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A Giant Superman Statue Is Under Construction For 'Batman V Superman' Movie

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Yesterday, a new report offered more Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice details, revealing that the object which was thought to be a body mold of Superman's new suit, is actually a massive Superman statue that will be seen outside of the LexCorp offices.

Today, Twitter user @Bananadoc posted new photos of this statue on the Detroit set, although it clearly has not been completed yet. @Bananadoc also has another photo of the LexCorp offices, although the logo has been covered up after the first photos arrived online. Batman-News reports that the tarp will be taken off later this week, with a LexCorp scene scheduled to be filmed on June 12 and June 13.

Take a look at the latest photos from the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice set as production continues in Detroit.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes to theaters May 6th, 2016 and stars Henry CavillBen AffleckAmy AdamsDiane LaneLaurence FishburneGal Gadot,Jesse EisenbergJeremy Irons. The film is directed by Zack Snyder.

SEE ALSO: The Next Batman Video Game Is Delayed Until 2015

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Seth Rogen's Secret To Success: Make It Cheap, Dirty, And Ignore The Studio

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Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg make it look easy.

The first movie they wrote together, “Superbad,” grossed $169 million and entered the pantheon of high school comedies. The first movie they directed, “This is the End,” playfully riffed on the summer of the apocalypse and scored $126 million in the process.

“Neighbors,” their latest movie, was this summer's first breakout comedy, and may spawn the first sequel of their career (more on that later).

Yet their approach to producing is born out of failure and frustration. Flummoxed in the past by studios, ratings boards and other producers, they demand the complete creative control only success (and a tiny budget) can provide.

“Our overarching philosophy is to find out the most money they will give us and go away,” James Weaver, their producing partner at Point Grey Pictures, said Saturday during a panel at the Produced By Conference.

Also read: The Maturation of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg: Smoking Meat and Producing Sausages

Rogen and Goldberg began their career in the protective bubble of Judd Apatow, whom Rogen glommed onto after his stint on Apatow's TV show “Undeclared.”

“I just decided I would be around all the time, and I entrenched myself in Judd's office,” Rogen said. Apatow earned the right to do whatever he wanted after producing “Anchorman,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Talladega Nights” — all three of which were hits.

Also read: Raunchy Comedy ‘Neighbors’ Set to Catapult Director Nick Stoller Into Hollywood's Elite Club

He then produced eight films in a two-year span, writing three and directing one, “Knocked Up.” Rogen and Goldberg executive produced three of those — “Superbad,” “Knocked Up” and “Pineapple Express,” and Apatow was so busy that Goldberg was left as the primary producer on “Pineapple Express.”

“I did not have the skill to do that yet,” Goldberg said. “I didn't realize the bubble we were in. … We just thought that's how movies were; they give you $20 million and they let you do your thing.”

Also read: Judd Apatow and Lena Dunham Get Mad at Me For Asking Why She's Naked So Much on ‘Girls’

The next movie they wrote together, “The Green Hornet,” is the one major failure of their career. Based on a character from an old radio show, the movie cost more than most of their previous collaborations combined.

“That was a massive budget, runaway freight train of franchise creation,” Weaver said. “We watched how that challenges the creative process.”

Weaver was Rogen's assistant when they made that movie, as he had been on Apatow's “Funny People.” He began his life in Los Angeles as a manager of a discount clothing store before landing on the desk of agent David Kramer.

His experience in the agency world prepared him for his current role alongside Rogen and Goldberg: dealing with executives, publicists and agents — the exact people Rogen and Goldberg hope to avoid.

“We didn't want to play the game, and that probably made people really frustrated with us,” Rogen said. “It made us seem immature. We were already young, so that didn't help.”

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Also read: Resolution Becomes First Hollywood Agency to Take Chinese Investment

Weaver would call the agents and studios back, paying lip service to the dealmakers.

“Seth and I both dressed like homeless potheads,” Goldberg said. “Having someone whose shirt was not wrinkled…

“We had a shirt tucked-in guy all of a sudden,” Rogen interjected, to much laughter.

Though Rogen and Goldberg found someone who could manage the delicate egos of agents and studio executives, Weaver's primary goal was to exclude them from the creative process.

“Our brand of hard-R comedy does not go well with a lot of studio influence,” Goldberg said.

Again, “The Green Hornet” was instructive. It is hard for a studio to risk offending people when the movie costs $120 million. Rogen, Goldberg and Weaver have made four movies since “The Green Hornet,” and not one cost more than $40 million, according to Box Office Mojo.

The success of “50/50,” “This is the End” and “Neighbors” have awarded Rogen and Goldberg the freedom they desire — the freedom to flout the MPAA's ratings system.

“The ratings system is so stupid,” Rogen said. “Why enter a system that's archaic and stupid?” Armed with an R-rating, “you can do pretty much anything you want, except penetration.”

So how will they next offend people? They just directed “The Interview,” a comedy set in North Korea starring Rogen and Franco, and they are in production on “Sausage Party,” an animated comedy about literal sausages.

“People ask us, ‘Do you dudes just get baked on a couch and come up with ideas?” Goldberg said. “With that one, yes.”

Here are some other takeaways from the session:

A ‘Neighbors’ Sequel Could Happen. Goldberg said he, Rogen and Weaver were having “a lot of meetings” about a potential sequel to “Neighbors.” While they would love to make one, “comedies tend to have shitty sequels.” Apatow has never made a sequel, though “This Is 40” spun off from “Knocked Up.” And “Neighbors” director Nick Stoller made “Get Him to the Greek,” a spin-off of his own “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.”

