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Hundreds of people made the most of Saturday's glorious weather and attended two open-air screenings of Jurassic Park at Bristol Zoo. The crowds enjoyed the later showing of Jurassic Park Credit: ITV West
Among the crowds enjoying the Steven Spielberg film were 12 prehistoric creatures.
The large moving, roaring and water-spraying dinosaurs are part of DinoZoo; a new addition to the zoo which helped add atmosphere to the adventure thriller for the film fans. The scary Tyrannosaurus Rex at Bristol Zoo Credit: Bristol Zoo
A giant tyrannosaurus rex, allosaurus, ornithomimus and the long-necked brachiosaurus were fully operational throughout the duration of the film.
Guests were encouraged to bring fold-away chairs and rugs.
It's such a fantastic idea. I'm a huge fan of the film so getting to watch it while being surrounded by the realistic dinosaurs really set the scene. – DANIEL WILLIAMS, FILM FAN
There were two screenings of the film; the earlier showing at 1730 and a later s…
John Williams spoke to Classic FM in a career retrospective interview that was broadcast on Monday August 27th at 8pm. Williams spoke to film music expert Tommy Pearson exclusively about his life and work, from composing the music for E.T. (“It was very difficult to get the music right…”) to working with Alfred Hitchcock and Steven Spielberg.
Click on the link below to open up the radio player. Listen now to this excellent interview with the legend John Williams
Global Radio’s Classic FM has announced the results of its annual poll to find the nation’s favourite movie scores.
And the winner of the UK’s favourite composer of film music in the Classic FM Movie Music Countdown is.. John Williams. He created the soundtrack to Jurassic Park, Star Wars, E.T. and many more. An exclusive interview with him is available online.
Retaining the number one position in the Movie Music Countdown, now in its fourth year, is the theme from Peter Jackson’s monumental adaptation of The Lord of The Rings, written by Howard Shore. This is followed in second place by Hans Zimmer’s Oscar-nominated music from the epic blockbuster Gladiator, which features haunting vocals from Lisa Gerrard.
Classic FM presenter John Suchet said: “The growing interest in film music confirms that modern classical music is as popular with UK audiences as ever. And I’m delighted to see that my personal favourite – Gone with the Wind – has made the top twenty!” http://radiotoday.co.uk/2012…
This 1979 Dodge Ram Van, for sale on eBay, is a discreet, unobtrusive way of conveying your support for the Rebel Alliance. The interior isn't equipped for the full Star Wars experience, but think of that as a project that you can work on. The exterior is enough to give you the lifestyle that you crave:
Kids point, mouths gape, even had a cop turn around and pull over to have his picture made with it. I have owned many awesome cars over the years and this one has been the MOST fun. People actually hang out of their car taking pictures as you drive down the INTERSTATE! This van was one of those life experience check offs. "Owned an amazing custom star wars van-CHECK". Whoever buys her, you are buying not just a van, but a LIFE EXPERIENCE. Are you a minor celebrity? Well, get ready.
A representative for Steven Spielberg has distanced the filmmaker from reports linking him to a movie adaptation of a new book about the hunt for terror mastermind Osama Bin Laden.
No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden has been written by a former Navy Seal officer, using the pen name Mark Owen. The author was involved in the ambush and details the events leading up to the assassination of the Al Qaeda leader on 2 May, 2011 in Pakistan.
Spielberg was said to be keen to option the book for a Hollywood adaptation, but spokesman Marvin Levy has shot down the claims - and insists the director's DreamWorks production companies will have nothing to do with the tome either.
Levy tells The Hollywood Reporter, "Neither Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios or DreamWorks Television will be optioning Mark Owen's book, No Easy Day."
The book is due for release next month (Sep12), but it has already caused controversy among U.S. officials am…
As the Marin Community Foundation seeks development of a low- and moderate-income housing complex at Grady Ranch, county officials have concluded that an affordable project of about 240 units is allowed there under current zoning.
On the other hand, the 236-acre tract owned by filmmaker George Lucas could accommodate a 48-home market-rate subdivision.
Foundation CEO Thomas Peters, noting there is a "clear distinction between what the planners cite as may be allowed ... (and) what the Marin Community Foundation may apply for," said the philanthropic institution will seek developers qualified to proceed with an appropriate affordable project. Its size remains uncertain.
