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‘Shape of Water,’ ‘Blade Runner,’ ‘Black Mirror’ Win Art Directors Guild Awards

‘Shape of Water,’ ‘Blade Runner,’ ‘Black Mirror’ Win Art Directors Guild Awards
“The Shape of Water,” “Blade Runner 2049” and “Logan” walked away with top film honors at the 2018 Art Directors Guild Awards Saturday night.

On the television side, “Game of Thrones,” “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Black Mirror” were among the winners.

Previously announced, animation directors Ron Clements and John Musker received the William Cameron Menzies Award, while Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy received the Cinematic Imagery Award. Michael Baugh received the Outstanding Creative Achievement Award, and Lifetime Achievement honors went to Norm Newberry, John Moffitt, James J. Murakami and Martin Kline.

This year’s Oscar nominees for production design were “Beauty and the Beast,” “Blade Runner 2049,” “Darkest Hour,” “Dunkirk” and “The Shape of Water.”

Full list of winners below.

Period Film

“The Shape of Water” (Production Designer: Paul Denham Austerberry)

Contemporary Film

“Logan” (Production Designer: François Audouy)

Fantasy Film

Blade Runner 2049” (Production Designer: Dennis Gassner)

Animated Film

Coco” (Production Designer: Harley Jessup)

One-Hour Period or Fantasy
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‘Shape of Water,’ ‘Blade Runner,’ ‘Black Mirror’ Win Art Directors Guild Awards

‘Shape of Water,’ ‘Blade Runner,’ ‘Black Mirror’ Win Art Directors Guild Awards
“The Shape of Water,” “Blade Runner 2049” and “Logan” walked away with top film honors at the 2018 Art Directors Guild Awards Saturday night.

On the television side, “Game of Thrones,” “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Black Mirror” were among the winners.

Previously announced, animation directors Ron Clements and John Musker received the William Cameron Menzies Award, while Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy received the Cinematic Imagery Award. Michael Baugh received the Outstanding Creative Achievement Award, and Lifetime Achievement honors went to Norm Newberry, John Moffitt, James J. Murakami and Martin Kline.

This year’s Oscar nominees for production design were “Beauty and the Beast,” “Blade Runner 2049,” “Darkest Hour,” “Dunkirk” and “The Shape of Water.”

Full list of winners below.

Period Film

“The Shape of Water” (Production Designer: Paul Denham Austerberry)

Contemporary Film

“Logan” (Production Designer: François Audouy)

Fantasy Film

Blade Runner 2049” (Production Designer: Dennis Gassner)

Animated Film

Coco” (Production Designer: Harley Jessup)

One-Hour Period or Fantasy
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2018 Art Directors Guild Awards: Look for Oscar winner among nominees [Updating Live]

2018 Art Directors Guild Awards: Look for Oscar winner among nominees [Updating Live]
The 21st annual Art Directors Guild Awards took place on Saturday (Jan. 27). These kudos have a stellar record at previewing the outcome of the Best Production Design race at the Academy Awards. Over the first two decades of these prizes, the eventual Oscar winner has always numbered among the Adg nominees in the various categories.

Period film contender “The Shape of Water” is locked in a tight race with fantasy film nominee “Blade Runner 2049” to win the Oscar for Best Production Design according to our predictions. Two other period film nominees that are set in WWII — “Darkest Hour” and “Dunkirk” — sit in third and fourth place respectively — while fantasy contender “Beauty and the Beast” rounds out our top five predicted Oscar nominees.

Already the frontrunner for Best Production Design at the Oscars, “The Shape of Water” won in period over fellow Oscar nominees “Darkest Hour” and “Dunkirk.” That race
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'Dunkirk', 'The Post' among Art Directors Guild nominees

'Dunkirk', 'The Post' among Art Directors Guild nominees
Animated feature films were included for the first time this year, Coco among them.

The Art Directors Guild has announced nominations for the 22nd Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards in multiple categories including features, television, and commercials.

Nominees in the feature film categories include Darkest Hour, The Shape Of Water, Downsizing, Get Out, and Lady Bird.

Among the television nominees are this year’s Emmy stand-outs The Handmaid’s Tale and Game Of Thrones.

Animated feature films were included in the nominations for the first time this year and include top-earning titles Cars 3, Coco, and Despicable Me 3.

