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Robert Evans: The Hollywood Flashback Interview

8 hours ago | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

Producer Robert Evans, circa 1970s, in the documentary The Kid Stays in the Picture.

Robert Evans: The Kid Is Alright

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Alex Simon

I interviewed legendary Hollywood producer Robert Evans in 2002 for Venice Magazine, in conjunction with the release of the documentary "The Kid Stays in the Picture," adapted from his iconic autobiography and audiobook. Our chat took place at Woodlawn, Evan's storied estate in Beverly Hills, in his equally famous screening room, which mysteriously burned down a couple years later. Evans was still physically frail, having recently survived a series of strokes, but his mind, his wit and his charm were sharp as ever, with near total recall for people, places and stories. Many, many stories. Here are a few of them.

It’s a widely-held belief that the years 1967-76 represent the “golden age” of American cinema. Just look at a few of these titles: Rosemary’s Baby, »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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'Back to the Future': 30 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About the Time-Travel Classic

3 July 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Since its release 30 years ago this week (on July 3, 1985), "Back to the Future" has been everyone's favorite time-travel movie. It's remained a must-see long enough for Marty McFly's own kids to enjoy it.

Even so, there's much you may not know about the beloved sci-fi comedy, from the unused ideas that popped up in other films, to why there has yet to (thankfully) be a reboot. To celebrate the film's 30th anniversary, we're firing up the flux capacitor and traveling back 30 years to learn the secrets of "Back to the Future."

1. Director Robert Zemeckis and co-screenwriter Bob Gale (pictured above) tried for years to create a time-travel story. The key came in 1980, when Gale was looking over his father's high school yearbook and wondered whether he and his father would have been friends if they'd both been teenagers at the same time.

2. Zemeckis and Gale took their idea to Steven Spielberg, »

- Gary Susman

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The highs and lows of the soft movie reboot

2 July 2015 11:14 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

This summer has seen Mad Max, Jurassic World and Terminator movies hit cinemas. Ryan looks at what’s good and bad about the soft reboot...

This piece contains mild spoilers for Jurassic World, Mad Max: Fury Road and Terminator: Genisys

If the sequel was a late 20th century phenomenon, ushered into being thanks to the likes of James Bond, The Godfather and Planet Of The Apes, then the soft reboot is a peculiar product of the 21st.

Unlike a conventional remake or reboot, which often abandon characters, plots and settings in favour of an entirely new approach, the soft reboot is less drastic. Jj Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek movie is a prime example; it casts new actors in the roles of the Original Series’ famous roster of characters - Chris Pine replacing William Shatner as Kirk, Zachary Quinto replacing Leonard Nimoy as Spock, and so on - and sends them »

- ryanlambie

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Win Tickets To July Retro Night Of Jaws On July 9

2 July 2015 9:32 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

B&B Wildwood Theatre is having their July Retro Night on Thursday, July 9. They are showing the original summer blockbuster, Jaws. Shows are at 4pm & 7pm.

Directed by Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, Jaws set the standard for edge-of-your seat suspense, quickly becoming a cultural phenomenon and forever changing the way audiences experience movies.

When the seaside community of Amity finds itself under attack by a dangerous great white shark, the town’s chief of police (Roy Scheider), a young marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss) and a grizzled shark hunter (Robert Shaw) embark on a desperate quest to destroy the beast before it strikes again. Featuring an unforgettable score that evokes pure terror, Jaws remains one of the most influential and gripping adventures in motion picture history.

Rated PG

Tickets are only $5!!! Get yours today at bbtheatres.com

Wamg is giving away free pass vouchers for the show to 5 lucky readers. »

- Movie Geeks

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In Defence Of... Back to the Future Part III, one of the best trilogy ends ever

2 July 2015 3:07 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

In the run-up to Back to the Future's 30th anniversary on July 3, Digital Spy presents a week of special features celebrating the time-travel classic.

