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This weekend, as you search for a movie to watch, you can either go see Need for Speed or pick one of approximately 14 billion choices available to stream over a variety of services, be it Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, On Demand, or various rental options. Every Friday, Vulture tries to make life easier by narrowing it down to a handful of hearty recommendations. This week, we've loaded the best of video-game-inspired features, including a horror adaptation, a making-of documentary, and a sci-fi film that sheds light on the future of gaming.Cloak & DaggerThirty years ago, kids movies put their preteen protagonists in danger. The Goonies, Flight of the Navigator, SpaceCamp — fantastical adventures where death is still a risk. Cloak & Dagger remains the most fearless film of that run. Capitalizing on the growing popularity of video games, the kid-centric espionage thriller pits E.T.'s Henry Thomas against a squad of »
- Matt Patches
The stars of Warner Bros rom-com Blended, set for release on May 23, will receive the honours at the Las Vegas convention on March 27.
“Is there anyone who isn’t in love with Drew Barrymore, one of the most captivating and incredibly talented actresses of our time?” said CinemaCon managing director Mitch Neuhauser.
“With phenomenal box office success as an actor, writer and producer, Adam Sandler has brought some of the most entertaining and hilarious comedies of the »
It’s hard to make a comeback in Hollywood — unless you’re swine.
In which case, the industry may embrace you. Just ask Miss Piggy. Nearly 40 years after she made her showbiz debut, the diva has never been more in demand. She recently appeared on the final episode of Jimmy Fallon’s “Late Night,” singing a melancholy song with her Muppets pals; dished about her love life on “The Bachelor”; and sipped Lipton tea in an Oscars ad. The weekend of the ceremony, she popped up on an E! fashion segment, dressed in a frock designed by Vivienne Westwood, and attended a pre-Academy Awards QVC party, where she entered via cabana lifted by four shirtless hunks. Then the situation got a little sticky. According to tabloid reports, Piggy shoved Joan Rivers into a cake backstage, and Rivers emerged at the party with frosting in her hair.
Like any shrewd publicity-seeking celeb, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Washington, March 11: Drew Barrymore has revealed that she feels she isn't a good actor.
While talking about TCM show 'The Essentials' which she co-hosts with Robert Osborne, the 39-year-old Golden Globe winner said that doubts her acting skills and doesn't consider herself a good actor, Us Magazine reported.
- Lohit Reddy
She's been acting since age 3, hails from a long line of Hollywood legends, and has around 65 acting credits to her name, but Drew Barrymore certainly doesn't have a high opinion of her dramatic gifts. In a recent New York Times article about the TCM show The Essentials, which she co-hosts with Robert Osborne, the Golden Globe winner, 39, opened up about her career and mentors. The pregnant-again star named her E.T. director and godfather Steven Spielberg as her top advisor throughout her career. "Steven told me, [...] »
Fox is dusting off West Side Story, the 1961 musical that won 10 Academy Awards, based on hints that Steven Spielberg is interested in developing the property for a big-screen remake. Deadline initially reported the news, which focuses equally on the role DreamWorks CEO Stacey Snyder might play if she jumps studios, and sources familiar with the project confirm to EW that wheels are in motion to make West Side Story available for the legendary director as a possible “passion project.”
Spielberg has never made a musical, and West Side Story is one of the most acclaimed movie musicals of all time. »
- Jeff Labrecque
I typically don’t like to speak for anyone but myself, but I think it’s pretty safe for me to assume that you, like me, are totally excited about the impending arrival of Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla reboot, set to stomp its way into theaters on May 16th. In fact, I can pretty much guarantee that you’re feeling the same way I’m feeling, right about now.
But alas, we must wait.
While we all patiently await the arrival of the ‘King of the Monsters,’ now is a better time than any to take in the sights and sounds of giant monster movies past. Sure, waiting sucks, but we hope this list will help make the countdown a little less painful, and whole lot more fun.
Here are 10 recent giant monster movies to hold you over, and get you in the proper mood for Godzilla 2014!
- John Squires
If you are a movie watcher of any intensity, chances are you have heard many musical scores from the great John Williams, who is most famous for his scores for the films of Steven Spielberg and for the Star Wars franchise. Many of his themes have become iconic in popular culture, from the majestic theme for Superman to the imposing Imperial March for Darth Vader.
