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The Greatest Movies From The 70s

April 1st, 2014 8:00am EDT
The Greatest Movies From The 70s
The 1970s. The era of disco, bell bottom jeans, and phenomenal moviemaking. Hollywood’s golden age surged in the seventies, a time where gifted filmmakers carved their niche in the studio system and created films unlike anything seen before. From maverick moviemakers who created their penultimate masterpieces to the birth of the modern Hollywood blockbuster amongst a sea of commercial duds, the seventies were one of the hottest times in filmmaking even in the wake of the Cold War. Without further ado, here are the best movies of the 1970’s.

"The Godfather: Parts I and II" (1972 and 1974)
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Check Out The Making-Of-A-Movie Book 'Jaws: Memories From Martha's Vineyard'

October 20th, 2012 7:00am EDT
Jaws
The filming of the blockbuster film Jaws is regarded as a landmark event in both the history of motion pictures and the quaint New England island of Martha's Vineyard, where the geographic isolation necessitated the hiring of hundreds of locals to work as actors and laborers.

Among this virtual army of hometown participants were numerous professional and amateur photographers, each with full access to the production's inner workings--for the first time ever this compiles their behind-the-scenes photographs and stories into a treasure trove of Jaws rarities.

Included are a foreword by dire...
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Blu-ray Review: 'Jaws'

August 15th, 2012 11:00am EDT
Jaws movie
Will a shark be scarier in...Hi-Def? We’re gonna find out with this week’s anticipated release of the classic Steven Spielberg fish tale "Jaws," out in an extras heavy Blu-ray from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. See if they’re gonna need a bigger Blu-ray case below!

Title: "Jaws"

Grade: 5

Cast: Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw

Director: Steven Spielberg

Rating: PG

Runtime: 124 minutes

Release Company: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Website: www.UniversalHiDef.com

The Flick: Of course, anyone who says that "Jaws" is not a five-star piece of film...
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Steven Spielberg Struggled To Sell 'Smash'

January 17th, 2012 9:29am EST
Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg spent five years trying to bring his new TV drama Smash to the small screen because the concept failed to win over network executives.

The Jaws director came up with the idea of a series set behind-the-scenes of a Broadway show, and teamed with his Dreamworks Television company and writer Theresa Rebeck to turn his vision into a program.

However, despite Spielberg's power in Hollywood, it took years to persuade TV executives to take on the show - until NBC entertainment boss Bob Greenblatt agreed to commission the series.

Spielberg tells Access Hollywood, "I came up w...
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'Jaws' Gets 3D Porn Treatment

January 12th, 2012 11:21am EST
Jaws
Adult movie bosses have shot a porn parody of Steven Spielberg's classic Jaws - in 3D.

Staff at Hustler Video have teamed up with production company Adam & Eve to shoot This Ain't Jaws XXX, which spoofs the 1975 Oscar-winning film about a killer shark terrorizing a U.S. beach resort.

And to make the movie more lifelike, producers utilized the latest technology to shoot the entire film in 3D.

Drew Rosenfeld, Creative Director for Hustler Video, says, "We have leveraged our synergy and come up with an exciting and entertaining new 3D parody."
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George Clooney Names 'Deliverance,' 'The Exorcist' & 'Jaws' Among His Favorite 100 Films

September 24th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
George Clooney
In an exclusive interview with PARADE, out this Sunday, George Clooney declared 1964 to 1976 "the greatest time in filmmaking by far."

The actor says, "I'm a product of the '70s filmmakers. I grew up with that. ... That was the era that I was watching movies the most. I gave all my friends for Christmas 100 films between 1964 and '76 — movies that were really changing the face of filmmaking."

In a Parade.com exclusive, Clooney revealed his list of 100 favorite films. His top five are:

Network
All the President's Men
Dr. Strangelove
Carnal Knowledge
Harold and Maude

Check out Geroge C...
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What Are Your Favorite 'Dog Days Of Summer' Movies?

July 28th, 2011 1:00pm EDT
Dog Days Of Summer' Movies
With the heat wave simmering across the country, we got to thinking… what are the best movies that describe the “dog days of summer”? What are the movies that tell the best summer stories? What made the biggest impression when you downed the lemonade and chased the ice cream truck? Here are our Top 10.

10. ‘Dirty Dancing’ – 1987

Okay, so this is clearly a guilty pleasure, but how can it not define ‘summer’? Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze create the perfect coming of age story with lots of cute oldies and 80s dance moves. And no one puts Baby in the corner, just so you know.

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Steven Spielberg To Make His First Comic-Con Appearance

July 14th, 2011 10:16am EDT
Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg is set to thrill film fans after announcing he will make his debut appearance at the legendary Comic-Con event in California later this month.

