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Directors’ Trademarx is back! At least once a month, Cinelinx will chose one director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. To kick things off again, we examine the trademark style and calling signs of Steven Spielberg as director.
No director is as well known, nor has had as much success in Hollywood as Steven Spielberg. He invented a style of filmmaking that audiences ate up in the 1980’s, single-handedly invented the modern blockbuster, and was influential in helping George Lucas make Star Wars. From a young age, Spielberg was fascinated by theater and film. In his teens, he used an 8mm camera to film movies with his friends. Later, he became an intern at Universal Studios, and the rest is history.
Spielberg’s career started small. First he directed segments of TV shows, and then later entire episodes. His success convinced the »
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"There are few people on this planet I have adored as much as Jimmy Garner," Sally Field said of her costar in the 1985 movie Murphy's Romance. "He was a diamond." Tom Selleck paid tribute to Garner, who died Saturday night at age 86, by saying, "Jim was a mentor to me and a friend, and I will miss him." In his own words, Garner - who first rose to prominence on the '50s TV Western Maverick and whose star continued to burn bright on the '70s series The Rockford Files - sat down with People in 2005 to reminisce on »
- Jeff Nelson and Stephen M. Silverman
1. Somebody really likes "Transformers." For a smash hit film series, Michael Bay's giant-robot franchise gets awfully little love, at least in public. It's like porn; everyone claims to find it loathsome, but in secret, someone is watching it and making it a huge success. Last week, of course, "Transformers: Age of Extinction" cruised easily to No. 1 because no other wide release film was willing to challenge it. This weekend, it faced three new wide release challengers and still came out far ahead of all of them. It lost 64 percent of last week's business and still grossed an estimated $36.4 million, more than $15 million ahead of its nearest rival, and enough for a ten-day total of $174.7 million. If everyone hates these movies so much, who are the 22 million people who've already paid good money to see the fourth installment? Show of hands, please, and don't be shy.
2. Eric Bana is not a movie star. »
- Gary Susman
"Deliver Us From Evil" is the latest in a long line of "inspired by true events" horror films.
This tale of cops, criminals, and swarthy, renegade priests opens this week to try and scare up some summer box-office business.
So who is this Scott Derrickson guy?
Derrickson is a genre director perhaps best-known for his other true story, religo-horror film, "The Exorcism of Emily Rose." He's beloved by many horror fans thanks in part to a very open and engaging presence on social media. His 2012 film "Sinister" did fantastically well at the box office, turning a $3M budget into an almost $90M take.
Derrickson has also written several screenplays, including "Devil's Knot" for Canada's Atom Egoyan. He's also recently been picked by Marvel to tackle one of the more challenging characters in their canon, set to write and direct the "Dr. Strange" film for the megastudio.
Is this really a true story? »
- Jason Gorber
"Deliver Us From Evil" is the latest sweaty summer offering from Scott Derrickson, the co-writer/director of "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" and "Sinister." Eric Bana stars as Ralph Sarchie, a special ops police officer in one of the most dangerous precincts in Manhattan. Sarchie and his partner (played by Joel McHale) are used to seeing the worst that humans can do to each other, but some of the crimes on their beat have a supernatural flavor to them. Enter Father Mendoza (Edgar Ramirez), a priest who smokes and drinks and performs exorcisms. Sarchie's no believer, but when things start going bump in his house -- and threatening his wife (Olivia Munn) and child -- that's another story.
- Jenni Miller
The next couple years will be very busy for Steven Spielberg as he's tackling a Cold War thriller that will reunite him with Tom Hanks and an adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Bfg, with the films being dated for release in 2015 and 2016 respectively. For those who have been a fan of the iconic filmmaker for decades, it's always nice to take an extended look back at the impressive and varying work of the director of films like Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Munich, Duel, Minority Report and more. And we have an awesome, lengthy 50-minute tribute to Speilberg's work below. Watch! Here's the 50-minute retrospective on the film's of Steven Spielberg (via The Playlist): This tribute couldn't come at a better time either since Universal just announced the Steven Spielberg Director's Collection, a box set of the director's films made at the studio which »
- Ethan Anderton
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™):
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.
