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The Dark Knight: Two Disc Special Collector’s Edition DVD Review -- Nico says The Dark Knight works as a crime thriller as well as a Batman movie

9 December 2008 | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Anyone who has read my reviews knows that I grew up Marvel, but should know I’ve always had a place in my heart (and firm opinions) for certain DC Characters. I anxiously wait for a big screen Green Lantern flick. I hope they relegate Superman to team movies only. Above all, I hope they keep doing Batman the right way because I’ve been fooled before. I remember when I was coughcough years old and looking forward to Tim Burton’s Batman. I thought Michael Keaton was a weird choice for Batman/Bruce Wayne, but was proven wrong and couldn’t wait for Batman Returns. This started a rapid, downhill slide of disappointment until a Brit by the name of Christopher Nolan entered the picture and brought Batman Begins to the screen. I thoroughly enjoyed Batman Begins, but had that familiar pang in my gut. Could Christopher Nolan avoid »

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'Transformers' Extended Edition on Blu-ray and Original 'Star Trek' Flicks as Well

11 November 2008 6:20 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Blu-ray.com has an interesting new update that says Paramount is set up to release the first six Star Trek films on Blu-ray, timed to hit shelves around the May 8 release of the new Star Trek as well as plans to release an extended version of the original Transformers film around the June 26 release of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. I didn't know it could get any longer considering the first Transformers timed out at 2 hours and 23 minutes. I highly doubt they left many effects on the cutting room floor so does this mean we get more Shia? Or perhaps more of the dog... If there are more shots of the robots I hope it is an extended scene of Bumblebee peeing on John Turturro or perhaps more of the robots hiding around Shia's house. Those scenes were off the chains! As for the Star Trek releases, those I am actually quite excited for. »

- Brad Brevet

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Time For Another Catwoman/Batman 3 Rumor

14 October 2008 8:50 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Besides the Terrence Howard/Iron Man 2 story, it’s kind of a slow news day, so you know what that means… Time for another Catwoman casting rumor for Batman 3!

Batman-On-Film has run a story about Rhona Mitra being potentially, Catwoman. “In the mix” is the term they used, citing legitimate sources “that some ‘people’ were impressed by her turn in Doomsday.”

 

Now let’s not get all crazy on the venerable Batman-On-Film - they are the First to say this is Purely a rumor, thin as dental floss.

Remember, there is no script for Batman 3 but people tend to throw names and plots around. I can’t imagine who wouldn’t want to be a part of Batman, but the parties involved have not released any official information. Catwoman is a big character in the Batman mythology so there’s a decent possibility that she may be included in the next film. »

- Carl Lee

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Blu-ray Review: The Nightmare Before Christmas (Collector's Edition)

8 October 2008 1:50 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Pumpkin King Jack Skellington is bored with Halloween, tired of delivering the same old scares each and every year. After inadvertently discovering a doorway to Christmastown, the good-natured skeletal ruler decides to give Santa Claus and his elves a bit of a break and take over the holiday himself, positive he can do a better job bring happiness and joy to the children of the world than the jolly man in red ever could. Things unfortunately do not go as planned. Jack discovers the true meaning of Christmas, but doing it so late he puts the entire holiday in mortal jeopardy. I've always had a great fondness for The Nightmare Before Christmas, Tim Burton's yuletide fable of ghoulish delights and sinisterly merry songs. Directed by stop-motion maestro Henry Selick and with a score by frequent Burton collaborator Danny Elfman, the film is one-of-kind family entertainment that both tickles my »

- Sara Michelle Fetters

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Shadows Of The Dark Knight: The History of Batman - Part 3 of 3

16 September 2008 7:13 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

This is the final part in a 3 part series covering the history of Batman. You can read part one here and part two here.

