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  1. http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=21680

    Fifteen films have been announced for the long list for the Best Visual Effects Oscar at next year's Academy Awards. Those films are

    Beowulf

    The Bourne Ultimatum

    Evan Almighty

    The Golden Compass

    Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix

    I Am Legend

    Live Free Or Die Hard

    National Treasure: Book Of Secrets

    Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End

    Ratatouille

    Spider-Man 3

    Sunshine

    300

    Transformers

    The Water Horse

    There are some names we're surprised to see in there, because they're not films you'd traditionally think of as effects movies. The Bourne Ultimatum used predominantly practical effects and the digital stuff was off the type where it's so good you don't notice it. Which makes them great effects, we suppose.

    Ratatouille is also all animation, so you could argue it's all special effects. But we did want to eat all the food, so that's quite an achievement. It's good to see the Academy thinking a little laterally. Does this love for Ratatouille mean it could be in with a shot at Best Picture, rather than Best Animated Picture?

    We're also pleased to see Sunshine there, given its budget wouldn't pay for catering on most of the list.

    From the list, we'd have to give it to Transformers. Pirates 3 had some stunning effects, but they'd already been perfected for Pirates 2. Who gets your (most likely imaginary unless you're Meryl Streep) vote?

    Transformers has to get it, the effects were groundbreaking nothing comes near it!

  2. http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=21668

    "Seriously, when did all movies decide to start putting their opening moments on the internet. That's not a complaint at all, since it gives everyone an impression of the final product better than a trailer, but it's become an epidemic this week.

    I Am Legend is the latest film to join the party with the three minute clip on Yahoo, here. We love this little sequence and these scenes in the movie of just Smith and his canine buddy (who feels like a proper character in the film) are easily the strongest elements.

    You can see the rest of Francis Lawrence's thriller about a man who's the only survivor in a world where a virus has turned people into vampiric ghouls on Boxing Day."

    for people want an idea of what the film will be like, i'm going to hold back and watch it as a whole myself.

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