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Ridley Scott, who receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Nov. 5, is the first to admit that he’s not especially a man of science. As a schoolboy, his eyes glazed over in math and physics classes: “I was academically a disaster, honestly,” the 77-year-old filmmaker admits, reflecting on a faulty grammar-school education that drove him to the visual arts. “It wasn’t because I was lazy; I’m inherently a multi-tasker, but I could not grasp or retain the information that was coming at me.” Drawing was his gift and his passion: “The saying then was that those who can, do; those who can’t, go to art school.”
That resistance to hard scientific theory endures to this day: When preparing for his blockbusting space drama “The Martian,” he was content to trust the intricate astrophysical research undertaken by screenwriter Drew Goddard and Andy Weir, author »
- Guy Lodge
"Dazed and Confused" (1993) For many, Matthew McConaughey's first film role is still his most memorable. McConaughey plays David Wooderson in Richard Linklater's genre-defining stoner comedy "Dazed and Confused," a guy in his twenties who won't stop hanging around his old high school smoking weed and cruising for girls. Wooderson is perpetually spaced out and doesn't seem to have much in the way of future prospects, but he has his own brand of wisdom, and if nothing else, his perpetual calm is inspiring. Wooderson becomes a more important figure than he initially seems, taking the freshman Mitch (Wiley Wiggins) under his wing and showing him the ropes on the hazy pot-fueled night that follows their last day of school. Plus, McConaughey's very first words on film are still his most famous: "Aright, alright, alright." "Contact" (1997) McConaughey stars opposite Jodie Foster as a fellow scientist and love interest in this Robert Zemeckis-directed. »
The neck-chomping culebras and those who hunt them will return to the small screen in the future, as Miramax and El Ray revealed today that Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series has been renewed for a third season:
Press Release: Santa Monica, CA / Austin, TX (October 26, 2015) - Miramax® and El Rey announced today that their one-hour scripted original, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series," has been renewed for a third season. Hailed as "radically different...a fascinating ride" by the Associated Press, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" will air its season two finale with guest star Demi Lovato on El Rey Network on Tuesday, October 27 at 9Pm Et.
A reimagining of Robert Rodriguez's 1996 iconic movie From Dusk Till Dawn, which Miramax® also released theatrically at the time, the TV show expands on the fascinating supernatural crime saga centered around brothers Seth and Richie Gecko.
- Derek Anderson
A has-been rock manager from Van Nuys, California stumbles upon a once-in-a-lifetime voice in a remote Afghan cave in Rock The Kasbah, a dramatic comedy inspired by stranger-than-fiction, real-life events and directed by Oscar winner Barry Levinson.
Richie Lanz (Bill Murray), dumped and stranded in war-torn Kabul by his last remaining client (Zooey Deschanel), discovers Salima Khan (Leem Lubany), a Pashtun teenager with a beautiful voice and the courageous dream of becoming the first woman to compete on national television in Afghanistan’s version of “American Idol.”
Richie partners with a savvy hooker (Kate Hudson), a pair of hard-partying war profiteers »
- Movie Geeks
This is a reprint of our review from the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival. Broadening, deepening and further illuminating the inquiries of his acclaimed "Nostalgia For The Light," Chilean director Patricio Guzmán's "The Pearl Button" pulled off an unusual, if not unprecedented feat when, as a documentary, it took home the Berlinale Best Screenplay award. But it's very well-deserved, because while unscripted interviews do form a large part of this questing, curious, expansive film, what unites and elevates it is the flow of its ideas and Guzman's scintillating narration. To essay a slightly daft comparison, in Robert Zemeckis' "Contact," upon first glimpsing the cosmos, Jodie Foster's scientist character gasps, "They should have sent a poet." If they had, it should have been Guzmán, and something like "The Pearl Button" might have been the result. Guzmán's poetry is not that of flowery »
- Jessica Kiang
Wamg is giving away copies of Jurassic World to five lucky readers.
Shattering records globally, Jurassic World crushed the opening-weekend box-office, scoring the highest domestic, international and worldwide openings of all time. The film has taken in more than $1.6 billion globally to become the third-highest grossing film in history.
Now fans can experience the thrill and awe when Jurassic World arrives on Digital HD on October 1, 2015 and on 3-D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on October 20, 2015, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
More than two decades since Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park was released, fans of the original films and new moviegoers alike can witness the story come full circle as the park that was only a promise comes to life.
Now, 22 years later, an even bigger and enormously popular attraction has risen on Isla Nubar: Jurassic World. To keep attendance high, the park operators introduce a new, genetically modified hybrid creature called Indominus Rex. »
- Movie Geeks
Since any New York City 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.
