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 »

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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 »

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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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Jurassic World Easter Eggs

Jurassic World, a third sequel to the 22-year old modern classic Jurassic Park, opened in theaters this past weekend. We’ve had plenty of coverage on the blockbuster sequel, including reviews from both Peter Sciretta (who loved the movie) and Germain Lussier (who was fairly disparaging), and a new interview with director Colin Trevorrow.

Fans now seeing Jurassic World are undoubtedly noticing all the direct references to Jurassic Park, as well as easter eggs placed for discovery by longtime fans. Most of these are pretty obvious, while others may only be noticed by those who have seen the original film countless times. So we’ve listed all the Jurassic World easter eggs and references that can be spotted in the film.

Check out our list of Jurassic World easter eggs after the jump, but beware of major spoilers for the movie! Read More »

Jurassic World sequels

As if there were any doubt, Jurassic World dominated the box office this past weekend. However, the film has actually over-performed beyond what experts predicted.

Initially, the Jurassic Park sequel was predicted to land $155 million for the weekend. But the latest update pegs Colin Trevorrow‘s nostalgic dinosaur romp as grabbing over $204 million by the end of the weekend, making it the 2nd highest domestic box office debut of all-time, just behind The Avengers at $207.4 million. Marvel Studios might be getting a little nervous though, because some box office pundits are saying that by the time all the numbers come in officially on Monday morning, there’s a chance Jurassic World could top The Avengers and take the #1 spot.

In addition, Jurassic World also raked in over $511 million worldwide, making it the #1 global opening of all-time. And that kind of success means there will be more dinosaur mayhem on the way, and Chris Pratt is already signed on for the inevitable Jurassic World sequels. More after the jump! Read More »