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Blu-ray Review – Castle in the Sky (1986)

Castle in the Sky, 1986.

Written and Directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

Featuring the voice talents of Anna Paquin, James Van Der Beek, Cloris Leachman, Mark Hamill

Synopsis:

GKids has secured the new home video distributor contract for Studio Ghibli films, and they’ve released a big batch of them on Blu-ray, with more bonus features than what was found on the earlier Blu discs. Here we take a look at Castle in the Sky, which was Studio Ghibli’s first release in 1986.

If you’re thinking about starting your own film studio, you couldn’t do much worse than releasing something like Castle in the Sky as your debut effort. It was released in 1986 as Hayao Miyazaki’s first movie through his newly-founded Studio Ghibli, and more than three decades later, it still holds up.

Castle in the Sky is a rip-roaring adventure film that can hold its own with the
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Digital Shorts: ‘Earth Atlantis’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

In Digital Shorts we review some of the latest video games that are only available digitally (at least in the UK), in a short-form review format. In this edition we take a look at Earth Atlantis, a submarine-themed shmup available now on the Nintendo Switch.

Shoot ‘em-ups have been a mainstay of my gaming existence ever since the days of Nemesis (aka Gradius) on the Commodore 64 and Xevious on the Nes. To this day I will pick a shmup over a Fps shooter each and every time. Which is why I love current-gen gaming… Besides numerous re-releases of Neo Geo games like Blazing Star, we have shmups such as Sine Mora Ex and now Earth Atlantis appearing on the Switch – which is, honestly, becoming my go-to console these days.

With a unique art style that looks like old explorers sketchbooks from the 14th century, Earth Atlantis looks like it stepped
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Wonders And Visions: sci-fi cover art book now on Unbound

Ryan Lambie Oct 25, 2017

A new 350-page book will celebrate classic sci-fi art from more than a century of books and magazines. But it needs your help...

Such writers as Hg Wells, Jules Verne, Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein defined the way we thought about technology and the future, but in many cases, it was the work of an army of cover artists who got us to pick up their books in the first place.

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Whether their work graced the front of a first edition dust jacket or a pulp magazine, these illustrators - often working in relative obscurity - gave colour and shape to the author's future visions. Not all readers will be familiar with Chris Foss, say, but they'll more than likely recognise the exotic,
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French President's Beloved Dog Takes a Pee Break During Important Meeting at the Élysée Palace as Cameras Roll

  • PEOPLE.com
Someone is about to be in the dog house!

French President Emmanuel Macron’s rescue pooch, Nemo, is often a fixture in presidential events and meetings, but on Sunday the two-year-old dog really stole the show.

The Labrador-Griffon cross decided to take a pee break during an important meeting between government members and his master. The hilarious moment was caught on camera by French TV TF1 and quickly went viral on Twitter.

Obviously a dog of fine taste, the President’s pup chose an ornate gilded fireplace in the 18th Century Élysée Palace as the perfect place to cock his leg.
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Review: "Journey To The Center Of The Earth" (1959), UK Blu-ray Special Edition From Eureka!

  • CinemaRetro
By Darren Allison

When it comes to good adventure stories, Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959) will arguably feature among the very best. It is one of those films that continue to delight audiences both old and new. In terms of elements it seems to tick all the boxes. At its heart, there is a fine, good natured yet entirely gripping story. A wondrous subterranean vista provides the viewer with monsters, vast underground oceans, villains and plenty of cliff-hanger moments of suspense.

It was perhaps a well-timed stroke of luck that some of the stories penned by Jules Verne were entering a period of public domain status. Two of Verne's adapted novels were to feature James Mason. Disney's adventure 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) starred Kirk Douglas as a 19th-century whaler and Mason as Nemo, captain of the story’s legendary submarine, the Nautilus. Five years later, Journey to the Center of the Earth
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Giveaway – Win Journey to the Center of the Earth on Blu-ray

Eureka Entertainment brings the sci-fi classic Journey to the Center of the Earth to Blu-ray as part of the Eureka Classics range on September 18th 2017, and we’ve got three copies to give away! Read on for details of how to enter…

Jules Verne’s classic novel, Journey to the Center of the Earth, is brought to the screen in this thrilling adventure about a band of intrepid explorers descending to the hidden reaches of our world.

