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Why Steven Spielberg's 'The Bfg' May Be the Next 'E.T.'

16 December 2014 2:30 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Steven Spielberg has found his Sophie. Today Dreamworks announced that newcomer Ruby Barnhill has landed the lead role in the Jaws filmmaker’s upcoming adaptation of Roald Dahl story The Bfg. As it turns out, Bfg actually stands for “Big Friendly Giant” (and not “Big F***ing Gun), and is about a young girl named Sophie who meets a mysterious giant who takes her to Giant Country. The story was published in 1982 and went on to become one of Dahl’s most beloved tales. Barnhill will be joined by Mark Rylance, who tackles the role of the title character. Melissa Mathison, who last teamed with Spielberg on the family-friendly hit E.T., has written the screenplay, which makes sense since the two stories have a lot in common -- what with them both...

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- Mike Bracken

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Daily Dead’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Day Eleven

12 December 2014 1:50 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Welcome back everyone for the final day of Daily Dead’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide! Because it’s been an exceptional year for genre fans, we’re focusing today on recapping more books and films that would make for great gifts this holiday season and are perfect for all fans. We’ve also got another great find from over on Etsy and we’re celebrating a new subscription service from the fine folks over at Waxworks Records.

And be sure to check out today’s final Holiday Horrors trivia question below for your shot at winning some awesome merchandise from our fine sponsors at HorrorDecor.net, Scream Factory and Anchor Bay Entertainment.

Thanks so much for following along with our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide and I hope you guys had as much fun reading the series as I had putting it together!

Vendor Spotlight: Waxwork Records

Waxwork Records specializes in releasing horror, »

- Heather Wixson

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MovieWeb's 2014 Holiday Gift Guide!

1 December 2014 12:29 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It gets harder and harder each and every year to find that perfect gift for the one you love. Thanksgiving is over, so its time to get a jump start on your Christmas shopping today! We've collected all of the biggest and best Blu-ray and DVD releases available this year in one convenient place. Whether you're hunting for Dad, Mom, a cousin, your kids or that long distant Aunt whose been living in a commune for the past three years, you simply can't go wrong with the gift of movies, or a favorite TV show. From the biggest Hollywood blockbusters to a few cult favorites, and even a very obscure release for that one snobby cinefile on your list, we have everyone covered...Even you! Take a look, and discover that finding the perfect gift really isn't that hard. Not when everyone loves a good film! Here is the best »

- MovieWeb

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Childhood Film Fascinations That Became All-Time Favorites

28 November 2014 7:44 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

In celebration of Sound on Sight’s 7th anniversary, writers were asked to come up with articles that present their childhood favorites in the realm of films, TV shows, books or games.

I chose films and anyone who has any familiarity with my writing knows I am virtually incapable of writing an article about a single film so I’m going to focus on a number of movies I saw in my youth.

Growing up in suburban Cincinnati, Ohio, I was fortunate enough to have my own room and my own TV set.

My family didn’t go out to the cinema very often so my introduction to movies was primarily through television.

The household cable television was limited to the family room and the parental restrictions that went with that so a far as movie watching went, it was mostly just me in my room where there were no »

- Terek Puckett

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'Jurassic World' Trailer Breakdown; Director Reveals Plot Details

27 November 2014 10:43 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last week, Universal Pictures announced that the first trailer for Jurassic World will debut on NBC during the Thanksgiving day NFL game. Surprisingly, the studio decided to launch the trailer on Tuesday, giving fans their first look two days early. If you're in need of more insight into this highly-anticipated adventure, arriving in theaters June 12, 2015, director Colin Trevorrow revealed plenty of new plot details to Empire, along with new photos from the trailer.

The plot is set on Isla Nublar, the original Jurassic Park location, 22 years after the original. The story takes place at a working theme park with live dinosaurs that attracts millions of visitors every year. Colin Trevorrow clarified that the park itself has been open since 2005. Take a look at the photos from the trailer along with the director commentary, which brings some added insight into what is being shown:

"Trailers are tough, you have to satisfy »

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9 Ways the 'Jurassic World' Trailer Recalls the Original Movie

