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Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World. Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly. Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers. Jurassic World stars Chris Pratt as Owen Grady, Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire Dearing, Vincent D'Onofrio as Vic Hoskins, Jake Johnson as Lowery, Irrfan Khan as Simon Masrani, Nick Robinson as Zach, Ty Simpkins as Gray, and B.D. Wong as Dr. Henry Wu. The movie is set to roar into theaters June 12. »
The Jurassic World Empire covers are here. Currently crashing through the undergrowth - figuratively speaking - and stomping onto subscribers' doormats, here's what non-subcribers can look forward to buying this Thursday, April 30.Barely containing the hybrid horrors of the Indominus Rex, our special four-slashes fold-out cover can only be tamed by purchasing it, then caging it on top of your coffee table. Again, figuratively speaking.As well as extensive feature on Colin Trevorrow's take on Steven Spielberg's iconic dino-franchise, featuring exclusive on-set access and details to thrill Jurassic Park aficionados, there is a whole lot more, including a world exclusive first look at X-Men: Apocalypse and everything you never knew about Jaws.Keep your eyes on EmpireOnline.com over the week to find out more about what to expect, from Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens and back again.Jurassic World »
With his first film for five years, Pixels, due for release in the next few months, director Chris Columbus has started doing the press rounds to promote the CGI-action spectacular starring Adam Sandler (Grown Ups 2), Kevin James (Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2), Michelle Monaghan (True Detective) and Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones). But while the emphasis was on his latest project, SlashFilm asked the director about one of his most famous porject, 1984’s Gremlins, and the status of the long-talked about remake/reboot.
On the new version, Columbus told the site: “I am involved. Initially I remember back in ’84-’85 when they approached me and said, do you wanna write the sequel and I said, this is before the obsession with franchises. So my feeling was no. We’ve told the story, that was that’s 1980’s thinking. And then suddenly all these years later, we were approached with »
- Scott J. Davis
With "Pixels" on the way later this Summer, the film's writer/director Chris Columbus has begun doing his first press for the movie and he recently spoke about another movie he's involved in - the reboot of "Gremlins".
Columbus famously penned the first film but opted out of the sequel. So why is he returning for the reboot as a producer? He explains his decision to Slashfilm:
"I am involved. Initially I remember back in '84-'85 when they approached me and said, do you wanna write the sequel and I said, this is before the obsession with franchises. So my feeling was no. We've told the story, that was that's 1980's thinking.
And then suddenly all these years later, we were approached with an idea that really sounded like an interesting version. It's not a remake of the movie at all. It's a, it's just a reinvention of it. »
- Garth Franklin
Chris Pratt on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Chris Pratt on The Ellen Show Start at 11:14 to watch his full segment Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World. Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly. Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers. Jurassic World will feature: Director: Colin Trevorrow Chris Pratt as Owen Grady Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire Dearing Vincent D'Onofrio as Vic Hoskins Jake Johnson as Lowery Irrfan Khan as Simon Masrani Nick Robinson as Zach Ty Simpkins as Gray B.D. Wong as Dr. Henry Wu Brian Tee as Takashi Hamada Omar Sy as Barry Katie McGrath as Zara Lauren Lapkus as Vivian Judy Greer as Zach & Gray's Mother Andy Buckley as Zach & Gray's Father James DuMont in an undisclosed role Jurassic World is set »
Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks Studios is close to a deal to partner with billionaire e-Bay co-founder Jeff Skoll's Participant Media, providing DreamWorks with a major cash infusion, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. The pact, which one source believes totals $200 million or more, comes at a crucial time for both companies. India's Reliance Entertainment, which has bankrolled DreamWorks, is unlikely to invest more money in the company, while Stacey Snider vacated her job as DreamWorks co-chairman/CEO for a top post at 20th Century Fox last fall. Michael Wright now is running DreamWorks, which has a film distribution deal
- Pamela McClintock
Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson on the Oscars' Red Carpet Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson at the Academy Awards Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson are seen above arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 95-year-old Wallach had received an Honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November 2010. See also: "Doris Day Inexplicably Snubbed by Academy," "Maureen O'Hara Honorary Oscar," "Honorary Oscars: Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo Among Rare Women Recipients," and "Hayao Miyazaki Getting Honorary Oscar." Delayed film debut The Actors Studio-trained Eli Wallach was to have made his film debut in Fred Zinnemann's Academy Award-winning 1953 blockbuster From Here to Eternity. Ultimately, however, Frank Sinatra – then a has-been following a string of box office duds – was cast for a pittance, getting beaten to a pulp by a pre-stardom Ernest Borgnine. For his bloodied efforts, Sinatra went on »
- D. Zhea
I was a fan of the Star Wars expanded universe. I got as excited for getting new Star Wars galleys as I did getting a new China Mieville, George R.R. Martin, or Steven Erikson Arc, and Timothy Zahn’s core 5 books in the EU, the Thrawn Trilogy and following duology, are among my favorite chapters of Star Wars history Period from any medium. Even the most enthusiastic fan of Star Wars and the work Del Rey has done with the license, however, will admit there have been lows to go along with highs, many of them seem universally agreed upon, and many others are personal gems or dislikes that make the conversation that much more interesting. I think it helpful to know where people stand or stood on former works, so with that in mind, along with the Zahn contributions, I really enjoyed what Karen Traviss accomplished with Stormtroopers, I »
- Jay Tomio
Richard Corliss, for 35 years the witty, incisive and compassionate voice on film and culture at Time magazine, died Thursday after a stroke, the magazine announced Friday.
