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Steven Spielberg, John Williams and Jim Gianopulos were among the big names attending the dedication of the Lionel Newman Music Building. The building on the Fox lot in Century City has been renamed in honor of the late composer, conductor, pianist and longtime head of Fox’s music department, whose tenure with the studio spanned nearly half a century and more than 200 films, including his Oscar-winning score for 1969′s Hello Dolly! He also earned 10 other Oscar noms for such films as Doctor Doolittle and There’s No Business Like Show Business. He also worked on numerous TV series including Batman and M*A*S*H. Spielberg talked about meeting Newman during the scoring of Jaws, and five-time Oscar winner Williams spun tales of Newman’s colorful career at the studio. More than a dozen members of Newman’s family also were on hand, including his nephew Randy Newman, a two-time »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
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Not long after A Good Day to Die Hard made more money than most can imagine, word spread that a Mr. Ben Trebilcook was working on a script for a sixth and final Die Hard for one of A Good Day‘s producers. Since Die Hard is basically the greatest movie ever and there didn’t seem to be much official out there with Mr. Trebilcook and his script, I decided to reach out to the man and see what was what (and admittedly try and get some Easter eggs. After all, I am little more than a desperate fan).
Trebilcook’s twitter suggests that the film has been moving forward and, considering the strange history of the scripts to Die Hard movies, Trebilcook’s script to screen story would be rather conventional.
Mr. Trebilcook had some surprising things to say about his script as well »
- Zachary Leeman
This weekend (November 23rd & 24th) sees the McM Comic Con and Memorabilia show take place at the NEC in Birmingham. We’ll be there on the Saturday, checking out what’s happening at one of the UK’s biggest conventions. If you haven’t grabbed a ticket yet, what are you waiting for? Ok, ok, so some of you may still be undecided, so let me tempt you with a rundown of just some highlights of the guests attending the event this weekend…
Red Dwarf Reunion – Chris Barrie (Arnold Rimmer); Hattie Hayridge (Holly); Danny John-Jules (The Cat) and Robert Llewellyn (Kryten) from much-loved British sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf. Quadrophenia Reunion – Stars Phil Daniels (Jimmy); Toyah Willcox (Monkey) and Daniel Peacock (Danny) celebrate the ultimate mod movie, based on The Who’s 1973 rock opera.
- Phil Wheat
To mark the release of Milius on 18th November, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD.
This is the life story of filmmaker John Milius, one of the most influential and controversial film directors of his generation. Made by debut directors Joey Figueroa and Zak Knutson, the documentary follows Milius’ childhood aspirations to join the military, his formative years at the University of Southern California Film School, his legendary work on films such as Apocalypse Now, Jaws, Conan The Barbarian, Dirty Harry and Red Dawn, to his ultimate dismissal from Hollywood due to his radical beliefs and controversial behaviour.
Millius turned his hand to writing after he was refused entry to the USmarine-corps because of his chronic asthma. He was able to sell his early screenplays for record amounts and forged a Hollywood career alongside his USC Film School contemporaries Steven Spielberg and George Lucas (both of »
Running time: 99 minutes
A bold, brash and passionate force whose name doesn’t quite ring as loud as that of Steven Spielberg or George Lucas, John Milius is the titular subject of this loving tribute, the directorial debut of Joey Figueroa and Zak Knutson. Some of Hollywood’s biggest names weigh in on Milius’ life, his incredible writing skill and deliver a wonderful personal touch to an industry that (perhaps now even more so than when Milius and his film school friends sought to change it in the 1970s) is too often mired in advertising and business politics rather than emotion and storytelling.
Milius himself brings both of these qualities in abundance. A straight forward chronological telling of his life, the film charts his personal turn »
- James Story
Trevor Hogg chats with author J.W. Rinzler about a space opera which established a moviemaking empire for George Lucas....
“Right after finishing the Episode III [Revenge of the Sith] book, somewhere around 2005, I knew that the 30th anniversary was coming up and that there had never been a real making of Star Wars  book,” recalls Lucasfilm Executive Editor and Writer J.W. Rinzler. “There was almost no advance publicity. The Making of Star Wars got a couple of big reviews early on and people got excited. For me, I was trying to bring to it the feeling I had gotten from reading The Jaws Log when I was a kid; I found it to be an inspiration because the book told the story of production and not just how they did all of the trick shots.” Rinzler notes, “I don’t like it when writers get between the subject and the reader because »
Toronto -- Richard Dreyfuss will receive a tribute at the upcoming Whistler Film Festival.
