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Carrie Fisher's Personal Star Wars Scripts Go Up for Auction

15 September 2017 11:39 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Carrie Fisher's hand annotated Star Wars scripts are going up for auction during a three- day Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds personal property action on October 7th through the 9th in Los Angeles, California. Profiles in History is in charge of the auctions and they expect the scripts to fetch some decent money, so if you are interested in any of these, they aren't going to go for cheap. These are important pieces of the Star Wars legacy and will be a worthy addition for any collector.

Fisher was known for taking her pencil out and crossing out some of the clunkier dialogue in the script and replacing it with her own witty dialogue. That fact is especially evident in her personal The Empire Strikes Back script, which has over 1,000 words handwritten by the actress in it. There are actually four scripts going up for auction, as she had two different ones for Empire. »

- MovieWeb

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Star Struck: "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" at 40

9 September 2017 11:34 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

In the cinema of Steven Spielberg, to say nothing of the cinema of science fiction, of Hollywood, and of practical effects, Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) is a landmark, like the silhouette of a small mountain in the night skyline. Spielberg’s Duel (1971), carried over from television to movie theaters, was a wisp of a story elevated by its visual dynamism. His theatrical debut, The Sugarland Express (1974), was another 70s American road movie, notable today for the way it combines the appealing grit of the New Hollywood (and of Duel) with a much warmer, more charitable view of America and its culture. It contains the director’s first broken family unit—a key theme in his career—and was his first film scored by John Williams, even if it has almost none of the Williams trademarks. Jaws (1975) was the breakout smash, a lurid bucket-of-blood movie turned into a light day-at-the-beach movie, »

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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on The Flash, Grey's Anatomy, This Is Us, Scandal, Supernatural, Lucifer, Chi Fire and More

23 August 2017 10:42 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Send any/all of the above to

Question: Since Episode 5 of The Flash is called “Girls Night Out,” is there a chance the girls will actually speak to each other? And might they do so at a party in anticipation of a certain wedding? —Tatiana

Ausiello: Thanks for your question, Tats. (Btw, nice work on that Orphan Black finale.) Here’s what Flash Ep Todd Helbing had to say about Ep 5: “It’s really fun. The girls [including a visiting Felicity Smoak] go and have a night out in Central City alone, »

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Review: 'Brigsby Bear' is a True Love Letter to Fandom & Filmmaking

17 August 2017 5:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The beloved sketch comedy group Good Neighbor was originally formed in 2007 by Kyle Mooney, Beck Bennett, Nick Rutherford, and Dave McCary. The comedians racked up millions of YouTube hits with their offbeat and uncomfortable sketch videos, including such notable standouts as "My Mom's a Milf", "Is My Roommate Gay?", "420 Disaster," and "Unbelievable Dinner," based on Steven Spielberg's Hook. In 2013, Mooney and Bennett joined Saturday Night Live as featured players along with McCary, who stayed behind the camera as a segment director. Now Mooney and McCary are transitioning to the big screen with the indie comedy Brigsby Bear, a feature-length narrative about friendship, family, and nostalgia that deftly blends humor and heart to create something that is both odd and oddly affectionate. Directed by McCary and co-written by Mooney and their childhood friend Kevin Costello, Brigsby Bear stars Mooney as James, a sensitive young adult living in an underground bunker with his over-protective parents, »

- Adam Frazier

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Johnny Depp Producing Video Game Adaptation ‘The Secret World’ for Television!

15 August 2017 2:35 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil has partnered with G4C Innovation’s Gudrun Giddings to produce The Secret World, a television series based on the globally successful Mmo game The Secret World and its recently released reboot Secret World Legends, reports Deadline. The TV adaptation, which is being written by James V. Hart (Hook, Crossbones) and Jake Hart, […] »

- Brad Miska

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Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil to produce TV adaptation of The Secret World video game

15 August 2017 4:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Deadline is reporting that Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil is teaming up with Gudrun GiddingsG4C Innovation for a TV adaptation of Funcom’s hit Mmo video game The Secret World, which is being written by James V. Hart (Hook) and Jake Hart, with Pam Veasey (CSI: NY) serving as showrunner.

The Secret World centres on “a team of undercover agents and the shadowy war between secret societies: the Illuminati, Dragon and the Templar. Central to the plot is their battle against the supernatural in an adventure that spans across our world, and incorporates the realms of ancient myths and legends, as well as today’s conspiracy theories and headline news.”

