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With technology rapidly advancing in the world of filmmaking to the point where almost every theatrical genre film or big-budget blockbuster heavily relies on the use of CGI, it’s nice to see guys like Tom Woodruff Jr. and Alec Gillis of Amalgamated Dynamics still so committed to the artistry and necessity of practical effects in moviemaking.
Both icons in the world of special effects, Woodruff Jr. and Gillis have collectively worked on a vast array of hugely successful and influential films throughout their careers, including The Terminator, Aliens, Cocoon, Predator, The Monster Squad, Pumpkinhead, Demolition Man, Tremors, Alien 3, Starship Troopers, Hollow Man, Jumanji, Spider-Man, Avp: Alien vs. Predator, and X-Men: First Class.
One of the recent projects the duo were a part of was Universal’s 2011 premake of The Thing, in which they were asked to create stunning practical creature effects to be used throughout production. Unfortunately, for both Woodruff Jr. »
- Heather Wixson
Feast your eyes on the trailer for Ouija, a film based on the Hasbro board "game" that enables players to communicate with the spirit world. In the cinematic adaptation, a bunch of teens (including Bates Motel's Olivia Cooke, The Secret Life of the American Teenager’s Daren Kagasoff, and The Fosters’ Bianca A. Santos) awaken an ancient spirit board's dark powers while attempting to talk to their dead friend. Produced by Michael Bay, Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity and Insidious), and Andrew Form and Brad Fuller (The Purge, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th), the film looks like it has the potential to be pretty scary, even though it's based on a children's board game. Just think of how scary Jumanji was, only this time there's no scruffy Robin Williams to save all the teens from being murdered by ghosts. Sorry, teens! »
- Anna Silman
Production designer Jim Bissell has been chosen to receive the Art Directors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
The kudo will be presented Jan. 31 at the 19th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Bissell’s credits include “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “The Rocketeer,” “Jumanji,” “300,” “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” and “The Monuments Men” — his fourth collaboration with George Clooney following “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” “Good Night, and Good Luck” and “Leatherheads.”
He is working on “Mission: Impossible 5.”
- Dave McNary
This review contains spoilers.
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In terms of having a pedigree, The Strain ticks all the critical boxes, and then some. I’m a huge fan of the work of Guillermo del Toro and this show is based on a series of novels that he and Chuck Hogan wrote. He also directs the opening episode, and Chuck Hogan also helped co-write it. What could possibly go wrong?
I was somewhat concerned that in the first couple of minutes this show managed to deliver at least two Wtf moments. But before I get to them, it’s worth noting that the arrival of an aircraft travelling from Germany to the USA where everyone is dead isn’t the most original opening for a TV series. Because that »
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Are you ready for San Diego Comic-Con?! The event is closing in on us really fast, and it's going to be so great to be in San Diego among hundreds of thousands of other like-minded geeky individuals. Every year I attend Comic-Con it's like coming home. It's my most anticipated event of the year. Comic-Con International has released the full event and panel schedule for Friday, July 25th that you can see in its entirety here. But I've provided a few of the most notable panels that will be taking place that day below. It's a big day for TV as The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones panels will both be held in Hall H.
- Joey Paur
San Diego Comic-Con has released the full schedule of events for Friday, July 25, following the Thursday schedule that was released yesterday. You can clickHere to view the lineup in its entirety, which includes numerous comic book panels and events, but we have pulled out all of the movie, DVD and TV-related panels for your convenience.
Friday, July 25
Good mornin'! What's better than a panel of one Cartoon Network Comedy? Two cartoon network comedies! That's right fans, prepare yourself for double the comedy, double the fun and double the friends with Uncle Grandpa and Clarence! Join the always-entertaining cast and crew for a behind-the-scenes look at two of the newest hit shows on Cartoon Network. It's woooooorth it. Appearing from Uncle Grandpa are creator Peter Browngardt (Uncle Grandpa), Kevin Michael Richardson (Mr. Gus), and Eric Bauza (Belly Bag). Appearing from »
While we have to wait another year before getting a new Star Wars movie, fans still have something to look forward to when Star Wars Rebels lands on televisions this Fall (as in just a few months). As such, Disney/Lucasfilm are pushing the new animated series hard at this year's San Diego Comic-Con and have released a slew of information over the last couple days. Come inside to see a new video introducing David Oyelowo as an Imperial villain, the full Sdcc Panel schedule for the show, and a swanky Rebels poster.
