Colin Trevorrow Jurassic World Follow-up

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).

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Sometimes we forget that even for people most of us consider famous, there’s a whole other level beyond. The kind of person even celebrities get nervous about meeting. An example is Steven Spielberg, a man whose filmography and influence on cinema today can’t be overstated. Spielberg is a filmmaker that, when actors work with him, they soak up as much knowledge and wisdom as possible, and the director is happy to oblige.

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to talk to actor, comedian and massive film nut Bill Hader about Inside Out. Hader voices Fear, and it’s just another in a long line of wonderful acting choices he’s made since leaving Saturday Night Live. But the amazing roles just keep on coming. Hader recently completed filming his role in The BFG, a Roald Dahl adaptation Spielberg is directing and, knowing how big of a film fan Hader is, I decided to ask him about it.

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Jurassic world theory

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.

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I got an opportunity to visit Jurassic World last week and lived to tell you about it. After the jump you will find my virtually spoiler-free Jurassic World review, which gives you an idea of what to expect, what was good, and what was not, without spoiling anything that couldn’t otherwise be learned from the marketing.

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Everything Wrong with The Lost World

This week brings the third attempt at a sequel to the modern classic that is Jurassic Park. If the buzz from the world premiere is any indicator, this might finally be a worthy sequel to Steven Spielberg‘s original dinosaur adventure. But that doesn’t make the disappointing sequels in between any better.

There was no way that any sequel could live up to the magic of Jurassic Park, but Spielberg tried with The Lost World: Jurassic Park. They upped the dinosaur action, introduced another tyrannosaurs rex, more velociraptors, but decided to throw any semblance of a decent script out the window. But that’s just the tip of what’s wrong with The Lost World, and the folks at Cinema Sins have taken 16 minutes to point out everything wrong with the obligatory sequel.

Watch Everything Wrong with The Lost World: Jurassic Park after the jump! Read More »

International Jurassic World Trailer

While I’m undoubtedly anticipating the release of Jurassic World next week, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t cautiously optimistic. From what we’ve seen in the footage so far, there’s a lot of dinosaur spectacle and action, which is the easiest way to market the film to a culture that has always been obsessed with dinosaurs. However, something just hasn’t felt right.

But a new international Jurassic World trailer has just landed online, and it’s the best one yet. With the exception of a faint echo of Bryce Dallas Howard yelling “Run!” and one quick line at the end, there’s absolutely no dialogue. It’s ominous and haunting, even if it does still show a little too much of the Indominus Rex wreaking havoc on the park.

Watch the international Jurassic World trailer after the jump! Read More »

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Here’s the first trailer for Bridge of Spies, the film that brings director Steven Spielberg and star Tom Hanks together with writers Joel and Ethan Coen and Matt Charman to tell the story of an American attorney who was on the forefront of a Cold War conflict involving the exchange of political prisoners in the early 1960s.

CIA pilot Francis Gary Powers was shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960, and the United States long denied that his mission was related to intelligence-gathering. He was convicted of espionage in the Soviet Union and sentenced to ten years in prison. In 1962, he returned to the US thanks to a spy-swap deal between the US and Soviets.

That deal is the center of this film, but this first Bridge of Spies trailer says that the film is really about fighting for values, especially when people and governments alike have been stirred into a frightened and paranoid furor. Can Tom Hanks stand fast and represent ideals of fairness and freedom in the face of fear?  Read More »

Jurassic Park Mondo gallery

UPDATE: We’ve added a bunch of new artwork from the show!

Just last month we learned that Mondo was having another gallery show this month, this time paying tribute to the modern action adventure classic Jurassic Park. The gallery won’t open up in Austin, Texas until June 12th, when Jurassic World hits theaters, but in the meantime, some new artwork from the show has just been unveiled.

The show is appropriate called “When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth,” and it’s chock full of phenomenal, original artwork with plenty of references to everyone’s favorite dinosaur flick.

Check out the recently revealed pieces from the Jurassic Park Mondo gallery after the jump! Read More »

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The first trailer for the new Steven Spielberg film Bridge of Spies will be out tomorrow, so you don’t have long to wait before seeing the first footage of Tom Hanks as James Donovan, the Brooklyn lawyer who negotiated the release of a US pilot in Berlin during the cold war. This is a film co-written by the Coen Brothers, by the way, just in case you needed one more reason to be interested.

In the meantime, check out the first Bridge of Spies poster, which finds a very serious Tom Hanks caught between the US and Soviet flags. Read More »