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Producer Talks Spielberg's "Ready Player One"

28 March 2016 9:44 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Appearing at WonderCon this weekend, producer Donald DeLine spoke briefly with Slashfilm about the Steven Spielberg-directed film adaptation of the acclaimed Ernie Cline novel "Ready Player One".

The story is set in the future, a time when multiplayer gaming has become a virtual universe. The creator of that world leaves his fortune to the winner of a contest who solve the puzzles he left behind - puzzles based on the classic video games of the 1980s.

The producer says the film will feel in line with Spielberg classics like "Jaws," "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "Jurassic Park" - "it's classic Steven Spielberg, right in the center of the sweet spot of really his classic work, but with this whole new world now. There could be no one better to bring this to the screen.”"

DeLine adds that gaming companies have been cooperative with the film so far: "We've »

- Garth Franklin

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‘Ready Player One’ Is “Classic Steven Spielberg,” Says Producer [Wondercon]

28 March 2016 5:30 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Producer Donald DeLine was at Wondercon discussing the second season of the Fox series Wayward Pines. He is also producing the movie adaptation of Ready Player One, directed by Steven Spielberg. During a roundtable interview, we got to ask DeLine about Ready Player One, which he says falls in line with Spielberg’s classics like Jaws, […]

The post ‘Ready Player One’ Is “Classic Steven Spielberg,” Says Producer [Wondercon] appeared first on /Film. »

- Fred Topel

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Sound Shock: 15 Influential Horror Movie Composers

25 March 2016 7:36 AM, PDT | | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Shock looks at a pack of masterful musicians and their legacies in horror. A good composer creates a sonic force that seduces us into the filmmakers’ world, elevating an image and finding things that the eye cannot see. Can you imagine Star Wars or Jaws without John Williams? or imagine not hearing that iconic first…

The post Sound Shock: 15 Influential Horror Movie Composers appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Chris Alexander

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Lew Wasserman: Still Remembered as Hollywood’s Ultimate Mover and Shaker

22 March 2016 11:44 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

March 22 would have been the 103rd birthday of Lew Wasserman, whom Variety described as “Hollywood’s ultimate mover and shaker.”

Most people in the public didn’t know his name; if they did, it might be as the studio executive who championed Steven Spielberg, and the man who thwarted Donald Trump’s attempted 1988 takeover of McA Universal. But Wasserman was so important and influential in the worlds of entertainment and politics that if someone simply mentioned the name “Lew,” with no last name, everybody involved in show business knew whom was meant.

Wasserman was born on March 22, 1913, and became an agent for McA in Chicago in 1936, under Jules Stein. He moved to Los Angeles and helped build the agency into a powerhouse. Variety‘s front-page banner on July 24, 1962, read “McA dissolves entire agency.” The story began, “McA Inc.’s talent agency, which only a week ago was the most powerful in the industry, »

- Tim Gray

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What Lies in The Shallows? First Trailer

18 March 2016 2:26 PM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

Sony Pictures Entertainment has debuted the first trailer for Jaume Collet-Serra's (Orphan) The Shallows. Influenced by Spielberg's Jaws (1975), the first clip shows actress Blake Lively as Mia, trapped in the shoals. The limp tagline: "what was once in the deep is now in the shallows" focuses the film on the shark and that huge fish makes it appearance in the film's first trailer. Looking back, astute horror fans will remember that Lively had her start in horror films, with Simon Says (2006). This latest thriller puts Lively more front and center. And, fans of film can see more of Lively and the shark in this exciting clip. Much of the film's story can be seen in the trailer. However, Nancy or Mia (depending on your source) is trapped on a rocky outcrop, after being injured while surfing. Her blood attracts a hungry beast. With the shore just 200 yards away, »

- (Michael Allen)

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Blake Lively Faces a Great White Shark in First Teaser For Jaume Collet-Serra’s ‘The Shallows’

18 March 2016 6:43 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Over 40 years after Steven Spielberg created the blockbuster with Jaws — and fostered a global fear of sharks — Hollywood is still using it as a scare tactic. Following Open Water, Deep Blue Sea, and many more thrillers, it’s now Jaume Collet-Serra‘s turn to terrify audiences with this summer’s The Shallows.