If Back to the Future, with its 30th anniversary this week and much Secret Cinema loving of late, has become one of the most celebrated '80s movies, it's fair to say, ahem, time hasn't been as kind to its second sequel, released at the turn of the '90s.

Back to the Future Part III, wisdom suggests, is where Marty and Doc limped out of their time travels. Filmed at the same time as Back to the Future Part II, and released the following year after a big cinema teaser trailer at the end of the sequel, it's often seen as a cash-in - the original "let's make every franchise a trilogy" misstep.

Just look at those collective review scores: a shabby 55 compared to the first's 86 on Metacritic. »

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This Is What Steven Spielberg's Letter To Dwayne Johnson Said

30 June 2015 3:34 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Sometimes it seems like celebrities are all part of an exclusive club where they hang out and do weird celebrity things that we normals can.t even begin to comprehend. But they.re not (at least not all of them). Often times they.re just as much fans as anyone else, a point driven home a while back when Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson publicly gushed about receiving a letter from Steven Spielberg. At the time all we knew about was movie star.s reaction, but now we know the contents of the letter. Sitting down for a lengthy interview with Esquire, the San Andreas star said that receiving the unsolicited communiqué from the Jaws director was the moment when he really knew he had made it as an actor (you would have thought making millions of dollars and appearing in massive blockbusters would have been an indication). According to Johnson, »

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Jaws Screenings This Weekend at Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema

30 June 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | Horror News | See recent Horror News news »

Jaws Screenings This Weekend at Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema

Steven Spielberg’s Jaws, arguably the greatest summer movie ever made, will be screened July 3 through 5, 2015 at Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema. Here are the times and showtimes (if you’re planning on going, get tickets now as Friday’s show is sold out): Friday, July 03, 2015 – 01:30 pm – Sold Out Saturday, July 04, ...

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- Jonathan Stryker

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30 geekiest things you never knew about the Back to the Future trilogy

30 June 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

In the run-up to Back to the Future's 30th anniversary on July 3, Digital Spy presents a week of special features celebrating the time-travel classic.

Back to the Future in 88 seconds: Power of Love, pizza hydration, Jaws

Why original Marty McFly Eric Stoltz was fired from Back to the Future

Back to the Future director Robert Zemeckis won't allow any remakes

Great Scott! This week marks 30 years since Marty McFly travelled back to 1955 to kick off a trilogy of classic Back to the Future movies.

Back to the Future and its two sequels remain hugely popular to this day, but there are plenty of facts and Easter eggs that even the biggest fans may not have noticed. Here are 30 geeky pieces of trivia to mark 30 years of time-travelling.

1. Eric Stoltz was replaced by Michael J Fox as Marty McFly, but he can still be seen very quickly in the film in a couple of shots. »

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Watch: 40th Anniversary Tribute Video For Steven Spielberg's 'Jaws' Has Some Bite

29 June 2015 2:41 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

When it was released in the summer of 1975, Steven Spielberg’s killer shark masterpiece “Jaws” became an instant hit that kick-started the blockbuster era of American mainstream cinema. The movement was solidified with the release of “Star Wars” two years later, but “Jaws” was the spark that ignited the big budget spectacle era, which we’re still in the middle of forty years later, for better (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) or worse (The “Transformers” franchise). In order to celebrate the film’s 40th anniversary, editor and Vimeo user Robert Jones put together an exciting and visceral video tribute to Amity Island, Brody, Quint, Hooper, and Bruce the Shark, that also works as a fast-paced and engaging 3-minute trailer that focuses mostly on the thrills and the action. Relying heavily on John Williams’ haunting and perfectly escalating score, Jones manages to construct a high-tension narrative that fits the hyperbolic sensibilities of modern blockbuster trailers. »

- Oktay Ege Kozak

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10 Essential: Jawsploitation Movies

