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Under The Dome, Stephen King, Steven Spielberg, Showtime

CBS Announces Premiere Date for Under the Dome Season 2

Under The Dome, Stephen King, Steven Spielberg, Showtime

CBS has officially confirmed the premiere date for their drama series, “Under the Dome.” The show is based on the novel of the same name written by Stephen King.

“Under the Dome” returns for a second season on Monday, June 30 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT). The premiere episode will be written by the novel’s critically acclaimed author, King. “Under the Dome” was last summer’s #1 program, averaging 15.06 million viewers and 3.9/11 in adults 18-49, ranking as the most-watched scripted summer series in 21 years.

“Under the Dome” tells the story of a small town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. The town’s inhabitants must deal with surviving the post-apocalyptic conditions while searching for answers to what this barrier is, where it came from, and if and when it will go away.

The show is produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television.

Chris Pratt Joining Jurassic World?


Chris Pratt, or better known as Andy Dwyer, is reportedly eyeing a leading role in the next installment of the “Jurassic Park” franchise. The fourth film, Jurassic World, comes from director Colin Trevorrow. If Pratt accepts the role, he will be joining already-attached Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins.

Pratt is most known for his role on “Parks and Recreation,” but has two major film releases coming up in 2014. He stars in both The LEGO Movie and Guardians of the Galaxy (where he looks FIERCE.)

Steven Spielberg returns to produce the long-awaited next installment of his “Jurassic Park” series. Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a draft of the screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly. Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley join the team as fellow producers.

Irrfan Khan is also being reported to up for a supporting role in the film.

Jurassic World will be shot in 3D and is scheduled for a June 12, 2015 release. No official plot for the film or production details have been released. However, it was confirmed by Trevorrow that the film will feature Isla Nublar, the island from the first film.

The “Jurassic Park” film franchise is based on the novels written by Michael Crichton.

DreamWorks Acquires Film Rights For Goodwin’s “Bully Pulpit”


DreamWorks Studios has officially announced this week that the company has acquired the film rights to Doris Kearns Goodwin’s upcoming novel, “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism.” Steven Spielberg, one of the principal partners in DreamWorks, will team up with Goodwin again after their Oscar-winning collaboration on Lincoln.

Spielberg and Goodwin worked last year to adapt her novel ” Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.” The film later went on to become critically acclaimed. Spielberg said that Goodwin has “once again given us the best seats in the house where we can watch two dynamic American personalities in a battle for power and friendship.”

There is no word yet on when production will begin on the project. Also the studio has not revealed any other talent attached to work on the film.

The full book description is below:

The gap between rich and poor has never been wider . . . legislative stalemate paralyzes the country . . . corporations resist federal regulations . . . spectacular mergers produce giant companies . . . the influence of money in politics deepens . . . bombs explode in crowded streets . . . small wars proliferate far from our shores . . . a dizzying array of inventions speeds the pace of daily life.

These unnervingly familiar headlines serve as the backdrop for Doris Kearns Goodwin’s highly anticipated The Bully Pulpit—a dynamic history of the first decade of the Progressive era, that tumultuous time when the nation was coming unseamed and reform was in the air.

The story is told through the intense friendship of Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft—a close relationship that strengthens both men before it ruptures in 1912, when they engage in a brutal fight for the presidential nomination that divides their wives, their children, and their closest friends, while crippling the progressive wing of the Republican Party, causing Democrat Woodrow Wilson to be elected, and changing the country’s history.

The Bully Pulpit is also the story of the muckraking press, which arouses the spirit of reform that helps Roosevelt push the government to shed its laissez-faire attitude toward robber barons, corrupt politicians, and corporate exploiters of our natural resources. The muckrakers are portrayed through the greatest group of journalists ever assembled at one magazine—Ida Tarbell, Ray Stannard Baker, Lincoln Steffens, and William Allen White—teamed under the mercurial genius of publisher S. S. McClure.

Goodwin’s narrative is founded upon a wealth of primary materials. The correspondence of more than four hundred letters between Roosevelt and Taft begins in their early thirties and ends only months before Roosevelt’s death. Edith Roosevelt and Nellie Taft kept diaries. The muckrakers wrote hundreds of letters to one another, kept journals, and wrote their memoirs. The letters of Captain Archie Butt, who served as a personal aide to both Roosevelt and Taft, provide an intimate view of both men.

The Bully Pulpit, like Goodwin’s brilliant chronicles of the Civil War and World War II, exquisitely demonstrates her distinctive ability to combine scholarly rigor with accessibility. It is a major work of history—an examination of leadership in a rare moment of activism and reform that brought the country closer to its founding ideals.

