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Commentaries to accompany a film are an add-on which have polarised the film loving community. Admittedly most wonder why they would waste their time committing to a 2-hour breakdown of a film when the actual movie is far more entertaining on its own. This school of thought was best expressed by actor-director Woody Allen – one of a handful of film makers to have never made an accompanying audio track – who said “I want my films to speak for themselves. And hopefully they do”. These views are shared by the likes of Steven Spielberg and David Lynch and a large percentage of the cinematic community.
However, there is a small yet passionate sub-community of commentary lovers. These people will happily repurchase a DVD or Blu-ray they already own just to gain access to some new insight via the commentary. Though it is indubitable that there are some commentaries that truly aren »
- Sam Heard
Joe Cornish hasn't directed anything since Attack the Block, though he did co-write Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin with Edgar Wright and Steven Moffat and then went on to work with Wright on Ant-Man until the two stepped away from the project. He is said to be attached to Universal's Section 6, a film about the formation of MI6, but now another movie at Universal has caught his eye, the revealed King Kong: Skull Island movie Legendary has already dated for November 4, 2016. Deadline has the news saying Legendary has offered Cornish the gig, but no indication yet as to whether he'll take it, but the site does reveal Max Borenstein, who wrote the recent Godzilla remake, will pen the script. When the project was announced by Legendary they said previous King Kong films have touched on Skull Island but this new film will stay and explore the »
- Brad Brevet
“You could have dinner with us… my brother makes good head cheese! You like head cheese?”
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre screens this Friday and Saturday nights (August 1st and 2nd) at midnight at the Hi-Pointe Theater (1005 McCausland Ave, St. Louis) as part of Destroy the Brain’s Late Night Grindhouse series.
Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre may or may not be the scariest horror movie ever made (I think it is) but it’s certainly one of the most referenced, imitated, ripped off, and influential. It opened in October of 1974 when I was 13 and I read about it in a few monster mags, but could not initially talk my dad into taking me to see it (hew was usually pretty cool about that kind of thing – he’d already taken me to French Connection and A Clockwork Orange). About 6 months later, in April of 1975, the Italian horror film »
- Tom Stockman
Sneak Peek the next episode of executive producer Steven Spielberg's alien-invasion TV series "Falling Skies", titled "Saturday Night Massacre", with guest stars Mira Sorvino, Treva Etienne and Robert Sean Leonard, airing August 3, 2014:
"...'Lexi' emerges more powerful and ruthless than ever. 'Tom' and the '2nd Mass' must work together with the 'Volm' to hold off the invading 'Espheni' forces in what becomes the bloodiest battle of the series..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Falling Skies: Saturday Night Massacre"...
- Michael Stevens
CBS’ out-of-this world drama “Extant” is moving out of its timeslot. Beginning Wednesday, the series — which stars Halle Berry as an astronaut who returns from a 13-month solo mission mysteriously pregnant — will shift from its 9 p.m. timeslot to 10 p.m., with repeats of “Criminal Minds” serving as a lead-in. Also read: ‘Extant’ Review: Halle Berry Series Shoots for the Moon, but Does It Aim Too High? “Extant,” which counts Steven Spielberg among its executive producers, got off to a so-so ratings start with its July 9 premiere. The series premiere drew a 1.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic most »
- Tim Kenneally
Microsoft has released a trailer for an upcoming documentary about buried Et the Extra-Terrestrial cartridges.
Titled Atari: Game Over, the documentary will air on Xbox this autumn.
The programme explores the confirmation of the urban legend that Atari dumped unsold Et cartridges in New Mexico after the game infamously flopped in 1982.
A number of other cartridges were also discovered at the dig, and will be featured in the upcoming documentary.
Atari paid millions to acquire the rights to make a game based on the Steven Spielberg blockbuster, but the subsequent product was mauled by critics.
