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'Stranger Things' creators explain it all about season 1

27 July 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I really enjoyed Netflix's Stranger Things, an unapologetic tribute to the works of Steven Spielberg, Stephen King, John Carpenter, and other masters of suspense and horror that creators Matt and Ross Duffer grew up loving. (Here's my initial review, and here are some spoiler-heavy thoughts on the season.) Yesterday, I spoke with the Duffer brothers about how they drew the line between homage and straight-up thievery, why the season was only 8 episodes (a length I think more Netflix dramas should try), why actor Gaten Matarazzo deserves so much credit for making Dustin the show's most entertaining character, what a potential second season would be like, and more. That's all coming up just as soon as you give me this phone, two weeks advance, and a pack of Camels... Where did you draw the line between paying homage to all those great movies and books of the period and trying to tell your own story? »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Piranha

26 July 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Roger Corman's 1978 Jaws ripoff spawned remakes in 1995 (for cable) and 2010 (in 3-D) and its own "3-dd" sequel, as well as an Italian-made 1981 flying fish sequel directed by James Cameron. Altho released three years after Spielberg's blockbuster, Piranha hit the international jackpot especially in South America. Part '50s sci-fi spoof and part underwater gorefest, this vaguely subversive Joe Dante-John Sayles collaboration has proved amazingly durable over the years.

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- TFH Team

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Great Job, Internet!: That poor shark finally gets to be the hero in this 8-bit Jaws remake

26 July 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

It’s amazing what a change of perspective will do. Simply by virtue of looking at certain events from a new angle, heroes can become villains and vice versa. Take Steven Spielberg’s 1975 blockbuster Jaws, for example. The standard take on this story is that it’s about a merciless shark who terrorizes a New England community before being brought down by a ragtag group of shark hunters. But that’s looking at it from a human being’s point of view. What about the shark’s point of view? For him, this is the story of a creature who simply needs to eat to survive, just like any other animal, and will consume whatever happens to come his way. Is it his fault that these idiots are practically feeding themselves to him? What’s he supposed to do? Not eat the skinny-dipping girl? Brazilian illustrator and animator Fernando »

- Joe Blevins

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Box Office Meltdown: Hollywood Races to Win Back Summer Crowds

26 July 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

From “Jaws” to “Jurassic Park,” few directors can rival Steven Spielberg in the blockbuster arena. But even Spielberg’s magic touch couldn’t save “The BFG” at the box office.

On paper, the film, a $140 million adaptation of a beloved children’s book with a script by “ET” writer Melissa Mathison, had all the makings of a hit. Instead, the movie collapsed at the multiplexes, eking out less than $20 million in its opening weekend.

It’s a stunning fall for one of cinema’s highest-flying talents — a director whose finger was affixed to the pulse of mainstream tastes for decades. Yet “The Bfg” is only the latest high-profile casualty in a summer that’s seen a slew of big-budget domestic bombs. Indeed, red ink has spilled out from such misses as “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” “Warcraft,” “The Legend of Tarzan,” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, »

- Brent Lang and James Rainey

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The HeyUGuys Interview – Richard Dreyfuss on Reckless

26 July 2016 5:49 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

It’s been some time since Richard Dreyfuss was a huge box office draw (in the span of five years, the actor had added the holy trinity of American Graffiti, Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind to his resume) but the Oscar-winning 68 year-old has had a steady and plentiful career for five decades now. […]

The post The HeyUGuys Interview – Richard Dreyfuss on Reckless appeared first on HeyUGuys. »

- Adam Lowes

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Jaws The Revenge: How the sequel went so horribly wrong

21 July 2016 9:55 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Jul 25, 2016

It's famously one of the worst sequels ever, but why did Jaws The Revenge go so wrong? Ryan looks at its disastrous nine-month production...

It's an oft-repeated adage that nobody sets out to make a bad movie, but Jaws The Revenge is so legendarily, comically bad that it almost looks like an inside job. The fishy sequel, released in 1987 to scathing reviews, famously stars a rubbery shark that growls when its head rears out of the water, Michael Caine spouting bizarre dialogue and some of the most glaring continuity errors this side of an Ed Wood movie.

