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Conan O’Brien on Podcasting and Why Late-Night TV Rivalries Are Over

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Conan O’Brien on Podcasting and Why Late-Night TV Rivalries Are Over
“Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend” is an irresistible mixture of philosophical discussions about art and life and pure zaniness. It’s a program from the late-night host turned podcasting ringmaster that defies easy characterization, and a show that manages to move seamlessly from moments of hilarity to unexpected instances of confession. In one episode, Jeff Goldblum makes purring noises and discusses pinkie rings. In another, Stephen Colbert movingly talks about the deaths of his father and brothers in a plane crash. O’Brien, the host of TBS’ “Conan,” spoke with Variety about why he enjoys exploring the world of audio after nearly a quarter century on television, and the big names he’d like to befriend in future seasons of the show.

Did you have trouble booking guests?

I was doing an event with Will Ferrell at the Greek Theatre, and I knew our booker had reached out to him about doing the podcast.
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See These Movies From 1969 Before You See Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood!

In 1969, the movie business was starting to transition from old, proven formulas to more daring and original films that spoke to a younger demographic. Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood sets out capture the spirit of that year and the way the movies and their stars reflected the attitudes of the time.

Here’s a clip from The Jimmy Kimmel show where Quentin talks about the premiere of his new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, attending a screening with Jimmy, shooting with Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt & Margot Robbie, Inglourious Basterds, naming his own Mad Magazine parody, asking actors to be in his movies, why he is close to ending his filmmaking career. Margot Robbie stops by with an announcement:

There were plenty of great movies made in 1969 celebrating their golden anniversaries this year. Here are 17 of them that the writers here at We Are Movie Geeks
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10 Crime Movies That Are Completely Underrated

If you're a crime movie fan, you've probably seen The Godfather, Scarface, and Heat. Or, at the very least you've watched half of them on TV with your Dad. Still, crime enthusiast, there is a world beyond the cop and gangster canon. There are those unsung masterworks, those hidden gems, those instant crime classics. Keep on scrolling for ten of the very best.

Related: 10 Crime Movies All Anti-Hero Lovers Should Watch

10. Running Scared (2006)

Maybe the finest work of the late Paul Walker, Running Scared is about as dark as crime thrillers get. Dealing with sensitive subject matter in a brazen, haphazard way, it's most definitely not for everyone. Still, even beyond Walker's committed performance, there's something to it. The end credit sequence point to the idea that Scared is a Grimm fairy tale, a paranoid nightmare that explores the worst fears of both parent and child. So dour and tasteless it's almost a Grindhouse movie,
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Spielberg classic ‘Jaws’ heads back to the big screen. Exclusive new trailer

What better classic to return to the big screens this summer than Steven Spielberg’s 1975 ‘Jaws’ thanks to Park Circus. To celebrate its release back onto the big screen we have an exclusive new trailer below.

Considered one of the greatest films ever made, ‘Jaws’ was the prototypical summer blockbuster, with its release regarded as a watershed moment in motion picture history, and it won several awards for its music and editing. It became the highest-grossing film of all time until the release of ‘Star Wars’ in 1977.

The film will be screening at selected cinemas across the UK from 12 July, including Cineworld, Vue, Picturehouse, Showcase and selected independent cinemas, as well as in selected international territories.

For further screening information head over to Park Circus.

Also in trailers – Shameik Moore stars in teaser trailer for biopic series ‘Wu-Tang: An American Saga

Jaws Synopsis

When a gigantic great white shark begins
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Win Jaws poster and tickets

Park Circus is delighted to announce that Steven Spielberg’s classic summer blockbuster Jaws (1975) will return to the big screen at cinemas across the UK this summer. To celebrate, we’ve been given a poster and a pair of cinema tickets to give away to 2 winners.

When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief (Roy Schneider), a marine scientist (Richard Dreyfuss) and grizzled fisherman (Robert Shaw) set out to stop it.

Jaws will be screening at selected cinemas across the UK from 12 July, including Cineworld, Vue, PIcturehouse, Showcase and selected independent cinemas, as well as in selected international territories. For the full list of screenings, click here.