Josh Brolin Eyeing Jurassic World


According to a report from The Wrap, Josh Brolin is in talks to star in Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World. However, the deal has not been reached at the moment. Brolin can be seen in the upcoming reboot of Oldboy coming from Spike Lee. Colin Trevorrow is both directing and co-writer the film alongside Derek Connolly. Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley are attached to produce alongside Steven Spielberg. The exact plot of the film has not been revealed. However, It was confirmed by Trevorrow that the film will feature Isla Nublar, the island from the first film. Continue reading

Bryce Dallas Howard Joins Jurassic World


According to a report from The Wrap,  Bryce Dallas Howard is currently in talks to play the leading role in the upcoming 4th installment in the “Jurassic Park” franchise. The fourth film, directed by Colin Trevorrow, is called “Jurassic World” and sees the return of Steven Spielberg as producer. Continue reading

DreamWorks Eyes The Grapes of Wrath


John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “The Grapes of Wrath,” could be heading to the big screen once again. A new film adaptation is currently in the early stages of planning according to a report from Deadline. It was also reported that DreamWorks is the company behind the talks with Steven Spielberg planned to be the producer.  Continue reading

Under The Dome, Stephen King, Steven Spielberg, Showtime

CBS Series “Under The Dome” Casts Colin Ford

Under The Dome, Stephen King, Steven Spielberg, Showtime

The upcoming CBS series, “Under the Dome,” based on the novel by Stephen King has cast its first actor. Colin Ford, most known for his role in the film We Bought A Zoo, has been added to the series set to air this summer.

“Under The Dome” has a 13-episode order and comes from famed director/producer Steven Spielberg and the author Stephen King.

Based on the 2009 best-selling novel, the series is set in Chester’s Mill, a small New England town suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. The town’s inhabitants must deal with surviving the post-apocalyptic conditions while searching for answers to what this barrier is, where it came from and if and when it will go away. Ford will play Joe, a teenager living in Chester’s Mill, a very smart kid who’s understandably freaked out when he discovers that the mysterious barrier covers the whole town — and both his parents are outside of it.

Niels Arden Oplev, known for helming The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, is set to direct the first episode based on a script provided by Brian K. Vaughan. Spielberg’s Amblin Television, which developed the project, is co-producing with CBS TV Studios. Neal Baer will serve as showrunner. DreamWorks’ Stacey Snider is executive producing with Spielberg, King, Baer, Vaughn, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank.

In addition to playing Matt Damon’s teen son in We Bought A Zoo, Ford played Young Sam Winchester on the CW’s “Supernatural.” He also recently guest starred on NBC’s “Revolution” and voices the title character on the Disney Jr. animated series “Jake And The Never Land Pirates.”

The premiere of “Under the Dome” is scheduled for Monday, June 24, 2013 at 10pm on CBS.

Steven Spielberg Promises Robopocalypse Isn’t Dead


It has been months since we have had an update regarding the big screen adaptation of “Robopocalypse,” the New York Times best-selling science fiction book by Daniel H. Wilson. The project was announced last year and has since been buried with some wondering if the Steven Spielberg project was dead.

Thankfully, the killer robots are still set to destroy mankind it just may be a little further down the line then initially anticipated. Spielberg initially made the announcement that his sic-fi adaptation, which he had planned to begin shooting this summer for a debut in April 2014, had been put on hold, with no details on when — or if — it might come back on the calendar. It seemed for sure that the anticipated project was heading for the cutting room floor before it even had a chance.

However, Spielberg has said that the films demise is not quite what the reporters are saying. Robopocalypse was reportedly set to begin filming using a script by Cloverfield writer Drew Goddard, and Anne Hathaway and Thor‘s Chris Hemsworth planning to star. Spielberg assured fans that the project is far from dead and that he merely taking his time with the film.

“We found that the film was costing a lot of money and I found a better way to tell the story more economically but also much more personally,” Spielberg said. “I found the personal way into Robopocalypse, and so I just told everybody to go find other jobs, I’m starting on a new script and we’ll have this movie back on its feet soon.”

There is no projected release date for the big screen adaptation but Spielberg estimates that the delay will only set the film back about six to eight months. He even went on to assure that he is working on the script right now with no intentions to drop the film.

“Not at all. I’m working on it as we speak,” he said.

Jurassic Park 3D Reveals New Poster For Anniversary Re-Release

We (and the rest of the collective internets) reported on the 20th anniversary release of Jurassic Park: 3D earlier this year as it is set to return to theaters on April 5th 2013. Today, the re-release has unveiled a brand new poster which you can see above.

Next Summer marks the 20th anniversary of the big screen adaptation of the 1990 novel written by Michael Crichton. The film featured a cast that includes Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough and many more.

Jurassic Park was initially released in 1993 and was directed by Steven Spielberg. The film centers on the fictional Isla Nublar near Costa Rica in the Central American Pacific Coast, where a billionaire philanthropist and a small team of genetic scientists have created an amusement park of cloned dinosaurs. The novel was already amidst a film rights bidding war before it was even published with Universal Studios winning out.

Over the years, Jurassic Park has remained one of the most loved films as well as being highly regarded as a landmark in the use of computer-generated imagery, and received positive reviews from most critics. During its release, the film grossed over $900 million worldwide, becoming the highest grossing film released up to that time (surpassing E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and surpassed four years later by Titanic), and it is currently the 23rd-highest-grossing feature film (adjusted for inflation, it is the 20th-highest-grossing film in North America). It is the highest grossing film produced by Universal and directed by Steven Spielberg.

Jurassic Park 3D will hit theaters next summer, April 5th, 2013 with a trailer set to be released later this week.