When a seaside community is under attack by a great white shark, the chief »
- David Sztypuljak
Eric Bana always impresses me. The actor has continued to give strong performances throughout his remarkable career including Munich, Hanna, and the recent Lone Survivor. In Deliver Us From Evil, Bana takes on the real life character of NY police officer Ralph Sarchie, a man who deals heavily with supernatural phenomena. We are talking demonic possessions and the like. When I sat down with the actor, he talked about taking on this darker role. As an actor not associated with horror, it was »
The first trailer for The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby has been released online, which you can view below. The film from writer/director Ned Benson stars Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) and James McAvoy (Filth) in the leads, with William Hurt (Body Heat), Bill Hader (Adventureland), Isabelle Huppert (I Heart Huckabees), Viola Davis (The Help), Jess Wexler (Teeth) and Ciaran Hinds (Munich) supporting. The film is distributed by The Weinstein Company.
Once happily married, Conor (McAvoy) and Eleanor (Chastain) suddenly find themselves as strangers longing to understand each other in the wake of tragedy. The film explores the couple’s story as they try to reclaim the life and love they once knew and pick up the pieces of a past that may be too far gone. Screened for the first time at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Benson’s latest version of their story combines his previous two films – titled »
- Scott Davis
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. »
Steven Spielberg, who hasn't directed a movie since the 2012 drama Lincoln, has finally decided on his next two projects, with DreamWorks Pictures issuing release dates for the Untitled Cold War Thriller (October 16, 2015) and The Bfg (July 1, 2016).
We first reported on the Untitled Cold War Thriller back in April, when Tom Hanks signed on to star. This adaptation of a true story centers on an American lawyer named James Donovan (Tom Hanks), who is recruited by the CIA to negotiate for the release of pilot Gary Powers, whose U-2 spy plane was shot down over Russia in 1960. Mark Rylance has also signed on to play an unspecified character. Our report from April indicated that Steven Spielberg had not officially signed on to direct at that time, but now he has been confirmed. The Untitled Cold War Thriller will go up against Warner Bros.' Crimson Peak on October 16, 2015.
Just days following »
To celebrate the DVD release of The Sea on 23rd June, we’re giving away a DVD of the film to three lucky winners.
Art historian Max Morden (Ciarán Hinds – Munich, Rome) returns to the sleepy seaside resort where he spent summers as a child after losing his wife (Sinéad Cusack – winner of Best Supporting Actress at IFTAs). Max lodges at a boarding house he once frequented, where frosty proprietor Miss Vavasour (Charlotte Rampling – The Verdict, The Duchess), and eccentric resident Blunden (Karl Johnson – The Illusionist, Rome), now reside. Before long – and despite protestations from his daughter Clare (Ruth Bradley – Grabbers, Primeval) – Max revisits the ghosts of his past.
Based on the Man Booker prize-winning novel by John Banville, The Sea is a haunting, uplifting, meditation on the human condition – at times elegiac, poetic, and nostalgic. A story of memory, love, loss, regret… and the persistent possibility of rebirth.
This week, we learned that Scott Derrickson (director of Sinister and co-writer on the upcoming Sinister 2) will be making the journey to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as the director for Marvel Studios’ still technically-unannounced Doctor Strange movie. Well before then, however, Derrickson will be unveiling his latest spooky film, in the form of Deliver Us From Evil – and today, we can offer the latest international trailer and first TV spot for the crime/horror thriller, starring Eric Bana (Munich, Star Trek).
In addition to directing, Derrickson also co-wrote the script for Deliver Us From Evil with his frequent collaborator, Paul Harris Boardman (Hellraiser: Inferno, The Exorcism of Emily Rose), drawing inspiration from the book “Beware the Night” written by Lisa Collier Cool and the real-life ex-cop, Ralph Sarchie – who, as portrayed by Bana in the film adaptation, joins ...
Click to continue reading New ‘Deliver Us From Evil’ International Trailer »
- Sandy Schaefer
We're kicking off our extensive Deliver Us From Evil interview series today with a lengthy chat with one of the industry's great producers, Jerry Bruckheimer. Read on to find out if it was the devil who made him do it!
Dread Central: Why did you want to do a movie on exorcism?
Jerry Bruckheimer: We like to put a voice to things that are true and Ralph Sarchie’s story was very intriguing. It was something that I didn’t understand or believe but apparently these things actually happened.
DC: We heard that some weird things happened on the set. Were you privy to anything?
