The Cast of ‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park’ Then and Now

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Cast of ‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park’ Then and Now

In 1997, Steven Spielberg unleashed ‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park,’ the sequel to the wildly successful box office smash ‘Jurassic Park,’ following Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) and a team of experts as they investigate a second island where the dinosaurs from the first film were secretly engineered. The film broke several box office records, and became the second highest-grossing film of all time, just behind ‘Titanic.’ Twenty years later, we revisit the cast of this awesome sequel and see what they’re up to now.

Jeff Goldblum, Dr. Ian Malcolm

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Then: Jeff Goldblum reprised his role from the first film as Dr. Ian Malcolm, a mathematician and chaos theorist who is called upon by Jurassic Park creator John Hammond to head to Isla Sorna, the sister island of Isla Nubar, to document the dinosaurs still living there.

Now: Goldblum since appeared in such films as ‘Igby Goes Down,’ Wes Anderson’s ‘The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou’ and ‘Morning Glory.’ He starred on the short-lived network series ‘Raines,’ and has had recurring roles on ‘The League,’ ‘Portlandia’ and ‘Glee.’ You can see him next in ‘Le Week-End’ and reuniting with director Wes Anderson in ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel.’ Director Roland Emmerich said the actor will also return for the ‘Independence Day’ sequel to reprise his role as David Levinson, and he’ll also return to guest in ‘Portlandia’ season 4.

Julianne Moore, Dr. Sarah Harding

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Then: Julianne Moore played Dr. Sarah Harding, Ian Malcolm’s girlfriend and a behavioral paleontologist whom John Hammond sends to join the expedition to Isla Sorna against Ian’s wishes. Moore’s star was on the rise at the time — she was also featured in Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Boogie Nights’ that same year.

Now: Moore went on to appear in the films ‘The Big Lebowski,’ ‘Magnolia,’ ‘Hannibal,’ ‘Children of Men’ and ‘A Single Man,’ among many others on her lengthy and impressive resume. More recently, she appeared in the films ‘What Maisie Knew,’ ‘Don Jon’ (directed by and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and the remake of ‘Carrie.’ She can be seen next in ‘Non-Stop’ with Liam Neeson, which hits theaters this week, and in both parts of ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ films.

Vince Vaughn, Nick Van Owen

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Then: Vince Vaughn had only recently become someone to watch with roles in ‘Rudy’ and ‘Swingers’ when he was cast as Nick Van Owen, environmentalist and documentarian along for the ride to Isla Sorna.

Now: Vaughn reunited with Julianne Moore a year later in the remake of ‘Psycho,’ but he’s known better for his quick-talking comedic style in films like ‘Old School,’ ‘Starsky and Hutch,’ ‘Dodgeball,’ ‘Wedding Crashers,’ ‘The Break-Up’ (which he also wrote) and ‘Couples Retreat.’ His more recent credits include leading roles in ‘The Dilemma,’ ‘The Watch,’ ‘The Internship’ (which he also wrote and produced) and ‘Delivery Man,’ and he reprised his cameo role as Wes Mantooth in ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.’ Next on the docket are two Vince Vaughn-sounding titles, ‘Business or Pleasure’ and ‘Term Life.’

Arliss Howard, Peter Ludlow

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Then: Arliss Howard played Peter Ludlow, John Hammond’s nephew who takes over InGen as acting CEO and plans to open a new park on Isla Sorna unless Ian Malcolm and his team can help stop him. Howard, previously known for his role in ‘Full Metal Jacket,’ also appeared in Steven Spielberg’s ‘Amistad,’ which was also released in 1997.

Now: Howard appeared in the films ‘Birth,’ ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ and ‘Moneyball.’ He starred on the hit series ‘Medium’ from 2005 to 2007, and on the short-lived AMC series ‘Rubicon.’ More recently he played the nefarious Governor Truman Burell on the HBO series ‘True Blood.’

Richard Schiff, Eddie Carr

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Then: Richard Schiff played Eddie Carr, a cynical field equipment expert on the team documenting dinosaurs on Isla Sorna. Spielberg cast Schiff after noticing his performance on the TV series ‘High Incident.’