The revered moviemaker has been behind some of cinema's most successful films but has never participated in the renowned San Diego-based comic book and movie convention, which has been held annually since 1970.

He has now confirmed he will be part of a panel at the upcoming event on July 22nd to discuss his new project The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn in front of 6,000 attendees.

The Jaws legend will also be ...
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Jerry O'Connell Proud Of Losing His Manhood To Piranhas

August 17th, 2010 1:00am EDT
Jerry O
Actor Jerry O'Connell can't wait for fans to see his new movie "Piranha 3D" - because he loses his manhood to flesh-eating fish in one gruesome scene.

Far from being embarrassed by the thought of film fans getting "showered" by his ripped-off penis in 3D, the "Stand By Me" child star is relishing in the gory scene.

He tells BlogTalkRadio.com, "It was actually pretty fun. I've seen a little bit of it. I shouldn't say that; I've seen a large chunk of it and it looks great. It's really funny actually."

Co-star Kelly Brook adds, "The thing with the piranhas is they always go for a particular...
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The Movie Rut: 'Jaws' (1975) - 35 Summers And Counting

June 21st, 2010 10:22am EDT
Jaws celebrates its 35th anniversary
“I'm only trying to say that Amity is a summer town. We need summer dollars.” - Mayor Vaughn

In reading about the productions of some of the most successful movies ever made, a noticeable trend arises pretty quickly. Nobody believes in the project, the shoot becomes mired with complications, some studio executive shouts “What is this shit?!” during the first screening, the director verges on a nervous breakdown, and then, out of nowhere, the premiere has a line wrapped around the block and everyone drowns in money.

If the story sounds familiar, that’s because it more or less describes the...
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The Movie Rut: 'Clue' (1985)

June 13th, 2010 9:30am EDT
Clue (1985)
On a stormy evening in 1954, at the height of the McCarthy era, six strangers meet at the kind of baroque mansion that only exists in movies. Greeting them at the door is Wadsworth (Tim Curry), a stiff English butler who reveals that they are all victims of a blackmail scheme masterminded by the mysterious Mr. Boddy (played by FEAR singer and sometimes actor Lee Ving). Before long, Mr. Boddy expires under mysterious circumstances and as the bodies start piling up the multi-colored cast of characters start scrambling around trying to figure out who did in who with what and where.

When Param...
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The Movie Rut: Introduction

June 12th, 2010 9:30am EDT
Groundhog-Day
I’ve always wanted to be the guy who has seen everything. The type of person that waltzes into a video store (or logs into Netflix, if we’re talking about the real world) and comes out with an armful of movies he or she has never seen. Like spinning a globe and venturing off to wherever your finger may land, watching a new movie is an adventure that broadens horizons and strengthens character. Of course, going to a random place on the planet also runs a pretty high risk of landing in the middle of a desert or in some godforsaken war torn hellhole.

As much as I’d like to be the next Peter B...
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7 Scariest Films to Watch on Halloween

October 28th, 2009 10:30am EDT
Scariest Films to Watch on Halloween
To be clear, we abhor the countless seemingly arbitrary lists of "scary" films that have littered the internet and many a magazine. If you are tired of trying to search these lists looking for films that don't have Halloween or 13th in the title, you will appreciate our list. Horror films, for the most part, are supposed to move the audience. They are not created for awards shows, and typically the ones that haunt us are the ones which are considered to be "bad" films. The most obvious issue with these previous lists it that they do not give an accurate explanation of how they define th...
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Sarah's Cinema Musings: When A Remake Is Redundant

August 17th, 2009 2:37pm EDT
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
As many of you have noticed, even those of you who have sought residence under a comfortable moss-laden rock, there is a virus in cinema. This virus is the concept of the remake. Yes, in a time when production budgets are dependent on a 'sure bet', there will be hyper-formulaic films. The issue now is the remake-remake. Confused? You are not the only one. Remakes of remakes, sometimes more positively spun as 'reimaginings', are not unheard of. 'Batman', 'Superman', and many of the old sci-fi classics like 'War of the Worlds', 'Dracula', 'The Day the Earth Stood Still', amongst many o...
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Sarah's Cinema Musings: Looking Beyond The Surface Of Movie Posters

July 11th, 2009 10:18am EDT
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
It used to be that when you walked through a movie theater, you looked forward to seeing the posters of upcoming films. Years ago, poster advertisements used to be as fascinating as movie trailers. The art of most film posters seems to have since gone by the wayside. Now, it seems, posters are a last-minute thought for non-blockbuster films or indie flicks.

