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Things have been pretty quiet on the Jurassic World front since we last reported on it mid January, but since then two more stars have joined previously cast Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), Bryce Dallas Howard (Spider-Man 3), Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3) and Nick Robinson (The Kings of Summer).
First up, according to Deadline, Vincent D’Onofrio has been cast to play the villain. He has most recently enjoyed a 10 year (10 Years!) job on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, but he has shown off major acting chops in previous scifi flicks like The Cell and Men in Black.
- Jess Orso
Which Jungle Book movie though?
Callie Cloves, the daughter of Steve Cloves, who sounds familiar because he adapted all theHarry Potter movies from the books, wrote a live-action screenplay based on Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book (the source text that produced the Disney film).
Cloves’ script is at Warner Bros where last month it lost it’s director (Babel‘s Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu left the project).
We thought maybe Ron Howard was going to step in and save the WB incarnation, but that hasn’t happened yet. Meanwhile, Disney and it’s Jon Favreau-directed, David Lowery-written (that was the team that worked on the first Iron Man) Jungle Book »
The idea of a live action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book" at Disney is an interesting proposition in this day and age. I expect it will be loaded with CG characters, such as the tiger known as Shere Khan, which we now know will now be voiced by Idris Elba. We've seen the effectiveness of a CG-animated tiger in Life of Pi and as impressive as the animation may end up being, we will always know the actors aren't acting opposite a real tiger so Elba has a big task ahead of him, making sure audiences pay more attention to Khan as a character and less as a visual effect. Speaking of which, the visual effects will be overseen by Rob Legato whose work you've seen in films such as Avatar, The Wolf of Wall Street, Hugo and Titanic. Set to be directed by Jon Favreau, who »
- Brad Brevet
It seems to be a Hollywood tradition – one studio develops a high-profile project, so another studio puts a rival version into production. Think, apocalyptic dramas Deep Impact and Armageddon, or upcoming biblical epics Noah and Exodus. The sudden determination to deliver a new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book is no exception, and has thrust two separate versions into production. The difference is, only one can now boast Idris Elba in the role of diabolical tiger, Shere Khan.
The rival projects reside at Warner Brothers and Disney, but Uncle Walt’s version is currently in the lead. With accomplished director Jon Favreau (Iron Man) at the helm, their Jungle Book, a mix of live-action and visual effects, has assembled a formidable creative team to achieve the desired vision. The behind-the-scenes talent is being supervised by Academy Award winning VFX guru Rob Legato (Avatar, Titanic) and includes production designers »
- Sarah Myles
Upon your check-in to The Grand Budapest Hotel on Friday, you will be greeted by a young lobby boy named Zero – a bright brave, resourceful boy who immigrated on foot from Aq-Salim-al-Jabat. Played by actor Tony Revolori, the character of Zero serves under concierge Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes) in Wes Anderson’s new caper about friendship, honor, and promises fulfilled. Yesterday, Wamg and a few members of the press sat down (in a roundtable discussion) with Revolori to talk about the incredible cast, slap takes, and mustaches. Check it out below!
The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars; and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting; a raging battle for an enormous family fortune; a desperate chase on motorcycles, trains, »
- Melissa Howland
The halo of a Best Picture Oscar win extends even to the relatively new Digital HD release window, as “12 Years a Slave” is discovering.
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment reported a 200% increase in post-Oscar Monday sales for the Oscar versus week-ago figures. Sales were already strong since “Slave” arrived Feb. 18th on Digital HD, an increasingly popular two-week period prior to the start of the traditional home-video window for electronic sell-through across platforms ranging from iTunes to Comcast Xfinity.
The studio described “Slave” as Fox’s highest converting title ever, second only to “The Wolverine” in terms of sales through two weeks in the Digital HD window. A more direct comparison for the studio comes from another multi-Oscar winner last year, “Life of Pi,” which was trending 41% behind where “Slave” is now at the same point in the sales cycle.
