2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Visual Effects

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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Visual Effects
A bunch of sequels and a remake are vying for the Best Visual Effects Oscar this year, many of them from Disney, including Bill Condon’s live-action remake of Disney’s classic “Beauty and the Beast,” Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” and Lucasfilm’s upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

Three Fox films offer stunning VFX: “War for the Planet of the Apes,” which advances its visual effects technology over the last Matt Reeves installment featuring Weta Digital’s astonishing array of digital apes led by performance capture master Andy Serkis as Caesar, could win Weta’s Joe Letteri (“Avatar,” “King Kong,” “The Lord of the Rings”) his fifth Oscar. Another visually sumptuous sequel is Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049.” And Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” is also impressive.

Two Warner Bros. blockbusters, Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic “Dunkirk” and Patty Jenkins’ World War I superhero origin myth “Wonder Woman,
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Eric Dickerson -- Blasts Jeff Fisher ... Don't Compare Me to Britney Spears!!! (Audio)

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Eric Dickerson says he will Never go to another Rams game as long as Jeff Fisher is the coach ... and part of it has to do with Britney Spears.  The Rams legend finally revealed it was Fisher who called him up and told him the team doesn't want him on the sidelines at games ... over public criticisms Eric has made about the team. So, what does Britney Spears have to do with it?  Fisher apparently tried to tell E.
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How Brad Paisley Helped Make a Fan's Marriage Proposal Unforgettable

How Brad Paisley Helped Make a Fan's Marriage Proposal Unforgettable
Brad Paisley just can't resist a good love story. On Saturday night at his concert in Laughlin, Nevada, the singer showed two fans just how far he'll go to make sure they have a happy ending. Two weeks ago, Paisley fan Jason Smith brought his girlfriend Courtney Larger to Paisley's Phoenix show with an engagement ring in his pocket, hoping to be noticed by the singer and get the chance to pop the question on stage. When his plan was thwarted by a worker who kept Smith from getting close to the stage, the 30-year-old insurance adjuster set up a
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How Brad Paisley Helped Make a Fan's Marriage Proposal Unforgettable

How Brad Paisley Helped Make a Fan's Marriage Proposal Unforgettable
Brad Paisley just can't resist a good love story. On Saturday night at his concert in Laughlin, Nevada, the singer showed two fans just how far he'll go to make sure they have a happy ending. Two weeks ago, Paisley fan Jason Smith brought his girlfriend Courtney Larger to Paisley's Phoenix show with an engagement ring in his pocket, hoping to be noticed by the singer and get the chance to pop the question on stage. When his plan was thwarted by a worker who kept Smith from getting close to the stage, the 30-year-old insurance adjuster set up a
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Film Review: ‘Warcraft’

Film Review: ‘Warcraft’
The epic battle at the center of “Warcraft” isn’t the clash between humans and orcs. That’s just what takes up roughly two hours of screen time. The true conflict comes from filmmakers trying to tell a story with soul and struggling against the inherent ridiculousness of the commodity they’re working with. It shouldn’t take a mage to foresee that this pricey and preposterous adaptation of an online gaming phenomenon was preordained for artistic mediocrity.

With little concern for all those already perplexed at the mention of orcs and mages, “Warcraft” plunges headfirst into a fantasy realm teeming with mythical creatures, magical spells and exotically named characters and locations. It’s a take-it-or-leave-it approach likely to have most audience members opting for the latter, though devotees of the immersive role-playing source material may have an entirely different experience. If so, Universal will have to hope they storm
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Predicting The 88th Annual Academy Awards

The 88th Annual Academy Awards are just around the corner on Sunday evening, so once again, it’s time to lay down my predictions for who has the best chance of winning in each of the 24 categories, along with a bit of analysis as to why they appear to be the frontrunners. As usual, I’ll start from the smallest categories and work my way up, so let’s get started:

Best Animated Short Film

“Bear Story” Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala

PrologueRichard Williams and Imogen Sutton

“Sanjay’s Super Team” Sanjay Patel and Nicole Grindle

“We Can’t Live without Cosmos” Konstantin Bronzit

World of TomorrowDon Hertzfeldt

Best Live Action Short Film

Ave MariaBasil Khalil and Eric Dupont

“Day One” Henry Hughes

“Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)” Patrick Vollrath

ShokJamie Donoughue

StuttererBenjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage

Best Documentary Short Subject

Body Team 12
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The Academy Celebrates The 88th Oscar Contenders At Annual Luncheon

More than 150 Oscar nominees came together at noon on Monday at the Beverly Hilton as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored this year’s Oscar contenders at its annual Nominees Luncheon.

