Bios release date

Bios, a new sci-fi film from director Miguel Sapochnik that stars Tom Hanks as a guy who builds a robot to watch over his dog (yes, really) is moving from April to August. The Universal Amblin Entertainment title was supposed to arrive in theaters on April 16 but will now arrive in August. The release date change is just the latest example of Hollywood studios trying to figure out when and where to release their new movies as the coronavirus pandemic continues to interfere with the traditional theatrical model.

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Distant cast

Norwegian actor Kristofer Hivju, who’s best known for playing the foul-mouthed, bear-bedding, giant-killing Wildling warrior Tormund Giantsbane in HBO’s epic fantasy series Game of Thrones, is heading to space in a new movie.

Hivju has joined the cast of Distant, a science fiction film from Amblin Partners that has Anthony Ramos (Hamilton, upcoming In the Heights) and Naomi Scott (2019’s Aladdin, 2017’s Power Rangers) on board in the lead roles. Learn more about the project below.
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stage 13 movie

Writer/director Edgar Wright is lined up to direct his first ghost story.

Wright, the beloved filmmaker behind movies like Shaun of the Dead and Baby Driver, has signed on to develop, executive produce, and direct a film called Stage 13, an adaptation of one of novelist/screenwriter Simon Rich‘s recent short stories. But despite the presence of a ghost, this movie won’t be a traditional horror film.
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21st century spielberg crystal skull tintin

(Welcome to 21st Century Spielberg, an ongoing column and podcast that examines the challenging, sometimes misunderstood 21st century filmography of one of our greatest living filmmakers, Steven Spielberg. In this edition: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and The Adventures of Tintin.)

May, 1977: George Lucas had fled to Hawaii. Star Wars, Lucas’ new film, had just arrived in theaters and would eventually be on its way to becoming one of the first blockbusters – something no one, including Lucas, could’ve predicted. Worried about competing with Smokey and the Bandit, 20th Century Fox dropped Star Wars into fewer than 32 theaters just before Memorial Day. Uncertainty hung in the air. While visiting his close friend Steven Spielberg on the set of Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Lucas bemoaned that he was all-but-sure Close Encounters would be the bigger money maker. But his friend disagreed. Spielberg thought Star Wars would win at the box office, and Lucas turned this friendly support into a wager: the filmmakers would trade 2.5% of the profit on each other’s films.

Star Wars was the bigger hit. To this day, Steven Spielberg still receives 2.5% of the profits from the film. But in May of ’77, Lucas was still nervous. He wanted to get away from the stress of it all, and so off to Hawaii he went, inviting Spielberg along. And now the filmmaking friends were together on a beach – Lucas to hide from Star Wars, Spielberg to take a vacation from Close Encounters (the film would not arrive in theaters until November of that year). Ever the workaholic, Spielberg was already thinking ahead, hoping to make a dream project: a James Bond film. Spielberg had already approached Bond producer and rights holder Albert R. Broccoli about the idea once before – and been denied. Now, Spielberg told Lucas he was going to try again. Not missing a beat, Lucas replied: “I’ve got something better than that. It’s called Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

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beautiful ruins movie

Mulan director Niki Caro has found her next project. The filmmaker has signed on with Amblin Partners to direct Beautiful Ruins, a social satire of Hollywood based on the New York Times bestseller written by Jess Walter.

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The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August movie

Maze Runner director Wes Ball has landed a new sci-fi film. Ball is set to direct the feature film adaptation of the sci-fi Claire North novel The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August for Amblin Partners, his first feature film project since 2018’s Maze Runner: Death Cure and since 20th Century Fox’s Mouse Guard adaptation fell through.

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the goonies sequel

Goonies may never say die, but the multiple attempts to make a sequel to Richard Donner’s ’80s kid adventure classic have. When The Goonies hit theaters in 1985, it was a massive box office hit, becoming one of the top ten highest-grossing films of the year and became a classic in the years to follow. So why was there never a sequel? There have been attempts over the years, with a new take occasionally making headlines, but 35 years later, there’s still nada. In a recent special lockdown reunion with the cast of The Goonies, executive producer Steven Spielberg popped on to explain why a Goonies sequel has not happened.

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jurassic world 3 cast

Oh Timmy, Timmy, Timmy. You were part of the original 1993 Jurassic Park, a film that shaped a generation of dinosaur lovers and launched a franchise that still sends chills down our spines today. Your wide-eyed look remains iconic. Your battle with the electric fence will never be forgotten. And, according to your actor Joseph Mazzello, you may be coming back in Jurassic World 3 for yet another round with that darned electric fence.

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jurassic world 3 cast

Jurassic World 3 is starting to have quite a loaded cast. In addition to returning Jurassic World series leads Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas HowardJurassic World 3 is getting the original Jurassic Park gang back together, with Laura Dern, Sam Neill, and Jeff Goldblum set to reprise their roles as Dr. Ellie Satler, Dr. Alan Grant, and Dr. Ian Malcolm, respectively.

And as the cast grows, with newcomers like sci-fi TV regular Dichen Lachman and most recently, Venom actor Scott Haze, the Jurassic World 3 cast is starting to look overwhelmingly jam-packed. The only equivalent could be Avengers: Endgame, at least, according to Pratt, who compared the upcoming Colin Trevorrow dinosaur flick to another big franchise in which he appeared.

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jurassic world 3 cast

Altered Carbon star Dichen Lachman is the latest actor to join the cast of Jurassic World 3, joining an ensemble led by returning stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. Lachman’s addition to the Jurassic World 3 cast comes as director Colin Trevorrow announces a University of Edinburgh paleontologist joining the consulting team.

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