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As I wrote in one of my "25 Years In La" pieces, I was a tour guide at Universal Studios. Technically, we were "studio guides," and in my time at the park, I did many different jobs. I was Leatherface for a full run of Halloween Horror Nights, and I managed to win a nod for "Best Scare" at the end of the event. That doesn't really mean anything, but it felt great at the end of a really tough eleven or twelve straight days. I worked "Backdraft" when it was an attraction that took up a full soundstage, and I made up my own slightly insane tweaks to the script that entertained me, if no one else. My friend and I figured out where we could stand in the "E.T." ride so we could say names to it at the beginning of the ride, since the end of the ride »
- Drew McWeeny
Chris Pratt is a hunk, talented actor and now he can see into the future! Back in 2010 Pratt shared a glimpse of his future. The 36-year-old actor recorded a video for a Parks and Recreation behind-the-scenes look where he predicted that he would be in the fourth installment of the Jurassic Park series. In the video he texts his alleged buddy Steven Spielberg, "Sorry Steven, was asked by Parks and Recs/NBC to do behind the scenes, which is to say everyone else was asked and said no. But, I have no shame, as you know by the endless gift baskets. I'll have to get back to you later about Jurassic Park 4." Pratt was a bit off with the title, but we'll give it to him »
The 2015 nostalgia train continues chugs ever forward, and after stops at Mad Max and Jurassic Park, now it pulls into the Terminator station with Alan Taylor’s Terminator Genisys, a reboot in the vain of 2009’s Star Trek (but more final in its intention), which takes elements from all four movies in the franchise (even cribbing from t.v show The Sarah Connor Chronicles at one point) to create an entertaining, if not entirely perfect, Terminator stew. A lot has been made of this movie’s approach to push the reset button on the franchise, using The Terminator as a starting point to spin it off in an entirely new direction, and for at least the first half of Genisys, this approach works. The familiar beats are there: John Connor (Jason Clarke) is leading the human resistance in 2029 against Skynet and its army of machines. A Terminator is sent back »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
I may be a seasoned gamer but I am not ashamed to admit that I love the Lego games. I have played them all, however, my significant other, Liam Koopa, pretty much only plays them when I play them. It isn’t that he doesn’t like them, it is more that they are a bit beneath his skill level so why take time out of his day? But that doesn’t mean they aren’t fun. The great thing about the Lego games is that they are perfect for checking out for a couple of hours for gaming bliss.
Most of the games we play are high intensity with these plots that are amazing but mentally exhausting but Lego games are pretty much the opposite. They are usually based on a popular movie/comic series so the plot is already known. You are already playing something you know so »
- Sarah Sommer
Back in 2010, the actor — who was appearing in NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” at the time — made a seemingly throwaway joke about getting a text from “Jurassic Park” director Steven Spielberg about a role in the franchise while he was filming a behind-the-scenes DVD extra for the comedy series.
Fast forward to 2015, and said film — after undergoing a name change — is now a box office smash, thanks in part to Pratt’s own charisma.
“He’s the modern action hero,” Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak, told Variety after the film’s debut. »
- Variety Staff
On USA Network’s new summer drama (airing Thursdays at 9/8c), Irish actor Jason O’Mara plays a surgeon who spends precious little time tending to actual patients, focused instead as he is on fending off a local gang that has charged him with keeping 11-year-old drive-by target Antoine safe and sound.
RelatedUSA’s Complications: Is It Just What the Gun-Toting Doctor Ordered?
As if that weren’t enough for the good doc to barely handle, his cohort in this do-or-die agenda is a nurse, Gretchen (played by Jessica Szohr), who knows »
With cinematic juggernauts such as Terminator, Jurassic Park and Star Wars all returning to the fray for 2015, Hollywood and the moviegoing audience are – for better or worse – basking in 80s nostalgia. Of all the IPs to witness a second coming, though, it appears as though Robert Zemeckis’ beloved classic Back to the Future won’t be one of them, after the acclaimed filmmaker claimed such a reboot would only happen over his dead body.
In a recent interview with The Guardian, Zemeckis made it clear than any potential remake – however it is handled – could potentially tarnish a cinematic classic. Currently, both the director and his co-writer Bob Gale hold the rights to the motion picture following a deal with Universal and Amblin Entertainment at the time, meaning that the buck stops at them when it comes to Back to the Future-related films.
