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Amy Ryan Joins Steven Spielberg's Cold War Thriller

21 July 2014 10:55 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Steven Spielberg is pushing ahead with his next film, even though he has yet to settle on a title for the Cold War thriller that will star Tom Hanks. He’s now organised a reunion with Amy Ryan (who had a tiny role in War Of The Worlds) and has Alan Alda, Eve Hewson and Billy Magnussen all in various stages of talks to join the cast.Joel and Ethan Coen have been busy on a rewrite of the script for the film, while Matt Charman wrote the original version of the story. It’s based on the true-life tale of James Donovan (Hanks); a lawyer who was pushed headfirst into the Cold War during the 1960s when he had to negotiate for the release of downed U2 spy plane pilot Gary Powers after the airman was shot down over Russia.So far, all we know about the new recruits »

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Face Off Comes to Halloween Horror Nights

17 July 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

That's right, kids! Both John Travolta and Nicolas Cage will be simultaneously haunt... what's that? Not the John Woo flick? Damn it! We're talking about the amazing creatures created for the Syfy channel's TV show "Face Off." My bad. Yep! They're coming! Read on for details.

From the Press Release

The most twisted and gruesome character creations featured on Syfy’s hit competition series “Face Off” will be live and “In the Flesh” at both Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights events, beginning Friday, September 19.

Nightmarish creatures will surround guests on both coasts as the macabre visions of some of the most talented up-and-coming make-up artists from the show are brought to life.

Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights will feature an all new street experience with ten different character creations inspired by the acclaimed Syfy series, including a look designed by Season 5 “Face Off »

- Steve Barton

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Human vs. Alien Films: The Must-Sees

12 July 2014 7:37 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Humankind’s collision with otherworldly life forms can make for unforgettable cinema.

This article will highlight the best of live-action human vs. alien films.  The creatures may be from other planets or may be non-demonic entities from other dimensions.

Excluded from consideration were giant monster films as the diakaiju genre would make a great subject for separate articles.

Readers looking for “friendly alien” films such as The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), It Came from Outer Space (1953) and the comically overrated Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) are advised to keep watching the skies because they won’t find them here.

Film writing being the game of knowledge filtered through personal taste that it is, some readers’ subgenre favorites might not have made the list such as War of the Worlds (1953) and 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957).

Now let’s take a chronological look at the cinema’s best battles between Us and Them. »

- Terek Puckett

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When Aliens Invade: 8 Great Invasion Movies

9 July 2014 11:05 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The alien invasion scenario is a common one in cinema – and for good reason. If movies are a mirror, reflecting social anxieties and regrets, then the alien invasion trope is one of the most adaptable allegories imaginable. For decades, filmmakers have used it to discuss military policies, fear of technology and concern over environmental abuses. Our scientific progress as a species, in conflict with the moral progress of our conscience, and our natural fear of change, are all to be found in the alien invasion movie. There are three main types of cinematic alien invasion – each serving a different purpose – although variations and combinations do occasionally appear. These are Occupation, Infiltration and Raid.

The Occupation alien invasion movie addresses two main concerns about the human condition. First, are the films featuring aliens that want our planet, and are entirely disinterested in us. We are inconsequential, and serve no purpose. We »

- Sarah Myles

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Instant Debate: How to Make Indiana Jones 5 Work

9 July 2014 7:52 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Many of you may have heard by now, the rumors floating around about Robert Pattinson being considered to play Dr. Jones in some sort of new Indiana Jones reboot for Disney/Lucasfilm. While our own sources have raised some eyebrows at the idea, this got our staff to discussing how Disney should move forward with the Indiana Jones franchise, and potentially reboot it. Come inside to see our contributors’ thoughts on the subject and add in your own!

First, let’s talk about this rumor. Over the last couple months, a pair of names have been associated with a new take on Indiana Jones, to lead the franchise into a new generation. The first rumor pegged Bradley Cooper as a possibility, and the latest says that Robert Pattinson may be taking over. Neither of these have jived with previous rumors that Harrison Ford desperately wants to do another Indiana Jones film, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Matt Malliaros)

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Kid’s Corner: Top 10 Steven Spielberg-Directed Child-Centric Films

8 July 2014 3:06 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

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

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"You got The Touch!" 9 bits of Transformers: The Movie trivia

7 July 2014 7:28 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Michael Bay's big-scale Transformers blockbusters might be hugely popular with today's cinemagoers, but for film fans of a certain generation there'll always be a special place in their hearts for 1986's Transformers: The Movie.

