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Horror Highlights: Escape Room Release Details, Florida International Horror & Genre Film Festival, Shhhh Coming to VOD

Escape rooms are all the rage across the country right now, but what if the experience isn't as safe as you think? Escape Room, starring Skeet Ulrich, is hitting Redbox today! Also: Florida International Horror & Genre Film Festival was announced and Shhhh is coming to VOD.

Escape Room Release Details: "Henderson, Nv - Thursday, May 3, 2018 - Worldwide film production and distribution company Global Genesis Group is proud to announce the launch of Escape Room starring Skeet Ulrich, Sean Young and Randy Wayne exclusively at Redbox® kiosks across the nation on May 8th.

In Escape Room, directed by Peter Dukes, four friends decide to partake in a popular escape room horror attraction only to find themselves stuck inside with a demonically possessed killer. They only have one hour to solve the room and escape with their lives.

The film marks Skeet Ulrich’s long-awaited return to the horror film genre after
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Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ and Ang Lee’s ‘Gemini Man’ Are Changing the Face of Digital De-Aging

Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ and Ang Lee’s ‘Gemini Man’ Are Changing the Face of Digital De-Aging
Digital de-aging is Hollywood’s latest tech toy. However, the controversial CG process faces a major test next year with Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” and Ang Lee’s “Gemini Man.”

Robert De Niro and Al Pacino face off as real life mob hitman Frank Sheeran and labor union boss Jimmy Hoffa in Scorsese’s gangster biopic, as Industrial Light & Magic digitally removes decades from their appearances for a series of flashbacks. And elite 50-year-old assassin Will Smith gets stalked by his 23-year-old clone (created by Weta Digital) in Lee’s cutting edge sci-fi thriller.

Obviously, there’s more at stake here than the successful de-aging of Sean Young and Kurt Russell, or Johnny Depp in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” Robert Downey Jr. in “Captain America: Civil War,” and Michael Douglas in “Ant Man.” Any misstep into the Uncanny Valley could prove fatal. Then again,
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"Stripes" TV Series

Director Ivan Reitman's military comedy feature "Stripes" (1981) will be rebooted for Sony Pictures Television and CBS TV, with Reitman set to direct from a teleplay by Trevor Moore, Sam Brown and Zach Cregger:.

The original film starred Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates, P. J. Soles, Sean Young, and John Candy, with John Larroquette, John Diehl, Conrad Dunn, Judge Reinhold, Joe Flaherty, Dave Thomas, Timothy Busfield and Bill Paxton:

"...'John Winger' is a cab driver who, in the span of a few hours, loses his job, his apartment, his car and his girlfriend. Realizing he has no prospects, he decides to join the Army. 

"Talking his best friend 'Russell Ziskey', a teacher of English as a second language, into joining him, they go to a recruiting office and are soon sent off to basic training.

"Upon arriving at 'Fort Arnold', they meet their fellow recruits,
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Oscars: How Roger Deakins Finally Won For Best Cinematography — and Why ‘Planet of the Apes’ Lost Again

Oscars: How Roger Deakins Finally Won For Best Cinematography — and Why ‘Planet of the Apes’ Lost Again
The biggest craft stories of the 90th Academy Awards: Cinematographer Roger Deakins finally winning the Oscar (after 14 nominations) for “Blade Runner 2049,” and the Denis Villeneuve-directed “Blade Runner” sequel upsetting “War for the Planet of the Apes” for VFX.

Deakins, the greatest cinematographer of his generation, was honored at long last for his naturalistic brilliance, making the “Blade Runner” universe adapt to his aesthetic, and putting his unmistakable imprint on every visual aspect, including VFX. And “Blade Runner 2049” honored the legacy of Ridley Scott’s iconic original by limiting green screen, keeping sets close to camera, and making it look photographic. Yet the sequel also offered a major step in digital human animation with the recreation of Sean Young’s Rachael replicant.

