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After treating cinema fans for more than a decade, Ee's 2-for-1 ticket offer is coming to an end today (February 25). We'll certainly miss breaking up the week with a cut-price cinema visit, and the end of the promotion has made us all nostalgic about the classic Orange Wednesdays ads that started it all off.
Dubbed 'Orange Gold Spots', they starred Brennan Brown and Steve Furst as two clueless film execs listening to pitches from some of Hollywood's finest. Brilliantly lampooning the bean counter thinking of studio suits and the fragile creative egos of A-listers, the likes of Patrick Swayze, Macaulay Culkin and Carrie Fisher all stepped up to offer their increasingly compromised film pitches:
This early offering sought to capture that creative moment when the lightbulb flicks on... unfortunately Brown's dim-witted exec can't quite grasp what's dangling right in front of him. Stanley Kubrick would be livid. »
When the blockbuster movie was born in the late 70s, the stonking, foot stomper theme was in its prime. This is when John Williams made his name with scores for Jaws, Superman and Star Wars. The modern superhero boom can arguably be traced back to 1989’s Batman, and again, there was a memorable, hummable, infectious theme, this time courtesy of Danny Elfman.
But more recently, the glut of superhero pictures hasn’t produced anything like the same calibre of ‘hit themes.’ Iron Man has no big character theme, Thor neither, and Chris Nolan’s Batpictures don’t really scratch that itch at all.
- Brendon Connelly
This article contains a spoiler for the ending of Interstellar.
In case you missed it, the Oscars were this past weekend and Birdman was the big winner. The Academy’s choice to award Alejandro González Iñárritu's fever dream was a genuine shock, with Boyhood the running favourite for many months. Nonetheless, some things never change, and in that vein it's certainly a non-surprise the Academy also hardly noticed the most ambitious blockbuster of 2014: the Christopher Nolan space epic, Interstellar. Indeed, I use the phrase "non-surprise", because how could it be a winner when it was only nominated for the bare minimum of five Oscars in technical categories that are reserved as consolation prizes?
This is by all means par for the course with a film that has »
The human condition. It is a tricky and complicated concept for us mortals to grasp in terms of our ugly, unpredictable behaviors. However, when one applies a revealing spotlight on the animal kingdom and takes a look at their on-screen aggression against humans it becomes a whole new ballgame. Occasionally, the source of frustration embedded in these wayward creatures is often times triggered by the psychological prompting of the bad seed humans responsible for their behavioral tirade against nature and man.
In Creature Feature: Top Ten Animals Gone Bad in the Movies we will look at the bombastic beasts gone ballistic in cinematic society. Maybe you have your own selections of haywire critters out to cause random havoc? If so then they probably would suffice within the theme of this movie column when detailing the animals that run amok on land, by sea or in the air.
The selections for »
- Frank Ochieng
It’s It's an oft-echoed sentiment that movies are made in the cutting room, so the Academy Award for Best Film Editing is a cherished trophy indeed. First, some guild award stats: since 1963, the American Cinema Editors have correctly predicted the eventual Oscar winner 36 times (in years when the award has been split between Dramatic and Musical/Comedy Editing, the specific prize given has been noted): 1963: Harold F. Kress, “How the West Was Won” 1964: Cotton Warburton, “Mary Poppins” 1965: William Reynolds, “The Sound of Music” 1968: Frank P. Keller, “Bullitt” 1970: Hugh S. Fowler, “Patton” 1972: David Bretherton, “Cabaret” 1973: William Reynolds, “The Sting” 1975: Verna Fields, “Jaws” 1976: Richard Halsley and Scott Conrad, “Rocky” 1978: Peter Zinner, “The Deer Hunter” 1979: Alan Heim, “All That Jazz” 1980: Thelma...' »
Oscar-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss is headed to TV. The “Jaws” actor is set to star on “Madoff,” a multi-episode ABC drama centered around the rise and fall of the now-jailed financier Bernie Madoff, a spokesperson for the network told TheWrap. See Photos: 18 Real-Life Scandals That TV Ripped From the Headlines The actor will portray the infamous former stockbroker, who was convicted of fraud for his part in what became one of the biggest Ponzi schemes in U.S. history and sentenced to 150 years in prison in 2009. Lincoln Square Productions has teamed with ABC on the drama, which doesn’t yet have a premiere date, »
- Travis Reilly
Last night.s avalanche of Saturday Night Live nostalgia with its 40th Anniversary Special was an insane trip down memory lane. However, wrapping up a live medley of past SNL musical characters, it would also see the return of Bill Murray as over-the-top lounge singer, Nick Ocean. While the bell-bottomed blue leisure suits are gone, the character, who should be credited with inventing the YouTube meme of adding lyrics to famous orchestral themes, is still at his repertory best with lyrics for the Love Theme from Jaws. .And yes, it.s sidesplitting. Why Steven Spielberg never decided to go with "Jaws Get Away From Me" for the soundtrack to his groundbreaking 1975 piscine horror pic is something we may be left wondering for ages. However, it seems that history would not be denied exposure to what would have been a sure-fire chartbuster during the days of disco and Pet Rocks. A »
There are 195 individuals nominated for Oscar this year. And when the winners are named Feb. 22, they will become part of film history, joining such greats as Billy Wilder, Ingrid Bergman, Ben Hecht and Walt Disney.
