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Spielberg's "Ready Player One"

Sneak Peek more new footage from "Minority Report" director Steven Spielberg's live-action feature adaptation of "Ready Player One", the 2011 science-fiction novel, by author Ernest Cline, set in the year 2044:

"...in the year 2044, the world has been gripped by an energy crisis from the depletion of fossil fuels...

"...causing widespread social problems and economic stagnation. 

"To escape the decline their world is facing, people turn to the 'Oasis', a virtual reality simulator accessible by players using visors and 'haptic' technology, perfected by 'James Halliday'...

"...who, when he died, had announced in his will to the public that he had left an 'Easter Egg' inside Oasis, and the first person to find it would inherit his entire fortune and the corporation. 

"Teenager 'Wade Watts', then discovers one of the three keys pointing to the treasure..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Ready Player One"....
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‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Logan,’ and More: the Genre-Benders That Are Major Oscar Contenders

‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Logan,’ and More: the Genre-Benders That Are Major Oscar Contenders
Every year, the studios take their best genre successes and try to push them beyond the technical ghetto. Oscar campaigners want to convince critics, guilds, and Oscar voters that their movie rises to the level of art. But it’s rare for fantasy, horror, thriller, action or comic-book movies to pass over to the Best Picture side.

When they do, it tends to be an exception like Peter Jackson’s fantasy “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. All three films scored Best Picture nominations and technical wins: “Fellowship” scored 13 nominations and wins for Makeup, Visual Effects, and Cinematography; “The Two Towers” earned six and won Sound Editing and VFX; and then came the ultimate triumph for the finale “The Return of the King”: a grand sweep of all 11 nominations including Best Picture. But while “Lotr” fell into the fantasy genre, it was boosted by the literary pedigree of J.R.R. Tolkien.
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‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Logan,’ and More: the Genre-Benders That Are Major Oscar Contenders

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‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Logan,’ and More: the Genre-Benders That Are Major Oscar Contenders
Every year, the studios take their best genre successes and try to push them beyond the technical ghetto. Oscar campaigners want to convince critics, guilds, and Oscar voters that their movie rises to the level of art. But it’s rare for fantasy, horror, thriller, action or comic-book movies to pass over to the Best Picture side.

When they do, it tends to be an exception like Peter Jackson’s fantasy trilogy “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. All three films scored Best Picture nominations and technical wins: “Fellowship” scored 13 nominations and wins for Makeup, Visual Effects, and Cinematography; “The Two Towers” earned six and won Sound Editing and VFX; and then came the ultimate triumph for the finale “The Return of the King”: a grand sweep of all 11 nominations including Best Picture. But while “Lotr” fell into the fantasy genre, it was boosted by the literary pedigree of J.R.R. Tolkien.
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Critics Pick the Best Movies That Should Be Made Into TV Shows — IndieWire Survey

Critics Pick the Best Movies That Should Be Made Into TV Shows — IndieWire Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In light of recent “Galaxy Quest” and “Lord of the Rings” news, which movie/movie franchise should be rebooted as a TV series? (question courtesy of Allison Keene)

Pilot Viruet (@pilotbacon), Vice

I have so many ideas for this! During that season we got “Minority Report” and “Limitless,” I got angry about how many of these reboots/remakes/sequels are male-skewering and male-dominated and started making a list of all the movies I’d rather see instead – obviously ones that are more focused on telling stories about women and non-binary folks. “Whip It” could be a fantastic Freeform teen drama series (I’m still angry that
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Critics Pick the Best Movies That Should Be Made Into TV Shows — IndieWire Survey

Critics Pick the Best Movies That Should Be Made Into TV Shows — IndieWire Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In light of recent “Galaxy Quest” and “Lord of the Rings” news, which movie/movie franchise should be rebooted as a TV series? (question courtesy of Allison Keene)

Pilot Viruet (@pilotbacon), Vice

I have so many ideas for this! During that season we got “Minority Report” and “Limitless,” I got angry about how many of these reboots/remakes/sequels are male-skewering and male-dominated and started making a list of all the movies I’d rather see instead – obviously ones that are more focused on telling stories about women and non-binary folks. “Whip It” could be a fantastic Freeform teen drama series (I’m still angry that
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Netflix’s ‘Godless’ Is The Best Western Of 2017 [Bingeworthy™ Breakdown]

After “The Punisher,” and “Stranger Things” “Alias Grace,” and “Mindhunter,” Netflix is on a serious roll of quality programming and therefore the Bingeworthy™ Breakdown is back and busier than ever.

