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James Cameron Still Can’t Believe ‘Annie Hall’ Beat ‘Star Wars’ for Best Picture: ‘What the F*ck Are You People Thinking?’

James Cameron Still Can’t Believe ‘Annie Hall’ Beat ‘Star Wars’ for Best Picture: ‘What the F*ck Are You People Thinking?’
James Cameron has long been a critic of the Academy’s refusal to award science-fiction films major Oscars. The “Avatar” filmmaker told IndieWire just last month that science-fiction movies at are “definitely a red-headed stepchild [at the Oscars] when it comes to the acting, producing, directing categories.” Speaking with Wired, Cameron remembered the first time he realized that science-fiction movies faced an uphill battle at the Academy Awards.

“The first time I noticed this was when I was just a movie fan and not a practitioner yet, when ‘Star Wars,’ which to me was the ultimate science-fiction film of its day, so this would have been 1977, probably the Oscars of 1978, lost to ‘Annie Hall,'” Cameron said. “This little cute relationship story and ‘Star Wars.’ What the fuck are you people thinking?”

Cameron criticized the sentiment the Oscars put forth that “science-fiction is not humanistic enough, that it’s not about real people.
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Weekend Watch: ‘Ready Player One’ Influences, Jeff Goldblum Breaks Down his Career, ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ & More

Welcome to Weekend Watch, where we highlight some of the best nerd-related videos released throughout the week. Whether it be short films, behind the scenes videos, or video essays, the only requirement is that they are about–in some shape or form–our favorite movies and TV shows!

In this edition of Weekend Watch, we take a look at a cool VFX breakdown for ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle‘, a Video with Ernest Cline detailing all of his ‘Ready Player One‘ influences and great video essay that details the visual similarities Steven Spielberg‘s filmography. Plus, we have a wonderful video of Jeff Goldblum revisiting his career and a hilarious scene breakdown from ‘Thor: Ragnarok‘. Let’s jump right in!

Starting off, we have a cool VFX breakdown from ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle‘, straight from VFX house Iloura. Although this breakdown focuses primarily on the helicopter/rhino chase scene from the film,
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Weekend Watch: ‘The Last Jedi’ Honest Trailer, ‘Ready Player One’, Jeff Goldblum & More

Welcome to Weekend Watch, where we highlight some of the best nerd-related videos released throughout the week. Whether it be short films, behind the scenes videos, or video essays, the only requirement is that they are about–in some shape or form–our favorite movies and TV shows!

In this edition of Weekend Watch, we take a look at this week’s Honest Trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, a great interview snippet of Ridley Scott discussing his approach to directing, and a cool Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 VFX breakdown. Plus, we have a cool video of Steven Spielberg, Olivia Cooke, and Tye Sheridan discussing Ready Player One, and a fun video where the always magnificent Jeff Goldblum answers the web’s most searched questions about himself. So without further adieu, let’s jump into the weekend watch!

This week’s Honest Trailer, focusing on Star Wars: The Last Jedi,
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Weekend Watch: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Trailer Breakdown, ‘Logan’ VFX Breakdown, Andy Serkis & More

Welcome to Weekend Watch, where we highlight some of the best nerd-related videos released throughout the week. Whether it be short films, behind the scenes videos, or video essays, the only requirement is that they are about–in some shape or form–our favorite movies and TV shows!

In this edition of Weekend Watch, we take a look a revealing Logan VFX breakdown, an interesting video essay arguing that The Incredibles is Pixar’s best film, and a really neat video where legendary motion capture actor Andy Serkis walks us through the technology has evolved through all of his performances. In addition, we have a couple of spoiler-filled videos, a video essay which breaks down a potential issue with the third act of Black Panther, and a detailed breakdown of the new Avengers: Infinity War trailer. So without further adieu, let’s jump right into the Weekend Watch!

Up first,
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‘Westworld’ Releases First Look Footage of Shogun World at SXSW as Cast Teases a ‘Reckoning’ in Season 2

‘Westworld’ Releases First Look Footage of Shogun World at SXSW as Cast Teases a ‘Reckoning’ in Season 2
It’s been over a year since “Westworld” aired its Season 1 finale, and the time since has been largely quiet. Co-creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy are notoriously close-mouthed about plot details, so little is known about where Season 2 of HBO’s Emmy-winning blockbuster series is headed.

