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There were 17 outstanding candidates vying to be Alan Sugars business partner. But how did they cope with producing their own home fragrance? Julia Raeside watched through her fingers
Heavens to Betsy, its advert week next week! Are we there already? My cup runneth over. Im heading downstairs to the comments now but thanks for coming and Ill see you here next Wednesday just afore 9pm.
I think the editing was a bit crass this week because usually I cant guess. You heard me, editors. Wither subtlety, huh?
And no, Alan, calling Nurun a lovely lady doesnt make this any better. You can tell when hes all of a tizz about firing someone he thinks he oughtnt. But gone, she is. »
- Julia Raeside
In recognition of the most influential filmmaker of our time, Steven Spielberg, Universal Pictures International Entertainment are giving 2 lucky winners the chance to win a collection of eight of his unforgettable films on Blu-ray™!
For the first time ever a collection of eight memorable films from three-time Academy Award® winner, Steven Spielberg, has been put together in the form of the Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection which is Out Now. Don’t miss your chance to win this amazing collection.
Steven Spielberg’s distinguished career on the Universal backlot dates back more than 40 years. During this time Spielberg has directed an unprecedented number of critically-acclaimed films and box office hits, resulting in his status as one of most acclaimed directors in cinematic history.
- Phil Wheat
The Post-1960S, Pre-Digital Age: Real-time One-offs, 1975-1998
British filmmaker John Byrum is responsible for the first (and in some ways only) real-time period film. Inserts (1975), set in the early 1930s, is about a Boy Wonder movie director (called Boy Wonder, played by Richard Dreyfuss fresh from American Graffiti (1973) and Jaws (1975)) now washed up before the age of 30, resigned to making porn because of Hollywood’s conversion to sound. Not only is Inserts scrupulously real-time (with the exception of the opening credits sequence, which offers glimpses of the stag film we’re about to see made) and period, but it’s rather long for such a film, just shy of two hours. To tell the entire story would be spoiling the fun, but the Boy Wonder deals with recalcitrant actresses, the problem of his own potency, career problems, death, sex, after-death and after-sex…and in the end, as »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
30. No Country for Old Men (2007)
Scene: Coin Flip
There was a brief period of time from 2006-2009 when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made some more daring, but wholly deserved choices for Best Picture. It began in 2006, when Martin Scorsese finally won for The Departed which, while not his best and not nearly as dark as, say, Taxi Driver or Raging Bull, still leaned that direction. Three years later, they handed the Oscar to The Hurt Locker over the blockbuster Avatar, rewarding quality over audience love. But in between the two it was given to No Country for Old Men, an incredibly dark neo-Western based on the Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name. It’s still one of the Coen Brothers’ best films, an incredible cat-and-mouse journey through West Texas in the 1980′s. The film stars Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones, »
- Joshua Gaul
Horror films live and die by their scores because the music is what helps drive the story and makes us feel anxious. While the images get stuck in the front of our brains, hearing tracks like John Williams‘ theme for Jaws immediately takes us back to the fearful place the film conjured up when we first watched it. In the spirit of the season, I looked back over the horror scores released this year to see which delivered the most frightening music and soundscapes, and discovered a recurring, synth-y theme. First, a little history. Horror scores have evolved over the years, but the first true horror film score was Franz Waxman’s score for Bride of Frankenstein in 1935. In the beginning, these scores were full of rich, almost romantic orchestration that was more about the thrill than creating a sense of foreboding leading up to a jump scare. In the 1950s, James Bernard »
- Allison Loring
This week’s new Blu-ray releases include one of the biggest superhero movies of the year, two very popular—and very different—cable TV series, a collection of Steven Spielberg films, a Ben Stiller comedy classic, and more. Briefly: X-Men: Days of Future Past Amazon Exclusive [Blu-ray + Exclusive] - $69.99 (46% off) X-Men: Days of Future Past [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital HD] - $22.99 (54% off) X-Men: Days of Future Past [Blu-ray] - $17.99 (55% off) Mr. Peabody & Sherman (Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy) - $19.99 (46% off) Steven Spielberg Director's Collection (Jaws / E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial / Jurassic Park / The Lost World: Jurassic Park / Duel / The Sugarland Express / 1941 / Always) [Blu-ray] - $91.99 (54% off) Zoolander [Blu-ray] - $8.69 (42% off) Fargo Season One [Blu-ray] - $24.99 (50% off) Penny Dreadful: Season 1 [Blu-ray] - $27.99 (43% off)
- Adam Chitwood
Steven Awalt – author interviewed by Todd Garbarini
“Well, it’s about time, Charlie!”
