15 items from 2015
"You can't please all people sometimes," Miles Teller told MTV about mixed buzz surrounding "Fantastic Four." "When you shoot a movie, especially when it's with this movie and Josh Trank (he has a very specific tone whether it is 'Chronicle' or ['Fantastic Four') but as an actor you don't really know what kind of movie it is until you see them cut it together. Now's the first time we saw any footage, and I was excited, and I know for the most part it seems like the consensus is good." Okay, so it's not exactly a glowing endorsement, but perhaps a reminder that the movie is still months away, folks should probably chill out a bit. At any rate, a few new stills have arrived courtesy of Empire, and one word being tossed around in regards to tone is an interesting one: Amblin. Of course, that's Steven Spielberg »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Drew Barrymore first 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 as we go over some of her most interesting facts in honor of Drew's 40th birthday this Sunday! »
It has not been an easy week. At the start of the week, we had our editorial meeting here at HitFix, as we do every Monday, to talk about both the week ahead and longer-term projects as well. For fairly obvious reasons, there was a fair amount of talk about Valentine's Day content, and I mentioned a few different ideas that I might write about, including one that I'll end up publishing at some point about Steve Martin. But even as I pitched a few ideas, I found myself uncomfortable with the entire idea of writing about romantic films right now. Honestly, I was hoping to spend this week with my head down and then just sail right through this weekend without writing about love at all, because for the first time in my adult life, I am no longer sure what I think about it. After all, I was with my wife for 14 years. »
- Drew McWeeny
Atari: Game Over, 2014
Directed by Zak Penn
A crew digs up all of the old Atari 2600 game cartridges of “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” that were tossed into a landfill in the 1980s.
Since the rise of the Internet and the popularity of “Best and Worst” lists, there is one game that almost always tops the “Worst Games Ever Made” chart: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial for the Atari 2600. Why is that? Well, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial has been hailed as the “worst game ever made” because it brought down the powerhouse that was Atari, a company that during its hayday held a 90% market share over the competition. So bad was E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, that rumours of its burial in a landfill in New Mexico became the stuff of legend. Zak Penn’s Atari: Game Over is not only a look into the excavation that unearthed this landfill to expose the truth behind the rumours, »
- Luke Owen
The Art Directors Guild handed out their 2015 awards and outside of a Marvel Studios win in the Fantasy Film category, there weren't many surprises. "The Grand Budapest Hotel," arguably the Oscar frontrunner, took home the Period Film honor. "Budapest's" studio stablemate "Birdman" won the Contemporary Film award and "Guardians of the Galaxy" beat out "Interstellar" and "Into the Woods" in the Fantasy Film category. Notable TV winners included "Game of Thrones," "True Detective," "Silicon Valley" and the 86th Academy Awards. The night also featured Anne Hathaway presenting the Guild's Cinematic Imagery Award to Christopher Nolan and George Clooney handing Production Designer Jim Bissell ("E.T.," "300," "Good Night, and Good Luck.") the Lifetime Achievement Award. Presenters on hand included Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones ("The Theory of Everything"), Julie Bowen ("Modern Family"), Tony Hale ("Veep"), Mayim Bialik ("The Big Bang Theory") and Margo Martindale ("The Americans"). A complete list of all of »
- Gregory Ellwood
A group of unlikely acquaintances unite to take down a common enemy in History’s Revolutionary War drama Sons of Liberty, and — to paraphrase a famous quotation from the era — it’s a time that tries even the most patient TV viewer’s soul.
The opening installment of the cable channel’s scripted miniseries, which premiered Sunday and continues through Tuesday, covers one of the most exciting epochs in American history: the years right before the colonies turned against British rule and decided to go to war for independence.
It was a time of great unrest, violence and intrigue… so »
We’re back with another round-up of horror and sci-fi news, including a casting update for Hannibal’s third season, Scream Factory’s new title announcement and their revealed special features for the Exterminators of the Year 3000 Blu-ray, and also an upcoming special screening of Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard that will include a Q&A with director B. Harrison Smith and cast members Billy Zane, Dee Wallace Stone, and Felissa Rose.
TVLine reports that Tony award-winning Nina Arianda (Broadway’s Venus in Fur, Rob the Mob, Midnight in Paris) will play a recurring role on Hannibal in the third season that premieres this summer. Arianda plays a character named Molly—a strong single mother who is a romantic interest for one key character.
- Derek Anderson
We just reported on Anchor bay’s upcoming release of Zombie Killers: Elephant’S Graveyard (due to make its mark on DVD/Bluray on February 3rd), and for all of you zombie fanatics wanting not just a taste of the film, but the Entire thing, USC is hosting a special sneak preview of the B. Harrison Smith-helmed film on January 27th at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, which director B. Harrison Smith graduated from in ’85.
Following the special sneak preview, the cast and members of the crew will be on hand to meet fans and take part in a Q&A regarding Zombie Killers: Elephant’S Graveyard, so if you’re in the area, stop by and check it out. For full details, see below!
