‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,’ Telemundo’s World Cup Carry Comcast to Q3 Earnings Beat

Comcast beat Wall Street’s expectations for the third quarter of 2018, crediting NBCUniversal’s FIFA World Cup on Telemundo and the box office performances of “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” and “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” for much of its success.

On Thursday, Comcast reported 65 cents of Q3 earnings per share on $22.1 billion in revenue. Media analysts had forecast 61 cents of earnings on $21.8 billion in revenue, according to a Yahoo Finance poll.

NBCU revenue grew more than 8 percent versus the comparable quarter last year. Comcast’s cable-TV, voice and internet-providing arm, which is still its largest business, saw its own sales figures increase almost 3 and-a-half percent. Theme parks declined due to bad weather and natural disasters — especially in Japan.

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Comcast added 288,000 customers in the 90 days ended Sept. 30. Internet additions increased 363,000, video losses were 106,000, and the company shed 35,000 phone customers.

All-told, Comcast’s revenue rose 5 percent versus Q3 2017 as NBC broadcast won another summer in TV ratings.

“This is an exciting and important time in Comcast’s history. To highlight a few of the achievements in our businesses this quarter, Comcast Cable’s EBITDA growth was the fastest in six years, and customer relationship growth accelerated, driven by the best broadband net additions for a third quarter in ten years,” Brian L. Roberts, chairman and CEO of Comcast Corporation, said in a statement accompanying the financials. “At NBCUniversal, our TV businesses continued their strong performance. NBC finished the 52-week season ranked No. 1 in total viewers for the first time in 16 years and No. 1 in adults 18-49 for the fifth consecutive season, and is off to a great start in the new season. Our recently completed acquisition of Sky is transformative for our company, helping create a unique global leader in media, technology, television and broadband.”

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Last month, Comcast beat out Fox-Disney in a bidding war for U.K. media giant Sky, paying $39 billion for a majority stake in the company. Days later, Fox elected to sell the remainder of its Sky holdings — worth north of $15 billion — to Comcast.

Shares of Comcast stock (CMCSA) closed Wednesday afternoon at $34.12, down $1.53 on the day.

Comcast executives will host a conference call at 8 a.m. ET to discuss the quarter in greater detail.

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Comcast beat Wall Street’s expectations for the third quarter of 2018, crediting NBCUniversal’s FIFA World Cup on Telemundo and the box office performances of “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” and “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” for much of its success.

On Thursday, Comcast reported 65 cents of Q3 earnings per share on $22.1 billion in revenue. Media analysts had forecast 61 cents of earnings on $21.8 billion in revenue, according to a Yahoo Finance poll.

NBCU revenue grew more than 8 percent versus the comparable quarter last year. Comcast’s cable-TV, voice and internet-providing arm, which is still its largest business, saw its own sales figures increase almost 3 and-a-half percent. Theme parks declined due to bad weather and natural disasters — especially in Japan.

Comcast added 288,000 customers in the 90 days ended Sept. 30. Internet additions increased 363,000, video losses were 106,000, and the company shed 35,000 phone customers.

All-told, Comcast’s revenue rose 5 percent versus Q3 2017 as NBC broadcast won another summer in TV ratings.

“This is an exciting and important time in Comcast’s history. To highlight a few of the achievements in our businesses this quarter, Comcast Cable’s EBITDA growth was the fastest in six years, and customer relationship growth accelerated, driven by the best broadband net additions for a third quarter in ten years,” Brian L. Roberts, chairman and CEO of Comcast Corporation, said in a statement accompanying the financials. “At NBCUniversal, our TV businesses continued their strong performance. NBC finished the 52-week season ranked No. 1 in total viewers for the first time in 16 years and No. 1 in adults 18-49 for the fifth consecutive season, and is off to a great start in the new season. Our recently completed acquisition of Sky is transformative for our company, helping create a unique global leader in media, technology, television and broadband.”

Last month, Comcast beat out Fox-Disney in a bidding war for U.K. media giant Sky, paying $39 billion for a majority stake in the company. Days later, Fox elected to sell the remainder of its Sky holdings — worth north of $15 billion — to Comcast.

Shares of Comcast stock (CMCSA) closed Wednesday afternoon at $34.12, down $1.53 on the day.

Comcast executives will host a conference call at 8 a.m. ET to discuss the quarter in greater detail.

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‘The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror’: A ‘Jurassic World’ Parody Includes a Very Familiar Dinosaur

Exclusive: “Treehouse of Horror XXIX” is set to air this Sunday on Fox.

It’s well-established at this point: Even in a rarified tropical environment, nothing good happens inside a glass-walled circular travel pod. That lesson seems to play a part in the upcoming “Treehouse of Horror XXIX” episode of “The Simpsons,” which sees the family trapped in a “Jurassic World”-style park. The twist here seems to be that  someone has infused dinosaurs with DNA from some familiar faces.

It’s the latest installment of the long-running animated series’ annual Halloween episode, a tradition that dates back to the Season 2 in 1990. This year’s edition featured prominently in the show’s San Diego Comic-Con poster, unveiled back in July. Last year’s “XXVIII” featured riffs on “The Exorcist,” “Coraline” and general cannibalism.

True to “Treehouse” form, this is just one of the segments from this year’s 29th edition. Aside from the dino-infused Mr. Burns shenanigans, other parts include an eating contest against Cthulhu and plants that take over the citizens of Springfield. (Lisa doesn’t look too happy about a test grade either, from the looks of things.) Fan favorites Kang (Harry Shearer) and Kodos (Dan Castellaneta) will also make their customary guest appearances, as per tradition. All three parts were written by longtime “Simpsons” staffer Joel H. Cohen, who’s now been a part of four different “Treehouse” iterations since 2001.

It’s already been a notable 30th season for “The Simpsons,” which included a long-gestating “Bob’s Burgers” couch gag in a recent episode. Upcoming guest stars for the rest of the season include Jane Lynch, Patti LuPone, and Wallace Shawn, while Lawrence O’Donnell and Marc Maron will also appear playing themselves.

Watch the full clip (including some well-placed mammoth tennis balls) below:

“The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XXIX” airs Sunday, October 21 at 8:00 p.m. on Fox.

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Roars to $1 Billion at Global Box Office

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” Universal’s second installment in the updated “Jurassic Park” franchise, crossed $1 billion at the worldwide box office on Thursday.

The movie, directed by J. A. Bayona and starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, is Universal’s seventh film ever to reach $1 billion worldwide.

“Fallen Kingdom” has beenNo. 1 movie at the international box office for four straight weeks–including two weeks in China, where it is the second-highest-grossing imported film this year and the fifth-highest-grossing import of all-time.

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Universal joins Disney as the only studios to have at least two titles in three separate franchises reach that level of success: both “Jurassic World” films, the previous two “Fast & Furious” films, plus “Despicable Me 3” and “Minions.”

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’s” top grossing markets include China ($245.2 million), UK & Ireland ($47 million), Korea ($45.8 million), Mexico ($26.4 million), France ($24.6 million), Germany ($23 million), Spain ($22 million), Taiwan ($20 million).

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“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” Universal’s second installment in the updated “Jurassic Park” franchise, crossed $1 billion at the worldwide box office on Thursday.

The movie, directed by J. A. Bayona and starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, is Universal’s seventh film ever to reach $1 billion worldwide.

“Fallen Kingdom” has beenNo. 1 movie at the international box office for four straight weeks–including two weeks in China, where it is the second-highest-grossing imported film this year and the fifth-highest-grossing import of all-time.

