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George Lucas may have been the brains that came up with the Star Wars universe, but it was concept artist Ralph McQuarrie that visualized it, and gave it that awesome look and feel that we all love. Without McQuarrie's vision and imagination, who knows what Star Wars could have ended up looking like. McQuarrie deserves a ridiculous amount of credit for the success of Star Wars. His influence on the original films are still inspiring the franchise! Just look at Star Wars Rebels and the teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
StarWars.com has released a wonderful 40-minute documentary that Star Wars fans have got to watch called, Ralph McQuarrie, Star Wars Concept Artist: Tribute to a Master. It's loaded with a lot of interesting stuff that I think you'll want to know. Ilm's visual effects supervisor, Scott Farrar, had this to say about McQuarrie's involvement in the »
- Joey Paur
Hollywood Film Awards: What Went Down and Why It Mattered Host Queen Latifah, and Hollywood Career Achievement Award winner Michael Keaton, presented by Geena Davis; Hollywood Film Award winner “Gone Girl,” accepted by Ben Affleck, presented by Ron Howard; Hollywood Director Award winner Morten Tyldum for “The Imitation Game,” presented by Robert Pattinson; Hollywood Actor Award winner Benedict Cumberbatch for “The Imitation Game,” presented by Amy Adams; Hollywood Actress Award winner Julianne Moore for “Still Alice,” presented by Kristen Stewart; Hollywood Supporting Actor Award winner Robert Duvall for “The Judge,” presented by Robert Downey Jr.; Hollywood Supporting Actress Award winner Keira Knightley for “The Imitation Game,” presented by Christoph Waltz; Hollywood Ensemble Award winner “Foxcatcher” cast (Steve Carell, Channing Tatum), presented by Jonah Hill; Hollywood Breakout Performance Actress Award winner Shailene Woodley for “The Fault in Our Stars,” presented by Laura Dern; Hollywood Breakout Performance Actor Award winner Eddie Redmayne »
Awards seasong got underway last night with the 18th annual Hollywood Film Awards, which were being televised for the very first time on CBS. Taking home the top honour – the Hollywood Film Award – was David Fincher’s Gone Girl, while Benedict Cumberbatch was named Best Actor for The Imitation Game, Julianne Moore received Best Actress for Still Alice, and Guardians of the Galaxy took home the Hollywood Blockbuster Award.
Here’s a full list of the winners…
Hollywood Film Award: Gone Girl
Hollywood Career Achievement Award: Michael Keaton, Birdman
Hollywood Ensemble Award: Foxcatcher cast
Hollywood Documentary Award: Supermensch
New Hollywood Award: Jack O’Connell, Unbroken
Hollywood Animation Award: How to Train Your Dragon 2
Hollywood Supporting Actor Award: Robert Duvall, »
- Gary Collinson
The 18th annual Hollywood Film Awards kicked off awards season Friday night, and for the first time ever, the event was broadcasted live on CBS. Host Queen Latifah entertained the crowd at the Hollywood Palladium as viewers and attendees got a glimpse of some of this year's major award frontrunners.
"There’s never been anyone better and there likely never will be," Downey said of Duvall, who was equally effusive about his co-star.
"The reason I took the project mainly is because of Robert Downey Jr," Duvall praised. "We spent many good times together."
Duvall also thanked his wife Luciana Pedraza, laughing, "I’ve had a few better halves, but she’s the best better half I’ve ever had."
It should have been bad. It should have been terrible. A live broadcast of the Hollywood Film Awards with Queen "People's Choice" Latifah as host? A network spotlight on the most fake awards show of them all? Even with low expectations, how could talent go on stage and pick up these, cough, "awards" in front of a national audience? An award given to them because they were available to show up and their studios lobbied for it? (At least fans vote for some of the Teen Choice Awards!) Well, watch out Critics Choice Awards because CBS and Dick Clark Productions figured out a way to fashion a much more entertaining two hours than you've delivered the past few years. Ok. Maybe they got lucky. Maybe. Live events thrive off the unexpected and the 2014 Hollywood Film Awards had a ton of it. Major flubs, some seriously intoxicated presenters and a number »
- Gregory Ellwood
Fox’s thriller “Gone Girl” won the top award at the 18th Hollywood Film Awards, telecast for the first time Friday.
Robert Duvall and Keira Knightley have won the supporting actor and actress trophies. Duvall won for his portrayal of a aging jurist in “The Judge” and Knightley took hers for playing a mathematician in “The Imitation Game.”
Friday’s ceremonies at the Hollywood Paladium were tension-free, given that the the voting is done by an anonymous advisory panel.
'I was told there were no other nominees so I was cautiously optimistic' – @BenAffleck accepts the best picture award for 'Gone Girl'
— Dave McNary (@Variety_DMcNary) November 15, 2014
The pre-show ceremonies represented the first opportunity for a major red carpet at the start of awards season.
