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On May 23, Michael Bay will have his hands and feet encased in cement outside the iconic Tcl Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, alongside classic stars from Marilyn Monroe to Meryl Streep. While Bay is thrilled, he does have one hesitation. “I just remember as a kid, going to see the handprints and I always thought the people who got this honor were so much older,” he says with a laugh.”
For the record, Bay is a youthful 52, but it’s a credit to his career that his accomplishments over the past 20 years have put him in the ranks of his mentors Steven Spielberg and super producer Jerry Bruckheimer, both of whose imprints are also in the Chinese forecourt. And it’s full circle for Bay, a native Angeleno who discovered he wanted to be a director at that very theater.
At age 15, Bay was working at Lucasfilm, filing storyboards for “Raiders of the Lost Ark. »
- Jenelle Riley
There’s a little bit of something for everyone this Tuesday, as May 23rd’s Blu-ray and DVD releases may not be great in number, but they are a stellar bunch of titles all the same. Jordan Peele’s Get Out arrives on both formats this week, courtesy of Universal Studios Home Entertainment, and 20th Century Fox is bringing home Logan to 4K Blu-ray as well as standard Blu and DVD discs, too.
For those who might have missed it in theaters, The Great Wall is also being released on Tuesday, as well as the horror anthology Xx, from Magnolia Home Entertainment. Other releases for May 23rd include The Vagrant, Wolf Guy, Wnuf Halloween Special, Voodoo Black Exorcist, and The Magnificent Dead.
- Heather Wixson
A meticulous house owner is forced to face something much more fearsome than any home improvement project or mischievous mice in The Vagrant. Starring the late, great Bill Paxton, the comedic 1992 horror film comes to Blu-ray on May 23rd courtesy of Scream Factory, and we've been provided with three Blu-ray copies to give away to Daily Dead readers.
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Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on May 29th. »
- Derek Anderson
Close-Up is a column that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Guillermo Del Toro's Hellboy (2004) is showing on Mubi from May 14 - June 13, 2017 in the United Kingdom.It is hard to imagine a more perfect marriage of director and source material than Guillermo Del Toro with Hellboy. Mike Mignola’s graphic novel series about a demon put to work by the Feds could have been tailor-made for the Mexican fantasy auteur. Hellboy’s panels pit brutish monsters against mad visionaries in dank subterranean crypts, drawing on European folklore and making a fetish of clanking machinery, crumbling ruins and otherworldly magic. Mignola’s primary theme is always the past’s unshakeable hold over the present, the dead’s habit of returning to haunt the living. All of the above are the sort of gothic tropes that have recurred again and again in some form or other throughout Del Toro’s filmography too, »
The ideal musical medium for going on an adventure is probably a cassette, since it’s small enough to be portable but fragile enough to give you some real incentive to take care of it, but the fidelity of the audio on a cassette leaves a lot to be desired. Luckily, if you want to listen to music about an adventure but aren’t physically going on adventure, you can’t go wrong with a nice vinyl record, and Concord Music Group is about to release the perfect record for just such an occasion. According to Consequence Of Sound, Concord has announced that it’s releasing a special vinyl reissue of John Williams’ soundtrack for Raiders Of The Lost Ark.
The double-lp is pressed on 180-gram vinyl, and it comes in a “gatefold jacket with original sills and artwork from the movie.” Along with that fancy presentation, it will include »
- Sam Barsanti
Known among with-it insiders as the Ampav, the American Pavilion has become a vital part of the Cannes Film Festival over the last 30-odd years. This year’s lineup was announced today, with such special guests as Spike Lee, Wim Wenders, John Cameron Mitchell, Christine Vachon and IndieWire’s own Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson.
Such anticipated films as “Brigsby Bear,” “How to Talk to Girls at Parties,” “Rodney King,” “Wonderstruck” and “Patticake$” will be discussed; Kohn and Thompson are set to record a live edition of the Screen Talk podcast. Avail yourself of the full lineup below and let the Ampav Fomo wash over you in waves.
Read More: IndieWire’s Movie Podcast: Screen Talk (Episode 148) – Here’s What We Know (And What We Don’t Know »
- Michael Nordine
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s films have grossed $1.9 billion in North America. Among his classics are James Cameron’s 1984’s “The Terminator”; 1991’s “The Terminator 2: Judgment Day”; and 1994’s “True Lies,” as well as such hits as 1987’s “Predator” and 2012’s “The Expendables 2.”