The Hollywood star will be feted as he top-lines Whistler's opening night film, Jason Priestley's Cas & Dylan.
Priestley (Beverly Hills, 90210), who increasingly directs film and TV series in his native Canada, will participate in an informal conversation at Whistler.
- Etan Vlessing
The Academy Award winner, who is travelling all over USA to elevate the discussion on depression, told People Magazine that by telling his own story, he hopes to help remove the stigma.
While explaining the fear he experienced before he received treatment for his disorder, the 66-year-old star said that it's like the night before the test and you aren't really sure about the subject and this balloon of self-loathing starts to swell up fast in anticipation of failure.
Dreyfuss added that he has lived with that feeling everyday and every minute for his. »
- Machan Kumar
Academy Award winner Richard Dreyfuss, star of hit movies such as Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Mr. Holland's Opus, suffers from bipolar disorder. Dreyfuss, 66, first spoke publicly about his disorder in the 2006 documentary The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive. Since then, he's been sharing his personal struggles at conferences around the country to elevate the discussion on depression. "There's no shame in having depression," Dreyfuss told People at Thursday's Hope for Depression Research Foundation luncheon in New York City. "By telling my own story, I hope to help remove the stigma. It never should be something to hide. »
- Paul Chi
Since 2011, Tom Hiddleston has portrayed the legendary supervillain, Loki, three times -- and no one is complaining.
Not only has Hiddleston made the villain his own, but he has also officially cemented Loki in the realm of elite comic book-turned-movie characters. Come this Friday, Hiddleston can again be seen as Loki in "Thor 2: The Dark World."
The second installment of the "Thor" franchise has the hammer-wielding god enlisting the services of his adopted brother-slash-enemy in order to save the Nine Realms from Malekith the Accursed -- a supervillain too powerful for Thor to fight on his own.
While you've seen Hiddleston don the Loki costume (and maybe transform himself into F. Scott Fitzgerald in "Midnight in Paris"), there is still much to know about this rising star. From his favorite superhero to his fears, here are 18 things you probably don't know about Tom Hiddleston.
1. Before his star-turn as Loki, »
- Jonny Black
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The stars come out for this energetic genuflection to moviemaker John Milius (Dirty Harry, Dillinger, Conan the Barbarian, Jaws, Apocalypse Now). Given the calibre of talent on hand to growl out his praises, it's a shame the directors have gone quite so overboard with the Photoshop: few snaps are shown without the subjects morphing to life, few words uttered without animations of the nouns ("I want girls, gold and guns") popping up on screen, like some remedial cartoon for toddlers.
The whole thing reeks of cigars, machismo and hubris, its rhythm a relentless percussion of hairy chest pumping and big fat back slapping. "It's not the critic that counts," is the very first quote. A pity: I'd recommend this.
DocumentarySteven SpielbergClint EastwoodCatherine Shoard
- Catherine Shoard
Though it would have been easy to walk into the room to interview Milius’ directors Zak Knutson and Joey Figueroa with a little trepidation, expecting to be told to go and screw myself upon arrival – fortunately it seems that filmmaker and documentary subject John Milius’ bombastic spirit had not rubbed off on either man.
During the course of our conversation Zak and Joey spoke of meeting Milius for the first time, and being toyed with in typical Milius fashion. From there the discussion spiralled to take in iconic directors and their love of collaboration, the ownership of film, the changing fortunes of the director as the film business evolved, and the possibility of one last hoorah for the one of Hollywood’s most renowned storytellers.
Of all the filmmakers, why Milius?
Joey Figueroa: This project was kind of brought to us, in the sense that one of our producers »
- Paul Risker
The Hero Complex Gallery is holding an art show dedicated to Steven Spielberg's classic 1975 film Jaws called Smile, You Son of a Bitch! An Art Tribute. Thanks to /Film, we have a few pieces that will be included in the show to share with you. They are all really cool designs that come from artists such as Craig Drake, Marko Manev, Joshua Budich, Cuyler Smith, and many more.
It show takes place for three days only, November 1-3, at the Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. There's a $10 cover, and proceeds from the show go to PangeaSeed, which is an activism group which raises awareness for the preservation and conservation of sharks.
- Joey Paur
It’s that wonderful, frightful, cool and creepy time of year again, when everything including the leaves on the trees are dying and our taste buds are craving sugary sweets and pies made from the guts of our jack-o-lanterns. It’s October, which means Halloween is nearly upon us! Get you costumes completed, your home haunts constructed and your candy collected for trick’r treaters, because you have to make time to watch some of the scariest movies this time of year.
