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Robert Zemeckis (‘Forrest Gump’) has feather in his cap after being voted top Best Director Oscar winner of 1990s [Poll Results]

Robert Zemeckis (‘Forrest Gump’) has feather in his cap after being voted top Best Director Oscar winner of 1990s [Poll Results]
Mama always said Robert Zemeckis was the top Best Director Oscar winner of the 1990s for his work on “Forrest Gump.” Zemeckis was the top choice in Gold Derby’s poll asking you to vote for your favorite of the ’90s, and no other director came close.

Zemeckis won Gold Derby’s poll with an astonishing 49% of the vote, leaving everyone else in the dust. Steven Spielberg (“Schindler’s List”) came in second at 15%, while Jonathan Demme (“The Silence of the Lambs”) was the only other double-digit vote-getter at 10%. Rounding out the top five here were Spielberg (“Saving Private Ryan”) at 9% and James Cameron (“Titanic”) at 8%. Far below the rest we had Sam Mendes (“American Beauty”) at 4%, followed by Clint Eastwood (“Unforgiven”) at 2%. Three directors tied for last in our poll with 1% of the vote each: Kevin Costner (“Dances with Wolves”), Mel Gibson (“Braveheart”) and Anthony Minghella (“The English Patient
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Robert Zemeckis Goes Back to Science-Fiction With “Steel Soldiers”

When you think of Director Robert Zemeckis, here is the short list of his best known works: Allied, Flight, The Polar Express, Contact, Forrest Gump, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Back to the Future, Romancing the Stone, Used Cars Now here is the corresponding list of leading men/women: Brad Pitt, Denzel Washington, Tom Hanks, Jodie Foster, Tom Hanks, Christopher Lloyd, Michael J. Fox, Michael Douglas-Kathleen Turner, Kurt Russell. Comparing the successes, the question is whether Zemeckis has earned his reputation from being a great director, picking the best of the A-list Hollywood stars, or a combination of both. The new Steel

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Pete’s 2017 Media Diary

This is the fourth year publishing the list of television, movies, and books that I read throughout the year. It’s always interesting to look back on the content you have consumed with your viewing and reading habits laid out in front of you. It can be pretty scary for those not ready to truly look inside their own mind. For me, my biggest takeaway is always… “I need to read more books”. Looking through my 2017 media diary it’s hard to deny the fact I read zero books. I did however watch plenty of great television, and a few great movies. (Here’s to changing that in 2018).

2017 was the year in which my excitement for new television far exceeded my excitement for new movies. I continued my trend from 2016 where I felt I watched more television than movies. Television had a far larger impact on me, and sure there
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The troubled production of The Jewel Of The Nile

Simon Brew Jan 8, 2018

When Romancing The Stone hit big, Fox wanted a sequel: quickly. And that, in turn, caused a few problems...

The recent addition of Robert Zemeckis’ Romancing The Stone to Netflix – starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner – stirred up a sizeable amount of love and nostalgia for the 1984 caper. In it, Douglas and Turner take on their own Indiana Jones-esque adventure, with crucially a couple at the heart of it that you could really root for.

But whereas Romancing The Stone tends to be very well loved, there’s a lot less affection for its rushed-out sequel, The Jewel Of The Nile. In fact, if anything, the film is best known for the song that Billy Ocean sings over the end credits, When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going (itself based on a line of dialogue that’s spouted a couple of times in the
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Return of "Buffy The Vampire Slayer"

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As The Walt Disney Co. continues to buy up popular movie/TV content for the 'DisneyLife' streaming service, take a look at some of the brands the studio will now control and develop through their recent acquisition of 21st Century Fox entertainment assets, including "Buffy The Vampire Slayer":

Besides "Buffy", other brands for streaming and development include "Alien","Planet Of The Apes"...

..."The Simpsons", "Die Hard", Independence Day", "Kingsman", "Family Guy", "The X-Files", "Avatar", "Predator"...

