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Hollywood's top production designers help us understand exactly what they do

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Production design is an often-overlooked element of filmmaking in the eyes of the public, but it plays as big a role in audience enjoyment, as does cinematography or sound. Three of Hollywood’s top production designers—François Audouy (Logan, Jurassic World), Hannah Beachler (Black Panther, Moonlight), and John Muto (…

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Odds And Sods: Logan’s production designer on bringing a not-quite post-apocalyptic world to life

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Logan surprised us earlier this year by being an uber-violent but measured character drama, a notable departure from most modern-day superhero flicks. The film paints a vivid picture of a somewhat post-apocalyptic United States where the majority of the country’s mutants have been wiped out. Helping bring this vision to life is production designer François Audouy. After a production designers’ autograph session at this year’s Comic-Con, we sat down with Audouy to see how he approached creating the world we see in Logan.
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Logan Concept Art Reveals Deleted Scene and Wolverine's Hideout

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Logan Concept Art Reveals Deleted Scene and Wolverine's Hideout
Fans are still talking about 20th Century Fox's superhero blockbuster Logan, which set the box office on fire in its opening weekend with a whopping $88.4 million, out-grossing both of the previous stand-alone Wolverine movies. As fans return to theaters for their second and third screenings of the film, new concept art has emerged from artist Shae Statz, who took to social media to share several of the early designs from the sequel. Among these sketches are an early look at Logan's desert hideout, along with the futuristic landscapes used in the casino and farm scenes.

Artist Shae Statz took to Twitter over the weekend, to share his artwork, the first of which is an exterior view of the desert hideout Logan lives in with Caliban (Stephen Merchant), where they both take care of an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart). This image is much different than the version in the finished film,
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Dracula Untold Blu-Ray Review

The only legitimately scary thing about the budding Universal Monsters franchise so far is that its launching platform, Dracula Untold, has about as much bite as the Twilight saga. If that sounds harsh, well, that’s because it’s meant to – as franchise starters go, this lazy actioner is as lifeless and absent-minded as they come, never supplying even the tiny amount of intelligence that would have been necessary to buy Dracula, that most reliable of movie monsters, as a sword-wielding action hero of the armor-clad variety.

Universal had an unenviable task in bringing its classic movie monsters, from the Prince of Darkness himself to the Bride of Frankenstein, to the big screen, but one imagines that they could have done better than Dracula Untold, which so cloaks its titular bloodsucker’s origin story in generic special effects and clunky dialogue to such an extent that one begins to forget
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Dracula Untold – The Blu Review

Dracula Untold didn’t get much love from critics when it played theatrically this fall (Jim Batts here at Wamg only gave it 1 ½ stars – read his review Here), but horror fans like myself were more forgiving. Dracula Untold is not really a horror film. It is a fantasy-action film with historical references to the Turkish or Ottoman Empire as it was known. This film is titled ‘Untold’, so I was glad to find new mythology, things I did not know about Dracula (at least according to these screenwriters,) and about how he became a vampire. It’s also supposedly the start of a new wave of films from Universal utilizing their classic monsters so I wish it had done better at the B.O.

I found Dracula Untold an enjoyable, well-paced adventure with horror overtones. Even the historical background is handled pretty well, given that it is basically a fantasy superimposed on real historical events.
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February 3rd Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Starry Eyes, Ouija, The Demon’s Rook

  • DailyDead
For the first week of February, horror fans should get those wallets ready as there’s a ton of great titles making their home entertainment debuts this Tuesday. We’ve got two stellar indie films to look forward to- The Demon’s Rook and Starry Eyes- and Universal is releasing two of their recent theatrical titles, Dracula Untold and Ouija, on Blu-ray and DVD as well.

As if that’s not enough, other notable titles you can add to your personal collection on the 3rd include Exists, The ABC’s of Death 2, Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard, John Wick and the cult classic Kull the Conqueror is making its way onto Blu for the first time ever too.

