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Best Visual Effects Oscar Semi-Finalists: Tom Cruise, James Bond Movies Out

Best Visual Effects Oscar: Tom Cruise action thriller 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' bypassed. 2016 Best Visual Effects Oscar semi-finalists: 'Ex Machina,' 'The Revenant' surprisingly remain in the running A couple of weeks ago, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the semi-semi-finalists for the 2016 Visual Effects […]


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Best Visual Effects Oscar Semi-Finalists: Tom Cruise, James Bond Movies Out



Best Visual Effects Oscar Contenders: Daring Tom Cruise & Destructive Dinosaurs In

Best Visual Effects Oscar contender: 'Jurassic World' dinosaurs competing with plane stowaway Tom Cruise. 2015 Best Visual Effects Oscar longlist: Spies, superheroes and GMO dinosaurs Today, Dec. 7, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 20 movies are in the running for the 2016 Best Visual Effects […]


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Best Visual Effects Oscar Contenders: Daring Tom Cruise & Destructive Dinosaurs In



Raquel Welch Wigs vs. Ray Harryhausen Monsters

Raquel Welch wigs vs. Ray Harryhausen dinosaurs Raquel Welch wigs vs. Ray Harryhausen monsters: One Million Years B.C. [See previous post: “Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan Dies.”] Without Charles H. Schneer as producer, Ray Harryhausen created the visual effects for the 1966 camp classic One Million Years B.C. – though, […]


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Raquel Welch Wigs vs. Ray Harryhausen Monsters



Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan Dead at 92

Ray Harryhausen dies at 92: Jason and the Argonauts, One Million Years B.C. special-effects 'titan' Long before the computer-generated imagery of Jurassic Park, Avatar, The Avengers, and Iron Man 3, there were special-effects wizard Ray Harryhausen's painstakingly created stop-motion models, which graced dozens of movies from the late '40s to […]


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Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan Dead at 92



Visual Effects Oscar: 'The Avengers' & 'The Dark Knight Rises' Semi-Finalists

Visual Effects Oscar 2013 semi-finalists: The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, Life of Pi Joss Whedon's The Avengers, Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, Ang Lee's Life of Pi, and Rupert Sanders' Snow White and the Huntsman are among the ten semi-finalists for the 2013 Academy Award in the Visual […]


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Visual Effects Oscar: 'The Avengers' & 'The Dark Knight Rises' Semi-Finalists



Carlo Rambaldi: ET Geppetto / Oscar Winner Dies

Carlo Rambaldi: E.T. creator, three-time Oscar winner dies. Special-effects designer and mechatronics expert Carlo Rambaldi, best known as the creator of the alien E.T. in Steven Spielberg's 1982 blockbuster E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, died Friday, August 10, in Lamezia Terme, a town in Calabria, in southern Italy. According to reports, Rambaldi, […]


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Carlo Rambaldi: ET Geppetto / Oscar Winner Dies



'Transformers 3' & 'Harry Potter': Visual Effects Society Nominations

Michael Bay's Transformers: Dark of the Moon Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture Captain America: The First Avenger Charlie Noble Mark Soper Christopher Townsend Edson Williams Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Tim Burke Emma Norton John Richardson David Vickery Pirates of the Caribbean: […]


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'Transformers 3' & 'Harry Potter': Visual Effects Society Nominations



'Harry Potter' & 'Transformers 3': Oscar Visual Effects Semi-Finalists

Shia LaBeouf in Michael Bay's Transformers: Dark of the Moon It's not often that you find a heavy family drama listed among the year's semi-finalists for the Best Visual Effects Academy Award. But that's the case of Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, which has been shortlisted along with nine […]


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'Harry Potter' & 'Transformers 3': Oscar Visual Effects Semi-Finalists



Visual Effects Society Awards: 'Inception' Top Winner

Visual Effects Society Awards' top winner 'Inception': Paris-folding sequence. 'Inception' tops Visual Effects Society Awards Inception has been the favorite for the 2011 Best Visual Effects Oscar since it opened last summer. On Feb. 1, '11, came further confirmation that Christopher Nolan's sci-fi thriller is the film to beat in […]


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Visual Effects Society Awards: 'Inception' Top Winner



Tahar Rahim & Jennifer Lawrence Tops + 'The Last Airbender' Worst Movie: More Film Critics Awards

