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iTunes Gives Away 'Lost'

26 December 2009 10:11 AM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

The sixth season of Lost draws nearer. Come the new year, there will be thirty-three days until the two-hour sixth season premiere, "La X," airs on ABC. While it's certainly going to be the most memorable episode of Lost yet, iTunes wants to make sure that you don't forget the rest of what's gone on in the Lostiverse. That's why, for a limited time, they've added some free downloadable Lost content to their store.

To access this content, all you have to do is find the Lost, Season 6 page in the iTunes store. There, you'll be able to gander at the seven free items you can download, in either standard definition or HD.

First, both parts of the show's original pilot are available for free download (again, in either Sd or HD). If you haven't seen the pilot episode of Lost in HD, you simply haven't lived. It's breathtaking, especially scenes of the crash. »

- Sam McPherson

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'Avatar' poised to earn several Oscar noms

21 December 2009 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Since June, when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences opened up the best picture race to 10 nominees, Oscar has been waiting for a knight in shining boxoffice armor -- preferably a "Dark Knight": a boxoffice powerhouse with strong critical credentials.

A large part of the rationale for opting for an Oscar Top 10 was the hope that Academy voters would embrace mainstream hits, thereby expanding the potential audience for the broadcast while avoiding the cries of protest from jilted fanboys who felt robbed when "The Dark Knight" failed to earn a best picture nomination last time around.

But then another "Dark Knight" failed to immediately materialize.

Consider: Pixar's "Up," released in May and now the No. 3 domestic grosser of 2009, is regarded as a possible contender -- if it isn't relegated to the animated feature category. "The Hangover," the year's biggest comedy at No. 4, with $277 million, would have to »

- By Gregg Kilday

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Who do you read? Good Roger, or Bad Roger?

15 December 2009 9:18 PM, PST | blogs.suntimes.com/ebert | See recent Roger Ebert's Blog news »

This message came to me from a reader named Peter Svensland. He and a friend have been debating about my qualities as a film critic, and they've involved a considerable critic, Dan Schneider, in their discussion. I will say that he has given the question a surprising amount of thought and attention over the years, and may well be correct in some aspects. What his analysis gives me is a renewed respect and curiosity about his own work.

Dear Roger,

A friend and I would like to have your opinion. It's basically so that we can settle an argument (and small side bet) with a friend over what your opinion would be. My friend and I have carefully co-drafted this email to try to eliminate one or the other of our biases. I hope we succeeded!

I have read your columns and watched your tv shows for many years now »

- Roger Ebert

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Happy Birthday, Dee Wallace!

14 December 2009 9:52 AM, PST | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Today we at Icons of Fright celebrate the birthday of a genre stalwart, Dee Wallace

For more than thirty years, Dee has done solid work in genre favorites such as The Howling, Cujo, The Frighteners, The Hills Have Eyes, and Steven Spielberg's E.T., and she's still hard at work, appearing recently in Rob Zombie's Halloween.  Though not a top tier name in Hollywood, she's popular among horror fans, who appreciate her work ethic and talent.  A convention favorite, Dee always meets fans with a smile, and is more than willing to share stories from her storied career.

On a personal note, I've been going to conventions for 6 years.  In that time, I've developed a short list of people I will get every time I see them at a con.  Dee has always been at the top of that list, since the first time I met her.  She's among the nicest celebrities I've ever met, »

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Stirring tribute for Steven Spielberg

10 December 2009 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Beverly Hills -- The Anti-Defamation League bestowed its highest honor on Steven Spielberg during a dinner at the Beverly Hilton that mixed stirring music, appreciative laughter and warm moments with calls to remember the past, confront bigotry and embrace humanity.

In presenting the America's Democratic Legacy Award on Wednesday, Adl national director Abraham Foxman praised Spielberg's ability as a storyteller, his philanthropy and his creation of the USC Shoah Foundation, which has recorded the testimonies of more than 52,000 Holocaust survivors and created a curriculum that has reached 1.5 million students.

