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Val Kilmer Owes $500K in Back Taxes, IRS Says

31 December 2010 7:39 AM, PST | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

The Internal Revenue Service has placed a lien on Val Kilmer's property as the result of nearly $500,000 he owes in federal taxes, according to The Associated Press.

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The lien was filed last month on the Batman Forever star's Santa Fe, N.M. property, which includes the 5,300-acre Pecos River Ranch he is trying to sell for $18.5 million. Kilmer, who has lived in New Mexico for two decades, originally put the ranch on the market for $33 million in 2009.

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- Gina DiNunno

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Effects Wizard Grant McCune Dies

30 December 2010 5:54 PM, PST | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

Academy Award-winning special effects artist Grant McCune has died, losing his battle with cancer at age 67.

Long known as a visual effects leader, McCune was chief model maker for George Lucas' sci-fi touchstone Star Wars and took home an Oscar in 1978 for Best Visual Effects for his efforts. As a specialist in miniatures and models, he worked on more than 200 projects, among them genre favorites such as Jaws, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Speed, Child’s Play and Batman Forever. Through his company Grant McCune Design, he was involved with many classic flicks, including X-Men 2, Long Kiss Goodnight, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2 and Serenity.

McCune is survived by his wife, his two children and his sister. In a contemporary Hollywood sorely lacking in innovation and originality, he will be greatly missed. Rest in peace, sir.


- Theron

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Man Behind R2-D2, Grant McCune, Dead at 67

30 December 2010 9:55 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

It's a sad day for the Rebel Alliance. Grant McCune, the artist who brought such iconic characters as R2-D2 to life for 1977's Star Wars has died from pancreatic cancer. He was 67. McCune, who also appeared in the film as a Death Star gunner, won an Oscar for his work as part of George Lucas' visual effects team, an acheivement that sparked a decades-long career as one of Hollywood's top visual effects designers. He earned a second Academy Award nomination for his work on 1980's Star Trek: The Motion Picture and went on to handle the visuals for blockbusters like Speed, Batman Forever and Spider-Man. Check out the video above for a sampling of McCune's »

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Oscar-Winning Star Wars Visual-Effects Designer Grant McCune Dies

30 December 2010 4:58 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Visual-effects artist Grant McCune (above, with R2-D2), whose most notable effort was probably George Lucas's Star Wars (1977), died of pancreatic cancer at his home in Hidden Hills, 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles. McCune was 67. McCune won an Oscar for Star Wars, which he shared with visual-effects specialists John Stears, John Dykstra, Richard Edlund and Robert Blalack. Two years later, McCune was nominated for another Oscar for Robert Wise's Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Along with Bill Shourt, McCune also designed a giant white shark model for Jaws, though neither man was credited on the Spielberg film. Other efforts include Die Hard, Speed, Batman Forever, and Spider-Man. About his work with miniatures, McCune told Popular Mechanics in 2008: "I’ve always told people to get a good background in photography first. The most important thing is what you see with your eye. … All the best people who ever »

- Anna Robinson

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Special Effects Oscar Winner McCune Dies

29 December 2010 5:31 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Oscar-winning special effects artist Grant McCune has died, aged 67.

The filmmaker passed away at his California home on Monday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

McCune was behind the shark model created for Steven Spielberg's 1975 thriller Jaws and went onto work on 1977's Star Wars, which won him the visual effects Academy Award.

He continued his career behind the scenes on films including Die Hard, Never Say Never Again, Big, Space Balls and Caddyshack and launched his own company, Grant McCune Design, working on movies such as Speed, Batman Forever, Red Planet and Spider-Man.

