BBC War of the Worlds Trailer

Steven Spielberg had the aliens from H.G. Wells classic sci-fi invasion story War of Worlds tear through Boston and the rest of the modern world back in 2005, which feels like a lifetime ago. Now the BBC is giving the story a new adaptation in the form of a miniseries, but as the War of the Worlds trailer shows, this one throws the invasion back to Edwardian England, bringing the British people of the early 1900s face-to-face with technology the likes of which they’ve never seen before, truly a nightmare from another world. Watch the BBC War of the Worlds trailer below. Read More »

(Welcome to 21st Century Spielberg, an ongoing column that examines the challenging, sometimes misunderstood 21st century filmography of one of our greatest living filmmakers, Steven Spielberg. In this edition: War of the Worlds and Munich.)

In 1993, Steven Spielberg reached the pinnacle of his career. The perfect encapsulation of his considerable talents. In June of that year, he released Jurassic Park, one of the biggest blockbusters to ever roar its way out of Hollywood. Blending Spielberg’s gift for visual storytelling with cutting-edge technology, Jurassic Park confirmed Spielberg as an unstoppable movie-making master – a man who could make the impossible possible. By December of that same year, the filmmaker would release something altogether different – Schindler’s List. A searing, wrenching drama rooted in the Holocaust, it would go on to win Spielberg his first Best Director and Best Picture Oscars. It was the biggest artistic triumph of his métier. The fact that one filmmaker delivered Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List in the same year is often remarked upon, and marveled over. 

But perhaps more remarkable is the fact that in 2005, Steven Spielberg did it again.

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Ghost Hunters

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Ghost Hunters has been revived for a new season
  • The Penny Dreadful spin-off adds some cast members
  • David Ayer is working on a new series for Showtime
  • Get a first look at the new War of the Worlds TV series
  • Find out what the hell Slutty Teenage Bounty Hunters is
  • All that and more!

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Cheers Opening with Pennywise

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, see how Pixar’s animation has evolved significantly since the original Toy Story in 1995. Plus, find out how much creepier the beloved 90s sitcom Cheers gets when Pennywise the Dancing Clown slides into the opening credits, and take a look at a size comparison between some of cinema’s most famous robots. Read More »

war of the worlds tv series

H.G. Wells’s sci-fi classic War of the Worlds has undergone many adaptations already, but a few more won’t hurt. Fox Networks Group is mounting a new War of the Worlds TV series, likely starring Greg Kinnear. The timing on this is a bit odd, since the BBC is about to premiere a War of the Worlds TV series of their own.

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tom cruise running

Did you know that if Tom Cruise stops running, he dies? Well not exactly, but if he runs less, his movies do worse at the box office. Really. It’s science.

A study from the folks at Rotten Tomatoes have figured out that the amount that Cruise runs in his movies correlate with how good the movies are — and how well they do at the box office.

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tv bits nightflyers

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Say hello to Sabrina‘s goat, and say hello to Sabrina herself
  • A first-look at Nightflyers
  • A trailer for The Affair season 4
  • Black-ish creator Kenya Barris wants to end his deal with ABC
  • Netflix has ordered a new animated series
  • Star Trek: Discovery will have a “classic” tone for season 2
  • More Gendry in Game of Thrones season 8
  • Check out the main title sequence for Netflix’s new Lost in Space
  • The BBC is making a new War of the Worlds
  • Steven Spielberg and Alex Gibney team for a new docu-series
  • First Wives Club TV reboot is on the way
  • A teaser and poster for Patrick Melrose
  • Jordan Peele is making a docu-series about Lorena Bobbitt
  • Tiffany Haddish will produce a new HBO comedy series
  • New photos from Preacher season 3, along with a premiere date
  • The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 poster
  • David Simon is making a Spanish Civil War series

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/Answers: Our Favorite City-Leveling Action Scenes

Pacific Rim Uprising IMAX Trailer

Every week in /Answers, we answer a new pop culture-related question. In this edition, we ask “What is your favorite movie scene where a city gets completely destroyed?

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War of the Worlds - Ray Harryhausen VFX Test - Morning Watch

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, check out a visual effects test that was part of a pitch for film legend Ray Harryhausen to adapt War of the Worlds. Plus, run through the alphabet by way of a cleverly edited video using footage from 85 different movies, and see how a unique Sith lightsaber is built thanks to the miracle of 3D printing. Read More »

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/Answers: Our Favorite Movie and TV Parents

back to the future

Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. This week’s edition, tying in with this weekend’s Snatched and last weekend’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, asks “Who are your favorite film or television parents?” As always, we have submissions from the /Film writing crew and podcast team.

If you’d like to share your favorite mothers and fathers from the movies of TV, please send your thoughts to slashfilmpitches@gmail.com for a chance to be featured on the site. Find our choices below!

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