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The final guild/industry group to declare nominees did so this afternoon as the Motion Picture Sound Editors (Mpse) spoke up with a roll call of players for the 62nd Golden Reel Awards. On the film side of things, "Birdman" and "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" had the best showing with three nominations each. I've been wondering if the latter could slide into Oscar play this year, but it's hard to gauge here, as "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" had a nice Mpse showing, too. In the effects/foley category, "Fury" is featured as well, also a strong possibility to pop up. All other expected players ("American Sniper," "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Unbroken," etc.) are featured. We'll see how the sound branch shakes it all out tomorrow but I'm a little more confused by where they'll end up going than usual, I must say. Check out »
- Kristopher Tapley
Hollywood’s sound pros nominated Birdman and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes for three awards apiece as the Motion Picture Sound Editors unveiled nods for its 62nd Mpse Golden Reel Awards, honoring the best feature film, television, animation and computer entertainment work of the year.
“2014 was a fantastic year for sound,” said Mpse president Frank Morrone. “The advent of new distribution channels, streaming services and gaming platforms is creating additional opportunities for sound artists to practice their craft beyond the traditional venues of film and television. This year’s nominations reflect that change, spanning an amazing diversity of mediums and genres, all executed at the highest level of creativity. We are truly inspired and impressed by the work of our colleagues.”
- Jen Yamato
While many fans look back on Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace as a horrible experience, star Liam Neeson remains proud of his work as Jedi master Qui-Gon Jinn. And he recently reminisced about the movie during an interview with uk.yahoo, where he once again said that he'd like to reprise the character.
It's no secret that Qui-Gon Jinn died in that 1999 film, which brought the Star Wars franchise back to the big screen after a lengthy hiatus. But that doesn't matter to Liam Neeson. He has a few ideas about what he'd like to see happen in a Qui-Gon Jinn spinoff movie. And there's the little fact that Qui-Gon is now a force ghost, which was confirmed when the actor returned to reprise his role in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Asked if he wants to become a master Jedi once more, he states:
"Yeah, I'd say so. »
To celebrate May the 4th this year, Lego will be releasing an exclusive minifigure featuring a rather obscure character from the Star Wars saga: Admiral Yularen.
Wullf Yularen was a prominent character in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series; he was the naval commander of Anakin Skywalker’s fleet, and the man who provided the series’ fun intro narration. He also appeared in the original Star Wars trilogy, as one of the men sitting around a conference table in the Death Star in A New Hope.
Oddly enough, the new minifigure resembles the original iteration of Yularen, and not the Clone Wars version. Perhaps his mustache and trademark frown was just too good not to adapt in Lego form.
Lego has yet to officially reveal the Yularen figure, so we’re not sure yet when and how he’ll be available for purchase. As always, we’ll keep you posted. »
- James Garcia
4 items from 2015
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