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The Notable Films of 2011: Part One

13 December 2010 7:39 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Back for its third year (see the 2010 edition) and bigger than ever, today kicks off the first in a fifteen-part look at the various cinematic releases hitting the U.S. in 2011. Each 'part' contains brief descriptions and editorial opinion/analysis of varying length covering twenty films. Expect the remaining ones to go up between now and the first major releases in mid-January.

Like all cinematic lists set within a timeframe, there's some overlap. Some films here have already opened worldwide but have yet to hit the U.S., some upcoming films you'd expect to be here aren't because they're either still in development or have already announced 2012 release dates, some were on last year's list but got delayed so have been included again (but with all new analysis).

I confined my list to films that have either set 2011 release dates or had begun/completed production, and only films that have »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2011: Part One

13 December 2010 7:39 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Back for its third year (see the 2010 edition) and bigger than ever, today kicks off the first in a fifteen-part look at the various cinematic releases hitting the U.S. in 2011. Each 'part' contains brief descriptions and editorial opinion/analysis of varying length covering twenty films. Expect the remaining ones to go up between now and the first major releases in mid-January.

Like all cinematic lists set within a timeframe, there's some overlap. Some films here have already opened worldwide but have yet to hit the U.S., some upcoming films you'd expect to be here aren't because they're either still in development or have already announced 2012 release dates, some were on last year's list but got delayed so have been included again (but with all new analysis).

I confined my list to films that have either set 2011 release dates or had begun/completed production, and only films that have »

- Garth Franklin

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9 Other ’80s Sci-Fi Fantasies That Deserve Sequels

11 December 2010 2:00 PM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

When the original “Tron” was released in 1982, its cutting-edge CGI animation and odd story about bits and users and data storage was a little ahead of its time for a populace whose majority had never touched a computer. It languished as a cult film for many years until Disney greenlit the splashy revival “Tron: Legacy,” which brings star Jeff Bridges back onto the gamegrid in spectacular fashion.

But if Disney is willing to fork over hundreds of millions for a direct sequel to an old underperformer like “Tron,” what’s to stop other studios from reviving cult sci-fi properties from two decades ago?

Nothing, really (unless common sense counts as something), so we compiled a list of our favorite underappreciated ’80s sci-fi titles along with our own fanciful ideas of how to expand them into a franchise.

9. ‘*batteries not included’ (1987)

Cute family of small sentient spaceships from another planet helping »

- Max Evry

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LucasFilm Denies Plans To Resurrect Dead Celebrities

7 December 2010 4:20 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

People were understandably disturbed by the news yesterday that George Lucas is buying up film rights with the intention of using the likenesses of dead celebrities to make a super-star-studded film. The whole thing was reminiscent of the DirecTV commercial controversy back in 2008 when the satellite TV company used archive footage of Heather O'Rourke in Poltergeist to sell they're wares, and people were none to happy about that either. Fortunately, the story isn't true. OnTheRedCarpet has spoken to a representative from LucasFilm who has denied the story, saying that it "is a false rumor." The story originated with actor/director and former Lucas collaborator Mel Smith who also criticized the director's overuse of CGI, calling the last two Star Wars film's ghastly. So now the question is, if the story is indeed untrue, where did Smith pick up the idea that George Lucas was doing this? It seems like a »

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Attack of The PG-13 Horror Film

22 November 2010 6:44 PM, PST | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

by Mike Pickle

Many Horror fans out there are aware of the decline of great Horror films. I'm not an elitist when it comes to horror and I am aware that a few good films are still being made, but it's common knowledge that the great ones are reserved for the indie and foreign markets. Even the horror films that break ground in the mainstream are made by indie filmmakers. Films like The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity can scare up huge box office numbers, but anomalies like these don't happen in mainstream film every day. Rest assured that if you see a studio sinking decent money into a Horror flick it's almost always watered down to the dreaded PG-13 rating to reach a higher demographic. This was likely the mentality in a stuffy boardroom of 20th Century Fox when they decided to make the upcoming reboot of Alien »

