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Ves Awards Nominations: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ and ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Are Top Film Contenders

Ves Awards Nominations: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ and ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Are Top Film Contenders
Announcing the nominees for their 16th annual Ves Awards, the Visual Effects Society brought welcome news for Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049” and Matt Reeves’s “War for the Planet of the Apes,” each up for seven statuettes. “Despicable Me 3” is the most-nominated animated film of the year (5), while the most-honored title overall is “Game of Thrones” (11).

The 21-year-old organization consists of 3,400-plus members in 35 nations. Each year, it recognizes visual effects innovators in film, animation, television, commercials, and video games.

In 2017, Disney’s “The Jungle Book” remake claimed five Ves trophies, more than any other feature (nominations leader “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” was shutout). It’s director-producer, Jon Favreau, will receive this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award; Weta Digital director and four-time Oscar winner Joe Letteri will accept the Georges Méliès Award, named for the late French illusionist and filmmaker. Letteri is also a nominee
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Jar Jar Binks actor unhappy about motion-capture “snub”

He may be one of – if not the – most reviled characters in the entire Star Wars saga, but there’s no disputing that Jar Jar Binks marked a huge leap forward in terms of visual effects and CGI characters.

However, it seems that for the folks at Wired, the history of performance capture technology begins with Andy Serkis and his role as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings – something Jar Jar performer Ahmed Best has taken exception to on social media.

“I don’t know how to retweet this and not sound bitter, but I feel I have been forgotten,” said Best on Twitter as he shared the article in question. “No disrespect to the great Andy Serkis.”

See Also: Star Wars fan art depicts Jar Jar Binks as The Last Jedi

Best then went on to post a lengthier response, explaining why he feels snubbed:

“Thanks for the
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Who Is the Secret Narrator of Star Wars?

Who Is the Secret Narrator of Star Wars?
1977's Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope broke new ground in more ways than one, dazzling fans with these stories set "a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away." The opening crawl from this original classic became a hallmark of the franchise, with the scrolling text setting up the adventure that would follow on the big screen. As it turns out, though, the opening crawl text from all the Star Wars movies actually comes from a narrator, who until now, was anonymous.

In 2014, Chris Taylor published a book dubbed How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise, where the journalist delves through the history of this multi-billion dollar franchise. The author reveals in his book that, on the set of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, franchise creator George Lucas revealed what he called his
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The Narrator Of Star Wars, According To George Lucas

Star Wars has got a lot of iconic moments and visuals, but maybe nothing screams Star Wars more than the opening title crawl. From the second you see “a long time ago, in a galaxy far far away” and the music cues up, you know that this is a Star Wars film. These words come from an anonymous narrator, who I didn’t know about until today, but apparently he exists. The identity of this narrator has been a mystery since 1977, but know we finally have a face to match the words with, thanks to none other than the former master of all things Star Wars, George Lucas. As reported by io9, on the set of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, George Lucas had a conversation with his animation director Rob Coleman about the identity of the narrator. This information was then passed ...
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Star Wars: Jar Jar Binks - what went wrong?




Envisioned as a loveable sidekick, Jar Jar Binks inspired anger among critics and fans in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. What went wrong?

If you're too young to remember the surreal level of pre-release hype surrounding Star Wars: The Phantom Menace in early 1999, take a look at this Vanity Fair article, published in January that year. Writer David Kamp was out in the Tunisian desert to report on what was surely going to be the biggest film of the decade: George Lucas's triumphant return to the Star Wars universe.

The Phantom Menace has, Kamp writes, "a Garbo mystique"; it's the most "craved film ever" -  a cinema event capable of bringing the country to a standstill on release day.

But in among the breathless anticipation all over that article, tiny warning signs can be found.

For one thing, there's a sneak peek at a
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May The Facts Be With You In Star Wars: The Digital Collection

Celebrate the April 10th digital release of the Star Wars saga with this collection of fun facts and interstellar statistics. For the first time ever, all six epic films in the Saga, from The Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi, will be available on Digital HD.

Want more behind-the-scenes revelations? Then check out the extras on Star Wars: The Digital Collection.

