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Halle Berry isn’t the only high-profile get in Extant, CBS’ futuristic drama about an astronaut who returns pregnant after a year-long mission in space. The drama is produced by Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment. Here, Spielberg talks about discovering the script, and the drama’s futuristic elements that aren’t entirely out of the realm of possibility, before the show premieres tonight at 9 p.m. Et.
Steven Spielberg: No, not really. My first thought was »
- Lynette Rice
A couple of months ago, NBC aired a two-part remake of "Rosemary's Baby" that was completely lacking in suspense, pacing, anything new to say with the material or any reason to exist save for the brand name and the excuse to give Zoe Saldana a pixie haircut. The original film is such a classic that, even if it should never be excused from being remade, at least requires some genuine thought before attempting, which no one involved with the NBC version bothered to try. CBS' new summer sci-fi series "Extant" (it debuts tonight at 9) isn't another "Rosemary's Baby" remake, though it does involve Halle Berry (also sporting a short haircut, albeit one she's worn often before) becoming pregnant under mysterious, possibly horrifying circumstances. Nor does it feel wildly original as a whole; in addition to the pregnancy, which Berry's astronaut character develops while spending months alone on a space station, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg has taken movie audiences on extravagant adventures of a lifetime during his lengthy course behind the camera when impacting the film industry with his captivating on-screen imagination. Spielberg has shown an amazing range of vision and scope when tackling various movie genres that tap in the collective consciousness of moviegoers. Science fiction, social issue dramas, action and adventure, period pieces, family-oriented fantasies, comedies, war movies–you name it and Spielberg has done it on the big screen in his illustrious film career in directing, producing, writing and promoting.
Although Spielberg has done his share of adult-oriented films that cater to the sophisticated masses he is primarily known for his whimsical kid-friendly fare or at least releases that feature children in some of his escapist gems that may not necessarily be considered kiddie-coated. In Kid’s Play: Top 10 Steven Spielberg-Directed Child-Centric Films we will take a »
- Frank Ochieng
“Extant” feels a bit like a Steven Spielberg greatest (and not-so-greatest) hits album, from “A.I.” to, in this case, a close encounter of the reproductive kind. That’s not an indictment so much as a road map to this CBS summer drama, which brings the star power of Halle Berry to the screen as an astronaut who returns to Earth after an extended mission only to discover — after an “anomaly” — that she’s pregnant, however impossible that seems. Throw in assorted subplots, and it’s certainly an intriguing launch; but then again, so was “Under the Dome” before that narratively ran into a brick wall.
Berry’s Molly is back home when the story begins, reunited with her husband, John (Goran Visnjic), and artificially intelligent son (Pierce Gagnon), which John has not only built but is seeking funding to market. (His expression of contempt for religion when pressed about the »
- Brian Lowry
Last year, we rolled up our sleeves and dove into The Lost & Unmade Projects Of Stanley Kubrick, detailing the numerous movies that the legendary filmmaker developed or considered over the course of his career. As you know, Kubrick wasn't the the most prolific of filmmakers, but when he latched onto something, it became a near obsession, and the director meticulously pored over every aspect of the production to meet the exacting standards of his vision. But if you don't have time to flip through that feature (though you should), this 20-minute documentary, "The Unfinished Films Of Stanley Kubrick," does a good job of highlighting some of the more well known movies he never got to. Narrated by Malcolm McDowell, the doc touches up “Napoleon” (which is now an HBO series set to be produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Baz Luhrmann), “The Aryan Papers” and “A.I.” (which Kubrick passed »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Ever since he directed Jurassic Park and Schindler's List back to back, Steven Spielberg has had periods where he's directed films in clumps. Most notably, he did The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Amistad and Saving Private Ryan pretty much back to back, pocketing an Oscar for the last of those three.
A few years later, he then went from A.I. to Minority Report to Catch Me If You Can, and in 2005 from War Of The Worlds to Munich. More recently, he shot War Horse and Lincoln without too much of a gap between them.
Now? He's set up a new pair of projects, and he's diving straight in, one after the other. The first is his thus-far untitled Cold War thriller, which is set to reunite him with Tom Hanks. The Coen brothers have penned the screenplay. »
With its icy mountain backdrop and emphasis on using practical effects, Harbinger Down no doubt conjures memories of John Carpenter’s The Thing. The film’s new trailer features a creature that would send familiar chills down the spines of R. J. MacReady and company: an organism that infects humans before undergoing nightmare-inducing mutations.
