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Matthew Lee takes a look back at the summer blockbusters of 2015…
Last year, Forbes reported that last summer’s box office was down by a whopping $1.223 billion. Hollywood executives were undoubtedly shitting themselves. This was significantly more problematic considering last year’s summer held a number great critical surprises; Guardians of the Galaxy was a fun, big budget B-movie superhero bonanza with Troma filmmaker James Gunn at the director’s helm, X-Men: Days of Future Past saw Bryan Singer return to familiar ground to help the X-Men franchise meet with the former spectacle-glory of X-Men: II, Captain America: Winter Soldier allowed Marvel to delve into contemporary political matters, notably government surveillance, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes continued to expand this rebooted franchise with spectacle, grandeur, and intelligence. None of the aforementioned films managed to surpass the $1-billion mark they undoubtedly desired. The only film to do »
- Matthew Lee
This weekend, "Straight Outta Compton" enjoyed a three-peat atop the box office chart, easily defeating three new wide releases. Which means that the end of summer is, sadly, finally here. So it's time to assess what will probably be Hollywood's most lucrative summer ever. Here are the winners and losers of the season.
Winner: The Overall Domestic Box Office
As of Sunday, the total summer take stands at $4.72 billion. That's up 14 percent from last year at this time, and slightly ahead of the $4.63 billion earned by August 30 of 2013, the previous record-holding summer.
Loser: Movie Stars
Arguably, only one of the summer's top 10 movies (Tom Cruise's "Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation") depended a lot on star power to sell tickets. The rest (including "Jurassic World," "Avengers: Age of Ultron," "Minions," "Pitch Perfect 2," "Ant-Man," "Mad Max: Fury Road," and "Straight Outta Compton") were sold based on their ensemble casts or their premises. »
- Gary Susman
Stephen Gaghan is rolling the cameras now on his new based-on-real-life mining drama Gold. But he isn’t finished adding actors to the cast, with Jurassic World’s Bryce Dallas Howard aboard.The film, which has a script from Patrick Massett and John Zinman, tells the story of the 1993 Bre-x Corporation mining scandal. The plot follows a rough-around-the-edges prospector Kenny Wells (Matthew McConaughey) who stumbles upon one of the largest gold mines in the world in the Indonesian jungle. Which, you may not be surprised to learn given the word “scandal” before, turned out to be bogus. Howard is playing Kay, the long-time girlfriend of Wells, who gets wrapped up in his schemes.She joins a cast that also includes Edgar Ramirez, Michelle Williams, Joshua Harto, Corey Stoll, Rachael Taylor, Bruce Greenwood, Stacy Keach and Timothy Simons. Gaghan is shooting in Thailand, Mexico and New York, though obviously not all at once. »
After $1.6 billion in box office takings, a sequel to this summer's mega-smash Jurassic World was always going to be a sure thing. Fans of Rexy, raptor Blue and her crew are in luck because the wheels are in motion for a follow-up.
Details might be scant at the moments, but consider this article (which we'll update as new info drops) your one-stop shop for cast, plot rumours and potential spoilers on Jurassic World 2...
The storyline will see dinosaurs getting weaponised
Vincent D'Onofrio's character Vic Hoskins pushed hard to turn raptors into weapons for war, and going by Colin Trevorrow's recent quotes it looks like this thread is something that'll be explored in the follow-up. »
McConaughey stars as gold prospector Kenny Wells who heads to Indonesia with geologist Michael Acosta (Ramírez) in a last-ditch attempt to strike rich.
Howard will appear as Wells' girlfriend Kay, who whilst supporting her partner, struggles with the effect prospecting has on their relationship.
Filming has already been completed in Thailand and is ongoing currently in New Mexico.
Cameras will wrap in New York in early October. »
Bryce Dallas Howard has signed on for her first role after the box office juggernaut Jurassic World, with Deadline reporting that the actress has secured the female lead in the mining drama Gold alongside Matthew McConaughey.
According to the site, Howard will play “Kay, the longtime girlfriend of McConaughey’s character, who has supported him through thick and thin, but whose capacity and loyalty are tested as the hunt for gold pushes their relationship to its breaking point: He teams with an equally luckless geologist to execute a grandiose, last-ditch effort to find gold deep in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia.
