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Class of 88: “I Hate Trolls” – The Not-So-Hidden Horror in Willow

  • DailyDead
While there is an abundance of films out there that feature halflings forced into a fight against an all-consuming evil, about 95% of them were directed by Peter Jackson. But today, I want to pay homage to a film directed by Richie Cunningham (aka Ron Howard), produced by George Lucas, and predating The Lord of the Rings movies by over a decade. Call it sacrilege if you must, but Ron Howard’s Willow holds a place nearer and dearer to my heart than anything set in Middle-earth. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some hobbits, but I was introduced to the Nelwyn clan at five years old. And at that age, when you fall for a movie, you fall hard.

For those who aren’t familiar, Willow centers on farmer/would-be sorcerer Willow Ufgood (Warwick Davis). When he happens upon Elora Danan, an infant of the Daikini clan (aka
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Harry Potter Forbidden Forest revealed + exclusive interviews with Jason Isaacs, Evanna Lynch, James & Oliver Phelps

  • HeyUGuys
Author: David Sztypuljak

Over the past 6 years we’ve had the pleasure of attending press events at the now world famous Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London. The attraction has become one of the most-see locations for any Harry Potter fan and today we were treated to something very special.

It’s been two years since we last visited Leavesden which has now become one of the key locations for filming at Warner Bros. Many of the sets for Guy Ritchie’s next movie King Arthur: Legend of the Sword were built there along with The Legend of Tarzan which came from Harry Potter Director and Producer David Yates and David Barron sitting next to the backlock are stages J & K (a coincidence amusingly) working in unison with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling’s name housing many of the sets used in the Harry Potter movies.

Two years ago it
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Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Nominations Go To ‘Deadpool,’ ‘Star Trek Beyond’ and ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’

Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Nominations Go To ‘Deadpool,’ ‘Star Trek Beyond’ and ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” earned high marks from the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild, garnering three nominations for their annual awards honoring achievements in film, television, commercials, and theater. It’s not on the Oscar shortlist of seven , however.

Read More: ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’: A VFX Creature Guide

Eligible for Hair and Makeup Oscars are Guild nominees “Deadpool,” “Florence Foster Jenkins,” “Hail, Caesar!,” “Star Trek Beyond” and “Suicide Squad.” Not Oscar shortlisted, however, are Guild nominees “La La Land,” “Loving,” and “Nocturnal Animals,” which garnered two nominations apiece. Also ineligible for the Oscar are nominees “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Silence,” “Hacksaw Ridge,” and “Doctor Strange.”

On the television side, “Saturday Night Live” led with four nominations, followed by “Westworld,” “Game of Thrones,” and “Penny Dreadful” with three each. “Transparent,” “Stranger Things,” and “Empire” each received two.

The Guild will
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The Gothic Clothing Line You’ve Always Wanted: Penny Dreadful at Hot Topic

The Gothic Clothing Line You’ve Always Wanted: Penny Dreadful at Hot Topic
Here at FM, we cannot get enough of Showtime’s gothic horror series Penny Dreadful, and with the second season premiering this weekend, we will not have to wait much longer to be satiated. But it is still a few days away, so to tide fans over, Hot Topic released a Penny Dreadful-inspired fashion line today, and screw my wallet, I want it all!

The beautifully designed pieces definitely capture the macabre aesthetic that is at the very core of the series. Scorpions and spiders hide in lace details and victorian-inspired prints on dresses, tank tops, and jackets. The line will be available for pre-order online at Hot Topic from April 28, before hitting shelves on May 26.

The aim of the collaboration between CBS Consumer Products, Showtime, and Hot Topic was to give fans a way to flaunt their love for the show, and without a doubt, they’ve hit the mark.
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Penny Dreadful scoops three BAFTA Craft awards

Penny Dreadful picked up three awards at the British Academy Television Craft Awards.

The period thriller series, produced by Neal Street with Showtime, triumphed in the Production Design, Make Up & Hair Design and Original Music categories.

BBC drama Sherlock received two Bafta craft awards: one for Sound: Fiction and the other for Editing: Fiction, taking its total tally of Baftas to nine in four years.

Meanwhile, Mackenzie Crook picked up his first-ever Bafta for BBC comedy Detectorists. He won in the Writer: Comedy category, and also stars in the show, which has been recommissioned.

