13 items from 2015
Judging by the crowd jammed into the two soundstages at L.A.’s Mack Sennett Studios on Wednesday night, the organizers behind the Guild of Music Supervisors Awards are having a tough time keeping up with the increasing numbers of wannabe attendees. What started out as a brunch in its first couple of years has grown into a full-blown A-list event, with film and TV music pros of every stripe hobnobbing with the soundtrack curators who make their projects sing.
It was the third venue to host the ceremony in five years, and the second consecutive year for Mack Sennett, but demand is clearly exceeding the space, with the cocktail hour ultimately packed elbow-to-elbow.
There was the requisite lineup of celebrity presenters, including soundtrack legends Kenny Loggins (“Footloose”) and Ray Parker Jr. (“Ghostbusters”), but the real stars were the supervisors themselves, including Frankie Pine (who won for “Nashville”) and guild »
- Steve Chagollan
Bem135, a regular reddit user, just shared one of the scariest photos I’ve ever seen. Maybe it’s because I’m still scarred from Steven Spielberg’s Jaws? Be submitted a photo that he explains was found on friends GoPro Camera after surfing in Rockaway Beach, NY. As foreshadowed, what you see above is a surfer’s leg dangling […] »
One of the best pieces of Oscar-related video is the footage of Steven Spielberg watching the nominees be revealed in 1975. Spielberg's "Jaws" was up for tons of awards, of course, but one of them — shockingly — was not Best Director. As Spielberg watched every name but his be called, he held his head in his hands and looked on with disbelief. "I got beaten out by Fellini" and the documented hand-wringing over the miss lived on in infamy. Making the rounds today is a video blog of "Force Majeure" producer Erik Hemmendorff and Ruben Östlund watching the Best Foreign Language Film nominees be unveiled. Östlund's reaction moves from gleeful acceptance to anger to silence to off-screen weeping. Given that the film is very much about male ego and features a similar scene where a man breaks down into hysterics, the question has arisen as to whether it's a staged joke. I »
- Kristopher Tapley
It isn't often we get a glimpse behind the scenes as possible Oscar nominees sit and wait to hear their name called... or not. Then, once the nominations have been announced email inboxes are inundated with reactions from nominees, sometimes they say something like, "I was in bed and they woke me up to tell me." Well, Ruben Ostlund, director of Foreign Language contender Force Majeure wasn't sleeping, he was in New York City, glued to a computer monitor with producer Erik Hemmendorff, watching as the nominations were announced and recording the moment. They've made that video available for you to watch and it's fascinating and sad at the same time as not only was Force Majeure one of the more celebrated foreign titles of the year, it was expected to get a nomination and, in fact, won Best Foreign Language Film at the Critics Choice Awards last night. amz »
- Brad Brevet
There are plenty of awful movies based on video games out there, but today I thought I’d switch it up a bit and put together a list of great, classic films that got crappy video game adaptations. As I looked back at many of the games, I realized how bad some of them really were. I owned and played several of these games growing up, but as bad as they were, I still had fun playing many of them. I was a little kid growing up in the 80s - I didn't know any better!
These are games I got because of how much I loved the movies they were based on. A lot of the time I spent playing these games was full of frustration because many of them were practically impossible to beat. I don’t recall beating any of these games! These were all made in the infancy of video games, »
- Joey Paur
Update: Writer Simon Kinberg is rumored to be taking over Whitta's role as writer. Find out more at the bottom of this article.
