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  • Actor Jon Polito, known for roles in Coen brother films ... dead at 65

    09/02/2016 9:06:17 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 45 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | September 2, 2016 | Nicole Bitette
    Full title: Actor Jon Polito, known for roles in Coen brother films 'The Big Lebowski' and 'Miller's Crossing,' dead at 65 Actor Jon Polito, who was best known for his roles in Coen brother films like "The Big Lebowski," "Miller's Crossing" and "Barton Fink," has died. He was 65.
  • 'Arrival': Venice Review [Upcoming Sci-Fi Movie]

    09/01/2016 2:17:51 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    www.hollywoodreporter.com ^ | 5:04 AM PDT 9/1/2016 | by David Rooney
    <p>Just what we need in these fractured times a smart parable about open-mindedness and unification.</p> <p>Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner play academics enlisted by the military to make contact when alien spacecraft land on Earth in Denis Villeneuves sci-fi drama.</p>
  • The Strange Reason Nearly Every Film Ends by Saying It's Fiction (You Guessed It: Rasputin!)

    08/27/2016 2:41:49 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    Slate ^ | August 26, 2016 | Duncan Fyfe
    Virtually every film in modern memory ends with some variation of the same disclaimer: "This is a work of fiction. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events, is purely coincidental." The cut-and-paste legal rider must be the most boring thing in every movie that features it. Who knew its origins were so lurid? For that bit of boilerplate, we can indirectly thank none other than Grigori Rasputin, the famously hard-to-assassinate Russian mystic and intimate of the last, doomed Romanovs. It all started when an exiled Russian prince sued MGM in 1933 over the studio's Rasputin biopic,...
  • Why 'Mulholland Drive' is the greatest film since 2000

    08/23/2016 8:16:19 AM PDT · by Borges · 66 replies
    BBC ^ | 23 August 2016 | Luke Buckmaster
    Cinema in the early years of the 21st Century has experienced something of an existential crisis. Terms such as TV-like or television-esque were once intended as insults; now, in a period most commentators consider a new golden age of television a Don Draper here, a Walter White there that is no longer the case. So, if television has evolved to a point where it is no longer considered an inferior art form, what does this mean for cinema? Perhaps it is no coincidence that David Lynchs mind-bending mystery-drama Mullholland Drive has been named by BBC Cultures critics poll...
  • The 21st Centurys 100 greatest films

    08/23/2016 9:58:21 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 92 replies
    BBC Culture ^ | August 23, 2016
    ...Film-making today, whether massively expensive or made with tiny budgets, shot on celluloid or video, is thriving artistically as much as it ever has. But today youll find greater diversity in the kinds of films being made, if not in the people who are making them. Thats why we, the editors of BBC Culture, decided to commission a poll of critics to determine the 100 greatest films of the 21st Century. Last year, we asked critics to name the greatest American films of all time, and we were surprised that only six films made since 2000 made the top 100....
  • 2016 Hugo Awards

    08/21/2016 2:34:41 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    The Hugo Awards ^ | August 20, 2016
    The 2016 Hugo Awards were presented on the evening of Saturday, August 20, 2016 at a ceremony at MidAmeriCon II, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention. Administration of the 2016 Hugo Awards is exclusively the responsibility of MidAmeriCon II. The Hugo Awards are not administered by the Hugo Awards Web Site. 3,130 valid final ballots were cast by the members of MidAmeriCon II. Per the WSFS Constitution, each category must have at least 25% (1,488 ballots) participation; otherwise No Award must be presented in this category. This did not happen in any category. In the list below, we show the...
  • 'Ben-Hur' is one of the biggest flops of the summer

    08/21/2016 11:09:05 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 102 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 21, 2016 | Tre'vell Anderson
    During a weekend with three major new releases, holdovers Suicide Squad, from Warner Bros., and Sausage Party, from Sony, maintained their top spots at the box office. This means the big-budget reimagining of Ben-Hur, from Paramount Pictures and MGM, is one of the biggest flops of the summer. The third version of Lew Wallaces 19th century novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ took in an estimated $11.4 million in the U.S and Canada, which was only good enough for fifth place. It met analyst projections of $10 million to $15 million, though the studio was aiming for an opening...
  • Film review: Ben-Hur

