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12 items from 2014


Going it alone: Tom Hardy's Locke and 8 more incredible solo performances

18 April 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Tom Hardy delivers a mesmerising solo performance in this week's Locke, holding attention for the duration as the only actor on screen. Steven Knight's car-bound thriller is the latest in a long line of films that have zeroed in on one character and offered the lead an opportunity to flex their acting chops.

With Locke in cinemas now, Digital Spy takes a look at 8 great performances from stars going it alone.

Robert Redford (All Is Lost)

The Hollywood veteran barely utters a word in Jc Chandor's nautical survival drama, but his performance as a man battling nature and his sinking yacht is still devastatingly effective. The ending leaves a note of ambiguity, but up until that point this has been a clear-eyed drama about doing what needs to be done when things go bad.

James Franco (127 Hours)

Based on Aron Ralston's ordeal trapped beneath a boulder in the canyons of Utah, »

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Trumbull's 4K 120Fps Film 'Ufotog' Premiering at Seattle's Cinerama

10 April 2014 2:22 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

He changed the industry forever with the visual effects for 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner. Can he do again in 2014? After following its development for years, visual effects master Doug Trumbull is premiering his first experimental 4K 3D 120Fps film titled Ufotog at the Second Fictional Festival this May up at Seattle's Cinerama. We've written about this odd Ufotog project a few times before and have been patiently awaiting its arrival, mostly just to see what all the hype is behind this latest sci-fi experience that Trumbull has come up with. Press releases are hitting now confirming the premiere in Seattle. Read on. Details in the press release (via PRNewswire): Paul G. Allen's iconic Seattle Cinerama Theater announces its second annual Science Fiction Festival, running from May 1-12, with 12 days of special programming. The festival will be highlighted by the world premiere of Douglas Trumbull's short film, »

- Alex Billington

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The Definitive Kubrickian Films: 10-1

31 March 2014 9:55 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

What’s difficult about making this list is finding a balance between a successful Kubrickian film that either predates or pays homage to Kubrick and, for lack of a better term, is a ripoff. Now that we’ve hit the apex, it’s clear that these are, regardless of influence, quality films. What sets them apart is their ability to evoke Kubrick’s greatness (or inspire it), while delivering a stand-alone masterpiece. If Kubrick took the helm for any of these films, the result wouldn’t delineate too much. Still. Kubrick is a genius because he always kept us guessing.

courtesy of theweeklings.com

10. Fitzcarraldo (1982)

Directed by Werner Herzog

What makes it Kubrickian? It’s a film about extreme obsession and the unreasonable lengths a man will go to when consumed by it. Fitzcarraldo is the story of Brian Sweeny “Fitzcarraldo” Fitzgerald (Klaus Kinski) and his entry into the rubber industry. »

- Joshua Gaul

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Jodorowsky’s Dune | Review

21 March 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Resurrecting Sci-fi Legend: Pavich Taps Alejandro

Frank Herbert’s epic novel Dune has been a sci-fi benchmark since it’s original release back in 1965, and since, there have been several attempts at a worthy film adaptation. No one guessed that psychedelic surrealist Alejandro Jodorowsky, who rose to fame for his midnight oddities El Topo and The Holy Mountain, would be the man to stake his claim for the task. After a friend suggested he check out the book, Jodorowsky (without initially reading it first) decided it to be the follow up to his 1973 sleeper hit. His goal was to use the interstellar opera to expand the consciousness of youth the world over, reproducing the mind-bending effects of LCD without taking the drug itself. Fancying himself a movie-making martyr with a metaphysical mission, Jodorowsky remarkably amassed a past and future A-list cast and crew of ‘spiritual warriors’ (as he called »

- Jordan M. Smith

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Bricklayers: The Making of The Lego Movie

19 March 2014 6:21 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg chats with Rob Coleman, Grant FreckeltonDamien Gray and Max Liani from Animal Logic about bringing the iconic Lego bricks to the big screen... 

"Lin Pictures and Warner Bros had seen our in house directed work on Lego® Star Wars® The Padawan Menace [2011] which was the TV short that we worked on with Lucas Films and Lego; they were impressed by the level of detail in that episode and that coupled with our long standing relationship with Warner Bros. helped us land the project,” explains Animal Logic Head of Animation Rob Coleman as to how the Australian visual effects facility became involved with The Lego Movie (2014).  “Animal Logic created an animated test that was screened to the Warner Bros. studio executives and that is what fundamentally led to the film being greenlit and awarded to Animal Logic.”  The duo behind Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009), Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, »

- Trevor

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Fillion, Gaiman, Tennant and More Scheduled for The Real History Of Science Fiction

10 March 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

April 19th is getting better and better. First we get the premiere of Season 2 of the so-very-excellent Orphan Black on BBC America, and now comes news of another premiere that follows directly after: a new docu-series entitled The Real History of Science Fiction.

