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Batman: Joe Dante turned movie down in 1980s

13 September 2016 2:17 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mike Cecchini Sep 14, 2016

The 1980s Batman movie you never saw could have had Joe Dante in the director's chair - and John Lithgow as The Joker...

Tom Mankiewicz's Batman sceenplay is one of the more interesting unmade superhero movies of all time. The man who gave Superman: The Movie's legendarily difficult early drafts the polish that helped make it the timeless classic that it is (and who also wrote, co-wrote, or re-wrote the screenplays for James Bond adventures like Live And Let Die, Diamonds Are Forever, and The Spy Who Loved Me) took a pass at Batman in the early 1980s, and one of the possibilities to direct it? That'd be Joe Dante (The Howling, Gremlins, Innerspace and more films that we love).

Dante passed on the movie, and it took several more years to actually get Batman to the big screen, by which point the project had »

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The Fovc Guide To The Drive-in Movie Part 3: Drive-in Movie Movies

21 August 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

11 Drive-in Movie Movies (in alphabetical order):

Blue Thunder (1983) One key sequence in this thriller about a high-tech urban surveillance helicopter is staged (during the daylight hours) at the Pickwick Drive-in in Burbank, California, which was razed in 1990. The Pickwick, due to its proximity to the local movie studios, hosted many movie premieres, most famously that of Blazing Saddles in 1974, for which everyone in attendance was on horseback.

Brokeback Mountain (2005) In one scene after his return from Brokeback Mountain, Ennis (Heath Ledger) takes his wife Alma (Michelle Williams) on a date to a drive-in movie theater, which is lovingly (if briefly) recreated in the film. And it’s a very effective moment of movie magic too—the scene wasn’t filmed at a drive-in at all, but instead a converted softball field in Alberta, Canada.

Cars (2006) During the end credits, the cars are shown at the drive-in cinema enjoying parodies »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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In (partial) defence of Fantastic Four

8 August 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

One year after the release of the universally castigated superhero movie, Sean Wilson pops the question: is it really That bad?

Amidst a disappointing 2016 blockbuster movie season I’m struggling to identify any genuine underdog movies, ones that received their fare share of critical bile but which I actually liked. (Case in point: Suicide Squad, which has been near-universally hated and which I detested too.)

2015 however was slightly different. I can pinpoint at least three summer releases that I felt were unfairly treated: Tomorrowland, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and, most controversially, Fantastic Four. All of these movies tanked at the box office (Tomorrowland was considered a colossal live-action write-off for Disney) and received middling-to-poor reviews, slipping from the minds of most viewers whilst lingering in mine. True they are all considerably flawed but I can think of several, far more hateful 2015 releases that really got my back up. »

- Sean Wilson

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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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Exclusive: Wamg Talks To Joe Dante – Mammoth Lakes Film Festival

27 May 2016 6:56 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The 2nd Annual Mammoth Lakes Film Festival is underway here in beautiful, Mammoth Lakes, California, and this year, they continue to impress with an incredible film selection. They are also introducing the Sierra Spirit Award, which they are presenting to legendary filmmaker Joe Dante tomorrow night after they screen his hit comedy InnerspaceRobert Picardo will also be joining Dante in a Q&A following the film. I spoke with Mr. Dante on the phone earlier this week. Check it out below!

First off, I have to say that I covered the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival for their first year last year, and I was very excited to see that you were on the list this year.

Joe Dante: What is it like? What should I expect?

Oh, it’s beautiful. The mountains are incredible, the people are beyond friendly, and the programming is amazing. I’m curious , how »

- Melissa Howland

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River Phoenix’s Classic ’80s Movie ‘Explorers': 11 Things You Didn’t Know

24 May 2016 4:05 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

For the children who watched in darkened theaters as Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix flew through space in a tricked out Tilt-a-Whirl carriage, the 1985 coming-of-age adventure “Explorers” was a defining moviegoing experience. The film is about a group of three boys drawn into deep space by media-loving aliens. The family sci-fi film is still beloved by a dedicated, albeit small, group of fans — those who may find it hard to believe that the cult film remains a sore spot with director Joe Dante. “It’s not a movie I revisit much,” the director told TheWrap during a recent interview, citing »

- Meriah Doty

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Ethan Hawke Remembers Working with River Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman: 'It's Been a Hard Loss'

19 February 2016 2:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Ethan Hawke says he regrets feeling competitive with River Phoenix. Hawke and Phoenix famously costarred in the 1985 film Explorers, and as two young actors they often found themselves going after the same movie roles. After losing a part in Stand by Me to Phoenix, Hawke struggled to get his footing in Hollywood while Phoenix went on to earn an Oscar nomination for 1988's Running on Empty. The actor admits he was "so jealous" of Phoenix's rising fame. "It was really hurting my life," Hawke, 45, said of the jealousy while speaking at the Austin Film Society on Thursday night. "Stand by Me »

- Jodi Guglielmi and Kristen O'Brien

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Ethan Hawke Remembers Working with River Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman: 'It's Been a Hard Loss'

19 February 2016 2:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Ethan Hawke says he regrets feeling competitive with River Phoenix. Hawke and Phoenix famously costarred in the 1985 film Explorers, and as two young actors they often found themselves going after the same movie roles. After losing a part in Stand by Me to Phoenix, Hawke struggled to get his footing in Hollywood while Phoenix went on to earn an Oscar nomination for 1988's Running on Empty. The actor admits he was "so jealous" of Phoenix's rising fame. "It was really hurting my life," Hawke, 45, said of the jealousy while speaking at the Austin Film Society on Thursday night. "Stand by Me »

- Jodi Guglielmi and Kristen O'Brien

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NYC Weekend Watch: Nervous Magic Lantern Festival, Minnelli, ‘Dracula’ & More

22 January 2016 8:00 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Since any New York cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Anthology Film Archives

Friday sees the start of a weekend-long Nervous Magic Lantern Festival, a tribute to Ken Jacobs‘ device which, according to the site, “uses lightweight fans and an exterior spinning shutter – along with the hands and creative mind of an active projectionist – to fill the screen with moving 3D forms that can be seen from every possible angle, »

- Nick Newman

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