Jurassic Park

Oct. 24, 2011 | 3:53 p.m.

‘Jurassic Park’ effects wizard: ‘We were copying Mother Nature’

Jurassic Park (featured image)
More than 18 years after the trademark Tyrannosaurus rex first roared onto the big screen in “Jurassic Park,” the film and its sequels are getting the Blu-ray treatment. On Tuesday, the “Jurassic Park” trilogy boxed set is being released on Blu-ray and DVD, and its bonus features include interviews with cast and crew. Among them is the Industrial Light & Magic visual effects wizard behind the full-motion dinosaurs in the first two “Jurassic Park” films, Dennis Muren. Hero Complex writer Noelene Clark recently chatted with Muren — whose other visual effects credits include “Star Wars,” “Ghostbusters” and “Indiana Jones” titles — about the dinosaur franchise, based on the book by Michael Crichton. NC: Something surprising about “Jurassic Park” is how well it has aged. The story and the effects still hold up really well. Why is that? DM: I wondered […]
Sept. 16, 2011 | 8:19 a.m.

Harrison Ford on an ‘Indy’ sequel, turning down ‘Jurassic Park’

Indiana Jones (featured image)
Harrison Ford would be “delighted” to reprise the role of Indiana Jones, the actor said at a 30th anniversary screening of “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Ford has played the fedora-wearing, bullwhipping character in four films, the most recurring role of his career. “Maybe a fifth, but I ain’t going to Mars,” he joked during the Q&A portion of the screening, hosted by Hero Complex’s Geoff Boucher at L.A. Live Monday evening. “Ark” director Steven Spielberg said earlier that he and George Lucas have discussed a possible fifth installment in the series. Should a script be written, Ford said, he’d be on board. “It’s an absolute delight to revisit this character,” Ford said, “and a chance to work with Steven again, who only hires me for ‘Indiana Jones.'” “I gotta correct this,” Spielberg chimed in. “Do you know who I offered […]
July 22, 2011 | 1:56 p.m.

Comic-Con 2011: Steven Spielberg says ‘Jurassic Park 4′ is on

A T-rex and a spinosaurus face off in 'Jurassic Park III.' (Bob Marshak / Universal Studios / Amblin Entertainment)
Steven Spielberg confirmed to the audience at Comic-Con that he is at work on “Jurassic Park 4,” a new installment in the dinosaur franchise he launched in 1993. “We have a story, I can happily announce,” Spielberg said to the cheering crowds in the San Diego Convention Center’s Hall H, where he was appearing to promote his Christmas release, “Tintin.” “We have a writer who is writing the treatment and hopefully we are going to make ‘Jurassic Park 4′ in all of your foreseeable futures — all of our foreseeable futures — hopefully, in the next two or three years.” – Rebecca Keegan RECENT AND RELATED ‘Tintin’ made Spielberg ‘more like a painter than ever’ Pegg and Frost tell tales from Spielberg’s ‘Tintin’ set Pegg riffs on ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Mission Impossible’ Spielberg looks back on ‘Raiders‘ Pegg and Frost on […]
June 22, 2009 | 9:10 p.m.

If we could hear what dinosaurs think …

Ever wonder what our hissing prehistoric friends would say if they could speak? Ah, well there you go. Thanks to Christie St. Martin for the link – Geoff Boucher MORE VIDEOS OF RANDOM SILLINESS “SNL” flashback: superhero party, circa 1979 George Lucas not happy about the “Star Trek” success Han Solo, reloaded as “Magnum P.I.” Iron Man vs. Bruce Lee “Twilight” fans can be a bit … intense LOTS MORE FOOLISHNESS
Oct. 06, 2008 | 1:30 p.m.

Stan Winston and the tricky business of Legacy

(Note: There’s also a tidbit here about the "Green Lantern" film project, check after the jump.) The creature creators at Stan Winston Studio specialize in Hollywood miracles — they brought dinosaurs to life for "Jurassic Park" and turned metal men into movie history with "Iron Man" and "The Terminator" — but their next trick will be their toughest. The illustrious special-effects shop will try to hold on to its history even as it sheds its late founder’s name and abandons his storied workshop. Stan Winston, (at right) a four-time Oscar winner, died in June in Malibu at age 62 after a seven-year battle with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells in bone marrow. He was universally eulogized as one of the true wizards of Hollywood. "The entertainment industry has lost a genius," Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said at the […]
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