Christopher Nolan's "Inception" dominated the 9th annual Visual Effects Society Awards winning the top prize of Outstanding Visual Effcts in a VFX-driven feature. The mind-bending film won all four categories that it was nominated for.
DreamWorks Animations' "How to Train Your Dragon" also received love from the VES sweeping the feature animation categories including Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature.
The ceremony, held at the Beverly Hilton, also paid homage to Nolan by giving him the inaugural VES Visionary Award. The great Ray Harryhausen was given the much-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award.
Here's the complete list of the winners of the 9th annual Visual Effects Society (VES) Awards (Check our Awards Avenue for complete winners/nominees for all award-giving bodies):
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual-Effects Driven Feature Motion Picture
Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Mike Chambers, Matthew Plummer
Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture
Michael Owens, Joel Mendias, Bryan Grill, Danielle Plantec
Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
How to Train Your Dragon
Simon Otto, Craig Ring, Bonnie Arnold
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Miniseries, Movie or a Special
John Sullivan, David Taritero, William Mesa, Marco Requay
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series
Michael Gibson, Gary Hutzel, Davey Morton, Jesse Mesa Toves
Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program
Robert Stromberg, Dave Taritero, Richard Friedlander, Paul Graff
Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Short
Day & Night
Teddy Newton, Kevin Reher, Michael Fu, Tom Gately
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Live Action Commercial
Dan Glass, Dan Seddon, Matt Dessero, Stephanie Gilgar
Outstanding Animated Commercial
Cadbury's Spots V Stripes
Jake Mengers, Julie Evans, Jorge Montiel Meurer, Michael Gregory
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project
King Kong 360 3D
Matt Aitken, Kevin Sherwood, Eric Reynolds, R. Christopher White
Outstanding Real-Time Visual Effects in a Video Game
Marcus Lehto, Joseph Tung, Stephen Scott, CJ Cowan
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Video Game Trailer
World of Warcraft
Marc Messenger, Phillip Hillenbrand, Jr.
Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 - Dobby
Mathieu Vig, Ben Lambert, Laurie Brugger, Marine Poirson
Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
How to Train Your Dragon – Toothless
Gabe Hordos, Cassidy Curtis, Mariette Marinus, Brent Watkins
Outstanding Animated Character in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
Citron C3 The Spacebox – Citro
Michael Nauzin, Anne Chatelain, Gregory Mougne, Cedric Nicolas
Outstanding Animated Character in a Video Game
StarCraft II - Sarah Kerrigan
Fausto De Martini, Xin Wang, Glenn Ramos, Scott Lange
Outstanding Effects Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
How to Train Your Dragon
Andy Hayes, Laurent Kermel, Jason Mayer, Brett Miller
Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
Inception - Paris Dreamscape
Bruno Baron, Dan Neal, Graham Page, Per Mork-Jensen
Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Broadcast Program
The Pacific - The Battle of Iwo Jima
Marco Recuay, Morgan McDermott, Nick Lund-Ulrich
Outstanding Models & Miniatures in a Feature Motion Picture
Inception - Hospital Fortress Destruction
Ian Hunter, Scott Beverly, Forest Fischer, Robert Spurlock
Outstanding Models & Miniatures in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
Boardwalk Empire - The Ivory Tower
J. John Corbett, Matthew Conner, Brendan Fitzgerald
Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture
Astrid Busser-Casas, Scott Pritchard, Jan Maroske, George Zwier
Outstanding Compositing in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
The Pacific - Peleliu landing
Jeremy Nelson, John P. Mesa, Dan Novy, Tyler Cote
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project
Regina Welker, Jan Bitzer, Ilija Brunck, Csaba Letay
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Warner Bros. is investigating the possibility of bringing back "Fletch" to the big screen! According to the Hollywood Reporter, the studio has bought movie rights to the Gregory McDonald mystery novels.
There's no writer or director or star on board yet, but the studio wants this new "Fletch" to be a "reimagining" and not a remake of the popular "Fletch" films starring Chevy Chase (1985's "Fletch" and 1989's "Fletch Lives").
Once upon a time, Harvey Weinstein, through Miramax and then The Weinstein Company, wanted to launch a "Fletch" franchise with director Kevin Smith for McDonald's "Fletch Won." Everyone from Ben Affleck to Jason Lee to Joshua Jackson were attached to star but it was ultimately a failed attempt to bring back "Fletch."
Maybe this time Warner Bros. will succeed in revamping the franchise.
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Remember the 1966 movie "Gambit" starring Michael Caine and Shirley Maclaine? The actors played two criminals who created an elaborate scheme to con millionaire Mr. Shahbandar played by Herbert Lom.
Well, the great Coen brothers wrote a script based on the original and now, Cameron Diaz is joining Oscar front-runner Colin Firth for the remake according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Michael Hoffman, the guy who gave us "The Last Station," is attached to direct and will begin shooting the movie in London in May.
I can't wait for the Coen brothers' take on the film. The original movie was marketed as ""Go Ahead Tell The End - It's Too Hysterical To Keep Secret - But Please Don't Tell The Beginning!" Why? Because the film was told in reverse with a twist that happened in the beginning but the punchline was saved for the end. It was clever storytelling.
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Last week, we told you that Benjamin Walker will walk the part of Honest Abe in Timur Bekmambetov's "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." We also told you that besides the beloved President, another juicy role in the film is the part of Henry Sturges, Lincoln's mentor who taught him how to slay vamps. Now, Deadline is saying that Joaquin Phoenix could return to acting playing the plum role!
The role was previously offered to "Inception's" Tom Hardy until the actor chose to work on Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises." Apparently, Phoenix has met with 20th Century Fox and Bekmambetov and was told that the role is his if he wants it!
Like what I said in my "Two Lovers" (Phoenix's last film before he went play-pretend bonkers) or "I'm Still Here" movie reviews, Phoenix is a great actor and he should not forget acting!
So this is great news! The role of Henry Sturges is like Lincoln's Dumbledore, or Gandalf, or Yoda! Or heck, even similar to Buffy's Giles. And we always remember the person who taught our hero everything, don't we?
Let's wait and see if Phoenix will bite into the role! He should! Oh, and have I told you how much I love the book? You should read it!
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Warner Bros. and CBS Films are partnering to give us the big screen version of the Stephen King opus, "The Stand." Should we say it's about damn time, or too late?
Originally published in 1978, "The Stand" is about the never-ending spiritual battle between good and evil told against an apocalyptic backdrop -- a virus has taken over America!
This multi-layered, multi-character piece quickly became a cult hit, and has been influential in shows like "Lost."
King will be involved somehow, but we don't know as to what extent yet. His material was Hollywood's cash cow in the 70s and 80s, and yes, some of his films work (like "Shawshank Redemption"), and some suck (Remember "Maximum Overdrive?" He directed that one you know)!
Apparently both the studios and producers will meet with writers and directors in the coming weeks to find the film's voice. Will it be a multi-part film in the vein of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" or will it be a standalone movie?
I love King, and I actually admired (at least until the WTF ending) the 1994 TV version with Gary Sinise, remember that one? No? Here's a trip down memory lane:
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