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De-aging Tech was Used for the Kids in ‘It: Chapter 2’

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Puberty comes along incredibly quick, so when you’re trying to maintain continuity and shoot scenes with children over the course of numerous years, there’s going to be an issue. This is where CGI comes in, for better or for worse, and Andy Muschietti revealed that they needed to employ de-aging techniques to maintain a young look for some of the kids who are returning in It: Chapter 2.

The director was well aware of the challenges that would come along with a long period of time in between movies being filmed. This isn’t exactly a problem that no one could have anticipated. He says:

“From the beginning, we knew that that would be part of the budget, the visual effects to address that … So we’re going to de-age the kids.”

While in most other film genres this probably wouldn’t be big news, I’m well aware that horror fans are a peculiar bunch. I should know – I am one. And the prospect of new technology, while exciting to some, is bad news for others.

But let’s be honest here. Yes, practical effects will always emit a feeling of warmth and realness that right now CGI is unable to capture. There’s a sense of nostalgia and appreciation for the human element that goes into creating such effects.

At the same time I think it’s important to remember that there is still very much a human element involved with CGI, and something like de-aging techniques isn’t something someone just picks up and masters in one day. There is a lot of talent and effort behind it.

So while many may freak out about this revelation, I say it’s better to keep an open mind. The first It was incredible and I’m sure that the sequel will be just as good – if not better.

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The latest Trailer for ‘Smile’ is Filled With Nightmarish Dread

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The latest trailer for Smile is one that really digs its way under your skin. We had the pleasure of seeing it an early Fantastic Fest screening and the terror in that film is palpable and incredibly intense. It never lets up for a second.

The synopsis for Smile is as follows:

After witnessing a bizarre, traumatic incident involving a patient, Dr. Rose Cotter (Sosie Bacon) starts experiencing frightening occurrences that she can’t explain. As an overwhelming terror begins taking over her life, Rose must confront her troubling past in order to survive and escape her horrifying new reality.

The film stars Sosie Bacon, Jessie T. Usher, Kyle Gallner, Robin Weigert, Caitlin Stasey with Kal Penn and Rob Morgan.

Smile is in theaters on September 30 with some early showings popping up on September 27. Check local showtimes and don’t miss this one.

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‘Solar Opposites: Halloween Special’ Trailer Takes the Series into the Spooky Season

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Solar Opposites has dropped a trailer for its Halloween Special and it looks like a blast. The Justin Roiland series is a nice change up from the sci-fi antics of Rick and Morty, but still has a lot of the same voices and debauchery. The Halloween episode takes the extraterrestrial family down a path of the macabre and even takes them into hell itself.

The synopsis for Solar Opposites season 3 goes like this:

Co-created by Justin Roiland (“Rick & Morty”) and Mike McMahan (“Rick & Morty”, “Star Trek: Lower Decks”), “Solar Opposites” centers around a team of four aliens who are evenly split on whether Earth is awful or awesome. Korvo (Justin Roiland) and Yumyulack (Sean Giambrone) only see the pollution, crass consumerism, and human frailty while Terry (Thomas Middleditch) and Jesse (Mary Mack) love TV, junk food and fun stuff. In season three, this alien team strives to be less of a team and more of a family team.

Solar Opposites: Halloween Special arrives on Hulu beginning October 3.

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First Trailer For ‘The Last of Us’ is All About Brutal Survival

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The first trailer for The Last of Us has finally arrived and it doesn’t let you down in the least. The hit video game series of the same name has given us some truly brutal survival in a savage post-apocolyptic world.

The fact that Chernobyl creator, Craig Mazin is in charge of bringing this brutal world to life is already a sign that we are in the best hands possible. It’s also great to see that the series is taking what existed in the game and just recreating that world and its many beautifully cinematic scenes. If it isn’t broken don’t fix it. I wish more filmmakers would do the same.

The synopsis for The Last of Us goes like this:

Set in the post-apocalyptic United States, the game tells the story of survivors Joel and Ellie as they work together to survive their westward journey across what remains of the country to find a possible cure for the modern fungal plague that has nearly decimated the entire human race.

The Last of Us will arrive on HBO Max beginning in 2023.

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