Last year, I had the rare chance to spend my birthday on the phone talking with legendary actor Ron Perlman (Hellboy). It almost seems like that is one birthday memory that would be impossible to top. However, I may have succeeded this year as I spent the evening of my birthday talking with iconic actress Dee Wallace, or better known as E.T.’s mom!
Available on Blu-ray and DVD beginning October 9th is the 30th Anniversary Edition of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, which features a fully restored version of the 1982 classic and several new bonus features. As if you didn’t already know, the movie tells the story of a meek and alienated little boy named Elliot (Henry Thomas) who finds a stranded extraterrestrial. He then has to find the courage to defy the authorities and help the alien return to its home planet.
When the Steven Spielberg directed movie was first released in 1982, it went on to initially gross over $600 million worldwide and create a genuine cultural phenomenon. In addition to Thomas, the movie’s success also made a household name out of Drew Barrymore, who played his mischievous sister Gertie. Actor Peter Coyote (Erin Brockovich) and actress Dee Wallace (The Howling) rounded out the cast as a government agent, and Elliot and Gertie’s mom, respectively.
As I mentioned, I recently had a chance to speak with actress Dee Wallace about her iconic role as Mary in E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. The actress candidly discussed making the film, the family like atmosphere on set, Barrymore and Thomas’ adult careers, her first reactions to the script, Spielberg’s passion for the project, why Mary was really just one of the kids, seeing E.T. come alive on set, John William’s score, the cultural event the movie created, and how many times since the film’s release has somebody said to her, “E.T. Phone home.”
Steven Spielberg explicitly stated that Lincoln's release date would follow next month's presidential election in order to avoid become politicized. So we won't be seeing the movie until November 16th, but the marketing effort is escalating, and it's certainly putting Lincoln in proximity to real-life politics. Following last night's polito-taining presidential debate, ABC, CBS, and CNN all aired a huge two-minute TV spot for the historical drama.
Here at iamROGUE, we pride ourselves on the number of legendary directors that we have had a chance to talk to over the past few years including Francis Ford Coppola, John Carpenter, Steven Spielberg, Chris Columbus, Roger Corman, Lawrence Kasdan, Woody Allen, and Oliver Stone. We can now add another iconic name to that list … Joe Dante.
Dante first gained attention in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s for making several classic genre films including Piranha, and The Howling, before he was invited to direct Twilight Zone: The Movie along with Steven Spielberg, George Miller, and John Landis. But his biggest hit to date came when he directed the now classic horror comedy Gremlins, which was produced by Spielberg and based on a script by Chris Columbus.
The director would later go on to helm such equally beloved films as Innerspace, The Burbs, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Matinee, Small Soldiers, and Looney Tunes: Back in Action. Dante now returns to the genre that he practically created with a new horror-thriller entitled The Hole, which opened in Los Angeles on September 28th and is available on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD beginning October 2nd.
The Hole, which is available in 3D, centers on a pair of brothers (Nathan Gamble and Chris Massoglia) who stumble upon a mysterious hole in their basement that leads to the darkest corridors of their fears and nightmares. In addition to Gamble (The Dark Knight) and Massoglia (Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant), the film features a great cast that includes Teri Polo (Meet the Parents), Haley Bennett (Marley & Me), Peter Shinkoda (TNT’s Falling Skies), Dick Miller (Gremlins) and legendary actor Bruce Dern (The Burbs).
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with the great Joe Dante about his work on The Hole, as well as the future of the Gremlins series and his overall career. The iconic director discussed his new movie, why he wanted to make it, how filmmaking has changed since he began, the film’s young cast, Guillermo del Toro’s true involvement with the film, reuniting with Dern and Miller, the legacy of Gremlins, a possible remake, and how he feels about young filmmakers that have inspired by his work.
Available for the first time on Blu-ray beginning September 18th is Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures, which includes all four of the feature films revolving around the exploits of everyone's favorite archeologist/adventurer.
The first film in the series - Raiders of the Lost Ark - has been meticulously restored under the supervision of director Steven Spielberg and sound designer Ben Burtt. In addition, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, have both been remastered along with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull marking the the first time all four films have been available together in high definition.
The set also includes seven hours of documentaries, featurettes and interviews with cast members and filmmakers. The comprehensive collection also includes a brand new two-part documentary entitled "On Set with Raiders of the Lost Ark - From Jungle to Desert and From Adventure to Legend." This new documentary features nearly an hour of rarely seen footage from the set of the film and archival interviews with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Harrison Ford.
On behalf of IAR, I recently had the pleasure of traveling to George Lucas' famed Skywalker Ranch in Marin County near San Francisco for a special press day in honor of the Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures Blu-ray set.
As promised by the teeny tiny glimpse on Monday, the full theatrical trailer for Steven Spielberg's Lincoln has arrived online, and it is just as classy as one would expect a trailer for a Spielberg-directed Abraham Lincoln movie to be.
A fourth entry in the live-action Transformers franchise is scheduled to bombastically shake movie theaters nationwide in June of 2014. Despite his claims that Transformers: Dark of the Moon would be his swan song with the series, Michael Bay is returning as director, but without the familiar cast from the last three movies. It looks like not only will Transformers 4 feature a new cast of flesh and blood humans, but also a fresh roster of clickety-clackety robots. Still, Bay can assure you, this is not a reboot.
The first proper trailer for Steven Spielberg's Lincoln is set to debut online this Thursday, September 13th at 7 pm Eastern and 4 pm Pacific time. In order to ensure that we're all paying attention this Thursday, DreamWorks and 20th Century Fox have unveiled a very teasery teaser.
Okay, arguably the greatest living director teams up with arguably the greatest living actor to create a cinematic portrait of arguably the greatest American president during the nation's most trying time. With a pedigree and source material like that, it would not be unreasonable to expect a lot of class from the first poster for Lincoln, Steven Spielberg's take on the 16th U.S. President and preserver of the Union. That poster has arrived online, and it is indeed classy, boasting a simple yet evocative and eye-catching design.
The coming months will see not only the theatrical release of Steven Spielberg's Lincoln (check out the first official look at Daniel Day-Lewis as the Great Emancipator right here), but also gussied up Blu-ray releases for some of Spielberg's classic films. First we've got Jaws, followed by E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, and finally, all four movies starring Harrison Ford as Dr. Henry Jones Jr, professor of archeology, ladies' man, ass-kicker, expert on the occult and obtainer of rare antiquities.
Some months back, a sneaky photo of Daniel Day-Lewis just eating some lunch in street clothes caused a ruckus online simply because it showed the two-time Oscar winner with some interesting facial hair. That would be the facial hair he sports as Abraham Lincoln in the aptly-titled Lincoln, which happens to be directed by Steven Spielberg. Take a much, much better look at Day-Lewis's chin scruff in this, the first official image from Lincoln.