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MI6 Confidential Presents Special "Live And Let Die" Limited Edition Issue

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Cinema Retro has received the following press release:

In 2017, after ten years of service, MI6 Confidential has introduced a new special format: a limited-run 100-page perfect bound issue of the magazine taking a deep dive into one particular facet of the franchise. This first special issue was contributed by Oscar-winning art department veteran Peter Lamont.

Peter Lamont spent more than 40 years working in art departments of the James Bond films. From draughtsman to production designer; from Goldfinger to Casino Royale, Peter worked on every picture but one. One of the films for which he has collected a great deal of documents and has many fond memories is Roger Moore's debut as 007, Live And Let Die.

A lot of that material could not be squeezed into his recent autobiography, so Peter came to MI6 Confidential with an offer too good to refuse. In this special 100-page perfect bound edition of MI6 Confidential magazine,
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New Gerry Anderson-inspired sci-fi film launches crowdfund campaign

Nov 23, 2017

Inspired by Gerry Anderson, Derek Meddings and Irwin Allen comes Ultraquest. And here's how you can help get it going...

Now this looks really interesting. Matthew Teevan is a filmmaker who’s worked primarily in animation for the bulk of his career, working on films such as The Prince Of Egypt, The Book Of Life, Gnomeo & Juliet and more. But he’s now turning his attention to a project of his own, one inspired by the likes of Gerry Anderson and Derek Meddings.

He’s crowdfunding Ultraquest, a 30 minute mix of live action and visual effects. It’s an ambitious project he’s put together, and some of the pre-production artwork gives an idea of the detail he’s gone to. But he needs your help and support.

Teevan is trying to raise the £25,000 he needs to realise the film, and he’s around 10% of the way there, with a fortnight to go.
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Superman: The Movie – 2 Film Collection

I guess there are plenty of adults now too young to remember when Christopher Reeve made his debut as The Man of Steel. It was a massive hit across the full spectrum of moviegoers. Warners is taking good care of everyone’s favorite undocumented visitor from Planet Krypton, and has assembled two separate cuts of his big-screen premiere.

Superman: The Movie

Blu-ray

2-Film Collection

Warner Bros.

1978 / Color / 2:40 widescreen / 188 min. Extended Cut + 151 min. Special Edition orig. 143 min. / Street Date October 10, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper, Glenn Ford, Trevor Howard, Margot Kidder, Jack O’Halloran, Valerie Perrine, Maria Schell, Terence Stamp, Phyllis Thaxter, Susannah York, Jeff East, Marc McClure, Sarah Douglas, Harry Andrews, Diane Sherry, Randy Jurgensen, Larry Hagman, John Ratzenberger, Kirk Alyn, Noel Neill.

Cinematography: Geoffrey Unsworth

Film Editors: Stuart Baird, Michael Ellis

Production Design: John Barry

Assistant Director: Vincent Winter
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Lrm Exclusive Interview: David Graham for Amazon’s Thunderbirds Are Go

The Thunderbirds are back.

Season Two of the revived Amazon’s Thunderbirds Are Go continues the adventures of the family of heroes, International Rescue. The series highlights the five brave Tracy brothers and their covert operative Kayo and how they pilot their remarkable, cutting-edge Thunderbird vehicles to perform near-impossible rescue mission, from the depths of the oceans to the highest reaches of space.

Produced by ITV Studios and Pukeko Pictures with Weta Workshop, the series is made with a mixture of CGI animation and live-action model sets—paying tribute to the old fans of the shows and attracting a new generation to the Thunderbirds.

Lrm had a phone interview earlier this month with voice actor David Graham, who is reprising his role as Agent Parker from the original series. We had an extensive talk over the show—both the original and the new show. It was also fun to reminisce
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50 More of the Greatest Matte Paintings of All Time

A few years ago the editors of Shadowlocked asked me to compile a list of what was initially to be, the ten greatest movie matte paintings of all time. A mere ten selections was too slim by a long shot, so my list stretched considerably to twenty, then thirty and finally a nice round fifty entries. Even with that number I found it wasn’t easy to narrow down a suitably wide ranging showcase of motion picture matte art that best represented the artform. So with that in mind, and due to the surprising popularity of that 2012 Shadowlocked list (which is well worth a visit, here Ed), I’ve assembled a further fifty wonderful examples of this vast, vital and more extensively utilised than you’d imagine – though now sadly ‘dead and buried’ – movie magic.

