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Look for it to hit the big screen September 29
- Max Evry
Sony Pictures Imageworks, celebrating its 25th anniversary, is unique in Hollywood as the only studio-run visual effects and animation division. Formed in 1992 (now headquartered in Vancouver), Imageworks alternates between live-action/CG hybrids and animation with its younger sister, Sony Pictures Animation, which was founded in 2002.
Imageworks has won two Oscars (“Spider-Man 2” VFX and “The ChubbChubbs!” animated short) along with an Academy Sci-Tech award this year for an advanced shading program. But Imageworks first cut its teeth on “Speed,” “James and the Giant Peach,” “Jumanji,” “Starship Troopers,” and “Contact” before tackling “Stuart Little” in 1999, the first-cg-animated character to star in a live-action feature.
Since then, Imageworks spear-headed performance capture-based virtual production with director Robert Zemeckis (“Polar Express,” “Monster House”), and has continued to work on franchises including “Spider-Man” (“Homecoming” opens this week), “The Smurfs,” and “Hotel Transylvania.”
Here’s our ranking of the 10 best VFX moments from Imageworks:
10. Re-Inventing Invisibility »
- Bill Desowitz
The 12-year-old Oregon boy who was allegedly murdered by his mother was strangled to death, People confirms.
Caden Berry was found dead Saturday afternoon in the Keizer, Oregon, apartment he shared with his mother, police tell People. A neighbor found Caden’s body.
Shortly after the discovery, Amy Robertson, 38, was charged with aggravated murder in the death of her son, according to a Keizer police statement.
On Monday, police announced Caden died from asphyxia due to strangulation. It is unclear how or when Robertson allegedly strangled her son. Police believe he died sometime between Friday afternoon, when he was last seen alive, »
Looks like the holidays were a tough time for Carrie Underwood, whose dog suffered a herniated disk just before Christmas. Related: Carrie Underwood Is Flying High After Skydiving In Australia Underwood posted a video of her dog, adorably named Ace, in physiotherapy on Tuesday. You can see him slowly getting his mobility back and doing water […] »
- Jordan Appugliesi
Just as 2016 was coming to a close, it was confirmed that Lionsgate is moving ahead with The Expendables 4. Now, star and creator of the franchise Sylvester Stallone has offered an update. It sounds like it will be his next project, with shooting to take place in 2017 for a 2018 release date. In a special message delivered high above the skies of Florida via Facebook, Sly promises this final sequel will be something different. And he gives a tantalizing tease as to what, or whom, we may expect.
"Flying high in the sky, come fly with me! Okay, that's right, I know. Frank Sinatra is not rolling over in his grave and I don't blame him! Anyway, I'm on my way to Florida looking forward to that event, and I'm going to start working out. Working out for the next Expendables, that's going to be great! Fingers crossed. We're going to do our best, »
5 items from 2017
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