Best Stories of the Week

It’s the weekend again, and in addition to bringing the arrival of Jurassic World in theaters, that means it’s time for our round-up of the Best Stories of the Week.

This time we’ve got updates about The Simpsons, The Hateful Eight, the reboot of Ghostbusters, Spider-Man, Daredevil and more. You’ll also find trailers for movies like The Martian and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 and TV shows like Scream and Orange is the New Black. And as always, there were some big Star Wars updates as well.

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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 »

Ty Simpkins Jurassic World Interview

The following interview was conducted by Courtney Howard:

Not only is child-actor Ty Simpkins an absolute pro, he’s managed to maintain his down-to-Earth persona picture perfectly – a tricky thing to do in show business. His projects have ranged from horror (Insidious, Insidious: Chapter 2), to superhero action (Iron Man 3), to sci-fi (War of the Worlds), to independent darling (Little Children). With director Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World, the affable actor blends elements from all of these roles in a popcorn flick of epic proportions. He plays Grey, a super smart pre-teen going through a tumultuous time – including, of course, facing off against dinosaurs.

At the film’s recent press day in Los Angeles, we spoke to Ty about everything from Jurassic Worlds top secret nature, to being immortalized in Lego, to his next dream project – director Paul Haggis’ adaptation of The Ranger’s Apprentice.

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Jurassic Park gate

In the first Jurassic Park, Jeff Goldblum’s character criticizes the scientists behind the attraction for being “so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should.” As the events of the rest of that movie, and now the events of Jurassic World, have proven, the answer to that question was “no, they should not.”

But a new fan video has a slightly different, more pragmatic question in mind. Namely (once you got past all the could-should stuff), how much would it cost to build Jurassic Park? As you might imagine, it’s not for the faint of heart or the low of funds. Find out the answer after the jump. Read More »

/Filmcast Ep. 322 – Jurassic World

The Onion Jurassic World Review

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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B.D. Wong jurassic park

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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The Onion Jurassic World Review

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 »

Jurassic World Logo big

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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James Cameron Avatar set

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

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