Posted on Thursday, January 7th, 2016 by Angie Han
We have no reason to believe Ben Mendelsohn is anything but lovely in real life, but “menacing” is definitely his default mode in the movies. And Steven Spielberg will not be the one to change that. Spielberg is reportedly eyeing Mendelsohn for his ’80s nostalgia-fest Ready Player One, in which Mendelsohn would play (of course) the villain. If a deal closes, he’ll be the second actor cast after Olivia Cooke, who plays the female lead. More about the Ready Player One Ben Mendelsohn casting after the jump. Read More »
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Back in 2013, Steven Spielberg‘s adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson‘s “Robopocalypse” was indefinitely postponed by DreamWorks and the director. Due to script and budget issues, Spielberg didn’t feel the project was ready to go. We haven’t heard much about the project’s status since then, but now screenwriter Drew Goddard looks back on the experience, and offers up a small glimmer of hope that it could still happen.
Read his positive thoughts on the project after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, December 21st, 2015 by Angie Han
As expected, Star Wars: The Force Awakens obliterated box office records this weekend — including the one set by Jurassic World earlier this year for the biggest opening weekend of all time. But apparently there are no hard feelings on Jurassic World‘s side. Just as the Marvel team congratulated Jurassic World on a job well done when it took over The Avengers‘ record, the Jurassic World gang is gamely toasting Star Wars‘ stellar performance. Read More »
This year Jurassic World made a huge splash at the box office, proving the dinosaurs and nostalgia make a pretty lethal combination, even if the movie in question could have benefited from a little more innovation and a little less tribute. And even though the film’s opening weekend box office records were just broken by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there’s still a sequel on the way in 2018, and we’ll see if audiences are still in the mood for more blockbuster dinosaur action.
In the meantime, let’s take a look back at the modern classic that started it all with a video essay that dives into the perfectly crafted T-Rex attack from Jurassic Park. Read More »
Now that Steven Spielberg is back at Universal, many industry insiders have been wondering if the legendary filmmaker will dig into his Amblin archives for some new remakes or sequels. Well, we know two things for sure: He will never remake Jaws or E.T. But what other movies in the Amblin library might he be considering?
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The week has finally come, a new Star Wars film will hit movie theaters in just a few days. The world premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens takes place tonight in Hollywood, and the first reactions are probably coming shortly after that. I’m extremely fortunate to be attending the premiere tonight and am so excited. I will give you my reaction afterwards on twitter (non-spoiler of course, followed by more in-depth review on the site later in the week). Okay, lets take a look at the latest Star Wars: The Force Awakens news and tidbits:
- Steven Spielberg recommended that Disney hire J.J. Abrams for Force Awakens.
- Adam Driver’s response to the question of if Force Awakens will be better than the prequels.
- See new behind the scenes photos featuring Daisy Ridley and John Boyega.
- Find out how Jakku market merchant Bobbajo was created
- Learn more about Andy Serkis‘ character Supreme Leader Snoke
- How the Force Awakens world premiere in Hollywood is “bigger than the Oscars”
- Is Force Awakens about Star Wars fandom and is Kylo Ren just a huge Star Wars geek?
- J.J. Abrams designed Rey’s outfit so that it would be simple enough that kids could doodle it in class
- Preview some of the limited edition “Galaxy Premiere” merchandise which will be sold in select theaters
- John Boyega talks Force Awakens deleted scenes
- Watch BB-8 explore London.
- Header photo thanks to HeroicHollywood
All this and more in today’s Force Awakens Bits. Alright Chewie, Punch it! Hit the jump for hyperspace!
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Posted on Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 by Angie Han
After stealing scenes from right out under Tom Hanks’ nose in Bridge of Spies this fall, Mark Rylance has a much bigger role in Steven Spielberg‘s next movie. Literally: he plays the Big Friendly Giant (which is to say the BFG) in The BFG, Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl‘s children’s classic.
Newcomer Ruby Barnhill plays Sophie, an imaginative little girl who befriends the BFG. Unfortunately, she soon discovers, other giants are not very much like the BFG, but rather vicious creatures like Bloodbottler (Bill Hader) and Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement). So Sophie and the BFG team up to warn the Queen of England (Penelope Wilton) of the coming giant crisis.
But all that comes later. The first The BFG teaser trailer is all about setting the mood and tone of this fantastical adventure. Watch it after the jump.
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Steven Spielberg is probably going to direct another Indiana Jones film. There has been talk of rebooting the franchise — rumors that have always been quickly shot down — but Spielberg and Harrison Ford seem intent on making a fifth installment in the series. One day someone will probably fill Ford’s shoes in the lead. A reboot is bound to happen. But don’t expect the role to be recast anytime soon.
After the jump, Spielberg explains why there’s only one Indiana Jones.
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Over the weekend actress Daisy Ridley revealed that Steven Spielberg has seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens three times. This isn’t surprising as Spielberg is a mentor of Episode VII filmmaker J.J. Abrams and a longtime partner of Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy. I’m sure the legendary director was brought in by Abrams and Kennedy to give notes during the editing process. But what did Steven Spielberg have to say about Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Read the Steven Spielberg Force Awakens comments after the jump.
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