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‘Jurassic World’ Sequel Coming in 2018!

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Hang on to your butts.

Universal Picture’s @JurassicPark Twitter account announced the inevitable sequel to the third largest movie in film history, Jurassic World today. An accompanying press release from the studio announced that Steven Spielberg would again sit in the executive producers chair, and stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard would be returning for more prehistoric mayhem. Jurassic World‘s director, Colin Trevorrow and partner Derek Connolly would be writing.   (more…)

Universal Unveils Full Trailer for ‘Steve Jobs’

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Universal Pictures has released the first full trailer for Danny Boyle’s drama-filled Steve Jobs, and it looks like one intense ride. Written by Aaron Sorkin, the film is based on Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography of the Apple founder. The cast looks top-notch, and you can feel how compelling the story is from the brief glimpses in the trailer. Here’s the write up: (more…)

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There’s no question about it anymore: nostalgia sells.  Things that make people reminisce about their younger days have been absolutely killing it for the entertainment industry as of late.  A look at any TV station’s lineup will likely reveal a show or two being re-booted, re-imagined, or spun-off from an earlier series; some of the biggest draws in the music world are bands that have gotten back together for a new album or a “reunion” tour; and of course, big-budget films love to take existing storylines or universes and live in those worlds some more.  On the latter front: it seemed almost inevitable, and now it’s official: Jurassic World has become the fastest movie in history to reach the $1 billion plateau.  (more…)

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Michael Keaton is riding on a wave of strong awards-season buzz for his turn in Alejandro Gonzales Inarittu’s Birdman; where he pulls off an amazing performance portraying a washed-up actor who is perpetually tormented by his alter ego/nemesis. It’s great to see Keaton having somewhat of an acting renaissance, finally gaining recognition for his acting prowess with appearances in Robocop and Need for Speed in 2014, and upcoming roles in Illumination Entertainment’s animated Minions and a starring role in Thomas McCarthy’s Catholic Church child-abuse drama Spotlight. Now it appears that Keaton might be heading off to Skull Island to join Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, Thor, Only Lovers Left Alive), and J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man, Whiplash), in Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island. (more…)

Marvel and Kirby Family Settle Long-Time Legal Dispute

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Marvel Comics, after making billions and billions of dollars based on the works of Jack Kirby, appears to have become magnanimous to the Kirby family, who have now achieved at least a small victory in its intense legal fight with Marvel and their owners at the Walt Disney Company. Just as the case looked to be heading to one final trial at the Supreme Court of the United States, both sides have come out today to say that their differences have been settled and all systems are go for comics, movies and other media to me made about the characters co-created by Kirby at Marvel during his legendary Silver Age run at the publisher. (more…)

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Dracula, The Wolfman, Frankenstein’s Monster, The Mummy, and pals are set to be rebooted by their original creators: Universal Pictures. Plans are in set to make cinema’s most famous fiends into an interconnected series of new films–much like Marvel has done with its superhero characters, and Warner Bros is doing with the denizens of DC comics.

But before you scorn Universal for besmirching the legacy of some of the greatest characters in filmdom with a modern-day gimmick, it’s important to remember that these characters BEGAN as part of an interconnected universe. Standalone films like Dracula and Frankenstein eventually evolved into multi-monster pictures like Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman, House of Dracula, and House of Frankenstein.

And now, under the creative authority of Alex Kurtzman–who worked on the Transformers and Star Trek films with former partner Roberto Orci–and Fast and Furious franchise scribe Chris Morgan, the Universal Monsters are getting a long overdue silver-screen “reunion”. (more…)

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So that might be an exaggeration (as I’m sure your Black Widow fan films are PER-VER-TED!), but I’ve got to hook you somehow, right?

Luc Besson is the king of creating badass, female action leads, and his latest, Lucy, seems to be no different, pitting Scarlett Johansson as a “merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic” (the press release’s words, not mine) against what seems to be the entirety of China’s organized crime syndicate. There’s a rocket launcher wielded against her at one point, so I’m probably going to watch it.

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Arnold-as-King-ConanI’ve got to start this post with a quick prayer:

Crom, I have never prayed to you before. I have no tongue for it. No one, not even you, will remember if this choice of script writer is good or bad. Why she was chosen, or why our fandom died a little inside. All that matters is that fans stood against the Hollywood Many. That’s what’s important! Valor pleases you, Crom . . . so grant me one request. Grant me the words to make people listen to my rant, and if they don’t listen, then to HELL with you!

Why the prayer? Word around the Internet water cooler is that Universal Pictures has hired Andrea Berloff to write the script for what we hoped would be the triumphant return of Arnold Schwazenegger as Conan in, The Legend of Conan. Why am I concerned about this bit of news? Look at Berloff’s past work and tell me where she has shown any capability to handle bringing a sword swinging barbarian to the big screen.

World Trade Center is her best known work to date and I just can’t see how she’s going to make the transition from WTC to the land of Hyboria. I want some “R” rated barbarian king action that embodies Conan’s theory on what is best in life.

To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women.

I fear The Legend of Conan is going to turn into some watered down PG-13 Care Bear fest. It’s Conan the Adventurer all over again. I was excited when I heard that the producers planned to ignore everything that happened after the first movie. No Conan the Destroyer or Momoa Conan reboot to explain, those were only Black Lotus dreams we all had while enjoying the pleasure domes of Kubla Khan.

Marvel Comic’s King Conan series was one of my favorites, I’ve still got the complete run, backed and mylar bagged in my comic collection. Right next to The Savage Sword of Conan set I’m working to complete. When Arnold announced he was finally going to play King Conan, I’ll admit I let out my most manly schoolgirl squee. Now, I’m having some serious issues with where the whole project is going.

What do you think? Of course I am over-reacting, but am I over-over-reacting?