Now: Schiff went on to star on Aaron Sorkin’s acclaimed White House drama series ‘The West Wing’ from 1999 to 2006. He appeared in the films ‘What’s the Worst That Could Happen,’ ‘Ray’ and more recently ‘Man of Steel.’ Schiff had recurring roles on ‘House of Lies’ and ‘NCIS,’ and guest starred on ‘Once Upon a Time’ and ‘The Mindy Project.’ He can be seen next in the upcoming films ‘The Gambler’ and ‘Kill the Messenger.’

Vanessa Lee Chester, Kelly Malcolm

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Then: Vanessa Lee Chester played Kelly Malcolm, Ian’s teen daughter from his previous marriage who sneaks her way into the Isla Sorna trip against her father’s wishes. Chester was known for her previous roles in ‘A Little Princess’ and ‘Harriet the Spy.’

Now: Chester went on to have small roles in the films ‘She’s All That,’ ’17 Again’ and ‘Extreme Movie.’ She guest starred on several television shows over the years, including ‘Malcolm in the Middle,’ ‘Crossing Jordan,’ ‘Without a Trace’ and ‘Veronica Mars.’ More recently you may have seen her on episodes of ‘Switched at Birth’ or ‘How I Met Your Mother.’

Peter Stormare, Dieter Stark

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Then: Peter Stormare played Dieter Stark, the second-in-command leader of the competing InGen team of mercenaries and hunters sent to capture dinosaurs to help Peter Ludlow open his new park. Stormare was an up-and-coming actor, previously known for his role in ‘Fargo.’

Now: Stormare reunited with Julianne Moore for ‘The Big Lebowski,’ and is also known quite well for roles in ‘Armageddon,’ ‘Minority Report,’ ‘Bad Boys II’ and ‘Constantine.’ He remains an incredibly busy actor, and in the last couple of years you’ve probably seen him in films like ‘Get the Gringo,’ ‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters,’ ‘The Last Stand’ and ‘Bad Milo.’ He recently guest starred on ‘Psych’ and ‘Rake,’ and can be seen next in Terry Gilliam’s ‘The Zero Theorem.’

Camilla Belle, Cathy Bowman

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Then: Camilla Belle played Cathy Bowman, the young girl from the opening scene of the film who is attacked and killed by tiny dinosaurs on the island of Isla Sorna when her family unwittingly stops there for lunch. Belle previously made her feature film debut in ‘A Little Princess’ with ‘The Lost World’ co-star Vanessa Lee Chester.

Now: As a young woman, Belle appeared in the films ‘When a Stranger Calls,’ ‘The Quiet,’ ‘The Ballad of Jack and Rose,’ ‘Push’ and ‘10,000 B.C.’ More recently she starred in ‘Open Road’ and ‘Cavemen,’ and can be seen next in ‘Amapola’ and ‘Love Is All You Need?’

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Jurassic World and Indominus Rex

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Indominus Rex Attack!

What do you do when you want to boost visitor attendance to your dinosaur-dominated, Jurassic World theme park? Use DNA, from four different dinosaurs, and “in the Hammond lab” create something entirely new and fearsome.

Then … give the new creature a name which signifies its awesome power: Indominus rex. At least … that’s how the story theme works in the 2015 film “Jurassic World.”

So … let’s travel back in time, to the age of the dinosaurs, and meet the four interesting creatures whose DNA led to this new and ferocious predator:

If—contrary to plan—Indominus rex becomes a killing machine, we have to ask: Did she “inherit” that trait from her “ancestors?” Let’s examine the question, starting with Rugops (ROO-gops).

Rugops skull at the National Geographic Museum Spinosaurus Exhibit. Author Ryan Somma

What we know about this theropod, from a physical standpoint, comes from a single, nearly complete and fossilized skull. With its weak but gaping jaw and skull, Rugops—which means “wrinkle face”—is not a predator like the Cretaceous-Period Spinosaurus.

Instead, Rugops is a natural-born scavenger, likely waiting in the wings for what’s left of a Spinosaurus-caught, Cretaceous-era fish known as Onchopristis. Living off the scraps of meals, killed by another creature, could be enough for a Rugops.

What does the DNA from Rugops contribute to Indominus rex ? Probably … a massive, gaping jaw. In other words … she isn’t getting the killer streak from Rugops.

How about Carnotaurus  (CAR-no-TOR-us), the “Meat Eating Bull?” 


