Wednesday, April 11, 2012

News (April)

Ralph Bakshi remembers Thomas Kinkade

Thomas Kinkade, the ‘Painter of Light’, who died last week at the age of 54, worked one of his first jobs for the Lord of the Rings director Ralph Bakshi.  In 1983, five years after making his version of Tolkien’s story, Bakshi directed a movie calledFire and Ice, and Thomas Kinkade, then 25, painted backgrounds for the film.  Bakshi talks about the painter here.

Q&A with Weta master swordsmith Peter Lyon

WETA master swordsmith Peter Lyon answers some commonly — and uncommonly — asked questions in this insightful Q&A session over on the WETA NZ website. Go check it out.
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J.W. Braun’s Bookshelf – April

This month,  J.W. Braun expands his bookshelf segment to include a giveaway, as well as a new written feature where he answers your questions. For this month, Braun reviews ”The Magical Worlds of The Lord of the Rings: The Amazing Myths, Legends, and Facts Behind the Masterpiece” by David Colbert and gives away a Sean Astin audiobook. The new mailbag feature can be found below.

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