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The Mummy and Lifeforce: the strange parallels

16 October 2017 8:17 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Oct 17, 2017

This year's The Mummy reboot shares a surprising amount with the 1985 sci-fi horror classic, Lifeforce...

Nb: The following contains spoilers for 2017's The Mummy and 1985's Lifeforce.

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When Universal Studios made The Mummy back in 1932, it was in the wake of Tut-mania: the fascination with Ancient Egypt following the discovery of King Tutankhamun's tomb a decade earlier. As Egyptian-inspired symbols and designs began to appear on everything from jewellery to cigarette ads, stories began to circulate that the pharoah's tomb was cursed - and thus The Mummy, about a group of archaeologists who provoke the wrath of a long-dead Imhotep (Boris Karloff, hypnotic as always) emerged.

The Mummy's success was such that it became a long-running franchise: Universal made four direct sequels between 1940 and 1944, with a comedy spin-off, Abbott And Costello Meet The Mummy, joining them in 1955. The UK's Hammer Film »

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Jon Favreau in Visual Effects Society honour

7 August 2017 5:08 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Directing credits include The Jungle Book, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Elf.

Jon Favreau will receive the Visual Effects Society’s Ves Lifetime Achievement Award at the 16th Annual Ves Awards on February 13, 2018.

Jon Favreau has introduced the reinvention of a new style of film that demands visual effects artists to push beyond the boundaries of what can and has been done before,” Ves board chair Mike Chambers said. “He has created exceptionally humanistic stories through his vision, unique approach to storytelling and full embrace of emerging technology to enhance the movie-going experience.  

“With this journeyman at the helm, having acted, written, directed and produced across many breakthrough projects, we expect to witness new kinds of entertainment from Jon that utilise VFX at its core and help redefine entertainment on a global level. For this, and more, we are honored to award him with the prestigious Visual Effects Society Lifetime Achievement Award.”

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Ralph McQuarrie's Alternate Empire Strikes Back Logos Revealed

18 June 2017 11:41 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Heads up, Star Wars fans, because this is pretty cool. While we wait for Star Wars: The Last Jedi to hit theaters on December 15, which simply can't come soon enough at this point, we can take a look at these alternative logos that were done by Ralph McQuarrie for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. And they are quite a bit different than what we ultimately ended up with.

The art made its way online courtesy of Star Wars fan Gus Lopez, who posted the artwork to his Instagram page. The image features several concept sketches done by Ralph McQuarrie for Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back before settling on a logo design. There are several different options here and they all vary quite a bit from what ended up being used for the marketing materials. Though, the two at the top left look like they could »

- MovieWeb

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Flashback: George Lucas Talks Origins of ‘Star Wars’ and Expanding ‘A New Hope’ Into a Trilogy

4 May 2017 7:15 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

May the Fourth be with you!

Since Disney bought LucasFilm in 2012, excitement around May 4 has been tied to new additions to the Star Wars universe. (This is the third consecutive year that a new film in the franchise has been released.) But there is an even more festive reason to hug the nearest Wookie this “Star Wars Day,” aka “May the Fourth:” the fast approaching 40th anniversary of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope.

Last month, at the 2017 Star Wars Celebration, George Lucas dropped by the commemoration to discuss Episode IV, as well as pay tribute to the passing of our princess general, Carrie Fisher. In his reflection on the movie, Lucas summarized his original intention for the now-iconic film.

More: First Trailer for 'Star Wars - The Last Jedi'  Is Here!

“The idea was simply to do the high-adventure film that I loved when I was a kid with meaningful psychological themes,” said [link=tt »

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How ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Visual Effects Enhance a Tactile Future World

31 March 2017 1:51 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The live-action adaptation of the manga “Ghost in the Shell” offered several visual effects shops the chance to show off their best work.

Directed by Rupert Sanders (“Snow White and the Huntsman”), the action-packed sci-fi adventure stars Scarlett Johansson in a form-fitting body suit as the cyber-enhanced Major, who fights mind-controlling terrorists like the badass she is.

After its Oscar-winning contributions to “The Jungle Book,” leading VFX supplier Moving Picture Company (Mpc) used tech innovations to conjure a tactile future world for “Ghost in the Shell,”  alongside miniatures and animatronics from Weta Workshop.

“It’s unexplored stylistic territory from a film perspective,” said production VFX supervisor Guillaume Rocheron. “Rupert’s idea was to show the world of ‘Ghost in the Shell’ as a predictor of the future in the early ’90s. We live in a world that is overtaken by technology, which is one of the really important themes that »

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