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The Middle East, more specifically the Gulf region, is no longer that deep indiscriminate petro-dollar well that Hollywood, in its constant thirst for outside capital, went to during the subprime mortgage crisis. Instead, countries in the Arabian Peninsula are starting to lay the foundations for their own film and TV industries. But strong Hollywood ties can play an important role in this pioneering process.
Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha, compared with a few years ago, are gaining greater prominence on the global showbiz map, albeit in different capacities.
And perhaps even more important, while their media investments used to be geared mainly toward Hollywood glitz in a spirit of one-upmanship, which yielded some dubious financial results, that approach has now given way to more constructive collaboration toward the long-term strategic and synergistic benefits of building a local industry.
“We turned a Hollywood-centric strategy into an Abu Dhabi-centric strategy,” says veteran U. »
- Nick Vivarelli
A fourth Jurassic Park has always seemed inevitable. All three previous Jurassic Park movies were box office hits including the third chapter. As a kid growing to love movies, I remember Steven Spielberg’s first two Jurassic Park films being some of the first movies to really transport my mind to another place and make me connect with and believe in and fantasy that seemed all too real. The franchise thrives on bringing the dinosaurs of the past to life to haunt and scare the people of today. It’s a gimmick that has worked time and time again and will continue to work no matter who the actor is running from a tyrannosaurus rex or other hybrid clone of dinosaur DNA.
- Zachary Leeman
Over the past couple of months, there's been speculation that Universal's upcoming Jurassic World could be a reboot of the blockbuster dino-franchise launched by Steven Spielberg back in 1993, but fans can now rest easy with director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) putting an end to the rumours by confirming that the 2015 film will be a sequel to the earlier trilogy. Responding to a question on Twitter, Trevorrow stated that, "Reboot is a strong word. This is a new sci-fi terror adventure set 22 years after the horrific events of Jurassic Park."
Jurassic World is set for release on June 21st 2015. Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3) and Nick Robinson (Kings of Summer) are the only cast members confirmed so far, while Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help) is said to be in negotiations and Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), Jason Schwartzman (Moonrise Kingdom), Irrfan Khan (The Amazing Spider-Man) and Idris Elba (Thor: The Dark World »
- Gary Collinson
The director has reassured fans that the movie will not reboot the 1993 classic.
"Reboot is a strong word," he wrote on Twitter. "This is a new sci-fi terror adventure set 22 years after the horrific events of Jurassic Park."
Rumours had suggested that the film could be set years after the first Jurassic Park, when the theme park is finally opened to the public.
Jurassic World will arrive in the Us on July 12, 2015. A UK release date is yet to be announced.
Gallery - 'Jurassic Park' in pictures: »
As a recent New York Times profile of Spike Lee demonstrated, the “Malcolm X” director does not lack confidence, whether he’s slamming Quentin Tarantino and “The Help”s’ Tate Taylor or noting that he knew he was going to be a talented filmmaker before he even landed in film school. It’s good he has a healthy ego, because his remake of the South Korean revenge film “Oldboy” is dividing critics, with many complaining that the blood-soaked tale is unworthy of his prodigious gifts. The film, which stars Josh Brolin as an alcoholic man who is imprisoned for two decades and framed for. »
- Brent Lang
The New York Times does this every year, during awards season, in celebration of the year's best performances - at least those actors whose names you'll find on many an Oscar prognosticator's short list of contenders. Each year, it's a different kind of homage, if you will. Recent years have featured, as it did in 2011, what the Times called a video gallery of cinematic villainy, inspired by nefarious on-screen icons, starring that year's expected contenders, like Viola Davis (for The Help) and Adepero Oduye (Pariah). This year, 2013, the year's best performers star in 11 original short films (very short) directed by Oscar-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski. The stars »
- Tambay A. Obenson
For over a month now we've been talking about the edits Harvey Weinstein made for the Us release of Bong Joo-ho's Snowpiercer. Yep, no matter how you slice it they suck, but there may be light at the end of this tunnel.
THR reports that Joon-ho said, in a press conference Wednesday at the Mar del Plata Film Fest, that his talks with the Weinstein Company are now more about releasing the original cut of Snowpiercer instead of a shorter and faster version made by the distributor.
