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Have Secret Cinema just revealed their next two big productions?

28 July 2016 12:17 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Next Secret Cinema production could be a musical spectacular (spectacular) and a Spielberg classic.

The next Secret Cinema gigs could have been revealed in a series of mysterious social media posts.

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve been covering the latest Secret Cinema event here on The Hollywood News. That project was the superb Dirty Dancing where the organisers turned an East London park into the Kellerman’s resort from the famous movie. It was nothing short of awesome to be honest, and the 30,000 attendees sent the film hurtling into the top ten for the first time in 29 years. You can check out some images from the event here, and our review of proceedings over here.

As ever when one production closes, thoughts immediately turn to which movie they will concentrate their efforts on next, and we may just have figured out what they may be plotting. Over »

- Paul Heath

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Film Review: ‘Red Christmas’

27 July 2016 3:14 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ozploitation weighs in on the abortion debate with “Red Christmas,” in which an unsuccessfully terminated and hideously deformed fetus returns two decades later to wreak havoc during his family’s already volatile Yuletide celebration. Starring and co-produced by horror icon Dee Wallace (the original “The Hills Have Eyes,” “The Howling” and “Cujo,” not to mention the more family-friendly “E.T.”), the film is an energetic, candy-colored romp through genre tropes that manages to take its subject matter seriously while poking fun at itself at the same time. Following a lusty debut at the Sydney Film Festival, the title will be a natural fit for genre gatherings and ancillary.

In her sprawling rural estate (the film was shot on location in the verdant Southern Highlands of New South Wales), widowed yet spirited matriarch Diane (Wallace) has managed the not-insignificant task of gathering her disparate offspring and their partners to a Christmas Day feast. »

- Eddie Cockrell

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‘Stranger Things’: Watch a Video of Netflix’s Throwback Series Side by Side With Its Retro Influences

27 July 2016 10:52 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

If you’ve watched “Stranger Things,” you’ll surely have noticed by now that Netflix’s latest binge-worthy show is replete with references to ’80s movies. (And if you haven’t watched “Stranger Things,” why haven’t you watched “Stranger Things”?) Courtesy of an intrepid Vimeo user, one Ulysse Thevenon, you can now see excerpts of the Duffer Brothers’ throwback series side by side with the movies that have most visibly influenced it, a few of which are from the ’70s.

Read More: ‘Stranger Things’ Featurette: Winona Ryder On Her Harrowing, Emotional Performance In Her First Major TV Role

Set to the show’s instant-classic theme song — itself a bit of John Carpenter worship — the nearly five-minute video is unsurprisingly heavy in Steven Spielberg clips. “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” abound in the video, which features no diegetic sound from either “Stranger Things” or the rest of its influences, »

- Michael Nordine

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‘Stranger Things’: Watch a Video of Netflix’s Throwback Series Side by Side With Its Retro Influences

27 July 2016 10:52 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If you’ve watched “Stranger Things,” you’ll surely have noticed by now that Netflix’s latest binge-worthy show is replete with references to ’80s movies. (And if you haven’t watched “Stranger Things,” why haven’t you watched “Stranger Things”?) Courtesy of an intrepid Vimeo user, one Ulysse Thevenon, you can now see excerpts of the Duffer Brothers’ throwback series side by side with the movies that have most visibly influenced it, a few of which are from the ’70s.

Read More: ‘Stranger Things’ Featurette: Winona Ryder On Her Harrowing, Emotional Performance In Her First Major TV Role

Set to the show’s instant-classic theme song — itself a bit of John Carpenter worship — the nearly five-minute video is unsurprisingly heavy in Steven Spielberg clips. “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” abound in the video, which features no diegetic sound from either “Stranger Things” or the rest of its influences, »

- Michael Nordine

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'Stranger Things' creators explain it all about season 1

27 July 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I really enjoyed Netflix's Stranger Things, an unapologetic tribute to the works of Steven Spielberg, Stephen King, John Carpenter, and other masters of suspense and horror that creators Matt and Ross Duffer grew up loving. (Here's my initial review, and here are some spoiler-heavy thoughts on the season.) Yesterday, I spoke with the Duffer brothers about how they drew the line between homage and straight-up thievery, why the season was only 8 episodes (a length I think more Netflix dramas should try), why actor Gaten Matarazzo deserves so much credit for making Dustin the show's most entertaining character, what a potential second season would be like, and more. That's all coming up just as soon as you give me this phone, two weeks advance, and a pack of Camels... Where did you draw the line between paying homage to all those great movies and books of the period and trying to tell your own story? »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Five Reasons ‘Stranger Things’ Worked, and One Big Question

26 July 2016 4:43 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Stranger Things” has pulled off an increasingly rare feat. In an age in which TV is saturated with what often feels like too much TV, it’s become a true word-of-mouth hit.

