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Masters Of Horror Rewatch: Joe Dante’s “Homecoming”

We’re halfway through season 1 with one of my favorite directors and the most savagely political episode of the series.

Season 1, Episode 6: “Homecoming

Director: Joe Dante

Original Air Date: December 2nd, 2005

We horror fans adore Joe Dante, and we’re right to do so. His films are special: funny, subversive, self-referential, smart, and silly. He loves genre movies and his work reflects that, whether it’s the monster movie adoration of The Howling or the celebration of science fiction that is Innerspace and Explorers, or just the wonderful absurdity of The ’Burbs or Gremlins 2. But because he’s such a sweet and lovable guy, what we rarely talk about when it comes to Dante is his edge. There is a darkness to Dante’s work that can be cutting. I mean, this is the filmmaker who insisted Phoebe Cates’ Santa Clause monologue be included in Gremlins, and who bit
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Film News Roundup: The Beatles’ ‘Yellow Submarine’ Set for Re-Release in July

Film News Roundup: The Beatles’ ‘Yellow Submarine’ Set for Re-Release in July
In today’s film news roundup, “Yellow Submarine” gets a re-release, Meg Ryan gets an honor and John Cho’s “Searching” will open the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

Re-release

Abramorama has agreed with Apple Corps Ltd. and Universal Music Group to re-release The Beatles’ animated feature film, “Yellow Submarine,” in North America in July in celebration of its 50th anniversary.

Abramorama is a specialist in music films, partnering in 2016 with Apple Corps, Imagine Entertainment, White Horse Pictures, StudioCanal and Umg’s Polygram Entertainment on the Ron Howard documentary “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years.” Abramorama has also released films about Neil Young, Pearl Jam and Green Day.

Yellow Submarine” was restored in 4K digital resolution by Paul Rutan Jr. and his team of specialists at Triage Motion Picture Services and Eque Inc. The film’s songs and score were remixed at Umg’s Abbey Road Studios
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Oscars 2018: ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ would be only the 4th film in 30 years to win Visual Effects on its only nomination

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Oscars 2018: ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ would be only the 4th film in 30 years to win Visual Effects on its only nomination
War for the Planet of the Apes” is currently the Oscar front-runner for Best Visual Effects, but it faces a couple of disadvantages. For one, it would be the first “Planet of the Apes” film to win a competitive Oscar. But there’s perhaps an even bigger challenge: it has no other nominations. It’s rare to win this race on your film’s only bid. Only three films in the last 30 years have done it.

Innerspace” (1987), “Death Becomes Her” (1992) and “The Jungle Book” (2016) are the only films to have claimed this prize with no other Oscar nominations. It’s good news for “Apes” that the last example was just last year, but it’s still an uncommon feat. This year there are three nominees that compete only for their visual effects: “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and “Kong: Skull Island” in addition to “Apes.” Meanwhile, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi
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‘InnerSpace’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

With the still-painful memory of No Man’s Sky still firmly embedded in the cerebral cortex of many gamers, InnerSpace seems destined for a rough ride and possibly, a hard landing. Billed as the latest flight-exploration game and produced by relative newcomers PolyKnight Games, Innerspace has at the very least avoided the same kind of ridiculous build up that caused No Man’s Sky so much trouble.

InnerSpace has more focussed, modest objectives than the 2016 epic from Hello Games. Instead of featuring a procedurally generated galaxy that is filled with worlds that are as likely to be bland and bleak as they are to be filled with wonder, Innerspace delivers a more linear experience that unfolds across tightly designed bubble worlds. Each sphere is an exploration puzzle of sorts, and players must navigate one of their fragile airframes through caverns, crevasses, oceans and a variety of other obstacles.

Each world
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Hollywood Flashback: In 1981, Lily Tomlin's 'Shrinking Woman' Almost Disappeared

Hollywood Flashback: In 1981, Lily Tomlin's 'Shrinking Woman' Almost Disappeared
Downsizing. But films as varied as 1966's Fantastic Voyage (the only submarine crew ever to feature Raquel Welch is shrunk and injected into a scientist's bloodstream), 1987's Innerspace (more inner-body miniaturization involving scientists) and 1989's Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (which merited two sequels, a 3D attraction at Disneyland and an ABC TV show) have used extreme diminishment as a plot point. Two classic tiny-human films were related to each other: 1957's...
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Digital Shorts: ‘Transcripted’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

In Digital Shorts we review some of the latest video games that are only available digitally (at least in the UK), in a short-form review format. In this edition we take a look at Transcripted, a twin-stick shooter now available on the Nintendo Switch.

