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Well, this was pretty inevitable. With the various scandals involving FIFA continuing to unfold, and with further embarrassment added by the flop of "United Passions" (our review), the movie produced by the soccer organization that now has the distinction of being the lowest grossing film in U.S. history, it was only a matter of time until the downfall of the group he led was brought to the big screen. And Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are going to make it happen. Read More: Review: FIFA Drama 'United Passions' Starring Gerard Depardieu, Sam Neill, And Tim Roth The duo will produce the Gavin O'Connor directed adaptation of Ken Bensinger's upcoming book "Houses Of Deceit." It will tell the story of American FIFA exec Chuck Blazer aka Mr. Ten Percent, who helped popularize soccer in the United States, but also became embroiled in bribery and corruption, with Bensinger »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Steven Knight-created Peaky Blinders has a rabid fan base both at home and abroad. A big success for BBC Two over its first two seasons, it also airs on Netflix under a 2014 deal with The Weinstein Co., which stepped in early and acquired U.S. rights just after Season 1 premiered in the UK in 2013. That has created an even bigger host of faithful who have been waiting anxiously for Season 3 to begin—which is expected in early 2016. Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Helen… »
With Jurassic World now officially the fastest movie to reach the $1 billion mark (in just thirteen days!), it seems as though the world has gone back to 1993 and dino-mania is running wild once again.
To celebrate the success of the movie, we’ve looked back through the history books to bring you five things you may not know about the Jurassic Park franchise.
Harrison Ford has always had a great working relationship with Steven Spielberg and his partner in crime George Lucas. Not only was he the star of Spielberg’s ode to adventure serials of the 1930s and 40s, Raiders of the Lost Ark and its subsequent Indiana Jones sequels, but he was also featured in American Graffiti and the Star Wars trilogy, the products of George Lucas. »
- Luke Owen
Hard to believe it’s been 22 years since “Jurassic Park.” If that fact alone doesn’t make you feel old, now there’s “Jurassic World” to make those of us ancient enough to remember — and admire — the original feel like dinosaurs.
In theory, the movie is a sequel, but let’s admit it: “Jurassic World” is really a remake — a remake engineered the way Steven Spielberg probably figures he’d have to treat “Jurassic Park” if he were making it for the first time today, at a time when half that film’s problems could be solved by a little invention called the cell phone. (As for Spielberg’s “Jaws”? Fuggedaboudit. We’re living in the age of “Sharknado.” No one’s impressed by a shark anymore.)
For the sake of this column, I’m going to assume you’ve seen “Jurassic World.” Ten days in theaters, and the movie has already grossed nearly $1 billion. »
- Peter Debruge
An alien craft shaped like an artichoke? A vessel with breasts? Here's our pick of 15 of sci-fi cinema's most eccentric spaceships...
For decades, heroes have crossed the universe in rocket ships and modified light freighters. Aliens have conquered galaxies in disc-shaped craft of varying sizes.
Yes, as long as there's been science fiction on the silver screen, spaceships have captured our imagination, from the matinee serials of the 30s to the sci-fi blockbusters of the present.
We all have our own idea of what a great spaceship should look like. For some, it's Han Solo's fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon. For others, it's the more graceful USS Enterprise, or maybe the utilitarian craft of 2001: A Space Odyssey. But what about cinema's more unusual, outlandish spaceships? The ramshackle ones, the anachronistic ones, the ones that look a bit rude, or just plain scary? Those are »
Welcome back to Jurassic Park/World! It's been 22 years since Jurassic Park stomped all over our collective imaginations (in a good way). Now, let's ignore The Lost World and Jurassic Park III, since the new film, Jurassic World, seems to do just that. Things have changed. The awe of science has been replaced by corporate greed. The park features a petting zoo, water park, and gyrospheres. Don't worry, there are still plenty of foolish humans, making rash decisions, which means eventually dinosaurs run amok. In this week's Film Face-off we'll put Jurassic World's amoking and more against Steven Spielberg's original Jurassic Park. The (Human) Chemistry Jurassic Park Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Dr. Ellie...
- Jeff Bayer
Jurassic World is shattering box office records across the globe, but what happened to the stars of the movie that kick-started it all? Steven Spielberg's 1993 classic Jurassic Park was flawlessly cast, mixing well-known stars and fresh faces in a perfect blockbuster thrill-ride.
