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It may come as a surprise to some that, a full year after his phenomenal biopic Lincoln landed in theaters, legendary director Steven Spielberg still hasn’t locked down his next big screen venture. At this point in his career, the prolific helmer (behind such classics as Raiders of the Lost Ark, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Jaws and E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial, in addition to many more) can certainly afford to be choosy with his projects, but such a long gap is unusual for Spielberg. Now, it appears he’s added another buzzy possibility to the already huge list of films he has expressed interest in: a historical drama titled The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara.
Based on David Kertzer’s book of the same name, The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara will tell the story of a young Jewish boy who, in 1858, is taken from his family by officers of the Inquisition. »
- Isaac Feldberg
By now, about a month out from the theatrical release of Godzilla, you’d imagine we’d have heard everything director Gareth Edwards had to say about his upcoming reboot of cinema’s most famous giant lizard. Edwards has previously touched on how much he admires Toho’s first Godzilla and has mentioned the ways in which his movie will hearken back to that 1954 film. He’s also named director Steven Spielberg as an influence and his films’ Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Jaws specifically in regards to Godzilla.
Now, linking those earlier comments together is this latest featurette (above) in which Edwards discusses how his Godzilla is a “serious” film, very much like the original, and how he’s given the film a Spielbergian scope, combining practical and digital effects to best avoid Godzilla looking like another campy monster movie.
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- Sarah Moran
The Real History of Science Fiction documentary series on BBC America (Saturdays at 10pm Et beginning April 19) aims to tell the definitive history of the genre and its impact on cinema, television and literature. Each episode in the four-part series explores one of the enduring themes of sci-fi: time travel, space exploration, robots and artificial intelligence, and aliens. The list of sci-fi notables contributing to the series include William Shatner (Star Trek), Nathan Fillion (Firefly), Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Star Trek), Steven Moffat (Doctor Who), Richard Dreyfuss (Close Encounters of the Third Kind), Chris Carter (The X-Files), Ronald D Moore … Continue reading →
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- Ryan Berenz
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
new to streaming
The Invisible Woman: the story of Charles Dickens and his secret mistress is no romance, and no modest costume drama, either, but a tale of women being practical because they had to be [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: a cheery, airy fairy tale filled with a very modern ache and buoyed by an infectious joy; I love this movie [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
new to Prime
The English Patient: haunting and enthralling, a scrapbook of another world of romance and adventure and tragedy; Oscar winner for Best Picture [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Flight of the Phoenix: an inherently absurd survival adventure with an infectiously contradictory attitude: jaded and thrilled, cynical and expansive [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
have some Michael Fassbender
- MaryAnn Johanson
The Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Film Festival wrapped up its 5th annual hoorah in Hollywood on Sunday and this year was chock full of joyful and exciting films and special guests. There were so many wonderful old movies that most people have seen, but for me the true thrill was the chance to see a beloved movie on the big screen, the way it was intended.
Throw in some amazing guests and it was absolute gold.
Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book (1967)
Screened at the beautiful El Capitan Theater, The Jungle Book was the last Disney animated feature that was overseen by Walt Disney himself. After the success of Mary Poppins and other Disney hits such as The Parent Trap, The Absent Minded Professor and The Sword in the Stone, Disney went back to the well and asked songwriters Bobby and Richard Sherman to take a swing at its animated »
- Melissa Thompson
It's sad to think that two of the most well-known film critics are no longer with us. Last year we lost Roger Ebert (and he's given a loving tribute and profile in the Sundance selected documentary Life Itself), and awhile back Gene Siskel passed as well. But thankfully, thanks to the internet, we get to relive some of their greatest moments and passion for film. One such episode of their iconic series "Siskel & Ebert" was entirely dedicated to Steven Spielberg. But what's truly great about this episode is that it happened in 1984, when Spielberg was just preparing to release Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Watch it! Here's the "Siskel & Ebert" special on Steven Spielberg from Larry Wright (via The Playlist): To the credit of Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, it's pretty remarkable that they noticed the greatness of Spielberg, who had only directed Duel, The Sugarland Express, »
- Ethan Anderton
Is Contact the best science fiction film that no one talks about? I had never seen Robert Zemeckis' 1997 film about mankind's first contact with extraterrestrial life, but after listening to Movies.com editor Peter Hall call it one of his favorite films of all time, I decided to rectify that. What I found was one of the most thoughtful and entertaining sci-fi movies ever made, a film that deserves to be in the same conversation as Close Encounters of the Third Kind and 2001: A Space Odyssey. And then Peter and I sat down to talk about why a movie this good has been so overlooked. Jacob: Let's talk about Contact. The funny thing about this... I remember seeing the trailer when I was younger, but otherwise I knew nothing about Contact going in. I didn't...
