Syd Mead to Receive VES Visionary Award


Visual futurist and conceptual artist Syd Mead will be the next Visionary Award recipient, at the 14th Annual VES Awards on Feb. 2, 2016 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. "I am greatly honored to receive this Visionary Award,” said Mead.  “It is both humbling and

Barking Duck Prods. Launched


Producer Spencer Soloman will now be be making movies under the Barking Duck Prods. banner in London, devoted to dramas, comedies, and docs in the US and UK. Soloman (best known for his acclaimed short, For George) is developing projects with Daniel Radcliffe while

BBC Polls 100 Greatest American Movies


BBC Culture offers a provocative list of the top 100 American movies selected by 62 international critics, with five entries from Hitchcock, Kubrick, Spielberg, and Wilder. Lots of surprises and many omissions. The top five is no surprise: Citizen Kane, The

Syd Mead to Receive VES Visionary Award

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Visual futurist and conceptual artist Syd Mead will be the next Visionary Award recipient, at the 14th Annual VES Awards on Feb. 2, 2016 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Read more

Barking Duck Prods. Launched

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Producer Spencer Soloman will now be be making movies under the Barking Duck Prods. banner in London, devoted to dramas, comedies, and docs in the US and UK. Read more

BBC Polls 100 Greatest American Movies

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Crafts, Movies, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

BBC Culture offers a provocative list of the top 100 American movies selected by 62 international critics, with five entries from Hitchcock, Kubrick, Spielberg, and Wilder. Lots of surprises and many omissions. Read more

SIGGRAPH 20015 Launches VR Village

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Crafts, Events, Festivals, Movies, performance capture, previs, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

SIGGRAPH 2015 (Aug. 9-13 in LA) capitalizes on the Virtual Reality craze by introducing the 2015 VR VILLAGE, featuring real-time immersion in the latest virtual and augmented realities, including Nomadic Virtual Reality (VR), Tabletop Augmented Reality (AR), Full-Dome Cinema, and live performances and demonstrations in a 360-degree immersion dome. Read more

10 Blu-rays for Summer Viewing

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Looking for some great classics to purchase? Here are 10 notable releases this year that all look stunning. Read more

Trailering SPECTRE: The Author of Pain

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Costume, Crafts, James Bond, Movies, Music, previs, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Judging from the explosive new SPECTRE trailer, the film not only continues the two-part Skyfall journey into James Bond’s upbringing but also links the Daniel Craig era by proclaiming that Christoph Waltz’s Franz Oberhauser represents a Machiavellian puppetmaster: “It’s me, James, the author of all your pain,” he sneers (wearing, incidentally, the signature Nehru jacket associated with Ernst Stavro Blofeld from the ’60s). So isn’t the cat pretty much out of the bag? Read more

Trailering The Good Dinosaur from Pixar

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Watch the full trailer for The Good Dinosaur (Nov. 25), Pixar’s version of a True-Life Adventure. Read more

Peyton Reed Talks Restoring Order with Ant-Man

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Peyton Reed (Yes Man, The Break-Up) wanted to direct Guardians of the Galaxy, but finally got his Marvel shot with Ant-Man when Edgar Wright left because of too much micro-management and shared universe-tinkering. Yet Reed insists that the DNA remains intact: it’s still an absurd superhero/heist movie/domestic drama built around father/daughter redemption. Read more

M. Night Shyamalan on The Visit as His Comeback

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Is The Visit M. Night Shyamalan’s comeback film? He certainly thinks so. “It’s a contained movie and I love contained movies,” he told me at Comic-Con. “The posters on my wall are Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Diabolique, 12 Angry Men.  It’s part of a deep aesthetic philosophy that I have that the film needs to be incomplete. ‘Is she good? Is she evil?’ There’s passive entertainment and it’s all over the place. But we contribute just a little bit to every great [movie].” Read more

Paul McGuigan On Victor Frankenstein and Sherlock

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At Comic-Con, the director of the Frankenstein re-imagining discussed his fondness for genius sociopaths and twisted friendships. Read more

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