    08/20/2016 2:47:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 82 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | August 20, 2016 | ED MORRISEY
    Ben-Hur Official Trailer #1 (2016) - Morgan Freeman, Jack Huston Movie HD There’s a reason why the most classic films rarely get revisited. Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot was probably doomed from the start, given the fact that most of the original film’s fans from its 1984 release are still around, even without the ill-advised politicization that took place after the mediocre trailers hit YouTube. I saw the new Ghostbusters a few weeks ago; it was not as bad as some say or as good as its defenders claim. It was a mediocrity, and an expensive one at that.Even more so...
  • Arthur Hiller, Director of Love Story, Dies at 92

    08/17/2016 12:06:10 PM PDT · by Borges · 61 replies
    Variety ^ | 8/17/2016 | Carmel Dagan
    Canadian-born director Arthur Hiller, who spent more than a decade mostly working in television before a career in feature helming that included Love Story, The Americanization of Emily and comedy Silver Streak, died Wednesday. He was 92. Love Story, based on the bestseller by Erich Segal, was an enormous box office hit in 1970 and was nominated for seven Oscars, including best picture. Though many critics dismissed the movie as too sentimental, it is No. 9 on the AFIs list of the most romantic films of all time. Hiller served as president of the Directors Guild of America from 1989-93...
  • Sleeper Must-See Movies

    07/31/2016 11:14:58 AM PDT · by gigster · 297 replies
    What sleeper movies of the last ten years or so would you recommend to family or a friend.
  • Marni Nixon, the Voice Behind the Screen, Dies at 86

    07/25/2016 7:22:47 AM PDT · by massmike · 14 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | 07/25/2016 | MARGALIT FOX
    Marni Nixon, the American cinemas most unsung singer, died on Sunday in New York. She was 86. The cause was breast cancer, said Randy Banner, a student and friend. Classically trained, Ms. Nixon was throughout the 1950s and 60s the unseen and usually uncredited singing voice of the stars in a spate of celebrated Hollywood films. She dubbed Deborah Kerr in The King and I, Natalie Wood in West Side Story and Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, among many others. Starting as a teenager in the late 1940s and continuing for the next two decades, Ms. Nixon...
  • How Disneyland has changed decade by decade

    07/17/2016 6:38:41 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 54 replies
    Orange County Register (multiple links in body of thread) | July 11-17, 2016 | Mark Eades
    Part 1: This is how Disneyland looked in 1955Part 2: This is how ​Disneyland changed from 1956 to 1959Part 3: Here's how Disneyland looked and changed in the 1960sPart 4: This is how Disneyland looked in the 1970sPart 5: Star Tours, Captain EO, Splash Mountain – see how Disneyland changed in the 1980sPart 6: From 'Fantasmic!' to Toontown, this is how Disneyland changed in the 1990sPart 7: Gold, diamonds and new lands for the new century at Disneyland
  • Steven Spielberg's Movies, Ranked Worst to Best

    07/09/2016 1:43:26 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 39 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | October 13, 2015 | Bilge Ebiri
    There's a reason why Steven Spielberg is still the undisputed King of Hollywood. Over the course of a nearly five-decade-long career, he has perfected and/or inaugurated any number of cinematic movements and innovations. Coming of age as one of the "movie brats" the generation of filmmakers who transformed American cinema in the Sixties and Seventies Spielberg also helped kick off Hollywood's blockbuster culture with Jaws in 1975 (and then sent that culture into overdrive with the one-two punch of Raiders of the Lost Ark and E.T. the Extra Terrestrial in 1981 and 1982). The success of such movies...
  • The Evolution of Steven Spielberg

    07/09/2016 10:51:28 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 38 replies
    YouTube ^ | July 4, 2016 | Burger Fiction
    We're definitely Spielberg fans. So many iconic movies spanning his over 50 years of directing. So with the release of his latest movie, The BFG, we bring you Steven Spielberg's directing evolution. We're gonna need a bigger boat. *****Also big oops. Close Encounters of the Third Kind is 1977 and Minority Report is 2002. We knew this from our research, but somehow in the edit we messed it up. Sorry!
  • Michael Cimino, 'Deer Hunter' and 'Heaven's Gate' Director, Dies at 77

