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Notebook Soundtrack Mix #2: "Sleep Little Lush"

26 December 2011 8:33 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Above: Image from Maurice Binder's title sequence for Diamonds Are Forever (1971).

Sleep Little Lush

This follow-up to the previous soundtrack mix, Hyper Sleep, is very much the same animal: a chance gathering of mesmerizing music tracks, carefully arranged to focus on the interstitial character of film music—its ability to distill into hallucinatory moments, the most sensual or emotional qualities of a film’s nature, and amplify these sensations to increase their temporal impact. With this idea of music as intoxicant in mind, the passing this year of John Barry was a loss of one of the great “perfumers” of film composing (for more on music as perfume, see Daniel Kasman’s “Herrmann’s Perfume”). The beautiful themes that Barry scored for the world of 007 that open this collection set the spell for a kaleidoscopic (largely) 60s and 70s sample of some of the best film music written by Ennio Morricone, »

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: To Kill a Mockingbird

7 December 2011 1:57 PM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 31, 2012

Price: DVD $19.98, Blu-ray $26.98, Collector’s Series Blu-ray $39.99

Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

The high-definition Blu-ray debut of classic Academy Award-winning film To Kill a Mockingbird is a 50th Anniversary Edition.

Originally released in theaters in 1962, To Kill a Mockingbird is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee. The movie stars Gregory Peck (The Guns of Navarone) as Atticus Finch, a lawyer in Depression-era Alabama who defends a black man (Brock Peters, Soylent Green) against an undeserved rape charge and deals with prejudice against his own children.

To Kill a Mockingbird also stars Robert Duvall (Crazy Heart) in his first feature film role.

Nominated for eight Oscars, the drama movie won statues for Best Actor (Peck), Best Art Direction and Best Adapted Screenplay. It also was up for supporting actress Mary Badham (Our Very Own), Russell Harlan’s (Hawaii) cinematography, Robert Mulligan’s (Same Time, »

- Sam

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Thanksgiving Top 5: Memorable Movie Food Scenes

24 November 2011 8:24 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Let’s be honest, Thanksgiving is 99% about the food; the rest is just icing on the cake, so to speak. Sure the family gathers around and distant cousins whose name you barely remember drive from hundreds of miles away to join in the festivities. But what really brings us all together? The food. In honor of America’s most gluttonous of holidays, we’re bringing you our Top 5 favorite movie moments involving food. We tried to cover every course, except for salad (you don’t win friends with salad). So feast your eyes upon the Collider Thanksgiving Top 5 Memorable Movie Food Scenes after the jump. If you missed any of our "Thanksgiving Top 5" articles, click here. *The following article and clips contain spoilers.* Soylent Green is what now? In one of the most iconic (and surprising) scenes in movie history, Charlton Heston discovers the main ingredient in the title food, »

- Dave Trumbore

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AFI Fest Review: Dystopic Darkness of ‘Carre Blanc’ Consumes and Confounds

6 November 2011 11:41 AM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Filmmaker Jean-Baptiste Leonetti’s feature film debut plucks from the cinematic dystopic visions that have preceded his black-as-night view of the future, but the filmmaker has deftly crafted a bold and tense new take on a world ruined and remade. Carre Blanc is a brooding, moody, and atmospheric exercise – frequently silent and nearly dark, with action playing out across crisp and clean sets that are void of any kind of personal decoration or demarcation. While individuals are essential to the film’s future society, individuality is not prized and has been slowly beaten out of all citizens. Living and working space all appear to be crafted from the same up-scale Ikea mold, functionality as the only aim. It is no surprise that the citizens who populate Carre Blanc’s bleak future society are, at best, shiftless and, at worst, crushingly depressed. It’s never quite clear what happened to the world of Carre Blanc before the film »

- Kate Erbland

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Leonard Stone – Willy Wonka’s Sam Beauregarde Dead at 87

4 November 2011 7:16 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

“I’m getting even with you for this, Wonka, if it’s the last thing I ever do! I’ve got a blueberry for a daughter!”

