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Visual effects supervisor Scott Squires appeared this week in an online webinar for Moviola.com entitled “Visual Effects on a Limited Budget.” His number one tip? – Don’t fix it in post. The presentation began with a look at the different roles in Visual Effects and the factors to consider when designing shots. Squires, who worked on movies such as The Mask and Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace, then spent some time stressing how important planning is, and how shooting it right the first time, rather than fixing it in post, will save you time and money. It’s particularly important to avoid […] »
- Michael Murie
“Are you Mitty? Is this wish fulfillment for you?” Roach recalls asking Stiller about the movie’s tale of a middle-aged dreamer who embarks on a life-changing, globe-trotting adventure that finds him skateboarding down a highway in Iceland and swimming with a shark in the frigid waters of the North Atlantic.
It’s a question the ambitious Stiller gets often, so that when Roach, the man who directed him in the first two “Meet the Parents” films, inquired, he didn’t bat an eyelash. “Yeah, of course,” Stiller replied. “I think that’s what made it relatable.”
It’s not that the multihyphenate, who’s also a producer on the pic, necessarily identifies with the character, but he understands the draw. »
- Ramin Setoodeh and Dave McNary
When she came on the scene in the mid-1990s, Cameron Diaz was a sweet-faced ingénue playing the adorable love interests in kooky comedies like The Mask, There's Something About Mary, and My Best Friend's Wedding. But with age, Diaz has been given the chance to work against her looks, whether it be dumbing them down with frizzy hair in Being John Malkovich or becoming a tattooed and terrifying sexual deviant in The Counselor. But apparently, in the upcoming Annie remake, she takes her chameleon craft a step further. Behold: Ms. Hannigan! I want you to meet someone. Her name is Ms.Hannigan. She ain't nice and she ain't pretty. #Annie pic.twitter.com/yRATzM6Oai. Cameron (@CameronDiaz) November 12, 2013 Sharing on Twitter, Diaz herself says Hannigan "ain't pretty." This might be true. The dye-job is rough, while her hair is frizzy. The jewelry is remarkably cheap and garish looking. »
Those accustomed to alluring images of Cameron Diaz may wish to avert their gazes from this story in favour of happier memories: The Mask, say, or that Charlie's Angels Swiss milkmaid outfit. Those of a less shallow persuasion, however, might enjoy this first look at Diaz in costume as Annie's Agatha Hannigan. Perhaps you even prefer her in this stern, drawn, Aunt Spiker guise. We don't know your life.I want you to meet someone. Her name is Ms.Hannigan. She ain't nice and she ain't pretty. #Annie pic.twitter.com/yRATzM6Oai— Cameron (@CameronDiaz) November 12, 2013Note the "H Bomb" necklace. We don't remember that on Carol Burnett.Hannigan is, of course, the matron of the orphanage that plays home to little Annie. She likes a drink but hates children. We're thinking Diaz' turn in Bad Teacher should stand her in some sort of stead here, although that didn't »
The big news this week, that you have no doubt heard by now, is that Netflix has partnered up with Marvel Studios to bring us no less than four exclusive series’ based on their characters in 2015. Those characters are Daredevil (which I always thought would work better on TV), Iron Fist, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage.
Now, Iron Fist was in development for years as a film so they have a head start but I would have liked to have seen Luke Cage on the big screen and I am only vaguely familiar with Jessica Jones. The intention is that each of them will have their own 13 episode run before teaming up in a Defenders mini-series.
So what does this mean for Netflix? This is an epic win basically and means that regardless of exclusives or new content over the next year, they are going to remain in the game »
- Chris Holt
BBC One has revealed the song choices and dance styles for this weekend's Strictly Come Dancing.
The fifth week of the current series will see the remaining celebrities perform their routines in the hope of remaining in the competition, following Julien Macdonald's departure last week.
The songs and dance styles in full, in no particular order, are:
Ashley and Ola - Jive to 'Johnny B Goode' by Chuck Berry
Abbey and Aljaz - Foxtrot to 'Dear Darlin'' by Olly Murs
Patrick and Anya - Salsa to 'Wings' by Little Mix
Rachel and Pasha - Paso Doble to 'Maneater' by Nelly Furtado
Fiona and Anton - Quickstep to 'If My Friends Could See Me »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 17 Oct 2013 - 06:29
Here are 25 more great, unsung films - this time, from the year 1994...
Yes, 1994. The year cinemas were dominated by such whimsical wonders as The Lion King, Forrest Gump, The Mask and, erm, True Lies. It was also the year Gump dominated the Academy Awards, and Four Weddings And A Funeral loomed large at the Baftas.