1995 saw Joel Schumacher take the directing reins with Batman Forever. Recasting Batman, with the younger and more athletic Val Kilmer - this version of Batman was more child-friendly and commercial, right down to Jim Carrey’s casting as The Riddler. An introduction of Robin also helped to lighten the character and Tommy Lee Jone’s Two-Face was a half-lightened version of his comic character. Financially more successful than Batman Returns it appeared Schumacher’s neon lit Gotham City was what enthusiasts of the franchise desired.

Then he delivered Batman and Robin.

 

With Kilmer filming The Saint (much to Schumacher’s annoyance) George Clooney was brought on board for a third incarnation of Batman. Batman was now once again a guest star, this time in his own movie, »

- Niall Browne

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Hoffman: 'I'd Love To Play The Penguin'

9 September 2008 3:11 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Philip Seymour Hoffman is thrilled he's among the names in contention for Batman villain The Penguin, because he has always wanted to play the comic book bad guy.

Despite The Dark Knight star Michael Caine's confirmation that the Capote star has already landed the role, Hoffman insists he's yet to be officially offered the part - but he can't wait for the phone call.

He tells TheStoneReport.com, "I grew up a comic book fan, so I love that stuff. I love going to that stuff. I think what they're doing with that whole Batman story is really true to what that whole Batman thing has always been.

"It's one of the darkest origins of a superhero, to get all nerdy and geeky on you. That character sees his parents gunned down as a young child. I remember when I was a kid reading that story, so seeing it now come to life as the dark tale that it really is intense, really dark, very visceral."

If he lands the role, he'll follow Danny DeVito, who played The Penguin on the big screen in 1992's Batman Returns. »

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Shadows Of The Dark Knight: The History of Batman - Part 2 of 3

8 September 2008 9:07 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

This is the second in a 3 part series covering the history of Batman. You can read part one here.

In 1966 Batman was given a shot in the arm by the hit Pop Art inspired television series that is still iconic today. Starring Adam West and Burt Ward as Batman and Robin, as well as a wealth of guest stars including Caesar Romero, Frank Gorshin, Julie Newmar and even horror icon, Vincent Price, Batman was a show that was watched and treasured by adults and children alike. Bright colours and Dutch angles peppered the show, as well as the thunderous and vivid onomatopoeic cries of “Pow”, “Bam” and “Biff.”

 

While not overtly true to the original comic book origins, this interpretation of Batman maintained his existence, and would help the persona persevere into the 1970’s. Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams transported the caped crusader back into the real world and »

- Niall Browne

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Bollywood turning out more scifi with Endhiran (Robot)

7 September 2008 9:24 PM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

S. Shankar's 10th film which has been on hold due to various problems for some time now is slated to begin production shortly, and it may be an Indian produced film, but locations have been scouted all over the globe and it looks like a real international production. "While Mary E Vogt, the well known designer who has worked in Hollywood movies like Men in Black, Batman Returns and Inspector Gadget will be designing the scientific outfits for the sci-fi movie, the animatronics of the film will be handled by the Stan Winston Studio (USA), which was responsible for the impressive animation sequences in movies such as Predator, Jurassic Park, Pearl Harbor, Iron man and the Terminator. The visual effects and animatronics co-ordination will be done by Indian Artiste. Stunt director Yuen Woo Ping, who made audiences gasp with his stunts in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Matrix and Kill Bill, »

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Don Lafontaine, who voiced trailers, dies

2 September 2008 7:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Don Lafontaine, the undisputed viceroy of voiceovers, died Monday of complications from the treatment of an ongoing lung-related illness. He was 68.

Before his death, he had provided voiceovers for an estimated 5,000 movie trailers, including "Batman Returns," "The Terminator," "Cast Away," "The Elephant Man" and "Dr. Strangelove." Many of those began with his catchphrase, "In a world where ..."

The world Lafontaine inhabited was one where his voice was hugely familiar, though his name was not. But in that world, he was king. "He basically changed and reinvented the narrative and presentation sound of a trailer," voice artist George DelHoyo said. "It used to be more of giving names of who was in the film. He gave it urgency, importance, intelligence and a point of view."

