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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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Podtalk: Richard Dreyfuss of ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’

5 September 2017 12:50 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The 40th anniversary edition of ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind,’ directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Richard Dreyfuss, is in a limited run in theaters now. What better time to resurrect a 2009 HollywoodChicago.com interview with Dreyfuss, and publish it as a podcast talk.

Richard Dreyfuss, Chicago, 2009

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

At the time Dreyfuss did “Close Encounters” he was on an hot streak, preceded by “Jaws” (1974) and culminating in “The Goodbye Girl” (1977), and became the youngest Best Actor Oscar winner for “Goodbye” (at age 30). With a career that began in 1964, he also had prominent roles in “American Graffiti” (1973), “Stand by Me” (1986), “What About Bob” (1991) and “Mr. Holland’s Opus” (1995). More recently, he portrayed Bernie Madoff in the TV mini-series “Madoff” (2016) and has four films in production or currently unreleased. The 2009 interview took place at the Hollywood Palms Cinema in Naperville, Ill. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Close Encounters 40th Anniversary Review: This Means Something

3 September 2017 3:55 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Being born in 1971 makes me just old enough to remember the original theatrical release of Close Encounters of the Third Kind at the tail end of 1977. Like most kids growing up in the late-'70s, my parents took me to see Star Wars when it came out earlier that same year, instantly shifting my attention as a 5-year old from Brady Bunch reruns on our 13" black and white TV set, to science fiction films on the big screen. So, when I came across the movie poster for Close Encounters a few months later, I was transfixed (and admittedly a little bit scared). Where does that road lead? Where's the light behind those mountains coming from? What's lurking amongst those stars? Even though those questions have since been answered with a countless amount of home-viewings over the past 40 years, I wondered if this new 4K remaster of Steven Spielberg's sci-fi »

- MovieWeb

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Review: Close Encounters Of The Third Kind in 4K

1 September 2017 9:49 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Here’s where I admit a cinematic blind spot for me: I’ve only ever seen Close Encounters of the Third Kind once in my life, and I was definitely under the age of six, which means I pretty much never really “saw” Close Encounters before. And that’s why I was more than thrilled to head out for a special screening of Steven Spielberg’s iconic sci-fi drama that celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and has been given the 4K restoration treatment in honor of its upcoming monumental birthday.

While I cannot make any real comparisons on a visual level to how his version compares to past iterations of Close Encounters, what I can say is that for over two-plus hours, I was absolutely fascinated by the wondrous spectacle Spielberg was able to create in this watershed cinematic event, and there aren’t many movies that after four »

- Heather Wixson

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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’ 4K Blu-ray Debut Coming in September

20 August 2017 11:56 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Steven Spielberg's classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind starring Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon and François Truffautis is coming to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on September 19th in celebration of the film's 40th anniversary.

Two Close Encounters of the Third Kind 4K Blu-ray packages will be available to choose from, each containing all three versions of the film: theatrical, 1980 special edition, and 1997 director's cut. Both packages include three discs with 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio and Hdr, but the Limited Edition additionally includes illuminated packaging that plays the iconic 5-tone motif as well as an expanded booklet with rare archival photos.

New bonus features have been commissioned for the 40th anniversary. 'Steven’s Home Movies & Outtakes' includes rare behind-the-scenes footage and gags, while 'Three Kinds of Close Encounters' includes new interviews with Steven SpielbergJ.J. Abrams and Denis Villeneuve.

Here's a complete breakdown of all the bonus features: »

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‘A Christmas Story’ Live: Maya Rudolph to Star in TV Musical Written by ‘La La Land’ Team

8 August 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Fox has its latest live musical and it’s set to arrive just in time for the holidays.

The network announced Tuesday that Maya Rudolph is set to star in “A Christmas Story,” a live performance of the Broadway musical that premiered in 2012, based on the beloved film of the same name.

Read MoreHow ‘The Wiz Live!’ and ‘Grease Live!’ Revitalized the TV Musical

Rudolph will star as Ralphie’s mom, the role made famous by countless Christmas Day marathons by Melinda Dillon. In addition to her longtime tenure on “Saturday Night Live” and as the co-host of “Maya and Marty,” Rudolph led the 2014 variety special “The Maya Rudolph Show.”

This live event will serve as a reunion of sorts, as “La La Land” songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and producer Marc Platt will both reprise their roles from shepherding the “Christmas Story” Broadway musical to the stage.

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- Steve Greene

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‘A Christmas Story’ Live: Maya Rudolph to Star in TV Musical Written by ‘La La Land’ Team

8 August 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Fox has its latest live musical and it’s set to arrive just in time for the holidays.

The network announced Tuesday that Maya Rudolph is set to star in “A Christmas Story,” a live performance of the Broadway musical that premiered in 2012, based on the beloved film of the same name.

Read MoreHow ‘The Wiz Live!’ and ‘Grease Live!’ Revitalized the TV Musical

Rudolph will star as Ralphie’s mom, the role made famous by countless Christmas Day marathons by Melinda Dillon. In addition to her longtime tenure on “Saturday Night Live” and as the co-host of “Maya and Marty,” Rudolph led the 2014 variety special “The Maya Rudolph Show.”

This live event will serve as a reunion of sorts, as “La La Land” songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and producer Marc Platt will both reprise their roles from shepherding the “Christmas Story” Broadway musical to the stage.

