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'Jurassic World': Vincent D'Onofrio cast as the villain in new dinosaur flick

Jurassic World, Universal’s highly anticipated new installment in the Jurassic Park franchise, has just added a new castmember: Vincent D’Onofrio (Men in Black) will play the villain in the film.

Directed by Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) and due June 12, 2015, World also stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. Park and The Lost World director Steven Spielberg is also on board as a producer.

'Jurassic Park 4' snags a release date and title

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Hold on to your butts, the long-awaited fourth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise will arrive in theaters June 12, 2015. Universal Pictures announced the plan Tuesday, along with a much sexier and scarier title: Jurassic World.

As previously reported, Colin Trevorrow is set to direct the project with a script from his Safety Not Guaranteed writer Derek Connolly, but other than that and the fact that it will be shot in 3-D and produced by Steven Spielberg, any more details on Jurassic World remain elusive.
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'Jurassic Park 4' now expected in 2015

Six weeks after Universal postponed Jurassic Park 4 from its prime summer-2014 release date — sparking fears that the sequel from Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Trevorrow might be on shaky ground — the studio is poised to announce that the movie will arrive in 2015. ComingSoon.net snapped a photo of a Jurassic Park banner at Licensing Expo 2013 in Las Vegas yesterday that seemed to indicate that dinosaurs will roam the multiplex again — just one year later than originally planned. Universal confirmed the release date news, as well as the report that Jurassic Park 4 will be filmed in 3-D.

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Universal postpones ‘Jurassic Park 4′
‘Safety Not Guaranteed’ director Colin Trevorrow to helm ‘Jurassic Park 4′
Welcome to ‘Jurassic Park': An oral history

Box office report: '42' knocks it out of the park with $27.3 million; 'Oblivion' huge overseas

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Tomorrow, Major League Baseball will celebrate its annual Jackie Robinson Day, and all players and umpires will wear jerseys with the number 42, which Robinson, the first African-American player in the MLB, made famous. Don’t be surprised if the execs at Warner Bros. join in on the fun. The studio did have a grand slam weekend, after all.

Warner Bros.’ new baseball drama 42 topped the box office with $27.3 million — far ahead of recent baseball titles like Moneyball ($19.5 million debut) and Trouble with the Curve ($12.2 million). In fact, 42 scored the best ever debut for a baseball film, surpassing The Benchwarmers‘ $19.7 million bow. 42 also became the latest release to earn a rare “A+” CinemaScore grade, signifying exemplary word-of-mouth among ticket-buyers. Former “A+” releases include The Help, Tangled, The Blind Side, Titanic, and A Few Good Men. READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Evil Dead' brings life to industry with $26 million debut

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The 2013 box office has been stuck in a bit of a rut. For nine of the past ten weekends, overall grosses have lagged behind 2012 totals, and high-profile releases like Jack the Giant Slayer, The Host, Beautiful Creatures, and A Good Day to Die Hard have badly misfired. That’s why industry folks are likely breathing a sigh of relief this morning looking at the box office chart. Not only did Evil Dead and Jurassic Park 3D both open successfully, but six separate films earned over $10 million during the Friday-to-Sunday period. It’s an encouraging sign of industry health as Hollywood gears up for the lucrative summer movie season.

Evil Dead, a new remake of Sam Raimi’s 1981 cult classic, led the way with $24.2 million. Sony is boasting a $26 million frame, which includes the $1.8 million the film earned at Thursday night shows. The horror film scared up more in its opening weekend than Texas Chainsaw 3D, which debuted to $21.7 million in January, but less than Mama, which took of with $28.4 million in February. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Evil Dead scares up $10.1 million on Friday

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The box office was alive thanks to the Evil Dead on Friday. The $17 million horror remake, from TriStar, FilmDistrict, and Ghost House took in a terrific $10.1 million on its debut Friday — the same amount that fellow horror release Mama earned in its first 24 hours en route to a $28.4 million weekend earlier this year. Evil Dead will likely be more frontloaded than that film due to built-in anticipation from fans of the 1981 original, but it could still earn about $27 million over the Friday-to-Sunday period.

Of course, Sony reported that Evil Dead earned $11.9 million on Friday, explaining that that number was “including Thursday late shows.” The studio was folding in the $1.8 million that Evil Dead earned on Thursday (and not all from midnight screenings — mostly from 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. showtimes). This is part of a somewhat frustrating trend in Hollywood’s box office reporting right now — WSJ‘s Ben Fritz wrote a great piece on the misleading tactic of extending “opening weekend” earlier this week. I requested clarification of Evil Dead‘s Friday gross, but Sony did not respond.

Universal’s re-release Jurassic Park 3D roared into second place with $7 million — a touch behind the Titanic 3D re-release, which earned $7.1 million on its first day — putting it on pace for a solid $18 million frame. Jurassic Park should end up being a nice winner for Universal, which spent just $10 million to convert it into 3-D.

A trio of holdovers rounded out the Top 5. Last weekend’s victor G.I. Joe: Retaliation earned $6.4 million, and may wind up with $20 million for the weekend. Fox’s animated hit The Croods scored $6 million on Friday, and thanks to healthy family viewing on Saturday, it will likely surpass G.I. Joe with about $22 million by Sunday night. In fifth, Tyler Perry’s Temptation took in another $3.4 million and may finish the weekend with $10 million, which would bring its total past the $38 million mark.

