May 26, 1997 |
Steven Spielberg just rendered previous box-office opening records prehistoric. By the close of this Memorial Day weekend, his "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" sequel is expected to surpass its $75-million budget and fall $11 million shy of the $100-million blockbuster mark. And that's just opening weekend--a phenomenon by any standard in movie history. The three-day estimate for Friday, Saturday and Sunday was a conservative $69.
May 22, 1997 |
Even without his Tyrannosaurus rex co-stars from "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" (which opens tonight with sneak screenings starting at 10), Jeff Goldblum can bring plenty of drama to a simple conversation. His eyes can fix on a point somewhere above your shoulder, as if he's spotting a prehistoric intruder; his voice drops to a near-inaudible whisper before sailing up to a top-register giggly squeal.
June 15, 1996 |
Thundering footsteps echo from beyond a high rock cliff, beyond palm trees tall enough to blot out the skyline. Everything is louder and larger than normal inside Jurassic Park--The Ride, opening Friday at Universal Studios Hollywood. From the towering front gate to the final 84-foot drop--the tallest ever constructed for a water ride--everything is built to dinosaur scale. That includes the animatronic beasts that crash about the dense jungle.
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June 14, 1996 |
A plastic surgeon from Irvine is suing some of Hollywood's biggest outfits, including Steven Spielberg's company, asserting that a melody he wrote to get over the death of his baby daughter was used as the theme music for "Jurassic Park." Dr. Donald I. Altman says film composer John Williams ("Star Wars," "Indiana Jones") "intentionally or unintentionally" copied the melody that Altman composed in 1990, five years after his daughter drowned in a neighbor's pool.
November 10, 1995 |
Steven Spielberg, whose "Jurassic Park" is the top worldwide grossing film in movie history, has signed on to direct the movie of Michael Crichton's sequel "The Lost World," which has nestled in the top spot on the best-seller lists since the book was published on Sept. 28. The film will be a co-production of Universal Pictures and Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, which is being folded into DreamWorks SKG, the company he formed last year with Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen.
May 25, 1995 |
As construction crews lay the groundwork for an indoor jungle stalked by mechanized dinosaurs, details emerging from the guarded site of "Jurassic Park--The Ride" reveal that Universal Studios Hollywood is building one of the world's most elaborate and expensive theme park attractions. The water ride, featuring animatronics from Steven Spielberg's 1993 hit film, is not scheduled to open until the summer of 1996.