While the wait for Star Wars: Episode VII seems insufferable (at least to some of us), we can take comfort in the knowledge that new Star Wars stories will be coming our way soon in the form of the Rebels TV series. With the show set to debut in a few months, Disney is pushing their marketing »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Disney and Lucasfilm have announced their official Star Wars plans for San Diego Comic-Con 2014! As always, there's a lot of great Star Wars stuff going on. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like anything is happening for Star Wars: Epsiode VII. The only thing that attendees can hope for is that they pull something huge out as a surprise during the Disney panel that will take place in Hall H. Even if they don't, there's still a ton of activities that will keep fans busy and happy. You can check out all of the details below:
Thursday, July 24The Heroes of Star Wars Rebels: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Room 6Bcf
The Empire. The Rebellion. The Beginning. Star Wars Rebels, Lucasfilm’s highly anticipated animated series detailing the start of the fight against the evil Empire, is coming this fall — but fans can get a big sneak peek at San Diego Comic-Con. »
- Joey Paur
If you were hoping that Disney would showcase Star Wars: Episode VII at the San Diego Comic-Con International later this month then I’m afraid you’re out of luck, as Lucasfilm has revealed that J.J. Abrams’ hotly-anticipated sequel will be absent from Sdcc this year. However, there’s still plenty for Star Wars fans to sink their teeth into, with the official Star Wars website announcing the following schedule, as well as unveiling a brand new poster for the upcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels…
Thursday, July 24
The Heroes of Star Wars Rebels: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Room 6Bcf
The Empire. The Rebellion. The Beginning. Star Wars Rebels, Lucasfilm’s highly anticipated animated series detailing the start of the fight against the evil Empire, is coming this fall — but fans can get a big sneak peek at San Diego Comic-Con.
Lucasfilm’s special panel, The Heroes of Star Wars Rebels, »
- Gary Collinson
LucasFilm and Disney has revealed their Star Wars Comic-Con 2014 line-up, and they are bringing their new Disney Xd animated adventure Star Wars Rebels to the annual San Diego convention center. Along with news of a panel for the upcoming TV series, Disney and LucaFilm also revealed a very cool Star Wars Rebels poster. Take a look, and then read on for full details.
Looking to experience the full power of the Force at San Diego Comic-Con? StarWars.com has you covered with a complete guide to Star Wars programming, including panels on Star Wars Rebels, Hasbro's action figures, and much more!
Thursday, July 24
The Heroes of Star Wars Rebels: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Room 6Bcf
The Empire. The Rebellion. The Beginning. Star Wars Rebels, LucasFilm's highly anticipated animated series detailing the start of the fight against the evil Empire, is coming this fall - but fans »
With Comic-Con 2014 just a few weeks away, many fans thought San Diego would be the first place footage or full-costumed cast photos from Star Wars: Episode VII would debut, even though director J.J. Abrams is currently in the midst production. Sadly, today, Disney and LucasFilm confirmed their Comic-Con plans, which included a brief statement confirming that Star Wars: Episode VII will not be featured in any way at the con.
"With Star Wars: Episode VII creators deep in production in anticipation of the film's December 18, 2015, release, Lucasfilm will not be featuring the movie at Sdcc."
We can always hope for the element of surprise, which hasn't served fans well in the past. No previous Con or event has served to provide a first look at Star Wars: Episode VII just yet.
However, LucasFilm and Disney did reveal several other Comic-Con events for Star Wars fans to partake in during the annual San Diego convention, »
It's hard to believe, but next year will mark the 20th anniversary of the childrens' book adaptation Jumanji. And while the film starring Robin Williams, Bonnie Hunt, David Alan Grier and a young Kirsten Dunst isn't exactly a modern classic, it certainly holds a nostalgic place in the hearts of many children of the 90s. Though many of the special effects in the film are laughable now, mostly the terribly crafted computer animated monkeys, they were state-of-the-art at the time, and helped make this jungle adventure fun for the whole family. And now you can commemorate your love of the movie, or the book, by purchasing an incredible handcrafted replica of the board game. It's truly a remarkable piece of woodwork. JoBlo called our attention to prop maker Gemma Wright, who is offering this for sale: In the jungle you must wait until the dice read five or eight... And »
- Ethan Anderton
It was almost 20 years ago that director Joe Johnston (Honey, I Shrunk The Kids, The Pagemaster) brought us the family adventure movie Jumanji starring Robin Williams. In the movie, a supernatural board game makes wild animals materialize with each player's move. It was great fun and even left an opening for a sequel which hasn't been conjured up surprisingly. I haven't given the movie much thought over the years; that is until today, when I saw that I could own my »
- Graham McMorrow
After a star turning role in Dead Poet’s Society in 1989, Robin Williams had a quick succession of popular, hit comedies: Hook, Aladdin, Jumanji, The Birdcage, and so on. But it was his role as divorced actor Daniel Hillard – not to mention Daniel’s alter ego, Euphegenia Doubtfire – in Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) that brought Williams both popular acclaim and a Golden Globe for Best Actor.
