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Giantscreens are almost as common as string sections in classical orchestras these days, as live movie concerts become an increasingly regular (and increasingly profitable) piece of programming around the country. And when you go to one of those concerts in Hollywood, you might just find the orchestra is conducted by one of the film’s original musicians.
That’s the case with “E.T.” when the concert screening of the film plays Sept. 4-6 at the Hollywood Bowl. Conducting the L.A. Philharmonic will be David Newman, a film composer (“Ice Age”) who was in the orchestra that recorded the John Williams score for Steven Spielberg’s 1982 favorite.
In New York, meanwhile, an October film concert of “Back to the Future” — produced, like “E.T.,” by Film Concerts Live!, a joint venture of performing arts management company Img Artists and music talent agency Gorfaine/Schwartz — will feature some 20 minutes of new music that the film’s composer, »
- Gordon Cox
When we asked our staff to vote on the best comic book movie adaptations, we were afraid the results would consist only of superhero films. While there are many superhero movies listed below, it is great to see a bulk of non-Hollywood films appearing on the list as well. We set out to compile a list of 50 movies but as it were, we ended up with 5 ties, and so the list consists 55 films instead. Let us know if you think we missed something. Enjoy!
Spielberg’s first venture into animation is one of his best. Taking notes from the classic Raiders of the Lost Ark playbook, Spielberg crafted another spirited, thrilling, and always entertaining adventure. The Adventures of Tintin is one of the most pleasurable, family-friendly experiences, that boils down to one grand treasure hunt. There’s much to admire on-screen, but it is the spectacular »
Frank Martin, the most dangerous driver for hire, returns to the big screen in The Transporter Refueled with Ed Skrein taking over for Jason Statham. Before finding out what he’s getting paid to carry this time around, take a look at the movies’ most dangerous, valuable and killer cargo. The Ark of the Covenant in 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' (1981) Indiana Jones faced off against Nazis to recover this biblical chest to prevent Hitler’s army from...
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Here's your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress -- at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a project you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. The Friendless Five Logline: Two polar-opposite sisters must come together to track down an historic treasure before it falls into the wrong hands. Elevator Pitch: "The Friendless Five" is a love letter to movies like "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "National Treasure," only with female protagonists and an Instagram-infused visual style. It all begins when excitable history teacher, Quincy Woodward, and her skeptical "math-whiz" sister, Addie, inherit a mysterious cipher from their late grandmother. After reluctantly joining forces to solve it, the two sisters soon find themselves on a perilous mission to track down a treasure of epic proportions. But can »
“Choose wisely, for while the true Grail will bring you life, the false Grail will take it from you.”
Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade screens Midnights This Weekend at The Tivoli as part of the Reel Late at The Tivoli Midnight series.
In case Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade somehow passed you by in 1989, the film opens with a scene showing a young Indiana Jones (River Phoenix) demonstrating his tenacity when uncovering grave robbers taking precious artifacts in Utah. The film begins properly when Dr Jones (Harrison Ford of course) is invited by wealthy Walter Donovan (Julian Glover) to help locate and recover the Holy Grail, said to grant eternal life to those who drink from it. But as Dr Jones soon realizes, he must rescue his Grail-expert father (Sean Connery) from the Nazis who also covet the Grail for their own evil purposes.
From the start, Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade »
- Tom Stockman
'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' 2015: Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer. 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' movie is a domestic box office bomb: Will it be saved by international filmgoers? Directed by Sherlock Holmes' Guy Ritchie and toplining Man of Steel star Henry Cavill and The Lone Ranger costar Armie Hammer, the Warner Bros. release The Man from U.N.C.L.E. has been a domestic box office disaster, performing about 25 percent below – already quite modest – expectations. (See also: “'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' Movie: Bigger Box Office Flop Than Expected.”) This past weekend, the $80 million-budget The Man from U.N.C.L.E. collected a meager $13.42 million from 3,638 North American theaters, averaging $3,689 per site. After five days out, the big-screen reboot of the popular 1960s television series starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum has taken in a mere $16.77 million. For comparison's sake: »
- Zac Gille
The organizers behind the Ithaca International Film Festival in upstate New York have released promotional artwork from comic and video game industry veteran Steve Ellis (The Only Living Boy, Green Lantern Corps). Now in its fourth year, Iifff celebrates the weird and the wild in International cinema. The annual program includes a competition of genre films from around the world as well as a retrospective showcase of cult classics and genre heavyweights. The art from Ellis, who has created the poster every year since the festival’s inception, is always one of the highlights of the buildup to the event in November.
This year’s Iifff retrospective promises to be the most skin-crawling yet with Organic Horror: Obsessions with Body Alterations. Ellis’s moody and evocative image appropriates iconography from several of the films that will be screened, including Georges Franju’s Eyes Without A Face, Andrzej Zulawski’s Possession, »
- Luke Dorian Blackwood
From the very earliest days of cinema, practical effects have been the big draw for audiences. The very first films may have wowed the crowds with images of trains pulling into a station, but it was the fantastical made real that fired the imaginations of millions, and led to film as we know it - narrative flights of fancy which have entertained and made us gasp for well over 100 years. But the last 25 years have seen practical effects fall by the wayside.
