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21 Things You Never Knew About 'The Lost World: Jurassic Park' 

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"It wasn't as good as the first one. But it was very successful." That was the assessment by Steven Spielberg himself of "The Lost World: Jurassic Park," which marks its 20th anniversary on May 23, 2017. Indeed, the 1997 sequel may have prompted eye-rolling among fans, but it scared up a fortune at the box office, enough so that the franchise has continued to this day. Plus, it was the last time we got to see Jeff Goldblum's snarky scientist Ian Malcolm -- at least until next summer's "Jurassic World 2." As smoothly as the production ran -- Spielberg finished it on budget and ahead of schedule -- there were still some surprises and jokes on the set. Read on for the dino-details. 1. Michael Crichton called his "Jurassic Park" follow-up novel the only book he ever wrote that he knew would be made into a movie. He took inspiration from Arthur Conan Doyle, who'd written his own dinosaur novel in 1912 called "The Lost World," and who had famously resurrected Sherlock Holmes after killing him off -- a precedent Crichton used to justify bringing back Ian Malcolm, who had survived in the movie version of "Jurassic Park" but not in Crichton's earlier novel. 2. Even so, Spielberg and "Jurassic Park" screenwriter David Koepp ended up tossing a lot of Crichton's plot and characters, though they kept a handful of key scenes, including the central set piece of mom-and-dad Tyrannosaurus Rexes attacking a trailer in order to rescue their wounded infant. 3. The little girl attacked by tiny dinosaurs in the opening scene (above) is played by Camilla Belle. She and Vanessa Lee Chester (who played Malcolm's daughter, Kelly) had both played supporting roles in Alfonso Cuarón's "A Little Princess." Fittingly, Belle would grow up to star in prehistoric adventure "10,000 B.C." 4. Early in the film, while Goldblum rides the subway, you can see a familiar-looking young man reading a newspaper. That's future "Inglourious Basterds" co-star and "Hostel" director Eli Roth, who was an extra in several movies at the dawn of his Hollywood career. 5. Koepp got the names for characters Roland (Pete Postlethwaite, above) and Van Owen (Vince Vaughn) from the macho rivals in one of his favorite songs, Warren Zevon's "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner." 6. Vaughn was all but unknown when Spielberg cast him. The director had first noticed him while watching a pre-release edit of "Swingers," whose makers had passed it along to Spielberg in order to get his approval to borrow the "Jaws" theme music. Vaughn would also co-star in 1997 indie drama "The Locusts" with Kate Capshaw (Spielberg's wife) before "Lost World" introduced him to a mass audience. 7. While many shots in the film make use of advances in CGI that had occurred in the four years since "Jurassic Park," close-up shots of menacing carnivores were accomplished as before, with animatronic creatures built by monster-effects wizard Stan Winston. 8. The two T-Rex parents he built were so massive (19,000 pounds each -- and they were just head-and-torso) that they couldn't leave the soundstage, and sets had to be built around them. They were mounted on carts that ran on fixed tracks. 9. The crew had the most fun staging the T-Rex tracks' attack on the trailer, creature designer Shane Mahan recalled. "At first, we were hesitant, thinking that we had to be careful with the rigs. But it got to the point where we were just, 'Ah, to hell with it,' and we just demolished that trailer with the T-Rex rigs," Mahan said. "That scene wasn't faked. Those T-Rexes were really slamming into that thing, breaking glass and shaking it. I think the scene really works because we went for it like that. You can tell that something truly violent is happening." 10. The cliff over which the damaged trailer dangles was built out of a parking garage on the Universal Studios lot. 11. Most of the outdoor footage was shot in the redwood forests of Northern California. Yeah, in real life, there are no redwood forests in Costa Rica, but the ancient, enormous trees gave the scenes the prehistoric look that Spielberg wanted. 12. The sequence where velociraptors attack in the tall grass had to be planned a year in advance, in order for the seed sown by the production crew to grow tall enough. The crew planted eight full acres, in case scenes required multiple takes, since the grass, once trampled, wouldn't spring back up. 13. The screenplay's original ending had the humans fleeing the island in helicopters while being attacked by pteranodons, but the flying lizards wouldn't get their due on screen until "Jurassic Park III." 14. The idea of ending the movie with a T-Rex attacking San Diego came from Conan Doyle's novel, whose finale brought a pterodactyl to London, and from Spielberg's delight at the idea of making his own little "Godzilla" movie and seeing a T-Rex drinking from a swimming pool. 15. How did the crew of the ship get eaten if the T-Rex was still locked in the cargo hold? Apparently, there was supposed to be a scene showing raptors aboard the ship, but it was never filmed. 16. The "Godzilla" gag isn't at all subtle, except for the fact that one of the fleeing Japanese businessmen is saying, in Japanese, "I moved from Tokyo to get away from all this!" At least the filmmakers dropped their early idea of printing out that punchline in subtitles. 17. Koepp (above) has a cameo as "Unlucky Bastard," who is eaten by the runaway T-Rex during the San Diego sequence. 18. We still get a kick out of those blink-and-you'll-miss-'em posters for imaginary movies in the San Diego video store: Tom Hanks riding a surfboard in something called "Tsunami Sunrise," a giant Robin Williams holding a tiny family in his palm in "Jack and the Beanstalks" (a hint toward the "BFG" adaptation in Spielberg's future?), and Arnold Schwarzenegger in Shakespeare's "King Lear." 19. The budget of "Lost World" was reportedly $73 million, just $8 million more than "Jurassic Park" had cost in 1993. 20. "Lost World" set box office records when it opened. Its $72.1 million opening weekend was the biggest ever at the time and held the record until "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" surpassed it four and a half years later. It was also the fastest film to cross the $100 million mark, doing so in just six days. It ultimately earned less over the course of its run than "Jurassic Park," racking up $229 million in North America and $619 million worldwide. Still, it remained the top grossing movie for most of 1997, until "Titanic" opened in December. 21. It's no wonder Spielberg followed "Lost World" with dialogue-heavy dramas "Amistad" and "Saving Private Ryan." "It made me wistful about doing a talking picture because sometimes I got the feeling I was just making this big silent-roar movie," he said of "Lost World." "I found myself saying, 'Is that all there is? It's not enough for me.'"... read more
26. toukokuuta 2017 4:18:56 Categories: Moviefone logo