The Awards Gala is set for January 27 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland.

Excellence In Production Design For A Feature Film Period Film

Darkest Hour, Sarah Greenwood

Dunkirk, Nathan Crowley

Murder On The Orient Express, Jim Clay

The Post, Rick Carter

The Shape Of Water, Paul Denham Austerberry

Fantasy Film

Beauty And The Beast, Sarah
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‘Logan’ Director James Mangold Sings Praises of His Production Team

‘Logan’ Director James Mangold Sings Praises of His Production Team
In Fox blockbuster “Logan,” the title character says, “I’m not whatever you think I am.” The same is true of the movie, an “X-Men” sequel that’s more classic Hollywood film noir/Western than superhero movie. Director and co-writer James Mangold talks about the contributions of his team of artisans in giving the film a different vibe from that of its predecessors.

Cinematographer John Mathieson

The idea was to produce a more natural film, on location, which avoided the fetishizing of superhero gear and vehicles that had become a trope of these movies. There’s a general look of what’s been successful in the last decade with superhero movies, and I definitely didn’t want that. I brought up Westerns like “Shane” and “Unforgiven,” but also “The Wrestler” or Clint Eastwood’s “The Gauntlet,” which felt very naturalistic, where lighting was natural or practical, not glammed up. The whole take of the script was that
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Hollywood's top production designers help us understand exactly what they do

Production design is an often-overlooked element of filmmaking in the eyes of the public, but it plays as big a role in audience enjoyment, as does cinematography or sound. Three of Hollywood’s top production designers—François Audouy (Logan, Jurassic World), Hannah Beachler (Black Panther, Moonlight), and John Muto (…

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Odds And Sods: Logan’s production designer on bringing a not-quite post-apocalyptic world to life

Logan surprised us earlier this year by being an uber-violent but measured character drama, a notable departure from most modern-day superhero flicks. The film paints a vivid picture of a somewhat post-apocalyptic United States where the majority of the country’s mutants have been wiped out. Helping bring this vision to life is production designer François Audouy. After a production designers’ autograph session at this year’s Comic-Con, we sat down with Audouy to see how he approached creating the world we see in Logan.
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Logan Concept Art Shows Off the Dusty World of Wolverine's Future

Now that you've all probably experienced James Mangold's Logan for yourselves, it's a good time to bask in the glory of some of the film's finer details. Artist Shae Shatz has taken to Twitter to reveal a handful of concept art pieces, and they do a tremendous job of evoking the dusty, futuristic world in which Wolverine finds himself in this movie. The Western imagery (Logan wears a cowboy hat and is accompanied by a dog in some shots), the grimy texture of the buildings and worn-down gas stations, the anti-Cerebro tank that serves as Xavier's prison...even though Logan's outfit was different and he didn't have a pet, it looks like these images had a big stylistic influence on Mangold's final film.

I think this was my first painting for #Logan. Exterior of Logan's Hideout. Big thanks to Francois Audouy and team! :) #ConceptArt pic.twitter.
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Logan Concept Art Reveals Deleted Scene and Wolverine's Hideout

Logan Concept Art Reveals Deleted Scene and Wolverine's Hideout
Fans are still talking about 20th Century Fox's superhero blockbuster Logan, which set the box office on fire in its opening weekend with a whopping $88.4 million, out-grossing both of the previous stand-alone Wolverine movies. As fans return to theaters for their second and third screenings of the film, new concept art has emerged from artist Shae Statz, who took to social media to share several of the early designs from the sequel. Among these sketches are an early look at Logan's desert hideout, along with the futuristic landscapes used in the casino and farm scenes.

Artist Shae Statz took to Twitter over the weekend, to share his artwork, the first of which is an exterior view of the desert hideout Logan lives in with Caliban (Stephen Merchant), where they both take care of an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart). This image is much different than the version in the finished film,
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Dracula Untold Blu-Ray Review

The only legitimately scary thing about the budding Universal Monsters franchise so far is that its launching platform, Dracula Untold, has about as much bite as the Twilight saga. If that sounds harsh, well, that’s because it’s meant to – as franchise starters go, this lazy actioner is as lifeless and absent-minded as they come, never supplying even the tiny amount of intelligence that would have been necessary to buy Dracula, that most reliable of movie monsters, as a sword-wielding action hero of the armor-clad variety.