McLovin Was Never Supposed to be in “Superbad.” Christopher Mintz-Plasse‘s  iconic alias in “Superbad” was a placeholder joke. As they tested it, it became clear that the audiences loved it. “We didn't think McLovin was that funny,” Rogen said. Goldberg still doesn't.

They Won't Be Making a Drama Any Time Soon. Goldberg said they have plans to make more dramatic material, but they are in “no rush to go there.” He and Rogen spend a lot of time on movie sets, and comedy makes that process enjoyable. “It makes me respect people who make '12 Years a Slave,'” Goldberg said. “I couldn't functionally handle that.”

SEE ALSO: Seth Rogen And Judd Apatow Slam Film Critic Who Linked Their Movies TO UCSB Shooting

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Hollywood May Start Making Live Movies That Take Place In Real Time

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Every year, voices proclaim that movies are dying, and every year another filmmaker answers this with a new idea or innovation that can change our cinematic landscape.

And sometimes, they're just bonkers. It sounds very much like you could classify Francis Ford Coppola's statements as just that: are you ready for "live cinema"? 

Speaking at the Producer's Guild Produced By conference, via Deadline, Coppola spoke of same-time worldwide streaming being granted to movies as they shoot. Coppola explains: 

"Movies no longer have to be set in stone and can be composed and interpreted for different audiences that come to see it. Film has always been a recorded medium... You can do anything and you can do it live."

Coppola claims that these live cinema remixes could be "30% pre-recorded," to distinguish itself from theater. Some might recall that Coppola tried a similar technique with Twixt , his last movie, touring the film and "remixing" scenes differently for each audience, along with musical accompaniment. The man is 72, and while Spielberg and Lucas claim the industry is "dead" because they can't get funding for their latest movies, here's Francis Ford Coppola bravely, bizarrely experimenting in a way that changes what we know about filmed entertainment. 

Could this catch on? Who knows? Coppola is currently working on an untitled film about an Italian-American family from the '30's to the '60's, though he volunteers himself as potentially taking this strategy on himself. It does seem pretty complex for Coppola in his later years, as Twixt was already deemed a disappointment by some. Shuttled straight to DVD in America, the film showcases a restless filmmaker interested in playing with the art form more than actually telling a story. It may have been more adventurous stylistically than Coppola's previous two films, Youth Without Youth and Tetro, but it was not more enjoyable or interesting. 

Live cinema does intrigue, however, because the focus would be placed back on story and characters, and no longer on special effects or cheap gimmicks. Coppola's idea might not gain traction, but it's worth a shot so that it can live and die by its own merits. We can be inspired to try even more radical concepts. Ultimately it's about true independent filmmaking, an ideal the Godfather director strives to emulate. 

"If not for independent filmmakers, all we would have would be these big industrial films. The cinema is too important to allow industry high finance to stop it. Cinema is too big to be defeated."

Truth to power, Francis. 

SEE ALSO: Here's Why A Smart, Big-Budget Movie With Two Hot Stars Bombed

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Jim Carrey And Jeff Daniels Reunite In Awful-Looking First Trailer For 'Dumb And Dumber To'

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Twenty years after "Dumb and Dumber" became a box-office hit raking in over $247 million worldwide, Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are reuniting for "Dumb and Dumber To."

The Farrelly brothers' movie looks even more crude and cringeworthy than the first.

Carrey and Daniels debuted the new trailer on the “Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday, and here's what we learned:

Jim Carrey's character, Lloyd Christmas, has spent the last 20 years in an institution.Jim Carey Dumb and Dumber To

Harry Dunne, played by Daniels, has been visiting his best friend every day — but it's all been a prank! When Lloyd reveals it was "all part of a gag," Harry thinks it's "awesome!"Jim Carey Dumb and Dumber To

The two immediately return to their old tricks.Jim Carey Jeff Daniels Dumb and Dumber To

Until Harry finds a piece of mail from 1991 from an ex-girlfriend telling him she is pregnant.Jim Carey Jeff Daniels Dumb and Dumber To

Harry learns he has a daughter who was given up for adoption.Dumb and Dumber To

And the two set out to find her.Dumb and Dumber To

It proves trickier than planned.Dumb and Dumber To

But we're guessing they find a way.Dumb and Dumber To

"Dumb and Dumber To" hits theaters Nov. 14. Watch the full trailer below.

SEE ALSO: Seth Rogen's Secret To Success: Make It Cheap, Dirty, And Ignore The Studio

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Hugh Jackman Shaved His Head For New 'Peter Pan' Role

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You know who looked crazy dapper at the Tonys on Sunday? Hugh Jackman. He rocked slicked back hair and a full beard with a tux, and made it look sensational. But as you can see from the shot he shared above, his thick head of hair has been sacrificed for his upcoming role in Pan

Hugh Jackman shared this image on his Instagram, giving us all a first look at his Blackbeard--as in the character he plays in Pan, not his literal black beard. 

 

Warner Bros. is producing Pan, a gritty re-imagining of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan. This family-friendly adventure will be angling for the same audiences that made Alice In Wonderland and Maleficent such formidable hits, but earning this commercial pic some prestige is director Joe Wright. Best-known for bringing to life dense novels like Atonement, Pride & Prejudice and Anna Karenina with opulent, poignant and acclaimed movie adaptations, Wright's Pan is already earning award season buzz as production kicks off. 

The screenplay by Jason Fuchs has na orphan called Peter Pan being spirited away to the wondrous world of Neverland, where he meets Indian princesses, fairies, and pirates. Hugh Jackman is slated to play the pirate Blackbeard, but before you rush to thinking that's a re-imagined Hook, let me assure that role has gone to Tron: Legacy star Garrett Hedlund. Also on board is Rooney Mara, Wright's controversial pick for Tiger Lily, newcomer Levi Miller as Peter Pan, Game of Thrones' Nonso Anozie as a character called Bishop, and the recently added Amanda Seyfried as Mary Darling. 