A big screen spinoff from the animated TV series, the film was epic when seen for the first time by young eyes. Spanning from the Cybertron to Earth, via the far reaches of space and a planet-eating villain voiced by Orson Welles! Describing it as a classic might be a stretch but this was an exciting war movie that taught us about loss and the fist-pumping stadium rock majesty that is Stan Bush's 'The Touch'.

Digital Spy takes a look back at 9 bits of trivia from Transformers: The Movie.

1. It was hard to hold back the tears when Optimus Prime bit the dust in Transformers's brutal Battle of Autobot City. The passing of »

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"You got The Touch!" 9 bits of Transformers: The Movie trivia

7 July 2014 7:28 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Michael Bay's big-scale Transformers blockbusters might be hugely popular with today's cinemagoers, but for film fans of a certain generation there'll always be a special place in their hearts for 1986's Transformers: The Movie.

A big screen spinoff from the animated TV series, the film was epic when seen for the first time by young eyes. Spanning from the Cybertron to Earth, via the far reaches of space and a planet-eating villain voiced by Orson Welles! Describing it as a classic might be a stretch but this was an exciting war movie that taught us about loss and the fist-pumping stadium rock majesty that is Stan Bush's 'The Touch'.

Digital Spy takes a look back at 9 bits of trivia from Transformers: The Movie.

1. It was hard to hold back the tears when Optimus Prime bit the dust in Transformers's brutal Battle of Autobot City. The passing of »

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Weekend Report: 'Transformers' Repeats On Weak Independence Day Weekend

6 July 2014 12:07 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Transformers: Age of Extinction easily held on to first place at the box office over a very slow Fourth of July weekend.Melissa McCarthy's Tammy did fine business in second place, while Deliver Us From Evil and Earth to Echo flopped.The Top 12 earned a combined $120.6 million this weekend. That's down a massive 46 percent from last year, when Despicable Me 2 and The Lone Ranger opened. In fact, it's the worst Independence Day weekend since 1999 ($116.5 million). That's a horrible way to kick off the ever-important month of July, and all-but-guarantees that this is going to be one of the lowest-grossing Summer seasons in the past decade.Transformers: Age of Extinction plummeted 63 percent to an estimated $37.1 million. Without any serious competition, Transformers became the first movie since Captain America: The Winter Soldier to repeat in first place. So far, Age of Extinction has earned $175.4 million, and is trailing the last »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Is this the golden age of TV horror?

6 July 2014 8:54 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

With Hemlock Grove, Penny Dreadful, Hannibal, The Walking Dead & more, Ron suggests this is a golden age in the history of Us TV horror…

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On April 30th 1954, a Finnish-American actress, showgirl and pin-up named Maila Nurmi sashayed down a dark corridor fogged with dry ice, stopped on cue and unleashed a bloodcurdling scream. She was sporting her best faux-Morticia Addams dress, vampy fingernails, long black hair and an imperious expression. After the introductory trance and shriek that began every episode of Kabc TV’s The Vampira Show, the host would recline on a skull-decorated Victorian couch and mockingly introduce one of any number of low-budget and no-budget horror films for her late-night television audience. Vampira was the first horror host in American television, appearing on the air only five short years after the station first signed on in Los Angeles.

“Screaming relaxes me so”

Though Vampira’s reign as »

- louisamellor

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Highest Grossing July 4th Weekend Releases

4 July 2014 8:32 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

This weekend we might see Transformers: Age of Extinction make somewhere around $47 million or so, but that won't be enough to make it one of the highest grossing July 4 weekend totals. Using data from Box Office Mojo, directly below are the highest July 4 weekend box office results, both actual dollar figures and adjusted for inflation. Perhaps most interesting, to me, is the fact not a single release has ever topped $100 million for the July 4 weekend, though, I guess when you consider a lot of these are actually released a few days before it's not really a fair barometer. After all, while Transformers: Dark of the Moon may have made $97.8 million on July 4 weekend, by the end of said weekend its domestic total was already up to $162.6 million. I guess the biggest question is to wonder how many of these massive money makers are actually goodc See anything you truly lovec »

- Brad Brevet

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Independence Day: the film that defined modern summer movies

2 July 2014 7:53 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Independence Day was released in the Us 18 years ago today. Ryan looks at its ongoing impact on how summer movies are made and marketed...