Universal joins Disney as the only studios to have at least two titles in three separate franchises reach that level of success: both “Jurassic World” films, the previous two “Fast & Furious” films, plus “Despicable Me 3” and “Minions.”

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’s” top grossing markets include China ($245.2 million), UK & Ireland ($47 million), Korea ($45.8 million), Mexico ($26.4 million), France ($24.6 million), Germany ($23 million), Spain ($22 million), Taiwan ($20 million).

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John Oliver Takes on Gene Editing With Help From ‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘Rampage’ (Video)

John Oliver tackled gene editing on Sunday’s “Last Week Tonight,” focusing mostly on the CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) technology. That is, at least, when the HBO “Last Week” tonight ho…

John Oliver tackled gene editing on Sunday’s “Last Week Tonight,” focusing mostly on the CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) technology. That is, at least, when the HBO “Last Week” tonight host wasn’t making wisecracks about “Jurassic Park” or Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s “Rampage.”

First up was “Rampage,” which Oliver believes wasn’t the best title available for the April action flick.

“This is a movie about aerial military equipment being harnessed to fight a 30-foot wolf and it is not called ‘Wolf Blitzer?'” he posed. “That it a huge missed opportunity. That’s movie malpractice.”

The “Daily Show” alum eventually got down to the actual science of genetic editing, which has huge potential and a long way to go. For example, all of those headlines about geneticists bringing back the extinct woolly mammoth? In reality, we’re nowhere close to that — not even in the relatively unimpressive computer simulations that are being run.

“That’s not a woolly mammoth though, that’s just a wrong elephant,” Oliver comments on video showing off one meh effort.

“It’s not so much ‘Jurassic Park’ as an off-brand $3 petting zoo called ‘Pet the Whatever,'” he quipped of the results.

Watch the video above — you could learn something.

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‘Jurassic World’ Star Jeff Goldblum on Why He’s Happy to Keep Warning Us About Dinosaurs

How many times must Jeff Goldblum’s Ian Malcolm warn us about the dangers of the dinosaurs?

The actor, who returns as the mathematician and onscreen Cassandra in “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” said his character will continue to shed his wisdom about the dangers of messing with nature — and dinosaur DNA — until the message sinks in.

“I’ll just keep doing my best,” Goldblum told TheWrap.

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“Even though he’s got some inner prowess that he’s earned — he’s not only gifted but he’s worked very hard and he’s been passionate about his choices, his specialties, and principles — but he knows that in our world, even Isaac Newton and Al Gore and Barack Obama and wise people of great honesty and authenticity do not get listened to here and there and their warnings get ignored,” Goldblum said of his character.

In 1993’s “Jurassic Park,” Ian raised skepticism about the park’s ability to control the dinosaurs they were breeding while everyone else was in awe at what the scientists had achieved.

After barely escaping the wrath of a T-Rex, Ian tried to tell the world about his experience but was shot down. Ian specialized in the “chaos theory” — predicting that the island would behave in “unpredictable fashion” and that it was “an accident waiting to happen.”

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He’s repeated the message in multiple sequels, including the new “Fallen Kingdom.”

“It’s my pleasure to continue to try to hone my ability to communicate and articulate clearly and concisely what I strongly believe about the alignment of nature and ideas of anti-greed and anti-militarism and a planet that works for all of us and all creatures,” Goldblum said, whose appearance in “Fallen Kingdom” may be disappointingly brief to many fans.

“I don’t need a lot of time,” the actor said noting that despite his limited screen time, he nonetheless brought a level of preparation that suggested a much beefier role. “I shot one day, one work day, but I’m nothing short of conscientious,” he said.

“I started work on it a couple months before because even it’s little screen time, no kidding aside, I believe in the credo that it’s not how much time you have on stage but the substantial substance of your inner thinking and feeling life and the eloquentness of what you can say,” he said. “I knew there would be a lot on the underside of the iceberg potentially so I worked on it.”

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He explained that producer Colin Trevorrow and director J.A. Bayona helped him to finesse the work he had been doing, and that it was all a collaboration.

“And then I got on the set, shot that day and then they helped me tremendously in the editing, and I couldn’t be more proud,” Goldblum said.

When asked what his favorite move in the “Jurassic” franchise has been, he said, “Not just because I am on the current appointed team of advocacy, this one is pretty crackerjack. The technology that creates the illusion of the creatures has improved, they are more wondrous and scary and the way they keep you on the edge of your seat, and the way it becomes this gothic horror movie stylistically…  and then of course, I like the first one a lot, because I’m nostalgic!”

“Fallen Kingdom” also stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Daniella Pineda, James Cromwell, B. D. Wong and Rafe Spall. Derek Connolly and Trevorrow wrote the script.

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How many times must Jeff Goldblum’s Ian Malcolm warn us about the dangers of the dinosaurs?

The actor, who returns as the mathematician and onscreen Cassandra in “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” said his character will continue to shed his wisdom about the dangers of messing with nature — and dinosaur DNA — until the message sinks in.

“I’ll just keep doing my best,” Goldblum told TheWrap.

“Even though he’s got some inner prowess that he’s earned — he’s not only gifted but he’s worked very hard and he’s been passionate about his choices, his specialties, and principles — but he knows that in our world, even Isaac Newton and Al Gore and Barack Obama and wise people of great honesty and authenticity do not get listened to here and there and their warnings get ignored,” Goldblum said of his character.

In 1993’s “Jurassic Park,” Ian raised skepticism about the park’s ability to control the dinosaurs they were breeding while everyone else was in awe at what the scientists had achieved.

After barely escaping the wrath of a T-Rex, Ian tried to tell the world about his experience but was shot down. Ian specialized in the “chaos theory” — predicting that the island would behave in “unpredictable fashion” and that it was “an accident waiting to happen.”

He’s repeated the message in multiple sequels, including the new “Fallen Kingdom.”

“It’s my pleasure to continue to try to hone my ability to communicate and articulate clearly and concisely what I strongly believe about the alignment of nature and ideas of anti-greed and anti-militarism and a planet that works for all of us and all creatures,” Goldblum said, whose appearance in “Fallen Kingdom” may be disappointingly brief to many fans.

“I don’t need a lot of time,” the actor said noting that despite his limited screen time, he nonetheless brought a level of preparation that suggested a much beefier role. “I shot one day, one work day, but I’m nothing short of conscientious,” he said.

“I started work on it a couple months before because even it’s little screen time, no kidding aside, I believe in the credo that it’s not how much time you have on stage but the substantial substance of your inner thinking and feeling life and the eloquentness of what you can say,” he said. “I knew there would be a lot on the underside of the iceberg potentially so I worked on it.”

He explained that producer Colin Trevorrow and director J.A. Bayona helped him to finesse the work he had been doing, and that it was all a collaboration.

“And then I got on the set, shot that day and then they helped me tremendously in the editing, and I couldn’t be more proud,” Goldblum said.

When asked what his favorite move in the “Jurassic” franchise has been, he said, “Not just because I am on the current appointed team of advocacy, this one is pretty crackerjack. The technology that creates the illusion of the creatures has improved, they are more wondrous and scary and the way they keep you on the edge of your seat, and the way it becomes this gothic horror movie stylistically…  and then of course, I like the first one a lot, because I’m nostalgic!”

“Fallen Kingdom” also stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Daniella Pineda, James Cromwell, B. D. Wong and Rafe Spall. Derek Connolly and Trevorrow wrote the script.

