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You’d be hard-pressed to name an honor that John Williams hasn’t won. The “Star Wars,” “Harry Potter,” “Indiana Jones” and “Jaws” composer has won five Academy Awards, four Golden Globes, seven BAFTA Awards and 23 Grammys; his 50 Oscar nominations are second only to Walt Disney. He just added another feather to his cap, however, as Harvard has seen fit to grant him an honorary doctorate in music.
The occasion was marked by a tribute performance from the Din and Tonics, an all-male a cappella group from the school. Their medley included selections from “Superman,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” and “Star Wars,” among others; even if you find a cappella excruciating, it’s a cool tribute.
- Michael Nordine
Call them the Dp disruptors: “Legion,” “Stranger Things,” “Westworld,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and “Taboo.” It’s one thing to be for cinematography to be cinematic, but quite another to provoke. Here’s a look at the cinematography that was used to explore the impacts of tyranny and hate, of societies turned upside down and against humanity.
After re-imagining “Fargo” as a nightmarish crime anthology, Noah Hawley stripped the superhero iconography out of Marvel’s “Legion” by concentrating on schizophrenia and paranoia. Dan Stevens’ troubled mutant, David Haller, proves to be an unreliable narrator, unable to grasp the difference between reality and imagination, who meets the girl of his dreams (Rachel Keller) in a mental hospital and discovers that his psychological instability is a result of special telepathic power.
- Bill Desowitz
“Okja” rebounded from technical glitches to score with audiences during its Cannes Film Festival press screening on Friday.
Reviews haven’t hit yet but the fantasy adventure was earning comparisons to “E.T.” and Roald Dahl on Twitter moments after the credits rolled on the film. Critics and media were reaching for adjectives like “visionary” and “endearing.” The film is directed by Bong Joon-ho, the visionary filmmaker behind “Memories of a Murder” and “The Host.” There were a few naysayers who said that the story of a girl trying to save her creature pal from a greedy corporation didn’t quite cohere. It is one of two Netflix movies premiering at this year’s festival.
Cannes Apologizes For ‘Okja’ Screening Technical Glitches
The film was projected for more than six minutes in the wrong aspect ratio while audience members booed and stomped their feet until it was fixed. The negative »
- Brent Lang
Let’s face it: product placement is everywhere. Subtle to not-so-subtle advertisements wheedle their way into TV shows and movies so often that these days we barely blink at them. Then again, sometimes it’s just too glaring to ignore.
We may be streaming lifetime movies on Netflix or watching the newest blockbuster on the big screen when we encounter these product placement crimes. Even some of our most beloved films commit them. The following list details some of the most shameful product placements in our favorite movies:
1. Captain America Civil War– Audi (2016)
Image credit: Carscoops.com
When Marvel released an Audi ad spliced with scenes of the Captain and Black Panther chasing Bucky through congested traffic to its Youtube page, many fans felt frustrated by the obvious sell-out. The association between Audi and the film didn’t end there for fans; watching the real chase sequence without seeing Audis »
- The Hollywood News
Close-Up is a column that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. John Carpenter's Christine (1983) is showing May 4 - June 3 and Starman (1984) is showing May 5 - June 4, 2017 in the United Kingdom.ChristineWas it too dark? Too bleak? Too gory? Did it have the misfortune of opening when American moviegoers were flocking to E.T.? Either way, when John Carpenter's The Thing landed in the summer of 1982, with an apocalyptic cliffhanger and the most surreally grotesque, tactile, gooey monster effects you never realized could be put on film, it fizzled. "It was hated," Carpenter later recalled at a screening in Los Angeles. "Hated by fans. I lost a job. People hated me. They thought I was this horrible, violent—" He trailed off and joked, "And I was." The audience laughed, because by now The Thing's exalted place in movie geek culture is secure: an exquisitely paranoid horror classic and arguably the crown »
Ryan Lambie May 17, 2017
Swiss artist Hr Giger sadly died in 2014, but his legacy lives on in Alien Covenant, as Ryan explains...
Nb: The following contains major spoilers for Alien: Covenant.
If Prometheus strongly hinted at the fact, Alien: Covenant pretty much confirms it - Ridley Scott's Alien prequels are primarily about David, the android played by Michael Fassbender. Introduced as the unblinking space butler to billionaire industrialist Peter Weyland, David proves to be Prometheus' mischievous catalyst and most charismatic character: obsessed with Lawrence Of Arabia, quietly resentful of the human crew, and wont to experiment on them using the black space goo (or pathogen) he finds on Lv-223.
