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Offering something to offend viewers from many walks of life, Craig Anderson's Red Christmas uses Jesus' birthday as an occasion for an abortion-themed slasher pic whose boogeyman happens to have Down syndrome. The literal-minded may also take offense at the film, and not just because its Yuletide horrors are being delivered in the dog days of summer. But some horror buffs will appreciate this irreverent little gorefest, especially those with a nostalgic soft spot for topliner Dee Wallace, the scream queen of The Hills Have Eyes and The Howling (not to mention E.T.) who remains impressively prolific even as she »
- John DeFore
For the past five seasons, the Best Drama editing winner has gone on to win the Best Drama prize as well. So if you want a potential barometer for this year’s big prize, the three crucial editing nominees are “Stranger Things,” “Westworld,” and “Better Call Saul.”
This doesn’t mean that “The Crown” or “The Handmaid’s Tale” won’t win Best Drama, but it’s noteworthy that they weren’t among the editing nominees. Neither were “House of Cards” or “This Is Us,” the other Best Drama nominees, as “Stranger Things” and “Better Call Saul” each got nominated for two episodes.
However, while “Better Call Saul” significantly saw Jimmy (nominated Bob Odenkirk) getting more Saul-like from “Breaking Bad,” it’s very much the dark horse. The real smackdown is between the dueling sci-fi newcomers, “Stranger Things” and “Westworld.” Both have their advantages (the Upside Down versus the robot »
- Bill Desowitz
Steven Spielberg has directed many memorable movies during his long career, but E.T. The Extra Terrestrial remains one of his most iconic. To this day, it's one of his best-reviewed movies, currently holding a 98 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. One of the most iconic moments from the classic 80s sci-fi family flick, of which there are many, is the ending, which is just about as perfect as it gets. But according to star Robert MacNaughton, the ending was almost quite a bit different.
The actor, who plays Elliot's older brother in the movie, recently spoke with Yahoo in honor of E.T. celebrating its 30th anniversary. While speaking about the ending, Robert MacNaughton revealed that the original ending was quite a bit different than what ultimately made the cut. It was originally going to involve another Dungeons and Dragons game, as well as confirming that Elliot was still in contact with the movie's titular, »
In the first of the two posts it is confirmed that former Jessica Jones actress Susie Abromeit will be portraying Ray Palmer’s mother in the 80’s. This is set to take place in Episode 4 of the new season, with the plot focusing upon Ray’s dark past, building upon the lighthearted character we now know today.
As well as playing Hogarth’s girlfriend, Pam, in the previously mentioned Jessica Jones, Abromeit has also had roles in Battle Los Angeles, Chicago Med and Devious Maids. The episode will be titled ‘Phone Home,’ a direct reference to the Spielberg classic, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
This won’t be the only classic movie reference this season however as it appears Ray Palmer is set to get a DeLorean, »
- George Chrysostomou
- Mansoor Mithaiwala
This year’s one-hour series Emmy contenders for cinematography are marked by some bold sci-fi and dystopian disruptors: “Westworld,” “Stranger Things,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “The Man in the High Castle” (last year’s winner), “Mr. Robot, and Sense8.” With dazzling visuals, they explored the impact of tyranny and hate, of societies turned upside down, struggling for a greater humanity.
That leaves “The Crown” as the lone historical drama. But it too was a disruptor of sorts in the way that it showcased the symbiotic relationship between the monarchy and Parliament in post-war Great Britain, steered by the young Queen Elizabeth (nominated Claire Foy) and the old warhorse, Winston Churchill (nominated John Lithgow).
But don’t be surprised if it comes down to a race between the dueling dystopias: “Westworld” and “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
- Bill Desowitz
E.T. star Henry Thomas, “Grey’s Anatomy” grad Elizabeth Reaser and Hush‘s Kate Siegel have joined Netflix’s “Haunting of Hill House”, reports THR. Ordered straight to series, the 10-episode project is described as a modern re-imagining of Shirley Jackson’s classic 1959 novel and centers on four people living in an 80-year-old mansion. They join recently cast Michel Huisman and Carla […] »
- Brad Miska
A few more names are checking into Netflix's Haunting of Hill House series.
Ordered straight to series, the 10-episode project is described as a modern reimagining of Shirley Jackson's classic 1959 novel and centers on four people living in an 80-year-old mansion. The newly added trio's roles are being kept under wraps.
