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The Unmade Steven Spielberg Movies You Never Saw

Mark Harrison Aug 9, 2019

From E.T. II to Robopocalypse, here are some of the most interesting movies Steven Spielberg never made…

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

Having excelled in both the artistic and commercial side of American cinema for almost 50 years, Steven Spielberg knows how to get a movie made. Showing no signs of slowing down, the director has 33 feature films under his belt to date and many other films where he’s credited as a producer, including those made by his companies Amblin Entertainment and DreamWorks Pictures.

Some of those films include projects he was originally intended to direct but were eventually set up for other filmmakers to helm, including Rain Man, Big Fish, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, American Sniper, and Interstellar, to name a few. Inevitably, we’re more tantalized by the projects that never came to fruition and the stories behind their
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Matt and Ross Duffer Give a Definitive List of Movie References in Stranger Things

It’s no secret that the popular Stranger Things series has been influenced by several classic films from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. When watching the series it’s pretty easy to see the influence of these films, part of the show’s appeal is how these films are used to tap into the nostalgia of the fans.

Creators Matt and Ross Duffer recently sat down with Wired to shoot a video where they give us a definitive list of almost every movie reference that they used in Stranger Things.

The video is almost 29 minutes long and some of the films they point out include Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Thing, Aliens, The Goonies, Sixteen Candles, Risky Business, Stand By Me, Altered States Carrie Cujo, E.T., Escape From New York Firestarter, Frankenstein, Ghostbusters, Gremlins, Indiana Jones, It, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Risky Business, Scanners, Star Wars, Super 8,
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Star Trek: The Motion Picture Returning To Theaters For Its 40th Anniversary

Star Trek: The Motion Picture was a very important moment in the history of the franchise. After the original series was cancelled in 1969, the future of Trek was in doubt. Fortunately, it started doing very well in syndication, gradually growing a passionate fanbase that continues to grow larger each year.

Based on this, Gene Roddenberry convinced Paramount Pictures that a feature film was the best way to bring these much-loved characters back, with the success of Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind convincing the studio to take a chance on it. The resulting film was a box office hit, but critics hated it, with reviews saying that the movie was too technical, too slow-paced (it was mockingly called Star Trek: The Motionless Picture) and that the plot didn’t make a huge amount of sense.

But time has been kind to the pic, with many retrospectives considering
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Fantasia 2019: ‘Blood & Flesh’ Review

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Features: Al Adamson, Ken Adamson, Stevee Ashlock, Ewing ‘Lucky’ Brown, John ‘Bud’ Cardos, Greydon Clark, Robert Dix, Guadalupe Garcia, Gary Graver, Marilyn Joi, Gary Kent, Samuel M. Sherman, Russ Tamblyn, Zandor Vorkov, Vilmos Zsigmond | Written and Directed by David Gregory

Documentaries chronicling cinemas past are nothing new, but it seems that since the debut of Best Worst Movie there has been something of a renaissance for documentaries focusing on the fringes of cinema, focussing on genre fare that had a cult following – films like Not Quiet Hollywood, You’re So Cool Brewster, Machete Maidens Unleashed, and Wolfman’s Got Nards. And thanks to the success of those films and the huge growth in crowd-funding, the documentary genre itself has boomed, with both filmmakers and fans making movies on their favourite subject and documentaries on “cult” subjects now regularly playing the festival circuit each and every year.

