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'Close Encounters' at 40: How Spielberg Made Sci-Fi's Mothership Connection

'Close Encounters' at 40: How Spielberg Made Sci-Fi's Mothership Connection
How do you follow up a record-breaking blockbuster about a killer shark? For starters, you get out of the ocean. And then maybe you look up.

A longtime watcher of the skies, young Steven Spielberg had already been kicking around an idea involving alien visitation, spacecraft "sightings" and government cover-ups – some sort of story, in the gentleman's own words, about "UFOs and Watergate" – before he had started turning Peter Benchley's novel Jaws into a movie. One three-men-and-an-apex-predator hit later, he was a hot Hollywood director who had folks ready
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'Close Encounters' at 40: How Spielberg Made Sci-Fi's Mothership Connection

'Close Encounters' at 40: How Spielberg Made Sci-Fi's Mothership Connection
How do you follow up a record-breaking blockbuster about a killer shark? For starters, you get out of the ocean. And then maybe you look up.

A longtime watcher of the skies, young Steven Spielberg had already been kicking around an idea involving alien visitation, spacecraft "sightings" and government cover-ups – some sort of story, in the gentleman's own words, about "UFOs and Watergate" – before he had started turning Peter Benchley's novel Jaws into a movie. One three-men-and-an-apex-predator hit later, he was a hot Hollywood director who had folks ready
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Star Struck: "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" at 40

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

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

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

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

Sony Teases ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ Re-Release
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,
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Review: ABC's 'The Whispers' offers creepy kids and little more

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Review: ABC's 'The Whispers' offers creepy kids and little more
As director and producer, few storytellers have utilized the wonderment and fascination (and sometimes horror) of children as points-of-entry into the wonderment and fascination of the adult world more effectively than Steven Spielberg has.  Conversely, Spielberg has also masterfully used the normalized responses of children to the abnormal as an approach to disarm world-weary grown-ups.  From Cary Guffey in "Close Encounters" to Henry Thomas and Drew Barrymore in "E.T." to Heather O'Rourke in "Poltergeist" to Christian Bale in "Empire of the Sun" to Haley Joel Osment in "A.I." to Dakota Fanning in "Taken" and "War of the Worlds," Spielberg has always know that there's something pure and primal in the reactions of children and that those reactions can be used to steer the reactions viewers of all ages. Steven Spielberg is one of the executive producers of ABC's new "the kids are not alright" drama "The Whispers," but his participation
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Time Machine: Spielberg and Daughter (with 'Indiana Jones' Actress Capshaw) on Oscars Red Carpet

Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg on the Oscars' Red Carpet Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Spielberg has taken home two Best Director Oscars: Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). Schindler's List also won Best Picture, but Saving Private Ryan lost to John Madden's Miramax-distributed Shakespeare in Love. There was quite a bit of animosity at the time, as some felt that Miramax, owned by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, overdid its Oscar campaigning – while still managing to sway enough Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members to vote for its film. Somewhat ironically, at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony Steven Spielberg presented the Best Picture Award to The King's Speech. Toplining Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce, and Claire Bloom, this British production was
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Steven Spielberg Finds Another Bright Young Star to Lead 'The Bfg'

Aside from his incredible filmography and influence on cinema over the past few decades, director Steven Spielberg is also known as being a master at pulling amazing performances from child actors. Whether it's Drew Barrymore and Henry Thomas in E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Cary Guffey in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Joseph Mazzello and Ariana Richards in Jurassic Park, Jonathan Ke Quan in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Christian Bale in Empire of the Sun, Haley Joel Osment in A.I. Artificial Intelligence or Dakota Fanning in War of the Worlds, he's done some great work with kids on the big screen. And now he's just found his latest child star for his adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Bfg. Read on! A press release from DreamWorks Studios has named newcomer Ruby Barnhill to make her big screen debut as the young girl Sophie in the story of
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'E.T.' reunion: How Steven Spielberg coached his kid stars -- Video

'E.T.' reunion: How Steven Spielberg coached his kid stars -- Video
Working with an alien on a movie is probably a little bit easier than working with a child actor.

At least with the alien you can literally pull its puppet strings. Kids require a slightly more magical touch.

That’s what Steven Spielberg learned while working on E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, and a special documentary on the new Blu-ray release (out Oct. 9) shows just how deep his connection was with 6-year-old Drew Barrymore and 10-year-old Henry Thomas.

The E.T. Journals consist of behind-the-scenes footage from the 1982 movie, presented as-is, without narration or modern interviews. It’s like an extended set-visit to the film,
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Saturdays with Spielberg #4: Close Encounters of the Third Kind

So if you haven't noticed, we're Super behind. This schedule created way back at the beginning of the marathon? Yeah, that's gone to shit. Combined with Netlfix troubles and my general ineptitude, we have a Lot of ground to cover. But don't worry, folks. We do have a Plan C. But in the meantime...let's talk about some aliens.

The Set Up:

Close Encounters of the Third Kind begins in the Sonoran Desert. French scientist Claude Lacombe and American mapmaker Bob Balaban are investigating the reappearance of the long lost Flight 19, a squadron of planes that went missing during World War II. The planes have reappeared, but the pilots themselves are nowhere to be found. In Indianapolis, a flight control center encounters an unidentified flying object that almost collides with an airline. And in the small town of Muncie, Indiana, an electrician sent to fix a power outage sights four UFO's.

The best and worst alien abduction movies

As Skyline prepares to invade cinemas, we look back at more than 30 years of the best and worst alien abduction movies...

Do aliens really hover in our skies, waiting to kidnap us for their own unfathomable ends? Ever since the case of Us couple Betty and Barney Hill became widely publicised in the mid-60s, hundreds of people have come forward with similar claims of extraterrestrial abduction, missing time, strange medical examinations and grey-skinned extraterrestrials

And while psychologists and ufologists disagree on the reality of such claims, the theme of alien abduction has been revisited several times by filmmakers since the late 70s. And as this list demonstrates, the results of such films can be decidedly mixed...

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)

Following the financial success of Jaws, director Steven Spielberg took the risky step of remaking Firelight, a small low-budget movie he'd directed when he was just 16. The resulting movie,
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