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Dee Wallace Faces a Meaner Breed of Extraterrestrials in Beyond The Sky from Rlje Films

In 1982, Dee Wallace interacted with a peaceful, interplanetary traveler in Steven Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Now, in 2018, she’s involved with a more nefarious species in the mockumentary Beyond the Sky, arriving on Blu-ray and DVD November 6th. We’re just getting word that Rlje films have acquired North American distribution rights. Here’s the full […]

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Steven Spielberg movies on Netflix right now, ranked worst to best: ‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘Schindler’s List’ and …

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Steven Spielberg movies on Netflix right now, ranked worst to best: ‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘Schindler’s List’ and …
Want your Steven Spielberg fix but you’re too cheap to buy the Blu-Rays or rent online? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Gold Derby has tracked down six of Spielberg’s directorial achievements that are currently streaming for free on Netflix. So sit back, relax and start binging! Click through our photo gallery above to see our rankings of all six of Spielberg’s movies on Netflix as of October 2018.

Spielberg is easily the most popular director in the film industry, having directed 30 movies and taken home three Oscars: for producing and directing “Schindler’s List” (1993) and for directing “Saving Private Ryan” (1998). He also scored additional directing noms for “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (1977), “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981), “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” (1982), “Munich” (2005) and “Lincoln” (2012).

SEESteven Spielberg movies: Every film from ‘Ready Player One’ director ranked

In recent years Spielberg has kept busy directing video game
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TV News Roundup: Netflix’s ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ Drops First Trailer (Watch)

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In today’s TV news roundup, Netflix released a new trailer for its upcoming horror film “The Haunting of Hill House” and ABC has cast Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as a guest star in the Season 5 premiere of “Fresh off the Boat.”

Dates

TBS‘ “The Guest Book” is returning on Oct. 23 at 10 p.m. Et/Pt with back-to-back new episodes. The second season will feature a new town, new series regulars, and new guest stars in the small ocean-side community of Mabel Beach, starring series regulars Jimmy Tatro (“American Vandal”), Kimiko Glenn (“Orange Is the New Black”), and Dan Beirne (“Fargo”). In future episodes, several guest stars will also make an appearance, including Pete Davidson (“SNL”), Will Arnett (“Arrested Development”), Michael Kenneth Williams (“The Wire”) and Matt Walsh (“Veep”) among others. Following the premiere, episodes will air on Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m. Et/Pt on TBS.

First Look

Netflix has released
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Review: The House With A Clock In Its Walls is an Absolutely Delightful Adaptation

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With his adaptation of John Bellairs' The House with a Clock in Its Walls, veteran horror filmmaker Eli Roth ventures into family-friendly fantasy territory, delivering up his most confidently helmed and all-around entertaining project to date (albeit comparing his latest to his previous films does seem a bit odd). Anchored by a trio of outstanding performances from Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, and Owen Vaccaro, The House with a Clock in Its Walls conjures up a bevy of kid-appropriate frights and has the good sense to cast Kyle MacLachlan as its villain to boot, making for a delightful kickoff to the Halloween season for all the pint-sized fans out there.

The House with a Clock in Its Walls follows a 10-year-old orphan named Lewis Barnavelt (Vaccaro), who is invited to go live with his estranged uncle Jonathan (Black) after a tragic accident claims his parents, and he comes to realize
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Drew Barrymore Recalls Her Childhood Drug Abuse: Cocaine Is 'My Worst Nightmare Right Now'

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Drew Barrymore Recalls Her Childhood Drug Abuse: Cocaine Is 'My Worst Nightmare Right Now'
Drew Barrymore isn’t craving a taste of her old lifestyle.

The Santa Clarita Diet actress, 43, opened up about her childhood drug abuse during an interview on Netflix’s Norm Macdonald Has a Show which began streaming Friday.

Barrymore, who has been candid in the past about her addiction which began when she was 12, was asked by host Norm Macdonald if she missed cocaine.

“No. Oh, God. It’s been a very long time, but no,” Barrymore said. “Nothing would make me have a panic attack and seem like a bigger nightmare.”

The actress revealed she “never did hallucinogenics,” adding
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2018 Academy Governors Awards Include Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, and Cicely Tyson

On Tuesday night, the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted for this year’s Governors Awards. Honorary Oscar winners are publicist Marvin Levy, composer Lalo Schifrin, and actress Cicely Tyson. The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award will go to producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshal, all presented at the Academy’s 10th Annual Governors Awards on Sunday, November 18, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.