First look at Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro in The Last Jedi 

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"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" is scattering its heroes across the galaxy to new cities, new planets, and new star systems. ... read more
25. toukokuuta 2017 7:03:47 Categories: Moviefone logo

'Game of Thrones' trailer gets internet talking 

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"The Great War is here!" After a false start whipped "Game of Thrones" fans into hysterics, HBO successfully posted the long-anticipated official Season 7 trailer. ... read more
25. toukokuuta 2017 5:18:15 Categories: Moviefone logo

'Titanic' director sued for stealing man's story 

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It's been 20 years since "Titanic" came out, but some lawsuits never let go.... read more
23. toukokuuta 2017 7:49:47 Categories: Moviefone logo

James Cameron sued by man who claims he inspired 'Titanic' 

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It's been 84 20 years since "Titanic" came out, but some (head-scratch-worthy) lawsuits never let go. Last night, Celine Dion wowed the 2017 Billboard Music Awards audience by singing her famous "Titanic" song, "My Heart Will Go On." Just incase you missed Celine dion's tear jerking performance of "my heart will go on" 😭 - no (@tbhjuststop) May 22, 2017 Meanwhile, TMZ posted a report that writer/director James Cameron is being sued for $300 million (plus 1 percent of royalties) by a Florida man who claims "he's the inspiration for Jack Dawson," played by Leonardo DiCaprio. At least, that's how TMZ phrased it, but they probably just mean the guy claims he inspired the main love story, including Kate Winslet's character, Rose. The guy who filed suit, Stephen Cummings, probably doesn't think he's the real Jack Dawson since -- 20-year-old spoiler alert -- that guy died when the ship went down. TMZ referenced the legal docs, which claim James Cameron heard about Cummings through word-of-mouth, after events that took place in Brevard County in 1988 and 1989, and Cameron used Cummings's story for the 1997 film. As the site reported: "The ex-'yacht master' also says the depiction of the Titanic sinking was NOT based on history, but instead on stories he told friends about 2 of his relatives who were aboard the real doomed ship. You probably guessed -- the wife survived, the husband did not. Of course, 1,517 souls were lost that fateful 1912 night ... so we'd imagine there are more than a few such stories." There's no word on why this guy would wait so long to file a lawsuit, but maybe he wanted to piggy-back on the 20th anniversary. So far, the suit is being met with "good luck with that" laughter, and if this is really all he has, he really does not have much. But at least he's making it count? Want more stuff like this? Like us on Facebook.... read more
23. toukokuuta 2017 2:06:47 Categories: Moviefone logo

Nicole Kidman goes punk in new movie teaser 

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Nicole Kidman wears a fright wig that recalls David Bowie's Goblin King in "Labyrinth" and screams "Rise up, my children!" in the first teaser for "How to Talk to Girls at Parties."... read more
20. toukokuuta 2017 1:39:14 Categories: Moviefone logo

Deadwood actor Powers Boothe dies at 68 

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Powers Boothe, a veteran character actor, died Sunday at the age of 68 -- a few weeks shy of his 69th birthday. Actor and friend Beau Bridges was first to release the news via Twitter: It's with great sadness that I mourn the passing of my friend Powers Boothe... read more
15. toukokuuta 2017 10:51:47 Categories: Moviefone logo