Film Society of Lincoln Center
Hou Hsiao-hsien‘s The Boys from Fengkuei will play on Friday night, with Hou making an appearance.
Museum of the Moving »
- Nick Newman
Now in his fifth decade of movie-making, you might assume that Robert Zemeckis’ stature as a director would make it easy to attract funding for a new project. Not so. His latest feature, The Walk, took a decade to get to cinemas, a decade during which multiple investors passed on a film they didn’t see as slotting in to a tried and tested category. Based on the true story of Philippe Petit’s 1974 high-wire walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center, you can see their point. Part salute to the ineffable act of artistic creation, part theme park attraction, The Walk doesn’t pigeonhole easily. But then, Zemeckis’ films rarely do.
The enforced wait turned out to be fortuitous. In that ten years, digital and 3D technology »
A full course meal always tastes better while watching Friday the 13th, am I right? The 1980 slasher film will be shown at Nitehawk Cinema with dinner provided by The Meat Hook. Also in this round-up: mid-season marathon details for From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Season 2 and the New York City premiere of Old 37.
"Ticket Price: $75
Age Policy: 21 and Up
A killer’s on the loose at Nitehawk Cinema and he’s serving up a multi-course dinner of fresh meat from The Meat Hook for a special Film Feast presentation of Friday The 13th.
Things don’t go so well for the reopening of Camp Crystal Lake as the new counselors are stalked and slashed…but by whom? As the »
- Tamika Jones
Robert Zemeckis is something of a cinematic renaissance man. Over the years, the esteemed filmmaker has created a varied and versatile body of films that have either reached legendary heights (Forrest Gump, Back To The Future), or missed the mark (Death Becomes Her, Contact). But, to be sure, you’ll never be able to say that
- Damen Norton
Cinema at large generally views filmmaker Robert Zemeckis as an entertaining visualist, perhaps once pegged to supplant the populism of Steven Spielberg’s thrilling works. As the director of “Back To The Future,” a pioneer in the world of live-action/animation hybrids (“Roger Rabbit”), and a trailblazer in the world of motion capture imagination (“The Polar Express” and “Beowulf”), Zemeckis’ largely commercial, popcorn tendencies often belie and camouflage their subversive qualities. The helmer usually goes uncredited for writing and approaching mainstream moviemaking in a method largely untraditional by Hollywood standards (perhaps because many of the movies themselves are ultimately fairly traditional). Zemeckis' career is marked by films without major antagonists (“Cast Away,” “Contact,” “Flight,” even Biff in “Back To The Future” is more source of conflict than movie nemesis), and sometimes feature fully-formed characters who undergo no arcs or changes (“Forrest Gump”). His movies »
- Rodrigo Perez
An impossible, but true story, the new film from Robert Zemeckis, The Walk is a live-action, PG-rated entertainment for all audiences, ages 8 to 80. A love letter to the World Trade Center, the film is a 3D and IMAX visual experience, unlike anything audiences have seen.
On August 7, 1974 – the day before Richard Nixon announced he would be resigning from office – Philippe Petit, a French aerialist, surprised the city of New York with a high-wire walk between the towers of the almost-completed and partially occupied World Trade Center. Passersby without a moment to spare stopped in their tracks and looked up. They saw the impossible: a man dancing high in the sky, seemingly in the thin air.
Now, forty years later, Zemeckis – one of cinema’s most accomplished filmmakers at integrating technology in the service of emotional storytelling – is putting moviegoers in Petit’s shoes. The Walk, an epic, big-screen cinematic spectacle, »
- Michelle McCue
Director Terry Gilliam’s long-gestating adaptation of Don Quixote has been delayed once again this week, with Contact Music reporting that the health of star John Hurt (Snowpiercer) has set the film back.
Hurt, who is the latest actor to take over the lead role of Quixote after the likes of Robert Duvall (The Judge) and original star Jean Rochefort, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer over the summer. The acclaimed actor is currently undergoing treatment, but insurers on the film want to wait and see how his treatment progresses before completing their “sign-off”.
Gilliam remains hopeful that Hurt will be fit enough to return to the project, which sees him co-star with Jack O’Connell (Starred Up). O’Connell will play the role of Toby, originally “portrayed” by Johnny Depp (Black Mass) in the abandoned 2002 version of the film.
