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Close Encounters Of The Third Kind at 40 – an Appreciation

Article by Dane Eric Marti

Sometimes a film will speak directly to a person in an audience: A preternatural, unearthly tendril of luminous light tapping you on the shoulder, a benevolent yet mysterious voice reminding you of an obligation, or a musical, colorful Dream Message entering your eyes and speaking to your soul with wonder, awe and truth. Like other Art forms, film can do amazing things.

For me, there are definitely a few choice films of overwhelming, pristine power. Yet one cinematic work is not just great, deeply special to me: ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind.’ Directed by the Wonderkind, Steven Spielberg, directly after his landmark suspense-adventure film, ‘Jaws’.

Now, his new flick, released in 1977, also dealt with the fantastic, with riveting moments of terror… but its endgame was something quite dissimilar.

I think it would take either a first-rate Psychologist or an Exorcist with a lot of
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Hurricane Harvey's Amazing Animal Survival Stories: Rescues, Reunions and Furry Refugees

Rescue efforts are still underway as thousands in the Houston, Texas, area are feeling — and fleeing — the effects of Hurricane Harvey. In some cases, these refugees in need of help or rescue are pets and other displaced animals local to the region.

From Good Samaritans like Andrew White, who helped his neighbor rescue her dog (see above) with his boat, to everyday residents like Naomi Coto carrying her dog to a safe place as she evacuates her flooded home (main photo), heart-tugging stories from Harvey’s frontline abound. Here are a few of the most extraordinary examples of animals overcoming
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Jesse T. Usher Is Son of Shaft, Samuel L. Jackson Will Return

Jesse T. Usher Is Son of Shaft, Samuel L. Jackson Will Return
Eight months after director Tim Story signed on to take the helm of New Line Cinema's Shaft reboot, the project has its new lead, plus two returning stars. Jesse T. Usher (Independence Day: Resurgence) has been chosen to play the son of Samuel L. Jackson's John Shaft in Son of Shaft. Samuel L. Jackson will return as John Shaft from the 2000 New Line reboot, while the original John Shaft, Richard Roundtree, who was established as the uncle of Samuel L. Jackson's character in the reboot, will also return to reprise his role. New Line has yet to set a release date for Son of Shaft, but with this cast coming together, that announcement may be coming soon.

Deadline reports that Jesse T. Usher will be playing the "estranged son" of John Shaft (Samuel L. Jackson) in this Shaft reboot, but he finds himself having to team up with his old man.
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Marvel Pays Tribute to Nirvana, Blondie, the Clash and Other Rock Gods

Marvel Pays Tribute to Nirvana, Blondie, the Clash and Other Rock Gods
Marvel Comics' Variant series is set to honor iconic rock album covers this fall and they look amazing. The idea is pretty cool considering that a lot of record aficionados also enjoy collecting comic books(not all, but some). Back in 2015, Marvel did hip hop Variant covers to great success. A few of the best covers were Doctor Strange getting a Dr. Dre's Chronic makeover, Guardians of the Galaxy getting Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride 2 treatment, and Black Panther's T'Challa receiving a Jay-z Black Album makeover. The covers were all done by different artists that reimagined the comic book characters in their own hip hop flavored world.

Now Ryan Penagos, Marvel's vice president and executive editor of digital media, has announced that the first Marvel Rock Cover Variants will be arriving this September. The announcement was made through Penagos' Twitter page and it shows artwork inspired by Nirvana, The Clash,
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Horror Highlights: Supernatural Comic-Con Pop! Vinyl, Legacy: An Off-color Novella For You To Color, She Rises

Dean gets behind the wheel of his beloved Chevy Impala in a new Supernatural San Diego Comic-Con exclusive from Funko, and in today's Horror Highlights, we also have details on Chuck Palahniuk’s Legacy: An Off-Color Novella for You to Color, and, for those who missed it, the previously released trailer for She Rises.

Supernatural Comic-Con 2017 Exclusive Pop! Vinyl Figure: From Funko: "Pop! Ride: Supernatural – Baby with Dean

How do you raise a babyshifter? Dean is figuring that out! Dean & Baby are now a Sdcc exclusive Pop! Ride!"

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Chuck Palahniuk’s New Novella: Press Release: "(June 19, 2017) This fall Dark Horse Books is publishing bestselling author Chuck Palahniuk’s novella, Legacy: An Off-Color Novella for You to Color, which features colorable illustrations by Steve Morris and Mike Norton. The novella is a dark but colorful fable with aspiring immortals, an amoral banker and his despicable family, a stalker and
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Yes, The Box Office Force Is With ‘Rogue One.’ But How Much Force Does It Have?