His movie catch phrases such as “I’ll be back”; “Hasta la Vista, Baby”; and “Get to the chopper” have become part of the pop culture lexicon.
But would he have been as big a star — let alone as governor — without his breakout role in John Milius’ “Conan the Barbarian”? The violent, erotic R-rated sword-and-fantasy adventure based on the stories of 1930’s pulp fiction writer Robert E. Howard opened in 1,400 theaters on May 14, 1982. Though reviews were decidedly mixed — Variety »
- Susan King
Author: Dave Roper
With Actors, Directors, Actresses and Screenwriters under our collective belt and Cinematographers still to come, we presently turn our eye towards Composers, whose music lends so much to the films they work on.
As with the other lists, credit is given for not merely one or two sterling scores, but rather a consistently excellent body of work with specific stand-out films. To be blunt, this is a trickier prospect than it at first appears. Just because a film is terrific or well-loved doesn’t necessarily mean that the score is itself a standout. We begin with perhaps the most obvious and celebrated film composer of them all…..
Goodness me. The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno, Earthquake, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Long Goodbye, Catch Me If You Can, Star Wars, Close Encounters, Star Wars, Superman, Et, Born on the Fourth of July, »
- Dave Roper
To this day many still consider Raiders of the Lost Ark to be the best installment in the 4 movies of the Indiana Jones franchise. I personally give it a Last Crusade, Temple of Doom, and Raiders of the Lost Ark in that order. With regards to Skull, I will never see this film and I’ve boycotted it. As for the 5th installment that they’re working on, I’m probably going to pass on that as well. And by the way, just because I rank Raiders last doesn’t mean I didn’t love the film. I loved all three. Plus you always
22 Interesting Facts about Raiders of the Lost Ark »
- Nat Berman
Another weekend, another blockbuster Marvel opening at the box office. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the latest episode in the company's cosmic-mercenaries saga, predictably crushed the competition, grossing an estimated $425 million globally and perpetuating the studio's multiplex dominance. If you're looking for a secret to the company's success, we'll direct you to a 2014 comment from GotG director James Gunn. "I made a decision early on that I wanted it to be a hundred percent a James Gunn movie and a hundred percent a Marvel movie," he said after the first film's release. »
“There is an order to things. That’s what we do here — we keep order.” Harrison Ford was hot off Raiders of the Lost Ark and the first two Star Wars films when he starred in Blade Runner. That was 1982 — when the first CD was sold, the Raiders moved to L.A. and Time’s Man, er Machine, of the Year was the computer. Flash-forward 35 years and yes, times have changed, but Rick Deckard is back. Here is the dark first trailer for Blade Runner 2049, for which Ford returns — he… »
As you all know I’m a huge fan of how music is used in movies. Not only do I care about the soundtrack of the film and the use of specific songs for specific scenes, but the score of the movie is equally if not more important. It’s easy to plunk in a billboard hit into any scene, but it’s a lot tougher to come up with sounds to invoke moods and carry scenes on the fly. This is why I have so much respect and admiration for the Hans Zimmers, John Williams, Thomas Newmans, and all the other great
How to Use Music Perfectly in a Film: The Indiana Jones Cairo Scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark »
- Nat Berman
When Guardians of the Galaxy was announced many predicted this was the beginning of the end for Marvel Studios, no one was going to care about a series of fairly niche comic characters like they did the Avengers. Of course as we know the film was a huge financial and critical success and for me stands out as my favourite of all the Marvel movies to date. It was just so unexpected and different to what had come before, if anything like Raiders of the Lost Ark was famously described once, Guardians of the Galaxy was lightning in a bottle.
So, expectations for James Gunn sequel were understandably far greater this time around, and it is very rare that a sequel can live up to that level of hype and imagination.
There is plenty to enjoy here, and, in fact, I think the opening prologue sequence was even more ambitious »
- Cam Clark
May the Fourth be with you!
Since Disney bought LucasFilm in 2012, excitement around May 4 has been tied to new additions to the Star Wars universe. (This is the third consecutive year that a new film in the franchise has been released.) But there is an even more festive reason to hug the nearest Wookie this “Star Wars Day,” aka “May the Fourth:” the fast approaching 40th anniversary of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope.
