October 2, 2015 |
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 Yul Brynner has been replaced by Yul Blush.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.
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)
July 18, 2015 |
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.
July 6, 2015 |
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.
June 29, 2015 |
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)
June 28, 2015
Inside Out The central characters in Pixar's propulsively inventive animated adventure aren't talking toys or cars. They're emotions: Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness, jockeying for control in the mind of a preteen girl. The first psychological thriller that's fun for the whole family. Really psychological. And really fun. From the director of Up , with the voice talents of Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, and Bill Hader. PG Fresh Dressed Ego Trip founder Sacha Jenkins explores the history of fashion and hip-hop in this entertaining documentary, featuring interviews with the likes of Nas, Kanye West, and P. Diddy.
June 21, 2015 |
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]
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.
September 8, 2014 |
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?"
January 15, 2014 |
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.