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Simon Brew Jul 21, 2016
Simon Mayo is a man of many talents. To cinema folk, he's one of the two voices behind Wittertainment, the BBC's flagship film programme (wassup, etc). To others, he plays choice songs on Radio 2. To me: he was also chairman of Melchester Rovers. And to a growing number of people, he's the author of some really fine works of fiction.
His latest, Blame, sees him heading into the world of Young Adult. And over a hot drink (him: civilised green tea, me: coffee caffeine rocket fuel concoction, no biscuits) we had a chat about what could almost be an accidental shift into non-fiction...
The last time I interviewed you I messed up my opening question when I tried to follow the Simon Mayo interview handbook, but I think I’ve got this nailed now. »
On a beautiful sunny July day, The Hollywood News was humbled to sit down with the cast and filmmakers beind the upcoming Roald Dahl adaptation The Bfg, a film that we highly recommend you catch this coming weekend, as it opens in the UK July 22nd. In attendance were a number of the cast members, including the Bfg himself Mark Rylance, young Ruby Barnhill, Rebecca Hall and Penelope Wilton, alongside the film’s legendary director, Steven Spielberg.
Here are The Bfg interviews.
Question: When did Roald Dahl’s book first enter your lives?
- Andrew Gaudion
Last week, Steven Spielberg.s Amblin Entertainment announced it had closed a deal to develop The Fall, a thriller based on a spec script by Melbourne writer Pete Bridges. Set during an alien invasion, the story focuses on a newly divorced couple who must make their way on foot through downtown Atlanta to the suburbs where their young children are at home. It will be produced by Madhouse Entertainment's Adam Kolbrenner with Robyn Meisinger as executive producer. No director or cast is attached as yet. Bridge.s first script, Resurface made last year's Black List, with Broken Road producing.. If spoke with Bridges, who is represented by Verve, Madhouse and attorney Kim Stenton, about the Amblin deal, Resurface and his start in the industry.. If: How'd you get your start in the industry? Pb: I dropped out of high school in my final year and just started writing. »
- Harry Windsor
Elizabeth Rayne Jul 11, 2016
Yet across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us.
— H. G. Wells, The War of the Worlds, 1898
After the 1938 radio broadcast of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds sent primetime listeners in the Us into either a panic or a bomb shelter, that filmmaker Ray Harryhausen’s movie version never touched down on earth might be understandable (but still unforgivable). However, work was done on the film, and a clip from the potentially epic sci-fi film that never was has surfaced online.
Stop-motion animation master Harryhausen brought to life Wells’ vision of a slimy Martian with enormous bulging eyes, »
Steven Spielberg has a thing for movies about aliens. Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. and War of the Worlds are the biggest examples, but they can also be found in some of his less popular movies like Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Even 1941 is a satire of the real evening an unidentified flying object over Los Angeles lead to mass military confusion. Heck, even the final evolution of robots in A.I. look like aliens. So, yeah, extraterrestrials are kind of Spielberg's thing, and we are totally okay with that because he does incredible things with the material. And soon we'll be able to add another project to this already impressive list. Spielberg's company, Amblin Partners, has just bought The Fall written by relative newcomer...
- Peter Hall
News comes to us by way of Variety, revealing that Aussie scribe Pete Bridges is attached to the script, chronicling a divorced couple caught in the thick of a full-scale otherworldly siege. Featuring a similar family dynamic to that found in Spielberg’s War of the Worlds, it’ll be fascinating to see how The Fall differs from what has come before.
Currently simmering in the bowels of pre-production – Amblin only acquired the script earlier this week – it’s still early, early days on the sci-fi thriller, with no director or indeed casting to report.
