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

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

“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,
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Oscars 2017: How Does This Year’s Crop of Female Producers Fit in With the Best Picture Category’s History?

Oscar statue (Courtesy: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

There was always a chance for the best picture category at the 2017 Academy Awards to feature solid representation for female producers and, with the nominations official, the numbers are in. Turns out there are five of the nine films in this year’s top category with women behind it — but how does that stand up to the rest of Oscar history?

As mentioned above, there are five out of the total nine films in the best picture category this year that took some girl power to get made. There’s Hell or High Water (Carla Hacken and Julie Yorn), Hidden Figures (Donna Gigliotti and Jenno Topping), Lion (Angie Fielder), Manchester by the Sea (Kimberly Steward and Lauren Beck), and finally Moonlight (Adele Romanski and Dede Gardner). This leaves out Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, and La La Land as
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Film News: Midwest Independent Film Festival ‘Best of the Midwest’ on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016

Chicago – On Tuesday, December 6th, the Midwest Independent Film Festival will award their 2016 “Best of the Midwest” honors with a ceremony at Rockit Bar & Grill, 22 W. Hubbard, in Chicago. The evening will be hosted by Festival Director Mike McNamara, and nominees include the short film “Lady of the House” (directed by Brad Bischoff), plus feature films “Mad” (directed by Robert Putka), and “My Friend’s Rubber Ducky” (directed by Josh Hyde).

Presented by the Midwest Independent Film Festival

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The Midwest Independent Film Festival is a year-round movie event in Chicago that takes place the first Tuesday of every month, at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema. The festival has been recognized by Chicago Magazine in their “Best of Chicago” issue, and has become one of the top places for local filmmakers, producers and actors to network in the city. The “Best of the Midwest” Awards has a
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"Taxi Driver" 40th Anniversary Screening At Tribeca Film Festival; Scorsese, De Niro, Foster, Schrader And Shepherd To Attend

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Cinema Retro has received the following press release from the Tribeca Film Festival.

New York, NY – March 18, 2016 – The Tribeca Film Festival (Tff), presented by At&T, announced today that Martin Scorsese’s powerful psychological thriller Taxi Driver will celebrate its 40th Anniversary on April 21 at the 15th edition of the Festival. Starring Robert DeNiro, Jodie Foster, Albert Brooks, Leonard Harris, Peter Boyle, and Cybill Shepherd, Directed by Martin Scorsese, written by Paul Schrader and produced by Michael Phillips and Julia Phillips, the 1976 film was nominated for four Academy Awards®, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Robert De Niro; and two Golden Globes. One of Time Magazines “all-time 100 Movies,” Taxi Driver was called “a brilliant nightmare,” by the Chicago Sun-Times and praised by the Village Voice as “a phenomenon from another day and age.”

Following the anniversary screening at the Beacon Theatre, Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd,
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Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese & Cast Reunite for ‘Taxi Driver’ Screening at Tribeca Film Festival

The Tribeca Film Festival (Tff), presented by At&T, announced today that Martin Scorsese’s powerful psychological thriller Taxi Driver will celebrate its 40th Anniversary on April 21 at the 15th edition of the Festival. Starring Robert DeNiro, Jodie Foster, Albert Brooks, Leonard Harris, Peter Boyle, and Cybill Shepherd, Directed by Martin Scorsese, written by Paul Schrader and produced by Michael Phillips and Julia Phillips, the 1976 film was nominated for four Academy Awards®, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Robert De Niro; and two Golden Globes. One of Time Magazines “all-time 100 Movies,” Taxi Driver was called “a brilliant nightmare,” by the Chicago Sun-Times and praised by the Village Voice as “a phenomenon from another day and age.”

Following the anniversary screening at the Beacon Theatre, Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, and Paul Schrader will take part in a special conversation moderated by Kent Jones. Tickets will
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Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster to Attend Tribeca ‘Taxi Driver’ Screening

Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster to Attend Tribeca ‘Taxi Driver’ Screening
Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster will attend a 40-year anniversary screening of “Taxi Driver” at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 21.

The screening will take place at the Beacon Theatre and will be followed by a conversation with Scorsese, De Niro, Foster cast member Cybill Shepherd and screenwriter Paul Schrader. Kent Jones will moderate.

The 1976 film was nominated for four Academy Awards including best picture for Michael and Julia Phillips, best actor for De Niro and supporting actress for Foster. It won the Palme D’or at Cannes; Albert Brooks and Harvey Keitel also starred.

