Kojak movie

You probably forgot that Vin Diesel has been part of an effort to develop a big-screen revival of the cop TV series Kojak, but Diesel and Universal haven’t forgotten. The show, which originally starred Telly Savalas and was a great series in its time, isn’t exactly a property people have been clamoring to see revived. With Diesel’s other high-profile projects, from Guardians of the Galaxy to the Fast/Furious series, and even Riddick, something like Kojak is easy to overlook.

But Universal still plans to make the movie, or at least will continue to develop it. The studio has just pulled a new writer into the fold, showing that Kojak still has life. Read More »

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Colin Trevorrow and Chris Pratt Nerdist

It’s been just one week since Jurassic World hit theaters, and everyone still can’t stop talking about the triumphant return of dinosaurs to the big screen. Whether you liked the movie or not, you can’t deny that it’s quite the box office milestone. There’s a chance it could take the top spot at the box office again this weekend unless the family-drawing power of Pixar has anything to say about it.

So if you’re anxious for some more talk about Jurassic World, why not listen to a one-hour chat with director Colin Trevorrow and star Chris Pratt? The two discuss the huge expectations that come with making a Jurassic Park sequel, some similarities to Back to the Future Part II (which I didn’t think about until now) and much more. Listen to Colin Trevorrow and Chris Pratt Talk Jurassic World after the jump! Read More »

Fast and Furious Supercharged Vin Diesel

Fast and Furious Supercharged, the new attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood, is like a shot of Nos. It lays dormant, you know it’s there, then when it comes up unexpectedly, it’s crazy fast and great but over very quickly.

“Nos” is a brand of nitrous oxide used in the Fast and Furious movies to give the cars a boost of speed, which is exactly what Fast and Furious Supercharged does for an already classic ride. You see Supercharged is the finale of the Universal Studio Tour, the iconic tram ride that takes you on the back lot of Universal Studios Hollywood, through a ton of memorable locations and settings. Jaws, Psycho, King Kong, there’s a bunch of stuff here. And for a while, you almost forget Fast and Furious is part of it all. But then, it hits you hard and it’s a super exciting ending to the ride.

Fast and Furious Supercharged opens to the public June 25 but, below, you can read more about it. Read More »

Jurassic World Frank Marshall interview

The week before Jurassic World hit theaters, I was able to get mega-producer Frank Marshall on the phone to talk not only about the new Jurassic Park sequel/reboot, but about a variety of other topics as well.

During the conversation we discussed the idea of weaponized dinosaurs, how he came to produce this movie (which has something to do with Star Wars), the cynical online fanboy reaction throughout the development, the Amblin feel of the movie, how the project evolved from earlier drafts, why the previous screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver are still credited on the film after Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connelly did a page one rewrite, the battle of practical vs. cg effects, planning for further sequels, Spielberg’s idea for trained raptors, how Jimmy Buffet ended up in the movie, if Universal Studios will be making a Jurassic World ride for their parks.

I ask him about some of the projects he has on his plate, which include new Bourne movies, a big-screen adaptation of Assassin’s Creed, and Indiana Jones 5. I also ask about the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future, a film for which Marshall acted as producer and second unit director. (I got some details on that latter gig.) All this and more is in my Frank Marshall interview, which you can read after the jump.

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The Sound of Jurassic World

It’s only been a few days, and Jurassic World has already grossed more than 95% of the movies released in 2015, after breaking records for the highest opening weekend of all-time, both domestically and worldwide. With those kind of numbers, people will be talking about Jurassic World for quite awhile.

And if you’re anxious to dive into the making of the film, The SoundWorks Collection is right on schedule with their look behind the scenes at The Sound of Jurassic World. Talking with sound designer Peter Horner and supervising sound editor and sound designer Al Nelson from Skywalker Sound, this featurette looks at how Jurassic Park informed the latest sequel, as well as the new sound work done on the film.

Watch the Sound of Jurassic World after the jump! Read More »

Secret Lives of Pets teaser

Take the idea of Toy Story, but feature animals as the central characters rather than toys, and you have the setup for The Secret Lives of Pets, Illumination’s Summer 2016 animated film. Featuring the voices of Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Jenny Slate, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Burress and Albert Brooks the film answers the question what happens with your pets as they’re home alone all day.

Check out the first Secret Lives of Pets trailer below, along with a poster and some stills. Read More »

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Jurassic World concept art

Now that Jurassic World has finally been realized on the big screen, and John Hammond’s vision for a fully functional dinosaur theme park has come true (for better or worse), there’s no better time to look at the designs that made the film possible.

As we all know, making a movie is no small feat, and the effort can require hundreds of people working together to make it happen. But before cameras are rolling and sets are built, a whole slew of artists are rounded up to help design the look of the movie, from the sets to the dinosaurs to the wardrobe and everything you see on screen. And a great collection of concept art for Jurassic World has popped up online now that the film is in theaters, and it’s pretty cool to compare it to what we saw in the final product.

Check out the gallery of Jurassic World concept art after the jump, but beware of spoilers! Read More »

Crimson Peak trailer

You’ve had a chance to explore the gorgeous and creepy haunted house of Guillermo del Toro‘s dreams; now meet some of its equally gorgeous and creepy inhabitants. Universal and Legendary have released four jewel-toned Crimson Peak character posters featuring Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, and Charlie Hunnam. Check ’em out after the jump. Read More »

Jurassic World The Avengers Box Office

So you’ve probably heard by now, Jurassic World beat The Avengers U.S. box office opening record. Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic Park sequel grossed $208,806,270 in the opening weekend, just enough to overtake Joss Whedon’s The Avengers‘ $207.4 million record from 2012. Marvel Studios has published an image online to congratulate the “new box office king.” Check it out, after the jump.

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