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Back in October 2012, the news that Disney purchased LucasFilm for $4 billion, and that Star Wars: The Force Awakens was put into development, sent shock waves throughout the fanboy community around the world. For the next few years, details on the highly-anticipated project were incredibly hard to come by, but in just a few months, fans will finally get to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens in theaters. One of the key players behind-the-scenes who helped put everything together is Simon Kinberg, who serves as an executive producer on the animated TV series Star Wars Rebels and is listed as a "creative consultant" on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The writer-producer recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly, where he spoke about breaking the story for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX. Here's what he had to say about the writing »
How well do you know your "7th Voyage of Sinbad" trivia? Brush up on Ray Harryhausen with this quiz, from our friends at Trailers From Hell. The animation master died in 2013, at age 92. A pioneer of early stop-motion and visual effects, his acolytes include Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Peter Jackson, James Cameron, Tim Burton, Phil Tippett, Nick Park and John Lasseter. Take the quiz here. Read More: Obit: VFX Master Ray Harryhausen Dies at 92 »
Adolphe Menjou movies today (This article is currently being revised.) Despite countless stories to the contrary, numerous silent film performers managed to survive the coming of sound. Adolphe Menjou, however, is a special case in that he not only remained a leading man in the early sound era, but smoothly made the transition to top supporting player in mid-decade, a position he would continue to hold for the quarter of a century. Menjou is Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Day today, Aug. 3, as part of TCM's "Summer Under the Stars" 2015 series. Right now, TCM is showing William A. Wellman's A Star Is Born, the "original" version of the story about a small-town girl (Janet Gaynor) who becomes a Hollywood star, while her husband (Fredric March) boozes his way into oblivion. In typical Hollywood originality (not that things are any different elsewhere), this 1937 version of the story – produced by »
- Andre Soares
Bryan Singer showed off some movie magic from the set of X-Men: Apocalypse earlier today with a new photo that features Alexandra Shipp as Storm. The top half of the photo shows the actress on a Montreal soundstage, while the bottom half of the image features a monitor where we see Storm looking out over the desolate landscape of Cairo, with the massive Egyptian pyramids seen in the background. The director revealed on his Instagram page that this real-time shot was made possible through technology known as SimulCam.
SimulCam was developed by director James Cameron for his record-breaking blockbuster Avatar, which allows filmmakers to see CGI-created backdrops used in real time on the set, while shooting in front of a green screen. Before SimulCam was developed, filmmakers like Bryan Singer wouldn't be able to see these CGI elements integrated into the shot until the post-production process. But now he can »
If your a X-Men fan, Bryan Singer’s Instagram account is a wealth of behind the scenes images of the latest instalment, X-Men: Apocalypse, and the latest photo from the set is a pretty cool look at Alexandria Shipp’s Storm looking upon her adopted home of Cairo, hinting that we get to see the weather controlling mutant’s origins this time round. The image also shows off the production’s use of the Simulcam, a technology developed by James Cameron for Avatar, that is capable of showing simulations of the eventual CG backgrounds while shooting on green screen. It think it’s safe to say it’s pretty darn awesome. Released: May 27th 2016 »
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For nearly a century, sci-fi cinema has been fueled by the notion that technology can be a dangerous and destructive force. Few films use this paranoia to greater effect than James Cameron's first two Terminator films, in which sentient machines have become so sophisticated and malevolent that they can send androids back in time to assassinate human resistance fighters before they are even born. The other films in the franchise have had lukewarm receptions as they struggle to find interesting new directions to take the story, and the recent fifth film, Terminator: Genisys, is unfortunately no exception.
Genisys' early hype benefited greatly from Cameron's endorsement of the film as the "real" third movie in the Terminator franchise, as well as the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger to the role that made him a star. He wasn’t joking when he said he would be back, and in a notable »
Back in March, it was revealed that Paramount Pictures is taking a unique approach to their lucrative Transformers franchise, putting together a writers room that will come up with ideas for Transformers 5 and other future sequels and spinoffs. The writers room is lead by Akiva Goldsman and includes Steven S. DeKnight (Daredevil), Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Art Marcum & Matt Holloway (Iron Man), Zak Penn (Pacific Rim 2), Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari (Ant-Man), Christina Hodson, Lindsey Beer, Ken Nolan and Geneva Robertson-Dorsett. While promoting the new season of Daredevil at the TCA press tour, Steven S. DeKnight revealed what it was like to work with these other writers, confirming that Transformers 5 will be written by Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner.
