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Earlier this month, when Vanilla Ice announced via Twitter that he was boldly defying instructions to evacuate his Florida home in the face of Hurricane Matthew, it not only inspired what had to be the greatest (and possibly also the most depressing) tweet ever made by the Florida Democratic Party, but it also made one hope that it might really be a sneaky promo for an upcoming Weather Channel series wherein the rapper and reality TV star goes head to head with natural disasters.
Alas, "The Ice Storm" (or whatever »
Mark Harrison Sep 13, 2016
Jj Abrams is one of the most powerful people in Hollywood right now. Over his career in the movies, he's written, directed, produced, acted and played a wicked keyboard solo on Cool Guys Don't Look At Explosions, and through his production company Bad Robot, his name is counted among the credits of massive franchises like Cloverfield, Mission: Impossible, Star Trek and of course Star Wars. He's more of a household name than most filmmakers of his generation and we sometimes wish we wanted anything as much as he wants that Steven Spielberg status.
You can't blame him when you hear about his first paid job in the film industry. Returning a bunch of Spielberg's personal super-8 home movies that he discovered after his »
This week sees yet another big-budget superhero caper hit cinemas in the shape of DC’s Suicide Squad and analysts are predicting it’ll be one of the season’s biggest hits. But can you guess the biggest global money-maker of these summers?
Angels & Demons
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
- Benjamin Lee
Michael Crichton’s “Dragon Teeth” has been acquired by HarperCollins for publication in May — the third posthumous novel to be released from the bestselling author.
HarperCollins made the announcement Thurday, describing “Dragon Teeth” as a fictional recounting of the actual rivalry between paleontologists Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh during “The Bone Wars” of the 1870s.
“The story unfolds through the adventures of a young fictional character named William Johnson who is apprenticed first to one, then to the other and not only makes discoveries of historic proportion, but transforms into an inspiring hero only Crichton could have imagined,” the publisher said.
“Known for his meticulous research, Crichton uses Marsh and Copes’ heated competition during the ‘Bone Wars’ — the golden age of American fossil hunting — as the basis for a thrilling story set in the wilds of the American West.”
Crichton, who died in 2008, authored a dozen books that »
- Dave McNary
(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)
The premiere featured the first ever outdoor IMAX screening as well as Academy Award®-Winning Composer Michael Giacchino’s thrilling film score performed live-to picture by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra.
(L-r) Actors Chris Pine, John Cho, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Zachary Qunito, Justin Lin, Zoe Saldana, Sofia Boutella and J.J. Abrams pose together at the world premiere of the Paramount Pictures title “Star Trek Beyond” at Embarcadero Marina Park South on July 20, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)
(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)
Actor Idris Elba attends the world premiere of the Paramount Pictures title .Star Trek Beyond. at Embarcadero Marina Park South on July 20, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images)
Composer Michael Giacchino speaks »
- Michelle McCue
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
Although Jurassic Park III made less money than The Lost World: Jurassic Park - which itself had made less money than the original Jurassic Park - there was never much doubt that Universal wanted another dino-stuffed movie from Steven Spielberg's Michael Crichton-inspired film franchise. The problem was working out exactly how to do this, after the sequels had failed to live up to the financial success and audience adoration of the first film.
Eventually, we got the box office-smashing Jurassic World and Chris Pratt in a natty waistcoat. But before that, tonnes of ideas came and went as Universal attempted to nail down the best way to resurrect the series without the help of ancient mosquituoes...
Early ideas stage
The long and winding »
“If this lot were seals or whales, you'd all be up in bloody arms. But they're not, are they? No, no they're not. They're just ordinary common-or-garden honest, decent human beings. And not one of them with an ounce of bloody hope left”. – Danny, Brassed Off
One of the things that I love about a certain subset of contemporary British comedies is their core of steel. That, hiding underneath some often very hefty belly laughs, there’s a political story, a foundation of social outrage, and a desire to address through cinema issues that often get swept under the carpet. It’s what keeps such films in my mind, long after the latest R-rated comedy screen filler has »
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
Forget the Cloverfield connection. The actors who were in this film didn’t even know what the title was until moments before the first trailer dropped. Producer J.J. Abrams used that branding as part of the wrapping for its promotional mystery box, but the movie stands perfectly alone from 2008’s found-footage monster picture. Hell, 10 Cloverfield Lane perhaps doesn’t even take place »
- The Film Stage
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's new on Netflix and TV, we've got you covered.
