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The 25 best facial expressions of “Avatar”

Article: The 25 best facial expressions of “Avatar”

It’s been just about two years since “Avatar” dominated the box office and swept that year’s Oscar nominations, but it’s still a movie that’s close to our heart. With discussions taking place over the validity of Andy Serkis’ place in the Best Actor awards pool, we couldn’t help but think back to some other impressively…

Don’t fear the mocap.

Article: Don’t fear the mocap.

LA Times Oscar-blogger Pete Hammond (presumably on his way to a well-earned vacation) has a plausible theory about why “Avatar”‘s best picture bid was doomed. If actors are three times the size of any other peer group in the Academy, and if actors fear and loathe motion-capture — as they assuredly do — then no…

The great dauteurs of Hollywood.

Article: The great dauteurs of Hollywood.

Nepotism is an accepted part of the movie business, but given the gender inequality in the directorial ranks, it’s particularly pronounced with the news that Ami Caanan Mann will direct “The Fields.” A thriller starring “Avatar”‘s Sam Worthington as a Texas detective investigating a spate of murders around the state’s oil refineries, “The Fields,” Mann’s…

Flash Gordon (not starring Sam Worthington), Queen score.

Article: Flash Gordon (not starring Sam Worthington), Queen score.

The 1980 camp triumph, “Flash Gordon” was a master stroke of garish colors, spandex, and Queen’s Oberheim synthesizers. It was only a matter of time before this classic Dino De Laurentiis production got a remake. Slated for 2012, rumors abound as to who will star, but Sam Worthington recently shot down the claims that he…

Clash of the Titans, horrible hard rock score, Muse.

Article: Clash of the Titans, horrible hard rock score, Muse.

The original 1981 “Clash of the Titans,” was an authentic fantasy, what we used to call an epic adventure, before that word was mangled by leet teenagers on the internets. Though It employed stop motion, it still managed to dazzle with it’s special effects at the time, especially where it combined techniques – as it…

Monsters Vs. Aliens: James Cameron’s Love/Hate Relationship with Technology

Article: Monsters Vs. Aliens: James Cameron’s Love/Hate Relationship with Technology

[Major spoilers ahead for "Avatar" and other James Cameron films.] Like all of James Cameron’s six previous films, “Avatar” is a war of worlds both literal and figurative. Colonists from the planet Earth do battle with the native inhabitants of a moon named Pandora over the right to mine a rare and powerful mineral. Cameron…

Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Article: Something Borrowed, Something Blue

type=”text/javascript” src=”http://tweetmeme.com/i/scripts/button.js”>I can imagine Robert Zemeckis — whose botched motion-capture animated features “The Polar Express” and “A Christmas Carol” were full of rubbery, dead-eyed, freakish-looking human constructs — watching James Cameron’s “Avatar” with an expression on his face not unlike F. Murray Abraham’s Salieri listening to his first Mozart composition in “Amadeus.” From a technical…

Fall Preview: Ten Breakout Stars… and the Indies You Can See Them In Now

Article: Fall Preview: Ten Breakout Stars… and the Indies You Can See Them In Now

Tons of movies come out every week (as our Fall Film Preview duly demonstrates), and it can be hard keeping up with them all. No one wants to be caught flat-footed or empty-headed when a movie blasts onto the pop cultural landscape and its young star becomes the next big thing. To avert said potential…

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