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    Not much info on the film, but some good stuff on some of the new CGI "capture" software that Cameron has been working on. Story here.
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    The Twilight Zone

    Apparently Warner's owns all of the Rod Serling scripts, and the idea is to expand one or more of these into feature length projects. Full story here. Mandalay Productions is already in pre-production on Countdown, which was an episode written by Richard Matheson, based on his short story. The current version has Michael Brandt lined up to write and direct. Brandt was one of the screenwriters for 3:10 to Yuma and Wanted. I'd personally love to see a film based on the book Outrageous Conduct: Art, Ego and the Twilight Zone Case, which is one of the best books I've read on the backstage dealings of a Hollywood production, and the tragedies that resulted because of them. The trial that arose out of this event was almost as surreal as an episode of The Twilight Zone. Of course if anyone attempted an adaptation, they'd be blacklisted to the far side of the moon.
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    Free Solo

    Yesterday FREE SOLO became the fourth documentary of the year to gross $10 million or more (joining RBG - THREE PERFECT STRANGERS - and WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR) making 2018 the first year to have 4 documentaries take in $10 million or more. The biggest surprise is that this was a year that saw both Michael Moore and Dinesh D’Souza release docs that ended up tanking with their respective audiences. https://variety.com/2018/film/news/free-solo-10-million-box-office-documentary-hot-streak-1203067397/
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    Red Sonja (2010)

    Let's hope they redo that tagline from the 1985 version. Robert Rodriguez is producing and reteaming with his Planet Terror star Rose McGowan. USA Today story here.
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    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

    The problematic rights issues over J.R.R. Tolkien's <b>The Hobbit</b> may be cleared up, if Time Warners bid for MGM goes through. Sony Corp. seems to be the only other serious bidder... story <a href="http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1940&ncid=1990&e=6&u=/variety/20040718/va_fi_ne/inside_move___hobbit__could_end_up" target="_blank"><b>here</b></a>.
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    The House That Jack Built

    In typical Lars von Trier fashion, this popped up on my Facebook feed this morning.... From the look of the title card (shown below), my first reaction was that Lars was venturing into comedy, but upon further exploration....
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    U2 - Songs of Experience

    Unconfirmed release date Dec. 1st, 2017? (Take that with a grain of salt, the source is The Irish Sun). Sept 8th, possible release date of the first single - You're the Best Thing About Me
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    Stephen King's IT

    Cary Fukunaga, director of Sin Nombre and last year's Jane Eyre, has been attached to direct a 2 part adaptation of the Stephen King novel. Story from The Hollywood Reporter here.
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    FX has given the go ahead for scripts to be written for a possible hour long weekly drama based on the Coen brothers 1996 film. Story here.
  10. Ikiru (Kurosawa, 1952) Something, Anything (Harrill, 2014) The Double Life of Veronique (Kieslowski, 1991) Spirited Away (Miyazaki, 2001) Red Beard (Kurosawa, 1965) The Assassin (Hou, 2015) The Trial (Welles, 1962) The Secret of Kells (Moore and Twomey, 2009) Wings of Desire (Wenders, 1987) The Insider (Mann, 1999) Joe Versus the Volcano (Shanley, 1990) Arrival (Villeneuve, 2016) Marty (Delbert Mann, 1955) Malcolm X (Lee, 1992) Cleo from 5 to 7 (Varda, 1962) Picnic at Hanging Rock (Weir, 1975) This Is Martin Bonner (Hartigan, 2013) The Truman Show (Weir, 1998) The New World (Malick, 2005) Fearless (Weir, 1993) Punch-Drunk Love (Anderson, 2002) Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Spielberg, 1977) Pan's Labyrinth (Del Toro, 2006) Knight of Cups (Malick, 2015) The Tree of Life (Malick, 2011) It's an interesting list, and is probably the first list we've had that has skewed so heavily to films released within the last 20 years. I believe it's the first A&F Top 25 list that hasn't had any films from the 40's or 30's. Decade Breakdown 1950's - 2 1960's - 3 1970's - 2 1980's - 1 1990's - 6 2000's - 5 2010's - 6
  11. I'll put my name in for Fearless and Punch-Drunk Love. (If Fearless is dropped because it crosses the limit of number of films one director can have on the list, I'd also consider doing Arrival)
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    Marjorie Prime

    I think this has sold me on seeing it at the Aero this weekend. There's supposed to be a Q&A with Almereyda and star Lois Smith, followed by an early performance of hers in East of Eden.
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    Star Wars: Han Solo origin story spin-off

    My first thought was this is an absolute, perfectly bland title for a Ron Howard film. Then I got to wondering if Lord/Miller had a different title in mind.
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    Movie Calendar