..."Ice Age", "Wolverine"...

..."Goosebumps", "American Dad:, "American Horror Story", "Deadpool", "Fantastic Four"...

..."Fargo", "The Fly", "Futurama"...

..."Home Alone", "Homeland", "M*A*S*H.", "Night at the Museum:, "The Omen", "The Peanuts Movie", "Romancing the Stone", "X-Men"...

...and whole lot more...

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"Buffy The Vampire Slayer" Comic Books
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Exclusive: 'Shazam!' Director David Sandberg Dishes on Bringing the DC Hero to the Big Screen: 'It's Very Fun'

Exclusive: 'Shazam!' Director David Sandberg Dishes on Bringing the DC Hero to the Big Screen: 'It's Very Fun'
Up-and-coming horror director David F. Sandberg will soon be helming DC's Shazam!, and the 36-year-old filmmaker says he's looking forward to bringing the relatively obscure superhero to the big screen.

"It's very fun, lighthearted movie," Sandberg told Et's Ash Crossan at theLos Angeles premiere of his latest film, Annabelle: Creation, on Monday."It's about a kid who gets to become an adult superhero, so that's just gonna be so fun to explore."

Shazam! -- which tells the story of a young boy named Billy Batson, who is given the power to become the adult superhero Captain Marvel and battle the forces of evil with the use of a magic word -- is planned as primarily an origin story, and will likely be an introduction to the hero for many moviegoers.

News: Dwayne Johnson Says He's Playing 'Shazam' Villain Black Adam

"To be honest, it was not a superhero I grew up with either. When I grew
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TV Review: ‘Hooten & the Lady’ on the CW

TV Review: ‘Hooten & the Lady’ on the CW
If “Hooten & the Lady” feels somewhat predictable at times, that’s because it is. That’s not a knock on the series, though, because it knows it. In fact, that’s a major part of its appeal. The British Sky1 original series — now re-airing all eight of its episodes here as part of the The CW’s summer schedule — intentionally draws on that feeling of nostalgia that comes with an “Indiana Jones” flick or even “Romancing The Stone.” From the Amazon to Rome to Egypt to the Himalayas, “Hooten & the Lady’s” first season attempts to tell a rather self-contained action-adventure story in the span of eight separate hours. And it succeeds.

First of all, the series’ peculiar title is more straightforward than it seems: Your typical American adventurer-cum-thief, Hooten (Michael Landes) has stubble, a tan, and a smile that can get any woman on his side. That is, except for the aforementioned “Lady,” Alex
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Aquaman Comic-Con Trailer Description Leaks

Aquaman Comic-Con Trailer Description Leaks
With San Diego Comic-Con 2017 just a few weeks away, fans are waiting for the official schedule to be released, but there have already been some interesting rumors that have spread. The latest centers on Warner Bros.' Aquaman movie, and even though the movie is still in the midst of production, a new rumor claims that a trailer has been cut to show to the Comic-Con fans. Here's what an unidentified source who works for the trailer company TrailerPark, had to say.

"I work for trailerpark and I've seen the Aquaman teaser that WB is gonna show at Sdcc. It was around 1min 30 secs long I don't know exactly sorry I wasn't on the team that cut the teaser. I only got to watch it once so I cant go into too much detail. It opens with some mellow piano music, showing Amnesty Bay with a voice over from Momoa.
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Cool Aquaman Stunt Video Has Dolph Lundgren Swimming on Land

Cool Aquaman Stunt Video Has Dolph Lundgren Swimming on Land
With production continuing on Aquaman from the Australia set, actor Dolph Lundgren shared a new photo and video through his social media channels. The video was posted to the actor's Snapchat, where we see Dolph on a stunt rig, practicing an underwater scene where he swims up to a certain character, portrayed in the rehearsal by an unidentified man, before pulling up and coming to a stop, coming face to face with him. The video also showcases the actor going back through the footage, to see how his movements look on camera. Unfortunately, the actor isn't in his full King Nereus costume, but hopefully we'll get our first official look at him soon.

