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What does Thomas Newman have to do to win an Oscar? The composer has been nominated 12 times over a span of 20 years, but he's still waiting for his first win. This year he wrote the score for the Cold War drama "Bridge of Spies." Will 13 be his lucky number? -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions "Bridge of Spies" marks Newman's first collaboration with Steven Spielberg, who usually works with legendary composer John Williams. That fruitful partnership resulted in multiple Best Score nominations for Williams and three wins: "Jaws" (1975), "E.T." (1982) and "Schindler's List" (1993). But now Williams is their rival, competing as the composer of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." Can Newman take down one of cinema's most celebrated composers? The Oscar is one of the few awards boxes Newman has yet to check off his wi »
This Sunday, the Force will be with choral students and orchestra nerds around the world. The 2015 American Music Awards will pay homage to the imminent release of the newest Star Wars installment, The Force Awakens, and the series' legendary score composer John Williams by enlisting the chart-topping group Pentatonix. The vocal quintet will lend its pristine harmonies to a medley of the Star Wars score backed by a full orchestra.
The a cappella group, winner of Season 3 of the reality competition The Sing-Off, is known for its ebullient and inventive »
33 years ago today, at age 7, Drew Barrymore hosted “Saturday Night Live,” making her the youngest ever host of the NBC sketch comedy show. She still holds that record today, and she’s hosted the show five additional times since. Her 1982 gig on the show came five months after the release of “E.T. the Extra-Terrestiral.” She reprised her “E.T.” role when she played a homicidal Gertie on “SNL.” Above she’s pictured in the iconic healing E.T. pose with “SNL” cast members Tim Kazurinsky, Gary Kroeger, Brad Hall and Joe Piscopo. As for the second and third youngest “SNL” hosts, Macaulay Culkin and Fred Savage hold those titles, respectively. Other notable November 20 happenings in pop culture history: • 1955: Rock and roll pioneer Bo Diddley made his television debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” • 1959: “The Twilight Zone” episode “Time Enough at Last” — featuring first aired. It featured Burgess Meredith in his »
- Emily Rome
On November 17th (the 37th anniversary of Life Day) Abrams ComicArts released Star Wars: The Original Topps Trading Card Series, Volume One, the first in a series of books reprinting all of the Topps trading cards for your perusal. We sat down and talked with the authors, Gary Gerani and Robert V. Conte, over their love of collecting, the historical value of preserving memorabilia, and where they think Star Wars will head in the future.
ComicMix: How was your experience working with Topps and Abrams ComicArts on this book?
Gary Gerani: Fine. The editors at Abrams were terrific. Most of the people connected with the project were fans, people who wanted this book as much as buyers did.
Robert V. Conte: Abrams didn’t have much of the content needed for this first volume. Surprisingly, neither did Topps. Fortunately, I have a massive Star Wars collection including the »
- ComicMix Staff
Henry Selick to team with Key & Peele for new animated stop-motion film
It has been awhile since director Henry Selick made Coraline, one of the better animated films in years, and he has been looking to move on to a new project. While Disney and Laika have both passed on The Shadow King by Selick, it looks like a famous duo will help the director get his next project made.
According to Variety, Key & Peele are set to help create a new animated feature with Selick that will be called Wendell and Wild. The site adds that the project is in the early stages with the duo and Selick ironing out creative details while looking for a distributor at the moment.
Selick spoke about the project, telling Variety that:
“‘Wendell and Wild’ is a comedy about two scheming demon brothers who must face their arch-nemesis, the demon-dusting nun Sister Helly, »
- Zach Dennis
Screenwriter whose triumph with E.T. won her a place among the greats of cinema
The screenwriter Melissa Mathison, who has died aged 65 of neuroendocrine cancer, had only a handful of credits to her name. But the fact that one of them was E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) guaranteed that her name was enshrined in cinema history. It was in 1980 that the director Steven Spielberg suggested to her the story of a being from outer space who becomes stranded on Earth. Mathison was visiting her then partner, the actor Harrison Ford, in Tunisia during filming on Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark. “We were driving through the night across the desert and we started talking about it,” Mathison recalled. “It was just beautiful, empty desert, with this incredibly starry sky. It was two o’clock in the morning, just Harrison and Steven and I. It was very exciting.”
