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'Dancing With the Stars': Hidden Gems of Week 3!

Studies have shown that Hidden Gems of the Week, EW.com’s collection of reader-submitted ridiculata, is the best way to enjoy Dancing With the Stars without ever having to turn it on. It’s a visual feast of sparkles, fringe, and flesh. Ready to go down the rabbit hole? Behold this bountiful smattering of Visible Gems! READ FULL STORY

'Social Network': Director David Fincher explains the CG magic behind the Winklevoss twins

Hammer-PenceAudiences are seeing double this weekend in The Social Network, which features two characters based on the real life Winklevoss twins — a pair of 6’5″ future-Olympian rowers who claim that Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) swiped their idea for a social networking site. Stick around for the end credits and you’ll see that the twins are actually played by two actors, Armie Hammer and Josh Pence. Yet they look — and sound — completely identical. How did they do that?

According to director David Fincher, it was simple — although keep in mind that this is the same guy who put Brad Pitt’s face on a baby in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Hammer played the main twin in each shot. For shots that included both twins at the same time, Pence stood in for the second twin; Hammer later went into a studio, where he strapped his head into a harness to film that twin’s face and voice, which was then digitally superimposed over Pence’s face in the film. The result is a sort of hybrid actor with Hammer’s head and Pence’s body. Intricate split-screens and rotoscoping were also used for some shots. Piece of cake, right? “After Benjamin Button, you go, ‘It can be done,’” says Fincher. “Give us a case of Red Bull and a weekend, and we’ll figure this out.”

The director insists that he didn’t use all this CGI wizardry just for kicks. “For a long time, I held out for this idea that we were going to find two 6’5″ 220-pound scullers who were going to be able to act,” he laughs. “So we looked and we looked and we looked and finally, probably about four weeks out from shooting, I just said, this is crazy. We’re never going to be able to get [it]. We need an actor. We need one person to play two people.”

Fincher found that person in Armie Hammer, an actor who shared both the Winklevoss’ build and high-society charm. (In real life, Hammer is heir to the Armand Hammer oil fortune.) But the director still needed another actor to play the twin stand-in, so he made an appeal to Pence, an in-demand male model. “I said, “Look, if you agree to do this, all the over-the-shoulders are going to be you, you gotta learn all the lines, you gotta be there for every shoot day,’” recalls Fincher, “‘And when push comes to shove, I’m gonna lop your head off and put Armie’s head on you. It’s gonna be a completely thankless task.’ He’s so awesome. He said, ‘I’d love to do it.’”

How do you think they did, PopWatchers? Were you convinced that the Winklevoss twins were actually played by two people? And do you think Hammer deserves an Oscar nomination for the role?

More ‘Social Network’:
EW Review: ‘The Social Network’
Dave Karger: Can ‘The Social Network’ snag three Best Supporting Actor nods?
Dave Karger’s video chat with ‘Social Network’ stars and screenwriter
‘Social Network’: Natalie Portman was Aaron Sorkin’s secret weapon

Image Credit: Armie Hammer: Marion Curtis/Startraksphoto.com; Josh Pence:
Theo Wargo/WireImage.com

New 'Harry Potter' posters aren't playing around

Harry-Potter-HermioneI don’t know if I’ve ever been as invested in a movie as I am Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I. I’ve already teared up reading about the cast talking about how it looks like a war film with the massive destruction done to Hogwarts. The new posters, featuring Harry, Hermione, and Ron on the run with their wands drawn and the tagline “Nowhere is safe,” preys upon that intense reaction (which was echoed by more than one reader). They’re dirty and bruised and looking over their shoulders in a way no teen should ever have to. We’ve built such a relationship with those characters over seven thick books and six films that I almost feel like this will be a new 3-D experience. An emotional one. We’ll have the urge to reach out to help them — or run. Check out Harry’s and Ron’s posters below. Effective marketing?
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The new 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' trailer: So much to see! So little time!

Deathly-Hollows-006Image Credit: Jaap BuitendijkIf the first full trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows left me riddled with goosebumples, today’s new HP7 trailer — focusing exclusively on Part 1 of the “EPIC FINALE,” out Nov. 19 — left me catching my breath. Mostly from excitement, sure, but also from exhaustion: It’s a roughly two minute barrage of you’d-better-not-blink shots designed to goose Potter-heads with glimpses of all the new (and returning) characters, and iconic sequences and moments, we’ve been practically feverish to see on screen. Ooo that’s Bill Nighy as new Minister of Magic Rufus Scrimgeour and wait now Voldemort’s peering into Dumbledore’s tomb and oh hey there’s the gravesite of Harry’s parents and eek it’s Prof. Snape by Voldemort’s side and hang on Imelda Staunton’s back as the diabolically pink Dolores Umbridge and whoa Harry, Ron and Hermione barely missed that double-decker bus in central London and…you get the idea. Check out the jam-packed trailer for yourself: READ FULL STORY

'Dancing With the Stars': Your Hidden Gems of the season 11 performance premiere!

