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Space May Be the New Frontier for Oscar Hopefuls

16 September 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

There has been a trend towards the stars in the past few years in Hollywood, and Oscar has finally begun to take notice. Films set in outerspace are no longer just the realm of niche science fiction, but rather have begun to get serious awards recognition.

The Martian, the new space epic from director Ridley Scott and star Matt Damon based on the novel by Andy Weir, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this past weekend and has high hopes for Oscar gold. Scott has been nominated for best director three times in his career (1991’s Thelma &Louise, 2000’s Gladiator, 2001’s Black Hawk Down) and hopes that his latest will finally earn him the statue.

Space-set films have been getting more respect as potential award season threats, with 2013’s Gravity earning a best director award for Alfonso Cuarón and a best picture nom. The trend is somewhat new, »

- Patrick Shanley

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Former Child Actor Moore Dead at 89: Kissed Temple, Was Married to MGM Musical Star Powell

10 September 2015 6:30 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Child actor Dickie Moore: 'Our Gang' member. Former child actor Dickie Moore dead at 89: Film career ranged from 'Our Gang' shorts to features opposite Marlene Dietrich and Gary Cooper 1930s child actor Dickie Moore, whose 100+ movie career ranged from Our Gang shorts to playing opposite the likes of Marlene Dietrich, Barbara Stanwyck, and Gary Cooper, died in Connecticut on Sept. 7, '15 – five days before his 90th birthday. So far, news reports haven't specified the cause of death. According to a 2013 Boston Phoenix article about Moore's wife, MGM musical star Jane Powell, he had been “suffering from arthritis and bouts of dementia.” Dickie Moore movies At the behest of a persistent family friend, combined with the fact that his father was out of a job, Dickie Moore (born on Sept. 12, 1925, in Los Angeles) made his film debut as an infant in Alan Crosland's 1927 costume drama The Beloved Rogue, »

- Andre Soares

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First Toronto Film Festival in 1976 Blasted Hollywood ‘Arrogance and Stupidity’

10 September 2015 1:55 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hollywood executives will be descending en masse beginning Thursday on the Toronto Film Festival — which is 180 degrees from the first festival in 1976, when U.S. distributors snubbed the event.

Canadian Secretary of State John Roberts (who also was the minister of culture) had invited Hollywood execs to attend the first fest and talk about possible joint ventures with local filmmakers. Fest director Bill Marshall said the seven Hollywood studio chiefs assured him they would attend, but then ignored the event. So the fest featured a “panel session” with seven empty chairs on the stage and name tags indicated the missing septet: David Picker (Paramount), Ron Miller (Disney), David Begelman (Columbia), Frank Wells (Warner Bros.) Ned Tannen (Universal), Alan Ladd Jr. (Fox) and Mike Medavoy (United Artists).

“I am amazed at their combination of arrogance and stupidity,” Marshall told the audience who showed up.

The studios shrugged it off, telling Toronto »

- Tim Gray

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Nolan's Next Has a Release Date

9 September 2015 4:11 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Christopher Nolan: Next movie has release date. Next Christopher Nolan movie release date Warner Bros. will release the first post-Interstellar Christopher Nolan movie on July 21, '17. The film has yet to be baptized. Warners, which began its days as the Rin Tin Tin studio, also released Nolan's Batman trilogy movies, which collected $2.463 billion worldwide. Besides, the studio handled the sorta sci-fier Inception (2010), which took in $825.53 million, in addition to earning a Best Picture Academy Award nomination. The outright sci-fier Interstellar, which received mixed-to-unenthusiastic reviews in North America, opened in Nov. 2014. The film went on to gross $675.02 million worldwide, $188.02 million of which in the U.S. and Canada. Paramount handled the domestic release, while Warners took care of the international distribution. Mystery Movie As for Nolan's upcoming effort, in case there is a screenplay (or a blueprint of one) or any prospective cast members, no details have been given out so far. »

- Zac Gille

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19 Oscar-worthy sci-fi movie performances

9 September 2015 6:34 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

A genre constantly overlooked at awards ceremonies, sci-fi cinema is full of stunning performances - like these...

