16 items from 2012
Director Jan Kounen has been a favorite here at Twitch pretty much since the site's inception. Coming from an art school background and beginning with animated short films, Kounen has since carved a completely personal and unique career path, and proved himself impossible to pigeonhole. He established a cult following with his first feature, the hyper-stylized, ultra-violent gangster film Dobermann, but rather than following that up with more of the same, he has since made documentaries about Shaminism and Eastern spiritual figures, created a singular, mystic reworking of the Western with Blueberry (Aka Renegade), taken on the modern advertising world in 99 Francs and (deep breath) and chronicled an infamous love affair with the chamber-drama Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky.It's no surprise then that L'Etrange »
Ernest Borgnine has died at the age of 95. We look back over his career in clips
Borgnine's first screen credit was, somewhat improbably, as a Chinese gambling-den operator called Hu Chang in a studio thriller called China Corsair. After more bit parts as racketeers, heavies and gun-toting villains, Borgnine put himself on the map with the memorably-named nasty Fatso Judson in From Here to Eternity. The aggressive, loutish Judson, quick with a switchblade, is the guard sergeant in the stockade, where he eventually does for the mercurial Angelo Maggio (played by Frank Sinatra).
Borgnine progressed to a string of more visible henchman roles – in Johnny Guitar, Vera Cruz, The Bounty Hunter – but probably his best from this period is another fight-picking bruiser from Bad Day at Black Rock – "I'm half horse, half alligator. You mess with me and I'll kick a lung outta' ya'."
Bad Day at Black Rock was »
- Andrew Pulver
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 176 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2012 to the Academy.s roster of members.
.These film professionals represent some of the most talented, most passionate contributors to our industry,. said Academy President Tom Sherak. .I.m glad to recognize that by calling each of them a fellow Academy member..
Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003.
The 2012 invitees are:
Simon Baker . .Margin Call,. .L.A. Confidential.
Bérénice Bejo . .The Artist,. .Oss 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies.
Tom Berenger . .Inception,. .Platoon.
Demián Bichir . .A Better Life,. .Che.
Jessica Chastain . .The Help,. .The Tree of Life.
Clifton Collins, »
- Michelle McCue
Here at ComicMix we’ve run a couple tributes to Jean Giraud, a.k.a. Moebius. Michael Davis did his yesterday, Glenn Hauman wrote the obituary on Saturday. There might be more coming because Jean Giraud, a.k.a. Moebius, was exactly that important. Here’s how this master of our beloved medium affected me.
It was December 31, 1973, and I was in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Quebec is Canada’s most French province, and most of the people speak French-Canadian and most of the signs and radio stations are in French. They care about their heritage and their culture and, surrounded by the United States and Ontario, they have an understandably protectionist attitude.
So there I was in downtown Montreal. To be specific, I was in a Woolworth’s, then a distinctly United States institution, now sadly missed. There is no easier way to absorb the cultural differences than to see how others interpret our stuff, »
- Mike Gold
French comic book artist internationally known by his pen names Moebius and Gir
The artist Jean Giraud was principally known for his work on comic books under two pen names. As Gir, the co-creator of Blueberry, one of France's most popular strips, his brushwork was detailed and realistic; as Moebius, he used intricate, visually arresting penwork to explore the subconscious in his creations Arzach, Le Garage Hermétique (The Airtight Garage) and L'Incal (The Incal). But Giraud, who has died of cancer aged 73, had an impact on the visual arts that went beyond comics. He was seen as a figurehead linking bandes dessinées with modernism and nouveau réalisme. As the co-creator of Métal Hurlant magazine, he took comics to an older, more literate audience. In cinema, his fans ranged from Federico Fellini to Hayao Miyazaki and his style influenced dozens of others, including Ridley Scott, George Lucas, James Cameron and Luc Besson. »
- Steve Holland
We’re sad to report that just a week after the death of Star Wars artist Ralph McQuarrie, Jean ‘Moebius’ Giraud, seminal concept artist for Tron and Alien has died at the age of 73 after losing his battle to cancer.
Giraud was best known in France for creating Wild West character ‘Les Aventures de Blueberry‘ but he also ventured into cinema and made quite an impact. He worked with Ridley Scott on the visual effects for the legendary Alien and also on the iconic Tron, both films that have had a lasting effect on modern cinema.
In 1974, Giraud launched an adult sci-fi and fantasy crossover called Métal Hurlant. In that same year, publisher Leonard Mogel was on a promotional tour in Paris and discovered the unique publication and took it back to America and in 1977 launched it as Heavy Metal, the hugely influential magazine. Furthermore, Moebius lent his genius of »
- Dan Bullock
After a battle with cancer famous French illustrator and concept designer Jean Giraud has died at the age of 73; working under the alias of Moebius, he first gained famed with his signature creation of Les Adventures of de Blueberry in 1963. Giraud who attracted fans such as Hayao Miyazki, George Lucas, James Cameron, and Ridley Scott was recruited by the later to help design Alien (1979); two years later writer-director Steven Lisberger hired him to assist in the creation of Tron (1982), followed by Lucas for Willow (1988) and Cameron for The Abyss (1989).
“In the beginning I had two different levels,” Jean Giraud told The Hero Complex. “To be an artist in comics because it was my dream as a teenager and when I was 7, 8, 10. I was such a fan. I committed already to drawing. The comics were not only stories to enjoy for me they were drawings that possessed me. I saw very »
French comic book artist Jean Giraud has died at the age of 73.
Giraud, who was also known by the name Moebius, passed away in Paris, France on Friday night after a battle with cancer.
He began his career as an illustrator in the advertising industry, but went on to create a number of famous comic book characters, including French creation Lieutenant Blueberry and a collaboration with Marvel boss Stan Lee on the Silver Surfer.