1. Evil Dead – $11.9 million
2. Jurassic Park– $7 million
3. G.I. Joe: Retaliation – $6.4 million
4. The Croods – $6 million
5. Tyler Perry’s Temptation – $3.4 million

Check back tomorrow for the full box office report, and follow me on Twitter at @gradywsmith for more box office updates and musing throughout the week.

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Evil Dead: EW Review
Jurassic Park 3D: EW Review

Box office preview: 'Evil Dead' will try to put 'G.I. Joe' in the grave

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It’s been a tough year at the 2013 box office so far. Altogether, the film industry has racked up $2.267 billion worth of ticket sales, a whopping 12.5 percent decrease from the $2.55 billion that movies had earned at the same point in 2012.

It seems unlikely that the hordes of dead bodies and dead dinosaurs hitting theaters this weekend will resurrect the struggling box office — that won’t happen until May, when Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness, Fast & Furious 6, and The Hangover Part III debut — but The Evil Dead and Jurassic Park 3D should be able to achieve hearty numbers nonetheless.

Here’s how the box office may shake out:

1. Evil Dead – $24 million
The brand new horror film, from Sony, FilmDistrict, and Ghost House, should top the box office this weekend. Evil Dead is a remake of Sam Raimi’s 1981 cult classic, and it’s been earning positive buzz and geek-cred for months after screening at festivals like SXSW. The combination of built-in anticipation, nostalgia, and  reliable gore-loving audience members may drive the film, which carries a small $17 million budget, to a $24 million weekend. It could reach higher, though its R-rating limits appeal considerably. READ FULL STORY

Welcome to 'Jurassic Park': An oral history

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As a child, Steven Spielberg was captivated by dinosaurs. He collected cast-iron figurines of them and preferred them in starring roles on the big screen. “I was more interested in the dinosaurs in King Kong than I was in King Kong himself,” remembers the Academy Award-winning director. “I thought the T. rex was one of the most awesome dinosaurs of the fossil record! But I never knew how to parlay all my love for paleontology into a story until Michael Crichton came along and wrote his book.”

That book was Jurassic Park, which Spielberg adapted in 1993 into an exhilarating adventure and one of the highest-grossing movies of all time—not to mention a groundbreaking technological achievement. “It changed special effects forever,” the director says, “and for better or for worse, it really did introduce the digital era.”

In honor of Universal rereleasing Jurassic
 Park in 3-D and IMAX on April 5 and the movie’s
 20th anniversary, EW looks back at the film that so memorably shook the earth.

THE BEGINNING

Spielberg and author Crichton had been developing a feature film based on Crichton’s script Cold Case, about his time as 
 a medical resident (which would become the TV series ER). ­Crichton, who passed away from cancer in 2008, told the
 director about another idea he was working on: a novel about dinosaurs being brought back to life through old samples of
 their DNA. Spielberg was immediately hooked. When galleys 
for Jurassic Park made their way around Hollywood in May 
 1990, the sci-fi adventure became the It project to buy. According to Spielberg, other interested directors may have included ­Richard Donner (Lethal Weapon) and James Cameron (Avatar). Universal won the bidding war, thanks in large part to Spielberg’s relationship with Crichton. The director started ­storyboarding before the script was even written and quickly assembled an effects team. Creature master Stan Winston (Aliens) created the large-form models, including a nearly 20-foot-tall T. rex, and stop-motion artist Phil Tippett (RoboCop) would animate miniatures based on those Winston designs for the more elaborate action sequences. Then Industrial Light & Magic’s Dennis Muren, who had just designed the liquid-metal effects in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, brought up the idea of using CGI to animate the dinosaurs.  Muren invited Spielberg, producer Kathleen Kennedy, and Tippett to watch a CG demo of a gallimimus stampede.

STEVEN SPIELBERG Director Here’s what was scary: We were creating the title characters of a film. These were the stars of the picture, these dinosaurs. And if that didn’t work, nothing about Jurassic Park could have worked. So that was daunting, because I was using Universal’s money to basically make an experimental ­dinosaur picture. READ FULL STORY

'Safety Not Guaranteed' director Colin Trevorrow to helm 'Jurassic Park 4'

From low-budget time travel to big-budget dinosaurs.

Colin Trevorrow has scored quite the massive follow-up gig to his charming indie Safety Not Guaranteed: He will direct Jurassic Park 4, Universal announced Thursday. READ FULL STORY

'Jurassic Park 4' lands release date

The dinosaurs are loose once again.

Universal Pictures announced Friday that Jurassic Park 4 will roar into theaters on June 13, 2014. Steven Spielberg, who directed the first two films in the franchise, will produce with Frank Marshall, but no director is yet attached. The film will be shot in 3-D.

The news makes clear that Universal is dedicated to revitalizing the Jurassic Park franchise, which has been gathering dust ever since the Joe Johnston-directed Jurassic Park III banked $181 million in 2001. READ FULL STORY

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