- Jacob S. Hall
Neither as purposefully spooky nor as inadvertently campy as the low-budget ’50s sci-fiers it often recalls, “Honeymoon” is the sort of flat and forgettable genre exercise that fills holes in VOD schedules after, or during, fleeting theatrical playdates. The sole novelty in this otherwise unexceptional indie is its relatively serious treatment of a plot device — extraterrestrials struggling to master and remember human lingo while passing as earthlings — usually played for easy laughs. Unfortunately, that’s not nearly enough to alleviate the tedium.
Some viewers may be mildly scared during the opening moments — “Oh, no! Not another found-footage movie!” — as attractive newlyweds Paul (Harry Treadaway) and Bea (Rose Leslie) playfully describe their courtship and wedding while directly addressing a videocamera. For better or worse, however, “Honeymoon” quickly reveals its true colors as a far more traditional thriller.
The young marrieds drive to a remote cabin near a lake to spend their »
- Joe Leydon
It's obvious that George Lucas made a ton off money off of "Star Wars." But it turns out, it made Steven Spielberg pretty rich, too, thanks to a bet the two made before the release of the 1977 sci-fi blockbuster.
In an old interview with Turner Classic Movies that's currently making the rounds, Spielberg revealed that the two filmmakers -- and longtime friends -- made the wager precisely because Lucas didn't think his film would be a successful. It all came about after Lucas, burnt out from the "Star Wars" shoot, took a break to visit Spielberg on the set of his work-in-progress film "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."
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- Katie Roberts
Whether or not you choose to believe in extraterrestrial beings, there's no denying that the topic of discussion is an utterly fascinating one that manages to capture the imagination like no other.
Personally, I'm still not even sure what my feelings are on the matter, but what I can say is that there will never be enough documentaries in the world to fully satiate my interest in the topic.
The latest of such documentaries, titled Mirage Men, was just digitally released today, and it looks to be one of the more fascinating ones we've yet seen, peeling back the curtain and exploring government coverups in an effort to at long last expose the truth.
Sound interesting? Head over to Yekra to digitally rent the doc, and whet your appetite with the trailer below!
- John Squires
We might think of Star Wars as the most established brand in the history of the motion picture industry, at least this side of Charlie Chaplin.s Little Tramp, but all that success wasn.t always such a foregone conclusion. On the set of A New Hope, George Lucas was a worried thirty-something convinced he had a massive flop on his hands. So, he took all that self-doubt and worry and used it to nervously make the worst bet of his entire life, one that has lined Steven Spielberg.s pockets for decades. Speaking to Turner Classic Movies, Spielberg recently laid out what happened. He was hanging out on the set of his beloved Close Encounters Of The Third Kind when his old buddy George Lucas stopped by to see the set and hang out for a few days. During the visit, the Star Wars director allegedly became convinced his »
In this last article for our extensive coverage from my June, 2013 set visit to the Warner Bros. /Legendary production of Godzilla, executive producers Alex Garcia and Mary Parent weigh in on the Gareth Edwards-directed film, which is due in theaters May 16. Read on!
“It's steeped in realism,” Garcia (who previously produced the fan-favorite flick Trick r’ Treat) stated of their approach to Godzilla, “but yet there's a beauty in realism. You can look at footage of disasters and it's stunning, so it's ‘documentary’ in that everything comes from realism. You can watch those early Speilberg movies, like Close Encounters, and it feels like, ‘Wow this is a real family; this actually happened.’”
Emanating from director Ishiro Honda’s classic 1954 original of the same name, the 2014 Edwards-helmed Godzilla features actors Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass), Juliette Binoche (The English Patient), David Strathairn (The Bourne Legacy), Elizabeth Olsen and Ken Watanabe, »
- Sean Decker
Steven Spielberg’s success didn’t start in Hollywood — it started when he was a teenager and joined the Boy Scouts. In order to earn his photography merit badge, the budding filmmaker created movies with his dad’s camera. When Spielberg was 17, he made one of his earliest feature films (many of the scenes were shot near the Spielberg family home), which screened at a local movie theater. The sci-fi story was a template of sorts for the director’s 1977 film Close Encounters of the Third Kind and gives a nod to classic science fiction films from the 1950s. In Firelight, a group of scientists investigate strange, colored lights in the sky and the mysterious disappearance of people in the small town of (fictional) Freeport, Arizona. Footage of...