Jb: No, but I’m sure [director] Scott [Derrickson] could tell you some of the weird things that happened. One thing that happened, it was the rainiest June in the recorded history of New York. So when you see the movie, and you’ll see it rains, »
- Staci Layne Wilson
Steven Spielberg is one of the greatest directors who has ever lived. He has made so many amazing and classic movies in his career, and he continues to do so. The guy just knows how to tell stories. As a tribute to the director, YouTube user ebcooper44 created this great video montage featuring all the films the director has made over the course of his career. I truly do love almost all of the films that Spielberg has made. If you've been reading the site for awhile, then you know how much I love his film Empire of the Sun. There's something about that film that just really affected me after I saw it. It was one of those movies that changed my life and helped me understand what type of person I wanted to be. What is your favorite Spielberg flick!?
List of movies used in this video:
1. Duel »
- Joey Paur
Director Peter Berg's intense war thriller Lone Survivor is based on the true story of four Navy SEALs faced with an impossible decision deep behind enemy lines. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch and Eric Bana, Lone Survivor makes its Blu-ray and DVD debut on June 3.
To compliment the upcoming home video debut of Lone Survivor, we have teamed up with Universal Studios Home Entertainment to offer five lucky readers the Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD combo of the film. For a chance to win one of these great prizes, please fill out and submit the short entry form below. The odds of winning can be increased each and every day you stop back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open. You must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada to enter.
Based on The New York Times bestselling true story of heroism, »
Exclusive: Munich based Beta Cinema has arrived in Cannes with new pick-ups that could provoke heated debate.
Beta is launching We Are Young, We Are Strong by young Afghan-German director Burhan Qurbani in the Cannes Marché. The film explores the driving forces of xenophobia during the violent riots of 1992 in freshly reunited Germany
Based on historical facts and currently in post-production, it recounts the violent xenophobic riots in Rostock in 1992 from the perspectives of three different characters: a Vietnamese woman settled in Germany, a young hooligan involved in the night’s riots and his father, a local politician, trapped in the dilemma of advancing his career or standing up for his ideals.
It marks the follow up to Qurbani’s Berlinale competition title, Shahada.
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Oscar nominee Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon, Robot & Frank) has joined the cast of the unconventional romance The Driftless Area alongside the previously announced Anton Yelchin (Like Crazy, Only Lovers Left Alive, Star Trek), three-time Golden Globe nominee Zooey Deschanel (500 Days Of Summer, Elf, All The Real Girls), Oscar® nominee John Hawkes (The Sessions, Winter’S Bone, Lincoln), Ciaran Hinds (Munich, There Will Be Blood, HBO’s “Game of Thrones”) and Alia Shawkat (Fox/Netflix’s “Arrested Development,” Cedar Rapids), it was announced today by producers Unified Pictures and Bron Studios.
Principal photography is scheduled to begin on May 14th in greater Vancouver.
- Michelle McCue
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 27, 2014
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray $39.98
Studio: Cohen Film Collection
The thriller stars Sandrine Bonnaire (Queen to Play) as Vivianne, the beloved wife of Rene (Jacques Gamblin, Inspector Bellamy), a painter and art teacher who’s under suspicion when the body of 10-year-old girl is found.
Rene was the girl’s teacher and apparently the last person to see her alive and he becomes increasingly unsettled by his neighbors’ suspicions and the investigation of the inspector (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Munich). Vivianne supports Rene but gets tempted by the advances of an arrogant local TV personality (Antione de Caunes, Mumu).
Not rated, The Color of Lies looks at the culture of lies in societies, from advertising to adultery. The foreign film was nominated for the Golden Bear at the »
Steven Spielberg is the latest Hollywood auteur to find inspiration in the works of Roald Dahl. The legendary director will helm a live-action adaptation of the writer's children's book "Bfg," which will reunite him with screenwriter Melissa Mathison, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Mathison earned an Oscar nomination for writing Spielberg's 1982 smash "E.T." and wrote Martin Scorsese's 1997 film about the Dalai Lama, "Kundun." Dahl's 1982 book centers on a Big Friendly Giant who bonds with a young orphan girl. Quentin Blake created the book's illustrations. "Bfg" previously served as the basis for an animated British telefilm in 1989. Dahl's work has recently been adapted as the films Tim Burton's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and Wes Anderson's stop-motion film "Fantastic Mr. Fox." Spielberg is keeping busy these days. He recently announced he'll reteam with Tom Hanks on an as-yet-untitled Cold War thriller. He's also developing an adaption of David »
- Dave Lewis
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