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'Benjamin Button' is VFX's Holy Grail

22 February 2009 8:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Taking home the Oscar for visual effects, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" has set a new benchmark in the VFX community.

A believable synthetic human had long been considered the industry's Holy Grail, and the most recent developments in that area allowed lead actor Brad Pitt to, convincingly, age in reverse.

The win also delivered lead VFX facility Digital Domain its first VFX Academy Award in a decade as well as its first since Michael Bay and Wyncrest Holdings acquired the privately-owned company in 2006.

Founded in 1993 by James Cameron, Scott Ross and the late Stan Winston, Dd last won Oscars for achievement in visual effects in 1997 for "Titanic" and in 1998 for "What Dreams May Come." (Over the years, it also won four Sci-Tech Academy Awards.)

Dd VFX supervisor Barba had a succint take on the night's win: "We are back."

In "Button," visual effects played a key role in the storytelling, »

- By Carolyn Giardina

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New Outlander Trailer

16 January 2009 2:21 AM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Vikings, aliens, dragony things... This is not an advert for the Norwegian tourist board, but it should be, because we definitely want to visit the bizarro world of the new Outlander trailerCrash landing on Earth, other-worldly Kainan (Caviezel) joins forces with the Viking inhabitants to fight the Moorwen, an alien predator which has already landed on the planet. Using Kainan's advanced alien technology and know-how along with the brute force of the Viking's Iron Age weaponry, it's time for lots of men in furs to slash about themselves with swords while a big scary monster pwns them from the shadows. Think Highlander meets Beowulf (somewhere between the animated one and the Christopher Lambert one) meets Aliens - and if it's not quite as good as the latter, it's nearly as much fun as the former.Outlander stars Jim Caviezel, Jack Huston, Ron Perlman and John Hurt and hits cinemas on »

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