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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Jurassic Park

10 hours ago | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Jurassic Park is not only the greatest dinosaur film of all time, it’s one of the best films Spielberg has ever directed. Not only did the film resurrect (fictionally only, unfortunately) an extinct race of giant reptiles for the silver screen, it also bolstered an already amazing premise – borrowed from Michael Crichton’s novel – with a cast of actors that performed their characters with the utmost care and attention. From Wayne Knight’s performance as the oafish programmer of the park’s security systems to Richard Attenborough’s almost godlike presence as the park’s owner and creator: John Hammond – there’s little wonder why Jurassic Park is considered an outright classic in its own right.

But the real stars of the show were the dinosaurs, and while there was only 15 minutes of screen time for the prehistoric beasts, that made them no less prominent or memorable within the film. »

- Joe Pring

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10 Biggest Movie And TV News This Week (Aug 31)

31 August 2014 1:35 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the greatest news wrap-up on the web: the WhatCulture.com News Brief! In this weekly column, we collect the most important and interesting news stories that graced our RSS feeds, and kept us talking about all things film and television.

As summer draws to a close and blockbuster season winds down, we’ve run into a bit of a news slump. Things slowed considerably this week, but there were still plenty of things to talk about. We’ve got a few reboots on the horizon (shocking, I know!), on both the small screen and the silver screen. This week we heard about Underworld, Shutter Island, The Tick, and The Greatest American Hero reimaginings, remakes, and reboots in the works. Meanwhile, Ron Howard and Tom Hanks return to the mysterious world of Dan Brown adaptations, while the Richard Pryor, King Arthur, and Looney Tunes films find their stars. »

- James Garcia

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Telluride Film Review: ‘The Imitation Game’

30 August 2014 6:50 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Nothing is too heavily encrypted in “The Imitation Game,”, rendered in such unerringly tasteful, “Masterpiece Theatre”-ish fashion that every one of Turing’s professional triumphs and personal tragedies arrives right on schedule and with nary a hair out of place. More than once during the accomplished (but not particularly distinctive) English-language debut for Norwegian director Morten Tyldum (“Headhunters”), you can catch the ghost of the late Richard Attenborough nodding approvingly over the decorous proceedings. And yet so innately compelling is Turing’s story — to say nothing of Benedict Cumberbatch’s masterful performance — it’s hard not to get caught up in this well-told tale and its skillful manipulations. Likely to prove more popular with general audiences than highbrow critics, this unapologetically old-fashioned prestige picture (the first of the season’s dueling studies of brilliant but tragic English academics, to be followed soon by “The Theory of Everything”) looks and »

- Scott Foundas

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Best of the Week: The Good and Bad of Summer 2014, Unedited 'Star Wars' and More

29 August 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

The Important News We heard Hawkeye might be in Captain America 3. And were teased that someone else in the sequel will have fans freaking out. We also saw new images from Avengers: Age of Ultron and heard some rumors about how that sequel will end. Guardians of the Galaxy became the hightest grossing movie of the summmer. And they made a real dancing Groot toy. Sir Richard Attenborough died. And was paid tribute by the production of Jurassic WorldKeith Stanfield will play Snoop Dogg. Mike Epps will play Richard Pryor. Chris Hemsworth will play Audrey's husband in the next Vacation. We got our first look at Pixar's next female hero. And our first look at Disney's Feast.  Acme is the next Lego Movie...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Watch: 3-Minute Supercut Retrospective Commemorating Best Picture Oscar Winners Of 1980s

29 August 2014 2:05 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Over the next weeks, on screens in Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York, dozens of film will starting the journey that they will hope will end with the top prize: a Best Picture Oscar win. There can only be one, which means the race will be fierce, and few will survive, so before the madness begins (though some would argue it already has), let's take a look back a few decades to see the movies that captured the imagination of awards voters and audiences. Following supercuts for the 1990s and 2000s, Miguel Branco returns with a look at the 1980s. Once again, it's another carefully put together piece, spanning three minutes, which weaves together some very different movies. Ranging from the late Richard Attenborough's epic "Gandhi," to Oliver Stone's grim "Platoon," to Robert Redford's grief drama "Ordinary People," the 80s found the Academy favoring heavier subject matter. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Richard Attenborough Remembered by Friend and Colleague of 72 Years