Of course, “hit” might not be the right word: Netflix, of course, does not release viewership figures. But there’s no denying that “Stranger Things,” which had a relatively low profile at its release, has gotten a lot of buzz. Positive reviews probably helped, but anecdotally speaking, people are doing a very old-fashioned thing: They’re telling their friends that this spooky drama is something special. It’s been fun to watch the show’s fanbase grow, quietly but relentlessly.

So I’d like to revise my review a little. When I first wrote about “Stranger Things,” I’d only seen four episodes, and now that I’ve seen all eight, my assessment is even more positive. There’s a decent chance it could end »

- Maureen Ryan

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Box Office Meltdown: Hollywood Races to Win Back Summer Crowds

26 July 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

From “Jaws” to “Jurassic Park,” few directors can rival Steven Spielberg in the blockbuster arena. But even Spielberg’s magic touch couldn’t save “The BFG” at the box office.

On paper, the film, a $140 million adaptation of a beloved children’s book with a script by “ET” writer Melissa Mathison, had all the makings of a hit. Instead, the movie collapsed at the multiplexes, eking out less than $20 million in its opening weekend.

It’s a stunning fall for one of cinema’s highest-flying talents — a director whose finger was affixed to the pulse of mainstream tastes for decades. Yet “The Bfg” is only the latest high-profile casualty in a summer that’s seen a slew of big-budget domestic bombs. Indeed, red ink has spilled out from such misses as “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” “Warcraft,” “The Legend of Tarzan,” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, »

- Brent Lang and James Rainey

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Second Opinion – The Bfg (2016)

25 July 2016 8:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Bfg, 2016.

Directed by Steven Spielberg.

Starring Ruby Barnhill, Mark Rylance, Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement, Penelope Wilton, Rebecca Hall and Rafe Spall.

Synopsis:

A girl named Sophie encounters the Big Friendly Giant who, despite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kindhearted soul who is considered an outcast by the other giants because, unlike them, he refuses to eat children.

Several of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s stories have been made into films over the years, most of which the author despised because they deviated from his books in significant ways. Ironically, one of the few adaptations he approved of was the 1989 British animated version of the The Bfg, which was very faithful to the source material. Spielberg has reportedly been trying to adapt the book for over 20 years, and now, with the help of his E.T. screenwriter (the late Melissa Mathison) and his new favourite actor Mark Rylance, »

- Amie Cranswick

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‘Stranger Things’: Shawn Levy on Directing Winona Ryder, Netflix’s Viral Model

22 July 2016 3:08 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Shawn Levy isn’t the first Hollywood filmmaker you’d expect to be involved in a show like Netflix’s “Stranger Things.”

The hit-maker is best known for comedy franchises like “Night at the Museum,” “Cheaper By the Dozen” and “The Pink Panther.” But he also produced the nuanced teen indie “The Spectacular Now” and directed the Steven Spielberg homage “Real Steel” — two projects that aren’t so far removed from the world of Netflix’s breakout ’80s-set and inspired genre series.

In the week since “Stranger Things” debuted on Netflix, it’s become an instant cult sensation with huge social media buzz. Levy has been a believer from the beginning, when series creators Matt and Ross Duffer first pitched the idea to his production company, 21 Laps. He came on board, helped bring the series to Netflix, agreed to direct two episodes, and continues to champion the show as it finds its audience.

