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Monster Artistry: A Quick Chat with Animation Legend Phil Tippett

24 July 2014 12:55 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

James Clarke chats with animation legend Phil Tippett

If you know your modern visual effects maestros, and if you know your stop- motion tauntaun from your stop-motion ED209, then you’ll know that Phil Tippett has been at the forefront of the visual effects and animation industries for the past forty years. His visual effects outfit, Tippett Studio, can count the recent movies Twilight, Ted and the forthcoming Jurassic World amongst its feature film credits. Outside of the feature film world, Phil has also recently completed work on a stop-motion, independently funded short entitled Mad God.

I had the chance recently for a quick catch up with Phil to chat with him about his studio’s new digital monster app that is a collaboration between his studio and Efexio to create the Tippett Creature Shop. In essence, the app allows users to purchase that ‘off the peg’, ready to use, »

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Happy Birthday 'Robocop'! Listen To Paul Verhoeven's DVD Commentary Plus Watch 'Siskel & Ebert' Review

17 July 2014 8:20 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Earlier this year, MGM admirably tried to reboot their "RoboCop" franchise to middling results. It wasn't exactly terrible, but it missed the edge and black humor of Paul Verhoeven's original. And it says something that 27 years later — the film was released today in 1987 — Verhoeven's movie still stands tall and holds up remarkably well. In fact, at one point, The Criterion Collection managed to get "RoboCop" into their lineup, first on laserdisc and then on DVD. It has long been out of print, but thankfully the commentary with Verhoeven, writer Ed Neumeier and producer Jon Davison has made it subsequent releases...or you can just listen below. After that check out the vintage "Siskel & Ebert" review of the movie, and spoiler alert, they really liked it. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Horror Stars Get Animated for Malevolent

15 July 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The producers of animated horror thriller Malevolent, the latest twisted picture from Coverage Ink Films, have just checked in with the first casting news and artwork! Read on for all the details and eye candy you need to animate your day!

From the Press Release

Morena Baccarin ("Homeland," "Firefly"), Ray Wise ("Twin Peaks," Robocop), and Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects, Halloween) have joined the cast of Malevolent.

In Malevolent a young woman must defeat her powerful, evil father in order to save herself and her siblings in this psychologically trippy, genre-bending Saw meets Groundhog Day gorer. Malevolent also happens to be animated, combining styles from the world of motion comics and anime. The unique plot and style drew the attention of Baccarin, Wise, and Moseley.

“We’re honored and excited to be working with such talented stars whose performances we’ve followed for years,” says executive producer and co-writer Tanya Klein. »

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Comic-Con 2014 Schedule for Saturday, July 26th

12 July 2014 11:52 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

San Diego Comic-Con has released the full schedule of events for Saturday, July 26, following the Thursday and Friday schedules that were released the past two days. You can clickHere to view the lineup in its entirety, which includes numerous comic book panels and events, but we have pulled out all of the movie, DVD and TV-related panels for your convenience.

San Diego Comic-Con has released the full schedule of events for Saturday, July 26, following the Thursday and Friday schedules that were released the past two days. You can clickHere to view the lineup in its entirety, which includes numerous comic book panels and events, but we have pulled out all of the movie, DVD and TV-related panels for your convenience.

Saturday, July 26

The Simpsons

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Simpsons-no gifts please-with creator Matt Groening, executive producer Al Jean, supervising director MikeAnderson, and director for life David Silverman. »

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Fantasia Film Fest announces full line-up

10 July 2014 9:31 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

 

Following previous announcements of their film lineup, the Fantasia International Film Festival has released their full lineup of movies to be shown at the 18th Annual festival, starting July 17.

New additions to the lineup include 2014 Cannes Selection When Animals Dream, directed by Jonas Alexander Amby and the return of Fantasia’s showcase of animated films, Axis.

Tickets for the festival go on sale starting July 16, and the festival runs through August 5.