Check out all the deets below, including an outrageously wonderful list of contributors, from William Shatner to Neil Gaiman to Ursula K McGuin, and So Many More:

BBC America Premieres New Original Docu-Series The Real History of Science Fiction on April 19 As told by the genre’s greatest pioneers, the four-part docu-series explores recurring science fiction themes: Robots, Space, Invasion and Time

New York –, March 10, 2014 – BBC America delves into the real history of science fiction with filmmakers, writers, actors and graphic artists looking back on their experiences and on how their obsession and imagination has taken them into the unknown. The new original documentary series is a »

- Erin Willard

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Trailers from Hell: Stanley Kubrick's Game Changer '2001: A Space Odyssey'

10 March 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Destination Outer Space! kicks off at Trailers from Hell, with director John Landis introducing Stanley Kubrick's epic sci-fi classic, "2001: A Space Odyssey."Many a baby boomer’s most treasured recollections of the 1960s include one or more altered-state viewings of Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke’s game-changing science fiction film, which combined extraordinary, state-of-the-art special effects with a metaphysical meditation on life, death and rebirth played out in Super Panavision 70. Douglas Trumbull’s groundbreaking visual effects remain as convincing as any found 45 years later in Alfonso Cuaron’s equally awe-inspiring Gravity. Many sci fi fans approached 2001 with skepticism since it was touted as the pinnacle of the genre, only to become lifelong devotees. It would be interesting to contrast Martin Balsam’s rejected performance as the voice of the computer Hal with that of Douglas Rain, who was hired to be less “emotional” than Balsam. »

- Trailers From Hell

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2001: A Space Odyssey

9 March 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Many a baby boomer’s most treasured recollections of the 1960s include one or more altered-state viewings of Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke’s game-changing science fiction film, which combined extraordinary, state-of-the-art special effects with a metaphysical meditation on life, death and rebirth played out in Super Panavision 70. Douglas Trumbull’s groundbreaking visual effects remain as convincing as any found 45 years later in Alfonso Cuaron’s equally awe-inspiring Gravity. Many sci fi fans approached 2001 with skepticism since it was touted as the pinnacle of the genre, only to become lifelong devotees. It would be interesting to contrast Martin Balsam’s rejected performance as the voice of the computer Hal with that of Douglas Rain, who was hired to be less “emotional” than Balsam.

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Want to know all the stuff 'The Lego Movie' is riffing on? Here's a reference guide

14 February 2014 11:50 AM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Before The Lego Movie could hit theaters last Friday, some assembly was required.

Correction: A lot of assembly.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s incredibly entertaining “block”buster is a hyperkinetic Frankenfilm, cobbled together from a variety of sources both huge (the classic “hero’s journey” monomyth) and teeny (does a certain dolphin noise sound familiar?). The movie is also filled with casting in-jokes, snippets of dialogue borrowed from other movies, and callbacks to the directors’ past work. All in all, it’s enough to make your head spin, Lego minifigure-style — there’s no way for one person to catch »

- Hillary Busis

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Gravity pulls in 6 trophies while Frozen casts a spell at Ves Awards

13 February 2014 8:22 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Looks like animated fairy tale Frozen is on a hot streak and Gravity is going to be hard to pull away from at the Oscars after the members of the Visual Effects Society gather last night at Beverly Hilton to announce the winners of the 12th Annual Ves Awards.  

The event attended by 1000 guests was hosted by comedian Patton Oswalt (Ratatouille) with the awards being handed out by Grammy Award winning artist Pharrell Williams and actors Johnny Knoxville (Jackass), Bruce Boxleitner (Tron), Michael Ealy (Underworld: Awakening), Sophie Kennedy Clark (Dark Shadows), Jamie Kennedy (Son of the Mask), Sharon Lawrence (Hidden Palms), Richard Schiff (Se7en) and Alyssa Sutherland (Day on Fire). 

The appearance of surprised presenter Sandra Bullock (A Time to Kill) foreshadowed a great night for Gravitywhich won 6 of the 24 categories.  Other big winners included Frozen, Game of Thrones and PETA.  Pioneering careers were also lauded as previous Ves Méliès »

- Trevor

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Visual Effects Society Awards: ‘Gravity’ Soars, ‘Frozen’ Sparkles

12 February 2014 8:28 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Visual Effects Society proved that “Gravity” is causing as much buzz among vfx pros as it is among worldwide audiences.

By the time the pic collected the award for visual effects in a visual effects-driven motion picture, the org’s equivalent of best picture, it had already collected five of the six awards it was nominated for. It finished with six kudos, with star Sandra Bullock in attendance as a presenter and director Alfonso Cuaron an honoree.

Gravity” just proved to great a force to overcome, even for such highly regarded vfx pictures as “Pacific Rim” and “Iron Man 3.  Only “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” was able to beat out “Gravity” for a feature film vfx category, as its eponymous dragon beat out the animated George Clooney in “Gravity” for top animated character in a live-action feature.

“It’s been a great evening” said “Gravity” vfx supervisor Tim Webber, »

- David S. Cohen

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Visual Effects Society Awards: ‘Gravity’ Soars, ‘Frozen’ Sparkles

12 February 2014 8:28 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Visual Effects Society proved that “Gravity” is causing as much buzz among vfx pros as it is among worldwide audiences.

By the time the pic collected the award for visual effects in a visual effects-driven motion picture, the org’s equivalent of best picture, it had already collected five of the six awards it was nominated for. It finished with six kudos, with star Sandra Bullock in attendance as a presenter and director Alfonso Cuaron an honoree.

Gravity” just proved to great a force to overcome, even for such highly regarded vfx pictures as “Pacific Rim” and “Iron Man 3.  Only “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” was able to beat out “Gravity” for a feature film vfx category, as its eponymous dragon beat out the animated George Clooney in “Gravity” for top animated character in a live-action feature.

“It’s been a great evening” said “Gravity” vfx supervisor Tim Webber, »

- David S. Cohen

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