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In today’s Hollywood, the movie poster is an afterthought. Dozens of marketing and advertising executives justify their jobs by demanding everyone’s input be represented and, as a result, anything interesting or provocative is lost. We all remember this, right? And this?

The homogenous nature of modern movie posters is, of course, a generalization. There are some movie posters with artistic merit but the percentage has dropped significantly over the decades. What is definitely true, though, is the iconic posters of the past have all but gone away and, in one case, that’s quite literal.

According to Roger Kastel, the artist who made the unforgettable poster to Steven Spielberg‘s Jaws, his original 20 x 30 inch painting went missing around the time of the film’s release. Read more about the Jaws poster art below.

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Vampire Lestat director

Universal only just put more energy into its efforts to adapt Anne Rice‘s vampire novels into films, as the studio renewed the option on 13 of Rice’s “Vampire Chronicles” books. The studio isn’t wasting any time getting moving on that option, as The Fault In Our Stars director Josh Boone is now in early talks to write and direct an adaptation of The Vampire Lestat, which was the centerpiece of Rice’s original trilogy of vampire novels.

The Vampire Lestat is a story very rooted in the ’80s, and we don’t know if this would be a period piece, or a modernized adaptation. If things come together, Boone would make this film after doing The Stand for Warner Bros.

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Paul Giamatti Straight Outta Compton

The members of N.W.AEazy-E, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, DJ Yella and MC Ren — did things their way, but still needed some music industry connections to get their songs out to a big audience. The guy they turned to was Jerry Heller, who was best known for living on the opposite end of the pop spectrum, working with bands like Journey, ELO, and REO Speedwagon. The guy had connections and money; Heller and Eazy-E co-founded N.W.A’s label Ruthless Records, and Heller managed the group. Now, Paul Giamatti will play him in the film bio of the group, Straight Outta Compton.

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An American Werewolf in London at HHN 23 - HR

Halloween is nearly upon us and the annual Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights have begun to announce some of their high-end haunted mazes. Every year, famous properties get turned into interactive mazes aimed to scare park attendees both in Florida and California and this year, there will be mazes or areas based on An American Werewolf in London, The Walking Dead, From Dusk Till Dawn, Dracula Untold, Alien vs. Predator, Face Off and The Purge Anarchy. Below, we’ll give you info on some of the biggest news surrounding Halloween Horror Nights 2014. Read More »

Lonely Island

They’ve put their D’s in a box, had some lazy sundays, been on a few boats and now they sold another movie. The musical comedy trio Lonely IslandAndy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone – just sold an untitled comedy pitch to Universal set in the world of music. Judd Apatow will produce and Schaffer and Taccone will co-direct. The pair also co-directed Hot Rod, which starred Samberg, and you’d imagine that dynamic will carry through here. Read more about the new Lonely Island movie below. Read More »

Anne Rice vampire movies

It’s been 20 years since Neil Jordan’s film version of Interview With the Vampire saw Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt sucking blood, and now Universal is getting back into monsters in a big way. Not only are Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan spearheading a relaunch of the old Universal Monsters line, beginning with a new Mummy movie, the studio has snapped up rights to all of Anne Rice‘s Vampire Chronicles books.

So the whole 13-book series starting with Interview With the Vampire and ending with the forthcoming Prince Lestat novel, and the screenplay for Tales of the Body Thief, adapted by Rice’s son Christopher Rice, all belong to Universal for the time being. Read about plans for new Anne Rice vampire movies below. Read More »

Jurassic World Wrap Photo

Just like that, Colin Trevorrow and his producers and crew have wrapped the Jurassic World shoot. Trevorrow commemorated the occasion with a photo that teases what appear to be some T. rex jawbones. Is this the remains of the dino from the first film (probably not), or something that is built as part of the island park’s visitor center display? Puzzle over the Jurassic World wrap photo below. Read More »

Conan the Barbarian

There’s a new Arnold Schwarzenegger film coming out next week, and next summer the action star will be back in one of his iconic roles for the new Terminator movie. If producers have their way, however, by that time Schwarzenegger will have already played Conan once more. Producers of The Legend of Conan, the long rumored sequel to the iconic ’80s sword and sandal epics, believe filming will begin in Spring 2015. Read the Legend of Conan movie quotes below. Read More »

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