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BearManor Media Officially Releases Heather A. Wixson’s Monster Squad, A New Book About the Adventures of Practical Effects Artists in Horror & Sci-Fi

  • DailyDead
Every makeup effect has a story behind it, but even more fascinating are the stories behind the makeup effects artists themselves. For years, Heather Wixson has shared her passion for the horror genre as the Managing Editor on Daily Dead, and we couldn't be more thrilled by the official release of her new book, Monster Squad, a celebration of practical effects artists and their incredible creations that made so many of us believe in the magic of movies and gave us nightmare fuel forever.

Now available from BearManor Media, Monster Squad: Celebrating the Artists Behind Cinema's Most Memorable Creatures shines a light on the artists who have worked tirelessly in the shadows behind the camera to create the jaw-dropping creatures that have haunted big screens and warmed our hearts.

Brimming with hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos and fascinating anecdotes in its 444 pages, Monster Squad takes you from humble beginnings in garages
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Nerd Alert: Arrow Vs Hawkeye, Minions Traffic Jam and More

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Nerd Alert: Arrow Vs Hawkeye, Minions Traffic Jam and More
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this tremendous Tuesday? Real Fake History explores the aftermath of Marvel's The Avengers' Battle of New York, an industrious fan builds his own Iron Man arc reactor and Chris Hardwick auditions to be a part of the Fantastic Four. But first, an inflatable Minion causes a traffic jam and we find out who would win in a fight against Arrow and Hawkeye! So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.

Arrow vs. Hawkeye in Minute Match-Up

Ismahawk has created a new Youtube series dubbed Minute Match-Up, where he puts pits various characters against each other in battle. This week we have dueling comic book archers, DC's Arrow and Marvel's Hawkeye, who
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Legacy Effects Comic-Con Panel Reveals How to Make a Dinosaur

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Culled from the, well…legacy of the Stan Winston School, the appropriately named Legacy FX is one of Hollywood’s leading practical effects company, responsible for some of the most remarkable and beloved film effects of all time. Jurassic Park? Yes. Terminator? Yep. Pacific Rim? You bet. Iron Man, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Avengers: Age of Ultron, the list goes on. They even had a hand in designing Avatar. For their Comic-Con Panel, Legacy team members Alan Scott, John Cherevka, Scott Patton, John Rosengrant, Dave Merritt and Trever Hensley headed up a panel, representing the myriad departments of effects creation, from paint to design to creature creation, and discussed the state of practical effects today in an intimate, small-scale panel that allowed for an open back and forth between the panelists and audience. This was one of those great panels that reminds you why Comic-Con can be a magical place for nerds.
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Comic-Con 2014 Film Panel Schedule: ‘Star Wars,’ ‘X-Men’ and More

Comic-Con 2014 Film Panel Schedule: ‘Star Wars,’ ‘X-Men’ and More
San Diego Comic-Con originally branded itself by aptly showing primarily comicbooks. Now, in its 45th year, the convention has become an entertainment haven, showcasing producers, stars, writers and hundreds of personalities to promote pop culture from July 23-27. View our tentative schedule of Comic-Con’s film panels and events below, with further updates as they are announced. Variety will be in attendance at Sdcc as well, bringing the news, interviews and important panel information to the web.

Variety’s constantly updating TV schedule for Sdcc can be found here.

July 24

The Legacy and Return of Battlestar Galactica” (10:30 a.m., Room 6Bcf) Original series actors Richard Hatch, Jamie Bamber and Luciana Carro, as well as the show’s science consultant Dr. Kevin Grazier and auction producer Alec Peters, host a discussion on the upcoming movie. Surprise guests and theatrical trailers are planned.

