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Today in Movie Culture: 'Avengers: Infinity War' VFX Breakdown, How Christopher Nolan Ends His Movies and More

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Character Breakdown of the Day: For Wired, Anthony and Joe Russo discuss every single hero in their epic Marvel crossover Avengers: Infinity War:   VFX Breakdown of the Day: Speaking of Infinity War, here's a breakdown of Framestore's visual effects work on the McU blockbuster (learn more here):   Movie Scene Breakdown of the Day: Director Jon M. Chu breaks down one of the most memorable scenes in his new movie Crazy Rich Asians, which is now out in theaters:   Reworked Movie Scene of the Day: Mashable redid the sound design for the iconic T.rex scene in Jurassic Park so it's no longer tense or terrifying:   Vintage Image of the...
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Laura Dern in talks to join the cast of Greta Gerwig's Little Women

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Oh boy, should I cue the Jurassic Park theme for this story? Perhaps "Holdo's Resolve" from Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi is more fitting? Actually, now that I think about it, neither appears to match the tone and tenor of the latest news centered around Greta Gerwig's Little Women. I suppose that I should quit playing DJ and just get to the goods, eh? [Seemore]... Read More...
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Five Solid Movies With Dinosaurs Not Named Jurassic Park

The dinosaur genre has certainly been taken over by Jurassic Park ever since it was released on the scene. But there have been plenty of films that have featured dinosaurs and still been seen as quite solid that have nothing to do with Jurassic Park. In fact if you really want to technical it seems that the term “Jurassic” gets thrown around a lot when describing dinosaurs just because of the franchise. But regardless of that dinosaurs have showed up in other movies and have been every bit as entertaining despite their lessened roles considering that other movies sometimes use

Five Solid Movies With Dinosaurs Not Named Jurassic Park
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John Oliver Exposes the ‘Ray Liotta of Dogs’ – This ‘Gruff A–hole’ Who Hates Humane Society (Video)

John Oliver Exposes the ‘Ray Liotta of Dogs’ – This ‘Gruff A–hole’ Who Hates Humane Society (Video)
On Sunday, John Oliver came down hard on “astroturfing,” which is “the practice of corporations or political groups disguising themselves as spontaneous, authentic popular movements,” as the HBO host perfectly described it.

It’s essentially a fake grassroots thing, hence the name.

The “Last Week Tonight” host used one particularly ridiculous TV commercial to make his point, an ad that weirdly ripped on the Humane Society, the animal rights group most people generally don’t hate so much. Dogs especially should love the charitable organization — but not this one mutt, Tony.

Also Read: John Oliver Jokes About Online Uproar to Jokes: 'Dan Harmon Left Twitter - Justice Has Been Served'

In the HumaneWatch.org spot, the pooch, who Oliver accurately describes as a “gruff a–hole,” calls the actual Humane Society of the United States “losers.”

The “Daily Show” alum doesn’t get the message, nor the reason the
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'The Meg' Feels Refreshingly Unpretentious

'The Meg' Feels Refreshingly Unpretentious
[This story contains spoilers for The Meg.]

The future of the Jaws ripoff — one of the most ignoble creature-feature subgenres — is here, and it may or may not be The Meg, an unabashedly cheesy vehicle for British character actor Jason Statham that feels like The Towering Inferno of Spielberg sploitation. With apparent swipes from both Jurassic Park and Jurassic World, The Meg pits Statham, playing Gerard-Butler-worthy deadbeat ex-husband Jonas Taylor, and an international super team of actors against a gigantic prehistoric CGI shark. Much of the film's canned scenario and stock characters should be familiar to viewers who have ...
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Cool Stuff: Pop Culture Luggage Tags Take You to ‘Jurassic Park’ and Other Locales at Gallery 1988

Summer might be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean your opportunity for traveling to interesting locales has to stop with the season. In fact, Gallery 1988 wants to send you to some of the most famous locations from pop culture with Clark Orr‘s new Baggage art show, creating stylized luggage tags paying tribute […]

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How E.T. Inspired Jurassic World 2's Most Heartbreaking Scene

How E.T. Inspired Jurassic World 2's Most Heartbreaking Scene
It turns out the saddest scene in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was actually inspired by not one, but two different Steven Spielberg classics. It was previously revealed and pretty obvious that the brachiosaurus death scene that takes place during the movie was inspired by the original Jurassic Park. Now, director J.A. Bayona has revealed that the scene took some cues from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

J.A. Bayona has been pretty active on Twitter leading up to and ever since the release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Often times, it was just to thank fans or to help promote his latest movie. In some cases, he would reveal fun little facts and interesting tidbits about it. In this case, he posted a gif of the terribly tragic brachiosaurus death scene and explained that the look of the shot was derived from E.T. Here's what he had to say about it.
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The Meg – Review

A scene from Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Gravity Pictures’ science fiction action thriller “The Meg,” a Gravity Pictures release for China, and a Warner Bros. Pictures release throughout the rest of the world. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.

