12 items from 2016
Time to check in to see which movies we all can check back in with or catch up with now that they've hit the home market. The big title, Oscar wise is Steven Spielberg's 10th Best Picture nominee as a director, the cold war drama Bridge of Spies with Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance both doing fine work as a lawyer and the spy he must bargain with for a prisoner of war trade. Only one of Spielberg's directorial efforts has ever won Best Picture (Schindler's List, 1993) but which is your favorite? I'd rank them like so...
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Schindler's List (1993) Jaws (1975) E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982) Lincoln (2012) The Color Purple (1985) Bridge of Spies (2015) Saving Private Ryan (1998) Munich (2005) War Horse (2011)
With the disclaimer that everyone knows I'm not a Spielberg aficionado really (the top three are the only ones I'm completely wild about from this list »
- NATHANIEL R
The prolific writer, director, producer and studio executive is, of course, the grandfather of the blockbuster, his shark flick Jaws earning the term after it smashed box office records and made the Cincinnati native a household name. It would catapult Steven Spielberg into a long-term deal with Universal Studios and forever change the landscape of cinema – and all this from a guy who couldn't get into USC's School of Theater, Film and Television.
Available at the Cineplex Store today, Bridge of Spies, marks the fourth collaboration between Spielberg and Tom Hanks. It's been over a decade since the pair last worked together on 2004's The Terminal, and now, for their latest offering, we're getting something completely different.
Hanks stars as American lawyer James Donovan who is recruited by the CIA to help rescue a pilot who has been detained in the Soviet Union. Things are going to get intense as »
- Andrea Miller, Emma Badame and Rachel West
Shock lays out 5 reasons why Steven Spielberg’s 1975 masterpiece Jaws has endured. There are but a handful of “perfect” films. Not just classic films, but perfect films, ones in which you wouldn’t dare dream of a frame being changed. Ones that you can watch repeatedly and always discover something new and/or get swept up…
The post 5 Reasons Why Jaws is a Perfect Horror Movie appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Chris Alexander
The wait is almost over, Ultimate Night of the Living Dead #3 issues will be released on February 24th. Also in this round-up: details on The X-Files UFO event, Shudder's partnership with Sundance Film Festival, two Doctor Who Blu-rays, Yoga Hosers comic, and House Shark.
Ultimate Night of the Living Dead #3: "For those of you that have been looking for our 3rd issues, your patience will be rewarded. Issue 3 Super Packs and individual titles will be released on February 24th, 2016.
Follow as Evans County continues to fall into the grips of an undead invasion. See the invasion from 10 different perspectives.
Sh*t’s about to get real."
Come See the UFO Today in Los Angeles At The Grove (189 Grove Dr., La) from 8:00 Am – 10:00 Pm
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- Tamika Jones
The film industry’s failure to represent people of colour runs far deeper than #OscarsSoWhite. Can a Bechdel test for race help persuade Hollywood to rethink? Plus: from ‘the magical negro’ to ‘the sassy confidante’ – the complete guide to tired racial stereotypes
Most kids watch a lot of TV. But if – like us – you grew up in Khartoum, Sudan, and there wasn’t so much as a park or playground as an alternative – TV and film was your only outlet. While the temperature outside was 40C and homework was neglected, we would watch films. Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter, Brian De Palma, Woody Allen and the Coen brothers were favourites. We rooted for Duckie in Pretty in Pink, hid behind the sofa during Jaws, were baffled by Blue Velvet, and learned about love wandering the streets of Vienna with Jesse and Céline in Before Sunrise.
All of these films we love to this day, »
- Nadia Latif and Leila Latif
CBS and The CW have acquired pilot scripts from veteran producer Jeffrey Kramer (“Ally McBeal,” “The Practice”), Variety has learned. Both projects hail from CBS Studios where Kramer has an overall deal with his Juniper Place Productions banner.
CBS has nabbed the pilot script for “Strike Force,” a procedural drama inspired by the life of DEA agent Chris Giovino, centering around a specialized task force comprised of intelligence officers from multiple federal agencies who go after the worst criminals in the country.