Notably, this not the only Peter Pan re-imagining in the works. Disney is developing a movie version of the successful Broadway musical Peter and the Starcatchers, which has Peter teaming up with the titular star catchers--a girl called Molly--to defeat the power-hungry pirate known as Black Stache. A Peter Pan origin story is being produced by Channing Tatum once titled Peter Pan Begins. And a third revamp on Peter Pan was teased back in 2011. Also called Pan, this version lined up Aaron Eckhart as Captain Hook, who is this case is a police captain tracking a deadly childlike killer. Guillermo del Toro was involved, and Anna Sophia Robb was on board as Wendy, who teams up with hook to bring down the killer Pan. Audiences could have been poised for Peter Pan overload, but Wright's Pan is the only one of the four that is ready for production. 

Joe Wright's Pan is set to fly into theaters on July 17th, 2015. The rest are still waiting on fairy dust. 

SEE ALSO: LL Cool J and T.I. Rapped Songs From 'The Music Man' At The Tony Awards And The Audience Went Wild

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This Unknown 22-Year-Old Actor Is Rumored To Be The Lead In 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

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A few days without mention of Star Wars: Episode VII feels like an eternity, but Latino Review is remedying that with a new rumor story full of possible plot details for J.J. Abrams' sequel, which promises to continue the saga of the original trilogy 30 years after the fall of the Empire (as seen in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi).

Not surprisingly, they claim that John Boyega is the central character in this new sci-fi coming of age tale, as he is introduced into the larger Star Wars universe.

This has been hinted at before, with John Boyega's character arc being similar to Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker. This new report claims that John Boyega's Tatooine desert rat, friend to Daisy Ridley's Tatooine street orphan, does not start the movie off as a Jedi or a Padawan. He will slowly be pulled into this world, with echoes of Luke's own journey as a Jedi Knight.

The story also goes onto reveal a few other interesting facts. It confirms that one of the main female characters played by either Daisy RidleyLupita Nyong'o, or Gwendoline Christie will be a villain, and there's a 50% chance she'll have ties to the Sith.

While its been 30 years since the Empire fell at the end of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, we'll be surprised to discover that no new Republic has been established yet, which could be one of the movie's subplots. And while there will be Boba Fett like Mandalorian armor used in the sequel, it won't belong to Boba himself (everyone knows he crawled out of the Sarlacc Pit, right?)

Currently being speculated amongst fans is whether or not Disney will carry the Marvel tradition of Post-Credits scenes into this franchise. And if so, which Spin-Off will be set up for its 2016 release? The one by Josh Trank or Gareth Edwards? Are these stand-alone throwaway movies? Or will they be of some importance to the series? Latino Review's ongoing column of rumors promises to address all of the questions soon enough.

In the meantime, here are a few more photos of Mark Hamill showing off his elderly Jedi beard and a look at John Boyega's Instagram as he sits down in the make-up chair for the first time.



Star Wars: Episode VII comes to theaters December 18th, 2015 and stars John BoyegaDaisy RidleyCarrie FisherHarrison FordMark HamillAdam Driver,Domhnall GleesonLupita Nyong'o. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.

SEE ALSO: Meet John Boyega: The Young Actor Just Cast In 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

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James Franco and Seth Rogen Try To Kill Kim Jong-Un In 'The Interview' Trailer

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James Franco and Seth Rogen are joining forces again for another comedy which may leave Kim Jong-Un unhappy.

Sony Pictures just released the first teaser trailer for "The Interview," in which the two run a celebrity tabloid show. 

The pair get recruited by the CIA to assassinate Jong-Un after they land an interview with the North Korean dictator who just so happens to be a fan of their show.

Franco and Rogen have built quite a reputation for their comedies lately after the success of the duo's "This is the End" (which made $126 million) and Rogen's "Neighbors" ($225 million).

"The Interview" is in theaters this October.

Watch the trailer below.

SEE ALSO: Seth Rogen's secret to success: Make it cheap, dirty, and ignore the studio

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The Original Names Of 10 Huge Hollywood Movies

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Tom Cruise's new movie "Edge of Tomorrow" is out in theaters now; however, it was almost called "All You Need is Kill."

The sci-fi film is based on a novella of the same name by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. 

Warner Bros. decided to change the name partly because of negative buzz around the word “kill” in the title.

It's not the only big movie that has undergone a name change. 

"Pretty Woman" was originally called "3,000."

The title came from the amount of money Edward Lewis (Richard Gere) offered prostitute Vivian Ward to spend a week with him.

When Michael Eisner originally heard the film pitch from Jeffrey Katzenberg, he was convinced it would be bomb at theaters.

Budget:$14 million
Box Office:$463.4 million



Before "Alien" came to theaters, it was known as "Star Beast."

Writer Dan O’Bannon explained how he came up with the name for the hit sci-fi movie in a 2003 documentary on the film, “The Beast Within: Making Alien.” 

“‘Star Beast’ is one of those titles that you think of and then … you throw them away,” said O’Bannon. “I was running through titles and they all stank. I didn’t like any of them. One morning, at three o’clock, at Ronnie’s apartment, I’m typing away writing dialogue and the characters are saying ‘the alien this’ and ‘the alien that.’ Suddenly, that word alien just came up out of the typewriter at me. I said 'Alien. It’s a noun and it’s an adjective ... Yes! That’s it, I have the title!’”

Budget:$11 million
Box Office:$104.9 million



"Return of the Jedi" was nearly "Revenge of the Jedi."