This Late-Cretaceous theropod, measuring around 25 feet long, likely roamed the plains of South America. At least, that’s where palaeontologist Jose Bonaparte found amazingly in-tact fossilized remains—in Argentina—during 1985. Even its skull and skin impressions were visible once the creature’s skeleton was unearthed.

Those skin impressions have caused palaeontologists to believe that Carnotaurus had bumps across its body. It also had projections on its skull, resembling horns, which led to its “bull” name. It is this physical feature—the two horns—which Carnotaurus “passed-on” to Indomitus rex.

From whom did Indomitus rex inherit her size? Giganotosaurus  (jig-a-NOT-o-SOR-us) can take credit for that.


This “Giant Southern Lizard” lived, in South America, during the Mid-Cretaceous period. Around 40-45 feet long, the Giganotosaurus  weighed around 8 tons and walked—upright—on two powerfully large legs. With its thin and pointed tail providing balance, the creature was likely able to make quick turns while running.

Because of its size, Giganotosaurus likely had no natural predators. Living before T. rex, it probably fed on herbivore dinosaurs. If so, it could have easily sliced through the flesh of its prey.

Because no complete skeleton of this creature has ever been found, paleontologists (and artists) can only speculate about this massive creature (including whether gigantic carnivores and herbivores lived at the same time.)

That leaves Majungasaurus  (ma-JUNG-ah-SORE-us), the last of the four DNA-contributing dinosaurs. Once roaming Madagascar, in the late-Cretaceous period, this theropod likely contributed its teeth and lower torso to the lab-developed Indominus rex.

Fearsome teeth

We know about this predator from spectacular fossils located in the Berivotra area of northwest Madagascar. Long before lemurs lived on that island, Majungasaurus grew to around 21 feet in length. It is the best-known of the muscular abelisaurids (which dominated the southern hemisphere just as the tyrannosaurids dominated the northern hemisphere).

Majungasaurus had an unusual body. Its short-but-powerful hind legs were far different from its very small front “legs.” While paleontologists are not sure about the function of those forelimbs, there is little doubt about how a Majungasaurusused its sharp and knife-like teeth!

Plus … scientists believe this dinosaur may also have been … a cannibal. What is the evidence for that?

During 2003, in Madagascar, paleontologists found a fossilized tail bone from a Majungasaurus. That bone contains some interesting marks which paleontologists compared with the denticle spacings of Majungasaurus.

Guess what? They matched … almost exactly!

So … now you know the history of a 43-foot long, 18-foot high hybrid dinosaur called I. rex !

Jurassic World – Indominius Rex

‘Jurassic World’ Easter Eggs: 8 Hidden References To The ‘Jurassic Park’ Movies

Friday, March 24, 2017

Nedry’s Plan Goes Awry

Keep your eyes peeled in “Jurassic World” for these eight hidden references to the 1993 first movie:

1. That Music 
If you grew up with “Jurassic Park,” that inspirational John Williams score will bring back all the warm memories of the original. “Jurassic World” does the unforgettable theme justice and includes it in the movie several times, including the closing credits. Here, you can see Williams conducting the Boston Pops in the famous tune.

2. Jurassic Park Merchandise 
Lowry (Jake Johnson) is a Jurassic World employee with a morbid love of the park’s dark past. On the day everything goes awry, he is reprimanded by Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) for wearing a Jurassic Park T-shirt to work.

A Jurassic Park board game (which has beautiful box art, by the way)

3. DNA Mascot 
Mr. DNA also makes a comeback as a mascot for safety and the cloning process in “Jurassic World.” Just as he did in 1993’s “Jurassic Park,” Mr. DNA can be found on the “Jurassic World” website explaining what the scientists do to create the dinosaurs for the park.

Jurassic Park – Mr. DNA Sequence

4. Abandoned Jurassic Park Building
When the two young boys, Grey (Ty Simpkins) and Zach (Nick Robinson), of “Jurassic World” veer off course and right into the path of Indominus Rex, they seek shelter in an abandoned building, which many will recognize as the old hub of Jurassic Park. Using the banner that falls at the end of “Jurassic Park” as a torch, the pair discover the painted walls of the original park building like abandoned cave paintings. Easter eggs abound in this scene.