Blockbuster films like Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings were able to keep the long-held tradition of poster storytelling. This aspect of promotion, the concept that sells the film poster more than the trailer, is the semio...
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DVD Versus Blu-ray: Enjoying A Film At Its Best

June 3rd, 2009 9:00am EDT
Wall-E
One can only assume the somewhat recent onslaught of the "need" for Blu-ray comes only from a desire to have people buy films and television show sets over again. After having to update a copy of 'Sneakers' from VHS tape to DVD, a completely reasonable choice, the buck stops here. Yes, the technology is interesting at best, but it is brutally frustrating at worst.

The problem is not with the players, although they are extremely expensive still and the best player is still the one that comes in the PlayStation 3, the problem instead lies way back in the beginning of the cycle - the ...
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'King Kong', 'Creature' To Join Universal Studios Hollywood In 2010

May 24th, 2009 4:00pm EDT
King Kong
King Kong, among the screen’s most powerful and enduring icons, will re-emerge on the famed and newly upgraded Universal Studios Hollywood Studio Tour in summer, 2010 as a thrilling and ground-breaking 4-D multi-sensory marvel, a new signature attraction for Universal Studios Hollywood.

The new King Kong attraction, based on the Oscar®-winning 2005 Universal Pictures film, will combine thrilling visceral effects with the world’s largest Surround Digital projection system to create a next-generation theme park experience.

Larry Kurzweil, President and Chief Operating Officer, Unive...
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Rob Schneider Talks About 'Big Stan', 'SNL' And His Famous Feuds

March 26th, 2009 11:26am EDT
Rob Schneider
Rob Schneider has never been one to back away from controversy and as we discussed his new film Big Stan -- released on DVD this week -- this became all the more apparent as this interview went along. Rob is very candid about what he thinks of a fellow Saturday Night Live alumnus and expresses his love for Roger Ebert, a man he once engaged in a very public dispute.

Mike: So, how was the transition to directing?

Rob: Not a big transition because I always felt I had a hand in directing all my movies. So, I really knew what I wanted and it took so many months to finally get the m...
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Concord Records To Release Expanded 'Indiana Jones' Soundtracks Feb. 17

January 30th, 2009 5:13pm EST
Raiders of the Lost Ark
On February 17, 2009 Concord Records will release individually the soundtracks to the original three Indiana Jones films: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Originally Available as Part of Last Year's Limited-Edition Boxed Set, These Expanded and Remastered Soundtracks Feature Previously Unreleased Music From The First Three Films!

All three feature Oscar-winning composer John Williams' soundtracks digitally remastered from the original tapes, plus unreleased music from each respective film. Previously available only as pa...
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Our Favorite Films About Animals

November 24th, 2008 12:39pm EST
The Lion King
'Tis the season to slaughter turkeys. Did anybody not see former Vice President wannabe Sarah Palin hold a Q&A downstage of a turkey’s obvious death? (Go HERE if you didn't.)

On a more cheerful note, here are a few gems from Hollywood made for the animal lover in all of us:

Best All-Around Animal Film

The Adventures of Milo and Otis

The film is the best all-animal movie, with March of the Penguins coming in as an understudy. A documentary showing a death of a cute baby penguin? Definitely going to lose against a Japanese (yes, really, Japanese) movie with Dudley Moore as a...
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Owen Wilson's Best & Worst Films

October 21st, 2008 9:21am EDT
Owen Wilson
The Frat Pack has been a powerful force in the new Millennium, and for awhile it was like we could not see a comedy without Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, Luke Wilson, and Owen Wilson. These comedic geniuses are quirky, timely, and have a lasting power that will keep them in movies for years to come. The goofy, charming Owen Wilson has proven himself not only as an actor, but as an Oscar-nominated screenwriter. There's a lot more going on beneath those blonde surfer bangs than one might expect, and with "Marley & Me" coming out this Christmas, let's take a look at some of the fine...
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Movie Adaptations: Why They Succeed Or Fail & The Direction They're Headed

July 15th, 2008 8:46am EDT
A History of Violence
Jaws. Ghost World. Eyes Wide Shut. A History of Violence. Road to Perdition. The Crow. Planet of the Apes. What do these seven movies have in common? It's a lesser known fact, in some cases more than others, but none of these movies were movies first. These, as with many other films, were adapted to the screen from other media.

Film adaptations have been made since the early days of cinema, but the last decade or so has seen a definite increase in their popularity, with the growing success and popularity of comic book adaptations to the ever quickening transition of best selling novels...
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Best Movie Lines That Have Stuck In Pop Culture

June 5th, 2008 9:00am EDT
The Sixth Sense
There are some movies that live forever in the minds of humanity generation after generation. They span decades, continents, and cross racial and gender divides. What creates that certain magic is intangible, but it inevitably involves the memorable quotes that make their way into pop culture and every day speech.