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All 5 ‘Jurassic Park’ Movies Ranked, Including ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’

Five movies and 25 years into the “Jurassic Park” series, “Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom” is here to blow up the dino-filled island and bring us a bunch of new evil corporate stooges who have nefarious plans for the de-extinct a…

Five movies and 25 years into the “Jurassic Park” series, “Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom” is here to blow up the dino-filled island and bring us a bunch of new evil corporate stooges who have nefarious plans for the de-extinct animals. So how does JA Bayona’s flick stack up against its predecessors?

5. Jurassic Park III” — Just completely unremarkable in every way, and somehow manages to completely dodge the “corporations are dumb and bad” thing that the entire rest of the franchise is about.

4. “Jurassic World” — This one is a huge mess, and makes very little sense. But the dino thrills are pretty fun, as is having a human villain who is so cartoonishly evil.

3. “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” — This one often gets a bad rap, but it really only deserve it in comparison to Spielberg’s original. On its own, “The Lost World” is still a blast.

2. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” — Director JA Bayona takes a pretty pedestrian script and turns it into a thrilling experience that is a hell of a lot of fun. It also is incredibly topical, giving the series’ its most stupid and brazenly evil rich villain yet (that’s a compliment). It also redeems one big item from “Jurassic World” — Blue is a legit character this time around.

1. “Jurassic Park” — An easy choice, as Spielberg’s original film stands head and shoulders above the rest of the series. “Jurassic Park” is one of the greatest popcorn flicks of all time.

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’: Bryce Dallas Howard and JA Bayona on Film’s Most Dangerous Scene

(Spoiler alert: Do not read on if you have not seen “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.”)

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” is chock-full of action and suspense, much of it supplied by CG dinosaurs wreaking havoc.

But for star Bryce Dallas Howard and director J.A. Bayona, the most challenging scene to shoot didn’t involve any of the prehistoric creatures at all — but an underwater episode that was as difficult to prep as it was dangerous to shoot.

It all happens — spoiler alert — when Howard’s dinosaur activist Claire and tech guy Franklin (Justice Smith) find themselves shut in a glass-covered spherical bubble vehicle when it plunges off a cliff on the Jurassic World island and into the ocean.

“You have the actors in the crystal ball sinking, running out of air. It’s very dangerous,” Bayona told TheWrap. “I was a little scared shooting it.”

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Howard and Smith weren’t the only ones trapped in the glass bubble underwater, he added.

“That moment was about creating claustrophobia, so I wanted to keep the camera[person] inside with the actors to create that emotion,” he said. “We were doing rehearsals for that for days and we spent like three days shooting that, and technically, it was a very demanding scene because it was made with different shots to merge into what made it look like a single take.”

Howard admitted she did indeed feel claustrophobic shooting the scene — despite months of physically demanding preparation, including scuba diving. “Getting to train for that in advance minimized the challenge,” she said, “so you never bump up against a place where you are actually experiencing real panic.”

“If you panic underwater, it’s over, you’re done,” she said, adding. “I am making it sound like it’s the most hardcore thing in the world — like, it’s a movie.”

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Still, Howard said she relished the chance to return to the “Jurassic” franchise and the whole action-movie experience.

“The thing that was great about this movie was, there were a lot of stunts and set pieces where we knew there was gonna be a ton of physical sequences more than in ‘Jurassic World,’” she said. “It made me want to make action movies more because it was so good to have a goal that requires physiological achievement.

“I was like, ‘I need to go up and down this ladder a million times and not have my hands become so blistered and super-duper sore. OK, six months, how do we get there?’ It’s that in combination with scuba diving and sprinting down the hill… it keeps you active, and I loved it!”

Colin Trevorrow, who helmed the first “Jurassic World,”  is set to direct the third film, but Bayona said he would definitely be interested in returning to the franchise down the line.

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“For me, it was a way of taking some air after doing three very emotional and intense movies,” said Bayona, whose credits include the dark indies “The Orphanage” and “A Monster Calls.” “It was the first time to do comedy and action and things I never did before and I enjoyed it.”

Howard offered praise for both of her “Jurassic” directors. “Colin and J.A. were different sides of the same Steven Spielberg coin,” she said. “Colin captured the wonderment and the nostalgia of Jurassic and J.A. really brought in this intensity and the suspense and emotional impact and the spectacle of the natural disaster.”

The actress also loved the fact that Bayona would play classic movie music on set. “When he needed us to cry, he would play the classic John Williams theme song,” she said. “It gets me every time.  ‘Powered by John Williams.’”

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Speaking of Spielberg’s original 1993 “Jurassic Park,” that seminal blockbuster happens to be Howard’s favorite movie of the franchise.

“No matter how many I am in, my tenderness to these will never eclipse my devotion to the original,” she said. “I saw that movie opening weekend when I was 12. It was a life-changing experience. It was like my ‘Star Wars.’ In my kind of age range, there is an eight-year period where it’s like… ‘Jurassic Park’ actually changed all of our lives.”

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” opened Friday.

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(Spoiler alert: Do not read on if you have not seen “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.”)

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” is chock-full of action and suspense, much of it supplied by CG dinosaurs wreaking havoc.

But for star Bryce Dallas Howard and director J.A. Bayona, the most challenging scene to shoot didn’t involve any of the prehistoric creatures at all — but an underwater episode that was as difficult to prep as it was dangerous to shoot.

It all happens — spoiler alert — when Howard’s dinosaur activist Claire and tech guy Franklin (Justice Smith) find themselves shut in a glass-covered spherical bubble vehicle when it plunges off a cliff on the Jurassic World island and into the ocean.

“You have the actors in the crystal ball sinking, running out of air. It’s very dangerous,” Bayona told TheWrap. “I was a little scared shooting it.”

Howard and Smith weren’t the only ones trapped in the glass bubble underwater, he added.

“That moment was about creating claustrophobia, so I wanted to keep the camera[person] inside with the actors to create that emotion,” he said. “We were doing rehearsals for that for days and we spent like three days shooting that, and technically, it was a very demanding scene because it was made with different shots to merge into what made it look like a single take.”

Howard admitted she did indeed feel claustrophobic shooting the scene — despite months of physically demanding preparation, including scuba diving. “Getting to train for that in advance minimized the challenge,” she said, “so you never bump up against a place where you are actually experiencing real panic.”

“If you panic underwater, it’s over, you’re done,” she said, adding. “I am making it sound like it’s the most hardcore thing in the world — like, it’s a movie.”

Still, Howard said she relished the chance to return to the “Jurassic” franchise and the whole action-movie experience.

“The thing that was great about this movie was, there were a lot of stunts and set pieces where we knew there was gonna be a ton of physical sequences more than in ‘Jurassic World,'” she said. “It made me want to make action movies more because it was so good to have a goal that requires physiological achievement.

“I was like, ‘I need to go up and down this ladder a million times and not have my hands become so blistered and super-duper sore. OK, six months, how do we get there?’ It’s that in combination with scuba diving and sprinting down the hill… it keeps you active, and I loved it!”

Colin Trevorrow, who helmed the first “Jurassic World,”  is set to direct the third film, but Bayona said he would definitely be interested in returning to the franchise down the line.

“For me, it was a way of taking some air after doing three very emotional and intense movies,” said Bayona, whose credits include the dark indies “The Orphanage” and “A Monster Calls.” “It was the first time to do comedy and action and things I never did before and I enjoyed it.”

