How Did They Do That Quicksilver Scene in “X-Men: Days of Future Past?”

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The most mind-blowing scene in the blockbuster “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is when the Quicksilver character played by Evan Peters stops time and rearranges everything from the trajectories of bullets seemingly suspended in air to the positions of the soldiers’ arms and legs.  CinemaBlend explains how it was done.

By speeding up the frame rate on everything but Evan Peters, you could then film the actor at regular speed, and when combined together, it would make Quicksilver appear as if he’s moving 150-times faster than everything and everyone around him. This allows Singer to let Peters manipulate his surroundings – moving a bullet or shifting a security guard’s arm – without disrupting the scene.

Be sure to check out the full description.  That’s why they call it movie magic.

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Trailer: Magic in the Moonlight from Woody Allen

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Woody Allen’s latest seems like a variation on many of his favorite themes, from magicians (“Curse of the Jade Scorpion,” “Scoop,” “New York Stories”) to the disruptive impact of a lovely young woman (many, many films).  And, as always, he has a great cast.

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Contest: A Tiger’s Tail

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This is the story of young boy named Billy, his lovable dog, Buster, an adorable, curious tiger cub named Luna.  When Billy accidentally brings home Luna from a wild animal park, he turns to his best friend, Koby, and his faithful canine companion Buster to find a way to bring Luna back safely. A Tiger’s Tail is an amazing story of teamwork that celebrates the incredible and unpredictable journey of life and PURRfect friendships formed along the way.

And I have a copy to give away!  Send an email to moviemom@moviemom.com with Tiger in the subject line and tell me your favorite fictional feline.  Don’t forget your address!  (US addresses only).  I’ll pick a winner at random on June 9, 2014.  Good luck!

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More About Maleficent

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My friend Leslie Combemale, movie critic and animation expert, wrote a great post about the Maleficent character.  I was so glad she included information about the great character actor Eleanor Audley. who voiced Maleficent and also the evil stepmother in “Cinderella.”  Here she is being magnificently snooty in Douglas Sirk’s “All that Heaven Allows.”

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