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14 items from 2017


Star Struck: "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" at 40

9 September 2017 11:34 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

In the cinema of Steven Spielberg, to say nothing of the cinema of science fiction, of Hollywood, and of practical effects, Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) is a landmark, like the silhouette of a small mountain in the night skyline. Spielberg’s Duel (1971), carried over from television to movie theaters, was a wisp of a story elevated by its visual dynamism. His theatrical debut, The Sugarland Express (1974), was another 70s American road movie, notable today for the way it combines the appealing grit of the New Hollywood (and of Duel) with a much warmer, more charitable view of America and its culture. It contains the director’s first broken family unit—a key theme in his career—and was his first film scored by John Williams, even if it has almost none of the Williams trademarks. Jaws (1975) was the breakout smash, a lurid bucket-of-blood movie turned into a light day-at-the-beach movie, »

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Labor Day Weekend on Target for Worst Box Office in Over a Decade

29 August 2017 10:27 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

With the Houston flood, impending race riots and a looming nuclear war all on the horizon, folks aren't really thinking about movies. And this weekend will prove that as it shapes up to be the worst Labor Day at the box office since 2001. Last weekend was a historic one at the box office, but not exactly in a good way. The action-comedy The Hitman's Bodyguard managed to repeat with just $10.2 million, as a trio of underperforming new releases fell way short, resulting in the worst overall weekend for the top 12 movies in 16 years, and the lowest August weekend in 20 years. It's entirely possible that record for box office futility could already be broken over the Labor Day holiday, a weekend that is traditionally one of the lowest of the year, but with only two movies debuting, The Weinstein Compan's Tulip Fever and Sony's re-release of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, »

- MovieWeb

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Close Encounters Of The Third Kind 4K Remastered 40th Anniversary Director’s Cut Coming to Theaters This September

24 August 2017 4:58 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

While it may be hard to believe, it's already been nearly 40 years since Steven Spielberg introduced us to enigmatic visitors from above in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Sony Pictures is celebrating this September by bringing a special 4K restoration director's cut to theaters for one week only:

Press Release: Culver City, Calif. -- Sony Pictures will celebrate the 40th anniversary of legendary director Steven Spielberg's epic science fiction adventure Close Encounters Of The Third Kind with a series of special events. As a highlight of the celebration, the film has been restored and remastered in 4K and will be returning to the big screen in the United States and Canada. The Director's Cut will receive an exclusive 1 week engagement in theaters across the country starting September 1, as well as a World Premiere in the Venezia Classici section of the Venice International Film Festival. Park Circus will »

- Derek Anderson

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Close Encounters Of The Third Kind Celebrates 40th Anniversary With New Poster And Trailer

25 July 2017 1:54 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“This means something. This is important.” Prior to the 4th of July holiday, this mysterious video was released sparking a wildfire of internet buzz over the below teaser. Was it a clever way to announce a remake or sequel? Either way it was pretty awesome.

Now we know.

A 40th Anniversary trailer and poster have landed for Sony Pictures Close Encounters Of The Third Kind.  The film will be re-released in cinemas September 1, 2017.

As a highlight of the celebration, the film has been restored and remastered in 4K and will be returning to the big screen in the United States and Canada. The Director’s Cut will receive an exclusive 1 week engagement in theaters across the country starting September 1, as well as a World Premiere in the Venezia Classici section of the Venice International Film Festival.

In their original review from 1977, The Hollywood Reporter wrote:

“To get to the bottom line with minimum delay, »

- Michelle Hannett

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Close Encounters Of The Third Kind 40th re-release trailer

5 July 2017 10:17 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Joseph Baxter Jul 6, 2017

Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters Of The Third Kind turns 40 this year. And it's heading back to cinemas...

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind arrived on the scene as an existential alien encounter enlightenment for its characters and – especially during the buildup to its November 1977 release – a new marketing showcase for blockbuster movies, with a release built upon cryptic teases. Appropriately, with the film’s 40th anniversary approaching, a teaser trailer for its re-release proves to be as cryptic as the buildup to its original release.