For some, summer is not complete without a shark movie or a dinosaur one. The Meg is both in a way, about a giant prehistoric shark, the megadon, thought to be extinct which has somehow survived hidden from view but now released to terrorize all in the sea. This scare thriller also has a bonus for fans of The Transporter, star Jason Statham as a tough guy who specializes in deep-sea rescues, kind of a Transporter under the waves. Statham makes this film a bit of a Jaws meets Transporter mash-up.

Ever since Jaws, audiences have craved shark movies. While Jurassic Park created a similar itch for dinosaur movies, The Meg is basically a shark movie.
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Bayona Reveals the Inspiration for That Heartbreaking Moment in ‘Fallen Kingdom’ and We’re Crying Again

Bayona Reveals the Inspiration for That Heartbreaking Moment in ‘Fallen Kingdom’ and We’re Crying Again
Just rip the hearts right out of our chests, will ya already? In many ways, J.A. Bayona’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom kills off the franchise we know Jurassic Park/World to be, opening it wide up and allowing it to become something else entirely. Mostly, I’m referring to the complete and total destruction of Isla Nublar, leveled by a massive […]
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The Meg Director Says His Film Keeps Getting Compared To Jurassic Park

When a new monster movie is being compared to the genre classics, you can hopefully take that as a sign that it’s doing something right. Of course, seeing how The Meg is about a giant prehistoric shark that returns to terrorize humans in the modern era, perhaps it was inevitable that audiences would notice similarities to a certain pair of hugely popular Spielberg-helmed pics.

In a recent interview with director Jon Turteltaub, the filmmaker acknowledged that his feature has frequently prompted comparisons to Steven Spielberg’s, while contemplating what exactly these responses could mean.

“A lot of people compare the movie to Jaws and Jurassic Park, yet no one has ever compared me to Steven Spielberg, so I have no idea what this means. Jurassic Park was so interesting because it’s a time-travel movie where the people don’t travel through time, the monster does, and that’s the same story here.
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‘The Meg’ Aims Big at China, but Will Audiences Bite?

‘The Meg’ Aims Big at China, but Will Audiences Bite?
As with many broad action-driven films these days, how “The Meg” performs in China could determine the financial fate of the $150 million picture. With its China-friendly storyline and cast, the giant-shark thriller would seem to have a head start – but look no further than “The Skyscraper” for proof that such components are no guarantee audiences will bite.

The Meg” releases Friday in China, more or less day-and-date with its outings in North America and other parts of Asia. It’s expected to start off with 15,000 to 20,000 screens in the Middle Kingdom – about 35% of available theaters – and have close to 100,000 screenings per day, including IMAX screenings.

But the pressure will be on for the film to deliver quickly. If it doesn’t, exhibitors are likely to switch over to other titles, such as next week’s Hong Kong-made actioner “Europe Raiders.”

The Meg” premiered in China last week at the Water Cube,
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‘The Meg’ Aims Big at China, But Will Audiences Bite?

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‘The Meg’ Aims Big at China, But Will Audiences Bite?
As with many broad action-driven films these days, how “The Meg” performs in China could determine the financial fate of the $150 million picture. With its China-friendly storyline and cast, the giant-shark thriller would seem to have a head start – but look no further than “Skyscraper” for proof that such components are no guarantee audiences will bite.

The Meg” releases Friday in China, more or less day-and-date with its outings in North America and other parts of Asia. It’s expected to start off with 15,000 to 20,000 screens in the Middle Kingdom – about 35% of available theaters – and have close to 100,000 screenings per day, including IMAX screenings.

But the pressure will be on for the film to deliver quickly. If it doesn’t, exhibitors are likely to switch over to other titles, such as next week’s Hong Kong-made actioner “Europe Raiders.”

The Meg” premiered in China last week at the Water Cube,
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'The Meg' Director Jon Turteltaub Talks 'Jaws,' 'Jurassic Park' Influences

'The Meg' Director Jon Turteltaub Talks 'Jaws,' 'Jurassic Park' Influences
The movie poster for The Meg features an image of a giant shark rising from the depths of the ocean under unsuspecting beachgoers, conjuring up reminders of another summer movie, 1975's Jaws.

“[This] was the genre of movie that made me want to be a movie director,” director Jon Turteltaub told The Hollywood Reporter at the Tcl Chinese Theatre on Monday. “Jaws was everything to me. It changed my life.”