This week, we’re looking at Scott Frank’s western “Godless.” Scott Frank is known for writing “Minority Report,” “Logan,” ‘Get Shorty” and for directing “The Lookout” and “A Walk Among The Tombstones.” The self-contained, seven episode mini-series stars Jeff Daniels, Jack O’Connell (“Starred Up”), Michelle Dockery (“Downton Abbey”) and Scoot McNairy (“Halt And Catch Fire”).

Continue reading Netflix’s ‘Godless’ Is The Best Western Of 2017 [Bingeworthy™ Breakdown] at The Playlist.
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Spielberg's "Ready Player One"

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Sneak Peek footage from "Minority Report" director Steven Spielberg's live-action feature adaptation of "Ready Player One", the 2011 science-fiction novel, by author Ernest Cline, set in the year 2044:

"...in the year 2044, the world has been gripped by an energy crisis from the depletion of fossil fuels...

"...causing widespread social problems and economic stagnation. 

"To escape the decline their world is facing, people turn to the 'Oasis', a virtual reality simulator accessible by players using visors and 'haptic' technology, perfected by 'James Halliday'...

"...who, when he died, had announced in his will to the public that he had left an 'Easter Egg' inside Oasis, and the first person to find it would inherit his entire fortune and the corporation. 

"Teenager 'Wade Watts', then discovers one of the three keys pointing to the treasure..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Ready Player One"....
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New ‘Godless’ Trailer Further Reveals Netflix’s Star-Studded Western Limited Series

Netflix has released a new trailer for the upcoming limited series Godless, and this show continues to look incredible. Executive produced by Steven Soderbergh and Scott Frank, the latter of whom serves as writer and director, the 1880s New Mexico-set Western stars Jeff Daniels as a notorious criminal on a mission of revenge as his gang of outlaws hunts down the son-like protégé who betrayed their brotherhood (Jack O’Connell). Frank, who co-wrote films like Logan and Minority Report and wrote and directed the underrated thriller The Lookout, initially developed Godless as a feature film until …
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Steven Spielberg Is More Than His Brand

Henry Bevan on Steven Spielberg

Is this the face of the most underrated director of the twenty-first century?

It’s odd to use the word “underrated” in regards to Hollywood’s most successful director. He is the man who did change the face of popular culture with a shark, an archeologist and a dinosaur. His latest film, The Post, appears on countless ‘Oscar 2018 prediction’ listicles before a single frame was seen, and the recent trailer has only amplified anticipation.

Yet, Spielberg’s filmography has always had a “but” attached to it. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is great, but too sentimental. Jurassic Park is a ground-breaking technical achievement, but its characters lack depth. The Color Purple is a touching film, but it isn’t raw enough. His commercial tendencies and success has seemingly made him miss out on the critical fawning afforded to his movie brat buddies Martin Scorsese or Brian de Palma.
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Willard and Ben — Region B

Guest Reviewer Lee Broughton is back, with a rodent roundup of horror, or more accurately, psychological suspense interrupted by a few salacious slayings. What would Mickey say?

The brief synopses of Daniel Mann’s Willard and Phil Karlson’s Ben that appeared in the horror movie books and magazines that kids in the UK loved to pore over during the late 1970s always gave the impression that this pair of killer rat films were hardcore horror shows.

In truth, the actual horror content of both films is relatively mild and infrequent. In spite of this, Willard and Ben still tend to be discussed in terms of their relation to the often more extreme movies that appeared in the “animals attack” cycle of horror films that flourished during the 1970s.