Dennis Weaver utters these words in my favorite Steven Spielberg film, Duel, a production that was originally commissioned by Universal Pictures as an Mow, industry shorthand for “movie of the week”, which aired on Saturday, November 13, 1971. The reviews were glowing; the film’s admirers greatly outweighed its detractors and it put Mr. Spielberg, arguably the most phenomenally successful director in the history of the medium, on a path to a career that would make any contemporary director green with envy. Followed by a spate of contractually obligated television outings, Duel would prove to be the springboard that would catapult Mr. Spielberg into the realm that he was shooting for since his youth: that of feature film directing. Duel would also land him in the court of Hollywood producers David Brown and Richard Zanuck and get him his »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Steven Spielberg: Director.s Collection Blu-ray Steven Spielberg has directed thirty movies and has his hands in the pots of plenty of others as an executive producer or even writer. He.s made movies with numerous actors and multiple studios. Putting together a comprehensive Blu-ray compendium of his work would likely be impossible contractually, but also prohibitively expensive. So, Universal Studios Home Entertainment didn.t even try. Instead the studio put together a richly packaged Blu-ray set featuring 8 great flicks from the prolific director, calling it the Steven Spielberg: Director.s Collection. Universal pulled together eight movies from across Spielberg.s career to make up the Director.s Collection set. Seventies endeavors like Duel, The Sugarland Express, Jaws and 1941 are included, as is milestone movie E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. Rounding out the set are Always, the always-classic Jurassic Park and its sequel The Lost World. The set itself pays »
X-Men: Days of Future Past It's interesting to me in that I consider X-Men: Days of Future Past one of the best movies of 2014 and the second best blockbuster of the summer behind Edge of Tomorrow and yet I have little to no interest in seeing it again. I've seen plenty of trailers as of late promoting today's release of the DVD and Blu-ray and each time I remember enjoying the movie, but a feeling of meh when it comes to watching it again comes over me. Nevertheless, I can still I say I felt it was a good movie... that one time I saw it.
Fargo Season One Here's a show I need to get back to and finish. Everyone I've talked to and seen comment online has enjoyed it and having already watched three of the ten episodes it only makes sense I finish it.
Venus in Fur »
- Brad Brevet
As we move closer to October 31st, horror fans have several amazing collections and special edition releases to look forward to this week, including the highly anticipated “Black Maria” collection from Dark Sky and Mpi in celebration of the 40th anniversary of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
Universal is also releasing a really cool box set that features a handful of Steven Spielberg’s finest films, Kino Lorber is resurrecting the cult classic Jennifer in high-def this week, and the indie horror comedy Witching & Bitching makes its way home on DVD as well, all in time for Halloween.
40 years ago, five youths on a weekend getaway in the Texas countryside fell prey to a butcher in a mask made of human skin and his cannibalistic family, and horror cinema would never be the same. »
- Heather Wixson
Director: Steven Spielberg
In my lifetime, there hasn’t been a more influential and exciting film director than Steven Spielberg. He’s a man who’s managed to pluck at every heartstring, surprise with every creation, excites with continual fresh ideas and given some of the finest and most unforgettable cinema in modern movie history. The Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection, available on Blu-ray today from Universal Pictures International Entertainment, is the first time they’ve collected eight of his best.