In an effort to assist you in your cinematic scare-fest, we’ve come up with a list of the scariest movies to watch on Halloween… with one caveat. We have excluded virtually all “slasher” flicks. Why? Well, let’s just say we all know them, we all love them on some level, but really… don’t we all want something more in our scary movies? In honor of »
- Movie Geeks
With Halloween in the air, we thought it would be fun to reach out to the horror genre's biggest and brightest stars - both legends in the industry and up-and-coming superstars - to ask them two quick questions: What's your biggest fear, and what's your favorite scary movie? Read on for the results!
Some of the results will make you laugh. Some will make you shiver... and some, well some are just too funny for words. Sit back and get ready to hear from the likes of Anne Rice, John Carpenter, Robert Englund, the "Ghost Adventures" crew, cast members from "The Walking Dead," George A. Romero, and many - Many - more. Who knows? You may even find some new movies you should check out or at least revisit.
Let the scares begin!
1) I »
- Uncle Creepy
Directors: Joey Figueroa, Zak Knutson; Starring: John Milius, George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, George Hamilton, Paul Schrader, Sam Elliott, Francis Ford Coppola, Richard Dreyfuss; Running time: 103 mins; Certificate: 15
"You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?"
"I love the smell of napalm in the morning..."
With a ferocious demeanor as sharp as the iconic movie lines he wrote, John Milius became an 'enfant terrible' amongst studio executives despite his credits including Apocalypse Now, Dirty Harry, Jaws and Conan The Barbarian. The rise and fall of the legendary scribe and script doctor is a narrative worthy of Hollywood itself, laden with potent twists and superbly conveyed in this fascinating documentary.
Milius unfolds chronologically and fuses classic footage from movies alongside archival and newly-recorded interviews with key players, interspersed with candid behind-the-scenes audio and visual recordings. These all combine »
Hans Zimmer has been composing classic Hollywood scores for 30 years, but you can practically pinpoint when he was handed the baton to become the Maestro. For more than a generation, John Williams, famous for Jaws, Star Wars, and Indiana Jones, was the artist who scored our dreams, but last July, Warner Bros. announced that it was retiring Williams’ iconic Superman theme. Instead, Zimmer — the composer behind The Dark Knight, Inception, and Gladiator — would provide the melody that a new generation of kids would hum while they pretend to fly around their backyards after seeing Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Every year, we here at Sound On Sight celebrate the month of October with 31 Days of Horror; and every year, I update the list of my favourite horror films ever made. Last year, I released a list that included 150 picks. This year, I’ll be upgrading the list, making minor alterations, changing the rankings, adding new entries, and possibly removing a few titles. I’ve also decided to publish each post backwards this time for one reason: the new additions appear lower on my list, whereas my top 50 haven’t changed much, except for maybe in ranking. Enjoy!
Written and directed by Samuel Fuller
Shock Corridor stars Peter Breck as Johnny Barrett, an ambitious reporter who wants to expose the killer at the local insane asylum. To solve the case, he must pretend to be insane so they have him committed. Once in the asylum, »
Since the end of the 1990s, lovers of animal attack films have been subjected to copious amounts of uninspired Nu Image, Syfy Channel and Syfy Channel-like dreck like Silent Predators (1999), Maneater (2007) Croc (2007), Grizzly Rage (2007) and a stunning amount of terrible shark attack films to name a few that barely scratch the surface of a massive list.
These movies fail miserably to capture the intensity of the unforgettable films they are imitating and the recent wave seems to carry with it the intent of giving the Revolt of Nature horror film a bad name. »
- Terek Puckett
Though there's still a few days left of Hero Complex Gallery's Walking Dead exhibit, the California-based gallery is wasting no time getting a move on their next event. And up next, they pay tribute to one of the greatest horror films of all time; Jaws!
Titled 'Smile, You Son of a Bitch!,' the tribute features Jaws-themed artwork from nearly 100 different artists, a collaboration that's about more than merely showing off kickass art and honoring a classic. Money raised from donations at the door will go directly to PangeaSeed, an international organization dedicated to raising public awareness about the conservation and preservation of sharks and other marine species.
Perhaps not a cause that Chief Brody would support, given his experiences, but we must remember that Jaws was merely a work of fiction - even the book's writer, Peter Benchley, was quoted as saying that "We should be afraid of »
- John Squires
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