Jurassic World featurette

Let’s face it, the dinosaurs may not be the biggest factor in convincing people to head to the theater for Jurassic World. The biggest factor in selling the June 12 sequel is our memories of the first time. That is, the first time we sat down, whether it be at home or in a theater, to watch Steven Spielberg‘s Jurassic Park.

That nostalgic memory is the focus of a new Jurassic World featurette. Stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins talk about their first experiences with the film, as does director Colin Trevorrow. Spielberg himself even pops in to chat about it. There’s some new footage too, but it’s mostly stuff from the latest trailer.

Below, see the new Jurassic World featurette and read my memories of seeing Jurassic Park. Read More »

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Jurassic World set visit

In July 2014, I had the pleasure of visiting the set of Jurassic World. After the jump you will find a roundup of over 50 things I learned on the Jurassic World set visit, ranging from cool bits of trivia (for instance: a neat suggestion Steven Spielberg made to vastly improve an idea Colin Trevorrow pitched) to interesting information about the theme park world of the film. This is probably one of the coolest sets I’ve ever visited. We will be featuring interviews from the set elsewhere on the site, so look out for those as well.

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Jurassic World Trailer breakdown

Anyone who complained the first few Jurassic World trailers didn’t show enough will be pleasantly surprised by the latest one. The new trailer reveals several new action sequences as well the official full-screen reveal of the Indominus Rex, called the D-Rex. There are also many new shots of the Pteranodons, Velociraptors and a ton of homages to the original movie. Plus, one of the money shots seen in earlier trailers has been flipped on its head here in this final version.

Below, let’s do a Jurassic World trailer breakdown with over 70 screenshots. Read More »

15 Actors Who Should Play the New Spider-Man

New Spider-Man Casting Wishlist

As you’ve no doubt heard by now, Spider-Man is coming to the MCU. But the powers that be aren’t simply merging Sony’s existing Spider-Man franchise with the Marvel movies — no, this is going to be a whole new Spider-Man, which means the webslinging role is up for grabs again.

Marvel and Sony have yet to reveal whom they want to put on the Spidey mask, but while they mull it over we’ve got some ideas for them. After the jump, run down our new Spider-Man casting wishlist.  Read More »

Jurassic World Photos

This morning, Universal released the first trailer for Colin Trevorrow‘s Jurassic WorldYou can watch that awesome trailer here, in case you haven’t seen it already. (Or if, like me, you want to watch it over and over again.) And for those of you who really want to take in all of the visuals revealed in the first Jurassic World trailer, we have compiled a batch of high resolution images from the film to let you take in all the awesomeness one image at a time. Hit the jump to see the Jurassic World photos now.

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Jurassic World trailer

The park has opened early. Despite a countdown promising the trailer on Thanksgiving, the first Jurassic World trailer is now online. Watch it below, and check out some new photos. Read More »

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We’ve seen some sets from Jurassic World, we’ve heard about the dinosaurs, and now the stars of the film are front and center. That’s thanks to several new photos from the film which opens one year from today, featuring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins. The film is directed by Colin Trevorrow. Check out the Jurassic World photos below. Read More »

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Briefly: This year, the film The Kings of Summer, from Jordan Vogt-Roberts, was the feature debut of actor Nick Robinson. Playing the film’s lead, Robinson did a great job as a high school kid who, dissatisfied with his life at home, builds his own house in the woods, with the help of two friends. The Kings of Summer has an undeniable influence from Steven Spielberg, so there’s something appropriate to the fact that Robinson is now in talks for a big role in Jurassic World, which Colin Trevorrow is directing for producer Spielberg.

We still don’t have a lot of story details, but Bryce Dallas Howard and Ty Simpkins are in talks for roles, and Robinson is said to be set to play the older brother of Simpkin’s character. Jake Johnson is also said to be a possible cast member. With casting clearly gaining speed, we should start to get more details about the film soon.  [Variety]

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When I sat down with The Kings of Summer director Jordan Vogt-Roberts to discuss his movie I expected to have the typical fifteen to twenty-minute block of time. We ended up talking for far longer than that. As a result, our Q&A turned into more of a talk than an interview.

I’m not going to present the whole thing, but what follows is a lightly edited transcript of the bulk of our conversation. The director goes into great detail about his ambitions for the film, which follows three high school kids as they run away from home and spend a summer building their own home in the woods.

We talked about his view of where the film industry stands now, and quite a lot about the use of music in the movie, and why the soundtrack ranges from classic rock to modern hip-hop to the influence of 8-bit video game sounds. And Vogt-Roberts explained just how he designed the house these kids build as something people could conceivably construct in real life.

Vogt-Roberts also detailed some of the happy accidents that ended up being defining moments for the film. The great “playing on the pipe” sequence released as the teaser trailer, for example, was something they just fell into shooting on a day off. As a filmmaker, Jordan appears to be organized and able to plan, but also able to seize a moment and properly work it into the film. Sounds easy, but it’s something that people don’t always do well. Our talk about some of those instances gives a good insight into the birth of this film.

The Kings of Summer is in theaters now, and it’s a great feature debut. Check out the long-read interview below.

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