- Kate Stanhope
The ’burbs can be one spooky place to live. Megan Freels Johnston's The Ice Cream Truck release details, trailer, and poster leads today's Horror Highlights! Also: Camp Cold Brook casting details, Blu-ray / DVD release details for The Lift, the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride announcement, Red Christmas theatrical info, and the new Wtf! trailer.
The Ice Cream Truck Trailer and Release Details: Press Release: "Writer-director Megan Freels Johnston’s suburban nightmare The Ice Cream Truck will hit theaters August 18 and be released day-and-date on VOD via Uncork’d Entertainment. A new trailer and poster have been released to coincide with the release.
The provocative psychological thriller stars Deanna Russo (Being Human, Gossip Girl) as Mary, who moves back to her suburban hometown after her husband gets relocated for work. As her family ties up loose ends back home, she moves into their new house alone. And although the move makes Mary nostalgic for her youth, »
- Tamika Jones
Sean Wilson Aug 4, 2017
Cinema's most esteemed and popular film composer, John Williams, turned 85 this year (you might have seen the recent spectacular BBC Proms concert in his honour). Careers don't come more astonishing than that of Williams, nominated for 50 Academy Awards which puts him second only to Walt Disney for the most ever.
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However it's all too tempting to boil Williams' career down to the more obvious highlights: Star Wars, the Indy trilogy, Superman, E.T., Jurassic Park and the like. In truth, he's a far more versatile composer than many like to give him credit for, and he's much more than just a big themes guy. »
Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers, and Pennywise Horror Plushies from Funko kick off today's Highlights. Also, we have a look at images from Red Christmas, trailers for The Domicile, Fate, and Cuties, and ending today's feature, we have VOD release details for Whispers.
Funko's Horror Plushies: "From Funko: “Plushies: Horror S1
Some horror characters might give you nightmares, or chase you around the neighborhood, but these won’t. They are horrifically cute!
Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, and Pennywise are now joining the Funko plush line.
Add them all to your collection this Summer!
Coming in September!”
Red Christmas Images: "Press Release: "Philadelphia, Pa - Artsploitation has released the first images for their upcoming release of the Australian horror film Red Christmas. Genre icon Dee Wallace (The Hills Have Eyes, The Howling, E.T., Cujo, Critters) stars as the stressed-out mother of a squabbling family, gathered together in »
- Tamika Jones
Dave Lawrie Aug 16, 2017
Fancy a film that mashes up Reservoir Dogs and The Usual Suspects, with a few song and dance numbers? Step this way...
Film is such a diverse medium that it is possible to call yourself a fan without ever venturing out of your favourite genre. Hell, it is perfectly acceptable nowadays to add 'films' to your list of hobbies by watching nothing more than the output of the McU. Getting some people to venture into the wonderful world of foreign cinema can admittedly be a tall order. We’ve all met one, right? The 'I go to the cinema to watch, not to read!' crowd. That’s fine. There is nothing wrong with having your entertainment packaged as you like it.
Blade Runner 2049, directed by Denis Villeneuve, and Ridley Scott's Blade Runner (1982) have two main common threads - Hampton Fancher as co-screenwriter (with Michael Green and David Webb Peoples respectively) and Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard. Ryan Gosling joins Ford with Ana de Armas, Robin Wright, Sylvia Hoeks, Jared Leto, Edward James Olmos, Lennie James, and Mackenzie Davis, to catapult us 30 more years into the future.
In our conversation at Café Loup in New York on Hampton's birthday, Escapes director Michael Almereyda shared his memories of seeing Blade Runner on opening night in Montana, the year that Steven Spielberg's E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial took off. Hampton had alternate titles in mind for Blade Runner and says that "dreaming is »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
There’s no denying that Steven Spielberg has had a massive impact on pop culture for decades, and perhaps the ultimate living document of this fact will end up being the 2018 film “Ready Player One,” based on the fan favorite novel by Ernest Cline and seeped in references to classic ’80s pop culture, while also depicting a grim view of the future.
