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Aside from his incredible filmography and influence on cinema over the past few decades, director Steven Spielberg is also known as being a master at pulling amazing performances from child actors. Whether it's Drew Barrymore and Henry Thomas in E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Cary Guffey in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Joseph Mazzello and Ariana Richards in Jurassic Park, Jonathan Ke Quan in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Christian Bale in Empire of the Sun, Haley Joel Osment in A.I. Artificial Intelligence or Dakota Fanning in War of the Worlds, he's done some great work with kids on the big screen. And now he's just found his latest child star for his adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Bfg. Read on! A press release from DreamWorks Studios has named newcomer Ruby Barnhill to make her big screen debut as the young girl Sophie in the story of »
- Ethan Anderton
The first trailer for Jurassic World was released earlier this week and reminded moviegoers just why they fell in love with the franchise in the first place. Immediately after viewing it fans started to predict what might be in store for the fourth installment, and it.s now been suggested that the original Tyrannosaurus Rex from Steven Spielberg.s 1993 extravaganza will still be wreaking havoc. When the list of dinosaurs in Jurassic World was originally announced, most fans were instantly drawn to the T-Rex. However not many would have thought that the same T-Rex from Jurassic Park would still be walking around Isla Nublar. But one eagle eyed Imgur user has now found evidence that suggests the T-Rex who saved Sam Neill.s Alan, Laura Dern.s Ellie, Ariana Richards. Alexi, and Joseph Mazzello.s Timothy at the conclusion of Jurassic Park is still alive and biting. But what could »
Arriving earlier than expected, Universal has debuted the first trailer for Jurassic World in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. And with it comes our first real look at this true sequel to the 1993 original Jurassic Park directed by Steven Spielberg. While Spielberg is back as a producer this time out, the reigns have been handed over to Colin Trevorrow, best known for his low budget time travel comedy Safety Not Guaranteed. Word is still out on whether this will live up to the standards set by beloved franchise, but there is no denying that the footage is exciting, beautifully shot, and holds quite a few surprises of its own. It also carefully plays to our nostalgia for the first movie, which is now more than twenty years old. Paying homage to classic shots, and bringing back some important visual references, this first Jurassic World sneak peek recalls what has come before it like a champ. »
Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg has taken movie audiences on extravagant adventures of a lifetime during his lengthy course behind the camera when impacting the film industry with his captivating on-screen imagination. Spielberg has shown an amazing range of vision and scope when tackling various movie genres that tap in the collective consciousness of moviegoers. Science fiction, social issue dramas, action and adventure, period pieces, family-oriented fantasies, comedies, war movies–you name it and Spielberg has done it on the big screen in his illustrious film career in directing, producing, writing and promoting.
Although Spielberg has done his share of adult-oriented films that cater to the sophisticated masses he is primarily known for his whimsical kid-friendly fare or at least releases that feature children in some of his escapist gems that may not necessarily be considered kiddie-coated. In Kid’s Play: Top 10 Steven Spielberg-Directed Child-Centric Films we will take a »
- Frank Ochieng
It still amazes me how well the VFX in Jurassic Park holds up after all these years. Industrial Light and Magic is the team that amazingly brought the dinosaurs to life on the big screen. We have a fascinating featurette that you need to watch that focuses on bringing the live-action elements together with the VFX elements. It's really cool to get a before and after look at all the movie magic that had to happen to bring this classic film to life for us.
Here's a little trivia that gives some backstory on what Steven Spielberg needed to do to make this movie work.
Steven Spielberg didn’t want people to be constantly reminded that what they’re seeing is CGI, but real, full-blooded dinosaurs, starting with the Brachiosaur scene, where Spielberg was keen on the dinosaur interacting with the background, and would offer suggestions to the animators on how to make it better. »
- Joey Paur
We begin with a still photo in the pages of a magazine, an image whose recollection time has has eroded but not erased; a large dinosaur footprint in the mud, alongside a further image of Sam Neill, Joseph Mazzello, and Ariana Richards sat in a treetop, face to face with a dinosaur…
Back in 1993 that’s all it took for Jurassic Park to become the most eagerly anticipated film of the decade. Hop forward what seems an evolutionary blink to April 2014 and we’ve just had the millionth trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 threaten to pummel us into vast apathy for a film which looks to be good old blockbuster fare. So why have studios taken this dumbed down, multi-format saturation approach to marketing their films? One which may have an adverse effect on audience appreciation and enjoyment of the final film?
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- Matt Rodgers
More than two decades later, and we still can’t look at a cup of water the same.