That particular subgenre represents something of a niche interest area that is governed by a pretty tight set of boundaries. The
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7 New Netflix Shows to Binge in November, and The Best Episodes of Each

7 New Netflix Shows to Binge in November, and The Best Episodes of Each
1. “Godless” Season 1 (available November 22)

Why Should I Watch It? “Godless” reunites the duo behind “Out of Sight”: Scott Frank (who wrote the 1998 crime romance starring George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez) pens and directs the new seven-episode limited series, while Steven Soderbergh serves as an executive producer. Aside from these two acclaimed artists (Frank also wrote “Minority Report” and “Logan”), the Netflix original stars Emmy winner Jeff Daniels, Emmy winner Merritt Wever, Emmy nominee Michelle Dockery, and future winner of all the awards, Scoot McNairy. Throw in a classic Western story about a notorious criminal (Daniels) with a gang of outlaws who seek vengeance on a former member (Jack O’Connell) holed up in a mining town governed by women, and “Godless” has all the makings of a great genre entry with all the right modern touches.

Best Episode: Reviews are embargoed until November 15, so we can’t say which
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7 New Netflix Shows to Binge in November, and The Best Episodes of Each

7 New Netflix Shows to Binge in November, and The Best Episodes of Each
1. “Godless” Season 1 (available November 22)

Why Should I Watch It? “Godless” reunites the duo behind “Out of Sight”: Scott Frank (who wrote the 1998 crime romance starring George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez) pens and directs the new seven-episode limited series, while Steven Soderbergh serves as an executive producer. Aside from these two acclaimed artists (Frank also wrote “Minority Report” and “Logan”), the Netflix original stars Emmy winner Jeff Daniels, Emmy winner Merritt Wever, Emmy nominee Michelle Dockery, and future winner of all the awards, Scoot McNairy. Throw in a classic Western story about a notorious criminal (Daniels) with a gang of outlaws who seek vengeance on a former member (Jack O’Connell) holed up in a mining town governed by women, and “Godless” has all the makings of a great genre entry with all the right modern touches.

Best Episode: Reviews are embargoed until November 15, so we can’t say which
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The Blair Witch Project Tipped For TV Adaptation

It’s no secret that Hollywood has developed a peculiar fascination with TV adaptations based on the movies of old.

Quite often, those repackaged products crash and burn (see: Minority Report, Limitless, Crash), but there are exceptions to the rule. From The Exorcist to Fargo, Westworld to The Sarah Connor Chronicles, we’ve seen a whole host of dormant films find new life on the small screen, and if Eduardo Sanchez is to be believed, The Blair Witch Project could be the latest addition to the fold.

While appearing on the newest episode of Diminishing Returns (via Bloody Disgusting), Sanchez outlined his vision for a Blair Witch TV series. As co-director behind the 1999 classic, Eduardo Sanchez knows a thing or two about the goings on in Maryland Forest, and here, the filmmaker touches base on what a TV spinoff would look like:

For us, it’s a very natural thing to go and say,
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'Magnum P.I.' Reboot Series in the Works

'Magnum P.I.' Reboot Series in the Works
A reboot of the Tom Selleck detective drama Magnum P.I. is in the works at CBS, which aired the original series for eight seasons in the Eighties.

The rebooted Magnum P.I. will feature an updated plot that "follows Thomas Magnum (Selleck's former role), a decorated ex-Navy Seal who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator. With help from fellow vets Theodore 'Tc' Calvin and Orville 'Rick' Wright, as well as that of disavowed former Mi:6 agent Juliet Higgins, Magnum takes on
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‘Wheelman’: How Netflix’s Thrilling New Film Proves That Frank Grillo Is The Perfect Leading Man

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‘Wheelman’: How Netflix’s Thrilling New Film Proves That Frank Grillo Is The Perfect Leading Man
[Editors Note: This article is presented in partnership with Netflix’s original film “Wheelman”– now streaming exclusively on Netflix.]

Frank Grillo is the kind of guy you would trust with your life — or at least he seems like it.

The 52-year-old New York City native has cultivated a career out of playing someone you’d want in your corner — a small-town police chief, a commanding officer in the Army, and even a Marvel super villain — on screens both big and small. (For what it’s worth, his character in “Purge 3: Election Year” also passionately dedicated his life to protecting the first female president. Do with that what you will.)

But the secret to Grillo’s success goes beyond mastering the tough-guy-with-a-heart-of-gold act. There’s an authentic vulnerability to the characters he brings to life on screen, most recently Mma fighter-turned-trainer Alvey Kulina in the critically acclaimed DirecTV drama “Kingdom,” which concluded its four-season run earlier this year.