The Demon’s Rook (Cinedigm, DVD)

Chaos descends upon a quiet town when Roscoe, the pupil of a wizard monk from an ancient race of demons, unknowingly opens a portal that
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Giveaway – Win A Copy of Dracula Untold

One of the most enduring and captivating figures of all time unveils his beginnings in Dracula Untold, a gorgeously realized, never before seen, story of the legendary vampire’s origin story. Dracula Untold debuts on Digital HD on January 20, 2015 and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, including Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet™, and On Demand February 3, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Legendary Pictures.

For almost a century, the legend of Dracula has mesmerized audiences with the story of a charismatic royal who feasts on the blood of innocents after the sun goes down. Dracula Untold reveals the man behind the myth in the thrilling, action-packed tale of Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia (Luke EvansThe Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Fast & Furious 6), who makes a terrifying deal with a supernatural ally that will allow him to save his family and his country – at the cost of his soul.
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Dracula Untold Heading To Digital HD This January; DVD/Bluray Coming In February!

While Luke Evans has officially left the upcoming reboot of The Crow, one film that he definitely Was in this year, was Universal’s Dracula Untold. Divisive between most horror fans, who either loved or hated the “Dracula as an antihero” angle of the film, the film made a decent amount of money at the box office, leading Universal to rush the film into homes beginning January 20th for Digital and to Bluray/DVD on February 3rd.

“Witness the origin story of one of legend’s most captivating figures in the action-adventure, Dracula Untold. The year is 1462 and Transylvania has enjoyed a prolonged period of peace under the just and fair rule of the battle-weary Vlad III, the prince of Wallachia (Luke Evans, Fast & Furious 6, The Hobbit series). But when Sultan Mehmed II (Dominic Cooper, Captain America: The First Avenger) demands 1,000 of Wallachia’s boys – including Vlad’s own
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Dracula Untold Blu-ray / DVD Release Details & Cover Art

  • DailyDead
Vlad III, the prince of Wallachia, has a tough choice to make in Gary Shore’s Dracula Untold. He can either remain human and see his son unwillingly recruited into the vast army of Sultan Mehmed II, or he can become a monster and save his family. The early, human days of Bram Stoker’s timeless character, Dracula, are explored in Dracula Untold, which is hitting home media soon with an abundance of bonus features.

Coming out on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD on January 20th ahead of its On Demand release on February 3rd, Dracula Untold will feature the following bonus features courtesy of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Legendary Pictures (for more details, see the official press release and cover art below):

“Bonus Features Exclusive to Blu-ray

Alternate Opening Deleted Scenes The Land of Dracula – An exclusive interactive map that takes fans deep into Dracula’s mysterious world,
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Over 50 Things to Know About Luke Evans’ Take on Dracula from our Dracula Untold Set Visit

  • Collider.com
There are a lot of vampire films out there, perhaps too many, but the team behind Dracula Untold is out defy that by doing something different, combining historical facts with the fantastical. Bram Stoker’s Dracula may haven been inspired by Vlad the Impaler, but first-time feature writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless decided to take the connection literally. In Dracula Untold, Dracula is Vlad the Impaler. Back in September 2013, we got the chance to visit the film’s Belfast, Ireland set where stars Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon and Dominic Cooper as well as producer Alissa Phillips, production designer Francois Audouy and costume designer Ngila Dickson were all on hand to talk about what’s going to make their vampire movie a standout. Hit the jump for over 50 must-know facts about Dracula Untold. Click here to check out the trailer for Dracula Untold. The Story: At the start of the film,
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Bam! Pow! Zap! Behind Two of This Season's Hottest Home Vid Releases

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Two of 2013’s biggest movies in the superhero- and action-flick sphere are going to be served up as Blu-ray stocking stuffers over the next few weeks, and Bam! went behind the scenes on The Wolverine and Fast & Furious 6 in anticipation of the big scores from Santa. Superhero World Builder Francois Audouy has left his creative fingerprints on a startling array of seminal sci-fi and comic book-derived properties (along with more conventional movies), beginning by working in the art departments on films like Men in Black I and II, Spider-Man 1 and 2, Minority Report, I Am Legend and Avatar, then as art director for Transformers, Watchmen and Green Lantern, and ultimately as production designer on Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and The Wolverine....

