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Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on December 25, 2009
Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on December 13, 2009
The Academy has released its list of 15 hopefuls for the Visual Effects Oscar:
“Angels & Demons”
“Disney’s A Christmas Carol”
“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”
“Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince”
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”
“Where the Wild Things Are”
Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on December 12, 2009
“Samson & Delilah,” Australia’s entry in the Oscar foreign-language film race, was the big winner at the Australian Film Institute Awards Saturday night in Melbourne. The film took home awards for Best Film, Best Direction and Best Original Screenplay, along with a shared Best Young Actor award for its two stars, Marissa Gibson and Rowan McNamara.
At the AFI Industry Awards, which took place on Friday, the film won in the Best Cinematography and Best Sound categories, as well as picking up the AFI Members’ Choice Award.
Director/writer Warwick Thornton’s drama, which deals with two teenagers who are ostracized from their remote, indigeneous community in central Australia, was also nominated for its musical score and supporting actress, and for the News Limited Readers’ Choice Award.
“Balibo,” the story of killings during the Indonesian occupation of East Timor in 1975, won the award for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Lead Actor (Anthony LaPaglia) and Best Supporting Actor (Oscar Isaac). In the actress categories, Frances O’Connor won the Best Lead Actress award for “Blessed,” while Rachel Griffiths took Best Supporting Actress honors for “Beautiful Kate.”
Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on December 6, 2009
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 82nd Academy Awards®. Seventy-one pictures had originally qualified in the category.
The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company:
“The Door,” Juanita Wilson, director, and James Flynn, producer (Octagon Films Ltd.)
“The Ground Beneath,” Rene Hernandez, director, and Kristina Ceyton, producer (Passion Pictures)
“Hotel,” Tim Conrad, director-producer (Oyster Films)
“Instead of Abracadabra,” Patrik Eklund, director, and Mathias Fjellstrom, producer (Direktorn & Fabrikorn)
“Kavi,” Gregg Helvey, director-producer (Gregg Helvey)
“Miracle Fish,” Luke Doolan, director, and Drew Bailey, producer (Druid Films)
“The New Tenants,” Joachim Back, director, and Tivi Magnusson, producer (Park Pictures)
“The Response,” Adam Rodgers, director, and Sig Libowitz, producer (Look at the Moon Productions)
“Short Term 12,” Destin Daniel Cretton, director-producer, and Michelle Steffes, producer (Destin Cretton)
“Sidney Turtlebaum,” Tristram Shapeero, director, and Daniel Jewel, producer (Third Man Films Limited)
The Short Films and Feature Animation Branch Reviewing Committee viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting in screenings held in New York and Los Angeles.
Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select three to five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist. Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco in January 2010.
The 82nd Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2009 will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre
Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on November 13, 2009
The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. will bestow its highest honor, the Cecil B. DeMille Award, on Martin Scorsese at the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 17.
The award recognizes “outstanding contribution to the entertainment field”; the most recent recipients have been Steven Spielberg, Warren Beatty, Anthony Hopkins, Robin Williams and Michael Douglas.
Scorsese presented the award to Spielberg at the Golden Globes broadcast in January.
An Oscar winner for directing “The Departed,” Scorsese also has picked up two Golden Globes — for directing “Departed” and “Gangs of New York” — and has five additional Globe noms.
His next film, “Shutter Island,” will be released Feb. 19 by Paramount.
NBC will be broadcast the Globes from the Beverly Hilton; Ricky Gervais is the host.
Nominations will be announced Dec. 15.
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Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on November 4, 2009
A festival featuring gore, blood and fear is getting under way in Aberystwyth to celebrate horror films.
Abertoir, which calls itself the national horror festival of Wales, opens later at the town’s arts centre.
Scheduled highlights include a master class with film director Herschell Gordon Lewis and an appearance by Doug Bradley, from the Hellraiser films.
Hundreds of fans are expected at the five-day festival, which is now in its fourth year.
It features UK film premieres, cult screenings and master classes.