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Yes, The Box Office Force Is With ‘Rogue One.’ But How Much Force Does It Have?
Not a lot of mystery to this weekend: It belongs to “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” (Disney). Still, a couple of questions remain: Will it be the biggest first-weekend number of the year? And: Will the gross be 10 times bigger than whatever’s in second place?

Lowball estimates for this intergalactic prequel/spinoff/adjunct/special event have it opening at around $150 million; that’s almost $100 million less than “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” exactly one year ago. Without the excitement of a first franchise episode in a decade, falloff is inevitable.

Read More: Arthouse Audit: ‘La La Land’ Box Office is Stunning

And, some context: Whatever number “Rogue One” accomplishes, December doesn’t historically lend itself to high-end openings. Apart from “The Force Awakens,” no other December release had even grossed as much as $100 million (“Lord of the Rings: Return of the King,” released in 2003, managed $103 million in 2016 adjusted numbers.
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James Horner's 25 most magnificent scores

Sean Wilson Oct 11, 2016

From Star Trek and Field Of Dreams to The Rocketeer and Krull: we salute the film scores of the late, great James Horner.

When composer James Horner died in a plane crash in June 2015, cinema lost one of its most profoundly emotional voices, and the final chapter on Horner's astonishing career has now closed with his last work: Antoine Fuqua's Western remake The Magnificent Seven. Horner actually wrote the score based on the script before the film even started production, such was his passion for it, and it's been posthumously completed by his longtime collaborator Simon Franglen.

To mark the occasion, here are the 25 most seminal scores from a lamented, legendary figure of film music.

1. Legends Of The Fall (1994)

Despite his reputation as a composer of melodrama, throughout much of the eighties and early nineties Horner had largely been pegged as a bold composer of action,
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Jay Z Is Bugs Bunny and Other Essential Information About Space Jam's Soundtrack

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Jay Z Is Bugs Bunny and Other Essential Information About Space Jam's Soundtrack
The much-discussed Space Jam 2 now has a director (Justin Lin) to go along with its star (LeBron James), and fans of the original (well, me, anyway) have just one question: How will the sequel's soundtrack ever live up to the original? You know, the Space Jam soundtrack. The one that gave the world "I Believe I Can Fly" and eventually went platinum six times over? That soundtrack. Released on Nov. 12, 1996, below please find a celebration of the singular piece of art that is the Space Jam soundtrack. "Fly Like an Eagle" In 1996, Seal had just won three Grammys for "Kiss From a Rose,
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Win A Copy Of Ride Along 2

Fasten your seatbelts and brace yourselves for another wild ride when Kevin Hart (Get Hard, The Wedding Ringer) and Ice Cube (22 Jump Street, Barbershop) return in the hilarious, action-packed comedy, Ride Along 2, coming to Digital HD on April 12, 2016, and Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on April 26, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD feature even more of the duo’s hysterical banter and explosive fun with deleted scenes, gag reel, never-before-seen bonus material, including a hilarious new recruitment video “Ride Along With Us” and “The Ride Diaries” with Kevin Hartand Ice Cube!

Ride Along 2 reunites the partners and brothers-in-law-to-be as they take on new crime in Miami. The absurdity quickly unfolds while tough cop and all-around cool guy James (Ice Cube) works to solve a major case with the mouthy wannabe Ben (Kevin Hart). In the riotous sequel to the action-comedy hit that first
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[Review] Barbershop: The Next Cut

There are worse reasons to make a movie than advocacy, but Malcom B. Lee’s Barbershop: The Next Cut feels so distractingly reverse-engineered from its talking points that the movie nearly halts to a stop whenever the movie visibly shifts from a hang-out vibe to something more narratively ambitious. The third installment (or fourth, if you count the 2005 spin-off) in a series that began near the turn of the century, The Next Cut too rarely has a razor-sharp wit, but aiming for a bigger bullseye than ever, it still hits the target more often than not.

Set in the Southside of Chicago (but filmed in Georgia), ground zero of the highest statistics of gun violence in the United States, Calvin (Ice Cube), the wizened and pragmatic co-owner of the barbershop/beauty shop, is still snipping the hair of regulars even as just outside the door, kids are gunning each other down.
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Oscars 2016: 20 Best, Worst and Wtf Moments

Oscars 2016: 20 Best, Worst and Wtf Moments
It was another night of self-congratulating stars, passionate speeches being interrupted by play-'em-off music ("Ride of the Valkyries"? Really???), and several genuine upsets (Rylance over Stallone; Spotlight over The Revenant) — as well as a scorching Oscars monologue that will go down as one for the ages. There were inspirational and uplifting moments, there were cue-the-sad-trombone gags gone wrong, and then there was Stacey Dash wishing everyone a "Happy Black History month." Here are the 20 best, worst and genuinely Wtf moments from last night's Oscars 2016 broadcast. Here's hoping we see Rock
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"Creed" Tops 47th NAACP Image Awards Film Nominations! See Full List!

