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Making Movies: The art of creating awe

Here’s a great TED talk by Rob Legato, creator of movie effects so good they (sometimes) trump the real thing. The stuff on “Apollo 13″ and “Titanic” is pretty amazing, and he discusses “Hugo” as well.

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Cool student film

It’s short but perfectly executed.

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‘Homeland’ sweeps Golden Globes again

“Homeland” has won the award for Best Drama Series two years in a row, while Claire Danes and Damian Lewis won for best actress and best actor. It’s a pretty incredible show, even with the elevated craziness of Season 2. And while I don’t think it’s quite as good as “Breaking Bad” it’s hard to argue with these choices.

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‘Argo’ making quite an impression

According to Rotten Tomatoes, the critics and fans both agree that “Argo” is an excellent film. Ben Affleck is pretty proud of the film, as he should be. It’s also very timely with Iran being in the news so much.

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See Thriller live

Ever since his death, many fans have been gobbling up Michael Jackson music and everything else associated with him. He’s one of the biggest entertainment icons of the 20th century, and in death he’ll be just as popular as Elvis. The sales figures since his death for his music are incredible, and his family is cleaning up.

But there’s more than just the music. You’ll start seeing all sorts of adaptations of his music. If you’re in London and looking for West End shows, you’ll see you can snap up Thriller tickets for a show which is based on Michael’s epic music video. Check out the video above for a preview.

It will be interesting to see what kinds of Hollywood movies come out of this, and whether the representatives of his estate will be licensing out his music for movie soundtracks. Michael Jackson’s music helped to define a generation, and I’m sure there’s a ton of music producers will be salivating to get his music into their movies. But, there’s always the issue of cost, and demand sets the price, so we may not see much at all as the estate has tons of options and they don’t want to over saturate the market.

In any event, get ready to see lots of Michael Jackson in the coming years.

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