Those interested in the history of visual effects in film might want to check out the special program Aug. 16 and 17 at the Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. "The Big Bake-Off: Visual Effects Reels from the Academy Film Archive" is a two-night effects extravaganza compiled by Richard Edlund. Night one, on Thursday, Aug. 16, titled "From King Kong to Star Wars," provides a historical overview, while night two, Friday, Aug. 17, concentrates on modern effects technology, and is titled ...

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