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Two film franchises, both just now reaching their fifth film, but nothing alike in overall execution. What makes "Mission: Impossible" so rich and robust as a series, and why is "Vacation" such a drag? The answer to the first part of that question has to do with Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner, and anyone looking to understand how to build a 21st century franchise would be wise to closely study the model that they've established. Not only has it proven incredibly limber, it seems like they're still just picking up steam. All they have to do now is figure out how to keep Tom Cruise alive and looking exactly like he does right now for the next 100 years. Since it's the Imf we're talking about, I assume they will succeed. When you look at Tom Cruise's career, he came out of the gates really strong. He made his screen debut in "Endless Love, »
- Drew McWeeny
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
Simon Columb with 5 reasons why The Lost World: Jurassic Park isn’t as bad as you remember…
There are problems with The Lost World: Jurassic Park, sure, but it is crucially a Spielberg film. Not executively-produced, but directed by the bearded cinematic deity himself. But you had to skip it because everyone ‘knows’ how bad it is. Truth be known, I don’t think it is that bad. I don’t see the horrendous train-wreck of a film, many believed it was…
The now-defunct podcast ‘Frankly, My Dear‘ once claimed – and I’m paraphrasing – “The Lost World is so bad that it puts in doubt whether Spielberg actually directed the film and, though people claim it’s only the San Diego bit which is bad, in fact, »
- Simon Columb
It has been 22 years since the original “Jurassic Park” became a huge box office hit, so many younger moviegoers aren’t familiar with it. But the impact of its thundering dinosaurs is still being seen, felt and heard in Hollywood and in movie theaters around the world. Director Steven Spielberg‘s imagining of Michael Crichton’s bestselling sci-fi novel about genetically replicated reptiles rampaging through a theme park, adapted by David Koepp, was a game-changer for the film industry. “The mix of a bestselling book, transferred to script by one of Hollywood’s best writers, in the creative hands of the world’s greatest storytellers. »
- Todd Cunningham
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
My journey with Jurassic Park has its ups and downs. I was just a shade over 16-years-old when the film hit theaters in 1993 and my interest in the movie was sparked by having read Michael Crichton's novel from which it was based. To ask me now, I couldn't detail the differences versus the book and the film (though this video helps with that) other than to remember the book featured a lot more dinosaurs and was a bit more mature than Steven Spielberg's adaptation, from a screenplay co-written by Crichton and David Koepp (Angels & Demons, Spider-Man). So, that summer in June, myself and three friends ventured into the theater to see dinosaurs come to life and that's what we got. Perhaps it was my age, perhaps it was having read the books, but I remember being vaguely underwhelmed, though at the same time I remember pretending I had »
- Brad Brevet
Written by David Koepp
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Few movies lend themselves to franchising as unnaturally as 1993’s blockbuster Jurassic Park.
The story’s theme of man suffering the consequences of using science to flout nature inherently involves the creation of a wondrous world—“Jurassic Park”, a theme park where dinosaurs were brought back from extinction to be gawked at by tourists—and then the destruction of that world. But record setting book sales and box office created the market, and Michael Crichton started to work on the first book of his that was written primarily to adapt into a movie. World creation was one of the most fun things about Jurassic Park (exploring the details of how the park worked and how the dinosaurs were created) and despite the fidelity loss of no longer being able to introduce us to the park and the dangers of genetic engineering, »
- Charlie Sanford
Director: David Koepp
Running time: 102 minutes
With regurgitated jokes and annoyingly exaggerated accents, Mortdecai aims for the ridiculous and hits the mundane. Directed by David Koepp with an all-star ensemble cast, Mortdecai follows Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) on his global search to track down a stolen painting rumoured to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.
The film succeeds in bringing together Depp, alongside the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn, Jeff Goldblum and Paul Bettany. Unfortunately, the stars attached can’t save this film with some performances disturbingly uncomfortable. Depp has an enviously diverse filmography, there are no doubting his skills as a great actor but the role of Charlie lets him down. Playing on the stereotypes of a debonair Lord of the manor Englishman isn’t enough »
- Ciham Messouki
★☆☆☆☆ Johnny Depp continues his descent into self-parody with the mawkish and turgid caper Mortdecai (2015) from director David Koepp. Based on Kyril Bonfiglioli's 1970's comic novels, it follows the misadventures of the dodgy art dealer Charlie Mortdecai. He is a buffoonish British aristocrat who gives dear Johnny plenty of scope to up-the-ante on his long list of insufferably tiresome character performances. Like the Mad Hatter, Jack Sparrow and Willy Wonka before, he seems all too at home with the eccentricities of the role; complete with plummy British accent, twittering facial whiskers, and nods to the films Peter Sellers, Ronald Neame's Gambit (1966) and its 2012 remake.