Just as the rippling water in that now iconic scene signaled the T. rex’s grand entrance, so did Jurassic Park usher in a new era of cinematic innovation. Making a reality of so many childhood dreams, it marries moviemaking wizardry and emotional complexity to electrifying effect. Park also straddles a number of genres (action-adventure, family, thriller, and sci-fi, to name a few) on top of its ready-made merchandising and theme-park ride potential, ultimately offering something for everyone. But the leaps and »
- Lanford Beard
Rule of thumb: things involving "Jurassic Park" will always be funny. Case in point: a mock Yelp page for the park (courtesy of Mandatory) that will have you howling like a velociraptor in heat. Seriously... this could have been really dumb but it's kind of perfect.
Not only are the "Recommended Reviews" on the phony page amazing ("Great place to visit if you feel like dying") but the longer reviews are just as terrific, like the one attributed to "Tim M.," the young character in the movie played by Joseph Mazzello. "This place started off cool. My grandpa invited me for the grand opening and I really like dinosaurs..." his review reads. Then later: "Spoiler Alert: The dinosaurs were pissed!" (Even better is the one attributed to the Jeff Goldblum's character, Ian Malcolm. But we're not going to spoil that.) Lol x 65 million
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- Drew Taylor
Ever since Jurassic World was first announced, fans have been wondering if any of the Jurassic Park cast members will be coming back. Director Colin Trevorrow confirmed that one of the original actors will be making a return, although it might not be someone you expect.
Here's what the filmmaker had to say in an interview with IGN.
"I know a lot of fans want to see the original characters back. They're iconic. But I respect those actors too much to shoehorn them into this story for my own sentimental reasons. Jurassic Park isn't about the bad luck of three people who keep getting thrown into the same situation. The only reason they'd go back to that island is if the screenwriters contrived a reason for them to go. But there is a character from the first film who makes sense in our world. This hasn't been announced yet, but B. »
One of the most memorable nail-biting scenes in Steven Spielberg's classic Jurassic Park arrives near the climax, when a pair of deadly velociraptors stalk two children (Ariana Richards & Joseph Mazzello) through the park's massive kitchen. Since the film's release in 1993, dinosaur experts have revised their concept of the ancient predators; fossil evidence of feathered raptors suggests they might have resembled monstrous birds. While that might have made the scene play out quite a bit differently, they probably never imagined anything quite like this: Bangkok, Thailand-based production company We Are Camera Studio recently unveiled an awesome parody of that iconic scene... in which the raptors are digitally replaced with giant (but totally adorable) cats. The studio's YouTube clip has gone viral since it first surfaced last week (along with multiple riffs on a loop of Jeff Goldblum's character laughing), and as of this writing, it's approaching one million views. »
- Gregory Burkart
In a brief pause from the momentum of Season 3, "Person of Interest" used episode 16, "Ram," to flashback at the pasts of Finch, Reese and Shaw to explain how an important moment from their mutual history is playing into their future.
Meet Daniel Casey (guest star Joseph Mazzello) who a younger Finch, then with ally Rick Dillinger, is trying to protect. He has a laptop with important information that the likes of Reese and Kara Stanton (returning guest star Annie Parisse) want to regain. They ultimately fail, and it's Shaw who Control calls in to clean up the mess.
It was really fun to see how close these three allies all came to one another in the past. Though Finch doesn't really know who Reese is, viewers get to see some of Reese's morality shine through when he lets Casey go. Shaw has her eye on the prize as much as »
New Person Of Interest season 3,episode 16 official spoilers,plotline & clips hit the net. Last night, CBS released the new,official,synopsis/spoilers and promo/spoiler clip (below) for their upcoming "Person Of Interest" episode 16 of season 3. The episode is entitled, "Ram," and it appears to be very intense and interesting as John gets pretty violent, partnerships end and new ones begin, and more. In the new,16th episode press release: The secrets of Finch’s operation before he enlisted Reese, are going to get revealed, including shocking ties to present-day events. Cheat Tweet: How did Finch operate without The Man in the Suit? Secrets will be revealed #PersonOfInterest 3/4 10:01pm http://bit.ly/NfkylM. Guest stars will feature: Neil Jackson (Rick Dillinger), Joseph Mazzello (Daniel Casey), Casey Siemaszko (Lester Strickland), Julian Ovenden (Lambert), and Dillan Arrick (Haley McNabb). The episode was written by Nic Van Zeebroeck and Michael Sopczynski, and »
12 items from 2014
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