"Steven, we honor you for your exceptional contributions to the well-being and security of the Jewish people," he said. "Your masterpiece, 'Schindler's List,' literally changed the way we teach about Jewish history and the Holocaust, and it arrived at exactly the time when we started to see a startling rise in Holocaust denial."

During a thoughtful acceptance, Spielberg spoke »

- By Gregg Kilday

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A New Conversation with Dee Wallace

10 December 2009 12:55 AM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

If you've never seen Dee Wallace in a film then you probably don't watch movies, because at this moment she has 179 credits to her name as a professional actress, 18 of those projects yet to be released- which led me to first ask her where in the world she found the time to call me for a phone interview yesterday afternoon. She somehow made time for me to ask her a few questions about her career and life in the entertainment industry, and provided some really cool behind the scenes stories to some of the biggest movies ever made.

Dee Wallace has worked with directors like Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson, Joe Dante, Rob Zombie, and Blake Edwards- there's a reason that prestigious directors like these have called on her time and time again, and if you look at films like The Howling, Cujo, E.T., or The Frighteners , that reason will be clearly evident. »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Jason Anders)

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Exclusive: First look at Invasion

2 December 2009 12:02 AM, PST | Corona's Coming Attractions | See recent Corona's Coming Attractions news »

From the days back in the 1950s when James Arness played a walking space vegetable in The Thing, the alien invasion genre has been a successful one for Hollywood. And if there's gold to still be mined in those storytelling hills, why not? Steven Spielberg has given us his version of War of the Worlds, M. Night Shyamalan made a nicely told chiller about one family staying alive in Signs (which is still a decent enough movie if you stop it 10 minutes before the end of the film.) Both of those pictures went on to make over $200 million dollars at the domestic box office; more importantly they proved to the Hollywood bean counters that audiences will still pay to see the Earth get mean new landlords from beyond the stars. Right now Columbia Pictures is about to go into production with Battle: Los Angeles, Twilight author Stephanie Meyer's The »

- Patrick Sauriol

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Advert. Subvert. Gonzo (Fake) Commercials within Films

24 November 2009 7:50 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

"Can't get enough, of the Stuff!"  From the mid-1920s whereupon the eventual Oscar winning film Wings featured a Hershey Chocolate Bar prominently in the story right on up to the use of M&Ms in Steven Spielberg's E.T. and beyond to the modern James Bond films or Castaway (FedEx) or The Great Yokai War (Kirin Beer) or perhaps the worst offender ever:  I, Robot, product placement is simply a large part of big expensive movies.  And many filmmakers have either parodied product placement (ahem, sorry:  Brand Integration) or even invented their own fictional consumer goods that only appear in their movies.  Unlike television, which (in large part) relies on advertising to fund the creation of shows, there are rarely full commercials used explicitly in a film (before the screening of the film is another story, unfortunately!).  But filmmakers love to offer ads for fake products or services or »

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The Howling Do-Over Coming Soon

22 November 2009 11:45 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

You may well remember Joe Dante's werewolf movie The Howling, wherein Dee Wallace-Stone (the mum in E.T.!) played a woman being stalked by a terrifying killer who turns out to secretly be a werewolf. You probably don't remember its six sequels, but that's Ok because it's being rebooted with The Howling: Reborn, due out next Halloween.Joe Nimziki has written and will direct this new wolf story, making his directorial debut after a career as a marketing executive at studios including Sony and New Line. There's no word on the plot yet, but we're going to go out on a limb and guess that it involves people growing fur and fangs when the moon is full.Werewolves are, of course, so hot right now, and with another Twilight movie and The Wolf Man also due out this year, this is an idea whose time has arguably come. That, »

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Lucy Dahl Says Screenwriter Melissa Mathison Trying to Adapt Bfg (Big Friendly Giant) For Producer Kathleen Kennedy

4 November 2009 4:11 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Earlier today I participated in a roundtable interview with Roald Dahl’s daughter, Lucy Dahl, for the movie “Fantastic Mr. Fox”.  Since so many of Dahl’s books have not been made into movies, we asked his daughter if she’s heard about any progress in bringing them to life.   The main thing she told us was…many people ask the Dahl estate to make movies, but they are very selective in what they will allow.