These quotes have a universal quality, whether humorous or tragic, and they take you back to that exact moment in the film when Marlon Brando screams into the air or Humphrey Bogart gently touches Ingrid Bergman's chin. These iconic moments are not only remembered but consta...
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Concord Records Releases Soundtrack to 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull'

May 20th, 2008 8:00pm EDT
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Concord Records released the soundtrack to the latest installment of the Indiana Jones adventures, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull today. The soundtrack features an original score composed by Academy Award winner John Williams.

The soundtrack is set to hit stores just two days before the release of the film, which is the first Indiana Jones film since Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The album features an epic orchestral score that evokes the timeless action of Indiana Jones and the iconic themes that have endeared the character to a legion of fans the world over...
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Minute-By-Minute Account Of The 80th Academy Awards

February 25th, 2008 8:35am EST
Jon Stewart
Only about 3,000 lucky spectators get to experience the majesty of Oscar night from inside the Kodak Theater, while the rest of us follow the action from our couch.

The following is minute-by-minute account from my couch. The snack of choice - frozen TGI Friday's Potato Skins. The drink of choice - selection of Henry Weinhardt's finest soft drinks.

For photos from the red carpet and show go here.

Now let's go to the play-by-play:

5:30 - So it appears the Oscars are delivered to the Kodak Theater by UPS through a digital dream world inhabited by all movie chase scenes. ...
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Roy Scheider, Best Known For Role In Blockbuster Movie 'Jaws,' Dies At 75

February 10th, 2008 10:58pm EST
Roy Scheider
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Roy Scheider, the actor best known for his role as a police chief in the blockbuster movie Jaws, has died. He was 75.

Scheider died Sunday at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences hospital in Little Rock, hospital spokesman David Robinson said. The hospital did not release a cause of death.

However, hospital spokeswoman Leslie Taylor said Scheider had been treated for multiple myeloma at the hospital's Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy for the past two years.

Scheider received two Oscar nominations, for best-supporting actor in 1971...
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Film Feature: Improbable Survivors

January 28th, 2008 11:12am EST
Live Free Or Die Hard
Movies are entertainment. We're supposed to suspend our disbelief so we can be entertained and so we don't bog ourselves down in the specifics. In some movies we can do just that - believe - and we can go with the flow. Others provide circumstances that are just too preposterous to take at face value.

Following are some of those movies and characters that I couldn't just forget about and found myself picking apart afterwards. I initially enjoyed each and every one of them, but on further viewing, they were just too much to accept.

Kill Bill Volume 2

There were a lot of scenes i...
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Violence Propels Filmmakers, Moviegoers & The Academy Awards

January 11th, 2008 12:07pm EST
No Country For Old Men
The lights go down. A low, rumbling bass slightly shakes the seats as the occupants draw in a tight, anticipatory breath. The first thing to break the tension is a thin beam of light across the center of the screen. It is accompanied by a low, rat-at-tat rhythm that could be rain on a tin roof- if it weren't for the high-pitched shriek in the background.

Is that yelling? Shouting? The shriek morphs into a scream of mechanical menace. It's a bomb, and it's followed by an explosion linked to the picture exploding into life. The audience sees all-out war. Guts are flying, blood is strea...
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 10

November 10th, 2007 3:00am EST
Brittany Murphy
Happy Birthday to rapper Eve (1978), actress Brittany Murphy (1977), baseball player Shawn Green (1972), actress Mackenzie Phillips (1959), comedian Sinbad (1956), composer Tim Rice (1944), Jaws star Roy Scheider (1932), The Good The Bad and The Ugly composer Ennio Morricone (1928), Welsh actor Richard Burton (1925; d. 1984), English film star Claude Rains (1889; d. 1967), and German protestant reformer Martin Luther (1483; d. 1546).
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Public Can Vote On Most Famous One-Liner Of All Time

September 25th, 2007 7:00pm EDT
Ask any movie or TV buff what their favorite one-liner is and you're bound to hear such quips as "I coulda been a contender," "I'll be back" and "Is that your final answer."

They're unforgettable lines that linger long after the show is over. But which are the most memorable? Boston's legendary Brigham's Ice Cream today announced its first survey to find the Top 10 List of Famous One-Liners of all time.

"Sometimes it takes only a word, or just a few, to become immortalized in film and television history," said Brigham's CEO Chuck Green. "In our first Top 10 List of Famous One-Lin...
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