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When it comes to the medium of cinema, the words “fan theory” have a built in eye roll factor of about eight million.
And that’s because most of the time, a movie theory tends to be the work of a crackpot; an insane person who has spent their precious time and energy trying to find meaning in something that there really is no meaning to be found in.
But occasionally a movie theory will crop up out of nowhere, slap you right in the face with its audacity, and make you feel sheepish for not having guessed that it was true all along. These are the fan theories that are genuinely, scarily convincing; insane theories that will have you wondering whether they were actually intended all along, like…
Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster classic, »
- Sam Hill
Steven Spielberg’s Jaws is without question a true classic, frequently cited as one of the greatest movies of all time. The details of the chaotic (at times frankly nightmarish) shoot are well documented, but there was a lot more going on when cameras rolled for the first time in Martha’s Vineyard way back in 1974 than a broken shark model.
The making of Jaws is the inspiring story of a group of people triumphing over seemingly insurmountable obstacles, through sheer determination managing to produce a film that was infinitely better than anyone expected it to be.
It totally dwarfs the novel on which it was based and greatly improved on, with certain fairly significant omissions and additions resulting in a far more engaging tale, and a group of characters viewers were a lot happier to spend time with than the unrelatable (and at some points downright dislikeable) bunch featured in the book. »
- Mark Cassidy
In the wake of the massive hit that was Jaws (1975), studios were foaming at the mouth to replicate its success. Of course, their idea was to take everything that they thought made Jaws a winner and put it in a different setting. Here’s a few that were cranked out by the dream machine: Jaws on Land (Grizzly), Micro-Jaws (Piranha), Jaws, Back to the Water (Orca), Jaws, Back to the Water Again, with Feeling (Jaws II) , and our flick du jour, the little engine that could, Jaws on Wheels – The Car (1977) .
In actuality, Steven Spielberg made Jaws on Wheels before he made Jaws, with the relentless cat and mousecapades of Duel (1971). However, this was 1977 and it was time for an upgrade. Released by Universal in May, The Car was (naturally) laughed off the screen by the critics, and why wouldn’t it be? A demonic vehicle terrorizing a »
- Scott Drebit
Mendelsohn’s election was revealed Thursday as the WGA West shared its final list of candidates for the upcoming election, a month after announcing candidates selected by its nominating committee. New candidates are permitted to run via petition, but no new candidates have emerged.
Mendelsohn’s credits include producing “Secret Diary of an American Cheerleader” and writing “Air Bud.” He is also a current board member and will assume the secretary-treasurer post on Sept. 21, when the election concludes.
Jeff Westbrook also withdrew his name from the 17 previously announced candidates running for eight board seats with two-year terms. The ninth-place finisher in that contest will serve the remaining year of Mendelsohn’s term.
- Dave McNary
Jaws turned forty in 2015 and the original blockbuster is as intense, exciting and influential as it ever was. The shark doesn’t even look that fake. The film, of course, is more than just a film; it basically invented the summer movie season and made entire generations afraid of going for a swim in the sea. Or in some extreme cases, even taking a bath.
It’s well known that the movie had a troubled shoot, and trivia like the animatronic shark not working properly or it being dubbed Bruce after Spielberg’s lawyer are common knowledge to even casual Jaws buffs. There are, however, plenty of not so well know facts about the film that have slipped through the cracks – little Easter eggs hidden in plain sight that even the most eagle eyed fan may not have picked up on.
Be it a sneaky cameo or a »
- Padraig Cotter
Today we have the trailer for the upcoming "Zipper" thriller, starring Patrick Wilson (Watchment), Lena Headey (300), Ray Winstone (The Departed), John Cho (Star Trek) and Richard Dreyfuss (Jaws). Check it out below. Plot: Sam Ellis (Wilson) is a man on the rise — a hotshot federal prosecutor on the cusp of a bright political future. But what was meant to be a one-time experience with a high-end escort instead turns into a growing addiction. His moral compass unraveling, his new demon threatens to destroy his life, family and career. The new movie set to be released in select theaters and on VOD on August 28th. Trailer: »
BBC Culture has this week unveiled a new list of the top 100 American films, as voted for by a pool of international film critics from across the globe. The format of the poll was that any film that would make the list had to have recieved funding from a Us source, and the directors of the films did not need to be from the USA, nor did the films voted for need to be filmed in the Us.