Well, shooting just wrapped, and with only a month to go before the show returns, it’s time to start teasing what’s next. The two creators joined their cast, including Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, and James Marsden, at SXSW for a featured panel discussion, and they didn’t come empty-handed.

The group kicked things off by sharing footage from Season 2, including one scene and a brief, previously unreleased trailer. The panel ended with a surprise appearance by Elon Musk, but let’s get to the important stuff first:

The Footage

Nolan, always hesitant to share story details (let alone
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Emile Hirsch on playing John Belushi: 'I will try to do him justice'

Emile Hirsch on playing John Belushi: 'I will try to do him justice'
Emile Hirsch has opened up about being cast as John Belushi in an upcoming biopic.

Hirsch recently signed on to play the late Saturday Night Live actor in director Steve Conrad's currently untitled film.

Hirsch has now told Rolling Stone that the offer to play Belushi "came up fairly recently".

"Conrad had a strong vision and I feel like I just fit into that," he said. "Then I read the material and really responded to it. Everything about it is interesting."

The actor added that he is currently trying to learn more about the comedian's life.

"I was familiar with him, but I'm getting more familiar," the star explained. "He was a little bit before my time, so there's an educational process in there.

"It's exciting to present this guy to a generation of comedy fans who may not be too knowledgeable about his work. We're trying to do him justice.
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John Belushi's widow on the new biopic: It's a 'beautiful bromance' between Belushi and Aykroyd

John Belushi's widow on the new biopic: It's a 'beautiful bromance' between Belushi and Aykroyd
John Belushi was a comedy comet. There was no one else like him, and his bright flight was amazing to behold — until it tragically flamed out in 1982 when he died of a drug overdose. A dozen filmmakers could make a dozen different interesting movies about his life and times, especially since he — more than probably any other Saturday Night Live alum — helped define what that now-iconic show would be. In 1989, Michael Chiklis starred as Belushi in Wired, a poorly received effort that featured Belushi’s ghost reflecting on his life to biographer Bob Woodward. The energetic comedian deserved better.

On Monday,
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Emile Hirsch cast as John Belushi

After much speculation as to who would take on the responsibility of portraying the storied comedian, Film 360 announced Monday that Emile Hirsch, 28, has signed on to play John Belushi in director Steve Conrad’s still-untitled biopic.

The long-gestating biopic only recently regained traction when Conrad, who wrote The Pursuit of Happyness, The Weather Man, and Ben Stiller’s upcoming The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, signed on to both write and direct. The Hangover’s Todd Phillips was originally slated to direct. Reports surfaced last week that he’d held meetings with Hirsch and Workaholics lead Adam DeVine about taking on the role.
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Who’s Playing Aykroyd? Emile Hirsch Signs For Belushi Biopic

Who’s Playing Aykroyd? Emile Hirsch Signs For Belushi Biopic
Emile Hirsch signed to star in a film about the short but eventful life of John Belushi. The film’s scripted and directed by Steve Conrad, based on the Judith Belushi Pisano and Tanner Colby book Belushi. Hirsch is not an obvious choice to play the comic actor who soared to fame in Animal House, the original Saturday Night Live cast and films like Blues Brothers before dying at age 33 in 1982 at the Chateau Marmont Hotel to become a cautionary tale of excess. The film, which shoots next spring in New York, is the first feature on Belushi’s life and death since 1989′s Wired. That film starred Michael Chiklis and was based on the Bob Woodward book. It was not embraced by Belushi’s widow, who’s part of the new version. Maybe it was too soon, or just too bracing a look at a brilliant comic’s demise.
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Emile Hirsch to Play John Belushi in Indie Biopic

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Emile Hirsch to Play John Belushi in Indie Biopic
Emile Hirsch has been cast as “Saturday Night Live” alum John Belushi in an upcoming biopic from writer-director Steve Conrad, TheWrap has learned. Hirsch will have to gain weight to play Belushi, who died from a tragic drug overdose at the Chateau Marmont in 1982 at the age of 33. Michael Chiklis played Belushi in the 1989 movie “Wired,” which Belushi’s family and friends refused to support. // Conrad’s project boasts their cooperation, with Belushi’s widow, Judy Belushi Pisano, producing and Belushi’s “Blues Brothers” co-star Dan Aykroyd executive producing. Emjag’s Alexandra Milchan and Bonnie Timmerman are also producing with Scott Lambert.
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Joaquin Phoenix, Emile Hirsch and Adam Devine linked to John Belushi biopic

John Belushi's career went from one extreme to another. His drug-fueled and alcohol induced life may have lead to his traic early death, but his films were a thing to behold. As a result of this, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty writer Steve Conrad has been attached to both write and direct a feature based on the life of the great comedian. Todd Phillips at one point was attached to direct but it looks like Conrad will direct a script he co-wrote with The Hangover helmer.