Despite that, news that Amblin is circling back to the realm of science fiction is headline-worthy as is. This is, after all, the overhauled studio that has hatched the likes of E.T, Back To The Future and Gremlins over the years, »
- Michael Briers
The Internet is a wonderful place filled with all manner of goodies just waiting to be discovered. Such is the case with Ray Harryhausen and his unused test footage for a film based upon H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds.… Continue Reading →
- Steve Barton
Deadline has reported that Steven Spielberg's production company, Amblin Entertainment, has just closed a deal to pick up a script entitled The Fall. The script was written by Pete Bridges, and went out just before the 4th of July holiday, and the deal only just the closed, the outlet reported.
The film follows a newly-divorced couple and their kids as they try to survive an alien invasion in Atlanta, Georgia.
Bridges himself, isn't much of a name in Hollywood just yet. He's described by Deadline as an Australian writer who was discovered via an online contest. His spec script Resurface made the Black List, which is a list of unproduced scripts that are believed to have serious promise.
The Fall is by no means a new or innovative concept. If you'll recall, back in the mid-2000s, Amblin Entertainment produced The War Of The Worlds, a film with almost exactly the same exact synopsis. »
- Joseph Medina
Amblin Entertainment has snapped up the rights to a spec script about an alien invasion called “The Fall,” Deadline reports.
Written by Australian writer Pete Bridges, whose first screenplay “Resurface” was picked up by Todd Garner’s Broken Road Productions after making The Black List in 2015, “The Fall” represents a return to the high-concept adventure genre for Amblin, which has a mandate to produce more titles combining family stories and out-of-this-world plots.
The movie will center on a newly divorced couple fighting to survive and save their children during an alien invasion in and around Atlanta, Georgia. The story bears a striking resemblance to Steven Spielberg’s 2005 hit “War of the Worlds,” which starred Tom Cruise as a divorced father in the midst of an alien attack. Dakota Fanning played Cruise’s daughter in the film, which grossed more than $500 million at the worldwide box office.
Bridges’s first script »
- Graham Winfrey
The story is set amid an alien invasion and centers on a divorced couple who must travel on foot from downtown Atlanta to the suburbs, where their young children are home alone. No director or actors are on board yet.
Spielberg explored similar themes in 2005 sci-fier “War of the Worlds,” a contemporized version of the H.G. Wells novel. The film starred Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning, produced by his Amblin Entertainment and Cruise/Wagner, grossed nearly $600 million worldwide.
- Dave McNary
It was a time when American directors were offering up smaller, more intimate looks at crime, politics and society, such as “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Dog Day Afternoon,” two of the year’s other big hits. But Spielberg went in the opposite direction. He was a maximalist. His work promised spectacle, of the kind that needed to be enjoyed on the big screen.
Over the ensuing decades, no director has maintained a firmer grasp of popular tastes. “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” and “Jurassic Park” were popcorn movie totems for a generation of film lovers and Spielberg became synonymous with summer blockbuster season.
“If you ask anyone across the country or around the world to name a director, he’s at the top of the list, »
- Brent Lang
Since any New York 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.
It’s a French New Wave take on America’s worst era — what else could you want? The great Far from Vietnam plays as part of “Welcome to Metrograph: A-z” on Saturday, along with Varda‘s Lion’s Love and Tsai‘s The Hole.