Inception with Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (top); Jackson Rathbone, Nicola Peltz in M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender (bottom) Christopher Nolan's sci-fi thriller Inception was the top movie of 2010 according to the North Texas Film Critics Association (NTFCA). In addition to its Best Picture win, Inception also bagged awards […]


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Tahar Rahim & Jennifer Lawrence Tops + 'The Last Airbender' Worst Movie: More Film Critics Awards



WikiLeaks Cables & Michael Moore Revelations + Oscar-Winning 'Star Wars' Talent Dies & Adam Sandler Death Hoax

Wikileaks cables focusing on Michael Moore documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 have raised eyebrows, much like Britney Spears' appearance in that 2004 nonfiction blockbuster. In Moore's own words, these latest Wikileaks cables “provide a stunning and bizarre peek into the paranoid minds of the Bush White House when it came to the […]


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WikiLeaks Cables & Michael Moore Revelations + Oscar-Winning 'Star Wars' Talent Dies & Adam Sandler Death Hoax



Visual Effects Supervisor Craig Barron, Oscar-Winning Sound Editor Ben Burtt: 'Tarzan Finds a Mate' Screening

Visual effects supervisor Craig Barron (left, Alice in Wonderland, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Oscar-winning sound editor Ben Burtt (E.T., Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, WALL-E) at a screening of both Cedric Gibbons' Tarzan and His Mate (1934) and Richard Thorpe's Tarzan Finds a Son! (1939), presented […]


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Visual Effects Supervisor Craig Barron, Oscar-Winning Sound Editor Ben Burtt: 'Tarzan Finds a Mate' Screening



Genie Awards: Real-Life Tragedy 'Polytechnique' Leads + Xavier Dolan Snubbed

Maxim Gaudette in Polytechnique (top); Jim Sturgess in Fifty Dead Men Walking (middle); Madeline Piujuq Ivalu, Paul-Dylan Ivalu in Before Tomorrow (bottom) The top Genie 2010 nominees were announced by Away from Her star Gordon Pinsent and Sundance 2010 Special Jury Prize winner Tatiana Maslany. They are Denis Villeneuve's 2010 […]


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Genie Awards: Real-Life Tragedy 'Polytechnique' Leads + Xavier Dolan Snubbed



'Avatar,' '2012': Oscar Visual Effects Semi-Finalists

James Cameron's Avatar (WETA / 20th Century Fox) (top); Roland Emmerich's 2012 (Columbia TriStar Marketing Group) (middle); J.J. Abrams' Star Trek (Industrial Light & Magic / Paramount) (bottom) The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that seven films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category […]


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'Avatar,' '2012': Oscar Visual Effects Semi-Finalists



Louis Delluc Prize for Violent Prison Drama & Blockbuster Surprise + Honorees Julianne Moore & Jason Reitman

A Prophet with Tahar Rahim, winner of the Louis Delluc Prize. Jacques Audiard's violent prison drama chronicles the difficulties facing a young Frenchman of Algerian ancestry who, after being sent to jail for six years, must navigate between two warring factions while behind bars: the Corsicans and the Muslims. Shades […]


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Louis Delluc Prize for Violent Prison Drama & Blockbuster Surprise + Honorees Julianne Moore & Jason Reitman



Adam Beckett Salute & Edward Zwick in Academy Board of Governors

Animator and visual effects artist Adam Beckett will be celebrated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with the special program “Infinite Animation: The Work of Adam Beckett” on Monday, August 17, at 8 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. The evening will include a screening […]


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Adam Beckett Salute & Edward Zwick in Academy Board of Governors



Best Visual Effects Winners: Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie Movies

2009 Visual Effects Society award nominations: Jan. 19, 2009 2009 Visual Effects Society award winners: Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles on Feb. 21, 2009 Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA – PRINCE CASPIAN Wendy Rogers, Dean Wright, Andrew Fowler, […]


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Best Visual Effects Winners: Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie Movies



Ed Catmull Getting Academy's Special Award + Bollywood-ish Hit Wins Best Cinematography

Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios, and president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, has been chosen by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to receive the Gordon E. Sawyer Award “for his lifetime of technical contributions and leadership in the […]


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Ed Catmull Getting Academy's Special Award + Bollywood-ish Hit Wins Best Cinematography



