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August 19, 2004
Jackson Bell Despite suffering the searing pain of a terminal illness, special-effects pioneer Martin Becker wanted one last chance to teach his 6-year-old son how to fly a kite. So Becker, although struggling with pancreatic cancer in February, took his son, Michael, to the beach and shared one of their last father-son moments before dying. "When he had cancer, he could barely walk because his back hurt so much," his wife, Diane said. "But he still insisted on getting out and flying, no matter how much pain he was in. "I think he had a strong sense of family values that you can't find in the movie business too often.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 15, 2006
This year's production of the annual "The Snow Queen" will be marked not only by visiting principal dancers from Mexico, but a new narrator and special effects as well. All serve to take this year's production to new heights and a must-see. Ray Korns, a Los Angeles-based actor and musician, replaces Will Long, who passed away last year. He plans to present his narration in keeping with Hans Christian Anderson's original creation. Additionally, special effects company ZFX Flying Company will allow the Snow Queen, played by 19-year-old Alyssa Thompson of Tujunga, to fly. Thompson will be lifted into the air suspended by two cables which give the illusion that she is "flying."
NEWS
May 9, 2001
Jonathan Rosales: I wasn't too crazy about 1999's "The Mummy," the only good thing about which were the astounding special effects. "The Mummy Returns" wasn't a great movie either, but it was a great deal more enjoyable than its precursor. Sure, Brendan Fraser isn't the greatest actor that ever was, and, sure, the story isn't groundbreaking cinematic material, but with an action sequence every five minutes, this sequel managed to keep my attention for over two hours.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 28, 2005
Mystery & Imagination bookstore in Glendale will be staging its annual Halloween costume party from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. The store is located at 238 N. Brand Blvd. Bob Burns, a horror films special effects veteran, will be bring the original mask and other props from the original "The Fly.” Charles Pogue, screenwriter for the Jeff Goldblum version of the same story will be signing DVDs. A dozen authors will be reading weird, scary, suspenseful, and horror fiction pieces from their published books for the party.
NEWS
December 17, 2003
Tyler Nyczaj, 17, of Burbank, is a senior at John Burroughs High School. I saw Walt Disney Picture's "The Haunted Mansion" at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. The film stars the ever-so-funny Eddie Murphy as Jim Evers, who is a Realtor, and Marsha Thomason as his wife, Sara. She gets a call from Edward Gracey (Nathaniel Parker), who wishes to sell his mansion. When the Everses arrive there, the thrills and chills begin. The movie had many breathtaking special effects.
NEWS
By By Ani Amirkhanian | January 3, 2006
Expert gets dressed up to teach lessons in film history to students at Mark Keppel Elementary.Kogar the gorilla grunted and pounded his chest as he walked, on his hands, into a classroom full of fourth-graders at Mark Keppel Elementary School. Students reacted with fear and curiosity as Kogar approached them, snorting and reaching out with his hands. Some jumped back and screamed while others waived hello to the gorilla. Little did some of the students know that Kogar was really Bob Burns, a gorilla performer.
NEWS
October 28, 2000
Joyce Rudolph VERDUGO WOODLANDS -- Creating a good scare comes easily to Greg Woodhouse. He works with computers on the technical side of the TV and film industry. This Halloween, his frontyard is a nightmare. Ghouls and goblins are jumping out of graves, a pirate sits proudly on top of his treasure chest and an unfortunate victim hangs from the flag pole. Quite unsettling sights. You'll find the house at 670 Glenmore Blvd. He and his wife, Jennifer, really get into decorating for Halloween.
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By Joyce Rudolph | April 22, 2009
Science fiction writer Paul Davids will pay homage to director and friend George Pal when he hosts both the matinee and evening screenings Saturday of “The Time Machine” at the Alex Theatre. Pal, who died in 1980, produced and directed the 1960 film, which is based on the novel by H.G. Wells. It received the Academy Award for special effects, and stars Rod Taylor, Yvette Mimieux, Alan Young and Sebastian Cabot. Davids worked on several projects with Pal and after Pal’s death.
NEWS
February 5, 2005
Rosette Gonzales As a veteran of special effects and the film industry, Thomas G. Smith knows how to captivate an audience. He has worked on such classics as "ET: The Extra Terrestrial," "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "Return of the Jedi," although his latest project isn't visually enhanced, Smith paints a picture with words. His novel "Massacre at Baxter Springs" tells the story of Smith's great-grandfather, William H. Clark and the Civil War events leading up to the tragic ambush at Baxter Springs, Kansas in 1863.
