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Archive for March, 2005

Wood & Weaving’s ‘Happy Feet’ Press Release

Happy Feet is a comedy adventure set in the land of the Emperor Penguins in the heart of Antarctica. These penguins sing, and each needs their own special song to attract a soul mate. Our hero Mumble (ELIJAH WOOD), son of Elvis (HUGH JACKMAN) and Norma Jean (NICOLE KIDMAN) is the worst singer in the world… but he can tap-dance something fierce!

The all-star ensemble cast also includes the voices of (in alphabetical order) Brittany Murphy, Hugo Weaving, Robin Williams and features the dancing of legendary tapper Savion Glover (Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk).

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a Kennedy-Miller Film, HAPPY FEET, directed by George Miller. Written by George Miller, John Collee (Master & Commander), Judy Morris and Warren Coleman. Produced by Doug Mitchell, Bill Miller and George Miller. Executive Produced by Graham Burke and Bruce Berman. Music composed by John Powell (Shrek, Chicken Run, The Bourne Identity).

HAPPY FEET is scheduled to be released in November 2006 by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

Thanks to Ann

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Get ‘LOST’ Tonight!

Dominic Monaghan‘s new hit show ‘Lost’ continues to get better with each episode. Catch ‘Lost’ tonight at 8PM EST on ABC. This is the first NEW episode since March 2nd! TORN’s chatroom now has a special ‘Lost’ screening room, login to #lost at 8PM and watch with fans from around the country! [ABC.com] [TORN Chat]

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Jim Rygiel Chat Report

Justin writes: Jim Rygiel did a chat on LOTR effects on Saturday. For 3 hours he showed progression composites, green screen, digital doubles, tests, everything – it was great. [More]

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Jim Rygiel Chat Report

Justin writes: Jim Rygiel did a chat on LOTR effects on Saturday. For 3 hours he showed progression composites, green screen, digital doubles, tests, everything – it was great. A few key notes:

  • 90% of all “size” issues with hobbits and dwarves were done in camera, not digitally
  • The maquette scanner to digitize characters is actually a sheep carcass scanner developed in Aus, used to test slaughter imperfections
  • Renderman was used as main renderer
  • New Massive renderer called “GRUNT” – General Renderer of Unlimited Number of Things
  • Mount Doom fireballs at end of film are simple charcoal briquettes Lava is the same gel-substance used in McDonalds shakes for consistancy – same technique from “Volcano”
  • Rotoscoping team had 50-80 people at all times
  • Original fire software was 100% real physics engine, but was ditched because balrog moved too fast and blew himself out like a candle. They tried turning up “pressure” and Balrog looked like the Human Torch. Finally ended up with Maya Particle simulator.

On another note, I’m starting an online fan video network, showing fan films and broadcasting live from the star wars line in Hollywood. We are currently making short fan interviews, and will be shooting several professionals like prop guys, matte painters, and all the unsung heroes of major FX films. Jim Rygiel has commited to an interview, so look forward to an in depth “fan interview” with Jim Rygiel in the coming weeks.

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LOTR Symphony: Washington D.C.

Eowyn writes: I wanted to let all you LOTR fans know that the LOTR Symphony is finally coming to town in the Washington D.C. area premiere!! The highly respected Fairfax Symphony Orchestra and Fairfax Choral Society choruses will be performing on May 27th, 28th and 29th at the George Mason University Center for the Arts. [More]

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McKellen Updates E-Post

Ian McKellen has updated the LOTR ‘E-Post’ section of his website. Take a look! [More]

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Goldwyn Goes for ‘Hotchkiss’

Randall Miller’s “Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School,” a new film starring Robert Carlyle, Marisa Tomei, John Goodman, Mary Steenburgen, Sean Astin, Donnie Wahlberg, and Danny DeVito, has been acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films. The company secured North American rights to the film that had its world premiere at Sundance this year. The company will release the film this summer. [More]

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Hollywood Players Lobby for Filmmaker Tax Incentives

(Indianapolis) – Hollywood actor Sean Astin is at the statehouse Monday meeting with lawmakers and the governor. The star of “Rudy” and “Lord of The Rings” is lobbying along with producer Angelo Pizzo for a bill that would create tax incentives for the film industry. [More]

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Bloom for Bond – as a boy

Orlando Bloom has been tipped to play a young James Bond in a new movie series. The series which is backed by Miramax and DreamWorks would be based on a new series of young 007 novels which began this year with Silverfin. In the book set in the 1930s, a teenage James Bond spends a holiday at a remote castle where he soon comes upon a mystery involving killer eels and an arms tycoon conducting dangerous genetic experiments. [More]

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Director has always been brilliant

Kahlen Burgwin writes: It would be easy to write off Peter Jackson’s earlier works as mere stepping stone to his cinematic holy grail, the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Low-budget splatter films about alien invasions or zombie infestations rarely gain fame as they age, and most directors or stars would often prefer that films such as those simply disappear from their resumés once they hit the big time. Not Jackson, though. He has repeatedly stated how fond he is of his earlier works. Listed below are Jackson’s essential early works, in order of essential viewing. [More]

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John Howe Line Party!

A Line Party has been setup for the John Howe booksigning event in Toronto! Be sure to sign up and be the first in line! The first 45 people will receive a copy of EA GAME, “The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle–earth” a real time PC strategy game. We will also be giving away “Lord of the Rings Symphony” posters that John Howe can autograph. You are welcome to come in costume! Come April 23rd, Toronto goes Geek! Please note: The Line Party is for the April 23rd event ONLY, the EA Game and posters will be available at the 22nd event in Kitchener as well. Sadly, I will not be there myself. More info on the John Howe Booksignings. [Toronto Line Party]

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Star treatment for Aussie indies

SYDNEY — International top-name actors are setting aside large portions of their usual multimillion-dollar salary requirements to put their considerable weight behind a new generation of Australian independent films. [More]

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