Howard offered praise for both of her “Jurassic” directors. “Colin and J.A. were different sides of the same Steven Spielberg coin,” she said. “Colin captured the wonderment and the nostalgia of Jurassic and J.A. really brought in this intensity and the suspense and emotional impact and the spectacle of the natural disaster.”

The actress also loved the fact that Bayona would play classic movie music on set. “When he needed us to cry, he would play the classic John Williams theme song,” she said. “It gets me every time.  ‘Powered by John Williams.'”

Speaking of Spielberg’s original 1993 “Jurassic Park,” that seminal blockbuster happens to be Howard’s favorite movie of the franchise.

“No matter how many I am in, my tenderness to these will never eclipse my devotion to the original,” she said. “I saw that movie opening weekend when I was 12. It was a life-changing experience. It was like my ‘Star Wars.’ In my kind of age range, there is an eight-year period where it’s like… ‘Jurassic Park’ actually changed all of our lives.”

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” opened Friday.

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‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Roars to $15.3 Million at Thursday Box Office

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” roared to $15.3 million at the Thursday box office, compared to “Jurassic World’s” preview number of $18.5 million in 2015.

Universal is projecting an opening weekend of $130-140 million, but multiple analysts who spoke with TheWrap said that competition from “Incredibles 2” could weigh down those numbers, with an opening of $120-130 million more likely.  A $120-140 million start is around what the first “Jurassic World” was expected to make before it blew away expectations with a $208 million launch.

So far, the sequel has grossed $450.1 million worldwide, with markets including China, Germany, India, Malaysia, Russia, Spain and South Korea.

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“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeff Goldblum, Daniella Pineda, Geraldine Chaplin, James Cromwell and Toby Jones. J.A. Bayona directed, and Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow penned the script. Trevorrow, Steven Spielberg and Frank Marshall produced.

The film is facing off against “The Incredibles 2” this weekend, which last weekend  launched with $182.7 million, the eighth-highest opening weekend for any North American release and the third Disney film in 2018 to crack that top ten list. On Monday, the sequel had the highest opening Monday in animation history with an industry-estimated $29.6 million.

“Jurassic World 2” holds a score of 53 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, while the second “Incredibles” rated “fresh” at 94 percent.

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Also opening in five theaters this weekend is “Boundaries,” which stars Vera Farmiga, Christopher Plummer, Kristen Schaal, Bobby Cannavale, Christopher Lloyd and Peter Fonda. Fonda was in the hot seat this week after he tweeted that we should put Barron Trump in “a cage with pedophiles” in regards to Trump and his administration’s family separation policy against undocumented migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border.

While distributor Sony Pictures Classics condemned the actor’s tweet as “abhorrent, reckless and dangerous,” it still decided to release the film, otherwise it would “unfairly penalize the filmmaker Shana Feste’s accomplishment, the many actors, crew members and other creative talent that worked hard on the project.”

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“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” roared to $15.3 million at the Thursday box office, compared to “Jurassic World’s” preview number of $18.5 million in 2015.

Universal is projecting an opening weekend of $130-140 million, but multiple analysts who spoke with TheWrap said that competition from “Incredibles 2” could weigh down those numbers, with an opening of $120-130 million more likely.  A $120-140 million start is around what the first “Jurassic World” was expected to make before it blew away expectations with a $208 million launch.

So far, the sequel has grossed $450.1 million worldwide, with markets including China, Germany, India, Malaysia, Russia, Spain and South Korea.

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeff Goldblum, Daniella Pineda, Geraldine Chaplin, James Cromwell and Toby Jones. J.A. Bayona directed, and Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow penned the script. Trevorrow, Steven Spielberg and Frank Marshall produced.

The film is facing off against “The Incredibles 2” this weekend, which last weekend  launched with $182.7 million, the eighth-highest opening weekend for any North American release and the third Disney film in 2018 to crack that top ten list. On Monday, the sequel had the highest opening Monday in animation history with an industry-estimated $29.6 million.

“Jurassic World 2” holds a score of 53 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, while the second “Incredibles” rated “fresh” at 94 percent.

Also opening in five theaters this weekend is “Boundaries,” which stars Vera Farmiga, Christopher Plummer, Kristen Schaal, Bobby Cannavale, Christopher Lloyd and Peter Fonda. Fonda was in the hot seat this week after he tweeted that we should put Barron Trump in “a cage with pedophiles” in regards to Trump and his administration’s family separation policy against undocumented migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border.

While distributor Sony Pictures Classics condemned the actor’s tweet as “abhorrent, reckless and dangerous,” it still decided to release the film, otherwise it would “unfairly penalize the filmmaker Shana Feste’s accomplishment, the many actors, crew members and other creative talent that worked hard on the project.”

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Trevor Noah Breaks Down Trump’s Awkward New Hand Gestures on ‘The Daily Show’ (Video)

On Thursday night’s “The Daily Show,” Trevor Noah took time to look more closely at some new hand gestures Trump used during a recent appearance at a political rally — particularly one rather onanistic-looking motion.

The bit began with a brief chat about Trump’s speech at a rally on Wednesday in Duluth, Minnesota.

“At this point, Trump’s rallies are like ‘Jurassic Park’ movies. Sure they’re predictable, but you still kind of want to see what the screaming, tiny-hand monster will do once he gets loose.”

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But, Noah added: “Trump has clearly been practicing a whole bunch of new hand moves.”

Cue a supercut of Trump’s gestures from the rally: a weird squiggle motion, something that looks kind of like vogueing, a pointing wave, a scooping wave, a curious flying motion, and finally, a point-and-click kind of move. That last one ended with Trump holding his hand in a fist, thumb-out, and moving his hand back and forth in an extremely, uh, provocative way.

“What was that?” Noah asked. “Like, if you had your TV on mute, what would you think the president would be talking about when he did that? Someone at home was just like, ‘Uh, honey, I think we’re jerking off the immigrants now.”

There’s plenty more — watch the whole clip above.

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On Thursday night’s “The Daily Show,” Trevor Noah took time to look more closely at some new hand gestures Trump used during a recent appearance at a political rally — particularly one rather onanistic-looking motion.

The bit began with a brief chat about Trump’s speech at a rally on Wednesday in Duluth, Minnesota.

“At this point, Trump’s rallies are like ‘Jurassic Park’ movies. Sure they’re predictable, but you still kind of want to see what the screaming, tiny-hand monster will do once he gets loose.”

But, Noah added: “Trump has clearly been practicing a whole bunch of new hand moves.”

Cue a supercut of Trump’s gestures from the rally: a weird squiggle motion, something that looks kind of like vogueing, a pointing wave, a scooping wave, a curious flying motion, and finally, a point-and-click kind of move. That last one ended with Trump holding his hand in a fist, thumb-out, and moving his hand back and forth in an extremely, uh, provocative way.

“What was that?” Noah asked. “Like, if you had your TV on mute, what would you think the president would be talking about when he did that? Someone at home was just like, ‘Uh, honey, I think we’re jerking off the immigrants now.”

There’s plenty more — watch the whole clip above.

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James Corden Tries to Start Beef Between Chris Pratt and The Rock During LA Hike (Video)

Chris Pratt wrangles with dinosaurs in “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” but on Wednesday, he had to face his greatest challenge yet — he had to accompany James Corden on a hike in Los Angeles.

During the “Late Late Show” skit, Corden came decked out in full gear which sent Pratt into a fit of laughter. He also had an empty bottle and mug in case they needed to drink their own urine at some point during the hike and brought along rolls — and rolls — of toilet paper.