The 9 Best Movie Trailers of 2017 (So Far) 

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Our favorite part of going to the movies? The trailers. Sure, we get to watch them online several days before they hit theaters -- but there's nothing like seeing them on the big screen with a trough full of expensive popcorn in your lap. If these trailers are any indication, 2017 is poised to be a pretay, pretay big year for movies. Here are the year's best previews for both movies coming soon to a theater near you and those we've already seen/can't wait to see again. 9. "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" Official TrailerYes, this franchise is very "been there, done that" with audiences after whatever the hell "On Stranger Tides" was. But we're a sucker for ghost sharks and Javier Bardem doing the villain thing again. (And no, sharks -- ghost or otherwise -- don't have snake-like fangs or rib cages. Because science. But we'll give this movie a pass.) 8. " Atomic Blonde " Trailer 2 Charlize Theron invents new levels of kick-punching violence as her lethal spy turns a stairwell into a UFC octagon in this trailer. Before watching it, this movie had our curiosity. Now, it has our attention -- and our money on opening weekend. 7. "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" Teaser Trailer You know why this teaser is great. You've watched it at least a fabillion times this week already. Now, less reading and more watching it again. 6. " Baby Driver " Trailer 1 This trailer is like club Stefon would pitch; it has everything -- Car chases, a sassy Kevin Spacey, and foot-tappin' needle drops. We need this movie in our eye holes now. Thankfully, after the film received a great reception at SXSW earlier this year, Sony cut down our wait time and moved the film up from August to June 28. 5. "War for the Planet of the Apes" Trailer 2 For two a-mah-zing films, the rebooted franchise has been building to an epic showdown between man and ape. This trailer proves that director Matt Reeves is going to deliver on that -- and then some. Expect lots of explosions in between Caesar giving you all the feels. 4. Stephen King's "IT" Trailer 1Scariest trailer ever? Scariest trailer ever. This trailer for Pennywise's much-anticipated trip will give you a serious case of day terrors. I mean, just writing about it now, I can't even -- *rocks back and forth in corner. 3. "It Comes at Night" TrailerWe don't know what the "It" here is, but we're pretty sure it would make Stephen King's murder clown blush. It's already made us cry four times while writing this. 2. "Thor: Ragnaok" Trailer 1 Thank the gods of Asgard for this movie, and for giving us our new favorite GIF: 1. "Logan" Trailer 2 One of the best X-Men movies ever gives the franchise arguably its best trailer ever. From the moody use of Kaleo's "Way Down We Go" on the soundtrack, to the emotionally stirring VO from Charles Xavier (RIP), this trailer resonates long after the final credits roll. Watching it again makes you just as excited to see "Logan" for a second time as you were upon first viewing. The best compliment we can give this trailer is that we wish we made it. Did we leave out some of your favorites? Sound off in the comments below. Watch Now... read more
12. toukokuuta 2017 20:47:44 Categories: Moviefone logo