The Meg, based on the book Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror by Steve Alten, follows a crew of oceanographers as it discovers unexplored depths of the Marianas Trench and unknowingly let ...
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Cool Stuff: ‘Hocus Pocus’ Gets a 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Release and Funko Pop Vinyls

Cool Stuff: ‘Hocus Pocus’ Gets a 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Release and Funko Pop Vinyls
There’s been plenty of celebration regarding the 25th anniversary of Jurassic Park, but another beloved movie from 1993 is also worthy of honor, especially with Halloween around the corner. Hocus Pocus is one of Disney’s cult favorites with children of the ’90s especially holding the movie close to their heart. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker […]

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Ramin Djawadi Watches Game of Thrones Before Anyone Else - Here's What He Thinks About Season 8

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Ramin Djawadi Watches Game of Thrones Before Anyone Else - Here's What He Thinks About Season 8
Over the last seven years, it's become clear that the Game of Thrones theme song is on track to become as iconic as John Williams's highly recognizable themes for Star Wars or Jurassic Park. It's not uncommon to be walking through a grocery store when all of a sudden someone's ringtone blasts the sounds of Westeros through the aisles, or you find yourself absentmindedly humming the opening notes as you drive along the highway. In fact, it's in exactly the latter scenario where composer Ramin Djawadi - who has worked on everything from shows like Game of Thrones and Westworld to blockbusters like A Wrinkle in Time - first came up with the song, a theme that will play for the last six times when Got airs its eighth and final season next year.

But in the meantime, the German-Iranian musician is keeping busy. The score for the HBO series
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Michael J. Fox Is Not Dead, Despite What a Death Hoax Tried to Make Fans Believe

Michael J. Fox Is Not Dead, Despite What a Death Hoax Tried to Make Fans Believe
Michael J. Fox isn’t dead — he’s just the latest celebrity victim of a death hoax.

On Sunday, a false report was posted on a site that was seemingly designed to trick readers into thinking they were reading a Yahoo! News article. However, while the two sites had similar looks, stories from the real outlet appear online at www.yahoo.com/news, while this story appeared on http://www.yahoonews-us.com.

The hoax claimed the 57-year-old actor died on Sunday morning from pneumonia, days after checking into the hospital with Parkinson’s Disease-related complications. The site also claimed that
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Beauty vs Beast: Running Mates

Jason Adams from Mnpp here with this week's "Beauty vs Beast" query -- when I saw it written in my calendar that today is the 25th anniversary of The Fugitive my first thought is I must have done that movie for this series before, but a quick skim tells me I hadn't, and so here we are! I vividly remember The Fugitive coming out in the summer of 1993, a banner year for this movie-lover - I had gone to see Jurassic Park a dozen times by then and I needed something fresh and new to feed this newly awoken beast inside me; Harrison Ford leaping out of a train-crash did the trick.

I went to see the film several times after that, but save a few minutes here and there on TV I don't think I have seen it since? Still it's an easy enough film to remember, especially after
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Cool Stuff: New ‘Jurassic Park’ T-Rex Statue Doesn’t Want to Be Fed, Wants to Hunt

Cool Stuff: New ‘Jurassic Park’ T-Rex Statue Doesn’t Want to Be Fed, Wants to Hunt
Jurassic Park is getting all sorts of commemorative treatment this year, especially when it comes to one of the most iconic scenes in the movie. There’s a 1/10 scale diorama statue of the suspenseful tyrannosaurus rex breakout coming from Iron Studios and Chronicle Collectibles, but Prime 1 Studio is also releasing an impressive take on […]

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Watch Them Before They're Gone! These 28 Movies and Shows Are Leaving Netflix in August

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It's that time again! The dreaded time of the month when you take a deep breath and prepare to say goodbye to all the movies and shows leaving Netflix. While the streaming service has some exciting additions in store for August (including The Princess Diaries 2 and The Good Place season two), there are a handful of fan-favorites being pulled. Seriously, why do you have to take away Finding Dory, Netflix? See what else will be disappearing from your queue next month.

Related: Orange Is the New Black, Jurassic Park, and 66 Other New Titles Hitting Netflix in July Aug. 1

3000 Miles to Graceland

Adventures in Babysitting

Can't Buy Me Love

Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot, season one

Finding Dory

Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

Reasonable Doubt

The Killing, seasons one-three

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

Aug. 2

10 Rules for Sleeping Around

Aug. 5

13 Assassins

Aug. 6

Welcome to Me

Aug. 10

St. Vincent

Aug.
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Siggraph 2018 Celebrates Past, Future With Generations Theme

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While its focus is firmly forward thinking, Siggraph 2018, the computer graphics, animation, virtual reality, games, digital art, mixed reality, and emerging technologies conference, is also tipping its hat to the past thanks to its theme this year: Generations. The conference runs Aug. 12-16 in Vancouver, B.C.

“In the literal people sense, pioneers in the computer graphics industry are standing shoulder to shoulder with researchers, practitioners and the future of the industry — young people — mentoring them, dabbling across multiple disciplines to innovate, relate, and grow,” says Siggraph 2018 conference chair Roy C. Anthony, VP of creative development and operations at software and technology firm Ventuz. “This is really what Siggraph has always been about. Generations really seemed like a very appropriate way of looking back and remembering where we all came from and how far we’ve come.”

One of the first Siggraph memories for both Anthony and this year’s keynote speaker,
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