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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Back in Time for SlashFilm

I guess a lot of people want to see an in-depth documentary on Back to the Future. Not once, but twice, the film called Back in Time has used Kickstarter to raise funds to make a feature-length documentary about the classic time travel trilogy. Both times, the film’s goals were quickly and easily funded. This latest round, which just started last week, happened in a mere few days.

To celebrate, the filmmakers behind this documentary (director Jason Aron, executive producer Louis Krubich and producer Lee Leshen) did two things. They added some really cool new stretch goals and reward levels to their campaign, then spoke exclusively to /Film us about their best memories, so far, in making Back in Time.

Below, read the most memorable moments making the Back to the Future documentary, Back in Time, and read about the stretch goals and rewards on Kickstarter. Read More »

Hot Toys Back to the Future 1/6th scale Marty McFly Figure

Just as the 2014 San Diego Comic Con is about to kick off, Hot Toys has announced a product which will likely be part of a line of collectibles which will suck hundreds if not thousands of dollars from my bank account. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future, Hot Toys will be producing Back to the Future collectibles. First up is a 1/6th scale Marty McFly figure. Hit the jump to see more photos and learn more about the Back to the Future 1/6th scale Marty McFly Figure.

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Back to the Future

Briefly: Marty and Doc are spending time together again. The core cast of Back to the Future is going to reunite, but not in a film. The Michael J. Fox Show has booked Christopher Lloyd to appear in an episode as “the eccentric principal at the high school where Annie (Betsy Brandt) teaches and will go toe-to-toe with Mike (Michael J. Fox).” In other words, he’s playing the James Tolkan role.

Sadly, this isn’t meant to be an ongoing thing; the guest appearance is currently only scheduled to be a one-off, in spring 2014. The episode is shooting this week.

The Michael J Fox Show

As last fall’s new shows head to their season finales, the broadcast networks are readying a new crop of shows for this fall. NBC has unveiled first looks for several of theirs. Among them are the obviously-titled The Michael J. Fox Show; Sean Saves the World from Better Off Ted creator Victor Fresco; and the James Spader-starring The Blacklist. See them and more after the jump. Read More »

As August inches to an end, the days of having nothing to watch on TV (well — nothing but Breaking Bad) are about to come to an end. After the jump:

  • Game of Thrones casts Daario Naharis and Grey Worm
  • Malcolm McDowell will teach History 101 at Greendale
  • Michael J. Fox‘s new sitcom lands at NBC for Fall 2013
  • New Dexter promo image says he’ll try not to kill Debra
  • Elderly matriarchs bicker in new Downton Abbey clips
  • Watch another American Horror Story Season 2 teaser
  • Jax and Clay chat in the Sons of Anarchy Season 5 trailer
  • A picnic day takes a bad turn in the new teaser for Fringe
  • Speaking of which, John Noble is back to work on Fringe

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Ron Swanson hasn’t always had the best luck with ladies, but maybe a visit from Xena herself — Lucy Lawless! — will turn things around. Also after the jump:

  • Michael J. Fox returns to TV with show based on his own life
  • Arrested Development gets new characters, including John Slattery
  • Archer voicer H. Jon Benjamin will show his face on Suburgatory
  • Torchwood‘s John Barrowman lands a recurring role on Arrow
  • Happy Endings‘ cast gets disco-fabulous in a Season 3 photo
  • See Shirley MacLaine in the new trailer for Downton Abbey
  • Everyone’s got guns in the Season 3 trailer for Boardwalk Empire

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The year 2015 is coming up fast, and it seems like many of the future inovations seen in the future Hill Valley of Back to the Future: Part II have not come to pass — but I’m still hopeful that we’ll all be in flying hovercars in just three years time (um, yeah). Last year, Nike finally produced a limited edition “preview” run of the self-lacing Nike MAG sneakers. I saw last week on Gizmodo that we’re getting close to inventing the real-life Mr. Fusion. And this weekend at the New York Toy Fair, Mattel has finally announced the much anticipated release of the Hoverboard, a futuristic hovering skateboard that Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) used in the Back to the Future sequels.

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VOTD: Back To The Future Part 1 & 2 Scene Comparison

Back to the Future: Part II opens with the ending scene from the first movie. But anyone who has seen the movie more than once will know that the sequence was completely reshot. I’m sure there are a multitude of reasons why they didn’t just use the same footage, including the fact that Claudia Wells, who played Marty McFly’s girlfriend Jennifer Parker in the original film, had been recast with 1980’s movie hottie Elizabeth Shue. Also, the movie was shot nearly five years later, so they probably wanted Marty and Doc’s appearances to seem consistant with the rest of the film. But even then, they needed to try to make the reshot sequence look almost exactly the same as what was shown in the original film. The “a rejuvenation clinic” excuse Doc gives Marty once they arrive in 2015 was likely a excuse to get rid of the old man make-up Christopher Lloyd was forced to wear in the 1985 scenes of the original film.

Justin Taormina has put together a video comparing this repeated sequence. Hit the jump to watch it now. Read More »