On the official Dolph Lundgren Instagram, the actor posted a photo where he's seen wearing a harness for wire work, revealing that wire work is a "good core workout." He's not in full costume here either, but perhaps these rehearsals do indicate that we're getting closer and closer to seeing him on the set in full costume. Still, even if that does happen soon, it's entirely possible that we won't get an official first look at King Nereus. Regardless, this is the first updates we've seen from the set in quite awhile, following a set photo that surfaced last month featuring the first meeting between Aquaman and Mera.

The character of King Nereus is quite a recent one in the DC Comics pantheon, created by DC Films president Geoff Johns and Paul Pelletier, debuting in Aquaman Vol. 7 #19 (June 2013). This character rules an underwater kingdom known as Xebel, the homeland of Mera, who Nereus claims as his own, as he formulates plans to kill Aquaman. While it remains to be seen if this particular story line will be used in the movie, Jason Momoa teased this Aquaman movie will be based on the New 52 reboot comics, which is where King Nereus was introduced. Nereus' primary power is Hydrokinesis, allowing him to manipulate water in any way, although it remains to be seen if the movie version of Nereus will retain the same powers.

The video was posted on Twitter by a user named MAHDi, who revealed that he found this video on Dolph Ludgren's Snapchat. He also refers to the Aquaman secret working title, Ahab, which was revealed back in December, long before filming actually started. Filming is expected to last throughout the summer in Australia, with another report revealing that the production has set up a fall shoot in Italy. There will reportedly be scenes filmed at Castle of Venus in Erice, on the island of Sicily, just off the coast of Italy. No details have been released about what exactly is being filmed there.

While very little about the story has been revealed, director James Wan has confirmed that the DC Comics character Aqualad will not have a presence in this movie. Star Jason Momoa has described Aquaman, which hits theaters on December 21, 2018, as a "coming of age story," while director James Wan has hinted at some romantic adventure elements, comparing this story to the iconic 1980s movie Romancing the Stone, starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. While we wait for more plot details, take a look at the set video and photo for Aquaman.

Dolph Lundgren (King Nereus) practicing stunts for

— MAHDi (@MAHDCi) June 21, 2017
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Great Job, Internet!: Why were there so many sliding scenes in ’80s and ’90s movies?

If you watch a certain breed of movie from the mid-’80s through the mid’-’90s, you’ll notice a lot of sequences focused on people sliding down mountains, water slides, even mud slides, in films from Romancing The Stone to The Goonies. A new Fandor video opines that there’s a very specific reason for that, and points to these cinematic slides’ possible political base. After the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, the tearing down of the Berlin Wall, and “drug use and nuclear weapons proliferation,” the video maintains, the world was in an uncertain state. Movies decided to deal with these problems by adding the fantasy escapist angle of water slides, which were becoming popular as a new addition to the family amusement park. Bill And Ted’s Excellent Adventure shows Napoleon loving a straight-up water park in Waterloo, but as the video shows, films like
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Aquaman Videos Reveal Massive Water Tanks On Set

Aquaman Videos Reveal Massive Water Tanks On Set
Warner Bros.' highly-anticipated superhero adventure Aquaman started production in Australia earlier this month, although we haven't seen too much from the set so far. Today we have new videos and photos that show the production utilizing some massive water tanks for some water scenes that are set at the hero's home at Amnesty Bay. This report also reveals that young actor Otis Dhanji, who is portraying the young Arthur Curry, has been spotted on the set. reports that filming took place at a custom-made set next to Palazzo Versace over the weekend, where both Jason Momoa and his stuntman were spotted on the set, along with actors playing "big bikies." This report also reveals that, while this shoot was going on, both Otis Dhanji, who plays the young Arthur Curry/Aquaman, and Temuera Morrison, who plays Arthur's human father, were spotted filming at Village Roadshow Studios,
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Mera Emerges from the Ocean in New Aquaman Photo