I remember him well as the cosmic zookeeper Farnum on two episodes of Lost In Space. A familiar face, Leonard Stone earned a Tony nomination for his work in the 1959 musical Redhead and appeared on numerous television shows such as L.A. Law, Perry Mason, General Hospital, Mission: Impossible, Barney Miller, Gunsmoke, and Hill Street Blues but he’ll always be best remembered as Sam Beauregarde,  motor-mouthed politician and father of Violet Beauregarde in Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory (1971). Though mostly a TV actor, Stone also had a memorable role in Soylent Green as the manager of the building in which Joseph Cotten was killed. In September of 2000, he appeared as an ordinary, non-celebrity contestant on Wheel of Fortune. He placed second, winning $4,250 and »

- Tom Stockman

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Daily Briefing. Trailer for Wakamatsu's "Mishima"

24 October 2011 3:05 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"Dream death-match to be sure, but I just noticed Koji Wakamatsu is actually making a new film based on Mishima's life," wrote Sanjuro six months ago, sparking a discussion in the Forum. 11.25 Jiketsu no Hi: Mishima Yukio to Wakamonotachi, with Arata taking the lead and Terajima Shinobu (Caterpillar) playing Mishima's wife, "focuses on the events of November 25, 1970, when Mishima entered the Tokyo headquarters of the Japan Self-Defense Forces along with four members of his private militia, the Tatenokai," wrote Nicholas Vroman in May at Toronto J-Film Pow-Wow. "Seizing control of the commandant's office, Mishima delivered a rambling speech from the balcony hoping to inspire a coup d'etat. He then returned to the office and committed suicide." He also notes that Wakamatsu's been blogging throughout the production. And today, Wildgrounds has posted the first trailer (above).

"Eco Sci-Fi" is the theme of the October issue of Electric Sheep, featuring David Cairns »

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The James Clayton Column: the movie actors immune to infection

20 October 2011 2:34 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

As Contagion sweeps like a plague into UK cinemas, James looks at five Hollywood actors who are surely immune to infection…

Are you thinking about going to the cinema this weekend? If you are, I'd urge you to take some baby wipes, a bottle of disinfectant and a surgical mask. Please take the necessary precautions, because the multiplex is full of germs, malicious microbes and bugs - and I mean nasty bugs that bring disease, not the cute animated critters from Pixar's A Bug's Life.

I say this because Hollywood is sick - even sicker than normal. We already knew that Sunset Strip is awash with titan migraines, venereal disease, substance abuse problems and psychological disorders. What we're dealing with now, though, according to the freshly released film Contagion, is a health crisis that no spell in the Betty Ford Clinic or course of antibiotics will cure. This is the »

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14 Products From Future Movies That Should Already Exist

14 September 2011 1:56 PM, PDT | BestWeekEver | See recent BestWeekEver news »

When Doc Brown’s announcement about Nike’s new real-life version of the Air Mag shoes from Back To The Future 2, we ecstatic but greedy popculturites were quick to wonder: What other technologies from futuristic movies should we work on next? Here are 14 wishful suggestions that science needs to hop on Asap (the ‘S’ is for Science): 1. Hoverboards, Back To The Future 2 No sooner had we heard about the NikeMags than us ungrateful forward-thinking Back To The Future fans renewed our cries for real-life flying skateboards (even happily conceding that they won’t work on water). Marty McFly already set our childhood fun-xpectations unreasonably high 20 years ago, plus we haven’t had a true breakthrough in ‘board technology since those Lords Of Dogtown people did all those experiments with dogs or whatever. Get the hell on this, funologists! 2. The Three Seashells, Demolition Man When Future Rob Schneider utters the »

- Dan Hopper

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World War II Classic Tora! Tora! Tora! Finally Comes To Us Blu-ray December 6th!

9 September 2011 2:59 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

This is one of my favorite World War II films.  Tora! Tora! Tora! was also one of the few Hollywood productions that took any time to examine the Japanese side of the Pearl Harbor bombing that instigated Us involvement in the war in the Pacific.  This film was a huge undertaking, and as such, Fox loaded some big talent into the project.The film had two credited directors, Richard Fleischer (Soylent Green, Mandingo, 10 Rillington Place) for the American side of the story, and Kinji Fukasaku (Battle Royale, Battles Without Honor and Humanity, Cops Vs Thugs) & Toshio Masuda.  These are just the three who made it to the end, initially the idea was to get the master, Akira Kurosawa, to direct the Japanese sequences, however, »

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Sci-fi cinema’s 10 great conspiracies

6 September 2011 8:58 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Cynicism, distrust, paranoia – with Apollo 18 out now in cinemas, here’s our list of 10 great conspiracies in science fiction cinema…

Among its numerous other functions, science fiction acts as a kind of microscope. Beneath its lens, topics such as politics, social upheaval and the meaning of life can be deconstructed and carefully examined. These examinations can take the form of grand voyages, as seen in 2001: A Space Odyssey, or intimate psychodramas, as seen in Darren Aronofsky’s Pi, or the early films of David Cronenberg.

