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This fall the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the final showing of the groundbreaking multimedia exhibition Hollywood Costume in the historic Wilshire May Company building, the future location of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles. Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A), this ticketed exhibition explores the central role of costume design – from the glamorous to the very subtle – as an essential tool of cinematic storytelling.
The Academy is enhancing the V&A’s exhibition and will include more than 145 costumes from over 60 lenders. The Academy’s presentation will add more than 30 costumes to this landmark show, including Jared Leto’s costume from Dallas Buyers Club (Kurt and Burt, 2013) – a recent acquisition to the Academy’s collection – as well as costumes from such recent releases as The Hunger Games (Judianna Makovsky, 2012), Django Unchained (Sharen Davis, »
- Michelle McCue
Today an animated Gif of the staircase shot from Contact hit the front page of Reddit. And that's great, because if you're a regular reader, you may remember that we've already explained why Contact is the best science fiction movie no one talks about. Well, today people are talking about it, so I wanted to join in and further explain the deeper meaning of this shot. First, the technical explanation, and then the thematic explanation that kicks everything to the next level. It's a very clever cinematography trick accomplished by filming three different shots and blending them together. Shot A is Jena Malone running up the stairs. Shot B is the opening of a medicine cabinet with a blue screen where the mirror would be. Shot C (not included in the Gif below...
- Peter Hall
To mark the release of Helix Season 1 on 30th June, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD.
Helix is an intense thriller about a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to a high-tech research facility in the Arctic to investigate a possible disease outbreak, only to find themselves pulled into a terrifying life-and-death struggle that holds the key to mankind’s salvation or total annihilation.
Executive produced by Ronald D. Moore (TV’s “Battlestar Galactica”), Steven Maeda (TV’s “Lost,” “CSI: Miami,” “The X-Files”), who also serves as showrunner, and Lynda Obst (Contact), Helix was created by co-executive producer Cameron Porsandeh and stars an ensemble cast, including Billy Campbell (TV’s “The Killing”), Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine), Kyra Zagorsky (TV’s “Motive”), Mark Ghanimé (TV’s “The Hunters”), Jordan Hayes (House at the End of the Street), Cat Lemieux (White House Down »
Astrophysicist and host of "Cosmos" Neil deGrasse Tyson has been very vocal about how inaccurate "Gravity" is. So during a recent interview with La Times, he decided to present his list of top ten (plus one) favorite sci-fi films. Check out his list and reviews below. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951): The story was so strong and compelling that the film did not require heavy special effects or monsters or violence to be simultaneously hopeful and terrifying. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968): Perhaps the first film to be all about the discovery of alien intelligence yet not show what it looks like, knowing that our imagination could surely do a better job than Hollywood. In any case, it was a visual orgy of space travel and space exploration that we remain far from achieving, even 13 years after the 33 years-in-the-future it portrayed. Planet of the Apes (1968): Saw this »
Matthew McConaughey hosted a movie night with the Washington Redskins last night ... where 6 players screened their favorite movies -- And No One Picked A McConaughey Flick!!!The event was a fundraiser at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Ashburn, Va yesterday -- 6 players in 6 theaters treated fans to one of their favorite movies. For the record, the event raised money for the NFL's "Play 60" program and Matt's "Just Keep Livin" foundation ... tickets were $200-a-pop. As for »
- TMZ Staff
Looking for a handy list of the science fiction films still to look forward to this year? Then here's the post for you...
The year's nearly half over, and we've already experienced a range of genre movies, some great, some less so.
But with the summer season finally here and about six months left before the terrifying prospect of 2015 hoves into view, there are still plenty more science fiction offerings to be found in a cinema near you.
Here's a pick of 11 of our favourites, plus a selection of honourable mentions at the end, which includes films that don't yet have a firm release date in the Us or UK.
In terms of sheer entertainment value, Edge Of Tomorrow could be this summer's dark horse. That it's based on a relatively obscure Japanese novel (All You Need Is Kill - the film's original, far less »
We've become so used to trailers for expensive mainstream films to be accompanied by big honking horns and eye-popping special effects, the first full promo for Interstellar almost came as a shock. While we weren't expecting Christopher Nolan to bring anything as bombastic as, say, Inception (whose trailers helped make honking horns fashionable), the trailer for Interstellar is decidedly coy, even by the director's standards.