“I stayed in New York for two weeks before coming here to Mar del Plata, mostly because of this matter,” said the director. “And the good news is that after all the speculation and comments about that 20-minute cut, and considering the original version that was released in Korea and France also will be released in Japan and Hong Kong, we have been »
- Uncle Creepy
Chastain appeared in several TV series before making her feature film debut in the erotic 2008 indie feature "Jolene".
- Michael Stevens
• Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman are reportedly courting Jack Nicholson for the Warner Bros. comedy El Presidente, about a by-the-books secret service agent assigned to protect “America’s worst former President” who boozes and womanizes with abandon. Nicholson would play the part of the President, a VP who assumed the Commander-in-Chief’s job after the President died. According to the report, the project has been in development since 2010 — originally with Jay Roach in the director’s chair. Nicholson and Cruise appeared together previously in 1992′s A Few Good Men, which earned Nicholson a Best Supporting Actor nomination. The three-time »
- Lindsey Bahr
Very few stars in recent memory have had such a meteoric rise like Jessica Chastain. Her roles in The Help, The Tree of Life, Zero Dark Thirty and the upcoming Interstellar and Crimson Peak have placed her with the Hollywood elite and it seems as if she can now turn down roles with ease.
Although there is yet to be any confirmation as to who will be playing Ant-Man or Janet van Dyne (The Wasp) in Edgar Wright's upcoming Marvel adaptation, the sporadically reliable El Mayimbe of Latino-Review has revealed via Twitter that Chastain was up for the role of The Wasp but will not be in the movie.
As of right now this is just a rumour and all signs point towards the two lead roles being filled by the incredibly likeable pairing of Paul Rudd and Rashida Jones. The two actors have incredible chemistry in I Love You, »
- Gary Collinson
Christopher Nolan isn't exactly an unambitious filmmaker. His latest, Interstellar, is currently filming and today a picture has revealed that not only will the film be shot mainly in IMAX, but he has attached the camera to the nose of a ruddy Learjet. We're well aware that his previous films have used IMAX in a way that no other film has used it but this is taking the biscuit. A member of the VFX team on Interstellar tweeted the photo the incredibly quickly removed the photo....
It's a surprise that Nolan even allows phones on set with the director being famously secretive on all his projects. Very little is known about Interstellar and the less I know, the more excited I get. Starring is Matthew McConaughey (Killer Joe), Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises), Jessica Chastain (The Help), Michael Caine (Inception), Mackenzie Foy (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn), Wes Bentley »
- Gary Collinson
Since it's a show about a pair of recovering alcoholics, "Mom" was bound to do a story where one of its lead characters has a relapse.
That episode comes Monday (Nov. 18), and the character who falls off the wagon, Allison Janney's Bonnie, does so pretty spectacularly.
"We kind of set that up a couple episodes back," Janney tells Zap2it. "My character was the obvious choice for that relapse because I'm one person removed from the kids, so I think that was kind of important that you didn't feel worried about the kids' safety. And Bonnie is the obvious choice because from the pilot episode, you could tell she was not fully committed to her sobriety with taking Xanax. She got a nudge from the judge but is trying to play it fast and loose."
Bonnie loses both her job and her apartment in the episode, which sends her over the edge, »
With Josh Brolin (Men in Black 3, Oldboy) seemingly passing on the role, The Wrap is reporting that Universal Pictures has offered Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation, Guardians of the Galaxy) the lead in 2015's dino-sequel / reboot Jurassic World, while Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi, The Amazing Spider-Man) has also been offered a supporting part.
Apparently there's a chance that Pratt could encounter scheduling issues, should Parks and Recreation be renewed for another season, but if not then the star will join Bryce Dallas Howard (Spider-Man 3, The Help), Ty Simpkins (Insidious, Iron Man 3) and Nick Robinson (The Kings of Summer, Melissa & Joey) in the cast of the film. Other names who have been rumoured to be in contention include Jason Schwartzman (Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Idris Elba (Prometheus, Thor: The Dark World).
- Gary Collinson
What could have been a powerful story of race politics set in the White House is held back by the whiff of Downton Abbey
History is written by the victors, they say; this movie looks as if the history of American race politics as written by Julian Fellowes. It is based on the life of Eugene Allen, a black butler in the White House whose human-interest story was recounted by Washington Post reporter Wil Haygood as part of his paper's Obama victory coverage in 2008.
