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You know that game you play with your friends, where you imagine what you would do if you just had gobs and gobs of cash. I'm talking insane amounts of wealth. Would making your own Jurassic Park be on that list? If you answered, "Hell yeah!" then you'll be pleased to learn this is precisely the plan of insanely wealthy person Clive Palmer.
Right off the bat, before Spielberg, producer Kathleen Kennedy and the cast and crew start opening up, we learn that Richard Donner (Superman, The Goonies) and James Cameron were potential directors for the gig. Imagine how awesome a Cameron adaptation of Michael Crichton’s bestseller might have been?
Entire populations of people wouldn’t know what the velociraptor was if it wasn’t for Spielberg’s film, so what other scary ass lesser-known dinosaurs could the filmmakers be thinking of next?
On the surface, Steven Spielberg’s 1993 double-header of Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List have nothing obvious in common. How could anyone make connections between a thrill-a-minute popcorn blockbuster about rampaging dinosaurs and a deeply personal historical tome about the horrors of the Holocaust?
I still have vivid memories of seeing this movie in theaters when I was a kid. That's why I went to see Jurassic Park at a revival screening last fall, to see it if held up on the big screen 20 years later. It absolutely did, proving still frightening, fun and deeply satisfying. Having watched the T-rex scenes and horrifying raptor sequences in its original 2D, made me freshly intrigued for what 3D could add to this stupendous viewing experience. So, when I went to see Jurassic Park 3D for this column, I paid attention solely to how 3D was employed.
The new Jurassic Park motion poster serves as a nice little teaser for Jurassic Park's anticipated return to the big screen with its 3D makeover, and follows the previously released poster Dinosaurs in 3D! It's happening next month. And in addition to driving us straight at a roaring T-Rex, the teaser gives us a sample of the film's excellent score, reminding us that Jurassic Park 3D may not only be a feast for the eyes, but for the ears as well.
Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park is an undeniable classic. Not only was the film a true phenomenon when it was first released – making nearly a billion dollars worldwide as a critical hit – it has aged marvelously with effects that look as good as ever. The same things, sadly, can’t be said about the franchise as a whole.
The biggest news of 2012 was that the Star Wars universe was returning to cinemas with Episodes VII, VIII, and IX. And while 2013 is still very young, we already have the biggest story of the year right now.
Talk of a Jurassic Park 4 remains in the air, but while that still gets settled, we'll all get the chance to revisit the timeless original in theaters. Sure, it requires those cumbersome 3D glasses, but no matter how ineffective this latest 3D conversion is, the chance to feel those T-Rex footsteps inside a theater ought to be worth the ticket
Steven Spielberg is having a really good fall. In October we saw the release of the 30th anniversary Blu-ray edition of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial; the filmmaker's latest project, Lincoln, will be arriving in select cities this weekend before expanding nationwide next weekend; he managed to get A-lister Chris Hemsworth to star in his sci-fi action film Robopocalypse...
Jurassic Park is famous for its groundbreaking blend of CGI and animatronic effects, creating terrifying robots both though good old-fashioned creature building and some of the earliest CGI in feature films, to the point that, at the time, nobody could tell the difference. But the film's scariest creatures, the velociraptors, were partly made using some of the oldest special effects in the movie business: guys in rubber suits
Though Robert Stromberg has won an Oscar and worked with the likes of James Cameron, Tim Burton and Paul Thomas Anderson, he's currently embarking on what's likely the biggest challenge of his career. Not only is Stromberg stepping behind the camera as a director for the first time, but he's doing so on Maleficent
James Cameron is well known as the one true king of blockbusters. Not only is he the only director to ever have a movie make more than $2 billion at the international box office, he's done it twice with Avatar and Titanic. Not too far down on the all time world wide box office grosses list, however, standing at number 22, is Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park. What you may not know is that JP was almost a James Cameron movie too.
Since learning that Universal was putting Rise of the Planet of the Apes' scribes Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver to the task of penning the script for the planned Jurassic Park IV, I can't help but wonder if motion capture might not be incorporated in the production of this anticipated sequel. And if so, is it too soon to start petitioning for Andy Serkis to play the role of a dinosaur?
Like a lot of people my age, I clearly remember seeing Jurassic Park in theaters, one of the first PG-13 movies I ever saw, and being completely enraptured. Who wouldn't want to repeat that experience?