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Star Trek: The Motion Picture is the Black Sheep of the Franchise

22 July 2016 8:29 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

With marketing for Star Trek Beyond calling back to it, we look back at The Motion Picture.

As the Enterprise crew gets set to boldly go where no man has gone before in Star Trek Beyond, an opportunity arises to look at the first big screen adventure of Captain James T. Kirk and Spock. Star Trek Beyond has certainly embraced Star Trek: The Motion Picture as the posters deliberately call back to the film. Why would Star Trek Beyond want to draw comparisons to what is widely considered to be the black sheep of the franchise? Perhaps they envision Trekkies far and wide are nostalgic and nostalgia is the hottest commodity in town.

Left: Star Trek Beyond (2016) Right: Star Trek The Motion Picture (1979)

Bringing back the franchise and appeasing fans aside, Star Trek: The Motion Picture is an abhorrent film. Paramount was excited to launch a Sci-fi film that was more in line with Close Encounters of the Third Kind or »

- Max Covill

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'Stranger Things': How Netflix's Retro Hit Resurrects the Eighties

21 July 2016 6:30 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

It's one thing to set a TV series in the 1980s; it's a whole other thing, however, to make it feel like it was actually shot during the Reagan-and-Rubik's-Cube era. Matt and Ross Duffer's new Netflix series Stranger Things is full of nostalgic nods to the decade and its pop-cultural products, but it's also uncommonly rigorous about getting the details just right — whether it's the many pitch-perfect music cues, the hat-tipping nods and homages to Eighties movies, or simply nailing the cringeworthy fashion statements of the day (those Mom jeans! »

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Pick Your Poison: The Hallmark Homages of Stranger Things

21 July 2016 4:03 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Daniel Crooke here. For the past two weeks, I've walled myself off from any pop cultural offering that doesn't include the letters Lgbt while working around the clock at Outfest Los Angeles, our seminal, international queer film festival here in the City of Angels. Naturally the only external filmic force strong enough to infiltrate this border includes the words Winona Ryder. Slay, queen, slay.

I too have taken a long, hungry taste of the ananchronistic (and extra-colorful) Kool-Aid that is Netflix's '80s-set Stranger Things, the sci-fi outing that investigates a humdrum Indiana small town as a local young 'un mysteriously disappears in their midsts without warning. Much has been made of the homage-heavy layers that bake into its Spielbergian, Carpenteresque, Lynchian, and Stephen King-adjacent baklava; although the reason it succeeds beyond the hat-tip recipe can be found within the rich, nitty gritty filling of its heart-achingly true familial dynamics, »

- Daniel Crooke

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How Stranger Things Evoked Familiar Things (E.T.! Goonies! Freddy!) While Delivering Fresh, Fun Thrills

19 July 2016 6:50 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Stranger Things were happening this past weekend for those who sampled and wound up bingeing all eight episodes of Netflix’s new drama series.

(Basic plotline/mild spoilers follow, until I announce otherwise. And I will announce otherwise.)

VideosStranger Things: Watch a Trailer for Winona Ryder Supernatural Drama

Created by brothers Matt and Ross Duffer (who cowrote a few episodes of Wayward Pines) and set in a small Indiana town circa 1983, Stranger Things revolves around the vanishing of a young boy, Will Byers , which comes on the heels of something escaping from a local, “secret” government lab lorded over by Dr. »

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Veteran Hollywood Publicist David Horowitz Dies at 86

18 July 2016 11:21 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Influential Hollywood publicist David Horowitz, who worked with the biggest names in movies, music and politics including Barbra Streisand and Bill Clinton, died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles, his wife Lynn confirmed. He was 86.

Among the impressive list of talent he worked with were Woody Allen, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bette Davis, Kirk Douglas, and Steven Spielberg. In his later years, he worked as an Oscar strategist on numerous successful campaigns.

