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Universal Is Revisiting Old Favorites and Leaning Into Horror — CinemaCon 2018

Universal Is Revisiting Old Favorites and Leaning Into Horror — CinemaCon 2018
Las Vegas and Cher belong together. The star made a showy entrance at CinemaCon’s Coloseum, emerging from a huge plant in a shimmering pantsuit surrounded by dancers, live-belting Abba’s “Fernando” to promote Universal’s “Mamma Mia!” sequel “Here We Go Again.” (July 18). Inevitably, given the original’s status as the most successful film musical of all time ($609 million worldwide), Ol Parker’s sequel brings back the sprawling cast to sing more Abba, including Meryl Streep. The story cuts between past and present to show the young Streep character (Lily James) and the three young swains later played by adults Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard and Pierce Brosnan. Cher plays Amanda Seyfriend’s grandmother.

Universal, under motion picture chairman Donna Langley and her bosses Jeff Shell and Ron Meyer, has long relied on singles and doubles and last year brought breakout “Get Out” from Blumhouse and two franchise entries, “The Fate of the Furious,
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‘Halloween’ And ‘Glass’ Sneaks Rule Universal Pictures’ CinemaCon Presentation

Las Vegas – Universal Pictures has quite a year in front of them. There’s “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again,” Damien Chazelle’s “First Man,” Illumination’s “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch,” “Night School” with Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish (can they host the Oscars together?), Dreamworks’ “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” Eli Roth‘s kid friendly “The House With A Clock In Its Walls,” Dwayne Johnson’s “Skyscraper,” an untitled Robert Zemeckis drama and the Peter Jackson produced “Mortal Engines.” The two films that really blew away the crowd of theater owners and operators at CinemaCon, however, were David Gordon Green’s “Halloween” and M.
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CinemaCon: Cher brings house down with live Abba rendition

CinemaCon: Cher brings house down with live Abba rendition
Studio puts on show with Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Samuel Jackson, Bruce Willis, Chris Pratt, Ryan Gosling and more.

Universal Pictures rounded out a high-energy presentation in Las Vegas on Wednesday morning (April 25) when Cher delivered a show-stopping performance of Abba’s Fernando in support of Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!

The finale drew a standing ovation from CinemaCon attendees and capped an exuberant session at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace that featured Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart, Samuel Jackson and Bruce Willis, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, and Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy, among others.

Studio chairman
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Asmus Toys’ The Lord of the Rings Gimli figure available to pre-order now

Sideshow and Asmus Toys have unveiled their 1/6th scale Gimli figure which is based on the likeness of John Rhys-Davies’ dwarf warrior in Peter Jackson’s fantasy epic trilogy The Lord of the Rings. The collectible is available to pre-order now, priced at $199 and is expected to ship June-August; take a look at the official promotional images here…

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Sideshow and Asmus Toys are proud to present the Gimli Sixth Scale Figure!

Gimli, son of Glóin, was a well-respected dwarf warrior in Middle-earth during the Great Years. He was a member of the Fellowship of the Ring and was the only one of the dwarves to readily fight alongside elves in the war against Sauron at the end of the Third Age.

The articulated collectible sixth scale figure features multiple interchangeable hands, Asmus Toys figure stand, his signature armor, ax weapons and more.

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Exclusive Interview with Jason Liles, a.k.a. George from Rampage

Tai Freligh interviews Jason Liles from Rampage

At 6′ 9″, Jason Liles is in a perfect place to take the motion capture world by storm. After working with Rick Baker on Men in Black III as several aliens, he was later recruited to play the supernatural entity Ryuk in Deathnote. But perhaps his biggest role yet, pun intended, is as George, a genetically-altered silverback gorilla who grows to enormous size in director Brad Peyton’s action-packed Rampage, starring Dwayne Johnson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Joe Manganiello, Naomie Harris and Malin Akerman.

He took time to chat with Flickering Myth’s own Tai Freligh about his research into the role of a lifetime, working with Terry Notary and what he has learned from mocap heavyweight Andy Serkis.

What was your audition for Rampage like?

VFX supervisor and friend Colin Strause told me about the role. The “audition” was going in and working with Terry
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Steven Spielberg becomes first director to gross $10 billion at the worldwide box office

With his latest film Ready Player One hitting $500 million worldwide, Steven Spielberg has become the first director in history whose movies have crossed the $10 billion mark at the global box office.