Starring Blake Lively, it looks to be a one-location thriller as she’s stranded on the small portion of land in which a Great White Shark is circling. With Jaume Collet-Serra proving he’s one of the most under-appreciated directors in terms of engineering thrills after Non-Stop, Run All Night, and Unknown, even without Liam Neeson, we can’t wait to see what he has in store here. Check out the trailer below.

In the taut thriller The Shallows, Nancy (Blake Lively) is surfing alone on a secluded beach when she is attacked by a great white shark »

- Jordan Raup

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Watch: First Trailer For Jaume Collet-Serra's Shark Thriller 'The Shallows' Starring Blake Lively

18 March 2016 6:17 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Ever since Steven Spielberg unleashed "Jaws" on audiences, numerous filmmakers have tried to recapture the thrill of that movie, with very few even coming close. But just in time for summer, "Orphan," "Non-Stop," and "Run All Night" director Jaume Collet-Serra and actress Blake Lively are going to try to make you scared to get in the water. Read More: Reboots Have Come To Television: Welcome To Nostalgic Revivalist TV Once boldly described as being in the vein of "127 Hours," "Jaws," and "Gravity," the movie has a simple premise: a young woman on a secluded beach gets stranded near shore, while a great white shark wants to make a meal out of her. Here's the official synopsis:  In the taut thriller The Shallows, Nancy (Blake Lively) is surfing alone on a secluded beach when she is attacked by a great white shark and stranded just a short distance from shore. Though she is only 200 yards. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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10 Great Directors Who Acted In Other Peoples’ Movies

18 March 2016 5:03 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Be they actors themselves or thespian novices, the presence of a director in the frame tips the wink to cineastes and those in the know.

From Alfred Hitchcock to Harmony Korine, they’ve ventured out from the shadows to make appearances in their own or other peoples’ films.

Casual viewers may simply wonder who the fat guy in the background is, or how amusing the crazy dude heckling Matt Damon was, but more dedicated types see different…


10. Steven SpielbergThe Blues Brothers Universal

Steven Spielberg had made a splash, quite literally, in 1970s Hollywood with Jaws, a production that reportedly saw the crew ready to lynch him by the end of the shoot. When John Landis called him up in 1980 about a small part in The Blues Brothers it must have seemed like a walk in the park by comparison.

The epic comedy brought John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd’s Ray-Ban-wearing, »

- Steve Palace

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The Extraordinary Ordinary: 15 Films That Have Influenced ‘Midnight Special’ Director Jeff Nichols

17 March 2016 12:56 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The films of writer-director Jeff Nichols are all about characters, ordinary men and women pushed to the limit by forces outside of their control. Again and again, Nichols trains his eye on the themes of family, its bonds and hardships: his films often about not only what it means to be a father, but also what it means to be a son or daughter. The setting is usually classically American small towns and back roads, where a person can look up at the sky and find an ocean of stars. Under those stars, Nichols lets his dramas —Mud, Take Shelter, and Shotgun Stories — play out, some darker and more bloody than others.

His newest film, Midnight Special, is out this week in limited release. Its plot follows a father forced to go on the run with his young son, a boy possessing mysterious powers, to escape a team of ruthless government agents. »

- Tony Hinds

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How 'Midnight Special' Proves You Can Make Science Fiction for Adults

17 March 2016 12:09 PM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

It started with a single mental image: Two men in a car, driving down dark Southern backroads in the middle of the night, with no lights on. "I couldn't get it out of my head," writer-director Jeff Nichols says, squinting as the sunlight pours through the picture window in his Berlin hotel room. "It was this out-of-nowhere vision of guys going very, very fast, just booking it in a muscle car in the dead of night. It felt cool, you know, but for some reason, I thought: Well, this is a very sci-fi image. »

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10 Interesting Renditions of The Imperial March