Added SAG president Alan Rosenberg: "Don was a phenomenal actor and a prodigious and amazing voice talent who could, like the best voice artists, make any material uniquely his own. »

- By Barry Garron

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Batmobile Up For Sale?

21 August 2008 1:25 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

The hit action film “The Dark Knight” starring Christian Bale and Heath Ledger continues to win big box office sales. Now, an authentic Batmobile from Batman Returns will be auctioned at the 38th Annual Kruse International Auction in Auburn, Indiana over Labor Day weekend. The prop vehicle from Tim Burton’s 1992 Batman movie is being auctioned off to try to bring in a bigger crowd to this year’s sale, which is expected to draw over 175,000 people according to a Kruse representative. The representative states that this will be the largest Auburn Fall Collector Car Auction in the history of Kruse.” Similar but less valuable Batmobiles have gone for as much as $550,000 at auctions in the vein of Kruse’s, [...] »

- Tessa Petrocco

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50 Fascinating Madonna Facts

15 August 2008 9:06 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Happy birthday Madonna! The Material Girl has hit the big 5-0 and we thought we'd celebrate by searching through cyberspace, books and articles to find 50 fascinating facts you may or may not know about Mrs. Ritchie.

From her personal statistics, Italian roots and early successes to her all-conquering pop landmarks and the crazy things that have been named after her, feast your eyes on this treasure of trivia:

- Madonna once drummed for New York pop group the Breakfast Club. A later member of the band was American Idol judge Randy Jackson. Ex-boyfriends Dan Gilroy and Stephen Bray were also members of the Breakfast Club.

- Madonna beat out acting greats Glenn Close, Frances McDormand, Debbie Reynolds and Barbra Streisand to grab a Best Actress Golden Globe Award in 1997 for her role in Evita.

- Madonna has acted in 22 films.

- The Recording Industry Association of America has named Madonna the best-selling female rock artist of the 20th century. She's also the second top-selling female artist in the United States with 63 million certified albums.

- The Guinness World Records list Madonna as the world's most successful female recording artist of all time; she has sold over 200 million records worldwide.

- Madonna is one of six children born to Silvio Ciccone and Madonna Louise Ciccone (nee Fortin). She was named after her mother.

- She also has a stepbrother and stepsister from her father's second marriage to his former housekeeper Joan Gustafson.

- Born in Bay City, Michigan, Madonna's roots stretch back to Pacentro in Italy, where her grandparents came from. In 1988, town officials in Pacentro began to construct a 13-foot (4 meter) statue of Madonna.

- Madonna was a member of the cheerleading team at Rochester Adams High School.

- Madonna worked in a New York City Dunkin' Donuts while she was struggling to make it as a dancer in the Big Apple. She was reportedly fired after squirting jam in a customer's face.

- Madonna's first single, Everybody, was released on 24 April, 1982.

- Madonna's hit album Like A Virgin is among the Definitive 200 Albums of All Time, according to the Rock + Roll Hall of Fame, which inducted the pop star earlier this year.

- As well as starring alongside Sean Penn in Shanghai Surprise, Madonna also joined her then-husband onstage in her theatrical debut Goose + Tom Tom in 1986.

- Madonna and Sean Penn separated on New Year's Eve (31Dec) 1988.

- Madonna's Confessions Tour is the highest grossing concert tour by a female artist.

- Madonna is the most successful female in her adopted U.K.'s pop charts and has more number one singles than any other female solo artist.

- Madonna has a new species of tardigrade named after her. The anthropod-type animals, also known as water bears, are often found living on mosses. They can survive in extreme conditions that would kill most other living species.

- Madonna's father, Tony Ciccone, recently decided to advance his winery business by releasing Madonna Wine, which is available in five varieties: Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Gewurztraminer, Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay. Prices range from $25 (GBP12.50) to $40 (GBP20) per bottle.

- Celebrity Cellars also produced a line of collectible wine, called Madonna - Confessions on a Dance Floor.