Exactly who will star is up in the air but Joaquin Phoenix (The Master), Emile Hirsch (Savages) and Adam Devine (Workaholics) have all been linked to the lead role. The film will not reflect the underwhelming, unapproved biopic Wired which starred Michael Chiklis and will instead focus on "a man that embodied both the glory and the tragedy of the American dream
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Joaquin Phoenix or Adam DeVine? Who Will Play John Belushi in Upcoming Biopic?

Joaquin Phoenix or Adam DeVine? Who Will Play John Belushi in Upcoming Biopic?
The Untitled John Belushi Project is coming back to life once again, with Steve Conrad on board to direct and actors such as Joaquin Phoenix, Emile Hirsch and Workaholics' Adam DeVine in contention to star as the late comedian.

We first reported on this project back in August 2010, when Warner Bros. and director Todd Phillips were developing the project with screenwriter Steve Conrad. Warner Bros. and Todd Phillips have since departed the project, with Steve Conrad now directing from his own script as an independent feature.

The director has already met with Emile Hirsch and Adam DeVine, with Joaquin Phoenix also being mentioned as a contender. Nelson Franklin (Jobs, Argo) has also met with the filmmaker to play John Belushi's best friend and The Blues Brothers co-star Dan Aykroyd.

The film will reportedly bet set at the height of John Belushi's fame, focusing on the man who
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The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty Writer to Direct John Belushi Biopic; Emile Hirsch, Adam Devine, or Joaquin Phoenix Might Star

John Belushi will always be remembered as a comic genius who died too young, and his drug-fueled life made his early death a tragedy.  A biopic has been in the works for years with The Hangover director Todd Phillips attached to helm the picture.  THR is now reporting that The Secret Life of Walter Mitty screenwriter Steve Conrad will direct from a script he co-wrote with Phillips.  The project will be an indie feature, and Conrad has already started looking at actors who could play the iconic comedian. Hit the jump for more. According to THR, Conrad has already met with Emile Hirsch and Workaholics star Adam Devine about the role, and Joaquin Phoenix has also been linked to the part.  And yes, I agree these slim gentleman are unexpected choices to play the heavyset Belushi, but I can personally attest that putting on weight isn't difficult.  However, I'm a
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Carrie Fisher used cocaine during Hoth prod’n in ‘Empire Strikes Back’

HollywoodNews.com: Even though Carrie Fisher played Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” series, she wasn’t that regal on the set of 1980’s “The Empire Strikes Back.”

Fisher recently confessed to Aap that she used cocaine during the production.

“We did cocaine on the set of Empire, in the ice planet,” she stated. “I didn’t even like coke that much, it was just a case of getting on whatever train I needed to take to get high.”

Fisher’s substance abuse problems are no secret. In fact, her reckless use of drugs was chronicled in the 1984 Bob Woodward book “Wired,” which was a biography on comedian John Belushi.

Fisher attributes Belushi’s 1982 death from drug overdose as an eye-opener. It was then that she realized she had a problem. The actress was romantically involved with her “Blues Brothers” co-star and Belushi comedy partner Dan Aykroyd.

“Slowly I realized
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Con-Tamination Halloween Horror Show Hosts "The Lost Boys" on 10/16

October is such a fun month for all of us horror fans! Con-tamination is having a one-night event/party on October 16th which will have some of the Lost Boys as guests, not only that but the movie will play too! If you are in or around the St. Louis area this is a can't miss! I'm in Alabama and I'm gonna try and make it! Check out the goods below and add October 16th to your plans!

From the Press Release:

Contamination Halloween Horror Show Hosts “The Lost Boys” –

Brooke McCarter, Billy Wirth and G Tom Mac

One Night Only!

