5 items from 2014
By Adrian Smith
(The following pertains to the UK, Region 2 releases)
Like Walt Disney before him, Gerry Anderson's name became a brand identifier in itself, a mark of quality. It is impossible to hear his name without automatically thinking of puppets on strings, whizzing spaceships and secret island hideouts. In tribute to Anderson, who sadly passed away two years ago before the completion of this documentary, Filmed in Supermarionation presents a brilliantly detailed history of his working life. The film is full of archival material detailing just how difficult it was bringing life to those puppets, along with interviews with many of those who worked alongside Anderson, most notably his wife and long-standing collaborator Sylvia who also provided the voice of Lady Penelope.
The documentary revisits some of the original studios that Anderson and his crew used and new footage is shot in Supermarionation (Gerry Anderson's term to »
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Anderson Productions has launched a Kickstarter campaign today to fund production of a pilot for Gerry Anderson’s FireStorm, a new adventure series in the tradition of the original Anderson series like Thunderbirds and Stingray. Only hours after its start, the campaign has already been 25% funded of its initial goal.
Once funded, the pilot will be filmed in “Ultramationation”, described as a new hybrid process “using a combination of puppetry, practical effects, physical props and sets, and model miniatures”. Fans of iconic Gerry Anderson shows like Space: 1999, Stingray, Captain Scarlet, UFO and Thunderbirds will be able to back the project to help fund the pilot episode in return for special limited edition rewards from props and collector edition DVDs, to set visits and film credits.
Originally developed by Gerry and his business partner John Needham, the project originally became a Japanese animated series produced in 2003. The new series starts from scratch, »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
Mike Myers has been busy since his last on-screen appearance in 2009′s Inglorious Basterds: busy painting variations on KFC’s Colonel Sanders, busy making GarageBand tunes, busy raising his two young children. But now he’s coming back to the film industry with his directorial debut, Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon – a documentary that follows talent manager Shep Gordon.
GQ spoke with Myers about Supermensch, what it was like standing next to Kanye West when he said that one thing, and how he really was the last person to receive a letter from The Beatles’ George Harrison. Read the »
- Ariana Bacle
Villordsutch: An easy question to start the ball rolling; which comic are you reading at the moment and is it any good?
Chris Burnham: 2000Ad on my iPad. The new Judge Dredd serial, Titan, is especially good. Judges who have gone rogue are shipped off to a prison on Saturn's moon Titan, and Dreddy has to lead a secret raid on the place to discover why all communication with the joint has mysteriously been cut off. Henry Flint is The 2000Ad artist of the last decade or so, and Rob Williams is doing a bang-up job of adding enough wrinkles and complications to make this simple set up sing. Good shit.
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- Gary Collinson
Written By: Mark Gatiss
Director: Jeremy Lovering
The Story: Sherlock Holmes returns from the dead…
The Verdict: Two years ago, a nation was left on tenterhooks as Sherlock Holmes seemingly leapt to his death, only to turn up again on screen a few minutes later alive and well, unbeknownst to his grief stricken friend John Watson. Online fandom exploded, imploded, then exploded again, as fans debated back and forth their theories as to how the super sleuth survived. Expectation grew and grew, as the months turned into years…
Creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat clearly knew that no matter what their solution would be, it wouldn’t satisfy all of the Sherlock fanbase, no matter how audacious or clever it was. Something entirely unexpected would be required so as to lessen the weight of expectation. Their eventual decision to tease the audience with several possible, if a little crazy and highly improbable, »
- Matt Dennis
5 items from 2014
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