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‘Planet of the Apes’ Filmmakers Worried 1968 Original Wouldn’t Be Taken Seriously

‘Planet of the Apes’ Filmmakers Worried 1968 Original Wouldn’t Be Taken Seriously
Fox’s “War for the Planet of the Apes” is generating strong buzz before its July 14 launch. When the film series began 50 years ago, nobody imagined it would last this long. In fact, they weren’t even sure the first one could get off the ground.

Early tests for makeup, costumes, and art direction were so challenging that the film’s production was delayed two years.

The premise of the book (and the first film) was so radical — as Variety termed it back then, “an ape-human switcheroo” — that the filmmakers knew they needed to create a world that looked realistic and dangerous: Their biggest concern was that audiences would giggle at the idea of monkeys ordering around humans.

Pierre Boulle’s French-language novel “La Planete des Singes” was published in 1963; British author Xan Fielding translated it into English the following year. In January 1965, producer Arthur P. Jacobs told Variety’s Army Archerd that he would film the
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Rick Baker and Kathryn Blondell to Receive Lifetime Honors at Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Guild Awards

Rick Baker and Kathryn Blondell to Receive Lifetime Honors at Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Guild Awards
Oscar-winning makeup artist Rick Baker and Emmy-nominated hairstylist Kathryn Blondell will receive the Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Annual Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards on Feb. 14 at Paramount Studios Theater in Hollywood.

The event honors outstanding achievements of makeup artists and hairstylists in motion pictures, television, commercials and live theater.

“The bodies of work of Rick Baker as a makeup artist and Kathryn Blondell as a hairstylist are legendary, and we are proud to rank them among the best in the history of our profession,” said Susan Cabral-Ebert, president of the guild (Iatse Local 706). “They are extraordinary artists and accomplished leaders in the industry, and it is our pleasure to name them as this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipients.”

With more than 70 film and television credits, and with seven Oscars, Baker holds the record for the most Academy Award wins and nominations bestowed upon any makeup artist.
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Rick Baker and Kathryn Blondell to Receive Lifetime Honors at Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Guild Awards

Rick Baker and Kathryn Blondell to Receive Lifetime Honors at Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Guild Awards
Oscar-winning makeup artist Rick Baker and Emmy-nominated hairstylist Kathryn Blondell will receive the Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Annual Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards on Feb. 14 at Paramount Studios Theater in Hollywood.

The event honors outstanding achievements of makeup artists and hairstylists in motion pictures, television, commercials and live theater.

“The bodies of work of Rick Baker as a makeup artist and Kathryn Blondell as a hairstylist are legendary, and we are proud to rank them among the best in the history of our profession,” said Susan Cabral-Ebert, president of the guild (Iatse Local 706). “They are extraordinary artists and accomplished leaders in the industry, and it is our pleasure to name them as this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipients.”

With more than 70 film and television credits, and with seven Oscars, Baker holds the record for the most Academy Award wins and nominations bestowed upon any makeup artist.
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Monster make-up legend Rick Baker to receive lifetime achievement award

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Monster make-up legend Rick Baker to receive lifetime achievement award
In October, Rick Baker appeared in an Academy-approved video, touring industry outsiders around his makeup studio, a treasure trove of special effects wonderment. The inside look came tinged with sadness; With modern blockbusters opting for more CG effects over practical makeup, Baker’s craft has slowly faded into the history books, prompting him to move out of his sprawling warehouse. For those left weeping over the video comes a hint of good news: The Make-up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards will honor the monster movie make-up master during its 2015 ceremony. Iatse, Local 706 announced today that Baker and hair stylist Kathryn Blondell were the honorees of the guild’s annual lifetime achievement awards. Baker is a seven-time Academy Award winner, holding the record for the most wins and nominations bestowed upon any make-up artist. His prosthetics and nightmarish visions have appeared in "American Werewolf in London", "Harry and the Hendersons", "Ed Wood,
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Forrest Gump: Sapphire Series Blu-ray Review

"You know Tom Hanks, 'Forrest Gump.' Slow, yes. Retarded, maybe. Braces on his legs. But he charmed the pants off Nixon and won a ping-pong competition. That ain't retarded." . Kurt Lazarus

Forrest Gump (1994) has transcended the realm of mere cinema to become such a piece of Americana that turning a critical eye its way is almost blasphemy. I remember seeing director Robert Zemeckis' (Back to the Future, Polar Express) Academy Award winning effort during its theatrical run and, while it was cute, wondering what all the fuss was about (and being even more miffed at stealing the Best Picture Oscar from Pulp Fiction). Revisiting Gump over the years on home video, the main character's absurd adventures have slowly grown on me. Now I can happily state that though I still have minor reservations, watching Paramount's stellar Blu-ray release was thoroughly enjoyable.

Admittedly the movie, even as beloved as it is,
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