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June 27, 1993 | By Sandy Bauers, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's another one of life's agonizing decisions. You have $10 and an interest in dinosaurs. You could go to see the movie version of Jurassic Park and use the change for popcorn, or you could buy the Michael Crichton paperback for $5.99 and spring for a plastic Tyrannosaurus Rex for your kid sister. Then again, you could go into debt for $6 and buy the $16 Random House audio of Crichton's book. Even without the little problem of economics, the last choice is the worst.
NEWS
October 7, 1994 | Daily News Wire Services
The T. rex that chomped a lawyer has a new target: The blue genie. "Jurassic Park" hit the video market last week, and is expected to knock Disney's longtime champ "Aladdin" off the No. 1 video sales spot. Steven Spielberg's thriller (the all-time box-office leader, raking in more than $900 million) is listed at $24.98, but you can get it cheaper with various discounts. But if you're just interested in renting: Brace yourself. You can expect whole walls of "Jurassic" at the stores, but that doesn't guarantee you a tape tonight.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 1990 | By Desmond Ryan, Inquirer Movie Critic The Hollywood Reporter contributed to this column
With Baby (a movie that really should have been called E.T., B.C.) and The Land Before Time, dinosaurs have been enjoying a pretty favorable press lately. Steven Spielberg, who served as producer of the animated The Land Before Time, plans to make the world a lot leerier of lizards when he directs the screen version of Jurassic Park, a novel by Michael Crichton. Universal Pictures, where Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment company is based, paid $1.5 million for Crichton's novel, which won't even be published until October, and an additional $500,000 for Crichton to write the script.
NEWS
April 5, 2013 | BY SEAN O'CONNELL, WP Bloomberg
WHO AMONG us can honestly claim to look better today than we did 20 years ago? Those who do likely credit advancements in cosmetic surgeries and antiaging techniques, which polish our blemishes and restore surface beauties. The same goes for "Jurassic Park. " Steven Spielberg's edge-of-your-seat blockbuster celebrates its 20th anniversary with a 3-D Imax restoration that improves digital effects considered spectacular during the film's first go-round. The enthralling man-vs.-nature parable based on the late Michael Crichton's best-selling novel hasn't aged one bit. But the upgrade allows Spielberg's larger-than-life dinosaurs to fit perfectly on today's enlarged Imax screens - and occasionally terrify audiences when those beasts reach out and appear to be going for their popcorn.
NEWS
June 20, 1993 | By David O'Reilly, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Spencer Auletto, "almost 7," was standing with his dad outside the United Artists movie theater in Pennsauken, about to watch this season's hottest movie: Jurassic Park. And he wasn't scared. Not at all. Even though director Steven Spielberg's thriller about dinosaurs on a rampage at a theme park is rated PG-13. Even though critics almost universally have warned that the film is both hide-your-eyes scary and sometimes violent. Spencer's father was confident his boy could handle it. "Nahhh," said Bill Auletto of Cherry Hill.
NEWS
June 16, 1993 | by Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Staff Writer
Is there such a thing as sound that's "too good" for most people's ears . . . or senses? While many filmgoers taking in "Jurassic Park" have proclaimed it the most exciting sensory experience since the San Francisco earthquake, others have found the film's ultra-dynamic sound treatment too much to bear. "The rumbling noises of the dinosaurs is deafening and the dialogue so quiet you sometimes can't hear what they're saying," complained one spectator who saw the film from the rear of a theater featuring the six-channel Digital Theater Sound system, newly installed just for this film.
NEWS
December 2, 1993 | By Cheryl Squadrito, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Tom Williams, a Villanova alumnus and special-effects wizard for Jurassic Park, will give a presentation entitled "Stalking the Virtual Dinosaur" at 8 p.m. Monday at Saint Mary's auditorium on campus. Williams, a 1986 computer science graduate, is a creator of the digital special effects for Jurassic Park. He works for George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic Studio in California. In addition to the dinosaur epic, Williams has worked on the special effects for Terminator 2, Star Trek VI, Hook and Death Becomes Her. Admission is free.
LIVING
June 18, 1993 | By Mike Capuzzo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER This story contains information from the Associated Press and Entertainment Weekly
You think Michael Crichton, the 6-foot-10 California doctor-turned-writer who penned Jurassic Park, the book, is having a good week? You don't know the half of it. Sure, Jurassic Park, the movie based on Crichton's sci-fi novel, enjoyed the biggest-grossing opening in Hollywood history. Now comes news that Crichton has signed what could be the biggest book-to- film sale ever. Unlike everything else in American culture this week, this has nothing to do with Jurassic Park. Warner Bros.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 6, 1994 | Inquirer staff reviews and synopses, compiled by Christopher Cornell
When Jurassic Park's competitors heard that the video-release date for the megahit was Tuesday, they ran for cover faster than a 12-year-old flees a velociraptor. It's amazing that anything else was released this week, but a few things were - including an absorbing French drama and a scathing Russian comedy. THE ACCOMPANIST 1/2 (1993) (Columbia TriStar) 111 minutes. Romane Bohringer, Elena Safonova, Richard Bohringer. The soundtrack is filled with the gorgeous melodies of Mozart and Berlioz, but Claude Miller's film hinges on the irony that the greatest loneliness is sometimes found in the company of others.