In that film, Daniel lost a custody battle for his children with his ex-wife (Sally Field). While he was allowed to visit with his kids once a week, Daniel also chose to cross-dress as an elderly woman and become the children’s nanny in order to be around them as much as possible. It’s one of ...
- Sarah Moran
Since the CBS sitcom "The Crazy Ones" hasn't been a runaway hit, it's time for Robin Williams to go back to the well. Over two years ago, Williams was asked about the possibility of returning for a sequel to the 90s comedy Mrs. Doubtfire, one of the biggest hits of the comedian's career on the big screen. At the time, Williams seemed doubtful saying, "They could never write it." But it's time to dust off the old wig, because THR reports Mrs. Doubtfire 2 is back on the table at Fox 2000 with both Williams and the director Chris Columbus returning for the sequel and Elf screenwriter David Berenbaum working on the screenplay. A potential sequel has been in development since 2001, when Williams' Jumanji co-star and occasional writer Bonnie Hunt was commissioned to try to make the script work. Williams previously said, "They kept trying and it doesn't work... because at the »
- Ethan Anderton
Chicago – If the original is anything to applaud, the sequel usually isn’t. And even more rarely is the sequel actually better.
While it’s aggressive to market “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” as one of the “best superhero movies of all time” and more realistic to pitch it as “better than ‘The Avengers,’” it most certainly is 2014’s best action flick yet and it definitely defies common sequel disappointment.
When I think back on “Captain America: The First Avenger” three years ago, I recall it being just fine. I snoozed through a bit of it, I was somewhat underwhelmed by a lot of it and I remember leaving thinking I just got more of the same Hollywood blockbuster formula.
I wasn’t surprised, blown away or boldly thrown off guard by twists and turns I couldn’t have expected. A scrawny nobody gets a high-tech government serum and »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Exclusive: Director Joe Johnston has signed with Wme for representation. Johnston had been in play since agents Martin Spencer and Adam Kanter left Resolution to go to Paradigm. He had been with CAA with Kanter for a long time, before the agent made the move to Resolution and Johnston went with him. This is a big get for Wme. Johnston’s hits include October Sky, Captain America: The First Avenger, Jurassic Park III, Jumanji and Honey I Shrunk The Kids. He is currently developing the high-concept sci-fi thriller Extinction by Spenser Cohen with Mandeville and Good Universe. His next film, Not Safe For Work, is set at Universal. Johnston continues to be lawyered by Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Remember the '90s/noughties-era debate about who was the more compelling blonde: ScarJo or Kirsten Dunst? Both actresses have since met success, with numerous awards nods and international fame thanks to riveting roles in indie stories and blockbuster hits. But back in the mid-1990s when Jumanji was casting, director Joe Johnston had to choose one actress over the other. An 11-year-old Scarlett auditioned for the role of Judy, one of the siblings who plays the game Jumanji and unwittingly releases a boy who was trapped there for 26 years (played by the grown-up Robin Williams). Her audition is supercute, but the part ultimately went to Dunst who did an excellent job in the fantasy adventure flick. If you want to see what ScarJo was like before she became a...
- Alison Nastasi
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 16 Jan 2014 - 06:20
Another 25 unsung greats come under the spotlight, as we provide our pick of the underappreciated films of 2005...
It's underappreciated films time again, and this week, we delve deep into the year 2005 - a collection of months dominated by the likes of Star Wars: Episode III, another Harry Potter, Steven Spielberg's War Of The Worlds, Peter Jackson's King Kong, and CG family movie Madagascar.
It was also the year Pierce Brosnan formally bowed out of his role as James Bond, and Martin Scorsese's The Aviator was hyped to win the director his first Oscar, but didn't. Still, the contents of this list received nothing like the acclaim of The Aviator, nor the financial pickings of a Star Wars or Harry Potter. As ever, we've focused on 25 films which we think deserve a bit more love.
So with apologies to »
It.s been a colorful career for Joe Johnston. The effects artist started out on Star Wars sets, designing some of the most beloved characters in the canon. Branching off into films, he.s logged several years in the blockbuster trenches with films like Honey, I Shrunk The Kids, Jumanji and Jurassic Park III. By watching his questionable The Wolfman, one could guess Johnston was running on fumes, with that film bereft of a clear vision or any standout sequences (though when that project was orphaned by Mark Romanek, no one expected any different). But Captain America: The First Avenger proved to be a battery-recharging project for the veteran, helping build the WWII world inhabited by the shield-slinging Avenger. His next project looks to be another big-time effort, as he.s in negotiations to direct Extinction. This high-concept sci-fi thriller is keeping its logline under wraps, but what is being »
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