This was a relatively happy and carefree decision. Still on the table is the fate of the Best Popular Film award, which was the subject of much discussion at the Telluride Film Festival, where the Academy throws an annual party. Lucasfilm president Kennedy, who is no longer on the Board, wondered if it was an idea worth saving.

The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, a bust of the motion picture executive, is presented to creative producers
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2018 Academy Governors Awards Include Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, and Cicely Tyson

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On Tuesday night, the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted for this year’s Governors Awards. Honorary Oscar winners are publicist Marvin Levy, composer Lalo Schifrin, and actress Cicely Tyson. The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award will go to producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshal, all presented at the Academy’s 10th Annual Governors Awards on Sunday, November 18, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.

This was a relatively happy and carefree decision. Still on the table is the fate of the Best Popular Film award, which was the subject of much discussion at the Telluride Film Festival, where the Academy throws an annual party. Lucasfilm president Kennedy, who is no longer on the Board, wondered if it was an idea worth saving.

The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, a bust of the motion picture executive, is presented to creative producers
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Honorary Oscars: Cicely Tyson, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Marvin Levy, Lalo Schifrin chosen as 2018 awards recipients

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Honorary Oscars: Cicely Tyson, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Marvin Levy, Lalo Schifrin chosen as 2018 awards recipients
Honorary Oscars for 2018 will be going to actress Cicely Tyson, producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, publicist Marvin Levy and composer Lalo Schifrin. Academy board of governors have chosen these five people for awards that will be given out a special ceremony on November 18. Kennedy and Marshall are being honored with the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award.

Tyson was nominated for an Oscar as Best Actress for “Sounder” (1972). Schifrin has received six nominations for “Cool Hand Luke” (1967), “The Fox” (1968), “Voyage of the Damned” (1976), “The Amityville Horror” (1979), “The Competition” (1980) and “The Sting II” (1983). Levy is the first publicist to receive an honorary Oscar and has worked for MGM, Columbia, Amblin and DreamWorks.

SEECicely Tyson movies: 10 greatest films ranked from worst to best

Kennedy is the first woman to receive the Thalberg. She and Marshall have received Best Picture nominations for “The Sixth Sense” (1999), “Seabiscuit” (2003), “Munich” (2005) and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
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Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Cicely Tyson, Marvin Levy, Lalo Schifrin Tapped for Governors Awards

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The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has voted to present Honorary Awards to publicist Marvin Levy, composer Lalo Schifrin, and actress Cicely Tyson, and the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall.

The honors will be presented at the Academy’s 10th annual Governors Awards on Nov. 18 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.

“Choosing the honorees for its awards each year is the happiest of all the Board of Governors’ work. And this year, its selection of five iconic artists was made with universal acclaim by the Academy’s 54 spirited governors,” said Academy president John Bailey in a statement released Wednesday.

The Honorary Award, an Oscar statuette, is given “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”

The Irving G.
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Telluride Film Review: ‘Fistful of Dirt’

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Telluride Film Review: ‘Fistful of Dirt’
An entrancing, unconventional mermaid story from the director of “The Maid,” Sebastián Silva’s “Fistful of Dirt” has the distinction of being the first feature produced in Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria hit the island in September 2017. The devastation is evident from the opening shot, which follows 12-year-old Yei Yei (Julio Gaston) across the storm-ravaged beachfront, and informs the rest of the film, whose impoverished characters are barely scraping by without electricity and basic resources, although the story — a dark Brothers Grimm-like fairy tale anchored by a terrific child-actor performance, but not for kids per se — is one Silva had developed years before.