“I’m blacking out,” Corden said after making it 60 feet.

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However, he managed to continue the journey and found plants he can eat, whipping out a bottle of salad dressing to complement the leaves.

To finish the hike, Pratt put on the Proclaimers’ “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles).” They finally reached the top and took selfies to celebrate, and came up with hashtags for Corden’s Instagram post. At which point, the #EatS—TheRock hashtag was born.

“Why did you — what?” Pratt asked.

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“I just thought you wanted to start some beef with The Rock?” Corden responded.

Pratt stars in “Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom” alongside Bryce Dallas Howard and Jeff Goldblum. The film, directed by J.A. Bayona, is out in theaters on Friday.

Watch the video above.

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Chris Pratt wrangles with dinosaurs in “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” but on Wednesday, he had to face his greatest challenge yet — he had to accompany James Corden on a hike in Los Angeles.

During the “Late Late Show” skit, Corden came decked out in full gear which sent Pratt into a fit of laughter. He also had an empty bottle and mug in case they needed to drink their own urine at some point during the hike and brought along rolls — and rolls — of toilet paper.

“I’m blacking out,” Corden said after making it 60 feet.

However, he managed to continue the journey and found plants he can eat, whipping out a bottle of salad dressing to complement the leaves.

To finish the hike, Pratt put on the Proclaimers’ “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles).” They finally reached the top and took selfies to celebrate, and came up with hashtags for Corden’s Instagram post. At which point, the #EatS—TheRock hashtag was born.

“Why did you — what?” Pratt asked.

“I just thought you wanted to start some beef with The Rock?” Corden responded.

Pratt stars in “Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom” alongside Bryce Dallas Howard and Jeff Goldblum. The film, directed by J.A. Bayona, is out in theaters on Friday.

Watch the video above.

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‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’: 16 Actors You Probably Forgot Had Roles in ‘Jurassic’ Franchise (Photos)

Samuel L. Jackson
Jackson played John Raymond Arnold, the chief engineer of Jurassic Park, in the 1993 film.
Vince Vaughn
Vaughn played documentarian Nick Van Owen in “The Lost World: Jurassic Park.”
Julianne Moore
The actress starred as Sa…

Samuel L. Jackson

Jackson played John Raymond Arnold, the chief engineer of Jurassic Park, in the 1993 film.

Vince Vaughn

Vaughn played documentarian Nick Van Owen in “The Lost World: Jurassic Park.”

Julianne Moore

The actress starred as Sarah Harding, a behavioral paleontologist and Ian Malcolm’s girlfriend, in “The Lost World: Jurassic Park.”

Camilla Belle

Camilla Belle was 11 when she starred in “The Lost World” as a girl who got attacked by a Compsognathus.

William H. Macy

Macy played Paul Kirby in 2001’s “Jurassic Park III.” He was the businessman who tricked Dr. Alan Grant back onto Isla Sorna to find his son who had disappeared.

Wayne Knight

Knight played Dennis Nedry, a computer programmer at Jurassic Park, in the first film and was subsequently mentioned in “The Lost World.” In the movie, he is devoured by a Dilophosaurus.

Téa Leoni

Leoni played Macy’s ex-wife Amanda Kirby in the third “Jurassic Park” film.

 

Peter Stormare

Stormare played Dieter Stark, who was a member of the InGen hunting team sent to Isla Sorna to capture the dinosaurs.

Richard Schiff

Schiff played Eddie Carr in “The Lost World: Jurassic Park.” Carr was a field equipment expert to Isla Sorna.

Michael Jeter

Jeter portrayed Udesky, a mercenary pilot and booking agent hired by the Kirby’s, in “Jurassic Park III.”

Jimmy Fallon Plays “Box of Lies” With “Master” Chris Pratt

‘Jurassic World’ actor Chris Pratt became the latest star to take part in long-running ‘Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ game “Box of Lies” on Thursday night’s episode.read more


'Jurassic World' actor Chris Pratt became the latest star to take part in long-running 'Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' game "Box of Lies" on Thursday night's episode.

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How Film Festival Changes in L.A. Could Impact Awards Season — IndieWire’s Movie Podcast (Screen Talk Episode 202)

Plus: Does the “Jurassic World” franchise have the upper hand over “Star Wars”?

There are big changes afoot for the fall festival season, at least if you live in Los Angeles. The news that longtime AFI FEST artistic director Jacqueline Lyanga had left the festival surprised many in the industry who had felt that the festival was the city’s finest, and one that had transformed into a major awards season platform. With the plan for its next edition unclear, L.A. also faces the open question of how the Los Angeles Film Festival (aka LAFF) will play a role now that it has moved from the summer to the fall. Meanwhile, the broader festival world got another update this week, about the decision by TIFF and Sundance to increase the presence of underrepresented journalists by 20 percent. The logistics are still being sorted out, but it’s the start of an intriguing new chapter for inclusivity on the festival circuit.

These news items are the focus of this week’s episode of Screen Talk, but Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson don’t entirely abandon new releases — they also dig into “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” and why it seems like the dino franchise may have more going for it now than “Star Wars.”

Listen to the full episode below.

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‘Avengers: Infinity War’: Every Box Office Record It Broke on the Road to $2 Billion (Photos)

Marvel has kicked off the summer movie season with a bang many times over the years, but no bang has been bigger than the one set off by Thanos and “Avengers: Infinity War,” which is now the first summer film to gross $2 billion worldwide. …

Marvel has kicked off the summer movie season with a bang many times over the years, but no bang has been bigger than the one set off by Thanos and “Avengers: Infinity War,” which is now the first summer film to gross $2 billion worldwide. Here are all the records it broke on the way there

Biggest domestic opening weekend of all-time: Since its release in December 2015: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has held many of the top domestic records. “Infinity War” has taken many of those records, starting with its opening weekend haul. The film earned $257.6 million in its North American launch, topping the $247.9 million made by J.J. Abrams’ film.

Biggest global opening weekend of all-time: “Infinity War” raked in an amazing $380 million overseas for a global total of $640.5 during its late-April first weekend, beating the record set by “Fate of the Furious” by nearly $100 million. And it did this despite the fact the film didn’t launch in China until exactly two weeks later. The U.K. led the way with $42 million, closely followed by Korea with $39 million and Mexico with $25 million.

Biggest domestic opening Saturday: Avengers earned $83 million on its first Saturday, shattering the previous record of $69.5 million made by “Jurassic World” in 2015.

Biggest global superhero movie opening: It’s not even a contest. The $640 million global start for “Infinity War” was 49 percent higher than the previous global launch record for a superhero film, which belonged to “Batman v Superman” with $422.5 million. It’s also only $17 million less than the total worldwide box office made by “Justice League” in 2017.

Sixth film with a $200 million-plus opening: The MCU now owns half of the six members of the $200 million club, with “Infinity War” joining its fellow 2018 sensation, “Black Panther” and the first “Avengers.” “The Force Awakens,” “Jurassic World,” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” complete the group. MCU films now also make six of the top ten biggest domestic openings ever.

Fastest film to $1 billion worldwide: “Infinity War” became the 34th film to hit the ten-digit mark in just 11 days, one day faster than “The Force Awakens”

Biggest global summer release: After four weeks in global theaters, “Infinity War” passed the $1.67 billion made by “Jurassic World” three years ago.

Seventh film to gross over $1 billion outside North America: The $1.34 billion international total for “Infinity War” sits third among all releases and is higher than the global total for recent megahits like “Black Panther” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Other films that have grossed over $1 billion overseas include the last two “Fast & Furious” movies.