"It's that wonderful thing where features are now taking a page from television and getting people together to really try and plan things out. »
Late 1984 saw two killer robot movies make their debut in Us cinemas. You've probably heard of the first one, released in October: The Terminator, the film that launched the career of James Cameron and cemented Arnold Schwarzenegger's status as a movie star.
The second was Runaway, another sci-fi thriller that, in theory, could have been the bigger hit. It starred Tom Selleck and Kiss singer-bassist Gene Simmons. It was written and directed by Michael Crichton, the director of the superb Westworld and writer of such best-selling novels as The Andromeda Strain and The Terminal Man, both adapted into great films. Six years after Runaway, Crichton would write Jurassic Park, a book that is still sending ripples through pop culture today.
Runaway ended up making about $7m in »
2012: a British man, playing an online slot machine for 30p on his laptop, is suddenly greeted by the sight of Christian Bale’s Batman and Heath Ledger’s Joker taking over his screen. Not crude 8-bit interpretations, but full HD actual animation from the Chris Nolan blockbuster – complete with voiceovers.
The player is urged to “take a side” and spin a virtual Wheel of Fortune. The prize at stake: almost £6 million.
The wheel spins, accompanied by the Joker’s maniacal “all it needs is a little push”, and the wheel comes to a random stop on the Mega Jackpot symbol. Hans Zimmer’s score has never seemed so dramatic. The jackpot is won and the player – known only as ‘John’ – goes away a multi-millionaire.
The prize won that day? »
- Kyle Reese
With this weekend’s box-office fizzle of Adam Sandler’s video game comedy “Pixels,” the only tentpole release for Sony Pictures Entertainment this summer, the studio’s losing streak continues. It remains last in market share among the major studios. Worse, it has an identity crisis. Until it answers the question of “Who is Sony Pictures?” it will remain “the studio that got hacked.” Most of the other major studios have distinct identities. Disney, under chairman and chief executive Robert Iger, is defined by extraordinary brands — its own, as well as Marvel, Pixar and Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars.” Fox has »
- Todd Cunningham
'Jurassic World' velociraptor kicks Iron Man ass at worldwide box office. 'Jurassic World' officially surpasses 'The Avengers' at worldwide box office Directed by Colin Trevorrow; starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Vincent D'Onofrio; and co-executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, Jurassic World has officially become the third biggest worldwide box office hit in history. The Jurassic Park sequel – or reboot, as it's basically the same story with a slightly different twist – has surpassed Marvel's Joss Whedon-directed all-star superhero flick The Avengers, which broke box office records back in 2012. Of course, "officially" just ain't what it used to be – like, in the days before The Fall. So you wisely ask, "But which movie has actually sold the most tickets?" After all, that's the true measure of a film's popularity. Well, that's a tough one to answer without the studios providing accurate, precise numbers. And that's not about to happen. It always »
- Zac Gille
Does Hollywood try to remake/sequelize/franchise-extend every single one of its successful movies? Sometimes it feels that way, but there’s a little more nuance to studio practices than that. If you’re looking for meaning in this summer’s blockbuster season – not always easy – you could call it Dr. JurassicMax or How Hollywood Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Reboot. Rebooting franchises isn’t as common, well-received, or lucrative as you might think. Today let’s look briefly at the history of the reboot – and how this summer changed it.
First, what technically counts as a reboot? One school would say that anytime the cast shuffles, it’s a reboot, meaning we’re now on the second reboot (and third iteration) of Spider-Man films. That’s pretty rare; far more often, duration between films is the deciding factor, and it just doesn’t feel right to slap »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
The studio outbid several rivals for film rights to Winslow’s recently published book.
Scott will direct from a Shane Salerno adaptation and produce through his Fox-based Scott Free Films along with the banner’s Michael Schaefer. Salerno will also produce through his Story Factory company.
Steve Asbell will oversee the project for Fox.
“The Cartel,” published last month, centers on two former friends whose paths diverged when one went to work for the Drug Enforcement Agency and the other joined the Sonora drug cartel. The book covers the decade between 2004 and 2014 and is a follow-up to his 2006 novel “The Power of the Dog.”
“The Cartel” includes an escape from prison that’s similar to Guzman »
- Dave McNary
Just one day after Jurassic World became the third highest-grossing movie of all time at the worldwide box office, Universal Pictures has officially announced that Jurassic World 2 is happening. Jurassic World stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are set to reprise their roles as Owen Grady and Claire Dearing in the sequel. Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow is returning to co-write the script with Derek Connolly, but Variety's report doesn't mention if he is directing the follow-up as well.