17 March 2016 5:38 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Other than the theme to Jaws which I believe to be the most recognizable sound bite of any movie ever,  the imperial march song from Star Wars, sometimes referred to as “Darth Vader’s Theme,” may be a pretty close second.  Of course both were written by the legendary John Williams who will always be a staple in any fan of the Star Wars series.  The song has an extremely ominous and negative tone which makes the audience realize something evil is afoot.   Usually it’s whenever Darth Vader appears but this song can be used in any movie, in any situation

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- Nat Berman

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12 Hilarious Films That Weren’t Supposed To Be Funny

15 March 2016 10:18 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Universal Pictures

In rough cut, Jaws The Revenge had one of the funniest endings ever as the Great White attempted to play chicken with Lorraine Gary’s boat, only to end up impaled on the broken prow. Fearing a disaster, the producers cut the scene from the original theatrical version, which seemed to end with the shark exploding for no clear reason.

If they’d left the scene intact, however, they might’ve been able to sell the picture as a good bad movie. Sound unlikely? That’s exactly what happened when Mommie Dearest (1981), an overwrought adaptation of Christina Crawford’s account of growing up as Joan Crawford’s adopted daughter, left audiences rolling in the aisles.

Viewers were amused by Faye Dunaway’s Ott impersonation of the Hollywood legend, particularly in a sequence where she whips her daughter with a coat hanger while uttering the immortal line, “No wire hangers – Ever! »

- Ian Watson

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'Roger Rabbit 2' Almost Happened with J.J. Abrams?

14 March 2016 2:31 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

J.J. Abrams has made a name for himself in Hollywood by successfully rebooting dormant franchises. Before turning Star Wars: The Force Awakens into a blockbuster phenomenon, he also relaunched Star Trek as a viable commodity and helped get Mission: Impossible back on the right track. But before any of those happened, he almost had a hand in resurrecting Roger Rabbit for the big screen.

J.J. Abrams recently appeared on the Nerdist Podcast to discuss his latest producing endeavor, 10 Cloverfield Lane. During the interview, the filmmaker recalled a time when he actually met with original Who Framed Roger Rabbit? producer Steven Spielberg to discuss Roger Rabbit 2. It actually turned out to be the first time he ever met with the man behind such classics as Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. He explains.

"I've told this story before, but when I was 16, [Lucasfilm president] Kathleen Kennedy called [director] Matt Reeves and I, »

- MovieWeb

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Ex 'Rhobh' Star Marisa Zanuck Files for Divorce ... Like I Said, He's Not My Type

14 March 2016 12:10 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Former 'Housewives of Beverly Hills' castmember Marisa Zanuck and her husband Dean are calling it quits after 13 years of marriage.  Marisa filed the divorce docs in L.A. last month, but the writing's been on the wall for at least 3 years or so. Back in season 3 of 'Rhobh' she called Dean "not her type" ... but tried to blow it off, claiming Dean loved her loose lips. Guess not. Marisa wants she and Dean to have »

- TMZ Staff

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Game Of Thrones season 5: what we learned from the Blu-rays

10 March 2016 8:08 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




We’ve scoured the episode commentaries from the Game Of Thrones season 5 Blu-ray set - and here are 125 things we found out.

Warning: contains spoilers for Game Of Thrones season 5.

You're busy people. We know this. Much as you'd like to, you may not have time to watch a dozen hours of Game Of Thrones episode commentaries in order to glean the odd fact with which to impress/bore your nearest and dearest.

That's where we come in. 

Below are 125 Things We Learned from the Game Of Thrones season five Blu-ray set, packaged for your edification. Number 64 will blow your mind!!! Hang on, no, that one's not actually very interesting. But some of the rest of them are. A bit, anyway. Well, we thought so.