Hypothetically, Zemeckis went on to say that »
- Michael Briers
Even the biggest stars — 6’5” and 260 pounds big — can get star-struck from time to time. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson confessed in an interview with Esquire that he was reduced to grinning “like a big ass kid” when he recently received a letter from Steven Spielberg praising his work, calling it the defining moment when he knew he’d made it as an actor. The “Schindler’s List” and “Jurassic Park” director wrote to the WWE Superstar-turned-action star out of the blue telling him: “Been enjoying your movies over the years. Very entertaining. I feel like I’ve really gotten to know you over the years, »
- Debbie Emery
Earlier this month we brought you the best kills of the Jurassic Park trilogy. Now, with the Scream TV show due to premiere on Tuesday, June 30th at 10:00pm on MTV, we’re moving on to the top five kills of the Scream series. There is a lot of bloodshed throughout the four feature films and there’s certainly far more than five exceptional kills, but this assortment certainly embodies the unique combination of tension, satire, sass and sheer terror that makes the franchise such a standout. Will MTV’s rendition live up to those standards? Based on the first eight minutes of the show unveiled a few days ago, I’m not particularly hopeful, but at least Ghostface’s legacy will always live on via four feature films worth of slashing, stabbing, gutting, etc. [complextv contentid="ZyOGR4dTp1qsuXEGZr8L8mTXyNnZYAy9" sitename="collider" playerid="26aa5f02d93f4c05a4546f6d5ecb59b7" adsetid="67a3ff9d3a842ae818bb9de1badc5b0" width="600" height="360" keywords=""] - Here’s the official synopsis for MTV’s Scream TV series: When Nina, »
- Perri Nemiroff
You don’t just love movies, you love move culture. Well, here are a bunch of bites to satisfy your hunger for all the latest in trailer mash-ups, supercuts, cosplay and more. In this monthly feature, we put the fan in Fandango by showcasing the best work from movie lovers responding to the most anticipated new releases. Movie Mash-up of the Month: There weren’t enough babies in Jurassic World, but this combination of the Jurassic Park sequel and Rugrats in Paris:...
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Back to the Future, Indiana Jones, Star Wars. That's the order in which I prefer those three popular franchises, and given Star Wars will pick back up again in December and news that a fifth Indiana Jones movie may or may not be in some form of development, the following statement from Back to the Future director Robert Zemeckis about rebooting that popular franchise makes me pretty happy. "Oh, God no. That can't happen until both Bob Gale and I are dead," Zemeckis was quoted in The Telegraph. Of course, that doesn't stop such a thing from happening further down the line, which Zemeckis is already prepared for. "And then I'm sure they'll do it, unless there's a way our estates can stop it." Boy, I really hope that is the case. Zemeckis and Gale's contracts with Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment are set up such that the pair have »
- Jordan Benesh
Familiar IP is everything these days, it seems. Studios will (somewhat begrudgingly) continue to churn out original properties, but their bread and butter is sequels, reboots, and remakes—and you can’t blame them. The top three films of the year so far at the box office are all sequels, with Jurassic World positively rolling in the dough as it breaks record after record. Movie tickets are expensive, and audiences are more likely to spend their money on something they’re already pretty sure they’ll like rather than take a chance on something unfamiliar. Every now and then they'll take a chance, as original films like Spy and Inside Out have proven to be big hits, but even so those movies are tinged with familiarity—the Melissa McCarthy/Paul Feig duo for Spy, and the Pixar brand for Inside Out. And with Jurassic World—a sequel in a franchise »
- Adam Chitwood
You don’t see Arnold Schwarzenegger’s butt in Terminator Genisys. That’s probably not the detail you were most concerned with regarding the fifth installment of the “Terminator” franchise (though those after some cinematic man meat won’t have to look far), but it’s a representative one. There are, in fact, many moments one can choose from in Genisys that provide a diagnostic sampling of what’s wrong with it. Like Skynet, and now Jurassic Park, the series has become terminally self-aware, as only a brand this old can. Unfortunately, this rusted ’80s artifact still refuses to self-terminate, and thanks to Genisys, we now live in a nightmarish new world where Terminator Salvation might not be the franchise’s bottom.