Video of This Means Something

Called “This Means Something,” referencing the famous scene in which Richard Dreyfuss’s Roy Neary turns his mashed potatoes into an impromptu rendition of his portentous alien-inspired vision of Wyoming’s Devils Tower, the Close Encounters Of The Third Kind 40th teaser trailer poses familiar questions about the unexplained mysterious findings of air traffic control, cutting »

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The Picasso Summer

3 June 2017 11:54 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Yet another puzzle picture, that came out on DVD back with the first wave of Wac films in 2010. An expensive romance with Albert Finney and Yvette Mimieux, it was filmed in Europe, co-written by Ray Bradbury and bears the music of Michel Legrand, including an exceedingly well known pop song. Yet it sat on a shelf for three years, only to make a humiliating world debut on TV — on CBS’s Late Nite Movie. It was clearly one of those Productions From Hell, where nothing went right.

The Picasso Summer

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The Warner Archive Collection

1969 originally / Color / 1:85 enhanced widescreen / 90 min. / Street Date May 28, 2010 (not a mistake) / available through the WBshop / 17.99

Starring: Albert Finney, Yvette Mimieux, Luis Miguel Dominguín, Theodore Marcuse, Jim Connell,

Peter Madden, Tutte Lemkow, Graham Stark, Marty Ingels, Georgina Cookson, Miki Iveria, Bee Duffell, Lucia Bosé, Jean Marie Ingels.

Cinematography: Vilmos Zsigmond

Original Music: Michel Legrand

Animator: »

- Glenn Erickson

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First ‘Guardians of the Galaxy v. 2’ Reactions Are in and…Surprise, Everyone Loves It

18 April 2017 8:59 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Plus, a plethora of post-credit scenes and news about vol. 3

There are still a couple of weeks before James Gunn releases Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2, but recently the film was screened for the press and despite a review embargo being in place, some took to Twitter to share their immediate reactions. The overall assessment? Check it for yourself:

Angie J. Han of Mashable called it “the McU at its very best,” while Mike Ryan at Uproxx says the film is “very fun” and “Baby Groot steals the show.” Germain Lussier of Gizmodo and io9 describes the film as “filled with tons of surprises and an unexpected amount of emotion,” and Anna Klassen of Bustle calls it “action-packed” with “even more classic 70s/early 80s music cues.”

Furthermore, when one member of the press revealed there’s not one, not two, not even three but four post-credit scenes, Gunn himself joined the conversation to reveal there »

- H. Perry Horton

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Prime for April - Screengrab Roulette

4 April 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

As we do, we've frozen random new to Amazon Prime titles and grabbed the first screengrab that popped up. Though they're leaning heavily on 1990s titles at the moment, their quality of offerings is far outpacing whatever B pictures Netflix has been licensing of late. Comment Party: Which will you be watching and which of the "new" streaming titles would you most want to read a write-up on this month? I'll obey your consensus command. 

Okay on to the random screengrabs.

Every morning the ground is soaked with blood. The workers believe I brought this terror since it didn't begin until my arrival. Whatever I try they seem to know. All the deaths are on me. 

The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)

Yes, yes, great Vilmos Zsigmond cinematography, a sound Oscar, and killer lions and but on a scale of 1-100 how kissable were Val Kilmer's lips in his prime? »

- NATHANIEL R

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Witness the Evolution of Cinematography with Compilation of Oscar Winners

6 February 2017 1:47 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

This past weekend, the American Society of Cinematographers awarded Greig Fraser for his contribution to Lion as last year’s greatest accomplishment in the field. Of course, his achievement was just a small sampling of the fantastic work from directors of photography, but it did give us a stronger hint at what may be the winner on Oscar night. Ahead of the ceremony, we have a new video compilation that honors all the past winners in the category at the Academy Awards

Created by Burger Fiction, it spans the stunning silent landmark Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans all the way up to the end of Emmanuel Lubezki‘s three-peat win for The Revenant. Aside from the advancements in color and aspect ration, it’s a thrill to see some of cinema’s most iconic shots side-by-side. However, the best way to experience the evolution of the craft is by »

- Jordan Raup

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ASC Awards 2017: ‘Lion’ Steals ‘La La Land’s’ Thunder

5 February 2017 12:30 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

While Damien Chazelle predictably took the DGA Award for “La La Land” on Saturday night, the ASC rejected the self-reverential Hollywood musical in favor of the more dramatic and politically impactful “Lion,” honoring Australian cinematographer Greig Fraser. “Lion” director Garth Davis took home Best First Director at the DGAs.

However, “La La Land’s” cinematographer, Linus Sandgren, still remains the Oscar favorite, despite the fact that, in the last 20 years, the ASC winner has taken the Academy Award 11 times.