Please note: This competition is open to UK residents only

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Open to UK residents only The competition will close 8th July 2019 at 23.59 GMT The winner will be
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Jaws Board Game Swims Into Target, Play as the Shark or the Heroes

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Jaws Board Game Swims Into Target, Play as the Shark or the Heroes
Jaws is as popular now as it was when it was released way back in 1975, officially creating what has become known as the summer movie season. In the four decades since it swam into theaters, giving everyone a fear of the ocean, there has been plenty of memorabilia surfacing in its wake. Today, we have a look at what might be one of the best toys based on the long standing franchise with Jaws the board game. Best of all, you get to play as the shark or the heroes.

Ravensburger is behind the new game, which is now available at Target stores nationwide. The game was initially announced at Toy Fair earlier in the year, but now you can get one for yourself if they're not already sold out. The game is also available online at the official Target website and it retails for a mere $29.99.

The Jaws tabletop
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Never-Before-Seen Jaws Set Photos Unearthed from Martha's Vineyard

Never-Before-Seen Jaws Set Photos Unearthed from Martha's Vineyard
Like many of you guys out there, this here horror movie fan kneels at the altar of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Raiders of the Lost Ark director Steven Spielberg's second film Jaws starring Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, and Richard Dreyfuss. In fact, I find the film to be one of the few "perfect" movies out there. Thus I have seen every behind the scenes documentary out there, heard all the tales worth telling, and seen all the pics from the long and arduous shoot. Well, at least I thought I had seen all the pics. However, today it seems I'm wrong as new and never before seen behind the scenes pictures have been unearthed from the set of Jaws.

The new pictures come to us (in a roundabout way) from director John Campopiano. Recently, the filmmaker was on a visit to Martha's Vineyard where the original film was
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National Geographic Takes International Rights to ‘U.S.S. Indianapolis’ Documentary From U.K.’s Drive

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National Geographic has acquired international rights to a documentary about the fate and discovery of the U.S.S. Indianapolis from U.K. independent Drive, the production-funding and distribution agency announced Friday. The hour-long special “U.S.S. Indianapolis: The Final Chapter” was bought for broadcast via National Geographic’s channels worldwide, excluding the U.S. and Canada.

The documentary, which aired on PBS in the U.S. in January, tells the story of the ship’s sinking in the final days of the Second World War, and charts the high-profile expedition to locate the wreck, discovered three-and-a-half miles below the Philippine Sea.

The ship’s sinking resulted in the largest loss of life in U.S. Naval history while the survival story of the 316 sailors left drifting in the ocean became legendary. The story featured in a pivotal scene in Steven Spielberg’s classic 1975 blockbuster “Jaws” in which Robert Shaw
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Spielberg v Streaming Services – Even The Best In The Business Can Get It Wrong

The celebrated filmmaker’s crusade against streaming service film’s recognition at the Oscars seems to challenge the progressive strides being taken in the industry.

As a measure of how exciting my life is, I often ponder at length over how someone like Steven Spielberg spends his evenings. In my mind, I envisage him splashing around with a toy shark in a DeLorean-shaped bathtub, wearing an Indiana Jones fedora, blasting out a John Williams Spotify playlist while endlessly quoting the Jeff Goldblum “life, uh, finds a way” line from Jurassic Park.

While that all seems somewhat unlikely — it’s most certainly Robert Shaw’s USS Indianapolis speech he’s reciting — we can assume there’s one thing he’s probably not doing: watching Netflix.

Reports over the weekend indicate that the world-renowned auteur, the man responsible for our unwavering love for small aliens with glowing, elongated index fingers, is set
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Toy Fair 2019: Funko’s New Jaws Pop! Vinyl Figures Include Hooper, Quint, Brody, and Two Versions of the Shark

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With the Toy Fair underway once again in New York City, all kinds of new horror-themed collectibles are getting their time to shine in the spotlight, including Funko's new Jaws Pop! vinyl figures featuring Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss), Quint (Robert Shaw), Chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider), and two versions of the great white shark.

From Funko: "Whatever you do, don’t go in the water! Celebrate the 1975 classic film that continues to terrify beachgoers 44 years later with Pop! Chief Brody, Pop! consulting oceanographer Matt Hooper, Pop! shark hunter Quint, 6" Pop! Jaws and 6" Pop! Jaws with a diving tank in his mouth."