From Left to Right:

Seated: Adam Benzine, Paul Massey, Michael Standish, Chris Jenkins, Randy Thom, Jason Smith, Josh Cooley, Maryann Brandon, Richard Williams, Patrick Vollrath, Ed Lachman, Mary Parent, David Acord, Anders Langland, Henry Hughes, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Tom Yellin

First Row: Rosa Tran, Jacqueline West, Ed Guiney, Evgeny Afineevsky, Matthew Shumway, Amy Hobby, Jonas Rivera, Gregg Rudloff, Signe Byrge Sorensen, Love Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Courtney Marsh, Nomi Talisman, Mark Ruffalo, Diane Warren, Paco Delgado, Bryan Cranston, Jistin Wilkes, Blye Pagon Faust, Roger Guyett, Basil Khalil, Drew Kunin, Sian Grigg, Andrea Berloff,

Second Row:Adam Stockhausen, Tom McArdle, Keith Redmon, Damian Martin, Ale Abreu, Matthew Heineman, Matt Damon, Bernhard Henrich, Cameron Waldbauer, Alan Robert Murray,
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Downton Abbey 'sparked biggest Christmas Day buzz on Twitter'

Research finds mixed reactions to Doctor Who, while Sherlock mini-episode proves popular despite not getting a TV broadcast

ITV's Downton Abbey festive special proved to be the most popular Christmas Day show on Twitter, despite only managing seventh spot in terms of TV audience, according to new figures.

The drama topped a league table measuring the buzz on Twitter about Christmas Day TV shows based on a combination of sentiment, social engagement and volume of tweets.

Downton Abbey's Christmas special managed a score of 49.17, derived from an analysis of 20,840 tweets, 39% of which were positive and 18% negative, according to a scale developed by Twitter analytics company Blurrt. The Blurrt scale theoretically runs from zero to 100, with 50 considered a good score and 30 relatively low.

Seven million viewers tuned in to watch the show on ITV on Christmas Day, making it the seventh most popular programme of the day by overnight TV ratings figures.
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Gia Allemand's Boyfriend, Ryan Anderson, Breaks Down over Her Suicide

Gia Allemand's Boyfriend, Ryan Anderson, Breaks Down over Her Suicide
Gia Allemand's boyfriend, Ryan Anderson, was brought to tears as he spoke publicly for the first time about how he was coping after her suicide. The New Orleans Pelicans forward was the one who found the former Bachelor star, 29, in her apartment on Aug. 12, after she hanged herself, and the Times-Picayune reports that his grief was evident as he was interviewed Monday at a team media day. "Every day is a challenge," he says. "It helps to be here. My family's with me. To be here with my teammates really helps a lot, but it's a roller-coaster." Anderson performed
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Legendary Rangers Return! Behind The Scenes Images From Power Rangers Super Megaforce

As you CBMers may or may not know, The 21st season(and possibly the 20th too!) of Power Rangers, Power Rangers Super Megaforce, will be slightly loaded with cameos from past season rangers such as Jason David Frank and more! Here is the glorious piece of evidence of 6 returning rangers As you can see in this shot, The returning cast will be Hector David Jr. as Samurai Green, Brittany Pirtle as Samurai Yellow, Jason David Frank as the legendary Mmpr Green Ranger, Patricia Ja Lee as Space Pink, Selwyn Ward as Space Blue and Danny Slavin as Galaxy Red. Also, if you look closely you can see stunt actors in other past season ranger suits. According to this promo poster, Jdf himself may be getting his own Megaforce episode similar to what Jason Smith, Jungle Fury Red, Will be getting.
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Visual Effects Society Reveals Nominees of 11th Annual Ves Awards

The Visual Effects Society has announced the nominees for their 11th Annual Ves Awards. From film to animation to television to commercials and video games, the Ves Awards honor the outstanding visual effects artistry.

