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Oscars: Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Post’ Arrives With the Zeitgeist in Its Sights

Oscars: Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Post’ Arrives With the Zeitgeist in Its Sights
When producer Amy Pascal first acquired Liz Hannah’s spec script “The Post” she thought, “Hillary Clinton is going to win [the presidency], so this will be perfect,” the former Sony Pictures head said at the film’s first west coast screening on Sunday night. “It was the story of a woman finding her voice, and an entire country finding its voice.”

Last year’s election, of course, went in another direction, but it was still an important theme to explore, perhaps more important than ever.

Alongside members of the film’s cast and crew, Pascal was speaking to an audience of Academy, guild, and press members who filled Fox’s Darryl F. Zanuck Theater for a look at director Steven Spielberg’s latest effort, one of the awards season’s most anticipated releases. It also screened in New York on Sunday, with Spielberg and key players Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep among those in attendance.

The film, which
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Steven Spielberg’s Pentagon Papers Drama ‘The Post’ Earns Standing Ovation After First Screening

Steven Spielberg’s Pentagon Papers Drama ‘The Post’ Earns Standing Ovation After First Screening
Even Steven Spielberg can’t escape the allure of timely story. Just nine months after getting Liz Hannah’s spec script — and mere days after actually completing the final film — Spielberg’s fast-tracked Pentagon Papers drama “The Post” launched its first screening last night in New York City. The film was greeted with an extended standing ovation, one surely egged on by both admiration for the film and for the big stars on display at a post-screening panel, including Spielberg and his stars Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Bob Odenkirk, and Matthew Rhys.

The film follows Streep as Washington Post publisher Kay Graham and Hanks as editor Ben Bradlee, as the paper and its journalists attempt to declassify the so-called Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War. It’s an eerily timely story, one about the urgent need for good journalism, what happens when the government attempts to hide its misdeeds, and the ultimate value of truth.
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Hanks to team with Zemeckis & Game of Thrones director for sci-fi film Bios

  • JoBlo
Tom Hanks is easily the most beloved man on earth, so who better than him to be in a movie where his character teaches a robot all about the human experience, including how to love? That’s what the people behind the movie Bios felt, and have cast Hanks in the post-apocalyptic drama, which is set to be produced by his Forest Gump and Cast Away director, Robert Zemeckis. Variety announced that Hanks will... Read More...
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‘The Mountain Between Us’ Review: Idris Elba and Kate Winslet Generate Enough Heat to Thaw a Frigid Romance-Disaster

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‘The Mountain Between Us’ Review: Idris Elba and Kate Winslet Generate Enough Heat to Thaw a Frigid Romance-Disaster
The Mountain Between Us” is one of those movies that’s impossible to watch without imagining the elevator pitch that got the project off the ground (yes, it was adapted from a Charles Martin novel of the same name, but someone still had to sell Hollywood on the idea). “It’s ‘The Grey’ meets ‘The English Patient’!” “It’s ‘Alive’ meets ‘Before Sunrise’!” “It’s ‘Cast Away,’ but if Tom Hanks was a little horny for Wilson!” Amusingly billed as a “romance-disaster” on the film’s Wikipedia page, Hany Abu-Assad’s dreary but diverting high-altitude epic is a “will they or won’t they?” flirtation superimposed onto a classic story of survival. It’s fantastically unrealistic stuff from the first minute to the last (and there are far too many minutes between them), but Idris Elba and Kate Winslet generate enough heat to keep the frostbite at bay, and Mandy Walker
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Animal Rescue Hero Evacuates Family During Hurricanes, Stays to Protect Shelter Pets in U.S. Virgin Islands

When Hurricane Irma, a category 5 storm with winds gusts up to 200 miles per hour, hit the U.S. Virgin Islands on Sept. 6, every update seemed worse than the last. Residents who’d hoped the hurricane would turn north faced facts, began collecting supplies and hunkering down. One of those families was Ryan and Tiffany Moore, their two young sons Conner and Dylan and their dog, Tug.

