The Golden Globes are hyped as the big ol' party of the awards season, but for me it was just sort of OK. From the sea of neutral-toned gowns to the slew of ho-hummy presenters, I would categorize the 2009 Golden Globes as less party and more gathering. Still, there were a few classic Globes moments that have a shot at going down in history alongside Christine Lahti's nearly missing her best actress award because she was in the little girls' room. (
Subtle FX for Valkyrie's Secret Plot
Imageworks Creates Digital Make-up for Tom Cruise and Adds Period Details to WWII Drama
By Barbara Robertson
January 7, 2009 Source: Film & Video
Valkyrie director Bryan Singer had an onerous task. He needed to make a Nazi soldier, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg (Tom Cruise), and other German army officers sympathetic enough to hold an audience that already knows the ending to the story — a failed attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Imageworks’ Richard Hoover, twice nominated for a visual effects Oscar (Superman Returns and Armageddon), had a less obvious challenge: lockstep the studio’s photorealistic visual effects into historical accuracy. In doing so, the Imageworks crew soldiered through around 600 shots that incorporated digital makeup and environmental effects. The film, widely praised for its meticulousness, received mixed reviews from critics who picked apart Cruise’s performance as Stauffenberg. But absent from those reviews is any mention of the effects.
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YAHOO! MOVIE TALK
The film industry had a record year in 2008, bringing in an estimated $9.8 billion at the North American box office. It will be a tough act to follow, but 2009 promises to deliver as many -- if not more -- big movies. There are two big movies that were supposed to come out this past holiday season: the latest "Harry Potter" and the new take on "Star Trek." A wide variety of animated films are coming, from the latest in 3D digital technology to Disney's return to traditional animation. And, of course, there will be sequels (and prequels) galore. Here is a list of 30 of the most anticipated of this year, in order of release date.
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YAHOO! MOVIE TALK
Between the year's end and the Academy Awards, Hollywood producers, critics, agents, stars and studio PR departments engage in that elaborate kabuki dance known as "the Awards Season." Beneath the glamourous gowns and tight smiles, it's war for Oscar gold. Their battlefields are billboards on the Sunset Strip, ads in Variety, and particularly awards shows. As the financial importance of the Academy Awards grows -- an Oscar nom can make a career, add prestige to a studio, and most importantly double a film's profits -- a constellation of awards ceremonies have proliferated to cash in on the hubbub.
NASSAU, BaThis Feb. 24, 2008 file photo shows John Travolta and Kelly Preston on the red carpet during the 80th Annual Academy Awards, held at Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California. Travolta's teenage son has died after injuring himself at the actor's vacation home. Police spokeswoman Loretta Mackey says 16-year-old Jett Travolta hit his head in a bathtub Friday Jan. 2, 2009. She said he was declared dead at Rand Memorial Hospital on Grand Bahama Island. (AP Photo/Jennifer Graylock,File)Associated Press
hamas - John Travolta's teenage son, Jett, died in the Bahamas after falling ill and hitting his head at his family's vacation home, police said Friday. A house caretaker found Jett, 16, unconscious in a bathroom late Friday morning. He was taken by ambulance to a Freeport hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to a statement from chief police superintendent Basil Rahming.