View the whole press release of additional announcements below:

 

 

Fantasia Celebrates Its 18th Birthday

With Over 160 Feature Films Montreal, Thursday July 10, 2014 – 2014 is the year that Fantasia turns 18. We can’t believe it either. Fantasia’s 18th birthday means over 160 features and something in the neighborhood of 300 shorts, many being shown for the first time on this continent, a good number screening here for the first time anywhere in the world.In addition to being stacked with a multitude of breathtaking debut filmmaker discoveries, »

- Brian Welk

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What to Expect from The Expendables 3

27 June 2014 2:04 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tom Jolliffe on what to expect from The Expendables 3

Two films into the Expendables franchise, fans eagerly await the arrival of the third instalment. Thus far we have come to expect certain things. Firstly of course, lots of stuff gets blown up. That’s a given considering the cast which is a group of 80’s and 90’s action Gods. Then there’s the referential humour, that in the second film in particular was almost non-stop. Did the first two films entertain? For many yes. Did they fully deliver on the promise? Not really. The balance has never quite been right. The scripts always felt a bit jumpy and in many cases some key cast members felt wasted (namely Mr Van Damme in number 2).

Now, expectation and the end result can often be two very different beasts. Many felt upon the first announcement of the original Expendables film that this »

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Dino Supervisor Phil Tippett Teases "Big" Jurassic World Presence At Comic-Con

25 June 2014 11:50 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

  He only had one job! The man indirectly responsible for the violent dinosaur rampage at Jurassic Park in 1993, dinosaur supervisor Phil Tippett, better known for his Academy Award winning VFX work on classics like Jurassic Park, Star WarsRobocop, and soon for Jurassic World, let out a tweet earlier today teasing a possible Comic-Con appearance by an old friend. Check out his tweet below: - taking something Big out of storage - dusting off, polishing up, reconnecting w an old, 8-foot friend - see u at @Comic_Con . — Phil Tippett (@PhilTippett) June 25, 2014 Now, what this means is anyone's guess. At 8 feet, a T-Rex display isn't likely, but another famous Jurassic Park dinosaur could fit the bill, the menacing Velociraptor. The raptors used in the film were approximately 6-8 feet, which is considerably larger than what its real-life counterpart would've been, but it does fit what he says above. In case »

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Leviathan Blu-ray Release Details

25 June 2014 9:14 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

There’s still so much we don’t about our oceans, especially when it comes to what lies on their floors. In 1989′s Leviathan, a deep-sea mining crew is reminded of the saltwater’s deadly secrets when they find something horrifying living amongst a ship’s ruins at the sea bottom. This Peter Weller-starring film is shooting to the surface late this August as part of Scream Factory’s Summer of Fear, with a couple of bonus features in tow.

Set for an August 19th release on Blu-ray, you can pre-order the film now at Scream Factory and Amazon for around $25.00. This 1080p video resolution of Leviathan comes with new interviews and the theatrical trailer.

Press Release - “Five miles beneath the ocean surface, a crew of underwater miners stumbled upon a haunting secret. What they uncovered will strike terror into our hearts! On August 19, 2014, the long-awaited deep-sea sci-fi creature thriller Leviathan, »

- Derek Anderson

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Full Details for Scream Factory's Leviathan Blu-ray Come to the Surface

24 June 2014 10:48 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

A few months back we learned that Scream Factory had added the 1989 underwater monster flick Leviathan to their "Summer of Fear" schedule, and today full details about the release have come up to the surface. Read on for everything you need to know about this must-own Blu-ray!

From the Press Release

Five miles beneath the ocean surface, a crew of underwater miners stumbled upon a haunting secret. What they uncovered will strike terror into our hearts!

On August 19, 2014, the long-awaited deep-sea sci-fi creature thriller Leviathan, a film by George P. Cosmatos (Rambo: First Blood Part II, Cobra) finally unleashes on Blu-ray for the first time from Scream Factory. Starring Peter Weller (RoboCop), Richard Crenna (First Blood), Amanda Pays ("Max Headroom"), Daniel Stern (Home Alone), Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters), Michael Carmine (Batteries Not Included), Lisa Eilbacher (Beverly Hills Cop) and Hector Elizondo (The Celestine Prophecy), Leviathan features a solid script by veteran »

- John Squires

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"Sons Of Anarchy" Season 7 Updates

18 June 2014 8:11 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek new images of actors Charlie Hunnam and Drea De Matteo filming the 7th and final season of the FX  'biker drama' series "Sons Of Anarchy", plus take a look @ the latest Season 7 updates from "Soa" creator Kurt Sutter:

"...'Sons of Anarchy' concluded its Season 6 finale with the episode "A Mother's Work" and the killing of 'Tara' (Maggie Siff) by 'Gemma'  (Katey Sagal)..."