Gareth Bailey, who organising the festival, said: “Being a big horror buff and living and working in Aberystwyth, I found I was travelling long distances to horror festivals,” he said.
“I’m the cinema manager here and choose what films get shown.
“Anyway, I decided on Halloween four years ago I would show The Wicker Man. And then I decided to show another and another and it kind of turned into a festival.
“So the next year I decided to do it again but this time put it on a few days after Halloween and it has been really really successful.
“We are attracting people from all over the country,” he said.
This year’s event will see the cult 1980s film The Keep, which was shot in Blaenau Ffestiniog and Llanberis, open the festival.
Sir Ian McKellen starred in the film, which was directed by Michael Mann before he gained success with the likes Manhunter, Heat and Miami Vice.
Herschell Gordon Lewis, nicknamed “The Godfather of Gore”, will share his experience in a master class on the ins and outs of low-budget film making.
He is credited with inventing the “splatter movie” with his 1963 film Blood Feast.
For fans of more contemporary horror, Doug Bradley, who played the character Pinhead in the Hellraiser movies, is expected at the festival to discuss horror effects.
The event is supported by the Film Agency for Wales, and attendance figures for the festival have nearly tripled since it began in 2006, although Mr Bailey describes it as being an “intimate event”.
The festival, which is run and operated by Aberystwyth arts centre, runs from Wednesday to Sunday.
Other events include a screening of An American Werewolf in Paris and An Evening at the Grand Guignol, a recreation of three classic plays from the “Theatre of Horror” in early 20th Century France.
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Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on November 2, 2009
Little over a month ago we told you that rights for the Terminator franchise were probably going to hit the auction block to pay off debts for the Halcyon Holding Group, which bought the rights in 2007 for $25m. Now that has come to pass. Rights to the series are for sale, and the list of interested bidders is long and, for the most part, not at all surprising.
Nikki Finke reports that every big Hollywood studio is interested in the purchase, as are Summit and Media Rights Capital. Sony has the greatest interest, she says, as the auction is prepped for later this month. The package to be sold is fairly complete, as it includes the rights to “new Terminator films, TV program and other spin-offs.” (Video games? One would assume so, and perhaps this sale will lead to the eventual release of a decent licensed Terminator game.)
Can’t wait to see what someone pays for this. Again, Halcyon picked up the rights for $25m two years ago, and Terminator: Salvation has done $380m worldwide. Not the smash that was expected, and quite obviously not the one that was needed, given that Halcyon immediately went into Chapter 11 once the film was done. What’s the series worth, then? Halcyon’s Derek Anderson and Victor Kubicek have claimed the package is worth up to $60m now, but that seems exorbitant.
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Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on October 19, 2009
For a man who died almost five centuries ago, Leonardo Da Vinci is certainly hot right now – in North Melbourne, Peter Greenaway’s installation based on Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper is bringing in the crowds and at Southbank the world premiere of Anatomy to Robots has opened in a purpose-built pavilion.
More than three years in the making, Italian exhibition Anatomy to Robots features a collection of life-sized, three-dimensional models, interactive robotics and machines inspired by anatomy.
Da Vinci’s visions have been meticulously brought to life by model artist Danilo Carignola and his team from CreaFX, an Italian company who specialise in make-up and special effects for films – mostly horror films – and theatre.
Carignola and his team spent more than three years on the exhibition, working from Da Vinci’s original texts and drawings.
”We work with facial make-up effects and we are used to making things from prosthetics and masks with silicon and resin, but this was a difficult and challenging task,” the Florence-based artist told Melbourne Life.
”To create the models, we had to study anatomy so we could accurately show every muscle, bone and organ inside a body. This was hard for us as, having studied fine art, we didn’t know about human anatomy.”
After creating frighteningly life-like models of the heart and vascular system, the brain, the skeleton and many other body parts, Carignola and his team’s next horror film assignment should be a cinch.
The exhibition at Queensbridge Square, which runs until January 2010, also features machines and panels inspired by nature, optics, theatre and art, as well as artworks and frescoes.
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