14 items from 2014
Underwood uses the samarium crisis to marginalise Tusk – who is to stop Frank achieving his ultimate aim now?
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It's too damned hot. In DC, it's 96 degrees, which sounds terrifying – especially to us Europeans who think in centigrade rather than fahrenheit. Isn't that like four degrees off boiling? Too hot for ribs at Freddy's BBQ shack. Too hot for Raymond Tusk's threepiece suits. Too hot for lobbyist Remy and majority whip Jackie to get it on. Too hot – or so you'd think – for Machaivellian conspiring. But just right for a nice hot storyline about the Us's energy crisis.
As the Americans sit in scanties before open fridge doors, put their well-fed western faces close to the proverbial »
- Stuart Jeffries
Get ready to feel old. Twenty-four years have passed since Michael Crichton published his bestselling novel, Jurassic Park. Steven Spielberg.s 1993 adaptation of Crichton.s book recently celebrated its 20th anniversary with a 3D re-release. And the last time you were able to see a Jurassic Park movie in theaters before that was 2001. That all changes next year, though, when Universal brings the mighty dinosaurs of the Jurassic franchise back to life for a new installment in the ongoing series. Expect a lot of changes on screen, however, for Jurassic Park 4. Very few original players from the initial franchise are coming back, as far as we know. The pieces are starting to fall into place on the fourth movie, titled Jurassic World, so we figured we would dig into the sequel and fill you in on all of the latest details. We.ve done this in the past for »
In Spike Jonze's postmodern pastoral about a man who dates his operating system, digital affairs are as sensual – and heartbreaking – as the real thing
• Joaquin Phoenix on heartbreak, rejuvenation and talking to Siri
Spike Jonze's relationship comedy is set in a techno-perfect Los Angeles of the near future, a u-topia with the tiniest hint of dys-. Everything tends to be lit with a dreamy, woozy kind of afternoon sunshine and lens flare, in a place where a contented, diverse population mills happily around, rather like a TV ad spot for Apple computers directed by Douglas Coupland. Her is a really distinctive piece of work, which has drawn countless adoring notices and endless gags about Siri, the voice of Apple's iPhone. I wished I liked it more. It is engagingly self-aware and excruciatingly self-conscious, wearing its hipness »
- Peter Bradshaw
Peter Hyams Takes Us Closer
Peter Hyams has been making movies for over forty years. A native New Yorker, Hyams has the distinction of being one of the only directors who also serves as his own cinematographer on his films, a hyphenate that has caused him some controversy among cameramen (see below for more details). After making his mark with such classics as Capricorn One, Outland, The Star Chamber, 2010, and many others, Hyams hasn't slowed down, bringing us his twenty-first feature film. Enemies Closer is a white-knuckle thriller starring Jean-Claude Van Damme as the ruthless (and flamboyant) leader of a drug cartel on a search and destroy mission for his missing cache of product, which sits at the bottom of a lake on the U.S.-Canadian border. Tom Everett Scott plays the U.S. Park Ranger with a murky past who tries to stop him, along »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Bids on film prop at $99,500 and counting as eBay users look to snap up memento of 1993 dinosaur blockbuster
Bids for the 7ft-wide concrete prop, which is being sold by Theme Park Connection, a company specialising in movie props, have reached $99,500 (£60,000) so far. The velociraptor seen in promotional shots for the auction was reportedly used at the film's premiere.
"In this auction you are bidding on one of the most recognisable props from Steven Spielberg's 1993 worldwide hit, Jurassic Park!" reads the item's description. "This is the full-size animal transport cage crate featured in the terrifying opening scene of the classic blockbuster movie. It housed the velociraptor that attacked and killed the ill-fated 'gate keeper' as Jurassic Park's game warden and workers attempted to move »
- Ben Child
I’ve always thought of science fiction as a look at what screenwriters and novelists think the future may hold, and that seems to be a fairly accurate stance. In fact, by definition, science fiction is simply fiction based on imagined future scientific or technological advances or social/environmental changes, frequently portraying space or time travel and life on other planets. The great thing about these films is that they do sometimes accurately foretell the future... and now that some of the more legendary entries in the genre are reaching a certain age, a lot of the ideas they explore are actually beginning to come true. Here are eight examples of science fiction films from years past that made accurate predictions as to what the world would look like today... Star Trek's Communicators Foreshadow Modern Cell Phones We aren’t charting deep space or battling Klingons yet, but we »
- Tyler Doupe
Hell hath no fury like an android scorned in Vice, a low-budgeted sci-fi thriller from Lone Survivor producer Emmet/Furla/Oasis Films. In the film’s quasi-utopian future, people are encouraged to carry out their most vicious and sadistic desires within the confines of luxurious resorts, where they are supplied with as many humanlike androids to brutalize in however many ways they see fit.
