News

BearManor Media Officially Releases Heather A. Wixson’s Monster Squad, A New Book About the Adventures of Practical Effects Artists in Horror & Sci-Fi

  • DailyDead
Every makeup effect has a story behind it, but even more fascinating are the stories behind the makeup effects artists themselves. For years, Heather Wixson has shared her passion for the horror genre as the Managing Editor on Daily Dead, and we couldn't be more thrilled by the official release of her new book, Monster Squad, a celebration of practical effects artists and their incredible creations that made so many of us believe in the magic of movies and gave us nightmare fuel forever.

Now available from BearManor Media, Monster Squad: Celebrating the Artists Behind Cinema's Most Memorable Creatures shines a light on the artists who have worked tirelessly in the shadows behind the camera to create the jaw-dropping creatures that have haunted big screens and warmed our hearts.

Brimming with hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos and fascinating anecdotes in its 444 pages, Monster Squad takes you from humble beginnings in garages
See full article at DailyDead »

Cover Art for Heather A. Wixson’s Monster Squad, A New Book About the Adventures of Practical Effects Artists in Horror & Sci-Fi

For years, Heather Wixson has shared her passion for the horror genre as the Managing Editor on Daily Dead, and we couldn't be more excited for readers to check out her upcoming book, Monster Squad, a celebration of practical effects artists and their incredible creations that made so many of us believe in the magic of movies.

Coming soon from BearManor Media, Monster Squad: Celebrating the Artists Behind Cinema's Most Memorable Creatures shines a light on the artists who have worked tirelessly in the shadows behind the camera over the past several decades to create the jaw-dropping creatures that have haunted the big screen and warmed our hearts.

Monster Squad is packed with 20 in-depth interviews with a wide range of special effects and makeup artists, including Tony Gardner, Michèle Burke, Jennifer Aspinall, Steve Johnson, Brian Wade, Alec Gillis, Tom Woodruff Jr., Todd Masters, and many more. Exploring the origins of
See full article at DailyDead »

200 Greatest Horror Films (160-151)

Special Mention: Battle Royale

Written and directed by Kinji Fukasaku

Japan, 2000

The concept of The Hunger Games owes much to Koushun Takami’s cult novel Battle Royale, adapted for the cinema in 2000 by Kinji Fukasaku. The film is set in a dystopian alternate-universe, in Japan, with the nation utterly collapsed, leaving 15 percent unemployed and 800,000 students boycotting school. The government passes something called the Millennium Educational Reform Act, which apparently provides for a class of ninth-graders to be chosen each year and pitted against one another on a remote island for 3 days. Each student is given a bag with a randomly selected weapon and a few rations of food and water, and sent off to kill each other in a no-holds-barred fight to the death. With 48 contestants, only one will go home alive. Yes, this has been often cited as the original Hunger Games; whether or not Suzanne Collins borrowed heavily
See full article at SoundOnSight »

Ireland submits An Bronntanas to Oscars

  • ScreenDaily
Ireland submits An Bronntanas to Oscars
Actress Saoirse Ronan and director Jim Sheridan among selection committee to submit thriller based around a lifeboat crew.

The Irish Film & Television Academy (Ifta) has submitted An Bronntanas as Ireland’s submission for the Foreign Language category at the 87th Academy Awards.

Directed by Tom Collins, and produced by Ciarán Ó Cofaigh of Rosg and Tom Collins, An Bronntanas stars Dara Devaney, John Finn , Owen McDonnell, Michelle Beamish, Pól Ó Gríofa, Charlotte Bradley and Januscz Sheagall. The script was written by Joe O’Byrne, Paul Walker, Eoin McNamee and Tom Collins.

The film was primarily shot in Irish in Connemara, County Galway by cinematographer Cian de Buitléar. The film premiered as the closing film of the Galway Film Fleadh earlier this year.