    07/02/2016 7:28:22 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 61 replies
    Variety ^ | July 2, 2016 | Tim Gray
    Michael Cimino, who won Oscars as director and a producer of "The Deer Hunter" before "Heaven's Gate" destroyed his career and sped up the demise of 60-year-old United Artists, has died. He was believed to be 77.
  • The Wicker Man director Robin Hardy dies

    07/02/2016 10:24:02 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 24 replies
    BBC News ^ | July 2, 2016
    Film director Robin Hardy has died at the age of 86, a family friend has confirmed. He was best known for cult British film The Wicker Man, starring Sir Christopher Lee and Edward Woodward. The 1973 film told the story of police sergeant Howie, played by Woodward, who was sent to search for a missing girl on the fictional island of Summerisle.
  • Actor Keir Dullea turns 80 today

    05/30/2016 5:11:04 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 42 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread | May 30, 2016
    American actor Keir Dullea turns 80 today. He is best known for his role of David Bowman in "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "2010: The Year We Make Contact" as well as his role as David Clemens in the 1962 film "David and Lisa" which also starred Janet Margolin and Howard Da Silva. He also appeared in the 1974 cult film, "Black Christmas." In television, he made guest appearances in many shows. Also, science fiction fans might remember him as Devon in the short-lived series, "The Starlost." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keir_Dullea http://keirdullea.org/ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001158/ https://www.ibdb.com/Person/View/38649 http://www.lortel.org/Archives/CreditableEntity/11226
  • Were the 1950s the Golden Age of Science Fiction Cinema?

    05/24/2016 12:33:44 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 100 replies
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    Were the 1950s the Golden Age of Science Fiction Cinema? I think so. What do you think? From Wikipedia: List of science fiction films of the 1950s A list of science fiction films released in the 1950s. These films include core elements of science fiction, but can cross into other genres. They have been released to a cinema audience by the commercial film industry and are widely distributed with reviews by reputable critics. This period is sometimes described as the 'classic' era of science fiction theater. Much of the production was in a low-budget form targeted at a teenage audience....
  • Star Trek Beyond | Trailer #2 | Paramount Pictures International

    05/21/2016 10:01:23 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 36 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 20, 2016 | Paramount Pictures International
    To survive, they must go beyond. Watch the new trailer for Star Trek Beyond now!
  • How 'Taxi Driver' ruined acting

    05/06/2016 1:56:29 PM PDT · by Borges · 88 replies
    The Economist ^ | 5/6/2016 | TOM SHONE
    Every day, for 40 f%^&% years, one of you has stopped me on the street and said, You talkin to me? groused Robert De Niro at a recent Q&A at the Tribeca Film festival reuniting the makers of Taxi Driver. Martin Scorsese, Harvey Keitel, Jodie Foster, Cybil Shepherd and screenwriter Paul Schrader all swapped anecdotes, and De Niro led the audience in one last rendition of his most famous line, in an effort to expunge the ghost. Hes not the only one haunted by the role, which remains the template for every young Hollywood actor eager to put the lucre...
  • How the Hays Code Brought Us the Sensational Screen Kiss

    04/16/2016 7:06:08 AM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies
    Aletelial ^ | April 16, 2016 | William F. Greene
    Sometimes restrictions serve to bring out our creativity in startling and memorable ways There was a time in the early years of motion pictures when a kiss was the ultimate expression of love. Anything beyond a brush of the lips was left to the imagination, and love scenes were actually more potent because of it.In the 1930s a strict code dictated to directors and writers the lines of demarcation between what was permissible, not only for lovemaking, but also for vulgarity and other delicate themes. Though marked in part by what was considered backward in the era [i.e., miscegenation – ed],...
  • Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart Wanna Know What Love Is in the New Equals Trailer

    04/18/2016 2:40:55 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    io9 ^ | April 18, 2016 | James Whitbrook
    Admittedly, they dont seem to be having a lot of trouble finding out what love is, but the futuristic dystopian society they live in where all emotion is supposed to have been eradicated probably doesnt approve. Weve already seen a brief glimpse of Drake Doremus creepy scifi romance movie, but this fresh new trailer gives us a lot more insight into the horrifying world Nia (Stewart) and Silas (Hoult) live in, where people who feel anything get taken away and pumped with drugs to genetically alter themselves back into calm, emotionless citizens.
  • Newport Beach Film Festival offers cinema variety

    04/18/2016 9:08:09 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | April 15, 2016 | Antonie Boessenkool
    Laguna Beach's LSD culture in the 1960s, a cranky widower befriended by his chatty neighbors and a man who's dealing with the fallout from his reality show days are all stories that will be told at the Newport Beach Film Festival this year. At this, the 17th annual festival, there are more than 400 features, short films and documentaries from 50 different countries. It's a chance to see things that likely won't appear elsewhere, especially in the United States. The festival starts this Thursday and runs until the following Thursday. "The largest misconception about any film festival is that these...
  • 'Night Stalker' movie will premiere in Santa Ana, about 20 miles from the Mission Viejo site of ...

