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From the arrival of cinema and a train steaming into La Ciotat Station cinema audiences have long been in love with both the fast and the furious. The adage ‘the car’s the star’ has long been evident in Hollywood’s annals with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Herbie, the Batmobile or the family of Minis (Minions?) in The Italian Job taking centre stage and linger in the memory.
In association with the people from Van Monster we stood atop our internet tower and gazed at the past, then plucked five of the most iconic vehicles to appear in movies.
5) 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
As featured in: Smokey And The Bandit (1977)
Registration plate: Ban One
Hired by Texan double-act Big Enos and his son Little Enos to transport then-prohibited Coors beer to Georgia in under 28 hours, Bo ‘Bandit’ Darville requests a fast car to act as a blocker – a distraction for »
- Simon Williams
To mark the release of Paranoia on 10th March, we’ve been given 5 copies to give away on Blu-ray.
The world’s two most powerful tech billionaires and bitter adversaries (Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman) will stop at nothing to outwit and destroy each other’s business empires. But when a young rising star (Liam Hemsworth) falls between them, he becomes trapped in the middle of the rivals’ life-and-death game of corporate espionage. By the time he realises his life is in danger, he is in far too deep and knows too much »
I received a Kindle for Christmas and I absolutely love it. I am not a particularly fast reader, but with this device my reading speed has dramatically increased and one thing I do every day is check the Kindle Daily Deals at Amazon as they frequently offer something worth picking up for only $1.99. Well, today the list is rather long as they have 34 books that eventually inspired award-winning movies on sale. No, this doesn't mean Oscar winning as you'll notice the book that helped inspire Ron Howard's Rush is included here and the Academy couldn't even see fit to offer it a Sound nomination. However, we all saw Daniel Bruhl take home a few awards already so it definitely counts. Books that inspired this year's Oscar crop are limited to the books behind Philomena and The Invisible Woman, but there is a lot more to take away beyond that. »
- Brad Brevet
Star Wars, Jaws, Indiana Jones, Superman. You can’t think of these adventures without instantly hearing the music. Film scores have always been the emotional heart of the story that forever resonates with an audience.
For the first time as part of its annual Oscar Week events, the Academy presented a live “Oscar Concert” celebrating this year’s nominated scores and songs.
In what was a glorious program for music lovers, the huge audience at UCLA’s Royce Hall experienced an unforgettable night. The Academy’s 80-piece orchestra performed suites from each of the nominated original scores and prior to each piece, all the nominated composers participated in a brief conversation with film critic and radio host Elvis Mitchell about creating their scores.
Musician, Common, was the perfect host for this historic event. After a enthusiastic introduction by the actor, the evening began with Academy Governor Charles Fox conducting Jerry Goldsmith’s “Fanfare for Oscar. »
- Michelle McCue
We’ll be celebrating the life and career of famed movie director Steven Spielberg at The Way out Club on March 4th with Super-8 Steven Spielberg Movie Madness. We’ll be showing, in the Super-8 Sound format (average length: 15 minutes) projected on a big screen, the following films directed by Speilberg: Duel, Sugarland Express, Jaws, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, 1941, and Raiders Of The Lost Ark. (Sugarland and 1941 are 30-minute two-reelers).
In addition to the Steven Spielberg films, we’ll be showing Abbott And Costello Meet The Mummy, The Marx Brothers in Monkey Business, Mighty Mouse in The Witch’S Cat, Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney in Ghost Of Frankenstein, Filming The Big Crashes, Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea, and William Shatner vs killer tarantulas is Kingdom Of The Spiders.
Cover charge is a mere $3. The show begins at 8pm. We’ll have Steven Spielberg trivia with prizes and, »
- Tom Stockman
It’s no secret that our beloved horror movies are often snubbed at the Academy Awards. The horror genre as a whole just doesn’t get all that much respect in the world of cinema, which is why it’s so important for us fans to support and spread the word on the movies we love. Quite frankly, if we're not doing it, nobody’s going to do it for us.
That said, there are a handful of horror movies over the years that have defied tradition, and have actually managed to snag themselves those little golden statues. With the 86th Academy Awards heading our way this weekend, today we shine the spotlight on 10 of those movies, which made all of us horror fans proud!
Though the Academy Awards ceremony wasn’t televised until 1953, it actually began way back in 1929, held at a private dinner party. »
- John Squires
The 1970s were a weird time. I'm glad I didn't have to live through any of it... but thanks to the internet, I can marvel (and mock) at the wonders of the 1970s.
Lalo Schifrin is best known as a composer who has scored hundreds of films, everything from The Amityville Horror to Dirty Harry to Thx 1138. He also put out a number of albums, mostly jazz instrumentals. In the late 1970s, he did a disco cover of John Williams' classic Jaws score. The BBC music show Top of the Pops decided to choreograph a strange dance to the song, complete with waggling legs, a swimming cut-out shark, and scared looks on the dancers' faces. The icing on this disco cake is that the dance troupe was called Legs & Co.
