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On paper, the film, a $140 million adaptation of a beloved children’s book with a script by “ET” writer Melissa Mathison, had all the makings of a hit. Instead, the movie collapsed at the multiplexes, eking out less than $20 million in its opening weekend.
It’s a stunning fall for one of cinema’s highest-flying talents — a director whose finger was affixed to the pulse of mainstream tastes for decades. Yet “The Bfg” is only the latest high-profile casualty in a summer that’s seen a slew of big-budget domestic bombs. Indeed, red ink has spilled out from such misses as “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” “Warcraft,” “The Legend of Tarzan,” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, »
- Brent Lang and James Rainey
There's no place like home for Chris Pratt. The in-demand actor recently spent more than a year on location shooting three major upcoming films (Passengers, The Magnificent Seven and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) and unsurprisingly, he was very happy for a summer break to spend much-needed time with his family. "It was 14 months on the road, so it's nice not to have time to myself but to have time with my family," Pratt, 37, told People at San Diego Comic-Con Saturday, where he made a panel appearance with his Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 cast. "It's been really »
- Kara Warner, @karawarner
Despite having a wrap party earlier this month, it seems that filming wasn’t quite finished on Star Wars: Episode VIII… until now. Yes, the next chapter of the main Star Wars saga is now in the can, as revealed by director Rian Johnson on the official Twitter page…
Final slate of the final shot. VIII is officially wrapped. Cannot wait to share it with you all! –@rianjohnson pic.twitter.com/l4Apk0Ro4i
— Star Wars (@starwars) July 22, 2016
Star Wars: Episode VIII is set for release on December 15th 2017 and sees returning cast members Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma), Billie Lourd (Lieutenant Connix) and Andy Serkis (Supreme Leader Snoke) joined by new additions Benicio Del Toro »
- Gary Collinson
There's been a ton of rumors floating around regarding Universal's next installment in their long-running and hugely successful Jurassic Park franchise, but outside of knowing the release date, we really don't know all that much about which direction they plan on taking the upcoming Jurassic World sequel. What we do know, however, is that both of the previous film's stars - Chris Pratt & Bryce Dallas Howard - will be reprising their roles as Owen & Claire, respectively, and that the studio has signed Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible) to direct. Yesterday, Jurassic Outpost obtained confirmation that production on the highly anticipated sequel will begin on February 27, 2017 in Hawaii. They're uncertain whether or not this will be when filming starts, although considering the June 2018 release date, it's probably a safe bet that it is. In addition to Hawaii, the film is also expected to spend a good majority of its shoot at Pinewood Studios in London. »
There are a couple of website reporting that the sequel to last year’s Jurassic World is all set to start shooting in February 2017, and apart from a couple of weeks lensing in Hawaii, most of the sequel will end up being shot in London, England.
The word on the street (we’re looking at you Jurassic Outpost and you Reel News Hawaii), that some of the production will be based at Pinewood Studios, which is actually just outside of the capital, but other scenes could be shot elsewhere. The man at the helm this time around is J.A. Bayona, the guy responsible for The Impossible and the upcoming A Monster Calls.
Colin Trevorrow, who directed the last movie, will return to co-write the screenplay for this one. Obviously the plot is massively under wraps, but the filmmaker previously had this to say.
Speaking to Wired Magazine Trevorrow said “[It will not be] just »
- Paul Heath
Details regarding the start of production on Jurassic World 2, the sequel to 2015’s monster hit Jurassic World, have recently been revealed over at Jurassic Outpost (in conjunction with Reel News Hawaii), a Jurassic Park fansite. The site claims that the movie will begin production in Hawaii on February 27th, 2017 and continue filming in London, most likely at Pinewood Studios.
Each Jurassic Park series entry has shot at least a few scenes in Hawaii, so it should come as no surprise that this is where the cast and crew are headed for the fifth film. Additionally, the working title of Ancient Futures will be used to conceal the project’s identity during its shoot.
Fans champing at the bit for Jurassic World 2, to hit theaters will have to do a bit of waiting, as the film isn’t due out until June 8th, 2018 in the UK and June 22nd, 2018 in the States. »
- Justin Cook
Thanks to a handful of seminal scores, themes that have resonated for decades and been hummed and whistled into our collective cultural subconscious (see: “Jaws,” “Star Wars,” “Jurassic Park,” “Raiders Of The Lost Ark“), the music of cinema has managed to remain a popular point of discourse. But that is not to say that composers […]
The post 11-Minute Video Essay Listens To The Power Of A Film’s Score appeared first on The Playlist. »
- Gary Garrison
I think it's safe to say that no one predicted the amount of success Jurassic World would ultimately receive. When it hit theaters last year, it managed to secure the title of highest domestic opening weekend grosser at the time (before Star Wars: The Force Awakens came in and steamrolled that record).
