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The Academy Celebrates The 88th Oscar Contenders At Annual Luncheon

8 February 2016 6:31 PM, PST | | See recent news »

More than 150 Oscar nominees came together at noon on Monday at the Beverly Hilton as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored this year’s Oscar contenders at its annual Nominees Luncheon.

From Left to Right:

Seated: Adam Benzine, Paul Massey, Michael Standish, Chris Jenkins, Randy Thom, Jason Smith, Josh Cooley, Maryann Brandon, Richard Williams, Patrick Vollrath, Ed Lachman, Mary Parent, David Acord, Anders Langland, Henry Hughes, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Tom Yellin

First Row: Rosa Tran, Jacqueline West, Ed Guiney, Evgeny Afineevsky, Matthew Shumway, Amy Hobby, Jonas Rivera, Gregg Rudloff, Signe Byrge Sorensen, Love Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Courtney Marsh, Nomi Talisman, Mark Ruffalo, Diane Warren, Paco Delgado, Bryan Cranston, Jistin Wilkes, Blye Pagon Faust, Roger Guyett, Basil Khalil, Drew Kunin, Sian Grigg, Andrea Berloff,

Second Row:Adam Stockhausen, Tom McArdle, Keith Redmon, Damian Martin, Ale Abreu, Matthew Heineman, Matt Damon, Bernhard Henrich, Cameron Waldbauer, Alan Robert Murray, »

- Michelle McCue

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Ves Visual Effects Awards Winners

2 February 2016 10:54 PM, PST | | See recent AwardsDaily news »

(thanks to Wayman for the tip, and Deadline for the list) 4 award for the Force Awakens, 3 for The Revenant (all about the bear), and 1 for Fury Road. Outstanding Visual Effects »

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Explore the creatures, worlds and action of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in new VFX video

30 January 2016 1:20 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Variety has posted an in-depth video exploring the visual effects of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which sees visual effects supervisors Roger Guyett and Patrick Tubach, creature supervisor Neal Scanlan and special effects supervisor Chris Corbould reveal the artistry behind the film’s droid hero Bb-8, its its creatures, alien worlds, action sequences and more. Check it out here…

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar), in addition to Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year), Andy Serkis (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina), John Boyega (Attack the Block »

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How the ‘Star Wars’ Visual Effects Team Reawakened the Force (Video)

28 January 2016 1:58 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“This will begin to make things right,” goes the first line of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” It’s a sly double entendre, as it promises a return to the joyous spirit of the original trilogy — and a rejection of the lifeless, synthetic feeling of the prequels, which frustrated many fans.

The original “Star Wars” (later renamed “Episode IV: A New Hope”) astonished audiences with both its imagination and its novelty. So what if it was a deliberately hokey genre mashup with cheesy dialogue? Visually, it was unlike anything that had ever been seen before, and it explored mythic themes through a fully realized cinematic universe, long before that term was fashionable.

As shown in a special double episode of Variety‘s Artisans video series (pictured), director J.J. Abrams, visual-effects supervisor Roger Guyett and the massive effects team of “The Force Awakens” wanted to recapture that energy and heighten the franchise’s sense of realism. »

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The Force Awakens Bits: The Wackiest Rey Theory Yet, A Real Life Starkiller Base, One Very Cool Fan-Made Poster

22 January 2016 5:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Now that Star Wars: Episode 8 has been delayed seven months, we can even more time luxuriating in some precious The Force Awakens Bits! In today’s edition: Ilm Visual Effects Supervisor Roger Guyett talks about creating Supreme Leader Snoke. A very impressive, Struzan-inspired Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster. A Rey theory that requires a tinfoil […]

The post The Force Awakens Bits: The Wackiest Rey Theory Yet, A Real Life Starkiller Base, One Very Cool Fan-Made Poster appeared first on /Film. »

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Documentary Takes You Behind The Special Effects Curtain

21 January 2016 12:39 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It’s true…all of it, visual effects work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens was no mean feat, and in their latest in-depth episode, FXGuide peel back the curtain to reveal the movie magic that fired J.J. Abrams’ film to box office glory.