1. The original pilot script described the opening credits as from the perspective of a raven flying over a map from Castle Black to King’s Landing. »

- louisamellor

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The Hilarious Way Jaws Came Up With Its Most Famous Line

7 March 2016 2:01 PM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Steven Spielberg.s 1975 thriller Jaws is widely credited as the first modern blockbuster, and it also made an entire generation pause and think, "You know what, on second thought maybe I don.t want to go swimming right now." As beloved and influential as the movie is, it.s seeped its way into a permanent position in popular culture, and one of the biggest instances of this is the phrase, " gonna need a bigger boat." The line is funny enough on its own, but the way it came to be may be even more hilarious. One of the most quotable lines in movie history, it happened by accident. Writer Carl Gottlieb recently talked with The Hollywood Reporter, and revealed how the line came to be. Filmed largely on the water, the equipment for Jaws was all housed on a barge (nicknamed the USS Garage Sale), which, thanks to »

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Watch: 2-Minute Supercut Sums Up Steven Spielberg’s Career In 30 Shots

3 March 2016 2:27 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Steven Spielberg might just be the general public’s favorite director. The filmmaker practically invented the modern blockbuster as we know it with “Jaws,” "E.T.," the ‘Indian Jones’ films, and something called “Jurassic Park,” while also managing to craft some of the finest adult dramas around. His films truly were, and often still are, four quadrant hits, and in addition to pioneering visual spectacle and CG, he manages to generally knock it out of the park each time he's at bat. All of which has helped a handful of his movies to reach the status of true classics. Read More: The Lost And Unmade Projects Of Steven Spielberg Since his films have become so iconic, many have worked their way to a permanent place in pop culture. Even more, certain scenes have become quintessentially American, images that remind us of childhood and adventure, that literally represent moviegoing. To highlight some of these magical movie moments, »

- Gary Garrison

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The 25 most underrated film scores of the 2000s

3 March 2016 12:47 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




Diverse, awe-inspiring and memorable treasures that have sadly fallen off the radar

The noughties were a tough decade for film music fans. Not only was there the unprecedented loss of four great masters in the form of Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein, Michael Kamen and Basil Poledouris; the nature of the industry itself began to go through some seismic changes, not all of them for the better.

With the art of film scoring becoming ever more processed, driven increasingly by ghost writers, electronic augmentation and temp tracks, prospects looked bleak. However, this shouldn’t shield the fact that there were some blindingly brilliant scores composed during this period. Here’s but a small sampling of them.

25. The Departed (Howard Shore, 2006)

When it came to the sound of his Oscar-winning crime thriller, director Martin Scorsese hit on the inspired notion of having composer Howard Shore base it around a tango, »

- simonbrew

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Jimmy Kimmel gets movie stars to read in latest 'Mean Tweets'

26 February 2016 8:16 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Oscars are on Sunday, so Jimmy Kimmel Live is celebrating with another edition of its "Mean Tweets" segment, where famous people read nasty things said about them on Twitter. In this Movie Star edition, everyone from George Clooney to Cate Blanchett read the mean things random Twitter people announced to the world about them.  My favorite is probably Richard Dreyfuss deliberately misreading Jaws as "Jews," but Susan Sarandon laughing at someone's comment about how her "big fat saggy boobs" are always in his/her face, and then tossing off an "aw, you wish," is a close second. »

- Sara Morrison

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Amazing 'Mean Tweets: Movie Edition' Deserves Its Own Oscars

26 February 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

The greatest thing about an Oscars edition of Mean Tweets is that the readings are particularly well acted. There are reps to protect here! The 2016 Oscars air this Sunday on ABC, and "Jimmy Kimmel Live" celebrated that magical night of celebrity worship by treating film actors to the opposite -- the most blunt dismissals of Twitter.

The special "Mean Tweets: Movie Edition" featured Christoph Waltz, Patricia Arquette, George Clooney, Jessica Chastain, Eddie Redmayne, Susan Sarandon, Kevin Costner, Emily Blunt, Zach Galifianakis, Kevin Hart, Richard Dreyfuss, Cate Blanchett, Seth Rogen, Oscar Isaac, Taraji P. Henson, and Sean Penn. (Where's Leo?! You know there's plenty of material out there for him.)

Emily Blunt deserves a special award for delivery, knowing just how to land the joke of her particular poop tweet. Eddie Redmayne had an adorable how-can-you-not-love-him reaction. Susan Sarandon was dead right, that person just wishes. Richard Dreyfuss may need to »

- Gina Carbone

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