26 June 2015 1:03 PM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Last week marked the 40th anniversary of Jaws, a film that frankly changed the way movies are made and marketed forever. Steven Spielberg’s monumental blockbuster masterpiece is a landmark in tent pole filmmaking; completely re-inventing the way studios approach their summer spectacle. From the moment Bruce the Shark blew the doors off of theaters in…

The post 10 Essential: Jawsploitation Movies appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Samuel Zimmerman

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Narragansett Beer Releases 40th Anniversary Jaws Cans

24 June 2015 10:46 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Diehard Jaws fans know that Narragansett Beer was shark hunter Captain Quint's (Robert Shaw) beverage of choice. This summer, Narragansett Beer is properly paying tribute to the 40th anniversary of Jaws and Quint with their throwback 1975 cans.

From Narragansett Beer: "We’re excited to announce that we’re bringing back our 1975 “Jaws” can just in time for the 40th anniversary of the iconic film’s debut! For the summer months, all 12-, 18- and 30-packs of 12-ounce cans of Narragansett Lager will replicate the 1975 can famously crushed by Captain Quint in the shark-infested thriller!

Don’t forget to #CrushItLikeQuint!"

To read our Q&A with Narragansett Beer President Mark Hellendrung, visit:

http://dailydead.com/qa-narragansett-beer-president-mark-hellendrung-on-h-p-lovecraft-jaws/

For info on Jaws 40th anniversary screenings and a special item, visit:

Theatrical screenings Jaws on the Water Funko's Bloody Quint ReAction figure

The post Narragansett Beer Releases 40th Anniversary Jaws Cans appeared first on Daily Dead. »

- Derek Anderson

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Does ‘Jurassic World’ Make You Feel Like a Dinosaur? Don’t Worry, You’re Not Alone

22 June 2015 6:28 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hard to believe it’s been 22 years since “Jurassic Park.” If that fact alone doesn’t make you feel old, now there’s “Jurassic World” to make those of us ancient enough to remember — and admire — the original feel like dinosaurs.

In theory, the movie is a sequel, but let’s admit it: “Jurassic World” is really a remake — a remake engineered the way Steven Spielberg probably figures he’d have to treat “Jurassic Park” if he were making it for the first time today, at a time when half that film’s problems could be solved by a little invention called the cell phone. (As for Spielberg’s “Jaws”? Fuggedaboudit. We’re living in the age of “Sharknado.” No one’s impressed by a shark anymore.)

For the sake of this column, I’m going to assume you’ve seen “Jurassic World.” Ten days in theaters, and the movie has already grossed nearly $1 billion. »

- Peter Debruge

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Check Out Poster Posse’s Artwork Tribute for the 40th Anniversary of ‘Jaws’

22 June 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

This past weekend marked the official 40th anniversary of Steven Spielberg‘s classic aquatic thriller Jaws, which was released on June 20th, 1975. The film was the first blockbuster, ushering in the era of event filmmaking, and it has influenced countless filmmakers who we all love today. So in honor of the 40th anniversary of Jaws, […]

The post Check Out Poster Posse’s Artwork Tribute for the 40th Anniversary of ‘Jaws’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Bart & Fleming: Father’s Day Nod To Blockbuster Patriarch Steven Spielberg; What Has ‘Jaws’ Wrought?

21 June 2015 11:05 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this weekly column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business. Fleming: Jaws turns 40 this weekend with a theatrical re-release and on Father's Day it is appropriate to give a shout out to Steven Spielberg, the patriarch of the modern day blockbuster. Jaws is credited with ushering the era of the tent pole, where studios spend bigger and bigger… »

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13 films that are still banned in the UK

21 June 2015 8:31 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Films that are banned in the UK: The controversial Human Centipede Part III arrives in UK cinemas in a couple of weeks, and has received a certificate for release, but here are 13 films that are banned in the UK.

It’s hard to believe that in this day and age that there are still movies banned from distribution in the UK. The BBFC (the British Board of Film classification) is the body that governs the British film market, and applies the necessary rating to films released in cinemas, on the digital markets, and on DVD and Blu-Ray.

