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Exclusive Coraline Videos

Posted January 28, 2009

MTV Video Clip

Across the web, exclusive Coraline videos, trailers, and special materials are popping up––for those who know how to find them. So here’s a quick map to the Coraline treasure trove.

At Yahoo movies, there’s an exclusive clip of Coraline’s first and fateful meeting with her Other mother, as well as a gallery of 64 special images of Alphabet cards, production stills and cast.

Over at MSN movies, there’s a scene (“Can I Go Out”) of a little spat between Coraline (Dakota Fanning) and her Mom (Teri Hatcher) that leads to the first secret clue of what lies on the other side of the wall for Coraline.

MTV offers a rocking lineup of items:  an exclusive clip (“You are Not my Mother”), a behind-the-scenes slide show and a showcase of music videos (”Be Careful What You Wish For”) in tune with the eerie vibrations of Coraline. (This is MTV, after all).  In the clip, “You are not my Mother”), the creepy other mother shows how scarily quick the maternal goes infernal for the Other Mother.

AOL/Moviefone offers a charming little snippet of when Coraline met Whitey (Robert Bailey Jr.), a meeting so utterly uncomfortable that the two kids are destined to need each other.

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Tadahiro Uesugi's illustrations for Coraline

Posted January 26, 2009

The Other Family for Coraline

The Other Family for Coraline

The Animation World Magazine has a charming article/interview between Bill Desowtiz and the Japanese animator who helped create the look and feel of Coraline. In  “Tadahiro Uesugi Talks Coraline Design,” the illustrator explains (among other things):

I joined this project where there were no visual images available; so that I started drawing the characters based on my reading of the book. After the basic images were set up, I kept drawing characters and backgrounds, and designing sets based upon them, which were to be the basic common idea for the staffs to build the movie.

The article provides a number of the whimsical illustrations that eventually got turned into a movie. If you don’t know Tadahiro Uesugi’s work, you can get a sense of his remarkable style, wit and range at his own siteTom’s Illustration Journal offers a pdf that demonstrates the master’s working style. Ronnie del Carmen covers his experience meeting and working with his Japanese colleague.

Tadahiro Uesugi Illustration

Tadahiro Uesugi Illustration

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Interactive Inauguration Photo

Posted January 26, 2009

Inauguration reports on a photographic project that mixes politics and technology. David Bergmann took a new computer camera, the Gigapan robot, which creates huge panoramic digital images Obama’s inauguration last week to create a view of the scene you can explore on your computer. Have  fun.

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81st Oscar Nods: MILK, 8; In Bruges, 1

Posted January 22, 2009

This morning, the 81st Academy Awards were announced with a banner day for Focus Features drama Milk, pulling in 8 nominations. Also kudos go out to In Bruges for a nod for Original Screenplay. The final showdown will occur on Sunday, February 22 at the 81st Oscar Night. Congratulations to all. 

Best Picture, Milk (Dan Jinks, Bruce Cohen)
Best Director, Gus Van Sant
Best Actor, Sean Penn
Best Supporting Actor, Josh Brolin
Best Original Screenplay, Dustin Lance Black
Best Costume Design, Danny Glicker
Best Editing, Elliot Graham
Best Original Score, Danny Elfman
In Bruges
Best Original Screenplay, InBruges

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Belladonna reports on Porn in 3D

Posted January 21, 2009


Belladonna, AOL’s geek-gadget site, gets an expert reporter to look at the newest area of 3-D production––porn. In their short video piece “Porn Star Belladonna Picks Top Sex Tech: 3D Adult Films,” said porn star, while attending the Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas (January 8 -11), picked up a microphone for Switched and gave a blow-by-blow account of what it’s like to watch 3-D porn. In her words: “O my God I love it, can you see this? If you want feel like you are in the room or the person doing it, this is the thing – O my God!”

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Film World stops for Obama Today.

