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. Read More >>

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Here’s the Real Deal With That Leaked Star Wars Footage

Yes, that leaked Star Wars footage that surfaced last week was real. No, it’s not what you think it was. Read More >>

I Want Jurassic World 3’s Animatronic Triceratops as a Pet

Colin Trevorrow, the Star Wars director who wasn’t, is currently hard at work for the production of Jurassic World 3, the third in a series of Jurassic Park revival films that, whatever you think of their quality, have produced some lush dino-riffic special effects. Read More >>

Disney is Going to Kill Bambi’s Mum Again

It’s a new year but things are still the same when it comes to Disney’s catalogue of classic films. After a year that saw remakes of Aladdin and The Lion King become billion dollars hits, it makes sense for the trend to continue. And next on the list is Bambi. Read More >>

In an Unprecedented Move, Universal is Sending Cinemas a Patched Version of Cats

Cats, Tom Hooper’s memetic hazard of a musical, is receiving unprecedented treatment from its distributors at Universal. As shared by the Hollywood Reporter, the company is sending cinemas an updated version of the Ozymandias-like monument to hubris and toxoplasmosis. This new version of the film, according to a memo sent to thousands of cinemas on Friday – the film’s release day – will include “some improved visual effects.” Read More >>

Cats Review: I Have Seen Sights No Human Should See

I have been processing this movie for the last 24 hours trying to understand anything as terrifying and visceral a trainwreck as Cats. You have to see Cats. Read More >>

How the Experts at Legacy Effects Brought E.T. Back to Life

E.T. got a sequel, did you notice? Well, of a sorts, in the form of a lavish holiday advert that brought Eliot back and recreated the vibe of the classic Spielberg film, complete with a puppet version of E.T. himself. Turns out, that puppet was an elaborate construction built solely for that advert, a full reconstruction of the original. In a new video, the people behind that recreation, Legacy Effects, talk about how they did it. Read More >>

Now We Know Part of the Reason the Sonic Movie’s Redesign Works So Well

The first look at the Sonic movie was an unmitigated disaster. Its horrifying take on the blue speedster was so universally reviled that it sparked a wave of backlash so furious, the film was delayed and conversations about the undue pressure on its animators to comprehensively redesign the movie’s hero emerged. But now we have a new Sonic. Read More >>

Dark Phoenix’s VFX Supervisor Opens Up About the Astonishing Jean Grey That Could Have Been

Simon Kinberg’s Dark Phoenix will go down in history as one of the most perplexing of Fox’s X-Men films. It was a movie that didn’t seem to know what it wanted to be – or even who the X-Men are, frankly. One minute, the X-Men are jetting off into space to have a literally out-of-this-world adventure that brings them face to face with aliens, and the next, you’ve got Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey crying in a rainy alleyway. Read More >>

Jim Carrey Shares Concerns About the ‘Collective Consciousness’ That Led to Sonic Redesign

Sonic has gotta go fast, but did the decision to redesign the hedgehog maybe happen too fast? Jim Carrey, who plays the evil Dr. Robotnik in the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie, said the fandom response that resulted in director Jeff Fowler delaying the release to rework the character is the sort of thing that risks turning creative ownership into “Frankenstein’s monster.” Read More >>

We’re Already De-Ageing Kids For Movies

Visual effects are starting to take on a life of their own, by digitally recreating other people’s pasts. It’s been used to de-age Kurt Russell in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, to recreate Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and to transform Will Smith into a younger clone of himself for Gemini Man. Now, it’s making children look younger for It: Chapter 2. Read More >>

The Lion King ‘Set’ Was a Bunch of VR Headsets in a Giant Warehouse

Long before Disney’s remake of The Lion King hit cinemas, it was a beacon of curiosity. Obviously, director Jon Favreau and his team weren’t going to film real lions, they were going to use digital technology to create all the animals, as he did with great success in The Jungle Book. But The Jungle Book is The Jungle Book. This was The Lion King, a remake of an even more popular, culturally resonant film. What would making this movie look like in real life? I was lucky enough to find out. Read More >>

This VFX Reel Shows How Next Level Avengers: Endgame’s Hulk Really Was

Smart Hulk is a good Hulk, and not just because he’s narratively fun. He’s also visually stunning, the culmination of a decade of Hulk technology. Marvel’s Hulk powers have never been so extensive. Read More >>