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- Steve Greene

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Full-Length Trailer for 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' Re-Release

25 July 2017 5:25 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"What do you want?" "I just want to know that it's, it's really happening." Sony has released a full-length trailer for the upcoming 40th anniversary theatrical re-release of Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The classic sci-fi film first hit theaters in December of 1977, two years after Jaws. This re-release was first teased with a "mysterious" air traffic control video that didn't explain what exactly it was teasing, but that was quickly solved. Now we know the film is returning to theaters again September 1st and if you've never seen on it on the big screen before, now is your chance. Don't miss it! Starring Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon, Bob Balaban, François Truffaut, Warren Kemmerling, and Cary Guffey. This trailer definitely makes this movie seem like a true classic - feast your eyes on this. Here's the full re-release trailer for Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind, »

- Alex Billington

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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' Returning to Theaters for 40th Anniversary

25 July 2017 11:58 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Movie audiences are getting another close encounter.

Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind is hitting theaters for one week beginning Sept. 1 in honor of the film's 40th anniversary. Sony Pictures has remastered the director's cut in 4K for theaters in the U.S. and Canada. It will have its world premiere in the Venezia Classici section of the Venice Film Festival.

Close Encounters, released in December 1977, stars Richard Dreyfuss as a line worker who has a close encounter with an alien intelligence and feels drawn to a wilderness area where something important will soon happen. The film also stars Melinda Dillon and François »

- Aaron Couch

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Close Encounters Re-Release Trailer: The Classic Is Returning to Theaters

5 July 2017 4:03 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Earlier this week, the Sony Pictures Entertainment YouTube released a bizarre new video entitled "This Means Something," with the video and the YouTube description also including the URL WeAreStillNotAlone.com. The website doesn't feature any content other than a form to fill out to receive updates on "UFO sightings," but shortly after the video debuted, a new report revealed that the video is actually a teaser for a theatrical re-release of Close Encounters Of the Third Kind, the sci-fi classic that celebrates its 40th Anniversary this year. Sony Pictures has not yet confirmed what this video really is, but there is some evidence that shows it's connected to Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

The video opens with text that reads, "Every day, air traffic control tracks thousands of planes. But, every so often, they see something... that cannot be explained." The video then goes on to show an air traffic control grid, »

- MovieWeb

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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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“This Means Something” – Sony release a Close Encounters of the Third Kind teaser

5 July 2017 6:37 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Zehra Phelan

The 4th of July, Independence Day holiday of our international cousins saw the start of a rather clever campaign for the re-release of Close Encounters of the Third Kind on what will be its 40th anniversary year. To start that campaign Sony released a teaser trailer which you can view below.

However, no actual footage from the film is featured in the teaser, which is aptly named This Means Something. Instead, we witness 56 seconds of air traffic control radar animation locating an unidentified flying object targeting one of its planes with audio of air traffic control in a mild panic.

To accompany the teaser for the re-release of the film which will have a one-week theatrical viewing slot in September, two months before its actual anniversary, Sony have set up a special website – WeAreStillNotAlone.Com – which takes you to a holding page prompting you to enter your »

- Zehra Phelan

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Sony Teases ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ Re-Release

4 July 2017 12:12 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony released a brand new teaser for “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” over the long, 4th of July weekend, prompting reboot and re-release speculation. A new website referencing the 1977 original has also popped up to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the science fiction film.

A video entitled “This Means Something” was uploaded to the Sony Pictures Entertainment YouTube page on Monday, which just so happened to be World UFO Day. The video features an air traffic control radar animation locating an unidentified flying object targeting one of its planes.

While many fans expected the clip to be an unofficial announcement of a “Close Encounters” reboot or sequel, the studio actually intends to re-release the film theatrically for a week this September, Variety can confirm.

A website — WeAreStillNotAlone.com — gives believers the opportunity to sign up for “updates on UFO sightings.” In actuality, »

- JD Knapp

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Dysfunctional Heterosexual Couples and Oscar-Winning Cross-Gender Performance: TCM's Gay Pride Comes to an End

29 June 2017 6:54 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Turner Classic Movies' 2017 Gay Pride film series comes to a close this evening and tomorrow morning, Thursday–Friday, June 29–30, with the presentation of seven movies, hosted by TV interviewer Dave Karger and author William J. Mann, whose books include Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines and Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910-1969. Among tonight's movies' Lgbt connections: Edward Albee, Tony Richardson, Evelyn Waugh, Tab Hunter, John Gielgud, Roddy McDowall, Linda Hunt, Harvey Fierstein, Rudolf Nureyev, Christopher Isherwood, Joel Grey, and Tommy Kirk. Update: Coincidentally, TCM's final 2017 Gay Pride celebration turned out to be held the evening before a couple of international events – and one non-event – demonstrated that despite noticeable progress in the last three decades, gay rights, even in the so-called “West,” still have a long way to go. In Texas, the state's – all-Republican – Supreme Court decided that married gays should be treated as separate and unequal. In »

- Andre Soares

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When Maureen Stapleton Became Our Grandmother Forever

17 January 2017 12:19 PM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

35 years ago, the actress sang the body electric.

The handful of actresses I associate with motherhood include ’80s movie and TV staples Dee Wallace, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon, Joanna Kerns, Judith Light, and Meredith Baxter. They were the ones that comforted me when I was a kid. But when it comes to images of grandmothers, only one woman comes to mind: Maureen Stapleton.

On January 17, 1982, Stapleton was only 55 years old. She had three Academy Award nominations under her belt and was about to receive her fourth. She would win that Oscar for Best Supporting Actress at the end of March for her performance as Emma Goldman in Reds. But on this particular night, she was on television in the title role of The Electric Grandmother.

The Emmy-nominated NBC special, part of the network’s Peacock Theatre, was co-written by Ray Bradbury based on his 1962 Twilight Zone episode “I Sing the Body Electric,” the »

- Christopher Campbell

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