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Darth Vader, Storm Troopers Crash Stage as L.A. Philharmonic Honors John Williams

8 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Los Angeles Philharmonic started its sixth year under conductor Gustavo Dudamel by honoring composer John Williams on Tuesday at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

“Musicians try to be close to composers like Mahler, Shostakovich. But in this opportunity, we have the chance to be so close to this one, that is, John Williams,” Dudamel told the audience. “I remember going to the cinema to listen to music,” Dudamel recalled. “To see the movie, of course! But as a musician you try to focus on how the music does the magic to the movie.” Addressing Williams, who was seen cheering and applauding throughout the program, he continued, “We are here tonight to pay homage to your genius and to your heart, because you are one of the best composers in our time. But the most important thing, you are a great human.”

The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets accompanied the »

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Watch: Final 'Interstellar' Trailer & Nolan Compares it to 'Close Encounters', 'Right Stuff' and '2001'

12 hours ago | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

"It's not straight action and it's not straight thriller," director Christopher Nolan told Empire when discussing the tone of his new movie Interstellar. "I do liken it to the blockbusters I grew up with as a kid. A lot of them by Steven Spielberg. I don't like talking about Spielberg too much because he was the director on the project before me and I don't want to keep coming back to that, but the truth is, there's a great spirit to films like Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Jaws that I really wanted to try and capture, because I haven't seen it in a very long time." These are the kinds of words I love hearing, particularly that "I haven't seen it in a very long time" bit as Nolan recognizes the change in the cinematic landscape and wants to bring audiences closer to what he experienced with movies when he was younger. »

- Brad Brevet

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Back To The Future — Opening Scene Documentary by Jamie Benning

25 September 2014 8:35 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Jamie Benning has been creating what he calls "Filmumentaries" which are "making of" documentaries about films. Thanks to First Showing, we have the newest one about the opening scene in Back To The Future. In it, he interviews special effects supervisor Kevin Pike. The iconic long take that opens the film is broken down, and some fun facts are shared. This is only part one of a larger project. If it follows the format of Benning's previous documentaries the whole thing should be a couple hours long.

Make sure to checkout Benning's other documentaries about the Star Wars trilogy, Jaws, and Raiders of The Lost Ark.

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Watch: Here's How They Created the Brilliant Opening Scene in 'Back to the Future'

24 September 2014 8:30 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Inside Jaws and Raiding the Lost Ark filmmaker Jamie Benning is back, and this time he’s focusing his camera on another beloved movie: Robert ZemeckisBack to the Future. The documentarian recently sat down with special effects supervisor Kevin Pike to talk about the famous film, and what follows is a fascinating bit of audio commentary that takes us behind the scenes of the film’s opening moments. Bttf - The Opening Scene - Kevin Pike Interview - Part 1 @Jamieswb from Jamie Benning on Vimeo.   For whatever reason, the lengthy single-take shot that opens Back to the Future often gets forgotten when people write about extended takes. This is a shame, because while it’s not quite as technical as something like the one found in Children of Men...

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- Mike Bracken

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Goldfinger 50 years on: How the 1964 classic shaped the 007 films

22 September 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The James Bond series - based on Ian Fleming's spy novels - is one of cinema's biggest ever film franchises, thrilling fans now for over half a century.

1962's Dr No and the following year's From Russia with Love lay the groundwork, but it was with 1964's Goldfinger that the 007 movies became a true global phenomenon.

A 50th anniversary Blu-ray re-issue of the Sean Connery classic is available to buy from today (Monday, September 22). To mark the occasion, Digital Spy explores how Goldfinger shaped Bond as we know and love him.

1. The Extravagant Pre-Titles Sequence

The previous film, From Russia with Love, was in fact the first Bond to feature a pre-titles sequence. But that scene, which saw Robert Shaw's Red Grant stalk and kill a 007 impersonator, was short and simple - and didn't even feature the real Bond.

Goldfinger was the first film to take full advantage »

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Tiff 2014 Review – The Connection (La French) (2014)

13 September 2014 12:48 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Connection (La French), 2014.

Directed by Cédric Jimenez.

Starring Jean Dujardin, Gilles Lellouche, Céline Sallette, and Benoît Magimel.

Synopsis:

French police magistrate Pierre Michel wages an obsessive six-year battle to bring down Marseilles’ infamous “French Connection” drug ring.

A motorcycle weaves through the traffic where it connects with a car where the passengers are executed at point blank range.  Meanwhile a police magistrate who is responsible for juveniles tries to convince a teenage female drug addict to go clean and tells his own story of how he was able to overcome his gambling problem.  The two storylines become intertwined as the lawyer gets promoted to dismantle an infamous and ruthless drug network which has members of the police force, local and government officials on its payroll; the death of the young girl from an overdose ignites an obsession which will see him bend the rules in an effort to make that justice prevails. »

- Trevor Hogg

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DreamWorks’ New CEO Michael Wright on Moving from TV to Film

11 September 2014 1:03 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Transitioning from the TV industry to running a film studio hasn’t fared well for Rich Ross and Gail Berman, whose stints at the top of Disney and Paramount lasted around two years. Can Turner Broadcasting’s Michael Wright do any better at DreamWorks?