27 November 2014 6:24 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Arriving earlier than expected, Universal has debuted the first trailer for Jurassic World in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. And with it comes our first real look at this true sequel to the 1993 original Jurassic Park directed by Steven Spielberg. While Spielberg is back as a producer this time out, the reigns have been handed over to Colin Trevorrow, best known for his low budget time travel comedy Safety Not Guaranteed. Word is still out on whether this will live up to the standards set by beloved franchise, but there is no denying that the footage is exciting, beautifully shot, and holds quite a few surprises of its own. It also carefully plays to our nostalgia for the first movie, which is now more than twenty years old. Paying homage to classic shots, and bringing back some important visual references, this first Jurassic World sneak peek recalls what has come before it like a champ. »

- MovieWeb

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Letters: Jaws, Grange Hill, Star Trek, underappreciated films

27 November 2014 2:31 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Our letters page returns, with Jaws 3D, Your Sinclair, a missed birthday and flying sausages...

It's back! Since our last letters page, two things have happened. Firstly, we've had a lot more letters - we will get to them all, but we only allow ourselves so much space per round-up. Secondly, the questions have been getting harder.

Our next letters page will be our last before Christmas. Feel free to send in pictures of Christmas jumpers and stuff. Details of how to get in touch are at the bottom. But until then, here's the latest selection....

Jaws 3D

Dear Den of Geek,

I was channel-hopping the other night and managed to land on Jaws 3D. Aside from challenging my belief that Highlander II was definitively the worst major, film franchise sequel ever made I was actually taken aback by the special effects. Remembering this was a relatively high budget production, »

- simonbrew

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What we learned from the Jurassic World trailer

25 November 2014 2:29 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Jurassic Park 4 has a lot of respect for Jurassic Park 1: we break down the trailer for the new movie right here...

Arriving earlier than planned - it had been earmarked for the end of the week - was the first trailer for Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World. Judging by the reaction we've been reading online, the trailer seems to have gone down really rather well too, and it put across a film that mixes in reverence to what's gone before, with some new ideas. Those new ideas are the cause of a little division, so we figured it was worth digging into the trailer a little deeper to work out just what it told us.

Obviously, there's a lot more still to find out, but here are some of our key discoveries thus far...

People are still sending small children to an island full of dangerous creatures

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- simonbrew

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The Jurassic World Trailer’s 5 Callbacks to Jurassic Park

25 November 2014 10:06 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Thank you, Michael Giacchino, for pulling our heartstrings with your slowed-down version of one of John Williams's memorable cues from Jurassic Park. (It's like this week's version of the sad version of "Crazy in Love" that Beyoncé did for the Fifty Shades of Grey trailer.) But it's not the only way in which the Jurassic World trailer references the beloved first movie in this franchise:There's this! (Good to be back on Isla Nublar.) And this version of the Gallimimus run that Dr. Grant took with Tim and Lex. And amber-frozen mosquitoes, how we've missed you. (Dino DNA!) Here's Chris Pratt channeling Muldoon's Costa Rican island fashion. Who doesn't love flares? And here's a shout-out/middle finger to Jaws/Jurassic Park director and Jurassic World executive producer Steven Spielberg. Fuck yo' shark. This, though...this is a new one. »

- Gilbert Cruz

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Cosmo Girl Helen Gurley Brown Getting Movie Makeover At Fox 2000

19 November 2014 11:52 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Fox 2000 will tell the story of the trailblazing rise of Helen Gurley Brown, who became one of the first female editors of a national magazine when she took the reins at Cosmopolitan in 1965. The studio has optioned Enter Helen: The Rise And Reign Of The Original Cosmo Girl, the upcoming book by Brooke Hauser that HarperCollins will publish next year. Chernin Entertainment will produce, and Marisa Paiva is overseeing for the studio.

I’m picturing Mad Men, except with a ballsy woman who thrives in a male-dominated world, her currency a legion of women ready to rebel against the housewife stereotype in search of careers and sexual freedom. The story begins in the early ’60s when she wrote the blockbuster book Sex And The Single Girl and then took the top job at the then-floundering Cosmo. She remade the magazine, and in doing so, helped changed the perception to »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Shock Waves Special Brooklyn Screening Includes Q&A with Director Ken Wiederhorn

18 November 2014 12:51 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

In 1975, Steven Spielberg’s Jaws made theatergoers scared to swim in the ocean. Two years later, another movie made viewers wary of the sea: the Nazi zombies in Ken Wiederhorn’s Shock Waves. It’s been playing at select theaters ahead of its Blu-ray release and we have details on a special screening of Shock Waves taking place next Monday night at Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema:

Shock Waves (1977, Ken Wiederhorn, 90 mins)

Monday, November 24, 9:30pm

Price: $16

Nitehawk plunges into the deep end of horror with a screening of a new restoration of the water-logged zombie flick Shock Waves. Director Ken Wiederhorn will be here for a Q&A after the film moderated by Fangoria’s Sam Zimmerman.