The feature directorial and writing debut of veteran Creature FX Designer Alec Gillis (Aliens, The Monster Squad, Starship Troopers), Harbinger Down stars genre legend Lance Henriksen (Aliens, Near Dark, Pumpkinhead) and Matt Winston (Little Miss Sunshine, A.I. Artificial Intelligence), and it’s slated for release sometime soon. In addition to the trailer, we have the synopsis and two posters for you to check out:
“A group of grad students have booked passage on the fishing trawler Harbinger to study the effects of global warming on a pod of Orcas in the Bering Sea. When the ship »
- Derek Anderson
00:00 Intro and Lucy
02:20 Alternative Blockbusters & Action Figures
04:00 Favorite Things We Saw This Summer
08:45 Maleficent and Villainous Backstories
25:00 Jersey Boys vs. Think Like a Man 2
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- NATHANIEL R
Robots have been a part of cinema since its creation and still make for intriguing on-screen presences. With RoboCop set for a Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook, DVD and Blu-ray release on 9th June 2014 from Studiocanal, we count down the most memorable movie cyborgs to have graced our screens.
Evil Maria – Metropolis (1927)
Fritz Lang’s classic sees an inventor, who has created a robot to resurrect his deceased wife, apply the likeness of a popular female worked named Maria (played by Brigitte Helm) in an attempt to ruin her reputation amongst her peers. Once completed, the robot is an evil incarnation of Maria and wreaks havoc in the dystopian future depicted by Lang.
Not only are these two of the most beloved robots in cinematic history, but one of the most revered fictional filmic double acts to adorn the screen. R2-D2 (played by »
- Phil Wheat
Clark Gregg has so much more to him than playing Agent Phil Coulson in the Marvel Cinematic (and Television) Universe. The character actor has worked with oodles of outstanding directors over the years, from Steven Spielberg (A.I. . Artificial Intelligence) and Nicole Holofcener (Lovely & Amazing) to Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia). In 2008, Gregg took his own shot at directing, helming the adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk.s novel Choke. And now he.s back behind the camera (and in front of it) for the Hollywood comedy Trust Me. We are proud to premiere a series of exclusive character one-sheets done by artist Ksenia Golubkova for the incredible cast Clark Gregg assembled for Trust Me, which features the actor-director as a child-star talent agent trying to land a valuable actress. Seriously, in addition to Gregg, the ensemble reads off like a laundry list of coveted character actors, starting with his Choke lead, Sam »
Star Trek: Into Darkness
Directed by J.J. Abrams
The camera in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek: Into Darkness often operates as though it were a satellite in space – at times orbiting actors, but not as tightly bound to the laws of gravity. In the first shot, the camera is entering a colorful planet’s atmosphere, slowing down as it catches wind resistance and using its zoom to call attention to some ruckus happening on the ground – a very literal approach to dropping the audience into the middle of the action. As Captain Kirk is chased by the planet’s inhabitants, the camera flies alongside Kirk, or high over the tree tops, the camera shows no limits to where it can and cannot go, serving as a metaphor for the Starship Enterprise itself, boldly exploring the space as it sees fit. This limitless camera – and Abrams’ willingness to put »
- Jae K. Renfrow
Hope you like your sci-fi intrigue tinged with robotic children, amnesia, and Halle Berry's emotions, because that's what "Extant" is dishing out. "Extant" is a new supernatural series premiering July 9 on CBS. Goran Visnjic plays Halle's husband, and together they're raising what appears to be an "A.I."-type child programmed with thousands of commands for feigning love and sincerity. (Lea Michele is rumored to work the same way.) He is about as creepy as you'd expect. Steven Spielberg is behind this, so it's no surprise we're catching whiffs of Haley Joel Osment's cyborg past here. I'm split on this trailer. Let's discuss the highs and lows. Highs: I mean, what is going on here? There's enough interest in the trailer to make me believe we're in for a bunch of twists, turns, and otherwise disturbing revelations. I'll also put it out there that I think Camryn Manheim is fantastic, »
- Louis Virtel
Ok, so you know the Halo TV series that Amblin Entertainment is working on for Showtime? This is not it.
This is a live-action "digital feature" whatever that means. It was written by Paul Scheuring (the guy who created Prisonbreak) and is going to be directed by a guy named Sergio Mimica-Gezzan, whose name seems unfamiliar. That doesn't mean you haven't seen his work.
Writes The Wrap:
Mimica-Gezzan previously served as Spielberg's first assistant director on “Schindler's List,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “Minority Report,” and “A.I.” He also directed numerous episodes of fanboy favorites “Battlestar Galactica,” “Falling Skies” and “Heroes,” as well as the miniseries “The Pillars of the Earth.”
