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Reading the Oscar Tea Leaves via Guilds; Art Director & Costume Guild Votes

To get the most accurate lay of the land as PriceWaterhouseCoopers starts to tabulate filed Oscar ballots and nominations approach January 16, it helps to look at what the guilds are doing.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 9, 2014 4:08 PM
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More 'Les Miserables' Featurettes on Jackman's Jean Valjean, Sound Mixing, Costume and Production Design UPDATED

If you are itching to see Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables" on Christmas day, check out four featurettes with Hugh Jackman...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 19, 2012 4:26 PM
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Makeup Artists Talk Challenges of 'Cloud Atlas': Multiple Characters, Movie Stars Hanks & Berry, Yellowface & Political Correctness

Tom Hanks and Halle Berry have starred in a combined 88 films, so when tasked to transform two of Hollywood's most familiar faces, “Cloud Atlas'” hair, make-up and prosthetics designers Jeremy Woodhead and Daniel Parker had only one place to start: the nose.
  • By Amy Nicholson
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  • November 1, 2012 2:00 PM
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Comic-Con: Touring The Art of 'Frankenweenie,' Tim Burton Shares 3-D Footage (VIDEO)

The high point of Comic-Con remains Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie," which opens Fantastic Fest on September 20 and hits theaters October 5. First, for all the naysayers who want Burton to stop remaking studio titles and fairy tales starring Johnny Depp (as voiced by one questioner in Hall H), this is a strictly personal project that takes the filmmaker back to his animation roots at Cal Arts and Disney; the original live action short was included in his recent traveling museum exhibition.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 16, 2012 4:27 PM
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Scorsese's Two Ten Best Lists for Use of Light & Color, From 'Vertigo' to 'In the Mood For Love'

From the internet archives, check out two Ten Best lists from Martin Scorsese, which he did as a promo with Philips Electronics several years ago, via DVDtalk. The two lists are of films (one for domestic, another international) chosen for their use of light and color. Included are four films from the '40s, eight from the '50s...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 16, 2012 4:24 PM
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IN THE WORKS: Chris Nolan and Emma Thomas Back Oscar-Winning 'Inception' Cinematographer's First Feature (VIDEO)

That's what a director with clout does: he gives his long-time director of photography a chance to direct. Thus Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas are backing Wally Pfister--who won the Oscar for "Inception" and just won an AFI Alumnae Award last week. He cited as his idol Franklin Schaffner ("Papillon" and "The Planet of the Apes").
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 13, 2012 2:11 PM
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Test Yourself: The ABCs of Horror Films

What better way to test your horror film buff status than starting from the beginning? This poster from Stephen Wildish lets you attempt the scariest version of the alphabet.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 7, 2012 5:15 PM
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Feast Your Eyes on the Gorgeous Universe of 'Prometheus'

Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" has a beautiful universe. In a continuation of a viral marketing campaign, this stunning image appeared.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 7, 2012 2:21 PM
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David Bowie vs. Hollywood: A Marvelous Poster Mash-Up

Have you ever been casually watching a movie and thought: This film could use a little more David Bowie? This collection of mock-up movie posters is for you!
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 17, 2012 4:28 PM
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Oscar Watch: William Joyce Talks Brave New Interactive World of Oscar Winner 'Fantastic Flying Books' UPDATED

William Joyce Talks Brave New Interactive World of Fantastic Flying Books
Who says high and low tech can't come together in animation and publishing?
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 11, 2012 7:22 PM
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