But 80% of the contenders will go home empty-handed. However, there is good news: They are in good company as well.
Here is a sampling of nominees that didn’t win: “Citizen Kane,” “Chinatown” and “Star Wars”; directors Alfred Hitchcock, Howard Hawks, Stanley Kubrick and Ingmar Bergman; writers Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Dashiell Hammett, John Steinbeck, Graham Greene, Harold Pinter and David Mamet; actors Gloria Swanson in “Sunset Blvd.”; Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”; and Peter O’Toole in “Lawrence of Arabia.”
They managed to do Ok, though.
- Tim Gray
Editor's Note: RogerEbert.com is proud to reprint Roger Ebert's 1978 entry from the Encyclopedia Britannica publication "The Great Ideas Today," part of "The Great Books of the Western World." Reprinted with permission from The Great Ideas Today ©1978 Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.
It's a measure of how completely the Internet has transformed communication that I need to explain, for the benefit of some younger readers, what encyclopedias were: bound editions summing up all available knowledge, delivered to one's home in handsome bound editions. The "Great Books" series zeroed in on books about history, poetry, natural science, math and other fields of study; the "Great Ideas" series was meant to tie all the ideas together, and that was the mission given to Roger when he undertook this piece about film.
Given the venue he was writing for, it's probably wisest to look at Roger's long, wide-ranging piece as a snapshot of the »
- Roger Ebert
If you're as crazy about movies as we are, then hopefully you've seen Jaws countless times. It's a classic Steven Spielberg film that has stood the test of time and is not just one of the director's best films, but simply one of the best films ever made in general, not to mention being the first legitimate blockbuster. But for film nerds, Jaws should also serve as a lesson in nearly flawless filmmaking, and Antonios Papantoniou ha taken the time to examine nine scenes from the film as part of his "Shot by Shot" series, paying very close attention to camera angles and movements, shot types, lengths of shots, and more. Watch! Here's Antonios Papantoniou's "Shot by Shot" analysis of Jaws from No Film School (via The Playlist): If you've got 33 minutes, this is absolutely one of those videos that's worth your time. Not only is this a thorough examination of Jaws, »
- Ethan Anderton
When Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws” hit theaters in 1975, it did things no other film has done to date. In addition to scaring scores of cinema goers out of the water at the peak of summer beach season, it became the first film in U.S. movie history to surpass $100 million at the box office. By this definition, the first Hollywood blockbuster, “Jaws” would go on to hold the title for the most commercially successful film ever for two years (before being supplanted by “Star Wars”). But Spielberg’s thriller wasn’t just financial gold; the film was also a critical success, nabbing positive reviews, three Academy Awards, and a Best Picture nomination. Forty years later, “Jaws” is still a go-to classic for film buffs, students, and enthusiasts. In his new 33-minute study, circumspect and studious filmmaker, Antonios Papantoniou, breaks down nine scenes from “Jaws” in this latest “Shot by Shot” video. »
- Zach Hollwedel
I feel there has been a strong shift to an anti-Steven Spielberg mentality over the past couple of years. Yes, he has put out some not A+ material recently, with The Adventures of Tintin and War Horse, but that does not take away the man has made some truly outstanding films and is a master of his craft. Arguably, his best film, or at least the best showcase of the man's visual technique, is 1975's Jaws. It is packed with tension, excitement, and terrific performances. I rewatched the film not too long ago, and it holds up immensely well, because Spielberg knows how to put together a scene. That is what the following video essay is about. Antonios Papantoniou has taken it upon himself to do a shot by shot breakdown of nine scenes from Jaws, showing Spielberg's methods of crafting the most dynamic scene. It is a thirty-minute watch, »
- Mike Shutt
Sure, it’ll be Valentine’s Day in about one week, but Halloween is less than nine months away, so it’s definitely not too early to start thinking about costumes and cobwebs, even as you chow down on candy hearts and foil-wrapped chocolates.
The folks at Trick or Treat Studios are definitely in the fall frights spirit, as they recently unveiled their entire 2015 lineup of masks, including some familiar faces from AMC’s The Walking Dead, Clive Barker’s Nightbreed, Lucio Fulci’s Zombie, John Carpenter’s Halloween II, Topps’ Garbage Pail Kids card line, George A. Romero’s Land of the Dead, Steven Spielberg’s Jaws, Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story: Freak Show, and many more.