Mera Emerges from the Ocean in New Aquaman Photo
It's been over two weeks since Aquaman began production, but Queen Mera has only just arrived. Today marked Amber Heard's first day of filming on the Australia set, and to commemorate the occasion, director James Wan sent out the first official photo of Mera. While we've seen a photo of Mera from Justice League, it seems she'll have a much different look in this movie. Amber Heard herself also celebrated her first day on set by sharing a photo of herself in the makeup chair, while reading an Aquaman comic book.

Both James Wan and Amber Heard shared their respective photos on Twitter earlier today, and it's certainly possible that these images are just the first of many as filming continues in Australia. While we haven't seen much from the set, aside from today's photos, Warner Bros. recently revealed the official Aquaman movie logo, while two new cast members recently came aboard.
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Alan Silvestri Receives Icon Honor at Bmi Film, TV and Visual Awards

Alan Silvestri Receives Icon Honor at Bmi Film, TV and Visual Awards
Veteran film composer Alan Silvestri received the Icon Award before a cheering crowd of composers and songwriters at the annual Film, TV and Visual-Media Awards of Broadcast Music Inc. (Bmi) Wednesday night at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

Silvestri, the Oscar-nominated composer of “Forrest Gump,” Grammy winner for “Cast Away” and an Emmy winner for “Cosmos,” ascended the stage to the strains of “Back to the Future,” his most famous movie theme. His nearly 100 other films include “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” “Night at the Museum,” “The Croods” ” and “Marvel’s The Avengers.”

“I did my first film in 1972, so it’s been 45 years,” Silvestri told Variety prior to the awards ceremony. “I never thought I would do this,” he said, referring to a career scoring movies. “I’m really looking at tonight as a chance to publicly thank a small group of people who have been so instrumental in my being here.
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Film Review: ‘Snatched’

Film Review: ‘Snatched’
Amy Schumer is one of those rare comic artists, like Louis C.K. or Chris Rock, who can get you laughing out loud at reality. Two years ago, she carried that scorched-earth impulse right into her first movie, the fearlessly funny and close-to-the-bone “Trainwreck.” Written by Schumer herself, and directed by Judd Apatow, it was the most audacious romantic comedy in years — and the most satisfying, too — because it touched a nerve of almost masochistic sincerity. In “Snatched,” her first movie since “Trainwreck,” Schumer gets cast as a loser who’s even further down on the totem pole of respectability. It’s a sign of Schumer’s rapport with the audience that in the opening scene, where she appears to be playing the most annoying off-the-rack clothing-store customer in history (it turns out she’s actually the sales person), the deeper the hole she digs for herself, the more we like her.
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May 9th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Brain Damage, The Void, Serial Mom

For this Tuesday’s Blu-ray and DVD releases, we have an eclectic assortment of titles coming home, including films from the likes of Frank Henenlotter, John Waters, Roland Emmerich, and Gus Van Sant's remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s most iconic film. Scream Factory is keeping busy this week with two different titles—Serial Mom and Psycho (1998)—and Arrow Video has put together an impressive special edition set for Henenlotter’s cult classic Brain Damage.

For those who may have missed it earlier this year, the surreal indie horror flick The Void makes it way to DVD on May 9th, and we have a bunch of other notable titles arriving on Tuesday, too, including Making Contact, American Mummy, The Gorenos, Clown Kill, and The Evangelist.

Brain Damage: 2-Disc Special Edition (Arrow Video, Blu-ray)

It’S A Headache From Hell! From Frank Henenlotter, the man behind such cult horror favourites as Basket Case and Frankenhooker,
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Contest: Win Serial Mom Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray

The "perfect" nuclear family gets a blood-stained twist as only John Waters can provide in Serial Mom, and Scream Factory is releasing the cult 1994 film on a Collector's Edition Blu-ray that would meet even Beverly Sutphin's high standards. To celebrate the new home media release, we've been provided with three Blu-ray copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.


Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Collector's Edition Blu-ray copy of Serial Mom.

How to Enter: We're giving Daily Dead readers multiple chances to enter and win:

1. Instagram: Following us on Instagram during the contest period will give you an automatic contest entry. Make sure to follow us at:

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Serial Mom Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Clips & Trailer

On May 9th, Scream Factory is going to remind viewers why you don't dare cross Beverly Sutphin with their Collector's Edition Blu-ray release of John Waters' Serial Mom, and we have high-def clips and a trailer that tease what to expect from the new home media release.

Serial Mom Collector's Edition Blu-ray: "Every woman wants to be wanted… just not for Murder One!

Director John Waters (Pink Flamingos, Hairspray) brings his twisted cinematic vision to the seemingly mundane world of suburbia in Serial Mom, an outrageous dark comedy starring Kathleen Turner (Body Heat, Romancing The Stone).

Beverly (Turner) is the perfect happy homemaker. Along with her doting husband Eugene (Sam Waterston) and two children, Misty (Ricki Lake) and Chip (Matthew Lillard), she lives a life straight out of Good Housekeeping. But this nuclear family just might explode when Beverly's fascination with serial killers collides with her ever-so-proper code of
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First Official Set Photo For Aquaman Surfaces From The Deep As Production Gets Underway

The King of Atlantis is ready for his close-up now that production on James Wan’s Aquaman movie is officially underway – and the first set photo is here to prove it.

Gearing up for a six-month shoot Down Under, writer-director James Wan took to Twitter to share a new image of what we assume to be the mechanical bowels of a submarine. If you peer close enough, you’ll be able to locate the film’s working title, ‘Ahab’, along with a reworked version of the Aquaman logo that bubbled to the surface just prior to the unveiling of March’s suitably epic Justice League trailer.

Beyond that, there’s not much more information to glean from the still below, but if nothing else, the DC faithful can rest assured that the cameras are now officially rolling on the Aquaman set. Incidentally, Wan yelled “action!” just as Corin Hardy’s
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Great Scott! Would you want to see Robert Zemeckis direct The Flash?

Author: Scott Davis

Are you telling me that the director of Back to the Future could be about to helm the next big Dceu film, The Flash? If new rumours are to be believed the legendary filmmaker is in talks with Warner Bros about taking over the long-gestating project, according to Screen Junkies.

Zemeckis would certainly be something a coup for the studios having had plenty of trouble trying to get this film of the ground. But with his directorial style and his recent embracing of 3D, it could be a match made in heaven. Most recently, he made Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard-starrer Allied, and has made such films as Cast Away, The Walk, Romancing the Stone and What Lies Beneath.

The film has had a checkered production history so far: Originally it was set to be made by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord (The Lego Movie) but
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Michael Douglas Shares Secrets of His Long Career, From ‘Cuckoo’s Nest’ to ‘Wall Street’

Michael Douglas Shares Secrets of His Long Career, From ‘Cuckoo’s Nest’ to ‘Wall Street’
Oscar-winner Michael Douglas revealed the ups and downs in his film career during a live conversation with Ben Mankiewicz at the eighth annual TCM Classic Film Festival on Saturday. Held at Hollywood’s historic Montalban Theatre, the two-hour discussion covered everything from Douglas’s early television roles to his work on Marvel’s upcoming “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” Here are some of the surprising highlights.

Hairy Beginnings

In 1969, Douglas made his feature debut in “Hail, Hero!” an obscure anti-war drama about a college student who joins the army during the Vietnam war. “Arthur Kennedy played my father, and in the movie he takes my long hair and he chops it all off,” Douglas said. “So I’m showing it to my dad (Kirk Douglas) and he said “You should go to my barber. There’s a way to do that so it looks halfway decent, so you won’t look like a total dork.
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