We recently attended a sneak preview of Universal Orlando Resort's new attraction Skull Island: Reign of Kong, a prequel ride to Peter Jackson's 2005 movie King Kong. We break down the experience and discuss whether you'll go bananas over it.
Carlo Rambaldi, the special effects genius who won three Oscars for his work on the 1976 version of King Kong, Ridley Scott's Alien and Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, passed away Friday at his home in Italy. He was 86.
Tonight's episode of Monster Man (10/9C on Syfy) sees the propmakers creating a spider, which should win over anyone who thinks CGI monsters are better looking than models. Personally, we'd achieve that by making a giant, remote-controlled monster that shoots lasers at anyone who puts down the power of good model effects.
That's some impressive motion-capture CGI in the new Rise of the Planet of the Apes movie. But in the days before CGI, and before the technologically-advanced ape suits Rick Baker produced for such films as Greystoke and The Gorillas in the Mist, many movie apes were played by "gorilla men"—specialists who owned their own ape suits and could be counted on to suit up for a paycheck.