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John Landis Says Fox Doesn't Love Max Landis' 'Chronicle 2' Script, His Paris-Set Monster Movie Is Dead For Now & Talks Hardships Of 'American Werewolf'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • October 10, 2012 4:16 PM
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While much has been said about Universal Studios not having a standout year at the box office, or at least one befitting of the landmark studio's 100th Anniversary this year, you’d barely be able to tell by the rate at which they’re celebrating. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has played a large part in this celebration, running a repertory screening series entitled “Universal’s Legacy of Horror,” which kicked off last week in Los Angeles with a Guillermo Del Toro hosted double bill of “Bride of Frankenstein” and the Bela Lugosi-starring “Dracula.” Last night AMPAS played the classic 1941 tale “The Wolfman” with Lon Chaney, along with the most recent film playing in the series – “Animal House” writer-director John Landis’ “An American Werewolf in London.”

Watch: Vintage 1980s Profile On Mad Monster Maker Rick Baker

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 1, 2012 2:19 PM
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Rick Baker is one of those guys whose work is so consistently brilliant you kind of forget how awesome he is. As the make-up designer and creature creator behind everything from the dancing zombies in Michael Jackson's "Thriller" music video to Martin Landau's Bela Lugosi make-up in Tim Burton's "Ed Wood" (which won him his third – of seven – Academy Awards) to Robert Downey, Jr.'s black-face in "Tropic Thunder," Baker is a living legend, able to conjure all sorts of creatures and characters solely from his fertile imagination. What's so startling about the footage of Baker dug up from an early '80s CBS special on monsters (this was at the peak of horror's cultural resurgence -- via Reddit), is how in command of his craft Baker seems to be at such a young age.
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Review: 'Men In Black 3' Is A Surprisingly Decent Return To Form For The Flagging Franchise

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 22, 2012 12:05 AM
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Much has been made of the herculean efforts it took to get “Men in Black 3” to the big screen – the constant rewrites, the lengthy hiatus, Will Smith’s giant trailers pissing off much of lower Manhattan – so the mere fact that “Men in Black 3” is watchable at all is something of a pleasant surprise. What’s downright shocking is how enjoyable “Men in Black 3” actually is – it’s an agreeably loopy, visually sumptuous, intermittently clever sci-fi comedy that does much to erase the bad memories of 2002’s wretched “Men in Black II,” easing back into the deadpan weirdness that made the original film so much fun.

Rick Baker To Design Angelina Jolie's Witchy Look For Disney's 'Maleficent'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 10, 2012 11:44 AM
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While doing the press rounds for this month’s sci-fi sequel “Men in Black III,” certifiable genius make-up designer Rick Baker let slip that he’s already hard at work on Disney’s eagerly anticipated “Maleficent,” a take on the studio's classic animated “Sleepy Beauty” as told through the iconic sorceress’ point of view. That sorceress, of course, is being played by Angelina Jolie. “They’re just starting that now,” Baker told ComingSoon.net. “I designed the make-up for Angelina Jolie. At this point, I’m actually finished with that part of it.”

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