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The singer Slim Whitman, who has died aged 90, was a noteworthy figure in country music, since, although he was hugely popular outside the Us, for most of his career he was almost forgotten in his own country. In the 1970s, two decades after his American heyday, he still commanded enough of a following in the UK to be voted the No 1 international star in a music poll – four times.
Much of the reason for his success outside the Us was his high, clear, strong singing and almost operatic yodelling, characteristics that several generations in Britain, Australia and South Africa have assimilated into their notions and fantasies of the old west of America. One of Whitman's chief models was Wilf Carter, a Nova Scotian yodeller and singer of cowboy songs who was popular throughout north America in the 30s »
- Tony Russell
Fans of one of the weirdest midnight movies around can rejoice, as Drafthouse Films has now acquired the long forgotten ’70s genre mashup, The Visitor, with plans to re-release it via VOD, theatrical and DVD/Bluray formats later this year. Here is the official press release:
Drafthouse Films Rediscovers
The Sci-fi/Horror Epic That 1979 Couldn’T Handle
Neglected & Incredibly Ambitious “The Visitor” Comes Restored To
Theaters, Home Video & Digital Platforms Later This Year
Austin, TX – Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 – Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, announced today the acquisition of North American rights to ’70s phantasmagoric sci-fi/horror/action/??? hybrid The Visitor. Legendary Hollywood director/actor John Huston (The Maltese Falcon; Treasure Of The Sierra Madre) stars as an intergalactic warriorbattling alongside a cosmic Christ figure against a demonic eight-year-old girl and her pet hawk, as the fate of the universe hangs in the balance. A »
Austin, TX – Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 – Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, announced today the acquisition of North American rights to ’70s phantasmagoric sci-fi/horror/action/??? hybrid The Visitor. Legendary Hollywood director/actor John Huston (The Maltese Falcon; Treasure Of The Sierra Madre) stars as an intergalactic warriorbattling alongside a cosmic Christ figure against a demonic eight-year-old girl and her pet hawk, as the fate of the universe hangs in the balance. A new HD restoration from the original film materials is planned for a theatrical, home video and multi Video On Demand/Digital platform release later in the year.
In the dawn of ’70s American blockbusters, European production companies emerged stateside, attempting to recreate box office gold by cloning Hollywood. The »
- Jonathan James
There are vaults around the world filled with movies that time has forgotten, ambitious endeavors that missed their mark and seeming failures that are actually perfect midnight movie programming. 1979's "The Visitor" might be all of that, and we're going to soon find out. Wildly described as a mix between "The Omen," "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind," "The Birds," "Rosemary's Baby," "The Fury" and "Star Wars" -- seriously, Wtf -- the film stars the legendary John Huston as (get this) "an intergalactic warriorbattling alongside a cosmic Christ figure against a demonic eight-year-old girl and her pet hawk, as the fate of the universe hangs in the balance." Um, yes please. The film was directed by then and still unknown Giulio Paradisi, who still managed to round up Shelley Winters, Glenn Ford, Lance Henriksen, Franco Nero and Sam Peckinpah (!!!) to star in this thing. So yes, we're curious, and we »
- Kevin Jagernauth
"2001: A Space Odyssey," "Blade Runner," "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind," "The Tree Of Life"...the resume of VFX legend Douglas Trumbull pretty much speaks for itself. But he's also been a filmmaker as well, helming two oddities from the '70s and '80s -- "Silent Running" and "Brainstorm" (the latter notable for being the film Natalie Wood died while making) -- but hasn't done anything since except for a few shorts and some theme park stuff. But he's got some big plans...if the technology can arrive to make it happen... Trumbull has quietly been assembling a short film entitled "Ufotog," a new ten-minute movie about a photographer trying to snap a photo of a UFO or something that is boasting some big, orgasmic tech details for those of you who are into that sort of thing. You see, it was shot in 4K 3D, on 3D »
- Kevin Jagernauth
"You'll believe a man can fly." Belief was a big deal for movies and me in late 1977. Sure, Star Wars rebooted space opera, but that was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Close Encounters of the Third Kind was set in the present day and made alien contact look cool, but if you know how that movie ends, you know it was shrouded in secrecy. Somewhere around that time, I saw the teaser for Superman, and was not convinced it was for me. I read comic books as a kid; Spider-Man was my favorite, both for his jokes and for his alter-ego sharing a first name with me. Superman, though, and his many spin-offs -- Supergirl, Superboy, Superdog (?!) --...
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Andrés Muschietti – having worked on the likes of Evita and a Night with Sabrina Love, as well as directing commercials for many years- was responsible for this year’s first proper cinematic success, the chilling horror Mama. Starring Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Mama tells the tale of two feral children who are protected by the eponymous entity. Once they are rescued by their uncle and nurtured by his punk-rock girlfriend, Mama follows the girls to their new home and wreaks havoc to claim what she thinks to be hers.