What separates Jaws The Revenge from the usual bad-movie crowd is its otherwise decent pedigree. It was the product of a major Hollywood studio. The budget was generous. The director, Joseph Sargent, was far from a hack - a veteran of TV and film, he'd previously made the classic thriller »

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'Stranger Things': How Netflix's Retro Hit Resurrects the Eighties

21 July 2016 6:30 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

It's one thing to set a TV series in the 1980s; it's a whole other thing, however, to make it feel like it was actually shot during the Reagan-and-Rubik's-Cube era. Matt and Ross Duffer's new Netflix series Stranger Things is full of nostalgic nods to the decade and its pop-cultural products, but it's also uncommonly rigorous about getting the details just right — whether it's the many pitch-perfect music cues, the hat-tipping nods and homages to Eighties movies, or simply nailing the cringeworthy fashion statements of the day (those Mom jeans! »

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Netflix's Stranger Things: spotting the movie references

19 July 2016 11:07 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Dan Cooper Jul 20, 2016

What 80s pop culture references and nods did you spot in Netflix's Stranger Things? We start the ball rolling...

Warning: contains spoilers for Stranger Things.

The term ‘love letter’ gets thrown around a lot these days: citing a few signature texts as being influential in the creation of your movie or TV show is now directorial de rigeur. Not only is it a method proven to pull in fans of those classics seeking to slake their ravenous nostalgic urges, it’s also a great way to borrow a dash of glamour, to stand on the shoulders of giants as it were.

That said, Netflix’s new show, Stranger Things is not one of those love letters. This is no scribbled declaration of romance, hastily scrawled on a Post-It note and hurled at the back of your head. This is a Shakespearean sonnet of a love letter – an artfully constructed declaration of adoration, »

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The Bfg London Press Conference Report

18 July 2016 11:30 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The organisers of the London press conference for Spielberg’s The Bfg must have had a Jaws moment early on, realising they were “gonna need a bigger room”. Not that it was any surprise the event was packed. When the line-up includes the legendary director himself, as well as Oscar winner Mark Rylance and recently appointed Dame, Penelope Wilton, it’s going to get noticed.

Ruby Barnhill, the film’s eleven year old female lead, and Rebecca Hall completed the panel and both had great memories of working with the director on the film, with Hall admitting they spent a lot of time talking about movies. “It’s a real treat to have a movie geek conversation with Steven Spielberg,” she recalled. How lucky can you get?

Now in his 70th year, Spielberg has so many projects on the books that his legacy isn’t something he thinks about much. »

- Gary Collinson

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Steven Spielberg: ‘It’s all about making kids feel like they can do anything’ | Tom Shone

16 July 2016 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

From Et to Jaws, Steven Spielberg has brought us cinema’s most enduring stories. He reveals why he’s driven by fear, how he beat his bullies – and the heartbreak behind his take on The Bfg

When Steven Spielberg is enthused, his sentences pick up speed and momentum, the words coming in long, unpunctuated bursts that have you worried he’s going to forget to breathe. Just over a month ago, he tells me, his eldest daughter Jessica had a baby girl, his fourth grandchild. Spielberg has seven children, aged between 19 and 39; now he is making up stories for his grandchildren the way he did for them. “They’re all stories of empowerment, and being magical or able to read your mom and dad’s mind, or your best friend being a Tyrannosaurus rex that only you know about and he lives in your backyard,” he explains excitedly.

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- Tom Shone

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Review: ‘Stranger Things’ is Still Waiting for Something New, To Make It Feel Alive

15 July 2016 12:05 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

During the buildup to “Stranger Things,” the Indiana-set Netflix original series was a bit hard to describe. Sure, it was about a group of kids searching for their missing friend who disappeared under suspicious circumstances, but what kind of show was it? “Was it a horror show? A kids’ show? A drama with kids but made for adults? Sci-fi that looked like a drama? Could my kids watch it? But would I like it? Wait — is that Winona Ryder?”