“Godzilla and The Master of Monsters” (11:00 a.
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'The Terminator' at 30: An oral history

'The Terminator' at 30: An oral history
Thirty years ago, a killing machine from 2029—assuming the form of an Austrian bodybuilder—arrived with a lethal directive to alter the future. That he certainly did. The Terminator, made for $6.4 million by a couple of young disciples of B-movie king Roger Corman, became one of the defining sci-fi touchstones of all time. Its $38 million gross placed it outside of the top-20 box-office releases for 1984, yet the film grew into a phenomenon, spawning a five-picture franchise that’s taken in $1.4 billion to date and securing a place on the National Film Registry, which dubbed it “among the finest science-fiction films in many decades.
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Stan Winston Week: A Look Back at Aliens with Tom Woodruff Jr., Howard Berger & Exclusive Photo Gallery

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A little over seven years after the release of Ridley Scott’s Alien arrived in theaters, James Cameron brought out the big guns (literally) with his action-oriented sequel Aliens, which dominated over the summer of 1986 as it held the number one spot on the box office charts for four weeks straight.

Starring Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, Carrie Henn, Jenette Goldstein, Mark Rolston, and William Hope, Aliens follows Ellen Ripley, the sole (human) survivor of the events of Scott’s original film, and a rag-tag crew of Colonial Marines back to the planet Lv-426 where Ripley and her crew first encountered the deadly alien species after a terraforming colony located there mysteriously goes dark.

The complete antithesis of Scott’s Alien, Cameron’s sequel was a raucous action/sci-fi mash-up that took everything that made the original movie so great and then kicked it up
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Stan Winston Week: Celebrating Leviathan with Ernie Hudson, Tom Woodruff Jr. & Exclusive Photo Gallery

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For the second day of our Stan Winston Week celebration, I wanted to shine the spotlight on another monster movie that I’ve always enjoyed, but it never seemed to get as much love as I thought it should- George P. CosmatosLeviathan. It’s a movie that wasn’t perfect by any means, but it was endlessly entertaining all the same, featuring a top-notch ensemble and tons of wonderfully weird and creepy creature effects created by Winston and his team of artists.

Starring Peter Weller, Richard Crenna, Daniel Stern, Ernie Hudson, Amanda Pays, Hector Elizondo, Meg Foster, Michael Carmine and Lisa Eilbacher, Leviathan was released in theaters everywhere on March 17, 1989 and took a respectable second place for the weekend, right behind Chevy Chase’s Fletch Lives. It only stayed in theaters for a total of three weeks, but still managed to haul in over $15 million during that run, which
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The Academy Explores the Technology of Stunts With “Real to Reel: The Art of Action”

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will explore how stunt artists utilize emerging technologies to bring previously impossible stunts to the screen in “Real to Reel: The Art of Action” on Friday, September 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

Using scenes from films including “The Matrix” (1999), “Transformers” (2007), “Alice in Wonderland” (2010), “Real Steel” (2011), “Warrior” (2011), “Skyfall” (2012), “The Master” (2012) and “Iron Man 3″ (2013), “Real to Reel” will illustrate how technology is expanding cinematic possibilities for stunt artists.

Hosted by stunt coordinator Garrett Warren, the night will include live demonstrations, behind-the-scenes footage and conversations with some of the films’ creative teams, who will discuss how scenes were created.

Warren was a martial artist before launching his on-screen career. He has served as stunt coordinator on such features as “Beowulf” (2007), “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” (2009), “Avatar” (2009), “Alice in Wonderland” (2010), “Real Steel” (2011) and “Lincoln” (2012). Most recently,
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Director Colin Trevorrow talks ‘Jurassic Park 4′

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I’ll always have a little place in my heart for Jurassic Park.

It started way back before the days of the Internet when I had to page through the Entertainment section of the Philly Inquirer for movie news. One day I read that Steven Spielberg announced he was making a movie called Jurassic Park about a theme park with live dinosaurs that goes terribly awry based on the novel by Michael Chrichton.

I was already a huge fan of Spielberg and knew this would be my favorite movie of whichever summer it was released. I immediately went to my local mom and pop bookstore, bought the book and quickly devoured it page by thrilling page. Needless to say I loved the book, which made my anticipation for the movie even more intense.

So, despite the diminishing returns of its sequels, I still have enough love for Jurassic Park (it
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Is John Krasinski Joining Jurassic Park IV?

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Is John Krasinski Joining Jurassic Park IV?
In June, plot details surfaced from Jurassic Park IV that indicate the actual theme park is up and running. Now we're hearing that The Office star John Krasinski is up for a role as one of the theme park workers in charge of 'taming' some of the dinosaurs. The role is being compared to that of Dennis Quaid's Mike Brody in Jaws 3D. At first it might sound horrible to compare Jurassic Park IV to Jaws 3D, until you realize that sequel had a pretty cool, smart concept. One that could make a pretty awesome movie if done right.