The films he inherits include Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s book “The Bfg,” which will hit theaters on July 1, 2016, and a Cold War spy thriller starring Tom Hanks that he also will direct. There’s also “The Light Between Ocean,” which started production this month, an adaptation of “The Ghost in the Shell” that Rupert Saunders will direct and “Las Madres.”

Here’s what Wright tells Variety he’s learned by watching the film industry from the sidelines, and launching hit series like Michael Bay’s “The Last Ship,” “The Closer” spinoff “Major Crimes,” “Legends,” “Rizzoli & Isles” and DreamWorks’ “Falling Skies »

- Marc Graser

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'James Bond,' 'Happy Gilmore' Actor Richard Kiel Dies

11 September 2014 8:21 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

'James Bond' villain Richard Kiel has passed away just three days shy of his 75th birthday.

James Bond villain Richard Kiel has passed away just three days shy of his 75th birthday.

Kiel died in a California hospital in Fresno, Calif. on Wednesday, Sept. 10. His cause of death has not been confirmed.

Video: Hugh Jackman Recalls Singing at Joan Rivers' Funeral

The 74-year-old actor was the villain Jaws in two of the Sir Roger Moore's Bond movies, The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979), but to a younger audience, he's recognized for his cameo in Adam Sandler's 1996 comedy Happy Gilmore.

Moore, 86, reacted to his co-star's passing via Twitter, writing:

I am totally distraught to learn of my dear friend Richard Kiel's passing. We were on a radio programme together just a week ago. Distraught

Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore) September 11, 2014

The affection and love for Richard Kiel which people shared with me @Harrods book signing »

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Richard Kiel, James Bond Villain Jaws, Passes Away at Age 74

11 September 2014 8:20 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Remembered best as Jaws, the towering steel-toothed villain of James Bond movies, Richard Kiel has passed away at the age of 74. No cause of death was given. The news was confirmed late Wednesday evening by Kelley Sanchez, director of communications at Saint Agnes Medical Center. Richard Kiel's agent Steven Stevens also reported on the news, both parties refusing to provide further details.

Richard Kiel was a giant of a man, standing at 7-foot-2-inches. He captured the public's attention in the 1977 James Bond adventure The Spy Who Loved Me opposite Roger Moore. Jaws was a cable-chomping henchman who towered over his co-stars. The villain was so popular, he was brought back for the 1979 Bond adventure Moonraker. Of his advisory, Bond would quip, "His name's Jaws. He kills people."

The role of Jaws was an iconic one that Richard Kiel could never seem to get away from. Despite this, he »

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Richard Kiel, Towering Villain from James Bond Films, Dies at 74

11 September 2014 6:10 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Richard Kiel, the 7'2" actor best known for portraying steel-toothed villain Jaws in a pair of James Bond films, has died. He was 74. A spokesperson at Saint Agnes Medical Center in Fresno, California, confirmed Wednesday that Kiel was a patient at the hospital and died. Kiel's agent, Steven Stevens, also confirmed his death. Both declined to provide further details. Kiel famously played the cable-chomping henchman who tussled with Roger Moore's Bond in 1977's The Spy Who Loved Me and 1979's Moonraker. Bond quipped of the silent baddie: "His name's Jaws. He kills people." Despite his appearance in several other films and TV shows, »

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Richard Kiel, Towering Villain from James Bond Films, Dies at 74

11 September 2014 6:10 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Richard Kiel, the 7'2" actor best known for portraying steel-toothed villain Jaws in a pair of James Bond films, has died. He was 74. A spokesperson at Saint Agnes Medical Center in Fresno, California, confirmed Wednesday that Kiel was a patient at the hospital and died. Kiel's agent, Steven Stevens, also confirmed his death. Both declined to provide further details. Kiel famously played the cable-chomping henchman who tussled with Roger Moore's Bond in 1977's The Spy Who Loved Me and 1979's Moonraker. Bond quipped of the silent baddie: "His name's Jaws. He kills people." Despite appearing in several other films and TV shows, »

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R.I.P. Actor Richard Kiel — James Bond Villain & ‘Twilight Zone’ Kanamit

10 September 2014 6:28 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The towering actor who played the mercenary assassin Jaws in a pair of Roger Moore-era 007 movies and the enigmatic alien in one of the most famous episodes of The Twilight Zone died today. Richard Kiel would have turned 75 on Saturday. His agent of 35 years, Steven Stevens Sr, told Deadline that Kiel died this afternoon at St. Agnes Medical Center in Fresno, CA. The 7-foot-2 actor with the crooked smile got his start in early-1060s TV, appearing in such series as Laramie, Thriller and The Rifleman. He appeared in the 1962 sci-fi feature The Phantom Planet before landing the chilling Twilight Zone role. In “To Serve Man,” he played a representative of an advanced, giant alien race called the Kanamits, who alight on Earth amid what seems to be peace and good will. Kiel delivers a mysterious encrypted book to a meeting of the United Nations, and the episode soars from there. »

- Erik Pedersen

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Ranked: Every Summer Movie Season Since 1980 - Part 1

8 September 2014 4:11 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best. 

On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production »

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See Reddit users’ favorite movie from each year

2 September 2014 12:56 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.

Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »

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Directors' Trademarks: Steven Spielberg

26 August 2014 5:30 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Directors’ Trademarx is back! At least once a month, Cinelinx will chose one director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. To kick things off again, we examine the trademark style and calling signs of Steven Spielberg as director.