“It’s odd to think that four decades have passed since we shot ‘Taxi Driver’ on the streets of a very different New York City,” Scorsese said. “It was made in a surge of energy, starting with Paul’s one-of-a-kind script, and I was working with an extraordinary group of artistic collaborators
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The Definitive Best Picture Losers

#20. The Exorcist (1973)

Lost to: The Sting

Crammed in between two Best Picture wins for Francis Ford Coppola’s “Godfather” films was an interesting little year that rewarded another pairing of Robert Redford and Paul Newman (trivia: “The Sting’s” Julia Phillips is the first time female producer to ever win Best Picture). The other big landmark – the first time a purely horror film was nominated for Best Picture. “The Exorcist” was nominated for ten Oscars, winning for Sound and Adapted Screenplay. The horrifying story of a young girl possessed was, rumor has it, cursed as they tried to complete the film. This film about the struggle between faith and sin is possibly the most important horror film of all time.

#19. Avatar (2009)

Lost to: The Hurt Locker

The year after “The Dark Knight” and “Wall-e” missed out on Best Picture nominations, the Academy decided to change the rules and allow ten nominees.
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Oscars 2014: the fine art of winning

History hasn't always looked kindly on the Academy Awards, with classics often missing out and groundbreaking moments few and far between. We delve into the Oscars' chequered past – and assess this year's contenders

• Get in shape for the Oscars with Mark Kermode's month-long feast of film here

There are only two things you really need to know about the Academy Awards: that Citizen Kane didn't win the Oscar for best picture, and that Driving Miss Daisy did.

As we approach the 86th Academy Awards, it's worth remembering those two sobering facts, which perfectly encapsulate the inherent foolishness of gong ceremonies in general, and the Oscars in particular. Ask any film fan how seriously you should take the Academy Awards, and chances are they will point you toward the best director category, where the roll call of winners signally omits Charlie Chaplin, Orson Welles, Howard Hawks, Stanley Kubrick, Jane Campion,
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Race, Gender, and Sexuality at the Oscars, Part II

By Mark Pinkert

Contributor



This is the second article in a three-part series.

Earlier this month, the acclaimed writer/producer/director Joss Whedon spoke at an Equality Now benefit dinner and suggested that the word “feminism” be removed from the English lexicon. According to Mr. Whedon, the word is problematic because it assumes that gender equality is not the “natural state” but something that needs to be achieved. Though several self-purported feminist bloggers have criticized this idea, Whedon’s speech does raise some interesting questions about how prejudice can hide away in the depths of language and rhetoric.

Thankfully, we have reached a point where shouting sexist comments is socially unacceptable and utterly disgraceful; anyone who does becomes ostracized by civil people. But that does not mean gender prejudices have been cured. The most corrosive type of sexism, and the one Whedon was getting at, is the kind embedded in words and institutions,
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Corey Feldman's memoir alleges pedophile predators all about in Hollywood

Pedophilia, predatory homosexual rape and drug abuse are the horrific allegations made in Corey Feldman's new book, which details sexual abuse he and Corey Haim experienced in Hollywood at the hands of very powerful older men when the boys were young teens. In his upcoming memoir, 'Coreyography,' Feldman spills it like the late author Julia Phillips did in her bestseller "You'll Never Eat Lunch In This Town Again," exposing a cabal of powerful gay predators who plied the young boys with drugs for work. Feldman writes that he still feels guilty about being present the night Corey Haim may have first been introduced to cocaine. Corey Haim and Corey Feldman were once the coolest of the cool kids in
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On my radar: Patsy Kensit's cultural highlights

The actor and singer on the enduring appeal of the Who, the unspoilt charm of Sicily – and why Singin' in the Rain was the happiest night out in London

Patsy Kensit is an actor, singer and author and was born in Hounslow, London. Her mother was a publicist and her father an associate of the Kray twins. Patsy began acting at the age of four, appearing in an advert for Birdseye frozen peas. In 1972 she had her first big screen role in For the Love of Ada. Two years later she appeared in The Great Gatsby alongside Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, whom she later portrayed in a biopic titled Love and Betrayal: The Mia Farrow Story. In her late teens she fronted the band Eighth Wonder, who had two top 20 hits. At the same time she starred in Absolute Beginners, Julien Temple's musical adaptation of Colin Macinnes's novel.
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Nemesis Will Be One of the Decade's Best Movies Says Creator Mark Millar

Nemesis Will Be One of the Decade's Best Movies Says Creator Mark Millar
Back in January 2012, filmmaker Joe Carnahan revealed that his adaptation of Mark Millar's comic book Nemesis was no longer happening at 20th Century Fox.

However, just nine months later, Mark Millar was hired by the studio to consult on all of their superhero movies, which apparently breathed new life into the project. Mark Millar revealed his thoughts about Joe Carnahan and Matthew Carnahan's finished screenplay, which is moving forward at the studio.

The original limited comic book, which was created back in 2010, centered on a billionaire playboy who used his vast wealth and influence to terrorize Chief Inspector Blake Morrow, essentially taking a superhero archetype such as Batman and turning him into a nefarious villain similar to The Joker.

Here's what he had to say on his official website over the weekend.

"How can I put this?

Nemesis is one of the most relentless and powerful screenplays I've ever read.
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Mark Millar on Nemesis script: 'It's one of the best screenplays ever'

Nemesis creator Mark Millar has lavished praise on the screenplay for the comic's upcoming movie adaptation.

