Universal to release Jaws and E.T. on IMAX

Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment today announced that, for the first time, U.S. audiences will be able to experience two classic, culture-defining Steven Spielberg films—E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and Jaws—on IMAX screens nationwide. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial will be released exclusively on IMAX screens beginning August 12, to celebrate the film’s 40th Anniversary. Jaws will be released on IMAX screens and also in RealD 3D beginning September 2. … Continue reading “Universal to release Jaws and E.T. on IMAX”

NBCUniversal’s 2022 Winter Olympics begins

NBCUniversal’s comprehensive coverage of the 2022 Winter Olympics begins tomorrow with live primetime coverage of ice hockey, curling, and alpine skiing. Live coverage gets underway when the U.S. mixed doubles curling team faces Italy at 8 p.m. ET on USA Network and Peacock. Medal contender Canada opens Olympic ice hockey competition against Switzerland live at … Continue reading “NBCUniversal’s 2022 Winter Olympics begins”

NBC Sports, Universal drop Olympic athletes into Jurassic World campaign

And here we thought the Winter Olympics were being played in China. Universal Pictures and NBC Sports launched a groundbreaking 14-day campaign between the latest film in the $5 billion Jurassic World franchise and NBCUniversal’s coverage of the XXIV Olympic Winter Games from Beijing, China, that will culminate during the Opening Ceremony on February 4. In collaboration with NBC Sports, … Continue reading “NBC Sports, Universal drop Olympic athletes into Jurassic World campaign”

Universal casts Bros – first major studio gay rom-com from Billy Eichner

Hard to believe in 2021, that there has not been a major studio gay romantic comedy yet. Well, that’s about to change. Next summer, Universal Pictures proudly presents the first romantic comedy from a major studio about two gay men maybe, possibly, probably, stumbling towards love. Maybe. They’re both very busy.  And it’s called Bros. … Continue reading “Universal casts Bros – first major studio gay rom-com from Billy Eichner”

Universal rules box office with F9, Purge and Baby

Universal dominated the box office this weekend without a challenger. Combined, F9, The Forever Purge, and Boss Baby: Family Business are estimated to earn $65 million between Friday and Monday, pushing the overall box office gross total for the weekend past to $88 million. For Universal, it’s clearly a big weekend as it became the … Continue reading “Universal rules box office with F9, Purge and Baby”

Old: Universal releases trailer for Shyamalan film

Finding a lost pair of sunglasses at the beach isn’t that odd, but once you see a rapidly decomposing body, you should maybe haul ass off that beach. This summer, visionary filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan unveils a chilling, mysterious new thriller called Old. The film is about a family on a tropical holiday who discover … Continue reading “Old: Universal releases trailer for Shyamalan film”

Producer Wayne Morris on set at Universal Studios FL

The team at Universal Studios Florida Production Group (USFPG) recently conducted an in-depth video interview with Producer Wayne Morris. The interview took place on the set for season two of Warner Bros. Television’s critically acclaimed series David Makes Man, which made its home on the Backlot at Universal Studios Florida. Outtakes from the interview appear … Continue reading “Producer Wayne Morris on set at Universal Studios FL”

Universal drops trailer for ‘Spirit Untamed’

Universal and DreamWorks Animation have released the next chapter in the Spirit series: Spirit Untamed. They describe the story as an epic adventure about a headstrong girl longing for a place to belong who discovers a kindred spirit when her life intersects with a wild horse.  Lucky Prescott (Isabela Merced, Dora and the Lost City … Continue reading “Universal drops trailer for ‘Spirit Untamed’”

Universal Studios Hollywood set to open in two weeks

As Covid-19 cases are on the decline, the state of California is FINALLY allowing theme parks to reopen with limited capacity after one year of being completely closed. Universal Studios Hollywood has recently announced reopening on both their website as well as their app.  Universal Studios Hollywood is reopening on April 16. Tickets will be … Continue reading “Universal Studios Hollywood set to open in two weeks”