As ever, there was so much more to the year's cinematic landscape than Tom Hanks' park bench ramblings or Hugh Grant mithering from beneath his gorgously crafted hair. To prove it, here's a list of 25 films that, in our estimation, are among its most underappreciated. There's much horror, drama, tears and laughter, plus a couple of classic documentaries, too.
Being a former 2000Ad reader when I was in high school, there’s something about Alex Horley’s artwork that makes me think I’ve seen Sharky! before even though there’s a good chance I haven’t. Punky-looking, over-muscled, generically handsome – he could be any number of 2000Ad characters who appeared in single issues of Dredd or Slaine. But this theme of a rather derivative character and teenagers is basically what Sharky! is all about.
Sharky is a high school kid who loves reading comics featuring his hero of the same name and then one day, through some weird twist of fate, is able to turn into Sharky and fight monsters. I’d talk about the plot but for the life of me I’m not sure I could recount it. When I read it the first time I wasn’t sure exactly what was happening and, flicking through it now, »
- Noel Thorne
It’s oh so quiet….Not much to report on this week really. Things will probably kick up a gear as the dark nights draw in further and the kids get a week off at some point in October.
About the best thing I could write about at the moment really is how good is the final season of Breaking Bad?!? So so very good and if you aren’t watching it then all of it is on Netflix for you to absorb. Only two episodes left now and man it is looking like it’s going to go out on a massively epic and unexpected note. If they stick the landing this will be one of the best crime saga’s of all time standing alongside The Wire and The Sopranos.
Anyway, here’s what else is playing…
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
David O’Russell’s triumphant comedy drama from »
- Chris Holt
Making his big leap from wrestling hero to movie star, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson takes top billing as an ancient Egyptian warrior hired by desert nomads to destroy an evil warlord. Shifting faster than sands in a whirlwind and superbly staged by The Mask's director Chuck Russell, WWE's loss is clearly Hollywood's gain in this thoroughly entertaining spin-off from The Mummy series. »
Harry Connick, Jr. is a celebrated singer, musician, actor and now "American Idol" judge. He has even more to celebrate on Wednesday (Sept. 11) when Connick turns 46.
To help with that, here are 46 reasons to be happy Harry Connick, Jr. made it into the world.
Note: The 46 awesome things are in no particular order.
1. "When Harry Met Sally": Connick supplied the soundtrack to the classic romantic comedy
2. "Dixieland Plus": Connick's first album, released in 1977 (when he was 10)
3. "Will and Grace": The singer turned actor to play Grace's husband, Dr. Leo Markus
4. "Harry Connick Jr.": Connick's official debut album from 1987
4. "Songs I Heard": Big band versions of children's songs!
6. "Sleepless in Seattle": The song "A Wink and a Smile" was Connick's contribution to the movie
7. "Memphis Belle »
Recent articles, comments on articles and private discussions with friends have got me thinking how cool it would be if The Mask movie franchise was rebooted.
The original Jim Carrey movie back in 1994 was one of the surprise box office hits of the year – grossing no less than $351,000,000 in total, making it the second-highest grossing superhero movie at that time, behind 1989′s Batman.
It was funny (thanks largely to the excellent Jim Carrey), action-packed, suitable for pretty much all ages and even had some song and dance numbers – and the fact that it had a 21 year old Cameron Diaz in her feature film debut didn’t do it any harm either. Basically, it had everything.
With that in mind, here are five reasons a Mask reboot could be awesome and one reason why it might suck…
The post 5 Reasons Why A Reboot Of The Mask Could Be Awesome (And 1 Why »
- Kev Stewart
After a long time getting the script sorted and a studio to finance the movie, production of The Farrelly brothers' sequel to the 1994 comedy Dumb & Dumber is finally moving forward.
No other actors have been attached the project yet, but you could join the cast, as the Farrelly brothers took to Facebook yesterday to post about a competition they are running for a walk-on role in the sequel...
Alright, here are the contest rules for Winning A Walk-On On Dumb & Dumber To!
First, make a Vine re-creating a scene from the original Dumb & Dumber, but put your own spin on it.
Use the hashtag #DumbTo so we can see them all. (Yeah yeah, I know what a "hashtag" is. »
Jim Carrey is without question one of the most famous comic actors in the history of movies, riding high in the mid-90s with his unforgettable turns in comic classics such as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask and Dumb & Dumber.
He then opted to tend towards more serious fare intermingled with his comic forays, yet in recent years he has seen something of a career downturn, with his movies generally drawing modest critical and financial returns at best. Still, he’s pretty much the best thing in this week’s Kick-Ass 2 by a country mile…
However, when writing this list, it struck me how many brilliantly iconic performances the man has, and whittling it down to just five proved quite a challenge. Though he’s also had his share of misses, it’s fair to say that his manic energy has made many a film watchable when in »
- Shaun Munro
There's obviously a market out there for sequels — just look at the summer movie release schedule and you'll find at least one a week. And hey, sometimes a film leaves us wondering what happens next.
