The only disappointing thing — if there even is one — about the upcoming CGI adaptation of The Adventures of Tintin, is that you won’t get to actually see the film’s stars Daniel Craig and Jamie Bell. Luckily, there are premieres to remedy that problem. Over the weekend, Craig, Bell, their fellow cast members (like Nick Frost and Simon Pegg), and those behind Tintin — including director Steven Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson — attended the movie’s premiere at the 55th BFI London Film Festival. Check out some of the photos from the event below: READ FULL STORY
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Can Jurassic Park really be 18 years old? I still remember the giddy anticipation of camping out on line in front of New York’s Ziegfeld Theatre on opening night, June 11, 1993, as if it were yesterday. Those happy memories came roaring back when I received the new Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy on Blu-ray in the mail last week. The three chapters in the dino saga all look great in high-def (even the unfairly maligned Jurassic Park III). But the real selling point is the set’s slew of extras, including a new six-part documentary which does justice to Stan Winston’s awesome animatronics and ILM’s still-dazzling f/x. Of course, the ticked-off velociraptors and dilophosauruses are only part of what makes the franchise so much fun. The humans do a pretty decent job, too.
In this exclusive clip from the extras, Steven Spielberg demonstrates once again why he’s so good at pulling credible performances out of kids, directing Ariana Richards on how to unleash an appropriately blood-curdling scream for the scene when she and her little brother (Joseph Mazzello) are trapped in one of the theme park’s stalled cars when the ginormous T. Rex swings by for a visit. Meanwhile, the now-grown-up Richards pops by to talk about making the movie. (Is it me, or did she grow into a doppelganger of her Jurassic Park costar Laura Dern?).
Also on hand for the vocal chord-shredding yelps was a special visitor to the set that day — King Kong star Fay Wray, the original Scream Queen — who seems delighted when Spielberg tells her, “We’re going to dedicate this scream to you because you did the first good scream ever in the history of movies.” That Spielberg, he’s a charmer. Watch the clip below. READ FULL STORY
I grew up in a Tintin-loving household, so I can’t help but be excited for the upcoming Adventures of Tintin film. However, it occurs to me that there is a sizable slice of the American moviegoing public that has never heard of the series. And those people were probably a bit confused by the first preview. So it’s probably no accident that the new trailer is much heavier on action, action, action! Actually, the trailer makes Tintin look a little bit like an Indiana Jones movie — but in a good, odd-numbered-Indiana-Jones way. There’s even a scene where Tintin and his soused sidekick Captain Haddock are riding in an old-timey motorcycle with a sidecar! Then Haddock tries to fire some weaponry at the bad guys, but fires in the wrong direction. (“Son, I’m sorry…they got us.”) Watch below: READ FULL STORY
The gorgeous first trailer for Steven Spielberg’s War Horse (out Dec. 25) focused on the journey of a heroic steed experiencing man’s humanity in the midst of the fire of war. And though a second trailer recycles much of the same footage, the new emphasis on the horse’s original owner, a young English boy-turned soldier played by newcomer Jeremy Irvine, really delivers emotionally. Everything about the new trailer is amped up, including the horse’s midnight dash through no-man’s land. Silent the first time around, the new trailer incorporates the terrifying sounds of war before connecting the “miraculous” horse with the young man whose bond with his childhood companion refuses to break. Adults who grew up loving The Black Stallion will have pangs of nostalgia, and John Williams’ score swells at all the right spots. “Be brave!” indeed viewers. Take a look. READ FULL STORY
It’s just a matter of a few days, but Steven Spielberg’s two holiday movies are moving up their release dates.
The Adventures of Tintin, based on the internationally beloved comics about a boy adventurer and his trusty dog Snowy, moves up two days to Dec. 21, while War Horse shifts from Dec. 28 to Christmas day. “After seeing the film, it became clear to us that War Horse is something audiences should be able to see when they’re together with their families on Christmas Day,” says DreamWorks spokesman Chip Sullivan. “They have the time to see multiple movies during the holidays, and we want to be one of their choices when they are most available.” READ FULL STORY
As Steven Spielberg puts the finishing touches on War Horse for its Dec. 25 debut, EW presents a first-look at the poster for the World War I drama. A new trailer will debut next week in front of DreamWorks’ Real Steel.
Spielberg decided the make the film after his longtime producer and friend Kathleen Kennedy saw a production of the critically beloved play in London, which utilized surprisingly soulful wood-and-leather puppets as the lead animals. But before the director jumped on a plane to see it for himself, she gave him the book that inspired it, a 1981 young adult novel by Michael Morpurgo. At that point, he says he was already sold.
Interestingly then, the poster for the PG-13 film seems to specifically echo the imagery from the book’s cover. The stage play took the first-person (or first-horse) perspective of the book a step further by broadening the story of Albert (Jeremy Irvine), the British farmboy who sees his beloved pal Joey sold to the war effort, only to find himself sent to the front a short time later. Albert longs to somehow find his friend again, a perhaps naive wish that slowly falls away amid the horror of war.
So in War Horse‘s one-sheet, we see the addition of the boy to the frame. They aren’t together in the core of the film, though you could argue they’re never far apart in other ways. Click through to see the full image:
That Steven Spielberg is one busy guy. In addition to directing this year’s The Adventures of Tintin and War Horse, plus next year’s biopic Lincoln, the filmmaker is also preparing his 2013 project, Robopocalypse. More details about the sci-fi action movie emerged today. For one, DreamWorks and Twentieth Century Fox will be co-financing the (likely big-budget) production, according to a statement released by both studios. (Deadline first reported the news.) And Disney’s Touchstone Pictures will be distributing the picture domestically on July 3, 2013.
Based on the recent novel by Daniel H. Wilson, Robopocalypse is about humanity’s struggle to survive a global robotic uprising. Drew Goddard (Cloverfield) is adapting the book for Spielberg, who is expected to start shooting the project next year in the late spring.
Steven Spielberg has two movies in December. How will 'Tintin' and 'War Horse' match up to past double plays?
In order to be successful in modern Hollywood, actors tend to follow the “one for them, one for me” policy. If you’re a talented young actor, you’ll find yourself taking a role in a big Hollywood movie — a superhero film, say, or perhaps a Mission: Impossible sequel — but only so you can turn around and take a minimum-wage role in an arty indie film, or get the studio to finance your dream project about the life of your favorite boxer. Some actors get a bit lost on the “one for them” side (see: Nicolas Cage), and some actors’ dabbling with franchises have a disinterested, let-them-eat-cake indifference (See: Tom Hanks in the Dan Brown duet.)
But the policy applies to directors, too… and no director in Hollywood has a better track record of shifting between registers than Steven Spielberg. READ FULL STORY
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