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When the names Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Joel and Ethan Coen are on the same film you might imagine you would have something special, and certainly Oscar worthy. In the case of Bridge Of Spies, the new Cold War thriller that premiered over the weekend at the New York Film Festival, you will not be disappointed. As I said in my initial report on the Nyff unveiling Sunday, this is a masterful achievement from Spielberg, a film that may be his finest ever. That’s a… »
"Bridge of Spies" arrives in theaters next Friday (Oct. 16) with inevitably high expectations, coming as it does from director Steven Spielberg and actor Tom Hanks, who are teaming up for the first time since "The Terminal" in 2004. They have five Oscars between them – not to mention another four for Joel and Ethan Coen, who co-wrote the screenplay. Does this film live up to their collective reputations? -Break- Dish the Oscars with Hollywood insiders in our red-hot forums It certainly won over the crowd at the New York Film Festival where it world premiered on Sunday and was greeted with a prolonged standing ovation. And critics are cheering too. The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy calls it "An absorbing true-life espionage tale very smoothly handled by old pros who know what they're doing." Vulture's David Edelstein finds it "sober but stirring." And Variety's Peter Debruge proclaims »
Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg re-team for Bridge of Spies, about a famous trade-off of captured spies between the Soviets and the United States during the Cold War. While Hanks portrayed James Donovan, the lawyer who facilitated the trade, Mark Rylance played captured Soviet spy Rudolph Abel, Austin Stowell played Gary Powers, and Will Rogers played the American graduate student caught in the crosshairs, Frederic Pryor. As it turns out, though, Spielberg wasn.t the first person to try and bring this story to life. During the press conference for Bridge of Spies during the New York Film Festival, the filmmaker relayed the tale of how Gregory Peck, renowned actor of films like Roman Holiday and To Kill A Mockingbird, tried to get this movie made. Spielberg said, I was meeting with the Donovan family . I was meeting with the two daughters and the son . this morning. And I found »
The Producers Guild of America has selected Jim Gianopulos, Chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox, for its Milestone Award.
The award will be presented to Gianopulos at the 27th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Jan. 23 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.
“Jim Gianopulos has some of the keenest instincts in our business,” Awards Co-Chairs Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd said. “His leadership at 20th Century Fox hasn’t just moved the studio forward, it’s broadened the craft of cinema. Instantly iconic motion pictures like “Avatar,’ ‘Titanic,’ ‘Sideways,’ ‘Life of Pi’ and ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ have redefined the creative possibilities for movies. Those films happened because of Jim’s willingness to take risks on great storytelling.”
“One of the great benefits of this job is to work with incredibly talented filmmakers and executives,” Gianopulos said. “I am truly thrilled to be honored and to celebrate their achievements with this prestigious award. »
- Dave McNary
Jim Gianopulos, the chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox, will receive the Milestone Award at the 2016 Producers Guild Awards, the PGA announced on Tuesday. The Milestone Award is the PGA’s top honor, and in the past has gone to Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Ron Meyer, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Bob Iger and Harvey and Bob Weinstein, among others. Gianopulos has been the chairman of Fox since 2000, overseeing films that include “Avatar,” “Moulin Rouge,” “Life of Pi,” “Minority Report,” “Walk the Line” and the “Planet of the Apes,” “Ice Age” and “X-Men” franchises. Fox’s most recent release was Ridley Scott‘s box-office. »
- Steve Pond
20th Century Fox chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos will be honored with the 2016 Milestone Award at the 27th annual PGA Awards ceremony on January 23 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. The Milestone Award is the PGA's highest honor, recognizing an individual or team who has made historic contributions to the entertainment industry. Previous recipients include Clint Eastwood, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Ron Meyer, Bob & Harvey Weinstein, Bob Iger… »
To celebrate the release of Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy, available to own on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD, now available from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, we’re giving 3 lucky winners the chance to bring home a Blu-ray™ of this year’s epic international adventure!
Experience the future all over again with the Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy! Join Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and a time traveling DeLorean for the adventure of a lifetime as they travel to the past, present and future, setting off a time-shattering chain reaction that disrupts the space time continuum! From filmmakers Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, this unforgettable collection features hours of bonus features and is an unrivalled trilogy that stands the test of time.
To be in with a chance of winning send an email to email@example.com with the answer to this question… »
- Laura Holmes
The Oscar race got a little clearer over the last week, with Ridley Scott and Matt Damon showcasing “The Martian” for Academy voters, Danny Boyle‘s “Steve Jobs” screening for its first audiences outside of Telluride and Steven Spielberg‘s Cold War drama “Bridge of Spies” debuting at the New York Film Festival and screening for media in Los Angeles. It’s now safe to say that all three could figure into this year’s race, expanding the group of true Best Picture contenders to about 15 films that have been screened so far, and another handful that have yet to be unveiled. »
- Steve Pond
In "Back to the Future II," Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) arrives on Oct. 21, 2015, and the future looks like this: people riding hoverboards, driving flying cars, and drinking Pepsi Perfect. And going to see "Jaws 19" - directed by Max Spielberg, real-life son of Steven Spielberg - at the Holomax Theater.
