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The Best Of The Best – The Greatest Directors and the film which made them great Part 1

23 hours ago | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Dave Roper

The Directors, The Auteurs, the Commanders of the Ship, Masters of All They Survey. Too much credit is undoubtedly given to them (film is as collaborative an artistic medium as any), but at the same time they still exert incomparable influence over the end product. We’ve recently looked at writers, with whom all films originate, then to the actors, and now we turn to the greatest directors and all they do to hold the infernal enterprise together.

We can only speculate on what might have been, had Charles Laughton followed up on the unbelievable promise of his debut Night of the Hunter. But he never directed again and so is regrettably out of the running. But hopefully there remains a little something for everyone below and of course the intention is to stimulate debate so by all means add a comment for any glaring omissions.

Steven Spielberg »

- Dave Roper

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2017 Oscars Predictions: Who Should Win, Who Will Win

15 February 2017 12:46 PM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

The battle lines are drawn: It's La La Land, a musical fantasy about white lovers in Hollywood, versus Moonlight, a searing drama about black youth surviving on the streets of Miami. That contest is symptomatic of how serious Oscar is – or isn't – about diversity. After two years in which not a single black actor showed up among the acting nominees, this year's crop includes seven actors of color: Mahershala Ali, Viola Davis, Naomie Harris, Ruth Negga, Dev PatelOctavia Spencer and Denzel Washington.

"Wow, what a difference a year makes, »

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Steven Spielberg’s Strange History With ‘Cruising’

15 February 2017 11:26 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Back in the early 1970s, while George Lucas was immortalizing the “cruising” culture of teens and their cars in “American Graffiti,” his future frequent collaborator Steven Spielberg was exploring a different kind. Nearly a decade before director William Friedkin created a scandal with the Al Pacino-starring “Cruising” (released 37 years ago today), the wunderkind filmmaker—who has won over generations of audiences by evoking a childlike sense of wonder—almost made his leap from TV to features with the most adult-themed project imaginable.

It all started with producer Philip D’Antoni, who had won an Oscar for the 1971 drug-bust saga “The French Connection” and was looking for a filmmaker to helm another New York City-set crime project. He had just bought the rights to the novel “Cruising,” written by The New York Times feature writer Gerald Walker, in which an undercover cop descends into the leather bars of Greenwich Village as he tracks a homosexual murderer. »

- Michael Gingold

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Universal Buys Minority Stake in Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners

15 February 2017 6:54 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Universal Filmed Entertainment has agreed to buy a minority stake in Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners. As part of the deal, the studio’s chairman Jeff Shell will join the Amblin board.

Universal joins a group of investors in the film and television company that includes Participant Media, Reliance Entertainment, Entertainment One (eOne), and Alibaba Pictures. Universal became the distributor of Amblin films in late 2015 when Amblin Partners was launched as a successor to DreamWorks Studios.

The company had previously been housed at Disney, releasing hits like “Lincoln,” but also a string of misfires that included “Need for Speed,” “The Fifth Estate,” and last summer’s box office disaster “The Bfg,” which Spielberg also directed.

Universal did not disclose the size of the investment. A source close to the deal said that the studio never saw the alliance as a straight distribution deal. It always saw the pact with Amblin as a financial partnership, »

- Dave McNary and Brent Lang

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Happy 85th Birthday to John Williams!

8 February 2017 3:41 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It is without question John Williams is one of the greatest composers of our time. Throughout the span of his career, the man has churned out several memorable pieces of music for films that can only be described as iconic. Whether its for Star WarsJaws, Indiana Jones or another film, everyone has heard at least one piece of music done by him.

To celebrate Williams’ 85th birthday, we at Flickering Myth decided to look back on some of our favourite scores or tracks from Williams and why they are so memorable to us…

Ricky Church – ‘Clash of the Lightsabers’ (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back)

It may be the Star Wars nerd in me, but his scores for the Star Wars saga is excellent. Its hard to name a favourite piece, but if I had to pin one down I go back to a lot, its ‘Clash of the »

- Ricky Church

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Oscar Directing Nominees Help Us Trace Their DNA

7 February 2017 9:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Directors influence each other with their work. Sometimes that influence is overt — “La La Land” clearly evokes “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Umbrellas of Cherbourg” — but other times it is more unexpected, hinging on storytelling choices or structure.