Disney and Lucasfilm may have pulled down a premature VFX breakdown late last week, though today’s documentary is a much more official play-by-play breakdown, featuring interviews with regular Abrams cohort Roger Guyett and many of the creative team at Industrial Light and Magic.

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Whether its the engineering that allowed Bb-8 to leap from the concept art in all of his spherical glory or the meticulous design that helped bring The Force Awakens‘ environments to life. Perhaps what’s more interesting than all of that, though, is the ways in which Abrams, Guyett and the VFX team married practical effects and computer-generated images. »

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' visual effects wizards on recapturing style of original (Exclusive Video)

21 January 2016 8:24 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Veteran visual effects supervisors Roger Guyett and Pat Tubach are past Oscar nominees but readily admit to being nervous about working on one of the most highly anticipated films of all time: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” During our recent webcam chat (watch above), they spoke candidly about taking on this task. “We all need a little pressure, don’t we?,” laughs Guyett.  -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions Satisfying fans of the original series was always going to prove daunting. Indeed, as Guyett puts it, “Pressure means it’s a huge challenge and it’s a lot of fun, and somehow you don’t want to lose sight of that in the middle of all this and melt into a pool of jelly on the floor.” The film, directed by J.J. Abrams, blends practical and computer generated effects. It recaptures the style of the first film, »

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If You Think You Might Like an Hour-Long Conversation About the Visual Effects in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, You’ll Like This (Because It’s That!)

18 January 2016 1:24 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

An hour is a long time, but not in the grand scheme of things. So if you have an hour to spare and you're interested in visual effects and Star Wars and mostly British men, these two interviews from Dp/30 are probably for you! If you don't like those things, maybe just take a nap! The first interview is with VFX supervisors Roger Guyett and (seemingly mute) Patrick Tubach. The second is with two on-set effects supervisors, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould. And we've got to hand it to whoever made those opening titles. Did the title-maker really have to upstage all of those VFX guys? Did whoever made Maz also create that sick font? Watch the interviews to find out! »

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Watch Two Lengthy Interviews With the ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ VFX Geniuses

16 January 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

It’s been a pretty decent month for visual effects maestros Roger Guyett, Patrick TubachNeal Scanlan and Chris Corbould. You know, they only pulled off some seriously impressive practical and digital effects for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is only one the most spectacular successes in box office history. And just a few days ago, their work was nominated […]

The post Watch Two Lengthy Interviews With the ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ VFX Geniuses appeared first on /Film. »

- Jacob Hall

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See how they created those amazing VFX shots in this Star Wars The Force Awakens VFX Reel

15 January 2016 5:29 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Yesterday Star Wars The Force Awakens was nominated in five different categories for this year’s Oscars. As well as John Williams receiving his fiftieth Academy Awards nomination, the film is up for Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects. Today we are concerning ourselves with the final category. Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal

The post See how they created those amazing VFX shots in this Star Wars The Force Awakens VFX Reel appeared first on HeyUGuys. »

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The Single Hardest Visual Effect To Create In Star Wars: The Force Awakens

14 January 2016 1:58 PM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

In case you missed the flurry of activity that happens on Oscar morning, J.J. AbramsStar Wars: The Force Awakens secured five nominations for this year’s Academy Awards, including the team’s work in the visual effects field. Which made it all the more incredible that – earlier in the week – I was able to speak with newly-nominated Ilm geniuses Roger Guyett and Patrick Tubach about the effort they put into the first Star Wars movie in years.   Over the course of our fascinating conversation, we spoke about inspirations for the visual appearance of Supreme Leader Snoke, the challenges of lightsaber battles, and the one visual effect that they feared they wouldn’t finish in time for release. When I asked them which of the reported 2,100 visual effects in Star Wars: The Force Awakens presented the greatest challenge, however, I was surprised »

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The Star Wars Visual Effect That Almost Wasn't Ready In Time For Release