    Inferno (1980) April 30th - Date on a letter from Rose to her brother Mark. This date becomes something of an unintentional joke (I think). The letter is shown being written and dated late at night on April 30th in New York. The recipient receives the letter in Rome. The postmark on the envelope is April 30th. Events take place later that night in Rome, and then switch to events taking place that same night in New York. We are told this via a title card that says "LATER THAT SAME APRIL NIGHT, IN NEW YORK". Either April has been given a few extra days in this film (I would think by this time it must be April 35th) or the director just didn't care.
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    Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

    Well, just as The Force Awakens rehashed much of A New Hope, this trailer seems to rehash much of The Empire Strikes Back. Can't say I'm too surprised, nor is my interest all that piqued.
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    Movie Calendar

    Rambo: First Blood Part II John Rambo's date of birth is given as July 6th, 1947.
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    Blade Runner 2

    Flipping around cable yesterday, I stopped on the SYFY Channel when I saw Deckard entering Bryant's office. As soon as Bryant said he had four skinjobs walking the streets, the Deckard voice-over kicked in. I hadn't seen this version in ages (I assume it was the Criterion Edition international cut, since it feature both the voice-over, and was in widescreen). It was interesting, but the VO really doesn't add anything plot-wise. Then, of course, there was the out of place happy ending, which has always felt wrong. The Final Cut (2007) really is the best in my book.
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    Movie Calendar

    Blade Runner 2049 There are a lot of dates running throughout this movie, and it's going to be fun to seek them out once BR 2049 makes it to home video. But the three I caught (not counting the earlier mentioned 6-10-21 from the trailer)... June 15th, 2020 - incept date for Sapper Morton (David Bautista). June 30th, 2049 - date where K undergoes his psychosis test (for lack of a better term). Now, here's the interesting date, not only because it appears onscreen in BR 2049 (twice), but because it applies a specific date to a scene in Blade Runner which was not given in that film. No spoilers here, but in BR 2049 there is a brief, degraded digital copy of the scene where Deckard meets Rachel for the first time in Blade Runner, and subjects her to the Voight-Kampf test used to ID replicants. The digital playback of this interview says it took place on November 20th, 2019. So here's a question, Ron - Can this November 20th, 2019 date be used for both films, even though it only shows up in BR 2049? And if so, I'm wondering if any more dates can then be extrapolated for the original film, from this bit of info in the new film.
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    Blade Runner 2

    This what I posted over at Letteroxd - I see Peter and I had a similar reaction to what, if anything, could be trimmed from BR 2049. And Ken and I shared a MATRIX moment or two. BTW, can someone add "049" to the topic title?
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    Band of Brothers

    I just posted a new thread for The Pacific, but was surprised to not find a thread devoted to Band of Brothers. As I stated in the other thread, I didn't fully appreciate this series until I saw it uninterrupted. Now I feel that it may be the greatest piece of work ever made for television, and one of the best documents on WWII - be it in literature, film or theatre. Any thoughts? I hope to have more later, but am rushed at the moment.
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    Band of Brothers

    Donald Malarkey, who was portrayed by Scott Grimes in the HBO series, passed away Saturday at age 96. Story here.
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    Movie Calendar

    American Made (2017) July 15th, 1979 - Jimmy Carter's Crisis of Confidence speech March 16th, 1986 - Ronald Reagan addresses the nation on the Sandinistas in Nicaragua (the use of this speech in the film is a bit of a puzzler because of the date the speech was given, and a date of another significant event that I can't reveal for spoiler reasons) Sept. 14th 1986 - Nancy Reagan kicks off the Just Say No to Drugs campaign Seal Family Home Video Dec. 25th & 26th, 1982 Barry Seal Video Diary Entries Dec. 20th, 1985 Jan. 2nd, 11th, 18th, 24th, 26th, 1986 Feb. 19th, 1986 Many more can probably be discovered on closer examination.
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    Movie Calendar

    Taxi Driver May 31st, 1976 - Expiration date of Travis Bickle's hack license. There are probably more dates from this film that can be found. I just happened to see a reproduction of the license online, and confirmed it at IMDb under the trivia page for the film.
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    Star Trek: Discovery

    If you're talking ST-TMP, I seem to remember that, as well. However, IIRC, it seems to only take a matter of minutes to reach Vulcan from Earth in the first JJ Abrams film. Am I wrong here? Have the producers/creators of ST-Discovery said what time thread they are following? edit: This clip begins just after the Enterprise has made the jump to warp. Like I said... minutes.
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    Movie Calendar

    Two more from this remarkable film. September 26, 1916 - Fawcett's men charge the German lines, and are attacked with chlorine gas. December 3, 1924 - Fawcett's press interview, announcing the second attempt to locate Zed with his son Jack.