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As I’ve stated in previous Fund This Film posts, one of the main benefits of crowdfunding is that it offers opportunity for projects that Hollywood literally rejects. Filmmakers like Alex Cox, Ralph Bakshi and even Zach Braff have hit Kickstarter because their visions and methods don’t fit the industry standards and preferences these days and no mainstream production and financial outlets are interested in their works as they’re intended. Similarly, with computer effects being the go-to norm in moviemaking now, people wishing to work with practical effects need to go to fans of such tactile techniques in order to pay for it. We’ve already seen a few campaigns highlighting old school movie magic, including Cox’s effort, and now there’s one from animatronic and makeup wizards Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr. If you’re not familiar with those guys by name, you know the creatures and other stuff they’ve done »
- Christopher Campbell
Alec Gillis, the man who’s worked his practical FX wizardry on the Alien franchise, Starship Troopers, The Monster Squad, Tremors, Death Becomes Her, Cocoon, Jumanji and the upcoming Ender’S Game, is putting together his own project. Let me introduce you to Harbinger Down, a movie with Only practical animatronic and makeup effects, using Alien and John Carpenter’s The Thing as its inspiration. There also may be some stop-motion in honor of the late, great Ray Harryhausen. That’s not all: genre fave Lance Henriksen is committed to star in Harbinger Down.
Amalgamated Dynamics will be creating the Creature Effects for the film, with co-founder Tom Woodruff Jr. acting as producer on the project. Below you will find the synopsis and some concept art for the film. If you want to support the making of this movie, check out its Kickstarter page, with goodies attached to any donations of $10 or more. »
- Andy Greene
“The whole thing is irredeemably dreadful” cries the Guardian. “It’s a shamelessly broad, deliberately lowest-common-denominator sitcom” it continues, barely unable to contain their vitriolic anger. “It should be thrown on a pile of dung and set ablaze with a thousand gypsy women dancing and singing folk songs of yore around it” it doesn’t add. But it should. Then again that’s probably why I don’t write for the Guardian. And what is the target of this focused fury and bile?
I do think it’s pretty funny that we live in a society where unbridled anger can be unleashed so masterfully at a mass market sitcom. But it is anger from a place of regret at what this once dynamic comic has become. This man who was once the staple of 80’s political satire is now reduced to BBC »
- Sean Keating
For many families, the next two weeks signal Spring Break, which means you're either lucky enough to go on vacation or -- if you're like my husband and me -- you're trying to entertain your brood with a combination of movies, day trips, play dates, and an overnight mini holiday you stumbled across on Groupon last week. Regardless of how you spend Spring Break, one thing's for sure: Your kids will want more screen time than usual. So here are some short and sweet suggestions for family movie watching -- especially if you're roadtripping and need a break from the constant calls of "Are we there yet?" Happy Spring! G Pick - Sister Power: "Secret of the Wings" (2012, 75 minutes) Netflix Amazon Instant iTunes Kids Will Love: Although parents might assume that Tinker Bell only appeals to girls, little boys will also enjoy this story about Tink and her long-lost fairy »
- Sandie Chen
Back in 1994, 12-year-old Kirsten Dunst starred in "Interview with the Vampire," along with Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. In a new interview with Bullet magazine, the actress said that lots of people ask her what it was like to kiss Pitt. "I remember Brad would watch lots of 'Real World' episodes," she said. "He had this long hair. He was just a hippie, cool dude. Everyone at the time was like, 'You're so lucky you kissed Brad Pitt,' but I thought it was disgusting. I didn't kiss anyone else until I was 16, I think. I was a late bloomer." Before "Interview with the Vampire," Dunst was already working in the industry for five years, but was mostly unknown. She then immediately got roles in "Little Women" and "Jumanji," and eventually appeared in the "Spider-Man" trilogy. »
Entertainment Weekly reports that a Boba Fett movie and a spin-off involving a young Han Solo will be the focus of the two Star Wars stand-alone spin-offs that Walt Disney Pictures confirmed were happening on Tuesday.
The Boba Fett movie will be set between the events of A New Hope and The Empire Strike Back and would follow the intergalactic bounty hunter, probably (and this is speculation on our part) on a mission for Jabba The Hutt.
The Han Solo movie takes place in the time between the prequel trilogy and the original trilogy and will require a brand new actor to step into the shoes of the loveable renegade pilot. It may or may not be based on an early Star Wars novel, 1979′s “Han Solo at Star’s End,” set two years before the events of the 1977 film.
No more specific plot details have been released yet or »
- Matt Holmes
I was a little disappointed when I heard that J.J. Abrams was directing Star Wars Episode VII. And while some of my disappoint came from the sake of Star Trek 3, I was more disappointed that Disney didn't take the path of Joe Johnston. First off, Johnston has worked on all three of the original Star Wars films, as the art director and effects producer. Not only that, but he worked on The Ewok Adventure, Ewoks: The Battle for Endor, and Star Wars: Droids. He knows Star Wars backwards and forwards. And even more importantly, he knows the creatures of Star Wars backwards and forwards. This brings me to another point: He knows his way around visuals. He made Captain America: The First Avenger, which was was set in the 40s, still look good visually. He also made Jumanji and Honey I Shrunk The Kids, The Rocketeer, Jurassic Park III, »
7 items from 2013
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