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With Halloween right around the corner, we're counting down the days by posting five facts about our favorite fright flicks.Today's featured film is "Poltergeist" (1982).1. Many believe there is a curse associated with the film.Heather O'Rourke, who played Carol Anne Freeling, died of intestinal stenosis just four months before the release of "Poltergeist III." Dominique Dunne, who played the teenage daughter, was strangled by her boyfriend and died in 1982, the same year as the film’s release. Her character was away at school in the sequel. Julian Beck, who played Kane in "Poltergeist II," also passed away between filming the movie and its release. He had been battling cancer for well over a year.2. The hands which pull the flesh off of the investigator’s face were actually Steven Spielberg's. 3. Drew Barrymore was up for the role of Carol Anne, but Spielberg wanted someone more "angelic." However, her »
- tooFab Staff
In recognition of the most influential filmmaker of our time, Steven Spielberg, Universal Pictures International Entertainment are giving 2 lucky winners the chance to win a collection of eight of his unforgettable films on Blu-ray™!
For the first time ever a collection of eight memorable films from three-time Academy Award® winner, Steven Spielberg, has been put together in the form of the Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection which is Out Now. Don’t miss your chance to win this amazing collection.
Steven Spielberg’s distinguished career on the Universal backlot dates back more than 40 years. During this time Spielberg has directed an unprecedented number of critically-acclaimed films and box office hits, resulting in his status as one of most acclaimed directors in cinematic history.
- Phil Wheat
In May, visual effects guru Rick Baker (click here) finally released images of the aliens he designed for Night Skies, which was an unmade Steven Spielberg ("Jurassic Park") film. Though, it wasn't made it still had a heavy influence on the story and creature designs of Spielberg's E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982). If you're not familiar with the fascinating story behind Night Skies I suggest you click on the link by Rick Baker's name. Below, is concept art that Empire recently published. These images were illustrated by Ed Verreaux with the intention of showing different versions of E.T.: The Extra - Terrestrial and the wide range of emotions the alien creature would have to perform. Ed also worked on: Empire of the Sun, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and Poltergeist. Re-live the adventure and magic in one of the most beloved motion pictures of all-time, »
Victoria Alonso, Marvel Studios’ exuberant Evp of visual effects and post production, told a roomful of VFX industry leaders this morning that it needs to invite more women into the industry, and onto the stage. And for entertainment industry newcomers trying to find their way into the business, she had simple advice: “fill the gap.”
“I love the fact that you allowed a woman to talk to you this early in the morning,” Alonso told the mostly male audience. “It’s better when the room is 50-50 (male-female). It’s okay to let the ladies enter. They bring a balance.”
Alonso was speaking in a Q&A before more than 150 people at the Visual Effects Society’s Ves Summit on Saturday morning. The summit, being live-streamed online to Ves’s membership around the world, urged young women considering careers as digital artists to make it happen, but said one reason »
- David Bloom
This week’s new Blu-ray releases include one of the biggest superhero movies of the year, two very popular—and very different—cable TV series, a collection of Steven Spielberg films, a Ben Stiller comedy classic, and more. Briefly: X-Men: Days of Future Past Amazon Exclusive [Blu-ray + Exclusive] - $69.99 (46% off) X-Men: Days of Future Past [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital HD] - $22.99 (54% off) X-Men: Days of Future Past [Blu-ray] - $17.99 (55% off) Mr. Peabody & Sherman (Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy) - $19.99 (46% off) Steven Spielberg Director's Collection (Jaws / E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial / Jurassic Park / The Lost World: Jurassic Park / Duel / The Sugarland Express / 1941 / Always) [Blu-ray] - $91.99 (54% off) Zoolander [Blu-ray] - $8.69 (42% off) Fargo Season One [Blu-ray] - $24.99 (50% off) Penny Dreadful: Season 1 [Blu-ray] - $27.99 (43% off)
- Adam Chitwood
Steven Awalt – author interviewed by Todd Garbarini
“Well, it’s about time, Charlie!”
