Chris Pratt as Jason Statham

As a fan of Saturday Night Live, I’ve always wanted to see the sketches that end up getting cut for time. Since SNL is a live show, some sketches end up getting cut if the show runs long. But those cut sketches are usually recorded in the two-hour dress rehearsal that happens before the show airs live at 11:30 Eastern time.

Since SNL has found new life online with sketches that go viral with every new episode, there’s finally a place for cut sketches to see the light of day. And we’re lucky enough today that one such sketch has surface online months after the original episode aired. In the sketch, Chris Pratt plays Crank and The Transporter Jason Statham, selling a fine product called Jason Steakums, and they sound delicious. Watch Chris Pratt as Jason Statham after the jump! Read More »

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Chris Pratt training raptors at a children's hospital

In addition to having the biggest box office opening of all-time last weekend, Jurassic World also sparked a fun new meme. Audiences have already seen Chris Pratt as raptor trainer Owen Grady, having a special bond with his dinosaur pals, and zookeepers decided to turn one particular moment from Grady’s raptor whispering into a sensational meme.

Well, now Pratt has topped them all by appearing in a photo where he’s training even more cunning creatures of this world. And they’re not going to let him get away so easily. See Chris Pratt training raptors at a children’s hospital after the jump! Read More »

Colin Trevorrow and Chris Pratt Nerdist

It’s been just one week since Jurassic World hit theaters, and everyone still can’t stop talking about the triumphant return of dinosaurs to the big screen. Whether you liked the movie or not, you can’t deny that it’s quite the box office milestone. There’s a chance it could take the top spot at the box office again this weekend unless the family-drawing power of Pixar has anything to say about it.

So if you’re anxious for some more talk about Jurassic World, why not listen to a one-hour chat with director Colin Trevorrow and star Chris Pratt? The two discuss the huge expectations that come with making a Jurassic Park sequel, some similarities to Back to the Future Part II (which I didn’t think about until now) and much more. Listen to Colin Trevorrow and Chris Pratt Talk Jurassic World after the jump! Read More »

Jurassic World Frank Marshall interview

The week before Jurassic World hit theaters, I was able to get mega-producer Frank Marshall on the phone to talk not only about the new Jurassic Park sequel/reboot, but about a variety of other topics as well.

During the conversation we discussed the idea of weaponized dinosaurs, how he came to produce this movie (which has something to do with Star Wars), the cynical online fanboy reaction throughout the development, the Amblin feel of the movie, how the project evolved from earlier drafts, why the previous screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver are still credited on the film after Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connelly did a page one rewrite, the battle of practical vs. cg effects, planning for further sequels, Spielberg’s idea for trained raptors, how Jimmy Buffet ended up in the movie, if Universal Studios will be making a Jurassic World ride for their parks.

I ask him about some of the projects he has on his plate, which include new Bourne movies, a big-screen adaptation of Assassin’s Creed, and Indiana Jones 5. I also ask about the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future, a film for which Marshall acted as producer and second unit director. (I got some details on that latter gig.) All this and more is in my Frank Marshall interview, which you can read after the jump.

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Indiana Jones 5 development

What’s the story with the current state of Indiana Jones 5 development? Rumors have flown about a fifth movie since the release of the fourth, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. More recently, Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm led to more speculation about a fifth outing for Indy, with Lucasfilm saying that a film will happen, with no indication of when. Yet more conversations have suggested that Chris Pratt is being eyed as a replacement for original star Harrison Ford. (Pratt has denied this.)

Now there are rumors of loose plans for a 2018 release developing at Lucasfilm even as producer Frank Marshall tells us there have been “no discussions on Indy 5 to date.” Read More »

Jurassic World Zookeeper Meme

A near $209 million opening automatically makes a movie a cultural milestone. Such is currently happening with Colin Trevorrow‘s Jurassic World. So far, the funniest result by far is this set of photos. A few zookeepers have taken to social media to recreate the image above, which features Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) carefully controlling a heard of raptors. So what does it look like when a real zookeeper emulates his pose with a bunch of walruses, ostriches or chickens? Find out about the Jurassic World zookeeper meme below.

UPDATE: After posting this story Wednesday morning, this exploded online. See a ton of additional images below.

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Passengers greenlit

More dino movie tidbits, plus writhing men and angry robots. After the jump:

  • Kauai thanks Steven Spielberg for the Jurassic movies
  • A lot of Jurassic World‘s money came from 3D
  • Frank Marshall expects a call about Jurassic World 2
  • Shawn Hatosy signs up for Fear the Walking Dead
  • See a new poster for Alvin and the Chipmunks 4
  • Paranormal Activity branches out with a VR game
  • UK bookies think Damian Lewis could be the new Bond
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger is the new voice of Waze
  • Take in a new clip from Terminator: Genisys
  • Channing Tatum gets his Magic Mike on at LA Pride
  • Jimmy Kimmel asks Chris Pratt about Indiana Jones

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Passengers greenlit

If you’ve got Chris Pratt lined up to star in a movie, the first thing you’d want to do after Pratt’s most recent film scored the biggest opening weekend in cinema history is greenlight that project to lock him in as the star. And if the other possible star is also among the small group of actors who are arguably movie stars in any old sense, all the better.

Therefore, Sony has just greenlit Passengers, the very-long-in-development sci-fi drama that lined up Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence to star a few months ago. Read More »

Jurassic World The Avengers Box Office

So you’ve probably heard by now, Jurassic World beat The Avengers U.S. box office opening record. Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic Park sequel grossed $208,806,270 in the opening weekend, just enough to overtake Joss Whedon’s The Avengers‘ $207.4 million record from 2012. Marvel Studios has published an image online to congratulate the “new box office king.” Check it out, after the jump.

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