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Artist - Make-Up King Rick Baker

You might not know it, but you've seen Rick Baker's work in some of the biggest movies to come out in the last 25 years. He's the man behind the mask of several faces and often the man in the mask. He's also the most skilled and well-known special effects makeup artist who's been around since the early '70s.

A small list of Rick's recognizable work includes Star Wars, Gorillas in the Mist, Batman Forever, Men in Black, Mighty Joe Young, Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Rick also did the makeup for Michael Jackson's Thriller video, and appeared in it himself.

You might think someone who's been doing makeup for years would get bored with it but not Rick. He says Men in Black was a really fun project because it had a little bit of everything that he's done during his life. "I started doing basically makeup kind of work, then I got more into animatronics and all that kind of stuff. This film had everything - makeup, creature suits, mechanical monsters," says Rick. "Usually I'll do a makeup film or an effects film and it was a blast to do it all here (Men in Black.)"

Rick was born in Binghamton, New York. When he was 10 years old he decided he wanted to make monsters. It was the magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland that convinced him. "When I was in Famous Monsters as 'Rick Baker, Monster Maker,' I'd made it. That was the most famous I ever felt." That's like being named in People magazine or Sports Illustrated. Rick began making homemade artificial body parts when he was in his early teens. He baked the fake parts in his kitchen oven.

Rick has won five Oscars for his brilliant makeup work in An American Werewolf in London, Harry and the Hendersons, Ed Wood, The Nutty Professor, Men in Black and Mighty Joe Young. It's no wonder that with his talent and history he was asked to do the latest movie version of Planet of the Apes. Rick's always loved creating gorillas but he was reluctant to take on another movie with so many special effects. He was already working on Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps and The Grinch. However, it didn't take much to talk him into taking the job. He says most of the apes aren't people in masks. It's Rick's skill and talent that have created a life-like ape with just makeup. Planet of the Apes comes out July 13th, 2001.

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urifour11
urifour11 posted in Debating:
@rainbowpoptart Well, I'd have to disagree with you there my friend. Naturally the audience that buys Barbie dolls are young girls. At a young age and with multimedia today girls are highly influenced by what they see on the TV, Magazine, and you guessed it their toys. Seeing is believing and with the unreachable beauty standards you see in magazines, it's kinda hard for girls to not want to pursue to be skinner and the likes. But anyway, your right with the Barbie being independent woman that don't need a man. But I think this new line is showing that all types of girls can be independent. This new line is expanding its skin colors, giving different hip sizes and different heights and different types of hair styles. It's no longer the blond haired and blue eyed type of deal. I think this is representing that there are many different kinds of people and different kinds of shape a sizes. With the television showing perfect fictional girl characters, or models on magazines, and other places, I think that it's good that they're showing different body types. 
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rainbowpoptart
@urifour11  I don't disagree with that. Well, not entirely. I disagree with your Barbie comments. Pink is Barbie's everything, and making something not pink for the female Barbie dolls would be a bit.. not Barbie.  I don't like their changing of the body shapes all too much. Barbie is supposed to be an exceptionally good-looking woman who shows girls that they don't need a man to be happy with their lives (though some people may think otherwise because of Ken's existence) and that they can do literally whatever they want to. It sounds really harsh, but I think it's the individual's fault for thinking they need to look a certain way to be accepted.  Although I strongly disagree with the newer dolls, I do completely respect why they're doing it. I'm sure they're working on the Lego sets. They already have dolls, so Legos should be here any day now, haha. And @Pink_Cool_Girl I want to look into the computer thing you were talking about to continue that discussion, but I'm super busy right now (I'm multi-tasking like crazy ugh). It'll have to wait until tomorrow. :P
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jayissocool
jayissocool posted in New Users:
Hey guys (and girls I guess too). My name is Jay I'm 13 and I live in PA. I like videogames especially minecraft and pokemon. I'm mostly on here cus I'm bored but it would cool to make a few new friends online. I actually already talked with one guy on here for a bit who seemed cool. If you want to just hang out and chat let me know. I have to go to bed right now but I'll read it tomorrow morning. Night all  :thumbsup
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Pink_Cool_Girl
Exactly!
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urifour11
urifour11 posted in Debating:
@rainbowpoptart  You make a very good point. But what I think PCG is trying to say is that maybe someone should consider that some girls don't like pink? Like, I loved playing with doll houses as a kid AND toy cars. But what if someone made a black Barbie house. Like hell yeah I would buy that. Or maybe a pink you car. Wouldn't that be cool? Maybe what I'm trying to get at here is that companies could mix and match their toys together. Use different colors for different items. That would help expand their market much more.  What I'm really impressed though is what Barbie is doing at the moment with making different body types for their dolls. That's awesome right? Anyway, if a girl wants to get a toy car then she can just waltz her way to the boys section and get one. Sure it's kinda disregarding that maybe a girl would like a toy car but man, that's not stopping her from buying that sweet toy car. But what we should really be focusing on is how LEGOS did the sexist thing. WHY ISNT THERE A BATGIRL LEGO SET OR A WONDERWOMAN LEGO SET?!? THATS WHAT IM WAITING FOR AND IM 13 YEARS OLD BUT I WOULD MOST DEFINATLEY BUY ANYTHING REGUARDING WONDERWOMAN. A little off topic. Companies would make more money mixing and matching their toys. Blue toy cars for girls Barbies, a cooking grill for boys. And then there are things that are for both genders like science sets or Doctor kits. In fact I think girls play more with Doctor kits than boys tbh. What one saying is, companies could expand more. 
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