'Journey to the Center of the Earth': 3D Technology Panel Discussion

Journey to the Center of the Earth director to discuss 3D technology at Academy presentation The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Science and Technology Council will host “Getting Perspective II: The Art and Science of 3D Motion Pictures” – a presentation about the making of 3D films and […]


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'Journey to the Center of the Earth': 3D Technology Panel Discussion



Science and Technology & Jessica Alba + Viggo Mortensen & Naomi Watts Nominated

Actress Jessica Alba (above) hosted the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 2008 Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards on Feb. 9 in Beverly Hills. (See photos below.) As per the Academy's press release, “in addition to nine Technical Achievement Awards (certificates), four Scientific and Technical Special Award recipients were […]


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Science and Technology & Jessica Alba + Viggo Mortensen & Naomi Watts Nominated



Matte Painting Techniques + Robert Mitchum Interviews Dissing Steve McQueen & Robert Wise

Matte painting in Forbidden Planet. A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer release, Fred M. Wilcox's 1956 science-fiction classic Forbidden Planet was seemingly inspired by William Shakespeare's The Tempest. Cyril Hume was credited for the screenplay, from a “story” by Irving Block and Allen Adler. In the cast: Walter Pidgeon as a version of Prospero, […]


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Matte Painting Techniques + Robert Mitchum Interviews Dissing Steve McQueen & Robert Wise



Visual Effects Society Awards: Johnny Depp Movie Beats James Bond

2007 Visual Effects Society Awards 2007 Visual Effects Society award nominations: January 8, 2007 2007 Visual Effects Society award winners: Kodak Grand Ballroom in Hollywood on February 11, 2007 With special effects provided by Industrial Light & Magic, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest won in six categories at […]


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Visual Effects Society Awards: Johnny Depp Movie Beats James Bond



Best Song & Visual Effects Oscar Contenders: From Kazakhstan to Sinking Ocean Liner

Best Song Oscar contender from Borat: Sacha Baron Cohen stars in Larry Charles' sleeper hit comedy Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, which features the 2007 Oscar-eligible song “O Kazakhstan.” Another eclectic Best Original Song Oscar longlist: From 'Borat' to Bollywood The Academy of […]


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Best Song & Visual Effects Oscar Contenders: From Kazakhstan to Sinking Ocean Liner



Best Visual Effects & Make-Up Oscar Semi-Finalists + Chicago & Critics' Choice Winners

Visual Effects Society Awards 2006 2006 VES award winners: Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on Feb. 15, 2006 FEATURE FILMS Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe - Dean Wright, Randy Starr, Bill Westenhofer, Jim Berney […]


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Best Visual Effects & Make-Up Oscar Semi-Finalists + Chicago & Critics' Choice Winners



'Travelin' Thru' & 'Nobody Jesus But You': Eclectic Best Song Oscar List + Visual Effects Semifinalists

“Travelin' Thru” the Transamerica way. Kevin Zegers and Felicity Huffman star in Duncan Tucker's “family values” road movie Transamerica, which follows a pre-op male-to-female transsexual (Huffman) who becomes acquainted with her gay-porn-star-to-be son (Zegers) as they travel from New York City to Los Angeles. Dolly Parton's “Travelin' Thru” is one […]


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'Travelin' Thru' & 'Nobody Jesus But You': Eclectic Best Song Oscar List + Visual Effects Semifinalists



Daniel Craig & Kate Winslet London Winners + Imelda Staunton & Cate Blanchett Top Bafta Awards

The 25th London Film Critics' Circle Award winners were announced on Feb. 9 '05. ("*" denotes the winner in each category) Best Film The Aviator- Martin Scorsese The Motorcycle Diaries - Walter Salles Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - Michel Gondry House of Flying Daggers - Zhang Yimou * […]


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Daniel Craig & Kate Winslet London Winners + Imelda Staunton & Cate Blanchett Top Bafta Awards



'Man to Man': Defense of Human-Ape Link in Berlin + Ingmar Bergman & Vivien Leigh DVDs

Man to Man: Defense of the human-ape link set in 1870s Africa will open the 2005 Berlin Film Festival. Régis Wargnier (Indochine) directed this tale about how scientists get things wrong – were pygmies the missing human-ape link? – when they let cultural prejudices get in the way of scientific […]


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'Man to Man': Defense of Human-Ape Link in Berlin + Ingmar Bergman & Vivien Leigh DVDs