Horowitz began his association with Streisand starting with “Funny Girl” and continued through her films such as “Hello, Dolly!” and “What’s Up Doc?” Horowitz also worked on promoting high-profile films including “The Graduate,” “The French Connection” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

He headed several divisions at Rogers & Cowan and headed publicity (first in film, then in TV) at Warner Bros. in the 1970s for a decade, where he also helped develop the Warner Bros. Studio Tour. »

- Pat Saperstein

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Review: ‘Stranger Things’ is Still Waiting for Something New, To Make It Feel Alive

15 July 2016 12:05 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

During the buildup to “Stranger Things,” the Indiana-set Netflix original series was a bit hard to describe. Sure, it was about a group of kids searching for their missing friend who disappeared under suspicious circumstances, but what kind of show was it? “Was it a horror show? A kids’ show? A drama with kids but made for adults? Sci-fi that looked like a drama? Could my kids watch it? But would I like it? Wait — is that Winona Ryder?”

Well, after watching just a few minutes of The Duffer Brothers’ (as Matt and Ross Duffer dub themselves) eight-episode original series, it’s immediately clear what it is: It’s the PG-rated ’80s movie that would land a PG-13 today — your “Jaws,” “Indiana Jones,” and, yes, “E.T.” and 1977’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

The latter two examples are what the brothers draw from specifically (those and, oddly enough, “Halloween »

- Ben Travers

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Review: ‘Stranger Things’ is Still Waiting for Something New, To Make It Feel Alive

15 July 2016 12:05 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

During the buildup to “Stranger Things,” the Indiana-set Netflix original series was a bit hard to describe. Sure, it was about a group of kids searching for their missing friend who disappeared under suspicious circumstances, but what kind of show was it? “Was it a horror show? A kids’ show? A drama with kids but made for adults? Sci-fi that looked like a drama? Could my kids watch it? But would I like it? Wait — is that Winona Ryder?”

Well, after watching just a few minutes of The Duffer Brothers’ (as Matt and Ross Duffer dub themselves) eight-episode original series, it’s immediately clear what it is: It’s the PG-rated ’80s movie that would land a PG-13 today — your “Jaws,” “Indiana Jones,” and, yes, “E.T.” and 1977’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

The latter two examples are what the brothers draw from specifically (those and, oddly enough, “Halloween »

- Ben Travers

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New Marvel Show That Sounds Like The Plot Of ‘Midnight Special’ In The Works At Fox

12 July 2016 2:19 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

**”Midnight Special” spoilers ahead** Now, before you hit the comments section in a rage that Marvel isn’t ripping off anybody and that Jeff Nichols‘ “Midnight Special” wears its influences (“Close Encounters Of The Third Kind,” “Starman“) on its sleeve, you’re right, it does. In fact, it could be viewed as something like the Superman story […]

The post New Marvel Show That Sounds Like The Plot Of ‘Midnight Special’ In The Works At Fox appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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The Furniture: The Spy Who Loved My Supertanker

11 July 2016 8:30 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

1977 is our "Year of the Month" for July. So we'll be celebrating its films randomly throughout the month. Here's Daniel Walber...

Looking back at the films of '77, the clear production design stand-out is Star Wars. It won the Oscar and changed the world, though not necessarily in that order. Science fiction was crossing over, pushed even further by fellow nominee Close Encounters of the Third Kind. But why talk about harder sci-fi when you could focus on the futuristic gadgetry and technological excess of the James Bond franchise?

The Spy Who Loved Me is a remarkable showcase for legendary production designer Ken Adam, who passed away earlier this year. He built models of the Pyramids, a cavernous office for the head of the Kgb and a decadent underwater lair for nefarious shipping magnate Karl Stromberg (Curt Jurgens). But the real showstopper is the interior of the Liparus supertanker, the »

- Daniel Walber

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Steven Spielberg's Fascination With Aliens Will Continue With 'The Fall'

8 July 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Steven Spielberg has a thing for movies about aliens. Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. and War of the Worlds are the biggest examples, but they can also be found in some of his less popular movies like Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Even 1941 is a satire of the real evening an unidentified flying object over Los Angeles lead to mass military confusion. Heck, even the final evolution of robots in A.I. look like aliens. So, yeah, extraterrestrials are kind of Spielberg's thing, and we are totally okay with that because he does incredible things with the material. And soon we'll be able to add another project to this already impressive list. Spielberg's company, Amblin Partners, has just bought The Fall written by relative newcomer...