With “Lion,” the incredibly true story of Saroo Brierley (Dev Patel), the Indian who used Google Earth to locate his birth family several decades after his separation and adoption in Australia, Fraser essentially made two movies in one. Fortunately, the top Camerimage prize winner had previous experience shooting in India.

“Trying to capture the essence of India is almost like trying to bottle magic, which is hard to do because India »

- Bill Desowitz

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‘Lion,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Mr. Robot’ Win ASC Awards

4 February 2017 10:58 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lion” lenser Greig Fraser walked away with top honors in the feature film category at the 31st annual American Society of Cinematographers Awards Saturday night. Fraser also won the Golden Frog at last year’s Camerimage cinematography festival.

Other nominees in the field were James Laxton (“Moonlight”), Rodrigo Prieto (“Silence”), Linus Sandgren (“La La Land”) and Bradford Young (“Arrival”). Each of the Asc feature nominees were also nominated by the Academy this year.

In the Asc’s TV categories, “Game of Thrones” and “Mr. Robot” came out victorious, while HBO’s “The Night Of” won in the miniseries/pilot category.

“House of Others” Dp Gorgka Gomez Andreu won the third annual Spotlight award, which recognizes feature-length projects that are screened at festivals, internationally, or in limited theatrical release.

Denzel Washington and cinematographers Edward Lachman, Philippe Rousselot, Bill Garcia and Nancy Schreiber won honorary awards.

Last year’s Asc and Oscar »

- Kristopher Tapley

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‘Lion,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Mr. Robot’ Win Asc Awards

4 February 2017 10:58 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Lion” lenser Greig Fraser walked away with top honors in the feature film category at the 31st annual American Society of Cinematographers Awards Saturday night. Fraser also won the Golden Frog at last year’s Camerimage cinematography festival.

Other nominees in the field were James Laxton (“Moonlight”), Rodrigo Prieto (“Silence”), Linus Sandgren (“La La Land”) and Bradford Young (“Arrival”). Each of the Asc feature nominees were also nominated by the Academy this year.

In the Asc’s TV categories, “Game of Thrones” and “Mr. Robot” came out victorious, while HBO’s “The Night Of” won in the miniseries/pilot category.

“House of Others” Dp Gorgka Gomez Andreu won the third annual Spotlight award, which recognizes feature-length projects that are screened at festivals, internationally, or in limited theatrical release.

Denzel Washington and cinematographers Edward Lachman, Philippe Rousselot, Bill Garcia and Nancy Schreiber won honorary awards.

Last year’s Asc and Oscar winner for cinematography was Emmanuel Lubezki for »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Movie Poster of the Week: “Singin’ in the Rain” and 2016 In Memoriam

14 January 2017 12:03 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

December 28, 2016. R.I.P. Debbie Reynolds, actress and singer. Age 84.There is a nice moment in the documentary Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds where Carrie’s brother Todd is showing the filmmakers a wall in his living room that tells the story of his mother’s life through movie posters. When Debbie Reynolds passed away on December 28—the day after her daughter Carrie in what was certifiably the last straw of 2016— I tried to find a great poster to commemorate her, but I couldn’t find anything really worthy of her (she was rarely the star of her own posters for one thing). I had forgotten, however, about this lovely Italian poster for Singing’ in the Rain which captures her as the burst of sunshine she always was.More often than I would have liked last year I found myself using my Movie Poster of the Day Tumblr as a memorial, »

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What Are You Watching?: Anti-holiday viewing

5 January 2017 10:00 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

What Are You Watching? is a weekly space for The A.V Club’s film critics and readers to share their thoughts, observations, and opinions on movies new and old.

When midnight struck on the New Year, I was in a third-floor loft, watching a 35mm print of McCabe & Mrs. Miller. The pops of illicit fireworks and the sound of “Auld Lang Syne” in the bars below and across the street happened in the midst of a quiet stretch in the film’s drawn-out climax, while the Warren Beatty character, McCabe, was evading three hired killers in the snow. As New Year’s entertainment, it was a perverse choice, commemorating not only the deaths of Leonard Cohen, whose early songs provide much of the music, and Vilmos Zsigmond, the film’s celebrated cinematographer, but also a defeatist vision of American oblivion—of the little guy and his small, crude ...

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- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

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