What: Contamination hosts its first ever Halloween Horror Show featuring the famed actors from the 80’s cult classic vampire movie, The Lost Boys on October 16th from 6pm to 1am at the Firebird! Brooke McCarter, Billy Wirth and musician G Tom Mac will hit St. Louis with a night of music and fan appreciation.
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John Belushi Movie Won't Be "Traditional Bio-Pic"

Director Todd Phillips will be back in theaters this fall with Due Date, and considering his last two movies are Old School and The Hangover, expectations have to be high. He'll follow that up with the sequel to The Hangover, which will shoot this fall and open next summer.

After that, it looks like he'll settle into a new John Belushi bio-pic that I hope, after some thought, will at least consider Dan Fogler for the lead role. But that's cart-before-the-horse-stuff right now. I've heard Jonah Hill's name bandied about, but I don't think he has the right kind of darkness

Phillips talked to MTV about what he hopes to accomplish with the bio-pic of the late Saturday Night Live legend, which has already been the subject, controversially, of the movie Wired with Michael Chiklis.
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Todd Phillips Taking “A Very Renegade Approach” to His John Belushi Biopic

Word leaked last month that director/producer Todd Phillips (The Hangover) is developing a film based on the life of late comedian John Belushi. While at this early stage he wished the project was still under wraps, Phillips talked a bit about his approach to the material.

“Our goal is not to do a traditional biopic approach with it that people expect, whether you’re talking about Walk the Line or Ray. All good movies, but our goal is not to make that typical biopic. We want to make a movie that, if John Belushi saw it, he would be happy that it captured his spirit. Sometimes I feel that they don’t entirely capture the spirit of the person they’re about. Our goal is to capture the spirit of Belushi, not necessarily make a straight-ahead biopic.”

Sounds noble enough to me. Hit the jump to hear more of
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Todd Phillips Producing John Belushi Biopic

The Hangover director Todd Phillips and Pursuit of Happyness screenwriter Steven Conrad are collaborating on a biopic about late comedian John Belushi after Warner Bros struck a deal for his life rights.

Phillips will produce the biographical film, though he hasn’t committed to direct, according to THR. Bob Woodward’s biography Wired: The Short Life and Fast Times of John Belushi was adapted into a film starring Michael Chiklis in 1989, but this has the backing of his estate and widow.

The “Saturday Night Live” cast member and one of the Blues Brothers died in 1982 from a drug overdose at the age of 33.

The Hollywood Reporter drops a few potential names to play him, like Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jack Black, Zach Galifianakis (who is too old at 40), and Tyler Labine, who already played Belushi in a 2005 TV movie. But, for anyone who cried out at the possibility of
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John Belushi Brought Back to Life in Biopic

Comedian John Belushi is coming back from the dead - the late star's life will be documented in a new biopic by "The Hangover" director Todd Phillips. Studio executives at Warner Bros. recently acquired the film rights from Belushi's estate and have hired Phillips to work on his life story with "The Pursuit of Happyness" screenwriter Steven Conrad.

Phillips will produce the picture, while a director has yet to be appointed, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The actor's widow, Judith Belushi Pisano, will serve as executive producer. Belushi died from a drug overdose in 1982, at the age of 33.

He has previously been the focus of another biopic, 1989's "Wired", which was based on the 1985 book "Wired: The Short Life and Fast Times of John Belushi". The film, featuring "Fantastic Four" star Michael Chiklis, did not receive the backing of the actor's estate and bombed at the box office upon its release.
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Todd Phillips to take on Belushi

Director Todd Phillips ("The Hangover") is developing a biopic about the late John Belushi.s life. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. recently acquired the rights from Belushi's estate. Steven Conrad ("The Pursuit of Happyness") will write the script and Phillips will produce, although he has not committed to directing the film. Alexandra Milchan and Bonnie Timmerman are producing along with Phillips. Belushi was an original "Saturday Night Live" cast member from 1975 to 1979 and film star who died of a drug overdose in 1982 at age 33. His film credits include "National Lampoon's Animal House" (1978), "1941" (1979), "The Blues Brothers" (1980), "Continental Divide" (1981) and "Neighbors" (1981).His life was infamously detailed in Bob Woodward's 1985 biography, "Wired:
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