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Art Directors Guild To Induct Anthony Masters and Ben Carré Into The Hall Of Fame

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British Production Designer Anthony (Tony) Masters, nominated for an Academy Award® for the film “2001: A Space Odyssey,” and pioneer Production Designer Ben Carré, best known for his work on the 1925 version of The Phantom of the Opera and The Wizard of Oz, will be inducted into the Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800) Hall of Fame at the 23rd Annual Art Directors Guild’s Excellence in Production Design Awards. The 2019 Awards, themed “Landscape of the Imagination,” will be held Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. The announcement was made today by President Nelson Coates ADG and Awards Producer Scott Moses ADG.

In making the announcement, Coates said, “We are honored to celebrate legendary artists Tony Masters and Ben Carré for their arresting visual imagery as they are inducted into the ADG Hall of Fame. Both were gifted artists who have inspired us for decades through their talents, imaginations, and enormous contributions to the art of narrative design in motion pictures.”

Anthony Masters (1919 -1990) was a British Production Designer during his illustrious career spanning 45 years. He received an Oscar® nomination for Best Art Direction in 1968 for his amazing work in 2001: A Space Odyssey. His other best-known films include Dune, Lawrence of Arabia, Papillon, Tai-Pan, The Clan of the Cave Bear and The Deep. He has two dozen credits as Art Director, including such notable films as The Heroes of Telemark, The Cracksman, The Day the Earth Caught Fire, Faces in the Dark, The Story of Esther Costello and the Oscar®-winning short The Bespoke Overcoat. He died in France, the father of three sons with his wife of 33 years, actress Heather Sears. His sons Giles Masters ADG (The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, Women in Gold) and Dominic Masters (Wonder Woman, Murder on the Orient Express) followed in their father’s illustrious steps and son Adam is a television and film editor in the UK.

French-born Production Designer Ben Carré (1883-1978) is best known for the catacomb set designs for The Phantom of the Opera, the Emerald City from The Wizard of Oz, the home of the Smith family in Meet Me in St. Louis and sets for The Jazz Singer. A classically-trained artist, Carré studied at the Atelier Amable in Paris. He began his professional career as a scene painter for the Paris Opera and the Comédie-Francaise, later joining Pathé-Gaumont as a set designer on five feature films. Carré entered the U.S. in 1912 as a Production Designer at Eclair/Peerless, renowned at the time for having one of the most state-of-the-art studio facilities on the East Coast. He was under contract at MGM (1924-26), Warner Brothers (1926-27), Fox (1928-35) and, again, MGM (1939-44). During his time at the studios, he designed sets for Cecil B. DeMille’s The King of Kings and worked on Noah’s Ark, The Iron Mask and Dante’s Inferno. He took a permanent job in MGM’s scenic art department where he stayed for thirty years painting backgrounds for many of MGM’s classic films including Marie Antoinette, An American in Paris, Meet Me in St. Louis, Julius Caesar, North by Northwest, Singing in the Rain, and The Wizard of Oz. After retiring in 1965 at the age of 82, Carré remained in Los Angeles with his wife Anne and was a prodigious painter and exhibitor of watercolors featuring Los Angeles cityscapes. He died in 1978.

Last year’s ADG Hall of Fame inductees, only posthumously, were Production Designers Sir Ken Adam and Tyrus Wong. The complete list of inductees can be found at www.adg.org.

Producer of this year’s ADG Awards (#ADGawards) is Production Designer Scott Moses ADG. Online nomination voting opens December 6, 2018 and ends January 4, 2019 and nominees are announced on January 7, 2019. Final online balloting starts January 8th and ends January 31, 2019 and winners are announced at the dinner ceremony on Saturday, February 2, 2019. ADG Awards are open only to productions when made within the U.S. by producer’s signatory to the IATSE agreement. Foreign entries are acceptable without restrictions.

The ADG Awards is proud to be sponsored by Design Icon Level: Shutterstock, Sweetwater/NEP Live Events; Design Innovator Level: Dazian Fabrics; Platinum Level: Aztek Wallcovering; Media Sponsors: The Hollywood Reporter, Variety and SHOOTonline.

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Caesar’s Reign Comes To The Big Screen With New Trailer For Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes

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Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike. “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is directed by Wes Ball (the “Maze Runner” trilogy) and stars Owen Teague (“IT”), Freya Allan (“The Witcher”), Kevin Durand (“Locke & Key”), Peter Macon (“Shameless”), and William H. Macy (“Fargo”). The screenplay is by Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds”) and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (“Avatar: The Way of Water”) and Patrick Aison (“Prey”), based on characters created by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, and the producers are Wes Ball, Joe Hartwick, Jr., p.g.a. (“The Maze Runner”), Rick Jaffa, p.g.a., Amanda Silver, p.g.a., Jason Reed, p.g.a. (“Mulan”), with Peter Chernin (the “Planet of the Apes” trilogy) and Jenno Topping (“Ford v. Ferrari”) serving as executive producers.