5. Old School Wheels 
In their search for a way back to the civilized part of the island, the two boys find abandoned 1992 Jeep Wranglers from the original Jurassic Park. They manage a quick repair (the cars haven’t been started for more than 20 years) and it’s back to the temporary safety of Jurassic World.

Original Jurassic Park Jeep Front

6. Dilophosaurus! 
Remember when Nedry (“Seinfeld” actor Wayne Knight) tries to escape the park with dino DNA in “Jurassic Park”? This frilly fella shows up with poisonous spit and brings down the curtain for this bad guy.

Nedry’s Plan Goes Awry

7. InGen 
The cloning company founded by Dr. Hammond returns to the island after the death of its sitting CEO Simon Masrani (Irrfan Khan) in an effort to recapture its latest creation gone wild, Indominus Rex. Well, their return to the “Jurassic Park” series could have gone better (they’re never the heroes in the franchise). A bit more of an obscure Easter egg, but one that will be recognizable for fans of the franchise.

8. And T-Rex! 
From the iconic park logo to one of the final shots of Steven Spielberg’s 1993 movie, Tyrannosaurus Rex has been a major part of the “Jurassic” franchise. Its appearance in “Jurassic World” is the stuff of dinosaur fan fiction, but that didn’t stop the audience from cheering at the screening at an ending not too dissimilar from “Jurassic Park.”

Jurassic World ending – Trex roar footage

‘Jurassic Park’: 25 Things You Didn’t Know

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Jurassic Park, 1993

Maybe you think of “Jurassic Park” as the movie that surpassed “E.T.” to become the biggest Steven Spielberg film ever, as well as one of the biggest hits of all time. Or maybe you think of it as the film that, through its landmark CGI dinosaurs, helped usher in the age of digital film making. Or maybe you just think of it as the movie that scared the pants off you when you saw it in theaters over two decades ago and every time you’ve watched it since on TV.

However you regard it, “Jurassic Park” has seemed a ubiquitous, inescapable fixture of pop culture for 20 years. And yet there are still things about it you may not know, such has how Spielberg chose his cast, how several teams of effects artists came together to build those pioneering dinosaurs, and whether or not it would really be possible to clone dinosaurs from ancient DNA as the geneticists in the movie did. Read on to unearth these and other not-quite-fossilized secrets from “Jurassic Park.”

1. Spielberg, a lifelong dinosaur enthusiast who preferred the prehistoric lizards in “King Kong” to the big gorilla, learned about Michael Crichton’s dinosaur-cloning tale from the author himself a year before he published his 1990 bestseller. The pair had been developing a screenplay based on Crichton’s own early medical career. That project evolved into the long-running TV drama “ER.”

A Whole Bunch of People On FB thought Steven Spielberg Killed A Real Dinosaur

2. That preexisting partnership with Crichton helped Spielberg to win the bidding for the movie rights to “Jurassic Park.” Several other directors were in the running, including Tim Burton, Richard Donner (“Lethal Weapon”), Joe Dante (“Gremlins”), and (according to Spielberg) James Cameron.

3. Laura Dern, who played Dr. Ellie Sattler, recalled in Entertainment Weekly’s recent oral history of “Jurassic Park” how Spielberg pitched her the movie: “I know that you’re doing your independent films, but I need you to be chased by dinosaurs, in awe of dinosaurs, and have the adventure of a lifetime. Will you do this with me?” Her “Wild at Heart” co-star Nicolas Cage, who said he’d always dreamed of being in a dinosaur movie, urged her to say yes.

Laura in Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster Jurassic Park

4. Richard Attenborough, who played park impresario John Hammond, was best known as a director of biopics (“Gandhi,” “Chaplin”). Before that, he’d been a celebrated actor, but he’d put acting on hold after 1979, when his directing career took off. “Jurassic Park” marked his first role in 14 years, and it resuscitated his acting career at age 69, leading to prominent roles in “Miracle on 34th Street” (as Kris Kringle) and “Elizabeth,” among others.

Says he spared no expense…

5. To cast Hammond’s granddaughter, Lex, Spielberg auditioned a number of girls and asked them to record their screams. Ariana Richards recalled that she won the role because she was the only one whose taped scream was loud enough to awaken a sleeping Kate Capshaw (a.k.a. Mrs. Spielberg) and send her scurrying down the hall to see if her children were all right.