- CineVue UK
Directed by Steven Spielberg
“What have they got in there, King Kong”, quips Dr. Ian Malcolm as a computer-driven Land Cruiser slides along its railed path through a massive wooden gate that is designed to look prehistoric, welcoming them to “Jurassic Park”. Billionaire John Hammond has done the impossible and brought dinosaurs back from extinction—then built a park around them as cheesy as any zoo attraction or Disney theme park.
For many who came of age around 1993, both the novel and the movie Jurassic Park are likely to both be pop culture milestone experiences. The film is a beautiful marriage of material and talent, bringing to life a childhood dinosaur fantasy with state of the art filmmaking technology. Steven Spielberg had been refining his instincts as both a director and producer of some of the best family-friendly adventures of the previous decade, »
- Charlie Sanford
In 1990, Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park appeared in bookstores around the world and promptly began a roaring trade. Within just three years, Stephen Spielberg’s blockbuster film adaptation arrived in theatres.
But Spielberg didn’t spend that three years going through the usual director’s rigmarole of having to bid for and secure the rights to the material, before only then being able to write a script and draft in the army of personnel needed for its production. The whole three years were spent actually making the movie, because Spielberg – who was at the time writing a screenplay with Crichton that would eventually become television series ER – had had the rights to Jurassic Park since May 1990, a full five months before the novel was even published.
Basically, Jurassic Park was always going to make a fantastic movie. So obvious was this in fact that Crichton himself agreed to co-write the »
- Rachel Archie North
Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.
Hollywood has had a long love affair with the heist sub-genre. Dating as far back as the silent film era with 1928’s Alias Jimmy Valentine, and transcending various genres like westerns (The War Wagon), war (Kelly’s Heroes) and even animation (Toy Story 3), the heist has tantalized our fantasies and outsmarted our wits for decades. Whether it’s for the very last time before retirement, gathering the gang back together for a big payday or for the thrill of pulling off the perfect robbery, all heist films share one key element: commitment to a plan. »
- Shane Ramirez
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Principal photography has commenced on Inferno, the new film in Columbia Pictures’ Robert Langdon series, which has taken in more than $1.2 billion worldwide to date. The film is slated for release on October 14, 2016.
In the film, Academy Award winner Tom Hanks reprises his role as Robert Langdon. He is joined by an international cast of actors, including Felicity Jones, Irrfan Khan, Omar Sy, Ben Foster, and Sidse Babett Knudsen.
The film is directed by Ron Howard and produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. The screenplay is by David Koepp, based on the book by Dan Brown. The project’s executive producers are David Householter, Dan Brown, Anna Culp, and William M. Connor.
Inferno continues the Harvard symbologist’s adventures on screen: when Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks, a doctor he hopes will help »
- Michelle McCue
Though neither The Da Vinci Code nor Angels and Demons wowed critics, Universal execs were certainly thrilled with both films’ box office performance (the former was 2006’s second highest-grossing film, while the latter was 2009’s ninth), and so threequel Inferno is moving full steam ahead. Cameras are currently rolling on the film, with shooting having recently concluded in Venice, Italy, and director Ron Howard (who also directed the two previous installments) has been tweeting some snaps from the production.