According to “Star Wars” documentary “Empire of Dreams,” producer Howard Kazanjian recalled how George Lucas originally wanted to call the "Star Wars" sequel "Return of the Jedi"; however, he convinced him to change his mind.

“George came to me and said the title of Episode VI is ‘Return of the Jedi,’ and I said I think it’s a weak title,” said producer Howard Kazanjian. “And, he came back one or two days later and he says, ‘We’re calling it ‘Revenge of the Jedi.’” 

After posters were released for the film and a theatrical teaser trailer was shown in theaters, Lucas decided to change the name weeks before the film’s release. 

“Just before it got to the theaters, George came back and he said, ‘I want to go back to ‘Return of the Jedi,’" said Kazanjian. “The logic behind that was a Jedi does not take revenge.”

Disney recently re-released the original teaser trailer for the film that was seen in theaters. You can watch it here.

Budget:$32.5 million
Box Office:$475.1 million



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Angelina Jolie Admits Brutal 'Maleficent' Scene Is 'A Metaphor For Rape'

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There was a lot of conversation on reputable sites in the days following the release of Walt Disney’s Maleficent that a key – and brutal – scene could be interpreted as a rape. At the time, this was the translation of the material by certain writers, but now it appears Maleficent star Angelina Jolie was conscious of the decision, and worked with the movie’s screenwriter to keep the metaphor in there. 

This is a spoilery conversation about Maleficent, and you might want to avoid this story if you haven’t yet seen the movie.

The conversation stems from a scene where Stefan (played by Sharlto Copley), a one-time trusted ally of Maleficent (Angelina Jolie), drugs her and cuts off her wings while she sleeps. Stefan is trying to prove to a dying king that he has taken Maleficent’s life… but he doesn’t want to kill her. He let’s her live, but mutilates her in a powerful and disturbing act of violence that many compared to rape. Many, including Angelina Jolie. 

In an interview with BBC Radios’ Woman’s Hour (via US Weekly), Angelina Jolie admits: 

We were very conscious, the writer [Linda Woolverton] and I, that it was a metaphor for rape. This would be the thing that would make her lose sight. … The core of [the film] is abuse, and how the abused have a choice of abusing others or overcoming and remaining loving, open people. The question was asked, 'What could make a woman become so dark? To lose all sense of her maternity, her womanhood, and her softness?’"

Including a possible rape metaphor in a Disney movie is one thing. People could have interpreted the scene that way. But having Angelina Jolie come out and admit on the record that it was the intent of the film changes the game. Is it OK for a creative team to even contemplate the possible inclusion of a rape metaphor in a Disney film? Whether it’s spelled out or not – and the way the scene plays, the implication of what is happening to Maleficent (thanks to Jolie’s pained reaction) is perfectly clear – the idea that a Disney film aimed at kids and families tackles rape is uncomfortable. Is that part of the point?

Angelina Jolie addressed the topic of rape in her 2011 directorial debut In the Land of Blood and Honey, and that feels like a far more appropriate vehicle for commentary and discussion on the horrific sexual violation of rape. But now it’s on the record that Jolie collaborated with the Maleficent team to have this metaphor included in a family fantasy film. Do you think it’s appropriate? Could there have been a different way to drive a wedge between Maleficent and Stefan, so that the dark fairy would be angry enough to eventually curse the king’s baby? Or did Maleficent have to dig into such dark places? Weigh in below. 

SEE ALSO: Angelina Jolie Is The Best Part Of ‘Maleficent’

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Pixar's Next Movie 'Inside Out' Is About The Inner-Workings Of The Brain

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From "Toy Story" to "Wall-E," Pixar has brought us some of the most emotional and thought-provoking animated pictures.

One of the reasons the studio's movies continue to win Academy Awards year after year is not only because they take risks and innovate, but because they offer something which we all can relate to — whether its our incessant reliance on technology in "Wall-E" or letting go of a favorite toy in the "Toy Story" trilogy.  

When the studio's next movie comes out, it's going to try and outdo itself again.

Pixar's 15th animated picture, "Inside Out," will take us inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl and introduce us to the different emotions that make up the brain.inside out pixar

Sound like a hard sell?

A little bit — but we thought the same initially when Pixar said there was nearly no dialogue in the first half hour of "Wall-E." It ended up being amazing.

During a one-hour presentation at the Animation Film Festival in France this week, "Inside Out" director Pete Docter gave an overview of the new film that explores the change that happens in a child's brain from adolescence into adulthood.

According to Variety's Peter Debruge, it will change the way people think about the very way we think.

The film will personify five different emotions — Fear (Bill Hader), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Joy (Amy Poehler), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Anger (Lewis Black) — and show how they interact with each other to help an individual process new experiences and form memories. 

Docter said the film was inspired by his daughter to show "there is something that is lost when you grow up." 

Here's how Debruge described a scene shown from the film:

Docter explained that Riley and her parents relocate from a quiet rural home to San Francisco at a particularly impressionable age, resulting in a new-school trauma that forces Joy and Sadness out of the control panel and into the far, unfamiliar reaches of her mind.

While Fear, Disgust and Anger awkwardly try to keep things under control — as illustrated in a second clip set around the family dinner table which Pixar unveiled at CinemaCon in March — Joy and Sadness put aside their differences and take audiences through a tour of Riley’s thinking process. 

So far, the film has received very positive reception during screenings at both Disney's D23 Expo and CinemaCon.

Docter said after test screenings, there were already audiences who were analyzing their behaviors.

All together, Pixar's catalog of movies have generated more than $8 billion at the box office worldwide.