Starting life as a terrifying short that made a huge impression with those who watched it, the original Mama caught the attention of one Guillermo Del Toro, who helped realise the ambitions of the Argentine director and his sister Barbara, who co-wrote and produced the film, to turn Mama into a feature film. Made for a paltry budget, Mama set »
- Oscar Harding
Chicago – For a good portion of its running time, Scott Stewart’s sci-fi spookfest “Dark Skies” flirts with the possibility of becoming an effective thriller. There are a handful of sequences fraught with palpable tension, yet it becomes apparent around the halfway mark that the filmmakers don’t have an original idea in their heads. There’s nothing here that hasn’t been done better in countless other pictures.
This is essentially “Paranormal Activity” with aliens imported in from M. Night Shyamalan’s “Signs.” There are also shafts of Spielbergian light courtesy of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” and eerie hallways with wallpaper borrowed from the Overlook Hotel. The extent to which this film plagiarizes familiar hits is flat-out maddening. When the nails in a boarded up window start unscrewing themselves, prompting a petrified father to shout, “Leave us alone!” it’s impossible for film buffs to not immediately »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The star of Jaws and Close Encounters made another early film, but it never got the credit it was due. Its rerelease reminds us that the young actor really had something special
At 65, with the big hits well behind him and the star retinue long since dissipated, Richard Dreyfuss still burns with the righteous fire of the Hollywood player. He fixes me with a beady eye and says: "Acting is an ennobling experience and if it's something that you're capable of, you're lucky. I enjoyed and am proud of everything I ever did – except maybe two or three films whose names you'll never get from me. I am proud of my life and proud of my body of work."
These days, Dreyfuss cuts a very different figure from the bundle of nervous energy that made him a massive star in the early 70s, and one of the key faces of »
- Andrew Pulver
This week: Something otherworldly is tormenting the poor Barretts in "Dark Skies," the sci-fi horror film starring Josh Hamilton, Keri Russell, Dakota Goyo and Kadan Rockett as a suburban family under siege by nasty alien visitors.
Also new this week is the 2010 Irish road-trip indie film "My Brothers" and the compelling drama "Lore" starring young Saskia Rosendahl as a German girl wandering post-wwii Europe with her siblings after their Nazi parents are interred by the Allies.
Box Office: $17 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 34% Rotten
Storyline: Daniel (Josh Hamilton) and Lacy Barrett (Keri Russell) have a fairly ordinary life in the 'burbs with their two sons until some mysterious break-ins and disturbing activity — including blackouts, "Poltergeist"-like stacking of objects and sleepwalking — cause the family to suspect that something otherworldly is trying to get into their house. As the parents do research on alien abduction and try to protect »
- Robert DeSalvo
When first viewing the trailer for Dark Skies, I was immediately excited to see it. It appeared to be another supernatural horror film concerning a creepy little kid. You can never go wrong using that concept. My interest waned a bit upon learning the movie revolved around an alien encounter. I don't dislike movies about aliens, but they just don't excite me as much as a good ghost story or haunted house flick.
I still held on to hope as I put Dark Skies in my Blu-ray player and settled in to watch it. I can happily report that my hopes weren't dashed. The commercials and trailers for the film captured its essence perfectly.
Daniel (Josh Hamilton) and Lacey Barret (Keri Russell) and their two children are just like any ordinary family struggling to make ends meet and pay the mortgage on their suburban two-story house. That is until a »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Eric Shirey)
The opening scene in "Up"; Tom Cruise's heart-stopping climb up the Burj Khalifa in "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol"; "Not Penny's boat." Some of the most memorable pop culture moments from the last decade have one thing in common: musical accompaniment written by Michael Giacchino.
"The stuff I work on tends to be big things like Pixar movies or franchises," Giacchino, 45, told HuffPost Entertainment. "It's kind of fun to be a part of this world, working on movies that I would have loved when I was a kid."
One of those movies is this week's "Star Trek Into Darkness." It's the second time Giacchino has boldly gone into space with the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise, and the fourth film collaboration between himself and director J.J. Abrams.
"When we first met we became very fast friends because we had a very similar background with regard to our love of filmmaking, »
- Christopher Rosen
We all know George Lucas was stressing out about Star Wars while he was making it, and how he thought it was going to fail. What we didn't know is that fear led to a bet between he and Steven Spielberg. A bet that Spielberg has made millions of dollars off of over the years, and he's still collecting on it! I wish I would have been able to get in on that action! It all started when Lucas took a break from the post-production work on Star Wars to visit Spielberg on the set of Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Here’s Spielberg’s account of how it all went down...