“The Secret World universe is full of stories just waiting to be told,” states Rui Casais, CEO of Funcom. From secret societies to myths and legends that are all coming true, The Secret World captures some of humanity’s »

- Gary Collinson

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Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil To Produce ‘The Secret World’ TV Series Based On Video Game

14 August 2017 3:42 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Johnny Depp's Infinitum Nihil has partnered with G4C Innovation's Gudrun Giddings to produce The Secret World, a television series based on the globally successful Mmo game The Secret World and its recently released reboot Secret World Legends. The TV adaptation, which is being written by James V. Hart (Hook, Crossbones) and Jake Hart, with former CSI: NY showrunner Pam Veasey on board as showrunner, will be based on the universe of the Secret World IP. It will center on… »

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70Mm Film Festival August 10-september 1, Aero Theatre, Santa Monica

9 August 2017 7:59 AM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

The Aero Theatre's "Return of 70mm" film festival opens tomorrow and runs through September 1. Films to be screened include 2001:a Space Odyssey, The Dark Crystal, E.T: The Extraterrestrial, Back to the Future Part II, Steven Spielberg's Always, The Last Action Hero, Hook, Streets of Fire and John Carpenters The Thing. Click here for info.  »

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The 15 greatest John Williams scores you've forgotten about

1 August 2017 6:12 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Sean Wilson Aug 4, 2017

Yes, Star Wars. But what about all the great John Williams scores from less famous movies? Here are 15 of them...

Cinema's most esteemed and popular film composer, John Williams, turned 85 this year (you might have seen the recent spectacular BBC Proms concert in his honour). Careers don't come more astonishing than that of Williams, nominated for 50 Academy Awards which puts him second only to Walt Disney for the most ever.

See related  What does Iron Fist tell us about Marvel's Defenders? The Defenders: recapping Netflix's Marvel universe so far The Defenders: brand new images released

However it's all too tempting to boil Williams' career down to the more obvious highlights: Star Wars, the Indy trilogy, Superman, E.T., Jurassic Park and the like. In truth, he's a far more versatile composer than many like to give him credit for, and he's much more than just a big themes guy. »

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Watch ‘Bangarang’, the ‘Hook’ Prequel Short Film All About Rufio

30 June 2017 3:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Earlier this year, you might remember hearing that Hook star Dante Basco was trying to Kickstart a short film that would act as a prequel to Steven Spielberg’s Peter Pan movie and give us the origins of his character, the Lost Boys leader known as Rufio. Written and directed by Jonah Feingold, the project was said […]

The post Watch ‘Bangarang’, the ‘Hook’ Prequel Short Film All About Rufio appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Great Job, Internet!: Here’s that Rufio origin story starring the dude who played him in Hook

28 June 2017 1:00 PM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

Talks of a prequel to Steven Spielberg’s 1991 film Hook centering around bad boy Rufio have been bangaranging around the internet since 2012 or so. Earlier this year, however, some forward momentum was made on the project when Dante Basco, the actor who portrayed Rufio, announced a Kickstarter for a short film that would tell the story of the character’s arrival in Neverland. Despite only seeking $30,000, Basco and director Jonah Feingold raised nearly $70,000. Now, you can see just how they put that money to use.

Aptly titled Bangarang, the 17-minute short stars Sheaden Gabriel as Roofus and Basco as the boy’s principal. Despite its cheesiness, the short’s a sweet, good-natured tale that should please fans of the original, especially those with kids they’re hoping to convert into fans. Watch the whole thing below.

Sure, it won’t blow anyone’s minds »

- Randall Colburn

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Watch Rufio Return in Hook Prequel Short Bangarang

27 June 2017 3:23 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After a successful Kickstarter campaign from earlier this year, actor/producer Dante Basco has unveiled his new Hook prequel short film entitled Bangarang, named after his Hook character Rufio's signature catch phrase. This 17-minute short film shows what happened to this young boy, before he became leader of The Lost Boys, when he was just an orphan like Peter Pan himself. Here's the official description of the 17-minute short film from the Kickstarter campaign page.

"This is the story about Rufio, before the mohawk, before Neverland, before he was The Pan. Roofus is a 13-year-old kid who is destined to be more than he is. After his mother is forced to put him into a foster home, he and his rag-tag group of best friends, a Jamaican boy named Julani and a bright-eyed latina force of nature named Ella, find a way for Roofus to escape his ill fate, find »

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‘Bangarang: The Hook Prequel’ Gives Rufio A Touching Origin Story — Watch

26 June 2017 3:34 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When ’80s babies and the young at heart think back on Steven Spielberg’s wildly inventive 1991 riff on J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, “Hook,” there is one character whose tough-guy bravado and eventual softening charm they remember: Rufio. While Robin Williams’ grown-up Peter and Dustin Hoffman’s wily Captain Hook anchored the classic, it was the flame red mohawk and mischievous smile of the young Dante Basco that captured the hearts of burgeoning young movie lovers the world over. With “Bangarang,” the de facto leader of the lost boys gets his very own origin story, and it’s fittingly adorable.

Read More: ‘Hook’ Prequel About Rufio Imagined as ‘Moonlight’ Meets ‘Jurassic Park

The short film finds young Roofus (Sheaden Gabriel) hassled by a bully and anxious about his mother’s impending departure to the Philippines. Roofus will go into foster care while she is gone, and she has no set return date. »

- Jude Dry

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'Bram Stoker's Dracula' Screenwriter to Get Honor at Cayman Film Festival

6 June 2017 10:53 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Francis Ford Coppola’s all-star take on the vampire tale, turns 25 this year, and the movie will be feted at this year’s CayFilm Cayman International Film Festival.