Universal has been hyping the 30th anniversary of the classic movie with some cool promotions - including Pepsi Perfect becoming an actual thing - but this one might be the best: a trailer for "Jaws 19."
The fake trailer teases the movie by mentioning the previous sequels - like when Jaws started a family, battled a Russian shark named Ivan Sharkovsky, and learned about love in "Jaws 17: Fifty Scales of Grey." Too funny!
In "Back to the Future II," a poster for"Jaws 19" boasted that, "This time, it's really really personal." Unfortunately, critics didn't love it and future USA Today »
- Kelly Woo
Director Steven Spielberg has been one of the most successful directors in Hollywood for four decades, with major commercial hits that have broken records at the box office. His latest film, Bridge of Spies, premiered Sunday night at the New York Film Festival and centers on an American lawyer (Tom Hanks) who is recruited by the CIA during the Cold War to help rescue a detained pilot from Soviet Russia.
Spielberg’s last collaboration to star Hanks, 2004’s dramedy The Terminal, failed to earn any nominations from the Academy, whilst their previous collaboration, 2002’s Catch Me If You Can, earned just two Oscar nominations (best supporting actor for Christopher Walken, best original score for John Williams) but was unable to take home either, despite positive reviews and large box office numbers.
Despite having won three Oscars in his career, and the multitude of iconic films that he has helmed, »
- Patrick Shanley
We're five months out from the Oscars, but the awards pundits at Gold Derby have made some predictions and the site has calculated the odds of potential Best Picture winners. At this point the true story journalism drama "Spotlight" is at #1 with odds of 6-1, followed by "Steve Jobs" in second at 8-1.
Three unscreened films made the top fifteen: Third and fourth went to David O. Russell's Jennifer Lawrence-led biopic "Joy" (17-2) and Alejandro Inarritu's survival drama "The Revenant" (9-1), while seventh is Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight" (14-1).
Boosted by rave festival reviews, "Carol" and "Room" tied for fifth and six with 12-1 each. Rounding out the top ten were Ridley Scott's well-regarded "The Martian" in eighth with 18-1, Steven Spielberg's "Bridge of Spies" in ninth with 20-1, and the transgender drama "The Danish Girl" in tenth at 20-1.
Making up #11-20 are: »
- Garth Franklin
This week’s episode of our podcast We Are Movie Geeks The Show is up! Hear Wamg’s Michelle McCue, Jim Batts and Tom Stockman discuss the weekend box office, and next weekend’s releases. We’ll review Sicario, The Walk, Escobar: Paradise Lost, Finders Keepers, Bridge Of Spies, Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story Of National Lampoon, and The Martian. We’ll also preview Pan and 99 Homes. Michael Haffner calls in to discuss his film-going adventures at Fantastic Fest in Austin last week, and we’ll talk about Vincent Price and the Price-related events in St. Louis this weekend . We Are Movie Geeks The Show is a weekly podcast and can be heard streaming at ONStl.com Online Radio.
Here’s this week’s show. Have a listen:
- Movie Geeks
There's going to be a decent helping (read: veritable boatload) of Mad Max and Transformers projects rolling out in the next ten years. If you like things that go boom, you're probably happy — elated, even. (Or maybe you're respectively half-happy, half-sad.) Regardless, stick with us just so you know exactly how much you have to endure, because whether you like it or not, these blockbuster bundles of adrenaline will be a part of your moviegoing life for awhile. You'll probably have the responsibility of introducing a child (either of yours or someone else's) to one of these forever franchises, so plan accordingly.We've previously written about Tran5former5 (styling our own) and Michael Bay's involvement, but we didn't know the extent of the saga's plans. At a recent Mipcom Q&A, however, Hasbro's head honcho Steven J. Davis officially confirmed that at least four sequels are in the works. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
To promote the upcoming 30th anniversary home entertainment release of the Back To The Future trilogy, Universal is pulling out all the stops, launching a short film featuring Christopher Lloyd (you can see a teaser for that here) and now a funny trailer for Jaws 19. It’s the film, you’ll likely know, that is playing in “Holomax 3D” in Hill Valley on October 21, 2015 when Marty and Doc arrive in the future during the second film. And as opposed to just mocking up a quick bit of shark footage, the team behind the promo have bitten a page from the book of the 22 Jump Street filmmakers, running through the complete list of fictional Jaws sequels from Jaws 5 until 19. That last film directed, of course, by Max Spielberg.It’s a nice riff on franchise fever, reboots and tie-ins, even as we worry that it heralds a possible future for the »
The most honest magicians never use the word “magic” – they’re illusionists; they make believable that which can’t possibly be, and that’s what Harryhausen was: a master illusionist who made us believe that his table-top constructions of fabric and clay and metal were massive, mighty creatures out of legend, out of fantasy, out of our nightmares. He was a master of stop-motion animation; moving his creations a fraction of an inch per frame to create the illusion of flying saucers toppling the Washington Monument (Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, 1956), a tremendous octopus threatening the Golden Gate Bridge (It Came from Beneath the Sea, 1955), or an impossible prehistory of cave men battling dinosaurs (One Million Years B.C., 1966). When he passed, a generation of filmmakers who’d grown up watching his work at movie house matinees and Saturday night monster movie TV slots saluted him, acknowledging how his work had inspired them. »
- Bill Mesce
Great Scott! In 1985 Director Robert Zemeckis, Executive Producer Steven Spielberg and Producer/Screenwriter Bob Gale embarked on a three-part journey through time that broke box office records worldwide and catapulted Back to the Future into one of the most beloved trilogies in motion picture history.