Dennis Weaver utters these words in my favorite Steven Spielberg film, Duel, a production that was originally commissioned by Universal Pictures as an Mow, industry shorthand for “movie of the week”, which aired on Saturday, November 13, 1971. The reviews were glowing; the film’s admirers greatly outweighed its detractors and it put Mr. Spielberg, arguably the most phenomenally successful director in the history of the medium, on a path to a career that would make any contemporary director green with envy. Followed by a spate of contractually obligated television outings, Duel would prove to be the springboard that would catapult Mr. Spielberg into the realm that he was shooting for since his youth: that of feature film directing. Duel would also land him in the court of Hollywood producers David Brown and Richard Zanuck and get him his »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Steven Spielberg: Director.s Collection Blu-ray Steven Spielberg has directed thirty movies and has his hands in the pots of plenty of others as an executive producer or even writer. He.s made movies with numerous actors and multiple studios. Putting together a comprehensive Blu-ray compendium of his work would likely be impossible contractually, but also prohibitively expensive. So, Universal Studios Home Entertainment didn.t even try. Instead the studio put together a richly packaged Blu-ray set featuring 8 great flicks from the prolific director, calling it the Steven Spielberg: Director.s Collection. Universal pulled together eight movies from across Spielberg.s career to make up the Director.s Collection set. Seventies endeavors like Duel, The Sugarland Express, Jaws and 1941 are included, as is milestone movie E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. Rounding out the set are Always, the always-classic Jurassic Park and its sequel The Lost World. The set itself pays »
We know the history of Steven Spielberg‘s film E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, and we even know some of the fine details. For example, we’ve seen the early alien designs created by Rick Baker for the aborted project Night Skies. It’s obvious that some of those designs made their way to the stream of concepts that influenced Et […]
The post Unseen Concept Art Reveals Early Alternate Designs for E.T. appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
X-Men: Days of Future Past It's interesting to me in that I consider X-Men: Days of Future Past one of the best movies of 2014 and the second best blockbuster of the summer behind Edge of Tomorrow and yet I have little to no interest in seeing it again. I've seen plenty of trailers as of late promoting today's release of the DVD and Blu-ray and each time I remember enjoying the movie, but a feeling of meh when it comes to watching it again comes over me. Nevertheless, I can still I say I felt it was a good movie... that one time I saw it.
Fargo Season One Here's a show I need to get back to and finish. Everyone I've talked to and seen comment online has enjoyed it and having already watched three of the ten episodes it only makes sense I finish it.
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- Brad Brevet
As we move closer to October 31st, horror fans have several amazing collections and special edition releases to look forward to this week, including the highly anticipated “Black Maria” collection from Dark Sky and Mpi in celebration of the 40th anniversary of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
Universal is also releasing a really cool box set that features a handful of Steven Spielberg’s finest films, Kino Lorber is resurrecting the cult classic Jennifer in high-def this week, and the indie horror comedy Witching & Bitching makes its way home on DVD as well, all in time for Halloween.
40 years ago, five youths on a weekend getaway in the Texas countryside fell prey to a butcher in a mask made of human skin and his cannibalistic family, and horror cinema would never be the same. »
- Heather Wixson
As we look back on People's 40 fabulous years, we can't help but linger on some of the images that have us saying, "We put who on the cover?" For every Most Beautiful Woman there's a cover of a lingerie-clad Muppet (see Miss Piggy below), and for every George Clooney wedding album there's someone (er, something) like E.T. True, they were big deals at the time - but that doesn't make them any less hilarious now. Here's a look at some of our favorite gems - and yes, they are definitely real: Mork & Mindy's Pam Dawber Sure, Robin Williams went on »
- Laura Lane, @lauralanenyc
Director: Steven Spielberg
In my lifetime, there hasn’t been a more influential and exciting film director than Steven Spielberg. He’s a man who’s managed to pluck at every heartstring, surprise with every creation, excites with continual fresh ideas and given some of the finest and most unforgettable cinema in modern movie history. The Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection, available on Blu-ray today from Universal Pictures International Entertainment, is the first time they’ve collected eight of his best.