When the Moores ventured outside a day later, “It looked like an atomic bomb went off,” Tiffany Moore tells People. “It was a total war zone. the roofs of two houses below ours were now in our yard.
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The Top Five Tom Hanks Comedic Movie Roles of His Career

Tom Hanks is one of the most famous and respected actors of all-time. However, it’s important to know that before the movie Philadelphia earned him an Oscar, Hanks was primarily a comedic actor. While his mega stardom came from roles like that he played in Philadelphia, Forrest Gump, and other films like Saving Private Ryan, Apollo 13, Cast Away, and plenty of others, Hanks was a Bosom Buddy, a guy getting married in Bachelor Party and a man who was in a “Money Pit” while trying to move into his house. Here are our picks for five of the best

The Top Five Tom Hanks Comedic Movie Roles of His Career
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The Highest-Grossing Movies of the 21st Century So Far, Ranked

It seems odd to be ranking or considering movie lists having to do with “the 21st century”, but indeed a lot has changed over the past 16 years. The highest grossing film of the year 2000 was The Grinch, a live-action family movie, followed by Cast Away, a largely dialogue-less drama fronted by Tom Hanks. The superhero genre was just starting to become a thing, and visual effects hadn’t yet advanced to the point that every major blockbuster involved wholly CG-created environments. The rare drama can crack the end-of-year box office Top 10 nowadays, …
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Denis Villeneuve, Sofia Coppola & More Pick Their Favorite Films of the 21st Century So Far

We’re now nearly 17 years into the 21st century, and the cinematic landscape has changed drastically since the year 2000. The highest grossing movie of that year was How the Grinch Stole Christmas, followed by Cast Away—a lengthy drama starring Tom Hanks with minimal dialogue. Indeed, in the entire box office Top 10 of 2000 there’s only one superhero movie and one sequel—the rest are dramas, comedies, and original stories. Contrast that with 2016 where only three of the Top 10 were original stories, four were superhero movies, and the highest grossing film of the year …
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Jimmy Kimmel Welcomes Back Sarah Silverman — What to Watch Thursday, June 1

Jimmy Kimmel Welcomes Back Sarah Silverman — What to Watch Thursday, June 1
Welcome to PeekTV, your daily look at the best that television has to offer. In each installment, we make three picks for the best shows to watch and…toss in a little extra.

Thursday, June 1

Jimmy Kimmel Live!” (ABC, 11:35 p.m.) – Sarah Silverman, Jimmy Butler, Music from Post Malone

With Silverman’s special as Netflix’s big non-“House of Cards” original release of the week, it’s a no-brainer return trip to Kimmel’s show, where the two crafted some of the most memorable late night moments of the past decade.

The President Show” (Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.) – Scholar Michael Eric Dyson discusses race in America.

Comedy Central’s surreal weekly late night experiment is coming into its own. Whether or not the show has a bizarre, Kubrick-inspired diversion this week, it’s become a dependable stop on the after-11:00 p.m. tour.

The Amazing Race” (CBS,
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Jimmy Kimmel Welcomes Back Sarah Silverman — What to Watch Thursday, June 1

Jimmy Kimmel Welcomes Back Sarah Silverman — What to Watch Thursday, June 1
Welcome to PeekTV, your daily look at the best that television has to offer. In each installment, we make three picks for the best shows to watch and…toss in a little extra.

Thursday, June 1

Jimmy Kimmel Live!” (ABC, 11:35 p.m.) – Sarah Silverman, Jimmy Butler, Music from Post Malone

With Silverman’s special as Netflix’s big non-“House of Cards” original release of the week, it’s a no-brainer return trip to Kimmel’s show, where the two crafted some of the most memorable late night moments of the past decade.

The President Show” (Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.) – Scholar Michael Eric Dyson discusses race in America.

Comedy Central’s surreal weekly late night experiment is coming into its own. Whether or not the show has a bizarre, Kubrick-inspired diversion this week, it’s become a dependable stop on the after-11:00 p.m. tour.

The Amazing Race” (CBS,
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History Places Series Order for UFO Investigation Drama Blue Book from Robert Zemeckis and A+E Studios

Executive produced byRobert Zemeckis, A&E Studios' scripted series Blue Book has been ordered to series by the History channel. Comprised of ten episodes, the series will focus on the Project Blue Book UFO investigations of the ’50s and ’60s.

