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14 items from 2008


The Day The Earth Stood Still

23 December 2008 2:26 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

With the nuclear age came the realization that humanity had crafted a fire as destructive as any god. Worse, there was no sign that God stood in its way. One of the first movies to address that anxiety, The Day The Earth Stood Still recast the story of Christ in the stainless steel curves of the post-war era, using flying saucers and otherworldly visitors in the service of a not entirely reassuring reminder that existence is much bigger than us, and may barely notice if we disappear. The boom that does us in may be echoed only by a disappointed sigh and the sounds of the universe moving on. Working from a script by Edmund North (Patton), taken from a story by Harry Bates, Robert Wise directs the movie with a minimum of spectacle. A UFO lands in Washington D.C. in the opening scene and leaves at the end. »

- Keith Phipps

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Blu-ray Review: The Day the Earth Stood Still (Special Edition)

18 December 2008 1:08 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

With the abysmal remake just hitting theaters, it only seems obvious 20th Century Fox has dipped into their vaults to release on Blu-ray the 1951 version of The Day the Earth Stood Still. Thankfully, even though it's almost without question the studio's motives were more profit-driven than they were anything else, that does not make this Blu-ray any less stunning. Hands down, this might just be one of the very best Blu-ray releases I've had the pleasure to watch this year. The science fiction epic, directed by Robert Wise (whose eclectic career includes classics like The Sand Pebbles, The Haunting, Somebody Up There Likes Me and West Side Story), with a screenplay by Edmund H. North (In a Lonely Place) and based upon a short story by author Harry Bates, is easily one of the all-time greats. It's story of an alien being, Klaatu (Michael Rennie), coming to warn the human »

- Sara Michelle Fetters

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"The Day the Earth Stood Still" posts $30 million debut. Limited openers rule.

14 December 2008 8:17 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Fox's "The Day the Earth Stood Still" revamp topped the box office chart with an esimated $31 million debut weekend. Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly and Kathy Bates lead the cast of the sci-fi pic which opened in 3,560 locations and averaged $8,708 per venue. Scott Derickson of "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" helms from the writing by David Scarpa based on the 1951 screenplay by Edmund H. North. Warner Bros. Pictures holiday comedy "Four Christmases" kept holding strong in its third weekend at play with $13.2 million grossed from 3,540 theatres. Total brought in from the Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon starrer is around $88 million thus far. The film showed a very slight 21% change. »

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"The Day the Earth Stood Still" posts $30 million debut. Limited openers rule.

14 December 2008 8:17 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Fox's "The Day the Earth Stood Still" revamp topped the box office chart with an esimated $31 million debut weekend. Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly and Kathy Bates lead the cast of the sci-fi pic which opened in 3,560 locations and averaged $8,708 per venue. Scott Derickson of "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" helms from the writing by David Scarpa based on the 1951 screenplay by Edmund H. North. Warner Bros. Pictures holiday comedy "Four Christmases" kept holding strong in its third weekend at play with $13.2 million grossed from 3,540 theatres. Total brought in from the Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon starrer is around $88 million thus far. The film showed a very slight 21% change. »

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"The Day the Earth Stood Still" posts $30 million debut. Limited openers rule.

14 December 2008 8:17 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Fox's "The Day the Earth Stood Still" revamp topped the box office chart with an esimated $31 million debut weekend. Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly and Kathy Bates lead the cast of the sci-fi pic which opened in 3,560 locations and averaged $8,708 per venue. Scott Derickson of "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" helms from the writing by David Scarpa based on the 1951 screenplay by Edmund H. North. Warner Bros. Pictures holiday comedy "Four Christmases" kept holding strong in its third weekend at play with $13.2 million grossed from 3,540 theatres. Total brought in from the Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon starrer is around $88 million thus far. The film showed a very slight 21% change. Summit Entertainment's "Twilight" based on the Stephenie Meyer best-selling series showed a 39% change when posting $8 million from 3,649 theatres. Budgeted at $37 million, the Catherine Hardwicke helmed horror romance passes the $150 million mark in domestic numbers and over $34 million internationally. "Bolt" from Disney »

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"The Day the Earth Stood Still" posts $30 million debut. Limited openers rule.

