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They say we don't go to outer space anymore. But Christopher Nolan is doing a pretty good job of faking it. It's October 2013, and we are on the set of code name Flora's Letter, a.k.a. Interstellar, an epic sci-fi adventure that represents the beginning of the director's post-Batman life. Working on the same soundstage where he once built a dank batty cave for Christian Bale to skulk in, the British-American helmer has constructed a starship to take Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway across the universe to find salvation for the human race. On screen that ship, the Endurance, »
- Jeff Jensen
Steven Awalt – author interviewed by Todd Garbarini
“Well, it’s about time, Charlie!”
Dennis Weaver utters these words in my favorite Steven Spielberg film, Duel, a production that was originally commissioned by Universal Pictures as an Mow, industry shorthand for “movie of the week”, which aired on Saturday, November 13, 1971. The reviews were glowing; the film’s admirers greatly outweighed its detractors and it put Mr. Spielberg, arguably the most phenomenally successful director in the history of the medium, on a path to a career that would make any contemporary director green with envy. Followed by a spate of contractually obligated television outings, Duel would prove to be the springboard that would catapult Mr. Spielberg into the realm that he was shooting for since his youth: that of feature film directing. Duel would also land him in the court of Hollywood producers David Brown and Richard Zanuck and get him his »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Two time Oscar nominee Melinda Dillon turns 75 today. Since we don't like any major actresses to totally fade from public consciousness when they stop working, let's look back. Though her last working year was 2007 her most recent high profile gig goes back much further to a SAG nomination as part of the ensemble of Magnolia (1999, pictured left) in which she played wife and mother to Phillip Baker Hall and Melora Walters.
Though she'd been working for a decade before it in small parts (TV guest gigs and improvisational comedy) her first real claim-to-fame came as "Memphis Sue" Woody Guthrie's wife in the Best Picture nominated bio Bound for Glory (1976). She received a Golden Globe nomination for "Best Acting Debut" (a now long defunct category) even though it wasn't her debut. Dillon's breakout led to bigger parts and two well-regarded Oscar nominations though curiously the Globes, who had first honored her, »
- NATHANIEL R
There's no getting around it. Science fiction provides the bedrock for pretty much all of the biggest blockbusters Hollywood is producing at the moment.
Sci-fi moved quickly as Hollywood developed new visual effects to tell vastly different stories. From the transcendent 2001: A Space Odyssey to the galaxy-hopping soap opera of Star Wars, right through to horror Alien and the thrill-ride of Gravity, the genre has proved to be more malleable than any other.
Just this year, we've seen Marvel infuse the superhero movie with a dose of sci-fi in Guardians of the Galaxy - a movie that currently sits on top of the 2014 worldwide box office with a staggering $650 million in ticket sales.
The BFI are also launching »
Lately, it seems like filmmakers have been taking inspiration from Steven Spielberg's classic "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind." Christopher Nolan recently cited it as an influence on his upcoming "Interstellar," and it looks like the movie will also have some fingerprints on Brad Bird's "Tomorrowland." "Another big influence for Jeff Jensen and I when we first started talking about this story was 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind,' ” screenwriter Damon Lindelof told EW. “Somehow it was able to do what no modern movies are able to do, which is tell a story that doesn’t have a bad guy who is trying to blow up the planet, or giant robots fighting, or lots of karate —though who doesn’t love karate? It was so not plot driven. It was just a pure discovery movie. It was pure what-if. Just that idea of what’s going on here? »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Brad Bird's sci-fi/fantasy adventure pic Tomorrowland has remained a great mystery, until now. A few photos have surfaced online, showcasing George Clooney and Britt Robertson (Under The Dome), as well as some great story details, which don't actually reveal too much of the plot, but do prepare us for what's in store.