Critics were asked to submit their top 10 lists, which would try to find the top 100 American films that while “not necessarily the most important, but the greatest on an emotional level”. The list, as you may have guessed, is very different to the lists curated by say the BFI or AFI over the years, so there are certainly a few surprises on here, with Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave (2013), Terrence Malick »
- Scott J. Davis
First off, let's make one thing clear. We're not scratching our heads at Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing" making the BBC's 100 greatest American films. That movie, of which an image accompanies this post, not only made the list, but ranked appropriately at no. 25. It's the rest of the selections that have us scratching and, yes, shaking our heads in disbelief. A wonderful page view driver, these sorts of lists make great fodder for passionate movie fans no matter what their age or part of the world they hail from. There is nothing more entertaining than watching two critics from opposite ends of the globe try to debate whether "The Dark Knight" should have been nominated for best picture or make a list like this. Even in this age of short form content where Vines, Shapchats and Instagram videos have captured viewers attention, movies will continue to inspire because »
- Gregory Ellwood
Leave it to the Brits to compile a list of the best American films of all-time. BBC Culture has published a list of what it calls "The 100 Greatest American Films", as selected by 62 international film critics in order to "get a global perspective on American film." As BBC Culture notes, the critics polled represent a combination of broadcasters, book authors and reviewers at various newspapers and magazines across the world. As for what makes an American filmc "Any movie that received funding from a U.S. source," BBC Culture's publication states, which is to say the terminology was quite loose, but the list contains a majority of the staples you'd expect to see. Citizen Kane -- what elsec -- comes in at #1, and in typical fashion The Godfather follows at #2. Vertigo, which in 2012 topped Sight & Sound's list of the greatest films of all-time, comes in at #3 on BBC Culture's list. »
- Jordan Benesh
Every now and then a major publication or news organisation comes up with a top fifty or one hundred films of all time list - a list which always stirs up debate, discussion and often interesting arguments about the justifications of the list's inclusions, ordering and notable exclusions.
Today it's the turn of BBC Culture who consulted sixty-two international film critics including print reviews, bloggers, broadcasters and film academics to come up with what they consider the one-hundred greatest American films of all time. To qualify, the film had to be made by a U.S. studio or mostly funded by American money.
Usually when a list of this type is done it is by institutes or publications within the United States asking American critics their favourites. This time it's non-American critics born outside the culture what they think are the best representations of that culture. Specifically they were asked »
- Garth Franklin
Shark Killer, 2015.
Directed by Sheldon Wilson.
A shark wrangler with a fear of the sea has to hunt a shark to retrieve a diamond from its stomach for his crooked brother.
In many ways it is unfortunate that Steven Spielberg did such an amazing job with Jaws, as every single shark adventure that has been made ever since just pales in comparison with what is pretty much a perfect movie. That isn’t to say that other shark movies aren’t enjoyable but you do spend a lot of time pointing things out and saying “That was in Jaws” or “They stole that from Jaws”.
