‘BoJack Horseman’: An Inside Look at How the Show Makes Us Cry Over an Animated Horse

Director and animator Anne Walker Farrell discusses the challenges and mechanics of convincingly bringing a horse-man to life.

In the world of cinema, there are many filmmakers who will tell you that comedy is the absolute most difficult thing you can do. Evoking a laugh from audiences is nearly impossible. Other filmmakers will claim that good drama is the toughest thing to create. After all, getting people to buy into the lives of strangers for two hours is no easy task. But what about combining the two? Apparently, you should only try if you’re putting together an animated show about a world where anthropomorphic animals live alongside humans in peace.

BoJack Horseman is the story of a washed-up sitcom-star who now struggles to find his way in life as he battles through depression, anxiety, and issues of identity. It’s one of television’s most poignant shows, and it has the ability to make you sob in pain and laugh out loud within the smallest time frame in a way that no other show can.

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‘Will and Grace’ Revival First Look: Still Very Much The Same, With More Fox News Jokes

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Will and Grace have made a miraculous comeback, and it’s all thanks to a “Get Out the Vote” sketch. No one was expecting a late ’90s/early 2000s sitcom about two gay guys and their straight girlfriends to be so relevant in 2017, but a hop, skip, and a Fox News joke later, and we’re as timely as you can get!

The first look at the Will and Grace revival teased new footage from the series return on NBC this month, interspersed with some footage from the good old days when ’90s TV was slightly grainier, and the world was a little less terrible. At least Jack has Grindr now.

Watch the new Will and Grace trailer below.

Current jokes about Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s divorce, Newt Gingrich, and Fox News aside, it feels like Will and Grace never left. The preview features scenes updated for this time period, like the foursome playing Heads Up with a phone app for game night.

“He’s a man, but he has aged into a lesbian,” challenges Will (Eric McCormack).

“Steven Tyler! Jon Voight! Newt Gingrich!” Debra Messing’s Grace guesses, acing it on the last one.

More of your usual jokes from Jack about Will being an old, middle-aged lady, Karen jamming to a song on her headphones only revealing it to be Fox News, and Will’s obvious meta-joke:  “All the other times we’ve done this, we thought it would be different, but we knew it would be exactly the same.”

It’s on the nose, but it gets to the point: Despite updating for the modern era with a few jokes and a refurbished kitchenWill and Grace still feels comfortably the same — and that’s good. I was a casual fan of Will and Grace back in the day — though I admit, I didn’t get a lot of the “queen” jokes — and the tone and characterization is so spot on that it would seem like the sitcom was created in this decade. This benefits Will and Grace as one of the first series in NBC’s planned slate of revivals, as it proves that many of these classic comedies can be updated for modern times. Though it may also be a case of lightning in a bottle, as Will and Grace feels much more adaptable to today’s climate than Arrested Development‘s awkward revival ever did.

Plus, look at all the Grindr jokes you can make.

Will and Grace premieres Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 9 pm ET on NBC.

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Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 6 Preview and a Look Inside Episode 5

Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 6 Preview and a Look Inside Episode 5

Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 6 preview and a look inside Episode 5

Following the fifth episode of Game of Thrones Season 7, HBO has revealed a preview for Episode 6 of the season. You can watch the Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 6 preview using the player below! Underneath, you’ll find an inside look at the fifth episode.

At the end of last season, Daenerys’ (Emilia Clarke) dragons and her immense army were finally on the way to Westeros, where Cersei (Lena Headey) has now become Queen after the death of her children. The Night King’s (Vladimir Furdik in season 6) army is heading south, and a battle appears to be imminent.

The show is based on the novel series “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R.R. Martin. Last season, however, the TV series moved past the point where the books have stalled.

Returning series regulars on Game of Thrones this season also include: Emmy and Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Aidan Gillen (Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Diana Rigg (Lady Olenna Tyrell), Sophie Turner(Sansa Stark) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark).

Additional returning series regulars this season include: Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), Jerome Flynn (Bronn), Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont), Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark), Conleth Hill (Varys), Kristofer Hivju (Tormund Giantsbane),Hannah Murray (Gilly), Carice van Houten (Melisandre), Indira Varma (Ellaria Sand), Pilou Asbaek(Euron Greyjoy), Rory McCann (Sandor “The Hound” Clegane) and Richard Dormer (Beric Dondarrion).

New cast members for the seventh season include: Jim Broadbent, Tom Hopper, Megan Parkinson and Ed Sheeran.

The executive producers of Game of Thrones Season 7 are David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger and Bernadette Caulfield; co-executive producers are Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis, George R.R. Martin and Bryan Cogman; and producers are Chris Newman, Greg Spence and Lisa McAtackney.