No director is as well known, nor has had as much success in Hollywood as Steven Spielberg. He invented a style of filmmaking that audiences ate up in the 1980’s, single-handedly invented the modern blockbuster, and was influential in helping George Lucas make Star Wars. From a young age, Spielberg was fascinated by theater and film. In his teens, he used an 8mm camera to film movies with his friends. Later, he became an intern at Universal Studios, and the rest is history. 

Spielberg’s career started small. First he directed segments of TV shows, and then later entire episodes. His success convinced the »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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'Don't Say No Until I Finish Talking,' TCM's Doc on Top Hollywood Producer Richard D. Zanuck, Heads to DVD

20 August 2014 10:49 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

A must-see for students of Hollywood and would-be producers, Laurent Bouzereau’s inside-the-movie-biz documentary “Don’t Say No Until I Finish Talking: The Story of Richard D. Zanuck,” will be released on DVD this September, via Turner Classic Movies. Zanuck, the son of legendary 20th Century Fox co-founder and executive Darryl F. Zanuck, produced his first film, “Compulsion,” before he turned 25. He became president of a struggling Fox a few years later, only to be fired by his father, which led the younger Zanuck to jump to rival Warner Bros. as Executive Vice President. Richard Zanuck was the subject early in his career of one of the best Hollywood books ever written, John Gregory Dunne's "The Studio." (Read Anne Thompson's New York Times interview with Zanuck here.)  Richard Zanuck later joined with the late David Brown to produce many of Steven Spielberg’s early movies, such as “The Sugarland Express” and “Jaws, »

- Jacob Combs

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A ‘Sophie’s Choice': ‘Jaws’ Or ‘Goodfellas’?

19 August 2014 6:34 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

We write about the film business cynically as a business, but we’re a bunch of film geeks, really. I thought this when I experienced moments ago the closest thing a guy on his couch will face to a “Sophie’s Choice.”  On Spike TV, there was the incomparable Roy Scheider slinging chum off the back of a boat, and a giant great white shark surfacing in Jaws, and Scheider telling Robert Shaw, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” And on AMC, at the same time, there’s Goodfellas, nearing its climax, when Karen Hill (Lorraine Bracco) is directed by Jimmy (Robert De Niro) to go in a storefront to pick out dresses. This after she sets up a meeting between Jimmy and her recently pinched husband Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), who’s about to go rat on his Lufthansa heist pal. What would have happened had Karen gone »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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How Shark Week's 'Fin of Fury' composer creates suspense without horror

19 August 2014 6:09 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Shark Week concluded Saturday, and while, like in years past, this year’s 13 specials were all highly visual, music was equally integral. There’s essentially nothing but silence underwater, where much of the filming and action takes place, but musically, the specials are at the behest of the composers.

Michael Gatt, composer for Air Jaws: Fin of Fury, seized the opportunity. “What I love about Shark Week is that it’s a blank canvas,” Gatt says. “The sharks are actually quite dynamic as characters. They can be terrifying, but they’re also incredibly majestic, beautiful animals. Musically, we get to inform that emotion. »

- C. Molly Smith

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Shock Waves Blu-ray / DVD Release Details & Cover Art

13 August 2014 10:51 AM, PDT | 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. Like the antagonist of Jaws, the Nazi zombies stalk and kill humans, and fans of this cult classic can soon see these creepy soldiers in high definition with Blue Underground’s upcoming Blu-ray release of Shock Waves.

Coming to Blu-ray and DVD on November 25th and available to pre-order beginning on October 14th, Blue Underground’s release of Shock Waves will be displayed in 1080p high definition with DTS-hd master audio. The Special Edition DVD is a re-release of the version Blue Underground unveiled in 2003, with several new extras now included. Both releases have the following special features:

Audio Commentary with Co-Writer/Director Ken Wiederhorn, Make-Up Designer Alan Ormsby and Filmmaker Fred Olen Ray Nazi Zombies On »

- Derek Anderson

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Just in Time for Shark Week, We've Ranked Every Pop-Culture Shark

12 August 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Sunday was the beginning of Shark Week on the Discovery Channel, an annual celebration of the awesome might of these elegant creatures of the sea. But while Shark Week focuses largely on real sharks (well, real-ish) we wanted to commemorate the sharks that we enjoy the other 51 weeks of the year - the friendly and fearsome sharks that fill up our popular culture. Which pop-culture shark is best? And, just as crucially, which pop-culture shark is worst? We'd write more, but like a shark, this post needs to constantly move forward or else it dies. Onto the list, below! 23. Sharks »

- Nate Jones, @kn8

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