With Season 7 scheduled to air September 2014 and actors Ron Perlman ("Hellboy") and Maggie Siff not returning, Drea de Matteo ("The Sopranos"), David Labrava and Niko Nicotera have been promoted to the regular cast.

Robert Patrick ("T2"), Peter Weller ("RoboCop"), Emilio Rivera and Billy Brown will return in recurring guest roles. Cch Pounder and Kim Dickens will also appear in limited appearances, as well as shock rocker Marilyn Manson, guest-starring as a crime figure and drug addict.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Kurt Sutter. »

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The Definitive War Movies: 30-21

18 June 2014 6:54 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

As we continue with the list, we still see a lot of World War II, but throw in some World War I and Persian Gulf War, too. While some of the films in this portion of the list spin the war film into something a little more ingenious, it doesn’t completely rule out the idea of a patriotic call to arms film. We also see a few more foreign language films on the list, as well as some Oscar winners for their work. Without further ado, let’s light this candle.

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30.  Black Book (2006)

Directed by: Paul Verhoeven

Conflict: World War II

In 2008, the Dutch public named it the greatest Dutch film ever made. Who am I to argue? A surprisingly complete film from a director who has Showgirls and Hollow Man under his belt (and Starship Troopers and Robocop…I can’t be too hard »

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100 years of animated characters in live-action films

17 June 2014 8:44 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From 1914 to Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes in the present, Ryan charts the evolution of animated characters in live-action film...

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Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and this year's Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes chart the ascendance of a new, genetically-modified species of intelligent ape. Yet behind the scenes, these films also show us the technical evolution of digital effects, and how seamlessly live-action and computer-generated characters can be blended.

Where 20th Century Fox's earlier Planet Of The Apes films, beginning in 1968, used actors and prosthetic effects to bring their talking simians to life, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes used the latest developments in performance capture to create some extraordinarily realistic characters. With its story told largely from the perspective of a genetically-modified chimpanzee named Caesar, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' success hinged on the quality of its effects »

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DVD Review: 'RoboCop'

16 June 2014 3:30 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★☆☆☆In a modern world increasingly dependent on technology, you'd think a remake of Paul Verhoeven's RoboCop (2014) wouldn't necessitate the same near-future landscape of its predecessor. Surely in an age where drone warfare is legally waged, ubiquitous advertising is the norm and 24-hour news coverage plentiful, there couldn't be a better time for a revival of Verhoeven's cybernetic cop. The inaugural RoboCop was a cheap but endearing mash-up of violence and stop-motion effects. It felt trashy, but the film's sardonic tone and razor-sharp wit prevailed. In José Padilha's glossy revision, the aesthetic flaws have been ironed out but so too have the complex layers of socioeconomic criticism.

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'Halloween: The Complete Collection' Blu-ray Art and Full Details

13 June 2014 1:17 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Happy Friday the 13th! In celebration of this infamous and terror-inducing date (and with all due respect to that other masked fellow associated with today), Anchor Bay Entertainment and Scream Factory proudly unveil the official art for the September 23rd release of the Halloween The Complete Collection Blu-ray. Please see artwork below of the 15-disc Deluxe Edition and the 10-disc set. Stay tuned for more details, including updates on the bonus features and photos taken from behind the scenes!

For the legions of Halloween fans, the Deluxe Edition boasts 15 discs and contains all the Halloween feature films - Halloween, Halloween II, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, Halloween: H20, Halloween: Resurrection, Rob Zombie's Halloween and Halloween II. The set includes the never before released producers cut of Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers »

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Check Out Tom Whalen & Kevin Tong's 'RoboCop' Mondo Posters

12 June 2014 10:11 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

This month Detroit was supposed to unveil their statue of the cyborg crime fighter RoboCop, based on the original version of the character played by Peter Well in the Paul Verhoeven film. However, they were forced to delay the event for some reason, saying, "Please be advised, RoboCop’s Prime Directives have changed and today’s scheduled presentation and statue announcement at the Detroit Police Department has been cancelled." He still threw out the pitch at a baseball game (though it was the remake version), but this month's real tribute to RoboCop comes from two new Mondo pieces from Tom Whalen and Kevin Tong. Here's Tom Whalen's Mondo poster for RoboCop (via SlashFilm): »

- Ethan Anderton

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Competition: Win 'RoboCop' on Blu-ray

9 June 2014 5:31 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

From Brazilian Elite Squad director José Padilha comes RoboCop (2014), a hugely respectful 21st century reimagining of Paul Verhoeven's 1987 classic in which a critically injured police officer (here played by Joel Kinnaman) is transformed into a part-man, part-robot police officer designed to rid Detroit of crime. The film also stars Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson and Gary Oldman. To celebrate the home entertainment release of Padilha's remake, we have Three Blu-ray copies of RoboCop to give away to our always compliant civilian readership, courtesy of the generous folk at StudioCanal. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.

