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Gregory Jein, ‘Star Trek’ Model Maker and Two-Time Oscar Nominee, Dies at 76

Gregory Jein, the acclaimed model maker and artist who worked on eight Star Trek properties and earned Oscar nominations for Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind and 1941, has died. He was 76. Jein died May 22 in his Los Angeles home of cardiac arrest after a long history of health issues that […]

Colin Cantwell, Concept Artist Who Designed Iconic ‘Star Wars’ Spacecraft, Dies at 90

Colin Cantwell, the concept artist who designed iconic Star Wars spacecraft, including the X-wing Starfighter, TIE fighter and Death Star, died Saturday at his Colorado home, Sierra Dall, his longtime partner, told The Hollywood Reporter. He was 90. Cantwell’s film credits included special photographic effects for 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), technical dialogue for Close Encounters of […]

David M. Jones, Visual Effects Artist on ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind,’ Dies at 74

David M. Jones, a visual effects artist who contributed to such landmark sci-fi films as Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Alien 3 and Starship Troopers, has died. He was 74. Jones died April 8 of cancer at his Winnetka home in Los Angeles, his lifelong friend and ex-wife, Janice Gerson, announced. Jones […]

Amazon Prime’s New Releases Coming in September 2020

An Oscar-winning Judy Garland biopic, Daniel Craig's first turn as James Bond and a classic Steven Spielberg sci-fi flick will all be available to Amazon Prime subscribers this month.

Art Directors Guild to Honor ‘Jaws’ Production Designer Joe Alves

Oscar-nominated production designer Joe Alves will receive an Art Directors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award.

‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’: Secrets Behind the New 4K Restoration

The film will be rereleased in theaters Friday for a one-week run.

‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Richard Dreyfuss (‘Madoff’)

The 68-year-old discusses his iconic 1970s films, his descent into darkness in the 1980s ("I spent those years being a low-down dirty dog and drugging myself into oblivion") and why he un-retired to play a "sociopathic son-of-a-bitch" in an ABC miniseries ("I literally did not know how to feed my family").

Vilmos Zsigmond, ‘Close Encounters’ Cinematographer, Dies at 85

A master of cinematography, he contributed to films by Robert Altman, Steven Spielberg, Michael Cimino and Woody Allen.

Future of Film: VFX Legend Douglas Trumbull’s Plan to Save the Movies

The 72-year-old, who's best known for his work on '2001: A Space Odyssey,' says he's figured out how to win the battle against big TVs and smartphones — from a studio on his farm in the Berkshires

Richard Dreyfuss Wants to Play Apartheid President F. W. de Klerk

The "Jaws" star insists the negotiations between South Africa's last president and Nelson Mandela saved a nation from civil war.

Mirage Men: Film Review

Tantalizing documentary suggests UFO folklore was deliberately fabricated under a U.S. psychological warfare program.