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Blending the “anything goes” artificial intelligence aspect of Michael Crichton’s Westworld with the android self-awareness of I, Robot, Vice, an upcoming sci-fi film from Lionsgate, takes viewers to a place where fantasies can become realities without any consequences, no matter how violent or depraved the actions. The film’s official trailer features a long-haired Thomas Jane hell-bent on shutting down the Vice resort.
“Julian Michaels (Bruce Willis) has designed the ultimate resort: Vice, where anything goes and the customers can play out their wildest fantasies with artificial inhabitants who look, think and feel like humans. When an artificial (Ambyr Childers) becomes self-aware and escapes, she finds herself caught in the crossfire between Julian’s mercenaries and a cop (Thomas Jane) who is hell-bent on shutting down Vice, and stopping the violence once and for all.
Grindstone Entertainment and Emmett Furla Oasis Films present in association with K5 International and »
- Derek Anderson
Mexican writer-director Isaac Ezban comes to Ventana Sur with two films, “The Incident” and Blood Window’s “The Similars.” Making both films in one year was a whirlwind for Ezban, particularly since these are his first feature-length pieces — he cut his teeth as a maker of short films. Ezban’s signature lo-fi sci-fi aesthetic shines through in both outings, channeling the work of H.P. Lovecraft and episodes of “The Twilight Zone” as inspiration. Shoreline Entertainment acquired “The Incident” on Nov. 30 in a deal reported by Variety.
Your impressive short film “Nasty Stuff” gloriously bathed in Lovecraftian horror. Now your debut feature “The Incident” delves into intellectual/metaphysical science fiction. And right now you just finished your second feature film “The Similars,” which, by the look of the first teaser trailer, looks like it could have some horror again. So, are you more of a horror fan, or more of a science fiction fan? »
- Marianne Zumberge
The latest Bruce Willis film, Vice, appears to manhandle one of sci-fi’s most often used tropes: robots with feelings. Alas, his character – the businessman with a plan Julian Michaels – doesn’t give a hoot. In fact, his entire wealth has been amassed purely from the abuse humans pay to inflict on his resort of sentient ‘bots. Does the premise sound familiar?
If it rings a vague, distant bell that’s because it bears a shocking resemblance to Michael Crichton’s 1973 movie, Westworld. In that classic caper (currently being remade by HBO), an amusement park populated by androids constructed for human pleasure goes to hell when the ‘bots decide to fight back. It seems that director Brian A. Miller has replicated that film’s basic intention and upped the ante a touch. In his rendition, the number of robots is limited and at the end of every day they’re »
- Gem Seddon
In celebration of Sound on Sight’s 7th anniversary, writers were asked to come up with articles that present their childhood favorites in the realm of films, TV shows, books or games.
I chose films and anyone who has any familiarity with my writing knows I am virtually incapable of writing an article about a single film so I’m going to focus on a number of movies I saw in my youth.
Growing up in suburban Cincinnati, Ohio, I was fortunate enough to have my own room and my own TV set.
My family didn’t go out to the cinema very often so my introduction to movies was primarily through television.
The household cable television was limited to the family room and the parental restrictions that went with that so a far as movie watching went, it was mostly just me in my room where there were no »
- Terek Puckett
The huge level of hype surrounding movie trailers doesn't seem like it's going to subside anytime soon. "First looks" and teaser premieres seem to have more currency in film fandom than the actual movies themselves these days.
With the big unveiling of the Jurassic World teaser this week and the incoming promo for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Digital Spy has decided to look back through the archives to see how the art of cutting a trailer has changed over the years.
1. Star Wars
"Somewhere in space... this may all be happening right now!" This opening voiceover doesn't quite have the same ring to it as "a galaxy far, far away", and without the John Williams score or polished sound mix it just doesn't really feel like Star Wars at all. Still, this first-ever trailer didn't put off audiences from seeing the finished film in the summer of 1977.
2. Jurassic Park »
Universal Pictures gave fans a nice little holiday gift Tuesday with the early release of the Jurassic World trailer. It was the first big look at what director Colin Trevorrow has in store for the iconic Steven Spielberg/Michael Crichton franchise. The answer is the fulfillment of John Hammond’s dream: a dinosaur theme park where no […]
The post Which Shot in the ‘Jurassic World’ Trailer Is Not in the Movie? appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
Superheroes, time travellers, aliens and zombies. Here’s our pick of forthcoming Us geek TV for 2015…
Following on from our list of brand new UK geek-skewed TV shows to keep an eye out for next year is this gaggle of Us counterparts. There are film adaptations from 12 Monkeys to Scream, comic book adaptations including Daredevil and Dark Matter, and a host of original projects.
