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Drive-In Dust Offs: Scream Bloody Murder (1973)

Mommy issues were firmly cemented in horror lore with Psycho (1960); there’s just something about a tight mother and son relationship that brings a tear to the eye, or perhaps the occasional hot poker. But Norman wouldn’t be the only maladjusted kid on the block however, as films popped up on the big screen and small espousing the dangers of really close familial relationships. This brings us to Scream Bloody Murder (1973), your typical Boy Loves Mom, Boy Runs over Dad with Tractor, Boy Grows up with Hook and Kills Anyone Who Isn’t His Mom story.

Distributed by Indiepix Releasing in February on North American shores, and I have to hand it to the original marketing team behind Scream Bloody Murder; labeling your film as “The First Motion Picture to be Called Gore-nography!!!” is some William Castle worthy hucksterism, even if Hgl’s Blood Feast (1963) should probably hold that distinction.
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Official Trailer For ‘Christopher Robin’ Seems Very ‘Hook’ Inspired

The first official trailer for Disney’s Christopher Robin is here! Take a stroll back to the Hundred Acre Woods with Winnie the Pooh and friends.

The trailer is very cute and has some laughs. The concept of the film reminds me a lot of Steven Spielberg’s Hook (1991) in that we visit a beloved Disney character in their adulthood where work gets in the way of family. Regardless if it’s a bit unoriginal, I’m all in for this one.

In the heartwarming live action adventure Disney’s Christopher Robin, the young boy who shared countless adventures with his band of lovable stuffed animals in the Hundred Acre Wood is now grown up and living in London but he has lost his way. Now it is up to his childhood friends to venture into our world and help Christopher Robin rediscover the joys of family life, the value
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Robin Williams Would Do Stand-Up Over the Phone for Steven Spielberg During 'Schindler’s List' Filming

Directing the profound 1993 Holocaust drama Schindler’s List was an emotionally exhausting experience for Steven Spielberg, but he had a secret weapon to help keep his spirits up. "Robin Williams would call me once a week," Steven revealed at the Tribeca Film Festival's recent 25th anniversary screening of the film. "He would do 15 minutes of stand-up on the phone and I would laugh hysterically because I had to release so much." Robin — who starred in the director's 1991 hit Hook — always left him on the hook. "On the loudest, best laugh I'd give him, he'd drop the phone, and that would be it — he never said goodbye, he just hung up!" Steven remembered. Robin and Steven watch production footage on the set of Hook. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) In another recent interview, Robin's friend Sharon Osbourne and her daughter Kelly Osbourne recalled how the late actor helped Sharon beat colon cancer in the early 2000s.
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‘Schindler’s List’: Steven Spielberg Relied on Robin Williams to Survive Filming, Hated Working on ‘Jurassic Park’ At the Same Time

‘Schindler’s List’: Steven Spielberg Relied on Robin Williams to Survive Filming, Hated Working on ‘Jurassic Park’ At the Same Time
Shooting a Holocaust drama as grim as “Schindler’s List” obviously took an emotional toll on director Steven Spielberg, but it turns out the filmmaker had an unexpected lifeline to help him see the light on set. Spielberg, reuniting with cast members Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, and more during a “Schindler’s List” 25th anniversary celebration at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, revealed that a weekly phone call with Robin Williams was the filmmaker’s saving grace.

“Robin knew what I was going through, and once a week, Robin would call me on schedule and he would do 15 minutes of stand-up on the phone,” Spielberg said. “I would laugh hysterically, because I had to release so much.”

Prior to “Schindler’s List,” Spielberg directed Williams in “Hook.”

“The way Robin is on the telephone, he’d always hang up on the loudest, best laugh you’d give him,” the director said.
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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’ Is the Career Boost That Steven Spielberg Needed: 8 Reasons Why

With $186 million worldwide in its first five days, “Ready Player One” should justify its $300 million investment (give or take) in production and marketing. That’s welcome news for Warner Bros., but the biggest winner is Steven Spielberg. He didn’t need to confirm his status in American movies, and this won’t be one of his biggest hits. Nevertheless, “Ready Player One” will be his biggest success since “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of Crystal” ten years ago worldwide. Here’s why.

It’s the riskiest film in his career.

It’s hard to remember a time when Spielberg wasn’t the big-budget blockbuster king. However, this film didn’t have a genre boost, or the support of a franchise.

It confirms his blockbuster reputation.