- Madonna made her London West End stage debut in 2002 in Up for Grabs.

- Madonna's first children's book, The English Roses, was published in 2003 and she has since published a total of 10 books.

- Madonna was among the inaugural UK Music Hall of Fame inductees in 2004.

- Madonna has released a total of 68 official singles to date, according to the singer's own website.

- Madonna was among People Magazine's '50 Most Beautiful People of 1991' and '25 Most Intriguing People of 2001'.

- In March 2007, Madonna created a clothing line for the retailer H+M.

- Madonna is good friends with Sting and his actress wife Trudie Styler, who introduced her to director Guy Ritchie. The couple fell in love and are now husband and wife.

- Sting is godfather to Madonna and Guy Ritchie's son Rocco.

- Madonna is the only artist who performed at the benefit concerts Live Aid (1985), Live 8 (2005), and Live Earth (2007).

- Madonna suffers from brontophobia - a fear of thunder.

- Madonna was considered for the role of Catwoman/Selina Kyle in the 1992 film Batman Returns. She turned the part down and the role went to Michelle Pfeiffer. She also fought for the role of Ginger in Casino, but lost out to Sharon Stone.

- Madonna turned down leading roles in Showgirls and The Fabulous Baker Boys.

- Madonna is 5 feet, 44 inches (1.64 metres) tall. Her measurements are 34C-23-33.

- Madonna does not have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was selected for the honour in 1990 but she showed no interest and the invitation has now expired. Walk of Fame spokeswoman Ana Martinez-Holler states that, in order to receive a star, Madonna would have to be "resubmitted for a nomination," adding, "since she is not interested, I highly doubt that she will give a nominator the permission to do so."

- Madonna was paid $5 million (GBP2.5 million) by Pepsi to film a commercial that never even aired. Pepsi bosses pulled the controversial ad, which was related to her Like A Prayer video and full of religious overtones.

- Madonna has won nine Razzie Awards: Worst Actress for Shanghai Surprise in 1987, Worst Actress for Who's that Girl in 1988, Worst Actress for Body of Evidence in 1994, Worst Supporting Actress for Four Rooms in 1996, Worst Actress of the Century in 2000, Worst Actress for The Next Best Thing in 2001, Worst Actress and Worst Screen Couple for Swept Away in 2003, and Worst Supporting Actress for Die Another Day in 2003.

- Gwen Stefani, Celine Dion and Mark Wahlberg are distant relatives of Madonna, according to a recent ancestry study.

- Madonna auditioned for the part of Kevin Costner's high-maintenance love interest in The Bodyguard. Whitney Houston landed the role.

- Madonna played a lesbian witch in the 1996 movie Four Rooms.

- Madonna originally dreamed of becoming a ballet dancer.

- The Beastie Boys supported Madonna on her very first solo tour.

- Madonna was ranked Number 1 on VH1's '100 Sexiest Artists' in 2002.

- Madonna has been nominated for a total of 18 Grammy Awards; she has won five.

- Madonna has been a vegetarian since she was 15.

- Madonna hates the colour orange.

- Madonna was named one of People magazine's worst-dressed, in 1999.

- Madonna's controversial Sex book, which featured naked photos of the Material Girl, was so popular that a re-print had to be ordered within 48 hours.

- Madonna dedicated her album True Blue to then-husband Sean Penn, who she called "the coolest guy in the universe".

- Gwyneth Paltrow was Maid of Honour at Madonna's Scottish wedding in 2000.

- Fight Club director David Fincher was the man behind the camera on four of Madonna's videos.

- Madonna's What It Feels Like For A Girl and Justify My Love were banned from MTV. »

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If Joss Whedon Had Done Batman

12 August 2008 10:16 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Wow, what a crazy combination of fans. Take Joss Whedon and his Joss-Verse fan craze and combine that with the Batman fan following and I think we would have seen quite an explosion across both worlds.

Before Christopher Nolan got the nod to reboot the Batman mythos, Joss Whedon had pitched his own idea for the next film for the Caped Crusader to Warner Bros!