Film music has a way of conjuring up powerful memories of the movies from which it originates. Someone listening to a longing French horn playing the Force theme and building to a powerful crescendo will instantly picture the binary sunset on Tatooine from Star Wars. The soaring flying theme from E.T. will summon an image of a bicycle flying across the moon, or a simple, but ominous, two note stab instantly inspires anxiety in people as they picture a shark fin protruding from the water. »
- Daniel Rafacz
Finding Nemo encompasses a tremendous amount of positive imagery that makes up Disney and Pixar’s populous appeal. From learning how to trust family and friends, to overcoming biggest fears and obstacles, Finding Nemo understands how to tap into the audience’s heartstrings and neatly ties in a meaningful message for the viewer to take home. Yet with every good side, there is a dark presence that even Disney can’t back away from. Like many Disney films, from Bambi to Frozen, Finding Nemo deals with a story whose basis stems from a broken household struggling with a great deal of separation. Why does Disney cling onto threads of such despair and heartache? Perhaps it’s a factor many can relate to. Or perhaps it’s a working formula that sweetens the arc of a happy ending. Either way, separation is a tapped fountain of which Hollywood has dipped into time after time again. »
- Christopher Clemente
There are a number of "Star Wars" references in Steven Spielberg's "E.T." This was both a product of the time (it was produced in between "Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi," at what was arguably the height of Jedi-mania) and a reference to the deeply felt friendship between "E.T." director Steven Spielberg and "Star Wars" creator George Lucas (the year before the two had teamed on minor art house hit "Raiders of the Lost Ark"). But thanks to a keen theorist on Reddit, which was picked up and expounded on by Buzzfeed (since Reddit and Buzzfeed are the ying and yang of pointless Internet time-wasting), a new theory has emerged... One that will blow your mind all over your office wall.
- Drew Taylor
John Williams, the cinema's most widely and wildly celebrated composer, is a nominee again this year for The Book Thief (you can download some sheet music from the score here). He is 82 years old but in a delightfully senior twist, he is only the third oldest nominee (after June Squibb and Patricia Norris). IMDb's database for composers is very confusing so I can't share "number of original scores" but his feature film career, starting with Daddy-o (1958) and continuing on through the The Book Thief (2013), is prolific and highly regarded with more presumably to come since the Indiana Jones and Star Wars franchises are still alive and so is he.
John Williams conducting "The Book of Thief" score in a recording session
His Oscar record is the closest anyone's ever come to total Academy infallibility (if you discount the people who only made one or two pictures). In the past 46 years, »
- NATHANIEL R
As we continue to move forward through the list, let us consider: how do you define an original screenplay? In theory, everything is based on something. Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine is basically a modern A Streetcar Named Desire. But, somehow, Jasmine is classified as an original screenplay. When a film is wholly original, nothing like it had been done before, and others have tried to copy it since. Plenty of original screenplays (some in this list) take on tired genres, but flip the script. But the ones that really catch the audience by surprise are the ones that feel imaginative, creative, and different.
40. Spirited Away (2001)
Written by Hayao Miyazaki
That’s a good start! Once you’ve met someone, you never really forget them. It just takes a while for your memories to return.
- Joshua Gaul
Drew Barrymore celebrates her 39th birthday today! The child-star turned A-list actress first got her big break playing Elliott’s adorable little sister, Gertie, in the 1982 film "E.T." After starring in "E.T.," Drew went on to earn a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the 1984 film, "Irreconcilable Differences." After sky-rocketing to fame, Drew’s sudden stardom led to an increasingly troubled childhood. Drew proclaims that she began drinking alcohol at age 11, smoking marijuana at age 12, and snorting cocaine by the age of 13. This constant pre-teen partying landed Drew in rehab when she was only 14-years-old.But she made a comeback! Drew solidified herself as a scream queen after appearing in the slasher film, "Scream," in 1996.Since appearing in the '90s thriller Drew went on to star in rom-coms like "The Wedding Singer," "Never Been Kissed" and "50 First Dates" -- Barrymore's pretty much America's sweetheart these days. »
- tooFab Staff
Drew Barrymore turns 39 today! She entered our lives as Gertie in 1982's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and has since made a name for herself as one of the biggest actresses in Hollywood. Despite hitting some hard times as a teenager, Drew picked herself up and has come a pretty long way since her days as a child actress, rebellious teen, and '90s romantic-comedy icon. Even though Drew has lived her life in the spotlight, there are probably still some things you don't know about her. Scroll down to read all the interesting facts, and let us know which ones surprise you most. Source: Getty View Slideshow › »
