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 »
Did Memorial Day weekend throw you off enough that you missed some of the bigger entertainment stories this week? Well, don’t fret, because it’s time to take a look at the Best Stories of the Week.
This week we’ve got updates on Gambit with Channing Tatum, Marvel’s developing Doctor Strange, an interview with Pete Docter about Pixar’s Inside Out, a new director for Jonny Quest, trailers for The End of the Tour and the remake of Point Break, and much more. Hit the jump to get caught up on a week’s worth of the biggest stories.
Update: The news of Disney shutting down Tron 3 broke after this roundup was published, but definitely factors into the big news of the week. We’ve added that below.
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Rick Baker has spent decades creating stunning creature makeup and animatronic visual effects. He created work for Star Wars, did the landmark werewolf effects for An American Werewolf in London and the transformation in Thriller, and also worked on films such as The Rocketeer, Gremlins 2, Men in Black, Ed Wood, and the Planet of the Apes remake. He even did alien designs for Steven Spielberg’s aborted film Night Skies.
Now, at age 64, with CG effects and shrinking budgets and production timelines pushing aside opportunities for the work he likes to do, Rick Baker is preparing for his retirement. Read More »
In the realm of motion picture effects and make-up, Rick Baker is the name among names. A seven-time Oscar winner, he’s been making us believe the unbelievable for the better part of five decades. From Star Wars to An American Werewolf in London, Thriller, The Rocketeer, Men in Black, Ed Wood, Planet of the Apes, the guy has done it all. And now, you can purchase one-of-a-kind, original props from throughout his career.
On May 29, the Prop Store is hosting a Rick Baker auction featuring props, costumes, make-up effects and more from many of the films mentioned above, along with Hellboy, Gremlins 2, Harry and the Hendersons, Batman and Robin, Batman Forever and others. The stuff is stunning and, below, you can see just a few of our favorite pieces that are part of the auction. Read More »
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After Close Encounters of the Third Kind became a hit, Columbia Pictures wanted a sequel. Director Steven Spielberg did not, but the one thing he wanted less than a sequel was for Columbia to make one without him. So he set about developing a much darker, horror-tinged film that would act as a follow-up to Close Encounters. It was originally called Watch the Skies (which was also an early Close Encounters title) and eventually referred to as Night Skies. John Sayles scripted, and Rick Baker was hired to design the alien concepts.
Rick Baker has been posting images of his designs on Twitter, and they’re wonderful to see. Several will look very familiar, too. Because while Night Skies was never made, concepts from the film ended up in several other Spielberg projects. E.T. adopted several big ideas from Night Skies, and films such as Poltergeist and Gremlins took concepts and pointers. (A theater marquee seen in Gremlins also advertised Watch the Skies.) See more below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, November 30th, 2012 by Angie Han
Is Revenge of the Sith the greatest work of our generation? One art critic thinks so. Also after the jump:
- Disney chief Alan Horn promises to reveal Episode VII director “soon”
- Special effects artist Rick Baker hopes to return for more Star Wars
- Episode VII fan art speculates on what we’ll see in the new trilogy
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Over the weekend, Mondo opened their fourth gallery show in Austin, Texas and it was without a doubt their biggest yet. The theme was Universal Monsters and it featured not only brand new work by the legendary Drew Struzan, but all new screenprints and art from the likes of Martin Ansin, Kevin Tong, Scott Campbell, Mike Mitchell, JC Richard and others.
We posted a few of the earlier images at this link but, after the jump, check out our favorites from the rest including stunning posters for Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Bride of Frankenstein and many more. Read More »
Sequels in all stages of production – from hypothetical, to development, greenlit, filming and finished – are all featured in today’s Sequel Bits. After the jump read about the following:
- A prequel to the video game Tekken might be on the way from the director of Ong Bak. Or not according to the creator.
- Not only would Andrew Stanton be open to making Finding Nemo 2, he feels Pixar will continue to make sequels after Monsters University and beyond.
- Watch an awesome 15 minute interview with Rick Baker, in his studio, talking Men in Black 3 monsters.
- Men in Black 3 didn’t have a lot of deleted scenes.
- Check out a teaser poster for Red 2
- Iron Man 3 starts shooting today and just got their budget increased.
- Mad Max: Fury Road with Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron starts shooting June 2.
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Posted on Thursday, May 17th, 2012 by Angie Han
After years away from sci-fi, director Ridley Scott is returning to the genre in a big way this summer with Prometheus, and he aims to stick around for a while. Scott already has hopes of working on Prometheus 2 sooner rather than later, and is currently in the middle of developing some kind of sequel to Blade Runner. Also after the jump:
- Check out some gorgeous Prometheus concept art
- Iron Man 3 filming at the Cape Fear Club in North Carolina
- Will Catching Fire leave North Carolina for Georgia?
- Still more specifics on Grown Ups 2 filming in Marblehead, MA
- Watch some behind-the-scenes footage from Piranha 3DD
- See how award-winning artist Rick Baker makes an MIB3 alien
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With Men in Black 3 screening this week for early press, and the film opening on May 25, there are a few items related to the movie showing up now. So after the break, we’ve got two MIB clips, a bunch of great photos of the alien designs created by Rick Baker, and a pretty amusing reference that shows up in the film. Plus, just because we’re on the sci-fi angle, there’s a bit of incidental detail about the now-shooting Star Trek sequel. Read More »