It’s a credit to Silva and co-writer Pedro Peirano that they were able to revive a pre-existing idea and adapt it to such an emotionally charged milieu, giving audiences an invaluable look at Maria’s apocalyptic impact (although one could argue that there’s something perverse
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Kin – Review

Last week in my review of Scotty And The Secret History Of Hollywood I made a case for documentary features that seemingly change direction, when events push a cinema profile down another path. This week sees a similar course recalculation, but in a narrative feature. Here’s a story that reeks of “grim and gritty indie”, but involves an element of science fiction and fantasy. Hey, it worked for a little flick called E.T. The Extra-terrestrial, which starts out as an lost alien fable which then abruptly collides with a suburban family drama of a lonely boy dealing with an absent father. So, is this new mash-up a tasty treat, or is it one of those craft brewed gravy-flavored soda pops (yeesh)? Since it’s one of the cinema year’s “limbo weekends”, too late for a Summer blockbuster, too early for somber prestige Fall “award bait”, the studios are
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Ilm’s Dennis Muren to Give Keynote at View Conference

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Ilm’s Dennis Muren to Give Keynote at View Conference
Oscar-winning visual effects veteran Dennis Muren, known for his groundbreaking work on films in the “Star Wars” franchise (including the original trilogy), “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “Jurassic Park,” “The Abyss,” and “Terminator 2,” among others, will give a keynote talk at the View Conference in Turin, Italy.

Muren, senior visual effects supervisor and creative director of Industrial Light & Magic, will discuss “Visual Effects: Defining That Critical, Elusive & Final 5%” at the October event that celebrates computer graphics, interactive and immersive storytelling, animation, visual effects, games, Vr, Ar, and mixed reality.

Muren’s talk will wrap up the conference on Oct. 26.

Muren joins a strong lineup of keynote speakers, including award-winning composer Hans Zimmer; Paramount Animation president Mireille Soria; senior VP, executive creative director, and head of Ilm Rob Bredow; SideFX president and CEO Kim Davidson; Google Spotlight Stories creative director Jan Pinkava; Cornell University professor Don Greenberg; Magic Leap senior VP
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Alternate Mac and Me Ending Unearthed and It's Insane

Alternate Mac and Me Ending Unearthed and It's Insane
Mac and Me is famous for all the wrong reasons; released in 1988, it's an obvious rip-off of Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial filled with so many references to McDonald's it's barely more than a 90-minute commercial with campy, sci-fi window dressing. Indeed, Mac and Me is often regarded as the worst movie ever made-and that's really saying something! Still, the film might have been infamous for a completely different reason, had the original ending of the film remained intact. Before proceeding further, be warned that we're now entering Spoiler Territory! Here's the film's synopsis:

"A young extraterrestrial, separated from his family and stranded on Earth, finds friendship with a handicapped youth."

In the original ending of Mac and Me (which you can see in Shout! Factory's recent Blu-ray re-release) young protagonist Eric (played by Jade Calegory) is blown up in an explosion before being resurrected by his faithful extraterrestrial pal.
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Film Academy Challenges Fans to Sum Up Movies in Five Words, Succinct Hilarity Ensues

  • The Wrap
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences sent out a call for five-word movie summaries on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon. And thousands of people responded — including “Terminator” star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Share the plot of your favorite movie in five words.

— The Academy (@TheAcademy) July 31, 2018

It’s a refreshingly off-brand idea from the Academy, being a hell of a lot more succinct than the typical Oscar acceptance speech, and the responses have been pretty fun and often very clever. For instance, Schwarzenegger, who not surprisingly picked the plot of his career-defining hits “The Terminator” and “Terminator 2.”

Machine sent back to save.

— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) July 31, 2018

Also Read: 'Billionaire Boys Club' Film Review: Kevin Spacey Stuck in Convoluted True-Crime Remake

CNN anchor Bill Weir picked Roman Polanski’s 1974 neo-noir “Chinatown,” though his contribution is less a summary of the plot and more just a recitation
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Judge Dismisses ‘Shape Of Water’ Lawsuit Waged During Final Oscar Voting Against Guillermo Del Toro’s Best Picture Winner

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Judge Dismisses ‘Shape Of Water’ Lawsuit Waged During Final Oscar Voting Against Guillermo Del Toro’s Best Picture Winner
Exclusive: A federal judge has dismissed with prejudice a lawsuit filed by the estate of playwright Paul Zindel accusing filmmaker Guillermo del Toro of appropriating plot elements from Let Me Hear You Whisper in his Oscar-winning film The Shape of Water. The suit was filed and fanned for maximum publicity on the day that Academy voters began filling out their final ballots for major category nominees, this after an ask for a settlement was rebuffed by Fox Searchlight. The film won four Oscars anyway, including Best Picture and Best Director for del Toro.

