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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Movie Parody of the Day: Not so much a parody of a movie as an American custom, here's a video that turns Mad Max: Fury Road into a story about the insanity of Black Friday (via Live for Films): Movie Mashup of the Day: "Bridge of Spies Like Us" imagines a Cold War drama directed by Steven Spielberg starring Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd (via One Perfect Shot): Movie-Inspired Cartoon of the Day: Alien meets the Smurfs in this cute mashup from illustrator Ed Harrington (via Popped Culture): Movie Takedown of the Day: Star Wars fan Kevin Smith joins CinemaSins to point out everything wrong with the original movie: Vintage Image...
- Christopher Campbell
Writer Matt Charman talks to Flickering Myth’s Scott J. Davis about his new movie Bridge of Spies – directed by Steven Spielberg, co-written by the Coen Brothers and starring Tom Hanks. Not bad for a second Hollywood feature.
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- Oli Davis
Welcome back to the second day of Daily Dead’s 2015 Holiday Gift Guide- hope everyone survived Turkey Day and is ready to save some cash on more Black Friday deals and many other gift ideas I have rounded up for you all today.
We’re starting off today with more Black Friday sales that might be of interest to you and a bunch more gift ideas perfect for genre fans of all ages, including two recent visual histories of iconic films from the 1980’s, one of Scream Factory’s awesome recent releases, apparel from Dark Bunny, horror-themed cross stitch and more!
This year’s Holiday Gift Guide is being sponsored by Rlj Entertainment and their recent terrifying yuletide release, A Christmas Horror Story, and to help you guys get into the spirit of the season, we’ve put together 10 amazing prize packs filled with goodies, a t-shirt and your very »
- Heather Wixson
Back in April, we reported that Goosebumps screenwriter Carl Ellsworth has signed on to write a reboot of Gremlins, which had been in development for several years. Chris Columbus, who wrote both the 1984 original classic Gremlins and its 1990 sequel Gremlins 2: The New Batch, came on board to prodce, alongside Steven Spielberg. Chris Columbus revealed later that month that the project is not a remake, and that it will have a connection to the original classic. While no plot details have been revealed yet, original Gremlins star Zach Galligan revealed during a screening at London's Prince Charles Cinema, that Chris Columbus will never allow a Gremlins remake to happen, as long as he's alive. And he hints that this next installment may be a true sequel set thirty years later.
"It's not going to be a reboot. It will not be a remake in any way, shape, or form. Chris Columbus »
Presents American hypocrisy in defense of America with the snorting derision it warrants, while also being a gripping and intense Cold War thriller. I’m “biast” (pro): love Spielberg and Hanks
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Don’t go Boy Scout on me.” “Don’t go bleeding-heart on me.” These are the things that people say to Tom Hanks as Jimmy Stewart as lawyer James Donovan in Steven Spielberg’s based-on-fact Bridge of Spies. They say these things because Donovan is insisting upon mounting an actual legal defense when he is asked to represent an accused Soviet spy in Cold War America, instead of participating in the show trial everyone else — including the judge — is putting on. America throwing out American ideals as soon as they become inconvenient and yet somehow still twisted into a defense of The American Way »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Montevideo – Driving into debuts from Gallic directors, and also acquiring with an eye on future VOD markets, Wide Management, the Paris-based sales-production-distribution house, has acquired world sales rights to “Pseudonym,” produced by France’s Diabolo Films and La Petite Reine, the Academy Award-winning producer of “The Artist.”
Paris-based Diabolo, run by Gilles Podesta, teamed with Thomas Langmann’s La Petite Reine, which won fice Oscars for “The Artist,” including best picture, on toon musical “The Suicide Shop,” from Patrice Leconte (“Ridicule,” “The Hairdresser’s Husband”) that opened France’s Annecy Animation Festival in 2011. Destiny Distribution releases “Pseudonym” in France on March 9.
Also produced by Paris’ Lorette Productions, “Pseudonym” will be talked up to buyers by Wide’s Frederic Gentet at next week’s Ventana Sur where Wide will also screen one of its highest-profile titles, “2 Nights Till Morning,” which plays in Ventana Sur’s European Screenings.
