“Jurassic Park” turns 25

first_imgPhoto by Murray Close/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Today, June 11, marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park.An adaptation of the bestselling book from the late Michael Crichton, the movie centered on an eccentric tycoon named Hammond, played by director-actor Richard Attenborough, who funds a team of scientists to use DNA technology to revive dinosaurs that populate a one-of-a-kind theme park.Before the park opens, Hammond invites experts in various disciplines — Sam Neill as paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant, Laura Dern as a botanist, and Jeff Goldblum as a skeptical mathematician — to kick the tires, so to speak. Also along for the preview ride are Hammond’s two grandchildren. The tour goes sideways in a massive way however, when a park employee — played by a pre-Seinfeld Wayne Knight — shuts down security systems as part of a plot to sell steal dino embryos. The park’s main attractions soon slip their pens, and wreak havoc on the humans stranded there. All this is set to another great John Williams score.The movie famously made use of cutting-edge computer generated effects from the wizards at George Lucas’ special effects house Industrial Light and Magic, as well as the late Stan Winston and his team, who supplied stunning, full-sized dinos for close-ups — including the now-iconic scene that saw a T-Rex getting up close and personal with a couple of kids, with only a toppled SUV’s window between them.Both effects teams won Oscars for their respective efforts. The film also won a third trophy, for Best Sound Effects Editing.The movie — “Jaws with claws” as how some described it — went on to gross more than a billion dollars at the global box office, and spawned a pair of sequels, 1997’s The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and Jurassic Park III in 2001.The franchise got a billion dollar-plus boost with a blockbuster 2015 reboot, Jurassic World, with Marvel movie star Chris Pratt playing a veteran-turned-velociraptor trainer, alongside his onscreen boss, played by Bryce Dallas Howard. A sequel, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, hits theaters June 22.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

NFL news and notes: Sam Darnold out ‘weeks’ with mono; Nick Foles targeting Week 11 return

first_imgLe’Veon Bell also caused worry when Gase confirmed the running back would miss practice Thursday. Bell, however, underwent an MRI, which revealed no tears or damage to his shoulder.Nick Foles targeting Week 11 returnIt’s a stretch and will depend on his recovery, but the Jaguars quarterback is staying positive. Foles was placed on the injured reserve/return list after undergoing surgery Monday morning on his broken left collarbone and is eligible to return in Week 11 against the Colts following Jacksonville’s bye. In the meantime, the team acquired Joshua Dobbs from the Steelers to compete for playing time with Gardner Minshew, who filled in for Foles in the opener.Derrius Guice out 6-8 weeks after surgeryThe Redskins running back tore the meniscus in his right knee in the team’s Week 1 loss to the Eagles and will need time to recover from the procedure he underwent Thursday morning in which he reportedly had his meniscus trimmed.Guice rushed for 18 yards on 10 carries in his NFL debut. The 22-year-old’s absence has pushed veteran rusher Adrian Peterson back into the starting lineup after he was deemed a healthy scratch for the first time in his career last week, so his role is expected to expand.Two things that don’t matterOdell Beckham Jr. blasts Gregg Williams for coaching “dirty”The Browns receiver appears fired up for “Monday Night Football” against the Jets after accusing New York defensive coordinator Gregg Williams of encouraging “dirty plays and cheap shots.”Beckham claimed current Browns players told him about Williams’ tactics when he served as defensive coordinator in Cleveland from 2017-18, saying he instructed them to take Beckham out during a preseason matchup in 2017.Beckham ended up hurting his ankle in that game on a hit by Briean Boddy-Calhoun and later broke the same one in Week 5 of the regular season in an injury he said “changed my life forever.”NFL launches $3 million helmet challengeThe league is looking to upgrade its equipment in an effort to increase safety and reduce concussions, so it announced the “Helmet Challenge” to stimulate the development of new headgear for players that will outperform models being used today.The 18-month contest, set to begin this fall and culminate in May 2021, will feature a prize of $2 million in grant funding to support the development of a helmet prototype and a $1 million award. Ahead of the official kickoff of Week 2 Thursday in Carolina, another quarterback was sidelined, but not with an injury.Still, the NFL is searching for options in an attempt to make the game safer and decided to turn it into a contest with the hope of garnering more interest from people who could help. Nick Foles injury update: Jaguars QB ‘loosely targeting’ Week 11 for return, report says Three things that matterSam Darnold could miss ‘multiple weeks’ with monoJets coach Adam Gase made the shocking announcement Thursday after the quarterback missed practice Wednesday with an undisclosed illness believed to be strep throat. It was later reported that Trevor Siemian is expected to start Monday against the Browns, while Luke Falk will serve as the backup.It’s clearly a cause for concern since the symptoms can last for months, though an Oct. 6 return to face the Eagles is possible considering the Jets have a bye in Week 4. Related Newscenter_img Jets QB Sam Darnold could miss ‘multiple weeks’ with mono; Trevor Siemian to start One video you have to seeIn the wake of the sexual assault and rape allegations against him, Patriots receiver Antonio Brown continued to practice — albeit in a different number than Wednesday — and catch passes from quarterback Tom Brady.Antonio Brown, now No. 17, catches a pass from Tom Brady early in practice. pic.twitter.com/gKpA9MUJin— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) September 12, 2019Thursday’s tweet of the dayThe Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced the nominees for the class of 2020.BREAKING: The Modern-Era nominees for the Class of 2020 have been released. The list is comprised of 122 players and coaches. Among the group announced are eight first-year eligible players. Click the link to see the list https://t.co/8Az63vLDnw #PFHOF20 pic.twitter.com/xACf57JANG— Pro Football Hall of Fame (@ProFootballHOF) September 12, 2019last_img read more