Professor Lindenbrook (James Mason; 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, North by Northwest) discovers a long hidden message that reveals the existence of a passage into the centre of the Earth. Leading a team of unlikely adventurers (including Pat Boone, Arlene Dahl and… a duck), the groups daring expedition will see them come up against exploding volcanoes, rockslides and even flesh-eating reptiles!

Scored by the legendary Bernard Hermann and filmed in stunning Cinemascope, Journey to the Center of the Earth
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‘Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone’ and the Indisputable Mastery of Hideaki Anno

Looking back on this still-young century makes clear that 2007 was a major time for cinematic happenings — and, on the basis of this retrospective, one we’re not quite through with ten years on. One’s mind might quickly flash to a few big titles that will be represented, but it is the plurality of both festival and theatrical premieres that truly surprises: late works from old masters, debuts from filmmakers who’ve since become some of our most-respected artists, and mid-career turning points that didn’t necessarily announce themselves as such at the time. Join us as an assembled team, many of whom were coming of age that year, takes on their favorites.

In the world of Japanese pop auteurs, there are few rising stars as unpredictably eclectic, temperamental, and consistently fascinating as Hideaki Anno. Anno began his professional life in the early 1980s as a young animator working literally
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Krakatoa East of Java

‘Things Blowing Up Good’ has been surefire entertainment since the beginning of cinema, but this ill-fated Cinerama extravaganza about the biggest explosion in recorded human history limps along despite some pretty darned impressive volcanic effects. It’s quite an entertaining spectacle, with various good performers in three soap opera plots, either overacting or loitering about with nothing to do. And don’t forget the from-left-field musical striptease.

Krakatoa East of Java

Blu-ray

Kl Studio Classics

1969 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 131 min. / Street Date September 12, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Maximilian Schell, Diane Baker, Brian Keith, Barbara Werle, Sal Mineo, Rossano Brazzi, John Leyton, J.D. Cannon, Jacqueline (Jacqui) Chan, Victoria Young, Marc Lawrence, Geoffrey Holder, Niall MacGinnis, Sumi Haru.

Cinematography: Manuel Berenguer

Film Editors: Walter Hannemann, Warren Low, Maurice Rootes

Production Design: Eugèné Lourié

Costumes: Laure Lourié

Special Effects: Eugèné Lourié, Alex Weldon, Francisco Prósper

Original Music: Frank De Vol

Written by Clifford Newton Gould,
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Here’s What President Trump and Emmanuel Macron Ate at the Michelin-Starred Restaurant Inside the Eiffel Tower

  • PEOPLE.com
Here’s What President Trump and Emmanuel Macron Ate at the Michelin-Starred Restaurant Inside the Eiffel Tower
While visiting Paris in honor of Bastille Day, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump dined with French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron in one of the most high-end venues the city has to offer — Le Jules Verne.

The one-Michelin-star restaurant on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower is known offering two prix-fixe tasting menus — five courses for $216 a person and six courses for $262 a person — and treated the foursome to a special six-course meal, according to CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller.

While President Trump’s palate has been questioned in the past
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See Trump and Macron’s Latest Never-Ending Handshake at the Bastille Day Parade in Paris

  • PEOPLE.com
See Trump and Macron’s Latest Never-Ending Handshake at the Bastille Day Parade in Paris
It’s the handshake that never ends — again.

President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron shook hands for about 25 seconds on Friday after attending the Bastille Day parade in Paris together with their wives.

Footage of the moment shows Trump and Macron shaking hands as they walked and talked. At one point, while still holding Macron’s hand, Trump leaned over to kiss Macron’s wife, Brigitte, on her cheek and grabbed her hand as well, so that he was holding both of their hands at the same time.