In 1989, the filmmakers gave us a glimpse of the future in Back To The Future Part II as Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled to 2015…or, if our calculations are correct, October 21, 2015, to be exact. “The Future” has finally arrived.
Now, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment celebrates this once-in-a-lifetime date, as well as the 30th Anniversary of the groundbreaking first film, with three new releases debuting on October 20, 2015.
In the clip above, at the 1:03 mark, Marty is about to be consumed by a holographic shark at the Holomax theater.
The marquee reads, “This time, it’s really, really personal” – directed by Max Spielberg.
- Michelle McCue
Reteaming for the first time in over a decade, Steven Spielberg‘s Bridge of Spies follows Tom Hanks the true story of James B. Donovan as an unblemished Brooklyn lawyer who becomes involved in defending a suspected Kgb agent (Mark Rylance). The snappy, propulsive part-courtroom drama, part-international thriller held its world premiere at the New York Film Festival, but shortly before the director and his cast gathered to discuss the making of the project.
We’ve highlighted the most worthwhile discussion points, including an original iteration half-a-century ago that never went into production, the relevance of the film today, collaborating with Joel and Ethan Coen, who co-wrote the script, Spielberg’s updated thoughts on the state of Hollywood, and much more. Check it out below.
Upon coming to the material, Spielberg said, “I knew nothing about this story two years ago. »
- Jordan Raup
2015 is a big year for “Back to the Future.” The beloved film celebrates 30 years (a “nice round number”) since its release, and October 21, 2015 marks the date that Doc and Marty travel to in “Back to the Future Part II.” Great Scott, this is heavy! Join us here as we count down to the festivities on this red letter date in the history of movies. We’re still waiting for Holomax theaters, but, thankfully, we don’t have to wait any longer for “Jaws 19.” Set to hit theaters this month (at least in Hill Valley), the 18th sequel for Steven Spielberg’s 1975 thriller finally has a trailer. Check out the trailer featuring John Williams’ iconic score that Universal released today — which also gets you up to speed on “Jaws 5” through “Jaws 18.” Don’t get too hyped up for “Jaws 19,” though. Our peek at the October 22, 2015 issue of USA Today, Hill Valley »
- Emily Rome
October 21 is officially Back to The Future day, and with the first movie in the franchise about to celebrate it's 30th Anniversary, Universal Studios is pulling out all the stops. As any Bttf fan worth his salt knows, October 21, 2015 is the day that Marty and Doc go to in the future, as seen in Back to the Future Part II. And some of the artifacts from this fictional time period are becoming a reality. Earlier today, Pepsi announced that they are finally delivering their long-awaited Pepsi Perfect soda. And now, we have the official teaser trailer for Jaws 19.
We won't actually get to see Jaws 19. And after watching the teaser trailer, you'll probably agree that's for the best. The footage goes through the entire trilogy, offering the plots of Jaws 5 through Jaws 18, leading into this latest 'fictional' sequel. It sounds like Bruce the Shark and his brood have been through an awful lot, »
Yesterday, I was among the very first pundits to see Steven Spielberg’s new movie Bridge of Spies as it screened at the New York Film Festival. As I’ve mentioned recently, this film was one of the last of the unseen Academy Award hopefuls, so now the Oscar race has ever so slightly seen a clearing up of its possibilities, if you will. Whenever Spielberg gets together with Tom Hanks to make a flick, something interesting happens, and this is no exception. Is it an awards player though? Well, that might not be as much of a slam dunk as we all thought earlier this year… The film is a Cold War set drama with spy thriller elements to it. Hanks stars as attorney James Donovan, who was recruited by the government to give a defense to a captured soviet spy (played by Mark Rylance) and then asked by the C. »
- Joey Magidson
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