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  • The Story Behind Wolverine's Scars in 'Logan'
    09
    MAR

    The Story Behind Wolverine's Scars in 'Logan'

    In James Mangold’s Logan, Hugh Jackman takes one final turn in the role he inhabited for nearly 20 years: Wolverine, the berserk mutant who can heal from any injury and pop claws from his fists. In the new movie, set in 2029, Wolverine’s days with the X-Men are far behind him. He drives a limo and goes by James, suffering quietly as the adamantium alloy that gave him strength now slowly poisons his body. To create the dying hero, Logan director James Mangold looked to Oscar-winning makeup artist Joel Harlow and his FX studio Morphology.

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  • Oscar-Nominated Makeup Whiz Joel Harlow on Crafting 'Star Trek Beyond' Aliens, Marvel Superheroes, and Johnny Depp Disguises
    22
    FEB

    Oscar-Nominated Makeup Whiz Joel Harlow on Crafting 'Star Trek Beyond' Aliens, Marvel Superheroes, and Johnny Depp Disguises

    For 30 years, Joel Harlow has been one of Hollywood’s premiere makeup artists, and come Oscar night, he’ll contend for his second Academy Award for his work on ‘Star Trek Beyond, which required him to create more than 50 different alien species. A North Dakota native, Harlow took home a gold statuette for J.J. Abrams’s 2009 Star Trek reboot, and also received a nomination for 2013’s The Lone Ranger — one of his 16 collaborations with Johnny Depp. (Over the weekend, Harlow scored the Makeup Artists Guild Award for Best Makeup Effects for his Beyond work.)

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  • Hollywood Beauty Awards Honor Make-up and Hairstyling Artists
    22
    FEB

    Hollywood Beauty Awards Honor Make-up and Hairstyling Artists

    On Sunday, Feb. 19, the third annual Hollywood Beauty Awards honored make-up artists, hairstylists and other creative artisans for their work in film, TV, music, red carpet and editorial projects. Held at the Avalon Hollywood theater, the event was presented by LATF USA and sponsored by Lexus. The awards benefitted the M.A.C. AIDS Fund.

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  • Star Trek Beyond Wins Award
    22
    FEB

    Star Trek Beyond Wins Award

    The fourth annual Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards ceremony was held on Sunday and Star Trek Beyond took home one of the twenty-three awards.

    Star Trek Beyond won in the Feature Motion Picture: Best Special Makeup Effects category. The other nominees in that category included Deadpool, Doctor Strange, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them, and Suicide Squad.

    The makeup artists for Star Trek Beyond were Joel Harlow and Richie Alonzo.

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  • How 'Star Trek Beyond' Turned Idris Elba Into a Terrifying Alien
    18
    FEB

    How 'Star Trek Beyond' Turned Idris Elba Into a Terrifying Alien

    If you’ve been freaked out by makeup in a blockbuster movie over the last 15 or so years, there’s a pretty good chance it was made by Joel Harlow. The Academy Award-winning makeup designer has created facial transformations for such films as the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, Alice in Wonderland, Mad Men, and the upcoming Marvel movie Black Panther. Harlow snagged Oscar gold for the 2009 Star Trek reboot but skipped out on the sequel to create the makeup designs for The Lone Ranger and Dark Shadows. He returned with a bang for 2016’s Star Trek Beyond, earning another Oscar nomination.

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  • 'Star Trek' news: Joel Harlow talks about special effects makeup used in the film
    18
    FEB

    'Star Trek' news: Joel Harlow talks about special effects makeup used in the film

    In fantasy and sci-fi, filmmakers must bring their audience to the world they'd never known. What's helping them realize that goal is going beyond one's imagination. That's where special effects and makeup artists come forward, and Joel Harlow is a connoisseur of special makeup effects.

    In a recent interview with Deadline, Harlow shared extraordinary concepts that he uses when he's working with 56 kinds of aliens to complete the inter-universal enterprise of the 2016 blockbuster "Star Trek Beyond." He once won the Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling for his masterpiece in the 2009 "Star Trek" film, the 11th installment of the franchise.

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