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This 10 Minutes Of ‘Jodorowsky’s Dune’ Will Feed Your Mind and Soul (Video)
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Jodorowsky’s Dune, one of the best documentaries released in 2014 and a definite inclusion on my end-of-the-year “best of” list, is making its home video debut this week. In case you know nothing about Frank Pavich‘s entrancing and informative feature following the development and collapse of the greatest sci-fi motion picture never made – read our FamousMonster’s review here – the good folks at Indiewire have provided us with a mind-melting sequence from the film.

You can check out the 10-minute sequence here below.

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H.R. Giger, The Influential Artist Of ‘Alien’ Fame, Dies At Age 74
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H.R. Giger, the Swiss surrealist painter and sculptor who became internationally renowned in the 1970s for the nightmarish visions he helped bring to life in Ridley Scott’s sci-fi/horror masterpiece Alien, has died at the age of 74.

The cause of death was injuries Giger sustained in a fall on some stairs at his home in Zurich, Switzerland. He succumbed to his injuries in a hospital yesterday, as told by Sandra Mivelaz, administrator of the H.R. Giger museum in Gruyeres, western Switzerland, to the The Associated Press.

A master of disturbing artistic visions that fused Gothic horror, sexuality, and extraterrestrial machinery in a way that no one could ever imitate, Giger’s work first caught the attention of filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky, who hired him to provide design work for his eventually-shelved adaptation of Dune.

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Movie Review: Jodorowsky’s Dune
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Jodorowsky's Dune

Jodorowsky’s Dune
Director: Frank Pavich
Cast: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Brontis Jodorowsky, H. R. Giger, Chris Foss, Michel Seydoux, Gary Kurtz, Nicolas Winding Refn, Drew McWeeny
Sony Pictures Classics | Snowfort Pictures
Rated PG-13 | 90 Minutes
Release Date: April 25, 2014

“What is to give light must endure burning.” – Viktor E. Frankl

Directed by Frank Pavich, Jodorowsky’s Dune chronicles director Alejandro Jodorowsky‘s unsuccessful attempt to adapt Frank Herbert’s 1965 science fiction novel Dune in the ’70s. The documentary features interviews with the principal players involved in the failed ’70s adaptation as well as filmmakers and industry professionals who have been inspired by Jodorowsky’s legendary effort.

In 1973, film producer Arthur P. Jacobs optioned the film rights to Dune but died before a feature film could be developed. Two years later, the option fell into the hands of Chilean-French filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky, known for avant-garde works like El Topo and Holy Mountain. Jodorowsky wanted to deliver a truly psychedelic experience with Dune – a film so mind-melting and illuminating, it would induce a hallucinogenic “trip” like LSD.

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‘Jodorowsky’s Dune’ Trailer Promises A Real Feast For The Imagination
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The latest trailer for the upcoming documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune has premiered. You can check it out here below.

Directed by Frank Pavich, Jodorowsky’s Dune takes an exhaustive look at the development and collapse of what is considered the greatest film never made – an epic adaptation of Frank Herbert‘s classic sci-fi novel Dune helmed by the Chilean surrealist filmmaker responsible for such mind-melting cult classics as El Topo, The Holy Mountain, and Santa Sangre – through contemporary interviews with Alejandro Jodorowsky, Star Wars producer Gary Kurtz, Drive/Only God Forgives director Nicolas Winding Refn, and many more.

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David Lynch’s ‘Dune’ Receives A Righteous Sweding (Video)
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Dune

“The year is, like, a billion or something….”

Toys, hastily-assembled costumes, cardboard box “shields,” fake eyebrows, cheesy effects that make Mystery Science Theater 3000 look like 2001: A Space Odyssey, sock puppet “sandworms,” lots of overacting, and of course…space pen. Yes, friends, David Lynch‘s much-derided 1984 adaptation of Frank Herbert‘s landmark sci-fi novel Dune has become the latest film to receive its own sweded video.

You can watch the 7-minute video here below.

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Alejandro Jodorowsky and ‘Dune’: The Story Of The Greatest Sci-Fi Film Never Made
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The long and storied history of cinema is one to be studied, admired, and treasured for the many timeless classic feature films it has brought to our astonished eyes. But beneath that history lies buried a mass grave of unrealized films that were either killed at the treatment or script stage or were permitted to proceed in front of the cameras before being shut down and virtually forgotten about for the remainder of time infinite. In an alternate universe many of those unmade movies completed the journey from random idea to the new release section of your neighborhood Target and irrevocably changed the face of cinema forever.

This is the story of one of those great unmades. This is the story of Alejandro Jodorowsky‘s Dune.

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when my fear is gone I will turn and face fear’s path, and only I will remain.”

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Prophets Of Fiction: Famous Authors Characterized As Their Books
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H.P. Lovecraft The Call of Cthulhu

They say you can’t judge a book by its cover. But what if you could judge an author by his or her book?

Artist Selin Arisoy sent us a gallery of images that she created where she took the visage of a handful of timeless fiction authors and characterized them as their famous novels. H.P. Lovecraft as The Call of Cthulhu, Edgar Allan Poe as The Raven, Ray Bradbury as Fahrenheit 451, Mary Shelley as Frankenstein, and Frank Herbert as Dune.

Check them all out below.

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Special Effects Master Carlo Rambaldi, Creator Of E.T., Dead At 86
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Carlo Rambaldi

Carlo Rambaldi, the three-time Academy Award-winning Italian-born visual effects artist responsible for creating the alien E.T. in Steven Spielberg’s E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, died today in Lamezia Terme, Italy after a long illness, according to the Washington Post. He was 86 years old.

Born on September 15, 1925 in Vigarano Mainarda, Emilia-Romagna, Italy, Rambaldi got his start in the Italian film industry providing visual effects for films such as Bloody Pit of Horror and Mario Bava’s highly influential sci-fi chiller Planet of the Vampires. He would later reunite with Bava to execute the gory murder sequences for one of the acclaimed filmmaker’s finest films, Twitch of the Death Nerve (a.k.a. A Bay of Blood). In 1971, Rambaldi’s mutilated dog effects for Lucio Fulci’s psychedelic giallo Lizard in a Woman’s Skin were deemed so realistic that the director was prosecuted in Italian court on charges of animal cruelty. Only after Rambaldi presented the fake dog effects in court was Fulci exonerated.

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Geek Gear: ‘Arrakis, Dune Tours’ Shirt
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Dune

The $10 t-shirt deal of the day over at TeeFury today is a Dune-themed shirt called “Arrakis, Dune Tours” by Jack Lightfoot.

The sale began at Teefury today, Sunday, March 4, 2012, at midnight EST, and will continue for 24 hours from then, and once it’s over, it will not be sold on the site anymore.

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‘Jodorowsky’s Dune’ Will Give Us A Mind-Blowing Glimpse Into The Greatest Sci-Fi Film Never Made
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The first clip from the forthcoming documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune has been released. You can watch it here below.

The universe works in perplexing ways, especially when it comes to the cinema. There have been more than a few books written about the great films that went unmade for a variety of complex and infuriating reasons. I own three of the best books about the subject: David Hughes’ The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Never Made, Tales from Development Hell, and Chris Gore’s The 50 Greatest Movies Never Made. And every time I read about how we could have had a Spider-Man movie written and directed by James Cameron or a Marx Brothers comedy that would have paired the esteemed comedy trio with legendary filmmaker Billy Wilder or Arnold Schwarzenegger and Paul Verheoven’s medieval war epic Crusade I feel saddened.

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