Last month, at the 2017 Star Wars Celebration, George Lucas dropped by the commemoration to discuss Episode IV, as well as pay tribute to the passing of our princess general, Carrie Fisher. In his reflection on the movie, Lucas summarized his original intention for the now-iconic film.
More: First Trailer for 'Star Wars - The Last Jedi' Is Here!
“The idea was simply to do the high-adventure film that I loved when I was a kid with meaningful psychological themes,” said [link=tt »
Gravitas Ventures has released the first trailer and poster for Score: A Film Music Documentary, which is in theaters on June 16th. Music is an integral part of most films, adding emotion and nuance while often remaining invisible to audiences. Director Matt Schrader shines a spotlight on the overlooked craft of film composing, gathering many of the art form's most influential practitioners, from Hans Zimmer and Danny Elfman to Quincy Jones and Randy Newman, to uncover their creative process. Tracing key developments in the evolution of music in film, and exploring some of cinema's most iconic soundtracks, "Score" is an aural valentine for film lovers.
What makes a film score unforgettable? Featuring Hans Zimmer, James Cameron, Danny Elfman, John Williams, Quincy Jones, Trent Reznor, Howard Shore, Rachel Portman, Thomas Newman, Randy Newman, Leonard Maltin, and the late James Horner and Garry Marshall, Score: A Film Music Documentary brings Hollywood's elite »
Gearing up for a six-month shoot Down Under, writer-director James Wan took to Twitter to share a new image of what we assume to be the mechanical bowels of a submarine. If you peer close enough, you’ll be able to locate the film’s working title, ‘Ahab’, along with a reworked version of the Aquaman logo that bubbled to the surface just prior to the unveiling of March’s suitably epic Justice League trailer.
Beyond that, there’s not much more information to glean from the still below, but if nothing else, the DC faithful can rest assured that the cameras are now officially rolling on the Aquaman set. Incidentally, Wan yelled “action!” just as Corin Hardy’s »
- Michael Briers
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Prologue of the Day: Ahead of the release of Alien: Covenant, here's a new prologue showing what happened to Elizabeth and David after the end of Prometheus (via /Film): Alternate Ending of the Day: How might Star Wars: The Force Awakens have ended more happily? The Unusual Suspect presents a clever mashup with Raiders of the Lost Ark footage: Cosplay of the Day: Speaking of Star Wars, awesome Star Wars Celebration cosplay is still coming in, like this trio as high school versions of Han, Leia and Luke doing the Breakfast Club dance (via Fashionably Geek): Prank of the Day: Also from Star...
- Christopher Campbell
Simon Brew Apr 28, 2017
The actors whose role in a film was shot, but chopped out of the final cut...
What I’ve tried to find here is a mix of reasonably known and less known instances of an actor being cut out of a film after they’ve filmed sequences for it. I’ve also tried to get to the reason they were left out as well.
Whilst all this may still sound like an exercise in clickbait, being cut out of a production does have a consequence beyond ego hurting a bit. For the side effect »
You may not recognize his name, but the odds are good you know his work.
Welcome to the first episode of the Film Itself podcast, another new addition to the One Perfect Pod family of shows. The idea for our new show is simple: each week, we’ll be speaking to film fans both inside and outside the industry. Directors, cinematographers, actors, podcast hosts, video essayists, journalists, if they have a passion for film, we want to explore that. For those that may not know, Film Itself was the original name for One Perfect Shot, but in the end, the latter was a better description of what we did (and do). Our new show is an opportunity to dust off that name, a quiet tribute of sorts to the late Roger Ebert (a hero of mine), and give it the spotlight as we talk »
- Geoff Todd
MaryAnn’s quick take… An adventure of the intellect and of the heart with the real-life explorer who inspired Indiana Jones, one more about the journey than the destination. I’m “biast” (pro): love a good adventure; love director James Gray
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
He was a real-life Indiana Jones. Literally: the Harrison Ford character was based on British explorer Percy Fawcett, one of the last of those intrepid men (always men, of course) to boldly venture into uncharted (by white people, that is) territory in search of knowledge, and to fill in the blank spaces on the maps. A cartographer and archaeologist, he was obsessed with the idea that remnants of a lost dead civilization were hidden in the Amazonian jungles, and he disappeared — along with his traveling companion, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
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