It begins with his first feature-length television movie Duel from 1971. The film is written by the legendary Richard Matheson and has a very basic premise but is still an effecting thriller to this day. Starring Dennis Weaver as an everyday travelling salesman, he’s heading back home on a long drive and unintentionally »
- Dan Bullock
With this weekend's release of Gone Girl, director David Fincher has once again showcased the unsettling sounds of award-winning composers Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor (above). Ever since 2010's The Social Network, the duo have become a fixture of Fincher's work. The duo's deceptively minimal sound, with subtle motifs barely hiding cold electronic undercurrents, is remarkably well-suited for Fincher's trademark visual aesthetic, in which every smile and doorway can take on an air of menace if the camera lingers long enough. While he has worked with a number of composers before—most notably Howard Shore—Fincher has found »
- Joshua Rivera
Just a few days after we learned the failure of Tusk somehow resulted in writer/director Kevin Smith getting full financing for his sequel Clerks III, the filmmaker has an idea for revamping another, much more iconic film franchise. In case you don't know, in addition to be one of the most die hard fans of Star Wars, Smith is also a huge fan of Steven Spielberg's classic Jaws. Right now he's working on an homage of sorts with a horror film called Moose Jaws, described as being similar to the shark tale but with a moose, and while speaking to Wall Street Journal about the film talks turned to revamping the Jaws franchise. When asked about a reboot, remake or sequel to Jaws, Smith was totally on board (via SlashFilm): "That’s my dream, dude. Honestly, I’ll watch a “Jaws” movie a year because I love »
- Ethan Anderton
Kevin Smith, bless his heart, smokes a ton of weed. This isn.t speculation. The indie auteur behind Clerks and Chasing Amy admits this to anyone who.ll listen. And his indulgences explain a lot about Smith.s body of work (like, say, Tusk). But even weed can.t quite cover up the bizarre thesis Kevin Smith recently floated for a new Jaws movie he.d Love to see in theaters. if Steven Spielberg has time. To be fair, Smith was sort of goaded into this conversation by the Wall Street Journal, who started asking Kevin Smith about possible reboots of classic films, like Jaws. Smith is a noted worshipper of Steven Spielberg.s shark masterpiece, and was asked if he thought it might one day be rebooted. Smith agreed that it.s likely inevitable, but then . on the spot, and in the moment . cooked up an idea that would »
Kevin Smith is actually directing an homage to Jaws, of sorts, currently titled Moose Jaws, which replaces a man-eating shark with a moose, which he wants to make as close as he can to the original Jaws, "without getting sued by Universal." That topic got the director thinking of the original Jaws, one of his favorite movies, and how much he would like to see Steven Spielberg direct another sequel. Here's what the filmmaker had to say, when asked if he thinks the original will ever be rebooted.
"Yeah ... just probably not while Mr. Spielberg's around. But sooner or later, someone will be like, yeah, people are still afraid of sharks, right? And probably get to it. »
What I’ve always loved about Kevin Smith is that he’s a fan. First and foremost, Smith loves movies and that’s why he always infuses his films with so much of that. At first is was totally blatant, like the references in Clerks or Mallrats. Now it’s a bit more subtle, such as borrowing storytelling techniques […]
- Germain Lussier
“Musicians try to be close to composers like Mahler, Shostakovich. But in this opportunity, we have the chance to be so close to this one, that is, John Williams,” Dudamel told the audience. “I remember going to the cinema to listen to music,” Dudamel recalled. “To see the movie, of course! But as a musician you try to focus on how the music does the magic to the movie.” Addressing Williams, who was seen cheering and applauding throughout the program, he continued, “We are here tonight to pay homage to your genius and to your heart, because you are one of the best composers in our time. But the most important thing, you are a great human.”
The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets accompanied the »
- Shalini Dore
"It's not straight action and it's not straight thriller," director Christopher Nolan told Empire when discussing the tone of his new movie Interstellar. "I do liken it to the blockbusters I grew up with as a kid. A lot of them by Steven Spielberg. I don't like talking about Spielberg too much because he was the director on the project before me and I don't want to keep coming back to that, but the truth is, there's a great spirit to films like Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Jaws that I really wanted to try and capture, because I haven't seen it in a very long time." These are the kinds of words I love hearing, particularly that "I haven't seen it in a very long time" bit as Nolan recognizes the change in the cinematic landscape and wants to bring audiences closer to what he experienced with movies when he was younger. »
- Brad Brevet
Jamie Benning has been creating what he calls "Filmumentaries" which are "making of" documentaries about films. Thanks to First Showing, we have the newest one about the opening scene in Back To The Future. In it, he interviews special effects supervisor Kevin Pike. The iconic long take that opens the film is broken down, and some fun facts are shared. This is only part one of a larger project. If it follows the format of Benning's previous documentaries the whole thing should be a couple hours long.
- Free Reyes
Inside Jaws and Raiding the Lost Ark filmmaker Jamie Benning is back, and this time he’s focusing his camera on another beloved movie: Robert Zemeckis’ Back to the Future. The documentarian recently sat down with special effects supervisor Kevin Pike to talk about the famous film, and what follows is a fascinating bit of audio commentary that takes us behind the scenes of the film’s opening moments. Bttf - The Opening Scene - Kevin Pike Interview - Part 1 @Jamieswb from Jamie Benning on Vimeo. For whatever reason, the lengthy single-take shot that opens Back to the Future often gets forgotten when people write about extended takes. This is a shame, because while it’s not quite as technical as something like the one found in Children of Men...
- Mike Bracken
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