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Oblivion: From Concept to the Screen

August 05, 2013 - 5:00 am   |   By

What began as an idea in the Middle East transformed into a visual story on the big screen.  Oblivion took shape inside the mind of director Joe Kosinski, leaped onto the pages of a graphic novel and ended up as a science-fiction movie with Tom Cruise.


“It came at a time where I was having trouble getting my foot in the door in the commercial music video business,” said Kosinski.  Out of frustration, he wrote the story of a man digging into the past, our present, to find his humanity.  “I had this idea of what would it be like to be the last man on Earth, to be kind of the one looking back at the world we know,” he said. […]

It’s more than a grand redesign:  Disney’s website now offers more content, archival and new, than ever before.

It’s 98% brand new, filled with countless articles and over three million images from the Disney library.  D23 is user friendly, combining unearthed treasures and new materials.  Jeffrey Epstein, Disney’s Manager of Marketing, said the idea for the change to D23 was to take what fans loved about the website and add much more to the experience.

[Note: This piece includes spoilers for all six films in the Fast & Furious series – you’ve been warned!]

The Fast & Furious movies are a combination of fast cars, diverse casts and simple plotlines that add up to a guilty pleasure. 

None of the Fast & Furious movies are classic by any stretch but there’s something undeniable about the level of entertainment they provide to the audience.  When the original The Fast and The Furious came out in 2001, not much was expected of it.  The cast was largely unknown and the idea rather simple.  But the movie became a franchise, with some sputtering along the way.

Schindler’s List has become a milestone in more ways than one.

Out March 5 by Universal and on Blu-ray for the first time, Schindler’s List remains an important and potent film bringing to light the atrocities of World War Two.

Recently at the Chandler School in Pasadena, California, I had the opportunity to meet Steven Spielberg, the man who has contributed so much not only in films but also in establishing important support institutions like the Shoah Foundation.

The Men Behind Men in Black 3

December 03, 2012 - 12:01 am   |   By

The wacky world of Men in Black 3 showcases the talents of Rick Baker and the visual effects wizards at Sony Studios.

In a recent exclusive interview, I had the opportunity to meet with Hollywood legend Rick Baker, a special makeup effects artist who received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 30.

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