Remember that episode of Gilligan’s Island where the crew of the Minnow met up with an old SS scientist who was once in charge of a squad of unstoppable, underwater Nazi zombies? »

- Derek Anderson

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Re-Viewed: Tim Burton's Batman, the superhero movie that changed everything

14 November 2014 5:09 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

When Steven Spielberg's Jaws smashed box office records in 1975 it ushered in a new era for the Hollywood blockbuster. The term, coined some years earlier for epics such as The Ten Commandments and Ben-Hur, came to represent something more than just financial success after Spielberg's Great White tore through Amity Island. Usually released at the height of summer, this new breed of film had to have scope, scale and deliver on entertainment value. Go big or go home. The blockbuster now became a genre unto itself.

Tim Burton's first Batman movie didn't invent the blockbuster, but it left an indelible mark on cinema when it arrived on a wave of hype in June 1989. The film, like many of today's tentpoles (films designed to support a studio's entire slate), was based on an existing intellectual property and thus had an inbuilt audience primed to fork out money for cinema tickets. »

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This Infographic Will Help You Track The 'Interstellar' Timeline Plus Christopher Nolan Talks Bond & Guest Edits Wired

11 November 2014 8:23 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

When once discussing the literally explosive climax to “Jaws,” Steven Spielberg waved away any criticism of the implausibility of the scenario by essentially saying that, by the point the climax arrives, if the audience is turned off by an exploding shark then he never had them anyway and he needn’t worry about it. Your reaction to the divisive “Interstellar” depends entirely on if you find the film’s journey emotionally compelling, as fans of the film do, or if you find it overly sentimental, as its detractors do. It’s easier to roll with the twists and exposition dumps when you’re emotionally invested, and easier to nitpick them to hell when you feel you’re being emotionally manipulated. These differing reactions are what cinema is all about, and there’s no wrong or right way to view a film. Just don’t disabuse someone of their honest reaction to any film, »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Big E's “Bad” Movies That Hurt So Good: “Curse Of The Black Widow” (1977, TV Movie)

9 November 2014 10:44 AM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

“If a movie makes you happy, for whatever reason, then it’s a good movie.”

—Big E

*******Warning: Review Contains Spoilers*******

By Ernie Magnotta  

If there’s one thing I love, it’s 1970s made-for-tv horror films. I remember sitting in front of the television as a kid and watching a plethora of films such as Gargoyles, Bad Ronald, Satan’s School for Girls, Horror at 37,000 Feet, Devil Dog: Hound of Hell, Scream Pretty Peggy, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, Moon of the Wolf and The Initiation of Sarah just to name a few. Some of those are better than others, but all were fun.

When I think back, there have been some legendary names associated with small screen horrors. Genre masters John Carpenter (Halloween), Steven Spielberg (Jaws), Wes Craven (Nightmare on Elm Street), Tobe Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and Joseph Stefano (Psycho) all took shots at television »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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The movie characters who scared us as children

5 November 2014 3:42 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Jaws from James Bond

One movie character who scared me as a child was Jaws, the shiny-toothed James Bond villain. Those silver teeth freaked me out, big time – I remember the early sequence from The Spy Who Loved Me was particularly chilling: Jaws lures a defenceless older man into a trap, and proceeds to bite into his neck, killing him. While we're shown no violence, the whole scene terrified me: the way Jaws walked slowly towards the man in a knowing, menacing way, and the idea of him simply biting the man to death (though at least he had the courtesy to stun the victim first).