But while many of his books have never been optioned by Hollywood, she told us the hot book right now is “The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar”. She then told us that producer Kathleen Kennedy has the rights to “Bfg” (Big Friendly Giant) and screenwriter Melissa Mathison (”E.T.”, “The Black Stallion”) has recently written a draft that has gone over well.  Of course writing a draft that people like doesn’t mean it’s a go project, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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AFI's 100 Years ...100 Movie Quotes

4 November 2009 4:45 AM, PST | Extra | See recent Extra news »

"Extra" brings you AFI's 100 Best Movie Quotes of all time! From "The Wizard of Oz" to "Taxi Driver," see if your favorites made the list!

AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie QuotesGone with the Wind (1939)

“Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.” —Said by Clark Gable as Rhett Butler to Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara.

The Godfather (1972)

“I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.” —Marlon Brando as Don Corleone.

On the Waterfront (1954)

“You don’t understand! »

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Drew Barrymore learnt the directing ropes from Steven Spielberg

2 November 2009 2:56 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Drew Barrymore learnt everything she knows from Steven Spielberg.

The actress was just five years old when she starred in the iconic director's 1982 hit 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial', and the pair have been firm friends ever since.

The 34-year-old star said: "I've spent my whole life working with more than 60 directors, so I've picked up all kinds of tips. Steven Spielberg has been a big help.

"He gave me great notes. He's a wonderful mentor."

Drew's relationship with Steven is so strong, she even pays tribute to him in her latest film 'Whip It', a film about a roller derby which she directed and also stars in.

She explained to Empire magazine: "My favourite scene in 'Whip It' is actually the food fight, which is an homage to 'E. T.', when we had that big food fight in the lunch room."

But the quirky star »

- Paul

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Alien Encounters – Television's Memorable Extra-Terrestrials

30 October 2009 10:12 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Anna, the face of the Visitors - V

With the upcoming launch of "V",  it makes it the perfect time to reminisce about our favorite aliens of yore.   The extra-terrestrials who land on earth seem to come in three varieties:  aggressors, refugees, and observers.   But whether they have come to Earth with world domination on their minds, or they simply want to study the local ugly giant bags of mostly water, they almost always seem to stick around for a while.

So click-through and check out some of TVOvermind's favorite, and not so favorite aliens on television.


We've got a pretty nice planet here.  And they want it.  They want our resources; they consider us to be lower life forms and want us to supplement their food supply; they just want us dead.  No matter how you slice it, we are going to have a fight on our hands. »

- Featherlite

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 25 ‘The House of the Devil’ Passes to Advance Chicago Screening

29 October 2009 11:28 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In our latest horror edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 25 admit-two passes up for grabs to the advance Chicago screening of “The House of the Devil”!

The House of the Devil” from writer and director Ti West (read our interview with him here) stars Jocelin Donahue, Tom Noonan, Mary Woronov, Greta Gerwig, Aj Bowen, Dee Wallace, Heather Robb, Mary B. McCann and John Speredakos. The 1980s-set satanic thriller opens in Chicago on Nov. 13, 2009 and was part of the 2009 Chicago International Film Festival.

To win your free pass to the advance Chicago screening of “The House of the Devil” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, all you need to do is answer our question below. That’s it! This screening will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. Directions to enter this Hookup and immediately win can be found beneath the graphic below.

The House of the Devil »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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'E.T.' Phones Home In Today's Sick Day Stash

28 October 2009 12:00 PM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

Call them "cult classics." "Guilty pleasures." "Comfort movies." We all have a mental rolodex of flicks that may not be terribly popular but, for one reason or another, they resonate in a very special way. Maybe you saw it at the right moment. Maybe you just see gold where everyone else sees feces. Whatever the case, these are the special favorites that you keep stashed away for sick days. Here are some of ours.

I've been racking my brain all week for a good Halloween-themed Sick Day Stash pick. My focus had been on horror movies of course, since this is the time of year when we all dress up like someone or something else and attempt to scare the crap out of one another. Then, on Monday, I got an invite to check out a free, outdoor screening of a childhood classic (thanks to the 45th Street Block Association, »

- Adam Rosenberg

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Fun For Everyone Halloween Films – Part III!