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The Bottom Shelf: Re-Animator, The Beast Within and more

9 June 2014 4:48 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Re-Animator, The Beast Within and Camp Dread are among the horror films to appear on DVD and Blu-ray this month. Nick takes a look...

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Wow. Just a month in and this regular post dedicated to the - shall we say - more idiosyncratic, less delicate of movies (or shall we just say “gory horrors and not-quite-b-movies”) has the splendid fortune of getting to review Stuart Gordon’s tongue-in-cheek classic, Re-Animator.

Produced by Brian Yuzna, the warped individual behind the brutal class satire/mutant cannibalism jaunt Society, and starring that rubber-faced icon of the midnight movie, Jeffrey Combs, this remains one of the crowning glories of 80s cult film-making. Re-Animator's essentially an outlandish, sillier take on Hp Lovecraft’s spin on the Frankenstein mad-scientist story, and Combs, who you’ll undoubtedly know from such box-office juggernauts as Doctor Mordrid and Cellar Dweller (reviewed here next month), plays brilliant-if-misguided medical student Herbert West. »

- ryanlambie

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Ten Best: Big-Screen Robots

8 June 2014 4:35 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Robots have been a part of cinema since its creation and still make for intriguing on-screen presences. With RoboCop set for a Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook, DVD and Blu-ray release on 9th June 2014 from Studiocanal, we count down the most memorable movie cyborgs to have graced our screens.

Evil Maria – Metropolis (1927)

Fritz Lang’s classic sees an inventor, who has created a robot to resurrect his deceased wife, apply the likeness of a popular female worked named Maria (played by Brigitte Helm) in an attempt to ruin her reputation amongst her peers. Once completed, the robot is an evil incarnation of Maria and wreaks havoc in the dystopian future depicted by Lang.

R2-D2/C-3Po – the Star Wars series (1977-2005)

Not only are these two of the most beloved robots in cinematic history, but one of the most revered fictional filmic double acts to adorn the screen. R2-D2 (played by »

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RoboCop Shows Some Balls in Detroit - Throws First Pitch

4 June 2014 11:19 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

RoboCop officially took over the city of Detroit yesterday as the crime fighter hit the streets to meet and take pictures with fans in celebration of #ROBOCOPDay and the Blu-ray and DVD release of the film.

RoboCop visited iconic landmarks including The Monument to Joe Louis, The Spirit of Detroit, 8 Mile, and Comerica Park. Additionally RoboCop visited top radio stations at Clear Channel, CBS Radio, and Greater Media Detroit and even did the weather on Wjbk-tv, the local Fox affiliate.

The day concluded as he threw the ceremonial first pitch at the beginning of the game between the Detroit Tigers and Toronto Blue Jays, with the first 10,000 fans receiving a commemorative RoboCop poster and some lucky fans taking home a copy of the new Blu-ray. RoboCop took photos with players, invaded the press box, and kept the peace with passionate fans.

About RoboCop

Directed by José Padilha, RoboCop stars Joel Kinnaman, »

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RoboCop (2014) Blu-ray Review

3 June 2014 12:38 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Director Jose Padilha and screenwriter Joshua Zetumer's RoboCop isn't so much a remake of the Paul Verhoeven 1987 classic film of the same name as it is a mirror image of the original's Alex Murphy story using some of the same characters and settings. RoboCop's post-transformation relationship with his family is freshly explored while his quest to seek vengeance on those who mortally wounded him is more of a footnote. I miss the original's spunk, attitude and R-rating, but there's enough of a foundation in this new direction to warrant exploring the character in a second film.

Padilha's RoboCop is an allegory for the intrusion of technology and padding of corporate pockets as it was in the original. In keeping with modern times, the emphasis is on drone warfare and the pros and cons this robotic technology offers to human security practices. The opening set piece involving two-legged and »

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