John Sayles had already »
- Ryan Gilbey
This Q&A is part of Us Weekly's 2015 Holiday Movie Preview. How do you keep a secret of intergalactic proportions? “We make people feel really bad if they leak anything,” co-producer Kathleen Kennedy tells Us Weekly of the hotly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens (in theaters Dec. 18). The head of LucasFilm and Oscar-nominated producer of movies like E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and The Sixth Sense slipped Us a few details about new leads Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega), the possibility of twin characters, [...] »
Melissa Mathison, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter who wrote screenplays for filmmakers as varied as Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, and Frank Oz, has passed away after a battle with neuroendocrine cancer. She was 65 years old. Although her filmography showcases a command of several genres, she will forever be known as the woman who wrote E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. […]
- Jacob Hall
Veteran screenwriter Melissa Mathison has died of neuroendocrine cancer at the age of 65. Mathison was most famous for writing E.T., though in the course of her three-decade career she also penned The Escape Artist, Indian in the Cupboard, and Kundun. Her most recent script was a reunion with Steven Spielberg on the upcoming Roald Dahl adaptation The Bfg. Unlike many writers, Mathison was a frequent presence on the E.T. set, and worked closely with the film's young cast. "In 1982 I was not yet a parent, but was a stepmother, and had been a consummate babysitter and an older sister," she told The New Yorker in 2012. "The kids in E.T. can be directly linked to kids I knew. I even stole some of my little friends’ best lines: i.e. 'penis breath.' What adult woman could have thought of that?" Mathison got her start in Hollywood thanks to a connection »
- Nate Jones
Steven Spielberg directed the 1982 classic "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial," but he couldn't have brought the iconic character to life without screenwriter Melissa Mathison. Mathison died Wednesday, November 4 after an illness, her brother Dirk Mathison confirmed to Variety. She was 65.
In addition to her Oscar-nominated screenplay for "E.T." -- for which she also received an associate producer credit -- Mathison wrote scripts for "The Black Stallion," "The Escape Artist," "The Indian In The Cupboard," Martin Scorsese's "Kundun," and the upcoming Spielberg movie "The Bfg," which is in post-production.
Mathison was also married to actor Harrison Ford for more than 20 years, from 1983-2004, and they have two children together, Malcolm and Georgia.
"She was a lovely woman, and it's a great loss," De Fina told Deadline. "She was a wonderful writer. The project was about the Dalai Lama but »
- Gina Carbone
It is with great sadness that we must report the death of Melissa Mathison, the screenwriter of Steven Spielberg’s classic 1982 movie E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. Mathison was just 65, and passed away following a long illness.
Mathison was nominated for an Academy Award for her work on E.T. and is also responsible for scripts for Kundun, The Indian In The Cupboard, and Steven Spielberg’s upcoming adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Bfg.
Mathison was also married to Harrison Ford, though they divorced in 2004. The writer passed away from neuroendocrine cancer on November 4th, and is survived by her two children.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends at this time.
- Paul Heath
Some sad news.
Mathison, throughout her career, was careful about picking and choosing her projects, and thus has a surprisingly small number of screenplays to her name. She penned, for instance, The Indian In The Cupboard's script, a section of Twilight Zone: The Movie, and Martin Scorsese' Kundun. She also worked on the English language translation of Studio Ghibli's Ponyo.
