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Ahead of Interstellar's launch, here's a selection of 10 underappreciated sci-fi films about space travel...
Christopher Nolan's Interstellar wears many of its influences proudly. The director has openly said that his film is inspired by such acclaimed pieces of cinema as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Philip Kaufman's The Right Stuff, as well as the human warmth of Steven Spielberg's 80s output. Interstellar depicts a near future where life on Earth teeters on the brink of extinction. Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a former test pilot turned farmer, joins a last-ditch mission to enter a wormhole in space and find a new home for humanity; he realises that the only way to save his family is to leave it behind.
It's the latest film to tap into our fascination with the depths of space - a topic that has been explored many times since the earliest days of cinema. »
Travis Barker is a doting dad! The Blink 182 drummer took to Instagram Thursday to share a special birthday pic with his adorable son Landon. "Today is my son @landonasherbarker 's Birthday! 11 yrs ago today I was blessed with the most amazing little boy I could ever ask for," he wrote. "He's my mini me , a new a Way improved version of me. Love him more than anything and so proud to call him my son. And he's got my eyes haha! #WeDaBarkers #HappyBirthdayLandon #LikeFatherLikeSon #Bubbies."In the pic, the father-son duo is looking away from the camera as Travis holds onto his drum sticks. Landon definitely looks like a mini version of his dad, rocking a black T-shirt and some cool navy pants. Check out his shaved eyebrows! The rocker recently talked to Oc Weekly about his latest projects, revealing that scheduling is getting in the way of new Blink 182 music. »
- tooFab Staff
Hulu's seven-episode series "The Hotwives of Orlando" lampoons Bravo's "Real Housewives" franchises in exactly the right ways: The catchphrases, the melodrama, the sham marriages, and the frightening fights are all parodied with very close attention to detail. Creators Dannah Phirman and Danielle Schneider have a cast of game ladies in their Florida-set series, including Schneider herself (who plays Shauna Maducci, the "bankrupt overspender"), "Happy Endings"/"SNL" vet Casey Wilson as trophy wife Tawny St. John, Tymberlee Hill as Phenomenon "Phe Phe" Reed, Andrea Savage as cougar Veronica Von Vandervon, Angela Kinsey of "The Office" as religious zealot Crystal Simmons, and "30 Rock" vet Kristen Schaal as drug-addled former child star Amanda Simmons. HitFix caught a few minutes to interview Wilson, Hill, Savage, Schneider, and Phirman. Instead of asking them to name their favorite "Housewives" franchise or terrifying dream about Andy Cohen, we asked them to pick their favorite ladies from famous pop culture groups. »
- Louis Virtel
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
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:
- Michelle McCue
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
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
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
Scrambled Transmission: Eubank’s Sophomore Effort Relies on Visual Strengths
William Eubank expands his brand of cerebral sci-fi with sophomore effort, The Signal, following up from the 2011 space set debut, Love (which might be interesting to revisit after the success of Gravity). With incredible ingenuity, this lo-fi concept is showcased within an amazing visual design, and the fantastic look of the film blends perfectly with a creepy and unnerving set-up. However, about mid-way through our main characters’ ordeal, substance begins to feel a bit eschewed for style, the narrative hitting a rather stale plateau as it coasts to a dramatic third act with a compounded twist that would have seemed more effective had there been sharper development of its ideas.
Three college students are on a road trip across the Southwest on a mysterious mission to track down a computer genius that hacked into MIT’s security system, something which »
- Nicholas Bell
Directed by: William Eubank
Running Time: 1 hr 35 mins
Release Date: June 13, 2014 (Chicago)
Plot: Three young adults (Thwaites, Knapp, Cooke) are captured by a strange government agency when trying to locate a hacker who has been trolling them.
Who’S It For? Viewers who like watching conspiracy films with only the illusion of high intelligence.
As hungry indie filmmakers clash for a fleeting part in the multiplex they yearn to someday star in, some put a feature film’s worth of effort into what is unofficially titled the Calling Card Movie. A concept (not a categorization), the Ccm is not to be associated with every debut or bigger break for directors trying to create public careers from their craft. These are the independent projects that take creative freedoms hostage, at the sake of a distinct filmmaking attitude or style, »
- Nick Allen
When William Eubank made his first film "Love," it was a personal obsession filmed in a set that he built on his family's property and left standing for years. It was funded by the band Angels & Airwaves, and their score was also their third album, a big double-album release. When I saw the film, I thought it was remarkable mainly as an example of just what is possible when someone sets their mind to it. The film didn't really work on a script level, but it suggested that Eubank is capable of great things visually, and that he could stretch a dollar well past the breaking point. His new film "The Signal" made its premiere as a midnight entry at Sundance this year, and I've been chewing on it since seeing it. I have some issues with the film as a narrative, but I am fairly sure at this point »
- Drew McWeeny
Directed by William Eubank
Whether or not we are alone in the universe is an age old question that has racked the brains of mankind for millennia. Extraterrestrial life has been explored and researched countless times over. We have not received a definite answer to the question of whether aliens exist or not but it seems that motion pictures and other forms of art have attempted to answer that question for us. Science fiction allows us to create creatures and worlds that reach out into deep space. The Signal attempts to continue this eternal quest for knowledge and present alien life in a believable, sometimes scary fashion. Unfortunately, the film doesn’t do a very good job at answering the questions it asks.