22 Things You Never Knew About 'The Fifth Element' 

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Twenty years after the release of "The Fifth Element" (on May 9, 1997), we still have one question: What in the world was that? Luc Besson's flamboyant, over-the-top sci-fi epic, starring a blond Bruce Willis, an androgynous Chris Tucker, a tragically-coiffed Gary Oldman, and Milla Jovovich left viewers stunned. Some loved it, some hated it, but it was a box office hit around the world (for many years, the biggest French cinema export ever), and it remains a cult favorite today. Still, as many times as you've marveled (or snickered, or just gawked) at "The Fifth Element" on cable, there's a lot you may not know about the movie -- its long gestation (22 years!), the hilarious story of how Tucker landed his role, and the production's scandalous off-screen love triangle. Here are the elements that made the film. 1. Besson (above) said he started writing the screenplay when he was 16, creating the vivid fantasy universes to combat the boredom he experienced living in rural France. But it didn't reach the screen until he was 38 years old; by that time, he felt he was old enough to actually have something to say about life. 2. The filmmaker had approached Willis to star as heroic cabbie Korben Dallas back in the early 1990s, before he had financing in place. He also sought Mel Gibson, who turned the part down. 3. Ultimately, Besson thought he'd have to settle for a cheaper leading man, but in a chance conversation with Willis, the actor said that if he liked the script, he'd figure out a way to make the money work. "Sometimes I just do it because they're just fun," he said of his movie role choices in 1997, "and this was a real fun movie to make." He'd end up signing on for a reduced salary up front and a percentage of the profits. 4. Oldman, who'd played the villain in "The Professional," took the bad guy role of Zorg as a favor to Besson, who'd helped finance Oldman's directing debut, "Nil by Mouth." "It was me singing for my supper," Oldman recalled in 2011. "I owed him one." He did his duty, but he didn't think much of his performance. "I can't bear it," he said in 2014. 5. The filmmakers auditioned 8,000 actresses to play mysterious, scantily clad heroine Leeloo. Besson said he saw 200 or 300 of those actresses read. One of them was Jovovich, who had taken a break from acting after "Dazed and Confused" three years earlier, in order to focus on her singing career. "Milla has this physical thing, she can be from the past or the future," Besson said in 1997. "She can be an Egyptian or a Roman. She can be Nefertiti and she can be from outer space." 6. "Fifth Element" would relaunch the future "Resident Evil" mainstay as an action star, a career for which she began training over several months of rehearsals for Leeloo, studying acting and karate for eight hours a day. 7. Even so, the martial arts novice couldn't manage some of the high kicks required of her character. They were accomplished via artful editing and an artificial leg operated from just outside the frame. 8. French fashionista Jean-Paul Gaultier designed the film's elaborate, gender-bending costumes. He had to outfit at least 900 actors and extras. One costume included a jacket that was said to have cost $5,000. 9. Chris Tucker (still best known at the time for his scene-stealing "Friday" role) won the role of colorful media personality Ruby Rhod because the part had been turned down by Besson's first choice: Prince. 10. So why did Prince turn down the role? As Gaultier explained it in 2013, the "Purple Rain" star found the proposed costumes the designer had shown him in illustrations to be "a bit too effeminate." (Let that sink in for a minute.)11. Gaultier had also unwittingly offended Prince with his description of one proposed outfit, a mesh suit with a padded, fringe-bedecked rear. Gaultier kept referring to this part of the suit as a "faux cul" ("fake ass"), but because of his thick accent, he said Prince misheard him as saying, "F--- you!" 12. Tucker has said he took inspiration from both Prince and Michael Jackson in crafting his performance as Ruby Rhod. Quipped Gaultier, "Maybe he's less Michael Jackson and more Janet." 13. Besson enlisted influential French comic book artists Jean Giraud (a.k.a. Moebius) and Jean-Claude Mézières to design his futuristic universe. Willis' flying taxi was inspired by the images of a similar vehicle in Mézières' title "The Circles of Power." 14. The New York scenes were created using a combination of CGI (for the flying cars), live action (the people), and scale models (the buildings). A crew of 80 on the production design team spent five months building dozens of city blocks at 1/24th scale. 15. The language Leeloo speaks had a vocabulary of 400 words invented by Besson and Jovovich. They practiced it by writing letters to each other in the made-up tongue. 16. Besson cast his wife, Maïwenn Le Besco, as the alien Diva Plavalaguna (above) after the actress he'd originally chosen dropped out. But during the shoot, he left Maïwenn and took up with Jovovich. 17. Besson and Jovovich married at the end of 1997 and divorced two years later, after he'd directed her in the lead role of his 1999 movie "The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc." 18. The astonishment on everyone's faces when Plavalaguna appears was real. Besson had isolated his wife from the cast so that no one would know what the Diva was supposed to look like until they saw her in character as the blue-skinned alien. 19. Surprisingly, hero Willis and villain Oldman share no screen time. 20. "The Fifth Element" cost a reported $90 million to produce, the costliest film made up to that point by a non-American production company (in this case, the French studio Gaumont). It earned back $264 million worldwide, $200 million of which came from moviegoers outside North America. It held the record as the most globally successful French-produced movie until "The Intouchables" in 2011. 21. The movie earned one Oscar nomination, for Best Sound Editing. 22. As sophisticated as the visual effects seemed at the time, Besson found them frustratingly primitive. Today's digital effects would have made shooting "Fifth Element" much easier, he said recently. He's currently finishing for July release the sci-fi epic "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets," based on the Mézières stories he loved as a boy. Besson says it features 2,734 effects shots, compared to a mere 188 for "Fifth Element."... read more
9. toukokuuta 2017 21:35:21 Categories: Moviefone logo

Everything We Know About the 'Fifth Element' Sequel That Never Was 

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This year marks the 20th anniversary of "The Fifth Element," French visionary Luc Besson's whirligig sci-fi epic...... read more
9. toukokuuta 2017 5:30:54 Categories: Moviefone logo