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

Jedi Knights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn rescue Queen Amidala, ruler of a peaceful planet invaded by dark forces. On their escape, they discover nine-year-old Anakin Skywalker, a child prodigy who is unusually strong in the Force.

Anakin Skywalker’s Podracer in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was created from an interesting collection of vehicles and props. The front of the shuttle, in which Anakin sits, was made from the shell of a 1960’s racing car called a Maserati Birdcage.
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Why People Can't Enjoy the VFX in The Star Wars Prequels

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George LucasStar Wars Prequels did a lot of things for the special effects industry, being among the first films to feature thousands of digitally enhanced shots, while also introducing the idea of the first CG supporting cast members. But for all the good they did for the industry in moving VFX forward, many fans have decried the Prequels’ use of computer images throughout the trilogy. Today, with our look at CGI in movies, I’m taking a look at why the Prequels; use of CG hasn’t sat well with people and caused so much uproar.

Each month the Cinelinx staff will write a handful of articles covering a specified film-related topic. These articles will be notified by the Movielinx banner. Movielinx is an exploration and discussion of our personal connections with film. This month we investigate characters in film that are not made of flesh and bone, but
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Bricklayers: The Making of The Lego Movie

Trevor Hogg chats with Rob Coleman, Grant Freckelton, Damien Gray and Max Liani from Animal Logic about bringing the iconic Lego bricks to the big screen...

"Lin Pictures and Warner Bros had seen our in house directed work on Lego® Star Wars® The Padawan Menace [2011] which was the TV short that we worked on with Lucas Films and Lego; they were impressed by the level of detail in that episode and that coupled with our long standing relationship with Warner Bros. helped us land the project,” explains Animal Logic Head of Animation Rob Coleman as to how the Australian visual effects facility became involved with The Lego Movie (2014). “Animal Logic created an animated test that was screened to the Warner Bros. studio executives and that is what fundamentally led to the film being greenlit and awarded to Animal Logic.” The duo behind Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009), Phil Lord and Christopher Miller,
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Animal Logic restructures

Hot on the heels of creating the animation for The Lego Movie 3D, which has amassed $US330 million worldwide, Animal Logic has been restructured into three divisions.

The group will now comprise Animal Logic Animation; Animal Logic VFX; and Animal Logic Entertainment, a Los Angeles-based feature film development arm that is nurturing a slate of animation, hybrid animation and live-action and director and VFX-driven films.

Eighteen months after the company bought Fuel VFX, its personnel have been integrated with Animal Logic.s VFX teams and the Fuel VFX brand has been dropped.

.The newly consolidated division will trade as Animal Logic VFX, incorporating the wealth of talent and technology under one roof, further strengthening its ongoing commitment to the Australian and international VFX industry,. Animal Logic CEO Zareh Nalbandian tells If.

.On the back of the success of The Lego Movie it is a logical step to have a clearer structure across the company.
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Animal Logic appoints Rob Coleman as head of animation

Local VFX and production house Animal Logic has appointed Rob Coleman as the studio's head of animation.

Coleman, who recently served as animation director on Happy Feet Two, is a two-time Oscar nominee for his animation work on Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and Stars Wars: Attack of the Clones who has been nominated for two BAFTA Awards for his work on Men In Black and The Phantom Menace. Coleman spent 14 years at Industrial Light & Magic and Lucasfilm Animation working closely with George Lucas.

In a statement, Coleman said he was thrilled to be joining Animal Logic. "I have been a fan of their work for years, so it is exciting to be teaming up with such an immensely creative team..

