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This past week was a busy one in terms of movie studios debuting trailers for some highly-anticipated films hitting theaters next year. It’s never too early to start promoting these tentpole films. Two of them see beloved franchises returning while the third is another adaptation of a children’s classic.

Universal Pictures kicked things off by debuting the clip for Jurassic World. The film takes place twenty-two years after the events of the original film, Jurassic World is now a fully functioning dinosaur theme park as originally envisioned by John Hammond (Richard Attenborough). Think Seaworld but with prehistoric animals performing tricks for tourists. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are the two big marquee names going up against killer dinosaurs this time. It crashes into theaters on June 12, 2015.

Next up was Warner Bros’ upcoming adaption of the J.M. Barrie’s classic tale Peter Pan. “This isn’t exactly the Neverland story you know,” teased Joe Wright. Based on the clip, he wasn’t kidding. Pan is darker and actually puts the focus on Captain Hook (Garrett Hedlund) and Peter’s friendship as they battle the villainous Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman).

Last and certainly not least is Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens from Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm. The film takes place 30 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. Other than that, details for the highly-anticipated film have been kept under wraps. Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher reprise their iconic roles for the seventh installment. It storms into theaters on December 18, 2015.

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While Jackman does his best Johnny Depp circa Pirates of the Caribbean impression, I’m looking most forward to Jurassic and Star Wars. Both have a lot to live up to given the last film in each respective franchise. Based on the first trailers, both look very promising. Love that each film gives a nostalgic nod to the original movies. If you missed any of the trailers given the holidays, give them a whirl below and weigh in afterward.

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Jurassic World Teaser Trailer Debuts

In: Donovan, Movies
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Universal debuts the first full length trailer for Jurassic World this Thursday. To whet our appetites, the studio just released a teaser until it premieres. The nostalgic feel of the clip should entice those who loved the original Jurassic Park to return back to the franchise. I have to admit, I got a couple of goosebumps when I saw those giant doors opening in the first few seconds.

Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, “Jurassic World,” as originally envisioned by John Hammond (Richard Attenborough). The park is owned by the Patel Corporation. Owen (Chris Pratt), a member of Jurassic World’s on-site staff, conducts behavioral research on the velociraptors.

Joining Pratt in the film are Bryce Dallas Howard, Omar Sy, Judy Greer and Vincent D’Onofrio, with the latter playing the villain. Usually, there’s a character or two from a previous film to make a cameo. In this instance, it’s B.D. Wong who played Dr. Henry Wu in the first film.

Jurassic World was shot in 3D and will be released by Universal Pictures on June 12, 2015. Check out the video below.

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Nothing has come even close to the magic that was Jurassic Park IMHO. Both of the sequels, albeit somewhat entertaining, paled in comparison to Steven Spielberg’s first dinosaur film. With that being said, I have high hopes for the upcoming fourth installment to the franchise. Admittedly, a part of it is partly due to Chris Pratt’s addition. Dude has been looking mighty fine lately. It’s almost difficult to picture him as his Parks and Recreation character anymore.

Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, “Jurassic World,” as originally envisioned by John Hammond (Richard Attenborough). The park is owned by the Patel Corporation. Owen (Chris Pratt), a member of Jurassic World’s on-site staff, conducts behavioral research on the velociraptors.

Joining Pratt in the film are Bryce Dallas Howard, Omar Sy, Judy Greer and Vincent D’Onofrio, with the latter playing the villain. Usually, there’s a character or two from a previous film to make a cameo. In this instance, it’s B.D. Wong who played Dr. Henry Wu in the first film.

Colin Trevorrow steps into the directing chair, taking over Joe Johnston who helmed the third installment after Spielberg bowed out after doing the first two films. Jurassic World stomps into theaters on June 12, 2015. Check out a couple more images below.

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Evil Dead Slays The Box Office Competition

In: Donovan, Movies

Back in 1981 Sam Raimi released The Evil Dead which raked in roughly $2.4 million during its entire run. The 2013 remake where he serves as producer did gangbusters and slayed its predecessor and the rest of the competition. Evil Dead starring Jane Levy and Lou Taylor Pucci topped theaters this weekend with $26 million. The horror film did much better than pre-weekend forecasts.

The only other new major release this weekend came in fourth. The 3D rerelease of Jurassic Park earned a little over $18 million. Not too shabby considering the studio only spent $10 million to convert it. The dinosaur 3D flick did roughly a million more than Titanic 3D during the same weekend last year. The Croods and G.I. Joe: Retaliation tied in second place, both adding another $21.1 million to their totals. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.

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After so many rumors, Universal has officially announced that Jurassic Park 4 will hit theaters on June 13, 2014. Steven Spielberg isn’t directing this one, but he is going to produce the project with Frank Marshall. Spielberg directed the first two, while the third was directed by Joe Johnston.

This fourth instalment of the franchise will be shot and screened in 3D. The original Jurassic Park is actually being re-released in theaters on this coming April 5 in 3D.

Not much is know about the new film, but chances are Sam Neill will reprise his role as Dr. Alan Grant. I actually had the pleasure of meeting him here in Vancouver when he was filming Alcatraz. I was super excited to meet him because I was such a big Jurassic Park fan as a kid. I remember getting the VHS as a gift at Christmas one year! I’ve included the photo below!

My pic with Sam Neill after the jump…

Apparently, Laura Dern (Jurassic Park) was caught off guard on Friday when her two time Grammy winning boyfriend, Ben Harper filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. If he really is doing this out of nowhere, he’s a major douche-a-saurus! He is requesting the judge not give her spousal support and he wants joint legal and physical custody of their two children – Ellery, 9, and Jaya, 5.

They’ve been married since 2005, and had been dating for five years prior to that. Now, there relationship is extinct. Harper says that he and Dern separated back in January, but that doesn’t add up considering people that know the couple have said they’ve been living and traveling together and were even intimate as recently as last week.

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Walking With Dinosaurs: Vancouver

In: Dan, Random Reads, The Arts

If you were a geek like me growing up you had a personal membership to a Jurassic Park fan club, even if it was only made of lined paper with messy writing and you were only one of four members of your elementary school edition of said fan club. Ever since I can remember I LOVED Dinosaurs and the idea that they roamed the earth millions of years before humans existed baffled my mind (and quite honestly still does). Needless to say when I heard Walking With Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular was coming to Rogers Arena in Vancouver, there wasn’t one thing on the planet (except maybe another ice age) that would prevent me seeing this show!

With my nephew and niece coming to Vancouver to visit me this weekend I finally had the perfect excuse to allow the old school geek come out, even if it’s just for one night. If you haven’t heard, Walking With Dinosaurs is only playing a limited engagement in Vancouver, starting Thursday August 26 running until Sunday August 29! There are seven show times available throughout the weekend with a few matinees playing on Saturday and Sunday if you want to take the little ones earlier before the BIG kids come out to play. I literally jumped out of my seat with excitement when I found out I would get to see the show, live!!

An exert about the show (as I couldn’t describe it any better)…

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Jurassic Park: The TV Show?

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Patrick

Almost, but not quite. Steven Spielberg is producing it though and it’s called Terra Nova. The premise is scientists that go back to prehistoric Earth to the dinosaur age. Sounds exciting, right? You can bet on it! The budget per episode for the Fox network TV show that will be filmed in south-east Queensland, Australia is estimated to be $4 million.

The executive vice president of production for Fox Television, Jim Sharp, says:

“Queensland had the right look, climate and terrain, a vibrant production community and attractive economic incentives. We are very excited to be shooting our first production there.”

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