'The Avengers' turns five: Fun facts about the Marvel blockbuster 

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"The Avengers" changed everything. Its several-movies-in-the-making team-up of Earth's Mightiest Heroes inspired every studio with similar IP to combine their various characters all under one roof; some of these movies were successful ("X-Men: Days of Future Past") while others were "Batman v Superman" and the messy-looking "Justice League." Joss Whedon's blockbuster, with its then-$200 million opening weekend record, earned its assembling (see what we did thar?) of characters while sending other studios scrambling to populate their slates with the reigning genre in Hollywood -- the comic book movie. As the film turns five years old this week (happy birthday!), here are a few things you might know about the making of the shawarma-lovin' gang's first (and, so far, best) adventure. 1. Zak Penn wrote an early draft of the script, hence why he gets a story credit on the finished film. When Joss Whedon got his hands on it, he did a page-one rewrite. And then, he kind of trashed it. The director bluntly stated: "There was a script. There just wasn't a script I was going to film a word of." (Shots. Fired.) 2. "I don't think you have anything. Pretend this draft never happened." That's what Whedon told Marvel Studios head and "Avengers" producer Kevin Feige during a meeting on the project. (Don't mince words, Joss, tell us what you really think.) 3. After dropping several megatons of truth bombs, Whedon (according to Vanity Fair) "went home, wrote a five-page treatment of his Avengers vision," and was then given the go-ahead to reshape the movie to fit his plans for it. 4. Whedon's document, according to Feige, "was incredibly well written and articulate and full of great ideas." It ended with the tagline "The Avengers: Some Assembly Required." 5. Marvel loved that "Some Assembly Required" tagline so much that they used it to end an early teaser for the film that ran at the end of Captain America's first film in 2011. 6. Marvel is famous for giving their filmmakers story guidelines -- think narrative tentpoles -- that they want them to hit in their movies. According to a 2014 Whedon biography, the stipulations Marvel gave Whedon included: All the Avengers had to (ahem) assemble, Loki had to be involved, there needed to be a battle between the good guys by the film's mid-point, and an even bigger final set piece battle for the end of the film between our heroes and the alien army destroying NYC. 7. Whedon didn't mind the above guidelines. In his 2014 biography, he said: "I was like, 'Great, you just gave me your three acts.' Now all I have to do is justify getting to those places and beyond them." 8. For years, Whedon was on Marvel's radar for various projects. In the early 2000s, Marvel met with Whedon to discuss being involved on an Iron Man film when New Line had the rights to the project. 9. Marvel's offer for Whedon to write and direct the film came with several production mandates. The shoot had to be done in 92 days, with a quick turnaround for post-production and for all the film's CG-heavy sequences. 9. For years, Whedon was on Marvel's radar for various projects. In the early 2000s, Marvel met with Whedon to discuss being involved on an Iron Man film when New Line had the rights to the project. 10. Recently, storyboard animatics leaked for deleted/alternate scenes from the film. While the animatics have since been removed by Marvel's internet ninjas, they included an alternate opening sequence where Iron Man battles a convoy of para-military looking guys (or Hydra) in a tree-lined area or jungle setting, where Iron Man's missile firing malfunctions. His solution? Yank the missile from his launcher, throw it at the bad guy, and ignite it with a repulsor ray. 11. Another deleted scene features Black Widow and Cap on the QuinJet, en route to Stark Tower. When asked if Tony might be susceptible to Loki's unique brand of mind control in the film, Natasha quips something to the affect of: "Fly faster. Fly much faster." 12. Also, Tony's meeting with Loki at Stark Tower was depicted different. With Tony remarking to the puny god "Solid smoke. Quality mirrors." in response to the baddie's shady (and violent) theatrics so far. 13. Iron Man's introduction in the film, cutting from Steve Rogers' line about leaving the Tesseract in the ocean to Iron Man working underwater, was a late-in-the-edit suggestion from Feige. Originally, Iron Man was not given such a natural segue. 14. During the lab scene aboard the Helicarrier -- remember those berries Tony Stark offered Banner? Those aren't props. They belong to RDJ. The actor reportedly kept food and snacks hidden all over the lab set and no one could find them. So anytime he eats in the final film, that's just because Downey Jr. was hungry. 15. The film's tricky shooting schedule made it nearly impossible for all of the cast to be on set in New Mexico at the same time. But when they were, Chris Evans texted them one thing -- "Assemble." This lead to a great night out, according to Agent Coulson himself, Clark Gregg. 16. In the comics, Ant-Man and the Wasp are two of the Avengers' founding members. Whedon had to cut them from his script, however, because the film already had enough characters to juggle without those two in the mix. (And they may have also been cut because Marvel could have been early days in the planning of Ant-Man's solo film by then.) 17. The shawarma end-credits tag that everyone loves? It was shot the night of the film's Hollywood premiere. 18. Here's the breakdown from EW on how that scene came about: "In the original script, [Tony] awakens with a start and asks, "What's next?" But during filming, Downey was notorious for pushing for variations and felt that line could be something snappier. Whedon agreed, and penned several new versions of the scene in a notebook the day of shooting.... read more
5. toukokuuta 2017 20:46:19 Categories: Moviefone logo

Liam Neeson shocks restaurant by accepting offer of free sandwich 

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If you offer Liam Neeson a free sandwich, he will find you, and he will thank you.  ... read more
4. toukokuuta 2017 23:31:16 Categories: Moviefone logo