The online reaction to Interstellar's first full trailer has been somewhat mixed. While most responded warmly to its low-key approach, others were left either dissatisfied or even slightly irked by its lack of detail; of the trailer's two-minutes-and-change duration, only around 30 seconds of it contains anything in the way of space exploration and astronauts.
A closer look at the trailer, »
So apparently Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi drama “Interstellar” spends a lot of time with Matthew McConaughey and his family before the Conaughey himself takes off for space to save the human race. I guess that means the movie will be really, really long, huh? I mean, after he goes into that wormhole, we find out what happens to him and such, right? This isn’t gonna be another “Contact” with Jodie Foster, is it? God, I hope not. Anyways, take a gander at the new and much more exposition-friendly trailer for Nolan’s “Interstellar.” This will be really interesting, or kinda really boring. Interstellar chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. Starring the Conaughey, along with Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow, »
The first movie that comes to mind after watching the first revealing trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is Contact. No, Matthew McConaughey doesn’t play a hunky spiritual philosopher like he did in that 1997 film, but his hunky rural engineer has a special bond with his daughter not unlike the one shared by Jodie Foster and David Morse. This time, the roles are reversed, though, with the father rocketing through time and space.
In the clip, audiences finally learn the stakes driving Nolan’s latest movie, which he wrote with his brother, Jonathan Nolan. Basically, the Earth is running out of food, »
- Jeff Labrecque
"We're not meant to save the world, we're meant to leave it..." With the online unveiling of the long-awaited trailer for "Dark Knight" and "Inception" mastermind Christopher Nolan's space epic "Interstellar," we now know a bit more about the film's secretive plot, and get our first real look at the film's breathtaking outer space effects. In the near future, the Earth is suffereing from extreme drought and famine, limiting humankind's time here. In a role recalling the one he played in "Contact," Matthew McConaughey leads an interstellar trek -- reportedly encountering black holes, wormholes and only Kubrick knows what else -- to salvage the future of humanity. Fresh off his Oscar win for "Dallas Buyers Club," McConaughey leads the starry cast which includes Nolan vets Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine, plus Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, and Ellen Burstyn. Take a look at the film's new poster here: In Contention's »
- Dave Lewis
For almost half a year, things have been quiet, but with its November release looming, Warner Bros. are slowly but surely going to start gearing up for one of the biggest (and most likely best) films of 2014. They kicked things off last week with the first teaser poster, and following it up now is the first full-length trailer.
Interstellar chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway lead a fantastic cast, starring alongside Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Wes Bentley, Topher Grace, John Lithgow, David Oyelowo, David Gyasi, and Mackenzie Foy, with »
- Kenji Lloyd
The world’s most revered monster is reborn as Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures unleash the epic action adventure Godzilla. From visionary new director Gareth Edwards (“Monsters”) comes a powerful story of human courage and reconciliation in the face of titanic forces of nature, when the awe-inspiring Godzilla rises to restore balance as humanity stands defenseless.
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A team of scientists in the Arctic find themselves face-to-face with an adversary that, if unleashed on the world, could destroy life as we know it. Though it may sound similar to John Carpenter’s The Thing, Syfy’s original series Helix is its own creature… and a mutated, infectious one at that. With all thirteen of its first season episodes having aired earlier this year, Helix is now headed to Blu-ray and DVD, with a generous amount of bonus features for fans to enjoy.
According to Blu-ray.com, Helix: The Complete First Season will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on July 1st via Syfy and Sony Pictures Television. In addition to showcasing all the high-tension carnage in beautiful high-definition, the Blu-ray & DVD release of Helix comes with bonus features galore:
Special features include:
Fabricating the Plague (Blu-ray Exclusive) – From conceiving the look of the virus in stages »
- Derek Anderson
Exclusive: UTA has signed actor William Fichtner. The thesp next appears in the Tommy Lee Jones-helmed The Homesman, opposite Jones and Hilary Swank. The period pic is set to premiere at Cannes. Fichtner also has a role in Michael Bay‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot for Paramount, which rolls into theaters June 6. Recent film appearances by the Armageddon, Contact, and Black Hawk Down character actor include Elysium with Matt Damon and Jodie Foster and Disney’s The Lone Ranger. Fichtner leads the cast of NBC’s crime drama Crossing Lines, which debuted last summer. He continues to be repped by Intellectual Artists Management. »
- JEN YAMATO
QFest St. Louis which begins this weekend, will screen the documentary To Be Takei at 6:30pm Sunday April 27th.