Well, after watching just a few minutes of The Duffer Brothers’ (as Matt and Ross Duffer dub themselves) eight-episode original series, it’s immediately clear what it is: It’s the PG-rated ’80s movie that would land a PG-13 today — your “Jaws,” “Indiana Jones,” and, yes, “E.T.” and 1977’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

The latter two examples are what the brothers draw from specifically (those and, oddly enough, “Halloween »

- Ben Travers

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Review: ‘Stranger Things’ is Still Waiting for Something New, To Make It Feel Alive

15 July 2016 12:05 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

During the buildup to “Stranger Things,” the Indiana-set Netflix original series was a bit hard to describe. Sure, it was about a group of kids searching for their missing friend who disappeared under suspicious circumstances, but what kind of show was it? “Was it a horror show? A kids’ show? A drama with kids but made for adults? Sci-fi that looked like a drama? Could my kids watch it? But would I like it? Wait — is that Winona Ryder?”

Well, after watching just a few minutes of The Duffer Brothers’ (as Matt and Ross Duffer dub themselves) eight-episode original series, it’s immediately clear what it is: It’s the PG-rated ’80s movie that would land a PG-13 today — your “Jaws,” “Indiana Jones,” and, yes, “E.T.” and 1977’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

The latter two examples are what the brothers draw from specifically (those and, oddly enough, “Halloween »

- Ben Travers

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The Stars of Stranger Things Dish on the Show’s "Gnarly, Weird Monster"

15 July 2016 8:35 AM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Thanks to a heavy dose of mystery and some nostalgic teasers, Netflix's Stranger Things has quickly become one of the most highly anticipated shows of the Summer. Since we couldn't deal with the suspense any more, Popsugar tried to pry a few fun secrets out of David Harbour and Millie Bobby Brown, who respectively star as a gruff, apathetic police chief and a little girl named Eleven who may or may not be able to move things with her mind. From discussing the perils of trying to squeeze into polyester pants to exactly which episode of the first season will have your jaw on the floor, we're more pumped than ever to bingewatch the show this weekend. Popsugar: A few horror/sci-fi TV shows and movies with an '80s vibe have popped up lately, like It Follows and Wayward Pines. What do you think will make Stranger Things stand out from them, »

- Quinn Keaney

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Susannah Grant to Write Helen Gurley Brown Biopic (Exclusive)

14 July 2016 2:07 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fox 2000 has hired “Erin Brockovich” screenwriter Susannah Grant to write the screenplay for its Helen Gurley Brown biopic.

The project, set up at the studio in late 2014, follows the career of Gurley Brown at Cosmopolitan as one of the first female editors of a national magazine. The studio optioned “Enter Helen: The Rise And Reign Of The Original Cosmo Girl” by Brooke Hauser at that point and set up the project at Peter Chernin’s Fox-based Chernin Entertainment.

Marisa Paiva is overseeing for the studio.

Gurley Brown wrote the 1962 bestseller “Sex and the Single Girl,” which inspired a 1964 movie of the same name starring Natalie Wood. She became editor at Cosmopolitan in 1965 and revamped the magazine as a key voice during the sexual revolution and the emergence of the women’s liberation movement.

Brown was in charge of the magazine for 32 years, transforming it into one of the most successful publications of the era. »

- Dave McNary

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The Bfg: the new family movie in Singapore

13 July 2016 11:30 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Singapore cinemas get a giant family movie

One of the most famous children’s books of the early eighties was Roald Dahl’s Bfg (Big Friendly Giant), and it is now set to make its appearance as a movie in Singapore on the 21st of July. Adapted for the screen by Melissa Mathison (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Black Stallion) and brought to life through the directing talents of Steven Spielberg (E.T., Jaws, Jurassic Park) and special effects genius of Weta Digital (Lord of the Rings, King Kong, Avatar), it is the tale of a friendly giant who befriends a feisty young girl and plots to rid England of a tribe of evil, child-eating giants.

Considering the concentration of sheer talent brought to bear on creating this movie, it is certain to become a family favourite for years to come.