While pre- and post-Oscar buzz does its own heavy lifting, »
- Andrew Wallenstein
Wes Anderson's new film features a blizzard of star cameos, but one character is present throughout - the lobby boy played by Tony Revolori. He talks about getting threats from Bill Murray and reveals his grand ambitions
For Tony Revolori, the scariest moment of making The Grand Budapest Hotel was meeting Bill Murray, not least because the actor was threatening to throw his dad in the hotel's swimming pool. "He was like, 'I've thrown parents in the pool before, don't make me throw you,'" says Tony, adopting a hangdog look and mimicking Murray in the lowest, most droll voice possible. He wasn't joking: according to Revolori, Murray gave a stage parent an unwanted dip on the set of Wes Anderson's previous film, Moonrise Kingdom. Thankfully for Revolori's dad, the former Ghostbuster went up to him after the wrap and said, "Actually, I've decided you're Ok. I won't »
- Tom Seymour
Peter Debruge: All is right with the universe. Not sure I felt this way going in, but as it turns out, the Oscar race was all about race. As Ellen DeGeneres joked at the top of the telecast, “Possibility No. 1: ‘12 Years a Slave’ wins best picture. Possibility No. 2: You’re all racists. And now please welcome our first white presenter, Anne Hathaway … ”
And yet, the evening proved to be incredibly diverse, both in its presenters and in its recipients. Of course, “12 Years” did go on to win, reflecting the Academy’s deep admiration for a film that tackles a subject the industry has been largely remiss in addressing. Though I hope its choices were indeed made from the heart, as opposed to on behalf of an actual agenda, such recognition is especially encouraging in light of the Los Angeles Times investigation that estimated the Academy’s 5,765 active voting members to be 94% white. »
- Peter Debruge, Scott Foundas and Justin Chang
These days,Jeff Goldblum is more likely to show up in a Wes Anderson movie than a summer blockbuster, but back in the 1990s, he starred in three of the most successful movies of all time in Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Independence Day. With both Jurassic World and Independence Day 2 gearing up for production, only one franchise will sport the 'Blum.
"They haven't called me for [Jurassic World]4," Goldblum recently told The Huffington Post. "But I was perfectly satisfied with the two that I did. I'm still satisfied with that and I'll be the first in line to see anything else, so, you know."
However, Goldblum admitted that Independence Day 2 will be another matter.
"Yeah, they've talked to me about it and I've talked to them about it and they're excited and I'm anxious and eager to see — I haven't read anything — what they cook up. You know, »
- Ryan Gowland
Why Watch? As movies become more and more reliant on visual effects, the cracks of a problematic industry model have started to tear the fabric of how CGI artists can continue to do what they do best. If you kept an eye on the Oscar protest yesterday, or remember Rhythm & Hues winning last year for Life of Pi a week-and-a-half after going bankrupt, you know how dire the situation is. With a full, fascinating picture (and some magical CGI transformations), Life After Pi offers the fundamental problems in a startling fashion. It’s a matter of passionate people being asked to do impossible things. And yet, think of what might happen if VFX workers were united in a refusal to work. To take back the power calculated directly from the major studios’ reliance. If you can’t make billions without the team that creates your cape/tiger/talking raccoon/disaster sequence, shouldn »
- Scott Beggs
Then there was Gravity, which was a sort of iPhone moment for cinema. It set a new bar for visual fidelity and graphics, putting virtually every VFX-orientated movie before it to shame.
This was in part thanks to the efforts of London-based visual effects studio Framestore. Still glowing from the movie's awards successes, Digital Spy was lucky enough to catch up with a few of the team behind Gravity and chat to them about the technology used in the movie.
What became immediately clear was that working on Gravity was unlike any visual effects task they had done before.
The majority of Framestore's creations for the movie were made specifically for it, resulting in experimentation with entirely new techniques in order to »
While "12 Years a Slave" won Best Picture, its helmer Steve McQueen lost Best Director to Alfonso Cuaron ("Gravity"). This marked the 23rd time in the 86-year history of the Oscars that there was a split in these two races. That translates into about 25% of the time. The most recent instance was last year when Ang Lee won his second Academy Award for helming the 3-D spectacle "Life of Pi" while "Argo" won Best Picture despite director Ben Affleck not being nominated. That was only the fourth time in Oscar history that the director of the Best Picture had been snubbed by the academy. The other instances: 1927/28: "Wings" won Best Picture; William Wellman was snubbed: Frank Borzage won Best Director for "Seventh Heaven"; 1931/32: "Grand Hotel" won Best Picture; Edmund Goulding was snubbed: Frank Borzage won Best D »
Three films were considered frontrunners at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday night, with Gravity and American Hustle earning the most nominations with 10 each while 12 Years a Slave came in a close second with nine nods. In the end, two walked away winners: Gravity technically coming out on top with seven awards (five of those being technical honors, including Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects), and 12 Years a Slave taking three, including the top trophy of the night for Best Picture. (American Hustle got completely shut out.)
Oscars 2014's 25 best »
After a lengthy awards season that lasted three long months, the race for the Oscars came to a conclusion tonight at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
This year’s 86th Academy Awards saw a split between Best Picture and Director. 12 Years A Slave won three, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong’o.