28 August 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A version of this story first appeared in the Sept. 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Editor's Note: The British filmmaker Michael Anderson, 94, is the oldest living best director Oscar nominee; he was nominated for helming the 1956 best picture Oscar winner, Around the World in 80 Days. 72 years ago, he was the assistant director on the film in which Richard Attenborough made his big-screen debut. He would go on to direct Attenborough in two other films over the next 33 years. The year was 1942. The great Noel Coward and the soon-to-be-great

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- Michael Anderson

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Richard Attenborough - A Sky Movies Tribute

28 August 2014 3:15 AM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

Sky Movies pays tribute to Richard Attenborough, the Oscar-winning director and actor who has died aged 90. Lord Attenborough was a hugely successful actor and director with a career that spanned over 60 years. His first acting role was in 1942's In Which We Serve, and he went on to play a huge variety of roles over the next 60 years, from British gangsters to wild-eyes scientists. »

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New Jurassic World Set Photo Honors Richard Attenborough

27 August 2014 3:37 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

It was recently reported that Richard Attenborough, the man who directed "Gandhi" and starred in "Jurassic Park," passed away. In "Jurassic Park," he played John Hammond, the creator of the park. Now that director Colin Trevorrow is working on "Jurassic World," he shared a photo from the set as a way to honor the actor. The photo is of a statue of Attenborough/Hammond that will likely greet park visitors in the new film. It's not clear if Hammond is no longer alive in the movie, but the statue will now have an extra significance to it. Check out the photo below. Photo: (click to enlarge) »

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Remembering Richard Attenborough: 6 Defining Career Moments

27 August 2014 12:08 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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The world lost a true cinematic legend on Sunday the 24th of August with the death of Richard Attenborough, Baron Attenborough, who passed away at the age of ninety, just five days short of his ninety first birthday.

Educated at the Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art (Rada), which he would later serve as Chairman and then President, Richard Attenborough’s career began in the 1940s, when he accumulated a string of bit parts on both the screen and stage during the Second World War, in which he joined the Royal Air Force and was made a part of the Raf Film Unit, where he recorded bombing missions.

Over the next few decades, Attenborough appeared in a handful of roles in both British and American films and plays (including the world’s longest-running theatrical production), becoming involved in a number of projects as a producer before switching his hand to directing. »

- Alex Antliff

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‘Jurassic World’ Set Photo Reveals Richard Attenborough Tribute

26 August 2014 6:37 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

We were all saddened at the passing of Lord Richard Attenborough, a man whose career spanned over 70 years and earned him two Oscars for his directorial masterpiece, Gandhi, as well as two Golden Globes for performances in The Sand Pebbles and Doctor Doolittle.Most know Attenborough best for his role as the entrepreneur John Hammond, who in the 1993 film Jurassic Park envisioned a state of the art park where people could witness real life dinosaurs. Attenborough charmed audiences with Hammond’s enthusiasm, however misguided, but never played Hammond as a buffoon, instead giving the character a sad, almost tragic edge.

Over 20 years later, the Jurassic Park franchise is ready for a comeback with Jurassic World in 2015. This latest film in the series finds Hammond’s dream a reality, as a fully ...

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- Sarah Moran

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Lukewarm Off Presses: "Chef" Again, Lord Attenborough, Joan Allen, and Movie-to-tv Series

26 August 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Four interesting tidbits coming atcha that we neglected to discuss for multiple reasons. If you hadn't yet heard them, they'll feel like brand new news to you.