It's understandable why Universal is so eager to continue forward with this franchise. However, while the enthusiasm seems to be there, the film is still around two years away, and there has been little news on when they'd start production. Now, thanks to the fan site Jurassic Outpost, we've learned that the plan is to begin production February 2017.
Given its June 2018 release date, this plan to begin principal photography in February will give them a healthy amount of time to crank out post-production on the film. Jurassic Outpost also stated that the movie would be shot in Hawaii »
- Joseph Medina
Just one month after Universal's blockbuster Jurassic World hit theaters, the studio went ahead and announced a sequel, setting a June 22, 2018 release date for Jurassic World 2. Back in April, it was confirmed that J.A. Bayona (The Impossible, A Monster Calls) will replace Colin Trevorrow, but we haven't heard anything further about the sequel since then. Today we have a new report which claims that production is now slated to start in early 2017 in Hawaii.
A fan site called Jurassic Outpost broke the news that production will begin on February 27, 2017 in Hawaii, but it isn't clear if that will be the start of pre-production or principal photography itself. Jurassic World and the earlier Jurassic Park movies used Hawaii to shoot Isla Nublar scenes, but back in August, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow revealed that the story will involve "weaponized dinosaurs" while the story will be taken off the island. The bulk »
Brendon Connelly Simon Brew Jul 22, 2016
The Jurassic Park sequel is set to start shooting in February 2017...
Further to our story earlier in the week, an update on Jurassic World 2, as we now learn that production on the movie is set to begin in February of next year. The initial shoot is set to be taking place in Hawaii, from February 27th. And then the film is expected to be based at Pinewood Studios in London.
Producer Frank Marshall meanwhile has given a further update to Collider, telling the site that “I just got back from London meeting with Juan Antonio and the production designer, we’re designing, he’s doing storyboards”.
He added that “as a director Bayona has his input, but Colin [Trevorrow] and Derek [Connolly] are writing the script. So there have been numerous meetings, and we have the template for the movie. Of course he’s putting in »
Simon Brew Jul 14, 2016
Wondering why that big film review hasn’t landed yet? It might just be because an embargo's in force. Here's more...
On February 13th 2013, 20th Century Fox held its one and only UK press screening for its then-big new release, A Good Day To Die Hard. The film was due in cinemas the following day, so already Fox was leaving it to the last minute to show the film to press. But then, tellingly, it scheduled the start of the press screening for 9.30pm (as opposed to the usual 6.30pm start for most evening press screenings in the UK).
It also put in place an embargo of one minute past midnight.
Now: the film itself finished at just gone 11pm, so that left just an hour before people could post their reviews. Many saw this as damage limitation from Fox, and I’m one of them. How many people, »
What could you possibly be looking forward to more than more Star Wars movies, Jurassic Park sequels or Star Trek franchises? Sharknado: The 4th Awakens, of course! An all-star cast including Tara Reid, Ian Ziering, David Hasselhoff, Gilbert Gottfried, Gary Busey, Stacey Dash and more appear in the sequel to the sequel to the sequel, as after five quiet and shark-free years, suddenly sharknados (and other kinds of 'nados) are popping up and wreaking havoc in places like Seattle and...
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Ahead of this weekend’s Star Wars Celebration, Daisy Ridley (Rey) and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) have taken to social media to announce that Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII has wrapped production. Ridley shared an image of her character Rey complete with lightsaber, while Hamill posted a photo from the wrap party…
Meanwhile, Hamill also took to Facebook to share a video from the party, featuring a group of dancing Stormtroopers…
Star Wars: Episode VIII is set for release on December 15th 2017 and sees returning cast members Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma), Billie Lourd (Lieutenant Connix) and Andy Serkis (Supreme Leader Snoke) joined by new additions Benicio Del Toro (Guardians of the Galaxy), Laura Dern »
- Gary Collinson
Singapore cinemas get a giant family movie
One of the most famous children’s books of the early eighties was Roald Dahl’s Bfg (Big Friendly Giant), and it is now set to make its appearance as a movie in Singapore on the 21st of July. Adapted for the screen by Melissa Mathison (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Black Stallion) and brought to life through the directing talents of Steven Spielberg (E.T., Jaws, Jurassic Park) and special effects genius of Weta Digital (Lord of the Rings, King Kong, Avatar), it is the tale of a friendly giant who befriends a feisty young girl and plots to rid England of a tribe of evil, child-eating giants.