Date/Time: Tuesday, January 27th; 7:00pm
Where: USC School of Cinematic Arts
Ray Stark Family Theatre, Sca 108
George Lucas Bldg. Lobby
900 E. »
- Jerry Smith
George Clooney will present the Art Directors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award to his old pal and longtime collaborator, production designer Jim Bissell. The awards show and presentation will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 31.
Bissell’s other credits include E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Rocketeer, Jumanji, 300, and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011). He won an Emmy for Palmerstown, U.S.A., and and received an Oscar nomination for Good Night, And Good Luck.
- The Deadline Team
George Clooney will present the Art Directors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award to his longtime friend Jim Bissell, the Oscar-nominated production designer behind the stunning world of Clooney's 2005 "Good Night, and Good Luck" and this year's "The Monuments Men." Clooney recently won the HFPA's Cecil B. DeMille award, the Golden Globes equivalent of a lifetime achievement prize. His collaborations with Bisell began in 2002 with Clooney's directorial debut "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," and the two have paired ever since. Bissell also art-directed Spielberg's "E.T." in 1982, among other films. As previously announced, filmmaker Christopher Nolan will receive the Adg's Cinematic Imagery Award. Lifetime Achievement Awards will be awarded for the first time in Adg history to all four crafts. Joining Bissell will be illustrator Camille Abbott, set designer John P. Bruce and scenic artist Will Ferrell. Additional presenters include Anne »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Seth Grahame-Smith is a very busy man. Not only has he recently completed the Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter novel sequel 'The Last American Vampire', he has a ton of screenplays on his plate that include Beetlejuice 2, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Stephen King's It. He is also adapting Ray Bradbury's novel Something Wicked This Way Comes, which was turned into a cult classic back in 1983. His version, though, is going to be slightly different.
Seth Grahame-Smith is setting his Something Wicked This Way Comes in the 80s, whereas the original was set in the 30s. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, he teased that the movie will feel like one of Steven Spielberg's earlier efforts, comparing it to E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and The Goonies.
"I can't help but think of this in sort of Amblin terms. Boys riding bikes, out on their own, exploring and »
The documentary Atari: Game Over investigates the burial of E.T. cartridges in the New Mexico desert. Here's our review...
Ask any gamer to name the medium's most famous legend, and they might tell you about E.T.
The story goes that, back in 1982, the videogame tie-in was so rushed, and so appallingly received, that Atari was forced to quietly bury millions of unsold cartridges in the New Mexico desert. Within months of the game's release, Atari had gone from owning an 80 percent share of the videogame market to collapse, and thus, an enduring myth was born: E.T. killed Atari.
Atari: Game Over digs into the true story behind the legend, and its director, Zak Penn, is no stranger to modern mythmaking - he's the screenwriter behind such comic book blockbusters as X-Men: The Last Stand and The Incredible Hulk, and he also made the quirky mockumentary Incident At Loch Ness with Werner Herzog. »
Created by Adam de la Pena
Aired on G4 for two seasons (26 episodes) from July 11, 2007 – August 17, 2008
Adam de la Pena as Dave
Matt Mariska as Jerry
Andy Sipes as Bob “Big” T. and Dean Larrity
Tony Strickland as Black Steve
Gretchen McNeil as Mary
Suzanne Keilly as Clare
Set during the home entertainment boom of the early 1980s, the show follows the daily lives of the video game programmers of a fictional company by the name of GameAvision. The episodes regularly focus on two employees: Dave, a slacker programming savant and Jerry, his office mate/workhorse. The series begins when former CEO owner Steve Wozniak sells the company to a wealthy tycoon named Bob Larrity, who has his own ideas on how to run GameAvision. The series stems a »
- Jean Pierre Diez
The 72nd Golden Globe Awards are just days away! With over 30 years of coverage under our belt, we're taking a trip down memory lane back to 1983 -- Et's very first time on the carpet with the winners we still love today.
A frontrunner that night was Steven Spielberg's E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, but the scene stealer on the carpet was the adorable 7-year-old Drew Barrymore who loved getting decked out for the big show.
"I think they're very fun!" Barrymore said of awards shows. "I like to get dressed up for them."
Watch: All You Need to Know About the Golden Globes
"I guess the one thing that’s nice about [awards shows] -- is that the people can get up and thank the people that worked on the various projects that aren't in the »
30. Apollo 13 (1995)
Lost to: Braveheart
In 1995, director Ron Howard brought a true life story of hope in the face of peril and started sweeping up awards. He won the Directors Guild Award. He won the Producers Guild Award. He won the Screen Actors Guild Ensemble Award. He lost the Golden Globe Drama to “Sense and Sensibility,” though he was nominated. Nothing could beat “Apollo 13.” Oscar night came and the Academy decided to hand the award to Mel Gibson’s historical epic about William Wallace, whose only precursor award was a surprise directing win at the Golden Globes. I’m not saying “Apollo 13″ is a greater film than “Braveheart.” It’s just proof that even the mighty may fall if a charismatic actor/director is at the helm.
29. L.A. Confidential (1997)
Lost to: Titanic
- Joshua Gaul
15 items from 2015
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