It would of course be so easy to simply concentrate on the well known, iconic,
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Today in Movie Culture: 'Friday the 13th' Inspired Furniture, 'Spectre' Easter Eggs and More

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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Fan Build of the Day: Custom props artist Rlsfx made a killer coffee table based on Jason Voorhees's watery grave in Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood, which is a perfect item to share today (via Dread Central):   Awkward Interview of the Day: For Comedy Central, Nathan Fielder awkwardly interviewed the stars of The Night Before, Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie:   Vintage Image of the Day: Oscar-winning effects supervisor Derek Meddings works on a miniature set for GoldenEye, which had its world premiere 20 years ago today. Meddings sadly died just two months before the event.   Movie Trivia of the Day: Mr. Sunday Movies shows...

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First look at Thunderbird 1 from Thunderbirds are Go!

In 2015 it will be the 50th anniversary of the late Gerry Anderson’s Thunderbirds and to coincide with this release ITV is bringing to our screens Thunderbirds are Go!. Today the first image of Thunderbird 1 from the very talented people over at the Weta Workshop was revealed to the world, as you can see Weta are keeping it very close with the 1960’s Thunderbirds model by the original designer Derek Meddings; clearly Weta are real fans and knew it was near-to-perfect already….

Jamie Anderson, Managing Director of Anderson Entertainment, today welcomed the first look at Thunderbird 1 and said: “I know lots of them are massive fans of the original Thunderbirds and we’re all really looking forward to seeing what they come up with for the remaining craft as well as the series itself. Next year marks the 50th Anniversary of Thunderbirds so it’s great to see ITV joining
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Review: "Shout At The Devil" (1976) Starring Lee Marvin And Roger Moore DVD/Blu-ray From Timeless Media

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By Lee Pfeiffer

Timeless Media have released the epic 1976 adventure film Shout at the Devil as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. The movie, produced by Michael Klinger and directed by Peter Hunt, is an big budget affair very much in the style of John Huston's The Man Who Would Be King, which was released the previous year. Both films follow the antics of a couple of charismatic rogues in exotic settings. The film is based on the novel by author Wilbur Smith, who also co-wrote the screenplay. The movie was shot in between Roger Moore's second and third James Bond films, The Man With the Golden Gun and The Spy Who Loved Me and boasts a "who's who" of Eon Productions talent. Peter Hunt had edited the early Bond films and directed On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Ironically, Moore and Hunt never worked on a 007 film together but in
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Miniatures, Storyboards and More from Behind the Scenes of 'GoldenEye'

Derek Meddings creating the miniature satellite bunker set for GoldenEye Above is a shot of the late Derek Meddings (miniature effects supervisor) using flour and cat litter to create the Severnaya satellite bunker miniature set from the 1995 James Bond film GoldenEye and below are several more shots from behind-the-scenes and the film's set courtesy of Larry Wright on Twitter, but that shot above and the storyboard below of the skydive sequence from the film's opening are the main reason I wanted to post the rest. amz asin="B009NUV0E8" size="small"Included is the storyboard mentioned, some behind the shot looks at the camera rigs used on Bond's Aston Martin and the Ferrari used during the chase sequence, a promotional shot of the late Desmond Llewelyn as Q with his assortment of gadgets, another of Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan together on the Leavesden set, a shot of the
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50 dedications at the end of movies (and what they mean)

Odd List Simon Brew 15 Nov 2013 - 07:08

Lots of films are dedicated to, or in memory of someone. But it's not always clear why. We've been finding out...

Back when Breaking Bad returned for its final batch of episodes in August 2013, it had a dedication at the end of it. The card read 'Dedicated to our friend Kevin Cordasco'. As it turned out, Kevin Cordasco was a 16-year old who had been battling cancer for seven years, who had met both Bryan Cranston and Vince Gilligan. Cordasco died before he could ever get to see the episode dedicated to him.