Facts you never knew about the first 'Spider-Man' movie 

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Hard to remember now, but there was a lot of skepticism about the first "Spider-Man" movie before it came out 15 years ago this week (on May 3, 2002). Tobey Maguire as a superhero? A henna-haired Kirsten Dunst as love interest Mary Jane Watson? Directed by the guy whose best work was the micro-budget "Evil Dead" horror movies? Yet it all somehow worked, breaking records on its opening weekend, launching a lucrative franchise, and making bankable A-listers out of Maguire, co-star James Franco, and director Sam Raimi. Here's how Marvel's web-swinger vaulted over many obstacles and spun one of the most beloved of all superhero sagas. 1. One reason it took until 2002 to get a Spidey movie made: nearly two decades worth of lawsuits over who controlled the film rights. It came down to a battle between MGM, the studio whose only reliable source of revenue was the James Bond series, and Sony. The studios finally agreed to a swap: MGM would give up its Spider-Man claim if Sony would stop trying to make its own 007 movies (like Warner Bros. had with "Never Say Never Again"). 2. While the lawyers were trying to unsnarl the legal webs, writers drafted several Spidey screenplays that never got made. One of the more bizarre efforts was a script more like "The Fly" than a superhero story, with a mad scientist subjecting Peter Parker to radiation experiments that transformed him into an eight-limbed freak, a violent human tarantula. 3. Another early script outline came from no less than James Cameron, who envisioned a story pitting Spider-Man against Electro and Sandman (villains who'd eventually find their way into later Spider-movies). 4. Cameron also came up with the idea of making Spider-Man's webs organic, rather than synthetic creations shot from a device worn on his wrist. A storyboard for what the filmmaker had planned can be seen above. 5. Eventually, the job of writing the "Spider-Man" screenplay went to "Jurassic Park" screenwriter David Koepp. He kept Cameron's organic-web concept, among other ideas, but changed the villains to Green Goblin and Dr. Octopus. Eventually, he decided that the daddy issues at play in the Goblin storyline were interesting enough to drop Doc Ock. 6. Two other script doctors polished Koepp's work; one was two-time-Oscar-winner Alvin Sargent, who'd resurrect the Doc Ock story in his own script for "Spider-Man 2." But ultimately, Koepp earned sole screen credit. (Sargent was married to one of the film's producers, the late Lynda Obst.) 7. Raimi (above, center) wasn't Sony's first choice to direct; other filmmakers up for the job included Chris Columbus, Jan de Bont, Roland Emmerich, Ang Lee, Tony Scott, M. Night Shyamalan, and David Fincher. 8. Fincher ultimately passed on the gig because he didn't want to do an origin story; rather, he wanted to do the tragic Gwen Stacy storyline that would eventually inform Marc Webb's "Amazing Spider-Man" movies. Ultimately, Raimi's life-long Spider-Man fandom earned him the gig. 9. Similarly, Maguire wasn't the first choice for Peter Parker. Among those on the short list: Wes Bentley, Leonardo DiCaprio, Edward Furlong (who had been Cameron's choice), Chris Klein, Heath Ledger, Freddie Prinze Jr., Jay Rodan, and Scott Speedman. But Raimi had enjoyed Maguire's lead performance in "The Cider House Rules" and was sure he could capture Peter Parker's insecurity and decency. 10. Also auditioning to play the lead were Franco, who ultimately landed the role of Peter's pal Harry Osborn instead, and Joe Manganiello, who was instead cast as bully Flash Thompson. It was the future "Magic Mike" actor's first job out of college. 11. For Mary Jane, Raimi envisioned actual redhead Alicia Witt. But Dunst, drawn by Raimi and Maguire's indie-film credentials, lobbied for the part and auditioned successfully. 12. Willem Dafoe landed the Green Goblin role only after Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich, Liam Neeson (Raimi's "Darkman" star), and John Travolta all said "no." 13. Maguire spent months buffing up and working with a physical trainer, a yoga teacher, a martial-arts master, and a climbing instructor. He also studied the movements of spiders in order to imitate them. 14. In a way, all the legal delays were fortunate, since a lot of the movie's stunts would have been impossible in the days when CGI was still primitive or non-existent. Sony suits found test shots of Spider-Man crawling up the side of a building so convincing that they thought they were seeing actual footage of Maguire in costume. 15. Producer Ian Bryce said the eight-minute Times Square sequence was even more complex to stage than the massive D-Day invasion he'd helped recreate in "Saving Private Ryan." 16. Raimi tried to shoot on real New York locations whenever possible, but most of the big action set-pieces -- including the Goblin's attacks on Times Square and the Queensboro Bridge (above) -- were shot primarily on Hollywood sets with computer-generated cityscapes added later. 17. Dafoe's Goblin costume bedeviled the filmmakers. It consisted of 580 pieces and took half an hour to put on, but Dafoe insisted on wearing it whenever possible instead of dressing a stunt double in it. Also, its green color meant it had to be filmed in front of a blue screen during effects shots, while Maguire's blue and red costume had to be shot against a green screen. So the two actors had to have their effects shots done separately, even in scenes where they appeared together. 18. The iconic upside-down kiss scene was shot on the New York street set of the Warner Bros. studio lot in Burbank. 19. During construction of a "Spider-Man" set in Hollywood, welder Tim Holcombe was killed in an accident involving a tumbling forklift. The studio was fined $59,000 for workplace safety violations. 20. The obligatory Stan Lee cameo -- he's briefly seen pulling a girl to safety during the Times Square attack -- was supposed to be longer. Initially, the Marvel Comics guru was supposed to approach Peter and say, "Hey, kid, would you like a pair of these glasses? They're the kind they wore in 'X-Men.'" But the scene was trimmed. 21. Speaking of "X-Men," Hugh Jackman's Wolverine was also supposed to have a cameo. But Sony and "X-Men" studio 20th Century Fox tussled over rights issues, and the appearance didn't happen. 22. "Spider-Man" was one of the first films forced to make changes in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. The film's first teaser featured a scene especially shot for the ad, in which Spidey traps a helicopter full of thieves in a giant web suspended between the World Trade Center towers. That teaser trailer had to be scrapped. Also, images of the Twin Towers had to be airbrushed out of the posters and digitally erased from the film. 23. "Spider-Man" cost a reported $139 million to make. When it premiered, it became the first movie ever to cross the $100 million mark its first weekend, debuting with a record $114.8 million. It would go on to earn $403.7 million in North America, making it the biggest hit of 2002. Worldwide, it grossed $821.7 million. 24. With Tom Holland gearing up to star as the third Spider-Man in 15 years (in July's "Spider-Man: Homecoming"), he's already earned Maguire's blessing. Posting on Instagram last summer after seeing Holland re-introduce the wall-crawler in "Captain America: Civil War," the original Peter Parker called his successor's performance "great."... read more
3. toukokuuta 2017 22:01:23 Categories: Moviefone logo