A premiere date for Blue Book has yet to be announced, but stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates. In the meantime, we have the official press release for the announcement:

Press Release: New York, NY – May 25, 2017 – History® has given a 10-episode straight-to-series order to the original scripted drama Blue Book from A+E Studios, it was announced today by Paul Buccieri, President, A+E Studios and A+E Networks Portfolio Group.

Executive produced by Academy Award and Golden Globe®-winner Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Back to the Future, Contact), Blue Book chronicles the true top secret United States Air Force-sponsored investigations into UFO-related phenomena in the 1950’s and
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History Orders Real-Life X-Files Scripted Drama Blue Book

History Orders Real-Life X-Files Scripted Drama Blue Book
It’s time to hear about the hunt for extraterrestrial life from the Men in Black’s side.

History on Thursday gave a straight-to-series order to Blue Book, a scripted drama about a real-life, secret U.S. government operation in the 1950s and ’60s that investigated UFO-related phenomena.

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The 10-episode first season centers on Dr. J. Allen Hynek, a college professor recruited by the Air Force “to spearhead this clandestine operation that researched thousands of cases, many of which were never solved,” per the network’s official release.
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History Orders Scripted UFO Drama From Ep Robert Zemeckis Straight to Series

History Orders Scripted UFO Drama From Ep Robert Zemeckis Straight to Series
History has ordered a 10-episode scripted drama from executive producer Robert Zemeckis straight to series, Variety has learned.

Currently titled “Blue Book,” the series chronicles the real top secret United States Air Force-sponsored investigations into UFO-related phenomena in the 1950s and ’60s known as Project Blue Book. It will focus on college professor Dr. J. Allen Hynek, who is recruited by the military to spearhead the project.

“Rarely have I been associated with a project that is a perfect fusion of historical fact and extraordinary entertainment,” said Zemeckis. “We are grateful for A+E Studios and History’s support for what I know will be a fabulous series.”

“Blue Book” is an A+E Studios production in association with Compari Entertainment, a division of ImageMovers. David O’Leary serves as creator and writer. Arturo Interian is the executive in charge of production for History. Zemeckis, Jack Rapke, and Jackie Levine are executive producers for Compari Entertainment. Rapke
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Movie Review – The Red Turtle (2016)

The Red Turtle, 2016.

Directed by Michael Dudok de Wit.

Featuring the voice talents of Emmanuel Garijo, Barbara Beretta, Tom Hudson, Baptiste Goy and Axel Deville.

Synopsis:

A man is washed up on a desert island. It looks like paradise, but he needs to escape. He builds a raft and starts to sail away when something unseen destroys the craft and he has to swim back to land. Several more attempts end in exactly the same way until he discovers his adversary. A giant red turtle. And when the animal ventures onto the island, the man decides to take his revenge.

Michael Dudok de Wit’s latest animation, and his first full length feature, is a co-production with the legendary Studio Ghibli. That, by itself, raises expectations long before the lights dim and as soon as they do, we’re engulfed in a vicious storm at sea. Towering, never-ending waves roar in our ears and,
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The Red Turtle review

Backed by Studio Ghibli, The Red Turtle lands in UK cinemas today. And it's a delight...

A man is washed ashore on a desert island. Alone, he tries to escape on a raft, but is prevented by a giant red turtle. A story of solitude and futility turns into one about family and man’s relationship with nature. And it manages to convey all this without saying a word.

That Michaël Dudok de Wit’s Ghibli-backed The Red Turtle is entirely without dialogue takes it necessarily to a rarified place – look, you knew you weren’t seeing Transformers – but what could’ve been a clever-clever experiment that left you applauding the form but checking your watch succeeds in accentuating all the little nuances that sweep you off your feet. It’s quite lovely.

