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The British Film Institute is currently showing the Director’s Cut of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” as part of its on-going celebration of Steven Spielberg’s films. Here is the official press release:
Sony Pictures Entertainment's Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Director's Cut) will receive an exclusive extended run at BFI Southbank from 27 May, screening from a new 35mm print. This special presentation will lead the BFI's two month season dedicated to Steven Spielberg - a celebration of one of the most influential and successful filmmakers in the history of cinema that will screen more than 30 of the director's films throughout June and July. Combining elements of both the 1977 original version and the 1980 Special Edition, Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Director's Cut) represents Steven Spielberg's definitive edit of his sci-fi masterpiece.
An extended theatrical run of The Director's Cut from 35mm will form a »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Mondo has released promotional images for its 1/6 scale Alfred Hitchcock collectible figure, with the Master of Suspense available to pre-order now; check them out here…
The iconic director of over 50 films, including classics such as Psycho, North By Northwest, The Birds, and Vertigo, Alfred Hitchcock continues to inspire us as his work is still imitated to this day. We’re proud to present the famous filmmaker in 1/6 scale, featuring an authentic likeness, tailored fabric suit, director’s chair, interchangeable hands, and a few nods to some of his classic films. Whether he’s on your desk or perched on a shelf next to your Blu-rays, the 1/6 Scale Alfred Hitchcock Figure is the perfect addition to any film lover’s collection.
- Amie Cranswick
The Alfred Hitchcock sixth scale figure goes on sale on Thursday, May 26th at 1:00pm Est. The posters will also become available on Thursday, albeit at a random time, so keep an eye on Mondo’s official Twitter page if you’re looking to add them to your collection before they sell out. Below, we have photos of the new collectibles as well as the official press release with full details:
Press Release: The iconic director of over 50 films, including classics such as Psycho, North By Northwest, The Birds, and Vertigo, Alfred Hitchcock continues to inspire us as his work is still imitated to this day. We’re proud to present the famous filmmaker in 1/6 scale, »
- Derek Anderson
Take one of the most iconic sequences in not just all of Alfred Hitchcock's work but cinema in general - the crop duster scene from "North by Northwest," and then incorporate a bunch of "Star Wars" elements? It's an idea that shouldn't really work, but Vimeo user Fabrice Mathieu has crafted something so weird and wacky that it's actually kind of fun. Check out the fan film below:
- Garth Franklin
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Trailer Remake of the Day: Watch the Captain America: Civil War trailer redone with 8-bit video game graphics in this video from JoBlo.com: Fan Art of the Day: Little Rey just wants to be friends, but young Kylo Ren is too jealous of her attention in this Star Wars fan art by Jenny Dolfen (via Geek Tyrant): Mashup of the Day: The iconic cropduster scene from North by Northwest with a Tie Fighter from Star Wars instead of the plane. Plus C-3Po, R2-D2 and Cary Grant in space (via Cinematic Montage Creators): Rescored Movie of the Day: Star Wars dogfight and other space combat scenes are a lot cooler when set to Kenny Loggins's "Danger...
- Christopher Campbell
With editors and cinematographers chiming in on the best examples of their craft in cinema history, it’s now time for directors to have a say. To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Directors Guild of America, they’ve conducted a poll for their members when it comes to the 80 greatest directorial achievements in feature films since the organization’s founding in 1936. With 2,189 members participating, the top pick went to Francis Ford Coppola for The Godfather, one of three films from the director making the top 10.
Even with films from nonmembers being eligible, the male-dominated, America-centric choices are a bit shameful (Kathryn Bigelow is the only female director on the list, and the first foreign film doesn’t show up until number 26), but not necessarily surprising when one looks at the make-up of its membership. As with any list, there’s bound to be disagreements (Birdman besting The Bicycle Thief, »
- Jordan Raup
Filmmaker and self-pronounced cinephile Jacob T. Swinney has a new video essay called 100 Years/100 Shots. The title’s pretty self-explanatory. It’s about the history of Tequila in the 21st century.
Swinney has chosen his most memorable shot from each year in the last 100 and placed them next to each other in chronological sequence. Not only does it fascinatingly chart the evolution of the medium, it also reaffirms why we devote so much of our spare time to the movies. See beneath the video embed below for the full list (in order) used.
100 Years/100 Shots from Jacob T. Swinney on Vimeo.
Birth of a Nation
A Dog’s Life
The Passion of Joan of Arc
- Oli Davis
The icon-establishing performances Marilyn Monroe gave in Howard Hawks’ Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) and in Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot (1959) are ones for the ages, touchstone works that endure because of the undeniable comic energy and desperation that sparked them from within even as the ravenous public became ever more enraptured by the surface of Monroe’s seductive image of beauty and glamour. Several generations now probably know her only from these films, or perhaps 1955’s The Seven-Year Itch, a more famous probably for the skirt-swirling pose it generated than anything in the movie itself, one of director Wilder’s sourest pictures, or her final completed film, The Misfits (1961), directed by John Huston, written by Arthur Miller and costarring Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift.