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Film Review: ‘In Like Flynn’

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Film Review: ‘In Like Flynn’
A jauntily old-fashioned adventure that plays like the nautical equivalent of a picaresque road movie, “In Like Flynn” offers a fanciful glimpse at the pre-fame formative experiences of Old Hollywood luminary Errol Flynn, indicating that the future star of “Captain Blood” and “The Adventures of Robin Hood” engaged in a fair share of death-defying derring-do long before he swashed a single buckle on screen.

It’s based on Flynn’s 1937 book “Beam Ends,” which was inspired (or so he claimed) by the Tasmanian-born actor’s real-life exploits. But even though this handsomely mounted Australian-produced movie is labeled in the opening credits as “A Mostly True Account of the Hollywood Star’s Early Adventures,” it’s quite obvious that the credited scriptwriters — a quartet that includes Luke Flynn, the protagonist’s grandson — liberally laced their scenario with material borrowed from, ahem, works of fiction. To put it another way: There are dollops of “Jaws” here,
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Playing a British Monarch Is a Step on the Road to Oscar Glory – Again

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Playing a British Monarch Is a Step on the Road to Oscar Glory – Again
“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown,” Shakespeare wrote of Britain’s care-burdened monarchs. Try telling that to the Academy.

Once again, playing British royalty has proved to be a tried-and-true route to Oscar glory, with Olivia Colman as the latest actor to be nominated for an Academy Award for portraying an occupant of the British throne. Colman plays the 18th-century Queen Anne, the last of the ruling Stuarts, in Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite.” The film has lived up to its name throughout the awards season and now has 10 Oscar nods to its credit, tying Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma.”

If Colman takes home the statuette on Feb. 24, she would become the third actor in the last dozen years alone to win an Oscar for playing a British king or queen. Colin Firth was named best actor for his portrayal of George VI in “The King’s Speech,” which also
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Are the days of the big name headliners disappearing?

Tom Jolliffe looks at whether the days of the superstar headliner are disappearing with audiences more drawn to franchises or film concepts than the stars attached…

You could say it started in Hollywood’s classic era. The movie star. The big name. They were in some ways manufactured, or at least their image was. Rock Hudson for example, a granite carved poster boy for masculinity, was hiding the fact he was gay (which was virtually sacrilege in those days). People would flock in masses to see particular stars in action, whether it was Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, James Cagney, or the female starlets of the age, Katherine Hepburn, or a little later an icon like Marilyn Monroe.

There was a lull when the appeal of that studio led golden age was disappearing, and to an extent, the stars with it. Studios were like football teams. They had a squad of talent signed,
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‘The Meg’ Film Review: Jason Statham Swims With Really, Really Big Sharks

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‘The Meg’ Film Review: Jason Statham Swims With Really, Really Big Sharks
From its “Oh, God, what was that?” opening to the climactic attack on a crowded beach, “The Meg” dutifully checks off the requisite shark-movie/monster-movie boxes as it clicks along. But because director Jon Turteltaub is more interested in set pieces than in human beings, there’s very little to care about between appearances of the title creature.

But what a creature it is: a prehistoric Megalodon, extinct for 2 million years, that can chomp whales in half makes a worthy adversary. The film makes a convincing case that an underwater research station outfitted with all the latest tech could give this leviathan a fair fight. Between skirmishes, however, there’s some slack pacing over the course of 113 minutes that will leave you longing for the Meg’s return. (The film’s first 30 or 40 minutes offer way too much set-up and not nearly enough shark.)

Billionaire Jack Morris (Rainn Wilson) flies
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I Watched Jaws on the Water on Friday the 13th

I Watched Jaws on the Water on Friday the 13th
Steven Spielberg is arguably my favorite director. Blockbuster movies have always been my bread and butter and Jaws was the first, and still is easily one of the best, summer blockbusters to ever grace the big screen. Since I hadn't seen the unquestioned masterpiece for a number of years, I recently decided to revisit the adventures of Brody, Hooper, Quint and Bruce the shark. Only, this time, I did so by actually watching the movie while floating on the water on Friday the 13th.