Should we care whether the Academy likes science fiction or not? Does it matter that the genre and its best performances are regularly overlooked by most mainstream awards bodies? Probably not. But consider this: cinema is by now a long-established artform. Movies chart all aspects of the human condition: birth, death, happiness, sadness, ennui, fear, elation, empathy.

The best sci-fi movies arguably achieve the same thing. Where else is the sense of mystery and triumphant discovery felt more keenly than in, say, Solaris? What other genre could explore the nature of addiction with the same humour and pathos as A Scanner Darkly? Could the themes of ageing and disease in The Fly be transposed to a realistic drama and still be as thrilling, bizarre and tragic?

It’s still the case that science »

- ryanlambie

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DreamWorks Deal at Disney Soured as Conglomerate Focused on Bigger Fish

2 September 2015 3:19 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When DreamWorks signed a deal in 2009 for its films to be distributed and partly funded by Disney, it appeared to be a victory for both sides. The addition of Steven Spielberg’s studio would give a then stripped-down Disney film slate a considerable boost, and DreamWorks would have a strong partner to help promote its brand worldwide.

Within just seven months, though, the Disney executive who drove the deal was gone, the Mouse House had made the second of three big deals that would put it firmly in the tentpole business, and one of Hollywood’s most celebrated directors felt like he was nowhere near a top priority for the entertainment conglomerate.

That reversal of allegiances comes front and center now, as sources confirm that Disney will not renew the pact with DreamWorks. Although several studios are discussing the possibility of bringing DreamWorks into the fold, insiders say that Universal »

- James Rainey and Brent Lang

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Pattinson to Play E.T. Spaceman in Mystery Sci-Fier for Veteran Auteur Denis

26 August 2015 8:24 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Robert Pattinson: Actor to play E.T. astronaut. Robert Pattinson to star for Claire Denis If all goes as planned, Robert Pattinson will get to star in French screenwriter-director Claire Denis' recently announced – and as yet untitled – English-language sci-fier, penned by Denis and White Teeth author Zadie Smith and her novelist husband Nick Laird, from an original idea by Denis and writing partner Jean-Pol Fargeau. Among Claire Denis' credits are the interracial love story Chocolat (1988), the sociopolitical drama White Material (2009), and the generally well-regarded Billy Budd reboot Beau Travail (1999), winner of the César Award for Best Cinematography (Agnès Godard). Robert Pattinson, for his part, is best known for playing the veggie vampire in the wildly popular Twilight movies costarring Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner. Robert Pattinson, astronaut In Claire Denis' film, Robert Pattinson is slated to play an E.T. astronaut. But what happens to said astronaut? Does »

- Zac Gille

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Alamo Drafthouse Is Celebrating Steven Spielberg This Fall with ‘Septemberg’ Screenings

24 August 2015 3:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

There’s no doubt that Steven Spielberg is one of the most influential and iconic directors working today. Spielberg has dabbled in everything from war dramas like Saving Private Ryan, historical dramas like The Color Purple, thrillers like Jaws, sci-fi classics like E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Jurassic Park and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and […]

The post Alamo Drafthouse Is Celebrating Steven Spielberg This Fall with ‘Septemberg’ Screenings appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Weekend Rock Question: What Is the Best Steven Spielberg Movie?

21 August 2015 1:36 PM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

We're just a couple of months away from the release of Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies. The Cold War–era thriller — which stars Tom Hanks, Amy Ryan and Alan Alda — is the first movie directed by Spielberg since Lincoln in 2012. It was written by Ethan and Joel Coen, and early buzz has been quite positive.