What to know before seeing the latest Marvel film 

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"Guardians of the Galaxy" was easily the breakout hit of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Phase Two. Now, Star-Lord and his merry band of intergalactic miscreants are back for another adventure. Here's everything you need to know before seeing the latest addition to the MCU, including what the team's new mission is and why you should absolutely stick around after the credits. 1. The Team Gets Some New Members All five of the original Guardians return for "Vol. 2," including Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista) Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), and Groot (Vin Diesel). But the team will expand a little for this next adventure. Yondu (Michael Rooker) will be more ally than frenemy this time around, while Nebula (Karen Gillan) is apparently abandoning her father, Thanos, and throwing her lot in with the Guardians -- but not before clashing with sis, Gamora. (Nebula will not officially join forces with this "bunch of a-holes," and fans can expect her to go out on her own by the time the movie ends.) Fans will also see one entirely new character seemingly join the roster. Mantis (Pom Klementieff) is an empath/psychic who just might give Drax a run for his money as the most socially-awkward member of the team. 2. There Will Be Lots of Baby Groot When last we saw the Guardians, Groot had narrowly survived his great sacrifice and was slowly regrowing his body. It doesn't appear that he's made much progress since then. Groot may be mobile again in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," but he's still a far cry from the giant tree monster he used to be. But that's okay, because all signs point to Baby Groot being the sequel's breakout character. The trailers alone make it clear that Groot is responsible for more comedy than ever, and based on the amount of Baby Groot-themed merchandise out there, Marvel clearly expects fans to fall in love with this tiny, squeaky-voiced incarnation of the character. 3. Say Hello to Star-Lord's Dad The first "Guardians" played up the mystery who Star-Lord's papa was; all we knew at the time is that it was some cosmic being powerful enough to make Peter Quill capable of wielding an Infinity Stone without vaporizing himself. That mystery gets solved in "Vol. 2," as the team comes face to face with Star-Lord's pops, Ego the Living Planet (Kurt Russell). What the heck is a Living Planet, and why does it look an awful lot like Snake Plissken? You'll just have to watch the movie to find out. (And don't expect Ego to be a straight-up good guy. As family reunions ago, it's not one of the best.) 4. Thanos Sits This One Out The first "Guardians" was notable, among other things, for giving Thanos his first significant role in the MCU. But even with Marvel Studios steering full-steam ahead to 2018's "Avengers: Infinity War," don't expect the Infinity Gem-coveting villain to make a return appearance here. A few characters mention the owner of the best space chair ever by name, but the movie never shows him. Or his chair. Instead, it looks like High Priestess Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki) and her people, "The Sovereign," will serve as villains this time around. The Sovereign are a race of intensely xenophobic aliens who become the latest in a long line of enemies Star-Lord manages to attract. It's kind of his specialty. 5. The Cosmic-side of the MCU Expands Director James Gunn is making a point of keeping Star-Lord the only (mostly) human character in this film. Instead, the goal is to offer moviegoers an even wider glimpse of Marvel's cosmic characters. That means new alien races like the Sovereign, new beings like Ego, and plenty of other surprises along the way. Expect even more nerd-friendly cameos and Easter eggs this time around, including the debut of a new MCU character played by a certain Italian Stallion. 6. Stick Around for the End Credits Marvel fans are conditioned by now to stick around when the credits roll. And that's a good thing, because "Guardians 2" has plenty to offer diligent audience members. The first film featured two end-credits tags -- Baby Groot dancing FTW! Its sequel sets a record for the MCU, with five (!) -- one of which features our pal, Stan Lee. But none of the scenes set up or tease "Infinity War," at least not directly. Find out what all five scenes have in store when "Guardians" hits theaters Friday.... read more
3. toukokuuta 2017 22:01:21 Categories: Moviefone logo