New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital Only
It's Memorial Day in the U.S., so instead of watching our landmarks get blown up on screen, why not head across the pond and see how the U.K. likes it. "London Has Fallen" has its Digital HD release on May 31, then on disc/demand June 14. Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, and company return for this sequel to "Olympus Has Fallen," following the aftermath of the British Prime Minster's death. Bonus features include "The Making of London Has Fallen," featuring interviews with cast and crew; and "Guns, Knives & Explosives," delving deeper into Butler's character, Mike Banning, and the extensive training he needed to play a Secret Service agent.
- Gina Carbone
Get out those orange jumpsuits: Season 4 of "Orange Is the New Black" debuts on Netflix on June 17.
Also new in June: The first three "Jurassic Park" films, "Life" (starring Robert Pattinson as a Life magazine photographer and Dane DeHaan as James Dean) and Best Picture Oscar winner "Spotlight." ("The Big Short" arrives in July.)
Here's the complete list of what's new on Netflix streaming in June 2016:
Available June 1
"7 Chinese Brothers" (2015)
"72 Cutest Animals:" Season 1
"72 Dangerous Places:" Season 1
"A Walk to Remember" (2002)
"Big Stone Gap" (2014)
"Bob Ross: Beauty is Everywhere (1990)
"Cold in July" (2014)
"Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land On The Moon?" (2001)
"Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution" (2015)
"(Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies" (2015)
"El Libro de Piedra" (1969)
"Elizabeth: The Golden Age" (2007)
"Extraordinary Tales" (2015)
"The Fear of 13" (2015)
"Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel García Márquez" (2015)
"Gentlemen and Gangsters:" Season 1
- Sharon Knolle
There’s no doubt that the monster ‘Jurassic Park’ franchise has left an indelible mark on the movie world ever since it made its theatrical debut back in 1993. Steven Spielberg’s dinosaur and effects-laden epic has quite literally changed the way in which movies have been made ever since, mostly thanks to its game-changing computer generated effects that helped bring these once earth roaming creatures back to life and up on the big screen.
Based on the high concept sci-fi novel, of the same name, penned by the late great Michael Crichton it was without a doubt the perfect fodder for a popcorn blockbuster and in the more than capable hands and incomparable imagination of legendary filmmaker Spielberg it became a hugely entertaining filmic rollercoaster ride. It was a seminal marker in the world of CGI effects and really helped open the doors to what could be achieved in the »
- The Hollywood News
A fake movie busted out into reality! But this not-even would-be jokey riff on Hollywood doesn’t know how to fill the air between car chases and punchups. I’m “biast” (pro): Idris Elba is badass (this is Fact)
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
It’s like a fake movie within a real movie somehow busted out into the real world. Jumped off the shelves of the video rental store in The Lost World: Jurassic Park and wished itself real, perhaps. Like Pinocchio. Bastille Day! Starring Idris Elba and that one guy from Game of Thrones who got killed off like three years ago! Grab a holiday that no one has yet foisted a movie plot onto, toss in a badass actor ready for his action-hero breakout, give him a bland sidekick, set it in a recognizable but still slightly exotic location, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Two things you should know about what it's like to have a chat with actor Jeff Goldblum: 1. It will always be an incredible entertaining and enlightening discussion, and 2. Be prepared for your conversation to veer off in all sorts of different directions. When we sat down to talk with him about this summer's Independence Day: Resurgence at CinemaCon, we spoke about everything from Casablanca to elephant-tusk poachers to jazz to Independence Day and, eventually, to Jurassic Park. Goldblum will reprise his role as David Levinson from Independence Day in its sequel, due out June 24, 20 years after first defeating an invading alien force alongside Will Smith. It's been almost 20 years since we last saw him dodging dinosaurs in a The Lost World: Jurassic Park, so are any...
