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If you’ve liked awerewolf or ape creature at the movies any time in the last three decades than chances are it was a creation of Rick Baker, a master make-up artist whose skill and accomplishments may only be matched by his contemporary, the late Stan Winston. Baker’s achievements cover huge blockbusters and small horror films, complicated make-up appliances for alien creatures and the subtle art of making an actor seem decades older than they actually are. The impact of this man’s career and work can’t possibly be understated, which is why we sadly confirm the news that Baker is retiring from the business at the age of 64. Sadder still, lack of work seems to be a bigger rationale for his decision to step aside as opposed to his age. (more…)

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When J.J. Abrams, everyone’s favorite genre director, posted online yesterday a video inviting fans to enter an auction to win a role in Star Wars Episode VII, it offered a tantalizing look at the Abu Dhabi set of the film, and then some weird look ostrich man carrying a bunch of cages walked out behind Abrams, and everyone said, “Hey, that looks cool.” Cool-looking aliens are no stranger to the Star Wars set, but they usually only look cool after several months of post production, since during the prequels it seemed like George Lucas had abandoned practical effects completely. But inquiring fans want to know, did Abrams go pro with his ostrich man? Did he recruit the fine people at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop to bring these new alien creations to life? The answer comes right after the break… (more…)