Last years Fantasia Fest
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Reviews: "Suspiria" (1977 And 2018 Versions) Blu-ray Releases

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By Todd Garbarini

The year 1976 was a phenomenal time for films that went into production. George Lucas’s space opera, Star Wars began principal photography in March; Steven Spielberg, fresh off the success of Jaws, was given carte blanche to bring Close Encounters of the Third Kind to the screen and began shooting in May; and Dario Argento, who became emboldened by the financial success of his latest and arguably best film to date, Profundo Rosso (known in the U.S. as Deep Red), embarked upon Suspiria, a murder mystery involving a dance school hiding in plain sight while housing a coven of witches, which began filming in July. Horror author Clive Barker once described this supernatural extravaganza as what you would imagine a horror film to be like if you weren’t allowed to see it. I believe that this is a good description of what is unquestionably one of the most frightening,
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Richard Dreyfuss: "Maybe It's Us Who Are the Aliens"

Richard Dreyfuss:
There was a 10-year window in which Richard Dreyfuss was the biggest movie star on the planet. It was perhaps an unlikely turn of events for a 5-foot-5, balding Jewish guy from Los Angeles by way of Brooklyn.

But something about his wry smile and dogged intensity charmed a young Steven Spielberg, who put him in two of the most important movies of all time: 1975's Jaws and 1977's Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Dreyfuss also won an Academy Award that year starring opposite Marsha Mason in The Goodbye Girl

The years that followed saw ups ...
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Cool Poster Art For Back To The Future, E.T., and Indiana Jones For Upcoming Amblin Movie Art Show

If you are fans of the classic Amblin films of Steven Spielberg, there’s an art show coming up being hosted by Bottleneck Gallery and Vice Press that you won’t want to miss. It’s called Amblinesque, and it pays tribute those classic films that many of us grew up with in our lives.

I’ve got a few pieces of poster art to share with you today thanks to io9. They include Back to the Future, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Gremlins, and E.T. and the art comes from artists Matt Ferguson and Foley. These are just a few of the pieces that will be available. You can see more here. Some of the other art will be inspired by films such as Goonies, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Jurassic Park and more.

The art show will debut on June 14th from 7:00-9:00 p.
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‘Daughter of the Wolf’ Exclusive Clip: A Wolf Attacks and Richard Dreyfuss Hams It Up

‘Daughter of the Wolf’ Exclusive Clip: A Wolf Attacks and Richard Dreyfuss Hams It Up
If you’ve been wondering what acclaimed actor Richard Dreyfuss has been up to lately, wonder no more. We have an exclusive clip from a new film called Daughter of the Wolf, a Gina Carano-starring action movie in which Dreyfuss seems to be having tons of fun playing a […]

The post ‘Daughter of the Wolf’ Exclusive Clip: A Wolf Attacks and Richard Dreyfuss Hams It Up appeared first on /Film.
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Appreciating ‘Alien’ At 40: Sigourney Weaver Looks Back At Ripley

Want to feel old? Consider this: Next month marks the 40th anniversary of Alien’s theatrical release. Capitalizing on an “out-of-this-world” movie trend that brought us Star Wars in 1977 and Close Encounters of the Third Kind in 1978, Alien was a different kind of outer-space movie — a genuinely scary action/suspense film. It also featured [...]

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From Delhi to Mumbai: 8 Indian Locations Offering Varied Options for International Shoots

From Delhi to Mumbai: 8 Indian Locations Offering Varied Options for International Shoots
It’s been more than four decades since Steven Spielberg landed in India to shoot sequences for Close Encounters of the Third Kind — he reportedly based the iconic design of the mother ship on an oil refinery he would see every day on his way to the set. But in the ensuing years, the country has struggled to establish itself as an international shooting destination. While there has been an uptick recently, with the likes of Life of Pi, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Hotel Mumbai shooting in the country, by and large India is not in the same league ...
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‘Fast Color’ Film Review: Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s Got the Power in Feminist Superhero Indie

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‘Fast Color’ Film Review: Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s Got the Power in Feminist Superhero Indie
Fast Color” is a movie told in visual clues and whispers. A mysterious voiceover that sets the stage for this dystopian near future, followed by an unexplained flashback here, another seemingly random image there. When all the puzzle-like pieces come together, the movie’s characters, story, score and emotions soar. The pace of that progress may feel slow, but things never get too quiet. It’s a movie with a racing pulse, and you can feel its heart in every frame.