    04/03/2016 11:31:40 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | April 2, 2016 | Keith Sharon
    Full title: 'Night Stalker' movie will premiere in Santa Ana, about 20 miles from the Mission Viejo site of his last crime A new film The Night Stalker, starring Lou Diamond Phillips as Richard Ramirez is set to premiere in Orange County in early June after producers decided the movie should be seen in an area that the serial killer terrorized in 1985. We wanted to open in a place where he had an impact, producer Matt Brady said. The film will be screened at The Frida Cinema, the art house theater in downtown Santa Ana, about 20...
  • Everything Wrong With The Martian - With Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson (SPOILERS!)

    04/01/2016 10:02:57 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 58 replies
    YouTube ^ | March 31, 2016 | CinemaSins
    The Martian was one of the biggest hits of 2015, and was nominated for tons of year-end awards. But being as it's set in space and in the near future, we thought it best to bring back Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson to help us separate this movie's sins from its wins.
  • Wrath of Khan To Get 4K Release (Star Trek II)

    03/13/2016 2:57:03 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 37 replies
    Star Trek News | TrekNews.net ^ | March 13, 2016 | TrekNews.net Staff
    Nicholas Meyer, who directed one of Star Treks most-popular films The Wrath of Khan, has announced that the film will receive a 4K/Ultra HD release.
  • George Kennedy 'Naked Gun' Star Dead at 91

    02/29/2016 2:00:16 PM PST · by SMGFan · 148 replies
    TMZ ^ | February 29, 2016
    George Kennedy, star of "Cool Hand Luke" and the 'Naked Gun' movies, has died at the age of 91 ... TMZ has learned. George's grandson Cory Schenkel says Kennedy died Sunday morning at 4:30 AM in Boise, ID. He says his grandfather had been in failing health ever since his wife Joan died a little over a year ago. George had been under hospice care for the past month. Kennedy won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1968 for "Cool Hand Luke." He also starred in all 3 of the 'Naked Gun' flicks, "Airport 1975," "Earthquake" and many many more....
  • Oscar Enters The Space Age

    02/27/2016 5:53:45 PM PST · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    NukeMars.com ^ | February 21, 2016 | A.A. Kidd
    There were some surprising science fiction nods among the major Oscar nominations this year. Despite complaints about STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS not getting a nomination for Best Picture (and in my opinion, it didn't deserve one), both MAD MAX: FURY ROAD and THE MARTIAN managed to secure Best Picture nominations. I only caught the last fifteen minutes of FURY ROAD on cable, so I can't really judge it beyond that, but THE MARTIAN while not perfect, was one of the better movies in a mediocre year for movies, and so I have no problem with its nomination. Ridley Scott...
  • “It’s Lent! Bring on the Condemned Movies! And the Nun!”

    02/26/2016 3:52:47 PM PST · by NYer · 28 replies
    Aletelia ^ | February 26, 2016 | Elizabeth Scalia
    It has become almost a self-parodying habit of mainstream media outlets: if the calendar says the season is holy, then the headlines and activities are meant to mock and to shock. Every Advent brings theories meant to “explain” a virgin birth and brightly shining stars, and every Lent brings reruns of The DaVinci Code to cable outlets, and it’s all meant to seem daring and smart and provocative.These efforts, by the way, sometimes incite outrage, mostly because some people are so predictably willing to be outraged when they could actually choose — like Christ himself — to be patiently...
  • Frank Finlay dies at 89 (British Oscar-nominated actor)