And this is very true for the first five minutes of Shark Killer, as we are on a Hawaiian beach (or so it says) with a town official declaring the beaches »
- Gary Collinson
This year marked the 40th anniversary of Steven Spielberg‘s classic thriller Jaws, one of the greatest blockbusters of all-time (actually, the first blockbuster in cinema’s history). Seeing the film in theaters again this year was a special treat, reminding me just how incredible a movie with a simple premise can be. It’s a master class […]
The post Cool Stuff: Sink Your Teeth into These New ‘Jaws’ Shirts appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
After helping the Fast & Furious 7 team finish the film following the sad death of his older brother Paul, Cody Walker is taking on his own first proper role. He’ll be part of the crew for USS Indianapolis: Men Of Courage.Mario Van Peebles is aboard to direct this one, with Nicolas Cage is starring as Captain Charles Butler McVay, who was in charge of the ship during a mission to supply parts for the atomic bomb when Japanese torpedoes sank it in July 1945. Approximately 300 of the 1196 crew went down with the ship and the remaining 880 faced dehydration, exposure and shark attacks while awaiting rescue. Only 321 were ultimately plucked from the water, and of those just 316 survived. McVay ended up court-martialled, but thanks to the research of Hunter Scott, who 1996 was inspired by Steven Spielberg's Jaws to write a report about the vessel and her ill-fated crew for a History Day competition, »
There’s no denying how much of a mark that Steven Spielberg’s 1975 film Jaws made on cinema and theater-goers everywhere. The films is a classic in every sense of the word, and its imagery is instantly recognizable worldwide. With Fright-Rags releasing a continual output of awesome genre-inspired t-shirts, it was only a matter of time before Brody, Hooper, Quint and Bruce would get their time in the sun.
Today, the gang at Fright-Rags unleashed a pre-order that includes quite a few t-shirt designs to choose from, as well as a special edition boxset that includes a “Collegeville” mask and a Prismatic sticker to go along with one of the coolest shirts around. For additional info, read on!
You can pre-order the Jaws collection from Fright Rags Right Now, which would be a good idea, because we all know these babies are going to sell out Fast. As mentioned in the link, »
- Jerry Smith
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 whimsical Wednesday? We have a video breakdown tracking the conflict between Batman and Superman in the comics, Comic-Con gets its own bizarre musical and find out how to make your own versions of the Ant-Man costume and the sword from Kill Bill. Still not enough? We also have a comedian's bizarre petition to change the name of the nation's capitol to Washington Marvel, and Nick Offerman shows us his pizza farm. So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
The History of Batman vs. Superman
It's an exciting time to be a Man of Action fan. The consistently innovative and impressively productive studio / writers' collective has intriguing upcoming projects on the printed page and onscreen, and at San Diego Comic-Con, Daily Dead caught up with Joe Kelly, Joe Casey, Steven T. Seagle, and Duncan Rouleau, who discussed the Camp Midnight graphic novel, the respective feature films for Officer Downe and I Kill Giants, as well as Big Hero 6 and more.
As per usual with you guys, it's been another busy year for the Man of Action team. Your Comic-Con exclusive comic book from last year, The Bus: A Camp Midnight Mini, is being expanded into a 256-page graphic novel that will be released in time for Halloween. Steven, how did Camp Midnight make the transition from mini comic to full-length graphic novel?
Steven T. Seagle: The mini comic was actually a bit of a ruse. »
- Derek Anderson
The tagline for Jaws — “Don’t go in the water” — proved prophetic as millions of people instead spent the summer of 1975 packed in dark theatres terrified by a film that would change movie history.
Jaws is Hollywood’s first summer blockbuster and the first film to earn more than $100-million at the box office.
The ingredients for its success were all in place; it was based on a bestseller, opened in 465 theatres across North America (that was a wide release back then), and bombarded people with a TV commercial — featuring a female swimmer being bitten by an unseen shark — that ratcheted up interest.
And, of course, it’s one terrific film. Director Steven Spielberg’s second feature finds a tourist town’s police chief (Roy Scheider), a shark expert (Richard Dreyfuss) and a surly fisherman (Robert Shaw) hunting the great white shark that’s been munching on vacationers. It’s »
- Ingrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine
Steven Spielberg is responsible for all of your irrational fears as a child, since you became convinced that Jaws would get you in the bath tub or at the bottom of your bed. People have also been wary of oceans, beaches and swimming pools since 1975, because all Bruce needs is a little bit of water and he’s got you. It also doesn’t help that when you go on holiday, the Jaws soundtrack in stuck in your head as soon as you reach the beach. Who knew that those two notes could evoke such terror?
Whilst most people complain that the film has aged terribly, it’s still one of your favourites and you’ll defend that robotic beast until the end of time. It was also made in the 70s so you can’t really be too mad at it for not reaching today’s standards. »
- Sara Weir
Robert Evans: The Kid Is Alright
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 Woodland, Evans' 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
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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