- Derek Anderson
Variety is reporting that Nicolas Cage will take on the role of Capt. Charles Butler McVay, captain in the WWII pic USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage. The story of the USS Indianapolis was immortalized by Robert Shaw's character Quint in Steven Speilberg's Jaws. The ship had delivered parts that were going to be used for the atomic bomb, Little Boy. On its way back home it was struck to two Japanese torpedoes. Because her mission was a secret no one knew about the loss or that there were survivors until four days later. During that time the survivors faced exposure, dehydration, saltwater poisoning, and shark attacks while floating with few lifeboats and almost no food or water. Of the 1,196 sized crew only 317 survived. The film...
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From toilet-based scares to nasty encounters in the shower, here's a selection of 17 memorable moments of terror in the bathroom...
Nb: the following contains potential spoilers and scenes which may be considered Nsfw.
The scariest moments in horror are often the most intimate - this is why knives are a far nastier, button-pushing instrument of death than the gun. As the Joker famously put it in The Dark Knight, “You can savour all those little emotions...”
Intimacy may be the key to understanding why, in horror films, so many dreadful things tend to happen in bathrooms. The bathroom is often where we go to be by ourselves - either to answer the call of nature, brush our teeth, or simply relax in the bath after a hectic day at work. Equally, the water closet also sees us at our most vulnerable: naked, or at least with our trousers down, and »
Now this is a list that could result in a lot of fascinating dissection and thanks to HitFix it comes to our attention almost three years after it was originally released back in 2012, celebrating the Motion Picture Editors Guild's 75th anniversary. Over at HitFix, Kris Tapley asks, "Is this news to anyone elsec" Um, yes, I find it immensely interesting and a perfect starting point for anyone looking to further explore the art of film editing. In an accompanying article we get the particulars concerning what films were eligible and how films were to be considered: In our Jan-feb 12 issue, we asked Guild members to vote on what they consider to be the Best Edited Films of all time. Any feature-length film from any country in the world was eligible. And by "Best Edited," we explained, we didn't just mean picture; sound, music and mixing were to be considered as well. »
- Brad Brevet
A random bit of researching on a Tuesday night led me to something I didn't know existed: The Motion Picture Editors Guild's list of the 75 best-edited films of all time. It was a feature in part celebrating the Guild's 75th anniversary in 2012. Is this news to anyone else? I confess to having missed it entirely. Naturally, I had to dig in. What was immediately striking to me about the list — which was decided upon by the Guild membership and, per instruction, was considered in terms of picture and sound editorial as opposed to just the former — was the most popular decade ranking. Naturally, the 1970s led with 17 mentions, but right on its heels was the 1990s. I wouldn't have expected that but I happen to agree with the assessment. Thelma Schoonmaker's work on "Raging Bull" came out on top, an objectively difficult choice to dispute, really. It was so transformative, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Welcome to another horror/thriller round-up! This time around we have details on Backstreet Boy Nick Carter’s in-the-works zombie western movie, release details for Arrow Video’s UK Blu-ray / DVD of the Vincent Price-starring The Comedy of Terrors, and an update on Warner Bros.’ and Team Downey’s in-development film based on the real-life sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the subsequent shark attacks on the surviving crew members.
In an interview with Noisey, Backstreet Boy Nick Carter revealed that he will be directing and starring in a zombie western called Dead West (not to be confused with Joe R. Lansdale’s 1986 zombie western novel, Dead in the West) for Asylum this March. Carter also co-wrote the script and has a couple of potential cast members in mind (excerpts from Noisey via Shock Till You Drop):
“It’s called Dead West. [Laughs.] It’s a zombie horror western movie. »
- Derek Anderson
One of the key reasons as to why the first trailer for Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World proved to be so effective is the fact that the genetically-modified dinosaur turned out to be rather camera shy. Much like Steven Spielberg’s approach with Jaws, the park’s main attraction has been kept in the dark, though today we’ve learned more about the deadly hybrid, which is now known as the Indominus Rex — the “Fierce or Untameable King.”
Bigger, louder and with more teeth, the 40-foot-long predator is, for all intents and purposes, a force to be reckoned with. And to ramp up excitement for its summer tentpole, Universal released a detailed description of the dino via Jurassic World‘s official site.
We set out to make Indominus the most fearsome dinosaur ever to be displayed at Jurassic World. The genetic engineers at our Hammond Creation Lab have more than delivered. »
- Michael Briers
Over three years ago, we learned that Robert Downey Jr. was producing a drama focusing on the tragic sinking of the USS Indianapolis during World War II. The film will focus on the tragedy from the point-of-view of Hunter Scott, an 11-year old boy who embarked on a journey to exonerate the Indianapolis’ court-martialed captain in 1996. Now the film is finally making progress towards the big screen as The Wrap has learned The Help and Get On Up director Tate Taylor has signed on to direct the film. Downey still isn't starring in the film, but he'll produce with his wife Susan Downey through their Team Downey banner. In the story, the young boy was researching the tragedy as part of a History Day competition and learned how the warship was sunk by torpedoes with the crew stranded for five days and eaten by sharks. The incident was recounted by »
- Ethan Anderton
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