April 4, 2013
Total Recall: Dinosaurs!
Dinosaurs! They've all been dead for millions of years, but at the box office, they'll never go extinct. This weekend's 3D re-release of Steven Spielberg's classic blockbuster Jurassic Park is just the latest example of how much filmgoers love getting stomped on by the big scaly beasts, but Hollywood has a long tradition of studios reaping Tyrannosaurus-sized grosses out of dino-thrillers -- or occasionally looking like cavemen when audiences don't show up. In honor of the movie biz's continued love affair with our prehistoric pals, this week's list offers a look back at some of the most dino-centric movies we could think of. It's time for Total Recall!
March 26, 2013
RT on DVD & Blu-Ray: Lincoln and Killing Them Softly
This week on home video, we've got an Oscar winner and another Oscar nominee, a comedy flop, a couple of dark comedies, and a bit of the old ultraviolence. Plus, there are a few notable reissues from the Criterion Collection and on Blu-ray. Click through for the full list!
January 18, 2013
Weekly Ketchup: Jurassic Park Set to Reopen in Summer of 2014
This week's Ketchup covered a seven day period in which Hollywood recovered from weeks of almost zero activity with enough newsworthy movie development announcements for two of these columns. Indeed, this writer expects some omissions to be pointed out by commenters, but hey, there's only ten slots available each week. The stories that did make the cut include high profile sequels (Jurassic Park IV, Pirates of the Caribbean 5), a much lower profile sequel (Hot Tub Time Machine 2), remakes (Ben-Hur and possibly Gremlins), and the inevitable Lance Armstrong biopic.
June 22, 2012
Weekly Ketchup: Jurassic Park 4 Gets Its Writers
This week's Ketchup includes news about the next entry in the Jurassic Park franchise, a new Sesame Street adaptation, and new roles for Cate Blanchett, Colin Firth, Steve Carell, Rihanna, Sam Rockwell, and Reese Witherspoon.
November 5, 2008
Michael Crichton Passes Away (1942-2008)
Best-selling author, screenwriter, and director Michael Crichton has passed away at the age of 66. The medical doctor-turned-filmmaker was best known for writing techno-thrillers (The Andromeda Strain, Westworld, Jurassic Park) and for creating the award-winning medical drama ER, now in its 15th and final season.
August 11, 2008
Pixar's RenderMan Turns 20
It hasn't gotten as much press as the movies it's helped create, but Pixar's RenderMan software -- now celebrating its 20th birthday -- has been an important factor in the studio's success.
June 18, 2008
Total Recall: The Best of Stan Winston
With the passing of Oscar-winning makeup and special effects artist Stan Winston, RT decided to take a closer look at one of Hollywood's most innovative and influential behind-the-scenes figures, a man whose work changed the way that the movie industry brought special effects magic to the screen.
December 13, 2007
Jurassic Park T-Rex, Life-Sized Terminator, More Up For Auction
This Christmas, we're asking Santa for Sam Jackson's Star Wars: Episode III lightsaber, Neo's Matrix Reloaded coat, and a full scale T-800 Terminator 2 endoskeleton for that little nook in the foyer. See what else is up for sale at this year's Profiles in History auction!
August 14, 2007
Jurassic Park IV Plot Details Leaked
Over at Bloody-Disgusting, this is quickly shaping up to be the Week of News About Sequels You Will Not Want to See -- hot on the heels of yesterday's report about Alone in the Dark II, the site is offering up a bit of incredible (in the worst sense of the word) news about Jurassic Park IV.
April 13, 2007
Sequel Talk: "Jurassic Park 4," "Bond 22," "Punisher 2"
There are at least three sequels that we know are definitely (albeit eventually) arriving. Well, a whole lot more than three, obviously, but this update will focus only on ones that deal with dinosaurs, secret agents, and aggravated vigilantes.
April 7, 2007
Dern Says "Jurassic Park IV" Is On
Laura Dern confirmed that she has been approached for "Jurassic Park IV," the secretly developing sequel. "I'm told it's happening and I'm told that they're calling me," Dern revealed. "I'm told Ellie Sattler is involved in it."
January 2, 2007
Quick "Indiana Jones 4" Update: Shooting Begins in June!
Just a few days ago we shared the news that George Lucas was (finally) happy with the "Indiana Jones 4" screenplay, and also that production was set to begin next year. Well now we have a small piece of updated news: Production on "Indy 4" will begin in June!
March 7, 2006
Spielberg Puts Koepp to Work on "Indy 4"
During his Oscar coverage, Fox's Roger Friedman got to share a few words with director Steven Spielberg, and the bullet points seem to be these: 1) the filmmaker wants to take some time off right now, 2) "Indiana Jones 4" looks to be the next project on his plate, and 3) Jeff Nathanson's screenplay has been handed over to mega-scribe David Koepp for fine-tuning.
January 18, 2006
Is Westworld Remake Finally Coming?
Director Tarsem Singh, best known for doing R.E.M videos such as "Losing My Religion," has been tapped (according to IMDb) to to helm the update of the 1973 classic "Westworld."
May 12, 2005
David Lynch is Oddly Secretive About His New "EMPIRE"
Notoriously offbeat filmmaker David Lynch ("Mulholland Dr.") has apparently been working on his next film ... for the past two years! "INLAND EMPIRE" (yes, in all caps) will star Laura Dern ("Jurassic Park"), Harry Dean Stanton ("Escape from New York"), Jeremy Irons ("Dead Ringers"), Justin Theroux ("Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle"), and a few others whom Lynch opts not to name.
May 3, 2005
"Jurassic" Scientist is Back and Consulting on Part 4
In a rare promotional appearance, paleontologist Dr. Jack Horner confirmed that he has begun work on Jurassic Park 4. Dr. Horner is a well-respected paleontologist who has discovered more new species than anyone else in his field. He has been used as an advisor on several Discovery Channel specials as well as all three Jurassic Park films. Dr. Horner is credited with the change in the T-Rex in Jurassic Park 3 that showed the creature to be more of a scavenger than a hunter, based upon the latest findings.