    01/31/2016 9:05:34 AM PST · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    Pakistan Today ^ | January 31, 2016 | Agencies
    ...In a wide-ranging career across stage and screen, Finlay starred as Porthos in the Three Musketeer films of the 1970s, alongside Oliver Reed, Richard Chamberlain and Michael York, and opposite Susan Penhaligon in the taboo-challenging television series Bouquet Of Barbed Wire. He also took the lead role in Dennis Potter's serial, Casanova, and starred in Shaft In Africa, the follow-up to the famous black private detective film starring Richard Roundtree. It was in a supporting role to Laurence Olivier in Othello back in 1965, for which he was nominated for an Oscar in 1965...
  • Sundance: Daniel Radcliffe's Farting Corpse Movie Prompts Walk-Outs

    01/23/2016 10:15:39 AM PST · by EveningStar · 64 replies
    Variety ^ | January 22, 2016 | Ramin Setoodeh
    One of the most anticipated movies at this year's Sundance Film Festival also turned out to be among the most divisive. On Friday afternoon, the Eccles Theater had to turn away hundreds of movie fans, and even a few industry VIPs, at the packed premiere of "Swiss Army Man," starring Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano. But the bizarre fable about a lost man (Dano) who befriends a farting corpse (Radcliffe) could win the festival's award for the most walk-outs, as a continuous stream of audience members kept standing up and bolting for the door throughout the film.
  • Saw "The Revenant" (Movie Review-Vanity)

    01/17/2016 10:53:15 AM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 47 replies
    GPH | 1/17/2016 | GPH
    Saw The Revenant the other day with a good friend of mine. I can't say I've ever seen a movie that was filmed as beautifully as this one. The visuals and shots were simply amazing, and the style was very dream-like. In fact, the protagonist often had very vivid and bizarre dreams, but "reality" itself was also very odd and surreal in the way it was filmed. You sort of get the feeling that there is a spiritual undercurrent that you get a sense of in how the scenes were shot, and that is indeed a theme in the film's...
  • An alphabetical The Wizard Of Oz recut is both orderly and chaotic

    01/09/2016 3:56:34 PM PST · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    The A.V. Club ^ | January 4, 2016 | Joe Blevins
    History records that The Wizard Of Oz was edited by one Blanche Sewell, an Oklahoman and thwarted actress who also cut together such memorable films as Red Dust, Go West, and Grand Hotel during her 25-year career in Hollywood. But what if Oz had been assembled instead by an extremely diligent file clerk, one who cherished order and neatness over meaning and context? That is the unlikely scenario behind "Of Oz The Wizard," a bizarre and thorough alternate edit of the 1939 family classic by filmmaker Matt Bucy. He has chopped The Wizard Of Oz, all 101 minutes of it,...
  • Did you know that the Millennium Falcon's cockpit was inspired by the WWII B-29 Superfortress bomber

    12/27/2015 6:48:07 PM PST · by EveningStar · 35 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | December 15, 2015 | David Cenciotti
    Did you know that the Millennium Falcon's cockpit was inspired by the WWII B-29 Superfortress bomber? Did you know that the Star Wars saga most famous spacecraft featured a cockpit clearly inspired to a World War II heavy bomber? Well, the iconic greenhouse-style window of the Millennium Falcon was designed with the style of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress, a strategic bomber flying 30 years before Han Solo and Chewbacca first appeared driving the iconic spacecraft into the hyperspace, in mind.
  • Haskell Wexler, 'Cuckoo’s Nest' Cinematographer, Dies at 93

    12/27/2015 11:04:29 AM PST · by EveningStar · 19 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | December 27, 2015 | Mike Barnes
    Cinematographer Haskell Wexler, the socially conscious two-time Academy Award winner who lensed Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and many other masterpieces, has died. He was 93.Wexler died in his sleep Sunday at Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, his son, Oscar-nominated sound man Jeff Wexler, told The Hollywood Reporter.
  • Quentin Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight' is the best, most thoughtful Western movie in ages

    12/22/2015 6:19:17 PM PST · by Perdogg · 109 replies
    Early on in “The Hateful Eight,” John Ruth (Kurt Russell) keeps repeating the line “slow like molasses.” Later on, another character informs his gang that their mission is going to take patience. This describes “The Hateful Eight” well, too: It deserves your patience. “The Hateful Eight,” the latest film by Quentin Tarantino, shows the very odd path that one of the greatest living filmmakers has decided to take. While many directors start out conventional and then experiment once they have clout, Tarantino has abandoned much of the nonlinear storytelling on which he made his name (with "Reservoir Dogs" and "Pulp...
  • WATCH: The Ultimate Star Trek Film Tribute