'Walking Dead' star cops death threats 

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 Josh McDermitt plays Eugene Porter on "The Walking Dead," and many fans were frustrated with the character's actions in Season 7. However, some of those "fans" went so far as to send death threats to the actor. ... read more
3. toukokuuta 2017 3:30:43 Categories: Moviefone logo

Ed Sheeran's 'GoT' appearance to include special treat 

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<p>Since his cameo is apparently only around five minutes long, we probably now know the gist of the entire scene.</p>... read more
2. toukokuuta 2017 13:01:12 Categories: Moviefone logo

'Firestarter' Is the Latest Stephen King Movie Getting a Remake 

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Add "Firestarter" to the growing list of remakes of Stephen King movies: New versions of "It" and a TV series of "The Mist" are already headed our way. The 1984 version of "Firestarter" starred Drew Barrymore as a young girl with pyrokinetic abilities who's abducted by the government because -- of course -- they want to use her as a weapon. It was the third film for Barrymore, who was nine when the movie opened. It got terrible reviews (it's got a 39% rating on Rotten Tomatoes) so a remake could actually be better. THR reports that Akiva Goldsman ("Winter's Tale") will direct for horror studio Blumhouse. Jason Blum announced the news at the Overlook Film Festival at Timberline Lodge in Mt. Hood, OR, where Goldsman's latest film, "Stephanie," premiered. It stars Anna Torv ("Fringe") and Frank Grillo as parents who take in an an orphaned girl with unworldly powers. Goldsman's directorial resumé is slim, but he's also produced big movies including "Paranormal Activity" films, "I Am Legend," and "Mr. and Mrs. Smith." He also wrote the scripts for the most recent "The Ring" sequel "Rings," and "I, Robot."... read more
29. huhtikuuta 2017 2:15:37 Categories: Moviefone logo

Scott Baio criticised for comments on Moran's death 

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Insinuating that a former co-star is to blame for their own death isn't such a good way to win over the Twitterverse.&nbsp;... read more
25. huhtikuuta 2017 16:32:02 Categories: Moviefone logo

Baby Has the Time of Her Life in 'Dirty Dancing' Remake Teaser 

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Nobody puts Abigail Breslin in a corner! ABC unveiled the first teaser for its reboot of "Dirty Dancing," which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Abigail Breslin stars as shy, unsure Baby, who falls for bad boy dancer Johnny (Colt Prattes). Even though this remake puts a "fresh twist" on the classic story, the teaser has many classic scenes from the original, including Baby and Johnny dancing on a log and the two performing the famous lift. You can't have "Dirty Dancing" without the lift! And of course, Johnny declares, "Nobody puts Baby in a corner." The "fresh twist" includes more back story on the characters, a look at what happens to Baby and Johnny once the summer is over, and more Lisa! The remake features a star-studded cast, including Debra Messing (Marjorie Houseman), Bruce Greenwood (Dr. Jake Houseman), Nicole Scherzinger (Penny Rivera), Sarah Hyland (Lisa Houseman), Tony Roberts (Max Kellerman), Katey Sagal (Vivian Pressman), Billy Dee Williams (Tito) and J. Quinton Johnson (Marco). "Dirty Dancing" airs May 24 at 8 p.m. on ABC.... read more
25. huhtikuuta 2017 2:45:29 Categories: Moviefone logo

Sean Bean is a human spoiler, here's why 

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Sean Bean is a human spoiler. If he shows up in a movie, there is a very good chance his character will die.&nbsp;... read more
22. huhtikuuta 2017 9:15:51 Categories: Moviefone logo
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