Tom Hanks reprises the role of Professor Robert Langdon, who awakens in an Italian hospital with no memory of how he got there. Partnering with the brilliant and beautiful Dr. Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones, hot off an Academy Award nomination for her powerhouse performance in The Theory of Everything), Langdon attempts to recover his lost memories and in the process ends up hunting a madman with plans to release a deadly »
- Isaac Feldberg
Gwyneth Paltrow silver dress on the Oscars' Red Carpet Gwyneth Paltrow at the Academy Awards Donning a shining silver dress, Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Paltrow's latest movie, Country Strong, was up for a Best Song Oscar. It lost to the Toy Story 3 ditty "We Belong Together," by Randy Newman. More than a decade ago, Gwyneth Paltrow took home the Best Actress Oscar for John Madden's Shakespeare in Love (1998), a romantic comedy-drama also featuring Joseph Fiennes (as William Shakespeare), Judi Dench, Geoffrey Rush, and this year's Best Actor Oscar winner, Colin Firth (The King's Speech). Paltrow's (moderately) gender-bending Shakespeare in Love heroine remains her only Oscar-nominated performance to date. Directed by Shana Feste, Country Strong fared decently at the U.S. box office, but not as well as some had expected. Besides Gwyneth Paltrow, the cast includes »
- D. Zhea
Quite a few big upcoming movies started production this week, including the next film in Universal’s franchise of Dan Brown adaptations. The Da Vinci Code and its follow-up Angels & Demons were both sizeable box office successes, and director Ron Howard and Co. are indeed moving right along with the next entry, Inferno. Based on Brown’s novel of the same name, the story finds Tom Hanks’ Robert Langdon waking up in an Italian hospital with amnesia and subsequently teaming up with Dr. Sienna Brooks (played by Felicity Jones) to try and recover his memories. They also attempt to prevent a madman from releasing a global plague connected to Dante’s Inferno. Inferno is actually the fourth book in Brown’s series of novels, and while a feature film adaptation of The Lost Symbol was developed, Universal ultimately opted to go with Inferno next. As filming is now underway in »
- Adam Chitwood
David Simon, creator of The Wire, has spent the night engaged in an online conversation about Baltimore. Also in today's roundup: Tilda Swinton and Chuck Close in conversation, Jonathan Rosenbaum on Mark Rappaport, David Bordwell on David Koepp, Harun Farocki on Michael Klier, interviews with Lech Majewski, Roy Andersson, Daniel Clowes and Ennio Morricone, essays on Georges Franju's Eyes Without a Face, Laura Mulvey, Orson Welles and Citizen Kane and John Schlesinger’s Darling, remembering cinematographer Andrew Lesnie, plus news of an unseen film by Manoel de Oliveira and more. » - David Hudson »
Filming has officially begun on "Inferno," the third film based on a Dan Brown novel featuring the character of Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks). Ron Howard has posted the first behind the scenes images from the shoot which has kicked off in Venice.
In this chapter, Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia. He teams up with Sienna Brooks, a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories and prevent a madman from releasing a global plague connected to Dante’s immortal tome.
Day one #InfernoMovie w/my pal @tomhanks on location in #Venice #Italy rolling cameras on the #canals pic.twitter.com/s262BubrX9
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) April 27, 2015
And so it begins. »
- Garth Franklin
Irrfan Khan, who was earlier seen in big ticket Hollywood films The Amazing Spider Man and Life of Pi, continues his association with the west with his next venture that will be helmed by Ron Howard. In fact Director/producer Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer have cast an energetic company of some of the world's most talented and interesting rising international stars to join Tom Hanks in Inferno, the new film in the Robert Langdon series. The Imagine Entertainment production, which has a screenplay by David Koepp based on the book by Dan Brown, is slated for release on October 14, 2016 and will begin principal photography at the end of April. The project's executive producers are Dan Brown, Anna Culp, Bill Connor, and David Householter. Inferno continues the Harvard symbologist's adventures on screen, when Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks, »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
Italian site Bad Taste has reported that director Ron Howard will begin shooting Inferno, the third Tom Hanks-led Robert Langdon story, in Florence at the end of April through mid-May when the production moves to Instanbul and Venezia.
Howard took to Facebook and posted some behind-the scenes looks at the decision-making process of he and his team as they choose shots for an opening action sequence. The foam-core models depict the spire of Badìa Fiorentina, which has historical ties to Dante Alighieri and plays host to a mysterious figure at the beginning of Brown’s novel.
Inferno is the third Dan Brown adaptation undertaken by Howard and producing partner Brian Grazer, and sees Robert Langdon waking up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, before he teams up with Sienna Brooks, a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories and prevent a madman from releasing a global plague »
- Scott J. Davis
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