Synopsis

After being snatched – bed and all- from an orphanage dormitory, »

- The Hollywood News

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Review: Netflix's 'Stranger Things' basks in '80s nostalgia, doesn't drown in it

13 July 2016 6:37 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Nostalgia rules the pop culture universe. No old property is too obscure or lame to be considered for a revival or reboot these days (I eagerly await announcement of the Just One of the Guys Cinematic Universe). Belated additions to the Star Wars and Rocky franchises were adored even though (or because) they were beat-for-beat remakes of the original films. The hot new app that has all your friends braving the sun in order to catch Charmanders and Zubats is based on a cartoon from the '90s. Nostalgia can be a wonderful thing, and lord knows I get excited when a Community or Simpsons or BoJack Horseman episode alludes to some beloved property from my childhood. But there's a danger in building a movie or TV show around nostalgia: you can soak so deeply in your love for works of the past that the whole project drowns in it. »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Class of 1986: Johnny 5 Creator Eric Allard Discusses His Iconic Work on Short Circuit

12 July 2016 5:16 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

On May 9th, 1986, John Badham’s Short Circuit debuted in theaters nationwide. The family adventure film with a sci-fi twist starred Steve Guttenberg, Ally Sheedy, and Fisher Stevens as a group of humans trying to protect a sentient robot by the name of Number 5—as he’s known to the government agencies chasing him—who goes rogue after electrocution causes him to develop a sense of identity and the constant need for “more input.”

Short Circuit was a smash success upon its release, opening number one at the box office and eventually taking in over $40 million during its theatrical run in the spring and early summer of 1986. And while Short Circuit did as well as it did partly because of the actors involved, there’s no denying that it was the film’s robotic co-star that pretty much stole the film and became a huge part of mid-’80s pop culture as well. »

- Heather Wixson

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Forget The Bfg, Spielberg ain’t past it yet…

9 July 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tony Black on what the future holds for Steven Spielberg following the box office disappointment of The Bfg

This week, The Bfg joined this year’s list of ‘illustrious’ flops, at least in the Us where it tanked hard as it released off the back of Indepedence Day: Resurgence and the much more successful Finding Dory. That puts it in the same house as The Huntsman’s Winter War, Gods of Egypt & Zoolander 2. A Steven Spielberg movie. Based on a legendary children’s book by Roald Dahl. This can’t be right, surely? Well for whatever reason, nobody wanted to smell what The Bfg was cooking, and almost immediately commentators and sites decried this box office failure as the metaphorical ‘death of Spielberg’, suggesting the master of modern cinema has lost his magic touch with the takings and, moreover, has lost that special ingredient which made him arguably the »

- Tony Black

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Best Movies For A Friday Night

8 July 2016 9:48 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

How many times have you come out of a theater after seeing a great movie and said,”oh I want to see that again!?” We all have our favorites that we return to time and time again. Friday night always seems the perfect time too. You’re relaxing after a week of school, activities and work and you unwind with a comfortable favorite film.

Wamg has our own personal favs. You’ll find blockbusters on our list…just because it invokes the fun memories of seeing it for the first time in the theater…with friends/family…then non-stop gabbing about wanting to see it again.

Looking for the perfect movie for a Friday Night? Check out our list below!

Meatballs Four words – “It Just Doesn’t Matter!”

The Burbs Hilarious cast made up suburbanites Tom Hanks, Rick Ducummon, Bruce Dern and Carrie Fisher, Joe Dante’s comedy about the unusual neighbors next door (Yes, »

- Movie Geeks

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Inserts

7 July 2016 8:04 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

The director-centric 1970s were a time for pushing the boundaries of 'acceptable' film content, but John Byrum's witty and profane period piece about a Hollywood porn director was a step too far. Richard Dreyfuss leads a cast of utterly fearless actors in a witty and intelligent dissection of movieland decadence. Inserts Region A Blu-ray Twilight Time 1975 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 115 min. / Street Date June 14, 2016 / (Nc-17) / Available from Twilight Time Movies Store29.95 Starring Richard Dreyfuss, Jessica Harper, Veronica Cartwright, Bob Hoskins, Stephen Davies. Cinematography Denys N. Coop Art Direction John Clark Costumes Shirley Russell Produced by Davina Belling, Clive Parsons Written and Directed by John Byrum

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

At least in Los Angeles, the theatrical showings of John Byrum's remarkable Inserts came and went (cough) so fast that nobody had time to be outraged. The reviews made it sound like sordid trash that could only attract men in plastic raincoats. »

- Glenn Erickson

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