The following is a special report from /Film’s theme park correspondent Reza Lackey who was in Orlando for the official announcement last night:
The Autobots will soon be rolling out to Universal Orlando for a summer 2013 opening of Transformers: The Ride 3D. Last night, Universal Orlando announced the coming attraction during a small pre-show segment to their fairly new water show, Cinematic Spectacular. Video, photos and more information, after the jump.
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As you’ve probably heard by now, Dick Cook has been fired OR stepped down as Disney Chairman after working for the company for 38 years. The effects of this shocking move will be felt in the weeks to come, but we’re starting to hear of some of the possible aftershocks.
For example, one of the reasons DreamWorks signed with Disney was because of Steven Speilberg‘s relationship with Cook. “Steven worships Dick,” an insider told Nikki Finke,and now that he is no longer part of the company, Spielberg is “devastated.”
But the more immediate aftershock is the now uncertain future of the Pirates of the Caribbean series.
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Screenwriter Mark Protosevich is in talks to write the American remake of Oldboy for director Steven Speilberg. Star Will Smith recommended Protosevich for the project after working with him on I Am Legend. Yes, your worst fears have come true, the guy who wrote the 2006 adaptation of Poseidon might be writing the script for the English-language adaptation of Old Boy. This can’t be good news.
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Fox has given the new JJ Abrams show Fringe a full order of 22-episodes, which is no surprise considering the ratings. This is the first new series on the big four networks to get a full season commitment. I haven’t had a chance to watch the show since getting back from my 28 day trip, but the pilot episode was just a little bt underwelming. I plan on sticking with it to mid-season, and see if the story really picks up steam.
The new Steven Speilberg-produced Diablo Cody-scripted Showtime series United States of Tara will premiere at 10pm on January 18th 2009. The series will follow the final season premiere of the L Word, and lead into the second season of Secret Diary of a Call Girl. The series stars Toni Collette as a mother with multiple personality disorder. The comedy comes with how the different family members and friends deal with her different personalities. I’ve read the script for the pilot episode, which was strong. It will all hinge on how convincing Collette is as the various different personalities.
sources: THR and THRFeed
“George, are you really sure Shia will look cool as a greaser?”
“Steven, I created Star Wars… I think I know what I’m talking about!”
Paramount just sent us a new batch of photos from Indiana Joens and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Some of these photos may seem familiar as they were posted online for a short time, scanned from a foreign film magazine. As always, click on the images to enlarge.
Jurassic Park actress Laura Dern believes a new film may be in the works for a 2008 release.
“I’m told its happening and I’m told they’re calling me. I’m told that Ellie Sattler is involved in it,” Dern told Collider. “I think within the year. I think they want to release it in 2008.”
When asked if Dern would be involved, she replied:
“Well a certain fellow is the one that called me and it’s hard to say no to him cause he’s always got something totally genius up his sleeve so we’ll see what they have in mind. But I don’t know anything about it at this point.”
Certain fellow? Hmmmmm. Interesting.