fast and furious 8

Fast 8 pulled off a pretty great casting coup when it convinced Charlize Theron to come aboard as the villain, and today we have our first look at exactly what Dom Toretto and his family will be going up against in their next adventure. The film has unveiled the first official still of the Charlize Theron Fast 8 character, and you can see it after the jump.  Read More »

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justin lin

Justin Lin (Star Trek: Beyond) helped to reinvigorate the Fast & Furious brand in a big way. Lin, who has directed four sequels in the franchise, took the series to the next level with Fast Five, the most enjoyable sequel in the series up until that point. The Fast & Furious movies became more popular, more successful, and more enjoyable, in large part thanks to Lin, who established a new tone and broadened the franchise’s scope. He opted out of directing Furious 7, but the Better Luck Tomorrow director might return to, as Vin Diesel says, “finish what you started.”

Learn more about the potential Furious 10 director below.

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the purge election year trailer

The Purge: Election Year was in development long before anyone involved knew it would be released in the middle of the most contentious, ludicrous, and genuinely embarrassing election season in American history. And while the average American (and many other citizens of the world) squirm and groan with every new development arising from both sides of the political aisle, the third film in writer/director James DeMonaco‘s horror series has found itself in a unique position. Suddenly, the film’s vision of a deranged future America where murder is legalized for one night every year feels kind of inevitable. After all, the world does seem to be crumbling a little bit every single day.

And you bet your ass The Purge: Election Year is well-aware of this environment. The tagline on display in the new trailer is “Keep America Great.” These movies know exactly what they’re doing.

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Robert Ludlum Cinematic Universe

Back in September of 2014, news surfaced that Dwayne Johnson would star in The Janson Directive, based on the novel of the same name from The Bourne Identity author Robert Ludlum. The project just so happened to be set up at Universal Pictures, the home of the Jason Bourne film franchise, which made the opportunity for a crossover easily possible. Thankfully, Universal isn’t trying to expand the world of Jason Bourne again, but they are looking to create a new cinematic universe.

The Janson Directive will be the first in a series of films based on Robert Ludlum novels that all take place in the same universe, and Universal has already assembled a team to shepherd the new endeavor. Find out more about the Robert Ludlum cinematic universe after the jump. Read More »

The Walking Dead attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood

In March, Universal Studios announced that The Walking Dead Attraction would be coming to Universal Studios Hollywood this summer. The new walk-through haunted house attraction will “create a no-holds-barred experience that significantly intensifies any other iteration previously developed within the theme park.”

And now today Universal has released a video showing how The Walking Dead executive producer and director Greg Nicotero and his special effects company, KNB EFX are contributing to the new attraction, constructing prosthetics and animatronics that even utilize original molds from the actual show. Previously Universal told us that the new experience could include “authentic walker make-up effects, sophisticated animatronic walkers, substantially more detailed set design and costuming, and highly recognizable props replicated from the series, delivering an uncompromised realistic environment that brings guests even further into the most watched show in cable television history.” Hit the jump to watch the video and see how Nicotero is contributing to this new Universal Studios Hollywood experience.
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Popstar Trailer

After delivering some of the best recorded content Saturday Night Live has ever had, The Lonely Island (Andy Samberg, Akiva Shaffer and Jorma Taccone) have collaborated on a feature film that feels like it could have been inspired by one of their SNL Digital Shorts.

This summer brings the new comedy Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, a mockumentary following rapper Connor4Real (Samberg) as he releases his new album and goes on tour. A new Popstar trailer shows more of Connor’s stupid antics and the entourage who keeps his ego intact. Have you ever wanted to see a wedding with wolves and Seal? This is your movie.

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skull island reign of kong

It’s going to be an interesting summer for the theme park cold war that’s been brewing between Disney and Universal for the past six years. Shanghai Disneyland is set to open very soon and the early videos of the attractions promise a few next-level experiences. That new Pirates of the Caribbean ride in particular feels like the result of Universal raising the standards of themed entertainment with their Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Both companies officially have a creative fire lit under their butts, which means that we win.

While Shanghai Disneyland has grabbed the most recent headlines, Universal also has an incredibly ambitious attraction waiting in the wings. While it doesn’t have anything to do with the upcoming Kong: Skull Island movie, Skull Island: Reign of Kong looks to bring riders deep into King Kong’s home turf before bringing them face-to-face with the big guy himself. Universal has released a new video teasing Kong’s presence in the attraction and he looks exactly like how you’d hope King Kong would look.

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Insidious 3 Lin Shaye

Universal isn’t ready to turn off the lights on its Insidious franchise. The studio revealed today that Insidious: Chapter 4 is coming in 2017, with Adam Robitel (The Taking of Deborah Logan) directing from a script by Leigh Whannell. Lin Shaye will return as parapsychologist Elise Rainier. Watch a cute little video featuring Shaye and Whannell’s official announcement below.

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warcraft facial capture

It’s not often that I get invited down to Industrial Light & Magic in San Francisco, CA, but when the invite is thrown my way it’s usually to see something cool. Earlier this month I traveled up north to see how filmmaker Duncan Jones used ILM to create the orcs in his big screen adaptation Warcraft, based on the popular Blizzard video game series.

I’ll be completely honest with you: the marketing for this movie had done little to convince me that it was a film I wanted to see. I’m not a video gamer and have never played World of Warcraft, and to be completely honest, I’m not a big fantasy (orcs, wizards, dungeons and dragons) type of guy. But I’m a big fan of Duncan Jones and that alone had me continuously searching for reasons.

So I hopped on a plane and visited the visual effects house that George Lucas built, hoping I would be wowed. The filmmakers behind the movie pulled the curtain back to show us how the magic was created, and that in itself was not only very interesting but very impressive. So hit the jump and learn why ILM considers the Warcraft facial capture advancements to be groundbreaking.

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