Paramount Pictures has launched BenjaminButtonFX.com, a website that reveals some of the secrets behind the visual effects magic that was used to create The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. From a man aging backwards, to a city’s development over decades, the website features a bunch of different interactive displays of how the visual effects magic was created. It’s definitely one of those websites that you’ll have fun exploring. I’m wondering why it took them so long to get this site up? And I have to say I love the evolution progression on the loading bar (seen above). They should have used that image on a theatrical teaser poster.
/Film reader Jordan (JordanFRAV) has e-mailed us with the complete list of winners from the British Academy Film And Television Awards. Slumdog Millionaire cleaned-up, winning 7 Awards. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button took home 3 Awards. Check out the full list of award winners after the jump.
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Posted on Saturday, January 24th, 2009 by David Chen
For all the /Film readers who absolutely loved The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, now is your chance to own a piece of movie history.
Button was a beautiful film, with breathtaking production design and brilliantly realized settings. One of the most memorable locations was the nursing home that Benjamin Button grew up in, which was staffed by his mother Queenie (the now-Oscar-nominated Taraji P. Henson). According to Sotheby’s, that exact house is now on sale for $2.85 million. At a spacious 7,800 feet, the mansion located at 2707 Coliseum St. in New Orleans boasts 6 bedrooms, a music room, a library, and a reception hall. Hit the jump for some more details, plus a few more photos of the house.
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Posted on Friday, January 23rd, 2009 by David Chen
Anyone watching The Curious Case of Benjamin Button will know that the film was not a cheap one to make. Paramount chose to co-finance the film’s production with Warner Brothers (who will release the film worldwide) for $150 million, and you really see every dollar of it on screen. Lavish production design and incredible aging effects led Fincher’s film to a bunch of technical nominations at the Oscars this year. But with an already-existing domestic box office take north of $100 million, plus a wave of publicity from its Oscar nominations, plus international distribution and DVD sales still in the future, the film has got to make a profit for Paramount, right? Maybe not.
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I don’t get to see The Curious Case of Benjamin Button until Sunday (ahead of a February 6th release in the UK) but I’ve seen all of the clips and trailers and, frankly, find it all a bit funny looking. The first thing that comes to mind is the Orville Redenbacher Popcorn commercial David Fincher directed a couple of years back – presumably as a test bed for some of the tech he went on to call upon for Button. Obviously, the passage of time and an increased budget mean Button has far better fx, but there’s still something similarly uncanny in the results.
Word got around in the last 24 hours about The Science Behind the Curious Case of Benjamin Button, a site that reveals how the many FX in the film were conceived and accomplished.
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I liked The Curious Case of Benjamin Button the first time around when it was released under the title Forrest Gump. Our friends at Funny or Die have put together a great video comparing the similarities of the two films. Watch the video after the jump.
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Yesterday, The Dark Knight grabbed Writers Guild and Producers Guild nominations, shocking some Hollywood insiders who don’t believe that the comic book movie has a chance at the Best Picture Academy Award. Today Christopher Nolan and the film have been nominated for the Director’s Guild of America Awards. Here is the list of nominees:
David Fincher, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Christopher Nolan, “The Dark Knight”
Ron Howard, “Frost/Nixon”
Gus Van Sant, “Milk”
Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire”
I’m shocked that Darren Aronofsky didn’t make the list for The Wrestler, especially over Howard’s Ron Nixon.
Both the Writers Guild of America (East and West) and the Producers Guild have nominated The Dark Knight as one of the best films of the year. This further solidifies The Dark Knight as a Best Picture contender, shocking some Hollywood insiders. Full list of nominations after the jump.
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The visual effects branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures has narrowed down the films of 2008 to just seven selections. These seven films will compete in a “bake off” on January 15th to narrow the list to just three selections — the nominees for Best Achievement in Visual Effects. Here is the lost of the final seven:
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
- The Dark Knight
- Hellboy II: The Golden Army
- Iron Man
- Journey to the Center of the Earth
- The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
Discuss: Which film would you award the Best Achievement in Visual Effects?
Posted on Wednesday, December 31st, 2008 by David Chen
In this episode of the /Filmcast, Dave, Devindra, and Adam count down their top 10 movies of 2008 and review David Fincher’s beautiful film, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
There will be NO /Filmcast next week, but keep your eye out soon for a special After Dark episode where we chat about the endings of The Wrestler and Doubt. In two weeks (1/12/09), we’ll most likely be reviewing Sam Mendes’ Revolutionary Road, so join us at Slashfilm’s live page when the time rolls around.
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