Highest opening weekend in China: (U.S. Dollars): The $2 billion milestone became a fait accompli after “Infinity War” blew by all expectations for its opening weekend in China. The $200 million it made in its Middle Kingdom opener is the highest in Chinese box office history in U.S. dollars, and second in yuan behind “The Fate of the Furious,” according to currency exchange rates.

Top 5 highest grossing domestic releases: Shortly before hitting $2 billion worldwide, “Infinity War” passed “Jurassic World” to enter the top five all-time domestic list with over $654 million.

Fourth film to gross $2 billion worldwide: Only three films before “Avengers: Infinity War” — “Titanic,” “Avatar,” and “The Force Awakens” — have hit this milestone in movie history. One of them needed two re-releases to do it, and all three were released in December. “Avengers: Infinity War,” at the start of the busiest period on the blockbuster calendar, has now joined them.

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Is Still Using Bryce Dallas Howard’s Heels to Hide Lazy Filmmaking

The costuming controversy from the first film gets a cheap, lazy fix that’s just as dumb as the original option.

It was the costuming choice heard ’round the world, a minor nitpick that soon become emblematic of the gender divide that still exists between the stars of our biggest blockbusters: those damn heels. In Colin Trevorrorow’s 2015 smash hit “Jurassic World,” Bryce Dallas Howard’s impeccably dressed Claire Dearing telegraphs her Type A personality through her clothes, including a pristine white skirt suit and a pair of sky-high nude stilettos that already seemed out of place in a well-run dinosaur-centric theme park before it collapsed in blood, terror, and gaping dino maws.

With sequel “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” that theme park might be long gone, but Claire’s heels are as tall and ill-concieved as ever, and no one — not even the film’s director, franchise newbie J.A. Bayona — is willing to let them go. In fact, that’s how we are reintroduced to Claire: shoes first, as she makes her way up to her office, teetering on another skinny pair of heels that are the apparent holdovers from her previous incarnation as the operations manager of Jurassic World.

Much of Claire’s life has changed in the intervening years, but the shoes are the same. Bayona’s desire to linger on them doesn’t feel so much funny as it does a pointed way to remind people that, for Claire, it’s the shoes that make the woman. “Remember these stupid shoes and how much you hated them?,” the shot seems to say. “They’re still here. Get used to them.”

The costuming pick drew widespread criticism, and not just because they were a throwback to outdated gender stereotypes. Vulture’s Jada Yuan noted that the costuming failed its protagonist and proved to be “a crime of lazy filmmaking — a patronizing shorthand for her cluelessness and stubborn need for control.” Instead of using the heels as just one facet of Claire’s personality, they became one of her few defining characteristics, a stand-in for a richer backstory or a relationship with anyone that doesn’t entirely hinge on her perceived frigidity.

The choice to keep Claire in heels didn’t just rankle viewers who were annoyed to see a female protagonist trapped in uncomfortable footwear. It also proved to be wholly illogical: Are we supposed to believe that those stems never snapped? Or, that when Claire and Owen (Chris Pratt) find the old Jurassic Park welcome center of yore, still brimming with supplies, she doesn’t even bother to look for a pair of boots? There wasn’t even a single twisted ankle during the entire mad dash to battle the escaped dinosaurs?

Genevieve Koski at The Dissolve similarly argued that, as Claire goes through a number of sartorial and emotional changes in the film, the continued existence of her heels make less and less sense. “It’s one thing to completely ignore an aspect of your story that doesn’t make sense in the real world,” she wrote. “But it’s another matter to introduce a problem with your character’s wardrobe and then neglect to satisfactorily solve it.”

“Jurassic World”

Despite the backlash, Howard herself defended the heels. In an interview with Yahoo! Movies, Howard offered up an even greater defense — and explanation — of the choice of footwear. Her argument focused on the specifics of the character:

This person does not belong in the jungle … From a logical standpoint, I don’t think she would take off her heels. I don’t think she would choose to be barefoot. I don’t think she would run faster barefoot in the jungle with vines and stones.

As for the possibility that Claire could have utilized an alternate pair of shoes, Howard shot that down, too. “I don’t think she would carry flats around with her. I think she’s somebody who could sprint a marathon in heels,” she said. “For me, it was actually logical for her to be in that very illogical situation because she doesn’t belong in the jungle and yet she finds herself there and has to adapt.”

And yet “Jurassic World” Claire does adapt, and so does her outfit. Just not her shoes. While Claire eventually lets loose (and gets far more practical) by shedding her jacket and belt, tying up her dress shirt around her waist, and allowing her stick-straight coiffure get appropriately frizzy and wavy after running for her life in a literal jungle, her heels stay firmly on. She can’t let them go, and neither can the film.

As much as she evolves and adapts to the situation at hand, proving her mettle and her intellect by the film’s end, it’s the shoes that keep Claire back in “Jurassic World.” Faced with horrific circumstances that still attempt to be amusing in a blustering, blockbuster-ish way, Claire never considers using her over-the-top shoes as a weapon or a tool. Sure, even the pointiest of heels might not break dino-skin, but they could keep a small predator at bay or break a piece of glass that’s in the way. “Jurassic World” lacked the intellect to see the shoes as anything but a literal accessory for Claire — and even once they were called out that way, the sequel failed to smarten up.

Three years later, “Fallen Kingdom” displays a strange interest in playing up the controversy — again, by choosing to reintroduce one of the film’s two leads via her maligned footwear, reducing her to just the shoes on her feet — instead of simply opting to embrace Claire’s evolution. This Claire is very different than the one audiences met in the first film, a crusader for dinosaur rights who has abandoned the corporate world that once defined her and who is eager to right the kind of wrongs she helped create in the first place (like designing a genetically modified dinosaur with seriously killer instincts). Yet the most important thing we know about Claire is her preferred heel height.

Later, Claire does change her shoes, opting for a pair of sensible boots (finally!) that are the complete opposite of her heels. They’re the kind of shoes one would wear on a dinosaur-infested island, the kind of shoes one could run in or jump over a seething pile of lava in or even battle an evil corporate entity bent on using dinosaurs for evil in. They’re the kind of shoes Claire should have put on in the first film, and by the time we get there, it’s an awfully heavy-handed twist.

The boots become a whole new gimmick unto themselves. Every lingering shot — Claire stomping back into Owen’s life, or Claire getting off a tiny aircraft, or even Claire delicately maneuvering around a sleepy dinosaur — reminds us what was wrong about this situation from the beginning. Yet more shots that seem to say, “Remember those stupid shoes and how much you hated them?” Yes, we do. Now stop asking.

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” is in theaters Friday, June 22.

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‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Film Review: Dinos Return in a Sequel Drained of Suspense

The major problem with “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” — the fifth installment in this dinosaur series, and the second of a prospective trilogy — is that the makers treat the action and suspense sequences in the way most of us go to the dentist.

Director J. A. Bayona (“A Monster Calls”) goes through the motions of these scenes, even staging a “hiding from dinosaurs” set piece that was the most memorable section of Steven Spielberg’s original “Jurassic Park” movie from 1993. But what was exciting and scary then feels expected and very hackneyed now.

This new “Jurassic” begins with a tedious sequence set during a nighttime rainstorm where one of the dinosaurs wakes from its slumber to scare some men. This is shot and edited in such a sluggish way that it comes close to feeling inept, but mainly it suffers from lack of enthusiasm. (How hard is it to make running away from a rampaging dinosaur look at least a little exciting?)