An Bronntanas (The Gift) is a contemporary thriller set against the backdrop of a local independent lifeboat crew working off the coast of Connemara, on the west of Ireland. The rescue
See full article at ScreenDaily »

Hollywood struggles to halt an exodus of film-makers

The world's entertainment capital is losing out as studios switch big TV and film productions to other locations to save money, leaving studios as little more than grand tourist attractions

Among the tourist hordes on the "walk of fame" last week, you could feel Hollywood casting its spell. They genuflected at the names of actors and film-makers embedded in pink stars in the pavement. Gloria Swanson. John Wayne. Will Smith. Francis Ford Coppola. Quentin Tarantino. Generations of glamour and talent, ringed in brass and close enough to touch.

Open-air vans and double-decker buses packed with camera-toting passengers swayed past palm trees and the Chinese Theatre en route to celebrity home tours – which are in truth celebrity hedge tours, because you seldom glimpse the mansions behind the shrubbery. No matter, the tours are extremely popular: there are now about 40 operators, up from just a handful a few years ago.

With an azure sky and balmy sunshine,
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Blu-ray Review: 'Quest for Fire' (rerelease)

  • CineVue
★★★★☆ A multi-award winning 101 minutes of dialogue-less travelogue about three Neanderthal tribesmen sent on a mission to find and steal fire from another clan, Jean-Jacques Annaud's Quest for Fire (1981) is nothing if not ambitious. Everett McGill (best known as Big Ed Hurley from Twin Peaks), Ron Perlman and Nameer El-Kadi star as the three hirsute proto-humans who encounter strange and violent scenes on their journey. Cinematographer Claude Agostini's work is reminiscent (perhaps because of the ape-like appearance of the cast) of The Planet of the Apes, taking in a variety of sweeping vistas.

The level of technical craft on display is astonishing. Justly awarded for the brilliant make-up and prosthetic work by Sarah Monzani and Michèle Burke and natural looking production design by a whole parade of talented art directors and designers, Quest for Fire has an earthy, almost tactile look to it. A memorable face-off with a pair
See full article at CineVue »

Colin Farrell Receives Oscar Wilde Honor

He’s one of Ireland’s hottest exports and Colin Farrell was all smiles as he arrived at the 8th Annual Oscar Wilde: Honoring the Irish In Film event last night (February 21).

The “Phone Booth” hunk slicked back his hair and looked dapper in a black jacket, white button-up shirt, and black trousers as he posed for the press outside Bad Robot in Santa Monica.

During the shindig, Colin was honored with an Oscar Wilde Award for making such an impact on the film industry over the years.

Farell thanked his parents and joked they were, “rumored to have genetically made me Irish.” Michael R Burns and Michele Burke also received trophies.
See full article at GossipCenter »

Colin Farrell Honored at Oscar Wilde U.S.-Ireland Alliance Ceremony

Colin Farrell Honored at Oscar Wilde U.S.-Ireland Alliance Ceremony
A very sexy Colin Farrell suited up last night in Santa Monica, Calif., where he was honored at the U.S.-Ireland Alliance Award ceremony. Held at J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Production studio, the 2013 Oscar Wilde: Honoring the Irish in Film pre-Oscars event included a slew of Hollywood talent and over 400 guests. Partygoers were in great spirits (thanks, in part, to an amazing whiskey tasting bar sponsored by Tullamore D.E.W.!), and the jovial audience laughed and cheered as Farrell, Abrams, Michael Burns and Michele Burke took the podium and spoke during the night.  "It's lovely! I mean it's better than getting a slap in the face and told you're crap," Farrell joked of his honor on...
See full article at E! Online »

Partying with the Irish

Jj Abrams is hosting it and Colin Farrell's up for an award – welcome to what Steven Spielberg calls the best party in La

When Jason O'Mara moved to Hollywood, an unknown actor with a Dublin brogue, it would have been useful to plug into the Irish network – except there wasn't one. "When I first got here, I wasn't aware of any Irish community that I should be part of."

Little harm it did him. A decade later O'Mara is a familiar face, thanks to network dramas such as Vegas, Justice, Life On Mars and Terra Nova. All the characters were American and the actor worked hard with a dialogue coach to erase unwanted lilts.

