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Two decades ago, TriStar and director Joe Johnston rolled the dice on a Jumanji film, a big-screen adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg’s 1981 children’s book of the same name, and even today, it’s widely considered to be one of the very best and endearing films of its generation. Fast forward to the here and now, and Sony is primed to blow the dust off its long-dormant reboot.
Truth be told, yesterday’s release date rollout was the first tangible hint that the reboot was still on the cards, with the studio slating its modern retelling for a release on December 25, 2016.
Originally hired in 2012, it’s understood that screenwriter Zack Helm is still attached to write Jumanji, though in the time that has lapsed since, it wouldn’t be too surprising if the script was doctored before Sony eventually shepherds the project in front of the cameras. Before that, »
- Michael Briers
'Pixels' movie with Adam Sandler. 'Pixels' movie weekend box office: Adam Sandler vs. 'Ant-Man' Despite its underwhelming domestic box office debut last weekend, Marvel's Ant-Man may turn out to be the winner in North America this weekend (July 24–26, '15) thanks to another underwhelming debut: that of the Adam Sandler Pixels movie. According to weekend box office projections found at Variety, the Chris Columbus-directed Pixels is expected to open with $25 million from 3,723 locations – following a $10 million Friday take (including $1.5M from Thursday previews). If so, that'll place Adam Sandler's latest lowbrow comedy – now in 3D – on a par with Sandler domestic disappointments like Jack and Jill and Funny People. Deadline.com, for its part, is expecting $27-$28 million by Sunday evening. Sat., July 25, update: According to studio box office estimates, Pixels underperformed on Friday, taking in $9.2 million. That's below figures for Jack and Jill and, adjusted for »
- Zac Gille
'Ant-Man': Paul Rudd as Scott Lang. 'Ant-Man' box office below expectations: Lowest Marvel Cinematic Universe domestic debut Starring Paul Rudd as a bug-like (sizewise) action hero, Ant-Man was expected to open with $60-$65 million from 3,856 U.S. and Canada locations this past weekend, July 17-19, '15. That didn't happen. A mere three days ago, Variety enthused that Ant-Man was "marching to a solid $65 million weekend at the U.S. box office." But instead of a $65 million domestic debut like those of Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger, Ant-Man bowed with a considerably more modest $57.22 million (down from the studio's $58.04 million Sunday estimate), including Thursday evening screenings. This latest Marvel Cinematic Universe entry averaged a highly disappointing – especially for an McU entry with loads of steeper-priced 3D and IMAX / Pfl screenings – $14,841 per location. But really, why "highly disappointing"? Trailing 'The Incredible Hulk' Even taking into account the fact »
- Zac Gille
From comic-book adaptations to sci-fi, fantasy and horror. Here are the new geek-skewed shows coming to Us TV in 2016...
The world of TV has never been so crowded and, at the same time, geeks have never had it so good. As saturated as the big screen is with superhero films and sprawling shared universes, that mentality has well and truly bled onto the small screen too.
So there’s a lot of comic-book adaptations coming up in 2016 from Marvel, DC and others, but genre TV is represented across the board with science-fiction, fantasy and horror represented at pretty much every network and cable channel in the Us.
Here's some of the geek TV that will be making its way to us from the Us next year.
Aka Jessica Jones (Netflix)
Part of Netflix’s own connected slice of the McU, there has been a lot of confusion over when we »
Marvel's dominance of the superhero movie game will face stiff competition next year when Warner Bros. kicks off their DC film slate with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Warner film chief Greg Silverman caused a stir when he said that WB, unlike Marvel, is letting their directors fulfill their visions, and Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige took exception to the idea that Marvel isn’t being fair to its filmmakers. Countering Silverman’s comment, Feige told THR that if you watch the McU movies, it’s obvious that each film has the mark of their respective directors, and the studio is not giving these filmmakers the shaft. As Feige put it: Iron Man and Iron Man 2 are as Jon Favreau films as you can see. Kenneth Branagh has his stamp all over Thor. Captain America: First Avenger is very much a Joe Johnston »
Whenever interviewers have a chance to sit down with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, they take the opportunity to ask him every question they can think of. So when I read the interview posted by The Hollywood Reporter, it didn't surprise me how many topics they cover in a short amount of time. Other than the obvious questions about Ant-Man and how important it is in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (a lot, apparently), he goes on to cover everything including diversity in Hollywood, Spider-Man, and creative control. Marvel Studios doesn't allow creativity Earlier in the month, WB executive Greg Silverman discussed the differences between WB/DC's strategy and Marvel. He stated WB hires "master filmmakers" that are going to make their own movies with creative control, and suggested it is in some way different than what Marvel Studios does with their films. readmore postid="179084" In response to this, Feige says, »
- Charles Dean
With Jurassic World now officially the fastest movie to reach the $1 billion mark (in just thirteen days!), it seems as though the world has gone back to 1993 and dino-mania is running wild once again.
To celebrate the success of the movie, we’ve looked back through the history books to bring you five things you may not know about the Jurassic Park franchise.