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The Rise And Fall Of The Hollywood Auteur

21 November 2010 6:23 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Part II:  The Producers Take Back The Reins

By the late 1970s, the tremendous creative license the major studios under a new generation of production chiefs had granted the young tyros of the 1960s – Coppola, Scorsese, et al – had expired as each managed to deliver at least one, major, back-breaking flop.  For Scorsese, it had been the grim musical New York, New York (1977, $13.8 million U.S. vs. a budget of $14 million); Peter Bogdanovich turned out a streak of losers including period piece Daisy Miller (1974), comedy Nickelodeon (1976), and another disastrous musical, At Long Last Love (1975, $1.5 million U.S./$6 million cost); after the back-to-back hits of The French Connection and The Exorcist, William Friedkin delivered Sorcerer (1977, $6 million U.S. against a crushing $22 million cost); and Francis Coppola, after a string of commercial and/or critical home runs including The Godfather (1972), The Conversation (1974), The Godfather Part II (1974), and Apocalypse Now (1979), turned out One from the Heart »

- Bill Mesce

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DVD: DVD: The Goonies (Blu-ray)

16 November 2010 10:01 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Had Steven Spielberg stopped making films in the mid-’80s, his most lasting contribution would likely have been changing the way we look at American suburbs and small towns. E.T. suggested a potential for wonder beneath the rolling lines of identical houses. Though Spielberg’s own films quickly moved on from that locale, he kept producing movies in which other filmmakers explored the hidden potential for terror (Poltergeist), satire (Gremlins), and self-discovery (Back To The Future) in the midst of sleepy anonymity. Directed by Richard Donner from a story by Spielberg and a script by GremlinsChris Columbus, the »

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25 Creepiest Movie Quotes

31 October 2010 8:00 AM, PDT | Extra | See recent Extra news »

Oh, Halloween is totally On! Counting down, "Extra" has collected 25 of the most spine tingling and scariest quotes ever uttered in movies.

25 Best Horror Movie Quotes25. 'Paranormal Activity' (2007)

"No, you haven't been having any progress, and you're not in control. It is in control, and if you think you're in control, then you're being an idiot! Not a single thing you've done has helped, and I'm sorry, I don't mean to burst your bubble, »

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13 Scariest Horror Soundtracks

30 October 2010 3:31 PM, PDT | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

The mid-’70′s through the mid-’80′s saw scores for horror films reach a pinnacle of brilliantly chilling extravagance Sasha and I have chosen 12 composers who gave us goosebumps in 13 films. »

- Ryan Adams

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Metalocalypse’s Brendan Small Shares His Perfect 24 Hours of Horror Movies

27 October 2010 3:55 PM, PDT | MoviesOnline.ca | See recent MoviesOnline news »

Brendan Small has helmed Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse for the past three years but seems to have been amassing horror movie fanboyism since the tender age of seven. In this interview with the Av Club’s Keith Phipps, Small recounts his first experiences with the horror movie genre with Poltergeist and how that relatively tame Tobe Hooper outing quickly gave way to [...] Related Photos »

- Nathan

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Transformers 3 gets title and, yes, still takes itself way too seriously.

26 October 2010 11:54 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Let’s face it folks, the Transformers franchise started better than expected… at least when you consider that Michael Bay, who’s penchant for telling a story is considered a myth created by Heathen God’s of the popcorn industry, is directing. There’s been the good, the bad and the downright ugly. Like, so ugly it got smashed by the ugly bus… driven by the ugly driver and then robbed by the… anyway, you get the picture.