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In 1990, Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin were Hollywood outsiders. Devlin was a young New York-born actor who'd appeared in a few TV shows and movies, such as the 1985 comedy, Real Genius. Emmerich was a German filmmaker whose credits consisted of low-budget films such as The Noah's Ark Principle (1984), and Hollywood-Monster (1987). Emmerich's 1990 film, Moon 44, was about pilots defending mining colonies with space-faring helicopters, and featured a glum-looking Malcolm McDowell.

Dean Devlin was also among Moon 44's cast, and it was here that he forged a partnership with Emmerich: Devlin hated Moon 44's dialogue, so he went and wrote his own. Within two years, they'd made their first film together - Universal Soldier, written by Devlin, directed by Emmerich, and produced by Carolco. »

- ryanlambie

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Universal Announce The Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection

1 July 2014 4:29 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Universal have just announced that on October 13th they’ll be releasing The Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection which contains many of your favourite Spielberg movies. All the movies will be on Blu-ray, some for the first time with the full list below. Any that you wish were there that are missing? We’re wondering where Schindler’s List, AI, Munich are War of the Worlds are. Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

The price price is as yet to be confirmed.

The eight films featured include (*Denotes First Time on Blu-ray™):

Duel* (1971)

A travelling salesman (Dennis Weaver) is terrorised by an unseen trucker on a remote desert highway.

The Sugarland Express* (1974)

A mother (Goldie Hawn) desperately attempts to reunite her family by helping her husband escape prison and kidnapping their son.

Jaws (1975)

When a seaside community is under attack by a great white shark, the chief »

- David Sztypuljak

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“Take Me to Your Bleeder”: The Monstrous Side of Aliens on Film

29 June 2014 9:26 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The question of the existence of extraterrestrial life has long been a mystery plaguing the human race. While many continue to be fascinated by this question, film offers us some answers. In film, aliens are often portrayed as monstrous animals, creatures that thrive on basic instinct and kill for the sake of killing. This vicious take on otherworldly beings has been the basis of many science fiction-horror movies over the decades. Ever since H.G. Welles’ novel War of the Worlds, fictional accounts of aliens taking over the world and destroying humanity has been an extremely popular premise for many entertainment mediums. 

To explore the history of malevolent aliens on film, one must start with such 1950s classics as Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The Blob. These films used the alien monster as a metaphor for paranoia. This was a time in which the atomic bomb was a threat »

- Randall Unger

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The Academy Invites 271 New Members for 2014

26 June 2014 12:44 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »

- Brad Brevet

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271 Invited To Join The Academy

26 June 2014 12:13 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.

Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.

“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”

The 2014 invitees are:

Actors

Barkhad Abdi – “Captain Phillips

Clancy Brown – “The Hurricane,” “The Shawshank Redeption”

Paul Dano – “12 Years a Slave,” “Prisoners

Michael Fassbender – “12 Years a Slave,” “Shame

Ben Foster – “Lone Survivor,” “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”

Beth Grant – “The Artist,” “No Country for Old Men

Clark Gregg – “Much Ado about Nothing,” “Marvel’s The Avengers

Sally Hawkins – “Blue Jasmine, »

- Michelle McCue

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Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o among 271 Academy invitees

26 June 2014 12:04 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Josh Hutcherson, Lupita Nyong'o, Pharrell and 268 others invited to join the Academy

26 June 2014 11:50 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »

- Guy Lodge

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Academy Invites 271 New Members

26 June 2014 11:49 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.

Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »

- Tim Gray

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Tom Cruise In Talks For Star Wars Episode 7?

23 June 2014 2:35 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Tom Cruise is reportedly in talks with director J.J. Abrams to take a role in the new Star Wars movie, Episode VII.

“Tom has been in London for over a week and met up with J.J. (Abrams, and some other people from Star Wars at the weekend,” a source close to the production told The Sun newspaper in the UK.

Star Wars is currently being filmed nearby at Buckinghamshire’s Pinewood studios and it seems that the misfortune of Cruise’s fellow 80s icon Harrison Ford has provided an opening for Cruise as the delay in filming has reportedly allowed Abrams and his lieutenants time to consider a Cruise cameo. Ford required surgery after breaking his leg on the set of the movie while filming scenes as his character from the original movies, Han Solo on June 12.

“Losing Harrison is going to set things back a little »

- Mark Worgan

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