The Kick-Ass writer said that Joe and Matthew Carnahan's script for the project could go on to become one of the "best movies of the decade".

He said: "Nemesis is one of the most relentless and powerful screenplays I've ever read. I was actually Shell-shocked after reading it, thinking about it for hours afterwards and discussing it with the family.

"As a movie, the Carnahans have crafted something we've never actually seen before and I feel like someone in Julia Phillips' office must have felt when Schrader's Taxi Driver script first landed on their desk. This is going to be one of the best movies of the decade.

"The fact that it's a superhero movie is incredibly exciting to me. This is the next step for where a comic-book adaptation can go and,
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Nemesis Creator Mark Millar In Love with Script for Film Adaptation

It was a few years back when 20th Century Fox scooped up the rights to the comic series Nemesis, intent on turning it into a feature film. Tony Scott was originally attached to direct the project with Joe Carnahan set to write.

Scott unfortunately passed away last year, and we found out Carnahan is taking over directing duties while also writing the script with his brother, Matthew Michael Carnahan.

As reported by Deadline, the screenplay is complete and Nemesis co-creator Mark Millar is raving about the finished product, highly impressed with the Carnahan brothers' take on the series. Read on for Miller's evaluation of the script!

How can I put this?

Nemesis is one of the most relentless and powerful screenplays I’ve ever read. I was actually Shell-shocked after reading it, thinking about it for hours afterwards and discussing it with the family. As a movie, the Carnahans have
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Mark Millar Raving Over Carnahan Clan Adaptation Of ‘Nemesis’

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Looks like the high-octane sibling team of Joe and Matthew Michael Carnahan have nailed the script for the screen adaptation of Nemesis, the beloved work by Wanted and Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar. The project is set at Fox, and this guy isn’t easy to please. Here’s Millar’s evaluation of what the Carnahans have accomplished after they gave Millar the script. How can I put this? Nemesis is one of the most relentless and powerful screenplays I’ve ever read. I was actually Shell-shocked after reading it, thinking about it for hours afterwards and discussing it with the family. As a movie, the Carnahans have crafted something we’ve never actually seen before and I feel like someone in Julia Phillips’ office must have felt when Schrader’s Taxi Driver script first landed on their desk. This is going to be one of the best movies of the decade.
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Sleepless in Hollywood: Tales from the New Abnormal in the Movie Business by Lynda Obst – review

David Thomson on the cynicism and gush of the hard-bitten Hollywood producer Lynda Obst

Lynda Obst is a 63-year-old movie producer who continues to pay her dues as a writer and cockeyed optimist. She was a New York Times journalist once; she published a novel, Dirty Dreams, in 1990; and she came up with one of the supreme insolent titles of our time. In 1996, she wrote a wry memoir on making it in Hollywood called Hello, He Lied. Uttered in the confines of Los Angeles that title was home-run funny, hauntingly terse, and offering the brazen promise that cynicism trumps philosophy. Lynda, you can hear her best friends telling her, that title says it all. Another thing it whispered was: no need to read this book. The title is the quickest coverage anyone could hope for, and generally movie people avoid books as if they were used needles.

Hello, He Lied
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Nzingha Stewart ('For Colored Girls') Tapped To Pen Screenplay For 'The Flamingo Kid' Remake

Nzingha Stewart has been hired to write the script for Walt Disney Pictures' remake of the 1984 Garry Marshall comedy The Flamingo Kid, with Brett Ratner and Michael Phillips producing. Matt Dillon starred in the original The Flamingo Kid, along with Richard Crenna, Hector Elizondo and Janet Jones - the coming-of-age movie about a working class boy who takes a summer job at a beach resort and learns valuable life lessons. Michael Phillips (who's a producer on the remake) also produced the first film by the way; before that, he produced (along with his wife Julia PhillipsThe Sting, Taxi Driver, as well as Close Encounters of the Third Kind....
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Brett Ratner Backing ‘Flamingo Kid’ Remake At Disney

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Brett Ratner Backing ‘Flamingo Kid’ Remake At Disney
Exclusive: Walt Disney Pictures has set up a remake of the 1984 film The Flamingo Kid, and it will be produced by Brett Ratner’s Rat Entertainment and Michael Phillips’ Lighthouse Productions. Nzingha Stewart, who has directed videos by Jay-z and 50 Cent and whose film credits include For Colored Girls, has been set to write the script. Ratner, Phillips and Juliana Maio will produce; Rat Entertainment’s John Cheng is exec producer. Directed by Garry Marshall, the original is one I remember fondly, with Matt Dillon playing a high school grad who gets a job at the Flamingo Club and finds himself mentored by the club’s owner. He soon disdains his own blue collar origins for the beach club where the rich and privileged come to play, but it all comes at a high price and the kid smartens up. Heard of Ratner, but I haven’t heard Phillips’ name
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