Universal picks newcomer Trevorrow to direct "Jurassic Park 4"
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hollywood newcomer Colin Trevorrow was named the director of the long-awaited fourth installment of dinosaur movie franchise "Jurassic Park" on Thursday. Universal Pictures said that Steven Spielberg, who directed the first two movies in the $1.9 billion worldwide franchise, would be the executive producer of "Jurassic Park 4," but he would not direct.
Police say missing Hollywood executive was likely murdered
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Detectives have uncovered evidence that a Hollywood studio executive who mysteriously vanished 10 months ago was murdered, even though they have yet to find his body, law enforcement officials said on Thursday. Gavin Smith, a 57-year-old film distribution executive for 20th Century Fox, was last seen on the night of May 1, 2012, driving in his black Mercedes Benz away from a friend's house in Oak Park, northwest of Los Angeles.
Ang Lee moves into TV after "Life of Pi" Oscar win
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Double Oscar winner Ang Lee is moving over to television after winning the Best Director Academy Award last month for "Life of Pi." Cable channel FX said on Thursday that the Taiwanese filmmaker will direct the pilot episode of its drama "Tyrant," about an unassuming American family drawn into the affairs of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.
Miyazaki father and son team up for "From Up on Poppy Hill" film
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli have, under their belt, some of Japan's biggest global anime movie successes, including "Princess Mononoke" and "Spirited Away," which won an Academy Award in 2003. Far less known, until now, was Miyazaki's son Goro, who worked as a landscaper for years so as not to compete with his famous father, but later designed the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo and debuted as a director in 2006 with "Tales from Earthsea."
"The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" review: this magician comedy has almost nothing up its sleeve
By Alonso Duralde LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Desperate for publicity, old-school Vegas magicians Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carrell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) decide to spend a week locked inside a plexiglass box suspended over the Vegas strip. "Remember," advises their assistant Jane (Olivia Wilde), "all you have to do is nothing."
Iran may sue Hollywood over several movies, not just "Argo"
By Greg Gilman LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - "Argo" is just one of many films that have offended Iran over the years and a lawyer representing the country in a possible lawsuit has reportedly suggested she'll be suing Hollywood for all of them.
Beating 'Oz' at Box Office too tough a trick for 'Burt Wonderstone'
By Todd Cunningham LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - "Oz the Great and Powerful" is the odds-on favorite to keep its box office title this weekend, but there are some magic and thrills on tap, too.
Drake Doremus' 'Breathe In' acquired by Cohen Media Group
By Greg Gilman LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - "Breathe In," Drake Doremus' follow-up to his 2011 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner "Like Crazy," has been picked up for U.S. distribution by Cohen Media Group, the company announced on Thursday.
"Django Unchained" becomes first Quentin Tarantino movie released in China
By Brent Lang LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - China meet Quentin.
Tribeca Film Institute names new projects for all access program
By Tim Kenneally LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - The Tribeca Film Institute said on Thursday that it will fund 11 projects a part of its 10th Annual Tribeca All Access program, with a total of $150,000 in grants going to 10 different filmmakers.