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James Cameron Helped Make This Overlooked Sci-Fi Horror Movie

James Cameron Helped Make This Overlooked Sci-Fi Horror Movie
One of James Cameron's best movies is the 1986's Aliens, but before Cameron riffed on Ripley and xenomorphs in that movie, he helped make another Alien ripoff — Galaxy of Terror. Unlike Aliens, a film that is filled to the brim with Cameron's trademark touch for killer action set pieces, Galaxy leans further into the camp of Ridley Scott's original film. This sci-fi horror gem is dark, mysterious, and violent, a must-see for genre aficionados. While Cameron didn't direct the film, only serving as the production designer and second unit director, his presence is felt in every frame. While Galaxy of Terror goes headfirst into its H.R. Giger influence, it is also deeply Cameron, putting on display many of his visual trademarks before the man ever officially spearheaded his own production.
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The Best TV Shows And Movies Leaving HBO Max In April 2023

The Best TV Shows And Movies Leaving HBO Max In April 2023
Well folks, it's that time yet again. With March coming to an end, that means that streamers like Netflix, Amazon Prime and HBO Max are shuffling their catalog around for April. HBO Max is consistently bringing great new things to the platform each month — and fan favorite series like "Succession," "A Black Lady Sketch Show," and "Titans," will make their return too — but I've always been more concerned with the films and shows that depart. The streamer's monthly cull with be an especially extensive one this moth; quite a few must-sees are leaving the platform in April. Landmark romantic comedies like "Bringing Up Baby," seminal classics like "Citizen Kane" and dystopian dramas like "The Book of Eli" will all be headed away this month. As ever, we do still have some time before some of these go bye-bye, so make sure to check out these titles before they're phased out.
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The 1 Year That Changed Sci-Fi Movies Forever

The 1 Year That Changed Sci-Fi Movies Forever
Science fiction has been a film genre for almost as long as the medium itself, but one year truly changed the way audiences saw it. That is not to say that any science fiction movies released before that year lack relevancy to the genre now. On the contrary, the impact that Georges Méliès' A Trip to the Moon, the oldest science fiction movie, can be felt in recent blockbusters such as Avatar: The Way of Water.

However, one specific year defined how audiences viewed the science fiction genre, at least in terms of American blockbuster movies, and heavily influenced the current crop of popular science fiction filmmakers. Following the runaway success of Star Wars in 1977, every major film studio scrambled to cash in on the science fiction genre. This led to a time in the late 1970s and early 1980s when science fiction became one of the most popular genres in film.
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Could Kenneth Branagh’s Starry Agatha Christie Murder Mystery ‘A Haunting In Venice’ Debut On The Lido?

Could Kenneth Branagh’s Starry Agatha Christie Murder Mystery ‘A Haunting In Venice’ Debut On The Lido?
Could Hercule Poirot be headed to this year’s Venice Film Festival?

We hear there’s a chance that 20th Century and Ken Branagh’s A Haunting In Venice could get a fairytale launch on the Lido. Nothing is set but the prospect has been discussed and we understand the film is likely to be submitted to the festival for consideration once it is complete in coming months.

The movie currently has a September 14 release date, which would seemingly fit well with a Venice debut given the festival runs August 30 – September 9.

The film’s backdrop would also make it a fun choice. Set in an eerie, post-World War II Venice on All Hallows’ Eve, the murder mystery opens with celebrated sleuth Poirot now retired and living in self-imposed exile in the famous city. Poirot reluctantly attends a séance at a decaying, haunted palazzo and when one of the guests is murdered,
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The Strange Musical Connection Between Star Trek and Aliens

The Strange Musical Connection Between Star Trek and Aliens
It’s fair to think that movie music is usually at its best when you don’t notice it playing in the background. The better composers know they shouldn’t overpower a scene; they enhance it. Yet there are times when the music should catch enough of our notice that it gives us hints about what’s going on, or what’s to come, mixing with the movie to turn a big moment into something even more memorable. This often overlaps with the use of leitmotif, a signature theme that associates itself with an individual or a recurrent situation, like the way John Williams’ “Imperial March” tells us Darth Vader is here, or that the Empire is up to something dreadful.

Music is too important a tool for filmmakers to ignore, even if the audience can. The right score can make a movie iconic, and the right leitmotif will make a character immortal.
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Apple’s Film Commitment Will Be Over $1B; Question Is, Should It Distribute & Market A Theatrical Slate, Or License Out?

  • Deadline
Apple’s Film Commitment Will Be Over $1B; Question Is, Should It Distribute & Market A Theatrical Slate, Or License Out?
The media news cycle is in a frenzy today over a Bloomberg piece that Apple will shell out a $1 billion to produce big-screen features annually. That’s great news for exhibition, yes. But, in reality, doing the math, the streamer was already bound to spend in the billions on a feature slate.

