Thursday, February 4, 2016

'Face Off' Recap: 'Covert Characters'

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Last week on "Face Off," we bid adieu to Ant while Yvonne came away with the victory and the ladies' third straight win. We've had all team challenges so far and I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm anxious to see what they can do in a solo challenge. Can the men find their mojo? Let's do this.

The artists enter Command Central to receive their assignments for a highly classified mission - highly classified mission. Their mission, should they choose to stay in the competition, is to design disguises for undercover agents tracking terrorists with supernatural abilities. If this sounds a bit specific, it is as Syfy is introducing a new series "Hunters" about this very thing. It's actually a fairly clever bit of cross promotion without being too forced. This will be their first individual challenge but more than that, it's a Focus Challenge which means focus on the face with precision and beautiful lines. Their mentor for this challenge is none other than Michael Westmore who has actually created disguises for the LAPD and Michael Jackson. Is there anything the man hasn't done? They key is the shape of the face and subtly reconfiguring the bone structure and the inclusion of elements such as freckles, dentures, and contacts. Their agents have been preassigned and guys, remember: focus on the face. You all have two days for this. Good luck.

Friday, January 29, 2016

'Cabin Fever' Reboot Gets its First Official Trailer

In 2002, Eli Roth infected us gore hounds with Cabin Fever and since then, I've always been weary of shaving my legs. But that's another horror story. Now, 14 years later, in this day of remakes, IFC Midnight and director, Travis Zariwny bring us his very close interpretation of that all-too-familiar "doomed teens boning in a woodland cabin" scenario.

Just in time for Valentine's Day, the Cabin Fever reboot will hit Los Angeles and NYC theaters as well as On Demand on February 12. A trailer has just been released and it looks a lot like the original with some modern touches. I for one hope there are some scenes where selfies with the infected are posted to Instagram. Bloody fingers crossed! The film features Gage Golightly, Matthew Daddario, and Nadine Crocker.

Check out the trailer and let us know if you'll be taking a trip back to the cabin. Eli Roth is cool with it so it may be worth a look.

Executive producer Eli Roth presents this reboot of his instant classic gorefest, which features all new characters and all new kills. This story is familiar: Fresh out of college, a group of five friends retreat to a remote cabin in the woods for one last week of partying – only to become snacks for a gruesome, flesh-eating virus. What’s surprising are the ingenious new deaths, which offer a fresh spin on a horror-comedy milestone.

-Larissa Mrykalo

Thursday, January 28, 2016

'Face Off' Recap: 'Lost Languages'

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Last time on "Face Off," Jennifer of Team 'Jaundiced Tin Man' was eliminated, thus ensuring the wrath of the 501st upon the judges' heads but the ladies keep up the winning streak with Mel taking the top honors for the Watch Man. Anna was a bridesmaid for the second challenge in a row; can she pull off the win this time? We're weeding the talent from the chaff so let's do this.
Field trip! The gang heads out to the desert ruins and comes upon a special guest - language creator David Peterson who has created the Dothraki tongue for "Game of Thrones" and the alien languages of "Defiance." In the cave of wonders, six sets of artifacts correspond to a 'long-lost race' and David has created a language for each one. To develop the language, he figures out the people. For this Spotlight Challenge, the artists working in teams (again) will figure out the language to develop the people. His advice (which will surely fall on deaf ears) is to find the phonetic clue and design to that clue. Oh, and the models will have to speak this language so please, make sure their mouths can move.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

'Face Off' Recap: 'Child's Play'

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No one likes to be the first one eliminated but sadly, Greg claimed that dubious honor last week on "Face Off." Melissa took the win so the ladies start strong yet again. It's time for everyone's favorite theme: whimsy! Let's do this.

Field trip! The remaining contestants head to the 'barn that time forgot' where they're face to face with their worst nightmares: oversized toys. The Spotlight Challenge is to find the magic in everyday objects and design a larger than life character. No whining about not having experience doing whimsical designs yet so that's a definite plus. They'll be working in teams - again - which have been pre-assigned:

Walter/Ant - Race Car
Anna/Mel -  Watch
Robert/Yvonne - Dice
Rob/Johnny - Lollipop
Kaleb/Katie - Key
Jennifer/Njoroge - Crayons

Because Melissa won the last challenge, she gets to pick the team she'll join so she chooses Team Rob/Johnny and we collectively scratch our heads.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

'Face Off' Recap: 'Wanted Dead or Alive'

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We're back for Face Off's tenth season on a new night. The ladies have won the last three seasons, will the guys have what it takes to break the streak? We've been promised a doozy of a season so let's meet our artists and do this!

The Contestants
Johnny - He decided to make creatures because he wouldn't believe anyone that they weren't real.
Anna  - She took classes at Kosart Effects (strong move Anna!)
Katie - She was pre-med and so has a background in anatomy which will be helpful.
Njoroge - He's a gamer and the oldest of the group who has worked on some independent films though not full time.
Rob - He attended make-up school and is a Young Turk.
Jennifer - She's a SAHM and a member of the Star Wars 501's club. Plus, mad sewing skills.
Walter - Another young Turk but inspired by "Face Off" so follow your dreams kids.
Ant - He attended make up school and worked in a wig shop.
Melissa - She reminds me of Meryl Streep in a way.
Greg - He wears tank tops and has a LOT of eyebrow.
Kaleb - He opened a face painting business with his mom and is ready for the next level.
Yvonne - She's Canadian. Hopefully we'll find out more about her.
Robert - He's got a delightful German accent and a demented sense of humor, just what one wants in a disgruntled dental technician.
Mel - She started in local theater but as a classic Type A, the loss of control terrifies her.