While director Colin Trevorrow has yet to comment on the potential casting of John Krasinski, he did address some of the other rumors present in that earlier story. While the theme park will be up and running, with water elements, it is said to feature tamed dinosaurs, including a "muzzled" T-Rex.
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Stan Winston Studio - Jurassic Park: Not All Digital

Though the digital dinosaurs were a significant part of the appeal of the original Jurassic Park as that level of realism had never before been reached in cinema, many of the shots to feature dinosaurs were actually full-scale practical robotic creations, conceived and produced at Stan Winston Studio.

Two key artists at Stan Winston’s side from the early 1980s until his death in 2008 are Shane Mahan and John Rosengrant. Now, the pair of craftspeople is together in a new company called Legacy Effects, but 20 years ago, they were ready to release their most ambitious film to that point – Jurassic Park.

The team at Stan Winston Studio spent a year building all of the practical dinosaurs which would shoot live on the set of the film, directed by Steven Spielberg and photographed by Dean Cundey. After production wrapped, Industrial Light and Magic matched their computer-generated dinosaurs to Sws’ designs and
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30 Things We Learned from the ‘Jurassic Park 3’ Commentary

Even though there’s pretty much no information about the upcoming Jurassic Park 4 film that was announced earlier this week, you’ll find plenty of speculation and discussion about it on the interwebs. So why not jump on that bandwagon and dissect the famous dinosaur movies? Yeah, we’d all like to go back to the original Jurassic Park for this Commentary Commentary, but sadly, Spielberg hasn’t sat down to record his thoughts on that or the sequel. That means we’re left with Jurassic Park 3. The plus side is that we get Stan Winston’s take on the whole thing as he is joined by other members of the film’s special effects team. And on to the commentary… Jurassic Park III (2001) Commentators: Stan Winston, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor, Michael Lantieri (special effects team) 1. The strongest focus throughout the commentary is the mixture of live-action and practical elements with CGI elements in the same
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Meet The Man Inside Jurassic Park's Velociraptor In New Behind-The-Scenes Video

Jurassic Park is famous for its groundbreaking blend of CGI and animatronic effects, creating terrifying robots both though good old-fashioned creature building and some of the earliest CGI in feature films, to the point that, at the time, nobody could tell the difference. But the film's scariest creatures, the velociraptors, were partly made using some of the oldest special effects in the movie business: guys in rubber suits. And if you don't believe that could work, check out this video from behind the scenes of Stan Winston's effects shop, narrated by one of the raptor suit performers, John Rosengrant. There's so much hilarious stuff in there, from the raptor people chasing their coworkers around the studio to Stan Winston himself peering down the dino tail, but also a fascinating look into the process of making puppets this elaborate and truly scary. There's more detail and images over at the
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Watch How Stan Winston’s Team Built the Raptor Suit for ‘Jurassic Park’

How does a human fit inside a raptor? The standard way would probably be as bite-sized chunks, but if you’re Stan Winston and the effects team behind Jurassic Park, you’d want the human being to be in one piece. This amazing behind-the-scenes video takes the raptor from a “garbage bag” test in foam to the terrifying final product. The actor inside the suit, John Rosengrant narrates and explains the process (as well as the challenges). The video is part of a larger blog post from the Stan Winston School which features even more information and still photos, but the video itself is remarkable (if only to watch a raptor ripping up a towel in front of The Terminator). There’s no doubt that this movie had a profound impact on audiences, and that scene in the kitchen is one of the keystones that made raptors a household name more frightening than T-Rex. It
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Clever Girl! The Making Of The Raptor Suit For Jurassic Park