A one-time contender to play James Bond, Neill's early credits include espionage series Reilly: Ace of Spies, Dead Calm and The Hunt for Red October. In the years after Jurassic Park he notched up roles in Event Horizon, The Tudors and Peaky Blinders. Neill »
Though it wasn.t fully embraced by critics, Jurassic World premiered in theaters this past weekend and dominated the box office. So, for the most part, that means fans got a kick out of the franchise.s resurrection. Part of the fun was seeing all the small Easter eggs director and Jurassic Park lover Colin Trevorrow hid in the film. You may have pinpointed a few yourself, but there.s one reference to Jurassic Park 3 that Trevorrow thinks only diehard fans will see. To refresh your memory, Jurassic Park 3 was all about those desperate parents who enlisted the aide of Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) in order to track down their lost son in the wilderness of Isla Sorna. In an interview with MTV, Trevorrow gave up one of his more obscure references to this movie. When the T. Rex does appear and what she smashes through, what »
Frederic Auburtin has had to put up with a lot of abuse lately. As the director of United Passions, the movie about the founding of world soccer body FIFA, the French filmmaker behind such titles as The Bridge (1999) and San Antonio (2004), has received the worst reviews of his career. The film is “a ham-fisted...cringeworthy, self-aggrandizing affair” wrote The Hollywood Reporter critic Frank Scheck about the $30 million period drama starring Gerard Depardieu, Sam Neill and Tim Roth. Jordan Hoffman of the Guardian goes further, saying the movie, which purports to tell this founding story of
- Rhonda Richford
I was just barely a teenager when Jurassic Park came out in theaters, but I had already read the book, thanks to a thoughtful birthday gift from a family member. I was so excited about seeing that movie that I could hardly sit still. When the time came and I finally got to go, it was every bit the spectacle I had expected.
Two sequels and twenty-two years later, when Jurassic World was announced I was far less enthusiastic. The franchise felt overused and I was not the least bit interested in another unnecessary reboot. After all, no one needed to take over Ian Malcolm’s spectacularly egotistical boots from Jeff Goldblum any more than someone needed to try to out grump Sam Neill as Dr. Alan Grant.
1. "Welcome to Jurassic Park!"
Spielberg keeps Jurassic Park's big dino reveal under wraps so that the lead characters - Alan Grant (Sam Neill), Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) - discover the prehistoric characters as the audience does. "Welcome to Jurassic Park!" Richard Attentborough's John Hammond exclaims as we watch a pair of Brontosauri striding majestically through a lake.
2. "I'm simply saying that life finds a way."
For a movie built on size and spectacle, Jurassic Park is surprisingly »
If there’s one thing Matt LeBlanc and Jesse Tyler Ferguson know, it’s how to make audiences laugh. During their one-on-one conversation at Variety’s Actors on Actors studio, the stars of Showtime’s “Episodes” and ABC’s “Modern Family” discussed how they keep their roles fresh after a long run of several successful seasons. And, of course, crack each other up in the process.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson: I think the first time I was on TV was for a Dasani water commercial. That was the first time I was ever in front of a camera. And then my first television thing was this mini-series on CBS called “Sally Hemings: An American Scandal.” I played one of Sally Hemings’ illegitimate children. Carmen Ejogo played my mother, Diahann Carroll was my grandmother, and Sam Neill was Thomas Jefferson! I had to ride a horse at one point and flee the plantation. »
- Debra Birnbaum
I am the prime demographic for this movie, and I found it only sort of inoffensively blah. Chris Pratt: He’s no Jeff Goldblum. I’m “biast” (pro): love love love love love the original trilogy (yes, all of them)
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I cried, my geek peeps. I cried at the opening of Jurassic World. Not at the bit where a baby dino cracks itself out of an egg, though that is awesome and in the world of this movie you know that someone has created @EmergencyCuteDinoBabies on Twitter and it is Everything.
No, I cried at the helicopter shot swooping in over Jurassic World — the park is open! — because I want this to be real. Why isn’t it real? Why haven’t we scienced into existence dinosaurs right outta the past? I know »
- MaryAnn Johanson
I don’t know if anyone involved in Jurassic Park III had an idea about why the movie needed to be made other than Universal Pictures keeping the IP alive. Steven Spielberg had moved on, and if he couldn’t find life in a sequel, who was going to be able to attempt it just four years later? Going with Spielberg’s former VFX art director Joe Johnston wasn’t a terrible bet, but it was also a journeyman choice. Johnston was proficient enough to get the job done, but lacked the vision to see anything through beyond “more dinosaurs.” This time, the movie spins the wheel and lands on a slightly more credible protagonist with Sam Neill returning to play Alan Grant, who is lured to Isla Sorna under the false pretenses of being a dinosaur guide to wealthy couple Paul (William H. Macy) and Amanda Kirby (Téa Leoni »
- Matt Goldberg
In 1993, director Steven Spielberg unleashed an onslaught of raptors, t-rexes, and Jeff Goldblum’s chest hair onto multiplexes the world over. Twenty-two years and two sequels later, John Hammond’s (Richard Attenborough) park is officially open for business.
