The Man vs The Machine

Frank Marshall is known mostly for producing some of the most beloved films of all time, including Back to the Future, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Goonies, and The Bourne Identity. But from time to time he tries his hand at directing as well. Among other things, he’s helmed Arachnophobia, Congo, Eight Below, and the ESPN 30 for 30 installment Right to Play.

His latest directorial effort is a documentary short titled The Man vs. The Machine, chronicling the epic mid-’90s showdown between chess champion Garry Kasparov and IBM computer Deep Blue. Watch The Man vs The Machine trailer after the jump.

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A new photo from the set of Star Wars Episode VII has been released. Well, more accurately, a pic has emerged from inside the production offices at Pinewood Studios outside London. It’s the same image Kevin Smith described when he talked about his trip to the set; this time the actual image was posted by Frank Marshall, the film producer and husband of Kathleen Kennedy, the president of Lucasfilm. It’s a Star Wars themed poster warning people who visit the set about what they can and can’t say. See the Star Wars 7 poster here. Read More »

Frank Marshall Longest Night

Frank Marshall (pictured above with Matt Damon on the set of The Bourne Ultimatum) is typically known as a producer, with credits involving minor franchises such as the Back to the Future, Jason Bourne, and Indiana Jones series. But he directs one in a while — films such as Arachnaphobia and Eight Below decorate his resume. Now Marshall is set to direct a new film, The Longest Night, based on a true story about a shipwreck in the Bering Sea and the rescue operation that followed. Read More »

Independence Day White House

20th Century Fox has announced a slate of release dates today for 2014 and 2015, including Independence Day 2, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Assassin’s Creed and more. Hit the jump and get our your calendars!

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Two people with very unique perspectives on this Star Wars business are producer Frank Marshall and director Joe Johnston. Marshall has worked with LucasFilm extensively in the past, producing all four Indiana Jones films (among others) and just so happens to be married to the CEO of the company, Kathleen Kennedy. Johnston is a well-known director who worked on all three films in the original Star Wars trilogy and publicly declared his desire to make a new Star Wars movie. So what’s going on with these guys in regards to Star Wars Episode VII?

After the jump, read what Marshall had to say about the news, including inside information on possible directors and what this all means for Indiana Jones 5, as well as Johnston’s response to a blog post saying he’s the best candidate to direct Star Wars Episode VII. Read More »

There’s so much in this edition of Sequel Bits it’s insane. Let’s get going. After the jump read about the following:

  • David Fincher is still figuring out how to make The Girl Who Played With Fire.
  • Ron Perlman still has no idea when Hellboy 3 might happen.
  • A new image from Paranormal Activity 4 has been released.
  • Frank Marshall said “all possibilities are open” if the Bourne franchise continues.
  • Andy Nyman has been cast as The Tumor in Kick-Ass 2.
  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was voted the most disappointing film of all time.
  • NBA superstar LeBron James tweeted that he’d love to make Space Jam 2.
  • Lake Placid: The Final Chapter, starring Robert Englund, premieres next month.
  • Check out photos of Jessica Alba preparing for Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.

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Today’s Sequel Bits is full of fighters, whether they be well-meaning brutes, cuddly panda bears, starving teenagers, or ’80s action stars. After the jump:

  • Jennifer Lawrence will make a whole lot of money for Catching Fire
  • Mickey Rourke is in talks to reprise play Marv again for Sin City 2
  • DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda 3 will be a Chinese co-production
  • Broken Lizard guy says Super Troopers 2 could shoot this year
  • Expendables 2 brings you a motorcycle crashing into a chopper
  • Frank Marshall still has no plans for more Back to the Future

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Based on reactions to the topic every time it comes up, I think a great many Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford fans would like to pretend that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull didn’t exist. And yet there is still the occasional expression of hope when the mooted fifth Indy film is discussed. Somehow there is optimism that a fifth film would be better than the fourth. And, sure, there’s a chance, but when the core story is in the hands of George Lucas, whose latter output has been… well, let’s generously say “spotty,” I’d say any optimism in this case is extreme.

We might finally be able to put talk of a fifth movie to bed, however, as producer Frank Marshall says that, for him at least, Crystal Skull was the end. Read More »

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