The news that Steven Spielberg and Universal Pictures are taking a chance on Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Trevorrow for Jurassic Park 4 is good news indeed for moviegoers who need more than a bunch of computer-generated dinosaurs to hold their attention. more »
The Clinton on-stage appearance was kept very hushed to maintain the surprise. Also in Monday's round-up of news, Zero Dark Thirty tops the weekend's box office as it headed into wide release; the Golden Globes had their best ratings in years; the Berlin International Film Festival sets its co-production market; and Robert DeNiro will receive honors at an Italian festival ahead of the Oscars.
Even if we won't be getting dino-men hybrids with guns, here's the second-best possible news for Jurassic Park fans: Universal announced today that Jurassic Park 4 will be in theaters on June 13, 2014. In 3-D!
Nolanites, prepare to get really nerdy: Per THR, Christopher Nolan is in talks to direct and produce Interstellar, scripted by brother Jonathan Nolan, AKA the 2001-esque project that Steven Spielberg was once attached to which "involves time travel and alternate dimensions in a story that sees a group of explorers travel through a wormhole."
WhileLincoln campaigns hard for Oscar gold (and still racks up box office cash), Steven Spielberg has decided not to shoot his sci-fi blockbuster Robopocalypse in the spring as planned, multiple outlets report. The question is, will Spielberg — who notoriously told 60 Minutes he could direct another action movie in his sleep, as evidenced by Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, zing! — stay onboard in the director's chair or take up another project in the meantime?
Quentin Tarantino and David O. Russell were edged out of the pack in today's Directors Guild Award nominations announcement, giving way to a rather conservative quintet of Oscar hopefuls. So let the DGA backlash begin: Between Ben Affleck (Argo), Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty), Steven Spielberg (Lincoln), Tom Hooper (Les Miserables), Ang Lee (Life of Pi), which nominee should have gotten the shaft to make the DGA race even remotely interesting?
While stars such as Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and perhaps even Harrison Ford have indicated they may make a return to Disney's Star Wars, the narrow pool of once possible directors has narrowed more.
Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg will switch roles in the follow-up to last year's Tintin. Also in Friday's round-up of news, Lincoln crossed the $100 million mark in the U.S.; The Who is heading to the big screen; Dylan McDermott is headed to a Stephen King pic; and a look at some of the weekend's new Specialty Release newcomers.
Peter Jackson Plans Tintin 2 for 2015
Jackson will begin work on a sequel to last year's feature version of Tintin before he completes his current Hobbit trilogy. Jackson told reporters in Belgium that he would work on the follow up to The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn next year. The first Tintin film was directed by Steven Spielberg with Jackson as producer; Spielberg revealed in February that the Oscar-winning pair would swap roles for its sequel, The Guardian reports.
Lincoln Crosses $100 Million Domestically
Thirty-four days after its initial limited release in 11 theaters, Steve Spielberg's Lincoln crossed the $100 million mark. The feature, starring Daniel Day-Lewis received seven Golden Globe nominations Thursday.
The Who Pic Heads to the Big Screen
Actor Cary Elwes will direct the story of the life and death of Kit Lambert, the rock impresario and manager of The Who, with production set for late spring 2013. Lambert discovered The Who, ironically, when he was trying to make a film about a band, THR reports.
Dylan McDermott Boards Mercy
McDermott has joined the fantasy horror project based on a Stephen King story from the author's Skeleton Crew series. Frances O'Connor, Chandler Riggs and Joel Courtney are also starring with Peter Cornwell directing, Deadline reports.
Weekend Specialty Preview: Any Day Now, Yelling to the Sky, Save the Date, Let Fury Have the Hour
A slew of indie actors have movies opening in the specialty arena this weekend.Alan Cumming has won festival raves for his role in Any Day Now. Zoë Kravitz and Gabourey Sidibe star in Yelling to the Sky, Deadline reports.
Steven Spielberg will screen his Oscar contender in the U.S. Senate. Also in Thursday's round-up of news, Casey Affleck is eyeing a crime thriller; Tron is making another return; records were released surrounding TDKR Colorado shooter James Holmes; and Glenn Beck & Vince Vaughn are developing a documentary filmmaker competition.
