Legendary special effects wizard STAN WINSTON has died of cancer. Winner of several major awards, WINSTON loved nothing more than telling stories and creating movie magic.

We spoke with him several months ago and he told us what it was about movies that captivated him.

Full obit after the jump….  via The Hollywood Reporter

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OMG! WTF?

16 Jun 2008 Filed under: NEWS OF THE DAY

Are we the only people in the world unaware that MICHAEL BAY, SHIA LaBEOUF and ISABEL LUCAS are already hard at work and shooting scenes for TRANSFORMERS 2: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN?????

Latino Review is reporting that shooting is underway and picture caps are available on line.

Follow the leader after the jump…… 

Via Latino Review.com


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WELL, WHO’DA THUNK…..

16 Jun 2008 Filed under: BREAKING NEWS

Got home a little late but just in time to turn on the CBS presentation of the 62nd Annual Tony Award Ceremony and see BARTLETT SHER (an apparently heterosexual man with a wife and kids) win the Best Director Award for his staging of SOUTH PACIFIC.

A STRAIGHT GUY winning for Best Musical Director!?!?…Who says the TONYS have lost the ability to amaze?

Seriously, though…Major kudos to top winners IN THE HEIGHTS, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY and SOUTH PACIFIC (not bad for a 50-year-old dame)…AND to WHOOPI GOLDBERG for a stellar job hosting the whole shabang!

It was a teriffic show all around.

A complete list of winners after the jump…..

 

 


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NO NEED FOR SPEED

16 Jun 2008 Filed under: NEWS OF THE DAY

Variety columnist, ANNE THOMPSON has sussed out why Warner Brothers’ SPEED RACER died such a quick death at the box office and layed it all out in a lengthy piece that makes a lot of sense.
While not quite an apologist for the film, she never comes out and calls it a steaming pile but actually gives hope that future audiences may see it as an unrecognized and unappreciated work of art.


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DRIVING MISS KITTRIDGE

16 Jun 2008 Filed under: NEWS OF THE DAY

A whole cult of pre-teen girls young women are anxiously looking forward to the 7/2 release of KIT KITTRIDGE: AN ALL-AMERICAN GIRL.Based on one of the dolls in the ridiculously popular ALL-AMERICAN GIRL series, KIT tells of a plucky young thing growing up during the Great Depression of the last century (not to be confused with the one we’re entering into now). The film stars ABIGALE BRESLIN in the titular role with CHRIS O’DONNELL as the father forced to swallow his pride and hit the soup kitchens.

O’DONNELL is, in fact, the father of five kids  of his own and tells us that he’s not sure he could have played a parent without being one himself. He also talked of the similarity between his own father and the role he plays in the movie and why producers should have thought twice about letting him drive the huge period automobile he uses in the film.

 

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From a Sunday GAWKER POST:

The stress of playing one of the most legendary characters ever in one of the most hotly anticipated sequels ever didn’t contribute to Heath Ledger’s death in January, says the Dark Knight star. “Christian Bale has called rumours that Heath Ledger’s role as The Joker contributed to his death ‘ridiculous.’

As the hotly anticipated DARK KNIGHT film’s premier edges closer, we can expect to read a whole lot more of this….

The complete GAWKER report after the jump….

Gawker

 

 


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1.  INCREDIBLE HULK, THE UNIVERSAL 3,505 15,400,000 4,394 n/a  55,395,000
2.  KUNG FU PANDA PARAMOUNT 4,136 12,000,000 2,901 -31%  118,777,338
3.  HAPPENING, THE 20TH CENTURY FOX 2,986 6,750,000 2,261 n/a  30,020,000
4.  YOU DON’T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN SONY 3,466 4,375,000 1,262 -55%  68,535,341
5.  INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL PARAMOUNT 3,804 4,300,000 1,130 -35%  275,417,431
6.  SEX AND THE CITY WARNER BROS. 3,155 2,550,000 808 -57%  119,918,663
7.  IRON MAN PARAMOUNT 2,403 1,600,000 666 -25%  297,457,954
8.  CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, THE: PRINCE CASPIAN BVI 2,308 1,050,000 455 -39%  131,894,461
9.  STRANGERS, THE UNIVERSAL 2,410 1,000,000 415 -58%  45,272,735
10.  WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS FOX 1,422 425,000 299 -52%  75,762,558

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Verne Troyer is best known for playing Mike Myers’ sidekick in the Austin Powers movies and he’s also featured in Myers’ next film, The Love Guru.  However, when Hollywood Outbreak interviewed Troyer, much of his mood was centered on more serious matters, as he was still mourning the loss of actor Heath Ledger.  Apparently Troyer had sincere affection for the Brokeback Mountain star, who was his co-star in an upcoming film from director Terry Gilliam. When asked about the movie, the diminutive actor  nearly broke down.


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Growing Up With The Hulk

14 Jun 2008 Filed under: BREAKING NEWS

 

In the new “Incredible Hulk” movie, Liv Tyler plays Bruce Banner’s love interest, Betty Ross.  For Liv, the chance to get on board this movie was a real blast from the past which brought back childhood memories.

 

 

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1.  INCREDIBLE HULK, THE UNIVERSAL 3,505 21,615,000 6,167 n/a  21,615,000
2.  HAPPENING, THE 20TH CENTURY FOX 2,986 13,000,000 4,354 n/a  13,000,000
3.  KUNG FU PANDA PARAMOUNT 4,136 10,015,000 2,421 -51%  93,692,338
4.  YOU DON’T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN SONY 3,466 5,465,000 1,577 -63%  57,855,341
5. 
INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL PARAMOUNT 3,804 3,715,000 977 -44%  265,497,431
6.  SEX AND THE CITY WARNER BROS. 3,155 3,590,000 1,138 -51%  113,323,663
7.  STRANGERS, THE UNIVERSAL 2,410 1,470,000 610 -52%  42,732,735
8.  IRON MAN PARAMOUNT 2,403 1,440,000 599 -34%  293,737,954
9.  CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, THE: PRINCE CASPIAN BVI 2,308 900,000 390 -46%  129,639,461
10.  WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS FOX 1,422 580,000 408 -50%  74,667,558

 


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