- Gary Collinson
It's time for Bryce Dallas Howard to head back into the jungle, only this time, instead of dinosaurs, she'll be after gold. The Jurassic World actress has joined the cast of Stephen Gaghan's (Syriana, Traffic) upcoming mining drama, Gold. Bryce Dallas Howard will be playing Kay, the longtime girlfriend of Matthew McConaughey's character, whose capacity and... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
She will portray the longtime girlfriend of McConaughey’s character, with her loyalty tested as the hunt for gold pushes their relationship to its breaking point. Edgar Ramirez, Corey Stoll, Toby Kebbell, Bruce Greenwood and Stacy Keach are also starring.
McConaughey plays a luckless modern-day prospector who teams up with an equally luckless geologist (Ramirez) to find gold deep in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia.
- Dave McNary
Bryce Dallas Howard has landed the female lead in Gold, the Stephen Gaghan mining drama from TWC-Dimension that already stars Matthew McConaughey. The film, from Black Bear Pictures and Hwy 61, is just past the midway point of principal photography, shooting now in New Mexico after kicking off in Thailand. Howard is coming off co-starring in this summer’s massive hit Jurassic World. In this one she will play Kay, the longtime girlfriend of McConaughey’s character, who has… »
Bryce Dallas Howard has lined up her first project following monster hit, “Jurassic World.” The actress will star in Stephen Gaghan‘s mining drama “Gold” alongside Matthew McConaughey and Corey Stoll. The film tells the story of a down-on-his-luck hustler (McConaughey) who teams up with a geologist (Edgar Ramirez) to find gold in the Indonesian jungle. Howard will play Oscar winner McConaughey’s love interest. The ensemble also includes Toby Kebbell, Bruce Greenwood and Stacy Keach. “Gold,” which is currently halfway through production in New Mexico, is produced by Black Bear Pictures and Hwy 61. TWC-Dimension is handling domestic distribution, with Sierra/Affinity taking international. »
- Matt Donnelly
Matthew McConaughey stars in the film which is halfway through its shoot in New Mexico. The story follows an unlikely pair who venture to the Indonesian jungle in search of gold.
The "Jurassic World" actress would play Kay, the longtime and long suffering girlfriend of McConaughey's character and whose relationship with him is at its breaking point.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Despite the online controversy over the footwear of Bryce Dallas Howard’s character, “Jurassic World” remains the biggest winner of the summer blockbuster season. As the film heads back onto IMAX screens today for a weeklong engagement and ahead of its home video release in October, Universal has released a slew of featurettes for fans to explore. Read More: The Good, The Bad & The Weird Of 'Jurassic World' With a worldwide take of $1.6 billion at the box office and the honor of becoming the third highest grossing movie of all time, the studio hasn’t skimped on the blu-ray release of the Colin Trevorrow-directed film. Despite eight featurettes being released online for free (via ComicBookMovie), it’s only scratching the surface of what will be available come October. For now, fans can whet their appetites with a brief look behind the scenes of the New Orleans shoot, »
- Cain Rodriguez
I first saw actress Bella Thorne on a morning talk show promoting her teen comedy The Duff and wasn’t sure how to interpret her. That film was aimed towards the MTV audience that watches shows like Awkward and Teen Mom. She seemed to struggle a bit in the interview trying to establish that her film was not as heartless as the marketing make it out to be and I couldn’t blame her. The Duff ended up being a critical and financial success at the box office, spreading her familiarity with mainstream audiences who might not have caught her on her Disney series Shake It Up, where she had developed a young following. When the Scream TV series was announced, her name was utilized as the opening kill in the pilot, supposedly resembling Drew Barrymore’s infamous scene in the original film. Sporting a bikini and iPhone with a mean girl persona, »
- Jovy Skol
It may still be raking in the cash at the box office, but Universal has kicked off the promotion for the home entertainment release of the blockbuster Jurassic World by releasing eight special features from the Blu-ray; check them out here…
See Also: Jurassic World Blu-ray details revealed, limited gift-set announced
Directed by Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed), Jurassic World stars Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help), Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3), Nick Robinson (The Kings of Summer), Irrfan khan (Life of Pi) and Vincent D’Onofrio (Daredevil).