Transcripted is just one of many twin stick shooters that has recently been launched on the Nintendo Switch, but it comes with a unique twist that reveals itself during the first few missions. You see, Transcripted is a bit like the videogame version of Innerspace, the 1987 movie featuring Dennis Quaid, Meg Ryan and some other guy (Martin Short).

In Transcripted, players pilot a nanoprobe at a microscopic level and must float around inside samples looking for rogue pathogens. These are returned to the lab for assessment by a friendly AI in order to further human research as instructed by the somewhat questionable Professor Dahl. Dahl has
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The ’Burbs Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Coming in March 2018 from Shout Select

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"He's a man of peace in a savage land... suburbia." After taking us to Innerspace, Joe Dante took a trip to a seemingly safe neighborhood in The ’Burbs. Starring Tom Hanks and a stellar supporting cast, the beloved dark comedy has previously been released on DVD and Blu-ray, but Shout Select has now announced that they'll be bringing it to home media like never before in a Collector's Edition Blu-ray in early 2018.

Announced by Shout Select on Facebook, The ’Burbs Collector's Edition Blu-ray will be released on March 20th, 2018. Although special features have yet to be revealed, Shout Select promises that this Collector's Edition will be brimming with bonus features, so fans can likely look forward to new content not found on previous releases.

You can check out the official announcement and new cover art below, and stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates. Will you be adding The
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Exclusive Interview – James Kermack on writing and directing Hi-Lo Joe

Originally from East London, writer and director James Kermack began his career as an actor with experience spanning theatre, TV and film, before embarking on new projects as a filmmaker. Years in the making, his feature debut, the powerful romantic drama Hi-Lo Joe is finally here and tackles the difficult, seldom discussed issues of male mental health and depression.

In Hi-Lo Joe, everyone loves Joe Ridley, except Joe Ridley. He’s the life and soul of the party on the outside but, inside, a dark depression envelops him and a childhood trauma haunts him. Elly loves him but as their relationship grows, Joe’s inner turmoil slowly becomes uncontrollable, threatening his relationship. Can Joe save himself before he loses everything he loves?

With a breakout performance from new star Matthew Stathers the film co-stars Lizzie Philips, Gethin Anthony (Aquarius, Game of Thrones), Tom Bateman (Murder on the Orient Express, Snatched
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Dennis Muren on Making ‘The Empire Strikes Back’, the Special Editions, and Directing ‘Star Tours’

  • Collider.com
As a longtime fan of Dennis Muren’s work in countless films that the entire planet loves, when I was offered the opportunity to speak with the eight-time Academy Award-winning visual effects guru, you could say I jumped at the chance. That’s because throughout my entire life, the work that Murren has done on films like Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, E.T.,The Abyss, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Innerspace, and countless others helped form my love of movies, and getting to talk to him about the …
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Tobe Hooper’s Box-Office Struggles: How Shaky Returns Undercut A Visionary Director

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Tobe Hooper’s Box-Office Struggles: How Shaky Returns Undercut A Visionary Director
Tobe Hooper, who died over the weekend at 74, was a leader in the Vietnam-era boom in independent, ultra-violent horror films. His 1974 “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” is considered the last in a trio of low-budget horror breakouts that included George Romero’s 1968 “Night of the Living Dead” and Wes Craven’s 1972 “Last House on the Left.”

Though grosses for these films were unreliably reported, “Texas” appears to have done the best. Its reported $30 million domestic take (adjusted, around $140 million today) was at least 100 times its budget (also a guess, though some reports have it as high as $300,000 in 1974 value). Producers recouped costs and little else from distributor Bryanston (best known for the Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey’s “Frankenstein” and “Dracula” movies, as well as taking over distribution of “Deep Throat”).

