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With powerhouse “Game of Thrones” (winner of the last five Special Visual Effects Emmys) out of contention, the race is wide open. Or is it? With sci-fi fave “Westworld” leading all Emmy noms with 22 (including 12 for below-the-line crafts), this could be a case of revolving HBO glory.
Here’s how the nominees stack up: newcomers Westworld” (“The Bicameral Mind”) and “American Gods” (“The Bone Orchard”) take on perennials “Vikings” (“On the Eve”) and “Black Sails” (“Xxix”) and sophomore entry “The Man in the High Castle” (“Fallout”). It’s a great mix of futuristic sci-fi, surreal mythology, swashbuckling and warrior battles, and upside down, sci-fi world building.
It could have been even more interesting and competitive if Netflix’s “Stranger Things” and “Legion” hadn’t been shut out. Too bad, because the Upside Down and Demogorgon creature were fabulous effects in “Stranger Things” and “Legion’s” exploding kitchen was very trippy. »
- Bill Desowitz
This French disc release of the Jacques Tourneur classic gets everything right — including both versions in picture perfect transfers. Devil debunker Dana Andrews locks horns with Niall MacGinnis, a necromancer “who has decoded the Old Book” and can summon a fire & brimstone monster from Hell, no election fraud necessary. Even fans that hate ghost stories love this one — it’s a truly creepy, intelligent highlight of the horror genre.
Region A + B Blu-ray + Pal DVD
Wild Side (Fr)
1957 / B&W / 1:66 widescreen / 95 & 82 min. / Street Date November 27, 2013 / Curse of the Demon, Rendez-vous avec la peur / Available from Amazon UK or Foreign Exchange Blu-ray
Cinematography: Ted Scaife
Production Designer: Ken Adam
Film Editor Michael Gordon
Original Music: Clifton Parker
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- Glenn Erickson
Industry giants to provide film processing facilities in the UK.
Kodak and Pinewood have announced that they will collaborate to support the use of physical film in motion picture and television production.
They will also work together on co-branding initiatives and promotions.
Steven Overman, president of Kodak’s consumer and film division and chief marketing officer, said: “Kodak is committed to strengthening the infrastructure that enables the world’s leading filmmakers to continue to shoot real film.
“This collaboration with Pinewood will ensure that we can continue providing high quality processing in one of the world’s most vibrant markets.”
Darren Woolfson, group director of technology for Pinewood said: “This move signifies our support for the continued ability of filmmakers to choose to shoot their films on physical film in the UK. We’re proud »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Orlando Parfitt)
Michael Reed Mar 24, 2017
Examining some of the key turning points in the Star Trek series, with the projects that never quite made it to the screen...
“History is replete with turning points. You must have faith.” - Spock
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Star Trek has been with us for over 50 years in one form or another. It started in 1964 with the filming of the pilot episode of the original series, and it has continued to the present day, through films and subsequent TV series, along with other mediums such as books and video games.
We’re principally interested in the core of the franchise here, the TV series and films, and we’re going to take a look at some 'what if...' possibilities of projects that almost happened but didn’t. If you’re reading »
Sara Bareilles helped the Academy pay tribute to lives lost this year during the Oscarcast’s In Memoriam segment. The “Waitress” songstress sang Judy Collins’ “Both Sides Now” while the annual video honored Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, John Hurt, Mary Tyler Moore, Anton Yelchin, Prince, Garry Marshall, Ken Howard, and more.
The cutoff for including deaths in the segment is usually around Jan. 31. Therefore, David Bowie was included in last year’s Oscar ceremony. Bill Paxton, who died Saturday, was remembered by an emotional Jennifer Aniston before she introduced the segment.
The segment saluted the more recognizable names and faces in addition to below-the-line creatives and executives. As in years past, the Academy asked attendees to hold their applause until the end to avoid favoritism and any disrespect toward the lesser-known honorees.
Academy Award Winners 2017: Updated List
“Sara’s unique artistry will honor those we’ve lost in our community, »
- Dani Levy
The 21st Annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Awards ceremony was billed as a “Return to Hollywood.” Backdrops from classic films dotted the interior of the Ray Dolby Ballroom lobby. Johnny Crawford and his Orchestra kicked off the evening’s festivities with “Hooray for Hollywood.” Even a handful of the evening’s big winners were films that fit the theme perfectly.
As expected, “La La Land” continued its storybook run through awards season, with David Wasco’s team winning for Contemporary Film. In an upset, Wynn Thomas and the team from “Hidden Figures” took home honors in Period Film, despite “Hail, Caesar!” being the only of the category’s nominees to also pick up a nom for Oscars night. “It’s been a long journey to this moment,” said Thomas, who described being nominated at the very first Art Directors Guild award for “Mars Attacks!” “I’m so »
- Steve Greene
Louisa Mellor Jan 17, 2017
Warning: contains spoilers.
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With the help of the pause button and a pot of strong coffee, we’ve picked through Sherlock’s series four finale The Final Problem to seek out the nerdy references and painstakingly added background details. (You can find the same for the previous episodes here and here.)
1. Starting with the obvious, The Final Problem is of course the title of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1893 short story in which Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty appear to tumble to their deaths in the Reichenbach Falls. Andrew Scott’s Moriarty references the title several times in series two finale The Reichenbach Fall. »
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