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Aside from his incredible filmography and influence on cinema over the past few decades, director Steven Spielberg is also known as being a master at pulling amazing performances from child actors. Whether it's Drew Barrymore and Henry Thomas in E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Cary Guffey in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Joseph Mazzello and Ariana Richards in Jurassic Park, Jonathan Ke Quan in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Christian Bale in Empire of the Sun, Haley Joel Osment in A.I. Artificial Intelligence or Dakota Fanning in War of the Worlds, he's done some great work with kids on the big screen. And now he's just found his latest child star for his adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Bfg. Read on! A press release from DreamWorks Studios has named newcomer Ruby Barnhill to make her big screen debut as the young girl Sophie in the story of »
- Ethan Anderton
He's the man who "invented world music" and who created the first ever music video using Plasticine. Yes, we're talking about '70s rock legend Brian Pern - the frontman of Thotch.
Ok, Brian Pern might not be real, but Simon Day and Rhys Thomas's surreal music doc spoof is so on the money, it feels like Pern and Thotch are very much the bona fide article. Is the Day of the Triffids album not on iTunes yet?
We caught up with Day and Thomas to chat about its success.
First things first, I was a huge fan of your last comedy show Bellamy's People.
Simon Day: "Oh, don't get us started on that."
Honestly, I loved it. That didn't get a second series. »
According to Amy Nicholson of La Weekly, Tom Cruise's Maverick was a phony in Tony Scott's 1986 film Top Gun. Nicholson released a video essay called "Why You're Wrong About Top Gun," and she seriously makes some very interesting and valid points that makes me see this movie in a completely different light. In her opinion, Maverick wasn’t actually a tough guy in the the story, he was just a scared kid who was trying to be a tough guy.
Nicholson wrote a book called Tom Cruise: Anatomy of an Actor, which is described as follows:
The Anatomy of an Actor series takes ten roles by a single actor, each studied in a dedicated chapter, and identifies the key elements that made the performances exceptional - carefully examining the actor's craft for both a professional audience and movie fans alike. This title looks at Hollywood icon Tom Cruise. »
- Joey Paur
Carefree East Coast partiers are hunted by a sadistic serial killer, a graveyard shift janitor learns the disturbing truth about a legendary locker, a deadly prehistoric creature is awakened from its slumber… these stories and more are explored in a diverse collection of horror movies on Blu-ray and DVD that we’ve been provided with to give away to one lucky Daily Dead reader.
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Jersey Shore Massacre
“A typical weekend »
- Derek Anderson
I am not sure I expected that watching "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" would lead to my deepest conversation so far with my kids about divorce. Leave it to Tom Cruise. Not long ago, Toshi was pushing for more movies about spies. Anything, really. He has been reading about spies since I showed him his first Bond film almost two years ago, and since most of that series is inappropriate for him, he's been chafing, desperate to see something new. It was after screening it again just to double-check for any red flags that I decided to share "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" with them, and it was one of the best screenings we've had in a while. They're big Jackie Chan and Buster Keaton fans, and a big part of that fascination on their part comes from the idea that what they're looking at is "real." They understand that most of the time, »
- Drew McWeeny
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When it hit theatres in 1996, Independence Day (tagged ID4) was a box office smash with a lasting impact in Hollywood. It made a star – a bigger star, lets say – of Will Smith, who at that point was still the Fresh Prince to many. It reinvigorated the disaster flick by mixing it with the alien invasion genre, giving us something along the lines of Earthquake meets War Of The Worlds. And it seared the image of the White House exploding into the minds of movie-goers everywhere, an image that remains iconic to this day.
Others have come along and tried a similar approach, notably Cloverfield, which attempted to do with the Statue of Liberty what Independence Day did with the home of the American President.
A strong cast ensured that even with a rather hokey plot and frankly braindead ending (a computer virus coded in a human programming »
- Jay Anderson
“Hiya kids. Here is an important message from your Uncle Bill. Don’t buy drugs. Become a pop star, and they give you them for free!”