When Warner Bros was developing the new take, he admits his version was a bit less epic and more Gotham City centric. We’d watch Batman’s progression within the city, though it had the same vibe as Batman Returns.

The bigger twist, or the originality we’ve come to expect of Joss Whedon, was that that bad guy in his version was not a known commodity. It would have been a new bad guy that was more along the lines of a Hannibal Lector type. »

- Bruce Simmons

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'Mummy' dearest at international boxoffice

4 August 2008 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

With one month to go before the trek back to school begins, the blockbuster action adventures keep pouring out in assembly-line mode, with the past weekend's new offering, Universal's "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor," dominating the overseas boxoffice with a superb $61.2 million from 4,020 sites in 27 countries.

The China-set thriller with Asian stars Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh took over the market leadership from Warner Bros.' "The Dark Knight," which tallied $38.2 million from about 6,500 screens in 51 markets, raising its international gross to $203.7 million. "Mummy" took control overseas thanks mainly to record-breaking openings in Southeast Asia but disappointed in its domestic debut as Batman maintained his rule.

Meanwhile, the summer boxoffice keeps rolling along, with "Mamma Mia!" taking in $16.4 million; "Wall-e," $15.5 million; "Kung Fu Panda," $12.3 million; "Hancock," $11.9 million; "The X Files: I Want to Believe," $8.7 million; and "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian," $8.7 million.

South Korea led the welcome parade for the third return of "Mummy," where it was Universal's biggest opening of all time with $13.7 million. Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand registered No. 1 openings, providing the studio with its biggest or second-biggest weekend opening of all time, according to Universal Pictures International.

Overall, the Rob Cohen-directed adventure opened No. 1 in 25 territories, grossing $13.3 million in Russia, $6.5 million in Spain, $5 million in Mexico and $3 million in Brazil. The Brendan Fraser/Maria Bello starrer still has 38 markets to play in the next six weeks, with the U.K., France and Germany on tap this weekend.

The Caped Crusader, never an overseas favorite equal to "Spider-Man" or "Pirates of the Caribbean," made it past the $200 million mark for the first time ever, surpassing 1989's "Batman" ($160 million), 1992's "Batman Returns" ($120 million), 1995's "Batman Forever" ($149.6 million), 1997's "Batman & Robin" ($126.4 million) and 2005's "Batman Begins" ($166.5 million).

Over the weekend, "Dark Knight" led the U.K. for the second weekend in a row with $13.4 million from 1,021 prints, dropping a slender 22% from its opening for a market cume of $50.6 million. It also held on to No. 1 in Italy with $1.6 million, for a market cume of $9 million. In its third weekend in Australia, "Dark Knight" shined through as the highest-grossing film of 2008, according to Warner Bros. International, grossing $32.7 million after taking in $4.6 million from 467 screens.

The feel-good musical "Mamma Mia!" saw its cume climb to $142.5 million as mostly distaff supporters rallied for another $16.4 million from 2,430 dates in 23 markets, with Lebanon and Israel coming through with No. 1 openings. The U.K. has delivered $64.1 million in 24 days; Germany, $16 million in 18; and Australia, $20.1 million in 25.

Unlike the fanboy-targeted action adventures that receive wide initial releases to grab a jumpy audience and avoid piracy, the animated and family entries receive slower rollouts geared to holiday periods.

Paramount/DreamWorks Animation's "Panda," out in the international market for eight weeks, has reached an eye-opening gross of $329.4 million following a $12.3 million weekend from 4,995 screens in 43 markets, with the U.K. accounting for $33.8 million in four weeks; Australia, $24.4 million in five; Korea, $28.6 million in eight; and Russia, $20.6 million in eight.

Disney/Pixar's "Wall-e," a $15.5 million performer over the weekend, reached $95 million and is expected to pass the $100 million benchmark by midweek. France welcomed the cartoon at No. 1 with $7 million from 736 screens, while Belgium contributed $896,000 from 119 and the Netherlands earned $831,000 from 188.