The farewell handshake between President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron
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Trump to French First Lady Brigitte Macron: ‘You’re in Such Good Shape’ (Video)

  • The Wrap
Trump to French First Lady Brigitte Macron: ‘You’re in Such Good Shape’ (Video)
President Donald Trump was caught on video complimenting the appearance of French President Emmanuel Macron’s wife on Thursday. “You’re in such good shape,” Trump tells Brigitte Macron in a video that was posted to the French government’s Facebook account. The world leaders were chatting before a joint press conference with the French president, and Trump repeated his comment to the French president, adding “beautiful.” Also Read: Trump Says Putin Would Prefer Hillary Clinton White House: 'I'm a Big Military Person' (Video) The Trumps and the Macrons are scheduled to have dinner at Eiffel Tower’s Jules Verne restaurant later on Thursday.
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Trump Table of Four: President and First Lady to Dine at Eiffel Tower with French Leader

  • PEOPLE.com
Trump Table of Four: President and First Lady to Dine at Eiffel Tower with French Leader
Red (raspberries), white (wine) and blue (lobster) — and possibly, by special request, one very well done faux filet steak — will be on order tomorrow when French President Emmanuel Macron takes the Trumps out to dinner.

Instead of a state dinner inside the Elysées Palace, the two presidents and their wives will dine informally at chef Alain Ducasse’s Le Jules Verne, People has learned.

The President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania are escaping to Paris – just a few days after returning to the U.S. from Germany for the G20 summit – amid growing controversy over Donald Jr.’s 2016 meeting
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War For The Planet Of The Apes & The Rise & Rise Of Intelligent Sci-Fi

  • HeyUGuys
Author: Dave Roper

Science Fiction has been with us for as long as we’ve had cinema. Méliès made his Trip to the Moon, Lang built and displayed his dystopian Metropolis and Jules Verne’s rich science fiction novels fed into cinema’s early efforts to showcase the fantastical.

Thankfully, cinema’s relationship with science fiction has also generally proved to be intelligent and thought-provoking. Spectacle, as with the disaster epics of Irwin Allen’s 1970’s heyday, has always had its place, but alongside that films as diverse as Planet of the Apes, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Metropolis, Soylent Green and Invasion of the Body Snatchers gave us much to consider about human nature, society and our relationship with our fragile planet.

More recently, Independence Day, Armageddon, War of the Worlds, Mars Attacks, Men in Black and even more sci-fi inflected comic book entries like Guardians of the Galaxy,
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How sci-fi went mainstream

Ryan Lambie Jul 7, 2017

To tie in with the Into The Unknown exhibition, on now at London's Barbican, we look at how sci-fi has become a major cultural force...

It's not always easy being geeky. The celebrated genre writer Ray Bradbury knew this all too well; as a kid growing up in the 1920s and 30s, he was intoxicated by all things otherworldly and imaginative: classic horror movies, pulp sci-fi stories about Mars, comic strips detailing the exploits of Buck Rogers. Eventually, Bradbury's peers teased him mercilessly, until, in a bid to fit in, he ripped his Buck Rogers comics to shreds. But far from helping the young Bradbury draw a line under his obsessions, the destruction of his beloved comics left him feeling unhappy and soulless.

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Blast-Off

An admiring nod to ’60s dream siren Daliah Lavi! American-International leaps into an epic Jules Verne comedy about a trip to the moon, a good-looking but slow and unfunny farce that must squeak by on the goodwill of its cast of comedians. Burl Ives is excellent casting as P.T. Barnum, promoting a Greatest Show Off the Earth.

Blast-Off

Blu-ray

Olive Films

1967 / Color/ 2:35 widescreen / 119 99, 95 min. / Street Date March 21, 2017 / Those Fantastic Flying Fools; Jules Verne’s Rocket to the Moon / available through Olive Films / 29.95

Starring: Burl Ives, Terry-Thomas, Gert Fröbe, Lionel Jeffries, Troy Donahue, Daliah Lavi, Dennis Price, Hermione Gingold, Jimmy Clitheroe, Graham Stark, Edward de Souza, Judy Cornwell, Allan Cuthbertson, Sinéd Cusack, Maurice Denham.