He is survived by his wife, Katherine, and two children, Cole and Lily. »

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R.I.P. Grant McCune

29 December 2010 5:08 PM, PST | Deadline Hollywood | See recent Deadline Hollywood news »

He was one of George Lucas’s original team of F/X wizards who in 1978 took home an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects (which he shared with John Dykstra) for his work on R2-D2 and all those wonderful creatures from the 1977 Star Wars. (In addition to his work as chief modelmaker for the groundbreaking film, he also appeared as a Death Star Gunner.) Grant McCune died of complications from cancer on Monday. He was 67. Described as a "quiet but crucial" innovator who specialized in models and miniatures, Grant McCune was one of Hollywood's best known special and visual effects artists pumping out designs for over 100 films, spanning decades of sci-fi and action classics, from Star Trek: The Motion Picture to Ghostbusters II to Speed to Batman Forever to Spider-Man 2. McCune worked as miniature supervisor for Apogee Inc. on Star Trek: The Motion Picture and received an Academy »


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Christian Bale Using His Superhero Currency Smartly

22 December 2010 10:50 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The press conference announcement in Beijing by acclaimed director Zhang Yimou that Christian Bale will star in his Chinese period film The 13 Flowers of Nanjing is the latest piece of evidence that Bale uses his signature role as Batman as a beachhead that allows him to stretch, better than any actor who has inhabited a superhero movie role (with the possible exception of his The Prestige costar Hugh Jackman). I always felt that Michael Keaton could have better exploited his Batman perch as a way to enable  good projects, but he seemed uncomfortable being defined by the role and left after two films. Keaton shows up now and then and delivers the occasional strong performance, but any ability to get movies made just by his presence vanished after his exit. Val Kilmer never got the chance to exploit the perch after replacing Keaton for one appearance in 1995's Batman Forever, »


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Top 10 Comic to Film Adaptations

22 December 2010 2:00 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

There has seen a boom in big screen comic book adaptations recently and they’ve proved more popular than ever in 2010. With the likes of Kick Ass, Scott Pilgrim and Red this recent trend seems set to stay. To celebrate the Blu-ray and DVD release of Jonah Hex on December 27th, we decided to take a look at the Top 10 Comic to Film Adaptations.

1) Batman

Film(s): Batman, Batman and Robin (1940’s), Batman (1966), Batman Returns (1992), Batman Forever (1995), Batman & Robin (1997), Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), [Pre-production] The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

When: Various

Adapted from: DC Comic book

Result: Batman & Robin was poorly reviewed yet Dark Knight triumphed, it was met with positive reviews and received eight Academy Award nominations

2) X-men

Film(s): X-Men (2000), X2 (2003), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), X-Men First Class (2011)

When: Various

Adapted from: Marvel Comics book

Result: Each of the films set records upon release »

- Phil

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Are fanboys fascist?

18 December 2010 12:17 AM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

In a recent interview, The Green Hornet director Michel Gondry told of his disdain for comic book fans. In his own words:

I have to say, reading his comments made me more than a little upset. Okay, I’ll admit, those of us who are fans of more cult media such as sci-fi/fantasy, horror, or comic books and their related by-products can be a little…over-zealous. 'Protective' might be another word that comes to mind, as might be 'loyal', or 'spirited'. But to just come out and say that a group is fascist because we want filmmakers not to stray too far away from the source material we know and love is just plain rude, not to mention uncalled for.

It is true, fans of any literary work can be overly protective of what they love. Haunting internet fan-boards will show that it’s not just the geeks. I »

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Ten Essential... Movie Superheroes

17 December 2010 2:44 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Gary Collinson selects his Essential Movie Superheroes...

Although the comic-book superhero was generally overlooked by the movie industry until Richard Donner’s Superman: The Movie (1978) made you believe a man could fly, Hollywood failed to capitalise on this success over the next couple of decades and a stigma soon became attached to the genre. Save for a handful of notable exceptions (Warner Bros.’ Batman franchise was successful, but we all know how that turned out once Joel Schumacher got involved), it wasn’t until the release of the X-Men and Spider-Man movies that Hollywood really started to stand up and pay attention.

These days it seems you can’t breathe for superheroes – 2010 has seen the release of Iron Man II, Kick-Ass and Jonah Hex, while the next few years will see a host of superhero movies grace the screen including Thor and X-Men: First Class in 2011 along with the likes of Captain America, »

- flickeringmyth

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Should Jon Favreau have cast Iron Man 3 and Marvel aside for Disney?