Recent decades, meanwhile, have seen a subtle yet notable streak of cynicism and paranoia creep into sci-fi – a feeling that, in spite of their warm smiles and confident public addresses, the people who govern us can’t quite be trusted. Let’s face it, if politicians are willing to quietly have their moats cleaned out on taxpayers’ expenses, who knows what else they »

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Spoilers: Look away now

19 August 2011 4:10 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Thanks to the spread of 'spoiler sites' and over-explicit trailers, we may never get a surprise at the movies again. But might that be a good thing?

David Nicholls's novel One Day has already sold more than a million copies; perhaps that's why the team who turned it into a movie didn't worry about giving the plot away. How else to explain why the trailer appears to summarise the whole story? In three minutes you learn, for instance, that the two main characters meet at university, flirt, fall out, get married (not to each other) and get together when they're older. Now you basically know what happens, do you still want to watch the drawn-out version when it hits the cinemas next week? As one complaint put it, the trailer suffered from "showingtoomuchitus".

There's a lot of it about. "A trailer often involves a fast once-over of the whole film, »

- Emine Saner

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‘In Time’ starring Justin Timberlake – trailer review

18 August 2011 6:00 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

In Time

Directed by: Andrew Niccol

Starring: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy

Rating: Nr

Release Date: October 28, 2011

Trailer Score: 5/10

Thoughts by Tsr: In Time is a futuristic thriller about the value of time and the privileges that are afforded the wealthy. I’d honestly feel a little bit better about this one if you didn’t have some of the highest paid actors in the entertainment industry preaching about the evils of money… but that’s neither here nor there.

The problem with the film is that it all just feels a little too familiar. Part Logan’s Run and a little bit Soylent Green when it comes to the evils of “the man,” there’s just not enough there to really pull me into this one.

Still, I’ll buy into it a little on faith. I’m a fan of Amanda Seyfried’s TV work and I »

- Calhoun Kersten

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Licence to spoil: why film fans need not look away now

15 August 2011 8:12 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Spoilers don't ruin stories, they increase our enjoyment of them, says a new study. Do you get in a twist over plot revelations or devour every last movie morsel you can find?

In the age of Twitter, blogs and YouTube, dealing with spoilers is an everyday battle. When you're reading about movies that are still months away from release you've got to tread a fine line between feeding your curiosity and preserving the enjoyment of seeing the film.

This is something that's reared its head again in recent weeks with the avalanche of spoilers that have emerged from the set of The Dark Knight Rises. Christopher Nolan has made no secret of his desire to keep plot details about the final part of his Batman trilogy under wraps. But despite his best efforts the web has been awash with reports, photos and even footage from the film.

What do you »

- Daniel Bettridge

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Mark Kermode's DVD round-up

13 August 2011 4:09 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Source Code; Countdown to Zero; Mars Needs Moms

Far from being an intelligent aberration, it now appears that Christopher Nolan's exceptional Inception was the high water mark of a recent resurgent wave of cerebral yet spectacular sci-fi fantasies. Like Solaris, Soylent Green and Silent Running before them, the best of these 60s/70s-inflected flicks have dared to put ideas first, imagining (unfashionably) that modern multiplex audiences are more than capable of keeping up with a moderately complex plot. Thus, while Michael Bay merrily pummels viewers into stupefied submission with his mind-numbing Transformers movies, others have used this adventurously populist genre to spin more interesting yarns such as The Adjustment Bureau (with its Philip K Dick-inspired trademark paranoia) and, more impressively, Source Code (2011, Optimum, 12), a Memento-like puzzle with a rewarding Twilight Zone twist.

Directed by Duncan Jones, who worked such atmospheric wonders with his stripped-down feature debut Moon, Source Code »

- Mark Kermode

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Walter Seltzer, Hollywood Producer and Press Agent Dead at 96

4 August 2011 9:05 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

He was a long-time friend and colleague of Charlton Heston who produced of The Omega Man and Soylent Green among others. He came to Hollywood in 1935 and his first success was running the ad campaign for that year’s Mutiny On The Bounty. He had a long and successful career that spanned from the golden age of Hollywood  into the ’70s and ’80s

From the Los Angeles Times:

Walter Seltzer, a Hollywood press agent-turned-producer who started out at MGM in the 1930s and made an enduring mark on the industry in the 1980s as a tenacious fundraiser for the Motion Picture and Television Fund, has died. He was 96.