Sit back and enjoy the weirdness.
- Alyse Wax
“For those of us that work at Fox — he was family,” said Fox topper Jim Gianopulos. “He was an integral part of our legacy, he was like a pater familias to us.”
Zanuck was known in the industry for producing hits like “Jaws,” Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland,” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” He won the Academy Award for “Driving Miss Daisy” in 1989 and was nominated for two other Oscars.
Zanuck was made president of 20th Century Fox at the age of 28, making him the youngest studio chief in Hollywood history. During his eight years as head of studio, Fox amassed 159 Oscar nominations.
“We waited to try and find a building worthy of Dick. We couldn’t, so we built one,” Gianopulos said.
The 15,000 square foot building is the most state-of-the-art movie »
- Nikara Johns
John Williams, the cinema's most widely and wildly celebrated composer, is a nominee again this year for The Book Thief (you can download some sheet music from the score here). He is 82 years old but in a delightfully senior twist, he is only the third oldest nominee (after June Squibb and Patricia Norris). IMDb's database for composers is very confusing so I can't share "number of original scores" but his feature film career, starting with Daddy-o (1958) and continuing on through the The Book Thief (2013), is prolific and highly regarded with more presumably to come since the Indiana Jones and Star Wars franchises are still alive and so is he.
John Williams conducting "The Book of Thief" score in a recording session
His Oscar record is the closest anyone's ever come to total Academy infallibility (if you discount the people who only made one or two pictures). In the past 46 years, »
- NATHANIEL R
Note: In honor of the Academy Awards this Sunday, we're reposting some of our favorite Oscar-related posts from years past. The following was first published on 2/28/12. The Steven Spielberg we know today is almost so iconic and legendary we're surprised the clouds don't part for a heavenly light to shine on him wherever his travels should take him. But the Spielberg back in 1975 was a young up-and-comer who was starting to become something bigger. He had just directed Jaws, and watched the film take in a crazy amount of money at the box office, grossing close to $500 million worldwide in total. Steven Spielberg had officially arrived. When it came time for Oscar nominations, Spielberg was riding a wave so high he was probably convinced the film would earn him a...
- Erik Davis
Every day, from now until the weekend of the 2014 Academy Awards, HeyUGuys will be publishing an article championing one of the nine films in contention for the coveted Best Picture Oscar. We will be collecting them all here, where you can find the previous articles.
Today we turn our attention to David O. Russell’s latest, American Hustle, whose long con seduced many with its evocative, heightened 70s bewitchery. Oscars may indeed a certainty, but does it deserve the grand prize? Cai Ross makes the case…
American Hustle is a film about the intricate means by which we deceive and fictionalise our entire lives to no good end, and the rescue which honesty and truth can potentially bring. Not only is it the best film of last year, but it is also the final proof of the Electric Light Orchestra’s standing as a truly great soundtrack band – but that’s by the by and, »
- Cai Ross
Steven Spielberg takes us behind the cameras for the making of a his classic movie Jaws. The film stunned the world when it hit the screens in 1975, breaking all existing box office records and grossing $470 million dollars worldwide. Terror gripped the globe as a 25 foot great white shark captured the worlds attention, and made sure no one ever felt safe going into the water again. The film made its young director Steven Spielberg a superstar.… »
"The Walking Dead" is not a show to thrive on celebrity guests. Aside from Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward and F/X god Greg Nicotero (who works on the show anyway), there have been no celebrity zombie appearances. But there have been plenty of zombie tributes.
Dynamo writer John Squires recently compiled a list of zombie "cameos" from "The Walking Dead." The list consists of zombies on the show designed to look like (in)famous zombies from films past, and we'll review them here.
If you've noticed any that may been have missed, please feel free to add them in the comments section below.
Season 1, Episode 4 - Day of the Dead - Doctor Tongue
- Scott Hallam
Interview Ryan Lambie 14 Feb 2014 - 06:01
Filming at sea or on water always comes with its own unique set of technical difficulties - just look at the production stories behind Jaws, Waterworld or The Abyss. So when it came to Captain Phillips, the true story of the Maersk Alabama hijacking of 2009, director Paul Greengrass had a difficult shoot ahead of him, requiring the careful planning of ships, makeshift skiffs, lifeboats and Us navy battle cruisers.
