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From The Andromeda Strain to Jurassic Park to Prey and beyond, the late Michael Crichton offered readers numerous gateways to intelligent escapism on the printed page. Published posthumously, 2011's Micro is no exception. DreamWorks Studios seems to agree, as the company has picked up the film rights to the thriller.
Press Release: "Los Angeles--(Business Wire)--DreamWorks Studios has acquired the film rights to the Michael Crichton novel, “Micro,” it was announced today by Michael Wright, CEO of DreamWorks Studios. Frank Marshall is on board to produce, with Sherri Crichton and Laurent Bouzereau set as executive producers for CrichtonSun LLC.
The high-concept thriller follows a group of graduate students lured to Hawaii to work for a mysterious biotech company—only to find themselves miniaturized and cast out into the rain forest, with nothing but their scientific expertise and wits to protect them.
"Micro" was unfinished when Michael Crichton passed »
- Derek Anderson
Part of the magic of the Jurassic Park franchise is the impressive use of practical effects, and Jurassic World is no exception. Though there was a lot of CGI, so much so that some reviewers criticized the film for its use, but there were also custom-built dinosaurs to bolster the sense of wonder. With Jurassic World still crushing box-office records, a new video has hit the web showing how the use of practical effects created one of the more impressive dinosaurs, the Apatosaurus. In Jurassic World, the first genetically modified hybrid dinosaur, the Indominus Rex, breaks free from its cage and ravages the island and the park-goers. Amid the chaos, the creature slaughters a herd of Apatosaurus just for sport. Chris Pratt.s Owen Grady and Bryce Dallas Howard.s Claire Dearing watched in horror, as did we, as this gentle creature took its last few breaths. According to the »
As much as people have decried Jurassic World for its widespread use of CGI dinosaurs, the film still has its share of animatronic creatures roaming the grounds. In a detailed video from Legacy Effects, the folks at that craft shop showcase how they built the dying Apatosaurus from one of the film's more emotional moments. If you recall, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) stumble upon a herd of dead Apatosauruses, victims of the malevolent Indominus Rex. One such Apatosaurus is still alive, and Owen and Claire go over to comfort the fading dinosaur. Coupled with Michael Giacchino's score, the moment is one of the film's most touching and heartbreaking - and really, it's one that feels connected to the original Jurassic Park. Part of that emotion comes from the animatronic being able to mimic real-life reactions. I'll maintain that the film needed CGI dinosaurs to tell most of its story, »
- Cory Woodroof
There's no stopping the dinosaurs. Director Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World, starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, is crossing the $1 billion mark at the global box office on Monday, becoming the fastest movie in history to achieve that feat (it's been in release for fewer than two weeks). In North America, the Universal movie cleared $400 million on Sunday, likewise at a record pace. It took previous record holder The Avengers 14 days to hit $400 million domestically; it took 10 days for Jurassic World. Final numbers released Monday show Jurassic World doing more business than expected on Father's
- Pamela McClintock
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
Director Steven Spielberg's 1993 classic Jurassic Park was beloved for many reasons, one of which was the use of practical effects to bring many of these iconic dinosaurs to life. For the record-breaking blockbuster Jurassic World, several of those same tactics were used, along with plenty of CGI, and today we have a look at how Legacy Effects used practical effects for the massive Apatosaurus. In what many are calling Jurassic World|'s most touching scene, Legacy was asked to bring a gentle giant to life. Go behind the scenes with the Legacy team as they use both new and traditional methods to create an animatronic Dinosaur!
The scene in question has been shown in the trailers before, set after the massive Indominus Rex escapes its captive environment. Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) come across the massive Apatosaurus, who is near death after a vicious attack. »
To celebrate another mega haul for the dinosaur action film, Wamg is giving away a movie prizepack.
In the new film, when the massive and mysterious Indominus rex stages an escape and disappears into the jungle, order turns to mayhem and guests turn into prey. Dinosaurs escape into the open, skies and water to engage in an all-out war for survival, and no corner within the world’s greatest theme park is safe anymore.
Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Omar Sy, Bd Wong and Irrfan Khan star in the 3D epic action-adventure that is directed by Colin Trevorrow and based on characters created by Michael Crichton. The screenplay is »
- Movie Geeks
Jurassic World debuted last week and there is a lot of talk about the handsomeness of Chris Pratt, the raptor pack, and (apparently) more importantly Bryce Dallas Howard’s heels and her ability to run in them. I mean yes, that was totally impressively, but the movie itself was more impressive. Regardless, many people were disappointed that this successful woman decided to ward of dinosaurs with high heels on and even hailed it a step back for the gender. However, I actually think it was a step forward for feminism. Wait, hear me out! Claire Dearing is a feminist. I swear.