Seltzer died Friday of an age-related illness at the Motion Picture and Television Fund’s retirement home in Woodland Hills, said Jennifer Fagen, a spokeswoman for the fund. His successful ad campaign for MGM’s “Mutiny on the Bounty” (1935) helped him land »

- Tom Stockman

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Super 8: One small step for a man, one giant leap backwards for Science Fiction

15 July 2011 4:30 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

On the 5th August, Super 8 will finally hit our shores, riding on a wave of critical praise from the other side of the Atlantic. Its combination of eighties youthful nostalgia (Stand by Me, Goonies) and Spielgburg-esque science fiction (Close Encounters, E.T) looks set to titillate young and old alike. However, Super 8 also acts to highlight the growing trend of modern Science Fiction taking its influences from the past. Whilst seemingly going against the grain of the genre’s forward thinking philosophy,  it’s a welcome relief from the recent influx of movies which have forgone the subtle underlying warnings which made Science Fiction such a stalwart of seventies and eighties cinema .

Unlike other genres of film this speculative, science based medium of entertainment isn’t bound to any particular era, period or location, allowing film makers a free reign when it comes to storytelling. However, as the »

- Guest

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New Release: Tora! Tora! Tora! Blu-ray

30 June 2011 1:37 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release 1970’s Tora! Tora! Tora!, the seminal World War II action film about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, on Blu-ray for the very first time on December 6.

No list price has been announced yet.

Pearl Harbor is attacked on December 7, 1941 in Tora! Tora! Tora!

Directed by Richard Fleischer (Soylent Green)–with  Japanese sequences helmed by Kinji Fukasaku and Toshio Masuda–and starring Martin Balsam (Psycho), Joseph Cotten (Citizen Kane) and Jason Robards (All the President’s Men), Tora! Tora! Tora is best remembered for utilizing footage from the actual attack on Pearl Harbor. This new edition will feature the extended Japanese cut of the film containing 10 minutes of previously unreleased footage.

Not surprisingly, the Blu-ray is being issued on the week of the 70th anniversary of the attack.

There’s no official word yet about other supplements that are slated for the »

- Laurence

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Fight Club Writer For Reznor's Year Zero

28 June 2011 5:01 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

With all the Social Network Oscar-night excitement, it rather slipped our minds that Trent Reznor was planning a TV mini-series based on his Nine Inch Nails album Year Zero. But the project has just reared its head again, with Fight Club's adaptor Jim Uhls being brought in to pen the screenplay.Last autumn Reznor was merely at the "It'd be cool if it happened" stage, but clearly things have been moving quietly forward in the meantime, since Year Zero is now officially set up as a co-production between HBO and the BBC.The 2007 concept album is a satire on the American political system, describing a dystopian state heading towards the end of the world and "the erosion of freedom". The story, about a "Bureau of Morality" forming in the wake of a nuclear war between America and Iran, takes place in 2022, the same year as Soylent Green. Reznor says »

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Team Experience: Queue Confessions

3 June 2011 2:16 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

For this week's Tfe contributors roundup, I thought I'd force a confession... but alas, I didn't manage to catch anything that embarrassed anyone, damnit! Except myself! My queue is stupid

What's Next On Your DVD Queue?

Jose: The Red Shoes and the first four seasons of "Doc Martin" which I have to review for work.

Ja: Simon Rumley's terrifically unsettling Red White and Blue which unsettled me, terrifically, last year and Undertow, that Peruvian movie which I think you interviewed the director. [Editor's Note: Yes, yes, I did.]

 Alexa (Curio): I'm really, really going to watch them when I'm not chasing my toddler or passing out: Gloria (John Cassavetes' film, not the one with Sharon Stone! This is a re-watch, I just like it) and Reform School Girls (the one with Wendy O Williams from 1986).

Robert (Distant Relatives): First up is The Circus, the only Chaplin silent comedy I haven't seen. It »


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Today’s Special: Best Easter and Passover Movies

22 April 2011 9:12 AM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Passover is continuing and today begins the Easter weekend, starting with the solemnity of Good Friday and ending with the chocolate-filled fun of Easter Sunday. If you’re looking for something to do between church services and Easter egg hunts, how about a movie? You know we’re all about the movies at Disc Dish.

Hollywood has put out lots of films related to the Easter and Passover season over the years, not to mention cartoons and TV specials. But instead of giving a top 10, we’ve compiled what we feel are the best films in a number of different categories. We’ve got a recommendation for everyone — well, everyone but slasher horror fans.


The Ten Commandments

Classic: The Ten Commandments

Cecil B. De Mille’s 1956 film about Moses (Charlton Heston, Soylent Green) still stands as one of the great classic movies today. Clocking in at more than 3.5 hours, »

- Sam

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