But this Thursday, days before the Oscars, O'Mara and hundreds of compatriots will gather to celebrate Irish success, and belated networking, at an annual pre-Oscar hoolie that Steven Spielberg has called one of the best parties in La.
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Joffe's 'There Be Dragons' Opens Big in Spain with U.S Release to Follow in May

Last Friday in Spain we saw the opening weekend release for “There Be Dragons”, the new film from acclaimed and twice Oscar-nominated filmmaker behind “The Mission” and “The Killing Fields”. Budgeted at $35 million, the co-production between Spain, U.S and Argentina the film proved to be a moderate success already before its release as it grossed an impressive 300 000 Euros in pre-sold tickets, although we have to take in consideration big part of these tickets were part of a charity campaign for Doctors Without Borders as well as other non benefit organizations, a clever marketing campaign no doubt benefited the film's tally. Starring Charlie Cox (Stardust, Casanova); Wes Bentley (American Beauty, Ghost Rider); Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace, Max Payne); Derek Jacobi (Gladiator, La Brújula Dorada); Dougray Scott (Mission Impossible II, Ever After), Rodrigo Santoro (300, Che), Golshifteh Farahani (Body of Lies) and Geraldine Chaplin; this also has a first rate crew
See full article at IONCINEMA.com »

Cannom Wins the Oscar®

Greg Cannom wins the Academy Award® for the Achievement in Make-up for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. This was CannomÂ.s ninth Academy Award® nomination, and he previously won for Mrs. Doubtfire (1994, with Ve Neill and Yolanda Toussieng) and Dracula (1993, with Michèle Burke and Matthew Mungle). He thanked his crew, cast, agent and the city of New Orleans, where much of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was filmed. Check www.makeupmag.com later for more on Cannom's win.
See full article at MakeupMag »

Cannom Nabs Oscar® for 'Button'

Oscar® nominees gather day before for symposiumGreg Cannom won the 2009 Academy Award® for Achievement in Makeup for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. This was Cannom.s ninth Academy Award® nomination, and he previously won for Mrs. Doubtfire (1994, with Ve Neill and Yolanda Toussieng) and Dracula (1993, with Michèle Burke and Matthew Mungle). During the Feb. 22 broadcast, he thanked the film.s cast; his agent, Helen Cohen; the movie studios and the city of New Orleans, where much of the film was shot. .I share this with Colleen Callaghan, who should be up here with me,. Cannom said in his acceptance speech. He also thanked make-up artists and hairstylists Jean Black, Fionagh Cush, Elaine Offers, Miles Teves, Brian Sipe, Will Huff, Todd Tucker, Harvey Lowry, Mark Jacszyn, Alexei O'Brien, Mark Nieman, Chris Gallaher, Art Pimental, Martin Astles, Susan Kalinowski and Natascha and Favian Wigs.
See full article at MakeupMag »

Cannon Nabs Oscar® for .Button.

Greg Cannom won the 2009 Academy Award® for Achievement in Makeup for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. This was CannomÂ.s ninth Academy Award® nomination, and he previously won for Mrs. Doubtfire (1994, with Ve Neill and Yolanda Toussieng) and Dracula (1993, with Michèle Burke and Matthew Mungle). During the Feb. 22 broadcast, he thanked the filmÂ.s cast; his agent, Helen Cohen; the movie studios and the city of New Orleans, where much of the film was shot. Â.I share this with Colleen Callaghan, who should be up here with me,Â. Cannom said in his acceptance speech. He also thanked make-up artists and hairstylists Jean Black, Fionagh Cush, Elaine Offers, Miles Teves, Brian Sipe, Will Huff, Todd Tucker, Harvey Lowry, Mark Jacszyn, Alexei O'Brien, Mark Nieman, Chris Gallaher, Art Pimental, Martin Astles, Susan Kalinowski and Natascha and Favian Wigs.
See full article at MakeupMag »

See also

Credited With |  External Sites


Recently Viewed