Spielberg has reached the total with 32 movies across his career, giving him a solid lead over the nearest competition, Peter Jackson, whose movies have earned $6.5 billion combined.

The $10 billion figure does not account for inflation, or any of the numerous movies he’s produced and executive produced over the years. Incorporating those figures, the legendary filmmaker has pulled a whipping $24 billion, with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom likely to take him beyond the $25 billion mark.

Incredible, Spielberg is yet to pass $1 billion at the box office with any of his directorial efforts, the highest being Jurassic Park on $983.8 million, followed by Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull on $786.6 million and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial on $717 million.
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Strangers Things Casts Cary Elwes And Jake Busey For Season 3

Stranger Things season 3 is set to begin filming later this month and, ahead of the Netflix phenomenon once again going in front of the cameras, two exciting new casting additions have been revealed to be moving to the weird and frightening town of Hawkins.

Cary Elwes – familiar to modern horror fans as Dr. Lawrence Gordon in the Saw films – is joining the ensemble cast as Mayor Kline, suggesting that season 3 will finally introduce us to the mayor of Hawkins. With all the odd shenanigans going on in the town, we expect him to be a very shady individual indeed. Meanwhile, Jake Busey – set to star in the upcoming Predator – is set to play a man named Bruce. That’s all we know about his role for now, though.

Elwes should definitely be right at home on Stranger Things, as he’s yet another cast member who’s previously appeared in a fondly-remembered classic 1980s movie.
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Steven Spielberg Is the First Director to Cross $10 Billion at the Box Office

Steven Spielberg Is the First Director to Cross $10 Billion at the Box Office
After three weeks in theaters, Ready Player One has earned $114.9 million in the U.S., bringing its global total to $475.1 million. But even more impressively, Steven Spielberg has made history, becoming the first director to see the gross of his movies exceed $10 billion worldwide. Not adjusted for inflation, 1993's Jurassic Park remains Spielberg's biggest commercial success ($984 million), per Box Office Mojo. Other smash hits include 2008's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ($787 million) and 1983's E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial ($717 million). For comparison, Peter Jackson is just over $3 billion behind Spielberg's $10 billion benchmark. Spielberg shows no signs of slowing...
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Steven Spielberg Becomes First Director to Top $10 Billion at Worldwide Box Office

Steven Spielberg Becomes First Director to Top $10 Billion at Worldwide Box Office
Steven Spielberg has further cemented his reputation as the most commercially successful filmmaker of all time, becoming the first director to ever gross more than $10 billion at the worldwide box office.

His new sci-fi blockbuster “Ready Player One” has racked up $475.1 million worldwide since its release last month, according to BoxOfficeMojo, making the adaptation of Ernest Cline’s best-selling novel his top-grossing film in the last decade and nudging him into eight figures in all-time career grosses.

What’s more, Spielberg is more than $3 billion ahead of the next director on the all-time box office list: Peter Jackson, whose “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies propelled him to a lifetime gross of $6,520.7 billion worldwide.

Also Read: Stephen King 'Maybe' Agrees With Steven Spielberg About Their 'Spiritual Connection'

Next up are Michael Bay ($6.451 billion), James Cameron ($6.139 billion) and Harry Potter series filmmaker David Yates ($5.347 billion).

Spielberg’s all-time top performer was 1993’s “Jurassic Park,” which grossed $983.8 million worldwide. That was followed by 2008’s critically reviled “Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Crystal Skull” ($786.6 million) and the 1982 classic “E.T. – The Extra-terrestrial,” which earned $717 million — without adjusting for inflation.

Also Read: Steven Spielberg Is Back! 'Ready Player One' Scores His Best Box Office Debut in a Decade

While Spielberg is credited with shaping much of populist cinema with films like “Jaws” and the Indiana Jones series, many of his biggest hits came at a time before opening weekends were a big deal at the box office.

“Crystal Skull” is his biggest opening weekend ever, and even if you adjust the numbers for inflation, Spielberg only has three films with $100 million-plus openings, the other two being his “Jurassic Park” films.

Read original story Steven Spielberg Becomes First Director to Top $10 Billion at Worldwide Box Office At TheWrap
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Steven Spielberg Is First Director to Cross $10B at the Box Office

Steven Spielberg Is First Director to Cross $10B at the Box Office
Steven Spielberg is far and away, financially speaking, the most successful director of all time. Thanks to the success of Ready Player One at the box office, Spielberg's movies have now grossed over $10 billion worldwide. He's the first director to accomplish this feat and nobody else is even close. So, not only is he one of the most beloved and respected directors to ever do it, he's quantifiably one of the most successful.