Animal Logic.s chief executive Zareh Nalbandian said Coleman was one of the industry.s most highly regarded animation directors with a great track record of building teams and pipelines.
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Contest: 'Happy Feet Two' Merchandise Giveaway

Merchandise Sweepstakes! "Have Fun. Explore. Earn Amazing Rewards" Click on the banner Latino Review is giving away some cool merchandise to celebrate the release of the upcoming sequel "Happy Feet Two" starring the voice talents of Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Hank Azaria, Alecia Moore (P!nk), Sofia Vergara, Common, Hugo Weaving, Richard Carter, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Magda Szubanski, Anthony Lapaglia and Benjamin “Lil P-Nut” Flores, Jr. "Happy Feet Two” opens wide on Friday, November 18, 2011. Click Here to visit the official site or hit the poster to visit the Facebook page for the film. The sequel to “Happy Feet,” the Academy Award®-winning animated smash hit, “Happy Feet Two” returns audiences to the magnificent landscape of Antarctica in superb 3D.Mumble, The Master of Tap, has a problem because his tiny son, Erik, is choreo-phobic. Reluctant to dance, Erik runs away and encounters The Mighty Sven—a penguin who can fly!
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Happy Feet Two Dances Onto 377 IMAX® Screens This Friday

IMAX® 3D Release of Highly Anticipated Sequel to Happy Feet

Opens in More Than 377 IMAX Theatres

IMAX Corporation and Warner Bros. Pictures today announced that Happy Feet Two, the sequel to the animated hit Happy Feet, will be released in the immersive IMAX® 3D format this Friday, November 18. The film will open in 293 IMAX® theatres domestically, simultaneously with the film’s wide North American release. The movie will also open in 84 IMAX theatres internationally, 6 of which will open this Friday, with the additional runs debuting over the following weeks. More international theatres will be added as pending bookings are confirmed.

Happy Feet Two: An IMAX 3D Experience has been digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® through proprietary IMAX Dmr® technology. With crystal clear images, laser-aligned digital sound and theatre geometry that maximizes field of view, IMAX provides the world’s most immersive movie experience.
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Win Passes To The Happy Feet Two Screening In St. Louis

In the sequel to the adorable Happy Feet, the Academy Award®-winning animated smash hit, Happy Feet Two returns audiences to the magnificent landscape of Antarctica in superb 3D. Warner Bros. Pictures. and Village Roadshow Pictures. animated family comedy adventure will be in RealD 3D, IMAX 3D and 2D in select theaters on Friday, November 18, but you can catch the movie early! Wamg has a family four pack to giveaway so you can see Happy Feet Two this weekend – Saturday morning (11/12) at 10:00am at Chesterfield Galaxy 14 Cine.

Official Rules:

1. You Must Be In The St. Louis Area The Day Of The Screening.

2. Fill Out Your Name And E-mail Address Below. Real First Name Required.

3. Answer The Following Question: What famous tap dancer provided the dance sequences for Mumble in 2006′s Happy Feet ?

Winners Will Be Chosen Through A Random Drawing Of Qualifying Contestants. No Purchase Necessary. Passes Will Not Be Substituted Or Exchanged.
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New Happy Feet 2 Images And Featurette Include Common, P!nk, Matt Damon, Hugo Weaving, Robin Williams and Brad Pitt

(L-r) Atticus, voiced by Benjamin “Lil P-nut” Flores Jr.; Erik, voiced by Ava Acres; Bo, voiced by Meibh Campbell; and in front, Ramon, voiced by Robin Williams, in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ animated family comedy adventure “Happy Feet Two,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Check out all the latest photos and featurette from Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ animated family comedy adventure Happy Feet Two. You can catch it in RealD 3D, IMAX 3D and 2D in select theaters on Friday, November 18

The sequel to Happy Feet, the Academy Award®-winning animated smash hit, Happy Feet Two returns audiences to the magnificent landscape of Antarctica in superb 3D.

Mumble, The Master of Tap, has a problem because his tiny son, Erik, is choreo-phobic. Reluctant to dance, Erik runs away and encounters The Mighty Sven – a penguin who can fly!
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Collider Giveaway: Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray Set