Universal had an unenviable task in bringing its classic movie monsters, from the Prince of Darkness himself to the Bride of Frankenstein, to the big screen, but one imagines that they could have done better than Dracula Untold, which so cloaks its titular bloodsucker’s origin story in generic special effects and clunky dialogue to such an extent that one begins to forget
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Dracula Untold – The Blu Review

Dracula Untold didn’t get much love from critics when it played theatrically this fall (Jim Batts here at Wamg only gave it 1 ½ stars – read his review Here), but horror fans like myself were more forgiving. Dracula Untold is not really a horror film. It is a fantasy-action film with historical references to the Turkish or Ottoman Empire as it was known. This film is titled ‘Untold’, so I was glad to find new mythology, things I did not know about Dracula (at least according to these screenwriters,) and about how he became a vampire. It’s also supposedly the start of a new wave of films from Universal utilizing their classic monsters so I wish it had done better at the B.O.

I found Dracula Untold an enjoyable, well-paced adventure with horror overtones. Even the historical background is handled pretty well, given that it is basically a fantasy superimposed on real historical events.
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February 3rd Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Starry Eyes, Ouija, The Demon’s Rook

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For the first week of February, horror fans should get those wallets ready as there’s a ton of great titles making their home entertainment debuts this Tuesday. We’ve got two stellar indie films to look forward to- The Demon’s Rook and Starry Eyes- and Universal is releasing two of their recent theatrical titles, Dracula Untold and Ouija, on Blu-ray and DVD as well.

As if that’s not enough, other notable titles you can add to your personal collection on the 3rd include Exists, The ABC’s of Death 2, Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard, John Wick and the cult classic Kull the Conqueror is making its way onto Blu for the first time ever too.

The Demon’s Rook (Cinedigm, DVD)

Chaos descends upon a quiet town when Roscoe, the pupil of a wizard monk from an ancient race of demons, unknowingly opens a portal that
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Giveaway – Win A Copy of Dracula Untold

One of the most enduring and captivating figures of all time unveils his beginnings in Dracula Untold, a gorgeously realized, never before seen, story of the legendary vampire’s origin story. Dracula Untold debuts on Digital HD on January 20, 2015 and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, including Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet™, and On Demand February 3, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Legendary Pictures.

For almost a century, the legend of Dracula has mesmerized audiences with the story of a charismatic royal who feasts on the blood of innocents after the sun goes down. Dracula Untold reveals the man behind the myth in the thrilling, action-packed tale of Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia (Luke EvansThe Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Fast & Furious 6), who makes a terrifying deal with a supernatural ally that will allow him to save his family and his country – at the cost of his soul.
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Dracula Untold Heading To Digital HD This January; DVD/Bluray Coming In February!

While Luke Evans has officially left the upcoming reboot of The Crow, one film that he definitely Was in this year, was Universal’s Dracula Untold. Divisive between most horror fans, who either loved or hated the “Dracula as an antihero” angle of the film, the film made a decent amount of money at the box office, leading Universal to rush the film into homes beginning January 20th for Digital and to Bluray/DVD on February 3rd.

“Witness the origin story of one of legend’s most captivating figures in the action-adventure, Dracula Untold. The year is 1462 and Transylvania has enjoyed a prolonged period of peace under the just and fair rule of the battle-weary Vlad III, the prince of Wallachia (Luke Evans, Fast & Furious 6, The Hobbit series). But when Sultan Mehmed II (Dominic Cooper, Captain America: The First Avenger) demands 1,000 of Wallachia’s boys – including Vlad’s own
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Dracula Untold Blu-ray / DVD Release Details & Cover Art

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Vlad III, the prince of Wallachia, has a tough choice to make in Gary Shore’s Dracula Untold. He can either remain human and see his son unwillingly recruited into the vast army of Sultan Mehmed II, or he can become a monster and save his family. The early, human days of Bram Stoker’s timeless character, Dracula, are explored in Dracula Untold, which is hitting home media soon with an abundance of bonus features.