Allen had a ringside seat at history by serving every president from Eisenhower to Reagan and finally lived to see the dream come true. A black man was in the White House – in a position other than menial.
This treacly and stilted movie, directed by Lee Daniels, invites its audience on a guided tour of the postwar White House, upstairs and down, unveiling a waxwork set of president-cameos. »
- Peter Bradshaw
Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Release Date: Dec. 17, 2013
Price: DVD $28.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $35.99
A man who’s lost everything proves he is capable of anything in the 2013 crime thriller film Prisoners.
Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman, Real Steel) is facing every parent’s worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing, together with her young friend, Joy, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. The only lead is a dilapidated Rv that had earlier been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal, Love & Other Drugs) arrests its driver, Alex Jones (Paul Dano, The Extra Man), but a lack of evidence forces his release. As the police pursue multiple leads and pressure mounts, knowing his child’s life is at stake the frantic Dover decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. »
Black women have been notoriously underrepresented at the Oscars in the past. These days they're doing better, but Hollywood still has a long way to go. Consider: the number of black actresses with multiple nominations could double this year, but no black woman has ever been nominated for Best Director. In 2011, "The Help" star Viola Davis followed Whoopi Goldberg to become only the second black actress in history to be nominated at the Oscars twice. This year, with less fanfare, two others could achieve the same feat: Oprah Winfrey, a 1985 nominee for "The Color Purple," is a virtual lock to be nominated again for "The Butler," and Octavia Spencer, who won for "The Help," is a contender again for "Fruitvale Station." That sudden uptick is consistent with Oscar trends as a whole. In 85 years, out of the 28 black nominees for Best Actress and Supporting Actress, 12 (43%) have come since 2000. »
The Parks and Recreation actor is thought to be in talks for the lead role.
Pratt is said to be a top candidate for the next instalment of the Jurassic franchise, The Wrap reports.
Josh Brolin was previously reported to be in talks for the role but failed to ink a deal.
The film will be released in the Us on June 12, 2015, while plot details surrounding Jurassic World have been kept under wraps.
Universal is yet to comment on the casting speculation involving Pratt.
The Jurassic franchise gallery: »
Following a rather lengthy development period, the Fifty Shades of Grey movie is finally off and running. The adaptation of the sultry E.L. James novel was thrown a curveball when Charlie Hunnam abruptly dropped out of the male lead role, leaving director Sam Taylor-Johnson scrambling to find a replacement with an August 2014 release date looming. The Fall actor Jamie Dornan was eventually cast as Hunnam’s replacement opposite Dakota Johnson (Ben & Kate), but now Universal has understandably pushed the film’s release date back a few months. Instead of going head-to-head with Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014, Fifty Shades of Grey will steam up movie theater screens on February 13, 2015. Happy Valentine’s Day! In anticipation of production beginning very soon, the first images of Dornan and Johnson in character as the book’s sex-adventurous duo has been revealed on the latest cover of EW. Hit the jump »
- Adam Chitwood
Remakes and reboots have long been all the rage on the big screen, but it looks like the trend is now ramping up on television as well. For every Hawaii Five-0 (now in season 4), there is a revamped Ironside or The Munsters that fails to find an audience. However, few projects have aimed to revive as iconic a series (or character) as NBC’s planned Murder, She Wrote reboot.
News recently broke that the network aims to bring a new version of the 1984-1996 series to the airwaves and has tapped Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer (The Help) for the lead. She will be playing a self-published mystery author and amateur sleuth who winds up ...
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- Robert Yaniz Jr.
It's no secret that filmmaker Bong Joo-ho is quite unhappy about the edits that Harvey Weinstein has made for the Us release of his film Snowpiercer, an unhappiness that he's expressed on several occasions now.
Twenty minutes of footage have apparently been cut from the film for its release here in the States, yet another victim of ole Harvey Scissorhands.
But why? Why did Weinstein feel the need to butcher a film that is getting rave reviews in South Korea and France? Bong Joon-ho opened up in an interview with website Vulture. At the Museum of Modern Art's Film Benefit last Tuesday night, they pressed the Korean filmmaker for details about the cuts. "It's a matter of tempo," Joon-ho told Vulture. "They think of the movie as a[n] R-rated movie, so it's not a matter of violence, some carnage or something. It's just a matter of duration and tempo and speed. »
- John Squires
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