Today in Movie Culture: ‘Downton Abbey’ Recap, the Real Science Behind ‘Ad Astra’ and More

Today in Movie Culture: ‘Downton Abbey’ Recap, the Real Science Behind ‘Ad Astra’ and More

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:

 

Franchise Recap of the Day

The Downton Abbey movie arrives in theaters this weekend, and whether you’ve never seen the PBS TV series or you’ve forgotten what happened since it went off the air, you’re going to need a refresher on the story before you go. Fortunately, Focus Features has created this recap video to explain or remind you:

 

Movie Science of the Day

When you’re making a space movie that’s grounded in reality, a la James Gray’s Ad Astra, you want to make sure your ships are designed with a level of authenticity. In this video, the filmmaker visits Lockheed Martin to discuss the science behind the “uncool” but plausible production design concepts for the movie:

 

Expert Movie Watcher of the Day

Speaking of the science of movies about space and space travel, with Ad Astra opening this weekend and Lucy in the Sky coming out in a few weeks, here’s a New York Magazine video featuring former NASA astronaut Mike Massimino commenting on the authenticity of cinema’s portrayals of cryo-sleep, black holes, light speed travel and more:

 

Easter Eggs of the Day

Usually Easter eggs consist of references and homages and maybe secret inside jokes, but sometimes they can be hidden phantoms of villainous characters. Such as in It Chapter Two, which features Pennywise lurking where you may not have noticed. WhatCulture points out all his surprise appearances in this video:

 

Fan Art of the Day

What if Pennywise was a cartoon character? A lot of fan art inspired by It Chapter Two is pretty scary, so it’s refreshing to see this two-part take on the dancing clown as if he was from an animated feature. Even when the goofy version becomes the blood-soaked villain, he’s more fun than ferocious:

 

Character in Close Up

Speaking of Pennywise, the evil dancing clown has a strange and mysterious origin story, parts of which are still unknown at least in the movies. But Screen Rant has some ideas about the character’s background as revealed or hinted at in It Chapter Two. Here’s a video on theories about the evil dancing clown’s story:

 

Cosplay of the Day

We may never run out of awesome Pennywise cosplay to share. There have especially been a lot of women fans online lately dressed as the evil dancing clown. This one, seen attending the Supercrawl festival in Ontario over the weekend, is the scariest we’ve seen in days:

 

Plot Song Parody of the Day

Now, let’s move on to one of the Losers Club members and focus on Beverly. Here’s a plot song from the perspective of the character, played as an adult by Jessica Chastain in It Chapter Two, that is mostly focused on the love postcard she received as a teen. The parody by KingHenryTheEtch and Jennifer Victor is set to the tune of “Shallow” from A Star is Born:

 

VFX Breakdown of the Day

We’ve shared a number of visual effects breakdowns for Avengers: Endgame, but now it’s time for Weta Digital to showcase their own work for the epic Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbuster. This video specifically presents their effects of the third act battle between the Avengers and Thanos:

 

High School Assembly of the Day

A ton of kids from the PAC Dance Team at Walden Grove High School in Sahuarita, Arizona, performed a special tribute to the Marvel Cinematic Universe at their latest pep rally. Watch as the costumed students interpret the events of Avengers: Endgame in their gymnasium:

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