According to THR, writer Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli, After Earth) has left the upcoming Star Wars spin-off set to be directed by Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards. Whitta, who is active on social media, completed the first draft of a screenplay, and he's now moving on to his next project: an adaptation of Mark Millar's comic Starlight. But before you Star Wars fans out there start getting worried about the future of the spin-off movie, it seems like everything is all good between the parties involved here. Whitta told THR:
- Ben Pearson
By Don Stradley
The final image of Arthur Penn’s “Night Moves” certainly gets the movie pundits in a lather. The scene consists of Gene Hackman as private eye Harry Moseby, shot to pieces but still trying to steer his motor boat to shore. Bleeding badly from his wounds, he’s unable to reach the gears; he ends up setting the boat in a circling motion. From above, we see Harry’s boat circling aimlessly in the Gulf Stream. This scene, which brings the film to a finish, has been described as a metaphor for many things, including America’s lost identity after the Watergate era, to Moseby’s own fruitless search for the truth, to Penn’s own floundering career. To me, it always looks like the boat is going down a drain (or a toilet). It’s the sort of ending that leaves a viewer wondering if you’ve missed something, »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
"The most exciting movie ever made comes to television…"
Back in the '70s it must have been a big deal to see a movie come to TV. Here’s a 1979 promo spot that ABC aired to advertise the television premiere of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws. 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of Jaws, which was released on June 20th, 1975. After all these years, the movie is still freakin’ great!
- Joey Paur
When your friend has a kid, you usually buy them some little thing off their baby registry and call it a day. Well not this guy. When his buddy welcomed a new baby, sculptor Joseph Reginella decided to create something unique and memorable for the child inspired by one of his favorite movies, Steven Spielberg's Jaws. The results -- a menacing re-creation of the film's ending... but as a baby's crib -- are both awesome and terrifying at the same time, and one look at the image above tells you that this little one wasn't so impressed by his or her new digs. Things seem to start off pretty well -- all snuggled up in the new shark crib, smiling for the camera. Then baby opens those eyes and is all like, "Holy crap where am I and what...
- Erik Davis
While women all around the world are crushing on actor Ryan Gosling, there's one famous actress who is not.
Watch: Go Behind the Scenes of 'Into the Woods'
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Futurology, the study of predicting the future, isn’t easy. Yet, science fiction films tend to be pretty decent at it. Join us as we discuss which aspects of Back to the Future Part II have come true and which ones have not.
It’s 2015. Congratulations! You’ve made it to the future. At least, the future as defined in 1989’s Back to the Future Part II. In this science fiction film, Marty McFly travels from 1985 to 2015 in order to help save his future son. In order to make the future setting more fascinating and exciting, the filmmakers made many predictions as far as what the state of society and technology would be like 26 years in the future. We all know that it’s just a movie, but in order for audiences to buy into the future world that Marty McFly travels to, the filmmakers had to make their future world seem possible. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
#10. Chinatown (1974)
Lost to: The Godfather Part II
Well, no one will argue that it should have won, but still. Roman Polanski’s film made a true leading man out of Jack Nicholson. It grabbed eleven nominations, only taking home one. That being said, that one was for Original Screenplay, written by Robert Towne, which may be the greatest even written. Entire courses could be taught on this screenplay alone and Polanski and his actors delivered a perfect translation of it to the screen. Also starring Faye Dunaway and the great John Huston, the story of power and corruption still stands as one of the greatest films of the 1970′s (or any decade for that matter). It’s just a shame it ran into the greatest movie sequel of all time.
#9. Cabaret (1972)
Lost to: The Godfather
Seems weird, doesn’t it? Well, the Liza Minnelli vehicle is on this list for »
- Joshua Gaul
It’s the last day of 2014 – and coincidentally enough, my last day as a news writer here at Movies.com. When I was asked what movie I’d want to write about for my final post, I had all of the usual suspects run through my head: The Big Lebowski, Suspiria, Halloween, Takeshi Kitano’s haunting Fireworks… but at the end of the day, there was really only one movie it could be: Jaws. Steven Spielberg’s 1975 classic is arguably my favorite movie of all time. There are a million reasons why I love Jaws (and we devoted a whole week to the film back in 2012), but one of the main reasons is because Robert Shaw is just so damn brilliant in it. Shaw’s Quint is one of my all-time favorite screen characters – he’s brash, he’s a jerk...
- Mike Bracken
13 items from 2015
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