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Q&A with Douglas Trumbull, A Special Effect Supervisor Who Worked on 2001, A Space Odyssey,” “Blade Runner,” “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”

About a week ago, we’ve lost the greatest special effect pioneer, Douglas Trumbull who brought impossible cinematic experience in “2001, A Space Odyssey,” “Blade Runner,” “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” I had a chance to see him in person for the special screening of “Brianstorm” at the MOMI(Museum of…

Best Movie Sequels of All Time : We Picked Top 3

Even these are still rare cases, but yes, it is possible for a sequel to be better than the original film. We look at Top 3 greatest examples of such films.   Abe Friedtanzer   Aliens  Terminator 2: Judgment Day  For a Few Dollars More A good sequel delivers on the expectations of the original film,…

Inside Out 2 : Exclusive Video Interview with Production Designer Jason Deamer on Creative Art

Adriano Ercolani : Italian Film Critic and TV Author living in New York since 2011. Critics Choice Association member. Graduated in History of Cinema in Rome, he works as a freelance correspondent for some of the most important Italian outlets like Hollywood Reporter Italy, Comingsoon.it, Cinefilos.it and Ciak Magazine. He started working as a film…

Slamdance Film Festival Moving to Los Angeles in 2025

Slamdance is pulling up stakes in snowy Utah and heading for sunny California. After 30 years, the indie-oriented Slamdance Film Festival is quitting its traditional Park City locale, where it has played in tandem with the Sundance Film Festival. Sundance is also in the process of contemplating a move of its own. As a result…

Academy Awards : “The Boy and the Heron” and “Godzilla Minus One” Win Oscars!

Hayao Miyazaki, the legendary Japanese anime director, was crowned Best Animated Feature winner for The Boy and the Heron at the U.S. Academy Awards, beating out four other films in the same category, including Disney’s ‘Elemental’ and the U.S. superhero film ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.’ For the first time in more than two decades, Miyazaki was…

Nominations Announced for 96th Annual Academy Awards

Nominations for the 2024 Academy Awards were announced today, led by Oppenheimer, Poor Things, Killers of the Flower Moon, and Barbie. Oppenheimer snagged 13 nominations, Poor Things got 11, followed by Killers of the Flower Moon with 10, and Barbie with eight. These four films are contending for the Best Picture Oscar, along with six…

Paul Thomas Anderson to Team Up With Leonard DiCaprio

@Photo by Wilson Webb – © 2013 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Paul Thomas Anderson will be directing a new Warner Bros. film that will feature an ensemble cast headed by Leonardo DiCaprio, Sean Penn, and Regina Hall. Few details are known about the as-yet-untitled movie, other than the fact that Anderson will also be writing the…

Tom Wilkinson, Star of “The Full Monty,” Has Died at 75

@Photo by Laurie Sparham – © 2016 Bleecker Street Tom Wilkinson, who’s known for starring in such films as The Full Monty, Michael Clayton and Shakespeare in Love, died today unexpectedly in his home. The two-time Oscar-nominated actor was 75. His cause of death was not immediately released. The news was confirmed by Wilkinson’s publicist Nancy…

Barack Obama Shares His Top 10 Films of 2023

@The Oprah Conversation Former United States President Barack Obama isn’t just a great leader, but also he has done great works through his film production, Higher Ground by producing three remarkable films that his label helped produce this year – the acclaimed Colman Domingo-led biopic “Rustin,” the Julia Roberts and Mahershala Ali-led end of world…

Godzilla Minus One Reflects the Intentions of 1954’s Version

@Courtesy of Toho Co., LTD. A month after I saw the film, “Godzilla Minus One” at the Japan Society, I really wanted to see how this film did at the U.S box office, which is more than most people have anticipated. So, I decided to take some time to write about this remarkable film which was special…