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News for Jan. 10, 2007

Forum Blitz with Prosthetics Wizard

1/10/07, 3:17 pm EST - Xoanon

From the geeks at WETA: Last year we tried something different on our Weta Forums, and invited Workshop Designer Daniel Falconer to ‘blitz’ the forums. And it was so popular that we have invited Senior Prosthetics Supervisor and Visual Creature Effects Art Director, Gino Acevedo to do it this month. Gino oversaw all the special makeup requirements that Weta Workshop provided for The Lord of the Rings trilogy. This included hundreds and hundreds of noses, ears and feet as well as the countless full facial and full body make-up appliances for all of Middle-earth’s non human inhabitants. [More]

Shaye: New Line Blacklists Jackson

1/10/07, 10:06 am EST - Xoanon

In the latest comment in the controversy surrounding a proposed movie based on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, New Line head Robert Shaye told SCI FI Wire in no uncertain terms that the studio won't work with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson on that film or any other film. Ever. At least not as long as Shaye is in charge.

Shaye's comments marked the first time a New Line executive has commented publicly on the fracas since Jackson announced that he has pulled out of the project and also appears to harden New Line's position against Jackson.

"I do not want to make a movie with somebody who is suing me," Shaye—New Line's chief executive officer—said in an interview on Jan. 5 while promoting The Last Mimzy, a New Line family fantasy that marks his first time in a director's chair since 1990's Book of Love. "It will never happen during my watch." [More]

News for Jan. 09, 2007

Weta lands work with Titanic director

1/09/07, 9:15 pm EST - Xoanon

From tvnz.co.nz: The 3D animation company Weta Digital has landed work on James Cameron's first major film since Titanic. Cameron's new project Avatar is a science fiction film which pits a human army against an alien horde on a distant planet. Cameron has told The New York Times the film will test new technologies on a scale unseen before in Hollywood. He says Avatar will go even further than Lord of The Rings in making a large cast of virtual creatures who convey emotion as authentically as humans. Avatar will begin shooting in April with a $295 million budget.

News for Jan. 08, 2007

DVD Tuesday: Crank, Illusionist, Peepers!

1/08/07, 10:21 am EST - Xoanon

A ton of interesting new films are out on DVD this week. Take an early look on our 'DVD Tuesday' feature...every Monday! Check out some TV goodies like the 'Extras: Complete First Season', 'MI-5, Volume 4' & 'SpongeBob SquarePants - Season 4, Vol. 2'. The big releases of the week are 'Illusionist' & 'Crank'. Personally I'm interested in 'I Trust You to Kill Me' & 'Mister Peepers'! Check out the whole list here! [More]

News for Jan. 06, 2007

Pre-Production Stills from 'The Waterhorse'!

1/06/07, 5:14 pm EST - Xoanon

Director Jay Russell is updating his MySpace website more times than the average 14 year old schoolgirl. Take a look at a ton of very cool pre-production images from New Zealand and Scotland! The talent behind the camera on this project continues to impress; mega-producer Barrie Osborne (The Matrix, LOTR Trilogy), Production Designer Tony Burrough (Hotel Rwanda, A Knight's Tale), Art Director Dan Hennah (King Kong, LOTR) & Visual Effects Guru Joe Letteri (King Kong, LOTR). Take a look! [More]

News for Jan. 04, 2007

Tenacious D's show 'like a circus'

1/04/07, 9:20 pm EST - Xoanon

American rock outfit Tenacious D, comprising Hollywood actor Jack Black and his sidekick Kyle Gass, liken their stage show to renowned super circus, Cirque du Soleil. Australians will get a dose of Tenacious D's hilarious stage show antics when their third tour of the country begins on January 13 in Brisbane. "Last time we went we were playing to 400 people," said Black whose latest film, The Holiday, was recently released in Australia. "Usually me and Kyle just show up and play music with no lights, no fancy anything. [More]

News for Jan. 02, 2007

Happy Birthday Evan Parke!

1/02/07, 11:55 am EST - Xoanon

Today is Evan Parke's birthday! Evan was born on January 2nd, 1968 in Kingston, Jamaica. That makes him 39 years old today! Happy Birthday Evan!

News for Jan. 01, 2007

DVD Tuesday: Snakes, Beer & More!

1/01/07, 12:13 pm EST - Xoanon

This being the holidays the studios have decided not to release any films of significance, instead we get the bottom of the barrel films as enjoyable as a post-New Years Eve party hangover. The one film that looks interesting, mainly from a 'so bad its good' point of view is 'Snakes on a Plane'. Take a look at the rest of the short list here! [More]

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