Domestic gross for “Ready Player One” could reach as much as $170 million. That’s a hit by today’s standards, although unremarkable in the scope of Spielberg’s $5 billion career.
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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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With ‘A.I.’ and ‘Minority Report,’ Steven Spielberg Redefined His Work for a New Century

With ‘A.I.’ and ‘Minority Report,’ Steven Spielberg Redefined His Work for a New Century
(Welcome to 21st Century Spielberg, an on-going column that examines the challenging, sometimes misunderstood 21st century filmography of one of our greatest living filmmakers, Steven Spielberg. First up: A.I. and Minority Report.) “What if Peter Pan grew up?” pondered the tagline of Steven Spielberg’s 1991 fantasy Hook. It was an intriguing premise: what would happen […]

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Ready Player One Review: Spielberg's Latest Is an Absolute Blast

Ready Player One Review: Spielberg's Latest Is an Absolute Blast
It's been a long time since Steven Spielberg directed a massive genre blockbuster, but with Ready Player One, he returns to that well. And in doing so, he's captured everything people love about old Amblin movies, but in a completely modern, visual spectacle that manages to uphold the spirit of the beloved book it's based on. Ready Player One is much more than Member Berries. This pop culture Easter egg hunt, which just had its world premiere at SXSW, is an absolute blast.

Ready Player One takes place in the year 2045, where a massive wealth gap makes it so that the only escape for most people is a virtual reality simulation called the Oasis. The virtual world was created by James Halliday (Mark Rylance), who has recently died. But the influential figure who is basically the Steve Jobs of this world, but cranked up to eleven, has left behind a
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Little Nemo in Slumberland getting animated feature adaptation

Variety is reporting that On Animation Studios (The Little Prince) and Hyrum Osmond (head of animation on Disney’s Moana) are teaming up for a CG-animated feature adaptation of the comic book series Little Nemo in Slumberland.

Described as a cross between Alice in Wonderland and Hook, Little Nemo in Slumberland is created by Winsor McCay and is a fantasy adventure which revolves around a young boy who travels through the land of dreams.

“The strip is truly an unlimited source for astonishing adventures,” said On Animation’s Aton Soumache. “McCay created a world made for CGI a century before the technology existed. It’s a passion project at the heart of On Animation’s philosophy: a beloved property leading to a story of emotional truth, set against a never-before-seen world.”

“Little Nemo in Slumberland is a masterpiece that has influenced generations all over the world, breaking new ground in visual storytelling.
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On Animation, ‘Moana’s’ Hyrum Osmond Team for ‘Little Nemo in Slumberland’ (Exclusive)

On Animation Studios, the banner behind the award-winning “The Little Prince,” is partnering with “Moana’s” head of animation, Hyrum Osmond, on “Little Nemo in Slumberland,” an animated feature based on Winsor McCay’s fantasy-adventure comic series.

Osmond will direct “Little Nemo in Slumberland,” which is budgeted in the $70 million range and centers on a young boy who journeys through the land of dreams. As with On Animation’s other projects, such as “The Little Prince” and “The Playmobil Movie” (currently in production), “Little Nemo in Slumberland” is based on a high-profile franchise and will aim at reaching family audiences globally. “The Little Prince” won Cesar and BAFTA awards, was released in more than 120 countries and grossed $120 million worldwide.

On Animation is the production company of Aton Soumache and Dimitri Rassam. The pair, plus Alexis Vonarb and Emmanuel Jacomet, will produce “Little Nemo” between Paris and Montreal, where the company has offices.
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The Hundred Acre Wood Meets Our World in ‘Christopher Robin’ Teaser

In a world where studios tease films with a trailer and tease the trailers with a teaser trailer, we have new one for you. Disney has released a teaser for the upcoming film Christopher Robin. In this teaser, we see Winnie the Pooh reunite with an adult Christopher Robin.

The film seems reminiscent of something along the likes us Steven Spielberg’s Hook, in that it deals with a beloved young Disney character who is now grown up as we follow their adult life.

Disney’s “Christopher Robin” is directed by Marc Forster from a screenplay by Alex Ross Perry and Allison Schroeder and a story by Perry based on characters created by A.A. Milne. The producers are Brigham Taylor and Kristin Burr with Renée Wolfe and Jeremy Johns serving as executive producers. The film stars Ewan McGregor as Christopher Robin; Hayley Atwell as his wife Evelyn; Bronte Carmichael as
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‘Christopher Robin’ Teaser Gives Glimpse Of Live-Action Winnie The Pooh

Winnie the Pooh is a beloved character that has spanned generations. However, until now, he’s been relegated to illustrations and animation. That all changes with the upcoming Disney film, “Christopher Robin.” With the first teaser dropping today, we finally get to see what exactly a live-action Pooh would look like.