14 December 2008 8:17 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Fox's "The Day the Earth Stood Still" revamp topped the box office chart with an esimated $31 million debut weekend. Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly and Kathy Bates lead the cast of the sci-fi pic which opened in 3,560 locations and averaged $8,708 per venue. Scott Derickson of "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" helms from the writing by David Scarpa based on the 1951 screenplay by Edmund H. North. Warner Bros. Pictures holiday comedy "Four Christmases" kept holding strong in its third weekend at play with $13.2 million grossed from 3,540 theatres. Total brought in from the Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon starrer is around $88 million thus far. The film showed a very slight 21% change. »

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‘The Day The Earth Stood Still’ DVD Winners!

12 December 2008 8:45 PM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Screen Rant’s The Day the Earth Stood Still DVD contest is now closed, and here are the winners!:

Eric Tomlinson -Morgantown, Wv

Tyler Hayes -Plymouth, Mn

Congratulations and thanks to everyone for entering. There’s another contest Right around the corner!

 

Didn’t we Just close out a DVD giveway? Well, it’s time for another one! With the opening of the remake of the classic Science Fiction film The Day the Earth Stood Still starring Keanu Reeves, we thought it would be appropriate to give away the original film. If you haven’t seen it, it’s well worth watching, and this 2-disc Special Edition DVD has tons of extra features to give you insight in to the making of the film.

A spaceship lands in Washington D.C., capturing the attention of the world. But the alien emissary it brings refuses to reveal his mission to any single government, »

- Vic Holtreman

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The Day the Earth Stood Still

12 December 2008 12:30 PM, PST | Pastemagazine.com | See recent PasteMagazine news »

Release Date: Dec. 12

Director: Scott Derrickson

Writer: David Scarpa, screenplay by Edmund H. North

Cinematographer: David Tattersall

Starring:  Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates, Jaden Smith, John Cleese

Studio/Run Time: 20th Century Fox, 103 mins.

Remake of sci-fi touchstone works on its own terms

Knives sharpened, mood somber, the loyal followers of 1951’s The Day the Earth Stood Still have long viewed this day as their own personal apocalypse. For today, we get the remake—the soulless Hollywood desecration of that essential, eerily cerebral sci-fi touchstone, a dreaded event for any fan. »

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The Weekend Ahead - "The Day the Earth Stood Still" widest opener. "Torino," "Reader" welcomed.

12 December 2008 8:11 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Twentieth Century Fox's remake of the science fiction classic "The Day the Earth Stood Still" unspools into a big 3,560 venues as the widest opener this weekend. The Scott Derrickson ("The Exorcism of Emily Rose") helmed picture is newly screenwritten by David Scarpa based on the Edmund H. North 1951 version. Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly lead the cast which includes Kathy Bates, Jaden Smith, John Cleese, Jon Hamm, Kyle Chandler and Robert Knepper. Hollywood shows once again it's starvation for good material. (review). Indie distributor Freestyle Releasing sends out its animated "Delgo" offering. It is highly unlikely that the fantasy adveture helmed by Kason Maurer and Marc F. Adler will bring in much from its 2,160 venues. The cast includes Freddie Prinze Jr., Chris Kattan, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Anne Bancroft, Val Kilmer, Malcolm McDowell, Michael Clark Duncan, Louis Gossett Jr., Burt Reynolds and Kelly Ripa. »

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The Weekend Ahead - "The Day the Earth Stood Still" widest opener. "Torino," "Reader" welcomed.

12 December 2008 8:11 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Twentieth Century Fox's remake of the science fiction classic "The Day the Earth Stood Still" unspools into a big 3,560 venues as the widest opener this weekend. The Scott Derrickson ("The Exorcism of Emily Rose") helmed picture is newly screenwritten by David Scarpa based on the Edmund H. North 1951 version. Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly lead the cast which includes Kathy Bates, Jaden Smith, John Cleese, Jon Hamm, Kyle Chandler and Robert Knepper. Hollywood shows once again it's starvation for good material. (review). Indie distributor Freestyle Releasing sends out its animated "Delgo" offering. It is highly unlikely that the fantasy adveture helmed by Kason Maurer and Marc F. Adler will bring in much from its 2,160 venues. The cast includes Freddie Prinze Jr., Chris Kattan, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Anne Bancroft, Val Kilmer, Malcolm McDowell, Michael Clark Duncan, Louis Gossett Jr., Burt Reynolds and Kelly Ripa. »

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The Weekend Ahead - "The Day the Earth Stood Still" widest opener. "Torino," "Reader" welcomed.