But sometimes there are films that had no need for a part two, where audiences left the theater the first go-round and said, "I'm good." And in the case of these ten films, we've got the numbers to prove it!
Hollywood, heed our wisdom: Sometimes it's best to just leave well enough alone.
• "Dirty Dancing": $62,811,299
• "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights": $14,140,215
So you had the time of your life in 1987? Big deal. You can't relive the magic 17 years later by conceiving a half-hearted retread set against the backdrop of revolutionary Cuba. Really, this film has nothing to do with the original, save for a brief Patrick Swayze cameo. »
- Zach Laws
It's been more than a decade since the 1990s ended, yet the Internet can't seem to go a day without a reminder of the neon slap bracelets that may have been banned from your school.
Yes, we get it. Times are tough and there's comfort in reflection, but enough is enough.
Below, a final goodbye to the 90s to end the nostalgia once and for all. (We're not kidding. There are 1990 items below.)
2. "The Wild Thornberries"
3. Dawson and Joey
5. Mr. Feeny
7. MTV playing music videos
9. The premiere of "Freaks and Geeks"
10. Levar Burton
13. "The Powerpuff Girls"
14. "Smart Guy"
15. Comedy Central globe logo with buildings
16. "The X-Files"
17. Rosie O'Donnell
18. Bill Nye
19. "Dawson's Creek"
20. The Mighty Ducks"
21. "Are You Afraid of the Dark"
23. Rachel Green
24. Tim Allen
25. "All That"
26. "Beverly Hills 90210"
27. "Step by Step"
28. "The Ren & Stimpy Show"
29. "The Famous Jett Jackson"
30. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer »
- The Huffington Post
By Amelia Mularz
Cameron Diaz...that old grouch.
While we still may think of her as the hot girl who licked Jim Carrey's face in "The Mask," or the hot girl with the "hair gel" in "There's Something About Mary," or the hot girl (is this typecasting or what?) who boogied in her tighty whities in "Charlie's Angels," times they are a-changin'.
Earlier this week word spread that Diaz has been cast as Miss Hannigan in the latest incarnation of "Annie." Miss Hannigan—the boozy, disheveled, manipulative orphanage headmistress—doesn't seem like an obvious match for the midriff-baring chick who sang "The Penis Song" in "The Sweetest Thing," but this is Hollywood. There's makeup and magic, and Diaz did pull off disheveled pretty well in "Being John Malkovich," so we get it. Fine. What will be strange to see, however, is the generation who will soon grow up thinking »
- MTV Movies Team
Miss Hannigan is not a sacred role.
Hundreds have played the negligent, booze-soaked ward of that Depression-era orphanage. That’s one of the great things about musicals. The parts are interchangeable by design. We may have our favorites, but on a certain level, we accept that the part is expected to live on separately from any individual performance, transcending generations and even the beloved soundtrack. Committing that performance to film, however, does tend to get people riled up in a way that, say, Nick Jonas playing Marius in Les Misérables on stage does not.
After months of wondering whether Sandra Bullock »
- Lindsey Bahr
Have you ever had one of those moments where you recall a scene from a movie you saw as a child but can’t remember what movie the scene came from? It’s just a splinter in your brain of a single scene or image from decades ago, the larger movie or context completely forgotten. I had one of these for many years. I could only remember an image of a woman reclining on a stone wall in front of a giant skull mask. This haunted me for years. Finally, one day while combing through the film section of a bookstore in New York, I found the fantastic book Re/Search: Incredibly Strange Films, which featured this very image on the front cover. A quick check on the index proved this longtime brain splinter of mine was in fact The Mask from 1961. The Mask is a 1961 Canadian 3D film directed by Julian Roffman. »
- Rebekah McKendry
Directed by Peter Weir
Written by Andrew Niccol
High concept is always a tricky beast. By its very nature, it always threatens to completely overshadow its own efforts and render the effort to capture the wonder of an emphatic hypothetical question rather academic. The query pondered by Peter Weir’s 1998 satire The Truman Show was one that any viewer can appreciate; ‘What if every moment of your life was being televised for the entertainment of the masses?’ In effect, what if your existence was a lie, a conspiracy that everybody else was in on? You would have no way of knowing, beyond perhaps paranoid convictions regarding the ironically unseen.
What makes The Truman Show a modern classic and, dare I say, a masterpiece is that it takes that question and dwarfs it with a story high on intelligence, both intellectual and emotional, and turns a gambit »
- Scott Patterson
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