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Bajo Ulloa, Martin Cuenca Unveil New Projects at Paris’ Small is Biutiful

Madrid — Juanma Bajo Ulloa’s “Baby,” Manuel Martin Cuenca’s “Brando” and Cristina Andreu’s “Mara 13 Mara 18” are among the seven projects to be pitched at the highly popular 2016 Spain-Ile de France Small is Beautiful forum, a networking event now in its ninth edition.

Maria Leon (“The Sleeping Voice,” “Alli abajo”), regarded in Spain as one of the finest Spanish actresses of her generation, is attached to star in fantasy romantic drama “Not the End,” helmed by Cesar and Jose Esteban Alenda, another project to be unveiled in Paris.

Taking place June 24 in Paris, and part of its alternative Spanish film festival Different!, the meet serves to introduce a cream of edgier Spanish movie projects, arthouse and niche mainstream, to three dozen or so Paris-based distributors and international sales agents, in one of the world’s capitals of non-popcorn cinema.

Small is Biutiful often marks the first time Spanish movies
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Relive your childhood with the Sinclair Zx Spectrum Vega, full list of 1000 games revealed

Retro gamers will be able to relive all the joys of the classic Zx Spectrum – minus the load screens – this month, with Retro Computers set to release the officially licensed Sinclair Zx Spectrum Vega this month.

The brainchild of developer Chris Smith and back by Sir Clive Sinclair, the Vega boasts an impressive 1000 titles, while further games can be added via an Sd card.

The Vega is set for release on August 24th, and will retail for £99.99. Via Funstock Retro, here’s a full list of all 1000 games…

1999 2088 1994 – Ten Years After 20-20 Vision 3D Noughts & Crosses – V1 3D Noughts & Crosses – V2 3D-Tanx A Bomb Under Parliament A Day in the Life of Arnold A Dungeon Romp A Harvesting Moon A Hero for Sorania A Legacy For Alaric A Serpentine Tale A Stroll in the Bleak Forest A Touch Too Much A Visit to Trev and Carol’s A.T.A.
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How do I become … a special effects engineer

A love of computers and programming – rather than a specific interest in rat hair and dinosaur skin – helped Sanjay Bakshi get his role at Pixar

Sanjay Bakshi has spent a lot of time with monsters. He knows precisely how their hair moves as they terrorise humans, how their eyeballs swivel when they sight their prey, and how their fangs gnash when they eat.

As technical director for Disney's Monsters University he led a team responsible for visualising a population of suitably monstrous students, and then animating them. "The directors gave us some loose drawings to go by, and we had to build them into characters," he says. "There were hundreds so, to distinguish them, we had to give them each a name – so we used the names of the crew. Each crew member therefore has their own monster."

Once, special effects work involved substituting chocolate syrup for blood and experimenting
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Doctor Who: 10 best Cybermen stories

  • Den of Geek
Top 10 Andrew Blair 20 Sep 2013 - 07:00

Andrew counts down Doctor Who's 10 best Cyberman stories from across the TV series, audio dramas and comic strips...

Cybermen; Doctor Who's other monster. The one no-one knows quite what to do with, who show glimpses of what they can do, but don't look like dislodging the upper echelon from its perch.

They're Arsenal, basically. What is Nightmare in Silver if not Mehmet Ozil? A big name attached with lots excitement generated, and sure there are some clever ideas, but ultimately it's not what was necessary. I'd apologise to Arsenal fans but what are they going to do? Throw a trophy at me?

Like the Cybermen presumably do between their on-screen appearances, the writers will be heading back to the drawing board to discuss what they've learned. Meanwhile, here's our list of the top ten Cybermen stories across the entirety of Doctor Who.
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Idw Comics Announces New Projects Featuring Iconic Characters, and New Series From Popular Creative Talents

  • Cinelinx
San Diego Comic Con is the time for plugging future projects and Idw Comics is unveiling new ventures featuring iconic characters like Doctor Who and Little Nemo, as well as new series from popular creative talents such as Walter Simonson and Dave Simm.

Idw, the award-winning, San Diego based publisher of comics, graphic novels and trade paperbacks is releasing a myriad of new projects at Comic Con. First up, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, comes the Doctor Who Special, which will arrive during the final week of 2013, written by Paul Cornell and illustrated by Jimmy Broxton. The plot: A strange force flings the Tardis and the Doctor into our own universe! Once here, the Doctor encounters a 10-year-old girl who happens to be a huge fan of the Doctor Who TV show. The Doctor grapples with being a fictional character as well as and a monster
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Ten good books that made bad films

Hollywood directors seem to be sneaking into our homes in the night time, snatching away our favourite books and destroying them by regurgitating slapdash adaptations on the big screen. Everything from science-fiction favourites to timeless graphic novels have been snapped up by the jaws of some horrible, dollar-eyed monster and squeezed into an hour and a half of such terrible cinema that it would make anyone spit out their popcorn. Not even our most beloved childhood stories are safe anymore. We thought we'd venture through these awful remakes to bring you the worst offenders.

Warning: contains spoilers

10) Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

Lemony Snicket's novels were packed with dark humour and dry wit that tickled younger audiences. Following the story of the three Baudelaire orphans, the story spans over 13 books as their distant cousin Count Olaf brings about countless tragedies in an attempt to claim ownership to their inheritance.
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Top Ten Pixar Films

To coincide with the release of Pixar’s Cars 2, Thn has decided to pick its top 10 Pixar movies. Everyone has an opinion on their favourite Pixar film and after much deliberation we have decided ours. You can probably guess which film we decided was not worthy of a place in this illustrious list…

10. The Incredibles (2004)

Directed by Brad Bird this is the story about a group of superheroes trying to live a ‘normal’ life, (which is generally quite difficult when you and your kids have super powers). Mr Incredible (aka Bob Parr) and his wife Helen (Elastigirl) have been forced into superhero retirement along with their three children Dash, Violet and Jack-Jack. After years of struggling through life as a average person, Bob gets a chance to don the suit and become a superhero once again, and of course all the family want in on the action too as
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Alt.TV – 11/3/10

Are you bored of the same old TV shows? Tired of the mainstream? Then check out this round-up of alternative movies and series showing on UK television tonight…

8.00pm The Dead Zone (Zone Horror)

Johnny Smith had the perfect life, until he went into a coma for six years. When he awoke, he found his fiance married to another man and his son not knowing who he is. Even Johnny’s changed, one touch and he can see things. Us intelligence recruits Johnny to track down the world’s most wanted terrorist, Osama Bin Laden. Season Two, episode 16.

9.00pm The X-Files Movie (Film4)

Thirty-seven thousand years ago, a deadly secret was buried in a cave in Texas. Now the secret has been unleashed. And its discovery may mean the end of all humanity. When a terrorist bomb destroys a building in Dallas, Texas, FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully
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The Desire to Hide from the World Inspired Up

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Pixar, the CGI animation production company born out of Lucasfilm's Computer Division and acquired by Disney in 2007, has produced several of the most-enduring animated characters of the past two decades, from Buzz Lightyear to Nemo to Wall-e. In Up, Pixar's latest release, you won't find any animated toys or talking cars, only a curmudgeonly old man and his chubby 8-year-old Wilderness Explorer sidekick (and a few talking dogs, naturally).

With many of Pixar's other films -- Toy Story, Finding Nemo, A Bug's Life, Monsters, Inc. -- the title gives you a clue about what the film is about; not so with Up. When asked to describe the film, even director Pete Doctor had a hard time summing it up:

It's a hard movie to talk about in a way because it's got a lot of elements to it.... That's what we're trying to do all the time, is surprise people.
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