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Actor Paul Walker died on Saturday. The sad announcement was made via his official Twitter and Facebook pages.
It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide. He was a passenger in a friend’s car, in which both lost their lives. We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news. Thank you for keeping his family and friends in your prayers during this very difficult time. We will do our best to keep you apprised on where to send condolences. - #TeamPW
Just days ago, both Walker and Fast & Furious co-star, Vin Diesel, posted this image of the next installment of the franchise via their Twitter and Facebook pages, respectively. Fast & Furious 7 is currently filming, with a planned »
- Movie Geeks
Pre-production work continued on the next movie in the Jurassic Park franchise, Jurassic World, co-written by Derek Connolly, Amanda Silver, Rick Jaffa as well as director Colin Trevorrow. Fans of the dinosaur adventures based on characters from Michael Crichton’s novel grew worried about whether producers Amblin Entertainment, Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures were attempting a reboot of Steven Spielberg’s classic 1993 adventure. »
Colin Trevorrow is addressing concerns that the upcoming sequel Jurassic World is a reboot. The director says it is not trying to reinvent the franchise, and that it will serve as a true follow-up set within the world as envisioned for the screen by Steven Spielberg from the novel by Michael Crichton.
This is what Trevorrow had to say about the upcoming release, set for June 2015.
@pfcbains916 Reboot is a strong word. This is a new sci-fi terror adventure set 22 years after the horrific events of Jurassic Park.
— Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) November 23, 2013
We don't yet know the full story details for this 3D adventure. It is rumored to take place on Isla Nublar, which has been turned into an amusement park, as first envisioned by John Hammond. There, Dinosaur trainers run a Sea World type Isla Nublar Lagoon, which will include underwater dinosaurs for the first time in the franchise's history. »
Just about every movie buff has heard this phrase uttered (if they didn’t say it themselves) by someone, “The movie was good...but the book was better.” Since books have significantly more time to cover character development and a deeper story, there are many people who think this is always the case. Because of that, I’ve come up with a list of the 6 movies that were actually better than the books...Just so you have something to come back with in these kinds of discussions.
Books have always been a hot property for filmmakers; dating all the way back to Gone With The Wind. And with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hitting theaters next week, Ender's Game a couple weeks ago, and several more on the horizon, book adaptations are hotter than ever! While many times it's true that a book can be better than the movie, every »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
How the world of Hollywood filmmaking has changed, over the twenty years that’ve passed since Jurassic Park was originally released in theaters; and, in the process, endeared a generation of moviegoers to the joys of watching ancient world beasts devour hapless people in the present-day. (Not to mention, the power of the (Jeff) Goldblum.)
Director Steven Spielberg’s classic tentpole – based on the late Michael Crichton’s novel about what happens when humanity misuses science (and nature rears its ugly head in response) – gave rise to two sequels, both of which turned out profitable despite getting a far more lukewarm reception overall. Hence, part of the reason that a fourth installment has been struggling to get off the ground for more ...
- Sandy Schaefer
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 7 Nov 2013 - 07:02
Our journey through the half-remembered, underappreciated films of the 1990s continues. Here, we look to 1997...
Dominated by the box office behemoth that was James Cameron's Titanic, 1997 was a year of high drama and outlandish special effects. The Lost World: Jurassic Park brought with it a new batch of genetically revived dinosaurs, George Lucas dug his original Star Wars trilogy out of the cupboard and added new (controversial) computer-generated sequences, while Nicolas Cage and John Travolta did impressions of one another and fired guns in John Woo's delirious action movie, Face/Off.
It was a varied year for movies, for sure, particularly by 21st century standards; it's difficult to imagine a British feel-good comedy about amateur male strippers (The Full Monty) getting into the year's 10 highest grossing films these days. But among all those winners, there had to be some »
The network describes Helix as "an intense thriller about a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to a high-tech research facility in the Arctic to investigate a possible disease outbreak, only to find themselves pulled into a terrifying life-and-death struggle that holds the key to mankind's salvation...or total annihilation."
Obviously, the Arctic setting and body horrors you see give off a vibe akin to The Thing (Moore wrote a draft of the recent redo of that film), but it also has a Michael Crichton-esque tone among other things. Consider me very interested!