Backstage, producer/actor Brad Pitt said, “ I love this movie. I ‑‑ just as a film, as a lover of film, the filmmaking, the ‑‑ this heroic story of a man in this inhumane situation trying to get back to his family. I love this film. I love the filmmaking. It’s counterintuitive to the way we’re making films today. It’s a real achievement by Mr. McQueen here. I love this movie. I think it’s important. I think it’s important because it deals with our history that we haven »
- Michelle McCue
Good evening, Digital Spy readers, and welcome to the 86th Academy Awards!
The biggest event in the film industry calendar is upon us again, and we'll be bringing you up-to-the-minute commentary throughout the evening, from the first red carpet arrivals through to the bitter end.
If you need to brush up before the ceremony begins, here's the full list of this year's nominees and this year's presenters.
05:11And that's a wrap on this year's Oscars. As ever, things became rushed and chaotic towards the end as the ceremony was clearly overrunning, but Ellen was exactly the right kind of deadpan presence to hold it all together.
05:01"Everyone deserves not just to survive, but to live. This is the most important legacy of Solomon Northup, »
Aggrieved VFX workers have taken to the streets of Hollywood for the second year running in protest against MPAA measures they see as harming the industry
• Xan Brooks liveblogs the Oscars ceremony
Last year, more than 400 visual effects workers staged a demonstration against what they saw as unfair treatment of workers in their sector, focusing their protest on Ang Lee's Life of Pi.
This year, as the Oscars look set to fete Gravity, a film for which visual effects are central - and which was produced largely from Framestore's London base - the protest has seen a repeat, with around 540 workers taking to the street. This time, however, the focus is on what they see as a damaging withdrawal of subsidies which had led to work going overseas.
The march was organised by the Association of Digital Artists, Professionals and Technicians and, according to their Facebook page, the aim was »
- Catherine Shoard
Here we are again after the Golden Globes, Mike Fleming and Anita Busch taking on the task of play by play during the most wide-open Oscar race we can remember. Even on the party circuit, industry insiders who usually have a grasp of who’ll walk away with Oscars were evenly torn between Alfonso Cuaron’s 3D masterpiece Gravity and Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave. Then again, there were so many terrific films that got Best Picture nominations, and all of them have at least a puncher’s chance at an upset. Related: Oscars: Pete Hammond’s Absolute Final Predictions That includes American Hustle, where David O Russell co-wrote the Best Original Script nominee with Eric Warren Singer and got tour de force performances and nominations for Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Perfs so strong there was no room on the nomination roster for perennial Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
1 Proper Red Carpet Catastrophes
It's all very well turning up in smart suits and designer frocks that look fabulous on the pages of the glossy magazines, but here in the cheap seats what we really want is Celine Dion wearing a white tuxedo back to front, or Björk dressing up as a swan – these are the things that we remember and treasure, not some well-considered fashion statements that shine a spotlight on deserving up-and-coming designers while promoting ethical trade practices.
2 Brilliant Presenters
After the embarrassment of watching Seth MacFarlane singing We Saw Your Boobs last year (the sexism was ironic, apparently) things can only get better. Indeed, hopes are high for the returning host and all-round good egg Ellen DeGeneres to right the Mc »
- Mark Kermode
Midday drizzle provided some relief from California’s parching drought but it was the Golden State’s withering visual effects industry in focus as visual effects artists took to the streets of Hollywood Sunday.
It was the second consecutive year the green-clad protestors massed at Hollywood and Vine hours before the Oscars to draw attention to the ills afflicting their business. This year’s head count was higher than last year at more than 540.
But unlike last year, this time they had a concrete goal: to call attention to the push to use existing trade agreements to level the playing field for American visual effects suppliers.
The protestors also have some for optimism thanks to what appears to be a legal gaffe by the MPAA that finds the majors’ lobbying arm bolstering a key part of the artists’ argument.
The march, organized by the Association of Digital Artists, Professionals and Technicians (A. »
- David S. Cohen
Deadline has revealed that two more actors have been cast in the fourth instalment of the Jurassic Park franchise, with Vincent D'Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket, Law & Order: Criminal Intent) and Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi, The Amazing Spider-Man) have joined Jurassic World in villainous roles.
Jurassic World is being produced by Steven Spielberg, with Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) handling directing duties. Also featuring in the cast of the dino-sequel are Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), Bryce Dallas Howard (Spider-Man 3), Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3) and Nick Robinson (The Kings of Summer).
Jurassic World is set for release on June 12th 2015.
- Gary Collinson
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