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    Mid-Year VFX Report: 'Godzilla' and Marvel Rule

    Without a "Gravity" this year, the wow factor might not be as strong but certainly the Oscar race is now wide open. Yet in surveying the first-half of 2014, only "Godzilla" looks like a potential nominee. But there are still plenty of bake-off contenders, with solid VFX work on display in "Captain A...

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    'The Rover' Cinematographer Talks Filming Pearce and Pattinson--"he's a natural" (VIDEO)

    The Rover," the Australian dystopian crime drama from director David Michod ("Animal Kingdom") is a fascinating cross between a western and neo-noir. And the pairing of Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson is an intense psychological study of abuser and enabler. For Argentinian cinematographer Natasha Br...

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    Immersed in Movies: Going Deeper Into 'How to Train Your Dragon 2'

    The first thing you notice about How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a lot more detail in the characters as well as in the more expansive environments, which reflect a real world sensibility and the beauty of Norway. And a lot of credit goes to the new Premo software package, which empowered the artists t...

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    Immersed in Movies: Patrick Osborne Talks Disney 'Feast' Short

    Disney's latest animated short, Feast, which highlights the importance of food and is uniquely told from a dog's POV, premiered Tuesday at Annecy, but Animation Scoop got an early sneak peek and an exclusive interview with director Patrick Osborne (head of animation on the Oscar-winning Paperman and...

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    How Sony Imageworks Embraced Challenging Animation, Gritty Realism and Alien Mimics for 'Edge of Tomorrow' (VIDEO)

    Sony Pictures Imageworks, which is moving its headquarters from Culver City to Vancouver to stay competitive, embraced gritty, CG photorealism for the first time with Doug Liman's smart and trippy "Edge of Tomorrow." Truly "War of the Worlds" meets "Groundhog Day," with Tom Cruise caught in a nightm...

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    Immersed in Movies: Dean DeBlois Talks Directing 'How to Train Your Dragon 2'

    How to Train Your Dragon 2 is quite simply the best animated feature yet from DreamWorks, and the obvious frontrunner for the Oscar race. Dean DeBlois has therefore exceeded all expectations with an ambitious vision for Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless and the world they inhabit in Berk and beyon...

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    Director Robert Stromberg Talks 'Maleficent': Cutting Edge Virtual Cinema and Age-Old Emotional Storytelling

    The path to directing from VFX and production design has certainly been a natural one for two-time Oscar winner Robert Stromberg ("Avatar," "Alice in Wonderland"). And after re-imagining Disney's iconic "Sleeping Beauty" with "Maleficent," he not only wants to continue directing but also explore new...

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    Immersed in Movies: Tomm Moore Talks 'Song of the Sea' and First Look at New Teaser

    Tomm Moore follows up his Oscar-nominated The Secret of Kells with another hand-drawn Irish folktale from Cartoon Saloon: Song of the Sea (opening this autumn through Gkids), and we have the first interview and teaser trailer. It's about the Selkies, mythological creatures that are part seal, part h...

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    Immersed in Movies: Bill Plympton Talks 'Cheatin''

    After a successful opening in France and a slew of festival awards, Bill Plympton's noirish Cheatin' -- his most daring feature to date -- is still having a tough time getting theatrical distribution here at home. It just goes to show that there's still a lot of prejudice against adult animation whe...

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    'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Editor and Composer John Ottman Talks Multitasking, and Building a Marvel Epic

    It's hard enough wearing two hats as editor and composer for Bryan Singer, but the trippy, time-traveling "X-Men: Days of Future Past" offered some additional challenges for John Ottman. "I think we both look fondly upon the experience we had on 'X-Men 2' and we wanted to relive that a bit so coming...

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