Apple’s deep wallet gives it the financial firepower to take any project off the table, and it has. Calculating some of the budgets out there now on big packages they’ve secured, and the financial commitment could be well over $1 billion. Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon carries a price tag between $150M-$200M; the untitled Jon Watts-George Clooney-Brad Pitt movie is estimated at around $100M; Matthew Vaughn’s Argylle package is worth around $200M; Ridley Scott’s Napoleon at least $100M; and the Joseph Kosinski-Brad Pitt Formula One movie,
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Apple reportedly planning $1bn annual spend on theatrical films

Apple reportedly planning $1bn annual spend on theatrical films
Move bodes well for exhibition sector.

Apple is reportedly planning to spend $1bn a year producing films for theatrical release, in a move that will offer encouragement to the exhibition sector as it continues on the post-pandemic path to recovery.

Bloomberg broke the news on Thursday, adding weight to ongoing speculation that Apple TV+ believes a hefty theatrical presence can help grow its subscriber base and is willing to commit to theatrical in a way that goes beyond previous efforts.

Until now the company has only staged very limited releases in support of films like Oscar-winner Coda or last season
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Apple Film Budget Is $1 Billion Dollars, Aims To Break Into Theaters

Apple Film Budget Is $1 Billion Dollars, Aims To Break Into Theaters
Apple reportedly plans to spend $1 billion a year to release movies in theaters. Launched in 2019, Apple TV+ still lags behind its rivals – Netflix, Disney+, and Prime Video – in terms of total subscribers, but with the touching coming-of-age drama Coda, it became the first streaming service to win the prestigious Best Picture award. In addition to film, Apple TV+ has burst onto the television streaming scene with the Emmy-winning comedy Ted Lasso and the buzzy drama Severance.

Now, it appears the tech giant has ambitions beyond its small-screen streaming service. According to Bloomberg, Apple is reportedly planning to spend $1 billion a year to release movies in theaters. The plan is apparently part of an ambitious effort to increase its profile in Hollywood and bring more subscribers to its streaming service. A spokesperson from Apple declined to comment on the reported plan.

Which Upcoming Apple Movies Could Release In Theaters

The reported
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Cinema Stocks Jump Amid Report Apple Plans $1 Billion Theatrical Movie Push

Cinema Stocks Jump Amid Report Apple Plans $1 Billion Theatrical Movie Push
Cinemas stocks got a boost Thursday after a report that Apple plans to splash $1 billion a year on producing movies that will be sent to theaters.

Bloomberg, citing unnamed sources, reported that the tech giant plans to release a few movies in theaters this year, while ramping up its theatrical slate for a greater number of releases in future years. Apple could not be reached for direct comment on its push into theatrical releases, but it has been well telegraphed.

The tech giant recently hired former Disney marketing and content exec Ricky Strauss to join Apple TV+, which suggests Apple is serious about growing its streaming division and potentially its theatrical film efforts. And Apple, in recent discussions with major exhibitors, has indicated it wants to follow Amazon with its own $1 billion theatrical movie push.

Amazon’s theatrical plan, which includes releasing 12 to 15 movies a year, follows its purchase last
See full article at The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News »

Everything We Know About Fede Alvarez’s New Alien Movie

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Everything We Know About Fede Alvarez’s New Alien Movie
If all has gone according to plan, director Fede Alvarez should now be in production on the new movie in the Alien franchise, a project which may or may not be called Alien: Romulus. So as a filmmaker who’s known for moments of brutal, cringe-inducing violence works to bring the Xenomorphs back to our screens, we decided it was time to put together an article that keeps track of Everything We Know About Fede Alvarez’s New Alien Movie.

(Working?) Title

First, we have to address whether or not Alien: Romulus is really the movie’s title. The fact is, we don’t know. It could very well be a working title or a codename title that will end up being changed down the line. The first time we ever saw the Alien: Romulus title was on a production listing that was posted by the Film & Television Industry Alliance.
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Apple Could Be Making Its Own Billion-Dollar Push Into Theatrical Movies

Apple Could Be Making Its Own Billion-Dollar Push Into Theatrical Movies
Amazon may not be the only streaming giant from the tech space making a big push into theatrical. A new report in Bloomberg suggests that Apple will make its own major investment — to the tune of $1 billion — in original films that it can release into movie theaters.

According to Bloomberg, Apple has approached other studios about partnering on releases for some of the films on its slate this year and into the future, and the company has internally pledged to put movies into thousands of theaters with a window of at least a month. Plans have not been finalized.