But in Don’t Bother to Knock (1952) she delivers a powerful dramatic performance as Nell, a psychologically devastated, delusional, perhaps psychotic young woman apparently on »
- Dennis Cozzalio
It’s safe to say most filmmakers today have learned something from Alfred Hitchcock, if not been directly influence. The master filmmaker's resumé speaks for itself — “Rear Window,” “Psycho,” “Rebecca,” “Notorious,” “Strangers on a Train,” “Rope,” “The Birds,” “North by Northwest,” “Shadow of a Doubt” and “Dial M for Murder” — and his remarkable grasp on technical prowess in achieving big screen spectacle has been rarely matched. And among the things Hitchcock knew best about filmmaking was how to stage a scene, as broken down and analyzed by Nerdwriter1 in his latest video, “How Alfred Hitchcock Blocks A Scene.” Read More: Watch: 7-Minute Video Essay Explores Ensemble Staging In Bong Joon-Ho's 'Memories Of Murder' Taking a closer look at an early scene in “Vertigo” — the 1958 picture some cinephiles would argue is not only Hitchcock’s greatest work, but also quite possibly the best film of all-time — the nine-minute »
- Will Ashton
Exclusive: DreamWorks has hired Oscar nominee Jonathan Herman to adapt The Travelers, the thriller novel by bestselling author Chris Pavone. Herman was Oscar nominated with Andrea Berloff for Best Original Screenplay for Straight Outta Compton, the N.W.A biopic that grossed north of $200 million worldwide. The book is a Hitchcockian thriller with shades of Mr. And Mrs. Smith and North By Northwest. It will be an ongoing story, which gives it franchise potential. Andrew… »
Following last October’s announcement that the classic 1980’s action series MacGyver would be returning to CBS, news out of a Lionsgate analysts meeting this morning has revealed that the company is simultaneously planning a big-budget movie reboot of the show as well.
The movie will reportedly be produced by the show’s creator, Lee David Zlotoff, with Fast and Furious franchise producer Neal Moritz coming in to help as well. Although there was no confirmation of the plot for the film, since both the TV show and movie reboot will be created by Lionsgate, it seems that the studio is attempting to set up a new shared universe for the action-heavy franchise.
Regarding the television version, director James Wan (Furious 7, The Conjuring) has been chosen to direct the pilot of the show, with writer Paul Downs Colaizzo on script duties. Although Wan was previously attached to a MacGyver »
- Mitchel Broussard
The last time I went to the restaurant in the Regency Hotel on Park Avenue was to meet Jane Pollard and Iain Forsyth for their film 20,000 Days On Earth and Nick Cave stopped by for a greeting. Atom Egoyan's terrifically paced thriller Remember, written by Benjamin August, starring Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau with Bruno Ganz, Heinz Lieven, Dean Norris and Jürgen Prochnow is structured in the spirit of a cumulative tale. We spoke about the residual idea of The Sound Of Music, North By Northwest and Slavoj Žižek, meeting Son Of Saul director László Nemes in Sarajevo, Christopher Nolan's Memento and Leviticus.
Christopher Plummer as Zev Gutman
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Cinematographer Roger Deakins is enjoying the afterglow of his 13th Oscar nomination, for “Sicario.” But in the meantime, he has another film heading to theaters next week: Joel and Ethan Coen’s “Hail, Caesar!” It’s notable because it’s the first project Deakins has shot on film since the last time he collaborated with the Coens on 2010’s “True Grit.” Since then he has clung to the virtue of digital, and judging by some of his comments discussing the filmmaker siblings’ latest, he’s clearly eager to get back to the ones and zeroes of the future.
This is one of the Coen brothers’ funniest movies. Some of the Ralph Fiennes stuff just had me in the aisles.
Oh good, good. Yeah I’ll be interested how audiences receive the movie. Like some of that stuff, it’s quite quirky isn’t it?
It made me wonder if you »
- Kristopher Tapley
Sara Hemrajani on Hollywood’s love affair with its Golden Age…
Since there’s no business like show business, it’s unsurprising that one of Hollywood’s favourite topics is itself. The recent wave of award nominations for Trumbo, including a best actor Oscar nod for Bryan Cranston, is fresh evidence of the industry’s fascination with the so-called Golden Age.
In Trumbo, Cranston plays real-life writer Dalton Trumbo who was jailed and blacklisted for his ties to the American Communist Party. Despite the ban, Trumbo and his peers managed to flout the system using pseudonyms and support from eager filmmakers. He went on to write screenplays for classics such as Roman Holiday and Spartacus.
Following swiftly in its steps is Hail, Caesar!, the Coen brothers’ throwback to the glossy studio pictures of the 1940s. The trailer reveals characters reminiscent of Gene Kelly and Esther Williams, as well as producer »
- Sara Hemrajani
Displaying a transparency that few filmmakers of his fame and / or caliber would even bother with, Steven Soderbergh has, for a couple of years, been keen on releasing lists of what he watched and read during the previous twelve months. If you’re at all interested in this sort of thing — and why not? what else are you even doing with your day? — the 2015 selection should be of strong interest, this being a time when he was fully enmeshed in the world of creating television.
He’s clearly observing the medium with a close eye, be it what’s on air or what his friends (specifically David Fincher and his stillborn projects) show him, and how that might relate to his apparent love of 48 Hours Mystery or approach to a comparatively light slate of cinematic assignments — specifically: it seems odd that the last time he watched Magic Mike Xxl, a »
- Nick Newman
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