Ruth (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is a woman on the run from a shadowy group hunting her for her extraordinary powers. As the pieces of Ruth’s life begin fit into place, the stakes become higher and more emotionally involving for the audience. I hesitate to say much more, because part of this movie’s appeal is watching the unexplained flashes of Ruth’s past make sense.

Her powers, over which
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Michael Gray Dies: Universal Marketing Executive Was 87

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Michael Gray Dies: Universal Marketing Executive Was 87
Michael Gray, a Hollywood marketing executive which introduced the electronic press kit to the industry, died Monday at his home in Baltimore. He was 87.

His daughter Madeleine Gray confirmed his death on Facebook, saying that he died in his sleep following complications of a hip fracture sustained in January. “We are relieved he did not have to suffer in his greatly-reduced cognitive and physical condition — the things he most dreaded about aging — for too long,” she wrote on Facebook.

Gray graduated from New York University and worked in newspapers before transitioning to the world of publicity. He was the manager at Columbia Pictures’ TV division Screen Gems While there, he introduced Naked City, Route 66 and The Flintstones to the fold. His experience would bring him to Rogers & Cowan where he would take on the role of director of its New York television department.

By 1967 he made the move to United Artists
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Oscars flashback 25 years: Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks both win for the 1st time while Whoopi Goldberg makes history

Oscars flashback 25 years: Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks both win for the 1st time while Whoopi Goldberg makes history
For this year’s Oscars ceremony on Sunday, “Black Panther” is the first motion picture based on a comic book to receive a nomination in the Best Picture category. “Roma” could very well become the first foreign-language film to win in that same category. And as the years go by, it’ll be difficult to remember that there was ever a time that these things weren’t part of the norm. Remember a time when Tom Hanks had never won an Oscar and was more well-known for his comedy roles? When people didn’t like to speak about AIDS, much less make a feature film about it? Or a time when the great Steven Spielberg had yet to hold the gold statue in his hand? And when a woman or an African-American person had never hosted the annual telecast solo? It’s hard to believe that 25 years have passed since
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John Carpenter’s Starman Is a Classic Sci-Fi Date Movie

Mark Harrison Feb 12, 2019

Looking for something to watch this Valentine’s Day? Here’s why John Carpenter’s sci-fi romance Starman is worth another look…

This feature contains minor spoilers for Starman. If you haven’t seen the film, please read on with caution.

John Carpenter hasn’t made too many conventional date movies. Films like Halloween, Escape From New York, and his thematic Apocalypse trilogy don’t typically get couples in the mood for love. Nevertheless, he made a doozy of a romance in the form of 1984’s Starman, which stars an Oscar-nominated Jeff Bridges and an equally great Karen Allen as an unlikely couple who take a road trip across America.

Starting with the 1977 launch of the Voyager 2 space probe, which carries a golden record full of samples of Earth culture and greetings in 57 different languages, the film is about an alien who answers mankind’s invitation to extra-terrestrial life.
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First Look at Richard Dreyfuss in ‘Saw V’ Director’s ‘Daughter of the Wolf’

ScreenDaily shares a first look at Minds Eye Entertainment’s Efm kidnap thriller Daughter of the Wolf starring Close Encounters of the Third Kind and JawsRichard Dreyfuss, as well as Gina Carano. The film is helmed by Saw V‘s David Hackl. “The film follows Clair (Galano), a former military specialist whose son is kidnapped by a gang led by a mysterious figure […]
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The Big Twist M. Night Shyamalan Needs: He Should Stop Writing His Own Scripts (Column)

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The Big Twist M. Night Shyamalan Needs: He Should Stop Writing His Own Scripts (Column)
Quick, name the greatest film by each of the following directors: Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, David Lean, Robert Altman, Roman Polanski, Kathryn Bigelow, Jonathan Demme. Answers will vary, but whatever your taste, odds are that the movies you chose were not written by the director in question.