Ready Player One, which is based on the novel of the same name by Ernest Cline, has grossed $474.8 million worldwide so far. That has helped push Steven Spielberg's body of work to $10.009 billion. In total, there are 27 movies that make up this impressive figure, dating back to 1989's Always, which is his lowest-grossing effort to date with $74.1 million. Spielberg also has his recent Oscar-favorite The Post to thank for pushing him past this landmark, as that movie brought in $174.4 million worldwide.
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Highlights from the Rampage Press Conference Featuring Director Brad Peyton and Co-Stars Dwayne Johnson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Joe Manganiello, Naomie Harris, and Malin Akerman

Stomping its way into theaters this weekend is Brad Peyton’s Rampage, which adapts the popular ’80s video game (of the same name) and brings a trio of oversized monstrosities into the real world, with our only hope of survival coming via Davis Okoye (Dwayne Johnson) and his ability to handle an oversized gorilla by the name of George. Rampage also co-stars Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Malin Akerman, and Joe Manganiello, and during the recent press day for the film, we heard from Peyton and the film’s stars about their experiences collaborating on Rampage and much more.

Brad Peyton on how quickly Rampage came together:

The movie was shot really fast. It was done in 55 days, which is 20 days less than San Andreas. And then we had six weeks less in post, so, for me, I was doing visual effects, the mix, the music, all at the same time,
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Aquaman’s UK release date moved up a week

It looks like UK audiences will get to venture to Atlantis a week earlier than our friends across the Pond, as Digital Spy is reporting that Warner Bros. has moved up the UK release of the next DC Extended Universe blockbuster Aquaman.

The film will now reportedly now open on December 14th, taking it out of competition with Mary Poppins Returns, which opens in the UK on December 21st. It now faces off against Sony’s animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and the Peter Jackson-produced Mortal Engines.

Now, how about that first trailer…

See Also: Dolph Lundgren confirms that Aquaman reshoots are underway

Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and must step forward to lead his people and to be a hero to the world.

Aquaman is directed by James Wan (The Conjuring) and stars Jason Momoa as the titular hero,
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J.R.R. Tolkien Has a New Middle Earth Book Coming Out Soon Called The Fall Of Gondolin

If you're a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth novels, you'll be excited to hear that there's a new unpublished book that will be released soon called The Fall of Gondolin. The book was edited and revised by Tolkien's son Christopher. It's pretty amazing that after all these years we are still getting new stories from Tolkien!

For those of you familiar with Tolkien's work, you might remember that the destruction of the city of Gondolin is referenced in The Silmarillion. Thanks to EW, we have a description of the book for you and it sounds incredible!

During the years that the dark lord Morgoth (Sauron’s predecessor and mentor) reigned supreme in Middle-Earth, his fellow godlike Valar refused to intervene against him on behalf of the peoples of Middle-Earth. Only Ulmo, the Lord of Waters, worked in secret to help the Noldorin Elves. The Noldor stronghold is the beautiful city of Gondolin,
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Amazon’s Lord of The Rings TV show has five season commitment, and a billion dollar budget

Last month a report emerged suggesting that Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings series looks set to overtake The Crown as the most expensive TV show ever made, with a budget of around $500 million for two seasons.

Well, according to The Hollywood Reporter, those numbers aren’t quite accurate, as Amazon has in fact been granted a Five season commitment – at the outrageous cost of one billion dollars – providing that the streaming service begins production within two years.

The report goes on to reveal that the deal between Amazon, the Tolkien estate, publisher HarperCollins and movie rights holders New Line Cinema also includes potential spinoffs, as well as the possibility of using “material from the films”.

As for what that means, presumably Amazon is looking to set it in the same Middle-earth as Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies (it’s already been
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Ezra Miller Has a Message For the Industry: Lynne Ramsay’s Next Movie Shouldn’t Take Years to Make

Ezra Miller Has a Message For the Industry: Lynne Ramsay’s Next Movie Shouldn’t Take Years to Make
Lynne Ramsay’s “You Were Never Really Here” has some of the best critical reviews of the year, and nearly every article written about the drama mentions just how long it’s taken the director to return to the big screen. “You Were Never Really Here” is Ramsay’s first theatrical release since “We Need to Talk About Kevin” in 2011, which doesn’t sit right with her “Kevin” breakout Ezra Miller. The actor, currently starring as The Flash in the DC Extended Universe, defended Ramsay while speaking to The New York Times.