It begins with his first feature-length television movie Duel from 1971. The film is written by the legendary Richard Matheson and has a very basic premise but is still an effecting thriller to this day. Starring Dennis Weaver as an everyday travelling salesman, he’s heading back home on a long drive and unintentionally »
- Dan Bullock
Film score enthusiasts in Milwaukee were sure to be found at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts this past weekend, as one of the greatest composers of our time, John Williams, was in town cooking up some delicious leitmotifs. The five-time Academy Award and 21-time Grammy Award-winning composer joined the Mso to conduct music from some of his most well-known film scores, including Star Wars, E.T., and Harry Potter. Fortunately for us, the maestro had some exciting news to share for »
- Sean Wist
Q. What do Lincoln, E.T., The Color Purple, War of the Worlds, Jurassic Park, 12 Years a Slave, Eat Pray Love, A Mighty Heart, World War Z, Jane Eyre, Saving Mr. Banks, Proof, Elizabeth, The Master, American Hustle, Zero Dark Thirty, Her, The Dark Knight, Man of Steel, Inception, Hustle & Flow, The Hunger Games, Monsters, Inc., A Bug's Life, and Toy Story 3 have in common? A. They were all produced by women. Look around. Female producers are everywhere: Shepherding the new Star Wars trilogy. Bringing the latest Hunger Games to theaters. And in February, when Oscar night rolls around, 11 women »
- Nicole Sperling
With this weekend's release of Gone Girl, director David Fincher has once again showcased the unsettling sounds of award-winning composers Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor (above). Ever since 2010's The Social Network, the duo have become a fixture of Fincher's work. The duo's deceptively minimal sound, with subtle motifs barely hiding cold electronic undercurrents, is remarkably well-suited for Fincher's trademark visual aesthetic, in which every smile and doorway can take on an air of menace if the camera lingers long enough. While he has worked with a number of composers before—most notably Howard Shore—Fincher has found »
- Joshua Rivera
Warning: contains a spoiler for Spooks series 7.
As period-gangster drama Peaky Blinders returns to BBC 2 for a second series, we caught up with director Colm McCarthy (Sherlock - The Sign Of Three, Doctor Who - The Bells Of St. John, Spooks) for a chat about the mythology of the new series, working with Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy, Matt Smith riding a motorbike up the Shard, drunken Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, and er, manual sex in 1920s night clubs...
You’ve come in to direct the second series of Peaky Blinders after its look and performances have already been established. Do you take your cues from what’s gone before or do you approach it thinking, ‘right, what am I going to change?’
Both of those things. I’ve »
Cool film stuff can be almost as fun as actually going to the movies. Think of a Batman cape, an Arnold Schwarzenegger action figure, or Goldeneye on the N64. Hell, the merchandising can often be more enjoyable than the actual film – remember how much fun the first few months of 1999 were before Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was actually released?
Yet, in the chase to make a quick buck out of devoted fans, some... let's just say less relevant, movie merchandise is churned out and flogged to the public.
Here then are 50 of the strangest (not ranked in order!) – expect action figures of obscure henchmen, 16-carat gold Twilight jewellery and some truly vomit-inducing burgers…
In Spider-Man 3, Peter »
Drew Struzan might be the name you first think of when someone mentions movie poster artist, but few can argue that the work of John Alvin is not a equally iconic. Alvin’s art has be collected in great effort into one tight package in The Art of John Alvin by his wife Andrea Alvin. The high quality coffee table book collects the late artist’s film poster art in their final form and in the earliest stages when he was just starting to figure out the layouts for some of the posters that would go on to be some of the most iconic of all time.
An introduction gives a brief overview of his life and his earliest experiences painting images from the films that made him fall in love with the art, like 1954’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and 1960’s Spartacus. It details his life, marriage, and sudden »
- Max Molinaro
From action figures and games to books and comics, we take a look at a few geeky antiques from the past decades...
In August, eBay revealed that a near-mint copy of Action Comics issue one - famously, the first time Superman made an appearance in print - had sold for an eye-watering $3.2m. One of only 50 copies said to still exist, the comic’s sale price is reportedly the highest yet - it far outstrips the $2.16m another copy sold for in 2011.
Now, it’s extremely unlikely that any of us are going to find our own copy of Action Comics issue one in our loft or in a box in the back of the cupboard, but given that most geeks usually collect one kind of object or another - whether it be comics, games, toys, posters or other treasured items - there’s still a possibility that one or »
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Any great film overlooked upon release is going to look overwhelmingly popular compared to how Blade Runner was initially recevied. Ridley Scott’s sci-fi noir masterpiece hit in the summer of 1982, mere weeks after Steven Spielberg’s E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. Going completely against the bright and friendly view of science fiction, the film failed to capture an audience and bemused critics.
The adaptation of Phillip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? didn’t wallow in obscurity for long, over the course of the eighties becoming a cult hit on VHS. By the tenth anniversary it was so well regarded there was large scale rerelease and now, over thirty since it was first released, it is rightly regarded as one of the greatest films ever made.
Boasting cutting edge special effects that presented a future grimier than we’d ever seen before and bringing »
- Alex Leadbeater
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