Its failure has been blamed for the collapse of home console gaming a year later, which lasted until the launch of the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1985. »
All good things must come to an end at some point. Yes folks, this is the final installment of this series of mine, and as such, it’s (hopefully) a bit of a doozy…the Best Picture field. Without a doubt, this is the big one, so it’s the one where the list will be the most important and I hope interesting to look at as well. Obviously, I could go on and on in preparation right now, waxing poetic and teasing, but at this point I know how the game works here for everyone. You all just want to see the lists that I do anyhow, so I have no problem obliging you good people there in that particular regard one more time. All you have to do is just be patient over the next paragraph or so and you’ll get the goods front and center for your reading pleasure… »
- Joey Magidson
Nicki Minaj will guest-star on Cartoon Network's Steven Universe, an animated series about a boy named Steven who joins three women as guardians of the galaxy. Nicki Minaj will voice Sugilite, a powerful four-armed giantess formed when two other characters — Garnet and Amethyst — fuse together. (It's like Transformers, only with gem-powered heroines.) She's got way too many eyes, a lot of sass, and an awesome weapon that's a wrecking ball in the shape of a fist. When she comes together, she says, "I forgot how great it feels to be me." You can watch the entire episode when it airs on Thursday, August 21, on Cartoon Network, but for now, you can enjoy the clip below when Sugilite makes her grand entrance. »
- E. Alex Jung
After just an "Avengers: Age of Ultron" footage reveal and an "Ant-Man" panel that was caught under the specter of the project recently losing its director (no new movie announcements beyond a "Guardians of the Galaxy" sequel, no exciting casting revelations), it really did seem from afar like the Marvel Comic-Con presentation was a bit of a whiff this year. I'm sure all in attendance enjoyed the early look, but it felt like it may have been pretty weak sauce, particularly if you were trying to decide between that and a unique Chuck Palahniuk/David Fincher/"Fight Club" panel and opted for the superheroes instead. Fincher's 1999 masterwork is celebrating its 15th anniversary this October and this panel was a "from page to screen and beyond" look at the novel's journey from Palahniuk's brain to pop culture phenomenon. A little over a year ago, the author announced plans to write »
- Kristopher Tapley
If you can avert your eyes from staring at the copious amounts of camel toe and moose knuckle long enough you never know what you'll see hanging around the San Diego Comic-Con. Case in point: These blink and you missed 'em Jurassic World vehicles.
Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) penned the script with Derek Connolly and directs. Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, and Pat Crowley produce Jurassic World. In theaters June 12, 2015, this is a new sci-fi terror adventure set 22 years after the horrific events of the original Jurassic Park.
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- Steve Barton
A future generation of screen and stage talent is being wasted, says Treva Etienne, who is the latest in a line of black British actors to thrive in America following Idris Elba in The Wire, David Oyelowo in The Butler, Marianne Jean-Baptiste in Without a Trace, David Harewood in Homeland, and Chiwetel Ejiofor in the film 12 Years a Slave. Speaking to the Observer this weekend from Hollywood, Etienne called for a better balance of parts for black newcomers at home.
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- Vanessa Thorpe, arts and media correspondent
Being an entertainment documentary junkie, I will watch any and everything I can get my hands on. I remember first hearing about the Atari / E.T. archaeological dig featured in Atari: Game Over, not knowing there was a film that was being created documenting the project. Besides, what was the angle for seekers of buried E.T. cartridges anyway? In a related vein, I was aware of prop collectors traveling to film locations to dig pieces of junk out of the desert that were once a part of Star Wars or Raiders of the Lost Ark sets. Many do this because they can get big bucks for rotten pieces of fiberglass and foam, simply because these unrecognizable bits and pieces were once a part of these important movies. But seriously, one would think, who would want one of these old, once-buried E.T. cartridges anyway? Well, as I thought about it, I guess I would. »
- Rob Klein
Fans of MTV’s cult hit Teen Wolf were no doubt thrilled by showrunner Jeff Davis’ panel-opening announcement that the show has been renewed for a twenty-episode fifth season. Davis and his cast – Holland Roden, Tyler Hoechlin, Shelley Hennig, Dylan O’Brien, Tyler Posey, and Dylan Sprayberry – filled up Ballroom 20 with screaming fans, many of whom camped out overnight for the chance to get teased about upcoming episodes and to ask the actors questions (or, in many cases, to declare their love). Hit the jump for our full Teen Wolf Comic-Con panel recap. When asked about his inspiration for this season of the show, Davis referenced his own adolescence growing up in a single parent household, and said he wanted to get back to the simpler, more human conflicts and more human antagonists. He also cited Steven Spielberg as an influence. There will be more struggle coming up for Liam, »
- Morgan Leigh Davies
Om Puri (b. 1950), the prolific and internationally renowned Indian actor will appear at Museum of the Moving Image on Sunday, August 3, for a conversation about his career moderated by actress and writer Madhur Jaffrey. The tribute program, presented with clips of Puri’s finest performances, will be followed by a preview screening of The Hundred-Hoot Journey, in which he co-stars with Helen Mirren.
