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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Review: Don’t Hang Up (2016)

There are a lot of horror films which are marketed toward the teenage audience and this is where Don’t Hang Up fits in. Unfortunately, this is also where it is likely to get lost. Writer Joe Johnson creates an interesting concept, with some clever twists in the story, but there is nothing in the film which really makes it stand out. Horror fans have seen this done countless times before, with the film taking notes from others such as Saw, they will be able to foresee most of the events before they unfold.

Directors Damien Macé and Alexis Wajsbrot do however show some promise with their feature debut. The opening sequence where a call is received, plays on the classic theme of ‘There’s an intruder in the house’. It may not be the most original idea, but the scene works well to slowly build up a tense atmosphere.
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‘Paterson’ Takes Viewers on a Bus Ride Through One Man’s Secret to Happiness

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Pick of the WeekPaterson

What is it? A bus driver writes poetry in his spare time about the world and stuff.

Why see it? The brief summation above is pretty much accurate in describing the whole of Jim Jarmusch’s latest, but it doesn’t begin to capture the warmth, humor, and humanity the film delivers. Adam Driver plays the title role and creates a character far removed from the easily antagonized and disgruntled ones he’s best known for. His Paterson is a simple man of simple pleasures, but while most films would mock or sideline him here he’s embraced. Even better, his demeanor and perception of the world are remarkably calming and infectious
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The Weekend Warrior 2/10/17: The Lego Batman Movie, 50 Shades Darker, John Wick 2

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.

This Past Weekend:

Bomb, bomb bomb bomb, Boooooomb! Things just kept getting worse and worse at the box office as this past weekend saw more new releases not meeting up to their potential. The horribly-reviewed horror movie Rings (Paramount) ended up around where I predicted with $13 million, taking second place to M. Night Shyamalan’s Split. The sci-fi romance The Space Between Us (Stx Entertainment) didn’t make much of a mark, opening in ninth place with just $3.8 million with about $1,300 per theater. Robert De Niro’s The Comedian (Sony Classics) tanked worse than many recent movies, making less than a million in 848 theaters or about $1,000 per theater. By comparison, the doc I Am Not Your Negro made about 78% of that amount in 800 less theaters.
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British horror Don’t Hang Up gets a new trailer

With just two weeks to go until its release, a new trailer has arrived online for Damien Mace and Alexis Wajsbrot’s upcoming horror-thriller Don’t Hang Up which stars Gregg Sulkin and Garrett Clayton; watch it below after the official synopsis…

While not in class, Brady (Garrett Clayton) and his best friend Sam (Gregg Sulkin) spend their time making prank calls that they upload online to receive millions of views. As their online celebrity begins to rise, the boys escalate their pranks to a dangerous level. One evening, Brady and Sam receive a prank call of their own, igniting a nightmare for the pair of teenagers when the mysterious caller turns their own game against them with deadly consequences.

Don’t Hang Up is set for release on February 10th and features a cast that also includes Bella Dayne, Sienna Guillory and Parker Sawyers
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Horror Channel FrightFest announces line-up for Halloween 2016 event

Horror Channel FrightFest has announced the line-up for its Halloween 2016 event at the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square, as they unleash a six-pack of cracking horror over a 13-hour marathon which includes five UK premieres and the world premiere of Ross Noble’s directorial debut. Check out the full press release below…

First up is the UK premiere of Bed Of The Dead, a crowd-pleasingly ghoulish orgy of sex and gore where four swingers become stuck on a haunted double bed plagued by terrifying hallucinations. Next in the panic-stricken line-up is the UK Premiere of Don’T Hang Up where an evening of prank calls puts two millennials in deadly peril when one recipient decides to fight back. After that comes the UK Premiere of Cold Moon, a chilling tale of supernatural vengeance from the dark imagination of Michael McDowell, esteemed writer of Beetlejuice and The Nightmare before Christmas.
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8 Movies We’re Excited to See at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival

The 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival kicks off on Wednesday, June 1st, and this year’s Nightfall lineup looks to be yet another strong selection of genre films set to thrill festival-goers night after night.

For those of you in the southern California area, the 2016 Laff runs through Thursday, June 9th and is calling the ArcLight Culver City Cinema home this year. Here’s a look at what we’re anticipating once the Laff begins later this week, and for more information on the festival, please visit:

Abattoir (directed by Darren Lynn Bousman)

Full disclosure: Abattoir was edited by my significant other, so I am certainly biased, but my enthusiasm for the film comes from my excitement to see Bousman return to the hardboiled world of horror after working on The Devil’s Carnival musicals and his comedy-infused segment in last year’s Tales of Halloween anthology.
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Don't Hang Up Set to Prank the La Film Festival June 4th

Don't Hang Up is a new horror film from directors Alexis Wajsbrot and Damien Macé. Slated to have its World Premiere at the La Film Festival, this indie title involves two teenage boys and the prank calls they play. Those calls come back to haunt them. The film stars: Gregg Sulkin (Anti-social), Garrett Clayton, Bella Dayne and Sienna Gulillory. And, a couple of a stills from the film have been released, before the premiere. A longer synopsis talks about how the two teenage boys have become internet sensations. They post their prank calls online. But then, the tables are turned. Now, one humiliated victim has a bloody prank of his own to play. The first stills from the film show the boys and character Peyton (Dayne). Sam (Sulkin) and Brady (Clayton) appear worried, while Peyton stares into a recording device. A trailer is coming soon. For now, fans of horror
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LA Film Festival Unveils 42 World Premieres

LA Film Festival Unveils 42 World Premieres
The LA Film Festival has announced its competition lineup of 42 world premieres with 43% of the films directed by women and 38% of the films by people of color.