QFest St. Louis, the annual gay and Lesbian Film Festival presented by Cinema St. Louis, kicks off this Sunday, April 27th. It runs through May 1st and all films will be screened at The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar in The Loop, University City, Mo)
QFest uses the art of contemporary gay cinema to spotlight the lives of Lgbtq people and celebrate queer culture. The 2014 event features an eclectic slate of contemporary Lgbtq-themed feature films, documentaries, and shorts. Tickets are now on sale for all shows.
To Be Takei screens at 6:30pm Sunday April 27th
Over the past seven decades, actor and activist George Takei has boldly journeyed from a World War II internment camp to the helm of the Starship Enterprise to the daily news feeds of Facebook fans. Best »
- Tom Stockman
If someone were to make a 20 Feet from Stardom-type documentary about actors, they'd be smart to talk to Jake Busey. We spoke with him earlier today about his role in Robert Rodriguez' From Dusk till Dawn: The Series and were surprised by how honest he was about how his career didn't exactly go the way he was expecting. After all, some of his earliest jobs were in high-profile films from directors like Robert Zemeckis, Paul Verhoeven, Tony Scott and Peter Jackson. Unfortunately those films were also high-profile disappointments, from a box office perspective at least. Movies like Contact, Starship Troopers and The Frighteners have gone on to live long, great lives on home video, but as Busey told us, being in a movie that takes a decade to become a cultural hit...
- Peter Hall
Telegraph interviewed Winona Ryder last month. Not sure how I missed this one but it's a good interview with smart comments on her career and age.
Shadowplay "things I read off the screen in In The Heat of the Night" interesting piece on 1967's Best Picture
Playbill has a history of Cabaret's journey from the pages of "Goodbye to Berlin" to the stage and screen
Pajiba on Rob Lowe's "awesome" Reddit Ama
- NATHANIEL R
Is Contact the best science fiction film that no one talks about? I had never seen Robert Zemeckis' 1997 film about mankind's first contact with extraterrestrial life, but after listening to Movies.com editor Peter Hall call it one of his favorite films of all time, I decided to rectify that. What I found was one of the most thoughtful and entertaining sci-fi movies ever made, a film that deserves to be in the same conversation as Close Encounters of the Third Kind and 2001: A Space Odyssey. And then Peter and I sat down to talk about why a movie this good has been so overlooked. Jacob: Let's talk about Contact. The funny thing about this... I remember seeing the trailer when I was younger, but otherwise I knew nothing about Contact going in. I didn't...
- Jacob S. Hall
The explosive "Helix" Season 1 finale that aired last night left many unanswered questions. Fortunately, if you're curious about the answers to said questions, you already know Season 2 is on its way in 2015. Here's a quick teaser to further whet your appetite for what happens next.
"Helix" is executive produced by Ronald D. Moore ("Battlestar Galactica," "Outlander"); Steven Maeda ("Lost," "The X-Files"), who is also showrunner; and Lynda Obst (Contact). The series is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Kaji Productions, and Lynda Obst Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television.
"Helix," was created by co-executive producer Cameron Porsandeh and features Billy Campbell (Killing Lincoln, "The Killing"), Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine, 47 Ronin), Kyra Zagorsky ("Supernatural"), and Mark Ghanimé ("Emily Owens, M.D.") as well as guest stars Jordan Hayes (House at the End of the Street), Meegwun Fairbrother, and Neil Napier (Riddick).
As of the end of the Season 1 finale Episode 1.13, "Dans l'Ombre, »
- Debi Moore
With its Season One finale, "Dans l'Ombre," airing tonight, the timing of this announcement that "Helix" has been renewed for another season on Syfy couldn't have come at a better time! Read on for the details.
From the Press Release:
"Helix," Syfy’s chilling scripted drama, has been renewed for a second season, it was announced today by Bill McGoldrick, Evp, Original Content, Syfy. The 13-episode second season will commence production later this year with an eye towards a winter 2015 premiere.
Said McGoldrick, “'Helix' has built one of our most loyal and consistent audiences in its first season on Syfy. The incredibly talented writing and producing team have crafted a thriller that consistently delivered suspense, twists, and high quality drama. We look forward to growing this passionate audience in what promises to be an even more memorable second season.”
"Helix" premiered on January 10, 2014, as the top cable scripted »
- Debi Moore
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