6. Joseph Mazzello, who would play Lex’s brother, Tim, had enjoyed some success as a child actor (“Presumed Innocent”), but when he screen-tested for a role in Spielberg’s 1991 film “Hook,” the director told him he was too young. He recalled that Spielberg told him, “Don’t worry about it, Joey. I’m going to get you in a movie this summer.” Looking back, Mazzello (who would go on to star in Spielberg’s World War II mini-series “The Pacific” as an adult) called the “Jurassic Park” consolation prize a “pretty good trade.”

Joseph Mazzello: The Kid from ‘Jurassic Park’ Stars in Spielberg’s ‘The Pacific’

7. For the animatronic dinosaurs, Spielberg hired Stan Winston on the basis of his work creating the alien queen in “Aliens.” Winston built the life-size lizards, including the Tyrannosaurus rex and triceratops. Spielberg hired stop-motion puppeteer Phil Tippett to animate model dinosaurs that would be superimposed in post-production, and Dennis Muren (fresh from creating the molten-metal morphing effects in “Terminator 2: Judgment Day”) to see if dinosaurs could be created using computer-generated imagery.

Stan Winston and his Brachiosaurus

8. In fact, the dinosaurs Muren created on the computer were the first major flesh-and-blood CGI creatures in movie history. When he screened for the rest of the filmmakers an early test of wire-frame dinosaurs in motion, Tippett realized he was out of a job. “I think I’m extinct,” he told Spielberg, who liked the quip so much that he put it in the movie. (Actually, Tippett stayed on as an adviser to the computer animators, using his knowledge of paleontology and pantomime to instruct the effects artists in how dinosaurs should move.)


9. Spielberg also showed Muren’s test footage to legendary stop-motion monster animator Ray Harryhausen. “He was absolutely enthralled and very ­positive about the paradigm changing,” Spielberg recalled. “He looked at the test and said, ‘Well, that’s the future.'”

10. The velociraptors, however, were done Godzilla-style, with puppeteers in lizard suits. The man-sized velociraptors were much bigger than the real species, though shortly before the movie’s release, paleontologists discovered a larger related species, the Utahraptor. Winston joked, “We made it, then they discovered it.”

Dromaeosaurid parade by durbed

11. Sound designer Gary Rydstrom combined a variety of animal cries to make the various dinosaur roars. The cow-like brachiosaurus’ bellow was a blend of donkey and whale. Whale sounds were also used for the Tyrannosaurus rex, along with the sound of a tiger, an alligator, and a baby elephant. For the sound the T. rex made when it killed the lawyer, Rydstrom used a recording of his own Jack Russell terrier grappling with a rope toy, played at half-speed. The most complex was the velociraptor, a mix of tortoise, horse, goose, walrus, dolphin, and African crane.

12. For all the work that went into creating lifelike dinosaurs, the lizards got just 15 minutes of screen time in the 127-minute movie.

13. The iconic shot of the water rippling in a cup in the car as the stomping T. rex approaches was inspired by Spielberg watching his car interior vibrate as he listened to bass-heavy funk band Earth, Wind and Fire. To create the water effect, he placed guitar strings under the dashboard and had a crew member pluck them.

Cup of water ripples

14. Sam Neill, who played Dr. Alan Grant, has a scar on his left hand from the scene where he tries to distract the T. rex with a burning flare. Some flaming phosphorus fell from the flare and got trapped under Neill’s wristwatch.

As long as I’ve been a fan and as many times I’ve seen this movie, I’ve never noticed that!

15. Before the last day of shooting, Hurricane Iniki, the most powerful storm in Hawaiian history, hit the set. The cast and crew were trapped in their hotel on Kauai. Spielberg helped bide the time by telling ghost stories to the kids. Others passed the time reading the only piece of literature they could find, a Victoria’s Secret catalogue.

16. When the movie went into post-production, Spielberg was already in Poland shooting “Schindler’s List.” He supervised the effects work on his dinosaur thrill ride while filming the horrific Holocaust drama.

17. Despite the hurricane, the shoot finished 12 days ahead of schedule and on budget. It cost $63 million to make and another $65 million to market.

18. In its initial release, “Jurassic Park” earned $357 million in North America and a total of $914 million worldwide. That was enough to surpass Spielberg’s “E.T.” to take the record as the biggest hit movie of all time, a record it held for nearly five years, until “Titanic.”

