VES Awards: Avatar and Up Win Almost Everything

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James Cameron’s Avatar and Pixar’s Up took home almost all the awards at the Visual Effects Society honors. Avatar took home six, while Up took home three. The only nominated category Avatar didn’t win was Compositing in a Feature Film — sadly, that was the only category that Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 won. Full award results after the jump.

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VOTD: 50 Movie Spoilers of 2009 in 4 Minutes

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The Fine Brothers love to spoil everything, In past years, we’ve featured their popular videos 100 Movie Spoilers in 4 minutes and Spoiling Every Best Picture Winner in Oscar History. After seeing all of the big movies of 2009, the brothers are back once again.  Their latest video spoils 50 movies released last year (including all ten best picture nominees) in one take, in under 4 minutes. Watch the video now, after the jump.

And if it isn’t completely obvious already, please be warned that the following video contains spoilers.
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/Filmcast Ep. 86 – From Paris with Love

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from_paris_with_loveIn this week’s episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, Adam Quigley and Russ Fischer discuss their thoughts on this year’s Oscar nominations, reflect on the novelty of 3D upconversion, assess Taylor Lautner’s career, show some love for Drew Barrymore’s Whip It, and share theories about the final season of Lost.

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Cool Stuff: District 9 Full Scale Prop Replicas

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When I first laid my eyes on the alien weaponry in Neill Blomkamp‘s District 9, I thought to myself… I hope Sidehsow, Weta, or someone produces some nice prop replicas, because those things are cool. Today WETA announced that they will be releasing prop replicas of two of the alien weapons from District 9 – the Arc Generator and the Gas Projector. And these weapons are the first in a range of District 9 items from Weta.  Details and photos after the jump.

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Could we be seeing Spider-Man, Ghostbusters, District 9 and 2012 in Digital 3D in 2011? Maybe…

Last month it was reported that Sony Pictures Home Entertainment would begin to release 3D movies on Blu-ray for the first time, beginning this summer with the computer animated release Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (with additional 3D Blu-ray titles expected to also appear this summer).

Bloomberg is now reporting that Sony Pictures might even begin upconverting older catalogue films to 3D, but not for theatrical rerelease, but instead to promote the new digital 3D Blu-ray technology. While no titles have yet to be announced, it is expected that Sony would feature popular catalog titles like Spider-Man, Ghostbusters, Men in Black, Gladiator, and possibly newer blockbuster films like 2012, District 9 and Zombieland.

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Neill Blomkamp
/Film reader Kashif Pasta sends along word that District 9 director Neill Blomkamp recently gave a TED Talk at TEDxVancouver, and the video of his 13-minute presentation is now online.

So you undoubtedly know about TED talks, and of TEDx, the independently-organized TED events around the world. We had one recently in Vancouver, where Neill Blomkamp was a speaker. The video of his talk went up a couple of days ago, and regardless of whether it contains the direction of his next/a future film (which I strongly feel it does) that he’s going to do, it’s a pretty captivating, theoretical science-driven vision of our universe, life on other planets, and the future of human civilization in a way that most of us probably haven’t ever thought of. I think you’ll love it.

Watch the video, embedded after the jump.

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Jason Reitman Talks Hurt Locker and District 9

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We love to hear filmmakers talking about their favorite films, great movies, or the best movies of the year. You may have noticed we’ve featured quite a bit of this on /Film over the past few years. Last night, I came across this video recorded by Roger Ebert, with writer/director Jason Reitman talking about some of the best films of the year: The Hurt Locker and District 9. It’s great to hear Reitman’s honest and gracious thoughts on both films, especially when Hurt Locker/Bigelow is being built up to be his direct competition come Oscar-time. Watch the two-minute video embedded after the jump.

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Neill Blomkamp

Neill Blomkamp is one of the more interesting new directors working today. His made-for-nothing tentpole-style District 9 has brought him heaps of attention, and no few offers from studios who want his name attached to their big films. But he seems totally disinterested in going the full Hollywood route. He has another film lined up — a sci-fi picture he’s writing now, set 150 years in the future — but he’s still tempted to go back to the slums of District 9. Read More »

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