We'll have to wait until June 2015 to see if Pixar can pull it off again.

SEE ALSO: This unknown 22-year-old actor is rumored to be the lead in "Star Wars: Episode VII"

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Here's What 'Jurassic Park' Looked Like Before CGI

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"Jurassic Park" is one of the most successful movies ever made, generating more than $1 billion at the box office  but it's also one of the most groundbreaking.

The Steven Spielberg film is credited with ushering in the era of computer generated effects in film. While other movies like 1991's "Terminator 2: Judgement Day" and 1982's "Tron" also used computer graphics, "Jurassic Park" was the first to really utilize the technology.

For the movie's 21st anniversary this year, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences released a great featurette breaking down how the dinosaurs that take over Jurassic Park weren't always CGI.

Since the technology was only used in a few films to date, Spielberg preferred using practical effects instead, including lifelike puppets and animatronics.

trex stan winston, jurassic parkSpielberg also used stop-motion photography to bring the prehistoric creatures to life. 

He had a stop-motion test created for the T-Rex truck scene ...

Jurassic Park stop motion, Trex... as well as the Velociraptor kitchen scene in the film.

Jurassic Park, raptors, stop motionIn order to make the dinosaurs look as real as possible, Spielberg went to buddy George Lucas' visual effects company Industrial, Light, and Magic (ILM) to ask if they could add in "motion blur," which helps make the shot look more fluid.

The computer artists at ILM had something else in mind, though. They started secretly building a digital test shot of a T-Rex skeleton walking.

T rex bones, Jurassic ParkThe test blew the film's producers away, and after that movie effects were never the same.

"It was immediately very clear that we're going to get realistic movement to these dinosaurs that was going to be far advanced from what we were doing with stop motion," producer Kathleen Kennedy said in the video. 

While the featurette notes "Jurassic Park" opened up an over-reliance on CGI technology for future films, the 1993 classic doesn't have much CGI at all.

There are only about 15 minutes of dinosaur effects and nine of those minutes are practical effects which look so great you could be fooled into thinking they're CGI. 

Take a look below and see if you can tell the difference.

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Jurassic Park, Raptor kitchen, pratical effectCheck out the Academy's full featurette below: 

SEE ALSO: THEN & NOW: The Cast Of 'Jurassic Park'

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Harrison Ford Suffers Injury While Filming 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

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Harrison Ford has sustained an injury on set of "Star Wars: Episode VII."

The 71-year-old actor reportedly suffered an ankle injury while filming the sequel, according to The Wrap.

In a statement, Disney said Ford was taken to a local hospital and is "receiving care." 

The injury happened during filming at Pinewood Studios in England.

Variety reports a hydraulic door fell down and hit the actor. 

Ford was subsequently airlifted to a nearby hospital.

Disney says filming is set to continue on the sequel while he recuperates.

"Star Wars: Episode VII" is scheduled for release December 18, 2015.

We'll update this post, accordingly.

SEE ALSO: This unknown 22-year-old actor is rumored to be the lead in "Star Wars: Episode VII"

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11 Movie Sequels That Came Out More Than 10 Years After The Original

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With so many sequels over the last couple of years, it's easy to forget that some follow-ups take a long time to get made.

Take, for example, "Dumb and Dumber To." The film, whose trailer was just released, took 20 years to get Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels to reprise their roles.

Other series like "Toy Story" and "Terminator" have also had belated installments, and while some have been successful, just as many have been flops. 

"Star Wars: Episode VII" (2015; 32 years)

The biggest sequel time gap on our list is also one of the most anticipated, the next film in the "Star Wars" saga "Star Wars: Episode VII."

With the return of fan favorites like Harrison Ford, Mark Hamil, and Carrie Fisher along with a bunch of talented newcomers, "Episode VII" is bound to be the biggest "Star Wars" film since 1984's "Return of the Jedi."

Sure, the film is only 10 years off from "Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" but considering that director JJ Abrams may be going back to the original trilogy's practical style (and many fans would like to just forget the prequels outright) we'll consider this a true sequel.



“Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” (2010; 23 Years)

After an Oscar-winning performance for “Wall Street,” the announcement of a sequel with Michael Douglas more than two decades after the original was extremely exciting. 

"Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" was met with decidedly mixed reviews. Some adored the references to the original film and loved the return of Douglas’ Gordon Gekko, while others were totally bored.

Shia LaBeouf, who was also in "Crystal Skull," also starred in the film.



“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” (2008; 19 Years)

Everything seemed in place for the globe-trotting archaeologist to have another hit on his hands almost 20 years after 1989's “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade." Harrison Ford was back in the fedora and Steven Spielberg returned to the director’s chair. 

However, "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" was a total letdown.

The story veered into alien territory (literally) and disappointed many fans of the series. There's always talk of another sequel, but if it’s anything like “Crystal Skull” we’d be afraid to see what they come up with next.



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Warner Bros. Is Reportedly Working On A Bunch Of Superhero Movies To Catch Up To Disney

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So Marvel's sort of "winning" the whole superhero game, with four more movies on the schedule coming up, and a fifth in pre-production (Doctor Strange). Meanwhile, the DC properties languish as Warner Bros. figures out what to do with their franchises.

But if rumors are correct, this Comic Con, DC and the WB are stepping out in a big way with a massive superhero roster, and a full schedule for the next few years that totally trumps Marvel's plans. 