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Ltd. Art Gallery is a premier gallery destination located in Seattle, Washington, for contemporary and pop fine art that specializes in showcasing the talents of top modern artists who draw inspiration from the many icons of pop culture. A Picture's Worth A Thousand Words is a new art show that allows the artist to move away from the cues of visual mediums and instead draw inspiration from the many wonderful characters and worlds from literature. From Edgar Allan Poe to Michael Crichton, over 40 artists will imagine their own literary favorites in a new light. Featuring the art of: Marjon Accoin, Dane Ault, Dilka Bear, Crystal Barbre, Cory Benhatzel, Jonathan Bergeron, Barry Blankenship, Syd Brown, Craig Church, Daisy Church, Nick Comporone, Doaly, Derek Eads, Leslie Gauthier, Levi »
- Pietro Filipponi
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 24 Oct 2013 - 06:46
Another 25 unsung greats come under the spotlight, as we provide our pick of the underappreciated films of 1995...
The year covered in this week's underrated movie rundown was significant for a number of reasons. It was the year that saw the release of Toy Story - the groundbreaking movie that would cement Pixar's reputation as an animation studio, and set the tempo for CG family movies for the next 18 years and counting. It was the year that saw James Bond (played by Pierce Brosnan for the first time) emerge for GoldenEye after a six-year break. It was also the year of Michael Mann's Heat, Dogme 95, and the moment where Terry Gilliam scored a much-deserved hit with 12 Monkeys.
As ever, we're focusing on a few of the lesser-known films from this particular year, and we've had to think carefully about what's made the cut and what hasn't. »
Colin Trevorrow’s dinos-run-amok extravaganza Jurassic World has purportedly attained the services of up-and-coming thespian Nick Robinson, as casting continues on the Steven Spielberg-produced Universal tentpole which roars into release in 2015.
Robinson, who has received stellar raves for his portrayal of a disaffected kid who decides to leave his boring, by-the-numbers life at home to build a house of his own in the woods in The Kings Of Summer, looks set to join the eagerly awaited fourth chapter in the Jurassic Park series.
Joining the previously announced Bryce Dallas Howard and Ty Simpkins in key roles, unsubstantiated rumors suggest that Robinson will be playing the older brother of Simpkins’ character in the film, though nothing has been officially confirmed just yet.
It looks like things are really heating up for the film right now and I wouldn’t be surprised if we continue to hear casting news throughout the coming weeks. »
- Ronnie Jimenez
Bio-engineered dinosaurs are the real stars of the Jurassic Park franchise, with adult humans coming in second followed by underage folk in third place. Every installment in the sci-fi franchise (based on the books by the late Michael Crichton) has, thus far, included 1-2 non-adult characters who end up in danger of becoming a dino snack – with a young Camilla Belle coming the closest in the opening minutes of The Lost World: Jurassic Park – and it looks as though the fourth movie addition, Jurassic World, will not break from that tradition.
- Sandy Schaefer
Hitler was pretty awful all things considered, and while his most nefarious acts have been detailed before, one relatively unexplored area of his devilish plans involved the destruction of art. As Hitler made his way through Europe, he also made it his mission to destroy thousands of pieces of beautiful art. The Monuments Men tells the story of a group of soldiers sent to rescue as much art as possible.George Clooney leads an all-star cast of dedicated men in a film which looks at the beauty of art, and how it is something to be cherished and protected, even when lives are being lost.
George Clooney directs, stars, and co-writes and co-produces with Grant Heslov, who you may remember from the Michael Crichton adaptation, Congo. The two have worked together on the incredible Good Night And Good Luck as well as the respectable comedy Leatherheads. The Monuments Men looks »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Bryce Dallas Howard in ‘Jurassic World’? Howard possibly the next female star in ‘Jurassic Park’ franchise Bryce Dallas Howard, Rush director Ron Howard’s daughter perhaps best known for playing the Vengeful Vampire Victoria in David Slade’s The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, is "in talks" to star in Jurassic World aka Jurassic Park 4, to be directed by Safety Not Guaranteed‘s Colin Trevorrow. At this stage, it’s unclear what exactly Howard would be doing in Jurassic World — well, except that her (potential) character will somehow become entangled with dinosaurs and that there’ll be lots of green screens on the set. (See also: “‘Jurassic World’ director Colin Trevorrow. Why Him?“) (Photo: Bryce Dallas Howard.) According to various online reports, Universal had sets its sights on Bryce Dallas Howard a while back, but production was halted after Trevorrow took a pass on Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver’s Jurassic World draft. »
- Zac Gille
Bryce Dallas Howard is currently in talks to play a pivotal part in director Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World. The actress, daughter of Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard, is best known for her roles in The Village, Spider-man 3 and The Lady In The Water. She’s expected to take the lead role.