'As writers, we spend most »
- Dave McNary
Gone Girl won the top prize at tonight’s 18th annual Hollywood Film Awards. David Fincher’s drama starring Ben Affleck took the Hollywood Film Award. World War II codebreaker drama The Imitation Game won the most hardware, scoring four wins including best actor for Benedict Cumberbatch and director for Morten Tyldem. Julianne Moore scooped up the Hollywood Actress Award for Still Alice, and How to Train Your Dragon 2 won the animation prize. Michael Keaton was the lifetime achievement honoree. A complete list of winners is below.
Queen Latifah hosted HFAs, which were televised for the first time. The event always has been a private Tinseltown affair, but CBS aired the show live from the Hollywood Palladium at 8 Pm in the East and delayed at 8 Pm Pacific. Organizers like to consider the negotiated Hollywood Film Awards the first stop on the long awards-season journey, and studios seem to love »
- Pete Hammond
. Kevin Polowy delves into the secrecy surrounding "Interstellar" with writer/director Christopher Nolan: "It’s very important to try to preserve the experience for the audience. I think 'Interstellar,' more than any other film I’ve made, really benefits from people not knowing too much about the story.” Yahoo! Movies -Break- The Hollywood Film Awards, which will make their TV debut Nov. 18 on CBS, announced a slew of winners for the craft prizes: Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman”); Costume Design (Milena Canonero, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”); Editing (Jay Cassidy and Dody Dorn, “Fury”); Production Design (Dylan Cole and Gary Freeman, “Maleficent”); Score (Alexandre Desplat, “The Imitation Game”); Sound (Ren Klyce, “Gone Girl”); and Visual Effects (Scott Farrar, “Transformers: Age of Extinction”). Hfa Sasha Stone tallies up score..." »
The Hollywood Film Awards announced the eight 2014 award winners in the categories of Cinematography, Visual Effects, Composer, Costume Design, Editing, Production Design and Make-up & Hairstyling. The winners of these awards will be given prior to the live inaugural broadcast from the Hollywood Palladium on Friday, November 14 (8:00-10:00 Pm, live Et/delayed Pt) on the CBS Television Network. The Hollywood Film Awards also announced the inaugural Hollywood International Award, which will be bestowed on Jing Tian, an emerging Chinese actress whose performances have ignited the box office in her native land. The Hollywood International Award was established to recognize cinematic talent from around the world and will be given every year to recognize excellence in cinema in the native language of the country of origin. The Hollywood Film Awards, the official launch of the awards season?, has recognized excellence in the art of cinema and filmmaking for 17 years, honoring some of the world? »
Believe it or not, the technology does not yet exist to make 30-foot tall transforming battle robots, not in a practical manner anyway. So the big bots of Michael Bay's Transformers: Age of Extinction are left up to Ilm's visual effects supervisor Scott Farrar and his team of up to 350 artists. I got a chance to talk to Farrar, along with a small group of journalists, while on set in Detroit, which was masquerading as Hong Kong before Bay blew the whole thing up. In addition to the movie's robot redesigns, Farrar talked about the difficulties of shooting in multiple formats, advantages of shooting practical effects on set and digitally augmenting them later, and the process of digitally recreating buildings and entire cities. Hit the jump for more from Farrar on the behind-the-scenes process of visual effects. Question: Lorenzo was talking about the speed at which you make these films. »
- Dave Trumbore
Keeping up with Marvel isn't easy, but Michael Bay and Industrial Light & Magic have brought new life to the badass Hasbro bots in "Transformers: Age of Extinction," introducing a sleek new sci-fi design and a new army of fire-breathing Dinobots. At the same time, Bay has smartly ventured into China and has replaced Shia Labeouf with Mark Wahlberg as a single dad and failed inventor, which also kicks the franchise into higher gear. Taking a cue from grizzled warrior Optimus Prime, who warns, "The rules have changed -- we are all targets now," Ilm's Scott Farrar was ready to unleash a new trilogy with Mohen Leo of the Ilm Singapore Studio. "There's a coolness factor applied to old friends," Farrar suggests. "There are different dimensions on their physique. We made both Optimus and Bumblebee a little more majestic and a little more powerful." There are new Decepticons as well, such as Lockdown, »
- Bill Desowitz
Trevor Hogg chats with visual effects supervisor Lou Pecora, digital effects supervisor Nikos Kalaitzidi, animation supervisor Benoit Dubuc and previs supervisor Austin Bonang about having the future collide with the past….
When returning to the movie franchise he helped to launch, filmmaker Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects) turned to Richard Stammers (Prometheus) to orchestrate the visual effects for X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) where original and new cast members are united in a classic time travel tale. Among the companies recruited by Stammers were Mpc, Digital Domain and The Third Floor.
“I was specifically was the animation supervisor for Mpc so we looked after the future Sentinel sequences,” states Benoit Dubuc who operated out of Montreal in a newly created VFX facility. “The opening action sequence and then the end sequence as well. When we got on board all of the sequences had been previs by another company. The previs »
- Trevor Hogg
12 items from 2014
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