‘DAYBREAKERS’ SHEDDING LIGHT ON THE SUBSIDERS
Patrick Kevin Day talked to Steven Boyle, the creature effects man behind “Daybreakers'” hordes of vampires, about the inspiration for the mutated Subsiders’ appearance.
An Australian billboard showing the physical deterioration of a pretty young woman over two years of drug abuse inspired “Daybreakers” creature designer Steven Boyle to give the film’s badly mutated “Subsiders” vampires similar characteristics. “When people see the Subsiders, I wanted them to feel pity and disgust before they felt fear,” Boyle said. While some of the vampires got away with minimal makeup, performer Bryan Probets had to wear a full-body foam latex suit. Everything was covered except for the inside of his ears and the soles of his feet.
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THREE NEW PERCY JACKSON POSTERS
We’ve got today for you three posters for the upcoming epic “Percy Jackson and The Olympains: The Lightening Thief “ featuring a look at Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman), Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario) and Grover Underwood (Brandon T. Jackson).
Percy Jackson synopsis: It’s the 21st century, but the gods of Mount Olympus and assorted monsters have walked out of the pages of high school student Percy Jackson’s Greek mythology texts and into his life.
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IRON MAN 2 TO BE RELEASED IN IMAX
Entertainment and Paramount Pictures announced that the highly-anticipated action-adventure Iron Man 2, directed by Jon Favreau and starring Robert Downey, Jr., will be released to digital IMAX® theatres simultaneously with the film’s worldwide release on May 7, 2010. The film’s limited IMAX release will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with IMAX DMR® technology. Iron Man 2, the sequel to Marvel’s box office hit Iron Man, will be distributed by Paramount Pictures.
“The success of the first Iron Man movie catapulted the franchise from the comic books to theatre screens, and we’re excited that the IMAX format will offer fans an even more immersive way to experience the sequel,” said Tim Connors, Chief Operating Officer, Marvel Studios.
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LEGION: DIRECTOR ALREADY HAS TWO SEQUELS PLANNED
Although the action horror movie Legion doesn’t hit theaters until Jan. 22, director and co-writer Scott Stewart says he already has plans for two more films that could be done in very different genres — provided of course that the film does well.
Stewart co-wrote the script for Legion along with Peter Schink. But in a rare Hollywood case of keeping it in the family, the director also also co-wrote the four-issue comic book from which the film is based, Legion: Prophets with Tom Waltz for IDW Publishing. The comic which came out last November is considered a prequel to the film, and characters mentioned or referred to in the movie are fleshed out in the comic book.
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MOON AND OTHER SCI-FI FLICKS THAT DON’T TALK DOWN TO YOU
There are two different kinds of science-fiction movies. The more common variety are basically action movies set in space or the far-flung future. Because of the setting, these movies are considered sci-fi, although they have absolutely nothing to do with any discipline of science. This would include “Star Wars,” “Star Trek,” “Terminator” and the like.
While some of these movies can be terrific, I rather prefer the other kind of sci-fi – what I like to call cerebral sci-fi.
In this type of movie, the ideas are what drives the story. While often set in the same fantastic locales of regular sci-fi, these films are rich with though-provoking concepts, using science and psychology to tell a story that inevitably deals with the nature of man. There can be special effects in cerebral sci-fi, but they don’t need elaborate effects because they have science (or something close to it, anyway).
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The Subsiders in ‘Daybreakers’ were viciously ugly and evil looking. They were a stark contrast between their ‘healthier’ vampire brethren. They had to be in order to show the degenerative breakdown through the lack of sustenance. One did feel pitiful and quite shocked at how they looked. I gather the faint sulfur smell from the latex body suit helped with the actor’s portrayal of desperation.
What do you think of the new Percy Jackson posters? I say…meh. They look a bit recycled.
What do you think of Iron Man 2 being released in Imax? I’m all for it.
If Legion is a great film, then bring on the sequels. What do you think?
Moon was a fantastic movie. I need to review this film soon. It was intelligent and thought provoking. Sam Rockwell held his own, alone. Have you seen Moon? Do you agree with the article?