Studies have shown that Hidden Gems of the Week, EW.com’s collection of reader-submitted ridiculata, is the best way to enjoy Dancing With the Stars without ever having to turn it on. It’s a visual feast of sparkles, fringe, and flesh. Ready to go down the rabbit hole? Behold this bountiful smattering of Visible Gems! READ FULL STORY

Children reenact 'Inception' trailer with household items and their dog

Remember how awesome the Inception trailer was? Then remember when everyone decided they needed to make their own spoof version? (Dora’s Incepcion, anyone?) Everyone wanted in on summer’s blockbuster hit. The people over at MakerBaker (they make and bake things, hence the name) are a little late to the game, but I think it was well worth the wait.

They decided to reenact the trailer using things they found around the house. I have to say they do a pretty good job. For a refresher, take a look at the original Inception trailer here. Then, watch the MakerBaker’s version after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Lunchtime Poll: Does 'Nutcracker in 3D' need dancing?

Some elements of the trailer for Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky’s The Nutcracker in 3D make sense: Elle Fanning plays a blank slate/child, Nathan Lane is a kindly uncle, and John Turturro is a Rat King. Virtually everything else is jarring! Rat King’s rage blackout at 1:42, the Nutcracker’s nickname “NC” (-17?), a killer helicopter that can jog. What strikes me as the oddest thing — other than the fact that NC’s face is a dead ringer for the orange lady in the classic Sesame Street clip “Orange Sings Carmen,” — is the lack of dancing. Does it even matter? Does anything matter anymore? Watch the trailer and vote below. READ FULL STORY

Jon Hamm's eyebrows even sexier, more expressive in the harsh light of morning television

Jon Hamm, TV’s Draper, appeared on this morning’s Today show to discuss The Town (out Friday; EW gives it an A-) and tickle us with an invisible feather about how of course he knows how the rest of Mad Men‘s season 4 will play out for drunkie Don, but we the loyal viewers will just have to wait. “I’m not going to spoil it for those who may want to watch,” he said as I thanked him with all of my heart for bestowing upon us such a benevolent favor.

Don’t worry, Hamm promises, The Town, Ben Affleck’s Boston-based film about cops and robbers, will be “lo-fi” with “no CGI.” Also, quick observation: “Star Market” is the perfect clichéd thing to say to let people know you’re attempting a Boston accent in a movie.

Five more cute Jon Hamm eyebrow shots — plus the actual video — after the break. These pics were made for tilin’, and that’s just what you’ll do. READ FULL STORY

Blasphemous Lunchtime Poll: Big Bird vs. Snuffy

Snuffy-vs-Big-BirdImage Credit: Everett Collection (2)The Sesame Street Twitter feed has become my go-to web savior during the darkest moments of my most dismal days. Today’s tweet nearly sent me over the edge. “Big Bird: Even though Snuffy’s a Snuffleupagus and I’m a bird, we’re best friends. Friends don’t always have to be the same!” Bird is right. Time to rebuild some of your former friendships with weirdos. But first, you should vote.

Fun fact from EW.com photo editor Jef Cifra-Castro: “There’s no photos of Snuffy NOT hugging Big Bird!” Okay I have to go to hell now. See you there/bye.

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PopWatch category: Skarsgard Your Loins
All Lunchtime Polls on PopWatch

Annie on Twitter: @EWAnnieBarrett

Lunchtime Poll: Don Draper's new hit single?

Is anyone considering taking up swimming after last night’s Mad Men? I was going to start jogging one of these days, but that’s so pedestrian. I’m a woman of distinction in New York City. I gotta own it. I gotta go swimming. Swimming is my new thing. You should also be swimming. We should all be in pools all the time. I could blog from the pool. Yes, it is settled. I am going to swim the hell out of autumn.

Don Draper in a Swimsuit. Thank you AMC. Vote below.

Read more:
‘Mad Men’ recap: A swimmingly good time
All Jon Hamm-related items on PopWatch

Annie on Twitter: @EWAnnieBarrett

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