- Gary Collinson
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has released eight neat new behind-the-scenes featurettes giving fans a sneak peek at some of the special features that will be included on the upcoming Blu-ray release for this summer's biggest blockbuster, Jurassic World. The epic fourth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise hits Blu-ray on October 20th, click Here to learn more. Check out the videos, which feature director Colin Trevorrow, producer Steven Spielberg, star Chris Pratt, and more discussing the process behind bringing the legendary park to life, below: 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 features: Director: Colin Trevorrow Chris Pratt as Owen Grady Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire Dearing Vincent D'Onofrio as Vic Hoskins Jake Johnson »
Shattering records globally, Jurassic World crushed the opening-weekend box-office, scoring the highest domestic, international and worldwide openings of all time. The film has taken in more than $1.6 billion globally to become the third-highest grossing film in history.
Now fans can experience the thrill and awe when Jurassic World arrives on Digital HD on October 1, 2015 and on 3-D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on October 20, 2015, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. More than two decades since Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park was released, fans of the original films and new moviegoers alike can witness the story come full circle as the park that was only a promise comes to life.
Now, 22 years later, an even bigger and enormously popular attraction has risen on Isla Nubar: Jurassic World. To keep attendance high, the park operators introduce a new, genetically modified hybrid creature called Indominus Rex. Bigger, stronger and far more intelligent than »
- Michelle McCue
Viewers will be able to enter the realm of dinosaurs from the comfort of their couches this fall, when Jurassic World comes out on Digital HD October 1st and 3-D Blu-ray, standard Blu-ray, and DVD October 20th.
Press Release: Universal City, Calif., Aug. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Shattering records globally, Jurassic World crushed the opening-weekend box-office, scoring the highest domestic, international and worldwide openings of all time. The film has taken in more than $1.6 billion globally to become the third-highest grossing film in history. Now fans can experience the thrill and awe when Jurassic World arrives on Digital HD on October 1, 2015 and on 3-D Blu-ray™, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on October 20, 2015, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. More than two decades since Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park was released, fans of the original films and new moviegoers alike can witness the story come full circle as the park that was only a promise comes to life. »
- Derek Anderson
Summer blockbuster season finally draws to a close, with us mortal Brits gettings Hitman: Agent 47 this weekend. Then we're into September, and before you know it, those pesky Oscar prediction articles will have begun infecting the internet. So let's send off what's been a fairly decent summer season, with a countdown of our favourite films. Of course, feel free to tell us how wrong we are in the comments....
The Least Best
We don't really want to spend too many words digging over the corpses of films that have already been readily kicked to death, so we'll just nominate one film for the most disappointing of the summer.
With the proviso that we haven't seen Entourage, it'd have to be Terminator: Genisys. We appreciate many would opt for Fantastic Four here, »
Universal and director Colin Trevorrow's hugely successful Jurassic World starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard was this summer's box office champ and that success should translate into huge home video business when the flick stomps onto Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD this fall.
Pre-order Jurassic World on Blu-ray 3D or Blu-ray combo at Amazon for a discounted price.
The Blu-ray editions of Jurassic World will be presented in 2.00:1 108op video and 7.1 DTS-hd Master Audio. Bonus features should keep franchise fans happy with this nice selection of supplemental viewing:
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has announced the official details for the Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD release of Jurassic World, which is set to arrive in the Us on October 20th (Digital HD out October 1st) and includes a limited edition gift-set release with two dinosaur models!
Pre-order Jurassic World Through Amazon.Com Here
The fourth film in the franchise, Jurassic World is 2015’s biggest film worldwide, with a staggering $1.6 billion grossed across the globe so far, including a record-breaking $208 million opening in the Us on its way to a $639 million domestic gross thus far.
Directed by Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed), the film stars Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help), Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3), Nick Robinson (The Kings of Summer), Irrfan khan (Life of Pi) and Vincent D’Onofrio (Daredevil).
Exclusive Blu-ray special features will include:
–Welcome To Jurassic World: »
- Scott J. Davis
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