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Did you enjoy the latest episode of Kill Phil on Cinefix's Youtube Page? At 20 minutes, the show is longer than most webshows, but still short enough to watch during your lunch, on a break or before bed. The show is very well produced, looks and sounds fantastic, with some very stylist graphics mixed in. The episode takes the audience to the Creative Concepts workshop. It is here that we join movie prop master Rick Hilgner for three days as he builds the awesome shotgun-like blaster from the Joseph Gordon Levitt and Bruce Willis time travel action thriller Looper.

Hilgner is known for making some very cool props that you are very familar with, having worked on such movies as The Fifth Element, Starship Troopers, Broken Arrow, and Vertical Limit. And he does not let down here. My favorite thing about the episode is that it really takes you behind the scenes of building the prop. We follow Hilgner for three days, extensively going step by step through the process of building the prop gun. It is amazing to see the level of detail that is put into this. You don't always realize when you watch a movie that all of these original creations where made by hand, taking days, even weeks and months to build.

Other episodes of Kill Phil focus on building such props as the Arc Generator from District 9 and the Gravity Gun from Half Life. Check 'em and out and leave a comment with your favorite movie weapon- what would you like them to build in a future episode?

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The 2013 Writers Guild Awards Movie Nominees are:

Original Screenplay

  • Flight – written by John Gatins
  • Zero Dark Thirty (pictured above) – written by Mark Boal
  • Looper – written by Rian Johnson
  • The Master – written by Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Moonrise Kingdom – written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola

Documentary Screenplay

  • The Central Park Five – written by Sarah Burns, David McMahon and Ken Burns
  • Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God – written by Alex Gibney
  • The Invisible War – written by Kirby Dick
  • Searching for Sugar Man – written by Malik Bendejelloul
  • We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists – written by Brian Knappenberger
  • West of Memphis – written by Amy Berg and Billy McMillin

Adapted Screenplay

  • Argo – adapted by Chris Terrio
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower – adapted by Stephen Chbosky
  • Life of Pi – adapted by David Magee
  • Lincoln – adapted by Tony Kushner
  • Silver Linings Playbook – adapted by David O Russell

The winners will be announced on February 17. The DGA will announce their film nominees on January 10th, television and commercial nominees on January 11th, and documentary nominees on January 14th.

 

Release Date: September 28, 2012
Studio: Sony Pictures
Director:  Rian Johnson
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Jeff Daniels, Garret Dillahunt, and Piper Perabo.
Plot: In a futuristic gangland in the year 2042, a 25-year-old assassin named Joseph Simmons (Gordon-Levitt) works for a mafia company in Kansas City as a “Looper”. Loopers kill and dispose of agents sent by their employers from corporate headquarters in Shanghai from the year 2072. Loopers are foot soldiers, paid on the condition that all targets must never escape.

When Simmons recognizes his target as a future version of himself (Willis), his older self escapes after incapacitating him. The failure of his job causes his employers to come after him, forcing him to fight for his life as he hunts his older self.

Thoughts: I don’t understand why Looper didn’t come out in the May through August release calendar. The trailers are thrilling. The casting could not be better, headlined by the always impressive Joseph Gordon-Levitt and action legend Bruce Willis, with top notch supporting talents including Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, and Jeff Daniels. The time travel paradox/assassin/mafia concept is right up the alley for both genre fans and action flick fans. And Rian Johnson. You might not know the name, but you should. He directed the pitch perfect Brick, which also starred JGL, and the very creative and entertaining The Brothers Bloom, with Rachel Weisz, Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo. This is a director with a clear vision who surrounds himself with some of the best working talents around. I can’t wait to head to the theater to check out Looper, then maybe I’ll go back in time and see it again for the first time.