The Mandalorian’s Emmy Win Means Another Amazing VFX Reel for You

Star Wars The Mandalorian VFX: New Reel From Lucasfilm

That’s the show’s Visual Effects Supervisor Richard Bluff giving the tour. While VFX reels like this can be hit or miss, The Mandalorian’s videos never disappoint. There’s always something that surprises me, whether things I assumed were CG turned out to be real, or things that looked real were CG, or things that were physically made and then scanned into CG anyway. But I mostly love that the Trash-ATs are stop-motion puppets for what seems to be no discernable reason. The show’s ability to work with all these processes and VFX, rather than just designing everything on a computer as the prequel movies did, is a huge part of the reason why The Mandalorian looks so good and feels so authentically Star Wars.

The Mandalorian also won 2021 Emmys for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup, Outstanding Musical Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score), Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama (One-Hour), Outstanding Stunt Coordination, Outstanding Stunt Performance, and Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (Half-Hour), for a total of seven.


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Badass Mountain Goat Kills Grizzly Bear in Canadian National Park

Badass Mountain Goat Kills Grizzly Bear in Canadian National Park

Grizzly bear attacks on mountain goats are actually quite common. A video taken in 2018 near Mount Bosworth, also in British Columbia, shows a mountain goat, along with her kid, seeking refuge on a cliff during an unsuccessful bear attack.

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More: New details emerge about bee swarm attack that left 63 penguins dead.

Watch Bill Gates Get Very Uncomfortable When Asked About Jeffrey Epstein

Bill Gates Gets Uncomfortable When Asked About Jeffrey Epstein

Any written transcript of the exchange from last night really doesn’t do the interview justice. You have to watch the video to see Gates squirm so uncomfortably.

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There are still many, many questions that haven’t been answered about Jeffrey Epstein’s relationship to Bill Gates, something we may never see resolved. Even the most basic question of how many times Gates met with Epstein hasn’t been nailed down yet.

Woodruff’s interview style should be a lesson to other reporters out there from media outlets that Gates considers friendly, such as CNBC, which hardly ever asks the billionaire a penetrating question. You can still do the softball stuff at the beginning of the interview and let Gates say what he wants to say. But by the end, you should definitely ask what needs to be asked.

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Gates clearly wants to put the Epstein saga behind him so that he can collect accolades for being a “good” billionaire who’s giving away money to worthy causes. Reporters should never let the issue go until Gates fills in some of the gaps, such as, again, the most basic question of how many times Gates actually met with Epstein. Then we can move on to the question of what the hell Gates was doing on the Lolita Express.

The Tragedy of Macbeth’s Teaser Is Haunting as All Hell

Tragedy of Macbeth Teaser: Joel Coen Directs Denzel Washington

The black-and-white pallette, the aspect ratio, the way these soliloquies and famous scenes—like Macbeth’s encounter with the Three Witches—are all framed, The Tragedy of Macbeth looks like a haunting take on Shakespeare’s original work. Even more so than a play as dark as Macbeth is already. But it also looks, lovingly so, quite like less of a widely scaled film adaption and instead riffing on its stage production roots. Time will tell just how faithful to the original work Coen stays, but so far it seems to be a pretty direct take on Macbeth’s narrative and form in the first place. I mean this in the nicest way: this looks like a big budget recording of a theater showing, with one hell of a cast and shot through a Coen lens, and that’s just the most perfect kind of Christmas gift we could possibly ask for.

The Tragedy of Macbeth will release simultaneously in theaters and on Apple TV+ on December 25. Try not to break a leg before it drops!


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Multiverse Hopes You Remember the Sci-Fi Concept Is So Hot Right Now

Multiverse Trailer: Multi-Dimensional Sci-Fi Thriller, Marlee Matlin

If you get more Primer vibes than Spider-Man from that trailer, you aren’t wrong. Entangled feels a bit more appropriate as a title, albeit it far less marketable in 2021. Nevertheless, a movie like this seems like a great place to explore what it means for alternate dimensions to cross over, and the very ripe, terrifying notion of meeting a version of yourself. Could you co-exist? Would you want to co-exist? Here, it seems like no love will be lost and lots of people will be murdered.

Multiverse, appropriately, has a multi-prong release. First, it’ll be released in select theaters on November 12. Next, it’ll hit on-demand and digital on November 16. Then, if you can wait a few months, the DVD and Blu-ray releases have already been scheduled for January 11, 2022. Or, if you exist in multiple universes, maybe you can try and watch them all at once. Don’t forget to check out io9’s Fall Movie Preview for more exciting genre titles on the way in 2021.