Om Puri is one of India’s most celebrated actors. He won his first Indian National Film Award for his performance in Ardh Satya. Since then, he has starred in both mainstream and arthouse Indian films including Ardh Satya (1982), Mirch Masala (1987), Dharavi (1992), Maachis (1996), and A.K. 47 (2004), as well as international projects such as the critically acclaimed Gandhi (1982), City of Joy (1992), Wolf (1994), Brothers in Trouble (1995), The Ghost and the Darkness (1996), East is East (1999), Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), and West is West (2010). He recently starred in Don 2 (2011), Farhan Akhtar’s record-breaking Bollywood epic. »
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For a movie loaded with dialogue about cooking from the heart and not being afraid of spices, “The Hundred-Foot Journey” is a surprisingly bland slumgullion of food porn and emotional manipulation, filtered through the middlebrow sensibilities of director Lasse Hallström (who seems to be remaking his own “Chocolat,” as though that weren't bad enough the first time) and the treacly homilies of Oprah Winfrey (who executive produced alongside Steven Spielberg). It delivers the kind of sentimental sledgehammering I found myself willing to forgive — the presence of Helen Mirren goes a long way in that regard — but once the »
- Alonso Duralde
Hot town, "scummer" in the city — Peter Travers is back once again to count down the worst movies of the month, and July was particularly rife with garbage. Our trusty critic says he could've tossed 25 movies into the Scum Bucket, but he's gracious enough to leave us with only 10.
The Best and Worst Movies of 2014 So Far
Last year, Quentin Tarantino likened South Korean director Bong Joon-ho to Steven Spielberg, but that doesn’t mean that many American filmgoers have ever heard of him. That’s likely to change this weekend, with Bong’s stateside debut, Snowpiercer – an action-packed sci-fi saga about a rebellion aboard an elaborate speeding train that houses the last human survivors of an environmental apocalypse. Fantastically inventive and gripping, Bong’s latest is merely par for the course for the 44-year-old director. A filmmaker with a gift for injecting nuanced characters, lively humor, and complex interpersonal and familial dynamics into large-scale genre pictures — be they serial-killer police procedurals, monster movies, or murder-mystery thrillers — Bong’s work has an electricity rivaled by few contemporaries. To prepare you for his maiden English-language effort, here’s a rundown of his past output – subtitles be damned, his is a diverse and daring canon with universal appeal.Incoherence »
- Nick Schager
Beef bourguignon or tandoori goat? Career success or family loyalty? You can actually have it all, according to “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” a culture-clash dramedy that presents itself as the most soothing brand of cinematic comfort food. As such, this genteel, overlong adaptation of Richard C. Morais’ 2010 novel about two rival restaurants operating in a sleepy French village is not without its pleasures — a high-energy score by A.R. Rahman, exquisite gastro-porn shot by Linus Sandgren, the winningly barbed chemistry of Helen Mirren and Om Puri — all prepared to exacting middlebrow specifications and ensured to go down as tastily and tastefully as possible. With the formidable backing of producers Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey, the DreamWorks concoction should cater to a broad array of arthouse appetites, particularly among those viewers who embraced the similar East-meets-West fusion cuisine of “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”
If this Old World foodie fairy tale feels like »
- Justin Chang
"There are more unmade movies than there are made movies," says Frank Pavich, director of Jodorowsky's Dune, the documentary chronicling director Alejandro Jodorowsky's efforts to adapt Frank Herbert's seminal science fiction novel for the big screen. His effort began almost a decade before the generally unsatisfying David Lynch version hit theatres in 1984.
Back in the mid 70s, widely credited as the creator of the Midnight Film genre with the release of El Topo (which caused a riot during its viewing at a film festival in Mexico), and fresh from the success of The Holy Mountain, Jodorowsky was given his choice of subject for his next movie. He elected to adapt Dune, even though he had never even read the book.
"Dune will be the coming of a god, »
Teen Wolf took Hall H on Thursday, where stars Tyler Posey, Dylan O’Brien and more dished on what fans can expect from the rest of season 4, and announced Teen Wolf has been picked up for a fifth season.
Teen Wolf To Focus On "Human Problems"
Executive producer Jeff Davis kicked off the excitement, announcing that MTV had picked up Teen Wolf for a 20-episode season 5 – eight episodes longer than season 4. After revealing the big news, Davis spoke about how he sees Teen Wolf evolving in season 4, noting that he wants to move away from the heavy mythology of the show. Davis mentioned Stephen Spielberg’s E.T. as the prime example, saying, “[It goes] back to human problems as oppose to creating another mythology or a creature.”
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