- Brittney Stephens
Joe Dante‘s The ‘burbs, which turns 25 tomorrow, was a nice way to end a decade filled with a nostalgia for the simple 1950s idea of suburbia as well as a trend towards uncovering terrible things amidst the modern ideal of perfection of the new suburbia of tract house developments. In the latter camp, there’s Poltergeist and Gremlins, both produced by Steven Spielberg (whose own E.T. nearly fits) with the latter helmed by Dante (who’d go on to make another suburbia tale almost 10 years later with Small Soldiers). The ‘burbs is, more than its ’80s brethren, a satirical leveling of the former camp, particularly the early TV sitcoms re-introduced to a new generation through Nick at Nite and update spin-offs like Still the Beaver/The New Leave It to Beaver. The movie, fittingly, was shot on the same cul-de-sac neighborhood lot at Universal Studios as that Leave It to Beaver sitcom sequel and co-stars Corey Feldman »
- Christopher Campbell
Beyond the Marquee visits the Drew & Bob: The Masters Of Movie Art museum exhibit that features original illustrations and fine art of iconic artists Bob Peak and Drew Struzan. Drew Struzan's 40 years of commercial art work for such popular film as Star Wars, E.T., Indiana Jones, The Muppets movies, Back to the Future, Hook, Harry Potter and Blade Runner, has made him one of the most recognizable and influential pop culture artists in Hollywood history. George Lucas refers to Drew as "The only collectible artist since WWII." Frank Darabont says "The images Drew renders become part of that film's iconography and history, just as important in some respects as the film itself, and sometimes better." "What Drew does isn't really distilling the elements of a movie," says Guillermo del »
- Pietro Filipponi
“Buy a Bag, Go Home in a Box.” You have no idea how thrilled I am to report that one of my absolute favorite horror movies of the Nineties, Popcorn, will get a fully-loaded special edition Blu-ray sometime around Halloween this year courtesy of Synapse Films.
For the uninitiated, Popcorn is a love letter to the golden age of b-movies in the guise of a fun slasher flick about film students putting on an all-night bad movie horror film festival; a master-of-disguise maniac begins killing them off during the show via twisted takes on old school movie theater gimmicks.
The true highlights are the fake movies-within-the-movie lovingly paying homage to the b-movies of the Fifties and Sixties: The Amazing Electrified Man, The Stench, and Mosquito!
As much as I’ve had a major soft spot for Popcorn since seeing it in theaters opening weekend, I clearly don’t love it »
If you ask any horror fan what their top home video labels are, Synapse Films and Scream Factory will always reign supreme. Both cult companies have an impressive roster of catalog releases that’ve given them the reputation they have today, with an equally exciting slate of forthcoming releases that include Suspiria, Nightbreed, Prom Night, Ginger Snaps, and so much more.
Read on below for the full details straight from Synapse and Scream below!
Fans of 80s horror, grindhouse and women-in-prison films are in for a special treat as we are releasing the rare and long-lost 1985 exploitation film Hellhole this Summer on Blu-ray & DVD for the very first time!
Those of you who have seen this film know what fun it is. And »
- Justin Edwards
“Popcorn, the 1991 cult classic starring Jill Schoelen (The Stepfather, Cutting Class), Malcolm Danare (Christine, Heaven Help Us), Dee Wallace (E.T. the Extra-terrestrial, The Frighteners, The Lords of Salem) and Tom Villard (One Crazy Summer, My Girl) is coming to Special Edition Blu-ray and DVD from Synapse Films, Inc in 2014!
This release will give fans a brand-new 2K restoration of the film, taken directly from original vault materials. Supplementary materials from Michael Felsher’s Red Shirt Pictures will round out the exciting package. While the line-up of bonus materials has not yet been finalized, it will feature a retrospective documentary on the making of and legacy of Popcorn along with more extra features currently in the planning stages. »
- Jonathan James
Feature Ryan Lambie 20 Jan 2014 - 06:27
John Carpenter's The Thing was panned by reviewers in 1982. We take a look at the angry critical reaction and the later reassessment...
It's the summer of 1982, and director John Carpenter is on the cusp of releasing his latest movie, The Thing. For the 34-year-old filmmaker, the release marks the end of a major undertaking: the culmination of months of shooting on freezing cold sets and snowy British Columbia locations, not to mention the execution of complex and time-consuming practical effects scenes.
Carpenter was understandably proud of the results: after the independent such independent hits as Assault On Precinct 13, Halloween and Escape From New York, this was his first studio movie (for Universal) and also his most expensive to date, with a budget of around $15m. And while The Thing had appeared in cinemas before (in the guise of Howard Hawks and Christian Nyby's 1951 sci-fi shocker, »
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