Variety asked this year’s directing nominees to help us trace the DNA of their movies, and all were happy to oblige.

Arrival

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In Villeneuve’s alien-invasion tale, humans eventually discover that the aliens “want to help you help us.”

Villeneuve’s choices:

“2001: A Space Odyssey” 1968: “Definitely ‘2001’,” Villeneuve says, of Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi classic in which Earthlings, searching for signs of intelligent life, are nearly outwitted by artificial intelligence.

Jaws” 1975: “It was Spielberg’s idea that you unveil slowly the entity, to create suspense,” Villeneuve says. “That very slow striptease is something I stole from ‘Jaws.’ ”

Our choices:

The Day the Earth Stood Still” 1951: Aliens caution »

- Marshall Fine

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Resident Evil: In praise (and defence) of Paul W.S. Anderson’s billion dollar video game movie franchise

6 February 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Luke Owen looks back at the Resident Evil franchise…

Note: Comments from Paul W.S. Anderson are taken from Lights, Camera, Game Over!: How Video Game Movies Get Made, which is available for pre-order now.

Regular listeners to the Flickering Myth Podcast will know that my movie tastes aren’t the norm when it comes to being a paid ‘film critic’. I have little interest in The Godfather or Citizen Kane, but will happily talk ad nauseam about the Child’s Play series or Friday the 13th. When it comes to Spielberg I’m more Jurassic Park and Raiders of the Lost Ark than Jaws and Schindler’s List, and I loathe the works of Woody Allen and Wes Anderson. I’ve not seen any of the films nominated for Best Picture at this year’s Oscars. Not one. Come to think of it, I didn’t see any of last year’s either. »

- Luke Owen

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Jurassic Park Alternate Ending Revealed in Newly Discovered Storyboards

30 January 2017 11:14 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Jurassic Park remains one of the most beloved and highly regarded blockbuster movies ever made. The movie features some of the most thrilling action sequences ever put to film, such as the very famous T-Rex and velociraptor fight sequence that serves as the movie's climax. However, as some recently revealed early storyboards show, that iconic scene wasn't going to be the finale of Jurassic Park.

Some of Phil Tippet's personal collections were just sold at auction. For those who may not know, Phil Tippet, who is a visual effects legend in Hollywood, served as a special effects supervisor and is credited as the "dinosaur supervisor" on Jurassic Park and was heavily involved in the movie. The Jurassic Time Facebook page got their hands on some of these items, which included very early storyboards with alternate scenes that didn't end up in the movie. The most significant of these changes revealed »

- MovieWeb

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Looking Back 25 Years: The Indie Film Awakening

24 January 2017 5:14 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

This month, Cinelinx is taking you on a trip back through time. Join us as we examine how movies have changed over the last 100 years. This week, we're finishing out tour by going back to 1992. 

This article is part 4 of 4 in a series. 

Read Part 1 Here: Looking Back 100 Years: The Birth of Classic Hollywood

Read Part 2 Here: Looking Back 75 Years: The War on Film

Read Part 3 Here: Looking Back 50 Years: A New Generation Takes Over

On December 26th, 1991, the Soviet Union dissolved. This signalled the formal end of the Cold War, which left the United States as the sole remaining superpower, but did not necessarily usher in an era of peace at home and abroad. This shift in power instead opened a void in eastern Europe and the middle east which would come to be a source of conflict for the next two decades and beyond. A deadly civil war »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Island (1980)

21 January 2017 10:41 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Michael Caine had an interesting run of genre flicks starting in the late ‘70s. The Swarm (1978) was laughed off the screen, Dressed to Kill (1980) was enjoyed by audiences and critics alike, and The Hand (1981) dropped his batting average once again. Nestled in between all those was The Island (1980), a killer pirate movie from the author of Jaws and directed by the man behind The Bad News Bears. What could go wrong? Well, everything, according to most folk. It’s an odd one to be sure, but the wild tonal shifts that prevent the ship from staying on a clear course make it a fascinating treasure that gets better with each viewing.

