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San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has released their full schedule for Friday, July 10. For your convenience, we have pulled out all of the movie, TV and DVD related panels and events below, but you can can visit Comic-Con.org to check out the full schedule including comic book and video game panels. Take a look at all of the movie, TV and DVD events that will take place during the first day of Comic Con.
10:00am - 11:00am - Inside The Big Bang Theory Writer's Room
The Big Bang Theory writers once again open the curtain and take you behind the scenes of TV's #1 comedy. From huge guest stars to the shocking moments in the season finale (Was that a ring, my Precious? Will what happened in Vegas stay in Vegas?), find out what it takes to make the hit series each week. Join the show's executive producers and writers »
The DC Universe's next animated film, Justice League: Gods and Monsters is hitting blu-ray next month, but before it hits, you can check out the first clip from the film, showing how the alternate reality team handles the world...
I'm very excited to see what Justice League: Gods and Monsters has to offer. It's a very different take on the heroes we all know and love, and DC's animated films are almost always impressive and fun to watch. So this little adventure should be interesting indeed, especially based on this first clip:
Animation legend Bruce Timm returns to the popular DC Universe Original Movies with his unique new vision of a Justice League you’ve never seen before. "Justice League: Gods & Monsters" features a Superman born of General Zod’s blood, a Batman with a healthy dose of bat in the man, and a Wonder Woman rising from the ranks of the New Gods. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
The Lucasfilm president has joined the board of councilors of the USC School Of Cinematic Arts.
The board plays a key role in the School’s planning and development and supports its fundraising efforts.
Prior to joining Lucasfilm, Kennedy headed The Kennedy/Marshall Company, which she founded in 1992 with director/producer Frank Marshall. She co-founded Amblin Entertainment with Marshall and Steven Spielberg in 1982.
In other news, computational scientist Dr Bryan Smith has joined New Zealand marketing data and analytics specialist Movio as chief data scientist. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Gizmo from Gremlins is one of the great, iconic creatures of cinema. He's as easily recognized as Frankenstein and as lovable as E.T. and it's all thanks to a movie that's edgy enough to hook in kids and adults alike. But, in some alternate reality, Gizmo may have traumatized kids. Director Joe Dante, who has the fun new horror comedy Burying the Ex out on VOD now, recently mentioned in a Reddit Ama that they originally had very different plans for Gizmo and that it was producer Steven Spielberg who pushed for the more family friendly mogwai we've all loved for decades. He was originally supposed to turn into Stripe, before Steven Spielberg took a shine to him and decreed he should be the hero's pal for the run of the story. That sent the FX people into...
- Peter Hall
In a tradition that started in 1977 when Star Wars overtook Jaws as the domestic box office champ, besties Steven Spielberg and George Lucas have taken out trade ads congratulating each other when one manages to topple the other’s reigning B.O. record. After that first ad, Lucas took one out congratting Spielberg for E.T.’s emergence over Star Wars in 1982, but then Spielberg had a caricature of E.T. crowning R2D2 when a rerelease of the space epic overtook E.T. When Titan… »
An alien craft shaped like an artichoke? A vessel with breasts? Here's our pick of 15 of sci-fi cinema's most eccentric spaceships...
For decades, heroes have crossed the universe in rocket ships and modified light freighters. Aliens have conquered galaxies in disc-shaped craft of varying sizes.
Yes, as long as there's been science fiction on the silver screen, spaceships have captured our imagination, from the matinee serials of the 30s to the sci-fi blockbusters of the present.
We all have our own idea of what a great spaceship should look like. For some, it's Han Solo's fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon. For others, it's the more graceful USS Enterprise, or maybe the utilitarian craft of 2001: A Space Odyssey. But what about cinema's more unusual, outlandish spaceships? The ramshackle ones, the anachronistic ones, the ones that look a bit rude, or just plain scary? Those are »
We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...
This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator.
If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...
The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.
So: a hit book, another techno thriller, »
To celebrate the release of Jurassic World, in cinemas now across the globe, I’ve decided to take a trip through 5 of my favourite on-screen creations that have defied the laws of supposed reality. We’re talking those creatures that capture the imagination when they’re first seen but also made you disregard that they weren’t even real.
6. Caesar from Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) (Dir. Rupert Wyatt)
I must admit my movie mind was cautious before the re-launch of another Apes saga but once you see Wyatt’s version that came complete with Andy Serkis’ Imaginarium monkey, sorry Ape, Caesar, then the game was changed forever.