In terms of broadcasters, the awards were spread around. BBC1 led the way with six of the 20 awards, with Channel 4 picking up five.

ITV and Sky Atlantic won three awards each, while BBC2 landed two and BBC4 one.

The winners in full

The winners in full:

Breakthrough Talent

Marc Williamson

The Last Chance School - Minnow Films/Channel 4

Costume Design

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Penny Dreadful, Sherlock and Sally Wainwright among BAFTA Craft winners

Penny Dreadful and Sherlock are among the winners at this year's British Academy Television Craft Awards.

The ceremony, which celebrated behind-the-scenes talent in British television during 2014, took place tonight (April 26) and was hosted by Stephen Mangan.

Penny Dreadful walked away with three awards, with wins in Production Design and Make Up and Hair Design as well as Original Music for Abel Korzeniowski.

Sherlock's BAFTA successes increase to nine in four years as Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat's drama picked up two wins in Sound: Fiction and Editing: Fiction.

Sally Wainwright received the Writer: Drama award for Happy Valley, while Mackenzie Crook won the first ever BAFTA of his career for Detectorists, which won the Writer: Comedy category.

The X Factor won Entertainment Craft Team - bringing the talent show's BAFTA tally up to seven - as Doctor Who succeeded in the Special, Visual & Graphic Effects category.

See a
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Exclusive Interview: Warwick Davis & Special Make Effects Legend Nick Dudman at the Harry Potter Studio Tour

  • HeyUGuys
Last week, I got to attend the press junket for the new Harry Potter Studio Tour at Leavesden Studios in Hertfordshire. As well as talking with many of the cast of the movies (see previous interviews here), we got to chat with the a man who makes all the creatures possible and also a man who ended up being one (or two actually) of those creatures. The men in question would be Warwick Davis who played Griphook and Professor Flitwick and Nick Dudman who is credited as Creature Effects Supervisor and Makeup Designer but that only scratches the surface, as Nick (along with his extensive team) is the man who brings all these creatures to life in so many ways.

During the interview, I find out how they feel about opening the doors to all the secrets of their movie making process and also which is their favourite of all
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Exclusive Interview – Natalia Tena talks Harry Potter Studio Tour in The Weasley Kitchen

  • HeyUGuys
Last week, I had the honour and the privilege to go along to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter to have a good old natter with some of the cast of the eight movies and with a few of the Production team that make these amazing films possible. If you’ve not heard of the Studio Tour, then you’ve obviously not been on HeyUGuys for a little while as I’ve been banging on about how amazing it is for months now.

London’s newest attraction opened its doors on Saturday 31st March (see our red carpet interviews here) but the day before, I went along to the Studio once again to interview cast members Tom Felton, Rupert Grint, Evanna Lynch, Natalia Tena, Warwick Davis and Production Team members Nick Dudman (Creature and Makeup Effects) and John Richardson (Special effects).

So far, we’ve had
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Exclusive Interview: Rupert Grint Talks Harry Potter Studio Tour in The Gryffindor Common Room

  • HeyUGuys
If you’ve missed the last two, have a little look here a my interview with Tom Felton in the potions classroom and Evanna Lynch in The Great Hall…. Last week, I had the honour and the privilege to go along to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter to have a good old natter with some of the cast of the eight movies and with a few of the Production team that make these amazing films possible. If you’ve not heard of the Studio Tour, then you’ve obviously not been on HeyUGuys for a little while as I’ve been banging on about how amazing it is for months now.

London’s newest attraction opened its doors on Saturday 31st March (see our red carpet interviews here) but the day before, I went along to the Studio once again to interview cast members Tom Felton,
See full article at HeyUGuys »

Exclusive Interview: Evanna Lynch Talks Harry Potter Studio Tour in The Great Hall

  • HeyUGuys
Last week, I had the honour and the privilege to go along to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter to have a good old natter with some of the cast of the eight movies and with a few of the Production team that make these amazing films possible. If you’ve not heard of the Studio Tour, then you’ve obviously not been on HeyUGuys for a little while as I’ve been banging on about how amazing it is for months now.

London’s newest attraction opened its doors on Saturday 31st March (see our red carpet interviews here) but the day before, I went along to the Studio once again to interview cast members Tom Felton, Rupert Grint, Evanna Lynch, Natalia Tena, Warwick Davis and Production Team members Nick Dudman (Creature and Makeup Effects) and John Richardson (Special effects).

