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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 »

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Interstellar: TV spot shows new footage snippets

26 August 2014 11:45 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Christopher Nolan's Interstellar has a new TV spot, which showcases a sprinkling of new footage...

Of the major films still to come in 2014, Interstellar is surely among the most anticipated. This is, after all, Christopher Nolan's first feature since The Dark Knight Rises, and his first original, standalone film since Inception.

With the hard Sf leanings of 2001: A Space Odyssey apparently fused to the wonderment of Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, Interstellar is inspired by the scientific theories of Kip Thorne, shot through with the rustic Americana of Terrence Malick, and served up with a smattering of Dylan Thomas poetry courtesy of Nolan regular Michael Caine.

Matthew McConaughey takes the lead role as a wholesome astronaut who leaves his children behind to find humanity's salvation among the stars. What he'll find there is hinted at in the latest TV spot below - which »

- ryanlambie

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See How Creepy the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Almost Looked in Their New Movie

25 August 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

In an attempt to reinvent the characters for this generation, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles gives us a Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michaelangelo who seem fit for a modern era of grittier comic book movies. In fact, they're almost too ugly in the hit new movie, which pulled in another $17 million over the weekend. But it could have been worse. As we saw earlier this month in a gallery of early concept art, there was an alternate design where they looked even less cartoonish.  Now, via Cbm once again, we've gotten ahold of more early art, this time for a design by Anthony Francisco (Spider-Man) that makes the foursome look like aliens, as in the conventional "grey" extraterrestrials we've seen in everything from Close Encounters of the Third Kind to...

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10 Fun Facts about The Wizard

20 August 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Yesterday we posted an action figure of a character named Lucas Barton from the classic 1989 video game movie The Wizard, the kid who busts out the Nintendo Power Glove. It reminded me of how much that I loved that movie when I was a kid, so I thought I'd put together a list of fun facts that you may or may not already know about the movie. Here you go! 

During the final Video Armageddon scene, the last game used was "Super Mario Bros. 3." It was meant to be revealed in the movie before it was released on the Nes. The first time we got to see the game was when the film was first released in theaters.Several Nes games appear in the arcade scenes. In the late eighties and early nineties, Nintendo had an arcade cabinet called Play Choice Ten. These cabinets would allow the gamer to choose »

- Joey Paur

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BFI unveils Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder programme

17 July 2014 7:47 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The BFI has unveiled a Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder three-month screening programme celebrating genre works in film and TV.

The event will run from October 20 to December 31 with more than 1,000 screenings of big and small screen classics across 200 UK locations.

Days of Fear and Wonder will play across three primary strands: 'Tomorrow's World' will look at futures reshaped by technology, 'Altered States' will journey into the minds and bodies of 'inner-space', and 'Contact!' centres on exploration of new frontiers and visitors from other worlds.

The BFI's creative director Heather Stewart said of the programme: "Sci-fi has come to define the cinematic experience for audiences everywhere. We will celebrate the originality, the craftsmanship and the vision behind some of the most important film and television ever made.

"Its calling card is visual spectacle, but at its heart sci-fi is the genre for big ideas, revealing our »

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BFI unveils Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder programme

17 July 2014 7:47 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The BFI has unveiled a Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder three-month screening programme celebrating genre works in film and TV.

The event will run from October 20 to December 31 with more than 1,000 screenings of big and small screen classics across 200 UK locations.

Days of Fear and Wonder will play across three primary strands: 'Tomorrow's World' will look at futures reshaped by technology, 'Altered States' will journey into the minds and bodies of 'inner-space', and 'Contact!' centres on exploration of new frontiers and visitors from other worlds.

The BFI's creative director Heather Stewart said of the programme: "Sci-fi has come to define the cinematic experience for audiences everywhere. We will celebrate the originality, the craftsmanship and the vision behind some of the most important film and television ever made.