14 January 2016 1:21 PM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Visual effects artists are a lot like film directors. If the movie on which they were working didn’t have a hard-and-fast release date, they likely would continue to tweak specifics until the cows came home. Star Wars: The Force Awakens was no different. Even as the movie raced along toward its predetermined December 18 release date, the visual effects team assembled by director J.J. Abrams worked tirelessly to make sure that every effect looked as polished and perfect as possible… even when it looked like time was running out.   During a recent press day held on behalf of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I was lucky enough to speak with visual effects wizards Roger Guyett and Pat Tubach, veterans at Ilm who’ve also worked with Abrams on his Star Trek movies (as well as countless other blockbusters). We didn’t know it at »

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Deleted Scene Has Maz Vs. Stormtroopers

14 January 2016 12:34 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

To call Star Wars: The Force Awakens a "blockbuster" at this point would almost be an understatement, given all of the box office records it has broken thus far. As of now, it has taken in a record $819.6 million domestically and $1.77 billion worldwide, the third-largest global tally of all time. Fans have revisited this modern classic over and over again in theaters, but many are eagerly awaiting the VOD, Blu-ray and DVD release, which has been set for an undetermined date this spring. The home video release will most likely bring a slew of deleted scenes that didn't make the theatrical cut, and now we have details about some of the scenes fans may see. During an interview with Collider, special effects supervisor Chris Corbould teased one scene in particular, which involved Maz Kanata (Lupita Nyong'o).

"There was a particular part of a scene that never made it, where they »

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Blu-ray: Early Details on Deleted Scenes

14 January 2016 9:12 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

There's no word yet on when "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" will be released on DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD. The movie is still too busy trying to break the "Avatar" record around the globe. But when the Blu-ray is released, there will be about 10-20 minutes of new scenes for fans to enjoy.

Back in December, before the movie even came out, Collider talked to director J.J. Abrams about his original first cut, which was about 2 hours, 35 minutes. He said there were around a dozen full scenes they deleted and, at the time, he figured "quite a few of them" would make the Blu-ray.

Collider just updated in January to share a new interview with Neal Scanlon (Cfx & Smufx Creative Supervisor), Chris Corbould (SFX Supervisor), Roger Guyett (VFX Supervisor Ilm), and Patrick Tubach (VFX Supervisor Ilm). They talked a bit about deleted scenes, including this exchange with details on »

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‘Star Wars’ Misses the Cut for Oscar Best Picture

14 January 2016 7:25 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Star Wars: the Force Awakens” may be journeying to brand new galaxies at the box office, but it had a more Earthbound showing at the 2016 Oscar nominations Thursday. The seventh “Star Wars” movie was snubbed in the Best Picture category and director J.J. Abrams was also ignored, and though it brought in five nominations, none were in the major categories.

That level of recognition would be a big win for many films, but not for one that has dominated the media and the box office for the past month. “The Force Awakens” became the biggest U.S. box office release of all time. Worldwide, it has grossed an otherworldly $1.76 billion, less than one month after its release by Disney.

Avatar,” the highest-grossing film of all-time, scored 9 nominations in comparison, including best picture and directing nods for James Cameron’s 3D marvel.

Star Wars” was nominated in the following categories:

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"Bridge of Spies," "Carol" Lead BAFTA Nominations! Where's "Mad Max?" What About "Star Wars?"

9 January 2016 10:59 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Leave it to the Brits! The BAFTA nominations were announced and they gave us a slightly different look at the awards season! For instance, Tom McCarthy's "Spotlight," the leading Oscar contender in the U.S. just received 3 noms including Best Film, Supporting Actor for Mark Ruffalo and Original Screenplay. No Director nomination for McCarthy.

Meanwhile, Steven Spielberg's "Bridge of Spies," a handsomely-produced period piece led the pack along with Todd Haynes' "Carol," another handsomely-produced period piece. Both films garnered nine nominations each including Best Picture. "Bridge of Spies" and "Carol" will duke it out with "Spotlight," Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu's "The Revenant" (eight nominations), and Adam McKay's "The Big Short" (five nominations) for the Best Picture trophy.

