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Book News: "Watching Skies: Star Wars, Spielberg And Us" By Mark O'Connell

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A Loving ode to a VHS galaxy not that far, far away.

"A fantastic personal account of one of the greatest chapters in movie history. An unmitigated delight."

Mark Gatiss

As Ready Player One and Stranger Things proves the retro might of VHS era cinema, Watching Skies: Star Wars, Spielberg and Us is a universal and affectionate tale about the pop cultural remembrances stuck in all our R2 unit's memories.

Like many a British kid in an '80s world of VCRs, Reagan and Atari, Mark O'Connell wanted to be one of the mop-haired kids on the Star Wars toy commercials. Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Superman and of course Star Wars weren't just changing cinema - they were making lasting highways into our childhoods,
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'Jurassic Park' at 25: How Spielberg's Dinos-Run-Wild Blockbuster Changed the Game

'Jurassic Park' at 25: How Spielberg's Dinos-Run-Wild Blockbuster Changed the Game
Pop culture wouldn't be the same if Michael Crichton had never gone to Disneyland.

It was while watching the animatronic Abraham Lincoln at the park's Hall of Presidents that he began dreaming up Westworld, his 1973 movie and the inspiration for the hit HBO series about murderous robot cowboys. For Crichton, there was seemingly no technological advance he couldn't use to fearful effect – and he was never one not to use every part of a good idea. He'd revisit the idea of a theme park gone awry with his 1990 novel Jurassic Park,
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‘2001: A Space Odyssey’: Douglas Trumbull on Stanley Kubrick's Search for "Ultimate Perfection"

‘2001: A Space Odyssey’: Douglas Trumbull on Stanley Kubrick's Search for
To mark its 50th anniversary, Stanley Kubrick’s scifi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey is getting a 70mm film rerelease, following a special screening at the Cannes Film Festival, introduced by director Christopher Nolan.

The film was a watershed in motion pictures, as well as in visual effects with its pioneering techniques. Filmmaker, visual effects specialist and inventor Douglas Trumbull handled the special photographic effects on the film.

His subsequent VFX credits included Blade Runner, Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Close Encounters of the Third Kind — all three earned him Oscar nominations — and he also earned ...
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The Best Films About Filmmaking — IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday.

This week’s question: In honor of “Godard Mon Amour,” Michel Hazanavicius’ movie about Jean-Luc Godard, what is the best film about filmmaking (or filmmakers)?

Matt Zoller Seitz (@mattzollerseitz), RogerEbert.com

I always thought the best movie about filmmaking, and filmmakers, and about artistry in the commercial system generally, is “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” A lot of people have similar visions based on real life incidents, and pursue it in various creative ways, but only one makes it to the landing site, and he only succeeds because he’s devoted himself to it so singlemindedly that he throws his own family aside. He has the mind of a child and ends the film surrounded by childlike beings. All the scenes of Roy Neary trying to realize the shape through sculpture
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Sorry, Sony: ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ Is Not Your Studio’s Biggest Hit

With $403.7 million as of April 11, Sony declared “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” is its biggest-ever domestic hit, passing the figure “Spider-Man” achieved in its 2002 run. Of course, this is complete nonsense.

Assessing box office without adjustment is like the Labor Dept. calculating the consumer price index without correcting for inflation. Today’s average ticket price bears no resemblance to those of prior decades. And, unlike books and downloads, which track not the price tag but the units sold, North American movies sales are calculated solely by revenue. European cinemas track both admissions and ticket sales, presumably to avoid this problem. The North American system leads to a lot of skewed figures, and announcements like Sony’s.

None of this should diminish the unexpectedly strong response to the “Jumani” sequel. The reboot of the very strong 1995 Robin Williams-starrer doubled the most optimistic expectations with its Christmas release. The film had
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‘Ready Player One’ would be first Steven Spielberg film since ‘Jurassic Park’ to score Best Visual Effects Oscar

‘Ready Player One’ would be first Steven Spielberg film since ‘Jurassic Park’ to score Best Visual Effects Oscar
Starting with “Close Encounter of the Third Kind” (1977), nine films directed by Steven Spielberg have earned Oscar nominations in Best Visual Effects. This year, with the CGI extravaganza “Ready Player One,” a 10th Spielberg picture is poised to contend in this category.