However, with a third consecutive VFX loss for “Apes,” the Academy once again denied Weta Digital the Oscar for its remarkable Caesar (Andy Serkis) and Bad
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PBS ‘Frontline’ and BBC ‘Panorama’ take on Harvey Weinstein

Just in time for the Oscars he won’t be attending, PBS and the BBC have joined forces for a straightforward yet scathing rundown of the rapid unraveling of Harvey Weinstein. “Weinstein,” which will air in the Us on Frontline tonight (9pm Eastern/10pm Central, but check your local listings), and “Weinstein: The Inside Story,” which aired on BBC One last night and is now available on iPlayer, are not exactly the same documentary: Emily Watson narrates the BBC version, while iconic Frontline narrator Will Lyman handles the PBS version; and some interviewees are included in one but not the other, and some interviews are slightly shorter or longer in the different versions. But they’re working from the same script and the same source material: the shocking firsthand stories of people who worked for and with Weinstein since the beginning of his career, and from journalists who have been
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Industry Execs, New York Attorney General Speak Out In New BBC-Frontline Weinstein Documentary

Actresses including Sean Young (Blade Runner) and Jessica Barth (Ted), New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, CBS Films President Terry Press and former Miramax UK boss Paul Webster have all spoken out about the allegations of sexual assault against Harvey Weinstein in a BBC/PBS documentary. Weinstein: The Inside Story, a co-production between Frontline and the BBC’s Panorama, aired last night in the UK to 2M viewers and will be broadcast this evening on PBS. The…
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‘Blade Runner 2049’: How Cutting-Edge Techniques Re-Created Character From Original

‘Blade Runner 2049’: How Cutting-Edge Techniques Re-Created Character From Original
When the Academy Award nominations came out, it was a tech and craft sweep for helmer Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049.”

The sequel to the sci-fi classic took five noms: cinematography, production design, sound editing, sound mixing and visual effects. With such a high mark set by the first film, these crews sought out cutting-edge techniques for everything from layering sound to reviving the character Rachel.

Sound mixing nominees Ron Bartlett and Doug Hemphill worked together to create a mix that utilized new tools while holding on to essential, organic noises.

“We’re very protective of the actor’s intentions in their dialogue, and we make sure it’s not covered up with loud sounds or a music cue or anything else so that the director’s vision is told through that story and through the actors in that story,” says Bartlett. “You have tough situations where you have something like the sea wall, but we really
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Rutger Hauer Says ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Has “No Humor, No Love, No Soul”

When the party invitations went out to the cast of “Blade Runner” to return for “Blade Runner 2049,” Rutger Hauer was decidedly left out in the cold. Harrison Ford and Edward James Olmos cleared their calendar, while Sean Young gave permission for a digital version of her younger self to swing by. However, Hauer was left crying tears in the rain (though it would’ve required some serious narrative pretzels to being Roy Batty back from the dead).
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‘The Alienist’: Revealing the Murderer’s Identity Early Is the Show’s First Killer Move

‘The Alienist’: Revealing the Murderer’s Identity Early Is the Show’s First Killer Move
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “The Alienist” episode “Hildebrandt’s Starling.”]

Although it had been a week since “The Alienist” had shown a quick peek of its mysterious killer’s face, Monday’s episode “Hildebrandt’s Starling” allows him to own the screen for a significant amount of time. And the results are unsettling in a way that’s a credit to this significant departure from Caleb Carr’s best-selling period crime novel of the same name.

In the source material, readers must wait until Dr. Kreizler and his assembled team of investigators fully create a criminal profile before they start closing in on the killer, and even then, it takes most of the novel to actually meet him. In TNT’s adaptation, however, the killer’s presence has been teased out from the beginning as the show revealed glimpses at the man in shadow in the aftermath of a kill or as he corners his latest victim.
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‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Deserves to Win the VFX Oscar

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‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Deserves to Win the VFX Oscar
The time has come for the Academy to finally give the VFX Oscar to “War for the Planet of the Apes.” Twice denied for “Rise” and “Dawn,” Weta Digital’s remarkable work on Caesar (Andy Serkis) culminated with a Shakespearean finale. It’s undeniably the best of the field. And coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the original “Planet of the Apes” would make it even sweeter. The Visual Effects Society obviously got the importance of the work, honoring the entire Caesar trilogy, now we’ll see if the Academy makes amends with “War.”

