mark the 100th anniversary of Universal, the studio will
be releasing a 30th anniversary edition of the magical
adventure, "E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, on BluRay
in October. The film has been remastered with all new
visuals and sound. The combo pack will include the
BluRay, a DVD and a digital copy, as well as loads of
special features. The 1982 film, directed by Steven
Spielberg, starred a young Drew Barrymore, Henry Thomas,
Dee Wallace and Peter as the warm and gentle scientist.
In 1982, the classic film became
the biggest blockbuster of the year, ranking #1 over
16 different weekends. Even today, "E.T." remains
the fourth most successful movie of all-time in the
United States. Nominated for nine Academy Award,
including Best Picture, Best Director, Best
Cinematography, Best Writing and Best Screenplay,
the film took home four statuettes for Best Visual
Effects, Best Sound Effects Editing, Best Sound and
Best Music for John Williams' memorable score. When
it premiered, it captured the imaginations of
people young, old and everyone in between in a way
that was unparalleled in modern movie history," said
Craig Kornblau, President of Universal Studios Home
Entertainment. "A global cultural phenomenon - and
the biggest box-office blockbuster of its day - E.T.
brought out the child in all of us."
conjunction with the Cannes premiere of Walter
Salles' screen adaptation of Jack Kerouac's "On
the Road", Peter was interviewed by the French
at his Marin County home. French journalist Lawrence
Rigoulet describes the actor's treehouse residence
as having the air of a Japanese temple in the cool
quiet of carefully cut greenery. Peter refers to the
famous poet as an "absolute model". "The
perfect outsider, the poet wandering in search of an
authentic experience that crossed America like a
poem..." On the coffee table in his living room,
there is one book. A collection of songs by Bob
Dylan. Peter explains, "Like a Rolling Stone, Dylan
is the ideal extension of 'On the Road'. What does
it feel like when you're in the street 'as a
complete stranger'? That's the question posed by
thousands of kids. They were seen landing in the
streets of San Francisco, fleeing their family,
their past, to find a new community, without status,
without history, eager to change the world on the
spot and invent their lives from scratch. "
was just about a year ago when Peter performed at the
sixth annual Symphony in the Flint Hills in Kansas. Each
spring there is a gathering, a coming together of art,
nature and the kindred souls who appreciate them both.
I've posted a
conversation with Peter along with some photos
from that event.
May 2, 2012
United States Golf Association has announced the
production of "1962 U.S. Open: Jack's First Major,"
the USGA's first-ever film produced for network
television. The one-hour documentary, narrated by Peter,
chronicles Jack Nicklaus' first U.S. Open victory in
1962 at Oakmont Country Club, which set in motion one of
the most prolific careers in professional golf and at
the same time ignited one of the greatest rivalries in
sport between Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. The film will
premiere in the United States on Sunday, June 17, 2012,
at 2 p.m. EDT on NBC (check local listings) prior to the
network's live final-round coverage of the 112th U.S.
Open Championship at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.
The film will make its international debut Sunday, June
10 on Sky Sports (SS3).
April 13, 2012
indie film, called HERE, directed and co-written
by Braden King, has been making the film festival
circuit for the past year. This weekend it premiered in
New York City. The romantic drama stars Ben Foster and
Lubna Azabal with Peter taking on the role of
storyteller. Set against the gorgeous landscape of
Armenia, the film chronicles a brief but intense
relationship between an American satellite-mapping
engineer (Foster) and an expatriate photographer
(Azabal) who impulsively decide to travel across the
remote countryside together. Stephen Holden of the NY
Times writes, "There are vistas in Braden King’s
metaphysical road movie, 'Here,' that are so beautiful,
you want to step through the screen and disappear into
the Armenian landscape where much of it was filmed."
March 10, 2012
Boston Globe reports that Lexington filmmaker Rick
Beyer's new documentary will be narrated by Peter. "The
Ghost Army" is a film about tactical military
deception during WWII. In June 1944, a secret U.S. Army
unit went into action in Normandy. The weapons they
deployed were decidedly unusual: hundreds of inflatable
tanks and a one-of-a-kind collection of sound effects
records. Their mission was to use bluff, deception, and
trickery to save lives. For the last four years, Beyer
has been working on this documentary. Through more than
20 interviews, rare archive footage, as well as hundreds
of sketches, paintings and photographs created by the
men themselves, the film will bring to life the
extraordinary story of The Ghost Army. Beyer expects to
complete the film sometime this summer.
March 20th, THIS IS NOT A
MOVIE will be released on DVD and Blu-ray. The
Mexican production, filmed during the summer of 2008,
was written and directed by Olallo Rubio, but the
dialogue is in English. Edward Furlong takes on the
leading role as Pete Nelson. With the end of the world
imminent, Pete locks himself inside a Las Vegas hotel.
There, he tries to understand his confused reality
influenced by film, TV, pop culture, disinformation,
drugs and propaganda. The film, which premiered in
Mexico in January 2011, features an original soundtrack
score by Guns N Roses guitar legend, Slash. He describes
the film as "very cutting-edge, very artistic, and a
little bit trippy. It's dark and jagged and a bit
surreal, in and out of reality."
will be among those interviewed for a new documentary
coming out this summer. Mike “Zappy” Zapolin and
spiritual guru Deepak Chopra, creators of the upcoming
documentary "The Reality of Truth", not only
identify the problem of perception but also analyze
specific techniques to break through to a new reality.
Highly controversial in nature, the documentary
introduces audiences to the modalities people have used
throughout history to transcend into an alternate
reality, such as prayer, music and psychedelics.
They suggest these techniques may be the breakthrough
humankind needs to move into the future.