It’s difficult to watch the teaser for “Christopher Robin” and not immediately think of another film, “Hook.” In both, an adult version of a classic character is facing tough times, but is brought back to the fantasy world.
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Frightfest Glasgow: ‘Tigers Are Not Afraid’ Review: Dir. Issa Lopez

Tigers Are Not Afraid Review: Remember when Guillermo Del Toro burst onto the movie scene with Pan’s Labyrinth? Well we might have found our next Del Toro with Tigers Are Not Afraid’s Issa López .

Tigers Are Not Afraid review by Kat Hughes.

Tigers Are Not Afraid Review

Estrella (Paola Lara), a ten-year-old girl living in Mexico finds herself the owner of three wishes soon after her mother disappears. After her wish first – the bring her mother back wish – has some unexpectedly frightening repercussions, she finds herself on the streets. Before too long, Estrella partners up with a young boy, El Shine (Juan Ramón López), and his band of orphaned boys. The newly formed group find themselves at war with the local cartel, witnessing and enduring things that no child should ever have to.

Every once in a while a film comes along that defies words. One that is simply sheer perfection,
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Steven Spielberg Admits That He Had ‘No Confidence’ In Hook

Oscar-winning director Steven Spielberg admits that he had “no confidence” in his 1991 live-action grown-up Peter Pan film Hook. Given the 71-year-old Spielberg’s amazingly successful track record of hits, it’s a bit hard to imagine him ever pressing forward with a project without having complete confidence in its ultimate quality. Still, Spielberg is human, and is just as capable of making mistakes as any other filmmaker, despite possessing a resume that includes some of the most beloved films in Hollywood history.
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Hook: Spielberg opens up again on his unhappiness with it

Simon Brew Feb 22, 2018

Steven Spielberg looks back on where the film Hook went wrong for him...

It was on an interview with the Kermode & Mayo Film Review programme, back when he was promoting Lincoln, that director Steven Spielberg admitted that Hook was the film of his that he had the most problems with. “I want to see Hook again”, he said. “I still don’t like that movie. I’m hoping some day I’ll see it again and perhaps like some of it”.

He’s come back to the topic of the film in a new interview with Empire magazine, in its current issue. Quizzed as to whether he’d ever felt that he wasn’t getting the material while shooting a film, he admitted that “I’ve made a few films like that”.

You can guess what’s coming.

“I felt like a fish out of water making Hook”, he continued.
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When Steven Spielberg directed three films back to back

Paul Bullock Jan 3, 2018

It's just over 20 years since Steven Spielberg directed three film in a 14-month period. We take a look back...

How do you follow up the defining year of your career? This is the conundrum Steven Spielberg faced when he returned from hiatus and looked to get back behind the camera in 1997. Four years earlier, he'd experienced the kind of success most can only dream of, hitting box office gold with Jurassic Park and - finally - finding the critical adulation he'd spent years seeking with Schindler's List. So what next?

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Not content with simply repeating his double-header, Spielberg aimed to better it. First came Jurassic’s sequel, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, followed by two history films: the slavery drama Amistad and
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Rian Johnson discusses Carrie Fisher’s contributions to the script for Star Wars: The Last Jedi

We’re now just a few days away from the arrival of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and while there’s a huge amount of excitement for the latest chapter in the Star Wars saga, the release will be bittersweet as it marks the final time we see the late Carrie Fisher as the iconic Leia Organa.

In addition to her acting work, Fisher was also a highly-regarded script doctor, working on a host of projects such as The Empire Strikes Back, the Star Wars prequels, Hook, Sister Act and more. And it seems that The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson also drew on Fisher’s experience for Episode VIII.

“Carrie was, you know, a writer first and foremost,” said Johnson (via Comic Book). She loved words. We would get together and we would go over the scenes. We wouldn’t rewrite the scenes but she would throw out suggestions for jokes,
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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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‘Aladdin’ Turns 25: Creators on the Real Beginning of the Disney Renaissance

‘Aladdin’ Turns 25: Creators on the Real Beginning of the Disney Renaissance
Before Disney’s animated blockbuster “Aladdin” had its premiere in Japan, directors Ron Clements and John Musker were told not to worry if the audience didn’t laugh.

And it wasn’t because the Japanese performer who dubbed Robin Williams’ shape-shifting Genie didn’t capture the actor’s brilliant off-the-wall comedic performance.

“They tell you ahead of time, ‘don’t worry because the audience won’t laugh, because a Japanese audience doesn’t laugh,”’ noted Clements. “They just sit respectfully.”

But they did laugh at Genie, who turns into everybody from Ed Sullivan to William F. Buckley to former talk show host Arsenio Hall.

“Probably the biggest laugh in the whole screening was when he turned into Arsenio Hall and did his ‘Woof, woof, woof’ with his arm,” said Clements. “I was asking somebody afterward about that and why it got such a big laugh. They said ‘Oh, we loved it when the Genie turned into Julia Roberts
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