The pilot is set in the 1970s, where a young “B movie” studio head on the brink of ruin hires a talented aspiring female »
- Laura Prudom
This year marks 50 years since the debut of Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead” and 25 years since the release of the play’s film adaptation. Stoppard himself took on the challenge of scripting and directing a film adaptation of his celebrated absurdist comedy that depicts what’s going on “off-stage,” so to speak, during Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” Then relative unknowns in the U.S., English actors Gary Oldman and Tim Roth starred as the Danish prince’s untimely death-bound friends, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. And for the Player — who, with a twinkle in his eye, schooled us on death and exits and entrances — Stoppard turned to Richard Dreyfuss. Packed with wordplay, super-speedy banter, existential musings, slapstick, and silly anachronisms, “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead” got its big screen premiere at the 1990 Venice International Film Festival, with a release in U.S. theaters the following February. Today the film is available on Blu-ray for the first time. »
- Emily Rome
For the past quarter-century or so, the final remaining copy of the shark in “Jaws” has resided in an auto wrecking yard in Sun Valley, California. News broke yesterday that he’s moving on to a new home. Owner of the junkyard, Nathan Adlen, is donating the shark to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ museum. Now this shark model didn’t appear in the 1975 Steven Spielberg blockbuster (which, by the way, made it to the top 10 of HitFix’s Ultimate Horror Poll). But this shark survives as an important piece of cinema history since the three animatronic sharks used in the film have been destroyed. This fourth shark was cast from the same mold as the other three. (Joe Alves and Roy Arbogast, who designed and crafted the shark, confirmed that this junkyard shark is indeed the genuine fourth Bruce when they visited him for an NPR »
- Emily Rome
Dog Day Afternoon: Forty years after its release, Dog Day Afternoon is heading to Broadway. Based on a real-life account of a bank robbery gone wrong and the ensuing hostage drama on a hot summer's day, the 1975 movie starred Al Pacino and John Cazale; it earned writer Frank Pierson an Academy Award. The stage version will be written by Stephen Adly Guirgis, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his play Between Riverside and Crazy. [Deadline] Jaws: The last remaining shark from Steven Spielberg's Jaws is heading to a museum in Los Angeles. Four models were originally made for the movie, but three were made with latex that deteriorated over the years. The fourth model, made with fiberglass, has been donated to the Academy Museum, which will house the collection of the...
- Peter Martin
The Academy Museum announced today that it has accepted into its collection a major gift of the sole surviving full-scale model of the 1975 Jaws shark, donated by Nathan Adlen. The monumental Fiberglas model is the fourth and final version made from the original mold. Created for display at the Universal Studios Hollywood at the time of the film’s release, the prop remained a popular backdrop for photos until 1990, when it was moved to the yard of Aadlen Brothers Auto Wrecking, a firm in Sun Valley, California, that regularly bought or hauled used vehicles from Universal Studios. With the business slated to close in January 2016, owner Nathan Adlen has made a generous gift of the historic prop to the Academy Museum.
- Michelle McCue
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this wonderful Wednesday? The Martian gets an honest trailer, teenagers react to the first Captain America: Civil War trailer and seven things you didn't know about Back to The Future. But wait, there's more! A new Google Chrome filter will block every mention of Donald Trump and Star Wars: The Force Awakens villain Kylo Ren gets a new parody video. Sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
All Star Wars Characters Have Stupid Names
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now a verified blockbuster that has reinvigorated the fans' fervor for this franchise, under the direction of J.J. Abrams. One of the many franchise traditions he upheld is the use of bizarre names, »
Steven Spielberg was playing with house money after the enormous success of Jaws and he struck pay dirt again with this epic sci-fi fantasy chock-full of brilliantly composed panoramas and cracker-jack suspense scenes. Filming largely on the biggest indoor set ever constructed (inside a gigantic World War II dirigible hangar in Mobile, Alabama), CT3K races through its 137 minutes without breaking a sweat, arriving at a climax at Wyoming's Devils Tower that is one of the most ecstatic moments in movie history. Vilmos Zsigmond's Oscar winning cinematography helps make that sequence and the rest of Close Encounters a memorably visionary experience.
- TFH Team
12 items from 2016
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