12 December 2008 8:11 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Twentieth Century Fox's remake of the science fiction classic "The Day the Earth Stood Still" unspools into a big 3,560 venues as the widest opener this weekend. The Scott Derrickson ("The Exorcism of Emily Rose") helmed picture is newly screenwritten by David Scarpa based on the Edmund H. North 1951 version. Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly lead the cast which includes Kathy Bates, Jaden Smith, John Cleese, Jon Hamm, Kyle Chandler and Robert Knepper. Hollywood shows once again it's starvation for good material. (review). Indie distributor Freestyle Releasing sends out its animated "Delgo" offering. It is highly unlikely that the fantasy adveture helmed by Kason Maurer and Marc F. Adler will bring in much from its 2,160 venues. The cast includes Freddie Prinze Jr., Chris Kattan, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Anne Bancroft, Val Kilmer, Malcolm McDowell, Michael Clark Duncan, Louis Gossett Jr., Burt Reynolds and Kelly Ripa. Next in line is Overture's Christmas comedy »

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The Weekend Ahead - "The Day the Earth Stood Still" widest opener. "Torino," "Reader" welcomed.

12 December 2008 8:11 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Twentieth Century Fox's remake of the science fiction classic "The Day the Earth Stood Still" unspools into a big 3,560 venues as the widest opener this weekend. The Scott Derrickson ("The Exorcism of Emily Rose") helmed picture is newly screenwritten by David Scarpa based on the Edmund H. North 1951 version. Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly lead the cast which includes Kathy Bates, Jaden Smith, John Cleese, Jon Hamm, Kyle Chandler and Robert Knepper. Hollywood shows once again it's starvation for good material. (review). Indie distributor Freestyle Releasing sends out its animated "Delgo" offering. It is highly unlikely that the fantasy adveture helmed by Kason Maurer and Marc F. Adler will bring in much from its 2,160 venues. The cast includes Freddie Prinze Jr., Chris Kattan, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Anne Bancroft, Val Kilmer, Malcolm McDowell, Michael Clark Duncan, Louis Gossett Jr., Burt Reynolds and Kelly Ripa. »

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Blu-Ray Review: Original ‘Day the Earth Stood Still’ Stands Test of Time

9 December 2008 5:29 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Fifty-seven years after the original cautionary tale became a sci-fi classic, director Scott Derrickson and stars Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly are returning to the big screen with a remake of “The Day the Earth Stood Still”.

Never a studio to let a cross-marketing possibility pass it by, Fox has released the original classic on Blu-Ray in a special edition packed with informative and interesting special features. The jury may still be out on the critical and commercial success of the remake, but this special edition proves that the original still has dramatic power and an important place in film history.

To fully appreciate the significance of “The Day the Earth Stood Still”, one must place it in the context of when it was released. The tension of the nuclear world of the late ’40s and early ’50s led to a society of fear and paranoia. As made clear in the excellent special feature, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Original Day the Earth Stood Still Se DVD & Blu-ray

17 November 2008 3:09 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Before you can say Klaatu Barada Nikto, the remake of the 1951 classic The Day the Earth Stood Still will be in theatres, but Fox Home Entertainment is poised to give the original some small screen loving. The original movie is being released in an all-new special edition two-disc DVD and stacked Blu-ray on December 2nd!

Special features are to include the following:

• New: Exclusive First Look At The New Movie The Day The Earth Stood Still Starring Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly

• New & Exclusive To Bd: Interactive Theremin: Create Your Own Score

• New & Exclusive To Bd: Gort Command!: Interactive Game

• Commentary by Robert Wise and Nicholas Meyer

• New: Commentary by Film & Music Historians John Morgan, Steven Smith, William Stromberg and Nick Redman

• New: Isolated Score Track

• New: The Mysterious, Melodious Theremin

• New: The Day The Earth Stood Still Main Title Live Performance By Peter Pringle

• New: The Making of »

- Uncle Creepy

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