Original poster

19. The film won Oscars for Best Visual Effects (shared in part by Winston, Tippett, and Muren), Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing (Rydstrom shared both of those). At the same Academy Awards ceremony, Spielberg won Best Picture and Best Director, Michael Kahn won Best Editor, and John Williams won Best Score — all for “Schindler’s List.”

Stan Winston, Phil Tippett and Michael Lantieri pose with their Academy Awards they won for Visual Effects

20. Spielberg directed a sequel “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” in 1997. Joe Johnston filmed “Jurassic Park III” in 2001.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997, Universal)

21. Even before Spielberg began filming “Jurassic Park,” Universal Studios engineers were at work building “Jurassic Park: The Ride,” an attraction at Universal Studios in Hollywood that opened in 1996 at a cost of $110 million (nearly twice what the film cost to make). Universal has since added an expansive “Jurassic Park” section to its Islands of Adventure theme park in Orlando, Florida.

22. To this day, Dern says she’s recognized as “the girl who put her hand in the dinosaur poo.” She adds that kids have refused to shake her hand, “as though I hadn’t washed.”

Jurassic Park Dino Poop

23. The CGI dinosaurs of “Jurassic Park” have had a far-reaching legacy, having convinced some of the world’s most imaginative filmmakers that the technology finally existed to put whatever they saw in their mind’s eye onto the screen. They led Winston and James Cameron to form the Digital Domain effects house, and it led Stanley Kubrick to collaborate with Spielberg on “A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” the robot fable he’d dreamed of making for decades (Spielberg would finish the film in 2001, two years after Kubrick’s death). They inspired George Lucas to make the three “Star Wars” prequels and Peter Jackson to make “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “King Kong,” and the “Hobbit” trilogy.

24. In April, 2013, Universal released a 3D version of “Jurassic Park” in theaters. The conversion from 2D cost $10 million, and it earned the 20-year-old film another $45.4 million in domestic ticket sales.

Jurassic Park 3D

25. Could scientists really clone dinosaurs from DNA in dinosaur blood found in mosquitoes preserved in amber? Probably not. For one thing, even petrified DNA would probably have degraded too much in the 65 million years since the last dinosaurs died out. Plus, there’s no contemporary equivalent to a dinosaur egg in which to incubate the embryos. Still, Jack Horner, the paleontologist who served as a consultant on the film, said he thought it might be possible to genetically modify a chicken embryo to activate dormant genes for dinosaur-like traits. Not quite the same thing, alas.

‘Jurassic Park’ Flashback: Behind-the-Scenes Photos From the 1993

Monday, December 19, 2016

‘Jurassic Park’ Flashback: Behind-the-Scenes Photos From the 1993

Take a look back at the movie that started it all: 1993’s ‘Jurassic Park.’ Steven Spielberg’s classic about test-tube dinosaurs on the rampage in a jungle theme park was a landmark in computer-generated visual effects and still remains one of the best action-adventure movies of all time.

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Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Steven Spielberg
Neill and Dern play the intrepid paleontologists Dr. Alan Grant and Dr. Ellie Sattler, whose tour of Jurassic Park goes catastrophically awry.


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Joseph Mazzello and Steven Spielberg
Spielberg works with Joseph Mazzello, who plays Tim, one of park creator John Hammond’s grandchildren. “Steven wrote me a recommendation for USC to go to film school. Believe it or not, I got in,” the grown-up actor told People in 2013. “He’s been there for me throughout my life whenever I really needed him.”


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Spielberg during the filming of ‘Jurassic Park.’ “My early exposure to all the leviathans of the Saturday matinee creature features inspired me, when I grew up, to make ‘Jurassic Park,’ Spielberg once said.


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Spielberg poses between a pair of giant dinosaur feet in a publicity still. The director thought the movie’s fearsome T. rex was “the star of the movie.”


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Spielberg wears a dino-appropriate T-shirt during the shoot.


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Spielberg poses with a Triceratops puppet.


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Spielberg on set. Last year, Dern described how the director would roar into a megaphone so the actors would know where to look during a scene.


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The late Richard Attenborough — who played park guru John Hammond — with Spielberg. A statue of Hammond is in the visitor’s center of the new park in ‘Jurassic World.’


