Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on September 14, 2009
by Elisabeth Rappe – Cinematical.com
The lovely Zoe Saldana is quickly becoming a name to contend with after managing to land plum parts in not one, but two of the biggest sci-fi films of the decade: Star Trek and Avatar. One is a bonafide hit, the other remains shrouded in a lot of mystery, but it’s a mark of Saldana’s star power that she’s making a name outside of their huge hype. Plus, she’s becoming an action heroine in her own right, and just might be our generation’s Sigourney Weaver or Linda Hamilton.
We had the chance to catch up with Saldana this week, and she was game to talk about both projects. Of course with the Star Trek sequel still in a misty writing stage, she didn’t have any big secrets to spill, but she shared the opinion of a lot of female Trek fans in hoping Uhura gets to do a little butt-kicking later on. “In Star Trek, I had so much fun, but the boys got all the action! J.J. [Abrams] promised me that I’m going to — [that] in the sequel, she will have at least one little fight. I mean, just [let me] kick a guy in the groin or something!” Laughing, she revealed that there was an enormous ongoing e-mail list among the cast, Abrams, and the Trek producers where they regularly chat and joke back and forth. From the sound of it, that’s also where the groin-kicking requests are made.
Saldana was full of enthusiasm and emotion for her Avatar experience and was as full of praise for James Cameron as her costar Sam Worthington. “Avatar definitely had a purpose and will always have a very special place in my heart because it was the one film that I got to shoot for two years. Usually, we only shoot for three months and you have this amazing time with the cast, and the director, and the crew. And then the film lives forever for you guys, but our experiences of shooting that will only live for three months, and sometimes we feel cheated. Working with an amazing director like James Cameron, and working with Sam Worthington who I just — he’s one of the most selfless actors I’ve ever met. We’re literally like brother and sister now. But not incestual! [laughs] Don’t [confuse] that with Avatar, because they are in love! Sh*t! But it was amazing.”
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Saldana didn’t comment on the Internet hype or criticism of the Avatar trailer, or say anything about the finished product, but she makes sure Cameron hears the good stuff fans are throwing his way. “I’ve only seen the first one, I’ve seen the first 16 or 25 minutes that we also showed in Amsterdam over the summer. But I’ve seen the movie! And I always e-mail Jim, like everytime I hear someone say ‘Oh, I can’t wait for Mr. Cameron’s movie!’ I go “Oh, People love ya!’”
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Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on July 24, 2009
Dir. James Cameron and ‘Avatar’ star Sam Worthington
By Michael Cieply – New York Times
The debate begins. At a private dinner for about 10 industry insiders in San Diego on Thursday night, the talk inevitably turned to “Avatar.”
Several of the gathered executives and filmmakers suggested that James Cameron’s super-ambitious 3-D film, of which about 25 minutes screened at the Comic-Con fan convention here, was somehow less than it needed to be. One executive said that, for him, the movie was still a “cartoon” — Mr. Cameron’s elaborate blending of live action and computer-generated elements notwithstanding.
Someone else said that Fox, which is releasing the film, had erred on Thursday by showing scenes that portrayed the relationship between a female alien and the principal human, played by Sam Worthington. They should have just shown that blow-out action scene in which Mr. Worthington tames a pterodactyl-like creature, wild-horse style, and let it go at that.
Two minutes later, another filmmaker who joined the crowd said he thought Fox should have shown more of the relationship between the female alien and Mr. Worthington’s character. This becomes reminiscent of the Hollywood debate that preceded “Titanic,” wherein it was widely opined that Mr. Cameron had overplayed his hand. What you can tell from this, for sure, is that by December 18, when “Avatar” is actually released in theaters, everybody who cares about movies will be talking about it.
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Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on July 19, 2009
Photo from the set of new 'Clash of the Titans'
Today we have a new photo from the set of the upcoming Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk, Transporter 2) remake/update of Clash of the Titans. The image depicts a giant scorpion that was constructed for the movie (reportedly) on the Spanish island of Tenerife.
If you’ve seen the original Clash of the Titans, you’ll remember the giant scorpions that Perseus (originally played by Harry Hamlin) has to do battle with after he defeats (and collects the head of) Medusa. No telling if this remake will follow the original to the absolute letter, although I think we can speculate that scenes like battling the giant scorpions will raise the spectacle level, an inevitability when the studio has today’s amazing CGI technology to work with (although the original, I imagine, at the time would’ve been quite a sight to behold).
The giant scorpion snapped on the new movie’s set looks pretty bad-ass, and I imagine even more so when it’s been implemented into the final movie and in full action mode. Below is the new set photo (apologies for the small-ish size) plus a still from the original 1981 movie to compare
Scorpion from original 'Clash of the Titans'
The original Titans scorpion obviously looks a bit more impressive since it’s fully within the movie, in action with its pincers at the ready. The scorpion from the new movie doesn’t look as lively, but I’m sure that will change once it’s been brought to cinematic life!
With an impressive cast and some great images (one in particular of Sam Worthington in action), the remake of Clash of the Titans is shaping up very well, indeed. Leterrier is a choice of director I didn’t see coming for this project, simply because he’s only ever directed modern (action) movies. However, he has shown he really knows how to do action with the likes of The Incredible Hulk and the second Transporter movie, so I’ll be interested to see how he does his usual thing in a period setting.