The first scoop to come from the rejiggered Nikki Finke gossip machine claims DC has added a spectacular SEVEN films to the docket, all over a three year span following 2016's Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice. Clearly this superhero bubble is not about to burst anytime soon, as the WB plots movies featuring the likes of Shazam! and Wonder Woman

While Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice currently shoots for that May 6th release date, Finke's scoop claims that it isn't the only 2016 summer release from the studio. In July '16, we'll also see Shazam!, featuring the character formerly known as Captain Marvel (DC's New 52 comic line has retconned that name out of existence to avoid intercompany confusion). Could this be the property Dwayne Johnson has been linked to? He's been flirting with a Captain Marvel movie for years now. 

Also in 2016, the holiday season will see Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Sandman take flight, although that's not expected to connect with the other films. And Finke reports that Dawn Of Justice is going to feature a boatload of cameos, in order to set up 2017's Justice League. While that arrives in May, July will reportedly finally see Wonder Woman receive her own movie, with Gal Gadot in the role as the ass-kicking Amazonian. 

The holiday seasons of 2017 will again feature the year's third DC offering, though this is a strange one. They already tried Green Lantern, so this time they're bringing him back with a twist. Dawn Of Justice will allegedly introduce both the Flash and a new Green Lantern, and they will spinoff into their own team-up movie. Fingers crossed for The Flash And His Buddy, Green Lantern. Finally, hopefully Henry Cavill has no vacation plans – May 2018 will see an official Man Of Steel sequel, giving Cavill three Superman appearances within the span of three years. Sounds crazy, but if you'll recall Chris Hemsworth showed up in The Avengers in the year between both Thor films. 

Here's a list of the actual films in question...
May 2016 – Batman v Superman
July 2016 – Shazam
Xmas 2016 – Sandman
May 2017 – Justice League
July 2017 – Wonder Woman
Xmas 2017 – Flash and Green Lantern
May 2018 – Man Of Steel 2

Finke claims that the delays regarding Dawn Of Justice involved negotiating with major actors to pop up in the film in cameos or small appearances to set up Justice League. Apparently, the hero roll call for Dawn of Justice now features Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, the Flash and possibly Green Lantern, with Aquaman likely showing up proper in Justice League. San Diego Comic Con is next month, so we'll see if there's any truth to this attention-getting rumor. 

SEE ALSO: Warner Bros. Finally Announces 'Justice League' Movie

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'The Amazing Spider-Man 3' May Be Pushed To 2017

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You’d be forgiven for forgetting that a movie called The Amazing Spider-Man 2 actually came out this year.  In fact, it opened in theaters just over a month ago. 

Though Sony’s villain-packed sequel wasn’t a total bomb at the box office, its worldwide total of $699.1 million is nearly $60 million short of the first film, and it marks a series low for the franchise; for the first time in history an X-Men movie is poised to surpass Spider-Man

This isn’t a Wild Wild West-style disaster, but given that Sony was touting a massive interconnected Spider-Man franchise with two more sequels already dated and spinoffs for The Sinister Six and Venom in active development, one has to wonder if the studio may be rethinking its strategy post-The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

According to a new report, that may be exactly what they’re doing, as word comes that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 might be delayed to an unspecified date in 2017. More after the jump.

At the bottom of a report on the recent DC/Warner Bros. news, AICN’s Jeremy Smith dropped the following nugget:

I have been told that THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 3 has been moved to an undetermined date in 2017.

Marc Webb, who directed the first two films, was confirmed to return as the director of Spidey 3 earlier this year, and Sony has a June 10, 2016 release date staked out for the film (and May 4, 2018 for The Amazing Spider-Man 4). 

With the script already written by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, all signs were pointing towards production of The Amazing Spider-Man 3 kicking off late this year or early next year, but we’ve heard absolutely zilch since Spider-Man 2 opened to brutal reviews and disappointing box office.  As such, it’s not hard to believe that Sony might want to take a breath and rethink its strategy, therefore pushing The Amazing Spider-Man 3 to 2017.

The studio previously stated its intention to release a new Spider-Man film every year starting in 2016, and I wonder if they might try to rush The Sinister Six or Venom into production first and give one of those movies the 2016 slot.  Sinister Six writer/director Drew Goddard recently left Marvel’s Daredevil Netflix show citing scheduling issues, and Alex Kurtzman has been attached to direct Venom for some time.

Again, though, Sony is almost certainly reconsidering its approach, and the villains were the most widely lambasted aspect of The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  Putting out a villain-only Spider-Man movie might not be the best way to reinvigorate the franchise.  Andrew Garfield is the MVP of the series and Webb excels at the character driven stuff, so my suggestion for The Amazing Spider-Man 3 would be to slash the budget, limit the movie to one villain, and focus on a smaller-scale, more personal story for Peter Parker.  Perhaps the demise of Gwen Stacy could provide some inspiration?

Of course none of this is confirmed so it’s still possible that we could see The Amazing Spider-Man 3 move forward as planned, but I can’t imagine Sony isn’t making at least some changes before they release the next Spider-Man movie—whatever that may be.

SEE ALSO: Tour The New York Filming Locations Of ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’

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George R.R. Martin Has Been Sneaking Famous Names Into 'Game Of Thrones'

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George R.R. Martin, hatGame of Thrones author George R.R. Martin will write two real-life people into an upcoming book in the hugely-popular fantasy series, and that's not the first time a modern person has made his way into Westeros. For instance, did you know NFL great Phil Simms shows up in the fifth book of the series, A Dance with Dragons? Or that Harry Potter himself makes an appearance? What about the land of Carcosa?

On Wednesday, Facebook employee Dave Goldblatt donated $20,000 to a wolf sanctuary being promoted by Martin, winning him the right to be named and then killed in a future A Song of Ice and Fire book. But a character going by Dave of House Goldblatt could create a strange contrast on the pages, particularly for a world full of names like Daenerys, Eddard, and Sansa. So how will his name be incorporated smoothly? "I have no idea," Goldblatt told ABC News when asked that question. "You’re going to have to ask George about that."

