Jurassic World set visit

In July 2014, I had the pleasure of visiting the set of Jurassic World. After the jump you will find a roundup of over 50 things I learned on the Jurassic World set visit, ranging from cool bits of trivia (for instance: a neat suggestion Steven Spielberg made to vastly improve an idea Colin Trevorrow pitched) to interesting information about the theme park world of the film. This is probably one of the coolest sets I’ve ever visited. We will be featuring interviews from the set elsewhere on the site, so look out for those as well.

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Colin Trevorrow Jurassic World Follow-up

Many people have wondered how Colin Trevorrow ended up directing Jurassic World. I loved his indie dramedy Safety Not Guaranteed when I saw it at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival (you can read my Sundance review here) but even I didn’t expect that film to launch his career as the director of a mega sequel/reboot the size of Jurassic World.

So how did that happen? The answer might surprise you — Colin Trevorrow got the job after a chain reaction that began with director Brad Bird turning down Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Read the whole Jurassic World Star Wars connection story after the jump.

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Ted 2 red band trailer

The truest selling point of a Seth MacFarlane film is its red-band trailer. That’s where the writer/director’s humor is on full display and you’re about to get a lot of it in the latest Ted 2 trailer. It’s red-band, so the language is VERY not safe for work and it’s right in that MacFarlane wheel house: bodily fluids, drugs, race and lots of sex.

In Ted 2, Ted and John (Mark Wahlberg) continue to move on with their lives and Ted wants to start a family. Unfortunately, the law says he can’t because he’s not considered a person. So begins a legal battle for Ted’s civil rights lead by lawyer Samantha L. Jackson (Amanda Seyfried). In the Ted 2 red band trailer, there are a bevy of jokes, including some almost full sequences that certainly position the sequel as a likely Summer hit. But will it be as funny or original as the first? Watch and figure it out below. Read More »

Universal Pictures CinemaCon 2015

I just got home from Las Vegas, where for the last week I had attended the CinemaCon convention (formerly ShoWest), the largest gathering of movie theatre exhibitors each year.

Thursday afternoon we saw a presentation from Universal Pictures showcasing some of their big upcoming films including Jurassic World, Everest, Crimson Peak and The Secret Life of Pets and more. In previous years Universal has come to CinemaCon with a ton of footage from their line-up up to a year and a half in advance, this year’s presentation in comparison was disappointing. After the presentation I recorded a spoiler free Universal Pictures CinemaCon reaction video reaction with Steve from Collider, which you can watch that now embedded after the jump.

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Fifty Shades of Grey - Anastasia and Christian kiss

The Fifty Shades sequel still needs a director, but it has a screenwriter and now it also has a release date. Fifty Shades Darker is officially set to open in two years, followed by Fifty Shades Freed the year after that. Hit the jump for more details on the Fifty Shades sequel release dates.

Update: The first teaser image from Fifty Shades Darker has dropped. Check it out after the jump.

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Warcraft release date change

Several major movies just got moved around by Universal Studios.

Duncan Jones’ Warcraft, which had already been pushed a few months, has moved from March 11, 2016 to June 10, 2016. Pacific Rim 2, directed by Guillermo del Toro, has been moved from April 7, 2017 to August 4, 2017. In addition, the new Mummy film has been moved up from June 24, 2016, to March 24, 2017.

This is after the studio gave us dates for Fast and Furious 8 and the two Fifty Shades sequels. Read more about the Warcraft release date change below. Read More »

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The Visit trailer

What if the gingerbread house witch in the story of Hansel and Gretel was the kids’ actual grandmother? That concept looks like part of the inspiration for The Visit, the new film from writer/director M. Night Shyamalan. In the film, two siblings are sent off to visit their grandparents, and while the strictly-enforced 9:30pm bedtime seems weird right off the bat, the kids soon find that something is very definitely not right. There are late-night noises, strange behavior, and eventually some much weirder goings-on.

Check out The Visit trailer below. There’s even the beginning of a “kid in the oven” scene here, just to tie up the connection with the old Brothers Grimm tale. Read More »

Fast and Furious 8 release date

Vin Diesel just made the inevitable official. After grossing a billion dollars and counting with Furious 7, the star took the stage at CinemaCon in Las Vegas and announced that a eighth Fast and Furious film will be released on April 14, 2017. Diesel said it’ll be “the best movie you’ve ever seen.” Read more about the Fast and Furious 8 release date below. Read More »

The Visit poster

M. Night Shyamalan has partnered with Blumhouse for his new film, The Visit, and the first poster is appearing in theaters around the country, and at CinemaCon. In fact, the film’s trailer played with some showings of Unfriended this past weekend, but that hasn’t gone online yet. Expect to see that later this week, on Thursday, but for now we can look at the poster design for the low-budget horror film. We know the film features two siblings whose visit to their grandparents’ farm gets weird, and this poster suggests some bad stuff happening in the house at night. Read More »