However, “Apes” has been denied before (with the acting branch, in particular, having a bias against Serkis and performance capture) and there is other noteworthy character animation to choose from, including the stunning CG Rachael from “Blade Runner 2049,” the creepy Snoke (Serkis) from “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Ego and the de-aged Kurt Russell from
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Visual Effects Oscar Nominees on Their Top Digital Secrets

Visual Effects Oscar Nominees on Their Top Digital Secrets
This year’s visual-effects category displays so much expertise that each nominated film had at least one Oscar winner or nominee on its team.

John Nelson, who won for “Gladiator” and led the group behind “Blade Runner 2049,” says, “I was lucky that everybody wanted to work on this movie.”

Nelson adds, “It’s hard to live up to a classic, and in science fiction, visual effects rules are important because they define jeopardy. Jeopardy needs to be real or audiences won’t care.”

The movie depicts one possible future, Nelson notes, adding: “There were no traffic jams in the sky.”

There were, however, 17 distinctive environments that extended Roger Deakins’ cinematography by mixing models, miniatures and CG extensions. Nelson even used Google Earth to initially “fly through” locales that were later photographed.

His team also delivered tour-de-force compositing, merging two different actors to create an eerie third person — including creating a CG doppleganger of one of the
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Sean Young Filmed some Behind the Scenes on Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

It seems that Sean Young managed to get some behind the scenes shots on Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Tone Loc steps right up to the camera but Jim Carrey just doesn’t want to at all it would seem. Sean doesn’t mind getting in the shot and gives a very detailed sense of what it’s like to work with Jim Carrey. Jim gets in the shot more than once but usually it’s during filming and you don’t really get to see any other reaction that isn’t scripted. In short this is kind of a film for Sean Young’s benefit since she’s

Sean Young Filmed some Behind the Scenes on Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
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Blade Runner 2049: a spoiler-heavy exploration

Ryan Lambie Feb 9, 2018

With the film now on disc, we take a deep look into Blade Runner 2049 - with lots of spoilers...

The following contains major spoilers for both Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049.

To think an origami unicorn could create so many years of speculation. To this day, debate still rages over the status of Blade Runner's Rick Deckard: is he a human or a replicant? The origami unicorn certainly hinted as much: folded by Deckard's enigmatic partner, Gaff, and left outside Deckard's apartment, it had distinct echoes of the anti-hero's earlier dream of a unicorn roaming through a forest. And if Gaff knows what Deckard's dreaming about, doesn't that imply that he's as artificial as the replicants he hunts?

Director Ridley Scott has long insisted that Deckard has to be a replicant; the filmmaker charged with crafting the sequel, Denis Villeneuve, has expressed at least a shred of doubt.
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VFX, CGI Pros Move Forward in Creating Digital Characters, but Still Have a Ways to Go

the practitioners of the fine arts of visual effects and CGI have always had a Holy Grail: the creation of digital characters who seem so real that audiences will be fooled into believing they’re being played by real human beings.

But that goal has not yet been reached. People have an innate knowledge of how human faces and bodies move and react. Artists who fail to include in their work even the almost imperceptible qualities of a real person won’t fool anyone.

But progress is being made. Visual effects supervisor Richard Clegg of effects house the Moving Picture Co. — who created a digital Arnold Schwarzenegger fighting his real-world self in 2015’s “Terminator Genisys” — staged somewhat of a breakthrough with his work on the VFX character Rachel in last year’s “Blade Runner 2049.” She was animated to look like actress Sean Young as she appeared in the original “Blade Runner” in 1982. “We might spend all day
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Blade Runner 2049

After 35 years Philip K. Dick’s brainstorm returns in a film sequel worthy of the original; Denis Villeneuve does right by the concept, but the show will be tough sledding for Add-plagued modern viewers. Ryan Gosling follows in Harrison Ford’s replicant footsteps, surrounded by an impressive group of supporting actors. It’s long, it’s moody, it’s not for babies — but it is rewarding.

Blade Runner 2049

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2017 / Color / 2:40 widescreen / 164 min. / available through the WBshop / Street Date January 16, 2018 / 35.99

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Carla Juri, Jared Leto, David Dastmalchian, Sylvia Hoeks, Mackenzie Davis, Sean Young, Hiam Abbass, Edward James Olmos, Dave Bautista.