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During the Warner Bros. presentation at Comic-Con on Saturday, July 22, the legendary director (making his third-ever appearance in Hall H) was asked why he was fascinated by Cline’s novel. “It’s the most amazing flashforward and flashback at the same time — to a decade I was very much involved in as well as a future that I think is out there awaiting all of us whether we like it or not,” he said. »
- Liz Shannon Miller
"There's nowhere left to go... Nowhere, except the Oasis." Warner Bros has debuted the first teaser trailer for Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Ready Player One, the geeky novel about a kid in the future who logs into a virtual reality world and plays games to win the ultimate prize. I'm so excited to finally see something from this, and I still can't believe Spielberg is actually directing. Young actor Tye Sheridan stars as Wade Watts, known in the gaming world as Parzival. The cast includes Mark Rylance as the game's creator, James Halliday, as well as T.J. Miller, Ben Mendelsohn, Simon Pegg, Olivia Cooke, Lena Waithe, Letitia Wright, and Kae Alexander. There's some great references to The Iron Giant, Back to the Future, and E.T. of course, and this is only just the first tease. Dang I'm hyped for this!! Very excited to see more. Here's the first teaser »
- Alex Billington
Steven Spielberg spent much of the last decade directing family adventures (“Tintin,” “The Bfg”) and historical dramas (“Bridge of Spies,” “War Hors,e” and “Lincoln”). You’d have to go back to “War of the Worlds” in 2006 to find the last pure Spielberg science-fiction blockbuster. Fans of “E.T.,” “Jurassic Park,” “Minority Report” and “AI Aritical Intelligence” fans have been waiting for sci-fi Spielberg to return, and he’s finally ready with next summer’s “Ready Player One.”
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Based on the dystopian science-fiction novel of the same name by Ernest Cline, “Ready Player One” is set in 2045 in a world damaged by global warming and an energy crisis. The population turns to a virtual reality known as The Oasis to escape the decaying world. The simulator’s creator has buried easter eggs inside the virtual-reality world, promising his fortune to whoever finds them all. »
- Zack Sharf
Artsploitation has released the first images for their upcoming release of the Australian horror film Red Christmas. Genre icon Dee Wallace (The Hills Have Eyes, The Howling, E.T., Cujo, Critters) stars as the stressed-out mother of a squabbling family, gathered together in a remote Outback estate on Christmas Eve. Their petty dramas threaten to blacken the holiday until a mysterious and deformed stranger appears at the door seeking bloody vengeance.
Veteran television director and actor Craig Anderson makes his feature debut with Red Christmas, combining the banal horror of family gatherings with the issues of abortion, feminism, ethics, religion and privacy, with a blood-splattered twist on what happens when secrets refuse to stay dead. Dee Wallace headlines as Diane, a matriarch presiding over the gathering of her squabbling grown children on Christmas Day. Tensions give way to terror when a deformed stranger appears at the door with vengeance on his mind. »
- Phil Wheat
It's been 35 years since E.T. first phoned home in Steven Spielberg's E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, and you can celebrate the film's anniversary with a new limited edition 4K Ultra HD / Blu-ray set from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (just make sure you're stocked up on Reese's Pieces).
Press Release: Universal City, Calif., July 13, 2017 -- In 1982, acclaimed director Steven Spielberg created iconic movie magic with his classic film, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, the unforgettable and emotional adventure of an adorable alien lost on Earth and the lonely boy who befriends him. Winner of four Academy Awards®, including Best Music, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial has become a cinematic touchstone for generations of moviegoers and one of the most beloved films of all time. Now, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment celebrates the film's original theatrical release with a special gift set, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 35th Anniversary Limited Edition on 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray™ + Digital available »
- Derek Anderson
In the annals of cinematic conspiracy theories, the story that Steven Spielberg was the actual director of the 1982 horror classic “Poltergeist,” is one that many people are willing to believe is true. At the time, Universal‘s contract with Spielberg prevented him from making another movie as he prepared “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” and yet he found himself on the set of “Poltergeist,” which was being helmed by Tobe Hooper.
- Kevin Jagernauth
The question of who actually directed “Poltergeist” has been haunting curious viewers for as long as the movie itself. Tobe Hooper is officially listed as having done so, though it’s long been suspected that co-writer and -producer Steven Spielberg was the true helmer; due to a clause in his “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” contract, however, Spielberg wasn’t technically allowed to direct anything else while preparing his kid-friendly classic.
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“It was a very intense, very fun, very technical movie to work on. There’s a lot going on. And candidly… Steven Spielberg directed that movie. There’s no question,” says John Leonetti, whose brother Matt was the film’s cinematographer. Leonetti, who directed “Annabelle” as well as the upcoming “Wish Upon, »
- Michael Nordine
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