So where's "Mad Max: Fury Road" and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" you ask? They're relegated to the technical categories. Apparently, sequels, no matter how great they are, can't compete with originals. »

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Sci-Fi & Fantasy Films Get Respect At BAFTAs, Golden Globes

8 January 2016 12:13 PM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Oh how the tables have turned! While Sci-Fi and Fantasy films normally do well at the box offices while garnering critical acclaim amongst fans, they’re usually snubbed during awards season. However, things seem to be slightly changing with the list of nominees at two recent award shows. There are few hidden gems that almost seem as if they snuck-in with the rest of the bunch.

Over at the BAFTA Awards, Ex MacHina has received numerous award nominations in the following categories: Best Supporting Actress (Alicia Vikander), Outstanding British Film, Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director Or Producer (Alex Garland), Original Screenplay (Alex Garland), and Special Visual Effects (Mark Ardington, Sara Bennett, Paul Norris, Andrew Whitehurst).

The Martian has also received numerous award nominations: Best Actor (Matt Damon), Director (Ridley Scott), Editing (Pietro Scalia), Production Design (Arthur Max, Celia Bobak), Sound (Paul Massey, Mac Ruth, Oliver Tarney, Mark Taylor), and Special Effects (Chris Lawrence, »

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Carol, Bridge Of Spies Lead 2016 BAFTA Nominations

8 January 2016 7:35 AM, PST | | See recent news »

On Friday the nominations for the Ee British Academy Film Awards in 2016 were revealed. The BAFTAs will be announced on Sunday, February 14 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. The ceremony will be hosted by Stephen Fry and broadcast exclusively on BBC One and BBC One HD, with the ceremony being rebroadcast on BBC America.

Bridge of Spies and Carol each receive nine nominations. The Revenant is nominated in eight categories. Mad Max: Fury Road has seven nominations. Brooklyn and The Martian are each nominated six times. The Big Short, The Danish Girl and Ex Machina receive five nominations. Star Wars: The Force Awakens receives four nominations.

Bridge of Spies is nominated in the following categories: Best Film, Director for Steven Spielberg, Original Screenplay, Original Music, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design and Sound. Mark Rylance is nominated for Supporting Actor.

Carol is nominated for Best Film, Director for Todd Haynes, »

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'Carol,' 'Bridge of Spies' Lead 2016 BAFTA Nominations

8 January 2016 7:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

After getting snubbed in the Producers Guild award nominations earlier this week, "Carol" has risen from the ashes to lead all movies, along with "Bridge of Spies," in BAFTA award nominations.

"Carol" and "Bridge of Spies" netted nine nods apiece, including Best Film. They are joined in that category by "The Big Short," "The Revenant," and "Spotlight."

Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon continued to cement their roles as Oscar frontrunners with nominations in the lead actor category.

In an interesting turn for awards season watchers, Alicia Vikander was nominated as lead actress for "The Danish Girl." She also received mention in the supporting category for "Ex Machina." Here is the full list of nominations:

Best Film

The Big Short

Bridge of Spies


The Revenant


Outstanding British Film

45 Years



The Danish Girl

Ex Machina

The Lobster


Todd Haynes - Carol

Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu - The Revenant »

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‘Carol’ and ‘Bridge of Spies’ Lead 2016 BAFTA Nominations

8 January 2016 4:38 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Nominations for the 69th annual British Academy Film Awards arrived early this morning and in welcome news, the proceedings were topped by Todd Haynes’ Carol and Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies (both of which made our top 50 of the year), with 9 nominations each. Not far behind was The Revenant, which was nominated in eight categories. while Mad Max: Fury Road has seven nominations.

Following that, Brooklyn and The Martian are each nominated six times. The Big Short, The Danish Girl and Ex Machina received five nominations with Alicia Vikander picking up two acting nominations. A little film called Star Wars: The Force Awakens also managed to rack up four nominations.

Check out the full list below ahead of a ceremony on February 14th.

2015 Nominations

(presented in 2016)

Best Film

The Big Short Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Brad Pitt

Bridge Of Spies Kristie Macosko Krieger, Marc Platt, Steven Spielberg

Carol Elizabeth Karlsen, »

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