Three years ago, TV Guide dared to compile a list of the Top 25 Cult Shows Ever, a veritable who's who of programs that got people talking — and in many cases still had them talking long after the final episode aired. The litmus tests were many. These are the types of shows that make normal folk Romulan-fluent, series that inspire what can only be called worship. The faithful collect everything from action figures (and perhaps way too many of them) to yellowing scripts obtained by any means necessary. They attend conventions in fangs or blue skin or with Hurley's numbers tattooed in disturbing places.
Spurred on by the successful campaign to get Jericho plucked from the postapocalyptic ashes and returned to CBS' 2007-08 slate, TV Guide revisited that years-old countdown, asking ourselves such tough questions as: Is Lost too "big" to be considered cult? Did the big-screen Serenity help or hinder Firefly's under-the-radar cachet? And, of course, just how high does one Miss Veronica Mars get placed on the list at this nascent stage in her candidacy?
In pondering this list anew, we also shuffled around (and even excised) some previous favorites.
(Source: TV Guide)
An Interview with Amitabh Bachchan
There are very few men who look acceptable in a dark red velvet jacket, embroidered silk shirt and extravagantly monogrammed carpet slippers, but somehow it is difficult to imagine the very regal Amitabh Bachchan wearing anything else. His long face is dramatically framed by jet black hair and a silvery beard, and his speech is peppered with elegant, slightly quaint-sounding words. During our interview, minions scurry in bringing him tea, biscuits and fruit salad, to be dismissed with an imperious wave.
On the subcontinent, Bachchan's status is apparently approaching that of a minor deity. When he fell ill with intestinal problems in 2005, there were reports of fans fasting and making pilgrimages across the country carrying healing water from the Ganges. TV crews kept a 24-hour vigil at the hospital and the Times of India received 10,634 text messages and 12,888 voicemails from their readers wishing him a quick recovery. The Indian diaspora have made him a global star: in a BBC online poll in 1999, Bachchan beat Laurence Olivier to be voted "the greatest star of stage or screen of the last 1,000 years".
(Source: New Statesman)
Aint-it-Cool-News’ stellar reporter Quint had access to the set of Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix for 12 hours and details his visit in this report. The film was shot at Leavesden Studios in England (as was all the Harry Potter movies) and he had the opportunity to see Gary Oldman work. Be aware that the set report contains spoilers from the book.
(Source: Aint-It-Cool News)
“The Incredibles”. “The Iron Giant”. “Family Dog”.
Those are the last three things that Brad Bird directed, and if you can’t tell by reading the list of projects above, the man was born to make movies. Brad Bird is one of those rare artists that come along only a few times a generation. He’s a person who can tell a story without forcing it. He can make you laugh or cry and you wouldn’t see it coming.
And while the projects above are great, his new movie “Ratatouille” could be the best yet. So what makes it so great? Is it the story? The acting? The animation? Perhaps it’s the direction?
The reason “Ratatouille” is so great is all of the above.
In Turner Classic Movies' (TCM) new documentary SPIELBERG ON SPIELBERG, premiering Monday, July 9, at 8 p.m. (ET)/9 p.m. (PT), two-time Best Director Oscar(R) winner Steven Spielberg discusses his meteoric rise to success in Hollywood, as well as the motion pictures that took him there. The 90-minute special, which features exclusive and detailed interviews with arguably the most popular and influential director of his time, is produced by Richard Schickel, who created similar programs on Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese.
The premiere of SPIELBERG ON SPIELBERG will be followed on TCM by Close Encounters of the Third Kind, which earned him his first Oscar(R) nomination, and Jaws. With the man himself as viewers' personal guide, SPIELBERG ON SPIELBERG charts a path through the amazing and diverse canon that represents Spielberg's body of work. Spielberg has never recorded an audio commentary track for the home video releases of any of his movies, which makes this film an exclusive opportunity to hear this remarkable director speak candidly about his films. Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas and Martin Scorsese, while not featured in the film, offer insight into their esteemed colleague-and very good friend:
Martin Scorsese on Spielberg:
"I once came across an interview with Jack Nicholson in which he mentioned that he kept a book in his house of drawings by his invited guests. And I remember Jack's amazement at a drawing done by Steven. He said this simple drawing -- of a truck crashing through the center of a valentine, I believe -- made you think: "Wow, this guy's a born moviemaker!" So true. When you're looking at Steven's extraordinary images up there on the screen, that's the impression you have. You simply can't imagine this man doing anything but making movies. He was born with a viewfinder clutched in his fist and only he can mount pictures on a screen with such precision and sweeping grandeur. Steven and I came into movies together, and we've shared a lot over the years, as friends, as movie lovers, and as filmmakers. But I never cease to marvel at his evolution as a storyteller, and at the powerful beauty of his films."
Francis Ford Coppola:
"There are so many things I could say about Steven Spielberg, his prodigious talent, inventiveness, the sheer joy he employs in the pursuit of cinema; but perhaps equally impressive, is his support of new talent, and the kindness and warmth he employs in the pursuit of friendship."
"Steven is the consummate filmmaker. He has an extraordinary ability to make brilliant movies -- brilliantly artistic, brilliantly entertaining, and brilliantly successful. Steven's genius is that he knows, innately, how to communicate through film. He is one of the few directors I know who can actually edit in his head while he is filming. And as much as I admire him as a filmmaker, I equally admire him as a humanitarian. The Shoah Foundation, which Steven started to ensure that no one would forget the Holocaust, has filmed testimonials from more than 52,000 victims. A staggering achievement."
Jon Avnet's Righteous Kill, set to star Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino, has secured a North American deal with Overture Films, the company's CEO Chris McGurk and COO Danny Rosett announced.
The legendary stars are reuniting for the second time since their historic couple of scenes together in Heat. They were both in The Godfather Part 2, but did not share any scenes.
Written by Russell Gewirtz (who wrote the jazzy Inside Man), the film features the DeNiro and Pacino as two detectives on the hunt for a serial killer whose victims are criminals who have slipped through the cracks of the justice system. After following a trail of clues, the detectives soon realize the killer had unusual access to his victims, the type of access only another cop would have.
Millennium Films is producing the movie along with Randall Emmett and Rob Cowan. Righteous Kill is set to start shooting this September in Bridgeport,
Seven of the major Hollywood studios and six top consumer electronics manufacturers today announced the launch of the Blu-ray Disc Promotion, a summer-long promotional program intended to encourage customers to experience the unparalleled high-definition experience that Blu-ray(TM) provides. The promotion gives consumers the opportunity to jump-start their high definition library by receiving five free Blu-ray Discs from a list of over 20 of the most popular titles offered by participating studios when they purchase qualifying Blu-ray players between July 1 and
Participating studios include Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Lionsgate Home Entertainment, MGM Home Entertainment, Paramount Home Entertainment, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Warner Home Video. Hardware manufacturers include Panasonic Consumer Electronics, Phillips Electronics, Pioneer, Samsung, Sony Electronics and Sony Computer Entertainment.
Consumers who purchase any one of the many qualifying Blu-ray players from participating hardware companies will be able to select five of the following Blu-ray titles, which include new releases and fan favorites. Among the 21 titles in this mail-in offer are: Babel, Black Rain, Blazing Saddles, Chicken Little, The Corpse Bride, The Devil's Rejects, The Guardian, Hart's War, Invincible, The Italian Job, Kiss of the Dragon, The Last Waltz, The Omen , Pearl Harbor, The Phantom of the Opera, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Species, Stealth, Stir of Echoes, The Transporter 2 and Underworld: Evolution.
The promotion will kick off on
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