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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.

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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…

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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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Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ TV Show Has a Five Season Commitment, a Billion Dollar Budget, Peter Jackson and a Possible Spin-Off

Some more details have emerged about Amazon’s upcoming The Lord of the Rings TV show. A new report says the planned series has received a five season commitment, there’s already the possibility of a spin-off, and when all costs are factored in, the show’s budget could be more than one billion dollars. Whoa. Five Seasons…and […]

The post Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ TV Show Has a Five Season Commitment, a Billion Dollar Budget, Peter Jackson and a Possible Spin-Off appeared first on /Film.
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Peter Jackson May Produce Amazon’s Lord of the Rings TV Series

A report detailing Amazon’s deal to secure the rights for The Lord of the Rings TV show suggests that Peter Jackson could be involved, and that the series may cost $1 billion. With studios still scrambling to produce the next Game of Thrones, it was only a matter of time before J.R.R Tolkien’s fantasy epic was thrown into the mix. Sure enough, last year brought news of Amazon developing a The Lord of the Rings TV show which was quickly picked up to series with a multi-season commitment.
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The Hobbit trilogy actor on the film’s issues, and feeling like a glorified extra

The Lord of the Rings trilogy is widely considered one of the best trilogies ever made. It’s sense of scale was something completely new to the fantasy genre on film at the time. Peter Jackson took Tolkien’s masterworks, and brought the viewer down to the character’s level, where we could feel the urgency in Fellowship, and the frenzy of war in The Two Towers. They were simply groundbreaking.

No one had much reason to believe The Hobbit film would be any different until we learned that the relatively short book would be split into three films. However, that’s another story entirely. Fast forward to 2018, and The Hobbit trilogy is forgotten at worst, and tolerated at best. What must it have been like to be part of production on these films?

YouTuber Lindsay Ellis had the chance to speak to actor John Callen (who played Óin in
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Hobbit Actor Complains They Were World's Highest Paid Extras

Hobbit Actor Complains They Were World's Highest Paid Extras
While The Hobbit Trilogy was certainly a financial success for director Peter Jackson and Warner Bros., a majority of movie-goers had at least some problem with the Lord of the Rings prequels. The movies were certainly fun and full of incredible visual effects, yet they never truly lived up to par with the original Middle Earth trilogy.

The prequel series followed hobbit Bilbo Baggins as he went on a quest alongside the wizard Gandalf the Grey and twelve dwarves as they sought to retake an old dwarven mountain, and the treasure inside. The issue was that these three movies were based on a single book, whereas the original Lord of the Rings trilogy was based on five larger books. There was not nearly enough content in these movies to merit a trilogy, and audiences were frankly disappointed.

It turns out that the members of the audience were not the only
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