Universal Studios Florida’s Production Stages are open

The production professionals comprising Universal Studios Florida’s Production Group (USFPG) are ready to welcome the next round of film, TV and commercial productions to their Sound Stages, Backlot and across the resort’s ultra-unique properties. According to USFPG’s Vice President/General Manager Pamela Tuscany, she and her colleagues successfully resumed operations in June, in conjunction with the … Continue reading “Universal Studios Florida’s Production Stages are open”

Even with approval, Disney; Universal to remain closed

California has cleared theme parks to reopen after more than seven months of coronavirus closures provided they follow newly issued COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. However, Disneyland, Universal and other large parks may not be able to return until next summer. California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly announced during a news conference on … Continue reading “Even with approval, Disney; Universal to remain closed”

Universal Pictures reaches deal with AMC Theatres

Good news. Universal Pictures has reached a deal with AMC Theatres which means that the studio now has the option of releasing any of its titles (including those from Focus Features) on VOD (Video on Demand) platforms after just 17 days of screening in theaters.  AMC originally refused to screen Universal films after the success of … Continue reading “Universal Pictures reaches deal with AMC Theatres”

Peele, Smith rumored for Universal monster flick

Jordan Peele, after two films and The Twilight Zone, has solidified himself as voice to be reckoned in horror and sci-fi. That will probably be even more cemented after the release of Candyman in September if theaters are open. Could Peele now be considering Will Smith for a leading role in a new monster film … Continue reading “Peele, Smith rumored for Universal monster flick”

After ‘Trolls’ AMC theaters bans Universal films

AMC Theaters (who also own UK Chain Odeon Cinemas) have vowed to no longer screen Universal Pictures films in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. That comes after NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell spoke about the success of Trolls World Tour on VOD platforms amassing $100 million. “The results for Trolls World Tour have exceeded our expectations and … Continue reading “After ‘Trolls’ AMC theaters bans Universal films”

Universal gives ‘Candyman’ the hook until September

Due to the global health crisis at hand, most U.S. theaters are expected to remain closed through most of the summer, Universal Pictures, which has already pushed the latest entries in the F9 and the Minions franchises back to 2021, has decided to push back their upcoming Candyman sequel/reboot from June 12 to September 25. The decision comes just a … Continue reading “Universal gives ‘Candyman’ the hook until September”

Universal to begin streaming current films Friday

With the global production shutdowns of such major films as The Batman, The Matrix 4, Mission Impossible combined with the closure of movie theaters due to the spread of the COVID-19 , Universal Pictures has decided to make its current theatrical releases available on Home Video earlier than planned. The studio has announced that The Invisible … Continue reading “Universal to begin streaming current films Friday”

David&Goliath launch new Universal Parks campaign

I don’t know if I’m lucky or not that I live 10 minutes from Universal, Hollywood. You’re welcome stalkers. That said, I sure do love going to the theme park when my daughters are here during the summer and Christmas. Plus, who am I kidding? I’m a big kid. I love the rides and the … Continue reading “David&Goliath launch new Universal Parks campaign”

Peacock trolls HBO Max’s rebrand with NSFW joke

I speak your name, Peacock. On Tuesday, HBO Max rebranded itself into Max. Why? We’re not sure. But the WGA’s Boo (and we do mean Boo), David Zaslav wanted a streaming platform that merged Game of Thrones and Succession with 90 Day Fiance and Deadliest Catch. Soooo, yeah. Welcome to Max. The reception has been … Continue reading “Peacock trolls HBO Max’s rebrand with NSFW joke”

Writers Guild’s message strikes from the skies

In war, there is sometimes a ground attack. Other times, it comes from the skies. In a show of union solidarity and creativity, writer and director Jacob Reed, used the latter method. What began as a joke among his friends, quickly became a reality as Reed first shared the idea on social media. Eventually, a … Continue reading “Writers Guild’s message strikes from the skies”

Writer Nakia Secrest’s Radio Silence selected by ABFF

Actress, Producer and Writer Nakia Secrest (Scandal, Modern Family) is the writer of Radio Silence, one of the five exciting films chosen by the Oscar-qualifying 27th annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF). The festival announced its selections yesterday. Directed by Ric Serena (My Indiana Muse), the film will compete in the festival’s Annual HBO Short Film … Continue reading “Writer Nakia Secrest’s Radio Silence selected by ABFF”