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By Joyce Rudolph, joyce.rudolph@latimes.com | November 10, 2010
Burbank native Leslie Iwerks took on the daunting task of compacting 35 years of history on George Lucas' visual effects company, Industrial Light & Magic, into her documentary on the company's evolution that will be seen this weekend on Encore. In the hour-long piece, "Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible," several of the visionaries who created some of the most mind-blowing scenes in film are interviewed, including Lucas. Narrated by Tom Cruise, the documentary features clips from "The Abyss," "Jurassic Park," "Twister" and "Transformers," and behind-the-scenes footage illustrating how techniques were invented and perfected over the years.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Joyce Rudolph | April 22, 2009
Science fiction writer Paul Davids will pay homage to director and friend George Pal when he hosts both the matinee and evening screenings Saturday of “The Time Machine” at the Alex Theatre. Pal, who died in 1980, produced and directed the 1960 film, which is based on the novel by H.G. Wells. It received the Academy Award for special effects, and stars Rod Taylor, Yvette Mimieux, Alan Young and Sebastian Cabot. Davids worked on several projects with Pal and after Pal’s death.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2007
"Bridge to Terabithia" is a spot-on adaptation of an excellent children's novel and a deeply powerful portrayal of love, loss and redemption through children's eyes and minds. The original novel by Katherine Patterson is brought lovingly and faithfully to film, thanks in part to the screenwriting participation of her son, David, for whom the story was written 30 years ago. Think it's only a kid's flick? Think again. The story artfully speaks to universal human topics ? oppression, ostracism, escapism, shocking loss and the healing powers of love, all told with great simplicity, subtlety and grace.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 15, 2006
This year's production of the annual "The Snow Queen" will be marked not only by visiting principal dancers from Mexico, but a new narrator and special effects as well. All serve to take this year's production to new heights and a must-see. Ray Korns, a Los Angeles-based actor and musician, replaces Will Long, who passed away last year. He plans to present his narration in keeping with Hans Christian Anderson's original creation. Additionally, special effects company ZFX Flying Company will allow the Snow Queen, played by 19-year-old Alyssa Thompson of Tujunga, to fly. Thompson will be lifted into the air suspended by two cables which give the illusion that she is "flying."
ENTERTAINMENT
August 16, 2006
Documentaries are available on KCET and the History channel for free and at the push of a button. So why choose a doc on the big screen over say, special effects? "Who Killed the Electric Car" embodies all of the reasons we do make such choices. Documentaries like this one written and directed by Chris Paine are the silver screen's version of blogs. They don't play to the lowest common denominator. Mostly they don't spout the same old, same old. Documentaries aren't afraid of satire (read that, don't care if they upset someone)
NEWS
By By Ani Amirkhanian | January 3, 2006
Expert gets dressed up to teach lessons in film history to students at Mark Keppel Elementary.Kogar the gorilla grunted and pounded his chest as he walked, on his hands, into a classroom full of fourth-graders at Mark Keppel Elementary School. Students reacted with fear and curiosity as Kogar approached them, snorting and reaching out with his hands. Some jumped back and screamed while others waived hello to the gorilla. Little did some of the students know that Kogar was really Bob Burns, a gorilla performer.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 28, 2005
Mystery & Imagination bookstore in Glendale will be staging its annual Halloween costume party from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. The store is located at 238 N. Brand Blvd. Bob Burns, a horror films special effects veteran, will be bring the original mask and other props from the original "The Fly.” Charles Pogue, screenwriter for the Jeff Goldblum version of the same story will be signing DVDs. A dozen authors will be reading weird, scary, suspenseful, and horror fiction pieces from their published books for the party.
NEWS
February 5, 2005
Rosette Gonzales As a veteran of special effects and the film industry, Thomas G. Smith knows how to captivate an audience. He has worked on such classics as "ET: The Extra Terrestrial," "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "Return of the Jedi," although his latest project isn't visually enhanced, Smith paints a picture with words. His novel "Massacre at Baxter Springs" tells the story of Smith's great-grandfather, William H. Clark and the Civil War events leading up to the tragic ambush at Baxter Springs, Kansas in 1863.
NEWS
August 19, 2004
Jackson Bell Despite suffering the searing pain of a terminal illness, special-effects pioneer Martin Becker wanted one last chance to teach his 6-year-old son how to fly a kite. So Becker, although struggling with pancreatic cancer in February, took his son, Michael, to the beach and shared one of their last father-son moments before dying. "When he had cancer, he could barely walk because his back hurt so much," his wife, Diane said. "But he still insisted on getting out and flying, no matter how much pain he was in. "I think he had a strong sense of family values that you can't find in the movie business too often.
NEWS
December 17, 2003
Tyler Nyczaj, 17, of Burbank, is a senior at John Burroughs High School. I saw Walt Disney Picture's "The Haunted Mansion" at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. The film stars the ever-so-funny Eddie Murphy as Jim Evers, who is a Realtor, and Marsha Thomason as his wife, Sara. She gets a call from Edward Gracey (Nathaniel Parker), who wishes to sell his mansion. When the Everses arrive there, the thrills and chills begin. The movie had many breathtaking special effects.
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