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The Real Story Behind Those Rick Baker 'Night Skies' Photos

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 5, 2014 4:19 PM
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Rick Baker, Night Skies
It all started with a tweet. On May 22nd, Rick Baker, the make-up wizard and self-proclaimed "monster maker" behind everything from "American Werewolf in London" to "Maleficent," posted an old, black-and-white photo to his Twitter account. The caption read: "As requested, the Night Skies alien. Not finished, no eyes. Cover the top of his head and tell me who he looks like." The photo was in reference to the infamously canceled "Night Skies," a project that he worked on with Steven Spielberg. The next day, Baker blocked out the top of his head, added eyes, and proclaimed the creature "ET's dad." This lead to a flurry of internet speculation, mislabeling "Night Skies" an "E.T. The Extra-terrestrial" prequel or a follow-up to "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." It was neither. And here's the story.

Weekend Box Office: 'Identity Thief' Returns To First; Stitches For 'Snitch'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 24, 2013 12:54 PM
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So far, 2013 is trailing 2012 in box office receipts, allowing “Identity Thief” to celebrate the spoils of war. The comedy is slated to become the highest grossing film of 2013 within days (beating out “Django Unchained,” which is actually a 2012 release), and this weekend it romped over a couple of weak newcomers to reclaim the top spot at the box office.

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'Snitch' & 'Dark Skies' To Have A 'Stand Off'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • February 22, 2013 5:32 PM
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Oh thank heavens. Finally, it's Academy Awards weekend. On Sunday evening, we'll all tune in to watch a parade of the anoited in sparkly haute couture gowns and even sparklier diamonds hand out golden statues of little nude men. And groan and nod sagely and screech out, "I told you so!" as the winners are announced. And be utterly thankful that at long, long last the awards season is over.

Review: 'Dark Skies' Is An Effective Alien Abduction Chiller Undone By An Ending That Fails To Deliver On Its Promise

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 22, 2013 9:02 AM
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Alien abduction, the supposedly true phenomena wherein everyday citizens are stolen from their beds, experimented on, and returned, is a truly frightening idea – one whose super-scary possibilities have only really been explored in a handful of movies ("Communion," with Christopher Walken, most famously; the ingeniously structured "Fire In The Sky" most effectively). The ultimate alien abduction movie, something that could do for peaceful nighttime slumbers what "Jaws" did for a day at the beach, has yet to be produced and "Dark Skies," a new sci-fi horror thingee that grafts the alien abduction theme onto what is essentially a loose remake of "Poltergeist," certainly attempts such a feat. And it is pretty scary. Unfortunately, all its hard work is undone by a bewilderingly goofy ending that is roughly the cinematic equivalent of an unwanted anal probe.

Watch: New Clips Of Colin Farrell In 'Dead Man Down' & Keri Russell In 'Dark Skies'

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • February 13, 2013 4:59 PM
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And now a couple of quick looks at some genre fare coming your way from a gritty crime thriller to a nerve jangling horror flick...onwards...

Watch: Things Get Freaky For Keri Russell's Family In Trailer For 'Dark Skies'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 26, 2012 3:20 PM
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From the team behind "Paranormal Activity," "Insidious" and "Sinister".......zzzz.........we know right? But we have admit, as much as this trailer is lots of LOUD NOISES, it did still manage to efficiently creep us out enough to get interested.

Jennifer Ehle Joins 'RoboCop'; 'The Counselor' Adds 'Game Of Thrones' Actress Natalie Dormer; Elisabeth Shue Needs 'Parental Guidance' & More

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • August 3, 2012 9:36 AM
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Director Jose Padilha has been spending the past few months filling out his cast for his upcoming "RoboCop" remake, which, if you're disgusted by the idea of such a thing, we're sorry to say is still happening. If you're not bothered at the idea of yet another remake of a Paul Verhoeven sci-fi classic (what's next? A "Starship Troopers" remake? Oh, wait, that's happening too), then you'll probably be thrilled to learn that the role of Liz Kline will be filled by Jennifer Ehle. Who is Liz Kline? Actually, we don't know.

It's 'Parental Guidance Suggested' For Selena Gomez; B.J Novak Is Robert Sherman; Michael McDonald Feels 'The Heat' & More

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • August 1, 2012 7:39 PM
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Disney pop princess Selena Gomez has earned a considerable amount of respect from us for allowing her film roles to stray pretty far away from her squeaky clean image that made her name. With a cameo role in the Eli Roth-starring earthquake thriller “Aftershock” and a revealing supporting part alongside James Franco in the Harmony Kormine-directed “Spring Breakers,” it would look as if the days of typical teenage dreck like “Monte Carlo” are at least partially in her rearview. Gomez is now set to star opposite Nat Wolff in a coming-of-age rock 'n roll comedy "Parental Guidance Suggested," based on the Ric Browde book “While I'm Dead...Feed the Dog,” which centers on a rock infused journey of a 16-year-old named Ric Thibault (Wolff) and his crush Nina Pennington (Gomez). It’s not exactly the ballsy material we were just priding her for taking part in, but she could do a lot worse. Dylan McDermott, Cary Elwes, and Austin Stowell will co-star.

Tony Hale Feels Paul Feig's 'Heat'; Keri Russell Is Under 'Dark Skies' & Radha Mitchell Declares 'Olympus Has Fallen'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 9, 2012 2:16 PM
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Having worked together on Paul Feig's sophomore directorial feature "Unaccompanied Minors," as well as on episodes of "Arrested Development," it seems Tony Hale has formed a pretty friendship with the director, and is now joining Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in the buddy cop comedy "The Heat." While details on the plot are still unknown -- and likely a bit in flux as Katie Dippold’s script is now getting a rewrite courtesy of Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (“Bad Teacher,” “The Office,” “Year One”) -- if you add up McCarthy + Bullock + cop comedy, it should speak for itself. As for Hale, he'll be playing a man arrested for soliciting a prostitute. "The Heat" is slated to hit theaters on April 5, 2013.

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