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Universal Films (parent company NBC Universal) reached a milestone earlier this month as it surpassed the $2.113B mark in domestic (USA) box office revenue for the calendar year. This sets a new record for the industry and passes the previous mark held by Warner Bros. in 2009. Universal also became the first studio to gross over $5.5B at the global box office. From Burbank, California to New York City, there will be a quite few executives enjoying their bonus check this year.
While it certainly hasn’t hurt having the top grossing film thus far (Jurassic World), a big part of the banner year has been the unexpected hits and overachieving films. Some of these movies have surpassed expectations while others have simply come out of nowhere to be mega hits.
Here’s a recap of the jewels in the NBC Universal crown:
Fifty Shades of Grey took in $85M in »
- Jeff Bricker
Principal photogrpahy has begun on the film, which chronicles the invention of modern-day golf in Scotland, and is to be sold at Toronto.
Principal photography began today in Scotland on the film, which tells the story of father and son duo Tom and Tommy Morris, both prolific golfers in the second half of the 19th century.
First time writer Pamela Marin has written the screenplay with author Cook.
The film will be sold at Toronto by Timeless Films. »
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
Hamm On Toast pic.twitter.com/9cvrdAqvGX
— Matt Berry (@porksmith) September 1, 2015
Hamm will appear in one episode of the forthcoming third series, coming to Channel 4 this autumn.
The actor is shown up by Berry's Steven Toast in the episode, after London's worst thespian refuses to acknowledge the Hollywood star out of arrogance.
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
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this fantastic Friday? Key & Peele break down the development of Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back trailer is re-cut to resemble Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the Deadpool trailer gets re-imagined with Donald Trump. Also, Straight Outta Compton gets mashed up with the musical stylings of Justin Bieber. Sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Donald Trump is Deadpool
As political minds ponder whether or not Donald Trump could actually land the Republican Presidential nomination, Cyborg Monkey has put together a hilarious video to get our minds off all the political madness, editing the Presidential candidate into the fantastic Deadpool trailer. We »
What do you think of when you hear “K-pop”? If you answered anything other than “Gangnam Style” or “Psy”, congratulations, you’re one the few people outside Asia who has delved below the surface of one of the world’s biggest musical trends.
That aforementioned 2012 smash hit is the most viewed music video of all time, and propelled its maker to international stardom. It introduced K-pop to a whole new audience, but it didn’t lead to its predicted emergence as a huge global force.
Massively popular in its native Korea, as well as Japan, China, Australia and other Asian countries, K-pop remains a niche concern in most of the west. That’s a crying shame, because although Gangnam Style is a hugely fun slice of Korean silliness, it only offers a fleeting glimpse into one of modern music’s most interesting trends.
K-pop can be traced back to the Korean policy of Hallyu, »
- Thomas Bagnall
How many of these madcap cartoon series do you remember?
Check out this amazing concept art for the abandoned Jurassic Park animation
Back to the Future is generally considered a perfect movie trilogy, so did we really need the further adventures of Doc Brown and his family in cartoon form? Christopher Lloyd actually appeared in this series in live-action interstitials, but the animated Doc was voiced by Dan 'Homer Simpson' Castellaneta.
2. Mighty Ducks
Remember those films about the cute outcast kids who Emilio Estevez coaches into champion hockey players? How much better would it have been if they were actual ducks? Alien ducks? It made sense to someone.
The gem in the cartoon adaptation crown, »
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 »
Cameron Thor, an acting coach and actor whose credits include “Jurassic Park,” “A Few Good Men” and “Ring of Fire,” has been found guilty of lewd conduct with a minor, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office told TheWrap. Thor had been charged with kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl. On Wednesday, Thor, 55, was found guilty of one count of committing a lewd act with a child after a day of jury deliberations. Also Read: 'Dallas' Star AnnaLynne McCord Reveals Rape and Childhood Abuse According to Simone Shay of the District Attorney’s Sex Crimes Division, the victim took classes from Thor. »
- Tim Kenneally
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
Jeff Goldblum is sure loving fatherhood! The "Jurassic Park" star stopped by Conan on Monday, where he chatted with the host about his newborn son Charlie Ocean Goldblum. The 62-year-old welcomed his first child with wife Emilie Livingston, 32, on the 4th of July and explained to the host where the tiny tot got his unique name from. "Well, Charlie, that's, uh...and Ocean, that's a little out there," host Conan O'Brien admitted to the actor. "It is. But is it too out there?" Jeff responded. "I love the ocean." "Maybe you had a great uncle Ocean or something," Conan joked. "I don't know. We just thought it was possible." All kidding aside, the actor said that he and his former Olympic gymnast wife are "very good" with their new bundle of joy and that their baby is "so good and sweet." "I enjoy him. I love him to bits," he said. »
- tooFab Staff
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, »
There’s no doubt that Steven Spielberg is one of the most influential and iconic directors working today. Spielberg has dabbled in everything from war dramas like Saving Private Ryan, historical dramas like The Color Purple, thrillers like Jaws, sci-fi classics like E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Jurassic Park and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and […]
The post Alamo Drafthouse Is Celebrating Steven Spielberg This Fall with ‘Septemberg’ Screenings appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
Universal's relaunch of the dinosaur franchise has been a monster in the box office this year, and now they've revealed when you'll be able to take Jurassic World home with you on blu-ray, as well as the special features coming along with it. Come inside to check it out.
I'm not saying that Jurassic World didn't have some issues, and even highlighted them in my review for the film when it hit theaters. But it's hard to deny that the film is a ridiculous amount of fun, and I enjoyed every minute of it. As such, I'm looking forward to picking up this blu-ray on October 20th (though it'll hit digital first on October 1st). Check out all that's coming with it:
Bonus Features Exclusive To Blu-ray:
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Despite the events in Jurassic Park, a dinosaur-themed park still seemed like a good idea to someone and Jurassic World was born. There, guests can experience the thrill of witnessing actual dinosaurs, but something ferocious lurks behind the park’s attractions – a genetically modified dinosaur with savage capabilities. When the massive creature (super spoiler!) escapes, chaos erupts across the... Read More »
- Sean Wist
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
The #1 movie of the year proves that, once again, dinosaurs rule the earth! This fall, fans everywhere can experience Jurassic World in stunning hi-definition with the Bd combo pack, in limited edition collectible steel packaging. Directed by Colin Trevorrow and starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, Jurassic World stomps its way home on 3d Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Deman October 20, 2015, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
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 in the comforts of their own home. 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 »
Despite the '90s trend of turning popular films into animated TV series (Remember the Ace Ventura, Beetlejuice and Back to the Future animations? Of course not!), this particular project never got off the ground (via Flickering Myth).
Stout put the original artwork from 1993 up for sale on his website - including pictures of John Hammond and doctors Alan Grant, Ellie Sattler, and Ian Malcolm - along with some background as to the fate of the project.
"This was not going to be a kiddy show (although kids of all ages, including myself, could enjoy it)," he wrote. "They wanted the show to be a mature primetime series with top writers and state-of-the-art television animation augmented with quite a bit of CG animation. »
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