Last week, we took note of a new business venture called Screening Room spearheaded by Napster founder Sean Parker. The proposed service would digitally stream the latest major-studio theatrical releases into the confines of private American homes for a hefty estimated fee of $50 on the same day as in-theater premieres, rendering a trip to the local cineplex less necessary than ever. Naturally, this radical new strategy would change the entire face of the industry, and has accordingly raised hackles on the production, distribution, and exhibition sides of Hollywood. As movie theaters struggle to stay relevant and profitable, Parker’s every press conference sounds like a death knell. And this weekend, both sides of this instantly contentious debate dug in their heels on their positions.
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Since making his debut in Tree of Life, Tye Sheridan has rapidly ascended the list of the most talented young actors to watch. And if you thought his upcoming role as Cyclops in X-Men: Apocalypse was going to put him at the top of that list, you may have been right, as Sheridan has signed on for another potentially major blockbuster, landing the leading role in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ready Player One.
A few weeks ago, Disney and Lucasfilm changed the release date of Star Wars: Episode VIII to December 2017, partially to capitalize on the holiday season box office and partially to (reportedly) allow for some rewrites. Almost immediately after the announcement, James Cameron’s long-gestated and even longer-promised Avatar sequel moved away from that release date, citing yet another production delay and leaving Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One adaptation to fend for itself against Star Wars. And now it seems that Star Wars will mostly have December 2017 all to itself as Ready Player One has been pushed back to 2018.
When you need an actor to play a sinister-yet-oddly-charismatic-and-empathetic bad guy, you go to Ben Mendelsohn, and it appears Steven Spielberg is doing just that for Ready Player One. The star of Netflix’s Bloodline and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is in talks to play the villain in Spielberg’s adaptation of Ernest Cline’s nostalgia-heavy sci-fi novel.
The majority of the creatures in Gremlins, like Gizmo and Stripe, were all puppets created for the movie. But, before they decided on puppets, they actually tried to get monkeys to play the Gremlins, but the monkeys started freaking out when they put the masks on them. This is just one of the Gremlins facts in the latest installment of You Think You Know Movies!
Steven Spielberg has expressed an interest in making another Indiana Jones movie. Harrison Ford is totally down to reprise his classic character. Okay, so, what’s the hold up? It’s this little thing called Star Wars — maybe you’ve heard of it? Lucasfilm and Disney are committed to not rebooting Indiana Jones or recasting Ford’s role, but they’re also a bit busy with a much more massive franchise that’s kind of eating up everyone’s attention at the moment. One thing at a time.
It must be the witching hour because The BFG has arrived!
Over the last couple of years we’ve heard some rumors about a possible Indiana Jones reboot or “legacyquel” from Disney, which would either re-cast Harrison Ford’s iconic role or use him to pass the torch to a younger star — one who still has plenty of years ahead of them, just waiting to be sold off to a blockbuster franchise. Disney has already shot down these rumors, while director Steven Spielberg has finally chimed in to let fans know he has no intention of replacing Harrison Ford.
With its release just a few weeks away, everyone is talking about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, including director J.J. Abrams, the film’s excellent ensemble cast, George Lucas, and now, Steven Spielberg. The man partially responsible for starting the blockbuster movie trend with Jaws happens to be a huge fan of Star Wars, and he has a few kind words to say for the latest installment in the classic saga.
George Lucas originally didn’t want to direct the prequel ‘Star Wars’ trilogy and asked some famous friends for help.