16 December 2010 8:17 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Not many directors have made a success of one superhero movie, let alone two. So why move on to the Magic Kingdom?

If there were a line in the Hollywood sand, with the hacks on one side of it, and the more creative film-makers on the other, Jon Favreau's decision this week to spurn Iron Man 3 in favour of Disney family jaunt Magic Kingdom might just push him into the former camp. Cynics will suggest that both are big-budget movies controlled firmly by the men in suits. Yet Favreau brought a firm but unfussy hand to the first two Iron Man films, turning what was something of an also-ran character in Marvel's canon into the star of one of the biggest and best-received series in comic book moviedom.

Sure, he had the advantage of an on-form Robert Downey Jr as his Tony Stark, and the Iron Man movies »

- Ben Child

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Never Forget: McDonald’s Batman Forever Ads

16 December 2010 7:36 AM, PST | BestWeekEver | See recent BestWeekEver news »

Carl’s Jr. is currently running a commercial tie-in with the movie The Green Hornet where Seth Rogen and Jay Chou try to order Carl’s Jr. but accidentally fire missles and destroy everything (that’s Ol’ Horney for ya!) You can watch the ad here. It’s fine. The real reason I mention this ad, however, is because it got me thinking about the series of Val Kilmer McDonald’s commercials leading up to Batman Forever in the 90s, and after a few seconds of nostalgic Googling, I’ve now been laughing at these for the past half hour: Hahahahaha – A Superhero Bun. A superhero bun! Literally nothing could be farther from being a superhero or possessing superhero properties than a bun. How stupid were we back then? Answer: Mad. (Also, that drive-thru line is actually in the movie. Don’t you see? Everything has always been stupid.) After the jump, »

- Dan Hopper

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Music in the movies: Elliot Goldenthal

13 December 2010 9:20 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The latest Music in the Movies column celebrates the work of Elliot Goldenthal, whose compositions have graced such films as Alien 3, Interview With The Vampire and Heat

Like previous Music in the Movies subject, Elmer Bernstein, Elliot Goldenthal was a student of the legendary Aaron Copland. Whilst Goldenthal isn't the most prolific of film composers, his distinct sound has accompanied some great films over the years and earned him three Oscar nominations and one win. A reason why Goldenthal hasn't got the number of credits his contemporaries boast? He often alternates between film scoring and stage productions.

I haven't included his Oscar winning score for Frida in the article, as I'm not a huge fan of it and there are other titles below that fit better with the rest of the series.

So, here are what I consider to be the most notable scores of Goldenthal's career:

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Nolan Claims Heath Ledger Will Not Appear in 'The Dark Knight Rises'

4 December 2010 1:46 PM, PST | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

For quite some time now the internet has been abuzz with talk that the latest installment of Batman, The Dark Knight Rises would include unused footage of Heath Ledger in his performance as the Joker.

Luckily the rumors can now be squashed as Nolan's wife Emma Thomas told The Hollywood Reporter, "I heard the rumor. We're not doing that". Additionally, Christopher Nolan has said that the script hasn't even been written yet and that he is very aware that Ledger's performance should be kept to The Dark Knight.

I don't know about you but I'm relieved. Although Ledger's performance was rather brilliant in The Dark Knight, seeing his face on that screen pretty much freaked me out the entire time. Using the actor's unused footage in a film not even really about him almost seemed exploitative. Luckily, Nolan seems to be of the same mind.

The Dark Knight Rises is »

- Andre Dumas

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Rumor: The Dark Knight Rises Will Be Based on the Graphic Novel Prey

22 November 2010 12:07 PM, PST | | See recent news »

With the script expected in January and shooting set to start in May of 2011, the rumor mill for The Dark Knight Rises is cranking up. The latest speculation has the movie based on Prey, a story arc in the Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight graphic novel series. As the rumor spread like wildfire across the Internet, the frenzy has driven prices way up and flooded the market with copies of the previously commonplace series.