Coming out on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD on January 20th ahead of its On Demand release on February 3rd, Dracula Untold will feature the following bonus features courtesy of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Legendary Pictures (for more details, see the official press release and cover art below):

“Bonus Features Exclusive to Blu-ray

Alternate Opening Deleted Scenes The Land of Dracula – An exclusive interactive map that takes fans deep into Dracula’s mysterious world,
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Over 50 Things to Know About Luke Evans’ Take on Dracula from our Dracula Untold Set Visit

There are a lot of vampire films out there, perhaps too many, but the team behind Dracula Untold is out defy that by doing something different, combining historical facts with the fantastical. Bram Stoker’s Dracula may haven been inspired by Vlad the Impaler, but first-time feature writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless decided to take the connection literally. In Dracula Untold, Dracula is Vlad the Impaler. Back in September 2013, we got the chance to visit the film’s Belfast, Ireland set where stars Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon and Dominic Cooper as well as producer Alissa Phillips, production designer Francois Audouy and costume designer Ngila Dickson were all on hand to talk about what’s going to make their vampire movie a standout. Hit the jump for over 50 must-know facts about Dracula Untold. Click here to check out the trailer for Dracula Untold. The Story: At the start of the film,
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Bam! Pow! Zap! Behind Two of This Season's Hottest Home Vid Releases

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Two of 2013’s biggest movies in the superhero- and action-flick sphere are going to be served up as Blu-ray stocking stuffers over the next few weeks, and Bam! went behind the scenes on The Wolverine and Fast & Furious 6 in anticipation of the big scores from Santa. Superhero World Builder Francois Audouy has left his creative fingerprints on a startling array of seminal sci-fi and comic book-derived properties (along with more conventional movies), beginning by working in the art departments on films like Men in Black I and II, Spider-Man 1 and 2, Minority Report, I Am Legend and Avatar, then as art director for Transformers, Watchmen and Green Lantern, and ultimately as production designer on Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and The Wolverine....

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Mutant Gaijin: The Making of The Wolverine

Trevor Hogg chats with visual effects supervisors Phil Brennan, Martin Hill, Tim Crosbie, Glenn Melenhorst, James Rogers, Bryan Godwin, Viktor Muller; effects technical director Prema Paetsch and previs director Clint Reagan about such things as claws, nuclear explosions, shedding skin, and a Silver Samurai which all appear in The Wolverine. Beware there are spoilers...

“I ran into some people at Fox who thought I would be a good fit with Jim [Mangold] so I arranged a chat with him,” recalls Phil Brennan (Snow White and the Huntsman) as to how he became the visual effects supervisor for The Wolverine (2013). “We got along well and decided straightaway to go ahead and do it.” With a resume which includes the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line (2005), Western remake 3:10 to Yuma (2007), action-comedy Knight and Day (2010), and police drama Cop Land (1997), James Mangold makes his comic book movie directorial debut. “Jim is a big
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The Week in Spandex - Superman vs. Batman, Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Spider-Man, Kick-Ass 2 and more

Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Superman and Batman, Aquaman, Arrow, Wonder Woman, The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Force, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Agent Carter, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Venom, Kick-Ass 2, Beware the Batman, Teen Titans Go!, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, Justice League: War, The Awesomes and more...

Last weekend saw California hosting the annual celebration of geek culture with the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International, and boy what a year it was for fans of superheroes. We'll start things off with Warner Bros., who made arguably the biggest announcement of the weekend - and one that would have been a Huge surprise, had the news not broke online mere hours before - at the conclusion of its Saturday panel
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Interview - Production Designer François Audouy talks about The Wolverine

With Hugh Jackman's latest X-Men outing set to open in cinemas this week, we chat with production designer Francois Audouy about how he created the distinctive look of The Wolverine, filming on the streets of Tokyo and remote Japanese fishing villages, designing the spectacular sets and working with director James Mangold...

Darker than ever before, Logan/Wolverine has lost his connection to the world at the start of James Mangold’s compelling film, which is more film noir than classic comic book movie. A man unmoored, deeply troubled, angry and in crisis, Logan, played once again by Oscar nominated actor Hugh Jackman, has lost everyone he has ever loved and no longer has a purpose or reason to live. Summoned to Tokyo by Master Yashida, an influential Japanese businessman, he is immediately involved in the complex web of intrigue surrounding the powerful family.

“It’s a journey picture in
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