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Forty years ago this weekend, no one knew movie history was about about to change. The date was June 1, 1975. A movie called Jaws, by the young filmmaker Steven Spielberg, was about to be released. 260 million dollars later, the era of the blockbuster had been born.

To celebrate this landmark anniversary, Fathom Events is teaming with Universal Pictures to re-release Jaws in select theaters for two days only, Sunday, June 21 and Wednesday, June 24. Below, read about the Jaws anniversary re-release. Read More »

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Special Effects in the 80s

Earlier this week, we featured a little infographic counting down the biggest movie sets in the history of cinema. This look into the practical sets from decades past shows both how impressive and large some physical sets used to be, and also just how few giant film sets are built today, in favor of digital effects. But even the world of special effects wasn’t so technologically advanced. And much like extensive practical set building, the use of less-sophisticated but still impressive special effects is something that seems to be missing from today’s movies.

So if you need to escape the present day for awhile, check out this vintage one-hour NOVA special that takes a look at the magic of special effects in the 80s, focusing on films such as Return of the Jedi and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Watch the NOVA segment on special effects below! Read More »

New Jurassic World Vehicles

Just this past weekend we featured a new viral video from the folks at InGen Technologies, the company handling the dinosaur breeding for Jurassic World. Along with that came a new TV spot featuring some voiceover from John Hammond, using dialogue lifted straight from Jurassic Park. Now we have some more hype for next month’s anticipated dinosaur rampage, but this time with some product placement.

A new TV spot and behind the scenes featurette from Mercedes-Benz goes behind the scenes of the film with a special spotlight on the official new Jurassic World vehicles that the automotive company have prominently featured in the film. One of the vehicles was actually kept under wraps until it appeared on set during producton, which is kind of cool. In addition, we have a cool video chronicling an international photoshoot with director Colin Trevorrow, producer Steven Spielberg and star Chris Pratt. Watch the videos below! Read More »

VOTD: The History of The PG-13 Rating

PG-13 RatingPitchfork created a very brief short film which gives us a cliff-notes history of the PG-13 rating. Watch the brief history the PG-13 rating animated short film alongside GoodBadFlicks ‘”WTF Happened to PG-13?”, embedded after the jump.

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Brave New World TV Series

Just after greenlighting a TV series adaptation of Lev Grossman’s fantasy novel The Magicians, this time SyFy is reaching into the classic library for a new project. Today the network announced they will reteam with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television for a Brave New World TV series, based on Aldous Huxley‘s 1932 dystopian sci-fi classic of the same name. Read More »

Jurassic World featurette

Let’s face it, the dinosaurs may not be the biggest factor in convincing people to head to the theater for Jurassic World. The biggest factor in selling the June 12 sequel is our memories of the first time. That is, the first time we sat down, whether it be at home or in a theater, to watch Steven Spielberg‘s Jurassic Park.

That nostalgic memory is the focus of a new Jurassic World featurette. Stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins talk about their first experiences with the film, as does director Colin Trevorrow. Spielberg himself even pops in to chat about it. There’s some new footage too, but it’s mostly stuff from the latest trailer.

Below, see the new Jurassic World featurette and read my memories of seeing Jurassic Park. Read More »

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Jurassic World interview Colin Trevorrow

On July 21st 2014, I was lucky to visit the New Orleans set of Jurassic World. (You can read a list of over 50 things I learned on the Jurassic World set here.) While on set, we got the chance to have an extensive sit-down interview with Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow, which was conducted during the crew lunch break on a recreation of the famous visitors center from Jurassic Park. (A location which, in the film’s story, is now abandoned.) Producer Frank Marshall joined us late in the conversation.

Our conversation spanned a variety of topics, including the use of performance capture to create the dinosaurs in the new film, the idea of Weird Al having a song in the new film, bringing an independent style to the shoot, and the evolution of the Jurassic Park 4 script over the last ten years. We went into the reasons for the infamous production delay, input from Steven Spielberg, and what to expect from the new dino species.

There were fun details, too, like how a conversation with his son about Star Wars resulted in major change to the script, allegories to Black Fish and Sea World, the dinosaur stand-ins on set, and how Brad Bird not directing Star Wars resulted in Steven Spielberg finding Colin.

As I said before, the interview is extensive and so you’ll want to carve out some time to read this. Trust me, its good.

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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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Steven Spielberg disney

Over the decades, Steven Spielberg has created his own personal brand. A brand of quality entertainment for all ages. And while he’s worked with almost every studio in Hollywood in almost every genre, one studio he’s never directed for is another big-time entertainment brand: Disney.

Well, Spielberg has just begun shooting the Roald Dahl adaptation The BFG and Disney has joined the project as a co-financer. That means, though he’s produced several films under the Disney banner, The BFG will be the first Steven Spielberg Disney movie.

Below, read more from Spielberg about this historic turn of events, as well as a few new cast members including Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall and Penelope Wilton. Read More »