We don’t know this man’s name or how he got here; there’s no explanation of his life beforehand,
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The 5 Highest Grossing Movie Stars Not in a Star Wars or Superhero Movie

Samuel Brace on the five highest-grossing movie stars not in a Star Wars or superhero movie…

Film’s landscape has changed dramatically over the years – as is to be expected. Gone is the age of the traditional American movie, the sweeping drama, the movie star led original tale that could drive audiences to cinemas just to get a glimpse of their face. We have since transitioned into the age of tent-poles; the franchise movie is now the dominant force at the box office, and leading the march are sub genres like the superhero movie, along with mega franchises like Star Wars. And all this got me thinking, just where are all the movie stars? Do they exist anymore? A train of thought that led to a little investigating into just who are the highest grossing movie stars in Us domestic history that haven’t appeared in a superhero or Star Wars movie.
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Alan Silvestri Receives Icon Honor at Bmi Film, TV and Visual Awards

Alan Silvestri Receives Icon Honor at Bmi Film, TV and Visual Awards
Veteran film composer Alan Silvestri received the Icon Award before a cheering crowd of composers and songwriters at the annual Film, TV and Visual-Media Awards of Broadcast Music Inc. (Bmi) Wednesday night at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

Silvestri, the Oscar-nominated composer of “Forrest Gump,” Grammy winner for “Cast Away” and an Emmy winner for “Cosmos,” ascended the stage to the strains of “Back to the Future,” his most famous movie theme. His nearly 100 other films include “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” “Night at the Museum,” “The Croods” ” and “Marvel’s The Avengers.”

“I did my first film in 1972, so it’s been 45 years,” Silvestri told Variety prior to the awards ceremony. “I never thought I would do this,” he said, referring to a career scoring movies. “I’m really looking at tonight as a chance to publicly thank a small group of people who have been so instrumental in my being here.
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Steve Carell joins Robert Zemeckis' next movie

Tony Sokol May 2, 2017

Robert Zemeckis will direct Steve Carell in upcoming feature adaptation of Mawencol documentary.

Robert Zemeckis will not be directing The Flash for Warner Brothers as his next film. The director of Back to the Future and Forrest Gump will team with former The Office manager and The Daily Show correspondent Steve Carell for a feature adaptation of Jeff Malmberg‘s 2010 documentary, Marwencol. Universal and DreamWorks Pictures announced that the film, which is being produced under the running title Marwencol, is scheduled to hit cinemas on November 21st 2018.

Zemeckis co-wrote the screenplay with Caroline Thompson (Edward Scissorhands, The Addams Family, The Nightmare Before Christmas). Zemeckis and Universal have been working on the project since 2013, when it was being described as a blend of reality and fantasy.

Marwencol tells the true story of Mark Hogancamp who wakes up from a coma brain-damaged and broke after a brutal assault leaves
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Great Scott! Would you want to see Robert Zemeckis direct The Flash?

Author: Scott Davis

Are you telling me that the director of Back to the Future could be about to helm the next big Dceu film, The Flash? If new rumours are to be believed the legendary filmmaker is in talks with Warner Bros about taking over the long-gestating project, according to Screen Junkies.

Zemeckis would certainly be something a coup for the studios having had plenty of trouble trying to get this film of the ground. But with his directorial style and his recent embracing of 3D, it could be a match made in heaven. Most recently, he made Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard-starrer Allied, and has made such films as Cast Away, The Walk, Romancing the Stone and What Lies Beneath.

The film has had a checkered production history so far: Originally it was set to be made by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord (The Lego Movie) but
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The Flash: Robert Zemeckis Reportedly In Talks To Direct The DC Film!

The DC Extended Universe has had an interesting last 12 months or so. In that span, we’ve seen sequels and spinoffs announced left and right, we’ve seen directors come and go from The Batman, and of course, we’ve also seen Rick Famuyiwa depart from his directing duties for The Flash. This was especially disheartening, since Famuyiwa had really shown his storytelling chops in Dope, and audiences were really looking forward to seeing how it would transfer over to the likes of The Flash.

However, when one door closes, another opens. Just like Ben Affleck leaving The Batman paved the way for Matt Reeves to take the helm, Famuyiwa’s departure has left the seat open for another real talent to board the project. The man on deck to take said helm is none other than Robert Zemeckis. If you somehow do not recognize Zemeckis’ name, he’s the
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