- Sam Woolf
In Jaws, you barely see the shark. In Jurassic Park, the fearsome T. rex is teased early on but not glimpsed in full until much later. And in Magic Mike Xxl, you have to wait an entire hour before Channing Tatum even takes off his shirt.That's right: Somehow, this sequel to 2012's surprise-hit male-stripper movie is one of the least shirtless movies its pulchritudinous star has ever made. "I'll say this … at least it's worth the wait," director Gregory Jacobs told Vulture last week. Where did he find the nerve to keep Channing's chiseled body covered up? Jacobs laughed: "It's in my nature to be withholding, I guess."He's not kidding: If you think Magic Mike Xxl will deliver a cavalcade of R-rated nude scenes from some of the most beautiful hunks in Hollywood, it's time to revise your expectations downward. Our leading men are a lot more modest »
- Kyle Buchanan
A few weeks ago, the film community collectively underestimated the impact that nostalgia could have at the box office. A lack of awareness of just how much audiences were ready to revisit the Jurassic Park franchise led to shock when Jurassic World began setting box office records. This week, there’s potentially another giant movie hoping to capitalize in the same way. It’s the sequel/franchise reboot Terminator Genysis, which is keen to follow in Jurassic World’s huge footsteps. This will be an interesting test of nostalgia, one that likely won’t be as huge a hit, but could still easily find a large audience nonetheless. Everyone knows the Terminator franchise (started by James Cameron, in case you somehow forgot) by now, with this one seeking to slightly rewrite the rules of the series in this fifth installment/fourth sequel. Arnold Schwarzenegger once again stars as the robot protector of Sarah Conner, »
- Joey Magidson
Micro: Steven Spielberg will help shepherd Micro, the final work by author and filmmaker Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park), to the big screen via DreamWorks Studios. Crichton died in 2008 before finishing the novel, which was completed by Richard Preston and published in 2011; it concerns graduate students in Hawaii who "find themselves miniaturized and cast out into the rainforest, with nothing but their wits and scientific expertise to protect them." [The Wrap] Top Gun 2: Long in development, a sequel to 1986's Top Gun is currently in the sciptwriting stage, but producer David Ellison recently teased: "There is no Top Gun without Maverick," the role played by Tom Cruise in the original. Ellison also acknowledged today's drone technology...
- Peter Martin
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the off-beat, nerdy news for you in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this magnificent Monday? Avengers: Age of Ultron gets a terrific Tin Man parody, Shia Labeouf rips on the Transformers in a freestyle rap and a Star Wars fan creates an epic space Western trailer. So, sit back, relax, and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Avengers: Age of Ultron Oz Parody
When fans first saw the villainous Ultron in Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron, the nefarious android makes a reference to Disney's Pinocchio, with his "no strings on me" line. YouTube user Darren Wallace has created a video that goes in a different direction, portraying Ultron as the Tin Man from Warner Bros.' classic The Wizard of Oz in the parody Avengers of Oz: Age of Tin Man. »
Micro: Steven Spielberg will help shepherd Micro, the final work by author and filmmaker Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park), to the big screen via DreamWorks Studios. Crichton died in 2008 before finishing the novel, which was completed by Richard Preston and published in 2011; it concerns graduate students in Hawaii who "find themselves miniaturized and cast out into the rainforest, with nothing but their wits and scientific expertise to protect them." [The Wrap] Top...
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Jurassic World continues its nationwide box-office domination. After surpassing a number of records, including highest-grossing opening weekend of all-time, the resurgence of the Jurassic Park franchise has trampled over Avengers: Age of Ultron and Furious 7 to become highest-grossing domestic release of the year. It sounds farfetched when you think about how quickly the latest chapter of the Fast and Furious saga raced up the box-office ladder, but, according to Box Office Mojo, Jurassic World is, indeed, at the top of this chart. Coming in second is Age of Ultron, the last of the Joss Whedon-directed Avengers films, with Furious 7 coming in third. Rounding out the last two spots of the top five are Kenneth Branagh.s live-action Cinderella for Disney and Pete Docter.s emotionally charged and hilarious Pixar movie, Inside Out. But even though Inside Out was considered another success for the animation giant, according to critics, »
Micro is about about “a group of graduate students lured to Hawaii to work for a mysterious biotech company – only to find themselves miniaturised and cast out into the rainforest, with nothing but their scientific expertise and wits to protect them”, according to a statement from DreamWorks. The book was one of a number of projects Crichton was working on before he died in 2008. It was finished by science thriller writer Richard Preston and published in 2011.
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- Henry Barnes
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