Like Romero and Craven, the hit boosted Hooper’s career. But unlike his peers, Hooper struggled to establish his brand after “Texas.
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Jerry Goldsmith Receives a Star on the Walk of Fame

Jerry Goldsmith Receives a Star on the Walk of Fame
When Joe Dante was asked about supporting the effort to secure a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Jerry Goldsmith, the director – who had worked with the respected composer on nine films over 20 years – said he was “flabbergasted” to realize Goldsmith didn’t already have one.

On May 9, the Oscar- and Emmy-winning composer of such classics as “Chinatown,” “Planet of the Apes,” “Patton” and dozens more will receive his star, posthumously, on Hollywood Boulevard just east of Highland Avenue. Goldsmith died in 2004.

Dante, for whom Goldsmith scored “Gremlins,” “Explorers,” “Innerspace” and other films, cited “his brilliance and versatility. Any film he scored was automatically improved tenfold.”

Few filmmakers would disagree. Paul Verhoeven, who did “Total Recall,” “Basic Instinct” and “Hollow Man” with Goldsmith, recalls: “Every film was a new adventure, as Jerry was able to adapt to the most diverse narratives and styles. He never repeated himself, always looking for new,
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Supergirl Season 2 Episode 18 Review – ‘Ace Reporter’

Martin Carr reviews the eighteenth episode of Supergirl season two, ‘Ace Reporter’…

Back on screens and in fine form Supergirl Season Two gives us a Silicon Valley bad boy with seemingly nefarious intentions barely out of Pampers. He may be the head of a global brand but Jack Spheer, played by iZombie’s Rahul Kohli is smooth, intelligent and media friendly enough to slot right into National City. Similar to other high functioning entrepreneurs who populate this town, he has the latest medical breakthrough at his finger tips and a romantic back history with power player Lena Luthor. Something which opens up the episode and gives our shady Bff to Kara Danvers a little more substance.

What Katie McGrath has done with Lena Luthor within the confines of Season Two should not be overlooked. Not only has she grounded a comic book character within the limited forty minute screen time,
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30 Years Back: Celebrating the Cinematic Delights of 1987

Tom Jolliffe celebrates the cinematic delights of 1987…

The 80’s mark a special period in cinema for me. It’s predominantly an age thing. I grew up throughout the 80’s, soaking in some fantastic films. It was a rising golden age of blockbusters which took the foundations of what guys like Spielberg and Lucas launched in the late 70’s, as that stark, gritty and dramatically challenging output that delivered some of the best films of all time (The Godfather and more), gave way to more crowd pleasing, optimistic fare. The cinematic landscape went from the likes of The French Connection, The Conversation, and Chinatown to the more light-hearted Star Wars or Jaws.

As blockbusters swarmed the cinemas and multiplexes began spreading, audiences demanded entertainment. That trend has carried on and intensified and it’s truer than ever in these days of Marvel adaptations. The 80’s got me into cinema. That passion
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‘Pure Luck’ DVD Review

Stars: Martin Short, Danny Glover, Sheila Kelley, Sam Wanamaker, Scott Wilson, Harry Shearer, Jorge Russek | Written by Herschel Weingrod, Timothy Harris | Directed by Nadia Tass

Good god, it’s been what seems like a lifetime since I last saw Pure Luck. I’m not even sure it previously made the leap from VHS, where I first saw it back in the early 90s, to DVD here in the UK. Back when the film was first released both Danny Glover and Martin Short could do no wrong. Glover was riding high off the success of the Lethal Weapon franchise, scoring lead roles in Predator 2 and Flight of the Intruder; whilst Short had scored back-to-back hits with Innerspace and Three Fugitives… Well I say do no wrong, but maybe that should have read “could have” done no wrong, given the bad reception afforded this comedy…

Comedy in the early 90s was
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The Best Movie You Never Saw: Innerspace

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Welcome to The Best Movie You Never Saw, a column dedicated to examining films that have flown under the radar or gained traction throughout the years, earning them a place as a cult classic or underrated gem that was either before it’s time and/or has aged like a fine wine. This week we’ll be looking at Innerspace! The Story: Tuck Pendleton (Dennis Quaid), a test pilot, volunteers for a... Read More...
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The underrated brilliance of Joe Dante's Innerspace

Ryan Lambie Jan 12, 2017

Innerspace didn't do massive business in the 80s, but Joe Dante's sci-fi comedy is an underrated classic of its kind, Ryan writes...