Yesterday, it was announced that action icon Bruce Willis will star in the film alongside Ambyr Childers, an actress known for prominent roles in Paul Thomas Anderson’s acclaimed drama The Master, Showtime’s Ray Donovan and the spine-tingling horror flick We Are What We Are. Willis is set to portray Julian, the sadistic owner of the Vice resort, while Childers will play an android who becomes self-aware and, horrified at the travesties being committed inside the resort, escapes and returns with a plot to bring »
- Isaac Feldberg
As we await the first trailer for Guillermo Del Toro's FX series The Strain, some new images from the show have made their way online. Based on the novels written by Del Toro and Chuck Hogan, The Strain is a contemporary retelling of the classic vampire story with a twist. Reading the novels you get a very Michael Crichton/Andromeda Strain medical thriller vibe mixed with the supernatural bloodsucker element. But, before you begin to roll your eyes at the prospect of another vampire »
- Alex Maidy
Michael Pena is circling Edgar Wright's Ant Man, but we don't know who he's playing at this point. This comes after Michael Douglas boarded the Marvel project as scientist Hank Pym in the film which is co-written by Attack the Block and Tintin scribe Joe Cornish and Wright. Plot details are unknown at this time. The comic books follows Pym (Paul Rudd), a scientist who invents a substance which allows him to change size to communicate with insects.The film starts shooting in April. Rashida Jones and Bryce Dallas Howard are rumored but none of them have been offered the female lead as yet with of course Howard confirmed for Jurassic World. »
• Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington have finalized deals to reprise their roles as Neytiri and Jake Sully in the three upcoming Avatar sequels for director James Cameron. News of their “expected” return was first reported in August. Stephen Lang is also returning as Marine Colonel Quaritch. The three follow ups will be shot back to back and are rolling out to theaters in December of 2016, 2017, and 2018. [THR]
• End of Watch star Michael Peña has reportedly been offered a role in Marvel’s Ant-Man. The Edgar Wright-directed pic is expected to begin shooting this spring with leads Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas »
- Lindsey Bahr
Plot details are still vague, but fans have suspected Wright is taking a different approach since both Lang and Pym were the superhero at some point.
Even if Dallas Howard got an offer, she may have an issue with doing “Ant-Man” as she is also on board for “Jurassic World” which would turn into a scheduling conflict. Jessica Chastain was also approached for the part but passed on it.
Pena is repped by CAA »
- Justin Kroll
Another significant step forward in the production of Universal Pictures’ much-anticiapted prehistoric sequel Jurassic World as the date has been confirmed to begin filming. The project is another major blockbuster heading to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, along with Alan Taylor’s Terminator: Genesis and Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot (more on the latter here). Colin Trevorrow is the man tasked with breathing new life into the franchise based on Michael Crichton’s original novel and spearheaded by Steven Spielberg. Shooting commences on 31st March!
In addition, those rumours of Marvel’s new golden boy Chris Pratt being involved in the main cast appear to have been confirmed by filmmaker Ron Howard. The Oscar-winning director’s daughter, Bryce Dallas Howard, had previously been confirmed as the female lead, alongside Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins. He tweeted the following image and message perhaps unaware the studio have yet to confirm any talks with naturally gifted funny man. »
- Craig Hunter
Directed by Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed), Jurassic World is the fourth installment of the popular film franchise that originated with Steven Spielberg's 1993 film sci-fi actioner Jurassic Park based on the novel by Michael Crichton. Production Weekly reports that Jurassic World is slated to begin filming on June 2nd in Louisiana. Last night during the 71st Annual Golden Globes ceremony director Ron Howard (Rush) tweeted the following picture of his daughter along with Chris Pratt (Zero Dark Thirty, Moneyball, Guardians of the Galaxy) who has long been rumored to co-star with her in the film: Bryce and Chris meet for the 1st time on red carpet they will be co-stars in next Juraissic pic.twitter.com/Pu1nUI9SNG — Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) January 13, 2014 There's no »
- Pietro Filipponi
Made you jump. It's about time a Syfy show had that effect on us again.
Syfy's Helix (Friday, 10/9c) is a chiller in every sense of the word, a welcome return to gripping sci-fi form for a network that has lately ceded bragging rights to AMC (The Walking Dead), FX (American Horror Story) and even The CW (The Vampire Diaries) in the competitive arena of hardcore genre buzz. The spirit of Michael Crichton permeates this claustrophobic exercise in suspenseful paranoia, from Battlestar Galactica's Ronald D. Moore and series creator Cameron Porsandeh, who sets the first season almost entirely at an icy Arctic research compound that's actually a hothouse for mysteriously grisly medical experiments.
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- Matt Roush
14 items from 2014
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