    12/18/2015 12:16:26 PM PST · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    Star Trek News | TrekNews.net ^ | December 18, 2015 | TrekNews.net Staff
    The Star Trek film franchise, which first took flight with 1979’s The Motion Picture, is something many of us hold near and dear to our hearts. For some of us, these are the DVDs, Blu-Rays and even VHS tapes we reach for when we want to spend time with our old friends -- Kirk, Spock, Scotty, Bones, Sulu, Uhura and Chekov.With the recent release of the first trailer for Star Trek Beyond, I thought it was a good a time as any to revisit some of those classic big screen moments. Nick Bosworth over at JoBlo edited and compiled a...
  • Star Trek Beyond - Trailer (2016) - Paramount Pictures

    12/14/2015 9:33:21 AM PST · by EveningStar · 58 replies
    YouTube ^ | December 14, 2015 | Paramount Pictures
    From director Justin Lin comes STAR TREK BEYOND starring Idris Elba, Chris Pine, Simon Pegg, Zach Quinto, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Anton Yelchin and Karl Urban. In theaters July 22nd.
  • Oscar-Nominated Actor Robert Loggia Dies at 85

    12/04/2015 2:32:10 PM PST · by Borges · 65 replies
    Variety ^ | Dave McNary
    Robert Loggia, durable and versatile star of movies and TV shows including Brian De Palma’s 1986 “Scarface” and “Big,” died Friday in Los Angeles, his widow Audrey confirmed to Variety. He was 85. He was nominated for a Supporting Actor Academy Award for “Jagged Edge” in 1986 for his portrayal of a private detective. Among the films he appeared in were “An Officer and a Gentleman,” “Prizzi’s Honor,” “Problem Child” and “Big,” in which performed a memorable duet on a giant piano with Tom Hanks. He was nominated for an Emmy in 1989 for his portrayal of FBI agent Nick...
  • Toshiro Mifune Turned Down Obi Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader Roles, Says Daughter (Star Wars)

    12/04/2015 2:26:04 PM PST · by EveningStar · 25 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | December 3, 2015 | Gavin J. Blair
    The legendary leading man of Akira Kurosawa turned down offers from George Lucas, said his daughter at an event with Steve Wozniak to announce Tokyo Comic Con. Toshiro Mifune, the legendary actor and star of numerous Akira Kurosawa films including Seven Samurai,Yojimbo and Rashomon, turned down the roles of Obi Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader, worried that Star Wars was going to look cheap, according to his daughter Mika.
  • Elmo Williams, Oscar-Winning Film Editor on 'High Noon,' Dies at 102

    11/26/2015 10:55:47 AM PST · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | November 25, 2015 | Mike Barnes
    Elmo Williams, the celebrated Hollywood film editor who won an Academy Award for his clockwork, minute-by-minute efforts on the classic 1952 Gary Cooper Western High Noon, has died. He was 102. Williams, who received another Oscar nom for his editing on the 1954 sci-fi film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, died peacefully Wednesday at his home in Brookings on the coast of Oregon ...
  • Why atheist Richard Dawkins says the Lord’s Prayer deserves to be on UK cinema screens

    11/23/2015 1:25:39 AM PST · by Cronos · 13 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 23 Nov 2015 | SCMP
    The Church of England has received unlikely backing from the biologist and prominent atheist Richard Dawkins after the UK’s three leading cinema chains refused to screen its advertisement featuring the Lord’s Prayer. The 60-second advert was due to be shown before Star Wars: the Force Awakens, released on December 18, which would have guaranteed it a huge cinema audience in the run-up to Christmas. But the Odeon Cineworld and Vue chains, which control 80 per cent of screens around the country, have refused to allow it because of a policy not to allow political or religious advertising...The decision prompted an...
  • Trumbo - biopic of Dalton Trumbo - released today