Grillo’s next project — the action-thriller “Wheelman,” coming to Netflix on Friday,
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The New Golden Age of Studio Science-Fiction is Upon Us

The New Golden Age of Studio Science-Fiction is Upon Us
“Blade Runner 2049” is going to struggle to make it past the $100 million mark at the domestic box office, hardly the response Warner Bros. was looking for given the film’s estimated $300 million production and marketing budget. In a way, the odds were always against “2049” given that its predecessor was also a financial disappointment and only went on to become a cult classic with a very specific demographic of moviegoers. “Blade Runner” is no multi-generational favorite a la “Star Wars” or “Jurassic Park.”

But while the sequel is a box office dud, it’s unquestionably a huge step in the right direction for studio filmmaking.

Read More: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Was Never Going to Be a Blockbuster, But It Can Become Something Cooler: a Cult Classic

In a blockbuster age dominated by comic book fare and endless cash-grabbing sequels, it has become increasingly rare to see a big-budget studio film
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Ethan Hawke goes John Wick in red-band trailer for 24 Hours to Live

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Travis Conrad (Ethan Hawke) has sacrificed everything for the agency, including his family, his future, and his own life. Betrayed by his employers, the career assassin is given a chance at redemption when he's temporarily brought back to life after being killed on the job, and that's pretty much all you need to know about 24 Hours To Live. Directed by former stuntman Brian Smrz, who has worked on Jurassic Park, Speed, Face/Off, and Minority Report, just to name a few, the... Read More...
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Canon Of Film: ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’

In this edition of Canon Of Film, we take a look at Steven Spielberg‘s sci-fi classic, ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind‘ for it’s recent 40th anniversary. For the story behind the genesis of the Canon, you can click here.

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)

Director/Screenplay: Steven Spielberg

Close Encounters of the Third Kind‘ is an accomplishment is tension-building and then, pulling off an ending that actually matched the amount of tension we had. The first part of that, is tough, the second part is damn-near impossible. ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind,’ kinda unfairly gets ranked as that, other sci-fi film Steven Spielberg did after ‘E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial‘, and hell, I might rank it third and put ‘Minority Report‘ above both of them some days, but it doesn’t play like a sci-fi film. It plays more like a conspiracy theory thriller, an Altermanesque multi-narrative with divergent parts,
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Godless: first trailer for Steven Soderbergh's Netflix show

Joseph Baxter Kirsten Howard Oct 17, 2017

The first Godless trailer showcases Michelle Dockery and Jack O’Connell in a Western series produced by Steven Soderbergh...

Netflix's new offering Godless looks to put an intriguing twist on the conventional concept of the Western.

With Steven Soderbergh, indie darling and esteemed big screen blockbuster director of the Ocean’s Eleven film franchise, attached as an executive producer to the 7-episode limited series created by Scott Frank, look for some twists and turns not traditionally found in the arid, dusty, tumbleweed-strewn genre.

Have a look...

Godless story

The trailer focuses on the trials and tribulations of an outlaw, named Roy Goode (Jack O’Connell). With the events of the series taking place in the 1880s American West, we see intermittent Kung-Fu-esque flashbacks to Roy’s upbringing, where he was raised by anti-hero outlaw Frank Griffin (Jeff Daniels) - and with whom he eventually becomes partners in crime.
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Lois Smith Honored by American Cinematheque, Windsor International Film Festival (Exclusive)

Lois Smith Honored by American Cinematheque, Windsor International Film Festival (Exclusive)
Lois Smith’s award season campaign is heating up. The veteran performer is being talked about as a possible best supporting actress contender for her work in last summer’s acclaimed science-fiction drama “Marjorie Prime.” She’ll be hitting the trail armed with some key career retrospectives.

From Friday Oct. 20 through Oct. 22, the American Cinematheque will host a film series honoring the actress entitled “A Lois Smith Primer,” consisting of three double features that cover important stops in her film resume. Smith is a character actress who first shared the screen with James Dean in “East of Eden.” In “Marjorie Prime,” Smith plays an elderly woman who is comforted by an avatar of her dead husband. Smith also has a supporting turn this year in “Lady Bird.”

The six films in the series, presented as double-features over three nights are: “Twister” (1996) and “Minority Report” (2002) on Friday, “Marjorie Prime” (2017) and “East of Eden” (1955) on Saturday, and “[link
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