NEWS
November 12, 1995 | From Inquirer wire services
Steven Spielberg has agreed to direct the movie version of Michael Crichton's The Lost World, the sequel to Jurassic Park. The film is expected to start shooting in late 1996 for a 1997 release. The Lost World has sold more than 2 million copies in print. Jack Nicholson will start shooting Blood and Wine this month in Miami. He will be directed by Bob Rafelson, who directed the actor in Five Easy Pieces, The King of Marvin Garderns, and The Postman Always Rings Twice. Blood and Wine, about a stepfather and stepson who battle over stolen jewels, will also star Judy Davis, Michael Caine, Jennifer Lopez and Stephen Dorff.
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October 2, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
THE IMAGE TATTLE remembers most from the 1973 film "Westworld," written and directed by Michael Crichton ("Jurassic Park"), was the removal of star Yul Brynner 's face to reveal all kinds of robotic circuitry. That's probably not the image we're going to remember from the upcoming HBO series based on that film. Yul Brynner has been replaced by Yul Blush. According to deadline.com , more than 50 naked extras are being paid $600, nearly four times the normal daily SAG-AFTRA extras rate, for taking part in "graphic sexual situations" including touching one another's genitals.
NEWS
August 28, 2015
ONE OF MY favorite movies is "Jurassic Park. " Actually, that's not true. One of my 6-year-old nephew's favorite movies is "Jurassic Park," which means we watch it on a loop, which means that unless I want to engage a therapist, I embrace my inner T. Rex and pretend this was entirely my own idea. Deep breath. Right about the point of my 82nd viewing, it occurred to me that technology can sometimes be a dangerous thing. Resurrecting dinosaurs, assuming that were even possible, is not a great idea when the poor creatures would be coexisting with humans (and truly unfair to the dinos if some of those humans were members of the Kardashian genus)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2015 | By Shaun Brady, For The Inquirer
The Mahoning Drive-In doesn't require guests to arrive behind the wheel of a vintage DeLorean, but it would certainly be in keeping with the spirit of the place. Entering the drive-in, about 90 minutes from Philly in Lehighton, Pa., can feel a bit like traveling back in time - if not quite to 1947, when the theater was built, then at least to the 1980s, when much of its current programming was produced. With a longtime projectionist and two former Temple University film students taking over its management this season, the Mahoning Drive-In has been reinvented as an open-air nostalgia palace.
NEWS
July 6, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
One night last week in a tiny Thai-Laotian eatery in Belfast, Maine, a Penobscot Bay town with a thriving boatyard, a lobster pound, and a family-owned movie theater dating to 1912, the talk was all Jurassic World and Inside Out . Both were playing at the Colonial up on High Street, and every table in the Laan-Xang Cafe (all four of them, with a hard rain wiping out its deck business) was buzzing about genetically engineered dinosaurs and Pixar-engineered emotions. Then, the waitress asked whether anyone had seen Melissa McCarthy's Spy , and a trio working on soup and noodles started parsing Love & Mercy and Paul Dano's performance as the young Beach Boy Brian Wilson.
NEWS
June 29, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
John A. Berton teaches at Drexel University. But before he started clocking time at the Westphal College of Media Art and Design as an assistant professor of animation and visual effects, he hung out with dinosaurs and cyborgs. Berton worked on the the visual effects teams for both Jurassic Park and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (the face-morphing effect? That's all Berton). Both movies receive sequels this summer - Jurassic World (Berton saw it the night before he was interviewed last week)
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June 28, 2015
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SPORTS
June 21, 2015 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
Oddyssey costume almost made him extinct Brett Klinger wasn't all that happy when he finished the Oddyssey Half Marathon on Sunday. That wasn't just because of the weather. The race was held on a hot and soupy day, and most runners looked like they'd jumped in a pool by the time they got to mile 13. No, a big part of that misery was that Klinger, 30, had decided to participate in the costume contest portion of the Fairmount Park race and his was a rather bulky one that he kept on for the entire event despite a key part coming undone before he reached to mile one. "We both liked Jurassic Park, and realized [Jurassic World]
NEWS
January 1, 2015
A story Tuesday on high-profile deaths in 2014 contained erroneous information about the singer Jimmy Ruffin, who died in November. He was a solo act who recorded the hit "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" in 1966. David Ruffin, a member of the Temptations, died in 1991. Also, Richard Attenborough, who died in August, was the director of Gandhi and an actor in Jurassic Park and other films. David Attenborough is a naturalist and television host. A story Tuesday misidentified a project manager for the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
TRAVEL
September 8, 2014 | By Larissa and Michael Milne, For The Inquirer
LAS VEGAS -   . For starters, Richard "Tex" Coe, a former Air Force F-16 fighter pilot, performed several barrel rolls, and flew upside down to test Larissa's stomach - then handed the controls over to her! She flew the plane through an adrenaline-pumping inverted 360-degree loop as she pulled 7 G's (that's seven times the force of gravity), her face contorted into an odd Hobbitlike mien before reverting to unbridled glee at what she had just accomplished. Upon returning to terra firma Larissa declared, "My knees are wobbling, when can I go again?"
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2014 | By Don Lessem, For The Inquirer
If you ignore the blasting sound track, studded with a really odd mix of music, BBC Earth's 3-D spectacular Walking With Dinosaurs , the film version of the 1999 BBC TV show, is a pleasing, sometimes awe-inspiring rendition of life among some of the less-celebrated dinosaurs of northwestern North America. The music's not great, the jokes are corny, and sometimes the voice-overs aren't much better, especially the unaccountable Hispanic accent John Leguizamo gives to the dino-age bird Alexornis.
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