Michael Westmore: Anatomy of an Industry

The Department of Film and Media Studies at UC Santa Barbara welcomed the legendary make-up artist Michael Westmore, who revolutionized the make-up industry for his work on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994) and won an Academy Award for the movie Mask (1985). Westmore sits down for a conversation with UCSB professor Cheri Steinkellner, and talks about his work bringing aliens to life and other tales from his career.
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Bruce Timm’s Batman 75th Anniversary Short

A brand new short from producer Bruce Timm featuring a lost tale from Batman’s past, the Dark Knight tracks a strange giant to the mysterious lair of Dr. Hugo Strange. The short movie aired on the Cartoon Network for Batman’s 75th anniversary. The video is embedded below, in its entirety. Continue reading

Hugh Jackman in “Wolverine: The Musical”

We all should know by now that Hugh Jackman is the Jack of Artistic Trades with the action movies, romances films, and singing til his heart’s content. Yes, singing. For those who were unaware of his singing capabilities prior to the film adaptation of Les Misérables were in for quite a surprise. I knew of his singing talent from the multiple stints as host of the Tony Awards ceremonies. Regardless of your prior knowledge of his experience as a singer and actor, I would like to recommend to you this video hybrid. It borrow the music from the song “Who Am I?” from Les Misérables, but the lyrics have been altered to fit the role of Wolverine who Jackman has played in multiple X-Men movies.

A look back at Season 2 of The CW’s Nikita

The season finale of Nikita had closed out the second season on The CW last Friday (May 18, 2012) and there is a little trivia bit that was just published on Monday afternoon. The show is the third deadliest television program in current broadcast with an average of nine deaths per episode. According to the research source at Funeral Wise it’s per episode average falls behind the twenty-five per episode body count of Starz’s Spartacus: Vengeance and the fourteen per episode body count of HBO’s Game of Thrones. I will admit Nikita has grown on me during the second season and I really enjoy watching the episodes every week. The CW network recently announced in their upfront presentation the return of the show for a third season. Hurray! Anyway, here are three group interview videos from San Diego Comic-Con 2011 before the start of the second season. It is interesting to hear the answers from the actors about the upcoming (second) season while viewing the interview after all has been said and done. For the record, I had attended the discussion panel for the show at the 2011 SDCC and can say Maggie Q appears to be one of the most genuinely nice people around the Hollywood scene.

Group interview with Lyndsy Fonseca

Group interview with Shane West

Group interview with Maggie Q