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- Geoff Berkshire

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Law & Order: Svu Taking on Making a Murderer in Season 18

22 July 2016 10:56 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

It wouldn't be a new season of Law & Order: Svu without a ripped from the headlines story to kick things off and this time they're taking on Making a Murderer. Is the internet ready for this? E! News has confirmed Henry Thomas, yes Elliot from E.T., will appear alongside Kelli Williams in an episode about a convicted rapist who is exonerated after DNA is freshly tested. Ice T's character, Fin, originally arrested Thomas' character 16 years earlier and then begins investigating him again when he's linked to a deadly crime. Williams will play Melanie, a rape victim who initially identified Thomas' character. Look for the episode to air this fall. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the »

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Psycho IV: The Beginning Blu-ray Special Features Revealed

21 July 2016 7:02 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

On August 23rd, see how it all began! Scream Factory’s Blu-ray of Psycho IV: The Beginning (directed by Mick Garris) features all-new extras including interviews with the director, cast members, and makeup effects artist Tony Gardner:

Press Release: Before the terror can end, see how it all began… Psycho IV: The Beginning comes to Blu-ray for the first time on August 23rd, 2016 from Scream Factory. Anthony Perkins, Henry Thomas and Olivia Hussey star in this chilling prequel to the classic Hitchcock thriller. The release features new extras including audio commentary with director Mick Garris and Henry Thomas and Olivia Hussey, and an interview with make-up effects artist Tony Gardner.

A seemingly rehabilitated Norman Bates (Perkins) is drawn to a late-night radio show where the host (Cch PounderTales from the Crypt: Demon Knight) encourages him to share his views on the topic of matricide. Reliving his childhood, Norman »

- Tamika Jones

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'Stranger Things': How Netflix's Retro Hit Resurrects the Eighties

21 July 2016 6:30 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

It's one thing to set a TV series in the 1980s; it's a whole other thing, however, to make it feel like it was actually shot during the Reagan-and-Rubik's-Cube era. Matt and Ross Duffer's new Netflix series Stranger Things is full of nostalgic nods to the decade and its pop-cultural products, but it's also uncommonly rigorous about getting the details just right — whether it's the many pitch-perfect music cues, the hat-tipping nods and homages to Eighties movies, or simply nailing the cringeworthy fashion statements of the day (those Mom jeans! »

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The Bfg review

21 July 2016 2:51 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rob Leane Published Date  Friday, July 22, 2016 - 06:22

Not only is The Bfg Steven Spielberg’s first firmly-aimed-at-families directorial project since his 2011 Tintin film, but it’s also an adaptation of a beloved Roald Dhal story, Spielberg’s final collaboration with his late E.T. screenwriter Melissa Mathison, and a reunion with Mark Rylance, who nabbed an Oscar for his previous Spielberg team-up, Bridge Of Spies.

So does The Bfg live up to all those anticipation-inciting elements? Well, yes and no. One big positive is that there’s certainly a hefty heart here, as you’d expect from the writer/director duo that had audiences sobbing over a puppet alien back in 1982. 

From the minute that Rylance’s eponymous Big Friendly Giant plucks Ruby Barnhill’s insomniac orphan Sophie from her bed, a heart-warming friendship is born. What begins as prickly bantering develops into genuine affection, as the Bfg shows Sophie »

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When You Love a TV Show But Don’t Want a Second Season

20 July 2016 2:22 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Stranger Things and more great series should be one and done.

In the ever-shrinking distinction between movies and television, series like Stranger Things can seem like a very long feature rather than an episodic show. Especially when they’re dumped all at once via Netflix, the individual parts add together to form a whole in our binge-watching minds. I have a favorite episode of Stranger Things — part three, “Holly, Jolly” — but it’s mostly just that because its climax was the point where I decided I had to keep going nonstop with my investment in the series. I recognize that it’s basically just the ending of the first act of a 400-minute movie, the point in the narrative where we’re meant to be fully drawn in.

If the eight-episode first season of Stranger Things is a singular work, like a feature film, then a second season would be like a movie sequel. And »

- Christopher Campbell

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Scream Factory shows Mick Garris Some Love When Psycho IV: The Beginning Hits DVD/Bluray This August!!

19 July 2016 2:05 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

AMC’s Bates Motel has done a hell of a job giving viewers a fresh, new take on the horror classic Psycho and it’s sometimes protagonist/antagonist, Norman Bates. A lot of newer fans of the series have voiced their opinions on how interesting it is to see the genesis of why Norman became what he eventually became: a murderer. Well, as most horror fans know, back in 1990, the Showtime network premiered a made for TV film called Psycho IV: The Beginning. Both a prequel and a sequel, the timeline within the film goes back and forth between Norman being verbally abused by his mother, some interesting sexual tension between them and current day Norman, out of jail and attempting to live a typical married life. I’ve always had a soft spot for Psycho IV, and with the announcement of Scream Factory’s August 23rd DVD/Bluray release, »

- Jerry Smith

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‘Stranger Things’ Fun Facts: Read Great Trivia About Music, Title Sequence & How Stephen King Shaped Filming

19 July 2016 1:41 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Netflix’s new sci-fi horror series “Stranger Things” premiered last Friday to positive critical reception, with many critics noting the series’ debts to the work of Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter, and Stephen King. There are many who have already binged the whole series already and there are plenty who still haven’t started, but Netflix has provided some great trivia about the series that will be fun for new or experience viewers.