"Its calling card is visual spectacle, but at its heart sci-fi is the genre for big ideas, revealing our »

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Keynote speakers for Tiff include Michael Moore, Douglas Trumball

15 July 2014 11:39 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Toronto International Film Festival, and with it the busy rush of Oscar season, is almost upon us. The festival begins September 4 in Toronto and runs through September 14, and while we await the full lineup of films making an appearance, Tiff has announced a handful of the keynote presentations at this year’s festival.

Documentarian Michael Moore will have a panel discussion as part of the Doc Conference, sharing “his experiences in muckraking and his hopes for the future of documentary”, according to a press release. Moore will also be hosting a special screening of his film Roger & Me for its 25th anniversary, which actually first premiered at Tiff 25 years ago and won the festival’s People’s Choice Award.

Also on hand for the Industry Conference is visual effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull, who started his special effects work on the landmark 2001: A Space Odyssey and later received Oscar nominations for Blade Runner, »

- Brian Welk

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Human vs. Alien Films: The Must-Sees

12 July 2014 7:37 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Humankind’s collision with otherworldly life forms can make for unforgettable cinema.

This article will highlight the best of live-action human vs. alien films.  The creatures may be from other planets or may be non-demonic entities from other dimensions.

Excluded from consideration were giant monster films as the diakaiju genre would make a great subject for separate articles.

Readers looking for “friendly alien” films such as The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), It Came from Outer Space (1953) and the comically overrated Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) are advised to keep watching the skies because they won’t find them here.

Film writing being the game of knowledge filtered through personal taste that it is, some readers’ subgenre favorites might not have made the list such as War of the Worlds (1953) and 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957).

Now let’s take a chronological look at the cinema’s best battles between Us and Them. »

- Terek Puckett

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Crowdfunding Friday: The Art Of Ralph McQuarrie

3 July 2014 1:11 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

A Kickstarter campaign aims to fund a book devoted to Ralph McQuarrie, the artist who first brought the Star Wars universe to life...

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Next December, Star Wars: Episode VII will bring one of the most loved and lucrative franchises back to our screens. But it's worth remembering that, although Star Wars is now a colossally successful property worth millions, its path to the silver screen was by no means an easy one.

In the mid-1970s, George Lucas was still a young filmmaker with two successful but modestly-budgeted movies under his belt. Lucas' idea for his third film was a sci-fi fantasy so outlandish, and so potentially expensive to make that studio executives all over Hollywood simply couldn't see the value in it. Pitches to United Artists and Universal Pictures came to nothing, as Lucas struggled to describe the film he'd hatched in his head.

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- ryanlambie

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20 Movies to Watch on Netflix Before They Expire at Midnight Tonight

30 June 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

We should all be used to this by now. At midnight tonight, when the calendar changes to July 1, a bunch of movies will expire on Netflix Streaming. Some of them may come back at some later point — like the James Bond movies, which disappear and reappear every now and again — and some may be gone forever. (That's probably an extreme assumption.) If any of these are on your Netflix streaming queue (we'll never call it "My List." Never!), might wanna make tonight a sofa night.In no particular order ... Chinatown The Terminator Close Encounters of the Third Kind Gattaca Rocky 1-5 Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Taxi Driver Spaceballs Goldfinger, From Russia With Love, Live and Let Die, The Living Daylights, You Only Live Twice, Never Say Never Again As Good As It Gets Event Horizon »

- Gilbert Cruz

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50 brilliant movie opening credits sequences

25 June 2014 2:27 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From a range of eras and genres, here's Jenny and Alex's light-hearted pick of 50 great opening title sequences from the movies...

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We don’t go to the cinema much, because we hate people. We also don’t go because there’s always the risk of accidentally going to see the wrong film. It's not helped by the fact that there's no way of telling until it’s too late, because there are no bloody opening credits on lots of modern films. And by the time you do realise, you’ve eaten all your popcorn and you can’t be bothered to move.