Yesterday I had a good
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Exclusive Interview with Tom Felton in the Potions Classroom at the Harry Potter Studio Tour

  • HeyUGuys
Late last week, I had the honour and the privilege to go along to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour – The making of Harry Potter to have a good old natter with some of the cast of the eight movies and with a few of the Production team that make these amazing films possible. If you’ve not heard of the Studio Tour, then you’ve obviously not been on HeyUGuys for a little while as I’ve been banging on about how amazing it is for months now.

London’s newest attraction opened its doors on Saturday 31st March (see our red carpet interviews here) but the day before, I went along to the Studio once again to interview cast members Tom Felton, Rupert Grint, Evanna Lynch, Natalia Tena, Warwick Davis and Production Team members Nick Dudman (Creature and Makeup Effects) and John Richardson (Special effects).

Today we have my
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The 38th Saturn Awards Nominations

The 38th Annual Saturn Award Nominations were announced earlier this week and we now have the full list of nominees. The Saturn Awards recognizing outstanding Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror releases in the last 12 months. Included in the list of nominees is multiple nominations for American Horror Story and The Walking Dead.

Hugo and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 each received 10 nominations as the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films today announced nominations for the 38th Annual Saturn Awards, which will be presented on Wednesday, June 20.

Other leading titles in the Academy’s film categories were Super 8 (eight nominations); Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger (seven); and The Adventures of Tintin and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (six each). Rise of the Planet of the Apes breathed new life into a classic sci-fi franchise with five nominations, including a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Andy Serkis.
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Saturn Award Nominees Announced

The Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy and Horror Films has announced the list of nominations for the 38th Saturn Awards, which will be presented on June 20th. These are presented without comment, other than to say to certain TV series, “Surprise! Welcome to Sci-Fi!”

Hugo and Harry Potter Cast Their Spells and Lead Film Nominations for 38th Saturn Awards

Breaking Bad and American Horror Story Scare Up Most TV Nominations in Banner Year for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror; Winners to be Announced June 20

Los Angeles – February 29, 2012 – Hugo and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 each received 10 nominations as the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films today announced nominations for the 38th Annual Saturn Awards, which will be presented on Wednesday, June 20.

Other leading titles in the Academy’s film categories were Super 8 (eight nominations); Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger (seven); and The Adventures of Tintin
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38th Annual Saturn Awards – The Nominees

  • Nerdly
The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films have announced the nominations for its 38th Annual Saturn Awards. In the film categories Martin Scorsese’s Hugo and David Yates’ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 each scored 10 nominations; whilst in the TV categories AMC’s Breaking Bad scored 6 nominations, followed by American Horror Story with five. The awards ceremony will take place in June in Burbank, Calif.

The complete list of nominees is below:

Film

Best Science Fiction Film

The Adjustment Bureau (Universal)

Captain America: The First Avenger (Paramount/Marvel)

Limitless (Relativity Media)

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (20th Century Fox)

Super 8 (Paramount)

X-Men: First Class (20th Century Fox)

Best Fantasy Film

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (Warner Bros.)

Hugo (Paramount)

Immortals (Relativity Media)

Midnight in Paris (Sony Pictures Classics)

The Muppets (Walt Disney Studios)

Thor (Paramount/Marvel)

Best Horror/Thriller Film

Contagion (Warner Bros.
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'Hugo,' 'Harry Potter' Top Saturn Award Nominees

'Hugo,' 'Harry Potter' Top Saturn Award Nominees
Awards season may have come and gone, but sci-fi fans still have something to look forward to with today's announcement of the Saturn Award nominees.

The awards, presented by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, recognize excellence in these genres, which are often underrepresented at other awards shows.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, this year's big movie contenders are "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2," "Hugo," tied with 10 nominations each.

A number of the movies scoring big have been commercial successes but have not received awards show love, including J.J. Abrams' $260-million grossing monster hit "Super 8," which nabbed eight nominations, and "Captain America: The First Avenger," which earned nearly $400 million worldwide, coming in with six.