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When It’s Time to Look Beyond the DSLR

I started my career before you could capture video on DSLRs. Right out of business school, I started shooting local cable commercials first on a 1/3rd inch chip Sony PD150 at the tail end of the “DV revolution” before graduated to an HDV Sony Z100 and then making my way to full HD 1/2 inch […]

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Here’s why those ‘Game of Thrones’ cave paintings look so oddly familiar

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Warning: Contains spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7, episode 4.

Assuming Jon Snow didn’t hastily knock up those cavings paintings in a desperate attempt to convince Daenerys the White Walkers are real, there’s a chance they might be able to tell us something.

Because no detail in Game of Thrones is ever there by accident, right?

So first, a quick recap: when Jon Snow led Daenerys into that dragonglass cave in on Sunday’s episode, she was greeted with a bunch of weird twisty patterns like this:

If those patterns look at all familiar to you, there’s a good reason for that: we’ve seen them before. Read more…

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A last look at The Leftovers

Showrunner Damon Lindelof joined me for episode 206 to talk through the process of writing The Leftovers. Here’s how he described breaking an episode:

For the “blue-sky phase,” once we land on something that we like, you just write a sentence. Like, “Baby doll made in Tijuana.” And the last one is “Kevin throws baby out window.” It’s literally just those sentences.

After two days, you look and you have about 20 of those sentences up on the board. Then you’re ready to go into the next phase, which I think is what I would call the story-breaking phase, where you just go scene-by-scene and you start to pitch specific dialogue, character dynamics, etc.

Writing for Vulture, Boris Kachka takes an in-depth look at how the final episode was written, shot and edited. It’s a great look at the process from blank whiteboard to final cut. Highly recommended for anyone interested in making television.

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Recreating the Bold Look of Classic Film Noir

This video shows you several cinematic techniques that will help create the iconic look of film noir.

How slick is film noir? Not only did it dominate the big screen from the early 40s to the late 50s, but the look was so stylish it made fedoras cool and slatted blinds ominous. The look is so iconic, with the chiaroscuro lighting, cigarette smoke, and urban settings, that it has become a favorite among filmmakers to replicate. If you’re interested in making your own work more gritty and stylized like that of a film noir, check out this video from Film Riot, which not only explains many of its stylistic elements, but gives you some history behind the film movement, as well as some simple techniques you can use to get that classic look.

There are many elements that made film noir what it was, from snappy dialog to femme fatale characters, but host Ryan Connolly highlights and breaks down a few basic visual elements that are definitely quintessential film noir.

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Winchester Movie: A First Look at Helen Mirren in the Supernatural Thriller

Winchester is headed to the big screen and it stars Helen Mirren.

Take a first look at Helen Mirren from the upcoming Winchester movie

CBS Films has today revealed a first look at Dame Helen Mirren from the upcoming Winchester movie. The supernatural thriller is now in production with Michael and Peter Spierig (Predestination) directing from a screenplay they wrote with Tom Vaughan. The Academy Award-winning star joins Jason Clarke, Sarah Snook and Angus Sampson in the film, which is set for a 2018 release. You can check out the full image in the gallery viewer at the bottom of this page and, in the player below, watch a brief video version that compares Mirren to the real Sarah Winchester.

RELATED: Production Begins on Winchester Mystery House Movie

The Winchester movie follows the story of firearm heiress Sarah Winchester (Mirren), who was convinced that she was haunted by the souls killed at the hands of the Winchester repeating rifle. After the sudden deaths of her husband and child, she threw herself into the 24-hour a day, seven days a week construction of an enormous mansion designed to keep the evil spirits at bay. But when skeptical San Francisco psychiatrist Eric Price is dispatched to the estate to evaluate her state of mind, he discovers that her obsession may not be so insane after all. Winchester will take audiences inside the labyrinth like house that is believed to be one of the most haunted places in the world.

Winchester is being financed by Bullitt Entertainment, Diamond Pictures and Blacklab Entertainment, with Diamond Pictures handling international sales. Bullitt’s Benedict Carver, Diamond’s Daniel Diamond and Tobin Armbrust are executive producing. Andy Trapani, Toni Lianos, Brian Gilbert, Marc Shipper and Simon Oakes also will serve as executive producers. Imagination Design Works’ Brett Tomberlin and Blacklab Entertainment’s Tim McGahan are producing.

Are you planning to check out the Winchester movie on the big screen? Let us know in the comments below!

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Post-Infinity War MCU Will Be “Very, Very Different,” Plus A Look At The Future Of Marvel Movies

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With the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 press junket happening this week in Los Angeles, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has been participating in numerous interviews talking about the future of the company’s films. We’ve collected a few choice quotes below, including Feige talking about how the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be “very, very different” after Avengers: Infinity War, his plans to hire more top caliber Hollywood veterans, and an update on the studio’s filming slate.