The point is, unless they called this new instalment Transformers 3: Sorry For Transformers 2 (it was always going to be a long shot I know) then it’s going to be hard to forget the past. What with all the mess and screeching and racial caricaturing that occurred last time… and stuff…

It’s been a topsy, turvy few years in the movies here; in the first one it had scenes »

- Adam Spinks

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6. 'Poltergeist': "They're Heeeere!" - 20 Most Iconic Horror Scenes of All Time

26 October 2010 5:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Halloween, Horror

The Movie: 'Poltergeist' (1982)

The Scene: The Freeling family is all curled up in the parents' bed. They're typical, living their early 80's, suburban lives. It's normal to the point of banality, but a series of inexplicable occurrences starts to intrude into their Spielbergian postcards. A malevolent entity is encroaching upon their home and it has its sights set on their youngest, Carol Ann (Heather O'Rourke). Carol Ann awakens. The TV speaks to her, voices that only she can hear. Smoky tendrils creep out from the television, slithering across the room. The spirit plunges into the wall and tremors rock the home. As Steve (Craig Nelson) and Diane (JoBeth Williams) awaken, Carol Ann warns, "They're here."

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- Jason Murphy

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Music in the movies: a further celebration of Jerry Goldsmith

25 October 2010 8:26 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

In his latest Music in the movies column, Glen returns to the work of Jerry Goldsmith, and takes a look back at his greatest compositions...

Following on from the sci-fi themes of Jerry Goldsmith article a few weeks back, here's the promised follow-up exploring some of (well, a lot of) his other great scores. The piece is a little longer than usual, so I'll keep the intro to a minimum and get on with the celebration of the great man's scores.

Patton

Goldsmith's score for this 1970 biopic about the legendary Us General George S Patton, stands as one of the greatest pieces that he composed throughout his career, which is high praise, indeed.

Stirring, emotional and inspirational are but a few of the adjectives that could be used to describe this masterclass in composing, which has Goldsmith creating a suitably militaristic march to the score backed by heavy use of »

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Spielberg Commits to DreamWorks' Robopocalypse!

22 October 2010 5:58 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Remember the Steven Spielberg who brought us Jaws? The same one who brought us Duel and Poltergeist? That's the filmmaker we love.

Nowadays his movies, while good, almost always have a completely unnecessary dollop of cheese added to their endings. Hopefully for his next film for DreamWorks, Robopocalypse, he'll get back to business. We can only hope right?

According to Variety the super director/producer has officially committed to DreamWorks that he'll bring the epic Robopocalypse to theaters in 2013. A January 2011 start date is scheduled. Robopocalypse, based on the novel of the same name by Daniel H. Wilson, explores the fate of the human race following a robot uprising. Drew Goddard (Cloverfield) has penned the adaptation.

Look for more on this one soon, and please, Steven, no more cheese with our steak dinners!

- Uncle Creepy

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Battle robots in the Dread Central forums! »

- Uncle Creepy

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Exclusive: They’re Here – A Viral Exposed!

7 October 2010 9:45 AM, PDT | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

About a month ago, I happened upon a viral site for “something” at theyrehere.net. The site featured a countdown clock which (at the time) was around 38 days + some odd hours and minutes, at the time of this writing it’s down to 2 days plus and throughout the entire countdown a twitter account @theyrehere2010 which is run by someone called Paul Terence Geist, located in London has been sending out links to youtube videos like the one below.

They’re Here – We’re Here

The various videos have all seemed to indicate the arrival of something (aliens maybe?) but they don’t really offer many clues themselves. Soon after the communications began from the twitter account, many people noticed that Paul Terence Geist seemed an awful lot like Paul-Ter-Geist or “Poltergeist” and, along with the “They’re Here” moniker, many started to speculate that this was either a Poltergeist remake, »

- Jason Moore

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Bill Condon Recruits Crew from Pan’S Labyrinth, Watchmen, Benjamin Button and Avatar to Bring You The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn

4 October 2010 10:02 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The announcement that acclaimed writer/director Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) had signed on to helm the popcorn blockbuster that is The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn was met with some derision (“He knows he won an Oscar, right?”).  But Condon has handled pre-production with the utmost class, kicking things off with a thoughtful letter to the fans.