    11/06/2015 12:27:08 PM PST · by EveningStar · 14 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread | November 6, 2015
    Trumbo, a biographical movie about the famed screenwriter, Dalton Trumbo, goes into national release today. Here are some reviews and other pertinent items about the film: Review: Bryan Cranston in 'Trumbo,' as a Screenwriter in a Hollywood Under Siege "Trumbo" resurrects Hollywood's darkest chapter "Trumbo" and the long, dark shadow of the blacklist: How a Hollywood gossip columnist launched the culture wars 'Trumbo' is a whitewash of an unrepentant Hollywood commie Movie Review: Bryan Cranston compelling as blacklisted writer in 'Trumbo' Trumbo Review The Real Story Behind the Movie Trumbo Bryan Cranston's First Amendment Crusade: On 'Trumbo,' Trump, and Why...
  • ‘Spectre’ will bore you to death

    11/05/2015 3:33:52 PM PST · by Perdogg · 67 replies
    A license to kill is also a license to not kill,” M lectures his new boss in the 24th James Bond film, “Spectre.” Well, it’s not a license to bore as much as this bloated drag manages to do. After a smashing opening sequence with a rooftop chase set against Day of the Dead observances in Mexico City, we’re plunged into a patchy plot (basically the same as the last “Mission: Impossible” outing) that’s little more than an excuse for random homages to the series’ illustrious past — reminding us how utterly mediocre this one is.
  • The Airplanes of James Bond

    11/05/2015 3:36:05 PM PST · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    Air & Space Magazine ^ | November 5, 2015 | Rebecca Maksel and Chris Klimek
    ... AFTER 52 HOURS, 22 bags of popcorn, and a trashcan-size soda, the editors at Air & Space have finished watching all of the Bond flicks, counting more than 160 aircraft and spacecraft (both fictional and non-). Bond and company have flown just about everything from "Bird 1" (Ernst Blofeld's fictional two-stage rocket used to capture U.S. and Soviet spacecraft) in You Only Live Twice to the Aerospatiale/Eurocopter helicopter operated by psychopath Xenia Onatopp (who uses her thighs to crush her opponents to death) in GoldenEye to the hot-air balloon blown up by the Cigar Girl assassin in The World...
  • Grady twins from horror classic The Shining reveal how movie led to them being shunned...

    11/01/2015 12:40:54 PM PST · by Borges · 48 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 10/31/2015 | Ryan Parry, Jon Boon
    They reveal how Nicholson, despite his maniacal performance and playboy reputation, acted as a father-figure and mentor for the then 10-year-old girls from London, England. The pair say Nicholson took naps on the floor between scenes to stay in character, talked about missing his daughter Jennifer from his first marriage to Sandra Knight and appeared to be a more devoted family man than his public image ever personified. Lisa, who today is a lawyer and Louise, a published scientist, both 46, also revealed their role in the hit flick did more harm than good to their fledgling acting careers. They...
  • The Wilhelm Scream

    10/31/2015 8:45:12 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 32 replies
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  • THX1138, Logan's Run, Rollerball, Soylent Green, 1984 or Fahrenheit 451? Dystopian themed movies.

    10/31/2015 9:13:58 AM PDT · by Fhios · 134 replies
    Oct 31, 2015 | Vanity
    Six rather relatively well known dystopian themed movies. Excerpts taken from IMDB. If you like dystopian themed movies you've probably seen all 6. My favorite is Rollerball. Which one do you think the world is striving for? --- THX1138 -- Set in the 25th century, the story centers around a man and a woman who rebel against their rigidly controlled society. Director George Lucas. Logan's Run -- An idyllic sci-fi future has one major drawback: life must end at 30. Director Michael Anderson Roller Ball (1975) -- In a corporate-controlled future, an ultra-violent sport known as Rollerball represents the world,...
  • The final poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is here

    10/18/2015 11:53:32 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 82 replies
    The Verge ^ | October 18, 2015 | Bryan Bishop
    Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in just two months, and today it's finally time to see the movie's official poster. No, not the teaser poster from last year, and not the promo item handed out at D23; this is the real deal. The poster features the key members of the cast that audiences have met thus far: Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, and Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, with some other faces that you just might recognize (hi, Han and Leia). What's even more interesting is the sight of some sort of orb in the upper...
  • Star Trek Beyond Wraps Filming

    10/16/2015 11:10:23 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 65 replies
    Star Trek News | TrekNews.net ^ | October 16, 2015 | TrekNews.net
    That's a wrap! "Star Trek Beyond" officially completed filming on Thursday in Dubai. Director Justin Lin will now begin a lengthy post-production process for the film, scheduled to hit theaters on July 22, 2016.