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Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary Hollywood filmmaker Steven Spielberg in the fifth of a five part feature... read parts one, two, three and four.
“I admired [Stanley] Kubrick for the sheer variety of his films,” stated Steven Spielberg of the reclusive and revered American filmmaker. “Paths of Glory  was the best antiwar film ever made… Lolita  was, for me, the best picture about the social mores in America. It was way ahead of its time.” Spielberg had an opportunity to meet his cinematic idol. “I was happy to find that he was a nice guy, that he laughed and liked movies. He talked about the movies he liked, as opposed to so many of my other contemporaries who are haughty, supercilious about films, critical of them, and don’t give much credit to other people.” The two men collaborated on A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001), an adaptation of a short story »
For those of you who can't get enough of Doctor Who, BBC is pushing out books left and right for the series. Dk is releasing a "Visual Dictionary" for the series (stay tuned to TVOvermind for more details on that very soon), and BBC books is now releasing The Brilliant Book of Doctor Who 2011.
Though the title says 2011, the book is actually focusing on the 2010 series, making it a sort of guide to Matt Smith's first year in the Tardis. The book, with its striking-red monster-filled cover, will hit UK shelves on September 30 and Us shelves on October 19.
The book looks to be full of a lot of interesting information that works more as a real-world companion to the series, as opposed to the more in-universe perspectives of other such volumes. I can't wait to see the behind-the-scenes stuff presented in this book. It looks simply amazing.
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- Sam McPherson
Lunatics at Large, abandoned by legendary director in the early 1960s set for big screen, with Johansson and Sam Rockwell to star
Among the discarded projects of the famously fastidious Stanley Kubrick are "lost" movies about Napoleon Bonaparte, the Holocaust and the American civil war. Now, 11 years after his death, a treatment by the legendary film-maker titled Lunatic at Large looks set to make it to the big screen, with Scarlett Johansson and Sam Rockwell attached to star.
Production Weekly broke the news on Twitter last night, reporting that the project is based on an original story by Kubrick and pulp writer Jim Thompson. The film-maker was set to shoot the movie in the early 1960s, but withdrew after being offered the chance to direct Roman epic Spartacus by its star, Kirk Douglas.
Thompson and Kubrick's work was completed in the late 50s, and the film is set in 1956 New York. »
- Ben Child
Science fiction can be the most realistic genre we have. That's why Avatar is a shameful travesty
I went to see Avatar because of a subtle and enthusiastic review by Roz Kaveney – a pity that she must have watched it in another universe. The film I saw had no plot, no characters, no conflict, and no depth of field. The last complaint is literal as well as metaphorical. The 3D effect is in some ways even more two-dimensional than normal films, since there is only one plane where anything is in focus. Everything that protrudes into the theatre or recedes from it is blurry and insubstantial if you look at it directly.
The explosions are very pretty. The robots and the dinosaurs are great. The noble savages swish their tails with admirable elegance. There is one CGI effect, half jellyfish and half bacteriophage, that's absolutely lovely.
The other good bits: there is one human character, »
- Andrew Brown
4 items from 2010
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