Caesar is an exceptional creation and not just as they’ve given us the believability factor but because it’s done with all the correct intentions. Gone are the days where we know there are humans under the suits, »
- Dan Bullock
This week sees the release of “Jurassic World,” the fourth film (and first in fourteen years) in the “Jurassic Park” franchise, which began with the 1993 blockbuster and at the time was the biggest film in history. It’s been fourteen years since the franchise has been on big screens, but “Jurassic World” also marks the appearance of something that’s been seen less and less often: the Amblin Entertainment logo. The studio was set up by director Steven Spielberg, who was hot off the success of “Raiders Of The Lost Ark” alongside regular producers Kathleen Kennedy (who’s now in charge of the new “Star Wars” movies) and Frank Marshall in 1981. Named after Spielberg’s 1968 short “Amblin’," and eventually accompanied by an iconic shot from “E.T.,” the company’s second release, it became the home for Spielberg’s movies and for those of his friends and collaborators, as well as »
- Jessica Kiang and Oliver Lyttelton
Unlike the 2nd Mass, which over the years has been led into battle by and large by history prof-turned-resistance leader Tom Mason, TNT’s Falling Skies has not enjoyed the best continuity of leadership.
Season 1 of the Steven Spielberg-shepherded alien-invasion drama had Mark Verheiden (Heroes, Battlestar Galactica) as its showrunner. Then for Seasons 2 and 3, Remi Aubuchon, whose resume highlights at the time included Caprica (which he cocreated), The WB’s Summerland and ABC Family’s Wildfire, then took the reins. But before Season 3 even hit the airwaves, »
As director and producer, few storytellers have utilized the wonderment and fascination (and sometimes horror) of children as points-of-entry into the wonderment and fascination of the adult world more effectively than Steven Spielberg has. Conversely, Spielberg has also masterfully used the normalized responses of children to the abnormal as an approach to disarm world-weary grown-ups. From Cary Guffey in "Close Encounters" to Henry Thomas and Drew Barrymore in "E.T." to Heather O'Rourke in "Poltergeist" to Christian Bale in "Empire of the Sun" to Haley Joel Osment in "A.I." to Dakota Fanning in "Taken" and "War of the Worlds," Spielberg has always know that there's something pure and primal in the reactions of children and that those reactions can be used to steer the reactions viewers of all ages. Steven Spielberg is one of the executive producers of ABC's new "the kids are not alright" drama "The Whispers," but his participation »
- Daniel Fienberg
Although “The Whispers” was developed by writer Soo Hugh, ABC is eager to cite Steven Spielberg’s involvement, and no wonder: This summer series is a veritable mashup of the director’s filmography — a pinch of “E.T.” here, a dollop of the Spielberg-produced “Poltergeist” there, and a soupcon of what might be called “Invisible Encounters of the Kid Kind.” None of that takes away from the modest enjoyableness of the show, which drips clues over the first three episodes, as kids interact with an “imaginary friend” only they can see. Less imagination is required to see “The Whispers” hooking enough viewers to make some noise.
The program opens on a creepy note, with a 6-year-old girl luring her mom up to a tree house, where the woman experiences a harrowing fall. The case catches the attention of an FBI agent, Claire Bennigan (Lily Rabe), who specializes in children, and begins »
- Brian Lowry
Need a song of the day? How about a Song Of The Summer? Keep up with HitFix daily for your music fix. Listen to Jamie xx's "I Know There Gonna Be (Good Times)" featuring Young Thug and Popcaan about one hundred times, and discover something new to love each time. My favorite parts are the backbeats and melodic rounds, like at 1:30, and those soft synths that sound like furry steel drums. The Persuasions' "Good Times" sample is both integral and stands alone, as Jamie separates even the key of his song from its source. What may stand out on impact is Thug's rhymes, and the overall silly, gross vibe to his game. "She gon' get on top of that d*** / she gon' squish it like squish." "Watch her come to my lights like a reindeer." "I'mma ride in that p*ssy like a stroller." It's like 'hounding is »
- Katie Hasty
Though the calendar dawn of summer is still a month away, the 2015 summer movie season is already in full swing. So far, it’s off to a pretty strong start: whether you’re looking for a new tentpole release from Marvel, the thunderous return of a long-dormant franchise, or some brainy sci-fi, the multiplex has got you covered. All the same, it’ll take a number of other surprises and successes before 2015’s blockbuster season earns the same hallowed reputation as 1982’s “Summer of Spielberg.” E.T., Star Trek II, and Rocky III all landed within a two-week span of one another, making for a summer slate so crowded that even the year’s 8th highest-grossing film, Poltergeist, could seem like an afterthought.