Cinematography: Reginald H. Wyer

Film Editor: Ann Chegwidden

Original Music: John Scott

Written by Dave Freeman, Peter Welbeck (Harry Allan Towers) inspired by the writings of Jules Verne

Produced by Harry Allan Towers

Directed by Don Sharp
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The Forgotten: Claude Miller's "Deadly Circuit" (1983)

  • MUBI
Michel Serrault, like his co-star here, Isabelle Adjani, used to be in everything. As ubiquitous as Depardieu. La cage aux folles might be his best-known film. Despite his omnipresence, he seems surprising casting as a private eye known only as "the Eye," but then he does have inverted Vs for eyebrows, just like Hammett's description of Sam Spade.The Eye has a class photograph of a group of schoolgirls. He's talking to his ex-wife on the phone. She won't tell him which one is his daughter. He guesses wrong. He'll be allowed another guess in a year. There are about thirty kids to choose from.What a brilliant opening scene! We'll forgive the strutting eighties music and neo-noir Venetian blind shadows. This is a film besotted with movie-ness and wallowing in plot contrivance, but it's also perverse, haunted and romantic. The Eye is warned against letting his new case get too complicated.
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Into The Unknown: curator Patrick Gyger on his new sci-fi exhibition

Ryan Lambie May 31, 2017

A major exhibition at the Barbican explores the history of the sci-fi genre. We catch up with curator Patrick Gyger to tell us more...

Science fiction is now part of the mainstream. No longer confined to the pages of niche pulp magazines or cheap mass-market novels, no longer the preserve of low-budget B-movies, the genre is just about ubiquitous in modern pop culture. From hit films like Interstellar and Guardians Of The Galaxy to such TV shows as Black Mirror and best-selling novels like The Hunger Games, sci-fi has become a vital means of exploring and making sense of the world around us.

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For proof, look no further than Into The Unknown: A Journey Through Science Fiction, a major new exhibition which starts at the Barbican Centre on the 3rd June.
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Sc Films launches family animation 'Around The World In 80 Days'

  • ScreenDaily
Exclusive: The Reef 2 team band for adaptation of Jules Verne novel.

London-based sales outfit Sc Films International, which specialises in family animation, has begun production on its latest project, Around The World In 80 Days, and will launch the title in the market at Cannes.

The animated feature is a loose adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic novel, which has been adapted for the big screen on numerous occasions, including notably in 1956 starring David Niven, and in 2004 starring Jackie Chan.

The latest version will be a 3D underwater adventure based on the characters from Sc Films’ previous productions The Reef: Shark Bait and The Reef 2: High Tide [pictured].

In the new film, a young fish sets off on an adventure guided by a wise old turtle. Along the way, he must learn to trust his instincts and his newly formed friendships to navigate his way through the chills of the Atlantic, the ships of
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Victorian adventure season starting on BBC R4

Louisa Mellor Mar 16, 2017

BBC Radio 4 is celebrating the likes of Jules Verne and H. Rider Haggard in its new To The Ends Of The Earth season...

Fans of BBC Radio 4's Dangerous Visions sci-fi strand might like to know that a new season of dramas celebrating nineteenth century adventure fiction is poised for take off. The station will be venturing into the unknown with a half-hour documentary on the cultural legacy of the adventure novel airing at 10.30am this Saturday.

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That's followed by the first instalment of a two-part Jules Verne dramatisation, Journey To The Centre Of The Earth, airing at 3pm on Sunday. The story of an eccentric professor's obsessive and dangerous voyage miles below the Earth's surface, it sounds like just the thing to transport us
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‘Kong: Skull Island’ Review: My Big Fat Geek Monster Movie

  • Deadline
‘Kong: Skull Island’ Review: My Big Fat Geek Monster Movie
Thankfully not taking itself seriously at all, the latest cinematic incarnation of the King Kong legend, Warner Bros’ Kong: Skull Island, takes the story right back to its roots and leaves it there. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts clearly has an affection for a kind of all-out monster movie mash that is given new life in an A-plus production of a B-movie concept. As I say in my video review (click the link above to watch), this reminded me of the kind of Jules Verne
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