Rest in peace, Melissa Mathison. Our thoughts are with her family and friends. »
Hollywood has lost another big, important piece today, and this one is going to sting quite a bit, especially for those of you who came of age in the early 1980s. Melissa Mathison, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Steven Spielberg.s beloved E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial, has passed away at the age of 65. Mathison, who was also married to Harrison Ford for more than twenty years from 1983 to 2004.the pair had two children together.died on Wednesday in Los Angeles after battling an undisclosed illness, her brother, Dirk Mathison, told Variety. In a statement released after her death, Spielberg, who credits Mathison with much of the success of E.T., said: Melissa had a heart that shined with generosity and love and burned as bright as the heart she gave E.T. The two worked closely together on the concept for E.T., and Mathison also filled the role of »
Updated with quotes from Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy and Kundun producer: Melissa Mathison, the screenwriter behind what is arguably Steven Spielberg’s most beloved film, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, died today after a long illness. She was 65. “Melissa had a heart that shined with generosity and love and burned as bright as the heart she gave E.T.," Spielberg said in a statement. Born in Los Angeles in 1950, Mathison broke into Hollywood in 1979 with her script for… »
Sad news for genre fans of all ages. Melissa Mathison has passed away today at the age of 65. She is perhaps best known as the screenwriter behind director Steven Spielberg's blockbuster smash hit E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, which arrived in theaters in the summer of 1982. She succumbed to a long illness reports Deadline.
Melissa Mathison was a graduate of Uc Berkeley, and a native of Los Angeles, born in the city in 1950. She was 29 years old when she first broke big in Hollywood, providing the hit film The Black Stallion with its screenplay way back in 1979. From there, she would write E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, which opened the same year as her film The Escape Artist, which starred Raul Julia, Desi Arnaz and Teri Garr.
Melissa Mathison, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Steven Spielberg's 1982 classic E.T.: the Extra-Terrestrial, died Wednesday in Los Angeles, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. She was 65. Mathison's writing credits also include The Black Stallion (1979), The Escape Artist (1982), Indian in the Cupboard (1995), Kundun (1997) and her most recent collaboration with Spielberg, The Bfg, now in postproduction and set for release in 2016. "Melissa had a heart that shined with generosity and love and burned as bright as the heart she gave E.T.,” Spielberg said in a statement. The screenwriter, a native of Los Angeles, was
- Natalie Stone
Melissa Mathison, the woman who coined the phrase, "E.T. phone home" ... has died. She was 65 years old. Mathison wrote the screenplay for the 1982 classic and was married to Harrison Ford for more than 20 years. Her brother confirmed she died Wednesday in L.A. after an illness, according to reports. She and Ford had two children together ... Malcolm and Georgia. Melissa also wrote screenplays for blockbusters like "The Black Stallion," "The Indian In The Cupboard, »
- TMZ Staff
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial screenwriter and Harrison Ford’s ex-wife Melissa Mathison has passed away, her brother Dirk Mathison confirmed to Variety. The Oscar-nominated screenwriter was 65. According to Entertainment Weekly, Mathison died in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Nov. 4, from complications of neuroendocrine cancer. Photos: Stars gone too soon "Melissa had a heart that shined with generosity and love and burned as bright as the heart she gave E.T.,” Spielberg said in a statement to THR. Mathison was married to the Star Wars actor, 73, from 1983 to 2004, after [...] »
Melissa Mathison, screenwriter for “E.T.,” “The Black Stallion” and Martin Scorsese‘s “Kundun,” died Wednesday in Los Angeles after an illness. She was 65. Mathison was married to “Star Wars” actor Harrison Ford from 1983 to 2004 and they had two children together. The Oscar-nominated writer recently wrote the screenplay for Steven Spielberg‘s Roald Dahl adaptation of “The Bfg,” after working with the filmmaker on “E.T.” in 1982, for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. “The Bfg” is currently in post-production. Also Read: Christopher Lee, 'Count Dracula' and 'Lord of the Rings' Star, Dead at 93 “Melissa had a heart that shined with. »
- Debbie Emery
Melissa Mathison, who was Oscar-nominated for original screenplay for Spielberg’s “E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial” and also wrote “The Black Stallion,” died Wednesday in Los Angeles after an illness, her brother Dirk Mathison confirmed. She was 65.
She recently reunited with Spielberg to write the screenplay for Roald Dahl adaptation “The Bfg,” which is in post-production. Mathison, who was married to Harrison Ford from 1983 to 2004, had two children with the actor, Malcolm and Georgia.
Spielberg, who worked closely with Mathison on the concept for the film, described her input on a DVD special edition, “Melissa delivered this 107-page first draft to me and I read it in about an hour. I was just knocked out. It was a script I was willing to shoot the next day. It was so honest, and Melissa’s voice »
- Pat Saperstein
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