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Could This Be The Future Of Film?

21 hours ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week Neil Calloway considers something that could change the film industry…

On Monday, seemingly out of nowhere, a new company announced an innovation that could change the way you experience movies. Dreamscape Immersives is not only a name that sounds like it’s out of a Philip K Dick novel, it offers the possibility of getting as close to a Total Recall experience as you’d ever want to.

They claim that their “untethered Vr headsets” allow users to be unconstrained by wires and explore films worlds in a way that has been impossible until now. Of course, if like me you’re of a certain age, Virtual Reality just makes you think of The Lawnmower Man or that early 1990s TV game shows presented by Craig Charles featuring graphics so blocky they make Minecraft look realistic. However, the technology has come on leaps and bounds since then, and »

- Neil Calloway

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Tom Cruise's Mother Dead at 80

13 February 2017 12:45 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Tom Cruise's mother, Mary Lee South, has died.

South died peacefully in her sleep last week, after coping with health issues in recent years, Cruise's rep confirms to Et. She was given a memorial service at an undisclosed Church of Scientology this weekend.

She was 80 years old.

Watch: Exclusive -- Tom Cruise Reacts to Viral Video of All His Big-Screen Runs at 'Jack Reacher: Never Go Back' Premiere

The 54-year-old actor and his three sisters -- Lee Ann Devette, Marian Henry and Cass Mapother -- were all in attendance at the memorial, People reports.

Et talked to Cruise at the Jack Reacher premiere in October, when he talked about his mother's unwavering belief in him. "I know that she is just obviously very proud, and kind of I guess, just amazed, you know, because you talk about something, you dream about something, and she knows I used to work jobs so I could make money »

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Is It Time To Say Bye To The BAFTAs?

12 February 2017 4:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This Week, Neil Calloway argues that it’s time we ended the award ceremony…

When Hugh Laurie received his Golden Globe last month, he made a joke that it would be the final time the ceremony would take place; the awards are given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Hollywood, the press and foreigners are all things that Donald Trump hates.

Of course, barring a disaster, 2017 won’t be the last ever Golden Globes, but perhaps time should be called on another award ceremony. Tonight (Sunday) sees the 70th BAFTA awards. Most people are claiming their pension at that age, so maybe it’s time to shake their hand, give them a gold watch and tell them they’ll get an invite to the Christmas party, but it’s time to take up knitting or golf.

We can kid ourselves, when we see Hollywood stars on the red carpet, »

- Neil Calloway

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Alec Baldwin's 13 Funniest 'Saturday Night Live' Moments

9 February 2017 5:33 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Alec Baldwin is hosting Saturday Night Live for the 17th time this weekend, after guest starring all season playing President Donald Trump.

While fans are no doubt excited to see how Baldwin lampoons the president when he gets a chance to host, the momentous occasion has us feeling nostalgic for all the great comedy the Golden Globe winner has brought to the show since his first time hosting back in October 1990.

Watch: Alec Baldwin Gets Nostalgic About His History with 'SNL' in Hilarious New Promo

Over the past 26 years, Baldwin's career has taken a lot of twists and turns (as has SNL), but his comedic timing and spot-on impressions have never faltered. There's a reason he's hosted more than anyone else in the show's history.

In celebration of his illustrious past with the long-running sketch series, let's take a look at some of Baldwin's best appearances (in no particular order).

1. NPR’s Delicious Dish with »

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Not The First Choice, But The Right Choice

5 February 2017 3:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week, Neil Calloway can’t imagine anyone else in La La Land…

There’s a genre of fiction known as alternative history, where writers speculate on “what ifs?” of history. You want to see what would happen if South African Neo-Nazis went back in time to intervene in the American Civil War? You got it. Aliens invading during the Second World War? It’s out there. The forthcoming TV series SS-gb is one of the many “what if the Nazis won the war?” stories out there, and one imagines that J.J. Abrams’s Overlord will have some sort of alternative history elements.

