David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss Rodney Ascher’s latest documentary, praise the brilliance of the hard-to-obtain Borgen and assess the viral sensation of Kung Fury. Special guest Joanna Robinson joins us from Vanity Fair. Be sure to read Joanna’s interview with BD Wong and why the wardrobe of Jurassic World matters.
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Posted on Saturday, June 13th, 2015 by Peter Sciretta
The following interview comes from Courtney Howard:
Actor B.D. Wong has played an assistant to a flamboyant wedding planner (Father of The Bride), a mobster (Mystery Date), and, for eleven years, a psychologist (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit). He also won many awards, including a Tony, for his breakout role in the play M. Butterfly. Now, with director Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World, he’s slipping back into the lab coat of a character he originated twenty-two years ago in director Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. Dr. Henry Wu has returned – and he’s created bigger, badder, bolder dinosaurs this time around.
At the film’s recent press tour, we spoke with Wong over the phone about everything from being the only character in the franchise to return, to the level of secrecy around the film, to how to nail tongue-twisting dialogue perfectly. Read the BD Wong Jurassic World interview after the jump.
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Posted on Saturday, June 13th, 2015 by Ethan Anderton
It’s June 12th, and that means Jurassic World is officially in theaters everywhere for audiences to feast their eyes on. The reviews are all over the place for this one with our own Peter Sciretta mostly enjoying the sequel and Germain Lussier finding some pretty serious flaws in it. Still, the film is sitting pretty firmly on a 70% rating at Rotten Tomatoes, which isn’t bad at all. You’ll just have to see the flick for yourself to see how you feel about it.
However, the folks at The Onion have just delivered their review, and they have revealed a massive problem with the sequel. For a movie focused so much on dinosaurs, it’s maddening that you can’t understand what the dinosaurs are saying. Thankfully though, this review also provides the necessary subtitles to make the movie much better. Watch The Onion Jurassic World review after the jump! Read More »
We haven’t done one of these in a while, but what better occasion that a sequel 22 years in the making. Sure, Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park had two sequels in between now and then but, Jurassic World is kind of the sequel we always wanted. John Hammond’s vision of a dinosaur theme park has finally been realized. Tourists from all over the world fly to Isla Nublar, off the coast of Costa Rica, to see creatures that went extinct millions and millions of year ago. This was the dream and now we get to see it on the big screen.
Directed by Colin Trevorrow, starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson and more, Jurassic World is a polarizing film. You can read two different reactions to it right here on the site. Peter loved the movie and I liked it too, though we had varying levels of issues. You can also read David’s critical analysis of the movie, an interview with the director, and later this weekend, some other interviews as well. Then, on Monday, we’ll have some discussion of a potential sequel. Call us your one-stop Jurassic World content gift shop.
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Sequel Bits: ‘Independence Day 2′, ‘Jurassic World’, ‘Goon 2′, ‘Avatar 2′, ‘Wet Hot American Summer’
Posted on Friday, June 12th, 2015 by Angie Han
Lots of casting notices, plus fresh plot details and a new spin on an old score. After the jump:
- Gbenga Akinnagbe joins Independence Day 2
- Colman Domingo will Fear the Walking Dead
- Cristine Rose will return for Heroes Reborn
- Wyatt Russell is on board for Goon 2
- Fuller House will give Danny a hot new wife
- Open Season is getting yet another sequel
- Get more details on Netflix’s Wet Hot prequel
- Fox CEO addresses the delayed Avatar sequels
- Thomas Tull gets a chunk of Jurassic World money
- Listen to Michael Giacchino‘s Jurassic World score
Posted on Friday, June 12th, 2015 by David Chen
[This article contains major SPOILERS for Jurassic World.]
For instance, the movie points out the increasing commercialization and product integration in major studio films, then follows it up with a beauty shot of a Mercedes, driven by velociraptor trainer Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and park operations manager Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard). Later, one of the park’s operators (Jake Johnson) goes in for a dramatic kiss with a female colleague (Lauren Lapkus), only to be shot down in hilarious fashion – seemingly poking fun at how these films over-dramatize romantic connections. And yet at the end of the film, Grady and Dearing still get a romantic Indiana Jones-esque moment as they walk in silhouette into the distance.
It’s a movie that wants to comment on the modern blockbuster, while still playing to that sort of film’s worst and basest tendencies. In fact, there were several points throughout the film where I couldn’t help but feel as though the plot of the film was a meta commentary on the movie itself.
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Posted on Friday, June 12th, 2015 by Peter Sciretta
I’m always interested in the stories of how films come to be. Not just the making and development of a film, but how the creative talents come together to form the team. The story of how Colin Trevorrow ended up during Jurassic World is a very interesting one that involves Brad Bird, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and a small Sundance film. We’ve relayed some of the story before, but now Steven Spielberg finished the story by explaining what he saw in Trevorrow’s breakout Sundance Film Festival film Safety Not Guarenteed that made he interested in handing the filmmaker the keys to the Jurassic Park franchise.
Posted on Friday, June 12th, 2015 by Peter Sciretta
Jurassic World is finally hitting theaters today, and as promised, here is my final interview with director Colin Trevorrow about the movie. As many of you know, I have talked to Colin two other times during the production of the film, once about the information leaks and fan backlash to some of those details and another time in an extensive interview when I visited the set of the film. My latest interview with Colin was conducted at the junket on the Universal back lot last week after having seen the movie.
In the interview, Colin talks about the Flight of the Navigator remake, how the voice cameos in the movie came about, the ideas of commercialization and sequels in the movie, how Steven Spielberg helped change the edit of the movie, the fan reaction to the trailers and the struggle to preserve surprises, how he met his writing partner Derek Connolly while working at Saturday Night Live, featherless dinosaurs in an age when science thinks different, and would he be interested in directing a Star Wars movie.
After the jump, you can read the whole interview (a couple of excerpts have run earlier in the week) which is virtually spoiler free (I have removed one question and answer which I will run next week after everyone has seen the film).
Posted on Thursday, June 11th, 2015 by Peter Sciretta
So this Jurassic World fan theory has popped up a few times over the past year, but with the movie finally hitting theaters it seems to be gaining momentum and I thought it might be fun to discuss. Could it be possible that Chris Pratt‘s raptor-trainer character Owen in Jurassic World could be a character we’ve seen before in Steven Spielberg‘s original Jurassic Park? Lets examine the evidence and then find out what director Colin Trevorrow has to say about it, after the jump.