The land in Lucas Valley seems destined for affordable housing following a debacle in which plans for a huge film studio generating hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in tax revenue collapsed under the weight of red tape, neighborhood opposition, fears of a lengthy court battle and a watershed restoratio…
A former Navy SEAL's book with his first-hand account of the Osama bin Laden raid hasn't even hit stores yet, but Hollywood is already knocking at his door. It was revealed on Sunday that director Steven Spielberg met with the retired commando to discuss making a movie about his experience. At least two other movie-makers have also met with the Navy SEAL to talk about licensing the story. The author of 'No East Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama bin Laden' is already risking his life and a jail term by publishing the book. However, it could come with a big pay-off, the New York Post reports. In addition to Spielberg, who directed 'War Horse' and 'Saving Private Ryan,' Dreamworks and HBO’s Richard Plepler have met with the author. 'He is still talking to DreamWorks and Spielberg,' a source told the Post. This would be the third movie to tell the story of the raid that killed the mastermind of the September 11 terrorist attacks. &…
George Lucas made a surprise appearance at the "Super-Secret Star Wars Panel with Todd, Seth and Matt" at Star Wars Celebration 6. George wasn't announced as being in attendance but he came out at the end of the Seth Green panel to discuss the new "Star Wars Detours" comedy show from the makers of Robot Chicken.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars supervising director Dave Filoni, Sam Witwer (Darth Maul), Ashley Eckstein, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter participate in a press conference following the season five premiere at Star Wars Celebration VI 8/25/12
He is used to whizzing through time in his trusty blue TARDIS but Doctor Who chose a different time machine on Saturday afternoon. Actors Matt Smith and Karen Gillan arrived in style at an advanced screening of the new series of Doctor Who, but used another iconic movie vehicle. The two stars rocked up in a vintage 1981 DeLorean sports car, the very same motor made famous by Marty McFly in Steven Spielberg's Back To The Future saga.
Great Scott: Matt Smith and Karen Gillan arrive at the BBC America screening of Doctor Who at The Ziegfel Theatre, in New York, on Saturday Instead of a standard limousine the pair chose to arrive in the old school car, which has a huge following in the US. Matt, 29, was dressed as casually as normal in a pair of skinny jeans with a white T-shirt and waistcoat while hiding his eyes behind a pair of aviator sunglasses. Karen, 24, was much smarter dressed and looked pretty in a strapless polka-dot dress with her red hair flowing down over her shoulders.
In his first post-House gig, Robert Sean Leonard has signed on for a five-episode arc on TNT’s sci-fi drama Falling Skies. Also set for a five-episode arc on the upcoming third season of Falling Skies is ER alumna Gloria Reuben, reuniting with her ER co-star, Falling Skies‘ leading man Noah Wyle. Leonard, repped by WME and manager Danny Sussman, will play Roger Kadar, PhD, an obsessive but gifted scientist who runs Charleston’s power grid and lives underground with his pet rats. The children of New Charleston, intrigued by his cool science toys and unusual pets, eventually dub him “The Rat King.” For the past eight seasons, Leonard played Gregory House’s (Hugh Laurie) best friend and moral compass Dr. James Wilson on the Fox medical drama. Following his arc on Falling Skies, he is likely to return to series full-time as he is already fielding interest for pilots. Reuben, repped by APA and manager Estelle Lasher, will play Marina Perlata, an aide to Wyle’s Tom Mason, who has been one of…
Could this pave the way for other Star Wars games that have been absent as well, like TIE Fighter and X-Wing? I sure hope so. Considering Star Wars Celebration VI is in full-swingthis week, I wonder if we'll get news about those other classics being re-released.
Lucasfilm, the parent company of LucasArts, has registered several domain names all relating to a mysterious project titled "Star Wars First Assault".
The report comes from Fusible, who spotted names like StarWarsFirstAssault.com and StarWarsFA.com were registered through Corporation Service Company, an internet brand protection agency who Lucasfilm just so happens to be a client of.
Below is the list of names that were all privately registered: starwarsfa.comstarwarsfa.netstarwarsfa.destarwarsfa.co.ukstarwarsfirstassault.comstarwarsfirstassault.netstarwarsfirstassault.destarwarsfirstassault.co.ukswfirstassault.comswfirstassault.netswfirstassault.deswfirstassault.co.uk
So what is Star Wars First Assault? According to Fusible, no trademark application has been filed at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and with Lucasfilm not announcing anything, it's hard to speculate as to whether this is related to a video game, movie, or some other Star Warsproject. http://w…
The recent news that The Classical Brit Awards will recognise the Jedi Maestro (FSM Vol.4 No.5) with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the end of the ceremony with a tribute is another suitable salute from his peers, colleagues and admirers alike.
However, ahead of the October 2nd ceremony (which will be televised), ClassicFM will be devoting two hours of air-time to John Williams' illustrious career this coming Monday 27th August between 8 and 10pm (BST). The two hours won't be just a generic tribute show though, quite the opposite. It will include an in-depth interview with JW by the director and producer Tommy Pearson (www.redtedproductions.com) and as you are about to read, this will feature more than just some of the same old questions we're so used to hearing. Go to Filmscoremonthly to see what questions were asked.