Unfortunately for Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard’s characters, however, no one has learned the clear message of those classic Amblin films: Don’t clone dinosaurs. Seriously, just don’t do it. It’s an incredibly bad idea. You’d think everybody would understand that after Samuel L. Jackson lost his arm in the first movie.
Though John and his employee’s fondness for genetically modifying dinosaurs – and then selling tickets to their habitat – is maybe not in the best interest of Jurassic Park’s insurance bill, it does make for excellent hold-onto-your-butts cinema.
In celebration of Jurassic World hitting theatres this Friday, we put together a supercut of all our »
- Sasha James
This Friday, "Jurassic World" is unleashed on an unsuspecting world, where it will gnash its teeth and swing its tail and generally make life miserable for puny humans foolhardy enough to mess with the laws of nature. (Hubris gets you every time.)
Some estimates have suggested that "Jurassic World" will be the box office hit of this summer (sorry, "Aloha"). That's right: 22 years after the original film debuted and decimated all box office records, this sequel could do pretty much the same thing.
But what do you really need to know about the movie before seeing it this Friday
1. It's a Direct Sequel to the Original 'Jurassic Park'...
For those keeping track at home, this is the fourth "Jurassic Park" film. The last film in the series was 2001's middling "Jurassic Park III," which saw original hero Alan Grant (Sam Neill) traveling back to a dinosaur-infested island to »
- Drew Taylor
“No one’s impressed by a dinosaur anymore,” notes one character early on in “Jurassic World,” and it’s easy to imagine the same words having passed through the lips of more than one Universal Studios executive in the years since Michael Crichton and Steven Spielberg’s 1993 “Jurassic Park” shattered box-office records, along with the glass ceiling for computer-generated visual effects. Two decades and two lackluster sequels later, producer and studio have spared few expenses in crafting a bigger, faster, noisier dinosaur opus, designed to reclaim their place at the top of the blockbuster food chain. What they’ve engineered is an undeniably vigorous assault of jaw-chomping jolts and Spielbergian family bonding that nevertheless captures only a fraction of the original film’s overflowing awe and wonderment. Which should still be more than enough to cause a T-Rex-sized ripple effect at the summer multiplex turnstile.
If the first “Jurassic Park »
- Scott Foundas
As if the story couldn’t get any worse for FIFA after all of the recent allegations and arrests, their venture into the film world hasn’t faired much better with the self-funded football story United Passions flopping dramatically at the Us box office.
United Passions is FIFA’s own film and tells the story of their 111-year history, but on its release in Us cinemas last weekend, the film only managed to grosses around $900. That’s 900 dollars, not millions. While the film only played in 10 theaters and has been released on VOD and digital platforms as well, the grosses will not make for happy reading for the football body. Furthermore, these numbers are from insiders rather than official box office websites, but various sources have confirmed the numbers to be true.
The film was acquired by Screen Media for Us distribution after having a small release last summer to »
- Scott J. Davis
14 years ago, Universal Pictures was banking on the re-invention of one of its top movie franchises becoming its biggest hit of the summer. The studio handed one of its greatest money-making franchises to a visionary director and tasked him with breathing new life into a sagging franchise. This director would need to create a movie that winked at its past, while also expanding its world beyond its memorable but somewhat limiting premise. Sound familiar?
Long before Jurassic World there was Jurassic Park III, a 2001 movie that has largely been swept under the rug by fans of the blockbuster film series. Pinpointing exactly why Jurassic Park III is so often ignored is difficult. When Jurassic Park III is referenced in the public discourse, it's often unfavourably compared to the original Jurassic Park or disregarded as being as bad or worse than The Lost World. Make no mistake - Jurassic Park III is much, »
My journey with Jurassic Park has its ups and downs. I was just a shade over 16-years-old when the film hit theaters in 1993 and my interest in the movie was sparked by having read Michael Crichton's novel from which it was based. To ask me now, I couldn't detail the differences versus the book and the film (though this video helps with that) other than to remember the book featured a lot more dinosaurs and was a bit more mature than Steven Spielberg's adaptation, from a screenplay co-written by Crichton and David Koepp (Angels & Demons, Spider-Man). So, that summer in June, myself and three friends ventured into the theater to see dinosaurs come to life and that's what we got. Perhaps it was my age, perhaps it was having read the books, but I remember being vaguely underwhelmed, though at the same time I remember pretending I had »
- Brad Brevet
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