A cautionary thriller for the Internet age, »
- John Hopewell
Only a handful of directors working in the film industry today can boast the right to final cut. With huge sums of money invested in movie production, even the most talented are contractually bound to satisfy the creative demands of studio executives.
Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott might enjoy the privilege of final cut today (which as we’ll see wasn’t always the case), but other filmmakers have no choice but to put up with the interference of the studio; which often involves preview screenings to members of the public to gauge their reaction to the film. Screenings can be a great medium for helping to streamline a movie or iron out any small problems – for instance changing the name of the James Bond movie License Revoked to License To Kill to avoid Americans confusing it with a film about traffic violations – or improving the clarity of »
- Andrew Dilks
The film team review this week's big cinema releases in the audio-only version of the Guardian film show
Catherine Shoard and Peter Bradshaw join Xan Brooks for our weekly round-up of the big cinema releases. This week the team snoop out real quality in Steven Spielberg's Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies; see love blossom and wither in Todd Haynes's Carol; go for a prehistoric perambulation with Pixar's The Good Dinosaur and see the performances (and prosthetics) laid on thick in James 'Whitey' Bulger gangster biopic Black Mass.
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- Presented by Xan Brooks with Catherine Shoard and Peter Bradshaw. Produced by Joan Portillo and Simon Barnard
Film Friday is The Hollywood News’ brand new weekly film show features the week’s brand new releases in the UK, as well as looking at the pick of the pics currently showing at your local multiplex.
On this week’s show we take a look at the nwe Steven Spielberg film Bridge Of Spies, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in Carol, Pixar’s latest The Good Dinosaur, Johnny Depp’s powerful performance in Black Mass, and many more.
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- Paul Heath
During an interview with Slash Film to promote the release of the nautical survival epic In the Heart of the Sea, Ron Howard has revealed that he was offered the opportunity to direct 1999’s Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, but decided to turn it down as it would have been “too daunting.”
“[George Lucas] didn’t necessarily want to direct [the prequels],” states Howard. “He told me he had talked to Robert Zemeckis, Steven Spielberg and me. I was the third one he spoke to. They all said the same thing: ‘George, you should do it!’ I don’t think anybody wanted to follow-up that act at the time. It was an honor, but it would’ve been too daunting.”
Howard also went on to discuss why he’s never directed a superhero movie, stating that: “I’ve had opportunities over the years [to make superhero movies],” he shared. “I really feel like you shouldn »
- Gary Collinson
Happy Thanksgiving everybody! With today being Turkey Day, I wanted to do something a little special (in between eating and watching football, of course), which is to look at some films we should give thanks for this year. 2015 has been an interesting year, and as a way to tie it all in to the holiday, I’m showing you all what to be thankful for, cinematically. Obviously, real life is more important than movies, but I’m just looking at the films and flicks that fit this profile, as it were. Again, happy Thanksgiving to you and yours…hopefully it’s a great one, filled with family, friends, and food! Here now are a half dozen bits of cinema that we should be giving thanks to this year: Creed – First up, give thanks to this movie for being as wonderful as it is and relaunching a franchise on this holiday weekend. »
- Joey Magidson
Catherine Shoard and Peter Bradshaw join Xan Brooks for our weekly round-up of the big cinema releases. This week the team snoop out real quality in Steven Spielberg’s Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies; see love blossom and wither in Todd Haynes’s Carol; go for a prehistoric perambulation with Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur and see the performances (and prosthetics) laid on thick in James ‘Whitey’ Bulger gangster biopic Black Mass
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- Xan Brooks, Catherine Shoard, Peter Bradshaw, Henry Barnes, Dan Susman and Joan Portillo
Television’s Christmas vacation has been canceled.
The month of December used to be consigned to reruns, hoary holiday specials, movies and classic TV marathons. Network execs were loathe to launch any major priorities in the month because of the conventional wisdom that potential viewers were too distracted by holiday-related pursuits.
But a quick look at the premiere schedule for the final four weeks of the year underscores how busy the frame has become for new and returning series premieres.