There are, of course, countless great writer-directors — Ingmar Bergman, Preston Sturges, Quentin Tarantino, you name it. So it’s not as if it has to be one way or the other. But the point of my little exercise is that the history of cinema is brimming with directors who are towering artists, who ruled and stretched and defined the medium, yet did so without ever claiming to be screenwriters. A few of them dabbled at it, at times effectively, and just about every director worth his or her salt is probably, on the set, doing some version of what amounts to rewriting. But you get the point.
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Will composer Nicholas Britell join an exclusive club of double Oscar nominees for Best Score?

Will composer Nicholas Britell join an exclusive club of double Oscar nominees for Best Score?
This year the Oscars narrowed down the race for Best Original Score to a shortlist of 15 contenders from which the final 5 nominees will be chosen. That makes it all the more impressive that Nicholas Britell made the cut twice, for both “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Vice.” Could he now join an exclusive club of music makers who have been nominated twice in the same category?

Only four composers in the last 30 years have been nominated twice for Best Score. Thomas Newman doubled up for “Little Women” and “The Shawshank Redemption” (1994). James Horner picked up a pair of bids for “Apollo 13” and “Braveheart” (1995). Alexandre Desplat received matching noms for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “The Imitation Game” (2014). And John Williams … well, John Williams does it constantly. The man behind the music of “Star Wars,” “Indiana Jones,” “Harry Potter” and much more has been a double nominee eight times
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The 100 Greatest Achievements in Cinematography in the 20th Century, According to Asc

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) this year, they’ve polled their members to determine 100 milestone films in the art and craft of cinematography of the 20th century. Topping the list is David Lean’s epic Lawrence of Arabia, shot by Freddie Young. Also in the top ten is Blade Runner (Jordan Cronenweth), The Conformist (Vittorio Storaro), Days of Heaven (Néstor Almendros), and more.

Organized by Steven Fierberg, he said “Asc members wanted to call attention to the most significant achievements of the cinematographer’s art but not refer to one achievement as ‘better’ than another. The selected films represent a range of styles, eras and visual artistry, but most importantly, it commemorates films that are inspirational or influential to Asc members and have exhibited enduring influence on generations of filmmakers.”

See the top 10 below, along with the full list.

1. Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Freddie Young,
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Project Blue Book Season 1 Episode 1 Review: The Fuller Dogfight

I want to believe.

And so did people across America when the UFO frenzy hit its peak in the late 1940s and 50s.

There was so much interest in the possibility of alien life that the U.S. Air Force went to great efforts to try to debunk much of what people claimed they saw in the night sky via three projects starting in 1947, with the most famous being Project Blue Book.

Astrophysicist Dr. J Allen Hynek got recruited by the Air Force for all three projects, but while he at first relished in his role as the scientific debunker, his beliefs began to change when some of the cases he was investigating truly couldn't be explained.

History Channel's new 10-episode series delves into these real-life UFO cases, and on Project Blue Book Season 1 Episode 1, we start to see the shift in Hynek's opinion on UFOs and alien life.

Related: Get
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Steven Spielberg movies: All 31 films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Schindler’s List,’ ‘Jaws,’ ‘E.T.,’ ‘Indiana Jones’

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Steven Spielberg movies: All 31 films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Schindler’s List,’ ‘Jaws,’ ‘E.T.,’ ‘Indiana Jones’
A man-eating shark. A friendly alien. An adventurous archeologist. A ragtag WWII platoon. A heroic German businessman in the Holocaust. The eclectic career of director Steven Spielberg, who celebrates his 72nd birthday on December 18, 2018, has virtually defined what a blockbuster could be in the past four decades, but he’s also been able to craft more personal films as well. In honor of his birthday, we are ranking Spielberg’s entire filmography from worst to best in a new photo gallery above of his 31 theatrical features.

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Spielberg’s reputation as a master entertainer came with the release of “Jaws,” his 1975 shark attack thriller. Made when he was just 29 years old, the film set box office records and made the summer safe for blockbusters again. Such following films as “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (1977), “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981) and all the Indiana Jones movies,
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