This Summer, Zen Studios will will bring Universal Classics Pinball, to their popular Pinball platforms for console, PC and mobile. Based on three classic films from Amblin Entertainment and Universal Studios, the new collection will feature gameplay inspired byE.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Jaws, and the Back to the Future trilogy. The Universal Classics Pinball pack will release as a part of the launch of the Pinball FX3 platform on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam and Windows 10 (date TBA), while the themed tables will also be available as individual in-app purchases for Zen Pinball on the App Store and Google Play. Check out the gameplay trailer featuring E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial below!
Last year, when I had the chance to meet and sit down with filmmaker Steven Spielberg and actor Mark Rylance during the press launch for Disney's THE BFG, their next collaboration was just days away from filming, and briefly touched-upon as something very special. From Warner Bros. Pictures, READY PLAYER ONE brings Ernest Cline's cult classic book to life for the big screen for a science fiction adventure that manages to include bring together characters and objects from across the pop culture spectrum, marrying them in ways few thought possible. Fresh from San Diego Comic-Con comes the first trailer for READY PLAYER ONE...
When it comes to collaboration between filmmaker and composer, the relationship between Steven Spielberg and John Williams is about as solid as it gets. Starting in 1974 with Sugarland Express, Williams has scored all but two of Spielberg's films, most recently providing the music for 2016's The BFG, and already on-deck for 2018's Ready Player One. Over the years, the music from their collaborative efforts has been issued in a couple of different collections, but the ever-expanding library hasn't had an updated "greatest hits" in quite awhile. That changes on March 17, 2017, when Sony Masterworks releases John Williams & Steven Spielberg: The Ultimate Collection. Check out the tracklisting and details below.
As I predicted, Disney's THE BFG is coming home for the holidays. Disney and Amblin Entertainment, in association with Walden Media, made the announcement today that the fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg will be released on Dec. 6 on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand (pre-order). Check out my review of the theatrical release here, and get all the details on the in-home release below!
After a massive success last year, Universal is taking another trip back to JURASSIC WORLD in 2018, but just because the next chapter in the film series is two years off, kids (and grownups) won't have to wait for more ways to live the adventure at home. News just hit Rock Father HQ that Mattel has been granted the master license for the JURASSIC WORLD franchise starting in July 2017, with the toymaker partnering with NBCUniversal to begin designing and developing new lines immediately, with the first products set to hit in early 2018. Mattel's license rights include a wide variety of products, including (but not limited to) action figures, play-sets, vehicles, games, plush, role-play, preschool, and activity toys. While it was main competitor Hasbro that handled most of those for last year's film, Mattel first dipped into JURASSIC WORLD with a collection of diecast vehicles under their iconic Matchbox line.
#TheBFGEvent coverage comes to a close with some formal thoughts on Disney's The BFG
With a creative team that brings back together the combined talents of Director/Producer Steven Spielberg, Executive Producer Kathleen Kennedy, Composer John Williams and the late Melissa Mathison as Screenwriter, it's hard not to draw immediate comparisons to the first film to feature that magical creative mix - 1982's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. It was in that same year that Charlie and the Chocolate Factory author Roald Dahl saw the release of his book, The BFG - a tale of a young girl and her 24' friend, "The Big Friendly Giant." 34 years later, The BFG has come to life on the big screen as a spectacular adventure for the entire family, one that many are looking toward as an "E.T. for a new generation" - a designation that is inaccurate, this coming from a writer who loves E.T. enough to have a statue of the alien in his office, and has also come to love the wonders of Dream Country.