Jurassic World will again have Steven Spielberg involved as a producer in the installment of his iconic dinosaur franchise originally based on the the novel by Michael Crichton. Trevorrow will also pen the screenplay alongside Derek Connolly. Again, Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley are also set to produce the sequel which will be shot in 3D and expected in cinemas 12th June 2015.
We’re still unsure what the plot involves but the title suggests it’s going to be dino-havoc everywhere!
Source: The Wrap
The post First Name In Talks For ‘Jurassic World’ Is… appeared first on The Hollywood News. »
- Craig Hunter
What do you get when you make a movie that combines an iconic actor, a Hollywood action star, and a best selling novel? The answer in this case is the 1993 hit Rising Sun. Based on the novel by Michael Crichton, the flick stars Sean Connery and Wesley Snipes, and as an added bonus, Harvey Keitel and Steve Buscemi both appear in the movie as well. Considering all this, it is definitely no surprise that the movie raked in over $100 million at the world-wide box office. The story of homicide, megacorps, and clashing cultures is a can't miss, and there are plenty of chances to catch it on Reelz this weekend. Check the movie schedule for all the details.
Link | Posted 9/18/2013 by reelz
- reelz staff
Welcome to The Best Movie You Never Saw, a column dedicated to examining films that have flown under the radar or gained traction throughout the years, earning them a place as a cult classic or underrated gem that was either before it.s time and/or has aged like a fine wine. This week we.ll be examining John McTiernan.s The 13th Warrior, based on the novel .Eaters of the Dead. by Michael Crichton. The Story: In Ad 922, an important emissary who is banished from his homeland. The »
- Paul Shirey
The original Jurassic Park remains the definitive dinosaur flick, but these soulless blockbuster sequels deserve extinction
The early 1990s were, in terms of computer-generated characters, prehistory. A couple of movies, notably James Cameron's second Terminator film and his flawed but marvellous The Abyss, had flirted with bringing CGI creatures to the screen but they were otherworldly creations. Fantastical killer cyborgs and alien water-pseudopods can't suffer by comparison to reality. But we know dinosaurs.
Ok, the last dinosaur croaked its last Wilhelm scream some 60m years ago but we feel as if we know them. Perhaps it's some atavistic trace memory left over from our proto-simian forebears, but we do know a dinosaur when we see it. Dinosaurs have been popping up in movies throughout cinema history. Harry Hoyt's 1925 vision of Conan Doyle's Lost World is a great early example. But although the New York Times was impressed »
- Michael Moran
The fourth chunk of the dinosaur theme park series is on the way, as Pirates of the Caribbean 5 hits a snag
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The much-delayed fourth instalment in the staggeringly successful Jurassic Park series finally has a title and a release date: Jurassic World will hit cinemas on June 2015, studio Universal has revealed.
Colin Trevorrow's film slips into a spot recently vacated by the next Pirates of the Caribbean film, which is being delayed while writers wrestle with the screenplay. Trevorrow has joined Rise of the Planet of the Apes' Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver to work on the Jurassic World script.
The new title tallies with rumours that the fourth instalment would see John Hammond's dream of a fully functional Jurassic Park finally reaching fruition, with tens of thousands of visitors arriving each »
- Ben Child
Odd List Ryan Lambie 11 Sep 2013 - 06:52
Sci-fi movies are full of aliens, but which ones truly convince us that we're in the presence of the other-worldly?
Nb: this article contains a mild spoiler for Oblivion.
Before the science fiction genre even had a name, writers were wondering about life on alien planets. Philosophers, astronomers and dramatists were suggesting that civilisations might exist on other worlds in the 17th century, and some of the earliest pieces of cinema - such as Georges Méliès' A Trip To The Moon (1902) - tried to imagine what those aliens might look like. But in the decades since that key silent film, only a handful of filmmakers have successfully managed to convincingly describe what an alien life form might look or behave like, and all the terror and awe we might feel if we were to encounter one for ourselves.
These aren't necessarily films »
HBO has fast-tracked a pilot commitment for "Westworld," a new show based on the 1973 film of the same name, which was written and directed by novelist Michael Crichton. The project will be executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jonathan Nolan and Jerry Weintraub. "Westworld" explores a futuristic theme park split into three distinct areas -- West World, Medieval World and Roman World. However, things soon go wrong as the robots built to interact with human customers malfunction, attacking and killing anyone they see. A sequel, "Futureworld," was released in 1976, and a television series aired on CBS in 1980. It was canceled after airing only three episodes. Now, HBO is set to tackle the property again on the small screen. The pilot script will be co-written by Nolan and Lisa Joy ("Burn »
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