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The real story here begins with some exposition about the end of the first “Jurassic World” movie delivered by a female BBC reporter, who fills us in on the struggles of animal-rights activists who are working to save dinosaurs. We then see Jeff Goldblum, reprising his role from the first two films, addressing a committee. He tells them that he thinks the dinosaurs “should be taken out by the volcano” on an island that houses them, and Goldblum works hard to give this further plot exposition some urgency.

One of the dinosaur rights activists is played by Bryce Dallas Howard, who did a lot of fleeing in the previous “Jurassic World.” She goes to meet wealthy old Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell) and is met at the door of his house by a servant played by the great Geraldine Chaplin, daughter of Charlie and star of Carlos Saura’s “Cría Cuervos,” one of the best and most politically pointed films ever made. (She worked previously with Bayona in “The Orphanage” and “The Impossible.”)

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Anyone who is aware of who Chaplin is and what she represents might be taken aback by the cutting between her very soulful, watchful visage and Howard’s beautiful, dutiful face. Howard does nothing in this movie but widen her eyes slightly and look blankly credulous. Chaplin stands very erect in all of her shots and looks like she is keeping a particularly juicy secret. Every time the camera cuts to her, she stops this movie cold and looks like she could lead us into another sort of story, a Gothic horror picture, maybe.

But Chaplin has been hired here for her gravitas and nothing else, even though a subplot pairs her with a young girl named Maisie (Isabella Sermon) and several promising moments between them seem to portend something else entirely; in “Cría Cuervos,” the main dynamic is between Chaplin and a very intense little girl played by Ana Torrent. (Couldn’t the third movie in this trilogy be a kind of “Cría Jurassic Cuervos”?)

Alas, we have to get back to the plot of “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” instead, which hinges, as so many large studio movies do, on the evil of villainous capitalists who have no shame or moral scruples. These villains are poaching the dinosaurs and looking to sell them off for millions of dollars, and there’s also a plan to weaponize them for warfare, and so forth.

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Chris Pratt returns as the leading man of this series, and everything he says tends to sound like a double entendre. “If I don’t make it back, remember, you’re the one who made me come,” Pratt tells Howard at one point, and he pauses just enough to get a laugh. When Howard is on top of a dinosaur and needs to sedate it with a needle, Pratt cries, “You’re going to have to jam it in there!” Pratt is a charismatic, good-looking, funny guy, and he might be a real star if he could only get one or two good roles and sever himself from lucrative formula junk like this.

The suspense scenes get particularly lazy toward the end of “Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom.” Young Maisie is being chased by a dinosaur, and she climbs into what looks like a dumbwaiter, but then she waits for the dinosaur to run down the hall at her and only closes the dumbwaiter when this creature is seconds away from biting her. The only reason she seems to be waiting so long to close the door is so that she (and the camera) can watch the dinosaur run down the hall.

At the end, Goldblum returns to sell us on the idea of a “Jurassic World,” but this very dull entry in the series doesn’t make this sound like an enticing prospect.



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The major problem with “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” — the fifth installment in this dinosaur series, and the second of a prospective trilogy — is that the makers treat the action and suspense sequences in the way most of us go to the dentist.

Director J. A. Bayona (“A Monster Calls”) goes through the motions of these scenes, even staging a “hiding from dinosaurs” set piece that was the most memorable section of Steven Spielberg’s original “Jurassic Park” movie from 1993. But what was exciting and scary then feels expected and very hackneyed now.

This new “Jurassic” begins with a tedious sequence set during a nighttime rainstorm where one of the dinosaurs wakes from its slumber to scare some men. This is shot and edited in such a sluggish way that it comes close to feeling inept, but mainly it suffers from lack of enthusiasm. (How hard is it to make running away from a rampaging dinosaur look at least a little exciting?)

The real story here begins with some exposition about the end of the first “Jurassic World” movie delivered by a female BBC reporter, who fills us in on the struggles of animal-rights activists who are working to save dinosaurs. We then see Jeff Goldblum, reprising his role from the first two films, addressing a committee. He tells them that he thinks the dinosaurs “should be taken out by the volcano” on an island that houses them, and Goldblum works hard to give this further plot exposition some urgency.

One of the dinosaur rights activists is played by Bryce Dallas Howard, who did a lot of fleeing in the previous “Jurassic World.” She goes to meet wealthy old Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell) and is met at the door of his house by a servant played by the great Geraldine Chaplin, daughter of Charlie and star of Carlos Saura’s “Cría Cuervos,” one of the best and most politically pointed films ever made. (She worked previously with Bayona in “The Orphanage” and “The Impossible.”)

Anyone who is aware of who Chaplin is and what she represents might be taken aback by the cutting between her very soulful, watchful visage and Howard’s beautiful, dutiful face. Howard does nothing in this movie but widen her eyes slightly and look blankly credulous. Chaplin stands very erect in all of her shots and looks like she is keeping a particularly juicy secret. Every time the camera cuts to her, she stops this movie cold and looks like she could lead us into another sort of story, a Gothic horror picture, maybe.

But Chaplin has been hired here for her gravitas and nothing else, even though a subplot pairs her with a young girl named Maisie (Isabella Sermon) and several promising moments between them seem to portend something else entirely; in “Cría Cuervos,” the main dynamic is between Chaplin and a very intense little girl played by Ana Torrent. (Couldn’t the third movie in this trilogy be a kind of “Cría Jurassic Cuervos”?)

Alas, we have to get back to the plot of “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” instead, which hinges, as so many large studio movies do, on the evil of villainous capitalists who have no shame or moral scruples. These villains are poaching the dinosaurs and looking to sell them off for millions of dollars, and there’s also a plan to weaponize them for warfare, and so forth.

Chris Pratt returns as the leading man of this series, and everything he says tends to sound like a double entendre. “If I don’t make it back, remember, you’re the one who made me come,” Pratt tells Howard at one point, and he pauses just enough to get a laugh. When Howard is on top of a dinosaur and needs to sedate it with a needle, Pratt cries, “You’re going to have to jam it in there!” Pratt is a charismatic, good-looking, funny guy, and he might be a real star if he could only get one or two good roles and sever himself from lucrative formula junk like this.

The suspense scenes get particularly lazy toward the end of “Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom.” Young Maisie is being chased by a dinosaur, and she climbs into what looks like a dumbwaiter, but then she waits for the dinosaur to run down the hall at her and only closes the dumbwaiter when this creature is seconds away from biting her. The only reason she seems to be waiting so long to close the door is so that she (and the camera) can watch the dinosaur run down the hall.

At the end, Goldblum returns to sell us on the idea of a “Jurassic World,” but this very dull entry in the series doesn’t make this sound like an enticing prospect.

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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ to Blast Past ‘Jurassic World’ as Summer’s Biggest Box Office Hit Ever

“Avengers: Infinity War” is hauling in box office records the way Thanos hauls in Infinity Stones.

On Wednesday, after just over three weeks in theaters worldwide, the Marvel crossover film will pass the $1.67 billion global theatrical run of “Jurassic World,” making it the fourth-highest grossing movie of all time (without inflation adjustment) to become the biggest summer blockbuster in box office history.

On Tuesday, “Avengers” added just under $27 million to its global total, with half of that revenue coming from China, where the film is coming off of an astounding $200 million opening weekend. “Infinity War” currently has a global total of $1.665 billion, about $6 million shy of “Jurassic World’s” global mark. Overseas, the film has grossed $1.1 billion, becoming only the seventh film ever to gross over $1 billion outside North America.