There’s a similar game to be played with film casting. Christopher Walken as Han Solo (Walken as Han Solo in David Lynch’s Return of the Jedi is the movie I want to see) and Oj Simpson as The Terminator are two famous examples. This week, »

- Neil Calloway

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Films from the Big Screen Appearing on Slot Machine Screens

4 February 2017 2:32 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

You just know that as soon as any movie becomes a box office hit, it won’t be very long until one of the many slot machine designers gets around to doing some form of licensing agreement with the production company and/or actors in that film to allow them to design and then manufacture one or more slots based around those films and characters.

We are always looking for movie based news stories that are slightly more unusual than normal, and as such we sent one of our team out to track down and play some movie themed slot machines in both the online and land based gaming environment and to give us his feedback on those slots.

As such below are both a list of the slots the played and his opinion on how he found them. If you do want to see if Lady Luck is smiling »

- The Hollywood News

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Variety Artisan Awards to Honor ‘La La Land,’ ‘Moonlight’ and More at Santa Barbara Film Festival

2 February 2017 9:41 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, in conjunction with Variety, announced on Thursday the recipients of the third annual Variety Artisans Awards.

The honorees, all nominated for 2017 Oscars, were selected for innovating their respective fields. They will be honored on Feb. 6 at the Lobero Theatre. A panel with the artisans will be moderated by Tim Gray, Variety’s senior vice president and awards editor.

The 2017 Variety Artisans Award honorees are listed below:

Alessandro Bertolazzi for Makeup and Hair for the Warner Brothers film “Suicide Squad,” directed by David Ayer. This marks Bertolazzi’s first Academy Award nomination. His previous credits include “Skyfall,” “Biutiful,” and “Babel.”

Jess Gonchor, for Production Design in the Universal Pictures film “Hail, Caesar!” directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Gonchor was previously nominated for an Academy Award for his work on “True Grit” which was nominated for a total of 10 Academy Awards. Gonchor has worked with »

- Variety Staff

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Are Alternative Facts Being Used In Stats About The British Film Industry?

29 January 2017 4:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week Neil Calloway looks into claims that 2016 was a record year for the British film industry…

On Thursday the British Film Institute released their annual statistics, revealing that 2016 was yet another record-breaking year for British cinema. Last year saw £1.6 billion spent on film production in the UK, the highest ever amount. The vast majority (£1.35 billion) of that came from “inward investment”, meaning non-British films being shot here; largely big Hollywood movies (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Alien: Covenant) that utilise the large studio spaces on the outskirts of London and take advantage of our lucrative tax incentives. The drop in the value of sterling since the EU referendum also means it’s about a fifth cheaper for Us companies to shoot here than it was before. Of course,“Inward investment” is just another way of saying “the profits don’t stay in the country”.

According to the statistics, it »

- Neil Calloway

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Looking Back 25 Years: The Indie Film Awakening

24 January 2017 5:14 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

This month, Cinelinx is taking you on a trip back through time. Join us as we examine how movies have changed over the last 100 years. This week, we're finishing out tour by going back to 1992. 

This article is part 4 of 4 in a series. 

Read Part 1 Here: Looking Back 100 Years: The Birth of Classic Hollywood

Read Part 2 Here: Looking Back 75 Years: The War on Film

Read Part 3 Here: Looking Back 50 Years: A New Generation Takes Over

On December 26th, 1991, the Soviet Union dissolved. This signalled the formal end of the Cold War, which left the United States as the sole remaining superpower, but did not necessarily usher in an era of peace at home and abroad. This shift in power instead opened a void in eastern Europe and the middle east which would come to be a source of conflict for the next two decades and beyond. A deadly civil war »

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Does Interesting Casting Happen Anymore?

22 January 2017 3:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week, Neil Calloway is not happy with the lack of imagination when it comes to casting…

With the big news on Friday (and I’m not talking about Penguin Awareness Day), you may have missed the story about the potential casting for the forthcoming Green Lantern movie. If you did miss it, you won’t be surprised by the names that are being touted for the role.

It was reported that Tom Cruise, Jake Gyllenhaal, Armie Hammer, Bradley Cooper, Joel McHale, and Ryan Reynolds were all in contention, with James Marsden later added to the list. Now, you can take this two ways; one, it’s meaningless speculation – what football supporters would call “paper talk” when a player is linked to their club – and the second just shows the paucity of ideas in Hollywood. You could put my mother in the room and she’d come up with those names. »

- Neil Calloway

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Could This Be The End Of Hollywood’s Pay Imbalance?

