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Special effects makeup artist Howard Berger and head hairstylist Martin Samuel went for the essence of the real-life characters rather than exact likenesses

By DannyMiller Dec 17, 2012 9:21PM

Being a huge fan of director Alfred Hitchcock, I was a little nervous as I walked into Sacha Gervasi’s new film (based on Stephen Rebello’s book about the making of “Psycho”). No matter how great an actor Anthony Hopkins is, would I be able to accept him as the famous “Master of Suspense?” How about Helen Mirren as Alma Reville, Hitchcock’s wife, or the other real people depicted in the film, including Scarlett Johansson as  Janet Leigh, Jessica Biel as Vera Miles, and James D’Arcy as Anthony Perkins? I needn’t have worried. Within the first ten minutes of watching “Hitchcock,” I had completely bought into the world Gervasi’s film created, thanks in no small part to the talented people who transformed these contemporary actors into their period counterparts. Yesterday, Oscar-winning makeup effects artist Howard Berger (“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”) and Oscar-nominated head hairstylist Martin Samuel (“Pirates of the Caribbean”) made the short list for the upcoming Academy Award competition in the field of Makeup and Hairstyling against such films as “Lincoln,” “Les Misérables,” and “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” I recently sat down with Berger and Samuel to talk about their work on this wildly entertaining film.

 

MSN Movies: I was stunned by how much I accepted Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock even though he didn’t look like the spitting image of the director.

 

Howard Berger: We didn’t want to approach it as if we were going for an exact likeness. We thought of it more as an interpretation. We looked at both Tony and Alfred Hitchcock and we found the things that we felt best suited Tony for his performance. Our main goal was to give Tony tools to work with to help him find the character and bring it to life.

 

Was there a lot of trial-and-error in coming up with the right look?

 

Howard: Yes, that was one of the first things we said to Sacha and the producers—that we needed to make tests, that was very important. It’s not like the first horse out of the gate was going to be the winner. That almost never happens.

 

Martin Samuel: We did the tests in February of this year and then started shooting in April.

 

Howard: I think we ended up doing six different tests with Tony—which included different hair, different makeup, different suits. We worked very closely with Julie Weiss, the costume designer.

 

Did you do tests where you tried to make Hopkins look physically more like Hitchcock?

 

Howard: We did, actually. In the very first test he  looked a lot more like Hitchcock but it wasn’t appropriate for him. We looked at the dailies and realized we didn’t want to do a total likeness because then we’re disguising Tony, we lose Tony. 

 

Enter to win an Xbox One

By MSN Movies Jul 15, 2014 9:23AM
Go behind the scenes to see the filmmakers shooting a scene with Russell Crowe.


By Paramount

 

Darren Aronofsky reenvisions the story of Noah's Ark with this Paramount/New Regency production. "In the beginning, there was nothing." So starts this version of the story centered on Noah (Russell Crowe), the man entrusted by God to save the innocent animals of Earth as the rising floodwaters cleansed the planet of mankind's evil.

 

To celebrate the July 15 release of "Noah" on Digital, and the July 29 release on Blu-ray, one lucky winner will be selected to win an Xbox One and four runners-up will each win a Blu-ray copy of the movie, courtesy of "Noah." Here's how to enter:

 

1. Like MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter.

2. Tweet and comment the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovie #NOAH giveaway and tell us your top two favorite Russell Crowe movies.

3. Email msnmovies@hotmail.co​m with the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovie #NOAH giveaway and tell us your top two favorite Russell Crowe movies.
4. Stay in touch with MSN Movies Facebook to see if you’ve been selected as the winner.

 

The outrageous, unrated film debuts on Digital

By MSN Movies Jun 3, 2014 7:35AM

By Paramount Pictures

 

Get ready to see even more pranks and outrageousness in this follow-up to "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" with "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa .5." Filled with never-before-seen footage and more, you'll get to experience the life of Irving Zisman with a whole new perspective.

 

To celebrate the release of "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa .5" on Digital one lucky winner will be selected as a winner of an Xbox One.  Here's how you enter:

 

1. Like MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter

2. Tweet and comment the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovie #BADGRANDPA giveaway

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In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this exclusive clip from "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa .5" and be sure to check it out on Digital!

 

 

Enter to win the comprehensive DVD box set

By MSN Movies May 21, 2014 8:51AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

 

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is proud to announce a comprehensive new DVD set "John Wayne: The Epic Collection" which features 40 films starring one of America's most iconic film heroes -- John Wayne. This collection comes packaged in a beautiful box case which also includes a coffee table book and unique collectibles.

 

Photos: John Wayne's iconic movies

 

Just in time for Father's Day, one lucky fan will be chosen to win the DVD set "John Wayne: The Epic Collection." To enter this giveaway follow these steps:

 

1. Like MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter

2. Tweet and comment the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovie #JOHNWAYNE giveaway

3. Email msnmovies@hotmail.co​m with the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovie #JOHNWAYNE giveaway and tell us your top five favorite John Wayne films!
4. Stay in touch with MSN Movies Facebook to see if you’ve been selected as the winner

 

Good luck MSN Movies fans!