I found this such a moving story, that it got me wondering about the dedications that appear on films, and what the story behind them was. After all, the dedications are there for a reason. What I uncovered was some funny stories, mainly extremely sad ones, and some extremely moving dedications.
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James Bond at the Oscars: The Long, Shared History Behind the Academy's Tribute to 007

It's not clear yet what form the Oscars' tribute to the James Bond franchise will take. On Friday, the Academy announced it had booked Shirley Bassey for her first-ever Oscar show appearance, so at the very least, we're likely get to hear her belt out one or more of the three Bond movie theme songs she recorded ("Moonraker," "Diamonds Are Forever" and of course, "Goldfinger"). We also know Adele will be on hand to sing her currently nominated theme to "Skyfall." Beyond that, Oscar host Seth MacFarlane has made a promo clip where he plays a bartender who makes fun of James Bond (Pierce Brosnan, in an archival clip) for the distinctive way he orders his martini. Otherwise, there are few clues as to what shape the tribute will take, though there is a rumor that all six men who've played 007 -- Daniel Craig, Brosnan, Timothy Dalton, Roger Moore, George Lazenby
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“Thunderbirds Are Go!” — Weta, ITV Studios & Pukeko Pictures Reinventing Classic Series

ITV Studios, New Zealand-based Pukeko Pictures, as well as Weta Workshop (King Kong, Lord Of The Rings, and Avatar) are coming together to reboot the classic Thunderbirds TV show, 50 years later!

Here’s the press release:

ITV Studios and New Zealand based Pukeko Pictures, in collaboration with world-famous Weta Workshop (Avatar, King Kong, The Lord of the Rings) are to co-produce Thunderbirds are Go!(working title) a 26 x 30’ major new children’s series set to debut on ITV and UK’s Citv Channel in 2015.

This re-invention of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s iconic series will be produced using a unique mix of CGI animation and live-action model sets. Showcasing Pukeko Pictures’ and Weta Workshop’s ground-breaking creative and technical excellence, it will deliver a whole new level of action-adventure animation for today’s audience, whilst also affectionately paying tribute to the legacy of model locations from the classic series.

Featuring
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Thunderbirds Are Go…ing To Be Remade By Weta!

Stand by for action!

The visual effects masters at Weta, known for their work on The Hobbit, King Kong and The Adventures Of Tintin, are to help production of a brand new version of the late Gerry Anderson’s Thunderbirds, co-producing the new show with New Zealand-based Pukeko Pictures. The series head writer is Rob Hoegee (Generator Rex, Teen Titans, Ben 10, Slugterra).

The original series was effectively a Hollywood disaster movie very week; from a city in flames to chemically super-sized alligators, to a spaceship on a collision course with the sun. Each week the close-knit Tracy Family would fly to the rescue in a variety of super-powered craft. The original 1960s series ran for 32 hour-long episodes and spawned two feature films shortly afterwards.

It was followed by an unofficial Japanese anime “sequel”, Thunderbirds 2086 in 1982, which expanded the team into a global organisation, and a much-maligned movie version
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Thunderbirds remake is go, say ITV and Hobbit studio

Children's TV series to return in 2015, 50 years after it launched, and will be made with New Zealand special effects team

Thunderbirds are back! The children's TV series will return to ITV in 2015, 50 years after Thunderbird 1 first launched from under the swimming pool on Tracy Island and Parker drove Lady Penelope around in a pink Rolls-Royce, number plate FAB1.

The new series, which has the working title Thunderbirds Are Go!, will be made with the New Zealand special effects studio that worked on Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

Thunderbirds first appeared on ITV in 1965 featuring Gerry Anderson's famous "supermarionation" puppet techniques. Anderson, whose other TV shows included Captain Scarlet, Joe 90 and Space 1999, died on 26 December last year, aged 83.

The 26-part series will be made in collaboration with the Oscar-winning Weta Workshop, which worked on Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, and will
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Thunderbirds remake is go, say ITV and Hobbit studio

Children's TV series to return in 2015, 50 years after it launched, and will be made with New Zealand special effects team

Thunderbirds are back! The children's TV series will return to ITV in 2015, 50 years after Thunderbird 1 first launched from under the swimming pool on Tracy Island and Parker drove Lady Penelope around in a pink Rolls-Royce, number plate FAB1.

