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Earlier this week, Universal dropped the first full-length trailer for Jurassic World, which was, generally speaking, met with nostalgic glee. By bringing together shots that evoke Steven Spielberg’s 1993 original with some radically new ideas, early impressions of the franchise’s fourth installment have been overly positive. But according to director Colin Trevorrow, things could have been much, much different.
In accordance with previous reports, it turns out that the storyline for Jurassic World does indeed revolve around a single, genetically-modified dinosaur, which the park’s geneticists have spliced together in order to draw in a bigger crowd. However, an early draft script for the reboot included a scenario where the God-playing scientists cooked up human-dinosaur hybrids — hyper intelligent creations that had the ability to fire automatic weapons. As ludicrous as this sounds, it turns out that the novel, balls-to-the-wall concept made it further in production than first imagined.
- Michael Briers
As the end of the year draws in, and only the festive tent-poles and Boxing Day hangover movies remain, it’s getting to the point where movie fans do their usual reflection on what they’ve seen over the past twelve moments. They celebrate the best, bemoan the most underwhelming and shed a tear for the lost minutes and hours spent hoping that Michael Bay might have made another Pain & Gain and not another Transformers atrocity.
The next month or so will be spent picking out as many winners and losers of the year as Christmas presents for loved ones to be disappointed by, and inevitably the question of mistakes and goofs will come up.
No matter how much money is invested in the industry it seems that editors and directors still cannot close the nets on faux-pas and fudge ups, no matter how stupid. Still, audiences are »
- Simon Gallagher
Shia Labeouf is complying with treatment ordered as part of a plea deal stemming from a bizarre episode during the Broadway show Cabaret. The 28-year-old Transformers star appeared in a Manhattan court Tuesday to show proof that he's been at the Hills Treatment Center in Los Angeles. See more Shia Labeouf's Bizarre Antics: Paper Bags, Plagiarism and 'Cabaret' Attorney G. Robert Gage says his client has done a "terrific job" complying. Labeouf is due back in court March 20. Read more Shia Labeouf Recounts "Existential Crisis" to Ellen DeGeneres While attending the June 24 performance, Labeouf smoked cigarettes, yelled
- The Associated Press
Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb…
Variety’s Maane Khatchatourian covers James Gunn’s Facebook comments regarding shared movie universe building:
“The director implies that franchises like “Star Wars,” “Iron Man,” “The Dark Knight” and even “Transformers” and “Twilight” are in the clear because they were conceived as single films and only grew into movie series following audience demand. “But these days studios are trying to grow trees without a strong seed,” he wrote. “Execs and producers and sometimes even directors are focused on the big picture, without perfecting the task directly in front of them — making a great movie.”
Read Gunn’s full comments here.
It is interesting how James Gunn, director of Guardians of the Galaxy, has criticised the one thing that ensured the success of his film. Of course, had Guardians of the Galaxy been produced by a different studio without the connections to the Marvel universe, »
- Simon Columb
The iconic Star Trek captain recently teased on Twitter his gig on the Syfy series. Now, TVLine can exclusively reveal that Shatner will recur in a four-episode Season 5 arc in “a seminal role,” as a pivotal character that has the potential to forever impact the fate of the town of Haven and its Troubled residents.