The movies on this list won’t give you that problem. These opening credits are perfect scene setters for the movies that follow, so you won’t have to worry about awkward popcorn wasting moments. It's not a top 50, rather a selection of 50 interesting credits sequences, »

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Veteran Publicist Fritz Friedman to Exit Sony Pictures After 34 Years

23 June 2014 3:07 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Veteran publicist Fritz Friedman is leaving Sony Pictures at the end of summer, the studio confirmed Monday, after more than 34 years of leading publicity efforts for home entertainment and, more recently, acquisitions.

Friedman will focus on other endeavors, including serving as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism, according to people familiar with the situation.

Friedman also was recently appointed by California Gov. Jerry Brown to a three-year term on the Cal Humanities Board, which is charged with promoting the humanities in California to help create “a state of open mind.”

According to Sony Pictures company spokesman, “Fritz Friedman, who for more than 34 years has driven Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s publicity and corporate communications campaigns, has chosen to step down as Svp of Worldwide Publicity, effective August 31, 2014. Fritz made countless contributions to Sphe and Spe by crafting the publicity »

- Thomas K. Arnold

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind

22 June 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Steven Spielberg was playing with house money after the enormous success of  Jaws and he struck pay dirt again with this epic sci-fi fantasy chock-full of brilliantly composed panoramas and cracker-jack suspense scenes. Filming largely on the biggest indoor set ever constructed (inside a gigantic World War II dirigible hangar in Mobile, Alabama), CT3K races through its 137 minutes without breaking a sweat, arriving at a climax at Wyoming's Devils Tower that is one of the most ecstatic moments in movie history. Vilmos Zsigmond's Oscar winning cinematography helps make that sequence and the rest of Close Encounters a memorably visionary experience.

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30 Years Of 'Gremlins': How Steven Spielberg Ushered In The Era Of PG-13 Blockbuster Entertainment

5 June 2014 11:27 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

30 years ago, Steven Spielberg—still some way from his 38th birthday—was at the height of his power. He had invented the modern blockbuster in “Jaws,” re-invented the old-school adventure in “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” perfected the family movie in “E.T.,” united all these things for “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” and founded an immensely powerful production company, funding and steering innovative, horror-flavored projects like “Poltergeist” and “The Twilight Zone”—and something called “Gremlins,” a project Spielberg had bought and then given to a promising director of comic horror called Joe Dante, because the maestro himself was busy with “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.” The “Gremlins” script, by a young writer named Chris Columbus, was exactly the kind of thing Spielberg had made work so well so far. He had perfected a certain tone: family-friendly because it was also family-frightening. And you could be sure his »

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Sci-Fi Movie Supercut Tribute - Sci-Fi: Since 1902

30 May 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

What true geek doesn't love a great science fiction film? Ever since I saw E.T. in the movie theater as a kid I was hooked on sci-fi. Over the years I've gone back and watched a ton of older films before my time, and continue to enjoy the awesomeness of this genre. Vimeo user 60fotogramas created a fantastic supercut that pays homage to the best sci-fi movies ever made. He calls it "Sci-Fi: Since 1902," and says:

This is a montage of some of the best science fiction films ever made. A total of 62 films ordered by release year, from 1902 to the present. Thanks for watching, enjoy.

I've included a list of all the movies in the video below:

1902- Voyage dans la lune

1927- Metropolis

1929- Fraud in Mond

1931- Frankenstein

1933-The invisible Man

1936-The Devil Doll

1951- The Day the earth Stood still

1953- The War of the worlds »

- Joey Paur

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“Cinema Needs Good Images”: An Interview with Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond

29 May 2014 11:45 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Vilmos Zsigmond, Asc was given the “Pierre Angénieux Excellens in Cinematography” award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. It was a fitting tribute to the 83-year-old director of photography, who chronicled the events of the 1956 Hungarian revolution before leaving his country soon afterwards. In 1962 he became a naturalized citizen of the United States, settling in Los Angeles. During the ’70s Zsigmond established himself as one of the world’s great cinematographers, working on Robert Altman’s McCabe & Mrs. Miller and The Long Goodbye, John Boorman’s Deliverance, and Steven Spielberg’s The Sugarland Express and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, […] »

- Kaleem Aftab

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Rick Baker Reveals Spielberg's 'Night Skies' Unused Alien Designs

29 May 2014 8:12 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

For those who don't know, Steven Spielberg once flirted with the idea of a darker sequel to Close Encounters of the Third Kind, focusing on one man's encounter with a UFO. The film was called Night Skies, but was eventually abandoned and somewhat blossomed into E.T. The Extra Terrestrial following Spielberg's meeting with Melissa Mathison. But when Night Skies was still in development, make-up and special effects wizard Rick Baker (Star Wars, Harry and the Hendersons, Men in Black) was working on aliens for the film. Though we never saw the film, he's posted some of the alien designs online. Here's a series of photos Rick Baker posted on Twitter (via The Verge), complete with his own context: .twitter-tweet { margin: 12px auto !important; }I was so excited to be working on this project,to be able to design different alien characters of the same race. pic.twitter.com/3uxwikTHRB— Rick Baker »

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How Steven Spielberg's Night Skies became E.T.

28 May 2014 8:58 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Intended as a sequel to Close Encounters, Night Skies began in the 1970s but later stalled. We look at how its ideas evolved into E.T...

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Having scored a phenomenal hit with Jaws in 1975, director Steven Spielberg used his considerable industry clout to make Close Encounters Of The Third Kind - a science fiction fairytale for the UFO age. It was a personal project for Spielberg, conceived and partly written by the director himself (several other writers made uncredited passes on the script), and based on Firelight, the UFO film he'd shot for $500 while he was a teenager.

“I had a real, deep-rooted belief that we had been visited in this century,” the director once said of his fascination with the UFO phenomenon. “I was a real UFO devotee in the 1970s, and really into the UFO phenomenon from reading. For me, it was science.”

Like Jaws, the production »

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Cannes award to legendary Vilmos Zsigmond

27 May 2014 4:31 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

We here at Tfh have always thought of the great Vilmos Zsigmond as one of "our" movie icons, having begun his distinguished cinematographic career in the humble swamps of low budget exploitation before rising on his own merit to a justly celebrated mainstream career. So it is with fond memories of the likes of The Sadist, The Name of the Game is Kill, The Time Travelers and Five Bloody Graves that we congratulate him on this latest award: From The Daily News - The legendary Hungarian-American cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, director of photography of the soon-to-be-released film ‘Atatürk,’ will receive a Life Time Achievement Award today from the 67th Cannes International Film Festival 2014. 

In an extraordinary, Academy Award-winning career spanning some six decades, Zsigmond’s outstanding credits include “The Deer Hunter” and “Heaven’s Gate” directed by Michael Cimino, “Close Encounters Of The Third Kind” and “Sugarland Express” by Steven Spielberg, »

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Horror History: When Steven Spielberg's E.T. Was Evil in Night Skies

27 May 2014 10:58 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Here's a little known fact for you guys... After the success of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, director Steven Spielberg had something a lot darker in mind for us. Read on for details and a look at what E.T. was originally supposed to be.

Spielberg was fascinated by an event which transpired back in August 21, 1955, which became known as The Kelly, Kentucky Alien Invasion.

On that evening Billy Ray Taylor and his wife were visiting the Sutton farm. Billy exited the house to go fetch water from the Sutton family well and while doing so saw what he described as an "immense, shining object" landing about a quarter of a mile from the house. It wasn't long before he and the Sutton family were besieged by extraterrestrial invaders who were trying to break into the Sutton home. Click the link above for more on that story.

After becoming aware of the Kentucky incident, »

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