Released in June by Universal, The Island had a surefire pedigree for success; the Jaws juggernaut of producers Zanuck and Brown and author Peter Benchley (here, adapting his own novel) promised a good time to be had by all. »

- Scott Drebit

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‘Shots Fired’: New Fox Drama Brings Feature Film Directors to the Black Lives Matter Movement

12 January 2017 5:00 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Richard Dreyfuss would like you to know that Fox’s upcoming event series, “Shots Fired,” is “probably the most current show you’ll ever see.” According to the “Jaws” star, “When we were shooting it was happening and when we left it happened there… it’s exactly current with the world.”

And that’s by design. At the TCA Winter Press Tour, the producers and stars of Fox’s 10-episode drama explained that the show came about right after the chaos that rocked Ferguson, Missouri in the summer of 2014.

Read More: Dustin Lance Black Wants to Unite the Nation, Even Trump, With Gay Rights Miniseries ‘When We Rise

According to co-creator Gina Prince-Bythewood, after the events following the death of Michael Brown, Fox CEO Dana Walden went to producer Brian Grazer regarding a project that would take on the issues Ferguson brought up. Grazer then enlisted Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Bythewood »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Shots Fired’: New Fox Drama Brings Feature Film Directors to the Black Lives Matter Movement

12 January 2017 5:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Richard Dreyfuss would like you to know that Fox’s upcoming event series, “Shots Fired,” is “probably the most current show you’ll ever see.” According to the “Jaws” star, “When we were shooting it was happening and when we left it happened there… it’s exactly current with the world.”

And that’s by design. At the TCA Winter Press Tour, the producers and stars of Fox’s 10-episode drama explained that the show came about right after the chaos that rocked Ferguson, Missouri in the summer of 2014.

Read More: Dustin Lance Black Wants to Unite the Nation, Even Trump, With Gay Rights Miniseries ‘When We Rise

According to co-creator Gina Prince-Bythewood, after the events following the death of Michael Brown, Fox CEO Dana Walden went to producer Brian Grazer regarding a project that would take on the issues Ferguson brought up. Grazer then enlisted Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Bythewood »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Gareth Edwards’ 10 Favorite Films

5 January 2017 1:01 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story currently dominating the box-office, well on its way to crossing the $1 billion threshold, even if you didn’t fully embrace the movie, it’s hard to withhold appreciation in how Gareth Edwards captured this well-trodden universe in a new aesthetic way. One can now get a glimpse at some of his directorial influences with the latest Sight & Sound poll at BFI, where the director gave his top 10 films of all-time.

“One of the first things I do is grab imagery and put together a document, a Pdf, that is just full of thousands of images,” Edwards told Complex. “For me, the films that I got a lot of images from were Apocalypse Now, Thin Red Line, Alien, Blade Runner, and a film called Baraka.” A few of these can be found in his list, which of course includes George LucasStar Wars, which »

- Jordan Raup

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The Week in Star Wars – Carrie Fisher obituary, Rogue One passes $700 million, original ending revealed and more

3 January 2017 4:21 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

On December 23rd, Carrie Fisher boarded an aeroplane from London to Los Angeles and suffered from a heart attack. She had just completed the European tour of her book. Four days later, she passed away at the age of 60.

Fisher was raised into the Hollywood industry. Her mother, Debbie Reynolds, was the star of screen having found fame at the age of 19 in Singin’ in the Rain and her father was pop star Eddie Fisher. She was born on October 21st 1956, just a few years after Reynolds became a star. The two would develop a close bond, captured brilliantly in a photo where Fisher, just six years old, watches her mother perform on stage.

As a child Fisher was known as the “family bookworm”, but an opportunity to star on stage alongside her mother in Irene meant that she never graduated. She moved to London where she enrolled in Central School of Speech and Drama, »

- Luke Owen

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