Here's a clip from a previous JW interview conducted by Tommy for the LSO in 2009:
WARNING. As usual with soundtracks lately they are announced before the movie is released therefore there may well be a spoiler in the track titles. One thing it does confirm is that Spielberg's film will cover Lincoln's death (Peterson's House.)
Check out the full track listing below…
1. The People’s House (3:41) 2. The Purpose Of The Amendment (3:06) 3. Getting Out The Vote (2:48) 4. The American Process (3:56) 5. The Blue And Grey (2:59) 6. “With Malice Toward None” (1:50) 7. Call To Muster And Battle Cry Of Freedom (2:17) 8. The Southern Delegation And The Dream (4:43) 9. Father And Son (1:42) 10. The Race To The House (2:41) 11. Equality Under The Law (3:11) 12. Freedom’s Call (6:06) 13. Elegy (2:34) 14. Remembering Willie (1:51) 15. Appomattox, April 9, 1865 (2:36) 16. The Peterson House And Finale (11:00) 17. “With Malice Toward None” (Piano Solo) (1:31)
Star Wars Detours™ is an animated comedy that explores what daily life is like in a galaxy far, far away. There are no Empires striking back or attacking clones here. Instead, Star Wars Detours focuses on the universe's regular folks and their everyday problems... which, to be fair, do frequently involve famous bounty hunters, crazed Ewoks, and even a Dark Lord of the Sith.
Welcome to Star Wars: Detours: the other side of the stars, between the wars.
I actually think Star Wars Detours is looking good. From the clips shown it made me smile and with Seth Green behind it I think this will be a show worthy of the Star Wars name. I'll keep you posted.
I was just watching The Big Bang Theory and at the end they show they always show a message (vanity card.) This one is for George Lucas. In the episode they slightly run down the brilliant Clone Wars TV show and lay into Star Trek V in a big way hence the last sentence. This is what the card says:
CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #227
Dear George Lucas,
May I call you Mr. Lucas? On behalf of the writers of The Big Bang Theory, I would like to thank you for your astounding body of work, which has awakened the child within us and unleashed our dreams. That being said, we hope you don't take offense at our good-natured jest regarding your most recent animated efforts. Yes they were cheap shots, but we can't help but hold you to a higher standard -- a standard of your own making. In closing, we are all looking forward to Indiana Jones 5 - The Curse of the Golden Catheter. Oops, sorry again.
Very truly yours,
P.S. To William Shatner, director of Star Trek 5. Go ahead, sue us…
20th Century Fox movie studio will distribute animated feature films from "Kung Fu Panda" maker Dreamworks Animation for the next five years, the studios announced on Monday. Fox is taking over the role currently played by Viacom unit Paramount Pictures, which has been distributing Dreamworks Animation films for a fee of about 8 percent of revenue from each movie.
Fox will distribute the films for the same fee, Dreamworks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg told reporters on a conference call.
But the new arrangement is more favorable, he said, because both studios can take advantage of lower costs from digital distribution.
Under the existing deal, Paramount received about $40 million in 2011 from Dreamworks Animation, according to a source familiar with the arrangement.
Fox, a unit of News Corp, will distribute the studio's films for five years starting in 2013, including next year's "The Croods" and "Turbo." Fox has its own animated slate of films…
Despite the criticisms of its latest three games, BioWare still has the full support of Electronic Arts.
BioWare is in a very unique position at the moment. One the one hand, its last three games were arguably the most anticipated of the developers entire history. On the other hand, those three games were Dragon Age 2, Mass Effect 3, and Star Wars: The Old Republic, the first two of which divided the fanbases of its franchises while the third saw subscription figures drop six months after launch. Despite the ups and downs of the past 18 months, BioWare still has friends backing it up, in particular EA COO Peter Moore, who still has confidence in what the developer can accomplish.
"They're doing great," Moore told Eurogamer. "You say the last 12-18 months, I think of three things: I think ofStar Wars: The Old Republic, I think of what Mass Effect 3 has done and all of the offshoots we've done of that, and then a little bit further back Dragon Age. So from that p…
Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) SiriusXM today announced the return of Star Wars Celebration Radioa limited-run channel broadcasting live from Star Wars Celebration VI, the official Lucasfilm event celebrating the award-winning Star Wars saga.
Star Wars Celebration Radio will launch Thursday, August 23 at 6:00 pm ET, the day the event kicks off at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.It will air through Monday, August 27 at 3:00 am ET on Sirius channel 123, XM channel 142, and channel770 online and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App for smartphones and mobile devices.