“She’s had a rough go of it as a director because she is so true to her vision,” Miller said. “She’s unyielding. She’s the punk-rock, Iggy Pop of this game. And, hmm, surprisingly, she’s had trouble with some controlling, generally male producers. And she’s overcome that to make some incredible films.”

Miller continued
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Lord of the Rings on TV? No thanks.

We seem to be in age of unoriginal thought. Reboot this, remake that. Whilst some can prove to be commercial success (see Star Trek Discovery and 12 Monkeys), there are some things that need to be left well alone, Lord of the Rings being one of them.

The adaption of the books were amazing, there are very few people I know who loved the books and hated the movies. Peter Jackson and the whole cast managed to deliver a near-perfect trilogy with the blockbuster tales of Tolkien, but like anything pure in this moneymaking world, things cannot go left untouched.

The show, which will be created and released by Amazon Prime, is shaping up to be one of the most expensive TV shows ever created, already expecting to cost $1billion for five (yes Five) seasons.

I know this may prove to be an exciting bit of news for fans of
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Amazon’s Planned ‘Lord Of The Rings’ Series Will Stretch To At Least Five Seasons

Late last year, Amazon acquired the TV rights to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings for a reported $250 million. Well, new details have surfaced that the new project is on course to become the most expensive TV show of all time, with five seasons reportedly agreed at the time of the sale – which could bring the total cost of those first five seasons at close to $1 billion.

The Hollywood Reporter got the scoop on the plans over at Amazon, adding that the production must also be in-production withing two years.

‘On Nov. 13, Amazon Studios beat out Netflix for a $250 million rights deal with the Tolkien estate, publisher HarperCollins and New Line Cinema that includes a five-season commitment to bring The Lord of the Rings to the small screen,’ the article reads. ‘Amazon must be in production within two years, according to the terms of the pact. When production expenses like casting,
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Peter Jackson May Produce Amazon’s Lord Of The Rings TV Show

It’s been nearly fifteen years since the last entry into Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy grossed over $1 billion at the box office worldwide. Coincidentally, that figure is expected to be the price tag of Amazon’s new series.

A report detailing their $250 million purchase of the rights to The Lord of the Rings suggests that, in addition to that ludicrous acquisition fee, production costs could push the series’ total to $1 billion. Granted, that sum is expected to account for the deal’s stipulation of a 5 season run, but when compared to a similar show like Game of Thrones, where every six episodes cost about $15 million, the amount still seems a tad bit crazy.

Amazon’s ten-figure setback isn’t even the most interesting aspect of the deal, though. Peter Jackson, who won Best Director at the 2004 Oscars for The Return of the King, has the
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Amazon’s Lord Of The Rings Prequel Series May Span Five Seasons

Middle-earth is about to become very crowded indeed.

Back in November, we brought you the news that Amazon had mapped out plans for a “multi-season” adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien’s literary masterclass that has fallen by the wayside since the release and subsequent success of The Hobbit trilogy.

Fast forward to now, and The Hollywood Reporter has returned from The Shire bearing gifts: specifically, new intel pertaining to Amazon’s Lord of the Rings prequel series, which looks set to span a total of five seasons. Five. Seasons.

This potentially billion-dollar commitment may lead to a spinoff series, too, as the online giant prepares to go all-in on its buzzworthy acquisition. Meanwhile, questions continue to loom over Peter Jackson’s involvement – or lack thereof – though it should be noted that his attorney, Peter Nelson, was “not a part of the 2017 rights negotiations but recently helped
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Amazon Has Committed To Five Seasons of The Lord Of The Rings Series and it Will Cost Them $1 Billion to Produce

Some new information regarding Amazon's The Lord of the Rings series has come to light thanks to THR. As you know, Amazon Studio paid $250 million for the right s to J.R.R. Tolkien's novels and it looks like it will be one of the most expansive series ever. Amazon has committed to a five-season run and when all is said and done, it is expected to cost over $1 billion.

Greenberg Glusker attorney Matt Galsor, who served as the chief architect of the deal and repped the Tolkien estate, talked about the deal saying:

"This is the most complicated deal I've ever seen, but it was handled relatively quickly, in a way that brought the parties together in a close relationship. It was tough, but everybody liked each other and felt like a team more as the deal closed."

The report goes on to say that Amazon may use material
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