"Life of Pi's" Ang Lee will be honored with the Visionary Award. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, February 5, at the Beverly Hilton.

Here's the complete list of nominees; for winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, click here:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Joe Letteri

Eileen Moran

Eric Saindon

Kevin L. Sherwood


Paul Butterworth

Charley Henley

Allen Maris

Richard Stammers

Life of Pi

Thomas Fisher

Susan Macleod

Guillaume Rocheron

Bill Westenhofer

The Avengers

Susan Pickett

Janek Sirrs

Jeff White

Guy Williams


Grady Cofer

Pablo Helman

Jeanie King

Glen Mcintosh

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture

Rust and Bone

Béatrice Bauwens
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Fuel VFX receives Visual Effects Society award nominations

Fuel VFX has received two award nominations from the Visual Effects Society.

The.peer-voted accolade for the company's work on Ridley Scott.s Prometheus follows the near-collapse of the VFX house, which was saved in October 2012 when Animal Logic acquired its assets.

Fuel co-founder Paul Butterworth was nominated for .Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture. for Prometheus (alongside non-Fuel nominations Charley Henley, Allen Maris and Richard Stammers).

The Fuel team of Xavier Bourque, Sam Cole, Simone Riginell and Denis Scolan - representing the hard work of all 16 compositors who worked on the film at the company - were nominated for Prometheus (Engineers & the Orrery) in the "Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture" category.

Fuel has also provided effects on a number of Marvel films including Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger. Fuel continues to run from its Newtown, Sydney-based offices where Animal Logic
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Key 'Avengers' Battle Scene Explained In Ilm Video

The final battle sequence in "The Avengers" is one that's hard to forget. Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow and Hawkeye team up together to take down the invading Chitauri army and defeat Loki in what ends up being a massive fight that stretches across New York City. It's impressive to behold, and we have the folks over at Industrial Light & Magic to thank for it.

In a new featurette, some of the supervisors at Ilm explain how they made the epic scene work. After filming at over 1200 different locations around NYC, the Ilm team combined digital and actual footage to show Iron Man flying in one long shot through the battle sequence, and they even had to replace some of the actual actors with digital replacements to make it work.

"One of the challenges was Captain America. They had shot an element of Captain America on set,
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Halloween: Father Builds Aliens Power Loader Costume For Himself And His Baby

There is a certain percentage of people out there who love dressing their babies/ little kids in overly complicated outfits. Given how often kids vomit, fall down and get into disgusting situations, never really understood this, except on Halloween. Every successful parent should put their little kid in at least one outlandish costume for cute and hilarious purposes later. Oh by the way, when you were two, you went as Gollum for Halloween. had this opinion for awhile, but even my craziest fantasies about any future children I might have never approached Jason Smith.s. The father recently decided to build a joint Halloween costume for himself and his daughter that would resemble the Power Loader from Aliens. It apparently took two nights and a day, but all that time was definitely worth it. Check out this madness below. I really hope this girl grows up
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World's Coolest Dad Constructs Alien-Fighting Power Loader Suit Around Daughter's Baby Bjorn

Matching parent-child costumes are gaining popularity this Halloween, with many parents deciding to combine costumes with their offspring.

Jason Smith, a very crafty father and fan of the cult favorite "Aliens," took the concept to a whole new level this week, creating a "Power Loader" costume, based on the alien-fighting contraption from the film.

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While many others have attempted to recreate James Cameron's alien-fighting creation, this may be the first version of the costume to feature a baby in place of Sigourney Weaver.

Constructed from cardboard boxes and hot glue, the robot suit took two nights and a day to build, according to a YouTube video posted by Smith. Smith's daughter fit snugly into a Baby Bjorn carrier in the front, and the entire costume only weighed about 10 pounds -- plus the weight of the baby, of course.