Entertainment Weekly revealed two first photos, some stunning concept art of Tomorrowland itself, and the new details. The film will revolve around Robertson's Casey Newton, a teenage girl from Florida who stumbles upon a mysterious pin that "reveals a vision of a place that may not be a different world but simple a better one." It seems her job is to find this place (without the pin maybe?), and that's where Clooney comes in. He plays a "hermit and failed inventor" who can help the teen get to where she wants to go.
When describing the idea of the film, »
- Laura Frances
Fans attending New York Comic-Con tomorrow will get their first look at Disney's highly-anticipated and mysterious adventure Tomorrowland during Disney's panel, but today, Entertainment Weekly has released the first photos and concept art, featuring stars George Clooney and Britt Robertson.
The plot centers on a young Florida girl named Casey Newton (Britt Robertson), an optimistic and perpetually-curious teenager who discovers a pin that gives her a unique vision of the future every time she touches it, which can be seen in the concept art below. This vision sends her on a quest with a disillusioned genius named Frank Walker (George Clooney) to find the magical world of Tomorrowland.
Director Brad Bird revealed that the movie begins by asking questions about the good and bad aspects of the future.
"We begin our movie asking what did [the future] used to be? What's good about the future and what's scary about it? And we »
Though the esteemed director flirted with the opportunity of helming Star Wars: Episode VII, Brad Bird chose to follow up Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol with a wholly new sci-fi project, Tomorrowland. Ever since Disney pushed the film from its planned 2014 release, the project has remained shrouded in mystery — until now, at least.
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we now have our first look at the George Clooney-led production, including some wonderful futuristic concept art courtesy of Syd Mead (which you can check out in full below).
And while we know next to nothing about the plot, it’s understood that Tomorrowland will orbit around Britt Robertson’s Casey Newtown, a young girl living near Cape Carnveral who happens across a mysterious pin-like object. That pin essentially acts as a conduit, transporting her to a time and place in the far future.
As the plot unravels, Robertson’s character encounters Frank Walker »
- Michael Briers
It never was, but is always near, can never be seen, but will always show up—although it disappears the moment it arrives... The solution to this old riddle is simple: Tomorrow. But for those awaiting a glimpse of Disney's upcoming sci-fi/fantasy adventure Tomorrowland, the answer is not so elusive. Here's an exclusive preview of what's-to-come from the deeply shrouded new Brad Bird film. "We begin our movie asking what did used to be?" Bird says. "What’s good about the future and what’s scary about it? And we wrestle with those things in a slightly mythical way. »
- Anthony Breznican
Review: Adam Wing. Any film that opens with a conversation between Jesus Christ and a room full of bald children has to be worth watching, right? The Visitor combines stunning imagery with devilish set-pieces, alongside a top-notch cast including John Huston, Mel Ferrer, Shelley Winters and Franco Nero as Jesus. That's right, Jesus! Who could ask for more? The first exchange is priceless. When Jesus asks a mysterious stranger (The Visitor), "Has it happened again?" The Visitor replies, "Her name is Katy Collins and she will be eight years old". Then, quite brilliantly, an overzealous soundtrack kicks in, rocking the TV speakers for all their worth. Be warned. It won't be the last time this happens. A bizarre mix of The Exorcist, The Omen and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Visitor certainly has its fair share of haters, humorously dubbed by critics as ‘a turkey made of cement »
"It's not straight action and it's not straight thriller," director Christopher Nolan told Empire when discussing the tone of his new movie Interstellar. "I do liken it to the blockbusters I grew up with as a kid. A lot of them by Steven Spielberg. I don't like talking about Spielberg too much because he was the director on the project before me and I don't want to keep coming back to that, but the truth is, there's a great spirit to films like Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Jaws that I really wanted to try and capture, because I haven't seen it in a very long time." These are the kinds of words I love hearing, particularly that "I haven't seen it in a very long time" bit as Nolan recognizes the change in the cinematic landscape and wants to bring audiences closer to what he experienced with movies when he was younger. »
- Brad Brevet
Christopher Nolan's Intertellar has unveiled its final trailer.
Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Wes Bentley, Matt Damon and Michael Caine are all in the supporting cast for the film, which is based on scientific theories from physicist Kip Thorne and a screenplay penned by Nolan and his brother Jonathan Nolan.
Interstellar will open in cinemas worldwide on November 7. »
It's time to play Spot The Influence. With Christopher Nolan citing "2001: A Space Odyssey," "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind," "Jaws" and "The Right Stuff" as reference points for his upcoming "Interstellar," a promo has arrived from Down Under with all kinds of new footage, and perhaps you can see where those movies fit in. Running a minute long, this trailer/TV spot features a batch of intriguing new bits of scenes. Of course, nothing is spoiled about the plot, other than what we know — Matthew McConaughey has to travel really far to save the planet and humanity, and he'll be landing on distant planets. If there is any vibe we're getting off this, at least visually, it's '2001' though of course, once more of the story is revealed, so too will we get a better sense of the texture. "Interstellar" arrives on November 7th. Check out the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Arrow Video is thrilled to announce the release of the 1979 B-movie sci-fi/horror mash-up The Visitor, available on Blu-ray & DVD from 6th October. A bizarre blend of The Exorcist, The Omen and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Visitor was criticised and humorously dubbed ‘a turkey made of cement’, yet it has recently gone on to become something of a cult classic in its own right. The Visitor combines stunning imagery, incredible set-pieces alongside a truly jaw-dropping cast list which includes John Huston, Mel Ferrer, Shelley Winters and Franco Nero appearing as Jesus! The Visitor is the ultimate experience in B-movie madness from Ovidio G. Assonitis, producer extraordinaire and director of such deliciously guilty pleasures as Beyond the Door and Tentacles. Described by various sources as “one of the most mind-altering cinematic experiences of the 1970s” and “the Mount Everest of insane ‘70s Italian movies”, The Visitor brings together »
Filmmaker and legendary special-effects guru Douglas Trumbull gave a special demonstration at the Toronto Film Festival, screening 10 minutes of Ufotog, his high-intensity, 3-D immersive work-in-progress that he filmed at 120 frames per second. Most Hollywood movies are filmed and projected at 24 frames per second, the industry standard for almost 100 years, even though digital camera and projector technology has opened the door for much greater speeds. In 2012, Peter Jackson filmed The Hobbit at 48 frames per second—and though the film grossed more than a billion around the globe, many viewers flinched at the film’s “soap-opera” look.
Trumbull, who famously worked with »
- Jeff Labrecque
[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.] Show: "The Whispers" (ABC - Midseason) The Pitch: "Scary Kids Are Scary." Quick Response: A couple people who watched this one early indicated that "The Whispers" was really scary. It's not. At all. It fulfills the mandate that preternaturally mature and solemn children are creepy. No question about that. Particular credit to Abby Ryder Fortson, who expertly plays the creepiest of several creepy kids in the pilot. But this is too much of a slow-burn to actually be scary in the slightest. It's a bit like BBC America's "Intruders" in that respect. But really, it's a lot like a lot of things you've seen before and it's like so many of those things that nothing feels fresh enough to be shocking. There's a lot of "Invasion" and "V" in the DNA here. And because it comes courtesy of Amblin TV, it's impossible not to think of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind »
- Daniel Fienberg
The Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley have announced that Kim Newman will be presenting Giulio Paradisi’s fantastically bizarre 1979 sci-fi horror The Visitor - which stands as a completely unique fusion of horror films like The Omen and Birds with sci-fi such as Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Star Wars - on Friday 5th September at 11.45pm. The screening is part of the Scalarama series in September and the ongoing Phoenix Nights series at the Phoenix Cinema.
John Huston stars as an intergalactic 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. Multi-dimensional warfare, pre-adolescent profanity and brutal avian attacks combine to transport the viewer to a state unlike anything they’ve experienced… somewhere between Hell and the darkest reaches of outer space.
A novelist, critic and broadcaster, Newman »
- Phil Wheat
Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.
Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »
- Brian Welk
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 »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
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 »
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