When DVD began permeating the culture a little over a decade ago, Steven Spielberg was famously one of the last filmmakers to embrace the format. He’s shown a similar aversion to Blu-ray with only a handful of his films (Saving Private Ryan, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, War of the Worlds) available on the high definition discs. Those tides seem to be turning though, as in a recent interview with Ain’t It Cool News tied to the upcoming 36th anniversary of Jaws, Spielberg said they’re currently working on a Blu-ray of that 1975 hit. Plus, the film credited with starting the modern summer blockbuster won’t have any “digital corrections.” Read his quotes after the break. Read More »

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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 40 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 46 (!?!) different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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Cool Stuff: Amity Island Boat Hire T-Shirt

I always love the designs at Last Exit to Nowhere, which features t-shirts featuring the logos of companies and locations featured in some of our favorite feature films. Unfortunately the company is UK based and the price conversion and shipping makes their tees very unaffordable for US based film geeks.

Today’s tee design on Teefury is something I’d expect to find on Nowhere, a Jaws homage by RubyRed. The good news is you can grab the “Amity Island Boat Hire” t-shirt for only $9 plus shipping (a very fair price). The bad news is it will only be available today (Thursday October 14th 2010). So act now or it will disappear forever at the strike of midnight. See the full design after the jump.
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If you’ve been reading /Film for a while, then you know that I love good movie-inspired art. And the superbowl of movie art is Crazy4Cult, an art show put on every year by Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles. This year’s show will open on July 9th, and we have seen the first batch of artwork premiere online. For years I’ve been writing about the show, and posting and buying the art online. I’m super excited because this year I’ll be able to attend the event since I now live in Los Angeles.

Last week I posted the first compilation of the artwork from the show, including new pieces from Eric Tan, Dave Perillo, Tom Whalen and more. Click here to see Part 1!

Today I’ve returned to bring you a collection of art pieces which have since come online. Believe me, if you like movie art, hit the jump!

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If you’ve been reading /Film for a while, then you know that I love good movie-inspired art. And the superbowl of movie art is Crazy4Cult, an art show put on every year by Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles. This year’s show will open on July 9th, and we have seen the first batch of artwork premiere online. For years I’ve been writing about the show, and posting and buying the art online. I’m super excited because this year I’ll be able to attend the event since I now live in Los Angeles.  After the jump you will see a compilation of the artwork I have found thus far. New pieces from Eric Tan, Dave Perillo, Tom Whalen and more. We should have another preview closer to the show. Believe me, if you like movie art, hit the jump!

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Jaws Was Released 35 Years Ago Today

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Steven Spielberg‘s JAWS was released in movie theaters thirty five years ago today, on June 20th 1975. At the time, movies were released slowly, in a few theaters in major cities. As word of mouth spread, distributors would expand the release to more and more markets. Jaws was the first film to have a “wide release”, opening at the same time across the country, which at the time ment a whopping 464 theaters on opening night, with a national marketing campaign.

Jaws grossed more than $7 million that weekend, and went on to gross more than $470 million worldwide — the highest grossing film of the time (knocked off the top spot when Star Wars was released two years later). At a time when a the average movie ticket price was only $2.05, that means that over 250 million tickets were sold. To give you an idea, Pixar’s largest grossing film to date Finding Nemo grossed $867.9 million worldwide in 2003, at a time before 3D when the average movie ticket was still $6, and even then, something like 145 million tickets were sold. If adjusted for ticket inflation, Jaw’s worldwide box office total would be near $2 billion.

The reason why Box Office is significant is that Jaws gave birth to the Blockbuster, and is considered one of the first “high concept” films. But not only was it a high concept blockbuster, it was critically acclaimed. The film currently holds a 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. And unless Armond White begins reviewing older classic films (god, I hope that never happens), it is likely to stay that way.

On this theatrical anniversary, please leave your thoughts/memories/experiences of the film in the comments below. After the jump I’ve also included some rare behind the scenes photos from the filming of Jaws.

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Cool Stuff: Brandon Schaefer’s Movie Posters

25-year-old Massachusetts-based graphic artist Brandon Schaefer has created an impressive collection of retro-minimal movie posters. The Ghostbusters-inspired posters above have been making the internet rounds recently, but Schaefer has a huge portfolio of posters, some of which can even be purchased as prints on inPRNT.com. Check out some of his posters, after the jump.
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