For safety's sake, most of the costume could be taken apart easily.
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Associate Visual Effects Supervisor Jason Smith Talks The Avengers, Designing Stark Tower, Easter Eggs, and More

With Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers hitting Blu-ray and DVD this week (click here to buy in on Amazon), I recently got to visit Ilm in San Francisco to talk with some of the visual effect supervisors. While many movies have amazing effects, it’s only when you combine them with a great story and interesting characters that you get something special, like The Avengers. During my interview with Associate Visual Effects Supervisor Jason Smith, we talked about what it was like to work on The Avengers, the biggest challenge in bringing New York City to life, easter eggs, what effects they did on The Avengers that haven't been done before, designing Stark Tower, deleted scenes, The Avengers sequel, and more. Hit the jump to watch. Finally, click here if you missed my video interview with Avengers Visual Effects Supervisor Jeff White, and here's my video interview with Animation Director Marc Chu.
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Wamg At Marvel’S The Avengers Blu-Ray Press Day

With Marvel’s The Avengers about to assemble on Blu-ray 3D., Blu-ray., DVD, Digital & On-demand tomorrow, I was invited to Ilm in San Francisco, California to speak with Jeff White (Ilm Visual Effects Supervisor), Jason Smith (Ilm Associate Visual Effects Supervisor) and Marc Chu (Ilm Animation Director) about their work on the film.

Jeff White (Ilm Visual Effects Supervisor for The Avengers) joined Industrial Light and Magic in 2002. Since arriving at Ilm, he had worked as a Creature Technical Director on a variety of films including : Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, War of the Worlds, and Star Wars: Episode III “Revenge of the Sith”. White served as Digital Production Supervisor on Transformers, and Associate Visual Effects Supervisor on Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

Jason Smith (Ilm Associate Visual Effects Supervisor for
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SuperHeroHype Visits Ilm For Marvel's The Avengers

The biggest film of the year, Marvel's The Avengers is coming to DVD and Blu-ray this Tuesday, September 25th and, in celebration of the special edition release, SuperHeroHype traveled to Industrial Light & Magic in San Francisco, CA to talk with some of the behind-the-scenes artists that brought Earth's mightiest heroes to life. Animation Director Marc Chu specialized in Iron Man's suit, Visual Effects Supervisor Jeff White tackled Bruce Banner's gamma-fueled alter-ego and Assoc. Visual Effects Supervisor Jason Smith helped build the Digital New York City integral to the film's epic battle with Chitauri invaders. Watch the interviews by clicking here and be sure to check out SuperHeroHype's review of the Blu-ray here as well.
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Cbm Weekly Review: 09/08/12 - 09/14/12

Exclusives • Star Trek Exclusive: Brannon Braga on "Hive" • Road To The Avengers: Writing Captain America - Exclusive Retrospective Interview • Exclusive: Interview With Joseph Gatt • Exclusive: Claudia Lee Talks Kick-ass 2 • Exclusive: John Romita Jr On Kick-ass, Daredevil And Captain America • Exclusive: Interview With Resident Evil: Retribution Novelization Writer John Shirley The Avengers • Disney Promise More Content In Delayed "Phase One" Avengers Assembled Box Set • The Avengers VFX Supervisor Jason Smith Talks Stark Tower, The Helicarrier And Hulk • Maximiliano Hernandez (Agent Sitwell) On Item 47 And The AvengersGwyneth Paltrow Hesitant About Reprising ‘Pepper Potts’ In The Avengers Sequel • Joss Whedon Teases The Avengers Sequel's ‘Complex’ Story & Overseeing Marvel's Phase 2 • Joss Whedon Offers Details On S.H.I.E.L.D. TV Series • Ilm Visual Effects Supervisor Jeff White On Potentially Bringing The Avengers' Hulk To TV • James Cameron Comments On The Success Of The Avengers • Ant-man Test Reel May Be Released; Plus Viggo Mortensen
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