The film, based on Ernest Cline‘s eponymous novel, finds earth on the verge of collapse in the year 2045. Providing the human race a distraction is Oasis, a virtual reality universe created by the oddball James Halliday (Mark Rylance). Prior to his death, Halliday devised a three-part contest which, if won, will provide the lucky champion with Halliday’s fortune and exclusive control over Oasis. Among those competing for this glory is young wannabe-hero Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan). After Wade emerges the first conqueror of part one of the contest, he collaborates with friends on the dizzying journey to winning the remaining two parts.

Of the film’s visual effects,
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'Ready Player One' Shows Steven Spielberg's Sci-Fi War With Himself

'Ready Player One' Shows Steven Spielberg's Sci-Fi War With Himself
With much of the discussion over the movie version of Ready Player One pertaining to its source material or use of iconography and characters from other films and genre franchises, one topic that merits further consideration is that the new pic continues the war between the two sci-fi Steven Spielbergs.

Spielberg’s history as a science-fiction director goes back to 1977’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind, which offered a thoughtful, contemporary take on alien invasion tropes that placed it firmly inside not only firmly inside Spielberg’s catalog — the film is visually and thematically consistent with...
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In Praise of Burt Reynolds: The Last Good Ol' Boy Movie Star

In Praise of Burt Reynolds: The Last Good Ol' Boy Movie Star
"When you're famous, everybody wants to screw ya." So sayeth Vic Edwards, the faded screen idol portrayed by Burt Reynolds in Adam Rifkin's The Last Movie Star. This former sex symbol has long since passed the "everybody wants to screw ya" stage, his body forever wracked by too many film stunts and eyebrows perpetually levitated from too many facelifts. He spends much of his time bemoaning the wreckage of his life and career, both of which went off the rails decades ago due to a series of poor decisions.
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Steven Spielberg movies: Every film from ‘Ready Player One’ director ranked from worst to best

Steven Spielberg movies: Every film from ‘Ready Player One’ director ranked from worst to best
A man-eating shark. A friendly alien. An adventurous archeologist. A ragtag WWII platoon. A heroic German businessman in the Holocaust. The eclectic career of director Steven Spielberg has virtually defined what a blockbuster could be in the past four decades, but he’s also been able to craft more personal films as well. His 31st directorial achievement, the upcoming “Ready Player One,” opens this Thursday, March 29. In recognition of this new movie, we are ranking Spielberg’s entire filmography from worst to best in a new photo gallery above of his 30 prior theatrical features (therefore, not including the TV movie “Duel”).

Based on Ernest Cline‘s bestselling book, “Ready Player One” imagines a future where the creator of a virtual reality world called Oasis challenges his users to find an Easter Egg which will give the recipient a vast fortune. It’s a return to the kind of rollicking entertainments
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Review: Spielberg's 'Ready Player One' is a World of Pure Imagination

In a legendary career spanning more than four decades, Steven Spielberg changed the film industry with his influential science fiction and adventure movies. Timeless films, such as Jaws (1975), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), and Jurassic Park (1993), are revered as archetypes of contemporary Hollywood escapist cinema. Along with other pop culture touchstones of the era, like Star Wars (1977) and Superman: The Motion Picture (1978), Spielberg's movies paved the way for the massive blockbusters that now dominate the box office year-round. With his new film, the unabashedly entertaining Ready Player One, Spielberg adapts author Ernie Cline's NY Times bestseller, a love letter to the 1980s that would not exist without the director's unparalleled output. Set in the year 2045 - the world is a harsh place, beset by unemployment, poverty, overcrowding, and utter hopelessness. 18-year-old Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan of Mud and X-Men: Apocalypse) lives
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‘Ready Player One’: Steven Spielberg Is the King of Blockbusters, and He Needs a Hit