 

You might be chosen as the lucky winner of an Xbox One

By MSN Movies May 20, 2014 7:54AM

By Paramount Pictures

 

Chris Pine and Kevin Costner team up in this action-thriller as a CIA analysist (Pine) and seasoned mentor (Costner). They race against time to prevent a disaster of catastrophic proportions.

 

To celebrate the release of "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" on Digital HD and Blu-ray one lucky winner will win an Xbox One!  Here's how to enter:

 

1. Like MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter

2. Tweet and comment the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovie #JACKRYAN giveaway

3. Email msnmovies@hotmail.co​m with the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovie #JACKRYAN giveaway and tell us your top five favorite Kevin Costner films!
4. Stay in touch with MSN Movies Facebook to see if you’ve been selected as the winner

 

Good luck, fans and in the meantime, we hope you enjoy this exclusive clip and be sure to check out "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" on Digital HD and Blu-ray!

 

 

 

Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson star in this soulful drama

By MSN Movies May 13, 2014 8:28AM
 
Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson star in the soulful sci-fi drama "Her" about a lonely writer who falls in love with his computer's highly advanced operating system.
 
Adopting the name Samantha (Scarlett Johansson), the perceptive software slowly begins to bring Theodore (Phoenix) out of his shell by encouraging him to start dating, joining him everywhere he goes. Very quickly, their relationship turns intimate, with Theodore teaching Samantha what it means to feel human and Samantha giving him the strength to walk away from his failed marriage. Things soon get complicated, however, when Samantha's rapidly evolving knowledge base begins to alter the very core of their relationship.
 
To celebrate the release of "Her" now out on Blu-ray and DVD, you can enter to win your own copy of the movie.  Enter now:
 
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4. Stay in touch with MSN Movies Facebook to see if you’ve been selected as the winner

 

In the meantime enjoy this exclusive clip from "Her" and be sure to check it out on Blu-ray and DVD.

 

 

The unforgettable comedy classic comes to Blu-ray with a special 40th Anniversary release

By MSN Movies May 5, 2014 7:25AM

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

 

First released in 1974, "Blazing Saddles" can be celebrated once again through a new 40th Anniversary Blu-ray edition out on May 6.  This special edition is highlighted by a new featurette "Blaze of Glory: Mel Brooks' Wild Wild West" in which Mel Brooks reflects on his experiences and the cultural impact that the film has made on audiences of all generations.

 

To celebrate the release, we're excited to share with you this extensive and dynamic "Blazing Saddles"  infographic! From revisiting the characters to modern moments captured in "Blazing Saddles," experience the fun once again.


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One lucky winner will win this comprehensive collectible box set

By MSN Movies Apr 28, 2014 7:47AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

 

We are excited to announce the release of "Harry Potter" Hogwarts Collection. This comprehensive collection of 31 discs which includes all eight movies on Blu-ray and DVD is available starting April 29. The beautiful collection features all 45+ hours of special features, offering fans access to the most successful film franchise in history. It also includes bonus material that contains the complete eight-part document series "Creating the World of Harry Potter."

 

More: See clips from "Harry Potter" Hogwarts Collection

 

To celebrate this special release, one lucky fan will be selected as the winner of "Harry Potter Hogwarts Collection!

 

To enter, follow these steps:

 

1. Like MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter

2. Tweet and comment the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovie #HarryPotter giveaway

3. Email msnmovies@hotmail.co​m with the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovie #HarryPotter giveaway and tell us your top five "Harry Potter" moments!
4. Stay in touch with MSN Movies Facebook to see if you’ve been selected as the winner

 

"Harry Potter" Hogwarts Collection is available starting April 29.

 

William Friedkin's cult thriller is now newly remastered

By MSN Movies Apr 23, 2014 8:18AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

 

William Friedkin's "Sorcerer," the cult suspence thriller is now fully restored and out on Blu-ray with a 40 page Blu-ray book filled with images.


Based on the book "The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir," this thriller tells the story of four men unable to return to their own countries and homes end up in a South American town. The men have nothing to lose so they agree to work for an American oil company seeking drivers to haul nitroglycerin through treacherous terrain.

 

To celebrate this monumental release, one lucky fan will be selected to win an autographed copy of the Blu-ray.

 

Enter now:

 

1. Like MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter

2. Tweet and comment the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovie #Sorcerer giveaway

3. Email msnmovies@hotmail.co​m with the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovie #LaborDay giveaway
4. Stay in touch with MSN Movies Facebook to see if you’ve been selected as the winner

 

Good luck fans and we hope you check out the long-awaited remastered debut of "Sorcerer" on Blu-ray!

 

  
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