These days, it’s easy to say you love Brad Bird. After The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t like his work. But many of us were on board from the beginning with The Iron Giant.
In the summer of 1999, Bird was just another untapped talent from The Simpsons who went to college with lots of famous people. He was making his first feature. Unfortunately, the film was released on the same weekend as The Sixth Sense. Warner Bros. didn’t know what to do with the film, or how to market it, and it did not connect with audiences. From a reported $70 million production budget, The Iron Giant only grossed $23 million and was deemed a failure. However, the few people who actually saw the movie instantly fell in love with it. It was obvious the film had incredible heart and ambition, and was the work of someone with a bright future.
Despite the cult following that’s developed over the years, Warner Bros. has never released a The Iron Giant Blu-ray. Recently on Twitter, Bird admitted he’s been talking to them about it and they’re interested. They just don’t want to give the film the kind of release it deserves. He feels you can help. Read More »
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J.K. Rowling and Time Warner have a pretty good relationship. Together, they helped make one of the most successful and impressively coherent film franchises in history with Harry Potter. So it’s of little surprise Rowling turned in their direction when looking for a place to air her follow up novel, The Casual Vacancy, as a miniseries.
BBC and HBO will co-produce a three episode miniseries of The Casual Vacancy, which will air on BBC One in the UK and HBO in the US. Read more about The Casual Vacancy HBO below. Read More »
It’s no surprise to hear that Universal has at least tentative plans for a new Jurassic Park series, kickstarted by the upcoming Jurassic World. No major studio goes into a sequel like this one thinking it’ll be a one-off situation. But it’s another thing to get the info straight from one of the participants. In this case, it’s director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) who says that this could be the birth of a new Jurassic Park series. He also confirmed some of the talk about animatronic dinosaur use in the new production.
Update: EW has released the first image of Bryce Dallas Howard in character in the film, along with two other behind the scenes shots. See those below.
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Paramount Pictures has issued a press release announcing the start of principal photography on the fifth Terminator feature film, Terminator: Genesis. Of course, much like most of the information in the press release, we already knew this — we even posted a photo from the set earlier this week. The only thing of note is that Paramount does not use the Terminator: Genesis title in the press release, instead repeatedly referring to the film as the Terminator reboot. This could be a sign that while the script is called Terminator: Genesis, Paramount’s marketing team has yet to officially decide on a Terminator 5 title.
This happens all the time. Most recently The Muppets Most Wanted went into production as The Muppets… Again!, but changed the title more than halfway through production. (You might notice a song featuring the former title remains in that film.) For now, production of Terminator 5 is going under the “secret” working title “Vista”. You can read the full press release now after the jump.
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Tuesday, Robert Downey Jr. revealed via Twitter Tony Stark/Iron Man had finally arrived on the set of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Today, his co-star Mark Ruffalo did the same. The difference being Bruce Banner/Hulk revealed the entire team has once again reassembled; he also posted a few images from the set. Nothing particularly revealing, but they’re pretty cool nevertheless. Check out Ruffalo’s Avengers: Age of Ultron updates below.
Update: There’s a new shot from Robert Downey, Jr., too.
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One of the biggest toy franchises in the world is in a race to the big screen. Sony has just signed a deal with with Mattel to make a movie version of Barbie. Jenny Bicks (What A Girl Wants, Rio 2) is writing the script, with the studio hoping to be shooting by the end of the year. Mattel agreed to the film based on a new pitch that would embrace Barbie’s multiple careers and turn her into a fashionable chameleon who can jump from job to job, helping people around the world. Read more about the Barbie movie below. Read More »
Everyone in Hollywood loves sequels. Except Disney Animation. While their partners at Pixar have had no trouble coming up with worthy follow-ups to some of their biggest films, most all of the classic Disney animated films never got theatrical sequels. Even with that fact stated, it’s still a bit of a surprise to hear Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn admit the company hasn’t even begun to think about a sequel to their biggest animated film of all time, Frozen. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 by Angie Han
The world scoffed when Disney first announced plans to turn Pirates of the Caribbean into a movie. But after that experiment proved a big, big success, it seemed like just a matter of time before Disney’s other classic rides got similar treatment. Today, it’s It’s a Small World‘s turn to get a Hollywood makeover.
The studio announced today that it will make an It’s a Small World movie, with Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure) directing. Jerry Bruckheimer, who turned Pirates into such a massive hit, will produce. More details after the jump.
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