All of the ones listed below are as certain as certain gets in the world of Us TV commissioning, and as a bonus, there’s a wee list of sci-fi and fantasy pilots to look forward to should they be picked up by their respective networks.
You’ll find this one among our running total of movies currently being turned into TV shows, for obvious reasons.
A Syfy production that’s expected to arrive in January 2015, 12 Monkeys is based on the 1995 Terry Gilliam film (itself »
I've been a longtime fan of the "Jurassic Park" franchise. From the books by Michael Crichton to the first movie by Steven Spielberg (yes, not much of a big fan of the last films, even "The Lost World"), I was looking forward to seeing what director Colin Trevorrow could do with the series. I loved his "Safety Not Guaranteed" for its brilliant simplicity, but now he has a budget, and what can he do with that budget? "Jurassic World" stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Judy Greer and will open on June 12 of next year.
Universal Pictures has released the film's first trailer and from the looks of it, it seems like the same old same old routine. Put a bunch of people in a park, and let the dinosaurs feast! But as soon as I heard the tinkling on the piano, I felt quite nostalgic! So here you go, »
Along with today's first Jurassic World trailer, Universal Pictures has also released four new images from the upcoming sequel. The movie takes place 22 years after Jurassic Park and is set on a fully functional park on Isla Nublar. The folks running Jurassic World think genetically modified dinosaurs are a good idea, and so naturally bad things happen. These images show off one of the film's new doohickeys, a gyroball (not the official name, but I don't know what else to call it), which looks like it tumbled out of Oblivion and got a paintjob. Hit the jump to check out the new Jurassic World images. The film opens in 3D on June 12, 2015, and stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, Vincent D’Onofrio, Irrfan Khan, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, and Judy Greer. Via Universal Pictures. Here's the boilerplate: Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next »
- Matt Goldberg
The first official trailer for Jurassic World offers a glimpse at the most wonderful park on earth — before reminding you that, yes, cloning dinosaurs really is going to end in disaster sooner or later. The first true look at Colin Trevorrow’s revival of the Michael Crichton franchise — memorably brought to the screen by Steven Spielberg in 1993’s Jurassic Park — opens with a full minute of footage that almost convinces the viewer that everything’s under control and entirely safe this time around…until we see a shark being used as food for a gigantic underwater dino. By the time
- Graeme McMillan
Not even two dodgy sequels and 21 years passing can erase the magic of the very first time you watched Jurassic Park.
The Steven Spielberg dino adventure brought gasps from audiences - young and old - when it premiered around the world in 1993. Even today, a couple of seconds of that classic score can give you tingles and take you back to first time you saw The Park.
Like all great films, everything felt and looked like it slotted together perfectly. But that wasn't necessarily the case, as there were plenty of other big-name stars who so very nearly got the lead roles.
If it wasn't already greedy enough that Harrison Ford had landed himself awesome cool roles in two of the biggest movie franchises of all time - Star Wars and Indiana Jones - he could have almost have added a third dino-sized »
Like those generated by the distant, thundering footfalls of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, the ripples being made by early publicity for the fourth Jurassic Park film are growing in size. We have slowly progressed from still images being shared on social media, through tiny snippets, to this first official footage from Jurassic World – before the full trailer is finally revealed, on Thursday.
The journey of Jurassic World to the big screen has been a long and tortuous one – it having been in development for over ten years. A sizeable list of directors and writers have come and gone, while names reportedly under consideration for casting have included Keira Knightley, Jeremy Piven, Emmy Rossum, David Boreanaz, John Krasinski and Josh Brolin, in addition to the involvement of original stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Richard Attenborough having been rumoured at various points. The lengthy process sadly saw the passing of »
- Sarah Myles
HBO has given an official series order to J.J. Abrams’ new sci-fi series Westworld. The show is based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film, and it was adapted for the small screen by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy.
The story is set at an amusement park called Westworld, and it’s described as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.”
