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‘Now You See Me’: The Magic Behind the Movie

Now_You_See_Me_Blu_RayNow You See Me may have opened at number two with a modest $29.4 million, but three months later, the film is still in theaters, has accumulated over $300 million worldwide, and earned itself a sequel. And that’s all before the Four Horsemen wow the crowds on home video. In honor of the film’s September 3 DVD and Blu-ray release, we take a look back at some of the best behind-the-scenes magic tricks, straight from the Now You See Me 5 Pointz set.

Producer Bobby Cohen pointed out, “If I do a magic trick in front of you right now, if I pull a rabbit out of a hat, it has power, right? Because it’s right in front of you. But, a movie audience, if they see you pull a rabbit out of a hat, they go, ‘Well, you know, you did a CG thing or you turned the camera off and then you put the rabbit in and turned the camera back on.’” Sounds pretty accurate, right? That’s one of the major challenges Cohen and company faced with Now You See Me, but the filmmakers also had a plan to ensure they pulled it off. Cohen elaborated, “The way to make a movie about magic work is that the whole movie itself has to be a trick, and so that’s sort of what we’ve done. We’ve constructed the whole movie as if it has sort of the three acts of a great trick, and that was really fun to do.”

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Review: Warm Bodies

Warm-Bodies-PosterThe key to restarting a zombie’s heart is a pretty girl. The key to making a big screen supernatural/human relationship work is lightening up.

We’re in the midst of a zombie apocalypse and R (Nicholas Hoult) is amongst the living dead. He calls a defunct airport home and spends his days lumbering around, occasionally bumping into or grunting at his zombie cohorts until they’re hungry enough to venture into the big city for some eats. While R does find something tasty to gnaw on, he also encounters some unexpected eye candy – Julie (Teresa Palmer). Rather than make Julie the next item on his menu, R vows to keep her safe, shielding her from his flesh-eating buddies and escorting her to the airport.

A vampire/human romance is one thing, but a zombie/human relationship is an especially tough sell. The “Warm Bodies” book takes itself very seriously but, thanks to effective narration, quality character development and the power of a reader’s imagination, it’s easy to get on board. With the audience’s imagination no longer in play with the big screen version, presenting “Warm Bodies” in a dark, dramatic fashion would have made it nearly impossible to convey the story in a believable manner. However, Jonathan Levine manages to adapt the source material in the best possible way, keeping key plot points and character details intact, but infusing the tale with an unexpected yet wildly appropriate degree of humor.

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See What Happened When We Played a Zombie in ‘Warm Bodies’

Perri-Warm-Bodies-WardrobeIn a post-apocalyptic world ridden with zombies, the goal is always not to become one yourself. But c’mon, who hasn’t wondered what they’d look like lumbering around decked out in grimy zombie garb? Well, my day in the living dead spotlight finally arrived! I got the opportunity to hit the set of Jonathan Levine’s Warm Bodies, have the life sucked out of me and join R (Nicholas Hoult) on set for a run-in with the Bonies.

Things kicked off bright and early with a group of nice, clean reporters congregating in a hotel lobby, waiting for the production van to arrive and take us to set at the Montréal-Mirabel International Airport, a location you might remember from The Terminal. However, Hugo Boss and Viktor Navorski’s home sweet home, Gate 67, are long gone and the location has been transformed into the Isaac Marion International Airport, named after the author of the book Warm Bodies.

“We try to make people look like these are the clothes they wore when they died …”

But before we trekked through the airport ruins, it was straight into wardrobe. For those of you who’ve met me in the flesh, you know I’m more of a jeans, T-shirt and Vans type of girl. Apparently nobody informed the Warm Bodies wardrobe department because there was a low-cut shirt, skirt and high-heel boots waiting for me to slip into. As costume designer George L. Little explained, “We try to make people look like these are the clothes they wore when they died, not just a costume, so try to dress to the face before the makeup.” I don’t know what it is about my face that says business lady, club-goer crossover, but hey, I’m about to become a zombie — might as well go all in!

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Review: 21 Jump Street

I’m not the laugh out loud type. You know that silent laugh where you hold it inside, smile and kind of bop up and down a bit? That’s me, so when I find a film that earns a boisterous laugh, you know, the kind where you just can’t stop and it becomes a bit embarrassing, I know I’ve got to recommend a movie.

Schmidt’s (Jonah Hill) got the brains and Jenko (Channing Tatum) the brawns; you’d think they’d make a solid team. The guys may be best buds, but when it comes to their police work, splitting the necessary skills isn’t particularly conducive to the gig. While busting some bad guys at the local park, Schmidt lets his suspect get away and Jenko forgets to read him the Miranda rights, leading the Deputy Chief to decide they’re both completely incompetent and banish them to 21 Jump Street, a station that specializes in doling out undercover high school assignments to officers with baby faces.

Soon enough, Schmidt and Jenko assume their new identities, Brad and Doug. Well, Schmidt was meant to be Brad, the student with a course load full of AP classes while Doug got the drama one and the lengthy sports resume, but a little mishap results in the wrong guy snagging the wrong file. Regardless, they must stay on mission – find the students responsible for dealing the deadly drug HFS and track down their supplier.

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