"Prince Caspian" reached $246.5 million after a No. 1 opening in Germany claimed $4 million from 836 screens.

"X-Files" maintained its opening pace, picking up $8.7 million from 3,988 screens in 40 markets -- almost equaling its $8.9 million opening weekend.

More weekend action: "Journey to the Center of the Earth," $3 million (cume: $30.2 million); "Wanted," $6.2 million (cume: $115.5 million); and "Get Smart," $2.4 million (cume: $70 million) »

- By Hy Hollinger

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Feature: Gotham City, A Visual History

23 July 2008 12:00 PM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

By Matt Singer

Since 1940's "Batman" #4, and his first movie serial three years later, the Caped Crusader has called Gotham City his home. On screen and on the printed page, its visual representation has changed quite a bit over almost 70 years. At times, the look of the metropolis has been an afterthought; at others, directors have paid more attention to Gotham's appearance than to the characters living in it, and its latest appearance, in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight," may be its most unusual yet. (None the least for sparking a heated New York/Chicago debate.) Here's a look at eight movies full of gargoyles, dark alleys, and, yes, big naked statues.

Batman (1943)

Directed by Lambert Hillyer

Production Designer: Uncredited

This bargain basement production didn't even bother giving the Dynamic Duo a Batmobile, letting them make do with a generic black sedan, so it's no surprise Gotham is equally indistinct. »

- Matt Singer

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Do We Need a Christopher Nolan Batman Trilogy?

22 July 2008 12:50 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

David Frank knows more than you. Care to disagree? Congratulations Christopher Nolan. You just delivered the best comic-book film ever. And creeping hell, it happens to be one of the all-time great sequels too. And did I mention it just shattered box-office records like a sledgehammer on a potato chip? What are you doing next.after going to Disney World of course? Oh yes, you might just attempt to break the dreaded comic-book film trilogy curse. Good luck mate, succeeding with that will make your accomplishments on The Dark Knight seem down-right pathetic. After witnessing the cholesterol reducing* genius of The Dark Knight this weekend, a weird thought struck me. Do we need a third entry in Nolan's Batman trilogy? Don't get me wrong, we all want to see one. But should Nolan (who's technically not signed on for a third film, but I'd be shocked if he passed) risk »

- David Frank

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Hollywood Mourns Special-Effects Star Winston

23 June 2008 5:05 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Stars including Sigourney Weaver, Jon Favreau, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Steven Spielberg gathered at the funeral of special effects guru Stan Winston, following his death from cancer.

The Oscar-winning visual effects artist died at his home in Malibu, California on 15 June, aged 62.

Winston won Oscars for his work in Aliens, Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Jurassic Park.

He also created notable visual effects for hit films including Predator, Edward Scissorhands and Batman Returns.

His most recent work can be seen in summer blockbusters Iron Man and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Friends, relatives and showbusiness associates all gathered to pay their respects to Winston at a memorial service on Sunday in Los Angeles.

Legendary director Spielberg led the afternoon's tributes, telling the gathering, "What Stan did is that he took our dreams - he took all of our dreams - and he blended them with his own dreams.

"He then workshopped those dreams with pencil, clay and later years on the computer. He would basically give life to all of our ideas. He would make them come to life." »

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Hollywood Monster Maker Stan Winston Loses Cancer Battle

16 June 2008 6:41 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Stan Winston, the man behind some of Hollywood's most amazing monsters, has died after losing his battle with cancer.

The Oscar-winning visual effects artist died on Sunday at his home in Malibu, California, aged 62.

Winston won Oscars for his work in Aliens, Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Jurassic Park.

He also created notable visual effects for hit films like Predator, Edward Scissorhands and Batman Returns.

His most recent work can be seen in summer blockbusters Iron Man and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

In a statement released on Monday, Terminator star and California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger called Winston a "genius" and "one of my best friends".