Judge Percy Anderson issued a brief ruling yesterday dismissing the suit and saying that del Toro and Fox Searchlight are entitled to recover the costs of defending against the legal claim.

The copyright infringement claim, filed in February in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, alleges del Toro “brazenly copies the story, elements, characters, and themes
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Without Kenny and Company, 80s Teen Movies Wouldn't Be the Same [Rewind]

Without Kenny and Company, 80s Teen Movies Wouldn't Be the Same [Rewind]
When Kenny & Company came out in 1976, it barely registered at the box office. However, it would soon usher in a host of other "kids" films, namely E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Stand By Me (1986) and all of the John Hughes movies from that era as well. These films had bigger budgets, studio muscle behind them, and they were able to stick around long enough to find their audience. Kenny & Company didn't have this luxury. And, while it did have a nice DVD release via Anchor Bay (remember them?) in 2005, the film has essentially been forgotten.

I first watched Don Coscarelli's Kenny & Company on a Sunday evening. I don't recall what grade I was in or how old I was, but something about this tale of 3 friends (Kenny (Dan McCann), Doug (A. Michael Baldwin) and Sherman (Jeff Roth)) hanging out around Halloween stayed with me. It would be many years later but
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New Trailer Arrives For Eli Roth’s ‘The House With A Clock In Its Walls’

eOne has just debuted a new trailer for the Eli Roth-directed The House With A Clock In Its Walls, a new film which will arrive in cinemas this coming September. The film comes to the screen from horror icon Roth – though this is an obvious departure for him – and the people who brought you iconic classics such as E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Back to the Future and The Bfg.

In the tradition of Amblin classics where fantastical events occur in the most unexpected places, Jack Black and two-time Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett star in The House with a Clock in Its Walls. The magical adventure tells the spine-tingling tale of 10-year-old Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) who goes to live with his uncle in a creaky old house with a mysterious tick-tocking heart. But his new town’s sleepy façade jolts to life with a secret world of warlocks and witches
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Henry Thomas on Life After 'E.T.' — "It's Hard When You're Remembered for an Iconic Role" (Exclusive)

Childhood star Henry Thomas has come full circle. When he wasn't becoming famous as Elliott in the 1982 classic E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and other films, he grew up quietly on a farm in South Texas. Nearly four decades later, he moved to a farm of his own, this time in Oregon with his third wife, Anna, 46, and three kids: Hazel, 14, Evelyn, 9, and Henry III, 8. "That was always my goal. We have horses, and apples, and horse apples," Henry, 46, exclusively tells Closer Weekly, laughing. He's also achieved adult success with films like Legends of the Fall. "It's hard when you’re remembered for an iconic role," he says. "But I’m in an industry where in order to get a job, I have to go into a room and get either rejected or accepted. If you have a thin skin, you just won’t last very long." Henry in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
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Fox Searchlight Defends ‘Shape of Water’ From Plagiarism Suit

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Fox Searchlight has fired back against a lawsuit that claims “The Shape of Water” is based on a 1969 play about a janitor who befriends a captive dolphin.

The studio’s attorneys argue in a motion to dismiss that the differences between the best picture winner and the play, titled “Let Me Hear You Whisper,” are so great as to make the lawsuit without merit. They also contend that any thematic similarities are also shared with a number of other films, and are not protected by copyright.

“Any ‘similarity’ between these vastly different works derives from the nonprotectible idea of a relationship between a person and an animal (in the case of the Play) or mythical humanoid creature (in the case of the Film) that scientists wish to kill and/or study and experiment on — an idea that has previously been the subject of numerous films, including ‘Free Willy,’ ‘Starman,’ ‘Splash!
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Steven Spielberg Reveals That E.T. Started as a Story About His Parents' Divorce

Steven Spielberg Reveals That E.T. Started as a Story About His Parents' Divorce
James Cameron is taking viewers behind some of the world’s most famous science fiction stories.

The Avatar director’s upcoming six-part television series, AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction, will explore the genre’s roots through interviews with A-list actors and storytellers who have defined the field. In a clip shared exclusively with People, Cameron sits down with director Steven Spielberg to talk the origins of his hit film, 1982’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

Close Encounters [of the Third Kind] led to E.T., which I think of as Close Encounters 2,” Cameron, 63, says in the clip before Spielberg, 71, interjects, “I think of it the same way.
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