Over the past couple of years, the Alamo Drafthouse has been sponsoring a Rolling Roadshow event called Jaws on the Water. It's exactly what it sounds like. You go to a beach and enjoy what that has to offer, then just before sundown you get in inner tube and float around while the movie is projected on a massive screen surrounded by others in the dark,
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Where it was Made: Jaws (video)

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Welcome to another episode of our web-series, Where It Was Made, in which we revisit the actual filming locations for some of the most popular films ever made and see how they're holding up today, all while examining just how these locations were used in the finished film. Our latest episode heads to Martha's Vineyard, from the streets to the beach, to dig into the terror that is Steven Spielberg's Jaws, starring Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, and Robert Shaw! See previous episodes of... Read More...
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Spielberg Wanted Jaws 2 to Be Saving Private Ryan with Sharks

Spielberg Wanted Jaws 2 to Be Saving Private Ryan with Sharks
Jaws is the first, and still easily one of the best, summer blockbusters. Because it was so successful, Jaws 2 happened and it was a very similar movie to its predecessor that is fine, but not nearly as memorable as it possibly could have been. Especially when considering what Steven Spielberg originally wanted to do with the sequel. Basically, he wanted to use Robert Shaw's infamous monologue about the USS Indianapolis as inspiration for what essentially would have been Saving Private Ryan with sharks.

Quint's speech from Jaws is one of the most beloved scenes in cinema history and what makes the whole thing so chilling is that it's based on real events. The USS Indianapolis, which was on a secret mission to deliver parts for the infamous Hiroshima bombing, did actually sink on July 30, 1945, and hundreds of men died. A good chunk of them via the mouths of some very hungry sharks.
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‘Jaws 2’ Was Almost ‘Saving Private Ryan’ With Sharks (Podcast)

‘Jaws 2’ Was Almost ‘Saving Private Ryan’ With Sharks (Podcast)
The scariest moment in “Jaws” doesn’t include a shark on-screen. It comes when Quint describes Navy crewmen, survivors of the sunken USS Indianapolis, being eaten alive in a shark feeding frenzy in 1945. Steven Spielberg wanted “Jaws 2” to tell that true story: Think “Saving Private Ryan,” with sharks.

The “Jaws” sequel that might have been is one topic of discussion in our new “Shoot This Now” podcast, which you can listen to on Apple or right here:



Our guest for the episode is Mark Ramsey, host of the stunning “Inside Jaws” podcast. Besides recounting Spielberg’s journey as he directed “Jaws,” it also re-enacts some of the hellish shark attacks that inspired the film.

Also Read: 'Inside Jaws,' About Steven Spielberg's Rise, Lures Hollywood Interest (Podcast)

What makes Quint’s story so scary is its accuracy. Almost everything he says is based in fact.

It was July 30, 1945. The
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10 Jaws Facts You Never Knew

10 Jaws Facts You Never Knew
We're gonna need a bigger budget. Steven Spielberg's Jaws went on to invent the summer blockbuster, alongside Star Wars from his pal George Lucas, which arrived two years later. But Jaws began as a troubled production that went way over budget and made Spielberg fear for his job. Here we'll take a look at 10 things you never knew about Jaws.

A shark by any other name.

Perhaps some of the best-known behind-the-scenes trivia from Jaws is the nickname the cast and crew gave to the 25-foot great white shark at the movie's center, which was played by three full-scale mechanical models. Bruce. Yes, Bruce. The nickname was a good-natured tribute to Spielberg's lawyer, Bruce Ramer, who has represented the filmmaker for decades. Clint Eastwood and Robert Zemeckis are also longtime clients. After numerous malfunctions resulted in repeated production delays, Spielberg devised another nickname for the shark, too: the Great White Turd.
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Jaws with live score coming to Eiff by Amber Wilkinson - 2018-05-03 12:07:47

Jaws will screen at Eiff with a live score from the Rsno Photo: Universal Studios Edinburgh International Film Festival is offering filmgoers a screening to sink their teeth into - a screening of Steven Spielberg's classic Jaws with a live score from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

The original summer movie blockbuster - starring Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss - features an Oscar-winning score by composer John Williams as a seaside community finds itself under attack by a dangerous great white shark.

Tickets for the event on June 22 at the city's Festival Theatre are priced at £29, £39, £49 and £59 (no concessions) and on sale now.

Jaws concert poster Photo: Universal Studios Festival artistic director Mark Adams said: “We are delighted to continue our on-going partnership with the Rsno for this wonderful film and music collaboration. Jaws set the standard for edge-of-your-seat suspense and will be an unforgettable film to
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