- Alison Nastasi
When four friends all discover a mysterious map on their cell phones, it leads to an out-of-this-world revelation in the second trailer and two photos for Earth to Echo, following the first footage released in December. Teo Halm, Astro, Reese C. Hartwig and Ella Wahlestedt star as four ordinary kids whose journey leads them to an extraordinary alien life form they call Echo in this modern-day sci-fi thriller that pays homage to classics such as E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, *batteries Not Included, Explorers and, most recently, Super 8. Check out the photos and footage as these youngsters embark on a quest to save their extra-terrestrial friend from shadowy government forces in director Dave Green's upcoming film, arriving in theaters July 2.
After a construction project begins digging in their neighborhood, best friends Tuck, Munch and Alex inexplicably begin to receive strange, encoded messages on their cell phones. »
An Oscar winner, a major Oscar nominee, two more pieces of Oscar bait, and a few movies that never got anywhere near Oscar. Welcome to What to Watch. We don’t play favorites. Oh, wait, yes we do. You should definitely rent or buy the titles on this first page. The second page is more optional.
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The best Disney movie since “The Lion King” (Disney, not Pixar), “Frozen” gets the lavish Mouse House treatment. There’s no better studio for family releases and they’re not about to slack on one of the biggest moneymakers of their existence. We are Just getting started with “Frozen”. You know how “Beauty & The Beast” and “The Lion King” became industries unto themselves? Spawning Broadway musicals, theme park rides, new shows, straight-to-dvd sequels, etc.? “Frozen” will end up the same way. If you have a kid, you won’t »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The search for a missing Malaysia Airlines jet has left many wondering: How can a commercial airplane with hundreds of passengers aboard disappear without a trace? It's happened several times before. As NBC News reports, despite advances in technology, every plane that ventures more than 120 miles from land disappears from radar. (Intercontinental flights rely on satellites to keep air traffic controllers up to date on their position.) If Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 did crash in the waters off of Southeast Asia as suspected, even finding the wreckage would be a tall task: Unsure of its exact location, authorities have thousands of miles of ocean to check. »
- Nate Jones
Director Steven Spielberg has quite a bit of sway over in the offices of DreamWorks. Not only is he one of the greatest filmmakers to ever live, having directed brilliant films like Schindler.s List, Jurassic Park and Close Encounters of The Third Kind, but he also happens to be one of the co-founders of the movie studio. So when DreamWorks started developing a film based on the video game Need For Speed and Spielberg decided that he wanted Aaron Paul to star, guess who ended up starring in Need For Speed? This was only of the topics explored when I got to sit down one-on-one with Paul earlier this month to talk about his latest starring role. Watching the interview above you will also learn about what it was that inspired him to become an actor in the first place and how makes the adjustment to movies after spending »
April 19th is getting better and better. First we get the premiere of Season 2 of the so-very-excellent Orphan Black on BBC America, and now comes news of another premiere that follows directly after: a new docu-series entitled The Real History of Science Fiction.
BBC America Premieres New Original Docu-Series The Real History of Science Fiction on April 19 As told by the genre’s greatest pioneers, the four-part docu-series explores recurring science fiction themes: Robots, Space, Invasion and Time
New York –, March 10, 2014 – BBC America delves into the real history of science fiction with filmmakers, writers, actors and graphic artists looking back on their experiences and on how their obsession and imagination has taken them into the unknown. The new original documentary series is a »
- Erin Willard
It's the kind of thing that only the madcap movie world of the 1970s produced. Because what else could explain a sci-fi/horror movie that's led by John Huston—playing an intergalactic warrior!—and features Shelley Winters, Glenn Ford, Lance Henriksen, Franco Nero and Sam Peckinpah? (Yes, that Sam Peckinpah). It's the stuff that cult movies are made of and that's just what happened, and now it's coming back to theaters thanks to the folks at Drafthouse Films. Giulio Paradisi's film is now hitting screens restored and presented uncut theatrically for the first time ever in the U.S., bringing the story of a space warrior who joins a cosmic Christ figure in battle against a demonic 8-year-old girl, and her pet hawk, while the fate of the universe hangs in the balance. And yes, the film is as awesomely bonkers as that sounds, with lots of psychedelic imagery, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The strangeness that is The Visitor is now on Blu-ray, and we have your chance to score a copy on us! Believe us - you Need this film in your life. It's that damned wacky! Read on for details.
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Drafthouse Films, in conjunction with Cinedigm, is bringing the wildly ambitious and neglected sci-fi/horror epic The Visitor to Blu-ray and DVD Today, March 4 .
Incredibly ambitious but derided and largely neglected upon its initial release in 1979, The Visitor is an unforgettable assault on reality, a phantasmagoric sci-fi/horror/action hybrid. From writer-producer Ovidio G. Assonitis (Tentacles) and director/actor/body builder Michael J. Paradise (aka Giulio Paradisi - Fellini's 8½), the film artfully fuses »
- Uncle Creepy
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