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Movie Review: Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier

I was one of 5000 lucky people in Germany who won tickets to a pre-screening of Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier – thanks, Marvel! While I try to keep this review as spoiler free as possible, you will still get lots of information about the movie’s themes, so read at your own risk!
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Fan Review: Special “The Raid: Redemption” Screening for Linkin Park Underground With Mike Shinoda

by SincerelyxAnnie

March 21, 2011 I attended the screening of the movie which Mike Shinoda and Joe Trapanese scored on, “The Raid”. I was so nervous! Adam from LPUHQ had said that Mike was going to be there and I instantly got my tickets, ’cause I mean, come on! Mike Shinoda was going to be there! So I arrived with my brother-in-law, who’s a big fan as well, and gave the tickets to Adam. I’ll admit, he’s pretty cute hehe. I wasn’t sure if we had to show the LPU laminate to authenticate that we really are LPU members so I asked him if we needed to show it and took out my laminate. He said, ” No, that’s fine but now I know for sure.” Being the anxious, shy person I am, I blushed like crazy at that little interaction with Adam hehehe.
So then my brother sees that they’re filming us. I automatically think it’s Mark but I saw him again that night and it wasn’t him. So then my brother says, “Smile for the camera.” and I just laugh and look into the camera.
So after that we go inside where the seats are and completely miss the reserved seats. If I had known I would’ve sat right behind them but oh well. My brother-in-law and I end up sitting 4 rows down the front next to two girls that were pretty loud but nonetheless awesome for being LPUers haha.
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John Landis Explores Evolution of Monsters in the Movies

John Landis has been a horror movie luminary ever since he directed An American Werewolf in London in 1981. In the decades since then, he’s seen monsters evolve from elaborate works of costume and make-up magic to elaborate works of CGI.

In his new book Monsters in the Movies, out Monday, Landis explores a century of cinematic creatures, from the currently hot vampires and zombies to apes, genetic mutants, mad scientists, psychos and scary children. Scanning through the book, it’s hard not to be taken by the evolution of how Hollywood monsters are created, from rudimentary make-up tricks to really slick technical feats.

“Technology in movies is always changing,” Landis told Wired.com. “In terms of CG, it’s an amazing technology and like all new technologies, completely overused immediately.”

It’s a transformation the director has witnessed first-hand. When he was in the process of writing his seminal monster movie An American Werewolf in London in 1970, he asked computer-generated graphics pioneer John Whitney if it would be possible for his werewolf’s transformation to be done with CG. The answer was, “Potentially.” By the time he began making the movie in 1981, Whitney had passed away, so Landis asked John Whitney Jr. if it could be done. The answer was, “Soon, soon.”

The technology did not develop soon enough, but maybe that’s a good thing: Landis created his werewolf with make-up artist Rick Baker, who went on to win an Oscar for his work. It was so good Michael Jackson hired Landis and Baker to make his video for “Thriller.” That video turned out to be kind of a big deal, and by the time Landis made Jackson’s “Black or White” video, he got the technology he wanted — it was used to morph the faces of many races at the end of the clip.

“That was really startling for everybody when that video came out,” Landis said. “But within years you can by that software and do it on your laptop.”

Landis adds that there’s a time and place for CG, just like any other movie-making tech, like zoom lenses or Steadicams. Sometimes it works (the director sites Davy Jones in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End as an example) and sometimes viewers walk away thinking, “Well, that looks shitty,” Landis said.

To get a taste of the metamorphosis of movie monsters, Wired.com asked Landis to tell us about some of the best beasts in history. See what he had to say here.

1989 ‘Batmobile’ up for sale on eBay

A replica version of the 1989 Batmobile has been put on eBay with a buy it now price of $620,000 (£383,000). The car, described as the world’s only turbine powered bat car, is being sold by its designer Casey Putsch from Putsch Racing. He said of the car:

Having a perfect reliability record, this car is ready to be enjoyed by an enthusiast who is looking for the ultimate luxury in one-upmanship. Construction is in a completely different league than both replicas and of course the movie prop cars.

The design is modelled after the Batmobile driven by Michael Keaton in the Tim Burton version of the superhero tale.

As well as a 365 horsepower Boeing turboshaft engine, the car boasts fibreglass and aluminum coachwork, digital avionics and centrally mounted touch-screen iPad with 3G. It also has an airhorn.

If you fancy putting in a bid, it’s best to hurry as there are only a few hours left to purchase the car.

The next Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, is due for release in the UK on July 20, 2012.



We mentioned that UK Channel 4 was going to air the Banksy-produced "The Antics Roadshow," this weekend, charting the history of behaving badly in public, from anarchists and activists to attention seeking eccentrics. Well someone placed the full 48 mins on the web for you to enjoy. … Read More