James V. Hart, who wrote the screenplay for the movie, will receive a lifetime achievement award from CayFilm, celebrating his contributions to not only Dracula but also to the film industry in the area of screenwriting. Hart also worked on such movies as Steven Spielberg's Hook, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Robert Zemeckis' Contact and the recent animated movie Epic.

The screenwriter will also be on hand to »

- Borys Kit

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Comic Uno Is At Borough Con This Friday And Saturday

26 May 2017 5:21 AM, PDT | | See recent LRM Online news »

If you are in the St. Johns University area and attending Borough Con this weekend make sure to stop at one of Comic Uno's panels she will be taking a part of.  Below are the days and times when Kat's panels will be taking place.

Friday 3:45-4:45 - Indie Comic PublishingSaturday 2:15-3:15 - Comics in the Internet Age 

Superhero, animation and gaming fans will soon converge on Utopia Parkway for a four-day celebration in a park-like setting.

St. John’s University will host BoroughCon, a new pop culture convention, over Memorial Day Weekend 2017, May 26-May 29. The event, which is expected to draw up to 20,000 attendees, will appeal to enthusiasts of heroic stories in film, television, gaming and graphic formats, as well as to those who enjoy anime and manga –animation and comics, respectively, in the Japanese tradition.

BoroughCon programming will include panels and autograph sessions with celebrities, »

- Michael Connally

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The 5 Highest Grossing Movie Stars Not in a Star Wars or Superhero Movie

13 May 2017 11:38 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Samuel Brace on the five highest-grossing movie stars not in a Star Wars or superhero movie…

Film’s landscape has changed dramatically over the years – as is to be expected. Gone is the age of the traditional American movie, the sweeping drama, the movie star led original tale that could drive audiences to cinemas just to get a glimpse of their face. We have since transitioned into the age of tent-poles; the franchise movie is now the dominant force at the box office, and leading the march are sub genres like the superhero movie, along with mega franchises like Star Wars. And all this got me thinking, just where are all the movie stars? Do they exist anymore? A train of thought that led to a little investigating into just who are the highest grossing movie stars in Us domestic history that haven’t appeared in a superhero or Star Wars movie. »

- Samuel Brace

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Robin Williams’ Last Movie is Finally Coming to Us Theaters

2 May 2017 3:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

When legendary comedian and actor Robin Williams died in 2014, he left behind a wonderful legacy of entertainment for fans to remember him by. In addition to classic films like Dead Poets’ Society, Mrs. Doubtfire, Aladdin, Hook (don’t @ me), and Good Will Hunting, the fast-talking funnyman also had a handful of movies that were still unreleased at the […]

The post Robin Williams’ Last Movie is Finally Coming to Us Theaters appeared first on /Film. »

- Ben Pearson

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Great Job, Internet!: Here’s the Hook trailer recut as a horror movie

2 May 2017 8:55 AM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

Robin Williams is no stranger to the family-film-recut-as-horror-flick phenomenon, but this sideways take on Steven Spielberg’s 1991 movie Hook defies expectation by not exploiting the actor’s aggressive comedic style.

Rather, YouTube channel So, Is It Any Good? culls creepiness by adopting the prevailing stylistic flourishes of most modern horror trailers. That means ultra-quick cuts, deliberate obfuscation, and a simmering soundtrack of fuzzy distortion that pulses to climax before abruptly dropping out for a vocal stinger:

While some recut trailers aim to imply the film itself is constructed atop a horrific foundation (a la Mrs. Doubtfire), others simply demonstrate how crafting a serviceable scare is more of a science than a talent, rendering the source material interchangeable. This is why we end up with movies like The Bye Bye Man.

It’s only a matter of time now until we get the recut trailer for Rufio’s forthcoming origin ...


- Randall Colburn

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Did Feud Overlook a Secret? Can Liars Afford Filler? Flash Twins Wasted? Clumsiest Product Plug? And More Qs!

28 April 2017 8:20 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Training Day, Feud, Once Upon a Time, Better Call Saul, Handmaid’s Tale and Riverdale!

1 | Did you spot Training Day‘s Villain of the Week the instant they introduced the Random, Rich White Guy Doing Right by the Urban Community?

RelatedFeud: Bette and Joan Finale Recap: Trogs and Ends

2 | How could Feud: Bette and Joan exclude the 1968 incident in which sixtysomething Crawford filled in for twentysomething daughter Christina on The Secret Storm? »

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Sony Distribution Chief Rory Bruer Retires After 40 Years at Studio

27 April 2017 10:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rory Bruer is retiring as head of worldwide distribution at Sony Pictures after four decades at the studio.

Sony does not plan to directly replace him. Bruer, who has deep ties with theater owners, will segue into an advisory role at the studio. Adrian Smith and Steven O’Dell will handle domestic and international distribution, respectively. They will report directly to Josh Greenstein, president of worldwide marketing and distribution.

“Though I knew in my heart that the time was right to begin to pull back, it’s hard to let go of a place that has been a part of my life for so long — so when they asked me to stay on as an advisor, I jumped at the chance,” Bruer wrote in a letter to staff. “Not everybody gets to begin this next chapter on their own terms, and I’m very grateful for the opportunity.”

Bruer first »

- Brent Lang

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