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Where was Zoolander 2 filmed?

Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson are back 15 years after releasing the original Zoolander movie. This time they come very well accompanied by Penelope Cruz, acting as an ultra cool Interpol global fashion edition agent. The second episode of this crazy comedy about the world of fashion takes us to Italy. Zoolander No. 2 was filmed in the legendary Cinecittà Studios, and the majority of the shooting took place in the streets of Rome.

The filming locations are some of the most iconic landmarks of the city: the Pantheon, the Caracalla baths, Piazza Venezia, the Colosseum... and the Square Colosseum, a fascinating building not so very well known. The movie is giving us a grand tour of the Eternal City, at the same time that includes priceless cameos like (oh, spoiler!) the death of Justin Bieber:

Where was Zoolander 2 filmed

The land of towers in the Caucasus: 14 spectacular villages where every house was a fortress

The Caucasus mountains have been always a land of warriors and survivors. Highlanders not only have to endure severe winters in remote villages, remaining cut off from the rest of the world. In addition, for centuries many armies and empires made their way through these valleys, nested in the border between Asia and Europe.

But the inhabitants of these journeyed areas, instead of building castles and citadels, they organized themselves in a different way. Every household erected its own fortified tower. This may be because the villagers also had to cope with a closer lethal enemy: their own neighbors. Blood feuds between families used to be the order of the day. More or less as it happened in the Italian town of San Gimignano, that still preserves a dozen of its tower houses.

So in case of conflict, clan members ran to lock themselves in the family's bastion. All these circumstances produced a fantastic defensive architecture specialized in building towers, that we can find in Georgia and in the Russian Republics of Ingushetia and North Ossetia. Also in Chechnya and Dagestan are hundreds of these tall strongholds, often surrounded by spectacular scenery. You can find a map with some of the locations at the end of this post.


All along the Georgian watchtowers

Caucasian towers

Where was The Revenant filmed?

The Filming locations for The Revenant capture the splendor of an epic landscape, and also the tough conditions of survival - and filming - in such a frigid environment. The 11 months of shooting was notoriously complicated. The Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman, Amores Perros) was very clear from the beginning: it would not be a green-screen production; 93% of the movie takes place in exterior locations.

All actors are happy having a hot tea and relaxing in a studio between shoots. This would not be the case here: the filmmakers were looking for remote locations to give the feel of wilderness in snowy virgin conditions. Lead actor Leonardo DiCaprio declared that he had to do 30 or 40 of the hardest sequences of his career.

The weather was a major issue for this project. At first, The Revenant was only to be filmed in an extensive area near Calgary in Alberta, Canada, plus a scene shot in the neighboring state of Montana in the USA. But due to the lack of snow, the production had to move to southern tip of South America in Argentina. Contains no spoilers!

The Revenant Filming Locations

The new 2015 UNESCO World Heritage sites in 24 beautiful pictures

This is the fifth compilation with the best images from the new UNESCO World Heritage that we publish in Atlas of Wonders, a project already five years old. Following these links you can also have a look to the places that achieved the recognition in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

The list includes a bit more than a thousand sites, 1,031 in total:

Diyarbakir

Where was Point Break filmed?

Do you remember the gang of bank robbers and crazy surfers, played by Patrick Swayze and the undercover FBI agent Keanu Reeves? The cult film of 1991 is back, in a remake where the action is going to be expanded also to wingsuit flying, BASE jumping, snowboarding, free rock climbing, and motorcycling.

These sports aren't only sports, they are very dangerous things to do. And for the movie they are not executed by stuntmen, but by the best athletes from all over the world in each of these extreme disciplines. This way, a series of ultimate ordeals (as they are called in the film), are integrated into a story that gives continuity to the movie. So don't be surprised if at some (break) point, the plot becomes secondary. Just enjoy these incredible performances, as they are for real!

The filming locations of this new Point Break are also not short of superlatives: From the jungle in Venezuela and Mexico, to the surfing Mecca of Tahiti and Hawaii, not forgetting the landscapes and mountain highs in Switzerland, Austria, and Italy. Counting all the places, including some minor locations, the movie has been filmed in up to 10 different countries:

Point Break Waterfall

Where was Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens filmed?

There was a lot of secrecy around the filming locations of the new Star Wars movie. But finally, the continuation of the saga created by George Lucas has been released, and it's confirmed that The Force Awakens has been filmed basically in England, Ireland, Iceland and the United Arab Emirates.

As usual, we'll try not to talk too much about the movie's plot to avoid any spoiler. However, this is Star Wars VII, and the story begins about 30 years after the events of the 1983 film, Return of the Jedi. The Empire has been reorganized and is now known as the First Order.

The cast includes Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill from the original Star Wars trilogy. Instead of Lucas, this time the director's chair goes to J.J. Abrams. He's got a long experience in the science fiction genre, and you may hate or love him for his work in productions like the TV series Lost.

The Force Awakens Locations

Where was Macbeth Filmed?

Here's a look at some of the stunning locations of the highly-anticipated new adaptation of Macbeth. The William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy is timeless, no matter how much time goes by since it was written. It will be always there to remind us of the consequences of the lust for power and destructive ambition.

The Australian director Justin Kurzel is in charge of a production led by the Holywood stars Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard and Elizabeth Debicki. The quality of this film is backed by the enthusiastic reception that it got at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, where Macbeth was competing for the prestigious Palme d'Or.

The play is set in Scotland (as the Mac prefix to family names suggests), and filming took place there and also in England:

Macbeth Ely

 
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