- Erik Davis
Last summer, the sequel Jurassic World proved to be a blockbuster smash hit without the assistance of its original cast in place. Sure, B.D. Wong showed back up as Dr. Henry Wu, but the main players from the original trilogy all stayed away from the set. That might not happen with Jurassic World 2, with some speculating that either Sam Neill, Laura Dern or Jeff Goldblum might return for more dinosaur fun. While the first two actors haven't yet chimed in with their thoughts on the matter, Jeff Goldblum gave the perfect answer when asked if he wanted to reprise his role as Dr. Malcolm. It's a resounding 'Maybe.'
While Jurassic World 2 still doesn't have a director attached after Colin Trevorrow bailed to do Star Wars: Episode IX, the movie is still very much in development at Universal Studios. And while no Jurassic World 2 plot details have been revealed, it »
Han Solo, Rick Deckard and Indiana Jones – three iconic characters all played by Harrison Ford, and it’s three roles he has and will return to over the next few years. Late last year, Star Wars: The Force Awakens welcomed back Ford’s roguish smuggler, while Warner’s long-gestating Blade Runner 2 has set sights on an early 2018 release.
Last but certainly not least we have Indy, the fast-talking archaeologist that will, despite many rumors to the contrary, return to the silver screen in 2019 for Indiana Jones 5. It’s a role that Ford himself is excited for, and he recently touched base on the sequel’s announcement while appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
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Remaining as wry and guarded as ever, Ford stated simply that “it’s fun, it’s great fun to play this character. It’s great fun to work with Steven, I’m looking forward to it. »
- Michael Briers
Uh-oh! Some of you are really not going to like this. David Koepp has been confirmed as the screenwriter for the recently announced Indiana Jones 5. He is a longtime Steven Spielberg collaborator. And while many enjoyed his work on the Jurassic Park script, he's also the man responsible for what most fans consider the worst movie in the Indiana Jones franchise, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which hit theaters in 2008.
Disney and Lucasfilm announced Indiana Jones 5 earlier this week. The latest sequel will once again reunite star Harrison Ford and director Steven Spielberg. Other movies that David Koepp has written for Steven Spielberg include The Lost World: Jurassic Park and War of the Worlds.
It should be noted that David Koepp is not the sole writer on Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. So he's not entirely to blame. He cobbled the screenplay together from »
We’re more than three years out from the arrival of Indiana Jones 5, but Disney is wasting no time in getting its action-adventure sequel off the ground.
Now, with Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg both locked, The Hollywood Reporter brings word that none other than David Koepp has been recruited to pen the screenplay. A frequent collaborator for Spielberg, Koepp has worked across The Lost World: Jurassic Park, War of the Worlds and – whisper it – Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
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Truth be told, Koepp’s contribution to the most recent Indy flick was relatively minor, considering that Crystal Skull morphed into something of a Frankenscript thanks to creative input (read: chopping and changing) from George Lucas, Jeff Nathanson and, to a lesser degree, Frank Darabont.
For now, plot details are being locked away in a safe more secure than the »
- Michael Briers
After the big announcement this week that Indiana Jones will be returning in a fifth movie, we have more news on the project today as Disney has announced the screenwriter to take charge of the newest entry in the franchise.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, regular Steven Spielberg collaborator David Koepp has been tapped to write the new film, after previously co-writing Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. He has also worked with the director on Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and War of the Worlds.
More recently, Koepp has worked on Inferno, the latest Dan Brown adaptation due for release this summer starring Tom Hanks and directed by Ron Howard, as well as Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and 2012’s Premium Rush, which he also directed.
Harrison Ford returns as Indiana Jones on July 19th, 2019.
- Scott J. Davis
Just days after Disney revealed that a fifth Indiana Jones movie was in the works with director Steven Spielberg and actor Harrison Ford attached, the project has settled on a writer. David Koepp, a longtime Spielberg confederate who wrote 1993’s Jurassic Park, has been tapped to pen the script for the new adventure, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. This won’t be Koepp’s first swing on the jungle vine, as the screenwriter, who also wrote Spielberg movies The Lost World: Jurassic Park and War of the Worlds, co-wrote the previous Indiana Jones movie, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the
- Borys Kit
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