The next big Tenacious Eats ‘Movie for Foodies’ is Friday, December 5th and the chefs at Tenacious Eats will be screening Love Actually while you eat!
Movies for Foodies, a regular film series put on by Chef Liz Schuster, Chef Steve Schmidt, and the other talented chefs at Tenacious Eats, is back in a brand new location! It’s The Ozark Theater at 103 E Lockwood Ave. in downtown Webster Groves. I’m super-excited to be going back to the old Ozark, which when I was a kid was known as the Webster Groves Cinema. It’s been closed now for decades but movies I saw there in the ‘70s include: Taxi Driver, Shampoo, Land That Time Forgot, Carrie, Demon Seed, Terror In The Wax Museum, »
- Tom Stockman
James Cameron is currently working on the scripts for his Avatar sequels, Avatar 2, Avatar 3 and Avatar 4 in New Zealand, with production scheduled to begin sometime in the near future. Very little is known about the story for these follow-ups, except that fans will be taken back to the magical land of Pandora. During a new interview with Empire, James Cameron doesn't offer any story specifics, but revealed that they will be "bitchin."
"I can tell you one thing about them. They're gonna be bitchin'. You will s--t yourself with your mouth wide open."
The filmmaker did clarify one technical aspect of his sequels. Despite rumors that he planned on shooting at 60 frames per second and, most recently, at 120 Fps, James Cameron said that he has settled on shooting at 48 Fps, like Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy.
"My thinking at the time was that 60 [Fps] might be a »
Ready for the first look at Star Wars: Episode VII?
Star Wars.com released this info today:
An early 88-second tease of Star Wars: The Force Awakens can be seen in 30 theaters across North America beginning Friday morning, November 28. Following this weekend, the tease can be seen in theaters around the world this December.
Check out StarWars.com’s complete list of theaters playing the tease below!
Scheduled for a December 18, 2015, the movie release stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie and Max von Sydow along with the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.
- Michelle McCue
Ever wonder how The Shawshank Redemption's Andy and Red lived out the rest of their lives? We'll never know, but we do know that Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins reunited for a screening to celebrate the film's 20th anniversary earlier this week in Beverly Hills. After two decades, the movie remains literally the highest-rated film on IMDb, tied with The Godfather. It's pretty touching to see the stars, who also both worked on 2005's War of the Worlds, together again after so long. Take a trip down memory lane with the reunion pictures, and maybe rewatch the classic this weekend! »
Following a trail of disturbing rumors from the town's secretive population, he soon discovers that they aren't the only residents of Boyle.
Contemporary visual artist Patricia Piccinini will design the creatures, with Emmy-winning makeup artist & creature designer Steve Johnson ("War of the Worlds") on board to do the visual and creature effects along with his partner, filmmaker Robert L. Lucas.
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.
The film is based on the novel entitled “Don’t Point That Thing At Me” by Kyril Bonfiglioli.
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- Michelle McCue
If long-time Leprechaun fans were upset with what Lionsgate and WWE Studios did with their gritty reboot of Leprechaun: Origins, then you may get your fix with Gnome Alone, which stars the former Mini Me, Verne Troyer.
Based on the title, we can only assume this will have the tongue in cheek humour of the original Leprechaun series. Check out the artwork and synopsis below:
“When timid college student Zoe witnesses a hit-and-run, the dying victim gives her a strange amulet. Suddenly, all those who have offended Zoe in her life begin dying horrible deaths at the hands of a malicious gnome (Troyer). When Zoe discovers the horrible history behind the amulet, will she be able to harness its magical power before the gnome begins killing those closest to her?”