Clash of the Titans stars Sam Worthington (Terminator Salvation, Avatar) as Perseus, Liam Neeson as Zeus, Ralph Fiennes as Hades, Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace) as Io and Danny Huston as Poseidon. It is currently shooting and is set for a March 26, 2010 release.
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Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on July 11, 2009
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)
Release: Aug 7, 2009
-Evil Never Looked So Good
-When All Else Fails, They Don’t
An elite military unit comprised of special operatives known as G.I. Joe, operating out of The Pit, takes on an evil organization led by a notorious arms dealer.
Sam Worthington was considered for the role of Duke, but turned it down due scheduling conflicts with Avatar.
David Murray was cast as Destro, but dropped it when he had problems with his visa. He was replaced by Christopher Eccleston; however, the character was named James McCullen XXIV, thus enabling Murray to film a flashback scene as the first Destro, James McCullen I.
Skip Woods wrote an early draft of the film, which featured Alex Mann (aka Britain’s Action Man) and the antagonist as the Naja/Ryan, a corrupt CIA agent. Scarlett is married to Action Man but still has feelings for Duke, and is killed by the Baroness. Snake-Eyes speaks, but his vocal cords are slashed during the story, rendering him mute.
Leo Corey Castellano … makeup department head: second unit
Leo Corey Castellano … prosthetic design and application
Patricia Dehaney-Le May … hair stylist: second unit
Linda Dvorakova … hair stylist: second unit
Roxane Griffin … key hair stylist
Barbara Kichi … hair stylist
Toby Lamm … additional makeup artist
Bart Mixon … special makeup effects ast to Kazuhiro Tsuji
Michael Mosher … special makeup effects artist
Jessica Nelson … contact lens technician
Gabriela Polakova … makeup artist
Richard Redlefsen … special makeup effects artist
Bobo Sobatka… makeup artist
Kimberley Spiteri … department head hair stylist: second unit
Peter Tothpal … hair department head
Kazuhiro Tsuji … special makeup effects artist
Cindy J. Williams … makeup department head
Hiroshi Yada … special makeup effects crew: KTsfx
Kentaro Yano … makeup artist
Special Effects Department
Ozzy Alvarez … special makeup effects technician: Quantum Creation FX
Ryan Banfield … mold maker
Gary D. Bierend … second unit special effects crew
David Boucher … special effects technician
John P. Cazin … special effects crew
Jerry Constantine … specialty costumer
Sophia Coronado … specialty costumes: Film Illusions
Matt Corrigan … special effects technician
Jeff Crocker … mold maker
Sam Dean … special effects technician
Robert Kato DeStefan … specialty costume crew
Brandon Engstrom … special effects technician
Damian Fisher … mold maker
Damian Fisher … special effects technician
Megan Flagg … specialty costumer
Terry Glass … special effects foreman: UK
Joe Gomez … mold shop supervisor
Roy Goode … pyrotechnician
Allan B. Holt … special effects technician
Jeff Jingle … special effects props
Pete Kelley … special effects technician
Brenna Kelly … special effects assistant
Yong Lee … specialty costume crew
Shane Mahan … accelerator suit effects: Stan Winston Studio
Jacqueline Makkee … special effects technician: Quantum Creation FX
Al Marangoni … special effects technician
Keith Marbory … special effects makeup
David Merritt … accelerator suit model department key coordinator: stan winston studio
David Mesloh … special effects technician
Hans Metz … special effects technician
Sara R. Morris … special effects purchaser
Jesse Noel … special effects technician
Justin Raleigh … specialty prop / specialty costume coordinator: Quantum Creation FX
William ‘Barcode’ Rosa … lab technician
Scott Schutzki … model maker: props
Ray Shaffer … specialty costume crew
Charles Sowles … costume props
Christopher A. Suarez … special effects technician
Daniel Sudick … special effects coordinator
Sally Wilson … texture artist
Chris Zega … lab technician: Stan Winston Studios
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Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on June 6, 2009
Look for a March 2010 release for this remake of the 1981 film. The story is of the myth of Perseus and his quest to battle both Medusa and the Kraken monster in order to save the Princess Andromeda.
Warner Bros Pictures have released the first hi-res images of Sam Worthington as Perseus from Clash Of The Titans.
The reboot of the classic 1981 fantasy also stars Liam Neeson, Mads Mikkelsen, Gemma Arterton, Alexa Davalos, Ralph Fiennes, Danny Huston and Izabella Miko. The film is directed by Louis Leterrier.
Born of a god but raised as a man, Perseus (Sam Worthington) is helpless to save his family from Hades (Ralph Fiennes), vengeful god of the underworld. With nothing left to lose, Perseus volunteers to lead a dangerous mission to defeat Hades before he can seize power from Zeus (Liam Neeson) and unleash hell on earth. Leading a daring band of warriors, Perseus sets off on a perilous journey deep into forbidden worlds. Battling unholy demons and fearsome beasts, he will only survive if he can accept his power as a god, defy his fate and create his own destiny.
Conor O’Sullivan is the prosthetic supervisor
Jenny Shircore is the makeup designer
Neil Corbould is the special effects supervisor
Corina Rosca is the special effects manager
Cliff Wallace is the animatronic workshop supervisor
Dave Bonneywell is the special effects lead sculptor
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