Time editor Nancy Gibbs messaged her staff with the news, expressing her “great sorrow” at the death of a man who she said “had to write, like the rest of us breathe and eat and sleep.”
“It’s not clear that Richard ever slept, for the sheer expanse of his knowledge and writing defies the normal contours of professional life,” Gibbs added.
Corliss, 71, suffered the stroke a week earlier, according to an obituary on Time’s website. He died in New York City and his magazine declared that it, “along with all lovers of film and great critical writing, will have a hard time recovering.”
The critic reviewed films tirelessly—more than 1,000 of them, while also authoring four books and writing sweeping narratives on »
- James Rainey
NBC has hired DreamWorks veteran Chip Sullivan as its top communications exec.
Sullivan has worked in the DreamWorks fold for the past 20 years, focusing on features. In recent years he has moved between the live-action operation and the publicly traded DreamWorks Animation studio. He has long been a trusted confidant of DreamWorks principals Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg.
The move to the NBC broadcast network will mark a shift in focus to television for the seasoned exec, who is well known and well liked in the industry. Sullivan headed special projects and animation production marketing early on in his DreamWorks tenure. He was named head of corporate communications in 2007 and most recently has been head of global brand integration and PR for Dwa.
- Cynthia Littleton
NBC is looking to a longtime Jeffrey Katzenberg confidant to head up its West Coast corporate communications group, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. Chip Sullivan, who works at DreamWorks Animation and is close to Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg, will soon shift to NBC as chairman Robert Greenblatt's top PR executive. Sullivan will replace Richard Licata, Greenblatt's longtime PR exec who exited NBC last fall. In his new position, Sullivan will be executive vice president communications at NBC Entertainment and report directly to Greenblatt. In a statement Greenblatt said: "I'm overjoyed that Chip Sullivan will be coming to NBC. He is one of the brightest, most innovative and most highly regarded communications experts I've ever known, and his
- Kim Masters
Even after two hours, exhibitors were knocked on their collective heels by Universal’s presentation for tentpole “Jurassic World,” with fearsome dinos attacking throughout the footage.
Director Colin Trevorrow launched the presentation — the last of the six studio events at CinemaCon in Las Vegas — by promising, “It is scary as hell, and that trauma should be shared by mass groups of people.”
He walked on to the stage to the strains of Guns N’ Roses’ “Welcome to the Jungle” and began by describing the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland, Calif., as one of the best movie palaces.
“It was my church, and I would go every Saturday morning, stand in line, go into the theater and have a shared experience,” he recalled. “That is something no one has done better than Steven Spielberg.”
Spielberg is an exec producer on the film. Star Chris Pratt followed with an X-rated intro. “It’s showtime, »
- Dave McNary
Run! An asset is out of containment in this new clip from #JurassicWorld! https://t.co/5mK9qzC520— #JurassicWorld (@JurassicPark) April 23, 2015 Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World. Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly. Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers. Jurassic World stars Chris Pratt as Owen Grady, Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire Dearing, Vincent D'Onofrio as Vic Hoskins, Jake Johnson as Lowery, Irrfan Khan as Simon Masrani, Nick Robinson as Zach, Ty Simpkins as Gray, and B.D. Wong as Dr. Henry Wu. The movie is set to roar into theaters June 12. »
The Simpsons has a long history of peppering its stories with pop culture references, and some of the show’s finest gags stem from the world of cinema. These have ranged from the briefest of quotes, to full on shot-for-shot parodies and extended episode-long homages.