Now we have a question for you: What is the best Steven Spielberg movie? We're going to count any film he directed. Feel free to vote for a 1970s classic like Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, »

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Blu-ray Review “Day For Night” (1973; Directed by François Truffaut) (The Criterion Collection)

13 August 2015 5:44 PM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

“The Movie For Movie Lovers”

By Raymond Benson

François Truffaut had an all too short but certainly brilliant career as a filmmaker. He began in the world of film criticism in France, but in the late 1950s he decided to make movies himself. Truffaut quickly shot to the forefront of the French New Wave in the late 1950s and early 60s, alongside the likes of Jean-Luc Godard, Eric Rohmer, Alain Resnais, and others. By the time the 70s rolled around, Truffaut was a national treasure in France and a mainstay in art house cinemas in the U.S. and Britain.

His 1973 masterpiece, Day for Night (in France La Nuit Américaine, or “American Night”), won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film of that year, the only time Truffaut picked up an Academy Award. Due to odd eligibility rules, the picture could be nominated for other categories the following year. For »

- (Cinema Retro)

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Lance Henriksen: The Hollywood Interview

10 August 2015 5:30 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

Lance Henriksen: A Survivor’s Tale

A seminal event happened to actor Lance Henriksen in his late teens that serves as the perfect metaphor for his life: Henriksen was working at a rural New Mexico gas station, and was taken in by the couple who owned it. They had a teenage daughter a couple years his junior. One day, figuring Lance and his daughter were getting a bit too chummy; the man drove Henriksen out to the middle of the desert. “All winter long, the frost has been pushing up these beautiful amethyst stones,” the man explained. “I’ll drop you off and you can collect them, then come back and sell them for a lot of money.” Henriksen stayed half the night, and then started to succumb to the desert’s freezing temperatures. “I dug a hole and buried myself up to my chest, with a fire in front of me. »

- The Hollywood

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Reflections of Evil: Steven Spielberg’s paranoia and conspiracy theories

7 August 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

There are few real-life figures more beloved in American cinema than Steven Spielberg. He’s earned that adoration without question, but his worship retards the dialogue around his work. Like his buddy Colonel G. Lucas, Spielberg is a brand first, a businessman second, and a filmmaker last.

It’s time to loosen up the conversation. Spielberg is less an auteur and more Hollywood’s greatest journeyman, a master craftsman whose natural talent allows him to tackle almost any material. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t common themes that run throughout his work. A lot of breath has been devoted to his sense of wonder and awe, his parent’s divorce, his love of children. But there’s a darker current to his work, one that appears less subtly in thrillers like The Conversation, Three Days of the Condor, and other conspiracy films of the New Hollywood era. It’s a sense of paranoia, »

- Nathan Smith

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Pixels – The Review

23 July 2015 8:51 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Review by Dane Marti

Directed by Chris Columbus, Pixels will definitely take many of us back to an era that once seemed new and exciting, but now appears as old as the Civil War.

Starting with a kid zooming through his neighborhood on bike while Cheap Trick blazes on the soundtrack, I was immediately hooked: The year is 1982. Actually, I hoped that most of the film would take place during this time, an era when many of us were coming of age, but…how silly of me! It’s 2015, and as much as I find recent times to be banal and abrasive, this is the age that modern kids live in. The makers of the movie are obviously hoping for many youthful viewers ‘accompanied by their parental units, of course. I also believe this film should and will make a hefty sum at the box office, as long as kids »

- Movie Geeks

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BBC Culture curates 100 best American films, courtesy of 62 international film critics

22 July 2015 5:01 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

BBC Culture has this week unveiled a new list of the top 100 American films, as voted for by a pool of international film critics from across the globe. The format of the poll was that any film that would make the list had to have recieved funding from a Us source, and the directors of the films did not need to be from the USA, nor did the films voted for need to be filmed in the Us.