This Halo digital project is being produced by 343 Industries, Xbox Entertainment Studios and Scott Free Productions will have more of it's details spilled at June's E3 Expo, but it Has added it's Spartan cast member: Mike Colter of The Good Wife, »
Well that’s one hell of a title. For whatever reason, book titles usually get more leeway when it comes to length as the title of their movie adaptations get shortened. Case in point, Ben Mezrich’s poker novel Bringing Down the House became 21, Brian Aldiss’ Supertoys Last All Summer Long became A.I. and Phillip K. Dick’s We Can Remember It […]
Read The Trailer for Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day on Filmonic.
- Andrew Shuster
Stories about artificial intelligence have been a long running staple of science fiction for good reason. The concept of creating consciousness is closely tied with humanity's god complex and the want, and for some need, to create something out of nothing; particularly something as complicated as the essence of humanity and our ability to formulate thought and to empathize. Be it the doomsday scenario of The Terminator or The Matrix or the slightly less end-of-days Blade Runner or A.I. Artificial Intelligence, the many facets of both the advantages and repercussions of AI have been mined from many angles and The Machine offers up yet another take on the concept of sentient machines.
In a near future where the rest of the world is in a cold war against [Continued ...] »
Feature Rob Leane 10 Apr 2014 - 06:11
From Trevor Slattery to the Winter Soldier, Rob looks at one of the Marvel universe’s most curious traits...
This article contains spoilers for every McU movie up to and including Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Since Iron Man kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2008, Marvel Studios has gradually built worldwide box office dominance, developing a sprawling superpowered franchise which every other studio wants to emulate. It isn’t without its curiosities and questionable decisions, though.
While Iron Man’s villain Obadiah Stane was revealed rather late in the film, he was a decent enough adversary for an origin story, and he pushed an early-in-his-superhero-career Tony Stark to his limits. In the same year, General Ross was a clear and deadly villain for The Incredible Hulk film, even though Tim Roth’s Abomination did all the heavy lifting.
Similarly, Tom Hiddlestone’s debut »
Jude Law is at his best in contained performances defined by calculation and savviness that mask his characters’ deep-seated insecurities. His icy turn as the robot in “A.I.” epitomized this tendency, which has appropriately led to a fruitful career but also made him something of a difficult leading man. When Chris Rock joked at the 2005 Oscar ceremony that Law “was in every movie I have seen in the last four years,” while pretending that he had never heard of Law before, the comedian delivered a backhanded compliment (even though the actor allegedly fired his agent over the remarks): Law’s subdued approach was too slippery for traditional superstardom. Now comes “Dom Hemingway,” which offers further proof of Law’s specific appeal — by completely draining it from the picture. Read More: Jude Law On Saying Goodbye to Vanity in Order to Play 'Dom Hemingway' Things start to go »
- Eric Kohn
Going bald is the best thing that ever happened to Jude Law. Britain's prettiest export did the best he could with his burden of good looks. He played a genetic ideal in Gattaca, a robotic ideal in A.I. Artificial Intelligence, and in The Talented Mr. Ripley, his golden god perfection got him killed.
Hollywood is hard on beautiful men, at least the ones who want to be taken seriously. It prefers its great talents slightly askew. Handsome actors who want to break out of romances and sexual thrillers have only three options: get fat (Marlon Brando, Alec Baldwin), get old (Robert Redford, Rob Lowe), or get weird (Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Matthew McConaughey). Law stalled as long as he could. But after a 10-year stretch of solid, overlooked work, and his 40th »
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Big Hero 6, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Force, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Batman vs. Superman, Catwoman, Gotham, Son of Batman, Arrow, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and more...
Marvel Studios may have started rolling out its latest Phase Two offering in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but it was Avengers: Age of Ultron that grabbed most of the Cinematic Universe headlines this week as principal photography on Joss Whedon's hotly-anticipated sequel got underway in Italy (doubling for Serbia). The shoot revolved around a big action sequence, with Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) battling a load of guys in mocap suits, as well as a stand in for James Spader's Ultron. »
- Gary Collinson
I applaud Paul F. Tompkins for interviewing Haley Joel Osment and not just shaking his head and asking, "Man, 'A.I.' What was that about?" That'd have been my approach. On Tompkins' webseries "Speakeasy," the comedian grills the youngish Oscar nominee -- Osment's still only 25 -- about whether certain celebrities are alive or dead. You'd think "The Sixth Sense" star would know, right? Well. Not when it comes to Wilt Chamberlain, y'all. »
- Louis Virtel
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