The British Board Of Film Classification

In recent times we’ve actually seen movies have their ratings downgraded by the BBFC as social climates adjust, and the world moves on in terms of tolerance and acceptance. Here are some examples. The original cut of Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola‘s lengthy Vietnam movie »

- Paul Heath

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[‘Jaws’ Week] Is ‘Jaws: The Revenge’ Really That Bad?

20 June 2015 1:35 PM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

Steven Spielberg’s classic film Jaws turns 40 today, you guys! To commemorate the event, we decided to take this last day of “Jaws Week” celebrate this tremendous feat for aquatic horror films (a sub-sub-genre I am a huge fan of). You read Chris Coffell’s thoughts on each film in the franchise yesterday, but I thought I would give the […] »

- Trace Thurman

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Top 10 Steven Spielberg movies

20 June 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

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.

It's hard to believe that it's been forty years since the first iconic shark movie hit theatres, terrifying movie-goers around the world. Jaws changed not only the way we look at sharks, but also the way we look at film as a whole. The tale of a bloodthirsty shark ravaging American waters has spawned dozens, if not hundreds of killer shark movies in the past forty years, but none quite live up to Spielberg's original spectacle. We »

- Andrea Miller and Emma Badame

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9 of the craziest post-Jaws shark movies, from Jaws in Japan to Sharknado

20 June 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Ever since Steven Spielberg's Jaws redefined the blockbuster back in the summer of 1975, sharks have been a big screen mainstay, terrifying film fans and spawning a horror sub-genre that's usually thrifty in budget but big on ludicrousness.

As Jaws celebrates its 40th birthday today (June 20), take a dive into B-movie heaven and fish out some of cinema's craziest shark-based cinema offerings.

1. Deep Blue Sea (1999)

A Jaws movie in all but name, this souped-up action-horror from Renny Harlin boasts a bigger budget than every other film on this list combined, but a script that rivals them all for hilarity.

The setup? A group of scientists in an underwater research base conduct experiments on sharks in a bid to find a cure for Alzheimer's. Boasting a cast that includes everyone from Thomas Jane to Samuel L Jackson (with LL Cool J as a parrot-loving chef), this is big and dumb - but most importantly, »

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"The shark isn't working!" 14 classic behind-the-scenes pictures as Jaws hits 40

20 June 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

"The shark isn't working!"

The above was a familiar cry during the making of Steven Spielberg's blockbuster classic Jaws. In an era before CGI, it was down to a giant mechanical great white (known as Bruce) to strike fear into audiences.

Unfortunately, the rubber recreation never quite functioned to the crew's wishes, leaving Spielberg to use John Williams's score and a point-of-view camera perspective to do most of the heavy lifting.

It proved to be a masterstroke - not seeing the beast made it ever-more terrifying, and when we did get a glimpse it was fast and violent.

As Jaws celebrates its 40th anniversary today, we look go behind the scenes with 14 classic pictures below.

1. Steven Spielberg makes a phone call beneath a terrifying piece of Jaws artwork

2. 'Bruce' takes a bite out of fishing boat Orca

3. and 4. Robert Shaw relaxes aboard the Orca, then surveys Bruce from the bow

5. Roy Scheider, »

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Four Decades After ‘Jaws’ And ‘Star Wars’, Spielberg & Lucas Still Kings Of Box Office – Gallery

19 June 2015 4:55 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

In a tradition that started in 1977 when Star Wars overtook Jaws as the domestic box office champ, besties Steven Spielberg and George Lucas have taken out trade ads congratulating each other when one manages to topple the other’s reigning B.O. record. After that first ad, Lucas took one out congratting Spielberg for E.T.’s emergence over Star Wars in 1982, but then Spielberg had a caricature of E.T. crowning R2D2 when a rerelease of the space epic overtook E.T. When Titan… »

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