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote was first scheduled for »
- Scott J. Davis
Six years ago Man on Wire, telling the true story of a tightrope walker's death-defying (and illegal) crossing between the towers of the World Trade Center in 1974, won the Academy Award for Best Documentary. And now the story of Philippe Petit is being retold in The Walk, and if the new trailer is a good indication, you're going to want to watch it on the biggest screen possible. A dramatized version of an already Oscar-winning documentary may seem a bit redundant, but the most intriguing thing about The Walk is that movie magic master Robert Zemeckis is pulling the strings. This is the man who gave us Back to the Future, Contact, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Beowolf and Flight, just to name a few. He knows how to deliver spectacle in ways other filmmakers can only...
- Peter Hall
The year that gave us Gremlins, Ghostbusters and The Temple Of Doom also gave us these 20 underappreciated movies...
It's been said that 1984 was a vintage year for movies, and looking back, it's easy to see why. The likes of Ghostbusters and Gremlins served up comedy, action and the macabre in equal measure. James Cameron's The Terminator cemented Arnold Schwarzenegger's star status and gave us one of the greatest sci-fi action movies of the decade.
This was also the year where the Coen brothers made their screen debut with the stunning thriller Blood Simple, and when the Zucker brothers followed up Airplane! with the equally hilarious Top Secret! And we still haven't even mentioned Beverly Hills Cop, This Is Spinal Tap, The Karate Kid, Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom and the unexpectedly successful romantic comedy, Splash. Then there was Milos Forman's sumptuous period drama Amadeus, which »
Robert Pattinson: Actor to play E.T. astronaut. Robert Pattinson to star for Claire Denis If all goes as planned, Robert Pattinson will get to star in French screenwriter-director Claire Denis' recently announced – and as yet untitled – English-language sci-fier, penned by Denis and White Teeth author Zadie Smith and her novelist husband Nick Laird, from an original idea by Denis and writing partner Jean-Pol Fargeau. Among Claire Denis' credits are the interracial love story Chocolat (1988), the sociopolitical drama White Material (2009), and the generally well-regarded Billy Budd reboot Beau Travail (1999), winner of the César Award for Best Cinematography (Agnès Godard). Robert Pattinson, for his part, is best known for playing the veggie vampire in the wildly popular Twilight movies costarring Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner. Robert Pattinson, astronaut In Claire Denis' film, Robert Pattinson is slated to play an E.T. astronaut. But what happens to said astronaut? Does »
- Zac Gille
Last year, we saw the debut of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, which brought the Tarantino-penned/Robert Rodriguez-directed film to the small screen, in a very different approach. It was quite the interesting series, taking turns that were very unexpected and different than the film, which set the TV series on its own path. Now with the August 25th premiere of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, Season Two set to make its debut, Austin TX mayor Steve Adler has made August 25th “From Dusk Till Dawn Day”, in a celebration held at Troublemaker studios.
Rodriguez had the following to say: “Austin is my home and I’m honored to have collaborated with the Austin creative community all these years making movies and television for the world to see. I’m so proud that From Dusk till Dawn is Austin made and that we can celebrate this day with the community. »
- Jerry Smith
With Ridley Scott’s The Martian roaring its way towards us, there’s renewed interest in the more scientific angles of space on screen. And now Warner Bros. is developing a drama about a man who helped spearhead that in popular culture: Carl Sagan.Sagan was an astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist and communicator who, through his passion for science and its advancement, helped bring astronomy and other disciplines to a much wider audience through public appearances, books, articles and his hugely successful TV series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which aired in 1980. His work was adapted into the likes of Contact, Robert Zemeckis’ 1997 sci-fi adventure. A frequent guest on talk shows, he also became famous for including messages on the Pioneer and Voyager spacecraft. He was married three times and had five children across his relationships.Sagan died in 1996 and his widow, Ann Druyan is one of the producers behind the new film. »
The work of Carl Sagan has led to some justly influential TV and film, in the form of the two Cosmos series, and the film Contact based on his novel, but now there is going to be a movie about Carl Sagan himself. Warner Bros. is developing a film based on Sagan’s life, with the participation […]
- Russ Fischer
Obst was one of the producers of last year’s Christopher Nolan space epic “Interstellar,” starring Matthew McConaughey, and 1997’s “Contact,” which starred Jodie Foster and McConaughey, and was adapted from Sagan’s novel. Warner Bros. teamed with Paramount to release “Interstellar,” which grossed $672 million worldwide.
Druyan, who was married to Sagan from 1981 to his death in 1996, produced and wrote 2014’s “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” for which she won an Emmy for non-fiction writing. She was also an executive producer on “Contact.”
Sagan hosted the TV series “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage,” which he narrated and co-wrote during the 1980s, and spent much of his career investigating the possibility of life on other planets. He »
- Dave McNary
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