Harrison Ford has always had a great working relationship with Steven Spielberg and his partner in crime George Lucas. Not only was he the star of Spielberg’s ode to adventure serials of the 1930s and 40s, Raiders of the Lost Ark and its subsequent Indiana Jones sequels, but he was also featured in American Graffiti and the Star Wars trilogy, the products of George Lucas. »
- Luke Owen
The prolific Oscar winning composer James Horner has died in a plane crash at the age of 61. (June 22, 2015). Variety confirmed the news Monday evening.
Brilliant Composer James Horner, friend & collaborator on 7 movies has tragically died in a plane crash. My heart aches for his loved ones.
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) June 23, 2015
Listen to samples of his genius. James Horner will be profoundly missed.
From James Horner’s bio (Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency):
Having composed the music for more than 130 film and television productions, including dozens of the most memorable and successful films of the past three decades, James Horner was one of the world’s most celebrated film composers.
He earned two Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards for »
- Michelle McCue
Nb: the following contains spoilers for Jurassic World.
For Universal, the success of Jurassic World is the $500m pay-off to a story which began well over a decade ago. Work on a third Jurassic Park sequel originally began after the release of Joe Johnston’s coolly-received Jurassic Park III way back in 2001, yet the film languished in a pre-production quagmire as writer after writer seemingly struggled to crack the story.
William Monahan (The Departed, Kingdom Of Heaven) was the first screenwriter to step up to the plate, announced at a time when Keira Knightley was reportedly in the running for a major role. Around that time, Jeff Goldblum and Richard Attenborough were also thought to be returning to their respective roles of Ian Malcom and John Hammond. »
Nice Splice: Narrative Hasn’t Evolved in Trevorrow’s Dino Reboot
If there’s one aspect depicting the fickle nature of the human consumer the latest chapter in the dinosaur franchise reboot Jurassic World manages to get right, it’s the impossibility of pleasing those jaded and desensitized audiences in search of tapping into their initial sense of wonder. And so, twenty years after Steven Spielberg’s 1993 juggernaut Jurassic Park, wherein two mediocre sequels have added to the familiarity factor (including the original director’s inability to match his initial exuberance), we’re gifted with a sequel that’s, production wise at least, the best of the franchise’s offspring. But while much energy was placed in jazzing up creature effects, Colin Trevorrow can only go so far with a conventional script he also tinkered with alongside Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver and Derek Connolly. Basically, this is the same old »
- Nicholas Bell
"Jurassic World" is the first film in this hugely successful franchise in 14 years and early reviews say it harkens back to Steven Spielberg's original "Jurassic Park," which chomped its way to a staggering billion dollars in box office receipts back in 1993. It went on to win all three of its Oscar bids for those jaw-dropping visual effects, inventive sound editing and complex sound mixing. Could this fourth film in the series do as well on both fronts? -Break- Watch dozens of video chats with 2015 Emmy contenders The first sequel, 'The Lost World," also helmed by Spielberg, lost the 1997 Oscar race for Best VIsual Effects to "Titanic," which rodes a tidal wave of success to a record-tying 11 Academy Awards. "Jurassic Park III" came out in 2001. Directed by Spielberg protege Joe Johnson ("Honey, I Shrunk the Kids") it did decent..." »
I don’t know if anyone involved in Jurassic Park III had an idea about why the movie needed to be made other than Universal Pictures keeping the IP alive. Steven Spielberg had moved on, and if he couldn’t find life in a sequel, who was going to be able to attempt it just four years later? Going with Spielberg’s former VFX art director Joe Johnston wasn’t a terrible bet, but it was also a journeyman choice. Johnston was proficient enough to get the job done, but lacked the vision to see anything through beyond “more dinosaurs.” This time, the movie spins the wheel and lands on a slightly more credible protagonist with Sam Neill returning to play Alan Grant, who is lured to Isla Sorna under the false pretenses of being a dinosaur guide to wealthy couple Paul (William H. Macy) and Amanda Kirby (Téa Leoni »
- Matt Goldberg
“No one’s impressed by a dinosaur anymore,” notes one character early on in “Jurassic World,” and it’s easy to imagine the same words having passed through the lips of more than one Universal Studios executive in the years since Michael Crichton and Steven Spielberg’s 1993 “Jurassic Park” shattered box-office records, along with the glass ceiling for computer-generated visual effects. Two decades and two lackluster sequels later, producer and studio have spared few expenses in crafting a bigger, faster, noisier dinosaur opus, designed to reclaim their place at the top of the blockbuster food chain. What they’ve engineered is an undeniably vigorous assault of jaw-chomping jolts and Spielbergian family bonding that nevertheless captures only a fraction of the original film’s overflowing awe and wonderment. Which should still be more than enough to cause a T-Rex-sized ripple effect at the summer multiplex turnstile.