In Jurassic World, Claire spends the entire movie running for her life and saving everyone else’s life all while wearing a skirt and high heels. Yes, it is unrealistic. I’d like to say that if it was me I would:
a. not be wearing them in that »
- Sarah Sommer
Hey, guys. These are the top 10 movies of the 2015 year so far, based on box office total worldwide gross. Coming in at number 1, is: "Avengers: Age of Ultron" with $447,288,953.00 Plotline: When Tony Stark and Bruce Banner try to jump-start a dormant peacekeeping program called Ultron, things go horribly wrong and it's up to Earth's Mightiest Heroes to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans. Dir: Joss Whedon With: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi 141 minutes. Number 2: "Furious 7" with $351,032,910. 00 Plotline: Deckard Shaw seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto and his family for his comatose brother. Dir: James Wan With: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson Action | Crime | Thriller 137 minutes. Number 3: "Jurassic World" with $325,212,000 Plotline: Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, »
- Andre Braddox
The power of emotions proved to be serious competition against the power of velociraptors at the box office last night. Disney-Pixar’s “Inside Out” exceeded early expectations and made $34 million Friday night, beating “Jurassic World” for the evening on its way to becoming one of Pixar’s biggest openings with $84 to $89 million for the weekend.
Meanwhile, “Jurassic World” is on track for the largest-ever second weekend performance with $29 million on Friday for a total $103 million weekend, according to early estimates, possibly outdoing “The Avengers'” previous record of $103.05 million.
The dino pic, which stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, has already broken a laundry list of records, including largest opening weekend ($208.8 million), largest international bow ($524.4 million) and quickest film to cross $300 million. Should “Jurassic World” live up to current projections, it will make $400 million domestically by Monday, knocking “Jurassic Park” off its perch as the highest-grossing installment in the series. »
- Marianne Zumberge
The dinosaurs are still running wild at the nation’s multiplexes as Universal’“Jurassic World” looks poised to dominate the weekend in its second frame with as much as $100 million, according to early Friday estimates.
Meanwhile, Disney-Pixar’s “Inside Out” is looking likely to finish in the $72 million to $74 million range. The studio, however, is going with a softer estimate of $65 million to $70 million. Disney-Pixar expects the animated pic to gross $25 million to $27 million on Friday.
“Jurassic World” set a U.S. opening weekend record with $208.8 million, then added $87 million in the four weekdays through Thursday to hit $296 million. The dino thriller may even challenge the second weekend record of $103 million set by “The Avengers” in 2012 — and it will easily top the second-best number of $77.7 million racked up last month by “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
“Jurassic World” will cross the $300 million mark Friday in its eighth day. That will break »
- Dave McNary
To all the filmmakers and audience members en route to the Palm Springs Intl. Festival of Short Films — or ShortFest, if you’re into the whole brevity thing — spare a thought for executive and festival director Darryl Macdonald and the rest of his programming team. As soon as the Palm Springs Film Festival wraps in January, the group begins its mammoth task of whittling down a 330-short film festival out of more than 3,300 submissions. This year the fest runs June 16-22.
“From Feb. 1 through late May, we’re pretty much watching short films until our eyes bleed, looking for that one in 10 that really stands out above the rest,” he says. “But even when you start to burn out, it just takes that one film that blows you across the room, and your batteries are recharged and you want to keep watching.”
One of the biggest events of its kind, »
- Andrew Barker
There has been an insane amount of discussion online about Bryce Dallas Howard’s character Claire Dearing since the release of Jurassic World (2015, costume designer: Daniel Orlandi), mostly concerning the ‘running in heels’ sequences. I felt it would be interesting to take a broader look at the costumes of the female leads in both Jurassic Park (1993, costume designer April Ferry) and Jurassic World and contrast in the characters.