Judging by his past writing, Martin has a way with sneakily hiding famous people and names into his books. The good people of Ice and Fire Wikia compiled a list of modern references to famed authors, books, and characters that appear throughout the series. Here's a rundown of some of the more notable ones.

Harry Potter

Later in the series, lady knight Brienne of Tarth tells of how two male knights named Harry Sawyer and Robin Potter made a bet to see who could win over Brienne first. She was not amused, and so beat up both in a melee. "She had ridden over Harry Sawyer and broken Robin Potter’s helm, giving him a nasty scar," Martin writes. A Potter with a forehead scar; sounds familiar, no?

Carcosa

True Detective fans will get a kick out of this reference. In the map-filled 2012 book The Lands of Ice and Fire — distinct from Martin's five novels but still part of the larger A Song of Ice and Fire canon — one location in the very far East shows a legendary city with the name Carcosa. Wired picked up on that reference in April, and you can see an image of the map there.

Carcosa was the name for a mysterious land that was used by horror authors Robert Chambers and H.P. Lovecraft in their works, and was recently revitalized on another stellar HBO show True Detective. Martin is the ultimate hipster, as he was making references to Carcosa before it was cool.

Phil Simms

In the far North in the fifth book, readers are introduced to a giant named Wun Weg Wun Dar Wun, who goes by Wun Wun. That giant then brutally kills a man named Ser Patrek of King's Mountain, whose sigil is blue five-pointed star on a silver and white field.

Look closer and you can see the whole death as an analogy for Martin's NFL fandom. Say Wun Wun out loud and you'll get "one one," or as it's better known, the number 11. Phil Simms was number 11 when he played for the New York Giants in the 80s and 90s. Look, too, at the sigil of Ser Patrek, a silver and blue five-pointed star. That's the logo of the Dallas Cowboys, the Giants' rival.

Martin, a Giants fan, put this fight into the books after he lost a bet with a Cowboys-rooting friend named Patrick St. Dennis, he explained on NPR. "So I invented a character called Ser Patrek of King's Mountain and described his heraldry as looking somewhat like the heraldry of the Dallas Cowboys ... . And then I had him ripped apart by a giant." What a lucky friend.

Robert Jordan

The Wheel of Time epic fantasy author is brought up in A Storm of Swords when Tyrion Lannister discusses a great lord of Dorne named Trebor Jordayne of the Tor. Trebor = Robert backwards. The Tor = the name of Jordan's book publishing house. The Jordayne sigil was, appropriately, a writing quill.

SEE ALSO: 'Game Of Thrones' Is Officially The Most Popular Show In HBO History

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'True Detective' May End After Season 3

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When HBO eventually gets around to officially announcing that True Detective has been renewed for Season 2, it may be quite surprising to many fans, if only because there has already been plenty of talk about it thus far. Series creator Nic Pizzolatto is already writing the new episodes, which have been confirmed to be set in "lesser known areas" of California. The season will feature a whole new cast of characters, but beyond that, there is little else we do know about the season. With the anthology format that brings in a new cast and story line each season, much like FX's American Horror Story, the show could seemingly go on forever, right? It appears that might not actually be the case.

During an appearance at the Banff World Media Festival, Nic Pizzolatto revealed that he can't see the show running for more than three seasons, since he is writing every episode of the show and creating a whole new story line each season.

"Every season, I'm essentially creating a brand new TV show. It can't have any growing pains like a regular first season. If it works it has to work right out of the box. That's incredibly exhausting. I mean, the job is exhausting to begin with, but it's doubly exhausting and I'm writing every episode. I can't imagine I would do this more than three years. I mean, I'd like to have a regular TV show. We'll have some fixed sets, regular actors and I could bring in people to help and I don' t have to be there every second. It'd be great."

Of course, it's possible that the show could continue on past Season 3, although that may mean that Nic Pizzolatto would not write every episode or "be there every second." He also went on to shoot down the casting rumors that have surfaced lately, indicating that stars such as Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain may be up for roles. The executive producer revealed that he has only met with one actor thus far, but he does have a secret list of actors he wants for Season 2. 

"I've talked to one person about it, possibly, and that has been it. We haven't cast anybody. I have a secret list and that's it."

He also shot down rumors that Season 2 would be a female-centric cast, although he did say that one of the leads is a female.

"Again, it's a rumor with no basis in fact. There is a strong (lead) female character. But I wouldn't say it is female-led or anything like that."

Contrary to a report from last month, Nic Pizzolatto revealed that there are actually four lead roles in Season 2, not three. He also revealed that the first two episodes of Season 2 are written, and that he has some vague ideas about Season 3. When asked whether or not he followed all of the social media buzz and fan theories during Season 1, the executive producer had this to say. 

"I stayed away from most of it. I sort of put up a wall between myself and any kind of interaction with that sort of speculative theorizing. On one hand, it's great to see the show engage people and it was meant to engage a viewer on multiple, multiple levels. On the other hand, I think there is subsets of internet people who had their own agendas with regards to speculation on the show. A lot of times people were trying to get clicks on their website. And there is a difference between engaging in a show and hijacking it."

We'll keep you posted when any official details for Season 2 of True Detective are revealed.

SEE ALSO: Matthew McConaughey Is Open To A 'True Detective' Return

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DreamWorks Animation Needs 'How To Train Your Dragons 2' To Be A Massive Hit

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"How to Train Your Dragons 2" is in theaters this weekend and it needs to be a big hit for DreamWorks Animation.

The studio has taken write-downs on three of its last four movies and has said it needs every movie going forward to be a hit in order to be successful.