Critics were asked to submit their top 10 lists, which would try to find the top 100 American films that while “not necessarily the most important, but the greatest on an emotional level”. The list, as you may have guessed, is very different to the lists curated by say the BFI or AFI over the years, so there are certainly a few surprises on here, with Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave (2013), Terrence Malick »

- Scott J. Davis

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Scratching our heads at the BBC's top 100 American Movies of All-Time

21 July 2015 5:07 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

First off, let's make one thing clear.  We're not scratching our heads at Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing" making the BBC's 100 greatest American films.  That movie, of which an image accompanies this post, not only made the list, but ranked appropriately at no. 25.  It's the rest of the selections that have us scratching and, yes, shaking our heads in disbelief. A wonderful page view driver, these sorts of lists make great fodder for passionate movie fans no matter what their age or part of the world they hail from.  There is nothing more entertaining than watching two critics from opposite ends of the globe try to debate whether "The Dark Knight" should have been nominated for best picture or make a list like this.  Even in this age of short form content where Vines, Shapchats and Instagram videos have captured viewers attention, movies will continue to inspire because »

- Gregory Ellwood

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'Citizen Kane' Tops BBC's List of "100 Greatest American Films", Where Does Your Favorite Landc

21 July 2015 11:46 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Leave it to the Brits to compile a list of the best American films of all-time. BBC Culture has published a list of what it calls "The 100 Greatest American Films", as selected by 62 international film critics in order to "get a global perspective on American film." As BBC Culture notes, the critics polled represent a combination of broadcasters, book authors and reviewers at various newspapers and magazines across the world. As for what makes an American filmc "Any movie that received funding from a U.S. source," BBC Culture's publication states, which is to say the terminology was quite loose, but the list contains a majority of the staples you'd expect to see. Citizen Kane -- what elsec -- comes in at #1, and in typical fashion The Godfather follows at #2. Vertigo, which in 2012 topped Sight & Sound's list of the greatest films of all-time, comes in at #3 on BBC Culture's list. »

- Jordan Benesh

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BBC Names 100 Greatest U.S. Films

21 July 2015 9:56 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Every now and then a major publication or news organisation comes up with a top fifty or one hundred films of all time list - a list which always stirs up debate, discussion and often interesting arguments about the justifications of the list's inclusions, ordering and notable exclusions.

Today it's the turn of BBC Culture who consulted sixty-two international film critics including print reviews, bloggers, broadcasters and film academics to come up with what they consider the one-hundred greatest American films of all time. To qualify, the film had to be made by a U.S. studio or mostly funded by American money.

Usually when a list of this type is done it is by institutes or publications within the United States asking American critics their favourites. This time it's non-American critics born outside the culture what they think are the best representations of that culture. Specifically they were asked »

- Garth Franklin

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50 forgotten sci-fi films from the 1990s

16 July 2015 3:25 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We may remember Independence Day, The Matrix, The Phantom Menace. But what about these forgotten 90s sci-fi films? And are any worth seeing?

Think back to the science fiction cinema of the 1990s, and some of the decade's biggest box-office hits will immediately spring to mind: The Phantom Menace, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Men In Black, Armageddon and Terminator 2 were all in the top 20 most lucrative films of the era.

But what about the sci-fi films of the 1990s that failed to make even close to the same cultural and financial impact of those big hitters? These are the films this list is devoted to - the flops, the straight-to-video releases, the low-budget and critically-derided. We've picked 50 live-action films that fit these criteria, and dug them up to see whether they're still worth watching in the 21st century.

So here's a mix of everything from hidden classics to forgettable dreck, »

- ryanlambie

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TVLine Items: Lewis Black in Madoff, Another Bachelor in Paradise and More

16 June 2015 1:30 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Lewis Black‘s latest TV role is no laughing matter.

The longtime comedian has joined the cast of Madoff, ABC’s upcoming miniseries about former stockbrocker Bernie Madoff.

RelatedBlythe Danner Joins Madoff

Inspired by Brian Ross’ book The Madoff Chronicles, the drama will explore the rise and fall of the disgraced financier, culminating in his 150-year prison sentencing in 2009 for operating a $65 billion Ponzi scheme.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, Black will play Ezra Merkin, who invested with Madoff and brought a number of wealthy Jewish clients into his fold. The comedian joins a cast that includes Close Encounters of the Third Kind »

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