- Sam Woolf
"They're here!" The original Poltergeist looms large in modern popular culture, the 1982 film having grown in stature over the years to the point where it's considered a classic of the haunted house genre. Indeed, the original is a very good thriller that pushed the ratings boundary of the time and added a welcome layer to the reputation of Steven Spielberg, credited as a writer and producer (though long rumored to have lent a heavy hand to director Tobe Hooper). Released in the same year as E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, the film presented the flip side of suburban life, focusing on the paranormal terrors that plague a family in California. The remake moves the action to an anonymous suburban development in Illinois, where the Bowen...
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The argument over who directed Poltergeist - the credited Tobe Hooper or producer and co-writer Steven Spielberg - weirdly reflects the tone of the 1982 hit, which starred Craig T. Nelson as a father who moves his family into a California suburb built on a Native American burial ground. The film melds some genuinely strange and galvanizing images of the home rebelling against its new owners with a healthy dose of the thoughtful family dynamics that made E.T. and Close Encounters of the Third Kind so distinct. In a way, one could see Hooper as the malevolent, unbound spirit trying to burst through the veneer of Spielberg's impeccably designed environs and relatively mild strain of sentimental hokum. [caption id="attachment_461657" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Associated Film[/caption] Both Hooper, the ingenious wild man behind The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and Spielberg are obsessives when it comes to the realms of the supernatural onscreen, clearly versed in creature features, »
- Chris Cabin
Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg on the Oscars' Red Carpet Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Spielberg has taken home two Best Director Oscars: Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). Schindler's List also won Best Picture, but Saving Private Ryan lost to John Madden's Miramax-distributed Shakespeare in Love. There was quite a bit of animosity at the time, as some felt that Miramax, owned by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, overdid its Oscar campaigning – while still managing to sway enough Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members to vote for its film. Somewhat ironically, at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony Steven Spielberg presented the Best Picture Award to The King's Speech. Toplining Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce, and Claire Bloom, this British production was »
- D. Zhea
Lots of filmmakers can say Steven Spielberg influenced them. But there are select few who can point to a more direct interaction. One such example is Let’s Be Cops Luke Greenfield who has just seen a long-gestating script called Destiny bought by DreamWorks.Not much is known about the basic concept beyond the pitch line reported by Deadline: a supernatural love story about a struggling designer who must overcome his fears and uncertainty. But the connection runs much deeper than a deal with Spielberg’s company.It was born from the then 16-year-old Greenfield’s mother writing to Spielberg enclosing copies of her son’s Super 8 movies and asking the man behind E.T. and Jurassic Park if he thought Greenfield had what it took as a filmmaker. Spielberg responded with a two-page letter of encouragement and advice and that led Greenfield to a career in films. Fast-forward to »
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. 1982 is the Best Movie Year Ever. How do I know this? Well, it's not just that it contains an absolutely perfect comedy with the name "My Favorite Year." It's that it contains so many different movies that you could consider the best ever of their particular type. In "E.T.," it has the best kids movie ever (and perhaps Steven Spielberg's best movie ever, depending on your preferred flavor of Spielberg). In "Tootsie," it has perhaps the best movie comedy ever (the AFI ranked "Some Like It Hot" one spot higher in its top 100 comedies list, but since this year also has "Victor/Victoria," I say you combine the two gender-benders to outmuscle Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis). In "Diner," it has the »
- Alan Sepinwall
The next DC animated adventure is Bruce Timm's Justice League: Gods and Monsters, and Warner Bros. have given fans their first look at the blu-ray release with a trailer and details on the bonus features coming with it. Come inside to learn more!
Having just gotten back from Star Wars Celebration, there's understandably a lot of things I need to catch up on. Last week, the first trailer and details on the Justice League: Gods and Monsters blu-ray were revealed...but I couldn't get to it at the time. Even so, with as impressive as Batman vs. Robin was, I simply Have to show this to you guys.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Warner Bros Animation and DC Entertainment present an all-new animated feature film from the innovative vision of renowned producer and animator Bruce Timm, Justice League: Gods & Monsters, on July 28, 2015. The DC Universe Original Movie, which will include never-before-seen bonus content, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
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