- Randall Unger
This Friday, Focus Features is bringing up-and-coming filmmaker William Eubank’s sci-fi road trip mash-up The Signal to limited theaters after its impressive premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Daily Dead recently spoke with Eubank about the inspiration behind the story of The Signal and his experiences behind the camera as well.
Eubank also discussed working with his highly talented ensemble for The Signal including Laurence Fishburne, Lin Shaye and Brenton Thwaites, how he pulled off some rather impressive visual effects on a modest budget and whether or not he has future film plans for the world that he created.
Thanks so much for speaking with me today. I’m really impressed with the amount of story and ambition you were able to put up on the screen for The Signal. Can you start off by discussing where the story idea came from originally?
William Eubank: Thanks so much! »
- Heather Wixson
A dreamy atmosphere is established early in William Eubank's sophomore feature The Signal, holding the promise that the story could go, literally, anywhere. It's a haunting, lonely, moody, deliberately-paced atmosphere that's reminiscent of Eubank's debut, Love, which was set aboard the International Space Station. Initially, The Signal follows three young friends traveling across the U.S.; the open landscapes remind that the countryside between cities is often as empty of people as outer space itself. Nic (Brenton Thwaites), his girlfriend Haley (Olvia Cooke), and his best friend Jonah (Beau Knapp) enjoy an easy comfort on the long trip, yet there's a sense of disquiet between Nic and Haley. She's moving away for a year, and her decision has edged her relationship with Nic to the breaking...
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It's hard to pinpoint exactly when William Eubank’s "The Signal" goes from being an alluring and contained science fiction thriller into a full blown parade of slow-motion-driven visual effects. Its irreverent stylistic choices range from found footage to romance tropes and a heavy dose of high-tech alien robotics. The director's sophomore film, following his debut "Love," is defined by immeasurable ambition. While that previous effort reached for existentially profound ideas, here the narrative and its numerous components suffer from a gratuitous, empty feel. The first half of the film plays like a road trip horror flick that a trio of young adults in the search of a notorious hacker known as Nomad, who infiltrated MIT's server. In order to assert their superiority and challenge this achievement, internet outlaw Nick (Brenton Thwaites), Jonah (Beau Knapp), and Haley (Olivia Cooke) embark on a quest to the Southwest to uncover the identity of the assailant. »
- Carlos Aguilar
It isn’t easy getting your first feature off the ground, but William Eubank managed to pull it off and in a rather unconventional manner. He didn’t attend a traditional film school or track down an industry contact willing to give him a shot. Eubank entered a Red Hot Chili Peppers music video contest – and lost. But he did wind up with quite the consolation prize – the band Angels and Airwaves agreed to both produce and score his first feature, “Love.” After four years of work that included building a fully realized space station set, writing, directing and shooting the film himself, Eubank wound up with a final product [ Read More ]
- Perri Nemiroff
The Signal Focus Features Reviewed for CompuServe ShowBiz by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: B- Director: William Eubank Screenplay: Carlyle Eubank, William Eubank, David Frigerio Cast: Sarah Clarke, Olivia Cooke, Laurence Fishburne Screened at: Dolby88, NYC, 4/24/14 Opens: June 13, 2014 Even if you are a cinephile who goes to movies directed by David Lynch and early Darron Aronofsky, you may find William Eubank’s film “The Signal” bizarre. Eubank, whose 2011 freshman effort “Love” deals with an astronaut lost and alone in space (sounds familiar), has thereby certified his sci-fi credentials, but if a book were to come out based on “The Signal,” you might find the prose [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Being Cool and Love Blink-182 'Enema of the State' turned 15 this week, so I guess this is growing up. by Liam Mathews I was nine when Blink-182's album Enema of the State came out on June 1, 1999. I was much younger than the adolescent (stunted or otherwise) subjects of songs like "What's My Age Again?" or "The Party Song," but the songs still resonated with me. Maybe it was the way the songs worked the same way as a can of Mountain Dew, blasting sugary, overly caffeinated energy through my body, or the juvenile sense of humor, which had an obsession with balls and farts and stuff that was hilarious to me as a nine-year-old, and still is now, let's be real. I liked how the guitar on "What's My Age Again?" sounded [...] »
- Liam Mathews
Looking for a handy list of the science fiction films still to look forward to this year? Then here's the post for you...
The year's nearly half over, and we've already experienced a range of genre movies, some great, some less so.
But with the summer season finally here and about six months left before the terrifying prospect of 2015 hoves into view, there are still plenty more science fiction offerings to be found in a cinema near you.
Here's a pick of 11 of our favourites, plus a selection of honourable mentions at the end, which includes films that don't yet have a firm release date in the Us or UK.
In terms of sheer entertainment value, Edge Of Tomorrow could be this summer's dark horse. That it's based on a relatively obscure Japanese novel (All You Need Is Kill - the film's original, far less »
The Signal Focus Features Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: B- Director: William Eubank Screenplay: Carlyle Eubank, William Eubank, David Frigerio Cast: Sarah Clarke, Olivia Cooke, Laurence Fishburne Screened at: Dolby88, NYC, 4/24/14 Opens: June 13, 2014 Even if you are a cinephile who goes to movies directed by David Lynch and early Darron Aronofsky, you may find William Eubank’s film “The Signal” bizarre. Eubank, whose 2011 freshman effort “Love” deals with an astronaut lost and alone in space (sounds familiar), has thereby certified his sci-fi credentials, but if a book were to come out based on “The Signal,” you might find the prose either [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
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