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‘Demonic’ Review: Director Neill Blomkamp Gets Lost in District Anodyne

Back in the ’30s, ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s, what we used to call monster movies had simple concepts and catchy, explicit titles that mirrored them. “Dracula.” “The Werewolf.” “King Kong.” “Mothra vs. Godzilla.” “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.” “Creature from the Black Lagoon.” “The Blob.” When you watch a movie like “Demonic,” you only wish […]

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Anna Gross, Film Executive and Producer, Dies at 68

Anna Gross, a film executive and producer who worked on films such as “The NeverEnding Story” and “Tootsie,” died on July 23. She was 68.Gross’ cousin, Mikie Heilbrun, confirmed her death to Variety. “Everyone’s life she touched she enriched,” Heilbrun wrote in an email. “She made them better more full beings and forever changed them.”Gross […]

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‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Director Adam Wingard Was Once Hand-Picked By Peter Jackson to Make a Sequel to 2005’s ‘King Kong’

After his Oscar-winning success with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, director Peter Jackson rolled right into one of his long-time passion projects: directing a remake of King Kong. That 2005 film made more than $562 million worldwide, which ultimately wasn’t quite enough to justify a sequel. But before the notion of a sequel was […]

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Peter Jackson Will Receive the Visual Effects Society Lifetime Achievement Award

Peter Jackson knows a thing or two about special effects. He’s responsible for huge, effects-driven movies like the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit trilogy, his underrated remake of King Kong, and more. He’s also one of the founders of the digital effects company Weta Digital. And now, Jackson is set to receive the […]

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‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Trailer: Legendary Movie Monsters Prepare for Ultimate Showdown

Two legendary titans face off in the first trailer for the new movie “Godzilla vs. Kong.”Released on Warner Bros.’ YouTube channel Sunday morning, the trailer gives viewers their first glimpse at the ultimate showdown between Godzilla and King Kong. The two exchange blows above the ocean, with Kong knocking Godzilla into the water, only for […]

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Film Score Pioneer Max Steiner Is Ripe for Rediscovery, with the Help of a New Biography

Composer Max Steiner, whose scores for “King Kong,” “Gone With the Wind” and “Casablanca” placed him in the movie-music pantheon, isn’t much discussed today. He seems to belong to that old-school, pre-synthesizer world of orchestral scoring from the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s.But as author Steven C. Smith points out in his engrossing new biography of […]

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Christian Rivers To Direct ‘Into Thin Air,’ On Disappearance Of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

Exclusive: Christian Rivers has signed on to direct Into Thin Air, a feature drama that explores the unsolved mystery behind the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The film is a co-production of Illusion Media Entertainment, K. Jam Media, and Altit Media Group and it is being financed by Avi Nakash. He’s the owner of […]

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Film News Roundup: Fathom-tcm Big Screen Classics Include ‘Psycho,’ ‘King Kong’

In today’s film news roundup, the Big Screen Classics series lineup is unveiled, surfing documentary “And Two If by Sea” finds a home and Austin Studios gets a director.EventsFathom Events and Turner Classic Movies have unveiled the fourth annual TCM Big Screen Classics series, highlighted by the 60th anniversary release of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho.”“Psycho” will […]

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8 Alternative Monster Movies, From ‘It Follows’ to ‘Rubber’

When “Crawl” opens in theaters this week, Alexandre Aja’s latest film promises to do for alligators what other offbeat horror movies have done for such wacky villains as tires, worms, and tigers. While the monster movie subgenre has long enjoyed scaring up audiences with traditional baddies like zombies, werewolves, vampires, even alien beings and large-scale […]

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