NBC has its highest-profile new comedy of the season, the Eva Longoria starrer “Telenovela,” getting a showcase preview with two episodes airing Dec. 7 behind the penultimate episode of “The Voice’s” winter season. “Superstore,” the America Ferrera-Ben Feldman workplace comedy that has generated solid advance buzz, opens for business with two episodes airing on Nov. 30, also behind “The Voice.”
- Cynthia Littleton
Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw and Catherine Shoard review Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies. Starring Tom Hanks, the Cold war thriller sees Brooklyn lawyer James Donovan (Hanks) called in to defend Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance), a New York resident accused of spying for the Soviets. Also starring Amy Ryan and tipped to triumph at the 2016 Oscars, Bridge of Spies is released in the UK on Friday 27 November
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- Xan Brooks, Catherine Shoard, Peter Bradshaw, Dan Susman, Henry Barnes and Joan Portillo
Sci-fi cinema has seen all kinds of aliens visit our planet, from hostile invaders to benign envoys of peace. Yet relatively few movies have seriously explored what the philosophical impact of a visitation would be. What if their language was so different from ours that communication seems impossible?
This is, at least in part, the premise behind Story Of Your Life, due out next year. It’s to be the next film from Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, whose extraordinarily intense 2015 drama-thriller Sicario recently left biting our nails in a darkened cinema. Story Of Your Life is a huge departure for the filmmaker, whose work, which also includes Incendies, Prisoners and Enemy, commonly charts the darker continent of the human experience. This next »
Jennifer Lawrence has revealed to Entertainment Weekly that she will make her directorial debut in the near future with a film called Project Delirium.
“I’ve signed on to direct something called Project Delirium — it’s based on this article about mental warfare in the ’60s, like an acid experiment gone terribly wrong.”
“It’s funny, I’ve wanted to direct since I was 16 and always thought I should start making steps towards that,” Lawrence says. “If I had tried to do it earlier, I wouldn’t have been ready. Now I actually feel ready.”
The article is actually up on the New Yorker, which you can read over here. Here’s a segment of it that sets the scene. »
- Paul Heath
To celebrate the release of Steven Spielberg’s gripping new spy thriller Bridge of Spies, out on Thursday 26th November, starring Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance, we’re giving one lucky winner the chance to win a framed Bridge of Spies teaser poster. Exclusive Interview with Screenwriter Matt Charman Directed by Steven Spielberg, Bridge Of Spies
The post Win a Framed Bridge of Spies Teaser Poster appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
Here’s an interesting one. When George Lucas embarked upon his Star Wars prequel trilogy project, his original plan didn’t seem to involve directing all of the films himself. In fact, when it came to Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, he wasn’t top of his own directorial shortlist.
It’s come to light that at least three other directors were sounded out – and one of them was Ron Howard.
The "Star Wars" prequel trilogy has suffered many a critical attack over the years, a big part of that being due to not only George Lucas' writing but his direction of all three films - the latter taking proven great actors like Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman and making them deliver performances that are never talked about as their best work.
At one time though, it seems Lucas didn't want to direct the films and spoke with several major directors about the possibility. Out doing promotion for his period whaling drama "In the Heart of the Sea," filmmaker Ron Howard revealed to MTV's Happy Sad Confused podcast that he was one of at least three directors contacted about the possibility:
- Garth Franklin
Ron Howard is no stranger to the world of Lucasfilm. He starred in George Lucas’ “America Graffiti” and in fact, the director of the upcoming drama, “In The Heart Of The Sea,” got his first taste of big budget filmmaking when he directed the Lucas-conceived and produced fantasy adventure film, “Willow.” Howard was a guest on the HappySadConfused podcast this week and the show’s host asked Howard why he wasn’t asked to direct the “Star Wars” prequels. “He did, he did [ask],” Howard said. “He didn’t necessarily want to direct them, and he told me that he had talked to [Robert] Zemeckis, he talked to me, he talked to Steven Spielberg. I was the third one he spoke to. They had all said the same thing, ‘George, you should just do it!’” And by the sounds of it. Howard didn’t even really consider it. He said “Willow »
- Edward Davis
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