That shouldn't be a problem with since the series about a Viking teen, Hiccup, and his dragon is the company's most popular property right now and has the potential to be its most profitable. (DWA believes in it so much that CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg mentioned a third movie back in 2010.)

The "How to Train Your Dragons" sequel is expected to make north of $55 million opening weekend; however, it faces steep competition from "22 Jump Street" starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. Estimates have that film bringing in closer to $60 million.

$55 million would be a better start than the original film which debuted to $43.7 million, but it wouldn't come anywhere close to one of the best openings for a DreamWorks Animation movie.

The three "Shrek" sequels all opened to more than $70 million, after that two "Madagascar" sequels have made more than $60 million. "How to Train Your Dragons 2" could certainly make more than $55 million, but it's not often that you have two movies opening weekend that both perform above $50 million.

Both new films also have a lot of competition from still popular movies "The Fault in Our Stars," Disney's "Maleficent," and Tom Cruise's "Edge of Tomorrow."

The first "How to Train Your Dragons" film went on to make $494.9 million at theaters.

DWA's last successful film, "The Croods," brought in $587 million worldwide. That movie was a new original property for the studio.

DreamWorks Animation is at least expecting this movie to clear $500 million, if not surpass that of "The Croods." Every single sequel DWA has put out to date has cleared at least $600 million.

Here's how the studio's sequels have fared at theaters:

MovieOpening WeekendWorldwideBudget
"Shrek 2" (2004)$108 million$919.8 million$150 million
"Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" (2008)$63.1 million$603 million$150 million
"Kung Fu Panda 2" (2011)$47.7 million$665.7 million$150 million

SEE ALSO: Why DreamWorks Animation keeps failing and how it plans to bounce back

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The Original Names Of 10 Huge Hollywood Movies

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Tom Cruise's new movie "Edge of Tomorrow" is out in theaters now; however, it was almost called "All You Need is Kill."

The sci-fi film is based on a novella of the same name by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. 

Warner Bros. decided to change the name partly because of negative buzz around the word “kill” in the title.

It's not the only big movie that has undergone a name change. 

"Pretty Woman" was originally called "3,000."

The title came from the amount of money Edward Lewis (Richard Gere) offered prostitute Vivian Ward to spend a week with him.

When Michael Eisner originally heard the film pitch from Jeffrey Katzenberg, he was convinced it would be bomb at theaters.

Budget:$14 million
Box Office:$463.4 million



Before "Alien" came to theaters, it was known as "Star Beast."

Writer Dan O’Bannon explained how he came up with the name for the hit sci-fi movie in a 2003 documentary on the film, “The Beast Within: Making Alien.” 

“‘Star Beast’ is one of those titles that you think of and then … you throw them away,” said O’Bannon. “I was running through titles and they all stank. I didn’t like any of them. One morning, at three o’clock, at Ronnie’s apartment, I’m typing away writing dialogue and the characters are saying ‘the alien this’ and ‘the alien that.’ Suddenly, that word alien just came up out of the typewriter at me. I said 'Alien. It’s a noun and it’s an adjective ... Yes! That’s it, I have the title!’”

Budget:$11 million
Box Office:$104.9 million



"Return of the Jedi" was nearly "Revenge of the Jedi."

According to “Star Wars” documentary “Empire of Dreams,” producer Howard Kazanjian recalled how George Lucas originally wanted to call the "Star Wars" sequel "Return of the Jedi"; however, he convinced him to change his mind.

“George came to me and said the title of Episode VI is ‘Return of the Jedi,’ and I said I think it’s a weak title,” said producer Howard Kazanjian. “And, he came back one or two days later and he says, ‘We’re calling it ‘Revenge of the Jedi.’” 

After posters were released for the film and a theatrical teaser trailer was shown in theaters, Lucas decided to change the name weeks before the film’s release. 

“Just before it got to the theaters, George came back and he said, ‘I want to go back to ‘Return of the Jedi,’" said Kazanjian. “The logic behind that was a Jedi does not take revenge.”

Disney recently re-released the original teaser trailer for the film that was seen in theaters. You can watch it here.

Budget:$32.5 million
Box Office:$475.1 million



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'Game Of Thrones' Actor Will Reportedly Play Aquaman In The 'Batman V Superman' Movie

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Add another "Justice League" character to the "Batman V Superman" movie.

Hitfix is reporting Aquaman will indeed appear in the upcoming sequel.

No, he won't be played by Matt Damon.

Though he has denied it in the past, former "Game of Thrones" actor Jason Momoa will reportedly play the King of the Seven Seas.

Momoa played Khal Drogo on the HBO series.jason mamoa game of thrones

Along with Batman and Superman, Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) are also set to join the film.

Cyborg and Wonder Woman's roles are rumored to be minor to lay the foundations for the upcoming "Justice League" movie reportedly set for 2017

Similarly, Hitfix says Aquaman's role will be brief and limited.

"What we're hearing is that he [Aquaman] is not pleased about the World Engine and what it did to the Indian Ocean."

This makes a lot of sense. 

One thing that didn't sit well with a lot of "Man of Steel" viewers was all of the raw, unnecessary destruction Superman caused. 

Not only did he tear apart Metropolis, endangering the lives of many citizens, eagle-eyed viewers know he did damage to LexCorp and Wayne Enterprises properties. He also saved people from an exploding oil rig, who's CEO has ties to Aquaman.

Lex Luthor, Batman, and Aquaman may all have a few bones of their own to pick with him. 

"Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice" is set for a May 6, 2016 release.

SEE ALSO: Warner Bros. is reportedly working on a bunch of superhero movies to catch up to Disney

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