Ryan Coogler's "Creed" topped the NAACP Image Awards nomination which were revealed this morning. "Creed" received nods for best picture, director for Coogler, actor for Michael B. Jordan, writing for Coogler and Aaron Covington, and supporting actress noms for both Phylicia Rashad and Tessa Thompson.

We'll find out the winners on February 5 on the live airing of the ceremony on TV one.

Here is the full list of nominees of the 47th NAACP Image Awards:

Entertainer Of The Year

Michael B. Jordan

Misty Copeland

Pharrell Williams

Shonda Rhimes

Viola Davis

Television

Outstanding Comedy Series

.black-ish. (ABC)

.House of Lies. (Showtime)

.Key & Peele. (Comedy Central)

.Orange is the New Black. (Netflix)

.Survivor.s Remorse. (Starz)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

Andre Braugher . .Brooklyn Nine-Nine. (Fox)

Anthony Anderson . .black-ish. (ABC)

Don Cheadle . .House of Lies. (Showtime)

Dwayne Johnson . .Ballers. (HBO)

RonReaco Lee . .Survivor.s Remorse. (Starz)

Outstanding Actress
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‘Creed,’ ‘Empire,’ ‘Black-ish’ Lead NAACP Image Award Nominations

‘Creed,’ ‘Empire,’ ‘Black-ish’ Lead NAACP Image Award Nominations
Creed” and “Straight Outta Compton” led the 47th NAACP Image Awards nominations on the film front, while “Empire” and “Black-ish” dominated the TV categories.

The nominees were announced Tuesday at a press conference held at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills.

Creed” and “Compton” both scored outstanding motion picture noms, along with “Beasts of No Nation,” “Concussion” and “Dope.” Both dramas were also recognized in the supporting actor/actress fields (“Compton’s” Corey Hawkins and O’Shea Jackson, Jr. for outstanding supporting actor, and “Creed’s” Phylicia Rashad and Tessa Thompson for outstanding supporting actress), writing (Andrea Berloff and Jonathan Herman for “Compton,” and Ryan Coogler and Aaron Covington for “Creed”) and directing (F. Gary Gray for “Compton” and Ryan Coogler for “Creed”). “Creed” topped “Compton” by a single nomination (for a total of six) with a nom for Michael B. Jordan for outstanding actor in a motion picture.
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‘Creed,’ ‘Empire,’ ‘Black-ish’ Lead NAACP Image Award Nominations

‘Creed,’ ‘Empire,’ ‘Black-ish’ Lead NAACP Image Award Nominations
Creed” and “Straight Outta Compton” led the 47th NAACP Image Awards nominations on the film front, while “Empire” and “Black-ish” dominated the TV categories.

The nominees were announced Tuesday at a press conference held at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills.

Creed” and “Compton” both scored outstanding motion picture noms, along with “Beasts of No Nation,” “Concussion” and “Dope.” Both dramas were also recognized in the supporting actor/actress fields (“Compton’s” Corey Hawkins and O’Shea Jackson, Jr. for outstanding supporting actor, and “Creed’s” Phylicia Rashad and Tessa Thompson for outstanding supporting actress), writing (Andrea Berloff and Jonathan Herman for “Compton,” and Ryan Coogler and Aaron Covington for “Creed”) and directing (F. Gary Gray for “Compton” and Ryan Coogler for “Creed”). “Creed” topped “Compton” by a single nomination (for a total of six) with a nom for Michael B. Jordan for outstanding actor in a motion picture.
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Watch Bono Hype (Red) Campaign, Joke About Bike Injury on 'Kimmel'

Watch Bono Hype (Red) Campaign, Joke About Bike Injury on 'Kimmel'
With its special Tuesday episode, Jimmy Kimmel Live! helped launch (Red) Shopathon, which is raising money for the battle against AIDS by offering celebrity experiences to winning donors through the Omaze platform. U2 frontman/(Red) co-founder Bono appeared live via satellite to kick off the campaign, teasing his own self-referential offer: a bike ride through New York City's Central Park.