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- Peter Hall

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‘Stranger Things’ Review Roundup: Critics Praise The Spielbergian ‘80s Nostalgia Thriller

8 July 2016 9:57 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Stranger Things” is a new eight-episode Netflix original series starring Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers, a mother living in Hawkins, Indiana whose son vanishes into thin air under very suspicious circumstances. The Matt and Ross Duffer-created thriller is considered “a love letter to the supernatural classics of the ’80s,” and critics are going wild for it.

“‘Stranger Things’ is nothing if not a surprising, sometimes scary, moving and successful homage to the era of Spielberg’s ‘Et’ and the 1980s themselves – as well as the films of the great John Carpenter,” says Deadline’s Dominic Patten in his video review. “Yes, there are a lot of clichés in ‘Stranger Things,’ but like outdoor string lights, they all hold together. They also cast a warm glow on the sheer enthusiasm and respect the series has for those who have come before and a very particular time in America’s recent »

- Liz Calvario

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‘Stranger Things’ Review Roundup: Critics Praise The Spielbergian ‘80s Nostalgia Thriller

8 July 2016 9:57 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Stranger Things” is a new eight-episode Netflix original series starring Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers, a mother living in Hawkins, Indiana whose son vanishes into thin air under very suspicious circumstances. The Matt and Ross Duffer-created thriller is considered “a love letter to the supernatural classics of the ’80s,” and critics are going wild for it.

“‘Stranger Things’ is nothing if not a surprising, sometimes scary, moving and successful homage to the era of Spielberg’s ‘Et’ and the 1980s themselves – as well as the films of the great John Carpenter,” says Deadline’s Dominic Patten in his video review. “Yes, there are a lot of clichés in ‘Stranger Things,’ but like outdoor string lights, they all hold together. They also cast a warm glow on the sheer enthusiasm and respect the series has for those who have come before and a very particular time in America’s recent »

- Liz Calvario

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‘The Bfg’ Flops: Has Steven Spielberg Lost His Blockbuster Touch?

3 July 2016 11:29 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In 1975, Steven Spielberg ushered in the modern blockbuster era when “Jaws” terrified audiences and smashed box office records.

It was a time when American directors were offering up smaller, more intimate looks at crime, politics and society, such as “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Dog Day Afternoon,” two of the year’s other big hits. But Spielberg went in the opposite direction. He was a maximalist. His work promised spectacle, of the kind that needed to be enjoyed on the big screen.

Over the ensuing decades, no director has maintained a firmer grasp of popular tastes. “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”  and “Jurassic Park” were popcorn movie totems for a generation of film lovers and Spielberg became synonymous with summer blockbuster season.

“If you ask anyone across the country or around the world to name a director, he’s at the top of the list, »

- Brent Lang

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Review: The Bfg, Steven Spielberg's Infectious Sense of Play Returns to the Fore

30 June 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Once upon a time Steven Spielberg was the fabulist of our time. Looking at Close Encounters of the Third Kind or E.T or even Jurassic Park and A.I., you could see a sense of wonder and playfulness in his filmmaking, a childlike enthusiasm that never felt pandering or out of place. While the last few years have seen Spielberg in production mode for megafranchises (i.e. Transformers) and whittling away at history (Lincoln, Bridge of Spies) his true flights of fancy have been less overt. Save for an underappreciated The Adventures of Tintin, we've been seeing a lot more of a serious side of the director. It's all the more fitting, then, that The Bfg finds Spielberg returning to his overtly childish ways, finding a particularly genuine...

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The Preview Reel: Can Tarzan Purge the Bfg?

29 June 2016 2:12 PM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Welcome to another “Preview Reel” column, where we look at the week’s upcoming wide release movies. Every year, the Fourth of July holiday always provides movie going audiences with some of the year’s biggest blockbusters, and while this year might seem a little tamer than years past, there are still some interesting options. David Yates looks to put his own spin on the classic Tarzan tale with The Legend of Tarzan, Steven Spielberg brings Ronald Dahl’s classic book to life with The Bfg, and the Purge gets political with Purge: Election Year.