The poster for the new movie Multiverse

The art for Multiverse.
Image: Saban Films


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The Suicide Squad’s Gag Reel Is Finger-Lickin’ Good

The Suicide Squad Movie Gag Reel Is 4 Minutes of Hilarity

For some reason, the thing that gives me the most joy is Michael Rooker, laughing so hard he can barely squeak out a few words, while wearing that unfathomably dumb Savant wig. My second favorite part is how Warner Bros. felt it necessary to bleep out the gag reel’s dirty words for a movie that was extremely R-rated, including the dialogue (which was also written by James Gunn).

The Suicide Squad, which also starred Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, Peter Capaldi, Daniela Melchior, Alice Braga, Jai Courtney, Pete Davidson, Nathan Fillion, and many more, is unfortunately no longer streaming on HBO Max, having left the streaming service on September 5, and it won’t be available on Blu-ray until October 26. But you can still rent it on Amazon or iTunes for the not inconsiderable sum of $24.99.


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Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Sung Kang Gives a Big Hint About His Role

Obi-Wan’s Sung Kang Teases His Star Wars Character, Lightsaber


The Batman

In a new TV spot, Robert Pattinson’s Batman asks himself, “how am I worth it?” in response to one of the Riddler’s nursery rhymes. Presumably, it makes more sense in context with the rest of the movie.


Hawkeye

WandaVision composer Christophe Beck confirmed he returned to score Hawkeye in a new Instagram post.

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I Know What You Did Last Summer

Here is a very bizarre poster for Amazon’s I Know What You Did Last Summer series, which sees its cast’s faces covered in honey.

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American Horror Story: Double Feature

Finally, “Red Tide” draws to a close in the trailer for next week’s episode of American Horror Story. 


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Guillermo del Toro’s New Movie, Nightmare Alley, Finally Has a Trailer

Nightmare Alley Trailer: Guillermo del Toro’s New Film Is Here

The “man or beast” at the center of Nightmare Alley is Cooper’s character, Stanton Carlisle. He’s a former carnival worker who uses the tricks he learned there to con millionaires out of their money by pretending he’s a mind reader. This, of course, does not go over well and gets the shady character into lots of trouble.

The movie is based on a 1946 novel by William Lindsay Gresham, which was famously made into another film soon after, in 1947. Del Toro (along with co-writer Kim Morgan) drew from the novel, not the movie, for this adaptation and was less enamored with the full, complex story than the unique noir world it’s set in. “I wanted to do the universe of the novel, which is a little gritty, but also strangely magical. It has a very strange, mystical allure—and mythical. I was very attracted to that possibility,” he said.

Fox is opening Nightmare Alley in theaters only on December 17, clearly setting it up for another Guillermo del Toro awards run. Will this film noir with a very supernatural feel, even if it’s not actually supernatural, do the trick? We’d never bet against the man behind Pacific Rim, Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone.


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NYCC and SDCC Set Their Sights on Returning to In-Person Cons

Comic-Con Special Edition Badge Sales and NYCC Panels Revealed

A few weeks later, the Special Edition of San Diego Comic-Con will arrive; it takes place over Thanksgiving weekend November 26-28. This is not the full Comic-Con—the 2022 version of that is still on schedule for July. This is just an extra one for people who can’t live without a San Diego convention this year.

The big news here is that badges are going on sale at 11 a.m. PST on September 25 at a cost of $150 for three days per adult. Full details on the process can be found at this site. But note, no info on panels, exhibitors, and so on has been revealed yet.

And of course, anyone thinking of attending these cons should pay carefully attention to each event’s health and safety measures. They’re detailed here for New York and here for San Diego but the basics are as follows. In New York, everyone over the age of 12 must have proof of covid-19 vaccination. In San Diego, you’re required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative covid test within 72 hours of attendance. Head to those links for more.

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Leslie Odom Jr. and Cynthia Erivo Traverse a Time Travel Romance in Needle in a Timestack

Needle In A Timestack Trailer: Sci-Fi Romance With Leslie Odom

The biggest sell here is certainly the idea of one person’s ex traveling through time to break up their former partner’s current relationship using their ex’s partner’s ex (deep breath), and yet the movie itself seems to focus more on Odom’s side of the story. From the beginning of the trailer you see he utilizes time travel too. You wonder, is this an offensive or defensive maneuver? His demeanor is calm enough to make it seem unrelated to the assault by Bloom and Pinto—unless maybe he’s the reason the ball got rolling on this very complicated scheme in the first place.

Its multi-award winning cast and Oscar-caliber filmmaker, taken with its blend of the sci-fi and romance genres, makes Needle in a Timestack seem very intriguing. That this might be the first time you’ve heard of it and that it’s being released on a relatively small scale by Lionsgate is a bit less encouraging. Nevertheless, you have to imagine the people involved alone will make this one worth watching.

Needle in a Timestack opens in select theaters, plus on demand and digital October 15. That’s quickly followed by a DVD/Blu-ray release on October 19.


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