"People seem to think that's very funny as they don't take my bike riding very seriously," said the singer-humanitarian, joking about his serious bike injury last year. "Mark Twain said,
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The Most Vicious Zingers from Past Celebrity Roasts

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Tonight, The Roast of Justin Bieber will air on Comedy Central and the masses will get what they’ve long been waiting for: a public shaming of Justin Bieber. Of course, some of the special’s most notable put-downs of the pop star have been publicized, including insults from the likes of Roast master Kevin Hart (“Justin’s Canadian. He’s actually considered American, because no Canadian has ever been this much of an asshole”), Shaquille O’Neal (“Last year you were ranked the fifth most hated person of all time. Kim Jong-un didn’t even score that low, and he uses your music to fuckin’ torture people”), and Jeffrey Ross (“You’ve become a cocky little shit. You are the King Joffrey of pop”).

While Bieber’s burns are definitely scorching, he’s hardly the only Roastee to get royally humiliated during their special. As we count down to The Roast of Justin Bieber,
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Weekend Report: 'Chappie,' 'Business' Flop, 'Sniper' Passes 'Mockingjay'

Weekend Report: 'Chappie,' 'Business' Flop, 'Sniper' Passes 'Mockingjay'
With moviegoers mostly staying away from Chappie and Unfinished Business, the first weekend of March wound up being the slowest one so far this year.On more positive notes, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel opened to a solid $8.5 million, while American Sniper passed The Hunger Games: Mockingjay*Part 1 to become the highest-grossing movie from 2014.Playing at 3,201 locations, Chappie opened in first place with $13.3 million. In comparison, director Neill Blomkamp's previous movies*District 9 and Elysium*opened to $37.4 million and $29.8 million. Chappie also opened noticeably lower than last month's Jupiter Ascending ($18.4 million).It's unfair to suggest that Chappie should have been opening on par with Elysium, which had an A-list star (Matt Damon) in its lead role and was supported by a bigger, more exciting marketing effort. At the same time, $13.3 million is a pretty poor start for a sci-fi flick from a major studio. So what went wrong?
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Around-the-World Roundup: 'Jupiter Ascending' Opens to $23 Million in China

Around-the-World Roundup: 'Jupiter Ascending' Opens to $23 Million in China
Thanks to a solid debut in China, Jupiter Ascending took the top spot at the international box office this weekend.The movie opened to $23.2 million in the world's second-largest market, which is more than it earned in its first weekend in the U.S. Through just three days, Jupiter Ascending has grossed more in China than in its next three international markets combined.So far, Jupiter Ascending has taken in $107 million overseas. With another $30-million-plus on the way in China, plus an opening in Japan, it should ultimately reach $150 million overseas. Regardless, with a weak domestic number and a massive budget, the movie is still poised to lose a ton of money.Big Hero 6 added $19.6 million this weekend, which brings its total to $383.5 million. Most of that came from China, where the movie took in $15.9 million in its second weekend (a slight increase over its two-day debut). It now
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Weekend Report: 'Focus' Pulls Off Minor Heist at the Box Office

Weekend Report: 'Focus' Pulls Off Minor Heist at the Box Office
While it didn't quite return Will Smith to his former box office glory, Focus (2015) still easily took the top spot on a quiet weekend at the box office.Kingsman: The Secret Service and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water held on to second and third place, respectively, while The Lazarus Effect got off to a so-so start in fifth.Focus opened to $18.7 million this weekend, which is a bit lower than Crazy, Stupid, Love.'s debut (that's the last movie from directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa). It ranks in the bottom half of Smith's movies; it is at least ahead of Seven Pounds ($14.9 million), though that movie's December opening held is back a bit. Seven Pounds wrapped up its run with $70 million, which is a number Focus is going to have a tough time matching.The lower-than-expected haul could be placed on Smith's shoulders: Mib 3 and After Earth
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Around-the-World: 'Fifty Shades' Approaches $500 Million Worldwide

Around-the-World: 'Fifty Shades' Approaches $500 Million Worldwide
For the third weekend in a row, Fifty Shades of Grey easily took first place at the international box office.The worldwide phenomenon added $36 million from 59 markets, which brings its overseas total to a stunning $338.4 million. Holdover markets were off an average of 46 percent from last weekend. The movie's only new territory was South Korea, where it opened in fourth place with $1.8 million; according to Universal, this comparatively low debut correlates with the fact that the book never really penetrated this market.Fifty Shades of Grey has now earned $486 million worldwide, and is on track to reach $500 million in the next week or so.Playing in 67 markets, Kingsman: The Secret Service took in $25.6 million this weekend. It continued to do excellent business in South Korea, where it held on to first place with $5.3 million. To date, it's the fourth-highest-grossing Fox movie ever with $25.4 million.Kingsman also had a handful of
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