How The Maze Runner Made Those Grievers, Plus Scorch Trials Adds This Actress

The success of The Maze Runner took some people by surprise. Despite the popularity of James Dashner’s series of young adult novels, many expected just another tepid entry into the teen dystopia market that would fall by the wayside, especially after the release was pushed back more than six months. Part of what makes the movie work as well as it does are the special effects, which were handled on a small budget, at least for this kind of picture, and this featurette digs into two aspects of this: the maze itself, and the monsters, called Grievers. And with profitability, comes a franchise, and the first follow up, The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, continues to add strong actors to the ever growing cast.

Reading the book, it has a unique hook, but I admittedly didn’t think much of the writing characterization. What it does well, however, is pacing and action, two things that translate to a movie screen, and it’s one of those stories that is tailor made for an adaptation. Director Wes Ball, working with limited resources, shot as much as he could practically, but given the size and scope of the setting and story, that just wasn’t possible.


30 Years Later Ernie Hudson Is Still Bitter About Ghostbusters, Here’s Why

winston-zeddemore2014 marks the 30th anniversary of one of our all-time favorite movies, Ivan Reitman’s Ghostbusters. While the main core of the group of beige jumpsuit wearing paranormal investigators is made up of four members, there’s a definite imbalance. Venkmen (Bill Murray), Egon (Harold Ramis), and Ray (Dan Aykroyd) are the primary focus, and while he plays an important role (especially in Ghostbusters 2), Ernie Hudson’s Winston Zeddmore gets the short end of the stick. Originally there was more to his character, and actor is still a little bitter about that.

In the special reunion issue of Entertainment Weekly, Hudson was invited to contribute and article, and what he wrote is truly revelatory. He thought his part was going to be something entirely different, and be a kind of career-making role, only to have it changed drastically in rewrites, leaving only what-ifs and lingering feelings of resentment.


Inception: Watch Someone’s Mom Recount Christopher Nolan’s Mind Bending Thriller

Christopher Nolan’s 2010 blockbuster Inception is one of those movies that has a nearly endless supply of interpretations. Watch it one time, it obviously means one thing. Watch it again at a later date, in a new frame of mind, it means something totally different. That’s one of the great things about movies and cinema, it can mean whatever the hell you want it to. But I don’t think there’s ever been a reading of Inception quite like this one, by somebody’s mother. There certainly hasn’t been one that’s this funny.

When it comes to movies, many of us have different takes than other people, especially when it comes to family members. (Occasionally I have to check with my dad just to make sure that we actually watched the same film, sometimes I swear we saw two very different things.) And that certainly appears to be the case with filmmaker Joe Nicolosi and his mother, who is the one recounting the movie that she watched.


Watch This Trailer For Star Wars: The Force Awakens, It’s Not What You Think

Star Wars: The Force Awakens as Episode VII of the beloved space opera franchise is now known, is still 400 or so days away, but your first look at a trailer is right here, right now. Okay, not exactly. While this video is in fact a trailer for something called Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it’s not the one you’re probably thinking of. Back in 2006, a fan made his very own film, interestingly enough called Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And this is the trailer for that.


Explore H.R. Giger’s Twisted World In This Trailer For The Documentary Dark Star

Swiss surrealist H.R. Giger is best known to the majority of us for creating one of the most harrowing, terrifying movie monsters of all time, the xenomorphs from Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi horror classic Alien. Sadly, he passed away earlier this year, back in May, but a new documentary seeks to examine his life and work, which is every bit as strange and interesting as you might expect. The first trailer for Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World has arrived, and you can check it out for yourself here.

Directed by Belinda Sallin, Dark World looks at the man behind the macabre, sexually charged artwork. The film peeks into the self-contained world he lived in, where he placed himself at the center, leaving everyone and everything else to revolve around him, which is where the Dark Star portion of the title originates. Only a few of his closest friends and underlings were allowed into this shadowy world he created for himself, and even then it wasn’t easy to navigate, but whereas he was once considered fringe, he has become recognized for his genius and contribution to the art world.


This Is What Darth Vader Originally Sounded Like, It’s Weird

The word iconic is thrown around a little too liberally, but when it comes to Darth Vader, perhaps the greatest villain in all of film, that’s the most appropriate description we can come up with, nothing else fits. Everything about the Star Wars baddie is emblematic, from his sleek, black look all the way down to his lightsaber and the way he moves. And his voice, oh that voice. It’s damn near impossible to think of Vader and hear the deep, raspy rumble of James Earl Jones. His is one of the most recognizable vocal performances of all time, but it wasn’t always the case. Check out this video to hear what Darth Vader, the man with the most authoritative vocal chords in the whole galaxy, originally sounded like. It’s not what you expect.

When George Lucas was filming Star Wars, what Vader sounded like was still up in the air. For such an important character, hitting on just the right voice was both a necessity and a challenge, and one the production didn’t have a handle on right away. During shooting, David Prowse, the bodybuilder who wore the distinctive suit, was the one delivering the lines from the script and working with the other actors.