One candidate for such a major theatrical play is Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon,” already a co-release with its original studio Paramount Pictures. Bloomberg notes that Matthew Vaughn’s action- and spy-thriller “Argylle” with Henry Cavill and Ariana DeBose, and Ridley Scott’s “Napoleon” with Joaquin Phoenix, could
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Great Expectations TV Review

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Great Expectations TV Review
Plot: Great Expectations is the coming-of-age story of “Pip,” an orphan who yearns for a greater lot in life, until a twist of fate and the evil machinations of the mysterious and eccentric “Miss Havisham” shows him a dark world of possibilities. Under the great expectations placed upon him, Pip will have to work out the true cost of this new world and whether it will truly make him the man he wishes to be. A damning critique of the class system, Dickens’ novel was published in 1861 after first releasing it in a series of weekly chapters beginning in December 1860.

Review: Adaptations of Charles Dickens are aplenty on the small screen and as feature films. Great Expectations has been adapted multiple times, notably in 1998 by Alfonso Cuaron and starring Ethan Hawke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anne Bancroft, and Robert De Niro. In 2012, Harry Potter director Mike Newell took a shot at a film version starring Jeremy Irvine,
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Gladiators Are Back: Hollywood Readies 3 Rival Projects

Gladiators Are Back: Hollywood Readies 3 Rival Projects
Do you like movies about gladiators?

Hollywood is betting you do.

There are a trio of sword-and-sandal epics in the works, including a long-awaited sequel to Ridley Scott’s Oscar-winning 2000 movie Gladiator and a reboot of Starz’ groundbreaking TV series Spartacus.

The curious surge of Ancient Rome titles in the pipeline seems to be purely coincidental, but it also makes sense given that studios have been searching for the next genre title that might break out — particularly since the end of HBO’s Game of Thrones — and given the revival of another muscular old-time Hollywood genre, the Western, following the explosive popularity of Yellowstone. Each project has roots in a different take on the material, and two of the projects had major casting news within the past week.

The gladiator genre actually has cinema roots dating all the way back to the 1913 silent film The Last Days of Pompeii. The
See full article at The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News »

What Victoria Alonso’s Mysterious Marvel Exit Means as Unrest Builds at Disney

What Victoria Alonso’s Mysterious Marvel Exit Means as Unrest Builds at Disney
In the summer of 2019, at a home video day for “Captain Marvel,” Victoria Alonso, the then-chief of production at Marvel Studios, bristled at a question. The innocuous query referred to Kevin Feige, president of the studio, as her “boss.”

“He is not my boss,” Alonso asserted, before answering the question. She had a point: She technically reported to co-president Louis D’Esposito, not Feige. Yet it was a moment when her cool veneer cracked, if only for a moment, and the flinty executive within was exposed.

Her tenacity was a tool. She started out as a visual effects supervisor on movies for DreamWorks Animation and Ridley Scott before joining Marvel Studios as a co-producer and visual effects producer on the company’s first-ever in-house production, 2008’s “Iron Man.” She’s been a key part of every Marvel Studios film and streaming series since, and in 2021 was given the title of president of physical,
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Teaser for Olivia Colman’s chilling ‘Great Expectations’ performance has Emmy written all over it [Watch]

Teaser for Olivia Colman’s chilling ‘Great Expectations’ performance has Emmy written all over it [Watch]
FX released the haunting trailer for its lavish new limited series, “Great Expectations,” set to premiere March 26 on Hulu. The six-part adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens novel stars Fionn Whitehead as Pip, Shalom Brune-Franklin as Estella and Oscar and Emmy winner Olivia Colman as Miss Havisham. It was created by Academy Award nominated screenwriter Steven Knight (“Dirty Pretty Things”), with Tom Hardy, Ridley Scott, Dean Baker, David W. Zucker and Kate Crowe serving as co-executive producers. Watch the trailer below.

“When I was young, I was blinded by love,” we see Colman’s cold-hearted Miss Havisham declare with animosity. “Now look at what remains of me.” The series tells the coming-of-age story of Pip, an orphan who yearns for a greater life, until a twist of fate and a mysterious benefactor opens a dark world of possibilities. Under the great expectations placed upon him, Pip must weigh the true
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New Trailer: Julia Louis-Dreyfus has marital headaches in ‘You Hurt My Feelings’ [Watch]

New Trailer: Julia Louis-Dreyfus has marital headaches in ‘You Hurt My Feelings’ [Watch]
Writer-director Nicole Holofcener is back with what appears to be another finely-observed comedy-drama about the contours of human relationships with “You Hurt My Feelings.” The picture stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who led Holofcener’s 2013 outing “Enough Said” opposite James Gandolfini. The new one swaps the first’s Los Angeles setting for New York City, offering classic Woody Allen vibes to this tale of aging intellectual urbanites dealing with a list of existential crises.