Star Wars: The Complete Saga hit stores last week, and Collider has a copy of the 9-disc Blu-ray set to giveaway to one lucky reader. The set includes all six films in the Star Wars saga, along with loads and loads of extras. While some of you may wary of the set given that George Lucas has unsurprisingly made a few tweaks to his films, at the end of the day it’s Star Wars on Blu-ray. Hit the jump to find out how you can win. In order to win the set, first off you’ll need to “Like” Collider on Facebook (you can also "like" Collider at the bottom of this article). Then, email with your name and address and put Star Wars Giveaway in the headline. This giveaway will be open until October 3rd at noon Pacific Time and is only open to residents of the United States.
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Six ‘Star Wars’ Blu-ray Promos Try to Remind You That You Still Love These Movies

Six ‘Star Wars’ Blu-ray Promos Try to Remind You That You Still Love These Movies
[1] George Lucas' changes [2] to the Star Wars Blu-ray set have drawn some ire as of late, but let's be real -- these things are still gonna sell like hotcakes. While Lucas' alterations really will turn off some of his fans, it's probably a safe bet that many more will shell out for them anyway, even if they're grumbling as they do so. With that in mind, here are six ads for the Blu-ray that try to put you in a more positive state of mind about the updated releases. [via Geek Tyrant [3]] I actually quite like the first video, which is simple but effective -- just brief clips of some of the most thrilling moments from the saga, cut together in a very dynamic way. It's not enough to make me stop hating that Vader "Nooooo!" but it's nice to be reminded of why we love this series so much when
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Inside the new ‘Star Wars: The Complete Saga’ Blu-ray collection – one fans unboxing

One of our readers has just passed me a link to a YouTube video done by a fellow DVD/Blu-ray collector and Star Wars fan called Lattlay3D who has managed to get his hands on the new Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray collection a few days early! He takes a look at the packaging, the discs, and the included mini-book: Guide to the Galaxy…

Star Wars: The Complete Saga is presented on Blu-ray in widescreen with 6.1 DTS Surround Sound. Besides the six films (obviously) the collection includes the following special features:

Disc One – Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace

Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ben Burtt, Rob Coleman, John Knoll, Dennis Muren and Scott Squires Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

Disc Two – Star Wars: Episode II Attack Of The Clones

Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ben Burtt,
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Deleted Scene from The Empire Strikes Back featuring Han and Leia

There's a lot of mixed emotions right now for the upcoming Blu-ray release of George Lucas' the Star Wars saga. I've been waiting for these movie to come out on Blu-ray for a long time so I'm going to end up getting the original trilogy, regardless of the changes, even though I'm not happy with some of them. One of the main reasons I'm getting them though is for the special features, because these things are going to be packed full of awesome Star Wars goodies, including many deleted scenes, one of which is available now for you to watch below.

The deleted scene that was released is a little conversation between Han and Leia on the planet Hoth. It may look familiar, but the dialogue is completely different. Check out the deleted scene below and tell us what you think!

The Star Wars Saga Blu-ray collection is set
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Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray Deleted Scene

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Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray Deleted Scene
LucasFilm has released a deleted scene from Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, which can be found on the upcoming high-def set Star Wars: The Complete Saga hitting Blu-ray shelves everywhere on September 16. Click on the photo below to watch this deleted scene, which features a tense moment between Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) from Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. You can also take a look at all the special features details from this nine-disc Bd set below.

Bring home the adventure and share Star Wars with your whole family when Star Wars: The Complete Saga comes to Blu-ray Disc from Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment! To be released beginning on September 12 internationally and on September 16 in North America, the nine-disc collection brings the wonder of the entire Saga direct to your living room,
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Exclusive! Take a look at the navigation menus on The Phantom Menace from The Star Wars Saga Blu-Rays!

There’s not long to go now until The Star Wars Saga arrives on Blu-Ray. There have been some negative vibes about George Lucas’s latest attempts at tinkering with the movies with a CGI Yoda being added to The Phantom Menace and a few audio adjustments here and there; something about the word ‘Nooooooooo’ being added to a certain scene at the end of Return Of The Jedi. I’ve seen people writing that they aren’t going to buy the new BDs because of it, and that they have cancelled orders etc. While I too don’t agree with the changes, firstly, let’s face it, you will buy the thing and secondly, is one second at the end of one out of the six movies enough to warrant missing out on seeing the films in ultra high-definition and a slew of fantastic new bonus material? Thought not.
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