If the first “Jurassic Park »
- Scott Foundas
14 years ago, Universal Pictures was banking on the re-invention of one of its top movie franchises becoming its biggest hit of the summer. The studio handed one of its greatest money-making franchises to a visionary director and tasked him with breathing new life into a sagging franchise. This director would need to create a movie that winked at its past, while also expanding its world beyond its memorable but somewhat limiting premise. Sound familiar?
Long before Jurassic World there was Jurassic Park III, a 2001 movie that has largely been swept under the rug by fans of the blockbuster film series. Pinpointing exactly why Jurassic Park III is so often ignored is difficult. When Jurassic Park III is referenced in the public discourse, it's often unfavourably compared to the original Jurassic Park or disregarded as being as bad or worse than The Lost World. Make no mistake - Jurassic Park III is much, »
Directed by Joe Johnston
Continuing our look at the original Jurassic Park trilogy, we now come to the third film in a franchise that didn’t lend itself to franchising very well in the first place. Simply titled Jurassic Park III (with 3 claw marks!), the film represents the last gasping attempt to milk the groundbreaking 1993 techno thriller of its fandom after the darker and scattershot turn the franchise took with The Lost World: Jurassic Park in 1997. Released in 2001, another 4 years between sequels, but now long after dinosaurs had captured the movie-going zeitgeist. We’d been through an alien invasion and a disaster movie fad since then and had moved on. We’d cloned a sheep and science was continuing to demystify genetic engineering. If the franchise was going to remain relevant it would have to present us with a new idea, »
- Charlie Sanford
Jurassic World recently premiered to overwhelming praise in Paris, and anticipation for the prehistoric franchise update is tremendously high. With the film opening this Friday, Universal has dropped a brooding final trailer for the blockbuster fourquel, as well as a slew of new photos depicting the movie’s human and CGI casts.
An unfortunate result of the studio’s gargantuan marketing effort for the tentpole is that a ton of major plot points have already been given away, so if you want to avoid any further spoilers for the pic, you may be well-advised to skip the trailer and images.
That said, the final preview for Jurassic World is a surprisingly somber and dark affair, reminding us of just how terrifying dinosaurs on the loose can be. Humans (including Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, Omar Sy, Vincent D’Onofrio and Irrfan Khan) are just no match for the prehistoric creatures, »
- Isaac Feldberg
We take a look back at the legacy of the original Jurassic Park trilogy, starting with Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park (1993), his follow-up, The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), and the third entry, Jurassic Park III (2001), directed by Joe Johnston. Host Megan Garbayo takes you back to the island to highlight the high's and low's of the Jurassic journey in preparation for this week's Jurassic World, from the... Read More »
- Paul Shirey
With Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World arriving in theaters very soon, there are surely fans everywhere doing their own retrospectives of the entire Jurassic Park franchise. This includes the folks over at Cinema Sins, who have launched a brand new episode tearing apart Joe Johnston's Jurassic Park III. Watch it below! It was just yesterday that Cinema Sins launched their video tearing apart Steven Spielberg's The Lost World: Jurassic Park, but they've wasted no time putting together another episode of their "Everything Wrong With..." series taking down Jurassic Park III. And while neither movie truly lives up to the legacy of the original Jurassic Park, it's the third film in the franchise that has always received the greatest amount of flak. So what exactly is it that's wrong with Jurassic Park III? Well, as this video points out at numerous points through its 16+ minute runtime, a lot of »
Adventure runs wild when renowned paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) agrees to accompany a wealthy adventurer (William H. Macy) and his wife (Tea Leoni) on an aerial tour of Isla Sorna, InGen's former breeding ground for prehistoric creatures. But when they're terrifyingly stranded, Dr. Grant discovers that his hosts are not what they seem and the island's native inhabitants are smarter, faster, fiercer and more brutal than he ever imagined in this heart-stomping thriller. Jurassic Park III featured: Director: Joe Johnston Sam Neill as Dr. Alan Grant William H. Macy as Paul Kirby Téa Leoni as Amanda Kirby Alessandro Nivola as Billy Brennan Trevor Morgan as Eric Kirby Michael Jeter as Udesky John Diehl as Cooper Bruce A. Young as M. B. Nash Laura Dern as Dr. Ellie Degler Taylor Nichols as Mark Degler Mark Harelik as Ben Hildebrand Julio Oscar Mechoso as Enrique Cardoso Blake Michael Bryan as »
With “Jurassic World” tracking for a monster opening of $100 million dollars, you can bet Universal is already starting to think about follow-ups. But one person who won't be telling which actors to run away from prehistoric CGI creatures is "Jurassic World" director Colin Trevorrow. At the Paris, France premiere for the movie, Trevorrow was asked about the chances he’d be back to direct, and his answer left no room for ambiguity. “ 'Jurassic Park' is like 'Star Wars.' Different directors can give a different taste to each movie. I would be involved in some way, but not as director,” he said (via ComingSoon). I would assume he’d be involved in a story or producer role. Read More: 'Jurassic World' Is Actually A Direct Sequel To 'Jurassic Park' And his answer perhaps suggests how Universal is thinking about updating the series. Of the original trilogy, two were directed by Steven Spielberg, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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