Michael Myers—And His Mask—Will Show Their Age in the New Halloween

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There’s more to a film’s success than just a handful of marquee stars and a big-name director. Dozens (and sometimes hundreds) of artists and technicians from all walks of life lend their expertise to what you see in front of the camera—and there’s even more that you don’t see happening behind the scenes.

There are the Foley artists who create believable sound effects to enhance the film’s world, the grips who specialize in camera movement, and the editors who cobble the whole thing together at the end. You may not know their names or realize just how much excruciating detail goes into their jobs, but any film would fall apart without them. And that’s just scratching the surface of what it takes to get a movie across the finish line.

To get just a glimpse of the small details that go into a film, look no further than the recent comments by Christopher Nelson, the special effects makeup artist working on Michael Myers’s iconic mask for director David Gordon Green’s upcoming Halloween.

It's been 40 years since the original movie, so Nelson wanted the mask to have a believable amount of wear and tear to it. But to do that realistically—and without going overboard—would require a study on just how a mask of that type would break down over the years. Here’s what he told Halloween Daily News (via Cinema Blend) about the painstaking process to make the mask look believable, four decades later:

"The film takes place 40 years later, so you're not going to have that same mask, it's not going to be this pristine, beautiful thing that it was in 1978. You have to approach it from that standpoint. I had 40-year-old masks that I studied and looked at how they broke down, how they wrinkled, how they did this and how they did that. I also took into account the context of the film. Where is the mask now and where has it been for these 40 years? Without revealing anything, I took that into context. I had hundreds of photos and books."

How Nelson will accomplish the aging isn’t known, but the art of distressing—sometimes done by someone called a breakdown artist—does have a few universal techniques, including sandpaper and specific paints. Some strategies are a bit more improvised, though: When costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis had to age Indiana Jones’s famous leather fedora, she simply covered it with “Vaseline, fool’s earth, and mineral oil” and stuck it under her mattress. And for the jacket, she took a Swiss army knife and some sandpaper to it as she sat at a hotel pool "while Harrison had a drink." Small touches like this—whether you're actively noticing them or not—come together to help these movies look more believable.

That same meticulous eye for detail is present in every department working on a film. It's why it took special effects supervisor Chris Corbould and his team three months to make Rey’s portion bread rise realistically in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens and costume designer Lindy Hemming over a year to get Bane’s "French Revolution frock coat" just right for 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises.

So when you go to see Halloween in theaters on October 19—or anytime you go to the movies, for that matter—take a little extra time to appreciate all those tiny details that help draw you in.

Peter Dinklage Just Hinted That Tyrion Will Die in Game of Thrones


​If there's one thing HBO's Game of Thrones has done in the seven seasons it's been on the air, it's ​completely disrupt fan expectations. Tropes that worked in the original books, like killing off major characters almost randomly, were assumed not to translate well to television until the first season of the show killed off presumed series protagonist Ned Stark.

And now star Peter Dinklage has horrified fans by just suggesting that his character, ​Tyrion Lannister, might not make it out of the upcoming eighth and final season of the show alive. In an interview with ​Vulture, Dinklage stated, "I think [Tyrion] was given a very good conclusion. No matter what that is. Death can be a great way out."

Though he could be indulging in the traditional Game of Thrones style of answering interview questions, a.k.a. keep everything vague and leave as many possible interpretations as possible, it's completely within the realm of possibility that ​Tyrion will leave the show at the end of a blade. If that's the case, many fans agree it will no doubt be held by his sister and apparent rival, Cersei, who currently sits on the Iron Throne.

Cersei has always been cautions and resentful of Tyrion due to a prophecy that stated she would die by the hand of a "little brother," whom she believes to be her dwarf younger sibling. A prominent fan theory states that Cersei will kill Tyrion, which will in turn give their brother and Cersei's twin Jaime the motivation to overcome his love of Cersei and slay her.

Dinklage, for his part, doesn't seem too torn up about the prospect of Tyrion dying, saying he felt the character had a good trajectory over the seasons. "He used his position as the outcast of his family like an adolescent would," the actor shared. "The beauty of Tyrion is that he grew out of that mode in a couple of seasons and developed a strong sense of responsibility."

HBO Releases First Watchmen TV Series Teaser


​Once it airs the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, ​HBO will be temporarily left without a real signature show. Sure, it has some big series like Westworld, Barry, and Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, but Game of Thrones has been its major tent pole for the better part of a decade and losing it will be a big hit for the cable network.

It's currently making a prequel series to the show, but until that starts airing, HBO is subtly shifting its attention to the Watchmen series the network has been planning for some time. Based on the legendary graphic novel by Alan Moore of the same name, HBO recently created an Instagram account for the show and posted the first image from the production.

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Captioned with the quote "​Who Watches the Watchmen?," the short, soundless video has sent the internet into a fury trying to decipher who it depicts. The most popular theories are that it is either Rorschach, the masked protagonist of the original comic, or the Comedian, the jingoistic and militant hero whose death is the driving mystery behind the graphic novel.

While neither Rorschach or the Comedian are police officers and neither wears a yellow mask, Rorschach's famously morphing mask is similar in style and the yellow color evokes imagery of the Comedian's iconic smiley face pin. Though the show shares a name and is based on Moore's graphic novel, showrunner ​Damon Lindelof has revealed that his series will take place in an alternate timeline that loosely follows the events of the story.

While not much is known about the details of the series, the announced cast list includes the likes of Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, and Dylan Schombing.