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Mutant Gaijin: The Making of The Wolverine

Trevor Hogg chats with visual effects supervisors Phil Brennan, Martin Hill, Tim Crosbie, Glenn Melenhorst, James Rogers, Bryan Godwin, Viktor Muller; effects technical director Prema Paetsch and previs director Clint Reagan about such things as claws, nuclear explosions, shedding skin, and a Silver Samurai which all appear in The Wolverine. Beware there are spoilers...

“I ran into some people at Fox who thought I would be a good fit with Jim [Mangold] so I arranged a chat with him,” recalls Phil Brennan (Snow White and the Huntsman) as to how he became the visual effects supervisor for The Wolverine (2013). “We got along well and decided straightaway to go ahead and do it.” With a resume which includes the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line (2005), Western remake 3:10 to Yuma (2007), action-comedy Knight and Day (2010), and police drama Cop Land (1997), James Mangold makes his comic book movie directorial debut. “Jim is a big
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The Week in Spandex - Superman vs. Batman, Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Spider-Man, Kick-Ass 2 and more

Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Superman and Batman, Aquaman, Arrow, Wonder Woman, The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Force, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Agent Carter, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Venom, Kick-Ass 2, Beware the Batman, Teen Titans Go!, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, Justice League: War, The Awesomes and more...

Last weekend saw California hosting the annual celebration of geek culture with the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International, and boy what a year it was for fans of superheroes. We'll start things off with Warner Bros., who made arguably the biggest announcement of the weekend - and one that would have been a Huge surprise, had the news not broke online mere hours before - at the conclusion of its Saturday panel
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Interview - Production Designer François Audouy talks about The Wolverine

With Hugh Jackman's latest X-Men outing set to open in cinemas this week, we chat with production designer Francois Audouy about how he created the distinctive look of The Wolverine, filming on the streets of Tokyo and remote Japanese fishing villages, designing the spectacular sets and working with director James Mangold...

Darker than ever before, Logan/Wolverine has lost his connection to the world at the start of James Mangold’s compelling film, which is more film noir than classic comic book movie. A man unmoored, deeply troubled, angry and in crisis, Logan, played once again by Oscar nominated actor Hugh Jackman, has lost everyone he has ever loved and no longer has a purpose or reason to live. Summoned to Tokyo by Master Yashida, an influential Japanese businessman, he is immediately involved in the complex web of intrigue surrounding the powerful family.

“It’s a journey picture in
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'The Wolverine' TwitPic Round Up: James Mangold Reveals Behind The Scenes Photos

by Brett White

"The Wolverine" director James Mangold has been using his Twitter feed to talk a walk down memory lane, posting pictures from the film's production as the film nears it's July 26 release date.

Two of the tweets below show the director himself on set, directing actors and action sequences. Another tweet was taken this week, and announces that the film's score recording and sound mixing has begun. And the last tweet shows off Hugh Jackman getting up close and personal with Hiro Sanada. There aren't any major revelations to be found in any of the tweets, but it's still nice to see "The Wolverine" get a Twitter treatment similar to "The Amazing Spider-Man 2."

You can check out all four Tweets below.