15 January 2017 1:45 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week, Neil Calloway looks at the inequality in what men and women get paid for movies…

There has been much made recently of the disparity in pay between men and women across all industries, and a story this week brought the issue in Hollywood into sharp relief when Natalie Portman revealed that she was paid only a third of the salary her co-star, Ashton Kutcher received for the 2011 romantic comedy No Strings Attached.

Portman isn’t the first big name female star to make her feelings known about the imbalance in Hollywood pay; with the 2014 Sony hack exposing the pay gap between Jennifer Lawrence and her male co-stars in American Hustle. I don’t know about you, but for me paying Jeremy Renner more for that film than Lawrence is nothing short of bizarre; the memorable moments of that movie all belong to her.

There’s a free market »

- Neil Calloway

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Which Hollywood superstars have their own plane?

13 January 2017 2:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

So you’ve finally made it in the big time and you think to yourself, I now have a private island and yacht, but what else can I buy myself to implement my Hollywood status? Oh I know, I’ll buy myself a private plane. The quality of life is what separates a common man from celebrities and adding a jet to their collection is just an enhancement to their life quality and quite possibly their personality too.  A number of Hollywood superstars own a plane and maybe it’s just to show off that they can buy one and another annoying factor is that they don’t have to deal with any of the stressful parking that us ‘normal’ people have to endure. That said, I can’t promise you that you’ll be a Hollywood superstar anytime soon, but one thing I can promise you, is using sites like this http://www. »

- The Hollywood News

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Should We Let A Computer Decide Which Movies Get Made?

8 January 2017 1:45 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Neil Calloway looks at software that could pick which films go into production…

The new year brought the news that a company has developed software that they claim can sort the blockbusters from the bombs before a single shot has been filmed.

ScriptBook have developed Script2Screen, which apparently works by analysing scripts and comparing them to films that have been successful in the past, rejecting those that appear sufficiently different that it is likely that they won’t be a success.

Immediately you can see the problem here; films that get the approval of the software will be pretty similar to films that have gone before; if you were worried that Hollywood was descending into this horrific, homogeneous mess before, then things are only going to get worse if the studios embrace this technology.

You can be the biggest fan of formulaic franchises in the world, but I guarantee »

- Neil Calloway

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Paramount, Jerry Bruckheimer Developing Science-Fiction Movie ‘Origin’

3 January 2017 5:44 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paramount Pictures is developing the science-fiction movie “Origin” with Jerry Bruckheimer producing and Joachim Ronning directing.

Ronning is in post-production on Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales,” which he co-directed with Espen Sandberg. Rønning will also write the script with his brother Andreas Rønning.

Paramount, which made a pre-emptive purchase of Ronning’s pitch, is keeping details of the plot under wraps. Bruckheimer, who has produced all five “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, will produce “Origin” through his Paramount-based Jerry Bruckheimer Films company.

Bruckheimer began his career at Paramount with Don Simpson during the 1980s with “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Top Gun” and “Flashdance” and then spent nearly two decades at Disney with “Armageddon,” “The Rock,” “Con Air,” “Crimson Tide,”  “National Treasure”  and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise with Johnny Depp. After a costly flop with Depp’s “The Lone Ranger,” Bruckeimer returned to Paramount »

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Film Anniversaries To Look Forward To In 2017

1 January 2017 3:15 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week, Neil Calloway looks at what films are celebrating milestones this year…

With 2017 now underway, it’s time to stop looking at what happened in film in 2016, and start looking forward to the new year by looking back. Here are some film anniversaries you can look forward to.

2017 will mark the tenth anniversary of the release of such films as Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Spider-Man 3, the three highest grossing films of 2007. That’s right, it was hardly a classic year at the cinema, though you can mark the decade since the release of Zodiac in March and There Will Be Blood in December, films worth certainly worth revisiting.

It’s also twenty years since 1997, which means we’ll probably get anniversary edition Blu-rays of Titanic and The Full Monty. Yes, it’s really been that long. »

- Neil Calloway

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