Louis-Dreyfus is a novelist whose work hasn’t been selling lately. She vents to her mother, played by Jeannie Berlin, that life would have been better for her if her father were physically abusive, not just verbally abusive. Her husband, played by Tobias Menzies, is a therapist who clearly is having trouble pretending to care about the mundane squabbles of his patients. While the couple puts up a front of support for one another, there are clearly cracks.
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You Hurt My Feelings Trailer: Julia Louis-Dreyfus Is Having An Existential Crisis

You Hurt My Feelings Trailer: Julia Louis-Dreyfus Is Having An Existential Crisis
Trust. Support. Honesty. Any relationship, no matter how long any given partners have been together, can't be expected to succeed without these fundamental building blocks. But what happens when you catch someone during a moment where they're just a little too honest? Julia Louis-Dreyfus learns this the hard way in the delightfully simple premise of the very straightforwardly titled "You Hurt My Feelings." Successful but past-her-prime novelist Beth (Louis-Dreyfus) can sense that time is working against her, relegating her as one small voice in a sea of authors who are all clamoring to become the next big thing in the literary world. Wracked by self-doubt, all she has is her past achievements and her ever-supportive husband, Don (Tobias Menzies). Nothing seems amiss ... until she happens to overhear how he really feels about her latest work.

Cue the downward spiral and existential crisis that only an actor like Louis-Dreyfus could make
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‘Peaky Blinders’ Creator Steven Knight, Olivia Colman on ‘Great Expectations’ Adaptation: ‘Quite a Few Bottom Slapping Moments’

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‘Peaky Blinders’ Creator Steven Knight, Olivia Colman on ‘Great Expectations’ Adaptation: ‘Quite a Few Bottom Slapping Moments’
The talent behind FX and BBC series “Great Expectations,” “Peaky Blinders” creator Steven Knight’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ literary masterpiece, has spoken about it ahead of its premiere.

Great Expectations” is the coming-of-age story of Pip, an orphan who yearns for a greater lot in life, until a twist of fate and the evil machinations of the mysterious and eccentric Miss Havisham shows him a dark world of possibilities. Under the great expectations placed upon him, Pip will have to work out the true cost of this new world and whether it will truly make him the man he wishes to be. A critique of the class system, Dickens’ novel was published in 1861 after first releasing it in a series of weekly chapters beginning in December 1860.

Fionn Whitehead stars as Pip, leading a cast featuring Olivia Colman as Miss Havisham, Shalom Brune-Franklin, Ashley Thomas, Johnny Harris, Hayley Squires, Owen McDonnell,
See full article at Variety »

Can any modern take on Great Expectations stand up to David Lean’s 1946 masterpiece?

Can any modern take on Great Expectations stand up to David Lean’s 1946 masterpiece?
The poster for Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón’s 1998 modern-day, US-set adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations is very revealing. There are no bonnets or brooches. The artwork is instead dominated by a recumbent, naked Gwyneth Paltrow – playing Estella – looking towards the camera with an enigmatic expression on her face. Beneath her, you can see the film’s Miss Havisham character, renamed here as Nora Dinsmoor and played by Anne Bancroft. She is not in a dusty wedding dress but looking very much like Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard, complete with cigarette holder. In the corner, there is a murky image of the convict Magwitch (Robert De Niro), scowling like a heavy from Goodfellas.

For Cuarón, Dickens’ story was at least partly about erotic obsession. Pip (Ethan Hawke), the young lad from a humble background trying to make his way in society, felt much the same way about Estella as Michael Douglas
See full article at The Independent - TV »

Can any modern take on Great Expectations stand up to David Lean’s 1946 masterpiece?

Can any modern take on Great Expectations stand up to David Lean’s 1946 masterpiece?
The poster for Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón’s 1998 modern-day, US-set adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations is very revealing. There are no bonnets or brooches. The artwork is instead dominated by a recumbent, naked Gwyneth Paltrow – playing Estella – looking towards the camera with an enigmatic expression on her face. Beneath her, you can see the film’s Miss Havisham character, renamed here as Nora Dinsmoor and played by Anne Bancroft. She is not in a dusty wedding dress but looking very much like Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard, complete with cigarette holder. In the corner, there is a murky image of the convict Magwitch (Robert De Niro), scowling like a heavy from Goodfellas.

For Cuarón, Dickens’ story was at least partly about erotic obsession. Pip (Ethan Hawke), the young lad from a humble background trying to make his way in society, felt much the same way about Estella as Michael Douglas
See full article at The Independent - Film »
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