Most striking in trying to put this list together was the sheer volume of movie references there are to choose from. In pretty much any given episode of The Simpsons, there are at least a couple, with nods to James Bond, 2001: A Space Odyssey and the work of Alfred Hitchcock proving three of the most regular candidates. The tributes to numerous great horror movies in the show’s Treehouse Of Horror episodes could have been used to fill this list all on their own. »
Over the last few years, Disney has been buying a few big studios or partnering with them, between Marvel Studios, Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks and most recently Lucasfilm. This one Hollywood studio now has an incredibly diverse slate, and at their annual presentation during the movie theater owners' convention CinemaCon this week, they included a slide of their upcoming releases through 2017. We already know all of these release dates, so there's nothing new coming from this, but it's cool to see everything presented in this visual way with all of the logos included. Hell of a line-up, from Marvel mania to Star Wars galore, Toy Story 4, two Spielberg films, and even Ghost in the Shell. Take a look + click for bigger. Cue Disney theme. Thank you to @film_girl (Christina Warren) for this photo above. You can see a slightly different version of the same slide on SlashFilm. It was taken during the presentation, »
- Alex Billington
Thruline Entertainment has signed Gloria Reuben, an Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress who is best known for her regular role on “ER.” The actress has a career spanning thirty years, with recent credits including the newest Nicholas Sparks adaptation “The Longest Ride,” Steven Spielberg‘s “Lincoln” and “Admission” opposite Tina Fey. Also Read: Inside Golden Globes After-Parties: Jennifer Aniston, Jared Leto, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez and Gold Trophy 'Plus Ones' (Photos) On television, her recent credits include recurring roles on TNT’s “Falling Skies” and NBC’s long-running “Law & Order: Svu.” Reuben will next be seen on USA’s »
- Linda Ge
“I read comic books when I was a kid; I don’t read them now,” said Eastwood during a question and answer session about his life and career at the Las Vegas exhibition trade show CinemaCon on Wednesday.
That means he won’t be appearing in a Marvel movie anytime soon. “I prefer adult-oriented pictures,” Eastwood said. “I mean that in the PG-13 or R sense, but that’s as far as it goes.”
Eastwood also revealed that even though he’s world famous, he still buys tickets to see movies on the bigscreen. He most recently made the trip to the multiplexes to see “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and plans to support his son Scott by paying full freight to see “The Longest Ride. »
- Brent Lang and Dave McNary
Director Christopher Nolan has come aboard Martin Scorsese's film preservation nonprofit Film Foundation, which has resurrected classics since 1990 including Powell and Pressburger's "Tales of Hoffmann" earlier this year. He joins a top-drawer coterie of members that already includes Woody Allen, Paul Thomas Anderson, Wes Anderson, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Curtis Hanson, Peter Jackson, Ang Lee, George Lucas, Alexander Payne, Robert Redford and Steven Spielberg. Nolan, like Scorsese, has long been outspoken and passionate about celluloid, and prefers to shoot his movies on film. At a recent Getty Museum summit, as reported by Variety, Christopher Nolan made a rallying cry to save the medium: "There’s a reason filmmakers get very excited about shooting film and seeing film prints, and we have to communicate that to audiences around the world." Read More: How Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker Restored the Luster of Michael Powell and »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The Star Wars franchise is going strong 38 years later. But what about the artists and filmmakers who helped make the 1977 original a hit?
In theatres all over the world in 1977, audiences thrilled at the sights and sounds of Star Wars. Harking back to a bygone age of Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, it also pointed forward to the coming age of ubiquitous computers and special effects-led blockbusters.
But while the triumphant fanfare of John Williams' score gave Star Wars a confident swagger, its success was far from preordained. George Lucas reworked his script time and again; studios turned his concept down; even the production was rushed and torturous.
By now, the contribution George Lucas, John Williams and Star Wars' cast made to cinema is well documented. But what about some of the other artists, technicians and fellow filmmakers who helped to make the movie such a success? Here's »
Scorsese, the founder and chair of the organization, noted that Nolan has been a longtime advocate of sustaining celluloid film in the digital era.
“Chris’s passion, knowledge and dedication to film is unparalleled,” he said. “He spearheaded the growing movement to ensure that film stock continues to be available for production and preservation. I know that his commitment to film and its preservation will be enormously helpful to the work of the foundation.”
Nolan’s “Interstellar” opened first at 240 film-using theaters in the U.S. last November, two days prior to its wide release in theaters using digital projection. Nolan shot the movie with a combination of 35mm anamorphic film and 65mm Imax.
“I’m honored to become a part of the pioneering and essential work of Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation, »
- Dave McNary
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