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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 »
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 »
There’s arguably as much expectations to be found in the kids of “Jurassic World” (read our review) as your latest comic book franchise lead. First cemented by Joseph Mazzello and Ariana Richards in Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park,” the character types are essential, serving as the audience portal to the wonder and terror of the latest dinosaur outbreak. In “Jurassic World” director Colin Trevorrow’s latest installment, which also stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Jake Johnson, that responsibility falls to young actors Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson. Read More: Over 30 New 'Jurassic World' Photos, 2 New Clips & Lots Of New TV Spots Simpkins, who recently appeared in “Iron Man 3” as Tony Stark’s sidekick and the first two “Insidious” films, is no stranger to big-budget filmmaking, or even the directorial vision of Spielberg, having worked with him on 2005’s “War of the Worlds” at age »
- Charlie Schmidlin
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
Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg on the Oscars' Red Carpet Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Spielberg has taken home two Best Director Oscars: Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). Schindler's List also won Best Picture, but Saving Private Ryan lost to John Madden's Miramax-distributed Shakespeare in Love. There was quite a bit of animosity at the time, as some felt that Miramax, owned by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, overdid its Oscar campaigning – while still managing to sway enough Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members to vote for its film. Somewhat ironically, at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony Steven Spielberg presented the Best Picture Award to The King's Speech. Toplining Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce, and Claire Bloom, this British production was »
- D. Zhea
Justin Timberlake on the Oscars' Red Carpet Justin Timberlake at the Academy Awards The Social Network actor Justin Timberlake arrives at the 83rd Academy Awards, which took place on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. At the ceremony, Timberlake and Black Swan actress Mila Kunis introduced the nominees – and eventual winners – in the animation categories. Throughout the proceedings, he pretended to be the elusive Banksy, whose Exit Through the Gift Shop was a Best Documentary Feature contender. The joke fell mostly flat, but Timberlake actually elicited some laughs when he imitated three-time Oscar-nominated veteran Kirk Douglas*, who mercilessly stretched the Best Supporting Actress announcement into what seemed like hours. Admittedly, Douglas was funny. (The winner in that particular category turned out to be Melissa Leo for David O. Russell's The Fighter.) As announced by the Justin Timberlake-Mila Kunis duo, the Best Animated Short Film was Shaun Tan »
- D. Zhea
6 items from 2015
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