- Luke Owen
On a recent trip to London, I noticed the sheer number of films playing in theaters or listed online that play in European countries that we never see here in North America unless they are Oscar contenders or crazy genre flicks. Robot Overlords falls in the latter category. Starring Gillian Anderson and Ben Kingsley, Robot Overlords plays like a cross between War Of The Worlds, Pacific Rim, and young adult franchises like Divergent or The Hunger Games. Opening next March, Robot Overlords »
- Alex Maidy
With Ebola ravaging West Africa, and flu season quickly approaching, I can’t help but think about infectious diseases and how I will survive. In troubled times like these, I turn to movies for reassurance. No, I’m not talking about watching Outbreak and realizing that saving the world from an airborne Ebola-like pandemic is as simple as catching a monkey in the suburbs, or watching Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion and realizing that bats and pigs (and Gwyneth Paltrow) are the worst biological enemies known to man. Instead, I look to more traditional science fiction and realize that while diseases lay waste to large segments of the human population, they may also be our saving grace from alien invasion. After all, that’s the plan that H.G. Wells laid out in “War of the Worlds,” which was adapted into films in 1953 and 2005. While Wells (along with George Pal and later Steven Spielberg) warned us of potential dangers »
- Kevin Carr
Here at Thn we couldn’t be happier that the BFI is currently celebrating all things Sf with a plethora of events across the UK. With over 1000 screenings of classic film and TV at 200 plus locations, there’s a veritable constellation of sparkly gems for any Sf aficionado to glut themselves with.
Cinema and science fiction have always been close bedfellows—and it’s no surprise really. As far back as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, weird and wonderful ideas about science, humanity, and the universe were captivating readers. And of course, we all know what a godsend Shelley’s creature was to the silver screen.
But what’s the magic ingredient which makes Sf so enduring? You only have to cast your eyes down cinema or TV listings to see the number of features with a speculative element. The X-men franchise, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
Scariest movies ever made: The top 100 horror films according to the Chicago Film Critics (photo: Janet Leigh, John Gavin and Vera Miles in Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho') I tend to ignore lists featuring the Top 100 Movies (or Top 10 Movies or Top 20 Movies, etc.), no matter the category or criteria, because these lists are almost invariably compiled by people who know little about films beyond mainstream Hollywood stuff released in the last decade or two. But the Chicago Film Critics Association's list of the 100 Scariest Movies Ever Made, which came out in October 2006, does include several oldies — e.g., James Whale's Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein — in addition to, gasp, a handful of non-American horror films such as Dario Argento's Suspiria, Werner Herzog's Nosferatu the Vampyre, and F.W. Murnau's brilliant Dracula rip-off Nosferatu. (Check out the full list of the Chicago Film Critics' top 100 horror movies of all time. »
- Andre Soares
Halloween is finally upon us, and a lot of you have been holding down your own horror movie marathons. We're sure you've included the classics, but not many of them actually take place on All Hallow's Eve. And the ones that do? Well, quite a few are not very good. John Carpenter's 1978 Halloween is of course a classic. 2009's Trick 'r Treat is a new perennial favorite that grows its cult base every year. And you simply can't go wrong with The Nightmare Before Christmas between now and New Year's Eve. But you may want to seek out new and interesting films that revolve around this terrifying treat-filled holiday. The following list of movies is not for you! This is a warning: Do not invite your friends over for the following 13 fright flicks, as they are the worst Halloween movies of all-time. That said, they are not without their merits. »
A wonderful trailer has been released for a documentary called Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles. Welles is a legendary filmmaker who is best known for his film Citizen Kane and his famous War of the Worlds radio broadcast. He was an incredible artist and visionary, and the doc focuses on his Hollywood career as a star and troubled director. According to IndieWire,
Magician digs into Welles' oeuvre on the eve of his centenary. Workman covers the midwestern childhood demons that fueled Citizen Kane, young Welles' prodigious theatrical accomplishments, love of Shakespeare, and move toward radio and cinema with "Citizen Kane," which was demolished by the film's fictionalized subject, William Randolph Hearst, as well as how Welles was his own worst enemy in terms of protecting his work. There is rarely seen footage of such masterpieces as Chimes at Midnight (he plays Falstaff) and Macbeth, The Trial and Mr. Arkadin. »
- Joey Paur
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