Alien: Covenant deepens David's backstory a bit further, reintroducing the synthetic as an embittered genius with daddy issues and a god complex. »
Ryan Lambie May 23, 2017
When E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial emerged in 1982, its childlike alien melted hearts everywhere. At the Cannes Film Festival, where Steven Spielberg's film was screened out of competition, E.T. got a standing ovation, its audience clapping for a full 15 minutes as the final credits rolled. At a royal gala screening, Princess Diana reportedly cried so much that she had to be whisked away to have her makeup fixed by her aides.
As E.T. smashed attendance records, eventually topping Star Wars as the highest-grossing film up to that point, the sci-fi drama's classic status seemed assured. The performances from the child cast, including Henry Thomas as the lead, Elliott, »
The summer of 1982 was an amazing season for movies. On the same weekend in late June, for example, Ridley Scott's Blade Runner opened opposite John Carpenter's The Thing. Both were overshadowed by the blockbuster success of Steven Spielberg's E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial at the box office, but all three remain fan favorites. Fast forward 35 years later and we're eagerly awaiting a sequel to one of those sci-fi classics: Blade Runner 2049. One reason for our excitement is that Denis Villeneuve is directing. He broke out on the international scene with Incendies, which nabbed an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, following that up with kidnapping thriller Prisoners, intense mystery Enemy and the action-packed suspense thriller Sicario. Most...
- Peter Martin
The summer of 1982 was an amazing season for movies. On the same weekend in late June, for example, Ridley Scott's Blade Runner opened opposite John Carpenter's The Thing. Both were overshadowed by the blockbuster success of Steven Spielberg's E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial at the box office, but all three remain fan favorites. Fast forward 35 years later and we're eagerly awaiting a sequel to one of those sci-fi classics: Blade Runner 2049. One reason for our excitement is that...
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I enter through a grand wooden door of a mansion in Monterey, CA - we're talking Big Little Lies status with sweeping views of the Pacific in front of me. I'm there to interview Drew Barrymore, who is in the midst of an elaborate photo shoot for Barrymore Wines, a wine label she has developed in partnership with Carmel Road. She has just released the 2016 Monterey Rosé of Pinot Noir ($23), a wine I'll try while catching up with the ever-quotable actress. As I step into the foyer, Drew cuts across the room, half sandwich in hand to take her lunch break. She stops upon recognition and draws me in for a hug. "It's been a year," Drew sighs. "What a year it's been," I echo. Last April, we sat at a sunny window seat, sipped Rosé a little too early in the day, and discussed everything but her relationship status »
- Anna Monette Roberts
Gravitas Ventures has released the first trailer and poster for Score: A Film Music Documentary, which is in theaters on June 16th. Music is an integral part of most films, adding emotion and nuance while often remaining invisible to audiences. Director Matt Schrader shines a spotlight on the overlooked craft of film composing, gathering many of the art form's most influential practitioners, from Hans Zimmer and Danny Elfman to Quincy Jones and Randy Newman, to uncover their creative process. Tracing key developments in the evolution of music in film, and exploring some of cinema's most iconic soundtracks, "Score" is an aural valentine for film lovers.
What makes a film score unforgettable? Featuring Hans Zimmer, James Cameron, Danny Elfman, John Williams, Quincy Jones, Trent Reznor, Howard Shore, Rachel Portman, Thomas Newman, Randy Newman, Leonard Maltin, and the late James Horner and Garry Marshall, Score: A Film Music Documentary brings Hollywood's elite »
Simon Brew Apr 28, 2017
The actors whose role in a film was shot, but chopped out of the final cut...
What I’ve tried to find here is a mix of reasonably known and less known instances of an actor being cut out of a film after they’ve filmed sequences for it. I’ve also tried to get to the reason they were left out as well.
Whilst all this may still sound like an exercise in clickbait, being cut out of a production does have a consequence beyond ego hurting a bit. For the side effect »
It’s no surprise People’s World’s Most Beautiful women have incredibly accomplished careers, but one thing that sets these stars apart is the raw talent they displayed at an early age. From #Tbt photos to home videos, we gathered all the evidence we’ll ever need to prove that they’ve been destined for stardom since birth.
Years before she was named the world’s highest-paid model, Crawford smoldered in this high school photo.