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Jeff Goldblum, Steven Spielberg and Laura Dern
Jeff Goldblum, who plays mathematician Ian Malcolm, with Spielberg and Dern. In 2013, Dern told ‘Vanity Fair,’ “Not a week goes by that I’m not approached by someone about ‘Jurassic Park.’ That’s just something that people to love to talk about and continue to discover.”


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Spielberg and team work on the scene with the sick Triceratops. At least seven puppeteers were required to operate the puppet.

10 Mistakes In Jurassic World That Ruined The Movie

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Jurassic World (2015)

In 1990, Michael Crichton wrote a book about a fictional island where dinosaurs were being bred to be part of an exclusive theme park/zoo. Jurassic Park was born, and three years later Steven Spielberg gave the world one of the most iconic films of all time. Jurassic Park hit the big screen in 1993 to critical and audience acclaim. The film told the story of two scientists, Dr. Grant and Dr. Sattler, who are transported to the mysterious island as part of a preview tour to give their expert approval. Whilst there, with a team of other specialists, the park faces a huge power failure and the team find themselves fighting for their lives against animals that are not of this time.

Since then, two sequels have been produced: Jurassic Park: The Lost World (1997) and Jurassic Park 3 (2001). In 2015, a fourth installment was released, much to the excitement of the fans of the original film. Jurassic World glossed over the two sequels and jumped to the present day where the original Jurassic Park has grown into a multi-million visitors-a-year theme park. When two young boys are sent there by their mother to visit with their Aunt, who holds a high level managerial role within the park, it doesn’t go quite to plan. As with the first film, things go haywire and people end up in deathly danger.

However, there are a number of goofs throughout the film that distract slightly from the giant lizard-based drama. Here we look at 10 of these goofs that you may have missed. You won’t watch the film the same way again.

10. Original Jurassic Park Jeep’s Tires As Good As New

When Gray and Zach stumble upon a hut when they are trying to evade the Idominus Rex, they stumble upon two of the original Jeeps from Jurassic Park. The use of the original Jeeps in Jurassic world is a fantastic nod to the original film, however in reality the tires would have disintegrated by now, and the tires that are used are the modern update of the original tires used in Jurassic Park. Maybe one of the dinosaurs evolved into a mechanic?

9. Running In High Heels In A Jungle?

There has been uproar about the fact that Claire remained in high heels throughout the film, running through jungle and managing to outrun a T-Rex in nude stiletto’s. Whilst this has caused feminists and gender politicians to have a small fit, did anybody notice that she did change her shoes? In the early scenes, her ‘ridiculous shoes’ are commented on and captured on screen with purpose, yet in subsequent scenes it can be easily seen that she is wearing lace up nude flat shoes. The shoes also transfer from dirty to clean when she enters the T-Rex pen and then back to dirty again once she has finished leading the T-Rex to the Indominous Rex.

8. Magical Mud

When Claire’s nephews Gray and Zach are being chased by the Indominus Rex, they are forced to jump off a waterfall in order to escape the giant lizard hell bent on eating them. They then jump into the water below, and when they emerge Gray has mud on his face. This mud magically disappears and then reappears in between shots.

7. The Intensely Stable Rifle

In the scene where Claire and Owen are hiding from the Indominus Rex by the abandoned Jeep, Owen leaves his rifle perched against the side of the Jeep. We then see the Indominus Rex use his head and upper body to rock the Jeep, yet when Owen moves back around the vehicle once the dinosaur has left, the rifle is unmoved. But it’s highly unlikely given the force that the dinosaur was moving the vehicle, and the fact the dinosaur was hitting the vehicle on the same side that the rifle was perched on.

6. Cell Phone Switches To Vibrate Automatically

When Zach and Gray are in the glass gyrosphere that transports them around the safari style section of the park, Claire calls to warn them of the dangers that are occurring in the park. The phone can clearly be heard ringing. Yet after they are caught up in a fight between the Indominus Rex and another dinosaur and consequently flipped upside down, a setting on the phone is somehow -without human control – switched to the vibrate setting, which is what attracts the dinosaur to them.

5. Transforming Buildings

In the original Jurassic Park film, the visitor’s center is grand, with a tall staircase and other architectural features that are missing when Zach and Gray supposedly stumble upon the original visitor’s center in Jurassic World.