I can't tell you how many times I've watched that scene in the kitchen where John Hammond’s (Richard Attenborough) grandchildren, Alexa (Ariana Richards) and her brother Tim (Joseph Mazzello) are hiding, but I can tell you at no time, ever, did I stop and think that I was watching a man in a dinosaur suit. And that my friends is the magic of Stan Winston Studio. The main suit performer was John Rosengrant, and concept artist Mark “Crash” McCreery filled in on another suit when a shot required two Raptors. The suit was created by making a body cast of Rosengrant, and then the dinosaur's form was sculpted around that. For Rosengrant, this was his first major role, he poured everything he could into. He learned to imitate the Raptor's movements by looking at illustrations, and worked with a physical trainer prior to shooting knowing that he would have
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Guest Blog: Scott Essman's They're Still Alive - The Universal Classic Monsters

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In celebration of the October 2nd Blu-ray release of the Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection from Universal Studios Home Entertainment, veteran horror historian Scott Essman has prepared a truly monstrous trip back through time for you classic horror fans!

It’s a quiet dusty morning in the summer of 1916 and all but a small eastern region of the San Fernando Valley is largely undeveloped, to say nothing of unpopulated. For the past year, inside of an unassuming front gate just over the hill from Los Angeles proper, two men are trying to forge their path in the fledgling motion picture business: Lon Chaney and Jack Pierce. Nascent actors Chaney, 33, and Pierce, 27, were completely unknown, but each had an angle; they could both work magic out of a simple makeup case, fully transforming their faces and even parts of their bodies to put themselves into a better position to be cast in a role.
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The Academy Invites 176 To Membership

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 176 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2012 to the Academy.s roster of members.

.These film professionals represent some of the most talented, most passionate contributors to our industry,. said Academy President Tom Sherak. .I.m glad to recognize that by calling each of them a fellow Academy member..

Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003.

The 2012 invitees are:

Actors

Simon Baker . .Margin Call,. .L.A. Confidential.

Sean Bean . .Flightplan,. .The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

Bérénice Bejo . .The Artist,. .Oss 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies.

Tom Berenger . .Inception,. .Platoon.

Demián Bichir . .A Better Life,. .Che.

Jessica Chastain . .The Help,. .The Tree of Life.

Clifton Collins,
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Jonah Hill, Terrence Malick, Melissa McCarthy and 173 others invited to join Academy

Jonah Hill, Terrence Malick, Melissa McCarthy and 173 others invited to join Academy
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences extended their 2012 membership invitations today to 176 lucky actors, directors, cinematographers, and other members of the filmmaking industry.

Terrence Malick, who somehow wasn’t already a member, received an invitation, as did fellow directors Rodrigo Garcia and Asghar Farhadi.

For actors, Melissa McCarthy’s invitation continues her incredible post-Bridesmaids rise. In addition, actors Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Andy Serkis, Jessica Chastain, and Octavia Spencer were all invited to be members, among others.

Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003, according to the Academy’s website.
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Oscar invites 176 artists and executives

HollywoodNews.com: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 176 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2012 to the Academy’s roster of members.

“These film professionals represent some of the most talented, most passionate contributors to our industry,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “I’m glad to recognize that by calling each of them a fellow Academy member.”

Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003.

The 2012 invitees are:

Actors

Simon Baker – “Margin Call,” “L.A. Confidential”

Sean Bean – “Flightplan,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Bérénice Bejo – “The Artist,” “Oss 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies”

Tom Berenger – “Inception,” “Platoon

Demián Bichir – “A Better Life,” “Che

Jessica Chastain – “The Help,” “The Tree of Life

Clifton Collins,
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"The Artist" Wins Big at the Oscars

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The Artist tops off its triumphant run throughout this awards season with a big night at the Oscars. And the winners are... in bold:

Best Picture

The Artist

The Descendants

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

The Help

Hugo

Midnight in Paris

Moneyball

The Tree of Life

War Horse

Directing

The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius

The Descendants, Alexander Payne

Hugo, Martin Scorsese

Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen

The Tree of Life, Terrence Malick

Actor In A Leading Role

Demián Bichir in A Better Life

George Clooney in The Descendants

Jean Dujardin in The Artist

Gary Oldman in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Brad Pitt in Moneyball

Actor In A Supporting Role

Kenneth Branagh in My Week with Marilyn

Jonah Hill in Moneyball

Nick Nolte in Warrior

Christopher Plummer in Beginners

Max von Sydow in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Actress In A Leading Role

Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs

Viola Davis in The Help
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