Dr Ellie Sattler the Paleobotanist as played by Laura Dern in the original movie is a hugely underrated feminist action hero. She is allowed to be clever, brave, practical and physical yet display ‘feminine’ traits at the same time, such as fear, compassion and a nurturing nature. These are characteristics infrequently seen together in Hollywood blockbuster movies. For the bulk of the film, she wears one practical outfit: chino shorts and a baggy salmon-coloured shirt knotted at the waist with a blue high necked vest-top underneath. »
- Lord Christopher Laverty
Colin Trevorrow.s Jurassic World is inspiring a number of unexpected reactions. Some are obsessing over the types of shoes Bryce Dallas Howard wore. Others debate why anyone would try to go back to Isla Nublar after the disastrous attacks from Jurassic Park. Today, the Internet decided to have a little fun with Chris Pratt.s character, Owen Grady, who trains Raptors. Why? We.re not 100% sure, but his unusual job has fellow zookeepers playing along on social media. A photo posted by Nicole Leslie (@leslieisthelastname) on Jun 16, 2015 at 5:03pm Pdt Frequently using the hashtag #JurassicZoo, a number of Jurassic World fans are posing like Pratt in the above pose, only swapping up killer dinos for the animals that they tend to care for. This gentleman, for example, had to become the alpha for a pack of walruses...%NEW_PAGE% Zookeepers posing as @prattprattpratt from #JurassicWorld is the best »
[Update: We have removed these images at the request of the studio.] Warning: This article contains major spoilers for Jurassic World! Jurassic World is out and it's absolutely killing it at the box office, so apparently now the concept artists are free and clear to share their work. Some imagery just surfaced via artist Dean Sherriff and concept art company Gadget-Bot, and it's all absolutely stunning. There are a bunch of familiar shots in the mix, like when Gray (Ty Simpkins) and Zach (Nick Robinson) check out the original visitor center and when Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) leads the T-rex out of confinement using a flair á la Ian Malcolm, but there's also some work for visuals that weren't featured in the film, like a "Raptor Arena." We never see raptors as part of park attractions in the final cut, but apparently the filmmakers once considered featuring a show that involved a "raptor hunt." Another interesting detail to note is the title »
- Perri Nemiroff
Colossal earthquakes, the Marvel crew, even Tom Hardy as Mad Max couldn’t impede the Indominus Rex-sized box office performance of “Jurassic World” this past weekend: the film’s worldwide weekend gross of $511 million made set the record for the biggest opening of all time. While critical reception has been somewhat middling (to an unfair degree, I would argue) audiences the nation over are eating it up like a pack of hungry raptors. The dinos we paid money to see sure are cool–I myself am partial to Blue, primarily because he seems to have the most personality. However, a considerable amount of the film’s astonishing success can be also attributed to the game, likeable lead performances of actors Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, as well as the self-aware but decidedly old-fashioned filmmaking of director Colin Trevorrow. In a recent episode of the Nerdist podcast, hosts Chris and »
- Nicholas Laskin
The T-Rex undoubtedly stole the show in Steven Spielberg's original masterpiece Jurassic Park and following the record-breaking debut of Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World, it looks like her much anticipated return to the big screen was extremely well-received too! Universal has really been on a roll this year and to celebrate the success of Jurassic World, which stars Chris Pratt & Bryce Dallas Howard, they've released a brand new TV spot that shows off some of the film's best highlights, including the return of the King! Check it out below: #JurassicWorld is the biggest opening of all time! Experience the adventure: http://t.co/By621D2Vya https://t.co/9UdDV1j4XF — #JurassicWorld (@JurassicPark) June 16, 2015 Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World. Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly. Frank Marshall »
If I had been given a vote I would not have supported making another Jurassic Park movie. It’s a franchise that I’m not sure even qualified as a franchise until this weekend. The original film is a masterpiece, one of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had in a theater, a movie that defined cinema for an entire generation. The sequels, by contrast, feel like hastily assembled Frankenstein monsters cobbled together from good parts of the first film and whatever script fragments were in the Amblin Entertainment dumpster. All sort of movies in the 90s got two sequels that would never demand this kind of attention but Jurassic Park is special and Jurassic World is a movie that deserves to be a part of something special.
The thing that makes Jurassic World special, aside from the innate sense of wonder that comes from seeing exceptionally rendered dinosaur special effects, »
- Arthur Tebbel
Jurassic World Review Podcast. FilmBookCast Ep. 10 – Jurassic World (2015), is an audio podcast review in which FilmBook contributor Mike Smith and his co-host Mike DeCriscio discuss their thoughts on the newest film from director Colin Trevorrow, Jurassic World.
Jurassic World is a movie directed by Colin Trevorrow and starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, Vincent D’Onofrio, Irffan Khan, Omar Sy, B.D. Wong, Jake Johnson, and Lauren Lapkus.
Jurassic World‘s plot synopsis: “Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitors’ interest, which backfires horribly.”
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- Michael Smith
“Jurassic World” is showing few signs of slowing down after demolishing opening weekend records with a smashing $524.4 million debut.
The blockbuster sequel ripped into $25.6 million at the North American box office on Monday — a huge sum that ranks as the biggest non-holiday Monday in history. The previous record holder was “The Dark Knight,” which picked up $24.5 million in 2008.
“Jurassic World” continues what has been a monster year for Universal, which has also fielded “Pitch Perfect 2,” “Fifty Shades of Grey” and “Furious 7.” Analysts predict the picture could end its global run with more than $1 billion in receipts. Along with “Furious 7,” it will mark the second Universal release this year to cross that benchmark.
- Brent Lang
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