Poster Posse Jaws

This past weekend marked the official 40th anniversary of Steven Spielberg‘s classic aquatic thriller Jaws, which was released on June 20th, 1975. The film was the first blockbuster, ushering in the era of event filmmaking, and it has influenced countless filmmakers who we all love today.

So in honor of the 40th anniversary of Jaws, the fans and talented artists from Poster Posse rounded up some artwork to pay tribute to the movie that made people think twice about going in the water. As usual, there are some really cool pieces here, many of which would look fantastic framed on a wall.

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LEGO Jurassic Park visitor center

Since Jurassic World is all the rage right now, there’s been plenty of nostalgia looking back at the original Jurassic Park. But we’ve yet to see a resurgence of toys dedicated to the original Steven Spielberg dinosaur adventure. However, that could change with a little bit of help from fans.

There’s a project that just surfaced at LEGO Ideas that has an awesome building block version of the visitor center from Jurassic Park. It’s an impressive set that actually has some pretty clever moving parts that allow you to see inside the visitor center, where more than a few pivotal locations from the film have been recreated.

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bill hader Inside Out Fear

Bill Hader has yet to make a bad move. After crushing Saturday Night Live for years, he started with small parts in memorable movies like Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Superbad, Tropic Thunder and Men in Black 3. He graduated to lead voice work with Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, then went against type in the dramatic The Skeleton Twins. Later this summer, gets his first romantic lead in Trainwreck. He’s also both a credited writer and voice in Pixar’s Inside Out, his second film with the studio and will follow that up with some more voice work and a role in Steven Spielberg’s The BFG. Not a bad run.

In Inside Out, Hader plays Fear, one of Riley’s five emotions that helps her get through the day. Earlier versions of the film had Fear as one of the two leads, but that didn’t end up happening. We asked Hader about that change, how he picks projects, working with Spielberg as well as the place he thinks Pixar holds in film history. Read our full Bill Hader Inside Out interview below. 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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Steven Spielberg Influences David Fincher

When you think of the work of directing icons Steven Spielberg and David Fincher, there may not be a lot of similarities that come to mind immediately. Fincher is much more dark, gritty and grounded, while Spielberg is known best for his blockbuster fare and grand storytelling.

However, a short video essay has popped up online that points out three areas where Spielberg’s work has influenced the films of David Fincher. But to find out how Steven Spielberg influences David fincher, you’ll have to watch the video 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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Jurassic World Easter Eggs

Jurassic World, a third sequel to the 22-year old modern classic Jurassic Park, opened in theaters this past weekend. We’ve had plenty of coverage on the blockbuster sequel, including reviews from both Peter Sciretta (who loved the movie) and Germain Lussier (who was fairly disparaging), and a new interview with director Colin Trevorrow.

Fans now seeing Jurassic World are undoubtedly noticing all the direct references to Jurassic Park, as well as easter eggs placed for discovery by longtime fans. Most of these are pretty obvious, while others may only be noticed by those who have seen the original film countless times. So we’ve listed all the Jurassic World easter eggs and references that can be spotted in the film.

Check out our list of Jurassic World easter eggs after the jump, but beware of major spoilers for the movie! Read More »

Colin Trevorrow Jurassic World Follow-up

Jurassic World is finally hitting theaters today, and as promised, here is my final interview with director Colin Trevorrow about the movie. As many of you know, I have talked to Colin two other times during the production of the film, once about the information leaks and fan backlash to some of those details and another time in an extensive interview when I visited the set of the film. My latest interview with Colin was conducted at the junket on the Universal back lot last week after having seen the movie.

In the interview, Colin talks about the Flight of the Navigator remake, how the voice cameos in the movie came about, the ideas of commercialization and sequels in the movie, how Steven Spielberg helped change the edit of the movie, the fan reaction to the trailers and the struggle to preserve surprises, how he met his writing partner Derek Connolly while working at Saturday Night Live, featherless dinosaurs in an age when science thinks different, and would he be interested in directing a Star Wars movie.

After the jump, you can read the whole interview (a couple of excerpts have run earlier in the week) which is virtually spoiler free (I have removed one question and answer which I will run next week after everyone has seen the film).

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Steven Spielberg 700

Sometimes we forget that even for people most of us consider famous, there’s a whole other level beyond. The kind of person even celebrities get nervous about meeting. An example is Steven Spielberg, a man whose filmography and influence on cinema today can’t be overstated. Spielberg is a filmmaker that, when actors work with him, they soak up as much knowledge and wisdom as possible, and the director is happy to oblige.

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to talk to actor, comedian and massive film nut Bill Hader about Inside Out. Hader voices Fear, and it’s just another in a long line of wonderful acting choices he’s made since leaving Saturday Night Live. But the amazing roles just keep on coming. Hader recently completed filming his role in The BFG, a Roald Dahl adaptation Spielberg is directing and, knowing how big of a film fan Hader is, I decided to ask him about it.

Below, read the awesome Bill Hader Steven Spielberg geek out.   Read More »