‘Ready Player One’: Steven Spielberg Is the King of Blockbusters, and He Needs a Hit
It’s hard to believe that Steven Spielberg, 71, needs a hit. In 45 years as a feature director, he’s made 31 features with a total domestic gross of over $5 billion (all numbers adjusted to 2018 ticket prices). Among those, 20 films grossed over $100 million, and only two appear to have lost money: “Empire of the Sun” (1987) and “The Bfg” (2016). However, at a reported cost of $175 million, “Ready Player One” is his most expensive film in a decade. And it comes at a time where, if only by Spielberg standards, his track record has fallen into something of an ebb.

Across his career, Spielberg’s movies seemed to gross $100 million almost as a matter of course. In the ’70s, there was “Jaws,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” and “1941;” the ’80s had “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial,” “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” “The Color Purple,” and
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A Closer Look at Steven Spielberg: The Producer

Steven Spielberg is one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. With prodigious talent, the director has arguably brought to the screen more iconic films than any other filmmaker, vacillating between genres to great success. But Spielberg’s talent behind the camera isn’t limited to just one job. He wrote the screenplays for his films Close Encounters of the Third Kind and A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, but there’s an aspect to Spielberg’s career that goes somewhat underrated: his producing efforts. Indeed, while Spielberg has been directing movies since 1964, once his career really took off with the …
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Paramount Lands ‘Intruders’; James V. Simpson Alien Home-Invasion Script For ‘Ready Player One’ & ‘It’ Producers

Exclusive: Paramount has landed Intruders, a script by Armored screenwriter James V. Simpson that is best described as an alien home invasion thriller. The concept is inspired by Close Encounters of the Third Kind and the “Kelly-Hopkinsville encounter," in which a Kentucky family claimed to have survived an all-night alien home-invasion attempt. The film will be produced by Dan Farah through his Farah Films, and Roy Lee and Jon Berg of Vertigo Entertainment. The producers…
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Steven Spielberg movies: Every film ranked from worst to best

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Steven Spielberg movies: Every film ranked from worst to best
A man-eating shark. A friendly alien. An adventurous archeologist. A ragtag WWII platoon. A heroic German businessman in the Holocaust. The eclectic career of director Steven Spielberg has virtually defined what a blockbuster could be in the past four decades, but he’s also been able to craft more personal films as well. His 31st directorial achievement, the upcoming “Ready Player One,” opens this Thursday, March 29. In recognition of this new movie, we are ranking Spielberg’s entire filmography from worst to best in a new photo gallery above of his 30 prior theatrical features (therefore, not including the TV movie “Duel”).

Based on Ernest Cline‘s bestselling book, “Ready Player One” imagines a future where the creator of a virtual reality world called Oasis challenges his users to find an Easter Egg which will give the recipient a vast fortune. It’s a return to the kind of rollicking entertainments
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Indiana Jones 5 To Begin Shooting April 2019, According To Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg is not one to rest on his laurels.

Throughout his decades-spanning career behind the lens, the esteemed filmmaker has fostered a sense of child-like wonder in his audiences, and his genre-defining work on Jaws, Jurassic Park and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, to name but three, continue to enthrall and inspire even to this day.

Spielberg’s latest feature, Ready Player One, is currently playing in theaters (our review), and while collecting an honorary prize at last night’s Empire Awards in London, England, the director announced that his next creative venture, Indiana Jones 5, will begin shooting in the United Kingdom early next year ahead of its planned release in 2020.

It’s always worth the trip when I get to work with this deep bench of talent coming out of the UK. The actors, and the crew, the chippies, the sparks, the drivers — everybody who has helped me make my movies here,
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New IMAX Poster Art For Ready Player One and Details on a Steven Spielberg Movie Reference That Was Cut

IMAX has released a crazy cool new poster for Ready Player One. The art was done by one of my favorite geek culture artists Orlando Arocena. As you can see, the post is filled with all kinds of geeky pop culture references, like everything that is released for Ready Player One!

