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Universal Congratulates ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ On Breaking ‘Jurassic World’ Record (Image)
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Han Solo and Chewie

Over the weekend Star Wars: The Force Awakens broke a couple of records, and you might have already heard, including Jurassic World‘s all-time biggest domestic opening weekend record.

Because Disney-owned Marvel was cool enough to congratulate Universal Pictures on breaking the record earlier this year, topping previous record-holder Marvel’s The Avengers, it seemed only fair that Universal return the favor. And that’s exactly what they’ve done. Just as Marvel tweeted out a congratulatory image of Chris Pratt riding a Tyrannosaurus rex holding Thor’s hammer Mjolnir in front of the Avengers team, Frank Marshall has tweeted out an image of the T-rex presenting droid BB-8 with a medal.

You can check out the congratulations image below.

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An ‘Indiana Jones’ Reboot Won’t Include An Indy Recast
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Indiana Jones

When Disney purchased Lucasfilm for $4 billion, most assumed that the studio would be focusing on the Star Wars franchise. But along with acquiring the rights to Star Wars, they also got the rights to the Indiana Jones films. Recent news has focused mostly on the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, other sequels, and their spinoffs. So it looked like Disney was putting Indiana Jones on the backburner. Rumors that Chris Pratt would play as Dr. Jones started to circulate earlier this year, but the actor said it probably wouldn’t happen because his action-film plate is pretty full. Even Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy admitted that they weren’t ready to release an Indiana Jones 5 because they didn’t have the right story yet.

However, during the Bridge of Spies press tour, director Steven Spielberg would probably do an Indiana Jones 5 with Harrison Ford, indicating that the role would probably not be recasted. Now, producer Frank Marshall is sharing that sentiment as he confirms that a recasting won’t happen. More on the story below.

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Book Review: Back To The Future: The Ultimate Visual History
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Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History title

Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History
Hardcover | Kindle
Written by Michael Klastorin with Randal Atamaniuk
Foreword by Michael J. Fox
Preface by Christopher Lloyd
Introduction by Bob Gale
Afterword by Robert Zemeckis
Harper Design | HarperCollins Publishers
Release date: October 20, 2015

This month marks the 30th anniversary of Back To The Future, the Robert Zemeckis-directed Steven Spielberg-produced film that went on to become one of the greatest and most beloved movies of our time, spawning two sequels that were equally enjoyed. In conjunction with this milestone, Insight Editions has released Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History, a coffee table-sized full-cover hardcover packed with details about the film trilogy, highlighted with behind-the-scenes photos, concept art, storyboards, and a host of removable collectible-type items.

Though Back to the Future was an instant hit when Universal Pictures released it back in 1985, it was a long road from concept to screen for director/screenwriter Robert Zemeckis and screenwriter Bob Gale. Though the filmmakers had a great idea for a film about a time-travel, their initial draft of the script was rejected by over 40 movie studios. A tidbit like that is hard to believe today when we see how deeply rooted the film is in today’s pop culture, but The Ultimate Visual History reveals their lengthy struggle, which also included their multiple attempts to get Michael J. Fox, who was locked in at the time to his schedule on the popular TV sitcom Family Ties, as the lead.

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New ‘Jurassic World’ Photos Reveal 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE
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Jurassic World Bryce Dallas Howard Chris Pratt Mercedes Benz GLE

Universal and Mercedes-Benz are teaming up to debut the car maker’s all-new 2016 GLE vehicles when they hit the big screen this June in Jurassic World, the highly anticipated Jurassic Park sequel.

New photos from the film set show off the new GLE Coupé, including one with producer Frank Marshall and director Colin Trevorrow, while a new still from Jurassic World shows Bryce Dallas Howard‘s character Claire standing in front of the car while talking to Chris Pratt‘s motorcycle-riding Owen.

Check out the new photos here below. [UPDATED – there’s now new footage of the car in the film.]

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Steven Spielberg and Melissa Mathison Reunite To Adapt Roald Dahl’s Classic ‘The BFG’
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The BFG

The last time mega-famous filmmaker Steven Spielberg and screenwriter Melissa Mathison collaborated on a project (besides Mathison’s uncredited work on the director’s segment of Twilight Zone: The Movie), the result was the record-smashing family fantasy classic E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

Thirty-two years following the release of the film that popularized Reese’s Pieces and airborne bike riding, Spielberg and Mathison are getting together to adapt Roald Dahl‘s 1982 children’s book The BFG for the big screen.

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Universal Puts Colin Trevorrow’s ‘Jurassic Park 4’ On Hold
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Jurassic Park 4 is going to have to close its gates for some renovations, at least momentarily. Production for the sequel was expected to begin on June 24 of this year for a June 13, 2014 release, but Universal has just announced that they are pulling back on filming because the project needs more time for development.

THR obtained a statement from the studio explaining why there will be a temporary production halt for the tentpole film.

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Frank Marshall Says List Of Candidates To Direct ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Has Narrowed
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With all Star Wars news that has happened in the past few weeks, many are wondering when we will hear the final word that says, “this person will direct Star Wars: Episode VII.” It may seem like with every bit of Star Wars news that breaks we are no closer to finding out who it is, but Frank Marshall, movie producer and husband to LucasFilm’s President Kathleen Kennedy, says that the list of candidates has narrowed.

In the past few weeks Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, J.J. Abrams, and Zack Snyder have all pulled themselves out of the running to direct Episode VII. However, Jon Favreau and Colin Tervorrow have expressed enthusiasm for directing, but stopped short of saying they wanted the job. It’s not known if the director who signs on will be attached to the entire trilogy that Toy Story 3 scribe Michael Ardnt has written. With the way some of these franchise films are handled it’s not likely we will see different people directing the respective chapters of the new saga.

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Producer Frank Marshall Says George Lucas Isn’t Hungry To Do ‘Indiana Jones 5’
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Indiana Jones 4

May fans agree that the one great error in the Indiana Jones series was its most recent installment, Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Hard to believe that a film that made so much at the box office can be panned critically and publicly, but it was, yet some are holding on to hope that a fifth Indiana Jones can put the iconic adventurer back on top.

Unfortunately, producer Frank Marshall doesn’t see that happening any time soon or at all. According to him, it all ends with four.

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Universal Hires ‘Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Scribes To Pen ‘Jurassic Park 4’
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Jurassic Park 4 has been a long, long, long-gestating project. It is actually surprising to see that we have gone through a movie without dinosaurs chasing humans as tasty morsels. But for those who have been waiting for so long, their patience has been rewarded. And depending on how you look at it, they have been rewarded in spades.

According to Deadline, Universal has hired Rise of the Planet of the Apes writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver to pen the long-awaited Jurassic Park sequel.

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