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The other films that have reached that mark are “Avatar” ($2 billion); “Titanic” ($1.5 billion), “Furious 7” ($1.165 billion); “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” ($1.131 billion); “Jurassic World” ($1.019 billion); and “The Fate of the Furious” ($1.009 billion).

“Infinity War” is also now expected to become only the fourth film in box office history — and the first to do so with a release outside of December — to gross $2 billion worldwide. If and when it does so, it will join “Avatar,” “The Force Awakens,” and “Titanic” — the latter of which passed $2 billion after two anniversary re-releases — in the most exclusive of all box office clubs.

Prior to the film’s Chinese release, it was uncertain whether “Infinity War” would have the legs to reach $2 billion, especially considering that its box office performance will start tailing off significantly as “Deadpool 2” arrives in theaters this weekend followed by “Solo: A Star Wars Story” the weekend after. Jeff Bock, analyst for Exhibitor Relations, told TheWrap that $2 billion could be possible if the film grosses over $350 million in China.

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With $230 million already contributed from China after five days in theaters, it looks like that will be reached. While Hollywood films are notorious for making most of their Chinese revenue on their opening weekend and falling off quickly after, “Infinity War” will still be the blockbuster of choice in that country for the next few weekends as “Deadpool 2” does not have a Chinese release date and “Star Wars” is not nearly as popular in the Middle Kingdom as the rest of the world.

Until “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” comes out in mid-June, “Avengers” will face little competition in China’s cineplexes, and combined with the latter-stage revenue from the rest of the world, that should be enough to help “Avengers: Infinity War” reach a milestone no summer tentpole has ever reached before.

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On Wednesday, after just over three weeks in theaters worldwide, the Marvel crossover film will pass the $1.67 billion global theatrical run of “Jurassic World,” making it the fourth-highest grossing movie of all time (without inflation adjustment) to become the biggest summer blockbuster in box office history.

On Tuesday, “Avengers” added just under $27 million to its global total, with half of that revenue coming from China, where the film is coming off of an astounding $200 million opening weekend. “Infinity War” currently has a global total of $1.665 billion, about $6 million shy of “Jurassic World’s” global mark. Overseas, the film has grossed $1.1 billion, becoming only the seventh film ever to gross over $1 billion outside North America.

The other films that have reached that mark are “Avatar” ($2 billion); “Titanic” ($1.5 billion), “Furious 7” ($1.165 billion); “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” ($1.131 billion); “Jurassic World” ($1.019 billion); and “The Fate of the Furious” ($1.009 billion).

“Infinity War” is also now expected to become only the fourth film in box office history — and the first to do so with a release outside of December — to gross $2 billion worldwide. If and when it does so, it will join “Avatar,” “The Force Awakens,” and “Titanic” — the latter of which passed $2 billion after two anniversary re-releases — in the most exclusive of all box office clubs.

Prior to the film’s Chinese release, it was uncertain whether “Infinity War” would have the legs to reach $2 billion, especially considering that its box office performance will start tailing off significantly as “Deadpool 2” arrives in theaters this weekend followed by “Solo: A Star Wars Story” the weekend after. Jeff Bock, analyst for Exhibitor Relations, told TheWrap that $2 billion could be possible if the film grosses over $350 million in China.

With $230 million already contributed from China after five days in theaters, it looks like that will be reached. While Hollywood films are notorious for making most of their Chinese revenue on their opening weekend and falling off quickly after, “Infinity War” will still be the blockbuster of choice in that country for the next few weekends as “Deadpool 2” does not have a Chinese release date and “Star Wars” is not nearly as popular in the Middle Kingdom as the rest of the world.

Until “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” comes out in mid-June, “Avengers” will face little competition in China’s cineplexes, and combined with the latter-stage revenue from the rest of the world, that should be enough to help “Avengers: Infinity War” reach a milestone no summer tentpole has ever reached before.

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Who Wants To Buy A $25K ‘Jurassic Park’ Dinosaur Head? Fandango Gets Into The Prop Business

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‘Jurassic World’ Ride to Swap in for ‘Jurassic Park’ One at Universal Studios (Video)

After 22 years of bringing riders face-to-face with a T-Rex, Universal Studios Hollywood is closing down “Jurassic Park: The Ride” in September. But the theme park is teasing that the dinosaurs will return, as the ride will be transformed into an updated version based on the new “Jurassic World” films.

Opening in 1996, “Jurassic Park: The Ride” became one of the must-ride attractions at Universal Studios. In fact, according to a “making of” featurette made by Universal, “Jurassic Park” director Steven Spielberg suggested the ride be made before he even began production on the movie. The decision to make it a raft flume ride wasn’t inspired by the film, but by a scene from Michael Crichton’s novel in which the story’s characters are attacked by dinosaurs while riding through a river in the park.

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The result was a ride overseen in part by Spielberg in which riders get invited to ride through a beautiful lagoon filled with peaceful dinosaurs, only to have their raft knocked off course into a containment area filled with velociraptors and other carnivores. At the ride’s climax, a T-Rex emerges and threatens to devour the riders, and the only means of escape is an 85-foot plunge so terrifying Spielberg said he didn’t want to go down it.

Now the ride will close at the end of this summer to make way for an updated version based on “Jurassic World” and its sequel, “Fallen Kingdom,” which will hit theaters next month. Universal Studios promises that the new version will feature new dinosaurs, “enhanced storytelling” and “state-of-the-art” technology when it arrives next year.

Watch the video announcing the upcoming “Jurassic World” ride in the clip above.

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After 22 years of bringing riders face-to-face with a T-Rex, Universal Studios Hollywood is closing down “Jurassic Park: The Ride” in September. But the theme park is teasing that the dinosaurs will return, as the ride will be transformed into an updated version based on the new “Jurassic World” films.

Opening in 1996, “Jurassic Park: The Ride” became one of the must-ride attractions at Universal Studios. In fact, according to a “making of” featurette made by Universal, “Jurassic Park” director Steven Spielberg suggested the ride be made before he even began production on the movie. The decision to make it a raft flume ride wasn’t inspired by the film, but by a scene from Michael Crichton’s novel in which the story’s characters are attacked by dinosaurs while riding through a river in the park.

The result was a ride overseen in part by Spielberg in which riders get invited to ride through a beautiful lagoon filled with peaceful dinosaurs, only to have their raft knocked off course into a containment area filled with velociraptors and other carnivores. At the ride’s climax, a T-Rex emerges and threatens to devour the riders, and the only means of escape is an 85-foot plunge so terrifying Spielberg said he didn’t want to go down it.

Now the ride will close at the end of this summer to make way for an updated version based on “Jurassic World” and its sequel, “Fallen Kingdom,” which will hit theaters next month. Universal Studios promises that the new version will feature new dinosaurs, “enhanced storytelling” and “state-of-the-art” technology when it arrives next year.

Watch the video announcing the upcoming “Jurassic World” ride in the clip above.

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Universal Pictures has teamed up with renowned VR studio Felix & Paul Studios on the production of a new Jurassic World VR mini-series. The two parter, dubbed “Jurassic World: Blue,” was released for Oculus Go, Oculus Rift and Samsung G…

Universal Pictures has teamed up with renowned VR studio Felix & Paul Studios on the production of a new Jurassic World VR mini-series. The two parter, dubbed “Jurassic World: Blue,” was released for Oculus Go, Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR Tuesday. The release came just in time for the expected launch of the Oculus […]