4. Night Goggles Still Work After 22 Years!

When Gray discovers the heavy and expensive night goggles that are used in the original Jurassic Park film, they turn on. Having just laid there on a humid Costa Rican island for 22 years, the power would have drained from the batteries.

3. Continuity Not On Point

Geography may not be the strongest aspect of this film, in terms of Jurassic World’s continuity with the original film, Jurassic Park. In the original classic, the visitor’s centre is not positioned anywhere near the restricted area as it is positioned in the West. Yet in Jurassic World, the visitor’s centre is positioned in the East.

2. The Adhoc Passing Of Time

Day time seems to pass quickly on the island. When the visitors are running scared from the Pteranodons in the main park area, like a prehistoric scene from The Birds by Hitchcock, it is broad daylight. In the next scene where we join the team in the raptor enclosure, it is pitch black, yet no time appears to have passed. Earlier on in the movie, Hoskins is speaking to Owen and Barry following Owens training session with the Velociraptors. During the conversation, the sun changes from midday to early morning.

1. Mystical Scratches

When the camera points out into the Indominus Rex enclosure from inside the building, there are originally no scratches to be seen on the glass, however when Mr. Masrani is taken into the enclosure scratches are evident on the glass. It’s a blatant error as the Indominus Rex had not been in the enclosure since the scene Mr. Masrani was in there at the time.

Sources: moviemistakes.com

14 Myths of the Velociraptor

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Jurassic Park III

1 – It’s no surprise that one of the most popular dinosaurs in the world is the Velociraptor. Their rise in popularity was heavily influenced by the way that they were portrayed in the ‘Jurassic Park’ films. While there may be some things about them that the films got right, there are some serious errors in their on screen depictions.
Velociraptor! Modern birds are closest to this species of dinosaur and prey species like eagles, hawks and owls are still commonly called ‘raptors’. Velociraptor, meaning “swift seizer” is a genus of dinosaur that lived approximately 75 to 71 million years ago during the later part of the Cretaceous Period. Two species are currently recognized. The fact that the ancestors of Velociraptor were feathered and possibly capable of flight had long suggested to paleontologists that Velociraptor bore feathers as well, since even flightless birds today retain most of their feathers. (Ottawa, Canada, June 2015) shankar s. – https://www.flickr.com/photos/shankaronline/20128517854/
2 – Velociraptors depicted in the Jurassic Park films more closely resembled the Deinonychus. These dinosaurs were more intimidating in nature, resulting in a better image for the onscreen Velociraptor.
3 – The movies depicts them as highly intelligent creatures who have the capacity to even open doorknobs. Unfortunately this is just not true as the smartest dinosaurs of the time were no smarter than a baby kitten.
4 – The movies show them attacking with their teeth and front claws, when in fact they would use their massive three-inch hind claw to attack their prey and let them bleed out while they wait from a safe distance.
5 – The name Velociraptor comes from the latin words “velox” (swift) and raptor (thief). The movies do depict the dinos as fast moving predators so at least they stayed true to the meaning of the name.
6 – Velociraptors were not around during the Jurassic period, but instead during the end of the Cretaceous period. The ‘Jurassic Park’ movies have confused people about this important fact since the original release.

Cretaceous Earth

7 – We are used to seeing them hunt in packs, especially so in the most recent film, yet there is no evidence that they do. This perception stemmed from evidence found that suggested the Deinonychus hunted in packs.
8 – Velociraptor tails contained fused bones that kept the tail straight and in the same position, aiding in balance during running, jumping, and attacking. In the films, you can see them moving their tails fluidly which is not at all how they would have looked.
9 – The movies lead viewers to believe that the Velociraptors originated in the Americas, however, fossil evidence suggest that they originated in central Asia.


10 – Velociraptors were only about 1.6 feet tall at the hip, much shorter than depicted in the movies.
11 – Velociraptors are believed to have been able to run at speeds up to 40 mph which was actually pretty accurate compared to their speeds in the movies.
12 – Unlike the 100-pound version seen in the films, Velociraptors weighed in at about 30 pounds, making them very vulnerable to almost all carnivorous dinosaurs around at the time.
13 – Velociraptors did have feathers. While they did also have tough scaly skin, it wasn’t at all close to what was depicted in the films.
14 – Fun fact: The noises that the velociraptors made in the movies came from recordings of tortoises having sex. How fun.