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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Highlight Makeup Artists & Hairstylist

3/3/2011 12:13pm EST
The Wolfman

Each year during Oscars Week, The Academy holds several symposiums highlighting the achievements of the nominees in categories like Foreign Language, Animated Feature, and Documentary Feature/Short. Yet each year, the buzz around the Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Symposium continues to draw the fans of the art form and members of the industry. This year featured the nominees from the three films: “Barney’s Version”, “The Way Back”, and “The Wolfman.” The key thing discussed that continues to challenge traditional makeup artists is the introduction of CGI into the art of filmmaking....

Inside Look At Today's Oscar Announcements!

1/25/2011 2:37pm EST
83rd Annual Academy Awards Nominations
I was lucky enough to be inside the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre this morning while the 83rd Annual Academy Award Nominations were announced. Here is a timeline and some insider information on how the morning played out:

2 AM : Time to wake up and get ready for the announcements. Since the nominations are coordinated with morning shows on the East Coast, I knew I would have to try and get some sleep before I had to be up in the middle of the night. My bed time? 5:37 PM. Just enough beauty sleep for this 2 AM wake up call.

3:30 AM: My official call time over at the Academy's headquarters i...

Oscar Nominations 2011: Complete List Of Academy Award Nominees

1/25/2011 9:34am EST
2011 Oscar Nominations
The Oscar nominations are in! The King's Speech dominated with 12 nominations, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor for Colin Firth, and Best Supporting Actress for Helena Bonham Carter. "True Grit" wasn't far behind with 10 nominations.

Also nominated for best picture were "Black Swan," "The Fighter," "Inception," "The Kids Are All Right," "127 Hours," "The Social Network," "Toy Story 3," "True Grit" and "Winter's Bone."

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards will be held on February 27, 2011. Check out all the nominees below:

Actor in a Leading Role

* Javier Barde...

31 Days Of Horror Weekend Round-Up #4: 'Nosferatu The Vampyre,' 'The Wolfman,' 'Survival Of The Dead'

10/25/2010 11:33pm EDT
Nosferatu the Vampyr
Oct 22 – Nosferatu The Vampyre (1979): In the hands of any other director, a sexed up remake of the silent classic Nosferatu would probably end up being the kind of groan-inducing hack-work we’ve come to expect from Hollywood. Complete with an A-list celebrity donning the ookie Dracula make-up and ripping out the throat of some up-and-coming young talent—Oh right, like what Francis Ford Coppola did in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Almost forgot about that one. But in the hands of a mad genius director like Werner Herzog, what we get instead is a sexed up version of Nosferatu that’s also a spellbin...

Check Out 'The Wolfman' On Blu-ray & DVD June 1

5/30/2010 7:02am EDT
The Wolfman
Universal Studios resurrects the classic lycanthrope with "The Wolfman," a tale of a man who experiences an unsettling transformation after he returns to his ancestral home in Victorian-era Great Britain and gets attacked by a rampaging werewolf.

When Ben Talbot (Simon Merrells) vanishes into thin air, his brother Lawrence (Benicio Del Toro) returns to his family estate to investigate. Upon reuniting with his estranged father, Sir John Talbot (Anthony Hopkins), however, he discovers a destiny far darker than his blackest nightmares.

Ben is dead; the victim of a savage attack by a beast t...

'Shutter Island' Hits Number One Spot With $40 Million

2/22/2010 9:29am EST
Shutter Island
Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio's Shutter Island is thrilling cinemagoers - the movie has topped the box office chart, taking $40.2 million during its debut weekend.

The director and star's fourth collaboration, which stars DiCaprio as a U.S. marshal investigating the disappearance of a patient at an insane asylum, is the best opening for the pair yet.

Their last Oscar-winning film, The Departed, debuted at $26.9 million in 2006. They previously worked together on Gangs of New York and The Aviator.

Meanwhile, star-studded romantic comedy Valentine's Day slipped to number two,...

Celebrity Birthdays, February 19

2/19/2010 3:00am EST
Benicio Del Toro
Happy Birthday:

"The Wolfman" star Benicio Del Toro (1967)

Norwegian singer Maria Mena (1986)

"Napoleon Dynamite" actress Haylie Duff (1980)

"Family Ties" actress Justine Bateman (1966)

British singer Seal (1963)

British actor Ray Winstone (1957)

Late Austrian singer Falco (1957; d. 1998)

"Dumb and Dumber" actor Jeff Daniels (1955)

Italian actor Massimo Troisi (1953; d. 1994)

Actor Stephen Nichols (1951)

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi (1948)

R&B singer Smokey Robinson (1940)

Director John Frankenheimer (1930; d. 2002)

"The Dirty Dozen" actor Lee...

Can 'The Wolfman' Live Up To These Werewolf Movies?