Prey, written by Doug Moench, is an unofficial follow-up to Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One (which influenced Batman Begins and The Dark Knight). It features prominent Gotham psychiatrist Dr. Hugo Strange (rumored to be played by Tom Hardy), who uses his influence on the mayor to form a task force to capture the vigilante Batman, the object of Strange’s obsession. Heading this task force is the newly promoted Commissioner Gordon, who must weigh »

- Dave Trumbore

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Lindsay Lohan Dropped from Porn Star Movie

21 November 2010 8:33 AM, PST | Extra | See recent Extra news »

Actress Lindsay Lohan won't be starring as porn star Linda Lovelace in "Inferno" after all.

The troubled starlet was to make her comeback playing the famous porn star in "Inferno," but director Matthew Wilder told E! Online he could no longer wait for Lohan as she continues her treatment at the Betty Ford clinic.

"We are withdrawing our offer from Lindsay Lohan," Wilder said. "We are currently in negotiations [with another actress] and working out the legalities of bringing her onboard. »

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What happened to comic book movies in the 1990s?

5 November 2010 6:03 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

With the movie schedules jam-packed with comic book movies right now, why was the 1990s so poor for them? Simon finds out…

It's already been pointed out far and wide on the Internet, but the summer schedules for the next two years are looking jam-packed with blockbusters. And more and more of them are being derived from a comic book source. Furthermore, it's not even the summer alone that's playing host to such films, either.

Next January, for instance, in a completely out-of-season slot, we get The Green Hornet. And that's going to kick off a series of films that includes two new X-Men movies, at least, Thor, Captain America, The Dark Knight Rises, Ghost Rider 2, The Avengers, The Green Lantern, possibly Deadpool, Iron Man 3, G.I. Joe 2, Sucker Punch, Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, Superman, Fantastic Four and Daredevil reboots, Ant-Man, and Judge Dredd. That's just for starters, and »

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Top 7 Villains You Love To Root For

2 November 2010 9:38 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.

It’s a time honored tradition that movies have a good guy and a bad guy. At the heart of every movie is someone the audience can identify with or root for to succeed. The only problem is, what happens when that guy (or girl) that you want to see win is the bad guy?

I mean, we’ve all done it before. Sometimes it just seems like it’s more fun to be bad.

Or at least that’s the idea behind Dreamworks’ Megamind. Will Ferrell plays your stereotypical villain of James Bond-like proportions. So, in honor of Megamind, this week’s top 7 is villains that you love to root for. You know you shouldn’t, but they’re just so bad, it’s good…

7. Dr. Evil (1997)

Recap: Dr. Evil is your average run of the mill cryogenically frozen mad scientist »

- Calhoun Kersten

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Halloween Special: The Five Most Unintentionally Terrifying Comic Book Movies

31 October 2010 7:01 AM, PDT | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

We love horror movies all year round. From zombies and supernatural beasts to murderers and haunted abodes, the classic motifs are tried and true. But the sad fact is, by the time you choose the horror flick you want to see, you pretty much know what you’re in for — and that can take the edge off.

True horror is in the element of surprise, so what’s more surprising than believing you’re about to watch a comic book adaptation, and instead witnessing to the sadistic mauling of your favorite character’s personality, powers or storyline?

Here five of the most unintentionally terrifying films based on comics so far… because the scariest thing about comic book movies is when they go wrong.

Roger Corman’s Fantastic Four (1994)

A legend in efficient filmmaking, director Roger Corman did plenty with the tiny $2 million budget allotted him, but Marvel’s first family »

- Rachel Molino

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So It's Not The Riddler: Ten Candidates For The Villain In 'The Dark Knight Rises'

29 October 2010 9:25 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

After months and months of speculation, some firm information on the third Batman finally appeared yesterday, courtesy of director Christopher Nolan. It'll be called "The Dark Knight Rises," and it won't be in 3D. Plus, a little while ago, we discovered that actor Tom Hardy will be joining the cast of the film in a role that most assume to be villainous in nature. But Nolan also debunked something that many had believed to be a certainty: that one of the classics in the Batman rogue's gallery, The Riddler (previously played by Jim Carrey in "Batman Forever"), would be the… »

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