Two weeks back, Lucasfilm and Paramount announced a September 18, 2012 street date for Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures, a Blu-ray set containing Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. We're still not entirely clear on what, other than the films themselves, the high definition discs will contain, but a new trailer is online promising excitement, adventure, and a host of special features.
We've known for a while that all four theatrical adventures of Professor Henry Jones Jr. from The Raiders of the Lost Ark to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull would be arriving on Blu-ray at some point this year. After very successfully launching the Star Wars six-movie "Complete Saga" in the high definition format last September, it's not surprise, then, that Lucasfilm is planning on bringing Harrison Ford's two-fisted collector of rare antiquities to Blu-ray this September in a set of "Complete Adventures."
Universal Pictures is hiring a new pair of screenwriters with experience revitalizing a dormant franchise to clone Jurassic Park 4 from the DNA of movie mosquitoes trapped in amber since 1993. After their success on Rise of the Planet of the Apes, husband and wife writing duo Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver are taking a crack at the script for a continuation of the series, which has been absent from cinemas for more than a decade.
Ah, summer. The season of barbecues, swampass, beaches, and, amongst other standbys, giant franchise movies that cost and make huge sums of money. We're right in the middle of another one, currently between breathlessly-anticipated superhero movies, but 20th Century Fox is making moves for the summer after next. Big moves. Today, Fox announced its plans to throw down during the dog days of 2014 with no fewer than three tentpole pictures. Two are sequels to prequels/reboots, and the other is from one of the progenitors of the modern blockbuster.
Pardon the generalization, but if you can make it to the end of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, then you're a husk of a human being with a cold heart that pumps some vile substance rather than warm blood. At the very least, you're probably a psychopath. To the vast majority of humanity, for whom that raspy "I'll be right here" and John Williams' magisterial score mean a pint-of-ice-cream-eating sobbing fit, there's cause for celebration today. Why? Because E.T. is arriving on Blu-ray and a new DVD this year in a 30th Anniversary Edition.
If you're a fan of the Saturday Night Live Digital Shorts created by the Lonely Island boys, then you're doubtless a fan of "Laser Cats." The perennially but joyously terrible ongoing saga of two warriors played by Andy Samberg and Bill Hader in an apocalyptic future of cats as laser weapons came back this last weekend with the seventh installment, and this one has a very consistent theme: the blockbusters of Steven Spielberg.
"If there's one thing the history of evolution has taught us," said fictitious chaotician Ian Malcolm just about two decades years ago, "It's that life will not be contained. Life breaks free, expands to new territories, and crashes through barriers, painfully, maybe even dangerously, but, ah, well, there it is." So it is with Jurassic Park, the film in which Malcolm was played by Jeff Goldblum. Twenty years after it became a massive blockbuster in the summer of 1993, Jurassic Park is set for 3D theatrical re-release in July 2013.
So the Oscars are over and with them, awards season has finally come to a close. The Artist dominated those high-falutin' Academy Awards, but with months of stuffiness and pomp out of the way, a different academy, the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films is looking to acknowledge excellence in genre films with the 38th Annual Saturn Awards. The official list of nominations in film and television were announced today, so take a look.
As Superman is to superheroes, Steven Spielberg is to directors. He's the biggest, the most immediately identifiable by the vast majority of moviegoers, and he's the first guy people think of when they hear the word "director." It makes a certain kind of sense, then, that the biggest director around would be attracted to one of the biggest stories ever told. According to Deadline, The Bearded One is nearing a deal with Warner Bros to direct Gods and Kings, a new take on the tale of Moses that frames the Old Testament figure principally as a warrior.
As is customary, this year's Oscar nominees were announced at 5:30 in the morning here on the West Coast, meaning many a bedraggled awards season enthusiast is starting off their day puzzling over just who and what is now officially up for an Academy Award at the 84th Annual ceremonies.