Decades before YouTube, two kids from Mississippi decided that they loved Raiders of the Lost Ark so much, they would just have to remake it. Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala spent much of their teenage years shooting and re-shooting a very cheap and extraordinarily loyal reproduction of the iconic Harrison Ford-starring, Steven Spielberg-directed film. Eli Roth was a fan, as was Quentin Tarantino, and even Spielberg gave them his seal of approval.
Six years after his last big-screen appearance, Indiana Jones may ride again. Variety has printed what appears to be confirmation that Indiana Jones 5 is going into production. Insiders have been anticipating the announcement of a fifth Indiana Jones movie since December, when Disney acquired the rights to the franchise (following its acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012).
When Jurassic Park debuted in 1993, computer generated special effects were barely out of their cradle. A handful of films such as Terminator 2 had dabbled in using digital animation for very specific effects, but no one had yet been able to crack the Holy Grail—making these effects look believably real on giant movie theater screens. With Steven Spielberg’s dinosaur blockbuster, the effects world took a brontosaurus-sized leap forward into a realm where creatures born on desktop computers could hold their own alongside flesh and blood actors. This behind-the-scenes video from The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences – which you can see exclusively today at Yahoo Movies – gives a glimpse of how Jurassic Park broke wide open the landscape of what was possible in film. The video is an installment of Moments That Changed the Movies, a new Academy Originals web series, debuting Monday. Today, Jurassic’s towering T-Rex and sleek raptors are still considered examples of top-notch digital effects, but when Spielberg began working on the film, computer effects were still so untested that all involved assumed the film’s dinosaurs would be created largely with animatronic robots.
Nizwar Karanj, the actor who famously got his heart ripped out in that unforgettable scene from 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,' talks about his brush with fame
Godzilla had the second biggest opening of the year, with $93.2 million. That’s a pretty impressive showing by the title monster considering his name isn’t uttered until 45 minutes in, and by the time audiences actually catch a glimpse of his ferocious maw, the movie is nearly half over.