The news of Chris Pratt returning isn't particularly surprising, since the actor revealed last month that his contract has him locked in for more sequels. Colin Trevorrow stated in a May interview that he would still like to be involved in Jurassic World 2, but not as a director, so it's possible that Universal Pictures are currently searching for a new filmmaker to take the helm, as he writes the script with Derek Connolly. »
Peter Briggs wrote a spec script for the project way back in summer 1991 based on the Dark Horse comics series which came out the previous year. He later sold it to 20th Century Fox.
In a 1,000-plus word response to Weaver's comments, Briggs takes issue with the idea that Weaver wanted her character Ripley killed off in Alien 3 on hearing of the spinoff, which she also claimed discouraged Ridley Scott from returning to the series.
"Once again, I heaved a sigh that she just can't stop scratching this itch," Briggs told Bloody Disgusting.
He added that Weaver's chronology was off, because producer Larry Gordon told him that Alien vs Predator was only under discussion at Fox days before his then-agent Steve Kenis gave him the script »
In yet another box office achievement, Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World has now surpassed The Avengers to become the third highest grossing film at the global box office. With $1.522 billion in combined international and domestic gross, Jurassic World has exceeded The Avengers' $1.520 billion just slightly to take the number three spot. The only two films with higher grosses belong to James Cameron:... Read More »
- Alex Maidy
23 years ago, Terminator 2, James Cameron’s sequel to his unexpectedly popular The Terminator, grossed an almost-unprecedented $520 million at the worldwide box office. Cut to today, and Alan Taylor’s Terminator Genisys stands at less than $300 million after three weeks on release, struggling to even make back the total of its production and marketing costs.
It’s quite a fall from grace for what was once one of the pre-eminent science fiction movie franchises; what’s more, Genisys has also prompted the worst critical evaluation of any Terminator film to date. After five films, including two attempted reboots (Salvation and Genisys), the future of the series appears more dire than ever.
It’s now up to Paramount and Skydance Productions to decide how they’ll proceed with those proposed sequels to Genisys. Pitched as the first in a new trilogy, and with an ending left wide open for follow-ups, »
- Brogan Morris
It is now official. Jurassic World is the third highest-grossing movie of all time. The Universal backed movie has overtaken this year’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Fast & Furious 7 with its total hall currently sitting at $1.522 billion dollars. That puts it just ahead of Marvel’s The Avengers (Avengers Assemble), but still quite a way behind the two Fox releases at the top of the tree, Titanic ($2.1bn) and Avatar ($2.7bn). There’s obviously no hope of catching those two James Cameron juggernauts, but you have to admit that Jurassic World‘s monster haul is pretty impressive.
Jurassic World has also surpassed $600 million at the domestic box-office, and is only the fourth film to ever manage that milestone.
The other surprise is that Universal haven’t mentioned a sequel as yet? Imminent? Probably.
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- Paul Heath
Universal reports that Jurassic World, with $1.52B is the third biggest worldwide hit in history, passing Marvel's The Avengers and its $1.519B in worldwide receipts. Jurassic can also boast it reached that $1.52B quickly, taking only 40 days for the film to hit that mark, whereas Avengers took 133.Jurassic still has a long way to go to catch up with the films in the #2 and #1 position though. Both James Cameron films, Titanic, with $2.19B and Avatar with $2.79B, seem safe, given a snapshot on the 40th day.Jurassic's 40th day was July 21 and it stood at $614M domestic on 3,117 screens. It made $1.7M that day for a per-screen average of $555. Titanic's 40th day was also a Tuesday, Jan. 27, 1998, but the love/disaster epic was just picking up steam. It was heading into awards season and still the #1 film (against weak competition). That day it made $1.9M on 2,771 screens for a $694 per-screen average. »
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It's been something of a summer for massive blockbusters. Last year, by distance, the biggest grosser of the season was Michael Bay's Transformers: Age Of Extinction, which banked $1.1bn and now sits as the 13th biggest movie of all time at the global box office. The second biggest summer blockbuster of last year, Guardians Of The Galaxy, sat at $774m, once all the change had been counted.
This year, however, has been different, as three films now have blasted through the $1bn mark, and two of them have landed north of $1.5bn. Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Fast & Furious 7 and Jurassic World now all sit in the top ten grossing movies of all time.
What's more, we now learn that Jurassic World has become the third biggest grossing movie of all time, »
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