(Source: slashfilm.com) Though it wasn’t really meant to work out this way, a sequence of test footage for Tim Ollive’s amazing-looking steampunk sci-fi comedy 1884 has started to wind its way across the internet. You will find a good quality version linked after the break. Prepare to be hooked.

Ollive is a renowned model maker and long time collaborator of Terry Gilliam’s. Way back on Life of Brian, Ollive was not only the fabricator but also one of the operators of the alien puppets seen in the space craft. I’m told he also built the neon sign that provides Gilliam’s Brazil with an opening title. Suffice to say, he has some serious skills in design, manufacture and puppeteering – all of which are shown to awesome effect in the test footage below.

(Source: comicbookmovie.com) The previously tight-lipped director of Avatar, James Cameron, discusses the film’s effects and explains the “uncanny valley.”

James Cameron introduced footage of his new 3-D sci-fi film, Avatar, at the San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) and the audience was amazed by the incredible photorealistic 3-D CGI landscapses and, in particular, the Navi, blue-furred, feline-esque denizens of the planet Pandora. In a recent interview, Cameron admitted that creating realistic characters was the “biggest challenge of the film.”

(Source: ciol.com) We all know very well about J K Rowlings’s Harry Potter. Everyone would have seen this movie at least once, many of us would even have lost the count. But we hardly know what went behind in making these characters and the stupendous Howgwards real.

It is said that the special effects in the movies is contributed by the motion picture visual effects company called Industrial Light & Magic (ILM). It is the same company that produced special effects for over two hundred films, including the Indiana Jones series, the Jurassic Park franchise, the Back to the Future trilogy, many of the Star Trek films, Ghostbusters II, and the 2007 live-action Transformers movie.

(Source: splashpage.mtv.com) In town to promote this weekend’s debut of “District 9,” filmmaker Peter Jackson shared some details about another project he’s serving as producer for and the sequel that he’ll be getting behind the camera to direct.

“The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn” is based on the beloved comic strip with a global (and loyal) fanbase, and chronicles boy journalist Tintin’s globe-trotting adventures. Jackson is serving as producer on the first film, with Steven Spielberg in the director’s chair. The pair will reverse the roles for the sequel, and Jackson shared some details about where they’re at with the current film and what fans can expect to see in the follow-up.

(Source: examiner.com) Lucas wants to film the live action series covering the “dark times” period of Star Wars lore between Episode 3 and Episode 4, in Prague, the capitol of the Czech Republic. He hopes to get a tax break from the government there. The series is intended to elaborate on the rebellion against the Empire whose head is Palpatine, a Sith Lord, (the Jedi’s greatest enemy, an anti-Jedi), but supposedly will not feature either the emperor or Darth Vader. However, there is always the possibility the series will focus on Vader’s hunt for the remaining Jedi that survived the purge in Revenge of the Sith. In any case, the primary characters will not be Jedi but ordinary beings from the Star Wars universe whose roles are usually overshadowed by the pivotal Jedi characters in all of the six movies.

(Source: latinoreview.com) Universal Pictures is looking to restart Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles, which tells the tale of the vampire Lestat Du Lioncort (through his narration), a nobleman-turned-vampire in the late 18th century. No word yet on how they plan on unrolling this franchise, but we did find out who they are talking with to replace Tom Cruise and Stuart Townsend.

We have confirmed this afternoon that ROBERT DOWNEY JR. is in close talks to play the vampire Lestat in Universal Pictures’ The Vampire Chronicles, a newly rebooted franchise based on Anne Rice’s popular novels.

(Source: hollywoodcrush.mtv.com) Start Planning To Dodge Icebergs & A Giant Sinking Ship.

Jack and Rose’s “Titanic” love will indeed go on… and on… and on thanks to a newly announced 3D makeover. The MTV Movies Blog caught up with “Titanic” director James Cameron at Comic-Con where he revealed his plans to “dimensionalize” the 1997 blockbuster.

Working on the upcoming 3D flick “Avatar” is what inspired James Cameron to give his watery epic the multi-dimensional makeover. According toCinematical, the process will take one year to 14 months to complete, meaning the revamped film could likely hit the big screen sometime in 2011, probably around the much-coveted holiday season.

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