Fortunately, Greengrass had cinematographer Barry Ackroyd on hand, whose long list of screen credits includes Nick Broomfield documentaries, Ken Loach dramas and mainstream American hits like The Hurt Locker. Although Captain Phillips' technical challenges were daunting, Ackroyd's experience as a documentary filmmaker - not to mention his previous collaborations with Greengrass, United 93 »
In “Jaws,” Steven Spielberg realized it was more frightening to withhold the shark than to show it. With “History of Fear,” budding Argentine helmer Benjamin Naishtat takes that tactic one step further, delivering a tense sociological thriller in which he never explicitly reveals what is making his characters so uncomfortable. Nor does he quite explain who those characters are, a shortcoming that ultimately thwarts audiences from connecting with this unsettling allegory on the most fundamental human level. Still, as the latest neophyte auteur to kneel at the altar of Michael Haneke, Naishtat doesn’t seem confined to homage, but instead has fresh, regionally relevant observations to make.
Naturally, the idea of sharks is more fearsome than the more ambiguous phobias that lurk in the minds of those who inhabit the suburbs north of Buenos Aires. Yet in Naishtat’s hands, the subtext intimidates even as what’s happening on the surface sometimes seems inscrutable, »
- Peter Debruge
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has added an exciting roster of screen legends and beloved titles to the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival, including appearances by Maureen O’Hara, Mel Brooks and Margaret O’Brien, plus a two-film tribute to Academy Award®-winner Richard Dreyfuss. Marking its fifth year, the TCM Classic Film Festival will take place April 10-13, 2014, in Hollywood. The gathering will coincide with TCM’s 20th anniversary as a leading authority in classic film.
O’Hara will present the world premiere restoration of John Ford’s Oscar®-winning Best Picture How Green Was My Valley (1941), while Brooks will appear at a screening of his western comedy Blazing Saddles (1974). O’Brien will be on-hand for Vincente Minnelli’s perennial musical favorite Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), starring Judy Garland. The tribute to Dreyfuss will consist of a double feature of two of his most popular roles: his Oscar®-winning performance »
- Melissa Thompson
This weekend is looking particularly amazing for those of you living in (or traveling to) the Dallas area, because this year’s Dallas Comic Con’s Sci-Fi Expo is overflowing with stars of screen and comics. Richard Dreyfuss! Karl Urban! Stephen Amell! Karen Gillan! The Warehouse 13 and Defiance casts! Ian Churchill! Chris Sprouse! And So Many More.
And if you’re lucky, you might even spot SciFi Mafia Senior Managing Editor Lillian Standefer! Details are below, but Please Especially Note this fine print from the official website: Note: We will allow all pre-registered guests to enter the building Before we start ticket sales at the box office. This may delay the box office ticket sales for 30-60 minutes.
Oscar winner, Richard Dreyfuss tops Sci-Fi Expo line-up!
Oscar-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss tops a long list of actors and artists appearing at Dallas Comic Con’s Sci-Fi Expo on Feb. 8 & 9 at the Irving Convention Center. »
- Erin Willard
Feature Simon Brew 28 Jan 2014 - 05:53
Simon takes another look at arguably the most brutal blockbuster movie of the 1980s: Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom...
This feature contains spoilers for Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom
One of the pleasures I've found of being a parent is being able to introduce my offspring to some of the classic films of my own youth. My now ten-year old son worked his way through the Back To The Future trilogy last year, loving them all (with a special soft spot for the third), and for every modern release he watches, I try and introduce him to something a little older.
For some time, he's been asking about Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom. I showed him, to his delight, Raiders Of The Lost Ark last year, and he's been keen to see more of Indy's adventures. But I »
Miscasting in films has always been a problem. A producer hires an actor thinking that he or she is perfect for a movie role only to find the opposite is true. Other times a star is hired for his box office draw but ruins an otherwise good movie because he looks completely out of place.
There have been many humdinger miscastings. You only have to laugh at John Wayne’s Genghis Khan (with Mongol moustache and gun-belt) in The Conqueror (1956), giggle at Marlon Brando’s woeful upper class twang as Fletcher Christian in Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) and cringe at Dick Van Dyke’s misbegotten cockney accent in Mary Poppins (1964). But as hilarious as these miscastings are, producers at the time didn’t think the same way, until after the event. At least they add a bit of camp value to a mediocre or downright awful movie.
In rare cases, »
This Story Has Been Updated From Our Original Posting Of January 6. The Blu-ray Packaging Art Has Been Added And The Title Is Now Available For Pre-order From Amazon.
Good news for fans of William Friedkin's underrated 1977 classic Sorcerer: after years of false starts, the remastered film will now be available on Blu-ray through Warner Home Video. Check out the press release we've just received from them:
Burbank, Calif., January 6, 2014 – William Friedkin’s Sorcerer, the cult suspense thriller that has been largely overlooked since its 1977 release, has now been acquired and fully restored by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and will make its Blu-ray™ debut on April 22, 2014. The release, also available on DVD, will be packaged as a 40-page Blu-ray book filled with beautiful images from the film and excerpts from the book, “The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir.”
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