- Joey Paur
Raquel Welch wigs vs. Ray Harryhausen monsters: One Million Years B.C. [See previous post: "Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan Dies."] Without Charles H. Schneer as producer, Ray Harryhausen created the visual effects for the 1966 camp classic One Million Years B.C. — though, admittedly, his work in that movie played second fiddle to Raquel Welch’s physical effects as a blonde-bewigged (?) cavewoman parading around Earth’s pre-history in a cleavage-enhancing fur bikini. Whereas in producer Hal Roach’s 1940 effort One Million B.C., lizards made up as dinosaurs made life difficult for Victor Mature and Carole Landis, in the creationist-style pre-history of the 1966 (sort-of) remake, Raquel Welch and fellow caveman John Richardson had to square off against Harryhausen’s stop-motion models of giant reptiles. (Photo: Raquel Welch One Million Years B.C.) [Please scroll down to check out TCM's beautiful Ray Harryhausen tribute.] Starring James Franciscus and featuring Earth vs. the Flying Saucers‘ Richard Carlson, The Valley of Gwangi (1969) was Harryhausen’s next-to-last mid-level effort. Both The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974), with John Phillip Law, »
- Andre Soares
The apocalypse is nigh, dear friends, but before he elopes to the luscious green fields of the Marvel universe for Ant-Man, Edgar Wright will close his Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy with this year’s The World’s End. And just last night, the English filmmaker took to Twitter to unveil a brand new poster for the upcoming comedy.
How’s that for a sliced of fried gold? Following the tweet, the filmmaker posted a simple message stating ‘2 days’, so keep your eyes peeled for the first trailer over the next 48 hours. For now, though, this brand new quad poster gives us our first visual sense of The World’s End. The plot will orbit around Gary King, a 40-somethings man looking to reunite his old friends to embark on an infamous, 11-legged bar crawl that leads to the fabled, titular pub. Unfortunately for King & Co., middle-life crises are the least »
- Michael Briers
She will play a decades-old fighting robot with a past linked to Clooney's embittered inventor.
Laurie will play the film's villain.
Tomorrowland is scheduled for release on December 19, 2014. »
Raffey Cassidy, the English actress who played a young Snow White in Snow White and the Huntsman, is set to star opposite George Clooney in Tomorrowland, Disney’s top-secret feature project being directed by Brad Bird. The plot of the script is under lock and key, though it has been described as being in the vein of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Steven Spielberg’s 1978 movie about a man searching for extra-terrestrials on Earth. Cassidy will play a young girl robot who has been around for decades. Also a key factor: She knows several fighting styles. She has
- Borys Kit
In what will hopefully be the first in a series on my favorite directors, this profile of Steven Spielberg will attempt to give a brief introduction into his career, memorable films, filmmaking technique, themes, critical reception, and his impact on the film industry, as well as look at his upcoming films.
Regardless of your opinion of him, Steven Spielberg is undoubtedly one of the most influential filmmakers of his generation, influencing many modern directors and changing the way Hollywood makes movies. Spielberg’s films remain very distinctive, as few filmmakers possess both his technical abilities and his flair for engaging storytelling and a number of unique characteristics run through his films.
Spielberg has enjoyed one of the most prolific careers of any major filmmaker, directing 27 feature films, most of which have received considerable critical and commercial acclaim. Spielberg has been praised for his natural directorial ability, having displayed considerable skill »
- Paul Sorrells
Prolific film critic Roger Ebert has passed away at the age of 70. For a number of years Ebert had been battling cancer, and had undergone surgery that had taken away his ability to speak, but not his will to remain a vibrant and influential voice about cinema.
Along with his television balcony partner Gene Siskel, Roger Ebert was likely the most important force in educating the average person about the good and bad of filmmaking. If you want to read about Roger's background as a newspaper film critic, there's no better place today than the obituary in the Chicago Sun-Times, his publishing home these past 46 years. But for the purposes of this article on this site, my thoughts shared will be the personal ones that I have for Roger Ebert.
I have no doubt that one of the many tiny seeds that led to me creating Coming Attractions happened when »
- Patrick Sauriol
The troubled visual effects industry is facing a major shift, as three VFX shops announced major changes Friday, including the buyout of Life of Pi’s visual effects company Rhythm & Hues.
EW gave you the low-down on the struggles of the VFX industry that have been getting a bigger spotlight since Rhythm & Hues filed for bankruptcy in February. Here’s an update with the latest on three visual effects shops whose collective work includes Life of Pi, the Twilight Saga, and Doctor Who.
Rhythm & Hues, the VFX company behind the Oscar-winning effects in Life of Pi, started its bankruptcy auction »
- Emily Rome
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