Digital effects created in a computer took over, and allowed filmmakers to dream even bigger. But practical effects are beginning to make a comeback. Some of this is due to audiences feeling the CG burnout; no longer quite believing what they’re seeing, resulting in »
To mark the release of Wolcott on 17th August, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray. Displaying the same rough, streetwise vibe as The Sweeney, Wolcott stars the charismatic George William Harris (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Layer Cake) as a tough, loner detective with a gift for rubbing people up the
The post Win Wolcott on Blu-ray appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
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
A couple of months ago on the Sound On Sight gaming podcast, Open Source, myself and Mike, one of the co-editors of the gaming section, entered into a bet. “I’ll be playing Final Fantasy Xv in 2015″, he said. Once I’d stopped laughing, the battle lines were drawn. “If Final Fantasy Xv is released in 2015, I’ll eat my shoe”, I said, and the wager was made official. If Final Fantasy Xv is released this year, I eat my shoe. If it’s released after December 31st 2015, Mike eats his. Almost instantly I felt bad. So safe seemed this bet for me, that in good conscience it wasn’t even fair to take it on. Both E3 and a brand new trailer for the game at Gamescom have been and gone since we made the wager, and we still don’t have a release date for Final Fantasy Xv yet. »
- John Cal McCormick
Writer/producer Simon Kinberg is already a trusted force at 20th Century Fox, helping oversee its X-Men and Fantastic Four movies. But he's also been involved with the new bunch of Star Wars films. He has Star Wars form, of course, having helped create the Star Wars Rebels animated series, before going on to produce it. But where does he fit in with regards Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One?
Chatting to Entertainment Weekly, he's shed some more light on the Star Wars process, and how he, original The Force Awakens writer Michael Arndt, and co-scribe Lawrence Kasdan helped come up with the stories. The stories that just happen to sit at the heart of the new trilogy, and Anthology films. »
Back in October 2012, the news that Disney purchased LucasFilm for $4 billion, and that Star Wars: The Force Awakens was put into development, sent shock waves throughout the fanboy community around the world. For the next few years, details on the highly-anticipated project were incredibly hard to come by, but in just a few months, fans will finally get to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens in theaters. One of the key players behind-the-scenes who helped put everything together is Simon Kinberg, who serves as an executive producer on the animated TV series Star Wars Rebels and is listed as a "creative consultant" on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The writer-producer recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly, where he spoke about breaking the story for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX. Here's what he had to say about the writing »
Simon Kinberg has become something of a go to guy for major blockbusters in the past few years. The writer/producer has had his fingers in Fox's Marvel properties, he helped create and produce the animated "Star Wars Rebels" series, and he's involved in the live-action "Star Wars" films. In regards to the latter though, details about his role have been decidedly murky.
Today though, in a new interview with EW, he spoke about his involvement in the upcoming "Star Wars" trilogy and the 'Anthology' spin-off films. Surprisingly he reveals that he, along with writers Michael Arndt and Lawrence Kasdan, helped break the stories for the new films during a retreat.
"Like a TV writers room, we spent a week with a whiteboard and some pens and were in a conference room all day talking about [movies] VII, VIII, and IX. But it's a whiteboard covered in our notes. We had »
- Garth Franklin
UK TV ratings roundup – data supplied by Barb
Casualty appealed to nearly 4 million viewers on BBC One last night (August 1).
Earlier from 6.25pm, an airing of Raiders of the Lost Ark averaged 3.15m (22.1%).
Over on ITV, Mamma Mia! drew an audience of 2.17m (14.9%) from 6.30pm. The Cube followed with 1.88m (10.8%).
On Channel 5, Transporter: The Series continued with 302k (1.9%), and Tut began with 859k (5.8%).
The story of the Raiders Of The Lost Ark fan film is brought brilliantly to life in this new documentary...
I love fan films. I remember the very first fan film I ever saw: Hardware Wars (a Star Wars spoof). I’ve been hooked ever since. They’ve come a long way since then, some of them nowadays boasting a production value that almost rivals Hollywood productions. When I watch, for example, the Piano Guys’ Cello Wars (which in essence, is still a fan film), I’m amazed how much fan films have evolved, but my favorites remain the older ones, like Closet Cases Of The Nerd Kind (who can forget those singing mailboxes?).
But while some fan films of that era were happy to simply parody blockbuster movies, in 1982, two kids from Ocean Springs, Mississippi, Chris Strompolos (11 years old) and Eric Zala (12 years old) set our to produce a »
Just like in the comics, next year.s X-Men film villain, Apocalypse, hails from Egypt, where he was considered to be the first mutant over 5,000 years ago. Rather than green screen this environment, the X-Men: Apocalypse crew hunkered down and built Egyptian sets from scratch, and you can see just how massive they are in the picture below. This takes me back to #raidersofthelostark #notallgreenscreen #xmen #xmenapocalypse A photo posted by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on Jul 27, 2015 at 10:08am Pdt Dirctor Bryan Singer posted this Instagram photo of himself standing in the 2016.s blockbuster.s mamoth set and peering up at a statue of Anubis, the Egyptian god of the afterlife. Although Singer didn.t provide any additional information for this picture (other than that it reminds him of Raiders of the Lost Ark), concept art from earlier in the month showed Apocalypse.s tomb being broken into, so presumably »
Carl Barks tried his hand at being an artist for Walt Disney Studios back in 1935, and began drawing there with a starting wage of 20 dollars a week. I won’t drone on with the details of his humble and hard-working life, except that he drew the first Donald Duck comic book released to the public, titled Donald Duck Finds Pirate Gold in 1942. From nearly that point on, Carl has been referred to as the “Duck Artist.” While doing Donald Duck comic books, he created a whole family and community of Duck characters to live and breathe in Donald’s world, such as his super-rich Uncle Scrooge, his 3 nephews, Huey, Louie and Dewey, constant troublemakers the Beagle Boys, and many others. If you’re like me, you know these names and »
- Jessie Robertson
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
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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