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Behind the SFX of Doctor Strange and Rogue One

Doctor Strange Special Effects

ILM’s artificial mayhem and destruction from Doctor Strange

Industrial Light & Magic has slapped up some eye-popping videos on its YouTube channel for the lead-up to the 2017 Oscars. The firm has three nominations in the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects category, for its work on Doctor Strange, Star Wars: Rogue One, and Deepwater Horizon. These brief clips show how the cutting-edge gee-whizzery meshes with the live-action footage to create unprecedented effects.

Doctor Strange:

Rogue One:

Deepwater Horizon:

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Animated Film “The Planet of DOOM” Channels Spirit of “Heavy Metal” Movie

April 19, 2016 • Animation, Films, News

In the spirit of R-rated animated films of the 70s and 80s, Riff Lodge Animation (the studio behind the mind-blowing music video for Conan’s “Throne of Fire”) are setting out to produce an EPIC feature-length fantasy/science-fiction film called The Planet of DOOM, created entirely

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Videodrome

23 Movie Ads From Heavy Metal—How Many Have You Seen?

February 9, 2016 • Films, News

Hats off to R.M. Rhodes*, who is engaged on a massive and fascinating project all about Heavy Metal magazine. Rhodes inherited his father’s collection of Heavy Metals, which was complete through the mid-90s; add that to his own collection (the 2000s—present) and some issues from his cousin

Deadpool on Tinder

Deadpool Is on Tinder—Do You Swipe Left or Right?

February 2, 2016 • Films, News

The Deadpool marketing has been excellent thus far, as we mentioned in our 2015 wrap-up post, but as we enter the final two weeks before the movie’s Valentine’s Day release, 20th Century Fox is outdoing itself. Today, Deadpool arrived in the feeds of some lucky Tinder users: Also today,

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20 Speculative “Star Wars: Rogue One” Posters

January 8, 2016 • Artwork, Films, News

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail

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Bloom County Star Wars Parody

Bloom County Goes Star Wars With “Dork Wars”

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With the countdown to Star Wars: The Force Awakens nearing its conclusion (the most anticipated movie of all time opens Friday, December 18), cartoonist Berkeley Breathed gets in on the madness. He’s released these two Star Wars-themed images, one a Bloom County-fied movie poster and another

Spaceballs: The Schwartz Awakens posters by Josh Budich

Spaceballs: The Schwartz Awakens Posters — Finally!

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