- Nick Newman
Independence Day is having a big week. The archetypal alien invasion movie of the modern age is turning 20 and getting a sequel, all in the span of just seven days. The original film has become a modern classic and one of those basic-cable re-runs that will appear on a random afternoon, thus forcing you to sit through it, or at least all the way to that awesome Bill Pullman speech. Because we're all suckers for nostalgia and trivia, here are 14 things you didn't know about Independence Day. 1. The film's title was almost DoomsdayScreenwriters/directors/producers Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin were lobbying for Independence Day, »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, Sam Moffitt, and Tom Stockman
Special effects legend Ray Harryhausen, whose dazzling and innovative visual effects work on fantasy adventure films such as Jason And The Argonauts and The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad passed away in 2013 at age 92. In 1933, the then-13-year-old Ray Harryhausen saw King Kong at a Hollywood theater and was inspired – not only by Kong, who was clearly not just a man in a gorilla suit, but also by the dinosaurs. He came out of the theatre “stunned and haunted. They looked absolutely lifelike … I wanted to know how it was done.” It was done by using stop-motion animation: jointed models filmed one frame at a time to simulate movement. Harryhausen was to become the prime exponent of the technique and its combination with live action. The influence of Harryhausen on film luminaries like Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Peter Jackson, and »
- Movie Geeks
Titan Comics announced a brand new comics series, based on the Assassin's Creed® Universe: “Last Descendants - Locus.` This four-part comic min-series is penned by Eisner-nominated Ian Edginton (X-Force, H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds) and ties directly into the forthcoming Assassin’s Creed young adult book series, Last Descendants by Matthew J. Kirby, to be published by Scholastic on August 30 2016. Fans of the Assassin’s Creed video game will also be able to revisit the Victorian London setting of Assassin’s Creed Syndicates.
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Titan Announces A Brand New Comics Series, Based On The Assassin's Creed® Universe: `Last Descendants – Locus`
Titan Comics are thrilled to announce an all-new Assassin’s Creed mini-series launching in September! This four-part comic series is penned by Eisner-nominated Ian Edginton (X-Force, H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds) and ties directly into the forthcoming Assassin’s Creed young adult book series, Last Descendants by Matthew J. Kirby, to be published by Scholastic on August 30 2016. Fans of the Assassin’s Creed video game will also be able to revisit the Victorian London setting of Assassin’s Creed Syndicates.
The first issue of Last Descendants - Locus arrives in stores and digital platforms on September 21, and expands Titan Comics’ popular Assassin’s Creed comics line, which already includes Assassin’s Creed: Assassins and Assassin’s Creed: Templars.
IanEdginton teams up with rising star artist, Caspar Wijngaard (Image Comics’ Limbo) to bring a »
- Michael Connally
Just last week, Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media debuted the trailer for their new sequel Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. The first look footage arrived as an exclusive for Entertainment Tonight, and had several key scenes missing. Now, the studio has finally premiered the full-length uncut trailer, which brings Tom Cruise back in all of his action-packed glory!
Jack Reacher 2 follows an Army major named Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders), who took over as a Military Police commander after Jack Reacher walked away from the armed forces. After Susan is accused of espionage, Jack springs back into action to help her, while dealing with his own personal issues. All hell breaks loose as Jack and Susan team-up. Soon, they are on the run, and stay that way for the duration of this action drama. The story is based on author Lee Child's 18th book in the bestselling Jack Reacher series, »
Two things are gonna happen in the next ninety seconds.
First, you’re going to read this sentence. Second, you’re going to watch this trailer:
Ack Reacher: Never Go Back starring Tom Cruise is in theaters October 21, 2016
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, a sequel to 2012’s Jack Reacher, is based on author Lee Child’s 18th book in the bestselling Jack Reacher series, Never Go Back. The film is written by Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2, The Equalizer”), Marshall Herskovitz (Love And Other Drugs, The Last Samurai) & Zwick.
Tom Cruise is producing alongside Don Granger (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Jack Reacher), Skydance Media’s David Ellison and Dana Goldberg (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Eostorm), and Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Valkyrie). The executive producers are Paula Wagner (War Of The Worlds, »
- Tom Stockman
With aliens returning to Earth for more city-crushing chaos in this week’s belated sci-fi sequel Independence Day: Resurgence, how well do you know other scenes of wanton carnage?
Fast & Furious 6
Die Hard 4.0
Fast & Furious 7
London Has Fallen
7 and above.
You're safe in a bunker!
0 and above.
You're a disaster
4 and above.
You're the »
- Benjamin Lee
We always knew they were coming back. After Independence Day redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.
Looking for some otherworldly films to check out before you head out to the cinemas on Friday? Have a look at Wamg’s list for Alien Invasion Movies To See Before Independence Day: Resurgence!
Earth Vs »
- Movie Geeks
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