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Get to know the fab 5 showbiz legends receiving honors at this Sunday’s Governors Awards

Oscar season will kick into a higher gear this Sunday when five exceedingly qualified honorees will be lauded at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s 2018 Governors Awards. The quintet includes three longtime associates of Steven Spielberg: Marvin Levy, the filmmaker’s dedicated publicist of 41 years and the first PR professional to receive an Oscar, and producers Kathleen Kennedy, 65, and Frank Marshall, 72,, the first married couple to be presented with the Irving G. Thalberg Award along with Kennedy as the first woman to receive it.

And if you have ever gotten the theme song from “Mission: Impossible” stuck in your head, blame the Argentine-born composer Lalo Schifrin, 86, who will soon be the owner of an honorary statuette after being nominated for an Oscar six times without a win. Also finally getting her own little gold man is Cicely Tyson, 93, after being nominated for an Academy Award only once,
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Cameraimage Film Festival Honors Editor Carol Littleton With Unique Visual Sensitivity Award

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Each November in Poland, the Camerimage Film Festival, which casts a spotlight on the art and science of cinematography, celebrates an editor with the Unique Visual Sensitivity award. This year’s honoree is Carol Littleton.

Littleton is known for her prolific catalog of work with directors like Steven Spielberg and Lawrence Kasdan on film such as “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” and “The Big Chill” — but the project she cherishes the most is Robert Benton’s “Places in the Heart,” the film that won Sally Field the second of her two Oscars.

“I grew up in rural Oklahoma,” Littleton says. “The sort of family life, the sense of values and the extraordinary strength of [the characters in ‘Heart’] reminded me of my childhood. I grew up with those people, so it has a real personal resonance for me.”

It’s often assumed that editing is mostly about shaping the actors’ performances, but Littleton notes her most
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Star Wars Composer John Williams Hospitalized, Cancels Concerts Due to Illness

John Williams was forced to pull out of three performances after hospitalization due to illness. The 86-year old Star Wars composer was scheduled to appear with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall this Friday, October 26th, but he has canceled. Concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on November 3rd and 4th will also be affected. Williams' long-time friend Maestro Dirk Bross&#233 will be conducting the concerts while Williams recovers in the hospital. The Royal Albert Hall had this to say in a statement.

"John is so sorry that an illness prevents him from conducting Friday's concert, and he's grateful to his friend Maestro Dirk Brass for taking the podium in his place. He so wishes he could be with everyone, and the knowledge that 5,000 of his friends will be joining together to celebrate his music is a great comfort to him as he recovers. He wishes everyone
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Film Review: Young Thugs: Nostalgia (1998) by Takashi Miike

“Wherever we go…however far we walk…everything will stay the same.”

If we take a body of work as diverse as Takashi Miike, quite naturally one asks the question whether the director has a favorite. As Miike has repeatedly stated in the past, this particular honor goes to his 1998 film “Young Thugs: Nostalgia”, a prequel to “Young Thugs: Innocent Blood” released the year before and also based on the autobiographical novel by Riichi Nakabana. Considering films like “Blues Harp, “Ley Lines” and the “Dead or Alive”-series explored themes like origin, identity and growing up, the choice of this project, along with the finished product being Miike’s favorite film should not come as a surprise.

In general, both films, “Innocent Blood” and “Nostalgia”, define what has become the side of Miike, which is at times forgotten among the wildness of his other films, a tendency
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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

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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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