Innerspace should've been a contender. Released in the summer of 1987, it appeared to have everything going for it: Steven Spielberg on the poster, the guy who made Gremlins as director, and a fun concept which involved miniaturisation, an ex-pilot and a hypochondriac. Yet when Innerspace made its theatrical debut on the 1st July, it was met with surprising indifference - American audiences, it seemed, were more drawn to the comedy Adventures In Babysitting, released that very same day.

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In 2010, we spoke to director Joe Dante about Innerspace's fate, and he still seemed frustrated about the way its release was handled back in 87. "The ad campaign was so terrible for that movie,
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Batman: Joe Dante turned movie down in 1980s

Mike Cecchini Sep 14, 2016

The 1980s Batman movie you never saw could have had Joe Dante in the director's chair - and John Lithgow as The Joker...

Tom Mankiewicz's Batman sceenplay is one of the more interesting unmade superhero movies of all time. The man who gave Superman: The Movie's legendarily difficult early drafts the polish that helped make it the timeless classic that it is (and who also wrote, co-wrote, or re-wrote the screenplays for James Bond adventures like Live And Let Die, Diamonds Are Forever, and The Spy Who Loved Me) took a pass at Batman in the early 1980s, and one of the possibilities to direct it? That'd be Joe Dante (The Howling, Gremlins, Innerspace and more films that we love).

Dante passed on the movie, and it took several more years to actually get Batman to the big screen, by which point the project had
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Daily | “Joe Dante at the Movies”

"For Joe Dante at the Movies, a retrospective at BAMcinématek running Friday through Aug. 24," begins Glenn Kenny in the New York Times, "the programmers let that director pair his movies, including Gremlins, Innerspace, The ’Burbs and Gremlins 2: The New Batch, with gems and oddities ranging across cinema’s past, including The Black Cat, Dial M for Murder and the W.C. Fields comedy It’s a Gift…. 'Movies are a 20th-century art form, and the 20th century is over,' he said during an interview in which he discussed fighting to keep the grimmest of Christmas tales in Gremlins, working with a young Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix on their first movie and creating a Gremlins 2 character, who resembles a certain Republican presidential nominee." We're collecting reviews and more interviews. » - David Hudson
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Daily | “Joe Dante at the Movies”

"For Joe Dante at the Movies, a retrospective at BAMcinématek running Friday through Aug. 24," begins Glenn Kenny in the New York Times, "the programmers let that director pair his movies, including Gremlins, Innerspace, The ’Burbs and Gremlins 2: The New Batch, with gems and oddities ranging across cinema’s past, including The Black Cat, Dial M for Murder and the W.C. Fields comedy It’s a Gift…. 'Movies are a 20th-century art form, and the 20th century is over,' he said during an interview in which he discussed fighting to keep the grimmest of Christmas tales in Gremlins, working with a young Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix on their first movie and creating a Gremlins 2 character, who resembles a certain Republican presidential nominee." We're collecting reviews and more interviews. » - David Hudson
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Back Inside Innerspace, Joe Dante’s Fantastic Voyage

Stop me if you’ve heard this idea for a movie: Dean Martin gets miniaturized and injected into the body of Jerry Lewis.

That’s the pitch for Joe Dante’s 1987 film Innerspace, his last collaboration with producer Steven Spielberg until making Small Soldiers for DreamWorks in 1998. Made between his contributions to the outrageous 1986 anthology comedy Amazon Women on the Moon and his darkly comic 1989 movie The ’Burbs, Innerspace could be considered Joe Dante’s most commercial film. Not only did it carry the Spielberg brand, it was also cast with big stars (Dennis Quaid, Martin Short, and Meg Ryan) and boasted impressive, state-of-the-art special effects and a high concept that was sure to bring people out to the theater. And yet, for some reason, the movie was something of a box office disappointment when it was released in the summer of 1987; though the film’s final budget is difficult to pin down,
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