“Curating films for La audiences is so special because Angelenos have a uniquely homegrown love of cinema,” said Creative Director Jennifer Cochis. “It’s with true film lovers in mind that we program: from political theater to musical theater, we’re highlighting storytelling in all its forms.”

Festival director Stephanie Allain said the diversity numbers have risen from the 2015 festival. “It’s very much our mission to discover new voices and support diversity,” she added.

Among the notable titles unveiled Tuesday was Amber Tamblyn’s debut feature film “Paint It Black” in the U.S. fiction lineup and Ben Lear’s documentary “They Call Us Monsters.”

Director of programming Roya Rastegar told Variety, “We were looking above all for stories with a sense of urgency to them.
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Gravity, Frozen rule Ves awards

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Gravity, Frozen rule Ves awards
Gravity earns six prizes, Frozen four at 12th annual Visual Effects Society awards.

It was a big night for two of the dominant films of the awards season as the prizes were handed out in Los Angeles on February 12.

Film category winners of the 12th Annual Ves Awards:

Outstanding Visual Effects In A Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture


(Tim Webber, Nikki Penny, Neil Corbould, Richard McBride)

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects In A Feature Motion Picture

The Lone Ranger

(Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Shari Hanson, Kevin Martel)

Outstanding Animation In An Animated Feature Motion Picture


(Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Peter Del Vecho, Lino Di Salvo)

Outstanding Animated Character In A Live Action Feature Motion Picture

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug


(Eric Reynolds, David Clayton, Myriam Catrin, Guillaume Francois)

Outstanding Animated Character In An Animated Feature Motion Picture

Frozen: Bringing the Snow Queen to Life

(Alexander Alvarado, Joy Johnson, [link
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Awards Season Continues With Visual Effects, Sound Mixing And Makeup Nominations

Today was a busy day for some of the smaller guilds with the Visual Effects Society, the Cinema Audio Society, and the Makeup and Hairstylists Guilds all announcing their nominations for 2013.

First, we have the Ves, whose main category to look at is “Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture,” where we find Gravity and four other nominees that are just going to have to be happy with the fact that they got nominated. This is perhaps the easiest category to call in the entirety of awards season, and I don’t mean just here, but for the Oscar as well (Last year’s winner, Life of Pi, easily took this category before going on to claim the Oscar). It’s true that films like The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Star Trek Into Darkness had outstanding effects as well, but nothing even came close to the amazing,
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‘Gravity’ Tops Visual Effects Society Nominations

‘Gravity’ Tops Visual Effects Society Nominations
The Visual Effects Society has announced this year’s nominees for the 12th annual VES awards.

As previously announced, the Visionary Award will be presented to Alfonso Cuarón for “Gravity,” which led all films with eight vfx nominations. “Pacific Rim” received six, while “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and Iron Man 3” received five each.

Those pics were nominated in the “Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature” category. In a surprise, “The Lone Ranger” was nominated in feature supporting vfx. Disney’s disastrous Western was quite f/x-driven, though many of its effects were in-camera practical f/x, which aren’t a major focus for the Ves. Other supporting effects nominees include ”Rush,” “The Great Gatsby,” The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “White House Down.”

Nobable omissions from the top category include “Man of Steel” (which got 2 nominations), “The Wolverine,
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ParisFX to spotlight Gravity, Wwz, Spivet

ParisFX to spotlight Gravity, Wwz, Spivet
Ile de France Film Commission unveils ParisFX line-up. Filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Dreamworks animation chief Kristof Serrand among speakers.

French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet and his longtime visual effects expert Alain Carsoux will be among the top speakers at the Ile De France Film Commission’s annual ParisFX conference running Dec 4-5.

Carsoux, whose career kicked off as a digital compositor on Jeunet’s The City of Lost Children, now has more than 100 films credits to his name, including most recently Grace of Monaco and Turning Tide.

He will discuss his recent work on Jeunet’s The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet, which hit screens in France in October, and will also participate in a conversation with the director on their 20-year collaboration, which also included working together on the worldwide hit Amélie.

Other key speakers in the two-day conference devoted to the special effects industry, the programme of which was unveiled by the Ile de France
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'Red Balloon' Is Coming For You

'Red Balloon' Is Coming For You
It is common in horror films to use childhood relics as ominous symbols, and "Red Balloon" uses that conceit effectively. This short film marks the directorial debut of visual effects duo Damien Mace and Alexis Wajsbrot. The story is nothing groundbreaking - a young woman is baby-sitting when things go awry - but the film is a chilling and stylish 13 minutes. Check it out after the break, but be forewarned: Dailymotion embeds commercials every five minutes, regardless of where you are in the story (it can be jarring).
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FrightFest 2010: The International Short Film Showcase

FrightFest’s International Short Film Showcase returns to the festival with a bang. Featuring zombies, vampires, monsters and madness… Oh, and wrestlers… and killer household appliances! Also screening in this years showcase is The End – a new short from Marc Price, the director of the £45 zombie flick Colin.

If any of these short films is half as good as Deadspeil, the zombie-curling short shown at FrightFest Glasgow earlier this year, then the London audience is in for a treat. The full list:

2.22 (USA, 8.30 mins)

Dir. Steven Shea

A night out with the girls. A hot new club and a hot new guy. For Vickie Palmer, yesterday would be her last day.

To My Mother And Father (UK/Turkey, 8.45 mins)

Dir. Can Evrenol

When Jimmy is left alone in his house he discovers an old mask and decides to scare his parents upon their arrival home.

Bon Appetit (UK, 3.49 mins)

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