This is a pretty fantastic version of JAWS done in Lego, created by Dan Parks:
Another funny JAWS short by Gradius Mojo aka Bowlegged Brody:
In 1978, fresh off the success of JAWS and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Steven Spielberg sat down with George Lucas and Lawrence Kasdan for a four day “story conference” about what Raiders of the Lost Ark was going to be.Â It’s a fascinating read, considering the massive success that Raiders was to become.
I found out about this amazing document from this blog:
Mystery Man on Film: Raiders Story Conference. In the blog post, the author summarizes some of the more interesting aspects of the PDF, so check out the blog post first.
The full 127-page(!) PDF of the story conference transcript can be found here:Â Raiders Story Conference Transcript – January 1978, so grab it quick before it disappears from the interwebs forever…
Some pretty funny comments here:
RiffTrax for JAWS is now available!
RiffTrax are comedic MP3 tracks that you play in-sync with your favorite movies. Written and performed by the stars of the award-winning TV series Mystery Science Theater 3000, RiffTrax brings the unique humor of “Satellite of Love” partners Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett to Hollywood’s hit movies.
“Long before blockbusters like Spider-Man 2, Shrek the Third, or Garden State there was Jaws, the story of small town mayor Larry Vaughn (played by the magnificent Murray Hamilton) and his quest to find the perfect jacket to wear while resisting the whining of Richard Dreyfuss. There is also a shark. ”
You can check out a sample and/or purchase JAWS RiffTrax here:
February 10, is the 1-year anniversary of Roy Scheider’s death and while Hollywood is still mourning the loss of a great actor,- we’re pleased to announce that there will be a big event held in his honor on April 4th in Los Angeles with all of his celebrity friends, “A Celebration of Roy Scheider.” In addition, he also has a film coming out posthumously that will be completed this summer called “Iron Cross” – they’re going to preview the trailer of his film at the event. The event will then be followed by a series of screenings throughout the month of April of Roy’s most famous films.
More details to come!
Jaws was perhaps best known for its successful attempt to scare the living wits out of all cinema goers at the time, as well as its suspenseful, terror-inspiring theme song. We should thank tuba player Tommy Johnson for that one.
The 1975 film directed by a then-fresh-faced 28-year-old, Steven Spielberg, is nothing short of a classic.
The massive creature headlining the film had two other names by Spielberg â€“ Bruce (after his lawyer) and â€œthe great white turdâ€ (when frustration mounted during production). Not quite as terrifying.
Apparently, the mechanical sharks, at $US250,000 a piece, had a penchant for breaking down. Because they were out of operation for some of the shots (there were three sharks), Spielberg improvised by using the camera as the sharkâ€™s point of view. In fact, that may have saved the film from the cheesy fake shark for more of the film.
Well, something must have worked. Jaws, a summer blockbuster that year, became the highest grossing film of all time in the States. Star Wars topped it in 1977.
Marthaâ€™s Vineyard in Massachusetts, where the movie was filmed, did experience an increase in tourists following the filmâ€™s release. However, other seaside resorts did not fare so well that year. Overall, the holiday industry suffered as a result.
The movie undoubtedly rattled a few people. So how scary did Spielberg think Jaws was? Too much for a 13-year-old?
In an interview with Vanity Fair in 2008, Spielberg explains the dilemma of deciding when the timeâ€™s right for his own kids to enjoy some of his scarier work.
“I havenâ€™t shown Jaws to my 10 or 11-year-old, and I wonâ€™t. I showed Jaws to Sawyer when he was, I think, 13. Because then they use the argument, â€˜Dad, I was bar mitzvahed last week. Everybody said today Iâ€™m a man, and you still wonâ€™t let me see Jaws?â€™ Sometimes the kids outsmart me.â€
Original post here: FAILpix.net
The fine folks who gave us Shark Attack, Shark Attack 2, Shark Attack 3: Megalodon, Shark Zone, and Raging Sharks are now giving us Shark in Venice, a motion picture that combines the absurd notion of a huge man-eating shark prowling the polluted waters of the Venice canals with the even more absurd notion that people want to watch movies starring Stephen Baldwin. The “film” also features Vanessa Johansson, older sister of Scarlet Johansson. Check it out for a laugh or two … Thanks to Sharknut for the heads up!