In what is clearly understood to be an awards-traction move, Jon Favreau's sleeper hit Chef will be coming back to theaters this Friday in wide release. I'm not sure it has the critical oomph to win any nominations and it didn't have the box office size to make that a non-issue (a la gargantuan hits like My Big Fat Greek Wedding) but could it sleeper hit its way into, say, The Screenplay race? I'm realizing I neglected to consider it at all there which is an obvious mistake. I had a really good time watching it with friends though; it's an easy sit and safe for diverse groups of viewers. My favorite visual was ScarJo eating a bowl of pasta but my »


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Ben Kingsley's Tightrope with Mythology, from Attenborough's 'Gandhi' to Upcoming 'Boxtrolls,' 'Exodus,' and 'Jungle Book'

26 August 2014 1:43 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

It was so eerie discussing Lord Richard Attenborough and "Gandhi" with Sir Ben Kingsley on Saturday at the Beverly Hilton, and then hearing of Attenborough's passing on Sunday, just five days before his 91st birthday. Attenborough was the first director I ever interviewed as a senior at Cal State Northridge, and I couldn't resist revisiting the breakthrough, Oscar-winning performance with Kingsley. I recalled how Attenborough was bursting with excitement about his lifelong pet project, which was still in pre-production in 1978 when we met, describing the lynchpin scene in which the young British-trained lawyer was tossed off the train in South Africa, and how the young actor, Ben Kingsley, was going to be amazing. “Wonderful man,” Kingsley beamed. “And it’s interesting that he alluded to that scene because, for me, that was the engine of the whole performance. And after he’d seen the film, Peter Brook, a colleague and another great director, »

- Bill Desowitz

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Jurassic World Director Colin Trevorrow Pays Tribute to Lord Richard Attenborough

26 August 2014 11:38 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Following the sad passing of Lord Richard Attenborough, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow has revealed a new behind the scenes image which offers up a look at a statue of the character – John Hammond – he played in the first two Jurassic Park movies which were helmed by Steven Spielberg.

The legendary actor and director’s health had been failing for a number of years, so a cameo appearance in Jurassic World was always out of the question. It should be very interesting to see how Hammond is referenced in Jurassic World now, especially as the park has reopened and is actually a success now by all accounts.

Based on what we’ve heard so far about Jurassic World, it’s shaping up to be one of 2015′s best movies, and Colin Trevorrow is a promising young filmmaker who looks set to follow up some great lower budget Indies with a »

- Josh Wilding

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Richard Attenborough’s Accessible Activism

26 August 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Yesterday, Scott Beggs discussed how the subject of war permeated throughout Richard Attenborough’s career both in front of and behind the camera, noting how anti-war themes ran through the former Royal Air Force flier’s directing debut in Oh! What a Lovely War to his Best Director win for Gandhi and beyond. But there’s another important aspect of Attenborough’s unique career that informed this consistent theme of pacifism: the actor/director often gravitated toward stories of activists determined to change the world and its asymmetrical relations of power. Attenborough rarely put himself in the position of liberator, but recognized and used his position of Western privilege to render the speech of others heard. Attenborough was a genteel Englishman who seemed positively aristocratic in his presentation and demeanor – his appearance made him look the part of someone who might have been quite comfortable in the role of colonizer a century ago – but he used this »

- Landon Palmer

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This Is How Jurassic World Is Paying Tribute To John Hammond

26 August 2014 9:58 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

In Memoriam. pic.twitter.com/5jL7Sh9Hpr. Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) August 25, 2014 This weekend we lost the legendary Lord Richard Attenborough, and even today his loss is still felt. The tremendous actor/director of such films as The Great Escape, The Sand Pebbles, Brighton Rock, Gandhi and Chaplin left a full life and a grand legacy behind, which has mostly been highlighted by his work in Steven Spielberg's 1993 masterpiece Jurassic Park. Now while Attenborough did have an enormous legacy before his role as the eccentric John Hammond, it is that role that most modern audiences identify him with. A role that is being paid tribute by friends, colleagues, and even those who did not get to work with him, but continue his legacy tangentially. Case in point is Colin Trevorrow's tweet from last night, showcasing what can be assumed to be a memorial to John Hammond in the »

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Richard Attenborough tribute to air on More4 tonight

26 August 2014 9:04 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

More4 will broadcast a special tribute to Lord Richard Attenborough tonight (August 26).