Read More: Meet ‘Stranger Things’ Breakout Millie Bobby Brown, aka Lucky Number Eleven

For those who are intrigued by the series’ synth score, the composers of the soundtrack are Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon, two members of an Austin synth band called Survive. They have written over 13 hours of music for “Stranger Things.” Meanwhile, the title sequence was inspired by the work of Richard Greenberg, who designed a number of classic 80s title sequences, such as “Alien,” “Altered States, »

- Vikram Murthi

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‘Stranger Things’ Fun Facts: Read Great Trivia About Music, Title Sequence & How Stephen King Shaped Filming

19 July 2016 1:41 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Netflix’s new sci-fi horror series “Stranger Things” premiered last Friday to positive critical reception, with many critics noting the series’ debts to the work of Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter, and Stephen King. There are many who have already binged the whole series already and there are plenty who still haven’t started, but Netflix has provided some great trivia about the series that will be fun for new or experience viewers.

Read More: Meet ‘Stranger Things’ Breakout Millie Bobby Brown, aka Lucky Number Eleven

For those who are intrigued by the series’ synth score, the composers of the soundtrack are Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon, two members of an Austin synth band called Survive. They have written over 13 hours of music for “Stranger Things.” Meanwhile, the title sequence was inspired by the work of Richard Greenberg, who designed a number of classic 80s title sequences, such as “Alien,” “Altered States, »

- Vikram Murthi

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Netflix's Stranger Things: spotting the movie references

19 July 2016 11:07 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Dan Cooper Jul 20, 2016

What 80s pop culture references and nods did you spot in Netflix's Stranger Things? We start the ball rolling...

Warning: contains spoilers for Stranger Things.

The term ‘love letter’ gets thrown around a lot these days: citing a few signature texts as being influential in the creation of your movie or TV show is now directorial de rigeur. Not only is it a method proven to pull in fans of those classics seeking to slake their ravenous nostalgic urges, it’s also a great way to borrow a dash of glamour, to stand on the shoulders of giants as it were.

That said, Netflix’s new show, Stranger Things is not one of those love letters. This is no scribbled declaration of romance, hastily scrawled on a Post-It note and hurled at the back of your head. This is a Shakespearean sonnet of a love letter – an artfully constructed declaration of adoration, »

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How Stranger Things Evoked Familiar Things (E.T.! Goonies! Freddy!) While Delivering Fresh, Fun Thrills

19 July 2016 6:50 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Stranger Things were happening this past weekend for those who sampled and wound up bingeing all eight episodes of Netflix’s new drama series.

(Basic plotline/mild spoilers follow, until I announce otherwise. And I will announce otherwise.)

VideosStranger Things: Watch a Trailer for Winona Ryder Supernatural Drama

Created by brothers Matt and Ross Duffer (who cowrote a few episodes of Wayward Pines) and set in a small Indiana town circa 1983, Stranger Things revolves around the vanishing of a young boy, Will Byers , which comes on the heels of something escaping from a local, “secret” government lab lorded over by Dr. »

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TVLine Items: Prime Suspect Prequel Cast, Two Quantico Additions and More

18 July 2016 1:53 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

It’s time to meet Jane Tennison (again).

Stefanie Martini, (Doctor Throne, Emerald City) will in effect playa young Helen Mirren in ITV’s Prime Suspect prequel, tentatively titled Tennison and written by creator Lynda La Plante. The six-part series will follow the title character, played by Mirren from 1991 to 2006, at the beginning of her police career in London circa the 1970s.

RelatedFall TV 2016: Your Handy Calendar of 90+ Season and Series Premiere Dates

Sam Reid (The Astronaut Wives Club), Blake Harrison (The Inbetweeners), Alun Armstrong (Penny Dreadful), Ruth Sheen (Unforgotten), Lex Shrapnel (Hunted) and Jay Taylor (The Bill) are set to costar. »

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