Five months later, Condon followed up with another note to Twihards with an update on the crew he is assembling.  They include:

Cinematographer Guillermo Navarro (Pan’s Labyrinth) Costume designer Michael Wilkinson (300, Watchmen) Makeup designer Jean Black (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) Production designer and frequent Condon collaborator Richard Sherman (Kinsey) Visual effects supervisor John Bruno (Avatar)

You can read the full letter after the jump.

Courtesy of the official Twilight Saga Facebook page:

Hello fans!

Has it really been five months (and a day) since my last dispatch?  In my defense, they’ve »

- Brendan Bettinger

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Bill Condon announces key crew for 'Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn'

4 October 2010 5:03 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Bill Condon is about a month away from beginning production on the final installment of The Twilight Saga, but the director just announced late last week the department heads for Breaking Dawn via a letter to his Facebook fans, which was posted Friday. And lucky for us, he’s made some good choices for the final chapter, which will be turned into two separate films.

Pan’s Labyrinth cinematographer Guillermo Navarro will man the cameras on Breaking Dawn while Watchmen costume designer Michael Wilkinson will be outfitting the final chapter. Wilkinson also worked on 300 and the upcoming Tron: Legacy. Jean Black, »

- Nicole Sperling

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Director Bill Condon issues ’The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn’ updates

1 October 2010 11:03 PM, PDT | Twilight Examiner | See recent Twilight Examiner news »

While Bill Condon might not be on Twitter like The Twilight Saga: Eclipse director David Slade is, and he also might not have a Facebook page like screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, the Official Twilight Facebook page has issued yet another letter from this The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 director to Twilight fans.

The lengthy note updates fans on the pre-production efforts ... "Jean Black, our makeup designer, has worked ext .. pointed to The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button as ... r John Bruno has been responsible for some of the most memorable special effects ever, with his groundbreaking work on display in everything from Poltergeist to Avatar ... rapher, Guillermo Navarro, who Condon has been "painstakingly planning each shot" with; a new costume designer, Michael Wilkinson ("just wait 'til you see his take on the vampire witnesses who come to Forks from around the globe"); Richard Sherman, »

- thetwilightexaminer

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'Devil' Interview: Drew and John Erick Dowdle Take Us to Hell

16 September 2010 8:59 AM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

Keeping things very secret until its release tomorrow morning is Universal Pictures' Devil, the M. Night Shyamalan-produced (under his Night Chronicles banner) thriller that stars Chris Messina as Bowden, a sobered-up homicide detective who is involved with a group of people trapped in an elevator -- when they begin to mysteriously die one by one. Bloody Disgusting's Chris Eggertsen sat down with filmmakers Drew and John Erick Dowdle to chat about the evil visitor and hopefully provide some clues into this weekend's big mystery. There is famously much contention over the extent of Steven Spielberg's involvement in the production of 1982 film Poltergeist; some involved say he fully directed several scenes, while others claim that he simply exercised a very strong hand in creative decisions. Spielberg himself was quoted in one interview saying, "Tobe isn'ta take charge sort of guy". »

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Encountering Spielberg: A Steven Spielberg Profile (Part 3)

14 September 2010 11:10 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary Hollywood filmmaker Steven Spielberg in the third of a five part feature... read parts one and two.

In the screenplay Night Skies drafted by American filmmaker John Sayles (Passion Fish), a violent space creature has the ability to kill with a touch of its boney finger. One of the alien visitors befriends a farm boy and gets accidentally left behind. When director Steven Spielberg decided to lighten the tone of the story, Sayles left the project and the writing responsibilities fell to Melissa Mathison (Kundun). The end result was E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) with the hostiles being the human scientists seeking to capture the benevolent title character that possesses an endearing child-like curiosity. Featuring a family with an absentee father, Spielberg has readily admitted that the tale provided him with the means to address an emotionally painful event from his teenage years. “My parents »

- flickeringmyth

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