The new series, which has the working title Thunderbirds Are Go!, will be made with the New Zealand special effects studio that worked on Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

Thunderbirds first appeared on ITV in 1965 featuring Gerry Anderson's famous "supermarionation" puppet techniques. Anderson, whose other TV shows included Captain Scarlet, Joe 90 and Space 1999, died on 26 December last year, aged 83.

The 26-part series will be made in collaboration with the Oscar-winning Weta Workshop, which worked on Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, and will
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A tribute to Gerry Anderson

Feature Mark Pickavance Jan 2, 2013

Mark pays his respects to the achievements of Thunderbirds, Stingray and Space: 1999 creator Gerry Anderson, who sadly died last week.

I was born in 1961, which means that while I don't recall the earliest Anderson series, The Adventures Of Twizzle or Torchy The Battery Boy, but I do remember watching Four-Feather Falls and Supercar.

However, it was Fireball Xl-5 that really engulfed my imagination, and probably introduced me to the idea of distant worlds and alien races. And in doing so, it also triggered off something wonderful in my head, and I immediately fell in love with all things science fictional and technological.

What's slightly depressing now, and even at the time, was that other parts of the TV and film industry rather turned their noses up at Gerry's productions, referring to him as 'that Puppet guy', or other equally dismissive terms. This was entirely at
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Gerry Anderson, king of Supermarionation: 1929-2012

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Gerry Anderson, creator of Thunderbirds, Space: 1999, Supercar, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, Joe 90, UFO, Fireball XL5, Stingray, and many other science fiction and fantasy shows, has died at the age of 83.

Gerry was best know for his “Supermarionation” series, featuring detailed marionettes and a science-fiction based storyline. His ex-wife Sylvia collaborated frequently with him, most famously voicing Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward in Thunderbirds. The shows were a first step for many well-known actors and creators, including Lois Maxwell (Moneypenny in the early James Bond films), character actors Shane Rimmer and Jaremy Wilkin (Blake’s 7) and special effects master Derek Meddings (Star Wars and the James Bond franchise). He made successful forays into live action as well, with the series Space: 1999 and UFO, and the feature film Journey to the Far Side of the Sun.

Gerry suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease for several years, and spent much of his
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Thn’s Guilty Pleasures Day 11: Thunderbirds

In the 1960s it took the world by storm, and today it is still regarded as one of the best-loved and innovate television series of the 20th Century. The daring adventures of the Tracy Brothers and International Rescue, selflessly risking their lives to save others, showcasing the work of special effect master Derek Meddings with cutting edge technology and equipment which even now is out of our grasp in the really real world.

A film version had the potential to be a 21st century Towering Inferno, keying into the tragedies and disasters of recent years and providing hope and thrills to a new generation. So what went wrong?

It starts so well, with a fantastic revision of the series’ opening theme, the names of the cast integrated into a quirkily, retro-tastic style showcase, scored by wunder-composer Hans Zimmer. And then the Thunderbirds themselves roar into action at an oil rig fire.
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James Bond Retrospective: The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

To mark the 50th Anniversary of one of the most successful movie franchises of all time and with filming well underway on James Bond’s 23rd official outing in Skyfall due for release later this year, I have been tasked with taking a retrospective look at the films that turned author Ian Fleming’s creation into one of the most recognised and iconic characters in film history.

With James Bond well established as a worldwide phenomenon raking in countless millions at the box-office, the tenth film in the series, The Spy Who Loved Me proved unexpectedly problematic in its journey to the screen and marked the longest gap between films since the series began. Due to personal financial issues Bond producer Harry Saltzman decided to sell his 50% stake in Danjaq S.A., the company he had established with Albert R. Broccoli to produce the Bond series. United Artists, who had
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James Bond Retrospective: The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)

To mark the 50th Anniversary of one of the most successful movie franchises of all time and with filming well underway on James Bond’s 23rd official outing in Skyfall due for release later this year, I have been tasked with taking a retrospective look at the films that turned author Ian Fleming’s creation into one of the most recognised and iconic characters in film history.

With Roger Moore well and truly established in the lead role after just one film, work began on a follow-up to Live And Let Die almost as soon as it was released into cinemas. Keen to capitalise on the renewed success of the character, producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman chose Fleming’s final Bond novel, The Man With The Golden Gun as their ninth film featuring the British secret agent.

With the novel taking place largely in Jamaica, it was felt
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