Julia Roberts had yet to land an acting role when she auditioned for a soap opera in 1985. However, it’s »
- Maggie Malach
Before they starred in blockbusters and hit shows, these actors were honing their skills via some pretty hilarious (in retrospect) ad campaigns.
Take a look back at who tried to sell us everything from soda to tampons in their pre-a-list days.
Dressed as a dancer, Cox and her unforgettable haircut “told it to us straight” about Tampax in the ’80s.
Long before repping Jim Beam, a bubbly Kunis appeared in commercials for Telephone Tammy, Glitter Hair Barbie and Lisa Frank.
Affleck played an optimistic would-be suitor equipped with a car phone in a 1989 Burger King ad. »
- Lydia Price
Artsploitation Films to distribute Australian abortion horror-comedy in the Us.
Director and producer Craig Anderson’s film’s Us premiere has yet to be announced, but a limited theatrical run is set for August and DVD/Blu-ray and VOD releases are scheduled for October.
The film centres on a mother (Dee Wallace) as she tries to protect her family from a deformed and vengeful intruder in the Australian outback.
Artsploitation Films president Ray Murray said: “We are excited to release this over-the-top, deliriously entertaining genre film. With its odd anti-abortion angle, it could very well be the first horror film of the Trump era!”
Devilworks president Samantha Richardson said: “’We are thrilled to be working with Artsploitation »
In today's Horror Highlights, we have release details for Asylum of Darkness and Chupacabra Territory, a new poster for Hounds of Love, details on Ghost Brothers moving to Destination America, acquisition info on Red Christmas, and details on MondoCon 2017.
Woelfel’s stirring cocktail of supernatural suspense and goosebump-inducing horror features a superlative cast of sci-fi and horror icons including Golden Globe nominee Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica), in one his final film appearances.
Tim Thomerson (Trancers, Near Dark, Nemesis) and Tiffany Shepis (12 Monkeys, Tromeo and Juliet, Tales of Halloween) also star in the movie, a striking, spine-tingling horror jaunt, shot in 35mm, that resembles the works of genre icons Lynch and Cronenberg.
After awakening in a mental asylum, a patient plans his escape to freedom while »
- Derek Anderson
With the glut of Stephen King novels adapted into movies during the early-to-mid 1980s, it became all too easy for certain films to fall through the cracks. It was even easier, in fact, when so many of those movies were high-profile productions made by A-list directors like Stanley Kubrick, David Cronenberg, and John Carpenter. One can understand how a movie like Mark L. Lester’s Firestarter, an adaptation of King’s 1980 novel of the same name, wound up getting overlooked. I’m guilty of it myself, having seen the movie and promptly filed it with the other middle-of-the-pack Stephen King movies. Luckily, Scream Factory has a new Blu-ray that has me reconsidering my opinion and hopefully will allow other horror fans to rediscover a really cool film.
- Patrick Bromley
Artsploitation Films has announced that it has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to the controversial Australian horror Red Christmas starring scream queen icon Dee Wallace (The Hills Have Eyes, The Howling, E.T., Cujo, Critters, Halloween, The Lords of Salem).
“We are excited to release this over-the-top, deliriously entertaining genre film,” said Artsploitation president Ray Murray. “With its odd anti-abortion angle, it could very well be the first horror film of the Trump era!”
“We are thrilled to be working with Artsploitation and couldn’t think of anyone better to release such a striking exploitation film,” added Devilworks president Matteo Rolleri. “Red Christmas sits among the classics; it is kinetic, untamed and saturated in gore.’’
Check out the trailer and synopsis here…
- Gary Collinson
After premiering at last July’s Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, Artsploitation Films acquired Red Christmas (read our review), directed by Craig Anderson. The movie stars The Hills Have Eyes, The Howling, E.T., Critters, Halloween, The Lords of Salem and Cujo’s Dee Wallace as well as Geoff Morrell, Sarah Bishop, and Janis McGavin. A troubled matriarch must defend her family when a mysterious stranger […] »
- Brad Miska
Even some of the biggest fans of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial aren't aware of Harrison Ford's cameo. And for good reason, as it was cut from the finished movie. But now the true story behind this legendary missing footage is being told by those who were there, and it all comes courtesy of Entertainment Weekly and their annual reunion issue.
You might think to yourself, where could Harrison Ford have shown up in E.T.? Was he Dee Wallace Stone's unseen Halloween date? Was he part of the research team? No. He was supposed to be part of the iconic frog escape that comes midway through the movie. Alas, his role in this scene has gone unseen for over thirty years.
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