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Post-Infinity War MCU Will Be Very Different

Feige tells Collider that the post-Infinity War Marvel Cinematic Universe is “gonna be very, very different.” In the same interview, Feige teased some uncertainty in MCU’s future:

“We’ve been lucky that [contract expirations] haven’t factored in too much. We’ve had people under contract for certain films, then we’ve had new ideas and new directions like Civil War like we wanted to do, and we’ve been lucky enough to make new contracts. … Certainly, as we get to Infinity War there is a sense of a climax if not a conclusion to, by the time we’re at untitled Avengers 4, the 22 movies that will have encompassed the first three phases of the MCU. And what happens after that will be very different. I don’t know if it’s Phase 4, it might be a new thing.”

This is something we’ve expected for some time. We’ve heard that Infinity War would change the MCU in huge ways, and I’m excited to find out what that actually means. I imagine we’ll be seeing a lot of old favorites exiting the spotlight, leaving the center stage open for a new set of heroes.

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Expect More High Caliber Hollywood Veterans in Future Marvel Movies

Marvel movies are beginning to attract some huge Hollywood veteran actors. Past Marvel movies have featured the likes of Robert Redford, Michael Douglas and Anthony Hopkins, while Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 introduces both Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Speaking with Fandango at the junket, Feige admitted that Robert De Niro and Al Pacino met with Marvel at one point, and while they are not currently in the studio’s plans, Feige says that we’ll be seeing more Hollywood veterans in the very near future:

“There are a few that are coming up, actually. I’ll keep this spoiler-free, but be assured that there are more surprises of that caliber heading into our universe in the next few films.”

So the question is, who might Feige be thinking about? Black Panther is done shooting and Infinity War is already cast, but there is still room to add a big player to Ant-Man and Wasp, the yet-to-be-titled Avengers 4, and Captain Marvel.

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Marvel’s Filming Schedule

We know that Black Panther is in its last few weeks of shooting, while Spider-man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok are currently in post production. As for the upcoming filming schedule, Feige told Collider that, assuming everything stays on schedule, this is what we can expect:

  • Avengers: Infinity War is currently filming, and the yet-to-be-titled Avengers 4 will film immediately afterwards, not simultaneously as first announced.
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp will begin shooting in June 2017.
  • Captain Marvel should begin filming in February 2018

When the next two Avengers movies were first announced, they were presented as Avengers: Infinity War Part I & II. Marvel has since walked back on that two-parter idea, claiming that the fourth Avengers movie would not be the second part of Infinity War. The big news here is that Marvel is now shooting the films separately back-to-back instead of simultaneously.

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First Look at Simon Rumley’s Once Upon a Time in London

Once Upon a Time in London

British director’s ultra-violent gangster saga Once Upon a Time in London is currently in production

We recently talked with maverick genre director Simon Rumley (The Living and the Dead) about one of several films he has in current release (read that interview about Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word here) and massaged into that chat was mention of a new movie he was mounting, a bloody crime opera/period piece about the malevolent criminals who paved the way for the notorious Kray brothers, themselves subject of films like Peter (The Changeling) Medak’s The Krays and the Tom Hardy showcase Legend.

Currently shooting on locations around London Once Upon a Time in London dramatizes the violent reign of  Billy Hill (Leo Gregory) and Jack ‘Spot’ Comer (Terry Stone) and charts the legendary rise and fall of a nationwide criminal empire that lasted until the mid-fifties and which paved the way for those vile Kray Twins and The Richardsons.

Described as ‘Peaky Blinders meets Legend, the film also stars, Holly Earl, Dominic Keating, Geoff Bell, Jamie Foreman, Doug Allen, Andy Beckwith, Roland Manookian, Justin Salinger, Kate Braithwaite and Laura Carter. Joining the eclectic ensemble are comedian Simon Munnery, boxers Frank Buglioni, Steve Collins and Joe Egan, footballer Jamie O’Hara, singer / TV star Nadia Forde, Union J’s JJ Hamblett and magician Ali Cook.

Once Upon a Time in London is a Gateway Films & Ratio Film Presentation, directed by Simon Rumley, written by Will Gilbey, Simon Rumley & Terry Stone and produced by Terry Stone & Richard Turner. Co-Producer: Tiernan Hanby, DOP: Milton Kam, Costume Designer: Michelle May, Makeup Designer: Emma Slater, Production Designer: Anna Mould.

We have some new photos straight from the set to share. Have a look below and stay tuned for more on the film as we get it.

 

 

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