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Masterchef Is Back! For Halo Season 2

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A quick recap – Halo is set in a war-torn 26th century, where humanity led by the United Nations Space Command or UNSC and their supersoldiers known as Spartans, fights against the onslaught of the alien conglomerate known as the Covenant. The full dust-up of Halo Season 1, can be found here. Onward into the introduction of Halo Season 2!

It’s been six months since the forced separation of Spartan Masterchief John (Pablo Schreiber) and Cortana (Jen Taylor), and the Silver Team has been sent on a mission to evacuate residents of the planet Sanctuary before the Covenant glasses the whole thing. This comes with its own set of challenges, given the resistance of the planet’s inhabitants, and it doesn’t help that Masterchef starts seeing things right in the middle of trying to save some marines. Or is he? Those energy swords the squad of Elites were carrying looked worryingly real.

Back on Reach, the Silver Team is entirely dismayed to learn they have a brand new Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) representative come in as the new boss, to finally replace the traitorous Halsey, James Ackerson (Joseph Morgan). And of course, Ackerson manages to immediately get under Masterchief’s skin, by not only expressing far too much interest in John’s relationship with Cortana but also apparently disbelieving of John’s report of his encounters on Sanctuary. That just means Masterchief has to go around, if not entirely over, Ackerson’s head.

Elsewhere, Soren (Bokeem Woodbine) is trolling the slave markets in his boredom, only to stumble across a soon-to-be indentured servant who claims he knows the whereabouts of the UNSC’s most hunted human, Catherine Halsey (Natascha McElhone). That should bring a huge bounty, but really, Soren should’ve known better by now.

Halo Season 2 premieres Thursday, February 8th, 2024, and will continue to air every Thursday, only on Paramount+!

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Reborn as a Vending Machine I Now Wander the Dungeon’: I look forward to your next use!  

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If the title of this delightful little isekai anime entry didn’t give it all away, our nameless protagonist is a vending machine fanatic who, after being killed by a vending machine, gets reincarnated in another fantasy-style world as one! 

Japan has a tendency to give birth to all sorts of crazed fads that can last for decades, and no one does better when it comes to the vending machine industry, too. These days there are vending machines that will serve you sushi you can actually eat, hot pizza in the box, wagyu steaks, freshly popped popcorn, and a whole mind-boggling array of tasty treats, and other non-edible but still useful items! Umbrellas! Condoms! Oxygen masks, sterile bandages, shoes, and emergency clothing! Actually, far more things that we use on an everyday basis, could be considered as technically a vending machine, and the anime explores that beautifully. Into the world of vending machine fanaticism, we dive! 

So our poor protagonist never gave a name, and inevitably when he’s discovered by his first official friend the starving hunter Lammis, she dubs him “Boxxo”. Like many isekai that seem to take inspiration from video games and RPGs, Boxxo discovers he ways he can communicate, level up his existence, and even evince magic-like powers and attack and defend against monsters and enemies. Though in the beginning, and as an underlying theme throughout the show, Boxxo is primarily concerned with providing unique never-before-tasted-in-this-world food and drink to the amazed folk, human and otherwise. 

Boxxo’s prices are entirely reasonable and hey, he can even choose to give out his wares for free on occasion, so his popularity immediately skyrockets. Lammis with her awkward charm and prodigious strength blessing, introduces Boxxo to other friends of Clearflow Lake Village and associates along the way – Director Bear, an actual bear-monster who’s the head of the Hunters Association; Lammis’ friend Hulemy, the insane genius magic item engineer; the Bearcats Suco, Pell, Short and Mikenne, cheerful hunters with astronomic appetites; even suspicious Kerioyl, leader of the Menagerie of Fools party. 

The show approaches the practicality and versatility of the true vending machine with amusement, but also with the love true fans display for things they’re passionate about. Certainly, things like a brothel needing a condom vending machine exist in our world, but to toss them into a potentially more innocent other-world isekai is a welcome and often hilarious treat. The show celebrates the cheerful idiocy and devotion of the fans to their chosen fandom, in this case, yes vending machines, but also the spirit of the lonely otaku finally finding their Tribe! 

Pay your coins to watch ‘Reborn as a Vending Machine’ on Crunchyroll now! 

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