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Harry Potter is one of the most successful movie franchises of all time, so it’s no surprise that Warner Bros. would trust veteran Harry Potter director David Yates with another one of their summer tentpoles. Yates directed the last four Potter installments, including the best received of the series, »

- Scott Davis

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JoBlo Movie Trivia Quiz: Steven Spielberg

29 June 2016 8:16 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Welcome to JoBlo's Whizzpopping Movie Trivia Quizzes! There aren't too many directors out there who can boast the amount of iconic blockbusters that Steven Spielberg can. Jaws, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, and Saving Private Ryan, just to name a few among many. Spielberg has tackled many different genres over his long career, all with that Spielberg touch, and his... Read More »

- Kevin Fraser

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Roland Emmerich’s next sci-fi Moonfall lands at Universal

25 June 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Fresh from destroying the world again with Independence Day: Resurgence, Roland Emmerich will be at it once more with next project Moonfall, with Deadline reporting that Universal has snapped up his spec script for a seven-figure sum.

Written by Emmerich, his regular collaborator and destroyer of worlds Harald Kloser, and Spencer Cohen (Extinction), Moonfall “is best described as Emmerich’s 2012 mashed together with Close Encounters of the Third Kind, following an unlikely band of misfits who must unite to save humanity when the moon falls out of orbit and hurtles towards earth.”

In addition to co-writing, Emmerich will direct the film and produce with Kloser, marking their seventh film together after The Day After Tomorrow, 10,000 BC, 2012, Anonymous, White House Down and Independence Day: Resurgence.

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- Gary Collinson

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The 5 Most Ridiculous Things About ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’

24 June 2016 5:12 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It would be fun to think that “Independence Day: Resurgence” is as godawful as a lot of people want to say it is — that it’s the “John Carter” of bombastically overscaled paramilitary ’90s-nostalgia alien disaster flicks. But seriously, it ain’t that bad. (And let’s be honest: The 1996 original isn’t that good.) It’s a greasy high-cheese blockbuster served up by people who know (mostly) what they’re doing — which is to say, director Roland Emmerich, in the 20 years since “ID4,” has not lost his touch for shamelessly grandiose and derivative sci-fi schlock spectacle. That said, a movie like this one wouldn’t be a movie like this one if it didn’t offer at least a few invitations to giggle at it. Viewers, of course, are free to choose their own, but just to get you started, here are the 5 most ridiculous things about “ID4: Resurgence. »

- Owen Gleiberman

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'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Richard Dreyfuss ('Madoff')

24 June 2016 4:51 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

"I always knew this was what I was gonna do," says the film and television actor Richard Dreyfuss as we sit down to record an episode of the 'Awards Chatter' podcast. The 68-year-old made his name with a string of terrific performances in great films of the '70s: George Lucas' American Graffiti (1973), Ted Kotcheff's The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1974), Steven Spielberg's Jaws (1975) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and Herbert Ross' The Goodbye Girl (1977). But the rest of his life and career — leading up to his most recent and acclaimed portrayal of

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- Scott Feinberg

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Roland Emmerich Returns to Space For ‘Moonfall,’ Adam Scott Joins ‘Flowers,’ and More

24 June 2016 12:17 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

While Independence Day: Resurgence isn’t going over as well as the original, we found some things to appreciate. Nonetheless, Roland Emmerich is already gearing up for another sci-fi mammoth. Deadline reports Emmerich is teaming up with long-time collaborating writer Harald Kloser for Moonfall, which the pair wrote together in 2012 with screenwriter Spencer Cohen. Apparently a mix between Emmerich’s own 2012 and Spielberg’s Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, Moonfall’s titular event is quite literal as a band of misfits must unite to save our planet and everyone on it when the moon drops from orbit and plummets towards Earth.

There’s no dates attached to the project, but it has been fast-tracked by Universal and will be co-produced by Emmerich and Kloser. In the meantime, read our review of Independence Day: Resurgence and watch a video essay on why the original has held up after 20 years.

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- Mike Mazzanti

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