Jaws

10 Ways ‘Jaws’ Changed Movies Forever

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As we’ve mentioned, this weekend marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Jaws, Steven Spielberg’s masterful adaptation of Peter Benchley’s bestseller. By this date, the conventional wisdom that Jaws was a cinematic game-changer has taken hold — but like many such pronouncements, those who make it aren’t always clear on the details. In fact, it’s a little bit complicated, because Spielberg’s smash changed the way Hollywood did business in a variety of ways, both for good and ill.
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Every Steven Spielberg Movie, Ranked

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Forty years ago this week, Universal Pictures released the film adaptation of a pulpy bestseller and watched as it became a hit beyond their wildest dreams — breaking box office records, changing the movie business forever, and turning its director from a promising young hotshot into one of the most bankable filmmakers in the business. The film, as you’ve probably guessed, was Jaws, and the director was Steven Spielberg, who used that film as a launching pad into one of the most lauded (and profitable) careers in movie history. So on this anniversary of Spielberg’s ascension into the stratosphere, we look back at that career, stacking up all of his feature films to …Read More

One and Done: 10 Directors Who Exited Movie Franchises After the First Film

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The rumors were swirling for a while, but now she’s made it official: Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson won’t be back for the remaining two (or, if they’re following the unfortunate current trend, three) film adaptations of E.L. James’ bestsellers. “While I will not be returning to direct the sequels,” she told Deadline, “I wish nothing but success to whosoever takes on the exciting challenges of films two and three.” This “one and done” pattern is surprisingly prevalent among big movie franchises. While many series keep the same director for multiple entries (Spider-Man, X-Men, Pirates of the Caribbean), if not all the way through (Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones, Transformers, The Dark Knight), some filmmakers go through the work of creating a world, making crucial casting decisions, and starting a franchise, only to decide — or have someone decide for them — that they’re not going to go through it all again. Here are a few other filmmakers that were in for a penny instead of a pound.
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The Curse of the Fourth Film: Why ‘Toy Story 4′ Is Probably Doomed

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As you may have heard, Disney made a couple of big announcements yesterday. The first was one we knew was coming eventually: the seventh Star Wars movie has a subtitle, and it’s a little bit goofy, though certainly no Phantom Menace. The second came way out of left field: Pixar has staked out a June 16, 2017 release date for Toy Story 4. Movie Twitter lost its collective mind, and for good reason: not only does the announcement further solidify Pixar’s metamorphosis into yet another sequel factory, but it’s a case of filmmakers muckin’ around with a series that had somehow come to an unquestionably satisfying conclusion. Plus, on top of all that, if you go looking for movie franchises that were still holding strong by installment four, the results aren’t exactly overwhelming.

Don’t believe me? Let’s take a gander.
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The Real-Life Inspirations Behind 8 Movie Monsters

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This weekend, moviegoers will watch Luke Evans transform into the ruthless warlord Vlad the Impaler in Gary Shore’s Dracula Untold. Known for torturing his enemies by impaling them on large wooden stakes, Vlad Tepes (as he is also known) became one of the inspirations behind Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula. One of the most famous movie monsters, the bloodsucker’s true origins inspired us to seek out the real-life inspirations behind other cinema creeps and creatures.
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Wickedly Inventive Happy Meal Tie-Ins for Cult Movies

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The movie tie-in McDonald’s Happy Meal is one of our most venerable cultural barometers, a big “get” for family movies hoping to market directly to their most vocal consumers. Starting with Star Trek: The Motion Picture back in 1979 (the same year the Happy Meal rolled out), Disney hits, superhero smashes, and other family favorites have used the cardboard panels of the Happy Meal and the toy inside to hawk their cinematic wares. But what if Happy Meals were used to market slightly more adult fare? This is the question asked by Pinterest artist Newt Clements, who’s made an extensive collection of imaginary Happy Meals that we really, really wish existed.
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Delightfully Minimalist Movie Posters

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In the battle between minimalist movie poster designers, we suspect Spanish studio atipo would win the war. Their Papers for Characters series, first spotted on A.V. Club, transforms iconic movies such as Rear Window and Jaws by simplifying them to the extreme, in poster form. In some cases, the one sheets have simply been cut or crumpled. Other poster adaptations use various textures and colors to mimic flesh, water, and more. They’re a refreshing and playful twist on the minimalist trend that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, anytime soon.
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Endearing Photos of a Couple Recreating Classic Film Scenes With Their Infant Son

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Parents who want their kids to grow up film buffs generally take the Mandatory Family Movie Night route. But Lilly and Leon, the couple behind Cardboard Box Office, opted to combine leftover materials from a recent move with lots of housebound baby time to create one of the more adorable movie blogs in recent memory. Using ordinary household items, themselves, and their son Orson as a supporting cast member, they’ve replicated over a dozen classic movies so far, complete with punny titles. Click through for a sampling of their cleverest shots, and follow them on Twitter for updates.
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