Being bitten by Jaws isn't like being bitten by a vampire – he drinks no blood. Instead, he just seems to sink those artificial teeth into flesh and tear a hole big enough to cause fatal bleeding. Whenever I'd watch that scene, it made me deeply uncomfortable, »

- sarahd

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60 Years of Godzilla: A History and Critique of the Greatest Monster Movie Series in Cinema

4 November 2014 3:35 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

**Massive spoilers for every Godzilla movie, with the exception of the 2014 reboot, and Mothra follow**

August 6th and 9th, 1945 forever changed the course of history. When the first nuclear bombs were dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, World War II ended, but a new fear was born that dominated the thoughts of all men, women, and children for decades to come. The Cold War, atomic bomb testing, a cartoon turtle telling children to “duck and cover”, and this new technology that had the actual potential to literally end the world changed the perception of what was scary. Art reflects life, so cinema began to capitalize on these fears. Gone were the days of creepy castles, cobwebs, bats, vampires, werewolves, and the other iconic images that ruled genre cinema in film’s earliest decades. Science fiction was larger than ever and giant ants, giant octopi, terror from beyond the stars, and »

- Max Molinaro

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Meet Our Gen's Spooky Spielberg: Colton Tran

1 November 2014 2:22 PM, PDT | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

With projects such as the critically acclaimed "Unpleasantville" and "Monstrosity" under his belt, it's no surprise that Colton Tran is emerging as one of the young new faces of Hollywood directors.

It's also no surprise that his favorite holiday is Halloween.

I had the chance to meet up with Colton at Aroma Cafe. He wore a Jaws shirt, reflecting his love of both sharks and Spielberg. As we ordered our icy drinks at the counter, Colton marveled over the quaint Halloween decorations the cafe had put up—black cats, pumpkins, and black cats with pumpkin bodies. He revealed to me that his house was decked out and ready for Halloween. In fact, he leaves the decorations up for the entire year.

Ever since he was little, his sketchbooks have reflected his obsession with the dark side, including sharks, monsters, and zombies. His obsession with Tim Burton movies led to an »

- cassandrahsiao@hotmail.com (Star Reporter Cassandra)

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Top 100 Horror Movies: How Truly Horrific Are They?

31 October 2014 3:21 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Top 100 horror movies of all time: Chicago Film Critics' choices (photo: Sigourney Weaver and Alien creature show us that life is less horrific if you don't hold grudges) See previous post: A look at the Chicago Film Critics Association's Scariest Movies Ever Made. Below is the list of the Chicago Film Critics's Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time, including their directors and key cast members. Note: this list was first published in October 2006. (See also: Fay Wray, Lee Patrick, and Mary Philbin among the "Top Ten Scream Queens.") 1. Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock; with Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam. 2. The Exorcist (1973) William Friedkin; with Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow (and the voice of Mercedes McCambridge). 3. Halloween (1978) John Carpenter; with Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Tony Moran. 4. Alien (1979) Ridley Scott; with Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt. 5. Night of the Living Dead (1968) George A. Romero; with Marilyn Eastman, »

- Andre Soares

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The Definitive Scary Scenes from Non-Horror Movies: 10-1

30 October 2014 6:32 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

10. Deliverance (1972)

Scene: Squeal Like a Piggy

Video: http://youtu.be/WqNMjZpSbnU

Word to the wise: just because someone plays a mighty fine banjo, it doesn’t mean he or any of his kin should be invited to your family picnic. Based on the James Dickey novel of the same name, Deliverance follows four businessmen as they decide to spend a weekend canoeing down a fictional river before it needs to be flooded. Lewis (Burt Reynolds) leads the crew as the most experienced, followed closely by Ed (Jon Voight). The two novices Bobby and Drew (Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox) also join them. So, in remote Georgia, the four men set out to take in the beauty of nature. Before setting off, they come across a group of mountain men, all of which appear to be inbred. Drew engages in a banjo duet with one of the teenagers, but he doesn’t »

- Joshua Gaul

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The Definitive Scary Scenes from Non-Horror Movies: 20-11

30 October 2014 6:31 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

20. The Godfather (1972)

Scene: The Horse Head

Video: http://youtu.be/VC1_tdnZq1A

It’s the sweeping epic that eventually spanned three films. But, without the sequels, the first still stands as one of the greatest cinematic achievements of all time. The Godfather is a crime drama, a family drama, and a warped version of the American dream. The story focuses on the Corleone family, beginning at the marriage of his daughter, an expansive reception that serves as a wonderful introduction to the characters we would grow to love. Part of this intro is to demonstrate how ruthless the family could be if called to. Vito (Marlon Brando) will grant requests on this day, as it is his daughter’s wedding day. One of those requests comes from Johnny Fontane (Al Martino), Vito’s godson and a professional singer. He wants to land a contested part in a film, so »

- Joshua Gaul

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