I don't know if you've watched the latest trailer for the film yet, but if not you've got to check it out here. This is seriously the best trailer that has been released for the movie yet.

Ready Player One is packed full of geeky movie and video game references. With Steven Spielberg directing the film, one thing he didn't want to do is celebrate himself or his films, even though the story is a celebration of that classic 80s Spielberg era.

Turns out, there was almost a reference to Spielberg's classic 1977 sci-fi film Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
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Steven Spielberg Returns To Pure Pop Escapism In Nostalgic ‘Ready Player One’ [Review]

“Ready Player One,” Steven Spielberg’s dizzying foray into ’80s pop culture fandom, is a return of sorts to the pure pop escapism that pervaded his filmography in the late ’70s and early ’80s, with such films as “Jaws,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “E.T.” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” The sheer playful joy in filmmaking displayed by Spielberg in this sci-fi riff has not been seen from the 71-year-old filmmaker since the cat and mouse hijinks of 2002’s “Catch Me If You Can.”

Tackling Ernest Cline‘s nerdgastic 2011 novel of the same name, Spielberg sets his meta-y sights on a dystopian feature brimming with Easter Eggs, virtual reality, and an endless layer of discoveries which pay tribute to ’80s pop culture nostalgia, the latter of which Spielberg clearly left an indelible mark on.
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Oscars: Alexandre Desplat Wins Best Original Score for ‘The Shape of Water’

Oscars: Alexandre Desplat Wins Best Original Score for ‘The Shape of Water’
Alexandre Desplat took home best original score at the 2018 Oscars for his warm and melodic music for “The Shape of Water.”

It was the second Academy Award for the French composer. He previously won for 2014’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” He also won Golden Globe and BAFTA honors for his “Shape of Water” score.

This marks the second occasion on which he has beaten the statistical odds: It’s only the fifth time in the past 25 years that Oscar has rewarded a previous winner; voters generally prefer to give the gold to first-timers.

In 2014, he was competing against himself, having also been nominated for “The Imitation Game.” That hadn’t happened since 1977, when John Williams won for “Star Wars” but was also nominated for “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

The Desplat score may have triumphed because it gave voice to the film’s two mute characters (the cleaning woman,
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Meryl Streep in ‘The Post’: A look at her 21st Oscar nomination and the competition

Meryl Streep in ‘The Post’: A look at her 21st Oscar nomination and the competition
This article marks Part 21, the final chapter of the 21-part Gold Derby series analyzing Meryl Streep at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at Meryl Streep’s nominations, the performances that competed with her at the Academy Awards, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the contenders.

In 1977, while Meryl Streep was making her film debut in “Julia,” Steven Spielberg was still basking in the smashing success of “Jaws” (1975). Spielberg’s follow-up that year, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” may not have shattered box office records like “Jaws” but it did earn the filmmaker his first Oscar nomination in Best Director.

Over the following 40 years, Streep and Spielberg would lock down 21 and 17 Oscar nominations respectively, with each scoring three victories. While their paths would occasionally cross on Oscar night – Streep’s victory for “Sophie’s Choice” (1982) fell on the same evening Spielberg’s “E.
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In Praise of 'Annihilation' and the Modern 'Weird' Sci-Fi Renaissance

In Praise of 'Annihilation' and the Modern 'Weird' Sci-Fi Renaissance
In the spring of 1968, film critic Roger Ebert reviewed Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. The critic couldn't fathom everything he'd just seen: What were those monoliths? What was that final sequence in that creepy hotel about? Who or what, exactly, was the "Star Child?" Ebert didn't care; he knew he'd just seen a masterpiece. Still stunned and overwhelmed, he leaned on a line from e.e. cummings to articulate his disoriented state: "listen – there's a hell of a good universe next door; let's go."

That's an inexact but
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