Considering the concentration of sheer talent brought to bear on creating this movie, it is certain to become a family favourite for years to come.
After being snatched – bed and all- from an orphanage dormitory, »
- The Hollywood News
Twenty-five years ago today the film Boyz n the Hood was released into American theaters to critical and commercial success. Written and directed by John Singleton, then a 23-year-old first-time filmmaker freshly graduated from USC film school, this devastatingly powerful drama chronicles the struggles of black life against a backdrop of urban violence and racial inequality in South Central Los Angeles. The success of Boyz ushered in a new wave of black American cinema, featuring superior performances by Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett, and launching the careers of Cuba Gooding Jr., Morris Chestnut, Ice Cube, Nia Long, and Regina King. A quarter century since its momentous debut, Boyz prevails as a reminder of the importance of supporting new and diverse filmmakers in telling their unique and oftentimes personal stories.
Boyz’ deeply moving tale about three friends — Tre, Ricky »
- Paola Mardo
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Cosplay of the Day: We knew there'd be cosplay at the Ghostbusters premiere, but everybody's talking about these young, inspired girls in costume on the red carpet: Film Franchise History of the Day: In a new series, ChrisCrossMedia looks into the scrapped attempts to make a Jurassic Park animated series (via /Film): Mashup of the Day: In this mashup video essay, Bram Luyten highlights movies where a main character thought to be the protogonist dies very quickly. There are spoilers for Scream, Psycho, The Hurt Locker and The Place Beyond the Pines. Movie Trivia of the Day: With Star Trek...
- Christopher Campbell
There was a time when the next logical step for successful live-action movies was to have them turned into animated series. Back to the Future, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Dumb and Dumber, Jumanji, Men in Black,The Karate Kid and plenty more all became animated series. But there was one movie that never made it […]
The post Votd: Learn About the Scrapped Attempts to Make a ‘Jurassic Park’ Animated Series appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
This week, The Bfg joined this year’s list of ‘illustrious’ flops, at least in the Us where it tanked hard as it released off the back of Indepedence Day: Resurgence and the much more successful Finding Dory. That puts it in the same house as The Huntsman’s Winter War, Gods of Egypt & Zoolander 2. A Steven Spielberg movie. Based on a legendary children’s book by Roald Dahl. This can’t be right, surely? Well for whatever reason, nobody wanted to smell what The Bfg was cooking, and almost immediately commentators and sites decried this box office failure as the metaphorical ‘death of Spielberg’, suggesting the master of modern cinema has lost his magic touch with the takings and, moreover, has lost that special ingredient which made him arguably the »
- Tony Black
How many times have you come out of a theater after seeing a great movie and said,”oh I want to see that again!?” We all have our favorites that we return to time and time again. Friday night always seems the perfect time too. You’re relaxing after a week of school, activities and work and you unwind with a comfortable favorite film.
Wamg has our own personal favs. You’ll find blockbusters on our list…just because it invokes the fun memories of seeing it for the first time in the theater…with friends/family…then non-stop gabbing about wanting to see it again.
Looking for the perfect movie for a Friday Night? Check out our list below!
Meatballs Four words – “It Just Doesn’t Matter!”
- Movie Geeks
Summer’s in full swing with big family gatherings and social events. It’s the perfect time for some raunchy laughs at the multiplex. Eleven years ago (no, really!) R-rated movie comedies made a big, big comeback when Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson were Wedding Crashers. Four years later, the lead up to nuptials ignited a comic trilogy with The Hangover. Then the ladies got in on the act just two years later with Bridesmaids. This weekend’s new flick doles out a bit from all those entrees in the funny flick buffet, expanding on a comedy staple (or main course in the food analogy), namely the comic team. This doesn’t quite harken back to Stan and Ollie or Bud and Lou, rather the inspiration may be a bit over twenty years ago to Harry and Lloyd, those Dumb & Dumber dudes, continuing through Harold and Kumar, on to various unions of Rogen, »
- Jim Batts
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