Unfortunately, John Hammond’s vision of what Jurassic Park could’ve been never came to pass. Life found a way and all his precious, living, previously extinct attractions ran amuck and created enough chaos for three movies, with a fourth on the way.

That might have been the case on Isla Nublar, but outside the movies, artists are free to change the fate of the park however they want. So, for example, when Kevin Tong was tasked to make a Jurassic Park poster for Mondo, he surmised what Jurassic Park would be if all went according to plan. The answer? It’s one of the happiest places on Earth where families go to enjoy a fantastic, fun-fulled vacation full of memories and dinosaurs. Kind of like Disneyland.

Mondo’s latest Jurassic Park poster is a limited edition screenprinted advertisement for the Jurassic Park of John Hammond’s dreams. Check out the full images as well as some close ups after the jump. Read More »

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2013 won’t even start for another four months, and Universal’s already shaking it up. The studio just announced a slew of scheduling changes for next year, some minor and some not so minor.

The most significant shift is the one for Carl Erik Rinsch‘s 47 Ronin, which you may recall was originally scheduled to open this fall before Universal moved it into February 8, 2013. Now it’s moving yet again, to Christmas 2013. It’s well known that the 3D samurai epic has suffered its share of behind-the-scenes issues, so the ten-month delay can’t help but raise a few eyebrows. On the other hand, studios tend to reserve those ultra-competitive year-end slots for their most promising titles.

Also set for new dates are Jurassic Park 3D, Identity Theft, R.I.P.D., 2 Guns, Oblivion, Rush, and more. Hit the jump for details.

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Clive Palmer wouldn’t be the first person to wish he could live in a James Cameron or Steven Spielberg flick long after the credits roll. As a billionaire businessman, however, he may be one of the few with the funds to actually make that dream a reality. The noted eccentric revealed earlier this year that he was working on a replica of the RMS Titanic, to set sail in 2016 as a floating casino, and now rumor has it he’s got his sights set on a real-life Jurassic Park.

How realistic his aspirations actually are, or whether the story’s even true, remains up for debate. But if Palmer didn’t have plans before, perhaps he should pursue them now that the idea’s been floated. Sure, it seems like a really extravagant way of courting death —  but again, this is the same guy who wanted a do-over on the Titanic. More details after the jump.

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You’re probably aware of my love for behind the scenes documentaries which offer real fly on the wall footage from film sets. The new featurettes that come packaged with DVDs and Blu-rays are usually too-polished to offer any interesting footage of the director in action. In recent years we’ve been posting a lot of B-Roll footage from contemporary film productions (like The Avengers). But even B-Roll has become carefully chosen and sometimes staged moments. Nothing beats seeing real rare footage from the set of a cinematic classic.

/Film reader Bob M sent over a video I’ve never seen before — almost 8 minutes of behind the scenes footage from the set of Jurassic Park. Most of the footage is taken outside of the Jurassic Park Visitor’s Center and the first moments when the characters arrive on the island. I could watch Steven Spielberg direct all day long.  Watch this footage now embedded after the jump.

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Briefly: Wasn’t it just months ago that Steven Spielberg seemed to have moved beyond the idea of tinkering with old movies? At a screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark last year, Spielberg said he regretted digitally altering E.T., and suggested that future home video releases of that and Raiders would be their original ’81 and ’82 versions.

But we’re still going to get a 3D version of Jurassic Park. The film was just dated for re-release today, and will hit theaters on July 19, 2013 according to Jeff Sneider of Variety. Spielberg did also say last year that the only one of his films he’s interested in post-converting to 3D is the original Jurassic Park. But at that point, it seemed like only an idea.

Granted, if done well, the experience could be a good one, but without seeing any footage there’s no way to tell at this point. We’ve got no info on when the first 3D footage might show up, but Comic Con is a safe guess.

Saturday marks the next step in the evolution of Mondo: the opening of their very own gallery. And while we can’t yet reveal what’s in store for that (check back Sunday for the reveal and more later in the week), Mondo’s three headed team of Justin Ishmael, Rob Jones and Mitch Putnam were (kind of) willing to give updates on what they have planned for 2012 outside the gallery.

Will there be more Mondo Mystery Movies? What’s in store for San Diego Comic-Con? When might we see more Jurassic Park, Back to the Future and DC posters? Is there an Avengers poster in the works? How many Pixar posters are left? Answers to all these questions and more after the jump. Read More »

Those who have devoured special features on DVDs over the years may be familiar with most of what follows, but that doesn’t change the fact that there is never a bad time to take a moment to appreciate the details of a specific art form.

Creating animatronic models for special effects sequences in film is a very specific art form, and arguably no one was better at it than the late Stan Winston. His studio is now associated with an online school that provides effects tutorial videos, and that school has posted a collection of old animatronic effects tests on YouTube.

Sadly, these test clips won’t actually show you the nuts and bolts of how, say, a velociraptor model is made and controlled. But there is still a revelation in seeing these models removed from the context of the films in which we first saw them. The stark background of a studio or warehouse only enhances the artistry involved in  bringing the models to life. Read More »

It’s not so unexpected for a hit movie to get a sequel a year or two out, but it’s also becoming increasingly common for franchises to pick up with the characters again ten or even twenty years after the last installment. In this edition of Sequel Bits, we have a handful of possible upcoming projects that look back to the ’80s and ’90s for inspiration. After the jump:

  • Tim Burton considers getting involved with Beetlejuice 2
  • Steven Spielberg won’t be directing Jurassic Park 4
  • Edward Burns could revisit his debut The Brothers McMullan, twenty years later
  • Peter Facinelli discusses the possibility (or lack thereof) of a Can’t Hardly Wait 2

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