Giraud also worked on storyboards for a number of science fiction films and helped create the look of Sir Ridley Scott's Alien and 1982's Tron, as well as The Abyss, The Fifth Element, Willow and Masters of the Universe. »
Moebius, the legendary French comics artist, has died at the age of 73. Jean Giraud passed away in Paris after a long illness, bringing to the end a career spanning over 50 years, reports the BBC. Best known in France for his work on Fort Navajo and its spin-off Blueberry, Moebius also famously teamed with Stan Lee on Silver Surfer: Parable in 1988. He was also active in the movie industry, producing concept artwork and storyboards for sci-fi classics including Alien, Tron, The Abyss and The Fifth Element. "When anyone challenges the worth of comics as an art, you can always bash (more) »
- By Hugh Armitage
The French comic book illustrator and designer Jean Giraud, aka 'Moebius' has died.
Born Jean Henri Gaston Giraud in Nogent-sur-Marne, France in 1938, Giraud started his art career for the French advertising and fashion industries before going on to become of the country’s most popular comic strip artists, later finding fame in North America and Japan.
In 1975 he revived his 'Moebius' pseudonym and with Jean-Pierre Dionnet, Philippe Druillet and Bernard Farkas founded the magazine "Métal Hurlant" aka "Heavy Metal", showcasing Moebius' serial "The Airtight Garage" and the groundbreaking "Arzach".
In 1982 he collaborated with director René Laloux to create the science fiction feature-length animated movie "Les Maîtres du temps" (released in English as "Time Masters") based on a novel by author Stefan Wul.
He continued to contribute storyboards and »
- Michael Stevens
French artist Jean Giraud aka Moebius has passed away at age 73, according to the BBC (via THR). He is best known for creating the Western anti-hero Blueberry, which first appeared in 1963 in France. The character was "a loner who traveled the post-Civil War American West after being framed for a murder he did not commit. The character started out as a racist but came to oppose discrimination of all kinds."
American fans known him for his work on the two-part Silver Surfer mini-series he scripted with Stan Lee. The comic won an Eisner Award. He also worked on concepts and storyboards for numerous science fiction films, including Alien,Tron, The Abyss, and The Fifth Element. He also co-created the feature-length animated science fiction film Les Maîtres du temps, which was released in English as Time Masters.
Giraud's work was featured in a retrospective exhibition in 2010 at the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art in Paris. »
The younger geek won't remember the skulking atmosphere in which Sf was trying to breathe through most of the 1970s, and neither will they remember the extraordinary, often adult-oriented world of Heavy Metal, the English-language edition of the famed Sf dystopian comic-fest Metal Hurlant. Nor yet how many of those strange fantasies and amazing designs were created by the man known as 'Moebius' - Jean Giraud, who died of cancer today at the age of 73.
The man was a breath of fresh air in that struggling decade for science-fiction and futurism.
Director Ridley Scott, already an admirer of the French comic artist (who had by the mid-1970s amassed much-admired coffee-table books of illustrations, apart from his esteemed contributions to Heavy Metal and the comics world) was easily persuaded by Alien creator Dan O'Bannon to bring Moebius on-board as another artistic refugee, from Jodorowsky's Dune, to Alien. He came together »
The legendary French artist Moebius, whose real name was Jean Giraud, died at age 73, according to the BBC. Giraud's career spanned more than fifty years. His most famous creation was the Western anti-hero Blueberry, which first appeared in 1963 in France. Blueberry was a loner who traveled the post-Civil War American West after being framed for a murder he did not commit. The character started out as a racist but came to oppose discrimination of all kinds. To American comics fans he is probably best known for a two-part Silver Surfer mini-series he scripted with
- Andy Lewis
He was born Jean Henri Gaston Giraud but the world will always remember him by his chosen name: Moebius. The legendary French comic book artist, writer, conceptual design and illustrator passed away yesterday at the age of 72 after succumbing to a lengthy battle with cancer.
Even if you didn't know of his name, if you had seen Alien, Tron, The Fifth Element or The Abyss, you had seen his work. The astronaut suits that Dallas, Kane and Lambert wore in Alien were his creation; several of the light suits in Tron, the look of the futuristic New York City in The Fifth Element, and while he contributed designs of the underwater NTIs in The Abyss, James Cameron went instead for a different design.
It was in the pages of the French comic book magazine Metal Hurlant (known to western audiences by the name Heavy Metal) that Moebius first rose to fame. »
- Patrick Sauriol
The BBC has bad news to report: Jean Henri Gaston Giraud, who first came to widespread prominence in America with the importing of Heavy Metal and known worldwide to his fans as Moebius, has died in Paris after a long battle with cancer. He was 73.
He was popular in the Us and Japan, working with legend Stan Lee and manga artists, as well as in his homeland.
Giraud trained at art school and turned to comics after working as an illustrator in the advertising and fashion industries.
Active in comics since the 60s, »
- Glenn Hauman
Just one week after the loss of the highly influential Ralph McQuarrie, a key figure in creating the look of Star Wars, another luminary figure of visual design and artistry has passed on. French comic book creator and film concept designer Jean Giraud, better known as Moebius, passed away today in Paris, at the age of 73. Moebius was crucial in creating the looks for such films as Alien, Tron, Masters of the Universe, The Abyss, Willow, and The Fifth Element. As a comics artist in his native France he was held in the highest of artistic circles, co-creating with Belgian writer Jean-Michel Charlier the classic anti-western Blueberry; on his own, the pterodactyl-riding Arzach, and with Alejandro Jodorowsky, the sci-fi series The Incal. In America »
16 items from 2012
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