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It’s no secret that director Neil Marshall’s upcoming R-rated Hellboy remake aims to differentiate itself from Guillermo del Toro’s beloved 2004 movie. Such was the main conversation during New York Comic Con’s Hellboy panel. How far would Marshall — a genre-savvy horror director responsible for such nightmares as Dog Soldiers and The Descent — lead Red from Del Toro’s majestic fantasy realm?

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David Harbour came to New York City to raise a little hell. In anticipation of Hellboy, his upcoming film, Harbour stopped by New York Comic Con with co-stars Daniel Dae Kim (Ben Daimio) and Sasha Lane (Alice Monaghan) as well as creator Mike Mignola for a special event.

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Following the global success of “Godzilla” and “Kong: Skull Island” comes the next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ cinematic MonsterVerse, an epic action adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history. The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance. 

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Idris Elba
Star Trek Beyond (2016)
Elba's Krall costume in the Star Trek sequel is the work of makeup genius Joel Harlow, who created over 50 creatures for the movie.

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Disney’s “Black Panther” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” topped this year’s Saturn Awards with five and three wins respectively as winners of the 44th edition of the ceremony were announced on Wednesday night by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films

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It may not be the Oscars, but if tonight’s results of the 44th Annual Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films is any indication of influence on that other Academy (which it usually isn’t) then get prepared for a Black Panther wave at the Dolby Theatre next February.

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Michael B. Jordan’s unforgettable performance as the character Killmonger in Marvel’s historic, box office smash movie Black Panther apparently required a lot of time and patience on the rising actor's part in preparing to take the screen and show his talents each day of the shoot.

To prepare for the role, Jordan had to be covered with 3,000 prosthetic dots made from a glue-like material. The dots were used as the scars on Killmonger that represented each person he’s killed. Joel Harlow has extensive experience with doing makeup for movies and he nailed Killmonger's enhancements.

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If Wakanda were a real place, its tourism would be booming right now. Black Panther is a visual feast that celebrates the best of Africa in bold and colorful ways through a fantasy utopia. Visiting the theater is the closest fans can come to seeing Wakanda up close, and they were rewarded with well researched and stunning designs. The makeup design, production design, and costume design were so enveloping that people were actually searching for flights to Wakanda. The world co-writer and director Ryan Coogler created with his incredible team has resulted in a historic film: Black Panther cracked the top ten highest-grossing films in history. Makeup designer and department head Joel Harlow said there was a ‘wealth of research’ invested in the film that gave the story credibility.

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As we type this, Black Panther has become the second biggest Marvel film ever. Since its February 16 release, the film has made over  $637 million at the box office. Whether it’s the fierce warrior women of Wakanda or its visually stunning sets and the futuristic technologically advanced world, it’s a revolution.

Among the team and creatives putting the look together is makeup artist, Joel Harlow.  Read our chat below about how Harlow and his team developed the makeup for the film.

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 When Oscar winner Joel Harlow received a call in early 2016 from executive producer Jeffrey Chernov, with whom he’d worked on Star Trek, the makeup designer was merely told to keep the end of his year open. “Jeffrey was going to be producing Black Panther,” Harlow recalled of the highly-anticipated Marvel Studios project. “Anything Jeffrey asked me to do, I’m all aboard. It was doubly exciting—I knew it would pose a lot of challenges.”

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