The action man-turned-politician added, "Stan's work and four Oscars speak for themselves and will live on forever. What will live forever in my heart is the way that Stan loved everyone and treated each of his friends like they were family... I will miss him greatly and am honoured to have worked with him." »

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Oscar winner Stan Winston dies

16 June 2008 9:08 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Stan Winston, the Oscar-winning special effects, creature and makeup artist whose innovative creations include the full-scale animatronic dinosaurs in "Jurassic Park" and the futuristic Terminators, has died. He was 62.

Winston died Sunday at his home in Malibu after a seven-year battle with myeloma, a Stan Winston Studio spokeswoman said.

During a film and TV career that spanned four decades, Winston collaborated with such filmmakers as Steven Spielberg and James Cameron and worked on some of his generation's most memorable films.

He won four Oscars, for the visual effects in "Jurassic Park," "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" and "Aliens" and for makeup on "T2." He also earned Oscar noms for his work on "AI: Artificial Intelligence," "The Lost World: Jurassic Park," "Batman Returns," "Edward Scissorhands," "Predator" and "Heartbeeps." He was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2001.

In the early years of his career, during which he worked primarily in television, »

- By Carolyn Giardina

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Oscar winner Stan Winston dies

16 June 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Stan Winston, the Oscar-winning special effects, creature and makeup artist whose innovative creations include the full-scale animatronic dinosaurs in "Jurassic Park" and the futuristic Terminators, has died. He was 62.

Winston died Sunday at his home in Malibu after a seven-year battle with myeloma, a Stan Winston Studio spokeswoman said.

During a film and TV career that spanned four decades, Winston collaborated with such filmmakers as Steven Spielberg and James Cameron and worked on some of his generation's most memorable films.

He won four Oscars, for the visual effects in "Jurassic Park", "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" and "Aliens" and for makeup on "T2." He also earned Oscar noms for his work on "AI: Artificial Intelligence", "The Lost World: Jurassic Park", "Batman Returns", "Edward Scissorhands", "Predator" and "Heartbeeps". He was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2001.

In the early years of his career, during which he worked primarily in television, Winston garnered five Emmy noms, winning for "Gargoyles" and "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman."

Praise for Winston poured in Monday from his showbiz friends and colleagues.

"Stan was a fearless and courageous artist/inventor," Spielberg said. "And for many projects, I rode his cutting edge from teddy bears to aliens to dinosaurs. My world would not have been the same without Stan. What I will miss most is his easy laugh every time he said to me, 'Nothing is impossible.' "

Producer Kathleen Kennedy told The Hollywood Reporter: "He has a tremendous impact in the world of special effects and makeup and bringing things to life that, for the most part, only existed in people's imaginations. We had an extraordinary working relations with Stan going back over 20 years. He was one of those wonderful personalities to have on the set because Stan was always laughing, always making jokes, and ultimately he delivered what you often thought was impossible."

Said Calif. »

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Hollywood History Auction Huge Success

29 March 2008 6:56 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

A Hollywood auction featuring Michael Keaton's Batman costume and dinosaurs from the Jurassic Park franchise has proved a huge success - raising a staggering $4.1 million (GBP2.05 million).

The 31st Profiles In History auction's top seller was a rare King Kong six-foot film poster, one of only three known to exist, which sold for $345,000 (GBP172,500) - over $100,000 (GBP50,000) more than the reserve price.

Other hits at the event included the Batman costume worn by Keaton in Batman Returns, which was snapped up by a superhero fan for $103,500 (GBP51,750), with Charles Middleton's Ming The Merciless cape from 1936 movie classic Flash Gordon selling for $115,000 (GBP57,500).

And movie monsters were another hit of the day, with one collector paying $126,500 (GBP63,250) for a leaping Alien Warrior figure from Aliens, and a Velociraptor from The Lost World: Jurassic Park Ii was sold under the hammer for $115,000 (GBP57,500).

The auction took place on 27 and 28 March in Los Angeles. »

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