Photo See Young Matt Mitovich Dressed as Star Trek‘s Captain Kirk
Syfy’s Haven airs Fridays at 7/6c. In tonight’s episode, Duke’s »
Normally, by mid-November, we have a pretty good idea of many of the likely nominees in most of the crafts categories. But in this year's race for Best Sound Mixing, I see things as extremely open — there's not a single film that strikes me as assured of a spot and more than a dozen appear to have very good chances. That makes for an exciting race. This category awards the overall mix of dialogue, music, effects and "everything else" into a film's soundtrack. This is different than sound editing, which recognizes the creation and editing of artificial sound effects. Being a leading Best Picture contender can certainly help a film's chances in mixing (seen in "The Social Network," "The King's Speech" and "Moneyball" in recent years), as can being a war film, a musical or a respected (or even not-so-respected) blockbuster. There are also certain mixers who score very regularly indeed. »
- Gerard Kennedy
As soon as I saw this online, I knew I just had to post it here. Sure, it’s not much of a gag reel, but it’s still worth watching just for Michael Bay’s mom, who by the way, hasn’t seen any of her son’s Transformers movies. As you’d expect, Bay has had a thing for […]
A source for Schmoes Know has heard that Paramount and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura ("Transformers") want Martin Campbell to direct G.I. Joe 3. It's his if he wants it. Campbell hasn't directed a film since 2011's Green Lantern. That's understable as it is one of the worst comic book movies of all-time, despite what anyone tries to tell you. A shining example of how woefully bad a comic book movie can be if you don't respect or even understand the source material. However, Casino Royale is perhaps the best James Bond film of all time. It introduced us to Daniel Craig as 007, making him an overnight star, and its grittier take on the character reenergized the multi-decade franchise. How in the world did Martin Campbell directa gem like Casino Royale and a stinker like Green Lantern? It is quite the enigma. G.I. Joe 3 is currently being written by screenwriter Jonathan Lemkin, »
Michael Bay, who spent the year adding to the Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchises to grand box office success, is now using his lingerie intensive, explosion filled producing powers to deliver a found footage time travel movie. Why? Because he can, so behold "Project Almanac." And while this movie might seem like a total surprise, it screened this past summer to select attendees at the San Diego Comic-Con. Now it's coming to theaters, and the first trailer has arrived. The film is directed by Dean Israelite and stars Jonny Weston, Sofia Black D’Elia, and Amy Landecker, none of whom are among the most well known names on the planet, but that doesn't always matter when a high concept is front and center of a movie. The story follows a trio of teens who uncover the blueprint for a time machine, tinker with it, and then use that »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Project Almanac has debuted its new trailer.
Project Almanac will open in Us cinemas on January 30, 2015 and February 6 in the UK. »
Screen adaptations of the works of legendary British comic writer Alan Moore have been a bit of a mixed bag and have often differed considerably from the original work.
One that strayed quite far from the text was 2001's "From Hell". Moore's original 572-page, black-and-white work is his magnum opus - a serialised exploration of the Jack the Ripper murders that explores its themes to extraordinary lengths.
The Johnny Depp-film though bares no real relation beyond the title and subject matter, transforming the story into a more standard whodunit which pales compared to Moore's indulgent yet nonetheless astonishing creation.
Now, FX and producer Don Murphy ("Transformers," "Real Steel") are teaming for a new TV series adaptation of Moore's work which "Children of Men" screenwriter David Arata will pen. The plan is to turn this into an 'event series' with the much longer runtime than a two-hour movie allowing time »
- Garth Franklin
That crackling sound you can hear is Alan Moore setting fire to his beard. Transformers producer Don Murphy is developing a new version of Moore and Eddie Campbell's dense Jack The Ripper tome From Hell for television. The FX Channel is its intended home, and David Arata (Children Of Men) will adapt the complex narrative.We've been here before in slightly different circumstances. Murphy was also one of the producers behind the 2001 Hughes Brothers version starring Johnny Depp and Heather Graham. That film did as good a job as could reasonably have been expected of simplifying and cramming the story into two hours.But Murphy apparently always thought the material was better suited to an episodic format, and the rise of must-see quality TV drama has prompted him to seize the opportunity. Moore and Campbell's massive massive graphic novel sees Inspector Abberline of the Yard investigating a Ripper conspiracy that involves the Freemasons, »
★★☆☆☆One can only hope that the subtitle appended to the latest instalment of Michael Bay's colossal computer-generated Rock' Em Sock 'Em franchise actually heralds its true ending. With Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) Michael Bay has delivered another deafeningly loud and schlocky picture, full of the explosions and glib dialogue that have bonded him and his audience in a sort of love-hate relationship for almost twenty years. The film delivers on its promises of high-energy action sequences and the return of some of the most popular Transformers, but are those things enough to push this episode, or the wider series to new heights?
- CineVue UK
After courting and being snubbed by several deep-pocketed investors including a Japanese tech giant, Hollywood’s major studios and now Hasbro, Jeffrey Katzenberg may continue to struggle to find a buyer for his DreamWorks Animation Studios.
With each miss, the executive appears to look more desperate. Those who know him well say it will be tough for Katzenberg to restrain his controlling nature and secure the kind of pact that works for both buyer and seller.
Katzenberg’s desire to lock down an ultra-rich deal for the toon studio he built from the ground up and took public in 2004 is considered one obstacle. But so is his desire to take the top spot at the table of any company that buys his firm.