One of the most surprising cross-genre hits is Woody Allen's romantic comedy "Midnight in Paris," which took home the award for Best Original Screenplay at Sunday's Oscars, in
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"The Artist" Wins Big at the Oscars

  • MUBI
The Artist tops off its triumphant run throughout this awards season with a big night at the Oscars. And the winners are... in bold:

Best Picture

The Artist

The Descendants

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

The Help

Hugo

Midnight in Paris

Moneyball

The Tree of Life

War Horse

Directing

The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius

The Descendants, Alexander Payne

Hugo, Martin Scorsese

Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen

The Tree of Life, Terrence Malick

Actor In A Leading Role

Demián Bichir in A Better Life

George Clooney in The Descendants

Jean Dujardin in The Artist

Gary Oldman in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Brad Pitt in Moneyball

Actor In A Supporting Role

Kenneth Branagh in My Week with Marilyn

Jonah Hill in Moneyball

Nick Nolte in Warrior

Christopher Plummer in Beginners

Max von Sydow in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Actress In A Leading Role

Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs

Viola Davis in The Help
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The 84th Annual Academy Award Winners

The 84th Annual Academy Awards ended up being one of the most entertaining Academy Award shows that I've seen in years, even though films I wanted to win didn't. I was rooting for Martin Scorsese and Hugo this year, but I knew that The Artist would end up taking home a majority of the big awards. In the end, each one of these films took home 5 Awards, Hugo took home the more technical ones though. I think it was a pretty easy year to predict the winners.

It was great to see Billy Crystal back up on stage; he really did a great job bringing light, fun entertainment that everyone could enjoy. Crystal was awesome and one of the best parts of the show. The guy is classic comedy. He helped bring back everything that the Oscars should be.

Here's the full list of nominees with the winners in bold.
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84th Academy Awards Winners – The Artist Takes Best Picture

Crowded House said it best in the lyrics “Hey now, hey now, don’t dream its over.” Yes, the awards season officialy came to an end tonight at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood, CA. Tears, jubilation, substance and style were all memorable moments at the 84th Academy Awards hosted by Billy Crystal. With Sacha Baron Cohen’s shenanigans earlier on the red carpet and no huge upsets, Cirque du Soleil’s performance was the highlight of the evening.

The Oscar for Best Motion Picture of the Year went to “The Artist” produced by Thomas Langmann and Michel Hazanavicius won for Achievement in Directing. The movie becomes the first silent film to take the gold since the original Oscar ceremony 83 years ago when Wings won.

Christopher Plummer was the winner for a Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his role in “Beginners”; Octavia Spencer, was the
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Oscar 2012 Winners: Woody Allen, The Descendants

Owen Wilson in Woody Allen's Midngiht in Paris Best adapted screenplay * The Descendants (Fox Searchlight) Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash Hugo (Paramount) Screenplay by John Logan The Ides of March (Sony Pictures Releasing) Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon Moneyball (Sony Pictures Releasing) Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin Story by Stan Chervin Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Focus Features) Screenplay by Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan Best original screenplay The Artist (The Weinstein Company) Written by Michel Hazanavicius Bridesmaids (Universal) Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig Margin Call (Roadside Attractions) Written by J.C. Chandor * Midnight in Paris (Sony Pictures Classics) Written by Woody Allen A Separation (Sony Pictures Classics) Written by Asghar Farhadi Best art direction The Artist (The Weinstein Company) Production Design: Laurence Bennett, Set Decoration: Robert Gould Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (Warner Bros.) Production Design: Stuart Craig,
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Oscar 2012 Predictions: Full List

Jean Dujardin, The Artist Oscar 2012 Predictions: Best Picture, Director, Acting Categories Best Picture: The Artist. Best Foreign Language Film: Monsieur Lazhar (Canada), directed by Philippe Falardeau. Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist. Best Actor: Jean Dujardin for The Artist. Best Actress: Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady. Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer for Beginners. Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer for The Help. Best Original Screenplay: Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris. Best Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Jim Rash, and Nat Faxon for The Descendants. Best Animated Feature: Rango directed by Gore Verbinski. Best Cinematography: Guillaume Schiffman for The Artist. Best Film Editing: Michel Hazanavicius, Anne-Sophie Bion for The Artist. Best Original Score: Ludovic Bource for The Artist. Best Original Song: "Real in Rio" by Sergio Mendes, Carlinhos Brown, and Siedah Garrett, from Rio. Best Art Direction: Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo for Hugo. Best Costume Design: Sandy Powell for Hugo.
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