2/12/2010 1:11pm EST
The Wolfman
The Wolfman, inspired by the classic Universal film, premieres in theaters today. It continues the tradition of films based on lycanthropy since Werewolf of London in 1935. There has been a plethora of werewolf films since, and here are some particularly memorable ones.

Dog Soldiers: Like 28 Days Later, Dog Soldiers was a gritty horror movie from overseas that helped resurrect the genre for another decade. Dog Soldiers also helped boost its director's career - Neil Marshall has since directed horror films The Descent and Doomsday. 28 Days Later's director, Danny Boyle, has since helmed h...

Anthony Hopkins Finds Theater Work 'Boring'

2/11/2010 8:30pm EST
Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins won't be returning to the stage anytime soon because he finds theatre work "boring". The "The Wolfman" star got his big break as a thespian in London, working with British acting greats - but he has no wish to tread the boards ever again.

He tells, "It's boring to do the same role night after night in a theater. I think it was Judy Dench who said the best thing about doing a play is getting the phone call from the director: 'They want you!' So you go on stage and think, 'This is it!' Then the reviews come in and, if they're decent, you go, 'God, I've got nine m...

Emily Blunt - Roman Goddess In Blue At 'The Wolfman' Premiere (Pictures)

2/11/2010 11:54am EST
Emily Blunt
Emily Blunt showed up at "The Wolfman" Los Angeles premiere on Tuesday looking like a Roman beauty. We think the navy blue toga-like dress is fab, don't you? The actress paired the gown with her fiance John Krasinski, as well as a bejeweled belt and a feather hairpiece. See more photos after the jump!

In "The Wolfman," an American, Lawrence Talbot, experiences an unsettling transformation after returning to his ancestral home in Victorian-era Great Britain and being attacked by a rampaging werewolf. Emily plays Talbot's missing brother's fiancée, Gwen Conliffe, who convinces him to retur...

The Best And Worst Of Anthony Hopkins

2/11/2010 10:00am EST
The Best And Worst Of Anthony Hopkins
At 72 years old, Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins is one of the most well known actors in the world, and his good reputation has been earned with over 40 years of excellent film and television work.

Originally an actor on the Royal National Theatre stage, the Welshman has gone on to be a serial killer, two former US Presidents, a hunchback, a corrupt king, and many more. With numerous award nominations and wins, Hopkins doesn't seem to be slowing down even as the years roll past him. This weekend his newest film "The Wolfman" comes out, so in honor of the film and Sir Hopkins himself, here's a...

Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'The Wolfman,' 'Valentine's Day,'

2/8/2010 10:15am EST
The Wolfman
Pierre Morel's film from last week "From Paris With Love," isn't awesomely bad, but instead it's just plain bad. As an action movie, it's visually entertaining because it engrosses you in the fight scenes and shootouts

, while maintaining solid pacing. These elements are completely overshadowed however by the horrendously written dialogue and plot.

The story doesn't introduce any specific elements to engage the audience or fully explain the terrorist plan the protagonists are hoping to thwart. In some instances the dialogue is so ludicrous that you find yourself audibly laughing at ...

Anthony Hopkins Almost Left 'The Wolfman' Over Facial Hair

2/7/2010 11:00am EST
Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins almost resigned from The Wolfman after movie bosses ordered him to shave off his beard.

The actor decided to grow out his facial hair to play Sir John Talbot, the father of the title character played by Benicio del Toro, but Universal executives wanted him clean-shaven for the film.

The 72 year old then threatened to walk off set, prompting producers to give in to his demand.

He says, "They wanted me to shave it off because studio policy is not to have facial hair, which is crazy when you're doing a film in 19th-century England about a wolfman.

"I said, 'Well...

Movies To Watch In Early 2010

12/17/2009 10:00am EST
Shutter Island
2009 is starting to wrap up with a few big blockbusters left for the Christmas season, but now it is time to look forward into 2010 to see what's coming up. The early months of a year may usually be quiet for movie goers, but there are some great new films releasing in January, February, and March. Take a look at the films you'll be wanting to buy tickets for in early 2010!

January (in order of release date)

"Daybreakers," rated R, is being released January 8th and stars Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, and Sam Neill. This movie is taking advantage of the current vampire popularity, but thi...

Benicio Del Toro Stars In 'The Wolfman', Coming Feb. 12 (Trailer)

10/22/2009 5:48pm EDT
The Wolfman, Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt
Inspired by the classic Universal film that launched a legacy of horror, The Wolfman brings the myth of a cursed man back to its iconic origins. Benicio Del Toro stars as Lawrence Talbot, a haunted nobleman lured back to his family estate after his brother vanishes. Reunited with his estranged father (Anthony Hopkins), Talbot sets out to find his brother...and discovers a horrifying destiny for himself.

Lawrence Talbot's childhood ended the night his mother died. After he left the sleepy Victorian hamlet of Blackmoor, he spent decades recovering and trying to forget. But when his ...