Rick Baker art

Cinephiles will nod their head in agreement when we say that Rick Baker is one of the most talented crew members to ever grace a film production. The rest of you may not know him by name, but I can say with absolute certainty that you’ve seen his work on the big screen, and a new tribute art show is paying honor to him by way of all the iconic creations he’s brought to cinema.

Rick Baker is a make-up and creature effects designer and artist, responsible for creating countless aliens in Star Wars and Men in Black, delivering incredible prosthetic effects for the likes of Hellboy and Harry and the Hendersons, and crafting creatures such as Gremlins. And now Trailers from Hell and Hero Complex Gallery have teamed for a Rick Baker art show with some gorgeous work paying tribute to the effects genius. Read More »


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Thriller 3d rerelease

Michael Jackson passed away in 2009, but you almost wouldn’t know it from his output since then. He’s released two posthumous albums and starred in a documentary. Now he’s headed back to the our screens again as his seminal 1983 music video “Thriller” prepares for a 3D rerelease.

In a new interview, director John Landis confirmed his plans to revive the video in 3D next year on Blu-ray or even in theaters. Should that go well, the Michael Jackson estate has even bigger plans for the property. Get details on the Thriller 3D rerelease after the jump.

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Briefly: Last week there was a collective ‘huh?’ (and probably some genuine interest) when word filtered out that High School Musical director Kenny Ortega might direct a feature film based on Michael Jackson‘s song ‘Thriller.’ But the director, who was Michael Jackson’s long-time choreographer and frequent creative partner, has been in touch with EW to say, hey, hold up a second.

“It got put out there before I’ve even really had a chance to think about it too much,” Mr. Ortega said at the end of last week. He elaborated:

It is still in very, very early stages of development. The [Michael Jackson] estate would have to sign off on it. I have been a part of some early creative meetings and if all goes well, I think it could happen in the next couple of years.

And, with respect to the idea of trampling the very good legacy of the existing ‘Thriller’ video, directed by John Landis, he explained, “I would never do anything to ruin his memory or one of his creations. But like I said, it is so early, so who knows what will materialize?”

Did you know that there is a plan afoot to make a new feature film based on ‘Thriller,’ by Michael Jackson? Neither did we, but a rights package is being fought over that would allow a studio to further exploit the posthumous popularity of Michael Jackson and his music. The result might be a new Thriller directed by…the guy who made High School Musical? John Landis has got to be rather irritated right now. Read More »

Michael Jackson's Thriller

Director John Landis‘ was asked during his appearance at the BFI in London if the one-hour documentary “The Making of Michael Jackson‘s Thriller” would ever be released on DVD or Blu-ray. CHUD reports that the director confirmed that the doc, along with the remastered longform video, would be coming soon. Apparently the lawsuits and royalty issues that had been holding up such a release have been resolved following the death of the pop star.

Landis also dropped the new that the owners of Jackson’s estate want to convert the music video into 3D. Landis is apparently fine with the idea even though he might not be a fan of the technology.

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