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50 More of the Greatest Matte Paintings of All Time

28 December 2015 5:56 AM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

A few years ago the editors of Shadowlocked asked me to compile a list of what was initially to be, the ten greatest movie matte paintings of all time.  A mere ten selections was too slim by a long shot, so my list stretched considerably to twenty, then thirty and finally a nice round fifty entries.  Even with that number I found it wasn’t easy to narrow down a suitably wide ranging showcase of motion picture matte art that best represented the artform.  So with that in mind, and due to the surprising popularity of that 2012 Shadowlocked list (which is well worth a visit, here Ed),  I’ve assembled a further fifty wonderful examples of this vast, vital and more extensively utilised than you’d imagine – though now sadly ‘dead and buried’ – movie magic.

It would of course be so easy to simply concentrate on the well known, iconic, »

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Alec Baldwin: 5 Awesome Performances And 5 That Sucked

31 July 2015 1:58 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


With the release of Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation now upon us, a film that will undoubtedly clean up at the box office and remind us that Tom Cruise’s Peter Pan like action skills still rock, there’s one man in the cast that won’t be relying on bangs or wallops to wow us – just steely-eyed grit and a dry wit.

The man is of course Alec Baldwin, a thesp that, spent most of the eighties starring in yawnsome popcorn pleasers, the nineties churning out more misses than hits, but then found his stride in the nougties to become one of the most intriguing character actors to watch on the big and small screen.

The rise and rise of Baldwin is one to marvel at, with directors such as James Foley, Martin Scorsese and now Christopher McQuarrie slotting the star into their movies, in turn giving him a »

- Shaun Davis

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Masks: More than traditional

9 April 2015 6:38 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Masks 2 is produced by Dynamite Entertainment, and features the writing talent of Cullen Bunn and the artistic skill of Eman Casallos. The new series is the follow-up to the incredibly popular Masks series, which featured an unprecedented combination of pulp heroes from the days of pulp. The first series combined the expert artistic skills of Alex Ross with Dynamite’s go-to pulp writer Chris Roberson. That means that Masks 2 has a huge legacy to live up to.

Cullen Bunn, charged with reuniting the dream team of pulp heroes, wastes no time throwing the reader into the action, as the Shadow, Green Hornet, and Kato unite to stop a group of skull-masked smugglers. There appears to be some contention over The Shadow’s methods, and Bunn includes an interesting moral argument between the three characters. What’s most interesting, however, is Casallos’s artwork. With the arrival of the Green Lama, »

- Cory Weddell

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David Koepp interview: Mortdecai, Jurassic Park, Indy 4

22 January 2015 7:14 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mortdecai director David Koepp chats to us about the film, along with Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, Spider-Man, Mission: Impossible & more.

This piece contains spoilers for Snake Eyes and Mission: Impossible (the first one)

David Koepp has a rather solid CV as a director, including Secret Window with Johnny Depp, the underrated ghost story Stir Of Echoes, and the really fun Joseph Gordon-Levitt bike messenger action film Premium Rush. But as a screenwriter, he’s worked on some of the biggest films of the last 25 years – Jurassic Park and its sequel, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Angels and Demons, Mission: Impossible, and Spider-Man.

He’s also had a hand in other notable Hollywood hits (and flops) including Carlito’s Way, The Shadow, Snake Eyes, Zathura, Panic Room, Death Becomes Her, and many, many more. He’s had a fascinating career.

His latest directorial effort is Mortdecai, a »

- simonbrew

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It was 75 Years Ago The Shadow hit the Comic Racks

21 January 2015 3:39 PM, PST | | See recent Comicmix news »

Seventy-five years ago, The Shadow and Doc Savage made their four-color debut on January 21st, 1940 in Shadow Comics #1, which also featured the first comic book appearances of Nick Carter, Bill Barnes, Frank Merriwell, Iron Munro and a variety of other popular Street & Smith pulp characters.

With the possible exception of Walt Disney’S Comics & Stories, it is unlikely that any other comic magazine ever debuted with as many pre-proven famous characters. The Shadow had already starred in nearly 200 pulp novels and several films, while his weekly radio show had the highest audience ratings in daytime radio. Iron Munro was based on John W. Campbell’s novel The Mightiest Machine, one of the inspirations for Jerry Siegel’s Superman, and featured the exploits of a human born and raised under Jupiter’s high gravity who arrived on Earth to discover that his denser molecular structure gave him invulnerability, super strength and »

- Anthony Tollin

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