Posted January 20, 2009

Sundance Pauses

President Obama’s inauguration has not only put the film world on hold, but has borrowed many of its stars. As Variety reports in “Stars take new role as D.C. insiders” that many “entertainment personalities are seeking ways to channel their energies after so many campaigned or raised money for Obama.” And many of them have been in Washington for his Inauguration. But for those stuck in such places as Park City for the Sundance Film Festival also found a way to join in as hundrds filled Main Street to watch the inauguration. Rachel Josue at the MTV Movies Blog recounts, “The Sundance Film Festival unofficially paused this morning for about an hour, when President Barack Obama took his oath and spoke to America for the first time as our President.”  Writing for Sundacne Channel blog, Ryan Kearney notes:

But they were all there, hundreds of them—overwhelmingly white, it should be said—standing outside on Lower Main Street, to cheer the exit of a president whose name I’ve already forgotten and celebrate the arrival of Barack Obama. There were teenage snowboarders wearing braces, and middle-aged women wearing Eddie Bauer. Most of them, me included, could have watched from the comfort of a warm condo or hotel room, but they chose instead to share the moment with their fellow skiers and festivalgoers, braving the cold not unlike the hundreds of thousands in Washington.

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SIN NOMBRE gets rave from Variety

Posted January 19, 2009

Sin Nombre premiered yesterday at Sundance with audience approval and, more importantly, a rave Variety review. Todd McCarthy, who can carve up a poor Sundance feature, leaving little but the bones and gristle, left little doubt about his feelings for this film:

A big new talent arrives on the scene with “Sin Nombre.” Writer-director Cary Joji Fukunaga’s enthralling feature debut takes viewers into a shadow world inhabited by many but noticed by very few -- that of Central American migrants making the perilous trip through Mexico to get to the United States border.

Congrats to the filmmakers.

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"Queer Film at Sundance?" ask Anthony Kaufman?

Posted January 15, 2009

575 Castro

575 Castro

Anthony Kaufman’s blog today raises the question, “In the wake of Prop 8, will a new Queer Cinema rise at Sundance?” It’s a good question, and one that many will be asking in the next few weeks. As Anthony says:

Most of the filmmakers I spoke with seemed newly energized. And though some of their current films may not yet reveal the sort of groundbreaking approaches that once brought us auspicious debut films from Todd Haynes, Tom Kalin, Christopher Munch, and Gregg Araki in the early ‘90s, several filmmakers said they would likely take up the cause in further work. Whether those films are avant-garde (as advocated by Jenni Olson) or comical (as suggested by Madeleine Olnek), it remains to be seen.

We are thrilled that Jenni Olson’s film, 575 Castro St., for FilmInFocus––which will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Monday 19––might be sparking a new revolution.

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Gregg Araki: "Don't Slam Sundance"

Posted January 14, 2009

In a piece "Don't Slam Sundance," in the February issue of The Advocate, director Gregg Araki speaks eloquently about the fight against Prop 8 and the short-sightedness of a boycott of the Sundance Film Festival. He writes:

But more important, a Sundance boycott would end up being a profound disservice to the gay civil rights movement as a whole. I don’t think anyone can deny that visibility is a crucial aspect of our struggle for equality. And Sundance, with its mission to champion diversity, has always been especially supportive of LGBT films and filmmakers. My film The Living End, Todd Haynes’sPoison, Tom Kalin’s Swoon, Rose Troche’s Go Fish, Jim Fall’s Trick, and many, many more all had their premieres at Sundance. And the festival is not just about the snow, crowds, and agents running around schmoozing on cell phones. It’s also about the critical mass of media covering the event, which makes it a place where films and filmmakers can be discovered—so their voices are actually heard amid the miasma of popular culture. I’ve often said that the New Queer Cinema movement of the early 1990s wouldn’t have existed without the media writing about it—and Sundance is what brought those films, filmmakers, and journalists together in the first place.

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2001's HAL turns 17 Today

Posted January 12, 2009



At, John Scott Lewinski points out that today would be HAL's birthday––if the poor machine had survived. In his droning swan song, HAL sings,"  I became operational at the H-A-L plant in Urbana, Illinois on the 12th of January, 1992.  To celebrate it's special day, provides a list of 10 other evil computers, from The Ultimate Computer in Superman III to the the world-destroying Skynet system in The Terminator. You might want to add your own evil machines -- if your computer will let you.


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