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Serendipity Turns 20: Director Talks Film Secrets, Shares Rare Photos | The Insider

By Jason Guerrasio, Oct 1, 2021, 6:21 AM

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“Serendipity” is one of those movies that was out in the world before people figured out how special it really was.

The film, a romantic comedy set in holiday-time New York City, starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale, followed two star-crossed strangers, Jonathan and Sara, who risked ruining their relationships to find one another again.

Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack at the “Serendipity” premiere in 2001.
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On paper, it looked to be another early 2000s hit for studio head Harvey Weinstein and his thriving indie juggernaut Miramax Films.

But then the attacks of September 11, 2001, happened.

Suddenly, director Peter Chelsom — whose only real challenge during filming was figuring out a way to make his stars look like they were on wintery New York City streets during July — had a major issue on his hands.

Not only was the movie one of the first to open in theaters after the cataclysmic event, but weeks before it hit screens on October 5, Weinstein demanded that Chelsom erase the Twin Towers from a skyline shot in the movie.

Source: Serendipity Turns 20: Director Talks Film Secrets, Shares Rare Photos

‘Reminiscence’ Movie Depicts A Dystopian Future That’s Not Far Off : NPR

Scott Simon speaks with director Lisa Joy about her tech-noir movie “Reminiscence.” It’s set in a future Miami that’s besieged by heat and rising waters.

August 21, 20218:54 AM ET, Heard on Weekend Edition Saturday

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From transcript:


The film “Reminiscence” is set in a Miami of rising waters and scorching heat, where people have now flipped the clock to work at night and sleep by day. Nick, a war vet who’s now a private eye, uses a technology that floats people in a tank, so they can relive cherished memories.


HUGH JACKMAN: (As Nick Bannister) You’re going on a journey, a journey through memory. Your destination – a place and time you’ve been before. To reach it, all you have to do is follow my voice.

Source: ‘Reminiscence’ Movie Depicts A Dystopian Future That’s Not Far Off : NPR

Independence Day Movie 25th Year Anniversary Retro Review | gizmodo

The 1996 Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum alien invasion film reveals new themes on its silver anniversary.

By Germain Lussier, Today 11:30AM

The sheer audacity of the spaceships.
Photo: Fox

It’s been 25 years since the first time I ever bought advanced tickets to see a movie.

I know this because that movie was Independence Day, and it opened 25 years ago this week. After seeing its unforgettable Super Bowl commercial, I immediately became obsessed with the movie and knew I had to see it as soon as possible.

So on July 2, 1996, I walked into the theater optimistic I was going to see something special and the film delivered. In the 25 years since that day, I’ve probably seen it 25 times. Not only has it become my go-to film to watch over the U.S. holiday weekend, anytime it’s on TV, I have to keep it on. It’s funny, exciting, massive, I loved it. I still do, mainly because watching it brings me back to being that geeky teenager seeing an amazing movie on its opening night.

Since July 2, 1996, that’s basically all Independence Day has been to me: an entertaining dose of nostalgia. But revisiting it last week in anticipation of its 25th anniversary I realized it’s so much more. It plays differently with a few decades of life experience under your belt and as much as I adored it in 1996, I may love it even more in 2021.

Source: Independence Day Movie 25th Year Anniversary Retro Review

STARGATE : Re-imagined Opening Titles on Vimeo

Check out “STARGATE Opening Titles” from MISTER on Vimeo…

Meatballs: An Oral History | Vanity Fair

Illustration by Sam Hadley.
Illustration by Sam Hadley.

In the summer of 1978, two future directing legends, Bill Murray, and a group of teenagers went into the Canadian woods. They came back with one of the most groundbreaking movie comedies of their generation.

Source: Meatballs: An Oral History | Vanity Fair