Harris will play one of the central leads in the story known as The Man in Black, "the distillation of pure villainy into one man." Marsden is will play a character named Teddy Flood, "a mysterious new arrival to a small frontier town. Teddy quickly proves both his charm — and his talent with a revolver — while his pursuit of a »
- Joey Paur
Jurassic World: A viral website for Jurassic World has emerged online. It doesn't disclose any significant plot details about the new movie (expect those in a trailer rumored to hit just before Thanksgiving), but if you're a fan of the original movies, it does help place Jurassic World in a timeline in context with the history of InGen as a company. It also gives us the above picture, which is our first official image of B.D. Wong -- the only returning actor/character from Jurassic Park -- in the movie. Westworld: Speaking of old Michael Crichton projects getting a new life, HBO has ordered a full first season of Westworld, the TV remake of the Jurassic Park author's classic sci-fi movie about a theme park run by robots where things go haywire. The show was...
- Peter Hall
Long before Interstellar (2014) sought inspiration from the works of American theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, a former Harvard Medical School graduate made a name for himself by creating scientific thrillers that dealt with illegal organ transplants and the resurrection of extinct species from DNA samples. Not surprisingly Jonathan Nolan, who co-wrote the screenplay for the epic space adventure starring Matthew McConaughey and directed by his brother Christopher Nolan, has found Michael Crichton to be a person of interest.
Jonathan Nolan will be serving as an executive producer, writer and director for the small screen version of Westworld (1973) which revolves around an adult resort divided into three theme worlds populated by androids that malfunction and execute their human guests. Nolan will be partnering with production companies Bad Robot Productions, Jerry Weintraub Productions, Kilter Films and Warner Bros. Television to produce a full season for the specialty channel responsible for Game of Thrones. »
- Trevor Hogg
HBO is loving the concept of Michael Crichtons Westworld as a TV series. The network has officially ordered the star packed series for a full season. The series will star Anthony Hopkins as the main star, Dr. Robert Ford the big boss at the amusement park that features andriod robots. However, these robots go crazy and end up hurting the guest. Most of the big stars will play the robots with room of more than one character. The series will likely hit the airwaves in 2015.
I am glad that the late Michael Crichton is still having success. It is just a shame that he doesn’t get to see this take place. It will be an interesting series, especially to see how they can expand the story as it was written in a movie format. That will take some serious creativity on their end. I suppose that may not be a struggle for HBO, »
- Sarah Peel
Thandie Newton and Jeffrey Wright will be returning to serial TV as part of the impressive ensemble cast of HBO's "Westworld," which the network has now officially ordered to series. Inspired by Michael Crichton's 1973 film of the same name, HBO describes its adaptation as a dark tale about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin. Anthony Hopkins stars as a Dr. Robert Ford, a brilliant engineer and chairman of the board of Westworld, a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park - who has an uncompromising creative vision for the park and means of realizing that vision. Also in the cast are Evan Rachel »
- Tambay A. Obenson
HBO has decided to fully enter Westworld. The network announced yesterday that it has officially ordered the sci-fi drama, based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film and written by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, to series. Westworld stars Anthony Hopkins, in his first-ever series regular television role, as an inventor who creates and runs an adult amusement park filled with “lifelike robots.” James Marsden, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris, Miranda Otto, and Jeffrey Wright make up the rest of the cast. According to The Hollywood Reporter, sources tell them that the show’s androids—all characters played by Marsden, Wood, and Newton—”can be killed off and return with completely different personas, allowing actors to play many characters.” This storytelling device was apparently very appealing to the show’s actors and helped Westworld attract and assemble its star-studded cast. However, don’t let the fact that characters can be »
- Chris King
HBO has officially given a series order for its one-hour drama series reinvention of Michael Crichton's 1973 feature "Westworld" and announced the news via a rather strange Vine posting that you can see below.
Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Miranda Otto, Rodrigo Santoro and Shannon Woodward star in the series which is described as a "dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin."
Jonathan Nolan is attached as executive producer, writer and director on the series. Lisa Nolan will also serve as a writer and executive producer, and J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub and Bryan Burk will executive produce.
- Garth Franklin
The future is now at HBO.
The network announced Monday that it has ordered the impressive drama Westworld to series. Described as "a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin," Westworld is an adaptation of the 1973 film of the same name about a futuristic amusement park. It was written and directed by Michael Crichton.
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- Kaitlin Thomas
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