The one-off programme will look back at the career of the actor and director, who died aged 90 on Sunday (August 24).

Steven Spielberg, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Penelope Wilton, Hayley Mills and Sir Kenneth Branagh will be among the friends and colleagues who will reflect on their memories of working with Attenborough.

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, broadcaster Melvyn Bragg and former Channel 4 Chief Executive Michael Grade will also appear.

The special will also include archive material from many of Attenborough's films, including Brighton Rock, 10 Rillington Place and Gandhi.

Channel 4's Chief Executive David Abraham said: "As well as being one of Britain's finest actors and directors, he was also one of the founding fathers of Channel 4.

"He was Deputy Chairman from 1982 to 1987, having turned down the Chairmanship as he was busy making Ghandi. He was then »

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Movie News: 'Jurassic World' Honors Richard Attenborough (Photo); Chris Hemsworth Ready for 'Vacation'

26 August 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Jurassic World: Director Colin Trevorrow shared a new image from Jurrassic World via social media, in honor of actor-filmmaker Richard Attenborough, who passed away last weekend. Attenborough, of course, played industrialist John Hammond in both Jurassic Park and The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and the photo, with the simple caption "In Memoriam," shows a statue of the character that reportedly appears in Trevorrow's new film, due for release on June 12, 2015. [Twitter]   Vacation: Chris Hemsworth (Thor: The Dark World) is in negotiations to appear in Vacation, the upcoming new installment in the series that began in 1983. Ed Helms is set to star as Rusty Griswold, the grown-up version of the teenage boy first played by Anthony Michael Hall; Hemsworth would...

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New Tricks rises slightly to win Monday ratings with 5.8m

26 August 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

New Tricks rose slightly from last week to win the ratings outside soaps on Bank Holiday Monday, overnight data reveals.

The BBC One drama climbed by around 50,000 viewers to an average audience of 5.84 million (23.8%) at 9pm.

Earlier, a different slot for Countryfile appealed to 4.30m (23.5%) at 6pm, followed by coverage of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2014 with 4.53m (21.0%) at 7pm. A repeat of Miranda amused 3.33m (13.8%) at 8.30pm, while a look back on the career of Lord Richard Attenborough was seen by 2.26m (17.5%) at 10.35pm.

BBC Two's University Challenge quizzed 2.65m (11.2%) at 8pm. The Scotland Decides debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling educated 1.66m (6.8%) at 9pm.

On ITV, Countrywise gathered 2.49m (10.5%) at 8pm (109k/0.4% on +1), followed by the latest Long Lost Family with 3.28m (13.4%) at 9pm (249k/1.5%).

Channel 4's Food Unwrapped was seen by 777k (3.4%) at 7.30pm (157k/0.6%), while Richard Ayoade's Gadget Man returned with 995k »

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Richard Attenborough remembered at 2014 Emmys video

26 August 2014 2:35 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Joanne Froggatt and Minnie Driver pay tribue to the late Sir Richard Attenborough at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Ejiofor, who was competing for outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or a movie for Dancing on the Edge, praises Attenborough's support for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt and About a Boy's Minnie Driver remember the actor as a gentleman and 'British treasure' Continue reading »

- Guardian Staff

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Richard Attenborough remembered at 2014 Emmys video

26 August 2014 2:35 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Joanne Froggatt and Minnie Driver pay tribue to the late Sir Richard Attenborough at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Ejiofor, who was competing for outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or a movie for Dancing on the Edge, praises Attenborough's support for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt and About a Boy's Minnie Driver remember the actor as a gentleman and 'British treasure' Continue reading »

- Guardian Staff

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