Cinematography: Roger A. Deakins

Film Editor: Joe Walker

Original Music: Benjamin Wallfisch, Hans Zimmer

Written by Michael Green, Hampton Fancher, from his story, based on characters from Philip K. Dick

Produced by Cynthia Sikes Yorkin, Bud Yorkin
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Timothée Chalamet Recalls Auditioning for 'Spider-Man '

Timothée Chalamet Recalls Auditioning for 'Spider-Man '
Timothée Chalamet continued to charm Hollywood on Saturday night at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards.

While being honored with this year’s best actor award for his work in Call Me by Your Name, the 22-year-old recalled auditioning for Spider-Man: Homecoming three years ago.

“I read twice and I left sweating in a total panic,” Chalamet said. “I called my agent, [UTA’s] Brian Swardstrom, and I said, ‘Brian, I thought about this a lot and I have to go back and knock on that door and read again,’ and he told me the story of Sean Young and how...
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Oscars 2018: Tentpoles Face Smaller Fare in VFX ‘Bake-Off’ Top 10 Competition

Oscars 2018: Tentpoles Face Smaller Fare in VFX ‘Bake-Off’ Top 10 Competition
Once again, the Academy’s Visual Effects Branch will decide the five Oscar nominees at a Saturday “bakeoff,” a selection of footage from the shortlisted films, which are dominated by particularly great character work. Three spots likely await “War for the Planet of the Apes,” “Blade Runner 2049,” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

However, that leaves a battle for the final two nominations among “Dunkirk” (the lone invisible-vfx entry), “The Shape of Water,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Kong: Skull Island,” “Alien: Covenant,” and surprise entries “Okja” and “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.” The smart money’s on Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” and Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” but don’t be surprised if Bong Joon-ho’s underdog, “Okja,” knocks one of them out.

The Frontrunners

War for the Planet of the Apes

Andy Serkis’ final, remarkable performance as Caesar should finally
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Blade Runner 2049 Behind-The-Scenes Video Shows The VFX Magic Behind Recreating Replicant Rachel

We've reached the point (almost) where it's hard to distinguish good visual effects from real objects and or people. The technology continues to get better and better every day. Some are better than others, for example, Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story caused a medium-sized uproar and brought about ethics questions as to if it was appropriate to CG an actor that has long been deceased. Blade Runner 2049 has a digitally re-created character that seems to have succeeded in a somewhat similar visual effects feat.

In the highly anticipated sequel, we see the return of Sean Young as the well-know replicant named Rachel from the original Blade Runner. But, instead of merely bringing back Sean Young and de-aging her, director Denis Villeneuve decided to use a different actor and have the younger version of Young recreated entirely with visual effects. The featurette below shows just how they did it below,
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Very Cool Trailer for Vintage Time Travel Indie Comedy 'Future '38'

"See you in 1938." Let's kick off the New Year by taking a time travel trip into 2018! A trailer has launched for a wacky little indie film titled Future '38, a spoof of classic screwball comedies from the 1930s. The story involves a man being sent via time travel into the future, 80 years ahead to the year 2018, to help them figure out how to solve their problems in the past. Something about defeating Hitler, but then he falls for a young lady, and it all becomes a big mess. The film's cast features Betty Gilpin, Nick Westrate, Ethan Phillips, Sean Young, Robert John Burke, and Ilana Becker, with an appearance by Neil deGrasse Tyson. This actually looks very fun! Yes, it's super cheesy, but it seems like they nailed the tone and balance of humor and quirk and screwball-ness for a very amusing, entertaining little film. Might be worth a watch.
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Guest Post: Lizzie Borden on Harvey Weinstein and The Need to Stand Together

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Guest Post by Lizzie Borden

I have been silent because I felt my story was of no great significance compared to the women who were raped and assaulted by Harvey Weinstein. But I feel compelled to write now that Meryl Streep has been called out on the question of who knew what when.

When Jodi Kantor called me months before her story broke in The New York Times, I told her about Harvey’s bullying but explained that I knew nothing about rapes or sexual assaults. In 1985, Harvey had picked up my film “Working Girls” for distribution. Back then, he and his brother, Bob, worked from a small office on the West Side on Manhattan. Harvey was romancing his assistant, Eve, a sweet Princess Grace-type. She later became his first wife. Harvey’s mother was always around and he called me a “Weinstein sister.” I was never a target.
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