Surrounded by body parts in a former aluminum warehouse on the outskirts of Bristol, in the southwest of England, Nigel Leach enthusiastically hands me an arm. "Feel that," he says, as I gingerly pinch the disembodied limb.Rather than a grisly crime scene, I'm on a tour of the puppet-making department at Academy Award-winning Aardman Studios. The tiny, finger-sized bicep in my hands, which is made entirely of silicon, belongs to one of the characters from "Early Man," the latest animated stop-motion feature from "Wallace and Gromit" creator Nick Park."Nick likes the thumby texture," explains Leach, a team leader in the puppet-making department, gesturing to the silicon, which looks like clay and hides a wire armature underneath. "It means that the animator can move the arm and not have to sculpt every single stage in the plasticine.""Early Man" is Park's first directorial feature since 2005's "Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" and a wholly original concept. He describes … [Read more...] about ‘Early Man’ review: ‘Gromit’ creator returns to animation
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The BAFTAs 2018 are a great litmus test for the biggie: The Oscars 2018. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is showing signs of sweeping the board, judging by their performance at Britain’s premiere movie awards. Plus, there’s a good chance that awards season is going to be dominated by a small handful of movies this year – so who won? The full list of winners is below, including Hideo Kojima’s BFF (and Death Stranding alum) Guillermo del Toro taking home the award for Best Director. His speech was quite something too, so be sure to watch that below before scoping out the winners. Star Wars: The Last Jedi, sadly, didn’t win a single award but, interestingly enough for fans of Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther, two of those movie’s shining lights went head-to-head in the Rising Star category – and one came out on top. Best Film Call Me By Your Name Darkest Hour Dunkirk The Shape of Water Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri … [Read more...] about The full list of BAFTA 2018 winners, including Death Stranding’s Guillermo del Toro winning big
A fake trailer for a movie based on Friends has taken over Facebook feeds and YouTube’s trending section in the last week, causing a stir among hopeful fans and skeptics. The trailer, so obviously fake, continues to circulate at a pretty staggering rate, leading some people to ask why there’s such a hubbub about a fan-made trailer for a movie that’s never going to happen. The bigger question, however, is why does this keep happening on an almost annual basis? A well-done fake trailer for a feature-length Friends movie that could almost be believed as real first appeared on YouTube in 2013. It was created by a YouTube user named cheliara and published on Sept. 23, 2013. The video amassed just under 300,000 views in the last four years; not a small number by any means, but not overly successful either. Cheliara mentioned in the video’s description that it was a project she made for class. This may not seem important, but it’s actually pretty crucial. … [Read more...] about Why do people keep falling for the same fake Friends movie trailer on YouTube?
Females on film While film school classes and incensed critics continue to debate the lack of women in film, female actresses are fighting the good fight on the silver screen itself. Alas, not in anywhere near the numbers needed - provided things were a little bit fairer, of course - or that woman over the age of 40 didn't suddenly become a movie exec's idea of nightmare kryptonite.Over the years, these actresses have been asked to play any number of damsels, dames, nagging housewives, ditzy girlfriends and occasionally (just occasionally) an interesting and nuanced character. This list celebrates the latter, looking at the very best female creations in the history of cinema. Enjoy.15 most prolific female screenwriters25 funniest female characters25 best movies on Netflix Prev Page 1 of 101 Next Prev Page 1 of 101 Next 100. Baby (Dirty Dancing) The Character: Dirty Dancings Jewish princess learns to thrust n grind with Swayzes Johnny Castle. Nobodys gonna put her in a corner … [Read more...] about The 100 greatest female characters in movies
Time for the little guy to shine Calling all fans of jump scares, here's some news that will make you scream with something other than flash-bang terror: indie horror and recreated childhood nightmare Five Night's at Freddy's has been picked up by Warner Brothers and will soon be getting its own feature film. How a game about hiding in a tiny room waiting to be attacked by animal-tronic terrors will work as a movie is yet to be seen, but if anyone can do it, it's the fine folks in Hollywood.Though a movie based on a game isn't anything new, in a sea of Tomb Raiders and Resident Evils, it's rare to see a small-scale indie title be offered the silver-screen treatment. That got us wondering what other indie games would make good films and what directors would make them shine. And oh boy, did we have a lot of thoughts. Here you'll find those very thoughts on what indie games deserve their own movies and the film-focused minds that would treat them right. Prev Page 1 of 11 Next Prev … [Read more...] about Other indie games that should get their own movies