Analysts have begun voicing concern, saying that Dwa’s attempts to sell itself for years with no success is starting to ding the company’s reputation. Not »
- Marc Graser
Both Hasbro chief Brian Goldner and Dwa founder Jeffery Katzenberg are tough negotiators, and willful individuals who are used to running their own shows. So one of the open questions about a potential merger of their companies is whether the two CEOs can come to terms on operational control of the new entity. It’s impossible to imagine Katzenberg reporting to Goldner (or vice versa), even though Hasbro would be acquiring Dwa.
Of course, the other big question is whether the executives can agree on a price.
Katzenberg is naturally looking to get the best deal for Dwa, and is said to be asking Hasbro to pay more than $30 a share for the company in a deal that could be worth at least $2.3 billion. (Japan’s SoftBank is said to have recently offered $32 a share, »
- Marc Graser
The name of the game these days is franchises, and you can't have just one. While Universal can print money with the "Fast & Furious" series, that vehicle is already looking towards the end. So what will replace it? Monsters. That's right, the studio is reviving their classic monster movies and putting the various characters together Marvel style into a single universe with the intention of offering a fresh, scary spin on the blockbuster template everyone is using. So the studio —which seems to be pretending "Dracula Untold," which was released only a few months ago, never happened— has hired a team to bring it together into a cohesive vision. THR reports that Noah Hawley ("Fargo" TV series), Aaron Guzikowski ("Prisoners"), and Ed Solomon ("Men in Black") are joining Chris Morgan ("Fast & Furious") and Alex Kurtzman ("Star Trek," "Transformers") to put their heads together and keep the train »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Universal Pictures is continuing to lock down plans for an interconnected cinematic universe featuring its classic monsters, with a trio of scribes having been hired by the studio.
Off screen, the studio aims to create something akin to Pixar's "brain trust" with a handful of scribes all weighing in on and contributing to each other's movies. Each will offer help as needed as they work on separate films that will include serialized storytelling elements.
Previously announced for this group were Chris Morgan ("Fast Five," "47 Ronin") and Alex Kurtzman ("Star Trek," "Transformers") who are also producing. Joining them will be "Fargo" TV series creator Noah Hawley, screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski ("Prisoners," "Contraband"), and veteran screenwriter Ed Solomon ("Men in Black," "Now You See Me").
Guzikowski will take the lead on penning "The Wolfman," a new version of the classic werewolf story that hopes to avoid the mistakes of the 2010 adaptation. It will »
- Garth Franklin
Writing teams, it would appear, are the new big idea for shared universe films, given the successes of Marvel’s creative board for its movies and the auspicious work of Disney Animation/Pixar's “brain trusts”. Universal wants in on that action, hiring Prisoners’ Aaron Guzikowski and Fargo TV adaptation man Noah Hawley to work on its monster movie films.They join Ed Solomon, who will be working alongside chief creative bods Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan on developing a linked series bringing classic Universal creatures such as The Mummy and The Wolfman back to life on screen.The plan is for the writers to work together developing the movies, pitching in ideas and helping with problems before splitting off to write the scripts separately, and then meeting back up to discuss them. Kurtzman, the Star Trek/Transformers veteran, is already at work on the Mummy film, which he’ll also direct for June 24, 2016. Guzikowski, »
I’ve written before about how this new “interconnected universe” approach to franchise filmmaking is a bad idea. Approaching the film medium like a television series scales back the individualized nature of each film in favor of a serialized, streamlined approach, but Marvel movies make a ton of money so this trend continues to catch on, and Universal is going one further by assembling a literal writer’s room for its Monster Movie Universe. Screenwriters Alex Kurtzman (Transformers) and Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious franchise) are spearheading Universal’s reboot of its classic monsters, with The Mummy on tap to be the first film out of the gate in 2015 with Kurtzman directing. But now the duo is getting some help in shaping the Monster Movie Universe, as they’ve assembled a brain trust of screenwriters that includes Prisoners scribe Aaron Guzikowski and Men in Black writer Ed Solomon to develop subsequent features. »
- Adam Chitwood
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means that Black Friday and the holiday shopping season is creeping closer and closer as well. For those who may shudder at the thought of standing in those long lines at your local retailer, we have an exciting giveaway that will take care of the Transformers fan on your list.
The latest installment in Michael Bay's lucrative franchise, Transformers: Age of Extinction, is currently available on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD, and we're giving away a Blu-ray set with all four movies (Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Transformers: Age of Extinction), with the Age of Extinction Blu-ray signed by star Mark Wahlberg himself.
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