28 October 2009 8:01 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

The belfry has struck twice in the land of Fun For Everyone Halloween Films here at Screen Rant, and the third, final chime is preparing to strike!

Join the Screen Rant team as we detail this last entry for our 2009 Fun For Everyone Halloween Films listing and “chime in” with your own!

5. Edward Scissorhands (1990): I would love to see how something like Edward Scissorhands would go over in today’s society. Clearly, if the school he’d be attending observed any of today’s weapon policies, he’d be expelled instantly and have at least 4 interviews on news programs and talk shows before the week was over about how the institution is “denying his fundamental right to express himself.” Edward Scissorhands reminds me a lot of many of the movies that came out in the late 80s, up until 1990. Lots of teen angst with a dash of fantasy – lots »

- Mike Wilkerson

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Dee Wallace Talks Horror -- Exclusive Video Interview

22 October 2009 1:31 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Know who we love? Dee Wallace that's who. So much so that we couldn't resist hanging with her for a bit and getting her view on her long and amazing career. Get ready to spend a few minutes with one very classy horror-loving lady!

In this exclusive interview actress and author Dee Wallace talks about working with many of the giants of modern genre cinema -- including Peter Jackson (The Frighteners), Steven Spielberg (E.T.), and Joe Dante (The Howling) -- as well as up-and-comer Rob Zombie (Halloween) and reliable craftsman Lewis Teague (Cujo).

That truly is an incredible resume of directors and films. Dee's got a lot to say about how she went from being cast as psychos to supermoms, the kinds of roles available for actresses over a certain age in Hollywood, and why the genre needs to respect itself in order to be worthy of our attention. In addition, »

- Uncle Creepy

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A Conversation with Danielle Harris

17 October 2009 2:29 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Danielle Harris, star of four films in the Halloween franchise, as well as pictures like The Last Boyscout, City Slickers, Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead, and the television series Roseanne was kind enough to sit down with me at the 2009 Spooky Empire convention in Orlando, Florida to talk about her career. The interview was filmed live, but due to surrounding noise I have transcribed the conversation below.

Ja/Fangoria: First of all, can I say how nervous I am that we are making a film with John Landis sitting right over there?

Danielle Harris: (laughs)

Ja: We're here at the Spooky Empire convention in Orlando, Florida, and how has it been going for you so far?

Dh: It's been good! It's been really busy.

Ja: Have you met any creeps so far?

Dh: Not really at this show, only a handful. (laughs)

Ja: You actually lived here in Florida, »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Jason Anders)

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Open Question: Your 5 Favorite Modern Film Scores

14 October 2009 2:00 PM, PDT | Movie Cultists | See recent Movie Cultists news »

When you can recognize a movie from the score, chances are it's a great movie.  The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.  Back to the Future.  Lord of the Rings.  Psycho.  The Godfather.  Pretty much all John Williams: Jaws, Star Wars, E.T., and the rest. A lot of scores are phoned in nowadays, but then, they always were -- just like how back in the golden age of filmmaking, somebody was making The Hideous Sun Demon.  There's still a lot of good stuff, and each of us have our own particular favorites.  I'm not talking about "best" -- I'm talking about »

- Michael Dance

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Drew Barrymore shines again on SNL, best of videos roundup

11 October 2009 10:32 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Drew Barrymore is an actress whose range of abilities is hugely underrated. Since we fell in love with her in "E.T.," she has appeared in so many different genres of film, from a deadly vamp in "Poison Ivy" to holding her own for laughs against Adam Sandler in "50 First Dates." Her recent "Grey Gardens" effort on HBO earned her an Emmy nomination, and showed how well she can deliver a dramatic role to the screen. Barrymore's elastic acting chops served her well last night on "Saturday Night Live", appearing on the long-running "live from New York" comedy skit show for nine episodes now. NBC fired us the highlights from last night.s show hosted by Barrymore. The clips »

- April MacIntyre

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