Some more pix. Directing a Kendo sequence at the Yashida Compound. twitter.com/mang0ld/status…

James Mangold (@mang0ld) May 14, 2013

Working with the great Hal Yamanouchi who plays the ailing Yashida.
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The Wolverine Behind-the-Scenes Photos

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Director James Mangold is in the home stretch on The Wolverine, as this Marvel mutant standalone feature enters the scoring and mixing stages. He has tweeted three new photos, offering a look at the progress, along with an image of Hal Yamanouchi as Logan’s master Yashida, and the director moving through the paces of a Kendo sequence at the Yashida compound. Check them out, along with the Tweets from the director himself: Working with the great Hal Yamanouchi who plays the ailing Yashida. Note the “pin bed” Francois Audouy and I designed twitter.com/mang0ld/status… — James Mangold (@mang0ld) May 14, 2013 We are in the home...
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The Wolverine Behind-the-Scenes Photos with Hugh Jackman and Hal Yamanouchi

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The Wolverine Behind-the-Scenes Photos with Hugh Jackman and Hal Yamanouchi
Director James Mangold is in the home stretch on The Wolverine, as this Marvel mutant standalone adventure enters the scoring and mixing stages. James has tweeted three new photos, offering a look at the progress, along with an image of Hal Yamanouchi as Logan's master Yashida, and the director moving through the paces of a Kendo sequence at the Yashida compound. Check them out, along with the Tweets from the director himself.

Some more pix. Directing a Kendo sequence at the Yashida Compound. twitter.com/mang0ld/status…

James Mangold (@mang0ld) May 14, 2013

Working with the great Hal Yamanouchi who plays the ailing Yashida. Note the "pin bed" Francois Audouy and I designed twitter.com/mang0ld/status…

James Mangold (@mang0ld) May 14, 2013

We are in the home stretch as we begin recording the score and mixing the film this week. twitter.com/mang0ld/status…

James Mangold (@mang0ld
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New Behind The Scenes Production Tweet From The Wolverine

Some more pix. Directing a Kendo sequence at the Yashida Compound. twitter.com/mang0ld/status…— James Mangold (@mang0ld) May 14, 2013 The trailer reveals that a lot of action takes place at the Yashida Compound, which is a slight departure from the original story told by comic book writer Chris Claremont. The trailer revealed that the Compound is very large and also has a section comprised entirely of scientific laboratories. Working with the great Hal Yamanouchi who plays the ailing Yashida. Note the "pin bed" Francois Audouy and I designed twitter.com/mang0ld/status…— James Mangold (@mang0ld) May 14, 2013 An interesting tweet, as we have three characters listed as playing Yashida, Yamanouchi, Hiroyuki Sanada and Ken Yamamura. We know there's a flashback involved with Wolverine and Yashida but why three actors to play the same character? Examining the actors, there appears to be an elderly, middle-aged and young Yashida in the film.
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'Wolverine' Director James Mangold Tweets Behind-The-Scenes Photos

Just like Bryan Singer, Marc Webb and Jeff Wadlow, "The Wolverine" director James Mangold is doing his best to get fans hyped for his new movie by sharing plenty of tidbits from the set on social media. The latest image he's posted shows production being completed on a gorgeous "The Wolverine" set.

"A shot from when we finished work on one of Francois Audouy's amazing sets. There's a world through that blast hole," he tweeted.

That's not the only image Mangold has shared with fans recently. He also released a photo of leading man Hugh Jackman looking extra buff chopping wood on a beach. It's good to see Jackman has put back on all that weight he lost as Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables."

"A production snap from shooting a wood chopping scene in Omishima. We found an eight inch caterpillar that morning," Mangold tweeted.

While we're all for
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Another Set Photo from James Mangold’s The Wolverine Starring Hugh Jackman

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Another Set Photo from James Mangold’s The Wolverine Starring Hugh Jackman
Director James Mangold has gotten Tweetpic-happy for his upcoming film, The Wolverine.  Over the last several days, he's been releasing set photos, and he's released another one today.  His latest image shows a blast-hole through one of Francois Audouy's sets.  No offense to Mr. Mangold, but it's probably best to stick with images of Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) rather than intentional set damage. Hit the jump to check out the set photo.  The film also stars Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Brian Tee, Rila Fukushima, Tao Okamoto and Svetlana KhodchenkovaThe Wolverine opens in 3D on July 26th. Via James Mangold. Here's the official synopsis for The Wolverine: Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine, the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle
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