Lincoln Invited to Screen U.S. Senate
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has invited Steven Spielberg to screen Lincoln in the Senate chamber later this month. The film screened by invitation of President Obama at the White House on November 15th, Deadline reports.
Casey Affleck Eyes Boston Strangler Pic
Affleck hopes to star in the thriller about the desperate search to find the mass murderer who gripped Boston in fear in the early '60s. Warner Bros. picked up the thriller, Deadline reports.
New Tron Back in Development
A Tron 3 sequel to 2010 reboot Tron: Legacy is back on track. Plot details are being kept secret, but Joseph Kosiniski, who directed Legacy is attached to direct the new pic, THR reports.
TDKR Shooter's Records Released as Theater Is Set to Re-open
The documents reveal a romantic relationship accused killer James Holmes had and one of his professors feared for her students' safety. The theater where the shooting occurred is set to reopen January 17th during a ceremony that will be attended by Colorado's governor, THR reports.
Glenn Beck and Vince Vaughn Teaming for Documentary Filmmaker Competition Show
The conservative personality is working to start a reality show called Pursuit of the Truth with Vince Vaughn in which 20 documentarians will compete for financing and distribution of their films and is accepting "filmmakers of all walks of life," Indiewire reports.
George Lucas will take some part in the planned Star Wars: Episode VII planned by new Lucasfilm owner Disney, but it will likely be a minimal role.
Speaking at the Governor's Awards Saturday, he gave some insight on his duties in the next Star Wars installment being guided by Disney.
"[If the filmmakers ask],'Who's this guy?' I can tell them," he told Access Hollywood at the event in Los Angeles. "I mean, they have a hundred encyclopedias and things, but I actually know a lot. I can say, 'This is this and this is that.'"
Continuing, Lucas added, "Basically I'm not -- I don't really have much to do."
Lucas recently said in a more official capacity following the sale of Lucasfilm: "... Now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I've always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime."
He also said he'd like to do "little personal films" going forward.
Speculation has continued to swirl over who will direct the next Episode VII, though Lucas' longtime friend, Steven Spielberg, nipped any rumors he's in the running recently saying Star Wars is not his 'genre.'
"I'm pretty sure he'd never want to do that!" Lucas said when asked if he'd give his approval should Spielberg ever change his mind. "I don't think he'd want to."
Star Wars: Episode VII is slated to hit theaters in 2015.
[Source: Access Hollywood]
It's hard to imagine Steven Spielberg getting a 'No,' but that's just what happened back in the day when he went sniffing around taking on James Bond. But this was back in the late '70s and he had yet to make some of his biggest pics.
You're done gorging on turkey, which means only one thing: 'Tis the season to be stuffed with Oscar punditry. Movieline's Institute For the Advanced Study of Kudos Forensics has awoken from its L-Tryptophan slumber to provide you with our latest Oscar Index, which evaluates the contenders for Best Director. The latest Index on Best Picture can be found here, and over the course of the next week, we'll be weighing in on the Best Actor, Actress and Support Actor and Actress races. more »
Actor Daniel Day-Lewis was reticent playing U.S. President Abraham Lincoln in the now much anticipated film that opens this weekend beginning in limited release and heads out wide the following week. But after a long build-up before actually taking on the 16th U.S. leader, he reflected that he now feels "nourished" by the role and hopes Lincoln will "stay with him forever."
Lincoln took the spotlight at a rainy premiere Thursday night, closing out AFI Fest 2012. But whispers of Star Wars made their way to the red carpet. Steve Spielberg, however, took the speculation head-on, saying he won't direct any future Star Wars installments.
The release of Lincoln, the new film from Steven Spielberg, is intended to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the days leading up to the Emancipation Proclamation — not the recent election — it doesn't try to make a metaphor out of its portrayal of the 16th President, or force comparisons to our current commander-in-chief and the state of the country he's overseeing, but it still couldn't feel more timely. more »